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Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Jacobins

For John, BLUFI am sure it was a joke, like Candidate Trump asking for Russia to give us Hillary's missing EMails.  Well, I am reasonably sure.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

From Life News, by Reporter Hen5ry Rodgers, 16 October 2018.

Here is the lede:

A member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party was suspended after saying Republicans should be brought “to the guillotines” after the November midterm elections.
The problem with revolutionaries is that they eventually eat their own.

Just saying

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Left Wants the SCOTUS Conservatism Justice Kavanaugh Promises

For John, BLUFI am thinking the next Trump appointment to the High Court will drive Justice Kavanaugh into the far background.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

With Kavanaugh on the bench, the court will struggle to retain its authority

From Prospect Magazine, by Washington based Canadian Writer Dahlia Lithwick, 12 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

As the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation nightmare sinks into American memory, some things will happen very quickly.  Donald Trump’s celebratory shouts will fade, and Kavanaugh will quietly settle into his seat on the Supreme Court.  The other eight justices, regardless of their personal view of his furious, partisan testimony at a Senate hearing dominated by sexual assault allegations, will give him cover, papering over the cracks to insist that the family is a happy one.  Elena Kagan, one of the justices picked by Barack Obama, said that the lone superpower of the court is public acceptance and respect:  “All of us need to be aware of that—every single one of us—and to realise how precious the court’s legitimacy is.”  The court had to guard its “reputation of being impartial, being neutral and not being simply an extension of a terribly polarising process.”  That’s always been the theory, but how feasible is it today?

Constitutional law professors have been wondering aloud how they can neutrally teach case law after signing a letter opposing Kavanaugh’s elevation (over 2,400 professors nationwide did so).  Some say they believe the court has now been irredeemably politicised.  And, of course, the #MeToo movement will surge on, with many women lining up behind Christine Blasey Ford, whose testimony of abuse they found credible and compelling.  November’s mid-term elections will be spiced up by the energy of furious women on one side, and vindicated Kavanaugh supporters on the other.  We wait to see which way that momentum plays out.

What I love about this is that the Progressives, who are all about the Court working with a living Constitution, now are worried about the Court hewing strictly to the Constitution and strictly avoiding politics.nbsp; I love the precedent they wish to set.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Collateral Damage

For John, BLUFI don't think the Democrats upstanding second and third order effects.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

From The Washington Free Beacon, by Reporter Paul Crookston, 18 October 2018.

Here is a key paragraph:

"We owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there is some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn't be our original purpose," Pelosi said.
There is "every person in our country" and then there are those "others who do not share [Ms Pelosi's] view.  It is like those who don't share Ms Peoosi's views are "illegal residents".

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

I admit this would be an experiment in which I would not like to participate.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, October 19, 2018

Dem Dog Whistles

For John, BLUFRepresentative Adam Schiff is draining the dignity away from Congress.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Fox News, by Reporter Maxim Lott, 19 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus five:

On Thursday, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff accused a GOP colleague of bigotry against Koreans -- tweeting that New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur “says his Korean American opponent is 'not one of us'... The dog whistles of bigotry have been put away. Now they’re using trumpets."

The problem?

"I didn't say that," MacArthur, who is in a tight race this November and also happens to have two adopted Korean children, responded on Twitter within hours.

The claim from Schiff, the top intelligence committee Democrat, is based on a TV ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund in which a female narrator says of MacArthur's Democratic opponent: "Andy Kim is a Pelosi liberal.  He's not one of us."

The ad seems to criticize Kim as "not one of us" for being a "Pelosi liberal" and a "Washington insider" -- not for being of Korean descent.

The ad also was not authorized by MacArthur's campaign.

If you hear "dog whistles", does that not suggest you are the dog?  The people hearing the dog whistles appear to be Democrats.

Oh, and has Rep Schiff apologized or deleted the tweet?  Of course not.  The ends justify the means—for Democratse.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Chuck and DiFi Show

For John, BLUFThis is more historic documentation than current event, but it could be a primar on next year of the Democrats win the Senate.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Commentator Stephen Kruiser, 26 September 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

As a third accuser crawled out from the seedy underbelly of attorney Michael Avenatti to smear Brett Kavanaugh with a story that actually makes her look like a monster, it became very apparent that none of this is going to play out quite like the Democrats want it to.  At least not completely.

It has been obvious since last week that the Democrats and their well-trained advocates in the MSM have been hoping all along that Judge Kavanaugh and the Republicans would just fold under pressure.  As soon as today's fantastical tale hit the news, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately called for Kavanaugh to withdraw.  That's what they've been hoping for all along.

Schumer took his case to Twitter (the MSM never complains when a Democrat lobbies and attacks on social media), proving that he's either too stupid to know what "corroborated" means, or is simply a pathological liar:

Hat tip to Memeorandum.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

SCOTUS Compromised?

For John, BLUFI don't see the problems the author does, but this view is not isolated, but, rather, spread throughout the Democratic Party.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

With Kavanaugh on the bench, the court will struggle to retain its authority

From Prospect Magazine, by Canadian Dahlia Lithwick, who has her panties in a bunch, at least on 12 October 2018.

This article wanders over questions of the legitimacy of the Electoral College and the US Senate.  She considers the role of Chief Justice Roberts and how he might elect to be the new "swing vote".  She talks about how the Court will throttle its agenda to keep away controversial issues.  She does forget that President Franklin Roosevelt thought he was dealing with a partisan court.

On the other hand, a good summary of Democratic Party talking points.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Hillary in 2020

For John, BLUFI don't know if this is good for the Democratic Party.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Ready to go through the 2016 election all over again?

From The Week, by Mr Brendan Morrow, 19 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus five:

Philippe Reines, who worked for Hillary Clinton going back to 2002 and was her senior adviser at the State Department, made the argument to Politico Friday that the former Democratic nominee might actually be the party's best hope for defeating Trump in 2020. He said no other Democrat has "anywhere near a base of 32 million people," especially not Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The party, he feels, shouldn't dismiss her as a failed candidate because she's "smarter" and "tougher" than most, and she "could raise money easier than most."
Would this be a "rematch" or a "grudge match"?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time to Move On

For John, BLUFFor, for the next three weeks we will be living in two worlds.  One is where the Democrats have a Blue Tsunami and the other is where they don't.  This nightmare, except for the recriminations, should end when we wake up on 7 November.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Fox News, by Reporter Andrew O'Reilly, 17 October 2018.

Here is the lede:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Wednesday that if Democrats took control of the Senate following November’s midterm elections, she would be in favor of reopening an investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Of course she does.  She embarrassed herself during the Hearings and now she wants a "Do Over", hoping for a better outcome.

I am blaming this, in part, on California's "Jungle Primary".  While, in theory, this system should produce more "moderate" candidates, in reality the mileage may differ.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Greenhouse Gases

For John, BLUFCrying Wolfe doesn't help as much as freeing people to innovate.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Daily Caller, by Energy Editor Michael Bastasch, 17 October 2018.

Here are two key paragraphs:

A recent report from the Climate Action Network Europe found that emissions cuts among most European Union members were “nowhere close enough” to meet the goals of the Paris accord. Trump pledged to withdraw from the Paris accord at the earliest possibility, in 2020.

On the flip side, the U.S. led the world in emissions cuts for the ninth time this century, according to the oil giant BP’s annual energy statistics. BP reported that European Union “emissions were also up (1.5%) with just Spain accounting for 44% of the increase.

Given that this success is based on, to some degree, investment, some credit could go to the previous Administration, as well as some to the current Administration.

The My Fair Lady question is, "Why can't the rest of the world be more like us?"

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Can One Correct a Wrong?

For John, BLUFFile under life isn't fair.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is an historic quote from the Washington Post ombudsman, regarding a previous case of the Media getting it wrong:

“When you were accused, it was news but it wasn’t true.  Now you’re cleared — that’s true, but it isn’t news.”

From PJ Media, by Mr John Zmirak, 17 October 2018.

A Go Fund Me appeal for Mr Mark Judge, swept up in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination imbroglio.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Special Counsel Mueller to Report Out Soon.

For John, BLUFIs this 100% politics, and if so, how will that side of the problem be dealt with.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Bloomberg, by Reporters Chris Strohm, Greg Farrell and Shannon Pettypiece, 17 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

(Bloomberg) -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.

Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.

Not before the election, which is good.  No matter the outcome, it would be seen as election meddling beyond anything the Russians might have done.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Register to Vote—Today

For John, BLUFParticipation gains respect.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

If you don't vote don't complain to me about the outcome.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, October 15, 2018

Who is Worthy?

For John, BLUFThe past is, for some, a risk strewn territory.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"Overthrow" in an Electorial manner.

From The New Hampshire Union Leader, by Reporter Paul Feely, 14 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

Fresh off his first appearance of the season as President Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” actor Alec Baldwin headlined the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner Sunday night at the Manchester Downtown Hotel.

“The way we implement change in America is through elections,” Baldwin said. “In that orderly way, we need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump. Not in a violent, awful way, but it must be overthrown nonetheless. Let’s make America great again, by making Donald Trump a casino operator again.”

I thought the name Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner sounded a little odd,  It turns out "Presentism" is narrowing the name choices.  Some former Democratic Party Presidents are no longer acceptable in polite company.  From the article:
Sunday’s event was previously known as the “Jefferson-Jackson Dinner” before being switched in 2016 to the “Kennedy-Clinton Dinner.”  The national controversy over sexual harassment fueled by the “#MeToo” movement earlier this year prompted the name change.
I worry about the Dems if they don't see their "Blue Wave" come 6 November.

On the other hand, I worry about our Nation if they do.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Be Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Democrats Overplay Their Hand?

For John, BLUFIs the tribalism of the Democratic Party showing some internal cracks?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Posted on 13 October 2018, at the anonymous New Neo[Con] Blog.

Here is the lede plus two:

The Democrats thought Brett Kavanaugh was a safe target.  Accusing a white prepster named “Brett” would be a great way to achieve several goals: stopping him from changing the balance of SCOTUS in favor of conservatives, and showing solidarity with women and with #MeToo.  Who on earth would identify with Kavanaugh except other white preppy guys on the right, and they weren’t going to vote for Democrats anyway, so no great loss.

Well, it turns out that some women are concerned about the men in their lives, too.  False accusations can ruin nearly anyone (women included, although I’m not sure how many women consider that aspect).

However, another obvious group that might look at the Kavanaugh hearings and become concerned about what was happening to him is black men.  If that sounds counter-intuitive to some people, it certainly doesn’t sound counter-intuitive to me.  It occurred to me, while watching the proceedings, that black men might not take too kindly to this little exercise in Believing Women No Matter What.

Sometimes people act in their individual self-interest, rather than just on race or gender.

If you would like a different presentation of the same viewpoint, go to National Review.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Clueless at Politico

For John, BLUFGeneral Robert E Lee had a pre-Civil War mindset, in which his ultimate loyalty was to his home state of Virginia, rather than the Federal United States of America.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Politico, by Writer Brent D Griffiths, 12 October 2018.

However, here is the rest of the story:

President Trump, rightly, praises the Generalship of Robert E Lee.
But, it is a setup.
It is so the President can then heap even more praise on Ohioan Ulysses S Grant, as the general President Lincoln picks to lead the Army of the Potomac in defeating the genius, Lee.
I guess that a balanced approach to history is no longer an American virtue.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Portland, Oregon, Government Abdication

For John, BLUFIf Government isn't about helping Citizens, it is just a drain on the Rate Payers.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Washington Times, by Reporter Valerie Richardson, s14 October 2018.

Here is the lede:

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler came under fire over a viral video showing Antifa protesters blocking traffic and harassing drivers, but he says he supports the decision by police to watch from a distance without getting involved.
Commuting has enough challenges without folks deliberately disrupting the flow of traffic.

On the other hand, local police and public officials showing a lack of willingness to confront and control demonstrators without the proper paperwork is just negligence and dereliction of duty.  Replacement would seem in order.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Trump's World, and We Live In It

For John, BLUFFolks can denigrate the President all they want, but he is still the President.  Perhaps more can be accomplished by working with him, rather than just putting him down.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From War on the Rocks, an on-line Magazine on National security, by senior fellow and director of the Asia program at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Devin T Stewart, 11 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus two:

Like most Democrats, I reacted to the stunning 2016 election of Donald Trump with a combination of confusion and dread.  After all, Hillary Clinton was the favorite and, to Democrats like me, a Trump victory seemed to portend certain economic disaster, nuclear war, and pretty much the end of America as we knew it.

But now nearly two years into his administration, Trump has presided over a “winning streak” that includes a booming economy and stock market, an unemployment level at a nearly 50-year low, two Supreme Court appointments, no new foreign wars or domestic terrorist attacks emanating from abroad, a significant degree of progress on trade relations with Canada and Mexico, a “needed reset” on the China relationship, and the prospect of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Perhaps it is time that even his opponents reconsider Trump.  Does Trump have a strategy that we can describe? Is Trump a return of Richard Nixon, of Ronald Reagan, or of something else entirely?  After several months of watching the news without gaining any answers, I finally canceled my cable subscription and sought out other sources.  I found some insights in unexpected places.

You will have to read the article to find the places Mr Steward rummaged around.  The magazine is free on line.

Here is the author's conclusions.  It is a call to recognize him, and his approach, for who he is and what it is.  The world President Trump inherited is not the world of 1990 and perhaps the approaches of 1990 no longer apply.

This essay was an attempt to put concepts to Trump’s actions, to describe Trump in a new way.  Critics may argue that in fact Trump is a narcissistic megalomaniac who likes strongmen, but no one can actually know what he is thinking. They should give up on the efforts at amateur psychoanalysis.  If the political opposition wants to gain any ground, it needs to look for patterns in Trump’s actions and understand what it’s up against.  Most of all, Trump’s opponents should stop their condescending attitude.  Put up against Trump’s growing string of successes, such an attitude will ring increasingly hollow.  For now at least, the era of smugness is over.
I wish the era of smugness was over.  There are too many important issues we all need to be engaged on.

As an aside, you can get WOTR delivered to your in-basket daily.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Computer Driven Cars as a Danger

For John, BLUFSure, it will be safer and more efficient, until someone hacks the program.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Autonomous vehicles are giant security risk and the white hats need to get there before the black hats do.

From The Weekly Standard, by Mr Zach Aysan, 9 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus two:

Eight months ago I published my concerns about how autonomous vehicles could be weaponized at scale via cyber-attack.  (For those who missed it, here’s the gist:  Due to the all-or-nothing nature of certain classes of cyber-attack, self-driving cars and other autonomous systems can be utilized by hostile actors to create a coordinated mass attack.)  It’s time for an update.

At a closed-door Q&A session at the software hacking conference DEF CON, Elon Musk said that a fleetwide attack was Tesla’s “nightmare scenario” and announced that they were going to open-source their security modules so that automakers could work together to secure a safe self-driving future.  (He later announced the security open source initiative on Twitter.)  Musk’s announcement is a great start, and I’m encouraged, since an open source initiative is the single most important step to securing autonomous vehicles.  But there have been other developments as well.

At an offensive cybersecurity conference earlier this year, former GCHQ information security specialist, Matt Tait, presented the keynote.  (Lawyers know Tait as a Lawfare contributor and hackers know him as @pwnallthethings. It’s fun and strange when worlds collide.)  One of Tait’s concluding remarks was that there are now numerous strategic threats to the world from a mass cyber-attack.  Military planners call nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction strategic threats because they impact military planning at the level that concern the national defence strategy.  Tait used the specific example of a hijacked Windows update since it could wipe out complex logistics chains, or the power grid.  The same type of strategic threat exists for autonomous devices as well.  Tait then implored his fellow cybersecurity researchers to be careful with the consequences of their actions.  To illustrate this, he displayed a mushroom cloud as the slide’s background image.

I don't see a major threat during rush hour, but just before or just after rush hour, with lots of cars moving at speed, there could be thousands dead.  Another 9/11, only more so.  The reason is that once you hack all the cars on I-495 around Lowell you have probably hacked all the self-driving cars from Portland, Maine, to Washington, DC, and beyond.  At that point it is only a question of how fast you can get out your signal before someone hits the kill switch.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, October 12, 2018

The "It Girl" Scores Again

For John, BLUFYes, this does seem to be the year of the crazies.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Miss Ocasio-Cortez is running for the US House from New York.

From PJ Media, by Mr Tyler O'Neil, 12 October 2018.

Here is the lede:

On Saturday, Democratic Socialist starlet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the abolition of the Electoral College.  On Thursday, she revealed her plan to undermine the U.S. Supreme Court. It's not very original...
Although maybe the voters don't care.

I care.  The Constitution has served us well the last two hundred or so years.  Messing with it is like playing a game where you pull blocks out of a tall structure, until it collapses.  We don't need a collapse of the Constitution.  We need a baseball like attitude of "there is always next year.  Because there is, unless we destroy the Constitution.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Controlling Dissent

For John, BLUF"O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away"; But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play."—Rudyard Kipling, 1890.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

That would be "Untouchable" in the sense of the Indian Cast System.

Mr Tommy Robinson is a British Citizen who has been agitating against rape gangs in certain Midland cities and towns.

From PJ Media, by Mr Bruce Baker, 11 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus one and a part:

Day by day, it seems, Britain is descending even further into the madness of dhimmitude.

On October 8, Tommy Robinson was at a service station along the M1 [Motorway] in Northamptonshire when he encountered four cars full of young British soldiers in uniform.  They asked to take a picture with him.  He happily complied.  In the picture, they're all smiling.  It's a lovely photo.  Apparently all of the soldiers in those four cars (reportedly twenty-eight in all) knew very well who Robinson is, and apparently all of them were delighted to pose for a snap with him.  They also let him take a brief video of the encounter, in which they can be seen chanting his name.  Both the picture and the video were shared online.  Posting the video on Facebook, Robinson wrote:  “A moment like this makes it all worth while.  Today I met real British heroes.”

And then, of course, all hell broke loose.

First off, Mr Tommy Robinson is an activist, who has jumped all over certain sexual crimes being committed in England.  Second, the British Authorities have been on him for his supposed "Racist" views.

What is missing is the understanding that while Mr Robinson may well be over the top, being over the top should not be a crime.  Maybe, after Brexit, things will calm down again.  However, for now the treatment of the soldiers, as described in the article, seems a little harsh, at least by US Standards.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Families With Alternative Viewpoints

For John, BLUFIf you haven't raised your children to explore other viewpoints and to feel free to adopt them, you are probably not a perfect parent.  My respect for Ms Susan Rice has gone back up some.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Reporter Debra Heine, 12 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

Stanford College Republicans (SCR) president John David Rice-Cameron is pressing charges after a left-wing student at Stanford University allegedly “hit him” and “forcefully pushed him back” during a pro-Brett Kavanaugh event Tuesday afternoon.

Rice-Cameron is the son of Obama administration official Susan Rice and, surprisingly, a conservative Republican and outspoken supporter of President Trump.

I wonder what ThanKsgiving will be like at the Cameron household this year?  Maybe Jake will stay at Stanford this year.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Did 2016 Cause Hurricane Michael

For John, BLUFOf course "climate change" is real.  The question is, are those who write about it for real?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Elections have consequences.  Denying science has consequences.  And we are reaping what we sow.

From The [Manchester] Guardian! By Commentator John Abraham, 11 Octover 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

Floridians are staring down a very powerful Category 4 typhoon that is causing extensive damage.  The high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge will cost billions of dollars.

We know that climate change is making these storms stronger.  The storms feed off of warm ocean waters, and those waters are much warmer now because of climate change.  I have written about the science in more detail here and here.  But basically, Michael strengthened because it passed over really warm waters.  Waters that were hotter because of human-caused warming.

I do wonder what was causing all those hurricanes I experienced in the Philly area, up through eighth grade (up to 1956).  I remember a bunch of folks moving into built but not yet sold houses, in our sub-division, Vermillion Hills.  Nice of the builder to make that housing available on a temporary basis.

Then there is the question, softpedeled here, of why the Party of Science eschews Vaccinations.  Back in 2014 Ms Kara Brown wrote, "Rich People in Hollywood Aren't Vaccinating Their Children".  "Rich People in Hollywood" is not a euphemism for Republicans.  And this next article shows that the problem isn't going away—"Growing number of U.S. children not vaccinated against any disease".

All that said, the US Greenhouse Gases trendline, per the EPA is downward.

Yes, The climate does change.  Otherwise we would all be speaking Norwegian.  The question is, to what extent is it caused by industrialization, or big agri or some other anthropomorphic cause?

The other issue is from Aesop's Fables, numbered 210, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  Being older, I first heard this, back in the 1970s, in terms of global cool, and then, later, global warming.  But, the promised disaster kept missing its promised scheduled date.  It doesn't inspire confidence in the those who are properly scientifically skeptical.

. Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Mr Trump's Supporters

TRIGGER WARNINGS:  It may turn out you are a Normal.

For John, BLUFAs President Abe Lincoln said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Militant Normals:  How Regular Americans Are Rebelling Against the Elite to Reclaim Our Democracy
Author:  Kurt Schlichter
Kindle Version:  288 Pages
Publisher:  Center Street
Language:  English
ASIN:  B07B8G25M3
Publication Date:  2 October 2018

The Author divides Americans into two groups, the Elite and the Normals.  In his telling, the Elite are a self-selected group that thinks it should run the Country, and often do.  The Elite includes politicians, bureaucrats, academics, media and experts of various kinds.  The normals are pretty much everyone else.  They are people focused on family, work and religion.

In Mr Schlichter's telling of the story, the Elites want to run things and shape society in certain ways.  The Normals don't much care what the Elites are about, as long as they keep to "The Bargain".  The Bargain is that the Elites keep the Government running tolerably well and allow the Normals to carry on without undue interference.

In the Author's mind the Elites, who have lost touch with the Normals, have not been holding up their end of The Bargain.  He traces this back to the 1960s, when the new Elite began replacing the older Elite, an Elite who understood the Normals, and had many of the same values as the Normals.  Today's Elites are beaming off in a different direction from the Normals and the Normals recognize this.

The Normals wouldn't care about this path divergence, except they have begun to think the Elites are not holding up their end of The Bargain.  The first big sign of this was the Tea Parties.  The next big sign was the 2016 campaign of Mr Donald Trump.  In Mr Schlichter's telling of the story it wasn't so much that Mr Trump picked his voters as they were waiting for him and adopted him.

The book is about how we got to where we are and the fact that the Elites have to recognize this situation or they will find themselves cast aside, to be replaced by a new political elite, one more in tune with the Normals, who will then go back to letting the Elites decide things, until that Elite goes off the beam.

Regards  —  Cliff

Perverse Incentives

For John, BLUF"incentive", a noun, "a thing that motivates or encourages one to do something."  From the Latin incentivum "something that sets the tune or incites, from incantare "to chant or charm."  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

The October 2017 news article detailing accusations of sexual assault and harassment against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein boosted the #MeToo movement into the nation's awareness.  What's different in the workplace today?

From Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Here is a key paragraph:

"One troubling trend," [Johnny C] Taylor said, "is executives going as far as to not invite female colleagues on trips, to evening networking events or into their inner circles to avoid any situation that could be perceived incorrectly, thus reducing the opportunity for women."
One might think of it as the Pence Rule, named after Vice President Mike Pence, who does not meet with women alone.

Then, in the area of hiring, there is this:

Research continues to show that laws prohibiting employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal record encourage employers to discriminate against young African-American males.
There is a term for this.  Heuristic.  If you can't get the information you want, you look for ways to approximate the information.  In this case it results in increased discrimination.

Then there is the question of California's requirement for Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards.

Lawyer Ilya Somin, writing 4 October 2018:

California's new law requiring corporate boards to have a minimum number of women is both unconstitutional and likely to do more harm than good.
The point about the three items is that trying to artificially change human action without the proper incentives is going to produce distortions in the system.  You may like distortions, because you see some social value, but not everyone does.  Some of us may actually find it kind of creepy, or may find it just plain inefficient and a little fascist.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Is Mandatory School of Value

For John, BLUFWe need to rethink our vision of how to educate our youth.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Eliminating compulsory schooling laws would break the century-and-a-half stranglehold of schooling on education.

From the Foundation for Economic Education, by Ms Kerry McDonald, October 05, 2018.

Here is the lede plus two:

We should always be leery of laws passed “for our own good,” as if the state knows better.  The history of compulsory schooling statutes is rife with paternalism, triggered by anti-immigrant sentiments in the mid-nineteenth century and fueled by a desire to shape people into a standard mold.

History books detailing the “common school movement” and the push for universal, compulsory schooling perpetuate the myths that Americans were illiterate prior to mass schooling, that there were limited education options available, and that mandating school attendance under a legal threat of force was the surest way toward equality.

In truth, literacy rates were quite high, particularly in Massachusetts, where the first compulsory schooling statute was passed in 1852.  Historians Boles and Gintis report that approximately three-quarters of the total U.S. population, including slaves, was literate.  There was a panoply of education options prior to mass compulsory schooling, including an array of public and private schooling options, charity schools for the poor, robust apprenticeship models, and homeschooling—this latter approach being the preferred method of Massachusetts education reformer Horace Mann, who homeschooled his own three children while mandating common school attendance for others.

This is a discussion well worth having.  There are two reasons for that.  The first is because it is about the education (and thus the success) of our children.  The second reason is because we spend large amounts of tax money on education and some of it might not be efficient spending.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A "Right-Wing" Court?

For John, BLUFA lot of inflammatory rhetoric, but not a lot of clarity of thinking regarding both Justice Kavanaugh or the Supreme Court as a whole.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

InstaPundit commentary, by Mr David Bernstein, 9 October 2018.

Here is what a "radical right" Supreme Courtwould bring us:

  1. Ban abortion nationwide as a violation of the right to life protected by the due process clause;
  2. Rule that publicly-provided (but not funded) education is unconstitutional because it inherently involves viewpoint discrimination by the government, or at least require vouchers for those who object to the public school curriculum;
  3. Overrule an 1898 precedent and completely abolish birthright citizenship;
  4. Use the First Amendment as a sword to require “fairness” in the left-dominated media.
And roll back Congress' promiscuous use of the [Interstate] Commerce Clause

This is very unlikely, even if RBG were to be replaced by a clone of Justice Kavanaugh.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Students Running the Asylum?

For John, BLUFThis seems like a "Red Pill / Blue Pill" issue.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Writer Robert Spencer, 5 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus two:

How divorced from reality are our nation’s college and university campuses today?  This divorced from reality: a terrorism class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has become the focus of controversy for daring to discuss Islamic jihad in connection with terrorism.  The connection between Islamic jihad and terrorism is as obvious as the fact that water is wet, but not on campus today.

“Lectures slated for October,” the College Fix reported Wednesday, “include topics such as ‘Islam and the West,’ ‘The origins of Jihad,’ ‘Al Qaida,’ ‘9/11,’ ‘The Islamic State’ and ‘Jihad in Africa,’ according to a syllabus screenshot.”

That all seems fairly straightforward -- but only in the real world, not at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State do exist, 9/11 did happen, and there is jihad activity against the West and in Africa.  However, Muslim student Ali Khan “took to social media to express outrage over the content of ‘Political Science 347: Terrorism’ and the way the professor approached the subject.”

It seems to me that Student Ali Khan wants a different course taught, a course the instructor, Professor Andrew Kydd may or may not be qualified to teach.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, October 8, 2018

Diversity is Good, No?

For John, BLUFWhat you see is determined from your point of observation.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Check out the photo at the link.

Happy Columbus Day.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Alvin C York, MOH

For John, BLUFA humble guy out of Tennessee, doing what he thought was his duty.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

From Task and Purpose, by Staff Writer James Clark, 8 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

On Oct. 8, 1918, while serving on the Western Front, Army Cpl. Alvin C. York led a charge against a German machine-gun position during World War I, which resulted in 20 enemy casualties attributed to York alone, and the capture of 132 German soldiers.

He did it with just seven men.

At this point the Armistice was just over a month away, on 11 November.

Regards  —  Cliff

Rule 13

For John, BLUFFor not being a politician, President Trump seems to be a quick study.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The American Thinker, by By Thomas Lifson, 8 October 2018.

That would be Mr Saul Alinsky, an American community organizer and the author of the 1971 book Rules for Radicals.

President Trump, either by native instinct or reading Mr Alinsky's book or by getting a good background briefing on the book, seems to be implementing its rules.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Columbus Day

For John, BLUFI don't think this holiday is about Christopher Columbus.  I think it is about a small civilization that managed to grow in ideas and hopes and economic development, when others were shutting down.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds blogs about it:
Many in the West will demonstrate their fierce originality and intellectual independence today by condemning Christopher Columbus using the same shopworn cliches they used last year.  For those of a different bent, I recommend Samuel Eliot Morison’s Admiral of the Ocean Sea:  A Life of Christopher Columbus, which takes a somewhat different position.  Here’s an excerpt:
At the end of 1492 most men in Western Europe felt exceedingly gloomy about the future.  Christian civilization appeared to be shrinking in area and dividing into hostile units as its sphere contracted.  For over a century there had been no important advance in natural science and registration in the universities dwindled as the instruction they offered became increasingly jejune and lifeless.  Institutions were decaying, well-meaning people were growing cynical or desperate, and many intelligent men, for want of something better to do, were endeavoring to escape the present through studying the pagan past. . . .

Yet, even as the chroniclers of Nuremberg were correcting their proofs from Koberger’s press, a Spanish caravel named Nina scudded before a winter gale into Lisbon with news of a discovery that was to give old Europe another chance.  In a few years we find the mental picture completely changed. Strong monarchs are stamping out privy conspiracy and rebellion; the Church, purged and chastened by the Protestant Reformation, puts her house in order; new ideas flare up throughout Italy, France, Germany and the northern nations; faith in God revives and the human spirit is renewed.  The change is complete and startling:  “A new envisagement of the world has begun, and men are no longer sighing after the imaginary golden age that lay in the distant past, but speculating as to the golden age that might possibly lie in the oncoming future.”

Christopher Columbus belonged to an age that was past, yet he became the sign and symbol of this new age of hope, glory and accomplishment.  His medieval faith impelled him to a modern solution:  Expansion.

The idea that people ought to stay where they are makes little sense, given the history of human beings.  For example, the Native Americans didn't start in the Western Hemisphere.  They came over the Bearing Straits from Asia.  There is the explosive expansion of the Mongels under Genghis Khaan and then the movement of the Golden Horde.  And, by the time of Columbus the Chinese had sailed bigger ships, in larger fleets, to the Coast of Africa.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Tribalism in American Politics

For John, BLUFIf one side or the other will not grant their opponents the right to be wrong then we will be in political trouble.  Trouble if those seen wrong are shunned.  Deep trouble if they are rooted out and punished.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The American Conservative, by Mr Rod Dreher, 7 October 2018.

Here is the lede:

I would like fair-minded liberal readers to take a look at this op-ed from The New York Times, and consider that this is exactly the kind of left-wing racist rant that drives many of us white people into the arms of the Republican Party — not out of any particular love for the GOP, but out of fear of what this progressive racism would do in power.  Alexis Grenell, the author, is a white woman and a Democratic strategist.  Here’s the headline on her article.  Note well that authors do not choose their headlines.  This was written by someone at the Times:

White Women, Come Get Your People


They will defend their privilege to the death.

As an aside the headline is a bit awkward.

Here is the conclusion of the article, and it points to a bad future if we don't mend our ways:

Alexis Grenell — who earned her master’s degree in 2015 from an Ivy League school (Columbia) — is the face and the voice of elite liberalism.  The Times editors read her savage essay and considered it within the mainstream of commentary, whereas no responsible editor of any serious publication would have published the same kind of rhetoric wielded against people of color.

Rivers of blood … blood pact … gender traitors … defend their privilege to the death.

This is the language of tribalism.  This is blessed by elite liberal gatekeepers, as long as it is wielded by the Righteous Tribe, against the Deplorable Tribe.

Members of the Deplorable Tribe are fools if they fail to notice this, and to respond to it.  And you’re a fool if you don’t recognize that you are part of the Deplorable Tribe whether you want to be or not.

I prefer not to be.  I prefer to be part of the American tribe, judging people not on the basis of their reproductive organs or the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  That’s the America I want to live in.  It’s the America that people like Alexis Grenell and the editors of The New York Times want to end.

Useful to get that learned.  These people are Jacobins.

So the accusation of being a Jacobin may not mean much to you, but if that is so, it is because you don't know your history.  Let us cheat and check the dictionary:
jacobin | noun

historical  a member of a democratic club
established in Paris in 1789,  The Jacobins were the
most radical and ruthless of the political groups
formed in the wake of the French Revolution, and in
association with Robespierre they instituted the
Terror of 1793-4.

The Terror?  Here is a statistic:
Between June 1793 and the end of July 1794, there were 16,594 official death sentences in France, of which 2,639 were in Paris.
In the Comments of Mr Rod Dreher's article:
I’m just waiting for the day when the NYT changes it’s tagline to “White People are our Misfortune”.
A classic reference.

Like Mr Dreher, "I prefer to be part of the American tribe".  And I prefer that we give others the space to be wrong, and they us.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Presumption of Innocence

For John, BLUFLaws, if they are to protect all, must allow no exceptions for station or party.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by BY SARAH HOYT SEPTEMBER 27, 2018.

Here is the lede plus five:

I've been listening to crazy people saying things like, "someone isn't entitled to the presumption of innocence," or an accusation that is not only unproven but unprovable is "corroborated" in growing alarm. What goes through my mind is that this is the way you un-make civilization. Part of the problem is that our civilization – arguably, at least in terms of keeping the most people alive and in relative comfort – is not normal in the history of the world. This strange idea that each individual has rights, that the rights are inherent to them, that they deserve to be given due process and not simply destroyed because someone – anyone, or one of their betters – accused them of something is not only bizarre in terms of historical societies. It’s also something that took a long time to work itself through. And ever since it’s been created there have been attempts to take it back to “normal human society.” The attempts are usually the result of people who don’t understand the full horror that society used to be. People who think that society without all these “ridiculous” protections for normal individuals will be somehow better. Or people who understand how horrible it will be but think they will emerge on top and be able to make things serve a greater good somehow.
Sarah Hoyt tells it like it is.

So, here is the argument between Sir Thomas More and his son-in-law, William Roper:

Roper: "So now you'd give the devil the benefit of law?"
More: "Yes.  What would you do?  Cut a great road through the law to get after the devil?"
Roper: "I'd cut down every law in England to do that."
More: "Oh, and when the last law was down, and the devil turned on you, where would you hide, Roper, all the laws being flat?  This country is planted thick with laws from coast to coast, man's laws not God's, and if you cut them down -- and you're just the man to do it -- do you really think that you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?  "Yes, I'd give the devil the benefit of the law, for my own safety's sake."
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Presidential Alert

For John, BLUFI am glad it worked.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Wired, by Reporter Garrett M Graff, 3 October 2018.

Yes, at 2:18, I received my text from FEMA.

The story mention Ukulele Playing Entertainer Arthor Godfrey.  I once met Mr Godfrey. The Fall of 1966, at DaNang Air Base, in Viet-Nam. He was visiting the troops, and in this case the 390th (Blue Boars) Tactical Fighter Squadron Ops Building.  He told a ribald joke, which everyone appreciated, and made us feel appreciated.  People visiting the troops is a good thing.

Even SNL Alumni and even US Senators, current and retired.  But, the most appreciated that year at DaNang was Ann-Margaret.

Hat tip to my Brother John.

Regards  —  Cliff

Pick A Side

For John, BLUFI don't recall my Mother needing this kind of "protection" from the real world.  She was active and engaged.  Ditto my wife.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From a Harvard Crimson Report.

A blog post, yesterday, by Law Professor Ann Althouse.

Here is the key point:

Terrifying to see a person accused of a serious crime?  Kavanaugh's temperament is being questioned, but what about the temperament of these potential lawyers? Do they not feel called to deal with the difficult world of legal problems?  This made me think about one of the most reviled Supreme Court cases, Bradwell v. Illinois, which allowed the state to bar women from the practice of law, back in 1873.  rom the concurring opinion of Justice Bradley:
The natural and proper timidity and delicacy which belongs to the female sex evidently unfits it for many of the occupations of civil life....
Why don't activist, feminist women aspire to strength?  Promoting the timidity and delicacy of women and running to the authorities with specious, backhanded complaints — what lowly, destructive activism!
Back in the old days, back before the earth started to cool, so it could warm again, we used to use the expression "man up".  We need a similar expression for today, one that calls for all People, men and women, to have the courage of their convictions, to move beyond their feeling to the place where their intellect informs them as to right and wrong, and what to do about it.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Assassination Attempt in Pennsylvania

For John, BLUFImagine you are President Trump's Nation Security Advisor—what would you recommend?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Morning Call, by Reporters Christina Tatu and John Misinco, 3 October 2018.

Here is the lede:

A security guard fired a “warning shot” in response to an apparent intruder at Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen’s compound in the Poconos on Wednesday morning, prompting a response by Pennsylvania State Police.
Why do we care?  Because this is an example of a foreign nation (Turkey) attempting to conduct Executive Action on US Territory.  You may be OK with that, but I am not.  Open Source information points to Iran dealing with emigre dissidents the same way.  And Russia also.

This issue is complicated by the fact that we are cooperating with Turkey in Syria and we station forces (e.g.; Incirlik Air Base) in Turkey.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Trump as Youth Received Tax Advantages

For John, BLUFRemember, the motto is "All the news that's fit to print."  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Hill, by Mr Brett Samuels, 2 October 2018.

Here is the interesting paragraph:

The Times interviewed former employees and advisers to Trump’s father, and reviewed more than 100,000 pages of documents related to the Trump family business, including bank statements, financial audits and invoices.
I see two problems here:

  1. That one sentence paragraph looks like it is over 30 words.  Sentences should be limited to about 20 words.  I am not sure the Reporter is good enough to write this long a sentence.  The original story treats this with a 30 word sentence.
  2. That The New York Times has access to over 100,000 pages of documents that are the private papers of Mr Trump.  That seems like an improper
The Newspaper of Record claims some of the pages are open records.  Great.  So, did they purloin only 90,000 pages?

For sure, this confirms the social theory that even things you do as a youth will be used against you half a century later.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Trump Presidency as Reality TV

For John, BLUFThe six year rule seems to follow most two term presidencies.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Reality TV has always been the guidebook for this presidency. And most popular series last for six seasons.

From The Old Gray Lady, by Times Writer Ms Amy Chozick, 29 September 2018.

Sounds about right.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Eldad and Medad Prophesy

For John, BLUFStir up the Holy Spirit you received at Confirmation, but know it can be bestowed on anyone who believes.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Left over from the Weekend, the First Reading for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Numbers 11:25-29).

The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses.
Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses,
the LORD bestowed it on the seventy elders;
and as the spirit came to rest on them, they prophesied.

Now two men, one named Eldad and the other Medad,
were not in the gathering but had been left in the camp.
They too had been on the list, but had not gone out to the tent;
yet the spirit came to rest on them also,
and they prophesied in the camp.
So, when a young man quickly told Moses,
"Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp,"
Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had been Moses' aide, said,
"Moses, my lord, stop them."
But Moses answered him,
"Are you jealous for my sake?
Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!
Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!"

For me, the key take-away is that the Holy Spirit doesn't follow rules, but goes where he wills.  It is God the Holy Spirit.  It is God the Holy Spirit helping members of the Church grow in faith and in doing God's perfect will.

Sure, we try to help God by laying down how we think things go, but we should not believe that we have figured out what it is God is doing.  Sometimes God is doing something else, and we, like Moses, need to be open to it.

Here is what Moses says:

Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!
Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!"
And that applies for today as well.  Each of us, in the here and now, needs to be seeking the Holy Spirit and asking for some of that spirit to settle on us.

Regards  —  Cliff

Kavanaugh Fight [Appears] to Be to the Death

For John, BLUFThere is no basis for compromise, no place for retreat..  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

From The Hill, by Alexander Bolton, 2 October 2018.

Here is the lede plus four:

Senate Democrats up for reelection this year in deep-red states face a nightmare decision on how to handle Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Vulnerable Democrats are hoping Republicans will force him to withdraw his nomination, allowing them to avoid politically divisive votes.

The Democrats in the toughest position are Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.).  Heitkamp and Manchin are undecided, and both are seeking another six-year term in states that Trump won by double digits in 2016.  Donnelly is in much the same boat but said on Friday that he would vote ‘no’ on Kavanaugh.

All three voted for President Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, in 2017.

But this time around the partisan divide is much more bitter: The seat Kavanaugh has been tapped to fill will likely determine the balance of the court for years, and a confirmation vote is slated to take place a month before Election Day.

My take-away is the Democratic Caucus in the Senate is hoping that Judge Kavanaugh will just go away.  That should spare certain Senators from having to make choices.  However, there may be an incentive for Judge Kavanaugh.  If he steps down he could still be at risk.  At The Hill we have this 29 September Headline—"Pelosi on impeaching Kavanaugh: If he's lying 'he's not fit' for court he's on now".  I don't see an incentive there for Judge Kavanaugh to back out of the nomination.

Hat tip to the DThe Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, October 1, 2018

Kellyanne Conway Wasn't REALLY Assaulted

For John, BLUFIt isn't about assaults on women.  It is about politics.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Lid Blog, by Mr Jeff Dunetz, 30 September 2018.

As Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds says:  "If it weren't for double standards they wouldn't have any standards at all."

The other way to look at it is that cis-gem females who self-identify as Republican or Conservative are not really women and thus can be excluded from the list of those (women) who have been sexually assaulted, who claim "#MeToo".

The other thing is that Ms Conway was talking about it happening to her on Capitol Hill.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Today is Inventors’ Day in Argentina

For John, BLUFAnd a boon to aviation it was.  No longer the need to carry wooden pencils and pocket knives.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Instapundit, by Professor Gail Heriot, 29 September 2018.

Here is most of the Blog Post:

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, LÁSZLÓ BÍRÓ, THE INVENTOR OF THE FIRST COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFUL BALLPOINT PEN, WAS BORN:  Journalists aren’t usually great inventors, but the Hungarian-born Bíró was an exception.  He noticed that the ink used on newsprint dried quickly and smudge-free, so he started working on pen that could use that ink.  He patented an early design for a ballpoint pen in Paris in 1938.

As Nazism enveloped Europe, Bíró, who was Jewish, made his way to Argentina.  While there, he filed another patent, this time in the United States, in the name of Bíró Pens of Argentina.  The invention caught the attention of F.G. Miles, who secured a license to manufacture the pens for the Royal Air Force.  The pens were economical and, unlike fountain pens, could write upside down.

After the war, Marcel Bich bought the patent. For the purpose of marketing the pen, Bich shortened his name to “Bic” so that it wouldn’t be confused by English speakers with you-know-what.

There is the whole question of why the German Government thought that it would be better off with all those Jews dead or driven off?  Did they not understand the wealth of creativity they were destroying?  There is a lesson in there.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Danger of a Bridge Too Far

For John, BLUFRunning out the clock and not caring who gets hurt.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Notwithstanding the advice of then Senator Joe Biden that "FBI investigations into nominees are "inconclusive.'"

It was interesting, but consistent, that once Senator Flake proposed a one week FBI review of the allegations by Professor Ford, against then teenage Brett Kavanaugh, that Democrats, and Professor Ford's lawyers, claimed there should be no end date.  I guess they think it should go on until January 2019, or February 2021.

The danger in all this is that it might blow up on Professor Ford.  There is some small, but finite, chance that the FBI will come back and say that Professor Ford is an unreliable witness, or worse, that she made it all up.  That would be devastating to her mental health.

I guess, at the end of the day the Democrats can put the blame on the Republicans, for insisting on a further investigation, rather than just going for a vote of the full Senate.

But, back to the risk, there is this article, by Reporter John Nolte in the 28 September 2018 issue of Breitbart.

I just don't see this thing ending well.  Frankly, I put the blame on DiFi and Chuck Schumer.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Speaking of Clowns, yesterday's Howie Carr Show had a Poll Question on who was the biggest clown on the Democratic side of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  In the initial version of the poll they listed all the Democrats, except for DiFi.

Today's Kulturkampf

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

Here is the sub-headline:

There’s no greater sin than condemning an innocent man without evidence. There’s no greater cowardice than caving in to mob pressure.

Kulturkampf is a "culture struggle", or struggle for cultural survival.

From The Federalist, by Doctoral Researcher Sumantra Maitra, 26 September 2018.

Here is a key paragraph:

The Kavanaugh nomination battle of course is the culmination of this leftist Kulturkampf.  The soft coup didn’t happen in one day.  The Obama era metastasized a massive bloating of public bureaucracy with liberal extremists and ideologues, the spread of campus kangaroo courts, activism, and aggressive public movements and marches, the replacement of news with social media controlled by amoral technocrats and shadowy edited algorithms, and the cultural battlefield totally ceded to the neo-Marxist left.
If you think this isn't the case wait for the next nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.  She is, after all, a member of the People of Praise Community at Norte Dame.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

LL From Debating A Democratic Socialist

For John, BLUF"LL" is short for Lessons Learned.  See, for example, CALL.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

As the democratic socialists become more prominent, both nationally and at our dinner tables, it’s very likely you will find yourself debating one, like I did recently.

From The Federalist, by Senior Contributor Helen Raleigh, 28 September 2018.

Study and prosper.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, September 28, 2018

People Will DIE!

For John, BLUFI wonder if our former senator, John Forbes Kerry, (75 in December) is positioning for a run for President.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Nicholas Ballast, 12 September 2018.

Here is the lede plus two:

WASHINGTON – Former Secretary of State John Kerry, author of Every Day is Extra, predicted that “lives will be lost” due to President Trump’s position on climate change, calling his time in office a matter of “life and death.”

“This is why it’s the anecdote to what Bob Woodward lays out [in his new book Fear:  Trump in the White House].  This book describes how we accept and fight, many times unsuccessfully, more times successfully, to make our democracy work and never had we needed to do that more than right now.  We’re in trouble,” Kerry said about his memoir during a discussion at the Carnegie Center for International Peace on Monday evening.

“I don’t try to be a troublemonger or to be somebody who tries to scare people, but I’m telling you folks – and I write about this in the last chapter of the book – I mean, I wish I could find legal standing to bring a case against Donald Trump for the lives that will be lost and the property that will be damaged and the billions of dollars because of his decision on climate change.  This is life and death. Our democracy matters that much,” he added.

This strikes me as like the idea of putting climate change deniers in jail.  Like Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

The flip side of this is what we do if it turns out Iran has a nuclear capability, which they use.  Do we sue the trio of Kerry, Obama and Rhodes?

However, the idea of a law suit against the (elected) President is an idea that the will of the voters is subject to the whims of lawyers.  I accept that if Congress passes a law that is of questionable constitutionality a law suit is in order.  But shaping foreign policy by law suit seems a little outside the area of unconstitutionality.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff


For John, BLUFIf you want to look at the Russia approach, follow the TV Series Okkupert (Occupied).  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Should a reunited Ukrainian Orthodoxy be recognized by Constantinople as "autocephalous" and therefore not subordinate to Russian Orthodoxy, Moscow's claim to be the "third Rome" would be gravely imperiled.

From The Boston Pilot, by Mr George Weigel, 26 September 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

While Catholicism has been embroiled in a crisis of sexual abuse and episcopal malfeasance reaching to the highest levels of the Church, Eastern Orthodoxy may be on the verge of an epic crack-up with major ecumenical and geopolitical consequences.

There are three competing Orthodox jurisdictions in Ukraine today.  The Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate is in full communion with, and subordinate to, the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow.  Then there are two breakaways from Moscow:  the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.  This tripartite fracture is a scandal, an obstacle to re-evangelizing a broken culture, and an impediment to ecumenism.

There are two reasons this might be of interest to folks in the Greater Lowell area.  The First is the large Orthodox population in our area.  I expect each of us knows someone tied to the Eastern Church.

The second reason is that part of the Ukraine is still under Russian occupation, as Ukraine President Poroshenko pointed out to the UN General Assembly yesterday.

The action in the area of religion detracts from President Putin's view of a vast Russian People.

Regards  —  Cliff

Who Are We?

For John, BLUFWhat is diversity and what is the will of the people, and how do we hold this union together.  "Majority rule and minority rights."  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Joe Scarborough
Joe Scarborough Retweeted Dave Wasserman
This is staggering and is a warning to all coastal Democrats.  The party of diversity must also become more geographically diverse.

Dave Wasserman
To Dems who can’t believe what they’re watching, remember:  a majority of the Senate now represents 18% of the population & answers to a subset of voters that is considerably whiter, redder and more rural than the nation as a whole.  That’s the reality of our times.
4:49 AM - 28 Sep 2018

So, considerably whiter and redder, at the same time?

I think it is fair to mention that one of the things that makes the United States work is that we give each of the geographic areas a voice.  If the Senate, like the House of Representatives, was based strictly on population, there would be a lot of unhappiness in vast swaths of the nation, as the fly-over states would be dominated by the bi-coastal population majority.nbsp; I am not sure that would work out well.  The fear in one region of domination by another has already lead to a civil war.

All that said, it is the duty of the Democrats to campaign hard in those "Red" States.  And, the duty of Republicans to campaign in Democratic Party strongholds.

It should also be noted that amongst the 50 States, 12 have a Senator from each of the major parties.  In addition, two states have an independent Senator, one with also a Democrat, and one with a second who is a Republican.  That shows a fair degree of diversity in action.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Of course there are those who would break up California into several new states to provide diversity of a sorts for the various populations in the Golden State.
  I finally figured out the meaning of the colors red and blue. : I am personally embarrassed it took me so long to figure it out.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Best Hope For Peace

For John, BLUFI think, if this works, and we are generous with Palestine, that other problems may also yield solutions.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Ms Bridget Johnson, 26 September 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

President Trump said today that he thinks a two-state solution between the Israelis and the Palestinians could be "more difficult because it's a real-estate deal" but "works better because you have people governing themselves."

Trump indicated at his UN press conference in New York that he'd "love to be able to make a deal with the Israelis and the Palestinians."

"You know, my whole life I was told that's the toughest deal.  And I disagree, I think healthcare is probably tougher, OK, you want to know the truth," he said.  "...Every possible thing is tough about that.  I think we're going to make a deal."

Trump added that senior advisor Jared Kushner, who is overseeing Middle East peace talks, "loves Israel but he's also going to be very fair with the Palestinians."

"He understands it takes two people to be happy, two groups of people to be happy," he said.  "Everybody's got to be happy and that's why it's so tough, because there's been so much hatred and anger for so many years, that's what probably the number one ingredient of toughness is."

The Poster at InstaPundit, Mr Stephen Green, says:
On the outside chance the Palestinians are willing to sit down for genuine negotiations, it will be because Trump was the first U.S. President willing to disabuse them of their notion that all of Israel could be theirs for the taking.
Yes, the President is trying an alternative approach.  Breaking the mold means a chance for peace.  On the other hand, some don't like the idea of peace in the area.  Frankly, the alternative is moving Israel, lock, stock and Wailing Wall to the US.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Conflicting Stories

For John, BLUFWhen the Ford/Kavanaugh story looks like it couldn't get more weird, it does.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Reporter Paula Bolyard, 26 September 2018.

Toward the end of the article is this caution:

It's quite possible that the two men are either mentally disturbed or seeking attention—or both.  But their "confessions" highlight the uncertainty that accompanies claims that cannot be substantiated with evidence, which makes them all — including those of Kavanaugh's accusers — highly suspect.
Given what we know, that is a good point.  At this point we basically still know nothing.  Well, we do know that Senator Feinstein did an excellent job orchestrating the opening of this phase of the hearing.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

On The Other Hand

For John, BLUFThs morning I looked as a scenario wherein a Blue Wave swept many Democrats into office.  This Post looks at the chance the voters could flow in the opposite direction.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

By disparaging Kavanaugh, Democrats have backed themselves into a corner. They might pay in the midterm elections.

From USA Today, by Columnist James S. Robbins, 26 September, 2018.

Then we have this item:

From The New York Daily News, by Ms S.E. Cupp, 26 September 2018.

It will be an interesting election in November, and if the Republicans hold both Houses of Congress it will be even more interesting to see the Press analysis.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff