R. Lee Ermey – “Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann” from the movie Full Metal Jacket, and a former USMC gunnery sergeant in real life – has passed away.
When Representative Lewis (Lord, I love saying that) is right, he’s right.
And on the bombings in Syria – he’s right:
Whether Kosovo, Libya or now Syria, for far too long Presidents of both parties have acted unilaterally (perhaps for the best of intentions) in taking military action without congressional approval. Outdated authorizations (AUMFs) are no substitute for the clear Constitution requirement that Congress must, at the least, be consulted barring imminent danger to the homeland. Indeed, it is Congress who has the authority and responsibility to debate and vote on what we want to provide any administration in such affairs. Matters of war and peace are too important for politics.
When President Obama bombed Libya, Republicans were rightly outraged. Roscoe Bartlett, serving on the Armed Services Committee, even called the decision an ‘affront to our Constitution.’ That was true then as it is today—especially when so many of the facts and circumstances on the ground have yet to be investigated. The sad truth is America cannot prevent or remedy every tragedy around the world. Nor can we expend our precious blood and treasure unless it is in direct interest of national security.
Finally, let me add that it remains more than a bit troubling that so many who call for intervention seeking to protect the borders of foreign nations seem so cavalier about our own.
I think the Syria bombing may well be Trump’s first serious foreign-policy misstep, and possible his first demonstrable breach of the law.
…how “dropping bombs on countries that didn’t attack us first” is suddenly a bad thing again after all these years?
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
England has comprehensive gun control, the kind Democrats only fantasize about. London has a higher murder rate than New York City. Not with guns, with knives. The Mayor of London calls for knife control. When that fails to solve the problem, I expect it will be club control, lead pipe control, steel-toed-work-boot control and eventually, clenched fist control.
London police already have started on construction tool control:
How long until the average Briton wonders whether the problem is the tool, or the user?
Since they are reverting to Middle Ages rules and customs, including the barbarian hordes invading and attempting to conquer by jihad and systematic rape which the police from Rochdale to Rotherham are too politically correct to prevent, it’s time to propose Middle Ages solutions: all weapons must be peace bonded inside the city limits. Nobles and their retainers will be allowed to carry all normal weapons everywhere except in the presence of the Lord High Mayor, but they must peace bond their swords, guns, battle axes, and lances with a bright ribbon to signify that they will not strike first. Of course, in the Middle Ages the same rules would apply to the invading hordes, so that will be a welcome change to the law abiding public. The penalty for violating the bond is death, sure and swift, a consequence the invaders remember from the lands they left.
Time to be the strong horse.
For the second time in 14 years, the NARN is taking a Saturday off due to weather.
We’ll be running a “best of” today.
Fortunately, both of our guests this week – Eight District GOP Congressional candidate Pete Stauber, and Ed Morrissey – will be on next week.
Tune in, and stay warm!
Proponents of breaking California into three states have enough signatures to get a vote:
Tim Draper, who made his money through Hotmail and Skype, has gathered 600,000 signatures supporting the change – way above the 364,000 needed.
Those who want to break up California believe it would boost educational standards and reduce the political power of Sacramento, the state’s capital.
I don’t know about you, but my fingers are crossed.
We know gun control isn’t about safety.
First, Britain – awash in the same sort of virtue-signaling panic that befalls Big Left regularly – banned guns after the Dunblane Massacre.
After a couple decades of increases, London’s murder rate passed up New York’s for the first time.
Last week, TheBlaze reported the number of murders in London, a traditionally safe city, surpassed the number of murders in New York City in February and March for the first time in modern history. The murders were mostly carried out in stabbing attacks with knives.
Now, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is taking action — by implementing knife control.
What is Khan doing?
In response to the spike in crime, Khan deployed over 300 additional London police officers to the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods to stop and search anyone they suspect is carrying a knife. In the U.S., such policies are very controversial and possibly violate the Fourth Amendment, but in England, police are able to stop and search anyone they suspect is carrying a knife.
The results? The same sort of security theater that happens every time government tries to treat not the disease, not even the symptoms, but the tools involved in the symptoms (and, in the UK’s case, the very act of defending yourself from the disease). It’s like treating flu by banning vomit.
And when I say “security theater”, I’m not speaking imprecisely at all:
So after decades of dictatorial posturing, perhaps the number of knives available to criminals will drop (as Britons gnaw on food they can’t cut, or start buying their awful British food pre-cut for them). That‘ll solve crime right?
Nonsense. Criminals will start taping nails onto long sticks, or carrying socks full of five pence pieces. And when the UK government gans nails and coins, they’ll switch to pointed sticks. And when pointed sticks are finally off the streets, it’ll be rocks and pavers and fists and feet.
Britian keeps this “mind”-set up, they’ll all be legless, armless, immobile consumption machines in a few centuries.
Except the criminals.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
“ . . . new employees are seen as crucial to ensure ample funding for the wave of retiring baby boomers . . . .”
This is the exact definition of Ponzi Scheme but the Post doesn’t seem to notice that the union’s position is absurd and in any other context, illegal.
Read the whole thing.
This is what people with half a brain are up against: people with less than half a brain.
Glenn Reynolds on the institutional deflection after Parkland:
Despite receiving a warning directly from the Russian government, the FBI failed to stop the Tsarnaev brothers from staging the Boston Marathon bombing. Despite having plenty of resources, the Charlottesville police failed to stop a car attack that left a woman dead. The FBI interviewed Omar Mateen, the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter, and considered criminally investigating him. They didn’t — possibly because his father was an FBI informant.
The FBI also missed numerous “red flags” before the San Bernardino shooting. And despite having lots of warning, the FBI, the Broward County schools and the Broward Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff Scott Israel all failed to stop Nikolas Cruz from shooting up a high school.
And yet these repeated failures — among others — keep getting swept under the rug as we look for “solutions” to the problem of violence. No doubt Israel and the others whose incompetence made it possible for Cruz to kill his classmates were relieved to see our national discourse veer into questions of whether Laura Ingraham should lose sponsors for mocking David Hogg’s college-admissions failures, instead of their own failures to do their jobs.
Deflecting to “gun control” certainly takes heat off of the likes of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and the carnage on his watch, and that of his Democrat predecessor Bill “Rifle Up Your Butt” Daley.
Mayors of failed cities do a lot of deflecting, don’t they?
NPR’s exhaustive investigation has turned up – with the complete cooperation of the NRA – a link to the Russians!
The National Rifle Association has accepted contributions from about 23 Russians, or Americans living in Russia, since 2015, the gun rights group acknowledged to Congress.
The NRA said in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., unveiled on Wednesday, that the sum it received from those people was just over $2,500 and most of that was “routine payments” for membership dues or magazine subscriptions.
That’s less than one day of Chelsea Clinton’s “salary” when she was an NBC “correspondent”.
Watch for this to become the biggest “scandal” per dollar transacted in American history…
…if the establishment media can help it.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
When I was in college, my PoliSci pro confidently assured me that land reforms in Rhodesia would lead to utopia. 13 years ago, Blacks living in Zimbabwe admitted it didn’t work out as planned, and were wishing they had White Men in charge again.
Today, Blacks in South Africa are dead-set on repeating their neighbor’s mistakes.
Whatever we do, America must NOT send any aid. That would be imperialist aggression. It would be interfering in their chosen culture. Zimbabwean Blacks wanted out from under the White Man’s thumb, wanted to be independent and stand on their own. They insisted they were ready to manage their own affairs, learn from their mistakes. Who are we to judge the results?
Similarly, if South African Blacks want to take back their country and run it themselves – without any outside interference – then we ought to be fully supportive. Go right ahead. You’re on your own.
As for the White farmers who are losing their lands, well, I hear it’s nice in Australia. Might want to move before the necklacing begins.
I’m tempted to say the same thing whenever I heard about “Democratically”-elected governments destroying their own nations – see Venezuela and Bolivia along with Zimbabwe and South Africa.
We warned you – but you did it anyway. Fix it yourselves. Still feel good, sticking it to the Yanqui?
As I’ve pointed out in the past, few things annoy me more than the “people” who, when people respond with “thoughts and prayers” after some sort of tragedy or another, bellow “F**K YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS – WE’VE GOT TO DOOOOO SOMETHING!”, where “SOMETHING” invariably means “some emotion-driven knee-jerk response that will do nothing to deal with the problem, but will serve Big Let’s agenda nicely”.
So it’s interesting to note that we, in fact, are right:
Prayer might make people feel better, but, as some critics have argued, does it direct their attention away from problems that need to be addressed? In other words, is prayer a distraction? Recent behavioral science experiments suggest that it isn’t, that prayer helps people focus their attention. In one study, research participants with varying levels of religiosity completed cognitive tasks that assess attention. After finishing these tasks, they were instructed to bring to mind one concern in their lives. One group of participants was then asked to spend ten minutes praying about that concern. Another group was asked to spend ten minutes thinking about that concern. A final group spent that time working on a puzzle. Then they repeated the attention tasks. Researchers looked for changes in their performance and found that among highly religious individuals, praying about a life concern, compared with thinking about it or being distracted with a puzzle, improved cognitive performance. No differences were observed among the less religious. These findings are consistent with the researchers’ proposal that prayer frees up cognitive resources needed to focus on mental tasks by reducing the extent to which people are distracted by negative emotions.
I’ve found that metaphysics and theology aside, it helps put emotional turbulence in context and free up mental resources for the rational thought actually needed after a crisis.
Which is another weapon Big Left thinks only the government really needs…
There are times I wonder if this isn’t the right answer.
UPDATE: Clearly, I wrote this before looking at the map. While the article makes sense, clearly the author thinks all northerners look alike. The idea of the Dakotas, Montana and Idaho siding with New England is as risible as Rebecca Otto’s candidacy.
My two cents? It’s not just two nations (Dems aren’t the only ones fighting the last war). Short of dividing up by counties (which would be much more politically accurate), I could see several options:
But again, it’s all hypothetical.
Or is it?
…is being able to blame “privilege” for every transgression, real or perceived, for which one’s facts, logic or intellect doesn’t equip one to respond.
A friend of the blog writes:
I guess we uppity peasants got put in our places. If one complains, uprises against the government, it is only because of privilegeand wealth. We are instead to sit passively, for the good of all, and let organized city services have their way with us. After all, they apparently make better choices for us then we can make ourselves.
Really. And here I thought it was our right to protest when government over stepped into our lives. I guess I will remind people of this when the next Black Lives Matter protest happens over an incident with an organized city service.
As we noted when we first defined Urban Progressive Privilege, another of its great privileges is not having people calling you on inconsistencies.
…doesn’t possess a theoretical model, nor does science have the instrumentation, nor can engineering not develop the instrumentation, nor indeed can logic, philosophy or even theology measure the sheer depth of my disdain for everyone and everything involved in this article.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The case for mandating gun ownership. And why serving in the militia should be compulsory.
As a general rule, I react negatively to the suggestion that I should be required to do anything for the federal government. But the point about civic virtue is important. In a world where people think bacon comes from a store and cops shouldn’t be so mean when they arrest murderers, a little time spent patrolling the streets of your own town might open some eyes.
Who knows, maybe we could form a committee of citizens to maintain vigilance in the neighborhood. Might be a good deterrent to crime.
I think public safety is like tax withholding; if you had to do it yourself, your point of view would be very different.
David “Boss” Hogg, head of the Bloombergjugend, is taking a “gap year” to “work in the midterms“.
I figure that’ll be with half a point in every red District.
Mark Robinson says something (at a Greenboro NC City Council meeting that people should be telling government at every level:
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The Supreme Court declared the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right. But we all know fundamental rights can be infringed (can’t yell fire in a crowded theater). The question is: what’s the test to decide whether a government regulation affecting a fundamental right is valid or void?
The Illinois city ordinance banning ‘assault rifles’ is staking out a “rational basis” test. If the regulation is rationally related to a legitimate government purpose, it stands. That’s the test we use for zoning ordinances, or speed limits. That’s the least protective of citizens’ rights.
In contrast, the test for freedom of speech is “strict scrutiny,” which is a much harder test for the government to pass. That’s why a crucifix in urine, nude dancing, flag burning and Citizens United’s right to show a film critical of Hillary Clinton are all protected by the First Amendment.
These tests are all made-up rules adopted by the Supreme Court, which hasn’t stated the test it will apply to gun rights cases. It’s absolutely critical Second Amendment supporters keep the pressure on politicians and the courts to make certain the right to defend yourself with arms is as vigorously protected as the right to defend yourself with words.
The good guys have been on a fifteen year winning streak. Some have gotten complacent.
It’s time to change that.
Republicans just don’t want to work across the aisle.
This, the Democrats say about a party that’s nominated John McCain, Mitt Romney, Dubya, Tim Pawlenty, Mike McFadden…
…well, you know the list.
But on the
far left, chucking even Big Left’s current unconvincing veneer of “bipartisanship” is becoming outré:
In this current period of American politics, at this juncture in our history, there’s no way that a bipartisan path provides the way forward. The way forward is on the path California blazed about 15 years ago.
In the early 2000s, California faced a similar situation to the one America faces today. Its state politics were severely polarized, and state government was largely paralyzed. The Republican Party was trapped in the brain-dead orthodoxies of an ideology stuck in the past. The party was controlled by zealous activists and corrupt special interests who refused to face up to the reality of the new century. It was a party that refused to work with the Democrats in good faith or compromise in any way.
To which their response is – let’s not compromise in any way ourselves!
The solution for the people of California was to reconfigure the political landscape and shift a supermajority of citizens — and by extension their elected officials — under the Democratic Party’s big tent. The natural continuum of more progressive to more moderate solutions then got worked out within the context of the only remaining functioning party…California today provides a model for America as a whole. This model of politics and government is by no means perfect, but it is far ahead of the nation in coming to terms with the inexorable digital, global, sustainable transformation of our era.
You could say Cali provides a model for the rest of the country…
Wonder if Lori Sturdevant is going to give Leyden and Texeira a stern talking-to?
UPDATE: Not sure if Sturdevant’s read it, but Kurt Schlichter has.
California is a bankrupt failed state that is essentially Illinois with palm trees and better weather. Outside the coastal urban enclaves where Jack and his pals mingle, drinking kombucha and apologizing for their white privilege to their baffled servants, it’s a crowded, decaying disaster. Bums wander the streets, littering the sidewalks with human waste. Crime is rising. Illegal aliens abound, more welcome in the Golden State than actual Americans. California is an example all right, but a cautionary one.
Read both of ’em. The Second Civil War is underway. Not a shot has been fired (well, not many of them anyway) – call it the Civil Cold War if you’d like.
…people are tired of being told what “their best interests” are by elites with no skin in their actual, local game.
…reading stories of anti-gun politicians and their staffers owning the guns they desperately want to deny the little guy.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Chicago PD needs to get guns off the streets to bring down the murder rate which is higher than New York. You know what would get guns off the streets? Stop-and-frisk. Don’t even bother to arrest the people in possession – that raises all the Fourth Amendment defenses and exacerbates racial disparity convictions – just take the guns and auction them to lawful buyers to fund midnight basketball programs. Who could possibly object to that?
One big guess…
Here’s the Minnpost article on civil forfeiture.
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