Tuesday, December 1, 2015

C-Springs Shooting

For John, BLUF:  When you already have the answers, the facts just get in the way.    Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The New Yorker, an effort to fit Mr Robert Dear, the Colorado Springs shooter, into the Progressive narrative, "Making Sense of Robert Dear".

I don't think it works.  Where does Lizzie Borden fit in, her with the hatchet and the 40 wacks?

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, November 30, 2015

A Good Idea Regarding Climate Change

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

In today's issue of The Boston Globe is this letter from Mr Jack Clarke, Director of Public Policy, Mass Audubon Society, "Massachusetts needs a climate plan".

While I am not sure that the "end is near", the point Mr Clarke makes is excellent.  It is prudent for us to work to determine what is needed in the future and to move to make those projects "Shovel Ready".  Prior planning is prudent.  It allows us to develop insights with regard to the issue of a rising sea level, but also it will reveal insights into other issues.  As the saying goes:

Plans are nothing, planning is everything.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Even if you think Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change is rubbish, you might find it prudent to invest in some forward planning.  And, such planning represents a reasonable political compromise with those who believe the sky is fallingfilling with climate warming gases.

Regards  —  Cliff

Is Borrowing a Better Idea Really a CrimeSin?

For John, BLUFNever start a fight until you have considered where it is going to end.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"Everything the World Has Culturally Appropriated from the West".

The author is Mr Allum Bokhari, who claims to be half-Pakistani, so feels some guilt about this.  The source is Breitbart, for whom Mr Bokhari does quite a bit of writing.

The headline says it all.

Not mentioned by Mr Bokari is the horse.  One wonders if the Native Americans should turn in all their horses?

I, for one, say no.  But then I am one of those evil folks who is all for cultural appropriation and practice it whenever I see a better mouse trap.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Who is Giving the Most to Politicians?

For John, BLUFIf you think it is bad now, wait until you abolish political parties.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is one of those Tinkers to Evers to Chance kind of stories.  I found it at Instapundit, who sent me to News Alert, who sent me to Open Secrets, who gave me the scoop, the Federal Data.

The InstaPundit notes "Top Political Donors: SEIU #1, Koch Brothers #49."  I am sure there is a mistake in there somewhere.  Surely the Koch Brothers are number one in giving, aren't they?

And, Open Secrets kindly notes.

NOTE:  Federal law prohibits the use of contributor information for the purpose of soliciting contributions or for any commercial purpose.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Who Cares About the FITBIT Data

For John, BLUFDiet and exercise still matters.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Well, this is a shock, "Your Doctor Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Fitness-Tracker Data".  I would have thought that just from an encouragement point of view the Primary Care Physician would want to hear that his or her patient is now up and about, logging those steps and "active minutes" on their FITBIT or other device.

Not so much, says Reporter Andrew Rosenblum of Technology Review.  In fact, his sub-headline is equally discouraging, "Some patients are bringing troves of fitness-tracker data to their checkups, but the doctor might not find it all that helpful."

Here is the lede plus one:

You may think your smart watch or activity tracker can help you keep tabs on your health, but don’t be shocked if your doctor is more skeptical.

Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end of the year, according to market research firm IDC. Some doctors and researchers, however, remain unimpressed, They question the value of the particular metrics tracked, as well as the validity of the deluge of data these gadgets produce.

And after buying my wife a FITBIT.  Oh well!

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Illegal Immigration Back Up

For John, BLUFI note The New York Times has used the Non-PC term "illegal" to refer to what is happening.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

On 26 November Reporter Julia Preston, of The New York Times wrote that the "Number of Migrants Illegally Crossing Rio Grande Rises Sharply"

From the beginning of the article.

The numbers of migrants crossing the Rio Grande illegally have risen sharply in recent weeks, replaying scenes from the influx of Central American children and families in South Texas last year.

Once again, smugglers are bringing hundreds of women and children each day to the Mexican banks of the river and sending them across in rafts.  In a season when illegal crossings normally go down, “The numbers have started going the other way,” said Raul L. Ortiz, acting chief of the Border Patrol for the Rio Grande Valley. Since Oct. 1, official figures show, Border Patrol apprehensions of migrant families in this region have increased 150 percent over the same period last year, while the number of unaccompanied children caught by agents has more than doubled.

The new flows here are smaller than the surge in the summer of 2014, but come after a year of declines in illegal crossings across the southwest border.  The increases come as Americans’ concerns about border security are heightened after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris raised fears that terrorists would try to sneak into the United States.  And they are complicating the Obama administration’s efforts to reassure the country that the border is under control.

It is basic capitalism.  You get more of what you reward.  Sometimes it is profit.  Sometimes it is Bureaucratic adjustments.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Same Sex Marriage Meets US Constitution, Again

For John, BLUFIn a complex society there are bound to be differences of opinion.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I am sure that this is a test of the issues of assimilation, culture and cultural appropriation and a dominant culture imposing its will on a minority.  Straight from The Associated Press we have an article by Miss Felicia Fonseca, "GAY MARRIAGE IS LEGAL BUT NOT ON TRIBAL LANDS".

While there may be a small amount of humor in this predicament, I don't think it is really funny.  We are looking at people's lives here.  We are also looking at how our society judges and prioritizes rights and privileges.

Here is the lede plus one.

Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up.

That day never came.  The Ak-Chin Indian Community doesn't recognize same-sex marriages and has a law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together.  So Pablo voluntarily gave up her tribal home and now is suing the tribe in tribal court to have her marriage validated.

We are talking arcane provisions of the US Constitution here.  Or, specifically, Native American tribes have sovereign lands, where the U.S. Constitution does not apply.  It is an interesting concept.

But this issue is bigger than the relationship of the US Government to Native American tribes.

When our society allows greater freedom to do as one wishes, we run the risk of offending more people.  When we don't have cultural assimilation we have the problem of groups of people not being happy with some of these new freedoms.  On the other hand, there are those who are against cultural assimilation.  Should Muslims of whatever stripe, coming from the Eastern Hemisphere, be treated as intolerant for being opposed to modern American sexual mores.  Or should they be expected to suck it up and live with it?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Heck, there are non-Muslims who think some of our sexual mores are in bad taste.