Friday, May 18, 2018

Tom Wolfe:The Write Stuff

The title of this Chris Queen appreciation of Tom Wolfe is perfect: "Tom Wolfe: Readers and Lovers of the Written Word Will Always Be Grateful for You."

My favorite Tom Wolfe books were The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities.

The Santa Fe Terrorist

Let's stop mincing words. This latest mass murderer is a terrorist. He's not a child, he's not a youth, he's not mentally ill. He's evil, and he's methodical, to have planned and carried out such an attack. Besides the shootings, he used explosives.  Instead of blaming every massacre on guns, or on mental illness (both of which excuse the killer himself), how about the media call these scum what they really are: terrorists. Maybe then, something can be done to prevent the next attack.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Israel or Bust!

Here's a must-read by Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish: Attacking Israel for $100, Defending it for $13.

Also, I do love a U.S. Ambassador with spine! "After the ambassador had finished condemning Hamas for the violence on the Gaza-Israel border this week and Palestinian Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour instead began condemning Israeli forces, she got up and left."

Cartoon from the Dry Bones Blog.

Lots 'o Links

There's so much to read this week, thanks to Betsy's Page, Larwyn's Linx, Maggie's Farm, and Hot Mic.

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Disingenuous Headline

Today was the opening and dedication of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, and the UK Guardian had a typical headline: "Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in protests as US embassy opens in Jerusalem."

Yes, for no reason the IDF killed peaceful admirers of Israel while they were just standing around on the border congratulating the Israeli people. Spare me.

Friday, May 11, 2018

FBI & Campaign Spy

Here's a provocative headline from Kimberley A. Strassel: "About That FBI ‘Source’: Did the bureau engage in outright spying against the 2016 Trump campaign?" This is the Wall Street Journal, not the Star or National Enquirer, and if it turns out to be true, this story truly will be worse than Watergate, and this time the president involved will be Obama, not Nixon. Unfortunately, the media now is not like the media then, and it won't get the attention and investigation it deserves.

You can read more of Strassel's column via the Fox News website.

Defining Deviancy Down at a Coffee Shop & Library Near You

It's bad enough to hear that Starbucks is going to become a haven for the homeless, but I was even more appalled to see in Reader's Digest that librarians are being trained to use Narcan on "patrons" who have drug overdoses! Is any place going to be safe again for ordinary citizens who only want to quietly have a cup of coffee and check out a book?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Lots 'o Links

A very eventful week is summarized nicely over at Larwyn's Linx, Maggie's Farm, and Betsy's Page.

Earlier I came across these before-and-after photos of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.  It's fascinating to see, but before you get too excited, remember that smiling officials shook Hitler's hand, too.


Monday, May 07, 2018

Excusing Bad Behavior

I'm often very sorry I read some of the articles on the internet, because I come across stories like this:
"STDs in L.A. County are skyrocketing. Officials think racism and stigma may be to blame." Of course! It's always someone else's or something else's fault.  Here's a similar story from 2 years ago:
“I’m a slut, and I have herpes. I still am a person who deserves respect,” blogger Ella Dawson tweeted as part of her campaign to remove the 'cultural stigma' surrounding sexually transmitted diseases."  If anything, we need MORE stigma, not less!

Friday, May 04, 2018

John Kerry, Saboteur

From Powerline: Kerry Working To Undermine Trump On Iran Deal as a "shadow diplomat."  As Lou Dobbs said tonight, "Who the hell does he think he is?"