Wednesday Thoughts Under the Fedora: Score one for Roberts, No Incentive needed, The Slaves of “Freeattle”, Beating Depression and Unsettled Science

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Wednesday Thoughts Under the Fedora: Score one for Roberts, No Incentive needed, The Slaves of "Freeattle", Beating Depression and Unsettled Science

I’ve been pretty hard on Jus­tice Roberts aka “Old Yel­low­stain” as he has thrown his sup­pos­edly con­ser­v­a­tive prin­ci­ples to the wind on issues like Oba­macare so it’s only fair that I com­ple­ment him when he reminds us that he is capa­ble of being the con­ser­v­a­tive that he claims to be:

From the begin­ning, the deci­sion handed down in the Ninth Cir­cuit appeared irra­tional. They focused on a phrase in the applic­a­ble fed­eral law say­ing that such a “no-​bail deter­mi­na­tion” could apply to some­one “when the alien is released.” The Ninth Cir­cuit inter­preted that to mean it only applied on the day that they were released and the pro­vi­sion dis­ap­peared at mid­night. Given the logis­tics involved in get­ting ICE over to a jail to pick some­one up on the same day – par­tic­u­larly in places where sanc­tu­ary city laws pre­vent police from noti­fy­ing ICE – that can prove impos­si­ble. The Supreme Court’s inter­pre­ta­tion is sim­ply com­mon sense.

Jazz Shaw

Jazz may be right that the 9th cir­cuit was irra­tional but even so that “irra­tional” deci­sion was one vote away from being upheld. John Roberts might not be the best goal­tender for our right but until another lib­eral leaves the court he’s all we’ve got.


Tom Brady’s is in the last year of his con­tract and the ques­tion comes, Do the Pats sign him for another two years. I looked up Tom Brady’s cur­rent con­tract with the New Eng­land Patri­ots (you can read it here) and I noticed some­thing interesting

Like most play­ers Brady had incen­tives for cer­tain achieve­ments in the deal. Those incen­tives are for mak­ing top five in five dif­fer­ent pass­ing cat­e­gories but no incen­tive for get­ting to or win­ning a Superbowl.

That’s how good Tom Brady is, there’s no point in giv­ing an incen­tive for some­thing you think he’s going to do anyways.


As bad as Mass­a­chu­setts is get­ting in terms of lib­er­al­ism it can’t yet com­pare to Seat­tle:

As I noted last month, just 100 home­less peo­ple in Seat­tle were respon­si­ble for 3,500 crim­i­nal cases. This spe­cial ref­er­ences that story. It also asked Seat­tle police offi­cers to com­ment anony­mously on what was hap­pen­ing and those responses are enlight­en­ing. One offi­cer told KOMO, “Peo­ple come here because it’s called Free-​attle and they believe if they come here they will get free food, free med­ical treat­ment, free men­tal health treat­ment, a free tent, free clothes and will be free of pros­e­cu­tion for just about every­thing; and they’re right.”

Every day I thank my lucky stars I didn’t move to the North­west as my wife were think­ing of doing 30 years ago.


As I was in the check­out line at the gro­cery store today I noticed a book­let about beat­ing depres­sion. I know a lot of peo­ple have issues but I couldn’t help think of my par­ents who had to live though the actual Great Depres­sion when a fully belly was an iffy propo­si­tion and my dad leav­ing school at 13 to work to help sup­port the fam­ily was not abnor­mal, and of course it was fol­lowed by World War 2.

Could you imag­ine the snowflakes of today deal­ing with this stuff?


At Drudge there is a story about a giant sun­fish wash­ing ashore on a beach in Aus­tralia, there was a line in that story that caught my eye.

Sun­fish gen­er­ally eat jel­ly­fish and are found in oceanic waters world­wide. They get their name from their habit of bask­ing in the sun to warm up before they dive hun­dreds of metres beneath the ocean.
Fos­ter said not a lot was known about the fish, and a new species was dis­cov­ered only two years ago.

That we’re still dis­cov­er­ing new species is pretty cool but the real les­son here is the reminder that we don’t know every­thing and the sci­ence is always set­tled until it isn’t anymore.

I’ve been pretty hard on Justice Roberts aka “Old Yellowstain” as he has thrown his supposedly conservative principles to the wind on issues like Obamacare so it’s only fair that I complement him when he reminds us that he is capable of being the conservative that he claims to be:


From the beginning, the decision handed down in the Ninth Circuit appeared irrational. They focused on a phrase in the applicable federal law saying that such a “no-bail determination” could apply to someone “when the alien is released.” The Ninth Circuit interpreted that to mean it only applied on the day that they were released and the provision disappeared at midnight. Given the logistics involved in getting ICE over to a jail to pick someone up on the same day – particularly in places where sanctuary city laws prevent police from notifying ICE – that can prove impossible. The Supreme Court’s interpretation is simply common sense.

Jazz Shaw

Jazz may be right that the 9th circuit was irrational but even so that “irrational” decision was one vote away from being upheld. John Roberts might not be the best goaltender for our right but until another liberal leaves the court he’s all we’ve got.


Tom Brady’s is in the last year of his contract and the question comes, Do the Pats sign him for another two years. I looked up Tom Brady’s current contract with the New England Patriots (you can read it here) and I noticed something interesting

Like most players Brady had incentives for certain achievements in the deal. Those incentives are for making top five in five different passing categories but no incentive for getting to or winning a Superbowl.

That’s how good Tom Brady is, there’s no point in giving an incentive for something you think he’s going to do anyways.


As bad as Massachusetts is getting in terms of liberalism it can’t yet compare to Seattle:

As I noted last month, just 100 homeless people in Seattle were responsible for 3,500 criminal cases. This special references that story. It also asked Seattle police officers to comment anonymously on what was happening and those responses are enlightening. One officer told KOMO, “People come here because it’s called Free-attle and they believe if they come here they will get free food, free medical treatment, free mental health treatment, a free tent, free clothes and will be free of prosecution for just about everything; and they’re right.”

Every day I thank my lucky stars I didn’t move to the Northwest as my wife were thinking of doing 30 years ago.


As I was in the checkout line at the grocery store today I noticed a booklet about beating depression. I know a lot of people have issues but I couldn’t help think of my parents who had to live though the actual Great Depression when a fully belly was an iffy proposition and my dad leaving school at 13 to work to help support the family was not abnormal, and of course it was followed by World War 2.

Could you imagine the snowflakes of today dealing with this stuff?


At Drudge there is a story about a giant sunfish washing ashore on a beach in Australia, there was a line in that story that caught my eye.

Sunfish generally eat jellyfish and are found in oceanic waters worldwide. They get their name from their habit of basking in the sun to warm up before they dive hundreds of metres beneath the ocean.
Foster said not a lot was known about the fish, and a new species was discovered only two years ago.

That we’re still discovering new species is pretty cool but the real lesson here is the reminder that we don’t know everything and the science is always settled until it isn’t anymore.