The Tempest in A Coffee Cup

I am not among those deeply offended by the President's Starbucks salute to his Marine guard. Technically, as a civilian, he shouldn't be saluting at all. The great Ronald Reagan started that practice, with excellent intentions but to my mind not the best results. In any case, when people feel impotent they start nitpicking, and the anger over the half-hearted salute seems to me to be displaced anger about everything else. The salute or lack thereof couldn't in itself be less important.

Neverthless, this amused me.

I'm Really Disappointed In Eric Holder

The AG is to resign according to stories. No doubt to cushy money somewhere. I'm sure he'll get rich making speeches denouncing the wealthy and the white to wealthy white people.

I'm sort of shocked. I thought he was a True Believer who would sacrifice personal gain to the higher goals of protecting the world from pro-lifers, disenfranchising whites, enabling Black Panther thuggery, ceding the South to drug cartels and dismantling the fabric of society by undermining the bonds of trust and equal protection under the law for as long as possible.

Never thought of him as a sell-out.

Update: Shorter Rep. Issa: Door. Bang. Bye.
Eric Holder is the most divisive U.S. Attorney General in modern history and, in a vote supported by 17 Democratic House Members, has the dubious historic distinction of being the first Attorney General held in criminal contempt by the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Chairman Issa. “Time and again, Eric Holder administered justice as the political activist he describes himself as instead of an unbiased law enforcement official.  By needlessly injecting politics into law enforcement, Attorney General Holder’s legacy has eroded more confidence in our legal system than any Attorney General before him. Through strong arming reporters, practically ignoring high level wrongdoing, blocking his own agency Inspector General’s access to information, and overseeing a Department that attempted to stonewall Congressional oversight with denials of what is now established fact, Attorney General Holder abused his office and failed to uphold the values of our Constitution.  While President Obama and the Senate should work expeditiously to find a replacement, time and care must be taken to ensure that our next Attorney General recognizes and does not repeat Mr. Holder’s mistakes.
 On June 28th, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a bipartisan basis to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress for refusing to produce Operation Fast and Furious documents subpoenaed the previous year. The parallel civil contempt case is currently before a federal judge.

Letter from the Jeff Bell Campaign

Did I mention at the start of the summer that the first political campaign I recall knowing anything about -- back when I was a kid-- was Jeff Bell's run for Senate in 1976?  He primaried and knocked-out a RINO Republican, but then lost to Bill Bradley. 

Now Bell's back, running for Senate in NJ again, and within striking distance of Corey Booker. Sharing this campaign letter both to publicize Bell and because it's so different in tone from typical campaign letters. We'll see if it works, but I find it refreshing.

Dear Friend, 
I want to wish you Happy Hispanic Heritage Month.  

But rather than dish out trivia or talking points, I want to tell you why it's important to me as a conservative candidate. Ronald Reagan once said, "Latinos are Republicans, they just don't know it yet." Maybe that's politically incorrect to repeat in 2014. But I do agree with the premise behind his assertion: if the Republican Party makes the case to them, Hispanics will vote GOP.

  **Show your support for the campaign here**

But they do have a problem now. Our party has been unwelcoming. Republican members in Congress have refused to consider a path to legalization for those who came here illegally over the years or an expanded guest worker program that is open to low-skilled workers, not just Ph.D.'s. President Reagan tried to solve this problem in 1986, but the law he signed that year left out access for immigrants who want to come here and work temporarily without becoming citizens. It's led to the crisis we have today of millions of people who came from Mexico and elsewhere and simply stayed because neither the law -- which actually makes it a misdemeanor -- nor our border security encourage people to come here the right way.  

I like Rush Limbaugh and have been interviewed by him on other topics, but I have to say that I fundamentally disagree with his assertion that those who immigrate here from Mexico are registered Democrats in waiting. Hispanics in the U.S. have the highest rate of business creation among all ethnic groups -- and more than double the national rate. Moreover, they tend to share conservatives' beliefs that life begins at conception and marriage is composed of a husband and a wife. They are as good a prospect at voting Republican as any immigrants to America from anywhere in the world.   

If elected, I'm headed to the U.S. Senate to fight for a comprehensive immigration reform plan that includes a generous, market-based guest worker program so we don't repeat the crisis that stems from 1986. I'll fight against the special interests like Big Labor to get this done. As we achieve success, I believe Hispanic voters will move toward the GOP. Immigration may rank for many of them relatively low in a poll of issue priorities, but our party's stance on it has served as a barrier for them to consider the rest of our agenda that would appeal to Hispanics.

Fixing the immigration system is the springboard to making Ronald Reagan's words start to come true. 

Even if you disagree with my analysis -- believe me, many conservatives I know do -- I want to thank you for your attention to this important issue.

And please consider making a contribution to my campaign. Your support is critical.

As ever,
Jeff Bell, 
Leonia, NJ

 I like this so much. He talks plainly, he doesn't insult anyone, he lets his ideas speak for themselves -- and he believes in talking to voters rather than about them. 

Perils of On-Line Dating


 Or as American Digest has it, "Regrets, she's had a few...."

Better To Have A Millstone Around Your Neck...

...and be thrown into the midst of the sea than to harm one of these little ones.

I don't have the heart to show you here the picture an 11-year-old captured of his sex-ed class in Jacksonville. I mean, prior to just now, I had never seen such a demonstration and could have gone the rest of my life without seeing that. Can't imagine how it would traumatize most 6th graders.

 She was a sub, and she's been fired, but apparently she was following a curriculum and was just a bit over-zealous on the classroom demonstration.

And she was a sub. Ponder that in this age of "safe environments," where supposedly we educate children to beware of strangers who talk and act out sexually with them.

Agreed. Though Probably Not For the Same Reason.

Donna Brazile, with a gracious sentiment, from my twitter feed. I have to admit my reason for being grateful at Sen. Harkin's retirement is not so gracious.

These Are The Days of Miracles & Wonders

The full story is behind a paywall unfortunately, but this is wonderful.

Curtsy: ninme's twitter, RT-ing @thetimes

Aha! Alternate source.