URLs du Jour

2018-03-22

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  • Proverbs 14:6 again slams the mockers. John Oliver, are you listening?

    6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none,
        but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

    I really have my doubts whether knowledge comes easily to anyone, even the discerning. Maybe they had lower standards for knowledge back in Ancient Israel. After all, there was less stuff to know.


  • At NR Jonah Goldberg goes out on a limb: Republicans May Come to Regret Their Silence on Trump. He outlines the GOP "dilemma":

    The president divides the Right while he unifies the Left. Praise Trump on his controversial statements and you risk alienating suburban Republicans, particularly women. Criticize Trump and you risk not only his wrath, but also the wrath of the portion of his base that demands rhetorical fealty to Trump in all things. Because this constituency has disproportionate influence in conservative media and GOP primaries, the safest course of action is often silence, or some clever dodge like, “I don’t respond to tweets.”

    The GOP has created a kind of collective-action problem for itself. By making these individual decisions out of self-interest in the moment, the party as a whole ends up getting pulled in a direction not of its own choosing.

    I get it. And I'm not in the set of people Jonah is criticizing. But I would be dismayed if (somehow) it became part of my job description to give a thumbs-up-or-down for everything Trump says or does. Saying "Yeah, he can be an idjit" over and over… yeesh.


  • Congressional Republicans should not be silent on Trump, but maybe also they should figure out how to do their jobs better. Because, as Veronique de Rugy points out at Reason, The Omnibus Spending Bill Is a Fiscal Embarrassment.

    Republicans are once again proving why they actually deserve the label of the biggest swamp spenders. The latest gigantic omnibus spending bill would fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year—with a price tag of $1.3 trillion. That doesn't include entitlement funding or payments for the interest on our debt—which continue to grow and drive our debt higher, as Republicans have apparently given up on slowing down spending.

    I am in complete agreement with Veronique's further observation: "Democrats are, of course, loving it."


  • Paul Hsieh makes a "common sense" proposal at Forbes: Any Study Of 'Gun Violence' Should Include How Guns Save Lives. He proposes three principles that ought to guide research by the CDC or anyone else:

    • Firearms save lives as well take lives.
    • The value of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens should be measured in terms of lives saved or crimes prevented, not criminals killed.
    • The right to self-defense does not depend on statistics and numbers.

    Pun Salad Truth-O-Meter: True. Yet all three principles will be ignored by agenda-driven "research".


  • Ana Stankovic writes in the Los Angeles Review of Books: I Am Not a Marxist.

    CALL ME A KILLJOY but I am sick to death of hearing about Karl Marx. I am sick of his name, his -isms, his undoubted genius, and his “philosophy.” I am sick of him “having reason,” as the French say, or “being right.” But most of all I am sick of his “relevance.”

    As someone whose parents were born and grew up in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and who missed the same fate by the skin of her teeth, I know perfectly well what Marx’s relevance amounts to. Marx gave it a name, even if for him it meant something else than it did for the people of Yugoslavia. I am talking about the oft-quoted and seldom understood “religion of everyday life.”

    A bitterly amusing essay about the guy that the lefties can't seem to let go of.