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  1. In Topic: The USA politics thread -

    Yesterday, 02:16 PM

    'Clarence Thomas' Latest Guns Decision Is Ahistorical and Anti-Originalist

    [...] In fact, guns have generally been treated as a form of property under American law for more than three centuries, a fact that appears to have escaped the notice of Justice Thomas and the court's newest originalists despite their professed commitment to an interpretive approach that focuses on history, text, and tradition.

    [...] one of the most intellectually dishonest and poorly argued decisions in American judicial history. Indeed, with little sense of irony, Thomas even quotes Justice [...] Taney's infamous opinion in Dred Scott approvingly, not only treating it as good legal authority, but suggesting that the author of the worst decision in American law understood the Second Amendment better than any other judicial figure in American history. Turning to Taney for judicial inspiration would have once ended a judge's career, but the court's new originalist majority appears most of the time to be making history, by inventing it, instead of interpreting the law. The old originalism [...] sought to use history to constrain judicial discretion and activism. The new originalism favored by Thomas and his fellow originalists has embraced judicial activism on steroids. [...] the court's current use of originalism more clearly resembles an act of ventriloquism in which old texts are pressed into the service of modern agendas with little regard to how they were read at the time they were written[...] turns historical actors into little more than stage dummies for the justices to project their own modern values and ideas onto the past.'

    Clarence Thomas' gun decision in Bruen is ahistorical, anti-originalist

    ... so it's more like 'originalism' in the sense of 'this interpretation is very "original" relative to the source material and the historical tradition' (Humpty Dumpty constitution...).
  2. In Topic: Ye Big TV Thread

    Yesterday, 01:09 AM

    Finished The Essex Serpent---liked this much more than I was expecting... except for the ending. Loved the song in iirc episode 2, and the
    , though they could have been developed much more. Overall not really my cup of meat, but managed to be engrossing and (on reflection) mildly interesting.
  3. In Topic: Ye Big TV Thread

    Yesterday, 12:43 AM

    Tried giving the first episode of For All Mankind a chance after reading a very positive review---wow, it is... not good. I don't usually mind slow-paced series, but this was so boring... acting ranges from bad to mediocre, writing is extremely cheesy. Hinges on trying to milk feelings of patriotism, anti-Communism etc. that idgaf about. Does nothing to make the subject matter or social relations even remotely interesting. I'll give it a few more episodes....
  4. In Topic: Whats making you happy right now

    23 June 2022 - 09:47 PM

    View Postworry, on 23 June 2022 - 09:28 PM, said:

    View PostTsundoku, on 23 June 2022 - 08:03 AM, said:

    Are you deliberately teasing us? :p

    "Posted Image"

    Uh oh, is it broken?

    Not for me... wonder if this will help:

    Posted Image
  5. In Topic: Political Comedy starring world leaders and local idiots

    23 June 2022 - 09:45 PM

    'Mike Pence says no president in his lifetime has lied as often as Joe Biden. Um...

    [... Fox Business host]: "Have you ever seen a president who refuses to accept blame, and I want to add to that, commits so many falsehoods? I'm being very polite here, calling it falsehoods -- falsehoods, you know, on any given day. He's out there saying stuff that just ain't true. Have you ever seen anything like that?"

    Pence: "Never in my lifetime. I said today that there has never been a time in my life where a president was more disconnected from the American people than we see today."'

    Analysis: Mike Pence says no president in his lifetime has lied as often as Joe Biden. Um...


    - he secretly was actually hung (or shot) during January 6th, and officially resurrected sometime after Biden's inauguration (was zombie in the meantime)
    - he thought he meant Trump

    'Oh Great, Kyle Rittenhouse Has Made a Shooting Video Game

    [...] players shoot "fake news turkeys." [...] Rittenhouse says that "the media is nothing but a bunch of turkeys with nothing better to do than push their lying agenda" before shooting the air with a nerf gun. If that isn't enticing enough, the video also features an original Rittenhouse rap: "Fake news turkey shoot, got a laser gun going pew, pew, pew."'

    Oh Great, a Kyle Rittenhouse Video Game About Shooting 'Fake News Turkeys'

    ... and the turkeys look brown....


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    21 Jul 2021 - 12:48
    I hear it's always sunny there
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    14 Aug 2019 - 07:51
    Damn, dude. Where the heck are you???
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