The paid political hacks, posing as objective journalists, covering Mrs. Clinton’s campaign are being mocked by my favorite Canadian blogger, from Small Dead Animals:

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I will quibble with use of term wrangle, albeit it does fit in with the rope. Wrangle is what you with uncooperative livestock. What is being done the Clinton Cattle is they being herded. You can herd domestic livestock because they don’t mind being herded. So I hope the reporter cow does not mind being called a cow, for without regard to her girth, that is exactly what she is.   Happy grazing to you.

davidl on July 5th, 2015
Hat tip:   Mad Magazine

Hat tip: Mad Magazine

Well Mrs. Clinton did dye her hair blond.  Who knows.   From Reuters:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Saturday the United States has to be “much smarter” about how it deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“That’s why we have to be much smarter in how we deal with Putin and how we deal with his ambitions,” Clinton said at a campaign event. “He’s not an easy man … But I don’t think there is any substitute other than constant engagement.”

It seems all those concussions suffered by Mrs. Clinton have deprived her of any awareness of irony. And to think, she used to refered as the Smartest Woman in the World. Those were the days.   So Mrs. Clinton wants to President so she can implement a smarter, much smarter, foreign policy than she did as Secretary of State.   Does that reset button work for work for you?

davidl on July 4th, 2015

It is the Fourth of July. The Snark of the Day, from the New York Post:

Weenies burn flag to protest cops, get attacked by bikers, need cops to save their asses

Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.

davidl on July 3rd, 2015

As a recovering Trekkie, I have long recognized the Prime Directive for hiring a Trekkie actor is the willing to sign a long term contract, for the run of the series, and do so cheaply. Save for the captain characters, former Trekkie actors virtually disappear from the screen after the run of the series.

Having said that, the fact the actor who play Mr. Sulu,one George Takei, has been such a frequent media interview is that Takai has become a reliable media sock puppet. Pull on George’s strings and he will bash conservatives. As some times a sock puppet gets out of control, from Hill:

Actor and gay rights advocate George Takei is slamming Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after his dissent to last week’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide claimed that the government can neither give nor take away human dignity.

“He is a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court. He gets me that angry,” the former “Star Trek” star said in an interview with Fox 10 this week in Phoenix, standing alongside his longtime partner and husband.

“For him to say slaves had dignity … I mean, doesn’t he know slaves were chained? That they were whipped on the back?” Takei asked.

Dissenting in the 5-4 Supreme Court same-sex marriage case, Thomas, an African-American, reflected on the origins of human dignity within society, invoking the belief that humans have God-given “inherent worth.”

I might argue that if Takei is correct that dignity is only a commodity delivered by government, and not a gift from God, that blacks have no dignity.  Chief Justice Roger Tanney took it all away with Dred Scot.

[*] Ok, not literally true.

davidl on July 3rd, 2015

If you don’t live in the Northeast, you may not be familiar with Wegmans. Suffice to say, Wegmans is a regional (national?) legend in the grocery business. The store consistently gets high marks from both her customers and employees. People, myself included, love shopping their, and it seems that every employee loves working their. It is mind boggling.

In Rochester, if you want to impress your out of town visitors, you take them to one bigger Wegmans, such as Pittsford or East Avenue.

While Wegmans has store up and down the east coast, they have had no stores in New York City. That is in the process of changing, Wegmans is in process of opening a story the old Brooklyn Navy Yard, from Buffalo News (registration nag):

When Wegmans announced it would open its first New York City store on the Brooklyn Naval Yard, everyone seemed to rejoice.

The announcement went viral on social media, set Facebook abuzz and sent Wegmans trending on Twitter in New York City.

But the union trying to organize the store’s workers is not happy.

The Union Food and Commercial Workers, the largest grocery workers union in the state, has launched a campaign against the Rochester-based grocer’s arrival. The union’s website, GoodJobsBrooklyn.com, urges residents to send form letters to city officials

Wegmans is a giant in the grocery business. However their recent business model has been to focus on high end suburbs. As such Brooklyn and New York City amount to Indian territory, and in this case the Indians, the Union Food and Commercial Workers, are not giving up their territory without a fight. Wegmans sees the Brooklyn Navy Yard as toe hold for entry in the New York City market, and I suspect the UFCW sees it the same way.

This could prove to be interesting.

Eric Florack on July 2nd, 2015

Today I am at College Point Queens. Haven’t been here for quite a while, I enjoyed visiting with old friends again. I’ve got some time off coming so this weekend I’ll be taking it with my lovely wife. I’m looking forward to the extra time at home. I like my job, & I like the people I’m working with. But sometimes it gets to be a little much and some time off is required. This is one such time. Welcome to my world.

Welcome to my world.

This morning I’m casting a wary eye toward the country of Greece, and the results of its recent move towards socialism. As ever, the move to the left has given the world to clear demonstration of what happens when you pay for socialist largesse with other people’s money. What we have going there, is unfortunately what we are going to see ourselves very shortly, because in a large degree we’ve been heading down the same path since 2008.

Greece, whatever else it might be right now, is a classic example of the direct result of applied Keynesian economic theory.

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The socialists can’t blame greece’s troubles on military expenditures, given that with the exception of World War 2 and before that ancient times, Greece has never been involved in anything serious militarily speaking. It can’t be blamed on low tax rates given that tax rates thete, particularly on the upper levels of income are astronomical to the point of making American leftists jealous.

In fact, the Socialists had everything their way, implemented every wet dream that socialists usually have,and it failed, quite predictably.

The central government of Greece is now threatening to remove itself from the Euro, and the EU. It all candor, that’s probably the best news the EU is had for some time now. Instead of trying to bail Greece out, they should let it fall over. Stupidity should be painful. Let Greece and its economic failure stand as the ultimate repudiation of Keynesian theory.

Want another example? Fine …let’s pick something a little bit closer to home. Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico’s problems are large and interdependent, which makes solving them a complex and difficult task. Tourism is down, employment is low, poverty is high, and the island has suffered through the economic pain of falling home values, rising oil prices, and overall decreased competitiveness.

Employment stands out as a terrible problem: Only 40 percent of adults are working or looking for work (compared to 63 percent across the U.S.).  Relative to local incomes, federal minimum wages and welfare benefits are pretty high (Puerto Rico follows federal law), which means companies hire less because of burdensome costs, and workers lack incentive to work, since they know that welfare benefits can provide similar income. Without more jobs available, those who do want to work struggle to find employment and often head to the mainland—contributing to nearly a decade of population loss.

And that’s pretty much the state of Greece finds itself in these days. As well as New York State. California, Massachusetts, Maryland, you get the idea. In other words just about every place the left runs things.

The left is forever pointing at the unsustainability of our current energy situation. Unsustainable?

Well, OK….

But when they’ve got proof in front of them such as Greece and Puerto Rico that the Keynesian driven welfare state is unsustainable, they ignore it and go “all in” any way.

Apparently they figure nobody will notice. And in so far as our mainstream lap dog press is concerned, they are correct. But increasingly we are seeing people coming to their senses, I’ll be in a little late. Let’s just hope it’s not too late.

And down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on July 1st, 2015
Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter

The Mexs, that is the Mexican government, and the Obama regime are involved in a criminal two step. First the Mexs send criminals across the border and second, the regime does it bests to hide and keep the Mexican criminals.   Ann Coulter writes in Human Events:

When Donald Trump said something not exuberantly enthusiastic about Mexican immigrants, the media’s response was to boycott him. One thing they didn’t do was produce any facts showing he was wrong.

Trump said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Unlike Mrs. Clinton’s husband, as far as I know, Trump has never raped anybody, aside from his creditors.

davidl on July 1st, 2015

Two shootings, one in Charleston and another in Detroit.   Funny the media is only on a feeding frenzy on the former.   MOTUS does the compare and contrast:

1.  On the evening of June 17, 2015, a mass shooting took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Nine people were shot and killed; a tenth person was shot and survived.  South Carolina law mandates that Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and all churches in South Carolina are “Gun-Free Zones”.

2.  On the morning of June 21, 2015, as about 20 people were dining at Pete’s Grill and Coney Island on the Detroit’s east side, a man walked in, pulled out a gun and said he was robbing the place. The armed robber was pointing the gun at everyone, telling them all to get down and not move, while demanding the workers “get to the register.” Instead of getting the register, an armed employee fatally shot the perpetrator. Pete’s Coney Island and all restaurants in Michigan are NOT “Gun-Free Zones” butt rather they’re  “Self-Defense Zones” and permit Concealed Pistol License holders to legally carry firearms.

Images, videos available on the link.

davidl on July 1st, 2015

You ask me where do I find racism in the Twenty First Century. Turn on the television, or just open the pages of the Washington Post.

Is the WaPo racist? Just as sure as Bruce Jenner is still a man,and Elizabeth Warren has always been Caucasian

Baltimore burns, WaPo:

We have to explore the why behind the anger that led to the rioting in Baltimore to prevent it from happening again.

I look at so many things through a prism of personal finance. Money does make the world go around, and the lack of it can make your world very difficult, confining and hopeless. Given what’s happening in Baltimore and other underserved neighborhoods, many are asking: Where is the money going?

Oh we need to learn blacks are angry, and I suppose spend yet more tax payer dollars to placate the aggrieved blacks.

Black churches burn, WaPo:

Since at least 1822, when the first recorded burning of a black church occurred in South Carolina, church arson has been the default response of racists frustrated with progress — or even the faint specter of progress — on civil rights. More than even lynching, burning houses of worship remains a go-to weapon in hate groups’ arsenal. Torching churches such as Mount Zion persisted decades after the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, 100 years after Booker T. Washington dined at the White House and 150 years after the end of the Civil War.

What’s the enduring appeal of this very specific terrorist act for those who wish to express hate?

What no calls to learn why the four* three remaining members of the Klu Klux Klan are angry? When a black is angry, it is the fault of the whites for not understanding blacks. Conversely, when a white is angry, is the fault of the white for not understanding blacks.   One size fits all.

If you want to progress towards a post-racial society, it would help to hold all individuals to the same levels of expectation.   The Reverends Jackson and Sharpton were not available for immediate comment.

Clinton_Gore_92Commentary, Jonah Goldberg, National Review:

Blogger Glenn Reynolds noted that when the South was solidly Democratic, we got Gone With the Wind nostalgia. Now that it is profoundly less racist, but also less useful to Democrats, it’s the enemy of all that is decent and good.

I note that the NAA[L]CP is calling for black congregations to protect themselves from violence, a suggestion I endorse. Yet is the NAA[L]CP suggest members of black churches exercise their Second Amendment Rights? I kind of doubt it.

[*] Oops, Sheets Byrd is dead.

Addendum:  back to the WaPo and black churches:

As flames engulfed Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, a predominantly African American congregation in the tiny town of Greeleyville, S.C., Tuesday night, social media lit up with expressions of sorrow, speculation and outrage.

The fire was one of six at black churches in the past two weeks, and one of hundreds, possibly thousands, in the past two centuries.

Now back to the real world, Crawdad Hole:

One of the churches was a white church. One fire was caused by lightning. Another was caused by a falling tree limb that struck a power line. But two cases of arson neither of which is definitely a racial hate crime just doesn’t have the same zing.

Let me be clear – torching a church for any reason is despicable. The same goes for torching a mosque, synagogue, temple or any other house of worship, and that includes the Wasilla Bible Church. But let’s stick to the facts.

Lo and behold, two acts of God, wind storm and lightning, is God a racist? Then don’t let the actual facts side track an otherwise great media narrative.

davidl on June 30th, 2015

Chris Christie is in, and he the subject of today’s Snark of the Day:

Christie might very well be the most ferocious conservative we can elect in New Jersey, but we can do better at the national level. Otherwise, it is difficult to see what Christie brings to the table… other than a hardy appetite.

Source: Red State

Eric Florack on June 30th, 2015

For the umpteenth time in the last several days I have been preached at about “the social contract”.

Invariably, this has come from the lips of people who have no idea of the origins of that phrase.
I’d have to double check but to my memory it was Locke and Hobbes who first conjured it. And they were both screaming atheists.

And here’s a hint. They came up with that phrase, coined and recoined it, because at the bottom line they had no idea where ethics come from, and had to invent something for the purpose of discussing ethics.

Eric Florack on June 30th, 2015

Yesterday the US Supreme Court, threw out statutory law. Statutory law, according to the ruling yesterday, doesn’t matter.

Today, the US Supreme Court disregarded all cultural precedent, all history, and in fact removed the legitimacy of the government whose primary purpose is to support and extend the influence of the culture that gave it life.

Here it is; Rights are a cultural construct, and meaningless outside that construct. Rights are not universal.

When Jefferson wrote that “WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT” he was not speaking a universal truth at all. The operative word in that phrase is “WE”.

Rather than talking about a universal point of view, a universal truth, if you will, he was instead talking about the point of view of WE the new American culture. With this angle, many of the long-held myths about rights tend to disappear.

Consider; if it was in fact a universal truth that all men were created equal, it wouldn’t have been such a radical idea, for the time, much less then to now. Last I checked, it is quite true that a vast majority still do not consider these as any kind of truth, universal or otherwise; they consider them to be anything BUT self-evident. Royalty still exists, as do class structures, and slavery, as well.

Again, I say…Jefferson was speaking of the point of view of OUR culture, not that of others.

The fact of the matter is that RIGHTS ARE A CULTURAL CONCEPT, and are nigh on meaningless outside that construct.

Once the culture is allowed to fall either to the law, (or, in the case of anarchy, the lawless) ….even in an attempt to impose rights where they do not exist, what happens to real rights, which are a cultural concept?

They fail.
Forgive me, but I don’t see that as a particularly desirable outcome.

These last couple of days have been a man-made disaster, and the only one smiling about it are those seeking the failure of this country. Understand this clearly if nothing else, people. This is not about acceptance but about overthrow.

Eric Florack on June 30th, 2015

Yes, I know, I haven’t posted for some days now. Reason is simple enough, I had some difficulty hooking up to the site from my phone. That situation is now rectified pretty much although the system seems firmly convinced that the stuff I post isn’t making it even though when I check it has. Oh well, I’ll post something later tonight. Onward.

davidl on June 29th, 2015

The Snark of the Day, Scott Walker:

“When you look at this pattern, what it tells me is that the Clintons think there’s a different set of rules for them than there is for the rest of America and I think that goes to a large issue that says Hillary Clinton is woefully out of touch with main street America.”

Source: Washington Examiner.

davidl on June 28th, 2015

Admit, the lame stream media has  no ideological baggage agenda, from Kate, Small Dead Animals:

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The lame streamers, at least at CNN, have there head stuck so far up their agenda to normalize homosexual behavior that they literally can not see.   I am sure that idea Islamic extremists are going to change their moral convictions, such as they are, by one disjointed Supreme Court decision.   See bridge, Brooklyn.

The word is not activist.  It is vandal, from Useless Toady:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Several dozens supporters of the Confederate battle flag rallied Saturday at the South Carolina Statehouse, urging lawmakers to reject a call to remove the controversial banner from the grounds of the Capitol.

The rally came just hours after an activist climbed the pole where the flag flies and removed it. A new flag was put in its place within an hour.

It appears that Univision’s vision is tinted brown, from MRC:

The scene comes to mind with the news that Univision has abruptly told Donald Trump that they will no longer carry the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant. Why? It seems that the network is displeased that in his announcement speech The Donald said:

When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.

The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

Aside from the fact Trump was accurate, if uncomfortably so? As detailed here in this space just last week, not to mention in Ann Coulter’s new book Adios, America  Now? Now Univision – which – hello? – has a contract with Trump – has abruptly broken their contract in a fit of pique.

Aside, if Le Donald wants to be a serious presidential candidate, he needs to step down from his trivial celebrity television jig.

Comments on the diversity police, from Michelle Malkin:

I have had enough of smug liberal elites wrapped in their “Celebrate Diversity” banners tearing down minority conservatives.

Look in the mirror, media and academia bigots. Your own reflexive racism and divisive rhetoric are poisoning public discourse. There’s nothing “progressive” about attacking the children and grandchildren of immigrants who proudly embrace an American identity.

We are not “self-hating.” You just hate what we believe.

As used by the lame streamers, diversity is dog whistle for people who politically approved ideas. Thus, Michelle Malkin, who is ethnically Philippine but politically conservative is not diverse. Whereas, Elizabeth Warren who is pure Caucasian but politically a native American is considered diverse.