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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Elites fan the fires of racial outrage.

One has to hand it to a few brave members of the liberal mainstream media, such as The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen and Slate’s William Saletan, who have gone against their counterparts (and our president) who continue to perpetuate the false narratives of the Zimmerman-Martin saga. They are the rare exception, and this is likely […]

Obama for Stand Your Ground before he was against it.

President Obama channels his inner John Kerry on “Stand Your Ground” laws. [WSJ] In his remarks last Friday on George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the President said it would be wise to “examine” state and local laws governing the use of firearms in self-defense. He suggested that “stand your ground” provisions are “sending a message” that “someone […]

Militarization of our police.

Reason’s Radley Balko, writing in the Wall Street Journal, writes on the disturbing trend of the militarization of our civilian police forces. The country’s first official SWAT team started in the late 1960s in Los Angeles. By 1975, there were approximately 500 such units. Today, there are thousands. According to surveys conducted by the criminologist […]

The false choice on the Zimmerman & Martin saga.

I found a good commentary by Jim Geraghty that sums up much of my feeling on the trial of George Zimmerman. To me the biggest thing that’s bothered me is the purposeful factioning (what Geraghty divides into “Team Zimmerman” and “Team Treyvon” below, underscoring with his allusion to the Twilight movies, which is itself a […]

Goldberg on Koch Bros.

You know all that stuff about the Koch brothers pouring money into our politics? You know all that hoo-ha about Citizens United opening the floodgates for rivers of corporate money that will drown the poor and disenfranchised? Well, here’s a list of the top all-time donors from 1989 to 2012. In the top 20, 14 […]

FBI ignoring IRS misdeeds.

Angela Hunt makes a strong case that there needn’t be a “smoking gun” in the form of a White House memo directing IRS officials to target conservative groups for audits. Instead President Obama used words associated with conservative groups “in at least 33 separate public addresses to condemn conservative political advocacy groups before and during […]

CIA refutes Senate on enhanced interrogation.

Washington Post: The CIA has completed a report that challenges the findings of a Senate investigation of the agency’s interrogation program, according to U.S. officials who said the response cites errors in the congressional probe and disputes its central conclusion that harsh methods used against al-Qaeda detainees failed to produce significant results. The classified CIA […]

NSA cannot collect content, only metada… oh, nevermind.

Washington Post: President Obama said after the disclosures that NSA domestic activities “do not involve listening to people’s phone calls, do not involve reading the e-mails of U.S. citizens or U.S. residents, absent further action by a federal court, that is entirely consistent with what we would do, for example, in a criminal investigation.” The […]