On the politics

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Very briefly, there are some in the blogosphere very desperate to find a silver lining in the nonsensical contortions of Chief Justice John Roberts. The theory goes that Roberts somehow knew that upholding this joke of a tax/not-a-tax law would re-energize the Tea Party, short-circuit an effort by President Obama and his allies on the […]

More thoughts on Obamacare

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I encourage you to visit the various legal blogs to get well-reasoned analysis of this morning’s travesty against the Constitution and the English language. As a layman and someone who respects language and words, a few thoughts: I wouldn’t have been so disappointed with today’s ruling if Justice Kennedy had wielded the dagger. So, instead […]

John Roberts, squish

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Only “conservatives” seem to turn when they get on the court. Roberts votes to uphold the individual mandate because it’s a tax. Others disagree. “I don’t care what the dictionary says … it’s not a tax increase.” Can you say: “Obamacare tax increase.” I know this decision will energize the right for the coming election. […]

Why do Muslims have more rights?

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For the same reason that they get much more consideration for their “feelings"—they’ll physically attack you if you don’t submit. Two years ago Dearborn, Mich., paid a group of Christians $100,000 for violating their free speech rights. They better get out the checkbook again. Christians attacked at Festival I generally don’t think that what this […]

About Arizona

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I wanted to get around to writing a little about Monday’s before all hell breaks loose tomorrow morning with the Obamacare decision. As those of you who watch the news regularly know, the Supreme Court ruled that while Arizona law enforcement officials could inquire as to the immigration status of people they have stopped for […]

4 lawless justices

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Today the Supreme Court released a very brief per curiam opinion that got lost in all the brouhaha surrounding the Arizona Immigration case, which I’ll have some things to day about later. The case is American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. The case involved some lawless Montana Supreme Court judges who determined that the Citizens United […]

Go sell crazy someplace else

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Words fail me. It’s not about thousands of guns allowed to go to Mexican drug cartels. It’s not about hundreds of dead Mexicans. It’s not about Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. It’s not about ICE Agent Jaime Zapata. Nope, Republicans want Attorney General Eric Holder to turn over documents related to a gunrunning operation because […]

Partisan media

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I talked for about a half hour last week with one of my former colleagues at the San Diego Union-Tribune. The phone call was mostly about catching up with what had been going on in our lives and partly to discuss the goings-on at the paper. Tim Sullivan’s ouster was one subject of discussion, as […]

What if…

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Over at Sublime Bloviations, they’ve taken Politifact to the woodshed once again over a “Half-True” claim by President Obama that “Romney outsourced call center jobs to India.” I’ll summarize the situation for you. Back in 2004, when Romney was governor of Massachusetts, the legislature sent him a bill that contained a provision banning state contractors […]

Advice for journalists

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I received an email Tuesday afternoon from Politifact reporter Molly Moorhead. I’m not going to share it with you. What I am going to do is write some things that aforementioned letter inspired. Yes, I’d make an excellent editor. I’m not your editor. My goal isn’t to make your reporting better—it’s to hold you accountable […]