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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Mike Rowe on average Americans

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Mike Rowe is one of my favorite guests on news and opinion programs. Ben Shapiro has a one-hour interview accessible at Legal Insurrection here(scroll to the bottom). Here’s the appetizer:

This week, Shapiro spoke with TV host and entrepreneur Mike Rowe. Their conversation covered a number of topics such as work and higher education. In the segment below, Ben asks Rowe about the divide between elites and average Americans.
The FOX News Insider reports:
Mike Rowe to Ben Shapiro: ‘Profound’ Disconnect Exists Between Elites and Many Americans
Reality TV star Mike Rowe told Ben Shapiro that he believes there is a widening gap between the so-called “elites” and everyday Americans.
Rowe said the gap has always existed to varying degrees, but he now sees a growing “disconnect” and a lack of appreciation of things that are basic in everyday life…
“If we’re not blown away by the miracle that occurs when we flick the switch and the lights come on; if we’re not gobsmacked by flushing the toilet and seeing all of it go away; when we start losing our appreciation for those things, the gap deepens. And I think the gap right now is extraordinary,” said Rowe.
He has a way of hitting the nail on the head. Link here.
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Saturday, July 28, 2018

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

Photo by USAF Tech Sgt Ashley Tyler

I am a day late with this tribute; via Don Surber:

Friday was a national day to honor the American sacrifice in the Korean War. It coincided with the 65th anniversary of the cease-fire. It remains America's longest war, at 68 years and counting.

Kim Jong Un returned what is believed to be the remains of 55 American soldiers who died in combat. Forensic tests will determine just who these men are.

“For 3 brutal years, our Armed Forces and allies fought valiantly to stop the spread of communism and defend freedom on the Korean Peninsula. On National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, we remember the bravery and sacrifices of those who fought and died for this noble cause,” President Trump said in his proclamation.

The U.S. media gave scant notice to this.

Surber's full report is here.
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

In the news: Richard Cordray, candidate for Governor of Ohio

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was set up under the Obama administration, and it was designed to be exempt from checks and balances and accountability. An overview at Competitive Enterprise Institute sums it up in an article titled “Unconstitutionally Structured and Harmful to Consumers”; article is here.

Cleveland.com has a report by Eric Heisig with the headline

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau loses lawsuit
against Cleveland debt collection firm

A federal judge has ruled against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a lawsuit it filed against Cleveland debt collection firm Weltman, Weinberg & Reis.
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Senior U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent wrote in an opinion released Wednesday that the CFPB did not prove that Weltman, Weinberg & Reis sent demand letters that were false, misleading or deceptive.

The CFPB sued Cleveland firm Weltman, Weinberg & Reis in April 2017, saying the firm's attorneys were not sufficiently involved in sending out the letters, even though the letters prominently mention they were sent out by a law firm and occasionally raise the possibility of legal action for unpaid debts.
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Nugent also wrote that Weltman, Weinberg & Reis sent out similar letters when Alan Weinberg was hired to collect debts for the state of Ohio between 2009 and 2011 under then-Attorney General Richard Cordray.

The point was significant because Cordray, a Democrat who is campaigning for Ohio governor, was the head of the CFPB between 2012 and last year. He was at the federal agency when it sued Weltman, Weinberg & Reis and authorized the lawsuit, the judge wrote.

The Cleveland firm considered calling Cordray as a witness during the trial, which took place before and after Ohio's primary elections, but chose not to do so.
Read the rest here. I haven’t followed this one, but I would not trust the CFPB under Cordray from here to the door. From the Wikipedia page:

On May 21, 2018, the bureau was weakened after US President Donald Trump signed into law Congressional legislation repealing the enforcement of automobiles lending rules.  On May 24, 2018, Trump signed into law further Congressional legislation exempting dozens of banks from the CFPB's regulations.

I wish President Trump would just shut the thing down. And Mr. Cordray is running for Governor. 
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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Desperation at MSNBC

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Today’s headline at Breitbart:

‘Woke Nation’: Joe Scarborough Rebrands ‘The Resistance’ as Tea Party of 2018

Cultural appropriation?
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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Happy birthday Cleveland

Public Square, Cleveland
Photo credit: Library of Congress via cleveland.com

Happy birthday Cleveland
Founders Day July 22, 1796

Cleveland turns 222 years old tomorrow, on July 22. For the occasion, cleveland.com recently posted a great collection of historical photos, mostly of downtown Cleveland. Click here.
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Ohio Libertarian Party regains ballot access

Splitting the vote? Here’s part of a report by Tyler Arnold from Ohio Watchdog on the upcoming elections and the consequences of Libertarian candidates qualifying to run in this cycle:

The Libertarian Party of Ohio regained ballot access this year, which means its candidates’ names will appear alongside of Republican, Democrat and Green Party candidates. This could affect the hotly contested race for Ohio governor.

“We feel fantastic that our party has support from all 88 Ohio counties and over 102,000 of our fellow citizens were willing to put their name to support the efforts of liberty and choice for all Ohioans,” Libertarian Party of Ohio Communications Director David Jackson told Watchdog.org.

The Libertarian Party of Ohio passed the signature threshold needed to regain “minor party” status, which allows its candidates to be on the ballot for the first time in four years. The party has more than 20 candidates running for state or national office in Ohio this November.

“It would not take many Libertarian votes to affect the election outcome in a close race,” Ohio State University political science professor Vladimir Kogan told Watchdog.org. One of Kogan’s areas of expertise is state politics.

Republicans are likely to hold onto most U.S. House seats in Ohio while the Senate seat will likely go to the Democrat, analysts predict. However, the governor’s race is closely contested with polls showing Democrat Richard Cordray ahead of Republican Mike DeWine by just 1.6 percent on average. The Green Party candidate is Constance Gadell-Newton and the Libertarian Party candidate is Travis Irvine.

Read the rest here.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Impeachment in the news

Impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson 
Image credit: TheNation.com

The word “impeachment” is being bandied about everywhere, both from the media and members of Congress screaming for President Trump’s head, and from the House judiciary panel and conservatives preparing articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for “stonewalling their requests for documents”. So here is a link to a web page that provides an overview of the impeachment process, whether of the President or of a federal official. This overview concludes:

Historically, Congress has issued Articles of Impeachment for acts in three general categories:
·         Exceeding the constitutional bounds of the powers of the office.
·         Behavior grossly incompatible with the proper function and purpose of the office.
·         Employing the power of the office for an improper purpose or for personal gain.
The impeachment process is political, rather than criminal in nature. Congress has no power to impose criminal penalties on impeached officials. But criminal courts may try and punish officials if they have committed crimes.

The rest of the overview is here

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Trump blimp photo

Reports of the Trump blimp "dominating the London landscape while Trump is in England" seem to be, er, over-inflated. Spot the giant "baby Trump" blimp in downtown London:

image credit: powerline blog 

Two more photos here.
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Bad news from the UK: Brexit is dead

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Over the weekend, while the media and chattering classes have been hyperventilating over President Trump’s scheduled announcement this evening of his Supreme Court nominee, there was an ominous development in the UK. It’s bad news for those who share the core Tea Party values of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free [and fair] markets. 

Brexit is dead –  strangled at the weekend by Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabal of Remainer cronies.

It was a brilliant coup, masterfully conducted with a sadist’s attention to detail.

All the ministers in the Cabinet were hauled up to Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country residence, where their phones were confiscated, as though they were naughty children. Then the stubbornly pro-Brexit ones who were rightly disgusted by the shaming sell-out deal May had cobbled together with her virulently Remainer civil servants were given the same choice Rommel was in 1944: cyanide pill or slow career death.
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In June 2016, 17.4 million people — more than had ever voted for anything in British history — voted Brexit to free themselves from the clutches of that Remainer establishment. Now the Remainer establishment has responded as only it knows how: by ignoring the democratic will and shoring up its power base by whatever means necessary.
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Delingpole’s full report is here

President Trump is scheduled to visit the UK at the end of this week, despite planned protests (but at least the anti-Trump balloon over Parliament will now have to share the spotlight with the anti-Mayor Khan balloon).

Exit question: will President Trump be meeting with Nigel Farage this Friday?
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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Unemployment up?

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When unemployment goes up while the economy is adding jobs at a healthy clip, it’s great news. It means that people who had dropped out of the labor force and had stopped being counted as “unemployed,” feel confident enough to start looking for work again.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Independence Day celebrations

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This week we’ll be gathering for backyard BBQs and watching fireworks. The blog DC Whispers sums up what it is we are celebrating:

282 years ago this week 56 brave met to deliberate and in doing so they risked everything. A recent decree from King George declared them traitors. If they did not cease any and all attempts to thwart the authority of British rule they were to be put to death – effective immediately. These men did not cease. Instead, they voted and then signed what was both a Declaration of Independence and a declaration of war against the greatest military power in the world. 

If the rebellion failed they would surely hang.

America was born. 

Happy Independence Day.
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Pastor Darrell Scott and Henry Davis

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The first time I saw Pastor Darrell Scott was in March 2016,when he introduced Donald J. Trump as a GOP candidate for President out at the IX Center. Pastor Scott was a showstopper at the Cleveland Tea Party “Spirit of America” rally in support of President Trump in March 2017. 

Pastor Scott is really something, and so is a man named Henry Davis from Missouri. Mr. Davis loaded up a 2-minute Twitter video of himself expressing his gratefulness and pride as a black man living and witnessing today the extraordinary accomplishments of the Trump presidency and what it means for minority employment, opportunity, and the possibilities for the future.

After Pastor Scott saw the video, he tweeted a message -- not just in support of Mr. Davis, but also promising to invite him to the White House to discuss joining the Urban Revitalization Team. Then he picked up the phone and called Mr. Davis to make the arrangements.

Vivek Saxena has the story and a link to the video here at BizPacReview. 
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Cleveland Terror plot foiled

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Fox News at cleveland.com reports:

A man who pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda sought to kill members of the military and conducted reconnaissance in downtown Cleveland for a planned attack on July 4 -- but the Independence Day plot was foiled after a months-long investigation, federal officials said Monday.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said Demetrius Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq, was arrested at 10 a.m. Sunday by the joint terrorism task force. Authorities were initially notified about Pitts in 2017, when he lived in Cincinnati and allegedly made statements supporting Al Qaeda and advocating violence against U.S. military members.
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Besides the alleged plan to attack on July 4, officials said Pitts wanted to also harm military members and families of service members. Herdman said Pitts discussed giving remote control cars packed with shrapnel to children of military members. 

When he was asked by the undercover FBI agent if he was worried about injuring children, Pitts said, "I don’t care and I have no regrets," according to Herdman.

Anthony said the arrest came after multiple conversations showed that Pitts had a desire to do harm. Pitts was born and "radicalized" in the U.S., and wanted to commit violence in the name of Al Qaeda, he added. Pitts faces up to 20 years in prison.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said while the alleged plot was foiled, the public should still contact authorities if they notice anything suspicious.

See the rest of the report here.
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Steve Hilton on the genius of America's founders

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We celebrate our Independence Day this coming Wednesday. Steve Hilton published a thoughtful piece on what we love about America entitled “I didn’t get the true genius of America’s founders till I moved here. Here’s what worries me now.” The full article is here, but below are a few excerpts:

It wasn’t until I actually lived in the U.S. that I started to understand the true genius of America’s founders and what they put in place two-and-a-half centuries ago. I saw it in the way that contemporary political debates are conducted with reference to the framers’ intent. I saw it in the huge importance of Supreme Court rulings – reported and debated with a prominence commensurate with the judiciary’s status as a co-equal branch of government – but totally alien to someone familiar with the British system.

And I saw the genius of the Founding Fathers most vividly of all in a family visit to Philadelphia a couple of years ago. While there, I took my two sons to the National Constitution Center, a truly wonderful place that all Americans should visit if they can.

The highlight of the Constitution Center is a regular live performance telling the story of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, the years leading up to the Constitutional Convention – and then of the momentous deliberations that produced the U.S. Constitution itself.

That performance literally moved me to tears as it brought to life in the most immediate and powerful way the beautiful idea at the heart of America: liberty under the law, an idea that had never before been expressed and guaranteed by any nation.

From that idea, and from those incomparable founding documents, come all the things that are special about America – things that are so different to (and, frankly, so much better than) what you find where I grew up, in England. And of course vastly better than what my parents experienced where they grew up in Communist Hungary.
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The melting pot; decentralized government; a republic of equals; a Constitution enshrining the precious ideal of people power. It is all under threat this Fourth of July – and we need to fight for it.
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Protesting immigration law enforcement

About those protests over immigration on Friday:

message /art via Lucianne.com
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