He always seemed a little bit nutty to me. I appreciated the fact that he thought Islam was a big threat, and it didn’t bother me at all that he wanted better relations with Russia. But he seemed to be lacking in managerial competency. Kind of like a Newt Gingrich but not as smart. Yes, that’s another thing about Flynn, smart enough to get promoted and appear to know what he’s doing (perhaps an IQ of 120) but lacking in higher level intelligence of the kind that Steve Bannon has.
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Trump is not one to back away from a fight with the media. I don’t think that Trump has suddenly become soft.
Trump likes to reward people who are loyal to him, and especially those who were loyal to him back when everyone said he had no chance of winning anything and that anyone who associated with Trump was an evil racist. Flynn was one of those loyalists whom Trump rewarded.
But Trump has also shown that he can get rid of people too, like he got rid of Chris Christie. I think that Trump saw this as an opportunity to get rid of Flynn because he didn’t turn out as well (for reasons I explained above) as Trump hoped.
Also Trump seems to have a genuine dislike for people who used their government careers as a springboard into getting rich from lobbying, and Flynn was involved in that.
Who knew it was illegal for a citizen “without the authority of the United States” to talk to foreign governments? Haven’t Jimmy Carter and a whole bunch of other famous people, especially liberal Democrats, been doing exactly that for decades? (Actually, upon doing research, it turns out that people have been doing that since at least 1798 when George Logan talked to France, which pissed of Congress so much that they passed the Logan Act in 1799, named after the guy who pissed them off.)
According to the Wikipedia article on the Logan Act,
1. Only one indictment under the Act in 1803, and that guy was never even prosecuted beyond an indictment.
2. District Court in Waldron v. British Petroleum Co., 231 F. Supp. 72 (S.D.N.Y. 1964) said the act was probably unconstitutional but did not rule on the question.
3. Constitutionality of the Logan Act has been publicly questioned by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
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A commenter writes: “democratic senator tulsi gabbard went to syria in january, where she met with assad. she then went on talk shows, admitted this, and no one is saying she violated the logan act.”
Exactly! But I would say it with uppercase letters where norms of style dictate.
It was obviously a mistake. The Trump administration would surely be smart enough to make sure the first intentional arrest of someone granted illegal amnesty by the Obama administration would happen outside of the territory of the hostile 9th circuit.
The MSM is still talking about why the white working class voted for Trump.
Let’s review what the liberal elites think. The liberal elites believe that having a good career is a reward for doing the right things. The right things include getting good grades in high school and then going to college where you become smart enough to work in a good career.
Liberal elites don’t believe in HBD. If a white person, especially a white male, fails to go to college and “make something of themselves,” it’s because they were too lazy and too stupid (stupid in a moral sense and not an IQ sense) to do the right things, despite their white privilege. On the other hand, if a black or Hispanic fails to go to college, that’s because of pervasive racism, and therefore they deserve the help and sympathy of the government as compensation.
Given that the liberal elites who control the Democratic Party believe this, how can they convince the blue-collar whites they are on their side when they give off the vibe that they really despise those people for being lazy and stupid? Sometimes liberal politicians even let slip that they really think the blue-collar whites are a bunch of deplorables clinging bitterly to their religion, their guns, and their racism.
Are there any Democrats left like the old Bill Clinton from the 1990s who could give off the vibe that he sincerely felt the pain of blue-collar whites?
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Has Tim Wise been reading my blog?
maybe white rust belt folk should develop nu skills, go 2 school & stop relying on entitled mentality that "muh daddys job" will b there 4 u
— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) February 11, 2017
Based on a burst of news stories, that seems to be the case. But the real truth is more likely found in this New York Times article reporting that this week of raids is really just business as usual at ICE, and stuff like this was happening under the Obama administration, but it just went unreported.
What has likely happened is that the left has decided (either through a mysterious central authority or by undirected osmosis) that reporting on tough enforcement by the Trump administration advances their bigger narrative.
But it seems to me that the left has made a miscalculation. The majority of Americans want less immigration, not more. These fake news stories about sudden increased enforcement of immigration law creates the impression that Trump is accomplishing things and fulfilling his campaign promises. And even more importantly for those who want fewer illegal aliens in this country, theses news stories create a climate of fear among the illegal immigrant community and would-be community resulting in increased self-deportation and fewer people from outside the country wanting to come here illegally. Thus the mainstream media is inadvertently accomplishing what those of us on the right have always wanted, and it’s not costing the government any money at all!
Randomly pissed off at Frank Bruni for calling Trump’s “Make America great again” slogan “darkly coded” and “dopily elementary.” (It’s random because Trump haters have been saying similar about Trump and his slogan for the last year.)
In Bill Clinton’s first inaugural address he repeated again and again his promise to “renew America.” I don’t see how “renew America” is in any way fundamentally different than “make America great again.” Or different than Warren Harding’s famous “return to normalcy” slogan.
Candidates promising to return America to something that was better before the guy or party they are running against took over comes from the standard political playbook that has been used for the last two hundred years.
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Commenter “Mark Caplan” writes: “In 2006 liberal contributing editor for The Atlantic Peter Beinart authored The Good Fight: Why Liberals and Only Liberals Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again.”
One day admission for a family of four: $484. And that doesn’t include parking. Or food. Or whatever else you have to pay extra for.
This is the new pretentious style of TV. No plot, because plot is for the proles. Instead there are weird characters, surreal dreams, gay sex—how can any show claim to be highbrow these days without gay sex?—and admittedly great acting, great costumes, and great sets with great lighting and great camera angles. Occasionally, the inventiveness of some of the scenes are even humorous and brought a forth mild chuckle (although nothing here is as hilariously funny as that Ferengi commando-team episode I mentioned in my review of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).
There’s also lots of psychoanalysis type of stuff. The people who come up with pretentious TV series obviously believe that psychoanalysis stuff is really really deep. All of the issues that Lenny aka Pope Pius XIII has are attributed to the psychological trauma from being abandoned by his parents when he was a young child and left with the nuns.
It’s the very opposite of Star Trek: The Original Series. The acting was terrible, the sets are the cheapest sets ever, most “outdoor” scenes look like either bad paintings or the California desert. But every Star Trek episode had a story to it.
Another case of opposites is that everyone in Star Trek is an atheist, while everyone in The Young Pope publicly claims to believe in God, and I’d say that most of the characters in The Young Pope privately believe in God as well. But they don’t believe in a Catholic god. They believe in a Universalist god. The only time Jesus is ever discussed, that I can recall, is when Lenny, on multiple occasions, proclaims that he is more handsome than Jesus.
The people who wrote the scripts must believe that, although it’s possible for smart people like cardinals to believe in the existence of God, they couldn’t possibly take that Gospel stuff or that Trinity stuff or that Catholic doctrine stuff seriously.
I admit that I watched all 10 episodes, even though HBO is currently only on episode 8. Without giving away the ending, I will say that the payoff at the end does not satisfactorily justify the previous nine episodes.
So I just heard.
If true, smart move. It would be dangerous to take this to the Supreme Court before Neil Gorsuch is confirmed. Better to let it go back to district court and come back up.