Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Take that thought one step further

In a 13-page statement responding to The Times’s questions, Mr. Cuomo’s office defended its handling of the commission. It said the commission was created by and reported to the governor, and therefore he could not be accused of interfering with it.

While he allowed the commission the independence to investigate whatever it wanted, the governor’s office said, it would have been a conflict for a panel he created to investigate his own administration.
So when the governor tells a commission to stop investigating corruption, that's to prevent a conflict of interest. Kind of like how AGs don't prosecute politicians and police officers who violate the law, to prevent conflicts of interest. Makes sense.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

No more gas stations in the East Village

Out of control.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Getting Prodigy Classic data back from cache files



Friday, July 11, 2014

The anti-life pro-life crowd

Mark Shea points out that it's difficult to call yourself pro-life while simultaneously calling for the extermination of the browner children of the earth, and not providing any support for mothers who find themselves without a support network.

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Gender ideology

Melinda Selmys writes on the importance of understanding gender ideology, and the pastoral implications for trans types.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rationality and Hobby Lobby

A good obervation:
No doubt egged on by Justice Ginsburg’s own false claim in her dissent that the decision “would deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage,” pro-abortion groups have accused the Court of preventing women from having access to birth control and of giving bosses the power to force their personal beliefs on their women employees. . . . In truth, the Court’s decision does not allow the Green family (Hobby Lobby’s owners) to impose their religious views on anyone, and it does not prevent any woman from obtaining contraception or abortion services. It only holds that an employer is not obligated to pay for those services directly out of their own funds, and then only if the employer is a closely held corporation whose owners have a sincerely held religious objection. That should hardly be controversial.
And some humor:
My favorite: “My Jerk Boss Won’t Pay for My Groceries! I’m Going to Starve!” over at, although a tweet from someone named Sean Davis is certainly a contender: “Get your politics out of my bedroom!” “Not a problem. I’m just going to grab my wallet before I leave.” “The wallet stays, bigot.”
In other words, why is everyone so angry? What if I use my religious beliefs while running my business to start a potato chip factory instead of a more lucrative armaments factory, does that mean I'm imposing my religious beliefs on the local populace and depriving them of the higher salaries they would get by assembling guns? That is probably a non sequitur.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

For the first time, the New York Times calls for a strict textualist reading of the Constitution, and opposes a living Constitution

Sadly, they're talking about the constitution of Japan.
What stood in Mr. Abe’s way was Article 9 of the Constitution. It says the Japanese people “forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.” Any change should have required a constitutional revision, which would mean winning two-thirds approval in both houses of Parliament, followed by a referendum. Instead, Mr. Abe circumvented that process by having his government reinterpret the Constitution.
I think he got that move from us.

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I have created a tumblr, for purposes unknown. I guess it never hurts to play with another blogging platform.


Bereket closes

As another block of Houston gets lame. Never had a chance to run in there. Bah.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

A dash of common sense!

Two unanimous Supreme Court decisions - you still have first amendment rights if you're unpopular, and the Senate isn't in recess if the Senate isn't in recess. The 9-0 nature of the decisions are somewhat refreshing, as both appeared blindingly obvious to me, I'm glad to see it wasn't just me.

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