Thursday, October 27, 2016

Honesty in Government

For John, BLUFRemember, the coverup is worse than the crime.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

A couple of Marines look at the Department of Justice action with regard to handling of classified at War on the Rocks.

The Bottom Line is that General Cartwright and General Petraeus were not fully frank and honest with the FBI, which is a bigger sin than any other, in the eyes of the FBI.  The authors suggest that the actual case with regard to the handling of classified information wouldn't have held up (or in fact fell apart) in court.

Fortunately for Mrs Clinton, she just couldn't remember the answers to the questions.  She forgot.

As an aside, should the FBI be allowed to prosecute you for lying to its agents, while those agents are allow to lie to you?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Yes, one is retired, but once a Marine, always a Marine.

New Proposal for Term Limits

For John, BLUFThis campaign most of the medial are, in fact, public relations people for Democrats.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The person asking this question is Academy Award Nominated screen writer and mystery author Roger L Simon.

His plan is to give aspiring reporters a trial period and then separate them into two groups, either real journalists or flacks (public relations people).

Seems fair to me.

UPDATE:  It appears that some at Trump Rallies are calling members of the Media "Presstitutes".  Apparently it isn't just Roger Simon and myself.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

As Goes Canada, So Goes the Nation

For John, BLUFActually, the old line was "as goes Maine, so goes the nation, but this is an update for this year.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

It is Canada, so a few local quirks re language:
by election
a one-off the normal schedule, like to fill a vacancy in the legislature created by death or resignation.
This is a Britishism for the local district.
The source is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Reporter is Mr David Bell, reporting on the 25 of October.  The sub-headline is "Conservative Glen Motz thanks Trudeau after winning Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner byelection".  That would be Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a member of the Liberal Party, whose father had also been Prime Minister, back in the day.  The aforementioned Glen Motz, MP, is a member of the opposition party.  The electoral district is Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner, which replaced the former Medicine Hat, in the province of Alberta.

Here is the lede plus one in the story:

Conservative candidate Glen Motz was full of gratitude for the prime minister after taking the Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner byelection Tuesday evening.

"I want to thank Justin Trudeau," Motz said in a victory speech.

Yes, thanking the national leader of the opposition is a way of rubbing it in.

It is also an indication of a swing to a more conservative voting public.

"The activity in our campaign absolutely spiked the day he arrived," he said, referring to a recent visit to the riding by Trudeau to support Liberal candidate Stan Sakamoto.

Motz took 69.9 per cent (21,355) of the vote with Sakamoto receiving 25.6 per cent (8,778 votes).

The NDP candidate, Beverly Ann Waege, received 353 votes (1.0 per cent) roughly half of the votes cast for Rod Taylor of the Christian Heritage Party, who got 702 votes (2.0 per cent).

Turnout out of 76,911 registered voters was 44.54 per cent.

There you have an indication of how voters are thinking in the "fly over" part of Canada, and maybe in the "fly over" part of the US.

Hat tip to a friend of mine.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, October 24, 2016

Britain is Going Solo

For John, BLUFThe Europeans could make some tragic errors if they decide to "punish" the Brits for Brexit.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the web magazine War on the Rocks, and the pen of Mr Luis Simón, Research Professor at the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Director of the Brussels office of the Royal Elcano Institute.  He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of London (Royal Holloway College). A quick history of Britain and Europe from the middle 1700s to today and a discussion of what the departure of Britain from the European Union (EU) via Brexit might mean.

Regards  —  Cliff

More on Voter Fraud

For John, BLUFVoter Fraud is a real thing, but it is not yet a major thing.  This isn't Venezuela, after all.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This article is from The new York Times, for 21 October 2016.  The Reporter is Mr Michel Wines.

This is the standard Democratic Party pitch that voter fraud is not a thing.  And, that it is a dog whistle for Republicans. On the other hand, while it cites a couple of studies it doesn't address things like Mrs Clinton's Campaign Chairman, John Podesta, calling for illegals to be registered to vote.  Doesn't that seem irregular?

It does claim that Republicans who call for ID to vote are trying to suppress the vote of minorities and the poor, since these folks supposedly don't have suitable IDs.

The notion of widespread fraud has also become a potent political weapon: Since 2010, 16 states have placed new identification requirements on voting in the name of security. Increasingly, they have required voters to produce proof of identification that young, poor and minority voters — often Democrats — disproportionately lack.
That is actually something of a mystery to me.  I know I have to show an ID of some sort (sometimes a bank card) to transact a lot of business at my bank.  I need an ID when I go into a Doctor's Office or to pick up certain drugs.  And, I need an ID to drive (legally).  The poor, receiving Food Stamps could have a photo ID given to them when they sign up for Food Stamps.  Others could be given a photo ID at Motor Vehicle Offices or their local Town or City Hall, at no cost.  Isn't that what Wisconsin does?

It seems to me that providing everyone with an ID is a Government responsibility.  Not misplacing your ID seems to be an individual responsibility.

The other side of this is that there are a lot of fake IDs floating around.  If that is the case, why can't the Government provide real IDs for all people?

I think that this ID requirement as a suppression of the vote meme is really a case of Government at all levels failing to help its citizens become part of the economic engine known as the United States.

Of course Mr Trump is not the only Presidential Candidate to warn about voter fraud.

By the way, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a Voter ID Law, but it is worded so that if it is applied to one person in the voting location it must be applied to all.  So, where I vote, since most voters are known to the Poll Workers, it is dispensed with.  That said, they are very careful to mark me down when I get a ballot and when I check out.  Good Job, poll workers of Ward 1, Percent 3.

Hat tip to my Brother Lance, who sometimes Comments at this Blog.

Regards  —  Cliff

  I walked into Santander bank a couple of years ago and they had a sign up saying some transactions would require two identifications.  I could produce five government issued IDs, but I am just lucky (and one, while a photo ID, is expired).
  Retired Military (Photo) ID, Mass Driver License, UMass Lowell Student ID, City of Lowell Employee ID and US National Archives ID.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mr Biden on Mr Trump

For John, BLUFIt is OK if Democrats talk ruff, but not for Republicans.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The author is Mr Harper Neidig.  Mostly, it is a video.

I guess this is just the Vice President being the Vice President, like Manny being Manny.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Michael Moore on Voting on 8 November

For John, BLUFSorry, but I don't see taking voting advice from Mr M Moore.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The source is Mediaite and the writer is Mr Sam Reisman.  The dateline is 21 October 2016.

And here is the lede:

Oscar-winning documentarian-provocateur Michael Moore said in an interview with Rolling Stone published Friday that anyone choosing to vote for Trump was effectively a “legal terrorist” because they were participating in an act that would “blow up the system.”
The thing that I find interesting is that Mr Michael Moore has been trying to "blow up the system" for years and years.  So, I guess this is expert testimony.

On the other hand, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is likely to crash the system.  We need change and she does not represent change.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff