What always manages to astonish me about various “politically aware” people is their failure to recognize that there’s an election every year in many parts of this country. They seem to believe that only the presidential election years matter, or if they’re stretching a bit, the even year House races. Yet it’s the “off year” elections that have more impact on people’s daily lives which are ignored. This year, many states are having their local elections. We’re going to be selecting mayors, and town and county officials, along with (in some states) judges. Various propositions will be on ballots, which will impact your local and state taxes as well as its direction. All the things which you tend to take for granted: Street lights on; road plowed; water and sewer systems work; police and fire departments are there; and what the schools are like will all be determined by who gets elected.
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One of the “causes” which has been running around the frustrati blogs for a while is the Manning case. He painted as a “hero” and a “whistleblower” by them. That his “whistleblowing” was not so much a principled decision to expose wrongdoing, as it was a screwed-up idiot who decided to “get even” by doing an unfiltered dump of classified documents, gets glossed over or waved aside. More recently there is the Snowden case, where the initial revelations of a massive government spying operation on its own citizens turned out to be … not quite all that.
A couple of news stories on the political front attracted my attention a while back. The first was that Ashley Judd decided not to challenge Mitch McConnell in 2014, leaving the presumptive challenger as Allison Lundergran Grimes. This has predictably set off wails from various of the Left. The second story was from South Carolina, where Elizabeth Colbert Busch is running against Mark Sanford. This is causing some excitement because she’s Steven Colbert’s older sister, and Mark Sanford went from being known as a conservative favorite as Governor to being known for “hiking the Appalachian Trail” in Argentina. There’s some “practical lessons” in both of these candidacies, that various “lefter than left” people won’t learn.
One of the earlier targets I had here on this blog was a group we used to call “firebaggers,” or the left’s equivalent of the Tea Party. They had similar tactics and a lack of facts, without the political organizing and voter mobilization the Tea Party had. The term came about because most of them inhabited a site called Firedoglake, egged on by it’s owner, Jane Hamsher.
I have spent more time than I wanted on things she and her minions have done, including delving into some of her finances.
One of the classics of American literature is the short story “The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allan Poe.
Alone together, the narrator asks Dupin how he found the letter. Dupin explains the Paris police are competent within their limitations, but have underestimated who they are dealing with. The Prefect mistakes the Minister D— for a fool because he is a poet. For example, Dupin explains how an eight-year old boy made a small fortune from his friends at a game called “Odds and Evens.” The boy was able to determine the intelligence of his opponents and play upon that to interpret their next move. He explains that D— knew the police detectives would have assumed that the blackmailer would have concealed the letter in an elaborate hiding place, and thus hid it in plain sight.
In reading a lot of different blogs on both sides of the political spectrum, statements from various politicians, and “analysis” from various pundits, I think they should all read it. Why?