Friday, June 28, 2013

Cruising the Web

Politico reports that the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act sets the stage for voter ID measures in areas that had been covered by the VRA. Since other states have passed such measures and they've already been ruled Constitutional by the Supreme Court, there shouldn't be any problem. And the fears of those who scream that such measures will disenfranchise the poor, elderly, and minorities just haven't been borne out.

Carl Cannon reminds us that Democrats have not been "profiles in courage" when it comes to gay marriage. They just cleverly waited until the polls changed.

Adam Liptak of the New York Times examines how John Roberts has been moving the Court to the right in small, incremental steps. Even though Liptak's analysis comes from the left, I think he's right in his fundamental point about what Roberts has accomplished.

The USDA regulations on school lunches have caused previously regular items such as PBJ sandwiches and sandwich wraps to be dropped from school lunches in some districts while others actually added in more sweets because, by having to cut down on certain meat and grain items meant that they weren't meeting their calorie requirements. And more and more food is being wasted while kids are bringing in more snacks from home. Unintended consequences - the inevitable result from increased government regulations.

Speaking of unintended consequences, the newly passed Senate immigration bill would create incentives to hire immigrants rather than American workers who would be subject to Obamacare mandated insurance. Philip Klein explains how this works as a reverse tariff.

The score is now 292 to 6 as we find out that the IRS challenged 292 conservative groups to 6 progressive groups.

Timothy Carney is right that Texas Democratic state senator Wendy Davis's filibuster of a bill that would ban abortions on fetuses 20 weeks or more and require that abortion clinics answer to the same health standards as other medical facilities puts these Democrats and all who support them on the wrong side of both history and public opinion. Given how much we're told by the left that we should follow Europe in its social policies with even the Supreme Court citing European laws and court decisions, why don't those same leftists care about laws in European countries which ban late-term abortions? On this one issue, they're content to demand that we go further in our laws than in Europe. But if it were a question of capital punishment for someone who was 17 when he brutally murdered his victim, they'll happily cite European laws to castigate conservatives.

This slipped beneath the radar a bit: Guess who's probably going to prison for trying to kill the President with ricin?

Tyler Cowen linked to this tread at Reddit on the "most intellectual joke." This was a lot of fun and there are jokes from almost every discipline. The ones I understood were very funny and I even enjoyed the engineering and science ones after the helpful commenters explained them to those of us who are not cognoscenti. Here are some of my favorites:
"Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?"

"A patient of mine had a Freudian slip the other day. He was talking to his wife during dinner and instead of asking her to pass the salt he said 'you've ruined my life you insufferable shrew.'" - Niles Crane

It's hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.