Men Need to Curb Their Tongue

Mooch is out, demonstrating that Gen. Kelly is indeed in charge.
I had such hope for Mooch. I watched his hour-long TV White House presentation, and he was GOOD. Unfortunately he gave an interview with aN Atlantic reporter, and he didn’t watch his language. His ego got the best of him, and he thought he could use locker room language out of the locker room.

Trump discovered that mistake when his own tape was released.

General Kelly knows and speaks locker room, but has learned to temper his language. He is an officer and a gentleman in the mold required by John Paul Jones.

I am not certain the Kelly can tame the White House, but he has tamed Mooch.

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“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass – a idiot”. Oliver Twist, (Shakespeare)

There are only two sexes, and an X-Ray will determine if an individual has a skeleton capable of having a baby or not. Soft tissue can be altered, and the mind may deny reality believing one is a giraffe, but the skeleton does not lie.
When Bruce Jenner’s bones are discovered a thousand years from now, the Archeologists will declare the skeleton as “Male.” That is correct, Bruce’s (or Caitlyn’s, if you prefer) opinions to the contrary notwithstanding. 

And therein lies the rub for advocates of homosexual rights…the wording of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII of the act in question bars discrimination because of “sex.” Modern progressive political interpretation of the term “sex” (a biological term) includes “sexual orientation,” (a psychological term).

In the end, of course, it is the Supreme Court that will rule. Lower Courts have previously ruled, and most recently the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th District, ruled 8-3 that the two terms were synonymous.

The Obama administration Justice Department always sided with those believing that the terms were synonymous, but the Trump administration has reversed the Justice Department stand, arguing that Congress wrote the law and that Congress had many opportunities to change the law if they wanted, but has failed to do so. The Trump administration stand is that “sex” means “sex.”

The stakes are far greater than just the rights of homosexuals, because it brings into play two separate branches of government, and the third branch which changed its support from one to the other.

 In the end, the Supreme Court will likely rule. Meanwhile, a workplace discrimination case before the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd District, is the opportunity that the Trump Department of Justice has taken to file a new Amicus Brief with their new interpretation of the wording of the Civil Rights Act.

The basic question is the past tendency for courts at all levels to legislate from the bench. The new Justice Department stand gives courts the opportunity to rule that Congress has legislative power but courts have usurped the legislative process for so long that one case is unlikely to change that. Still the opportunity to exists, particularly if a Justice retires or falls ill, and Trump gets one more opportunity.

I am sanguine with homosexuals getting workplace protection, I am just hoping for a law change so that the courts will be disinclined to rule that the term “Black” really means “Blue.” Logically it doesn’t and legally it should not either.

I have never understood how law students could check their common sense and logical reading ability long enough to get their degree. I had intended to go to law school after the Naval Academy, but the program the Navy had to go into Maritime Law ended before my graduation.

In my early 30’ I was offered a partnership in a law firm, if I was willing to resign from the Navy and complete my law degree, all expenses paid, from Berkeley. After much consideration, I refused the offer because the law firm did not do litigation, and I saw myself in the courtroom.

I am glad it never came to pass. I would have killed a law professor…

No Transgender for the NBA !

For those who never served in the military — the military is an organization that is a war fighting group, not a social group.
Not all discrimination is bad. There are no blind commercial airline pilots for good reason! 

Transgender is a social construct, and unmeasurable. When Bruce Jenner’s bones are discovered 1,000 years hence, those bones will be declared those of a male. How Bruce felt about his gender is unmeasurable, just like his politics, his love for his mother, and his sex life. 

Nothing that diminishes the military unit cohesion should be considered. Just because the general population doesn’t understand unit cohesion, doesn’t mean that the military — whose lives are at stake, while the general population’s are not— should suffer. Until robots take over War fighting, the psyche of the war fighters determines success. 

Trump’s decision not to further mess with our minds is the right decision. Warriors are a subset of any society, and institutional war fighting skills are something in the DNA of few. There is a difference between serving and fighting.

We should not require that the NBA enlist Transgender, nor should we require it of the military.

Not Your Father’s San Diego

I know that everyone believes that San Diego is a paradise, but it has its problems that don’t include floods, tornados, or snow.
We have serious homeless problems. The homeless are not stupid, they seek comfort so both San Diego and Honolulu have serious problems. Our homeless are less bothersome than San Francisco only because we don’t tolerate aggression.

There are serious housing cost problems. Part of that is there are not many hospitable flat spaces in California because, although large, most of California is high mountain or scorching desert. The median house currently listed in San Diego is $543,000. (San Francisco is even worse because it is even more geographically restricted.)

Some retired military may have served back when San Diego was a collection of small communities but it is now a large city with all the attendant problems.

Oh, yes. San Diego now has a Democratic majority in voter regulation, and on the San Diego City Council. Try to process THAT!

Our freeways are filled with cars, not to the extent of LA, but bad enough. We have many companies who offer staggered hours, just so the traffic does not come to a stop, but an accident upsets all plans.

In short, we are a big city. Personally, I live in a tiny hamlet, designated a “Country Town,” 45 minutes from the downtown airport, and with no stop lights. We have a deli/grocery store, a golf course with a restaurant, and that’s it! Until recently we were not on any maps — and we are REALLY hard to find, by design! 

Trump vs Republicanism

So why doesn’t Sessions pursue Hillary?
Because there is a tacit agreement among politicians to forget prior offenses once the election is over, lest the next administration target them after the next election.

Sessions is a long time member of the Senate, with an institutional memory that a real estate mogul from New York doesn’t have.

Do I like it? No, but I understand it. Would I like Hillary treated as I would have been treated in the military for continually being “careless” with highly classified material? You bet!

But Hillary has much the same Senate support that Sessions has on the other side. The Senate doesn’t like anyone messing with its members or former members unless someone bleeds.

The difference is that a Sessions has bi-partisan support in the Senate, but the Senate is so evenly balanced that Trump does himself no benefit by picking a fight with the Princes. The Princes can wreck everything that Trump wants because there is a difference between being a member of the Trump Party, and being a Republican.

That becomes more obvious by the day. Trump does not play nice with others, but regardless of what he thinks, he is not a Dictator.

Making a Virtue of Necessity

Last Saturday, the Trump White House announced that the President would not veto the Congressional bill that ties his hands about reducing sanctions on Russia.

The fact that Congress has the votes to easily override his veto might have something to do with the White House decision.
That said, the president has not swallowed the fact that AG Jeff Sessions does not have a responsibility to protect the president, so that piece of power within the Senate — the Senate support of what they Republicans consider one of their own— makes the presidents feud with Sessions a feud with many bad repercussions. All of them negative to the president!

Jeff Sessions has his own power base within not just the Senate, but within the conservative movement. The feud is an unnecessary and damaging route the president does not need to take

“Management by humiliation?”

“Management by humiliation?”
I must have missed that in my graduate degree in Management, but I suppose that the chaos is what the White House wants.

It is obviously what Russia wants. While I don’t necessarily think there is “collusion” — there is certainly no proof of that — both have the same goal. Trump apparently wants it as disruptive to the Washington “Swamp,” the Russians want it because the US becomes impotent in world affairs.

Both got their wish. The resignation of Sean Spicer is just the latest example of chaos in the Trump camp. Trump thrives on chaos, but his staff doesn’t because they have day jobs. Spicer was a professional with decades of experience, but looked foolish trying to cover for Trump lies.

Anyone would.