Humpty Dumpty Constitution

     Once upon a time, words meant something, and it meant something that we, for the most part, could all agree on. But more and more people want to play Humpty Dumpty and play the “master” by imposing their view of what ought to be said by declaring that what has been said in fact does so, even if the text itself is explicitly contradicted.

     How many people believe that Constitution should stand for, not what it actually says, but what it “means in current times”?

     A majority of Americans.

“A majority of Americans (55%) now say the U.S. Supreme Court should base its rulings on what the Constitution ‘means in current times,’ while 41% say rulings should be based on what it ‘meant as originally written,’ according to a recent Pew Research Center report on American democratic values.”

     The desire to play Humpty Dumpty has been a long-standing tactic of the Left.

     The obvious problem with this is that almost every person who believes that “U.S. Supreme Court should base its rulings on what the Constitution ‘means in current times,'” won’t have a say as to what, exactly the “Constitution ‘means in current times'”, or indeed what any word means at all, and those of that 55% will likely not like what the Constitution is made to mean in the hands of those with actual social and political institutional power, and certainly won’t like it when the other side is the one exercising that power.

     We, as a civilization, or any civilization for that matter, can not exist with two different definitions and meanings to the same set of explicitly written words. Either one side shall triumph over the other or be ended by the other, and the current meaning will be whatever the victor declares it to be, thus rendering the entire point of a commonly understood framework that applies equally to everyone a moot point.

     To a large extent this is a major distinction between conservatism (in the Anglospheric vein) and Progressives and their fellow-goers: Either we have an overarching understand and rule of law that all are subservient to and none can lord over, or we have those with actual institutional privilege and actual institutional power wield that power in, if we are lucky, an arbitrary and capricious way, or, if we are unlucky, in a very targeted and methodical manner. If those who are of the type that prefer the latter, the best we could hope for is a relatively non-bloody rectification of names.

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News of the Week (May 20th, 2018)

 

News of the Week for May 20th, 2018


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Ebola Outbreak in the Congo? Vox Blames Donald Trump

     Leave it to Vox.com to somehow connect an Ebola outbreak in the Congo to, and figure out a way to start blaming… Donald Trump.

     So what are the accusations?

“Just one day after DRC’s Ebola outbreak was declared, the head of global health security on the White House’s National Security Council, Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, left the Trump administration amid a reorganization by National Security Adviser John Bolton, the Huffington Post reported this week. That means the top White House official who would lead a pandemic response is gone.

“The health security team Ziemer was leading has also been dismantled. (According to National Security Council press office, Ziemer’s team has been “assigned to two different offices that have a direct relationship to their mission sets.”)”

Pictured: Inside of the Trump White House, presumably according to Vox.com

     Of course, the biggest sin in the eyes of Vox.com, and the Left more broadly, is that the Trump administration requested that $252 Million in unspent Ebola Funding (which was appropriated in 2015) be rescinded in the 2018 budget.

     Who knew that Trump was a fan of Ebola-chan?

Pictured: A typical Trump voter, presumably according to Vox.com

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Quick Takes – Academic Feels: Emotion As Knowledge; Feminist Science; Feminist Geography

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: The Left Believe Women Can’t Think

     First, a little bit of mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Apparently the stereotypical “emotional woman” is no longer a stereotype, but rather a “way of knowing” that will battle the very tool of White Supremacy: Logic and reason.

“A professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) has called for professors to value ’emotion as knowledge’ to fight white supremacy and promote social justice.

“Writing in the journal Whiteness and Education, UNM Research Assistant Professor Hope Kitts argues that ‘valuing emotion as knowledge’ is a key way professors can promote social justice, especially if and when students are made to feel ‘uncomfortable.’

“Making students uncomfortable is a key strategy during the process of ‘interrogating whiteness’ and ‘deconstructing hegemonic white identity,’ she writes, asserting that the approach could be carried out in any class, regardless of subject matter.”

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British Doctor Accidentally Decapitates Baby

     Demonstrating the high quality of healthcare provided by the U.K.’s National Healthcare Service, a doctor accidentally decapitated an unborn baby, even as the pregnant woman, who was denied any pain medication, was telling her to stop.

“It was alleged that tragedy hit when the 41-year-old doctor called for the patient to push while herself applying traction to the baby’s legs.

“The movement caused the infant’s legs, arms and torso to become detached leaving the head still in his mother’s womb.

“…

“A medical practitioners tribunal in Manchester heard the doctor allegedly continued with a vaginal delivery despite the patient’s cervix being ‘no more than four centimetres dilated’.”

Death, Rx

     The most callous moment, though, was when they reattached the head for the baby’s mother to hold.

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Amazon Rights

     Amazon how has rights according to a court. Oh, this doesn’t have to do with the company or to the female warriors of Greek mythology, but with the South American river filled with parasites, disease, piranhas, and disease.

     The Supreme Court of Columbia has decided that running water through a geological feature is the same as a human being when it comes to human rights. This is yet another example of lunatics and twig-worshiping Gaia lovers who push “nature rights“. The Amazon joins the Ganges, Yamuna, and Whanganui rivers in gaining “rights”.

     Some of these lunatics compare a river with human slaves:

“Transforming nature from being treated as property under the law, to be considered as rights-bearing — and thus in possession of legally enforceable rights — is the focus of the growing Rights of Nature movement.

“Throughout history, women, indigenous peoples, and slaves have been treated as property under the law, without legal rights. Legal systems around the world today treat nature as property, and thus right-less. Under these systems, environmental laws regulate human use of nature, resulting in the decline of species and ecosystems worldwide, and the acceleration of climate change.”

     This is tantamount to declaring that merely rowing down a river is tantamount to rape.

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California To Demand People Sacrifice and Suffer For The God Of Global Warming

     Some people like solar panels on their homes because it’s free electricity, and are promised that any excess energy will be used as a credit against nighttime demands for electricity. Indeed, there is an allure of being disconnected from any grid and being energy self-sufficient. But for new housing tracts, this means adding tens of thousands of dollars upfront for marginal gains later. But this sacrifice to appease the God of Global Warming is deemed sufficient enough to not only offset “carbon” in the atmosphere, but also to assuage the guilt of the rich as the poor suffer in hell-holes in neo-Feudal California.

“For seven years, a handful of homebuilders offered solar as an optional item to buyers willing to pay extra to go green.

“Now, California is on the verge of making solar standard on virtually every new home built in the Golden State.”

     Unsurprisingly, this easily passed.

     What makes this worse is that it requires all homes to utilize electricity over the more, ironically enough, economically friendly use of natural gas for such usage as heating, cooking, &c.

“In addition to widespread adoption of solar power, the new provisions include a push to increase battery storage and increase reliance on electricity over natural gas. Among the highlights:

  • “The new solar mandate would apply to all houses, condos and apartment buildings up to three stories tall that obtain building permits after Jan. 1, 2020.
  • “Exceptions or alternatives will be allowed when homes are shaded by trees or buildings or when the home’s roofs are too small to accommodate solar panels.
  • “Solar arrays can be smaller because homes won’t have to achieve true net-zero status.
  • “Builders installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall would get ‘compliance credits,’ allowing them to further reduce the size of the solar system.
  • “Provisions will encourage more electric use or even all-electric homes to reduce natural gas consumption. State officials say improved technology is making electric water heaters increasingly cost-effective.”

     But are these exceptions enough?

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News of the Week (May 13th, 2018)

 

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Women Living Longer Than Men Is Now Considered Misogyny

     It is quite accurately pointed out that men live shorter lives, on average, then women.

     However, even this is considered a form of misogyny and sexist oppression!

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Quick Takes – Textbook Social Justice: Sexual Orientation As History; Tokenistic Minorities; Misogynistic Economics

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: A textbook case of madness…

     First, a little bit of mood music:

     Carrying on…

     People are included in lessons on history usually because they did something historical. Whether they were Gay or Straight does not detract from their impact. But now it seems that simply being Queer is enough to elevate one to historical significance.

“As a state, California has adopted a fresh take on history: A person’s sexual identity is what matters more than what that person does.

“The state’s board of education has approved ten textbooks that it has deemed ‘inclusive enough,’ and rejected two others that were not, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*, one of the top textbooks producers in the United States.

“…

“[C] hildren at this age don’t need to know sexual preference in order to understand what a person has contributed to society. That Emily Dickinson was a lesbian or that Walt Whitman was gay in no way changes the fact that ‘A Noiseless, Patient Spider’ is one of the best poems I read in high school or that every Emily Dickinson poem can be read to the tune of ‘Yellow Rose Of Texas.'”

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