Thursday, November 30, 2017
And then there were six: Woman claims Franken gave her a "wet, open-mouthed kiss" onstage in 2006 - Hot Air Hot Air
I’ve been thinking he’ll survive this because his offenses are trivial compared to, say, Harvey Weinstein’s, but Pelosi coming out against Conyers this morning by calling on him to resign has complicated that tremendously. Conyers’s lawyer has already begun asking why the black congressman is being pushed out but not the white senator from Minnesota.
Could Franken become a Republican?
I have been thinking about Robert Bork recently, prompted in part by the 30th anniversary of his rejection by the Senate on November 23, 1987. Next month will mark the fifth anniversary of his passing on December 19, 2012. Bork was profoundly influential in conservative legal circles when I graduated from law school in 1980 and started paying closer attention to constitutional theory. I was impressed with both Bork’s scholarly writings and his more polemical articles in publications such as National Review. A 1982 essay he wrote in NR, entitled “The Struggle Over the Role of the Court,” reprinted in his 2008 anthology A Time to Speak, remains timely—even prescient. Ramesh Ponnuru has called Bork’s 1990 book, The Tempting of America, written in the wake of his confirmation defeat, “the most important popular statement of judicial conservatism yet produced.”
Bork effectively got me my first job in teaching. I loved the guy. He probably wouldn't recognize me, though perhaps he might now, but I still held him in the highest regard. He really did have a sense of humor, unlike certain other judges merely reputed to have senses of humor. He should have made it to SCOTUS.
President Trump, whose reflex for pugnacity has its uses, threw a vicious and entirely fair constitutional body check when he named OMB Director Mick Mulvaney acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It is exactly how constitutional conflicts are supposed to be resolved: power checking power.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Agenzia Fides - ASIA/IRAQ - US Congress approves draft law authorizing aid for "Christian militias" in the Middle East
On Wednesday, Church Militant spoke with His Excellency, Sir Max Douglas Brown, head of the North Central Lieutenancy about the initiative.
The resolution, he explained, is a response to pleas for support by the patriarchs and heads of Churches of Jerusalem who view "the recent action of certain civil authorities in Israel" as "a systematic assault on the 'Status Quo'" and "an attempt to undermine the integrity of the Holy City of Jerusalem and the Holy Land."
EOHS, in the news! This was the organization my mother was inducted into. After she was a member for about a year, however, she quit in disgust. She did not talk about it much, but would mumble words to the effect of their being a lot of rich and not particularly religious snobs. My mother was not herself a wealthy woman and it seems likely to me that somebody snubbed her. But now she is dead as is probably whoever snubbed her. Sic transit gloria mundi.
At to the news, the EOHS is often at odds with the Israeli authorities.
Praljak, the former commander of the main staff of the Bosnian Croat defence forces (HVO), was jailed for crimes against humanity.
Informed that soldiers were rounding up Muslims in Prozor in the summer of 1993, he had failed to make any serious efforts to stop the action, the UN war crimes tribunal found.
Praljak had also failed to act on information that murders were being planned, as well as attacks on members of international organisations and the destruction of the city's historic Old Bridge and mosques.
Perhaps I’m forgetting instances of similar politicking, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a major newspaper engage in the kind of partisan activism The New York Times is involved in right now—not even on an editorial page. The Times’ editorial board isn’t saying, “Boy, that Republican bill is going to kill children,” it’s imploring people on social media — most of whom don’t even subscribe to their paper or live in Maine — to inundate a senator with calls to sink a tax reform they dislike. (It worth pointing out that its hyperbolic contentions regarding the bill are generally untrue or misleading, but that’s another story.)
So let’s get this straight: Pence is a lying liar who lies for saying a totally anodyne true thing, But when St. Warren says a thing there’s no evidence for and no one can prove, they rush to justify and obfuscate. This is why people don’t just mistrust the media — they hate the media.
MZH is pretty mad.
Officials at MPR said they would not speak beyond a statement that said officials were notified last month of the allegations, “which relate to Mr. Keillor’s conduct while he was responsible for the production of ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’ ”
MPR said it will:
• Change the name of “Prairie Home,” now hosted by Chris Thile.
• End distribution and broadcast of “Writer’s Almanac” and rebroadcasts of old Keillor-hosted “Prairie Home” shows.
• Separate itself from the Pretty Good Goods online catalog, which sells Keillor merchandise, and the PrairieHome.org website.
“I’m in shock,” Thile said on Twitter. “I know nothing beyond what’s contained in the MPR statement but I trust that the proper steps are being taken.”
O. M. G. Say it ain't so, Garrison. Ok, he did say it ain't so. It was a misinterpretation. I hope so. This makes me think there might be a little worm wriggling in the rottenness at the heart of Lake Woebegone. I know, Garrison is a total lib, but PHC is an institution in our home. I hope LWJ doesn't find out. I suppose I'll have to tell her. But it sounds like GK is innocent! Innocent, I tell you! MPR is probably overreacting in the throes of moral panic. Calm down, sheeple!