Thursday, March 22, 2018

Unable to Move On

For John, BLUFWe are at the point where many, if not most, are willing to cut off their nose to spite their face.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Althouse blog, 22 March 2018.

This is an Althouse excerpt from a WaPo article on a debate on CNN between Mr Jeffrey Toobin and his former professor, Alan Dershowitz.  It is Professor Dershowitz speaking:

“None of my liberal friends invite me to dinner anymore,” he said.  “Thanks to Donald Trump, I’ve lost seven pounds.  I call it the Donald Trump diet.”
Remember Mr Rodney King?  Remember what he asked?

People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along?
Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Hillary Isn't Helping

For John, BLUFSome people just can't give up their dream, even for the good of others.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the blog Legal Insurrection, posted by Ms Mary Chastain, 21 March 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

We all knew this would happen after failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton bashed those who did not vote her.  She said that women who did not vote for her did so because a man told them not to.

Now, Hillary’s blame game is coming back to haunt incumbents like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who is considered one of the more vulnerable Democrats up for re-election.

At the link is a video of an advertisement from Senator McCaskill's opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley.

There may be a blue wave coming, or a Tsunami, if you read The Boston Globe, but is is possible that people like Ms Hillary Clinton could cause the wave to peter out before it hits shore.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Our Brother's Keeper

For John, BLUFThe thing is, we need to prevent this from falling into 1984.  We do need to be prepared to judge some actions as unacceptable.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Washington Times, an Analysis/Opinion Piece by Reporter Everett Piper, way back on 11 March 2018.

Here is the lede plus four:

“The Lottery” is a classic short story written by Shirley Jackson in 1948. It’s the tale of a rural, farming community in America of about three hundred residents. The town seems normal by all accounts as it prepares for a traditional, harvest-time event known as The Lottery.

Each year the name of every family is written on a piece of paper and securely stored in a locked box. On the morning of the annual gathering, the heads of each household draw from the box until a paper slip with a black spot is extracted.  One of these clans is that of the “Hutchensons.”

Upon “winning” this first phase of the lottery, each member of the Hutchinson family joins the father to select another slip of paper out of another box until one member of that family — the mother, named Tessie — draws a piece of paper with the final black spot on it.

In spite of her cries, the townspeople, including her own husband and children, pick up rocks and stone her to death to ensure a more prosperous harvest.

For some 70 years, “The Lottery” has rightly been included in many literary anthologies for its shocking portrayal of the power of groupthink and the human inclination to accept evil.

The point of this item is that Pasadena City College English Professor Kay Haugaard has noted that over thirty years of teaching the student reactions have gone from shock to "who am I to judge".  To which you may respond, "who are you to judge?"  The thing is, this is how a nation falls into accepting the murdering of millions.  Think the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Red China and Cambodia.

Back before Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue, back before Hernán Cortés defeated the Aztec Triple Alliance, there was human sacrifice.  Would those student in Pasadena find that acceptable?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

City of Betrayal

For John, BLUFWashington is an ugly place these days.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From ABC News, by Reporter Mike Levine, 21 March 2018.

Here is the lede plus three:

Nearly a year before Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired senior FBI official Andrew McCabe for what Sessions called a "lack of candor," McCabe oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Democratic lawmakers have repeatedly accused Sessions of misleading them in congressional testimony and called on federal authorities to investigate, but McCabe's previously-unreported decision to actually put the attorney general in the crosshairs of an FBI probe was an exceptional move.

One source told ABC News that Sessions was not aware of the investigation when he decided to fire McCabe last Friday less than 48 hours before McCabe, a former FBI deputy director, was due to retire from government and obtain a full pension, but an attorney representing Sessions declined to confirm that.

Last year, several top Republican and Democratic lawmakers were informed of the probe during a closed-door briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and McCabe, ABC News was told.

Washington seems to have turned into a place that is described in the Gospel of Saint Matthew:
The brother also shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the son: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and shall put them to death.
Matthew 10:21
It reminds me of our then Nation's Capitol when Thomas Jefferson was Secretary of State.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

For John, BLUF.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

David Brooks JAN. 4, 2018.

Yes, this is almost three months old, but it is timeless advice and well worth heeding, even if you are currently a practicing atheist.

Here is the lede plus two:

Over the past several years we have done an outstanding job of putting total sleazoids at the top of our society:  Trump, Bannon, Ailes, Weinstein, Cosby, etc.  So it was good to get a reminder, from Pope Francis in his New Year’s Eve homily, that the people who have the most influence on society are actually the normal folks, through their normal, everyday gestures being kind in public places, attentive to the elderly.  The pope called such people, in a beautiful phrase, “the artisans of the common good.”

Small deeds, he said, “express concretely love for the city … without giving speeches, without publicity, but with a style of practical civic education for daily life.”

The pope focused especially on driving, praising those people “who move in traffic with good sense and prudence.”  As Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution points out, driving is precisely the sort of everyday activity through which people mold the culture of their community.

And, Mr Brooks then relates it back to our Fair Commonwealth:
Studies have been done, of course.  According to Allstate, the most accident-prone drivers live in Boston; Baltimore; Worcester, Mass.; Washington, D.C.; and Springfield, Mass.  (Way to go, Massachusetts!)  The safest drivers live in Kansas City, Kan.; Brownsville, Tex.; Madison, Wis.; and Huntsville, Ala.
At the bottom of the article was the welcome news that "Paul Krugman is off today."

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Yes, I do note a certain bitter political twist here, but we are all trying to be uplifting here, and by including Mr Harvey Weinstein, of Hollywood, he did include a likely Democrat.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


For John, BLUFThe Reporter is extrapolating from the Pennsylvania 18th the January 2019 power of Democrats to Impeach President Trump.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Boston Globe, by Mr Astead W. Herndon, 14 March 2018.

Here is the lede:

Before Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania, most signs pointed to a Democratic wave in the upcoming midterm elections.  But after Democrat Conor Lamb scored a razor-thin congressional victory in the heart of Trump Country, there’s a creeping consensus that the wave could become a tsunami.
I go with the conventional wisdom.  Unless the Republicans come up with new tricks they are going to lose seats in the House of Representatives.

The question is, how many Conner Lambs can the Democratic Party field in those Districts that are not highly populated with Progressives?  Will they all last until November?

This thing we are talking about is a localized phenomenon.  I very much doubt there will be any Conner Lambs in Massachusetts, or in the coastal Congressional Districts of California or in Western Washington State.  And, there don't need to be, since Progressives in those locations control the Democratic Party.  Heck, in California not even Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein could get a Party endorsement this year.

Regards  —  Cliff

Then What?

For John, BLUFIf the Democrats move to kill the king, they better plan on holding onto Government for a couple of decades, to use the Deep State to avoid the retribution.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:


Here is the lede plus one:

Filmmaker Michael Moore urged Democratic voters to remember that they are voting for the impeachment of President Trump in the upcoming midterm elections.

“I am optimistic.  I have a thread of optimism still in me.  I believe we will, in November, see a tsunami of people coming to the polls and after that I hope you, both of you, and the other senators, do their job,” Moore said during a town hall on “Inequality in America:  The Rise of Oligarchy and Collapse of the Middle Class” organized by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Monday evening.

I can see that.  It is sort of Maxine Waters like, but it is clear.

Then Mr Moore goes on to say there needs to be more.  A lot more:

Moore urged the Democratic Party to also provide its “vision” to the voters rather than impeach Trump and go back to the day before he took office.

“If we just get rid of Trump and we just go back to the day before Trump, how are things then, Sen. Warren and Sen. Sanders, with our healthcare, with our job situation, with poverty? I don’t want to go back to that day. We’ve got to move forward and we have to provide that vision and provide that leadership to make that happen,” he said.

Then Mr Michael Moore adds:
Moore said America’s capitalist economic system is not fair.
OK, I see that Mr Moore wants a revolution.  He is a modern day anarchist or communist radical—or something.

However, he seems to forget that once Mr Trump goes the Vice President fleets up and takes over and Mr Pence is a conservative, not a Progressive.  He has to get rid of Mr Pence as well before Ms Nancy Pelosi takes over as our first Female President (Congrats, Nancy, and good luck).

Does Mr Michael Moore think that a President Nancy Pelosi will move to destroy corporate America?  Will she deconstruct Financial Leasing Services, Inc?

Of course the key to victory in November, for the Democrats, maybe "Lambism".

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Notwithstanding what some might think, if President Trump is impeached and convicted, Ms Hillary Clinton will not automatically become President.