Open Thread for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A few topics to chew on:

  1. Midlands Gives — First, a reminder that today is a great day to give to local charities. If you can’t think of one, try this one. For many, the gifts will be matched by donors who have committed in advance. Learn more here.
  2. Milliken endorses free trade — OK, so maybe this isn’t a big deal to you. But that’s because you haven’t sat through lengthy editorial meetings in which the late Roger Milliken extolled the virtues of protectionism. This is kind of a big deal, which is why it made The Wall Street Journal‘s front page.
  3. ICYMI: Texas governor assigns State Guard to keep eye on U.S. military — Once, Southern states welcomed military operations. Now that paranoid, anti-government, nullification-loving lunatics frequently hold public office, we get this kind of nonsense. And yeah, this story’s been out there for several days, but I just saw it this morning.
  4. Report: Islamic State claims credit for Texas attack — Deliberately provocative foolishness on one side, dependable evil on the other. We’ll have another round of “Je suis Charlie” in response, but this stuff is inexcusable. You’re just not going to convince me that the right and true and “courageous” way to stand up to terrorism is to go out of your way to offend hundreds of millions of Muslims who are NOT terrorists, and mean you no harm.

Or… whatever y’all want to talk about…

15 thoughts on “Open Thread for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

  1. Brad Warthen

    Quickly, before I’m cut off again (you wouldn’t believe the convolutions I had to go through to post this), let me ask:

    Have any of y’all had any trouble gaining access to the blog the last couple of days? I certainly have. If YOU have, please describe the trouble, to help me in seeking a cure…

  2. Bryan Caskey

    Let’s see: We have one group of people who are being deliberately provocative (but perhaps not in good taste) and we have another group of people who take assault rifles and try to gun down the first group.

    Hmmmm, which group poses the bigger problem? Gee, this is a toughie.

    Related question: Anyone here have a problem with the musical The Book of Mormon?

    1. Bryan Caskey

      Related thought: Going on jihad in Texas is like playing Call of Duty on the highest difficulty setting. Maybe these guys should have tried a warm-up jihad somewhere easier first.

      1. Brad Warthen

        No, nothing is as hard as those top levels of “Call of Duty.” In the time it takes to aim your rifle, they’ll be throwing three grenades at you.

        But still, nice analogy…

    2. Kathryn Fenner

      Yeah, I think the provocateurs are listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, but what they did is not “fighting words” to any reasonable person. NPR expert reported that these “Islamists” fit the profile–going nowhere, aimlessly, not religious, get idea to take shortcut to “glory” listening to [your extremist group here] propaganda.

  3. Mark Stewart

    I’m still trying to get my head around the Texas State Guard story.

    Paranoia used to be a mental health issue; now it seems to have become a political ideology. I guess it actually always has been, although we haven’t seen much of it the last couple of decades (well, other than in the aftermath of 9/11). The photos of the concerned citizenry are classic. I wanted to laugh, but that quickly turned to concern that they really actually look frightened at the prospect of a special forces takeover of Texas. The Governor of any state, even Texas, ought to know better than to stake himself out there on the edge like that. Wow!

    1. Mark Stewart

      I ment to comment on the Midland Gives campaign earlier, when I donated to a group.

      I like your recommended group, too, so I made another donation to them as well.

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