Friday, December 2, 2016

I Am Alive

For John, BLUFSome folks are just plain old hard chargers.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

That is my title up there, directly above.  If you want to understand folks who are Type A (dedicated to doing their job, regardless of what it is, as I would say), read the short post from Author Sarah Hoyt.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Democrats Becoming Aware

For John, BLUFThe Democrats are beginning to wake up.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Hill and Reporter Mark Hensch.

Here is the lede plus three:

Democratic political commentator Van Jones says his party comes across as elitist and condescending to voters.

“Everybody knows we have a problem with elitism,” he said on ABC’s “The View” Thursday.

“Liberals and Democrats, we see ourselves as champions of the poor and downtrodden,” added Jones, a former adviser to President Obama.

“But we have somehow let a little camp of elitist-sounding, snobby people come into the party, and it's obnoxious.  They talk down to people, and everybody hates it.”

It is obnoxious.

And speaking of obnoxious, he takes a swipe at Republicans, who he claims are "struggling with bigotry and racism in their ranks".

“The Republicans see themselves as the party of color-blind individualism, and that’s beautiful. But they have somehow created a space for a small number of racially hateful people to come in their party. They’ve got to deal with that too.”

Jones added he does not consider those who voted for President-elect Donald Trump racist, however.

The good news there is that, unlike some within the Democratic Party, he doesn't condemn everyone who voted for Mr Trump.

And, now Mr Michael Moore has someone to talk to about the Democratic Party going off the trail.  They aren't stupid over there and they will soon figure this out.  Unfortunately, their economic solutions will be more along the lines of a Hugo Chávez than an Adam Smith.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, December 1, 2016

House Democrat Vote Outcome

For John, BLUFI'm happy, but if I were a Democrat I wouldn't be.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I picked a Progressive newspaper, The Guardian for a report on Ms Nancy Pelosi being re-elected House Minority Leader.  The Reporter is Ms Lauren Gambino, their Washington Correspondent.

Here is the lede plus one:

Nancy Pelosi has been re-elected as House minority leader on Wednesday, fending off an unexpected challenge from Ohio congressman Tim Ryan despite calls for new leadership following the Democrats’ crushing electoral defeat.

The party elected Pelosi, a progressive from San Francisco who has led her colleagues in the House since 2002, to another term in a closed-door vote on Wednesday. She earned 134 votes to Ryan’s 63.

Regards  —  Cliff

Looking Toward 20 January

For John, BLUFBlossom thinks we have turned a corner.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Today's edition of The [Lowell] Sun has a nice letter by Ms Blossom Stiefel, a Lowell Resident and a Republican.  My friend Blossom takes a positive view of the election and our future under a President Trump.

I commend the letter to you.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

House Leadership (Minority Party) Vote Today

For John, BLUFI think Rep Nancy Pelosi is good for Republicans.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The article is by Reporter Mike Lillis and it was in The Hill. This is about if US House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Democrat from California's Bay Area) will remain leader of her caucus or will be replaced.

Here is the lede plus three:

House Democrats return to Washington on Tuesday grappling over the best course for the party’s future.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), facing a challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), is seen as the heavy favorite in elections on Wednesday to keep her top leadership spot, where she’s been perched for the past 14 years.

Democrats will decide on their new leader in a secret ballot vote that highlights the caucus’s restlessness and resurrects internal tensions that have simmered since Democrats lost control of the lower chamber in 2010.

While House Democrats gained at least six seats this cycle — several contests remain too close to call — that figure was a far cry from the 25 pickups Pelosi had predicted. Seeking more accountability for the dismal results, dozens of restive lawmakers successfully delayed the party’s leadership elections to this week to allow more time for reckoning. But in the eyes of Ryan and his supporters, nothing short of a change at the top will get the party back on a winning track.

There are a number of voices call for change.  Of course their is our own Massachusetts Delegation member Rep Seth Moulton who put forward the idea of delaying the election to today, and is now backing Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan for the job of Minority Leader, as is Mass Rep Stephen Lynch.

And, in an interesting OpEd in Black Voice News there is a call for including more Blacks and especially Black Women in Democratic Party leadership positions.  The argument makes sense.

Personally, I would like to see things stay just the way they are.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Misunderstanding Violence

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

What can I say?  These five, including California Lt Gov Gavin Newsom and 2016 Democratic Party VP candidate Tim Kaine, got tricked into thinking that this was a shooting incident.  The assaulting individual, Mr Abdul Artan, used his car and then an edged weapon.  A licensed user of guns did shoot Mr Artan, and kill him.  But, he was a policeman.  What the event wasn't about was a "senseless act of gun violence at Ohio State", as Mr Kaine would have it.

If you are one of those who think "guns" cause violence, as opposed to people causing violence and using the tools available, you are going to draw some wrong conclusions.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, November 28, 2016

San Francisco Blues

For John, BLUFWe are lucky to live in Lowell.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is a post at Ricochet, by "Retail Lawyer".  He describes a world with somber and distressed people.

In the Comments "Right Angles" wrote:

I loved reading this!  These people kill me with their “escape plans” and fear of “repression.”  Like you, I don’t dare reveal what I really think to anyone involved in my career, and my fear of canceled contracts is very very real.  They think they know about “repression”?  Hah.  Cry me a river.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff