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Brock:  And those are the facts, Madam Chairman. 
Mena:  Does that conclude the evidence? 
4th Doctor: Evidence? Evidence? You couldn’t hang a hat on that. 

Doctor Who  The Leisure Hive 1980

PM James Hacker: Nobody knows it’s not true. Press statements aren’t made under oath

Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986

Harry Faversham: One moment, sir. Your famous account of Balaclava’s not accurate, you know.
General Burroughs: Not –
Harry Faversham: Not accurate, sir.
General Burroughs: Not accurate?
Harry Faversham: No, sir.

The Four Feathers 1939

One of the smartest sayings I’ve ever heard was this: There are three sides to every story, your side, my side and the truth.

There is how you remember events, how I remember events and how events actually took place. Sometimes we get them right, sometimes we get them wrong. Sometimes a particular piece of an event stands in our memory, other times over the years they get embellished from repeated retelling and human nature being what it is, such stories as they change never tend to make us look worse they always tend to make you either look better or make yourself the object of pity.

The best example I can think of this is the classic and slightly comic, scene from the ending of the classic 1939 move the Four Feathers (the start of which I quoted above) where Harry Faversham, to eliminate the final feather of cowardice given to him, corrects the General’s record on the story hehas been repeatedly telling all through the film:

Harry Faversham:  Let me recall the position. Out of the way, Peter. Here are the Russians, behind the walnuts. Guns. Guns. Guns. Here’s the British Infantry. The thin red line. [dips finger in the red wine and draws a line on the table] Here’s the commander in chief. [places an apple on the table] And here are you… [puts a pineapple down on the table] at the head of the old 68th, correct?
General Burroughs:  Absolutely.
Harry Faversham:  You were riding a horse called Caesar, which my father sold you… because, fine horseman though he was, he could never hold him himself.
General Burroughs:  Quite right. Quite right.
Harry Faversham:  Then, according to your story, you said… “The 68th will move forward. “
General Burroughs:  Quite right. Quite right.
Harry Faversham:  Yes, sir. The trouble is, you never said it.
General Burroughs:  – Ne –
Harry Faversham:  You never said it, sir.
General Burroughs:   Never said it?
Harry Faversham: No, sir. You never had time. At that moment, my father told me, Caesar – uh, Caesar – Caesar… [puts a spoon under the Pineapple ] startled by a stray bullet, took the bit between his teeth… and dashed straight at the Russian lines. Away went Caesar, away went you, away went the 68th…away went the commander in chief, away went everybody… and another magnificent mistake was added to an already magnificent record. But nobody ever said, “The 68th will move forward. ” Unless it was the horse. Come on, sir. Own up.
General Burroughs: Well, well, well, well, after all these years, it’s rather difficult to remember all the details… but… confound the boy!
I shall never be able to tell that story again!

Harry Faversham:  [Turns to the General’s daughter] Ethne, your feather.

This is why body cameras are such a good idea for police, as it gives an accurate (if occasionally incomplete) sequence of events without favor to either the police officer or the suspect (the later being the reason why the left, having insisted on them for year suddenly as a problem with them).

And that brings us to the difference between the allegations against Roy Moore and Al Frankwn, Bill Clinton, John Conyers and Harvey Weinstein.

With Charlie Rose we have an apology.  With Al Franken, we have photographic evidence and an apology.  With Harvey Weinstein we have decades of large cash settlements, with representative John Conyers we have investigations and settlements paid out.  In all those cases there were admissions of guilt or payments to settle claims made.

That leaves Bill Clinton who repeatedly denied what was going on until two things took place:  He was forced under oath when Paula Jones launched her sexual harassment suit, and the physical evidence of the semen stained blue dress was produced.  Confronted with these two things Bill Clinton came at least partially clean.

So in other words in all of the cases above we have one or more of the following:

  1.  An admission of guilt
  2.  Settlements paid
  3.  Investigations by a competent body
  4.  Physical evidence of wrongdoing
  5.   Accusations made under oath.

What do we have in the Roy Moore case?  None of these things.  No admission of guilt, no settlements paid to accusers, no investigations made by a competent body.  The entire body of physical evidence is an old yearbook signature that the lawyer of the claimant not only refuses to release for examination but admits she has not even asked her client if she saw Mr. Moore sign said book,

As for accusations, we have plenty of people saying all kinds of things from the Icky to the criminal but all of these statements have one thing in common.

None of them are part of a complaint to the authorities,  none of them have been made as part of a civil suit, none of them have been made as responses to investigations in progress or as testimony before a competent body.

Or put simply none of them have been made under oath.  Nobody from the man claiming they had to watch Moore near cheerleaders to the woman making the accusation of assault at age 14 have been willing as of this writing to make such claims under oath either in the form of a civil or criminal complaint or as sworn testimony concerning them.

They have no hesitation to tell all kinds of narratives to the press or on TV, but not if there is the slightest hint of legal jeopardy from perjury or even the much smaller crime of filing a false police report or the slightest chance that said narrative would be challenged by cross examination or evidence to counter it.

Now as I’ve repeatedly said, if Roy Moore is lying I think he should be toast, even if it means the temporary loss of a senate seat in Alabama (after all the if the GOP won’t pass the bills they promised with 52 votes being down to 51 won’t make much of a difference).   On this point I differ with some of my friends on the right. Furthermore it is not out of the realm of possibility that one of those five conditions might be met concerning Roy Moore before election day.

But until I see that happen I will not only continue to support Moore’s campaign for the senate but will call out the dishonorable left/media for lumping Roy Moore with the increasing numbers of proven reprobates from the Harvey Weinstein left based on ephemera.

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by baldilocks

Wretchard goes long on the unmasking of the two Hollywoods:

In the unending exposes of financial, moral and sexual turpitude we are witnessing a similar humiliation of a ruling elite. The critical role played by prestige in upholding the current status quo was no less important for the Western elite than it was for the old District Commissioners. Not so very long ago the elites were accepted as woke, part of the mission civilisatrice; better educated, better looking, better dressed, destined to greater things, the smartest people in the room.  They could pronounce on matters of morality, politics and even the climate.  What a shock it was to find through the Internet and social media it was all a sham; and these gods of Washington and Hollywood and the media were deeply flawed and despicable people.

Given the lack of quality control and penchant for recruiting rather than expelling the scandalous it’s amazing in retrospect the prestige lasted so long.  All the same, now their fallibility has been exposed under the spotlight of technological innovation, the spell is broken.  The elites may still rule but the sullen masses no longer flock to their door as they did of old.  Perhaps the single most destabilizing political development since the WW2 has been the destruction of ruling class prestige by the Internet.

I’ve read that, before World War II, those of the entertainment class were regarded as little better than pimps and prostitutes. Perhaps that has never actually changed; they simply have been giving the public a massive, long-running stage performance – where the stage is our perception of them. And now the show’s over.

But what about those other actors? The ones we are forced to pay?

In case you haven’t paid attention to the news today, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been exposed – if you’ll pardon

Conyers’ come-hither look

the expression – as a serial sexual harasser. Meh. His creepiness has always been as plain as the leer on his face, at least to me. But he has paid at least one victim off with tax money. He is far from the only one. Very far.

Congress makes its own rules about the handling of sexual complaints against members and staff, passing laws exempting it from practices that apply to other employers. (…)

Congressional employees have received small settlements, compared with the amounts some public figures pay out. Between 1997 and 2014, the U.S. Treasury has paid $15.2 million in 235 awards and settlements for Capitol Hill workplace violations, according to the congressional Office of Compliance. The statistics do not break down the exact nature of the violations.

15 million dollars of tax money over two decades. And they hid it by disguising it as employee bonuses. But the victims will receive the money only if they keep their mouths shut. What I want to know is who the other congressional harassers  are.

You might have noticed that I haven’t commented on the Roy Moore situation at all. Why not? Because I don’t live in Alabama and there’s too much he-said/they-said, too much fishy evidence, and far, far too much Gloria Allred. If the accusations are true, Moore can’t be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations. Therefore, one way or the other, if the voters want him as their US Senator, it’s their business.

I really don’t care about the legal sex lives of Pretty Hollywood or Ugly Hollywood, as long as I don’t have to give them my money to clean up their messes. And at least with Pretty Hollywood – and with the National Felon League – I can’t be extorted by them for hush-money.

Therefore, Ugly Hollywood is far uglier and far more dangerous than the Pretty one.

As one of my friends pointed out, the Founding Fathers would be OPSEC OPSEC OPSEC by now.

RELATED: Short Observation on the Two Hollywoods

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As a first-year student at the University of San Francisco, I arrived just days after Manson and his evil crew had murdered seven people. I still remember the frightening photograph of Manson on the front page of The San Francisco Chronicle that arrived outside my dorm room.

At the time, California was in a high state of anxiety and fear. The brutal murders had scared almost everyone.

Manson and his followers had spent time near USF, which is located just a few blocks from Haight-Ashbury, where the 1967 “Summer of Love” occurred.

Hippies arrived from throughout the country to create a community based on ill-conceived ideas, drugs, and music. During 1967, psychedelic music entered the mainstream. Scott McKenzie’s song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),” became a hit that year. The Monterey Pop Festival in June further cemented the status of psychedelic music as a part of mainstream culture and elevated local Haight bands, such as the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Jefferson Airplane to stardom.

The neighborhood also attracted Manson, a longtime loser who was in and out of prison.

By the time I got to San Francisco only two years later, Haight had become a crime-ridden and heroin-infested place where only those who sought danger and hardcore drugs dared to visit. It’s also where Manson had collected a crew of fellow losers bent on evil.

As The New York Times noted: “To a frightened, mesmerized public, the murders, with their undercurrents of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll and Satanism, seemed the depraved logical extension of the anti-establishment, do-your-own-thing ethos that helped define the ’60s.”

Let’s face it. The hippie culture—in which I was once a willing participant—provided the basis for many of society’s ills both then and now, from drug use to sexual deviancy.

Less than a decade later I reported about the deaths of 900 people in Guyana at hands of Jim Jones, another depraved leader who emerged from the same primordial ooze of San Francisco.

Like much of today’s media try to explain “motives” for mass murderers, many news organizations analyzed Manson’s actions as the result of an abusive childhood and a mental disorder.

In a neck-snapping analysis of Manson’s “human” side, The Los Angeles Times’ David Ulin argues: “For those who have faith in an afterlife, I suppose there’s some solace in imagining he will get his karmic comeuppance. But it makes more sense to me to see him as an agent of the hells we create on Earth.

“Manson was a killer, yes, and he was a psychopath, but he was never otherworldly. The violence and the hatred he embodied may be his most human attribute.”

It’s hard to untangle the logical fallacies in those two paragraphs.

But there’s more. Newsweek had this headline: How Murderer Charles Manson and Donald Trump Used Language to Gain Followers.

Seriously?

There’s a far better explanation for Manson. He was the embodiment of evil without any motive other than his desire to control people and to kill others. Unfortunately, he got more than 15 minutes of fame.

Throughout his years in prison, Manson denied having ordered the murders. Neither did he feel remorse about the killings as he said during an interview with Charlie Rose.

“So you didn’t care?” Rose asked.

“Care?” Manson replied. “What the hell does that mean, ‘care’?”

May he rot in hell!

By John Ruberry

Last week I had some time off from work and I did what few people do. Before sunrise I left home and drove to Detroit for a pleasure visit.

It was my second trip to the Motor City. My first Da Tech Guy account, from 2015, is here.

What follows is a progress report with a grade.

First of all, is Detroit back? Well, if you are like most visitors and you don’t venture beyond downtown, Midtown, Greektown, New Center, or its three casinos, you’ll say, “Yep, Detroit is a thriving city, it’s back.”

But most of the the neighborhoods, Corktown, Palmer Woods, and Sherwood Forest are exceptions, are either rundown and decrepit, or near-apocalyptic wastelands, such as Brightmoor. And as for Palmer Woods, just three blocks from its southeast corner, near where I parked my car to snap a picture of a feral dog–90 minutes later a store manager was murdered during an armed robbery.

But even in its rough patches–actually most of Detroit is one expansive rough patch–there are noticeable improvements.

The abandoned GM Fisher Body 21 plant

Two years ago I was able to walk into vacated schools and factories with only a nagging guilt about trespassing preventing me from entering. That didn’t work, I walked in anyway. Harry B. Hutchins Elementary School, where I spent an hour taking photographs in 2015, is fenced off now. The Packard plant, the world’s largest abandoned factory, has a small but aggressive security presence. I wandered around there undisturbed for hours during my previous visit. Fisher Body 21, an old General Motors factory, is a glaring eyesore at the intersection of the Edsel Ford and Chrysler freeways. While I was able to stroll into that one, the windows in the stairwells must be bricked-off. The stairways are now as unlit as a cave beneath the dark side of the moon. Only a fool, or someone wearing a miner’s hat with a supply of back-up batteries, would climb them now.

So for urban explorers such as myself, Detroit is no longer a free-range video, photography, and souvenir collection zone.

Two years ago no one with authority appeared to give a damn. I credit the attitude change to Detroit’s reform mayor, Democrat Mike Duggan–who lives in Palmer Woods by the way. Duggan was elected four months after the Motor City’s bankruptcy in 2013. Earlier this month Duggan, who is white, overwhelmingly defeated Coleman Young II, the son of Detroit’s first black mayor. The elder Young’s 20-year tenure can best be deemed as controversial. The former communist utilized race-based politics and dog whistle words–city (black) versus suburbs (white)–which kept him in office but drove businesses and of course jobs out of Detroit. He was the steward of the city’s descent. While the white population is growing for the first time since 1950, Detroit remains a super-majority African-American city. Yet Detroit voters rejected the younger Young’s own dog whistle call to “Take Back the Motherland.” Good for them.

While there still are vacant buildings downtown, two of the most obvious ones that I noticed during my first visit, the 38-story Book Tower and the former Wayne County Building, are being rehabbed. Both were seen in the premature Detroit-is-back Chrysler Super Bowl ad with Eminem from 2011. A mile up Woodward Avenue to the northwest is the gleaning new Little Caesars Arena, the new stadium for the Red Wings and the Pistons. Detroit’s NBA team has returned to the Motor City after a nearly three-decade absence. Across the street from the arena are the luxurious Woodward Square Apartments. With Ford Field, the home of the Lions, and Comerica Park, where the Tigers play, as well as some theaters and other new or rehabilitated apartments, the result is the new District Detroit, an entertainment and residential area that rivals any in the United States.

Alley in Delray

So there is a lot of good going on in Detroit.

As for the bad, let’s discuss those forsaken areas, and it goes beyond the crumbling and abandoned housing stock and the crime. Most pedestrians in “the other Detroit” walk on the streets, because the sidewalks are for the most part crumbing. Some are overgrown with weeds. Nearly all alleys are impassable. Even large trees can be found growing in some. Keep in mind that in 1950 not only was Detroit America’s fifth largest city but it enjoyed the highest standard of living of any city in the world. Municipal alley garbage pick-up ended decades ago and many garages of otherwise well kept-up homes are collapsing. Why maintain a garage when you can’t access it from your alley? And besides, there are plenty of vacant lots, with a bit of elbow grease, that can be converted into grassy parking lots. Rubbish can be found everywhere. Illegal dumping–much of it done by suburbanites–is a serious problem in Detroit. Side streets have many potholes and even more cracks. On the other hand, Duggan has made good on his promise to install more street lights.

Urban prairie in Brightmoor

And that post-apocalyptic neighborhood of Brightmoor? A few sections that were once packed with residents have devolved into the kind of emptiness that you expect to see from a country road, a phenomenon known as an urban prairie.

Critics from the left will lash out at me as I take measure of Detroit’s unpleasant underside and yell, “What about racism?” Yes, for decades Detroit’s blacks suffered from institutional racism. So did black Atlantans. The year after Detroit elected Coleman Young, Atlanta, whose blacks endured Jim Crow laws, followed suit and elected its first black mayor. Atlanta became the city that was “too busy to hate.” In 1996 Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics, which is something pre-Young Detroit unsuccessfully bid on an unprecedented nine times.

Back to the good: Most Detroiters are generally friendly people, strangers say “hello” to each other. That’s a commendable behavior I’ve never seen in any big city.

Sidewalk in Petosky-Otsego

Back to the bad: Detroiters are the rudest and most reckless drivers I’ve encountered outside of New York City. And remember, Detroit’s streets are in terrible shape, so such road effrontery is especially hazardous.

Detroit is not “back.” but it is coming back. But some unfinished business remains that could send the onetime Arsenal of Democracy back in the wrong direction. While the deadly 1967 riot and the contraction of the Big Three auto makers, as well as fiscal malfeasance, corruption, and numbing levels of crime are largely responsible for Detroit’s demise, the municipal income tax, a commuter tax, and loads of burdensome regulations also played a role. Those taxes, largely idiosyncratic to Detroit among big cities, still remain, along with those regs. And Detroit’s property tax system, according to the Detroit News, is “fundamentally flawed” and was “particularly devastating in the cycle of decline and renewal Detroit has undergone.”

“New Detroit” has emerged from the starting block but the Motor City is wearing ankle weights.

My grade for the city is “incomplete.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

David Lee Alcon, via Albuquerque jounral

I’ve stated on this site that if Roy Moore was still a Democrat that the Harvey Weinstein / Bill Clinton media/left take on this story would be very different.

Now we have proof.

Meet David Alcon one of a large group of democrats running for an open seat in the New Mexico 1st district that hasn’t gone for the GOP since the last decade.

A Milan-based political consultant with a familiar last name has joined the race to succeed Republican Steve Pearce in Congress.
David Lee Alcon, son of state Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon, D-Milan, is now among six Democrats seeking the nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, which covers the southern half of New Mexico.

“I think we need a liberal in Congress,” David Alcon said in an interview Tuesday. “I think I’m it.”

His big issue seems to be drawing a major sports team into the state:

New Mexico’s amazing weather, expansive landscape and enthusiastic residents make for an ideal location for an exciting and innovative development-one stadium in the heart of the Southwest that will be home to not only a NFL expansion team, but ALSO a MLS team.
Economic Possibilities

New Mexico deserves a major-league sports presence. By developing a partnership between the National Football League and Major League Soccer, the state-of-the-art stadium will see nearly year-round action, and the state and communities surrounding it will reap the economic benefits and enjoy some thrilling sports.
Jobs in Central New Mexico

A project of this magnitude provides a consistent pool of excellent jobs for New Mexicans. Jobs in construction, development, stadium operation, computer systems are just a few of the fields to benefit from NFL/MLS expansion teams.

Now one can debate if Mr. Alcon’s position on this is a good one or not (I think public money to draw sports teams hurt tax payers) but I think there is no debate that on the issue of stalking women Mr. Alcon’s position leaves much to be desired:

David Alcon, the 39-year-old announced candidate for the Southern New Mexico congressional seat, has been arrested on suspicion of stalking a Santa Fe woman.

Alcon, a Democrat whose address is in Milan, was picked up by Albuquerque police on Friday and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center, jail records show.

A Santa Fe judge signed a warrant for Alcon’s arrest nearly two weeks ago, after a Santa Fe woman told police she was at a Halloween party when Alcon sent her a number of threatening text messages. A criminal complaint filed by Santa Fe police said Alcon’s texts told the woman he was watching her, wanted to have children with her, and contained a picture of his genitals.

According to the complaint, the woman stated “multiple times in the text messages that she did not want anything to do with Alcon, and she repeatedly told him to leave her alone.”

Well, that’s really something, a Democrat consultant, the son of a Democrat State Rep and a Candidate for an open seat in congress arrested for stalking a woman? Given the Roy Moore feeding frenzy I imagine this would be front page news. On Morning Joe they would be denouncing Alcon. On CNN Jake Tapper would be talking about this on his panel. Martha Raddatz would be questioning Democrats about having such a person in their field, Twitter would be aflame with people denouncing him and of course Gloria Aldred would be rushing the victim to New York to hold a press conference with evidence of these actions.

Or as the Daily Caller reports perhaps not:

The story has been met with silence from a number of media outlets despite their breathless coverage of the sexual assault scandal surrounding Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

According to a search of the television database TV Eyes, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC have given zero on-air coverage to Alcon’s arrest. The networks have also not published any stories about Alcon’s scandal on their websites in the past week.

Meanwhile, ABC, CBS, and NBC spent more than 79 minutes talking about Roy Moore between November 9 and November 13.

No ABC, No NBC, No CBS, No CNN, No PBS no Twitter Outrage and Certainly no Gloria Aldred

So let’s get this straight, 35 year old accusations against a GOP candidate for an open seat in the congress generally held by the GOP , are newsworthy to the point where there is a national feeding frenzy even though there has not been a single charge filed and said candidate strenuously denies said charges.

Yet the actual arrest of a Democrat Candidate for an open seat in the congress, generally held by Democrats are, even one of a large field, is so unnewsworthy that no major media outlet is touching the story even with A current charge, a victim who has made a police report and an actual arrest. And this is the case in a news environment where such charges are on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

Nope doesn’t matter, it doesn’t fit the MSM template so no media, no social media and certainly no Gloria Aldred.

People have wondered aloud why I haven’t yet joined the MSM/Left bandwagon against Moore. Me I still wonder why people are so quick to give credence to the MSM given this double standard right looking us right in the face.

Now I’ll stipulate for the record that if Roy Moore is lying that he should be out, even if it risks handing a senate seat to the party of Harvey Weinstein/Bill Clinton Democrat for a time.

But I’d be must more inclined to believe that there is some THERE there is at least one of these women were willing to go to a police station, file a complaint and make their charges under pain of perjury, after all if Moore is guilty of crimes he needs to be actually charged and prosecuted.

At least at that point the charges against Moore would have reached the David Alcon standard.

Closing thought #1: If Moore drops out of this race I predict that despite claims that he is a serial violator of women not a single charge will be filed, not a single lawsuit will be launched and none of the people currently virtue signaling on TV Radio or twitter will be the least bit disturbed that they find not being a US senator an acceptable punishment for a serial abuser of women and children.

Update: Sacred Feces!

Other than our dialogue on stage, I never had a voluntary conversation with Al Franken again. I avoided him as much as possible and made sure I was never alone with him again for the rest of the tour.

Franken repaid me with petty insults, including drawing devil horns on at least one of the headshots I was autographing for the troops.

But he didn’t stop there.

The tour wrapped and on Christmas Eve we began the 36-hour trip home to L.A. After 2 weeks of grueling travel and performing I was exhausted. When our C-17 cargo plane took off from Afghanistan I immediately fell asleep, even though I was still wearing my flak vest and Kevlar helmet.

It wasn’t until I was back in the US and looking through the CD of photos we were given by the photographer that I saw this one:

Paging Gloria Aldred? MSM liberals, Twitter Lynch Mob? Anyone of the Democrat liberals who have been breathlessly demanding I denounce Roy Moore?

So lets get this straight 30+ year old accusations vs Roy Moore mean he should pull out of his senate race but we have photographic evidence of Al Frankin doing this against a woman’s will and he remains a sitting Senator?

I guess Glenn Reynolds was right:

Based on what we know so far, what percentile of awfulness in the Senate would Roy Moore be? Would he be 99th Percentile — making him the worst person in the Senate? Seems doubtful given that there’s a secret slush fund paying victims of Congressional harassment already. He can’t compare to such past lions as Ted Kennedy or Robert Packwood, and it seems likely that there are other, current ones that we just haven’t hear about. So say he’s at the 90th percentile. That means there are 10 sitting Senators worse than him. How exercised should I be about the prospect of him joining them? And maybe he’s only, say, 75th percentile!

Jonathan Adler makes a persuasive case that Moore is a constitutional illiterate, but it’s not like that would set Moore apart much in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.

The truth is, the Senate is just awful — and the House is no better — because it’s full of politicians. The real travesty here isn’t that we might send another clown to join the clown show. It’s that the clown show has so much power, and so little accountability, when it’s doing things that are a lot more serious than groping.

And no, this isn’t good, it’s terrible. It’s more evidence of our decline. And I feel bad for having to point it out, again.

And that was written before the Frankin story broke.

Update 2:  In fairness to Frankin vs Moore, the Moore allegations are from a pre-digital camera/cell phone era so I’ll be happy to settle for at least one complaint formally filed to meet the David Alcon standard.

Update 3:  Daily Kos AL-Sen: Sen. Al Franken (D. MN) Gives Doug Jones’ (D) Campaign A Boost In Beating Roy Moore (R)

Sorry for missing this but I received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Al Franken (D. MN) in support of Doug Jones’ (D. AL) U.S. Senate campaign:

There is one race for U.S. Senate going on in 2017 — the Alabama special election to replace Jeff Sessions.

That means we have exactly one chance left this year to elect someone who will fight to preserve access to affordable, quality health care.

Someone who believes in science and protecting our environment.

Someone who will fight for middle class families.

That someone is Doug Jones — and he needs our support.

I think the latest Roy Moore ad should be someone reading this endorsement

Update 4:  Al Frankin is on the Senate Floor both apologizing and saying it was a joke.  While CNN seems to be backing him up Moveon.org of all folks are having none of it:

The real irony? Moveon was formed to “Move on” from the sexual charges against Bill Clinton

Oh and praise for ABC Reporter Miriam Kahn who is asking Dem senators on Capital Hill about Frankin

Her timeline is full of this, she must not have gotten the memo that you never ask Democrats about things that can hurt the party.


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There is an angle concerning the Roy Moore case that nobody is talking about and that’s the Theological Aspect.

One of the things we are hearing from the Harvey Weinstein left and the Bill Clinton defending media concerning Moore is the hypocrisy of a person who is associated with Christianity in general and the Ten Commandments doing horrible things and then lying about them. How can he do this?

While that statement is rife with irony given that less that 20 months ago they were trying to return Bill Clinton to the White House and worshiping Harvey Weinstein was a God it’s not a bad theological point and deserves an answer, particularly if they actually believe Moore is lying and aren’t looking for a non-democrat to join the ranks of the exposed.

So for the sake of the theological point I’m about to make and to answer the question asked, let’s presume that despite the Harvey Weinstein left and the prevaricating media, that spent decades defending the Clintons and hiding the actions of the predators of the Hollywood and political left, are actually in this case correct about both Moore’s past actions and him lying about them today. If this is in fact the left’s Anders Breivik in terms of sexual harassment how and why would a presumably God-fearing man be so willing to tell such a blatant lie about past since rather than simply admit bad behavior in his younger days that he has gone beyond?

Well assuming that the “God-fearing” part isn’t an act the answer may come from Protestant concept of One Saved Always Saved.

Under this theory, because, as all Christians believe, Jesus Christ died for the sins of all mankind, past present and future (which is how Christ opened the gates of heaven for the righteous who died before he was crucified) once you accept Christ as your savior all your sins, past present and future are forgiven.

Thus if Roy Moore belongs to a denomination that subscribes to this once saved always saved concept (not all Protestant Denominations do) then Moore has no fear of losing heaven by lying past sins or even committing new ones because even a sin of prevarication being committed for the sake personal advancement would already be forgiven, covered by the blood of Christ and of no risk to his eternal salvation. Christ has done the heavy lifting so he can coast.

If Roy Moore was a Catholic of course he wouldn’t have this dodge. The Catholic Church has consistently taught for two thousand years that this is nonsense. Saint Paul himself talks about running the race to keep himself from being disqualified ( 1 Cor 9:2-27) and St John talks about sin that leads to death (1 John 5:16-17), we Catholics call such sins Mortal sins.

For a sin to be Mortal Sin it has to be a question of a grave matter, done deliberately with full understanding that it was wrong.

Furthermore to a Catholic in this case there would be two mortal sins here, the sin of the lie itself and the sin of presumption, that is, committing a mortal sin in anticipation of confessing said sin to be absolved of it.

This is important because for a person to be absolved of sin, they have to have contrition for that sin, either perfect contrition, meaning you hate the sin because of the love of God, or imperfect contrition, meaning you hate the sin because of their fear of damnation (imperfect contrition requires sacramental confession.) If a person is committing a sin with the intention of confessing it after the fact demonstrates a lack of the necessary contrition for forgiveness. After all Jesus himself taught that not all who cry Lord Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matt 7:21-23).

Now again we don’t know if Roy Moore is telling the truth or lying, and as of this writing I’m still giving him the benefit of he doubt but if he IS lying and figuring it is no big deal because it’s covered by the blood of Christ, believe he has a lot more to worry about than the potential of losing a senate seat.

Closing thought. If he is lying now but later confesses and repents, as Christians we are obliged if asked to forgive the sin. We aren’t however obliged to support his election.

Democrats Standing behind Bill Clinton Dec 19th 1998
I’ve been taking a lot of heat on twitter for neither calling for Roy Moore to withdraw from the Alabama race nor giving credence to either Gloria Aldred (funny how the women she scrounged up to accuse Herman Cain suddenly disappeared without any charges or lawsuits once he pulled out isn’t it) or the Washington Post over various charges (although Powerline makes a good point here)

However I think it’s time once again to remind our Democrat liberal friends who have suddenly post Weinstein become great defender of morality of this moment.

That crowd btw includes the now convicted former rep and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner who has been sentenced for his crimes along with plenty of people still in congress.

So you’ll forgive me if I don’t take these people or anyone who voted for Bill’s enabler Hillary Clinton or any of the Newspapers who defended Bill Clinton seriously when they tell me Roy Moore is beyond the pale or get swept up in hysteria.

I think I’ll think for myself thank you very much an if I decide that the charges against Moore are valid then I’ll support his expulsion if elected but until then he’ll get he benefit of the doubt from me.

Closing thought: Are any of the Democrat members of congress or liberal newspapers calling for Moore’s withdrawal from the race or expulsion if elected calling for Robert Menendez to expelled? If not why not?

Update: Don Surber as usual gets it

Caitlin Flanagan at the Atlantic is horrified. The bill for defending Bill Clinton came in. The price is her silence as Judge Roy Moore stands accused of touching a 14-year-old girl back n the 1970s.

Just like all the Hollywood apologists for Roman Polanski, Flanagan and her fellow feminists have absolutely no moral standing in this case.

Kennedy drowned a woman. He stayed in the Senate, got a Portuguese water dog, and named him Splash.

And he predates Clinton by decades as did Barney Frank (who is in that picture) and Gary Studds who retired the year before.

Clinton of course was guilty. He admitted it. But Democrats — and many Republicans — defended him, and the Senate refused to convict him for perjury and suborning perjury after his impeachment.

Now some senators want to expel Moore before the election.

Phooey. That’s virtue signaling.

In fairness it’s the desperate need to find a GOP version of the Harvey Weinstein democrat left even if they have to reach far enough into the past to a time when their GOP target was a democrat.

Update 2: Instalanche They spent 25+ years having Clinton’s back even after things were proved. I submit and suggest if Roy Moore had remained a Democrat, guilty or innocent, they would have had his today.


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The State Sponsor of Terror List needs more teeth. In its current form, the list only leverages three elements of national power (diplomatic, informational, and economic). It is time to discuss changing this reality by adding the fourth and final element of national power.

On November 2nd  the State Department failed to meet a congressional deadline. Their task is to determine whether the United States should relist North Korea on the State Sponsor of Terror List. President Trump will announce a decision at the end of his current Pacific diplomatic visits.

It may come as a surprise to most Americans that North Korea is not currently on this list. They were removed by the Bush administration in 2008 in a forlorn hope that the North Korean dictatorship then under Kim Jong-il would honor new denuclearization options in exchange for their removal from the list. As anyone with common sense and a rudimentary understanding of that region’s history should know, that did not work. Also unchanged is the Kim dynasty’s sponsorship of international terrorist movements who actively target the west, especially the United States and its interests.

This discussion, however, provides an opportunity to reconsider the usefulness of the State Sponsor of Terror List in its current form. There are three countries identified on the current list: Iran, Sudan and Syria. They have all been on this list for many years, and they have not changed their behavior in any tangible fashion. In fact, one could argue that all of them, and most certainly Iran, have accelerated their support for terrorist organizations.

Why? Listing a nation as a state sponsor of terror results in automatic diplomatic and economic sanctions, and such actions have next to no impact on leaders of nations who simply don’t care. Certainly, adding North Korea to this list will do almost nothing to them we are not already doing. Can we impose further diplomatic or economic sanctions than those already imposed due to their withdrawal from the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and their pursuit of ballistic missile delivery systems for their nuclear warheads? The obvious answer is, “No.”

The United States must alter its current policy to include the military element of national power. We must include the stated right to immediately, and without warning, retaliate against any state sponsor of terror in any fashion the US deems appropriate, up to and including the use of our own nuclear arsenal. Such an attack will be triggered as a response to a terrorist attack against our nation, its people, or our allies so long as the terrorist organization is shown to receive any support (arms, money, training, safe harbor, etc.) from a state sponsor on the list. This will provide a level of deterrence that currently does not exist.

Some may argue such a change would be extreme. I, however, would argue it is in our survival interest to do this quickly. Technology has progressed to where even third world dictators like Kim Jon-un are able to acquire weapons that can kill tens of millions, destroy hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure, contaminate our food sources, attack our economic infrastructure, shut down national electric grids, etc. Our enemies are all pursuing some or all of these technologies. It is very possible, and arguably probable, that at some point one of these nations will consider providing such a weapon to a terrorist organization they believe they can control. We need to insure they think long and hard before doing so.

This is a narrowly defined policy change. It would only apply to those nations who we place on the list. The State Sponsor of Terror List will then have a level of importance it currently does not, both for nations added and for those who are removed.

We need to stop giving the state sponsors of terror a pass while they conduct war by proxy against the US and its allies. Change our policy, and place North Korea on this list.

Hollywood Sign in 1923

by baldilocks

With the accusation avalanche of sexual crimes/misconduct being slung about in Hollywood and in the Hollywood for Ugly People (Washington DC), we have this bit of news.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who reported to prison this week to begin a 21-month sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl, is hoping to stay in contact with the outside world.

Weiner’s away message on his personal email addresses provide specific instructions on how to stay in contact with the disgraced Congressman, the New York Post reported Thursday.

“Thanks for reaching out,” the message says. “Starting November 6th, I’ll be away for a while but I would love to stay in touch. As quaint as it may sound, the best way to reach me is by sending a letter. When you write, ill get you the information about how email might work.

“So please include your full mailing address here and of course include it when you write,” Weiner says in the message.

You and I both know that Weiner will have no shortage of correspondents.

And then, this morning, we wake up to the news that some dude accuses Star Trek actor George Takei of possibly slipping him a roofie and taking advantage in 1981.

In other words, it’s Saturday and I have nothing really to talk about and choose to gawk at these people.

Both Hollywoods seem to be magnets for predators of many varieties because what they are selling is fantasy and what they are buying is power. That these fantasy-power exchanges spill over into the sexual area shouldn’t be a surprise because most of the denizens of the two kingdoms have no moral/spiritual reign on their appetites – though many of the Ugly Hollywood residents pretend to religious virtue to get elected and the Pretty Hollywood pretends to secular virtue because they’re pretty, Harvey Weinstein notwithstanding. A stage, all the world is.

Watching the stuff is almost as entertaining as going to the zoo. Almost.

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Peter:  Edmund said they were only pretending.
Professor:  And he’s the more truthful one is he?
Peter:  No, this would be the first time.

The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005

Over the last several days we have seen many prominent republicans from Mitt Romney and John McCain who represent the establishment wing of the party, to Jonah Goldberg who represents the intellectual wing of the party, to the Twitchy site which while not calling explicitly for Roy Moore to pull out has been very hard on any who defend him.

Now Romney and McCain are very familiar with the tactics of the MSM/left having had the “Binders of women” ,and animal cruelty BS tossed at him while McCain saw a phony scandal concerning his wife be highlighted by the left MSM.

Jonah Goldberg literally wrote the book on liberal fascism (It’s a great book btw you should buy it) and twitchy literally gives examples the MSM/Left acting dishonest and dishonorable seven days a week.

So all three have a well established first hand personal familiarity of the mendacity and spin of the MSM that all of us have spoken or talked about for years.

Now I have nothing against people following their gut feelings on any matter but given our media friends history I have a question:

Can you please explain to me why given that the choice for us is to give the benefit of the doubt to a MSM/left which as Kurt Schlichter reminds us yet again:

So, let’s review. We’re supposed to demand laws that make it illegal for human suppositories like this to have guns, even though it was already illegal for him to have guns. We’re supposed to rely on government background checks to protect us even though the government keeps failing at that. We’re also supposed to disarm at the behest of people who know literally nothing about guns or existing gun laws. And we’re supposed to not believe that we have the ability to defend ourselves, even though normal Americans do so every day – here, an instructor from the NRA literally ended this bloodbath. But we should ignore that for reasons and because.

But wait, there’s more. We’re supposed to disarm in the face of people who celebrate when we are murdered. The Hollywood types, taking a break from molesting each other, didn’t exactly celebrate our deaths, but they couldn’t help spewing their hatred for our faith. I bet if we were disarmed, and a government controlled by liberals had a total monopoly on force, they’d be totally cool and respect our religious rights. I checked with Chet and he thinks so – it’s not like right now they want to bankrupt people for not baking cakes.

has a long history of demonstrated bad faith in terms of honesty, integrity and acting as, in the words of Glenn Reynolds “Democrats with bylines”

OR

to Judge Roy Moore who has not only failed to show bad faith in the past, but, despite having been a target of liberal an media ire (unlike say Denny Hastert who was the poster boy for a non-controversial don’t rock the MSM/establishment Bush Republican) for many many years without any such cards played against him by a media/left that would have loved to take him down.

why you apparently find it the choice so much more difficult than I?

And before you point to the Hannity interview (which in fairness I haven’t seen or heard as I do have a life) or Lee distancing themselves or even a gut feeling that I’ve already noted I’ll respect, remember this, the very same media that is right now insisting that Moore drop out or be dropped will have no problem supporting Joe (fingers) Biden for president in 2020.

I’ll close with this.  One of the common bonds of what we’ve seen out of the stories that are finally breaking out after the left and media protected Harvey Weinstein et/al for years has been this.  As soon as the story actually breaks suddenly we discover “Everybody knew”.  This has been true from Cosby, to Weinstein to Spacey which is why the media so desperately NEEDS the Roy Moore to be a predator.

Now while in fairness dating people of age in search of a wife (in Alabama the age of consent for marriage with parental permission and minus a judge’s ruling is 14 tied with Utah and Rhode Island for the 5th youngest explicit age in the country behind my state of Massachusetts & Kansas [12] , and Texas & New Hampshire [13] all of which shocked the hell out of me) doesn’t come close to comparing to drugging women and assaulting them, or blackmailing folks for jobs, or assaulting and raping people on or off the set I submit and suggest that folks in Alabama, where he has been a very public figure for decades, just might have over the decades years heard some talk along those lines concerning the Judge if such things had been going on.

That being the case I’m going to leave the judgement if Moore is a predator or spinning to avoid the ICK factor from what would have been an apparently legal (but still ICKY) relationship,  or if an MSM trying to bring him down having nothing better than ICK of dating em young spin decided to throw in a 14 year old to do this trick, to the voters of Alabama are going to be a far better able to judge than any pundit including me if there is any there there.

Update:  Don Surber reminds us of the steller record of the Washington Post on honesty from Nov of last year to this Feb:

Three major fabrications in three months time.
Sadly, not a new world’s record.
When you don’t punish reporters for Fake News, you get even more Fake News.
Which is why I am not convinced the Washington Post is not making this up.
Trust but verify?
Distrust and wait for an independent verification from a reliable source.
Like the freaking Rolling Stone.

He’s also right about his btw

If Roy Moore committed statutory rape, then he does not belong in the Senate.

Update 2: Now you know what the MSM/Establishment is on a full court press to get Moore to drop out:

During a segment that aired on Friday’s broadcast of Birmingham, AL ABC affiliate WBMA 33/40’s 5 p.m. local news, political reporter Lauren Walsh sought out voters in Columbiana, AL to gauge their reactions to the Washington Post report that alleged Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore engaged in inappropriate conduct with four teenage girls more than 34 years ago.

None of the respondents according to Walsh told her they believed the Post’s reporting.

The people of Alabama are not fools