A Milestone of Sorts for Western Civilization

For the past few years, Americans reaching voting age have had a dwindling chance of having any personal memory of the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Today, that chance vanishes away completely.

Now, granted, there wasn’t a realistic chance of anyone turning 18 yesterday having any personal memory of 9/11, but today brings an absolute finality to the notion. New voting-age Americans over the next several years will have some memory of the consequences of the attack, but will only know of the attack itself what others — increasingly, a public “education” establishment hostile to Western civilization — tell them.

Today the memory of 9/11 is old enough to vote, but it probably won’t.

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Blogger in the Hospital

Charles G. Hill, Squire of Surlywood and proprietor of Dustbury, is in the hospital after a vehicle accident. Some of us had begun to worry because he hadn’t updated his site — nor his Twitter timeline — since Tuesday morning. However, fellow blogger HollyH left a comment to Charles’ most recent post with the information.

Charles has been having health issues in recent years, and has occasionally had difficulty driving because of some of the resulting complications. Of course, he has always had to contend with other people’s lousy driving habits on his daily commute too, so until we hear from him we won’t know whether this was a result of the former or the latter.

Update, Friday: This tweet was posted yesterday but I just found it.

According to his own blog, Charles has been chronically depressed for most of his life, yet he has also borne up against trials that might have crushed a man of a more sanguine disposition. Like all of his friends I fear the worst, but I’m also hopeful that, if he possibly can, he will get through this too.

Update, Sunday night:

I'm too busy stuffing cash into my swear jar to comment at this time.

Update again, a bit later: I managed to find some G-rated words that I posted in the thread on Charles’ last post:

Many of his loved ones went before, and his pain is behind him.

Ours is just begun.

Update, Monday: Fellow Dustbury reader and Friend-of-Charles Roger Green offers a eulogy.

Update, Wednesday, Sept. 11: The Oklahoman’s Steve Lackmeyer offers a tribute of his own.

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Pass the Hot Cider, It Must Be Fall

Yesterday your blogger got to watch two college football games of the NCAA variety: Mississippi State visiting Louisiana-Lafayette at the Superdome in New Orleans, and Wyoming hosting Missouri at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

Mississippi State’s Bulldogs scored first in their game, but couldn’t seem to keep the Ragin’ Cajuns from tying things up again until the third quarter when they opened a 14-point lead. Louisiana narrowed that to seven in the fourth, but State scored a field goal near the end of the game and finished 38-28.

Wyoming’s game started less auspiciously, with Missouri leading 14-0 at halftime, but the Cowboys emerged from the locker room ready to come back; soon they had opened a 17-27 lead, and the Tigers never again saw daylight. Long pass troubles by starting quarterback Tommy Stevens in the first half evaporated, and the Wyoming defense ceased to be caught flat-footed by Missouri’s ground game. When it was all over, Wyoming had defeated Missouri, 31-37.

Both losing teams suffered from costly turnovers, but the winners weren’t immune — a Louisiana punt bumped an inattentive Mississippi State player’s leg from behind, freeing the Cajuns to reclaim possession. They went on to push into the end zone on the resulting drive, scoring one of their first-half game-tying TDs. That Bulldog player will certainly be looking forward to next Saturday when hopefully some other topic of conversation will emerge from their game against Southern Mississippi.

The NFL regular season starts next weekend.

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What a Way to End a Month

As I write this, in the late afternoon of August 31, passes Hour 20 of the Stupidest 24 Hours of 2019. So far.

What has made them stupid isn’t necessarily what people have said or done — but that when called out on it, they defended it. And I’m not talking CNN employees or Democrat officeholders or anti-Trump “Republican” pundits, but people who read and snicker at and joke about the antics of CNN employees and Democrat officeholders and anti-Trump “Republican” pundits. People whom one would therefore assume ought to know better.

I can only hope it’s a temporary madness that will have become but an embarrassing memory for the perpetrators once September has begun.

God help us all.

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Well, Then

I won’t say that I agree wholeheartedly with the court’s conclusion here, but the schadenfreude is quite tasty.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Colorado secretary of state violated the Constitution in 2016 when he removed an elector and nullified his vote because the elector refused to cast his ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote.

The ruling applies only to Colorado and five other states in the 10th Circuit: Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.

It could influence future cases nationwide in the unlikely event that enough Electoral College members strayed from their states’ popular vote to affect the outcome of a presidential election, constitutional scholars said.

The court may actually be right about the constitutionality of “faithless elector” laws, but what I like is the complaint from Colorado’s Democrat Secretary of State:

Colorado’s current secretary of state, Jena Griswold, decried the ruling Tuesday in Colorado but did not immediately say if she would appeal.

“This court decision takes power from Colorado voters and sets a dangerous precedent,” she said. “Our nation stands on the principle of one person, one vote.”

Colorado, you see, is a signatory to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, a scheme whereby the votes cast by Colorado’s own voters can be overruled if the aggregated total of votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (what the Compact erroneously refers to as the “national” popular vote, which does not legally exist) disagrees. If, say, in 2020, the Compact were in effect, and the majority of the “national” popular vote went to Trump, the Compact would require that Colorado send its Republican electors’ votes to be counted in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 even if the Democrat ticket received 100% of the vote in Colorado.

Colorado and the other states that have signed on to this Compact have no moral standing whatsoever to complain about this ruling “tak(ing) power from (their) voters” — especially since Colorado’s decision to join this Compact was taken without the voters’ input.

The article goes on to note, however, that this ruling is at odds with a May ruling by the Washington Supreme Court, which could mean the U.S. Supreme Court might choose to hear an appeal. It’s not as likely as if the tension were with another federal appeals court, but it’s possible. But there’s another wrinkle.

It wasn’t immediately clear what impact the ruling would have on a new Colorado law that pledges the state’s Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote if enough other states with a total of at least 270 electoral votes do the same.


Tuesday’s ruling could undermine the law by prohibiting the state from requiring electors to vote for the popular vote winner, said Frank McNulty, an adviser to Protect Colorado’s Vote, which wants voters to overturn the law. But the ruling could also free electors to decide on their own to support the candidate with the most votes nationally, he said.

Go long on popcorn futures.

Update: On further consideration, I fear I may have found a hole in Frank McNulty’s reasoning.

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