BRODY – MLK from the Slave Quarters, DC EXAMINER – BO’s long goodbye; HANSON, Trump’s American Divide.
LEADS: DRUDGE – Russia cyber attacks; LAUGHLAND – Bloggers to DC; BEDARD – Ingraham to run; STOLTZFOOS – Clinton Foundation; REUTERS – USMC to Norway; EILPERIN & DENNIS – More policies; SHIPMAN et al. – Trump/Putin summit?
PA: SNYDER – Politics PA.
NOTES: WILLIAMSON – BO’s applause; BATCHELOR – Cabinet.
MLK: From the Slave Quarters
Obama is a racial mix and rarely acknowledges his white background. Yet his mother’s picture makes their relationship obvious (Portrait at http://www.biography.com/people/ann-dunham-434238#synopsis) Barry is one of a very large crowd of high achieving “blacks” such as Jessie Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Colin Powell, Thomas Sowell, or Dr. King himself. And one can reasonably attribute “black” success to the Civil Rights Movement and to Dr. King.
There is another player: The average IQ in Kenya, Ghana (the slaving headquarters until the Brits cleaned house), and much of Africa is 71. (Lynn & Vanhanen, 2006) The average IQ of American blacks is 85. This difference might be attributed to environment but economist Gregory Clark (The Son Also Rises) surveyed records in 10 countries for about 500 years. School records, property records, and church records strongly support the finding that the social successes of children are almost entirely predicted by the success of their parents. Even strongly socialist countries such as Sweden do not advance the success of their citizens, Swedish agencies merely lower the volume of complaints. And Mao killed millions of entitled Chinese but the most influential Chinese today are members of the families that Mao slaughtered.
Irony: the fifteen point jump between African blacks and American blacks might have arisen in the trousers of southern slave owners. Miscegenation was a gift that kept on giving: A shift upward in IQ made it possible not only to pass school but also to respond to Dr. King’s messages.
From all of us, thank you Martin . . .
Washington Examiner: “Obama’s long lamentable goodbye”
“Since Election Day, President Obama has acted the good sport in public, promising that he’ll ensure “the smoothest transition possible” by paying forward to President-elect Trump the gentlemanly and decent treatment he himself received from President Bush.
“But in truth, Obama has been doing all he can to make life difficult for his successor, shoveling new policies and regulations into place as fast as he can, even though his ‘third term’ was roundly rejected on Nov. 8 in the defeat of Hillary Clinton.
“Obama’s decision to change the longstanding “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy is the latest example. For two decades, under two Democratic presidents and one Republican, Cubans fleeing the island tyranny could secure refuge and a path to residency if they could cross the 90 miles of sea from their home to American soil. On Thursday, with only eight days left in office, Obama unilaterally and unexpectedly ended this bipartisan dispensation. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, City Journal: “Trump and the American Divide”
“How a lifelong New Yorker became tribune of the rustics and deplorables
“At 7 AM in California’s rural Central Valley, not long before the recent presidential election, I stopped to talk with an elderly irrigator on the shared border alleyway of my farm. His face was a wrinkled latticework, his false teeth yellow. His truck smelled of cigarettes, its cab overflowing with flotsam and jetsam: butts, scribbled notes, drip-irrigation parts, and empty soda cans. He rolled down the window and muttered something about the plunging water-table level and whether a weak front would bring any rain. And then, this dinosaur put one finger up on the wheel as a salutation and drove off in a dust cloud.
“Five hours later, and just 180 miles distant, I bought a coffee at a Starbucks on University Avenue in Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley, the spawn of Stanford University. Two young men sat at the table next to me, tight “high-water” pants rising above their ankles, coat cuffs drawn up their forearms, and shirts buttoned all the way to the top, in retro-nerd style. Their voices were nasal, their conversation rapid-fire— politics, cars, houses, vacations, fashion, and restaurants all came up. They were speaking English, but of a very different kind from the irrigator’s, accentuating a sense of being on the move and upbeat about the booming reality surrounding them.
“I hadn’t just left one part of America to visit another, it seemed, but instead blasted off from one solar system to enter another cosmos, light-years distant. And to make the contrast even more radical, the man in the truck in Fresno County was Mexican-American and said that he was voting for Trump, while the two in Palo Alto were white, clearly affluent—and seemed enthused about Hillary Clinton’s sure win to come.
“The postelection map of Republican and Democratic counties mirrored my geographical disconnect. The Donald Trump nation of conservative red spanned the country, to within a few miles of the two coasts, covering 85 percent of the nation’s land area. Yet Clinton won the popular vote, drawing most of her support in razor-thin, densely populated blue ribbons up and down the East and West Coast corridors and in the Great Lakes nexus. As disgruntled liberal commentator Henry Grabar summed up the election result: “We now have a rural party and an urban party. The rural party won.” This time around, anyway. . .”
Drudge: Russia Attacked by Cyber
Russia facing increased cyber attacks from abroad…
Kremlin counts days to Trump’s inauguration…
CIA director lectures Trump to watch his mouth…
‘Future of America’ at stake, Feinstein says…
Dem Legislators Plan on Sitting Out Swearing-In…
Oliver Laughland, UK Guardian: “Talk radio hosts and bloggers may be included in White House press briefings”
“Trump administration’s proposal for new venue and inclusion of non-traditional media follows president-elect’s latest outbursts against mainstream reporters
“Talk radio hosts and bloggers could be invited to official White House press briefings once the Trump administration takes office, under a highly irregular proposal being floated that may also remove briefings from the West Wing.
“Trump’s pick for White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said on Sunday that due to “off the chart” interest in the new administration, the president-elect was considering moving briefings from the James S Brady press briefing room, which has been used by presidents to address the media since 1970, to a venue with a greater capacity.
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “Talk radio’s Laura Ingraham eyes Senate bid”
“Knowledgeable sources said that several party insiders have approached the media giant to run and that she is considering it.
“In preparation for a bid, her business partner, Peter Anthony, has begun buying website domains for Ingraham to use should she decide to move forward. It includes: ingrahamsenate.net, ingrahamsenate.com, ingrahamforvirginia.com and ingraham2018.com.
“Ingraham wouldn’t comment on any run.”
Rachel Stoltzfoos, Daily Caller: “Heads Are Finally Beginning to Roll at the Clinton Foundation”
“The Clinton Foundation announced it’s laying off 22 staffers on the Clinton Global Initiative, keeping with a plan to deal with the negative spotlight put on the organization during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
“The layoffs will take effect April 15, the Clinton Foundation said in a filing with the New York Department of Labor Thursday, citing the discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative. The move is part of a plan put in motion ahead of the presidential election in order to offset a storm of criticism regarding pay-to-play allegations during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
“The layoffs were reportedly announced internally in September, ahead of Clinton’s stunning loss to President-elect Donald Trump. . .”
Reuters: “Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia”
“Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway’s Arctic neighbor Russia.
“Officials played down any link between the operation and NATO concerns over Russia, but the deployment coincides with the U.S. sending several thousand troops to Poland to beef up its Eastern European allies worried about Moscow’s assertiveness.
“Soldiers from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina landed a little after 10 am CET at a snow-covered Vaernes airport near Trondheim, Norway’s third-largest city, where temperatures were reaching -2 degrees Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit).
“U.S. troops are to stay in Norway for a year, with the current batch of Marines being replaced after their six-month tour is complete.
“A spokesman for the Norwegian Home Guards, who will host the Marines at the Vaernes military base, about 1,500 km (900 miles) from the Russian border, said the U.S. troops will learn about winter warfare. . .”
Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis,WaPo: “With days left in office, President Obama ushers in dozens of policies. But will they stay seated?”
“In the past week, the Obama administration overturned a decades-old policy toward Cuban immigrants, forged two major agreements to address racial bias in big-city police departments and approved an unexpected cut in mortgage insurance premiums for hundreds of thousands of low-income and first-time home buyers.
“Officials even made time, after years of lobbying, to add the rusty patched bumble bee to the list of endangered species.
“In the final days before President Obama leaves office, administration officials are rushing to complete dozens of tasks that will affect millions of lives and solidify the president’s imprint on history. But in many cases, their permanence is uncertain, and President-elect Donald Trump is already pledging to undo some of them after taking office. . .”
pTim Shipman et al. UK Sunday Times: “Trump wants Putin summit in Reykjavik”
“Britain fears leak of its secrets to Moscow
“Donald Trump is planning to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin within weeks of becoming president — emulating Ronald Reagan’s Cold War deal-making in Reykjavik with Mikhail Gorbachev.
“Trump and his team have told British officials that their first foreign trip will be a meeting with the Russian leader, with the Icelandic capital in pole position to host the superpower talks as it did three decades ago.
“In a bid to reset western relations with the Kremlin, Trump will begin work on a deal limiting nuclear weapons.
“Sources who have discussed the plans with officials at the Russian embassy in London say Moscow is set to agree to a summit between the two leaders.
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 1/13 Ups & Downs
“Val DiGiorgio. The endorsements just keep rolling in for the Chester County Chair’s campaign to lead the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Last week, Senate Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Majority Leader Jake Corman threw their support behind him. This week, it was House Speaker Mike Turzai and Majority Leader Dave Reed who announced their backing of DiGiorgio. He’s building quite the momentum ahead of the Feb. 4th winter meeting.
“Bruce Beemer. The Attorney General’s Office just can’t seem to escape the shadow of Kathleen Kane and those lewd emails. On Wednesday, AG Bruce Beemer revealed that he had finally reached a settlement with the law firm that compiled the Gansler Report. The final price tag came to $1,435,588.90. That’s quite the bill, especially when Beemer didn’t even bother to name names. These past few years have been a dark time for Pennsylvania’s Office of the Attorney General.
“Brian Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is assembling a bit of a mini-dynasty in the 8th Congressional District. His older brother Mike held the seat from 2005 to 2007 and again from 2011 to 2017. Now Brian has taken up the mantle. This week, though, we learned that the freshman scored two prominent committee spots, earning seats on the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees. Fitzpatrick’s got all the tools to be impactful member of Congress, now it’s up to him.
“Bob Casey. Pennsylvania’s senior Senator is launching his 2018 campaign by going after Donald Trump through his co-sponsorship of Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017. Political prognosticators are fairly bullish on his re-election odds, categorizing the race as “Likely Democratic”. All the while, the potential GOP primary field is coalescing. This year will likely end up being the most important of Casey’s career.
“Eric Papenfuse. It’s over, Johnny. It’s over! After thirty long weeks, the Harrisburg Mayor finally lifted his ridiculous ban of Pennlive. Still, we’ve got to dock him one last time on principle for causing this whole situation in the first place.”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Obama Must Have His Applause — Please (Don’t) Clap “
“NPR and the peculiar politics of applause
“Applause was a serious business in the Soviet Union, as it is in Cuba, as it is in Venezuela, as it is in all unfree societies and at our own State of the Union address, which is modeled on the ex cathedra speeches of unfree societies. The less free you are, the more you are obliged to applaud. Joseph Stalin’s pronouncements were greeted with perfervid applause, which would continue, rapturously — no one dared stop — until Stalin himself would order its cessation.
“But what to do when Stalin was not there? The mere mention of his name, even in his absence, would trigger fanatical applause, and nobody wanted to be the first to stop. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn related one famous story:
‘The director of the local paper factory, an independent and strong-minded man, stood with the presidium. Aware of all the falsity and all the impossibility of the situation, he still kept on applauding! Nine minutes! Ten! In anguish he watched the secretary of the District Party Committee, but the latter dared not stop. Insanity! To the last man! With make-believe enthusiasm on their faces, looking at each other with faint hope, the district leaders were just going to go on and on applauding till they fell where they stood, till they were carried out of the hall on stretchers! And even then those who were left would not falter.
‘Then, after eleven minutes, the director of the paper factory assumed a businesslike expression and sat down in his seat. And, oh, a miracle took place! Where had the universal, uninhibited, indescribable enthusiasm gone? To a man, everyone else stopped dead and sat down. They had been saved! The squirrel had been smart enough to jump off his revolving wheel.
‘That, however, was how they discovered who the independent people were. And that was how they went about eliminating them.
‘That same night the factory director was arrested.’
“Stalin is long gone, and the Soviet Union, too, having been deposited, as Ronald Reagan predicted, onto the ‘ash heap of history.’ But the craven instinct on display in the scene Solzhenitsyn described remains. The desire to rule is complexly mixed up with the desire to be ruled, just as the most masterful among us bow the lowest and grovel the most enthusiastically when presented with a strongman-savior. There is something atavistic in us that is older than the human part — the inner chimp — that makes those who listen to its voice keenly aware of their places in the social hierarchy. Even a predator instinctively recognizes a predator higher up the food chain. . .”
John Batchelor, 1/12/17: Hour One, Thursday, 12 January 2017 / Hour 1, Block A: Devin Nunes, Chairman of House Intelligence Committee, and CA-22
“Mike Pompeo was graduated first in his class at West Point; is a respected Congressman from Kansas; today’s hearing on his accession to head of CIA looks successful. He went to Vienna, discovered the secret side agreements of the notorious Iran deal.
Gen Mattis: “The US must continue its deals and keep its pledges; also that Iran is a bad actor in the region.” Everyone here is re-learning that Iran is a very bad actor; another weapons shipment to Yemen just caught. Gen Mattis was relieved by Pres Obama because Mattis wanted to take action in response to extraordinarily aggressive weapons shipments by Iran to conflict areas. Putin? Got away with murder, annexed Crimea, saved Assad, is on the march, Will have to be negotiated strongly with by Trump, or . . .
Tom Rooney, Congressman from Fla, a lawyer, will lead the new NSA and cyber subcommittee. When NSA was under attack from Snowden and others, got a black eye; Rooney and others were screaming that the US was being invaded daily and nothing was being done under the Obama Administration. Big changes coming in Trump Administration.”