Eric Florack on October 19th, 2017

We’re seeing an awful lot of Articles now about Harvey Weinstein and all of the people that he was schmoozing with including a number of top-level Democrats ….and of course John McCain, but I repeat myself.
And who would have thought six months ago that this stuff would be happening? Well, we did here. Mind, not Weinstein particularly, but Hollywood, certainly the Democrats certainly and the establishment from both parties.
We’ve been saying for a long time that the culture simply put was being pushed too far… And that’s precisely What’s Happening Here. A fatal error has been made and we’re now seeing the consequences of that error. I for one am not surprised and in fact I’m extremely pleased. It means we actually stand a chance of saving this culture.
Really.
What we are seeing right now is the American culture finally hitting the international “enough” line.
Think on this for a minute. The NFL, Weinstein and with that, Hollywood as a whole, the flat-out rejection of the pig in a pantsuit and all the criminality that she represents…. The election of Donald Trump, the rejection of the establishment in both parties,…Indeed just about every major Story coming up lately on the domestic front is the American culture rising up to protect itself and reestablish itself. As I said as regards the fall of the Soviet Union, the culture will always Prevail. Yes, sometimes it takes a while, but you can put your money on the culture winning out eventually.
Once that Tipping Point is reached, all the stuff that’s been hidden for years suddenly starts coming out as the people who benefited from the Clique now being rebelled against, see which way the wind is blowing and understanding that there’s only one way they can save their sorry backsides.
I doubt it will help them, but it’s amazing the number of Stories we already knew that come out of such confessions.
There’s a number of people who point the finger of blame at Donald Trump for this happening, or praise from his supporters, but the fact of the matter is Trump is a symptom not the cause of the downfall of the….. shall we call them the “dirty Democrats”? There’s been a rebellion coming for some time and Trump just happened to ride that particular wave. And as I’ve been saying for several months now, I think we could have made a better choice, but there it is.
Personally, I consider watching all this to be more entertaining than anything Hollywood has come up with lately.Popcorn, anyone?

davidl on October 18th, 2017

Leads from Behind, a/k/a Dim Won, b/k/a former President Barack Obama described ISIS as the junior varsity but declared it would be almost impossible to defeat them. Aside to Dim Won, you can’t succeed if you don’t even try. It seems that Forty Five didn’t take Forty Four’s advice, from Investor’s Business Daily:

Terrorism: Nine months after President Trump promised to defeat ISIS “quickly and effectively,” U.S.-backed forces captured Raqqa, which until Tuesday had served as the ISIS capital. The battle now is over who deserves credit: Trump or President Obama.

Trump, not surprisingly, claims it for himself: “It had to do with the people I put in and it had to do with rules of engagement,” Trump said in a radio interview.

Before dismissing this as typical Trump self-aggrandizement, consider that for several years Obama insisted that a quick and decisive victory against ISIS was all but impossible.

I don’t yet know if Dim Won ever set foot in Harvard classroom, but if he learned anything, is sure was not military tactics. After all this is the same Dim Won, who feted the deserter Bergdahl as if he were some kind of hero.

davidl on October 17th, 2017

The would be hero of the Las Vegas mass murder has disappeared,  from Mark Hensch, Circa:

The security guard who confronted the Las Vegas gunman seems to have vanished

The unarmed security guard who confronted the man behind a recent mass shooting Las Vegas has seemingly disappeared, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The Times on Monday reported that Jesus Campos has apparently vanished from the public eye after encountering shooter Stephen Paddock earlier this month.

Maybe the lame stream media should quit looking for Little Donny’s tax returns and try and find Jesus Campos, or whoever he is.    So who is Jesus Campos?  Where is he?   Who is  hiding him and why is he hiding?

davidl on October 16th, 2017

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to Misbehavior Before the Enemy, and Desertion.

The crime, from Legal Information Institute: :

10 U.S. Code § 899 – Art. 99. Misbehavior before the enemy

Any member of the armed forces who before or in the presence of the enemy—
(1) runs away;

[…]

(3) through disobedience, neglect, or intentional misconduct endangers the safety of any such command, unit, place, or military property;
(4) casts away his arms or ammunition;
(5) is guilty of cowardly conduct;
[…]
shall be punished by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct.
(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 69.)

Story , from NPR:

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban after leaving his base in Afghanistan in 2009, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was freed in 2014 in exchange for five Taliban detainees.

Bergdahl’s tears, via Red State:

In the interview, which was filmed last year by British filmmaker Sean Langan, Bergdahl said it was ‘insulting’ that he’s been portrayed as a traitor.

The charge of Treason, from LII:

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §?330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

Bergdahl flatters himself too much. The only addition punishment imposed by Treason above that of Article 99, is disqualification from public office. As it stands, once released Bergdahl will be eligible to run for the office of dog catcher.

davidl on October 15th, 2017

Memo from Oscar to Harv, “You out of here!”

Headline from Hollywood”

“Hollywood’s de facto governing body, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to ‘immediately expel’ Harvey Weinstein…”

Hat tip and reax, Professor Ann Althouse:

NYT points out, Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby are still members of the Academy.

One member of the Academy’s board, Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy “told fellow board members that she was outraged by the allegations… [but] was also said to be aware that pushing him out could put the academy on a slippery slope.”

If the slope is slippery, the era is not over.

Perhaps Ms Kennedy should invoke the modified Groucho Marx rule, decline to a member of any organization which would admit Roman Polanski.

davidl on October 13th, 2017

Mrs. B.J. Clinton must imagine herself the reincarnation of Ginger Rodgers.   However Ginger could not square the circle as Mrs. Clinton is trying to do.

Mrs. Clinton wants women voters to  view Little Donny’s admitted vulgar locker room talk as disqualifying.  While she herself, wants a free pass her predator husband’s serial abuse,  occasional rape of women, and her attacks on her husband’s various accusers.   Mrs. Clinton’s mantra, all women should be believed, except when they accuse her husband, from Daily Mail(UK)

And asked about allegations of sexual misconduct levelled at
her husband and former president, Bill Clinton, she said: ‘That has all been litigated.

‘That was subject of a huge investigation in the late 90s and there were conclusions drawn. That was clearly in the past.

‘It is something that has to be taken seriously, for anyone not just in entertainment.

‘The really sad part of the campaign was how this horrific tape, what he said about women in the past what he said about women during the campaign, was discounted by a lot of voters.

The Access Hollywood to which Mrs. Clinton both refers and mischaracterized is from 2005. Mean while back at the ranch, Mrs. Clinton husband was flying of Jeffery Epstein pedophile express, from Fox News:

[B.J.] Clinton’s presence aboard Jeffrey Epstein’s Boeing 727 on 11 occasions has been reported, but flight logs show the number is more than double that, and trips between 2001 and 2003 included extended junkets around the world with Epstein and fellow passengers identified on manifests by their initials or first names, including “Tatiana.” The tricked-out jet earned its Nabakov-inspired nickname because it was reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls.

Sure Little Donny is vulgar, but unlike B.J. Clinton he does not fly Air Lolita.

davidl on October 12th, 2017

The woman, Mrs. B.J. Clinton, who once proclaimed her ready for a three am phone call, five days after Affair Weinstein broke, from Fox News:

“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Clinton said in a statement, released on Twitter by spokesman Nick Merrill. “The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”

Five days to come an impression of Claude Raines.  Color me unimpressed.

davidl on October 12th, 2017

The John Belusi classic Animal House has been vindicated, from Bloomberg:

Let’s start with studies showing that fraternity members tend to earn more money after college than other graduates do, even if the record shows their grades aren’t as good. That’s quite a tradeoff: Slack off in class, party more — then still earn more money. Sign me up!

Hat tip: Instant Glen.

Go ahead, explain to me how additional government regulation would have solved this problem.

Two Amtrak maintenance workers were using opioids or cocaine when they were struck and killed south of Philadelphia last year by a passenger train whose engineer had marijuana in his system, according to federal officials.

The Congressional response Is tragically predictable..

The revelation and the nationwide opioid epidemic led House Democrats on Tuesday to ask Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao to require transportation industry workers — truck drivers, bus drivers and railroad operators — to be tested for four prescription opioids.

The trouble of course is that these things have been regulated for quite some time now, as even the article suggests. Since we see that the government regulation in place has worked so very well, the obvious question that springs from this is what good additional regulation what do? Obviously, none. But when all you have is hammers, every problem is a nail.

Keep in mind that this is a government-run rail system. Can you imagine private entities where this occurred not being driven out of business by the government? But since this is already a government-run system, nothing at all will happen.

Just go about your lives, citizens. Nothing to see here. Oh, and do continue to use public transit. We have to save the planet.

Eric Florack on October 10th, 2017

Say what you will about the NFL… I will in all probability accept what you say without argument.

However I will say this also. It is probably one of the last places on Earth that is run on pure meritocracy. In other words, you either produce or you’re gone. The ones who can produce very well get paid very well.

It seems to me that the claims of Colin Kaepernick that the reason he’s not getting a job in the NFL because of racism are on their face the highest grade of fertilizer, given that the number of successful ( multi-millionaire) black players is higher in fact then any other racial subgroup.

I’ve said I’ve said it before and I will say it again Colin Kaepernick’s level of play, his skill-set simply wasn’t there and his mouth didn’t help the situation at all. He deserves what he gets.

That said it seems to me that what is being demanded in cases such as Kaepernick’s is the end of pure meritocracy in sports, in the name of “equality”.

And mind you, that situation is in large part separate from his publicly expressed anti-American attitude that is drawn so much ire from the fans.

It seems to me that the American public is reached a threshold in the recognition that their culture their values their very lives are under attack. The reaction to the NFL is part and parcel of a reaction to all of that on many different fronts… The NFL being only one of many.

I’ll be discussing this one further as time goes on of course.

When it comes to the Second Amendment, there seems to be two minds thought.   The sane and the free who either exercise or abide by the god given right to keep and bear arms, and the demented  who proclaim that the mere procession of of firearm will cause instant insanity and mass murder, from the demented brain of Senator Chuckles Schumer, via the New York Post:

The city could turn into the Wild West ?if an NRA-backed plan becomes law and allows any tourist with a concealed-weapons permit to carry a hidden gun in New York, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

“How low can you go?’’ Schumer (D-NY) said of the National Rifle Assocation, referring to its support of the proposed “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,’’ which would override New York’s strict gun laws.

The easterner Owen Wister Chuckles spin a scary tale of the Wild Wild West, mean while the Wild Wild West seems rather peaceful, from Station Gossip:

In Texas People Take Their Guns Everywhere with Them (9 pics)

The country adopted an “open carry bill” in 2015 that allows people to carry arms openly in public places. The law went into effect on January 1, 2016 and now it is common to see lots of people wearing guns on their person while shopping or eating out.

So open carry seems to work in wild west Texas, home of J.R. Ewing and George W. Bush, but Chuckles seems to think New Yawkers are too stupid to allow to carry concealed.

davidl on October 10th, 2017

Harvey Weinstein has been thrown to the rats. Barack Obama not so. In the following video New York Slimes reporter Jodi Kantor does very job of laying what is known about Affair Weinstein and what is conjecture. Then a brief mention is made of the former First Daughter’s, Malia Obama’s, internship with Weinstein, at which time CBS hostess, Gayle King, instantly presents conjecture as if it were fact, “If [President and Mrs. Obama] they would have suspected this, they would have never done it”, video:

It would be comforting to believe that loving parents would never have thrown their daughter to a predatory wolf. Of course protecting children, either born or unborn, never has exactly been a priority for President Obama.

Kantor laid out a process for sound reporting.   In, in the same studio at the same time, King than ignores every principle Kantor described s blind rush to defend the former president.   King barks too quickly.   King does not know what the former president knew, and much less what he suspected.   Given that Malia Obama is protected by the Secret Service, it is reasonable believe the government knew something.   Further, the former president has a history getting sealed court records unsealed.

davidl on October 9th, 2017

Today is Columbus Day.  So Christopher Columbus has become the social justice warrior target du jour(1). Another day, another SJW outage. The latest outrage, and latest brain flatulence, from the New York Post:

NEW YORK — Is it time to say arrivederci to Christopher Columbus?

A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the U.S., with Los Angeles in August becoming the biggest city yet to decide to stop honoring the Italian explorer and instead recognize victims of colonialism.

Ok, Columbus Day has devolved into yet another government paid holiday for our overpaid federal employees, and scaled down version of Saint Patrick’s Day for our Italians.

However, if comes down to either Italian-American Day or Indigenous Peoples Day, I vote for the Wops. The Italians gave us one of our national food, to wit pizza. Our indigenous peoples gave us what tobacco and gaming casinos(2). We all have to eat. Nobody needs to smoke or gamble.

Moreover, just like a infant with soiled nappies, there is no making a social justice warrior happy.  It is was no time to bother.

For observations about Columbus, the man not the holiday, see a previous post.   Unlike two years ago, today is wet.

1. Look mom, I am typing French.

2. If our indigenous people want Indigenous Peoples’ Day, I say the price should be closing down all the cigarette shops and all the gaming casinos.

Eric Florack on October 6th, 2017

It amuses me no end that so many leftists in this country have conniption fits about the fact that Americans can hold and utilize firearms and yet they don’t seem to have any problem at all with the little gargoyle in North Korea having nuclear weapons.

Wasn’t the idea about saving lives?

The death toll in Las Vegas while tragic was minuscule in comparison to what we see on a monthly basis in Chicago.

I thought the idea was about saving lives.

davidl on October 6th, 2017

The Bitsblog Nina Burleigh Award, for being a political whore goes to Ashley Judd.   Background on Burleigh, from Wikipedia, 1998:

“I would be happy to give him[B.J. Clinton] a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their Presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.”

2007:

“I said it (back in 1998, but a good quote has eternal life) because I thought it was high time for someone to tweak the white, middle-aged beltway gang taking Clinton to task for sexual harassment. These men had neither the personal experience nor the credentials to know sexual harassment when they saw it, nor to give a good goddamn about it if they did. The insidious use of sexual harassment laws to bring down a president for his pro-female politics was the context in which I spoke.”

Feminists don’t care how a man acts.  Rather they only care about his political positions.

Ms Judd is a feminist, from Rush Limbaughm on Inauguration Day, speaking of her President:

I am a naaaaasty woman. (cheers) I didn’t know devils could be resurrected, but I feel Hitler in these streets. A mustache traded for a toupee. Nazis renamed the cabinet. I am not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol, (cheers) like your wet dreams infused with your own genes but, yeah, I’m a nasty woman. A loud, vulgar proud woman.

Limbaugh speaking of a Judd encounter with Harvey Weinstein:

Weinstein was staying at the Peninsula in Beverly Hills and she got a meeting, long time ago, was a budding actress. She was gonna get to meet Harvey Weinstein. She gets up there and he’s in a bathrobe and asks if he can either give her a massage or if she wants to watch him take a shower. And she said it’s Harvey Weinstein, I can’t insult him, but I gotta find the fastest way out of there. So she was sexually harassed. And Weinstein is a prototypical liberal and you’ll find pictures of him and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton all over the place.

So Ms Judd feels free to insult her President, as is her right, but she found herself unwilling to offend a sexual predator, a man who might give her a role in a movie.   Ms Judd may choose to describe herself as nasty, her right.  I call her weak.

As to Mr. Weinstein either he become expendable, as former successful movie producer, or is collateral damage in the attempt to kneecap any future presidential run for Mrs. Clinton.