Lawlessness

Lawless

One commenter suggested that the problem with current immigration law is that Congress has not been forced to act. I didn’t quite agree: Current law enacted by Congress handles immigration reasonably well. It certainly prevents the current crisis. Except that it didn’t […]

Bad Press

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President Obama, speaking at the Summit of the Americas last month, made a couple of intriguing statements.

Perhaps President Correa has more confidence than I do in distinguishing between bad press and good press. There are a whole bunch of press that I think is bad, mainly because it criticizes me, but they continue to […]

Sanctions

Obama_Rouhani

One topic I am thinking about is the farcical kabuki dance surrounding the Iran sanctions regime. T^he lawmakesr pretend that they are going to be tough about the sanctions. Obama pretends that he will be tough about the sanctions. But in fact we effectively released them more than a year ago.

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Ferguson

HandsUp

Citizen Tom wrote a post about the Ferguson fiasco and the subsequent “searing” report, entitled “When Liars Refuse to Give Up.”

The commenter “scout” was confused about the word “liars” (among other things). I was not:

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Invitations

SunsetOfWashibngton

I listened to Benyamin Netanyahu’s speech. His message boiled down to: […]

Crab Bucket

CrabBucket

Harvey_Rritt commented on the “Acting White” post in a way that made me think a moment:

Terry Pratchett calls it the Crab Bucket. It is a perfect expression. (He does that.) When a crab starts to get out of the bucket full of crabs, the others, awaiting death by live steam, pull the escaping crab […]

Distortion

Wealth_of_Nations

@Pete, who wrote: “at the same time, [Adam Smith] saw the need of government as an interventionary force to prevent excesses that worked against the general public interest” In the material you quoted, and elsewhere, he argued strenuously against exactly this. It is precisely such government interference, “[t]he proposal of any new law or regulation of commerce,” that he warned required “great caution” because of the involvement of crony capitalism. […]

Pigs in Blankets

Pope_and_Change

Pigs, pork, bacon … all being covered up by a Western publisher deathly afraid of offending the “tiny minority” of Muslims who will kill them. Ostensibly, they are afraid to “offend” people, specifically “Muslims and Jews” — except for the suggestion that no Jew has ever complained. From the International Business Times article: “One of the biggest education publishers in the world has warned its authors not to mention pigs or sausages in their books to avoid causing offence …” […]

Politics and Evolution

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I am a bit reluctant to get into this topic, because many of the people whose fellowship (and political alliance) I value are creationists of one form or another. Generally, they’re often better people although not specifically for that reason. But, here goes:

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Presidential Economy

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Do presidents really have an effect on the US economy? That question was put to me. Here’s my reply. The Clinton era was an utter and complete financial disaster — to the point where Republicans won the midterms in a landslide, and were able to force through tax reductions and other Federal constraints. […]