Michael Brown was not a robbery suspect
The malfeasance and misfeasance of the Ferguson, MO, police department is approaching epic proportions. Earlier this morning the police chief, Thomas Jackson, gave a brief press statement, I say statement because he did not take questions, in which he disclosed that Michael Brown, who was gunned down last Saturday by a Ferguson police officer, was a robbery suspect. It was difficult to draw any honorable | Read More »
Rick Perry Punches Back Against Indictment
Of course, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Rick Perry is not going to take this revenge indictment by Rosemary Lehmberg lightly. I mean, who on Earth would have the temerity to suggest that a prosecutor arrested for a DWI should step down from her office*? Shortly after the news of the indictment broke, Governor Perry’s General Counsel Mary Anne Wiley released this statement: “The veto | Read More »
Rick Perry Becomes a Victim of Lawfare
Rick Perry, scourge of frivolous litigants, has just become the victim of one of the worst and most insidious variety: the runaway prosecutor. Perry was indicted this afternoon on charges of abuse of power by a grand jury at the behest of special prosecutor Michael McCrum. The basic facts of the case appear not to be in dispute – Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg, an | Read More »
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner: ‘Delete this email.’
Boom. Quickly: CMS means Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Marilyn Tavenner is the person who runs that agency for Health & Human Services; and the subordinate is Julie Bataille, who was and is CMS’s Director of Communications. So that sets the scene for this: The day after a CMS official informed the Committee about the potential loss of your emails, HHS provided the Committee | Read More »
The Market-Distorting Effects of Current Affirmative Action Policies
There are many good reasons both politically and philosophically that Affirmative Action as it is currently practiced is a bad idea, most of which have been covered here before. But in an interesting article at RCP yesterday, Heather Wilhelm raised an important salient point that I hadn’t yet considered: With so many oddities in the public school system, it’s hard to know where to | Read More »
The wisdom of the cheap
In the course of dissecting the latest “conservative fix to ObamaCare” from Avik Roy, Drew M. at Ace of Spades makes a profound observation: Here’s the dirty little secret politicians and health care wonks either won’t admit or only acknowledge silently to themselves in the dark of night…you can’t provide health insurance and health care services to people who can’t afford it without bankrupting the | Read More »
Iraq’s Christians are Crying Out for Help, Facing Jihadist Genocide
ISIS militants are engaged in a calculated extermination of Christians in Iraq.
The reports coming out of Iraq are horrendous. Christian homes have been marked with the sign of the Nazarene for slaughter. Children are beheaded and even crucified. Christian women are being sold as sex slaves.
Iraq’s Christians are crying out in desperation for aid from the West, from America.
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In Which Stealing Swisher Sweets Becomes a Capital Offense
Update: Via Thomas Crown in the comments, the Ferguson chief was clear that the officer who shot Michael Brown did not even know of this incident at the time of the shooting and it had nothing to do with the reason Michael Brown was stopped. Which means it is, of necessity, completely irrelevant to whether the officer reasonably believed that Brown posed a sufficient threat to | Read More »
#RSG14: Jim DeMint, President of the Heritage Foundation
If the Senate Republican Caucus is a little more conservative today than it was back in 2009, you can thank Jim DeMint for that. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio would not be Senators today without the help of DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund. In 2012, he resigned his Senate seat and took on the chairmanship of the Heritage Foundation. Over the years, | Read More »
The Internet’s ‘Series of Tubes’
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the network of fiber cables that serves as the backbone of the world’s internet connectivity, how fragile that network is and why entire countries can lose internet access at the drop of an anchor.
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Must We Have a Dead White Kid?
The facts that seem undisputed, and in these situations that is so rare, are that an unarmed eighteen year old named Michael Brown was walking in a street. An altercation occurred with a police officer. Undisputed is that the officer gave chase to Mr. Brown after the scuffle and shot Mr. Brown, at least once in the back, approximately twenty feet from where the scuffle | Read More »
Dear World: The President is inconvenienced.
All eyes are currently on Ferguson, MO., as the Democratic governor finally decides to do something, setting up state law enforcement to take control of the situation and keeping local enforcement only on standby. Prior to this, a heavily militarized Ferguson police force was really doing no one in the law enforcement community a favor when they suited up in heavier-than-normal protection (they looked like | Read More »
I Hope The Libertarian Moment Happens In Ferguson, MO
Quis Custodiat Ipsos Custodies? The news coming out of Ferguson, MO caused me to experience the equivalent of a bad acid flashback without the initial fun of tripping on LSD. I went back in time to 1999. I was in Grad School at UCLA getting vastly over-credentialed for the job market and educated far beyond my limited frontiers of cognitive ability. | Read More »
Has Russia invaded? Ukraine enters a critical state
The situation in Ukraine is entering a critical phase. As Russian troops mass on the border with Ukraine and a bogus “humanitarian” convoy has moved towards Ukraine from Russia. Tonight there are reports that a Russian armored column has crossed the Russo-Ukraine frontier. A column of Russian armored personnel carriers (APCs) has reportedly crossed Russia’s border with Ukraine. The APCs had earlier been seen traveling alongside a | Read More »
David Gregory out at Meet the Press
NBC has announced David Gregory has been replaced on Meet the Press by Chuck Todd. Yawn.
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