Day 2 of the New Regime

Well lets see – we had day 1 of shock and awe.

Now day 2 where you have a transition team with this rule in place being tossed around:

Mr. Trump’s transition team has been gathering for months, and they packed into an office on Wednesday a block away from the White House to continue drafting blueprints for the new administration. Among the proposals: a policy that would ban many members of the transition team from lobbying the same federal agencies they are helping shape.

The proposed ban, which may last as long as Mr. Trump is in office, would underscore the “change” theme that powered the Republican nominee’s surprising victory on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the planning.

Along with women and minorities being discussed concerning positions in the administration.

On the other side of the world you have riots in the streets from people who were shocked, shocked I tell you when Trump suggested he might await any legal concerns if he didn’t win the election.

I find myself in the distasteful place of defending a vote for Trump

The Big Re-direct

Yes Clinton and the Clinton Foundation latest scandal is big, big news, but can someone tell me why this isn’t Obama’s fault?

It is – yet there go the media. They have Clinton or Obama to deal with and they’ve chosen Clinton. Let’s see – can you imagine Bush III not being skewered in this country had this been HIS state department, yet there isn’t a story out there with the name Obama even in it!

This drives me nuts.

A Trump Win?

This was a good column from Victor Davis Hanson with a couple QOTDs. He’s actually funny in this, where he’s usually pretty serious.
Though frankly he’s serious in his funny!

The Screech-Owl Factor For all his lack of discipline, the media-seasoned Trump is still the better and more robust campaigner………..Hillary is the far more disciplined politico, but she is not so much uncharismatic as downright off-putting. Even on those rare occasions when she listens to her new voice-coach handlers and speaks quietly and deliberately, she still comes off not as reassuring, much less engaging, but rather as artificially trying her best not to revert to her natural screech-owl elocution. Heartfelt recklessness can sometimes wear better than packaged sobriety.
Brawlers know the rules of the street far better than establishmentarians. The Senate is not The Apprentice, and politics is not New York real estate. Ask the trash-talking Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if she came out on top in dueling with Trump — or whether she virtually destroyed a quarter-century’s reputation in minutes and ended up no better than an elderly version of Rosie O’Donnell in a Supreme Court Justice costume.

Black Lives Matter

Jonah Goldberg writes a really good column today about the events over the last week.

I just wanted to say that I am in agreement with the Black Lives Matter folks who get cranky when people say “all lives matter”. OF COURSE, all lives matter, but THIS movement is concerning black lives and trying to create an environment where blacks are not marginalized, but matter.

Do they? Of course. Do they feel like they don’t? Certainly many don’t feel like they matter. It’s a movement. Let them have their name. Their name does NOT say, “white lives don’t matter” so get a grip talk radio.

Dallas and the Drone

Ed calls it Monday morning quarterbacking and I agree, but I have to say I am more than a little uncomfortable with the use of a robot to blow up a man who was somewhat contained and apparently still talking.
This is from CNN so take it with whatever grain of salt you take it. The bold is mine.

The ambush started with gunshots that killed five officers and sent screaming crowds scrambling for cover. It ended when a Dallas police bomb squad robot killed a gunman after negotiations failed…………………As officials condemned the attack, details emerged about the man who died after a lengthy standoff with police in a parking garage.
Johnson told police negotiators that he was upset about recent police shootings, that he wanted to kill white people — especially white officers — and that he acted alone, the police chief said.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
Johnson had no criminal record or known terror ties, a law enforcement official said.

And Hot Air:

In this case, lethal force was clearly appropriate after hours of attempting to resolve the standoff non-lethally, and the police chose one of their legitimate tools in applying that force.

Again – this is my miscomfort and I am happy I didn’t have to make the call, but basically they blew up a man who was communicating with them from within a parking garage because negotiations failed within a few hours.

We can’t say what normal is as this was extraordinary. I get that the guy confessed. I get that he wanted suicide by cop and the police were done with him. But yes, I am a little uncomfortable with the ability of a government agency being able to act as judge and jury and executioner all in one. I don’t have the answer. A parking garage is pretty open, but starve him out? At least give 48 hours of conversation/negotiations? I don’t know, I wasn’t there and this is Monday morning.

I support the police in Dallas. I walked by a police car in Longmont yesterday and stopped to give thanks and let them know they do a great job here. I have family in law enforcement. I can not imagine. But……principles first.

Is this ok? I am not comfortable with it. You?

Are we moving to this scary world mentioned over at Ace of Spades?

Hot Air comments are mostly on the side of Kill him, kill him good. I think our world is coming apart very quickly now.

I may change my mind as more information comes out.

More information is out, yet I haven’t yet changed my mind about this. 2 hours of talk and lunacy and threats and then a robot bomb. Yes, I’m still uncomfortable with that.