Foolishness since 2007

Foolishness since 2007
Foolishness since 2007

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Odds and Ends

What a week! Several 5-4 decisions. One I really like. JANUS v. AFSME puts public unions on the bread line. I have never liked public unions since any bargaining is not done at arm's length. BTW, I read the decisions. Not all of them in entirety. In Janus I skipped the dissent.

Kennedy's retirement has liberals foaming at the mouth. According to the rants I have seen they think abortion, gay rights, etc will be rolled back. It is rare that a prior ruling is overturned like it was in Janus. I am pleased that Trump will be able to put another conservative on the high court and to continue to make appointments to the District Courts and Court of Appeals.

Unrelated items that have accumulated in the Inbox

No Need for Maxine To Call To Arms
Ever since the election, the left hasn’t needed marching orders from Maxine Waters. The American left is always cocked, locked and ready to go into the streets, shout someone down, confront, harass and punish.

One example of deep state
Why would a seasoned careerist like Andrew McCabe allow his spouse to receive nearly $700,000 in campaign donations from Clinton-affiliated organizations, only later to become a chief investigator of the Clinton email scandal, or why would he so clumsily leak to the press and lie about it afterward? Easy answer: He wisely played the odds and knew that his future FBI ascendency was assured, given that he had helped exonerate the soon-to-be president, Hillary Clinton. His only rub would be competing with other post-election sycophants who would all be vying for President Clinton’s patronage, each claiming that his own particular improper, illegal, or unethical behavior trumped that of the others.

HRC vs The Donald
Clinton was a creature of government, Trump often at war with it. Her essence was predicated on the approval of an elite; he thrived on its disdain. Hillary’s misdeeds were far worse than her reputation; the Donald’s reputation far worse than his misdeeds. He could be authentically gross; she inauthentically prim. And his animal cunning was usually prescient; her sober assessments almost always flawed. Trump certainly could be cruel to individuals; but kind to the public; Clinton was kind to her particular friends but predictably cruel to people. Trump sloppily exaggerated and fabricated; she carefully lied and dissimulated. Trump exhausted a limited vocabulary; Clinton an even more limited body of ideas.

Obama vs The Donald
Obama defies the Constitution but sounds ‘presidential.’ Trump follows it but sounds like a loudmouth from Queens. The entire article.

There are many harmful habits of which Trump is guilty: inflammatory rhetoric, tendency toward hyperbole, petty fights, tactless tweets.

No Scandals?
Obama himself recently concluded of his eight-year tenure, “I didn’t have scandals.”

That is a puzzling assertion, given nearly nonstop scandals during Obama’s eight years in office involving the IRS; General Services Administration; Peace Corps; Secret Service; Veterans Administration; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, not to mention the Clinton email-server scandal, the Benghazi scandal, and the 2016 Democratic National Committee email scandal.

In 2014, 47 of the nation’s 73 inspectors general signed a letter alleging that Obama had stonewalled their “ability to conduct our work thoroughly, independently, and in a timely manner.”

By Steven F. Hayward
Climate change is over. No, I’m not saying the climate will not change in the future, or that human influence on the climate is negligible. I mean simply that climate change is no longer a pre-eminent policy issue. All that remains is boilerplate rhetoric from the political class, frivolous nuisance lawsuits, and bureaucratic mandates on behalf of special-interest renewable-energy rent seekers.

A good indicator of why climate change as an issue is over can be found early in the text of the Paris Agreement. The “nonbinding” pact declares that climate action must include concern for “gender equality, empowerment of women, and intergenerational equity” as well as “the importance for some of the concept of ‘climate justice.’ ” Another is Sarah Myhre’s address at the most recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in which she proclaimed that climate change cannot fully be addressed without also grappling with the misogyny and social injustice that have perpetuated the problem for decades.

When he was president of Vietnam General Khanh delivered a long, tedious speech in Vietnamese, ending with, “Vietnam muôn năm! —“ Vietnam, ten thousand years!” At which point, McNamara grabbed one fist and Maxwell Taylor grabbed the other and they held them up, and McNamara leaned over to the microphone and tried to say “Vietnam muôn năm,” but, because he wasn’t aware of the tonal difference, the crowd practically disintegrated on the cobblestones. What he was saying was something like “The little duck, he wants to lie down.”

I must include myself in this.

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