Saturday, December 10, 2016

Going After Climate Change Deniers


For John, BLUFIf she has to go, who pays for the airline ticket?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




It is The Boston Herald, but it isn't Howie Carr.  In fact it is Reporter Matt Stout.

Here is the deal.  Our Attorney General, Ms Maura Healey, who we elected to that high office back in 2014 (well, I voted for the other person, but still, she won), has been ordered to appear before Federal Judge James E "Ed" Kinkeade (United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas) on Tuesday of this coming week.  He is hoping she will explain her campaign against Exxon Mobil, a company out of Irving, Texas.

She is holding out, hoping her appeal will be upheld.

Two points.

  1. Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds, back on 11 April 2016, wrote Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime.
  2. The other thing is I expect that is no truth to the rumor that our Attorney General, Ms Maura Healey, wants to ban sharp pencils in school as a dangerous weapon on the order of Assault Weapons.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Going for the Black Vote


For John, BLUFIf I were a President Trump chief of staff I would have him in a Black Inner City every 24 days.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




It is Author Roger L Simon and PJ Media.

The solution is a secret, but you can read it at the link, above.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Pretend it is on Mrs Clinton's private server and you are hacking it by clicking on the link.  Pretend you are a Russian cyber-spy, a Boris or Natasha.

Life on the Bleeding Edge of Medicine


For John, BLUFadvances is science and engineering demand advances in our understanding of the law.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is by a staff writer at The Pilot, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston.  Here is the lede:
Emma and Isabella are suing their mother, Sofia Vergara, according to court documents obtained by the New York Post.

Emma and Isabella are Vergara’s frozen embryos.

Vergara is a Colombian-born actress perhaps best known for her role as the quirky but loving Gloria Delgado-Pritchett from the ABC series “Modern Family”. In 2013, she created and froze embryos with then-fiancé Nick Loeb, a businessman, in a California clinic through in-vitro fertilization.

Here is a key fact:
The state of Louisiana legally recognizes a fertilized egg as a "juridical person".
The idea of fertilized embryos is one the Roman Catholic Church does not support.  On the other hand, they are a fact of life.  But, are they "life" or just material?

This is why the whole area of right to life is complicated.  When does life begin?  The whole area of Neonatal Intensive Care says that there is human life before the normal term birth.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, December 9, 2016

Watch Your Tongue, In Europe


For John, BLUFThis kind of approach is creeping into our own society.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This article is from Hot Air and the author is Jazz Shaw.

This article is about Dutch Member of Parliament Geert Wilders, the 53 year old head of the Party for Freedom.  He has recently been on trial for "hate speech".

Here is the lede:

We’re still not finished talking about Brexit, but next slogan to gain international attention may be “Nexit” given what’s going on in the Netherlands these days.  In a very troubling sign, Dutch member of Parliament Geert Wilders was convicted of “hate speech” in court this week.  His crime?  Addressing a rally of his supporters earlier in the year where people were shouting “fewer” when speaking of how many Moroccan immigrants they wanted in the country.
Mr Wilders was convicted.  The judges trying him imposed no punishment, deeming the trial punishment enough.

Here is the comment by Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds:

TO BE FAIR, EUROPE’S NEVER BEEN BIG ON FREE SPEECH
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  There is, apparently, no First Amendment in the Netherlands.
  The other option is that they were afraid of a possible backlash.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Secessionist American States


For John, BLUFThis is all part of the five Kübler Ross stages of grief.  Then there was the guy who checked himself into a psych ward, per The Huffington Post.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is from NTK, the Need to Know Network.  Their view of themselves is here.  There is no author mentioned. At any rate, here is the lede plus one:
On Tuesday, disgruntled Democrats held a forum to discuss the possibility of replacing the Electoral College.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) conceded that Democrats could not get rid of the Electoral College due to the way the United States Constitution is written.

Well there is that.  They recognize how the Constitution is written, but apparently not why.  They have forgotten that the reason for the Electoral College, for two Senators per State, is to ensure the small stakes have a say and thus are willing to be members of the Union.  A Union run by Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, California and Washington State would not be attractive to the other 42.

It ends thusly:

Rational people, not the fringe, are now talking about whether states could be separated from the U.S., whether we should have a Constitutional Convention.  And I think as time goes on that is apt to become more the case unless we here can figure an answer to preventing the majority from being ruled by the minority.
Cry me a River.  Are these folks ready to take on that anti-democratic institution, the US Senate.  There is, first of all, the filibuster.  Then there is the issue of one man one vote vs the allocation of two senators to each State.  Maybe we should just abolish the US Senate, or populate it solely with former Cabinet Officers, but with the ability to delay legislation, but not change it or block it. 

And what about the undemocratic way of picking a President if no one gets 270 votes in the Electoral College, it goes to the House of Representatives, where each state gets one (repeat, one) vote.

Then, there is the question of if, by switching to a popular vote we will then require a run-off, to ensure we don't elect a minority President.  I would suggest that to win a Candidate would need at least 50.5 percent of the vote, to ensure that small variances don't challenge the results.

Representative Zoe Lofgren of California needs to give this some serious thought, including an analysis of all the possible outcomes.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

  This should not be confused with the now defunct NTK newsletter, gone about eight years.
  If the Democrats are disgruntled, can we assume the Republicans are gruntled?
  Aren't you ready to bet that the Democrats are regretting Senator Harry Reid's "nuclear option".
  Sort of like the British House of Lords.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Suggestion Mr Trump Will Change Courtship


For John, BLUFLike women didn't enjoy sex before 1960?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is from Matthew Balan and Media Research Center's News Busters.

Here is the lede:

Jill Filipovic wildly claimed that "sex is about to get a lot less fun" in a Thursday op-ed on CNN.com. Filipovic pointed the finger at Donald Trump nominating ObamaCare opponent, Rep. Tom Price, to be HHS secretary, and claimed the move is "just one peek at what Trump's notorious misogyny will look like when it's translated into policy." The Cosmopolitan contributor zeroed in on ObamaCare's "provision that full covers contraception," and claimed that if the controversial law is repealed, many women would no longer be able to "enjoy recreational sex without suffering economically, professionally or medically from an unwanted pregnancy."
So, the concern Ms Filipovic has is that if birth control isn't available it will reduce freedom and enjoyment during sexual intercourse.

On the other hand, would this reduce the number of out-of-wedlock births?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Electoral College Returning to Favor


For John, BLUFI distrust a direct election, because of Federal involvement.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From the Gallup Poll.  The Writer is Mr Art Swift.

Here are the story highlights:

  • 47% want to keep Electoral College, up from 35% in 2011
  • Republicans shift decisively in favor of Electoral College
  • Most Americans correctly answer that Hillary Clinton won popular vote
Hat tip to Memeorandum.

Regards  —  Cliff