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Report from Brussels: idealism meets reality

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Posted by    Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 10:00am 11/22/2015 at 10:00am

Here’s a fascinating article (to me, anyway) written by a man named Teun Voeten who moved to the Molenbeek section of Brussels back in 2005 and lived there for nine years.

In case you haven’t heard, Molenbeek is the area mostly populated by Muslim immigrants and their offspring, and it was the...

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‘Black Widows’ of Chechnya – model for the next attack wave in Europe?

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Posted by    Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:33pm 11/19/2015 at 7:33pm

Obama’s taunt that Republicans “are scared of widows and orphans” takes on an ironic twist in light of the fact that one of the dead in Wednesday morning’s Paris raid was a female suicide bomber, Hasna Aitboulahcen [Featured Image].

We also know that, in some of the earliest conflicts in which a significant...

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On Fighting ISIS

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Posted by    Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 8:30am 11/19/2015 at 8:30am

The best approach to addressing the ISIS threat would have been one of prevention—an ounce of it worth far more than a pound of cure.

An obvious move would have been to keep a small residual force in Iraq, back when even Obama was crowing about the successful transition there. Another...

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Republican candidates react to Paris attacks

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Posted by    Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 7:30am 11/15/2015 at 7:30am

How the Republican candidates react to the vicious terrorist attacks in Paris tells us something about their attitude towards Islamic terrorism in general (for example, do they use the phrase?) and what to do about it.

The first response I read early today was from Ben Carson. An excerpt:

I think America’s...

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Mizzou’s President, Chancellor Resign — But It Won’t Be “Enough”

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 8:30am 11/10/2015 at 8:30am

As a result of protests that included a hunger strike by a graduate student and the pressure of a threatened boycott by members of the football team, President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin of the University of Missouri announced their resignations yesterday. The protests occurred after a series...

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Obama: On Standing Up to Moderators

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Posted by    Friday, November 6, 2015 at 7:00am 11/6/2015 at 7:00am

Obama likes to mock the opposition:

“Have you noticed that everyone of these candidates say, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out,'” Obama said, impersonating a refrain among Republican candidates that he’s allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin too much leeway.

“Then it...

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Liberals having tough time coming to grips with Dr. Ben Carson

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Posted by    Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 10:30am 10/31/2015 at 10:30am

Jonah Goldberg points out something that the MSM has been purposely ignoring:

Carson has the highest favorables of any candidate in the GOP field. But…most analysis of Carson’s popularity from pundits focuses on his likable personality and his sincere Christian faith. But it’s intriguingly rare to hear people talk about the fact...

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The moral dilemmas of programming the self-driving car

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Posted by    Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 5:00pm 10/29/2015 at 5:00pm

The moment I heard they were perfecting the self-driving car, it gave me very serious pause.

Maybe that’s because in some essential way I don’t trust handing over the decision-making process to a machine, even though I don’t like driving all that much and even though the evidence is that self-driving cars...

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Group dynamics at the debate

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Posted by    Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 11:45am 10/29/2015 at 11:45am

It turns out that instead of a snoozefest, the third debate was fascinating. And it was all thanks to the incredibly clear anti-GOP bias of CNBC.

What am I talking about? Group dynamics, that’s what.

I’ve studied groups and I’ve run groups. Groups don’t happen just bec...

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Hillary’s mendacity

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Posted by    Monday, October 26, 2015 at 8:30am 10/26/2015 at 8:30am

Andrew McCarthy has written a National Review article entitled “Hillary’s Breathtaking Mendacity.”

It describes the lies that were revealed and “made explicit” in Clinton’s testimony before the Benghazi committee last Thursday, and it’s well worth reading in its entirely. But it also exemplifies a response that’s occurring only on the...

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Trump vs. the Bush Family

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Posted by    Friday, October 23, 2015 at 4:30pm 10/23/2015 at 4:30pm

It’s fairly clear that there’s no love lost between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. Trump’s recent criticism of George W. Bush in relation to 9/11 has been largely seen as a way to needle Jeb and keep the friction going between them.

And it’s certainly accomplished just that.

Although that’s...

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Incitement Fuels the Knife Intifada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq3FlsVqGig
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Posted by    Monday, October 19, 2015 at 8:30am 10/19/2015 at 8:30am
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What are the roots of the stabbing intifada?

Jeffrey Goldberg takes a long time to say it, but he gets some of it said. It’s not a “cycle of violence” where both sides are similar. One side is lying and inciting its people to violence, and this has been going on at...

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Iran reports: WaPo journalist Jason Rezaian convicted

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Posted by    Monday, October 12, 2015 at 5:35pm 10/12/2015 at 5:35pm

The Wapo announces that a verdict appears to have been rendered in the case of one of its journalists who has been imprisoned in Iran:

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, imprisoned in Tehran for more than 14 months, has been convicted in an espionage trial that ended in August, Iranian state...

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Hillary Clinton and consistency

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Posted by    Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00am 10/9/2015 at 8:00am

Hillary Clinton’s opponents in the race for the 2016 Democratic nomination are against the TPP deal, unions are against the deal, and now she’s against it too although previously she was one of its strongest supporters.

It’s hard to imagine that a single thinking human being would be convinced that her...

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Is Sweden Ready to Abolish…Cash?

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Posted by    Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 10:00am 10/1/2015 at 10:00am

Is this the wave of the future?:

Central bank policymakers had believed they had run out of room to support their respective economies, with their interest rates held close to the floor.

…Cut rates too deeply, [they thought], and savers would end up facing negative returns. In that case, this could encourage...

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The Pope and Politics

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 11:30am 9/30/2015 at 11:30am

I’ve noticed that we seem to get the popes that match our times—a harmonic resonance between popes and other public leaders of the day.

That doesn’t mean that popes are overtly political, although there’s really no way for a pope to retreat completely from politics, unless he speaks on ritual matters only...

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France’s Marine le Pen to stand trial

http://youtu.be/FcpR7XUaLSU
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Posted by    Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8:30am 9/25/2015 at 8:30am
http://youtu.be/FcpR7XUaLSU

It was about nine years ago that I realized how weakly France, and much of Europe, champions the right of freedom of speech as compared to the United States. The context of that learning was a French libel trial, but...

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