U.S. no longer makes the “free country” top 10 list

The United States is no longer in the top 10 of the world’s most free countries.  We are number 15.  However, despite our obesity rates and bad eating habits, we are number 1 when it comes to health.  We are #33 in safety and security.  The United States is #11 in economic strength and overall prosperity.

Scandinavian countries take most of the top spots, with Norway winning the top marks when all of the categories are considered, making it the most prosperous of nations.  All of this is according to the Legatum Prosperity Index.  See details after the jump. [Read more…]

Suspect in mall shootings arrested

On Friday, someone shot up a Macy’s make-up counter in Burlington, Washington, killing four women–aged 16 to 95–and a man.  A suspect has been arrested:  20-year-old Arcan Cetin, a Muslim from Turkey.  He has a record of assaulting his step-father, drunk driving, and selling drugs.  Police say they don’t yet know a motive, but they aren’t ruling out terrorism.

So surely this couldn’t be Islamic terrorism, some might say.  This guy is certainly not a good Muslim, what with his indulgence in forbidden substances and disrespect for his father.

But acts of jihad often grow out of a guilty conscience, a way to achieve self-atonement and forgiveness for one’s sins. [Read more…]

Charlotte riots

Charlotte, where police shot a black man on Tuesday,  went through a second night of riots, arson, looting, and violence. [Read more…]

The woman who married her daughter.  And her son.

Here in Oklahoma, a woman is being charged with incest for marrying her daughter.  Eight years ago, she also got into trouble for marrying her son.

Carl Trueman thinks that he has some good arguments for her defense attorney to use. [Read more…]

Did Rio cops distort the Lochte robbery story?

An investigation by USA Today says that there is more to the Ryan Lochte/US swim team robbery story than the Rio police have said.  Reportedly, a uniformed security guard did point a gun and demand money.  In his mind, he was telling the swimmers to pay for vandalism they committed.  In Lochte’s mind, the swimmers were being robbed.  That communication confusing came from neither side understanding each other’s language.

Read the USA Today story after the jump. [Read more…]

Swimmers go from honor to dishonor

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte and three other members of the U.S. swim team lied about being held up at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.  Two of the swimmers reportedly admitted the fabrication.

What malice.  What a black eye for the American team, which is dominating the medal count.  What a black eye for America, as the foreign stereotypes about arrogant, disrespectful, unprincipled Americans are seemingly confirmed.

UPDATE:  Lochte apologizes.  His endorsement deals are in jeopardy.  Go here for more details.

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