Retired General Don Bacon talks with KFAB about what is and isn’t being done to combat ISIS, and what needs to be done in the future:
Bacon has a degree of authenticity and knowledge on this issue that is nice to hear from a “politician”.
Lowry on Trump
National Review editor Rich Lowry, giving credence to the Donald Trump doctrine on immigration that, “our policy should serve our values and interests, and the status quo fails on both counts.”
FWIW, this article is in Politico, as opposed to, well, National Review. It was announced today that Charles C. W. Cooke will be taking over as editor at the usually #NeverTrump NR. It has always seemed that Lowry’s views on Trump’s were a bit softer than some of the other writers — but Lowry IS the editor.
In any case, Lowry says,
The kernel of Trump’s speech was rather obvious: “The bottom line is that the only reason the killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here. That is a fact, and it’s a fact we need to talk about.”
The reaction of much of the opinion elite was nearly instantaneous: Whatever we do, let’s not talk about that fact.
Hugh from on high
While there is still talk of a mutiny against Trump at the GOP Convention in Cleveland, Hugh Hewitt proclaims that if Trump sticks with the terms of his post-Orlando speech, he will keep the GOP nomination…
Despite endless talk of a mutiny within the GOP, if Trump can forcefully expose the weak leadership and serial failures of Obama and Clinton in the fight against terrorism — the central issue of our time — he will not only consolidate support, he will make any talk of an intra-party coup obsolete.
And I get where Hewitt is coming from. But if you want to see where some of the rage is at from the always-Trump crowd, it’s the GOP/Conservative oligarchs like Hewitt allowing Trump — who got the most votes — to be the nominee.
It’s one thing to say the GOP voters will support him in November, etc. It’s another to be talking about whether or not the primaries were valid.
Someone oughtta sell tickets.
(Shoot, I’d buy one.)
Late night with the Filibusterers
ICYMI, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse was in the news last night for taking part in the anti-gun filibuster in the Senate. The difference was that Sasse was actually taking part in some Q&A with filbusterer Sen. Chris Murphy, as opposed to getting him snacks and tossing softballs.
Sasse asked Murphy to be specific about the “terrorist watch list”, and some watchers were then adding Sasse to the anti-2nd Amendment crowd — which would have been very unlikely.
Sasse responded on the Twitter:
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 16, 2016
In his testimony on prison reform, Fred Knapp tweeted that Nebraska Prison Director Scott Frakes showed where they plan on laying the blame:
#Nebraska prison chief Frakes: I do not believe system was properly funded in 10 years prior to my arrival in February 2015
— Fred Knapp (@fredmknapp) June 16, 2016
If the only plan for fixing the prison problems is to build a new prison and employ everyone needed to run it and alleviate the other prisons, spending a ton of money would seem to be the plan. And if there isn’t a great appetite for that, pointing the finger backwards is going to be their relief effort.
The “something needs to be done” would seem to be getting more apparent. Is building a new prison the only alternative? Is there another way to go?
Updates to Omaha City Council – District 6
In my haste, I missed some other names from my notes on possible candidates from Omaha City Council District 6. It should have looked like this:
Franklin Thompson has said publicly that he probably is NOT running — and some put him running at somewhere around 20% probability. Could go either way. (Have also heard that some are trying to “push” him out…)
Leavenworth St. has heard from several sources that Harding (real estate executive, former Hal Daub aide and Chairman of the Omaha Planning Board) is very probable.
Millard School Board member Mike Pate is said to be thinking about it, or otherwise possible.
Hazelrigg seems to be a perpetual “maybe” candidate, but some say this time it might be real.
Deeb, of Deeb Real Estate, is on the Omaha Planning Board and is another name in the fray.
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