I don’t know Roy Moore from Adam. Here is what I do know about his political context.
He attended West Point in an era when standards apparently were tougher than the past Obama era and the avowed communist who recently graduated from West Point that his superiors were too weak and afraid to discipline.
He had a thing for dating younger women, including the one he married, without allegation of misconduct from any quarter, for three decades or so.
He was a controversial Alabama judge on the Supreme Court, hated by the Left, and removed by Alabama’s legal system for refusing a federal order to remove a 10 commandments memorial in his courtroom. Somehow, the allegations that would come to shadow his senate run never surfaced amidst all the controversy.
He announced he would run for the Senate vacancy created by Jeff Session’s appointment as Attorney General. This is a seat in a Senate divided by one or two seats. Suddenly, there are multiple allegations by multiple women of boorish behavior by a seeming sexual predator.
Except for this…none of these allegations surfaced decades ago. He was a controversial figure hated by the left. One of his worst accusers has admitted fabricating evidence to bolster her claim.
He is not accused of impropriety more recent than 30 plus years. Hard to defend against old charges. And if he is of the character the accusers describe, how could there not be new charges?
Oh, and this is in the context of a new totalitarian Left that manufactures fraudulent prosecutions against Ted Stevens to steal a Senate seat, and dossiers against Trump to manufacture resistance to an elected president.
I don’t love Roy Moore. I sure loathe and oppose the Left that wants to engineer his lynching. No, I don’t believe a vile syllable out of the mouth of this machine of civic deceit and will to control and crush opposition.
It seems I have been missing a wonderful holiday tradition. I just discovered the unlikely pairing of Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing Little Drummer Boy–Peace on Earth. It works charmingly. The scene opens with some gentle deprecating banter between the two. Bowie mistakes Crosby for the new butler, and their little get-to-know-you chat leads them to the realization they both sing.
The duet almost didn’t happen, as Bowie rejected performing the Little Drummer Boy. He said he hated that song and was only doing the show because his mother loves Bing Crosby. Producers huddled and frantically reworked the piece, giving Bowie a counter melody Peace on Earth to compliment Crosby’s traditional rendering. Bowie liked that.
There was other give and take and mutual adjustment beyond just the music. In 2004, Crosby’s daughter recounted to the Associated Press the awkward initial moments after Bowie and his wife arrived on the set wearing full length mink coats and bright red hair and makeup, including lipstick. Producers prevailed upon Bowie to tone down his colorful appearance. The two performers felt each other out, and sensed the bond of shared musical talent, and sort of relaxed. A classic scene was born. Enjoy.
UPDATE: Will Farrell and John C. Reilly perform a tribute reenactment. Who knew they each had such nice voices? Anyway, they play the scene straight, except for a little punchline at the end…
I recently had this exchange with Ben Schneider, a former teacher and current author and publisher of climbing guidebooks.
What Obama did by whim really can’t be the apocalypse when Trump later undoes half the whim. Right?
There is something irksome about vehement Democrat resistance to stronger vetting of travel from a handful of select nations with terrorist networks and inadequate government functions to trust local records…
A. There are popularly circulating videos of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and most recently Diane Feinstein warning of the plague and cost of illegal immigration. Like within the last decade or so. Suddenly, though, Big Democrat Brother decided Oceana has never been at war with illegal immigration, and it is a racist thing to oppose.
B. There is an ideology with a declared hatred for Westerners and all infidels, and a current track record of shedding much blood to prove their sincerity. It doesn’t matter what percent of the population the nations feels this way. What matters is that in the aggregate there are thousands, and more importantly, that certain subcultures–whether they come radicalized or not–tend to self segregate and become radicalized.
C. The nations that are the target the selective travel embargo were not identified by Trump. They were identified by the Obama administration as having terrorist networks and inadequate government information judge non-violence. Moreover they comprise a tiny portion of 60 Arab or Muslim nations, giving the lie to the claim that the Order targets an entire religion. It targets failed and near-failed states with extremist networks.
D. Coming to the US is a globally prized privilege, not a basic civil right. Opponents of stricter vetting invoke abuses like the Japanese internment, when US citizens were stripped of rights and property and herded into encampments. I’m sorry, but anyone who thinks not inviting entrance to foreigners from declared hostile regions is similar to raiding and warehousing US citizens behind barbed wire is arguing from a brain made of warm pudding.