Links for 4-12-2015

  • Hillary Clinton gave marching orders to the mainstream media during an off-the-record dinner in New York on Friday night before announcing her candidacy today. At least one New York street artist is not impressed:
    Dont Say Entitled Dont Say Secretive

  • John Dickerson is replacing Bob Schieffer as host of Face the Nation. Unsurprisingly, Dickerson is a Democrat hack.

  • Kevin Williamson addresses the problem of police misconduct:

    Lord Acton was right, and so was Detective Jimmy McNulty: Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the patrolling officer on his beat is the one true dictatorship in America.

    Later:

    Police misconduct commands intense public attention for several reasons. Law-enforcement scandals usually are a good deal less complicated than the management of the IRS’s nonprofit-compliance bureaucracy or the financial maneuverings of the Cuomo administration, and most people have some direct experience with police; like a sex scandal, a police scandal is within the common frame of reference. More important, the Hobbesian rubber hits the republican road when the state is doing what it alone is explicitly empowered to do: carrying out acts of violence. The legal use of force happens in two contexts: war and policing — and most contemporary Americans will never get very close to a war.

  • An interesting article describes how Coptic Christians perceive their position in Egyptian society after the upheaval of the past few years. (via Instapundit)

  • ISIS destroyed the Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud, which dates back to 13th century B.C.