Shut up, they said

Oh my, archdiocese of Chicago lawyers at work here, with $15G to spare if this accuser just stops blogging.  Long account, full of details of buffoons and shyster-like behavior. 

Accuser an ex-scriptwriter, names two of the lawyers “Jowls” and “Beady,” gives them starring roles.

They be church lawyers with an offer she refused.  Phew.

Update:  Something’s going on.  As of 2:17 pm, 4/20:

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Wonders not ceasing yet

Detroit unions under the gun.  Did you say Detroit?

DETROIT—A new state law has emboldened the Detroit mayor and schools chief to take a more aggressive stance toward public unions as the city leaders try to mop up hundreds of millions of dollars in red ink.

Associated Press

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, right, presented his budget to City Council last week.

Robert Bobb, the head of the Detroit Public Schools, late last week sent layoff notices to the district’s 5,466 salaried employees, including all of its teachers, a preliminary step in seeking broad work-force cuts to deal with lower enrollment.

Earlier last week, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing presented a $3.1 billion annual budget to City Council in which he proposed higher casino taxes and substantial cuts in city workers’ health care and pensions to close an estimated $200 million budget gap.

Yes, I said Detroit.


Be reasonable and lose, Republicans

Red State’s Erick Erickson on why Trump is doing so well in the polling:

At a time when Republican leaders are trying to look “grown up” and “reasonable” in the eyes of the Washington Press Corps, Michele Bachmann is fighting the left.

Michele Bachmann is willing to pick a fight to replace Obamacare when John Boehner and Eric Cantor are willing to roll over. Bachmann is willing to pick a fight on the debt ceiling when the leadership is, even now, negotiating an increase in the debt ceiling while yet again selling out conservatives.

No time for Mr. Nice Guy in this scenario, he’s saying.  Time to say forget-you to the mainstream media, who love a Republican loser.

On the other hand:

Obviously, the primary reason that this has occurred is that we have become such a bizarrely celebrity-obsessed culture (and therefore our ratings-driven media is totally celebrity-driven) that if one is well known enough, then literally nothing is off the table. It is almost as if we have created an unofficial class of royalty whose members are automatically taken seriously in almost any endeavor simply because they are one of the “chosen people.”

What makes this development particularly offensive is that there isn’t any distinction between fame and infamy anymore. Being well known is just about all that matters, regardless of how or why it happened.

So when Trump approached CPAC with the proposal to speak (for what would become an episode of his Golf Channel reality show), he already had at least half of the credentials needed to qualify for a spot on the podium: He was famous enough to “trump” his extremely questionable “conservatism.” While obviously I can’t prove it, based on what I know about how things are done at CPAC (as a former co-sponsor), I would be surprised if some sort of “donation” from Trump didn’t smooth over any lingering doubts that they may have had about handing over the conference to such an obvious fraud.

Jefferson on another wall

T. Jefferson quoted in other context than the old favorite in a letter about “wall of separation,” here warning about “domiciliary vexation” (!):

“At home, fellow citizens, you best know whether we have done well or ill. The suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expenses, enabled us to discontinue our internal taxes. These covering our land with officers, and opening our doors to their intrusions, had already begun that process of domiciliary vexation which, once entered, is scarcely to be restrained from reaching successively every article of produce and property.”

Unnecessary offices, eh?  Useless establishments and expenses, eh?  Covering our land with officers . . . opening our doors to their intrusions, eh? 

That, fellow citizens, is domiciliary vexation.  We must guard against it, eh?