■ Proverbs 28:13:
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
I regret to inform the Proverbalist that this is
When Lois Lerner, who headed the tax-exempt division of the IRS, was
subpoenaed to appear before congress to explain her agency’s
targeting, she exercised her Fifth Amendment right against
self-incrimination. She eventually resigned, with the Obama Justice
Department exonerating her of any criminal wrongdoing.
Lerner is retired and drawing a comfortable federal pension.
■ My Google Alert for LFOD turned up an article from a site called
"Romper" ("a site for a new
generation of women figuring out what motherhood means
for us". Bold in original.):
Girl Scout Is Trying To End Child Marriage In Her State, But GOP
Reps Voted Against Her. Oh no!
Apparently, the motto "Live free or die" doesn't apply to child brides. When Cassandra Levesque, a New Hampshire Girl Scout, learned that child marriage is perfectly legal in her state, she worked to create legislation to change the legal age for marriage to 18. The current law allows for boys to marry at age 14, and girls at 13, provided they have permission from their parents and a judge. Last week, Levesque and her parents watched as state legislators debated, and ultimately rejected her bill. The representatives voted 179 to 168 to indefinitely postpone an actual vote on the bill, meaning it's now "effectively killed for two years," as Democratic Rep. Jackie Cilley, the bill's sponsor, told the Concord Monitor.
I don't have a strong opinion on this, but it would seem that a
strict application of LFOD would work the opposite way from the
article's implication. But I am not a Girl Scout.
■ At NR, Kevin D. Williamson notes a strange reversal in
party philosophy since the 1980s (when KDW "was a Republican for
about ten minutes"): Conservatism
for Losers. Sample:
In neither party’s case does this recent evolution constitute an
improvement: It would be one thing if the Democrats had embraced
their inner aristocrats with a decent and forthright spirit of
public service rather than their current nastiness and stupidity, or
if the newly class-conscious Republicans were proceeding as people
who are (as Someone once put it) “poor in spirit,” putting
generosity of spirit rather than seething resentment at the center
of their new concern for those at the margins of modern life. But
that is not the case. The Democrats have become ordinary snobs of a
particularly embarrassing variety, and the Republicans have become
incontinent rage monkeys, looking for someone — anyone — to blame.
They are much more interested in afflicting the comfortable than in
comforting the afflicted. But there is another approach to life’s
losers, a better one, if only they could remember.
… and conservatives of a Certain Age will immediately recognize the
quote that follows.
■ What would President Trump's budget do to American Science? Well,
Adam Rogers at Wired is here to tell you, bunkie:
Budget Would Break American Science, Today and Tomorrow. He
notes that budget proposals are never, ever, enacted without change.
It’s still worth looking at the budget, though—not as a blueprint for
governing but as a map of a government, a philosophy of a state.
From that angle it’s a singularly terrifying document, fundamentally
nihilistic, that assumes a violent present instead of attempting to
build a future of peace, security, and absence of want. By
eviscerating federal funding of science, this budget pays for a
world where the only infrastructure is megacities connected by Fury
Ah, don't ever change, Wired. Please continue telling us how
the American taxpayer must continue funding
neural and cognitive correlates of aimed throwing in chimpanzees: a
magnetic resonance image and behavioural study on a unique form of
social tool use" (aka
monkeys). Otherwise researchers in other countries—maybe
Russia—might make make vital gains in this area, leading to a
[If you said "WTF are Fury Roads?" to the above quote, go watch
■ While not new, this poster seems to be enjoying a resurgence:
At the Federalist, Robert Tracinski
points out that it's a pretty good guide:
To Be A ‘Woke’ White Person: Join The Alt-Right.
The first thing that struck me about these rules are that the white people who comply with it most fully are: the resurgent racists of the “alt-right.”
Tracinski points out they're perhaps a little weak on items 3 and 7,
but otherwise… scoring 8/10 is pretty good!
Keep trying, alt-righters!