Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Since Ted Cruz, What about The Donald

For John, BLUFIf offered, turn down the job.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at the InstaPundit Mr Ed Driscoll threw up a picture of the board at "Wheel of Fortune", in which the puzzle was Mr Donald Trump's Veep selection.  At this point there are some 54 comments, including one by me.  The best I have seen was:


Simon Kenton 1755
I think he should have a show "VP Apprentice" and use it to discuss detailed solutions to the nations' problems.  Pick 12 people, and eliminate one each week.

It would be a great way to connect America with the issues she faces.

My comment was just a practical, but more of a political science thought:
I thought The Donald didn't need a Veep.  Given the recent history of the Veep, he doesn't need one.  But, we do need someone to preside over the Senate.  Someone more like Alexander Throttlebottom than Al Gore or Dick Chaney or Joe Biden.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Doing Good With Bad Results

For John, BLUFHow is it for cruise ships?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

TSA Increasing the risk to travelers?

A gaggle of Economists have calculated that the intrusive nature of TSA screening at airports puts off enough people that the increase in highway traffic results in 500 more deaths each year.

Yes, 500 isn't much, and spread over a year is probably not noticeable, but it is the equivalent of a couple of shuttles between Boston and DC.

This idea that travelers avoid airports seems real to me.  A few years back our company was teamed with a company out of King of Prussia, PA, and I was the representative for our firm.  I commuted to King of Prussia from Lowell, Massachusetts every week.  Did it once by air and once by car and from then on did it by train. Not that much longer and a lot less hassle.  A lot less TSA security theater.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, May 2, 2016

May First Update

For John, BLUFWe really do need to acknowledge that we supported a mass murder during WWII, the Big One.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"Victims of Communism Day"

By Ilya Somin, in The Washington Post, on 1 May 2016.

The three biggest Communist mass murderers: Lenin, Stalin, and Mao.

Quoting from the article:
Today is May Day.  Since 2007, I have defended the idea of using this date as an international Victims of Communism Day.  I outlined the rationale for this proposal (which is not my original idea) in my very first post on the subject:
May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists.  But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their [authority].  I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100 million dead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined.  We appropriately have a Holocaust Memorial Day.  It is equally appropriate to commemorate the victims of the twentieth century’s other great totalitarian tyranny.  And May Day is the most fitting day to do so….
Someone I know noted:
It is interesting that far right political movements are forever tied to Hitler's murders.  Far left political movements rarely if ever have to answer for Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc... or, for that matter, for China, Venezuela, or Cuba today.  In particular, Social Democratic parties are somehow immune from the observation that the greatest criminal movement in the history of the world was born from a majority vote regarding the control of the party newspaper of Russian Social Democrats.
Just saying.

Regards  —  Cliff

Susan Sarandon Notices the Problem

For John, BLUF“But the status quo is not working, so to sell people a system based on shoring up the status quo is not pragmatic.”  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the "Primaries Postcard" section of The New Yorker, Reporter Ian Parker gives us "Big Night—Susan Sarandon attends the première of “The Meddler” on the day of the New York primary."

Yes, it is, eventually, about disappointment.  Ms Sarandon's son, 23 year old Mr Miles Robbins, who had been campaigning for Senator Bernie Sanders.

A few weeks ago, Susan Sarandon, the actor and Bernie Sanders supporter, told Chris Hayes, on MSNBC, that she did not know how she would vote if given a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  She added, “Some people feel Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately, if he gets in.”  Things would “explode.”
Having put the "revolution" concept out there, for all to see, she then tell us:
Last Tuesday, when New York’s Presidential primary coincided with the New York première of “The Meddler,” in which Sarandon stars, she left her Chelsea apartment at dusk, wearing bright-red lipstick, a tuxedo, and a boot cast protecting a foot that she had fractured while hiking in Colombia.  “I did not say I was voting for Trump,” she said in the elevator, recalling the national eye-roll that her remarks prompted.  “And I did not say I wanted a revolution.”  She reached a waiting S.U.V.  “But the status quo is not working, so to sell people a system based on shoring up the status quo is not pragmatic.”  She said that, during that fuss, Sanders had called her to say, “You’re doing a great job, hang in there, we’ve got your back.”
Well, Ms Susan Sarandon captures, in that second paragraph, what is going on in this nation.  There are a lot of voters out there who believe "the status quo is not working".  Who agree with Ms Sarandon.  Most of the ones who she knows probably went for Senator Sanders.  Others went for Mr Trump.

The question to be settled is if these unhappy citizens make up a sufficient majority to make Mr Trump President.  Part of that equation is if there is a significant number of voters, like Ms Saradon, who are very unhappy with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She talked about Clinton, whom she had earlier described as a good Republican candidate.  “I hold women to a very high moral standard,” she said.  “I was very disappointed when she voted for the war, so easily, especially as I was suffering so much, and my family was suffering”—pilloried for their opposition to the war.
Not everyone loves Ms Hillary Clinton.

Hat tip to the The New Yorker.

Regards  —  Cliff

  In this I am assuming Senator Sanders doesn't get the nomination from a contested Democratic Party Convention and Mr Trump does get the nomination from the Republican Convention.

Going Home

For John, BLUFNice story about a place not unlike Lowell, except for the past honored.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"Mississippi, the Two-Flag State" In which Mr W Ralph Eubanks talks about how Mississippi lives a schizophrenic existence, with homage to the past, but a forward looking population.

Here is the lede:

Well into middle age, after years working as a writer and an editor in Washington, D.C., and Virginia, I found myself unemployed and floundering.  I eventually stumbled across a job, teaching as the Eudora Welty Visiting Scholar in Southern Studies at Millsaps College, a place loved by Miss Welty (to call her anything else would violate Southern propriety) and a quick walk from the house where she wrote her novel “Losing Battles.”  I grew up on a farm near the small town of Mount Olive, and attended Ole Miss, a college where the Confederate battle flag was flown at football games.  Upon graduating, in 1978, I left for the North and vowed never to return.  But when I needed somewhere to go and sort out my life, there were no questions asked.  After years as a black Southern expatriate and sometime critic of the place that shaped the man I have become, my loyalties were not scrutinized.  In spite of everything, Mississippi left the door open for me and had my room ready.
A short read and worth it.

Hat tip to the The New Yorker.

Regards  —  Cliff

Ty Cobb, The Truth

For John, BLUFThis was an eye opener.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Writing at the InstaPundit, Mr Ed Driscoll brings our attention to a City Journal article by Mr Paul Beston, "A Wronged Man".  The sub-headline is "Taking the spikes off Ty Cobb".

Here is the lede:

What will they say about us when we’re gone?  We’ve all wondered at one point or another.  But in the age of social media, in which seemingly everyone wants to be a star, we should keep in mind that being remembered can have more pitfalls than being forgotten.
It reminds me of Billie Holliday and "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone".

Here is the background:

Consider Ty Cobb, one of American sports’ legendary characters, whose greatness on the baseball diamond—he played from 1905 to 1928, mostly for the Detroit Tigers—was eventually overshadowed by stories about his fanatical racism and violence, which, in some accounts, even included homicide.  Over two generations, Cobb has been portrayed as a virtual psychotic in articles, books, and films, including Ron Shelton’s 1994 feature starring Tommy Lee Jones and Ken Burns’s epic, 18-hour documentary, Baseball, in which Cobb plays the villain to Jackie Robinson’s hero.

There’s only one problem: this venomous character is predominantly fictional.  In Ty Cobb:  A Terrible Beauty, published last year, Charles Leerhsen documents how Cobb’s wicked reputation largely dates to the years after his death in 1961, when sportswriter Al Stump created a mythical Cobb—“Ty the Ripper,” Leerhsen calls him—who displaced the real man in the public mind.  Stump’s motives for spinning tall tales seem to have been financial.  He had ghostwritten a careless autobiography for Cobb, who tried to stop its publication before his death.  The book sold poorly, but Stump earned a handsome fee for a lurid magazine article filled with falsehoods, dubious quotes, and made-up incidents.  Other writers repeated or expanded on these untruths over the years. “The repetition felt like evidence,” Leerhsen says.  It was “well known,” director Shelton told Leerhsen, that Cobb had killed “as many as” three people, though the director didn’t explain how this was known.  Drawing on Stump’s work, as well as a 1984 biography by Charles Alexander, Burns also helped enshrine Cobb’s demonic image.

And then there is the truth, such as Ty Cobb going to Negro League games and saying, in 1952, that the leagues should be integrated through and through.

But, then, you may not have ever heard of Ty Cobb.

A great ball player.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Day

For John, BLUFWhen I was young it was for a procession for Mary, in front of the Church.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

By the way, happy May Day to all you recovering Marxists.

Regards  —  Cliff