■ I made a mistake yesterday in only providing the first verse of a
two-verse Proverb. As it turns out, adding the second verse changes
the tone. Let's see Proverbs
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.
Yes, those burning coals add more of that Old Testament flavor to
the proverb. And, as a bonus, the Lord will cheer from the sidelines at your
■ Andrew Klavan, truthbringer: Corruption and Collusion: Obama, Comey, and the Press
It now seems clear that Barack Obama was a corrupt machine politician in the worst Chicago mold. He used the IRS to silence his enemies, and the Justice Department to protect his friends. His two major "achievements" — a health care law that doesn't work and a deal that increased the power and prestige of the terrorist state of Iran — were built on lies to the public and manipulation of the press. And that's according to his own allies! Only the leftist bias and racial pathology of the media kept his administration from being destroyed by scandal, as it surely would have been had he been a white Republican.
Readest thou the Thing in its Entirety.
■ Thomas Winslow Hazlett has been writing on various aspects of
telecom policy for decades, and he's got a new book out. Excerpt at
We Could Have Had Cellphones Four Decades Earlier
The basic idea of the cellphone was introduced to the public in
1945—not in Popular Mechanics or Science, but in
the down-home Saturday Evening Post. Millions of citizens
would soon be using "handie-talkies," declared J.K. Jett, the head
of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Licenses would have
to be issued, but that process "won't be difficult." The
revolutionary technology, Jett promised in the story, would be
formulated within months.
But permission to deploy it would not. The government would not allocate spectrum to realize the engineers' vision of "cellular radio" until 1982, and licenses authorizing the service would not be fully distributed for another seven years. That's one heck of a bureaucratic delay.
How many times do I have to say it? (And how many times will you
have to read it?) Abolish the FCC.
■ KDW@NR writes on Trump’s
Credibility Problem. No, it's not the Worlds Longest Book, KDW
admirably restricts himself to a column-size summary. Specifically,
how do go about investigating the various charges against the
It is impossible to get at that in a meaningful way without
considering the unsettling question: What sort of man is the
president of these United States? We know he is a habitual liar, one
who tells obvious lies for no apparent reason, from claiming to own
hotels that he does not own to boasting about having a romantic
relationship with Carla Bruni, which never happened. (“Trump is
obviously a lunatic,” Bruni explained.) He invented a series of
imaginary friends to lie to the New York press about both his
business and sexual careers. He has conducted both his private and
public lives with consistent dishonesty and dishonor. He is not a
man who can be taken at his word.
Conclusion: "The question isn’t whether the president is a crook.
The question is: What kind of crook is he?"
[I can only imagine how Trump might answer: "I am the best
kind of crook. Nobody crooks better than me. I will crook so much,
so hard, so fast, that you may get bored with all the crookery."]
■ For some reason, every so often, I get mail from people who
clearly want to mail someone else: from a Cadillac dealer in
Bentonville, Arkansas; from a high-end Merrill Lynch investment
advisor in Bethesda, Maryland (who said he "enjoyed the conversation" we
[didn't] have earlier in the day); an order confirmation from Orvis
to a customer in Glen, Montana.
And then there's Marion F. from (it appears) Deer Isle, Maine. She
writes to about a half dozen of her friends (and me) with the
Subject "Administration’s Full 2018 Budget Ends Eight Decades of
Bipartisan Presidential Support for National Service Programs -
Voices for National Service". What's the deal, Marion?
The Trump budget which was proposed a few days ago includes ZERO funding for Senior Corps which for us means no more Bone Builders.
Oh noes! No more Bone Builders!?
Marion urges her friends to click the link she provides to the
for Service" website, which (in turn) allows canned robo-mail to be
sent to the clicker's Congresscritters, urging them to keep the
taxpayer money flowing to the
Corporation for National
and Community Service (CNCS).
Coincidentally, I noted this David Boaz post at Cato, whose headline
asks the tongue-in-cheek question:
What Do the Subsidy Recipients Think about Cutting Subsidies?
A $4 trillion annual budget is about $12,500 for every man, woman, and child in the United States. If the budget could be cut by, say, $1 trillion — taking it back to the 2008 level — how much good could that money do in the hands of families and businesses? How many jobs could be created? How many families could afford a new car, a better school, a down payment on a home? Reporters should ask those questions when they ask subsidy recipients, How do you feel about losing your subsidy?
The CNCS yearly budget is currently slightly north of a billion
dollars. The people who deride "trickle down economics" don't seem
to mind it when it trickles down to a senior fitness program in