davidl on November 19th, 2017

From Joy-Ann Reid, Daily Beast:

Well if we are getting about the business of re-examining the past indecency of powerful men, we’d be remiss not to include the moment in 1991 when a woman was not believed and her alleged abuser was elevated to the highest court in the land, where he remains 26 years later.

Aside from Associate Justice Clarence Thomas being a rock solid conservative, apparently an unforgivable crime, the sole evidence of Thomas being an indecent man unfit for high office is the uncorroborated word of one Anita Hill. The gist of Hill’s allegations, from Newsweek, via Powerline:

[Hill] described Thomas as a boss who pestered her for dates and spoke graphically about pornography, bestiality, rape and his skills as a lover. “He talked about pornographic materials depicting individuals with large penises or large breasts involved in various sex acts,” she testified.

The “oddest episode,” Hill said, occurred when he was drinking a Coke in his EEOC office. “He got up from the table at which we were working, went over to his desk to get the Coke, looked at the can and asked, ‘Who has put pubic hair on my Coke?”‘

Aside from the facts that Hill had no collaborating witnessed and in the twenty-six years since the confirmation hearing there has been no indication in the public record of Thomas’s alleged sexual harassment fitting a pattern of misbehavior.  In contrast  Hill views allegation of sexual peccadilloes in context of the accused political views,  Hill on B.J. Clinton, viay Paul Mirengoff, Powerline:

I think what Ms. Steinem also says that we have to look at the totality of the presidency and how has he been on women’s issues generally? Is he our best bet, not withstanding some behavior that we might dislike, and I don’t think that most women have come to the point where we have said, ‘Well, this is so bad that even if he is better on the bigger issues, we can’t have him as President.

Translation, Clarence Thomas opposed affirmative action, he therefore unfit to hold office. Whereas B.J. Clinton supports abortion therefore should be given a pass on his sexual misconduct.

davidl on November 18th, 2017

Mrs. B.J. Clinton as attributed by April Ryan, via Gateway Pundit:

“Look I worry about everything from his[President Donald Trump] past because it tells you how he behaves in the present and the future.”

So few words.  so much to parse.   Points:

  • Mrs. Clinton purports to be Methodist.   Does she not believe in redemption?   If Mrs. Clinton believes her god could forgive Senator Oldsmobile, and admit him to heaven, why does she refuse to do what Jesus would do, at least with  regards to Republicans.
  • Number Forty, President Ronald Reagan, admitted a to fatal sin, in the eyes of republicans.   To wit to once having been a democrat.   Yet the Gipper convinced the voters, four times, that his view of the Democratic Party had changed.
  • Why does Mrs. Clinton view Little Donny past character flaws to be fatal and irredeemable, but seem to view the character flaws of any democrat as old news, no longer relevant?

Mrs. Clinton, your fifteen minutes have expired.

davidl on November 18th, 2017

The Snark of the Day(year?), to paraphrase, snark is something best delivered cold (and calm).  Sarah Huckabee Sanders, video:

Well done my lady.

Eric Florack on November 17th, 2017

I note with interest the current Feeding Frenzy on Al Franken. Bruce McQuain correctly observes:

The question, of course, is will Democrats now apply the Roy Moore standard or the Bill Clinton standard to Franken?

The fact that Franken has not resigned yet, indicates that Franken believes they will apply the Bill Clinton standard. Indeed there are a large number of people already rising up to defend him, apparently oblivious to the double standard that they’re operating in…. The majority of them screaming for the head of Roy Moore.

Of course double standards are hardly new for the Democrat Party. After all, we are talking about a group of people who has been encouraging us to open the doors of women’s rooms All Over America to men…. The party who kept electing Ted Kennedy to the Senate for 45 years in spite of or perhaps because of Chappaquiddick, the party of Bill “you better put some ice on that” Clinton and so on …and yet in recent weeks have declared themselves to be the final Arbiter of what is and is not moral sexual behavior.

But the one thing that the left has yet to develop is a sense of History. Clearly, Al Franken is among these. His perception of the fragility of his position is hampered thereby.

As was demonstrated by Jim Traficant some years ago, Democrats will support you up to the point where you threaten their power, and their goal of an ever more powerful and intrusive government.

Become an impediment to that goal by becoming an embarrassment, and you’ll find yourself in Fort Marcy park with two bullets to the back of the head and a gun in your hand that won’t fire.

Regardless of how that comes out, what we are witness to right now is the Democrat Party just starting to get a rough idea of the depth of the pile of dog poop they’ve managed to step in. They’re being judged by their own recently acquired and selectively applied standards now, and it’s not going to end well.

davidl on November 13th, 2017

From  the Men, Women, Different department, from Claudia Goldin: How to Win the Battle of the Sexes Over Pay (Hint: It Isn’t Simple), NY Slimes, via Bradford-Delong:

…Ms. King fought hard for equal rights and, on the tennis court, she won. By 1973, men and women received the same prizes at the Open…. That is not the reality in the overall labor market, however…. Fighting to eradicate discriminatory employment practices is absolutely needed, of course…. Unequal treatment in hiring and in the work setting is real…. Yet… the time demands of many jobs can explain much of the pay difference, a finding that has sobering implications. Eliminating the gender earnings gap will require changes in millions of households and thousands of individual workplaces….

The gap is a statistic that changes during the life of a worker. Typically, it’s small when formal education ends and employment begins, and it increases with age. More to the point, it increases when women marry and when they begin bearing children. Using the data that shows women earn 81 cents for each dollar earned by men, when the careers of recent college graduates start, the gap is much smaller: 92 cents for each male dollar. By the time college-educated women are 40 years old, they earn 73 cents…. Correcting for time off and hours of work reduces the difference in the earnings between men and women but doesn’t eliminate it….

Women disproportionately seek jobs—including full-time jobs—that are more likely to mesh with family responsibilities, which, for the most part, are still greater for women than for men. So, the research shows, women tend to prefer jobs that offer flexibility: the ability to shift hours of work and rearrange shifts to accommodate emergencies at home. Such jobs tend to be more predictable, with fewer on-call hours and less exposure to weekend and evening obligations. These advantages have a negative consequence: lower earnings per hour, even when the number of hours worked is the same….

Certain job characteristics have a big impact on the gender earnings gap… Subject to strict deadlines and time pressure… Expected to be in direct contact with other workers or clients… Instructed to develop cooperative working relationships… Assigned to work on highly specific projects… Unable to independently determine their tasks and goals Occupations with a lower level of these characteristics (like jobs in science and technology) show smaller gaps…. Men’s earnings tend to surge when there are fewer substitutes for a given worker, when the job must be done in teams and when clients demand specific lawyers, accountants, consultants and financial advisers. Such differences can account for about half the gender earnings gap. These findings provide more nuance in explaining why the gap widens with age and why it is greater for women with children…

Yes men and women as groups receive different compensation.  Goldin deems this a problem, to be solved.  I deem a fact of life to be lived with and accepted.   Further, Goldin’s cure would be worse than the problem she purports to remedy.   Different groups are different.   Should the Slimes launch a crusade to insure that blood hounds are equally represented at dog tracks, and if not why not?   How about replacing bull fights in Spain, with bovine bouts, with equal presentation of both bulls and cow?

Back to human, at birth women have circa a five year longer life expectancy than men(PDF).    What does Goldin propose to do to remedy this gap.

Men die from work related injuries about twelve times the rate of women, from Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Women suffered 2,506 (or 8 percent) of the 31,567 job-related fatalities reported from 1992 to 1996. During the same time period, women accounted for slightly less than 50 percent of the workforce.

[…]

Women may experience fewer job-related deaths and injuries because they typically are employed in less dangerous jobs such as teaching or other service occupations. Few women work in the construction trades or in other high-risk jobs where work is performed outdoors.

The difference between male and female occupational deaths is not a disparity. It is a statistic. Now if women were put down their steno graphs and take up say truck driving that alone would reduce the sex disparity in income, job related death and carpal tunnel injuries. Progress?

Eric Florack on November 12th, 2017

According to the Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel, Clinton’s role in the Fusion GPS dossier “was one of the dirtiest political tricks in U.S. history.” The Clinton camp was not only involved with the dossier’s procurement, but Comey’s FBI had a short lived agreement to reimburse those who shelled out funds for it.

Added info and hat tip, Gateway Pundit.

Add effect, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

davidl on November 9th, 2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates puts the S into Stupid,  Coates must have watched too much Dallas.   He seems to think J.R. Ewing represents the typical white man, via Bradford-Delong:

“When you’re white in this country, you’re taught that everything belongs to you…You think you have a right to everything.… You’re conditioned this way. It’s not because your hair is a texture or your skin is light. It’s the fact that the laws and the culture tell you this. You have a right to go where you want to go, do what you want to do, be however—and people just got to accommodate themselves to you.

So here comes this word that you feel like you invented, and now somebody will tell you how to use the word that you invented. ‘Why can’t I use it? Everyone else gets to use it. You know what? That’s racism that I don’t get to use it. You know, that’s racist against me. You know, I have to inconvenience myself and hear this song and I can’t sing along. How come I can’t sing along?’… The experience of being a hip-hop fan and not being able to use the word ‘ni–er’ is actually very, very insightful. It will give you just a little peek into the world of what it means to be black. Because to be black is to walk through the world and watch people doing things that you cannot do, that you can’t join in and do. So I think there’s actually a lot to be learned from refraining..

I have a suggestion for Mr. Coates. If you do not like the word nigger, do not use it. Next problem please.

Eric Florack on November 9th, 2017

The consequences of incompetence:

But as was revealed Sunday, in what is becoming a common theme in these mass shootings, no amount of background checking would have stopped the shooter in Sutherland Springs, Texas from purchasing his firearms, because the federal government failed to do its job properly. It’s not the first time. . . .

But even when the FBI has all the data needed to flag someone from purchasing a gun, there have been examples of gross incompetence as well.

Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people during evening services at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015.

Roof was not legally permitted to own a firearm due to an unlawful drug possession charge from earlier that year. Roof’s record listed the wrong arresting agency and because of this error, he was able to legally purchase the weapon he used in the shooting. Victims of family members killed by Roof have filed suit against the U.S. government because of this avoidable error.

First, directly to the topic at hand. The problem isn’t that we don’t have enough laws restricting guns, the problem is the unintended consequences involved with governmental incompetence.

Thing is, there’s larger implications here as well;

The founders of this great nation made great efforts in constructing a minimal government. One that was limited constitutionally.

Look, aside from the idea of government running amok which has certainly occurred as well, I am convinced that the natural tendency towards governmental incompetence is why they went to all that trouble.

The largest lie ever told in the history of man is that man can be perfected by means of legislation. What we see here is why. Man simply isn’t up to the task.

Eric Florack on November 8th, 2017

So the Democrats are proclaiming this huge victory… Mostly on the strength of having won the Democrat strongholds of New Jersey and Virgina. They’re currently trying to make the whole thing a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump.

But the facts are a little different than the news media and the leftists, (but I repeat myself), claim.

Let’s ponder that the Republican candidate for governor in the state of Virginia was Ed Gillespie. To begin with I can’t think of a more establishment candidate then Ed Gillespie other than perhaps Mitt Romney. The entire movement has since the beginning been against the Republican establishment and the Democrat establishment for that matter. That’s where the tea party came from. As I keep saying, the presidential election last year was not about Donald Trump. It has always been about eliminating the establishment.

The voters who started that movement saw the GOP establishment forever leaning increasingly left and moved to put a stop to it. Trump just happened to ride that movement’s coattails.

Now, Gillespie, far from embracing that movement, did everything he could during his campaign to separate himself from Trump and from the Tea Party and for that matter, anything and everything conservative. He spent most of his time trying to make himself relevant to a group which will never vote Republican regardless of how much they kowtow to the demands of the left. It’s no surprise then that his effort failed to engender trust amongst the already establishment -hating GOP electorate.

Combine with the idea that the Democrats were energized by the butt-kicking they took a year ago, and it’s a wonder that Gillespie did as well as he did.

The reasoning for the loss in New Jersey is of the same vein. Chris Christie on his best days could never be considered conservative, and no more is his lieutenant governor. They each spent copious amounts of time and effort to try and be relevant to the left wing. That effort also was doomed to failure before it began.

The lesson from the losses in New Jersey and Virginia are simple, Direct, and everlasting. You’re not going to win elections by trying to appease the Looney left. The only way that Republicans are going to be winners is to actually be conservative consistently foundationally and fundamentally.

Alas, it’s a lesson they still haven’t learned.

davidl on November 6th, 2017

Following up on Eric.  What do heroes and fools have in common. When dire circumstances occur, both the hero and the fool rush.   First the hero, via Last Tradition:

NY Post reports a concerned neighbor who heard the Texas church massacre unfolding on Sunday went and grabbed his rifle and tried to stop it — opening fire on the shooter and chasing him down in a stranger’s truck, a report says.
The man, who has not been publicly named, is being hailed online as a “hero” after state officials described his actions during a press conference.

The hero rushes to where he can help. In contrast, the fool, also via Last Tradition:

The Hill reports Democrats are renewing their calls for gun reform after reports of a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday.

Multiple people are dead after gunfire erupted at the church, which is not far outside San Antonio, according to reports.

Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) were among the Democrats who urged Congress to act in response to the latest deadly shooting.

The hero rushed to the crime scene. Little Dicky Durbin rushed to the microphone.

Eric Florack on November 6th, 2017

Attention Wil Wheaton

There’s only one way to address gun violence. Shoot back.

There are several ways to address scumbags such as yourself. And I expect you’re seeing the majority of them right now.

Sit down shut up and maybe learn something if you have the capacity.

davidl on November 3rd, 2017

The Snark of the Day, from Senator Charles Schumer:

As I ride my bike around New York City on the weekends, I see what immigrants do for America and this program has dramatically helped.

Hat tip, the Pundit of Poca, Don Surber.

davidl on November 2nd, 2017

Memo to Latino Victory Fund. Go back to Mexico, or wherever from whence you came, and FOAD.

Hat tip: Kimberly Kaye, Legal Insurrection.


The above Latino Victory Fund political ad has no basis is truth. Note picture of a real terror truck, and carefully note the lack of any Confederate symbol. It does seem that Home Deport is headquarter in Atlanta, but I digress.

Moreover, I might ask, who poses a greater threat to Latino children, redneck truck drivers or liberal judges? From Slate:

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the Trump administration to let an unaccompanied, undocumented immigrant minor obtain an abortion. The minor, referred to in court filings as Jane Doe, arrived in the United States without her parents and is currently being held at a federally funded shelter in Texas

Then ponder that the driver of the Home Depot truck was an Islamic militant admitted to this country by visa program favored by New York’s senior senator and Senate minority leader.  Chuckles’ immigrant  killed five people from Argentina.  So is the threat to Latinos?

davidl on October 31st, 2017

You put an under educated idiot with an over inflated ego in front of camera and microphone, and you still have an idiot, video:

For the record Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is in real life a mechanical engineer, or was. for his part, Bill Bigtree went to film school Then the bright side at least there not a lawyer pretending to a sports authority.

davidl on October 31st, 2017

It is Halloween and the ghouls are out in, from Red State:

A branch of the Planned Parenthood Action, Planned Parenthood Black Community, basically told black that between an abortion, and having a baby, an abortion is the safer option.

Adding the hashtag “#ScaryStats,” Planned Parenthood tweeted “if you’re a Black woman in America, it’s statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth.”

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood did not want to promote choice. Sanger promoted the killing of unborn black babies. Sanger was a racist and the organization she founded still is.  Little wonder public and financial support for the Klan has dried up.   It is more cost effective to give money to Planned Parenthood.