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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Kamala Harris the Pick

For John, BLUFThe wait is over and it is historic.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Regards  —  Cliff

Poland Steps Up

For John, BLUF.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Blog The Daily Chrenk, by Mr Arthur Chrenkoff, 10 August 2020.

Here is the lede:

A hundred years ago this week, a series of biggest battles that Europe were to witness between the end of the First World War in 1918 and the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 decided the fate of the continent as much as, if not more than, the Great War itself.  In early August 1920, the newly resurrected, independent Poland saved the Eastern Europe, Germany and possibly the rest of the war-exhausted Europe from the triumphant Russian communism.  As a result of a little known war in the distant corners of the continent, the status quo of the East was preserved for another two decades.  It would take the Second World War for the Soviet Union to expand its empire all the way to the Elbe and (briefly) the Adriatic.  Had Poland not triumphed over the Red Army in 1920, and with Germany defeated and disarmed, no significant military force stood between the Soviets and the English Channel.  History of the 20th century would have taken a different course, and not necessarily a better one.
Little known, but important.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, August 7, 2020

Compassion and Balance

For John, BLUFWe need to have compassion for our fellow human beings, but that doesn't mean that we wipe out all previous crime in the face of Winnie the Flu.  Some people are carriers of violence and should not be released into the civil population.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Ibrahim Bouaichi then shot himself as police closed in Wednesday, leaving him in critical condition

From The Washington Post, by Reporter Tom Jackman, 6 August 2020.

Here is the lede plus two:

The incident in Karla Dominguez’s apartment last October was violent, and it was not consensual, she testified in Alexandria District Court in December.  The man she accused was indicted on charges including rape, strangulation and abduction and jailed without bond in Alexandria.

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.  Ibrahim E. Bouaichi’s lawyers argued that the virus was a danger to both inmates and their attorneys, and that Bouaichi should be freed awaiting trial.  On April 9, over the objections of an Alexandria prosecutor, Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins released Bouaichi on $25,000 bond, with the condition that he only leave his Maryland home to meet with his lawyers or pretrial services officials.

On July 29, Alexandria police say, Bouaichi, 33, returned to Alexandria and shot and killed Dominguez outside her apartment in the city’s West End.

Not all crimes and crmiinals are the same.  Further, not evereyone has the same cultural understanding  I think we see that playing out in this case.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Don't Know Much About History

For John, BLUFIn order to be good voters, good citizens, we need to know how we got here.  Otherwise we are like Post Turtles.  For example, 1215 is important to every American, regardless of race, religion or other factor of distinction.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Or, as Blogger Sarah Hoyt put it:



And here is the NBC Chicago article on the idea,

Chicago-Area Leaders Call for Illinois to Abolish History Classes

Here is the sub-headline:

State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said current history teachings overlook the contributions of women and minorities

Here is the lede plus two:

Leaders in education, politics and other areas gathered in suburban Evanston Sunday to ask that the Illinois State Board of Education change the history curriculum at schools statewide, and temporarily halt instruction until an alternative is decided upon.

At a news conference, State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities.

Before the event Sunday, Rep. Ford's office distributed a news release "Rep. Ford Today in Evanston to Call for the Abolishment of History Classes in Illinois Schools," in which Ford asked the ISBOE and school districts to immediately remove history curriculum and books that "unfairly communicate" history "until a suitable alternative is developed."

If we don't know our history we don't know who we are.  Is some of what we know about our history wrong?  I am sure.  However, not wrong enough to stop teaching it altogether.  In fact, given the proliferation of the Howard Zinn textbook, we may actually have more recent students knowing less than their elders.

I applaud the idea of reviewing what we are teaching as history in K through 12.  The idea that we will stop teaching all history, awaiting the outcome, seems like either an extreme political stunt or terrible folly on the part of public education.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

4 November

For John, BLUFGiven that the use of "Mail in Ballots" promises untold delays in determining the results of the 3 Novembeer Election, one wonders why the President's question about delaying the election is much different in outcome.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The chicago Boyz, by Sgt. Mom, 3 August 2020.

Here is the lede plus one:

So, last week the Daughter Unit asked me when the new civil war would kick into high gear. Note she said ‘when’ not ‘if’ – for we’ve been in a cold civil war for some time now.  I’d say this cold civil war became manifest with upsurge of Tea Party demonstrations in 2009, and has rumbled along all through the Obama administration, building up reservoirs of bitter anger and resentment ever since.  My personal SWAG is that things will get interesting (and even more interesting for certain values of interesting) late in the evening of November 3, 2020, when the polls close and the first election results are reported.

And no, it won’t make a particle of difference who wins; Trump or Biden, or whoever has replaced Biden as the Great Dem Party Hope.  My sidebar prediction is that the higher echelons of the Democrat Party will realize, probably shortly following the party caucus to be held sometime this month, that Joe Biden has finally and definitively lost track of his single remaining marble, and that there is no possible and convincing way that he can be propped up as a viable candidate.  Whoever has the VP nomination will move up to the top of the ticket and one of the remaining hopefuls will be a replacement.  For all we know, the Dem Party higher-ups may even have decided that what the hell, they don’t have serious hope at all for 2020, and are only naming candidates for this year with an eye towards establishing visibility and a track record for 2024.

In any case, on election night, it will not matter a single particle if the winner is Trump or A Dem Candidate To Be Named Later.  The knives will be well and truly out and on both sides.  If Trump wins, the lefty wokerati will be outraged, insane with rage that they have been let down again.  Their fury after Trump won in 2016 will be as a light thunderstorm compared to the Cat-5 hurricane of fury which will strike in cities which have already demonstrated an inclination to tolerate riots and mob action – all egged on [m]by the national establishment press.

I am hoping for no Civil War.  I will not be surprised in the Democratic Establishment replices their Presumptive Candidate Joe Biden sometime before the election.  I do see President Trump having negative factors holding him back, but I see the Democrats suffering from even greater disabilities, the ongoing civil disorder being amongst them.

Hat tip to Ms Sarah Hoyt, via the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Another Russian Hoax

For John, BLUFI wonder about tthe motive for the leak, or if the Woke Reporters just invented it.  Assuming it was a real tip, was the reason to get a date or was it campaign dirty tricks.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Mr Matt Margolils, 30 June 2020.

Here is the lede plus two:

Last week, the New York Times published a report claiming that “a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops,” and that President Trump has done nothing about it despite being briefed on it in March.

Democrats, true to form, expressed more outrage at Trump for allegedly ignoring the intel than they did at Russia, but that’s par for the course.  Since the report has come out it has become apparent that the New York Times’ claims are likely not true and Democrats jumped the gun by attacking Trump.

For starters, John Ratcliffe, the Director of National Intelligence, quickly debunked the story.  “I have confirmed that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday,” he tweeted.  “The White House statement addressing this issue earlier today, which denied such a briefing occurred, was accurate.  The New York Times reporting, and all other subsequent news reports about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.”

So where did this go?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

School Reopening

For John, BLUFWe are approaching a crunch point with regard to reopening of schools.  The different players are maneuvering for position.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Boston Globe, by Reporter Collin Binnley (Associated Press), 28 July 2020.

Here is the lede plus two:

One of the nation's largest teachers unions is authorizing its members to strike if their schools plan to reopen without proper safety measures in the middle of the global pandemic.

The American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.7 million school employees, issued a resolution on Tuesday saying it will support any local chapter that decides to strike over reopening plans.

In providing its blessing, the union is also offering local chapters access to its financial and legal resources as they navigate a return to the classroom.  Union officials said they will provide legal support, communications support and staffing to local chapters that vote to strike.

In the mean time, Home Schooling has begun.  At least that is the report I have from family in Virginia.

As for Lowell, I am in favor of a hybrid system.  In my mind we should be determining which students thrive in an on-line learning enviornment.  Those who can benefit from on-line education should be moved to that path.  It is my assumption that this will free up teach resources, to allow us to (1) do more social distancing and (2) allow for more attention for those students who would benefit from more attention.

For sure, we need to be doing better by all of our students, especially those who struggle in the current school enviornment.

The United Teachers of Lowell, our local Teachers Union has an on-line presence, here.

Regards  —  Cliff