December 13, 2017

About Last Night …

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:45 am

Since the 24-hour power outage I was rooting for in Alabama last night didn’t occur, I have to make a few points about the U.S. Senate race result there.

First, though having a narrower GOP majority in the Senate is not comforting, it’s a relief that the out-of-touch quote machine known as Roy Moore won’t be in the Senate.

Second, those in the press’s phony scandal machine will unfortunately feel empowered, because they certainly feel that they deserve credit for stopping Moore. They already felt that way, so the real message here is that the center-right’s truth-tellers still don’t have enough clout to offset them in tight races.

Third, and by the far the most important point: Trump fans who are resting on their laurels believing that he has the upper hand in influencing the upcoming congressional and Senate elections, or, further down the road, ensuring his own reelection, are forgetting one very important thing: His November 2016 victory was at least as much due to the electorate’s utter disdain for Hillary Clinton, who conducted the worst presidential campaign in memory, as it was his willingness to fight through adversity.

This shouldn’t be news to Trump supporters, but it apparently is. 11 months, and 35 months, are both eternities in politics. But the fact is that a somewhat likable Democrat with relatively few negatives in his or her past history would beat Donald Trump for reelection if the contest were held today.

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UPDATE: To be clear, in hindsight, Trump was the only GOP candidate who could have won in 2016 against the Clinton and a media machine (and deep state) determined to push her over the finish line. But that was then, and this is now.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121317)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: He saved 6 men at Pearl Harbor. Finally, 76 years later, he’s being honored

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Honolulu, Hawaii:

December 12, 2017

Strangers who heard the story said it. The men he saved said it.

But for more than seven decades, no one could make it happen.

The Navy commended George for his actions and noted them in his record. For a medal, the Navy wanted an eyewitness account of the incident, corroboration from a senior officer who was aboard the USS Vestal with George on Dec. 7, 1941. Neither could be found.

And there was a hitch in the story: George, a boatswain’s mate second class, disobeyed an order to cut the line between the Vestal, a maintenance ship, and the Arizona. He had spotted the six desperate men on the burning battleship and threw a line to them, ignoring the order to cast off.

The failure to follow orders seemed to stand in the way of George’s medal.

George died in 1996. A few years later, the son of one of the men George rescued took up the cause of the medal.

He called. He wrote letters. He enlisted other Pearl Harbor survivors. He tracked down George’s family and promised George’s widow he would fight to secure recognition for the man who had saved his dad’s life.

George’s daughter, Joe Ann Taylor, joined the campaign. They took it all the way to the White House.

And they did it. On Thursday, a Navy admiral will present Taylor a Bronze Star Medal for Valor, recognizing George posthumously. The ceremony will take place aboard the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, yards from where the story began. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Jim Acosta Follows Press Tradition: Harass GOP Presidents, Go Easy on Dems

CNN’s insufferably self-important Jim Acosta made the news all about himself once again on Tuesday. This time, as reported by Randy Hall at NewsBusters, following in the footsteps of ABC’s detestable Sam Donaldson during the Reagan administration, Acosta, despite being warned not to, interrupted a bill-signing ceremony to shout out a question at President Donald Trump. Acosta’s press cohorts clearly aren’t objecting to his conduct, which is in sharp contrast to how they treated a reporter for a center-right outlet in 2012 when Democrat Barack Obama was in the Oval Office.

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