The Bookworm Beat 4-28-15 — the “I’ve got a job” edition and open thread

Woman writingFor the next few weeks, I’m helping out at an actual office. This means that, as was the case today, I may not get to my computer until later in the day. You might want to consider my blog the place to go for afternoon and early evening reading. I’ve got a few articles saved from yesterday, and I’ll share them here before I start reading today’s material:

The Supreme Court and Gay Marriage

Traditionally, Supreme Court justices have worked on being inscrutable. It’s been part of the mystique. Even during oral argument, their questions aren’t necessarily an indicator about which way any given justice will decide a case. This is important, because it creates the appearance of impartiality and fealty to the Constitution, rather than to personal bias.

At least, that used to be the case. When it comes to gay marriage, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the worst writer on the Supreme Court, has also abandoned all pretense of impartiality of obeisance to the Constitution. Consider her an enthusiastic “yes” vote for gay marriage.

VDH outdoes himself analyzing the Clintons’ peculiar brand of utter corruption

Sometimes Victor Davis Hanson has an almost oracular quality, when his writing transcends ordinary opinion pieces and goes into some transcendent outer zone. He’s done it today with his take on the Clintons’ epic immorality:

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An observation about the Clintons and Obama

Chamberlain and Obama appeasersAmerica has had corrupt presidents in the past. The ones that spring readily to a mind educated in the San Francisco Public School District are Andrew Johnson, Warren B. G. Harding, and Richard Nixon. Please feel free to chime in with equally corrupt Democrats.

But I ask you this: Before the Clintons, have we ever before had a former president (that would be Bill) and a wannabe future president (that would, God forbid, Hillary) who have sold our country out to foreign interests? (While Bill didn’t do that in office, it appears that he and Hillary worked together to fund their Clinton Foundation in exchange for giving favors to foreign entities that had interests antithetical to American interests.)

And have we ever before — ever! — had a president who turned his back entirely on stalwart American allies and not only made nice with unrepentant enemies, but actually worked hard to expand those enemies’ arsenals? At least when Chamberlain did what he did, he believed that he was, both militarily and economically, in a weaker position than Hitler. Obama, however, is the stronger party, both militarily and economically, in the negotiations and has still given everything in exchange for nothing.

I’d like to hear your opinions on the questions I ask. What I’m suggesting is that past, present, and wannabe future American presidents have engaged in actual treason as defined in 18 U.S. Code section 2381:

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. (Emphasis added.)

I’m also thinking that the conduct I’ve described is a first, and I’d be interested if you can think of historic precedents.

Yeah, yeah! I went AWOL again, but I still have energy to insult Hillary voters

Hillary emails corruptionI’m hoping that today marks the last day I completely vanish because of work.  I still have projects I have to do, but I’m hoping that the time lines will be a bit more temperate.  This pace would have been wearing when I was young and is a serious challenge now that I’m not so young.

With luck, I’ll have a good night’s sleep tonight and, tomorrow, emerge refreshed with all sorts of exciting blogging ideas dancing around in my head.  Now, the sole blogging idea I have is:  “How can intelligent women vote for Hillary?”

I asked one of my favorite liberal Facebook friends “What are Hillary’s accomplishments?”  Her reply, distilled to its essence, was:  College class valedictorian, wrote law review articles, gave lip service to children’s causes, was first lady in Arkansas, raised a child successfully, was a First Lady in D.C., has campaigned against wood burning stoves, presided over a warm relationship between Obama and Turkey (never mind that Turkey has become one of the unhinged Islamic governments), and is a woman!

In some ways, a vote for Hillary because she’s female is even worse than a vote for Obama because he’s black.  Obama had the virtue of being something of a blank slate.  Those of us who were paying close attention knew the real story (Leftist, anti-Semite, anti-American, no accomplishments), but everyone else just saw the shiny product.  With Hillary, though, everyone knows about her downsides  the dishonesty; the secretiveness; the paranoia; the rank, even deadly, incompetence; etc.

With Obama, it was a case “if ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.”  With Hillary, it’s a case of “I don’t care that I know for an absolute fact that Hillary is singularly dishonest and incompetent.  All I care about is abortion generally and the fact that, specifically, Hillary allegedly possesses a vagina.”  That’s really what support for Hillary boils down to.

And for those who are thinking “American women really can’t be that stupid, can they?”, the answer is a resounding “Yes, they can!”  The mere fact that one of the sharpest women I know forgives Hillary everything, and is willing to elect her to the presidency primarily because she was class valedictorian and raised a nice daughter (oh, and of course, allegedly has a vagina), tells you everything you need to know about 60 years of Leftist brainwashing in America’s schools and her media.

I’m sometimes sorry I wised up after 9/11.  If I hadn’t, I too could blissfully contemplate the fact that American women and their whipped men are enthusiastically prepared to hand their nation over to a known crook and incompetent, because . . . abortion and alleged vagina.  It’s just sickening.

Hillary “Carter” Clinton — or the story of a suitcase

The big banner headline on Drudge today told about Hillary making like the little people by flying coach back to her mansion and carrying her own suitcase.  Here’s the tweet that started the story:

Hillary and her suitcase

Hmmmm. Where have I heard that story before?  Oh, wait!  I know (emphasis added):

As outlined in my [Ronald Kessler’s] book “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect,” Democratic presidents who claim like Olbermann to be for the little guy often are the nastiest with staff and Secret Service agents. Jimmy Carter — codenamed Deacon — was a prime example.

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For three and a half years, agent John Piasecky was on Carter’s detail — including seven months of driving him in the presidential limousine — and Carter never spoke to him, he says. At the same time, Carter tried to project an image of himself as a man of the people by carrying his own luggage when traveling. But that was often for show. When he was a candidate in 1976, Carter would carry his own bags when the press was around but ask the Secret Service to carry them the rest of the time.

“Carter would have us carry his luggage from the trunk to the airport,” says former Secret Service agent John F. Collins. “But that is not our job, and we finally stopped doing it.” On one occasion, says Collins, “We opened the trunk and shut it, leaving his luggage in the trunk. He was without clothes for two days.”

As president, Carter engaged in more ruses involving his luggage.

“When he was traveling, he would get on the helicopter and fly to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base,” says former Secret Service agent Clifford R. Baranowski. “He would roll up his sleeves and carry his bag over his shoulder, but it was empty. He wanted people to think he was carrying his own bag.”

Even when Hillary tries to be one of the little people, she’s a fake and a phony. I’m willing to bet that the suitcase she was carrying was just as heavily packed as the bag Carter slung over his shoulders back in the day at Andrews Air Force Base.

The Bookworm Beat 4-14-15 — the procrastination edition and open thread

Woman writingI have work to do today, but no actual deadlines, so naturally I’m procrastinating like crazy. And what better way to do so than to share a few interesting things with you? How about my starting with the most inspirational. I’ll go from the sublime to the ridiculous, which means I’ll end with links to articles about Hillary’s candidacy.

Noah Galloway, American soldier, DWTS contender

Noah Galloway lost his left arm and leg in Iraq. His appearance on Dancing With The Stars was a little bit by way of being a gimmick because how can someone dance without an arm and with a totally lost leg (i.e., no knee)?

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[VIDEO] RNC’s “Stay Secretive, My Friend” anti-Hillary video

Dos Equis manPerhaps you’re familiar with Dos Equis’s campaign built around “the most interesting man in the world.” The “most interesting man in the world” does all sorts of amazing things (killer pool, killer surfing, beautiful women, etc.). Then, at the end of the commercial comes the tag line: “”I don’t always drink beer. But when I do, I prefer Dos Equis,” followed by the statement “Stay thirsty, my friends.” He is, of course, the subject of endless spoofs.

The RNC, in a burst of creativity, has taken that concept and applied it to Hillary:

[VIDEO] Bill Whittle on the rot at the heart of American politics

Hillary emails corruptionI always enjoy Bill Whittle’s videos.  He has a knack for describing social and political issues with tremendous clarity.  I’m convinced that ordinary Progressives (not the True Believers, but the knee-jerk voters), would change their views if they would make themselves watch a steady diet of Bill Whittle and Prager University videos.

This latest Bill Whittle video, however, is something special — which is why I emailed it to all of my local conservative friends and family.  In it, Whittle describes not just a particular bad act, but a particular mindset that goes to the heart of the contract between America and her government (a contract more commonly known as the Constitution).

As you watch the video, keep in mind that, while it’s directed at Hillary Clinton and the Democrat establishment from Obama on down, it’s also an indictment of Republican politicians who are complicit in this lawlessness in so many ways.  They too engage in it, profit from it, ignore it, strike deals with it, etc.

At least in the old days, members of the nobility could convince themselves that their blue blood meant being above the law.  Nowadays, though, American politicians truly seem to believe that getting elected is carte blanche for white-collar crime and political malfeasance.  And while it’s true that Republicans are less likely to commit these crimes (in part because Democrats are more likely to prosecute them in politically inspired witch hunts), the fact is that they all do it.

“Ready for Hillary” PAC promotes a fresh-faced, young Hillary Clinton for President *UPDATED*

Hillary Clinton testifying about BenghaziHaving lived practically my entire life in liberal enclaves, most of my real-me Facebook friends have a liberal bent. Amongst the women, many are Hillary Clinton supporters. In the past few days, several of these women have been sharing on Facebook their enthusiasm for Hillary in 2016. To this end, they’ve been sharing the following post from “Ready for Hillary,” a Hillary Clinton super PAC:

It’s a cute picture, isn’t it? It’s also a very, very young picture — the kind of picture you’d post if you want to hide the fact that your candidate will be almost 70 in 2016.

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The Bookworm Beat 12/6/14 — Saturday sweep-up edition, and Open Thread

Woman writingA cold has been making the rounds in my neighborhood and it finally caught up with me. I don’t feel particularly ill, but I feel congested and quite desperately sleepy. I had a great deal to do today, and mostly managed to re-read Agatha Christie’s Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, which wasn’t too taxing (and, thankfully, I’d forgotten whodunnit). I’ve now roused myself enough to clean the kitchen, do the laundry, and share with you a few browser tabs I still have open from yesterday:

The all-around best post about the Rolling Stone’s journalistic malpractice

I’ve shouted my opinion about Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story from the treetops (“It didn’t happen that way!”), and I’ve linked to several posts that agreed with me, only they did so more thoroughly, more elegantly and, most importantly, from more prominent platforms than mine.  These combined voices forced Rolling Stone to admit to gross journalistic malpractice.

Of all these bully-pulpit loud voices on the subject, my favorite is Jonah Goldberg. Writing before Rolling Stone walked back its story, Jonah Goldberg had this to say:

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