Saturday, February 25, 2017

Our AG on Events Elsewhere


For John, BLUFDoes not play well with others.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




She was investigating in New Hampshire?  On my tax dollar?

I hope she runs for Governor.

The article is from The Boston Globe and Reporter Laura Krantz, on the 16th instant.

Hat tip to Political Happy Hour.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, February 24, 2017

Respecting the Presidency


For John, BLUFPetty.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is from The Wash Post, by Reporter Paul Kane, today.

President Barack Obama shook hands with lawmakers as he strode down the middle aisle of the House of Representatives before his final State of the Union, breaking into a wide smile when he saw a very familiar face.

“Eliot, you’re here,” Obama said.

“Would I be anyplace else?” Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.) replied.

For nearly three decades, Engel has been on the aisle for every presidential address to Congress.  For a fleeting moment, it’s just him and the president — two Republicans and two Democrats since he began the tradition in 1989 — shaking hands in a show of support for the leader of the free world.

Engel could be someplace else Tuesday night, when President Trump strides down the House’s center aisle to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress.  It’s not technically called a State of the Union this early in a presidential term, but Trump’s speech will have the same bells and whistles.

Ed Driscoll, who posted this at InstaPundit, made this comment:
From 2009 until early last month, the Washington Post would have dubbed such a gesture a racist hate crime.  But didn’t Hillary urge cooperation from the losing party’s representatives back in September and October?
True enough.

However, here is the real point.  Some of our elected Representatives believe that President Trump isn't really the President, that his election was tainted and he is illegitimate.

This is just the latest example of how Trump has scrambled the most basic of traditions in Washington.  On Jan. 20, for Trump’s inauguration, a third of House Democrats publicly declared they were boycotting the swearing-in ceremony, led by civil rights icon John Lewis (D-Ga.), who declared Trump an illegitimate president because of alleged Russian meddling with the 2016 election contest.
But, is it Mr Trump who has scrambled the most basic traditions, or is it the Democrats, who cannot or will not accept Mr Trump as President?  There are those who are forthright about their views, such as Representative John Lewis (D-GA) and those who are waffling, like Senator E Warren (D-MA). Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Standing Up For The Victims


For John, BLUFLet us not cloud over the truth.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




The reporters for this 23 February 2017 LA Times piece are Mr John Myers and Ms Melanie Mason.

Here is the lede plus three:

After trying to make a statement about the late Tom Hayden and his opposition to the Vietnam War, Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) was removed from the floor of the state Senate on Thursday, a tense scene that ended in a slew of angry accusations from both Republicans and Democrats.

Nguyen, who was brought to the United States as a Vietnamese refugee when she was a child, said she wanted to offer "a different historical perspective" on what Hayden and his opposition to the war had meant to her and other refugees.

Hayden, the former state legislator who died last October, was remembered in a Senate ceremony Tuesday.

Nguyen's comments were interrupted by the Senate's majority leader, Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), who said she was "out of order." Nguyen, however, refused to stop talking. The presiding officer for the day, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), then instructed the Senate's sergeants-at-arms to remove the Republican lawmaker from the floor.

Garden Grove is in Orange County in California.  My Uncle Bob and his family lived in Garden Grove after they moved out to California from Ohio.  After the Viet-nam War many who fled the Communist Regime moved to Orange County, where the population is now 17.9% Asian.  For Garden Grove the proportion of Asians is 37.1%.

I can see how California State Senator Janet Nguyen would be upset with too much effusive praise for the late Tom Hayden.

Kudos to Senator Nguyen.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Intel Community Sharing Your Data


For John, BLUFYou probably thought this was going on anyway.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is PJ Media and the author of the 15 February 2017 article is Mr Michael Walsh.

Here is the essence of the situation:

This story, from the Jan. 12, 2017, edition of the New York Times, was little-remarked upon at the time, but suddenly has taken on far greater significance in light of current events:
In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

Why, if he thought Mr Trump wasn't such a good guy, would President Obama relax our Fourth Amendment protections as he walked out the door?  I hope it doesn't come back to bite him.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Late Obama Appointment


For John, BLUFA payoff or an embedded problem?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From The New York Post, Mr John Crudele asks a question (22 February 2017).

Here is the lede plus four:

President Trump has been filling a lot of jobs lately, some not too easily and others a bit clumsily.

I want to talk about one clumsy job appointment in particular.

Just days before his inauguration, Nancy Potok was named chief statistician of the US.

The appointment of Potok, who was second in charge at the Census Bureau, wasn’t made by Trump. The job does, however, fall under the jurisdiction of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which reports to the White House.

The president needs to review this one.

The Link in the Quote is from me.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Hypocrites on the Left


For John, BLUFWhat is that line about let he who is without sin cast the first stone?  Nothing to see here; just move along.




This is from the blog of John C Wright, Author.

Here is how it starts:

A question for my fellow Catholics: when is the last time, on a nationally syndicated program of any kind, you heard a popular voice praising the Catholic Church, or saying she is right about everything?

I can answer for myself:  it was Milo, on Bill Maher, and in his speeches in colleges, freely available on the internet.

And before that? I can name no one.  I am not old enough to remember Fulton Sheen.

Is he a shameful and terrible spokesman for our beautiful Church?  Yes, indeed, I fear he is.  When I get to heaven, I will certainly chide Saint Mary Magdalene the whore and St. Matthew the tax-gathering collaborator, wag my finger under their noses, and demand to know why persons of doubtful morals speak up for Christ, embarrassing the righteous and the just.

Or maybe I will certainly not.  I am too acutely conscious of my own sins and shortcomings to cast the first stone.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Trump's Secret


For John, BLUFAs Law Prof Glenn Reynolds likes to point out, "What can't go on for ever, won't."  Nothing to see here; just move along.




"He won because he took the time to listen to les Deplorables."  From The American Conservative and the keyboard of C Bradley Thompson, yesterday.

A quote from toward the end of the article:

This is Trump’s simple genius.  In a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people, Trump found and took the time to listen to les Deplorables.  He heard, saw, and sympathized with the moral malaise and downward mobility of provincial America.  Trump not only listened to the unwashed, he stood up for them.  He fought back.  He attacked, insulted, and denounced the nattering nabobs of both parties.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  "Nabob—a person of conspicuous wealth or high status."