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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
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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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Elections will always turn partly on emotion

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Posted by    Monday, September 21, 2015 at 10:00am 9/21/2015 at 10:00am

I have the deepest respect for Thomas Sowell and his work, and this column of his is no different:

It is easy to understand why there would be pent-up resentments among Republican voters. But are elections held for the purpose of venting emotions?…

Elections…have far more lasting, and far more serious — or...

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Rathergate goes to the movies

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2536822/Do-know-man-Most-Americans-recognize-news-anchor-Brian-Williams.html
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Posted by    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 2:00pm 9/16/2015 at 2:00pm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2536822/Do-know-man-Most-Americans-recognize-news-anchor-Brian-Williams.html

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopian masterpiece. Part of the book’s genius lies in its nomenclature, and most definitely its insight into the political propaganda process.

Thus, the Ministry of Truth, or “M...

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9/11: Fourteen years

http://videos.videopress.com/1DHcJIf8/9-11-beeps2_hd.mp4
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Posted by    Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5:15pm 9/11/2015 at 5:15pm
http://videos.videopress.com/1DHcJIf8/9-11-beeps2_hd.mp4

On 9/11’s 10th anniversary I wrote a post that contained this observation:

For those of us who were grownups when 9/11 happened, it’s also been transmuted—not to something that was always there, but to something that’s been incorporated into our view of...

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House and Senate go different ways on Iran deal votes

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Posted by    Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 8:15pm 9/10/2015 at 8:15pm

As expected, the Iran deal disapproval measure failed to win the requisite 60+ votes to invoke cloture in the Senate and allow a vote on the merits.

The linked article describes the Congressional Democrats as: “overcoming ferocious Republican opposition and delivering President Barack Obama a legacy-making victory on his top foreign policy...

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House conservatives could change the Iran deal vote

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Posted by    Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:00am 9/10/2015 at 7:00am

It started yesterday, when conservative Republicans in the House expressed strong disagreement with the GOP leadership over whether to proceed with the vote of disapproval on the Iran deal. The conservative wing aimed to force Obama to first live up to the terms of Corker-Menendez and disclose the still-secret side...

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Problem: Passive Right, Activist Left

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Posted by    Monday, August 24, 2015 at 7:00pm 8/24/2015 at 7:00pm

Those who were around during the Vietnam War protest days remember all those marches on Washington. I attended one, and it was absolutely huge and very impressive.

And who can forget the photos of Martin Luther King standing in front of the Washington monument on the Mall?

It’s not clear how effective...

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Oh, those Hispanic candidates

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 7:45pm 8/19/2015 at 7:45pm

We all know that Hillary Clinton is the first female frontrunner candidate of a major party. That is, she’s long been the frontrunner, and remains the frontrunner, although who knows how long that will continue.

I believe that the only thing that can stop Clinton is an indictment, or...

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Trump’s immigration plan – A will, but is there a way?

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Posted by    Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 8:00pm 8/16/2015 at 8:00pm

Donald Trump’s immigration plan is certainly guaranteed to get him even more attention than before.

It’s a wish list for the most anti-illegal-immigrant wing of the electorate, although it also features some workable and laudable proposals that are not unique to Trump.

Reading the text of Trump’s document reminds me somewhat of Barack...

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The unarmed perpetrator

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:30am 8/12/2015 at 8:30am

Here’s an excellent article on the plight of the unarmed perpetrator, by John Hinderaker. Here’s an excerpt:

This is the point I really want to make: the constant emphasis on police shootings of *unarmed* men that we see in the press is, f...

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Iran Nuke Deal – Chuck Schumer’s time for choosing (UPDATE – Schumer AGAINST Deal)

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/07/27/schumer-iran-nuclear-deal-vote/
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Posted by    Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 7:30pm 8/6/2015 at 7:30pm
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/07/27/schumer-iran-nuclear-deal-vote/

Senator Charles (“Chuck”) Schumer of New York faces a particularly tough choice: back Obama’s Iran deal and anger many of his New York Jewish constituents, or oppose the deal and anger Obama and much of the Democratic Party leadership.

My prediction: Schumer will cave to Obama and cling to his own long-nourished...

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Lost and found: looking for Flight 370

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Posted by    Friday, July 31, 2015 at 11:30am 7/31/2015 at 11:30am

After all the false leads in the year and a third since Malaysian Flight 370 vanished, we now have a real possibility that a piece of it has washed ashore, a sort of cryptic message in a bottle that may have drifted thousands...

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