Sunday, December 17, 2017

Where are the Antifa?

For John, BLUFThe People need to be ever vigilant, and never cut corners with regard to justice.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Weekly Standard, 15 December 2017, by Reporter Christian Schneider.

It is more on the John Doe Investigation and corrupt Democratic Party Operatives in Wisconsin.  I wonder why Prosecutor Shane Falk doesn't yet have a wikipedia page.

If you want the Democratic Party side of this, go to Wikipedia, here.

Still, it is Fascism.  The Stasi here in the United States.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Abandon Ship

For John, BLUFYes, things are shifting for the parties, both parties.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Via The Huffington Post, from Ms Saira Rao, Contributor Social justice activist and co-founder of In This Together Media, 16 December 2017.

Of course it doesn't mean she is becoming a Republican.  Republicans would need to work at that.  Tea Party Republicans.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Eric Holder Threatens

For John, BLUFI think Mr Eric Holder wants to feel like he is still making a difference.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Hill and Reporter Mallory Shelbourne, 14 December 2017.

Here is the lede plus one:

Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday warned congressional Republicans not to make any moves to remove special counsel Robert Mueller, saying such an attempt “will not be tolerated.”

“Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of the American people, Republicans in Congress be forewarned:  any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated,” Holder wrote on Twitter.

"[T]he vast majority of the American People"?  I wonder if former Attorney General Holder even knows what that means?

Frankly, I was firmly against messing with Mueller, until I read this piece.  But, you get judged by the friends you keep.

I guess I am still for letting Special Counsel Robert Mueller continue on to the conclusion of his investigation, but not because of a Clinton sycophant like Mr Holder threatening people, like he was still a Federal Prosecutor with no ethics.  No, because it is the right thing to do.

That said, it is time for the US Congress to explain to the Department of Justice who is in charge.  If it is hard to talk to them, then just don't fund them in the next continuing resolution.  Some funding effort could be cobbled together very quickly, after DOJ starts to respond to Congressional Committee questions.  It used to be called the "Power of the Purse", back in the day.  See this Post.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Innovation and Progress Requires Freedom

For John, BLUFWhile some might argue that the freedom to own a gun is the first freedom, I would go with free speech.  Everything flows from that freedom.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Sam Altman, 14 December 2017.

Here is the lede plus one:

Earlier this year, I noticed something in China that really surprised me.  I realized I felt more comfortable discussing controversial ideas in Beijing than in San Francisco.  I didn’t feel completely comfortable—this was China, after all—just more comfortable than at home.

That showed me just how bad things have become, and how much things have changed since I first got started here in 2005.

We are in deep trouble.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

"And yet it moves—Galileo Galilei.

The Press Whiffs

For John, BLUFThe Press, anxious to trip up President Trump, is stumbling over its own feet.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Yes, it is a week old, but it is a typical Glenn Greenwald piece, in which he lifts up the table cloth and looks under the table to see what is hidden there.  A longish read, but valuable.

From The Intercept, Reporter Glenn Greenwald, 9 December 2017.

Here is the lede plus one:

FRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time.  The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, and countless pundits, commentators, and operatives joining the party throughout the day.  By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.

The spectacle began Friday morning at 11 a.m. EST, when the Most Trusted Name in News™ spent 12 straight minutes on air flamboyantly hyping an exclusive bombshell report that seemed to prove that WikiLeaks, last September, had secretly offered the Trump campaign, even Donald Trump himself, special access to the Democratic National Committee emails before they were published on the internet.  As CNN sees the world, this would prove collusion between the Trump family and WikiLeaks and, more importantly, between Trump and Russia, since the U.S. intelligence community regards WikiLeaks as an “arm of Russian intelligence,” and therefore, so does the U.S. media.

Except the date on the smoking EMail was after the release of the data, not before.  Ooops.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, December 15, 2017

Congress Not Doing Its Job

For John, BLUFLet Mr Mueller's investigation play out.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The TaxProf Blog, Professor Paul Caron, 15 December 2017.

The TaxProf links to and excerpts from an OpEd in The Wall Street Journal, Let Mueller Keep Digging, by William McGurn.

Here is the lede:

At a moment when the special counsel’s team is busy calling its own fairness and impartiality into question, why would Donald Trump even think of firing Robert Mueller?
I have to admit that this makes good sense.

Further down, the Writer says:

n its 1821 decision affirming the right of the House to hold people in contempt and jail them, the Supreme Court noted that depriving Congress of this authority would mean “the total annihilation of the power of the House of Representatives” to prevent people from just flipping it the bird. Isn’t that just what government officials from Ms. Lerner to Mr. Wray have been doing?

If executive branch officials continue to play games with subpoenas, Congress needs to give them a taste of the legislature’s powers, whether by cutting agency budgets, impeaching directors or holding uncooperative officials in contempt.  In this regard it’s good to know Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is still pursuing contempt citations for Mr. Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  A contempt vote by the full House would of course depend on Speaker Paul Ryan, who complained in October about FBI “stonewalling.”

Yes, exactly.  It is time for Congress to stand up and do its duty.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

The Net Neutrality Arguments

For John, BLUFNet neutrality just throttles back the Internet.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

There is Video.

From The Daily Caller and Media Reporter Amber They, 14 December 2017.

This is MSNBC Anchor Ali Velshi interviewing Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell about Internet net neutrality.

The idea of net neutrality grows out of the fear that someone out there is exercising their freedom to innovate and earn a profit.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff