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This Eric Swalwell guy is useful for no other reason than to give us a glimpse of what goes on in the minds of hardcore leftists. They're all thinking it, but he's one of the few who comes right out and says it.

TAPPER: So, gun control is the central plank in your campaign.You wrote last year -- quote -- "We should ban possession of military- style semiautomatic assault weapons. We should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law. And we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons." Criminal prosecution for keeping assault weapons. What's the punishment for people who don't hand in their guns? Do they go to jail?

SWALWELL: Well, Jake, they would, but I also offer an alternative, which would be to keep them at a hunting club or a shooting range. And the reason I have proposed this is because these weapons are so devastating. I have seen this as a prosecutor in the cases that I've prosecuted. We have seen these in the school shootings, from Sandy Hook to Parkland. And I was just at Parkland earlier this week doing a town hall there.

But it's not just the violence that they have caused. It's the fear, the immeasurable fear, that our children live in, because they are still on our streets. I want to get rid of that fear. I want to do what Australia did and New Zealand just recently did. I think this issue just needs some bold leadership to do it.

And there you have it. Jail time if you don't hand in your firearms.

(We ought to be thankful, I guess, that he's backed off saying he wants to nuke us all.)

(HT Matt Vespa at Townhall)

Washington Post blames Ben Shapiro for inciting a war...

Talia Lavin had this to say about Ben Shapiro's tweet:

Shortly thereafter, fast-talking far-right pundit Ben Shapiro called Notre Dame a “monument to Western civilization” and “Judeo-Christian heritage.” Given the already-raging rumors about potential Muslim involvement, these tweets evoked the specter of a war between Islam and the West that is already part of numerous far-right narratives; it was also a central thread in the manifesto of Brenton Tarrant, the alleged Christchurch, New Zealand, shooter.

Naturally, Shapiro is not happy.

If you aren't familiar with him, Imam Mohamad Tawhidi is a reformist imam, and his Twitter feed, at the very least, is worth your time.

And as I wrote on Instapundit earlier today regarding another Islamic reformer, I don't know if Islam can be reformed, but I do know that its attempted reformers deserve encouragement. I can't think of anything that would bring more peace to the world than an end to what historian Samual Huntington termed as "Islam's bloody borders."


Did you achieve the impossible? Did you survive the first year of tax cuts?

"A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an "intellectual" - find out how he feels about astrology."

-Robert Heinlein

Sod off, swampy.

Twitter is a cesspit, Exhibit #1,000,006.

Places to raise kids, and places parents leave.

Texas is a great place to raise children, and big cities are bad places to do so. Washington, D.C. ranks fifth among cities with the least kids in America. I become a father in June, and I can tell you the D.C. area is a very tough place to raise children. Child care costs are ridiculously high, and expectations for the kids who grow up in this area are insane.

I want my daughter to be smart, but people in this area are obsessed with their kids getting into Harvard. Teens have committed suicide because they didn't get an A.

I'd love to stay in the D.C. area as my kids grow up, but that may just not be practical.

Now this is funny:

If you had to guess, would you say Jimmy Fallon is on Team Bern or Team Kamala? I'm guessing Kamala, but the election season is young.

If you missed it, and can stomach it, here's the video of FNC's Shep Smith doin that awful Shep Smith thing he does.

And from the replies: "Years ago before a government shutdown Shep looked into the camera and said 'If the government shuts down you won't be able to get money our of your ATM. That's what'll happen tomorrow.' That was a straight up lie, and that's when I knew Shepard Smith was a scumbag."

I watched Fox News for several years starting in the late '90s. They did two stories, practically back-to-back, which made me fall in like* with the network. One was a report on asset-forfeiture abuse, the other on regulatory overreach by the EPA. And I immediately thought, "Damn, nobody is covering this stuff outside tiny little conservative and libertarian publications!"

But in those days, Smith was the network's lefty outlier. For years now however, Fox as a whole is becoming more like Smith. So I fell out of like and turned off the TV. I use C-SPAN for my drunkblogging, and that's literally almost it for me and broadcast news.

*Pro tip: Never fall in love with anything media-related.