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During the same training evolution during which Lt “Bronze Star” and I took a USMC helo for a beer run, we also celebrated Thanksgiving with our Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) counterparts. During and after that meal there was much alcohol consumed. The good cheer and camaraderie naturally degenerated to the point where everybody […]

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A small panic gripped the profession of journalism today as Roseanne Barr, the purveyor of light comedic fare in the hit sit-com Roseanne, was dumped from her network for a single, racist Tweet. This firing, which is what the action taken against her amounts to, sent ripples through the entire class of professionals who make […]

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I have long maintained that progressivism was best understood as a religion rather than as a political philosophy. It is based on faith in a better tomorrow despite mountains of empirical evidence that disproves most of its basic concepts. Progressive societies are, at best, heartless bureaucratic states, and at worst, are brutal dictatorships. Progressives claim […]

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The Female Physician Wage Gap

 

A medical journal I got last week had a front page article headlined, “Female Physicians: Wage gap’s shadow still haunts medicine.” It then goes on at great length, listing lots of statistics, about the wage gap in different cities in the US, which according to them ranged from 20 percent to 40 percent. So, in some cities, female physicians make just over half what a male physician makes. That is a remarkable number.

Also remarkable is the fact that this article makes no effort to determine why this might be. Doctors are paid on rates set by Medicare. So if I bill a 99214 procedure code, I get paid, say, $100. Is the author suggesting that Medicare pays female doctors less? If not, then why is there such a difference in income?

MO Governor Eric Greitens Resigns

 

After months fighting a growing sex and corruption scandal, and his own party leaders calling for his resignation, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stepped down Tuesday in a press conference. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“The last few months have been incredibly difficult for me, for my team, for my friends, and many, many people whom I love,” he said, saying he was the victim of “legal harassment.”

“I have not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment,” he asserted. “I love Missouri and I love our people. That love remains.”

Die Strong

 

I wrote this while in Iraq in 2005. I may have posted this here before, but it might be worth posting again.

RIP, LCpl Lance Graham.

Hasn’t Mankind Already Killed Enough Jews?

 

On the few occasions when Iran has taken a break from chanting “Death To America,” it tells the world it is going to drive all Israelis into the sea and eliminate the State of Israel.

This morning, Hamas, one of Iran’s many puppet terrorist organizations, launched 28 mortar shells from Gaza into Israel, several striking a kindergarten in southern Israel. If Iran develops a deliverable nuclear warhead, there is no doubt the mullahs will test it in the olive groves between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

ABC Cancels Roseanne After Racist Tweet

 

If you’ve ever encountered Roseanne Barr on Twitter, you know she is a bit … off. She regularly shares insane musings, personal attacks, and conspiracy theories that would make Alex Jones think the chemtrails finally got her. Roseanne’s always been this way, regularly attracting attacks from the left, right, and center. (Remember the conservative reaction to her ugly rendition of the National Anthem?) On Tuesday, she stepped in it big time with a tweet so bad that ABC cancelled her hit sit-com reboot hours later.

I Remember

 

And I’ll never forget. The men of 3d Battalion, 25th Marines whose lives were taken in the War on Terror in 2005.

Major Ricardo Crocker
SSgt Joseph Goodrich
SSgt Anthony Goodwin
SSgt Kendall Ivy
Sgt Aaron Cepeda
Sgt David Coullard
Sgt James Graham III
Sgt Bradley Harper
Sgt Justin Hoffman
Sgt Michael Marzano
Sgt Nathaniel Rock
Sgt David Wimberg
HM2 Jeffrey Wiener
Cpl Jeffrey Boskovitch
Cpl Dustin Derga
Cpl David Kreuter
Cpl Michael Lindemuth
Cpl Bryan Richardson
Cpl Brad Squires
Cpl David Stewart
Cpl Joseph Tremblay
Cpl Andre Williams
HM3 Travis Youngblood
LCpl Timothy Bell Jr.
LCpl Eric Bernholtz
LCpl Dustin Birch
LCpl Nicholas Bloem
LCpl Roger Castleberry Jr.
LCpl Daniel Chavez
LCpl Michael Cifuentes
LCpl Wesley Davids
LCpl Daniel Deyarmin Jr.
LCpl Christopher Dyer
LCpl Nicholas Erdy
LCpl Grant Fraser
LCpl Lance Graham
LCpl Jonathan Grant
LCpl Jourdan Grez
LCpl Thomas Keeling
LCpl Ryan Kovacicek
LCpl Christopher Lyons
LCpl Brian Montgomery
LCpl Aaron Reed
LCpl Edward Schroeder II
LCpl Devon Seymour
LCpl Kevin Waruinge
LCpl William Wightman
PFC Christopher Dixon

Do I Feel Old

 

Was looking for a biography of Augustine at Amazon. Found one by Peter Brown that had some excellent reviews, the only negative thing one reviewer had to say was:

“The only thing that I found challenging were the many words that I had to look up in the dictionary, but hey that’s also a plus because now I know more words! So take in mind that this book was originally written in the 1960s, so of course, the language is a bit more complex but still worth the effort.”

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Tommy Robinson is in prison for 13 months for committing journalism about the trial of some Muslims for grooming underage girls for sex.  In England, the press is controlled by the judiciary. I heard Robinson interviewed by Delingpole. The Sun called him “far right,” which is a lie.  Any suggestions about what Yanks can do […]

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Who Reviews the Reviewers?

 

In an era where politicians and judges increasingly turn to academic research for information about issues that affect us all, “Is this science any good?” is, literally, not just an academic question. As I wrote about in The Federalist, The Unskewed Project — of which I’m the content editor — launched earlier this year to provide an extra layer of review on recently-published social science and on the reporting about it.

Unfortunately […] social science, exists in a highly politicized and media-saturated environment that celebrates novelty over consensus and drama over diligence. When presented with university press releases making bold claims, harried reporters often neglect to ask the kind of informed, challenging, and skeptical questions they’d ask anyone else. Even when journalists intend well, research that confirms popular worldviews tends to be welcomed without reflection. At the same time, scholars whose conclusions are out of fashion are often subjected to hostile scrutiny based less on evidence than ideology…

“[We] felt there was a need to provide an extra critique for research that was impacting the public dialogue” said Brian J. Willoughby, the editor-in-chief of Unskewed and an associate professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. “The echo chambers of the media and academia have led to a situation where research findings are less scrutinized and more blindly accepted more than ever before. Unskewed was created to provide a counter-point to flawed social science research being disseminated in the public.”

I Am a Toad and I Live in a Swamp

 

Toad Hall is situated on a hill overlooking the beautiful Swartekill, or Black Creek, Swamp. Usually around Memorial Day, we have an influx of snapping turtles, and occasionally other types of turtles like painted turtles, coming up out of the swamp to lay their eggs in our warm flower beds and compost piles. Turtles, being reptiles, lay eggs that must be kept warm to incubate and hatch. My fluffy, sunny flower beds are apparently irresistible.

Yesterday, we saw several turtles in the yard. One mama got out on top of an old stone barn foundation, about ten feet high, and then fell. Fortunately she is a sturdy reptile and she landed in a flower bed, so she was fine. Here is a picture of her at the bottom of the wall. Her shell was probably about 15-18 inches or so:

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Hi all Ricochetti. I’m looking for advice/recommendations regarding hiking in the Southwest. The lovely Mrs EkosJ and I are going to be traveling early this fall between Denver and LA. We always wanted to a big Zion /Arches/ Bryce / Grand Canyon Hiking trip. But we kept saying “”Maybe next year.” And now we may […]

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Quote of the Day: Late Bloomers

 

The costume of women should be suited to her wants and necessities. It should conduce at once to her health, comfort, and usefulness; and, while it should not fail also to conduce to her personal adornment, it should make that end of secondary importance.

The author of these words, Amelia Jenks Bloomer was born two hundred years ago, on May 27, 1818. After a modest upbringing and a few years spent as a governess, she married attorney Dexter Bloomer, and moved from her native New York to Iowa, where she wrote for several newspapers before starting her own periodical, exclusively for women. The Lily was intended for distribution among the members of another of Amelia’s pet projects, the Seneca Falls Ladies Temperance Society, and was

a needed instrument to spread abroad the truth of a new gospel to woman, and I could not withhold my hand to stay the work I had begun. I saw not the end from the beginning and dreamed where to my propositions to society would lead me.

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Ms. Skinner, our daughter and her clan, and I just got back from a weekend at Great Lakes, IL. Li’l Skinner, (all 6′-4″ of him) completed Navy basic training last Wednesday. He was something of a sickly child, and like Mark Twain’s mother, I worried about him. At first I was afraid he wouldn’t survive, […]

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