Monday, July 27, 2015

Hillary's Numbers


For John, BLUFI worry that so many people actually like Ms Clinton for President.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



This look at Candidate Hillary Clinton, "Why Hillary Clinton’s numbers are down in the states that matter", from The Washington Post, can be summed up by this excerpt:
Part of this, as we've explained before, is that Clinton's favorability tends to swell when she's not running for office and dip when she is.
About those EMails.  I saw a cartoon on Facebook, in which Richard Nixon is complaining that 18 1/2 minutes missing from a tape makes him a crook, but 40,000 missing EMails means nothing for Ms Clinton.  While not excusing Mr Nixon, the EMail thing is concerning.  For one thing, she probably had a lot of items that were classified, like her daily schedule.  In breaking codes, if you can find a plain text version here and compare it to an encrypted version there, you can figure out the cypher.  This is a mess.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Police Make a Mistake, But The Victim Survives


For John, BLUFWhen the policeman shows up, do as you are told.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



From The Washington Post we have a recent (24 July) article on police raids:  "In Iraq, I raided insurgents.  In Virginia, the police raided me."  Mr Alex Horton, the writer, is a thoughtful observer, as you can see from the several early paragraphs excerpted.  And, Mr Horton is not some slug off the street.  He is a recent graduate of Georgetown University and is a member of the Defense Council at the Truman National Security Project.  He served as an infantryman in Iraq with the Army’s 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Here is how the story starts:

I got home from the bar soon after Saturday night bled into Sunday morning and fell into bed.  I didn’t wake up until three police officers barged into my apartment, barking their presence at my door.  They sped down the hallway to my bedroom, their service pistols drawn and leveled at me.

It was just past 9 a.m., and I was still under the covers.  The only visible target was my head.

In the shouting and commotion, I felt an instant familiarity.  I’d been here before.  This was a raid.

I had done this a few dozen times myself, 6,000 miles away from my Alexandria, Va., apartment.  As an Army infantryman in Iraq, I’d always been on the trigger side of the weapon.  Now that I was on the barrel side, I recalled basic training’s most important firearm rule:  Aim only at something you intend to kill.

I had conducted the same kind of raid on suspected bombmakers and high-value insurgents.  But the Fairfax County officers in my apartment were aiming their weapons at a target whose rap sheet included parking tickets and an overdue library book.

My situation was terrifying. Lying facedown in bed, I knew that any move I made could be viewed as a threat.  Instinct told me to get up and protect myself.  My training told me that if I did, these officers would shoot me dead.

For those following at home, Mr Horton is a Caucasian.  Your skin color is not some absolute protection from mistakes.  Mr Horton is a college graduate, doing freelance work for the Federal Government.  The police don't see that when they show up at the door.  For the policeman you are an unknown factor and since he or she wants to go home tonight, care is being taken in case you are a problem.

The good news is that Mr Horton stays calm and does what he is told and comes out the other end alive and uninjured.  Not all can say that.  An important lesson we need to teach our children is that the policeman has a gun, he doesn't know what fool thing you are going to do, so the best advice is to do what you are told and figure it out later, in a calmer atmosphere.

For the policeman it is much more complex.  His job is to be polite, to be professional, and to be prepared to shoot anyone who poses a threat to others or to the policeman.  And there isn't a lot of time to switch roles.

The other lesson from this is that the police need to go back to trying to police like the Community are their partners, not the population they are trying to control.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Blue Colar Slipping Away?


For John, BLUFThere are cracks in the political parties, but are they enough to force a realignment?  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Writing an OpEd for The Detroit News, Mr Nolan Finley gives us "Democrats’ handout strategy is failing". Here is the Lede:
Democrats hope to prevail in the 2016 elections by pounding the income gap. But at least one major group on the short end of that equation isn’t buying that the handout party has the right answers.

Blue collar white voters believe the Republican Party is better equipped to make the economic system more fair by an overwhelming margin, according to a new Washington Post poll.

In the survey of non-college educated whites, 50 percent had more faith in GOP policies, while 29 percent favored the Democratic strategy.

These are among the workers hit hardest by the economic shifts of the past quarter century, and in particular by the failed polices of the Obama administration.

From The InstaPundit:
I would also add that Democrats’ incessant demeaning of blue collar workers because of their race (predominantly white), religion, gender (predominantly male), or values isn’t helping a whole lot, either.  If you keep suggesting that white, male, Christians who believe in earning a dollar are racist, ignorant, xenophobic, homophobic or otherwise evil, they probably won’t vote for you.
There is no blinding insight there.  The only question is when the tectonic plates will shift.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Wisconsin Government Star Chamber Proceedings Coming to Light


For John, BLUFThe reason there is a Bill of Rights is to protect us from the Government, which, regardless of party, can slip off the rails from time to time.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



There is some whinging going around about the Wisconsin John Doe case being thrown out.  There shouldn't be.  it is just UnAmerican.  Heck, the whole thing is UnAmerican, including the lash up of Wisconsin officials with the IRS to go after a particular group of political activists.  This kind of thing just gives Democrats a bad name.  The Chicago Way.

This is a situation where the police conducted odd hours raids and told people they couldn't even speak to their lawyers.  At the same time the Government attorneys were leaking to the media, even inviting them to the scenes of raids.  Despicable.  And then coordinated with the IRS (what is it, Day 806 of the IRS Scandal?  I think Ms Louis Lerner has a lot to apologize for.)

At any rate, here Law Professor Ann Althouse talking about "The Wisconsin Targets Tell Their Story/After victory in court, conservative activists talk on the record for the first time about their 21-month ordeal."  And, she recommends a must-read story in The Wall Street Journal by Collin Levy. (No subscription? Google some text.)

And, given the Media's cooperation with the corrupt Government officials, can we say there was some BenSmithing going on?  Yes, we can.

Did I use the word despicable?  For sure, a Scott Walker victory in 2016 would be nice payback.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

  And this is why ordinary citizens should be allowed to sue Government Officials, who would no longer be able to hide behind immunity.  And, besides, tar and feathers is so Nineteenth Century.
  (v) A political tactic that disguises itself as journalism in order to protect Democrats, most specifically Barack Obama.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Papa's Birthday [This Week]


For John, BLUFA great writer.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Yes, this is a little late, but we are looking at Writer Earnest Hemingway's 116th Birthday, this last Tuesday.

Here is the Esquire list of top ten Hemingway quotes, which triggered this post.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, July 23, 2015

When in Doubt, Blame the "White Guy"


TRIGGER WARNING:  In which I discuss distortions of the facts with regard to abortion.
For John, BLUFYou have to listen to every argument, but then you have to discard a lot of them for just being flat out factless.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



The InstaPundit is on the abortion issue this morning, and not without reason.  The reason is the distortion of information to allow the intellectually lazy to feel good about abortions, rather than seeing them as the small or large tragedies they are.  This item is from News Busters, where Reporter Katie Yoder does a fisking of CNN's Sally Kohn in "Sally Kohn Blames Planned Parenthood Videos on ‘Patriarchy,’ ‘White Supremacy’".

Well, I do have to give credit to the "White Supremacy" argument, given that Ms Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, wanted to reduce the number of Black babies.

The early 1900s are not over, they have just changed cloths.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Yes, I grant that for some it is a medical necessity, the Mother against the unborn child.  I wonder if we ignore the fact that it may not be a slam-dunk decision for the Mother.  Might she not feel a twinge of regret along with the relief that a life threatening situation has been overcome.  A small twinge for what might have been?

Carly on Hillary on Abortion


For John, BLUFThe reason Trump is popular is he pushes back.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina seems to be willing to take it to the Democrats.  Here, on CNN, she is talking about Ms Hillary Clinton and her stand on abortion.

“It’s not a life until it leaves the hospital.” That’s Hillary Clinton’s position.
I fear that that is Ms Clinton's position.  It is sort of a regression to when Sparta was a City State and strong.  On the other hand, it could be a position built on fear—fear than there can be no compromise with the majority of Americans who think there should be some limits on abortion.  Any compromise and we could be on a slippery slope.

Given that SCOTUS has given us Roe v Wade, I see a natural fire brake, unless Ms Clinton fears a Constitutional Amendment, but then that could come anyway, if there were the support, which I doubt there is.

So, Ms Clinton comes off as an extremist.  What can I say?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff