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Editor: Thomas A. Smith
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Pope Francis Has Mobilized The Papacy's Power Against Justice

Pope Francis administered a stunning and humiliating shock to the bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States last week. The American bishops had gathered in Baltimore to discuss a pair of measures to deal with the continuing crisis over clerical sexual abuses in this country.

via thefederalist.com

This is actually a scandal.

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Whistleblower teacher makes shocking claim that 'most are autistic' | Daily Mail Online

An astonishing 17 pupils at a single British school are in the process of changing gender, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Most of the youngsters undergoing the transformation are autistic, according to a teacher there, who said vulnerable children with mental health problems were being ‘tricked’ into believing they are the wrong sex.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Conservative Lawyers Form Group To Focus On Trump And The Rule Of Law : NPR

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Checks and balances - they're the foundation of our democratic system of government. Now some conservative attorneys are borrowing the term as the title of a new group focused on the Trump administration. It was organized by conservative lawyer George Conway III. And if his name is familiar, it's because he's married to presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Marisa Maleck clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She's among those who have joined. Welcome to the program.

MARISA MALECK: Thank you so much for having me.

via www.npr.org

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The Obamas are 'Becoming' a billion-dollar brand

The launch of Michelle Obama’s cross-country book tour for her new memoir, “Becoming,” last week is just the latest marker on the road to fabulous wealth for the former first couple, who are on their way to becoming a billion-dollar brand.

via nypost.com

They're both so fabulous! And they've done the impossible: Making me miss the Carters.

November 18, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (3)

The Catholic Church in 2018: Sheep without shepherds - Hot Air

Seventeen years later, with neither the American bishops nor Pope Francis able to muster an adequate response to the revelation that a famous cardinal was a predator whose sins were known even as he rose, it’s clear that this was wrong. The Church has done much better since 2001 in the most basic task of keeping children safe. But in everything else connected to the scandal there is little progress because Catholicism’s leaders cannot agree on what progress means.

via hotair.com

Baaaaaa.

But seriously, my fellow sheep, we'll be better off with a new hierarchy.

November 18, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

I'm leaving Catholic Church over new betrayal on sex abuse and cover-ups

DiNardo recounted that it happened this way: “In our weakness,’’ he said in Baltimore, “we fell asleep.” Not so much like Peter in the garden, though. More like Rip Van Winkle, and for a century instead of 20 years. 

When and if the bishops do fully rouse themselves, I won’t be in the pews to hear about it.

I am a true-believing, rosary- and novena-praying graduate of St. Mary's Elementary School, the University of Notre Dame and  l'Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. I covered the Vatican for The New York Times and was a fellow at the Catholic University of America's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies. I never thought it would come to this.

via www.usatoday.com

People can leave the Church if they want to and some people will. It's hardly the first time the hierarchy has proven itself to be largely corrupt. The Church needs reform and renewal and almost certainly a new pope. It's an ongoing mission, like the USS Enterprise.

November 15, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (2)

DHS deploys razor wire to kick illegals off border fence - Washington Times

Hours after images of migrants climbing a border wall in San Diego went viral, the Homeland Security Department deployed razor wire Wednesday to prevent a repeat.

via www.washingtontimes.com

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Maybe It’s Time for America to Split Up

The year is 2019. California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, recently elected on a platform that included support for the creation of a single-payer health-care system, now must figure out how to enact it. A prior nonpartisan analysis priced it at $400 billion per year — twice the state’s current budget. There appears to be no way to finance such a plan without staggering new taxes, making California a magnet for those with chronic illnesses just as its tax rates send younger, healthier Californians house-hunting in Nevada and big tech employers consider leaving the state.

via nymag.com

And that's what I'm afraid of, among other things.

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The Great Airship Delusion | RealClearScience

But this wasn't the first time that thousands of Americans were astonished by strange events in the sky. Between the 1880s and early 1900s, Americans from California to Boston were convinced they saw "airships" and flying "machines" buzzing the skies. Mind you, many of these accounts came out well before the Wright brothers flew the world's first powered aircraft over a distance of just 120 feet. Some airship sightings described great dirigibles with passengers onboard. Others simply reported moving lights in the night sky. One even told of an alien craft more than 150-feet long, completely featureless apart from its rudder.

via www.realclearscience.com

Curious.

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Betsy DeVos set to bolster rights of accused in rewrite of sexual assault rules - The Washington Post

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to release a sweeping overhaul of how colleges and universities must handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment, giving new rights to the accused, including the ability to cross-examine their accusers, people familiar with the matter said.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Hooray.

November 14, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Widely Reported Alarming Ocean Warming Study Is Wrong - Hit & Run : Reason.com

A major error in an alarming study published in Nature on October 31 suggesting that "ocean warming is at the high end of previous estimates, with implications for policy-relevant measurements of the Earth response to climate change, such as climate sensitivity to greenhouse gases and the thermal component of sea-level rise." How much higher? Using a novel technique to measure the accumulation of heat in the oceans, Princeton geoscientist Laure Resplandy and her team calculated that the amount of heat being absorbed by the oceans is more than 60 percent higher per year than the estimates offered by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2014.

via reason.com

oops

November 14, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Democrats Are Emerging As Party of the Rich

I’d settle for an end to what seems like the constant vilification of “millionaires and billionaires.” Or simply a recognition that, as a professor of political science at Williams College, Darrel Paul, put it after analyzing wealthy congressional districts, “the big story of the 2018 election is the swing of the rich toward the Democrats.”

via www.nysun.com

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Bishop McElroy: ‘Compromised’ bishops contributed to U.S. church’s sex abuse crisis | America Magazine

U.S. bishops are meeting this week in Baltimore for their annual fall conference, and at the top of the agenda is the continuing suffering and confusion engendered by the past clerical abuse of children and newly apparent flaws in the conference’s contemporary effort to protect children from abuse. Some of those institutional lapses were made plain by the release of a deeply shocking narrative of abuse, cover-up and pastoral malpractice contained in church documents forced into daylight in August by a Pennsylvania grand jury report. It was the culmination of an awful summer for U.S. Catholics already reeling from revelations of the abuse of children, seminarians and of church power by former cardinal Theodore McCarrick and associated questions of curial complicity in the archbishop’s offenses as he rose through the ranks of the U.S. episcopacy.

via www.americamagazine.org

November 12, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Put Down the Burger to Stop Climate Change, UN Argues

The United Nations Environment Program said research shows that Americans eat about three burgers a week, and if one of those was swapped for "a plant-based alternative burger for one year, it would be like taking the greenhouse gases from 12 million cars off the road for a year."

via pjmedia.com

The UN hates us.

November 12, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Death toll jumps to 29 in Camp fire

The death toll from the Paradise fire in Butte County rose to 29, with six new bodies recovered Sunday, officials said.

The number of fatalities is expected to increase further as officials make their way through thousands of burned homes.

via www.latimes.com

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Trump’s Nationalism, Rebuked at World War I Ceremony, Is Reshaping Much of Europe - The New York Times

“The danger to the world is not that Trump will lead the nationalists, sweeping them to remake the world in an ugly, pre-1914 image or a dystopian counter-world of the U.S. siding with the fascists in World War II,” he said. “The danger is that Trump may take the U.S. out of the game — à la the interwar period — long enough for one of the serious nationalists, Putin or Xi, to do major damage.”

via www.nytimes.com

Yikes.

November 11, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Trump’s Nationalism, Rebuked at World War I Ceremony, Is Reshaping Much of Europe - The New York Times

No one has done more to break up the postwar global system in the last couple of years than Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin. As the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I was commemorated on Sunday, Mr. Trump’s brand of “America First” nationalism was rebuked from the podium while he sat stone-faced and unmoved, alienated from some of America’s strongest allies, including his French hosts.

via www.nytimes.com

Possibly it needs breaking up. But what will replace it?

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‘This Is a Reality, Not a Threat’ | by Christopher Clark | The New York Review of Books

In the wars of the future, Latiff suggests, the “metabolically dominant soldier” who enjoys the benefits of immunity to pain, reinforced muscle strength, accelerated healing, and “cognitive enhancement” will enter the battlespace neurally linked not just to his human comrades but also to swarms of semiautonomous bots. “Flimmers,” missiles that can both fly and swim, will menace enemy craft on land and at sea, while undersea drones will seek out submarines and communication cables. Truck-mounted “Active Denial Systems” will deploy “pain rays” that heat the fluid under human skin to boiling point. Enemy missiles and aircraft will buckle and explode in the intense heat of chemical lasers. High-power radio-frequency pulses will fry electrical equipment across wide areas. Hypersonic “boost-glide vehicles” will ride atop rockets before being released to attack their targets at such enormous speeds that shooting them down with conventional missiles will be “next to impossible.” “Black biology” will add to these terrors a phalanx of super-pathogens. Of the more than $600 billion the US spends annually on defense, about $200 billion is allocated to research, development, testing, and procurement of new weapons systems.

via www.nybooks.com

Ai chihuahua.

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'The Greatest Catastrophe the World Has Seen' | by R.J.W. Evans | The New York Review of Books

Thus was unleashed the calamitous conflict that, more than any other series of events, has shaped the world ever since; without it we can doubt that communism would have taken hold in Russia, fascism in Italy, and Nazism in Germany, or that global empires would have disintegrated so rapidly and so chaotically. A century on we still search for its causes, and very often, if possible, for people to blame. In the immediate aftermath of war that seemed clear to many: Germany, and especially its leaders, had been responsible; the Austrians too, as accomplices, in lesser degree. The Treaty of Versailles made this official, as the victorious powers there spoke of a “war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her allies.” This was the notorious guilt clause used to justify severe “reparation” payments stretching far into the future. It was a widespread view, and ordinary Germans might have shared it if the vanquishers had not gone for the premise of collective responsibility, which undermined attempts to build a fresh German regime untainted by the past.

via www.nybooks.com

Sad.

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Archaeologists Discover Dozens Of Cat Mummies, 100 Cat Statues In Ancient Tomb : NPR

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced Saturday that a team of Egyptian archeologists excavating a 4,500-year-old tomb near Cairo has found dozens of mummified cats. Also in the tomb were 100 gilded, wooden cat statues, as well as a bronze statue of Bastet, the goddess of cats.

via www.npr.org

Evidently they also uncovered numerous mummified beetles.

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How biologists are creating life-like cells from scratch

There were just eight ingredients: two proteins, three buffering agents, two types of fat molecule and some chemical energy. But that was enough to create a flotilla of bouncing, pulsating blobs — rudimentary cell-like structures with some of the machinery necessary to divide on their own.

To biophysicist Petra Schwille, the dancing creations in her lab represent an important step towards building a synthetic cell from the bottom up, something she has been working towards for the past ten years, most recently at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany.

via www.nature.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuoKNZjr8_U

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How Dad's Stresses Get Passed Along to Offspring - Scientific American

A stressed-out and traumatized father can leave scars in his children. New research suggests this happens because sperm “learn” paternal experiences via a mysterious mode of intercellular communication in which small blebs break off one cell and fuse with another.

via www.scientificamerican.com

Oh that's just great.

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To Make the Internet Great Again, Trump Must Smash Facebook and Its Tech Oligarch Friends

We once saw the tech industry as a refreshing alternative to the staid old corporate establishment, a entrepreneurial environment where all kinds of thoughts and images would have free rein. Yet as the industry has evolved, it has become one of the most concentrated and monopolistic America has ever seen, determined to stamp out prospective rivals and expand control of both media and politics.

via www.thedailybeast.com

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Fire Brenda Snipes | National Review

Snipes has held her position since 2003, in which year her predecessor, Miriam Oliphant, was suspended for “grave neglect, mismanagement and incompetence” and, quite literally, marched out of her office. Alas, Snipes has proven no better at fulfilling her duties than was Oliphant. On Friday, a court in Broward County found that Snipes was guilty of violating both Florida’s public-records laws and the state’s constitution by failing to provide mandatory updates to the public, and it ordered the immediate release of the missing information. As that ruling was coming down, Snipes’s office was laying out more lawsuit bait. According to the Miami Herald, an election worker found bags of “uncounted early ballots” in the Broward County office — ballots whose provenance could not be established. Snipes, meanwhile, was busy mixing together rejected provisional ballots and accepted provisional ballots, processing them all together. She justified her decision to add these provisional ballots to the official tally on the grounds that it would be better to include some illegal votes than to nix the legal ones with which, by her own incompetence, they had been blended.

via www.nationalreview.com

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Trump was right to slam Macron after the French president naively painted America as the enemy | Fox News

President Trump was right to tweet an outraged response Saturday to remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron after Macron said in a radio interview that France and Europe need an army to defend against America, Russia and China.

via www.foxnews.com

Those darn French.

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Trump was right to slam Macron after the French president naively painted America as the enemy | Fox News

President Trump was right to tweet an outraged response Saturday to remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron after Macron said in a radio interview that France and Europe need an army to defend against America, Russia and China.

via www.foxnews.com

Those darn French.

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California Hasn’t Seen Fires Like This: Pictures of a State in Flames - The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — California is burning — along the palm-fringed shoreline near Los Angeles and the evergreen forests of the Sierra Nevada foothills. An entire town in the Sierra was nearly erased this week by the most destructive fire in California history. At least 23 people were killed there, and more than 6,400 homes were destroyed. In Malibu and other cities in the hills west of Los Angeles, residents fled their homes — mansions and modest ranch houses alike.

Wildfires have long been a fixture of the California experience. But not like this.

via www.nytimes.com

This is bad. So far, knock on wood, no fires in SD County, but this could change.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Surreal scenes unfold as a fire ‘like Armageddon’ barrels toward West Hills - Los Angeles Times

At Zuma Beach, the Pacific Ocean was obscured by smoke. Horses, dogs and Southern Californians displaced by raging wildfires Friday sought refuge on the sand. The dress code called for protective face masks, not wetsuits.

In Thousand Oaks, many of those still reeling from Wednesday’s mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill fled their homes with whatever they could grab on their way to safety.

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Crowded shelters turned away panicky evacuees for lack of space. Freeways were closed. Pepperdine University students awoke to texts ordering them to shelter in place.

via www.latimes.com

This mild Santa Ana weather is pleasant until all hell breaks loose.

November 10, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

'Tail' of forbidden love: Donkey and emu's love story may prevent them from being adopted | Fox News

Jack and Diane, the male donkey and female emu who are reportedly in love with each other, have become so inseparable, their North Carolina animal shelter fears the animals will not be adopted.

via www.foxnews.com

Who are we to judge?

November 10, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Karl Rove: As Florida ballot count battle rages, Democrats are recklessly violating state law | Fox News

Local Democratic officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida are recklessly violating state law in what may be an attempt to overturn the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections for governor and the U.S. Senate in the Sunshine State.

This looks like a repeat of the actions in Florida in the 2000 presidential election, when Democratic officials ignored state election laws – and were slapped down by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision.

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda C. Snipes said Tuesday night that 634,000 votes had been cast in the county. But by Thursday night, Snipes was claiming 712,840 ballots had been cast.

via www.foxnews.com

Perhaps Florida could be demoted to a Puerto Rico like status. They would enjoy the tax benefits of course.

November 10, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Opinion | Mueller Has a Way Around Trump and His Minions - The New York Times

In a stunning move on the heels of the midterm election, President Trump has forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general, shunting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the sidelines. This raises the specter of a fearful president attempting to muzzle Special Counsel Robert Mueller or hinder him from revealing whether his 18-month-long grand jury investigation has turned up evidence of criminality implicating Donald Trump or his immediate family.

But a 44-year-old “road map” from the Watergate prosecution shows a potential route for Mr. Mueller to send incriminating evidence directly to Congress. The road map was devised in 1974 by the Watergate special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, with our assistance. We wrote the road map — actually a report — to be conveyed to Congress; it was called “Report and Recommendation” and served as a guide to a collection of grand jury evidence contained in a single document. That evidence included still-secret presidential tape recordings that had been acquired through grand jury subpoena — but which had been withheld from Congress by President Nixon.

via www.nytimes.com

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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Curse of the Honeycrisp Apple - Bloomberg

The Honeycrisp variety is now so popular, consumers will spend three times the cost of other apples to experience it.

via www.bloomberg.com

They are indeed delicious. But even better IMHO is the Fiji or maybe its Fuji. That's like a Honeycrip on steroids. Pricey though. The market is a wonderful thing.

November 9, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Another expert doesn't see signs the Acosta video shared by the White House was doctored

The point is that there were experts all over the map on this yesterday. There are those saying this was definitely doctored (the AP) and those saying it definitely was not (Vice) and several people in between saying this doesn’t appear to be doctored but does have a couple extra frames along with framerate, compression, and other issues that made it look different than the original C-Span clip. But as you can see above, there wasn’t a lot of nuance from many in the mainstream media yesterday. They all seemed to agree with just one set of experts and to ignore the other set who seemed more skeptical of the conclusion.

via hotair.com

Goodness. Fake news in the act.

November 9, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Broward County Is An Embarrassment, And The Potential For A Stolen Florida Election Is Real

Last night CBS News’ John Dickerson tweeted “The Florida voting system is the Florida Man of voting systems.” But at least Florida Man combines stupid fun entertainment with incompetence and hubris, as opposed to depressing levels of corruption and idiocy.

Comes now Dr. Brenda C. Snipes, the key election official in Broward County, Florida has presided for the past 72 hours over a level of bureaucratic incompetence – in the best spin of the situation – or utter corruption in the worst when it comes to counting the ballots from her county.

via thefederalist.com

November 9, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Regents of the University of California v. DHS ("DACA II")

Regents of the University of California v. DHS ("DACA II") Opinion

via www.ca9.uscourts.gov

For your delectation.

November 9, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Matthew Whitaker (attorney) - Wikipedia

Matthew George Whitaker (born October 29, 1969) is an American lawyer serving as Acting United States Attorney General since November 7, 2018. He was appointed as such by President Donald Trump after Jeff Sessions resigned at Trump's request.[1] Whitaker had served as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Attorney General since September 22, 2017.[2]

via en.wikipedia.org

Nicholas Katzenbach, he ain't.

November 8, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

John Yoo: Whitaker's appointment as acting Attorney General is unconstitutional

Trump stands a real chance of losing in court on this, and not on a 5-4 “f*** John Roberts!” ruling either. As noted, the most vocal proponent for strict compliance with the Appointments Clause on the Court is Clarence Thomas, not the more Kennedy-esque members of the conservative majority. The Court might not even reach the constitutional argument, in fact. In addition to the Vacancies Reform Act, there’s another statute specific to the DOJ that says the deputy AG — Rosenstein — takes over if there’s a vacancy in the top job. To the extent that the two statutes conflict, with Trump wanting Whitaker in under the VRA and a separate law indicating that Rosenstein should take the job, the Court might resolve the discrepancy in favor of the latter just because it’s more specific. Congress had a particular plan in mind for the DOJ so that’s the plan that should be followed. Plus, finding that the DOJ succession statute takes precedence over the VRA would allow the Court to elevate an officer who’s already been confirmed by the Senate, thus solving the Appointments Clause issues, without having to hash out the particulars of the Appointments Clause itself.

via hotair.com

Eesh. It appears to be worse than I thought, as things often do. I suppose we'll get to see what our President is made of. Is he deep down, under all that blubber, the beating heart of love of country and his fellow citizens, or is he the fascist toddler-tyrant who will spell the end of the first American republic? Stay tuned.

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John Yoo: Whitaker's appointment as acting Attorney General is unconstitutional

Actually, I take it back. There are probably no fewer than three big-name right-wing lawyers who deem this appointment unconstitutional. The other, as you already know if you’ve read this post, is Clarence Thomas.

via hotair.com

OK, this is actually troubling. Yoo is a serious dude, IMHO, and let's take his view as true hypothetically. This might suggest that PDT is willing to transgress constitutional boundaries in order to -- what -- perhaps protect himself? Protect himself from what . . . either the principleless and ruthless ministrations of his enemies, or, or rather possibly and, the glorification of himself as some sort of monstrous toad-baby. I don't really like the man, as much as I can't stand his enemies. At any rate, this will bear careful watching.

November 8, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ninth Circuit rules against Trump administration on DACA - National Constitution Center

It is widely expected that the Supreme Court will accept a DACA case in some form, since the dispute involves a significant executive branch policy ruling on the constitutionality of government program.

via constitutioncenter.org

I feel a certain nausea when I read about this case and these cases. A bit of excitement as well. Just glancing at the case, it doesn't seem to be beyond the realm of possibility that it was correctly decided, or rather, within the jurisdiction and discretion of a duly appointed court. But maybe not. The opinion is 99 pages long, reportedly. What in the Heart of the Almighty does it take 99 pages to express? Even 33 pages would have been too much. Opinions should be like term papers and have definite page limits. Go over the line, and you get your knuckles rapped.

November 8, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Transgender Woman Files Human Rights Complaints Against 16 Women For Refusing To Wax His Male Genitalia | Daily Wire

Sixteen Canadian women have had human rights complaints filed against them by a male-to-female transgender individual for alleged "gender identity" discrimination after they refused to wax his male genitalia.

via www.dailywire.com

What about the Right Not to Wax? Is that not in the Constitution, albeit the Canadian one?

November 8, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

6 Questions About The CIA Blunder That Left 70 American Spies Dead

More than 70 foreign nationals working as spies for the CIA in Iran and China were systematically identified and slaughtered in the past decade, due to a ridiculously weak web-based system the CIA used to communicate with foreign assets it couldn’t reach directly. This according to a devastating November 2 report in Yahoo News written by journalists Zach Dorfman and Jenna McLaughlin (center-left, but generally trustworthy).

Although the Iranian roll-up occurred in 2011, and the Chinese rout occurred from 2010 to 2012, the CIA did not remedy the root cause of the problem in its transient messaging scheme until 2013, when Yahoo reports teams of co-opted staffers worked around the clock to dismantle the compromised system.

via thefederalist.com

November 8, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Dred Scott Continues to Cause Difficulties for the United States

The reason we're having to put up with all this business about anchor babies and birthright citizenship is because of the Supreme Court's Dred Scott vs. Sandford Decision of 1857. It's a classic case study in the Law of Unintended Consequences.

via www.americanthinker.com

And the Civil War of course.

November 8, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to fast-track DACA cases, in bid to bypass Ninth Circuit | Fox News

In an apparent bid to bypass the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and seek an immediate resolution to its effort to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Trump administration on Monday made the unusual decision to ask the Supreme Court to take over three cases concerning pending lawsuits that seek to preserve DACA.

A three-judge panel at the San Francisco-based federal appellate court heard arguments in May on whether the administration could end DACA, and the federal government had warned it would ask for high-court intervention if the appeals court did not decide by last Wednesday.

via www.foxnews.com

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Progressives Lost the Midterms | National Review

All the big races that excited passion in the national press and from progressive fundraisers ended in the L column. Despite Democrats’ taking over judicial positions throughout Texas, left-leaning hero Beto O’Rourke lost to Ted Cruz, a senator whose presence on the political stage taught the press corps how to correctly spell and use the word “oleaginous.” O’Rourke managed to do this while raising unheard-of gobs of money nationally. Progressives are arguing that moderate Democrats such as Joe Donnelly and Claire McCaskkill fared no better, but they had nothing like O’Rourke’s resources, or his good fortune in his opponent. And moderate Jon Tester did squeak to victory in Montana.

via www.nationalreview.com

"Oleaginous" is not an uncommon word, exactly, but it's a great one.

November 8, 2018 | Permalink | Comments (0)

FL SEN: Something Very Odd (And In Violation Of State Law) Is Going On In These Two Democratic Counties

Something odd is occurring in Florida’s Senate race. Republican Gov. Rick Scott has declared victory over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. At the time, Scott led Nelson by a little over 34,500 votes. It’s now been cut to around 18,000. We’re heading into recountterritory, as Scott’s lead has swindled to 0.2 percent; less than half of one percent triggers an automatic recount. Yet, in two Democratic bastions—Palm Beach and Broward counties—they’re taking their sweet time counting the votes and not telling how many are left outstanding.  The state was recently hit by a category four hurricane and yet every county in the state, including the ones slammed by Michael, have all counted their votes. In Broward, the supervisor there isn’t keeping regular reports on the ballots that need to be counted. She also appears to not know, and has been dumping thousands at a time in the late night hours. 

via townhall.com

It's Florida.

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Six Takeaways From the Midterms | RealClearPolitics

In many ways, it was a strange election.  If you had told me in August that Democrats were going to win more than 30 House seats, I would have bet a large amount of money that the Senate would also be in play.  I would have a difficult time accepting that Florida would elect Ron DeSantis governor and (as it now appears) Rick Scott as senator.  The notion that Ohio’s Senate race would fall into the mid-single digits, that Mike DeWine would win the Ohio governor’s race handily, or that Michigan’s Senate race would be decided by fewer than seven points all would have seemed ludicrous.  Martha McSally keeping Arizona close (and possibly winning) would not seem possible.

Nevertheless, Democrats accomplished something that seemed impossible in early 2017: They took control of the House of Representatives; they picked up multiple governorships, including knocking off the governor they probably loathe most, Scott Walker;  and they flipped some important state houses, including the New York state Senate, which gives them complete control of New York state government.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

It turns out Sean (whom I do not know) pronounces his last name "Trendy" as in fashionable, hip or with it. It's still a perfect name for him. He said something on TV the other night that might have meant he was a lawyer.

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China’s brightest children are being recruited to develop AI ‘killer bots’ | South China Morning Post

The 27 boys and four girls, all aged 18 and under, were selected for the four-year “experimental programme for intelligent weapons systems” at the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) from more than 5,000 candidates, the school said on its website.

The BIT is one of the country’s top weapons research institutes, and the launch of the new programme is evidence of the weight it places on the development of AI technology for military use.

via www.scmp.com

Ai yi yi.

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Political Originalism and the Problem of Power

Trump’s forthcoming executive order is a compelling reminder of two facts. One is that “power is of an encroaching nature.” By taking on the constitutional text, the president has notched matters up, though no more than those who once said with straight faces that the Fourteenth Amendment could be used to raise the debt ceiling. As Bertrand de Jouvenel reminds us, it is in the nature of power to augment itself, so it is no surprise that President Trump would invoke and arguably expand the authorities his predecessor asserted.

The second fact is the key one: fidelity to the original meaning of the Constitution cannot be outsourced to the courts while the political branches test the extreme boundaries of their powers. What Edmund Burke wrote of the revolutionary French Assembly has become true of the presidency, and often of Congress, under both parties: “Their idea of their powers is always taken at the utmost stretch of legislative competency, and their examples for common cases, from the exceptions of the most urgent necessity.”

What we need instead is a political originalism that recognizes the authority of all three branches of government to interpret the Constitution but also their concomitant responsibility both to accept and to follow a constitutionally proper understanding of their own authority. Regarding originalism as a theory of judicial method alone misses its power and, crucially, its meaning. It would be anti-originalist to shove originalism to one side—the judicial side—while the other branches roam free in an effort to see what they can get away with.

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The Sins of Celibacy | by Alexander Stille | The New York Review of Books

As a result of Viganò’s latest accusations and the release eleven days earlier of a Pennsylvania grand jury report that outlines in excruciating detail decades of sexual abuse of children by priests, as well as further revelations of sexual misconduct by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., Francis’s papacy is now in a deep, possibly fatal crisis. After two weeks of silence, Francis announced in mid-September that he would convene a large-scale gathering of the church’s bishops in February to discuss the protection of minors against sexual abuse by priests.

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Trump to Sign Immigration Directive Revamping Asylum System

WASHINGTON—President Trump is expected to sign a directive this week that will make official his plans to revamp the U.S. asylum system, part of his broader push to crack down on undocumented migrants entering the U.S. illegally.

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