Latest from Claire on the Situation in Turkey

 

Claire Berlinski has a long piece up at The Tower that is well worth reading. Her tone, passion, and rage here remind me of Wartime, Paul Fussell’s extraordinary memoir/history of WWII. These are Claire’s final few paragraphs:

A few loud sound bombs go off about a street away from me. At least I hope they’re just sound bombs, but by this point I’m so tired that for all I really care they could be H-bombs. All I want to do is sleep. A Christian cemetery in Şişli has somehow been damaged in all of this, details unclear.

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I live with four males. I’m married to one of them. I gave birth to the other three. It’s a very “boy” household, filled with cars and tools and sporting equipment, and I decided a long time ago that it wasn’t worth stressing too much about the placement of the toilet seat. I would like […]

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Forgiveness

 

My daughter came to me in tears. Through sniffles and sobs, she mumbled something about her ex-boyfriend.

“What did he do to you?” I asked, assuming the little cretin had hurt her.

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Political analysis by my friend Ben Domenech (a Ricochet regular) was included Ross Douthat’s latest piece for the New York Times titled “Democrats Get a Gift From the Roberts Court.” I’ve enjoyed Douthat’s work as a movie reviewer at National Review, but as a “conservative” columnist at the NYT, there is too-often little to laud. The […]

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Sorry, but it had to be posted.  I didn’t write this, nor do I completely agree with it, but herein is a compelling case for trying harder to get this bill right.   The chart comparing existing law with this bill’s provision is enough to make you gag.  Illegals will be free to do stupid […]

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Observations From The Left Coast

 

“War Is Not The Solution!” announced her blue bumper sticker, though her aggressive maneuvers on I-5 in Los Angeles yesterday betrayed a philosophy that was more in keeping with the words “Allahu Akbar!” than anything even remotely peaceful.  She reminded me of the lady with the “Coexist” bumper sticker just south of Oakland a couple of days ago.  Such was her kind tolerance and happy coexistence that she cut me off on the interstate before opening her sunroof and tossing out some trash for the benefit of my truck, firmly establishing her credentials as a serenely tolerant, cheerfully coexisting environmentalist moon bat.   Come to think of it, she reminded me of a young lady in a church youth group many years ago who stuck a weed in her hair one day and announced to my Dad that she was a “flower child.” “Yes,” smiled Dad, “a blooming idiot.”

From time to time, I enjoy jotting down random thoughts for your consideration and, having spent the last week traveling up and down California like a yo-yo, soaking in the sights and listening to the news, a great number of impressions have formed.  So with your kind permission, or perhaps entirely without it, I’m going to unload a few: 

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The Paula Deen kerfuffle is an example of something much more insidious that is going on in our society. At issue is who gets to control what we are allowed to say in polite society without being ostracized, fired, or released from contracts for what amounts to “moral turpitude.” In Deen’s case, she admitted to […]

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… because Obama has placed Joe Biden in charge. From the Atlantic Wire: Up until this point, the search for Edward Snoden has been carried out behind the scenes by low-level diplomats and CIA agents. But things have changed within the last 24 hours, apparently, because the Vice President is the one making the calls […]

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Wednesday, on the Fox News roundtable “The Five,” Greg Gutfeld opined that the decision in Windsor, is a Conservative ruling that will ensure the sociological benefits of marriage to homosexual couples because, he seems to argue, marriage makes people better. Gutfeld said that when he got married he became a better person, dropping much of […]

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After Windsor, The Federal Corporate Tax Must Go

 

The Windsor decision has been hailed as a victory for federalism, with cheers coming from such respected scholars as Randy Barnett. Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion goes to great lengths to point out that marriage is a creature of state law. Indeed, the “whole subject of the domestic relations of husband and wife, parent and child, belongs to the laws of the States,” and not federal law, according to Kennedy. DOMA represents a “federal intrusion on state power” because it puts “a thumb on the scale” and influences how a state might structure its marriage laws.

You know what else is a creature of state law? Corporations. And yet the federal government imposes a complex tax scheme on these state franchises. A thumb on the scale? Federal corporate tax law (like all other tax laws) is designed to affect behavior as well as to raise revenue. The tax code offers the usual bag of definitions, deductions, and credits, which surely must have a profound influence on the way states organize and treat corporations (and other limited liability entities).  

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C.S. Lewis penned these words about human nature: “[S]urely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is?  Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth?  If there are rats in a […]

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My business is growing, must grow to meet demand and generate enough margin to be viable in this continued miserable economy.  I’ve concluded that pricing in my construction world is stuck on low, so to survive I have to do more for less.  And despite a so called low level of inflation – insurance, rent, fuel, utilities, wages, […]

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It’s the last weekend in June, and so obviously that means that it’s the perfect time to make a list using pictures of cats. Why? Have you seen the Internet before? 1. Peter Robinson taping another episode of Uncommon Kats. 2. Rob Long is working on a new script for Sullivan & Cat. Preview Open

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The Canary in the Coalmine (2013 Edition)

 

The Daily Mail reports:

There had been only eight recorded sightings of the white-throated needletail in the UK since 1846. So when one popped up again on British shores this week, twitchers were understandably excited. A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia. But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed.