■ Proverbs 16:9 establishes a divison of labor:
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
You're in charge of strategy, but Someone Else is doing tactics.
■ You might have heard about NJ Senator Cory Booker's rant at DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. But do you know what it exposed? According to David French at National Review Cory Booker’s Rant Exposed the Left’s Gender Hypocrisy.
It’s incidents like this that convince so many Americans that identity politics are disingenuous and that lamentations about “norms,” “values,” and “civility” are grotesquely insincere. Talk to any conservative woman and she’ll tell you that all too often the Left’s “respect for women” stops the instant a female pundit, politician, or activist slides just to the right of moderate.
Anyone who describes himself as a libertarian has been subjected to
at least one game of “Would You Legalize . . . ?”
For me, the answer is mostly “Yes.”
Weed? Yes. Cocaine? Yes. Heroin? Yes. I’d legalize all the drugs. Not because I am indifferent to drug use — I have seen addiction up close and personal, closer and more personally than I ever wanted to, and I know what it does to people. I’m in favor of drug legalization for reasons deontological (I believe that people have the right to do what they will with their own bodies) and consequentialist (I believe heroin users would be better off if heroin were still made by Bayer, with modern pharmaceutical quality controls).
You mustn’t kill your children.
Mr. Williamson is a cogent and serious thinker, and his argument deserves your attention.
■ OK, I don't link to Ann Coulter much, she's kind of a bomb-thrower, but she throws one at a richly deserving target here: The Left’s Dirty Little Secret – Cleaned By Rosa!
The Democrats treat black people like the wife who will iron your shirt for a date with your mistress. They know they don’t have to do anything to keep winning 90 percent of the black vote, so they’ve dedicated themselves to bringing in millions of Latin Americans who will vote for them — and also do their gardening.
Ouch. Hurtful. But true.
■ Sometimes, I swear, the Babylon Bee seems like a straight news site: Sense Of Relief Washes Over Nation As Government Shutdown Grows Increasingly Likely/
As the federal government faces a shutdown at the end of the week
with the president and Congress failing to pass a new spending bill
and a Friday-night deadline looming, millions of Americans reported
Wednesday a sense of relief washing over them like a wave of peace
and serenity at the possibility of a powering-down of our volatile
“Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if the federal government would just close up shop and go away for a little while,” one smiling man told reporters. “They’re such a source of strife and frustration in our daily lives—we need a little peace of mind. I really hope they’ll go ahead and take a little break.”
“Don’t worry about us, politicians—we’ll be fine. Just go ahead, shut her down and take as much time as you need,” he added.
Hey, or even longer.
■ And finally, Mr. Ramirez riffs on Presidential doctors' appointments and loose-cannon talk.