Monday, August 21, 2017

A Defense of the Antifa

For John, BLUFCure worse than the disease.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This Opinion Piece in 16 August 2017 edition of the The Washington Post is by Dartmouth College history lecturer Mark Bray (He has a forthcoming book, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook).

Here is the sub-headline:

President Trump equated them with white supremacists.  Here's why he’s wrong.
Professor Bray then goes on to show why President Trump is correct.

For a start, why do we think people in masks represent the good guys?  When I was growing up it was the bad guys who worse the masks.  But let us look further.

Its adherents are predominantly communists, socialists and anarchists who reject turning to the police or the state to halt the advance of white supremacy.
Lets parse that:
  • From my understanding of history, Communists are folks who enforce their socio-economic faith on others by force, killing millions, killing more than even Fascists.
  • Socialists may well be a peaceful political crowd, as in much of Europe, but it is the extremism of Socialism (for instance, Communism and National Socialism) that give us problems.
  • Anarchists, as I remember from school, tend to be violent and to prefer "propaganda of the deed".  They are associated with murders, including bombings, sort of like Daesh, today.
But, surely they are fighting evil?  However, what do they offer in the long run?  As we see above, evil.

Backt to writer Bray:

The vast majority of anti-fascist organizing is nonviolent.  But their willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence and preemptively shut down fascist organizing efforts before they turn deadly distinguishes them from liberal anti-racists.
I say an EMail this morning talking about North Korea and addressing its nuclear capabilities in terms of "preemption" and "preventive war".  The EMail writer was distinguishing between the two, arguing that one would be justified, but not the other.  Is Mr Bray really saying "preemption" or is he saying "preventive"?  I doubt he knows.

Then there is this:

Antifascists argue that after the horrors of chattel slavery and the Holocaust, physical violence against white supremacists is both ethically justifiable and strategically effective.  We should not, they argue, abstractly assess the ethical status of violence in the absence of the values and context behind it.  Instead, they put forth an ethically consistent, historically informed argument for fighting Nazis before it’s too late.
I am with Mr Bray on the horrors of chattel slavery, which is worse than indentured servitude, which some of my predecessors experienced coming to the new world.  However, chattel slavery has been around for a while.  How else do you think the pyramids were built?

However, Mr Bray does not talk about if we should intervene in slavery in other parts of the world today.  That is an important question.  Slavery is today a multi-billion dollar business.  Should Daesh enslavement of Yazidis, particularly Yazidi women, be met with military action?  Should it be met with action by the Antifa?

An ethically consistent argument for violence would include the suppression of those who would advocate one of the worst forms of slavery, Communism.

This is all rubbish.

Well, it is also evil as virtue signaling.

Worst of all President Trump was correct.

Don't get me wrong.  Fascism is to be resisted.  It is just that the antidote being offered is worse than the cure.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  I would say Preemption is if someone is winding up to throw a punch, but prevention is if they are walking down the street, but might throw a punch.

Minimum Wage in Canada

For John, BLUFDoing bad while doing good.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Canadian Press, 16 August 2017.

Metro being a food chain up in Canada.

Here is the first part of the article:

MONTREAL—Ontario’s third-largest grocery chain will accelerate its study of automation as it looks to cut costs to offset the provincial government’s plan to raise the minimum wage next year, the CEO of Metro Inc. said on Aug. 15.

Eric La Fleche said the industry is under the gun because there is little time to adjust to cost increases, especially when intensifying competition is straining margins.

Metro estimates an increase in the Ontario minimum wage to $14 per hour from the current rate of $11.40 will cost it about $45 million to $50 million on an annualized basis in 2018.&nbSp; The impact excludes any pressure to subsequently increase other salaries.

“It’s the pace that makes it a pretty big challenge, but we’re confident that we’ll find some offsets on our own,” La Fleche said during a conference call about its third-quarter results.

The chain said it hasn’t calculated the full impact when the minimum wage rises to $15 an hour in January 2019.

“As a team we will strive to mitigate this impact as much as we possibly can through productivity and cost reduction initiatives, but the size and pace of these increases pose a significant challenge,” La Fleche told analysts.

Does a minimum wage help or hurt workers as a whole?  I think it helps those who have jobs, but to the degree it encourages automation it leads to a lower Labor Participation Rate.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Globe Leans Left

For John, BLUFIt appears The Boston Globle is part of the Ctrl Left.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Regards  —  Cliff

IRS Still Stiff Arming Justice and Conservative Political Action Committees

For John, BLUFCongress could impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Tax Law Prof Paul L Caron is back with a new post at his Blog.  Dateline is 19 Aug 2017.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to name the specific employees the agency blames for targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny and said the government must prove it has ceased the targeting.

Judge Reggie B. Walton also said the IRS must explain the reasons for the delays for 38 groups that are part of a lawsuit in the District of Columbia, where they are still looking for a full accounting of their treatment.

Incidentally, the Judge is this case is Judge Reggie B. Walton, formerly Presiding Judge of the FISA Court.  It is said that one day in 2005, driving with his family to the airport, he saw an assailant beating a cab driver and stopped and subdued the assailant until the police arrive.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Who is the Final Target

For John, BLUFThe author started out a Never-Trumper.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The author, Rev W. B. Allen, is Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at Michigan State University and a Pastor at First Baptist Church, Havre de Grace, MD, USA.  I have had dinner, with Martha, in Harve de Grace.  This is datelined 17 August 2017.

My thought is that we have cobbled together a pretty good country.  People are willing to break laws to come here and live.  But, if it is torn down, then what is left?  Venezuela?  And where will people then go?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Selling the Senator

For John, BLUFActually, I am not buying there.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From National Review and Reporter Elliot Kaufman, back on 16 August 2017.

Apparently our Senior Senator here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a little Amazon of items for sale.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, August 18, 2017

Old Gray Lady Sees The Light

For John, BLUFNice to see The NYT moving to the center.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Law Professor Ann Althouse, today:
Said Emily Rose Nauert, "a 20-year-old antifa member who became a symbol of the movement in April when a white nationalist leader punched her in the face during a melee near the University of California, Berkeley," quoted in the NYT in "‘Antifa’ Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right."
Antifa adherents — some armed with sticks and masked in bandannas — played a visible role in the running street battles in Charlottesville, but it is impossible to know how many people count themselves as members of the movement. Its followers acknowledge it is secretive, without official leaders and organized into autonomous local cells. It is also only one in a constellation of activist movements that have come together in the past several months to the fight the far right....
Here is the conclusion:
Now, Trump never said "the 2 sides are equivalent." He didn't say "equivalent" and he didn't even say "2 sides." He said "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." But those who were pushing the "false equivalence" idea needed to rely on the idea that one side is bad and the other is good, and they needed to minimize antifa. Now, the NYT admits the left has a violence problem. Good!
The whole thing is worth the couple of minutes needed to read it.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Never Ending Investigation

For John, BLUF"Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime"—Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

It is Reuters, and Reporter Karen Freifeld, today, 18 August 2017. Here is the lede plus three:

(Reuters) - The White House lawyer brought in to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election said he believed the focus of the probe was "narrow" and the aspects related to President Donald Trump should be completed before the end of the year.

The lawyer, Ty Cobb, who joined the White House staff on July 31, made the comments in interviews with Reuters on Tuesday and Wednesday.  He declined to provide specifics backing his outlook, which contradicts media reports that the scope of Mueller’s probe is expanding and the views of several outside experts that the investigation is likely to continue well into 2018.

"I'd like to see the president out from under this by Thanksgiving, but certainly by year end," Cobb said, adding that he would be "embarrassed" otherwise.  "I think the relevant areas of inquiry by the special counsel are narrow."

Mueller is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, among other matters. Moscow has denied interfering in the election and the president has denied collusion took place.

I will be pleased if Lawyer Ty Cobb is correct, but I am thinking this probe will go on for ever, or until Mr Mueller retires, a Democrat is elected President or we experience the Apocalypse.  Not necessarily in that order.  And note that the Rapture won't end it.  The Parousia would do the trick.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Iconoclasm Without End

For John, BLUFAfter they are done with the statues they will be coming for the living.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

It is The Daily Caller and Jim Treacher, 18 August 2017, responding to the attack on a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Chicago (his home state).

It seems very strange to destroy a statue of Abraham Lincoln because you’re angry about Confederate monuments.  But then, I didn’t go to Chicago schools.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Afraid to Name the Problem

For John, BLUFI blame Bush.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

BY BRUCE BAWER AUGUST 17, 2017 The article starts with a review of a Cole Porter standard, "Let's not talk about love" and then looks at what happened in Barcelona, but mostly how it was reported.

Here is the concluding paragraph:

It was all utterly vapid nonsense.  Context was virtually nowhere in evidence.  Denial was everywhere.  The cliché about not seeing the forest for the trees was never more apropos.  The more these things happen,  it seems, the more skilled the mainstream media have become in attending to the grisly details – and thus spiking their ratings – while doing their best to look away, as much as possible, from the atrocities' ideological roots.  From, in short, that fount of violence known as Islam, which has only just begun its violent assault on the civilized world.
Let us review the first sentence:
It was all utterly vapid nonsense.
There is a word I haven't heard recently—vapid.  Perfect.

If we don't do the needed analysis one of two things are going to happen.  On the one hand Jihadi terrorism may just fade away.  While possible, this is not likely.  Even as Daesh is being squeezed out of Iraq and Syria it is continuing on in the minds of its religious adherent.

The other possibility is that as Daesh is squeezed out of Iraq and Syria it moves elsewhere, in small cells, creating devastation in its wake, disrupting stable democracies and fragile states alike.  That will not end well.

The sooner we name our problem the better.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Barcelona and Charlottesville

For John, BLUFThere is a theme and if the facts don't follow the theme the facts are ignored.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The source is Pajama Media and author Roger L Simon, on 17 August 2017.

Here is the lede plus one:

Within minutes of the announcement of the vehicular terror attack in Barcelona, Jim Sciutto and Wolf Blitzer of CNN were opining that the horrifying events in Spain may have been inspired by (i.e. were a copycat of) Charlottesville.  The implications of this comparison are not only wrong-headed, they are reactionary and dangerous to the American public and the world.

And this is for even more important reasons than the fact that Barcelona was a catastrophic attack with, as of this writing, 13 dead and over 100 wounded, many seriously.  (Coordinated attacks were apparently attempted in other parts of Catalonia.)

Yes, what were Reporters Wolf Blitzer and Jim Sciutto thinking?  Perhaps the urge to be first overpowered the urge to be correct.  It is not the CNN of the 1980s, which I remember fondly.  How could they possibly draw the connection?  This appears to be politics over analysis and reporting.  Shame.

And, of course, it is the media and the Bien-Pensant minimizing the involvement of Islam and in particular radical Islam with a bent toward killing the infidels or enslaving them—the Yazidis, the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims who don't believe the way Daesh and al Qaeda believe.  If we ignore this long enough we will disappear under a wave of terror.

Here is a key paragraph out of Mr Simon's piece:

Not only that, a significant percentage of the left evinces sympathy for Islamic radicals, identifying with them and justifying their cause, despite the obvious misogyny and homophobia, through such latter-day crypto-fascist inventions as "intersectionality."  The Antifa movement, in the forefront of that nauseating sympathy for Islamism, is far more prevalent and dangerous in U.S. society than those few pathetic remaining losers in the KKK and similar neo-Nazi groups.  The Antifa thugs are seemingly everywhere, smashing windows and making life Hell for weak-willed university administrators across the country.
Exactly.  We are worried about a few meatheads who identify with the Klan or the National Socialists and forget the Fascists who believe they are anti-fascist, going by the name Antifa, while carry Soviet Flags and allegiance to Communism, Socialism and Anarchism.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff


For John, BLUFWe need a dose of politeness.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The American Mirror and Reporter Kyle Olson, 18 Aug 2017.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Another Denier Heard From

For John, BLUFI want to know the engineering costs of climate change.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From My News LA and Reporter Ken Stone, on 17 Aug 2017.

And on it goes.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, August 17, 2017

ACLU States the Obvious

For John, BLUFOut of cowardice.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Eugene Volokh blog, The Volokh Conspiricy, in The Washington Post, 16 August 2017.

This from the three California Chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Want to know what happened?  The President tried to maintain a level hand and got creamed.

UPDATE:  From The LA Times.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Environment:  President and Pope

For John, BLUFDarn, we have to think.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Dr Michael Pakaluk, professor of philosophy at Catholic University of America, in the Boston Pilot, 9 June 2017 (playing catchup here).

The question and sub-headline:

How should a Catholic view President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord? Was it a "slap in the face" to the Vatican, as Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo claimed?  After all, Pope Francis had timed the publication of his encyclical, "Laudato Si", "On the Care for our Common Home," so that it would appear in time for the Paris meeting, to support that accord.
Here is how the Professor starts out:
First, as a general rule, the laity have primary responsibility for the temporal sphere. I'm not saying this of my own accord. It is the teaching of the magisterium of the Church in the Second Vatican Council: "The laity must take up the renewal of the temporal order as their own special obligation" (Decree on Lay Apostolate, n. 7). The typical role of pastors in contrast is to teach general principles: "Pastors must clearly state the principles concerning the purpose of creation and the use of temporal things," (ibid.).

Thus there is a complementarity characteristic of any peaceful social order: pastors state general principles in matters of faith and morals, but then leave it to the laity, in freedom, to use their judgment in particular applications. The laity can rightly claim freedom to apply principles by their own lights with goodwill.

I leave it to you to read and share.

Regards  —  Cliff

Crime Cults in Mexico

For John, BLUFThis will like spread, as has the Gang MS13, to our area.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from The Epoch Times, by Reporter Joshua Philipp, 17 August 2017.

Here is the lede plus three:

Drug cartels and street gangs in Mexico are creating their own religions and altering beliefs in existing Catholic saints, in a move to create a new “narcoculture” that tries to morally justify crime and violence.

Some of these new figures of worship are existing Catholic saints, most of which have had their meaning altered for the narcoculture. Some are pulled from Aztec gods worshipped through human sacrifice, while others are new creations altogether.

The two most popular figures of worship in Mexico are products of this new narcoculture. The most popular is St. Jude Thaddeus, also called “Saint Judas,” while the second most popular is a newly created folk saint called Santa Muerte, “Saint Death.”

What is taking place in Mexico is a form of “spiritual appropriation,” whereby the existing religion is being altered to justify a criminal insurgency, according to Robert J. Bunker, adjunct research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute at U.S. Army War College.

This interview is based on the 2016 book, Blood Sacrifices.

Regards  —  Cliff

Media Tumbles to Ctrl-Left Violence

For John, BLUFReturning to their senses.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Hot Air and Writer John Sexton, 16 August 2017.

Just for the record.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Violent Demonstrations

TRIGGER WARNING:  In which I suggests there is thuggishness on the left.

For John, BLUFThen there is the aphorism:  "First reports are always wrong".  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Ace of Spades, 16 Aug 2017.

Here is the tweet that triggered Ace's ire:

Senator Tim Kaine
Charlottesville violence was fueled by one side: white supremacists spreading racism, intolerance & intimidation. Those are the facts.
Turns out his son was arrested, a couple of months ago, while being violent on the other side, the Ctrl-Left.

To be clear, the Klan and the National Socialists are not operating in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, except under the First Amendment.  But, then, neither are those on the Ctrl-Left, wearing masks while trying to intimidate those with repugnant ideas, yet who are exercising their Free Speech Rights.

In the end this will get rinsed away.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

American Iconoclasts

For John, BLUFPulling down statues is not higher level politics.  It is more like Fascism.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Once upon a time there were two statues of Buddha in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.  But, Iconoclasts destroyed them in March of 2001.  Who were those iconoclasts?  The Taliban, operating under the orders of their leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.  They (the Taliban) were offended.

Here is the Introductory paragraph from Wikipedia:

The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Persian: بت های باميان – bott-hâye Bāmiyān) were 4th- and 5th-century monumental statues of standing buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Kabul at an elevation of 2,500 metres (8,200 ft).  Built in 507 CE (smaller) and 554 CE (larger), the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art.  They were 35 and 53 meters tall, respectively.
Here are the before and after (March of 2001) photos for the larger Buddha:

Don't be an iconoclast.  Be a story teller.  What does the statue mean to you, to your friends, to the nation?  What should we learn about our collective history from the statue?

Don't be like the Taliban.  Remember, after this their sanctioned terrorist friends (Al Qaeda) took down the twin towers of the World Trade Center on 11 September of the same year.

Hat tip to The Burning Platform for the picture.

Regards  —  Cliff

  There is always the problem that some people just don't know when to stop.

Tax Scandal From Last Administration

For John, BLUFYes, and the IRS rehired 213 employees ousted for doing bad things.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From 15 August 2017, from the TaxProfBlog we have Mr Paul Caron checking on things.

The 1559 Days is about four and a quarter years.

And the wheels of justice keep turning, slowly.

Why can't Uncle Sugar just admit he screwed up and make it right?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mussolini on Fascism

TRIGGER WARNINGS:  It may turn out you are a Fascist.
For John, BLUFJust read the highlighted sections.  Easy-peasy.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The Doctrine Of Fascism
Benito Mussolini
Paper Cover:  28 Pages (A Kindle version is available)
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Language:  English
ISBN:  978-1478370918
Copyright:  August 6, 2012

I read, a few years ago, a longer version of Il Duce's book on Fascism.  This shorter version seems to track very closely with the longer version.

It is a short, quick read, although there are some historic references, which would make the Kindle version handy (and cheaper).

Remember, this was written in the first half of the last Century, but these are the concluding two paragraphs:

Never more than at the present moment have the nations felt such a thirst for an authority, for a direction, for order.  If every century has its own peculiar doctrine, there are a thousand indications that Fascism is that of the present century.  That it is a doctrine of life is shown by the fact that it has created a faith; that the faith has taken possess of the mind is demonstrated by the fact that Fascism has had its Fallen and its martyrs.

Fascism has now attained ini the world an universality over all doctrines.  Being realized, it represents an epoch in the history of the human mind.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, August 14, 2017

Holy Day of Obligation

For John, BLUFBe there or be square.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

In my Parish Cluster

  • 0730 Immaculate
  • 1800 Holy Trinity Polish Church on High Street
  • 1830 Saint Anthony's Portuguese Church on Central Street
Regards  —  Cliff

Small Differences

For John, BLUFI am blaming bad potty training.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Facebook and Poster Brendan O'Neill, early this morning, Monday, 14 August 2017.

The InstaPundit quotes this part:
It’s becoming so clear now why the war of words between SJWs and the new white nationalists is so intense. It isn’t because they have huge ideological differences — it's because they have so much in common.
It sort of reminds me of the quip attributed variously to Samnual Johnson or Henry Kissinger:
Academic Politics Are So Vicious Because the Stakes Are So Small
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Some Healing

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

Posted to Hot Air by Blogger Ed Morrissey, the late afternoon of 14 August 2017.

The lede:

Susan Bro provided a moment of extraordinary grace as she mourns the murder of her daughter, Heather Heyer, by trying to heal the divide in the nation after the Charlottesville terrorist attack.  While the political debate over Donald Trump’s responses to the violence continues, Bro reached out to thank Trump for his latest statement, which Bro describes as a “comfort.”
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Election Behind Us

For John, BLUFIt would be nice for the adults to step up, but even the adults are being childish.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from Pajama Media writer Mr Charlie Martin, Sunday, 13 August 2017.
Donald J Trump is president.  Really.  He won it fair and square, he was inaugurated seven — almost eight — months ago, and he very probably is going to be president for another three and a half years.


The Democrats need some new policies and inclusion.

The Republicans need to execute on their promises.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Giving in to the Hecklers

For John, BLUFWe need to support the free speech of those with whom we disagree.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Pajama Media and Commentor Michael Walsh, 13 August 2017.

Here us the lede plus on:

My friend Dennis Prager, the radio talk-show-host, is conducting the Santa Monica Symphony in a Haydn symphony this Wednesday at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles, and, of course, his appearance has "drawn fire" and "raised controversy" in the fever swamps of the Left, which is freaking out at the prospect of having a "bigot" on the podium.  Anyone who knows Dennis, or who even listens to his daily radio show on the Salem Network, understands this is codswallop.  Prager is an observant Jew and a man who has spoken and written extensively on the moral issues of our day.  His bona fides as a public intellectual are impeccable.

And yet...

I worry that the lines of descent are being drawn too closely and the heckler's veto is being tolerated more and more.  If we can't explore alternative ideas we will become another toltalitarian nation, be it Communist or Fascist.  If we approach the point where people worry about "not being the first to stop applauding", for fear of drawing attention to themselves, our Democracy will be in serious trouble.  We will become like Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany or Communist China or Kim's Korea.

All the little "Antifas" running around are Fascist in their mentality and approach.  They seem not to realize that no one can survive the lens of history.  There will be no heroes of the past.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, August 12, 2017


For John, BLUFSuppressing unpopular opinions is dangerous to democracy, because the "approved" views are not always right.  Remember, Margaret Sanger believed in Eugenics and Woodrow Wilson in Segregation.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is a long post, by Writer Ed Driscoll, with lots of Links and Excerpts.  He put it up late last night, around 11:44.  This is only part of it.

THE GOOGLE ARCHIPELAGO:  In an article at the Weekly Standard that was likely written before Google’s meltdown this week headlined, “You Can’t Say That,” a review of the recent book The Demon in Democracy, Matthew B. Crawford asks, “Has liberalism taken a Soviet turn?”
He then looked at an item from Mr James D Miller, Get ready for the 'tech alt-right' to gain power and influence in Silicon Valley, on 9 August 2017.

The firing of James Damore over his “Google's Ideological Echo Chamber” memo will empower the tech alt-right.

To understand why, imagine yourself as a Republican working at a big Silicon Valley tech company.

You agree with Damore that some average differences between men and women probably explain some of why such a high proportion of computer programmers are male.  You, however, in no way consider yourself sexist.

What Damore’s termination tells you is that many in your field consider people with your beliefs to be unfit to work with.  They hold opinions of you similar to those of former senior Google employee Yonatan Zunger, who wrote about Damore, saying:

“Do you understand that at this point, I could not in good conscience assign anyone to work with you?  I certainly couldn’t assign any women to deal with this, a good number of the people you might have to work with may simply punch you in the face, and even if there were a group of like-minded individuals I could put you with, nobody would be able to collaborate with them.” (Emphasis mine.)
If you are on the right, you probably find it hard to imagine that any reasonably person could read Damore’s memo and think that it reveals the author to be sexist, punchable, or a danger to women’s careers.  It appears to you that Damore was excommunicated for questioning the progressive diversity narrative in a most respectful manner.
Here is a scary quote from the article:
When SJWs in Silicon Valley realize that their ideological enemies are hiding, they might actively search them out.  They might become suspicious of the guy who was the first to stop clapping when a new diversity initiative was announced.  Even worse, SWJs in human resources might become reluctant to hire those with characteristics correlated with conservatism, such as past military service.
Then Mr Driscoll makes a connection:
That line about SJWs becoming suspicious about “the guy who was the first to stop clapping when a new diversity initiative was announced” is Straight Outta the Kremlin, comrade.  In The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote of the fate of the man who stopped clapping first:
At the conclusion of the conference, a tribute to Comrade Stalin was called for.  Of course, everyone stood up (just as everyone had leaped to his feet during the conference at every mention of his name). … For three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, the stormy applause, rising to an ovation, continued.  But palms were getting sore and raised arms were already aching. And the older people were panting from exhaustion.  It was becoming insufferably silly even to those who really adored Stalin.

However, who would dare to be the first to stop? … After all, NKVD men were standing in the hall applauding and watching to see who would quit first!  And in the obscure, small hall, unknown to the leader, the applause went on – six, seven, eight minutes!  They were done for!  Their goose was cooked!  They couldn’t stop now till they collapsed with heart attacks!  At the rear of the hall, which was crowded, they could of course cheat a bit, clap less frequently, less vigorously, not so eagerly – but up there with the presidium where everyone could see them?

* * * * * * * *

Then, after eleven minutes, the director of the paper factory assumed a businesslike expression and sat down in his seat.  And, oh, a miracle took place!  Where had the universal, uninhibited, indescribable enthusiasm gone?  To a man, everyone else stopped dead and sat down.  They had been saved!

The squirrel had been smart enough to jump off his revolving wheel.  That, however, was how they discovered who the independent people were.  And that was how they went about eliminating them.  That same night the factory director was arrested.  They easily pasted ten years on him on the pretext of something quite different.  But after he had signed Form 206, the final document of the interrogation, his interrogator reminded him:

“Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding.”

Then Mr Driscoll rings in a Post at The American Conservative by Mr Rod Dreher, on 11 August, that talks to Google’s Hypocrisy On Gender

At the conclusion of a post today on the hypocrisy of Google firing Damore over his memo but making billions off of gender-based data-mining and targeted advertising code, Rod Dreher links to [this] a scene from the 2006 film on the East German Stasi, The Lives of Others:


If someone asks you why, in the 1930s and early 1940s, the Germans did nothing, said nothing, remember that Soviet Citizen who was the first to stop clapping.

And then remember that a little deviant thinking is a good thing.  They may be wrong, they may be cuckoo, but their existence, in public, means that you too are free to have divergent thinking.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Chicken Rampant

For John, BLUFOne advantage Trump followers have is a sense of humor.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

A photo essay by Reporter Charlie Spiering on 11 August 2017, in the dreaded Breitbart.

After liberal protesters set up a 30-foot inflatable chicken outside the White House, President Trump’s supporters joyfully appropriated the image for their memes.

On Reddit, Trump fans rendered the chicken into meme-worthy images, setting free a torrent of pro-Trump chicken memes.

And here is an example from the collection:

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Now and Future Democrats

For John, BLUFThe "Liberals" need to focus on Citizenship as a unifying theme, not their individual identities.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the Sub-headline:
Liberals should reject the divisive, zero-sum politics of identity and find their way back to a unifying vision of the common good
I found this 11 August 2017 Wall Street Journal article on Drudge and believe the author, Dr. Mark Lilla, professor of the humanities at Columbia University, is spot on. It is a little long, but it is insightful.

And, it talks about what might prevent Democrats from winning the House and Senate in 2018.

I wonder if the Democrats are hoping that there will be some cataclysmic event, brought on by Donald Trump, that will allow them to say (1) see, I told you so, and (2) vote for us because we are all calm middle of the road people (Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, DWS, Chuck Schumer and Conn's Senator Richard Blumenthal aside).

I am thinking 2018 should be an interesting year, locally and nationally.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Government Employees as Fifth Estate

For John, BLUFShould Government Employees get a veto?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Hill, by Reporter Deven Henry, 5 August 2017.

The lede plus five:

Government employees are growing increasingly willing to criticize or defy the White House and President Trump’s top appointees.

A handful of current and former career staffers in the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have openly shredded their superiors within the last several weeks, continuing a trend that has developed throughout the government over the course of aTrump’s tenure in the Oval Office.

The growing opposition in the executive branch comes as the White House’s legislative agenda has stalled in Congress and Trump turns to his Cabinet agencies to change course in several policy areas.  It also is emanating from career staffers or political holdovers whose resistance to Trump has, at times, been rooted in deep opposition to the president’s agenda.

“From our point of view, it’s kind of obvious,” said Jeff Ruch, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), when asked about staffers’ growing pushback.

“You have Donald Trump, who ran and said he would drain the swamp, meaning them.”

Trump’s allies have often cast the president as the victim of the “deep state,” an entrenched liberal bureaucracy bent on damaging his agenda through leaks and resistance.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

585,000 [Good] Signatures

For John, BLUFNot since 1860 and South Carolina have we seen such a move.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

"...we disregard what the United States thinks ..."
Shankar Singram, Vice President, California Freedom Coalition
This is from Reporter Randy DeSoto, of Western Journalism, 2 August 2017.

Is this all about Trump?

I really don't think they are joining the United Mexican States as an alternative.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Down the Rabbit Hole

For John, BLUFPeople like this could get us in trouble.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Since this OpEd is from Nation of Change, a decidedly Progressive publication (Mr Derek Royden, author, published 6 August 2017), the "Dangerous Provocations" are not from North Korea, but from us here in the US.

So, Virginia, there really are people out there who think that we are the evil aggressors and poor Kim Jung-un, bless his little heart, is really an innocent democrat, being thwarted at every turn by the evil Americans.

What can I say?

Regards  —  Cliff

Bringing Back a Downtown

For John, BLUFI am worried about our downtown.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from Mass Live and from Reporter Gintautas Dumcius, on 9 August 2017.

The location is Hudson, Massachusetts:

Located on the western edge of Middlesex County and off Interstate 495, Hudson is surrounded by Stow, Bolton, Berlin, Clinton, Marlborough and Sudbury.  The late Gov. Paul Cellucci is among its most famous sons.
Hat tip to the Althouse blog.

Regards  —  Cliff

Don't Trust Science

For John, BLUFBesides, engineering is more reliable than science.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Ann Althouse Blog, today, 10 August 2017.

Here is Professor Althouse's Comment:

You need to go read the first paragraph at Slate to see how horribly Prescod-Weinstein summarizes what James Damore wrote.  Scientists are untrustworthy, she argues and, simultaneously, demonstrates.
Hat tip to the Althouse blog.

Regards  —  Cliff

DNC Non-Hack

For John, BLUFInteresting look at events last year..  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Former NSA experts say it wasn’t a hack at all, but a leak—an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system.
This was published yesterday, 9 August 2017, in The Nation by Mr Patrick Lawrence.

Not everyone thinks it was the Russians who spilled the beans at the DNC.  Here is a view from what is an acknowledged Progressive source, The Nation.

Here is the start:

It is now a year since the Democratic National Committee’s mail system was compromised—a year since events in the spring and early summer of 2016 were identified as remote hacks and, in short order, attributed to Russians acting in behalf of Donald Trump.  A great edifice has been erected during this time.  President Trump, members of his family, and numerous people around him stand accused of various corruptions and extensive collusion with Russians.  Half a dozen simultaneous investigations proceed into these matters.  Last week news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had convened a grand jury, which issued its first subpoenas on August 3.  Allegations of treason are common; prominent political figures and many media cultivate a case for impeachment.

The president’s ability to conduct foreign policy, notably but not only with regard to Russia, is now crippled.  Forced into a corner and having no choice, Trump just signed legislation imposing severe new sanctions on Russia and European companies working with it on pipeline projects vital to Russia’s energy sector.  Striking this close to the core of another nation’s economy is customarily considered an act of war, we must not forget.  In retaliation, Moscow has announced that the United States must cut its embassy staff by roughly two-thirds.  All sides agree that relations between the United States and Russia are now as fragile as they were during some of the Cold War’s worst moments.  To suggest that military conflict between two nuclear powers inches ever closer can no longer be dismissed as hyperbole.

All this was set in motion when the DNC’s mail server was first violated in the spring of 2016 and by subsequent assertions that Russians were behind that “hack” and another such operation, also described as a Russian hack, on July 5.  These are the foundation stones of the edifice just outlined.  The evolution of public discourse in the year since is worthy of scholarly study:  Possibilities became allegations, and these became probabilities.  Then the probabilities turned into certainties, and these evolved into what are now taken to be established truths.  By my reckoning, it required a few days to a few weeks to advance from each of these stages to the next.  This was accomplished via the indefensibly corrupt manipulations of language repeated incessantly in our leading media.

Hat tip to the Rob Eno.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Another Honor for BHO

For John, BLUFNot unreasonable, considering it is Illinois and the President broke some previous barriers.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from NBC Chicago and Reporter Shelby Bremer.

No offices will shut down, but his adoptive state is recognizing the 44th President.

This idea was launched by State Senator Emil Jones III, the son of former the former State Senate President of the same name, who was an early supporter of President Obama.

To provide some prospective,

"Barack Obama Day" joins other commemorative holidays like Adlai Stevenson Day, Ronald Reagan Day and Jane Addams Day, for which workplaces do not close.
Remember, 4 August 2018, and every year thereafter.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

You Will Be Saved From Yourself

For John, BLUFGoogle hires only 0.2 of all job applicants.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Babylon Bee, Tuesday, 8 August 2017.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Goodbye Golden State?

For John, BLUFI wouldn't like another socialist state on our border..  Nothing to see here; just move along.

If they want to leave so bad, go ahead, let ’em
From Opinionaiter Tom Shattuck, The Boston Herald, 3 August 2017, Thursday last.

California could secede from the United States.  Signatures are being hurriedly gathered for a 2018 ballot initiative that would begin the process of independence for the Golden State.

Awesome.  Break a leg.  I wholeheartedly endorse “#Calexit” and here’s why you should too.

Read the article for Mr Shattuck's reasons.

As for myself, I would be sad to see California go.

For those who think that it will never happen, I say that there are a lot of things that will never happen until they do.

For those who think that we, as individuals, can do nothing, I ask if they even bothered to write a note to their Representative (Niki Tsongas) or Senators (E Warren and Ed Markey)?

Regards  —  Cliff

As Predicted

For John, BLUFBy Gerry Nutter.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is The [Lowell] Sun, Reporter Aaron Curtis, Tuesday, 8 August 2017.

Here is the key paragraph:

It was revealed during a School [Financial Sub-]Committee meeting Monday night that despite different specifications, NRT remained the only bidder for the contract.  The difference is the new bid from the company is asking for $134,000 more for their service and will be using older buses, according to School Business Administrator Gary Frisch.
And here is the quick background:
The School Committee approved the three-year contract in May.  However, a review of the contract by City Solicitor Christine O'Connor led to the determination that, as the contract was written, only NRT would bid.
And School Committee Candidate Gerry Nutter takes a victory lap, as is appropriate.

Regards  —  Cliff

Monday, August 7, 2017

Rules Are Ignored by Criminals

For John, BLUFFollowing the rules is what separates good citizens from criminals.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Bearing Arms Blog. by Mr Tom Knighton, 5 August 2017.

In many locations, like Chicago, it is hard for law abiding citizens to legally obtain a gun, but for felons, who are barred from owning a weapon, there is no impediment to their getting a weapon.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Manufacturing History

For John, BLUFWell, there is DNA to prove it one way or the other.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Medium and the keyboard of author Nassim Nicholas Taleb, on 4 August 2017.

The BBC did some kind of educational cartoon on Roman Britain and represented “diversity” in terms of someone looking African in the show as representative of “diversity” at the time.  The BBC was effectively applying quotas retroactively (I mean, really retroactively).  Any dissent from the statistical errors made by the politically correct police is treated as apostasy.  Effectively, scholarship is dead in the U.K.

What was meant to be a “typical” of Roman Brittain by the BBC: flowing quotas of political correctness backward in time.

Representativeness heuristic.  The picture was portrayed as representative (playing on the representativeness/ availability heuristic in the minds of children).  Some people backtracked later by saying it is was not common but not impossible, which is where I shout “BS!”

Anecdotal vs Statistical. The backup is mostly anecdotal from cherry picked stories.  We find nothing beyond traces of sub-Saharan genes in areas where Roman legions were located (France, Gaul, and even Spain, where most of it came much later from the Arab trade).  Show the picture to a French or Italian person and tell him “this is the typical…” and wait for the insults.

Mr Taleb sees the intellectual rot.  It is like the folks who want to ensure texts are drawn from a diversity of authors and not just from the best scholars.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Mexico's Migrant Problem

For John, BLUFWhat we lack is a consensus in the United States with regard to what we want from immigration.  What IS the American position?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from The International New York Times, by Reporter Kirk Temple, on 5 August 2017.

It seems that before President Trump started talking about building a Wall, Mexico was already getting tough on illegal immigrants and also refugees.  Some suggest this is from weaknesses in the Mexican immigration process and the organization executing the policy, "the National Migration Institute, Mexico’s immigration enforcement agency, and the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance, or Comar, the department that processes asylum petitions.? Here is an excerpt of two paragraphs:

These weaknesses are particularly glaring, advocates say, as some legislators in Washington push for a legal change that would require migrants to apply for asylum in Mexico if they reached the United States by traveling through it.  A bill pending in Congress “would allow the return of apprehended Central American refugees to Mexico, where they could apply for protection,” without the need for a bilateral agreement with Mexico, according to a summary from the House Judiciary Committee, which approved the bill last month.

Such changes “would undermine U.S. global leadership and violate American legal commitments, even if Mexico had a strong refugee protection system,” said a report published last month by Human Rights First.  “They are all the more dangerous because Mexico doesn’t.”

And here is Mexico's problem summed up:
Though the vast majority of northbound migrants from Central America still regard Mexico as a transit corridor to the United States, the country has increasingly become an attractive destination in its own right.
So, per The Old Gray Lady, it is all our fault here in the United States, because we are not accepting these economic refugees and also those fleeing violence and crime in their own nations.

I posted this article on another forum and did get this comment, off line, from a serving officer I know:

I'm reading your note on a wet afternoon aboard Soto Cano Airbase in Honduras.  I agree that we in the US aren't responsible for all of the crime and violence in Central America's Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador).  We are, however, responsible for some of it.  Our inability to limit the increase in demand for drugs (let alone stop or reduce it) in any meaningful way creates a massive economic incentive for criminal industry along our southern approaches.  In size, capital, and organization, the illegal drug industry dwarfs the capacity, capability, and desire of national and local governments to resist.
That is spot on.

This person then goes on:

Further, the street gang infestation that plagues these three countries (the so-called maras) was born in the US.  MS-13 and Barrio-18 were initially defensive organizations that Central American immigrants in Los Angeles' Rampart neighborhood created during the height of the 1980s gang warfare to resist the depredations of the Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings.  We found, arrested, and deported these gang members to the Northern Triangle nations.  The effect was similar to exporting an aggressive, invasive species into an ecosystem in which it had no natural predators.
So, the immigration issue impacts the US, in many ways, big and small.  That said, taking the view that immigrants, legal and illegal, are all just universal believers in American values and should be given a driver's license, a SSAN and registered to vote seems to be both ignorant and short sighted.  While President Trump has disrupted the flow of illegal immigrants, even before the wall, more needs to be done to fix our immigration policies and laws.  And we need to work with Mexico and Canada on this.

Regards  —  Cliff

Mao the Record Setter

For John, BLUFA look at Fascism vs Communism.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

It is The Washington Post, but it is The Volokh Conspiracy, written by Ilya Somin, dateline 3 August 2016 (a year ago). The lede:
Who was the biggest mass murderer in the history of the world? Most people probably assume that the answer is Adolf Hitler, architect of the Holocaust.  Others might guess Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who may indeed have managed to kill even more innocent people than Hitler did, many of them as part of a terror famine that likely took more lives than the Holocaust.  But both Hitler and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong.  From 1958 to 1962, his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people – easily making it the biggest episode of mass murder ever recorded.
I remember, a few years ago, listening to a local NPR Station, around 7:30 in the morning and hearing the person being interviewed saying about the Great Leap Forward, "You have to break a few eggs to make an omelette."  That was an absurd defense of Mao, like saying if you want an omelette it is OK to kill ten percent of all the chickens in the United States.

Here is the key takeaway from this bit of history, from the Twitter Account of Mr Frank J. Fleming:

Difference between Nazi and Communist is when you say how horrible Nazis have been, they don't say, "Well, real Nazism has never been tried"
Nazism being a form of Fascism.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dead Fish Running for President in 2020?

For John, BLUFIt would make him the first Jewish President.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Associated Press, 4 August 2017.

Here is the lede plus three:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday said the city will sue the federal government in defense of its status as a so-called sanctuary city and against threats to withhold U.S. grant funds.

Emanuel told "Connected to Chicago" on WLS-AM the city will be in federal court Monday arguing grants can't be withheld from cities the administration says aren't cooperating enough with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The interview will air Sunday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last month local governments would lose the money if they do not give advance notice when immigrants in the country illegally are about to be released from custody. He also wants immigration agents to have access to local jails.

Officials say Chicago this year expects to receive $3.2 million in Byrne Justice Assistance Grants.  The money would mostly be used to buy police vehicles.

I am anxious to hear Mr John McDonough, City Life producer, weigh in on the police vehicle issue.

In the mean time, the Democratic Party of today is looking more and more like the Democratic Party of the 1840s and 1850s.  All we need is for California (and perhaps Oregon) to succeed from the Union.  And then, like West Virginia, for the State of Jefferson to succeed from those two states and reunite with the Union.

In the mean time, let us consider the deplorable state of the City of Chicago (and the State of Illinois) and ask ourselves if this brainpower might be better used trying to figure out how to get crime (including murders) under control and how to balance the books.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Chili's Off The List

For John, BLUFThe MNDG will not be going to Chili's when it is my turn.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

I have a couple of complaints with regard to Chili's.  My wife says I am too picky, but I feel these are areas where they could do better.
  • The lack of Iceberg Lettuce.
    • First off, my physician says I should avoid dark leafy lettuce.  That seems straightforward.
    • Secondly, strange as it sounds, I LIKE Iceberg Lettuce and prefer it to that dark, bitter, stuff.
  • Now they have stopped providing their version of Splenda as a sub for sugar.
    • They are now only offering the pink stuff (Equal) and sugar (At least down in Burlington).
    • While I always try to carry six Splendas with me when I am out, it just seems an act of disrespect toward the customer to drop a popular sweetener, especially without explanation.
Regards  —  Cliff

  Maybe there is some sound scientific study that justifies this, but I am not up on all the latest medical research literature, nor should I have to be.  The Chili's Management could talk to us.

The Bureaucrats Say No

For John, BLUFThis could actually backfire, if the Voters decide their will is being thwarted.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Hill, by Reporter Devin Henry, on 5 August 2017.

Here is the lede plus two:

Government employees are growing increasingly willing to criticize or defy the White House and President Trump’s top appointees.

A handful of current and former career staffers in the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have openly shredded their superiors within the last several weeks, continuing a trend that has developed throughout the government over the course of Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office.

The growing opposition in the executive branch comes as the White House’s legislative agenda has stalled in Congress and Trump turns to his Cabinet agencies to change course in several policy areas. It also is emanating from career staffers or political holdovers whose resistance to Trump has, at times, been rooted in deep opposition to the president’s agenda.

Our Bureaucrats have become so European.  It isn't what the voters want, but what the bureaucratic experts want.  It is so Continental.

Hat tip to the Drudge Report.

Regards  —  Cliff

Be Careful of the Ctrl-Left

For John, BLUFYes, Immigrant Sarah Hoyt is more "American" than second generation Cuban-American Jim Acosta.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, on 3 August, we had this tirade by American Author Sarah Hoyt.

Here is the lede plus two:

There is one thing the ctrl-left and the alt-right agree on: it is impossible to change cultures.  If you're born into a culture, all your genetic predispositions make it impossible to change your eating habits, your language, much less your manners, your planning, and your ability to think as a member of this new culture.

But the hardest of all is language, which is virtually impossible to change, which is why we pay for bilingual education for children of Latin immigrants born in the US and sometimes third generation in the US.

Because, you see, the best you can achieve in terms of learning a foreign language is the sort of halting, broken speech such as children and toddlers.  In fact, if your children and grandchildren don't mate with English speakers, your family will never learn to speak the language and will remain an undigested cultural lump in the midst of your adopted culture forever.

Here is where it gets both funny and pathetic;
This is so much an article of faith on the Ctrl-Left that I had to monitor my kids like a hawk, all through elementary school.  If I got caught up in a book and wasn’t paying attention, my kids got put in bilingual education.  In Spanish.  Since they’re half Portuguese, the “compassionate” teachers thought it would be easier for them to do their homework in a related language.  Note that even if I had taught them some words of Portuguese — since the only time they heard me speaking Portuguese was the weekly conversation with my mom on the phone — neither of them learned the little I tried to teach.  Oh, they can both swear fluently in Portuguese.  They heard that too — their father speaks no Portuguese, and they are utterly immersed in an English-speaking society.  Robert was reading books published for grown-ups when he entered kindergarten; Marshall complained that his teacher patronized him in pre-school.  Yes, in those words.  And yet, while I was finishing Darkship Thieves for its first round of submissions, Robert spent two weeks in Spanish as primary language classes before he got fed up enough to complain to me.

The only thing that finally made the befuddled products of our teacher training system stop inflicting Spanish on my children was my mock serious explanation that they were offending my culture, due to how often the Portuguese and Spanish were at war throughout history.  And I barely managed not to burst out laughing until I was outside the school.

Then she goes after the Alt-Right.

Finally, she winds it up with this flourish:

You have insulted everything I am and believe in, in every way possible.  Given any self-consistency in your beliefs, you want to eliminate the country and culture I moved to, the country and culture I chose for me and for all my descendants.

You’re not just wrong, Mr. Acosta.  You are the enemy of everything American, of the very idea of a melting pot, where people come to BE American and become part of the culture, and claim for them and their descendants the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Unfortunately for you there are people like myself from all parts of the world who came here determined to build and uphold America and all she stands for.  And we will even do it in English.

Can you hear us now?

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Jim Acosta the Racist Apologist

For John, BLUFHe is so caught up in his Cosmopolitan world view that he has grown ignorant.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Can there ever be too much mocking of CNN Reporter Jim Acosta?

Absolutely, but we aren't there yet.

This is a very short piece in PJ Media, by Mr David Goldman, 3 August 2017.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Democrats Re-Assessing?

For John, BLUFNot mentioned is that some Democrats could be knee deep in relationships with the Russians.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

The sub-headline:
'We need to talk about what people think about when they wake up in the morning, and it’s not Russia,' said one strategist.
The source is Politico and the author is Reporter David Siders, 5 August 2017.

Democrats are increasingly conflicted about how forcefully to press the issue of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Fearful of alienating voters who appear more concerned about the economy and health care, Democrats campaigning in districts across the country are de-emphasizing Russia in their rhetoric — and some are warning that a persistent focus on the Russia investigation could backfire.

And here is a comment from the ex-husbsnd of Ms Kimberly Guilfoyle:
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s running for governor, was even more direct in a recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The Russia investigation, he said, “doesn’t do anything for Democrats at all … It’s a loser.”
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

What is Truth?

For John, BLUFRemember, the Government lies to you with impunity, but reserves the right to punish you if you lie to them.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From the Power Line Blog, 4 August 2017, by Blogger John Hinderaker.

The American Center for Law and Justice has doggedly pursued information about then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s infamous tarmac meeting with former president Bill Clinton.  The Department of Justice has finally responded to ACLJ’s FOIA request with a small number of documents.  Several interesting points emerge from the DOJ’s emails, beginning with the fact that the FBI falsely claimed not to have any documents relating to the meeting:
If you are a Democrat you aren't going to believe this anyway.  Or, you are going to create a mental exception, in the back your mind, to the rule about the Government not lying to us based on the fact that it somehow involves "Trump".

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Both Sides Cry Fake

For John, BLUFAll news reports have to be tested.  See 1 John 4:1 for guidance.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here are five examples of absolute lies promoted by right-wing media figures that will infinitely bounce among right-wing audiences trapped under the bubble.
This is the Progressive news site, Nation of Change, by Reporter Cristina López G., 3 August 2017.

  1. Fox News host Sean Hannity’s Seth Rich conspiracy theory
    • OK, we know he was murdered and we know he worked for the DNC.
    • We know the D.C. police are totally adrift on this murder.
    • So, I am open to suggestions.
    • And, the DNC, and DWS, have not been very cooperative with investigators, but maybe that is just the Democratic Party way.
  2. Infowars host Alex Jones: “Pizzagate is real”
    • Alex Jones equals not to be believed.
    • No one I know trusts Alex Jones.  He is down there below Amy Goodman.
  3. Radio host Rush Limbaugh: NASA lied about finding water on Mars
    • I hadn't heard Rush say this.
    • I plan no space missions based on Rush's assessments.
  4. Fox & Friends: “Illegal aliens” are registered to vote
  5. “Mob” of Muslims tried to burn down a German church
And, I have given up listening to Democracy Now, as I have, again, Howie Carr.

By the way, they are looking for donations.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, August 4, 2017

Presidents With Low Approval Numbers

For John, BLUFPresident Trump isn't the only one with low numbers.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the lede from the Reuters 3 August article:
French President Emmanuel Macron heads into the summer break faced with falling popularity ratings after tough debates in parliament over labour reform and a public ethics law, a standoff with the military and cuts to housing assistance.

A YouGov poll published on Thursday showed 36 percent of voters held a favourable view of the 39-year-old, a fall of 7 points on the previous month and echoing the downward trend seen in other surveys.

Centrist Macron, France's youngest leader since Napoleon, was elected in May on a promise to usher in sweeping economic and social reforms to haul France out of its economic malaise. The main concern of voters was the same as before the election - unemployment - the YouGov survey showed.

Gee, 36% approval.  Right down there with President Trump.  And employment an issue.  No wonder the two Presidents bonded.

Regards  —  Cliff

Best Line of The Day

Trump’s particular gift is goading the allegedly sane, sensible, responsible establishment into revealing that it is actually none of those things.
The InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

"Missed it by that much!"

For John, BLUFI bet Bill wasn't surprised.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From back on 18 October 2016, by Pollster Stuart Rothenberg.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Cosmopolitan Class

For John, BLUFWVA is a nation in LATAM, or So Stu Rothmann Thinks.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is from Brett T, at Twitchy, yesterday.

Here is the lede plus one (And then a bunch of Tweets):

On a night like Thursday, when President Trump was scheduled to headline a rally in West Virginia, you know the hot takes are going to be coming in fast from all directions, but who’ll go the extra distance to really stand out?

Stuart Rothenberg, senior editor at Inside Elections, went all out in sizing up the people of West Virginia, many of whom wouldn’t make it in as immigrants under the Trump administration’s policies, which are in clear violation of that Emma Lazarus poem.

Here is the Tweet that kicked it all off:
Stuart Rothenberg @StuPolitics
Lots of people in West Virginia can't support themselves or speak English.
7:49 PM · Aug 3, 2017
And then some words of wisdom from Erielle Davidson @politicalelle:
Why Trump won--

Because Leftists talk about Americans outside of urban areas as if they were some lesser class of people. …

Which is replicated in various forms throughout the post—This is how Trump won.  To win in 2018 or 2020 the Democrats are going to have to be more inclusive.  Stomping their foot and declaring (or talking as though) a bunch of Americans are deplorable isn't going to cut it.  And, when California drops out of the Union and we get the State of Jefferson it is going to be harder.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Creeping (And Creepy) Coup

For John, BLUFThis kind of childish behavior will stick around for a long time.  I hope we don't go the way of Latin America.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Posted by William A. Jacobson, at his blog, Le•gal In•sur•rec•tion, Thursday, 3 August 2017.

Here is the sub-headline:

Leak of full transcripts of presidential conversations with foreign leaders a milestone in effort to paralyze the Trump administration.
Here is the lede plus:
Since the election there has been an unprecedented attempt to unwind the election result. Events have accelerated on several fronts lately with attempts from outside and within to paralyze the Trump administration.

What started as a collective media freakout on Election Night 2016 quickly progressed to an unprecedented attempt to intimidate Electors into changing their votes. Some Democrats announced, even before Trump took office, plans to impeach him, and Democrat politicians fed media-driven Russia collusion conspiracy theories for which they knew there was no evidence.

Chuck Schumer, for example, used the alleged fact of Donald Trump being under FBI investigation as an argument against confirming Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, even though Schumer (but not the public) knew from intelligence briefings that Trump was not personally under investigation.

All the while, the permanent bureaucracy, particularly in the intelligence community, started an unending and almost daily series of leaks meant to paralyze the administration.

Here is the new steps taken Thursday:
The effort to paralyze the administration was advanced significantly today with the release by The Washington Post of leaked full transcripts of Trump’s conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia soon after he took office. There had been leaks about those conversations previously, but never the full transcripts.

The leak is being celebrated and the transcripts quoted (often out of context) for the purpose of scoring political points against Trump. But more than that, this represents yet another dangerous example of how leaks have been weaponized to try to paralyze the Trump administration.

The Professor then goes on to cite The Atlantic's David From, who I blogged about here.

And former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates gets discussed.  In supporting the Deep State she has displayed neither morals nor ethics.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Making CNN'S Acosta look Horrible

For John, BLUFAnd he does look horrible.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Conservative Review, by Mr Chris Pandolfo, posted 2 August 2017.

The lede plus one:

During a White House press conference Wednesday explaining the administration’s new immigration proposals, WH adviser Stephen Miller got into a back-and-forth with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta over the history of American immigration policy.

It did not go well for Acosta (who cited a poem for his argument).  Because Miller brought historical fact.

The piece is mostly a series of tweets, of which this, by Ms Mollie Hemingway, is the best:
I've previously posited the theory that @acosta is a conservative plant to make liberal media look HORRIBLE.  More evidence here.
Hat tip to Rob Eno.

Regards  —  Cliff

Leaking is Wrong

For John, BLUFSome people have an ego too big and some have no faith in our American system.  Both need to be reined in.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is Newser and Reporter Michael Harthorne, of the Newser Staff, today, 3 August 2017.

Here is the lede:

(NEWSER) – The transcripts of President Trump's conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia leaked to the Washington Post are giving Americans insight into Trump's negotiating style and how he's relating to America's allies, but David Frum at the Atlantic writes the leak of the transcripts is "unprecedented, shocking, and dangerous."  Frum says it's vital foreign leaders know they can speak freely with Trump without their words getting out.  "No leader will again speak candidly on the phone to Washington, DC—at least for the duration of this presidency, and perhaps for longer," Frum writes.  He says the leaks are evidence of the "cycle of self-destruction" Trump has started in which his misconduct spurs misconduct from the opposition.  Here's what else you need to know about the leaked transcripts:
I pretty much agree with Mr David From, except for where he holds President Trump guilty for being President Trump.&mnsp; I guess is it necessary to say that Mr Trump started it, and others just follow.  I think it is that certain folks just didn't accept the idea of a President Trump and thus felt justified in leaking.

I will say that I am from a different generation.  I thought, and think, classified information is to be protected and not spread out to the Fourth Estate.  My second tour in the Pentagon I have a civilian friend in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) who was smeared for leaking classified information to the Press.  It was a bad experience.

If you aren't upset about the Leaking, and the Fourth Estate facilitating it, you should be.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  It was information about a project my office, my Division, was working on.