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Pakistan problems

Posted by  ▪  November 26, 2011
NATO and/or U.S. forces apparently killed a couple dozen Pakistani soldiers at an outpost on the Afghan border.  The details are murky at this point: The Guardian reports that coalition forces say they came under fire and returned fire. Pakistan has announced that it will cut off supply deliveries to coalition forces…
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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 at the Goethe Institute in Paris. Next to him sits a good-natured professor…
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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 to wait for that person to try to post), someone who tried…
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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 Kristof has waxed poetic about Islamist forces in the Middle East. So…
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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 going to have to inspire, not merely be the default candidate. The…
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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:
 

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, were killed in an attack on an air force base ….” DEBKAFile says Syrian…
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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 more dangerous for a woman than a man to cover the demonstrations in …
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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 Republican. I think he’s about as authentic as a Coach bag bought…
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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, who worked with Afhan warlord Abdul Rahdis Dostum to route the Taliban in…
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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:
 

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 Walker doing what’s right.  I would call this preparing the battlefield 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?
 

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 defense of Mitt Romney against this accusation on Saturday Night. Obama left something out of his…
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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 long before Israel is accused of tanish-pinkwashing for publicizing a recent medical breakthrough…
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Did Newt set a trap for Romney on immigration?

Posted by  ▪  November 24, 2011
Newt Gingrich’s statement on immigration at the national security debate is being called an unforced error by some in the conservative media.  Immigration was not the topic of the night, so why make it the highlight of the night? I don’t know whether Newt’s position, that there should be some humanitarian exceptions…
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Thanks for all they gave

Posted by  ▪  November 24, 2011
and all the others who have served this country. From reader and frequent photographer Linda: To you and yours, Professor God bless you for your work in the cause of liberty for all. May we all have cause to be especially thankful come Thanksgiving 2012! This bumper sticker spotted at Costco parking lot, Franklin TN