Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mob justice

As a grand jury decides whether to charge Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson in the homicide of robber suspect Michael Brown, mob justice looms. An American media dominated by liberals sees nothing wrong with this and actually encourages those who threaten violence in order to pressure a grand jury into indicting an innocent man.

Now comes word that Time magazine may name the Ferguson Mob its "person of the year."

The Nutty Professor who broke the very law he advocates

Larry Lessig of Harvard Law School, aka the Nutty Professor, started a "nonpartisan Political Action Committee" (sort of like a celibate prostitute) to promote campaign financing laws by backing candidates who are for campaign finance laws -- mainly Democrats.

His PAC -- called Mayday PAC (although May Day PAC is more akin to his political beliefs) -- now he faces a complaint of violating campaign finance laws. The conservative Center for Competitive Politics issued a formal complaint to the Federal Election Commission.

Waffle Saturday

Thanks to our eldest son, we have a George Foreman with a waffle grill. That means waffles on Saturday. Hooray. But waffles make me sleepy, which reduces my posting, which means it is time to refer readers to posts at other blogs.

The links:

American Vignettes: J.D. Tippit

My series on exceptional Americans continues. On the 51st anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a look at the other man Lee Harvey Oswald killed on that day, Dallas Police Patrolman J.D. Tippit.


The assassination of President Kennedy during a motorcade in Dallas on November 22, 1963, pushed the entire police force into action in a manhunt that included FBI agents.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Yep, it's a religion

Yep, it's a religion.
Of course, the question is wrong. The weather is getting less severe. Hurricanes are down. Tornadoes are down. Maybe they mean the drop in temperatures.

Obama may punish Maine for fighting food stamp fraud

On July 1, Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage went forward with a policy that requires photo identification on state-issued welfare benefit cards, including the food stamps card. Maine re-elected him. Now President Obama's administration wants to punish Maine for fighting food stamp fraud.

Use Freda Fund to pave roads

The history of the legalization of casino gambling in West Virginia runs through Logan, where the then-Senate Finance Chairman, Earl Ray Tomblin, now goveernor, a Democrat, set up what the Charleston Gazette once derisively called the Freda Fund. It diverted part of the slot machine money from the state's four racetracks -- aka racinos -- to the dog and horse racing industries. One of the chief beneficiaries was Freda Tomblin, mother of Earl Ray. Freda received annual stipends of roughly $250,000 through this fund, which means approximately $5 million over the 20-plus years of the existence of racinos.

Government by Castor Oil

President Obama's imperial decree that the illegal aliens in this nation are now citizens is another reason we should shutter every Ivy League campus in America, plow them and seed their campuses with radioactive salt. The intellectual grandsons of the Best and the Brightest of the Ivy League who brought us Vietnam have now brought us the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Cash for Clunkers and of course, the ressurection of al-Qaida, under the name Islamic State.

American Vignettes: Josiah Bartlett

Over the next year, I plan to publish a biography each day of an American in celebration of the exceptionalism of Americans. On this the 285th anniversary of the birth of Josiah Bartlett, a look at the life of this signer of the Declaration of Independence and governor of New Hampshire.


OK, a confession. I could not decide who was the greatest left-handed outfielder born in Donora, Pennsylvania, on November 21: Stan Musial or Ken Griffey Jr. So I went with this fellow.

Not really.

Doctor Josiah Bartlett is a Founding Father who was overshadowed by the other great leaders of the time. He was the fifth child and fourth son of Stephen and Hannah-Mary (Webster) Bartlett, and was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts, on this date in 1729. After an apprenticeship under another physician, Dr. Bartlett traveled to and set up shop in 1750 in the frontier town of Kingston, New Hampshire. Its denizens today may get a kick out of that description.

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