Monday, May 22, 2017

DNC lawyers argue in open court that the party has no duty to hold a fair primary

Bayou Renaissance Man does journalism right.  This is a bombshell that the DNC people only feel comfortable making in public because they know for a certainty that the media will not report on it.

From the above linked article:

There's a lawsuit in progress in Florida, where DNC contributors who supported Bernie Sanders' candidacy in 2016 are suing that organization.  A left-wing (not conservative) observer reports (bold, underlined text is my emphasis):

Without any pretense the Democratic primary nominating process should be expected to be conducted fairly, lawyers for the Democratic Party tell Judge Zloch the lawsuit should be thrown out because the Party has the freedom to determine its nominees by “internal rule”, not voter interests, and thus the party “could have favored a candidate”.

Lawyers for the Democratic Party suggest the lawsuit “can’t be resolved” by the Court because it is based on an internal rule that “cannot be enforced”. This statement by lawyers for the Democrats to a Federal judge is a damning indictment the Party may never recover from: the party views itself in no way beholden to voters’ interest whatsoever.

This will play out in further remarks, but in taking this position, the Democrats present themselves as perfectly comfortable with the American public and Court knowing they view the nominating process to be the Party’s choice, and they can and do operate under no legal obligation whatsoever to be representative of the interest of American citizens participating in Party activities and nominating contests.

The DNC’s Charter clearly articulates it is the responsibility of the party and specifically, its Chairperson, to guarantee a fair Presidential primary process and that all DNC staff conduct business evenhandedly to ultimately assure this. Judge Zloch’s correction of the DNC lawyer’s language demonstrates the Judge’s clear understanding that this element of the Charter’s language is central to determining the merits of the DNC’s argument, and shows the Judge did not allow the DNC’s lawyers to obscure the specificity of this guarantee in the Party’s charter.

Despite the implications of this position, lawyers for the DNC repeatedly denied that the terms “impartial” and “evenhanded” can be defined to the point that a ruling can be issued on what obligations these words carry as they appear in the DNC’s Charter.
Back when the Democrats had a normal nominating process, they picked George McGovern as their presidential candidate, who then went on to a spectacular defeat in the general election.

The party decided to change it's nominating process to ensure that such a calamity never happened again, and those changes basically ensured that party insiders ultimately made the choice of candidate, in the proverbial smoky rooms, and could freely ignore the popular, democratic choice.   What irony for a party called Democratic.  Of course that was all no consideration for the frightened leaders of this organization who were looking to keep that all important commodity, political power. The actual members of the party, the rank and file, could never again be trusted to pick the wrong candidate and thereby threaten their power and influence.

Now, we see the natural fruit of this terrible decision, namely a terrible candidate in the form of Hillary! that lost to a total political outsider that even his own party didn't like or truly support.  At least you can say for the Republicans and their nominating process that the only two rebel candidates (Trump and Cruz) came in first and second.

The Sanders people are correct.  The system was rigged against them, but then again, such rigging was no secret.  The conclusion of this litigation will be interesting to watch indeed.

Thanks to the Bayou Renaissance Man for finding this important story, and reporting on something that the MSM dare not touch.

Wow. Not worth the risk by any reasonable calculation.


Anvil crawling lightning over Norman, Oklahoma

Spooky.  I wouldn't like seeing that, and I normally love a good booming thunderstorm.

Mondays, they're like that


Heh,heheh.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Very Nice


P.P. Pitchlynn, Speaker of the National Council of the Choctaw Nation and Choctaw delegate to the government of the United States


Mature, well considered rhetoric has never been a feature of our Democratic Party.

Here is a sampling:
On May 1, 1981, thousands of protesters marched in Washington to denounce President Reagan's economic and social policies. The event was billed as ''Days of Resistance to Roll Back Reaganism." (Sound familiar?) At the event, at least two speakers called for impeaching Reagan.
''Our purpose is to turn this country around,'' one said. ''Getting rid of Reagan is the first step.''
In early 1983, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said Reagan should be impeached "for incompetence." Later that year, he called for impeaching Reagan over his military action in Grenada.
Jesse Jackson wanted Reagan impeached in 1984 for mining Nicaragua's harbors. Texas Rep. Henry Gonzalez and six other Democrats introduced a resolution to impeach Reagan in 1987 over the Iran-Contra affair.
Gonzalez pushed to have President George H.W. Bush impeached in 1991 because of the Gulf War.
Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Robert Wexler introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush in 2004 that centered on the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, global warming and the 2004 elections.
Conyers filed a resolution in 2005 calling for Bush's impeachment, and was still publicly advocating it by 2007. And Kucinich kept pushing for impeachment into Bush's last months in office.
That's when they aren't twitching over assassination fantasies.  Oh, and every Republican is a moron, incompetent, evil, and hateful.  Every one, if you listened to these folk.  
If they think they want impeachment, they should take a page from the Republicans, who actually succeeded in impeaching Clinton, although not removing him from office, unfortunately.

30 ton truck on a 3 ton bridge, yet he almost made it!


The truck made it almost across before the bridge collapsed into the river. The truck ended up stuck on the westside concrete support. Hippen was not injured.
The patrol said damage to the bridge was about $775,000 and about $1,700 to the truck.
The county engineer determined the truck weighed more than 30 tons, but the bridge had a posted weight limit of 3 tons. It's located between Coldwater Creek and Chimney Rock, east of Cresco.
I wonder how many times young Justin had successfully crossed here before?


That's a nice looking river.


It's gonna cup, but beautiful color.


Don Surber calls it straight.

From Arab News:
US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has taken Saudi Arabia by storm ever since she disembarked from Air Force One in Riyadh Saturday morning.
The hashtag #Trump’s_daughter, in Arabic, is the top trending hashtag in the country as Twitter fans heaped praise on the first daughter.
Ivanka, who is set to take part in roundtable discussions during the president’s first official visit abroad, wore a long navy dress as she arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the US delegation.
Rest assured they know her religion. And her participation in the talks gets noticed by Saudi women, as the official press (as well as Arab News) went all-in on praising Trump's visit.

They also love Melania.

 

Diplomacy is more than words, and meetings, and state visits. It is visual. It is non-verbal communication. It is protocol and nuance and breaking convention.

Families matter in Saudi Arabia, as they do in most parts of the world. Trump's ability to present himself as the patriarch of a family of successful people, including strong women, enhances his esteem, which gives him an authority that Obama lacked.

Trump can deliver the message Saudis need to hear because he is the real deal.

Mother's Day Kid Collection

As they get older and older, it's much harder to get all three yutes together at the same time.  There was about a two week window lately where that was possible, so Mrs. CW requested a Mother's Day dinner at her favorite restaurant, Teresa's Italian in Jackson, and for all the kids to come.

Here they are, the devils.


After the formal smiley photo, I told them to grimace, and this is what they did.


By the way, the lasagna here is very good. Mrs. CW strongly favors it.

Cabin Porn


Wedell-Williams Model 44 with pilot James “Jimmy” Wedell at the controls. November 10, 1933


NASA plans an emergency spacewalk to repair one of two major computers controlling important systems in the ISS.


The primary device failed on Saturday, leaving the $100 billion orbiting laboratory to depend on a backup system to route commands to its solar power system, radiators, cooling loops and other equipment.
So, why is it necessary to go outside to fix such an important piece of equipment?  Seems access from inside should have been engineered into the craft.  

Father's Day is coming



Standing up for women's freedom from oppression. Who's the progressive now?


Getting some money back from the Ticks. Or rather, other country's money, now that we are more or less self sufficient in oil, thanks to the frackers.



Why the C-130 is a bad ass airplane

At the opposite end of the runway, the airplane still hadn't taken wing.
But in the runway's 1000-foot overrun, the C-130 staggered into the air. After a harrowing flight, it touched down three and a half hours later at U Tapao Royal Thai AB, southeast of Bangkok. On the ramp, American personnel were visibly surprised as they watched 452 people disembark. With herculean effort, the C-130 had lifted more than 20,000 pounds above its operational limit.
Compared to high-profile jet fighters like the F-22 Raptor or F-35 Lightning II, the Hercules looks like a bloated throwback. But what it lacks in sleekness it more than makes up for in heart. Like the A-10 Warthog, it's the Hercules' awesome capability that makes it a total badass. Simply put, the C-130 is a do-anything aircraft and its service record shows it. Lockheed says the C-130 has flown at least 100 different missions in its 63-year-old life, including its most recent return to the military limelight.

During the Korean war, the Air Force recognized it had no airplane capable of airlifting combat troops over medium distances to short, austere airfields. In 1951, Boeing, Douglas, and Fairchild presented alternative proposals, but ultimately the USAF chose Lockheed's design. Willis Hawkins, who would go on to design the Corona satellite, Polaris missile, and M1 Abrams tank, created the winning design and described the C-130 in a mere 110-page document. Compared to Lockheed's 2,500-page F-35 proposal, the C-130 writeup is a breezy read.
According to Lockheed Martin historian Jeff Rhodes, Hawkins' design team took the M551 Sheridan Tank, the largest piece of equipment the Army needed to airlift, and "drew a circle around it and that set the diameter of the fuselage." As for the fuselage's 40-foot length, its inspiration came from somewhere else entirely. "The basic C-130, aft of the cockpit and before the ramp, is the length of a railroad boxcar," Rhodes says.

"We've been accused of making a pilot's airplane," says Lockheed Martin C-130 Chief Experimental Test Pilot, Wayne Roberts. The latest C-130J model upholds the Hercules' reputation as a sweet-handling airplane. Roberts adds that the Herc is so flexible, it can fly at speeds as low as 80 knots with one engine out.
With its digital cockpit, automated flight systems management, six-blade Dowty propellers and Rolls-Royce AE 2100 D3 turboprop engines, the latest C-130J/LM-100J enjoys one-third better range, 15 percent better fuel efficiency, and 25 percent more thrust than legacy A-H models. New features from a sophisticated heads-up display to optional carbon brakes and upcoming next-gen radar make the C-130 more effective than ever before.




Boom! Right in Joe's ignorant kisser!


You tell 'em, Donald!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

I can't believe anyone could survive the shame of taking this to the register and saying, "I'll take this."

So is this a naughty magazine for men or for women?


Ho-wear, a Native American Yapparika Comanche chief - Soule - 1869/1874

Ho-wear is not amused by your behavior.


Suicide by Mexican. What a way to go.

Police rescued the Russian, identified as Aleksei Makeev, after the crowd stormed his apartment on Friday night, said Guillermo Brahms, secretary general of Benito Juarez municipality, which encompasses Cancun.
Blurry footage of the attack circulated widely on Mexican media on Saturday. In one clip, assailants can be heard shouting "You're going to die" and "I'm going to cut your head off" as they closed in on the Russian.
The incident began when a group of people confronted Makeev over his disparaging comments toward locals, many of which he videotaped and posted online.
He posted them online?  Aleksei was just trying to stir up trouble.

Yeah he is


Classic


Almost too racy to publish on my family blog: Copper alloy hollow cast statue of the princess-priestess Takushit at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.


Blackfoot (or would that be Blackfeet?) 1909


Narva and Ivangorod castles overlooking the border between EU/NATO (Estonia) and Russia


Horse bolting during Macron's inauguration


Jerry Brown and his insane totalitarian political buddies aim to kill the Golden State with environmental regulations.

California is proceeding down this absurd emissions reduction path while the “science” supposedly supporting climate alarmism claims is crumbling with global climate models shown to be flawed and failed by climate scientist testimony before Congress and UN IPCC acknowledgements of the undeniable truth that it is impossible to create credible global climate models.
Never in history have such idiots sought to inflict severe damage on their neighbors for completely meaningless purposes.  Unless, the purpose is simply to exert total power and control over the people.  It's positively Soviet.  Totalitarians all of them.

Earbuds.



XB-19 getting cleaned at March Field, 1941