Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 8:31 pm
So, Mr Obama is going to offer his “executive order” on immigration tonight. Constitutional scholars are going to offer their opinions. But I’m going to give you a homework assignment, in two parts no less.
Part 1. Imagine a Democrat held Senate/House and a GOP conservative President. Craft what you might see as an abortion executive order that would elicit the same <em>Constitutional</em> objections regarding balance of powers between Congress and Executive as are debated by, say, the Volokh lawyers in the wake of Obama’s immigration order.
Part 2. If you honestly did the homework of part one, explain why (if GOP) you support the part 1 proposal but object to Mr Obama’s proposal or, if a Democrat why you support Mr Obama but reject the GOP proposal.
(note: if you are “consistent” and oppose/support both, this is probably a sign you didn’t honestly complete part 1).
Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at 11:20 pm
Ms Althouse has some interesting remarks regarding this kerfuffle (I’m going to assume those readers aren’t hiding under baskets and know the actual subject of this particular kerfuffle, which dealt with particular details on an engineer’s shirt during a press release after the successful landing of a satellite on a comet). Mr Reynolds (Instapundit) points that the landing on a comet by a satellite is more important than what a person wears and the “feminists” (or some feminists) were hijacking this event. Ms Althouse in an attempt to “be provocative” suggests:
And I will be more provocative: In the broad span of human culture, fashion is more important than space travel.
She is in some ways correct, in other ways not. I will return her provocative remark by noting that which is important about fashion, is exactly the same as what is important about “space travel” or landing on comets. What is important about fashion is man’s search for beauty. This is the central search in science, space travel, and much of engineering. The search for a beautiful solution is not far adrift from the cathedral (architectural beauty) or fashion (beatiful people/clothing). Beautiful clothes and in general the quest for beauty is precisely what was achieved in a different field (aerospace engineering) as what is sought (and I’d offer rarely found) on the fashion runway. Fashion is not “more important” than space travel. Landing spacecraft on comets is the height of fashion for those who don’t do color and form, but instead do maths.
And I disagree that wearing that shirt is “an attack on feminism”. Feminism celebrates such displays, witness vagina displays, slut walks &c. I’ll also disagree with Ms Althouse that he intentionally “made a statement” by wearing that shirt. More likely, given the engineering culture, is that is was the top “button down” (read as ‘fancy’) shirt in his drawer or closet.
Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Two films recently have been very similar (and this afternoon I saw the second, even though it’s been out for some time). Elysium and In Time are very similar. Both feature a totalitarian control on magically efficient health care. In both access to this is highly restricted. In both of them health (or immortality) access is highly restricted. Why? Population pressure is explicitly mentioned on one, but it is not clear that this is the problem they might pretend. As an extreme, Michael Moorcock’s Dancers at the End of Time are all immortal by a technology long lost and long forgotten. Our hero in that story is unusual, he’s the only person alive who was “born”. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 9:09 pm
Ms Clinton trumps everyone on the stupid-meter.
If there is any justice, listen to Ms Clinton. This has to be one of the top 10 stupidest things said by a politician, “business doesn’t create jobs”. Honey, the only thing creating jobs are businesses.
And she doubles down with “trickle down doesn’t work”. Uhm, “trickle down” is Democrat slang for growth. And if you think growth doesn’t help, then why aren’t we all stone age subsistence farmers? Oh, we’re doing quite a bit better. Why? Hmm, that would be that growth thing.
If anyone votes for her now, they’re deluded.
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 9:47 pm
Change of plans. I was going to write about Mr Yannaras next essay. But on reflection I ended my remarks on his essay prematurely last night. What were some of the points he made (discussion below the fold): Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 7:41 pm
At long last, more links.
- More CO2.
- I have to say, vis a vis corn, that comparing corn grits and cream of wheat and how hungry I am four hours later in the morning, corn beats wheat hands down.
- The minority leader and doing self parody right. Man, she has teh stupid in buckets, eh?
- Some politicians around the globe, however, are make Ms Pelosi look less worse.
- Neat interior design.
- Tranadol found in trees, or more precisely, not found in trees. Interesting though.
- ‘cuse me, any “theory of tattoos” has to include “alcohol was involved in the decision making”.
- On banning prayer at games. Reminds me of the Soviet era story of the pols proclaiming to the crowd how religion in the USSR was dead and gone … somebody in the crowd shouted “Christ is Risen” and the whole crowd responded back automatically “He is Risen Indeed”.
- Looking into the near future crystal ball, optimistically.
- Relics of the Cross.
Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 9:33 pm
G’day, hump day (of my 15 day workweek) is over.
- More grist for the Ferguson discussion.
- Here too.
- Some silliness. Signs like this are pertinent, when people who accidentally do this roam the earth.
- I’d go with #10, #9 and #1.
- Some basic points in theology which everyone should agree, here and here … but a whole lot of people get stuck on them.
- Piketty points.
- Confused about the outrage. So ‘splain it for us, eh?
- Well, you always have the two choices, are they stupid or evil?
- I don’t see what’s wrong with being liked because you are smart. Do you?
- Very cool.
Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 11:13 am
Oooh. I get to work this weekend in the land of hot and dry.
- Stupid human tricks.
- Something about history and ignorance from the prior post is recapped here, uhm, Poul Anderson’s High Crusade comes to mind.
- What to do if your car gets a browser.
- Until a baby sitter attaches it to the family dog and lets it run.
- Academics often tout “there are no stupid questions” … this blog site contradicts that premise with the “multiple attempts … (to ask the world’s dumbest question)”.
- So. Is that a maxim? Is it true that “No coerced virtue is a virtue?” It’s true for charity?
- $11 billion. Yikes.
- Is real?
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 at 8:20 pm
Thumbs up on Guardians … links?
- In spite of? The rest of the sports world calls it a “contract year” and typically athletes (oddly enough) excel at such times.
- I disagree, lives both American, Japanese and others were saved. How about returning eastern bloc captives (to the Germans) in WWII to Stalin against their protestations or post WWII repairing Kolyma transport ships which we sold them in the first place as unforced “bad things” in our past?
- Those many socialist medical advances.
- Technology and the poor.
- Good or bad?
- Training. Which brings to mind the immortal Fausto Coppi quote on training for cycling, “Ride a bike, ride a bike, ride a bike”.
- If this administration (or other beltway knuckleheads) ask for “loyalty oaths” … grrrrr.
- Possibly confused about the Michael Phelps set, which mixes strength and endurance leaning toward the former, not the latter.
- Because our Administration and the Democrats are absolutely certain they don’t want another repeat of the Martin Luther King Jr debacle.
- More on Piketty.
- Democracy in a nutshell.
- Stupid democracy tricks are not confined to this side of the pond however.
- A pattern begun.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 7:53 pm
Well, worked hard enough that I think I can come home (sort of) a day early, Thursday night instead of mid-day Friday.
- Our press missed another one. Or did I miss the flood of reporting and in depth analysis (I don’t think I did).
- Spot on, for myself Cassian trumped Augustine and I crossed the Bosporus.
- A proposal. Comments?
- So … do you think it worked or not?
- Western Europeans should not be proud.
- Speaking of which, … a suggestion.
- A bad anti-gun argument, which makes a case for women to be armed and trained, which I’m (just) guessing wasn’t the point.
- Boredom. Never a problem with the universe, which is endlessly fascinating, but with you. Kids don’t appreciate being told that however.
- Liberals will never ever believe that even though true.
- So, why illegal (besides government is up to it’s normal tricks, e.g., being stupid). And seems to me you should be signing things to get not refuse liability coverage. Our society has it bas-ackwards.
- Hack. Spit. (all I have to say, except geesh Biden is contemptible)
- No, no no. Democrats are the cargo cultists in that analogy, Kerry is the faux airplane.
- Pride in your country, eh?
- Love of sport.
- Criticism of Pickety (HT).
- A good response to the “plagarism because of PTSD” excuse.
- If you didn’t think people were incredibly weird … just sayin‘