I’m slowly regaining my sea legs (or do I mean “blogging legs”?) after a debilitating few days with a migraine. An excellent illustrated edition seems like a good way to get back into the swing of things:
For the last couple of days, I have been neither master of my destiny nor captain of my fate. Instead, I have served at the whim and will of others. In addition, I’m so ferociously angry at what the media is doing that I’ve actually avoided the news lest I pop a blood vessel. They’re not even pretending objectivity anymore. Their openly partisan behavior disgusts me. Sure, Trump’s no great gift to Republicans, but believe me, Hillary is no great gift to Dems — and the media is assiduously hiding everything about her and all of the useful idiots on my Facebook page — theoretically educated, gainfully employed voters — are sucking it up like bad beer at a kegger.
Anyway, I’m still not in charge of my schedule and won’t be for some hours. Please use this open thread to share whatever interests you.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
–William Ernest Henley
I never go looking for legal work, but when my old clients ask for help, I always say “yes.” They were there when my husband was not established in his career and we had children to feed and rent to pay, so I will be there when they have a deadline they can’t meet without my help. Still, I’m tired, really tired, after a two-day marathon to get a complaint into bankruptcy court. I’ll therefore strive for brevity in this round-up, relying more on quotations from the posts I’m highlighting than on my own commentary.
Nothing Trump says is as radical as anything Obama has done. I think Victor Davis Hanson is a closet #NeverHillary. How else to explain his excellent point; namely, that Trump is much less extreme in his views than Obama has been in his actions. To which I’ll add that the real difference is that the media loathes Trump and adored Obama (and has invested in Hillary despite disliking her). Here’s VDH:
Amid the anguish over the Trump candidacy, we often forget that the present age of Obama is already more radical than most of what even Trump has blustered about. We live in a country for all practical purposes without an enforceable southern border. Over 300 local and state jurisdictions have declared themselves immune from federal immigration laws — all without much consequence and without worry that a similar principle of nullification was the basis of the American Civil War or that other, more conservative cities could in theory follow their lead and declare themselves exempt from EPA jurisdiction or federal gun-registration laws. Confederate nullification is accepted as the new normal, and, strangely, its antithesis of border enforcement and adherence to settled law is deemed xenophobic, nativist, and racist.
The president of the United States, on matters from immigration to his own health-care act, often has declined to enforce federal laws — sometimes because it was felt that to do so would have been injurious to his 2012 reelection bid. The reputations of agencies such as the IRS and the VA no longer really exist; we concede that they are politicized, corrupt, or hopelessly inept. An attorney general being found in contempt of Congress raises no more of an eyebrow than that same chief law-enforcement officer referring to African Americans as “my people” or writing off Americans in general as a “nation of cowards.”
An imperfect Donald is better than a disastrous Hillary. Dennis Prager has finally figured out what we here already grasped which is that, no matter how bad Trump is, Hillary is worse. Moreover, those who refuse to vote for Trump or, worse, promise to vote for Hillary, have become so invested in some abstract purity that they’re abandoning even the possibility of preserving conservative principles in America:
Warren Buffet pulled the “have you no decency?” card on Trump re Khizzy Khan. Color me unimpressed. First, it’s a trite phrase, its power having been lost over the decades; second, Khan is a Democrat operative who’s trying to bring more Muslims into America (meaning he has an agenda); third, Hillary’s repeatedly accused the Benghazi parents of lying, so there’s a lot of shame to throw around; and fourth, the media is disgusting, and Buffet may be rich but he’s a brainless oaf if he’s going to shoot his mouth off without researching the media’s crazed, biased reporting.
In light of that, I’ll lead with the posters showing media bias.
Apropos the shooting in Germany, Europe sure does seem to be having a lot of gun violence lately, doesn’t it?
Apropos everyone from Obama to the #NeverTrumpers complaining how gloomy Trump’s speech was, what do they expect? He’s running as the opposition to the controlling political party. Is he supposed to say, “Things are great, but vote for me, not the candidate appaering on behalf of the same great political party currently in power?” Of course not. What Trump is saying — and what resonates with people — is “Things are lousy in ways you know are deeply, deeply wrong, and I can fix them.”
Hillary’s problem as a candidate is that she too knows that everything is lousy — from our soggy economy to our scary national security situation to the seas that never receded despite Obama’s promises — but she’s too tied to the political party currently in power, so she can’t distinguish herself by promising a big new (and different) fix. All that she’s got Left is a vaguely senile appearing Bill Clinton talking about “the awful legacy of the last eight years.” Well, that’s subtle.
Blacks and Muslims should be angry at their criminal cohorts, not at us. In the context of an article about political correctness, Andrew Klavan said something I’ve been struggling to say for some time. He acknowledges that blacks are on the receiving end of much more police activity, something frustrating and insulting to law-abiding blacks, but that’s because the black community’s bad eggs commit a disproportionate amount of American crime. Likewise, because children have big mouths, perfectly nice Muslim kids in school find themselves being called terrorists, reflecting the fact that acts of mass violence all over the world come primarily from their co-religionists. That’s certainly not nice, but Klavan says that law-abiding blacks and Muslims are putting blame in the wrong place:
It seems to me if you are an innocent black person being troubled by the cops, if you are an innocent Muslim under suspicion from your neighbors, the people you should be angry at, the people to blame, are not the people acting on rational suspicion. The people at fault are the bad guys who have drawn that suspicion unfairly onto you.
A black man targeted by the police shouldn’t be angry at the police. He should be angry at the thugs and criminals who look like him and make his race a target. And before Muslims blame non-Muslims for the prejudice against them, maybe they ought to look to — and openly condemn — those Muslims who have given their religion a very bad name indeed.
The problem is prejudice, yes. But it’s the tribal prejudice that says we should blame others before we blame “our own.” “Our own” are the good guys, no matter what race or religion we are.
Someone should read those words out loud at the Republican Party Convention. They’re very important.
The coup that wasn’t and the coup that could be. The more news that comes out of Turkey, the more I believe that what happened there was a coup in the same way that the Reichstag fire was a “coup” — it was a staged event that gave a despot the authority to wipe out the last of his opposition. I have no doubt that the soldiers who will be executed believed in what they were doing, but I also have no doubt that they were pushed into it like lambs to the slaughter by people on Erdogan’s payroll.
What made the coup an inevitable failure is that Erdogan spent years purging the military of secular leaders and replacing them with leaders sympathetic to his own political philosophy. We have a similar situation here at home.
Obama has spent years purging the American military of conservative leaders and replacing them with leaders who believe that the military’s primary goal isn’t defending America against her enemies but is, instead, to use it as a vehicle to promote the so-called “war against climate change” and gender madness, both to the detriment of military readiness. Meanwhile, on the home front, Obama has armed the federal civil service (a bastion of Left-leaning union members who had no problem using the IRS’s vast powers to silence conservatives in an election year) to the point at which they’re more heavily weaponized than the Marines. The only difference between a weaponized IRS, EPA, FCC, or FDA, on the one hand, and the Marines, on the other hand, is that I’d still bet my money on the Marines in hand-to-hand fighting.
A lot of people worry that, if Trump is rising in the polls, Obama will declare martial law at the end of October, either because of another terrorist attack by a member of the religion of “peace” or because of more outrages by the BLM movement. Two years ago, I would have scoffed. Today, I agree that this scenario is within the realm of possibility.
However, if Hillary is ahead in the polls, the election will go forward, and we’ll end up with the most corrupt woman in American political history having at her command an emasculated, left-Leaning military and a heavily armed bureaucracy at her beck and call. And honestly, if the next president has that kind of firepower, ask yourself this: Would you rather have Trump, who does love America, or Hillary, a hard-core Leftist, in control of that arsenal?
The best thing, of course, would be seeing the military return to its proper function and disarming our “civil” bureaucracy. That’s not going to happen soon, though, so we’ve got to go with what is, rather than what we wish could be.
Wolf Howling had problems posting at my site, so he sent me some emails, which I’ll share with you. Because I always enjoy reading what he has to say, I’m going to assume that you too will enjoy reading is comments and following his links.
Did we make a mistake approving the 19th Amendment?
[Bookworm here: On behalf of all sane, normal, non-Feminazi women, I apologize for the preceding video.]
I have a very old and dear client who occasionally calls me in when he’s buried and none of his regular attorneys can help him out. If I can, I always say “yes.”
That client called me in for help last Wednesdays, and I’ve been working without pause since then to help him put to bed a writ petition to the Court of Appeal. I’ll be working on this massive document through Wednesday. That’s why blogging was nonexistent today and will be light for the first half of the week. I simply don’t have enough hours in the day to meet the legal deadline and still get meaningful blogging done.
Please feel free to use this open thread when I can’t get blogging done. Also, do check in, because I’m hoping I can inveigle my friend Wolf Howling into putting up a post or two. He always has something worthwhile to say.
I’m on the phone trying to book tickets with United to take one of the Bookworms off to college later this summer. I have no words for how helpful the United employee on the other end of the phone has been.
I contacted him initially after the website refused to accept my booking. It turns out that this failure was because of the way the family’s frequent flyer miles and payment methods are linked — the linkage was blocking something I was trying to do. This nice young man has spent almost an hour on the phone with me looking for a workaround the limitations.
Getting this kind of service from United is nothing new. A few years ago, forgetting about time zone changes, I booked a flight to Tokyo that had us arriving 24 hours after our tour group had already left Tokyo. I was in tears when I called United and the clerk couldn’t have been more helpful. “Don’t worry, ma’am. We’ll make it right for you” — and he did, getting us on a flight that arrived on time with a minimal penalty for my foolishness.
So, this is an open thread, but if you like, it might be nice to share stories of good customer service that you’ve experienced over the years.
And yay! Booking completed on very good terms. Thank you, United.