Friday, September 30, 2016
Families of those killed in the terror attacks on 9/11 are now legally allowed to sue Saudi Arabia, after Congress voted Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of the legislation, the first override of his presidency.
The votes by the House and Senate were overwhelming. Members of both parties broke into applause on the House floor after the vote.
The Senate approved the override on a 97-1 vote, with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid the lone Senator voting to sustain the president's veto.
Hours later, the vote in the House was 348-77, with one Democratic member voting "present."
. . . .
Clinton's campaign said she supported the legislation and Kaine's said he would have voted for the override had he been in DC.
The president's supporters are blaming it on optics, political cowardice, opportunism, and an inability to "make the hard decisions."
I say he was just wrong and is too wedded to a policy of coddling wretched Muslim states, especially the one with nothing good for us about it but its oil.
The bipartisan vote on the Hill was a rebuke of the President who had argued the Justice for State Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) -- which for the first time would allow suits in American courts against state sponsors of terrorist attacks inside the US -- could open the US government to lawsuits for the actions of military service members and diplomats.
Obama also warned it could damage America's relationship with Saudi Arabia, a troubled but key Middle East ally, and other allies who might be accused of terrorism.
Oh, it's the Nevada constitution that's in question.
I was wondering if we were going to see the beginning of the end for the GI Bill as we have known it since The Second World War, which provides extensive tuition and other assistance not only for students at public schools but also for those at private ones.
I received GI Bill assistance as a Vietnam Era veteran when I was a grad student at Duquesne University, a Catholic school in Pittsburgh.
A detailed and devastating attack on Trump for reasons good, bad, and ugly.
But . . . .
Nor does this editorial represent unqualified support for Hillary Clinton, who has her own flaws (though hers are far less likely to threaten national security or lead to a constitutional crisis).
The Editorial Board does not have a consensus for a Clinton endorsement.
Some of us look at her command of the issues, resilience and long record of public service — as first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of State — and believe she’d serve the nation ably as its president.
Other board members have serious reservations about Clinton’s sense of entitlement, her lack of candor and her extreme carelessness in handling classified information.
Where does that leave us?
. . . .
Whatever you do . . . resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue.
By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.
Dorothy Rabinowitz in WSJ both denounces Trump and endorses Hillary, after slamming the Never Hillary types who, on the USA Today board, cannot quite swallow the best available medicine.
Hillary-Hatred Derangement Syndrome
Mrs. Clinton hasn’t failed to provide, on her own, cause for concern about her own proclivities and never more intolerably than in that debate Monday when she chose to ramble on, familiarly, about institutional racism, which invariably emerges in her responses on conflagration involving police action.
Americans have a right to cringe at this reflexive, factually distorted, and inflammatory sermonizing.
The accompanying, deep felt tribute to the police and their heroism, invariably added, can never offset the insidiousness of these messages.
Even so, such proclivities pale next to the occasion for cringing that would come with a Trump presidency.
No one witnessing Mr. Trump’s primary race—his accumulation of Alt-Right cheerleaders, white supremacists and swastika devotees—could fail to notice the menacing tone and the bitterness that came with it.
Not for nothing did the Democrats bring off a triumph of a convention, alive with cheer, not to mention its two visitors whose story would lift countless American hearts.
They were, of course, the Muslim couple Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son, Capt. Humayun Khan—brought here as a child—died in Iraq in 2004, saving his men from an explosive-rigged car.
. . . .
It will be either Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton—experienced, forward-looking, indomitably determined and eminently sane.
Her election alone is what stands between the American nation and the reign of the most unstable, proudly uninformed, psychologically unfit president ever to enter the White House.
5:9-13, Paul says they are to drive out of the believing community sexually immoral folk, the greedy, idolaters, robbers, drunkards, and revilers.
Paul says repeatedly in this letter to the believers that they belong to Christ, that they were "bought for a price."
He also writes of Jesus as the Lamb of God and the Paschal lamb.
Two complementary but different understandings of the significance of the crucifixion.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Sick and tired of being cut to ribbons and scraped raw, I have retired the Edward London (I just got it !) and the Baili, adopting a rotation using a new blade for 6 days, 2 days each with the Feather, the Weishi, and the Merkur, in that order.
For how long?
How long will I appreciate excellent shaves that are also bloodless, burnless, and painless?
How long can one value privations of what is evil?
(Take that, St. Augustine.)
Update, 0028 hrs, 10/3/16.
I have just had six consecutive days of excellent, bloodless, burnless, painless shaves.
Now if only I don't do something stupid like trying the Edward London, again.
Hugo really likes him.
40 pages of blowhard, tendentious history through the June rebellion of 1832.
Literally, God is on the side of democracy, republicanism, and progress.
Revolution and progress are God's providential will controlling history.
After this 40 page digression, Hugo picks up the story where he dropped it, from the moment when Javert's raid has just missed capturing Valjean.
Turns out Javert did not know the ambush victim was Valjean, but found it highly suspicious that he had slipped away.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
None at all for the liberal imperialism of J S Mill.
But all of that concerns imperialism and the supposed civilizing mission that was cited in its justification, and justifies interventions today.
Colonialism, something quite different, is at issue in the attacks on the half millennium long white peopling of the Americas, of Oceania, and various other parts of the world.
As massive and destructive of indigenous societies and cultures as the Volkerwanderung was to the Roman world, but also its opposite because the European civilization that replaced utterly the native societies was so vastly and progressively their superior.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Of course, it's not so much about whether he had a gun as what he may have been doing with it.
At a fall sale price of $14.85, they're selling it cheaper than the Edward London site that wants $17.95, on sale from a normal price of $28.95.
No case, no blades, though it does come in a nice box, mine rather dinged up by Amazon or by the delivery service.
It's quite hefty.
I'll try it tomorrow.
Speaking at a campaign event in Orlando on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton called the recent shooting deaths of black men at the hands of police in Tulsa and Charlotte “unbearable."
"There is still much we don’t know about what happened in both incidents, but we do know we have two more names to add to a list of African-Americans killed by police officers in these encounters," she said.
"It’s unbearable and it needs to become intolerable."
Hillary urges a new taboo: cops can't kill anybody who's black.
Still, she's not Barack Obama or his former AG.
Cops kill a black criminal and streets are filled with black criminals, their families, and their allies, bellowing against racism.
Black criminals slaughter black people in the streets and no one thinks of carrying a sign, much less overturning cars or storming city hall.
But the black criminal masses and their allies and enablers are united in blaming the endless reign of criminality and violence in their neighborhoods on white racism and the system.
Hillary's debate lies.
The lie is that racial disparities in the fate of accused persons at the hands of the criminal justice system are due to racism rather than disparities in relevant, criminal behavior, says Heather Mac Donald.
Hillary's remedy is reeducation of the police by the racial Red Guards of PC.
She and the Democrats are only just less awful on race than Il Duce and the Republicans, with his pledges repeated only yesterday to build the wall and deport the illegals.
Today, Rasmussen has Trump + 5 over Clinton in a four way race.
I gather they are pretty much tied with regard to the popularity contest, though she still leads significantly in the anticipated vote in the Electoral College.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
For years, Rich, a refinery operator from Wilmington, Delaware, was a typical American gun owner. He had only one or two guns, including a handgun he stashed in a bottom drawer in his bedroom.
He never took it out and never fired it.
Then, in December 2012, 20 first-graders were murdered in a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, sparking renewed calls for a ban on the AR-15 military-style rifle the shooter had used.
Worried that a ban was coming, Rich joined the crowd of people at a local gun store and paid roughly $2,000 in cash for an AR-15 – about twice what the gun is worth today.
“I never really wanted one before,” he said, “but at that time there was the fear that if you don’t buy it now, you may never, ever get one.”
The Second Amendment is the only amendment whose sole current impact is to protect a really dangerous hobby not only from outright suppression but even significant control.
"Gun nut" sounds right to me.
Of course he does.
"Our local police -- they know who a lot of these people are. They are afraid to do anything about it because they don't want to be accused of profiling," Trump said on Fox News on Monday.
Trump pointed to how Israel used profiling and "done an unbelievable job."
Trump did not say on what attributes he would encourage police to profile possible suspects, but It's illegal for police to subject US persons to disparate treatment based on their race or other protected status.
"They see somebody that's suspicious, they will profile," Trump said.
"Look what's going on: Do we really have a choice? We're trying to be so politically correct in our country, and this is only going to get worse."
Profiling would make sense at airports, in preference to the idiotic security measures forced on us by stupid liberals.
But how is that supposed to relate to "home grown" terrorist attacks?
Is he really hinting at preventive detention, internment of people who might eventually commit a criminal act?
The idea has been floated in Europe by people in the nationalist, anti-EU right.
The skinhead, soccer hooligan right.
People who support Trump and whom he supports.
Do the Israelis do anything like that?
The word "wake" is used twice within 2 lines concerning the funeral rites of Arcyte.
It is familiar in English and American literature and commonly used in New England, anyway, and in Ireland.
In my childhood, a wake was held at home for a dead great uncle, as I recall.
The body was in a coffin, food and drink were served, the rooms were full of smoke.
Catholic Canadian French in Spencer, Massachusetts.
So why is the word unfamiliar to people in the Pittsburgh region?
The Knight's Tale, 2082, 2084.
Theseus marries Emily to Palomon because he has earned it.
She loves him.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
At the kids' house in Maryland.
Foolishness to the Greeks, yes.
But just what the Jews wanted, miracles and signs, according to him and the gospels and Acts.
But the Jews just didn't buy it, anyway.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Marius overhears Jondrette/Thenardier planning a gang ambush on Valjean at 6 in the evening, when Valjean is to visit to give Jondrette 60 francs with which to pay a year's back rent.
Valjean now uses the name Urbain Fabre.
They plan to kill him unless he hands over a very great amount of money.
The true rent is 40 a year, and anyway Jondrette owes no more than a few months, if that much, as Marius had earlier paid his arrears.
Marius goes to the police, who plan to ambush the ambushers.
They are, of course, led by Javert.
The double ambush plays out.
No one is hurt, the criminals are arrested, and Valjean escapes out a window.
Javert, disappointed, seems to have known it was he being ambushed.
Thenardier tells his wife, the ogress, that the beautiful young lady is Cosette, who was Cinderella to her and her pampered daughters when her husband was an innkeeper.
She is filled with envy, rage, and hate.
It is about 1832.
Marius pities a family of begging con artists, the Jondrettes, to whom he gives money.
Of course, so does Valjean.
Through them, Marius finds by chance Cosette, whom he loves but has never met and whose name he knows not, and her supposed father, Valjean.
He had fallen in love from seeing her and her supposed father sitting and chatting at the Luxembourg.
Valjean, noticing Marius following them, had moved house and stopped going there, and thus escaped him, to the despair of the young man.
Months later, at their first meeting in the beggars' wretched flat, secretly observed by Marius, Jondrette, who is Thenardier, recognizes Valjean, though it had been 8 years.
He keeps it to himself, even as Marius, astonished, recognizes the girl of the Luxembourg and her supposed father.
Valjean suspects nothing.
Hugo's portrait of Jondrette and of more dangerous criminals recalls Dostoevsky.
Or the other way around.
The Thenardiers were repulsive long before they were poor.
Poverty has not ennobled them, but it has not made them worse.
There is something to the idea that society has made them poor.
But it did not make them bad.
It did not have to.
An infomercial on his new hotel and a parade of surrogates praising him in return for one sentence affirming the president was born in the USA and another blaming the birth of birtherism on Hillary's 2008 campaign.
I haven't watched the news in weeks.
Talk about a waste of time.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Nature's Own sugar free 100% whole grain bread
Land O' Lakes Light Butter
Hellmann's Light Mayonnaise
I can't believe it's not butter, light
And whole grain and light taste a lot better than they used to.
Picked up a Cuisinart Velocity Ultra blender for under a hundred bucks at Bed, Bath, and Beyond the other day to make Hershey recipe sugar-free Mocha Frappes for the wife.
That thing just destroys ice.
Both cocoa and instant coffee are bitter, so make sure you use flat tablespoons and not heaping ones.
The wife likes 4 packets of Splenda in one iteration of the recipe.
Open question which is worse, the Dems pandering to the likes of #BLM and supporting the lie that American policing and society are bitterly anti-black or the GOP going squishy on David Duke.
But the Dems and their candidate are for inclusion - "stronger together" - while the GOP is for ethnic cleansing.
Pence fails the test on 'deplorable'
"The viciousness of these Jews is unbelievable.... they are the dominant and dangerous power that exists in the United States of America today."
Those are the words of former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke.
We're not reaching way back here: this is from just three months ago when he lashed out at Jewish members of the media who he claimed were "absolutely zeroing in now on Donald Trump."
Duke, who is publicly supporting Trump, has since declared that voting against Trump is "treason to your heritage."
Pence rejected his support but refused to agree he and those like him are deplorable.
It really doesn't get too much more deplorable than that type of anti-Semitic rherotic.
But when Trump's running mate was asked Monday night by CNN's Wolf Blitzer whether he would call it that, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence refused.
Instead, Pence offered a weak response: "We do not want his support and we don't want the support of people who think like him."
When Blitzer pushed Pence on whether Duke would "fit into that category of deplorables," Pence remarked, "No," adding, "I'm not in the name-calling business..."
Duke, who recently made robocalls urging voters to support Trump, was apparently pleased at this framing, and praised Pence:
"It's good to see an individual like Pence and others start to reject this absolute controlled media."
At this writing, Pence has not denounced even this new round of praise from the former Grand Wizard.
(To Duke, "controlled" media is code for Jewish-run media.)
The whole story is worth reading.
But so is this, really.
‘American Psycho’ Author Bret Easton Ellis Reads Monologue Blasting SJWs, BLM Pandering, Political Correctness
Several days ago, the puck of VDH scented soap I had been using ran out, and since then I have been using a new, green tub of Proraso, bought some time back, as an experiment.
This morning, annoyed beyond further toleration at its inferior lubrication, I threw the Proraso in the trash.
As another experiment, I bought a puck of VDH unscented that I will use tomorrow.
Supposedly it differs only in lack of scent from the VDH scented, but, interestingly, the scented is white while the unscented is clear.
It may have been just the Proraso soap, but it seems to me the Weishi I just got in the mail from China is as mild as my Feather Popular.
In hopes it would be a little less mild, I bought at VDH at the local Giant Eagle.
Imagine my annoyance to discover it appeared identical in every respect to the Weishi 9306-F.
I had seen information on the web that the VDH razor is made in China and many people thought it similar to other types of Weishi, but I have seen nothing comparing it to the 9306-F, in particular.
I say it's the same razor.
I have already returned the VDH to the Big Bird for a full refund.
And I hope the Weishi will be more effective with the VDH soap than it has been with the Proraso.
Oh, the Proraso left a kind of dull soap scum to be seen on the razor as it dried on the rack, even though I rinse thoroughly after shaving.
The VDH scented did not.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
It came in the mail yesterday with 15 Dorco blades and a cleaning brush, all in a traveling case.
Reputedly the Merkur 180 and Feather Popular are about equally mild, but I find the Merkur a tad less mild and the Feather a tad too mild.
I am hoping the Weishi will be a bit more like the Merkur than the Feather.
This is not a long handled razor, and so is unlike the Popular and 180 in that respect.
We'll see how this goes.
Fact is, the arthritis in my fingers and thumbs makes me a bit unsteady, which is a reason to use a mild razor.
And it's also turning out to be a reason to use a butterfly rather than a 3-piece, it being simpler to change blades.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia Friday, her doctor said on Sunday, hours after the Democratic presidential nominee abruptly left a 9/11 memorial after feeling “overheated.”
In a statement released by the Clinton campaign, Dr. Lisa Bardack said Clinton had been prescribed antibiotics and advised to rest Friday and modify her schedule.
Clinton “has been experiencing a cough related to allergies,” Burdack said, and she was diagnosed with pneumonia Friday “during follow-up evaluation of her prolonged cough.”
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Friday, September 9, 2016
I thought it was tasty.
More to the point, so did the wife.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
His casual anti-Americanism is annoying, but Sarko and Le Pen are no better and wrong on the two questions.
The Burkini ban is absurd and internment in camps of people who might become Jihaders is a bad idea.
Limiting or even shutting off Muslim immigration is another matter.
Upon receipt of the first payment of his allowance from his aunt, Marius returns it with a note not to send more.
She does not tell Gillenormand.
She continues to send, and Marius continues to return, the allowance.
Reading Les Miserables.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Your chances were probably better if you couldn't afford him.
The doctor/surgeon whose training and methods are described in the General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales.
Lines 411 - 444.
When did that change, I wonder?
In the last few days I have been lucky enough to obtain a fine, like-new but used, hard-cover copy of The Riverside Chaucer for $15 and a new Wordsworth paperback edition of The Canterbury Tales for $7, both beautiful books.
I have read the Tales before only in Modern English translation.
Not this time.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton start the race to November 8 on essentially even ground, with Trump edging Clinton by a scant two points among likely voters, and the contest sparking sharp divisions along demographic lines in a new CNN/ORC Poll.
Trump tops Clinton 45% to 43% in the new survey, with Libertarian Gary Johnson standing at 7% among likely voters in this poll and the Green Party's Jill Stein at just 2%.
The current NBC poll of registered voters shows her ahead by 4 in a four way race.
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Abaisee means the abased, the downtrodden.
They were the people, says Hugo.
It's a pun.
Anyway, Hugo's liberalism is not ours.
One of his heroic young men, Feuilly, a poor fan-maker, within himself "nurtured, with the deep instinct of the man of the people, what we now call the idea of nationality."
Hugo damns utterly the Partitions of Poland that, in 1795, caused Poland to disappear completely from the map of Europe for 130 years, in the name of that idea.
A convinced idealist, he mocks and denigrates the only skeptic among the Friends of the A B C, Grantaire.
The others are great fans of the Revolution.
Of Napoleon, not so much.
Marius is befriended by them.
One of the group, Legle de Meaux, is nicknamed Bossuet, after the famous bishop of that town.
Not that he is a devout Catholic, a clergyman, or an ardent believer in divine right absolute monarchy.
It's another pun.
L'Aigle (the Eagle) for Legle.
So, the Eagle of Meaux, Bossuet.
It is now 1827, and the dead Louis XVIII has been succeeded by the reactionary "ultra," Charles X.
Marius is about 18.
Marius secretly comes to admire both his dead father, whose grave he regularly visits, and Bonaparte, with Hugo's approval.
He shouts out a window, "Vive l'empereur!"
He orders a hundred cards bearing the name "Baron Marius Pontmercy."
He travels to Montfermeil to visit Thenardier, but the innkeeper has failed, the inn is closed, and the man has gone off no one knows where.
His grandfather, M. Gillenormand, the Voltairian bourgeois and royalist supporter of the Bourbon Restoration, discovers the cards.
There is a scene, the old man shouts, "You are no more a baron than my slipper!"
And he throws Marius out of the house.
He orders his daughter, an old maid who lives with him, to send the lad 60 pistoles every six months.
That's 600 francs, in gold.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
The French Revolution was a long time ago, and was a revolt against hereditary, feudal, and clerical elites that put into power bourgeois, lay elites.
Likewise, the American Revolution.
From the 20th Century on, revolts can only be against the very same bourgeois elites.
But there are no others to take their places.
And so revolt against the bourgeoisie has empowered only monsters: Mussolini, Hitler, and the Bolsheviks, and all their dreadful epigones.
Friday, September 2, 2016
Or heard it a different way.
Turns out he's not the only one to hear it this way.
But eventually you have to let it go.
For all his incendiary language and clanging contradictions, Trump did exactly that in Phoenix on Wednesday.
His "deportation task force" will be hunting ... criminal aliens.
Isn't that the enforcement priority of President Obama, heretofore excoriated as the ultimate immigration patsy?
And what happens to the noncriminal illegal immigrants?
On that, Trump punted.
Their "appropriate disposition" will be considered "in several years when we have … ended illegal immigration for good."
Everyone knows what that means: One way or another, they will be allowed to stay.
Josh Marshall rages against Donald Trump's hate speech, and defines the crime as he commits it.
And rails against the press for not printing his hate speech, directed at Trump, in the news accounts of Trump's Mexico trip and his Arizona speech, yesterday.
A regular feature at The Guardian is a story titled "The lies Trump told this week."
21:13, Paul refers to "the Lord Jesus."
V 30, in Jerusalem, because Paul is recognized and believed to preach heterodoxy, there are riots all over the city.
Another way of saying the Jews of that time were as fucked in the head as today's Muslims.
22:24-29. The commander questioning Paul says he is a Roman citizen and it "cost plenty" (v 28a).
Paul says he is a citizen "by birth" (28b).
Chapter 23, the Jews concoct an amazing plot to kill Paul.
Paul is held in custody by Felix, a Roman authority, for two years (24:27), who leaves him in jail when he is replaced by Festus.
25:11, Paul appeals from Festus to Caesar, the emperor.
By faith alone?
Yes and no.
26:20b Paul says he teaches "that all must repent of their sins and turn to God - and prove they have changed by the good things they do."
Forgiveness is for past sins.
If you sin no more, you are fine.
If you sin again you must ask forgiveness again.
You will have it.
Jesus in the gospels teaches there is no limit to how many times you can be forgiven, if you just ask.
Agrippa says Paul "could have been set free if he hadn't appealed to Caesar." (26:32)
Ch 28. Paul, en route by sea to Rome, is shipwrecked on Malta.
The last words of the chapter and book have Paul reminding us the Jews rejected the message but the Gentiles accepted it.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Apparently, not all the slaves owned at any time by the school, but only those sold by the Jesuits to others because they needed the money to pay off the failing school's debts.
These applicants will be handled in the same way as "legacy students," "applicants whose family members attended Georgetown."
No particular tuition assistance is contemplated.
I would guess Georgetown is not cheap.
The Jesuits owned plantations and owned slaves to provide the labor for them, and used the plantation earnings to support the school.
The trip to Mexico and the moderation in tone of the joint statements after the meeting were Conway's doing.
But Phoenix was pure Bannon.
[A]s night fell in Phoenix, back in the U.S.A., Trump mounted the stage in prime time and quickly caught fire.
He poured forth an hourlong harangue against all things alien, highlighting the lurid crimes of a handful of illegal immigrants as if to define the character of millions.
He also promised to build "a beautiful wall" across the entire U.S.-Mexico border and create a "deportation task force" that would eventually guarantee that "the bad ones are gone."
On the subject of the wall, Trump departed from his script to assure his listeners that Mexico would indeed pay for it — adding, "They may not know it yet, but they will."
In so doing, he as much as acknowledged that Peña Nieto had told him something different earlier in the day.
. . . .
At some point, Trump allowed, "we will bring back the good ones."
[Illegals whose only crime is that they are here illegally will have to leave and "get in line" according to normal rules - that he aims to tighten and alter - of immigration.
According to the editors of the account of the hourlong harangue,
According to the State Department, there are currently 1.3 million Mexicans who are waiting in line for a visa. Only a small fraction have any realistic hope of seeing a visa anytime soon.]
Trump offered some key points to guide immigration reform.
From that hourlong harangue:
The time has come for a new immigration commission to develop a new set of reforms to our legal immigration system in order to achieve the following goals:
- To keep immigration levels, measured by population share, within historical norms
- To select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in U.S. society, and their ability to be financially self-sufficient. We take anybody, come on in, just anybody. Not anymore. You know, folks, it's called a two-way street. It's a two-way street.
- We need a system that serves our needs, not the needs of others — remember, under a Trump administration it's called "America First."
- To choose immigrants based on merit, merit, skill and proficiency. Doesn't that sound nice?
- And to establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first. And that, in particular, African-American and Latino workers who are being shut out in this process so unfairly.