PowerLine – Where is Marco Rubio, and why?
- Where is Marco Rubio, and why?
- Justice Scalia will be missed at the Birchmere
- Donald Trump reviews
- Sanders to Charities: Drop Dead
- (DHS) Magical Mystery Tour
|Where is Marco Rubio, and why?
Posted: 03 Apr 2016 03:28 PM PDT
(Paul Mirengoff)Rich Lowry asks a question that has been on my mind: “Where the hell is Marco Rubio.” As I noted a week and a half ago, “for at least a week there have be reports that Rubio is ‘nearing’ and/or ‘edging towards’ a decision to endorse Cruz.” I added:
Lowry quotes a New York Times article which offers a possible explanation for why Rubio hasn’t bitten the bullet:
If Rubio actually is unwilling to back Cruz — and thereby try to save the Republican Party from a Donald Trump takeover — because some financial backers are discouraging him from doing so, this would mean that he is neither principled nor a leader. It should, as Lowry says, be remembered. Indeed, it should disqualify from the presidency.
If Rubio is withholding his endorsement for some other reason, I would like to know what that reason is.
|Justice Scalia will be missed at the Birchmere
Posted: 03 Apr 2016 03:05 PM PDT
(Paul Mirengoff)The Birchmere is a legendary music hall in Alexandria, Virginia. It presents top-notch bluegrass, country, folk, and jazz performers.
In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Washington Post asked some of the artists who know the club best to share their recollections. All of the responses are worth checking out, but Power Line readers may be most interested in that of 14-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs. He says, in part:
Yet another dimension of this giant.
|Donald Trump reviews
Posted: 03 Apr 2016 02:13 PM PDT
(Scott Johnson)Borrowing from Josh Marshall, Jack Shepherd summarizes the Trump formula on Twitter: “Each tweet is made up of two short declarative sentences, followed by a short, derisive blast at the end. Once you start to notice it, you can’t get it out of your head. This is how it works. It’s very effective! And when you know the formula, it’s easy to accurately predict how Trump might, for instance, review classic works of literature.” Putting the formula to work, he then gives us 12 great novels reviewed by Donald Trump. I’ve been working on King Lear:
Well, it’s probably a little over 140 characters, but I didn’t want to leave out the important parts even if I couldn’t make it out of Act I. Hard!
|Sanders to Charities: Drop Dead
Posted: 03 Apr 2016 09:52 AM PDT
(Steven Hayward)From a 1981 New York Times story, revealing Bernie Sanders as the full totalitarian he is underneath his “democratic” socialism:
There you have it. Given than so many charities are left-leaning, it is revealing to see how much Sanders hates competition of any kind.
|(DHS) Magical Mystery Tour
Posted: 03 Apr 2016 06:51 AM PDT
(Scott Johnson)In “Prosecutors say member of alleged ISIL recruit’s defense team preached jihad,” Star Tribune reporter Stephen Montemayor noted in passing that local imams and Muslim “community leaders” had received a “behind-the-scenes security tour” in February at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Montemayor mentioned the tour when he noted that Hassan Mohamud — “Sheikh Hassan” — had been “uninvited” from the tour.
What??? What tour?
That’s where Montemayor left matters, so I asked airport spokesman Patrick Hogan about it. Hogan gave me the courtesy of a prompt response, though he denied any knowledge of the tour. He also referred me to the Transportation Security Administration and to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. A TSA spokesman denied knowledge (wrongly, as it turned out). Several calls to CBP resulted in a bingo with midwest CBP spokesman Kristoffer Grogan in Michigan. Grogan called in response to my inquiries at the airport and emailed me the following explanation:
So I called the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the number provided by Grogan. DHS instructed me to email my inquiry to their public affairs address. I wrote with the subject “Request for information regarding security tour of MSP International Airport given to imams by CBP on February 18.” This was my request:
I received this ludicrously unilluminating response from DHS press secretary Marsha Catron:
She added an equally uninformative sentence for my “BACKGROUND use.” I wrote her back:
This is an interim report, I think. I’m going to keep asking.
UPDATE: In response to my inquiry this morning, Ms. Catron indicates she will advise me of the department’s procedure for submitting a FOIA request. I have now submitted my request through the department’s FOIA page. Why this should be necessary for the basic information sought is beyond me.