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“We cry to God Almighty, how can we escape this agony? Fool, don’t you have hands? Or could it be that God forgot to give you a pair? Sit and pray that your nose doesn’t run! Or, rather just wipe your nose and stop seeking a scapegoat.”            Epictetus, Discourses, 2.16.13 […]

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The Dogma Lives Loudly Within Me

 

Amy Coney Barrett.

Like Justice Amy Coney Barrett, I’m a believing and practicing Catholic. I’m even one of those “extreme” Catholics who adheres with all her heart and mind to every jot and tittle of the Church’s teaching. Truly, (if weirdly) Diane Feinstein could say of me: “the dogma lives loudly within her.”

Seattle Police Officers Have Had Enough

 

Seattle police officers are starting to walk away from a dysfunctional city, and its dysfunctional city council. Part of the problem is the civilian Office of Professional Accountability (OPA).

Recently, SPD management broke with OPA when it recommended discipline for Officer Nick Guzley after he tackled an ax-wielding man, despite repeated attempts to convince the man to drop his weapon. Only OPA seemed to think this was a case of misconduct. In fact, a leading, national expert in use-of-force had volunteered his time to present a case on Guzley’s behalf to Chief Best. Guzley, it turns out, was cleared of any wrongdoing by Chief Best, according to a source (though this has not yet been made public and the Chief explained she cannot yet confirm details either way).

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Many of my common-sense (CS) assumptions have been flipped. For decades I was a staunch CS-defender of Catharsis theory. Catharsis, however, has been found to prolong and not “cleanse” one of whatever emotions ails him. Another CS assumption: saturated fat is a killer. Except, the truth is proving to be the opposite and I’m increasing […]

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We are continually told by the likes of Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell that the email scandal was a simple case of poor little HRC not understanding the in’s and out’s of computer protocols. In the wake of the immediate brouhaha about HRC’s private server and her disdain for keeping state matters out of the […]

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I ordered a new bench for our community dock area to replace the ratty, old back-breaker that’s seen a better day. It was delivered a few days ago. I enlisted several neighbors to put it together and secure for hurricane and theft reasons. They would meet up this morning, haul it down, assemble and secure. […]

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This popped up on my social media yesterday: Yes, that is Lynda Carter from the “Wonder Woman” TV show singing and dancing with KISS, who appear to have had a Bob Mackie makeover (which, in fact, they did). Everything about that clip SCREAMS 70’s disco trash, but it’s from a one-off special she did in […]

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Australia Strikes Back Against Beijing’s Influence Campaign (and America Should Pay Attention)

 

G’day, this is your intrepid American Canary reporting from the Coal Mine Down Under.

While Americans are trying to make up their minds about the little-league Russian interference in its recent politics, Australia has been fending off the major-leaguers from Beijing. Chinese Communist Party influence operations have swamped Australia in recent years, and from academia to media, business to politics, the CCP has encountered very little organized resistance.

Until now. The Aussies have awakened to the threat, and this week the Turnbull government passed two laws through Parliament aimed at turning the tide against China’s campaign of espionage and interference.

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If rape is impossible in marriage, then it is probably impossible to rape war booty. from Wikipedia Women and children Some Muslim scholars claim that women and children prisoners of war cannot be killed under any circumstances, regardless of their faith, but that they may be enslaved, freed or ransomed. Women who are neither freed nor […]

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Defending the Indefensible

 

There are lessons that can be learned from history, and sometimes those lessons can be painful. The ideals of liberty, and all men are created equal are worthy ideas and should be practiced, but they are dependent upon good men and women. Human beings are flawed, so at times liberty and equality is for us and not for them.

During WWII it was not just the Germans, and the Russians that instituted concentration camps. The United States and Canada did as well. There are some interesting parallels between the criteria of the German and the American criteria on who should be interned, and relocated to the camps. There is an important distinction between the fate of those that were interned in Germany, and America. There is however no escaping the fact that the internment, and relocation into the camps of American citizens of Japanese descent was due to racial animus. Sixty percent of the Japanese interned were American citizens.

Major Karl Bendetsen and Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt, head of the Western Command, each questioned Japanese American loyalty. DeWitt, who administered the internment program, repeatedly told newspapers that “A Jap’s a Jap” and testified to Congress,

Quote of the Day: “Theirs Not to Reason Why, Theirs But to Do and Die”

 

Some things never change.

On 25th October 1854, during the Battle of Balaclava, 670 British soldiers under the command of Lord Cardigan, launched an ill-fated attack upon a well-defended Russian artillery battery and sustained 40 percent casualties in the form of approximately 120 killed, and at least 160 wounded. Fifty were taken prisoner. Also killed were 375 horses. The carnage must have been unimaginable. For most of us, anyway.

The circumstances surrounding the “blunder” which caused the troops to engage, not in a series of quick forays to deter the Russians from making off with Ottoman guns, but in a full-on frontal assault on a well dug-in position, are still unclear, and revolve around personal antipathies among the commanders (Lord Cardigan, Lord Lucan and Lord Raglan), vague and unverified orders, and misunderstandings (and perhaps some ill-feeling) among the aides-de-camps communicating them. The ADC who took the initial order from Lord Raglan (whatever that order was) was killed in the first few minutes of fighting, and was therefore unavailable to help sort out the mess afterwards. Not that there was much sorting outdone, no-one being eager to accept responsibility for the SNAFU.