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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, 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:
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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 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?
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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 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
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Thanksgiving Eve Open

Posted by  ▪  November 23, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving Eve.  Here are some things I’ve noticed but have not been able to do separate posts about: ABA Gives “Not Qualified” Rating to 14 of 185 Proposed Obama Judicial Nominees.  This reminds me of the futile attempt to stop the nomination of a federal judge in Rhode Island who got…
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The demented Israeli “pinkwashing” charge

Posted by  ▪  November 23, 2011
Every time one thinks it is impossible for Israel haters to come out with a more bizarre justification for hating Israel, someone comes up with an even more bizarre justification. Today’s exhibit is City University of New York Professor Sara Schulman, who is feverishly anti-Israeli to the extent of advocating the boycott…
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Dust off the maps of Sinai

Posted by  ▪  November 23, 2011
One of the key supposed foreign policy achievements of the Obama administration is turning into a disaster. Egypt is quickly devolving into chaos with only bad likely outcomes, as Barry Rubin writes: Only days before parliamentary elections, Egypt is in a huge crisis whose outcome will determine the future of almost 80 million people…
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