Note to the readers

I have a couple of appointments at the VA starting at 0715 hours and then another which will take a good part of the day.
Posting is short since I have a hour drive to the hospital.
If I get back early enough I’ll put up something else but usually after one of these days I just fall asleep when I get home.

Put up more tomorrow on topical stuff.

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Ponder this

‘Good English’ is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another.

~ C S Lewis

Historical happenings

5/22/1804 ~ The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri.

5/22/1856 ~ U.S. Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina beats Senator Charles Sumner with a cane for Sumner’s earlier condemnation of slavery, which included an insult to Brooks’ cousin, Senator Andrew Butler.

5/22/1992 ~ Johnny Carson’s final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host.

Biased Agendas

A spark of sanity from one Democrat in an otherwise darkness of clabbering Jackass insanity. It was soon extinguished.

Hard Reality: No Mainstream Gun Control Law Would Have Stopped the Texas High School Horror

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner told CNN’s State of the Union that he doesn’t think “there’s a single piece of legislation” that could have prevented last week’s horrible killing at a Texas high school, adding that a more holistic “series of actions” are needed.  His other nod to reality was acknowledging, after being prodded by host Jake Tapper, that Democrats failed to act on gun control when they controlled all three elected levers of power in Washington, DC during the Obama years. “Perhaps, in retrospect, more should have been done,” he said, amid various evasions and excuses.

Warner — who has moved to the left with the rest of his party on guns — also mentioned background checks and “military-style assault weapons” in the interview, each of which is irrelevant to the latest incident.  The Texas killer was not legally permitted to own guns, and used more traditional (i.e., not an “assault rifle”) firearms during a rampage that left ten people dead.  Nevertheless, these facts, which Warner at least partially recognizes, didn’t stop one of his colleagues from Connecticut from unleashing his preferred brand of demagogic post-tragedy moral indignation:

Chris Murphy (Dolt) CT tweeted: Let’s call it like it is: the horrifying inaction of Congress, slaughter after slaughter, has become a green light to would-be shooters, who pervert silence into endorsement.

I’m left unclear as to what exactly Murphy is talking about. As the New York Times has confirmed, the shooter in Texas used a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver — and nothing else besides. Moreover, because he was 17-years-old, he was ineligible to purchase a gun either privately or commercially, and thus had no contact with NICS background-check system that Murphy wants to expand. What, precisely, did “Congress” fail to do here?
What perverted signal did it send? What “endorsement” did it provide? … As for the implication that is embedded in Murphy’s tweet — namely, that declining to prohibit a given tool is in some way an endorsement of those who would abuse it — well, I can think of few more destructive ideas in a free country. Was Thurgood Marshall sending a “green light” to the KKK when he voted with the majority in Brandenburg v. Ohio? Are the many opponents of the Patriot Act offering an “endorsement” to the devotees of Jihad? Hardly. By suggesting that his opponents disagree with him because they are happy to “allow” massacres, rather than because they think that his proposals (such as they are) will be useless, Murphy is seriously damaging our debate over guns, and hurting our political culture.

“As far as I can see, there are only two reasonable ways to interpret this behavior: 1) That Senator Murphy is a grandstander who does not understand this issue well enough to do anything but shout “do something!” whenever he sees an abomination on the news; or 2) That Senator Murphy actually does want to ban shotguns and revolvers and everything else besides — and, by extension, that he wants to repeal the Second Amendment to the Constitution in order to get it done.”  Which is it, Senator?  This is why so many gun rights supporters view the gun control movement’s loudest voices as peddling in ignorance or dishonesty.  Take this tweet, for instance, which was shared thousands of times: [snip]

Squealing Lefties

This doesn’t sound like the ‘Blue Wave’ of November has much water in it.

Report: Obama Pleads With Jay-Z to Prevent Other Hip Hop Artists Meeting With Trump

Former President Barack Obama has reportedly asked Jay-Z to encourage other hip hop artists not to meet with Donald Trump following the firestorm of publicity over Kanye West.

The claim is being made by pro-Trump activist Josh Cornett, who tweeted, “Sources are confirming that former President Barack Obama has called Jay-Z several times over the past month pleading with Jay-Z to discourage fellow Hip Hop artists from meeting with President Trump.”

The tweet has received over 7,600 retweets and over 10,000 likes since being posted.

Donald Trump Jr. also liked the tweet, leading some to speculate that he may know that the story is true.

While the story remains unconfirmed, it would make political sense for Democrats to deter pop icons from being seen to endorse President Trump in any way as the mid-terms draw nearer.

In the week after Kanye West tweeted his support for Candace Owens, a vocal African-American Trump supporter, Trump’s popularity amongst black males jumped from 11 per cent to 22 per cent. [snip]

What! Me worry?