Wednesday, September 28, 2016


A few years ago, I spent about 6 months looking for a conservative thinker who wasn't basically a crackpot. Aside from Russell Kirk, I came up empty. There are occasional outbursts of sanity from Ponnuru and a few others but until now, I was unaware of any current Amrican conservative who was consistently sane. My new hero until further notice is Samuel Goldman. He makes obviously good points, such as:
I think the great message of Trump is that there really are not that many movement conservatives.
A lot of conservatives — not so much political professionals who spend their time studying the numbers, but rank-and-file Republicans and voters — really seemed to believe that they are a silent majority. In some ways, this election could be described as the story of a minority that thinks it's a majority.
The latter delusion is heavily promoted by talk radio gasbags like Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and Levin.

Goldman also isn't impressed with Austrian economics:
It’s hard to say what would have happened if the administration had failed to secure the stimulus and funds to insure international liquidity in 2009 and 2010. But the bottom did not fall out of the economy. The administration deserves credit for this.

Tough as things are, the U.S. economy is also doing better than other countries’. That’s partly due to the energy boom, which is sheer luck. But Obama’s opposition to the kind of austerity policies that are causing so much pain in Europe also has something to do with it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


On Sept, 15, Trump refused to tell the WaPo's Robert Costa whether or not he still believed Pres. Obama was not born in America and thus ineligible to be President.

On Sept. 16, Trump snags full coverage by the gullible press by promising a "big announcement" and then shows up late & pointlessly has some vets sing his praises before finally admitting Pres. Obama was born in America.

Monday, September 12, 2016


Derek Thompson has an informative piece in The Atlantic and I especially liked this line:
Between too-big-to-fail banks and seemingly incompetent cable companies, there may be popular support for action against consolidated market power.
This incompetence has flourished during a period of great consolidation in the cable industry and here's a chart that shows some of the consolidation.


so I'm pleased to learn that many conservatives also dislike him.  Here's one of the better posts from The Right Scoop:

Massengill's poster boy Hannity has really lost his mind. He makes Alex Jones look like a true statesman, by comparison.

    Friday, September 09, 2016


    According to this new poll, registered voters approve of legalizing marijuana:
    The Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News Poll asked registered voters’ opinions on Proposition 205, a measure to legalize the possession and consumption of marijuana by persons who are 21 years of age or older.

    • Proposition 205 — Favor: 50 percent, Against: 39.9 percent, Don’t Know: 10.2 percent (+/‐ 3.4)


    I cannot believe Trump spoke to the Fundies because he's hardly a Christian.  I have had a low opinion of these people for years and today just confirms my belief that they aren't really Christian.


    Earlier this year he blabbed about how the "silent majority" supports him just as Nixon did in 1969 and on Wednesday night he claimed to have a "secret plan" to  destroy ISIS.   In 1968, Nixon told some editors of Mid-West newspapers that he had a secret plan to end the Vietnam War.

    Thursday, September 08, 2016


    It only happened once, according to this transcript.
    QUESTION: I like what you say about supporting veterans and how they’re important. But I haven’t heard what the actual plans are to continue that support beyond words. How do you translate those words to action after you take office?
    TRUMP: Well, I love that question, because I’ve been very close to the vets. You see the relationship I have with the vets just by looking at the polls. In fact, today a poll came out. And my relationship has been very good.
    I have a very, very powerful plan that’s on my website that you possibly saw. One of the big problems is the wait time. Vets are waiting six days, seven days, eight days. And by the way, Hillary Clinton six months ago said the vets are being treated essentially just fine, there’s no real problem, it’s over-exaggerated. She did say that.
    LAUER: No, no, she went on after that and laid out a litany of problems within the V.A.

    Wednesday, September 07, 2016


    That's being polite about his failure to admit he used a private email account when he was Secretary of State.
    Powell Told Clinton He Used Private E-Mail Globally (Correct)

    (Bloomberg) -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave Hillary Clinton blunt advice about skirting the rules on using personal e-mail when she started work at the State Department, saying he used a private account on a personal computer to communicate with everyone from friends to foreign leaders.

    'What were your restrictions on your use of your blackberry?” Clinton asked in an e-mail to Powell on Jan. 23, 2009. “Did you use it in your personal office?” She said she heard that diplomatic security personnel “knew you had one and used it but no one fesses up to knowing how you used it!”

    “I didn't have a BlackBerry,” Powell responded. “What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient.) So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without going through the State Department servers. I even used it to do business with some foreign leaders and some of the senior folks in the Department on their personal email accounts. I did the same thing on the road in hotels.”


    Despite court rulings, a number of NC counties are reducing polling hours in what we can assume is part of a GOP plan to reduce the vote of Democrats.
    Early voting reduced in 23 NC counties; 9 drop Sunday voting after NCGOP memo
    By Colin Campbell
    September 6, 2016 8:22 PM

    Voters in 23 North Carolina counties will have fewer opportunities to vote early than they did four years ago under schedules approved by Republican-led election boards.

    The decisions came after the N.C. Republican Party encouraged its appointees on the county boards to “make party line changes to early voting” by limiting the number of hours and keeping polling sites closed on Sundays.

    Tuesday, September 06, 2016


    Greta  Van Susteren has been dismissed after she exercised a "key man" clause in her contract and asked for a raise:
    The sources said Van Susteren sought to renegotiate the terms of her contract -- and asked for a big bump in pay -- after Ailes resigned.

    Fox executives refused to negotiate, one of the sources said.

    There was a "financial disagreement," another one of the sources said.
    Van Susteren claims she left of her own accord:
    "On Thursday night, I made my decision and informed Fox News of my decision that I was leaving Fox News Channel per my contract," Van Susteren wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday. "Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years and I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now. The clause had a time limitation, meaning I could not wait."
    UPDATE: CNN Money reports that FOX pulled the trigger:
    A courier arrived at Van Susteren's Washington, D.C. home at 9 a.m. Tuesday, hand-delivering two letters that said that Van Susteren "was being taken off the air" immediately, according to her husband, John Coale, who is a high-profile Washington lawyer.

    Van Susteren was already planning to leave, but she thought she would be hosting her 7 p.m. program "On the Record" for a few more weeks.

    Yanking her off the air without a chance to say goodbye was "a bit immature," Coale remarked.