Mr. Tom Perez (former Secretary of Labor) has been elected as the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, defeating Rep Keith Ellison (D-MN). As I tweeted last Saturday, I was pretty confident that Congressman Ellison had this locked up…which is just a little reminder that I shouldn’t be making any more political predictions.
There was yet another awards show this week. I’ve no doubt that a bunch of folks with high school diplomas and BAs in theater gave their sage advice on the direction of the country. But what I know for a fact is that someone announced the wrong best picture winner. (And am I the only cat who didn’t see any of the nominated films?)
Seems not a week goes by without some Islamic terrorist group reminding us why they are hostis humani generis. In this case, Abu Sayyaf has beheaded a 70 year old German man some three and a half months after kidnapping him and murdering his girlfriend.
There is a plan in place for Raúl Castro to step down and retire next year. Miguel Díaz-Canel is his designated successor. Here is a profile piece on Mr. Díaz-Canel (who, as Castro’s designated successor, I presume to be a horrible human being who will continue the regime of oppression).
Looks like it was a dose of VX nerve agent that was used to assassinate Kim Jong Nam.
Mr. Wilbur Ross has been confirmed as the Secretary of Commerce.
President Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday evening seems to have gone over well with most of the country. Some number of Democrats hissed at him. I remember when being disrespectful to the president while he was addressing Congress was racist. I’m glad that’s in the past, as I’m pretty sure I haven’t really respected any of them since Mr. Reagan—and I had a few problems with him, too. You can read the text of his speech here.
Former Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen has been banned for life from serving on the Nevada bench. Mr. Hafen was the JP that ordered a deputy public defender handcuffed for advocating for her client. Personally, I would have liked to have see him put in stocks in the public square, but I guess I’ll have to settle for this.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson has been given a $1,000 fine and a public reprimand for her inexcusable abuse of authority to help a friend secure a divorce from her estranged spouse. This is a follow up to her “tearful admission of wrongdoing” earlier. Just in case I wasn’t clear last time I mentioned this, JP Andress-Tobiasson is unfit to sit the bench and should have been removed from office and banned from the bench for life (as Mr. Hafen has been)…but then, our masters aren’t really subject to justice, are they?
A man named Juan Thompson has been arrested for making a large number of bomb threats against Jewish organizations across the country. A former journalist with the website The Intercept, Mr. Thompson made some threats in his former girlfriend’s name in a campaign of cyber-stalking against her. Mr. Thompson is reputed to be a staunch leftist—which of course means an anti-semite.
AG Sessions is under fire for an allegation of perjury to Congress. Now, I’m no fan of the AG—I think he is as wrong as can be about drug policy and civil asset forfeiture—but when you peel back the onion on this one it starts coming across as a smear campaign. Why? Well, first, Mr. Sessions didn’t lie to Congress; when he met with the ambassador (in a Russian requested follow-up to a meeting between Sen. Sessions and Ukrainian representatives), he had no role with the Trump campaign, and met with them in his role as a senator. Then there is the matter of the Democrat congresswoman who has publicly castigated the AG and said she never met with the Russians—but did.
Finally, Rachel Dolezal (remember her?) is having trouble finding employment. Good! This con artist deserves every sling and arrow that falls upon her. Now, if only folks had the good sense to treat Miss Dolezal’s fellow frauds Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren the same way…