Notre Dame fire

I was very sorry about the Notre Dame fire.  As soon as I heard I texted my family with the news, adding “I am not making this up”, because it was so unbelievable.  I also could not help remember my visit to Munich 20 years ago, where the markers for historical landmarks such as the Frauenkirchen alluded to ‘restoration’.  Restoration for what?  Oh, yeah, the Allies bombed Munich multiple times in WWII.  But the buildings were rebuilt.



Yesterday, April 15, as per current practice, all MLB players wore #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.  So #42 was pitching to #42, with #42 catching.  Who was on first?  #42

I predict Rep. AOC’s standard will not last

She is quoted as saying “I am tired of people saying, ‘I’m gonna vote the same way as bigots, but I don’t share the ideology of bigots.’ Well, you share the action and the agenda of bigots. We need to hold that accountable.” (found via Instapundit).  So when (not if, because Congress is much bigger than her), she votes with at least one of the ‘bigots’ (her word), does that make her a bigot?  I think she would have to say yes.

NY community colleges

From this article about SUNY enrollment.  (SUNY = State University of New York).

The main point is that SUNY enrollment is decreasing over the last 8 years, mostly due to loss of enrollment in community colleges.  One explanation

Fewer students has resulted in less revenue for community colleges, and it is believed to be the result of a declining upstate population and an improving jobs market that has led more students to the workforce rather than a community college.

This seems pretty reasonable. This makes sense:

“As unemployment surged during the Great Recession, so too did full-time enrollment at community colleges across the country.  With jobs at an all-time high now throughout the state, we have seen the impacts to enrollment at our community colleges,” Kristina Johnson, SUNY’s chancellor, said in a statement.

Declining enrollment due to declining population is also a reasonable explanation.  NY really is losing people.


In Which I Agree with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez

Rep. AOC is part of the lunatic fringe, but the is correct to have opposed the Amazon deal for Long Island City.  Such a deal is correctly labeled crony capitalism and would not have been a positive for NY.  States/cities/municipalities almost always, IMO, give away too much.  Rep. AOC had good company, as noted in

If you buy Amazon’s reasoning, the deal was undone by Cuomo’s fellow Democrats. From U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to New York City Council members from the Long Island City section of Queens to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, officials were tearing at the deal that promised so much for Amazon, but nothing for an already dilapidated subway system or overburdened school system.

I reject the idea that the Amazon deal was free money and that NY will pay a price for the incompletion.  NY would have paid a price for the completion of the deal, too.

Fox Butterfield Effect at

I am referring to this story, with headline “Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity hits new low, poll says”.

First 2 paragraphs:

ALBANY – Despite a series of legislative victories in January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s standing with New York voters fell to a new low, a poll Monday said.

Cuomo worked with the state Legislature last month to strengthen abortion laws, pass voting reforms, toughen gun-control laws and allow sexual-abuse victims to more easily sue their attackers.

  1. So-called strengthening of abortion laws = enhanced ability to abort right up to end of third trimester.  Abhorrent.
  2. Voting reforms include voting by mail, or register to vote on Election Day; opportunities for illegal voting just multiplied.
  3. ‘Toughen gun-control laws”; need I say more?

Democratic/liberal wish-list laws passed, yet approval falls?  Mysterious.

I also loved the rationalization

Cuomo’s senior adviser Rich Azzopardi dismissed the poll, saying it appears to be an outlier because Cuomo, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and the state Legislature all fell off.

I think the lede should have been “All Major NY Democrats Suffer Loss in Polls”.


PS The Fox Butterfield effect is explained here

Butterfield is the eponym for “The Butterfield Effect”, used to refer to a person who “makes a statement that is ludicrous on its face, yet it reveals what the speaker truly believes”, especially if expressing a supposed paradox when a causal relationship should be obvious.[5][6] The particular article that sparked this was titled “More Inmates, Despite Drop In Crime” by Butterfield in the New York Times on November 8, 2004.[7]