I haven’t had time to post today, which may be just as well because I’ve noticed that however much I do post on Fridays, y’all don’t comment much. But for those few of you who remain engaged on this day, here are some possible topics:
- A new thing: A terrorist Army — There’s a piece in the WSJ that you can’t read because of the pay wall, but I just call your attention to the headline: “The Terrorist Army Marching on Baghdad.” Back in the olden days — like, up to last week — we thought of terrorism in terms of asymmetrical warfare: Terrorists just attacked a nation’s confidence in its own security, since they couldn’t attack a national army in the open. Now, we have a terrorist army, with its own flag and everything, that a national “army” doesn’t dare stand up against, but just melts away as it advances. ISIS is a terrorist group “too extreme even for al Qaida,” according to NPR, but unlike the tattered remnants of al Qaeda, hiding in the shadows, it’s an army — and it’s just rolling along, Blitzkrieging everything in its path, as though it were the Wehrmacht. What does this all mean going forward, Mr. Natural?
- McKinney leaves SC lieutenant governor race — Good thing, too, since he seemed to have no idea what the job entailed. Did you see his TV ad, talking about wanting to roll back regulations and lower taxes? In what universe did he think the SC lt gov got to do stuff like that? He had a whiteboard and everything, as though he knew what he was about. But he didn’t.
- Zeke Stokes on same-sex marriage — Zeke is a Democratic operative from SC — you may recall when he helped run Inez Tenenbaum’s U.S. Senate campaign. Anyway, Zeke defends Hillary Clinton’s account of how she came to support same-sex marriage (have you heard the clip of her getting hyper-huffy with “Fresh Air’s” Terry Gross?). He says that he, a gay man, used to not support it himself, so he identifies with the ex-SecState’s evolution on the subject.
- In fact, maybe that Clinton interview is its own, separate topic — You can listen to it, and read about it, here. I might do so myself — I’ve heard chunks of it, but not the whole thing.
Or, bring your own topics.