Independent Scotland? Och Aye the Noo

 

Today is the 297th anniversary of the Act of Union which created the United Kingdom of Great Britain from the formerly separate kingdoms of England and Scotland. In a few months the people of Scotland will go to the polls to vote in a national referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom and become an independent and sovereign state.

I’ve a great fondness for Scotland. I did part of my undergraduate studies at University of Edinburgh and I have a number of close Scottish friends. I’m also an Anglophile and I want the best for both England and Scotland. As a result, I am conflicted on the subject of Scottish independence.

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I have an idea that might streamline the annulment process for certain Protestant converts. It may allow more of them to use the Pauline privilege. I’m not a canon lawyer, so I might be mistaken. I’d appreciate any feedback from people who know more about these things. Currently, if both parties in the annulment have […]

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On the Ricochet podcast, Rob raised the issue of American manufacturing workers having fallen prey to free trade.  He says–I paraphrase–that Democrats offer those Americans welfare and Republicans offer them a sidelong glance.  There’s something to this. Questions: Preview Open

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Reagan’s favorite President, Calvin Coolidge, once gave a speech which had one of his most famous quotes, often misquoted as, “The business of America is business.”  The actual line was, “After all, the chief business of the American people is business.”  He was making the point that a press could be both purveyor of information […]

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From CNN: As the climate of the northern United States warms, the Asian tiger mosquito, one of the world’s most invasive pests, continues spreading northward from Texas to New York, while extending its breeding season. These changes are happening just when chikungunya, an infectious disease carried by this and other mosquitoes, is rapidly spreading throughout […]

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Donald Sterling’s racist rant has been front page news on practically every American sporting magazine for the last week.  Everyone has their own take on the lessons to be learned from this episode – from the “ironic” fact that Sterling is a Democrat to the legality of using a taped recording in court of someone […]

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I’ve said for years that if I were king, I would ban the sport. It’s hard to be sure which is a more pernicious cultural activity, it or rap/hip hop/whatev, but in my opinion, it’s been devastating to the black community for decades. It provides a distraction for black youth from learning the things that […]

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As referenced in a recent podcast, this is the band whose sharing of garnered the SOTD its second reference in the storied history of Ricochet podcasting.  We posted St. Paul and the Broken Bones to great acclaim as a Sunday’s New Music selection…and Rob confirmed his cool by trumping all comers with his tale of […]

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Donald Sterling, a rough, sharp edges businessman and convicted slumlord, not a role model to anyone, has been ambushed by his girlfriend when she taped an presumably edited for unknown reasons a private phone conversation showing Mr. Sterling for what he is; a despicable individual. Did he not show signs of this in his long […]

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Podcast: Israel and the Arab Turmoil, with Itamar Rabinovich

 

In a one-off podcast for the Hoover Institution, I recently sat down with Itamar Rabinovich, President of the Israel Institute and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. (he also spent three years as Israel’s chief negotiator with Syria). In this talk, Ambassador Rabinovich takes us on a guided tour of the Arab Middle East and explains how the situations in Syria, Egypt, Iran, and other countries in the area will affect the future of Israeli security.

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Imagine that you are on the board of directors for a company that has several amusement parks around the world.  The chief executive officer (CEO) comes to the board to report that company security has found that a large number of teenagers who have run away from home have sneaked onto company properties and have […]

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Sanctions? What Sanctions? — Judith Levy

 

Iran’s ever-cheerful President Hassan Rouhani, together with Supreme Leader Ali Khameini, held a public ceremony yesterday at which they set fire to an oversized mockup of the Interim Joint Plan of Action and then stomped on the ashes in hobnailed boots. They didn’t, actually. But they might as well.

Omri Ceren of The Israel Project reports: