"Bankrobber" - The Clash
Break your back to earn your pay and don't forget to grovel."
- It's nice to see the intellectual leader of the conservative judiciary showing his continued grasp of the fine points of the law. What a fucking fatuous gobshite this clown is. That he is taken seriously as a judge is a measure of just how far we have fallen. The notion that he is somehow a brilliant jurist rather than a transparently political hack really should be put to rest after this argument and the one over ACA.
- Speaking of right wing intellectual clownishness, Pierce, in brilliant fashion, finishes what Michael Sean Winters began -- the complete and utter gutting of Ross Douthat's newly minted, spectacularly ahistorical piece on America's loss of its good old fashioned religious wisdom circa 1950. Douthat, like his intellectual soul mate at the Times, David Brooks, has pretensions to being an intellectual, but, alas, possesses the withered mind and soul of the propagandist. Facts are selectively distorted or omitted to fit Ross's thesis, which is that once there was a golden age in which Protestants and Catholics of all stripes joined together and denounced sexy time and made us a better nation for it.
- And to continue picking on right wing Catholics, both the U.S. Conference of Bishops and the faculty at Georgetown University seem to have an issue with the budget proposed by Paul Ryan, the man Pierce memorably describes as the "zombie-eyed granny starver," who tried to claim that his work was consistent with Catholic notions of social justice. The Georgetown faculty begged to differ in rather stark terms:
“Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” says the letter, which the faculty members sent to Mr. Ryan along with a copy of the Vatican’s Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church — “to help deepen your understanding of Catholic social teaching.”
What else is going on out there?