November 28, 2013

November 26, 2013

Self-Recording Police?

No-brainer! Yes!, I say. Federal Judge Shira A. Scheindlin (HT: Instapundit) agrees: she required that stop-and-frisk encounters be recorded in parts of NYC with high incidences of such encounters.

1. The Reason article notes that such recordings are a win-win which deters both police abuse and false accusations by unscrupulous citizens. It has plausible suggestions for fine-tuning the policy.

2. It's too bad that this had to be imposed by a federal magistrate, rather than by the mayor or city council. I'm guessing that the elected officials are deterred by the clout of police unions.

November 14, 2013

Obama's Insurance Turnabout

I'm seeing claims that insurance companies can't adjust their business plans fast enough to correct the situation, even though they're being allowed to.

It's not what goes wrong that concerns politicians, it's who gets blamed. It's entirely possible that the Democrats are already gaming how to blame Republicans and insurance companies for next October's rate hikes, thereby using the debacle to gain votes. It's less likely that the Republicans are on to the possiblity.

Addendum 20131115. I had a little more to say here:
Howard Dean, yes, Howard Dean, was saying he isn’t sure the President has legal authority to allow the cancellations to be revoked.

Iirc, in his swing vote upholding Obamacare, John Roberts said it was not the job of SCOTUS to rectify bad legislation, only to rule on constitutionality. That statement should be put to the test.

Obama’s action should be litigated.
Litigated with a fast track to SCOTUS urged because this might be the most urgent situtation since Bush vs. Gore. And, importantly, litigated while remedial legislation is being pursued and publicized to the extent possible

Addendum 20131116.. This post was in good contemporaneous company: see Via Meadia and compare Politico.

Unfortunately True

This (boldface in the last sentence is mine):
Words that think for us

An accusation of “denial” is serious, suggesting either deliberate dishonesty or self-deception. The thing being denied is, by implication, so obviously true that the denier must be driven by perversity, malice or wilful blindness. Few issues warrant such confidence. The Holocaust is perhaps one, though even here there is room for debate over the manner of its execution and the number of its victims. A charge of denial short-circuits this debate by stigmatising as dishonest any deviation from a preordained conclusion. It is a form of the argument ad hominem: the aim is not so much to refute your opponent as to discredit his motives. The extension of the “denier” tag to group after group is a development that should alarm all liberal-minded people. One of the great achievements of the Enlightenment—the liberation of historical and scientific enquiry from dogma—is quietly being reversed.
HT: Judy Curry.

November 6, 2013

Cuccinelli Lost. Good!

Today's news: the sun rose in the east, and the Stupid Party stupidly lost another election they should have won.

Upon learning about his meddling with Michael Mann, I had no use for him. The notion of an ideologically motivated prosecutor using State power to assess unwelcome research is horrifying. My low regard for Michael Mann does not enter into the picture.

As I noted here and here, apparently Cuccinelli got the GOP nomination process reconfigured to his advantage. His people changed the process from an open primary not to a closed primary, but to a convention which his people packed.

Like George MacacAllen, Cuccinelli got what he deserved.

November 5, 2013

PJ Media Gets An Early Jump

Normally the Right waits until after they blow a winnable election to complain that Democrats cheat, but PJ Media's Bryan Preston makes the claim even before Virginia's polls close.

A naive commenter foolishly suggests that maybe Cuccinelli's situation has something to do with his being a terrible candidate. Predictably, a couple of people jump down his throat: Cuccinelli's problem, it seems, is that he is too doggone nice.

I've been tempted to reactivate my PJM registration. Note to self: stay resolute.

For Mayor-Elect de Blasio's Urgent Attention

I gather that deB will end or rein in the program because of racial profiling...and yet, African-Americans are, um, overrepresented in violent-crime statistics. What to do, what to do?

Simple once you think of it: race norming!

Hire a bunch of police to stop & frisk all racial groups in equal proportion. That will be a whole lot of police, but no price is too high to pay to avoid racial profiling. You'll also want to replicate the experience of being frisked by an officer of different race, so most of the new hires will be minorities.

Hurray for diversity!

November 1, 2013

Unfortunately This Great Idea Has Not Yet Been Implemented Properly

Marxism? Well, that too, but I meant Obamacare.

Maybe this post should have been titled Nobody Ever Lost Money By Underestimating the Intelligence of the American Public.

Another poll, by Rasmussen, is here; NBC poll, here.

The mixed signals from the polls imply that the issue is spinnable. No doubt the political pros, especially the Democrats, are taking heed. Note to the Stupid Party: it's spinnable by competent operatives, which includes you out.