Monday, October 24, 2016

Britain is Going Solo

For John, BLUFThe Europeans could make some tragic errors if they decide to "punish" the Brits for Brexit.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the web magazine War on the Rocks, and the pen of Mr Luis Simón, Research Professor at the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Director of the Brussels office of the Royal Elcano Institute.  He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of London (Royal Holloway College). A quick history of Britain and Europe from the middle 1700s to today and a discussion of what the departure of Britain from the European Union (EU) via Brexit might mean.

Regards  —  Cliff

More on Voter Fraud

For John, BLUFVoter Fraud is a real thing, but it is not yet a major thing.  This isn't Venezuela, after all.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This article is from The new York Times, for 21 October 2016.  The Reporter is Mr Michel Wines.

This is the standard Democratic Party pitch that voter fraud is not a thing.  And, that it is a dog whistle for Republicans. On the other hand, while it cites a couple of studies it doesn't address things like Mrs Clinton's Campaign Chairman, John Podesta, calling for illegals to be registered to vote.  Doesn't that seem irregular?

It does claim that Republicans who call for ID to vote are trying to suppress the vote of minorities and the poor, since these folks supposedly don't have suitable IDs.

The notion of widespread fraud has also become a potent political weapon: Since 2010, 16 states have placed new identification requirements on voting in the name of security. Increasingly, they have required voters to produce proof of identification that young, poor and minority voters — often Democrats — disproportionately lack.
That is actually something of a mystery to me.  I know I have to show an ID of some sort (sometimes a bank card) to transact a lot of business at my bank.  I need an ID when I go into a Doctor's Office or to pick up certain drugs.  And, I need an ID to drive (legally).  The poor, receiving Food Stamps could have a photo ID given to them when they sign up for Food Stamps.  Others could be given a photo ID at Motor Vehicle Offices or their local Town or City Hall, at no cost.  Isn't that what Wisconsin does?

It seems to me that providing everyone with an ID is a Government responsibility.  Not misplacing your ID seems to be an individual responsibility.

The other side of this is that there are a lot of fake IDs floating around.  If that is the case, why can't the Government provide real IDs for all people?

I think that this ID requirement as a suppression of the vote meme is really a case of Government at all levels failing to help its citizens become part of the economic engine known as the United States.

Of course Mr Trump is not the only Presidential Candidate to warn about voter fraud.

By the way, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a Voter ID Law, but it is worded so that if it is applied to one person in the voting location it must be applied to all.  So, where I vote, since most voters are known to the Poll Workers, it is dispensed with.  That said, they are very careful to mark me down when I get a ballot and when I check out.  Good Job, poll workers of Ward 1, Percent 3.

Hat tip to my Brother Lance, who sometimes Comments at this Blog.

Regards  —  Cliff

  I walked into Santander bank a couple of years ago and they had a sign up saying some transactions would require two identifications.  I could produce five government issued IDs, but I am just lucky (and one, while a photo ID, is expired).
  Retired Military (Photo) ID, Mass Driver License, UMass Lowell Student ID, City of Lowell Employee ID and US National Archives ID.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mr Biden on Mr Trump

For John, BLUFIt is OK if Democrats talk ruff, but not for Republicans.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The author is Mr Harper Neidig.  Mostly, it is a video.

I guess this is just the Vice President being the Vice President, like Manny being Manny.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Michael Moore on Voting on 8 November

For John, BLUFSorry, but I don't see taking voting advice from Mr M Moore.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The source is Mediaite and the writer is Mr Sam Reisman.  The dateline is 21 October 2016.

And here is the lede:

Oscar-winning documentarian-provocateur Michael Moore said in an interview with Rolling Stone published Friday that anyone choosing to vote for Trump was effectively a “legal terrorist” because they were participating in an act that would “blow up the system.”
The thing that I find interesting is that Mr Michael Moore has been trying to "blow up the system" for years and years.  So, I guess this is expert testimony.

On the other hand, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is likely to crash the system.  We need change and she does not represent change.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday Readings at Mass

For John, BLUFI just like the wisdom of Joshua son of Sirach.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is the First Reading for this Sunday, Sir 35:12-14, 16-18.
The LORD is a God of justice,
who knows no favorites.
Though not unduly partial toward the weak,
yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.
The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,
nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.
The one who serves God willingly is heard;
his petition reaches the heavens.
The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;
it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,
judges justly and affirms the right,
and the Lord will not delay.
This is from the Book of Sirach, or sometimes called The Wisdom of Sirach, and also known as the Book of Ecclesiasticus (not to be confused with Ecclesiastes).

I like the point, made early on, that God "knowns no favorites."  And, that he is "not unduly partial toward the weak".  However, as the Psalm Reading say, "The Lord hears the cry of the poor".  But he hears the cry of each of us, as we seek him.

Here are all the readings for this Sunday.

Regards  —  Cliff

  This is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Times.
  PS 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court 25 Years

For John, BLUFThere is accepted orthodoxy and those who sail against it are shunned.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Surpisingly, it is The Washington Post.  The author is Lawyer Mark Paoletta.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Rich Going for Hillary—NYT

For John, BLUFAnd Sam Poulten wants to further restrict alternative views?  We will never understand this election, based on the MSM.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This stunning piece of news was brought to us by Reporter Robert Frank, of The Old Gray Lady.  The dateline is today, 22 October 2016.

Here is the lede plus one:

For the first time in decades, the wealthy are set to deliver a landslide victory for a Democratic presidential candidate.

While polling data on the rich is imprecise given their small population, polls of the top-earning households favor Hillary Clinton over Donald J. Trump two to one.  The July Affluent Barometer survey by Ipsos found that among voters earning more than $100,000 a year — roughly the top 25 percent of households — 45 percent said they planned to vote for Mrs. Clinton, while 28 percent planned to vote for Mr. Trump.  The rest were undecided or planned to vote for another candidate.

Given that the wealthy are such a small percent of the population, I am not sure they are going to "deliver" anything, but the fact is, they do see Mrs Clinton as their candidate.  The reporter tries to spin it that it is because they dislike Mr Trump, but it appears to me that it is because Mrs Clinton favors Wall Street.  Mr Trump, on the other hand, is not so predictable.  He may actually want to follow through on promises to the rust belt and to inner city Black communities.

Here is how the reporter [mis]frames it:

Mr. [Andrew] Gelman said the wealthy naturally favored policies that favor them, and Republican staples like lower taxes and smaller government were preferable than larger government and redistribution of wealth.  “They support policies that benefit their group, because in their view, those are the best policies and best ideas,” he said.
The main stream media continue to miss the story, continue to miss what is going on.

Hat tip to Memeorandum.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff