Friday, May 22, 2015

Women in the House


For John, BLUFThis is staffers, not Congresscritters.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



"The 20 Most Powerful Women Staffers on Capitol Hill"

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Maybe This "Event" is Over


For John, BLUFTruth has given way to theater.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



On Democracy Now, just now, News Reader Amy Goodman runs a clip of the Columbia University Mattress Woman taking her mattress to graduation, mentioning that the Mattress Woman, Ms Emma Sulkowicz, is doing this in protest that her alleged attacker should be expelled.  (Here is the article in The New York Times.)  No mention of the fact that the alleged attacker, Mr Paul Nungesser, was exonerated. Here is an item from the newspaper article, not mentioned by Ms Goodman:
Until seconds before the student, Emma Sulkowicz, walked onstage, Columbia officials had asked her to leave the mattress behind.  President Lee C. Bollinger turned away as she crossed in front of him, failing to shake her hand, as he did with the other graduates.
Also not mentioned by Ms Goodman was the lawsuit, mentioned in the NYT article:
Mr. Nungesser, who was cleared by the university and has maintained that their sexual encounter was consensual, filed a federal discrimination suit last month against the school, Mr. Bollinger and the professor who approved Ms. Sulkowicz’s thesis project, saying he has been the victim of a harassment campaign.
The outcome of the suit will be interesting.  And, it could cause things to flow in a different direction after the decision.

Regards  —  Cliff

Measuring Small Items


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



From the Comments at an Instapundit post:
Col. Wasabi
I hear that within about 10 years, the Large Hadron Collider might be able to help physicists measure the half-life of leftist media interest in Democrat scandals.
Large Hadron Collider?  Here is the Wikipedia discussion.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Freedom to Opine


For John, BLUFOnce we start limiting speech there is no limit to the limiting.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has said, en banc, there is no Copyright violation excuse for pulling Innocence of Muslims from the Internet:
"The appeal teaches a simple lesson—a weak copyright claim cannot justify censorship in the guise of authorship."
Another victory for the First Amendment.

As an aside to this story, the Administration told us and held to the position that this video trailer was the cause of the Benghazi attack.  However, in USA Today Mr Oren Dorell reports:

One day after the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, the Defense Intelligence Agency concluded the assault had been planned 10 days earlier by an al-Qaeda affiliate, according to documents released Monday by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  At a comment on a different InstaPundit post "LeftCoastMole" said, "Yep.  The Southern [R]eps (Democrats to a man, I'm pretty sure) were quite insistent on making criticism of their peculiar institution a crime."  Free speech is the great oxidizer, breaking things down.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

IRS Scandal, Diving Deeper


For John, BLUFIf the IRS had just followed the rules and not gotten fancy, this would not have been a problem.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



It now appears the IRS scandal regarding tax exempt status for Tea Party organizations was much more complex than we have been thinking.  It started out as a routine action by an IRS employee following the Internal Revenue Manual.  IRS Employee Mr Jack Koester flagged an application.  Per National Review:
In an e-mail written on February 25, 2010, Jack Koester, a revenue agent, told his boss, John Shafer, that “recent media attention” made the application at hand a “high-profile” case.  In doing so, he was following the Internal Revenue Manual’s directive to agency personal to elevate to senior managers cases that fall into several categories, including those “that are newsworthy, or that have the potential to become newsworthy.”
The article from National Review is "Conservative Group Uncovers New Roots of the IRS Scandal".

For those of you worried, Ms Lois Lerner doesn't get off the hook.  She and her ilk are why a routine action that should have been a blip of a delay became the imbroglio that it has.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Military Exercises


For John, BLUFTempest in a tea pot.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Just to keep you up to date on Operation JADE HELM 15,

Hat tip to Reporter Carl Prine.

Regards  —  Cliff

ADDED COMMENTS:

The Governor of Texas, Gregg Abbott, directed the Texas National Guard to monitor Operation JADE HELM 15, as a way of assuring those citizens of Texas concerned about this particular Army Special Operations Command exercise.  Contributing to citizen concerns was an information session in Bastrop, Texas.  A friend of mine, with experience from South America to Africa, says it was very poorly done on the part of the Army.  Meanwhile, others just added to the mess.  From Wikipedia—On May 7, 2015, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic Governor of Virginia, called Abbott's mobilizing of the Texas State Guard in response to the training exercise "one of the dumbest things I have ever heard".  Apparently Governor McAuliffe has led a very sheltered life.  And doesn't know that US1 in Virginia is name the Jefferson Davis Highway.

The joke is that training ammo, even bombs, are painted blue, to distinguish them from live ammo.

Acceptable News Information


For John, BLUFAs Army Counsel Joseph Welch asked, "Have you no sense of decency, sir?".  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Just now, on Democracy Now, the Host, Ms Amy Goodman, engaged in cheap gossip with regard to some Congressman.  Talking about someone's sex life, someone's acts of infidelity, doesn't add to any debate, unless the topic is infidelity, and even then, to expose the errors of another in such an area seems so tacky.  I guess I expected more.

Regards  —  Cliff