The President is in the process of selecting the next Surgeon General. Does it come as any surprise that he’s selected a community organizer? Dr. Murthy is the 36-year-old president and co-founder of Doctors for America, a group that advocates for Obamacare and gun control laws. The group calls gun violence “a public health crisis.” It pushes for Congress to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines and calls for spending tax dollars for more gun-control research. The organization also lobbies for doctors to be allowed to ask patients, including minors, whether they have legal guns in the home. If the….
From P&R: Capitalism, with a relatively free market in which people are able to see and understand both what is being traded away and what is being received tends to create not winners and losers, but winners and winners. I’m not a fan of participation ribbons, but those who actively participate in the exchange of capital for goods and services are generally rewarded for their efforts, even if they do not make first or second place in a particular endeavor. This is why capitalism flourishes as black markets even under repressive regimes. It has been said many times, and should….
It’s pretty common to show that something is banned by publishing an image of the thing with an X or stroke across the image. Right? Apparently, that is too much for some folks: “I think the general public will be alarmed by [a sign showing a marked out gun] and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan said. “I have no knowledge of guns ever being in this building,” she said of her 22 years with the school district. Nolan said she was not opposed to the law or posting the sign,….
From Massachusetts, the birthplace of the American Revolution, comes a study by “academic experts” which makes a series of recommendations, including this one: It also said Massachusetts should require anyone wanting to purchase a hunting rifle or a shotgun to pass those standards of suitability. That could allow local police chiefs to deny gun purchases to people who have been arrested, but not convicted, of a crime. What are academic experts? And why are they talking out of class? Innocent until proven guilty. Unless arrested in Massachusetts. Because . . . squirrels.
The President, before a battle yesterday where one side unfairly used overwhelming force, stated that there was absolutely no corruption at play in the IRS selecting Tea Party organizations for medical-level scrutiny. Unfortunately, he’s playing rather fast and loose with the truth. As the article at the above link notes, why did Ms. Lerner beg off with the Fifth Amendment if there was no corruption (shenanigans)? A few possibilities come to mind. 1) She doesn’t understand the use of the Fifth Amendment and so used it improperly; 2) She does understand and used it correctly because she knows what she….
Bill Whittle expresses his surprise at what’s permissible in Texas, and compares it with his normal surroundings. To those of you who’ve absconded from the west coast for freer climes, you can probably appreciate this better than I.
From the President today: Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. ….
Wendy Davis, running for the top (or is it bottom?) seat in Texas has been caught out. She takes this as an opportunity for some reflection: In an extensive interview last week, Davis acknowledged some chronological errors and incomplete details in what she and her aides have said about her life. “My language should be tighter,” she said. “I’m learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail.” Right. She moved key events in her life by years, left out the fact that her husband paid for her Harvard schooling and a number of….
From the President’s recent announcement that wacky weed is, well, normal: Recreational marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, but Obama’s administration has given states permission to experiment with pot regulation. Laws recently passed in Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana recently went into effect. The president said it was important for the legalization of marijuana to go forward in those states to avoid a situation in which only a few are punished while a large portion of people have broken the law at one time or another. The federal government “has given states permission” in contravention of existing law. I….
From a therapist with a child, her son, who is interested in guns: We talked about how guns are best used for protection, only by those whose job it is to protect — the police, the army. I told myself that he was interested in guns in the same way he was interested in a policeman’s pad, handcuffs and hat — fun tools of the trade. Eventually, he didn’t accept my explanation and started asking questions I didn’t have the answers to. And they were questions that I ask myself all the time. Why would we need protection? From whom?….