I just drove back from vacation and boy are my…wheels tired. OK admittedly that’s not exactly a keeper, but hey, I’ve been on vacation. But even on vacation, the learning never stops, so I’ve come across a few articles that I thought were insightful enough to pass on.
First up: ‘Revisiting Snowden’s Hong Kong Getaway’ in the Wall Street Journal. Yeah I know it’s behind a pay wall but just Google the article title. Sshh! Don’t tell The Wall Street Journal this is their secret back door!
Although I try to keep up with the Snowden story, this had some tidbits I wasn’t aware of, such as Snowden vanishing from the time he arrived in Hong Kong on May 20th to the 31st of May. Where was he? There are no records of hotel or credit charges during those dates. Mysterious…
Jonah Goldberg has a G File that is a testament to how good a writer he is when he can plug something worthwhile into an article that’s meant to be a throw away email newsletter. In, ‘The Importance of the Family,’ Goldberg argues that the family is the State’s biggest competitor and on the political level, Democratic political success is dependent on a disintegrating family unit.
No links post could be complete without something from Mark Steyn. In ‘Letting the IRS Get Away with it,’ Steyn points out one of the more troubling aspects of the IRS scandal; the release of donor lists of 501(c)3 organizations in order for leftwing activist groups to go after the donors personally. It’s a chilling free speech issue.
And just for fun, a blog recently posted an old Bob Newhart classic bit, ‘The Driving Instructor.’ Comedy is one of those things that its practitioners can grow out of, either because they’ve worn out their shtick, they’re no longer creative enough to produce new material, or they just get too old period. In the case of Bob Newhart, based on his recent appearances on ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ he is just as good now as he was over 50 years ago. In Newhart’s case, his shtick is his delivery. No other comedian has mastered the art of deadpan delivery as Newhart has.