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John, Just William, eh? I had you down as a fan of the Mekon.


My World Is Off Kilter


Mad Max Maxine Waters just made sense on Saudi Arabia on Crossfire.

Web Briefing: Nvember 27, 2014

Klingon in Oregon Update


Multnomah County Oregon announced todaythat a Klingon translator would not be required after all. They termed the request an “overzealous attempt” to ensure that they could respond to all patients. They are, however, still searching for translators for over 50 additional tongues.

Given that Clinton Executive Order 13166 regulations effectively require all recipients of federal funds to provide translations into any language, be it written, unwritten or invented, Multnomah County’s original view — that Klingon translation is required under E.O. 13166 — was on sound legal ground.

A person who understands English still has the right to demand a translator if he also speaks Klingon or any other tongue. The interesting question is whether a person has to actually speak another language in order to demand to be served in that language under E.O. 13166. Barnaby Zall, an attorney who has pled official English cases before the Supreme Court, explained the hospital’s dilemma to me:

Legally, the answer is “yes” because E.O. 13166 equates language with national origin and national origin is not a choice. As a practical matter, the answer may well be “no.” The Oregon hospital is required to hold up “I speak” cards to enable clients to indicate their language preference. The person points to “Klingon.” Do you have to investigate further or just accept it?

Given that any delay in providing services is also considered a violation of E.O. 13166 and thus can trigger the loss by the entire institution of all federal funds, providers are not likely to risk arguing with people.

Congressman Peter King (R-New York) has introduced legislation to eliminate E.O. 13166. May his bill “live long and prosper.”


Minority Mood Swings


On January 5, 1995, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) said:

I may not agree with everything that Republicans are proposing, but they are in the majority and they ought to have the right to have us vote on the merits of what they propose….But, I do not believe that I as a member of
the minority ought to have the right to absolutely stop something because I
think it is wrong, that that is rule by minority.

Molesworth? Who He?


Andrew: I was a William fan myself.
Come to think of it, that may be the key to my Katie-phobia. She has
something of Violet Elizabeth Bott about her: “If you don’t let me into
your clubhouse, I shall thrcream and thrcream till I’m THICK!” (Echoes of
Augusta National there, too.) Also Billy Bunter , though to a
much lesser degree. Bunter, as Theodore Dalrymple fans will recall, was the
one who construed magna est veritas et praevalebit as: “The truth is great
and shall prevail a bit.” Which, as an insight into human affairs, is
actually a slight improvement on the Latin….

Sex in a Spanish City


Some Spanish lawmakers want to help unmarried young people avoid sex in the backseat of cars, by getting them half-off rates in hotels. The plan’s called bonosex. (One–ahem–Senor Lopez, a socialist, has moved to have lights on the beach turned down at night to make it easier for those who can not afford or wait for a hotel room.)

14 Cuban Diplomats Told to Leave U.S.


As Any Fule Kno


Derb, the Jennings books were OK, but Molesworth was a work of genius.

Oh Well


Seems they already did. A reader sends me this from The Dallas Morning News:

Back in the House Chamber, Rep. Dianne Delisi, R-Temple, passed around “most-wanted” playing cards like those the military is using to catch Iraqi leaders. In her deck, made on a computer, Fort Worth Rep. Lon Burnam, a Craddick critic, is the ace of clubs. The Democratic Party is the ace of spades.

I would link, but it requires registration and I don’t have time.

Richard Simmons, Free-Market Hero!


This is from Richard Simmons, the fitness guru, on CNN earlier today, about HHS efforts to get fast-food change to, in the words of Tommy Thompson, “diversify” by providing more than oreos (sorry, Robert) and fries: “People have been frying foods since Jesus was on this planet, and there is always going to be greasy, fried, salty, sugary food. It is up to the individual to walk in and say, I don’t want those fries today. I have 40 pounds to lose. It is not the fault of the fast food people, and anyone who’s trying to sue the fast food places needs a therapist, not an attorney. You have to make your own decisions. That’s what the freedom in America is all about.:

Heard It Here First?


Am I the first person to suggest the obvious? The Texas GOP or the Governor should issue playing cards with the pictures of the 56 House Democrats — now 55 — who’ve fled the capitol.

I Must Resign


Kathryn, I only just saw your Corner post from earlier today, but feel I
have to respond. I am–and, dare I say it, most other black conservatives
are–outraged and offended by your cavalier reference to “Dangerous
’Oreos.’” We’ve been insulted and attacked enough by liberals without now
having to respond to vicious comments by our conservative brethren. This is
the final straw, I will never again write for NRO and…

Oh, wait…that story was about REAL oreos? Um, that’s very different. Never

Elementary, My Dear Derb


For the fast-dwindling number of Americans who have not yet purchased Prime
A reader who is actually a mathematician happened to overhear
Arthur Jaffe (Professor of Math at Harvard University) opining on the book’s
merit’s, thus: “Quite good… but elementary.” I could not be more
pleased. If I have made the Riemann Hypothesis elementary, I have done my
work well. (I do acknowledge, though, that the word “elementary” may not
have quite the same significance for a Harvard math professor that it has
for the rest of us…)

The Joy of Funerals


There’s an entertaining report in the New York Times (scroll down) describing a launch party for a new book called “The Joy of Funerals.” The author tells the Times that the book came out of her experience as an only child, going to funerals:

“I never got to see family members, unless it was at a funeral, so to me, a funeral’s just like a big party. Of course, there’s always one less family member…”

The Dark Side of Derb


Here is a thing I really, honestly don’t understand: Why do I dislike Katie
Couric so much? I find my gorge rising at the mere sight of her vapid gummy
countenance. Why? Perhaps I should write a column about “I hate Katie
Couric” to get it off my chest… but no, that way lies madness…

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Re: Mayor Antoinette


Well, I knew Bloomberg was a liberal, of course; but actually it seems
things are much worse than that. He is Hillary Clinton! Compare Andrew’s
posting with my junior Senator’s famous remark on being told that her
fabulous health-care plan could bankrupt small businesses: “I can’t be
responsible for every undercapitalized small business in America.”
Similarly, when a woman complained that she didn’t want to get shoved into a
health plan not of her choosing, the first lady barked: “It’s time to put
the common good, the national interest, ahead of individuals.” Ah, the
common good… which always turns out, somehow, to be so-o-o-o good for the
Clintons and the Bloombergs.



Andrew – I have no problem whacking Bloomberg around, but go easy on Marie Antoinnete. She’s the victim of a vicious propaganda campaign.

The Ultimate Miranda Warning


From the movie Maniac Cop: “You have the right to remain silent. Forever.”

(Noticed in a recent column by the legendary Joe Bob Briggs)


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