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June 30, 2016

Headline of the Day

Donald Trump Faces Rocky Terrain in Colorado

Spoiler Alert: It's going to be t'riffic! " 'I think I'm going to be great in Colorado,' he said in an interview this week"

Most Transparent Administration in Bwahahahaha

Relentless criticism of our President from those right-wing wackos at . . . um, the Associated Press and PBS:

The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.

The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldnít find documents and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.

It also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law--but only when it was challenged.

Hat-tip: James Taranto (all hail!) who adds:
In 2007, candidate Obama signed a Reason Foundation pledge "to conduct 'THE most transparent Administration in American history.' " In a 2009 national-security speech at the National Archives, the president promised: "I will never hide the truth because it's uncomfortable." And if you like your plan, you can keep it.

The Other Side is Not Dumb

My mad-lefty, biological brother posted this on Facebook. Me, and his mad lefty buddy with whom I did the book exchange, and a couple others posted wildly approbational comments. It's a good and short piece.

The "Other Side" Is Not Dumb

Thereís a fun game I like to play in a group of trusted friends called "Controversial Opinion." The rules are simple: Don't talk about what was shared during Controversial Opinion afterward and you arenít allowed to "argue"-- only to ask questions about why that person feels that way. Opinions can range from "I think James Bond movies are overrated" to "I think Donald Trump would make a excellent president."

Last time I played that game, I -- of course -- talked about "Fight Club." But . . . oh, maybe I should not have mentioned that.

I went searching for a Megan McArdle piece which said similar things and influenced me deeply. My Google-Fu® chops were not up to the challenge, but she also asked how many of your posts are virtue-signalling and tribal to the point where they undermine persuasion.

It's a good piece. McArdle's was, of course, better. But she's not a stupid lefty.

All Hail Harsanyi!

Moreover, it's not like [AG Loretta Lynch and President Bill CLinton] randomly bumped into each other at the grocery store or while picking up dry-cleaning. People donít have a lot of "impromptu meetings" on private jets sitting on the tarmacs at airports. As KNXV ABC 15 television reported, Clinton heard Lynch was en route to that airport, sought her out, and waited there for her arrival. Maybe it was just dumb luck that this happened only a day before the Benghazi Report was released by congress, or a few days after the Associated Press published another 165 pages of e-mails Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent via her unsanctioned and unsecure private e-mail server and did not want anyone to see. Or perhaps, as his wife's stories are becoming increasingly impossible to believe, Bill felt the need to say a few words to the Attorney General overseeing the criminal investigations of his wife? Whatever the case, the appearance of a conflict of interest or loss of impartiality is clearly present. -- David Harsanyi
Likely a "whole thing read;" even Democrats noticed.

June 28, 2016

Darryl Glenn

Okay losing this one. Congrats to Commissioner Glenn.

2016 Posted by John Kranz at 11:25 PM | What do you think? [2 comments]
But johngalt thinks:

I was glad to see that the margin was not close. We have enough disunity in the party as it is.

Also of note, State Assembly phenom Cassandra Vargas did not fare as well amongst the general Republican electorate. An interesting contrast to the Assembly result, where Vargas was within 18 votes of knocking Lamborn off the primary ballot entirely.

So you tell me, which is more "conservative" the Colorado GOP leaders, or the statewide Republican electorate? One possible explanation is that Lamborn won on incumbency and name recognition, but that certainly isn't the whole story.

Posted by: johngalt at June 29, 2016 3:21 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Here's the story with the Vargas/Lamborn result.

Posted by: johngalt at June 29, 2016 3:24 PM

All Hail Taranto!


'es a 'oss!

Nigel Farage, being hosslike (and having some kind words about Mister Trump).

June 24, 2016

Make America Great Again...

... by making America grow again.

Donald Trump may or may not have the chops to pull this off, but a fifty-fifty chance is better than Hillary's 8 more years of cold porridge.

This guy though, thinks he can.

Whereas Trump early on talked up "jobs, jobs, jobs" - with specifics on where they're coming from, from broad tax cuts to unleashing the US energy industry.

And, yes, cutting better trade deals - something that Clinton joins the NeverTrumpers in painting as an unthinkable nightmare.

Sorry, does nobody recall how President Bill Clinton renegotiated a major trade treaty?

Bubba took office in 1993 with NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, already a done deal. But Democratic special interests - unions, the green lobby - didn't like it, so he made more concessions to Mexico and Canada in order get major "labor and environmental side accords" added on.

Trump can similarly open up President Obama's Trans-Pacific trade deal - this time dumping items that Obama inserted to please his favored special interests in order to get a deal that's better for American workers and businesses.

There's no reason Trump can't (eventually) do the same on NAFTA and other standing deals. And none of it risks a trade war.

How much good it'll do, I can't say - I put more faith in the rest of his pro-growth program, particularly the energy policies.

But tens of millions of voters see trade as a huge issue, one where the establishment has ignored their perfectly valid concerns for a generation - when it hasn't smugly dismissed them as ignorant.

Yes, Trump can get harsh when he's talking trade (and other issues). But how else does he show he means it?

Mitt Romney made tough noises on trade with China (and on immigration, too). Nobody believed him, because he was so plainly a guy who would wilt under establishment pressure.

Fine, I wince at some point whenever I watch Trump. But I've been wincing at every Republican nominee since Reagan; every one of them still got my vote.

And if you look at Trump's actual program, he's not even close to being off the GOP reservation - he's just opened the door to Americans who've quite rightly been feeling left out.

Trump is not the intellectual's intellectual, but he is a born leader who can rally a movement to go in approximately the right direction, rather than precisely the wrong way in which his alternative will steer the country.

Otequay of the Ayday

In our present climate, it is customary for cosmopolitan sorts to accuse anybody who dissents from the European project of being an unreconstructed "nationalist." Insofar as this describes the dissenters' desire to return power to their own parliament and to ensure that their vote matters as much as it should, it is an accurate term. Outside of that, however, it is a slur, and a damnable one at that. George Orwell contended that the difference between patriotism and nationalism was that patriotism involved "devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people," while nationalism "is inseparable from the desire for power." By this definition at least, Britain's decision to extricate itself from the EU was patriotic, not nationalistic. Indeed, if there is any group within the debate that seeks to impose "a particular way of life . . . on other people," it is the one that wants ever-closer integration into Europe, and, eventually, a federal super-state.

- Charles C.W. Cooke, 'The Brexit Vote Was Just the Beginning.'

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/437082/brexit-uk-eu-referendum-vote-beginning

True Story from a guy at work.

My wife and I went into town and visited a shop. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and I said, "Come on man,  how about giving a senior citizen a break?" He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a "butt-head." He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn-out tires. So Sherry (my wife) called him an "idiot." He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing more tickets.This went on for about 20 minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote. He finally finished, sneered at us and walked away. Just then our bus arrived, and we got on it and went home.  We always look for cars with Hillary 2016 stickers.
Well, he says it is true.

Straight Outta Europe

Love this:


Posted by John Kranz at 10:37 AM | What do you think? [3 comments]
But johngalt thinks:

Not that there's anything particularly for which to blame the "Polish" but it rhymes with "police."

And then there's our very own brother Keith who posted on fakebook,

"IN 1776, the American Colonies declared their independence; 240 years later, England follows suit. Congratulations, England, and welcome to the club!"

And they didn't even have to waste any tea!

Posted by: johngalt at June 24, 2016 11:10 AM
But jk thinks:

Quel Horreur!

This threatens the Paris climate change accords!!!

Posted by: jk at June 24, 2016 1:07 PM
But johngalt thinks:

From the link in the previous comment comes this "Yeah, I agree" moment:

"The problem is one of the most serious problems in the world which is climate change because it has the potential to literally destroy all life as we know it and turn this planet into a bare planet like Mars," Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg commented that history had shown that politicians didn't always do what they said on the campaign trail once they were elected.

"The real progress has been made at a city level by city governments and the private sector," he said, "I am not so much worried about what any one candidate says, although some things are inexplicable."

UFF da. Inexplicable indeed.

Posted by: johngalt at June 24, 2016 2:38 PM

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