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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Respecting Your Fore Bearers

For John, BLUFSenator Harris seems to be snakebit.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This was picked up on InstaPundit.

From Front Page Magazine, by Mr Daniel Greenfield, 19 February 2019.

Here are the InstaPundit Excerpts:

Professor Donald Harris Kamala Harris’ Jamaican father, has vigorously dissociated himself from statements made on the New York Breakfast Club radio show earlier this week attributing her support for smoking marijuana to her Jamaican heritage.  Professor Harris has issued a statement to in which he declares:
“My dear departed grandmothers(whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics.  Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”
As Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds said, "Ouch."

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Mass Delegation re Wall

For John, BLUFSo the Dems in the House of Reprsentative exerted their will on the President, but didn't expect blow back?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From MASSterlist.

Here is the "blog post":

A coalition of 16 states, which doesn’t include Massachusetts (at least not yet), yesterday officially challenged in court President Trump’s plan to use “emergency powers” to spend billions of dollars on a new border wall, the NYT reports.

Meanwhile, protests were held yesterday in Boston, Worcester, Northampton and elsewhere against the president’s wall plan, with U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley in Boston calling Trump’s attempted unilateral move “constitutional vandalism” and asserting Trump has “lost all moral authority to continue to serve,” reports Jacqueline Tempera at MassLive and Simón Ríos at WBUR. George Barnes at the Telegram and Jacquelyn Voghel at the Gazette have details on the Worcester and Northampton rallies, respectively.

From an Old Gray Lady article.

Does our whole Congressional Delegation think President Trump has “lost all moral authority to continue to serve”?  I was never good in language arts in school, but I parse that to mean Representative Ayanna Pressley believes—not just thinks, but deep down believes—Resident Trump should be Impeached, and Convicted.  This is not a half measure step.  As fellow Massachusetts thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”  If we, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as represented by our all Democratic Congressional Delegation are going to make war on President Trump they had better make quick work of it.  He apparently doesn't suffer fools gladly, and while there is safety in numbers, the President can find ways to diddle with us.

Regards  —  Cliff

Bill Weld is Back

For John, BLUFIf Gov Weld a stalking horse for Gov Charlie Baker?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From he New Hampshire Journal, by Commentator Michael Graham, 14 February 2019.

Here is the lede plus four:

If you’re a 2020 GOP primary voter who’s been holding out for a pro-abortion, pro-amnesty liberal who endorsed Barack Obama, praised Hillary Clinton and compared Donald Trump to the Nazis — Bill Weld’s your man!

And if you’re Donald Trump, concerned that a primary challenge could cripple your re-election bid the same way it did for George H. W. Bush or Jimmy Carter, former Governor Weld really is your man.

He’s the ideal candidate for Trump to run against.

Weld, the Libertarian Party nominee for vice president in 2016, will be speaking at the Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford, NH Friday morning, where it is expected he will make a major announcement related to a possible primary challenge to President Trump.  “We’re going to make news,” Weld told Jim Brett, head of the New England Council which, along with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, co-hosts the event.

Political observers are less than optimistic about Weld’s chances.  “Bill Weld makes Don Quixote look like a pillar of sanity and prudence,” Real Clear Politics president and co-founder Tom Bevan told NHJournal.

I guess former Mass Governor Bill Weld is a Republican, if you compare him to some of the DemocratsSocialists lining up for the 2020 run for the Democratic Nomination.

It is going to be a very interesting contest.

Regards  —  Cliff


For John, BLUFInterestingly, Drug Lords sometimes care about more than just dealing drugs.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Washington Examiner, by Reporter Quin Hillyer, 15 February 2019.

Here four key paragraphs:

Edmond, himself a good basketball player, grew up as friends with John Turner, a Hoya role player.  Thompson heard Edmond had been seen hanging around with Turner and Hoya superstar Alonzo Mourning.  There was and is no evidence either player was involved with drugs; indeed, Mourning remains to this day a man almost universally admired for both grit and character.  But Thompson wanted to take no chances.

Thompson sent word to the streets:  I want Rayful Edmond in my office.  Rayful Edmond complied.  Think of what would have happened if, say, Knute Rockne had summoned Al Capone to a meeting.  Capone would have sent word back:  “You want me to come to you?  No, you come to me.  Capisce?”

But Edmond dutifully showed up at Thompson’s office — and Thompson told him, in no uncertain terms, to leave his kids alone.

And Edmond did. He was never seen in the company of a Hoya player ever again.  As Andrew Sharp wrote for SB Nation, Thompson “single-handedly scared the shit out of one of the most infamous drug dealers in U.S. history.”

The edge Coach John Thompson had was that Rayful Edmond had respect for the Hoya basketball team.  And, he (Coach Thompson) was ornery enough to confront the problem head on.  An edge Coach Knute Rockne wouldn't have had.

But, it does say that each of us needs to be aware and speak to those we are in contact with.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

"According to people familiar"

For John, BLUFI am sorry, Virginia, but there appears to be no there there.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

While I found this item in The Boston Globe, it is really from the WaPo, The Washington Post.  And who did they talk to?  "People familiar."  How familiar?  The Charlady or some nameless, faceless bureaucrat?

From The Boston Globe! by Washington Post Reporters Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey and Matt Zapotosky, 21 February 2019

Here is the lede plus two:

WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials are preparing for the end of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and believe a confidential report could be issued in coming days, according to people familiar with the discussions.

The investigation has consumed Washington since it began in May 2017, and it increasingly appears to be nearing its end, which would send fresh shock waves through the political system.  Mueller could deliver his report to Attorney General William Barr next week, according to a person familiar with the matter who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Regulations call for Mueller to submit to the attorney general a confidential explanation as to why he decided to charge certain individuals, as well as who else he investigated and why he decided not to charge those people.  The regulations then call for the attorney general to report to Congress about the investigation.

The article notes that CNN has reported "that [Special Counsel] Mueller could send a report to Barr as early as next week."  Great.  Just as President Trump is sitting down with Chairman Kim.

Does anyone think this will be the end of it?  Not even a Trump victory in the 2020 Election will end it.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, February 18, 2019

Earmarks For the Winners

For John, BLUFA Federally financed bridge to nowhere?  Yes, the Democrats control the House and money is leaking.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Read the Blog Post and then go to the Link.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

A False Flag Operation

For John, BLUFThe big problem is we can't outlaw stupid, on any side.  Perhaps, if we honored and knew our history we could put some of this stuff on the shelf and mark those who took it down as just plain stupid.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Yes, it is The Babylon Bee, from 18 February 2019.

Here is the lede plus three:

U.S.—The nation’s liberals were struck by a devastating blow this week after finding out a hate crime, reported by Empire actor Jussie Smollet, didn’t actually happen.

“I needed this to be true,” said liberal columnist Hanna Spalding.  “When I first heard the news of this attack, I was filled with so much hope. I felt so validated.  Then that was taken away.  Now I just want to cry into my pillow.”

The attack had been called “a modern-day lynching” by democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker but after Chicago police reported that the “trajectory of the investigation” into Smollet’s story had shifted, Smollet was stripped of his victim status.  Booker became irate, phoning the Chicago police chief and shouting repeatedly, “Check it again!  CHECK IT AGAIN!”

After some deep breathing exercises, Booker spoke with reporters.  “How are we supposed to intentionally turn the nation against each other and exploit these divisions for political power if people won’t commit a simple hate crime once in a while?”

It is satire, but it reflects our not moving on.  How are we going to agree with reparations if we don't have someone who can say it is done, it is satisfied?  And we don't.  I would agree to "reparations" if that would pay the bill due.  But who has the moral authority to sign off on a reparations package?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff