This, that and the other thing
The snooty art docent here at the Stately Manor, having been outbid at Christie’s auction of David Rockefeller’s art estate, has chosen this image from BBC for our computer screen saver.
The composition is evocative — it is an ode to joy, a paean to freedom, a visual song of success. Bonus: it makes our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances spit up on their bibs!
Shows President Trump and his new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo (big grin), with the three Americans they got freed from the North Korean dictatorship. Just one more chit for Trump’s deserved Nobel Prize. (See sidebar on this very blogge.) Appointment with Lil’ Kim June 12 in Singapore.
Is the U.S.A. a sovereign nation?
One must chuckle (and one does) at our … acquaintances who are so saturated with Trump hate that they can spew this kind of blind fury, as the New York Times did in this morning’s e-mail to subscribers:
Trump humiliates Europe, again. It’s a now-familiar pattern: European leaders try to persuade President Trump on a vital issue before he ultimately goes his own way. So it was with the Iran nuclear deal.
No, no. Can’t “humiliate Europe” by disagreeing with its foreign policy. Europe has never been wrong yet. (Snark alert!) The sainted Obama took his marching orders from France. Bowed to the mullahs. Any deal was better than no deal. Even a bad deal.
NY Times token conservative Bret Stephens is no Trump-bot. But Stephens points out that Obama refused to submit the deal to Congress as a treaty, knowing it would never get two-thirds of the Senate to go along. Just 21% of Americans approved of the deal against 49% who opposed. The agreement “passed” on the strength of a 42-vote Democratic filibuster, against bipartisan, majority opposition.
“[It] is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and it is not a signed document,” an assistant secretary of state said at the time. It’s questionable whether the deal has any legal force at all.
Academia responds to the job market; hell breaks out
It helps to understand that all the strum und drang over UW-Stevens Point shifting its academic emphasis is coming from two sources: Democrats and the UW-StP liberal arts profs who will no longer support major fields of study.
The hated Republicans are “… gutting the liberal arts program,” Alan Talaga at Isthmus screeches. Folks, there are 13 campuses in the state university system, not counting the two-year campuses.
Point is trying to differentiate itself from the run-of-the-mill diploma factory in a market where the value of a sheepskin is being questioned. (“America: abandon your reverence for the bachelor’s degree.”) UW-Point is emphasizing “high-demand career paths” in science, engineering, business, and technology. Stuff that can actually get you a job. UW-Stout long ago found its niche in the building trades.
If Stevens Point isn’t for your scholar, send him/her to Oshkosh. Not much farther away. If your little darling wants a master’s degree in gender and race studies, teach her welding.
Strike three, yer out
Despite the acquisition of contact hitters Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, our Milwaukee Brewers struck out 14 times in Wednesday’s loss to the Cleveland First Nations. You only get 27 outs in regulation play. Put the bat on the ball and it might see its way through the infield. Fielder may muff the play for an error. Make contact!
The Wall Street Journal takes a spreadsheet to everything it does and no sport lends itself to quantitative analysis than baseball. WSJ notes three no-hitters already this season, more than in all of the last two years combined. Because hitters are striking out in 23 of every 100 plate appearances, surpassing last year’s record 21.6% and up from 17.5% ten years ago.