The PRC has just announced its new East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. An ADIZ is something that any modern nation does as it exercises measures to increase the safety of its territory. An ADIZ is a device, well published, that allows a nation to identify approaching aircraft with enough warning time to be able to react should that aircraft have nefarious intentions.
Daniel Hannan, Member European Parliament for South East England, has a few. His book, Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World, was excerpted by The Wall Street Journal a couple weekends ago. Here are some of Hannan’s thoughts from that excerpt.
Asked, early in his presidency, whether he believed in American exceptionalism, Barack Obama gave a telling reply. “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”
Two Gonzaga [University] students are facing possible expulsion from the University after they pulled a weapon in self defense as a six time felon attempted to get into their on campus apartment.
It seems these two students were confronted, on a recent Thursday night, by a six-time felon with an active arrest warrant on him (which, of course, the students couldn’t know at the time) who tried to force his way into their apartment, demanding money (which, of course, the students understood very clearly at the time). It was only when one of the students brandished a pistol—for which he has a concealed weapons permit—that the thug left (to be arrested later based on the students’ subsequent report to the police).
White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer claimed Sunday on ABC’s This Week that millions of Americans lost insurance their insurance policies because ObamaCare had deemed them inadequate.
[I]f the president were to allow people to have those plans…or insurance companies to keep selling barebones plans…he’d be violating even more important promise to the American people, that everyone would have a guarantee to access of quality…health insurance[.]
Ex-Obama advisor Dr Ezekiel Emanuel (and University of Pennsylvania Vice Provost) said much the same thing on Sunday’s Fox News Sunday.
WALLACE: Dr. Emanuel, simple question—why does Betsy Tadder need you or President Obama telling her what insurance she needs?
Both Colorado State Senators, including the President of the State Senate, facing recall over their gun control legislation lost those recalls Tuesday. These were solid defeats, too, nothing cliff-hanger-ish about them: State Senator John Morse (D), the Senate President, lost 51%-49%, and his colleague, State Senator Angela Giron (D), lost 56%-44%.
Moreover, these were not California-style recalls, where the firing occurs in one election and a separate election is held later (in which the just-fired incumbent could be a candidate). These Colorado recalls were elections themselves, and on losing the recall, Morse and Giron were replaced by their opponents—Republicans Bernie Herpin and George Rivera.
…gets it right.
A Mississippi judge had held up the state’s recently passed firearm open carry law, insisting that it was unconstitutionally vague. The law, in a burst of logic unusual for politicians [/snark], says in essence that “adults don’t need a permit to carry a gun that’s not concealed.” The Mississippi Supreme Court overruled the state judge—by unanimous opinion—and allowed the law to take effect. Justice Randy Pierce, writing for the Court, had this in part:
…and for what purpose?
The US government has used the merger-approval process to increase its influence over the telecom industry, bringing more companies under its oversight and gaining a say over activities as fundamental as equipment purchases.
The leverage has come from a series of increasingly restrictive security agreements between telecom companies and national-security agencies….
The security agreements…compel [telecom companies] to honor requests to access their systems. What’s new is that consolidation in the industry and an influx of overseas investment have left much of the industry under the government’s sway.
The Justice Department said Thursday that it will sue Texas over its voter ID law and, separately, look for ways to intervene in a lawsuit over the state’s redistricting policies
It’s just one harassment of a State after another by a Federal government disgruntled that it can’t get its way just for the demanding. Attorney General Eric Holder justified the attack, saying this is just part of DoJ’s
continuing effort to protect the voting rights of all eligible Americans. We will not allow the Supreme Court’s recent decision [that Congress must update its Voting Rights Act pre-clearance criteria] to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights.
…on the relationship between Progressives and their plantation hands of a certain group. Here‘s Louisiana State Senator Elbert Lee Guillory (erstwhile Democrat, now Republican):
It’s no longer the American Dream, it’s the American nightmare of relying on a monthly government check.
Only capitalism can provide the upward mobility for the meekest among us to break the shackles of poverty and rise into the middle class. This is what we call “The American Dream.”
Guillory has more here.
The Free at Last PAC also looks like a group worth serious consideration.
Baptist Minister Bruce Prescott, with the aid of the ACLU, is suing Oklahoma (specifically, the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission) in a state court over the presence of a monument representing the Ten Commandments on the state’s Capitol grounds.
Prescott told Oklahoma City’s News9
It’s inappropriate, it’s not the right place. Put it on the doorpost, that’s what the Bible says; it doesn’t say to put it at the State Capitol.
Here’s what he doesn’t get: the State Capital is the doorpost for all the citizens of Oklahoma.