Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit IV

For John, BLUFNow begins the negotiations, wherein the staffs try to reverse what the People voted for.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

There has been some rubbish published about what the Lord Mayor of London, Mr Sadiq Khan, has said about the Brexit Vote.

Mayor of London response to European Union referendum result

"I believe that Britain is better off within the European Union, but the British people have clearly spoken today, and their democratic will must now be fulfilled.

"I would like to praise David Cameron for the dignified way he has reacted to the message sent by the British people in his words at Downing Street today.  I agree with the Prime Minister that Britain can survive and prosper outside the European Union.

"I want to send a clear message to the British people and to businesses and investors around the world this morning - there is no need to panic.

"I still believe that our country is better off within the European Union, but there is no doubt that London will continue to be the successful city it is today.  Our city and our country will continue to be the best place in the world to do business.  And we will continue to look outwards and trade and engage with the entire world - including the European Union.

"Although we will be outside the EU, it is crucial that we remain part of the single market.  Leaving the single market of 500 million people - with its free-trade benefits - would be a mistake.  I will be pushing the Government to ensure this is the cornerstone of the negotiations with the EU.  It is crucial that London has a voice at the table during those renegotiations, alongside Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"We all have a responsibility to now seek to heal the divisions that have emerged throughout this campaign - and to focus on that which unites us, rather than that which divides us."

"I want to send a particular message to the almost one million Europeans living in London, who make a huge contribution to our city - working hard, paying taxes and contributing to our civic and cultural life.  You are welcome here.  We value the enormous contribution you make to our city and that will not change as a result of this referendum."

I really see only one false step in this statement.  Why did he leave Wales out of the mix of those who should have "a voice at the table" during renegotiations?  And Cornwall?  He was quick to claim a seat for London itself.

Hat tip to the Drudge.

Regards  —  Cliff

Brexit III

For John, BLUFLooking for humor is good.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Twitter Freed of Bobby Big Wheel, via Doctrine Man, we have:
Meanwhile India is just blown away that you can get Britain to leave by voting.
A great line.

Regards  —  Cliff

Brexit II

For John, BLUFPlanning ahead is not a Washington strong suit.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is a tweet from Will Collier (@willcollier) (the 24th at 8:07 AM):
If the US had a real president, he'd already have a US/UK free trade deal written up and ready to go.  Sadly, we have a vain academic twit.
I am thinking that Will has this wrong.  I bet President Obama has been quietly feeling out Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about this possibility.  He has also, I am sure, quietly met with the leaders of Congress about expanding NAFTA to include the UK.  Surely Secretary of State Kerry and our Treasury Secretary, Mr Jacob Lew, have been developing plans to have closer ties with our British Cousins.  Surely.


Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Housing in the Bay Area

For John, BLUFIf we wonder about a housing shortage, it isn't just NIMBY, but it is also an attitude of "I've got mine, screw you".  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Mr Ed Driscoll, at The InstaPundit:
BUILD MORE HOUSING!  SAN FRANCISCO’S YIMBY MOVEMENT HAS A PLAN TO SOLVE THE CITY’S HOUSING CRISIS:  A new video from Reason TV explains why it’s impossible to build in San Francisco, and to a lesser extent, the rest of the Bay Area as well:
The answer lies in the city’s unique culture of permissions and regulations. NIMBYs (“not in my backyard”) have successfully organized against development in the region for decades by blocking new construction they deem to be a nuisance.

“We have so much neighborhood input here.  More than anywhere else in the country,” says housing activist Sonja Trauss.  “This public policy of whatever you do on your property being everybody’s business—how has that gone for us? What has that produced? Well, it’s produced a horrible housing shortage.”

Some of the recent developments delayed by NIMBY opponents include a 36-story residential building at 1481 Post Street that was first proposed over 10 years ago; a 17-acre space at Balboa Reservoir that is currently an empty parking lot; and a 10-story condo development at 1979 Mission Street that residents have dubbed the “monster in the Mission.”

The Bay area’s propensity for NIMBYism has bordered on the absurd in some instances.  In 2010, residents banded together to block the addition of high speed internet equipment around the city, with some neighborhoods claiming a broadband antenna could “accidentally zap residents with concentrated radio waves” in the event of an earthquake.  This year Palo Alto residents in Royal Manor, a neighborhood of 200 homes, proposed a zoning law that would ban two-story homes and second-story add-ons to maintain the aesthetic of their community.

The stubbornness of the NIMBYs has sparked a counter-YIMBY movement (“yes in my backyard”) among activists who believe the way out of the housing crisis is to build.

And here is one article my Middle Brother hasn't sent me from The San Jose Mercury, "California's skyrocketing housing costs, taxes prompt exodus of residents".

My feeling is that if there are people who like mild weather and like lots of restrictions on buildings and on activities, then it is good that they all congregate in one place—the City by the Bay.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  When we purchased our current home the realtor had clauses prohibiting storing a boat (like our neighbor a couple houses down does), no RV in the driveway, no hanging laundry out to dry.  That sort of thing, which might lower house prices.  I wonder if that is left over from the 1860s or if she had spent time in San Francisco?

Confusion in the Administration

For John, BLUFA good question.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Why did the White House just humiliate Loretta Lynch?

This is an Editorial Opinion from the New York Post Editorial Board, on 20 June.  And, it is about the the botched release of the transcripts from Mr Omar Mateen, the Orlando Daesh following shooter.

I have taken two excerpts.  The first is a vote of confidence in Attorney General Loretta Lynch, someone I also have confidence in:

Lynch never did anything this absurd in all her years as US attorney here in New York, so you know the order came down from above.
Then, here is the bottom line and the money quote (making reference to Former NSA Susan Rice):
It makes you wonder:  Who at the White House feels compelled to send women of color out to humiliate themselves on national TV?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Shooting in Germany

For John, BLUFThere are lessons here, but I don't expect to see any.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Gunman takes hostages in German cinema, is shot dead by police

With a dateline in Viernheim, Germany, Reporter Ralf Banser, wrote for Reuters.
A masked gunman took hostages at a cinema in western Germany on Thursday before police stormed the complex and shot him dead, police said.

No other people were injured, a police spokesman said.

The attacker, who carried a rifle or "long gun," acted alone and appeared to be a "disturbed man," the interior minister of Hesse state, Peter Beuth, told the regional parliament.

So, here is an interesting story.  No mention of a rifle (FYI, a rifle could be an AR-15, but not a musket) in the headline.  It isn't until the third paragraph that the hostage taker having a gun is mentioned.

Yet, the police thought the situation was sufficiently dire to use deadly force.

The "weapon" turned out to be a life-like simulation, which apparently fooled the police.  With the name not released one wonders if this might have been a copycat event, off of Orlando.

Germany has strict gun laws.  Apparently they need strict laws on models of guns.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Which is why not playing up the assassination attempt on Mr Trump made good sense.


For John, BLUFThere will always be an England.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I lived in England for a year, in 1974.  My town went 53.9% for EXIT.

I approve.

Regards  —  Cliff