Friday, January 04, 2019

Justice Thomas and the Second Amendment

Justice Thomas and others seem to believe the Second Amendment reads "The people have no right to regulate a militia of one person".

Do they also believe that that one person has a right to fire into a crowded theater?  The Supreme Court long ago limited free speech by stating that a person cannot yell "Fire" in a crowded theater.

If someone were to claim that Justice Thomas was getting paid one million dollars a year from  the arms industry, wouldn't Justice Thomas be justified in suing to limit that persons right to free speech?

On the other hand, Justice Thomas should get an honorarium from the Federalist Society to cover travel expenses.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/03/opinion/guns-second-amendment-supreme-court.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage#commentsContainer,   Linda Greenhouse

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Netflix: To boycott or not to boycott

This afternoon my wife read an article in the Daily Kos about a boycott of Netflix.  The reason is that Netflix bowed to a Saudi Arabian request not to make available an episode of a series that was critical of Saudi Arabia.

I cancelled our Netflix account which was rather easy.

But then I did my own reading about the boycott.  See https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hasan-minhaj-responds-netflix-saudi-arabia_us_5c2cf80be4b0407e90875e85.

The request was limited to not making it available in Saudi Arabia.  Still, I think I’ll let the cancellation stand.  If I get any meaningful explanation from Netflix, I’ll consider re-subscribing.  Meanwhile, we’ll visit the public library more often for DVDs.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Professed non-experts claim to be experts

Many climate-change deniers claim not to be scientists.  If they are not scientists, how can they claim to know with certainty there is no climate change?

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that's all.”
  • Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland
In other stories, Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall and all the king’s men and all the king’s horses couldn’t put him back together again.

When Trumpty Dumpty falls off the wall, how many of us will he take with him?

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Global warming: quote of the day: "Don't be a fossil fool"

Climate Change Protest Draws Thousands of Australian Students

Frustrated by their government’s failure to curb carbon emissions, students across the country quit school for a day to protest instead.


One of the signs was "don't be a fossil fool".

See https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/world/australia/student-strike-climate-change.html.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Negativity blinds us from seeing angels.

When you have a negative attitude it is hard to see all the angels you meet in the world.

I thought about this after hearing two men in complaining in the locker room.  The older complained that his friends were less willing to give him rides.  I kept quiet, but I wondered if his friends were unwilling to listen to his negative comments.  When I related this to my wife, she suggested that fewer of his friends drove anymore.

The negativity made me think of the couplet

When you laugh, the whole world laughs with you.
When you cry, you cry alone.

The actual couplet is

“Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone:
…”

The poem is “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox”.  You can find it at
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45937/solitude-56d225aad9924

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Politics: don’t do as I do, do as say

See comments to https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/20/opinion/sunday/nafta-mexico-trump-ambassador.html.

Many “conservatives” complain about “liberals” attacking Trump and the Republicans.  Have they forgotten their obstruction of many of Obama’s initiatives and the false claims about his birth?

After years of obstruction of Obama’s appointees, why are they in such a rush to appoint judges?

It seems to me that many “conservatives” only want to conserve their power.  They completely ignore the Constitution, Washington’s Farewell Address (foreign entanglements), Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (government of the people, by the people, and for the people), and Eisenhower’s Farewell Address (military-industrial complex).

What would we call a party that considered these important thoughts in their own governance of our country?

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Abortion: Judgment or Compassion

“Beta O’Rourke May Benefit From an Unlikely Support Group: White Evangelical Women”, Elisabeth Dias, New York Times, 2018-10-09

This shift is that these women are seeing O’Rourke as a “stark moral contrast to Mr. Trump.”  They are seeing other moral values that Trump does not have; values that are just as important as opposing abortion.

The problem with abortion as a political issue is that it ignores many problems that are not controlled by an “unwilling” mother.

Shall a teen-age girl be responsible for a child fathered by force, whether by a known or unknown male?

Shall a woman of any age be forced to bear a child whose birth will kill her?  What would that do to any previous children she had?

We really cannot make any sweeping pronouncements about abortion without knowing all facts in each individual case.

If we make all abortions illegal, who will be punished?  Will it be the unwilling mother?  Will it be the “back alley abortionist”?  Will it be the not present father?

Ironically, some of these “value” voters are supporting a party that is quite willing to cause unwanted abortions in other countries.  How many pregnant women are killed in wars?  How many of these pregnant women even support the wars in their countries?  And some of these politicians with the “big buttons” are quite willing to obliterate large numbers of women and children.