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    You know currency is devalued when…

    …authorities feel the need to create and post a sign like this: Such is the lost luster of the Zimbabwean dollar, which is experiencing insane inflation. To put it into perspective, if Bill Gates were to convert his entire net worth of $40 billion into Zimbabwean dollars today, his portfolio would be worth $173 in twelve short months. President Mugabe has driven the Zimbabwean economy | Read More »

    What is it with these GOP Congressmen from Georgia?

    Last summer, Lynn Westmoreland said the following about Barack Obama: “Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity.” You don’t need a dog-whistle to hear racial tinging with the word “uppity”. especially for someone who lives in Georgia. Westmoreland was reelected,but the stupid comment lives on. Yesterday, GOP | Read More »

    Where should conservatives be?

    P.J. O’Rourke offers an acerbic template, and he views a conservative America as a “land of freedom and responsibility, knowledge, opportunity, accomplishment, honor, truth, trust, and one boring hour each week spent in itchy clothes at church, synagogue, or mosque.” His thesis is that we had the opportunity to move the country in that direction and we blew it, and it’s a thesis I agree | Read More »

    So Joe’s the one who’s qualified?

    Even after a day of mulling, Joe Biden’s remarks at a Seattle fundraiser a few days ago are still troubling to me because they say something about both Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Here’s what Joe the Politician said: “Mark my words,” the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. “It will not be six months before the | Read More »

    Electoral post-mortem in advance

    [Just because I think McCain is going to lose, doesn't mean I'm going to stop fighting for him to win, and I'll do what I can until November 4th when the election is called one way or the other. Nothing would make me more happy than to be totally surprised by a McCain victory. Nevertheless, I can't help looking beyond.] If there is any politician | Read More »

    Afghanistan: What to do

    In several places, I’ve made the case that a proper counterinsurgency needs to be implemented in Afghanistan, along the lines of what is being done in Iraq. Because of differences in geography, culture, urbanization and other factors, the tactics in will be assuredly different in Afghanistan, but the general principles of clear-hold-build should apply. Am I absolutely sure about this? No, but I’ve seen some | Read More »

    Bias in the worst way by AP

    Associated Press just slapped down the race card in its latest “analysis” by Douglas K. Daniel. By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is “palling around with terrorists” and doesn’t see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially | Read More »

    Dishonest CNN factcheck II

    In another CNN “factcheck”, they tested the veracity of this Joe Biden statement: “…our commanding general in Afghanistan said the surge principle in Iraq will not work in Afghanistan.” CNN judged Biden’s statement to be “true”, but it’s not true. The drive-bys at CNN don’t understand the difference between a surge in forces and the surge strategy. Surge strategy = counterinsurgency strategy. The surge in | Read More »

    Dishonest CNN factcheck

    As I wrote here, Joe Biden was being less than honest when he said Obama would never meet with Iranian president Ahmadinejad without preconditions in the first year of his presidency. In a “factcheck”, CNN shows that they’re in the bag for Obama by parsing “leader” and “president”. Newsflash. President Ahmadinejad is an Iranian leader and the country’s highest elected official. Whether he is the | Read More »

    Post-debate fact check round-up

    First, factcheck.org compiled the factual shortcomings of both candidates: ? Palin mistakenly claimed that troop levels in Iraq had returned to “pre-surge” levels. Levels are gradually coming down but current plans would have levels higher than pre-surge numbers through early next year, at least. ? Biden incorrectly said “John McCain voted the exact same way” as Obama on a controversial troop funding bill. The two | Read More »