Did anyone else catch the 1955 film “The Trial” recently?

The Turner Movie Channel presented the film “The Trial” this past Friday night. I found much of it very much in sync with what has developed recently inside the Democratic Party and the “New Left.”

Briefly stated, the plot concerns a 17 year old Mexican young man, Angel,  and his encounter at a private beach with a young white woman he knew from school. Angel is first seen by the audience after he shouts out a scream for help. People who are picnicing at the beach run to find him standing over the girl’s  body, a look of terror on his face.

The girl is dead, and the police immediately haul him into the station for questioning as a suspect. Although the boy and the girl have been school mates, this is the 1950’s.  The police know that there is something amiss with a poor Mexican youth being involved with the daughter of one of the town’s leading families.

However it later develops that the young woman had a lengthy history of rheumatic fever, and that rather than some forceful act of violence causing her to lose her life, her heart failed simply because of the deterioration that comes with this disease.

Due to the young man’s admission that they had engaged in petting, and that she had resisted somewhat, the District Attorney believes that Angel can be charged with murder. His explanation:  since the excitement was caused when the girl wanted to object to his rapist-like advances then led to her heart over reacting and causing her death, then his passionate activities most likely had caused her death and he could be considered culpable.

Arthur Kennedy heads a law firm that wants to take on the case for defending Angel. But Kennedy’s character needs to travel to liberal NYC to arrange for fund raisers to help his firm withstand the legal bills. Glenn Ford is to stay behind and work on the case itself, while also developing a romantic interest in Kennedy’s secretary. Initially Ford has little idea that his boss in involved with various pro-Communism groups.

I will not post further information about the plot itself, as I do not want spoilers to ruin the movie for those who have  not yet seen it.

One thing that cropped up in the dialogue of the film was various bits of statistical information. At that point in time, the film’s characters discuss how only 5% of a town’s population would be considered to be “White Supremacists” and the sort of trouble makers who believe in lynching. They considered the other 95% of the town would be scared of the five percent.

Of course, to hear today’s “New Left” discuss life in current day  America, half the nation is now composed of true racists. These people secretly yearn to be admitted to the KKK or some other White Supremacy org. I suppose one way the Left  has arrived at this trumped up statistic is that they consider anyone who evenly mildly and occasionally supports Trump as a racist. Likewise anyone who is opposed to open borders or even questions the metrics of various expensive programs to assist immigrants is also labelled as a racist.

Some few months ago, the New Left mobilized and put out a call to have tens of thousands of those on the Left descend on Washington DC to defend America. The Left’s leaders expected a  parade featuring huge numbers of White Supremacists who would be marching through the Capital’s streets. Of course, the parade ended up involving a mere 24 or so White Supremacists. Considering that half of those people probably were posted to the parade by various alphabet agents  to report on the inner workings of such a group, it was much ado about nothing.

But now we have a new logic being developed regarding sexual politics. Since some women have been assaulted sexually and never been believed and gotten their day in court, a man who most likely did not participate in the rough housing he was accused of should be denied his spot on the Supreme Court. The fact that such a proposition makes no sense and would upturn the entire fabric of our judicial system doesn’t concern the Left. Only the fact that women are crying now seems important. (And please don’t be rude and look behind the curtain to discover  how they are paid actors.)

You do have to give the New Left some credit though – they have increased the number of White Supremacists when the metrics surrounding our society shows more integration in terms of housing, careers, and inter marriage than any time before. Only the Ludicrous Left could manage to increase the number of racists in America by 45%! And only those in the New  Left could increase the number of rapists by re-defining sex crimes and standards for how an event from some 34 years ago should be viewed. And remember – if you agree with any of the statements I just wrote out – then you are a racist or sexist/rapist too!


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Ye!

Kanye West is causing trouble for Lefty again. It all started when he said something nice about Candace Owens in the spring. Next thing you know, he was seen sporting a MAGA cap and saying good things about the president.

Apparently, he went off on a rant on last night’s Saturday Night Live, after the end of the broadcast, that was captured on video:

They bullied me backstage. They said “don’t go out there with that [MAGA] hat on.” They bullied me backstage. They bullied me!

Ninety percent of news is liberal. LA, New York, writers, rappers, musicians. So it’s easy to make it seem like it’s so, so, so one-sided.

Cracks are showing in the leftist wall.

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The War Against Reality

The Left has been waging a war against reality for decades via postmodernism generally and constructivist epistemology in particular. Everyone knows the drill by now: sex is a social construct, race is a social construct, the blank slate.

It’s mostly been a rear-guard action so far but has lately moved out into the open.  Since the Left sees that science is not on their side, it must be suppressed:

The opinion that science should be silenced, repressed, or ignored for political or perceived moral reasons exists at the highest levels in sociology.

As Naval notes,

I would have phrased it as “The social sciences are at war with the natural sciences” but that’s just a quibble. Further evidence along these lines is the suspension of hbdchick on Twitter for no apparent reason, possibly other than the fact that she’s counter the blank slate narrative. Fortunately, there are plenty of good people to support her, including the estimable Charles Murray:

This is not the time to go wobbly. To hbdchick,


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The Web, Decentralized?

I have developed a significant resentment of the monopolistic=leftist web companies and have asked why there aren’t alternatives. Well, now I have a question for those in the know on Ratburger: Is there anything to Tim Berners-Lee’s assertion that his new startup Inrupt

its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for dreaming is over.

It is based on something called ‘Solid,’ a “decentralized web platform he and others at MIT have spent years building.”

Should I be excited? Shall I start limbering up my ‘personal digital communicator (aka my middle finger) to signal “you’re fired” to Apple, Amazon, Google (I don’t use any of the others)? I hope those with understanding of the big picture will jump in.


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Ex Libris: Bookplates Maritime

A book about bookplates inspired me to look around home for interesting specimens I’d not noted properly. The yield so far has been low, especially compared to the yield of “Discard” stamps and scrawls. But we set such thoughts aside for now, and look at a few bookplates with seafaring theme.

Fielding’s The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews, published in reassuring solidity of hardcover in just the right proportions about 120 years ago by John W. Lovell, reveals this prize on the inside front cover.

Endpaper color looks teal like that indoors and through the scanner; in sunlight it is hunter green. Why is that? It’s beautiful but mysterious.  And see how the bookplate was cut unevenly?  The edges, though straight, are not parallel. The owner wisely set the plate in the book with the edges of the engraving parallel to the edges of the book cover.

The engraving border is all oak leaves and piled-up fruits and nuts. I like the way the two images are bound to each other and to the border with those fantastical bindings; they appear suspended from the border like signs on the frame of some signpost.

Was Harry Kent White a horseman? Who invented that font with its bits in the Hs and spur on the A?

That ship is a prize-winner of imagination!  The sails are shaped to match the hull. An inner hull, white, appears to bear a row of shields as though somebody is going a-Viking. But the nets are out above them, which is nice if a man goes overboard, but what if the call comes to Up Shields and the silly net is in the way?  But I am not the proper critic. Let us have Jane Austen’s Admiral Croft, issuing judgment on a ship in a painting in a Bath shop-window:

But what a thing here is, by way of a boat!  Do look at it.  Did you ever see the like?  What queer fellows your fine painters must be, to think that any body would venture their lives in such a shapeless old cockle-shell as that?  And yet here are two gentlemen stuck up in it mightily at their ease, and looking about them at the rocks and mountains, as if they were not to be upset the next moment, which they certainly must be.  I wonder where that boat was built? (laughing heartily) I would not venture over a horsepond in it.

The tall ship, below, looks less scornworthy; would you agree?  With luck some Ratburgian expert will name all the sails for us. I like the tall rectangular bookplate for the tall ship; I like the shimmering water reflecting the hull; I like the friendly stars on display between the fat ribbon  and the lower bunting.

Guy Kelsay was our friend. A Midwest Quaker lad, he suffered asthma badly, and so after his second year at college in the 1930s signed on to an oil tanker to chip paint and scrub decks.  As they left harbor, and pollen, behind, he felt his lungs free of the grip of asthma for the first time in his life.

He set ashore and returned to campus only to be told that he would not be allowed to return, the sensibilities of the young people at his Quaker college needing protection from the undoubted coarseness of his soul acquired out in the rude world.  He became a landsman then, a nurseryman, but never ended his romance with things maritime, and collected many books on seafaring and adventuring.

My 1966 Little, Brown hardcover copy of Hornblower During the Crisis was evidently owned by a proper reader.  I salute the Verplaetse family for the notations of book in series (#4) and time setting of the action of the novel.

Nice bookends depicted on reading table, there!  The little seated reader on the right appears to be nodding off.  Who does that?

That was the one single maritime-themed bookplate in the entire Hornblower collection. As a consolation prize, Commodore Hornblower offered up this prize, bestowed on it by a woman after my own heart. Blessings on Ruth M. Hill, whoever she is.

So, shall we be treated to a peek at some other people’s bookplates?  I hope so. It’s your turn. In any event, I do recommend looking through books with a bookplate search in mind; something good is bound to turn up.

Next time we will see some landscapes that came up in the search.

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Kill All The Lawyers

No matter what the final reviews of the “Kav and Hag” double bill last week,  it’s clear, my brothers and sisters at the bar, that it’s we lawyers who are going to suffer the greatest damage to the greatest number.

I would’ve thought no one could do our profession any more damage than Michael Cohen, recording confidential communications with his client.  But I was wrong.

i just saw Lindsey Graham vowing to investigate the conduct of “Ford”‘s attorneys in the last few weeks.  I put her name in quotes because it became clear, even though Mushy Mitchell wasn’t trying to clarify it, that those lawyers don’t represent her.  That represent the Demoncrat  senate members who  referred  her to ’em.

It seems indisputable now that Katz & Co did not communicate to Ford  Grassley’s offer to go to Ca and meet with her in private.  She  must have been the only person in America who did NOT know this.  She testified that if she had known,  she would have been happy to host the Judiciary Committee representatives!   Her attorneys had written a response to  Grassley acknowledging the offer, saying their client “appreciated” the many options. (Did the attorneys also make up the lie that Ford is phobic about flying: she herself blithely testified to flying to, and up and down, the East Coast…)

Graham will face an uphill battle, and I’m afraid nothing may come of it.  The same Dems who say Kav wasn’t entitled to due process because last week’s “hearing” wasn’t a criminal trial, will suddenly be all about  attorney-client confidentiality.  The Left is an irony-free zone.

We lawyers, each of us an officer of the court, an  officer of the law, are Liberty’s sword.  Shame, shame on the unworthy and perverse  among our number.

There are rules of our profession which prohibit such treachery and outright deceit toward the tribunal and toward the client.  Let’s see some enforcement.


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The Beginning of the End

In 1859, when John Brown led a small band of radicals into Harper’s Ferry, VA to seize a federal armory and lead a slave rebellion into Virginia and beyond, the aftermath was said to be the “beginning of the Confederate Army.” Well, folks, there are radicals among us and they are planning legitimate violence against a segment of the population which they vehemently hate. Prior to this Civil War, do not find yourself unarmed and flatfooted. Arm yourself and be proficient in using them.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/communists-on-twitter-discuss-strategy-of-ambushes-and-assassinations-against-political-enemies/


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Some of You Still Think Flake has Honor? No, He Doesn’t

From PJMedia:

Smiling from ear to duplicitous ear, Sen. Jeff Flake (fake Republican-Ariz.) took the stage in front of a roaring crowd of #GlobalCitizens at a rock festival on Saturday. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), the chap who seems to have talked Flake into betraying his constituents and party leaders, was alongside him in a bipartisan show of support for the big fat wrench in the form of a “one-week” delay in the confirmation process for Judge Kavanaugh.

Read the rest here.

I will restate this, Flake has no integrity, no character, and no honor. He is just another DC Republican ready to sell out his country for the personal gain of being a “Maverick” and the riches that await him from the globalists. How’s that silver treating you Mr. Flake, you serpentine whore.


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This Week’s Book Review – City Unseen

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday.

Book Review

‘City Unseen’ shows world in new light

By MARK LARDAS

Sep 25, 2018

”City Unseen: New Visions of an Urban Planet,” by Karen C. Seto and Meredith Reba, Yale University Press, 2018, 268 pages, $35

Readers might remember the claim that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from the moon. It is not true.

“City Unseen: New Visions of an Urban Planet,” by Karen C. Seto and Meredith Reba reveals the cities of Earth as seen from space. There is plenty to see.

The book contains images of cities captured from Earth-observation satellites, primarily captured by Landsat and ASTER. The book presents images from 100 different cities, on every continent (including Antarctica), over a 40-year-plus period.

The authors open discussing the images. They explain how the images were made, the scale of images, and the electromagnetic spectrum captured by the image. This ranges from visible to far infrared. They also explain colors and their significance. In some infrared images, vegetation shows up bright red. Depending on the wavelength, built-up urban areas will be pink, turquoise, or blue.

From there they go on to present the 100 cities featured in the book. These are broken into three broad categories: Earth’s terrains (mountain, river, agricultural), urban imprints (featuring borders, man-made travel routes, and planned cities), and transforming the planet (showing resources, expansion, and vulnerability).

Sometimes multiple images of cities are shown. This might be done to show the effects of seasons on Montreal, Quebec. Or they show growth over time. There are stunning images of Lagos, Nigeria; Tokyo, Japan; Shenzheng, China, and Las Vegas showing these cities growth over a period of decades. Perhaps the most fascinating multiple imaging was that of Joplin, Missouri, showing it before it was hit by a massive tornado, immediately afterward, and four years later, after recovery.

The book has many delights and surprises. There is an image of the Korean peninsula at night, starkly contrasting the access to electricity of north and south. Houston’s road system is spectacularly displayed. Circular irrigation effects are prominent in an image of Garden City, Kansas.

“City Unseen” is a delightful book. It offers a different view of the world on which we live, from pole to equator. Read it, and you will view the world in a new light.

 Mark Lardas, an engineer, freelance writer, amateur historian, and model-maker, lives in League City. His website is marklardas.com.


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“No, You Misandrists, Men are Not Trash”

As penance for putting up something related to Jennifer Rubin, I am putting up something from Helen Smith. She has been carrying her good for nothin’ husband Glenn Reynolds for years. (I think Glenn would agree.)

https://pjmedia.com/drhelen/no-you-misandrists-men-are-not-trash/

The Democrats for the most part, hate men except for the sell-outs who chant “Believe all women” while screwing (over) as many as they can or hoping at least for the chance.

Even liberal mothers at some level know their sons are toast if it comes down to a sexual misconduct dispute. They may care at that time or think it won’t happen to their son but until that time, and maybe even after it, they will believe that “Men are Trash.”


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Something Windy This Way Comes

Once again I have a typhoon coming my way.

The below picture has my city at the top. The warnings from left to right are high winds, heavy seas, heavy rains, high tides, and lightening. The red means “Danger” and the yellow means “Caution”.  The exclamation point means the “Caution” will probably turn to “Danger”.

I don’t think I will have problems but I will have heavy rains and wind for about 9 hours.


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Time to Choose- Fight or Complain

Accept the fact we are a country of two warring factions. The conflict is ugly and the other side fights to win.

I do believe the latest mess with the Kavanaugh hearings has finally lifted the veil from the eyes of the remaining sleepers about the war.

Just like the Wellstone funeral, the assassination of a decent man on television has finally lit the match.

POTUS needs a better Senate , the weak hand is the only reason we observe this angst. The remains of the traitors to America like Collins, Murkowski and Flake need to have their influence removed.

I do not despair in the midst of battle, that is not the time. The next election is the battle and this nightmare can be used to help us win.

Get out the vote. Talk to friends, neighbors and all, open your checkbooks and get involved.

Brent Kavanaugh deserves a rise of righteous anger that makes the change in the Senate and holds the House.

If McConnell cannot get the votes, we should wait until after the election and make him the next nominee. Dare the evil SOBs to run the game again.

There is a time to fight and a time to complain. I believe it is time to fight.

America is not over but it will be if we give up.


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Losing the Upper Hand

This post was inspired by Hypatia’s post  Pulling the Handmaid’s Tail and the astute comments made by MJBubba and drlorentz.

Here’s how I see it and it is certainly an indictment on (as MJB described) the third wave of feminism.

Women of the first and even the second wave of feminism wielded an enormous amount of power over the sexual behavior of men. Speaking (yet again) from personal experience, I ran all over town (NYC) with lots of interesting people: a Sports Illustrated writer, a stand-up comedian from Catch a Rising Star, an investment banker or two, a retail executive, an off Broadway actor, etc.

Not once did I encounter a moment of sexual pressure let alone an assault because they were afraid of crossing the line with me! Now, the third wavers are encouraging women to “exercise” their sexual freedom but are in fact suggesting we give up the power of establishing the rules of conduct.

What a throwback to the fifties and other eras gone by. The hypocrisy is mind-numbing.


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No More to Lose

I’d like to see Judge Kavanaugh sue Ford for slander.

Oh yeah, I know, Oscar Wilde’s debacle shows how dangerous that can be..and Judge K is  a “public figure” so, like,  almost impossible to win.

But there’s only one defense to a defamation action:

truth.

Could she prove truth?  When  all 4 eyewitnesses she named have sworn they cannot corroborate her accusation?  Even if they were to change their minds, well, that’d mean they already lied  under oath  once, so why believe ’em now?

what would happen  if Ford were actualLy subjected to a cross- examination? Y’know, about FACTS?

Well, if he doesn’t get confirmed, and the Dems pursue impeachment in his current judicial post, as they threaten, he will have no more to lose.


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Scenarios And Solutions

Now that the Senate has decided to allow the minority party run the show there, it is time to explore possible outcomes and possible solutions to those outcomes.

Jeff Flake proved that he has zero integrity. After the stirring and emotionally power defense of Judge Kavanaugh by Lindsey Graham (of all people) and Kavanaugh’s own self defense in his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon, for Flake, or any other Republican, to fail to see what the Democrats have done is a textbook example of what it means to have no principles, no integrity, and no character. Flake is the catalyst for yet another delay in the confirmation process of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because he conditioned his affirmation of Kavanaugh to a supplemental FBI investigation in to the issues brought up by the Ford – Fienstien operation to use a sexual assault claim as a means of preventing Kavanaugh’s confirmation. So what can we expect from this FBI investigation?

First, I think the Democrats are a little worried that the FBI is going to discover that nothing happened between Ford and Kavanaugh. That is my suspicion anyway. This is based on the fact that the Democrats could have had this wrapped up even before the first round of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee if they were truly interested in finding out what happened. Second, even if the FBI does not discover that nothing happened, there is the very likely scenario that they come away saying that, unless Ford can provide more concrete evidence beyond what she has brought forth, we cannot conclusively say that what she claims actually happened. This gets to what Senator Graham has been saying since Thursday: there is not enough in Ford’s version of events to even justify a warrant. Finally, the idea that the FBI is going to find something that destroys Kavanaugh is unlikely, in fact, I am going to say it will not happen.

The Supreme Court nomination process is broken, and it has been for a few decades. Once the Democrats understood that they could personally destroy people without any repercussions from Republicans, the standard was set. Bork and Thomas seem like a prelude to the levels of depravity that the Democrats sunk in the new century when they opposed Miguel Estrada simply because they could not allow Republicans to successfully appoint a Hispanic to the DC Circuit Court. Now they are cooking up outright lies and coordinating those lies to destroy a man who is not only well qualified but also an exemplary human being.

What I would like to see happen in this aftermath is, first, despite my utter disdain for the national GOP, for the GOP to maintain the Senate after 2018. I think they will. I do not believe that Texas and Tennessee are up for grabs despite what the polls may tell you. I also think that States like Montana, Indiana, and North Dakota are well in play. Arizona will be a closely run thing, but I think that will go GOP too. Florida is really a toss up. In the end I think the GOP maintains control of the Senate. Now, what to do with it?

If my Senate scenario plays out, we will have replaced Flake and gained enough seats to overcome any of the crap dealt from Lisa Write-In Murkowski and Susan Jellyfish Collins. Screw them. We will no longer need them. You two harlots want to vote with the other side? Go ahead. With this new Senate make-up we can put any judge on the bench we want. I say that if Kavanaugh goes down and 2019 opens with a GOP Senate that can overcome the two squish votes, Amy Coney Barrett be nominated and confirmed before February.

Second, we have got to convince Justice Thomas to step down. Yes, Thomas is wonderful. Yes, Thomas is everything we want in a modern Supreme Court justice. Yes, I think Thomas is probably the best justice on that Court in a while. But Thomas is also 70 years old. At best we can say we have 15 years until Thomas goes anyway. That means that roughly in 2035 his seat is up. That means that we have zero clue what party is going to control the Senate or the White House. However, if we come back and put a 50-something year old jurist on the bench now in his place we will have that seat not only until 2035, but beyond. This would be the make-up of the Court in that scenario: Roberts (63), Alito (68; It might be time for Alito to go too.), Gorsuch (51), Barrett (46), Amul Thurpar (49). (Thurpar is top-notch. Do not worry about him filling Thomas’s shoes.) Look at the ages of those justices. With Alito being the oldest one on that list, and the prospect of one of the two dinosaur Commie justices “retiring” in the same timeframe, the Trump Court could bring the country back to some semblance of Constitutional governance that this country has not seen since before the New Deal. It would shatter this as an avenue for Leftist policies being woven into our culture, and it would, at least from a policy/legal standpoint, stave off the very likely hood of a bloody civil war.

Kavanaugh, I think, is 50/50 right now. Had Flake now shown his true colors regarding his own character (he has none), I do not think that Murkowski and Collins would be as flimsy as they seem to be now. So Kavanaugh needs them to come on board, get three Democrat votes, or he is a goner. As someone who will have nothing to do with the national GOP ever again, I have to make one last push for the ultimate goal: SCOTUS. We need them to win in 2018 so we can win the ultimate prize for a generation.


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