I know, I know. But it’s been at least a 4 hours since my last pun. In truth, this isn’t at all funny. It would seem that the EU is all in favor of making it hard for criminals to get firearms, though the firearms used in the recent terror attacks in France were not acquired legally, to the best of my knowledge. Nonetheless, the EU unwilling to let facts get in the way of passing more laws: Europe is trying to make it harder for weapons to end up in the hands of terrorists. Hence, the European Commission’s November….
Today’s remembrance feels a bit different since I realize that my birth is further away from today than the attack on Pearl Harbor was from my birth. In truth, it changes nothing, but the realization somehow makes it seem not so far away and long ago. For years the black-and-white films of the era made it seem of another time, but that difference no longer seems as stark to me. Then again, I could just be getting older and more maudlin. George Washington brings us the following well aged wisdom: Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention,….
One might say that the right to protect one’s person and property is a right that’s been around as long as humankind. Here in the US, we’ve got a variety of perspectives on what that means. Of course, most of us don’t live in areas where the probability of uninvited guests is an increasing problem. Though Brazil has come into the modern age via a differnet path than the United States, some of the leadership there are thinking that it might not be so bad to adopt some of what makes us different: Congressmen in Brazil, one of the most….
According to the VA, there are about 72,000 veterans here in South Dakota. Out of a population of 850,000, that would mean that roughly 1 in every 12 people is a military veteran. If you are like me, you probably interacted with at least a dozen people today, if not several dozen. Chances are there were veterans among them. It may surprise you to know that veterans are real people, too, usually indistinguishable from the general population. For every Zamperini, whose story has become known around the world, there were scores of men and women who simply did their duty….
The last few days have been challenging for the man who was the figurehead of the University of Missouri. I say “figurehead” because I’m not certain he had much power, based on what the curators have decided to do: Missouri’s Board of Curators also announced Monday it would appoint a systemwide chief diversity, inclusion and equity officer, offer additional support for students and staff who experience discrimination and create a diversity and inclusion task force. It also mandated diversity, inclusion and equity training for faculty, staff and future students at the Columbia campus. “Diversity, inclusion, and equity.” One wonders if….
Racism is alive and well, in Cuba. That would probably come as no surprise to Milton Friedman, who understood the motivations of human beings better than most. Speaking of motivations, what must motivate the President to do a complete about-face, with no good explanation, on the topic of a particular bank.
While the title of the article is a bit disingenuous, we are provided with some useful data regarding guns, carrying and our cousins to the north: Applications to carry handguns have skyrocketed in B.C. and Alberta in the past three years – likely driven by demand among people who work in the bush and want portable protection against wildlife. […] What we do know is that more people are submitting these applications for “authorizations to carry” : The number of applications across the country rose from 386 to 564 between 2011 and 2013. In that time period, they more than….
Does one pay the piper anymore? It seems as though someone’s been forgetting to: Social Security paid out nearly $71 billion more to retirees and other beneficiaries than it collected in tax revenue in 2013. This is the fourth straight year the retirement and disability programs are running cash-flow deficits, as highlighted in today’s trustee report. Deficits are only growing worse. The trustees project $80 billion in deficits in 2014, which will more than double before the end of the decade. At $110 billion in average annual deficits throughout the next decade, the combined programs are facing more than a….
Bill Whittle speaks to just how wrong the idea that “it takes a village” really is. Anybody got a shovel?
Our peripatetic president shared a few thoughts yesterday on shootings, violence and gun laws. In the space of less than 2 minutes, he managed to get at least the following completely (empirically) wrong. No, this is not a question of politics or perspective. It is a matter of hard data. Strike 1: “Our levels of gun violence are off the charts.” Except that the country’s own Department of Justice has noted that gun violence levels were at a 20-year low last year. No reasonable person would find that view that as “off the charts.” Gun-related homicides dropped by 39% and….