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The EU gets philosophical

Posted by  ▪  November 26, 2011

(at their own peril.) I read an article in the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, that really got my eyes rolling. It is titled “Habermas, the Last European”: Jürgen Habermas, 82, wants to get the word out. He’s sitting on stage

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Dissent is patriotic, but trolling is not

Posted by  ▪  November 26, 2011

Since the new blog went live in mid-June, I’ve only banned about a dozen people (compared to 2700+ registered users). I’ve banned someone who gratuitously insulted Kathleen, someone who had the “N” word in the registered e-mail address (no need

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Egyptian Imam The NY Times called “moderate” holds “kill all the Jews” mass rally

Posted by  ▪  November 26, 2011

The NY Times has whitewashed the anti-Semitic aspects of the Arab Spring in Egypt since the beginning of the protests last January.  NY Times’ columnists like Roger Cohen have sought to glamorize and glorify the so-called “Arab Street” and Nicholas

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“I’m the comeback grandparent.”

Posted by  ▪  November 26, 2011

I’ve said it before, it’s not enough to be a “not” candidate.  Not being Barack Obama is not enough, and not being Mitt Romney is not enough.  Any candidate who is to win the nomination and the general election is

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Self-insured

Posted by  ▪  November 26, 2011

From reader and bumper sticker photographer extraordinaire Linda, who spotted this at the Lowe’s parking lot in Nasheville, TN:

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Syria’s fuse is lit

Posted by  ▪  November 25, 2011

Just wondering how much longer until the explosion takes place.  Some links: Walter Russell Mead, “when poets buy guns, tourist season is over.  They are buying them now in Damascus….” JPost, “The Syrian military said 10 personnel, including six pilots,

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It could happen anywhere, but it keeps happening there

Posted by  ▪  November 25, 2011

First it was Lara Logan.  Then other female journalists: The press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders on Friday cautioned  news outlets on sending female reporters to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, citing three  incidents in which reporters have been assaulted. “It is

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What if everything we have been told about Mitt Romney’s electability is wrong?

Posted by  ▪  November 25, 2011

From The Razor (h/t SoccerDad), a brutal takedown of Mitt Romney followed by a “he’s electable” endorsement, The Case for Mitt Romney: I don’t like Mitt Romney. I think he’s almost a walking cliche of the smooth talking, Country Club

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Remembering Mike Spann

Posted by  ▪  November 25, 2011

The first American killed in the Afghan war, on November 25, 2001.  I’ve told his story before, but it is worth remembering every year. This interesting video by The Daily Caller recalls the group of special forces similar to Spann,

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MAILER-DAEMON

Posted by  ▪  November 25, 2011

A colossal mistake, of historic proportions, the Great Error, the greatest political error since The Great Depression, the MAILER-DAEMON of presidents. Spotted in my hometown in Rhode Island:

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Bravest teacher in Wisconsin

Posted by  ▪  November 24, 2011

The second ad released by Scott Walker in response to the recall effort features a Wisconsin teacher.  Anti-Walker commenters at TPMDC identify her full name.  The first ad is here. I think this hits the right theme, sour grapes and

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Question of the Day

Posted by  ▪  November 24, 2011

… Who’s getting really excited about the 2012 Summer Olympics in London?

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Thanksgiving Open

Posted by  ▪  November 24, 2011

Some breaking news items: How’s that protection of civilians in Libya working out? Not so great. Trump still threatening third party.  h/t Windbag at the Tipline Some interesting pro-Israel videos.  h/t Beloved2 at the Tipline I will have a full-throttled

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Israeli tanish-pinkwashing must be condemned

Posted by  ▪  November 24, 2011

Yesterday I noted the accusation by an anti-Israeli LGBT activist writing in The New York Times that Israel engages in “pinkwashing,” the promotion of its not-gay bashing, not-gay stoning, not-gay hating policies to cover up its suppression of Palestinians. How

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