Star Parker has an interesting insight based on personal experience.
COMMENTARY — Values Must Define The Day:
I have lived in Southern California for many years and am a veteran of the 1992 riots in South Central Los Angeles, provoked by the Rodney King affair. My own business was destroyed in those riots and, as a result, I pulled up roots and moved my family south into Orange County.
She notes that it’s sad that inner cities are tinderboxes of frustration. Perhaps that is because everyone feels insecure about their property. Perhaps knowing that your neighbors can just vote to take away what is yours causes you to despise your neighbor. I know it is simplistic, but I think it’s part of the problem. The other part is that inner city residents, usually poor, usually black or hispanic, are in the thrall of HUD. Bound like serfs to their housing projects, unable to escape, and forced to pay more in taxes than any medieval lord would dare to extract, is it any wonder they are frustrated and on the verge of riots all the time?
A lot of people whose opinion I respect have been saying that the Apple – Intel alliance is really non-news. C’mon! You’ve got to be kidding! This isn’t non-news. I think what they’re trying to do is calm people down. It’s just a chip, after all. It’s important, interesting, but doesn’t foreshadow doom, IMHO.
Don’t call it non-news, though. I understand what you’re trying to do. Keep everyone calm. Don’t worry about the barbarians at the gate, etc. I think you’re going about it the wrong way.
You know what would be even better than rice krispies treats? Corn pops treats. That would be freaking awesome!
You could make a huge batch of it, take it out of the pan, and tell your kids that a giant is coming over to visit so we made him a giant rice krispies treat. Tell them we made it so he wouldn’t eat the children instead.
Jon Dougherty of GOPUSA makes an interesting suggestion.
COMMENTARY — New Military Branch: The United States Border Guard:
He’d like to see a new military branch created called the US Border Guard.
My opinion: Don’t create a new branch, just put our current military to work at what is supposed to be their job in the first place. Bring our troops home from the outposts of the American Empire and let them do something more honorable and worthwhile than project power to satisfy the bloody ambitions of our national politician on both the left and right.
First off, a standing army is anathema to a free republic. Someone always wants to use it to push around another country. A standing army is an unbearable temptation for any politician to use it for evil purposes. I can see keeping a cadre of the toughest and best soldiers whose job is to travel the country training local militias. Other than that, we shouldn’t even have an army.
I’m a military brat and I love the military. It is full of honest, decent, honorable people. Unfortunately, they are controlled by people who don’t care about whether soldiers live and die, as long as their deaths can get someone re-elected. And no, I’m not talking about Bush, I’m talking about all of them, Democrats and Republicans alike.