Sunday, April 22, 2018

Democrat Apparatchiks Try To Control Primaries


For John, BLUFWhat California has done will upset your plan for primaries.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




It is The Old Gray Lady and Reporter Alexander Burns, 21 April 2018.

This is about where I voted for almost thee decades; Orange Count, California.  Except that now they have changed the rules and there is a common primary election, with the top two, regardless of party, going to the General Election, in November.  That means that the General Election could be a Democrat vs a Republican or two Democrats or two Republicans.

Here is how the story starts:

The Democrats’ message to Mai Khanh Tran was polite but unsparing.  With half a dozen Democrats running for Congress in her Orange County district, they showed her a discouraging poll and argued that she could not win — and risked fracturing the party in the June primary election.

Ms. Tran pointedly replied that she was “the only qualified woman, the only immigrant and the only physician in the race.”

“I said to them, frankly, let the voters decide,” recalled Ms. Tran, a pediatrician.

The national Democratic Party was not chastened:  On Wednesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took sides in that House race and backed Gil Cisneros, a Navy veteran and former Republican.

With their forceful intervention in Orange County, national Democrats have lunged into an impatient new phase of the 2018 primary season — one in which they are clashing more openly with candidates and local political chieftains in their drive to assemble a slate of recruits for the midterms.

It will be interesting to see what happens when the National Party arrives in our 3rd Congressional District, here in Massachusetts.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Do We Really Know the Facts Regarding Guns?


For John, BLUFYes, defensive gun use is a thing, and a big thing.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here is the sub-headline:

CDC surveys in the 1990s, never publicly reported, indicate nearly 2.5 million defensive uses of guns a year.  That matches the results of Gary Kleck's controversial surveys, and it indicates more defensive than offensive uses of guns.

From Reason Magazine, by Mr Brian Doherty, 20 April 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

Many people who support gun control are angry that the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are not legally allowed to use money from Congress to do research whose purpose is "to advocate or promote gun control."  (This is not the same as doing no research into gun violence, though it seems to discourage many potential recipients of CDC money.)

But in the 1990s, the CDC itself did look into one of the more controversial questions in gun social science:  How often do innocent Americans use guns in self-defense, and how does that compare to the harms guns can cause in the hands of violent criminals?

It is free.  Read the whole article.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Rules (and Common Sense) Ignored


For John, BLUFAre there no ethics down in DC?  Rules for thee, but not for me?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From the Blog Site, The Future of Capitolism, by Mr Ira Stoll, 20 April 2018.

Here is how it starts off:

A federal judge is threatening to appoint a "private prosecutor" to press a criminal investigation about FBI leaks to the press in an insider trading case.

The Justice Department opened a criminal investigation in December 2016 into the leaks.  But progress has been slow, or opaque, enough that Judge P. Kevin Castel of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York issued a two-page order on April 2, 2018, raising the prospect of hiring his own lawyer.

This has nothing to do with Russiagate.  But, it is a bad sign that a Federal Judge is upset about leaking by the FBI.

When I was a junior functionary in the Pentagon I thought that those who leaked information, always in the furtherance of their personal agenda, were unethical low lifes.  I still lean that way.  Earn it by the power of your arguments or go away.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

"The Fundamental Things Apply"


For John, BLUFWho hSN'T SEEN Casablanca?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here is the sub-headline:

The story behind the movie that defines the movies is one of immigrants, timing and a “son of a bitch” director.

From The New Statesman, (UK), by Mr Tom Shone, 14 April 2018.

Just another look at Casablanca, a timeless movie.

Play it Sam, Play "As Time Goes By"
Funnily, two lines go:
Yet we get a trifle weary With Mr. Einstein's theory.
But yet it still had an important role to play just a couple of years on.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Looking at Looking at Global Warming


For John, BLUFColor commentary rather than facts.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From L'Ombre de l'Olivier, by Mr Francis Turner, 19 April 2018.

It starts:

The Wapo (Tagline – Where Journalism Dies in Darkness) has an article about how Climate Change Glowball Worming is harming Virginia, The article is risible on many levels and is pretty much a regurgitation of a PR from the Natural Resources Defense Council without querying any of the rather iffy things that the NRDC claims. Therefore it needs a good fisking to set the story straight.
It isn't a great fisking, but it is a good fisking.

I am with the author, who characterizes himself thusly:

Full disclosure I’m what is generally known as a “Lukewarmer” climate skeptic – i.e.  I think the earth has warmed in the 20th century and humanity (and CO2 emissions) may be responsible for some of that warming, however I don’t think future warming is likely to amount to much and is highly unlikely to be catastrophic
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, April 20, 2018

Lack of Self-Control on the Left


For John, BLUFWe need to be sensitive to anti-Semitism around us, as it is the canary in the mineshaft.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The Daily Wire, by Mr Hank Berrien, 20 April 2018.

Here are the key two paragraphs:

The Washington, D.C. council member who triggered a volume of criticism for insinuating Jews control the weather and later ditched a U.S. Holocaust Memorial tour halfway through the tour, has now been accused of making a donation to the very event at which vehement racist and anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan made virulent anti-Semitic remarks.

Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) has been asked for details of the $500 donation he made to the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day Event in Chicago, where Farrakhan declared “powerful Jews are my enemy,” and stated Jews “were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men.”

The casual anti-semitism of the left is very bothersome.

And, this fits in with the City Journal "Delusions of Justice" article.  The sub-headline was "American Jews should wake up to which side their most dangerous enemies are on."  The author is Mr Joel Kotkin, on 19 April 2018.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

"OUCH! David Axelrod pours ICE-COLD water on DNC’s lawsuit, and the Dems WON’T like it"

"What is Truth?"


For John, BLUFSince I moved up here to Massachusetts I have also come to have my doubts about The Boston Globe.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Here is the sub-headline:

The newspaper’s ‘fake news’ about books

From National Review, by Mr Dennis Prager, 17 April 2018.

Mr Prager, a published author, starts out as follows:

About half the American people do not believe the mainstream media tell the truth.  They believe the media are more interested in promoting their left-wing views than reporting the truth.

I am, I note with sadness, a member of that half.

Here is but one more example: the New York Times best-seller list.

As a writer (who, for the record, had a previous book on that list), I have long known it isn’t a best-seller list, and I don’t pay attention to it.  But I paid attention last week to see whether my recently published book, which opened up on Amazon as the second-best-selling book in America, was on the list.  It wasn’t.

It isn't like all the news is fake, but one has to be careful.  As with all research, one needs to include control groups, just to be sure.

In the old days,s before I retired retired I would buy the Sunday Edition of The Old Gray Lady, mostly for MoDo's column and the Book Review.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff