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That’s what President Barack Obama said the morning of the Daesh’s afternoon and evening terrorist assault on Paris. Obama’s Deputy Fantasist National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes then explained that Obama’s claim had been taken out of context by those … Republicans:

The president was responding very specifically to the geographic expansion of ISIL in Iraq and Syria. A year ago, we saw them on the march in Iraq and Syria, taking more and more population centers. The fact is that we have been able to stop that geographic advance and take back significant amounts of territory in both northern Iraq and northern Syria.

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  I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. (This week’s was printed on Wednesday.) When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Read More View Post

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Thanks to everyone who responded to my post that asked what you wanted to know about the topic of conservative Buddhism! Your feedback was very helpful and gave me some great ideas. I’m going to talk about how I practice with Buddhism (mostly) and Judaism (not so much) and the influence of the left on […]

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My son was registering to take a driving road test. It was almost impossible to see the available dates. Once he registered for the test, it was impossible to change his registration without losing his registration. The first available date was months away. My son wanted to know why it was so absurdly difficult to register. […]

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When I was in grade school in Seattle in the 1950s, everyone was expected to pick an instrument to learn, in the fourth grade. I chose the violin. I enjoyed playing in the school orchestras at the two elementary schools I attended (one before, one after our move from central Seattle to the north end). […]

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The Libertarian dream is worthless without a government powerful enough to force the culture to change. Libertarians don’t trust Americans to make decisions any more than progressives do, and this is why their interests often converge. But don’t take my word for it. Taking mostly just the first lines of the main body paragraphs in […]

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The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. And so begins today’s first reading from the Prophet Jeremiah, on this first Sunday of Advent. Read More View Post

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In my post about Freya Stark’s book A Winter In Arabia, I said that I would make a separate post discussing the colonial administration as it was portrayed in the book. Harold Ingrams and his wife Doreen were the colonial administrators assigned to the Hadhramaut and were headquartered in Al-Mukalla on the coast. At this time, […]

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Some people can get along with each other. You know, “coexist”. Of course that requires a bit of doing. Once greater political Islam, the caliphate-in-waiting, has been brought to heel, then we can be friendly. Not until then. Read More View Post

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I probably came to Spirit the same way most people did, through I got a Line on You. As far as I know (Don Tillman will correct me if I’m wrong) they had three albums, “Clear”, “The Family that Plays Together”, and “Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.” Because I can’t decide which to post, here […]

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It’s one day before Advent, and here is a marvelous but underperformed Christmas Cantata. Needing a great Children’s Choir, a fantastic Tenor soloist, a (pipe) organ and full orchestra, along with being relatively new (1954) makes it rare. But for many musicians, it’s more fun and challenging than doing Handel’s Messiah again. During college, I was introduced to many Ralph Vaughan Williams (RVW) works, including the Fantasia on a […]

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We often think of the 1960s as a “can do” time, when technological progress, societal self-confidence, and burgeoning economic growth allowed attempting and achieving great things: from landing on the Moon, global communications by satellite, and mass continental and intercontinental transportation by air. But the 1960s were also a time, not just of conflict and […]

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And the more I reminisced over the events surrounding this CSPAN clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD8viQ_DhS4) I was about to refer to, I decided that it actually warranted it’s own conversation. The clip above is Rep. Paul Kanjorwski(D) getting a tongue lashing over the bank bailouts and he lets slip a reference that really is quite a bombshell…but, […]

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You see them in gift shops and bookstores. Some are in cardboard frames with pieces of chocolate behind each colorful door. Others are flannel or quilted, with little pockets holding puffy decorations. A “calendar” might even be splashed across the whole side of a building. Whether rectangular, shaped like a Christmas tree, or die-cut as […]

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shutterstock_56280433In recent weeks, Southern California National Public Radio affiliate KPCC produced web and broadcast “analysis” of Officer-Involved Shootings (OIS) in Los Angeles County over the last five years. Their quest, per the website, was to establish “how often” law enforcement shoots suspects in LA County. They did anything but.

The project was built on examinations of the LA County District Attorney’s reports on OIS incidents and coroners’ reports for fatal shootings, and included an extensive database and website, from which were generated radio reports focusing on certain discrete aspects of the data. Having covered use-of-force issues for 20 years, I found the reports were predictably biased with selective, cherry-picked data framed to generate innuendo and misconceptions.