I am the King’s good servant – but God’s first.

Saint Thomas More’s last words before being beheaded

Yesterday at the Washington Post Jonathan H. Adler quoted a speech from Justice Scalia from 2002 to make the case that Kim Davis, the elected Democrat County Clerk in Kentucky should resign:

[W]hile my views on the morality of the death penalty have nothing to do with how I vote as a judge, they have a lot to do with whether I can or should be a judge at all. To put the point in the blunt terms employed by Justice Harold Blackmun towards the end of his career on the bench, when he announced that he would henceforth vote (as Justices William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall had previously done) to overturn all death sentences, when I sit on a Court that reviews and affirms capital convictions, I am part of “the machinery of death.” My vote, when joined with at least four others, is, in most cases, the last step that permits an execution to proceed. I could not take part in that process if I believed what was being done to be immoral. . . .

[I]n my view the choice for the judge who believes the death penalty to be immoral is resignation, rather than simply ignoring duly enacted, constitutional laws and sabotaging death penalty cases. He has, after all, taken an oath to apply the laws and has been given no power to supplant them with rules of his own. Of course if he feels strongly enough he can go beyond mere resignation and lead a political campaign to abolish the death penalty” and if that fails, lead a revolution. But rewrite the laws he cannot do.

Looking at this quote it occurs to me, rather than an argument for Kim Davis to resign it’s actually an argument for her not only to stand her ground but to seek re-election for continuing to do so.

In the example cited three Different supreme Court justices Harold Blackmun, William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall all despite the having taken an oath to apply the laws and having no power to change them made a conscious decision based on their personal morality that they would, regardless of evidence, undermine legal proceedings all made according to laws passed by the people and upheld by the courts because they “believed what was done to be immoral”.

However despite this, the media made no attempt to pillory them, the legal community did not censure them, the democrat congress did not demand their impeachment and today all of them are well remembered and honored.  Nor did anyone object to said principles being based on a religious moral code.

And our friends on the left have routinely cheered civil disobedience in defiance to law, nobody on the left or in the mainstream media was calling for the resignation of Gavin Newsom when he was issuing marriage licences contrary to law.

Furthermore if you go back in history it’s not those who enforced the fugitive slave laws, those who upheld the Dred Scott Decision or those who acted under Plessy v Ferguson that are remembered or lionized in history, it’s those who opposed them and took risk to their reputation, their livelihood and their lives to oppose it.

And of course as an elected official she can’t just be fired, it means a long legal process in a state where judges are elected.

Based on all the evidence the surprise isn’t that she is ignoring the calls for her to cave, the surprise is that anyone expects her to do so.

By A.P. Dillon

In the August dump of Hillary Clinton’s emails, a number of interesting items came to light as media outlets began sifting through them.

There was a lot more in there than expected, from obsessing over Sarah Palin to ‘Vast Right Wing Conspiracies’ and recruiting State Department employees to steer funds towards a Clinton Foundation partner.

There was also quite a bit of information showing the influencing of policy decisions through a network of ‘yes men‘ and quite a lot of traffic involving Sidney Blumenthal.

Included in that mix was mention in of the New America Foundation.

I’ve written about New America Foundation and Hillary Clinton before, right here at Da Tech Guy. That original article was in relation to Clinton’s comments on Common Core and her ties to New America Foundation, who in 2014, put out a policy briefing Insisting that Colleges Align with the Common Core”. 

Daily Beast:

Blumenthal, long a loyal footman, sent Clinton a missive on Feb. 13, 2010, asking about Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation. Blumenthal dives right in and informs Clinton of many important facts about Clemons—including an all-important bit about his sexuality.

“Clemons runs the foreign policy program at New America Foundation, a character around town, very busy, gossipy, gay, friend of Laurie Rubiner (from her NAF days), former moderate Republican, funded in part by Bernard Schwartz, foreign policy realist, and who began his career as a walker of Hollywood wives,” Blumenthal writes.

The policy influencing isn’t all ‘yes men‘. There’s a ‘yes woman’ too.

A search of the Clinton email dump using “New America Foundation” yielded four emails, one of which is reference by the previously mentioned excerpt from the Daily Beast that included Steve Clemons. The names Peter Beinart and Anne-Marie Slaughter also appeared in relation to New America Foundation.

New America Foundation  claims to be a ‘non-partisan’ non-profit concerned with various government policy issues. The New America Foundation is headed up by Anne-Marie Slaughter, who is also former Clinton State Department staffer.

In May, 2014, Clinton was the keynote speaker for New America Foundation’s 2014 Conference “Big Ideas for a New America”. Video of her remarks can be seen at C-SPAN. Clinton spends the opening moments thanking her “friend and former colleague”, Anne-Marie Slaughter:

And I want to thank my friend and former colleague Anne-Marie Slaughter. I am deeply grateful for all of her contributions, her intellectual firepower… called the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which provided a blueprint for 21st century statecraft. She’s now bringing that same imaginative, disciplined leadership to the New America Foundation, and a focus on big ideas on the intersection of policy…

Beinart and Clemons are both in the journalist world.  Both are also editors in some fashion at The Atlantic and their articles appeared in the Clinton email dump.

Now, both Beinart and Clemons are affiliated with a very well-funded “non-profit” dedicated to steering national policies that is run by a former Clinton State Department employee and endorsed by her former boss, Hillary Clinton herself.  Cozy.

AP DillonA.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
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Three Days ago I scored a quick exclusive interview with Senator Ted Cruz. My first question was this:

DaTechGuy: I watched your interviews in the past

Senator Ted Cruz: Yup

DTG: and one of the things I’ve noticed is whether it’s Jose Ramos or Katie Couric you never let yourself conform to the media’s template.

Cruz: Right Right

DTG: and How important is that to advance the conservative message and why don’t other republicans see this?

Cruz: It’s critically important. The media are not our friends, they are partisan players, They are not fair and impartial umpires. The most important protectors of Barack Obama right now, is the mainstream media and no one is more ready for Hillary than the mainstream media.

So the media tries, typically to do two things to republicans; To caricature us as either evil or stupid. So they ask question to us that are often rigged to paint us as either evil or extreme. And on the flip side they give these love fests to Democrats and try to paint them as loving and wonderful and caring about kids and furry kittens and bunny rabbits.

And we’ve got to understand where the media’s coming from and not accept the false premises of their questions and instead, Look the path to winning is not complicated, speak the truth with a smile.

The truth is conservative principles work. The Truth is the American free enterprise system has been the greatest engine for prosperity and opportunity the world has ever seen. The truth is our constitutional liberties are the foundation of opportunity in this county and The Truth is that American when it recedes from leadership in the world makes the world a much more dangerous place

When we know what we believe and speak the truth we win but we can’t let the media trap us, and we’ve got to understand what we believe and be prepared to defend it with hostile media questions.

You can see the video here

A pair of young Democrat activists Tyler & Kaity apparently didn’t watch that interview of mine because they attempted to play Ambush with Ted Cruz and he didn’t play along, to wit:

Ted Cruz: …Now you asked a question, ‘do you believe in climate change?’. Of course! From the dawn of time the climate has been changing. Until the end of time the climate will change. And yet interestingly enough the political liberals, their solution to climate change is exactly the same as it was to global cooling and global warming. Massive government control of the economy, energy sector, and our lives. And when you start to see politicians who propose the exact same solution to every problem regardless of the facts or the data you start to think these are politicians who just want power over our lives.

Having failed on the first go, Kaity Thomson gave it a shot and her exchange showed all the arrogance of youth:

Kaity Thomson: “Why do you disagree with me you are not a scientist.”

Senator Ted Cruz: “Both my parents are scientists and mathematicians. My father was a geophysicist.”

Thomson: Are they climate scientists?

Cruz: My father was a geophysicist.

Thomson: That’s different.

Now I was young and foolish once myself so perhaps one might forgive the absurdities shown in the transcript by young Kaite & Tyler, but there is a different between the arrogance of youth and dishonesty. I cite here the titles of the videos on Youtube

Ted Cruz absurd climate change denial.

Ted Cruz insults University of New Hampshire, denies the earth is warming

Not only are both dishonest but I challenge anyone to read that transcripts and call Senator Cruz’s answers “absurd” or find the “insult” to the University of New Hampshire.

Even so the most interesting part of those two videos on youtube are what they have in common as showed by these two screen shots:

No comments 2

No comments 1

No comments on our videos allows, we don’t trust our viewer or follows to say what they think.

So let’s review, we have two young adults who attempt an ambush interview of the senator, who attempt to advance a particular premise and agenda, who find themselves unable to cope with their “subject” rejecting their premise and agenda, who title their videos pejoratively yet are so proud and so confident of their work they don’t dare allow those who view it to publicly comment on it.

Kaity, Tyler, you have a great future in the Mainstream media.

FYI my full Cruz Coverage is here.


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