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Men and women are different sorts of hypocrites, but we are hypocrites all.  It is not our nature or the nature of our nature that divides the left and the right, but the ownership of the openly hypocritical middle ground.   Double standards abound; we pretend to believe and we pretend that we do not […]

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The ads for the National Review Cruise for this July are appearing on Ricochet and elsewhere.  The Cruise is scheduled to depart from Seattle on July 18th.  I was wondering if there was interest in having a Bon Voyage meet up for Seattle/Northwest members and willing cruisers on the 17th (Friday) of July. Preview Open

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My wife and I decided to spend the last month visiting the farthest North, South, East, and West churches we could find in our home state of California. In our travels, we were reminded of the variety of grandeur and beauty found in this state. We went to the border by Oregon and saw the beauty […]

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What I said was (best I can recall) “Brainless” isn’t what he’s getting at, I don’t think.  Impervious to evidence or reasoned argument is more like it.” Unfortunately, that’s been my experience with Merina.  It’s an “attack” in the same sense that describing her hair color might be, if she’s not happy with it. Preview […]

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John McCain  sent me an email telling me to “Get out of here, you low-life scum”.  I am not sure how he knows me.  I have never met him,  or even been in the same room with him.  I never knew he was such a great judge of character  —   I always thought he was senile. […]

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I have watched Republican after Republican lose elections by running into the massed firepower of the establishment media, as if their consultants were General Lee asking Pickett to run up that ridge for the glory of their consulting fees, sorry, the cause. I have heard the hand wringing and bemoaning of the situation and I […]

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Back around 2005, there was a talks show host called Jay Severin in Boston and I remember his deep anger at Bush. Instead of our attempt to manage and fundamentally transform Iraq, Severin wanted us to just go in, kick ass, and get out. Just punish them and let them get on with it themselves. […]

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Life After Romney

 

The week ends with a bang, not a whimper, what with the bombshell that Mitt Romney won’t seek the presidency. Count me among the surprised. I thought The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan V. Last summed it up nicely in the following passage from his recent story about a 2016 Romney candidacy:

The sense I always got (and this might be incorrect — I’m not his rabbi) was that Mitt Romney wanted to be president because he wanted to be president. And when the impulse to run is yoked to personal ambition and removed from politics, philosophy, or the world of ideas — well, that sort of yearning dies hard.

5 Quick Thoughts On Today’s US GDP Report

 

From Bloomberg:

The economy in the U.S. expanded at a slower pace than forecast in the fourth quarter as cooling business investment, a slump in government outlays and a widening trade gap took some of the luster off the biggest gain in consumer spending in almost nine years. Gross domestic product grew at a 2.6 percent annualized rate after a 5 percent gain in the third quarter that was the fastest since 2003, Commerce Department figures showed Thursday in Washington. The median forecast of 85 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 3 percent advance. Consumer spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy, climbed 4.3 percent, more than projected.

The Evils of Porn

 

shutterstock_165251351Today, I read an interesting article by Jonathan van Maren, which points out that 80% of the male population (over a certain age, I presume) views pornography. Please tell me this is not true, because I am convinced that pornography is deeply harmful to men, women, children and our society as a whole. It is not a victimless vice.

Here’s what Dr. Mary Anne Layden, director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania says about her reasons for researching the connection between violence and pornography:

When I had been doing the work [of treating victims of sexual violence] for about ten years, because I’m a little bit of a slow learner, it occurred to me that I had not treated one case of sexual violence that didn’t involve pornography… some were rape cases, some were incest cases, some were child molestation cases, some were sexual harassment cases – in all of these different kinds of cases, pornography showed up in every single one.

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  While listening to the most recent episode of the Ricochet Podcast, something that Mitch Daniels said stuck out at me. When asked about college major, he said that he believed that all disciplines are important. Now, as president of a major college institution, it would most likely be inappropriate for him to single out […]

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My former colleague Steve died yesterday of cancer.  After a career in the Air Force, he decided to teach high school math, which is how I met him.   I am writing about Steve here because he did something that helped change my political views.  5 or 6 years ago, before my conversion to conservatism, […]

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Opportunity With India

 

500px-Flag_of_India.svgAs long-term foreign policy goals go, it’s hard to imagine one with more potential than bringing India in closer alignment with the United States and its allies. India’s been moving slowly in this direction for a while, but it’s gained momentum since the election last year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s made few bones about pursuing this relationship more openly.

Like most Americans, my knowledge of India is rather weak, consisting mostly of 1980s British miniseries, a handful of (old) Indian films, a few firsthand accounts from those who’ve visited, conversations with Indian-Americans acquaintances (whom I find I disproportionally like), as well as a smattering of news articles and Google searches. Still, it’s more than enough to pique one’s interest. Consider:

  • The Indian Navy is one of only 10 in the world with an aircraft carrier: two, in fact. Moreover, it has another one on the way (and yet another planned) built and designed entirely in house. Aircraft carriers are a good — if incomplete — measure of a country’s ability to project force beyond its immediate borders.
  • India also has an ambitious, capable, and well-funded space program. As of 2013, it became only the fourth such organization to achieve a successful interplanetary mission.
  • India has a nuclear arsenal. It’s always good to be on good terms with countries with that sort of power.
  • English plays an important role in India — roughly, the equivalent role that Latin once played in Europe — and its legal system is based on Common Law.
  • India’s population is second only to China’s and — unlike China’s — it’s still growing.
  • The Indian economy is either the 10th or 11th largest in the world and is likely to grow much further.
  • The country’s trade with the United States has grown substantially in recent years.
  • Like the United States, India is wary of China and concerned with Islamic fundamentalism (though its relationship to each is very different than our own).

These are, of course, 50,000-ft level observations. The devil is always in the details. While there’s certainly much to gain from closer diplomatic, economic, and possibly military ties with India (I don’t know about you, but it breaks my patriotic heart every time I see Indian airmen flying MiGs and Sukhois; at least their infantrymen use NATO cartridges) — and, again, stipulating that what I don’t know about India vastly exceeds what I do — consider these points along with the earlier ones:

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Bonnie is sitting on the exam table.  Her parkinsonian tremor is an obvious reminder of what drugs can do.   We discuss mental health, physical health, and this darn movement disorder for which I’m at least partially to blame.  Long ago there was a non-functional person crippled by refractory major depression.  A new drug, Zyprexa, […]

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