Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday roundup

David Ignatius of the Washington Post says that the most likely scenario after North Korea participates in the upcoming Olympic Games is a resumption of the tension level over Kim's nuclear brazenness that had been the norm for the last year or so.

Eliana Johnson at Politico looks at the ways in which John Kelly has had to be an unconventional White House chief of staff, due to the unprecedented way his boss approaches his job.

Hack or colossal screwup? In any event, Hawaii residents no doubt got their heart rates up when they saw the text message from the state's civil defense agency on their phones this morning that a ballistic missile was incoming and that they needed to seek immediate shelter.

UPDATE: It was a screwup. "Someone pushed the wrong button."

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau's dapper look belies a jackboot who is cool with the extermination of fetal Canadians, but not any kind of effort to get Canadians in later stages of life to see the outrage if it.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a town hall audience this week that nonprofit organizations dedicated to fighting for the lives of the nation’s unborn are “not in line with where we are as a government, and quite frankly where we are as a society”, according to a story from Life News.
The comment came in response to a question about free speech, particularly as it regards speaking on behalf of the unborn. 

“When those beliefs lead to actions aimed to restrict a woman’s right on what to do with her body, that’s where we draw the line.” 
In other words, the Canadian government – and according to Trudeau, all of Canadian society – is fine with a citizen holding pro-life views, provided those views are not acted upon. 
Interesting viewpoint from Shelby Steele at the WSJ:

The recent protests by black players in the National Football League were rather sad for their fruitlessness. They may point to the end of an era for black America, and for the country generally—an era in which protest has been the primary means of black advancement in American life.

Bradley Manning, the deeply confused former US Army soldier who calls himself "Chelsea" and who served seven years in prison for passing along classified information, is running for a Maryland Senate seat.


  1. Re: nukes, let's proliferate anyway.

  2. Re: abortion as the law of the land for over 50 years: so let'a elect a goon who claims godly ways.

  3. Let's not do either of those things. They both strike me as running counter to the kind of world most folks envision.

  4. One thing about your abortion comment, though: I don't see how your suggestion flows from the point you're commenting on. For one thing, I don't know that the "goon" in question has really had much to say about abortion at all, and I know for a fact he doesn't claim godly ways. In fact, he's on record saying he doesn't need forgiveness. But more to the point, how does he figure in to a story about PM Trudeau?

  5. Donnie sure fooled the fundies didn't he? Can't count on them to protect the world from proliferation either because they applauded Armageddon in Pensacola.

  6. Trudeau is right about the fundies while being wrong about abortion.

  7. What does he have to say about "the fundies"? Didn't see any mention of them in the article I excerpted from.