Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mayor Thomas Menino RIP

For John, BLUFA fighter.

It is sad news that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has passed beyond this vale of tears.

I was impressed that he was so strong so long.  The five term mayor just launched a book tour, 15 days ago.

Here is the story in today's edition of The Boston Globe on line.L

Regards  —  Cliff

ID Required for Blood Draw

For John, BLUFI am not troubled by asking for ID to Vote.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

So here is a short item on La Raza pushing a handbook on where some form of Identification is NOT required to vote.  While it is La Raza, it is readily available information.

Then there is this about non-residents voting.  One example is Residents of Fredrick County, Maryland avoiding jury duty by saying they are not US Citizens, but then going on to vote in elections.  Per the law, you either are or your aren't.

Regarding voter ID, I wonder about why there is opposition to such requirements.  We are told it is an imposition.  Poor people and minorities supposedly find it hard to get a photo ID.  So, how about Lowell General Hospital asking me for my new Mass Driver's License?  What, I asked, do you do if someone doesn't have a Driver's License?  Ask for another form of photo ID.  If you can't get your blood drawn without a Driver's License, why should you be able to vote without one?  And, more important, why hasn't the PP & ACA fixed this?  People need medical care more frequently than they need voting.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  If one reads the Wikipedia article, they claim they are not a subversive organization, that they are not advocating the Reconquista.
  Massachusetts is one of those states that authorizes voting personnel to ask for ID.

Troubles With Western Traditions

For John, BLUFNo, not about pigs.  That would be oinkopobia.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Word of the day—Oikophobia

Here is the word as used by Law Professor Glenn Reynolds:

TO OIKOPHOBIC LEFTIES, THAT’S NOT A BUG, IT’S A FEATURE:  Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities.
Here is an example from Wikipedia:
An extreme aversion to the sacred and the thwarting of the connection of the sacred to the culture of the West is described as the underlying motif of oikophobia; and not the substitution of Judeo-Christianity by another coherent system of belief.  The paradox of the oikophobe seems to be that any opposition directed at the theological and cultural tradition of the West is to be encouraged even if it is "significantly more parochial, exclusivist, patriarchal, and ethnocentric."  Scruton described "a chronic form of oikophobia [which] has spread through the American universities, in the guise of political correctness."
Again, from Wikipedia we have a reference to Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault and their "assault on 'bourgeois' society result[ing] in an 'anti-culture' that took direct aim at holy and sacred things, condemning and repudiating them as oppressive and power-ridden."
Derrida is a classic oikophobe in so far as he repudiates the longing for home that the Western theological, legal, and literary traditions satisfy. . . . Derrida's deconstruction seeks to block the path to this 'core experience' of membership, preferring instead a rootless existence founded 'upon nothing.'
My question is, if we make all that "Western Tradition" go away, what do we have left?

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  The sub-headline of the article, from The Atlantic, is "Blue America has a problem: Even after adjusting for income, left-leaning metros tend to have worse income inequality and less affordable housing."  I wonder what Senator E Warren thinks of that.
  Not meant as a pun.

Be Sure to Vote

For John, BLUFYou I wrote in for State Senator, and included your address.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

My wife and I have to be out of town on Tuesday, so we went to City Hall yesterday and voted.

It was quick and painless.

If you think you are going to be on the road, go and vote at City Hall today.  Voting is important.

While I want my choice of candidates to win (including a write in for George Anthes for District Attorney), I also want our Democracy to work and want you to vote, if you are a legal voter.  If not, don't vote.

Regards  —  Cliff

  But, I left an adult child in the house, along with Fred the dog.  Fred is big and protective.  Not as big as the Great Dane I saw yesterday, but still pretty big.
  City Hall, Basement, Southeast Corner.  Near the Snack Bar.  The paperwork is simple and the ladies behind the counter are very helpful.  I would say ten minutes, and that included time for friendly banter.
  George W Anthes, 64 Trull Lane, Lowell, MA.  You need the address.

Developments in Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race

For John, BLUFOK, so these are the numbers, bust I have been told to expect a big surprise on the evening of 4 November.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is political junkie level stuff.  Wisconsin is way out there in fly over country.  It has given us Progressives and people like Senator Joe McCarthy.  Republican Representative Paul Ryan is from Wisconsin (Janesville).

From the Althouse blog

Scott Walker opens up a big lead against Mary Burke in the new Marquette University poll.

Suddenly — after tying in the last poll — it's 50% Walker, 43% Burke.

So who cares?  Maybe those looking for a Republican candidate in 2016.  On the other hand, Governor Walker did not graduate from one of the better colleges.  In fact, like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, he never graduated from college.  You can see where that gets you.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

  He of the quip, when asked about Impeachment of President Barack Obama, responded "Have you met Joe Biden?"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Proper Response to Islamic Violence

For John, BLUFWe can't solve Islam's problems for them, but we can hold them to the standards we expect of others.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

In The Wall Street Journal, dateline Sunday evening, Mr. Aly Salem, an Egyptian writer based in New York, says "Let's Talk About How Islam Has Been Hijacked".  The sub-title is "I'm appalled by what is done in the name of my religion. Yet my American friends don't want to hear it."

Yes, the question is, what are we as Americans doing right and wrong in discussions of Islam.

Here is the conclusion of the article:

Compare the collective response after each harrowing high-school shooting in America. Intellectuals and public figures look for the root cause of the violence and ask:  Why?  Yet when I ask why after every terrorist attack, the disapproval I get from my non-Muslim peers is visceral:  The majority of Muslims are not violent, they insist, the jihadists are a minority who don't represent Islam, and I am fear-mongering by even wondering aloud.

This is delusional thinking.  Even as the world witnesses the barbarity of beheadings, habitual stoning and severe subjugation of women and minorities in the Muslim world, politicians and academics lecture that Islam is a "religion of peace."  Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia routinely beheads women for sorcery and witchcraft.

In the U.S., we Muslims are handled like exotic flowers that will crumble if our faith is criticized—even if we do it ourselves.  Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats alike would apparently prefer to drop bombs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond, because killing Muslims is somehow less offensive than criticizing their religion? Unfortunately, you can't kill an idea with a bomb, and so Islamism will continue to propagate.  Muslims must tolerate civilized public debate of the texts and scripture that inform Islamism.  To demand any less of us is to engage in the soft bigotry of low expectations.

There it is again, that dangerous phrase, "...the soft bigotry of low expectations."

The more subtle point is that ISIL (or ISIS or IS or da'eth) is not going to go away until Islam has its own internal dialogue and those of us outside the faith walk a fine line between unjustly condemning Muslims and mollycoddling Muslims.

And, at the end of the day it is their problem to fix.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday Question in The Globe

For John, BLUFEveryone gets to put forward their position.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

In Sunday's edition of The [Lowell] Sun we have a man with questions, but his presumed answers sometimes seem off the beam.  I am referring to Mr Michael Goldman and his piece in the Focus section.  The piece is Can someone please explain these matters to me? 

  • First, about Republicans thinking they can win in 2016 while "opposing commonsense national immigration policies".  I am not sure legal immigrants favor opening the flood gates.  Of course, if The Wash Post is to be believed, up to 6% of non-citizens vote in our elections (how do they do that?), so in a close election that could make a difference.
  • Re Kim Kardashian, I have NO explanation.
  • I am not sure about what a "virtual high school" is, but Home Schooling seems to work fine.
  • I don't understand "nude selfies" either.
  • Why are Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska the five happiest states?  Away from the two Coasts and thus way from the bien-pensant, and maybe hunting.
  • I think ALL police shootings should be treated like an aircraft mishap, with there being an independent investigation.
  • I didn't understand the Grassy Knoll paragraph.
  • Re the Robert F Kennedy Junior like folks regarding inoculations, I am not sure what the question is.
  • Mitt Romney in 2016?  President Barack Obama, Senator Harry Reid, Representative Nancy Pelosi.
  • Re "The War on Christmas", the folks who are so apoplectic about Crèches.  I get the need for separation of Church and State, which has been good for our nation, but sometimes those looking for separation are a little strident.
  • Now we have a series of items about President Obama being "so hated".  Attitudes toward our President vary from very loved to very hated.  I am in the camp who feel sorry for the President because I think he may be in over his head.  Let us not overstate the degree to which "hatred" is involved in those who have legitimate concerns about the leadership of the President.
    • Gas prices down?  The market.  Oil production is up.
    • Deficit is not Debt.  Federal Debt continues to rise.
    • Christmas sales up—good.
    • 401Ks up?  Good.
    • Re the Health Care numbers, the number of uninsured is finally lower than what it was at the low point during the Bush Administration.  And that is recent.  The PP&ACA is not working very well.  This will not help Republican candidates, who have no solution, but it will hurt Democrat candidates.
  • Re sick time, I think the statement obscures the issue.
  • Snorting cocaine?  The illegal drug industry isn't being supported by the ghettos.  It is a different demographic.  Maybe the point is that one got over it and one didn't.
  • "Upskirting"? Why was it legal for ever in our Commonwealth and then the General Court and the Governor, instead of thinking about all the second and third order effects, jumped to a "solution" in 72 hours?
Final Question:

Can someone please explain to me why despite his Sunday OpEds, Mr Michael Goldman is still a paid political consultant for Democrat candidates?

Regards  —  Cliff

  On the web page the question mark is in an interesting font.  Kudos to whoever does the type face selection.