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May 26, 2009

Six to One in California - Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Gay Marriage

Update:

The Day After :

 

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 Gaskill 

Existing Gay marriages were not invalidated, but the voter's initiative was upheld.

This was such a big news day, I'm saving my post-decision analysis on this predictable outcome 'till tomorrow. 

Stay tuned.

JBG

THE SOTOMAYOR NOMINATION

 PREDICTABLY, POTUS HAS NOMINATED ANOTHER LIBERAL FOR SCOTUS

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THE SOTOMAYOR NOMINATION
ANOTHER LIBERAL FOR SCOTUS

 

Second Federal Circuit Justice Sonya Sotomayor (Yale/Princeton) is the President’s nominee to replace retiring Justice David Souter.  At first impression, she appears to be a typical liberal nominee, probably one who will vote very much like the justice she is to replace, if she is confirmed.

 

I believe that she will be forced to recuse herself from a pending Supreme Court case in which she participated in her Second Circuit role.  That case arose from an affirmative action promotional dispute in Connecticut.  The city threw out a race-neutral competitive examination. 

 

Here is today’s Associated Press account:
“In one of her most notable decisions, as an appellate judge she sided last year with the city of New Haven, Conn., in a discrimination case brought by white firefighters. The city threw out results of a promotion exam because too few minorities scored high enough. Coincidentally, that case is now before the Supreme Court. That ruling has already drawn criticism from conservatives, and is likely to play a role in her confirmation hearing.”
It is not my impression that Justice Sotomayor’s presence on the court will change much, although the record has a number of blanks, particularly on the hot button issue of pro-life vs. pro-choice.  The record will stay blank.  Like other nominees before her, she will not have to answer the “How will you rule?’ class of cases.
So far I don’t notice sufficient baggage that could generate a republican filibuster.  If you are betting, bet on confirmation.  The votes are already lined up and the GOP senators don’t have the stomach for a battle.
JBG

 

 

 

 

May 25, 2009

A Time to Remember

Memorial Day 2009.  So much to honor, so much not ever to forget.

 

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I really never got to know Dad until after Captain Gaskill returned safely from Europe after  the Allies prevailed over the Nazis. 

 

Mom&Dad

 

My Mom and Dad on their wedding day before the War broke out.

 

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As fate would have it, I was in Manhattan not far from Ground Zero when our country suffered the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.  And on 9-12-01 I was privileged to happen by the fire station house of Ladder 24, for whom the Catholic priest Chaplain, Mychael Judge, gave his life.  I took this picture of the truck and the portrait of a great priest.

 

Truck

 

Note the ash covering  Ladder Truck 24. People had already traced benedictions, like "America loves you" with their fingers.

 

And I was able to return to the World Trade Center Site the following year where the Wall Street church near the epicenter (one attended  by George Washington) had been spared.  People from all over the world had decorated the fence.  A fitting picture for today, Decoration Day.

 

Wall Street 

 

 

And I've been an honored witness to the patriotism of the Original Americans as they gathered in my own home state....

 

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May 18, 2009

Toying With CArz - The New York Times Advises the Car Industry?

The Times shares its business wisdom with the Auto Industry.

 

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TOYING WITH CARZ

 

Today’s New York Times’ Op Ed, “So Far, So Good”, addresses (its Olympian wisdom) to the auto industry bailouts. { LINK http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/18/opinion/18mon1.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper }

 

The piece ends with this three paragraph collection of bromides and one revelation.

 

“Even assuming G.M.’s likely bankruptcy ends felicitously, the automaker will have to pull off the trick of becoming an entirely different company — one that can make fuel-efficient cars to serve a future of expensive energy and environmental strain and then persuade American consumers to buy them. It has little experience with either.

“Culling the Hummer and launching the Chevy Volt won’t be enough. G.M. must swiftly pare its gas-guzzling truck and S.U.V. lines, which last year accounted for 11 of its 20 top-selling brands. It must accelerate development of gas-electric hybrids and other higher-technology cars. Pulling this off successfully could well require further help from Washington to coax drivers to pay the premium for fuel-efficient cars.

“Fortunately, the government, the U.A.W. and G.M.’s new leadership all seem to get it. They share a broad vision of where the company needs to go. Pulling it off won’t be easy.”

 

Good grief.  This is either staggering naiveté or code.   Won’t be easy?  A guy is teetering on the ledge of a skyscraper and, just as he starts to fall, you throw him a weight belt.  Saving him won’t be easy. 

Business advice from one failing business to another can look a parody, a joint suicide note or air-headed, cluelessness on a public display, much like Ms. Pelosi’s energy policy remarks did last year when she revealed her ignorance of the fact that natural gas is a fossil fuel. 

 

So I’m going to allow the NYT editorial writer credit for more intelligence than first appears.  Maybe, just maybe this little editorial gem was code for the following:

“This misguided, ultimately doomed, wasteful bankruptcy & bailout policy needs to be remembered as a quixotic gesture of the brave new administration that we support.  Therefore we have gracefully chosen to praise the good intentions of the administration.  But at the same time, we must to convey our “told-you-so” superiority in a cleverly worded, double-meaning exercise in self-protective, well edited prose worthy of the Great (though economically failing) Newspaper that we are.

Am I being too harsh?  Consider the overriding principle:  When one politically imposes save-the-world policies on any profit-making commercial enterprise, the effect is to pile on a cost burden that, in a competitive market, becomes an economic poison pill.  Over time this sort of thing can bring any robust business to its corporate knees and ultimately into bankruptcy. 

The larger cars and trucks in the GM line have been hugely more profitable than the “gas-electric hybrids and other higher-technology cars” that the Times and its pet administration seek to mandate.  Toyota’s numbers should tell us something.  Toyota’s large vehicles and its luxury models for the wealthy buyers and its truck line have been comfortably profitable on a unit sale basis.  The company's hybrids show only a paper profit - the company is actually losing money on its “gas-electric hybrids and other higher-technology cars” when the huge front-end development costs are factored in.  Some well made German cars with similar low gasoline consumption sell for less and offer the manufacturer a higher per unit profit.  Battery technology is still behind the curve, especially when vehicle unit costs and necessary battery replacement expenses are accounted for.

So the liberal, “save-the-world-AND-GM” crowd is going to attempt the impossible:  Rescue a formerly profitable car manufacturer by forcing it to produce unprofitable, possibly unreliable vehicles.  In the post-bankruptcy rescue plan, effective control of America’s once great American car company will belong to the union and federal bureaucrats.  This is like firing the crew of a 747 and replacing it with disgruntled passengers.  As a gesture, it might feel good for a moment, but your better brace yourself for the crash.

JBG

 

 

oday’s Op Ed, “”, addresses to auto industry bailouts. { LINK }

May 15, 2009

Get Real About Energy

How, long, oh, how long? 

I've written extensively here, and on the Human Conspiracy Blog about energy independence. 

Here's  a link to an expert  on the CNN Website.  Go to

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/science/05/13/mackay.energy/index.html

The bottom line? 

The sheer scale of our dependency on fossil fuels means that our energy supply cannot be replaced by wind or solar energy - not in the real world. 

 

A hydrogen econony is a pipe dream without an original energy source.  The practical case is compelling:  It's nuclear energy or turn off the lights and stay at home.  Not rocket science, but a 55 year old technology, proven, available and safe....

For more go to my article, The Nuclear Option:

http://jaygaskill.com/RecessionBusterTheNuclearOption.htm

It is time to overcome our nuclear phobia.

JBG 

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May 06, 2009

SAVAGE IS SAVAGED - BRITAIN: BE ASHAMED OF YOUR HOME OFFICE

SAVAGE IS SAVAGED

 

THE BRITISH HOME OFFICE DEFAMES AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL

 

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THIS TALK SHOW HOST IS NO TERRORIST

 

Michael Savage, (the radio name for Michael W....r, PHD) has been blacklisted for travel to the UK by a PC- addled British Home Office functionary Jacqui Smith.... 

 

For the benefit of my UK friends, Michael Savage is a 19th century humanist, a full throated warrior in the 21st century culture wars, the intellectual who first coined the term “IslamoFascist” (a term adopted by many others without credit) to describe the virulent subset of Islamist ideologues whose anti-Semitic agenda chillingly reprises that of Hitler. 

 

His tone varies from avuncular story teller all the way to the realm of a white-hot tempered Jeremiad.  He has made talk show rhetoric an art form.  He is almost never boring, sometimes over-the-top, rarely less than full-on intelligent. But Savage is an acquired taste, like that sharp aperitif that might later require an anti-acid. 

 

All said, he is a national treasure and as harmless as your favorite cranky uncle, the kind of guy that would rant at the homeless druggie on the corner, then buy him a breakfast somewhere.

 

The travel ban is a transparent sop to the Islamist fringe, of a piece with the airport frisking of a ninety year old matron (See how even handed we are!).  This action is an embarrassment to the UK. 

 

Be ashamed of your Home office. 

 

Fix this soon. 

 

Please.

 

JBG

 

San Francisco Chronicle Article link: (article http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/05/06/MN3617FA8K.DTL ).

 

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