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.
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