Wednesday, May 31, 2017
There's a sucker born every minute, goes the old saying, and several hundred of them gathered at Wellesley College last Thursday to cheer Hillary Clinton as she rehashed, complained about and justified her electoral loss by saying in different ways over and over that she is simply too good for this world. Seriously, just how addled does one have to be to take this nepot and parasite as an inspiration for women, and as a model of how one should build her career?
Nepot? That's not clearly an English word, though you can tell what she means.
The first thing you'd see if a nuclear bomb exploded nearby is a flood of light so bright, you may think the sun blew up.
Wincing from temporary blindness, you'd scan the horizon and see an orange fireball. The gurgling flames would rise and darken into a purple-hued column of black smoke, which would turn in on itself. As a toadstool-like mushroom took shape, the deafening shock front of the blast would rip through the area — and possibly knock you off your feet.
If you're lucky, you wouldn't feel a thing.
The illustration below shows the Earth-Moon system to scale, with the same scale used for size and distance. I’ve seen a physical model of this once, with the Earth and the Moon in opposite corners of a room, and found it striking how far away (relative to its size) the Moon is from the Earth.
I don't know why I find this interesting. Anyway, it gives one a sense of perspective.
“Out” should be the obvious answer. No U.S. interest is served by remaining part of the accord, which even its supporters say is mostly an exercise in window dressing — that is, when they aren’t insisting that the fate of the planet depends on it.
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“No, I am not a Catholic, and I do not think I shall become one,” she responded to a faithful reader in October, 1931. Yet, she continued, she saw the Church as something much more than a mere tool for her stories. The Church, she believe, was good and wholesome in and of itself, regardless of what she did or did not write regarding it. “If the external form and ceremonial of that Church happens to be more beautiful than that of other churches, it certainly corresponds to some beautiful vision within. It is sacred, if for no other reason than that is the faith that has been most loved by human creatures, and loved over the greatest stretch of centuries.” A year later, she wrote another reader, noting: “I am a Protestant, but not a narrow minded one.” Could any institution but the Catholic Church “have brought the beliefs of the early church across to us through the anarchy and brutality that followed the fall of the Roman Empire” through the age of Martin Luther? Several years later, in a somewhat humorous vein, she expressed frustration to her sister that one could not enter a Protestant church late at night for prayer and peace. “The Catholics seem to be the only people who realize that in this world grief goes on all night.”
I'm re-reading Death Comes for the Archbishop for what seems like the fourth time, which probably means it's the seventh. Such a beautiful book and unlike some of Cather's books, not at all too depressing, as some of them are, but then I am easily discouraged. I thought Cather was perhaps, perhaps some sort of Catholic, but I see she was not. Very few Catholics have her insight into the faith.
One of the best things about her book is her enormous sensitivity to the landscape of the Southwest and its nuances. Even if you have little interest in religion, you might enjoy Archbishop just for its descriptions of the landscapes. She captures utterly what it is about the air of wild country and how Father Latour had grown to need it in his final days. Sometimes when the winds are blowing in from the desert, you can smell that air here in Jamul, on a warm day underneath the pines.
The bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter near the German Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace. The streets were packed with commuters, women shopping and children going to school and the blast appears likely to result in a high civilian death toll.
Islamic terrorism in the West is an immigration problem. Until we have the law enforcement and intelligence capacity to detect terror plots, immigration policy has to change, both in Europe and in the U.S. European security forces are unable to track the militants in their populations, so large are their numbers. The United States must not end up in the same situation. We need lower immigration levels and much tighter screening. The Manchester bombing vindicated President Donald Trump’s March 2017 executive order briefly limiting travel to the U.S. from half a dozen ISIS- and al-Qaida-riven countries, including Libya, while the administration reviews security screening in those countries. Yet three days after Manchester, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down that order, claiming that it “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” This judicial crusade against Trump’s travel pause cripples the executive’s ability to protect the country from attack, by exporting phantom constitutional rights to the world. Progressives’ passivity in the face of Islamic terrorism is not a consistent philosophy. It is rather the outcome of their commitment to open borders at any cost. That ideology has taken too many lives and must be overcome.
The extremely intelligent California native Heather MacDonald. I'm Thomas A., but I wish I endowed her chair at the Manhattan Institute.
I also wish I understood what the Left is up to with encouraging immigration from countries like Libya. Heather says "[p]rogressive passivity in the face of Islamic terrorism is not a consistent policy." It seems like it must be, but what? Central America, I understand. You don't like the way the native Americans are voting, so you import new voters, poor and dependent on the state. But Muslims may include a certain number of terrorists, and that's bad for everyone, isn't it. Even if you suppose you can't make omelets without breaking little girls, you still just end up with insulated communities that are hardly politically correct. It really does seem as if the progressives have some sort of cultural death wish. Is that it? Of course, you have a certain number of old school liberals--throw open the doors and everyone we let in will eventually become good Democrats throwing frisbees at the 4th of July picnic. But they're just the useful idiots. So just what the heck is going on here?
On this Fourth Circuit decision--I find very troubling this finding that incorporates Trump's generally anti-immigrant attitude, if that is what it is, into the specifics of his actual policy. Can a court really do that? If so, it sort of invents a whole new dimension of courts being political. Which is bad.
Weapons supplies had been stockpiled nearby in anticipation of President Trump’s go-ahead, which came Monday. The armament distributions, which the commander-in-chief approved despite fierce opposition from NATO ally Turkey, will enable the tough Kurdish fighters to participate more aggressively in the imminent assault on the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa.
Well, this is good.