LinkSwarm for Friday, September 9, 2011

After an unusually active week, here’s a LinkSwarm for a lazy Friday, including a few things I meant to link to earlier and didn’t have the time.

  • Christopher Hitchens, a fine writer and a formidable intellect, weighs in on the London riots. In the process Hitchens provide a nod to his brother Peter Hitchens’ analysis of the riots (and link to this fascinating debate between the two on the nature of religion, of which I was previously unaware). I’m not entirely convinced by Hitchens argument that there were “bad” areas no one went into long before the riots. I’m sure there were, but did they consist of people who had never held a job in their lives, and would those denizens in past eras have felt a complete lack of compunction over setting other people’s small businesses on fire?
  • Speaking of Hitchens, here he is on 9/11.
  • Michael Barone wasn’t impressed with Obama’s job speech: “Straw men took a terrible beating.”
  • Turkey to dispatch warships to break the Gaza blockade. What’s the worst that could happen?
  • Interpol issues a notice for Moammar Gadhafi.
  • Also, clashes in the Gadhafi stronghold of Bani Walid.
  • Others say the real objective of the rebel (provisional government?) offensive is the arms caches at the oasis of Jufra.
  • Solayndra is just the tip of Obama’s crony capitalism.
  • Oooo, burn.
  • Chocolate weapons. That is all.
  • Finally, some good news from the Bastrop fire. Couple with horse farm had to flee with horses, but without tackle. The good news is the tackle (including some very expensive saddles) survived the fire. The bad news is it was promptly stolen. The good news is it took all of nine hours to track down the thieves trying to sell the stuff on eBay. Score one for the good guys.
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