Category Archives: Free Speech

Obedient, Authoritarian, Stagnant Liberal Left Watches As Right Rebels

Democrats, Free Speech, Left-Liberalism, Regulation, Republicans, The State

The Republican political establishment and the colluding quislings on the Left all work in tandem to keep the status quo. It’s a spoils-system designed—reflexively, really—to benefit both factions.

Donald Trump started a grassroots process of structural upheaval. The momentum appears unstoppable.

After being filtered then ridiculed by bumbling idiots on the right and left—Fox’s Megyn kelly* and now CNBC—The presidential candidates want to speak directly to the people without network and party leadership intervention.

The Dem media are criticizing the wonderful chaos in the GOP ranks. Aren’t liberals always boasting about being the radicals who rebel against stagnant political strictures? Do they ever revolt against their own party apparatus? What losers (here’s an example of how a leftist revolts against reason and refuses to debate).

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is running scared. Didn’t his outfit threaten to keep Ron Paul from the debates? Overthrow this Priebus ponce.

Another left-liberal conceit is to blame big money for owning politics. Regulate speech is the Dem mantra. Jeb Bush has huge money behind him. And he’s sinking.

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* No wonder Ms. Kelly, on her increasingly dull, Fox News me-me extravaganza, depicted the CNBC shtick on debate night as that of a press asking tough questions. Sounds like projection to me. CNBC ignoramuses were asking the type of questions she pursued on first debate night.


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Hate Group (SPLC) Targets Trump

Free Speech, Left-Liberalism, Political Correctness, Propaganda, Race, Racism

It was but a matter of time before the nation’s premier hate group, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), zeroed in on Donald Trump. Here’s how Mark Potok, the hateful, deeply silly head honcho at Hate Inc., tars individuals with the white supremacist Mark of Cain (via The Huffington Post):

… former White House communications director and three-time presidential aspirant Pat Buchanan was the last presidential candidate to appeal to white supremacist groups in a similar way.

Trump, who is running for president as a Republican, has attracted the support of a number of prominent white supremacists, including David Duke, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

An edited transcript of HuffPost’s conversation with Potok is below. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Potok’s remarks.

When was the last time a presidential candidate or other contender for national office got traction with white supremacists the way Trump has?

There is no question we have not seen anything like this since Pat Buchanan. Those two have a lot in common. I am not sure if Trump views himself as a white nationalist, but he has white nationalist positions. When he calls Mexicans rapists and murderers, he is dog-whistling in a very clear way to this far-right constituency. Buchanan and Trump are appealing to the same constituencies.

In terms of public figures, [Fox Business host] Lou Dobbs had some of the same appeal, but among politicians, Buchanan is really the last person to have the effect Trump is having. …

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No Salvation From The Gang of Nine

Constitution, Free Speech, Law, The Courts

By Myron Robert Pauli, Ph.D.

Every June is when the Supreme Court announces its decisions on the disputes on which it picks to rule. According to Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, “The Constitution is what the judges say it is.” Each year, they hand down very erudite but often nonsensical opinions citing previous erudite nonsensical opinions (known as “precedent”). If you trace back all the precedents, you might get a slight resemblance to the US Constitution, just as if you rotate 1 degrees each time for 180 times, you wind up pointing in the opposite direction.

From my view, the biggest nonsense of 2015 was Zivotofsky v. Kerry, a relatively inconsequential case over Congress instructing that passports for people born in Jerusalem list Israel as their birthplace. Now, the 4th clause of Article 1 Section 8 gives Congress authority over the rules of naturalization, which would seem to me, to cover citizenship status. Congress could declare Jerusalem births to be from Israel, Jerusalem, Palestine, Bolivia, or Mars. NO – said 6 Justices – that power is exclusively reserved for the president (Where is that stated in Article 2??).

Many were annoyed by the Obamacare decision – but there should be little surprise. In 1937, the Supreme Court had decided: (1) The 10th Amendment has no meaning. (2) Congress can hand out welfare, retirement, etc. “benefits” to individuals at will. (3) Congress can delegate legislative powers in the form of “regulations” which can be drafted by unelected bureaucrats and where citizens can be fined and imprisoned for violating. So, Gomer Pyle, where is the “surprise surprise surprise”? Congress surely didn’t read the 2900 page Affordable Care Act. I somewhat doubt that Obama read the 2900 pages and, in any case, has changed it at will every month. Why should a “wise Latina” like Sotomayor decipher 2900 pages of hieroglyphics? Besides, only one person in the galaxy understands what is in that glop and that is Professor Gruber. If hyperregulation is good on Mondays, why is it wrong on Tuesdays? Basically, the Supremes did not want to touch that greased pig of a bill.

The Court often rules for freedom of speech. This angers “conservatives” when the speech is smutty and angers “liberals” when it is plutocratic oligarchs funding 30 second political spots. Admittedly, the smut is on a higher intellectual and more honest than the 30 second ads. But is the Supreme Court responsible because more people watch smut than read the Bible? Is the Supreme Court responsible because people believe those silly spots where Hillary uses her billion buck fundraising booty from sucking up to the oligarchs and special interests to accuse Jeb of being a corrupt tool of the oligarchs and special interests and Jeb uses his billions to accuse Hillary of being the corrupt tool?

And, of course, we have gay marriage? Personally, I am not going to change because someone marries the same sex or a consenting bear or their toaster (but don’t fool around with the vacuum cleaner!). If millions are going to descend into Sodom because of a few people’s preferences, those millions cannot have very strong moral convictions. But again, did the Supreme Court cause “indecency” or are they just “following the election returns” (and popular trends)?

And the granddaddy of all brouhahas: abortion. Theoretically, the right to abortion follows the right of a person to “do what she wants with her body.” Hence, a person can chop off her leg, cook it in the over, and eat it. But America has not had 55 million cases of cannibalistic self-mutilation. America has had 55 million abortions since 1973. Is there not some responsibility for that among the tens of millions who decided to terminate the lives of those developing children?

When Stevens in Gonzales v. Raich said that a woman smoking dope in her basement interferes with interstate commerce, he also pointed out that if the law is idiotic, Congress and the president should repeal the law. Yes folk, don’t look at Ginsburg, Scalia, Roberts, and Rehnquist as the Blessed Mother and the Holy Trinity! If this nation is authoritarian, corrupt, bloated, idiotic, or immoral – time to gaze into the mirror. You will not receive Salvation from the Gang of Nine.

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Barely a Blog (BAB) contributor Myron Pauli grew up in Sunnyside Queens, went off to college in Cleveland and then spent time in a mental institution in Cambridge MA (MIT) with Benjamin Netanyahu (did not know him), and others until he was released with the “hostages” and Jimmy Carter on January 20, 1981, having defended his dissertation in nuclear physics. Most of the time since, he has worked on infrared sensors, mainly at Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC. He was NOT named after Ron Paul but is distantly related to physicist Wolftgang Pauli; unfortunately, only the “good looks” were handed down and not the brains. He writes assorted song lyrics and essays reflecting his cynicism and classical liberalism. Click on the “BAB’s A List” category to access the Pauli archive.


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Comedian Amy Schumer Caves To PC Consensus

Free Speech, Left-Liberalism, Political Correctness

In case you’re getting tired of the one public persona who won’t embark on an apology tour for politically incorrect utterances and ideas—here’s comedian Amy Schumer, folding and feeding the quest for consensus:

Comedienne Amy Schumer was wrapped into the recent national discussions on political correctness after making several jokes about race on her Comedy Central show. Though Schumer previously pushed back at critics in the past who accused her of having a “blind spot” for race jokes, but in an exchange with a fan on Twitter, she said that she wants to “take responsibility” for what she said.

The incident began when an article for The Guardian commented about some of Schumer’s off-color jokes. Monica Heisey initially praised Schumer as “funny, feminist, mainstream entertainment, ” but was less enthused about several “tactless” jokes from the Trainwreck star, such as “I used to date Latino guys. Now I prefer consensual.”

Schumer initially defended the comments, tweeting a lengthy post on June 28 about how she refuses to do “safe” material and that race jokes are part of her act as “an irreverent idiot:”

I enjoy playing the girl who time to time says the dumbest thing possible and playing with race is a thing we are not supposed to do, which is what makes it so fun for comics. You can call it a “blind spot for racism” or “lazy” but you are wrong. It is a joke and it is funny. I know that because people laugh at it.

After being asked on Twitter whether she has a sort of public responsibility as a storyteller, Schumer took a different tone …

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