Thursday, February 22, 2018

Erasmus v Luther


For John, BLUFThe problem is, the problems of today often have their roots in the past.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The New York Review of Books, by Mr Michael Massing, 20 Feb 2018.

Here is the lede:

Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, the leading figure of the Northern Renaissance, is widely considered the greatest of early humanists. Five hundred years ago, he faced a populist uprising led by a powerful provocateur, Martin Luther, that resulted in divisions no less explosive than those we see in America and Europe today.
I thought it was an interesting read and it gave me a better sense of that period in history (Fifteen Hundreds).

Do you think the author sees Hillary as Erasmus and The Donald as Martin Luther.  Or is it visa versa?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Stay at Home, Men


For John, BLUFIf we don't explore then we become a totally different culture.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here is the sub-headline:

The presumed right to use and abuse something and then walk away to conquer something new is a hallmark of colonialism

From NBC News, by Ms Marcie Bianco, 21 February 2018.

To quote from the Instapundit post where I found the above:

…this does serve as a clear illustration of Camille Paglia’s observation that if women ran the world, we’d still be living in grass huts.  Well, if feminist women ran the world, anyway.
The comment seems a little overboard, but the idea of Ms Bianco that we should not venture beyond LEO seems well over the top.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Let the Law Negate, Not Give Permission


For John, BLUFWe need to keep an eye on law making, rule making, and keep it limited.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




In which retired Law Professor Ann Althouse, on 29 February 2018, talks about the Law as oppressive action by petty bureaucrats (I am imputing some things here, sort of mind reading vs factual reporting.).

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Inching Toward Negotiations


For John, BLUFNikki Haley for President in 2024.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From Reuters and Reporter Michelle Nichols, 20 February 2018.

Here is the lede plus two:

The United States declared at the United Nations on Tuesday it was “ready to talk” with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who rejected U.S.-led Middle East peace efforts as “impossible” after Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

During a rare U.N. Security Council address, Abbas instead called for an international conference to be held by mid-2018 to kick-start the stalled peace process with Israel and create a “multilateral mechanism” to oversee it.  He left the chamber before U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke.

Palestinians view the Trump administration’s intentions on Middle East peace with deep skepticism after Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and initiated the move of the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Funny about policy.  The US Congress said it was US Policy that Jerusalem was the Capital of Israel.  It was a number of Presidents, probably advised by the striped pants crowd at Foggy Bottom, who provided waivers to acting on US Policy.  I think Ms Nichols didn't quite capture the kernel of the thing.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Comparing Trump to Paron


For John, BLUFThe Musical, Evita, was wonderful.  The reality was awful, and what followed was worse.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here is the sub-headline:

Such comparisons fundamentally misunderstand Latin American populism.

An Opinion Piece from The Wash Post, by Professor Ernesto Semán, 20 February 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

It’s en vogue for enraged liberals to compare Trumpism to Argentine Peronism, wielding the analogy as a warning about the potential apocalypse that they fear is about to engulf us.  Most recently it was Larry Summers, a member of the Democratic establishment for decades, who took to Twitter to declare:  “I worry about the Argentinization of US government.”

Summers sent the tweet after President Trump accused Democrats of treason and the media reported on the president’s childish wishes for a military parade.  He employed a standard characterization of Peronism as an authoritarian movement, a familiar depiction that no doubt had many Americans nodding along.

The problem is, Professor Ernesto Semán then goes on to excuse the fascism of Argentine President (Dictator) Juan Paron.

This reflects poorly on The Wash Post.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff
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Jimmy Who?


For John, BLUFBakersfield, over three times the size of Lowell, seems a long way from LA.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




I don't watch Mr Jimmy Kimmel on TV, so I don't know.  But, if the author, Lawyer Trissell, is to be believed, Mr Kimmel is both. And an absolutist.

From The Daily Caller, by Attorney Jeffrey M Trissell, of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, 19 February 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Jimmy Kimmel performed a four minute sketch on his television show regarding my law firm’s defense of the religious and free speech rights of Cathy Miller, the owner and operator of Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, California.  Cathy Miller is a devout Christian.  She believes that God created marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman, and so she believes it is immoral for her to participate in a same-sex wedding.

In August of last year, a same-sex couple came to Tastries.  According to their sworn court statements, they were welcomed by a Tastries employee who “treated us kindly and was very warm.”  However, when it was discovered that they sought a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding, Cathy told them that they could purchase anything in her store, since Tastries welcomes and serves everyone who enters the store, but that she could not make their wedding cake.  Instead, Cathy told them that she would accommodate them by referring their order to a rival bakery with which she had a good relationship.  The same-sex couple then reported Cathy to the California government which brought a lawsuit against her.  The state then also immediately filed for a preliminary order forcing Cathy to either stop make wedding cakes or essentially stop being a Christian.

If Ms Joy Behar is the voice of the Progressives, they dislike Ms Cathy Miller just because she is a Christian.  Maybe it would have been OK if she was Muslim.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Small Towns Can Be Little Miracles


For John, BLUFWe are all in this together.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



From Sunny Skyz, 18 February 2018.

The town of Goodhue, Minnesota, population 1,000.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff