Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Globe Leans Left


For John, BLUFIt appears The Boston Globle is part of the Ctrl Left.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Regards  —  Cliff

IRS Still Stiff Arming Justice and Conservative Political Action Committees


For John, BLUFCongress could impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Tax Law Prof Paul L Caron is back with a new post at his Blog.  Dateline is 19 Aug 2017.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to name the specific employees the agency blames for targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny and said the government must prove it has ceased the targeting.

Judge Reggie B. Walton also said the IRS must explain the reasons for the delays for 38 groups that are part of a lawsuit in the District of Columbia, where they are still looking for a full accounting of their treatment.

Incidentally, the Judge is this case is Judge Reggie B. Walton, formerly Presiding Judge of the FISA Court.  It is said that one day in 2005, driving with his family to the airport, he saw an assailant beating a cab driver and stopped and subdued the assailant until the police arrive.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Who is the Final Target


For John, BLUFThe author started out a Never-Trumper.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




The author, Rev W. B. Allen, is Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at Michigan State University and a Pastor at First Baptist Church, Havre de Grace, MD, USA.  I have had dinner, with Martha, in Harve de Grace.  This is datelined 17 August 2017.

My thought is that we have cobbled together a pretty good country.  People are willing to break laws to come here and live.  But, if it is torn down, then what is left?  Venezuela?  And where will people then go?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Selling the Senator


For John, BLUFActually, I am not buying there.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From National Review and Reporter Elliot Kaufman, back on 16 August 2017.

Apparently our Senior Senator here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a little Amazon of items for sale.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, August 18, 2017

Old Gray Lady Sees The Light


For John, BLUFNice to see The NYT moving to the center.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From Law Professor Ann Althouse, today:
Said Emily Rose Nauert, "a 20-year-old antifa member who became a symbol of the movement in April when a white nationalist leader punched her in the face during a melee near the University of California, Berkeley," quoted in the NYT in "‘Antifa’ Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right."
Antifa adherents — some armed with sticks and masked in bandannas — played a visible role in the running street battles in Charlottesville, but it is impossible to know how many people count themselves as members of the movement. Its followers acknowledge it is secretive, without official leaders and organized into autonomous local cells. It is also only one in a constellation of activist movements that have come together in the past several months to the fight the far right....
Here is the conclusion:
Now, Trump never said "the 2 sides are equivalent." He didn't say "equivalent" and he didn't even say "2 sides." He said "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." But those who were pushing the "false equivalence" idea needed to rely on the idea that one side is bad and the other is good, and they needed to minimize antifa. Now, the NYT admits the left has a violence problem. Good!
The whole thing is worth the couple of minutes needed to read it.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Never Ending Investigation


For John, BLUF"Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime"—Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




It is Reuters, and Reporter Karen Freifeld, today, 18 August 2017. Here is the lede plus three:

(Reuters) - The White House lawyer brought in to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election said he believed the focus of the probe was "narrow" and the aspects related to President Donald Trump should be completed before the end of the year.

The lawyer, Ty Cobb, who joined the White House staff on July 31, made the comments in interviews with Reuters on Tuesday and Wednesday.  He declined to provide specifics backing his outlook, which contradicts media reports that the scope of Mueller’s probe is expanding and the views of several outside experts that the investigation is likely to continue well into 2018.

"I'd like to see the president out from under this by Thanksgiving, but certainly by year end," Cobb said, adding that he would be "embarrassed" otherwise.  "I think the relevant areas of inquiry by the special counsel are narrow."

Mueller is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, among other matters. Moscow has denied interfering in the election and the president has denied collusion took place.

I will be pleased if Lawyer Ty Cobb is correct, but I am thinking this probe will go on for ever, or until Mr Mueller retires, a Democrat is elected President or we experience the Apocalypse.  Not necessarily in that order.  And note that the Rapture won't end it.  The Parousia would do the trick.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Iconoclasm Without End


For John, BLUFAfter they are done with the statues they will be coming for the living.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




It is The Daily Caller and Jim Treacher, 18 August 2017, responding to the attack on a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Chicago (his home state).

It seems very strange to destroy a statue of Abraham Lincoln because you’re angry about Confederate monuments.  But then, I didn’t go to Chicago schools.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff