The Wall Street Journal had an editorial on this earlier, but they’re selling the Ukraine situation short along with several others.
The [Russian] attack violated a 2003 treaty that designated the Azov Sea as shared territory between Russia and Ukraine.
Sadly, this accepts as fait accompli the existing invasion, partition, and occupation of Ukraine by Russia.
The attack, and that invasion, partition, and occupation, also violated, and violate, the Budapest Memorandum, which the Western signers (the US and UK) appear too timid to enforce—even though we’d be confronting a country whose economy is roughly akin to that of the Black P-Stone Nation, and whose morals are those of MS-13.
Recall Russia’s latest provocation (which amounts to an act of war), consisting of ships of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet ramming a Ukrainian tugboat and firing on and seizing the Ukrainian three-ship flotilla of which that tug was a part along with the “detention” of the crews of the three ships.
This, from no less a Liberal outlet than the Chicago Tribune. John Lott, Jr, Crime Prevention Research Center President, provided some gun-related killings statistics for the Tribune. He began by defining what constitutes mass killings, a term too often bandied about without definition. The FBI’s definition is what he used.
shootings must claim four or more lives in a public place
shootings must be carried out simply with the intention of killing
excluded are gang fight killings because they tend to be motivated by battles for drug turf
President Donald Trump has said that the US and Mexico have reached an agreement—at least in principle (although Trump is his usual more definitive self)—that those seeking asylum in the US will remain in Mexico until their asylum cases have been heard and acted on by the US. The Washington Post has claimed to quote incoming Interior Minister Olga Sanchez Cordero as saying so, too.
However, Sanchez Cordero says that she said no such thing to WaPo. In fact, she says that no such deal, no Remain in Mexico program—”of any sort”—exists. Given that newspaper’s record of honest reporting, I believe Sanchez Cordero.
The rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU will be protected
EU citizens living in the UK can be joined by close family members…who live in a different country at any point in the future.
Workers and self-employed people will be broadly guaranteed the same rights they currently enjoy
All of which negate one of the motives for leaving the European Union. EU citizens resident in the UK will be magnets for drawing in others for the UK’s generous welfare system—and EU citizens still will be able to seek work in the UK preferentially, availing themselves both of the UK’s higher wage rates and that welfare system.
Many in the medical profession have gotten their panties in wads because, on the matter of guns and gun rights, someone was impertinent enough to suggest that they’re really not that expert. The National Rifle Association, it turns out, had demurred from an American College of Physicians paper calling for ways to keep guns out of the hands of people who are a threat—with “threat,” of course, defined by the ACP.
There’s a nascent move afoot to create a European army to which, presumably, all the member nations of the EU would contribute men, equipment, and money. German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested to the European Parliament last Tuesday that such a force
would complement NATO.
I’ll leave aside the question of how the EU’s member nations would pay for such an establishment when they’re having so much trouble finding ways—or reasons—to pay for their commitment (of all of 2% of their respective GDPs) to NATO.