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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

President Working For All


For John, BLUFAnd, he is.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Here is a Tweet from Donald J. Trump, 11 August 2018:
@realDonaldTrump
I am proud to have fought for and secured the LOWEST African American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history. Now I’m pushing for prison reform to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance. I will never stop fighting for ALL Americans!
6:41 AM - 11 Aug 2018
Our senior senator, here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, doesn't seem to think so, but Ms Kim Kardashian seems willing to work with the President in the area of prison reform.

Sadly, our political scene seems to resemble the TV Series Occupied, Season 1.  Who ARE the good guys?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Keeping It Together


For John, BLUFYour Spouse is someone you should walk with (and talk with) to the very end.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From , by Playwright Carla Seaquist, 4 August 2018.

I have met Carla, and followed her writings over the years.  Her husband, Larry, was my boss's Deputy when I was on the Joint Staff.  While I don't agree with all of her politics, I do think she makes a very good point here.  Marriage is very important and should not be allowed to decay over issues of domestic politics.

The other thing I picked up was a link to an Opinion Piece her husband wrote, along with another person, on Homelessness in their part of Washington State.  The [West] Coast is having a terrible time with homelessness, and my understanding from when I was a teenager is that trends start out in Southern California, head east to New York City and then spread out from there.  This homelessness trend is not something we want to see spread to Lowell.

Homelessness isn't one thing.  Rather, it is a combination of things, including skyrocketing home prices, high unemployment, mental health issues, addiction of some form, a desire to be free of obligations and a failure to launch as an adult.  Our solutions need to consider all those factors  One solution does not fill all needs, but we do know that adequate housing does reduce medical costs, and thus the physical cost to the person who is homeless.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fixing the Justice System


For John, BLUFAnd who is working to fix this problem?  Kim Kardashian and President Trump.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The National Interest, by Mr Jim Geraghty, 6 August 2018.

Here is the lede plus four:

You think you have a tough job this morning? Imagine being the guy who has to organize “Cops for Warren 2020” in a year or so.

Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, speaking at Dillard University in New Orleans this weekend:

“Let’s just start with the hard truth about our criminal justice system,” she railed.  “It’s racist.  It is.  And when I say our system, I mean all the way.  I mean front to back.  This is not just sentencing reform we’re talking about here.  We’re talking about the front end on what you declare to be illegal on how you enforce it, on who gets arrested.”
“Racist all the way, front to back,” is a really surprising and troubling thing to hear about a system that was, until 18 months ago, effectively headed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and before her, Eric Holder, appointed and accountable to the nation’s first African-American president.  A system that has 214 African-American federal judges, 125 of Latino or Hispanic heritage, 41 Asian-Americans, and three Native Americans.  A system that has at least 400 black prosecutors (although far too few elected ones).  A system where 27 percent of the officers and police personnel are members of minority groups, as of 2013, the most recent year data are available.  Do all of these people feel like they are cogs in the “racist all the way, front to back” machine?

Does she think her potential rival, former Massachusetts governor and assistant attorney general Deval Patrick was part of a racist system?  How about former district attorney and state attorney general Kamala Harris?

Sure, I think Legislators bear a lot of the responsibility for this situation, but do you think Senator Warren thinks Law Professors bear some responsibility for the state of affairs as she sees it?

I wonder if Senator E Warren is the one who told Mr Bertrand Russell that it is turtles all the way down?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Following the Narrative


For John, BLUFI wonder if Reporters, and their editors, are bothered by objective facts on the ground?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From Victory Girls Blog, by Ms Nina Bookout, 12 August 2018.

If you don't equate AntiFAT with the Nazi era Brownshirts you either are not paying attention or your historic understanding is deficient, or both.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Does She Really?


For John, BLUFThe thing about discrimination is that it costs you the value of talent.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From Hot Air, by Mr John Seton, 3 August 2018.

Yes, this is about the new Member of the Editorial Staff at The Old Lady, Ms Sarah Jeong, who is female and of Korean extraction.

I wonder if she thinks that in addition to excluding Japanese military Self Defense Force members from helping repel some future North Korean military assault on South Korea, male caucasians (US, Aussie, Kiwis and Brits) should also be excluded?

And, in the back of one's mind is the question of if we can, in the future, expect a fair shake from 620 Eighth Avenue.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

"Fixing" The Electoral College


For John, BLUFThe Electoral College serves an important function, in ensuring the smaller and less populated states feel they have a stake in the larger Federal Government.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The Boston Globe, by Globe Staff Member Michael Levenson, 10 August 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

A Harvard Law professor, former governor William F. Weld, and Al Gore’s onetime attorney are making a long-shot bid to change the Electoral College system, arguing that it encourages presidential candidates to devote all their time to a handful of swing states and ignore the vast majority of the country.

The high-powered group is suing two blue states, Massachusetts and California, and two red states, Texas and South Carolina, arguing that the winner-take-all system that they and 44 other states use to allocate electors to the Electoral College effectively disenfranchises millions of voters who back the losing candidates.

For Massachusetts it meant rounding up three non-Democrats to file suit against the Commonwealth.  They even found a Republican Student at Harvard who joined the suit.

Sure, this might be a good idea, but having the courts force it seems like a vote of no-confidence is the legislative process.  Why go to a Federal Court to deal with something the General Court could fix itself.  Are we in some sort of "death pact" with most of the other states, where we cannot take the lead without hurting ourselves (or the Democratic Party)?

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Connecticut Senator Mentally Adrift


For John, BLUFFreedom of speech means the Government can't shut you down.  It is not a promise of private companies publishing whatever you produce.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




So that is the Tweet from Ben Shapiro.

Here is the original Tweet, from Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT):

Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart.  These companies must do more than take down one website.  The survival of our democracy depends on it.

So, yes, the First Amendment is about the Government.  So Facebook or some other Internet organization can dump Mr Alex Jones and his InfoWars any time it wants.

However, for Congress to mandate it would be to violently violate the First Amendment.

The other thing is, for a member of a party that uses terms like Hitler and Nazi to describe the leaders of the other major political party to then talk about "hate and lies" and tearing "our nation apart" is the height of hypocrisy.

Shame Senator Murphy, Shame!

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff