This was a good column from Victor Davis Hanson with a couple QOTDs. He’s actually funny in this, where he’s usually pretty serious.
Though frankly he’s serious in his funny!
The Screech-Owl Factor For all his lack of discipline, the media-seasoned Trump is still the better and more robust campaigner………..Hillary is the far more disciplined politico, but she is not so much uncharismatic as downright off-putting. Even on those rare occasions when she listens to her new voice-coach handlers and speaks quietly and deliberately, she still comes off not as reassuring, much less engaging, but rather as artificially trying her best not to revert to her natural screech-owl elocution. Heartfelt recklessness can sometimes wear better than packaged sobriety.
Brawlers know the rules of the street far better than establishmentarians. The Senate is not The Apprentice, and politics is not New York real estate. Ask the trash-talking Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if she came out on top in dueling with Trump — or whether she virtually destroyed a quarter-century’s reputation in minutes and ended up no better than an elderly version of Rosie O’Donnell in a Supreme Court Justice costume.
Jonah Goldberg writes a really good column today about the events over the last week.
I just wanted to say that I am in agreement with the Black Lives Matter folks who get cranky when people say “all lives matter”. OF COURSE, all lives matter, but THIS movement is concerning black lives and trying to create an environment where blacks are not marginalized, but matter.
Do they? Of course. Do they feel like they don’t? Certainly many don’t feel like they matter. It’s a movement. Let them have their name. Their name does NOT say, “white lives don’t matter” so get a grip talk radio.
Ed calls it Monday morning quarterbacking and I agree, but I have to say I am more than a little uncomfortable with the use of a robot to blow up a man who was somewhat contained and apparently still talking.
This is from CNN so take it with whatever grain of salt you take it. The bold is mine.
The ambush started with gunshots that killed five officers and sent screaming crowds scrambling for cover. It ended when a Dallas police bomb squad robot killed a gunman after negotiations failed…………………As officials condemned the attack, details emerged about the man who died after a lengthy standoff with police in a parking garage.
Johnson told police negotiators that he was upset about recent police shootings, that he wanted to kill white people — especially white officers — and that he acted alone, the police chief said.
“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Brown said. “Other options would have exposed our officers to grave danger. The suspect is deceased as a result of detonating the bomb.”
Johnson had no criminal record or known terror ties, a law enforcement official said.
In this case, lethal force was clearly appropriate after hours of attempting to resolve the standoff non-lethally, and the police chose one of their legitimate tools in applying that force.
Again – this is my miscomfort and I am happy I didn’t have to make the call, but basically they blew up a man who was communicating with them from within a parking garage because negotiations failed within a few hours.
We can’t say what normal is as this was extraordinary. I get that the guy confessed. I get that he wanted suicide by cop and the police were done with him. But yes, I am a little uncomfortable with the ability of a government agency being able to act as judge and jury and executioner all in one. I don’t have the answer. A parking garage is pretty open, but starve him out? At least give 48 hours of conversation/negotiations? I don’t know, I wasn’t there and this is Monday morning.
I support the police in Dallas. I walked by a police car in Longmont yesterday and stopped to give thanks and let them know they do a great job here. I have family in law enforcement. I can not imagine. But……principles first.
Is this ok? I am not comfortable with it. You?
Hot Air comments are mostly on the side of Kill him, kill him good. I think our world is coming apart very quickly now.
I may change my mind as more information comes out.
More information is out, yet I haven’t yet changed my mind about this. 2 hours of talk and lunacy and threats and then a robot bomb. Yes, I’m still uncomfortable with that.
The ever so important terrorist watch list that Democrats want to use to deny you your basic rights is rigged.
The SDR is a report used to come up with suspected terrorists. Las Vegas apparently has a quota system of these. Just like any government rule, the people in charge will find the easiest way to deal with it until and unless there are consequences.
I should probably retire from this business of sharing my opinions online. Especially since they change moment to moment as one truth leads to another and sources are outed as false etc.
JG is right, maybe and I am maybe wrong again and the truth is……
In the end, his real incentive can only be from his words. His words state Islamic extremism.
The quest now is to find out if Islamic extremists help him, abetted him, were a part of this. They chose to take credit but I suppose before killing a bunch of people it’s best to think it through. Again – reasons why I’m not in charge.
One thing I will say though after reading this post recommended by a friend….
Facebook is a problem. We (yes me) boil things down into little snippets of information to make things easy to digest. We must, fb isn’t a book or even a magazine article. It leaves us thinking like Popehat here.
He first uses fb posts to divide the sides and then defines them and then says to not do that.
Interestingly, his definition of “sides” can only be defined by someone within his own Fb walls because mine aren’t quite like that. I know many D’s who are gun rights advocates. Which is why I hope it does become a major issue because people from both sides of the aisle will come together.
I do like his discussion of dogs as an example of the misinformation floating around which make the 2 gun sides really get fed up with one another.
I also think spouse abusers should definitely be denied their gun rights and if they are not convicted, then there should at least be a more thorough investigation into their background before selling them guns. Let’s take some money used to study bizarre things and put it towards FBI background checks so the, if we can’t do it in 3 days, then you get your gun, situation doesn’t take affect. And let’s actually prosecute the laws we have on the books now first before throwing in a bunch of new ones.
more random opinions, probably wrong, from me. Maybe I need to go back to the old blog name….ithinkthereforeierr.blogspot.com!
It turns out that I was probably wrong rushing to war yesterday. There are good reasons why I’m not in charge.
It’s actually sounding like the murdering rampage in Orlando was by a closeted gay man who hated himself for it. psych 100 (not even 101)
He was influenced by ISIS and ISIS wants credit, but he was of here.
Today Celina Dugin of the National Review takes on my basic question…..
How does a person know that he/she is transgender? I have 0 idea what a man “feels” like, yet I’m competitive, I get dirty, I like to Jeep and shoot guns. I’ve never had babies, I don’t wear makeup or heels. I don’t like hanging out with a bunch of gaggling girls, though I know plenty of females who are similar.
So what is the definition of a man if not a penis?
And you men out there….how on earth do you know what it means to feel female? Answer, you don’t.
The fluidity of gender/sex/orientation is not definitive. It’s being a tomboy somedays and enjoying good gossip on others. Traits are separate from gender and it irks me that people try to force these into their boxes. Especially on children.
Anyway Celina asks the question in a far better way than I.
Trump is the warning shot. He’s the food riots before the revolution. He’s the stack of letters to the editor in protest over some issue. People do not go from happy to bloody revolt overnight. It’s a process and the early stages are warnings, at least they should be viewed as warnings. If the people in Washington insist on flooding the country with helot labor, despite what’s happening in the election, the people are going to insist on building scaffolds in Washington. The Trump phenomenon is the warning.
This is what I think.
Life is hard. If you wanted change so badly, it would have worked for you to get into position to create change. Run for office, volunteer with political campaigns, write those letters and make those phone calls. But how many people really do that? In reality – not many. Many don’t even bother to vote.
So you get all these heated discussions amongst friends and neighbors and then it explodes with Trump.
Illegal immigration – how many small businesses out there use illegal (and legal) immigrants to get their entry level jobs done? And why? Because we keep increasing minimum wage on the will of the people and we keep insisting on businesses providing more time off, more health care etc, on the will of the people. We want low prices, we want to be healed of cancer. We want subsidies for corn and sugar. We want our new roof in 2 days, not 5. We want nannies and yard people et al. The people that want those things, actually do the work and run for office and volunteer and go to power lunches and use their time to get their needs met vs hanging out and just exploding all over someone like Trump.
If all these Trumpers really cared about the illegal immigrant problem, then we wouldn’t actually have the problem. Instead, they would have insisted that x number of weeks of unemployment was enough and people should go get jobs beyond that. And that sub minimum wage is acceptable for those on unemployment now. Why do businesses require immigrant labor? Is it really because those are the only people willing to work those jobs? And if so, why? Because others don’t need to. (yes Republicans are mean)
It’s an amazing phenomenon, I will grant you that. I will be very surprised if the momentum holds. Why? Because it’s hard work. And people want the easy route.
In Colorado, after the government changed the laws here about the number of bullets people could carry or who could sell what gun when there was a big giant uprising led by a few men who had never voted and 2 officials got ousted. Since then? As a casual observer, I’d say – not much. No law has changed. The governor elected is a Dem.
What happened to the fight? It just disappeared.
Life is hard.
We’ll see what happens. Interesting times folks, interesting times.
We’re like Hank Reardan, staying uninvolved until suddenly you want everything fixed yesterday.
UPDATE: While not a Trump supporter, I will admit, I too want to poke my eyes out anytime I go to a political event. So yes, I blame myself too. I’d rather be doing anything than “getting involved”. Mea culpa