LOCAL AND REGIONAL
* Yeah, they drop plenty of hints here. And yes, there are three census tracts in Columbia that are at least 20% black, in about the north central part of town, well north of the Mizzou campus and close to I-70 on both sides.
* I can believe the poor oral hygiene part, and I can believe the self-inflicted part.
* I think I know what Obama means when he claims: “The border is more secure than ever.”
It simply means that the Border Patrol employs more people than ever.
* Far fewer pot possession prosecutions in Brooklyn. My biggest fan is celebrating.
* Also from New York:
Even as crime has dropped slightly citywide, shootings have gone up 31 percent so far this year in New York City Housing Authority buildings. An outsized portion of that spike has been centered in 15 troublesome projects, which are responsible for 20 percent of the violent crime this year across 334 NYCHA developments.
Who could have predicted this when SQF was done away with? Answer: Everybody.
* While the Ex-Im issue isn’t a huge one in terms of Federal spending, it, like D-Day 70 years ago, was the invasion beachhead the TPM and the populist right in general needs in order to be able to push eastward across Europe in order to conquer Berlin, i.e. dismantle crony capitalism. While the beachhead hasn’t been won yet, it is exposing the left’s populism for the scam that it is, and smoking out the blue team’s Wall Street/K Street whores.
* I bet it goes like this: They adopted the kids for the checks, but thought the actual parenting was optional.
* Are you really that clueless, Maureen Dowd? Is this really that hard to figure out? Making Chelsea happy is making her mother happy, and making her mother happy is making perhaps the 45th President of the United States happy.
* The Camp of the Saints continues in Europe, now Germany is under the gun. John Derbyshire made a good point a few days ago: Comparing our COTS and Europe’s, Europe’s is more troublesome because of two combined factors: One, the combined population of source countries of the “migrants,” higher in Europe’s sense, and two, the wealth (GDP per capita) disparities between the source countries and destination countries, again higher in Europe’s case.
* If this kind of thing actually worked, why not extend the truce indefinitely? Sounds familiar to me, for a reason.
Incidentally, Germany vs Argentina was the Pope Emeritus versus the Pope. Seems to me that Benedict XVI has lived a lot longer than he thought, it was thought that when he stepped down in February 2013, he only had weeks or a few months to live.
* Is the military that hard up?
Actually, all of these cases of centenarians, most of whom are dead, getting notices to sign up for Selective Service, come from Pennsylvania, and have been traced back to one clerk at PennDOT (who handles drivers licensure in the Keystone State) typing in “19″ as the leading two digits of the year of birth for the affected (mostly late) individuals instead of “18.” Evidently, drivers license bureaucracies and Selective Service communicate, and SS must have though that people like Fred Minnick was born in 1994 instead of 1894, so they presume that he was turning 18 this year.
* It says here that if the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the NBA finals season after next, this might mean that the RNC 2016, which will be in the same arena, won’t be able to have its June 28 preferred start date, and will have to wait until July 18.
What’s interesting here is that, if you have been paying attention to Presidential politics in the last several cycles, the trend has been to start the primaries sooner and sooner, but delay the conventions until later and later, so late that the two parties’ conventions are on back to back weeks near Labor Day. (Mainly because the conventions these days are four-day campaign ads, and Labor Day is when the masses really start paying attention.) I already knew that the 2016 primary and caucus calendar reversed the trend (Iowa: January 18, New Hampshire: January 26, compared to January 3 and 10 respectively in 2012), but this indicates to me that they also want to sort to get back to normal on the nominating conventions too. It used to be the party out of White House power went in July, the party in power went in August. From this, it looks like the RNC wants to do it in late June, but will accept July.
* Even back then, the Census was subject to political pressure.
There actually was semi-serious consideration of moving the capital to St. Louis, but it was well before then. It was after the War of 1812, because the enemy in that war had a clear shot to attacking the capital. Jefferson Barracks was considered.
* If you got clear skies, check out the Mars-Spica conjunction in the southern transitioning to southwestern sky between sunset and about midnight. Tonight is the closest visual approach, they will be separated by about a time and a half the angular diameter of the full moon, even a supermoon. And no, “Spica” is not the grammatically feminine form of a racial slur.