■ There are some Proverbs that set an impossibly high standard, and
20:7 is one of them:
7 The righteous lead blameless lives;
blessed are their children after them.
It's a good thing that there were (apparently) none of the righteous
in the crowd described in
■ George F. Will writes on Our
dangerous, idiotic national conversation.
At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will
remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the
population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder
shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of
mental disorder, and there is a substantial overlap between these
slivers. At most moments, 312 million are not listening to excitable
broadcasters making mountains of significance out of molehills of
That's the down side. On the up side, it gives us plenty of blog
■ I've been a dog owner for slightly over a year, so I'd like to
think that the headline of 's column is true:
love of man is real.
One of my favorite kinds of news stories is the report of a new scientific study that verifies the obvious. You’ve seen them. New research finds that heterosexual men are attracted to very attractive women. Evidence collected by wildlife researchers has confirmed that bears really do use the woods as toilets.
… and Emory neuroscientist Gregory Berns has employed MRI to look
inside doggie brains—yes, he was able to locate them—to verify that
dogs respond to praise, with or without food reward.
You can get Dr. Berns' book
from Amazon. The science is
■ What mental image is summoned for you by this Daily Beast
Kimmel Got a Hand From Chuck Schumer in His Fight Against Obamacare
Repeal? You'll find my answer below the excerpt:
Over the past week, opposition to the latest Republican effort to
repeal and replace Obamacare has been driven by a late-night talk
show host who had expressed little interest in health care policy
prior to this year.
Jimmy Kimmel’s nightly monologues decrying Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
and Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) bill became must-see TV, as the ABC host
systematically attacked both the specifics of the legislation and
Behind the scenes, the ABC star was getting an assist. Kimmel and his team were in touch with health care officials, charities and advocacy groups, multiple sources told The Daily Beast. He also was in touch with the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) who, according to a source familiar with their conversations, “provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of [Graham-Cassidy].”
If you're like me: Schumer as the ventriloquist, Kimmel as the
dummy. The location of Schumer's "hand" is… left as an exercise for
Which brings us to our
Tweet du Jour
■ Our Google LFOD Alert brought this WMUR report from John DiStaso: Speaker
Jasper calls on NHGOP to ‘distance ourselves’ from Free State
New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper Thursday doubled down on his belief that the Republican Party should reject the Free State Project, warning that it could “destroy” the party.
Jasper has an issue with the "Statement of Intent"
Free Staters are asked to
I hereby state my solemn intent to move to New Hampshire with the
Free State Project. Once there, I will exert the fullest practical
effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of
government is the protection of individuals' rights to life,
liberty, and property.
Jasper thinks the Constitution requires a lot more from government
than that. No Lockean he.
Unsurprisingly, Jasper's comments have been cheered by… well, mostly
Democrats, as near as I can tell. State Rep JR Hoell, R-Dunbarton
begs to differ:
“Thankfully, liberty-minded Granite Staters, both Republicans and
independents, have a place where they can work to build the ‘Live
Free or Die’ values into effective policy – the House Freedom
Caucus,” Hoell said. “We work with members of all parties to promote
the notion that government should stay out of your life and your
pocketbook. Moreover, we don’t put a litmus test on whether or not
individuals moved here from out of state or were born and raised
here with these values.”
As NH politicos know, Jasper was first elected Speaker of the House
defeating his own party’s nominee with support from House
Democrats. So when he talks about tearing apart
the state GOP, he's speaking from experience.
■ But bopping around the Free State Project's website unearthed the
blog of FSP founder Jason Sorens, and he has an interesting post
on Amazon's casting around for a new headquarters:
Why Amazon Won't Choose New Hampshire
Amazon won’t choose New Hampshire, because we simply don’t offer the
corporate welfare other states do. According to Bureau of Economic Analysis data, New Hampshire
offers less than half the subsidies to business that Amazon’s home
state Washington does as a percentage of its economy, and the second
lowest amount in the country (after West Virginia).
Interestingly, West Virginia and New Hampshire are also
one and two (respectively) in Drug Overdose Death Rates.
Correlation or causation? You be the judge!