The Big Picture
It is always interesting what some in the media consider a big deal.
Take Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat who last month defeated incumbent U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley in a Democrat primary for New York's 14th congressional district.
What this amounts to is a Democrat defeating another Democrat in a primary.
However, to many in the media, Ocasio-Cortez's victory is some sign of things to come. We are not so sure this is the case.
Granted, Ocasio-Cortez represents a switch to the far left as far as her respective congressional district (some might call Ocasio-Cortez more of a socialist), but her brand of political ideology is not going to spread far past her district.
Congratulations to Ocasio-Cortez, but in the grand scheme of things, those predicting her win (the media) as an indication of what might happen in the future on a larger scale are going to be disappointed.
Telling It Like It Is
It seems Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is right regarding a recent comment about Houston and brothels, unfortunately.
According to a post on www.mystatesman.com, Abbott recently said, "In Houston, Texas, there are more brothels than there are Starbucks."
The governor said this in response to a question during a telephone town hall/fundraising call.
The governor was evidently citing a Houston Chronicle story headlined "Houston: City has ‘more brothels than Starbucks.’ ”
According to numbers from the article (which was provided to the Austin American-Statesman by the governor's office) there are more than 400 “storefront sex businesses” in Houston. Ken Herman of the American-Statesman estimates at least 50 Starbucks locations in Houston.
We don't need a calculator to know 400 is a lot more than 50.
So the governor was right, but in this case, many wish he had been wrong.
A recent column by Leonid Bershidsky of Bloomberg Opinion has the headline "Trump wants US allies to pay for protection."
Writes Bershidsky, "It's increasingly clear that U.S. President Donald Trump isn't really confused about how the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's funding really works. Rather, he doesn't care, because he wants a different global security system from the current one. In Trump's vision, the U.S. is a global enforcer who will only protect those who pay for it."
Bershidsky was referring to a Trump tweet about the Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries lowering oil prices to offset the cost of the U.S. military providing support to OPEC members.
Forgive us, but what is wrong with the president's logic?
The argument can be made that the U.S. military should not be the world's policeman.
However, the fact is that the U.S. military is exactly that, to a significant degree.
What is wrong with the commander in chief wanting some kind of recognition of this fact from the nations and countries that use the U.S. military for what amounts to protection?