Airport blogging

Posted June 28th, 2007 by lex

 

Got done early – yay! Hit the airport at 1400 to see if maybe I could catch an earlier flight – denied!

The OR guys are doing some pretty good work these days for the majors. I can’t recall a time in the last six months where I’ve seen an empty seat on a prime time sewer pipe airliner. I did get a stand-by ticket, but when the time came to pass out the only no show left, the weasel behind the counter gave it to a fetching young lass of maybe 20 summers in a halter-top sun dress, as opposed to a grizzled veteran of many years service at the uttermost end of the rim – dressed in khaki’s, too!

Not that I blame him, you know. Would have done the same thing in his shoes.

But I will be after his lunch money.

So, just bored and trying to catch up with the news. And they don’t even serve beer in this terminal. If you can believe that.

The Chief Justice displayed some compelling logic today as the Supreme Court struck down Seattle’s race-based school districting plan as being, well: Impermissibly racial in character.

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race,” Roberts wrote.

Which seems so blindingly obvious to those of us raised on a pablum of race-based remedies for racial discrimination that it almost seemed an uncomfortable shocka. I mean, now what will we do?

This is what conservatives wanted, this kind of jurisprudence – some left-leaning blogs are quoting the doctrine of stare decisis to label it “activism,” which proves, if nothing else, that the wheel never stops turning. About the only bloom left on the right side of Bush presidency rose is his selection of constructionists and textualists for the Supremes.

Funny how that pendulum swings: Back when the lumpen masses were too mulishly stubborn to support radical revision of the status quo, an activist and unaccountable Supreme Court stepped in to legislate from the bench, since what could not be accomplished in the legislature could be punted out to lawyers for a “see you in court.”

Now that an activist Congress is chomping at the bit to restructure fundamental parts of the economy and redistribute the national fisc, a conservative (and unaccountable) Supreme Court steps in to moderate their ambitions.

Beastly clever, those Founders.

And speaking of fundamental economic nodes and the restructuring thereof, a certain Dr. David Gratzer – licensed in Canada and the US – tips us the cautious:

It’s not simply that Mr. Moore is wrong. His grand tour of public health care systems misses the big story: While he prescribes socialism, market-oriented reforms are percolating in cities from Stockholm to Saskatoon.

Mr. Moore goes to London, Ontario, where he notes that not a single patient has waited in the hospital emergency room more than 45 minutes. “It’s a fabulous system,” a woman explains. In Britain, he tours a hospital where patients marvel at their free care. A patient’s husband explains: “It’s not America.” Humorously, Mr. Moore finds a cashier dispensing money to patients (for transportation). In France, a doctor explains the success of the health-care system with the old Marxist axiom: “You pay according to your means, and you receive according to your needs.”

It’s compelling material–I know because, born and raised in Canada, I used to believe in government-run health care. Then I was mugged by reality.

Read it all, Max and Michelle (and that ought to be enough to throw another log on the fire).

Having raised themselves to a high dudgeon when agents of the executive branch rifled through the desk drawers of a corrupt congressman, the President declined to extend the same favor in reverse:

The White House said today it would not comply with congressional subpoenas for documents and testimony relating to the firings of federal prosecutors last year, setting up a potential constitutional confrontation over its claim of executive privilege.

In a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, President Bush’s counsel, Fred F. Fielding, said the White House refuses to turn over documents * that were subpoenaed by the two committees on June 13. The deadline for handing over most of them was today.

Of course, in the first case the FBI had probable cause and a judicial warrant when they broke the congressional seal, while Congress – as of now – has only fevered suppositions and devout desires. But how are you going to get one of those indictment thingies, if the White House won’t let you rummage around in the trash bins, anyway?

S0, see you in court I guess. And, hey: Good luck with that.

The Senate got a second chance to punch W in the nose on immigration, and if Ted Kennedy had to cop one too, well, it was all in good fun – while the president isn’t allowed to run for another term, the senator doesn’t really have to try. Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards it was that said that the only way he could lose an election was to be found in bed with a live boy or a dead girl. With the senior senator’s last name in the state he represents, I’m not sure that even “all of the above” would be enough give him the shove.

So: No harm, no foul.

But the president’s support for something that smelled vaguely of the detested word “amnesty” split his party right down the middle, while simultaneously alienating * the fastest growing minority group in the country. Twelve million illegal immigrants went to work this morning, just like they did yesterday and will tomorrow, with God knows how many more to join them by the end of the week, but having failed during their recent majority to fix the problem on their own terms the minority party’s most recent failure at compromise will at least leave their rigid ideological purity intact pride in their convictions in place, and I hope that keeps them warm at night. I hear it gets pretty damned cold out there in the political wilderness.

The majority leadership has recently been condemned as something of a “do nothing” set, but sometimes when your opponent is laboring to give himself a wound the best thing you can do is just get out of his way. At least some of the members of Congress have earned that pay raise that they’re apparently willing to “grudgingly accept” – God, that’s rich – at least if linking pay to performance means “enlarging your majority” and most probably winning the presidency.

In which case, you know: See you in court.

Oh, it’s dyspeptic, I know – three hour delay, no beer. How’d you feel?

 

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