Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A Reply to the The Washington Post Op-Ed by Professors Brock, Horowitz, and Michelmore: The W&L Spectator

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By James I. Greene ‘60,
I have read the September 6, 2018, op-ed, published in The Washington Post, written by three Washington & Lee University history professors.  As a result, I have some pointed questions, and since the professors claim to be open to discussion, let’s discuss.
My questions occur, first, because I am a proud graduate of W&L, and second, because I am a teacher of adult education at SMU.
I understand that the purpose of the op-ed was to explain that judgments can and should be made about historical events. 
But the underlying question remains: Who’s to make those judgments--the professors or the students?  The article implies it is the obligation of the professor to assess moral judgments about past events.
But is it? 
 More @ W&L Spectator

The Steel Woods

There’s a Southern accent
Where I come from.
The young un’s call it country,
And the Yankees call it dumb.
                      Tom Petty, “Southern Accents” (Covered by The Steel Woods)

Southern rock and “outlaw country” are experiencing a renaissance of late. Undoubtedly influenced by the rash of bubble gum pop country from Nashville, this darker and more authentic working class music speaks to Americans with a penchant for seeing the glass half-empty. Or perhaps it’s a throwback to Hank Williams Jr.’s astute summary of American life in his “American Way:”
If you fly in from Birmingham, you’ll get the last gate.
If you blew in from Boston, no you sure won’t have to wait.
And I’m learning, a little more every day,
About the power of the dollar, and the people with white collars, and the good old American way.
I’ve noticed I don’t get much help, when they see my blue jeans.
Some slick with a suit walks up, “Oh, can I help you please?”
Yes I’m learning, as I gain a little age,
About the power of the dollar, and the people with white collars, and the good old American way.

How Should the Senate Deal with an Unconstitutional Impeachment by the House?

Via Billy


If the House of Representatives were to impeach President Trump on the two grounds now before it, the senate would be presented with a constitutional dilemma. These two grounds— abuse of power and obstruction of Congress— are not among the criteria specified for impeachment. Neither one is a high crime and misdemeanor. Neither is mentioned in the constitution. Both are the sort of vague, open-ended criteria rejected by the framers. They were rejected precisely to avoid the situation in which our nation currently finds itself. Abuse of power can be charged against virtually every controversial president by the opposing party. And obstruction of Congress — whatever else it may mean — cannot extend to a president invoking privileges and then leave it to the courts to referee conflicts between the legislative and executive branches.

Two More Democrats Underwater on Impeachment — 9 Total are Waffling or Will Vote No on Pelosi’s Sham Impeachment – Dems Can Lose No More than 18 Total

Via Billy

Two House Democrats who represent Trump districts voted against formalizing the House impeachment probe back in October.

Jeff Van Drew, 66, a freshman who represents New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, 75, a conservative Democrat who represents Minnesota’s 7th District, were the only two lawmakers from either party to cross the aisle.

WSJ Columnist: Democrats Tailored Trump Impeachment Charges To Protect Joe Biden

Via Billy

All the Democratic buzzwords disappeared — and Kimberley Strassel thinks she knows why.

Since September, the air on Capitol Hill and liberal cable networks has been full of Democratic jargon aimed at sliming President Donald Trump:

“Quid pro quo,” “bribery,” “extortion.”

But when it came time for actual articles of impeachment, Nancy Pelosi & Co. settled on the much more amorphous terms of “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress.”

To Strassel that means one thing: They are trying to protect Joe Biden, the party’s current front-runner for its presidential nomination.

More @ WJ

IG Horowitz Says FISA Surveillance Without Legal Foundation Is ‘Illegal Surveillance’

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz arrives before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 18, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Inspector General Michael Horowitz told a Senate Judiciary hearing that surveillance without a legal foundation is “illegal surveillance.”

His comment came after he accused top officials in the FBI of mishandling a flawed effort via a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to get authority to surveil Carter Page, an American foreign policy adviser who worked on President Donald Trump’s election effort.


Via Red Pill Jew


The IG, Nunes and Schiff: The Horowitz report reveals the Democrat’s many distortions.

Monday’s Justice Department Inspector General report on the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe is illuminating in many ways, not least the light it casts on the previous claims by politicians when they were telling the public about what they saw in classified documents. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff in particular has been exposed for distortions and falsehoods.

Americans first learned about the FBI’s abuse of the FISA process in a February 2018 memo from then House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes.

More @ WSJ

Ocasio-Cortez Compares Raising Children To Dog Breeding

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Commie Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) compared paid family leave to dog breeding on Twitter and in congressional hearings on Tuesday, claiming that dogs are granted more time with their puppies than parents are given with their newborn babies

 Seattle-based radio host Jason Rantz highlighted a video clip on Twitter of Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, writing: “Thinking she’s being clever at a House Oversight Committee, AOC makes a bizarre comparison between dog breeding and raising children, appears to suggest that dogs are given rights to raise their puppies for a certain length of time. Uhmm…?”