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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

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So, according to this article, The Rock is going to get into politics. The Rock (actor Dwayne Johnson) says, “Right now, the best way that I can impact the world is through entertainment. One day — and that day will come — I can impact the world through politics.” “Impact” as a verb is here to stay, isn’t it? The Rock adds, “The great news is that I am American: Therefore, I can become president.”

The article doesn’t say whether The Rock is a Democrat or a Republican. I know you can’t judge a book by its cover. But if The Rock is a Democrat — that will be all too disorienting.

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Like you, I have read a hundred articles on Obamacare and birth control in the last couple of weeks. Evidently, the administration insists that birth control be part of any health-care plan, anywhere. Let me ask an elementary question, and pardon my naivety: Why is birth control health care?

A little language: We have a perfectly good English word, “naivety.” But we like to go French, naïveté — which is odd. (And if you’re going to go French, render it correctly, in writing: Put the two dots over the “i,” not just the accent over the final “e.” In for a penny, in for a pound.)

I see that Michelle Obama has turned her food activism on the military. The article says, “The Pentagon spends an estimated $4.5 billion a year on food services, and $1.1 billion a year on medical care related to excess weight and obesity.” Holy-moly. Aren’t these guys lean, mean fighting machines? The ones I ordinarily see are. There must be armies out of my sight.

Is our whole nation to sink under the weight of debt and . . . you know, bodies?

It has long been clear that a whole mess o’ Guantanamo releasees “return to the fight,” as George W. Bush used to say. One study has found that 27 percent of them do so. (See this article.) I don’t know, strikes me as low . . .

Hang on, wasn’t the Left jumping up and down for years and years about Guantanamo and the need for it to be closed? How come they’re not jumping up and down anymore?

Be sure of one thing: If a Republican is elected in November, they’ll jump again.

Can you imagine if a Republican had killed these multitudes by drone?

“The Afghan-Pakistan jihad is attracting fewer foreign fighters following the death of Osama bin Laden, the growing threat posed by US drones, and lack of funds, Western security officials say.” (Article here.)

Good.

In a column a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned Zhu Yufu, a Chinese democrat and dissident. He wrote a poem, which ends,

It’s time, people of China! It’s time.
China belongs to everyone.
Of your own will
It’s time to choose what China shall be.

Zhu spent from 1999 to 2006 in prison. He has just been sentenced to another seven years. (See this report.) Zhu’s son said, “My father is nearly 60 years old and in poor health — putting him in jail for seven years is too inhumane, too cruel.” One of his lawyers said, “This is politics, not law.”

Bear in mind, prison in China is not prison. Not if you’re a democrat and dissident. Prison is torture.

Think of the likes of Zhu Yufu, as we go about our kissy-face with the rulers in Beijing.

This report tells of a Pentecostalist pastor in Cuba, Reutilio Columbie, who was beaten to a pulp and left for dead. Someone found him, and he was rushed to a V. I. Lenin Hospital.

Cuba is a place absolutely pulverized by political violence. You will find it in Orwell, Darkness at Noon, and elsewhere.



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