24:23-25 strikes me as a bit of bottom-of-the-barrel-scraping:
23 These also are sayings of the wise:
To show partiality in judging is not good:
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and rich blessing will come on them.
Unfortunately, James Comey was not paying attention to this last
year. Now he's picking up soda cans by the freeway.
■ My Google LFOD alert was triggered by New Hampshire Senate
Chuck Morse's column in the Concord Monitor: A
real ‘Live free or die’ session.
New Hampshire continues to hold true to its motto, first coined by
Revolutionary War General John Stark, “Live free or die.” As we
gather together next week to celebrate our nation’s enduring freedom
on the Fourth of July, we are reminded that this motto can take on
many different meanings.
Translation: people ignore and obfuscate the motto's perfectly plain meaning as
necessary to justify whatever political position they're currently
But Chuck's column is his defense/explication of the NH Senate's actions over
the past year. Example: "We’ve also taken steps to launch the Lakeshore
Redevelopment Planning Commission in Laconia to bring in new ideas
for the Laconia State School property." Yes, that's the kind of
thing General Stark had in mind!
But Chuck tries valiantly to tie in the motto once again:
Our state motto takes on so many different meanings, but ultimately
emphasizes the importance of our freedom from oppression and perhaps
overstates the need for consistent, measured practicality.
I am in awe of anyone who can read the four words "Live Free or
Die", and see anything at all about "consistent, measured
practicality", let alone an overstatement about "consistent, measured
Go back to Salem, Chuck. You've had one too many.
■ But my Google LFOD alert was also triggered by an article
by Aaron Keller, at a site called "Law Newz": 'DAMN,
SH*T, ASS!’ State Parole Board Caught Swearing At Inmates. Yes,
that's our State Parole Board.
New Hampshire is a state known for having beautiful mountains, no income tax, no sales tax, no mandatory seatbelt laws, huge state-run liquor stores in highway rest areas, a tough stance on drugs and alcohol, and a “live free or die” mentality.
Yeah, that's us. So?
Add to the list of the state’s various attributes the following: the state’s adult parole board, which has the “sole authority to grant parole to a New Hampshire state prison inmate” or to “revoke the parole privilege of any person in its custody and recommit that person to the prison” under state administrative rules, got nailed by New Hampshire Public Radio for using
and profane language in hearings.
Second link above corrected to point to NHPR story. Unfortunately,
no board member actually said "Damn, Shit, Ass"; these are
from three separate quotes.
I'm trying hard to be outraged by this, and failing. Some parole
board members are insufficiently respectful toward convicted
criminals? Boo hoo. But the "Law
Newz" article does have some amusing snark about our state.
■ At NRO, David French explains: Why
Trump’s Vengeful Tweeting Matters. The occasion being, in case
you missed it, our President's reference to MSNBC hosts "low I.Q.
Crazy Mika [Brzezinski],
along with Psycho Joe [Scarborough]", and blood, and plastic
A conservative can fight for tax reform, celebrate military victories over ISIS in Mosul, and applaud Trump’s judicial appointments while also condemning Trump’s vile tweets and criticizing his impulsiveness and lack of discipline. A good conservative can even step back and take a longer view, resolving to fight for the cultural values that tribalism degrades. Presidents matter not just because of their policies but also because of their impact on the character of the people they govern. Conservatives knew that once. Do they still?
Well, some do, some don't. But I know that when Trump exits the
presidency, he'd be a pretty good pick for the New Hampshire State
■ Good news from Ashe Schow, writing at the Federalist: Trump
Administration Signals End To Campus Star Chambers.
For years, college campuses across the country have been conducting
witch hunts to expel or punish men accused of sexual assault. Those
may soon be coming to an end, thanks to the Trump administration.
Unfortunately, many colleges will probably do the witch hunt thing
anyway; it's in their grievance-mongering DNA. But there are
judicial remedies for that sort of thing, and at least the Federal
Government won't be providing encouragement.
■ At Reason, Matt Welch notes the Fox
Hosts for Legalizing Heroin. (Specifically, Kennedy and Kat
This isn't Kennedy's first time making the on-air case for heroin
legalization—back in March 2013, when then-host John Stossel talked
about how he once struggled with legalizing hard drugs, but then
concluded that owning one's body is a "powerful" counter-argument,
the non-drug-using former MTV VJ replied "amen," and added: "having
drugs be illegal is downright deadly. It's dangerous. And, you know,
Ron Paul always made a good point, which was, let's say heroin was
made legal right now, like who really wants to go out and jack their
vein with heroin?" And in September of last year, when our own
Katherine Mangu-Ward reacted to a story about elephant tranquilizers
getting cut into smack by saying "this is why we want to legalize
heroin now because it would save lives," Kennedy replied "Yes,
absolutely. But instead, the problem here is, you know, not that
legislators and…city council members are going to wake up and smell
the cat food and realize that prohibition is directly leading to
I've developed the unfortunate habit of watching the local TV news,
which devotes a huge chunk of each broadcast to inducing
moral panic on the drug issue; they call this theme
Addiction" (Get it?)
■ Nancy MacLean's taxpayer-funded hatchet job on James M. Buchanan
gets raked over the coals by David Bernstein:
Some dubious claims in Nancy MacLean’s ‘Democracy in Chains’
dubious claims in Nancy MacLean’s ‘Democracy in Chains,’
continued. From the former:
When the book arrived, I eagerly looked for her sources supporting
the notion that modern libertarianism owes a massive debt to
[slavery fan John C.] Calhoun, a theme on which she spends her entire prologue; later in
the book, she claims that the libertarian cause traces its lineage
to Calhoun. It turns out that she cites two articles noting
similarities between Calhoun’s theories of political economy and
modern public choice theory, and also cites to two pages of Murray
Rothbard’s 1970 book, “Power and Market.” To put the two pages from
Rothbard in perspective, I have in front of me a volume with the
entire run of the New Individualist Review, a pioneering libertarian
academic journal published at the University of Chicago in the
1960s. The index has multiple citations to Mill, Friedman, Hayek,
Hobbes, Montesquieu, von Humboldt, Smith, Rand and other classical
liberal and libertarian luminaries. Calhoun, meanwhile, does not
appear in the index. Not once.
Do historians have their version of the Ig Nobel Prize? If so, Prof MacLean
would seem to have a lock on it.
■ @JonahNRO eschews the
citation-quibbling and puts it into context:
MacLean’s Ideologically Motivated Shortcuts.
Indeed, this is all downstream of the century-old
effort to turn Herbert Spencer into some kind of monster
because he opposed governmental social engineering. The idea
seems to be that because the statists are good, anyone who
opposes them must be evil.
The contemporary liberal obsession with claiming that their ideological opponents must be somehow in league with, or modern-day reincarnations of, Klansmen and slavers is just another manifestation of this old, self-indulgent smear. It’s a bit like MacLean set out to reach that destination. When she realized she couldn’t get there by conventional navigation, she put a magnet marked “Calhoun!” or “Slavery!” next to her compass, and that did the trick.