“I need you to get out of the car…”
--Chief Justice Anton Chigurh
Some background information: Nike v Kasky, 2003
"...is commercial speech entitled to reduced First Amendment protection or noncommercial speech entitled to traditional free-speech protection." (California... "free speech" vs. "commercial speech")
The "landmark" case is Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission.
The opinion is supposedly here... good luck trying to open the accursed pdf file
: it's always a pain in the ass to try to get the text of a recent opinion
This might be easier:
Who ARE these people?
hmmmm... "Excellentia Inc., "a company specializing in marketing to conservatives and Christians"
hmmmmmmm... me smells BULLSHIT "IDEOLOGY."
Well... now the slurry gets really thick... for ME at least... because most of the "conservative Xians" I have met, I consider neither "conservative" nor "Christian."
To me, they are simply (what Bob Altemeyer calls) "authoritarians
Bullet-heads are defending the status quo.
.. because the fatties who are making out on the status quo TOLD them to do it. The bullets think status quo is some kind of medical term... but they don't like the way things are. And the key word here is "marketing," as in "marketing to conservative Xians."
Of course the problem (or solution) is not the volume.
That would make sense only to people who think they win "arguments" or "debates" (witness the teabaggers and their dip-dunk "healthcare debate" at the "town hall meetings") because they yell louder. Then there's compartmentalization: "it's not fascism when WE do it." Or better yet. the quote of the year: "get your government hands off my medicare."
The problem is abject flat-fuck stupidity
... which makes victims vulnerable to memes constructed as simple and virulent as virus or prions. Look at:
"Change you can believe in" "Yes we can"
Can what? peas? corn? hash? change from what to what? In what... the can? And of course the Dumbodips are being paid by the fats to change NOTHING...but LOOK like they are changing SOMETHING.
And Dick Armey
just came up with a winner for the Pubicrums:
"the American people are more interested in shrinking unemployment than expanding government,''
Well of course they are...
whoever they are...whatever THAT means. But the Pubicrums have never done either. Stocks go up for the fatties when there are layoffs... and thanks to St. Ronzo and his drooling acolytes, whatever "government" is has become larger, more dangerous and more intrusive since it threw the "murikan peeple" overboard thirty fucking years ago.
It's all packaging...
like shrink-wrapped pork...for the "murikan peeple" whose last critical thought was diaper rash. Of course Mr. Astroturf is celebrating the SCOTUS decision... a victory for the advertising industry... because whoever yells loudest DOES win an "argument" before a population that's brave as a box of cupcakes.... especially if there is no "argument" to begin with.
The Punch and Judy politic
puppets keep the "peeple" entertained... they twist their Maggie-Simpson voting wheel furiously to the "left" and "right." There's a "landmark" up ahead.
Their cattle-car "country" rolls merrily toward the stockyard.