Archive for November, 2018

November 17th, 2018 - 4:38 pm § in Donald Trump

As usual, Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and that’s a problem

(Reader Alert: This article contains naughty language) President Trump visited California on Saturday to see the devastation wrought by wildfires. There’s nothing new about California burning, but this year’s fires are bigger and more destructive, which some attribute to climate change. [...]

November 17th, 2018 - 12:19 am § in Misc.

Justice delayed, very delayed,

Seventy-seven-year-old James Bonard Fowler pled guilty to one count of second-degree manslaughter two weeks before he was set to go to trial. He had been charged with two counts of murder in the 1965 shooting of 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson during a melee in a restaurant in Marion, Alabama. Fowler[...]

November 16th, 2018 - 7:11 pm § in Donald Trump

Free speech or hate speech?

The First Amendment right of free speech is expansive, but not absolute. If it were, libel law couldn’t exist. Anyone who participates in acidic political debate on the internet should think about how far they can go in slamming, shaming, or skewering their ideological adversaries without caus[...]

November 16th, 2018 - 12:55 pm § in Religion


Avi Ibrahim Balser, a dear Facebook friend, and I have been debating the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision on abortion.  Avi says he stands by Byron White’s opposition opinion.  Avi may be surprised that I agree with Justice White that the decision was  certainly not in the intent of the authors of[...]

November 16th, 2018 - 8:23 am § in Donald Trump

Judge blocks White House’s attempt to bar CNN reporter

A federal judge appointed by Donald Trump ordered the White House to temporarily reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials Friday. CNN and Acosta argued in court the revocation of Acosta’s press pass violated First Amendment press freedoms, but the judge zeroed in on the arbi[...]

November 16th, 2018 - 12:07 am § in Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Hypocrisy, Politics

Oh Oh .. New Threats from Trump’s Buddy in North Korea

North Korean state media is reporting that Kim Jong Un observed the successful testing of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon.” The North Korean leader is said to have been “so excited to say that another great work was done by the defense scientists and munitions industrial workers[...]

November 15th, 2018 - 9:18 pm § in Misc.

Russian lane cheaters

A security guard pulled over these guys trying to imitate a bus on a vehicles-only bridge in Vladivostok. (Click here for source.)  [...]

November 15th, 2018 - 9:09 pm § in Donald Trump

Horsey’s advice for Seattle Republicans


November 15th, 2018 - 8:38 am § in Misc.

Sighhh … Nigeria’s Peculiar Antisemitism

The deep vestiges of Christian missionaries have infected Nigerians. Chinazor Onianwah, a man I very much respect, goes off on these rants not because the tiny state of Israel would be a meaningful refuge for Africans but because somehow, Chinazor thinks Israel has an obligation not shared by the Ar[...]

November 15th, 2018 - 1:28 am § in Science

The female scientist who dives naked with belugas

Daily Mail Reporter  Braving sub-zero temperatures, a Russian ichthyologist has thrown caution — and her clothes — to the wind to tame two beluga whales in a unique and controversial experiment. A the water temperature hit minus 1.5 degrees Centigrade, a skilled Russian diver,  Natalia Avseen[...]