A Stormy Teacup

John Hinderaker at Powerline makes a very valid point, I think. Is this light breeze about Stormy Daniels leaving you unmoved? It sure is me, here’s why.


Worst case, Trump paid Stormy Daniels. But he didn’t kill her. That distinguishes him from the Liberal Lion of the Senate. If you want a scandal, and a cover-up that succeeded to a remarkable degree, look no further than Chappaquiddick. The Democratic Party conspired to cover up Ted Kennedy’s crime–manslaughter, in a particularly vile form–to preserve his political viability, at the cost of an innocent young woman’s life.

To this day, most people have no idea what the Chappaquiddick scandal was all about. That is how successful the Democrats’ cover-up has been. Most Americans assume that Kennedy was guilty of drunk driving and negligently causing the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. But the truth is much worse.

Several books have told the real story, but the movie Chappaquiddick may finally blow the lid off the Democrats’ cover-up. Based on the trailers, it apparently will tell the truth: that Ted Kennedy, after driving off a bridge into Poucha Pond, escaped from his car but made no attempt to save Miss Kopechne. That Kopechne didn’t drown, but eventually suffocated for lack of oxygen as she waited for Kennedy to rescue her. That Kopechne could have been saved if Kennedy had simply called the local rescue squad. That Kennedy was such a self-centered coward that he left Kopechne to die, concerned only for his own political future. That instead of calling for help, he walked back to the house where his party was still in progress. That when he arrived, he tried to convince his cousin Joe Gargan to say that he had been driving the car. That he never did call the police to report the accident, but rather spent the night trying to concoct an alibi. That the Democrats fixed the legal process so that Kennedy would pay no meaningful penalty for the death he callously caused. That Kennedy pretended to have been injured in the accident in order to excuse his cowardice, and wore a neck brace to Kopechne’s funeral to further that lie.

Frankly, I was disgusted at the time, and I’m as close to outraged as I get that anyone, anyone, who thinks Teddy Kennedy was or should be, a role model, or even a decent human being thinks they have the ground to criticize anything anyone else does both risible, and absurd.

How silly is this whole thing? This silly.

Looks to me like all this crap fake news thrown up by the Democratic press machine has a very definite odor about it – it stinks of fear. The fear that the American electorate has seen through them, and their hypocritical charade.

They should be scared, cause I think it’s true. There’s room for an opposition party in America, but I’m not sure there is room for a purely anti-American party. Time (and elections) will tell, I suppose. But I’m not overly worried about it these days. I mostly ignore the cloud of dust the left made by the Democrats running in circles very fast, so should you, and to a point, so should Trump, there are things needing doing, and when we’re dealing with nonsense, we’re not doing them.


The Indispensable Man

Yesterday was, of course, the anniversary of George Washington’s birth. Without his life, the United States, if it even existed, would be a very different place. Long ago, Jessica touched on his (probably unconscious) model:  Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.

I addressed King George’s view of him after he resigned his commission in the Continental Army here, and here, even how the left attempts to steal the legacies of the founders.

Scott Johnson at PowerLine wrote about him yesterday, as well.

In anticipation of Washington’s visit to Newport, the members of America’s oldest Jewish congregation prepared a letter welcoming Washington for presentation to him at a public event on the morning of August 18. The letter was authorized by the congregation’s board and signed by its president, Moses Seixas. It is Washington’s magnificent letter responding to Seixas that that has become famous as one of the classic statements of religious toleration in America.

The congregation’s letter to Washington is not so well known, although the most prominent line in Washington’s letter is an echo of the congregation’s letter to Washington. By far the most striking feature of the congregation’s letter is its expression of sheer gratitude to Washington himself and to America for the freedom and equal rights the congregants had attained as American citizens. Here is the congregation’s letter:

Permit the children of the stock of Abraham to approach you with the most cordial affection and esteem for your person and merits ~~ and to join with our fellow citizens in welcoming you to NewPort.

With pleasure we reflect on those days ~~ those days of difficulty, and danger, when the God of Israel, who delivered David from the peril of the sword, ~~ shielded Your head in the day of battle: ~~ and we rejoice to think, that the same Spirit, who rested in the Bosom of the greatly beloved Daniel enabling him to preside over the Provinces of the Babylonish Empire, rests and ever will rest, upon you, enabling you to discharge the arduous duties of Chief Magistrate in these States.

Deprived as we heretofore have been of the invaluable rights of free Citizens, we now with a deep sense of gratitude to the Almighty disposer of all events behold a Government, erected by the Majesty of the People ~~ a Government, which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance ~~ but generously affording to all Liberty of conscience, and immunities of Citizenship: ~~ deeming every one, of whatever Nation, tongue, or language equal parts of the great governmental Machine: ~~ This so ample and extensive Federal Union whose basis is Philanthropy, Mutual confidence and Public Virtue, we cannot but acknowledge to be the work of the Great God, who ruleth in the Armies of Heaven, and among the Inhabitants of the Earth, doing whatever seemeth him good.

For all these Blessings of civil and religious liberty which we enjoy under an equal benign administration, we desire to send up our thanks to the Ancient of Days, the great preserver of Men ~~ beseeching him, that the Angel who conducted our forefathers through the wilderness into the promised Land, may graciously conduct you through all the difficulties and dangers of this mortal life: ~~ And, when, like Joshua full of days and full of honour, you are gathered to your Fathers, may you be admitted into the Heavenly Paradise to partake of the water of life, and the tree of immortality.

Done and Signed by order of the Hebrew Congregation in NewPort, Rhode Island August 17th 1790.

Moses Seixas, Warden

The painting that leads this article was painted by Scottish-born portraitist Archibald Robertson, on commission from David Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan (1742-1829), who wished, he wrote,  “that I might place it among those whom I most honor.” (You can read the earl’s entire letter to Washington here;Buchan also entrusted Robertson with a special gift for Washington, a wooden box said to be made of the oak that sheltered William Wallace.). From: Two Nerdy History Girls.

After some adventures of its own,”in 1951, the current Earl Buchan presented the painting to Sulgrave Manor,the English birthplace of Washington’s ancestors, where it hangs today.”

But before (or after, who knows) painting that portrait of Washington as the fearless and decisive Commander in Chief, he painted another one, a miniature of Washington (and another of Martha, as well, as they appeared in 1792.

This one shows the very man that quelled the only reported American military coup with the words.

 “Gentlemen, you must pardon me. I have grown gray in your service and now find myself growing blind.”

As General Light Horse Harry Lee eulogized him:

First in War, First in Peace, First in the Hearts of his Countrymen.

Healthcare Reform, American Style

The £ Daily Mail (and all the other papers) has a story about an 81-year-old woman who died at home while waiting over four hours for an ambulance. Terrible story and made worse by the obfuscation and hiding behind excuses of the emergency services, not to mention the NHS. Which as usual in failing to plan for a busy winter, planned to fail, well I was going to say the customer, but that is inaccurate, the customer of health care in Britain is not the sick person, it is the NHS itself, and or its various unions. The sick and injured are merely a vehicle to suck money out of the taxpayers.

They have a kerfluffle every winter about long wait times, for ambulances and Accident & Emergency beds, and then the weather gets a bit warmer and it’s all forgotten till next year. Oh, except for demanding still more money from the taxpayer, for gender changing amongst other things.

American healthcare is insanely expensive, but it is quite a lot better than that, but it has been tending in that direction. A drift badly exacerbated in the last decade by Obamacare, but we haven’t reached the nadir that the British have. The American Spectator has noticed a trend, and Hunt Lawrence and Daniel J. Flynn wrote about it.

By the time Congress gets around to reforming health care, the private sector will have already done so.

The pending acquisition of Aetna by CVS Health indicates as much. This purchase follows Amazon’s forays, both sub rosa and in plain sight, into the medical industry. CNBC reported in July, for instance, on Amazon’s top-secret project codenamed “1492,” which allegedly seeks to revolutionize such healthcare fields as telemedicine, electronic medical records, pharmacy benefit management. As the name indicates, Jeff Bezos believes the project changes everything.

In a world in which Google develops cars and Elon Musk seeks to colonize Mars, Amazon’s project makes perfect sense. And let’s face it, any field with as much waste as healthcare appears ripe for the efficiency of an Amazon.

And expect CVS and Amazon to face competition.

Surely the likes of Google, Microsoft, and Apple — all vying to become the world’s first $1 trillion company — join the fray. Companies, like bank robbers, follow the money. Healthcare overflows with it.

What does the Amazonization of medicine look like?

Alexa and the Apple Watch may replace the personal physician. Amazon’s medical service may monitor health data, including exercise, regular checkups, and prescriptions. Alexa figures to direct patients to clinics and emergency rooms, as it already does, as needed. Hospital, drug delivery, and doctors’ efforts will be sourced and paid by Amazon’s medical service.

Apple currently researches a way to monitor blood sugar levels through its watches. Microsoft and Google just invested heavily in the startup DNAnexus, described by HeathCareITNews.com as “a network of enterprises to effectively gain insight from large genomic and biomedical datasets.”

I, like I suspect many of you, am not overly comfortable trusting my medical data to Google, Microsoft, and Apple, individually or together. But I think I can overcome that easier than ending up with a US version of the NHS.

I grew up in a world where if you needed to go to the doctor you went, without worrying about the cost. An office call cost ten dollars as I remember, and knowing Doc, I’m pretty sure if you couldn’t afford it, he never bugged you. Drugs usually came from Doc (what were probably samples that the drug companies gave him) in any case, they were free. I suppose at some point he would write a prescription if you were going to need a drug long-term, but nobody was considering medicating boys for being boys in those days, so that wasn’t my problem.

That’s all very well, and even sort of exciting, but I think the real solution is putting the health care consumer (Patient, you and I) back in control. Why did Doc in my childhood charge ten bucks for an office call? Because that what the market would bear. At $15, a fair amount of the community could not have afforded him, and at $5 he could not have kept the lights on.

In those days, insurance did not pay for office calls or drugs, and so it was on you to get the best deal. And you get to define what best means for you, it may not mean the same for me. Now, when the government or insurance is paying many of our countrymen simply go to the ER, thereby exercising the most expensive and least effective model of health care.

Yes, Britain has a similar problem, because its NHS doctors are majority part-time at this point, and so they are chronically short staffed. I’d guess it doesn’t do a lot for their competence either. You know, practice makes perfect and such.

As we (if we) continue to deregulate the healthcare field, we are likely to find exciting opportunities to improve care while reducing our cost. That is what market forces do. And the little bit of market still in our healthcare is why, even with our nosebleed prices, our healthcare is far superior to the Stalinist NHS.

But, we can do far better.

Trump: The American Churchill?

Gates of Vienna

First things first. Good morning and Happy 2018. Hopefully, we are all wise enough that our heads don’t hurt too badly. :P, In any case, it looks like a warm one here today, my thermometer says it’s all of -2°F here, so it’s probably not the day for me to wear my shorts and sandals to the beach. Beached whales everywhere are no doubt grateful!

Patricia McCarthy over at American Thinker had a radical thought, Could Donald Trump be our Sir Winston? Sounds rather laughable on the surface, but I think she has a point. Let’s see what you think.

Comparing the late Prime Minister Winston Churchill to President Donald Trump is guaranteed to elicit scorn from intellectuals, for one was a prolific man of letters, while the other speaks in the vocabulary of the common man.  One was a journalist and scholar, while the other is a builder, deal-maker, and master persuader (as Scott Adams argues).  And one smoked and drank prolifically, while the other abstains from both. […]

Chamberlain resigned, and Churchill accepted King George VI’s appointment to the position of prime minister, but the king, and both parties of Parliament, loathed Churchill.  They, both sides, also knew he was the only man to lead at that moment in time.  Neville Chamberlain’s unfortunate good-will gesture at Munich had been a disaster. Only Churchill realized and had incessantly warned about the evil that was Hitler’s regime.  FDR, hoping to avoid U.S. intervention in the war, was not helpful or forthcoming with military aid just yet.  Roosevelt eventually rose to the occasion but had not fully discerned the evil that Hitler represented to the world.  Churchill did.  FDR was not the wartime leader Churchill was.

Her remarks about FDR are quite a lot more charitable than I would be. Still, there are two points, the American people were in no mood to intervene, nor was Congress, any more than the British were ready to go to war at the time of Munich. In both cases, while hindsight is 20/20, it simply wasn’t possible. The other thing is that Roosevelt, while sympathetic to Britain and Churchill, was both an American patriot, not a British one, and was always anti-Empire. Most Americans were, in fact. While we may be fine with the people of the Empire, and in fact were, and are, the fact of the Empire, always troubled us. But FDR was by no means the leader that Churchill was. FDR was a man of words, the closest he came to combat was as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He could marshall words very well, although Churchill was better, but lacked personal experience to make them ring true. Churchill had that experience and it matters.

To the horror of our 2016 establishment, Donald Trump was elected.  He has been as loathed as Churchill was when he took on the P.M. job as the catastrophe at Dunkirk was unfolding.  Like Churchill, Trump is a bit reckless with his opinions and his speech.  Churchill regularly offended people on both sides of the political spectrum, as does Trump.  Churchill was innovative, imaginative.  He devised the civilian boat rescue of all those soldiers at Dunkirk.  It worked.  Trump has, in a year, defeated ISIS, although the media are loath to report that.  Trump has revitalized the economy beyond anything Obama was able to do.  He has successfully rolled back the restrictive regulations Obama put in place that have strangled the economy and suppressed GDP growth to 2% for eight years. […]

I think we are going to find that Trump’s years in the cutthroat world of New York Real Estate is going to stand the US in very good stead as we negotiate around the world. The fact that he seems to understand how to give orders and let people execute them also helps. It fascinates me to watch him effortlessly outmaneuver Theresa May for example. Like the media, he trolls her effortlessly, leaving her looking stupid at best.

Too soon to say, but I think he’s going to be a very good president, and great is not out of the question. Yes, that sound is liberal heads exploding all over the world. That’s an unexpected benefit.

Trump may just be our Churchill.  They certainly share some personality traits.  Churchill’s love of England saved England.  Trump’s love of America may save us as well.

Well, yeah, there are similarities, not least that both have outsize personalities and neither is afraid to express themselves colorfully. It doesn’t denigrate Trump to say he is not Churchill anymore than it would to say Churchill is not Trump. They are each their own man, and the better for it.

History is doing a bit of rhyming here, but as usual, it is not repeating, not even as farce.

Welcome to December

Well, another week, for a lot of us Christians, we start a whole new year today, as we anticipate the birth of Jesus. I’m ready for one, and suspect you are too. He’s back!

Well, the President retweeted some British group (that hardly anybody had heard of, although they have now) and HMG came unglued. I wonder of it was because Britain First was correct. Less NSFW than usual, BTW.

Well, another week, another bunch of unemployed famous men who can’t seem to understand that women are not their property, or something.

More palatably

Christmas shopping?

And, of course

Mostly from PowerLine, Sleeping Beauty from Ace.

Pictures of the Week, Thanksgiving Edition

Lest you think that picture is purely gratuitous, The American Spectator tells us:

Marilyn was descended from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins — arguably the two most famous Pilgrims to step off the Mayflower — through their eldest daughter and first child, Elizabeth. Marilyn was a seven-times-great granddaughter of the Aldens. But she didn’t know it.

But I would have run it anyway! 🙂

Not the Rolling Stones

A Polish soldier

And of course

As always, mostly from PowerLine and Bookworm.

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