Monday, April 24, 2017

Mutilating Young Female Children


For John, BLUFPeople need to speak out against this practice.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




It is The Daily Caller and Reporter Amber Randall.

Here is a key sentence:

“There’s a gulf between the Western (and some African) advocates who campaign against the practice and the people who follow the rite, and I felt the language used widened that chasm,” NYT science and health editor Celia Dugger explained Friday.
There has been a couple of recent prosecutions of Female Genital Mutilation in the United States, including one in Michigan.

So there is a gulf, but are we going to try to bridge the gulf in the United States with some sort of compromise?  Would we allow it for the young girls of parent who are immigrants from areas where this is practiced?  What about the granddaughters?

No, this is a practice that we should not compromise on.  If it is important to the individuals, let them move to an area where FGM is an acceptable custom and legal.  But not here.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Cultural Affinity


For John, BLUFMales are being oppressed everywhere.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds blogged, this morning:
SO I RAN ACROSS THIS PIECE ON SUICIDES AMONG THE INUIT IN GREENLAND, and wondered if it has any relevance for the epidemic of suicide among white, working-class Americans:

There’s also something broader — a loss of identity that happens when a culture, in this case Inuit culture, is demonized and broken down.

Hmm.

So, do these things apply across cultures?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Litmus Test Politics


For John, BLUFI wonder of they realize a lot of folks don't believe as strongly as they do?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Sub-headline:
DNC chair Tom Perez said all Democratic candidates must support a woman’s right to choose.
I picked this up from a Tweet by Ms Emily Zanotti, who wrote about three hours ago:
They realize Catholics vote Democrat, right?  Now they can't.
But, here is the story out of The Huffington Post, written by Ms Laura Bassett, on the 21st (Lede plus three):
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez became the first head of the party to demand ideological purity on abortion rights, promising Friday to support only Democratic candidates who back a woman’s right to choose.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

“At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

Perez’s statement follows the DNC’s controversial embrace of Heath Mello, a Democratic mayoral candidate in Omaha, Nebraska, whose years-long history of voting against abortion rights in the state Legislature drew fire from progressives this week. Daily Kos, a liberal website that raises money for lesser-known Democratic candidates, pulled its endorsement of Mello this week after discovering his history on the issue, and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue slammed the DNC for adding him to its cross-country unity tour.

‏Will we next be having "self-criticism" sessions within the Democratic Party?

By the way, Senator Bernie Sanders thinks that as long as Democratic Party politicians vote for abortion it is OK if they oppose it personally.

Regards  —  Cliff

Beginning Round Two


For John, BLUFA sprint to the finish with a lot of "Trump" comparisons and concerns about the coming Apocalypse.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is the late Sunday situation per The New York Times and Reporter Alissa J Rubin.

Here is the lede plus one:

In France’s most consequential election in recent history, voters on Sunday endorsed Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen — one a political novice, the other a far-right firebrand — both outsiders but with starkly different visions for the country, early returns and projections indicated.

The result was a full-throated rebuke of France’s traditional mainstream parties, setting the country on an uncertain path at a critical moment when France’s election could also decide the future of the European Union. The two candidates appeared to be headed to a runoff on May 7.

There you have it, Mr Emmanuel Macron and Ms Marine Le Pen.

After reading the article, please participate in this poll, below.

What is the NYT View of the French Candidates for the May runoff?
 
pollcode.com free polls

Regards  —  Cliff

Polling:  Trump vs Clinton


TRIGGER WARNING:  I blame the new book, Shattered.

For John, BLUFSo far, so good for President Trump.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




It is The Washington Examiner (Mr Paul Bedard reporting, 23 April), the cross town junior rival of The Wash Post.

The thing is, based on polling, Mr Trump would again beat Mrs Clinton if the election were held now, but he would not only beat her in the Electoral College, but also in the Popular Vote.

And, those who voted for Mr Trump are pretty happy with what he has done so far, starting with his Supreme Court nomination.  I think a thing to keep in mind is that those who voted for Mr Trump knew that they were settling for someone who was not a politician and would have to fight to achieve his goals, against an establishment that would oppose him at every turn.

And, via the InstaPundit, there is this New York Post article by Ms Salena Zito, "How Trump voters feel about his first 100 days".  They are happy.  Here sample is people who live along US Route 30, from Times Square to San Francisco.

Here is how she wraps up the article:

Like FDR, Trump has taken the country in a completely different direction from his predecessor.  It is still unclear whether his break towards a new philosophy of governing will be successful — but, if you listen to his supporters, they have his back.

For now.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Road Trip!  How does she get all the fun assignments?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Celebrating Earth Day


TRIGGER WARNING:  Back in 1970 they didn't know as much as you know now.

For John, BLUFI would like to see a discussion of the upside to climate change.  Things like more available fertile farm land.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here we have the "13 Most Ridiculous Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970".

This is an ever green item at Ricochet, posted by Mr Jon Gabriel, Editor.

The good news is that we are no longer worried about global cooling.

The bad news is we have run out of oil, or will in the next few minutes.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  On the other hand, Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds believes we can drill our way out of this problem.  I believe the Saudi Arabians worry about the same thing.

Changing Perspectives


For John, BLUFIt is past time to drop the "Russian hacking meme".  Nothing to see here; just move along.




So, it is a darkened alleyway and person in a trench coat, with a head a lot like a donkey, is talking to a person in a trench coats and a hat pulled low.

The balloon from the donkey character is saying:

We need you to say that the Chinese hacked the election and only made it look like the Russians did it...
The cartoonist is Mike Shelton.

Hat tip to The [Lowell] Sun.

Regards  —  Cliff