We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two
Cue John Nichols in 5 … 4 … 3 … Too late!
An avowed socialist has beaten (like a rented mule) the #4 Democrat in the U.S. House of Reps. in Tuesday’s primary election (06-26-18) in Bill DiBlasio’s New York.
Joseph Crowly had been elected to Congress 10 times. Chairman of the Queens County Democrat(ic) party. Nancy Pelosi’s heir apparent.
Mr. Establishment Democrat lost to a 28-year-old first-time candidate, one Alexandri Ocasio-Cortez, card-carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Bernie Sanders organizer, and More Free Stuff advocate. (¡Medicare for all, a federal jobs guarantee and the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement!) ¡Mark Pocan, you have mail! Her campaign posters look straight out of ¡Havana!
Mizz Ocasio-Cortez is “the insurgency galore,” Frank Bruni writes for the New York Times. “I promise you that the Party is perking up and paying heed.”
Tossing Lurleen Wallace out of the Red Hen
Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is getting Secret Service protection. Didn’t C.J. Cregg get Secret Service protection in the West Wing? I think Mark Harmon was the agent. C.J. fell in love with him, then he got killed in a convenience store robbery on the night of the presidential debate. But now Mark Harmon is in NCIS, so everything turned out for the best.
The Capital Times likes to prattle about civility in government. Will they condemn Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ treatment at the restaurant? (Prediction: Are You Kidding?)
Columnist Russ Douthat, no Trump supporter, recalls that civil rights workers in the 1950s and 1960s chose their actions wisely “sitting peacefully in lunch counters or facing down attack dogs — rather than, say, turning Lurleen Wallace out of her favorite restaurant.”
Republicans are asking YELP! if it is safe to eat at the Red Hen, Lexington, Virginia. (“Is it safe? Is it safe?” — Lawrence Olivier in Marathon Man.) Maybe take out?
Sure enough: The Nation is “Against Civility; You can’t fight injustice with decorum.” Illustrated with the required photo of an minority woman raising an angry fist.
Courts are not super legislatures, Part #294
The court ruled correctly on Trumps travel ban, says Yale emeritus law professor Peter H. Schuck. It doesn’t matter if the judiciary blanches at some of the presidents’ views. It makes no difference if they are repelled by some of Trump’s language. The only question is does the President have the power.
“The majority justices, no less committed to the amendment’s prohibition against government discrimination against particular religions, nevertheless emphasized the importance of distinguishing between the “statements of a particular President” and the “authority of the Presidency itself” — including Section 212(f).”
Like ‘forward thinking?’ How about free speech?
Thank you Supreme Court for overturning a California law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion services — “the very practice that petitioners are devoted to opposing,” in the words of Justice Clarence Thomas.
Justice Thomas chronicled how dictatorial governments like Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union, and Red China’s Cultural Revolution “manipulated the content of doctor-patient discourse for their own ends.”
Anthony Kennedy, the court’s middle-of-the-road justice, noted that “the California legislature included in its official history the congratulatory statement that the Act was part of California’s legacy of ‘forward thinking.’ Isn’t that Rachel Maddow’s motto at MSNBC?
“It is forward thinking to begin by reading the First Amendment as ratified in 1791, to understand the history of authoritarian government as the Founders knew it.” For further study: “Free Speech Wins One.”
Harley Davidson, doing what it needs to survive
Trump says customers and employees alike will be angry that Harley Davidson is shifting some manufacturing to Thailand to counter the tit-for-tat EU tariffs. Employees at the Kansas City plan are, indeed, angry. But they have been angry so long before the tariff wars began because the plant’s closing was announced well before.
This is one HOG rider who believes the Motor Company must do what it must do to survive a very competitive market and shrinking customer base. H-D sees Asia, especially, as its growth market. But it is worth noting that Ronald Reagan saved H-D’s bacon with his own protective tariff 30 years ago.
The company’s real challenge is appealing to Millenials. That requires product and placement.
Bonus Platinum Subscriber effluvia: First Lady Melania Trump is making a second visit to the Mexican border this week. What will her coat read this time?
- I really do care
- Realmente me importa
- Harley Davidson Rules!
- I Got ‘Served” at the Red Hen!