February 28, 2011

30-Minute Drill: Quick Hit Headlines and Highlights (022811, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:46 am

30 minutes, no timeouts:


From a Wall Street Journal editorial that really shouldn’t be behind its subscription wall, a reaction to a DC court’s decision claiming that Obamacare is constitutional (bold is mine):

Judge Gladys Kessler of the D.C. district court says in her 64-page opinion that this power (the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce — Ed.) includes regulating even “mental activity, i.e., decision-making.”

The distinction between activity and inactivity is “of little significance,” Judge Kessler writes. “It is pure semantics to argue that an individual who makes a choice to forgo health insurance is not ‘acting’ . . . Making a choice is an affirmative action, whether one decides to do something or not do something. They are two sides of the same coin.”

Whoa. In other words, there is no constitutional principle that limits federal coercion.

And they wonder why the Tea Party movement has so much traction.


At NewsBusters (“Media Ignore Muslim Brotherhood Role in Fomenting Anti-Jew Hatred and Pro-Hitler Sentiment”), Brad Wilmouth has a good rundown of the Muslim Brotherhood’s history, and the establishment press’s whitewash of it.

The admiration for Hitler is not part of “ancient” history; his admirers include Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusef Qaradawi, whose return to Eqypt was supposedly a milestone on the road to representative rule.

Three years ago, al-Qaradawi was denied entrance into the UK. That’s largely because in 2004:

… the cleric defended suicide attacks on Israelis during a BBC interview, saying: “It’s not suicide, it is martyrdom in the name of God.” He added that it did not matter if women and children were the victims of such attacks.

The cleric is also said to preach that husbands should beat disobedient wives.


The justifications for serious concern over the direction of post-Mubarak direction of Egypt continue to grow.

Related: Via Brian Fairchild at Pajamas Media: “WikiLeaks Cables Reveal Muslim Brotherhood Ties to Iran”


From Ed Morrissey at Hot Air: “One reason why Wisconsin needed union reform: captive benefits” —

Wisconsin Education Association has (a big stake) in forcing individual school districts to negotiate benefits — because they can demand that their own WEA Trust have a monopoly on health insurance.

And school districts overpay compared to other plans available. What a racket.


Climate activists as the new survivalists. Read this if you need to be disabused of the notion that paranoia is limited to certain militia types.


Ann Althouse,on the “entertainment” at the Madison Pro-Big Labor protests:

Why weren’t there better celebrities? Perhaps there are inside polls on how this protest is playing out around the country and people don’t want their names dragged into it.

Something I didn’t know about Yarrow, from Wikipedia:

In 1970, Yarrow was convicted of, and served three months in prison for, taking “improper liberties” with a 14-year-old female fan. He has since apologized for the incident: “In that time, it was common practice, unfortunately –– the whole groupie thing.”

Uh, no it wasn’t, Pete.

Althouse has been the go-to-place for onsite insights and unscripted video coverage of events in Madison.



  1. Judge Kessler’s decision is hard to reconcile. In medicine, we recognize the right to refuse medical care. But contained in that right is not the ability to prescribe your own care, that is, you can refuse something, but you cannot force someone to give you some medication or procedure of your choice.

    Comment by Jim — February 28, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  2. #1, conversely, the government death-panel types like Zeke Emanuel and Berwick think it’s perfectly OK for government to refuse medical care to someone and their family who want it, even though in their world you will have been forced to buy “coverage” they can deny at their whim.

    If the government can force you to buy health insurance, then the consumer should have the right to force the provider of health services to provide treatment. Of course it wouldn’t work that way. …

    Comment by TBlumer — February 28, 2011 @ 10:44 am

  3. Judge Kessler? More like Judge Orwell. Using her logic, the government can force me to play in the National Basketball Association, because not choosing to participate in basketball is an “action” and thus falls under interstate commerce.

    It’s not schematics. Judge Orwells abstract notions many sound good on paper, but in the real world we all know that action and inaction are very different and not the same side of a coin at all.

    P.S. I wonder what the Founders would think about how things like the Commerce Clause and the term “general welfare” in the Constitution have been so abused over the years.

    Comment by zf — February 28, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

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