Invitations

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

Legislative Fix

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I have an idea for a possible fix for the tremendous flood of bureaucracy-generated legislation, in the form of a Constitutional amendment: […]

Crab Bucket

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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 […]

Detainee

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There is a story written by a Guantanamo inmate — Mohamedou Ould Slahi (or Salahi); he’s still there — that describes the “horrific torture” he was put through by US interrogators. The story portrays him as a completely innocent man — and there are tens of thousands of hits on this just published book, with multi-part writeups in Slate, loving responses in The Atlantic and countless other left-wing publications. They all agree: He had been briefly involved with al Qaida, but abandoned them and had no further contact until he was arrested in Mauritania in 2000. Over and over again, his innocence is asserted, and he says that he finally broke and gave his interrogators made-up information about al Qaida. So, we should believe his grotesque story about the torture, right? Well, perhaps not completely… […]

Distortion

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@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. […]

Hottest Year Never

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Here is a good collection of links on the current push by the US government and media to convince us that 2014 was the “Hottest Year Ever,” ignoring the actual satellite data. And some other thoughts on the topic, not well-researched, but with perhaps a surprise or two. […]

Israel and MLK

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It is interesting to me that so many on the Left are hostile to the nation of Israel, and willing to line up on the side of Palestinian terrorists. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, his thoughts on Israel are significant: […]

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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Magical Islam

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President Obama has famously declared that the Islamic State is not Islamic. Andrew Klavan had some fun with this. The Obama administration is going to extraordinary lengths to assert that Islamic terrorism (they will not use that phrase) has “nothing to do with Islam” (a phrase Obama and company use frequently). I was struck by various aspects of this “nothing to do with Islam” assertion. […]

Protected Group

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In another forum, a commenter is arguing that the media is always quick to mention the criminal’s race if he’s black, but never if he’s Jewish. (There is some confusion there about “race.”) As he summed it up, after many comments and much argument: After the arrest. Black crime is racialized White crime is indivdualized Jewish crime is not mentioned. This struck me as rather far from the mark. I replied: […]