Thoughts on apple pie

Published Oct 7, 2017 at 4:00pm

For motherhood and apple pie: A Wisconsin circuit court has ruled that home bakers are free to sell their baked goods out of their home, at community events and at farmers’ markets. Blogger OL reminds us that was one of the central themes of Atlas Shrugged. “Elites wrote so many laws and regulations that everybody was always guilty of something, and the application of justice was so arbitrary so that charging people became a political agenda issue.”

Captain Obvious: The New York Times finds a flaw in Trump’s tax reform plan: “The plan would not benefit lower-income households that do not pay federal income taxes.” Instapundit Glenn Reynolds notes, “Weird how when you cut taxes, people who don’t pay taxes don’t share in the cuts.”

USSR-style unity: Blogger jimmyk says, the biggest problem he has with this “unity” claptrap in the NFL is that it is anything but that. When people on the left say they want a “conversation,” what they mean is they want to lecture deplorables, and when they say “unity” they mean you deplorables have to come to their way of thinking, no middle ground, no room for disagreement.

Who drives the narrative: At a recent White House press gathering, reporters monopolized the opportunity to ask why the President was dwelling on the NFL and the national anthem … which was absurd, because all the press had to do was ask about more pressing topics than the NFL and the national anthem.

To the sports and entertainment world: Blogger CH points out, “when you insult me you aren’t entertaining me.”

Moral inferiority: Glenn Reynolds, again, “The worst side effect of the civil rights era is the attitude of moral superiority toward ordinary Americans that it inspired in the political class.”

Lessons from Alabama: Blogger MM says, The primary demonstrated Trump “will stick up for people who stick up for him, even if it is risky, which helps encourage wafflers in the House and Senate. Moore’s victory demonstrates that the movement will continue even without Trump’s assistance because the anti-establishment feelings are so strong.”

Who is the target: Blogger TB says, “After every mass killing the left and the media (but I repeat myself) immediately demonize the NRA, middle America, and the constitution, rather than the shooter.”

False narratives: “There were men going over their wives, their girlfriends, to block them, … there were lives saved.” Jasmine Barbusca said she saw one man as he helped many women climb the fence to escape. “I don’t know who the man was, but there was a man who probably saved a good 20 women’s lives. He was really brave,” she said. Exdem adds ironically, “Damn that partriarchy and its toxic masculinity!”

Violent crime down: Nick Gillespie writes, “Anti-gun activists are pushing for a crackdown in the wake of the Vegas shooting. That’s understandable but wrong. They demand a sacrifice of liberty to their god the State. … [We] remain in the midst of an unprecedented deceleration of violent crime and gun crime. Surely that has some connection to policies over the past quarter-century or so that have made it easier for a wide variety of people to legally own and carry guns.”

Supporting data: “From 1993 to 2015, the rate of violent crime declined from 79.8 to 18.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older,” says the Bureau of Justice Statistics in its most recent comprehensive report (published last October, using data through 2015). Gillespie adds, “Over the same period, rates for crimes using guns dropped from 7.3 per 1,000 people to 1.1 per 1,000 people. The homicide rate is down from 7.4 to 4.9. These are not simply good things, they are great things. They are the essential backdrop of all discussions about gun crime and mass shootings, even as we grieve the people killed nonsensically in Vegas.”

Camel’s nose under the tent: Blogger rse calls out questionable studies that push outside control. “As I have mentioned before a mental health emphasis is actually not really about aiding those with mental illness anymore than the ubiquitous bullying campaigns in schools are actually about bullying. It’s the way in.”