■ Back in the day, everyone was a lot more respectful towards
16:10 provides an obsequious example:
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
and his mouth does not betray justice.
It's not as if the Bible isn't full of counterexamples. And advice
to the contrary, for example,
10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people
who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what
the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will
take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and
they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will
assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and
others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to
make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers.
14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and
olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will
take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his
officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female
servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for
his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and
you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day
comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen,
but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
Could Murray Rothbard have made things any plainer?
But did the Israelites listen to Sammy? Heck, no.
■ In a preview of an upcoming dead-trees Reason article, a
number of thoughtful pundits offer the good news and bad news: Trump
Turns One. Katherine Mangu-Ward provides an example of the bad
Attorney General Sessions is less a criminal justice reformer than a
criminal justice reactionary. During his confirmation hearing, he
spoke approvingly of civil asset forfeiture, a practice in which
money and other property are taken from people who have not been
charged, let alone convicted, of any underlying crime.
A fair-weather federalist, Sessions supports states' rights right up until the moment that states legalize recreational or medicinal marijuana, at which point he thinks Washington should take precedence. He has had a similar response to the rise of sanctuary cities (and states), or jurisdictions that aren't always willing to cooperate with immigration authorities. He also supports strengthening and lengthening sentences for violent and nonviolent offenders alike, and he is skeptical of the idea that increased police oversight is needed.
But at least it was a politically savvy move to pick a guy out of a
safe GOP Senate seat… Oh, wait.
■ In the [possibly paywalled] WSJ Best of the Web column, James
Freeman describes The Reagan Test
When did President Ronald Reagan realize that his policy mixture of
deregulation and tax cuts was increasing American prosperity in the
1980s? “I could tell our economic program was working when they
stopped calling it Reaganomics,” he used to say with a chuckle. By
this standard our current President is off to a promising start.
Freeman relates the extreme lengths to which pundits and "straight
news" outlets are going to credit the current economic good news to
Obama policies. (Also doing that: President Obama.)
■ David Harsanyi writes in NRO: Donald
Trump’s Greatest Gift Is His Enemies. [He means, specifically, a
gift to Trump, not from him.]
Every morning, it seems, President Donald Trump’s most determined
opponents awake to find out what sort of obnoxious, fact-challenged,
puerile, norm-breaking thing he has offered that day and say to
themselves: “Oh, that’s nothing. We can do something dumber than
So the nation wades from one bizarre and nonsensical controversy to
another. As I write this, I can’t even recall what topic we were
debating last week, but I’m certain it was idiotic. Part of the
problem is that those who drive coverage of Trump are obsessed with
the president in unhealthy ways, ways that have absolutely nothing
to do with policy or governance.
These days, I only watch local TV news (painful enough) and bounce
up to the national outlets when I'm feeling particularly
■ The Babylon Bee passes along some good news: Paula
White Confirms President Trump In Excellent Spiritual Health.
After several serious concerns regarding President Trump’s spiritual
health were brought to light in recent weeks, prosperity gospel
preacher Paula White examined him and reported that he is in
“excellent” spiritual health.
White performed a barrage of examinations on the president’s
spiritual health to test his orthodoxy, and confirmed he’s “in
perfect spiritual condition.”
“He understands that Christianity is all about the power, money, and
prestige it can bring to him, so he’s doing just fine spiritually,”
White said. “Any concerns people have about the president’s
spiritual health are completely unfounded, and I say this as an
expert in using Christianity for personal gain.”
I confess, I didn't know who Paula White was before reading this.
But she's chair of President Trump's "Evangelical Advisory Board"
(which, yes, is an
thing). Like Trump, she's on her third spouse. And you can enter
with Paula for a mere $25/$50/$100 per month "recurring committment
[sic]". So you'll want to check that out.
The $100/month payment gets you "Paula's Exclusive KJV Bible".
■ Bad news, New Hampshire does not appear on Amazon's short list of
20 candidates to receive Amazon's second headquarters. But (good
news) Iowahawk's Tweet
du Jour is a chain that handicaps the remaining cities on the
list. An appetite-whetting sample: