Buffer People

23 03 2017

KCMO

Not that it was substantially different before now, but the KCPS is now officially a sanctuary district.

Unlike the large city on the other side of the state, the KCPS, and the city which it serves, and the metropolitan area that city anchors, has way more Hispanics and Latinos, because of Kansas City’s heritage as a cow town, and for the fact that agricultural concerns were and still are a bigger part of its economy.  That, and it’s a straight shot to Mexico down I-35.

That said, we know why the KCPS loves Hispanics — Because they’re a buffer against the social and academic dysfunction of that other more well known racial minority that’s actually an overwhelming majority in the KCPS student body.





So Much For So Much

23 03 2017

Berlin

Yahoo:

Germany to clear gays convicted under Nazi-era law

The German government Wednesday approved plans to quash the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation.

(snip)

Germany’s Article 175 outlawed “sexual acts contrary to nature… be it between people of the male gender or between people and animals”.

Sex between women was not explicitly illegal.

Although the law dated from 1871, it was rarely enforced until the Nazis came to power, and in 1935 they toughened the legislation to carry a sentence of 10 years of forced labour.

So it wasn’t a “Nazi-era law.” It was a law that was passed during the first year of Germany as a unified unitary nation-state, but one that was unenforced until the GNSWP party governments came to power. And it is one of many historical examples of the strange inconsistency of the illegality of male homosexuality but not female homosexuality, though I think the inconsistency can be rationalized even if not justified.

But what this does is totally discredit screeds like Pink Swastika, if you already didn’t know it from reading it and then comparing it from what we know about GNSWP-era Germany. Pink Swastika tries to make Adolf Hilter into Harvey Milk, and the Nazi Party into GLAAD. That, obviously, is way out of its tree.





Addition By Subtraction

23 03 2017

St. Louis City

Census estimates that the city’s population declined last year by some 3,400 people to about 311,000.

Why it might be good news.

 





Tuning Fork

22 03 2017

Manhattan

What in the HELL?

After this thing is done, then I guess we can be sure that the A above Middle C of the Manhattan skyline vibrates at precisely 440 Hertz.

The Bloomin’ Onion of the CWE looks rational by comparison.





Not Our Seth

22 03 2017

Philadelphia

Say it ain’t so, Seth.

Seth, wearing a hoodie in solidarity with Trayvon Martin.

 





Shot and Chaser

22 03 2017

London

SHOT:  “We’re not clear about a motive.”

CHASER:  “We’re worried about an Islamophobic backlash.”





Capital to Burn

22 03 2017

Washington, D.C.

It’s time for OCGE to quit letting someone who was one of his avowed political enemies as late as November 7, that being Paul Ryan, to guide him down a path where OCGE is needlessly burning through political capital.

Remember my previous piece of advice on health care reform:  Just use the pen and phone to suspend the enforcement of ObamaDontCare’s unpopular provisions, and then do the “where do we go from here” thing slowly and rationally.  This issue is not the sort which will cause the world to end if not dealt with immediately.

Same goes for tax reform.  We can afford to slow down, take a deep breath, and think things through.

OCGE should be spending most of his public energy on his politically popular agenda items and existentially important agenda items.

Remember, the 2012 Presidential ticket with Paul Ryan on it not only did not carry Wisconsin, it didn’t even carry Paul Ryan’s own Congressional district.  Trump carried both.  So it’s not as if Paul Ryan is some great political genius.