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Apparently, “The End of Public Higher Education in Wisconsin” is here. Again. I tried to read this in detail, I really did. But after two paragraphs of “I’m really awesome and my work is really important” and “Scott Walker is taking away my toys” and Preview Open

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January 23 2015 Failure can be a good thing. It can reveal truth in a situation that wasn’t known beforehand. It can teach when it is a waste of time to follow a specific course. It can be chalked up to experience. It can end up as a gain. While I was in business, through […]

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WaPo. “I feel that it’s critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president. You can’t imagine […]

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Mitt Romney Won’t Run in 2016

 

From Politico: “Mitt Romney will not run a third time for president, he will announce Friday on a conference call with donors, sources familiar with his plans told POLITICO.”

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney will say on the call.

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This question should be fairly simple to answer if you have spent any time recently in the Army working in the AG branch or as a JAG officer covering administrative law issues. I ask it because a few decades ago I was one of the latter. Back then a “Service Member” who went AWOL would […]

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In the year 68, the Roman Senate did something astonishing: it declared Nero, the sitting Emperor, a public enemy and called for his execution. This was, pretty much, the last independent act of that that august body; henceforth it would be a rubber stamp for the holders of the increasingly autocratic, not to say megalomaniacal, […]

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  I thought I would pass along this simple yet eloquent story from a friend. When history is written the names of the great are remembered. There are names, in the thousands that lost their lives in battle during WW II  that are known only to their immediate families. Preview Open

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A Loon Too Far

 

loon002Don’t even ask me how I escaped with my life. It was a near-miss. I ended up reading Richard Falk’s reflections on his interview with the Turkish prime minister on Open Democracy. It happened by accident–I was interested in something about Turkey, so I clicked on the link.

But this isn’t about the Turkish prime minister. Or Turkey. Or Open Democracy. It’s a report on the risk situation in Paris. I’ve got to warn the world: not a huge risk of being killed by a terrorist, but unless you take extreme precautions, you could accidentally read something by Richard Falk. Yes, he slipped past the cordon sanitaire, went a loon too far, and nearly killed me.

I just don’t know how he managed to do it. Falk is a professor of politics and international affairs emeritus at Princeton, so clearly at some point in his life he managed to jump over a lot of hurdles meant to serve as “basic tests of intelligence sufficient to get tenure.” Yet he somehow managed to write a sentence so stupid it nearly killed me–from halfway around the globe!

The Last Possible Good Failure

 

shutterstock_90261658I’d probably make a lousy prostitute, I concluded. Time to swallow my pride and move back home. 

It wasn’t my parents’ fault. Almost always, children have to be taught to be less whiny, not more. Virtuous parents rightly hold up stoicism as a model for their children’s behavior. Most problems you face at any given moment will eventually go away if you simply toughen up. Unbending persistence in the face of pain is the key to ultimate success.

Except when it isn’t. Looking after my respiratory problems – which, after all, could be life-threatening – would have been enough for any parent. When I began having funny aches in my bones, too, my parents said, “It’s just growing pains. Have another banana.” Or, “Walk it off.” Or, “You must’ve slept on it funny.” They said this day in and out for years. And I took their advice like a good girl, stifling whining and backchat, day in and day out for years. Eventually I got sick of bananas, though much addicted to long walks by myself, especially in chilly weather, when the numbing ache of the cold obliterated other sensations.

Ted Cruz Now Leader of Republican Party

 

shutterstock_180292484In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king. You may not like Sen. Cruz, may not trust him, may not support him, but he has consistently provided leadership from his new-guy chair where the GOP thrones have been — at best — incompetent.

Cruz and Rep. Lee Zeldin sent a letter to Secretary of State Kerry asking for details on the administration’s apparent intrusion into Israel’s internal politics:

“Has President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his representatives?” Sen. Cruz asked. “This administration’s relentless harassment of Israel is utterly incomprehensible. The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the planet, and there can be no doubt that their first target will be Israel, followed by the United States. This administration should be focusing its animosity on the very real enemies we face, not on our staunch allies.”

Michelle Obama, Saudi Arabia, and the Making of Political Dynasties

 

shutterstock_113392198Yesterday, Aaron Miller started a conversation about Michelle Obama’s decision to not bow to customs in Saudi Arabia. Before that, the illustrious Jon Gabriel expressed a desire to see my take on the issue (taking second place behind another editor, since this was a conversation shared with a few). Being fair, or honestly wanting to mull over exactly how I would approach this topic here, I did write about the manliness of Mrs. Obama elsewhere first.

Yes, that was a correct choice for a couple reasons. First, Mr. Miller brought up quite a few questions, but the last ones he posed — “Did the President learn something from his critics? Why cater to foreign customs then and not now? Or are the President’s concerns irrelevant to his wife’s behavior?” — seem particularly important  to my generally strategic mind. There was a significant change in the behavior of the president this time around in Saudi Arabia: no bowing. The clothing choice of Mrs. Obama was only part of the “big deal” on this trip, and was quickly observed by a journalist I know. Dustin Hoyt, host of “America Our Way” on Vigilant Liberty Radio was quick to observe something very important about not only the lack of head scarf:

However, with her choosing not to AND shaking the King’s hand, she showed some serious spine for America. It was great.

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Listening to Milt Rosenborgs latest podcast was very eye-opening for me. I’m thrilled that at last there is an attempt to get around the liberal cultural gatekeepers with regards to fictional storytelling. Im wondering if it extends to graphic noves? I know I’m exposing myself to a bit of potential ridicule here. It’s assumed that […]

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This last month I have read with interest all our Failure posts. The thing everyone has in common is the refusal to end a story with a failure.  I picked this date specifically. It’s the birthday of someone I failed spectacularly. Over the weeks, I crafted what I would say, how I would protect her […]

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I’ve heard arguments that the world is becoming more peaceful.  That the number of countries actually warring against each other has gone down. I don’t believe for a second that human nature has changed. So why are we, worldwide, not warring as much?  Is it the new world order? Preview Open

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