Thursday, January 19, 2017

Senator Waffle Warren Didn't Really Snub Nominee Betsy DeVos


For John, BLUFThere are not enough excuses to cover our Senior Senator.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Report by Mr Stephen Miller, at Heat Street.

The article points out how Republicans didn't realize that Senator Waffle Warren was merely using a very legitimate Indian Sign to acknowledge Ms Betsy DeVos.  The article puts it down to typical Republican insensitivity toward minorities.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hope for an Education Renaissance


For John, BLUFI'm for Betsy and you should be too.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From two days ago, Mr Tyler O'Neil, writing at Pajamas Media.

Rough summary, Some Black Leaders think that the schools are holding back Black children and something needs to be done.  There is hope that Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos can make a difference, if she clears the Senate.

It is almost like Ms Margaret Sanger has reincarnated herself as an education expert, and the result has been bad for the Black Community.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  It seems our Senior Senator, Waffle Warren, wouldn't even shake the nominee's hand.

The Right to Be Wrong


For John, BLUFOn the other hand, we need to fight such parties at the ballot box.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From the International Herald Tribune (masquerading as The Old Gray Lady), by Reporter Melissa Eddyjan, yesterday.

The lede plus three:

BERLIN — Germany’s highest court rejected on Tuesday an attempt to ban the National Democratic Party, the country’s oldest far-right political organization, finding that it did not pose a danger to democracy even though its principles violate the Constitution.

The ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court came after years of deliberation and at a time of soul-searching in the country, where another right-wing party, Alternative for Germany, is poised for the first time to win representation in Parliament in national elections this year.

Although the National Democratic Party “pursues aims contrary to the Constitution,” there was a lack of “concrete supporting evidence” that the neo-Nazi party would be able to successfully achieve its goals and to pose a genuine threat, said Andreas Vosskuhle, the president of the court.

“That a party has aims that run contrary to the Constitution is not sufficient grounds for banning a party,” he said.

I think the court made the proper decision.  Let us not have any Herbert Marcuse like ideas about banning ideas we don't agree with.  That leads to stagnation, political, social and intellectual.

As someone said, the point of the First Amendment is the right to be wrong.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Just out of curiosity, is it now acceptable that we have a series of paragraphs that are one sentence each?  If so, what is the purpose of a "sentence"?

Joe Kennedy Speaks Truth to Power


For John, BLUFI kind of like this guy.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




The Reporter for this Boston Herald story is Mr Bob McGovern, but the star is Joseph P Kennedy, III.

Here are the extracts that The InstaPundit selected:

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, breaking ranks with other Democrats who are trashing President-elect Donald Trump and boycotting his inaugural, is imploring his party’s rank and file to figure out why middle American voters went Republican in November.

“Somewhere along the way, we lost their trust.  We have to get it back,” Kennedy said tonight, departing from many in his party who have sought to cast blame for the loss elsewhere.

Kennedy rallied roughly 160 Democrats in a high school cafeteria in deep-blue Newton, giving a brief outline of what he sees as the future of his party.

An important step, he said, is to find out why people voted for Trump, rather than reacting to everything he posts on Twitter.

“The danger with going down that road is that it risks distracting us from what the core message was on November 7 and November 8,” Kennedy said.  “For some reason this time, they decided to trust Donald Trump with their vote.”

He said liberal voters need to find common ground with Trump supporters, and said berating them for their decision is the wrong way to win them back.  “Folks, we lost their trust and being mortified and mystified about their vote doesn’t bring it back,” he said.

The man is correct.  He has good advice and is offering it for free.

It is time for the Democrats to stop whinging about Russian President Vladimir Putin and to start thinking about how to win in 2018.

UPDATE:  Maybe they aren't ready to move on.  Politico said yesterday (Ms Lauren Dezenski) that the crowd wasn't hearing the message and turned on State Democratic Chairman Gus Bickford after Rep Kennedy left the room.

Hat tip to the InstaP undit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Being a Republican, I hope they don't figure it out, but being a square shooter I think they should at least have the truth passed under their nose.  That way they can't say we didn't tell them the truth.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Waffle Warren


For John, BLUFMaybe she is leading from behind.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The Hill and Reporter Jordain Carney.

Here is the lede:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted President-Elect Donald Trump on Monday for his criticism of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
In case you missed it, Rep John Lewis, on one of the Sunday News Shows, called President Trump's election "illegitimate".  Mr Trump, defending his election as President, said that Rep John Lewis But, this is the key paragraph.  Our "straight shooting" Senator faltered.
Warren was pressed after her speech Monday on whether she agrees with Lewis that Trump is an illegitimate president, but sidestepped the question.
She waffled.  Having joined with Congress in approving the vote of the Electoral College, thus agreeing that President Elect Trump was legitimately elected, she turned coy.  She equivocated.  She dodged the question in true political fashion.  And, while she was unable to Confirm that she accepted Donald Trump as duly elected, she was equally unwilling to accept Rep Lewis' characterization of Mr Trump as illegitimate.

That said, The InstaPundit linked to a Boston Herald article from Yesterday, "Mass. Democrats talk up 'peaceful transfer of power' at MLK breakfast".  Here is the lede plus two:

The state's top Democratic leaders are defending their attendance at Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, confident a show of their faces will not be mistaken as a show of support for the president-elect.

"I don't think there's anyone who's going to be confused about where I stand," a smiling U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said today.

"This is about orderly transfer of power. I will be there. I feel like it's my job to be there," said Warren, arguably the Democratic Party's go-to attack dog where Trump is concerned, after speaking at the 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Yes, I am confused.  Does she think a President Trump is legitimate or does she not?  Only her hairdresser knows.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Classic reference.

Election Meddling


For John, BLUFOf course other nations will have in interest in our elections.  We are who we are.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




The author is Law Professor Charlie Dunlap, JD, and the publication date (at Duke University's Lawfire Blog) is 15 January 2017.

Here is the lede:

Americans are rightly (and almost literally) up in arms about the intelligence community’s (IC) report that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin tried to influence the U.S. presidential election.
Professor Dunlap then goes on to point out that others offered to intervene in our election or may have actually intervened.  For example, the Italian Prime Minister back in March 2016.

Here is how the Blog Post wraps up.

Again, we need to continue a deep dive into Russian activities – Americans understandably see Russia as a threat – but we ought not to naively assume that they were the only country who might have wanted to shape the outcome of our election.  Only by having all the facts out in the proverbial sunlight can we build an architecture that helps ensure that the outcomes of American elections are free of problematic foreign influences.
Regards  —  Cliff

  Which is only fair, given how, after WWII we stuck our oar in Italian elections.
  Not just the Italians.  Mrs Clinton said, at the time, "I am already receiving messages from leaders ­– I’m having foreign leaders ask if they can endorse me to stop Donald Trump."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sometimes it is On Management


For John, BLUFWe need to always be asking questions.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Toyota vs GM


A friend of mine just sent this along:
Here's something else to think about:  GM has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US , claiming they can't make money paying American wages.

TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US.

The last year's results:

TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while GM racked up 9 billion in losses.
GM folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses...
OK, maybe it is all about the labor unions, but I doubt it.

Maybe it is because Toyota learned, after WWII, from American methods, while GM learned nothing.  Maybe we should have paid attention to American expert Edwards Deming.

If you aren't learning you are falling behind.

Regards  —  Cliff