Friday, April 20, 2018
The Democratic Party has become the party of trial lawyers. If they can’t win at the ballot box or in the legislatures, they file lawsuits before friendly judges. State Attorney Generals have besieged the Trump Administration and the federal government. Anything to delegitimize the Trump Administration. The Democratic National Committee under Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the Clinton campaign engaged in a blatant conspiracy to secure the nomination for Hillary Clinton and deny it to Senator Bernie Sanders, subverting the democratic process. The Attorney General of the United States met with former President Bill Clinton while his wife was under FBI investigation, and then made it clear there would be no prosecution. President Obama twice made it clear he thought the FBI investigation would go nowhere, a clear obstruction of justice and indirect nudge to his Justice Department. Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Tim Kaine, Chuck Schumer, Tom Perez, John Kerry, John Edwards, Joe Liberman, Walter Mondale, and Michael Dukakis are lawyers. Al Gore was not a lawyer. He had dropped out of law school. We like to say to law students: “Think like a lawyer.” That doesn’t mean we want lawyers dragging politics down to new depths of sordid litigation. Both parties were prepared to flood America with attorneys to contest the 2016 election, like the Bush-Gore 2000 election in Florida. The complaint begins “No one is above the law.” Hillary Clinton so far seems to be above the law. The complaint calls the Trump Campaign a “Racketeering Enterprise,” charging them with RICO violations, shades of the Mafia. The DNC would love to win the lawsuit. Short of that, they hope to get past an initial motion to dismiss and engage in discovery. They will then embark on a fishing expedition, hoping to uncover real “dirt” on the Trumps. The act of political parties burrowing into the inner workings, strategizing, memos, financing, drafts and political opponents is a direct threat to democracy. Discovery works both ways. The defendants will seek the Clinton server, the DNC server, the missing emails, essentially the entire trove of DNC materials, including emails and finances. They will establish the incompetence of the DNC, advanced warnings of possible hacking, and the sweetheart treatment of Pakistani computer workers with access to the innermost secrets of the DNC. They will uncover acts of illegal fundraising. The DNC is not serious in the complaint. The first named defendants are the Russian Federation and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian federation. The Russians, Chinese, Iranians, and North Koreans have unleashed thousands of computer hackers on the United States. The DNC has responded by unleashing an army of American lawyers on the Russians with a 66 page complaint. Vladimir Putin is probably laughing. Other named defendants are Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and Roger Stone, Julian Assange. WikiLeaks, and Gucifer. The charges in addition to the RICO counts include trespass, trespass to chattels, conspiracy, misappropriation of trade secrets, and a host of statutory violations. Can’t win in November! Can’t win in the state houses! Can’t win in the legislature! So sue, sue, and sue some more
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Today is the 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Uprising Final Battle The Nazis crammed 300,00-400,000 Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto (1.3 sq. mi.) beginning in October and November 1940. Many died in the ghetto from disease and starvation. About 254,000 Jews were sent to the Treblinka extermination camp during the summer of 1942. The remaining Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto raised up against their Nazi oppressors 75 years ago on April 19, 1943. The SS had emptied most of the Ghetto. The remaining Jews knew deportation meant extermination at the death camps. The Jews once believed the Nazi promises of “resettlement.” They could say “Next year in Jerusalem.” No more; they knew the Nazis were sending the Jews to death camps. They knew their fate. Armed resistance began in January 1943 as the Germans started a second wave of deportations, which soon stopped. The Germans entered the Ghetto on Passover Eve, April 23 with the intent of liquidating the Ghetto – the “Final Solution” in Warsaw. About 400 Jews confronted the Nazis with a limited armory consisting of 2 heavy machine guns, 4 light machine guns, 21 submachine guns, 30 rifles, 50 pistols, over 400 hand grenades, and their spirit. Their fight was not a replay of David v. Goliath. The odds of defeating the SS and the German Army were nil, but they could send a message. They fought, as did the rebellious Jews at Masada 19 centuries earlier against the Romans. The Masada Jews committed suicide as the Roman Army was about to conquer Masada. They were not 300 Spartans at Thermopylae or 200 Texans at the Alamo buying time for the larger army. The Warsaw Jews exemplify the human spirit. They exemplify the Jewish spirit. They would not go quietly. Better to die with dignity than be part of a mass slaughter. They would take Germans with them. The SS attacked under the war criminal Jurgen Stroop, waging a scorched earth policy, building by building, block by block, basement by basement, tunnel by tunnel with dynamite and flamethrowers. Everyone and everything in the way was destroyed- an estimated 13,000 Jews. They razed the Jewish ghetto in the process. Only a few remnants remain. Fighting continued into mid-May. A few of the leaders and fighters managed to escape, to fight another day. Poland remembers their heroism, as it does the Warsaw Uprising a year later. The Jewish world remembers their heroism. Government financial support and worldwide contributions funded the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which initially opened in 2013 and had its grand opening in October 2014. It faces the Ghetto Heroes Monument, growing out of the rubble of the decimated Warsaw Ghetto. About 13,000 Jews died during the uprising with another roughly 50,000 survivors sent to the death camps. Stroop’s final report lists 110 casualties, including 17 fatalities. Unofficial reports are much higher. Jewish uprisings also occurred at Auschwitz, Sobibor, and Treblinka. The Jews did not go quietly. The Jews in Warsaw, Auschwitz, Sobibor and Treblinka are chapters in the epic history of Jthe Jewish struggle for freedom.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Visions of the Presidency result in delusional behavior by otherwise smart politicians as they are blinded by the snow in Iowa and New Hampshire. Senator Chris Dodd moved his family to Iowa in 2007 in hopes of capturing Iowa. He came in sixth in the Iowa caucuses. Los Angeles Mayor is testing the Iowa waters, racking up frequent flyer miles and frequent sleeper points in Iowa. He doesn’t have to move to Iowa because he declared Iowa and Los Angeles are alike: “We’re the same as Iowa.” Yes, Iowa and Los Angeles are like Siamese Twins, or two peas in a pod, one blue and one red. He further stated that “Los Angeles is the heartland and Iowa is the cutting edge.” Yes, LA is the heartland in opening the new Selfie Museum. Yes, LA is the heartland in spending $40,000/mile to whitewash 6,500 miles of roads with white asphalt sealant to reduce global warming while 25% of its roads are rated “F” by the Bureau of Street Services. Iowans understand that white asphalt sealant does not fill the pothole ridden City of Angels. Nor does hot air. Los Angeles has potholes; Iowa road apples and road kill. La has the Dodgers; Iowa the Field of Dreams. Iowa is in the heartland of hard work. Iowa discerns the difference between bovines and bloviate. Iowa is full of bulls, LA BS. Iowa isn’t planning to place homeless shelters in peoples’ backyards, one of Mayor Garcetti’s ideas. Mayor Garcetti will have to spend more barnstorming chucking down corn dogs at the Iowa State Fair than he has even spent at the LA County Fair. Mayor Garcetti can check off many boxes: Mexican American Italian American Irish American Jewish American Navy Research Rhodes Scholar Fluent in English, Hebrew and Spanish Musician Youthful Telegenic Empathetic Multi-Cultural Multi-Ethnic Metrosexual But not “Farmer” If Mayor Garcetti gets out of Des Moines, he will open his eyes, ears and nose to new scenes, sounds and scents: skyscrapers in the form of grain elevators and water towers, working farms, and water flowing in a mighty river, the Mississippi, rather than the cement Los Angeles River, pigs squealing, grunting and oinking, sheep bleating, and cows mooing. The sounds of urban coyotes and rural coyotes will. however, be the familiar howling. He will pretend to be appalled at the cows contributing to global warming through their flatulence. Mayor Garcetti apparently shares the elitist view of farmers as “Rubes” and “Hayseeds,” or “Deplorables” living in Flyover Country, who can be snookered by a city slicker. Beware if the Mayor starts wearing a John Deere cap in Iowa. He probably doesn’t know the difference between the front end and rear end of a combine. Iowa has the National (Hot Air) Balloon Classic. Politicians spew hot air. Iowans don’t like being patronized by elitists.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, is sucking up her 15 minutes of fame as Storm Daniels slowly blows over America. CBS even gave her 60 Minutes. CBS, CNN and MSNB are obsessed with the porn actress. She made page one of the New York Times. Their news programs dolt on her, as if she were a Goddess, the Goddess of Porn. Fake Blond Fake Boobs Fake Truth Fake News Anything to bring President Trump down. Hence the blow by blow account of the President’s boorish and tawdry behavior 12 years ago. Blinded by contempt and hatred for President Trump, much of the media has given up any pretense of journalistic integrity in their Crusade to force President Trump from office. They are shilling a porn star of questionable morals. The mainstream media let the Clintonistas get away with alluding to Paula Jones as “Trailer Park Trash. James Carville, the Bill political guru said regarding Paula Jones “Drag a hundred dollars through a trailer park and there’s no telling what you’ll find.” Newsweek’s Evan Thomas said on a talk show that Paula Jones was “some sleazy woman with big hair coming out of trailer parks.” To Evan Thomas’ credit, he was ashamed of his statements a few years later. Few others have actually recanted their remarks, but many are now prepared to throw former President and no longer politically useful Bill Clinton under the bus. Relatively few column inches were spent on the Paula Jones outcome. Federal District Judge Susan Webber Wright on April 12, 1999 held the President was guilty of false testimony in a deposition, fined him $90,000, and referred his matter to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Committee. The President agreed to a $25,000 fine and a five-year suspension of his Arkansas law license and then surrendered it. President Clinton further faced disbarment from The United States Supreme Court. The reprobate President resigned his license prior to the disbarment ruling. The media’s attitude has been to toss everything up against the wall and see what sticks: The Russia-Trump Collusion Obstruction of Justice The President’s Mental Competence The President’s Hand on the Nuclear Button He doesn’t read the intelligence reports He doesn’t follow the advice of his advisors Chaos in the White House An Administration in Disarray Their favorite words and impeachment and indictment. Stormy is not sticking. Every storm shall pass. Voters remember President Clinton and the Democrats/media rabid support of the Clinton libido. The attention on Storm Daniels is in contrast to the media’s conduct during the Bill Clinton years. His campaign against “Bimbo Eruptions” was led by his wife, Hillary, and abetted by the media. Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Gennifer Flowers, and a host of others who did not want to publicly come forward. Voters are not seeking Saints and angels in the White House. They seek a leader who reflects their dreams, aspirations, fears, concerns, visions. They seek a leader who addresses their needs. They seek a President who believes in their America. They don’t care about Stormy Daniels. They see her as just another example of morality and ethics of convenience and as a political act of hypocrisy as the Democrats and media pivoted 180º for partisan purposes. Stormy is suing President Trump’s attorney for defamation. What defamation? The law of defamation protects a person’s reputation against false statements. How can the reputation of a lying, immoral porn star be damaged? Storms will pass. The question is how much detritus do they leave behind?
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Hail! Hail Michigan, The Champions of the West (Bracket) The University of Michigan Alumni Association called an impromptu meeting in Los Angeles this weekend. A capacity crowd of 19,665 was announced for Staples center. About 19,000 of them wore the maize and Blue as Michigan turned Staples Center into Crisler Pavilion for a home game against the Seminoles in the West Region of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Florida State prides itself as “junkyard dogs” on defense. Michigan also knows how to play defense. Coach Beilein jhas always emphasizes d scrappy defense. It’s unfair to say the Wolverines mauled the dogs. It’s more accurate to say Michigan had enough grit to outlast Florida State 58-54. Basketball fanatics will say it was an ugly game. Michigan shot 38.8% from the floor (19/49). Florida State was even lower, shooting 31% from the floor. How good was Michigan’s defense? FSU got no fast break points! Basketball purists will say it was a great defensive match. Michigan’s great football coach Bo would be proud of the defense. Florida State shot 31% for the game and 22% in the second half. Michigan, which was raining threes on Thursday against Texas A & M made only 4 threes in 22 attempts against FSU, which only connected on 4 of 17 of its own. They weren’t falling because of great defense. Both teams had trouble driving inside. Michigan shot 19 0f 49 from the floor. Its season free throw travails reappeared with 16 out of 24, with four misses in the last 1:20 of the game. FSU blocked 7 Michigan shots. The Wolverines W is the only statistic that matters! Florida State may have been only a 9 seed, but it defeated #1 Xavier and #4 Gonzaga. Those wins were well earned and not flukes. Defense wins games this time of year. No team was truly predominant in college basketball this year. The pre-season prognosticators have been way off. Athlon, Sports Illustrated, and Street and Smith had neither Loyola Chicago or Michigan in their top 25. Street and Smith picked Michigan 8 in the Big Ten and Loyola 4 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The NCAA finals will have either a 1, 2, or 3 seed playing a 3 or 11 seed. Forget the rankings; teams actually have to play the game! Michigan’s next game is against Sister jean and Cinderella. Never underestimate the Ramblers. The Jesuits have God on their side. Georgetown thought it did, but lost to Florida State. Loyola will come into the game with an attitude that they have neither nothing to lose nor nothing to prove. They will be dangerous. Loyola and Michigan have several commonalities: 1) They both play as a team; 2) They both have juniors and seniors starting; they’re not one and dones; 3) They play great defense; 4) Both have long winning streaks, during the toughest part of the season: 17 for Loyola and 13 for Michigan, 5) They’ve know how to win; 6) They got little respect preseason. Michigan’s tournament MVP was Charles Matthews from Chicago. He did not know who Sister Jean is. I hope he gets to meet and greet her. And yes, we were at the game.
Monday, March 19, 2018
How’s Your Brackets Doing? Decimated? Nuked? Wiped out? Sucked bilge water? Forget it this year. They say the odds of winning Megabucks or Powerball are better than having a perfect bracket. I’ll take their words for that; doing the math is not my forte. Let’s look at what has emerged from the carnage. The South Bracket was destroyed 1 through 4. The West Bracket lost 1 and 2, and Michigan, #3, survived by a 30’ desperation shot. Two number 1’s lost. Virginia, the overall #1, was a true One and Done, not to be confused with the Kentucky and Duke one and done institutions. Virginia had the ignominy of losing to a school, #16 UMBC, that few heard of before Friday. They have now; UMBC is now a national legend. Bookstore sales are through the roof. Don’t you love the 5’8” (?), 140 lb. K.J. Maura? Isn’t the University of Maryland, College Park the basketball power in Maryland? Not this year! Syracuse was the last pick for the tournament. It had to win a pre-game to enter the field of 64. It is now in the Sweet Sixteen. The 11 seed Loyola Chicago Ramblers have been blest by the team chaplain, 98 year-old Sister Jean. They defeated 6 seed Miami and 3 seed Tennessee to reach the Sweet 16. The NCAA is happy with the results even if viewership is down the next two weekends. Two of this year’s “problem children,” Louisville and USC, were sent to the NIT. Arizona, Auburn, Miami, Michigan State, and North Carolina were bounced from the Tournament. Houston’s coach, Kelvin Sampson, has a checkered history with the NCAA as does Bruce Pearl at Auburn. They lost. The Pac 12 justified the NCAA’s only naming three schools to the Tournament. Arizona, Arizona State, and UCLA went a collective 0 for 3, with Arizona losing to Buffalo. UCLA may have lost, but it’s cured of a migraine, the Ball Boys, The state of Ohio struck out. So much for the new coach at The Ohio State University. Thad Matta is available. Purdue is relying on its mechanical engineers to design a brace to get 7’2” Isaac Haas back in the games. Two #1 seeds, Virginia and Xavier, as are two #2’s, Cincinnati and North Carolina, two #3’s, Michigan State and Tennessee, and Arizona, Auburn, and Wichita State. Nine of the top 16 teams are back home as students, rather than student-athletes. Two #9’s are in the Sweet 16 (Florida State and Kansas State), as many as #1’s and #2’s. No matter the rankings, 18 and 19 year-olds have to show up and play. How’s your brackets doing? The season’s over. Get back to work! To quote House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: "Enjoy the Suck"
Sunday, March 18, 2018
We have the Tao of Mao Pensees by Pascal “I think, therefore I am” by Descartes And now comes the profundities of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “We will fight this sham lawsuit and will fight all cowardly attacks on our immigrant communities.” “Embrace the suck” “Where fencing will do or mowing the grass so that people can’t be smuggled through the grass” “In terms of the bonus that corporate America receives versus the crumbs that they are giving to workers.” “First, Bush cut taxes for the rich and the economy has rebounded with new record low unemployment rates, which only means wealthily employers are getting even wealthier at the expense of the underpaid working class.” Every month we do not have an economic recovery package,500 million Americans will lose their jobs.” We avow the First Amendment. We stand with that and say that people have a right to have a gun to protect themselves in their homes and jobs …” “Well, I’m with the 11th Amendment, so … or, is it the 11th Amendment that, uh? 14th Amendment, is it? Whatever it is I’m with the Constitution of the United States.” “We have to pass this bill [ObamaCare] for you to find out what’s in it.” “The most privileged person in America has better health because if everyone has health, everyone is in the loop.” “waiting rooms in the emergency rooms will allow you to make new friends.” “I believe in natural gas as a clear, clean alternative to fossil fuels.” “I don’t think [Obama’s] ever done anything for political reasons.” “We have to support the Palestinians and what they need. And we have to confer with the Qataris, who have told us over and over that Hamas is a humanitarian organization.” “I must have good genes from my parents because I feel no slowdown of energy, enthusiasm, or memory.” Let us not forget her classic: “I’m a master legislator. I’m a strategic, politically astute leader.”