10 Thoughts Under My Fedora: Executive Orders, Liberal Surprise and what an Actual “Rape Culture on Campus” looks like

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10 Thoughts Under My Fedora: Executive Orders, Liberal Surprise and what an Actual "Rape Culture on Campus" looks like

It’s been rather amus­ing watch­ing the left being forced to cover the March for Life par­tic­u­larly when you see things like this get out there

The real story here is that these num­bers are not unusual and peo­ple are fig­ur­ing this out very quickly.


Pres­i­dent Trump’s exec­u­tive order on immi­gra­tion from seven coun­tries were Islamic Ter­ror is a real prob­lem has pro­duced mass hys­te­ria among the left, and an “what has the Roman’s ever done for us” moment from a senior NYT reporter, who asked a ques­tion that Guy Ben­son was kind enough to answer:

So Apart from 9/​11, San Bernardino, The Boston Bombers, the Time Square Bomber, the Under­wear Bomber the Ohio State attacker, the Chat­tanooga shooter and numer­ous plot­ter who failed, when has a For­eign ter­ror­ist every both­ered us?

The NYT, the so called “Paper of Record” became Monty Python so qui­etly I barely noticed

John Cleese would be proud!


A lot of peo­ple defend­ing Trump’s move are bring­ing up the point that Obama qui­etly restricted immi­gra­tion, but I think the bet­ter point, par­tic­u­larly to those who object to the tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion apply­ing to green card hold­ers were the mul­ti­ple sto­ries of immi­gra­tion putting every­thing on a fast track before the election.

I won­der how many of those card hold­ers were not vet­ted prop­erly dur­ing the Obama Years? Under Trump we are going to find out.


The left is crow­ing about sev­eral fed­eral judges block­ing Trump’s lat­est move as if this was a major earth­quake, It seems to me that if after 8 years of Obama appoint­ing fed­eral judges, 2 of them with no restraint in the sen­ate that the shock would be if you couldn’t find three of them will­ing to block a Trump order. Like­wise get­ting 1000 anti trump pro­test­ers in a city of mil­lions that over­whelm­ingly voted against him at an air­port is not a great achievement.

But get­ting this look on rad­i­cal congresswoman’s Nina Vasquez’s face by hav­ing the per­son she pushed to get released say on live cam­era that he “likes Trump

That’s really something!


Stacy McCain writes about a big sex­ual assault scan­dal at Bay­lor involv­ing the Foot­ball team and one thing in his piece jumped out at me when I read it:

Two foot­ball play­ers — Sam Ukwuachu and Tevin Elliott — were con­victed for sex­ual assaults that occurred in 2012 and 2013.

And as the Waco Tri­bune also noted

Shawn Oak­man, a mem­ber of the 2015 squad and Bay­lor grad­u­ate, has been indicted on a sex­ual assault charge.

Fur­ther­more con­cern­ing the civil law­suit being brought against Bay­lor we see this:

The woman, iden­ti­fied in the suit by the pseu­do­nym Eliz­a­beth Doe, reports being gang raped by then-​Baylor foot­ball play­ers Tre’Von Arm­stead and Shamy­cheal Chat­man after a party on April 18, 2013.
Those foot­ball play­ers were pre­vi­ously named as sus­pects in a sex­ual assault police report related to that date but were not charged.

The sig­nif­i­cance of is that rather than one of the many cases of post coitus regret that col­lege tri­bunals nation­wide have used to tar young men, and pols have used to their advan­tage, you had evi­dence brought to the atten­tion of law enforce­ment, includ­ing a police report of assault on the date named in the civil suit. Fur­ther­more such evi­dence was suf­fi­cient to con­vict at least two play­ers and indict at east one more of actual crimes.

This tells me that the accu­sa­tions against Bay­lor are cred­i­ble, because the peo­ple mak­ing them were will­ing to go to law enforce­ment and the court sys­tem where the rules of evi­dence apply as opposed to stick­ing with a col­lege tri­bunal where they do not.

Going to the law when a crime is alleged. That’s how things should be done


Don Surber author of Trump the Press is describ­ing don­ald trump as the “instapres­i­dent” and is com­par­ing Don­ald Trump to the Blog­fa­ther Glenn Reynolds:

And as Reynolds heads toward the 20th anniver­sary of his adopt­ing the han­dle of Instapun­dit, read­ers see the change finally happen.

Fol­low the money. Online ads have eclipsed news­pa­per ads. Any blog that made money last year is more prof­itable than many news­pa­pers in the nation, who are toss­ing staff over­board to keep from sink­ing — after wast­ing all that time ear­lier rear­rang­ing the deck chairs.

Watch­ing Reynolds and his rebel army — read Army of Davids — is inspi­ra­tional. It also made a pretty good blue­print for a pres­i­den­tial run.

I am sure Don­ald Trump incor­po­rated the tac­tics into his cam­paign. Be quick. Be nim­ble. Be everywhere.

Be Instapres­i­dent — ninja Instapresident.

And one of the results of his tac­tics has been noticed by Scott Adams who saw all this coming

You’re prob­a­bly see­ing the best per­sua­sion you will ever see from a new pres­i­dent. Instead of drib­bling out one head­line at a time, so the vul­tures and crit­ics can focus their fire, Trump has flooded the play­ing field. You don’t know where to aim your out­rage. He’s cre­at­ing so many oppor­tu­ni­ties for dis­agree­ment that it’s men­tally exhaust­ing. Lit­er­ally. He’s wear­ing down the crit­ics, replac­ing their spe­cific com­plaints with entire ency­clo­pe­dias of com­plaints. And when Trump has cre­ated a hun­dred rea­sons to com­plain, do you know what impres­sion will be left with the public?

He sure got a lot done.

Even if you don’t like it.

In only a few days, Trump has made us ques­tion what-​the-​hell every other pres­i­dent was doing dur­ing their first weeks in office. Were they even trying?

It doesn’t seem pos­si­ble that Don­ald Trump has been Pres­i­dent for less than 10 days does it?


Here’s a story that deserves a lot more atten­tion:

In an arti­cle pub­lished by the Saudi daily Al Jazi­rah news­pa­per — and trans­lated by the Mid­dle East Media Research Insti­tute (MEMRI) — Muham­mad Aal Al-​Sheikh wrote that the reliance of rad­i­cal Pales­tin­ian groups on armed resis­tance “con­sti­tutes a kind of polit­i­cal sui­cide that only polit­i­cal igno­ra­muses [can] condone.”

Accord­ing to Al-​Sheikh, a two-​state solu­tion to the Israeli-​Palestinian con­flict is the sole option “that can be demanded and which enjoys the sup­port of most of the inter­na­tional community.”

What the Pales­tini­ans, Al-​Sheikh went on to say, “need to under­stand is that the Arabs of today are not the Arabs of yes­ter­day, and that the Pales­tin­ian cause has lost ground among Arabs. This cause is no longer a top pri­or­ity for them, because civil wars are lit­er­ally pul­ver­iz­ing four Arab coun­tries, and because fight­ing the ‘Islamic’ ter­ror­ism is the fore­most con­cern that causes all Arabs, with­out excep­tion, to lose sleep.

The fact that Don­ald Trump is tak­ing the left’s arrows also means that Israel can take care of busi­ness and nobody is going to notice or care.


I know we’ve talked a lot of Patri­ots here lately but here is a Red Sox story that caught me by surprise

With David Ortiz, Clay Buch­holz and Junichi Tazawa all gone from Boston this off­sea­son, who’s the sec­ond longest tenured mem­ber of the Red Sox?

Me!” Bradley said with a smile at the annual Boston Base­ball Writ­ers’ Awards Din­ner last week. “That’s funny. Who would have ever known?”

Bradley made his major-​league debut on Open­ing Day of 2013, and the only other cur­rent Red Sox in the lineup that day was Dustin Pedroia.

It’s quite a shock to real­ize that Pedroia is all that’s left from the 2007 cham­pi­onship team but it’s always a plea­sure to real­ize that spring train­ing is just around the corner.


A week from today Super­bowl 51 will be played and while there seems to be lit­tle gen­eral inter­est in the game on sports talk radio there is a lot of trash talk going on, and a fair amount of it appears to be how racist Boston is and how white the Patri­ots are com­pared to other teams.

Unfor­tu­nately for Atlanta the Patri­ots play­ers are not let­ting them­selves be dis­tracted by this non­sense because they are less con­cerned with racial quo­tas and more inter­ested in work­ing hard to pre­pare for an Atlanta Team that has already defeated two A list QB who have won Super Bowls over the last two weeks.

And any­ways, if we were talk­ing racial quo­tas since the US is only 11% black wouldn’t a team that had a larger num­ber of white play­ers be a sign of racial equal­ity than dis­par­ity, but not only od race baiters gotta bait this tells me that the sports guys push­ing this story see Atlanta not hav­ing a chance and need some­thing to get some eyeballs.

For myself I don’t think Atlanta is going to win, but they are a good team and if they DID win I wouldn’t be all that shocked, after all when it’s one game any­thing can happen.


Iron­i­cally You might have noticed we didn’t have a Fri­day Evening Post here and Saturday’s morning’s post was a tad late, that’s because I ended up with an unex­pected 3 hour work shift instead of my nor­mal 8 and as DaW­ife had the day off I sug­gested a spon­ta­neous day trip, which is how we ended up at an Indian Casino in Con­necti­cut with her watch­ing me play craps and I watch­ing her play slots. I had packed an overnight with both lap­tops but she decided she wanted to sleep in her own bed so we left at 9 pm

It has actu­ally been my plan to take a day off & sur­prises her with such a trip in a few weeks as the 30th anniver­sary of my hypo­thet­i­cal mar­riage pro­posal (that’s a story too long for this post) but not only did this mean I didn’t need to take an unpaid day off but the occa­sional bit of spon­ta­neous plea­sures when she doesn’t see it com­ing (even if it some­thing small & inex­pen­sive) is an excel­lent way to stay mar­ried for 30 years.

Iron­i­cally I felt a bit guilty as I skipped the March for Life because I couldn’t afford the unpaid day and here I was lis­ten­ing to it on the radio while dri­ving to a casino but as my parish priest and spir­i­tual direc­tor once reminded me. My pri­mary voca­tion as a mar­ried man is to my wife and that sacra­ment of Marriage.

Think like that and you’ll find your­self mak­ing plans for a 29th anniver­sary someday.

It’s been rather amusing watching the left being forced to cover the March for Life particularly when you see things like this get out there

The real story here is that these numbers are not unusual and people are figuring this out very quickly.


President Trump’s executive order on immigration from seven countries were Islamic Terror is a real problem has produced mass hysteria among the left, and an “what has the Roman’s ever done for us” moment from a senior NYT reporter, who asked a question that Guy Benson was kind enough to answer:

So Apart from 9/11, San Bernardino, The Boston Bombers, the Time Square Bomber, the Underwear Bomber the Ohio State attacker, the Chattanooga shooter and numerous plotter who failed, when has a Foreign terrorist every bothered us?

The NYT, the so called “Paper of Record” became Monty Python so quietly I barely noticed

John Cleese would be proud!


A lot of people defending Trump’s move are bringing up the point that Obama quietly restricted immigration, but I think the better point, particularly to those who object to the temporary suspension applying to green card holders were the multiple stories of immigration putting everything on a fast track before the election.

I wonder how many of those card holders were not vetted properly during the Obama Years? Under Trump we are going to find out.


The left is crowing about several federal judges blocking Trump’s latest move as if this was a major earthquake, It seems to me that if after 8 years of Obama appointing federal judges, 2 of them with no restraint in the senate that the shock would be if you couldn’t find three of them willing to block a Trump order. Likewise getting 1000 anti trump protesters in a city of millions that overwhelmingly voted against him at an airport is not a great achievement.

But getting this look on radical congresswoman’s Nina Vasquez’s face by having the person she pushed to get released say on live camera that he “likes Trump

That’s really something!


Stacy McCain writes about a big sexual assault scandal at Baylor involving the Football team and one thing in his piece jumped out at me when I read it:

Two football players — Sam Ukwuachu and Tevin Elliott — were convicted for sexual assaults that occurred in 2012 and 2013.

And as the Waco Tribune also noted

Shawn Oakman, a member of the 2015 squad and Baylor graduate, has been indicted on a sexual assault charge.

Furthermore concerning the civil lawsuit being brought against Baylor we see this:

The woman, identified in the suit by the pseudonym Elizabeth Doe, reports being gang raped by then-Baylor football players Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman after a party on April 18, 2013.
Those football players were previously named as suspects in a sexual assault police report related to that date but were not charged.

The significance of is that rather than one of the many cases of post coitus regret that college tribunals nationwide have used to tar young men, and pols have used to their advantage, you had evidence brought to the attention of law enforcement, including a police report of assault on the date named in the civil suit. Furthermore such evidence was sufficient to convict at least two players and indict at east one more of actual crimes.

This tells me that the accusations against Baylor are credible, because the people making them were willing to go to law enforcement and the court system where the rules of evidence apply as opposed to sticking with a college tribunal where they do not.

Going to the law when a crime is alleged. That’s how things should be done


Don Surber author of Trump the Press is describing donald trump as the “instapresident” and is comparing Donald Trump to the Blogfather Glenn Reynolds:

And as Reynolds heads toward the 20th anniversary of his adopting the handle of Instapundit, readers see the change finally happen.

Follow the money. Online ads have eclipsed newspaper ads. Any blog that made money last year is more profitable than many newspapers in the nation, who are tossing staff overboard to keep from sinking — after wasting all that time earlier rearranging the deck chairs.

Watching Reynolds and his rebel army — read Army of Davids — is inspirational. It also made a pretty good blueprint for a presidential run.

I am sure Donald Trump incorporated the tactics into his campaign. Be quick. Be nimble. Be everywhere.

Be Instapresident — ninja Instapresident.

And one of the results of his tactics has been noticed by Scott Adams who saw all this coming

You’re probably seeing the best persuasion you will ever see from a new president. Instead of dribbling out one headline at a time, so the vultures and critics can focus their fire, Trump has flooded the playing field. You don’t know where to aim your outrage. He’s creating so many opportunities for disagreement that it’s mentally exhausting. Literally. He’s wearing down the critics, replacing their specific complaints with entire encyclopedias of complaints. And when Trump has created a hundred reasons to complain, do you know what impression will be left with the public?

He sure got a lot done.

Even if you don’t like it.

In only a few days, Trump has made us question what-the-hell every other president was doing during their first weeks in office. Were they even trying?

It doesn’t seem possible that Donald Trump has been President for less than 10 days does it?


Here’s a story that deserves a lot more attention:

In an article published by the Saudi daily Al Jazirah newspaper — and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) — Muhammad Aal Al-Sheikh wrote that the reliance of radical Palestinian groups on armed resistance “constitutes a kind of political suicide that only political ignoramuses [can] condone.”

According to Al-Sheikh, a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the sole option “that can be demanded and which enjoys the support of most of the international community.”

What the Palestinians, Al-Sheikh went on to say, “need to understand is that the Arabs of today are not the Arabs of yesterday, and that the Palestinian cause has lost ground among Arabs. This cause is no longer a top priority for them, because civil wars are literally pulverizing four Arab countries, and because fighting the ‘Islamic’ terrorism is the foremost concern that causes all Arabs, without exception, to lose sleep.

The fact that Donald Trump is taking the left’s arrows also means that Israel can take care of business and nobody is going to notice or care.


I know we’ve talked a lot of Patriots here lately but here is a Red Sox story that caught me by surprise

With David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz and Junichi Tazawa all gone from Boston this offseason, who’s the second longest tenured member of the Red Sox?

“Me!” Bradley said with a smile at the annual Boston Baseball Writers’ Awards Dinner last week. “That’s funny. Who would have ever known?”

Bradley made his major-league debut on Opening Day of 2013, and the only other current Red Sox in the lineup that day was Dustin Pedroia.

It’s quite a shock to realize that Pedroia is all that’s left from the 2007 championship team but it’s always a pleasure to realize that spring training is just around the corner.


A week from today Superbowl 51 will be played and while there seems to be little general interest in the game on sports talk radio there is a lot of trash talk going on, and a fair amount of it appears to be how racist Boston is and how white the Patriots are compared to other teams.

Unfortunately for Atlanta the Patriots players are not letting themselves be distracted by this nonsense because they are less concerned with racial quotas and more interested in working hard to prepare for an Atlanta Team that has already defeated two A list QB who have won Super Bowls over the last two weeks.

And anyways, if we were talking racial quotas since the US is only 11% black wouldn’t a team that had a larger number of white players be a sign of racial equality than disparity, but not only od race baiters gotta bait this tells me that the sports guys pushing this story see Atlanta not having a chance and need something to get some eyeballs.

For myself I don’t think Atlanta is going to win, but they are a good team and if they DID win I wouldn’t be all that shocked, after all when it’s one game anything can happen.


Ironically You might have noticed we didn’t have a Friday Evening Post here and Saturday’s  morning’s post was a tad late, that’s because I ended up with an unexpected 3 hour work shift instead of my normal 8 and as DaWife had the day off I suggested a spontaneous day trip, which is how we ended up at an Indian Casino in Connecticut with her watching me play craps and I watching her play slots. I had packed an overnight with both laptops but she decided she wanted to sleep in her own bed so we left at 9 pm

It has actually been my plan to take a day off & surprises her with such a trip in a few weeks as the 30th anniversary of my hypothetical marriage proposal (that’s a story too long for this post) but not only did this mean I didn’t need to take an unpaid day off but the occasional bit of spontaneous pleasures when she doesn’t see it coming (even if it something small & inexpensive) is an excellent way to stay married for 30 years.

Ironically I felt a bit guilty as I skipped the March for Life because I couldn’t afford the unpaid day and here I was listening to it on the radio while driving to a casino but as my parish priest and spiritual director once reminded me. My primary vocation as a married man is to my wife and that sacrament of Marriage.

Think like that and you’ll find yourself making plans for a 29th anniversary someday.