December 13, 2017

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

As measured and objective a voice there is, Victor Davis Hanson has reached a conclusion on the Russiagate - Trump Dossier - Fusion GPS - FBI and DOJ political hatchet job situation that has come to light in dribs and drabs since about the time that Representative Devin Nunes made a hasty trip to the White House, his complexion as pale as his destination, to share information he had recently received as Chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

After a brief a summary as possible of the tangled web of events and apparent conspirators, VDH concludes:

Indeed, the only remaining trajectory by which Mueller and his investigators can escape with their reputations intact is to dismiss those staff attorneys who have exhibited clear anti-Trump political sympathies, reboot the investigation, and then focus on what now seems the most likely criminal conduct: Russian and Clinton-campaign collusion in the creation of the anti-Trump Fusion GPS dossier and later possible U.S. government participation in the dissemination of it. If such a fraudulent document was used to gain court approval to surveil Trump associates, and under such cover to unmask and leak names of private U.S. citizens -- at first to warp a U.S. election, and then later to thwart the work of an incoming elected administration -- then Mueller will be tasked with getting to the bottom of one of the greatest political scandals in recent U.S. history. Indeed, his legacy may not be that he welcomed in known pro-Clinton, anti-Trump attorneys to investigate the Trump 2016 campaign where there was little likelihood of criminality, but that he ignored the most egregious case of government wrongdoing in the last half-century.

Let us pray that "Heaven will direct it."

Dodged a Bullet!

Do Moore's defenders not realize the extent to which religious freedom in this nation depends on a host of progressive judges and government officials complying with lawful court orders? For example, the ability to hire and fire pastors according to the dictates of the church and not the federal government was only recently reaffirmed by the Supreme Court. What if some state judge, somewhere, disagrees? If you accept Moore's behavior on the bench, you must accept that any judge can defy the Supreme Court whenever he sees fit. -- David French
Don't worry, Bannoniites! The master has promised to work his Alabama magic in every Senate race except Ted Cruz's. (Presumably, leaving Ted as the sole GOP Senator.)

December 7, 2017

More Trump Revolution

"We have never seen this kind of intensity around job creation in the 44-year history of the NFIB Jobs Report," says NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. "This is a powerful signal that small business is roaring back to life and ready to lead another period of economic expansion." -- James Freeman

While we're all hailing Freeman (from the same column):


But johngalt thinks:

Q: If an economy expands and no reporters choose to write about it, does it still make a sound?

A: Yes. The sound of falling snowflakes.

Posted by: johngalt at December 7, 2017 2:49 PM

With Apologies to South Park


Okay, I may have doctored it a little bit.

On the web Posted by John Kranz at 1:08 PM | What do you think? [1]
But johngalt thinks:
"The opportunity is to live every dream you have ever had. Now. The problem is that for every dream you realize, you have to relinquish some of your property. And every bit of that property is hard to come by, extraordinarily lucrative, and the single most in-demand thing on the planet earth."

"So, yes, you could be living it up. Instead, you have become addicted to seeing your net worth rise and rise...oh, and rise further, and further, and rise again. And more. The only trick is not to die before you do something with it. That seems pretty easy, for the most part."

-Jeffrey A. Tucker

Posted by: johngalt at December 13, 2017 11:19 AM

December 6, 2017

All Hail Jonah

Rumors that the Republican National Committee was built on the site of an ancient moron burial ground gained new credence this week when it confirmed that it was renewing its support for Alabama's Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. -- Jonah Goldberg
Okay, it's hard. I am sympathetic to the President and the RNC for being in a tough spot. The rules were followed, the nominee was chosen, and a party exists to push its candidate over the line. I totally get it.

The WSJ Ed Page came out forcefully against Moore today, I think National Review has as well; Jonah does not speak for the board, but his vocality has been unmistakable. That his opponent is not even a moderate, guy-we-can-deal-with, but another Sen. Warren (Pocahontas, MA) has held some back, but I have never seen anything like this.

But jk thinks:

No. (I'll give you a moment to recover from the shock...)

I think the problems with Moore go beyond the more lurid accusations. He was removed from the bench twice and has made several impolitic (I'd say outrageous) comments. I can appreciate keeping support if it is only unproven accusations, but think those who do are playing with fire, or as they say in Alabama, "Faaahr!"

I missed ThreeSourcers' comity this week. Making a similar point in a comment on a Shawn Mitchell post, I was savaged about as badly as I have been from the left. A lefty friend of a co-worker did wish me dead once; the Moore supporter only hoped I would be falsely accused of something.

Let's say my contrarian views were not welcomed.

Posted by: jk at December 11, 2017 6:36 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

This is ridiculous. Moore (simply accused of weird, but legal behavior, 40 years ago) & Franken who's tacitly admitted to _repeated_ behavior that's on the hairy edge of harassment, which he was a Senator.

WSJ autta have it's cajones checked at the door. Now, OTOH, Moore apparent repeated behavior-behind the bench brings to mind Judge Roy Bean (not in all good ways).

Besides, this really isn't about Moore, it's about Trump... D'UH!!! The WSJ is running around shouting sex-bingo while the DNC is playing 3-D chess. Sheesh.

Posted by: nanobrewer at December 12, 2017 1:06 AM
But jk thinks:

The other Republican Senator from Alabama is not voting for Moore.

Posted by: jk at December 12, 2017 10:19 AM
But johngalt thinks:

At least, not publicly. Did Shelby vote for Moore in the primary? Probably not.

If there ever was a "party over person" electoral race, brother, this is it. This is a choice between a candidate endorsed by Trump or one endorsed by Obama. Alabamians, make your decision.

If Moore is elected then he can face his accusers and have a fair adjudication, rather than a political noose in a tree.

It's just a dad-burned shame that Roy Moore's accusers weren't so eager to prevent his success in the primary election as they are in the general. Or, perhaps they were. Perhaps they told the Washington Post about it then and that august organ chose to wait. Naaah, a major metropolitan newspaper would never do something so nakedly partisan in an election season.

Posted by: johngalt at December 12, 2017 2:39 PM
But jk thinks:

Great speaker at Liberty on the Rocks -- Flatirons last night. No, I put no perfidy beyond the manipulators of the MSM.

But one could conceivably keep quiet in the belief that former-Judge Moore would not win, then suffer the consequences of embarrassing publicity when a Senate seat is actually on the line. That comports with Hanlon's Razor.

Again, I find his public and undisputed-even-by-his-most-fervent-supporters actions disqualifying. His baggage and potential damage to the party go far beyond even these disturbing accusations.

Posted by: jk at December 12, 2017 4:26 PM
But johngalt thinks:

It was doubtless a lose-lose scenario for the GOP.

Posted by: johngalt at December 13, 2017 11:01 AM

December 4, 2017

Christmas Coffeehousin'


I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

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But johngalt thinks:

Bravo! A wonderful family favorite that I can't wait to share.

Posted by: johngalt at December 6, 2017 7:02 PM

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