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Monday, July 31, 2017

More on Mr Awan's Family

For John, BLUFOn the face of this, it doesn't look good.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from CBS Los Angeles, on 27 July 2017.

Family members of a staffer for the former Democratic National Committee chair who was arrested this week while attempting to leave the U.S. for Pakistan once worked for several Southern California congressional offices.
As we know, IT Specialist Imran Awan was fired this last Tuesday by Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, after being arrested Monday at Dulles International Airport and then pleading not guilty to a bank fraud charge.

Nr Awan’s attorney, Chris Gowen, called the bank fraud count a “modest real estate matter” and the arrest is motivated by anti-Muslim bigotry.

Further in the story we learn:

Hina Alvi, the wife of Imran Awan, also worked for Schultz and was fired Feb. 2 by Rep. Karen Bass’ office, records show. A second brother, Jamal Awan, was fired by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) on that same day. Records show he was then terminated days later on Feb. 9 by Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside).
Does the mean that these firings were motivated by "anti-Muslim bigotry?

And why were they so much earlier than Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz cutting lose Mr Imran Awn?

Maybe we will learn more on 21 August, when, according to Lawyer Gowen, an arraignment is scheduled.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Law Prof and Blogger Ann Althouse on DHS 7 October 2016 Announcement

For John, BLUFEither way, Putin wins.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"Ann, I finally found the Department of Homeland Security statement that has given so much wind to the press Russia Collusion business."

"I'm having a hard time understanding the words, and was hoping you could help to elucidate them, as you are so good at doing," asks Dante in last night's "Open-All-Night Restaurant." Here's the full text:
Yes, it is really fairly thin gruel.  But, it is what Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working with.

Go to the link and read the short discussion from Professor Althouse.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Al Gore Missed The Threat

For John, BLUFIt's always something.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"It's not great news."

This is from Science Alert and Writer Andrew Stapleton, ono Saturday, 29 July 2017.

Here is the lede plus one:

Scientists have conducted the first large scale systematic review of sperm count and quality and were 'shocked' at what they found.

The study found that for males from western countries, North America, Europe and Australia, sperm concentration had declined by 50 percent in less than 40 years and should be a wakeup call to solve what's causing the trend.

And here is the prognosis:
"We are not in crisis yet but this study serves as a warning that we should investigate the role our diet and environment pay on sperm production.

So, men.  Think twice before you order fast food and forego that brisk beach walk – your sperm will thank you.  Failing that, maybe scientists can just make you some.

Perhaps our civilization could die quicker than the sea levels can rise.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Royal Duty Shell Sees Low Oil Prices For Some Time

For John, BLUFBetween "smart" Barack Obama and "dumb" Sarah Palin, I tend to favor Sarah.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is a 28 July 2017 Editorial From Investor's Business Daily.

Who was it who said "Drill, Baby, Drill"?

Not directly mentioned is how oil and gas production are a foreign policy tool.  Our ability to produce lessens the threat to our friends and allies of a Russian effort to blackmail with energy delivery curtailments.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, July 29, 2017

You Are Responsible

For John, BLUFAnd be sure you know the escape routes wherever you are.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from Bloomberg News and Reporters Alessandro Speciale and Chad Thomas, today, Saturday, 29 July 2017.

This is about a Palestinian who had been denied refugee status, whe went on a rampage in a supermarket, in the Barmbek district of Hamburg, Germany, leaving one man dead and six injured.

And, yes, this is one more instance that calls into question the refugee policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

But, the lesson learned is in this sentence:

The attack in a supermarket in the Barmbek district left one man dead and six injured before bystanders overpowered the attacker.
The lesson to be drawn from this terrorist attack (or action by a mentally unstable person) is that YOU are the first responder, not the police, fire or rescue.

Yes, absolutely, in most cases it will be the trained professionals who will handle a situation, but they are minutes away when the problem is right in front of you.  Is the building on fire?  Call 911 and then make sure everyone is leaving the building.  Is someone injured?  Dial 911 and then make sure the person is breathing and not in danger from falling debris or other problem.  Is someone shooting at people or knifing them?  Dial 911 and then make sure people take shelter or evacuate the area.  In extreme circumstances you and those with you may have to confront the threatening individual.

Don't be stupid, but do act to protect yourself, your loved ones and others around you.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Why Fighters Need Guns

For John, BLUFbeen there in the "missiles don't work" scenario.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from Combat Aircraft, 23 June 2017.
At approximately 18.43hrs local time on June 18, a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet operating over Syria shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) Su-22M4 ‘Fitter’ fighter-bomber near Tabqah, Syria.

The F/A-18E (reported as BuNo 168914/AJ304) was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87 ‘Golden Warriors’ (also known as ‘War Party’), which is assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8.

Its pilot engaged the ‘Fitter’ and initially fired an AIM-9X Sidewinder close-range heat-seeking missile from a range of about half a mile, which was defeated by flares launched by the Su-22 pilot. The Super Hornet then re-engaged and fired an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile), which hit the ‘Fitter’ despite being fired from relatively close range.

. . .

However, the engagement poses some interesting questions, not least; how was a 1980s-era ‘Fitter’ able to defeat a cutting-edge US air-to-air heat-seeking missile?

Yes it does.

By the way, the "age difference" is a distractor.  The F-18 is an airframe that descends from the Northrop P-530 program, from back in 1971.

And, when you read the whole thing you will realize why every fighter needs a gun.

Hat tip to my friend Richard Byrd.

Regards  —  Cliff

DWS Silent re Awan

For John, BLUFI just hope there wasn't hanky-panky involved.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Daily Caller and Reporter Kerry Picket, on 28 July 2017.

Here is the lede:

WASHINGTON — Embattled Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has avoided facing any media since her law enforcement arrested her former IT staffer Imran Awan Tuesday on bank fraud charges.
Of course she is.  There are no good answers as to what has been going on regarding Mr Awan and Rep Wasserman Schultz's handling of it.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, July 28, 2017

How Deep Does "Awangate" Go?

For John, BLUFThis would be an awkward time to start another Special Counsel, drilling in the opposite direction.  But…  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from PJ Media, by Writer Roger L Simon, Wednesday, 26 July 2017.

This is about former House Democratic Party IT person Imran Awan.  The Wikipedia Article takes the approach of his defense attorney, this is all about nothing.

However, Mr Roger Simon disagrees.  A few paragraphs down his article we have these two paragraphs:

For years, Imran Awan had access to the secret data and correspondence of many House committees, including foreign affairs.  What did he do with it?  As I said, that's the worst case scenario (I guess).  But I don't want to bury my own lede in a welter of ledes, so here it is:

Jeff Sessions should immediately appoint a special counsel in this case whose tentacles are so vast they reach the highest levels of our government.  The FBI, working unsupervised, has already been tainted by its heavily-criticized investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails, an investigation that actually may turn out to be related to this one.  It cannot be trusted to do this by themselves.  We need a special counsel.

And don't forget "the mysterious death of Seth Rich". Sure, all the conspiracy theories have been "debunked", but now might be a good time to dust them off and maybe add the Pakistani ISI to the mix.

When the ISI is involved one can never be sure who is being betrayed.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff


For John, BLUFThe show with the most integration spawns racism.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from the Blog Tech Dirt and Reporter Timothy Geigner, on Tuesday, 25 July 2017.

This is from the resistance-is-futile dept.

The Manitoba license plate reads ASIMIL8.

Here is an excerpt lifted from the article:

If you've existed at all in the modern day political climate you'll understand how some people who are—rightfully—sensitive to the rise of normalized racism, saw [Nick] Troller's plate as problematic.  Seeing the plate as a problem some people complained and Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) told Troller he had to get rid of it.  Troller has since relented to the pressure and gotten rid of the plate for one that says "COLECTV"—the plate still has the bracket sporting the "resistance is futile" saying.

Now, in this hyper-partisan time where everyone is either a racist or an SJW and we all hate each other with the burning passion of eight [pissed off] unhappy suns, it's no wonder that Troller's license plate has become an issue and that people on both sides have seized upon it.  The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is known for taking people to court for denying anti-abortion activists a voice and other free speech issues, now—after advocating for Troller initially—may be taking the case to court.

And there you are.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Something is Rotten in DC

For John, BLUFWas DWS Hacked by Everybody?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This blurb was posted at InstaPundit this morning (27 July 2017) by Mr Ed Driscoll:
JOURNALISM IS ABOUT COVERING IMPORTANT STORIES. WITH A PILLOW, UNTIL THEY STOP MOVING:  Total CNN and MSNBC Blackout of Arrest of IT Guy Continues; Print Media Mentions the Story — with Hilarious Understatement.

Just think of the media as Democrat operatives with lavalieres, and it all makes sense.

The Link is to The Ace of Spades.

A Link from The Ace of Spades to The Daily Caller provides this information:

Chris Gowen, Imran Awan’s lawyer, is a long-time campaigner for former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a member of an attorney team that brought a fraudulent lawsuit against energy giant Chevron.

Politico reported the criminal probe concerned “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.”

Gowen described Awan’s arrest as “clearly a right-wing media-driven prosecution by a United States Attorney’s Office that wants to prosecute people for working while Muslim.”

His official bio on the firm’s web site notes that he “left the Public Defender’s office to work for former President William Jefferson Clinton and then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Chris was a fact checker for President Clinton’s memoir, My Life.”

“He also served as a traveling aid for President Clinton’s national and international trips. Chris finished his tenure with the Clintons by directing the advance operations for then-Senator Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign.”

Is the Trump/Russia meme just a classic example of misdirection, of maskirovka?  That would be the ultimate Russian Hack.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  The Pillow reference is to a Tweet by the Iowa Hawk, Mr Dave Burge, back on 9 May 2013.

Foreign Influence in the Corridors of Power

For John, BLUFThe Democrats should have left the Russia thing alone, when they had the chance  This could slip out of control  Their only hope is the Mainstream Media.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Posted on The Powerline Blog by Mr Paul Mirengoff, on 26 July 2017.

No, this isn't about the extended Trump Family and campaign staff and Russia.

No, this is about Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, at one time the head of the Democratic National Committee, right up until the 2016 Convention.  And it is about a group of Pakistani IT experts who were running the computer systems for Ms Schultz and other Democrats in Congress.

And, about how DWS has given possible foreign agents access to information that they could then use to blackmail Members of Congress and others.  In the article these is a strong running from Mr Awan to Hezbollah.  That doesn't sound good.

Maybe we should appoint a special prosecutor?  Not likely, though, given that Mr Awan was arrested for fraud unrelated to what was going on on Capitol Hill.  Why was that?  Is the Deep Government covering up this obvious penetration of our Government by a foreign government or non-governmental actor?

Here is how the Powerline Post ends:

Clearly, I’ve entered the realm of speculation.  But if the mainstream media is going to speculate endlessly about President Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia, shouldn’t it also be speculating about the Awan connection?  And if Trump is to be investigated endlessly by the government, shouldn’t the Awan connection be investigated, as well?
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Rep Scalise to Rehab

For John, BLUFIt seems it was touch and go for a while.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Blog of fellow New Englander Neo-NeoCon, yesterday, 26 July 2017.

I had missed this good news with regard to Congressman Steve Scalise.

I would like to say that I spent five weeks in Belleville this Summer, starting before the shooting and extending beyond.  The folks of St Clair County, Illinois are a wonderful cross section of the American population, the shooter excepted.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mitt, Enjoy Yourself

For John, BLUFI'm with Treacher.  And I would like to know about Senator E Warren's brilliant plan to break the logjam and fix healthcare.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from The Daily Caller and Blogger Jim Treacher, today, 26 July 2017.

America had a chance to elect Mitt Romney, and we blew it.  Back in 2012 he warned us about Putin, and a lot of other problems we’re facing in 2017, but we just laughed at him.  He tried to serve his country, and he was excoriated.  He was mocked for hiring women, because he said he had binders full of their files.  (To this day, nobody has ever been able to explain why that was bad.)  Hell, he was even accused of giving people cancer.  We treated a good, honorable man like dirt.  He doesn’t owe us a thing.

Or… does he?  Danny McDonald, Boston Globe:

While the Senate debated health care, Mitt Romney was waterskiing

It’s been a contentious week in Washington…

One Republican who appears to be unbothered by all the political tumult?  That would be Mitt Romney.

The former Massachusetts governor and two-time GOP presidential candidate looked quite carefree while showing off his waterskiing skills earlier this week.

What DOES Governor Mitt Romney owe us?

Better, what do we owe him?  And President Obama owes at least an apology over Russia.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Richard Dawkins Now Outside the Circle

For John, BLUFMaybe the Progressives will continue to define and refine what is acceptable so that in the end only that pseudo-Sonderkommando, George Soros, will be left standing.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This was posted yesterday, 25 July 2017, by Ms Juliette Akinyi Ochieng, at DaTechGuy blog.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Eric Holder:  Daft or Hyper-Partisan?

For John, BLUFFor me, the greatest disappointmemt of the Obama Administration.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from PJ Media and Reporter Nicholas Ballasy, on 25 July 2017.

Makes you wonder if he was possibly the worst Attorney General in the last six decades?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Courts Have Been Active

For John, BLUFWell, except for putting law breakers away.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Monday's edition of The Boston Globe by Reporter Milton J. Valencia (24 July 2017).

The 42 word single sentence lede:

The state’s highest court ruled Monday that under Massachusetts law, local law enforcement officials cannot hold a person who is wanted solely for immigration violations, a ruling that provides a legal basis for sanctuary cities to refuse to cooperate with federal officials.

This too is from Yesterday's edition of The Boston Globe, by Reporter Catie Edmondson.

The 27 word single sentence lede, plus two:

A Suffolk Superior Court judge on Monday ruled unconstitutional a state law that forbids people from voting in an election unless they have registered 20 days beforehand.

The law denies qualified citizens their right to vote, Judge Douglas Wilkins ruled.

In a lawsuit filed last year, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, the Chelsea Collaborative, a social services nonprofit, and MassVOTE, a nonprofit that registers people to vote, argued that the law is “unnecessary and arbitrary” and that it excluded thousands of citizens from voting.

Just to make sure I have the proper orientation here, it appears the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is speaking for States' Rights, right?  That is to say, there are limits to what the Federal Government can do in Massachusetts and limits to what support it should expect.  While I am a limited Government Republican, I am hoping we are not going to re-litigate a lot of the old "states' rights" issues.  As for illegal immigrants, as long as we are enforcing rules about having a real Social Security Number to get a job and not letting illegal immigrants register to vote and go on welfare, I guess I am OK with it.  As for Drivers Licenses, I am still up in the air.

With regard to voting, I have some small sympathy with the Massachusetts Secretary of State.  They can't even guarantee that they get "Mail In" registration right. Why would we think that this kind of last minute rush would not complicate the printing of voter rolls?  Do they need ten days to print and distribute them?  Five days?  Two days but we have to keep open the Voting Office on Saturday and pay overtime for the Administrative actions on Sunday (plus regular time for Monday)?  And taking it to the extreme, what about, since the count isn't official for a couple of days, those who become eligible on Wednesday or Thursday.  Should they not, out of compassion, be allowed to vote?

The twenty days is an arbitrary rule.  Judges should be familiar with that sort of thing.  And, besides, the focus of judges should be on the fact that the new Court House in Lowell has no rooms for Public Defenders to meet with their clients.  What's up with that?  Isn't there some aphorism about "Physician heal thyself?

Hat tip to the MASSter List.

Regards  —  Cliff

Eliminationist Rhetoric

For John, BLUFYes, there was a time, as Blogger Stephen Green notes, when "eliminationist rhetoric" was a bad thing.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Real Clear Politics and Reporter Ian Schwartz, on Monday, 24 July 2017.  We are talking bout US Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).

Here is the lede:

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) ripped President Trump for his immigration policy in a sermon at Chicago's Lincoln United Methodist Church on Saturday. The Democratic Congressman said Trump is the "major criminal" and he will "eliminate" him as president when the Democrats win a majority in the House.
Representative Gutierrez does reside in Chicago, which may explain a lot.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit and Additional Blogger Stephen Green.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, July 24, 2017

Editorial on Lowell Mayor

For John, BLUFIs everyone taking this division to their grave?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is an Editorial in today's [Lowell] Sun, 24 July 2017. It seemed a little over the top, but the Editorial Writer does have a point.  It is time to come together.

And, the non-binding Referendum being pushed forward does seem like a waste of time and ink.

Regards  —  Cliff

Maxine For President

For John, BLUFWho else do they have?  Hillary (again), Bernie, E Warren, Joe Biden?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

It is The Blaze, by Reporter Chris Enloe, on Sunday, 23 July 2017.

Here is the lede plus one:

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin announced Friday that she is heading up a new committee:  “Conservatives for Maxine Waters for President.”  But not for the reason you may think.

In an ad for Conservative Review TV, Malkin said she wants to make Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who she jokingly labeled a “beltway barnacle,” the “defining face of the Democratic Party.”  Of course, it’s not because Malkin, a staunch conservative and supporter of liberty and limited government, supports Waters or has suddenly changed her values, but because Waters embodies the current Democratic Party — a system marked by repeated electoral losses.

Given it is Michelle Malkin, I figure she has a plan.

Maybe it is just for the sake of ridicule:

“There you have it in a nutshell, liberalism in living color,” Malkin said. “Corruption, cronyism and cashing in for friends and family while your constituents and taxpayers get screwed.”
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, July 23, 2017

If President Trump Goes

For John, BLUFThe 2016 presidential loss was a disorienting blow to the Democrats.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Asks Cartoonist Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays), back on 21 July 2017.

For the record:

The President is succeeded by the Vice President, in the event he leaves office (death, incapacitation, impeachment, resignation), and after the VEEP comes the Speaker of the House and then, per the Constitution, the President Pro Tempore of the US Senate.  Who is, at this time, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

No, Virginia, it isn't Hillary Clinton.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Killing the High School Plans

For John, BLUFWell, it will be a circus.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Why would someone give us a ballot question for November on the location of the new Lowell High School, except to disrupt the current plan of moving to Cawley?

Reading Candidate Gerry Nutter's Pocket Little for Sunday, I am thinking he is thinking that also.

There are some questions to be asked about the logic of the whole thing.

On the one hand, the competent authorities have decided on Cawley. On the other hand, the Never Move crowd seems to have settled for a Fabian Strategy, wearing down the Cawley Crowd until it all falls apart, or the delays make the Cawley option too expensive.

But, what will the ballot question look like?

  • Will it include the four options already considered?
  • Will it include an option to do nothing?
  • Will it include John McDonough's Hamilton Canal Option?
  • Will it offer an option to have two High Schools?
The wording of the question and the foils for picking are going to be all important.

Frankly, I don't care if they put the students in GP Medium Tents, as long as they (the school system) has a variety of teaching methods which enables them to reach all the students, and allows all those students to become successes later in life.

I am thinking the ballot question is a distractor.

Regards  —  Cliff

Banned in Berkeley

For John, BLUF"De-Platformed" is when a speaker is "dis-invited",  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Not the University, this time (this was, after all, The First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Street).

This is from The College Fix and Associate Editor Greg Piper, on 21 July 2017.

And, it is about noted biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins.  And here is the sum of it:

Then the station learned about his tweets critical of Islam and cancelled the Aug. 9 event.

University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne posted the email KPFA sent through the ticketing agency announcing the cancellation – before it informed Dawkins:

We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam, so many people.

KPFA does not endorse hurtful speech. While KPFA emphatically supports serious free speech, we do not support abusive speech. We apologize for not having had broader knowledge of Dawkins views much earlier.

I would say radio station KPFA is both cluessless and extremely impolite.  Franky, embarrasing.  Sadly, KPFA is "the first [Progressive] Pacifica station and remains the flagship station of the Pacifica Radio Network".  I hope Reporter Amy Goodman is embarrassed at this turn of events.

It seems Mr Richard Dawkins is clear to say that Christianity is all rubbish, but if he says that about Islam he is a terrible person.  Progressives had better get their heads screwed on correctly or they will find them severed at the neck.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit, via The American Conservative ("Richard Dawkins Now A Heretic To Progressives", Written by Mr Rod Dreher, 21 July 2017).

Regards  —  Cliff

Lowell High Controversy Continues

For John, BLUFThere are those young today who will go to their grave, decades hence, arguing about this.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

These are both Links to Gerry Nutter Blog Posts:

For further information, please contact:

To speak with Chairman Rob Fardin, please EMail

Hat tip to the The Lowell Curmudgeon, AKA Nutter for Lowell School Committee.

Regards  —  Cliff

Abortion Without Planned Parenthood

For John, BLUFMaybe it is a guild thing.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Let us be up front about it.  I think abortion is a sin and a crime.  That said, I realize there are vast differences of opinion here in these United States.

Eighteen-year-old [Ohio] cheerleader is charged with 'killing her newborn baby and burying it in her backyard' after cops found the child's body following a tip from her doctor

It is the UK's Daily Mail, so thus the long headline.  The reporter is Ms Valerie Edwards, with a dateline of 21 July, updated on 22 July 2017.

My first question is what happened to the Physician-Patient Privilege?  Maybe Ohio isn't a "Common Law" state.

Second question is where are all those Democrats who recognize the right to a fourth trimester abortion?  Is it a right only if it is performed by Planned Parenthood and someone makes a profit, but not a right if you do it yourself?  This seems a little strange and I want to know why Tom Perez and Nancy Pelosi are not out protesting this hauling into court of a woman who apparently did it herself, the old fashioned way, the way it would have been several hundred years ago.

Hat tip to the Druge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, July 22, 2017

For John, BLUFI am thinking the role of Julian Assange is being mischaracterized by some as a puppet, but that no one has the guts to offer him immunity to testify.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Reuters, by Reporters Julia Edwards Ainsley and John Walcott, Saturday, 22 July 2017.

Here are two aphorisms to keep in mind during this period of Post-election campaigning:

From Lavrentiy Beria (NKVD Chief):

Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.
From Ralph Waldo Emerson (about Dr Oliver Wendell Holmes writing about Plato, but still, sound advice):
When you strike at a king, you must kill him.
I have a friend who wrote about the mission of the Special Prosecutor:  "Confirm 98% of America who believes Putin has something on Trump whether political or financial or blackmail or nefarious dealings."  But, this isn't Watergate.  I am thinking out across the fruited plain are millions who will think this is a lynching.  The legal standard Mr Mueller faces is one thing.  The political is another.  What satisfies Democrats may not satisfy Republicans and Middle America Independents.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report for the news article.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, July 21, 2017

"Let he who is without sin…"

For John, BLUFThe critics of President Trump need to make sure they don't fall off the curb while leaning forward, lest they get mud on their own shoes.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

While taking a swipe at the Trump Administration, Opinionator Jonathan Turley, writing in USA Today, today, calls into question the ethics of a number of those questioning the President, or resisting him.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Troll Not Trolling

For John, BLUFOur Tax Dollars at work, or not.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is via Breitbart.

Here is Law Professor Ann Althouse's closing comment on this blog post:

On whether they are silencing Milo, they are silencing themselves.  That gives free rein to all who want to say NPR was flummoxed by the troll who wouldn't troll on cue but spoke rationally about the value of a troll.
From the Comments:
traditionalguy said...
Milo is a rare interview because he is very entertaining.  PBS is stuck between a truth rock and a narrative hard place.
How embarrassing for National Public Radio.

Hat tip to the Althouse blog.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Special Counsel Expands Probe

For John, BLUFThe InstaPundit Today quoted Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria, head of Stalin’s secret police, “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime".  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Bloomberg News and by Reporters Greg Farrell and Christian Berthelsen, Thursday, 20 July 2017.

I am thinking Mr Robert Mueller, rather than being seen as an honest broker, may turn out to be viewed as very partisan and thus discrediting the "Special Counsel" concept for some time into the future.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

We Have a tate Budget, But…

For John, BLUFI did send our State Senator (Eileen Donoghue) the Link, but have not heard back from her.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from the George Mason University Mercatus Center and Researchers Eileen Norcross, Director for the State and Local Policy Project, and Olivia Gonzalez, Research Associate, SLPP.  The date of their Research Paper is 11 July 2017.

The bottom five are:

46.  Maryland
47.  Kentucky
48.  Massachusetts
49.  Illinois
50.  New Jersey

Even making Puerto Rico a State wouldn't boost us out of the bottom five.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Where our youngest son graduated from college.
  Where our Other Senator lives.
  Where our daughter lives.
  But, for sure they would be Number 51, at the bottom of the list if they were a state.  My preference is we cut them loose—make them independent over five years—and then allow them to become a state if they have a referendum where at least 70% of the people vote and 75% of those voters vote to join the US as a State.

The Media Doesn't Yet Get It

For John, BLUFI think it is hard for some to believe that there are folks out there who would send along a five-year-old suicide bomber to achieve their goal.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Why Did NPR Lie About the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas?

From PJ Media and Writer Patrick Poole, on 19 July 2017.

I think Reporter Jane Arraf was just confused.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Where is Healthcare Going?

For John, BLUFThe Congressional Democrats plan to go to full socialized medicine, and then let it all slide down hill.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

An Investors Business Daily OpEd from back in May.

Followed by this one, yesterday, 18 July 2017.

So, if there is going to be all this Democratic Party winning in November of 2018, will there be an articulation of a plan before that, or will it be another Nancy Pelosi "We have to pass it so you can read it" kind of thing?

Remember, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We Have Seen This Before, In Literature

For John, BLUFYes, I think "snatch the presidency from its rightful owner, H Clinton" captures the mindset of many.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is by Mr roger Kimbal, from the web presence American Greatness this 16th of July 2017.

Here is how it starts out:

Not the Pope, Francis the anti-American environmentalist Jesuit.  No, I mean Alex, the 18th-century English poet.

Here’s my question:  Is the whole Russia-meddled-in-U.S.-election/Donald-Trump-colluded-with-Putin-to-snatch-the-presidency-from-its-rightful-owner,-H.-Clinton narrative an example of what Pope talked about at the beginning of The Rape of the Lock?

What dire Offence from am’rous Causes springs,
What mighty Quarrels rise from trivial Things . . .
Or is Kafka’s book The Trial a better entrée into the fevered and surreal swamp that has Democratic, and not a few Republican, heads exploding with conspiratorial visions?
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, July 17, 2017

Watch Your Citations

TRIGGER WARNINGS :  Is this all science or just "soft" sciences?

For John, BLUFDo you have enough embalmers who are people of color, are of various genders and sexual orientations, or are you just looking for good workers?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is by Mr Tom Knighton, today, 17 July 2017, in PJ Media.

The lede:

If you're writing an academic paper on any given subject, you need to do your research and get your facts straight. No, I don't mean about the topic you're writing about. You see, you're not a good academic if you don't discover who the authors referenced in your footnotes like to sleep with.
There is actually an on-line APP for showing how often one is cited.  I followed it for a month or so, but it was depressing, so I stopped.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Empowering Women

For John, BLUFI think we are better off with our Western values.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Reporter Tom Knighton, on 12 July 2017.

Here is the lede:

A woman is recovering after having her fingers chopped off by her husband in Bangladesh, a majority Muslim nation.  One of the husband's relatives then threw her fingers in the trash so they couldn't be reattached by surgeons.
The Husband, Mr Islam, is a migrant worker in the United Arab Emirates, was on home leave.

The Reporter, Mr Knighton, turned into an OpEd writer with this paragraph:

Meanwhile, progressive "feminists" in the United States -- led by their Jew-hating, Sharia-supporting, Saudi Arabia-shilling, jihad-declaring hero Linda Sarsour -- claim that the United States under Trump is becoming just like the totalitarian society depicted in The Handmaid's Tale because Trump doesn't think taxpayers should be forced to pay for their abortions.
I think that nails it, except for the part where Ms Sarsour says she is against assimilation.  What does she have in mind?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

"Suck It Up, Buttercup"

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

The sub-headline:
“Act to Change Your Life for the Better”
From Zenit, on 14 July 2017, by Ms Anne Kurian Here is the lede:
“You are forbidden to complain,” reads a notice attached recently to the door of Pope Francis’ apartment in Saint Martha’s House in the Vatican. The notice was reported by “Vatican Insider” and confirmed to ZENIT by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, on July 14, 2017.
Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Not All Refugees Are the Same (Part Deux)

From my previous post, a continuation.

This is where, I believe Ms Linda Sarsour goes off the rails.  I don't mind her understanding of jihad, as religious struggle.  It is her refusal of assimilation that strikes me as destructive of our American way of life.  Small communities, quiet and respectful of our laws, such as the Amish and the ultra Orthodox Jews of Kiryas Joel do work.  But, not large groups of unassimilated anybody.  If they don't wish to assimilate they should leave our shores, as did several million immigrants.  See, for example, Round-Trip to America: The Immigrants Return to Europe, 1880–1930, by Mr Mark Wyman, about the four million some immigrants who returned to Europe after coming to America.

Regards — Cliff

Not All Refugees Are the Same

TRIGGER WARNINGS:  All the love and good will in the would will not overcome the bad actions of those who have contempt for you and your way of life. They need Metanoia, which they may not recognize.

For John, BLUF"You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt. I, the LORD, am your God."  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The source is The Nation Interest and the author is Dr Cheryl Benard, on 11 July.Lest we think of Dr Benard as some uninformed Alt-Right nut job, here is her biographical blurb from the article:

Dr. Cheryl Benard was program director of the Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth and the Alternative Strategies Initiative within the RAND Corporation’s National Security Research Division.  Her publications include Civil Democratic Islam, Building Moderate Muslim Networks, The Muslim World After 9-11, The Battle Behind the Wire - US Prisoner and Detainee Operations, and Eurojihad - Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in EuropeCivil Democratic Islam was one of the books found in Osama Bin Laden’s library during the raid on his compound.
But, on to the lede plus two:
In 2014, when waves of refugees began flooding into western Europe, citizens and officials alike responded with generosity and openness. Exhausted refugees spilled out of trains and buses to be met by crowds bearing gifts of clothing and food, and holding up placards that read “Welcome Refugees.”

This was a honeymoon that could not last. Some of the upcoming difficulties had been anticipated: that the newcomers did not speak the local languages, might be traumatized, would probably take a long time to find their footing, and had brought their ethnic, religious and sectarian conflicts with them, causing them to get into battles with each other. All of these things happened but—as Angela Merkel promised—were manageable. “Wir schaffen das.

But there was one development that had not been expected, and was not tolerable: the large and growing incidence of sexual assaults committed by refugees against local women. These were not of the cultural-misunderstanding-date-rape sort, but were vicious, no-preamble attacks on random girls and women, often committed by gangs or packs of young men. At first, the incidents were downplayed or hushed up—no one wanted to provide the right wing with fodder for nationalist agitation, and the hope was that these were isolated instances caused by a small problem group of outliers. As the incidents increased, and because many of them took place in public or because the public became involved either in stopping the attack or in aiding the victim afterwards, and because the courts began issuing sentences as the cases came to trial, the matter could no longer be swept under the carpet of political correctness. And with the official acknowledgment and public reporting, a weird and puzzling footnote emerged. Most of the assaults were being committed by refugees of one particular nationality: by Afghans.

Look for the rest of my thoughts, here.  (Blogger has its limitations.)

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, July 14, 2017

Meanwhile, in France

For John, BLUFGeneral Pershing after arriving in France with America soldiers in 1917:  "Lafayette, we are here".  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Happy Bastille Day

And I am glad President Trump and the First Lady are representing us..

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Protecting the Children"

For John, BLUFSome groups are politically protected and some aren't.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

That is the headline at the Althouse Blog for this story at the (Canadian) National Post.

The National Post reports in "Drowning of Lev Tahor leader raises fears over ultra-Orthodox sect's future/The strict rules [Shlomo] Helbrans imposed led Israelis to nickname the cult-like group the Jewish Taliban, because female members wear burka-like robes beginning at age three."
Per the news report the Lev Tahor Sect has moved from the outskirts of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, north of Montreal, to Chatham, Ontario, then on to Guatemala, due to fears of Political Authorities taking their children from them.

Would we (or the Canadians, in this case) threaten to do the same to some Muslim sect here in the US (or in this case, Canada)?  I am doubtful.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Less Freedom For China

For John, BLUFHow much "Western" style freedom does Chinas Offer?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

VPN?  Here is the Wikipedia lede:
A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.  ("In the simplest terms, it creates a secure, encrypted connection, which can be thought of as a tunnel, between your computer and a server operated by the VPN service.")  Applications running across the VPN may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network.
The sub-headline:
It will be up to the state-run telecommunications companies to ensure all VPNs are blocked, but even if they don't succeed, using a VPN will be a lot harder in China next year.
This is from PC Magazine, written by Reporter Matthew Humphries, and published on 11 July 2017.

The Chinese government wants complete control over what its citizens are allowed to view on the Internet.  That's why the Great Firewall exists, and why many services we enjoy in the west can't be accessed from within China.  But the Great Firewall is far from perfect, and a big thorn in its side is the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

The state has been attempting to clamp down on the use of VPNs by individuals for some time, but their use is still widespread.  Last year Fang Binxing, known as the father of the Great Firewall, publicly used a VPN to bypass his own creation and in so doing caused embarrassment.

I am pleased to see that Reporter Humphries uses multi-sentence paragraphs.

On the other hand, the InstaPundit Notes:

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: “The University of Washington, Tacoma’s Writing Center now instructs students that expecting proper grammar from others perpetuates racism and ‘unjust language structures.’”

For out of state students, the annual total cost to attend the University of Washington, Tacoma is $50,037. Parents and students, choose where to spend your money wisely.

Regards  —  Cliff

Mizzou in Decline

For John, BLUFThere are no guarantees in life and bad management could cause such a decline elsewhere as well.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

By Reporter Anemona Hartocollis, from The Old Gray Lady, 9 July 2017.

Here is the lede plus three:

COLUMBIA, Mo. — In the fall of 2015, a grassy quadrangle at the center of the University of Missouri became known nationwide as the command center of an escalating protest.

Students complaining of official inaction in the face of racial bigotry joined forces with a graduate student on a hunger strike. Within weeks, with the aid of the football team, they had forced the university system president and the campus chancellor to resign.

It was a moment of triumph for the protesting students. But it has been a disaster for the university.

Freshman enrollment at the Columbia campus, the system’s flagship, has fallen by more than 35 percent in the two years since.

Here is an interesting fact:
The drop in enrollment last fall was strikingly higher among blacks, at 42 percent, than among whites, at 21 percent.
Then there is this problem:
Tyler Morris said he was afraid of being stereotyped as a bigot if he went to Missouri.  So he decided to go to Missouri Valley College.
This is a sad commentary on our current situation.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Over Regulation

For John, BLUFWhy President Trump's efforts to limit government regulations is good.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

By Francis Turner from L'Ombre de l'Olivier, 8 Jul 2017.

It starts with an extract from President Trumps recent speech in Warsaw, Poland.

The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies.
One of the electricians rewiring our Daughter's house in Illinois told my wife that he has a place over in Missouri he is fixing up but has been told he will be fined if he does electrical work at the place.  Doesn't have a Missouri license.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, July 10, 2017

The War of Ideas

For John, BLUF Maybe they have Socialist ideas, like Venezuela, and are thus hesitant to mention them.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Why the Democrats are still losing the war of ideas.

This is an OpEd from The New York Post and Ms Karol Markowicz, on Sunday, 9 July 2017.

It ends:

Democrats are under the mistaken impression that simply pointing and laughing at Republicans, Trump in particular, is going to be enough.  It hasn’t been so far, and if signature Trump policies are going to poll at 60 percent approval, it won’t be next time, either.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Perverse Economic Incentives

For John, BLUFStimulating the economy is good thing, unless it is a bad thing.  I wouldn't want to see undertaking stimulated by the Government increasing deaths.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Foundation for Economic Education and Mr Daniel J. Mitchell, Thursday, 6 July 2017.

The 2009 Cash for Clunkers program aimed to stimulate consumer spending in the new automobile industry, which was experiencing disproportionate reductions in demand and employment during the Great Recession.  Exploiting program eligibility criteria in a regression discontinuity design, we show nearly 60 percent of the subsidies went to households who would have purchased during the two-month program anyway; the rest accelerated sales by no more than eight months.  Moreover, the program’s fuel efficiency restrictions shifted purchases toward vehicles that cost on average $5,000 less.  On net, Cash for Clunkers significantly reduced total new vehicle spending over the ten month period.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Being Led Down the Path

For John, BLUFPerfect is the enemy of good enough, and in politics perfect is an illusion.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Gramscian damage

Now there is a name to conjure with—Antonio GramsciHere is Wikipedia's take on his views.

Anyway, the above linked article is by Mr Eric Raymond, from Armed and Dangerous, way back on 11 February 2006.

It is pertinent today because of the reactions to President Trump's speech in Poland.

Although over a decade old, the commentary is pertinent to today's activities.  Here is the lede:

Americans have never really understood ideological warfare. Our gut-level assumption is that everybody in the world really wants the same comfortable material success we have. We use “extremist” as a negative epithet. Even the few fanatics and revolutionary idealists we have, whatever their political flavor, expect everybody else to behave like a bourgeois.

We don’t expect ideas to matter — or, when they do, we expect them to matter only because people have been flipped into a vulnerable mode by repression or poverty. Thus all our divagation about the “root causes” of Islamic terrorism, as if the terrorists’ very clear and very ideological account of their own theory and motivations is somehow not to be believed.

By contrast, ideological and memetic warfare has been a favored tactic for all of America’s three great adversaries of the last hundred years — Nazis, Communists, and Islamists. All three put substantial effort into cultivating American proxies to influence U.S. domestic policy and foreign policy in favorable directions. Yes, the Nazis did this, through organizations like the “German-American Bund” that was outlawed when World War II went hot. Today, the Islamists are having some success at manipulating our politics through fairly transparent front organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Further on Mr Raymond writes:
In a previous post on Suicidalism, I identified some of the most important of the Soviet Union’s memetic weapons.  Here is that list again:

• There is no truth, only competing agendas.
• All Western (and especially American) claims to moral superiority over Communism/Fascism/Islam are vitiated by the West’s history of racism and colonialism.
• There are no objective standards by which we may judge one culture to be better than another.  Anyone who claims that there are such standards is an evil oppressor.
• The prosperity of the West is built on ruthless exploitation of the Third World; therefore Westerners actually deserve to be impoverished and miserable.
• Crime is the fault of society, not the individual criminal.  Poor criminals are entitled to what they take.  Submitting to criminal predation is more virtuous than resisting it.
• The poor are victims.  Criminals are victims. And only victims are virtuous. Therefore only the poor and criminals are virtuous.  (Rich people can borrow some virtue by identifying with poor people and criminals.)
• For a virtuous person, violence and war are never justified. It is always better to be a victim than to fight, or even to defend oneself.  But ‘oppressed’ people are allowed to use violence anyway; they are merely reflecting the evil of their oppressors.
• When confronted with terror, the only moral course for a Westerner is to apologize for past sins, understand the terrorist’s point of view, and make concessions.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Gramscian damage

Long Odds, But

For John, BLUFI hope Sarah Palin wins.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Blogger John Hinderaker, at his Blog Power Line, yesterday, 8 July 2017.

That former Governor from a detached state is suing for defamation.

It all goes back to the 2011 shooting in Tucson and the rush to blame the Tea Party and certain persons.  The usual Professor Paul Krugman like sludge.

I would settle for $1 and a public apology by the Publisher, in front of the Flatiron Building, at noon on Sunday.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  You know, like the press being all up in arms over all the violent "left wing" rhetoric that led to the shooting at the members of the Republican Congressional Baseball Team.  By the way, Congressman Steve Scalise is back in Intensive Care.
  Plus Lawyers fees.

Life is Not Fair.  Buck Up

For John, BLUFTo his son't graduating class.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Source is The Wall Street Journal.

From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice.  I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.  Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don't take friends for granted.  I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either.  And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure.  It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship.  I hope you'll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.  Whether I wish these things or not, they're going to happen.  And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.
Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Officials Speaking Anonymously

For John, BLUFIt goes on, but there needs to be some pushback in the name of ethics.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

By Reporter Phil Stewart, for Reuters, on Friday, 7 July 2017.

From the article:

The officials who disclosed to Reuters the precise nature and timing of the upcoming test spoke on condition of anonymity.
So, is this a good leak or a bad leak? Is this an authorized leak or an unauthorized leak?

Who can tell? I think it is a good leak, an authorized leak, but maybe not. The art of propaganda is to mix in those discordant themes along with a lot of banal truth.

I am probably naive, but I think DC needs a new set of ethics, which would include the idea that one does not “leak” but rather stands up and stands behind what one says.

What is gained by the anonymity with regard to this article? Little I can see, except maybe a staff type or even lower level leader speaking out of school so as to curry favor or to get around a leadership they either don’t like or don’t respect.

If we really believe in transparency, it being honest, we need to stop the leaking and start standing behind what we are willing to say and keeping our mouth shut if we are not willing to be named the source.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, July 7, 2017

Energy Diplomacy

For John, BLUFThose who say President Trump is in Russia's pocket are either not paying attention or are willing to say anything for political advantage or work for CNN.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is Reporter Andrew Malcolm, from Hot Air, posted this morning, 7 July 2017.

Here is the paragraph that explains the headline:

In Warsaw, as Ed Morrissey points out, Trump offered leaders from Poland and numerous other European countries long-term LNG deals to diversify their supplies and avoid creating undesirable political leverage with a certain large country to the East that has not hesitated to cut off natural gas supplies for political reasons.
Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds sums it up nicely.
If Trump were really in Putin’s pocket, he’d be putting the kibosh on this, probably citing bogus environmental concerns.
And with a little snark.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Meaning of nKorean ICBM Test, Short Term

For John, BLUFTime for planning, not for panic.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I found this at the web presence Task and Purpose, but it is an article by Reporter David S Cloud, of The Los Angeles Times, on 6 July 2017.

Regards  —  Cliff

Trump in Poland

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

Professor Ann Althouse talking about President Trump's speech in Poland, alongside Polish President Andrejz Duda, in Krasinski Square, in Poland.

Here is the text of the whole speech. And here is what Professor Althouse excerpted from President Trump's speech:

The world has never known anything like our community of nations. We write symphonies.  We pursue innovation.  We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers.  We reward brilliance.  We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God.  We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression. We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success.  We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives.

And we debate everything. We challenge everything. We seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves….

And if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again. So we cannot fail.

Nice, short sentences.  Easy to understand.  Yes, we have something special and we should preserve it.

Remember the late British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and her comment, "Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy."  Per Author Sarah Hoyt, that philosophy gives us a nation, "one founded on the belief that individuals can be self-governing and are the bosses of their own government."

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thin Skinned

For John, BLUFWe are looking at a temper trantrum.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From a web site identifying itself as American Greatness and the keyboard of Mr Roger Kimball, 5 July 2017.

One of the points Mr Kimball makes is that when it comes to thin skinned, while President Trump is accused of it, in fact it is CNN, and other media, who are the thin skinned ones.

With the wrestling GIF the CNN folks could have said "The President came up with a good one over the weekend.  And it is kind of funny, but we think in a real match we would do much better" and left it at that.  That would have been a win for CNN.

Here is a pertinent quote:

But when it comes to the art of provocation, Trump is a Supreme Galactic Master and the media are weenie pikers.
And here is additional commentary, from Vox, Vox Lectures CNN on Journalistic Ethics.

UPDATE:  Local guy makes good Rob Eno has commented, here.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Six Dead in Chicago

For John, BLUFTell me again how strict gun control works.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

6 Killed, 53 Wounded In Fourth Of July Weekend Shootings In Chicago

That adds up to 59.

CBS News Chicago:

At least 59 people were shot across Chicago, six of them fatally, by Tuesday morning of the Fourth of July weekend.

Last year’s Independence Day weekend ended with 66 people shot — a total that actually stoked cautious optimism with the lowest death toll for the July 4 weekend in nearly a decade.

OK, so it is the four-day holiday weekend, but the count is only up to Independence Day Morning.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

The NYT Vice Trump

For John, BLUFA media in opposition would be a bad thing if it came to war.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Ann Althouse Blog.

Here is the original NYT link.

An interesting point by Professor Althouse and an interesting discussion in the comments.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Glenn Greenwald on His Profession

For John, BLUFPresident Trump is living rent free inside the brains of the media.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This article from The Intercept, is by Reporter Glenn Greenwald, 27 June 2017.

Here is the lede plus one:

THREE PROMINENT CNN journalists resigned Monday night after the network was forced to retract and apologize for a story linking Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund under congressional investigation. That article — like so much Russia reporting from the U.S. media — was based on a single anonymous source, and now, the network cannot vouch for the accuracy of its central claims.

In announcing the resignation of the three journalists — Thomas Frank, who wrote the story (not the same Thomas Frank who wrote “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”); Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eric Lichtblau, recently hired away from the New York Times; and Lex Haris, head of a new investigative unit — CNN said that “standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published.” The resignations follow CNN’s Friday night retraction of the story, in which it apologized to Scaramucci:

Toward the end Reporter Greenwald writes:
The importance of this journalistic malfeasance when it comes to Russia, a nuclear-armed power, cannot be overstated. This is the story that has dominated U.S. politics for more than a year. Ratcheting up tensions between these two historically hostile powers is incredibly inflammatory and dangerous. All kinds of claims, no matter how little evidence there is to support them, have flooded U.S. political discourse and have been treated as proven fact. And that’s all independent of how journalistic recklessness fuels, and gives credence to, the Trump administration’s campaign to discredit journalism generally. The president wasted no time exploiting this latest failure to attack the media:

Given the stakes, reporting on these matters should be done with the greatest care. As this long line of embarrassments, retractions, and falsehoods demonstrates, the exact opposite mentality has driven media behavior over the last year.

Mr Glenn Greenwald is a professional reporter.  He knows the trade.  While I think of him as being a left-wing advocate, he tells the story square as he sees it.  Folks should listen to him on this.

Regards  —  Cliff

Pres Trump Says NO to UNESCO

For John, BLUFAnd we should say no.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:
Haley slams anti-Israel UNESCO vote that would designate historical sites as 'in danger'
This Washington Free Beacon article is by Reporter Adam Kredo, from 3 July 2017.

Here is the lede plus one:

The Trump administration is taking aim at a United Nations body that is trying to deny Israel's sovereignty over holy sites in Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to a letter by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is set to vote this week on a resolution proclaiming that Israel has no sovereignty over Jerusalem, its capital city, and a holy site located in Hebron, which is part of the West Bank.

Comment from Writer Sarah Hoyt:
There are those who keep complaining about President Trump being this and that, but he just keeps plowing ahead trying to make this a better Nation and a better world.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Yes, I am a big supporter of Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

CNN:  No Sense of Humor

For John, BLUFFrankly, I don't care what CNN thinks.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from Breitbart, by Reporter Joel B Pollak, on 3 July 2017

The lede:

CNN is fighting back after President Donald Trump tweeted a spoof video on Sunday showing him wrestling the network to the ground. On Sunday, network commentators described the video as a form of incitement; on Monday, the network reported that the video raised “questions” about “racism, bigotry, and violence … [and] antisemitism.”
This is rubbish.

And as for antisemitism, I bet if the President's Son-in-Law looked he would find way more at CNN than in his Father-in-Law's tweet.

Hat tip to Memeorandum.

Regards  —  Cliff

Milo At Large

For John, BLUFEvery age needs some controversialists.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Posted at Pajama Media, by Dr Helen Smith, this Independence Day.

The lede:

Milo Yiannopoulos's book Dangerous is out today and it is fitting that it is July 4th.  The fact that Milo can publish and sell his own book despite all of the abuse and criticism he has withstood over the past few years shows that some degree of liberty still exists in the U.S., and that is cause for celebration today.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

For Now

For John, BLUFThings are a mess in the State Capitol, Springfield.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Chicago Tribune and Reporters Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger, on 3 July.

I guess the good news is that my Daughter's new home state's Legislature is moving forward on a budget that makes some sense.

On the other hand, Fitch Ratings said:

Fitch said it will "continue to monitor the developments in Illinois," but cautioned that "temporary or partial measures, or a failure to enact a budget within the context of this session, would result in a downgrade."  The agency warned that without action, "the state risks losing full control of its budgetary decisions."
Oh, Oh.

Hat tip to The Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Coming to America

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

This is autobiographical writing by Author Sarah Hoyt, late of Portugal and now an American.  It was published by Pajama Media, on 30 June 2017.

She winds up this "love letter" to America thusly:

It is our solemn duty, no matter how many of our compatriots fail at it, to live up to our amazing luck in being citizens of the greatest nation on Earth, one founded on the belief that individuals can be self-governing and are the bosses of their own government.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Most Important Day

For John, BLUFMost important after Pentecost.  Nothing to see here; just move along.


At the end of Mass on Sunday, at Saint Mary's Church in Belleville, the Choir, and the Congregation, sang the first, second and fourth verses of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.  It was inspiring.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
  His truth is marching on.

(Chorus) Glory, Glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
  His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
  His day is marching on.

(Chorus) Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
  His day is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free*,
  While God is marching on.

(Chorus) Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
  While God is marching on.

Still inspiring, a hundred and fifty-six years later.

Although their Lordships at The Wash Post probably think:

Yes, it is overwrought and jingoistic.  It glorifies war.  It trumpets self-righteousness.
Hat tip to the Ann Althouse Blog for that last bit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Violent Rhetoric Bites Democrats

For John, BLUFThe "Bolsheviks" want to rule the world and don't care who they step on.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Hill, by Reporter John Sexton, posted at 1701 on Sunday, 2 July 2017.

The lede:

In California, the far left is going after moderate Democrats with a vengeance.  Using tactics usually reserved for Republicans, the nurses’ union, which is the most vocal proponent of California’s single payer bill, is calling for protests against Democratic members of the Assembly.  The situation has become so ugly, with reports of death threats, that the entire Democratic Assembly caucus signed a letter asking single payer proponents to stop acting like violent bullies.
Well, if they get away with against Republicans, why not against Democrats?

Professor Jacques Berlinerblau, of Georgetown University, had an OpEd in Friday's edition of The Washington Post, "When your next college free speech controversy erupts, don't blame liberals".  His thesis is that there is a third force out there, making life miserable for Republicans and mainstream Democrats alike.

Here is the Professor's ideas in two paragraphs:

There's a lot to be gained by contemplating the tripartite distinction identified above.  College administrations and scholarly societies need to ask themselves why these ideological imbalances are so pronounced.  They might also wonder why it's so hard to identify a fourth camp, comprised of professors whose politics are inscrutable or unpredictable.  (I would hope that my teaching and research places me in that camp.)  The radical left might ponder why the academy is the sole American institution where its ideas hold any sway.  Conservatives have every right to complain about ideological imbalance.  But they need to stop blaming liberals for their misfortune, politically expedient as such a charge might be.

As for liberals, whose core values on issues like freedom of speech are everywhere under assault, they need to define what they actually stand for.  And if it causes tension with their "allies" on the radical left, so be it.

On the other hand, Ed Driscoll, writing for the Instapundit said:
I am sure he meant Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff