Beverly Hills turns homeless man into spectacle

 

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One of George Saville’s Beverly Hills fans

In a remarkable story out of Beverly Hills, celebrities are defending the right of a homeless man, George Saville, to live on the street.  They like his patter. He’s amusing.

Sports stars Lamar Odom and Jason Kidd get a kick out him.  Larry King declares him “harmless,” and Arab royalty from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel have him pose in their selfies.

That Saville is troubled, filthy and currently being hospitalized for a head injury from a fall is apparently not hint enough that he needs social services and a roof over his head, whether he wants them or not.

Meanwhile–

City officials see Saville as an “aggressive panhandler.” The city funds an “ambassadors” program — people in green shirts who, in addition to guiding tourists, find shelter for the homeless. Some of the locals don’t like that the ambassadors have been trying to force Saville off the street.

David Lyle, president of a television and digital content producers association, complains to the LA Times:

What you’ve mounted is an extrajudicial squad of greenshirts [who] are there to clear the streets of undesirables.”

In a fraction of the time Lyle, King …

The Twilight Zone of Clinton conspiracy mongers

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From out in the political Twilight Zone and into my inbox come virtually the same lines about Hillary Clinton and Benghazi.  (The latest batch is in response to my recent column,  Benghazi Probe Always about Politics.)

 

To protect the ignorant, I’m offering a sampling, but omitting the correspondent’s name:

 

Poppycock!  That liar, Hillary, told her daughter in an email, on her PRIVATE, UNAUTHORIZED SERVER, that it was. TERROR ATTACK, not some stupid video.  

Submitted for your approval, here would my response (if I responded to this kind of robotic messaging, which I don’t anymore):

Is it beyond your comprehension that an anti-Muslim video produced in the United States could have plausibly set off an attack on the American compound in Benghazi? After all, it caused deadly rioting that morning in Cairo and throughout the Islamic world.

Done.

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Brexit: Exactly who are the Elites?

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Elitists ‘r’ us

 

Scribes of the left-leaning persuasion seem to agree that a global Elite is to blame for the vote by Britain’s little people to leave the European Union.

Sometimes they favor us with a description of exactly who the elites are. Sometimes they don’t.  The American Prospect offers an example of the latter.

The analysis is otherwise ballpark, until we get to this:

Yes, the victorious campaign to leave the European Union won on the basis of xenophobia and the demonization of immigrants.

Hold on.

Tarring the Brexit crowd as xenophobic, racist and what-have-you is itself highly elitist.  One can’t vouch for the purity of all the motives powering the immigration skeptics, but the entry last year of over 300,000 migrants, mostly to the England part of the U.K, would stress any working class, both economically and culturally.

The little people are allowed to be stressed.

My column, The Cultural Case for Brexit Deserves Respect, goes into this.

Immigration on a massive scale is itself a facet of the globalization we like to condemn. And beating up on Brexit voters for opposing it is, frankly, elitist to the nth power.

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The Public Squalor of Airport Security

 

 

A dearth of TSA screeners has caused enormous lines at airport security checkpoints.
An hour-long security line at LaGuardia Airport. I was in it.

 

The bottom line is that adding 800 new screeners still leaves the U.S. air transportation system with 5,000 fewer screeners than a few years ago.  This summer, meanwhile, airlines expect a record number of passengers.

My column on the subject.

 

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Media mistakes Bernie Sanders noise for numbers

 

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Bernie Sanders is entertaining for sure

 

The naïveté of supposedly authoritative political analysts never fails to stun.

Frank Bruni writes that the Sanders camp is “where the fiercest energy in the party resides right now.”

How does he know?

It was audible on Thursday night, in the boos from the audience that sometimes rained down on Clinton,

Wow, how many Bernie bros were booing?  Three?  Four?

The cable reportage leading up to the debate focused on the rousing support for Bernie evidenced by the masses attending his rally in Washington Square. It was contrasted to the smaller group listening to Hillary in the Bronx.

Bernie puts on a good show, but whence comes the assumption that the crowds enjoying it planned to vote for him?  Had I been near Washington Square that evening, I too would have attended though Clinton is clearly my preference.

Hillary might have attracted a larger audience in the Bronx had the Democratic electorate there not been otherwise busy, juggling two kids and three jobs.  Those are the people responsible for her 2-million-plus lead in the popular vote.

The white gentry running restrictive caucuses out West did run up a bunch of state wins …

Sanders and his Snapchat voters

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Snapchat logo could be Bernie’s

 

Been getting a big response to my recent column on the laziness of so many Bernie fans. Also, the man’s refusal to help out the party he wishes to represent in November.

Excerpt:

When asked whether he’d raise money for other Democrats if he were to win the nomination, Sanders replied, “We’ll see.”

Bernie doesn’t do windows and toilets. That’s for establishment Democrats.

Surprised more people haven’t said this.

Here’s the column:

Sanders and the Snapchat Liberals 

 

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Bernie voters go limp in Wisconsin

 

Put the two stories together and you see the problem.

As The Washington Post reported last Wednesday, perhaps 15 percent of Bernie Sanders’ backers in the recent Wisconsin primary neglected to vote in any races other than the one starring Him.  (By contrast, only 4 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters failed to vote in other races on the ballot.)

One of those contests involved choosing a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. The progressive JoAnne Kloppenburg had a good chance of toppling Rebecca Bradley, a right-wing appointee of Gov. Scott Walker.  Had more members of the Sanders fan club bothered with the down-ballot races, Kloppenburg could very well have won.

Lo and behold . . .

three days after the Wisconsin primary, this headline appears on a story in the New York Times:

In Victory for Unions, Law on Dues is Struck Down in Wisconsin.

That victory will probably short-lived because the matter will go to a “sharply divided State Supreme Court.”  The Court is now even more likely to strike down a pro-union lower court ruling  — in good part because Kloppenburg will not be on it.

Sanders can’t directly take the rap for this.  He had endorsed Kloppenburg.…