Supreme Court Apprentice (Season 2)

10 07 2018

Washington, D.C.

Guten Abend aus Karlsruhe.

First off, just how do you pronounce Karlsruhe, anyway?

Because Lemay has a street by that name, people in and near the area have had the necessity to try to pronounce it.  And they just about always say Karl-Shrew.  Which means that how I learned to say it, and how I’ll pronounce it until the end of my days, in spite of the fact that, as of today, I now know better.  In reality, it’s pronounced more like Karl-Screw-It. Or more accurately, Kaaah-rel-screw’d.

Onward and upward.

The winner of Supreme Court Apprentice Season 2 is:

Hunter Wallace, of Occidental Dissent.

Sure looks like him, though, doesn’t it?

ICYMI, Neil Gorsuch won Season 1.

Strange the way it worked out.  Because Trump’s announcement was in the middle of the night for me, I knew I’d have to wait until I woke up, checked my tablet, to find out who the winner was.  Having to see a man about a horse woke me up in the middle of the night, and after I did, I checked the tablet, and saw this photo on Drudge, and thought of Hunter Wallace.  But before I could fully grok the name, I fell right back to sleep.  When I woke up for good this morning, there was an internet service outage that affected the Strasbourg hostel where we stayed that night and the night before.  And the way things worked out, it wasn’t until mid-afternoon, by then we already headed north through the Alsace and seen Lauterbourg, (a representative small Alsatian town), then crossed back into Germany, and made it into Karlsruhe in the blink of an eye, that we had lunch, and I used the public WiFi finally to find out with my full capabilities of comprehension that Brett Kavanaugh won.  You’re hired.

The whole irony of it?

Karlsruhe is where the German Supreme Court is based.

This isn’t the only time this trip has engaged in cosmic ironic trolling of your Blogmeister — But, once again, for the travelogue.

The German Supreme Court — Bundesverfassungsgericht — Is based in a very nondescript new-ish plain unremarkable building that’s next to the Karlsruhe Palace, and in fact, fronts to the same entrance courtyard of the Palace and abuts the same parkland and botanical garden. Nobody would think that this out-of-sorts building hosts a crucial government function in Germany just by looking at it if they already didn’t know or couldn’t translate long ass German compound run-on words, and I would have never guessed myself had our particular tour guide told us.  While the “Bundes” to start the Court’s name was a hint, my first guess, based on place, was that it was some German government agency for botanical and plant research or preservation. In contrast to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is in the city where one would expect it to be, and in a building that looks like important public functions take place inside. So why did the German Supreme Court get stuck in this tacky glass shack in front of a bunch of flowers in Karlsruhe of all places?  (I hope none of the judges have allergies.) I have my own theory, which I’ll save for the travelogue.  (Hint:  Think of a power that the German Supreme Court has that the American Supreme Court does not.)  Needless to say, I don’t buy the official explanation of Karlsruhe and not Bonn (West Germany days) or Berlin (reunified Germany) because of the avoidance of politics. After all, German elected politicians have to elect for Supreme Court judges, no matter where those judges work. If the U.S. Supreme Court was based in San Diego, but had the same nomination/confirmation procedure they do now, it would be stupid to think that they’re in San Diego to avoid political influence.

Now, back to the home side of The Big Ocean, I saw a story in my feed reader maybe about a week ago that feminist women wanted to start a Lysistrata campaign, to have women deny sex to pro-life men. That’s all rooted in the fear that now that Anthony Kennedy has retired and a Trump appointee will replace him, that Roe v Wade could be overturned. I think they have no reason to worry, because the President who appointed Kennedy’s replacement doesn’t exactly have a reputation as a rock-ribbed social conservative for one, a SCOTUS with nine Scalias wouldn’t overturn Roe these days for two, and for three, even if SCOTUS did, legal aborticide has the political wind to its back because rich white Republican women in blue cities/counties/states and their simp husbands make the crucial marginal difference, which in turn means within 24 hours of any SCOTUS reversing Roe, there would be passed and signed Federal legislation removing aborticide from the jurisdiction of the Federal judiciary and hard wiring it as a penumbral Fourth Amendment privacy right.  Kavanaugh has already tipped over his hand that he would keep Roe, for four.

But this business about denying sex to pro-life men: First off, the kind of women who are campaigning for that are the kinds of ugly hags that nobody is checking for, meaning they’re already living the Lysistrata life. That’s like saying a cat is going to give up lettuce for Lent. Second, pro-life men won’t have to worry about not getting sex, because they already get sex from their pro-life wives. And then I have to see all this bullshit that Lysistrata style campaigns have made a difference. Where? When? Mind you, Lysistrata the play was just that, a play, a fictional work, not representative of something that really happened in Athens during the Peloponnesian War. In the real world, both Fifth Century B.C. and Twenty-First Century A.D., women really put out to warriors. The Lysistrata thesis has not yet ever been tested, and probably never will be.

Oh boy, I bet you all have really missed my red pill dispensation for all these weeks.

Side notes:  Kavanaugh succeeded Harriet Miers as White House Staff Secretary in the Bush 43 White House.  Miers, in case you don’t remember, was Bush’s failed false-start crony pick for SCOTUS, and when she flamed out, Bush appointed Sam Alito.  Kavanaugh is Yale Law, so this pick does not break the Harvard-Yale duopoly on the Bench.  My civic pride had me rooting for Raymond Gruender, and while he’s on the permanent Trump “long” short list for open SCOTUS slots, I saw in the days leading up to the winner being revealed that he was not on the “short” short list for this slot.  Immigration patriots seem to be really raving positively about Kavanaugh, but I think that no matter who Trump would have picked out of his Federalist Society-curated “long” short list grab bag, one would be just as good as the other on the kind of immigration matters to which SCOTUS grants cert.  The Federal Appellate Courts tend to get way more into the weeds on immigration matters than does SCOTUS.

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10 responses

10 07 2018
notsam

When I was there, the military pronounced it Karl-shrew-ah

10 07 2018
UlricKerensky

As far as I know, the Constitutional Court’s only additional power is to cast out candidates and political factions they dont like, so I’m wondering if the reference to San Diego is relevant.

11 07 2018
countenance

You’re so warm that you’re hot, and you’re so hot that you’re burning up.

Now, fellow professor in powerology, bring us home, and square this circle.

If you come up with the same theory I did, it will explain both the obscure location and the unremarkable building.

11 07 2018
UlricKerensky

Two reasons, if you expressly meant San Diego, it’s for the then-neighbors when the Court was set up. I think Kissinger worked in town (might have been Pullach).

If not, you’d want such an obvious veto superpower to be located in as simple of a place (like the Medici’s early residence), and as an obscure place as possible.

11 07 2018
countenance

German Supreme Court bans a Nazi or Communist political party. Members of the banned party leave behind a lovely parting gift. Tick tock tick tock tick tock 0:00, BOOM. Better that such happens to an unremarkable glass shack than a historically important building, and better it happens in a non-glamour city than one where all the really important people are.

11 07 2018
Nicholas Stix

Kalls-woo-e

11 07 2018
Nicholas Stix

Very 7/18ish.

Mach’s gut!

11 07 2018
countenance

Nick, e-mail me, though it may not be until early next week after we’re home and I’ve had time to recuperate and recover and catch up on sleep to get back to you.

11 07 2018
Hard Right

Drive over to Brussels. Tell Trump to stop antagonizing the Russians.

11 07 2018
countenance

Only a four and a half hour drive from Mannheim to Brussels. Who needs sleep anyway?

Really though, that’s one of the things which allowed us to get so much done in this voyage not only overall, but in every given day. That the days are even longer because we’re further north in latitude in June/July, and it’s not very long in terms of distance and travel time between one place and another. Germany is only twice the land area of Missouri, but with 82 million people, meaning to scale, Missouri would have to have 41 million people instead of the 6.1 million it actually does. Germany and surrounding countries do a good job of packing in a lot of people in a little space. I was like: This little dot has 100,000 people? Where? Do they do like they do pizza in BTTF II and dehydrate them for storage and then put them in a hydrating appliance when they want the people full size?

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