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Here Comes The Judge?

By Mahons On September 24th, 2018 at 1:24 pm

A second story about Judge Kavanaugh has now arisen. There is an allegation that he may have dangled his junk in front of a female classmate at a rather rowdy party at Yale back in the day. Again, this story is dated, sudden, weak in both detail and contemporaneous action. The accuser’s tale as known to date appears to have evovled to put it mildly. It has been flatly denied and several classmates have cast doubts on it. The incident, if true, strikes me as boorish behavior as opposed to any crime. But it will complicate matters.

Memories…… and Happy Birthday to the Boss

By Patrick Van Roy On September 23rd, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Today is Bruce Springsteen’s 69th Birthday.

As a rule I don’t play his music often even though I own most of it in one form or another. So much of my teens and twenty’s soundtrack is heavily ladened with his music. Growing up in Philly and spending most of my Summers in Margate and Atlantic City his music was always there. I have seen him play over a dozen times from a nowhere dive bar to sold out shows at the Spectrum.

His music triggers memories good and bad, but tends to send me into the blues with thoughts of lost love and dead friends, it picks scabs off of old wounds in my heart and soul. To me this is much more than a musical post, it’s a walk down memory lane opening doors that I don’t like to open.

The first song is for the fallen.  It triggers memories of Mike a friend of mine killed next to me. Shot in the neck at the age of 17. We were all at a party that exploded into a warzone. Mike was 6’6″ the only reason I believe he was hit was because his head was above everyone else. We got out of the party he sat down in a chair on the porch and died in front of me. It was the first time I ever lost someone while I was there. I still see his face.

The next song triggers memories of my first love, my first heartbreak. A 5′ goddess built like Venus with the spirit of Athena. The pain of that love can still crack my heart and armor. Picking this song is difficult from Thunder Road, Candy’s Room, Rosalita, Tunnel of Love, to fire.  I can see her long thick black hair flowing in the breeze with a smile that could melt steel sitting next to me in a supped up Camaro flying down the backroads of Jersey.

The last song is for me. I could pick a dozen tunes. Songs to fight by, songs to love by, even a few to cry by but the one that comes to mind is the one that greets me when ever I crack open this door. Not a hit of his but a tune that has played so many times in my life.

Happy Birthday Bruce thanks for the music and the memories.  Now shut up and sing.

TRUMP HAS BIG TECH IN HIS SIGHTS

By Pete Moore On September 22nd, 2018 at 7:13 pm

Bloomberg: The White House has drafted an executive order for President Donald Trump’s signature that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open probes into the practices of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc., and other social media companies …

The document instructs U.S. antitrust authorities to “thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.” It instructs other government agencies to recommend within a month after it’s signed, actions that could potentially “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias” …

If signed, the order would represent a significant escalation of Trump’s aversion to Google, Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies, whom he’s publicly accused of silencing conservative voices and news sources online.

This is good news. These dirty rackets need taking down and broken up. That they discriminate against conservative voices is beyond doubt. The Supreme Court has held that social media is so omnipresent that it constitutes part of the public space. Thus, “foreclosing access to social media altogether thus prevents users from engaging in the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights.”

Big Tech is guilty of repeated attempts to purge this part of the public space of conservative opinion. They must be held to account, eh “equality” wallahs?

GOOD QUESTION

By Pete Moore On September 22nd, 2018 at 1:40 pm

We must always be alive to language in politics. President Trump “imposes protectionist measures”, whereas the EU has “common external tariffs”. They’re the same thing, a tax on imported goods and services.

As dumb as tariffs are, at least President Trump can claim to be acting in the interests of his compatriots. The many thousands of EU tariffs punish consumers mainly for the benefit of foreigners. So we learn that British consumers are punished by an EU tariff on South African oranges to benefit Spanish orange growers. I don’t care where my oranges come from, but I don’t want to pay more for them so some Pedro can live a little easier.

In the end no-one can honestly criticise President Trump for his protectionist measures while simultaneously arguing to remain under the EU protectionist regime.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On September 21st, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Some things are best alone. Lenny Kravitz did a passable copy, but he doesn’t have the groove of these hairy white boys.

Have a good weekend whatever you’re up to and, as always, feel free to share your sounds down below –

Border Song

By Mahons On September 21st, 2018 at 5:06 pm

The cluster, um, funk shall we say of Brexit continues. The Prime Minister has demanded the EU respond to her proposal with a counterproposal. What could induce them to do so? She does not want Northern Ireland treated differently. Or so she says publically. Like most British Prime Ministers she probably would prefer it disappeared. The Irish PM has stated he is negotiating to avoid a hard border. We are seeing what all grown ups knew, Brexit is going to be a disaster.

DANES BECOMING MORE BASED

By Pete Moore On September 20th, 2018 at 6:24 pm

The new contract for public service broadcasting between the Danish Ministry of Culture and broadcaster DR emphasises the importance of Christianity, while the word ‘integration’ has been removed […]
The new contract states that DR’s programming must make it clear that “(Danish) society is based on democracy and has its roots in Christianity”.
A sentence from the previous contract, stipulating that DR “must work for the promotion of integration in Danish society” has, meanwhile, been cut from the new agreement, replaced with a different line which says that “DR must work to promote a Denmark based on community, built on values of democracy, equality and free speech”.
This is beautiful news and further evidence that the triumph of globalism, along with cultural and ethnic genocide, is not inevitable.
I’d quibble if pushed about Christianity. Denmark of course has its roots in the Jutish tribes, who were Pagan. But we know what they mean. Today, Christianity must be reasserted and not just in Denmark. The move ought to be followed across Europe. On the quiet, Danes have become slightly more nationalist and self-knowing over the years. Immigrants and their backward ways have become a little less welcome. That the national broadcaster has been prodded into this move is very welcome.

Yes We Have No Bananas

By Mahons On September 19th, 2018 at 10:47 pm

President Trump is sad. He says he does not have an Attorney General. The Attorney General Jeff Sessions is apparently still on the Federal Payroll and serving as Attorney General. Confused?

Sessions was an early Trump Supporter. However he has been on Trump’s shit list since he recused himself from the Russian Investigation. Trump assumed the Attorney General is supposed to be his Fixer, like his former lawyer who recently pled guilty to various felonies.
I dont recall another such relationship in our nation’s history. If Trump truly believes that for honest reasons he should fire Sessions. My guess is Trump doesnt believe it at all.

Worth the Watch

By Patrick Van Roy On September 19th, 2018 at 8:45 pm

Project Veritas

Deep State Unmasked: Leaks at HHS; DOJ Official Resists “From Inside,” DOJ: “These allegations are deeply concerning…referred to Inspector General.”

 

Elle Accuse

By Mahons On September 19th, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Whether or not Judge Kavanaugh did assault the woman who now claims he did 36 years ago will likely never be known. Folks are generally beliving what they wish in accordance with their support or opposition to him being nominated. I doubt there will be a persuasive moment that convinces a sceptic.

The woman's lawyers advise she will not participate in a hearing on her charges absent an FBI investigation, and perhaps not even then. In that case the Judge should be confirmed.

The proposed model is that the accuser must be belived, which is a far different model than the accuser must be heard. Such folly eliminates the rights of the accused, and establishes a dangerous climate in which accusation is enough to convict, derail nominations, change the course of history and ruin lives.

I'm skeptical of the accusation. The FBI demand is specious (there is no Federal crime here even if true. I support her right to make the accusation, and to back it up. But she has no right to set the timetable for the evaluation of her claims or the manner in which they are examined. The Judge has denied the claims and is willing to answer questions from Congress about his denial. If she refuses, the totality of factors weighs in favor of his confirmation by the Senate.