Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Francis speaks about weapons

I don't often visit Facebook, and even more rarely "share" the images I see there, but this one tickled me. Do you suppose his protective detail consists entirely of non-Christians?

Friday, September 11, 2015

The refugee crisis comes home

Mr. Obama, who gave Bashar Assad the green light to massacre his own people, has decreed that 10,000 Syrian refugees can come to America, and you may be sure that that number will double, and double again, as the Good People out-bid one another. Though the news cameras are on the women and children, you'll note that in any crowd photo, the refugees are mostly adult males--72 percent, says the UN. (To me it looks more like 90 percent.) They are between the ages of 18 and 50, by all appearances--prime jihadist material!

Hard enough to spot a suicide bomber among the few hundred Middle Eastern immigrants a year who go through a background check and pay their own way to the US. But out of 7,200 (or 9,000) men who arrived on Lesbos with only the clothes on their backs? Do you really believe that Islamic State hasn't peppered that taxpayer-subsidized buffet with its own fighters?

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Time is unstoppable

Who would have thought that, when this young woman became England's queen in 1953, she'd still be on the job in the 21st century? Today Elizabeth becomes the longest-reigning monarch in Britain's history, eclipsing the record previously held by Victoria. (Elizabeth comes far from reaching her great-great-grandmother's astounding number of children, whose marriages tangled the royal house with most of Europe's monarchies.)

Not only do I remember the Royal Wedding, but I laid plans to stow away on a passenger liner, so as to be in London for the great event. My mother talked me out of it, but I did get there in September 1954, as Britain's way way of repaying some of the aid it had received under the Marshall Plan. (It never occurred to me, either, that I'd be alive and working in the 21st century!)

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Memo to self: laugh a lot, love people ...

According to the New York Times today:

Clinton to Show More Humor and Heart, Aides Say

Check! Check! Done!

Monday, September 07, 2015

Austria wants "normality"

Austria has given the game away by announcing that "step by step," it will move back to "normality" on screening the flood of mostly-Muslims entering the country from Hungary.

So why has everyone been beating up on Hungary this month? They were only trying to obey the EU rules that Austria now wants to re-introduce. Perhaps it's a stupid rule, but there it was: a would-be asylum seeker is supposed to register in the first EU country he enters, and wait there for his application to be processed by the country he wants to accept him. I don't know about the European media, but American media having been treating the Hungarian police as if they were the Gestapo reincarnated.

The Good People in Austria and Hungary (and the US, of course) kept saying: "Bring them on!" The only mistake Hungary made was in not taking them at their word.

It's hardly Hungary's fault. Austria got rid of the Russian army in 1955, while Hungary wasn't set free until 1991. It will take a while for the Hungarians to understand the hypocrisy that dominates Western politics.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Does this remind you of anything?

The goose-stepping troops are a bit unnerving for anyone who remembers that September is also the anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 (joined by Russia a few weeks later). Meanwhile, Chinese warships are operating in the Bering Sea off Alaska, and making little forays into U.S. territorial waters, much as Russia is doing into Western Europe.

Who said that the fall of the Soviet Union marked the "end of history"? Sure hasn't worked out that way! Russia biting off pieces of its neighbors' territory, China building artificial islands in international waters, North Korea launching missiles, Iran developing atomic weapons -- what was called the Cold War is looking more and more a short interregnum of peace.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Depends on what the meaning of "law" is

A local clerk won't obey the same-sex marriage laws, so she gets jailed. And the Good People cheer! These are the same Good People who cheered when cities declared themselves sanctuaries where US immigration laws don't apply. And when the Attorney General refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act. And when Mr Obama rewrote the Affordable Care Act.

“The success of our democracy depends on the rule of law," says the White House about the Kentucky case, "and there is no public official that is above the rule of law.”  I couldn't agree more. If only the White House applied that maxim to itself!