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Thursday, May 07, 2015

The Right Stuff

A politics blog by Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson's baseball card - if he had one - would report he throws left, writes right. In his columns and blog, "The Right Stuff," southpaw Jackson provides insight into the evolving human condition from a distinctly conservative point of view.

DeSantis and the trigger-phrase recoil phenomenon

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By Tom Jackson

The odds are not long that, at a similar distance from Election Day in 2009, most Tampa-area voters knew more about Marco Rubio than they do just now about Ron DeSantis, the Ponte Vedra Beach Republican congressman who announced Wednesday he’ll seek to succeed the presidency-hunting Rubio in the U.S. Senate.

After all, as Speaker of the state House of Representatives, Rubio had recently held the equivalent of a statewide seat. Additionally, he was a popular speaker at Bay-area GOP functions. By comparison, the spokes of the 36-year-old DeSantis’ notoriety don’t extend much beyond the hub of his Northeast Florida district.

So let The Right Stuff help you out.

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Washington’s yuletide illumination complication

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Because its clientele — we, the people — are presumed to be stupid and clumsy, the work of the Consumer Product Safety Commission is never, ever done, and its sphere of influence never shrinks. Now the bureaucrats behind “Do Not Put Humans In Washer” warnings are out to short-circuit your illuminated yuletide artistry. As the Washington Free Beacon’s Elizabeth Harrington reports:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a “substantial product hazard.”

Yes, the agency that took Buckyballs off the market, exposed the menace of toddler hoodies and drop-side cribs and recently raised the alarm about yarn that — gasp! — unravels (really, Lenore Skenazy is tireless and invaluable on product-safety insanity) issued, Monday, its final rule on Christmas lights.

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Marilyn Mosby’s de-escalation calculation

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Having compared the known facts against the charges leveled against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Alan Dershowitz is not amused.

“This,” said Dershowitz in an interview with Newsmax TV Friday, “is a show trial. Today had nothing to do with justice. Today was crowd control. Everything today was motivated by a threat of riots and a desire to prevent riots.”

If this sounds like deja vu all over again, you have an active and fully functioning memory. The Baltimore situation looks suspiciously similar to the events surrounding the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin and, as the defense lawyer’s defense lawyer proclaimed at the time, the overcharging of the pathetic George Zimmerman.

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Drawing First Amendment conclusions

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On the morning after two disciples of Muhammad earned a righteous Texas rebuke over their scheme to put a violent end to a showing of cartoons depicting the founder of Islam, there is no shortage of opinion-slinging over where to draw the line on allowable speech ... so I guess one more won’t hurt.

Much of the discussion pivots on a small, important word, that word being “but.” CNN commentator and Morehouse College professor Marc Lamont Hill tweeted this representative example: “I understand and respect free speech. But to organize hate speech events, purely because you’re legally allowed to, is disgusting.” (Instructively, he spent the next 90 minutes attempting to explain himself.)

David Burge, aka iowahawkblog, compiled a more comprehensive list — here’s a favorite from the momentarily famous Sky McLain: “Hold a hate rally & didn’t expect blowback? I’m NOT condoning the gunmens’ [sic] actions, but you brought chaos to my hometown” — and for a while, #but was a merry little trender on Twitter.

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Economic reality slams up against liberal fantasies

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Committed liberals are not buying the conservative narrative that emerged in the wake of Baltimore’s descent into riots, looting and arson last week. That is, what we witnessed was the news-making manifestation of 50 almost unbroken years of Democratic Party rule and progressive policies piled up like layers of geologic strata.

Cherry-picking, they say. What about Seattle and Portland and San Francisco and Austin, all cities long ruled by liberal Democrats, and they seem to be getting along fine.

As if, unless a city looks like it endured carpet bombing, everything must be great. Maybe, but we’re learning about an iconic San Francisco comic book store teetering on collapse — the latest in a series of whipsawed boutique businesses — that reveals the fatal cracks in progressive manifestos even when the result isn’t thieving marauders and torched buildings.

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San Francisco’s minimization actualization

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Committed liberals are not buying the conservative narrative that emerged in the wake of Baltimore’s descent into riots, looting and arson last week. That is, what we witnessed was the news-making manifestation of 50 almost unbroken years of Democratic Party rule and progressive policies piled up like layers of geologic strata.

Cherry-picking, they say. What about Seattle and Portland and San Francisco and Austin, all cities long ruled by liberal Democrats, and they seem to be getting along fine.

As if, unless a city is in flames or looks like it has endured carpet bombing, everything must be great. Maybe, but we’re learning about an iconic San Francisco comic book store teetering on collapse — the latest in a series of whipsawed boutique businesses — that reveals the fatal cracks in progressive manifestos even when they’re not resulting in thieving marauders and torched buildings.

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The Baltimore conflagration manifestation

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As smoldering Baltimore slips back into a — knock wood — restless peace, the one thing you are not allowed to do, apparently, is hint about the roots of what has gone wrong there, and that those roots might share their DNA with the troubles vexing so many of America’s once-great cities.

No, you are not even allowed to mention that Baltimore (and Detroit and Philadelphia and Chicago and Los Angeles and St. Louis and Atlanta) has been under Democratic rule and progressive policies for most of the last 40 years, and during that time circumstances for the poorest residents have gone from bad but hopeful to miserable and despairing even as government programs designed to help them have expanded and metastasized.

The results have been employer flight, families and neighborhoods in various states of collapse, dismal schools and the one thing that lately consumes liberals: inequality. About the only cohort to prosper under these decades-long circumstances has been public-sector unions — a favorite Democratic Party grievance group — which have grown muscular, bloated, insulated, influential and virtually unmanageable.

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When “life-changing” means “slush fund”

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The more The Right Stuff hears about the Clinton Foundation, the more it likes Bill Schroder. C’mon, you know. Bill Schroder. The former Tampa-based Publix executive who, in retirement, has so thoroughly turned himself over to philanthropy, he doesn’t take a dime from the charity he created and tirelessly promotes.

Yes, that Bill Schroder. The Perfect 10 Charity guy. The chap with all the gimmicks, the ready laugh and zero pass-along administrative expenses.

Compare Schroder’s genuinely benevolent model to the “good works” the Clinton Foundation is supporting with its (most recently reported) ratio of administrative-expenses-to-charitable-grants coming in at a seesaw-crushing 90-percent-to-10-percent.

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Hillary’s problems go nuclear

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The Right Stuff

About that boast made on behalf of Clinton boosters and partisans defending the family’s foundation during Hillary Clinton’s years as secretary of state, and vice-versa. Remember: There couldn’t possibly be any problems with donations and donors and the activities of both the foundation and the secretary because everything was disclosed.

Yeah. About that. Not so fast.

Undisclosed until just now is a confluence of donations and events that, because it involves advancing Russian boss Vladimir Putin’s ambition to dominate the world uranium supply — including controlling U.S.-based sources — is worrisome, to say the least.

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Hillary’s problems go nuclear

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About that boast made on behalf of Clinton boosters and partisans defending the family’s foundation during Hillary Clinton’s years as secretary of state, and vice-versa. Remember: There couldn’t possibly be any problems with donations and donors and the activities of both the foundation and the secretary because everything was disclosed.

Yeah. About that. Not so fast.

Undisclosed until just now is a confluence of donations and events that, because it involves advancing Russian boss Vladimir Putin’s ambition to dominate the world uranium supply — including controlling U.S.-based sources — is worrisome, to say the least.

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