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◆ The turnout in Boston was lopsided, with virtually everybody there marching against the neo-Nazis and Klan. No violence, few arrests.
Very smart, well-prepared policing helped. No one could even bring sticks for their banners.
⇒ Of the many ruminations on our country and our sometimes-vexed history, this NYT column by Maureen Dowd is particularly good. It is a fond memory of her father’s courageous good deed in rural Maryland.
⇒ A less appealing take is that of race-hustling academic, Michael Eric Dyson, who says Antifa and Black Lives Matter are “preserving the fabric of America” (CNN)
Comment: The best comment on Dyson came from a friend, who said, “He should stick to making vacuum cleaners.”
◆ Islamic terror: How a dozen young men from a small town secretly plotted the deadliest terrorist attack in Spain in more than a decade (Washington Post)
As many as eight of 12 young men named as suspects in the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils are first- and second-generation Moroccan immigrants from the picturesque town of Ripoll, perched high in the forests at the edge of the Pyrenees, a two-hour drive on the highway from Barcelona.
Parents of the young men here told The Washington Post they fear their sons were radicalized by a visiting cleric who spent the last months praying, preaching — and possibly brainwashing gullible youngsters who spoke better Spanish than Arabic.
Comment: In the hours after the Barcelona attack, Spanish police thought they have rolled up the whole cell. Now, they know that some have escaped, possibly into France, including the cleric. Note that, once again, many of the Jihadis have actually grown up in Europe and failed to assimilate.
◆ Twitter Censorship: Bans ads using the words “illegal immigrants.” They consider it “hate speech” (Daily Caller)
Twitter has rejected a conservative organization’s request to promote tweets highlighting the harmful effects of illegal immigration, apparently because using the word “illegal” to refer to immigrants violates the company’s hate speech rules.
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a Washington, D.C.-based immigration research group, recently submitted three tweets for promotion
Comment: Here are the three tweets. Judge for yourself if they are “hate speech.”
What do I think? These comments are not even close to real hate speech.
Twitter is simply smearing a viewpoint they dislike with a term everyone dislikes.
◆ Real hate speech: Missouri state senator, Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D), called for Pres. Trump’s assassination; now she is resisting calls for her resignation, including calls from her own party’s leaders (Kansas City Star)
Comment: Noxious. I don’t know the Missouri legislative rules, but, assuming they permit expulsion, she should be tossed out.
◆ Solar energy contributes to income inequality, one op-ed argues (Deseret News, Salt Lake City)
The argument is fairly simple. When local utility companies are required to buy homeowners’ excess solar energy at very-high prices (well above normal electricity prices), they are transferring money from their average customers to those with solar panels.
The people who install solar panels on their rooftops are richer than average customers, and its these richer homeowners who receive subsidies from average rate payers. Ergo, the Utah program contributes to income inequality.
Comment: The contribution to income inequality is surely small, and even that is a static calculation. In dynamic terms, the purchase of these rooftop units by higher-income households brings down the costs of these units for everyone in the future, just as richer consumers bought the initial, expensive cell phones and brought down unit prices for everyone later.
Still, the larger point is worth considering. Many “do-gooder” projects, which everyone pays for, actually benefit the well-off, not the poor.
Hat Tip to
◆ Bob Lieber for the Maureen Dowd column