Friday, September 30, 2016

Dead Voting in Virginia?

For John, BLUFIn a really close election it could make a difference.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This was yesterday, in The Wash Post, by Reporter Laura Vozzella.

Here is the spin from Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds.

NONSENSE:  VOTER FRAUD IS A MYTH.  He fought in World War II.  He died in 2014.  And he just registered to vote in Va.  “The FBI and local police are investigating how at least 19 dead Virginians were recently re-registered to vote in this critical swing state.  One case came to light after relatives of a deceased man received a note congratulating him for registering, Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst said Thursday.”

I blame Putin.

So, on the one hand we tell people each vote counts.  A single vote, or maybe a small cluster of votes—for example, you parents, your siblings and your children—could make a difference, if they voted.  But, we aren't worried about 19 dead Virginians.

Let us give the Virginia House Minority Leader the next to last word:

House Minority Leader David J. Toscano (D-Charlottesville) said the case was not proof of voter fraud because no one had actually managed to cast a vote in the names of the dead.
That is an interesting view on what we know.  Apparently attempts at voter fraud are OK, as long as they are not turned into actual fraud.  Fraud that we notice.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, September 26, 2016

Treat People With Respect

For John, BLUFThe Democrat Party treatment of Jennifer Flowers, and other "bimbo eruptions" is just flat out wrong.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Law Professor Ann Althouse is in high dudgeon over how people are talking about Ms Jennifer Flowers.
On "Meet the Press" today, Chuck Todd was interviewing Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta:
CHUCK TODD:  Is your goal of this debate is to get under his skin?  Is that why you gave Mark Cuban a ticket right in the front row?

JOHN PEDESTAL:  No, I think Mark Cuban is one of the business leaders who was never involved in partisan politics who's endorsed Hillary because he thinks she'll do better for the—for the economy.  I think that, you know, you saw his reaction, which is to do his favorite sport, which is to dive in the sewer and go for a swim.

Basically we have Mr John Podesta saying, on live TV, that Ms Jennifer Flowers is a slut.  And that Mr Trump is diving into a sewer to find her.

While Professor Althouse goes after Mr Trump for saying he is going to "put" Ms Flowers somewhere, she saves most of her wrath for those who who treat Ms Flowers with contempt.  Shouldn't we see the sex in which Ms Flowers engages as a two person activity.  Is it still the 1800s, when we talk about the "fallen woman" and ignore the other partner in the game.  This is shameful on the part of Mrs Clinton's campaign.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Here is his bio at Wikipedia.
  That would be Mr Trump's reaction.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Is Literature Dead?

For John, BLUFWill it still be OK to read the literature of other people?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the pages of The Old Gray Lady we have an OpEd by Novelist Lionel Shriver.

We have Law Professor Ann Althouse examine some of the issues, including the ACLU defense of Neo-Nazis marching in Skokie, Illinois.

But, to the issue, Ms Shriver gave a talk in Australia, to the Brisbane Writers Festival.  In the audience was Ms Yassim Abdel-Magied, born in Sudan and now an engineer and memoirist in Australia.  Ms Abdel-Magied walked out, because she was offended by what she saw as cultural appropriation.  The ever cranky Guardian picked up the story and the rest is history.

So, apparently, we can only write about our own small circle of life, within our race, religion, gender and socio-economic milieu.  We can only write about those things that represent our own cultural background.  The rest is cultural appropriation.  To put it in terms Ms Abdel-Magiedmight understand, if she writes fiction she can talk about engineers, but she would be out of her element writing about chemists.

This, if adopted, would mean the end of literature.

Ms Shriver notes that…

Now the role of oppressor has passed to the left.  In Australia, where I spoke, Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act makes it unlawful to do or say anything likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate,” providing alarming latitude in the restriction of free speech.  It is Australia’s conservatives arguing for the amendment of this law.
And here is Ms Shriver's sad conclusion.
Protecting freedom of speech involves protecting the voices of people with whom you may violently disagree.  In my youth, liberals would defend the right of neo-Nazis to march down Main Street.  I cannot imagine anyone on the left making that case today.
This reminds me of Turkish President Erdogen and his statement that Democracy is like a street car.  When you get to your destination you get off.

Hat tip to the Althouse blog.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, September 19, 2016

Candidates Switching Roles?

For John, BLUFWell, we still have to endure the debates.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the pen of Cartoonist Scott Adams (Dilbert, back on 15 September, we have a comment on Mr Trump vs Mrs Clinton.  Here is how it starts:
Do you remember way—-way—-way—back in July, when the public thought Trump was the candidate they couldn’t trust with the nuclear arsenal?  That was before we realized he could moderate his personality on command, as he is doing now.  We’re about to enter our fifth consecutive week of Trump doing more outreach than outrage.

It turns out that Trump’s base personality is “winning.”  Everything else he does is designed to get that result. He needed to be loud and outrageous in the primaries, so he was.  He needs to be presidential in this phase of the election cycle, so he is.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has revealed herself to be frail, medicated, and probably duplicitous about her health. We also hear reports that she’s a drinker with a bad temper.  Suddenly, Clinton looks like the unstable personality in this race. Who do you want controlling the nuclear arsenal now?

You probably thought Trump was the bigot in this contest, until Clinton called half of Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables.”  That’s the point at which observers started to see a pattern. Trump has been consistently supportive of American citizens of all types – with the exception of the press and his political opponents.  The main targets of Trump’s rhetoric are the nations that compete against us.  In stark contrast, Clinton turned her hate on American citizens.  That’s the real kind of hate.  Trump is more about keeping America safe and competing effectively in the world. That is literally the job of president.

Remember what Former Sec State Colin Powell said of Mrs Clinton.  She is not transformational.

Why is that important?  Because those folks out in the hinterlands want change.  That is why they voted for Tea Party folks in 2012 and 2014.  That is why they voted for Mr Trump in 2016.  And, if they don't see change they will go for someone in 2020 who will bring change.

Mr Trump, on the other hand, can transform himself and, many voters believe, can transform the nation.  If you like the status quo, go with Hillary.  If not, then The Donald is your candidate. Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Posted September 15th, 2016 @ 10:49am in #Trump Clinton

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A "What If" Question

For John, BLUFGiven how this Presidential Election has gone so far, this is not that far fetched a scenario.  Nothing to see here; just move along.


City Life Host George Anthes let me be a guest speaker at his classes on Wednesday.  As part of my time there I posed the question of how Parties deal with a Presidential Candidate who has to withdraw between the convention and the vote.  I used the Democratic Party, since it is a clean process, without options.  The Democratic National Committee votes on a replacement and it is who wins a majority of the votes.  As a caveat, this is not to suggest that Mrs Clinton has more than a mild case of pneumonia.  It is just the easier case.

The class (and I) came up with four replacement candidates, the current VEEP Choice, Governor Tim Kaine; Senator Bernie Sanders; Vice President Joe Biden; and early Presidential Candidate, Governor Martin O'Malley, of Maryland.

Here is the breakout of class voting:

 Section 1Section 2
Tim Kaine00
Bernie Sanders1722
Joe Biden22
Martin O'Malley00

Which reflected fairly closely yesterday's Rasmussen Poll, "Which Democrat Should Replace Hillary?"

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 48% of Likely Democratic Voters believe Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s primary rival, should be their party’s nominee if health issues forced her out of the race.  Twenty-two percent (22%) say Vice President Joe Biden should be the nominee, while only 14% opt for Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, the current Democratic vice presidential candidate.  Nine percent (9%) of Democrats think it should be someone else.
Regards  —  Cliff

  Fortunately, we have only one recent example, the withdrawal of Senator Thomas Eagleton as Vice President in the 1972 Race, 44 years ago.
  The Republican National Committee can go that route or it can reconvene the Nominating Convention.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Civil Service and Government Performance

For John, BLUFIs the Civil Service a "Fourth" Branch of Government.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This OpEd is by Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds and it appeared in 8 September edition of USA Today.

The focus of this OpEd is the US Civil Service and the role it plays in making Government work.  With the bonus that it helps him decide who to vote for on 8 November.

Here is how Professor Reynolds ends his OpEd:

So if the choice in 2016 is between one bad candidate and another (and it is) the question is, which one will do the least harm.  And, judging by the civil service’s behavior, that’s got to be Trump.  If Trump tries to target his enemies with the IRS, you can bet that he’ll get a lot of pushback — and the press, instead of explaining it away, will make a huge stink.  If Trump engages in influence-peddling, or abuses secrecy laws, you can bet that, even if Trump’s appointees sit atop the DOJ or FBI, the civil service will ensure that things don’t get swept under the rug.  And if Trump wants to go to war, he’ll get far more scrutiny than Hillary will get — or, in cases like her disastrous Libya invasion, has gotten.

So the message is clear.  If you want good government, vote for Trump — he’s the only one who will make this whole checks-and-balances thing work.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Get Up, Get Out, Vote

For John, BLUFIf you vote and leave a blank it does send a signal.  Nothing to see here; just move along.


Yes, I hear a lot about how Primaries are a waste of money, or of Taxpayer money.

But, it is what it is.

We know on the Democratic Party side there is a race in the 18th Middlesex.

All Republicans and Unenrolled Voters who pull a Republican Ballot in Middlesex County can write in Angelo La Civita for Sheriff (in the blank space provided).  He needs 1,000 Write-In votes to qualify for the 8 November General Election ballot.

You need to write the name AND address:

Angelo La Civita
READING MA 01867-3236

Please write clearly and plainly. You may have to bring your own ball-point pen too!

(If you already have a "sticker" you may use that.)

And why a Thursday Primary?

To meet the Federal Rules for absentee ballots for Service Members overseas (eg, Afghanistan, Korea) the Primary had to be this week.  The three day Labor Day holiday ruled out Tuesday, because of the need to set up polling places.  Why make local Government employees work on Labor Day if it isn't necessary?  Thus Thursday.

Regards  —  Cliff