Posted: February 16, 2016 Filed under: Law & Justice, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: Antonin Scalia, Bernie Sanders, David Garrow, John Roberts, Larry David, New York, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito, Saturday Night Live, Supreme Court of the United States
Republicans should follow Sen. Barack Obama’s advice and filibuster the president’s SCOTUS nominee.
David Harsanyi writes: Although nothing in his political history suggests magnanimity, Barack Obama may surprise us by nominating one of those moderate-consensus types who would provide some of that national healing he promised us eight years ago. But he’s certainly under no constitutional obligation to do so. He can nominate whomever he pleases in the wake of the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia. And Republicans have plenty of precedent for rejecting his choice.
I disagree with this view. I believe firmly that the Constitution calls for the Senate to advise and consent. I believe that it calls for meaningful advice and consent that includes an examination of a judge’s philosophy, ideology, and record. And when I examine the philosophy, ideology, and record of Samuel Alito, I’m deeply troubled.
You’ll notice, as well, that precedent only matters sporadically. Democrats were uninterested in historical guidance when they were shoehorning a massive generational reform through Congress without any consensus for the first time in history or filling imaginary recess appointments. When it works out for them they transform into strict traditionalists.
Whatever precedent says, if Republicans truly believe Obama has displayed a contempt for the Constitution, they have a moral obligation to reject his choice—whether it’s someone who argues in favor of book banning or enables abusive power. Because we’re not talking about good-faith disagreements over what the Constitution says anymore, we’re talking about a party that believes enumerated powers stand in their way.
Contemporary liberalism is fundamentally opposed to any precedential restrictions that curb “progress.” Wilsonian progressives were skeptical of the Constitution and separation of powers, and so are modern progressives. Only the former had the decency to be honest. So why do we pretend otherwise?
[Read the full story here, at thefederalist.com]
Just like Wilson, Democrats argue that the Supreme Court is holding back many morally advantageous policies. What they do not do, and haven’t done for years, is offer any limiting principles (other than for few incidental partisan policies they happen to support for reasons have nothing to do with individual liberty). For them, process exists solely to further ethical policy (which they don’t believe could possibly be subjective).
Even Donald Trump, who claims to believe America is limping towards extinction, felt the need during the last debate to claimed he would build consensus when applying trade and immigration policy rather than act unilaterally. There is no such inclination, not even rhetorically, on the Left. Just listen to the Democratic Party debates. Bernie Sanders’ litmus test for a Supreme Court nomination is pretty simple: the candidate must support restrictions on the First Amendment. Most Democrats agree.
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Posted: November 8, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Donald Trump, FX (TV channel), HBO, Jeff Schaffer, Larry David, NBC, Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, Taran Killam
The interruption was part of a scripted gag on the NBC sketch series. But advocacy group Deport Racism said it still plans to make good on the offer.
Anita Bennett reports: “Joke or not, it’s true,” the group Deport Racism says about David’s scripted outburst
Larry David just hit the jackpot for calling Donald Trump “a racist” on “Saturday Night Live.”
While the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator probably doesn’t need the cash, he’s about to collect $5,000 courtesy of an immigrant rights group for heckling Donald Trump this weekend on “SNL.”
“Trump’s a racist!” David shouted at the end of the GOP presidential candidate’s monologue. When asked by Trump why he was shouting, David answered, “I heard if I did that, they’d give me $5,000.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 5, 2014 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: 20014 Election, Bobby Shriver, Campaign donors, Chris O'Donnell, David Geffen, Harvey Keitel, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jessica Alba, Jimmy Iovine, Joan Cusack, Katzenberg, Larry David, Michael Douglas, Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe, Steven Spielberg, Ted Danson, Tom Hanks, Warren Beatty
Bobby Shriver’s loss marked the end of a day that saw industry politicos’ favorites defeated and Republicans back in control of the U.S. Senate
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Tuesday’s midterm elections brought defeats for many Hollywood-supported candidates…Hollywood politicos turned their attention to Bobby Shriver, the industry pick to replace longtime Los Angeles County supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who was forced to retire because of term limits….
…The scion of American political royalty had received thousands of dollars in Hollywood campaign contributions in his effort to represent the Westside of Los Angeles and parts of the San Fernando Valley on the Board of Supervisors.
Bobby Shriver‘s campaign finance report read like a list of Oscar attendees. Among the donors: Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, J.J. Abrams, Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jimmy Iovine, Warren Beatty, Jessica Alba, Chris O’Donnell, Rob Lowe, Larry David, Ted Danson, Joan Cusack, Harvey Keitel and Michael Douglas.
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Posted: May 22, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Humor | Tags: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Louis CK, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Silverman, Seinfeld
For Variety, Todd Spangler reports:
Sony Pictures Television’s Crackle will debut season four of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” from Jerry Seinfeld on June 19.
The series, the digital network’s biggest hit, returns with guests including Aziz Ansari, Robert Klein, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Stewart and George Wallace. In the shortform show, Seinfeld chats with the comedians in coffee shops and they drive around in classic autos to unlikely locales.
Last month Crackle announced that “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” will add on 24 new episodes, taking the series through season nine, all sponsored exclusively by Acura. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 4, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Buzzfeed, CBS This Morning, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, NBC, New York City, Seinfeld, United States
“…it is “anti-comedy” to approach the genre like it’s “the census…”
Jarett Wieselman writes:
At the height of Seinfeld’s popularity, the NBC comedy was repeatedly accused of presenting an exclusively “white” view of its diverse New York City setting. During Jerry Seinfeld’s BuzzFeed Brews with CBS This Morning interview on Monday, BuzzFeed Business Editor Peter Lauria asked about the enduring criticism…
Watch this video below to hear Seinfeld’s complete thoughts on the subject…
“People think it’s the census or something,” Seinfeld said of the assertion that all pop culture should accurately reflect society. “This has gotta represent the actual pie chart of America? Who cares? Funny is the world that I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that.”
…Seinfeld went on to say that approaching comedy through the lens of race or gender or sexuality are “anti-comedy.”
“It’s more about PC nonsense than, ‘Are you making us laugh or not?’”
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