One thing about news stories that do not involve national figures is the question of what constitutes a “National” story and what constitutes a local story.

For example all of the various shootings of black youths in Chicago constitute “local” stories because they

Do not advance the liberal narrative

Don not  constitute an issue that reflects favorably on Democrats

Can not be spun or exploited to use against the GOP

Meanwhile the Michael Brown case constituted a national story because facts notwithstanding it could be used to advance the liberal narrative and be spun and exploited for use against the GOP.

Given those facts can you guess if this story is a “Local” or a “National” one

Durham County’s Fraternal Order of Police is demanding an apology from a councilwoman after she posted to Facebook saying “the most dangerous people with guns are cops and soldiers.”

Jillian Johnson made the post, which has since been deleted, to her personal Facebook page Monday.

It read:

“I am all about keeping guns away from dangerous people, but I feel like more of us should be pointing out that the most dangerous people with guns are cops and soldiers, and that the no-fly list and FBI anti-terror efforts are seriously corrupted by entrapment, racial profiling and Islamophobia.”

Johnson posted a clarification Wednesday morning to her professional Facebook page.

Yes you guessed it, this is a local story because

It involves a democrat attacking police and soldiers

It involves a democrat suggesting they are more dangerous than islamists after the 2nd most successful islamic terror attack on US soil.

All of these things would be easy to exploit in a senate or house races and fits like a glove for the Donald Trump campaign.

Rest assured that if this had been a republican saying something as offensive as this every single GOP candidate in races across the nation would be questioned about them and asked if they support such statements even though the speaker was a city selectman with no connection to any other party member elsewhere in the state let alone anywhere else in the country.

Because I’m working tonight I only have time for three quick thoughts on the Brexit vote before I crash:

MSM in Mourning:

The first I heard of the result of the Brexit vote was as I left work & turned on EWTN radio morning to hear Morning Glory radio announce the improbable win.  By the time I got through the Holy Doors and home and turned on the TV it was clear that the only thing missing from the MSM was black armbands.  I haven’t seen such gloom since the Scott Brown win in 2010.  What was most amazing was the attempt to spin the results, particularly by Katty Kay, as if the voters really didn’t mean it. (six hours later MSNBC is still playing this card big).

Nothing scares the elites like the will of the people.

 

Scotland the tame:

Thanks to movies like Braveheart and the past history of Scots in America many Americans have an image of Scotland not consistent with today’s reality.  The overwhelming STAY vote in Scotland  (Not even London gave a higher percentage for the status quo) suggests a reality that the region doesn’t mind being told what to do by nameless bureaucrats as long as it means subsidies keep heading their way, and as long as said bureaucrat isn’t an Englishman.

Of course other than the symbolic nature the real question is:  By the time a new Scottish referendum rolls around will Brussels decide Scotland is a net plus or minus and will the Scots decide the costs of leaving Great Britain (as comically illustrated here) be worth the price.

I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic 

When I started this post story after story talked about both stock markets and the pound tanking I literally crashed in the middle of the last paragraph and waking up five hours later and turning on CNBC that the markets have continued to go down.  The reality is this reaction is less about the actual companies having weakness and more about the elites being in panic as not only has their ability to soak the British Taxpayer to finance the European bureaucracy that they are heavily invested been hit, but pet companies that live off of said bureaucracy, which said elites are also highly invested in are too

In the long run Britain will do quite well without the EU and the EU knows it. It’s that reality that panics Brussels more than anything else.

Look in the Mirror:

The media the elites and Brussels are now all pointing fingers over the result in Britain, blaming people’s “ignorance” for the result.  But while Brussels and said elites are rushing to head off other countries from following Britain’s lead, the dirty little secret is that if the folks in Brussels had not attempted to micromanage every aspect of people’s lives and the political class in Britain took care of their people this vote would have never even taken place let alone go against them.


I’d like to think we do good work here If you’d like to help us keep up the pace please consider hitting DaTipJar




Olimometer 2.52

Please consider Subscribing. If less than 1/3 of 1% of our readers subscribed at $10 a month we’d have the 114.5 subscribers needed to our annual goal all year without solicitation.

Plus of course all subscribers get my weekly podcast emailed directly to you before it goes up anywhere else.


Choose a Subscription level



Today’s headlines: Britain voted to leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron tended his resignation.

Two older headlines that went mostly ignored: Last week, Switzerland withdrew its application to join the EU. Last year, Iceland dropped its application to the EU,

Thomas Minder, counsellor for the state of Schaffhausen and an active promoter of the concept of “Swissness,” said he was eager to “close the topic fast and painlessly” as only “a few lunatics” may want to join the EU now, he told the newspaper.

Hannes Germann, also representing Schaffhausen, highlighted the symbolic importance of the vote, comparing it to Iceland’s decision to drop its membership bid in 2015.

The EU is a gargantuan politico-economic structure, which dictates financial and regulatory policy to its members on everything from bananas to immigration. This, of course, led some of the Left to try to make you believe that Britain’s decision is “all about xenophobia,” because to them, everything is.

Nile Gardiner sees it differently,

The vote for Brexit (52 percent of Britons cast ballots to leave the EU) is a vote for sovereignty and self-determination. Britain will no longer be subject to European legislation, with Britain’s Parliament retaking control. British judges will no longer be overruled by the European Court of Justice, and British businesses will be liberated from mountains of EU regulations, which have undermined economic liberty.

The EU’s current president, Jean-Claude Juncker, unpopular from the start, has already told Britain to “get out as soon as possible.”

David Goldman addresses Brexit’s financial repercussions, and the political (emphasis added):

This is NOT a global financial crisis. The hissing sound you hear is the air leaving various financial bubbles, but this is not 2008 all over again.The British corporate sector has a strong balance sheet. Among the companies in the FTSE 100 equity index, net debt is only twice earnings before interest and taxes, slightly more than the S&P 500. Italian companies by contrast have net debt at nearly 8 times earnings before interest and taxes. The record fall in the pound sterling brings its exchange rate against the Euro to precisely where it was in 2014, before the pound rose against the European unit along with the US dollar. It’s a long-need correction that will benefit the British economy, which has suffered from an overvalued currency.

Financial authorities around the world warned of dire consequences were Britain to leave the Euro, but it’s hard to see what these might be. Britain’s auto industry is mostly owned by German companies, who will not stop producing or buying cars made in their British plants. The 2008 collapse had already cleaned most of the fluff out of the City of London, which shed more than 130,000 jobs in the years after the crisis. The global ambitions of European banks are long since gone and it is unlikely that a great deal of financial business will leave the already-shrunken City.

Britain contributes half a percent of its GDP to the rest of Europe each year, mostly to Eastern Europe; this drain on the British taxpayer will end. Most important, the ambitions of the European Commission to install a supranational government dictating fiscal and regulatory policy to its members have collapsed. Europe’s ambitions to field a common foreign policy also are in ruins after today’s vote.

It is a victory for democracy and national sovereignty, and a defeat for the Utopian ambitions of the European elite.

The WSJ’s editorial board sees Britain’s exit from the EU as an opportunity to make the UK a pro-growth model. The challenge is there. I am very optimistic about Britain’s prospects.

As for the EU, they will do their best to discourage other countries from leaving.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Mr. Spock: This is how history went after McCoy changed it. Here, in the late 1930s. A growing pacifist movement whose influence delayed the United States’ entry into the Second World War. While peace negotiations dragged on, Germany had time to complete its heavy-water experiments.
Captain Kirk: Germany. Fascism. Hitler. They won the Second World War.
Mr. Spock: Because all this lets them develop the A-bomb first. There’s no mistake, Captain. Let me run it again. Edith Keeler. Founder of the peace movement.
Captain Kirk: But she was right. Peace was the way.
Mr. Spock: She was right, but at the wrong time. With the A-bomb, and with their V2 rockets to carry them, Germany captured the world.
Captain Kirk: No.
Mr. Spock: And all this because McCoy came back and somehow kept her from dying in a street accident as she was meant to. We must stop him, Jim.

Star Trek The City on the Edge of Forever 1967

Yesterday old friend Lonely Conservative asked a relevant question concerning Donald Trump as the GOP nominee

Trump himself isn’t giving me any reasons to vote for him. He continues to give me many reasons to stay home and not vote at all, but he hasn’t done a damned thing to earn my vote. Calling Hillary Clinton a crook doesn’t count. I know she’s horrible, but her shortcomings (for lack of a better word to describe how dreadful she is) don’t make Trump any better. As far as I’m concerned, they’re both evil. Trump hitching his wagon to the Republican Party doesn’t change who or what he is.

This type of argument has been a staple of the #nevertrump crowd and her questions about Trump as President are not without merit:

So tell me, why will Donald Trump be a great president? How is he a good man? How is he a good role model? What will he do to get the boot of the federal government off of our necks? What will he do for the free market, or to protect religious liberty? How will he restore our standing in the world? (His cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin doesn’t count, neither does his admiration of the world’s worst dictators.) How is a man whose principles change with the weather going to hold up to the pressures of the presidency?Really, I want to know how you think the orange faced wanna be dictator is going to Make America Great Again?

However while in theory, not staining oneself with a vote for Trump might make one feel better, yesterday the Supreme Court delivered the practical reality of what will happen if Hillary Clinton is elected president vs Donald Trump:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama’s plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation in a split ruling that heartened political foes who had accused him of overstepping his powers.

But the most important words concerning this result come from the very first page of the ruling:

PER CURIAM. The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court.

And the folks at Hotair note how much had to go right to reach that point:

A lot had to go right to get to this point. The plaintiffs ended up with a Bush appointee, Judge Andrew Hanen, at the trial level; Hanen issued a preliminary injunction against Obama’s DAPA amnesty, which granted legal status and work permits to an expanded class of illegals. The feds appealed to the Fifth Circuit, and the luck of the draw at that level produced a three-judge panel of one Reagan appointee, one Bush appointee, and one Carter appointee. Result: 2-1 to uphold Hanen’s injunction. Then the plaintiffs had to hope that Anthony Kennedy, who provided the decisive vote elsewhere this morning in upholding the University of Texas’s affirmative action scheme, would resist the urge to tilt left on this one too and form a clear 5-3 majority for O’s order in the name of providing certainty to the millions of illegals currently in DAPA limbo. The Court doesn’t say how the justices voted but it’s a safe bet that Kennedy came through.

And amid all of this, border hawks had to hope that Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans would continue to hold the line and refuse to confirm Merrick Garland, who surely would have done his friend Barack a solid by providing the fifth vote to uphold his order. Everything had to go right for Texas and the other plaintiffs. It did.

Now after this election there will be a new president and that 9th seat on the Supreme Court is going to be filled.  If Hillary Clinton fills that seat Executive Amnesty will be the law of the land.

There were many arguments against nominating Donald Trump, I made some of them, there are also concerns about what a Donald Trump presidency might look like, I wrote a parody song about it but no amount of soul searching, no about of principled declarations and no about of declarations of the unfitness of Donald Trump (valid or not) will change that practical result of either staying home or voting Gary Johnson is to elect Hillary Clinton and guarantee her the ability to appoint the deciding vote on the Supreme Court.

It may be that my friend Karen, and others like Erick Erickson et/al are right, but like Edith Keeler they are right at the wrong time, because the practical result of #nevertrump is the election of Hillary Clinton and if you care about religious freedom, if you care about the 2nd Amendment, if you care about the rule of law to remain #nevertrump you have to be willing to say:

 “I am willing to give the Democrats who are willing to use the power of the government to persecute republicans,  oppressed religious believers and in total denial about Islamic Terror control of the Supreme Court for generations to come in order to keep Donald Trump from being elected.”

I suspect a lot of #nevertrump people seeing this ruling at the Supreme Court will decide this is a bridge too far for them.

Every person much make that decision on their own and I’m not going to question Karen or anyone else who decides they just can’t vote Trump, but if one makes that decision it has to be made with eyes wide open.

I’d like to think we do good work here If you’d like to help us keep up the pace please consider hitting DaTipJar




Olimometer 2.52

Please consider Subscribing. If less than 1/3 of 1% of our readers subscribed at $10 a month we’d have the 114.5 subscribers needed to our annual goal all year without solicitation.

Plus of course all subscribers get my weekly podcast emailed directly to you before it goes up anywhere else.


Choose a Subscription level