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Chaka let me rock you, that’s all I wanna do. Chaka Khan. Khizir and Ghazala Khan have been talking a lot since last week. A unicorn with an agenda and a voice is a fun thing for the media. Mr Kahn loves to wave his Constitution around and stump for Hillary. His hijab wearing spouse apparently […]

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News from down under reports that the NATO nuclear base at Incirlik has been surrounded by the Turks, but, unusually, not the Turkish Army. Surrounded by Turkish civilian government vehicles and police vehicles. The Turkish government is claiming, ahem, a “safety inspection”.   US İncirlik air base cordoned off by municipality trucks and bulldozers due […]

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The town of Seaside , Oregon is known as a Spring Break destination for rain soaked Oregon kids, and a nice little beach town on the state’s northern coast. They are an interesting folk , and my grandson loves feeding the seals at the local aquarium. It is a fun show, where the seals soak […]

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A quote from Claire Berlinski’s “Weekend Book Club?” post on the main feed: “I notice these days that my ability to sit down and concentrate on a book from beginning to end is compromised, and I strongly suspect this is because constant use of the Internet atrophies the brain connections required for concentration and reading […]

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Now that he’s a professional politician again, Senator Gang of Eight has decided to unambiguously back The Donald without reservation: Beruff (note: Rubio’s GOP primary opponent) also has tried to make Rubio’s initial reluctance to fully embrace Trump as the GOP nominee an issue in the race. But on Saturday, Rubio was unambiguous in his […]

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I was reading Power Line where I found this.  That sort of brought back memories.  I worked as a cashier at a convenience store that accepted food stamps.  This was back in the 1970’s.  My first thought was that a convenience store is more expensive than a grocery store, so if they were accepting food […]

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I’m just having a random idea, what with a couple of posts getting edited and sent back to the top of the member feed page.  What would people think of doing something like that deliberately -like facebook does?  A randomly (or not so randomly) selected post from over 365 days ago being moved back to […]

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Yes. Another papal press conference aboard an airplane, and more papal nonsense. I think Pope Francis needs to fly strapped into his seat with an oxygen mask over his face so that he stays lucid and can’t talk. He is becoming an embarrassment the way he talks about Islam and violence. His latest answer when […]

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Although for a while Hewitt indulged in some “Mystery Man Sweeps Convention” magical thinking, he’s come around to endorsing Trump. He begins: Of course I am voting for Donald Trump. You should be too if you are a conservative. Let me break this down into three arguments, the first of which is Trump’s trump card […]

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Another post on my recent book projects. Nerds Scholars have engaged in a lively debate for about 1.3 centuries about the nature of Augustine’s conversion to Christianity in 386 AD and the Christian character of his early writings. I have a recently published article in the area, overviewing the debate: “The Role of Platonism in […]

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Myrtis Dightman didn’t grow up in the piney woods of East Texas expecting to be a rodeo hand. It was after making the rounds with friend James Francis that he decided to give it a try. He didn’t even start with trying to ride bulls. His first work in the arena was as a clown […]

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America, Alone, Is Enough to Win the Fight

 

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We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred, Lord Tenneson, “Ulyssses” 

Susan Quinn wrote an excellent article earlier this week on America’s apparent lack of resolve in the face of Islamic terror. She’s not wrong in that there are seriously unserious elements to the left’s response to Islamic terror, one which mimics the response of countries in Western Europe who believe that accommodation, assimilation and multiculturalism are the correct ways to defang the cobra of radical Islam.

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It is only a slight exaggeration to say that our children are taught throughout their schooling that there have been three great American leaders over the course of our history: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr. One can debate whether they all belong on the same pedestal, but it’s hard to deny […]

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The Ricochet Group Writing theme for August will be “Share Your Expertise”. In Group Writing, Ricochet members claim one day of the coming month to write on a proposed topic. This is an easy way to expose your writing to a general audience, with a bit of accountability and topical guidance to encourage writing for […]

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This week the Olympics of modern medicine begins. Athletes with some natural talent and considerable self or imposed discipline will compete for some unremarkable bronze, silver or gold medal casting signifying they were the best, second best or third best at spoon drumming, tongue clicking, women’s kite flying or synchronized May pole dancing. Some of […]

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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. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review ‘The Dragon Hammer’ a new, entertaining fantasy saga Posted: Saturday, July […]

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I’m starting to map day excursions in Arizona for the month of September. The plan revolves around books I have read and books I’m about to read on Arizona history. September, especially mid-September is when the Monsoon season ends. You don’t have to worry to about temperatures in the hundreds, lightning, and heavy downpours that […]

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September 2015 — Wow, look at all of these choices. There are like a half-dozen guys here I could support with total enthusiasm, and another 4 what ain’t so bad; as long as they aren’t Jeb. January 2016 — OK, a few of the good guys have dropped out, but there are still some pretty […]

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