Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Trump, et at.

Jeffry Tucker, a conservative libertarian, thinks that Trump's not just a clown, that he's a dangerous demagogue, that he's a fascist for this new century. The piece is worth a read. (H/T)

I don't believe that this is Trump's time. Maybe if the election had been in 2010, in the midst of the Great Recession, maybe more people would have been open to his xenophobic/racist platform.

But for the sake of discussion: What if Trump won? Trump's not a politician, he's an egomanical businessman who has no tolerance for those who disagree with him. I don't know how he'd handle dissent, but I suspect that Trump would end up making Dick Cheney look like a member of the ACLU.


Probably the most corrupt cops can be found in Florida, where in two departments, the cops helped themselves to large amounts of supposed drug-money without any oversight or accountability. As in, possibly, many millions of dollars. (H/T)


I am so going to read Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South. Robert Bunch was the British consul in Charleston from 1853 into 1863; his reports to London may have been key in the refusal of the British to recognize the Confederacy. The Brits were willing to tolerate American slavery, so long as they got cotton in the bargain. But the slave-owners were eager to re-open importation of slaves, which the British couldn't tolerate. And even if they might have been inclined to, Bunch's dispatches tore the bark off any fig-leaf of denial.

Long article here about the book, worth a read.

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