Tuesday, January 31, 2017
His moral and religious views seem also quite conservative.
Gorsuch said in a speech last spring that as a judge he had tried to follow Scalia’s path.
“The great project of Justice Scalia’s career was to remind us of the differences between judges and legislators,” Gorsuch told an audience at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.
Legislators “may appeal to their own moral convictions and to claims about social utility to reshape the law as they think it should be in the future,” Gorsuch said.
But “judges should do none of these things in a democratic society.”
Instead, they should use “text, structure and history” to understand what the law is, “not to decide cases based on their own moral convictions or the policy consequences they believe might serve society best.”
But . . . .
Likewise, Gorsuch has not ruled on abortion.
But activists on both sides of the issue believe they know where he stands.
They point to language in his book “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” in which he opines that “all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”
Additionally, his rulings on behalf of those who challenged the Obamacare mandate that employee insurance coverage provide all approved contraceptives seemed instructive.
He noted the provision would require the objecting businesses to “underwrite payments for drugs or devices that can have the effect of destroying a fertilized human egg.”
Hard to see that moral view playing no role in any future rulings on the matters at issue.
You can see the whole clip at BM's own site, but I don't know for how long.
A clip from 1/27/17.
Mosque Shooting Suspect in Canada Known for Extreme Views
So is all this racket about his 7-country, temporary interruption (and full stop on Syrian refugees) an effort to stop him before he gets that far?
USA Today reports.
Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order suspending refugee resettlement and entry into the U.S. of people from several countries.
The move prompted protests, court cases and more.
Here’s what we know about the order, who it may impact and more.
Trump suspended all refugee resettlement into the U.S for four months and refugee resettlement from Syria indefinitely.
He also suspended for three months entry by citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — on immigrant or non-immigrant visas, including apparently people holding dual citizenship with other nations.
Trump fires acting AG after she declines to defend travel ban
President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night for "refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," the White House said.
"(Yates) has betrayed the Department of Justice," the White House statement said.
Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was sworn in at 9 p.m. ET, per an administration official.
A few hours later, Boente issued a statement rescinding Yates' order, instructing DOJ lawyers to "defend the lawful orders of our President."
Trump didn't call Yates to dismiss her, she was informed by hand-delivered letter, according to a different administration official.
The dramatic move came soon after CNN reported Yates told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees.
The move set up a clash between the White House and Yates, who was appointed by President Barack Obama and was set to serve until Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee for attorney general, if confirmed.
"My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts," she said in a letter.
"In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right."
There is lots of confusion in the press, apparently due to the wording of the original White House announcement, and even in Sean's comments about what she refused to do.
Looks like the issue was defending the legality of the orders against challenges in court.
And this is why it matters.
Democratic Attorneys General Start Challenges of Trump
They are claiming that the executive orders concerning travelers from the 7 target countries and refugees from Syria are both contrary to the 1965 immigration law that forbids discrimination by, among other things, religion or national origin and unconstitutional because discriminatory by religion.
The second claim is untrue as the orders do not even mention religion and the constitution does not preclude such discrimination in immigration policy or law in any case.
The claim, in reality, is no more than an invitation to liberal judges to launch into a new fit of lying about the constitution in order to build liberal values into that document.
Worth a roll of the dice, eh?
The first claim might be right, but Democrats are not in a good position to make the case since Obama imposed a six month ban in 2011 on travelers from Iraq.
And the list of 7 high risk countries was a creation of the Obama administration, too.
Did Trump have every right to fire Yates for refusing to defend his orders in court, by the way?
Monday, January 30, 2017
It's not just about keeping up white majority status.
It's about a dream of making whites somehow again the overwhelming majority, others reduced to about 10 % of the whole.
And it's about magically restoring something that is no longer here to be preserved, the Christian clericalist America of the 1940's and '50's, the cultural world of Pat's own youth.
It's about Pat's own identity politics.
But is that the Buchananism of Steve Bannon?
Of Ann Coulter?
Of Milo Yiannopoulos?
At 68, I know perfectly well what it is to remember a very different America.
Forced to choose between the cultural, political worlds of 1957 and 2017, I'll take 2017 without a moment's hesitation.
And his absurd Anglophilia, his weird affection - for an Irish Catholic - for the distinctly English past of the United States, the English culture and racial stock of its colonial beginnings, and the British Empire of Churchill's day, are just bizarre.
Most white Americans are no more English than Pat, and far less sentimental about things English.
And the Catholic Irish?
Pat is like some Algerian child of the banlieues reciting from his French history text some nonsense about "Our ancestors, the Gauls."
He just doesn't know it.
OK, but who do they think it will turn out to be, anyway?
6 dead in Quebec mosque shooting
Yes, the recent travel ban and halt to admission of refugees gave encouragement to this.
The market is mindful of his commitment to protectionism and his recent moves on immigration cause them to worry he might actually do what he said he would do.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Mattis can make all the promises he wants, but he's not the boss and while he's making his promises the boss seems to be up to something quite else in the background.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Let it happen.
It will certainly prove Trump's claim that three to five million illegals voted for Hillary is a lie.
It will almost certainly prove there is no significant problem, whether or not involving illegals.
Unless they fear some giant propaganda fraud as brazen, damaging, and egregious as the initial, totally baseless claim that all of Hillary's lead and more is made of 3 to 5 million fraudulent votes cast by illegal aliens.
Gives one pause.
Does he actually want to be?
Trump says what he wants and his leading appointees do what they want.
And not just about torture.
US defence chief heads to Japan and South Korea to strengthen ties
The new US secretary of defence, James Mattis, is to reassure Japan and South Korea of Washington’s commitment to the security of the volatile Asia-Pacific region, despite suggestions by Donald Trump that he was ready to scale down the US’s military presence there.
. . . .
Trump rattled nerves in Tokyo and Seoul during the presidential election campaign when he suggested he would withdraw tens of thousands of troops from Japan and South Korea unless their governments paid more to maintain US forces based there.
In an interview with Fox News last April, he also intimated that the two countries should be able to develop independent nuclear deterrents – a move that would trigger a potentially catastrophic Asia-Pacific arms race.
South Korea hosts about 28,500 US troops, mainly along its heavily armed border with North Korea. Japan is home to about 47,000 US military personnel, more than half of whom are based on the southern island of Okinawa, where a row over the construction of an offshore runway for use by the marines has fuelled anti-US sentiment.
Japanese officials have pointed out that Japan contributes almost 75% of the total cost of hosting US troops in the country.
. . . .
Japan and South Korea are eager to build on the close military ties they enjoyed under Barack Obama, amid rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and China’s military buildup in the South China Sea.
North Korea has restarted reactor to make plutonium, fresh images suggest
A report by leading US-based nuclear expert Siegfried Hecker published by 38 North in September last year estimated North Korea had stockpiles of 32kg to 54kg of plutonium, enough for six to eight bombs, and had the capacity to produce 6kg, or approximately one bomb’s worth, a year.
North Korea also produces highly enriched uranium for atomic bombs and would have had sufficient fissile material for approximately 20 bombs by the end of last year, and the capacity to produce seven more a year, that report said.
In a New Year speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country was close to test launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and state media has said a launch could come at any time.
Trump’s defense secretary plans to visit Japan and South Korea next week and concerns about North Korea are expected to top his agenda.
Friday, January 27, 2017
The world is full of cats.
Along comes Fred, who offers a definition of "cat" such that nothing previously identified as a cat is a cat.
And then all the biologists accept Fred's definition and commence to explain to everyone that there aren't really any cats, it's all a figment of everybody's imagination.
And if you look at them funny and keep on calling "cats" and regarding as cats the things everybody has always regarded as cats, they become very annoyed.
For "cats" put "races".
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Bozo the Malevolent, the malignant clown in the White House, signed an executive order launching a federal investigation of fraudulent voting in America.
No money, no plan, no hint who will do what to investigate, and so on.
Shep Smith at Fox on the topic.
Bozo, the malignant clown in the White House, says experts always tell him it works and he favors its use.
But if his picks to lead the intelligence and military communities tell him they don't want to use it, they don't need it, he'll let them have their way, he says, with a shrug.
So he's waiting for the inevitable next major terrorist attack, perhaps in the US, to say "I told you so," and push it down their throats.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Republicans in Congress are advancing a bill that imposes a far-reaching ban on private insurance coverage for abortion services for as long as the Affordable Care Act remains in effect and would make permanent a longtime ban on the use of Medicaid to cover abortions.
The bill, H R7, would allow Donald Trump to fulfill a promise that helped his volatile presidential campaign secure the support of major anti-abortion rights activists.
In an open letter published in September, he vowed to sign the Hyde amendment, a perennial budget rider that Congress has approved every year for 40 years, into permanent law.
Since 1976, the Hyde amendment has prevented millions of women who rely on Medicaid, the government-funded insurance for low-income individuals, from using it to cover their abortions.
But if the bill passes, the most immediate changes will be felt on the insurance exchanges where millions of women purchase healthcare coverage.
HR7 prohibits insurance carriers from offering policies that contain abortion coverage on the exchanges set up under Obamacare to sell insurance coverage to individuals.
It prohibits low-income women who qualify for a healthcare subsidy from receiving it if they purchase a healthcare plan that covers abortion.
And it would withhold the small business tax credit from employers who offer policies with abortion coverage.
Alternatives to that, however, would likely be very disruptive.
Prior to Roe, there was no federal or authoritative legal view as to the personhood of fetuses or zygotes, I believe, nor had the recently invented constitutional right to privacy been applied to the question of abortion.
As I recall, Roe insisted both that the fetus is not a person in the legal sense of the term and hence has no constitutionally protected rights, and that the right to privacy guarantees self-determination regarding whether a woman will abort her pregnancy, at least in the first trimester, and subject to health or other regulation under the police power of the states.
If the Supreme Court rejected Roe by declaring the fetus a person that would certainly not restore the legal status quo ante and would raise hell with fetal research, the handling of zygotes, and maybe the law of adoption.
If the Supremes rejected the existence of the constitutionally protected right to privacy per se, essentially rejecting Griswold to reject Roe, that would allow a return to 1950’s style state use of the criminal law to enforce Christian sexual morality.
A minimally disruptive way to reject Roe while actually giving a reason might be to deny that the right to privacy guarantees self-determination regarding abortion, and deny it precludes the right of the states to criminalize it, while accepting its existence and leaving its application to other legal questions - such as the legal prohibitions of contraception, fornication, adultery, homosexual acts, and so on - undisturbed.
It would also be possible, I suppose, in the same decision to insist on a limited right to abortion for health or other reasons, though on what constitutional basis I have no idea.
That sort of strategy might leave things where Trump has said he wants them: abortion criminalizable by the states with constitutionally protected rights concerning gay sex and gay marriage undisturbed.
After all, quality bullshit is what we pay judges that heavy coin for.
This movie is to what happened at Sarajevo what Stone's JFK was to what happened in Dallas.
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand was not a German/Austrian plot but a Serbian one of which some Russian officials, at least, were aware.
The script is fascinating and so is the story, and I do recommend it, but the film is not flawless, even apart from its dramatizing a conspiracy theory.
I am thinking of the total silence and relative immobility of the crowds at the scenes of both the first (a bomb) and second (a pistol) attacks, and at the hospital gates.
We have all seen actual video of crowds at scenes of attacks, and they are not remotely silent and far from immobile.
The use of torture is illegal still, said John McCain when asked about this, and that is not going to change.
People on the news are saying both the Congress and the intelligence agencies are adamant against water-boarding or worse, and against black sites.
If this president and his CIA are later exposed as lawless on this matter, who thinks a Republican controlled Congress will impeach him?
Democrats commonly make the argument against this that there is very little illegal immigration from Mexico right now, and mostly traffic has been in the other direction.
So now, they say, is not the time.
But normally you fix the roof in dry weather, and not when it's raining.
Fortunately, this is not the only argument.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
During and even after the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised credulous geezers he would safeguard Social Security and Medicare, absolutely.
This is the guy he nominated for HHS.
By Josh Marshall
Price is an arch-supporter of phasing out Medicare, in addition to being an extreme critic of Obamacare and virtually any effort to make quality health care broadly available and affordable to all citizens.
Indeed, in November he was pushing for a Medicare phaseout bill to be enacted in 2017!
Many Republicans have expressed unease about phasing out Medicare the same year they're trying to phase out Obamacare.
Calvera: If God did not want them sheared, He would not have made them sheep.
(Eli Wallach was awesome.)
My mistake may be that I have stirred the coffee to mix it well with the water before heating.
Apparently you are supposed to let the coffee and sweetener float on top as the water heats.
The heating water will cause the coffee to sink and dissolve, and then you can stir a small amount just to make sure the sugar is mixed properly.
Or maybe my error has been letting the water get to a boil.
You have to stave off boiling to get that frothing stage.
Turkish coffee is never supposed to actually boil.
Quiet chuckles and snickers.
Sean: No and nothing.
Another reporter pursued the question and Sean, of course, blew it off.
A reporter pointed out the VA hospitals have 41,000 unfilled medical jobs, nationally, and that the VA was not an exception to the hiring freeze, asking what about that?
Sean: We know there are a lot of problems with VA hospitals and hiring a lot of new people won't help.
When the president has his meeting with Theresa May on Friday will he inquire about her pussy?
Will he try to touch it?
Steve King Says 'I Ran The Numbers', Found 2.4M 'Illegal Votes' Against Trump
Good to see someone checked.
No doubt a national, blue-ribbon commission will be appointed to find ways to fix this.
In his very first pro-life action, President Donald Trump signed an executive order today reinstating the “Mexico City Policy” banning government funding of foreign pro-abortion groups like the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
A cultural political football, the policy was first enacted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and was maintained by President George H.W. Bush until it was rescinded first by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1993.
Eight years later, President George W. Bush reinstated Mexico City and it was in effect until Barack Obama reversed it upon entering office in 2009.
The Mexico City Policy bans funding to organizations that perform abortions overseas or lobby for legalizing them in foreign nations.
FBI Director James Comey, whose handling of the federal inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of State was harshly criticized by both Republicans and Democrats during the contentious presidential campaign, is expected to remain under new President Trump, an official with knowledge of the matter confirmed Tuesday.
Comey, more than three years into a 10-year term as chief of the federal law enforcement agency, told top aides in recent days that Trump had asked him to stay on, said the official who is not authorized to comment publicly on the matter.
The director and Trump briefly discussed the matter during their first meeting in New York about three weeks ago.
Although FBI directors are appointed to decade-long terms, they can be removed by the president.
Trump just plain made it up, that he won the popular vote among actual citizens and lost only because of 3 to 5 million illegals voting illegally.
He pulled that number out of his ass, in part, I would guess, with the mischievous intention of being outrageous.
Supreme Court says Parliament must give Article 50 go-ahead
Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The judgement means Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs and peers give their backing - although this is expected to happen in time for the government's 31 March deadline.
But the court ruled the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies did not need a say.
Brexit Secretary David Davis promised a parliamentary bill "within days".
Sources have told the BBC the bill - to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and get formal exit negotiations with the EU under way - will be introduced this Thursday, with an expectation that it could pass through the House of Commons in a fortnight.
Monday, January 23, 2017
So see the movie.
I learn from Lawrence O'Donnell that Trump explained Hillary's nearly three million vote lead in the popular vote, perhaps in his CIA speech the other day, by claiming three to five million illegal aliens voted for her.
Brian Williams said later Trump made that claim in a meeting today with Congressional leaders of both parties.
You have to wonder if anybody laughed, or told him he was full of, er, beans.
Or maybe they just all froze, rigid for a moment, taken aback and speechless at such a ludicrous stink-bomb.
A perfect Fyodor moment.And O says all the Trump voters he personally knows explain her lead in the same way.
Tribe, who really should give it up and retire, was on arguing a flaky case that Trump's hotels and other interests in foreign parts are a violation of the emoluments clause.
And Trump said twice to the CIA we "should have kept the oil," when we were in Iraq, and that we might get another chance.
O'Donnell showed clips of him publicly saying the same long before he even ran for president.
O pointed out that is a war crime and a violation of the Geneva Convention, and that Bush the Elder made war against Saddam Hussein because the Iraqi dictator had invaded Kuwait in order to "take the oil."
Are we all waiting for The Duce to publicly say, again, we ought to be torturing terrorists and "going after their families"?
For the next four years, unless he is out before then, everyone will studiously pretend that the emperor is not only clothed but beautifully so.
They will do their utmost to do business as they would with a real president, pretending constantly that that is not Fyodor Karamazov in the White House.
Claiming these guys typify Trump or any significant number of his supporters is even worse than claiming Michael Moore typifies Democrats.
Maybe like claiming the anarchist loonies of the inauguration day protests, or of the Seattle riots, typify them.
Pshaw and Phooey.
Far too many on both sides engage in this sort of smear.
Just one day after polls which gave Geert Wilders’s insurgent populist party a nine-point lead on the ruling conservatives, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has drifted again politically closer to the rival he last week ruled out a coalition with.
Borrowing heavily from rhetoric commonly employed by Mr. Wilders, Prime Minister Rutte took out a full page advert and spoke in an interview with Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad to tell migrants they should integrate or leave, and to issue a call for a return to “common decency”.
“I tell everyone. If you don’t like it here in this country, get out, get out! That’s the choice you have. If you live in a country where the ways of dealing with others annoys you, you have a choice, go away. You do not need to be here.”
Oh, birds of a feather.
Breitbart is a megaphone for all this stuff.
Notice Wilders' remarks about the African population explosion.
This is racial and cultural and also political lifeboat ethics on a very grand scale.
And it is a tune Pat Buchanan has been humming for some decades in the US.
Some will recall his favorable views of the book Camp of the Saints.
If this is really what they are about, expect support for policies intended either to diminish non-white fertility in Europe or Africa (or both) or to enhance white fertility in Europe.
It is noteworthy that, as this all unfolds, the leaders of these movements are less and less bothered with being labeled racists or with their advocacy itself being labeled hate speech.
Basically, more and more, they just shrug it off with a sort of "So what?"
How much of his agenda is just childish, spontaneous maliciousness?
As he did on the campaign trail, Trump said his plans to push American manufacturing and renegotiate trade deals do not mean that he wants to abandon free trade.
Maybe this is among those "inherently self-contradictory" ideas Soros had in mind.
Trump also touted his push to "massively" cut taxes for the middle class.
Some independent analyses have concluded that Trump's across-the-board tax cut proposals will balloon the national debt by trillions, but his administration has argued that economic growth will cancel out the effect.
On the eve of Trump’s inauguration as president, Soros delivered a scathing assessment, saying the “impostor and con-man” was “gearing up for a trade war” which would have “a very far-reaching effect in Europe and other parts of the world”.
The “would-be-dictator … didn’t expect to win, he was surprised”, Soros told an audience of business leaders and journalists in Davos where the World Economic Forum is being held.
“I personally have confidence that he’s going to fail … because his ideas that guide him are inherently self-contradictory,” added Soros, who was a supporter of Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during the 2016 US presidential election campaign.
Soros said he expected financial markets to “not do very well” because of the uncertainty generated by the Trump administration.
On Theresa May and Brexit, Soros predicted economic upheaval in Britain and substantial difficulties in bringing about a clean break with the European Union – and the prospect of the UK quickly joining again or entering a successor arrangement once the referendum mandate of leaving the EU was fulfilled.
“In my opinion it is unlikely that prime minister May is actually going to remain in power. Already she has a very divided cabinet, a very small majority in parliament. And I think she will not last,” he said.
“At the moment the people in the UK are in denial. The current economic situation is not as bad as was predicted and they live in hope. But as the currency depreciates, and inflation will be the driving force, this will lead to declining living standards.
“This is going to take some time, but when it does happen they’ll realise that they are earning less than before because wages won’t rise as fast as the cost of living.
“The divorce is going to take a very long time. It’s much harder to divorce than to get married, so I think the desire for rapprochement will develop, and in theory or maybe even in practice you could have a situation in 2019 or 2020 when Britain will leave the EU, because it does have to take place, but they could leave on a Friday but join over the weekend and have the new arrangement in place in Monday morning.”
When the rubber finally hits the road he will discover the senate has to OK any changes to existing treaty arrangements.
And tariffs will require congressional approval.
Has he even begun to discuss any of this with Congressional leaders?
The Republican Party leadership is pretty firmly wed to free trade.
This is what he promised to do on his first day.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal" poll, 45% of Americans now believe the Affordable Care Act was a "good idea" compared to 41% who think it was a bad idea[.]
And bear in mind that the polls that showed Hillary ahead among voters right up to the day before the election were not wrong.
But reality is also anti-Trump.
He is the most egregious liar in politics, a bully, a thug, and the president of thugs and bullies.
Fox apart, the media will not be bullied into silence.
(And sometimes not even Fox.)
(The Weekly Standard.)
And Breitbart apart, of course, a shameless megaphone for Il Duce.
Reince Priebus: Media Obsessed With Trying to ‘Delegitimize’ President Trump
But his real complaint is that they don't accept Trump's lies or hide his outrages.
Efforts to "delegitimize"?
That was birtherism, a propaganda line enthusiastically adopted against Barack Obama by The Duce, himself, back in the day.
As I have pointed out many times, Buchananism has no bench.
Not just his VP but much of his cabinet will be in clear dissent from some key tenets of Trump's own, not entirely orthodox Buchananism.
A constraint that no one could be president who had not previously served a full term as governor of, or US senator from, an American state, or 2 or 3 terms in the US house, would have prevented all this.
A more practical solution than demanding the parties adopt less open or less democratic methods of selecting their nominees in order to keep out irresponsible, gormless demagogues with no respect for or personal loyalty to constitutional government, I think.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
And here's another indicator of how much Mussolini is really in Trump.
Trump tells CIA "maybe we’ll have another chance" to take Iraq's oil
Over an hour late, my guess is the staff spent that hour trying to cool Trump down, and it just didn't work.
So Sean came out and acted the Trump role.
He did a hell of a job, too.
The briefing was almost entirely composed of a shouted tirade at the press for filling the world with "fake news."
Spicer was literally shouting at the press for lying about the sizes of the crowds yesterday and today and lying that some statuette of MLK was removed from the White House.
Trump's crowds were much bigger, he angrily and loudly insisted, on the authority of Trump, himself.
As for the other, it was an error yesterday for which the reporter quickly apologized and whose apology was quickly and coolly accepted on Twitter by Sean Spicer, also yesterday.
The only other story was Trump's visit to CIA headquarters where he was greeted warmly and, according to Sean, got a five minute standing ovation - all going to show the stories of recent weeks portraying enmity between Trump and the American intelligence community were all just more outrageous media lies.
And for good measure, Sean yelled at the press that the Trump White House would call them out in future with equal vigor on all their lying attacks on him and the American people whom he represents and on whose behalf he intends to govern.
When he was done yelling at the reporters he stalked out of the meeting without so much as noticing their shouted questions.
I wonder how many Trump voters will either accept the Trump version of reality, despite their own eyes, or not mind and perhaps even enjoy this furious, blatantly lying, outrageous and, one might almost say, Mussolini-like attack on the press?
Let me be very clear.
This does not bode well for Trump's behavior under pressure in the international arena.
I am frankly afraid of what might happen when this disgraceful thug, this foolish clown gets that 3 am call.
And it does not bode well for the First Amendment.
Working the refs like this, Trump and his allies can intimidate and bully the press into dhimmitude harmful to us all.
Brennan bashes Trump
Trump Administration Goes To War With The Media Over Inauguration Crowd Size
Organizers had estimated 400 attendees in their permit application, received around 4,000 RSVPs via social media, and attendance appeared to be close to the latter number.
Guy Costa, the city’s chief operations officer, estimated that the participants numbered 25,000.
Organizers said it was one of 673 marches today in 50 states and 80 countries, with an estimated 2.2 million participants.
The thousands of women and men marched peacefully down Fifth Avenue, carrying signs with slogans including, “Cervix says not my prez,” “Russian hacked Putin backed” and “Make America Think Again.”
Market Square was packed, nearly wall-to-wall.
There, Mayor Bill Peduto said that he met with other mayors in Washington, D.C., early this week, and there was a sense that cities will be on their own during Mr. Trump's administration.
He added that there are no laws that can take away compassion, and that Pittsburgh is a city that shares and shows love.
Also around 11 a.m., near East Liberty’s Penn Plaza apartments, a gathering called the “Our Feminism Must be Intersectional Rally/March" began.
On the site where a controversial new Whole Foods Market has been slated for construction, more than 500 people gathered to support women of color, LGBT and non-binary people, non-able-bodied people and what they referred to as other oppressed populations.
At the risk of actual, massive war in Europe between NATO and Russia?
Would these Democrats accept sending American draftees by the tens or hundreds of thousands to such a war?
I don't believe it.
Would they risk an outright nuclear war for Latvia?
An odd and not very realistic suggestion, I think, in view of how they, their parents, or their grandparents felt about America fighting a purely conventional, though expensive and bloody, war to defend South Vietnam from Uncle Ho and the reds.
I opposed direct American participation in the Vietnam War with our own troops, particularly draftees, because it was a good cause not very important to the US, and far from important enough to me, personally.
And anyway America's official policy of containment drew our outermost defensive lines way too far out, in my opinion, all due to the ludicrous Cold War panic of American capitalists - what Jimmy Carter rightly spoke of as an excessive fear of Communism.
And I would oppose an American war against Russia to defend former territories of the Soviet Union for exactly the same reasons.
I think non-interventionism is preferable to the aggressive globalism currently, and very oddly, supported with little visible dissent by Democrats and the broader American left.
So why don't I support Trump if I agree with significant pieces of his agenda?
Well, Mussolini did make the trains run on time, as was famously said in his defense; but, hey, it was Mussolini.
Friday, January 20, 2017
He didn't like the "America First" reference.
Nor did Chris Matthews or Rachel Maddow.
They have gone for the bait from day one.
They don't even know when they're being played.
Krauthammer sees the point of it, I think.
For many people around the world, the British in particular, that [America First] is quite a resonant phrase, and it says to them, to the free world, since Harry Truman and Eisenhower, we constructed a world where we carried a lot of you—economically, militarily, etc.
That game is over, you are on your own.
That is an amazing message for an inaugural address.
We heard it on the campaign, but that is policy now and it’s going to have a huge effect around the world.”
Coming from him, this is not an expression of approval.
That he despised Obama and all his works does not make him a Trump fan.
Trump, the white billionaire born with a gold shovel up his backside, and raised in and to a long life of wealth and privilege.
As opposed to Obama the mulatto, born in poverty and raised by a by no means well off single Mom, with help from her not especially well-off parents.
Leave it to the Times to refer to Manning, a person of the male sex, as "she" throughout, stylistically accepting the mythology of human biological, psychological gender distinct from and sometimes ill assorted with biological sex.
President Obama on Tuesday commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of a 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted Mr. Obama’s administration and brought global prominence to WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures.
The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to kill herself last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the men’s military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.
He was treated with great cruelty from the day he was arrested.
The Duce gave a short and concentrated version of his aggressive, anti-establishment, anti-elites, anti-Washington, anti-politicians, anti-political parties campaign message.
Conservative pundits saw this as a nationalist, but not conservative speech.
No surprise, since they and we have known for long that his is a nationalist, but not conservative, outlook and agenda.
Certain Buchananists were quite happy about that.
Including the Founder, already warning that the nationalist, America First president might actually be stymied by the standard conservatives by whom the Republican Party is still totally dominated and who populate both houses of Congress and even Trump's own cabinet.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
That's a medical abbreviation for shortness of breath, sometimes indicative of anxiety or fear, and sometimes a sign of heart attack.
Butterflies in the stomach or nausea are in the same boat.
Feelings I get when I allow myself the thought that Trump will be inaugurated in three days.
Perhaps Scott made it up.
His Chapter xxxi of Rob Roy begins with a verse ostensibly from an otherwise unidentified poem, The Gaulliad.
Google brings up nothing but references to this very page of Scott.
Annoying, because I meant to cite it against those who take too seriously the idea of law of war.
Look it up.
In this chapter, Rob Roy's wife is introduced, a martial commander and an unspeakably bloody harridan exulting in atrocities.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Dan used to ask that in Night Court, when someone castigated him or his conduct.
Brought to mind by Bernie sputtering in outrage that repeal of Obamacare would result in thousands a year dying for lack of care.
And the famous reply shouted out from the audience at a conservative venue to the question what should be done about the uninsured sick, "Let them die!"
On the bookcase below the foot of my bed is a blurry black and white picture of my father, my brother, and me.
My father is crouched, smiling rougishly with his Clark Gable mustache and ears, wearing his CAP uniform, white gloves, spats, and all.
I am wearing his white helmet liner.
Chuck and I, tiny, are sitting against the hillside on either side of him in our maternal grandfather's driveway, and behind us three are a lawn and pine trees.
At a guess, it's the spring or summer of 1955.
23 Electric Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.
I am 6 and Chuck is 3.
Dad is 38.
Friday, January 13, 2017
The Giant Eagle had Angus chuck on sale for $2.88 a pound.
I bought two pieces of chuck, each just shy of 2.5 pounds.
I have a huge, deep turkey roaster I never use for turkeys.
I cut each chuck roast in half and braised the four pieces in canola oil.
I put one piece in each corner of the roasting pan and added, already peeled and cut - by me, of course - , 6 restaurant potatoes, 6 yellow onions, 4 carrots, 4 parsnips, and 4 turnips, along with half a medium cabbage cut into 4 pieces.
To that I added half a bottle of Argentine Malbec, 2 cups of water into which 4 beef bouillon cubes had been previously dissolved, another 3 or 4 cups of water, and the oil in which I had braised the meat.
The meat was fully submerged but much of the vegetable load stuck above the surface of the fluid.
After 3 hours in the oven at 350° F the fluid had cooked down only a little, so I added none.
I flipped over the meat, still mostly covered by the fluid, and all vegetables not fully submerged, and put it all back in the oven for another 2 hours.
Then into the fridge, split evenly into two covered containers, including the surviving fluid.
Tomorrow, I'll reheat the contents of one container on the stove top for two hours and we'll have it for supper with a friend of the wife's who had us over to her place for a fine New Year's pork roast.
We'll drink the rest of the Malbec, or some Pinot Grigio I have chilled, if that's anyone's pleasure.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Watched for a few minutes and turned it off.
Seemed like just another campaign event with The Duce making the same brags and promises.
Still wed to the wall, repeal of Obamacare, and trade protectionism.
Combined with his infrastructure projects and his top-end and corporate tax cutting, it looks like we're in for a bad time and a big rise in the national debt.
He has this much right, and only this much.
White backlash to leftist anti-white race-baiting and the cultural clout of "get whitey" played a significant role.
And it really annoys Chauncey.
But a household income of $ 72 K in today's America is working class, and not very well-off working class, at that.
The FBI knew about the allegations before the election, it seems, and kept it dark.
And they are still keeping it dark.
All we can say for sure right now is that this is a perfect illustration of the way Comey improperly inserted himself into the election.
These scandalous rumors connecting Trump to the Russian government information is unproven and unverified, and the FBI director was right not to reveal it prior to the election.
He completely ignored that principle when it came to Clinton, and there can be no doubt that it made a difference in the outcome.
The fact that Comey clearly knew at the time that it was at least possible Trump had been compromised by a foreign government makes his decision even more shameful.
But this stuff certainly looks hot.
Lots more than I can quote.
John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI
Senator John McCain passed documents to the FBI director, James Comey, last month alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the president-elect himself.
The material, which has been seen by the Guardian, is a series of reports on Trump’s relationship with Moscow.
They were drawn up by a former western counter-intelligence official, now working as a private consultant.
. . . .
An official in the US administration who spoke to the Guardian described the source who wrote the intelligence report as consistently reliable, meticulous and well-informed, with a reputation for having extensive Russian contacts.
Some of the reports – which are dated from 20 June to 20 October last year – also proved to be prescient, predicting events that happened after they were sent.
One report, dated June 2016, claims that the Kremlin has been cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years, with the aim of encouraging “splits and divisions in western alliance”.
It claims that Trump had declined “various sweetener real estate deals offered him in Russia” especially in developments linked to the 2018 World Cup finals but that “he and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals.”
Most explosively, the report alleges: “FSB has compromised Trump through his activities in Moscow sufficiently to be able to blackmail him.”
The president-elect has not responded to the allegations.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
It is a convention of modern literature - especially of the French, who approach the subject almost pornographically - to deplore childhood commitments to the clergy almost exclusively of girls, though boys were also commonly committed.
And more than arranged marriages or commitments to a trade, or even to the military or merchant service.
"Die" Vernon in Rob Roy, Sir Walter Scott, must enter the convent or marry an unsuitable Osbaldistone.
Young Francis O, who loves her and is not a candidate, has himself been banished by his father for refusing Dad's choice of career.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Over the last week he has repeatedly and emphatically, even scornfully and mockingly, denied it, and said the Democrats were making this up only to discredit him and delegitimate his victory.