Kasich event with Bob Ehrlich likely off

KasichAccording to reports, John Kasich is making some sort of announcement in Columbus this afternoon, presumably about the suspension of his campaign. He also cancelled a planned press conference at Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia.

I would presume that means tonight’s fundraiser hosted by former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich for the Kasich campaign in Annapolis is cancelled. If not, it likely means Kasich just won’t be there and Ehrlich will be the big draw (ha!).

The event was scheduled to be at the Crowne Plaza with a roundtable starting at 5:30 p.m., a VIP photo op reception from 6:00-6:30, and a general reception from 6:30-7:30. Ticket prices were set at $2700 for the roundtable, $1000 for the VIP photo op reception, and $250 for the general reception.

More details were posted on the Maryland for Kasich Facebook page:

kasich ehrlich

There has been no update on the Maryland for Kasich Facebook page and nothing at all on events anywhere is listed on the campaign website.

Irrelevant: John Kasich and Bob Ehrlich

Before his endorsement of Kasich, Ehrlich was stuck doing fundraisers for people like Pat McDonough. Ehrlich’s star has fallen quickly since his 2010 loss.

In early 2014, Ehrlich told Richard Sher he would be the last Republican governor elected in Maryland.

Just a few months later, Larry Hogan was elected and Ehrlich’s position as the senior elected official in the party evaporated overnight.

Ehrlich has struggled to sell books since he left office and he toyed with running for President even though one analyst referred to him as a seventh-tier candidate ahead of the campaign cycle.

His irrelevance continued into the 2016 primaries with his advocacy for Kasich who never was really an option for most Maryland Republican voters until the field narrowed to Kasich, Cruz, and Trump. At least Ehrlich has a nice cushy lobbying job and doesn’t have to rely on book sales to put food on the table.


Former Cruz consultant blasts GOP, conservatives


I’ve asked for permission from a friend of mine to repost a Facebook status he posted tonight on the GOP and the conservative movement.

I’ve known Tommy Sears for several years. We’ve commiserated about football when his Dawgs (UGA) and my Tigers (Clemson) had bad seasons and talked very little smack when they played each other (my mom went to UGA.)

We talked about things Southern expats in DC talk about (in our case Zaxby’s came up a few times.) When I met him he worked at the Center for Military Readiness in DC and I knew he had also gone to grad school at Georgetown (Hoya Saxa – I was there ’92-’93.) Since then he’s worked for the Faith & Freedom Coalition and then went to work as a consultant for the Cruz campaign last fall in Texas.

The GOP and the Conservative Movement in DC

I heard recently he’d left the Cruz campaign and then tonight he posted something that is worth your time to read – on both the GOP and the conservative movement as it exists in DC and across America. So without further ado, the rest of this post is what he wrote tonight on Facebook:

Almost 3 weeks ago I made the decision to leave Washington, DC and return to my beloved home state of Georgia. As I sit here back in my old hometown tonight watching Donald Trump deliver the final coup d’ grace to Ted Cruz in this Republican presidential primary, I have the oft-invoked benefit of hindsight in being proven right in that decision. Having been a Cruz campaign consultant (the vast majority of that time through a 3rd-party contractor), and a staunch Cruz supporter before and since, I take no satisfaction in his defeat tonight, save for the minor speed bump it may mean to Cruz campaign senior staffers Jeff Roe, Mark Campbell, and Chris Wilson, who saw fit to throw me overboard. Despite what is no doubt a disappointing end to a tactically brilliant campaign (as I’ve consistently said, far and away the best in my personal experience—among many under my belt), these hired guns will be just fine. Even in defeat, their individual campaign/consulting businesses will be able to lay claim to going deep with myriad victories in a GOP presidential nomination fight not seen in over a generation. And therein lies the now-chronic, and in my opinion, fatal problem with Republicanism, and now, conservatism.
I decided to leave DC after the latest of seemingly countless conservative conclaves that I’d attended, spoken at, or planned/organized/directed over the last 20-plus years. During this last meeting, I had the proverbial “moment of clarity”: for those last 6-7 hours, I had been listening to the same people saying the same things ahead of the next “most important election of our lifetimes” that I had for the last decade. And nothing had changed. Despite healthy Republican Congressional majorities and one two-term Republican presidency during my years in DC, Leftism in the United States continues to march headlong. My stark realization: The vast majority of leaders of the so-called “conservative movement” are as feckless and corrupt as the Republican party and congressional leadership that they, in exquisite irony, criticize relentlessly in order to preserve and advance their own places of power. All decisions are predicated on the prospects for, effect on, and ability to execute near-ceaseless fundraising or developing other revenue streams, and maintaining their and their organizations’ profile. They are as wedded to their perks of office/station, influence, prestige and yes, (perhaps even more so) money than their perpetual RINO/RNC/congressional Republican leadership foils.

There are a couple of admonitions by one of these prominent leaders: “Don’t fully trust anyone until he has stuck with a good cause which he saw was losing,” and “A well-run movement takes care of its own.” I have seen precious little recognition of the former in a decade of working with conservative movement leaders, and with regard to the latter, the movement is in critical condition. The conclusion that I have personally come to, and believe has been further confirmed tonight, is that the current party and “movement” infrastructure of conservatism (which in my mind should be synonymous with constitutionalism) is irredeemable. I will not vote for the truly dangerous, entitled, narcissist charlatan Trump, like many other committed conservatives. In my humble opinion, the only chance to reclaim even a portion of the promise of the nation our founders envisioned and intended is not through a third party, but replacing the Republican party. I have no idea whether that can happen in the midst of an otherwise sure-to-be nasty and brutal presidential race; my practical political sense is no, but I still have a ways to go on the clarity thing. All I can say at this stage is, whether now or later, conservatism will never prevail without wholly new leaders and a vehicle for its principles and programs. That is no longer to be found in the Republican party or today’s “conservative movement.” ‪#‎NeverTrump‬

An alternative to the GOP this fall?

Sears also made an addendum in the comments:

Just to add above, just because I think it’s hard, nigh impossible to run an alternative candidate/build an alternative conservative party before November does not mean it should not be tried.

Tommy makes some good points to consider whether you agree or disagree with him.

Report: Clemson “hate crime” possibly a hoax

Clemson BananasA picture emerged last month showing rotting bananas hanging on a sign about African-Americans at Fort Hill. Clemson University is built on the land that was John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill after a bequest from his son-in-law Thomas Green Clemson.

It’s not clear who put the bananas there, but outrage ensued, as an Associated Press story details. The AP story discusses a sit-in by black students and fthen tries to smear Clemson’s response to the Emmanuel AME shootings in Charleston by saying the wreaths honoring the victims were in a location that Tillman Hall could be seen from. There has been a move by some faculty to change the name of that building.

One of the organizers of the sit-in with See the Stripes even tried to say Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter, would have been a Tillman supporter. The AP story by Jeffrey Collins only refers to one arrest. At the time, South Carolina blog FITSnews had little other details either.

However, last week FITSnews broached the subject of whether the whole thing was a hoax. A roundup of what happened:

There were sit-ins, hunger strikes, campus-wide protests, a Selma-style march, obligatory “arrests” – and of course doleful hand-wringing from the government-run institution’s “higher educrats.”  Also, fresh rounds of “diversity and inclusivity training” were mandated for all students and faculty.

It was a Mini-Missouri, in other words …

FITSnews also reported that there appeared to be a hoax and a cover-up going on:

Clemson University president James Clements claimed on April 11 that the school was “investigating” the banana-hanging incident – and university officials told local media that same day they hoped surveillance videos would assist them in identifying the guilty party.

Nearly three weeks later, though, nothing …

Some might use this opportunity to shoot the messenger of FITSnews and Will Folks. However, an editorial appeared on his site today by six Clemson students that examine the incident and investigation in-depth in their own words.

From the editorial

Since campus wide unrest was the direct result of the four bananas being hung it seems natural to ask who hung the bananas and what their motivations were.  The Clemson administration knows the answers to these questions, but has not revealed them.  The only thing most people on campus are aware of is the suspicious behavior and activity from the administration and the student protest leaders.

This leads to more questions than answers.

Some of the questions and issues they raise include:

  • When it was pointed out that the 5 students protesting were violating the code of conduct, the administration cited them for trespassing with rumors indicating it was all pre-planned after administrators met with the protesters.
  • Alesia Smith, who serves as director of the Office of Community and Ethical Standards on campus, is the mother of one of the Clemson 5 protesters while also being in charge of investigating them. According to the students writing the op-ed, she “refused to admit” there was a conflict of interest but then later said she had recused herself.
  • No charges have been brought against the known person who placed the bananas and no information on motive or any personally identifying information has been released. However, someone who posted a racist message to the Yik Yak app was publicly identified.
  • There are also questions about the picture itself.

The picture’s provenance and the chain of evidence are questioned by the students writing the editorial (emphasis added)

Finally, only one picture exists of the bananas at all.  Who took this picture?  When did the bananas come down?  Who took them down?  In the police report it is noted that an email was sent to the University police.  Who sent this email?  The individual who is cited in the school newspaper as taking the picture of the bananas, posted the picture two hours after the social media account of “See the Stripes”- the group that organized the Sikes Sit In protest – had posted the image to begin a viral hashtag campaign.

The six students call on Clemson administrators to act:

The university must act quickly and decisively to resolve these questions; they cannot remain silent any longer.  As students, we are hurt by this administration’s failure to protect our reputation, and we expect that they will do what is right and reveal the truth.

If it turns out that the person who placed the bananas did so with racist intentions, then he or she should be held responsible.  If this is not the case, then the administration has willingly participated in a smear campaign against the student body.  The administration must make right the lies that have been told, and make open the information which has been kept secret.

Of course, the only reason I’m writing this is a wave of fake hate crimes over the past few years.

Clemson Wouldn’t Be Only Recent “Hate Crime” Hoax

Most recently, students from the State University of New York at Albany were indicted for perpetrating a hoax. The women claimed they were assaulted by 10-12 white men hurling racial slurs at them on a bus. Hillary Clinton came to their defense on twitter. However, the audio and video from surveillance footage on the bus proved they made it all up. They were indicted and are now headed to court because they refused to accept a plea deal that would require their apologies.

Last month, a drawing of a noose with a racial slur and #whitepower hashtag was made on a whiteboard at Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. After investigating, it was determined the drawing was made by black students. Police declined to press charges.

According to one report, there have been over 100 hate crime hoaxes in the past 10 years. Another report details all the cases in 2015 alone.

Universities are good at covering things up and Clemson is no exception. This situation needs to be resolved publicly.

MD woman charged in Snapchat stabbing

snapchatOn Thursday 4/21, the Aberdeen Police Department announced they were looking for a suspect in a stabbing of a 17-year old juvenile during an “altercation” about Snapchat that took place Wednesday (4/20/16) evening.

The victim was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview and was in stable condition the next day.

The Baltimore Sun reported earlier today (Friday) that the stabbing was related to an argument over Snapchat and that a suspect was arrested on 4/28/16. The suspect who was arrested is Gabrielle Joyner of Havre de Grace. Joyner was charged with attempted murder (both first and second degree), reckless endangerment, and charges relating to possessing a concealed weapon and a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.

Specifically, The Sun reported:

The week-long investigation revealed that Joyner and the victim had argued over posts on the image messaging application “Snapchat” prior to the assault, police said. The argument was allegedly about Joyner’s boyfriend.



Yale names college for bigot

YaleYes, Yale voted to retain the name of Calhoun College – named for  John C. Calhoun – this week. All the media attention was on that move, but Yale didn’t succumb to the revisionist trend that includes renaming things and tearing down statues.

However, Yale also announced that they had named two colleges at the same time. One of these was named for Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin, a Founding Father, appears on the $100 bill and is honored in numerous ways across the country – especially in Philadelphia. He had some opinions that could be considered just as controversial as the views of Calhoun that caused some to want to drop his name from a Yale college. My point is not to trash Franklin or move to remove from the $100 bill. I am just demonstrating the absurdity of the positions of revisionists and taking positions to their logical ends.

Franklin made a lot of comments about German immigrants coming to the American colonies during the 1700s. I had heard before he was concerned about Philadelphia becoming predominantly German-speaking and favored a push by some in the city to direct all the immigrants from Germany to go to the surrounding areas that are now the suburbs. When he was younger, he published a German-language newspaper that failed after a year.

Franklin thought Germans were stupid among other things:

“Those who come hither are generally of the most ignorant Stupid Sort of their own Nation…and as few of the English understand the German Language, and so cannot address them either from the Press or Pulpit, ’tis almost impossible to remove any prejudices they once entertain…Not being used to Liberty, they know not how to make a modest use of it…I remember when they modestly declined intermeddling in our Elections, but now they come in droves, and carry all before them, except in one or two Counties…In short unless the stream of their importation could be turned from this to other colonies, as you very judiciously propose, they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not in My Opinion be able to preserve our language, and even our Government will become precarious.”

He also didn’t think Germans were white enough, calling them “swarthy”

Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the   English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as   to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our   Language or Customs, any more than they can acquire our Complexion.

24. Which leads me to add one Remark: That the Number of purely   white People in the World is proportionably very small. All Africa is   black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawny. America (exclusive of the new   Comers) wholly so. And in Europe, theSpaniards, Italians,   French, Russians and Swedes, are generally of what we call   a swarthy Complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only   excepted, who with the English, make the principal Body of White People   on the Face of the Earth. I could wish their Numbers were increased. And while   we are, as I may call it,Scouring our Planet, by clearing   America of Woods, and so making this Side of our Globe reflect a   brighter Light to the Eyes of Inhabitants in Mars or Venus, why should   we in the Sight of Superior Beings, darken its People? why increase the Sons of   Africa, by Planting them in America, where we have so fair an   Opportunity, by excluding all Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely   White and Red? But perhaps I am partial to the Complexion of my Country, for   such Kind of Partiality is natural to Mankind.

As a descendant of some of these German immigrants who came to Pennsylvania before eventually ending up in North Carolina, I could take offense at this. I could demand Franklin be removed from the $100 bill and that his statue be upended everywhere, but I won’t.

I don’t believe in rewriting history and I think Yale did the right thing by not changing the name of Calhoun College. History is history, even with all its warts. You can’t learn from it if you totally blot it out.

Yale students upset about Franklin name

The New York Times reports that actual Yale students were actually upset about the Franklin naming:

Many students were perplexed by the selection of Franklin, who received an honorary degree from Yale. Franklin, like many other founding fathers, was once a slaveholder himself before he became involved in the abolitionist movement. Mr. Salovey explained that Franklin was a “personal hero and role model” of Charles B. Johnson, a businessman and Yale alumnus who donated $250 million to pay for the new buildings — the largest gift in the school’s history — and who suggested the honor.

Of course, the NYT didn’t have any quotes from all the Yale students interviewed about the Franklin name, so I’m not sure that there were that “many” who were “perplexed” by the move.

If these students were upset about a slaveholder (Franklin) who later became an abolitionist, then very few names of any white males prior to 1865 can be used as a name on Yale’s campus.