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  • Ann Outhouse

    My only criticism of your analogy is that a Lions-Pats matchup lacks the pure unadulterated other-hatred of, say, a Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Or Sharks-Kings.

    Because, of course, much opposition to ACA is really other-hatred and has nothing to do with the merits or lack thereof of the ACA itself.

    • Lenny Griffin

      If Obamacare is so great Obama shouldn’t be running away from it by calling it “ACA”? What is Obama afraid of?

      • DrS

        So he’s a super skirred bully who intimidated the supreme court.

        Can you walk and chew gum

      • wjts

        Spiders, draculas, and UNLIMITED CORPORATE CASH.

  • Lenny Griffin

    Obama’s bullying has intimidated the Supreme Court into ignoring the rule of law. Without the Rule Of Law Obama’s America could turn into Hitler or Stalin’s Russia at any moment.

    • Not “Hitler’s Germany” but actual Hitler? That’d be a biiiig Hitler.

      • Lenny Griffin

        It says Hitler’s Germany; according to the Supreme Court the text always reads what it was intended to read not what it actually reads.

        • CaptainBringdown

          Seems to me the only plausible interpretation of the text is to parse it as Hitler’s Russia.

          • Lenny Griffin

            The Supreme Court has ruled that typos must be ignored since you agree with them you can’t say anything about my typos.

            • CaptainBringdown

              I suppose Hitler’s pancakes is also plausible.

            • matt w

              Well yes, typos must be ignored since I agree with typos–that is to say, beginning with the time that I agree with typos–except that since “agree” is in the present tense I can never do anything since I agree with them, because as soon as I wait for some time to pass the clause doesn’t apply anymore.

              (Today is the one time I find Jennie’s presence welcome. Your bitter tears… delicious! Cry them all over the thread!)

        • Hogan

          That would require an intention and a larger purpose, neither of which you’ve demonstrated.

    • CD

      at any moment

      Excellent. We can open the FEMA camps now, and start confiscating guns.

    • joe from Lowell

      This is merely lame today.

      The thing is, none of your trolling is any sillier than the seriously-argued position of the plaintiffs in the case, and their supporters throughout the blogosphere.

  • politicalfootball

    I think Paul is being too generous here to Adler et al.

    In his Super Bowl analogy, there was no contact. The card did not, in fact, say Moops.

    • Rob in CT

      Right. Phantom contact, and then epic whining.

      • Hogan

        Scalia is the biggest flopper in the game.

        • Denverite

          No, that remains James Harden.

          (ETA: Although Scalia is Italian, so there’s no denying it’s in his blood.)

          • efgoldman

            Although Scalia is Italian, so there’s no denying it’s in his blood.

            Ooh. Burn!!

            • Malaclypse

              I hate Guidos.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Also, the ball bounced once before the receiver touched it it.

  • West of the Cascades

    Who is more likely to win a Super Bowl first: the Lions, or the Moops?

    • Malaclypse

      You leave dumbprints jenny.

  • Joseph Slater

    As a long time Detroit Lions fan, let me just say that earlier this century, when they were literally setting all-time records for futility, it was actually not uncommon to see in political blogs, explicit comparisons to the Lions, or use of the Lions in analogies, to convey a sense of hopeless, helpless, impotence. At one point I actually thought about “collecting” such references.

    So, this Salon thing, even with the “fantasy” parenthetical, is a small step forward.

    • Lions fans really have to hold on to scraps of hope.

  • keta

    Well, let’s see now: first the Pope(!) proves to be a Marxist wafer-muncher who gets wood hugging trees; next, a revered American symbol of human oppression celebrating fear and ignorance looks to be mothballed from official state representation and, even worse, off the shelves of Big Business; and now the Supreme Court of the United States of America has shown that it cannot even read plain English words and so supports the most insidious form of socialism foisted on the country since the Injuns shared their vittles with the pilgrims.

    It’s crystal-clear obvious to anyone with half a brain: only Donald Trump and his remarkable bouffant can save the United States from this freefall into becoming not-exceptional.

    • CD

      Trumpmentum! Ben Carson is third.

      Better stock up on popcorn.

  • efgoldman

    …such a hyper-literal interpretation of the rules would lead to pass interference being called dozens of times in every game, which would ruin the sport.

    Isn’t that pretty much what’s been happening the last few years?

    • Richard Gadsden

      It’s also not really true – the players would adapt.

      The same, incidentally, would apply to legislatures. If the expectation was hyper-literal interpretation, then there would be a far more care and attention paid to the exact language – at the expense of the substantive issues, of course.

  • Francis

    So I read Adler’s comments at Volokh. It’s not often that an academic attorney who is actively trying to kill and/or immiserate millions of Americans gets quite such a prominent perch.

    • Rob in CT

      Adler is a real piece of work.

      • Malaclypse

        Dubprints Jenny you have them

        • Hogan

          Checkmate in two, JenBob’s move . . . and he KNOCKS OVER THE TABLE AND STORMS OUT! Who could have predicted?!

    • stryx

      I heard a radio interview this morning about the impending ruling and they interviewed Adler. He was so sure they would get the decision and was was already reminding the politicians of Ohio not to even think of trying to come up with a plan to fix the mess at a state level, because Health Care Freedom Amendment.

      I can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next.

      “Turn the machines back on!”

    • matt w

      Are Volokh comments heavily moderated enough that “CRY MOAR LUZR” wouldn’t make it through?

      • Unemployed_Northeastern

        Volokh comments used to be great back when it was a Disqus community. Since they got bought out by the WaPo and inherited their commenting system and 4th grade-level contributors, well, I don’t bother reading it anymore. I think they ban you if you write in full sentences now.

  • paulgottlieb

    Totally implausible scenario! Pats don’t whine, they win!

    • joe from Lowell

      Well, he made the Super Bowl winners the Lions.

      He’s just being funny.

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