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.
But what one should expect with journalistic “mistakes” is that they sometimes go in one direction, and other times go in the other direction. That’s exactly what has not happened here. Virtually every false story published goes only in one direction: to be as inflammatory and damaging as possible on the Trump/Russia story and about Russia particularly. At some point, once “mistakes” all start going in the same direction, toward advancing the same agenda, they cease looking like mistakes.
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…
Let me get this straight. Syria’s got a civil war. Iraq’s got a civil war. Lebanon is being slowly digested by Hezbollah. Yemen’s got a civil war. ISIS is operating in Egypt. Hamas is doing what Hamas does. The Palestinians are paying people to stab Jews. Libya is butchering Nigerian slaves. (Re-read that one.) Iran is building nukes to go on their missiles. Iran is trying to subvert Bahrain.
But [by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol] Trump is going to set the region aflame. Right.
Again, I don’t recall Trig’s exact response, but I have a vivid recollection of his puzzlement that I assumed Israel’s survival as a condition of resolving the issue. And that was equally puzzling to me. Why should Israel agree to anything that doesn’t assume its survival?
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?