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  • Proverbs 14:12 is not something you want to extract from your fortune cookie:

    12 There is a way that appears to be right,
        but in the end it leads to death.

    Thanks a lot, Proverbialist. Really helpful, there.

  • For years, I've admired the writing of Kevin Williamson. (And I'm mostly in agreement with his points. Even to the extent that when we disagree, I start from the presumption that I'm in the wrong.) Now he's moving from National Review to The Atlantic. And (as David French notes in NR) we are now in for The Sliming of Kevin Williamson.

    Once again a prestige media publication — in this case, The Atlantic — has hired a conservative writer and suffered immediate, furious backlash. Once again, the publication’s leadership is explaining itself to its own staff. The New York Times’ Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss have faced their own internal and external wannabe firing squads. The Washington Post endured a mini-tempest when it hired Megan McArdle.

    Now it’s Kevin Williamson’s turn. Kevin was our much-beloved and much-respected “roving correspondent.” He’s supremely talented and undeniably provocative. He’s also incredibly prolific. He’s written millions of words, granted countless media interviews, and sent thousands of tweets (at least when he was still on Twitter). So of course he’s now subject to the unbelievably tedious “gotcha” exercise of angry progressives combing through that body of work, yanking the most irritating examples from the whole, and attempting to define Kevin entirely through a few paragraphs, a sentence here or there, or an ill-considered tweet or two.

    Invariably out of context, I might add. I hope the Atlantic will set up a Kevin-only RSS feed.

  • At the Washington Examiner, Hans von Spakovsky notes the hubbub over the inclusion of an "Are you a citizen" question in the 2020 census. And notes: Only in the US is it controversial for the census to ask about citizenship.

    We have also been in the midst of a contentious debate for more than a decade about immigration. To have an informed debate, shouldn’t we have accurate information about the citizen/noncitizen population of the country? In fact, even the United Nations recommends that its member countries ask a citizenship question on their census surveys, and countries ranging from Australia to Germany to Indonesia all ask this question. Only in the U.S. is this considered at all controversial — and it shouldn’t be.

    Speculation: as with voter fraud, citizenship is an area where Progressives want us to be as ignorant of the facts as possible. Even to the extent of throwing up roadblocks against discovering what the facts are.

  • At the Free Beacon, Elizabeth Harrington notes the latest waste of your tax money: Feds Spend $999,951 Getting Kids to Scold Parents Into Using Less Energy.

    The National Science Foundation is spending roughly $1 million to study ways to use children as a means to get their parents to use less energy.

    The Oregon State University study seeks to change "hearts and minds," and deploys Red Guard Girl Scout troops in an array of interventions aimed at "behavioral modifications."

    Obviously the NSF has at least $1 million too much money.

  • And (hooray) it is Opening Day today, and if you can evade the paywall, the WaPo will let you take George Will’s 2018 Opening Day Quiz.

    Question 15 should be easy for fans residing in a Certain Area:

    [Who] Is the only non-Yankee with 500 home runs and three championships.

    Yeah, I remember that guy fondly.