Interesting Bits

05/23/2017 7:02

Work

No blogging today. I am reading copyediting a novel that will be sent to a client. The company wanted a Western.  May take the whole day. 

And if you like to check out a good novel already published try At Play in the Seas of the Lord. It's a action/adventure treasure hunting tale which also explains where there is evil in the world.

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05/22/2017 7:07

The Speech In Saudi Arabia

Again, we’ll see.  Trump, like Obama before, had lots of emollient things to say about Islam. Trump also said that “this is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations.  This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people all in the name of religion.”

 I hope that is true. Is it?  The true answer, I suspect, is both yes and no. Yes, it is is often true “on the ground,” in actual practice—except when it isn’t.  I think my friend Andrew McCarthy is right when he observes in The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America that ultimately the gravest danger posed by Islam to the West is not terrorism but the “stealth jihad” which endeavors to spread sharia, i.e., Islamic law, by infiltrating and corrupting democratic institutions. It’s a sterling trick of using and abusing democratic freedoms in order, ultimately, to abolish them. Day one: “You must allow the hijab in the name of religious freedom!” Day two: “You must forbid pork products because they contravene Islamic law!”  You know the drill.

 How exactly this will all play out I do not know.  But I thought that Trump’s speech, indeed his entire visit to Saudi Arabia, was a tremendous success.  I am not discounting the many things to criticize about that strange theocratic, oil-sodden backwater.  It would be nice to drag them into the modern world and encourage them to change their behavior towards Christians, towards Jews, towards women, and towards other groups they oppress. Fewer beheadings, more beneficence should be the operative mantra. Trump’s intervention, appealing to shared interests, might just represent the first few steps on that road.

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05/22/2017 6:22

Some Black Lives Matter, Some Don't

We rightly hold our police officers to the highest standards of conduct. Had a cop beaten a black man to death it would justifiably have been international news, especially if the beating had been caught on video. Likewise, if a white man had beaten a black man to death, it would have been international news and cause for public mourning and admonition. But the routine taking of black lives by other blacks generates no interest in the mainstream media. Forty-three hundred people, including two dozen children under the age of 12, were shot in Chicago last year. Had 4,300 white people been shot, there would have been a revolution, and the media would have set up headquarters in the city to cover the breakdown of law and order. But because the victims were nearly all black, few pay attention—besides the police.

Nor have the Black Lives Matter activists, who pour out by the thousands, sometimes to riot, in the case of alleged officer misuse of force, ever protested the killing of blacks by other blacks.

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05/21/2017 7:05

This Would Be A Needed Change

GOP senators are talking about changing an obscure Senate tradition to make it more difficult for Democrats to block certain judges from advancing to a confirmation hearing.

The change to the “blue-slip rule” would involve preventing individual senators from blocking nominees to circuit courts that have jurisdiction over several states. 

If the rule change were made, it would make it easier for President Trump to win confirmation for his circuit court picks. Trump currently has 20 vacancies on the lower courts of appeals to fill.

GOP members on the Senate Judiciary Committee say this would leave the tradition in place for district court vacancies, meaning a single senator could still hold up a nomination to those courts

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05/20/2017 7:46

Hope These Are Not the Best Schools In the City

 A Project Baltimore investigation has found five Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of math and English.  (The progressive response to this is to abolish tests.)

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05/20/2017 12:56

Let's Build That Wall

Heroin trafficking in Boston is largely controlled by Dominican drug organizations, according to an explosive report distributed Tuesday to state and federal agencies by the Boston Police Department.

BRIC found the majority of individuals arrested last year for Class A drug trafficking in the city of Boston were not U.S. citizens and most of those non-citizens were Dominican foreign nationals.

“An analysis of Class A Trafficking arrests showed that 39% of the arrestees claimed to have been born in the U.S., 26 percent claimed to have been born in Puerto Rico, and 65% were born in another country,” BRIC stated in the report.

Of the non-citizen heroin traffickers arrested in Boston, 84 percent are from the Dominican Republic.

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05/20/2017 8:48

Another Blue State is Facing Ruin

It’s tempting for blue model partisans to see the state and local pension crisis as a temporary problem that can be papered over with high-end tax hikes. And while the rich may well need to pay more to address the problem, it won’t be enough. The forces that have brought about the blue model crisis are structural: Overly-powerful public sector unions, dishonest accounting practices, chronic political can-kicking, and a defined-benefit pension model that doesn’t work in the 21st century. These are deep-rooted problems that will require major reforms in the way government runs and the way the civil service is organized. As Connecticut Democrats are realizing, the Bernie Sanders approach to government deficits—tax the millionaires and billionaires, then tax them some more—is simply not adequate to the scope of the crisis.

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05/20/2017 7:13

Dealing With the Creeps in the Media

But while it is possible to chuckle at the manner in which Mr. MacKenzie sells newspapers, indeed always will, because he was and still is a rascal, you can't laugh at these folks.  They're humorless.  They want to hurt people, and they're swarming President Trump like a street gang swinging bicycle chains.  They're so convinced of their own righteousness that they'd shame the Pharisees.  They're so angry about how those citizens out there in cow country – those grimy coal miners, lumbermen, country preachers, small-town businessman, and housewives – those "white trash," in the words of that Yale Dean – ignored what was good for them and elected Trump and a Republican House and Senate that they'd visit smallpox on every American man, woman, and child living between the San Andreas Fault and the Wabash River if they could.

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05/20/2017 6:51

Spicer Will Change Jobs

President Trump is set to shake up his communications team, moving press secretary Sean Spicer from the podium at daily briefing, according to sources close to the White House.

Mr. Spicer is expected to remain in a top job in the press office but will be replaced by deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders in providing daily White House briefings, said the source.

(Anyone in that post will have tough job facing foaming-at-the-mouth, anti-Trump reporters who are nothing by Democratic operatives with bylines)

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05/19/2017 7:03

Oh, well. Easy Come, Easy Go

Bad luck, guys – the world’s going to end in a massive earthquake on May 31


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05/19/2017 6:53

After Mueller, There May Be No Scandal

Mueller seems well-equipped to do what the country sorely needs right now: Determine if there was criminal collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and hold any wrongdoers accountable. He is not, however, equipped to do what Trump’s most relentless critics seem to want: Launch a wide-ranging and essentially political investigation into Donald Trump and his associates with the aim not of bringing the matter to a resolution, but of creating a steady stream of media frenzies that paralyzes an administration they loathe.

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05/19/2017 6:43

In Case You Haven't Noticed..

So far all the political violence associated with the election of Trump, from Inauguration to the latest camput rioting,has been on the left.

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05/19/2017 6:36

The left’s ridiculous double standard on spilling secrets

What a contrast to, say, 2006. That’s when the Gray Lady thumbed its nose for news at President George W. Bush’s pleadings that the paper refrain from disclosing how the government, in its hunt for terrorists, was mining data of the Swift banking consortium.

The Bush administration had begged the Times not to proceed. Yet it did so. President Bush called it “disgraceful,” adding that the “fact that a newspaper disclosed it makes it harder to win this war on terror.” Treasury said it would hamper the pursuit of terrorists.

Such a hullabaloo arose from long-suffering Times readers that the paper’s executive editor, then Bill Keller, issued a 1,400-word “personal response.” In it, he suggested that if conservative bloggers were so worried they should stop calling attention to it.

Keller acknowledged that others might have come out differently than the Times did. But, he declared, “nobody should think that we made this decision casually, with any animus toward the current Administration, or without fully weighing the issues.”

Goodness. Who in the world could have imagined the Times acting out of animus to the George W. Bush administration?

Then there’s the case of The Washington Post. Three years ago, it won the Pulitzer Gold Medal for what it called “a series of stories that exposed the National Security Agency’s massive global surveillance programs.”

It had based its articles on what it called “classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who has fled to exile in Russia.” The Post quoted its lead reporter, Barton Gellman, as saying he was “relieved that we didn’t screw it up.”

 

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05/18/2017 5:00

Tne Alt-Left and the Hebdo Killers

For years now I've said that anti-free-speech leftists and the men who slaughtered the staff of Charlie Hebdo, shot up Lars Vilks' event in Copenhagen, etc, are merely different points on the same continuum: They're both in the shut-up business: both groups find it quicker and easier and more satisfying to silence you than to debate you.

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05/18/2017 2:52

Another Great Federal Judge Picked

The first of President Trump’s slate of circuit court nominees cleared the Judiciary Committee on Thursday as Republicans prepared to move swiftly on stocking the federal courts with what backers hope will be an army of conservatives.

Judge Amul Thapar, who is currently on a federal district court in Kentucky, was approved for a seat on the 6th Circuit by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The 11-8 vote sends his nomination to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote.

(Ignore the media hysteria. Choosing conservative federal judges can be a lasting legacy for Trump...especially since liberal judges have practically destroyed the Constitution. Glad to see  he's not ignoring this vital function)

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05/18/2017 2:47

How the Mighty Have Fallen

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) lost $76 billion in 2016 due to low oil prices caused by rising U.S. oil production, according to a report published Monday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).  (You can thank fracking for this. So go hug a Fracker today)

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05/18/2017 8:29

Interesting Take on Comey

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