Saturday, September 23, 2017

Trump Gives NFL Free Advice

For John, BLUF"If you want more Trump, this is how you get more Trump."  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Interestingly, the accompanying photo is of the NFL Logo, on the field, and not of the stands, which have sometimes been fairly empty this season.

This is an Associated Press story in The Boston Globe, by Reporter Catherine Lucey, 23 September 2017.

Here is the lede plus two:

SOMERSET, N.J. — The NFL and its players’ union on Saturday denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem and that fans consider walking out in protest ‘‘when somebody disrespects our flag.”

“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players,’’ the league commissioner, Roger Goodell, said in a statement.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, tweeted: ‘‘We will never back down. We no longer can afford to stick to sports.’’

Poor Donald Trump.  He tries to give some good marketing advice to the NFL and he gets disrespected for it.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Meuller Investigation Update

For John, BLUFWhen you wrestle pigs in the mud you get dirty, but they enjoy it.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I have been assured by experts that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the goods on President Trump and on Mr Paul Manafort.  And California Congresswoman Maxine Waters has impeachment right around the corner, or January 2019, at the latest.

From the blog L'Ombré L'Olivier, by Guest Blogger Jason Garik, 22 September 2017.

LANGUAGE WARNING.  Some people never grow up.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

C.  Manafort has publicly stated that the feds can release the information from the wiretaps and he has nothing to hide.  Considering that the feds stopped tapping him at some point, this probably means he’s calling their bluff.  It’s not a good look for the feds, and it doesn’t look like Manafort has something to hide.

Over at The Spectator we have some musings about how the wire tapping that never happened, did.  They compare it to Watergate, where, after the CIA said no, the Committee for the Reelection of the President hired former operatives to do the job.  Today the FBI cooperates with the Administration in spying on political opponents.

Will we be looking an another Ray Donovan moment?  "Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?"  Probably not the FBI or Robert Mueller's law firm or the Obama Presidential Library.  Maybe Ms Susan Rice will step up, or Mr Ben Rhodes?

Then there is this question about the Clinton Camapign. 

D.  Look at this from Manafort’s side.  Why the hell would he be gallivanting around saying “Russia! Russia! Russia!” for the feds to maaaaaagically listen in on him?  It’s too f___ing cute, and too amateur hour from a guy who’s been working in the game as long as he has.  Also, the John Podesta—a Clinton consigliere also worked as an advisor with many of the same Russian/Ukrainian figures.  Why aren’t the feds checking him out?
On top of this there is the whole "raid" on Mr Paul Manafort's home.  Is that just Special Counsel Robert Mueller playing the tough guy, or was it FBI Agents out of control?  Really, picking the lock before dawn, while the person was still in bed?  What if he had greeted them with a shotgun?  On the other hand, shouldn't the FBI Agents have been wearing leather trench coats for this kind of operation?

Maybe the agents were in a contest with the US Congress, since "agents appeared the day Manafort was scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee".  "Appeared" is a euphemism for "broke into the home".

Here is how The Old Gray Lady wrote the lede:

Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home.  They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts.  They even photographed the expensive suits in his closet.
Is Washington so out of control that the Special Counsel feels he needs "shock and awe" tactics?  Is the swamp that wide and deep and fetid?  And if it is, is Special Counsel Robert Mueller the person to drain it?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  If it comes to pass in January 2019 that the Democrats control at least the Lower House, then you can probably thank Senator John McCain, who campaigned on a promise to repeal Obamacare (PP &ACA).

Genetic Defects

For John, BLUFSorry about that.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from Business Insider, Zach Williams and Jessica Orwig reporting, 21 September 2017.

If I understand this correctly, we are all blue eyed, but normally people have an additional factor in their genes which gives them another eye color.  Blue eyes themselves are a genetic defect.  That is interesting.

The other interesting thing is that I had understood the blue eye problem to come from the south shore of the Black Sea.  The graphic has it coming out of Africa.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, September 22, 2017


For John, BLUFIncentives are important, but not sufficient.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from the blog Chicago Boyz, posted by Mr David Foster, 22 September 2017.

And this is why Venezuela is in trouble.

Regards  —  Cliff

Protecting Young Girls

For John, BLUFHow much multiculturalism do you want?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I am assuming this is the normal "scare" headline we are used to, but it is concerning.  The article, from the Metro, by Reporter Oliver McAteer, is datelined 19 September 2017, in New York City.

The sub-headline is:

Some practitioners are happy to perform brutal female genital mutilation (FGM) procedures on little girls on kitchen tables in New York City, warns a leading organization.

Here are the first three paragraphs.  Here is a link to a discussion of FGM.

More than 48,400 women and girls in the state of New York are at risk of or have undergone FGM, estimates the Population Reference Bureau.

And the AHA Foundation — a global activist group fighting for an end to violence against women — says these terrifying and brutal procedures are happening right under our noses.

Senior director Amanda Parker told Metro US:  ‘With that number of at risk women and girls from communities where FGM is practiced in the state, with a large concentration in New York City, we are deluding ourselves if we think it’s not happening right in Manhattan.

Shouldn't folks be speaking out?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

After the IRS For Political Actions

For John, BLUFIt seems the IRS is just not able to outrun their past actions.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the TaxProf Blog and Tax Prof Paul Caron, on Friday, 22 September 2017, we have a link to a an item in the Cincinnati Enquirer, New Details Emerge in Tea Party Suit Against IRS Here is the lede plus four:
The IRS used the political views of conservative "tea party" groups trying to get nonprofit status as a reason for extra scrutiny and continued delaying applications until 2013 — long after they said they'd stopped — new federal court filings allege.

The new accusations counter previous IRS claims that agents did not consider political beliefs when slowing down tax-exempt applications from right-leaning groups in the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

The IRS had instead argued that it was merely monitoring whether the groups were conducting more political activity than was allowed.

The filings by conservative groups suing the IRS also state the agency continued the practice after IRS officials said it had stopped in 2011. …

"By trying to make this about whether this was done to help Obama win is setting the goalpost artificially too high," Eddie Greim, a lawyer representing conservative groups in the class-action suit, said in an interview with The Enquirer.  "All we have to prove is whether they had the intent and if they indeed treated a set of groups differently based on their ideology."

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, September 21, 2017

EU Struggles in Brexit Negotiations

For John, BLUFThis could ripple through to jobs in the US.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

That would be 66 year old French politician Michel Bernard Barnier, who is the European Union Chief Negotiator for Brexit.

I ripped this off from Guido Fawkes at the Blog Site Order-Order.

Two interesting quotes on Newsnight suggesting that at least some Europeans are pushing Barnier and the Commission to take a more reasonable negotiating stance.  Geert Bourgeois, the head of the Flemish government, stressed the need for trade talks:  “I’ve met twice Barnier.  I brought him to Zeebrugge.  45% of the trade of the export from Zeebrugge is to the United Kingdom, so that’s why I do my best to influence all the people, the ambassadors of the surrounding countries, to work together”.  Xavier Bertrand, the influential French politician who runs the Hauts-de-France region, says Brussels’ tone should change:
“I know one thing for sure – nobody has the right to punish the UK and the British people.  It was a sovereign choice… punishing and looking to punish is a terrible mistake.  It would be a bad message to send.  It was the will of the people who voted, regardless of the consequences.  It would give rise to the feeling that there’s something with more power than the will of the people, or wanting to go against the will of the people. That would be a terrible error.”
The suggestion in today’s papers is that May’s speech will aim to go over the head of Barnier and appeal to the EU27 to break the deadlock.  Clearly it is in the interests of EU politicians like the two above to do that.
You say, so what.  The so what is that a too arrogant approach on the part of the European Union toward Brexit would mean a disruption of trade, with resulting reductions in jobs and wages in both the EU and the UK.

Selfishly, I hope it means that the US capitalizes on this EU faux pas and develops stronger relations with the United Kingdom.

Hat tip to Order-Order.

Regards  —  Cliff

  When the Speaker of the House of Commons wishes to bring order back to an unruly house she or he says "Order, Order".  The best in my living memory was The Right Honourable Betty Boothroyd, MP for West Bromwich West