Showing posts from June, 2012

Another Supreme Court Decision To Deal With

I don't know if I can bear much more analysis on the SCOTUS health care decision.  Let it be noticed that Chief Justice Roberts did not say it was a good law, only that the penalty is a tax and Congress can tax.  While I find some of his reasoning convoluted, I also wonder if this is less a gift to the Obama administrative and more of a way to undermine him while at the same time protect his court from criticisms of judicial activism in reverse.

Two days in, I still have three questions that have not been answered since 2010.

1.  Does anyone really know what's in this law? 
2.  How are we going to pay for it?
3.  How, reasonably, can it be enforced and realized?

Perhaps I have not wanted them answered enough, but I'm trying to hear the answers that are given.

A Little Randomness

We had to write about our best and worst learning experiences for grad school.  One of the profs pointed out there is no such thing as best or worst, only "valuable or not valuable." 

All knowledge is connected.  All truth is God's truth.  I am learning so much that is connected to other fields.  It's exciting. 

The word "idiot" comes from a Greek word meaning  "a private person."  This is interesting.  In Greek thought, being public meant being engaged, responsible, taking one's part in the polis.  Aristotle, often misquoted on this, said "Man is an animal who lives in a polis"--not just a city, but in the Greek ideal of a city/state where free persons participated in government, etc.  I think a person who cuts himself off from others, who does not take advantage of the mirror and wisdom of others, who does not have a public life, will be an idiot.  He or she will do things that do not take others into account.  What I fear is that …

Potty mouth legislators

Coming back from Atlanta yesterday I tuned into NPR and heard an interview with Eve Ensler, the author of "The Vagina Monologues."  (I do not know this work; I do not review works I haven't read or watched, so this isn't about the play.)  Ms. Ensler was quite celebratory, as was the interviewer, over the fact that a female legislator in Michigan used the V word in a speech against some pro-life bill that was being debated, was censured for a day, and then got a group of women together to perform the play on capitol steps.

Good for them.  How special.

However, it seems that these women are all upset because they think the censure was over the use of the word vagina.  If her remarks are read in context, you get a different view. Maybe the male legislators didn't appreciate that they were being accused of rape.  Maybe they didn't appreciate her equating of a pro-life bill with their being interested in that particular woman's sexual organs.  Can you imagine …

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