Thursday, February 28, 2019

FACT: Late-Term Abortions Are Never Medically Necessary

Defenders of this law and those like it say it is moderate and compassionate, concerned only with making sure women with life-threatening pregnancy complications are not left to die. But if one looks at the medical and legal context for the law and understands what exactly the terms mean, it becomes clear that the reality is much less straightforward—and much darker.

via thefederalist.com

February 28, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Why libertarians are wrong | Spectator USA

It seems to me the timeline for political crisis is shorter than the timeline for economic crisis. Before we reach the point where bailouts and prop-ups are no longer possible — as Adam Smith himself observed, there’s a lot of ruin in a country — there will be a hard left or hard right political turn, or simply a hard turn away from the present dispensation. If I’m wrong about the comparative crisis timelines, I nonetheless foresee a gradual continuing degeneration of our politics and class balance. The urban administrative overclass will continue to grow in power and wealth, the urban and suburban lower class will become increasingly servile (or else restive), and the old middle class and heartland will be economically sidelined and in many places depopulated. I don’t know why libertarians are not more alarmed by this likelihood, unless they believe they will comfortably be among the administrative overclass themselves. Frankly, looking at the class positions that actual high-profile libertarians occupy — the many who are professors are beneficiaries of government largesse toward the education system, whether they are at state or private institutions — they might indeed be serving their self-interest, if not their advertised values, correctly.

via spectator.us

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Women’s sports may one day soon consist entirely of men | Spectator USA

Congratulations to Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood for sweeping all before them in the Connecticut girls’ high school track races last week. Yes, of course they are men. There were some anguished complaints from the various girls these two speedy lads defeated, but these were of course brushed aside in a country where women’s sporting events may one day soon consist entirely of men.

via spectator.us

I wonder why the transgender men (do I have that right?) don't do as well.

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The Media Will Re-Elect Trump

Our wonderful English language gives us a perfectly good word for major media interpretations of the Trump phenomenon. That word is fatuous. When historians weigh his well-advertised nature vs. the fantastic overreaction to his election, their first question will be: How did he become president? Voters must have had something in mind when they pulled the lever for somebody so seemingly unsuitable.

But even deeper into the night they will wonder: How did so rich and complex a society as ours survive a pundit class so devoid of judgment, so incapable even of identifying what was interesting about the times they live in?

So here we are. The media will eventually take notice of the strange acts of the U.S. intelligence community and their role in the 2016 election. Either that, or the story of the decade will continue to be told by alternative media outlets that, for all their faults, at least provide a venue for ignored realities to be taken account of.

In the meantime, imagine you’re one of the millions who thinks four years of the Trump show is probably enough. You can only marvel at the obliviousness with which his enemies are working to assure (and even necessitate) his re-election.

via outline.com

Holman Jenkins.

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Sure sounds like SCOTUS is going to let the "Peace Cross" continue to stand on state land

The requisite caveat about not presuming too much from the tenor of oral arguments before the Court is hereby duly noted, but more than one media observer today was struck by how open most of the justices seemed to leaving the cross in place. And when I say “most,” I don’t mean the conservative five. Breyer and Kagan also seemed wary of ruling in a way that would require Maryland to have the cross removed.

via hotair.com

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Clarence Thomas is right: SCOTUS should revisit libel law overreach - Hot Air

I very much doubt that the Supreme Court will take up Thomas’ call to overturn New York Times v. Sullivan. But I would not be surprised to see it cut back on some of the more expansive follow-ups to that decision. The court has never given a convincing reason why “public figures” should be treated the same as “public officials.” And the St. Amant holding that there’s no duty to do due diligence if you don’t suspect anything is wrong is a likely place to start cutting back.

via hotair.com

The Glennster is correctomundo.

February 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (1)

New parents face up to six years of sleep deprivation, study says | Life and style | The Guardian

Starting a family is a well-known way to make a good night’s sleep a distant dream, but new research suggests the parental yawns might go on for six years.

via www.theguardian.com

Not news; and by the time the kids are gone, you're not really sleeping anymore anyway. But it's worth it. I hope.

February 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (1)

New parents face up to six years of sleep deprivation, study says | Life and style | The Guardian

Starting a family is a well-known way to make a good night’s sleep a distant dream, but new research suggests the parental yawns might go on for six years.

via www.theguardian.com

Not news; and by the time the kids are gone, you're not really sleeping anymore anyway. But it's worth it. I hope.

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2 arrested for brawl at Alabama buffet over crab legs

Tensions at the Meteor Buffet restaurant in Huntsville boiled over Friday when the customers waited in line for at least 10 minutes for the crab legs to hit the smorgasbord — then all scuttled to serve themselves, police said.

via nypost.com

Lots of puns.

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Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration and the Movement of Peoples

Three Basic Principles of Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration

Although Catholic theology has always promoted human rights rooted in natural law and God's revelation, it was the encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Labor) in 1891 that developed a systematic presentation of principles of the rights and responsibilities of people. Rerum Novarum commented on the situation of immigrants; in later documents, popes and bishops' conferences have synthesized the Catholic theological tradition to articulate three basic principles on immigration.

via www.usccb.org

At first glance, this looks pretty reasonable to me. Of course, it's (as expected) short on answers. I see it as a big, beautiful wall with lots of turnstiles, manned by friendly robots.

February 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (1)