Sunday assorted links

by on January 15, 2017 at 11:50 am in Uncategorized | Permalink

1. Why is California so closely connected with melancholy?  Here is a smart, critical review of La La Land, but I think it misses the point: the movie is a critique and indeed subtle reflection of what is (supposedly) an all-pervasive mediocrity of contemporary life and art.  Setting the opening musical number in a traffic jam plays up the contrast with the older, “more glorious” musicals quite deliberately.  At the same time, the movie questions whether the past was ever so glorious after all.

2. Librarians report on what is the strangest thing they have found in a library book.

3. Might Peter Thiel run for governor of California?

4. An Arkansas city won’t let them live in a $1500 trailer, minimum legal value there is $7500.

5. Trump, Strauss, and Bingham’s “The Verdict of the People.”  And would you leave Parliament to run the V&A?

1 Mondfledermaus January 15, 2017 at 11:57 am

4. An Arkansas city won’t let them live in a $1500 trailer, minimum legal value there is $7500.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,375, and the median income for a family was $32,179.

It’s not like McCrory AR is a super wealthy enclave, but I guess that even them have standards.

2 Ray Lopez January 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

Y R U 1st? no fair.

3 Mark Thorson January 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

The best case scenario is you’re younger than you seem.

4 Careless January 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm

If by “seem” you mean “pretend,” that’s what I was saying. About 5 years ago. Kind of given up on that hope

5 Ray Lopez January 15, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Dilbert, didn’t he endorse Trump in the end?

6 Brian Donohue January 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

You got pantsed pretty bad there Ray.

7 JWatts January 17, 2017 at 10:15 am


8 too hot for MR January 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm

Arkansas elitism: Your trailer isn’t nice enough to be with our trailers.

9 derek January 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm

5. Thugs from Missouri got in the fray, crossing the border to attack abolitionist settlers.

There are lots of things that lost the election for Hillary, but one of them was news that one of her campaign operatives was fomenting violence at Trump rallies.

10 Post-Truth Politics January 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm

LOL, more Right Wing fake news there.

And Comey, Assange, and Putin lost the election for HRC. Little doubt about that.

I wish for us all that this painting turns out to be the worst problem with the Trump administration. But I will be very surprised if it is.

11 derek January 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm
12 The Other Jim January 15, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Most people (like the dope you responded to above) never heard about the Clinton campaign sending people to Trump rallies to cause violence. It really wasn’t the kind of thing CNN wanted on the news.

But the reason Hillary Clinton lost the profoundly historic 2016 election is because she is Hillary Clinton. And now she is #notanyonespresident.

Happy Inauguration Week, everybody!!

13 middyfeek January 16, 2017 at 7:55 am

Absolutely right. No one who was paying the slightest attention (and is not a yellow dog Democrat) could vote for this woman. She can’t afford to see that and she never will.

14 Troll me January 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Do you think it’s more likely that a Trump fan would do that fakely just so that could be reported in the news, or essentially the opposite?

15 Mr. Diggler January 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm

There’s the documented version and there’s your tinfoil-hat Nathan version.

16 Troll me January 15, 2017 at 8:43 pm

Tell me about it.

17 dan1111 January 16, 2017 at 7:51 am

So Trump supporters sent death threats to people considering participating in Trump’s inauguration, just to make Trump’s opponents look bad?

That is really what you are claiming here?

18 TMC January 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Sounds crazy dan111, but a lot of democrats have gotten caught doing just that. Recently, Church burning, racist assault.
A republican doing it would be a novelty though.

19 Lurker January 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm

So “fake news” is anything that you don’t like? Got it. Thanks.

20 Mel January 15, 2017 at 12:40 pm

….sure the 2016 Presidential campaign was amusing — but the grand mal Hissy-Fit now being thrown against winner Trump by the progressive left/Democrats/MSM/Hollywood is unprecedented in U.S. Presidential history.

21 jim jones January 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm

The Left attracts vicious lunatics:

22 Boonton January 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm

“formenting violence at Trump rallies”

Hmmm, the Orange King said it was Bernie supporters fomenting the violence, not it was HIllary supporters? So that old man who sucker punched the black guy who was being lead out of the rally is really a super secret under cover Hillary operative? Or was he a Bernie one? When the Orange King said he people should punch protesters was he too a secret Hillary plant? Perhaps he was under the influence of a secret mind control beam being developed by those child sex slaves in the DC pizza joint?

23 Troll me January 15, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Well, there were 10,000 other people who did not sucker punch a black guy at a rally … but I think it’s obviously safe to say it was not a Bernie or Hillary supporter.

24 Heorogar January 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

In other finance news, the Clinton Global Initiative is going out of business. That’s what happens when political influence peddlers have no political influence to peddle.

Keep on stabbing at the reasons American voters hate her.

No assault could happen at a Hillary rally. She could not draw 200 people.

She lost because 62 million properly-placed voters didn’t “buy” the myth that it was her turn to run the country into the dirt because she has/had a vagina; she stood by her rapist husband, and “What about the children!!??” . .

Another reason she didn’t get my vote was she spent $1 billion libeling/slandering a brash reality TV star and $50 listing her accomplishments, which are non-existent. As senator she voted for the Iraq invasion; her unconstitutional, unnecessary Libya gambit was a fatal fiasco; the Syria adventure was a genocidal catastrophe, etc.

25 Jan January 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm

The charitable Clinton Global Initiative closes its doors while the opaque, international web of for-profit Trump companies kicks into hight gear to peddle influence and almost no Republicans seem to give damn.

26 RW Force January 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm

The CGI closing was announced last September.

27 Heorogar January 16, 2017 at 8:04 am

“The Clinton Global Initiative goes out of business: it’s what happens when political influence peddlers have no political influence to sell.”

President Trump made his fortune developing private-market real estate. He is worth (depending on real estate appraisal assumptions, estimates, forecasts) between $4 billion and $10 billion. He doesn’t need to sell his office.

The bankrupt Clinton’s exited (with the silverware) the White House and since sold America with such pecuniary profitability as to garner a $300 million net worth. If (Thank God she lost!) Crooked Hillary had won, you asshats would be blind, deaf and dumb on the CGI and would ignore the fact that the Clinton’s NW would have grown from $300 million to $3 billion.

If it were not for double standards, you people would have no standards at all.

28 Rich Berger January 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Here’s a violence fomenting trifecta:

BTW on the last one, you can filter through the WH logs to see the visits (I see more than 340). POTUS was there 34 times. That’s the kind of President Obama is (soon to be was).

You’re welcome

29 don't do it January 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm

It’s cute, but please take Strauss out of the title for 5. He isn’t mentioned in the article and we really don’t need another round of fanciful linkages between him and unpopular presidents, especially on this topic.

That same painting is on the cover of Mansfield’s translation of Democracy in America…

30 Jay January 15, 2017 at 12:36 pm

“4. An Arkansas city won’t let them live in a $1500 trailer, minimum legal value there is $7500.”

This would make the socialists of San Francisco proud!

31 PD Shaw January 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm

5. “‘Bingham is a Whig Painter, using these images to depict a Democratic victory,’ says Adam Arenson, associate professor of history at Manhattan College in New York, and an expert on Missouri history. As a Whig, Bingham was anti-slavery while the Democratic Party, at the time, was either proslavery, or complicit in status-quo acceptance of it.”

My Straussian read is that for some sorts of people there is always a party that represents all that which is good and decent, and one in which, though a party of various factions, is irredeemably deplorable, either personally or through complicity. This will be done through deceptions like claiming the Whigs were an antislavery party, particularly in Missouri where all of the Whigs voted for the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the only vote against was by a Democrat.

32 PD Shaw January 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm

A “Trump” reading of the significance of this painting:

Bingham was an artist dedicated to bringing to life the popular spirit of America, rooted in the experiences of the common man. As a Clay-Whig he often depicted themes centered on river commerce and frontiersmen like Daniel Boone. When he went East to broaden his market, he was largely rebuffed by the New York art community due to mean subject matter.

Bingham would run for state legislature and win by a small majority, but the Missouri legislature would overturn the results due to a crooked system. He would win the seat two years later. The painting, “The Verdict of the People,” the last in a the Election series, places the heart of democracy among regular folk in small town America. Befitting Bingham’s experience, politics is popular sport, with the loser, perhaps the individual downstage from the action, dejected and isolated from the exuberance of the masses. Or perhaps the losing candidate is the man seated and being comforted by three men, who might be plotting the next election or scheming how to override the verdict of the people.

33 Rich Berger January 15, 2017 at 10:09 pm

I read that WaPo article twice and it tries to give the impression that Trump had something to do with this. Certainly the butt hurt leftists are reacting as if it were a Trump ad. Of course, the WaPo buries the fact that the choice of the painting was done in the summer before Trump was even nominated. This doesn’t even have the forthrightness of fake news; it’s the sneaky innuendo that the WaPo and of course the NYT specializes in, when a Republican is in the crosshairs.

It speaks very poorly of Tyler’s judgement that he highlights this fraud.

34 anon January 15, 2017 at 12:50 pm

5. FWIW, I showed this painting to my girlfriend, who had never seen it, and just said “Trump is in trouble for this painting.” Her immediate response was “why are there sad black people?”

35 Mark Thorson January 15, 2017 at 12:55 pm

I’d say Thiel doesn’t have a chance. But if he were to inflame real issues, like the crazy compensation given to state employees, and propose radical solutions like bankrupting CalPERS, maybe he could be a serious challenge. The recent 50% rise in the estimated cost of the Merced-Bakerfield high-speed rail project is further grist for the mill. As is the proposed hugely expensive southward water diversion project.

36 Chip January 15, 2017 at 4:38 pm

I read somewhere that the wave of GOP victories in state politics has been fuelled by the entry of previously non-political candidates. I suppose Trump would be one example on the national level and Thiel another.

This is a positive development and hopefully a trend in which the rapid progress and creative destruction we see in private life chip away at a sclerotic political class.

37 anon January 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm

I would not have picked “melancholy” for the Californias I know (beach cities, San Gabriel and San Fernando vallies). But given that a small beach town can hold 3 or 4 cultures, I am not going to deny that there is some melancholic theme somewhere.

If you looked, could you find it in City of Gold? Perhaps on some rainy morning when you find you have no coffee.

38 chuck martel January 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm

The Herzog quote summed it all up. The rest is just verbal detritus.

39 David Condon January 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm

4. For context, what $1500 buys in Arkansas:

On $13000 a year, they should be able to afford around $200 a month on housing, so can certainly afford something nicer. They’re simply choosing to live in something cheaper.

40 anon January 15, 2017 at 1:13 pm

I would prefer that all zoning be framed as public safety. If the $1500 trailer has safe water and waste handling, I am good.

Sure, condem it if it has vermin.

41 Troll me January 15, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Maybe some tupperware and cleaning supplies instead of condemning a place?

42 David Condon January 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm

I really doubt their trailer has running water; or electricity for that matter.

43 anon January 15, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Alaska allows dry cabins, but that could be a combination of climate, population density, and anarchic spirit. (I do not disapprove.)

44 rayward January 15, 2017 at 1:11 pm

3. The problem for Thiel running for and being elected to high office is accountability. Or maybe not: Trump may pave the way for the unaccountable. The dialogue between Thiel and MoDo is evidence that Thiel is as capable of gibberish as Chauncey Gardiner, but gibberish can go only so far; it takes a con man to succeed in a culture obsessed with celebrity and wealth. Thiel is many things, but he is not a con man.

45 anon January 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Thiel: “Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of “capitalist democracy” into an oxymoron.”

I don’t think California is quite Trumpian enough to believe that is just something men say, give it a pass.

To be honest it makes Tyler’s man crush pretty curious.

46 Ander January 15, 2017 at 2:40 pm

That’s not Thiel’s problem, if Trump taught us anything it’s that the people who are offended by those kinds of obviously true statements would never vote for any Republican and so can be ignored. California is going to be difficult for any Republican, the state has gotten more non-White since Schwarzenegger won. Thiel’s chances would be determined by the same things that determine any politicians chances, issues and likeability.

“To be honest it makes Tyler’s man crush pretty curious.”

Nothing particularly curious about it. In a world full of golden parachute CEOs, too-big to fail banks, academic fraudsters, and corrupt politicians, these start up founders represent the few heroes of the supposed American meritocracy.

47 wait a second January 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Who’s the golden parachute CEO and who’s the academic fraudster in this scenario?

48 prior_test2 January 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm

‘the state has gotten more non-White since Schwarzenegger won’

What is so amusing about that way of looking at things is that Schwarzenegger is an immigrant, taking political jobs away from native born Americans. Luckily, at least Mr. Schwarzenegger apparently meets your approval for his skin color.

49 Ander January 15, 2017 at 3:10 pm

I’m no fan of Schwarzenegger, no clue where you got that idea.

50 Falstaff January 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm

Do US citizens of Austrian immigrant stock tend to vote overwhelmingly for one party?

51 prior_test2 January 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm

Which idea?

That white immigrants taking over high government jobs is fine (Melania Trump gets a pass, since she was not elected to high office as First Lady), or that Schwarzenegger displaced a native born American when he was elected governor?

52 anon January 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm

I think, I hope, you went of a riff not quite connected to this quote.

Let’s look at it again. Women are not generally libertarian, and that is women’s, or democracy’s, fault.

I could say “really?” but I have heard this before from smartish libertarians trying to square a circle. That is they are smart, and libertarian, but that only adds up to a few percent of the population. Who to blame? Everbody, obviously, including “women” and “voters.”

Now do you think it must be a defect in women, in democracy, that everyone is not libertarian? Or are you actually smarter, more humble, than that?

53 Ander January 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm

I’m not a libertarian. My point is that that “gotcha” logic is only going to appeal to your fellow Leftists.

54 anon January 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Well that is still a fail. I am not a leftist, and I endorsed nothing leftist above.

Unless you think “women” or “democracy” are owned by the left now, in which case we are in deep trouble.

55 Ander January 15, 2017 at 4:07 pm

“Well that is still a fail.”


“I am not a leftist”

Whatever you say…..

56 anon January 15, 2017 at 4:26 pm

You are accusing me of things here, based on what?

57 Dan Lavatan-Jeltz January 15, 2017 at 5:14 pm

It just isn’t true. Even back in school whenever I was tabling or whatever, about half the people who I talked to who were with us were women, and they would score as well on the Nolan chart and it was reflected in event attendance.

If you look at Johnson’s exit polls he did as well among women as men. There have also been a lot of women running at the top of the LP ticket at the state level, and of course Toni Nathan was the first woman to get an EC vote. Republicans may not do quite as well among women, but that may because they are pro-life as much as women being communist.

58 anon January 15, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Dan, that’s good news. I am not critiquing libertarianism itself here, but rather the reaction some have to their status.

Johnson got 3.29% of the vote. It looks like it would be doubly wrong to blame women for that. Factually, and morally.

59 Chip January 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm

How is he wrong?

Beneficiaries of welfare and women vote in patterns that are statistically significant. If only men voted, for example, many western democracies like the US and Canada would always be governed by free market conservative parties.

An observation of patterns is simply an observation. To argue that verbalizing this observation makes someone immoral or illegitimate is to embrace thought crimes.

60 anon January 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm

I think you failed my follow on question:

“I could say “really?” but I have heard this before from smartish libertarians trying to square a circle. That is they are smart, and libertarian, but that only adds up to a few percent of the population. Who to blame? Everbody, obviously, including “women” and “voters.”

Now do you think it must be a defect in women, in democracy, that everyone is not libertarian? Or are you actually smarter, more humble, than that?”

I am not saying it is a thought crime to be a libertarian, I am saying it is a moral crime to devalue anyone who is not.

61 anon January 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm

In case that wasn’t clear, to be mature about politics you have to understand your own beliefs, those of others, how they fit in a democratic context.

And I think you should understand that when your values are only held by a small minority, there is no reason they should hold sway.

How else could they, but my an oppressive minority, dictatorship?

62 NatashaRostova January 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Those are literally the two most mainstream reasons for the rise of the welfare state, as taught in mainstream Political Economy programs to 1st year PhDs.

63 anon January 15, 2017 at 6:40 pm

Is it conventional to say those two things, especially the women’s vote, “have rendered the notion of “capitalist democracy” into an oxymoron?”

64 anon January 15, 2017 at 6:43 pm

(I personally think we have had a great history of market democracy, yes “even with” the women’s vote.)

65 GoneWithTheWind January 15, 2017 at 1:46 pm

La La Land: There is a belief in Hollywood and the small screen that a story about the actors in a movie/show is popular. Every televison drama series eventually devolves into stories about the actors/characters. I don’t know if the writers run out of ideas or that they all really believe we care about them as actors/characters. I believe most people simply want to be entertained but the writers and producers think that “they” are the story.

66 efim polenov on ramanujan and his friends January 15, 2017 at 6:26 pm

The reason the real geniuses of this world are by a large proportion represented by people who work with words is that we all work with words from the earliest years. For every really talented painter, there are dozens of talented poets. For every talented singer or tuba-player who can make you laugh or cry, there are dozens of writers who can make you laugh or cry by talking about singers and tuba players. If we all grew up singing and painting and playing tubas all day long from our earliest years, with all the calls and responses (to our songs and sketches and tuba-tunes) that we get from just plain talking, I would be inaccurate. We don’t and I’m not. All movies will be forgotten in a few hundred years but those that last the longest will be the ones made by people who really cared, both in real life, and in their dreams at night, about the stories that they worked so hard to make look unridiculous for the average duration of 2 or so hours of unspooling celluloid. So I for one expect there to be a movie some day about the drama and romance and comedy of working on a John Ford filming location that will outlast all the John Ford movies, good as they are. Because, as much as the John Ford team cared about historical cowboys and their beloveds and the red rocks of the West, they ***cared*** more about each other, living their lives on the filming location. That was their lasting art.

67 Brian January 15, 2017 at 11:26 pm

D. W. Griffith’s seminal 1912 Life of Villa is lost. There are no known copies in existence.

It was a rollicking good time. Villa was a master of publicity at the birth of modern media, enticing Griffith and the greatest journalist of the age John Reed to cover him and his División del Norte extensively. Three other films were made with heavy 1910s film equipment on the dusty trails and primitive railroads of 1910s Mexico. The great Civil War writer Ambrose Bierce went to see Villa and the war as he was dying, knowing that he wouldn’t make it back alive. Everyone involved loved the romance and drama and scenery with Villa and his men.

By my count, there have been at least five serious Hollywood pictures made about the making of Griffith’s Life of Villa. None of the production teams had even see the original movie. But the stories of life with Villa have been so compelling that they labored just to recreate it.

68 too hot for MR January 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm

5. Meanwhile the Dems hang in the US Capitol a painting of pig cops shooting black people. The fulfillment of “Idiocracy” continues apace.

69 prior_test2 January 15, 2017 at 3:19 pm

And in the shrinking non-post truth part of the world, this is what happened – ‘A controversial student painting portraying police and protesters as animals will be removed from the U.S. Capitol walls next week, a lawmaker who pushed for its removal said Friday.


The painting was hung in June in a tunnel between the Capitol and House office buildings alongside more than 400 other works that had won a national student art contest. The artist, Missouri teen David Pulphus, was inspired by the 2014 civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., near his home.


Law enforcement groups and conservative media outlets said Pulphus depicted cops as pigs and said his painting was disrespectful to police. On three occasions since last Friday, House Republican lawmakers personally removed the painting and delivered it to the office of Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. (D-Mo.), in whose district Pulphus lives.

Clay, who did not have a role in choosing the painting to hang in the Capitol, defended Pulphus’s right to free expression when he gathered reporters to rehang the painting Tuesday, and he said the lawmakers who took the painting down ought to be subject to theft charges.

Reichert, who did not take matters into his own hands, cited the rules of the yearly Congressional Art Competition in asking the Architect of the Capitol to remove the painting. They stipulate that “exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.”’

The ‘Dems’ did not hang the painting – the Architect of the Capitol did (so to speak), following the results of an annual Congressional Art Competition.

But in the age of Trump, we can all look forward to the creation of safe spaces for easily offended police officers and other conservatives.

70 too hot for MR January 15, 2017 at 8:02 pm

Indeed you found a perfect WaPo interpretation of things. Thank goodness they’re objective.

71 dan1111 January 16, 2017 at 7:48 am

In this case the Washington Post accurately notes that a Dem re-hung the painting (and gathered reporters to make a spectacle of it).

72 chuck martel January 15, 2017 at 2:37 pm

5. “But he chose an image that in fact depicts a (likely) proslavery candidate triumphing in the name of an America that denies not only full suffrage, but basic human and constitutional freedoms to its African American population.”

Still dwelling on the slaves of 1855 when the native Americans were being exterminated by government edict. You’ll notice Bingham didn’t depict any of them in that particular painting.

73 PD Shaw January 15, 2017 at 3:21 pm

As I mentioned upthread, the painting also most likely does not depict a proslavery candidate winning an election. Bingham’s Missouri did not have contests between proslavery and antislavery candidates. He himself grew up in a slaveowning household and at least as late as the 1850 census owned slaves himself. He successfully ran for political office in a county where one-third of the population was enslaved. Bingham was a unionist, not an abolitionist, and voted for John Bell in 1860, not Abraham Lincoln.

74 Ander January 15, 2017 at 3:08 pm

“In a country of immigrants, California seems to be the state of immigrants. Few people can trace Californian roots past more than a half-dozen generations. It’s not just that many are of Asian or Latin American descent; in the beginning, California was significantly populated with migrants-twice-over who came from the eastern U.S. Within the self-selected group of immigrants, these people were willing to decamp once more to search for gold or fame. If the U.S. is the country of immigrants, is California then the most American of all states?”

In the liberal mind, immigrants are more American than native-born Americans. That your ancestors fought for this country for generations, in the revolutionary war, in the civil war, in world war II, means nothing, in fact, it means less than nothing. As a Californian, I think it was very wise of the author to separate the culture of Hollywood from the culture of Silicon Valley. The culture of Hollywood is what I’m most familiar with. I would say the most salient aspect of the culture is the present-time focus. It’s all about the here and now, make lots of money, be famous, be glamorous. While silicon valley dreams of techno-utopian schemes, Hollywood has no need to dream, heaven on earth is here and now, in their minds. This is the type of culture where the Hollywood producer has 1.5 children and the illegal alien housekeeper has 3, but the Hollywood producer may be entirely unfazed by this, while the illegal aliens cannot believe their luck, conquering the place through housekeeping. Or perhaps he isn’t, perhaps this demographic displacement, unprecedented in the history of the world, gets to him on a subconcious level, maybe that’s the source of his “melancholy.”

75 prior_test2 January 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm

‘In the liberal mind, immigrants are more American than native-born Americans.’

What do you have against Melania Trump? Or Trump’s mother? Or Trump’s first wife, and the mother of his first daughter?

‘That your ancestors fought for this country for generations, in the revolutionary war, in the civil war, in world war II, means nothing,’

Trump’s family is fairly notable by not really matching your real American criteria. Though his grandfather did try to return to Germany – ‘Does America have GERMANY to thank for Trump’s presidency?

Letter shows his grandfather pleaded to stay in Bavaria – but was deported back to the US for skipping military service

Donald Trump’s grandfather almost changed the course of history when he begged to stay in Germany as he unsuccessfully fought his expulsion from the country for failing to perform mandatory military service, a letter has shown.

The handwritten missive, found in a German archive by an historian and published Monday by Bild newspaper, dates back to 1905.

Friedrich Trump begged Bavarian Prince Luitpold, whom he called a ‘well-loved, noble, wise and just’ leader not to deport him.

Luitpold however rejected the ‘most subservient request’ and the elder Trump was sent back to the United States. The move, two generations later, earned Donald Trump natural-born citizenship – without which he would never have been able to run for president.

Trump’s grandfather was born in Kallstadt, then part of Bavaria, and immigrated to the US as a teenager without performing his military service.

He tried to resettle in Germany after making his fortune there but was ordered expelled, and returned to the US.

Like his grandfather, the president-elect didn’t serve in the military, taking five draft deferments during the Vietnam War.

One of them, obtained after he graduated college, was a medical deferment due to a diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels.

The other four deferments were for his education.

His grandfather, born Friedrich Drumpf, built up the family’s fortune after moving to New York City in 1885 aged 16.’

Of course, that link is from a notoriously leftist source, as one would expect in our dawning post truth world –

76 Uribe January 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm

A lot of movies have been set in California. Why California is associated with X for some people is easy to figure.

77 kimock January 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm

4. ‘Watlington and Hollaway claim the ordinance is unconstitutional because it discriminates on the basis of wealth status, criminalizes poverty and imposes excessive fines for violators “whose only offense is being poor.”… The proposed class seeks damages for alleged civil rights violations, as well as an order to permanently enjoin the city from enforcing “their unconstitutional wealth-based banishment scheme against plaintiffs, including all efforts to force plaintiffs to leave McCrory.”’

I am unaware of any constitutional prohibition on the first two (discriminates on the basis of wealth status, criminalizes poverty). Excessive fines could be “unusual punishment.” I am not familiar with the Arkansas constitution, but the article says ‘The lawsuit calls banishment a “drastic punishment” that the Arkansas Constitution forbids at the state level’, which sounds similar to unusual punishment.

Devil’s advocate: How is a requirement that the trailer cost $15,000 legally distinct from strict zoning requirements whose fulfillment would cost that amount?

78 Dan Lavatan-Jeltz January 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm

Removing them would violate their right to substantive due process and their privileges and immunities. The law lacks a rational basis. It would also constitute an unconstitutional taking of their land and home. Any zoning requirement can be met for free by someone resourceful, but it is true most zoning is probably also unconstitutional, properly construed.

79 megamie January 15, 2017 at 11:19 pm

We’re already being studied by the future
George Murray

80 Hannes January 16, 2017 at 7:34 am

My favourite story of an odd library find is from Sweden. There, in the main library of a mid-sized Swedish town, librarians discovered that content of one edition of Stephen King’s “Bag of Bones” (1988) had been replaced, page by page, with the Serbian edition of the biography of Carl Bildt, the former prime minister and foreign minister of Sweden, who had a long career on the Balkans in the 1990s.

In Swedish:

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