Links for 2-12-2013

  • Today a funeral procession took retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle from Midlothian to Austin for burial in the Texas State Cemetery. PJ Media published a collection of photos of people paying their respects along the route. I was on the Parmer Lane overpass at I–35 with around twenty other people, a fire engine, and a police car. About 50 Austin motorcycle cops led the procession, followed by about the same number of Patriot Guard Riders, the hearse carrying Chris, five large tour buses, and a whole lot of cars, pickups, and police cars. There was a public service for Chris at Cowboys Stadium yesterday, which The Blaze covered here.

  • The Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights heard testimony today about new gun control proposals. Ted Cruz is already the ranking member on that subcommittee (how does that work when you’re a freshman Senator?), and he asked selected people for letters stating their opinions on the subject. Professor Randy Barnett supplied a letter that lists good questions the subcommittee members ought to ask themselves about any new gun control legislation. I liked this question in particular: “If an American citizen who is employed to protect the safety of others, or an active or retired police officer, requires a certain type of weapon, with a certain rate of fire or capacity, to protect him or herself or others, why does not a law abiding citizen of the United States require the same sort of weapon for the same lawful purpose?” LaRue Tactical is hammering this point home with a new sales policy: “Effective today, in an effort to see that no legal mistakes are made by LaRue Tactical and/or its employees, we will apply all current State and Local Laws (as applied to civilians) to state and local law enforcement/government agencies. In other words, LaRue Tactical will limit all sales to what law-abiding citizens residing in their districts can purchase or possess.” Clayton Cramer provided a letter that highlights the negative correlation between murder rates and total institutionalization rates; if you don’t treat the people who are mentally ill to the degree that they can’t recognize for themselves that they need help, they have a tendency to do Bad Things. And even then it may not be enough to avoid violence: the former Marine who murdered Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, Eddie Ray Routh, was involuntarily admitted to a mental hospital twice in the five months prior to the murders.

  • The American Enterprise Institute’s online magazine published an exerpt from Amity Shlaes’ new book, Coolidge, which was released today.

  • Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, who received the Medal of Honor from President Obama yesterday, refused to attend the State of the Union speech as Michelle Obama’s guest. The Daily Caller has the full list of those guests.

  • An extremely accurate seating diagram for the Obama’s State of the Union speech.

  • Sarah Palin live tweeted her response to Obama’s State of the Union speech.

  • Joel Pollak reminds us that "[i]n 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama promised that he would ‘eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.’ North Korea detonated a nuclear warhead less than 24 hours before Obama’s State of the Union speech, which indicates Obama hasn’t quite reached his goal. I’m certain that new Secretary of State John Kerry is drafting a very nasty letter reproving the North Koreans for their insolence.

  • The Wall Street Journal seems somewhat concerned that 41% of the people carrying ObamaPhones can’t prove they qualify for the program, which cost $2.2 billion last year. This concern derives from the false belief that the purpose of the program is to supply a phone to people who can’t afford one but need it to land a job or contact emergency services. The reality is that the program exists to reward campaign bundlers and cultivate a base of dependent voters.

  • Dr. Salomon Melgen, the political benefactor of Senator Bob Menendez, reportedly kept one of his hookers in a condo he leased near Palm Beach, Florida.

  • Jeffrey Lord wrote a long article on Karl Rove’s duplicity toward Tea Party candidates, particularly Christine O’Donnell.

  • Dennis Prager wrote a good article on why it’s disturbing that the Left supports serial murderer (and now cop killer) Chris Dorner.