Planet’s gotten more violent since 2007. …UNEXPECTEDLY.

Well, of course.

According to the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), global violence — as defined by a range of measures from conflict deaths, to displaced persons, to homicide rates — has been rising since 2007.

This news is in many ways surprising because up to 2007, the data suggested the world was becoming a much safer place.

Up to 2007, we were only allowing grown-ups to have a say in American foreign policy.

Via Instapundit.

Left-wing lunatic threw Molotov cocktail through a black Congressman’s office window on 9-11.

Of course you never heard about it. Left-wing, after all:

A Missouri man was arrested earlier this week and charged with throwing two Molotov cocktails into Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s (D-Mo.) district office.

Eric King, 28, was arrested while detectives were investigating a “series of anti-government vandalisms” near the congressman’s office.

…and if the folks writing for the Hill had their way, you’d not have heard about the left-wing part, either. Fortunately Hot Air did some of the heavy lifting, there: it turns out that Eric King is an anti-Monsanto fanatic. Not mentioned by the Hill, and it should have been: being against GMOs these days is a pretty reliable identifier.  Although I suppose that I should be grateful that at least the Hill bothered to quote how King was upset that the “Missouri congress has been a willing partner in the US governments capitalist war hungry agenda.*”  …or perhaps not, because they also forgot to mention that King wanted to go after the banks next.

The fascinating part of this story, to me at least, is that it almost feels like it’s a controlled experiment to test the hypothesis The media has a double standard when reporting on the Left versus the Right. Here’s the checklist:

  • Politically-motivated attack. YES.
  • PMA on a Congressman’s office. YES.
  • The attack was violent (note, nobody was injured, but firebombs are inherently violent). YES.
  • The Congressman was a minority. YES.
  • The event took place on a politically significant day (9/11). YES.
  • The attacker had a documented history of participating in various fringe political movements. YES.
  • The attacker had a documented history of, ah, vehement speech. YES.
  • The attacker is a young, white male. YES.

And here’s where they did the control:

  • The attacker is a right-wing conservative.  …NO.

And the result? Continue reading Left-wing lunatic threw Molotov cocktail through a black Congressman’s office window on 9-11.

Why Jim Moran’s son Patrick will get away with domestic abuse.

Spoiler warning: it’s because the Democrats use the concept of “acceptable losses.”

Consider the story of Jim and Patrick Moran… and let us not make this a Democratic/Republican thing. Instead, let us go foreign: imagine that a report had come out that the son of an Australian* politician had been caught viciously beating his girlfriend in a drunken rage. The incident was witnessed by police, who made an arrest (getting assaulted themselves in the process); the victim went to the hospital, and allegedly treated for a skull fracture and a broken nose. Now also imagine that the politician HAPPENED to be a senior figure in his political party, and who HAPPENED to belong to a federal-level legislative body that HAPPENS to have direct oversight over the municipality where the attack took place; and that the politician’s son just HAPPENED to be able to plead down from felony assault to regular assault and probation. And, to cap it all off… the victim is in classic fashion sent out to claim that it was all an accident – and then the politician declares the whole thing to be an ‘embarrassing situation.’

If all of this happened on the other side of the world, do you think that there would be anybody credible – on either side of the American political spectrum – who would not agree that the politician needed to be investigated?

Anybody? Continue reading Why Jim Moran’s son Patrick will get away with domestic abuse.

Labor union goons go violent in Michigan.

Scenes from the lack-of-class struggle in Lansing, Michigan: first off, the destruction of the Americans for Prosperity tent by union goons.  Apparently merely existing was too much of a provocation.

Reportedly, two of the people in that tent when it was torn down were in wheelchairs.  I assume that I don’t have to explain why going after people in wheelchairs is close to the very definition of “barbarian?” Continue reading Labor union goons go violent in Michigan.

Partner of Mark Pocan (D CAND, WI-02) sent threatening texts to attacked Kyle Wood (staffer to R-CAND). [UPDATE: Story Recanted]

[FURTHER UPDATE: Media Trackers retracts, apologizes for putting out the story. My apologies to Mr. Frank for my reaction; it was obviously uncalled for.]

[UPDATE: The police are now reporting that the staffer’s story has been recanted. Absent any evidence to the contrary, this would include the alleged text messages: I look forward with some interest to whether that, at least, can be verified. And yes, you may safely assume that I do not appreciate people lying to the police about things like this. – Moe Lane]

OK, remember the Kyle Wood incident from last week?  Short version is, Kyle Wood is a staffer for Chad Lee, the Republican candidate for WI-02, which is Tammy Baldwin’s current district.  Chad is opposed by Mark Pocan.  Tammy Baldwin happens to be gay.  Mark Pocan happens to be gay.  Kyle Wood happens to be gay.  And Kyle Wood was assaulted in his home last week, allegedly for being a gay Republican who was out of the closet and supporting a straight Republican running in a Democratic district.  This is a real story: the cops are looking for “Male, white, mid-20s, 6′-6’2″, curly brown hair, broad nose, with a muscular build.”

Now, let’s meet Philip Frank.

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Continue reading Partner of Mark Pocan (D CAND, WI-02) sent threatening texts to attacked Kyle Wood (staffer to R-CAND). [UPDATE: Story Recanted]

#rsrh Good thing that Obama supporter in Iowa didn’t have a knife, huh?

You know, the one who – according to multiple accountsbroke through the Secret Service cordon at today’s Paul Ryan rally at the Iowa State Fair, rushed the stage, then assaulted someone in the crowd on her way to jail.  Now, heckling is fine – and if you watch the video here, you’ll see why* – but if you’re sufficiently unhinged as to take a swing at somebody when they’re removing you from the stage, guess what?  They’re right to remove you from the stage.  By definition.

Now, I’m not going to make this a full-fledged snarl, but let me clue in Obama for America: you idiots dodged a bullet today.  Whoever it was that sent that woman out there – and let’s not pretend that OfA isn’t encouraging counter-protests – screwed up by winding up and setting loose a potentially dangerous obsessive.  Fire whichever particular idiot did it, review and revamp your entire procedure – or it will happen again.

You may not be so lucky next time.

Moe Lane

*Short version: people that unhinged don’t move the needle for the side that they are putatively on.  Thankfully.