Friday, October 24, 2014

A small matter, perhaps

But flubs like this don’t exactly inspire confidence in the mainstream media. I was listening to the radio on the way home from work yesterday, and some guy at ABC news said that the Ottawa shooter was armed with a Winchester lever-action shotgun.

Now, Winchester did indeed manufacture lever-action shotguns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but this line was discontinued in 1920 because it couldn’t compete against the far more popular pump-action shotguns. So unless the Ottawa shooter was armed with a very old weapon, he was, in fact, carrying a lever-action rifle.

Another brave Canadian Sergeant-at-Arms

Aaron Goldstein remembers René Marc Jalbert.

Hey, I don't want my hair to catch fire...

...but this looks like a potentially terrorist act: "Man with 'Islamic extremist leanings' attacks NY police".

Happy Feet Friday

Something a little different from my usual theme. Today we've got a combination of ballet - and magic.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Accountability

And the lack thereof. Kevin D. Williamson writes about the ominous increase in Gestapo-like raids by militarized police forces, and law enforcement’s apparently casual approach to, among other things, getting addresses right. A taste:
Bobby Griffin Jr. was wanted on murder charges. His next-door neighbor on Peck Street, Joseph Adams, wasn’t. But that didn’t stop the SWAT team from knocking down his door, setting his home on fire, roughing him up, keeping him tied up in his underwear for nearly three hours, and treating the New Haven man, who is gay, to a nance show as officers taunted him with flamboyantly effeminate mannerisms. If the events detailed in Mr. Adams’s recently filed lawsuit are even remotely accurate, the episode was a moral violation and, arguably, a crime.
Yeah, good luck with that lawsuit, Mr. Adams. Especially since the only witnesses were probably just the members of the SWAT team.

Rep. Jim McDermott reveals deep-seated fear of his hair catching on fire

Ostensibly the congressman is talking about people“overreacting” to the threat of Muslim terrorism, but he used the “burning hair” metaphor so frequently in an interview on MSNBC yesterday that it’s difficult to avoid concluding that congressman McDimwitt has some kind of phobia about his own, admittedly striking, mane of white hair suddenly bursting into flames, possibly as the result of overtaxing his thought-box:
You have to wait and get the information, and I think the president, by not getting his hair on fire is doing exactly the right thing. We don’t know who did this, we don’t know if there’s a conspiracy or anything else. All the speculation you’re seeing in the press is done by irresponsible people in my view…

You know, we’ve just gone through the Ebola virus. That was the crisis of last week. Everybody’s hair was on fire about Ebola and suddenly a shooting occurs in Canada and suddenly our hair is on fire that somehow the Muslim hordes are going to come and get us; there’s no evidence for that.”

”Hey, I smell smoke. Does anybody else smell smoke? Wait...OH MY GOD!!! MY HAIR!!!! IS MY HAIR BURNING?!?”

A good closing message for Republican candidates

From Jim Geraghty at NRO. Here’s a sample:
Democrats, as the party of government, have proven themselves all too willing to avert their eyes from the problems of government, to excuse or explain them away, or to announce some bold-sounding reform that never gets seriously implemented and is eventually forgotten. They’re all too enthusiastic about nodding in agreement to bureaucrats’ excuses that their failures can be solved with a bigger budget. They’re all too likely to believe that appointing some other D.C. staffer in a special czar position will suddenly create accountability, honesty, and diligence. They’re all too inclined to accept passive-voice “mistakes were made” explanations with blame assigned to “systemic” failures instead of particular individuals who failed to perform their duties, meet their responsibilities, and act with integrity.
Remember also Michael Walsh’s dead-on definition of the Democratic Party: “Think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.”

The next step, of course, is likely to be more difficult than simply getting rid of Democrats: revivifying the GOP by replacing its useless establishment figures with principled constitutionalists. That task is likely to be a long, hard slog.