Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chief Justice of Wisc Sues the People

For John, BLUFBiting the hand that feeds you.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Law Professor and Blogger Ann Althouse gave us a look at happenings in Wisconsin, where the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, Ms Shirley Abrahamson, has filed a suit against the state in Federal Court, seeking to defer implementation of a recently passed voter initiative, which would change the way the Chief Justice is selected.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorializes, "Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson should drop her lawsuit".

I think it is pretty interesting, a Chief Justice suing his or her state over a ballot initiative, although we do have sort of an example in Massachusetts with the Clean Election Law.  In this case the Speaker of the House thwarting the will of the People.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, April 17, 2015

Those Mean Republicans Don't Want Hillary Elected

For John, BLUFJust imagine.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at the Althouse Blog we have this Post Title:  "These guys are ready to do whatever they can" to get Hillary!.  Here are the first two paragraphs:
Email, yesterday, from the Democratic Party.  Guys are ganging up on Hillary.  They'll do whatever they can, those meanies.  I'm filing this under "gender politics," but it's rather weak gender politics, deniable gender politics.

It's not like it says "These guys are ready to do whatever they can to make sure that a woman isn't the 45th President"... but "These guys are ready to do whatever they can" is... well... for the sensitive... trigger-warning-worthy....

And, of course they are, just as Ms Clinton is prepare dot do whatever it takes to make sure none of them is elected President.  Notwithstanding the imprimatur of the Democratic Party, this is the way the game is played. Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

A Blow to Republican Concerns

For John, BLUFIt is only going to get worse.  We need some humor in the race.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Mr Charles M. Blow, writing for The New York Times, gives us "Woe of White Men, Again?".

This column is about those tired old "white men" bemoaning their loss of position, and then a swipe at the top ten percent of the top ten percent.  But, it is really about Ms Hillary Clinton being President.  The lede is:

Hillary Clinton’s entry into the race for the presidency has goosed the egos of some conservative ganders.
Surprisingly, while Mr Blow mentions Ms Carly Fiorina and Governor Bobby Jindal, as well as Dr Ben Carson, he doesn't mention Senator Ted Cruz as part of the Republican field.  Mr Blow does admit that the Republicans have a diverse field.  I am thankful for that.  Although it is said a little begrudgingly.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Doesn't The Old Grey Lady's Style Book say "Caucasian" is preferable to "White"?  I would hope so.  Or maybe sensitivity is just a one axis thing.

Learning About Daesh

For John, BLUFWe don't understand all we know about Islamic Terrorism.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the blog The Lobelog we have a discussion of "The Islamic State’s Supposed Theology", by Mr Musa al-Gharbi.

I think that Mr al-Gharbi has some good points in his contribution, and they are worth discussing.  Here are the first two paragraphs, without the embedded links:

It is problematic to assert that the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) is not “Islamic” in large part because the assertion presupposes there is a “true” and a “false” Islam—one by which Barack Obama or liberal Muslim intellectuals can judge whether others are “authentic” believers or not.  This is the same takfir (excommunication) doctrine that animates IS and its precursors, a dogma that most IS critics are eager to condemn when turned on religious minorities (especially Christians) in the Middle East.

Instead, one could argue that IS’s doctrines are far outside the mainstream beliefs and practices of contemporary and historical Muslim communities.  By virtue of its fundamentalism, which relies heavily on fringe interpretations, cherry-picking Quranic verses, and revisionist history, IS rejects and does violence to the rich, diverse, and pluralistic Islamic legal tradition.  IS tries to be as provocative as possible, especially in relation to other jihadist groups—often deliberately and cynically evoking Islamophobic and Orientalist tropes to goad its Western enemies.  Many of its aspirations and tactics, moreover, have modern, secular roots.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jackie Robinson Anniversary

For John, BLUFHistory is mostly written by the Academics.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Today is the 68th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming a major league baseball player.  And a good thing it was.  To honor him, and that event, all MLB players will wear number 42 today.

But, did you know that Mr Robinson was an OpEd writer for The New York Post.  Let go in November 1960 for being too Republican.  At the link is part of Mr Robinson's response, published in the New York Amsterdam News.

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Equal Pay

For John, BLUFHow are funeral homes in this area?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at The Five-Thirty-Eight blog is a discussion of gender inequity with regard to pay.  This is a complicated subject and one with some degree of nuance.  It is also a subject where how much you earn may impact the pay ratio between males and females.

For example, the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning nonprofit think tank, looked at the hourly wages for men and women across income percentiles and found that at every decile, men outearned women in 2014.  The gap is largest at the 95th percentile, with women earning only 79 percent of what men earn in the same income level.  The narrowing of the wage gap for low-income earners is largely due to the minimum wage, which is the same for men and women.  But the lowest-wage occupations remain disproportionately female.
Wouldn't you think it would be the women in the lower brackets who would be most hurt, percentage wise?  Turns out to be women with, theoretically, more power who are hurt the most.  Like White House staff.

But, it doesn't make it right.

Regards  —  Cliff

Measuring Health Care in Microcosms

For John, BLUFIt isn't so much the average as it is the variations from the average that gives us trouble.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH Dean and Professor, Boston University School of Public Health, in a note from 29 March, points out that we have problems of health inequities—"Health Inequalities in Boston by T-Stops:  A Pictorial Essay"

In the overall statistics Massachusetts is well off health care wise.  We have less than half as many uninsured people as the national average.  Our physician density, thanks to Boston, is the best in the nation.  Even so, by comparing T-Stops we can see differences in health, life expectancy and also health knowledge.  Not every problem is amenable to universal health care insurance and money.  Some of it is life style.  If your Mother didn't teach you to wash your hands and to walk around the block once in a while, you are likely to be not so well off, health wise.

More needs to be done, but we are at the point where money, per se, is not the solution.  Education and change in life style is what is needed.  Can we do that without impinging on individual freedom, without saying that this or that culture is deficient in some way?  I am open to ideas.

Regards  —  Cliff