The Earth didn’t get the memo

July 9, 2009

Doesn't the planet know it's supposed to be catastrophically warming?

Chicago – coolest July 8th in 118 years

Justice Ginsburg, eugenicist??

July 9, 2009

Oh, I think Madame Justice is going to have a bit of explaining to do, once this gets around:

Q: Are you talking about the distances women have to
travel because in parts of the country, abortion is essentially
unavailable, because there are so few doctors and clinics that do the
procedure? And also, the lack of Medicaid for abortions for poor women?

JUSTICE GINSBURG: Yes, the ruling about that
surprised me. [Harris v. McRae — in 1980 the court upheld the Hyde
Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.] Frankly I
had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about
population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t
want to have too many of.
So that Roe was going to be then set up for
Medicaid funding for abortion. Which some people felt would risk
coercing women into having abortions when they didn’t really want them.
But when the court decided McRae, the case came out the other way. And
then I realized that my perception of it had been altogether wrong.

Highlight added. And, like Ed Whelan, I have to ask: Just which populations do you think we don't want too many of, Justice Ginsburg?

Of course, support for eugenics is one of the great skeletons in the closet of American liberalism, arising as part of the Progressive movement. Margaret Sanger, the founder of abortion-rights group Planned Parenthood, was a devout believer in eugenics, and her influence is felt in the upper reaches of American liberalism to this day, though they try to gloss over the unsavory, ugly truth. If Justice Ginsburg truly thinks eugenic ideas are acceptable and that there are "populations we don't want too many of," she needs to be called on the carpet to explain herself.

Related Reading: Liberal Fascism.

Requiem for California

July 9, 2009

Iowahawk takes two bizarre events -the overwrought funeral for King of Pop pedophiliac singer Michael Jackson and the epic meltdown of California's finances after years of binge borrowing and spending- and combines them into one glorious satire: Fans Flock to Mourn California, 1849-2009:

LOS ANGELES – Millions of fans from around the globe gathered along Sunset Boulevard to pay final respects to California today, as a slow moving funeral procession transported the eccentric superstar state's remains to its final resting place in a Winchell's Donuts dumpster in Van Nuys. The self-proclaimed 'King of Pop Culture' died last week at 160, in what coroners ruled an accidental case of financial autoerotic asphyxiation. The death sent shock waves across the world and sparked an outpouring of grief by rabid fans.

"I don't care what the tabloids and the Wall Street Journal say," said a weeping Illinois. "I still love you, Cali!"

The 640-mile long funeral parade route was lined with flowers, candles, teddy bears, and IOUs from millions of mourners and debtors who made the somber journey to watch the passing of the state that had once ruled the box office and industrial charts. Among them were current chart-toppers who cited California as a key influence.

"If it wasn't for California, I wouldn't be where I am today," said Arizona of Westside 3, the popular sunbelt trio who recently benefited from the late state's generous gift of fleeing taxpayers and businesses. As a tribute to their mentor, Arizona vowed the group would start spending money "like crack-addled hip hop stars."

"California's financial and musical legacy will never die," said band mates Nevada and Oregon.

At the official funeral service at the LA Coliseum, a grief stricken Washington, who teamed with California on several hit software and wine projects, had to be physically restrained from climbing into the deceased's gold plated casket.

Read it all. It's one of those rare pieces that leaves you laughing and crying at the same time. CryingRolling on the floor