Saturday, July 4, 2015


For John, BLUFNot everyone can create the fashion look, the look that says I am in charge here.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

When I was conceptualizing my last Blog Post, "Sprezztura", I thought I was referencing this Blog Post from Dapper District, "I am become Death, destroyer of worlds."

This particular Dapper District Blog Post consists of the title and two photographs.  It is all about the look, the suit and tie and shoes.

However, it is the quote, the literary reference, that is interesting to me.  It is the line used by Dr J Robert Oppenheimer on a date later in this month, but in 1945.  The reason was TRINITY, the first known nuclear explosion on Earth.  The original is from the Bhagavad Gita, and is part of the dialogue between Prince Arjuna and Krishna.

So, a strong assertion for this particular look shown in the Blog Post.

Regards  —  Cliff


For John, BLUFEven casual fashion requires some consideration.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

In this blog post DC Attorney Lee Warren explains the word Sprezzatura and admits that he was an English Major in College.

If, for your fashion sense, you need to know, go to the link.

Regards  —  Cliff

  No, I don't know which college.  If a Commenter wants to know I will track it down.

When Hollywood Was Patriotic

For John, BLUFWhen the stars we know were young.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the web magazine War on the Rocks we have "THE U.S. ARMY UNIT THAT WAS NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR".

The Fourth of July often makes me think of President Ronald Reagan, the modern political master of the patriotic demonstration in the United States.  Also, the holiday is meant to be a day of unity in the United States — the one day set aside to celebrate our nation in its entirety.  Accordingly, today’s historical piece is a World War II-era training film entitled “Fighter Combat Formation: Attacks and Escort” that starred Reagan and is available on YouTube.
This training film wasn't the result of a contract, but of a special unit created to do this kind of work.
This film, and many others during the war, was made by the First Motion Picture Unit, U.S. Army Air Forces, one of the more unusual units in American military history.  This outfit had its beginning with Gen. Hap Arnold, who asked Jack Warner of Warner Brothers fame to create a unit to make recruitment and training films.  Warner agreed but asked for a commission as a general.  Instead, he got the rank of lieutenant colonel and command of the unit until it was fully up and running.
The author of this article is Professor Mark Stout, a Senior Editor at War on the Rocks.  He is the Director of the MA Program in Global Security Studies and the Graduate Certificate Program in Intelligence at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC.

Regards  —  Cliff

The National Holiday

For John, BLUFWe should be telling our children and grandchildren that this is an important day and we should celebrate it that way.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, July 3, 2015

Trump Triumphing

For John, BLUFOne has to listen carefully.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Politico we have an opinion piece from Mr Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, "Sorry, Donald Trump Has A Point".
You are hardly a name-brand company if you haven’t dumped Donald Trump over the past seven days. NBC, Univision and Macy’s have all thrown The Donald under the bus, in the heaviest blow to schlock culture in this country since the cancellation of “Jersey Shore.”

The carnage ranges widely across media, encompassing reality TV (“Celebrity Apprentice”), entertainment properties (the Miss USA Pageant), fashion (the Donald J. Trump Signature Collection) and even fragrance (Success by Trump).

Yes, the 2016 Republican field is so wide and diverse it includes perhaps the nation’s first presidential candidate with his own fragrance….

The shunning of Trump is in response to his uh, memorable presidential announcement that included comments about the alleged criminality of Mexican immigrants that were typically crude.  Trump could make a statement about arcane tax policy details related to accelerated depreciation for business investment — and still make you want to take a shower afterward.

. . . As it happens, Trump’s new enemies are doing him an enormous political favor, at least in the short term.  There are few things that benefit a Republican candidate in the current environment of left-wing bullying more than getting fired and boycotted for something he’s said.  And Trump’s smash-mouth response — oh, yeah, I’m going to sue Univision for a cool $500 million — will be even more endearing to primary voters.

I was skeptical that Trump was really running, but now that the boats are burned behind him, watch out.

If you made it this far, I will point out that I FAVOR immigration.  This is a nation of immigrants  For thousands of years.  I do believe that a nation has the right, and the duty, to control immigration.  I am not in favor of nations controlling emigration.  I think that excluding law breakers is OK.

Yes, The Donald is tapping into some of the baser motives of the People of this land.  On the other hand, careless wording comes into play.  By taking the "it isn't illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts" approach we debase our language and allow confusion to run rampant.  By conflating legal and illegal immigration the bien-pensant get to tar and feather the average Joe and Jane who worry about jobs going away while taxes go up, due to illegal immigration.  Oh, and worry about their vote being diluted.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Thank you former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Disrespecting the Candidates

For John, BLUFThis is going to be an ugly presidential campaign period.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Remember former US Rep Barney Frank, from our Fair Commonwealth?  He is the one who asked a constituent, in response to a question, "On what planet do you spend most of your time?"  Here is a reference.

Wednesday The New Yorker had an article by Reporter John Cassidy, What Planet Is Chris Christie Living On?

It wasn't funny when Rep Frank used the phrase and it isn't funny with regard to Governor Christie, who was announcing for the Presidency that day.  I admit that Governor Christie is not my choice, but still, this title is a little harsh.

Here is the lede:

Chris Christie can yak; we all know that.  At one point during the Bridgegate scandal, which derailed his Presidential hopes, he stood at the podium for what seemed like an entire morning answering questions, until, finally, the Trenton press corps ran out of things to ask.  He didn’t say much, of course, except to repeat his denial that he knew anything about the Nixonian shenanigans his chief of staff and top political adviser had apparently been up to in Fort Lee, where his administration stood accused of reducing the number of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in order to punish the town’s mayor for opposing the governor’s reĆ«lection.  But at a moment when many politicians would have stayed out of view, Christie stood there and talked, and talked, and talked, his very presence indicating that, however bad things got, he intended to tough it out.
While I am not pushing Governor Christie, I do respect the fact that he is willing to go toe to toe with the Press. That is more than we can say for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Is Mr Pacheco Standing in the Way?

For John, BLUFUnions are necessary in our economy, but so is reasonable competition.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is The Boston Globe, back in 2011, editorializing about the Pacheco Law.

One wonders if this particular law will interfere with efforts to make the MBTA more effective and efficient.

I guess at some level this doesn't really make any difference, except that the MBTA is important to the economy of Eastern Massachusetts.  When the weather is good, that the MBTA usually works well and there are no problems, but if next Winter is as bad as this last one, or worse, and if the MBTA breaks down more than this last year it might well be very disruptive.  For one thing, those with access to automobiles may abandon the MBTA, taking to the highways, slowing everyone's commute.  That is tolerable, but for those who have no alternative to the "T" breakdowns mean late to work or not making it to work, which might lead to firings, which leads to extra costs for the Commonwealth, and more important, possible loss of housing.  Bad in any weather, it would be worse in the Winter.  We need the MBTA to work.

Regards  —  Cliff