September 7, 2016

Nailed It

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:31 pm

Publius Decius Mus at the Claremont Institute:

The Flight 93 Election

2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees.

Except one: if you don’t try, death is certain.

Read the whole thing.

WSJ, Covering $1.3B Paid to Iraq in Cash, Has No Tie-Back to January’s Serial Judgement Fund Payments

In early August, the Wall Street Journal reported that “The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran.” Two weeks later, the administration acknowledged that the cash “was used as ‘leverage’ to gain the release of American prisoners” — that is, in layman’s terms, the cash payment was ransom.

Make that “cash payments” — plural.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (090716)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Nebraska lines up with 10 men to honor punter who died in car accident

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Lincoln, Nebraska:

September 3 at 9:39 PM

In July, Nebraska senior punter Sam Foltz lost his life in a car accident. On Saturday, the Cornhuskers paid tribute to their friend and teammate by making his absence all too noticeable during their first punt attempt.

Nebraska went three-and-out on its first possession against Fresno State, so it sent out the punting unit. Except just 10 players took the field, lining up in a formation that was one man short — the man who was supposed to kick the ball.The Cornhuskers allowed the play clock to expire, all the better to let the home crowd at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln cheer in honor of Foltz’s memory. Nebraska took a delay-of-game penalty, but Fresno State declined to accept it, and a freshman, Caleb Lightbourn, then entered the field to punt the ball away.

A former punter at Michigan State, Mike Sadler, also died in the accident, which occurred when he and Foltz were working as instructors at a kicking camp in Wisconsin. Local authorities said that the vehicle appeared to have lost control on wet pavement and hit a tree, with speed being a possible factor. A place kicker for LSU, Colby Delahoussaye, was in the car with them but managed to emerge with minor injuries.

Before Saturday’s game, Nebraska held a moment of silence for Foltz and placed his No. 27 jersey on its bench. Cornhuskers coaches wore patches with an “SF27″ logo, and players will wear that as a helmet decal all season.

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