Friday, October 21, 2016

Battle of Trafalgar Anniversary

For John, BLUFThe US was another big winner at Trafalgar, without committing a sailor to the fight.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Independent TV (UK) we have video of the ceremony, and this cutline:
A poignant ceremony was held on board HMS Victory to mark the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Here is the Blog Post from Ace of Spades, with this quote from Lord Nelson, the British Admiral in charge:
No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.
The important thing to remember is that the Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805) limited Bonaparte and his French forces to the Continent and thus prevented an invasion of England, and thus helped ensure the growth of freedom and democracy.  If the British had lost at Trafalgar today would be 30 Vendémiaire CCXXV and not 21 October 1016.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Farther Left on WikiLeaks

For John, BLUFcould City Life be the last beacon of a free press?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

WikiLeaks’ 10 Most Damning Clinton Emails that Prove Mainstream Media is Scripted & Controlled

No, not Fox News, nor is it the Trump Campaign.  It is Nation of Change, the on line partner of Democracy Now.  The author is Mr Jay Syrmopoulos and the dateline is yesterday, the 20th.

Here is the money quote:

The fact that most of the newsworthy information contained in the emails is not being reported by the corporate media is indicative of the incestuous relationship between the mainstream media and the Clinton campaign – and is on full display in the Podesta emails.
As for the ten most damning EMails, they are listed, with internet links.

Interesting stuff.

Even if Mrs Clinton were to govern with the best of intentions, Governments being what they are, the lack of transparency, the lack of the Free Press doing its job, could lead us down some seriously bad rabbit holes.

Regards  —  Cliff

Rigged Elections

For John, BLUFI think Professor Carter may be a Democrat.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The author is Yale Law Professor Stephen L Carter, and the source is Bloomberg.

Here is the penultimate paragraph:

The partisan will insist that all of the cases I have mentioned are different from the current political moment.  Black voters were intimidated in the South 1876.  The Supreme Court did put an end to the Florida recount in 2000.  But such nuances miss the point.  The principal charge against Trump is that merely suggesting the possibility of unfairness in the election outcome constitutes an offense against our democracy.  If that’s so, then lots of us are guilty.
But, of course this time is different.

I do think Law Prof Glenn Reynolds is on to something when he says Mr Trump runs like a Republican, but campaigns like a Democrat, which isn't fair on his part.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Another Look at Voter Fraud

For John, BLUFDemocrats deny voter fraud, except when they trumpet it.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

But, that is OK, I guess, because Russ Feingold is a Democrat.

This is from the Blog of University of Wisconsin Madison Law Professor Ann Althouse.  Former Senator Russ Feingold is from Wisconsin.

The cause of the Blog Post was Mr Trump saying that he would not, at this time, commit to the results of the election on 8 November.

There is this quip from the Instapundit as he linked to the Althouse Blog Post:

Then there is this item in The Federalist, yesterday, "8 Times Liberals Claimed An Election Was Stolen Or Rigged".  As an aside, one of the noted articles has the Governor's name as Huey Long.  It is Huey P Long.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

WikiLeaks Points A Finger

For John, BLUFThere is a lot going on there.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Green Party Candidate Jill Stein isn't all wrong here.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Is the System Rigged?

For John, BLUFOf course it is.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

A short, succinct, blog post from the InstaPundit.  Professor Reynolds writes:
THAT’S FUNNY, BECAUSE THE WIKILEAKS DOCUMENTS DEMONSTRATE THAT THE PRIMARY WAS:  Clinton campaign fires back: ‘The system is not rigged.’
Note that when folks say "Rigged" some think about rigged voting, but others, more subtle in their thinking, look to how the press is played or plays and how that impacts the perceptions of the voters before they ever show up to vote.  Without the truth, without a free press reporting the truth, the system is, in fact, rigged.  Thus, the importance of a free and open internet and the importance of the Federal Elections Commission and the Federal Communications Commission keeping their collective hands off what is broadcast.

If it wasn't so bad it would be funny.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Worst President

For John, BLUFThis year isn't really the worst year.  The election of 1856 gave us President James Buchanan and the US Civil War.  Abe was left to pick up the pieces.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Worst. President. Ever.:  James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents.  A book written by Mr Robert Strauss.  This is a Wharton Business School interview with the author.

Here are a couple of excerpts.

Knowledge@Wharton: But for Buchanan it was pretty much bad thing after bad thing?

Strauss:  From day one. I don’t try to bring too many parallels to this election, but he was sort of the leftover Democrat.  He was the most experienced man ever to run for president.  He had been a state legislator in Pennsylvania, congressman, senator, secretary of state, ambassador to Russia, ambassador to Great Britain. A lot of experience.  But still when he ran, he was sort of just the next guy in line.

Does that remind you of anyone running in the current race?
Knowledge@Wharton:  Does it surprise you now that we have two presidential candidates that have disapproval ratings in the 60% range?

Strauss:  Yes and no.  In doing this book I studied the 1856 election, which was a much more bizarre election.  The Whig party had dissipated. There had been a Whig president in 1853, only three years before.  This new party, the Republican party, starts and they nominate a celebrity, much the same as today: John Fremont.  He was the pathfinder.  He was the guy who mapped out the west with Kit Carson.  He wrote journals.

His young bride, she was 17 when they got married, was Jessie Benton, the daughter of the most prominent Democratic senator, Thomas Benton.  She gussies up the journals and is sort of the Kris Kardashian to his Bruce Jenner.  She makes him a celebrity.  She knows everybody in Washington. Everything gets publicized, so he runs for president on this new Republican party. Then there’s a thing called the Know Nothing party.  Can you imagine an election where somebody calls themselves the Know Nothing party? They were anti-immigrants.  That election is bizarre enough that it sort of compares to the current day.

Does that remind you of anyone?

If those descriptions don't ring a bell you haven't been paying attention.

But, that doesn't excuse you from registering (in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by COB Wednesday, on line, by mail or in person at City Hall) and then, on Tuesday, 8 November, voting.  It is a civic duty.  If the person who wins turns out to be the "wrong person" then it is on you (and me).  So, vote.  Don't let someone turn to you and say, "If only you had bothered to vote."

Regards  —  Cliff