What Murphy did was took the gun-related homicide figure, which is about 30 per day (according to the CDC), and added to it the number of suicides-by-gun, which is nearly double the homicide number (even the Huffington Post understood the difference). So, among that average of 30 homicide deaths-by-gun per day, how many happen in the “gun free zones” that Murphy wants to create more of? Oddly enough the gov’t doesn’t keep solid stats on that. Go figure.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz filled in capably for Josh Earnest on Wednesday. When asked about the administration’s claim they don’t make deals with “terrorists” even though Obama traded five Taliban commanders in return for Bowe Bergdahl’s release, Schultz got out of it by refusing to categorize the Taliban as “terrorists.”
And this is how it’s done:
The swap was OK because those released from Gitmo were Taliban “armed insurgents” and not ISIS “terrorists.” At least they’re admitting ISIS are terrorists. In December, the group the WH refers to as non-terrorists slaughtered 132 kids and nine staff at a Peshawar school.
As for Schultz, he comes across more like somebody who’s about to get a D-minus for his “Mock U.N. Day” Q & A in high school than a spokesman for the President of the United States. But I guess it’s preferable to admitting that letting five Taliban commanders hit the streets (and making ransom payments to con men) to secure the return of somebody who may well be charged with Army desertion might not have been the best way to go about it.
JON MEACHAM: How do you talk to people — you must have constituents. You must have people who say what is it with the Islamic world? Why does such a fundamental threat to our national security seem to come disproportionately from that world of faith?
KEITH ELLISON: You know what? What I tell them, it’s not about the faith. What it’s really about is in some parts, particularly in the Arab world, there has been, quite frankly, a lack of democracy. We all just saw the Arab Spring ripen into the Arab Winter and now in Egypt we don’t know what’s going to happen in Syria, wow, what’s going to happen there. But it’s really not the faith. What it is is, you know, people who don’t want to yield power to the vast majority and people are struggling over that. And people struggle over that all over this world. We struggled over it here, which is why I named the book, “My country ’tis of thee.” And right here in the United States today, we’re trying to struggle for a greater amount of inclusion and democracy and when you look at income inequality, I mean, this is a real challenge.
As it becomes increasingly clear that prog/lib policies are disastrous, using fears of terrorism as excuses for redistribution will become more common.
Despite sporadic fall showers and the muggy Florida sun, President Barack Obama hit the greens Saturday with a former NBA star at the ritzy golf club where “Caddyshack” was filmed.
In South Florida for a trio of fundraisers the night before, Obama traveled north from Miami to Fort Lauderdale, where he joined former basketball player Alonzo Mourning at the Grande Oaks Golf Club.
The name of the private, 18-hole course has changed over the years, but “Caddyshack” fans will remember it as the site where Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and a rambunctious gopher got into all kinds of antics in the 1980 comedy flick.
Suddenly the universe makes more sense.
Coincidentally, after Obama left, Danny Noonan and Carl Spackler received insurance cancellation letters.