Sunday, February 26, 2017

Tucker Carlson Examined

For John, BLUFI like Tucker Carlson, and his Nine PM show.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Except Tucker Carlson doesn't wear bow ties any more.

Here is the sub-headline:

Tucker Carlson’s latest reinvention is guided by a simple principle—a staunch aversion to whatever his right-minded neighbors believe.
The author of this Atlantic Monthly article is Mr McKay Coppins and the publication date is 23 February of this year.

The quotes that Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds pulled are these:

“Look, it’s really simple,” Carlson says.  “The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite institutions, where they married each other, had kids, and moved to an even smaller number of elite neighborhoods.  We created the most effective meritocracy ever.”

“But the problem with the meritocracy,” he continues, is that it “leeches all the empathy out of your society …  The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid—I mean all the stuff that our ruling class is.”

That rings true.

And, the Fighter Pilot line is "Better lucky than good, because there is always someone better."

I like this paragraph from the article, which I think is well written (the whole article):

Fair or not, this is the essence of Carlson’s case against the educated elites and well-heeled technocrats that comprise America’s ruling class (not to mention his neighborhood).  They are too certain of their own righteousness, too dismissive of dissenters, too unwilling to entertain new ideas.
Read it through to the end, because the punchline is great, although I am not sure it is something to read to your younger children.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bad Choices

For John, BLUFCNN strikes again.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Ace of Spades. On 23 February 2017.

Chris Cuomo:  If a 12-Year-Old Girl Doesn't Want to See a Penis In the Locker Room, That's Either Because of Her "Overprotective Dad" or Her Own Lack of "Tolerance"
Over the top, Chris.

Not to say we don't need tolerance for those transitioning, but we also need a little respect for those,who aren't.  A two way street, so to speak.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Hillary Won, in Cyber-Space

For John, BLUFIt is nice Hillary supporters have a sort of "Safe Space".  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Wash Post and Reporter Peter Holley, we have this item from today.

It’s just over a month into Hillary Clinton’s historic presidency, and Milo Yiannopoulos works as a Starbucks barista, the Koch brothers have fled the country and the first woman to occupy the Oval Office is the sober, exacting policy wonk that millions of Americans expected.

Her approval ratings are skyrocketing, her news conferences “oppressively intelligent,” “boring” and “too sane.”

And her vanquished political opponent, Donald Trump, is on the verge of being charged with treason by the Department of Justice.

This liberal fantasy on steroids arrives courtesy of, a satirical news site designed to dive deeply under the skin of President Trump and anyone who supports him.

Hope springs eternal.

But, I think putting this on Trump followers is a little weak.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Our AG on Events Elsewhere

For John, BLUFDoes not play well with others.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

She was investigating in New Hampshire?  On my tax dollar?

I hope she runs for Governor.

The article is from The Boston Globe and Reporter Laura Krantz, on the 16th instant.

Hat tip to Political Happy Hour.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, February 24, 2017

Respecting the Presidency

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

This is from The Wash Post, by Reporter Paul Kane, today.

President Barack Obama shook hands with lawmakers as he strode down the middle aisle of the House of Representatives before his final State of the Union, breaking into a wide smile when he saw a very familiar face.

“Eliot, you’re here,” Obama said.

“Would I be anyplace else?” Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.) replied.

For nearly three decades, Engel has been on the aisle for every presidential address to Congress.  For a fleeting moment, it’s just him and the president — two Republicans and two Democrats since he began the tradition in 1989 — shaking hands in a show of support for the leader of the free world.

Engel could be someplace else Tuesday night, when President Trump strides down the House’s center aisle to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress.  It’s not technically called a State of the Union this early in a presidential term, but Trump’s speech will have the same bells and whistles.

Ed Driscoll, who posted this at InstaPundit, made this comment:
From 2009 until early last month, the Washington Post would have dubbed such a gesture a racist hate crime.  But didn’t Hillary urge cooperation from the losing party’s representatives back in September and October?
True enough.

However, here is the real point.  Some of our elected Representatives believe that President Trump isn't really the President, that his election was tainted and he is illegitimate.

This is just the latest example of how Trump has scrambled the most basic of traditions in Washington.  On Jan. 20, for Trump’s inauguration, a third of House Democrats publicly declared they were boycotting the swearing-in ceremony, led by civil rights icon John Lewis (D-Ga.), who declared Trump an illegitimate president because of alleged Russian meddling with the 2016 election contest.
But, is it Mr Trump who has scrambled the most basic traditions, or is it the Democrats, who cannot or will not accept Mr Trump as President?  There are those who are forthright about their views, such as Representative John Lewis (D-GA) and those who are waffling, like Senator E Warren (D-MA). Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Standing Up For The Victims

For John, BLUFLet us not cloud over the truth.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The reporters for this 23 February 2017 LA Times piece are Mr John Myers and Ms Melanie Mason.

Here is the lede plus three:

After trying to make a statement about the late Tom Hayden and his opposition to the Vietnam War, Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) was removed from the floor of the state Senate on Thursday, a tense scene that ended in a slew of angry accusations from both Republicans and Democrats.

Nguyen, who was brought to the United States as a Vietnamese refugee when she was a child, said she wanted to offer "a different historical perspective" on what Hayden and his opposition to the war had meant to her and other refugees.

Hayden, the former state legislator who died last October, was remembered in a Senate ceremony Tuesday.

Nguyen's comments were interrupted by the Senate's majority leader, Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), who said she was "out of order." Nguyen, however, refused to stop talking. The presiding officer for the day, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), then instructed the Senate's sergeants-at-arms to remove the Republican lawmaker from the floor.

Garden Grove is in Orange County in California.  My Uncle Bob and his family lived in Garden Grove after they moved out to California from Ohio.  After the Viet-nam War many who fled the Communist Regime moved to Orange County, where the population is now 17.9% Asian.  For Garden Grove the proportion of Asians is 37.1%.

I can see how California State Senator Janet Nguyen would be upset with too much effusive praise for the late Tom Hayden.

Kudos to Senator Nguyen.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Intel Community Sharing Your Data

For John, BLUFYou probably thought this was going on anyway.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is PJ Media and the author of the 15 February 2017 article is Mr Michael Walsh.

Here is the essence of the situation:

This story, from the Jan. 12, 2017, edition of the New York Times, was little-remarked upon at the time, but suddenly has taken on far greater significance in light of current events:
In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

Why, if he thought Mr Trump wasn't such a good guy, would President Obama relax our Fourth Amendment protections as he walked out the door?  I hope it doesn't come back to bite him.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff