Happy Fourth of July! I hope all of my readers are having a splendid holiday weekend and sparing a moment to think of why we celebrate this day.
Moving along the lines, everyone should read Jay Nordlinger's essay about KSM's elliptical machine. He's responding to all those criticisms he received when he wrote about how the Red Cross is not allowed to visit Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been held hostage by Hamas for four years. He also pointed out that the REd Cross isn't allowed to see the political prisoners being held in Chinese, Cuban, and North Korean prisons but few in Europe or America seems to care about any of that. Nordlinger received a ton of ugly emails complaining that the United States and Israel are just as bad as these other tyrants. Bull feathers! This desire for moral equivalence is really a corrosive part of the left's ideological make up. Read Nordlinger.
The actress who played Padma Patil in the Harry Potter movies has had to go into hiding because her father and brother have attacked her for dating a Hindu man. Perhaps having someone famous being threatened will wake people up to the epidemic of honor killings in Europe. Phyllis Chesler has more on this horrible trend.
More states have been voting to join up into the National Popular Vote plan which is a way of getting around the Constitutional requirements for the Electoral College. As Michael Uhlmann explains why this is an absolutely horrendous idea. New York is now considering joining the interstate compact. Would New York voters have been happy to have had their electoral votes go for George W. Bush in 2004 just because Bush had won the popular vote? It's a recipe for litigation and voter fraud on a grand scale.
One of my commenters linked to this Sports Illustrated story from a year ago about why and how superstar athletes end up broke. The numbers are just amazing. Within two years of retiring 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are close to it. From the NBA 60% go broke within five years. Maybe in that one year they spend in college, they should load up on accounting and money management courses.
How many passes does Michael Steele get for making really stupid comments? His latest, saying that Afghanistan "was a war of Obama's choosing" and that the U.S. shouldn't have gotten involved is egregiously ignorant and insulting to our country's soldiers who are fighting right now there. Bill Kristol is right - Steele should resign. But he won't and the RNC will cover for him. Can anyone point to anything that Steele has done well since he took over as the head of the RNC? Every time I hear him, he's saying something that is cringe-worthy, but this statement was just totally unacceptable.
Timothy Carney illustrates how, for all Obama and Biden's touting of jobs that they've supposedly brought to "jump-start America to lead the world in the 21st century," other actions they've taken have taken away more jobs.
Roger Hedgecock details how the flood of "other people's money" that supposedly virtuous public servants happily give away. And members of Congress such as Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, and Maxine Waters manipulate their votes to benefit their own investments.
Daniel Henninger had a very good column this week about the plague of vague laws that Congress keeps passing. He'd like to see more of the "void for vagueness" test that the Supreme Court used this week to unanimously strike down the law had been used to convict Jeff Skilling of Enron. But we shouldn't have to wait for the law to wend its way to the Supreme Court; vagueness should be a bill-killer before the things even get passed. Unfortunately, being purposely vague is sometimes the only way they can garner enough votes to pass these dang bills.
If you had any confidence in the Obama oil spill commission to objectively examine the Gulf Oil Spill, just forget about it.
Heh. The Democratic Underground has had to institute new rules to prevent its liberal commenters from criticize The One. Just too many people weren't happy with his actions on the oil spill.