Big Bad John

The Writer in Black

No, not the coal miner of song, but John Adams who is rapidly becoming one of my personal heroes as I learn more about him.

The public schools I attended did a great disservice in selling this man short.  All I learned there was that he was Vice President under George Washington, the second President after him, and the father of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams (and all I knew about him was that he was the son of the second president).  Some years later I learned that he was also the lawyer who defended the British officer and soldiers involved in the riot that became known as the Boston Massacre.

But he was involved in so much more.  He was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, and one of the major voices in the call for Independence.  While the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson…

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“First They Came” a slightly updated blast from the past.

The Writer in Black

It’s been less than a year since I originally posted this on this blog, but it seems the idea is coming around again.

It’s always frustrating to me when I see a “gun rights supporter” buy into the “we just want reasonable gun control” lie.  I’ve dealt with part of that, the “nobody wants to take your guns” claim elsewhere.  The questions you need to ask somebody who claims that is “how much is reasonable?  Where is the line?  At what point do you turn around and say ‘no more’? How far does it have to go before you’d agree we need to roll back the restrictions?” And then, take any answer they give you with a grain of salt because, frankly, whenever they’ve gotten a “we just want this” restriction they merely used that as a springboard for more.

One of the tactics the anti-gun folk use to…

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Shooting of Criminal by Citizen not Reported by Police

People cite Justice Department statistics on defensive gun use to argue that guns in private hands are ineffective. It turns out there are some issues with the statistics, due to a number of biases in the reporting chain.

On 7 December, 2018, at about 7:45 p.m., the owner of the Alibaba’s convenience store in Syracuse, New York shot and wounded an armed robber. The robber ended up in the hospital. The story made the news . A local reporter for, Patrick Lohmann, investigated the story and wrote it up.

Source: Shooting of Criminal by Citizen not Reported by Police

[Eugene Volokh] “Free Speech Rules,” My New YouTube Video Series — Episode 1 (Speech in Schools) Now Out

Please share it widely — there will be at least nine more in the upcoming months. Thanks to a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation , and to the video production work of Meredith Bragg and Austin Bragg at, I’m putting together a series of short, graphical YouTube videos — 10 episodes to start with — explaining free speech law.

Source: [Eugene Volokh] “Free Speech Rules,” My New YouTube Video Series — Episode 1 (Speech in Schools) Now Out

Women’s Equality. Or, Maybe Not?

Women’s Equality. Or, Maybe Not? AN ARTICLE BY JEFFREY A. FRIEDBERG I’M SITTING HERE in the La-Z-Boy, doing nothing at all, when it hits me: ask a Liberal woman why she hates Trump and she says, “Because of how he treats women.” But, instead of me saying back, “How does Trump treat women?” I would say to her, “So, what?” So what if he treats women that way?

Source: Women’s Equality. Or, Maybe Not?

Hollowing Out the Republic

Victor Davis Hanson makes the point that republics fall when the elites lose the respect of the people they aim to govern.

There is a folk tale about the Plains Indians: A leader who loses the respect of the tribe may wake up one morning and find the tribe has moved on without him. If the people don’t have the option of moving away, the withdrawal of respect looks a little different.

The second thing, from a historical point of view, we’ve had a lot of wrongdoing by elites and there’s been no consequences. So the American people are not paranoid, they’re saying, the Mueller investigation is going here but they are going after misdemeanors or nothing and here these felonies go completely unaddressed.

Then finally, this Mueller investigation is not in isolation. We had if you remember from the day Trump was elected, we were told that the voting machines were fraudulent, we’re going to sue. Then there was a group, you remember about the electoral college, we had to overturn to the electors and then we went to the 25th Amendment that Trump was unbalanced. And then that didn’t work. Then we went to the emoluments clause. He profited even though his businesses lost a billion dollars? And then we have gone to Mueller. 

So there’s a slow motion, if you will, I don’t want to be psychodramatic like MSNBC does, but there is sort of a slow-motion coup to overturn the elections when we should just take a deep breath and say, we have a chance to adjudicate this in the next election and we do not want to destroy over two centuries of American constitutional jurisprudence. 

Because we know historically, Tucker, when you have successful systems like ours or the Greek city-state of the fourth century or Rome in the fifth century A.D. or the Byzantines in the fifthteenth century or the ancient regime in Rome. Why do they fall apart? They fall apart because an elite no longer warrants the respect they think that they deserve because they are out of touch with the people.

We have a whole bunch of people on questions of global warming as we see in Europe or immigration in eastern Europe, or here at home, that feel they can dictate to people and they’re never subject to the ramifications of their own ideology and policy. And it’s like the emperor has no clothes and then they’re surprised that Trump won or surprised that people are rioting in Paris. What did they think was going to happen?

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The EU is at war with Israel

The correct way to pronounce EU is “Ewwww”.

And then of course, there’s that notion of ‘occupation.’ That term has always been used to describe one country forcibly invading and taking control of another country’s sovereign territory. And sovereign territory means land inside another established country’s recognized borders, like Saddam Hussein occupying Kuwait or the US occupying Germany or Japan.

So we have to ask the question…which country’s sovereign territory is Israel ‘occupying?’

It can’t be Jordan. Yes, Jordan illegally occupied Judea, Samaria (AKA The West Bank) and East Jerusalem in the 1948 war for 19 years after ethnically cleansing the Jewish population in this area,  but the UN never recognized these areas as Jordanian territory, Israel took it back in the Six Day war after Jordan attacked them and Jordan later gave up all claims to this area as part of their peace treaty with Israel. So it isn’t Jordan Israel’s occupying.

And it can’t be ‘Palestine’ either. It never existed as a sovereign nation with established borders at all. Owning a house in say, Pennsylvania does not make it and maybe your yard a sovereign country, now does it?

So there really is no ‘occupation.’ According to the San Remo Accords between the League of Nations (the UN of its day) and Britain in 1922, the 22% of the Palestine Mandate that includes Judea and Samaria and what is now Israel was supposed to be the Jewish State, while the 78% of it that’s now Jordan was supposed to be the Arab State. It’s the only partition of the area both sides ever agreed on, and it was reaffirmed in Article 80 of the UN Charter.

What the EU and their pals at the UN are doing is pretty simple to figure out. They’re simply doing what  Mark Twain predicted they would back in 1899 when the  Zionist movement was  beginning. Here’s what he had to say  in a famous article on Jews he did in Harper’s Magazine:

I am not objecting; but if that concentration of the cunningest brains in the world were going to be made in a free country (bar Scotland), I think it would be politic to stop it. It will not be well to let the race find out its strength. If the horses knew theirs, we should not ride any more. 

Want further proof of how the EU has it in for Israel? The recent attempt to simply pass a resolution  condemning unprovoked terrorism by Hamas against Israel in the UN General Assembly failed dismally once Israel’s enemies in the UN insisted on a two thirds majority instead of the simple majority Ambassador Haley wanted.
You know what did pass? A resolution sponsored by Ireland calling for ‘the achievement, without delay”  of the implementing  of U.N. resolution 2334.

Since 2334 was a series 6 Resolution that has no status as international law,  Israel promptly rejected it, as any country not interested in national suicide would.But thanks to Barack Hussein Obama, it remains a framework for countries that want Israel gone.

And make no mistake,it definitely is about the Jews. Much of what constitutes the EU will never forgive them for Auschwitz. Or for being so successful in a region noted for failed states.

Rob Miller at Joshuapundit.

Single Payer’s Misleading Statistics

Mediocre U.S. rankings in infant mortality and life expectancy have little to do with health-care quality.

Source: Single Payer’s Misleading Statistics

Critics of American heath care—and advocates of single-payer insurance or other forms of socialized medicine—point to poor U.S. rankings in infant mortality and life expectancy. It turns out both are grossly flawed calculations that misleadingly make the U.S. rank low.

America’s rate of infant mortality—death within the first year after birth—was 5.9 per 1,000 live births in the latest statistics, 32nd among 35 developed countries, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But these aren’t apples-to-apples comparisons. Unlike many other countries, the U.S. strictly adheres to the World Health Organization’s definition, recording as a live birth any baby, “irrespective of the duration of the pregnancy,” who “breathes or shows any other evidence of life.”

By contrast, WHO noted in a 2008 report, it is “common practice in several western European countries to register as live births only those infants who survived for a specified period.” Infants who don’t survive are “completely ignored for registration purposes.” A British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology study of Western Europe found that terminology alone caused up to 40% variation and 17% false reductions in infant mortality.

Partly because of harmful behaviors during pregnancy and socioeconomic factors, premature births—the main risk factor for infant death—are far more common in the U.S. than in any other developed country. The U.S. prematurity rate is 65% higher than in Britain and more than double that of Ireland and Finland. A Centers for Disease Controlstudy found that standardizing for gestational age eliminated 68% of the difference in infant mortality between Sweden and the U.S. The CDC concluded “the primary reason for the United States’ higher infant mortality rate when compared with Europe is the United States’ much higher percentage of preterm births.”

American physicians consistently make heroic efforts to save extremely premature infants—unlike their European counterparts, who limit necessary technology and then don’t even count such babies when they die. Official data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics and the European Perinatal Health Report show that when it comes to newborns who need medical care and have the highest risk of dying, the U.S. has the world’s third-best infant-mortality rate—trailing only Sweden and Norway.