June 25, 2018

At the Sidewalk Flower Café...

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... let your thoughts tumble out.

(And use the Althouse Portal to Amazon.)

43 comments:

Michael K said...

Cactuses in bloom here.

Monsoon season coming.

gspencer said...

Off-topic but still interesting,

June 25-26 marks the anniversary of Custer’s Last Stand

June 27 is the day of the year when Shirley Jackson’s Lottery would take place

Big Mike said...

I saw Incredibles 2 over the weekend. Very good!

Bay Area Guy said...

The College World Series (baseball) is Oregon St v Arkansas, but it was rained out today.

These youngsters make bball exciting. Their spirit is infectious. Go Beavers!

readering said...

In case you wanted to know how they select for Harvard College

https://slate.com/technology/2018/06/harvards-discrimination-lawsuit-has-given-us-details-about-who-gets-in.html

Probably different when our last Harvard College grad president, JFK, applied (plus he was a transfer student from Princeton).

Ralph L said...

JFK was also a legacy.

That lily's day is done. The bud's a dud.

LordSomber said...

What's Up, Tiger Lily?

etbass said...

Powerline has a good article on the issue of due process for turning away illegals at the border.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/06/196946.php

mockturtle said...

World Cup: Whoever it was here who told me to watch Uruguay, thank you! They are a pleasure to watch. Especially number 22. Woo-woo! And they're pretty good at soccer, too!

etbass said...

I am sure some federal judge will be found who says Trump is not competent to make the "finding."

n.n said...
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n.n said...

First, Nucky... Madison walk of shame?

rehajm said...

Barron’s story this week suggested to stop the Chinese from stealing IP instead of a trade war we should stop giving visas to the kids of Chinese elite to attend Harvard. Win win.

The Peasants are Revolting! said...

Off-topic but still interesting,

What is this "off-topic" of which you speak? This, sir, is a café!

Ken B said...

New Democrat slogan: Punch a Deplorable!

The hubris repeats. When Hillary thought she had it in the bag she and the Democrats exulted with the deplorables speech. That was the psychic reward for victory. They think they have it in the bag now , and they are letting loose with the mau-mauing. This is their reward for victory.

Assuming of course they win.

Unknown said...

I2 was very good! The only negative comparison to the original I would make is that it did not have a set-piece quite as good as "100 Mile Dash" in I1. Portal Gal or whatever her name was is great, hope we see her again.

And having let The Underminer go without closure, I'll bet it's not 15 years until I3..

Theodore James said...

It reminds me of the assholes who rip the flowers out of my garden and dispose of them a couple of feet from where they abused my day lilies.

Some people suck.

Inga said...

“New Democrat slogan: Punch a Deplorable!”

Outrageous!!

The Peasants are Revolting! said...

Hillary Clinton compared President Donald Trump to the president of Turkey - a controversial figure who returned to office with broad new powers that lack checks and balances. In a speech to Oxford University on Monday, Clinton again bemoaned the American electoral college system that saw her win the popular vote in 2016 but lose the presidency. ´Populists can stay in power by mobilizing a fervent base. ... . - Daily Mail

Go away lady!

Big Mike said...

Interesting note on the Custer's Last Stand. In September 1868 a group of approximately fifty hand-picked frontiersmen, under the leadership of veteran officers and equipped with seven-shot Spencer repeating carbines, were trapped by an overwhelming force of Cheyenne and Oglala Sioux to be at least ten times larger on a sand bar in the center of a seasonally dry fork of the Arikaree River (today called Beecher's Island after the officer who lost his life in the attack). The frontiersmen successfully stood off repeated attacks by the Cheyenne and their Sioux allies over a period of days until some of the scouts were able to slip away undetected and eventually reached an army fort. The 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers were sent from the fort, found the surviving scouts (45 out of 50, with 16 wounded) and relieved them.

One of the officers who studied the battle and wrote a report was George Armstrong Custer, but he seems to have overlooked the value of repeating carbines. When his own 7th Cavalry came up against Crazy Horse, Gall, and Sitting Bull at the Little Big Horn his troops were armed with single-shot rifles.

The Peasants are Revolting! said...

One thing Donny Trump seems to do is respect the Constitution and the separation of powers. He gets criticized most fervently for following the law where Obama simply ignored it. So comparing him to some kind of dictator is ridiculous.

The Peasants are Revolting! said...

Left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer is spending tens of millions of dollars on advertising urging that President Donald Trump be impeached — because he thinks it is the only way for Democrats to win the 2018 midterm elections.

That'll work!

Jack Wayne said...

A quote from the New Yorker article by George Packer. It’s about Ben Rhodes’ book about his life with Obama. “With a fine writer’s sense, Rhodes includes, along with the important speeches and decisions of state, a quiet moment in which Obama, standing on a beach in Hawaii, points to a hill and says, “My mom used to come here every day and sit there looking out at the bay when she was pregnant with me. I’ve always thought that’s one of the reasons why I have a certain calm.” This ability to stand back from the passing frenzy and survey it at a distance was an intellectual strength and a political liability. More than any modern President, Obama had a keen sense of the limits of American power—and of his own.”

You have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at this. Who is the most pitiable character in this little parable? Packer, Rhodes or Obama?

Quaestor said...

For someone with a "fine writer's sense" Rhodes was risibly inarticulate that evening in November 2016.

The Cracker Emcee Rampant said...

Evan Rachel Wood’s 24-hr. “hunger strike” is the perfect example of why the civil war that so many like to fret about will never happen. These people don’t make sacrifices for their beliefs and it is exceedingly unlikely that they’ll be able to persuade others to make the sacrifices for them.

Pianoman said...

The youth group at our church does this event every year: https://www.30hourfamine.org/

This includes teenagers. It's a fund raiser, and helps raise awareness of world hunger.

So color me unimpressed with the latest 24-hour hunger strike virtual signaling.

buwaya said...

The replacement of Spencer repeating carbines with single shot Springfields may not have been a bad move. There are some very interesting Youtube arguments on the subject. The Spencer is a rather poor specimen of its type, and moreover the Indians at Beechers Island probably weren't as well armed as those at Little Big Horn eight years later, who apparently had a large number of Henry and Winchester repeaters.

In any case, this was not Custer's call, this was a US Army Ordnance call.

Guildofcannonballs said...

Meth users go on 200 or 300 hour famines for their beliefs...

walter said...

Almost a Hitler wannabe:
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/06/24/obama_dhs_sec_jeh_johnson_we_detained_children_it_was_necessary.html

mockturtle said...

When I'm watching a ball game I do NOT want to watch the guys in the booth.

buwaya said...

Your civil war isn't likely to come about due to the danger of left-wing terrorism.
You are right, that lot has no power to do that. And if they create a martyr or two, its all to the good, looking at it with cold blood.

The real risk is very different. The civil war can only really happen between the right wing and the state. This requires that the state be fully in the hands of the left, and that they then provoke the right, through intolerable policies, into an insurgency.

This is a very likely scenario.

Quayle said...

All practicing Mormon’s fast for 24 hours on the first Sunday of each month. Every month.

They also donate the proceeds that would have gone to those meals, and more as they have the means, to a fund called the fast offering which is used to take care of the cash needs of the poor in their congregation, which can - might - include immigrants. But that’s not Hollywood enough for publicity I suppose.

Sebastian said...

"Who is the most pitiable character in this little parable? Packer, Rhodes or Obama?"

No: us.

To think that those two fiction writers, Rhodes the aspiring novelist and O the fabricating autobiographer, held all that power . . .

Fortunately, the only narrative they'll be curating from now on is their own.

Big Mike said...

@buwaya, you’re right about Army Ordnance. As late as the Spanish-American War some people in Ordnance were arguing in favor of equipping our troops with black powder firearms. Still, the flamboyant Custer was famous and so he was not without clout.j

narciso said...

True, but insurgencies like the npa the shining path or the tupamaros are something else again. Fujimori and bordaberry come to mind.

Dave said...

In the night, I hear 'em talk
The coldest story ever told
Somewhere far along this road
He lost his soul to a woman so heartless
How could you be so heartless?
Oh, how could you be so heartless?

--Kanye

eddie willers said...

More than any modern President, Obama had a keen sense of the limits of American power—and of his own.”

Well....he sure got THAT one right.

Dave said...

I commented on the picture. Always the faux pax with is me.

narciso said...

Re the montoneros both founders mujica and sendic survived, in fact his son became vice president in the mujica regime.

buwaya said...

I met the NPA several times, and I was their "guest", once.

US leftists are not the NPA. Their hardcore was incredibly disciplined, well educated, ascetic, self-sacrificing, and dedicated to the people. And intensely nationalistic.

They were Lenin's "saints" (ref to Dzerzhinski), or Bernard Fall's Viet Minh "monks".

Impressive and scary.

Fortunately there were very few of this top cadre, the people they were trying to organize - are difficult to organize, and I believe there are hardly any left.

Your lot are really more like Djilas' corrupt "new class".

narciso said...

Surely and that made then very dangerous, almost fifty years after its founding still a growing concern.

jaydub said...

Anyone seen Adam Schiff's photo on a milk carton? He seems to have gone from being the Dem/media's go to guy on Russia collusion to obscurity. Wonder what happened.

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Althouse blogging like a woman possessed today: 10 fecund posts spurring over 1500 comments...1000 of them by pee-pee in the Obama thread....