■ In Proverbs
24:6, we get a little Sun Tzu-style advice:
6 Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers.
This reminded me of something… Oh, yeah
Asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” who he talks with consistently about foreign policy, Trump responded, “I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things."
Yeah, this is all starting to make sense.
■ I'm a little tired of the "but Democrats did the same thing"
mantra, so I don't see how this is good. Peter Suderman at
McConnell Might Hold a Vote on an Obamacare Rewrite Next Week. It’s
Not Even Drafted Yet.
Is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planning to hold a vote on
the Senate's version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which
would rewrite Obamacare, next week?
If so, that would be quite remarkable, given that there is currently no bill available for either the public or Republican lawmakers to see. It is even more remarkable given that Republicans spent the last seven years criticizing Democrats for having rushed Obamacare into place, on a party line basis, without sufficient debate or clear public support.
Suderman offers a number of theories as to why McConnell is embracing this
strategy, and any might be correct. Most likely: McConnell doesn't
care too much about whether the bill passes or not, he just wants to
get it off the Senate's plate.
■ Daniel J. Mitchell likes (with caveats) the latest rankings of
states by Government Dependency, as determined by WalletHub: Red
State, Blue State, Independent State, Moocher State.
[…] if we look at their 25 least-dependent states, you see a very interesting pattern. Of the 10-most independent states, only three of them are Trump-voting red states (Kansas, Nebraska, and Utah).
By the algorithm used by WalletHub, New Hampshire is in ninth place.
The full WalletHub article is
When other measures of dependency (financial, job-market,
international trade, and "vice") are taken into account, NH rises to
fourth place. Wallethub invites me to embed, so I shall:
■ Ben Shapiro writes at NRO on those, left and right, who
seem to be Addicted
to the Apocalypse. A point we've made before: if "we" adopt the
tactics of the left, we're losing something important.
It’s far more dangerous when the self-stated guardians of
Judeo-Christian morality declare war. Then nobody is left to stand
for decent behavior — to remind us that we are brothers rather than
enemies, that the proper response to an unhinged violent attack on
members of Congress isn’t storming a stage at a play in Central
Park, and that the proper response to a judicial verdict you don’t
like isn’t setting local stores on fire.
There's only been sporadic nonsense from "our side", always rebutted
and, when necessary, condemned. But it's
■ Just One Minute notes, with a certain amount of disgust,
a recent New York Times story about the Navy sailors who died in
the collision of their destroyer with a Japanese container ship: They
All Died Serving Their Country, Even The White Ones.
The NY Times covers the deaths of seven US Navy sailors in a collision with a Japanese freighters and seizes an opportunity to advance their favored diversity narrative. Sadly, that means the two white male sailors who died are left to share one paragraph of a thirty four paragraph eulogy. No tearful interviews or fond remembrances from friends and family for these two. White privilege must always and everywhere be resisted.
Especially galling was the NYT's half-sentence brushoff of Gary Rehm Jr.,
who (as the Daily Beast reports) saved at least 20 sailors,
and gave his life attempting to save more.