Life is a Bungling process...

"Fascism and communism both promise "social welfare," "social justice," and "fairness" to justify authoritarian means and extensive arbitrary and discretionary governmental powers." - F. A. Hayek
"What do you most value in your friends? Their continued existence." — Christopher Hitchens (Hitch-22: A Memoir)
"Life is a Bungling process and in no way educational." in James M. Cain

Jean Giraudoux who first said, “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”

"the difference between a negotiation and an argument ... an argument being something you can win." Christopher Buckley (Thank You For Smoking)

If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. Sir Winston Churchill

"summum ius summa iniuria" ("More laws, more injustice.") Cicero

As Christopher Hitchens once put it, “The essence of tyranny is not iron law; it is capricious law.”

"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan

"Law is where you buy it." Raymond Chandler

"Why did God make so many damn fools and Democrats?" Clarence Day

“You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.” Stan Laurel – “Brats”

"If I feel like feeding squirrels to the nuts, this is the place for it." - Cluny Brown

"Oh, pshaw! When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have." Owen Wister "The Virginian"

Oscar Wilde said about the death scene in Little Nell, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

"Half the World spends its time laughing at the other half, and both are fools." from Think Fast Mr. Moto

Saturday, April 25, 2015

150 Years Ago Appomattox and It Seems Forgotten

You won't hear about it because hundreds of thousands of Dead White Males died to free the slaves. m/r

Articles: April Return to Appomattox

The chilly weather on the road to surrender was in sharp contrast to that balmy Palm Sunday of April 1865:  “As the blazing yellow sun climbed high overhead, the winding country lanes in the rural stillness of Appomattox couldn’t have appeared less suited for capturing the smoldering moment about to take place,” writes historian Jay Winik in his classic “April 1865: The Month That Saved America.” (page 183).  In April 2015, by contrast, a damp morning fog turned the surrounding pine forests into eerie specters.  The shadows in the mist resembled, in the mind’s eye, the ranks of grey-uniformed soldiers marching in retreat. 

Viewing the landscape also recalled the words of the second verse of God Bless America: “From the green fields of Virginia.”  But the cows munching contentedly on the green grass were in sharp contrast to what was found in April 1865.  Then all the cattle were dead or stolen away, as recorded in the mournful words intoned by singer Joan Baez in the folk classic The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down“In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive.”  No cattle then on the road from Richmond to Appomattox to feed the ragged, starving Army of Northern Virginia.
So what led to this April journey to Appomattox for the re-enactment of General Lee’s surrender to General Grant?  It was the dreams of my great-grandfather, Patrick Foley.  Born on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1829 in County Kerry, Ireland, Patrick got out of Ireland in a hurry not because of the potato famine but because of some illegal moonshining up in the Kerry hills.  He settled in the bustling new city of Chicago where he landed a job as a cook at one of that city’s upscale hotels.  His job reportedly led him to attendance at the Wigwam, a convention center where, on May 18, 1860, the newly formed Republican Party nominated a prairie lawyer named Abraham Lincoln as its standard bearer for president.  Patrick wouldn’t have seen Lincoln there though, as the nominee remained in Springfield to receive the news by wire.

Nonetheless, Patrick was hooked on loyalty to Lincoln for life.  ...
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Racial Politics Continuum: Holder’s Corrupt Legacy Lives On in Loretta Lynch

Holder’s Corrupt Legacy Lives On in Loretta Lynch

By Arnold Ahlert On April 24, 2015  In Daily Mailer,FrontPage

In a move destined to leave a bitter taste in the mouths of many Americans, the GOP-controlled Senate confirmed [2] Loretta Lynch, currently U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as United States Attorney General. The 56-43 vote occurred after a delay of more than five months, and Lynch was put over the top when 10 Republicans broke ranks with their colleagues to confirm Eric Holder’s successor. Those Republicans are Kelly Ayotte (NH), Orrin Hatch (UT), Lindsey Graham (SC), Susan Collins (ME), Jeff Flake (AZ), Mark Kirk (IL), Rob Portman (OH), Thad Cochran (MS), Ron Johnson (WI) and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (KY). “Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America’s next Attorney General — and America will be better off for it,” said [3] President Obama in a statement.
Hardly. As Lynch made painfully clear during her pre-confirmation hearings, she is more than prepared to kick the Constitution to the curb in pursuit of Obama’s agenda, especially with regard to illegal immigration.
There were several legitimate reasons not to confirm her. During questioning [4] by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Lynch made it clear she believes the “right and the obligation to work is shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.” Lynch also refused [5] to answer Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) question regarding whether is it constitutional for the federal government to take out an American citizen on U.S. soil with a drone strike, absent an imminent threat.
Lynch also opposes [6] voter ID laws because they ostensibly disenfranchise voters. That position puts her squarely at odds with a 2008 Supreme Court decision[7] that such laws did not place an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, as a well as a 2013 decision [8] vacating Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act that required states to get “pre-clearance” from the Dept. of Justice prior to changing their voting laws, due to historic racism. Like Holder, Lynch also views law enforcement through the prism of race, insisting [9] in 2000 that “the onus is on law enforcement because we are the ones who have taken the oath to protect and to serve the people of this city. And we are the ones who have the ability to change from within.” A year later she derided New York City’s epic crime drop and the police force that precipitated it. “While crime is down, there is a large part of our community that still does not feel safe,” she said. “And that means that law enforcement has not done its job, no matter what the numbers say.” 
-go to links

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Crown is Completely Gone from the Colony that Once had the Rule of Law

Bluegrass Pundit: While you weren't looking, democracy died in Hong Kong this week…

A Thief in the Name of "Civil Rights"

Loretta Lynch Confirmed as Attorney General Nominee, Faux Civil Rights Groups Hail Lynch's Elevation - Hit & Run :


Lynch's track record includes secret prosecutions, asset forfeiture, and failing to prosecute civil rights abuses by local cops.

After months of delays, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general by a vote of 56-43. Republicans had delayed the vote numerous times over unrelated issues. Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, urged the Senate to defer to President Obama's choice of Lynch as attorney general, arguing that president's should be able to pick who they want. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), an announced Republican presidential candidate and one who's arguably engaged civil liberties issues more than most politicians in either party, opposed Lynch's nomination early on, citing her aggressive use of civil asset forfeiture and her refusal to take a stand on the legality of executive drone strikes. Paul also took issue with Lynch's support of President Obama's various executive immigration directives.
But if you listened to groups like "The Leadership Conference," which calls itself a "civil and human rights coalition," Lynch's confirmation is a victory for civil liberties by mere virtue of her race, gender, and party affiliation. An excerpt from their press release:
"After more than 165 days and countless meetings, marches, prayer vigils, press conferences, and hunger strikes, we're pleased that the Senate finally did the right thing by confirming Loretta Lynch to be our next Attorney General.
Attorney General Lynch made history today on two fronts: as the first African-American woman to be our nation's top law enforcement official and as the first Attorney General nominee in history required to overcome a cloture vote to be confirmed. Lynch faced this unprecedented obstruction not because of her fitness for office, but because her nomination was inappropriately used in a proxy war against the President and his policies.
-more of this dribble at the above link-

The Bitch-of-Benghazi appears to have done some things as Sec. of State; None of Them Good

Trey Gowdy asks Hillary Clinton to appear twice on emails, Benghazi - Lauren French - POLITICO

The Article Makes Excellent Points, but Avoids the Two Reasons Republican Senators Giver Her a Pass: She's a Black Woman

Weenie Republicans, no matter how unqualified Lynch is, fear being tarred as "racist" most. 
Yet this is just as insidious and dishonest as if they had voted against her because she was a black woman. Here it should have only been a date based on merit, but it was not. m/r

Lynch vs. the Constitution | National Review Online