I pretty much agree with the points Nick Gillespe makes here on Reason TV
But I’ll go one further. This decision by the Supreme Court is the worst since Dred Scott which was where the Supreme Court ruled Africans and their descendants brought to the US weren’t protected by the Constitution. Or where the Supreme Court upheld a ruling that concentration camps were lawful for interning Japanese-Americans regardless of whether they had done anything wrong (and all their property was confiscated by the state). And then there’s Kelo which basically said it was ok for cities to make deals with developers and seize people’s property so the city can get rich off their land. The Supreme Court acts unlawfully on occasion and does things that are not constitutional. It all depends on how the courts are stacked. President Obama stuck in two ideological fanatics, one of whom should have recused herself because she had a hand in writing the law.
If he gets reelected be certain there will be more appointments like the ones he made to stack the courts even further with hacks who show little regard for the bill of rights.
Justice Kagan didn’t recuse herself, which in itself an act act of judicial impropriety. For five justices to claim the government has the right to compel people to buy a commodity is an outrage and will have severe consequences. Politicians won’t stop making people buy stuff if they can get away with it here. Justice Roberts basically said its a tax and Congress can create new taxes. But this is a tax whereby you are forced to buy health insurance and that means you are compelled to do what the state tells you. They can start making you buy other things and claim its a tax now. It also means they now “own you” and can start telling you how to live. Your personal health affects actuarial tables. This means they can punish people for smoking, being overweight, whatever else they decide is unhealthy. If you think they are extreme now with their laws against smoking and junk food just you wait. They will start taking it far beyond where it is now. And they will find new things to complain about. They are constantly looking for new reasons to tell us what to do.
I’m old enough to remember when you could smoke in restaurants, movie theaters, grocery stores. No smoking started as a suggestion. Now look where we are. You may think that its good the way it is but now they are starting in on junk food. They started with suggestions. Articles telling you this will kill you and that will kill you. They changed the definition of the BMI so anyone not skinny was labeled obese and now we’re seeing airlines punishing people for being fat, cities banning soda and salt. It’s only the beginning.
When the state dictates every aspect of your life down to what you eat, when they make you buy things, when they act like they own you from cradle to the grave and now control the very mechanisms and institutions that are responsible for keeping you alive, you are truly a slave. 1984 is fast becoming non-fiction.
We cannot allow this to continue and that includes whatever Romney wants if he plans to replace Obamacare with anything like his Romneycare which has metastasized into something that’s ruined healthcare in Massachusetts and driven insurance prices through the roof there.
The state doesn’t own you. Nor do they have the right to tell you how to live. But they don’t care about the laws. They show a flagrant disregard for them on a daily basis. At what point to we make them stop?
I highly recommend this psychological thriller about a teen-aged vigilante. It’s a very compelling, well written and acted story about a kind of teen-aged avenger ala Death Wish but very believable and smart. I caught it on Netflix streaming so if you have that you can see it there.
Next Saturday, July 7th, I will be attending Batton Lash’s art exhibit Unmasked in San Diego. If you’re in the area come on by.
Today I interview Andrew Paquette. He’s a phenomenal painter and artist. I first met him back in the 90s through Mark Evanier and he eventually pencilled the comic Harsh Realm which I wrote that eventually became a TV series on Fox. Andrew left comics not long after that and became a fine arts painter, a CGI artist on such movies as the first Spiderman and Space Jam. He developed many computer games and is now and author and professor, senior lecturer/research lead at the International Game Architecture and Design Academy in the Netherlands. It’s of the world’s top game design schools. He is a founding member of the academy.
Andrew is one of the more interesting people I know. His website is found here.
CORRECTION: Vince Gillian was the X-Files writer who created Breaking Bad not Frank Spotnitz. My mistake
This is really great. Skip past the intro to 5.48. By the way, I put Augmented reality glasses which Google will be selling soon, in my Strikeforce: Morituri comics in the 80s and in Aftermath in 2000.
What he’s basically saying is write what you personally feel and know or believe so your fiction is a personal expression. What they call a “writer’s voice” is something many writers struggle with but you get it by being true to yourself. The recent movie the Rum Diaries explores how a Hunter Thompson character finds his voice. It was based on a novel by Hunter S Thompson and is really an expression of his feelings as a younger man.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
President Obama is hiring thousands of lawyers in advance of the November elections. Why?
Thousands of attorneys and support staffers have agreed to aid in the effort, providing a mass of legal support that appears to be unrivaled by Republicans or precedent. Obama’s campaign says it is particularly concerned about the implementation of new voter ID laws across the country, the possibility of anti-fraud activists challenging legitimate voters and the handling of voter registrations in the most competitive states.
In otherwords, they plan to cheat and cheat a lot and they will use lawyers to try to push through these false voters. Now you might say I’m being unfair. But look what his justice department has done when Florida started purging dead people from the voter database there. Eric Holder’s justice department objected to removing non-citizens form the voter rolls. Non citizens can’t vote, so why would they object unless they planned to use them? Florida is a key swing state and they don’t want to lose it in the election.
The fact is voter fraud was a heavy component in the 2008 election, even in the primaries where Barack Obama ran against Hillary Clinton. The now notorious ACORN was deeply involved in trying to get Obama through and was amply rewarded by the president when he was elected. Fortunately, congress killed their funding when it was revealed what a criminal enterprise it was. Obama had a long association with ACORN. He was their election lawyer and trainer for many years.
Even though ACORN was reformed under another name, the administration has been awarding them money despite laws forbidding it.
This administration will will doing its best to win by hook or by crook. It’s the Chicago way.
Comics writer Don Glut made this fan film in 1969. Not bad considering it has no budget.
A new version of Judge Dredd on film. This time, it looks like Dredd doesn’t take off his helmet which is true to the comics. His face has never been shown (except when it was burned in one story).
Nationalized Health Care would lead to some of the worst invasions of our freedoms yet. We’re already starting to see food fascists try to take over in some major cities like New York. When the state starts dictating what you can and cannot eat, what your weight must be or you will be punished, etc then you will see what kind of hell Statism creates. But it will be too late.
Let’s hope Obamacare gets overturned next week.
Here’s a video giving two of the latest absurd statist ploys to control people.