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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Rudy Goes on Offense

For John, BLUFThis whole Ukraine imbroglio is sticking to everyone.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Giuliani also says he knows Ukrainian prosecutors who can back his claims.

From The Blaze, by Reporter Carlos Garcia, 20 November 2019.

Here is the lede plus one:

Rudy Giuliani told Glenn Beck during an exclusive interview that U.S. diplomats were doing the bidding of billionaire philanthropist George Soros in Ukraine in a "massive pay-for-play" scheme that included falsifying evidence against President Donald Trump.

Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, spoke to Beck on his program Wednesday about the claims being made against him by Democrats in their ongoing impeachment inquiry.

Of course it could be as dishonest as Representative Adam Schiff.  On the other hand, I cast a dubious glance in the direction of Mr Soros.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Is Senator Harris Presidential Timber?

For John, BLUFI think the American voting population is not hesitant about a woman President, or a Black President (although I think of Senator as being Indian, as in Sub-Continent), but they are not interested in novelty for novelty's sake.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Daily Wire, by Mr Ashe Schow, 16 November 2019.

Here is the lede plus three:

As Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) campaign for her party’s presidential nomination continues to implode, some in the media are looking for answers.

ABC News shot first, asking if Harris “proof that America isn’t ready for a woman of color as president?"  The article began with quotes from Harris making the argument herself.

She had previously spoken about her “electability” several times, and in May she went ahead and wondered whether “America was ready for a woman and a woman of color to be president of the United State of America.”   She made the claim on “The View.”  This statement set her mmmmup with the tired and ready-made excuse in case she lost the primary:  It’s because America is racist and misogynist.

Of course, that ignores the two elections of former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 nomination.  It also ignores the fact that she is currently in a Democratic primary, meaning the people she is calling racist and sexist are her fellow Democrats.  The point seemed lost on ABC as well, since it asked if “America” was ready for a black woman of president, when they were really asking if Democrats were ready for a black woman nominee.

And there you are.  If Senator Harris can,t be nominated, it is on the Democrats, not on America as a whole.

We should acknowledge that what most recommends Senator Harris is the fact that Willie Brown likes her, or at least used to.

NB:  Democratic Presidential Debate tonight.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

You Are What You Read

For John, BLUFThere are quite a few places in the world, and a few in the US were culture dies not provide a glue to hold the people together, where trust is low and subgroups protect themselves by intimidation and violence.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Orwell’s warning in ‘1984’ is as relevant today as during the Cold War

From The Epoch Times, by Ms Barbara Kay, 18 November 2019.

Here is the lede plus two:

The Greater Essex County District School Board in the Windsor, Ont., area is supplanting its grade 11 literature curriculum, which up to now has featured great writers of the western canon such as Shakespeare and George Orwell, with a year-long program of Indigenous writers.  The change has already been effected in eight of the district’s 15 schools.
In the Peel district as well, I am informed by a reader, the same transformation is in progress.  It would be naïve to assume that these schools will remain anomalies for long.  The “disappearing” of dead white European male writers, however magnificent their achievements, may well be normalized across Canada before long.
It is hard to overstate the alarming implications of this educational earthquake.  Deliberately withholding Shakespeare from young minds is a form of aesthetic starvation, but depriving them of Orwell is a moral crime.  It is from Orwell’s “Animal Farm” that young minds first grasp the nature of totalitarian evil, whether it arises from the left or the right, and understand the preciousness of their freedoms.
It is Canada, but it could be us.

This is very scary.  We have built a functioning culture on this Western Canon.  If we stop teaching the Canon, will the culture survive?  If not, what replaces it?  Do we become like Malmo?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Hearings Impact

For John, BLUFIt appears the Impeachment Hearings viewing audience is viewing the hearings through their own individual political viewing lenses.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Althouse Blog, 20 November 2019.

Here is the tweet being commented, plus three paragraphs:

Harry Litman
not to get panglossian but I think these hearings are helping the Ds become the party of wholesomeness and patriotism and the Rs the party of grievance and pettiness.  that would be a disaster watershed moment for the party of Reagan.
2:36 PM · Nov 19, 2019
Who's Litman?  His Twitter profile says:  "Washington Post columnist.  Former US Attorney, DOJ official.  Teach con law at UCSD and UCLA.  Practice law @CCWhistleblower.  Exec. prod. & host, @talkingfedspod."

This tweet is such a perfect example of cocooned liberal self-love.  If there is one thing that has given me energy from Day 1 of this blog, it is my aversion to cocooned liberal self-love.

If there is one word in that tweet that gets me, it's "wholesomeness."  Imagine staring at Adam Schiff for hours thinking, oh, that is so reassuring, he's so gosh-darn wholesome.

I am with Professor Althouse on this.  And Mr Litman is living in an alternative university.

Check the cynical comment by "Shouting Thomas" at 11/20/19, 5:44 AM.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Getting the Straight Word

For John, BLUFWhy does the Press elide over Obama Administration data when they publish, as bad, lesser data from the Trump Administration?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Blog post, 19 November 2019, by Mr Ed Driscoll.

Here is most of the blog post:

Reuters, AFP withdraw stories on UN Study on child detentions.  In their mea culpa, Reuters notes, “A Nov. 18 story headlined ‘U.S. has world’s highest rate of children in detention -U.N. study’ is withdrawn.  The United Nations issued a statement on Nov. 19 saying the number was not current but was for the year 2015. No replacement story will be issued.”

Amber Athey of the Daily Caller tweets:

Several things going on here:

– Media largely ignored the immigration crisis under Obama.
– Things that happened under Obama admin have been used to attack Trump (kids in cages, family separation).
– UN’s blind acceptance of detention #’s from China & Russia is concerning. And as one of her followers adds, “Instead of editing the piece to accuse Obama, they deleted the story entirely.”

The bad thing is that people in the media are not embarrassed by this.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Check You Car, Carefully

For John, BLUFThe Police should not have ther hands tied, but, on the other hand it shouldn’t mean no constraints.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Slash Dot, by BeauHD, 19 November 2019.

Yes, Professor Glenn Reynolds is correct, Chutzpah, plain and simple.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Accepting Responsibility

For John, BLUFNow that gun manufacturers may be sued over guns used in crimes, this could not be far behind.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Babylon Bee, 15 November 2019.

Here is the lede plus three:

Acme Forks & Knives was trying to block a lawsuit brought against them by the obese community.  The lawsuit suggested that the company's utensils were deadly tools that caused people to become overweight.

The Supreme Court has blocked the company's attempt to block the lawsuit, paving the way for victims of heart disease and other diet-related ailments to sue Acme.

"Finally---the big forks and knives lobby will be held accountable for contributing to heart disease and obesity, the leading causes of death among American adults," said a spokesperson for the oppressed obese community.  "No human action leads to these deaths.  It is entirely on the sentient utensils used to carry out the mass eating events."

"Blood is on their hands!" protesters cried.  "Fight the corporate fork and knife lobby!"

Seems reasonable to me.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff