This cartoon by Stilton Jarlsburg from the Travon Martin verdict last year is at once both sad and amusing. The amusing part is the exposure of the meaninglessness of President Obama’s “circle of compassion” speech (and Jarlsburg goes after the “trapezoid of meaningless rhetoric” and “the dodecahedron of decency.” But the sad part, of course, is the fact that this cartoon points to a deep underlying truth: President Obama got involved for all the wrong reasons. Rather than heal, he chose to inflame and divide.
They caught the guy. He was carrying concealed on school grounds, and based upon the penalties enacted in New York State about carrying a gun in such gun-free zones, he was arrested. The story was noted by The Truth About Guns, and is implausible:
The Dodecahedron of Decency an...1
Rules for Thee2
Beef with the USDA3
This is an interesting case that has been litigated for a long time. It is essentially Chevron against a coalition of environmentalists and their attorneys, who initially won an $18 billion judgment against the energy company.
But that has changed. Now, in the face of massive fraud by the self-important environmentalists, a New York court has reversed the judgment and castigated the fraudsters in a nearly 500-page opinion. Apparently, the fraudster enviros were so enamored with themselves, they made a movie — and outtakes from the movie, demonstrating the kickbacks and bribes and falsification of evidence, were forced to be released. Kevin Williamson of NRO writes:
What’s notable here is that Chevron’s complaint is under the RICO law, meaning that it implies the existence of an ongoing criminal organization. What we have here, if the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York is correct, is the new face of organized crime, and one of the most spectacular attempts at extortion in recorded history.
Corruption galore, including paid hit-pieces written about the case in Huffington Post and Politico in exchange for a cut of the court winnings. Lots of details here.
The New York Times doesn’t like it, of course. But even they had to close with:
In his ruling, Judge Kaplan said Mr. Donziger “began his involvement in this controversy with a desire to improve conditions in the area in which his Ecuadorean clients live.” But in the end, he and his associates “submitted fraudulent evidence” and otherwise subverted justice. “If ever there were a case warranting equitable relief with respect to a judgment procured by fraud, this is it.”
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In the excellent book Wizard by John Varley, an alien whose race is physically rather larger than humans tells a human friend why the aliens want to ban guns:
“… Yet we have a love-hate relationship with your species. We admire and sometimes envy the fire of your emotions. Each of you has a streak of violence, and we accept that. It’s easier since we are so much larger; without a gun, there is little chance any of you could harm any of us. One of the things we would like to do is ban those equalizing weapons. Lacking the spur of aggression, we cannot afford to let you be our physical equals.”
It occurs to me that my elite friends on the left probably think along much the same lines … but with less affection.
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Frequently, Fox News is attacked as having sued in court to prove that they have the right to lie and to distort the news. Here is a typical example:
“As a U.S. television entity, FOX went to court (AND WON) the right to lie to their viewing audience by way of a right-leaning SCOTUS’ verdict.”
(Reposted, as it disappeared from the site.)
We are relaxing to the idea of every communication between us being monitored by a government that considers the other political party to be “enemies.” (Isn’t it odd that President Obama will talk about compromises with Iranian jihadists, but not with Republicans?)
As has been revealed recently, NSA has off-shore sites making their gathering of email lists from Americans technically legal. So, despite recent court activity and supposed “executive actions,” this would not be affected:
The communists at SocialistWorker.org are heartbroken, as right-to-work laws are allowing workers to make a choice about whether or not to join the union.
And most horribly of all (in their minds it is “a nightmare”), people are investing and opening businesses and creating jobs as a result:
Ralph Nader is an interesting character. He is famous as a crusader, but like Don Quixote in “Man of La Mancha,” his crusades are not always against real villains. And like Quixote, his exploits have been built up in stories so that reality no longer matters much.