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Desmond Tutu


Being in custody in the PRC is not the same as being in custody in, let’s say, Topeka, Kansas. They do horrendous things to people in custody. Wang Quanzhang is amazingly brave. He is

known for his willingness to take on sensitive cases and represent vulnerable groups. He was involved in the defense of Shandong reporter Qi Chonghuai, who is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence. In 2012, [Wang] was physically dragged out of a court in Northeastern China when he defended another Falun Gong practitioner.

Why do people stick their necks out in this way? Wang does not have to be spending his life as he’s spending it. He just wants to, I guess. Feels compelled to.

I saw a headline last week: “US missile defense shield to counter NKorea threat.” (Story here.) I was all confused. Isn’t “Star Wars” just a stupid Reagan fantasy? Isn’t that what we were told for years and years?

Here’s another headline: “Audit says Katrina aid may have been misspent.” The story begins, “Federal investigators said Wednesday that as much as $700 million in federal aid intended to help some 24,000 Louisiana families elevate their homes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 may have been misspent.”

No. No!

This story is kind of rich: The Wisconsin government has spent about $850,000 defending itself against lawsuits. Unions are suing the state over Governor Walker’s moves in 2011. And now Democrats are complaining about the expense of the lawsuits — the expense to the taxpayers.

That is really something: We get to sue you, but you can’t spend money to defend yourselves! Ha!

You’ll love something the Associated Press did — just love it. Listen: “Senate opponents of a treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade said Wednesday they have the votes to block ratification of the pact, which is also opposed by the outlaw regimes of North Korea, Syria and Iran.”

Reminds me of what the “MSM” used to do back in the Cold War: When pro-lifers peeped up, the media would mention that Ceausescu’s Romania banned abortion.

Nice, nice . . .

I thought you might like to see a story out of Britain:

If you punch a punk in Manchester, it could be a hate crime.

Police in the English city announced Wednesday that they will begin recording offenses against members of alternative subcultures in the same way they do attacks based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

The Greater Manchester force — the first in Britain to take the step — says “Goths, emos, punks and metallers” and members of other alternative groups often endure abuse.

I will say what I have said for years now — maybe decades, I’m not sure: I don’t see why a crime isn’t a crime. Assault is illegal, right? Murder is illegal, right? And so on. Isn’t that, like, like . . . enough?

The headline said, “Mexico to investigate column insulting maids.” Here’s the deal: “Mexico’s National Council to Prevent Discrimination says it will launch an investigation of an online magazine column accusing maids of being ‘ungrateful, whining, abusive thieves.’”

Alternatively, Mexico could drop the investigation and permit freedom of speech — which can be less exhausting . . .

Care for some music? For my “New York Chronicle,” published in the April New Criterion, go here. Care for some more music? Couple of weeks ago, Mona Charen and I did a podcast. This was a survey of music, from Elizabethan times to just yesterday. Knock yourself out.

And have a good one.

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