So, I'm off in Florida spending time with my family, and blogging here with you all. Then a meteoric bombshell hits: the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) settles the Maajid Nawaz lawsuit.
This is very close to my heart, as a conservative Christian but also as an American who wants us to be able to debate all issues, and doesn't want some groups falsely maligned and shut off from the discussion as "hate groups."
So I've been frantically calling people, getting quotes and breaking stories, one of which is on the Drudge Report right now:
On Monday, the SPLC settled, paying Nawaz $3 million and giving him a huge apology. This has other groups thinking "hey, the SPLC slandered me, what about me?" They rightly want the SPLC to keep going. So there are "about 60 organizations" considering follow-up lawsuits. Some of them might even consider suing media outlets that parrot SPLC "hate group" markings.
The crazy thing is, I looked up what a defamation lawsuit requires, and I think they all have very solid cases.
So when D. James Kennedy Ministries' John Rabe told me other groups should sue, I was floored.
Mark Meadows is ANGRY.
Great reporting tweetstorm from POLITICO's Jake Sherman:
The high point:
Sherman says the House is ungovernable. Immigration bills are always tough.
The German government has been railing against the "neo-fascist" Alternative for Germany Party, now the number one opposition party after elections a few months ago. The government has been expressing concern they may turn violent in their opposition to Chancellor Merkel's open door policy on migrants.
Maybe their focus should be elsewhere.
German security officials say left-wing extremists have become more willing to use violence over the past five years.
Figures released by the domestic intelligence agency BfV on Wednesday show the number of left-wing extremists whom authorities consider potentially violent rose 27 percent from 7,100 to about 9,000 between 2012 and 2017.
The number of violent crimes committed by left-wing extremists rose 88 percent during that period, to 1,648 from 876.
Last year saw a spike in left-wing violence partly due to the G-20 summit in Hamburg. The rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany has also given left-wing extremists a new target in recent years.
BfV chief Hans-Georg Maassen called for more public debate about the need to reject violence as a means of achieving political ends.
As the left gets more hysterical and unhinged in this country, the probability that some nut with a gun (or those who know exactly what they're doing) will start attacking people with which they have a political disagreement is getting stronger.
The potential then grows for a right-wing backlash, leading to the kind of political violence unseen in America since the 1850s.
Leftists are OK with breaking the law to prove how insane they are:
Here's some good news!
A lot of people say cursive is outdated and serves no practical purpose anymore in the day and age of computers, but I disagree. In addition to developing key cognitive skills, cursive handwriting is essential for anyone who wants to study history -- including their family history. Prior generations wrote almost exclusively in cursive (or some other form of script handwriting) and you can't read those documents and letters in their original form if you don't know cursive.
That said, I doubt the bill has a chance in the Ohio Senate, where the Education Committee is ruled by Republican Senator Peggy Lehner, a Common Core zealot. You may recall that one of the (bazillion) complaints about Common Core was that the standards did away with the requirement that students be taught cursive.