Here is another of Scott Adams's blog posts. Adams is immensely interesting. I'm glad I found his blog many months ago. The thing I don't like about him is his self-promotion, but I suppose that's the cost of having access to his mind.
Well, I’m afraid you’ll have to mark me down as . . . an adherent to the view that outcomes (ends) do not justify methods (means). Respectfully, it seems to me an assiduous focus on text, structure, and history is essential to the proper exercise of the judicial function. That, yes, judges should be in the business of declaring what the law is using the traditional tools of interpretation, rather than pronouncing the law as they might wish it to be in light of their own political views, always with an eye on the outcome, and engaged perhaps in some Benthamite calculation of pleasures and pains along the way. Though the critics are loud and the temptations to join them may be many, mark me down too as a believer that the traditional account of the judicial role Justice Scalia defended will endure.
I do not support Trump, but for whatever reason, the Obama administration did not adequately address terrorism in the United States. Trump’s ban on people from seven Muslim-majority nations entering this country is an unfortunate consequence of terrorism.
Many documented acts of terrorism in this country have been committed by Muslims living here who were able to travel freely to and from the Middle East and elsewhere to become radicalized. This is a fact. Obviously, Trump should have included more details in his plan before his administration implemented it.
Some will say Trump’s action is racist, but it is not. Interning innocent Japanese Americans was racist, as there were no acts of terrorism perpetrated by Japanese Americans.
Something needs to be done. This is a step in the right direction.
Here is President Trump's statement regarding the temporary ban on refugees from terrorist states:
America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion—this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days. I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.
The mainstream media will misrepresent the ban, which has nothing to do with religion.
I have to hand it to him: Our new president is the consummate infomercial salesman in the same mold as those on TV who promise results like, “Lose weight with no diet or exercise,” even though in our hearts we know it can’t possibly be true.
I can’t help but reflect on how we have allowed ourselves to be deceived. How do multiple bankruptcies indicate business sense? How does stiffing contractors and making products overseas champion the working middle class? How have incoherent ramblings in debates, press conferences and tweets been construed as eloquence?
How have bluster and bullying been equated with strength? How can his statements about grabbing women by their genitals be dismissed as merely “locker room talk”? How can calling groups of people “rapists and murderers” and banning others be seen as the first steps in solving problems and unifying the country?
My comfort is that history has shown the pendulum will swing back. I only hope the damage done won’t be too great when that happens.
The first month of the year is in the bag, as far as cycling is concerned. I rode 13 times in 31 days (I teach tomorrow), for a total of 445.9 miles. The weather today was gorgeous: sunny sky, light wind, and temperature from 65º to 75º degrees. I averaged 16.91 miles per hour for 34.3 miles. Why would anyone live anywhere other than Texas? I'm serious.
This, folks, is why scientists are no longer viewed as authoritative on climate change (or anything else). It's Keith's Law: authoritativeness is inversely proportional to partisanship. Keep it up, scientists, and you'll have no credibility at all.