This story from Wednesday didn’t get the attention from the media that it deserved. There were so many more exciting things to report on, like scandals and trials and partisan fighting. But to many Americans, there was nothing more important than the return at long last of the remains of the soldiers who went off to fight in the Korean War over 60 years ago and never returned home.
As part of his deal with President Trump, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un released repatriation cases containing the remains of 55 fallen soldiers. They arrived in Hawaii and were welcomed by Vice President Mike Pence in a solemn ceremony at Hickam Air Force Base at which a military band played hymns and each flag-draped container was accompanied by one Marine, one sailor, one soldier and one airman. Pence, whose father fought in Korea, said, "Today, they are known but to God. But soon, we will know their names, and we will tell their stories of courage."
There are still 7,699 U.S. service members listed as unaccounted for from the Korean War. These first remains will have to undergo forensic tests to identify them so their families can finally have closure – or to determine if they are all Americans. This is only the beginning of a long process. But it’s a hopeful beginning that Kim will keep his word, and that the heroes who died in what is sometimes called “The Forgotten War” will not be forgotten.
Please click the link to read more about this story. It may come from 1953, but it’s today’s most important news.
I don’t mean to pick on Hawaii, but voters there seriously need to up their game when it comes to picking Senators. I already wrote this week about Sen. Mazie Hirono, who appeared gobsmacked to learn that people who sneak into the US illegally are arrested not because President Trump is mean but because it’s a violation of federal law to sneak into the US illegally (even after it was explained to her twice, with the federal statute cited, her confused response was reminiscent of the “These go to 11” scene in “This Is Spinal Tap.”)
And now, her fellow Democratic Senator from Hawaii, Brian Schatz, has tweeted something equally coco-nutty. After President Trump’s rally in Tampa, where the crowd mocked the relentlessly anti-Trump media in the hall by chanting, “CNN s***ks,” Schatz tweeted that Democrats “have no equivalent to the dark carnival that is a Trump rally. This is not a thing on the left. We just argue about healthcare and climate and sometimes relitigate 2016 but we are not actually out of our minds.”
Ironically, I think that tweet just might prove he’s out of his mind. Maybe he should run that claim past Rep. Steve Scalise, who was nearly shot to death at a charity baseball practice by a homicidally-enraged Bernie Bro, should they happen to share an elevator. I just hope Maxine Waters isn’t on there with them, or they won’t be able to talk over her unhinged rants about harassing everyone associated with Trump.
Maybe the problem with the Democrats being unable to see their own side’s insanity is that the lunatics have been running the asylum so long that crazy looks like sane to them.
Since I already linked this week to Breitbart’s by-no-means comprehensive list of 538 instances of leftists attacking, threatening or attempting to silence and intimidate people on the right, I’ll save Sen. Schatz some time by linking to the Daily Caller’s Cliff’s Notes version of just 22 of the more infamous cases.
PS to Sen. Schatz: if you need one more fresh example of what Democrats who are “actually out of their minds” look like, check out this story about a Taunton, Massachusetts, woman arrested for vandalism, assault with a dangerous weapon and other charges. She allegedly became enraged while driving when she saw a car with a Trump bumper sticker and gave chase, yelling at the driver. When he stopped to see what her problem was, she called him a racist and other names, smashed her car into the side of his car, then took off. She’s pleading not guilty, I have to assume by reason of insanity.
If I were a betting man, I’d put up a thousand dollars that her car has a “Visualize World Peace” bumper sticker on it.
And the media wonder why they’re not popular in the Heartland? Politico reporter Marc Caputo defended CNN’s Jim Acosta from hecklers at the Tampa Trump rally by tweeting that Trump supporters at the event were “garbage people” and "If you put everyone's mouths together in this video, you'd get a full set of teeth." When the predictable angry reaction at his gross elitism poured in, Caputo doubled down on the insult. But as fury with him grew, he deleted the offensive and bigoted (but incredibly revealing, if he really wonders why Trump calls the liberal media “the enemy of the people”) tweets and posted an apology.
Sounds like he learned that Trump supporters do have teeth after all.
The UK Guardian is reporting a new and infuriating revelation about Salman Abedi, the British citizen of Libyan descent who blew himself up with a suicide vest at last year’s Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, injuring 200 people and killing 22, including children. It turns out that the British government actually rescued him from Libya and returned him to Great Britain, even though he had been a terrorist “subject of interest” and been monitored by security services for his radical Islamist views after he left the UK for Libya four years ago. When about 100 British citizens, including Abedi and his brothers, got stranded in that dangerous and failing nation, British Special Forces rescued them and brought them back to the UK (a month prior to this, the monitoring of Abedi had been closed for unknown reasons.)
The news that the government not only dropped the ball on monitoring Abedi but actually brought him back from Libya where he committed his act of mass murder of innocents has infuriated many Britons (although some might be afraid to say so for fear of being prosecuted for speech crimes.) One politician said, “For this man to commit such an atrocity on U.K. soil after we rescued him from Libya was an act of utter betrayal.” Actually, that’s not quite accurate. It might have been a betrayal of Britain, but to someone like Abedi, he was simply being true to his nature, like the fable about the scorpion’s explanation for why it stang the frog that was giving it a ride across the river, dooming them both to die: “It’s in my nature.”
If only someone in the British government had cared enough about the safety of the nation’s citizens to stop people with potentially deadly intent from coming into the country from terrorism-infested nations. But then, we know what British politicians would say about a leader who tried to do that.
ADP and Moody's Analytics reported this week that 219,000 private payroll jobs were created in July. Economists had predicted 185,000. In addition, the jobs gain in June was adjusted upward from 177,000 to 181,000. I guess economists never get tired of being wrong, although at least they are enjoying a change of pace from eight years of overestimating job growth under Obama to underestimating it under Trump.
But here’s the really revealing quote that CNBC chose to highlight, from Moody’s chief economist (one of those folks whom, as I just pointed out, have been consistently wrong): "The job market is booming, impacted by the deficit-financed tax cuts and increases in government spending."
If increases in government spending and federal deficits caused job creation to skyrocket, how come it was so anemic throughout the Obama years of expanded government and trillion-dollar deficits? Why did even a stimulus bill specifically intended to create “shovel-ready jobs” not create shovel-ready jobs? Did it ever occur to this “chief economist” that maybe the job surge has more to do with President Trump’s successful effort at slashing burdensome regulations, or with the tax cut letting people keep more of their own money, or with the confidence that comes from knowing your business can stop hunkering down and safely invest its profits, capital and tax cut in expanding and hiring because you know this Administration won’t suddenly blindside you with some new insane, business-killing government regulations, programs, taxes or mandates?
If this is the way economists think businesses are run, no wonder they’re repeatedly surprised when their jobs predictions are wrong month after month.
A typically fine article by Prof. Walter Williams on why liberals keep falling for socialism, even though it fails every time it’s tried. One of his reasons that’s similar to something I mentioned in a previous essay on this topic: Things that are immoral when done privately, such as theft, don’t become moral when they’re done collectively. It’s still immoral, only on a grand scale with a lot of power, and that tends to attract the most corrupt people. Or as Williams quotes Friedrich Hayek, “In government, the scum rises to the top.”
Just when you think you’ve heard President Trump blamed for absolutely everything, along comes a new one: The Robesonian newspaper in Lumberton, North Carolina, is blaming Trump for its decision to stop including the eight-page Sunday color comics section. An editorial claims that Trump’s tariffs have made newsprint more expensive so they can no longer afford eight pages of color comics and are replacing them with one page of black and white comics. The editors say it’s “a decision that we really believe was made at the White House.”
Of course, this has nothing to do with falling newspaper readership and revenues, or the fact that readers can see hundreds of color strips every day online at GoComics.com. No, this decision you made that saves your paper money is really all Trump’s fault. He’s literally Bluto, Lex Luthor and Dr. Doom rolled into one.
To quote Charlie Brown: “Good grief!”
Former President Barack Obama released a list of 81 Democrats he’s endorsing in the midterm elections. The only real surprises came in some of the names that were not included, particularly “Democratic” Socialist media darling, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. There was no comment from her campaign about the snub (they’re probably still trying to figure out how money works), and Obama might still include her in further endorsements. Still, it’s set rumors flying about why the candidate who’s getting the most press, but also causing the most trouble for the establishment, was conspicuously absent from Obama’s first round draft choices.
Maybe this is just Obama’s way of tweaking Republicans by subtly conveying the message, “Ha! Told you I wasn’t a socialist!”
To quote the old saying, “I may not know a lot about art, but I know what I like!”
I thought we’d seen the limits of techie hubris when Hillary’s poll analytics expert dismissed Bill Clinton’s warning that she was in danger of losing in the Rust Belt because his data disproved it. But then along came these guys, who think the algorithm they developed by analyzing Beatles songs proves that they know who wrote the melody of “In My Life” better than Paul McCartney does.