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Chief Justice Roberts bitch-slaps voters

I may not like the ruling, but I dig the smack talk.
It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.
Translation: You morons voted for Pelosi, Reid, and Obama. What did you expect?

Greenspan's Body Count: Michael Marin

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Douchebagsayswhat?

Alan Greenspan is still concentrating his killing spree in the sand states.

Phoenix, Arizona:

A horrified court room looked on today as a man who had just been convicted of burning down his $3.5 million mansion collapsed and died in front of them.

Michael Marin, 53, was found guilty of arson by a jury in Maricopa County Superior Court. He appeared shocked and closed his eyes as the verdict was read before appearing to put something in his mouth and wash it down with liquid in a plastic water bottle.

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Prosecutors claimed Marin set fire to his house in desperation because he could no longer pay the mortgage.

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Marin, a father of four and grandfather of two, attended Yale Law School. He was an ex-Wall Street trader who enjoyed collecting art including Picasso sketches and described himself as a 'careful thrill seeker' to the Phoenix New Times after scaling Mount Everest and trips into the jungles of south-east Asian [sic].


Jackass. I'd love to climb Mt. Ev…

Insiders got advance word on ObamaCare ruling

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At 9:51 am EDT, a Wall Street brokerage firm sent out the message "health care stocks trading like the law will be upheld."



In the rigged stock market of America's centrally planned economy, those with access to the central planners have an advantage. If you're looking around the stock market and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you.

Expect an SEC investigation in about... never.


Chief Justice Roberts splits the baby on ObamaCare

Chief Justice says Congress doesn't have authority to mandate health care purchase under Commerce clause, so we'll just call it a tax.
The infinite expansion of the Commerce clause we feared didn't happen, and ObamaCare can be undone by a new Congress. But now Congress can apparently take away any right you have by just imposing a "tax."

How about a $100,000 tax for free speech?
UPDATE: Glass-half-full view from SCOTUSblog:
Lyle: The rejection of the Commerce Clause and Nec. and Proper Clause should be understood as a major blow to Congress's authority to pass social welfare laws. Using the tax code -- especially in the current political environment -- to promote social welfare is going to be a very chancy proposition.

Happy ObamaCare Overturn and Holder Contempt of Congress Day!

If I'm wrong about either of those outcomes, this allegedly constitutional republic is in far greater danger than I thought and it's time to start immediately working on your escape plan...
I still haven't told you about the warning of the Australian transplant to San Diego I met two years ago who had lived under dictatorships and was moving back to Australia to flee what he saw coming under the Obama regime... but that's a story for another day.

Obama-ese translation dictionary by Cliff Asness

... so non-liberals can understand what the hell he's talking about:
Some Useful Definitions to Understand Our Modern Progressive World Failed Policies of the PastDefinition: Limited government, free markets, personal responsibility, liberty.We Are All In This TogetherDefinition: For the love of God who do we tax back to the stone-age to get out of this!?Social DarwinismDefinition: Essentially a darling concept of the progressive left of the first half of the 20th century (along with eugenics its even more vile cousin). It now is defined as "any attempt by conservatives and libertarians to rein in the unsustainable spending of out of control government."FairnessDefinition: A word used to motivate making sure outcomes do not match abilities or effort. Note, pre-1970 it meant roughly the opposite.Social JusticeDefinition: Redistribution based on group affiliation, regardless of anything the actual individuals in question did, or even their specific ancestors did, bu…

Some judicious writing

What do Elmo, Roman Polanski, the Holocaust, and you have in common?

They're all covered in this missive from McDanger.

Canada mall collapse

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ELLIOT LAKE, Ontario (AP):
Rescue teams and dogs searched through the rubble Sunday at a shopping mall in Canada where a roof collapsed through two floors, leaving several people missing and 22 people slightly injured.

This sounds like a job for Canadian search and rescue expert Celine Dion!



Take a kayak! Go into those walls! Those mothers over there, they're like Cheese Whiz!

Walmart 25% cheaper than Vons

... in a W.C. Varones survey of a sample basket of goods:



WalmartVons
Loose carrots 1.72 lb0.861.70
Yellow onion 3 lb bag2.282.991Banana 2.89 lb1.681.99
Whole grain bread 24 oz2.583.492Black beans 2 cans – 19.75 oz 1.962.473Yeast – Fleischmann's jar4.246.99
Kikkoman soy sauce – 40 oz5.086.99
Mission Tortillas – 10 pack large2.342.99
Cheddar cheese – 16 oz4.234.99
Almond Breeze almond milk2.882.99




TOTAL$28.13$37.59




1 Vons organic, Walmart not 
2 20-ounce loaf $2.79 at Vons 
3 16-oz cans $1 at Vons


... and that's even with a lot of those items being on Vons Club Card specials. I'm amazed by the magnitude of the difference.

See the beautiful new Varonesville Walmart here.

MSM viewers finally learn about Fast and Furious

Viewers of mainstream broadcast and cable news first heard this week about what those of us in the blogosphere have known for a year: the Obama Justice Department put thousands of semi-automatic weapons into the hands of drug cartels, purportedly to see where the weapons turned up, but more likely to create an urgency to impose more gun control in America (e.g. "90% of all drug murders in Mexico are committed with US-sourced weapons! We have to do this for the Mexican children!"). And that those guns have gone on to be used to kill countless Mexicans and at least one US Border Patrol Agent. And that since then, the Justice Department has blatantly lied to Congress about the program and is still to this day not coming clean.

Can you imagine the year-round, 24-hour coverage we would have seen if the Bush Administration had done that?

A regular listener of state-sponsored propaganda radio network NPR mentioned Fast and Furious to me yesterday. It was the first time she ha…

Scott Walker is the new honey badger

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We've treated you to the greatest Discovery Channel video before, the crazy nasty ass honey badger. Click on over and watch for a refresher if you don't recall.

Now check out this Scott Walker honey badger parody video:

Good advice

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Barack Obama on executive privilege: "There's been a tendency on the part of this administration to try to hide behind executive privilege every time there's something a little shaky that's taking place... and I think the administration would be best served by coming clean on this.... I think the American people deserve to know what was going on there."

HT: Beers with Demo

Fortnight for Freedom -- in defense of religious liberty

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First they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak up because I was not a Catholic...



The W.C. Varones Blog stands squarely with American Catholics as they defend their religious liberty from unprecedented assault by the Obama regime.

Thanks to KT Cat for notifying me of this event at the historic Mission San Diego de Alcala -- California's first church.



It was the kickoff to a "Fortnight for Freedom."  Catholics will spend the next two weeks through July 4 working, praying, and spreading the word about the gross imposition of ObamaCare mandates against their religious beliefs.



The mission sanctuary was packed -- standing room only all the way to the back and spilling out into the parking lot.

The guy giving the opening welcome remarks led off with a passage from the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Li…

Generation X FAIL

The median Generation X household has spent the first half of their lives saving enough money to buy... one not particularly fully featured mid-range car!

What's 80 years old and says, "Would you like fries with that?"

Stupid is as stupid does: Matt Yglesias talks money

One wonders how a political partisan and philosophy major without the slightest understanding of finance got to write the "Moneybox" column at Slate.

And given that such a person was given the column, one would think the novice would have the good sense to refrain from saying exceedingly stupid things and exposing his ignorance.

One would be wrong.

Allow me to introduce Matt Yglesias, a longtime left-wing blogger and more recent mainstream media "progressive" columnist. Not only does Matt not have a clue what he's talking about, he launches baseless attacks on people who do know what they're talking about: in this case, eminent economics researchers Carmen Reinhart, Vincent Reinhart, and Kenneth Rogoff.

Yglesias doesn't like Reinhart, Reinhart, and Rogoff's recent NBER paper that shows that high debt levels depress future GDP growth.

Take it away, Matt:
National governments go into debt frequently, and some indebted states suffer growth slowdowns t…

Inland Empire: Rodney King found dead in his Rialto pool

LA riots figure Rodney King was found dead in his pool this morning at 1051 East Jackson Street in Rialto.

King's house was purchased in 2001 for $156,000. How does a man who won a $3.8 million settlement end up in the second-worst place in America? Why would a man predisposed to drug and alcohol problems choose to live in the #2 most depressing place in America? Anyone with anywhere close to $3.8 million should never set foot in the Inland Empire.

David Brooks goes Teabagging

David Brooks, the New York Times' house Republican, can be maddeningly obtuse, as when he writes poorly-researchedhit pieces against conservatives.

But today's post is a gem. Brooks correctly identifies the Tea Party concerns (i.e. that infinitely expanding government and infinitely expanding debt are neither desirable nor sustainable), and while not explicitly aligning himself with that view, he gives it a sympathetic reading.

In America as in Europe, Republicans argue, the welfare state is failing to provide either security or dynamism. The safety net is so expensive it won’t be there for future generations. Meanwhile, the current model shifts resources away from the innovative sectors of the economy and into the bloated state-supported ones, like health care and education. Successive presidents have layered on regulations and loopholes, creating a form of state capitalism in which big businesses thrive because they have political connections and small businesses struggle…

Ruling class much?

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Yes, that is an actual Obama ad, not a Saturday Night Live parody or a Romney PsyOps.

I'm beginning to smell a landslide.

Life of Julia vs. Life of Emily

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Yes, I'm ridiculously late with this, as it's been all over the blogosphere, but I'll post it for my non-blog-junkie friends.

The Obama campaign created an ad about "Julia," portraying women as helpless and hopeless without big government handouts at every stage of their lives.

The Center for Freedom and Prosperity begs to differ.



War against women!

Greenspan's Body Count: Michael Chiantella

Still prowling the sand states, serial killer Alan Greenspan strikes in Venice, Florida:
Venice attorney Michael Chiantella died May 30 of an apparent suicide amid accusations of malpractice and the loss of more than $3 million in questionable investments.

Chiantella owed approximately $900,000 to one of his former clients, a Venice man who had sued him for malpractice over business deals that went sour.

A week before Chiantella's death, a $2.25 million claim in federal bankruptcy court was denied by a judge, meaning that Chiantella and others involved in the firm Marshall & Curry would not recover the money.

Court records show that Chiantella was swamped in debt and legal troubles for more than a year before his death.

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Also licensed as a real estate and mortgage broker, Chiantella was providing investment advice and services to Venice resident Russell Cooke.

In his lawsuit, Cooke alleged that Chiantella had told him that his investment of about $500,000 was secured…

Reason's Kennedy on Bath Salts, the Zombie Apocalypse, and Brain-Dead Senator Schumer

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MSM smackdown

Greenspan's Body Count: James Butwin, Yafit Butwin, Malissa Butwin, Daniel Butwin, Matthew Butwin

Another sand state GBC:

Tempe businessman James Butwin carefully planned the final hours of his life, leaving behind detailed suicide notes before he killed his family and took his own life, according to Tempe police.

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On Thursday, the Pima County medical examiner identified the charred remains of James and Yafit among the five bodies discovered in a burned-out SUV found in the Pinal County desert Saturday. Tempe police on Tuesday said two guns were found in the Ford, which belonged to the Butwin family. Authorities are still working to identify the children.

At the time of the deaths, James Butwin was negotiating with creditors over millions in debts, managing a divorce and battling a brain tumor, according to records and interviews with those who knew him.
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Butwin, a commercial property developer who Tempe police say murdered his family within hours of his 47th birthday last week, had debts that had spiraled to more than $18 million as the Great Recession unraveled hi…

Wisconsin

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OMG it's a f'n blowout!

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Walker up by 16 points with 1/3 of the vote in!  Sure, it may come in a little, but it will still be far wider than even the most optimistic polls, and far, far wider than the Walker-Barrett 2010 race.  In other words, the moderate-to-liberal voters of Wisconsin support Scott Walker much more after his union reforms than they did before!

This is a Waterloo of epic proportions for the unions.

As a great TelePrompTer reader once said, "This was the moment when the rise of the [unions] began to slow, and our [country] began to heal."



The sun sets on the union empire.

What to expect when you're expecting... an election

I meant to write a big post on this today but ran out of time. Check out the Liberator Today for thoughts on the meaning of tomorrow's election.

What I'm watching: Wisconsin, obviously. The second most important election this year. The polls are looking good for Gov. Walker to defeat the union machine. Let's hope they are right and he wins convincingly.

Locally in San Diego, Props A and B should win; it would be a huge financial and governmental setback if either failed.

For mayor, reformer Carl DeMaio will be in a runoff with either dinosaur Washington Democrat Bob Filner, or sleazy egomaniacal opportunist Nathan Fletcher. I'm rooting hard for the dinosaur. Soft-on-corruption DA Bonnie Dumanis is a distant fourth, and good riddance to her.

For County Supervisor, GOP frat boy Steve Danon is up against moderate Democrat Dave Roberts and HJTA conservative Carl Hilliard. I'd be happy with either Roberts or Hilliard, so would love to see Danon knocked out …

Greenspan's Body Count: Dennis and Merna Koula

Greenspan goes to Wisconsin:

Eric Koula’s 20-day trial for the 2010 shooting deaths of his parents begins today, when prosecutors will try to prove through a circumstantial case that he was motivated to kill.

The investigation is the largest in La Crosse County’s history with more than 15 local and state investigators dedicating hundreds of hours.

Much of the state’s case will focus on what prosecutors believe was the motive: The nearly broke West Salem day trader and heir to his wealthy parents’ estate killed them for the inheritance.

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Koula called his parents’ home twice the day after they were killed to thank them for an anniversary present.

That same day, he deposited a forged $50,000 check drawn from his father’s investment account, reports stated.

Koula said his father gave him a blank check on May 20 when he stopped by his parents’ house for 10 minutes.

A financial expert determined Eric Koula was in debt and behind on his mortgage at the time, according to the complaint.

Jackin' It in San Diego

We've got the worst baseball team in the country, among the highest taxes and highest cost of living, 9% unemployment, and horribly underfunded pensions, but we've got one thing going for us.


Homeland Security Releases List of Watch Words

Over at GodfatherPolitics, we can see that the DHS has released its latest list of watch words. I have to assume that saying or emailing any of these words instantly puts you on their "Allowed to Bypass TSA Security Checks" list. And now, I'll attempt to get onto that very exclusive list by typing the word...."China"! Wow, that was awesome! Did I make it? What, no quotes allowed? Ok here's my 2nd attempt....China!

It took a Freedom of Information Act request and a lawsuit by the Electronic Privacy Information Center to get it, but Homeland Security has released its supposedly complete list of words that set off bells in the top secret caves of the DHS. Among the obvious ones like Al Qaeda, terrorism and nuclear are some oddities like agriculture, incident, smart, Metro, snow and social media. The keywords are included in the DHS’s Analyst’s Desktop Binder, which also instructs analysts to hunt down media reports that reflect poorly on the department. Read mor…