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When I was young, so many years ago, there was a city built upon a rock (A mountain as reported by Plato, inflation to be expected by a jock). Around the rock concentric moats were carved, and in these moats our mighty ships were wharved. I say mighty, and mighty ships they were for plowing […]

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Through the years on my blog, which covers issues of concern to the Christian church (writ large), I have occasionally touched on the hot-button issue of sexual orientation. Today I admit to finding myself increasingly reluctant to do so, because the topic has become such a lightning rod, and because I know so many people who are touched by this […]

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Strangely the current media believes that the employment issues of the past six years are solved! When a republican is in the White House, homelessness, work force participation, and poverty levels are super important. These days, the only stat that matters is applications for first time unemployment benefits. Peoples’ unemployment benefits have run out. They’re […]

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A Major League Baseball season has a lot in common with a presidential campaign. At some point you look at the numbers and you have to make a decision to either “ship or get off the spot,” so to speak. Friday at 4 ET the MLB trading deadline came and went. Those on the upside […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Classicist Podcast, with Victor Davis Hanson: “America’s Four Great National Security Threats”

 

In this week’s installment of The Classicist Podcast from the Hoover Institution, VDH takes us on a tour of global hotspots, discussing the threats posed to the United States by the ayatollahs in Iran, a restive China, Putin’s Russia, and ISIS. Along the way, he diagnoses how the Obama Administration has mishandled these threats and what the next president can do about it.

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PerrySpeechRick Perry has a financial reform agenda (via The Hill):

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking a position to Hillary Clinton’s left on financial reform, and pushing for a policy to break up big banks staunchly advocated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The GOP presidential candidate laid out his vision for Wall Street reform in a speech Wednesday. And among his policy proposals, Perry apparently advocated for the return of the Glass-Steagall Act, which established a firewall between traditional commercial banking and investment banking. … In remarks delivered in New York, Perry did not mention Glass-Steagall by name, but floated among several policy proposals one that is practically identical. … Perry also floated an alternate idea of requiring large banks to hold additional capital as a cushion, but the idea of cleanly separating commercial and investment banking was a signature provision of Glass-Steagall.

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(ETA: Since Qatar is still awarding multimillion-dollar construction contracts, and FIFA appears to be doing nothing, 2022 will begin with Communist China’s brown, dusty Winter Olympics and end with Islamist Qatar’s six-months-late World Cup in the desert, built with the deaths of thousands of slave-labor South Asians. It seems that, with seven years to go, 2022 is already […]

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I see in the news that Federal judges unhappy with the IRS Commissioner and the DHS Secretary might cite them personally for Contempt of Court. What does that mean in the real world? Is that a criminal offense or just some badge of shame like “Bill Clinton was impeached”? What is the possibility of real […]

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Not too long ago, President Obama unveiled a plan that would enable all students to go to community college free of charge. The proposal would have the federal government covering 75% of the $60 billion expense, while the states would have to pick up the rest. The plan also requires students to maintain a C+ average — a threshold only slightly more taxing than fogging a mirror — so that they have “skin in the game.” This plan can’t withstand close scrutiny.

First, whenever a government subsidizes a service, the lower price increases consumption. Following that logic, this plan will be much more expensive than the Obama Administration is expecting. So far, Obama has been extremely vague about where the funding will come from. Most likely, of course, the bill will go straight to the taxpayers. The states’ costs, by contrast, will likely be paid for by decreasing other subsidies to community colleges (which currently covers ⅔ the cost of educating the students according to Thomas Bailey, Director of the Community College Research Center at Columbia). If the states were to do that, the education standards at community colleges would only further decrease. Either way, there is nothing free about this plan for the states or the taxpayers.

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Back in March of this year, my phone service with Sprint was due to expire. The contract had been a nightmare; I had tried to get out of it twice to lower the $200 a month plan my wife and I somehow managed to get ourselves into, but it was no dice. I am not […]

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Hello, all, your favorite radical Marxist movie reviewer here. I was going to do a post on Shane–it’s forthcoming, all about how the personal is & is not the political!–but a few days back, my young miss came home to tell me about Trainwreck–it was girls’ night at the movies, more or less, & they […]

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My company sends a survey to all employees every two years. I received mine this week, my 18th such survey. It’s the typical kind, designed to see whether you are happy with how things are. These days they don’t even take much time to tell you how anonymous it’s supposed to be. Using your usual […]

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As a class clown, I was offended by the careless remarks Rob made in the latest Ricochet Podcast when he included Trump as one of our kind. A class clown plays an important role for his fellow students by livening up an otherwise dull experience. He does so by pointing out his teacher’s sweaty armpits. He […]

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I feel moved to chime in on the “Cecil the Lion” controversy. I find it hard to muster even a thimbleful of outrage over this event. People are butchered, by the hundreds, all over the world. And we’re supposed to be all upset over a lion? The whole situation strikes me as a tantrum by […]

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Brietbart: Boehner’s Health Policy Director Is Sister of StemExpress Founder The founder and CEO of StemExpress is Cate Dyer, the younger sister of Charlotte Ivancic, Boehner’s health policy director, as originally observed at the conservative site ForAmerica. More

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Monica Crowley’s Washington Times op ed on Wednesday argues that the Department of Justice would not have launched its investigation against Clinton without orders from President Obama. Given the DOJ’s blatantly political actions during Obama’s presidency, Crowley’s claim seems likely. According to Crowley, Obama’s motive is to ensure that his successor is committed to maintaining and expanding […]

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Dallas Area Catholic blog comments on Mollie Hemingway’s work over at The Federalist and draws on the testimony of former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson: The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing to look into how Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas engage in the fetal organ trade. However, Planned Parenthood officials […]

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