Monday, February 29, 2016

This Leap Year's Fun Fact, Same as the One Before

The adjustment known as leap year isn't as simple as "every four years." If that's all we did, our calendar would still be quite screwed up. To be even more precise and keep the earth from gaining or losing too much time, every year that is a multiple of 100 but not a multiple of 400 will not be a leap year. You may remember that 2000 was a leap year, though 2100, 2200, and 2300 will not be leap years, and then 2400 will be one.

Want to experience them with me? Eat your vegetables.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Clinton Wants to Have It Both Ways on the Supreme Court

Letter of mine ran here in THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on February 19. My original appears below. (And, yes, those cases were about specific appointees. My point is about the selective outrage, which any regular reader here would know is a common theme at BeneGram.)

I see that Sec. Hillary Clinton is now lambasting Republicans for the suggestion that the process to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed suddenly on February 13, should be delayed. Let us recall that Clinton was one member of the United States Senate to engage in filibuster against Samuel Alito when President Bush nominated him during his second term. (Then-Senators Barack Obama and John Kerry did the same.) Clinton, in fact, also used the filibuster against many Bush nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals. As for the years before Clinton was even First Lady, one need only enter the name "Robert Bork" into a search engine to see how Democrats have behaved when faced with a nominee they didn't like. 

So, apparently, Democrats, such as Clinton, are opposed to obstructing the process of replacing a Supreme Court justice -- except when they aren't.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Justice Scalia

As news spreads about the surprising passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, I don't suppose that left-wingers commenting on message boards can refrain from being buttholes for at least the first 24 hours.

Oh, wait. Too late.

BOTH Sides Care About Gun Violence

I believe that President Obama's tears shed over gun violence were genuine, but I wish for a cessation of the rhetoric. I've never owned a gun or been a member of the National Rifle Association, but I'm tired of the NRA being vilified as an amorphous force that needs to be "stood up to." It is an organization comprising more than five million Americans, who are just as horrified by gun violence as everyone else. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of instances occur each year in which a gun prevents or prematurely ends a crime -- most of the time without even being fired.
 
Those who disagree with the president's proposals and attitude do not love their guns more than they love their children; they want the right of protection because they love their children.