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So Russia has sent in troops to the Ukraine, but so far they appear to only be occupying ethnic Russian parts of the country. Which has let me to think, why not divide the Ukraine up? It appears that most of these revolutionary fights are along ethnic lines, and if the Ukraine gets through this […]

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From CNN: The upper house of the legislature in Russia votes for the use of force in Ukraine on Putin request.  So after already using unofficial soldiers to seize Crimea Russia is voting to go all in on this. Their excuse, some one attacked the Crimean Buildings the Russians illegally occupied. This is like demanding […]

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…I would dodge the question, for I am confused. Like a certain political candidate who was put on the spot in 2008, that question is above my pay grade. Fortunately, I found an authority on the subject who provides an answer in this short (1:19) video clip. Her three-second answer occurs near the end, after […]

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Gary Sinise fanboy here. Good Morning America just featured a segment on his arranging a trip for 50 disabled veterans to Hollywood. On a long-ago thread, our resident Hollywood Squish confirmed that Sinise is the real deal, as opposed to some sort of PITA poseur. What struck me – and why I think it worth a […]

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So Russia has invaded Ukraine.  The Telegraph informs me that we have an executive agreement with Ukraine and Russia that we and the British would ensure Ukraine’s borders and independence.  The former British Ambassador to Moscow says that “war could be an option if the Budapest Memorandum is found to be legally binding.” I’m laying […]

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As Russian Forces Fan Out Across the Crimea….

 

In the American Interest, the most astute observer these last few weeks of developments in Ukraine, Walter Russell Mead:

We shall see how things work out, but at first glance President Putin appears to have stolen yet another march on the sputtering West.  [C]omplacent and unobservant Western leaders underestimated Russian decisiveness and determination to surprise….and even as Kremlin forces fan out across the restive province, President Obama seemed unsure just what Putin intends….

The King is Dead. Long Live the King!

 

Many of us worry that Barack Obama’s tough rhetoric about step-over lines, deadlines, and redlines, when not followed by consequences, only makes things worse. Talking loudly while carrying a small stick is even worse than either talking softly with a small stick or loudly with a big one. This behavior signals a sort of American recessional from our previous global responsibilities.

In yesterday’s Washington Post, Fareed Zakaria was especially hard on two proponents of this view, Richard Cohen and Niall Ferguson. The latter, for example, has rightly warned on repeated occasions that massive U.S. debt, cuts to defense, bellicose rhetoric unaccompanied by consequences, and a lack of engagement with allies in key areas of American interest all project the image of decline—as witnessed by an increasingly unstable world.

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Are people in the artworld are judged same way as other celebrities, especially if your “cause” is right? Sometimes even paedophilia can be understood. This is good article about Allen Ginsberg and Camille Paglia, In 1995, Calvin Klein unveiled a controversial commercial featuring scantily clad teenagers. Camille Paglia, the feminist social critic, took to the pages of […]

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The Ongoing War on Conservative Speech

 

Think the IRS targeting scandal was bad? Pfft – child’s play! The Obama Administration is now formalizing a rule to make that kind of abuse legal—and permanent. I talked to former Federal Election Commission chairman Bradley A. Smith about the IRS’s actions, and what role, if any, the Obama Administration has played.  

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So let’s follow a scenario here.  Sixty years ago, while drunk as a skunk as the tale goes, Khrushchev signed over the Crimea from Russia to Ukraine.  (Seems like a dumb move to me, but I’m not drunk and its 1954, so I don’t want to judge without being in Khrushchev’s shoes.) Through various Russian […]

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Rachel Lu’s post has kicked-off one of the most civil and constructive discussions of SSM I’ve seen anywhere, and I encourage you to peruse it if you haven’t already.  But it caused me to wonder about something, and I hope our pro-SSM members will help me with the answer: If you favor SSM (and you […]

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Yesterday, February 27, was the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s pivotal Cooper Union speech, in which he argued against the expansion of slavery into the western territories. (I highly recommend Sam Waterston’s performance of the speech.) From a modern perspective, the speech is astounding. Here we have a politician delivering a speech that he researched and […]

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There is real oppression in the world.  Millions are being systematically starved in Cuba and North Korea.  Countless people are slaughtered every day in Syria and Africa.  Citizens of Venezuela and Ukraine are fighting desperately for basic liberties that we take for granted in the west.  Slavery is still practiced in far too many parts […]

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A shareholder proposal at today’s annual meeting asked Apple to only invest in renewable energy if it made economic sense; has a positive ROI (return on investment).  The advocate pointed out that Apple’s profit on solar is based on federal subsidies.  Anne Simpson, a big wheel at CalPers the country’s largest pension fund, spoke in […]

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Atheists can and do believe in free will. I am one of them. Another atheist who believes in free will is Bryan Caplan who argued for free will here. He defines free will as “freedom of the mind from causal determination.” As any philosophical argument, especially one as fundamental as free will, it can be […]

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