A Misbehaving Judge

Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis went on an epic rant Thursday against the white-shoe firm Kirkland & Ellis for sending a rookie lawyer to defend media giant Facebook against two lawsuits filed by more than 20,000 plaintiffs accusing the social network of facilitating terrorism.

How dare they!?  Don’t they know that Garaufis is important?

He filled in that gap in their knowledge, though.

You tell your folks back at Kirkland & Ellis that if they think so little of this court that they didn’t send a partner here to talk about this kind of problem which implicates international terrorism and the murder of innocent people in Israel and other places.  I think it’s outrageous, irresponsible, and insulting.

It’s Not the Family’s Money

It’s the Government’s.  Never mind that Government didn’t build and earn that wealth, the family did, along with their associates.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would impose a 65% tax on the largest estates and make it harder for wealthy households to pass appreciated assets to their heirs without paying taxes, according to an updated version of her tax plan released Thursday.

This is the Progressive view of property rights and property ownership.

Some Data on the Obama Economic Recovery

And on Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s policy impact on that recovery from the Panic of 2008, since Clinton has promised, proudly, to continue and extend President Barack Obama’s (D) economic policies.  These data are via Robert Barro’s (Harvard University economics professor and American Enterprise Institute visiting scholar) piece in The Wall Street Journal.  He and a colleague, Tao Jin, looked at

macroeconomic disasters in 42 countries, featuring 185 contractions in GDP per capita of 10% or more. These contractions are dominated by wartime devastation such as World War I (1914-18) and World War II (1939-45) and financial crises such as the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The Entire Island

Repair crews worked through the night trying to restore electricity to Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million people early Thursday after a fire at a power plant blacked out the entire U.S. territory.

Officials said they hoped to restore service by morning….

It turns out that they didn’t make by the morning, and the outage extended into a second day—lengthened not just by the severity of the problem, not unique in itself to Puerto Rico, but also by Puerto Rico’s lack of money with which to fund repairs or even parts and equipment to replace the damaged/failed parts and equipment.

Is Stamina a Thing?


Republican Party Presidential candidate Donald Trump held two rallies in North Carolina—an important swing state that’s up for grabs so far this election—last Tuesday: one at High Point University and the other 160 miles away in Kenansville (175 miles if he took a route through Chapel Hill).

That same day Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was scheduled to have a high-roller lunch-time fund raiser—between $2,700 and $100,000 per attendee—in Chapel Hill.  She couldn’t make it and had to beg off.  No reason given, just thanks, anyway.

Is Clinton’s health or stamina up to the task, whether of campaigning or of being President?

Security Issues

In the end, it seems that former Secretary of State and present Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton isn’t the only one who has them.  Amazingly, former JCS Chairman and former Secretary of State Colin Powell has them, also.

Of course, it’s only Israel, though, so who cares?  Not this reluctant (or so he says) Clinton supporter.

In a private email exchange last year leaked this week by hackers, former Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed Israel’s nuclear weapons capability with a friend, saying the country has 200 warheads.

Arrogance and Policies

I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy if this [black] community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election.

That’s what President Barack Obama (D) said in front of the Congressional Black Caucus last Saturday.

All of Obama’s policies, which Democratic Party Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton insists she’ll not only continue but extend and expand, are on the ballot this November.  Every single one of them.

Respect for our Nation

Here is an illustration of what the Left—what Democrats—think of our nation.  Recall NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s “protest” against our flag and our nation, wherein he shows his disdain by kneeling during our national anthem.  Now the infection has spread to a State government.

State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, a St Louis Democrat, refused to stand while her colleagues recited the Pledge of Allegiance in the state Capitol. She said her silent protest on the Senate floor was intended to show solidarity with the San Francisco 49ers quarterback.

Democrats just don’t like our nation, apparently.

There Are Charities, and There Are Charities

The Daily Caller has some numbers on the Clinton Foundation, which is pleased to refer to itself as a charity.  The Clinton Foundation spent, according to its 2014 Form 990 (the latest available)

  • a hair under $91.3 million in 2014
  • $34.8 million on salaries, compensation, and employee benefits.
  • Another $50.4 million was marked as “other expenses”


Despite taking in an additional $30 million in 2014, the Clinton Foundation spent 40% less on charitable grants in 2014 than in 2013. Even as it slashed charitable spending, the foundation increased the amount spent on salaries, employee benefits and compensation by $5 million in 2014.

Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

What she said.  Now it’s what FBI Director James Comey is claiming.

There’s an opportunity to feed that monster of a bias, that confirmation bias, all the time. So it accelerates that fractionalizing of our society, and it makes it much harder for people like me, like you, like the people in here, to speak reason to folks about our institutions.

Because of course.  Or, the Left is projecting again.