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: […]

New, Original or Useful

Most of my friends and readers can ignore this post; it is a workspace for a reply to an individual because I ran out of room in a comment. But I’ll give a little background, for those interested in a debate about Christianity and the words of Jesus.

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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: […]

Legislative Fix

TJFlag-BlankPaper

Please see the next post.

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Legislation

Legislation

Imagine that this asterisk is a unit of legislation: * This would be the amount of legislation produced by the United States legislative branch, Congress (i.e., the Senate and House of Representatives), and signed into law by President Obama (in the executive branch) in 2013. This represents about 800 pages of the Federal Register where such laws are recorded. That’s the way our system was designed: the legislative branch creates legislation, the executive branch signs it into law or vetoes it, and that was how laws were to come into being. Now compare that single unit with the laws that were created by the executive branch on its own without involving Congress: […]

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… […]