Weekend Links

CBS headline: “‘Cat-loving’ American suicide bomber in Syria from Florida” You leave the cats out of this, CBS!

I don’t really find it offensive…just…baffling.

The National September 11 Memorial Museum has pulled its controversial commemorative cheese platter from its shelves after an outcry at the museum’s opening. The USA-shaped platter featured hearts over New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, where the planes crashed on 9/11.

I just want to meet the person who thought this up. “Yes, yes, a commemorative 9/11 cheese platter. People will buy that,” said some weird dude.

CNN op-ed manages 703 words on honor killings without mentioning Islam.

Basic parenting is apparently illegal now.

A Hawaii man was sentenced to a year of probation and a $200 fine for making his son walk one mile home from school as punishment. Robert Demond told the court that after he picked his son up from school last October, he asked about a “matter that had come to his attention.” When his son didn’t respond, Demond stopped the car and told his son, whose age was not released, to walk the remaining mile to their house. Calling his disciplinary style “old-school,”Judge Kathleen Watanabe found Demond guilty of a misdemeanor charge of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. In addition to the probation and fine, Demond will have to take a child parenting class.

Ridiculous. Even if you don’t personally approve of his parenting decision it’s not the business of the state to make that judgment. If something bad happens to the kid as a result of the father’s decision (i.e. he gets kidnapped) then maybe the state gets involved. But pre-emptive punishment seems like a slippery slope to me.

Not sure if there’s a dumber group in the country right now than Open Carry Texas. Way to go, morons. Take it up with the government, not private establishments, you idiots. You have rights to assert against the state. You cannot assert them against private businesses.

Will the National Guard be sent in to oversee the baking of the gay wedding cake? How does this get enforced? 21st century America, ladies and gents. You will be forced by the state to bake a cake. David Harsanyi on the most disturbing news of the weekend:

The Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission has ordered a suburban Denver baker named Jack Phillips to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding that his religious objections do not supersede the state’s anti-discrimination statutes. Because if the Constitution should be subordinate to anything it’s the local thought police and nuptial pastries. Raju Jaram, one of the reprehensible commissioners– whose contact information is nowhere to found on Colorado’s government site – apparently said: “I can believe anything I want, but if I’m going to do business here, I’d ought to not discriminate against people.” No, you can’t. Because Jack Phillips isn’t discriminating against gay Coloradans. Gay customers, as far as all the news stories have suggested, are free to shop in the bakery and purchase (at the same price) any of the cakes, cookies, pastries they like without ever being asked by anyone who they love or what the gender equation is in their sex life. Public accommodations, fine. But the fact is that Phillips does not want to participate in a specific ceremony because he holds authentic, well-documented, age-old religious objections to such an event…Though you, and I, may find Phillips objections lacking in merit or even objectionable, according to the blueprint of the American Founding, religious concerns should take precedent over any “civil rights” of cake seekers. Forcing Americans to violate their religion should be avoided unless there is a clear and undeniable compelling interest. Is there no other establishment that bakes cakes in all of Lakewood, Colorado? Because I found at least a dozen other bakeries in the town and surrounding areas. Two years ago, the president of the United States agreed with Phillips, yet today the latter is being run out of business for failing to evolve quickly enough. All this, when capitalism provides gay Coloradans with a bunch of pro-gay businesses they could support less than a mile away.

Sean Davis disembowels Matt Yglesias, stuffs his organs back in and disembowels him again.

No, the VA does not have a funding problem.

VA funding has more than kept up with both medical inflation and increased patient loads. An analysis of budget and cost data, as well as data on the total number of VA patients and the number of acute inpatients treated, shows that the VA’s budget has grown much faster than its workload. Even when you take medical inflation into account, the VA budget still grew faster than its patient base since 2000…Between 2000 and 2012, the VA’s budget nearly tripled, rising to $124 billion from $45 billion. Even after adjusting for medical inflation, which has grown much faster than normal consumer price inflation, the VA budget increased by 72 percent between 2000 and 2012. Over that same time, the total number of VA patients increased by 69 percent, from 3.3 million in 2000 to nearly 5.6 million in 2012. According to figures contained in the departmental appendices accompanying annual Office of Management and Budget proposals, the number of acute inpatients treated by the VA increased by only 49 percent.

This is called federalism. It is a wonderful thing that we should do more of.

Libertarian-minded and moderate Republicans joined forces early Friday morning with Democrats in an early morning House vote to block the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana.

File under “Headlines You Would Never See During a GOP Administration”: “U.S. economy shrinks, but it’s not a big deal.” Have a little self-respect, CNN. Jesus.

Ugh. What a terrible person. Larry O’Conner reports:

A New Jersey assemblyman wants to force men to waste a bunch of money on cards, flowers, candy, over-priced dinners, and jewelry in August. He’s proposed a “Half Valentine’s Day” to be celebrated on August 14th every year. Quick: Guess which party he belongs to! You guessed it! The DEMOCRAT from Essex, John McKeon, says “The harsh weather in New Jersey on Valentine’s Day caused many residents to change their holiday plans and as a result, many businesses were adversely impacted and saw reductions in customer traffic and revenues compared to prior years.” So maybe this is somehow linked to global warming and carbon emissions too. As if Valentine’s Day occurring once a year isn’t enough of a bogus, trumped up excuse to bilk money out of guys who don’t want to get in trouble if they don’t bring their “A game” this guy wants to make the Hallmark-invented spend-fest a biannual tradition…To be fair, we should spread our outrage in the direction of both parties as the idea apparently originated from a local Republican in Roseland…The Republican (who should be immediately drummed out of the party with torches and pitchforks) sounds positively “Pelosi-esque” when describing the anti-man movement: “It’s a unifier. It’s a way of bringing businesses, towns, and individuals together.”

Well, SHIT.

Cynics are more likely to develop dementia, a new study suggests.Previous studies revealed that cynical distrust, or believing that others are mainly motivated by selfish concerns, increases the risk of health conditions like heart disease.However, researchers also believe that cynicism increases the risk of dementia.

Tim Cavanaugh trolls the Left so hard. The Left acts predictably (cries racist).

Kevin Williamson takes Jamelle Bouie to the woodshed.

Jamelle Bouie, whose tiresome column ought to bear the title “Jamelle Bouie Calls Somebody a Racist!”, has, predictably, misstated my views on why black voters prefer Democrats…The problem with Mr. Bouie’s argument is that he does not know what the hell he is talking about…Given that Mr. Bouie offers this criticism in the course of a column organized around the preposterous superstition that national economic conditions are substantially shaped by the party identification of the person residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — a childish fantasy with approximately zero basis in reality — I am not particularly surprised that he has not taken the time to acquaint himself with my views on the subject at hand, which would require at least a modest bit of intellectual effort of the sort that Mr. Bouie seems to find uncomfortable…Mr. Bouie is more than welcome to take issue with the argument I have made, rather than the one that exists in his imagination, assuming he can work up the energy to do so. In either case, I look forward to Mr. Bouie’s inevitable disquisition on how his intellectual laziness is caused by white supremacy and enduring nightly visits from the ghost of John C. Calhoun.

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