'Smart' people are dumb

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on September 8, 2013

I can't begin to describe the level of stupid in this:

Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, hoped that a team of UN investigators — many of whom, presumably, have a longstanding relationship with Iranian leaders -- could write a report that would convince Iran to abandon its ally at the behest of the United States.

"We worked with the UN to create a group of inspectors and then worked for more than six months to get them access to the country on the logic that perhaps the presence of an investigative team in the country might deter future attacks," Power said at the Center for American Progress as she made the case for intervening in Syria.

"Or, if not, at a minimum, we thought perhaps a shared evidentiary base could convince Russia or Iran — itself a victim of Saddam Hussein's monstrous chemical weapons attacks in 1987-1988 — to cast loose a regime that was gassing it's [sic] people," she said.

Seriously? If she wrote a really good report, then Iran would abandon their client state Syria? Why has this brilliant strategy not been brought to bear on the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process? Ms. Power can get out her word processor and write a brilliant report on why the Palestinians shouldn't want to drive the Jews into the sea and, voila, problem solved.

On the other hand, I would advise the Israelis to try to intercept and "reports" from Hezbollah or the PLO.


Taped The Argument earlier today, fumbled through some closing remarks; this from @michaelbd is the more eloquent version of what I tried to say:

For some amount of time today, the CA DOJ's new data website leaked name and addresses of people with CCW permits.

Someone PM'd me with video evidence of it (can't share to protect confidential info).

Here is a reddit thread with discussion. https://www.reddit.com/r/CAguns/comments/vm723i/attorney_general_bonta_releases_new_firearms_data?sort=confidence

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