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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Flagging

mexicalifornia_flags

The word “flagging” has several meanings, including the calling out of something of particular interest or the identification of a problem or violation.

It can also mean growing tired. All of this applies to this story of the student government at a California college voting to ban the American flag from their space. In the […]

Re-election

Re-elect

I wrote, not too long ago, proposing an amendment to the US Constitution regarding term limits. My approach here seems to be unusual; I’ve not seen anyone else suggest the idea of […]

Invitations

SunsetOfWashibngton

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

Legislative Fix

TJFlag-BlankPaper

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

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 […]

Detainee

FreeSlahi

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

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. […]

Hottest Year Never

GlobalWarming

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. […]