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Are there any conservatives here who are willing to admit that their opposition to and castigation of Castro is not purely a matter of the number of people he murdered or the economy and suffering of his country, but rather because he did all these things in the name of communism and is thus evil? […]

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My leftist friends assure me that Fidel Castro was not really a socialist, but rather [insert category or gradation of which only Marxists are aware that absolves all other Marxists for any Marxist crime]. From this behavior, I believe we can make the following argument: Preview Open

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Give Steven Mnuchin a Break: Much Faster Growth Is Possible During the Trump Presidency

 

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I certainly get the skepticism — bordering on mockery — toward this statement from Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary pick, on CNBC yesterday: “Let me just say our most important priority is sustained economic growth, and I think we can absolutely get to sustained 3 to 4% GDP and that is absolutely critical for the country.”

In response, ace Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell tweeted: “sustained 4% growth, guys! got a bridge to sell you, too.” Indeed, I offered plenty of snark during the GOP presidential primary season when Jeb Bush made hitting a 4% growth target a key campaign policy plank. This blog post, for instance: “Why Jeb’s 4% growth goal might require the Singularity.”

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Please join us on the nightcap AMU tonight 930EST/830CST/730MST/630PST. Yes, in the spirit of our new president elect, we are doing this big league and starting a half hour early. This has nothing to do with our aging east coast participants needing their sleep or our west coast participants being too stoned due to their […]

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The Hellerstedt Decision and Operation Chokepoint

 

When Texas’ various abortion clinic restrictions were struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this year in the Hellerstedt decision, (full text found here) liberals cheered and conservatives were dismayed. The surface reasons for why each side felt as they did are obvious and not particularly surprising or interesting in and of themselves.

What isn’t as obvious is the fact that the reasoning underlying the decision would cut in the exact opposite direction of those parties’ normal rooting interests if it had been rendered on any other topic but abortion.

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“Everyone knows this song? Why do we have to talk about this song?” Because this is my post, that’s why. If you were ever in an elementary school choir or music class, you knew this song. Every school Christmas/”Holiday” program included it because it was the traditional sign off letting the proud parents know that […]

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Calexit is a popular topic right now on the Left Coast among the smart set. But what are the necessary conditions to secede? Here I am not talking about the mechanics of secession per se, but the actual conditions which would motivate enough Californians to support secession. Emotions Preview Open

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My father was born in 1905 the second of seven children of a Irish Pittsburgh firefighter. His mother died soon after the last child was born. Money was always an issue as was food. He and his older sister ( by 10 months)  bought and prepared the meals for everyone. Back in the day my […]

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Ronaldus Maximus revived America’s political faith in itself, in the judgement and wisdom of its people. It was this wisdom that our founders wanted to protect and preserve when they built the foundation of our government. Just as the Democrats seemed to have permanently displaced America’s faith in itself, convinced Americans to abrogate their franchise […]

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Pearl Harbor 75th and Happy Birthday Sterling R Cale SGM

 

It is not very often you meet a 3 war veteran let alone a Pearl Harbor survivor but that’s what the kids got to do yesterday as we toured Pearl Harbor. sterling-calesterling-cale-2

Usually vets who wear their service at older ages tend to be chatty and affable. There’s all types of vets and I’m grateful for all of them but it’s nice for kids to be able to approach the chatty type. We started our vacation driving over Donner Pass to SF and had dinner at Max’s in Auburn, CA where we met a 101 yr old WW2 vet who shook our kids’ hands and received a hearty thank you from us all. 

Sterling was born 11/29/1921 and spent his 95th where he was 75 years ago on a gruesome burial detail. He was a pharmacists mate who spent WW2 with the Marines at Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and Saipan. He was with the Army in Korea and had various assignments during the Vietnam war.

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The path of a religious person is not easy. It isn’t intended to be difficult (I believe), but at times we may perceive it that way: rules, dogma, rituals, traditions are legion. Some of us “pick and choose” what we practice, and our religion may allow for that. For others, the demands may seem antiquated, […]

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I was born in Miami.  Half of my neighborhood playmates were Cuban.  My friend Tony’s father was almost stereotypical, a proud patriarch who refused to learn English because (a) fumbling in a foreign language might make him look weak, less macho–learning English was for the women and kids who would translate as needed, and (b) […]

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I woke up happy. I will tell you why. I reflected on Trump’s selection of Dr. Tom Price (orthopedic surgeon and congressman) to head the Department of Health and Human Services. “He has an 100 percent pro-life record … He helped lead the charge to defund Planned Parenthood through budget reconciliation,” says the president of […]

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This month’s topic is a rough one, and maybe that’s part of why not so many people have signed up for the early days of December. Well, someone has to go first, so I stepped forward. It’s because going forward is one of my favorite things. I was born in a city with unusual bridges. […]

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