A “Clear Victory”

Who says hiring judges with “political purity” is not a thing?

SCOTUS proved today the necessity for the judges need to be partial to a political belief…..use the Constitution not a party spin……

President Trump scored a significant, if partial, victory from the Supreme Court on Monday: The justices agreed to allow a scaled-down version of his travel ban to take effect. The court also agreed to hear the case in the fall, setting the stage for a ruling that could have wide implications on presidential power, reports the New York Times. The upshot is that the Trump administration can put into effect a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, along with a 120-day ban on the US refugee program. However, the court imposed what the Washington Post terms an important exception. The ban “may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” said the justices.

Those who have no family or business ties in the US, or who have never visited before, would likely be out of luck. The court added that the case may well be moot by the fall, noting the White House originally said the ban would be a temporary one while it reviewed vetting procedures. Once that review is completed, the restrictions would presumably be lifted anyway. Two lower courts have blocked the ban, a revised version from the Trump administration’s first effort, essentially declaring it to be unconstitutional. Trump has said the ban would take effect within 72 hours of court approval.

There you have…put enough conservs on the court and you can crap all over the Constitution.

With his victory you would think that he would be dancing a jig for his policies….but instead he wants an apology…..

“The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling,” the president wrote in a two-parttweet, referring to this story. “With 4 months looking at Russia under a magnifying glass, they have zero ‘tapes’ of [Trump] people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!” He also wrote that Obama didn’t go after Russia more aggressively because he assumed Hillary Clinton was going to win. Obama “colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good,” Trump tweeted.

How much juvenile BS will the American people stand…I know that his brainless supporters will see the need…but really?

I guess we have to wait for October for a final decision…..something for the MSM to fixate on for 4 months…..oh goody!

Democrats! Time To Move On!

I waited a couple of years to see or read where a Repub said this with all the silly antics of the GOP in Congress….and as usual my wait was in vain.

This whole Russia-gate thing has been raging for months….all the while Dems are trying to use it as some sort of message to the American voter…they are failing.

Let’s be honest…the average person cares little about this Russian thing.  I spend time at a local college and there is very little discussion there as well.  The only places that this has any footing is the MSM and some blogs….after that no one is talking or even caring.

Even national polls show that it is not that important to the population…..

…….the latest Harvard-Harris Poll survey, provided exclusively to The Hill, which paints a complicated picture of voters’ opinions about the numerous probes that have engulfed the White House.

Sixty-four percent of voters said the investigations into President Trump and Russia are hurting the country. Fifty-six percent of voters said it’s time for Congress and the media to move on to other issues, compared to 44 percent who said the focus should stay on Russia.

But other surveys have found strong support for the special counsel investigating the Russia probe. A Harvard-Harris survey released last month found 75 percent support for former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s investigation.

There is evidence in the Harvard-Harris survey that voters are taking the investigations seriously: Fifty-eight percent say they’re concerned by allegations of obstruction of justice against Trump, with the same number worried about possible dealings between Trump and the Russian government.

But far more — 73 percent — say they’re concerned that the Russia probes have caused Congress to lose focus on the issues important to them. That figure encompasses 81 percent of Republicans, 74 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats.

(thehill.com)

In short the public is growing ever weary of the political games and the lack of Congressional attention to the important things in the voters lives.

If the prez would stop using Twitter to try and bully any opposition then the MSM would have little to report and would move on.

I am not saying remove on from the investigations just keep any news close to the vest until there is something big to report.

As long as the fixation is on this Russian thing then important issue go under-reported or not at all.

We have a health care bill that is a piece of crap, we have a budget debate coming, etc.

Source: The Politics Behind ‘Russia-gate’ – Consortiumnews

And for God sake move on from the last election!  Clinton lost…Trump won.  Trying to find someone to blame is doing no good…it definitely is not a unifying topic for the Party.

Source: Russia-gate Flops as Democrats’ Golden Ticket – Consortiumnews

Dems need to find a message that will resonate with voters and stop chasing every Tweet that comes off Trump’s thumbs…..or 2018 will be NO different than any of the last couple of elections.

IST Asshat “Assie” Award—-June 2017

TS Cindy has moved on…we are still getting a bit of rain from the storm…..my garden is now just a memory only thing that survived was the okra.  The Coast is trying to dry out but these intermittent showers is making that process difficult.

Let’s move on shall we?

The last Sunday of the month and time for the awarding of the monthly Asshat “Assie” Award.

This month was a nightmare of ignorant statements by ignorant people…it was difficult to decide on the winner so I turned over the nominees to my granddaughter and let her choose the winner.

She spent a good portion of the day mumbling to herself and shaking her head before she presented me with the winner.

Sen. Cotton’s intern “Nate”……for making potty mouth pronouncements about others.
Buuuut———

As I was writing this post a new nominee came to me….we all remember the horrible shooting of Rep. Scalise of LA……well it seems that some people do not have any respect or civility…..

IN SANER TOUGHT

ASSHAT “ASSIE” AWARD FOR THE MONTH OF June 2017

A Nebraska Democratic Party official was caught saying he was glad House Republican Steve Scalise was shot in an audio recording posted on YouTube, first reported by Fox 42 News.

Phil Montag, a Nebraska technology chairman for the state’s Democratic party, said the following of Scalise in the audio recording of a conversation between Montag and several others:

“His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to fucking kick people off fucking health care. I hate this motherfucker, I’m glad he got shot.”

I have NO patience with people like this……we already have too much derision in this country and statements like this do not help.  The DEM Party does not people that think like this.

If anyone deserves the award this month it is this douche…..

Congrats Mr. Montag!

An email will be sent to the NE Democratic Party in care of Mr. Montag announcing his award.

Some good news to close out the day….

U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives who was shot while practicing baseball last week, is no longer being held in the intensive care unit at the hospital where he is being treated, a source familiar with his condition said on Friday.

IST wishes him a speedy recovery.

Time to go for the day….get some rest and prepare for a new week….thanx for everything…..chuq

“You Can’t Fix Stupid”

Another Saturday and another weekend…..we all should just step back and enjoy the day and our time….

In the past I have written many times just how stupid the population is becoming….I even referenced a movie as prophetic, Idiocracy…..and then I read something that gave me no easy feeling…..

Today in mind-blowing statistics: A full 7% of American adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows, Food & Wine reports. That figure comes from an Innovation Center for US Dairy survey of more than 1,000 people conducted in April. When extrapolated, it means approximately 16.4 million Americans—or roughly the population of Pennsylvania—are hopelessly misinformed about chocolate milk, according to the Washington Post. Overall, the survey found 48% of US adults aren’t sure where chocolate milk comes from (though 29% use their kids as cover to buy it for themselves). Today helpfully explains that chocolate milk is defined by the Center for US Dairy as “cow’s milk with added flavoring and sweeteners.”

While nearly half of Americans not being clear where chocolate milk comes from may seem shocking, agriculture and nutrition experts likely aren’t surprised. They’ve been complaining for decades that Americans are woefully ignorant about what they eat. “We still get kids who are surprised that a french fry comes from a potato,” says the co-founder of nonprofit FoodCorps. A study conducted by the Department of Agriculture two decades ago found nearly one in five adults didn’t know hamburgers are made from beef. Another study of fourth, fifth, and sixth-graders in urban California found more than half didn’t know pickles are cucumbers or onions and lettuce are plants; nearly a third didn’t know cheese is made from milk.

Seriously?  Brown cows?

Some say we do not need a public education…..and yet we get these results….we need something.

After reading that I could only think of something comedian Ron white has to say, “you can’t fix stupid”.

Just ignorant?  Or would “stupid” be a better description?
Watch the vid and you decide.

After that….I need a drink.

Have a good day and be well and safe….chuq

Russia Assaults Democracy

For months now, ever since the 2016 election, we have been told daily about the historic Russian attack on American democracy….they allegedly hacked into the election process, the DNC and other entities.

The MSM makes it seem as if this is all new for Russia to try and influence our democratic process……wrong!

Moscow’s interference began 80 years ago……

Over the last nine months, headlines have reverberated with questions regarding the Russian role in “hacking” the American electoral process. On January 5, 2017, James Clapper, then Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that, “The Russians have a long history of interfering in elections. Theirs and other peoples…This goes back to the 60s, from the heyday of the Cold War.” He went on to call Russian interference in the 2016 election “unprecedented.” In some respects — the scale and impact of the accusations — they are. In other ways, however, they are a throwback to an 80-year-old saga.

The role of Russia’s intelligence services in the 2016 election represents the revival of Soviet efforts that predate even the Cold War. “Fake news” and financial assistance to opposition candidates, two measures that define Russian influence operations targeting the West, both date to the Stalinist period and the rise of the Soviet foreign intelligence apparatus. In the 1930s, when these methods were first unleashed, the United States had almost no counterintelligence capabilities. Until the early Cold War, the Soviets proved reasonably adept at influencing American politics towards Russia and acquiring information. Only with the expansion of the FBI and the reorganization of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) did Soviet efforts at directly influencing American elections dwindle.

Source: Moscow’s Assaults on American Democracy Began 80 Years Ago

It is a “New” occurrence only if you do not know history…and now you do.

Congrats!

Hate Speech vs. Free Speech

After the last shooting, the one that claimed a Congressman (since there are so many I wanted to clarify which shooting) there has been much written about the aftermath…all the hate filled post and Tweets.

Rabid conservs attack libs as the cause of the horrible attack and then it is the Libs turn to attack conservs and along the same lines…..all in all it is hate speech disguised as “news”.

That leads us to the debate on “free speech”.

Whenever someone mentions how destructive hate speech can be there will inevitably bring about some person harping on the first amendment…..and how trying to control hate speech will inevitably lead to the end of our republic.

I have tried to take on this topic in the past…..

Source: That Thing Called “Free Speech” – In Saner Thought

I recently read a piece of this subject written by a law professor……..

Since its inception as America’s founding political document, there have been 27 amendments to the United States Constitution. Even the most adept scholars can rarely name and define each one. Many amendments are obscure and deal with legal nuances like changes in representation and how to handle US citizens who come into a foreign title of nobility. While these constitutional adjustments rarely get public attention, the First Amendment continues to spark controversy across a wide swath of the US population. What is free speech? What does the Constitution protect? What is the difference between hate speech and free speech? With the recent attention on the safe space movement on college campuses, it’s increasingly important to understand the legal parameters of the First Amendment.

………

The wording of the First Amendment is relatively straightforward. At the core, Americans receive protections to exercise their religious beliefs freely, with specific prohibitions against the government passing laws to restrict religious practice. In addition, free speech is protected as well as a free press, with no restriction on citizens assembling peaceably. The confusion comes when people don’t understand what each of those things means, or when broader interpretations are applied to legal definitions that are, in reality, more narrow.

Source: Hate Speech vs. Free Speech: A Critical Analysis by Constitutional Law Expert Sujit Choudhry

We could solve this problem with a little civility toward each other and refuse to repeat words from the haters (people that live to hate)……there is no dishonor in being civil with each other.

Closing Thought–21Jun17

I, Robot!

Before I begin I would like to report that TS Cindy is dumping lots of rain and a bit of wind but nothing too bad…..the local rivers will flood in the next day or so but they leave their banks if some one flushes a toilet upstream….the garden is taking a beating it may not return……oh well…..such is the life in the tropics.

Onto more important things…….

Remember the 3 Laws of Robotics?

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

There has been many leaps forward in AI research……some thought it was about time for some “laws”…….so at a recent meeting of the minds some goals and values and principles were set forth……

1) Research Goal: The goal of AI research should be to create not undirected intelligence, but beneficial intelligence.

2) Research Funding: Investments in AI should be accompanied by funding for research on ensuring its beneficial use, including thorny questions in computer science, economics, law, ethics, and social studies, such as:

  • How can we make future AI systems highly robust, so that they do what we want without malfunctioning or getting hacked?
  • How can we grow our prosperity through automation while maintaining people’s resources and purpose?
  • How can we update our legal systems to be more fair and efficient, to keep pace with AI, and to manage the risks associated with AI?
  • What set of values should AI be aligned with, and what legal and ethical status should it have?

3) Science-Policy Link: There should be constructive and healthy exchange between AI researchers and policy-makers.

4) Research Culture: A culture of cooperation, trust, and transparency should be fostered among researchers and developers of AI.

5) Race Avoidance: Teams developing AI systems should actively cooperate to avoid corner-cutting on safety standards

Source: AI Principles – Future of Life Institute

Will this make the science better or just a way to shut critics up?

Maybe a special session should be called to discuss the ethics of AI….I am sure somewhere the subject of morality will rear its head.

BTW….any tech types that have a plan or an idea about this subject please share……

That is it from me for the day…..time for a snack and a beer….and watch it rain…..be well, be safe….chuq