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  • A sore loser seeks to help reelect Joe Manchin
  • What’s Wrong With Those Texans?
  • After the deal
  • “Stürm das Cockpit, oder du stirbst!”
  • University Suicide Watch, Chapter 4
A sore loser seeks to help reelect Joe Manchin

Posted: 21 May 2018 04:45 PM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)Hillary Clinton has a lock on the sore loser of the century award. But dishonorable mention goes to Don Blankenship.

Recently, Blankenship, a convicted criminal, finished third in the West Virginia Republican Senate primary. Today, he announced that he will run as a third party candidate on the Constitution Party ticket.

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If Blankenship really cared about the Constitution, or about conservatism, he wouldn’t launch a quixotic campaign the only possible impact of which might be to elect a Democrat, thereby making it more difficult for President Trump to confirm judicial nominees whose decisions will adhere faithfully to the Constitution.

Fortunately, West Virginia has a “sore loser” law. It states that a candidate who runs for the nomination of a major political party and loses “cannot change her or his voter registration to a minor-party organization/unaffiliated candidate to take advantage of the later filing deadlines and have their name on the subsequent general election ballot.”

This provision appears to bar Blankenship from running on another ticket. A spokesman for the West Virginia Secretary of State has said that it does. However, the law isn’t written as clearly as it might have been.

Blankenship says he’ll proceed with his plan to run as a third party candidate and take his chances in court. The last time he took a chance in court a jury found him guilty in connection with an explosion at one of his coal mines that killed 29 workers.

What a guy!


What’s Wrong With Those Texans?

Posted: 21 May 2018 04:20 PM PDT

(John Hinderaker)That’s the question the Associated Press asks, following the school shootings in Santa Fe: “School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas.”

Guns are so hard-wired into Texas culture that last week’s deadly rampage at Santa Fe High School is considered unlikely to result in any significant restrictions on access to weapons in the Lone Star State.
[T]he state’s 20-year dominance by the Republican Party all but guarantees the meetings will be dominated by calls to boost school security and “harden” campuses — an idea backed by the NRA — instead of demands for gun restrictions, said Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University.

What’s interesting is that the AP never hints at what “gun restrictions” the State of Texas ought to adopt. Indeed, it becomes obvious that the AP reporter, speaking for liberals and the mainstream of the Democratic Party, doesn’t much care: any restrictions will do.

In the Santa Fe case, the murderer, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, was too young to buy firearms, so tightening of firearms purchasing procedures wouldn’t have applied to him. The guns he used belonged to his father who, as far as we know, purchased them legally and would have been able to do so under any regime that has been proposed. The AP actually admits that the “gun restrictions” advocated by the Left would have done no good:

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is jailed on murder charges in Friday’s attack. Authorities said the Santa Fe High student opened fire with his father’s shotgun and .38-caliber handgun.

Gun control advocates around the country have long pressed for such measures as expanded background checks and a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, but such measures would probably have had no effect on the Santa Fe High shooting.

“Probably?” Those measures certainly would have been ineffective. But it doesn’t matter: in the AP’s eyes, resistance on the part of Texans to taking futile steps is blameworthy, while the one action that probably will work, most of the time–guarding and hardening schools as potential targets–is dismissed as “backed by the NRA.”

What the AP essentially admits is that virtue signaling is an end in itself, divorced from any intent to actually achieve any positive result. But then, why, exactly, is it a virtue?


After the deal

Posted: 21 May 2018 02:55 PM PDT

(Scott Johnson)This morning Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered his first public address on President Trump’s termination of the absurd and humiliating nuclear deal with Iran. The speech came less than two weeks after President Trump’s May 8 announcement that the United States would withdraw from President Obama’s deal with the Iranian regime, a/k/a – the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. Heritage President Kay Coles James briefly introduced Secretary Pompeo and then joined him on stage for a brief discussion following his prepared remarks.

The State Department has posted the transcript of the event and the video here. I have embedded the Heritage video below. This is a crucial speech on a top issue of national security. It puts paid to the Obama legacy of appeasement, accommodation, and self-abasement.

It is an excellent speech on all points in issue. As such, it represents an essential part of Trump’s great unraveling of Obama doctrine. Savor the moment!

Quotable quote: “No more. No more wealth creation for Iranian kleptocrats. No more acceptance of missiles landing in Riyadh and in the Golan Heights. No more cost-free expansions of Iranian power. No more.”


“Stürm das Cockpit, oder du stirbst!”

Posted: 21 May 2018 01:59 PM PDT

(Steven Hayward)I have stumbled across the funniest thing I’ve read in a long while, and the fact that I don’t read much German makes it all the better. The German newspaper Zeit had an article last week explaining how Donald Trump should be understood as an epigone of Leo Strauss. All I can say is they’re a little late to the party because that’s what the paranoid left said about George W. Bush over a decade ago. But Bush’s Straussianism supposedly explained that the problem was the desire to spread democracy around the planet, at the point of a gun if necessary. The complaint of this Zeit article is just the opposite—Trump is a Straussian isolationist, disdainful of America’s importance and necessary engagement with the world. Two Strausses in one! The great thing about the Left today is their inability to get their story straight.

You don’t need to read German to get the point: it’s Claremont’s fault! I suggest reading this aloud in your best Colonel Klink accent to appreciate the full humor:

Der US-Präsident sei irrational, heißt es überall, doch das Gegenteil ist der Fall. Trump ist von unmissverständlicher Klarheit; er hält Wort und handelt genau so, wie er es im Wahlkampf angekündigt hat. Man hätte das alles längst wissen können, sein Programm war ausformuliert und stammt in seinen Grundzügen aus einer kalifornischen Kaderschmiede, einem philosophischen Institut in der Kleinstadt Claremont. . .

Schon seit Langem predigen die “Claremonsters” – wie sie sich selbst nennen – einen radikalen Isolationismus; jede Nation sei nur sich selbst verpflichtet und müsse in freier Wildbahn um ihr Überleben kämpfen. Leider werde Amerika bei diesem Kampf von innen behindert, ein linkes Kartell aus “Progressisten”, Globalisten und politisch Korrekten nutze die Lücken des liberalen Rechts und falle der Nation in den Rücken. Kurzum, ein “tiefer Staat”, eine Art Schattenregierung, habe die Machtzentren gekapert, vergleichbar den Al-Kaida-Terroristen, die am 11. September 2001 Flugzeuge in ihre Gewalt gebracht hatten. “Stürm das Cockpit, oder du stirbst!” .

Absurd? Nein, die Verschwörungstheorie vom “tiefen Staat” hat es längst ins Weiße Haus geschafft, verbreitet wurde sie im Wahlkampf von dem Claremonter Philosophen Michael Anton, inzwischen Direktor für strategische Kommunikation im Nationalen Sicherheitsrat. Lippensynchron spricht Mr. President seine Botschaft nach – auch Donald Trump warnt vor den Schattenmännern des deep state, vor liberalen Eliten und “volksfeindlichen” Medien. Dennoch, so betonen die Straussianer, sei Trump nicht ihre Marionette: “Die Wahrheit ist, dass er von Anfang an die richtigen Positionen bei den Themen Einwanderung, Handel und Krieg formuliert hat.” Es genüge, wenn man Trumps Instinkte kognitiv nachschärfe und dafür sorge, dass er das, “was er in seinem Bauch fühlt, auch in seinem Kopf bewegt”.

Now, you can run all this through Google translate to get a rough translation if you want, but I say it is more fun in the original German. And this is as good a reason as any to remind readers to check out our podcast last week with the aforesaid “Claremonter Philosophen” Michael Anton if you haven’t already.


University Suicide Watch, Chapter 4

Posted: 21 May 2018 10:58 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)When last we checked in on the unassisted suicide-in-progress of American universities, we noted that Hiram College in Ohio is eliminating several departments in the humanities and social sciences, following the similar announcement of a University of Wisconsin branch campus. Today’s humanities demolition derby is occurring at Rider University in New Jersey, as reported this morning in the Wall Street Journal. This news is upsetting the faculty! Cue the world’s smallest violin:

As the president of Rider University, Gregory Dell’Omo wanted to cut the art, French and philosophy majors among others to help solve the New Jersey school’s budget shortfalls.

The faculty rebelled, passing a vote of no confidence in the president in April 2017 by a margin of three to one. “His approach to the school is to treat it as just another business,” said Arthur Taylor, a professor of information systems at Rider University and president of the faculty union, at the time. “It is not. It is a not for profit with an academic mission.”

Good luck with that whole “academic mission” thing if students are fleeing your departments.

Meanwhile, down at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, the bookstore pulled copies of a children’s book about Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller, because of faculty complaints. I’m guessing the complaining faculty doesn’t like any competition to be the biggest horse’s asses on campus:

On March 9, 2018, a book was pulled from both the Washington and Lee University Bookstore and the Lee Chapel Museum Shop after a W&L professor accused the book of painting a sympathetic picture of the Confederate States of America and the Old South. The book was not The Clansmen, the basis of D.W. Giffith’s The Birth of a NationGone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, or the notoriously problematic History of the American People by Woodrow Wilson, but a children’s book written about one of Robert E. Lee’s most beloved companions and most trusted warhorse, Traveller.

The book, entitled My Colt: The Story of Traveller, was written by Margaret Samdahl, who worked at the Lee Chapel Museum for thirteen years. Samdahl says that she decided to write the book to respond to Lee Chapel patron’s demands for a child-friendly book on Traveller. . .

William Dudley, president of Washington and Lee, lived up (or rather, down) to his duty to be a spineless wimp by writing to the book’s author on April 2:

“W&L suspended sales of My Colt: The Story of Traveller due to concerns raised by faculty members. These concerns led our staff to initiate a review of the policies and practices that govern the selection of books for sale in our retail locations. Having determined that the book does not violate current policies, the book is once again available for sale on campus.”

Yes, Washington and Lee are named for George Washington and Robert E. Lee.  In fact, Lee served as president of Washington and Lee after the Civil War, when it was just Washington College. His name was added to the university later. Strange that the faculty and students haven’t demanded that Lee’s name is dropped from the university. And just wait until they learn that George Washington owned slaves, and shot people dead during the Revolutionary War.


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