Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Impeachment Mechanics


For John, BLUFPretty straight forward.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Nation of Change looks at the question…


Fair enough discussion of the mechanics.

Regards  —  Cliff

Local Government Looms Large


For John, BLUFI wonder what the implications are for Lowell, given our own "chicken" issues?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




It is from FEE and the author is Ms Annie Holmquist, on Monday, 22 May 2017.

Here is the lede plus three:

Should Americans have a right to garden in their own yards?

If you looked at this question, shook your head, and answered, “Of course! Why would we not?” then it would seem there is still some common sense left in the world.

Unfortunately, that common sense doesn’t always extend to the powers that be, and the citizens of Columbiana, Ohio, are learning that the hard way.

According to an article in the Salem News, the city government of Columbiana recently informed citizens that they don’t have a right to plant and maintain a garden in their own yards:

It is like reading the Introduction to the Dash One.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gleichschaltung


For John, BLUFIt is going to take a while to get over the election of 2016.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



I blame Mr Stephen Greene, writing at the InstaPundit, for introducing this term, Gleichschaltung, (pronounced ˈɡlīkˌSHalto͝oNG), into this discussion, but it is so apropos, as would be the term, "the new Blacklist" or the term "the new McCartyism, but it is more so, since it seeks to change a culture.

From Wikipedia:

In Nazi terminology, Gleichschaltung (German pronunciation: [ˈɡlaɪçʃaltʊŋ]), was the process of Nazification by which Nazi Germany successively established a system of totalitarian control and coordination over all aspects of society, "from the economy and trade associations to the media, culture and education".
So, we have, from Hollywood in Toto:


By Mr Christian Toto, today, 23 May.

An unexpected confession from HBO's 'Silicon Valley' reveals how Hollywood discriminates against conservatives.

There are plenty of reasons people don’t get parts in Hollywood.

They’re not tall enough. They don’t fit the character in question’s physical profile.  They arrive with a lousy reputation.

The casting director had a bad day, perhaps?

Here’s a new one:  They want the current president to Make America Great Again.  Trump supporters in Hollywood might find work even harder to come by since Jan. 20, according to a revelation by comic actor Jimmy Yang.

And, there is a reference to an article by Reporter Stephen Galloway, on 20 May 2017, in The Hollywood Reporter:


Yes, I have seen this sort of thing.  You are a "non-perso" if you do not denounce and renounce Donald J Trump.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Whither Fox News


For John, BLUFJust goes to show that great men are not necessarily nice men (substitute women as appropriate).  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is from The American Thinker, 19 May 2017, by Reporter Peter Barry Chowka.

Rober Ailes is not just out of Fox News, he is gone, having passed away just a few short days ago.

The question is, what is the impact on Fox News of Mr Ailes being thrown under the bus by the sons of Rupert Murdock, who want to be liked by the other kids?  And, more important, really, is where is that, for lack of a better term, Conservative audience, going to go?

This is a long article, of which these are just the first four paragraphs:

The sudden death of Roger Ailes (R.I.P.) yesterday is a grim omen for the network he envisioned and built.  In the wake of the recent upheavals at Fox News, the conservative cable television network’s ratings are experiencing a precipitous decline from cable news leadership for the first time in the history of the channel.  As the rest of the mainstream media continue their efforts to undermine and “resist” the Trump Administration, this development bodes ill for the future — not only of the unique kind of fair and balanced if right of center reporting pioneered by the Fox News Channel (FNC), but of the prospects for conservatives continuing to have a major media platform, maintain power, and advance their agenda in the months and years ahead.

The Fox News Channel launched on October 6, 1996.  MSNBC, originally a collaboration between NBC News and Microsoft, had started three months earlier.  Prior to mid-1996, CNN, the other competitor, was the exclusive cable news outlet in the United States, synonymous with “cable news.”  It enjoyed a long monopoly in the field during which it was able to build its brand at home and abroad.

Lacking the backing of a huge well oiled news organzation like NBC or the tailwind legacy of a sixteen year international presence like CNN, FNC initially had a bit of a shaky start.  But under the guidance of media and political genius Roger Ailes (the FNC CEO and Chairman), the financial support of international media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, and with a clear agenda (“fair and balanced” reporting with a consistent respect for conservative viewpoints), after gaining wide cable and satellite distribution, Fox pulled ahead of its two rivals.  By 2002, FNC had done the unthinkable, establishing itself as the #1 cable news channel in the United States.  Notwithstanding its being constantly derided by the rest of the mainstream media, Fox News’s prime time ratings dominance went largely unchallenged for the next fourteen years.

The Fox News Channel’s innovative and successful approach to presenting the news in the new millennium helped to change the TV news landscape from one dominated by breaking hard news read by mostly interchangeable news readers to a model that relied on opinionated marquee personalities and colorful left/right debate.  Prime time personalities Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, for example, both of whom debuted on FNC the night that it started, continued to host programs in prime time, seemingly in perpetuity. CNN’s “breaking news is king” strategy, and its aging prime time host Larry King, were caught off guard.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Per The American Thinker, Peter Barry Chowka is a seasoned journalist who writes about national politics, media, popular culture, and health care.
  Or will they just retreat further into the Internet?  Will Drudge or Breitbart emerge as the new news leadership.

Internal State Sponsored Terrorism


For John, BLUFMillions dead, for what?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




An Opinion Piece by Mr Jonathan Brent, in The Old Gray Lady.

This isn't just about Vladimir Lenin's use of terrorism to manage the crisis of the Soviet Union at the end of World War I.  It is also about Joseph Stalin and his use of terror in the 1930s and again in the early 1950s, including the "(Jewish) Doctors Plot".

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Boston Pot Center?


For John, BLUFThe General Court dragging this out isn't helping.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The Boston Herald and Reporter Dan Atkinson, on Monday, 22 May.

Here is the lede plus one:

Mayor Martin J. Walsh blasted towns looking to ban sales of recreational marijuana despite residents voting to legalize it last year, saying the state Legislature needs to put a halt on plans that could lead to Boston being overwhelmed by suburban pot buyers.

"If they voted for it, they should have a pot shop in their neighborhood, they shouldn't have to drive to Boston for it," Walsh said on Boston Herald Radio.  "I don't think the Legislature should allow exemptions, if there are I think it's unfair and unfortunate.  Shame on them if they do."

Well, he has a point.  The voters voted for Pot.

I would summarize the Mayor's viewpoint as "Let your own neighborhood go to pot."

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

They Still Don't Get It


For John, BLUFDemocrat Operatives with by-lines.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



This is from Saturday a week ago, the 100th Anniversary of the first Fatima Apparition.  But, it is still timely.


Boy does The Old Gray Lady have this one backward.

The Reporters are Mr Peter Baker and Ms Maggie Haberman.

For sure it is the Democrats who can't seem to get past it.

Regards  —  Cliff

  There are those non-Democrats who believe that there are Democrats out there who believe that if they can make President Trump go away Mrs Hillary Clinton will become the President, and all will be calm again.
  Both of whom appear clueless.