CNN Gets It Wrong, Again

 

epuYesterday’s report on Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democrat Convention is titled “Khizr Khan, and the moment American Muslims have been waiting for.” Of course, this “moment” is Mr Khan’s head-on assault, complete with his pocket Constitution, on Donald Trump, which Democrats have been cheering ever since Khan spoke. (Now, tell me true–when was the last time a bunch of Democrats cheered anyone waving around a copy of the US Constitution? Don’t stress. I’ll wait.)

I am sorry for Khan’s loss. By all accounts, his son, CPT Humayun Khan, was a true hero. But I am also sorry that a key part of Mr Khan’s speech has been almost completely overlooked and has gone uncovered, in the media rush to fan the anti-Trump flames. It’s the part, you might say, that everyone else was waiting for:

Tonight we are honored to stand here as parents of Captain Humayun Khan and as patriotic American Muslims – with undivided loyalty to our country.

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Beware the “Libertarians”

 

johnson-weldIf there was ever a year for a frustrated conservatarian to consider voting for the Libertarian Party ticket, 2016 would seem to be a godsend: Trump and Clinton are … well, no need to rehash this … and the Libertarians have nominated not one but two former Republican governors. But as Ilya Shapiro writes on Cato at Liberty, the theory of the Johnson-Weld ticket and its reality diverge greatly, and not in a way that pays any compliments to the latter:

[In this recent] ReasonTV interview … Weld praises Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Merrick Garland, who are the jurists most deferential to the government on everything, whether environmental regulation or civil liberties. Later in the same interview, he similarly compliments Republican senators like Mark Kirk and Susan Collins, who are among the least libertarian of the GOP caucus in terms of the size and scope of government and its imposition on the private sector and civil society.

What’s painful about this is that it’s not as if there weren’t other alternatives available to them. There’s no shortage of libertarian-friendly judges whom they might have cited, including Justice Clarence Thomas. And why on earth would this list include Collins and Kirk but not Reps. Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, or Senator Rand Paul?

US Strikes Libya

 

U.S. warplanes have begun to strike Islamic State targets in Libya, according to Military Times.

“Today, at the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), the United States military conducted precision air strikes against ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya, to support GNA-affiliated forces seeking to defeat ISIL in its primary stronghold in Libya,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement, which references one of the Islamic State group’s acronyms.

McCain on Khans & Trump

 

Via CNN:

I claim no moral superiority over Donald Trump. I have a long and well-known public and private record for which I will have to answer at the Final Judgment, and I repose my hope in the promise of mercy and the moderation of age. I challenge the nominee to set the example for what our country can and should represent. Arizona is watching. It is time for Donald Trump to set the example for our country and the future of the Republican Party. While our Party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.

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Certain Difficulties Felt by Anglicans in Catholic Teaching, Volume 1, Lecture 8. The Social State of Catholic Countries No Prejudice to the Sanctity of the Church This, then, is the point I insist upon, in answer to the objection which you have today urged against me. The Church aims, not at making a show, but […]

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Welcome to the 9th version of the Ricochet swimming thread.  We could be a chapter of Aquaholics Anonymous but we are not anonymous. Our time here is geared to the encouragement of one another, not only in watery endeavors but in others that are good for the body, mind, and soul. Some of us swim […]

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Further analyses of political polarization

 

Last fall, I proposed a polling measure called the “Approval Asymmetry Index” (AAI), which attempts to quantify political polarization over time. AAI uses Gallup’s presidential approval survey responses for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents (I), presumed equal in size [1]. Rather than measure popularity, it the AAI compares how presidents are looked at both inside and outside of their parties. An AAI of zero indicates that there is no partisan divide in how the president is viewed; an AAI of 100 indicates that people inside the party evaluate the president completely differently than people outside. If a president’s approval ratings from his partisans, opponents, and political independents register — respectively — 75, 25, and 50 percent, then he earns an AAI of 50, which is close to the long-term (12-president) averages from the poll, which commenced during the Truman Administration.

Figure 1 - AAI vs. time. Red dots indicate presidents' initial AAI values.

Figure 1 – AAI vs. time. Red dots indicate presidents’ initial AAI values.

WSJ Report on European Prisons

 

What happens when you combine Islamism with the usual troubles that afflict prison? The WSJ reports:

The rise of Islamic State has caught Europe’s prison systems flat-footed. Convicted terrorists, some of whom serve prison terms as brief as two years, sit atop the social pecking order in facilities like Fleury-Mérogis. Many use jail time to forge ties with petty criminals from the predominantly Muslim suburbs that ring European cities, authorities say, grooming them for jihad missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria—or attacks at home. Now the return over the past year of an unprecedented number of jihadists from Islamic State territory is placing European prisons in an even bigger bind. To keep militants off the streets, authorities are throwing many of them in jail, but that is injecting battle-hardened radicals into overcrowded prisons. Researchers estimate that 50% to 60% of the roughly 67,000 inmates in the French prison system are Muslims, who represent just 7.5% of the general population.

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