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CNN affiliate WJXT is reporting that the American Civil Liberties has filed a lawsuit against a South Carolina county jail’s book policy. They want the jail to permit pornographic books and magazines. They’d also like the restrictions against photos of weapons, drugs and alcohol lifted. Preview Open

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The İHH and Syria

 

Claudia Rossett, a journalist I really admire, asks today why the Freedom Flotilla Freaks aren’t trying to send their “humanitarian” aid to Syria:

If anyone involved in the launching of this “Freedom Flotilla II” really wants to do some good in this world, there is another piece of turf along the eastern Mediterranean coast they could aim for. It’s  a place where a blockade of sorts has been imposed not by Israel, but by the country’s own government — which is now preventing entry by anyone likely to report back on the atrocities within. It’s a country where Iran has been sending in the thugs of its elite Quds force to help crush an uprising of people calling for an end to decades of dynastic totalitarian rule. It’s a place where international peace activists hoping to galvanize world opinion with a high-profile boat trip might usefully attempt a landing and display of solidarity, if only to let the world witness the response. 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd0sh1LMq3k This past weekend marked the ten year anniversary of my father passing away.  He was 56 when he succumbed  to a massive and final stroke.  Far too early, obviously, but in many ways a blessing in that he had been battling and suffering since his first stroke nearly 9 years prior.   Preview Open

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US to Hackers: We’ll Put a Missile Down Your Smokestack

 

First: You realize there’s a significant chance the massive hacker attack on Lockheed-Martin was government-sponsored, don’t you? 

Second: What an odd coincidence of timing! Unnamed “military officials” have been leaking the essence of the Pentagon’s first formal cyber strategy to the Wall Street Journal. Computer sabotage coming from another country, it seems, may be treated as an act of war. “If you shut down our power grid,” said one unnamed official, “maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks.”

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I don’t have the best memory for details. So, this year, I’m doing something to ensure I don’t forget anything I’ve learned about the Presidential candidates. Whenever I read or hear something interesting about a candidate on the internet, I bookmark the article or video in a folder labeled “2012”. There’s a long way to […]

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Why do we expect coaches to acknowledge and respect the strengths of their competitors, but we don’t expect the same of corporate CEOs? Here is Alabama football coach Nick Saban after defeating LSU. Notice how he praises his own team while simultaneously complimenting the opposing team. Preview Open

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Just in case folks want to know how things are presented to the rest of the world, I present this article from the Observer (essentially the Sunday version of the Guardian): Barack Obama: can anybody beat him? To spoil the ending, only if the economy tanks and the GOP fields a left-leaning candidate. Joe Biden […]

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She’s also a Ricochet member I believe and writes a beautiful tribute to her departed brother who died in Afghanistan: Until my brother Bruno was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan, Memorial Day held very little significance for me. When I was growing up, it was simply a sign that the end of school […]

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CIA Warns of Greek Military Coup?

 

According to Turkey’s English-language Hürriyet Daily News, the CIA has warned that Greece is now in such extreme turmoil that a military coup is not unimaginable: 

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency warned in a report that the tough austerity measures and the dire situation could escalate and even lead to a military coup, according to a report by Germany’s popular daily Bild.

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Bob McCarty tells the story of the USDA “rabbit police”. Now, I hate animal cruelty as much as everyone, but is this really something the federal government should be doing?  Especially in an era of massive deficits and a war on terror?  Remember, every dollar spent on licensing rabbits is an extra dollar that needs to be […]

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Quick Thoughts on Libertarianism and 2012.

 

Many libertarians I’ve encountered on Twitter talk often about how both Democrats and Republicans are equally bad, have equal commitments to statism, and about how neither party is worthy of any support. This leads to the erroneous conclusion (in my humble opinion) that defeating Barack Obama in 2012 just isn’t that important if we’re going to replace him with a someone just as bad.

To my knowledge, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is the singular instance of Obama achieving libertarian ends since he’s been in office. Consider then, how much damage he’s done to the libertarian cause:

Archbishop of Canterbury Concedes: “Shakespeare Was Probably A Catholic.”

 

Even though conventional wisdom in the Church has long been that William Shakespeare was a Catholic, there hasn’t been much direct proof. In any case, it’s nice to hear it from the head of the Anglican Church, according to the Telegraph. As most know, it was illegal to be Catholic in England during Shakespeare’s time. Since many priests and lay people were martyred over their loyalty to Rome in dark, yet imaginative ways, it’s not surprising that the Bard never kept mum about it.motherofsorrows-238x300.jpg

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“RINO” (an acronym for “Republican In Name Only,” in case you’ve been living in a cave in Northeastern Pakistan lately) is, I believe, a misnomer. “RINO” has pretty much devolved into a synonym for “A Republican Who Is Less Conservative Than I Would Like,” but ARWILCTIWL sounds like Jesse Jackson audio on the Tim Conway, […]

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Wow. Just wow. One of the characters in Virgil’s Aeneid is named Polydorus, which means “many-gifted.” That epithet might apply just as well to C. S. Lewis. Visitors to this site already know Lewis as the creator the Narnia Chronicles, as well as a distinguished literary critic, an influential Christian writer, and a gifted science fiction novelist. […]

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