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Jul 3

Happy Birthday, Julian

An old friend pointed out to me a few minutes ago, out of the blue, that Julian Assange turns 43 today. I am ambivalent about that fact. On the one hand, if there had never been a Wikileaks, somebody would have had to invent it if for no other reason that to provoke a worthy, urgent discussion about the nature of government and secrecy. Those sorts of arguments need to be provoked about once a…

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Obama Condemns Murders But Asks Israel to "Show Restraint"

When - please tell me - did our nation start wanting so badly to be everyone’s friend that we lost the testicular fortitude to demand justice for the murder of three innocents?

This is it. I have tried, and tried, and tried to give this President every single opportunity to be a leader. But I have had it: he is an absolute lost cause.

The UK is not a big power in the eyes of the Chinese. It is just an old European country apt for travel and study.

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The People’s Daily

Maybe true. How embarrassing it must be, then, that the navy possessed by said power outclasses the PLAN in just about every aspect. 

On the Word “Bossy”

On the Word “Bossy”

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: who are you calling bossy? | Life and style | The Guardian. I don’t think I have ever used the term “bossy” in my life. But, due respect to the compassionate idea behind Ms. Sandberg’s campaign to ban the word, I reserve the right to use any word in the English language under what I deem to be the appropriate circumstances, regulated by a moral and ethical code, not by…

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Indefensible Defense

Let’s agree on one thing: we spend too many of our defense dollars badly, and the Obama-Hagel cuts are going to make that problem worse, not better. By cutting benefits for servicepeople and not first taking a flamethrower to the antiquated and dysfunctional procurement apparatus, we are going to wind up with the worst defense posture since the 1970s, and probably since the 1930s.

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Jun 9

A Belated Word on #CancelColbert

A Belated Word on #CancelColbert

“The Perils of Making Racial Insensitivity a Firing Offense”
Conor Friedersdorf
The Atlantic
April 1, 2014

I enjoyed this article by Friedersdorf, which was by and large balanced, and I will be interested to see whether and how Stephen Colbert takes is pseudo-conservative persona to his new role as David Letterman’s successor.

I have long been ambivalent about The Colbert Report. Doubtless the…

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Jun 8

Report: Chinese company faulted on bridge project

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — The decision by California transportation officials to hire a Chinese company that had never built a bridge to make key components of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s eastern section ended up being a costly choice in terms of both dollars and confidence in the span’s structural integrity, a newspaper reported Sunday.

This story is wrong for so many reasons that I have no idea where to begin.

Legislating Morality

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long.

Thomas Sowell

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Jun 6

Chat with a Leftist: Bigotry

Chat with a Leftist: Bigotry

Into a social media discussion about the growing intolerance of the Left, an apparent representative of that side of the political spectrum noted:

How can you look at teabillies and the lockstep gop [sic] congress who are killing Americans and complain about intolerant conformity on the Left. 

To which I responded (fairly reasonably, I thought):

The point is that there are intolerant idiots on…

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Jun 4

Not All Billionaires are Bad Boys (or Girls)

Not All Billionaires are Bad Boys (or Girls)

Behind the Billions: 8 Things You Never Knew About Warren Buffett | ABC News – Yahoo. For every capitalist pig that the Left can name, I can point out a decent human being who happens to be worth a lot of money. Just off the top of my head, let’s start with Warren Buffett, but let’s add Marc Benioff, Pierre Omidyar, Irwin Jacobs, Bill and Melinda Gates, John and Catherine MacArthur, and Helen and…

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Jun 3

Are the Koch Brothers the Real Problem?

Are the Koch Brothers the Real Problem?

Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity plans $125 million spending spree
Kenneth P. Vogel
POLITICO.com

We at the Bull Moose are no fans of the Koch brothers. The power they wield in the American political process is too disproportional to their individual votes for a thinking conservative to tolerate.

But rather than believe that they are the problem, we must understand that they, George Soros,…

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Jun 2

First Principles: Russia

We are experiencing a national vexation about our response to Russia’s growing adventurism in the former Soviet Republics because we have ignored the region for so long and so completely that we have no vision for its future. Doubtless the current occupant of the Kremlin understands this, and has taken advantage of our national strategic drift to start his campaign.

And let’s be very clear: what…

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THIS!

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THIS!

(Source: therecklessredneck)

A Word on Benghazi

A Word on Benghazi

I am heartbroken and infuriated about the fiasco in Benghazi. I want answers. I want heads to roll. I do not like the Obama administration, the unanswered questions worry me, and the White House circling the wagons suggests a bigger problem in the way the executive branch handles crises.

But I am worried about two things: first, how this is starting to look like a witch hunt rather than an…

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Thinking respectfully of our men and women in uniform.
Happy Memorial Day. 

Thinking respectfully of our men and women in uniform.

Happy Memorial Day. 

(Source: doorkickersinc)