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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."

UPDATE [14DEC]: WSJ Ed Page piles on.

Evidence is building instead that some officials at the FBI -- who have worked for him -- may have interfered in an American presidential election.

So the man in charge of investigating interference in an American presidential election, did so using officials who may have interfered in that same presidential election.

Fair hearing: The NY Times says, however, that "None of these attacks or insinuations are grounded in good faith. The anti-Mueller brigade cares not a whit about possible bias in the Justice Department or the F.B.I. It simply wants the investigation shut down out of a fear of what it might reveal."

The primary purpose of Mr. Mueller's investigation is not to take down Mr. Trump. It's to protect America's national security and the integrity of its elections by determining whether a presidential campaign conspired with a foreign adversary to influence the 2016 election -- a proposition that grows more plausible every day.

Okay, so maybe taking down Trump is only a secondary purpose of Mr. Mueller. Fair enough. After replacing every compromised investigator with unbiased officials, carry on with the fishing expedition. Meanwhile, as WSJ concludes regarding evidence of FBI and DOJ's dangerously flawed integrity, "Congress needs to insist on its rights as a co-equal branch of government to discover the truth."

But jk thinks:

Superb post. Jim Geraghty hits very similar points to the WSJ.

I know there's a lot going on, with Senator Warren calling Sen Gillibrand a slut and all, but one wonders how long this story can be relegated to right-of-center media.

Posted by: jk at December 14, 2017 4:21 PM

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.

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:

I would submit the following filter:

switch (PersonNotSupportingGopNominee) {

return "No big deal";

return "Big deal";

return "Really big deal";

The WSJ Ed Page is back today.

President Trump's endorsement of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore got us thinking about the game of chess. A recent Wall Street Journal article described how a bright amateur taught himself chess so he could play the world's number one player, Magnus Carlsen. The rookie got wiped out.

On Wednesday Senate Democrats adroitly placed the Republicans, and Mr. Trump, in check. Six female Democratic Senators-- Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Claire McCaskill, Patty Murray, Mazie Hirono and Maggie Hassan --called on fellow Democrat Senator Al Franken to resign over multiplying allegations of sexual harassment. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the same hours later. Mr. Franken’s office said he will make an announcement Thursday.

It is not hard to see what is going on here. The Democrats are creating a Frankenmoore nightmare for Donald Trump.
Even from a purely partisan standpoint, Moore creates far more long-term cost than the short-term benefit of one R in the Senate. Man, I can already hear the commercials against Mike Coffman (R, competitive CO6) pinning every crazy quote on him. Posted by: jk at December 7, 2017 2:17 PM
But johngalt thinks:

While I generally agree that that the Senator Moore "package deal" is more negative than positive, who is prepared to disenfranchise Alabama voters? Having seen all that has transpired, if more of them vote for Moore than the other guy, what are the other citizens of a "free country" to do?

Posted by: johngalt at December 7, 2017 2:47 PM
But jk thinks:

Oh no, I would certainly seat the victor. The WSJ is suggesting that the President and RNC remain neutral. I think that would have been wise.

If there are any remaining serious Alabama Democrats, they are probably kicking themselves for not nominating a moderate instead of Doug Jones.

Posted by: jk at December 7, 2017 3:22 PM
But johngalt thinks:

In light of the renewed push to discredit or even force the resignation of the President for "sexual harassment" do you see the political wisdom in his endorsement of Moore?

Posted by: johngalt at December 11, 2017 5:21 PM
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

John Rox ©1953

Live at the Coffeehouse dot Com


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

November 30, 2017

My New Single!

I have a new original tune after 25 years of doing covers. I got some friends out this summer and recorded it:


He Fell for the Magic of 3/4 Time

But dagny thinks:

Wow! Just Wow!

Posted by: dagny at November 30, 2017 7:24 PM
But Terri thinks:

LOVE it!!

Posted by: Terri at December 1, 2017 6:35 PM

November 29, 2017

All Hail Freeman

In the matter of Mr. Keillor, this doesn’t appear to be a case of unwanted prairie home companionship, but rather a workplace issue. -- James Freeman

Filthy, Stinking Rich People

John Stossel tries. I don't suspect it would work on my buddy:

November 28, 2017

Quote of the Day

If you are reading my words now, you are -- every day of your life -- the beneficiary of the creativity and efforts of billions of people, each of whom has somehow managed to have his or her activities coordinated with those of billions of other individuals in a process that results in the food that you eat, the clothes on your body, the furniture in your home and workplace, the marvelous motorized transportation that you use daily without ever bothering to marvel at it, and the indoor plumbing and solid roofs and hard floors and electrical power that ensures that your home and workplace is clean and comfortable. This globe-spanning, incredibly complex market process is designed by no one and operated by no one. It, as a whole, is undirected by conscious effort. It is not a thing to be engineered; it is not a thing that could possibly be successfully engineered. -- Don Boudreaux.
In a likely-fruitless FB debate with a guy who is bent that Jeff Bezos made $6Billion in five minutes. Because "people buy crap." Like the pancake bot. Sigh.
But dagny thinks:

IMO, the important concept is that Jeff Bezos, "MADE $6billion..." He did not steal it or redistribute it. I always feel in such fruitless FB debates that if I could get people to understand that wealth is created and no matter how much Jeff Bezos has, that doesn't stop you from creating your own, that would be half the battle.

Posted by: dagny at November 28, 2017 4:52 PM
But jk thinks:

By my reckoning, that would be 91.327% of the battle. You're no doubt better than I, but that's a level I've never reached. Even more honest interlocutors than the one I am entangled with don't get ex nihilo wealth creation. "Those dollars would have just gone to Sears, or Apple..."

I tussled with a libertarian buddy over this recently. "The fixed-pie fallacy," I believe it is called. I am open to all suggestions how to get someone over this.

Without it, wealth really is theft.

Posted by: jk at November 29, 2017 1:31 PM

November 24, 2017

'Tis the Reason for the Season!


November 22, 2017

The Last Straw

I will not ask my nieces and nephews and their progeny to live in a world with dumb ass bearded dragons! This stuff has got to stop!


November 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

"Man-made light was once a thing that was too precious to use, now it is too cheap to notice." -- Tim Harford
Harford wrote one of my favorite books ever, "Messy" [Review Corner]. The quote above is from his new "Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy." Feast on the EconTalk.

Quote of the post-Communist Century

The great Andy Kessler laments modifications to capitalism -- either in language or operation.

It never ends. In 2012, Britain's then-Prime Minister David Cameron talked about "socially responsible and genuinely popular capitalism" and blamed Labour for "turbo capitalism." Whole Foods CEO John Mackey touts "conscious capitalism." Postdocs in Che T-shirts whine about late capitalism over $6 soy lattes. China practices state-directed capitalism. The jury is still out.

After 100 years of Communism (and Deirdre McCloskey would add, 100,000 years of privation), real-live capitalism looks okay.
My advice? Drop the modifiers. There is only one type of capitalism that works, and it goes like this: Someone postpones consumption, invests his savings to produce a good or service, delights customers, generates profits, and then consumes and invests what's left in further production. These profits are pure, generated from price signals between buyers and sellers, without favoritism from experts or elites. It isn't hard to grasp.

Profit is the ultimate measure of value to consumers--and therefore to society. Consumers benefit from buying stuff, or else they would make it all themselves, and producers benefit from selling, or else business wouldn't be worth the effort. Of similar value, profits go both ways. "Experts" who poke their noses in only mess with this fine balance. And who needs central planning when there's the stock market, where theories melt and reality bites? Stock exchanges are the true consiglieres of capitalism, providing capital to ideas deemed worthy of it and starving the rest.

Preach it,, brother! Preach it!

But johngalt thinks:

Sounds like Rand. And like her, the criticism will be, "That's an oversimplification. What about _________?" I think the best comeback is, "Simple enough to not be perverted into one of your camouflaged forms of collectivism. Keep your complicating modifiers to yourself."

Posted by: johngalt at November 20, 2017 8:29 PM

November 16, 2017

Apocolypse Delayed . . . Again

David French at NRO, like me, has yet to see to dissipation of climate hysteria in our nation's brave and vibrant media outlets.

But he still piles on. VP Gore said in 2006 that the little floating rock we call home "would reach a 'point of no return' in a mere ten years. 2017 - 2006, carry the one ... yup eleven years.

Can we ignore them yet? Apparently not. Being a climate hysteric means never having to say you're sorry. Simply change the cataclysm -- Overpopulation! No, global cooling! No, global warming! No, climate change! -- push the apocalypse back just a few more years, and you're in business, big business. Being a climate hysteric means never having to say you’re sorry.

In reality, I respect the wild-eyed rapture-pastors far more than the climate hysterics. They merely ask me to believe, they don’t use the power of government to dictate how I live.

Penn & Teller did a BS on the 2012 Mayan Calendar apocalypse that we still enjoy watching today. In one scene, Teller has a stack of cards of predicted last days. Penn says "well, it might happen in 2012, but it did not in..." and flips through the lengthy list.

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