A Short Interlude

Links from around the ‘net.

Ms. BWR is on a weekend away and will return early next week.  Meanwhile, while the Bookworm is away, the Wolf will play.  (picture H/T Ace of Spades Pet Thread) (More doggie fun here)

Anyone getting the impression that perhaps the people teaching our young minds full of mush are making it up as they go along?  This from a Meagan McArdle tweet: (h/t Instapundit)

Wrote a column on Venezuela and socialism [Venezuela’s Inflation Rate To Hit 1,000,000 Percent.  Thanks, socialism].  Being assailed by people who say that I obviously have no idea what socialism is, since socialism doesn’t involve state control of the economy.

Venezuelan money is now worth less than the paper on which it is printed.  Note the top-rated comment at Wapo with 243 likes:

Venezuela is not suffering from socialism. It is suffering from a corrupt, incompetent, protectionist, centrally planned, kleptocratic, undemocratic, repressive regime.

I get the felling that you really don’t know what “socialism” means, but you like to throw it out there to get the MAGA crowd (who also don’t know what it means) riled up. Maybe you should read a good economics text some day.

As always, it is not that socialism is a failure, it is just that centrally planned economics have never been properly applied.  Oh, and giving government such extensive power so that they can implement socialism at the end of a gun has nothing to do with all the rest of those things, like repressive, corrupt, incompetent, etc.  Note also that, for some reason, imposing socialism almost always requires disarming the populace first.   My question, who erased the 20th century in all of our colleges’ history and economics books?

The commenters seem a product of our finest educational institutions in the economic field.  That said, at least Coleman Hughes seems to be paying attention in his courses that involve economics and the racial wealth gap.

Progressive Socialist Superstar Ocasio-Cortez:  Enforcing the border is “on the same spectrum as ethnic cleansing.”  This is a woman enjoying a bit more than her fifteen minutes of fame, but not much.  She is not an overly smart woman.  She won a primary with incredibly low turnout by organizing the Sandernistas in a district full of them.  She faced an opponent, Joe Crowley, who arrogantly didn’t even bother to show up for their debate .  And she may well not win the general election in her ultra-safe district given that Crowley will appear on the ballot under the Working Families Party.

Articles of Impeachment against Rosenstein are for withholding and concealing documents from Congressional subpoena.  Paul Ryan, who should be demanding full compliance, disagrees.  Congressional subpoenas need much better enforcement mechanism.     Unfortunately, this is one of several areas that Trump has not yet addressed.

Court approves suit against San Diego and its police department by Trump supporters for failing to protect them during a mob attack in 2016.  This has been far too long in coming.   There have been many instances of this since 2016, the worst being in NC where the police deliberately allowed ANTIFA to attack a licensed rally, the violence ending in the death of one young woman.  We need to see a lot more suits like this, and DOJ should be holding state officials criminally liable in cases of severe injury.

On a related note, I have never understood why the progs have been screaming about the July meeting between Kushner, Don Jr. and two Russian nationals.  There is nothing at all illegal about that.  Nor is anything alleged to have occurred within the meeting that was improper (I hear it was all just talk about grandkids).  Now it comes out that Trump may have known of the meeting in advance.  So what?  That is not illegal.  And if proggies have their way, illegals will soon have the vote, though only if they are the right illegals, da?

Chick-Fil-A’s great chicken sandwiches are apparently still being boycotted by the alphabet crowd.

Proggies continue their jihad against Judaeo-Christian religions operating in the public square.  Many states and localities are passing laws that provide that adoption agencies that have rules against placing children with the lettered folk (LGBT . . . and whatever other) cannot operate in their locale.  This from the Federalist:
A House committee passed a bill earlier this month that would allow faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies to continue operating in accord with their moral beliefs. Democrats responded calling the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act “disgusting, deeply immoral and profoundly offensive,” “unconscionable,” and “shockingly biased.”
Actually, those are the words I would use to describe the proggies.  They use children as petri dishes for social experimentation.
And finally . . .
Sex, drugs, wife-swapping, Sodom and Gomorrah stuff, or is that sodomy and Geritol stuff?  Either way . . . for the love of Pete, Grandma . . .