Monday, December 10, 2018

California recognizes the pension threat

The San Francisco Chronicle (!) says maybe we should reform public pensions: "California’s golden pension rights need fixing."
Between the lines, [Governor Jerry] Brown is offering a different thought: You can’t promise money that isn’t there. The California’s public pension pool is tens of billions short of being fully funded, with cities feeling the same pinch. Pension promises made with the best intentions or from political loyalty may prove impossible to deliver.
This is a compliant I've made constantly about Social Security in that it has overpromised benefits it cannot possibly pay and obscuring that fact will lead to a cruel conclusion for retirees.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

The ending of that Patriots-Dolphins game

Hush hush

Andrew McCarthy: "Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney."

This is concerning the "campaign finance violation" of perfectly-legal non-disclosure agreements and allegations settled with a fine to the FEC, if you're a Democrat.  But if payouts are now illegal, we can start prosecuting Congressmen who have been paying out victims from the secret slush fund, since this clearly represents an in-kind campaign contribution.

Extra - Journalism, via Instapundit.

Friday, December 07, 2018

The Cohen fallout, part 2

David French on the Corner: "The Special Counsel’s Cohen Sentencing Brief Is Ominous for Trump."

It seems that we're circling back to an obstruction of justice charge because Trump either actively sanctioned Cohen's false testimony to Congress or did nothing to correct the record afterwards.

OMG you guys I was JK

Man, she's dim.  Hot Air: "Ocasio-Cortez To Trump Jr: Keep Trolling Me On Twitter And You Might Get Subpoenaed."

Twitchy: "Uh-oh! Looks like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might be in BIG trouble with the House Ethics Committee."

Scratch a liberal and find a dumb tyrant.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

She'll never apologize

Ace: "NYT: Elizabeth Warren Stands By Her DNA Test. But Everyone Else Think She's an Stupid Old Prune-Idiot Sourcrotch."  He then quips: "Not fully the original headline."

To quote Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose: it's too late to turn back now.  Warren went all-in on her 1/1024 heritage and it's impossible for her to backtrack and hand Trump a yuuuge victory.

Extra - From Legal Insurrection.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Speaking of those super-smart Dems

Daily Caller: "Hirono says Dems can't connect to voters because they're too smart."  Plus they're busy clinging to their guns and religion.

Here's P.J. O'Rourke:
I wonder how many of the people who profess to believe in the leveling ideas of collectivism and egalitarianism really just believe that they themselves are good for nothing. I mean, how many leftists are animated by a quite reasonable self-loathing? In their hearts they know that they are not going to become scholars or inventors or industrialists or even ordinary good kind people. So they need a way to achieve that smugness for which the left is so justifiably famous. They need a way to achieve self-esteem without merit. Well, there is politics. In an egalitarian world everything will be controlled by politics, and politics requires no merit.
Let's throw in this C.S. Lewis quote for good measure:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono famously said that men should just "shut up" when it comes to allegations of sexual assault.  Interesting that super-smart people always want to prevent other people from speaking.

Why is everybody picking on AOC?

Oh, yeah, she's an idiot.  Hot Air: "WaPo: Four Pinocchios To Kickstart AOC’s Congressional Career."  Not even sworn in yet.

Extra - Twitchy: "People are wondering why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t getting the Dan Quayle treatment."

Monday, December 03, 2018

Is it over yet?

The Week: "The crisis Mueller is sowing"
At this point the most obvious fair-minded explanation of the Russia investigation is that it exists to paralyze the Trump administration. It certainly monopolizes the president's attention. When he is abroad he broods over the latest media talking points from his suite. When he is in Washington, he fumes in front of the television and tweets his favorite tidbits from Fox News. The special counsel has taken his attention away from diplomacy and the other ordinary business of the presidency. Mueller has failed to deliver the goods not simply because there are no goods to deliver but because delivering them is not the point. The point is to hurt Trump.
I try to be fair-minded about the Mueller investigation but my conclusion is that the whole thing had its genesis in the fruit of the poisoned tree, namely the phony Steele dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign.  (This was the actual collusion with Russians to collect dirt on a Presidential candidate.)  And here we are two years later with indictments handed down for process crimes of lying to the FBI or evading taxes from a decade ago.

Every article I read is some variation of "look at all this smoke!  There must be fire somewhere."  At least Watergate started with a break-in and Benghazi had four dead guys.  The big "crime" here is that Hillary lost.

How to tweet like Alexandria

Twitchy: "‘Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah’: Thread on how to tweet JUST like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez WINS Twitter."

I've been trying to stay away from that low-hanging fruit, but she makes it just too easy.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Cohen fallout

David French at National Review: "Trump’s Unacceptable Campaign Conduct and Two Other Takeaways from the Cohen Plea." 

As French and this Twitter chain from Popehat notes: it's not so much that a (then) real-estate guy was trying to ingratiate himself to the Russians, it's that he must have known his lawyer was lying to Congress but did nothing.  Cohen doesn't indicate that Trump told him to lie but I need a lawyer to explain where the line is on obstruction of justice.

Long forgotten: collusion to sway the election.