No surprises here, the President cannot let a crisis go to waste: In his boldest terms yet, he vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence and said he still supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high capacity bullet magazines. “It is not enough for us to say, ‘This is too hard so we’re not going to try,’” Obama said. “So what I intend to do is I will call all the stakeholders together. I will meet with Republicans. I will meet with Democrats. I will talk to anybody. “I think….
As Walter Russell Mead notes, visiting one’s elderly parents is now required by law. So many things are changing in China, but I cannot help but see the one-child policy as being a leading cause of the situation which the Chinese government seeks to address by passing yet another law. Imagine that you are a girl, the first (and only) child of your parents. They wanted a boy. They tell you all the years you are growing up that you should have been a boy. They wonder how they’ll ever make it without a boy. Their line will die off…..
The UK is a very, very safe place. Guns are only available to the military, special law enforcement and those handful of sport shooters willing to jump through all the legal hoops on their way to the gun range or grouse hills. Except it isn’t, isn’t safe, that is. Solution? Ahh, yes. Ban the long knives: [K]nifepoint robberies rose by 10 percent this year and there are some 60,000 stabbings each year. So the push is on to outlaw long kitchen knives. Once that’s done, surely utopia will be at hand. A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase….
Look, we all know what a warrant is. Few of us have ever seen one in person, let alone been served. The point of a warrant is to ensure that law enforcement doesn’t just go on a fishing expedition when someone somewhere wants someone else punished (whether there is good basis in the law or not). Warrants, and a strict adherence to their lawful use, is one of the things which separates us from far too many countries around the globe. In short, warrants undergird the rule of law, protecting the innocent and ensuring that we err on the side….
College is a good idea for some people, but the value is not the same for everyone. As Heather McDonald notes, the reality of getting a job in the North Dakota oilfields may be exactly what young people need: Where is a teenager more likely to learn the basic and transferable virtue of showing up every day and on time, not to mention how to get along with a boss and fit into an organization — as a communications and binge-drinking double major at Missoula State University, or as a mechanic fixing broken rig equipment? Too many high-school graduates are….
Stanislaw Mishin, in the post entitled “Americans Never Give Up Your Guns” nails it: The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly. So it is our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted? Then, please explain how we can trust them or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture? Exactly. Goes back to the understanding that all humans are flawed and need restraints (that is, no one is above the law). Mr. Mishin continues: No it is about power and a….
We’ve a very sick society, if one can go by the absolute foolishness which passes as news (reported by everyone from Piers Morgan to David Gregory and Geraldo Rivera). Making it even worse, these people think they are in a special class, as noted by Jonah Goldberg: Culturally, one of the things lots of Americans detest about the elite journalistic culture is the idea that reporters are above the law. Usually, this self-regard manifests itself in debates over revealing sources. Many journalists honestly believe they have special rights and privileges not enjoyed by all Americans. As a matter of law and….
Once upon a time, there was a historic election in the United States. Everyone wanted to be part of the party (well, if one believes the MSM). Four years later, there was another historic election. Half of the everyones want to be part of the party somewhere else: Some 1.8 million people were at the National Mall for Obama’s first inauguration; this time, city officials expect there will be more than a million fewer visitors, the AP reports. Hotels sold out months in advance in 2009 at a daily of $600-plus, but for 2013 some places still have half their rooms available,….
One highly-protected semi-celebrity from the fast-fading state of California is finally going to stop the madness. How? With a spear and magic helmet a variation of what was implemented back in 1994. Supporting this move is the understanding that what doesn’t work in Chicago or DC (or other areas with local gun bans) will somehow work when applied nationally. Yes, I am struggling to understand the logic behind that. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be based on logic. I do not know Senator Feinstein. I have never met her–and find it probable that I never shall. With that said,….