Midweek Roundup

At a conference this week. Here’s a few stories I’m following:

  • North Korea claims to have tested a hydrogen bomb. Even the skeptics admit that whatever they’ve tested, if not technically an H-bomb, is massively more powerful than the bombs they’ve been testing before. So far, our “smart diplomacy” has yielded nothing with the Norks.
  • Reports are preliminary, but it appears that there was a wave of sexual assaults and robberies in Cologne, Germany, with the perpetrators being gangs of Arab and North African men. We have seen this sort of thing before, although not on this scale. I don’t oppose immigration. I do demand that immigrants observe our cultural norms, obey our laws and treat women with respect.
  • President Obama has announced some executive actions on gun control, mostly tightening background checks. Charles Cooke notes that the President is expending a lot of political capital for very little gain. The President, and the Democrats, continue to think that the country is screaming for gun control and that this will vault them to electoral success. They are deeply mistaken. Liberals, in echo chambers like Vox, are screaming for gun control. The country, generally is not.
  • Continuing on that, the President announced these moves in a tearful press conference. His emotions, however, are not important. What is important, as Ken White tells us, is how the President talks about rights, which is to say in the most disingenuous anti-freedom way imaginable.
  • Jamelle Bouie has a great piece where he argues that the Oregon standoff is not really about race. Our focus shouldn’t be on why police aren’t gunning down the Bundys. It should be on how to get the to show the same caution more often.

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  1. WVRSpence


    Judge Moore (he of the ten Commandments controversy fame) has blocked gay marriage in Alabama.

    Gary Johnson is entering the Presidential race as a libertarian/independent.

    For some reason, there’s talk about Ted Cruz not being a natural born citizen due to his partly Canadian heritage.

    Hillary Clinton could be facing a criminal indictment in sixty days, just in time for the primaries.

    That’s the news, good night and have a pleasant tomorrow!

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  2. InsipiD

    I’m skeptical of North Korea, but the issues in Cologne certainly sound plausible.  Obama seems to have forgotten how crying crocodile tears sets off everyone’s BS detector.  As soon as I see someone crying about an issue, I know that their intellectual honesty is gone from that argument.

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