Sunday, April 26, 2015

Health Care Insurance and Demographics

For John, BLUF.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is about a month old, but it is still an interesting question.  Do demographics doom the PP&ACA?  From PJ Media and Michael Walsh at the PJ Tatler the answer is yes.  Worth considering.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Educating Black Americans

For John, BLUFIf big groups are not getting education it is not just a blot on us, but a detriment to economic progress.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

In today's edition of The Boston Globe, page A1, above the fold, is an article bylined by Laura Krantz, about Black students as minorities in local Boston area higher education institutions, Diverse campuses, but still few black students.  The sub-headline is:
With little representation, many battle culture shock at Boston-area colleges
Oh, I understand that.  It is like arriving in Lowell, from another planet state.  It isn't just being tagged a "blow in", but also the many new and different rituals, like squeaking through on a red at stoplights.  At least there are traffic lights.  It is the decent roads I miss.  The snow I don't mind.  I have a couple of years in Alaska.

I was a little surprised the reporter didn't note that with 15% of the student population across the nation, Blacks are actually over-represented.  The 2010 Census has Blacks at 12.6% of the national population, albeit only 7.02% of the Massachusetts population, making us 26th in the nation.

I found this interesting, quoting from the article:

BU devotes two admissions officers to recruit students deemed to be “under-represented minorities” — which includes Hispanic and Pacific Islander students.
What about students with a Portuguese background, students from Brazil?

And, the reporter talks about a student from Ethiopia.  I am probably mistaken, but I don't think of Ethiopia being populated by Blacks, who are from further south and west.  Are the Oromo and the Amhara, some 61.4% of the population of Ethiopia, racially Black, as are the people of, say, South Sudan?

OK, so my take-away is that Blacks in Boston who want to go to college and are not finding seats locally should come up here to Martyville.  With only 6.8% of the population of Lowell being African American the students would find their representation larger, proportionately, and thus more satisfying, and it would help us get over our own 4% hump.  That said, UMass Lowell has 15% minority and 4% foreign.  Interestingly, we have 21% "declines to state".  I wonder, being "blow ins", how my wife and I are grouped when we take classes?

I don't wish to make fun of this issue, just reframe it.  With Boston being 24% Black, per the article, the percentages in local colleges is abysmal.  One wonders if a significant number go off to other institutions?  Where would we go to get that data?

Regards  —  Cliff

Striking Back, with the Law

For John, BLUFRape needs to go back to being a crime and not an administrative problem for a university.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The New York Times, under the byline of Benjamin Weiser, we have "Accused of Rape, a Student Sues Columbia Over Bias"
A Columbia University student who was accused of rape by a fellow student, who then targeted him in a very public campus action, filed a federal discrimination lawsuit on Thursday against the school; its president, Lee C. Bollinger; and one of its professors.
Not mentioned in the headline or the lede, the student was found to not be guilty.

And why not sue?  Remember the famous Ray Donovan line, "Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?"

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff


For John, BLUFGallipoli was a turning point.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Today is ANZAC Day, a memorial day for Australia and New Zealand. The origin was honoring the travails of Australian and New Zealand troops, as the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (thus ANZAC) in the Battle of Gallipoli.  This year is the 100th Anniversary.

Interestingly, on the Ottoman (Turkish) side, the hero is Mustafa Kemal Pasha (Atatürk).

Regards  —  Cliff

Justice in Secret is Justice Denied

TRIGGER WARNING:  This may reflect badly on Democrats in Wisconsin.

For John, BLUFSo, is this going to be "in camera".  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Back in March the Wisconsin Supreme Court elected to not hold oral arguments in the infamous John Doe case brought by Milwaukee DC John Theodore Chisholm, citing secrecy problems. It is discussed here in an article by Andrew Beckett, 'Wisconsin Supreme Court will not hear arguments in John Doe case".
The state Supreme Court will not hear oral arguments in a legal challenge to a John Doe investigation into potential illegal campaign coordination between conservative groups and Governor Scott Walker’s campaign.

In a 4-2 decision released late Friday afternoon, the high court said its decision was based on concerns about the impact of a secrecy order issued in the proceedings, which would prevent them from being able to publicly identify some plaintiffs in the case.  Several of the unnamed groups targeted by the probe have argued that their activity was not illegal, and a judge sided with that position more than a year ago in halting the investigation.

Have I mentioned that this has some appearance of corruption.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, April 24, 2015

Leaking in Wisconsin

TRIGGER WARNING:  Suggests certain Democrats in Wisconsin are corrupt.

For John, BLUFAbuse by our prosecutor folks can not be abided.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

At the Althouse blog there is a further discussion of the "John Doe" issue and in this case the question of if the apparently corrupt Milwaukee DA, John Theodore Chisholm, was responsible for tipping off the press.  Since this is a "John Doe" action, and thus so secret one can not even have a Grand Jury,, or contact one's own lawyer, one would think that tipping off the press, the Fourth Estate, would be out of bounds.  Apparently not.

The original National Review article is here.

So, one question is if DA John Theodore Chisholm thinks that he personally incorporates justice and is above the law?  He must see himself in that way or he would resign, with an apology for allowing this John Doe action to go on and on.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Grand juries are a protection for the People against a central government, recognized 800 years ago in the Magna Garta.  It is incorporated in our US Constitution.

Good Service

For John, BLUFPositive people are better than negative people.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I went to the Election Commission and Census Office today for some business and I was quite impressed with the service and friendly attitude.  Friendly is always better than grumpy or sullen.

Regards  —  Cliff