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Ahmed Mohamed took apart a digital clock, shoved the bits and pieces into a pencilcase designed to look like a briefcase, brought it to school and became a hero, lionized at the White House and offered scholarships to places like MIT. Levi Frunk took apart a phone charger to see how it works, put it […]

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In the late 1980s, I joined a Jesuit group that spent the summer touring Central America. Such tours are common with Jesuits, and they serve two purposes. They give the Jesuits in poor countries a sense of belonging to the worldwide church, and they connect the tourists to life as it exists in these local […]

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After something like 38 years, the Bird World and Pet Village has closed. Yes, it was both a world and a village in the same building. Don’t ask how. I can’t say I did a lot of business with them, but I always loved the store. As a kid, we would sometimes by crickets or […]

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In Paul’s latest email he should cut to the chase sooner. There are 6 paragraphs of stuff I don’t care about. But this is what I’ve been waiting for.  and a link to http://www.rightwisconsin.com/opinion/perspectives/a-better-way-to-get-health-care Our plan will preserve employer-based insurance, provide a refundable tax credit for Wisconsinites buying health insurance in the individual market, allow people […]

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I have searched (unsuccessfully) for the proper attribution of the quote “the only thing wrong with Paris is the Parisians.” I thought it was Mark Twain, but I’m sure someone out there will enlighten me.   I posit that the only thing wrong with America is Americans. Every day there are more examples.  Preview Open

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The standard line is that the rising cost of post-secondary education is saddling millenial grads with unmanageable mountains of debt. Now, while it’s true that the cost of post-secondary education has risen way faster than the rate of inflation, and that students are taking on debt to pay for it all, it’s also true that […]

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An alledged rapist,  http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/breaking-jane-doe-drops-sexual-assault-lawsuit-against-donald-trump-for-now/   Talking about how a former employee’s sex tape is disgusting…  You can tell The Donald is feeling it slip away, he starts lashing out on twitter when the polls start dipping.   Do we really think he should be around the nuclear football? Preview Open

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Who’s Trump Bringing to the Party?

 

The good news: If Trump can turn white, non-college-educated, non-voters into voters, he could easily win the presidency, and show the GOP a formula for winning presidential elections for a decade or two. There’s about 47 million people who fit this description, and they’re overrepresented in many swing states. The bad news: Trump doesn’t seem to be doing that. Voter registration is increasing everywhere, but not where these people make a larger-than-average portion of the population.

So what’s going on? It could be that Trump is motivating slightly more new voters against him than for him. Or, perhaps more likely, it could be that white working class voters are out there to be activated, but Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee have waited until too late to build the analytics and ground infrastructure necessary to identify and register them. That’s where Clinton and the Democrats have excelled. The absence of a discernible pro-Trump registration spike in key states doesn’t make it impossible that there will be a white, blue-collar “Trump surge” on Election Day. But it means he’d need to build that surge of voters out of the smaller pool of 14.7 million white nonvoters who are already registered, rather than realizing his full potential with the much larger pool of 47.1 million “missing” working-class whites.

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In the past, I have connected the blowing of the shofar to G-d’s blowing of his spirit into Adam; by blowing the shofar we are connecting to Hashem’s creation of mankind, showing that we understand our mission is to imitate Hashem in elevating the world around us, contributing our focused energy into the world, and […]

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India Strikes Across Line of Control in Kashmir

 

locIt’s a measure of the world’s instability that this story isn’t leading headlines everywhere. In a normal world, cross-border violence between hostile, nuclear-armed nations would merit the front page. India and Pakistan have already fought three wars over Kashmir, so the prospect of escalation to full-scale war isn’t at all beyond imagination.

For the past two months, Modi’s government has been struggling to contain deadly street protests in Kashmir. Residents have been clashing almost daily with security forces. Reportedly, 80 civilians have been killed.

On September 18, terrorists struck the Uri army base in India, near the Line of Control — the de facto border that divides Kashmir. The attack killed 18 Indian soldiers. India claimed the terrorists had come from the other side of the Line of Control. The Indian army’s director general of military operations said the attack was characteristic of Jaish-e-Mohammed, based in Pakistan, and said as well that the attackers’ equipment had Pakistani markings.

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For me, one of the most difficult aspects of the “unshakable” and “unbreakable” bonds between the United States and Israel, is that at moments of national grief for Israel, Israelis must quietly and reverentially endure a visit from the American officials who come to call. And that was certainly the case today, during the very public […]

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I have been listening to the pundit class speaking in dulcet tones about what Trump must do to be serious about winning. From Sabato to Rove and all those in between, including the Clinton Smear Machinery is that he must win with college educated suburban women. Preview Open

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So you’re going to let some vulgar liberal pretender to the mantle of Reagan tell you that you can’t sign up for Group Writing? It’s fine if you want to knuckle under, but I thought you had some principles left. True conservatives can claim a date here: http://ricochet.com/373805/fear-group-writing-in-october/ Preview Open

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What, so you think you’re too pure to sign up for Group Writing? It’s fine if you want to pass on an October post, but I wish you’d at least own the fact that you want Hillary to win. Patriotic Americans can claim a date here: http://ricochet.com/373805/fear-group-writing-in-october/   Preview Open

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