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Here's the BBC story on the foiled ISIS plot in Australia.
Police have carried out anti-terror raids in Sydney sparked by intelligence reports that Islamic extremists were planning random killings in Australia.

PM Tony Abbott said a senior Australian Islamic State militant had called for "demonstration killings", reportedly including a public beheading.

The raids, with at least 800 heavily-armed officers, led to 15 arrests.
Since this is the BBC, they have to add this, in an "Analysis" section.
The news of an alleged plot to publicly behead a random Australian will shock many people here, including the vast majority of this country's long-established moderate Muslim community.
Of course.  And that is probably true, to some extent.

There's much more in the article, including an intriguing map showing the national origins of the foreign ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq.  (I have no idea how accurate the map is, or even what sources the two think tanks they cite have.)

Important point:  Australia will have "boots on the ground" in Iraq, a 600-man unit of their special forces.

As you would expect, Tim Blair has Australian reactions to the raids, with links.
- 8:01 AM, 18 September 2014   [link]


This Doesn't Seem Prudent:  Especially if the "no" side wins, narrowly, as the polls are predicting.
Fears of violent clashed between Yes and No supporters have been raised after pubs were granted special licences to keep serving alcohol all through tomorrow night into Friday morning.

Bars across Scotland which applied for the late licence will now be open throughout the count, which is not supposed to be finished until 6am on Friday at the earliest.

With the mood in Scotland turning increasingly bitter amidst toxic allegations of bullying and intimidation, senior politicians and police officers described the plan for all-night drinking as ‘absolute madness’.
Could it be that the leader of the Scottish National Party, Alex Salmond, is hoping for violence?
- 7:15 AM, 18 September 2014   [link]


Vice President Biden May Want To Think Harder About His Metaphors before he uses them.

Here's what he said while campaigning in Iowa today.
Biden promoted the growth occurring in the private sector jobs during the Obama administration, but he mentioned President Barack Obama only once and not by name.  He credited the nuns with "fighting like the devil" for the health care law enacted in 2010.
If the AP reporter, Thomas Beaumont, was surprised to hear Biden complimenting nuns by comparing them to the devil, he doesn't show that surprise in the rest of the article.

(Pro-life Catholics, a group that may or may not include those nuns, may agree with his comparison, now that ObamaCare is paying for abortions.)
- 5:02 PM, 17 September 2014   [link]


Which Side Will Win The Vote On Scottish Independence?  If the bookies are right, the "no" side.
Betfair is so confident of a "No" vote in Thursday's Scottish independence referendum that it is already paying out to those who have staked money on it.

The online bookmaker says it is paying out a "six-figure sum".

Despite polls ahead of the vote continuing to be close, betting markets have been overwhelmingly in favour of the Better Together camp winning on Thursday.

Betfair said this morning that gambling patterns indicate a 79pc likelihood of a "No" vote.
Bookies are usually right, if only because the ones who aren't don't stay in business long.
- 12:56 PM, 17 September 2014   [link]


Chancellor Merkel Speaks Out Against Anti-Semitism:  This BBC article is incomplete and biased, but still gives an idea of what Merkel said, and why she said it, now.
Fighting anti-Semitism is every German's duty, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told a rally in Berlin.
. . .
On stage, Chancellor Merkel began her speech saying the 100,000 Jews living in Germany were a "national treasure".

"Jewish friends, neighbours and colleagues, consider yourselves at home here," she told the crowd, put at up to 5,000 people.

However, because of the sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks, she said there was "not a single Jewish institution" in the country that does not require police protection in the current climate, and it was "every German's duty" to take a stand.
Appealing to duty is likely to be more successful in Germany than in many other countries.

From this account, and others I have read, it sounds as if Merkel said what needed to be said, and said it in the right way.

The only troubling thing is the small size of the crowd.

(Incomplete and biased?  Sure.

The BBC chose not to tell readers that much of the anti-Semitism is coming from Muslims, something even the Guardian mentioned.  And their description of the fighting in Gaza omits entirely what Hamas did, including the fact that Hamas started the conflict, and then re-started it a number of times, breaking armistice agreements each time.)
- 12:34 PM, 17 September 2014   [link]


Cute Kids, Nasty Sign:  In Sydney, Australia.
One of the more redundant protest signs at recent demonstrations appeared during Sydney’s Islamic insurrection of 2012.  Many involved in the protest, including extremely young children, carried the sign: “Behead all those who insult the prophet.”
The sign shown is printed on a large sheet of paper, which suggests to me that it was an official part of the demonstration, approved by the leaders of the demonstration.

Not all Muslim immigrants to Australia have learned tolerance from their Australian neighbors.

(Tim Blair uses that sign to make a traditional — and up-to-date — point about radical Islam.  His argument is, I should warn you, politically incorrect.)
- 7:51 AM, 17 September 2014   [link]


If You Thought That The "Mainstream" Media Had Made Things Worse In Ferguson, you aren't alone.
The vast majority of St. Louis County residents are giving the media low marks for their reporting on racial strife in Ferguson, Missouri.

Seventy-three percent of those surveyed say the press made things “worse” in the wake of the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, according to a new poll by the Kansas City-based Remington Research Group.  Eighteen percent said the media had made things better and the remainder had no opinion.

In terms of the racial breakdown, 81 percent of whites thought the press made the situation worse, while 50 percent of African-Americans agreed.
A majority of the respondents in the poll thought the shooting of Michael Brown was justified.  The racial division wasn't as sharp as you may have thought from the press coverage; 62 percent of whites thought the shooting justified, as did 38 percent of blacks.  And you can find similar splits on other questions in the survey.

(For the record:  I would have answered "don't know" on the justified question, since the stories of the encounter between the officer and the young man conflict, and the prosecutor has not yet sorted out the evidence.

St. Louis County does not include the city of St. Louis, but does include most of the St. Louis suburbs.)
- 6:19 AM, 17 September 2014   [link]


Belgium Restores The Death Penalty:  For criminals, that is; they already had it for the innocent, including children.
Belgium has granted a serial rapist and murderer’s request that he be allowed to die, his lawyer said on Monday.

Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the past 30 years in prison for repeated rape convictions and a rape-murder, has for years requested that the state help him end his life due to “unbearable psychic suffering,” said Jos Vander Velpen.

Van Den Bleeken is to be transferred from his prison in Bruges to a hospital within the next few days where he will be euthanised.

Belgium legalised euthanasia in 2002, the second country in the world to do so after the Netherlands, and logged a record 1,807 cases of euthanasia in 2013.
I've been wondering when this would happen, since there have always been a few criminals who wanted to be put to death.  With the passage of assisted suicide laws, there is now, in many places, a legal way for them to receive the death penalty they want.

By way of James Taranto.

(There is also the troubling phenomena of "suicide by cop".)

- 4:25 PM, 16 September 2014   [link]


Vaccines And Competition:  While working through my stack of newspapers, I ran across a longish New York Times article, published on 3 July, describing problems in the markets for vaccines in the United States — and there are many problems in those markets, small monopolies, manipulation of regulatory agencies, shortages, high prices for some vaccines, and so on.

But it seemed to me that the reporter, Elizabeth Rosenthal, was leaving something out, or to be more precise, was leaving someone out, and so I did a quick search and found this Wall Street Journal editorial from 2003.
Everyone knows America's vaccine industry is in serious trouble, with an ever dwindling number of producers and recent severe vaccine shortages.  What everyone also should know is that the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine has now pinned much of the blame on Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Well, not in so many words.  The panel of doctors and economists issuing a report on vaccines last week was too polite to mention the former First Lady by name.  But they identify as a fundamental cause of the problem the fact that the government purchases 55% of the childhood vaccine market at forced discount prices.  The result has been "declining financial incentives to develop and produce vaccines."

The root of this government role goes back to August 1993, when Congress passed Mrs. Clinton's Vaccines for Children program.  A dream of Hillary's friends at the Children's Defense Fund, her vaccines plan was to use federal power to ensure universal immunization.  So the government agreed to purchase a third of the national vaccine supply (the Clintons had pushed for 100%) at a forced discount of half price, then distribute it to doctors to deliver to the poor and the un- and under-insured.
Anyone who knows free market basics would have predicted that those price controls would result in some producers leaving the business, and would discourage others from entering the business.  Anyone familiar with the way businesses and bureaucracies interact would have predicted that at least of few of the remaining producers would have found ways to exploit the new regulations.  And a few did.

Example:  According to Rosenthal, the Prevnar 13 vaccine, which prevents 13 pneumococcal diseases, is now required for schoolchildren, even though there are doubts about its cost effectiveness.

So, thanks in part to the leadership of Hillary Clinton, we are paying more for fewer vaccines.  But we are doing it for the children, which makes everything all right.  Even though actual children may have been harmed by her policies.

I don't know why Rosenthal chose not to mention Clinton's role in these problems, so I won't speculate on whether Rosenthal knew and decided not to tell readers, or whether her research somehow missed what should have been obvious.  But I can say that neither alternative is attractive.
- 3:59 PM, 16 September 2014   [link]


This Brief Reuters Story is worth reading:
The life expectancy of east Germans has risen sharply since their communist state crumbled and they were reunified with the more prosperous west in 1990, a study shows.

Reunification added 6.2 years for men in the former east and 4.2 years for women, according to calculations conducted by Tobias Vogt, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, published ahead of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this year.
Although the Reuters article doesn't mention it, I suspect that the decline in air and water pollution is one of the reasons for those gains.

East Germany did provide "free" health care to its citizens, but it wasn't as good as the health care on the other side of the iron Curtain.
- 7:06 AM, 16 September 2014   [link]


Here's a little math puzzle for you, just for a change of pace.

I saw the answer in less than ten seconds, which will show you that it doesn't require any higher math — and, probably, that sometimes I get lucky.

(I'll post the answer some time tomorrow, just in case a few of you get stuck.)
- 4:00 PM, 15 September 2014
Answer:  87.  Once you realize the numbers are upside down, it's trivial.
- 5:07 PM, 16 September 2014   [link]


Truman Declares We Are Not At War In Korea:  As I mentioned in this post, the United States has not made a formal declaration of war since 1942.

If Amy Davidson's account is correct, Truman chose his euphemism rather casually.
"Mr. President, everybody is asking in this country, are we or are we not at war?” a reporter asked Harry Truman at a White House press conference on June 29, 1950.  It was a reasonable question: two days earlier, in response to a swift, unexpected advance of North Korean troops, Truman had ordered American forces to South Korea.  In keeping with the rules of the time, the reporters asked the President for permission to print his answer verbatim.  “The Chief Executive responded that he would allow the news men to use in quotes: ‘We are not at war,’ ” the Times noted.   One of the reporters then asked if “police action under the United Nations” would be a more appropriate phrase.  Truman said that that sounded right.  The “police action” lasted three years (or longer, by some measures; there are still American troops in South Korea), and the term was eventually retired as a label for what Presidents don’t want to call wars.
(Correction:  The Korean War is not over; it was suspended by an armistice, an armistice that was broken many times by the North Koreans.  Americans, as well as South Koreans, were killed during several of those violations.  In 2013, North Korea announced that they had ended the armistice and entered a "state of war" with South Korea.)

Davidson goes on from this to discuss Obama's euphemisms for the conflict with ISIS, but she does not discuss why a series of American presidents, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and now Barack Obama, have not asked for declarations of war, even though we were at war when each man was president.  (There were small wars conducted during both the Carter administration and the Reagan administration, but it has not been American practice to make formal declarations of war for those.)

Why have all those presidents preferred not to have declarations of war?  They are very different men, so there is no reason to think they had identical motives, but I do think that they shared one motive, to some extent:  They all wanted to end those wars with negotiations, not total victories.  That's most obviously true for Lyndon B. Johnson.  He believed, understandably but wrongly, that he could get a negotiated settlement with the North Vietnamese, if he put enough pressure on them, with bombing, to get them to agree to formal negotiations.   (Understandably because Johnson had had such success negotiating with American politicians, first in the Senate, and then as president.)  Other presidents shared Johnson's desire for negotiated settlements.

By not asking for declarations of the war, the presidents were signaling to our enemies — and to the American people — that we were not looking for the total victories, the unconditional surrenders, that had ended World War II.

(For the record:  That exchange between Truman and the reporter may have been pre-arranged, with Truman using that way to deny being at war and introduce his euphemism.)
- 1:38 PM, 15 September 2014   [link]


Looking For Love in a very wrong place.
A married deputy prosecutor has resigned from her job after she allegedly had an improper relationship with a jail inmate.

Marriya Wright, 34, stepped down from her position in Spokane County, Washington on Wednesday after court document released details of her alleged relationship with 31-year-old Matthew Baumrucker.

The pair allegedly exchanged more than 1,200 text messages and phone calls in a month including one picture of Mrs Wright wearing a bikini.
If you read the whole thing, you'll find out that she is in legal trouble for some of her actions, and that she and her husband have adopted a child, and are trying to adopt another.

All of which makes this even more extraordinary than most similar cases.

By way of Dori Monson.

(You may wonder why I am linking to a British newspaper.  That's because I haven't seen any big stories on it in our local newspapers or on local TV stations.  Spokane is on the other side of the state, but the story is so strange that I would have expected it to get more attention, here.

Perhaps it hasn't because our local journalists are uncomfortable with a story showing a woman behaving foolishly.)
- 7:49 AM, 15 September 2014   [link]


We Still Don't Know What President Obama Was Doing During The 2012 Benghazi Attack:  Sharyl Attkisson thinks that's extraordinary.

And so do I.

Almost as extraordinary is the lack of interest that our "mainstream" journalists have shown in the Benghazi story.

They may have forgotten that Obama promised to run an exceptionally "transparent" administration.

(Here's Attkisson's site.  I plan to check it regularly, and you may want to, as well.

Speculation:  If Obama were a Bill Clinton or a Kennedy, there would an explanation for this silence that would occur to almost everyone.  In Obama's case, I'm inclined to think that he spent the time working on his campaign, and relaxing.)
- 7:22 AM, 15 September 2014   [link]


We Don't Think Obama's Strategy Against ISIS Will Work:  But we are backing him anyway, according to this NBC/WSJ poll.
Nearly 70 percent of Americans say they lack confidence that the U.S. will achieve its goals in fighting the terrorist group ISIS, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll.  The findings come in the wake of President Barack Obama’s national address announcing new measures to combat the Sunni militants.
. . .
The poll – conducted before the latest execution emerged – showed that a combined 68 percent of Americans say they have “very little” or “just some” confidence that Obama’s goals of degrading and eliminating the threat posed by ISIS will be achieved.  Just 28 percent said they had “a great deal” or “quite a bit” of confidence.  Still, 62 percent of voters say they support Obama’s decision to take action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, while 22 percent oppose it.
At least a few of those in the two majorities may share my view that it is better to do something now, so that the next president will find it easier to adopt a more serious strategy.

That's about as optimistic as I can be about our current president, and our current problems with ISIS
- 12:48 PM, 14 September 2014   [link]


Before He Gave His ISIS/ISIL Speech, President Obama Consulted with the usual suspects.
President Barack Obama met with over a dozen prominent columnists and magazine writers Wednesday afternoon before calling for an escalation of the war against the Islamic State, or ISIS, in a primetime address that same night.

The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post's David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic's Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal's Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky, a source familiar with the meeting told The Huffington Post.
As far as I know, Obama did not consult in a similar way with the congressional leadership, Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, or any of the committee chairmen.  I would have wanted to talk to the chairmen and ranking members of the Armed Services committees, the Intelligence committees, and the diplomatic committees (Foreign Affairs in the House, Foreign Relations in the Senate) — and I would have wanted to consult with them at least a week before the speech was given.

Instead Obama spoke to the people he hopes will sell his new policy of war against ISIS.  As far as I can tell, every single journalist in that list voted for Obama in 2008, so he had an obvious reason to choose that group.
- 9:26 AM, 14 September 2014   [link]


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