Surprise, surprise, Jeb Bush opposes encrypting data. "If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job -- while protecting civil liberties -- to make sure that evildoers aren’t in our midst." He almost forgot to say "while protecting civil liberties," didn't he? Every advance in communications technology brings these challenges with it; how does Jeb Bush think we got this far without terrorists tearing us apart?
"Joe Biden Said to Be Considering One-Term Presidency," Politico tells us. Who said this? Famed journalist Carl Bernstein, who added that Mr. Biden would use his one term to "unite Washington" because he's "dealt with the Republicans in Congress all (his) public life," though you'd think Mr. Biden's six-plus years as Vice President would have helped "unite Washington" by now. Mr. Bernstein's reporting on the Watergate break-in helped take down an American President when he was just 30, as you know, so he doesn't care what I think. But his analysis sounds like typical Beltway wankage.
Now that an Avian flu outbreak has caused Iowa farmers to euthanize over 30 million birds, organic farmers say we should avoid looking at vaccines as the solution to the problem and look instead toward "organic, regenerative" farming. Farmers don't have to be organic, really, but they do have to be small-scale operators that care more about the land and the animals than about profits (since without the land and the animals, you don't even have profits). Certainly we should stop worshiping at the altar of "efficient" factory farms, which produce a lot of sick, miserable animals and only do one thing "efficiently" (that is, deliver wealth upward to CEOs).
Scott Walker, speaking at a New Hampshire VFW, suggests that only a "handful" of Muslims are "reasonable" or "moderate." Gosh, what if a Presidential candidate said only a "handful" of Christians are "reasonable" or "moderate"? Our Glorious Elites would throw a collective tantrum, that's what. His spokeshack does the best she can with it, I suppose, basically by pretending Scott Walker doesn't really believe what he says. So how will he appear more "moderate" for the general election? I don't know, but he sure won't be troubled by the task, because such a task would only trouble a man with a soul.
Finally, Gloucester, MA police chief decides that "the war on drugs is over, and we lost," and starts helping drug addicts get clean. Gloucester is a small town, but one out of every six folks the Gloucester police help come from out of state. I eagerly await the studies suggesting that (just as providing homes for the homeless is actually cheaper than providing them expensive services on an emergency basis all the time) concentrating on helping addicts rather than just punishing them actually saves the taxpayer money. In the meantime, I wish Chief Campanello and his department the best of luck.