Articles chosen with care. Your comments welcomed.
Linked articles in bold purple
◆ Catastrophic Flooding in Houston after Hurricane Harvey and 24″plus inches of rain so far.
Comment: The flooding and damage will only increase because the rain continues and the rivers from further inland are overflowing.
The aftermath will be a massive test for the competence of local, state, and federal relief agencies.
Private charities are already at work, as well.
Comment: IS’s speedy collapse in such a crucial spot illustrates how badly eroded its capabilities are.
My expectation: They will try to remain relevant by attacking more soft targets in the West. But without the dream of a Caliphate, they will find recruiting and “inspiring” much more difficult.
Besides targetting some mainstream conservative organizations and Evangelicals, SPLC has now attacked Aayan Hirsi Ali, whom Feldman rightly calls “a very brave woman who has made her mark decrying Islamic terrorism.”
Outfits like Google, YouTube, Facebook, and PayPal are shutting down sites and posters, often on the basis of SPLC recommendations. –Clarice Feldman in American Thinker
◆ Kimberly Strassel asks “What is its gift to the Southern Poverty Law Center telling bank customers?” She calls it “J.P. Morgan’s hate list” (Wall Street Journal, subscription)
Corporate America will do almost anything to stay on the safe side of public opinion—at least as it’s defined by the media. CEOs will apologize, grovel, resign, settle. They will even, as of this month, legitimize and fund an outfit that exists to smear conservatives. –Kimberly Strassel in the Wall Street Journal
She cites chapter and verse on SPLC and notes other corps funding it.
Comment: The best way to understand today’s SPLC is not as a progressive political operative, using its attributed “moral stature” to smear opponents of current leftist positions.
◆ Amazon starts cutting prices at Whole Foods (USA Today)
USA Today stresses Amazon’s savings through its massive, efficient supply chain
Hat Tip to
◆ Ed Vidal for the Houston flooding story
◆ Clarice Feldman for the SPLC story (and kudos for her weekly column at The American Thinker)