Welcome to the inaugural post of a brand new series for the Aunty Em Ericann Blog. Judge Not is a weekly series appearing (hopefully) every Saturday, which explores the fascinating mind of Judge Andrew Paolo Napolitano, the Fox “News” Senior Judicial Analyst, who is not very judicious.
Judge Nap, as he is affectionately called, not only appears on the Fox “News” Channel, but also on sister station Fox Business Network, that no one ever watches. Judge Nap puts a Libertarian anti-government spin on the regular Fox “News” anti-Obama spin. As he claims on his own web site, written in the 3rd person as if he never met himself:
He is nationally known for watching and reporting on the government as it takes liberty and property.
I would argue that he is more well-known for his braying laugh that comes off as a cross between a horny donkey and a stampeding elephant, which is quite an apt description for the Libertarian he plays on tee vee.
Oddly enough for someone who pretends to care about people’s rights, when Judge Nap was at Princeton University he was one of the founders of Concerned Alumni of Princeton in 1972. The WikiWackyWoo has more:
The primary motivation behind CAP was to limit the number of women admitted to the university. CAP also opposed affirmative action designed to increase minority attendance at the Ivy League institution. CAP also exhibited strong support for Princeton’s eating clubs, which were male-only at the time.
The existence of the organization attracted wide notice in January 2006 during the nomination of Samuel Alito, who was a former CAP member, to the Supreme Court of the United States, as Alito included his membership in the organization on a job application to work in the Reagan administration in 1985. No mention of Alito has been found in CAP files, apart from his own written 1985 statement of membership. Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano was a founding member. Former Senator Bill Bradley, a liberal Democrat, was a member until 1973, when he resigned because of the tone of the organization’s magazine, Prospect. Republican Senator Bill Frist, at the time a recent Princeton alumnus, contributed to a report that labeled the organization as far-right and extremist.
However, for our purposes, Judge Nap sends out a ton of crap over facebook. When I started collecting screen caps for my Fox “News” Spin Cycle series, I was amazed at the sheer number of things Judge Nap was sending out. He’s a lot like your crazy uncle who sends out all those cat pictures, except The Napster sends out Libertarian memes and wacky conspiracy theories, most often outsourced from Austin Petersen and/or the Ludwig von Mises Institute. That’s why I decided to spin Judge Nap off into a separate series. Let’s get right to it.
But first, an important word from Sammy Davis, Jr.:
Judge Nap spouts off against the stimulus quite often. However honest economists (which would be no one at the Ludwig von Mises Institute) say stimulus money kept the country from sinking into a much deeper depression. That 1900 people are being investigated is less an indictment against the government and/or stimulus than against a corrupt society.
Mises’s ideas—on economic reasoning and on economic
policy—were out of fashion during the Keynesian revolution that took
over American economic thinking from the mid-1930s to the 1960s. Mises’s
upset at the Keynesian revolution and at Hitler’s earlier destruction
of his homeland made Mises bitter from the late 1940s on. The contrast
between his early view of himself as a mainstream member of his
profession and his later view of himself as an outcast shows up starkly
in The Theory of Money and Credit. The first section, written in 1912, is calmly argued; the last section, added in the 1940s, is strident.
What you’re not being told is the “rants” included threats of violence. Judge Nap wants you to think the government is cracking down on people’s rights of Free Speech.
Is there any one who really thinks that U.S. Customs should not be searching people entering the country under certain circumstances? However, Judge Nap wants you to equate this with TSA agents at airports, but these are totally separate issues, no matter how one feels about the TSA.
Every liar on the right wants you to believe that President Obama is coming for your guns. (See: NRA.) And, whatever you do, don’t tell Glenn Beck that the government is coming for his gold.
This is just another of Judge Nap’s reports trying to convince the brain-dead Fox “News” audience that the government wants to lock everybody up and throw away the key, or something. It’s so hard to keep track.
Fox “News” has been trying to create a Catch 22 for President Obama. If he attacks in Libya it’s all an election ploy. If he doesn’t attack he’s weak and will be apologizing to the terrorists before the election. Either way Fox “News” wins. Media Matters has more.
When did the government spending money on infrastructure become evil? Aside from the fact that ‘Merkin infrastructure is crumbling before our eyes, you would think that even Right Wing business owners would want infrastructure maintenance since they might be able to get some of those hefty government contracts. Or have we privatized that too?
Remember when the Right Wing went nuts over using children in politics? I guess Libertarians do not have the same revulsion.
Note how Judge Nap doesn’t explain he’s talking about Medical Marijuana. One area in which I agree with Judge Nap is that he supports the decriminalization of marijuana. Yet, you’ll never hear him say that because it would make the Fox “News” audience’s collective head explode. That’s why he never comes out and explicitly says this and quotes others, while he dances around the topic.
If he’s against drone planes for police departments then he also has to be against police helicopters, right?
Fox “News” has bought the entire GOP, but you’ll never hear Judhe Nap admit that either.
However, Judge Nap is also against government regulation, which includes the Food and Drug Administration. Which is it?
Note there is no law in effect. Judge Nap just wants you to be afraid that the government is taking away your rights yesterday.
Okay, there’s another area in which I agree with Judge Nap. Florida’s newest policy is odious.
If only Mendacious Mitt had followed the rules for the debate that he negotiated he wouldn’t have screwed up so badly on Benghazi.
Judge Nap plays along with the Fox “News” meme that any spending to improve electric cars is wasted. Therefore, let’s keep drilling for oil, which is not a renewable resource, and which fouls the environment in two ways: 1). When there’s a catastrophe like the BP oil blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico; 2). The internal combustion engine pollutes the air.
This is how Judge Nap slyly shows his support for the issue of Medical Marijuana and decriminalization.
Judge Nap wants you to be afraid of the government, so he won’t add to this message that this is ONLY for those who are breaking the law and trading with Iran, in opposition to the severe sanctions imposed by ‘Merka.
Sure, a wooden Bender has so much to teach us.
The people are also entitled to a so-called “news” station that doesn’t lie. Oh well, you can’t have everything.
What would you do, Judge?
Armed posses? What could possibly go wrong?
Judge Nap likens Social Security to a Ponzi scheme. In the same light all of Wall Street is a Ponzi scheme as people get rich just by moving paper around in a big circle jerk.
The story I remember best happened at the initial Mont Pelerin
meeting when he got up and said, “You’re all a bunch of socialists.” We
were discussing the distribution of income, and whether you should have
progressive income taxes. Some of the people there were expressing the
view that there could be a justification for it.
Another occasion which is equally telling: Fritz Machlup was a
student of Mises’s, one of his most faithful disciples. At one of the
Mont Pelerin meetings, Machlup gave a talk in which I think he
questioned the idea of a gold standard; he came out in favor of floating
exchange rates. Mises was so mad he wouldn’t speak to Machlup for three
years. Some people had to come around and bring them together again.
It’s hard to understand; you can get some understanding of it by taking
into account how people like Mises were persecuted in their lives.
Here we go again!
This is a total misreading of the statistics. While there is a small disparity, it’s less than in the worforce overall. However, to get to the statistics quoted they do not account for the fact that they are comparing apples to oranges, totgally different jons within the administration.
HAW! HAW! HAW! HAW! While I saw this meme passed around facebook a lot, I think it’s really beneath Judge Nap, who wants people to take him seriously.
People have died, and hundreds are sick, but Judge Nap wants you to believe that the FBI, which acts independently from the White House and has no political affiliation, has only raided the pharmacy as a “political election year stunt.”
The GOP built that.
Judge Nap sent this out so many times. He really must want people to believe it. Does this mean that George “Dubya” Bush was responsible to the attack on 9/11?
Here are more instances where Judge Nap is trying to convince through repetition.
Regardless of what one thinks about the (alleged) terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one has to admit he sure knows how to get the Wing Nuts at Fox “News” apoplectic.
And he’ll keep repeating it until everybody in ‘Merka agrees with him.
And repeating it.
“Value-free foreign policy”??? What the hell does that even mean, except as a different way of saying “Obama is responsible for the mess in Libya”???
The unsullied combination of YouTubery and AssHaterry.
Because electric cars are bad since Big Business has yet to find a way to own all electricity.
This is amusing coming from a former judge. Regardless of what one may think about this case, Ms Plante was ordered jailed for refusing to cooperate with a Grand Jury in the Northwest. The Grand Jury system sucks, but it is a part of the Constitutionally sanctioned Judiciary. What do you think about that Constitution now, Judge Nap?
Finding new ways of repeating the same thought.
Trying many ways of saying the same thing.
Judge Nap and Fox “News” wants you to believe he told the Town Hall participant something different than the ‘Merkin public. However, he merely clarified his statement.
I wonder if Judge Nap was blaming Dubya for the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and was calling the illegal War in Iraq a political ploy.
Yet, the whole Fox “News” constructed case for a cover-up continues to unravel.
This seems to make the case for a retaliatory attack in Libya, but hasn’t Judge Nap already condemned that as election yearpolitics?
Libertarians and the Right Wing want it both ways. They argue for “due process” except when it comes to those locked up in Gitmo. Then it’s “lock ’em up and throw away the key.” When President Obama wanted to shift those trials to NYC the Right Wing, aided by Fox “News,” went ape shit. Yet, that would have been “due process.”
Within the post-WWII mainstream economics establishment, Mises suffered
severe personal rejection: for example, in a 1957 review of his book The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, The Economist
said of von Mises: “Professor von Mises has a splendid analytical mind
and an admirable passion for liberty; but as a student of human nature he is worse than null and as a debater he is of Hyde Park standard.” Conservative commentator Whittaker Chambers published a similarly negative review of that book in the National Review,
stating that Mises’s thesis that anti-capitalist sentiment was rooted
in “envy” epitomized “know-nothing conservatism” at its
“know-nothingest.” Economic historian Bruce Caldwell writes that in the mid-20th century, with the ascendance of positivism and Keynesianism, Mises came to be perceived by many as the “archetypal ‘unscientific’ economist.”
One of the best ways Fox “News” has found to denigrate President Obama is to take his words out of context.
Another attack on “green energy” because Big Business has yet to find a way to own the sun and wind.
What Judge Nap and his ilk will never tell you: ALL taxes are redistributive, whether it’s a progressive tax or a flat tax.
Be afraid!!! Be very afraid!!!
By only telling part of the story, the Right Wing is trying to indict President Obama for the attack in Libya. Yet, even this reading of the Fox “News” sponsored story has been unraveling right on Fox “News” and everything.
If he’s refused to uphold his oath to the Constitution it should be a simple matter of impeaching him then, right?
Drill here. Drill now. Drill in National Parks. Drill in Central Park. Screw the environment.
Libertarian catch-phrases all.
Was he this vocal during the Dubya administration when these policies were put in place? Or is it only a problem now that there’s a Democrat in the Oval Office?
It’s beginning to look like Judge Nap will repeat any bullshit, as long as it comes from the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
Yeah, that’s the WHOLE reason, Judge Nap. It’s all President Obama’s fault and has nothing to do with the instability that “our former ally Col. Gadhafi” [sic] wrought. Oh, fer fuck’s sake!!! Give your head a shake, Judge.
The TSA is the agency everyoen loves to hate.
Right, because we all know how progressive police departments are, right Judge Nap?
Would Judge Nap have been sending this cartoon out during 2006 or would he have just kept quiet to cover for a duplicious Dubya?
Is Judge Nap advocating breaking the law?
Another thing which distinguishes countries is whether there are propaganda outlets disguised as so-called “news” stations prepared to support a single political party against the truth. C’mon down Fox “News.”
What if ‘Merka had Universal Health Care like so many other countries? That’s what President Obama wanted to do, but was forced to compromise so now the ‘Merkin system is a hybrid of Single Payer and Insurance Company profiteering. Well done, GOP!!!
Because going to war to preserve ‘Merkin self-respect has worked so well in the past.
Yadda, yadda, yadda. More empty slogans.
When this secret system was being crafted by Dubya, did you complain then?
When sidewalk sitting is outlawed, only outlaws will sit on sidewalks.
Yadda, yadda, yadda.
We get it: The Federal Reserve is evil.
And Jefferson knew a lot about tyranny because he was a slave owner.
Hours later this report was deemed false. However, who put the story out in the first place? BTW: Dick “Toe Sucker” Mossis has never been right about anything, so you look like an idiot passing along anything he says, Judge Nap. Besides, it’s a universally known truism: Never trust a man who wears a bad toupee.
And yet Dubya welcome international monitors at ‘Merkin polling places during previous election cycles.
Told ya so!!!
Drones are no different than helicopters as a police crime-fighting tool. If you are against one, you must be against both.
I don’t even know what to make of this. A non-documentary Hollywood movie that purports to tell the truth about 9/11 trutherism? It almost sounds like a bad joke.
Yet, every 4 years there’s still an election when people can turf out the government. Personally I prefer the Parliamentary system where a government can be turfed by a vote of non-confidence.
Yadda, yadda, yadda. More empty slogans.
That’s it, that’s all for the first exciting chapter of Judge Not. Join us every week when we explore the uncensored Id of Judge Nap and make fun of his Libertarian leanings, which only seem to attack President Obama. Now everybody D A N C E to what many people consider the very first Rap tune: