Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rules (and Common Sense) Ignored


For John, BLUFAre there no ethics down in DC?  Rules for thee, but not for me?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From the Blog Site, The Future of Capitolism, by Mr Ira Stoll, 20 April 2018.

Here is how it starts off:

A federal judge is threatening to appoint a "private prosecutor" to press a criminal investigation about FBI leaks to the press in an insider trading case.

The Justice Department opened a criminal investigation in December 2016 into the leaks.  But progress has been slow, or opaque, enough that Judge P. Kevin Castel of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York issued a two-page order on April 2, 2018, raising the prospect of hiring his own lawyer.

This has nothing to do with Russiagate.  But, it is a bad sign that a Federal Judge is upset about leaking by the FBI.

When I was a junior functionary in the Pentagon I thought that those who leaked information, always in the furtherance of their personal agenda, were unethical low lifes.  I still lean that way.  Earn it by the power of your arguments or go away.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

"The Fundamental Things Apply"


For John, BLUFWho hSN'T SEEN Casablanca?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here is the sub-headline:

The story behind the movie that defines the movies is one of immigrants, timing and a “son of a bitch” director.

From The New Statesman, (UK), by Mr Tom Shone, 14 April 2018.

Just another look at Casablanca, a timeless movie.

Play it Sam, Play "As Time Goes By"
Funnily, two lines go:
Yet we get a trifle weary With Mr. Einstein's theory.
But yet it still had an important role to play just a couple of years on.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Looking at Looking at Global Warming


For John, BLUFColor commentary rather than facts.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From L'Ombre de l'Olivier, by Mr Francis Turner, 19 April 2018.

It starts:

The Wapo (Tagline – Where Journalism Dies in Darkness) has an article about how Climate Change Glowball Worming is harming Virginia, The article is risible on many levels and is pretty much a regurgitation of a PR from the Natural Resources Defense Council without querying any of the rather iffy things that the NRDC claims. Therefore it needs a good fisking to set the story straight.
It isn't a great fisking, but it is a good fisking.

I am with the author, who characterizes himself thusly:

Full disclosure I’m what is generally known as a “Lukewarmer” climate skeptic – i.e.  I think the earth has warmed in the 20th century and humanity (and CO2 emissions) may be responsible for some of that warming, however I don’t think future warming is likely to amount to much and is highly unlikely to be catastrophic
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, April 20, 2018

Lack of Self-Control on the Left


For John, BLUFWe need to be sensitive to anti-Semitism around us, as it is the canary in the mineshaft.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The Daily Wire, by Mr Hank Berrien, 20 April 2018.

Here are the key two paragraphs:

The Washington, D.C. council member who triggered a volume of criticism for insinuating Jews control the weather and later ditched a U.S. Holocaust Memorial tour halfway through the tour, has now been accused of making a donation to the very event at which vehement racist and anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan made virulent anti-Semitic remarks.

Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) has been asked for details of the $500 donation he made to the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day Event in Chicago, where Farrakhan declared “powerful Jews are my enemy,” and stated Jews “were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men.”

The casual anti-semitism of the left is very bothersome.

And, this fits in with the City Journal "Delusions of Justice" article.  The sub-headline was "American Jews should wake up to which side their most dangerous enemies are on."  The author is Mr Joel Kotkin, on 19 April 2018.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

"OUCH! David Axelrod pours ICE-COLD water on DNC’s lawsuit, and the Dems WON’T like it"

"What is Truth?"


For John, BLUFSince I moved up here to Massachusetts I have also come to have my doubts about The Boston Globe.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here is the sub-headline:

The newspaper’s ‘fake news’ about books

From National Review, by Mr Dennis Prager, 17 April 2018.

Mr Prager, a published author, starts out as follows:

About half the American people do not believe the mainstream media tell the truth.  They believe the media are more interested in promoting their left-wing views than reporting the truth.

I am, I note with sadness, a member of that half.

Here is but one more example: the New York Times best-seller list.

As a writer (who, for the record, had a previous book on that list), I have long known it isn’t a best-seller list, and I don’t pay attention to it.  But I paid attention last week to see whether my recently published book, which opened up on Amazon as the second-best-selling book in America, was on the list.  It wasn’t.

It isn't like all the news is fake, but one has to be careful.  As with all research, one needs to include control groups, just to be sure.

In the old days,s before I retired retired I would buy the Sunday Edition of The Old Gray Lady, mostly for MoDo's column and the Book Review.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Working Together


For John, BLUFThe Bridge Rule is "A cheap trick now costs you later".  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From Twitchy, by Greg P, 17 April 2018.

From the article:

Here’s a little tidbit from yesterday’s Michael Cohen hearing that’s pretty interesting…

According to reports from inside the courtroom, Judge Kimba Wood was ready to allow Michael Cohen to submit the name of his 3rd client — who we now know is Sean Hannity — under seal, but an attorney for CNN and the New York Times convinced her otherwise.

I just want to see other media going after CNN and The Old Gray Lady with friend of court briefs, just to keep it even.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Beginning of the End, at Least They Hope


For John, BLUFIf you think Progressives tend to be atheists, you missed the absolute faith they have in the eventual impeachment or resignation of President Trump.  Some even believe that Mrs Hillary Clinton will return as President.  This is wilder than the Apocalypse of Saint John.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here is the sub-headline:

Unless you can explain exactly how he gets impeached or why he resigns.

From Slate, by Mr Jim Newell, 16 April 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

Democrats and some concerned Republicans have been warning for months that firing special counsel Robert Mueller would be a point of no return for President Donald Trump.  That speculative frontier advanced even further over the weekend, after the New Yorker’s Adam Davidson declared that the Trump presidency has now entered its “end stages,” following a raid on the office and hotel room of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.  What these predictions rather conspicuously lack is any attempt to explain precisely the series of events that would be Trump’s formal undoing.

In the case of Mueller’s firing, Democrats, in typical Democratic Party fashion, have coalesced behind a talking point first used by a Republican in which they find some powerful, unifying value.  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has been saying all along that such a move would mark “the beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency.  When I asked Democratic senators last week whether firing Mueller would be an impeachable offense, they declined to answer, echoing Graham’s warning about the “beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency.

Democrats say this because they don’t believe that raising the specter of impeachment is politically wise, especially when they’re in no position to make good on such a threat.  Democrats don’t control either chamber of Congress, and they’re not at all sure that firing Mueller would plummet Trump’s support among Republican voters and convince GOP congressmen to help impeach him.  In other words, they have no idea whether firing Mueller would mark “the beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency.  It could just kick his approval rating into the lower 30s until a few news cycles pass, after which the Trump presidency returns to being generally unpopular but potentially survivable.

Democrats have no idea whether firing Mueller would mark “the beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency.  But forget about Mueller.  The new rage is the investigation into Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, whose office and hotel room agents from the Southern District of New York raided last week.  With the investigation—both investigations?  All investigations?—now turning toward Trump’s business and personal dealings, the public will see a fuller presentation of the Trump Organization’s crookedness and shabby infrastructure.

Mr Newell references a The New Yorker article by Mr Adam Davidson, on 14 April, "Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency".  Mr Davidson is apparently not a deep believer.  His article doesn't mention the Second Coming of Hillary Clinton, but it is full of hope.  Here is the Conclusion:
Of course Trump is raging and furious and terrified.  Prosecutors are now looking at his core. Cohen was the key intermediary between the Trump family and its partners around the world; he was chief consigliere and dealmaker throughout its period of expansion into global partnerships with sketchy oligarchs.  He wasn’t a slick politico who showed up for a few months.  He knows everything, he recorded much of it, and now prosecutors will know it, too.  It seems inevitable that much will be made public.  We don’t know when.  We don’t know the precise path the next few months will take.  There will be resistance and denial and counterattacks.  But it seems likely that, when we look back on this week, we will see it as a turning point.  We are now in the end stages of the Trump Presidency.
As Alexander Pope said:
Hope springs eternal in the human breast
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff