Friday, October 24, 2014
Billy Joel sat smoking a cigarillo on a patio overlooking Oyster Bay. He had chosen the seating area under a trellis in front of the house, his house, a brick Tudor colossus set on a rise on the southeastern tip of a peninsula called Centre Island, on Long Island’s North Shore. It was a brilliant cloudless September afternoon. Beethoven on Sonos, cicadas in the trees, pugs at his feet. Out on the water, an oyster dredge circled the seeding beds while baymen raked clams in the flats. Joel surveyed the rising tide. Sixty-five. Semi-retirement. Weeks of idleness, of puttering around his motorcycle shop and futzing with lobster boats, of books and dogs and meals, were about to give way to a microburst of work. His next concert, his first in more than a month, was scheduled to begin in five hours, at Madison Square Garden, and he appeared to be composing himself.
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President Obama on Thursday was updated with information about a doctor who treated Ebola patients in Guinea, flew to New York more than a week ago and tested positive for the virus after being isolated in a Manhattan hospital with a fever and gastrointestinal illness.
Maybe it wasn't such a great idea for the doc to be flying commercial back to NYC? I know I would be a bit irritated if I found out he was on my flight, what with rebreathing the air and all that. I know I can't catch it that way. I hope I'm not a racist.
If Colorado is serving as a model for anything these days, it’s the risks of Democratic overreach. Sen. Mark Udall has trailed GOP Rep. Cory Gardner in every poll since September. Gov. John Hickenlooper is trailing Republican Bob Beauprez in poll averages. Republicans are poised to take back the state Senate. Democrats recently pulled funding from the only Colorado U.S. House seat they had targeted, that of GOP Rep. Mike Coffman.
During the prelude to the American Revolution, colonial leaders regularly denied that Parliament had any authority over them while acknowledging their subjection to King George III and appealing to him to intervene in the growing conflict. In his July 1774 pamphlet “A Summary View of the Rights of British America,” Thomas Jefferson proposed that the king revive the royal veto, which no monarch had used since Queen Anne in 1708. In October 1774, the Continental Congress petitioned the king, claiming to “wish not a diminution of [his] prerogative” but seeking the repeal of the Coercive Acts. After the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, it again entreated him to act in what is known as the Olive Branch Petition. All the while, its members continued to drink toasts to the health of the king, and it was common to refer to British soldiers in America as the “Ministerial Army” or the “Parliament Troops.”
This looks like a good book and I shall certainly order it up into my virtual library space, where moths and vermin do not etc. etc. It looks a bit like the usual scholarly move of claiming that the elephant is indeed very like a snake, but that's OK.
These shows of calculated outrage — and thus distance — are becoming not just unconvincing but unamusing. In our system, the president is both head of state and head of government. Obama seems to enjoy the monarchial parts, but when it comes to the actual business of running government, he shows little interest and even less aptitude.
CK is so good. I would not otherwise have noticed this quite so much.
There's a rather famous case in fiduciary duty law about the Northeast Harbor Golf Club in Maine. It seems some members of the board of the club also invested in property around the club which they then planned to develop, real estate wise. Some members of the club were upset and sued. As a non-member of the golf playing, old money northeastern elite, you may wonder why I cared. At the time of this case, however, I was a footloose and fancy free associate at the law firm I affectionately referred to as the Covingtron and I was asked to research this matter for the old and crusty partner who was both a member of and representing this golf club. Rumor had it that the partner did little else, but there were rumors about everybody at that firm, most of them false. So I researched the matter and found, quelle surprise, that there was not a lot of fiduciary duty law in Maine. So I thought, actually being a former corporate law professor at the time as well as one to be, this is a matter for the American Law Institute! They have proposed guidelines of fiduciary duty! I proposed the proposal to the partner. He grumbled appreciatively. I heard no more. Then years later, I read that the Maine Supreme Court had adopted the ALI guidelines in their definitive, at least for Maine, case of the same name and of the same matter. And it is a greatly anthologized case. When I read the case I thought, hey, that's my idea! Don't I get a donut, or something? Alas no. The law is a public matter and a public benefit, which means people get to steal your ideas. After all, I stole the idea form the American Law Institute. I would not have known about it had Oregon not stolen the idea from the ALI. They put it out there to be stolen, so I guess its not really stealing. One reason among many I left that firm is that while I generated good ideas, I could not seem to figure out how to take credit for them. We are reading the case yet again for my class on this Tuesday. I'm going to tell this story. Not that anybody will care, except me. If you're looking for the genius of golf law and fiduciary duty law in Maine, that's me. Or passed along the idea, anyway.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
IN LIGHT OF ALL THE BEN BRADLEE WATERGATE HOOPLA, I should note two things: First, this Watergate m…
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. That, apparently, is Rand Paul’s approach to convincing the political establishment and, perhaps more important, Republican-primary voters, that he is not an isolationist.
No, he's an opthamologist.
The force now dooming the ability of fixers like Mr. Klain to succeed at bending reality is the Web.
The political Web is today a nonstop exercise in skepticism and cynicism. True, on the outskirts of the political Web lie the fever swamps. But compulsive Web skepticism about official narratives seems to be reviving the get-the-story instincts of traditional reporting, or what used to be known as assembling a simple set of facts.
Henniger's columns often contain unexpected insights as this one does.
Chaldean Catholic patriarch suspends 10 priests, including 1 from El Cajon - 10News.com KGTV ABC10 San Diego
SAN DIEGO - The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has suspended 10 priests, including one from El Cajon.
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako issued a decree a month ago, demanding the priests return to Iraq or be suspended. Wednesday was the deadline.
The priests, though, are refusing to leave and are now waiting on Pope Francis to tell them what to do next.
A friend of mine who teaches at an affluent, competitive high school on Chicago’s North Shore says that many parents have simply checked out. “These kids act like they’re 23, but they have the emotional intelligence of a 12-year-old. They can hold doors open for people, but they can’t cope with even minimal conflict in their life. Their parents have made sure that they don’t feel any awkwardness, ever.” When it comes to things like SAT scores, he notes, parents are on top of it like Yogi Bear with a stolen picnic basket. When it comes to moral questions, they’re happy to let technology—like, say, the $600 phone with unlimited access to porn—take the lead.
We don't know any parents like this. Perhaps because we live in the less affluent part of town.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Goats are shrinking as a result of climate change, researchers have claimed.
They say Alpine goats now weigh about 25 per cent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s.
Researchers say it is a stark indication of how quickly climate change can affect animals.
Pew survey: “Consistent liberals” most likely to block others on social media for disagreeing with them politically « Hot Air
The video of O’Keefe’s encounters with other operatives is equally disturbing. He has a conversation with Greenpeace employee Christina Topping, and suggests he might have access to unused ballots from people who have recently moved out of college fraternity houses. “I mean it is putting the votes to good use,” she responds. “So really, truly, like yeah, that is awesome.”
The next message, sent moments later, is supposedly her warning friends and family not to make the same mistake she did, using social media to report on organized crime, because “there is no point.” The message after that is a warning to her followers and to three prominent citizen journalists that the cartels “are closer to us than you think.” The last message sent from Felina’s account is not written but rather consists of two photos: in the first, a middle-aged woman keeps her hands folded in front of her and looks directly at the camera; in the second the same woman is lying on a dirty floor with a coup de grace bullet wound in the face. The founder of Valor por Tamaulipas confirmed that the photos are of Felina. Twitter has since shut down her account.
The State of California is now calling their bluff. California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion. Not Plan B. Not contraceptives. Elective surgical dismemberment abortion.
'Not Sure' When He Became a Doctor: Young CBS Producer Deletes Tweet Mocking Rand Paul's Medical Opinion
Katy Conrad is a booker and producer with CBS This Morning, but conservatives quickly made fun of her on Twitter when she mocked Rand Paul's medical opinion, as if he was a doctor. (Oops, he is -- an opthalmologist, to be precise.)
She's a lot cuter than Rand Paul.
Both books restage marriage as a violent crime—an abduction. An independent, expressive single woman is taken from New York; her beautiful body is disfigured, or threatened with disfigurement; and her accomplishments are systematically taken away or negated, rendered worthless by comparison to that all-trumping colossus of meaning, childbirth. (Clearly, many women find happiness in much this way; but, equally clearly, many of them don’t and can’t.) These narratives speak less to the specific challenges of having a sociopath for a child or a spouse than to the pathology of the unstated assumptions that we all pass along and receive. They speak to the revelation lying in wait for women when they hit the ages of marriageability and childbirth: that their carefully created and manicured identities were never the point; the point was for it all to be sacrificed to children and to men.
So don't get married. Geez. Also, I'd be willing to bet not that many former NYC resident, now married women feel like they've been abducted and betrayed.
Larry O. Fischer, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, mentor, friend and business partner, set up hunting camp in Heaven's backcountry, on the afternoon of October 18, 2014. He was sent on his journey surrounded by his entire family at home, after an undaunted and often humor-filled 14 month battle with pancreatic cancer.
VIRGINIA POSTREL: Oscar de la Renta’s Last Stand Against Slobs. “Once liberating, the drive toward informal attire, exemplified by hoodies in Silicon Valley, flip flops in Los Angeles, and sweaters on state visits, has become a new form of oppressive conformity. Dressing down is de rigueur. De la Renta stood against that trend. Now that he’s gone, perhaps there’s an opportunity for a transgressive young designer to do something really daring: Get us to dress up again.”
I think there's a lot to be said for a niceish shirt and khakis. Some of my students seem to be enjoying my Hawaiian shirts. It's a nice thing not to have to think about.
The incredible cost savings that are possible when patients can actually shop around - The Washington Post
Researchers looked specifically at how pricing information influenced consumer behavior for advanced imaging services (like MRIs), CT scans and clinician office visits. Consumers had access to prices through Castlight's transparency platform, so they could see out-of-pocket costs for services based on the design of their health plan and their deductible status — eliminating the guess work of what they might have to pay. The Castlight researchers then compared spending habits of those who did and didn't use the platform.
Laugh or cry, your choice.
This research unexpectedly revealed that ancient Europeans started dairying thousands of years before they evolved genes to make the most of milk in adulthood, investigators added.
I love milk. That's probably my ancestor you're looking at.
I ask you, how long until Americans recognized they're no less equipped to disrupt politics and government? How soon before we stop settling for an inferior product in Washington and at statehouses? When do we demand more and better from the Democratic and Republican parties—or create new political organizations that usurp the old?
It would suit me.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
But what Obama and his fellow Illinois Democrats love most is voting “the Chicago Way.” That involves bending every rule in the book, appointing compliant election judges, and looking the other way when some of Chicago s notorious voter fraud occurs behind the curtain.
So it’s official: a new religious orthodoxy is sweeping across the nation, imposed by government and backed by force. It’s a religious orthodoxy required by secular authorities for a secular purpose, but no matter. Heretics will be found out and forced to recant.
No one ever expects the Secular Inquisition.
He feels that labiaplasty should be freely available on the NHS to those who suffer a loss to their quality of life, and are psychologically affected by the size of their labia. “Why should women feel victims of their own anatomy?” he says.
I guess I'm not sure what normal is.
"The bottom line is, though, these are are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress," Obama said.
He continued: "So this isn't about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. I tell them -- I said, you do what you need to do to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn out."
When President Barack Obama went to the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to be briefed on drone operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, he was taken aback by the number of female spies directing the agency’s secret killing programme.
A week later, the CIA’s top expert on Pakistan was summoned to the Oval Office. She was strikingly attractive in her stiletto heels. “You don’t look like a Pakistan expert,” the president told her, breaking into a grin.
Monday, October 20, 2014
The Hernandez family appealed, and, this June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit handed down its decision in Hernandez v. United States. Building upon the Supreme Court's reasoning in Boumediene v. Bush, which held that foreign nationals detained at the Guantánamo Bay naval base are entitled, under the U.S. Constitution, to challenge the legality of their detention in U.S. courts, the 5th Circuit considered how far the Constitution might extend in this particular scenario. But this was no Boumediene.
Uninhabited vehicles, like the Predator aircraft or the Packbot ground robot, have already proven invaluable in today’s conflicts. As uninhabited vehicles incorporate increasing automation and become true robotic systems, they will have tremendous value in future military operations.
Two of the three models have moved in Republicans' direction over the past week. FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's model, gives Republicans a 62 percent chance at the majority, which is up from 58 percent last week, while LEO, the New York Times Senate model, now shows a 69 percent probability of a GOP win -- up from 64 percent last week. (The Washington Post's Election Lab model show Republicans with a 94 percent chance at the majority last Monday and a 93 percent chance today.)
Up to 34 MILLION blank 'green cards' and work permits to be ordered ahead of Obama illegal immigrant 'amnesty' | Daily Mail Online
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to seek a vendor to produce as many as 34 million blank work permits and 'green cards' – the paperwork that authorizes illegal immigrants to live and work in the United States – as the White House prepares to issue an executive order after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
This is a little worrisome.
The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research - The Washington Post
Wendy Davis: Would Greg Abbott, who, by the way, is in an interracial marriage, defend a ban on interracial marriage? « Hot Air
It’s no secret, in other words, that he and his wife are of different races. On the contrary, it’s a message broadcast repeatedly by the Abbott campaign itself to appeal to the state’s growing Latino population. Team Wendy is surely aware of that.
President Obama does not want to be a Supreme Court justice. He calls it "too monastic" for his own personality. Besides, in an interview with the New Yorker, President Obama acknowledges that he needs to get out of the "bubble" after what will be eight years as president of the United States.
plus the pay's lousy.
In an interesting recent article, and a post at Prawfsblawg, legal scholar Mark Kende argues that Justice Clarence Thomas approves of Korematsu v. United States, the notorious 1944 Supreme Court decision that upheld the internment of over 100,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Ayn Rand never dwelt on her Russian childhood, preferring to think of herself as wholly American. Rightly so. The huge truths she apprehended and expressed were as American as apple pie. I suppose hardcore Objectivists will consider what I’m about to say heresy, but hardcore Objectivists are not competent to judge. The novels are what make Ayn Rand important. Better than any other American novelist, she captured the magic of what life in America is supposed to be. The utopia of her novels is not a utopia of greed. It is not a utopia of Nietzschean supermen. It is a utopia of human beings living together in Jeffersonian freedom.
Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.
“Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” their ADF attorney, Jeremy Tedesco, told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.”
Even so, she thinks it’s not such a great idea to sell action figures based on the show’s notorious crystal meth dealers Walter White and Jesse Pinkman in a store where the customer base is families with young children. So last week Schrivjer launched a Change.org petition criticizing Toys R Us for selling “a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys [as] a dangerous deviation from the [company's] family friendly values.”
Tutankhamun had girlish hips, a club foot and buck teeth according to a 'virtual autopsy' | Daily Mail Online
With strong features cast in burnished gold, Tutankhamun’s burial mask projects an image of majestic beauty and royal power.
But in the flesh, King Tut had buck teeth, a club foot and girlish hips, according to the most detailed examination ever of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh’s remains.
And rather than being a boy king with a love of chariot racing, Tut relied on walking sticks to get around during his rule in the 14th century BC, researchers said.
But one Western policy stands out as a phenomenal success, particularly when measured against the low expectations with which it began: the integration of Central Europe and the Baltic States into the European Union and NATO. Thanks to this double project, more than 90 million people have enjoyed relative safety and relative prosperity for more than two decades in a region whose historic instability helped launch two world wars.
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In the months leading up to the synod, both progressives and traditionalists, and even some seasoned Vatican reporters, were assuring us of the momentous events about to take place: And sure enough, after the synod commenced, as if to fulfill their own prophecies, words and phrases like “revolution,” “earthquake,” and “seismic shifts,” filled their commentaries. Yet when the synod finally closed, there were no such upheavals. The final message of the synod repeats essential Catholic teaching on the family, calls for further reflection—but not fundamental changes—on how to pastor the divorced and remarried, and clarifies some ambiguous language of the synod’s initial draft-report, particularly regarding homosexuality (though even the imperfect original draft was widely misrepresented).