Thursday, May 31, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A broad majority of Americans, 72%, continue to believe that doctors should be legally allowed, at a patient's and a family's request, to end a terminally ill patient's life using painless means. While support for legalized euthanasia is strong across nearly all subgroups of Americans, men, young adults, Democrats and liberals are especially likely to favor it. Support drops below a majority only among weekly churchgoers.
Yeah, I basically support euthanasia, particularly for a few people I can think of.
But seriously, if you're in serious pain and don't have a lot to look forward to, you ought to be able to pull the rip cord and get out early if you can. I realize this is inconsistent with Catholic doctrine as it stands and until it's revised, I suppose I'll have to conform to this aspect of Church law.
Of course, if you got the state involved, they'd probably figure out a way to take any money you'd save by punching out a bit early. My plan is to take a hike in the Idaho wilderness with a fifth of scotch and various drugs of abuse and sort of slide out that way if necessary, and it won't be, if LWJ does her job. I just got out of the hospital, a three day stay for a scheduled but still significant procedure. I'm fine and was taken exquisite care of by what must have been a dozen nurses and nurse-like creatures, not to mention my main doctor. God bless them all. But it still really sucked. If that's all I had to look forward to, I would totally be in favor of the long nap. We don't need any big policy about it. Just make it legal to buy your own suicide kit, not that it's rocket science anyway. But you don't want to expose your family to the polite attentions of the local DA.
But the whole subject is so ugly and uncomfortable that very few people care to linger over it. Robinson is an exception. For him — as he said in a 2011 interview with the BBC’s Jeremy Paxman — the “grooming gangs” issue isn’t something that afflicts some far-off towns but people in the working-class communities that he knows. And while there are journalists (notably the Times’ Andrew Norfolk) who have spent considerable time and energy bringing this appalling phenomenon to light, most of British society has turned away in a combination of embarrassment, disgust, and uncertainty about how to even talk about this. Anyone who thinks Britain is much further along with dealing with the taboo of “grooming gangs” should remember that only last year the Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, had to leave the shadow cabinet because she accurately identified the phenomenon.
In the “knowledge panel” that provides easy access to information next to search results, Google was showing “Nazism” as an “ideology” of the party as of Thursday morning. The word “Nazism” was hyperlinked to a secondary page that shows “Nazism” alongside other “ideologies” of California Republicans like “Conservatism,” "Market liberalism,” “Fiscal conservatism,” and “Green conservatism."
Those darn Googlers.
“If President Trump fills another vacancy on the court it will have an enormous effect,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of Berkeley School of Law at the University of California.
“It will create the most conservative court since the mid-1930s,” he added. “It would mean a majority to overrule Roe v Wade and to allow states to prohibit abortions, to eliminate all forms of affirmative action, to eliminate constitutional limits on illegal police conduct.”
From your mouth to God's ear, Erwin.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday pardoned a conservative commentator and said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting a former Illinois governor’s prison sentence, prompting critics to accuse him of subverting the rule of law.
PDT is totally correct for pardoning Dinesh. I knew him a bit back in the day. He's a close friend of a close friend. He may have been guilty of violating a technical campaign law, one that shouldn't exist in the first place, but he was absolutely selectively prosecuted.
Martha Stewart could be pardoned, if only for the sake of going up the liberals' noses. She probably did insider trade, but her domestic stylings are pretty awesome, I'm told. The SEC and US Attorneys could find better targets. But as to Martha, whatever. She's sure no Marc Rich.
This is one of the reasons we have a pardon power: to protect those who bring political animus upon themselves but violate the law perhaps only technically. Dinesh did pretty hard time, not far from me, in a prison in Otay Mesa. He wrote a book about it.
This reminds me of last summer when I visited my oldest boy Luke in Kiev. It really does look exactly like this! The studenty part of the city in the documentary is, as I remember it, sort of a ways downriver from the central part of the city. But the monasteries are right there in the center of the city. The politics of the film are obscure. There is corruption and there are raves, but that hardly means the ravers are just going to throw out their corrupt government after their party is over. Corruption seemed pretty intractable to me.
After all these years of living near Selma, California, and working side-by-side with Mexicans and Mexican-Americans on his small farm, he confesses that he feels he knows them better than so-called whites and adds that, because of habit and custom, he “…feel[s] more comfortable with the people I grew up with, a population of mostly Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and whites who were raised with non-whites.” All in all, it would not be an exaggeration to assert that Hanson understands the current Mexican immigrant experience better than a fêted essayist like Richard Rodriguez, a critic of Hanson, who lives in a tony “restored Victorian” neighborhood in San Francisco.
The Supreme Court over the next month is poised to upend the way the country picks representatives to Congress, decide whether the First Amendment protects people who refuse to do business with same-sex couples and rule on whether President Trump’s tweets can be used in court to derail his agenda.