Thursday, March 23, 2017

Remembering the Dead, and the Survivors, Properly

TRIGGER WARNING:  In which I say that sometimes the truth is not PC.

For John, BLUFSometimes the competition amongst the various snow flakes erases history.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Heat Street, yesterday.
Mateship.  It’s a term that embodies loyalty, solidarity and camaraderie, so why are people finding this sign so offensive?

A sign along the Kokoda Track, a sacred military site in Papua New Guinea, has long been etched with the word “mateship” but it has now been changed to “friendship”, causing fury among Australian war veterans.

As we lead up to the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Track campaign, part of the Pacific War of WWII, veterans feel as though they’re forgotten as “mateship” disappears from the memorial sign at the Kokoda Track’s Owers Corner.

The memorial was to describe the “mateship” between the Australian and Papua New Guinean military.

Veterans are concerned the change in the sign, which is one of four memorial signs on the Kokoda Track — courage, mateship, endurance, sacrifice — could take away from the trail’s military history.

I worry that political correctness will begin to hide the truth of life and of national survival.  Then will arise those who are not interested in the Politically Correct.

Just saying.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Oh Well

For John, BLUFAs they say.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is by Reporter Cody Derespina, today, via Fox News.

Here is the lede plus two:

Members of the intelligence community "incidentally collected" communications from the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon.

House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said this produced "dozens" of reports which eventually unmasked several individuals’ identities and were "widely disseminated."

He said none of the reports he had read mentioned Russia or Russians and he was unsure whether the surveillance occurred at Trump Tower — as President Trump has suggested.  Nunes also was unsure if then President-elect Trump was captured by the surveillance, which occurred in November, December and January.

Here, from The Guardian, is a explanation of the NSA Rules.  If you are the target and you have 50 friends, they can be listened to.  And if they each have the average of 190 friends friends, they can be captured.  And all their friends.  This adds up to the equivalent of the population of Maine.

So, if you are a UCC Pastor, living in Caribou, Maine, and you third cousin, a "friend" on Facebook, is also a friend with someone who is a Russian foreign national, they are checking on you.  Think about this.  If they go against the Russian Ambassador and they sweep up Michael Flynn, then if he interacted with someone on the Trump Transition Team, who communicated with me, I am in the larger circle.  No wonder the NSA has a sever farm in Provo, Utah.

Calling Joe McCarthy.  Looking for the Pumpkin Papers.

As Mr Michael Morell, sometime Deputy Director of the CIA, said back in June of 2016:

If you knew what I know, you wouldn't plug your toaster in.
Hat tip to my Buddy Neal.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Senator Schumer on Judge Gorsuch

For John, BLUFAfter Mr Gorsuch, someone the Democrats see as worse?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Reason and the keyboard of Mr David Harsanyi, 17 March 2017.

If Democrats want to filibuster President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, they're entitled to do it.  In fact, Democrats are free to try and stop federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation for any reason they desire, whether ideological or personal, or even no particular reason at all.  There is nothing in the Constitution that compels senators to vote on judicial nominees the president forwards.

Make no mistake, though: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) now opposes a potential SCOTUS justice because he promises to be impartial when upholding the Constitution.

Since Gorsuch's confirmation hearing starts Monday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and opponents have found "little to latch onto," according to Politico (which means they've found nothing to spin into accusations of misogyny or racism), Schumer and his allies have launched a ham-fisted effort to paint Gorsuch as a corporate stooge.

To quote Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds:
Schumer’s a putz.
The thing about Yiddish is that if you use a Yiddish word it isn't the same as using the equivalent basic Anglo-Saxon word, which would be seen as offensive.

Oh, and Professor Reynolds is correct.

And to quote President Trump talking to Mr Jesse Watters:

"Chuck I'm very disappointed in, because he's a guy who should make deals for the people.  Not as a Democrat or Republican," said Trump.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Dunkin' Update

For John, BLUFAt least they got back to me.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Previously, I blogged about an issue with Dunkin' Donuts.

And I mailed off via their web page my issue.

As a result, Bob, the Support Center Coordinator, sent me an EMail, asking for details.  He also assigned a case number, Case# 10220577.

He was looking for the specific address for the store, which is at 651 Rogers St, Lowell, MA 01852.

More news, as it breaks.

Regards  —  Cliff

Of Dog Whistles

For John, BLUFIn the mind of Democrats it is only a dog whistle when a non-Democrat does it.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The Comics aside, "The Volokh Conspiracy" is the best part of The Washington Post.  The author in this case is Mr David Bernstein and the dateline is 20 March 2017.

Mr Bernstein talked about a Trump Ad, late in the presidential campaign, which the Democratic side was decrying as anti-semitic.  Including Wash Post OpEd writer Dana Milbank.

Now comes forward Mr Frank Rich with a long article in New York Magazine, "No Sympathy for the Hillbilly:  Democrats need to stop trying to feel everyone’s pain, and hold on to their own anger.".  It has a passage that parallels the Trump Campaign Ad.

So, are Democrats fundamentally anti-semitic?

Or just angry?

Or just students of Saul Alinksy?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Lowell High School

For John, BLUFI like the idea of the Cawley Stadium site, but I am open to hearing what the students think.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Fixing Lowell High School

CBA:  Coalition for a Better Acre.
CMAA:  Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association.

This information arrived in my EMail this morning:

Given that many residents are unaware that there have been discussions of the potential for a new High School, CBA and CMAA have organized forums for residents to hear more and discuss and give feedback.

[Meeting data:] 3/22 from 5:30-8pm will be at the Lowell Senior Center on Broadway and 3/23 at CMAA’s building on School St. from 6-8pm. Short notice but let’s try to distribute these to residents as wide as we can.

Both will be translated into Khmer and Spanish, and they’re pursuing Portuguese as well – not sure about any other languages at this time.

Now is the time to be informed, to get involved.

While I am an advocate for the Option Four, Cawley stadium, yesterday my wife gave me something to think about.  She talked to several teenagers she ran across at Market Basket and the all said they favored a Downtown site, so they can easily walk to school.  What do the students think?

Regards  —  Cliff

Britain to Declare Wednesday a Week

For John, BLUFA move for freedom.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

That would be Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.  The get out of jail card of the European Union.

The source is Mr Tyler Durden, writing for Zero Hedge.

It appears that the long-awaited Article 50 trigger, officially beginning the Brexit process, will take place next Wednesday, March 29, because moments ago a Theresa May spokesman confirmed a report in the UK's CityAM, reporting that Article 50 will be triggered next Wednesday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has been taking her time, methodically working through the wickets to get to this point, dotting her "eyes" and crossing her "tees".  She has done a good job so far.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff