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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bad Interviewers


For John, BLUFI am so old I remember when it was the job of the Interviewer to extract useful or interesting facts.  Now it seems to be the job of the interviewee to provide a suitable backdrop for the Interviewer as he or she sparkles and pushes his or her pet theories.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From the Blog of Law Professor Ann Althouse, 9 December 2019.

I am with the Professor and it isn't just Mr Chuck Todd.  From Fox News we have Mr Sean Hannity, who often speaks over his guests, and not to the advantage of the audience.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Freedom For Democracy to Flourish


For John, BLUFWe have had some awful press in the past, and if we stick to the Bill of Rights will in the future.  And will survive.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here is the sub-headline:

From The Althouse Blog, 3 December 2019.

Here is the lede plus one:

I'm only blogging this because I see it's controversial. He's getting a lot of pushback, but he stood his ground, even as the interviewer challenged him with the same 2 ideas that I always see: 1. When people pay to get their message out, it should be different, and 2. If messages are false, it should be different.
This is a terrible trend.  Who do they propose will check the checkers?  in a Democracy we have to be our own checkers.  No thank you to the Government.  No thank you to self appointed fact-checkers.  If you want more Trump this is how you get it, monitoring the news.

Let us trust the Voters.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Men and Their Duty


For John, BLUFAs we used to say:  "A man's got to do what a man's gotta do."  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From the Blog of Mr Mark Steyn, 5 December 2019.

Here is the lede plus one:

Friday December 6th marks the thirtieth anniversary of the "Montreal Massacre" - a grim day in 1989 when fourteen female students at the École Polytechnique were murdered by a man known to posterity as "Marc Lépine".  Much followed from that terrible slaughter, including various useless "gun control" measures - and the formal annual commemorations that, three decades on, are attended by as many eminences as Remembrance Day or Dominion Day.  The men present in that classroom are now in their mid-fifties; the women are not.  I was far from home that December and was not back in Quebec until Christmas.  And so I accepted the official narrative of events - until, that is, a few years later, when I looked into it myself.

Awhich point I marveled at how the Canadian state had succeeded in so thoroughly imposing a meaning on the slaughter that is more or less the precise opposite of what actually happened.  I've written about it over the years, although my comrades in the Canadian media complain every time I do so, as if any questioning of the official fairy tale cannot be permitted.

There is no doubt that wrong lessons were drawn, and as a result we have drawn wrong conclusions regarding male and female relations and responsibilities.  This, in turn, has added to the gender confusion with which we now live, as a society.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Pearl Harbor 2019


For John, BLUFIt happened four months before I was born and it still lives on in our lives.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




On the one hand, we should not forget the sacrifices of those who died, or survived, at Pearl Harbor.

On the other hand, we must be ever vigilant that we not experience another Pearl Harbor.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Loser


For John, BLUFHallmark Channel is a sign of the cultural differences in America.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The Federalist, by Mr David Marcus, 2 December 2019.>

Here is the lede plus one:

I recently got out of a relationship.  That’s never an easy thing.  In addition, Hallmark decided to make a feel-good holiday movie about it.  Some of you may have seen it — “The Christmas Farmer,” it was called, referring to the guy my ex, Debbie, is apparently engaged to now.

It is what it is, but I don’t feel like I was fairly represented in the movie.  I get it:  I’m a New York City corporate attorney courting the small-town girl, but I thought she wanted to be a part of this world.

Confirming that I am not a Progressive, I was pulling for the Farmer.  Hallmark is my refuge from the Politics of the big cities, and especially our nation's Capitol.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Kamala Departs


For John, BLUFEven though I am a registered Republican, and a Trump supporter, I thought Senator Kamala Harris might be an interesting contender.  But, she went left and ugly and did not gain traction.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The Boston Globe, by New York Times Reporters Astead W. Herndon, Shane Goldmacher and Jonathan Martin, 3 December 2019.

Here is the lede plus two:

Senator Kamala Harris of California dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Tuesday after months of low poll numbers and a series of missteps that crippled her campaign, a deflating comedown for a barrier-breaking candidate who was seeking to become the first black woman to win the presidency.

The decision came after weeks of upheaval among Harris’ staff, including layoffs in New Hampshire and at her headquarters in Baltimore, and disarray among her allies.  She told supporters in an email on Tuesday that she lacked the money needed to fully finance a competitive campaign.

“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” Harris wrote.

From The Washington Times we have this 3 December headline:  "Tulsi Gabbard knifed Kamala Harris in July; four months later, she has died from the wounds", by Reporter David Freddoso.

I thought that with her background Senator Harris had the possibility of walking a line that appealed in several directions, but she passed up the opportunity.  For example, she ran as a Black candidate, but her Father is an immigrant from Jamaica and her Mother is an immigrant from India.  Why didn't she play the "immigrant" card, casting herself as the child of immigrants who fell in love with America?  She could have gone with the late Senator Carl Schurz:

In one sense I say so too. My country; and my country is the great American Republic.  My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
Room for traditional American values and for Progressive values.  But, alas, she did not go the middle way and thus didn't break through.  Maybe in 2024.

Rega; —  Cliff

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Candidate Struggles


For John, BLUFCandidates have a theme, and it is to their advantage if they control that theme.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The Washington Free Beacon, by the Free Beacon Staff, 1 December 2019.

Here is the lede plus two:

Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Eliana Johnson said Sunday that presidential hopefuls Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D., Ind.) have issues with the narratives about their campaigns.

Johnson argued during an appearance on Fox News's MediaBuzz that voters perceive Warren as not "straightforward."

"There was first her fiasco with claiming Indian heritage, then there was Medicare for All which she was widely criticized for. And she wouldn't just tell people, ‘yes, your taxes are going to go up,'" Johnson told host Howard Kurtz. "She was perceived as not being straightforward on that. And now she's saying, ‘Oh, you can opt in in the initial two years.'"

And then this about Mayor Pete:
Kurtz also discussed The Root writer Michael Harriot's attack on Buttigieg as a "lying mf," and then Harriot's follow-up essay in which he spoke with Buttigieg on the phone.

Johnson pointed out that it was good for Buttigieg to take the criticism head on because it adds to the narrative that he is accessible to voters and the media. However, the call most likely will not address Buttigieg's continuing struggles with African-American voters, a major flaw in his candidacy.

If these candidates are in trouble who will win the Democratic Primary?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff