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    Obama’s Talinn speech probably guarantees peace in our time

    Obama's Talinn speech probably guarantees peace in our time

    Yesterday in Talinn, Estonia gave a speech that he should have given months, if not years, ago. Addressing the people of Estonia – the NATO member most directly threatened by Russian expansionism — and, indirectly Vladimir Putin, Obama drew yet another of his infamous red lines: First, we will defend our NATO Allies, and that means every Ally.  In this Alliance, there are no old | Read More »

    Obama signals no major action against ISIS

    Obama signals no major action against ISIS

    If anyone had hopes of a comprehensive response by the Obama administration to the growing challenge presented by ISIS after Obama’s remarks in Estonia today they are indeed optimists. But what I’ve said from the start is, is that this is not going to be a one-week or one-month or six-month proposition.  Because of what’s happened in the vacuum of Syria, as well as the | Read More »

    Maryland’s thought police strike

    Maryland's thought police strike

    Stephen King should thank his lucky stars he doesn’t live in Maryland. A teacher in Cambridge, Maryland has been suspended from teaching, banned from school property, had his home searched, and been taken in for emergency medical evaluation because of a novel he wrote under a pseudonym in 2011, three years before he was hired.  A Maryland middle school teacher has been placed on administrative | Read More »

    Al Qaeda’s peace offering

    Al Qaeda's peace offering

    It was a relief when al Qaeda affiliated Syrian rebels belonging to Jabhat Al-Nusrah released American freelance writer Peter Theo Curtis. Curtis has been held captive for nearly two years. Jabhat Al-Nusrah has been designated by the US State Department as an affiliate of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), the group founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The New York Times hints that Curtis may have been | Read More »

    European anti-Semitism: it is the new black

    European anti-Semitism: it is the new black

    Anti-Catholicism may be the last remaining acceptable prejudice, but in Europe anti-Semitism is making a comeback. Last week, Mark Steyn reported this nugget: A Tweet from Yasmina Haifi: ISIS heeft niets met Islam te maken …is vooropgezet plan van zionisten die bewust Islam willen zwart maken Which translated into English means roughly: ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It’s a preconceived plan by Zionists who | Read More »

    Bashar al-Assad: Obama’s new ally

    Bashar al-Assad: Obama's new ally

    Things seem to be on the verge of coming full circle in US relations with Syria. Early in the Obama administration, the ever sagacious Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred to Syrian President Bahar al-Assad as a “reformer” before demanding his ouster. Now it seems that Obama has made the decision that the United States must cooperate with Syria in order to suppress ISIS/ISIL. Two | Read More »

    Obama’s mess in Iraq

    Obama's mess in Iraq

    As the Obama administration flounders about in trying to come to a decision on how to deal with ISIS/ISIL, the White House’s minions have been unleashed to, you guess it, blame President Bush. The general line of attack is that had Bush not invaded Iraq, or had done so differently, then the Child Emperor, the Lightworker, would not be flopping about like a carp on | Read More »

    We have never been at war with Eastasia

    We have never been at war with Eastasia

    When Obama took a break from golfing to make a statement on the ritual slaughter of photojournalist James Foley by ISIS/ISIL he included this line: They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision, and the | Read More »

    No. This is not a libertarian moment

    No. This is not a libertarian moment

    A couple of weeks ago the New York Times Magazine ran a lengthy piece by a guy named Robert Draper titled, Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived? The gist of the article is summed up by Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief at Reason and a central figure in Draper’s article: Just two weeks ago, The New York Times Magazine had the temerity to ask,“Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived?” Among | Read More »

    The failed rescue of James Foley and the price of prevarication

    The failed rescue of James Foley and the price of prevarication

    In the aftermath of the callous execution of photojournalist James Foley we are told that a rescue attempt was mounted to free him and other hostages: The Pentagon attempted a rescue operation to free James Foley and other U.S. hostages held in Syria by Islamist militants, but the mission failed because the hostages weren’t where U.S. planners thought they were, U.S. officials told NBC News | Read More »

    Ferguson, the social contract, and the consent of the governed

    Ferguson, the social contract, and the consent of the governed

    Via Wikipedia In moral and political philosophy, the social contract or political contract is a theory or model, originating during the Age of Enlightenment, that typically addresses the questions of the origin of society and the legitimacy of the authority of the state over the individual.[1] Social contract arguments typically posit that individuals have consented, either explicitly or tacitly, to surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority of the ruler or magistrate (or to | Read More »

    Obama has a great round of golf; General Green not so much

    Obama has a great round of golf; General Green not so much

    On Thursday, Major General Harold Green was laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery. MG Green is the highest ranking US officer to die in combat since MG George Casey was killed in Vietnam on July 7, 1970, he was killed August 5 by an Afghan soldier who was being trained by NATO troops. On Martha’s Vineyard, his Commander in Chief was playing golf with celebrities | Read More »

    Militarization of the police: it is more than just equipment

    Militarization of the police: it is more than just equipment

    If anything good comes out of the mess in Ferguson it may be a national consensus that American police forces have gradually morphed from a force designed to protect citizens into a heavily militarized force. While much silliness has been spread for the reasons for this — apparently the “North Hollywood Shootout,” in which two heavily armed bankrobbers held LAPD at bay for nearly exactly | Read More »

    Michael Brown was not a robbery suspect

    Michael Brown was not a robbery suspect

    The malfeasance and misfeasance of the Ferguson, MO, police department  is approaching epic proportions. Earlier this morning the police chief, Thomas Jackson, gave a brief press statement, I say statement because he did not take questions, in which he disclosed that Michael Brown, who was gunned down last Saturday by a Ferguson police officer, was a robbery suspect. It was difficult to draw any honorable | Read More »

    Has Russia invaded? Ukraine enters a critical state

    Has Russia invaded? Ukraine enters a critical state

    The situation in Ukraine is entering a critical phase. As Russian troops mass on the border with Ukraine and a bogus “humanitarian” convoy has moved towards Ukraine from Russia. Tonight there are reports that a Russian armored column has crossed the Russo-Ukraine frontier. A column of Russian armored personnel carriers (APCs) has reportedly crossed Russia’s border with Ukraine. The APCs had earlier been seen traveling alongside a | Read More »