Re O’Reilly v Williams. I ended up listening to a Hugh Hewitt interview of David Corn last night. Ya figure, being sympathetic to O’Reilly would be an untenable position amirite. Hewitt wanted to make an oblique point about O’Reilly claiming Buenos Aries was something of a ‘Falklands war zone’ might be less of an aggrandizement than Williams claiming to be shot down in a helicopter. And also, that Mother Jones’ motivation was purely tit for tat. As I say, you’d think this was a nothing argument, or an unwinnable one. But David Corn had an unbecoming melt down over it when he might have come off better just answering the questions.
Dog Whistling: Walker’s complete quote is in here, and I defy anyone to read it and assert that he’s the one doing the dog whistling. http://theweek.com/articles/540736/republicans-shouldnt-have-answer-questions-about-obamas-faith-patriotism As a guy with brass testicles, this guy has been remarkable for his lack of bombast. I’ll go further to say, if this guy was malevolently antagonistic he would have lost a re-election and his ascendancy as a public official would be over. He’s got a unique temperament.
In this world where everyone peddles unpersuasive irony, I thought this was a compelling observation, and one that I’d not heard before. http://www.vox.com/2015/2/23/8088989/john-legend-oscars-speech-quote No doubt it’s because of all those Republican big city district attorneys.
Ivory ban – This could use another post. My original one is outdated, and yet it still gets a lot of hits. So where are we? Not much has happened. USFWS did confiscate a 14 year olds antique mandolin at one point, though I think we still lack for an announcement that the new rules are in effect. The pistol grip business, which I have enormous experience in, continues to offer ivory panels cut from pre-1989 tusks. Such that there might be an enforcement action, Collin Peterson has a bill out, along with a Republican sponsor. Ya figure, bi partisan support is the name of the game, but why Collin Peterson for the Democrat? Stands to reason in a way. Gun collectors are among those whose ox is to be gored. I’ve found prosperous farmers to be among the most accomplished gun collectors. Peterson’s district is the Red River Valley, where they have prosperous farmers. The whole thing has not had a high enough news profile to draw local news commentary.