Monday, July 25, 2016

Putin Did It

For John, BLUFA coherent story is always a good thing, but not necessarily the last word.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Finally, someone who has a plausible idea about why the Russians, if they did, might have released the DNC EMails.  The Reporters are Mr Michael Crowley and Ms Julia Ioffe, and the source is Politico.

Here is the sub-headline:

Behind the allegations of a Russian hack of the DNC is the Kremlin leader's fury at Clinton for challenging the fairness of Russian elections.
And here is the concluding paragraph:
“I think they expect her to win,” said one diplomat with extensive Russia experience, who believes the Kremlin directed the email hack. “But they’re sending her a message that they are a power to be reckoned with and can mess with her at will, so she had better take them seriously.”
I guess if one is sending a signal to Ms Clinton, having one's fingerprints all over it is a good thing.  Otherwise it just looks like terrible tradecraft.  And with President Putin's background in the KGB and FSB that would seem worse than tacky.  It would seem "extremely careless".

Hat tip to the Memeorandum.

Regards  —  Cliff

Ranking of Threats

For John, BLUFJust remember, ISIS is not the big threat.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Washington Free Beacon, by Reporter Alyssa Canobbio, on 22 July.

The first step, if the Bureaucrats in DC, including the Elected Officials, believe HFCs are a major issue, is to eliminate Government Air Conditionimg.  The second step is to reduce air travel for all but the President and diplomatic officials.  And shut down Reagan Airport.

What would Saul Alinsky say?

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Actually, I doubt Mr Alinsky understands Christianity and its understanding that we do fail, but our sins are nailed to the Cross.

Going Forth Into The World

TRIGGER WARNING:  People leaving their "Safe Space" to confront the world.
For John, BLUFThe normal line is children grow up so quickly, but maybe they grow up more slowly than their predecessors.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Hitting the Beach

Yes, with the opening of all military jobs, including combat jobs, to women, and the transgendered, someone will present a law suit that says everyone, not just men, should have to register for the draft.

Should Women Have to Register for the Draft? free polls

Good luck to all the special snowflakes out there.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Yesterday a friend of mine, a veteran of a combat assault in the Philippines, said that the boat's coxswain said two things to him.  "Get off the beach as quick as you can."  And, "Good luck young man."

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sound Advice

For John, BLUFWe should all be seeking the Christian power the Holy Spirit brings.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Pope Francis proposed today a beautiful prayer for this week: “Father, give me the Holy Spirit.”
Regards  —  Cliff

The Republican Convention

For John, BLUFThis year all of the old verities must be questioned.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The author is Mr Ed Morrissey, and the date is 22 July.

Traditionally speaking, the Republican national convention would look like a near-total debacle. In the era of television, major-party conventions have become tightly choreographed displays of party unity, bland speeches hailing the nominee, and almost entirely forgotten by everyone except the delegates after the usual polling bump recedes. By that measure, the GOP’s four-day event in Cleveland was a debacle: floor fights, a vanquished primary candidate telling the world from a prime-time main stage speaking slot that he didn’t support the nominee, and a plagiarism scandal that went on at least a day longer than necessary thanks to attempts to rationalize it away.

By any traditional measure, it was a trainwreck, and a wide opening to Democrats to offer a contrast with a traditionally predictable convention in response. Eugene Robinson made that case today in his Washington Post column:

Turns out Captain Ed thinks it might be.

Hat tip to the Hot Air.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, July 23, 2016

PM May Steps to the Dispatch Box

For John, BLUFPrime Minister's Question Time is great entertainment.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Last week the outgoing Prime Minister recalled being accosted when on a tour of New York with Mayor Bloomberg. “Hey, Cameron!” yelled a pedestrian, “Prime Minister’s Questions!  We love your show!”.  The House laughed, but it’s an interesting conceit, and one that is not without its merit.  In the Commons relationships are strained and rivalries are fought out, fortunes are made and reputations are dashed, and season finales see big beasts die – and then sometimes come back to life (if you’re Dirty Den or Boris).  All the while the show goes on.

However, if PMQs is a show, then one couldn’t shake the feeling that today’s was a repeat.  It started off originally enough when John Glen kicked things off and the House turned to see George Osborne sitting just below him.  This certainly was novel:  the former Chancellor marooned on the backbenches, nodding along vacantly in the manner of a hostage going along with their captors’ script.  Michael Gove was stranded in the cheap seats too, perhaps concentrating so hard on learning loyalty – as ordered by the Prime Minister – that he zoned out.  So far, so different.

But then as Theresa May took to the despatch box one couldn’t help but notice her husband Philip beaming down with pride from the peers’ gallery above.  Ah, now that’s when we’ve seen this one before!  It was thirty years ago and back then another Prime Minister’s husband watched a grammar school girl from the provinces who went on to Oxford rip apart a shabbily dressed, white haired old lefty.  Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Yes, the House of Commons is not like Beacon Hill here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  On the other side of the Pond they have the Three Line Whip, but the Members still get to vote on legislation.  Here, in our Commonwealth, the Attorney General decides what the law will be, regardless of the People or the General Court.

Hat tip to Order-Order.

Regards  —  Cliff

Faith Comes to Lowell

For John, BLUFSo much going on and so little information flow.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"Steubenville East"?  When I hear Steubenville my mind fills with certain concepts, including Ohio, the Franciscan University and Father Michael Scanlan, TOR.  I think of people living their faith.  So, when I saw the byline, but I was doubly surprised.  From The Pilot and their Staff Reporter, Mark Labbe, we have this lede:
LOWELL -- This is the eighth year in a row Brittany Burkins has attended Life Teen's annual Steubenville East Conference, and for her, it's as much a family affair as it is a time to grow closer to Jesus.
Here in Lowell?
Burkins, 22, said she used to help lead the youth group when she was a teenager, but now volunteers her time to work as security for the weekend event, which ran from Friday evening July 15 to Sunday afternoon July 17 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Tsongas Center.
Then I wonder why this was happening in my City and I didn't have a clue.

I like reading about it.

Regards  —  Cliff