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Cleaning out the Cache, Roxeanne Edition

21 May 2010 @ 13:13

Jupiter lost one of its rings… again.  (On a totally non-scientific note, the fading seems to follow – at least during my lifetime – the fading of the Republican party.  1989? 1993? 2007? 2010?  Right after a bad election year, anyone?)

A Southern California scientist made a self-replicating synthetic cell.  Now, no one should be surprised to find plastic life in Southern California, but this is interesting in that the chromosomes were created artificially and can reproduce.

Speaking of doctors (although not the Ph.D. variety): in an attempt to save their livelihoods, and to protest the degradation of their profession by government and legal intrusion, many doctors are refusing to treat trial lawyers.  (Hat tip: The Other McCain.)  The legal profession is an incredibly powerful one; those who abuse that power to remake society, destroy people’s livelihoods, and make affordable health care less accessible are not in a position to complain when the victims of their power trip revolt.  On a side note, I find it fascinating that the liberal elites, who so long scorn people with Sarah Palin’s level of education, are now attacking a profession that requires more intellect and skill than their own.

On the subject of abuses of power: the federal government, with the help of the Supreme Court, decided that restrictions on ex post facto laws are so passe.  Now, I have about as much sympathy for child molesters as does Antonin Scalia (one of the four who thought that Louisiana could execute a vicious child rapist without violating the Eighth Amendment), but the federal government does not have a place in the debate over imprisonment and rehabilitation of people who commit intrastate offences.

Besides, as Michael Graham notes, the federal government can’t even do its own job (e.g. protecting us from foreign threats and creating a functional immigration system).

Now for your weekly “cultural diversity” and “political correctness”: Patterico links to Iowahawk’s explanation of why he did not participate in Draw Mohammed Day.  (Choice quote: ” But, ultimately, they [the cartoons] also hurt the misguided cartoonists who produce them. Because let’s face it: having a rusty scimitar hack through your neck can’t be a walk in the park.”)

Cassy Fiano smacks down the Left for its ridiculous notions of feminism and “gender terrorism“.

Miscellaneous: Life on the Balcony, written by my California friend Fern, is an award-winning blog!

One Comment
  1. bobbelvedere permalink*
    21 May 2010 @ 17:58 17:58

    Fiano / De Luca 2012! or De Luca / Fiano 2012!

    Either way is fine.

    Can I head ATF?

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