Sunday, November 23, 2014
We quoted comments from a specialist in immigration law in “When you’re strange.” I emailed him a follow-up question and he elaborated his comments through the day. I thought those of us trying to understand what Obama has wrought might be interested in taking a look at the rest of our correspondence.
I guess if you're Facebook or Google, you get your way. It's called "leaning in." I guess it's OK if its easier for Chinese or Indians to get jobs in the US, though it does keep salaries down. I just object to the sneaky way this is being done; all inside baseball.
And in return, what does the deal promise from China’s side? Why, China gets to continue its pharaonic drive to industrializing the nation of 1.3-billion people for the next 16 years in all its luxuriant excess, as the old laws used to say, without let or hindrance. Only after 16 full revolutions of our blue planet around the sun, wheeling its way all during that time towards a humidification apocalypse, will China absolutely, you can bet on it — cross its coal-fired heart — put a cap on carbon dioxide emissions.
It seems entirely possible that Roberts might focus narrowly this time on the snippet of the act extending subsidies only to those insured by exchanges “established by the state.” One argument he might make in defense of that position is that Congress has the ability to go back and fix any unclear language through a revised statute.
Not that the Court is corrupt, as that legal pinhead Krugman argues, but it hurts the ACA supporters that the popularity of the law among the thinking classes (whatever you call them) is on the wane. They don't want to tie themselves to a sinking ship.
Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation provides the foundational precedent for President Obama's executive order on immigrants in the country illegally.
I tend to think O's action on immigration is probably constitutional, at least in the sense that the Supreme Court would probably uphold it, in the unlikely event somebody with standing could get the issue before them. Of course, it's still a rotten idea, one more rather big step down the road to the matriarchal termite mound of America's future. You can imagine a republic with greater fidelity to our constitution than we have, but we are not that country. It's therefore quite a stretch to say it's unconstitutional. That said, this piece by Bruce Ackerman makes a fine argument against the executive action, though that is not its intent.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The word carnivore doesn’t even begin to describe weasels. These little critters are hunting machines. While their favorite food is voles, they will also prey on other small mammals and rodents such as mice, chipmunks, shrews, rabbits, gophers and rats. They hunt in a zig-zag pattern, running from burrow to burrow, using their long slender body to enter a burrow and hunt down its inhabitant. On occasion, they will attack animals larger than themselves. They will rush-attack the animal at great speed, grabbing onto the base of the skull, and crushing the skull with the help of their canine teeth.
Lots here about the relative size of weasels. Not sure, dearime, what you have in the UK. It seems rather stupid of them to be hunting them in Idaho, however, given what voracious predators they are.
Using a public restroom hand dryer? You may be spreading bacteria all over the place. - The Washington Post
But what to do with those wet hands? Putting them under a hand dryer could end up spreading bacteria in public restrooms, according to research conducted by University of Leeds scientists and published in the Journal of Hospital Infection.
I've always hated those things, more as I get older.
‘Now, That’s What I Call a Friday News Dump’: Final Report Released After Two-Year Investigation Into Benghazi | TheBlaze.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- President Obama quietly signed a classified executive order authorizing a more expansive role for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2015, ensuring American troops will be fighting in the country for at least one more year, The New York Times reported.