In a showdown that demonstrated the destructive power of ISIS-aligned suicide bombers, a tank manned by Iraqi Shia fighters appeared to trigger a massive explosion when it pointed its muzzle at a rickety pickup truck packed to the brim with explosives. First, militia soldiers try to stop the truck with small-arms fire. Then the truck, presumably driven by ISIS fighters, advances toward the tank. Then suddenly, there’s a massive explosion. Debris flies everywhere, hitting the tank and a combat infantry vehicle, and narrowly missing a group of fighters on the ground.

For anyone who still believes that the NRA is a strong advocate of your gun rights, the Alabama race for Senate should dissuade you of those beliefs. The NRA spent millions of dollars to get the swamps candidate (Luther Strange) elected. The spent over $1 million in the last week alone. They ran ads claiming that Judge Moore couldn’t be trusted on the 2nd Amendment. Now then, people can say lots of things about Judge Moore, but not knowing or being trusted on the Constitution isn’t one of them. He’s probably one of the few candidates that can quote the 2nd amendment verbatim. If anyone doesn’t believe that there is a difference between Judge Moore and his opponent regarding our gun rights, they are deluded. The NRA exists as a fund raising organization, and needs the swamp to protect their rice bowl. The last thing they want is for real gun rights to pass the House, Senate and President.

Like most of us, I’ve been confused with the whole “net neutrality” argument. Like so much else in the political arena, there have been cries of Armageddon from both sides of the argument if the other side has it’s way. As is always the case, this is about using government to create winners and losers. Of course, nowhere in the equation are we the people considered in one of the winners arguments. This is a very good analysis. My conclusion: When in doubt, err on the side of supporting innovation.

Because of her Twitter fights with Donald Trump, much attention has been focused for the past year on Elizabeth Warren’s claim, while climbing the law school ladder to Harvard, to be Native American. I addressed this recently in It’s time for Elizabeth Warren to apologize for her Native American deception. Warren’s claim to be Native American for employment purposes is not the only scandal that has surrounded her academic career. At we documented Warren’s Academic Research Controversies. Warren rose to academic stardom on the basis of her consumer-related research and writings. It was her claim to fame both academically and in the popular press. Warren’s 2004 book, The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents are Going Broke, co-authored with her daughter, put Warren squarely on the public radar as a consumer protection hero. Yet Warren’s academic research even before that book has come under withering criticism, as mentioned in our 2012 post, The Vetting of Elizabeth Warren’s Academic Background Begins. That post details a withering attack on Warren’s academic research by Professor Philip Shuchman in the 1990-1991 edition of the Rutgers Law Review

The “fight” over who gets to choose the leader of the CFPB should be over soon. The best part of this struggle for “we the people” is that we get to learn how evil the Democrats were in creating this organization. They completely circumvented the constitution and insured that this agency could never be controlled by either the Executive or Legislative branches! Amazingly, the Judicial branch agreed that this structure was unconstitutional in 2016 and “fixed” it by ruling that this Executive branch agency was in fact controlled by the Executive branch. Democrats disagree. Here is a very good cradle to grave analysis of the agency. For those who don’t want to read the whole thing, just know that this agency is the brainchild of Elizabeth Pocahontas Warren.

An extraordinary event triggered the Mr. Bolton’s reaction. It has been reported that the ICC chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, is seeking approval to investigate allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan, including possible torture by US forces and the CIA. In a statement on the ICC website, Ms Bensouda said the prosecutor’s office believed an investigation was required owing to “the gravity of the acts committed . . . and the absence of relevant national proceedings against those who appear to be most responsible for the most serious crimes within this situation”. The move is likely to provoke anger in Washington and the Bolton’s article is just the first salvo.

We’ve long known that Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad. Now it appears that the gods make those marked for destruction really stupid, too. I don’t know how many people outside the United States have noticed the roaring frenzy of sexual abuse allegations that has now become a centerpiece of American public life. Each news roundup leads with the latest accusations. Every day a new alleged miscreant pops into view. It’s a wonder that London bookmakers haven’t yet started taking bets on who’s going to be next. The allegations range from forcible rape to lewd comments to kissing “without consent,” and everything in between. (How many first kisses take place with consent? “You may kiss me now.” You want that in writing? Witnessed and notarized?) The most common alleged offense seems to be groping.(1 comment)