Archive for June 28, 2012
Just watch this.
The Flagstaff Fire is 40% contained but it’s windy tonight and I smell smoke. But hey, I’m still vertical and on the right side of the grass so there’s this: an eerily beautiful photo from a CBSDenvert slide show of the Flagstaff fire.
This is my favorite:
This is another of the decision handed down by the Supreme Court today.
In United States v. Alvarez, a highly anticipated First Amendment case with a quirky fact pattern, the Court held in a vote of six to three that the Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional. Justice Kennedy announced the opinion for a plurality of the Court (he was joined by the Chief Justice as well as Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor). Justices Breyer and Kagan concurred, suggesting that if Congress re-enacted the law with additional limitations, it might be constitutional.
The Stolen Valor Act, 18 U.S.C. § 704, makes it a federal crime to lie about having received a military decoration or medal, punishable by up to a year in prison if the offense involved the military’s highest honors. In this case Xavier Alvarez, recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Three Valley Water District in southern California, announced to his colleagues – for no apparent reason – that he had been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and that he had been wounded during active duty as a United States Marine. In reality, Alvarez had never even served in the military. He was prosecuted and pled guilty to one count of violating the Stolen Valor Act, but reserved his right to challenge the constitutionality of the statute.
The key issue is whether the First Amendment protects false statements of fact – made without any apparent intent to defraud or gain anything – and if so, what level of protection they deserve. … Six Justices agreed that some protection was warranted, but disagreed as to the amount, and three Justices believe that the First Amendment does not protect such lies at all.
But again, six justices agree that the First Amendment protects “false statements of fact.” Excuse me but I think that’s more commonly known as lying.
What did I tell you? That the neocons would start railing against “activist judges” because they don’t like SCOTUS’s decision on health care?
Well, thank you very much Michele Bachmann:
These guys are so boringly predictable.
Oh, and look at the time on that screenshot (see larger version at the link above). It says 8:37 PT. That means she was doing the “activist judges” thing at 10:37 ET, roughly 90 minutes after the decision was announced. She obviously turned to the GOP talking points manual and looked under disagree-with-court-decision and found: Scream: Activist judges!
I had never heard of “Crack Broccoli” until three minutes ago when a friend sent me a link to the foodie website, Ben&birdy. According to Ben&birdy, Crack Broccoli is phenomenally delicious:
Only my friend Maddie could make a vegetable that would get nicknamed “Crack Broccoli”—and that would be the first thing to disappear at a party where it was placed among such delights as chips and dip, oozing triple-cream cheese, and ginger-prosecco cocktails. Children literally shoved aside bowls of candy to grab at the vanishing broccoli, and you know I don’t use the word “literally” figuratively. So I asked for the recipe.
So heck, I thought I’d share. I’m going to try it. I’ve made cauliflower this way and it’s great.
Oven-Roasted BroccoliServes 4Active time: 10 minutes; total time: 20 minutes1 large head broccoli3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt)1/2 teaspoon sugarLemon wedges, for serving (I keep forgetting this, but I’m sure it would be good)Peel the broccoli with a sharp paring knife as best as you’re able. The thick peel will keep the broccoli from going fully tender, so you really do want to remove it.Adjust an oven rack to the lowest position, place a large rimmed baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 500 degrees. Cut the stem off of the broccoli, and cut it into long, ½-inch thick pieces. Cut the rest of the broccoli into long, fairly narrow florets, then put it in a bowl, drizzle it with the oil and toss well until evenly coated. Sprinkle with the salt and sugar, and toss to combine. (The sugar helps it brown, so please don’t omit it.)Working quickly, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Carefully transfer the broccoli to the baking sheet and spread it in an even layer, placing it flat sides down wherever possible.Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast until the stalks are well browned and tender and the florets are lightly browned, 9 to 11 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately with lemon wedges (if you remember).
This is what happens when a Republican surrounds himself with Fox and Rush: He thinks a majority of voters belong to the Tea Party and that a majority of voters will think what he has to say is perfectly reasonable:
The former spokesman for the Michigan Republican Party sent out an email that questioned whether armed rebellion was justified over the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare.
Matthew Davis, an attorney in Lansing, sent the email moments after the Supreme Court ruling to numerous new media outlets and limited government activists with the headline: “Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?”
Davis added his own personal note saying, “… here’s my response. And yes, I mean it.”
“There are times government has to do things to get what it wants and holds a gun to your head,” Davis said. “I’m saying at some point, we have to ask the question when do we turn that gun around and say no and resist.
“Was the American Revolution justified?”
This is wacko. And Davis is a lawyer? Where did he get his JD? Liberty University? And don’t you just love how Republicans are so fond of evoking images of people waving guns around?
Checkout the tweets Buzzfeed assembled sent by people who are fed-up with the United States and all the “socialism” going on around here thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare this morning.
Here’s a taste:
Now, welcome to the Canadian Health Care’s website:
Canada’s health care system is a group of socialized health insurance plans that provides coverage to all Canadian citizens. It is publicly funded and administered on a provincial or territorial basis, within guidelines set by the federal government.
Under the health care system, individual citizens are provided preventative care and medical treatments from primary care physicians as well as access to hospitals, dental surgery and additional medical services. With a few exceptions, all citizens qualify for health coverage regardless of medical history, personal income, or standard of living.
OMG. The other day I read somewhere that CNN’s prime time ratings are down 40% over this time last year, and is it any wonder? First they got the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare exactly wrong (this is a screenshot from Politico):
and then this happened:
Aye yie yie.
On March 26, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly said he’d “apologize for being an idiot” if Obamacare was upheld. So, let’s all watch “The Factor” today. Woohoo!!
Watch the video here.
(P.S. He’ll find a way to weasel out of it.)
This has got to be my Tweet of the Day:
Well, it appears the Supreme Court has essentially upheld “Obamacare.” Listening to early analysis it sounds like a complicated decision so the thinking on that could change but that’s where it stands as of now.
I’m taking bets on how long it will be before the right starts yelling about those “activist judges.” I’m thinking an hour or two. Notice they only dust that off and bring it out when SCOTUS makes a ruling they don’t like.
Ah, breathing a little easier here in Boulder as the pre-evacuation order for my neighborhood has been lifted and the Flagstaff Fire is 30 percent contained Yippee!
We got a good little downpour yesterday afternoon and the humidity increased so I guess the fire bosses figured they had the fire under control enough to lift the ban. Phew. Such good news.
Now I can unpack the car.