Linky Friday #115: Fools, Criminals, & Politicians
[C1] At CATO, Jason Kuznicki argues that property rights matter more for the poor than the wealthy.
[C2] Maybe it’s just me, but if you’re somebody that has (a) stolen a bike and (b) disemboweled a Portland man, you are a “Disemboweler who stole a bike” rather than a “Bike thief to disemboweled a Portland man.”
[C5] One of Montana’s most wanted is caught when he “likes” his most wanted poster on Facebook.
[D1] A woman’s daughter dates her mother to kiss a random, good-looking stranger. Which she does, and then tries to use social media to catch his attention, and caught his wife’s instead.
[D3] An employee at a Waffle House in Georgia was caught on camera pleasuring himself. The only thing missing from this perfect story are the words “… in celebration of his favored SEC team winning a championship.”
[D4] A flight from Florida to Portland was diverted to Salt Lake City after a tantrum by a teenager with autism who wanted/needed hot food.
[M1] There’s something wrong with David Brooks.
[M4] For the second time in the last couple years, the Washington Free Beacon unearths a story only to be omitted from getting credit. Last time (the HRC archives in Arkansas) news organizations initially danced around mentioning them. This time, the targets (George Stephanopoulos and ABC, who have done this before) turned the story over to Politico. Fortunately, Politico’s own Jack Shafer called them on it.
[P1] The “cadillac tax” was billed by Jonathan Gruber as a backdoor to getting employers out of healthcare. Some House Democrats want to quash it.
[P2] Andrew Stiles explains the 2016 election in the only four charts you need to see.
[P4] I’ve long been of the opinion that Barack Obama will be an activist former president. He’s making noise that makes me more confident of that prediction.
[P5] From Oscar Gordon: John Oliver nails it again
[A1] Some have grumbled at the obligation we have incurred by providing defense for the Marshall Islands, but Greenpeace says they’ve paid a price for it. And for those worried about the Maersk Tigris, while the administration and the Pentagon punted, it was released, and we’ve taken to escorting ships.
[A2] This story, of a Jewish student who was arrested for posting an image of a swastika he’d gotten while in India, raises some interesting questions about iconography and context. Leaving aside freedom of speech (ie even if we assume the legal right is there), are there words and images so offensive that there is no context in which they can be acceptably reproduced?
[A3] According to a new lawsuit, a veteran committed suicide after being given a terminal misdiagnosis by the VA.
[A4] The sale of Staten Island was discussed here recently. Here’s an article from Slate, arguing that it was sold under duress but not without concessions by the colonists.
[A5] Ali Akbar is one of those blacks, that upstanding whites and conservatives can trust, but he wants them to know that there are some race problems in this country.
[A6] Here’s another piece by Akbar on the failures of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, and Barack Obama.
[A7] From Oscar Gordon: California water, in context.
[E2] PRI shares the story of an American who saved 250,000 people during the Armenian genocide.
[E3] Putin and Medvedev have been comparing their annexation of Crimea to the reunification of Germany, but some historians take issue with that.