In England’s Green and Pleasant Land

September 17, 2014

Before it slipped down the memory hole, I wanted to mention one aspect of my visit to Old Blighty, now sadly ended. The last time I had been in the UK was fifteen years ago. Then as had been the case in my several previous visits I was impressed by the observation that every visit […]

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The Threats

September 17, 2014

As I looked out over the headlines this morning, on Ebola (likely to become endemic in West Africa now), ISIS (we’re going to oppose them with a limited strategy), and Ukraine (still unclear why we’re supporting the government there), I notice that each of these had something in common: they are only threats to us […]

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The Warning

September 17, 2014

This statement should fill us with foreboding: Years of increasingly choking smog have sparked public anger and even led to protests. In 2013, a government survey of 74 Chinese cities found that all had pollution levels that exceeded levels the World Health Organization deems safe. “We will resolutely declare war against pollution as we declared […]

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Lose-Lose

September 17, 2014

Here’s the kernel of John Kass’s acerbic Chicago Tribune column on President Obama’s announcement of his intention to move against ISIS: The president has lived all his political life on rhetorical tricks, political theater and magic. Remember, he was even applauded for telling us that he sometimes felt as if he was the empty vessel […]

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Too Late Schmardt

September 16, 2014

I think I’ve mentioned before that my grandfather made his living doing dialect humor. He and his vaudeville partner did an act portraying an Irishman and a “Dutchman”, i.e. German. Oddly, my grandfather who self-identified as Irish, played the Dutchman. There’s an old wisecrack, done in dialect, of unknown provenance: “Too soon ve get oldt, […]

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Genetic Fallacy

September 16, 2014

It seems to me that anybody who argues against Thomas Piketty’s views of capital and income inequality will inevitably be dismissed as opposing a tax on wealth for self-serving reasons.

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Bad Habits

September 16, 2014

James Taranto offers another example of the president engaging in something that’s a bad habit of his, musing out loud: He’s a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, a better political director than his political director, and to hear President Obama tell it–or, to be precise, to hear the New York Times retell others’ retelling of […]

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Defending Western Movie Values

September 16, 2014

I am beginning to lose track of who is posturing about what. In his most recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO present a breathtaking and head-spinning re-interpretation of the history of the last twenty-five years: With Russia, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has tried long and hard to build […]

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The Return

September 15, 2014

Frankly, I’m disappointed. I thought you guys would get all of this stuff sorted out while I was away.

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What Interest?

September 15, 2014

No one’s writing about it so I don’t have a quote with which to open this post. What interest of ours are we defending in bombing ISIS or, heavens forfend, sending troops to oppose it? I can see the Saudis’ interest and I understand Jordan’s interest. Is an attack on the KSA or Jordan an […]

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