As Progressives continue to implode before our eyes, political posters keep getting better and better. I have the proof right here.
This Bookworm Beat doesn’t have a huge collection of illustrations but what it has are damn fine. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh some more.
I’ve been paying bills and taxes, and plowing through Hillary’s What Happened? — and I’m really not sure which task is most distasteful. All I do know is that I managed to miss one of Hillary’s best moments in the early chapters of her book. You see, when she started in on literary analysis, my brain said “Academic virtue signaling,” and promptly guided my eyes to the next paragraph. Had I focused harder, I would have caught this gem of totalitarianism:
And while I’m at it, here are two more Hillary gems, followed by several other amusing and insightful posters and cartoons:
Hurricanes and dictators threaten, the earth shakes, the deep state digs deeper — and smart people still provide wit and wisdom for my illustrated edition.
Posters for my illustrated edition have been hard to find lately, as smart people get worn down by media malevolence. What I can find, though, is great!
Between Antifa riots, Act II of the Civil War (the famous Battle Against The Statues), and the Arpaio pardon, there’s a lot of good material here.
This illustrated edition celebrates the fact that, even when the country goes insane, it’s still possible to be clever, wise, informative, and funny.
By popular demand, it’s back — the Bookworm Room illustrated edition! You’ll enjoy these pithy images showing all that’s right or wrong with America.
It’s another superb illustrated edition, with thought-provoking posters about politics, social issues, and foreign policy. You won’t want to miss it.
This is first and foremost an illustrated edition post except . . . before you even look at these posters, please read Victor Davis Hanson’s “Regime Change by Any Other Name?” It’s phenomenal. And now the pictures:
One of the young Bookworms (no longer little, but younger still than I am) is doing a darned find job of organizing things around the house, a task that frequently needs my input.
A client asked me to help research a really interesting Constitutional law question regarding a government agency’s ability to infringe of some First Amendment rights.
I’m having a dispute with a local car dealership, which has been polite but firm on my side, but that escalated this morning to scarily abusive on the dealership’s side in the form of a hollering, threatening phone call from a dealership employee. That’s why, when I took the matter up the ladder to the car company itself, I asked that the company take whatever steps it has to in order to investigate the matter without directly implicating the person who abused me because I am actually afraid of him. No fooling. Knowing martial arts doesn’t mean that I want to have a physical confrontation at my home with a maddened employee who feels I threatened his job.
What with one thing and another, blogging isn’t going to happen, but please feel free to make this an open thread. The world is an interesting place and guys are so good at catching all the stuff I miss or am unable to address.
I’m out-of-town with friends and my iPad touchscreen is being touch resistant, both of which preclude even the pretense of blogging. Do check in the for the next two days, though, because my brilliant friend Wolf Howling will, I hope, put up a post or two. Also, I’ll be back Sunday evening.
Until then, here’s a nice, new, fresh open thread.
This Bookworm Beat is about the mad, mad, mad, mad and often quite scary world the Social Justice Warriors have given us.
I have been spring cleaning my small office for three days now and, finally, I’m done. Despite its small size, it had become the dumping ground for every piece of paper that ever came into the house, whether mine or the kids’. Add to that time the time spent dealing with a sick dog (she’s better now), and I’ve done squat when it comes to blogging. Thankfully, friends have helped out. These links are as good as anything I would have picked:
An in-depth look in Politico at a truly horrible Title IX decision at college and then in the 9th Circuit.
For much of Western history, society deplored the Seven Deadly Sins. Progressives have embraced them as desirable values.
You might have seen this link before, but it is a very good one. Someone high up in China’s Politburo is sending an open and obvious message to Kim Jung Un.
One of the many things on Trump’s to-do list, virtually all of which are top priorities, should be making available the data on crime uniquely collected by the federal government. We know the reasons it’s not available at the moment — race and CYA.
If China cuts oil supplies to the Kim regime, that really will be a huge deal. The country will grind to a halt.
An interesting essay from Katie Hopkins on Theresa May’s snap elections.
An homage to the capitalist innovators who failed spectacularly.
Here’s a down-and-dirty Bookworm Beat that’s still replete with things to entertain and inform.
I’d meant to blog more today, as well as to clean my office, but I had a sick dog and that took both my time and my attention. All is well with the dog — it’s a long term problem and we’re doing maintenance care.
And now for some quick links:
Gadzooks! It’s Gorsuch: Last week, when Neil Gorsuch was confirmed, Myron Magnet wrote a much-read article about the revolution his ascension to the Supreme Court represents:
Suppose, now that Gorsuch has been confirmed and sworn in, it understood and intended to overturn the administrative state’s usurpation of the Constitution. Suppose, moreover, that it understood the promiscuous lawlessness with which the justices have been making laws out of thin air for half a century and more—claiming some vague basis in the Bill of Rights or the Fourteenth Amendment—and resolved to end that abuse, exercising only judgment, not will. Suppose President Trump got to appoint one more justice in the Gorsuch and Scalia mold, creating an irresistible majority that upheld Madison’s original Constitution instead of Wilson’s “living” one.
Magnet’s dream may well be in the process of being realized. How do I know? Because of the manic, fevered emanations from the Left after Gorsuch’s first official appearance on the bench, all stating that Gorsuch is a mentally-disabled moron wrongfully occupying Merrick Garland’s seat. They’re terrified:
After his startlingly humiliating performance during his first day on the bench yesterday, it’s possible his earlier reticence to answer the Senators’ questions was because he didn’t understand them. As it turns out, Gorsuch is a simpleton with almost childlike understanding of the law – and the existing Justices on both sides of the spectrum already seem to have concluded he’s an idiot.
In fact, Gorsuch was pointing out that the answer lies in actually reading the statutory language — and he was embarrassing those attorneys who were trying to make things complicated in hopes of getting a ruling that allows agencies to make their own laws. (I’ve lost my link for this, but I’ll fill it in as soon as I find it.)
If Dennis Prager is happy, I’m happy. Everything Dennis Prager says about the political and moral clarity of the last two weeks . . . I agree:
2. The terrible presidency of Barack Obama is beginning to be acknowledged.
Following President Trump’s order to attack Syria about 63 hours after the Syrian regime seemingly used chemical weapons, even many in the mainstream media couldn’t help but contrast his prompt response with Obama’s nonresponse to Assad’s use of chemical weapons in 2013. And almost every report further noted that Obama failed to do anything after having promised that he would regard the use of chemical weapons by Assad as crossing a “red line.”
Likewise, Obama’s do-nothing policies vis-a-vis North Korea are being contrasted with Trump’s warnings to leader Kim Jung Un about further testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles and pressure on China’s leaders to rein in the North Korean regime.
These contrasts are important for a number of reasons, not the least of which being there is now hope that Obama’s star will dim as time goes on.
This will come as somewhat of a surprise to those on the left, but many of us who are not on the left believe that Obama did more damage to America than any previous president — economically, militarily and socially.
As drivers, we can too easily cause someone else’s traumatic death. As people of conscience, we must drive with relaxed rigor to avoid that outcome.
The other day, I had an inconsequential, but extremely painful and somewhat sanguinary medical procedure. Although I was practicing deep breathing and thinking happy thoughts in an effort to get through the procedure with a minimum of fuss, my body had a different idea. It interpreted the cutting and blood to mean only one thing: Unless it acted immediately, I was going to die. To that end, my body instantly withdrew all the blood in my extremities back into my torso to protect my internal organs and it had me start throwing up to rid itself of any poisons. My body’s response was every bit as unpleasant as the procedure itself.
That made me think of traumatic death.
I’ve been watching PBS’s six-hour American Experience documentary about America’s participation in WWI. All three episodes have made extraordinary use of contemporaneous still photos and — something entirely new at the time — movie footage. Seeing those vital young men march happily off to war confident that, despite the bloodbath of the preceding four years, they could emerge unscathed is disconcerting to say the least. And of course, while modern filmmakers are loath to let us see the effects of Islamic terrorism against the West, this documentary is filled with shots of dead British soldiers, dead French soldiers, dead German soldiers and, eventually, dead American soldiers.
That made me think of traumatic death.
About a month ago, I watched a movie I didn’t like — I prefer plot driven movies, while this was all about emotions — but I found in it a compelling underlying message. The movie was Rabbit Hole, about a young couple still struggling nine months after their only child was hit and killed by a car. It’s not a bad movie; it’s just not my kind of movie. In the event that you want to see it, I won’t give away any of the plot except to say that it makes you think how extraordinarily vulnerable a child’s body is when hit by a large object.
That made me think of traumatic death.
I’m not feeling particularly inspired today, but this Bookworm Beat has some links I’d like to share with you, covering everything from politics to humor.
Obergefell is worse than you imagined. Obergefell is the case in which Justice Kennedy, writing the romance novel of his life, found buried in the Constitution a long hidden right to gay marriage. Legally, it was a disaster of an opinion and, as romantic fiction, it was too overwrought to be believable.
What those of us who read it once with an eye for the specific issue missed is the fact that Kennedy included language that encourages each federal judge in America to take a legislative role for himself, never mind that these judges are appointed, not elected, so voters cannot touch them:
In Obergefell, Justice Kennedy did far more than merely discover a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. He wrote that judges have an ongoing “duty” to identify and protect new “fundamental rights.” He maintained that judges should institute new rights whenever their “reasoned judgment” suggests that it is appropriate to do so.
Previously, a Supreme Court precedent titled Washington v. Glucksberg held that judges could recognize constitutional rights only if they were “deeply rooted in” American “history and tradition.” Justice Kennedy dismissed this standard as unduly constraining judges’ power.
The article from which the above quotation comes explains that, across the United States, activist judges have been taking full advantage of this unconstitutional mandate:
A case titled Juliana v. United States presents an ominous warning as to what lies ahead. A district-court judge in Oregon used Obergefell’s license to fashion a new individual right to a “climate system capable of sustaining human life.” The judge adopted Justice Kennedy’s “reasoned judgment” standard and wrote, “Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ . . . I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life” is a fundamental constitutional right.
The plaintiffs argued that various government officials violated the Constitution by “causing atmospheric CO2 levels to rise” and “knowingly endangering Plaintiffs’ health and welfare by approving and prompting fossil fuel development, including exploration, extraction, production, transportation, importation, exportation, and combustion.” They urged the court to order the government to stop violating their constitutional right to a healthy environment and to require it to “develop a plan to reduce CO2 emissions.”
This sounds like a plainly political rather than constitutional question, but under Obergefell’s amorphous “reasoned judgment” standard, anything is possible. The judge explained that under Obergefell, the creation of “new fundamental rights” is not “out of bounds.” The case is ongoing, but the district-court judge has already recognized the existence of the “constitutional right” in question.
Justice Kennedy cannot retire from the Court soon enough. Nor can Justice Ginsburg. This aggregation of raw power in the only branch of our government that is not answerable to anyone is a fearful tyranny that needs to be quashed instantly, if not sooner.