Friday, January 20, 2017

Pictures From DC Today


For John, BLUFAn upbeat look at the Inauguration.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




The source is Newsday

Some great photos.

Hat tip to my neighbor, Marie.

Regards  —  Cliff

Inauguration


For John, BLUFI hope it goes well.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Congratulations to Mr Trump.


Great opportunities stand before him.  And thus before us.

But, for everyone it is a time to reflect on that fact that this is a four year term and not a life sentence.

I am reminded of this song from the show Kismet:

Princes come/Princes go. An hour of pomp and show./ They know. /Princes come/ And over the sands and over the sands of time./ They go./ Wise men come./Ever promising/the riddle of life to know./Wise men come./But over the sands./ The silent sands of time./ They go./Lovers come./Lovers go./And all that there is to know/Lovers know./Only lovers know.
So, my conclusion is to give the new President a chance and to remember that "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Mark 12:31).

Regards  —  Cliff

  In the interest of full disclosure, the musical is based on the music of Alexander Borodin.
  That is the hard part, isn't it.  But, first you have to love yourself. 

The Next Four Years


For John, BLUFNew ideas to be discussed are usually a good thing.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



What Mr Trump Promises


As we look at Mr Trump becoming President, at noon today, the thing that stands out about his incoming Administration it what it offers in terms of how we look at things, foreign and domestic.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that she was not "transformational".

Mr Trump, by questioning received wisdom, has opened space for others to question the the status quo.  I have seen, in the area of foreign affairs and national security, in recent weeks, articles being published that offer alternatives views, other perceptions of threats, other options for proceeding.

If we are going to overcome our problems, recent and long term, we are going to have to have new thinking.  Mr Trump offers that opportunity.

Welcome, Mr Trump and congratulations.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Senator Waffle Warren Didn't Really Snub Nominee Betsy DeVos


For John, BLUFThere are not enough excuses to cover our Senior Senator.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




Report by Mr Stephen Miller, at Heat Street.

The article points out how Republicans didn't realize that Senator Waffle Warren was merely using a very legitimate Indian Sign to acknowledge Ms Betsy DeVos.  The article puts it down to typical Republican insensitivity toward minorities.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hope for an Education Renaissance


For John, BLUFI'm for Betsy and you should be too.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From two days ago, Mr Tyler O'Neil, writing at Pajamas Media.

Rough summary, Some Black Leaders think that the schools are holding back Black children and something needs to be done.  There is hope that Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos can make a difference, if she clears the Senate.

It is almost like Ms Margaret Sanger has reincarnated herself as an education expert, and the result has been bad for the Black Community.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  It seems our Senior Senator, Waffle Warren, wouldn't even shake the nominee's hand.

The Right to Be Wrong


For John, BLUFOn the other hand, we need to fight such parties at the ballot box.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




From the International Herald Tribune (masquerading as The Old Gray Lady), by Reporter Melissa Eddyjan, yesterday.

The lede plus three:

BERLIN — Germany’s highest court rejected on Tuesday an attempt to ban the National Democratic Party, the country’s oldest far-right political organization, finding that it did not pose a danger to democracy even though its principles violate the Constitution.

The ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court came after years of deliberation and at a time of soul-searching in the country, where another right-wing party, Alternative for Germany, is poised for the first time to win representation in Parliament in national elections this year.

Although the National Democratic Party “pursues aims contrary to the Constitution,” there was a lack of “concrete supporting evidence” that the neo-Nazi party would be able to successfully achieve its goals and to pose a genuine threat, said Andreas Vosskuhle, the president of the court.

“That a party has aims that run contrary to the Constitution is not sufficient grounds for banning a party,” he said.

I think the court made the proper decision.  Let us not have any Herbert Marcuse like ideas about banning ideas we don't agree with.  That leads to stagnation, political, social and intellectual.

As someone said, the point of the First Amendment is the right to be wrong.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Just out of curiosity, is it now acceptable that we have a series of paragraphs that are one sentence each?  If so, what is the purpose of a "sentence"?

Joe Kennedy Speaks Truth to Power


For John, BLUFI kind of like this guy.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




The Reporter for this Boston Herald story is Mr Bob McGovern, but the star is Joseph P Kennedy, III.

Here are the extracts that The InstaPundit selected:

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, breaking ranks with other Democrats who are trashing President-elect Donald Trump and boycotting his inaugural, is imploring his party’s rank and file to figure out why middle American voters went Republican in November.

“Somewhere along the way, we lost their trust.  We have to get it back,” Kennedy said tonight, departing from many in his party who have sought to cast blame for the loss elsewhere.

Kennedy rallied roughly 160 Democrats in a high school cafeteria in deep-blue Newton, giving a brief outline of what he sees as the future of his party.

An important step, he said, is to find out why people voted for Trump, rather than reacting to everything he posts on Twitter.

“The danger with going down that road is that it risks distracting us from what the core message was on November 7 and November 8,” Kennedy said.  “For some reason this time, they decided to trust Donald Trump with their vote.”

He said liberal voters need to find common ground with Trump supporters, and said berating them for their decision is the wrong way to win them back.  “Folks, we lost their trust and being mortified and mystified about their vote doesn’t bring it back,” he said.

The man is correct.  He has good advice and is offering it for free.

It is time for the Democrats to stop whinging about Russian President Vladimir Putin and to start thinking about how to win in 2018.

UPDATE:  Maybe they aren't ready to move on.  Politico said yesterday (Ms Lauren Dezenski) that the crowd wasn't hearing the message and turned on State Democratic Chairman Gus Bickford after Rep Kennedy left the room.

Hat tip to the InstaP undit.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Being a Republican, I hope they don't figure it out, but being a square shooter I think they should at least have the truth passed under their nose.  That way they can't say we didn't tell them the truth.