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  1. Bingoloid

    Vestal walk way along 434

    Same thing I said before: I don't know how much it would have cost to build a walk/bike bridge somewhere around Crestmont, but it would have connected the same destinations, served students on the West Side, too, and given West Siders and Lourdes employees access to a bunch of Vestal businesses without having to get in their car. It'd have been good for property values, and they'd have done some poor Riverside Drive double flood victim a favor buying him out instead of fighting it out with all the property owners along that route.
  2. Bingoloid

    SHAME on Ascension. SHAME on UHS

    "I didn't say a judge had granted a TRO against the entire NYS mandate. Re-read what I wrote." Alright, as long as we're being honest about the limits of what happened there. --- "I believe compelling an American citizen to subject themselves to an unapproved - other than by EUA - genetic therapy mislabeled as a "vaccine" violates the Constitution. America's Frontline Doctors and many others seem to agree. https://americasfrontlinedoctors.org/2/?s=unconstitutional mandate" I'm assuming you are aware that there is an option that is no longer approved under an EUA. (This is a fair enough point, in the sense that while states using the police power to mandate vaccination is well-established law, there was no federal approval mechanism at all at the time the law was first settled on this. Whether federal approval means anything to a state government hasn't really been tested.) Claims about it being "rushed" or "rubber-stamped" aside, it is a fact that there is a fully-approved alternative. --- "Yes, I'm aware of the 2019 legislative decision on religious exemptions. I'm also aware that the vast majority of states in the union still allow for them. So there seems to be a little bit of a disconnect going on." Well, that's how the 10th Amendment works. The settled law on vaccination is that this is an exercise of the police power, which devolves to the states. It's a legislative decision because it's a legislative question. --- "Removing the exemptions for religious people IS a violation of their civil rights, but the erasing of rights is happening so frequently now that nobody seems to notice or care." I'll come back to this. --- "No government should be able to force an adult to get any kind of medical procedure as a condition of continued employment, period. And two years ago, most people would have said the same thing." Well, two years ago, Senator Akshar's office says that 70% of our legislative district believed state government should force children to get vaccinated as a condition of going to school against their parents' claimed religious views, so I'm not entirely sure that's true, although I accept that it could be. --- "Now all of a sudden, the brainwashing has worked so well that a lot of people actually think we SHOULD give up rights "for the greater good." It's even made Democrats stop using the "my body, my choice" slogan to kill unborn babies." OK, but you keep saying this is a Constitutional right. Compulsory vaccination for adults - including religious claims - went before the Supreme Court a century ago. Do you believe you previously had this right - as a matter of real American law, not a theory about what you wish it was? --- "I'm not going to speculate on the question you asked about funeral and burial regulations at Islamberg or what Rastafarians can do. I don't know enough about either of these to offer an informed opinion and don't really care enough to research it." One reason that I brought it up is because this is broadly understood to be a political question which belongs with elected legislatures, and courts have given states broad discretion on public health laws since the beginning of this country. Until the 14th Amendment, the Bill of Rights did not apply to state governments at all, so these questions never came up because the police power of the states was understood to be almost absolute, but even since then, the police power is broadly intact on public health laws. Even at the federal level, where there is no recognized police power, Congress had to specifically pass a carve-out to legalize peyote for the Native American Church, because merely claiming that your religion requires you to violate a law is not a magic wand. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peyote_Way_Church_of_God,_Inc._v._Thornburgh https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment_Division_v._Smith --- "Constitutional attorneys should be raking in the bucks right now but I don't see an awful lot of them being very public in guiding the people's thoughts about these unusual circumstances in which we find ourselves." That might be because constitutional law is not as helpful as you think here, and credible attorneys familiar with this area realize there isn't much to say about it. Now, if you want to talk about the OSHA mandate, I'd agree with you. There is no federal police power to pass public health laws, but there is an authority to regulate interstate commerce, and the limits of that are a long-running argument that goes back to the beginning of the country. In the recent past, the Supreme Court has (wrongly, in my opinion) interpreted it broadly in order to allow federal marijuana enforcement in states that have legalized it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonzales_v._Raich That may not happen here. Biden's team absolutely knows this, and they probably expect that it will fail, but that they're under pressure from their base to "do something", even though there's very little the law allows them to do. They they can blame the courts for their own political helplessness. (They've done this before, with the eviction moratorium. It's politically unpopular, they couldn't even get Democrats to unite around it, so they made a show of issuing an order that would never stand up. Then they point fingers at judges, blaming them for doing their job correctly. It's theater.) --- "Those criteria for demonstrating valid religious beliefs have already been spelled out and agreed upon." You'd be surprised. In employment law, it's very subjective, and it also gives a lot of deference to employers. Even if you are able to demonstrate a sincerely-held belief (or the employer is simply afraid to question it), a de minimis rule applies for what constitutes a "reasonable accommodation". If it's even a moderate nuisance to your employer, the "reasonable accommodation" is often the employee finding a job somewhere else. --- "Certainly, any medical concoction that involved testing with tissues and cells from aborted fetuses would be off limits to anyone who truly believes in what their faith teaches them." So, if we're talking about Catholic faith, the Vatican disagrees. The good news is that this is not the test. You can be mistaken about a religious belief, or even be an open and outright schismatic heretic, and that belief still be sincerely-held, and protected by law. Yet, Googling quickly, it would appear that the MMR vaccine and the rabies vaccine are both manufactured (not just developed) using fetal cells. It would also appear that Tylenol, Advil, Benadryl, Aleve, Ex-Lax, Sudafed, and Aspirin, Claritin, Tums, and Mucinex, Lipitor, Prilosec, Albuterol, Crestor as well as zithromax, hydroxychloroquine, and ivermectin, have all been tested on the same HEK-293 fetal stem cells used in testing the COVID-19 vaccines. All of these should, then, by your own words, be "off limits to anyone who truly believes". Doesn't this imply that anyone who knowingly uses virtually any medication at all, including any of the popular "alternative" therapies for COVID - or at least continues to do so now that they know - does not have a sincerely-held belief, and is therefore not entitled to an accommodation? What if an employee allowed their child to get the MMR vaccine in order to attend school? Does that demonstrate that their claimed belief is a scam and they don't really care at all? --- The reason I'm bringing all of this up is because there's a recent pattern in our politics - on both sides - of people clinging to completely imaginary legal theories, pinning all their hopes on them, and then being shocked and outraged when they predictably fail. Words like "unconstitutional" already got thrown around in ways that don't mean anything at all, and it's only getting crazier. The law is actually pretty settled that states have significant power to use their own judgment in mandating vaccination (including jailing people who refuse), and to set rules on whether or not hospital employees are fit for work. Whether or not they should do this here is a legitimate political question, but that's why it's called the "political question doctrine": courts generally leave these types of things to the legislature, because if the people didn't want that power used that way, it's their responsibility to elect legislators who change those rules. That's exactly what the 10th Amendment was referring to when it said that powers are "reserved to the States respectively, or to the people ". It's between us and Albany to work out, by design.
  3. Bingoloid

    SHAME on Ascension. SHAME on UHS

    Certainly fair. With that said, there's not a chance in hell "I just really didn't like the governor's snotty attitude" is going to pass muster anywhere as a sincerely-held religious belief. Whether or not anyone is impressed is also not relevant.
  4. Bingoloid

    SHAME on Ascension. SHAME on UHS

    OK, I'll bite. Lots of words here. I'd like to ask you about some of them. Which judge has granted a TRO against the entire NYS mandate? Why do you believe it is unconstitutional? Aren't all employers free to terminate employees for any reason not explicitly forbidden by law, including for no reason at all? New York law previously allowed religious exemptions for vaccination, but that law was abolished in 2019 by a large margin in the legislature. Even Akshar voted for it, after polling showed almost nobody in this county believes that vaccination laws should have religious exemptions. Do you believe that abolishing this exception was unconstitutional, or that it violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964? If so, how, and on what other exercises of the state's police power are people entitled to religious exemptions? For example, can we not enforce funeral and burial regulations at Islamberg? Do Rastafarians have a constitutional right to possess marijuana even if it's illegal in a state? What do you believe is the criteria for demonstrating a valid religious belief that must be accommodated if possible, and what reasonable accommodations that will not impose an undue hardship on the employer should be offered instead?
  5. China hardly dominates chip manufacturing, and absolutely not MCUs. Chinese manufacturers are struggling to find parts just like everybody else, and their one big player, SMIC, is not an important supplier to U.S. auto plants. (They did provide some in the past, but those orders were moved out of China after the tariffs made it too expensive.) Beijing can't even get SMIC to manufacture chips for Chinese auto plants, they're busy selling to other industries, just like everybody else. What's happening here is very much like what happened with lumber prices. At the beginning of the pandemic, automakers cancelled orders for these parts believing car sales would decline, and they were wrong. Meanwhile, electronics sales kept growing in other industries. Televisions, computers, phones, game consoles. Capacity worldwide was tooled to make what would actually sell. Now automakers want their orders filled again, but there's just nowhere to go. There's a scramble on to build additional chip manufacturing capacity everywhere, but that does not happen overnight and also has some very specific site demands, like large volumes of pure water. The biggest manufacturer right now is Taiwan's TSMC, and they've already had to resort to delivering enough water to some of their factories by truck.
  6. Bingoloid

    Family Court Primary results

    The irony is that one of the first threads where I noticed this happening recently opened with the BCVoice account bragging up the site's commitment to free speech and opposition to censorship. Mighty strange doings around here.
  7. Bingoloid

    Where is John Solak and his Social Media Presence?

    At least one of her posts was a direct death threat "warning" BPD to stop calling her parents. So it's not that odd.
  8. this is why it's a bad idea to bring your work home with you
  9. I, for one, would actually watch local news if local reporters were doing three minute rants on people making fun of them. ...in any case, who is Korchak texting with that is now leaking these? This whole thing is weird.
  10. Bingoloid

    Alcoholism on the West side of Binghamton

    My fondest memory of Blues on the Bridge was the musician introducing "your mayor, Matt Ryan" to play harmonica, and nobody clapping.
  11. Bingoloid

    District Attorney poll: Korchak or Battisti

    Let's not forget that time Battisti - allegedly a trained attorney capable of understanding a statute - wildly misrepresented election laws to his supporters to get them to file bogus federal complaints under penalty of perjury against his opponent, in an apparent attempt to bully him out of communicating with voters. ...or that leaked memorandum from Cornwell's office about Battisti being placed on training wheels and having to communicate with the office in writing after they got sick of dealing with clients who reportedly felt that he'd misled them about plea negotiations. This is not unlike recent malpractice litigation you can find on the clerk's website, yet another prisoner who has a characteristic story about a Battisti faceplant which left the plaintiff surprised to learn that his agreement to plead out was going to leave him in prison for years longer than he'd been told.
  12. Bingoloid

    District Attorney poll: Korchak or Battisti

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let's not go crazy here. Anyone who dealt with Battisti at length can tell you that his office messages went unanswered, that he left his voicemail full to avoid debt collectors and clients, and that he'd sometimes even pretend not to be in his office when angry clients could hear him on the phone from the lobby. This was a matter of routine, to the point that his secretary would scoff and tell people "you know how Paul is" when he'd skip an appointment. His associates sometimes had to take his meetings without warning or preparation because he'd scheduled clients on days he wouldn't be there. One even filed a jailhouse lawsuit in federal court believing Battisti had avoided him and sabotaged his case out of malice for an unpaid legal bill, but he's just like that. Some claimed that he still owed them substantial unspent retainers, and his own former private investigator liked a remark on Facebook about him screwing people over, which leads me to suspect Paul shafted him, too. The fear was Battisti would bring his style of private practice to the District Attorney's office. Instead, it appears that Korchak brought Battisti's style of private practice to the District Attorney's office. That doesn't mean anyone should want Battisti in the District Attorney's office. The fix is likely in, but there's still time for the local GOP to do better. Whoever the nominee is will likely be the winner. Paul needs and deserves a credible primary fight.
  13. Unfortunately, this happens all the time. I have no position on this story, I don't know the facts, but I'd like the OP to say more about the circumstances.
  14. Bingoloid

    Rt. 434 walking path

    That's exactly why it seems weird to me, though, because an additional walk bridge there would benefit Binghamton tremendously. Connecting through existing sidewalks on the West Side would serve a bunch of additional student housing, and improve property values. Being walkable to restaurants is a big deal. Lourdes employees would use it at lunch, too, and South Side businesses would still be connected to the route by the Washington Street walk bridge if anybody was really wanting to get there. I don't have a price tag on building a new pedestrian bridge to compare, but I'll bet it ain't 22 sticks, and there's just not much to walk to along 434. EDIT: To the above... "And ... using the same thinking ... when will they construct a safe walkway between the main campus and that new pharmacy school in Johnson City?" ^ There you go. Yet another use case for the proposed Crestmont Walk Bridge.
  15. Bingoloid

    Rt. 434 walking path

    Honestly, the area might be better served by a walkable path from the West Side directly across. I don't know how the costs would balance out compared to this, but it'd be just as easy for students to walk between downtown, West Siders could walk to many Vestal businesses, and the work would intrude much less on existing properties. Somewhere between Lourdes and the Vestal Plaza. Seems like a no-brainer to improve the area for everyone.