Wooooo Linky Link … as in finally

After a long busy week … a few links from Thursday. And gosh I missed my chance to make snarky remarks about several high court rulings.

  1. Deputized Director indeed.
  2. CBO predicts, Obamacare noise, money and kerfuffle for little gain.
  3. Of science and abortion.
  4. Man as subject (object?).
  5. Fun in heat … just add water.
  6. Is this a consequence of the recent SCOTUS ruling?
  7. Liberal response to Obamacare costs when they run the business … move overseas.
  8. A class act, eh?
  9. The ignorance of politicians aping the rest of us so often exposes their hypocrisy, Obama did this with the White Sox …now his buddy the Rahmfather with the Hawks.
  10. Signs of dictatorship … is this accurate in your estimation or not?
  11. Hence the term late modernity. I wonder if Poul Anderson’s hero Dominic Flandry or similar will become popular.
  12. It would get press, not just a blog note.
  13. A new term of art for the political class, “a knitting moment”.

8 Responses to Wooooo Linky Link … as in finally

  1. Is this a consequence of the recent SCOTUS ruling?

    Not as far as I can tell. The ruling concerned the federal gov’t creating differential treatment in an area where it did not have power. Since states do have power over marriage, it wouldn’t apply to states that reject polygamy (just as the Robert’s ruling did not require anti-SSM states to accept SSM). If a state adopted polygamy, though, this ruling might apply to the Fed. gov’t.

    Even then, though, I think the Fed. gov’t would have more arguments to defend itself. It could argue, for example, that it has a legitimate interest in limiting the benefits givent o married couples to two

    CBO predicts, Obamacare noise, money and kerfuffle for little gain.

    We’re going from 60M uninsured to 30M. That seems like a pretty serious gain. If employer provided insurance drops by 2M instead of increasing by 2M, well:

    a. That really seems more like statistical noise.

    b. Since conservative advocates have been saying for a long time that employer provided health insurance is a bad idea that should be phased out towards individuals buying insurance more directly what exactly is the complaint again?

  2. Of science and abortion.

    Actually allowing abortion generally in the 1st trimester but making it progressively harder beyond that seems to align well with your assertion previously that an individual person can only exist in relation to other people. Clearly pregnancy and birth is a process that begins with no relationship (or even awareness) and ends with an intense relationship. The trimester rule seems to work along the lines of that model. Perfect? No but then all the time the law requires drawing lines where reality is fuzzy. For example, 18 makes someone an adult but everyone knows reality isn’t quite that clean.

    Anyway statements like this:

    It is true that abortion is fundamentally a moral issue and that the real question is when does a fetus become human and become magically endowed with all the rights we used to associate with humans? Well, if you look at the science, there is only one answer. Day one.

    Sorry there’s no blood or DNA test for ‘magically endowed with rights’. And there never will be. Ever.

  3. #10

    You don’t need ‘signs of a dictatorship’, you need a dictator to have a dictatorship. Who is the dictator?

  4. Re #10 … I see for you the salient feature of a dictatorship is that it has a sole ruler not the loss of personal freedoms.

  5. Boonton,
    But science can answer the question … is it alive? What species will it grow up to become? Many abortion supporters pretend the question of when life begins is in question.

    Actually allowing abortion generally in the 1st trimester but making it progressively harder beyond that seems to align well with your assertion previously that an individual person can only exist in relation to other people

    And admitting to that walks you off the pro-choice/pro-abortion farmland. Welcome to the anti-abortion side.

  6. Re #10 … I see for you the salient feature of a dictatorship is that it has a sole ruler not the loss of personal freedoms.

    The definition of a dictatorship is rule invested in a single person. Monarchy rule is invested in an heredity office. But you didn’t cite a personal loss of freedom. Roe.v.Wade? Errr the majority of the Senate is pro-choice, the majority of presidential elections post Roe were for pro-choice candidates. Even the majority of those who voted for the House voted for the pro-choice candidate. Bit of a stretch to say a pro-choice dictatorship has been inflicted on the US. As for people ‘fearing the gov’t’ via PRISM and NSA spying, I don’t think anyone ‘in the street’ really worries all that much about the gov’t spying on them in the US.

    But science can answer the question … is it alive? What species will it grow up to become? Many abortion supporters pretend the question of when life begins is in question.

    “when life begins” is just shortand for the philosophical questions raised by abortions. As you know life begins *before* conception, sperm and egg cells are alive before they join.

    And admitting to that walks you off the pro-choice/pro-abortion farmland. Welcome to the anti-abortion side.

    The trimester system is essentially Roe.v.Wade. If I’m on the pro-life side, so was Bill Clinton.

  7. Boonton,
    I see, RvW made third trimester abortions illegal.

  8. No but it did permit states to just about make them illegal.

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