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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 Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. Book Review ‘City Unseen’ shows world in new light By MARK LARDAS Preview […]

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War stories edition! Want a taste of ground combat in Baghdad in 2004-05? Then take a listen as SatiristPod joins TOCradio and we go tactical. This is a must share episode: IEDs, RPGs, VBIEDs, burning tanks, and much more! I know we have a lot of Veterans, what is your best War Story? Preview Open

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The weather is wonderful today. The heat of the summer has passed and the autumn air seems to caress us. I can smell the stones on the buildings that surround me. They smell old and worn and wise. I love their smell in the autumn. But what truly grabs me tonight is not the weather, but the […]

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Kudos to the Babylon Bee for this one: WASHINGTON, D.C.—In an emergency, overnight referendum, the American people voted on Thursday to replace the United States Senate with a room full of monkeys throwing feces. The measure passed with 57% of the vote. 22% of voters thought the Senate should be replaced by barking seals, while 17% […]

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Kavanagh was raised as a member of the Washington establishment, educated to take a position in its upper crust, pursued that life path, and was hand picked by Justice Kennedy to make sure there was a swing seat on the Supreme Court. He was picked partly because too many members of the Stupid Party wouldn’t […]

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She did not remember how she got there, or what happened after she ran out of the house. But she remembers the last name—because his mother was involved in the foreclosure of her family’s home. She claims he tried to strip her—his name was remembered because his mother was involved in having stripped her family […]

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Leaving your front door unlocked. Leaving your TV on the front lawn. Parking your car in a bad part of town. Publishing your checking account number online. Responding to phishing scams. Only thieves cause theft.  Expecting people to secure their goods and land are a part of #TheftCulture.   Preview Open

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The Rule of Norms

 

I’ve been meaning to do a longer post on the Rule of Law (what a lot a people claim they are defending) vs. the Rule of Norms (what they are actually talking about) but instead, you get this random musing on norms: why they work and what happens when they stop working.

On October 25, 1415, Charles D’Albret, Constable of France arrayed his army on a field near Agincourt. The army was composed of — by and large — chivalrous nobles, knights, and men-at-arms ready to do battle for personal honor, glory, and ransoms.

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John L. Allen Jr., a respected Vaticanista, asks that question in an article entitled, How the USCCB could pitch a Vatican-backed McCarrick probe. Crux is not a site I frequent, but I stumbled across Allen’s report at one of my favorite sites, Catholic World Report, in an article by Christopher Altieri entitled, The Week in Review: China, […]

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Order Up!

 

Ordering drinks and food in a cafe or pub is not complex, but without training and clear orders for staff, the business is on a path to failure. In the late 1990s, I had the privilege of watching a young entrepreneur open his first restaurant. I liked his fare, and his prices were good. Soon, I was trading web design and maintenance for food. The logo was not my design, but you get the idea of the place.

Tony, the owner, shared early on, his disdain for the restaurants that go out of business in six months time because the owner thought it would be cool to have a place to drink with his buddies. This is a business, a very competitive business. If you get your location and rent right, and if you get your food and drink supply straight, the key variable is people. Tony went into a space that had failed repeatedly.

Tony had come up in the business, starting at a dishwasher. He worked the kitchen and the bar regularly, keeping his labor costs down and his eye on everything. And then there were his orders to his waitresses. Servers. Nope, all young college women. As soon as a party walks in, head to their table to greet them and offer to take their drink order. If the same people come in again, know their names. If they come in regularly, and sit at the bar, the bartender is to know their drink.

A Message for the Tyrants of Tehran

 

Watching Bibi Netanyahu addressing the UN’s General Assembly always makes me want to cheer. Two years ago, Israel alone opposed the horrible Iranian nuclear deal that the US negotiated and declared Israel would defend itself and that the world was making a terrible mistake. As Iran continues to develop its nuclear program and the IAEA appears emasculated, Bibi was back on Thursday to tell them:

I also have a message today for the tyrants of Tehran. Israel knows what you’re doing, and Israel knows where you’re doing it. Israel will never let a regime that calls for our destruction to develop nuclear weapons. Not now, not in ten years, not ever. And Israel will do whatever it must do to to defend itself against Iran’s aggression. We will continue to act against you in Syria. We will act against you in Lebanon. We will act against you in Iraq. We will act against you whenever and wherever we must act, to defend our state and to defend our people.

An Ominous Observation

 

Watching the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, University of New Mexico psychology professor Geoffrey Miller Tweeted:

Imagine these hearings in 30 years, when today’s college-aged kids have everything they ever shared with Google made public — every search history, every gmail, every google maps trip, every google calendar entry. All scrutinized by automated AI ‘opposition research’ engines.

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Poor Jeff Flake.  He doesn’t understand   He can’t quite believe that his “friend” Sen.Chris Coons is not acting in good faith in asking for a mere one week delay.  He doesn’t understand that his “friend” Chris Coons will betray his trust before that week is out. But what might Churchill say about Flake’s own betrayal […]

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Flake and the Great Big Ugly Man

 

As I was standing in the street,
As quiet as could be,
A great big ugly man came up,
And tied his horse to me.

As I watched Sen. Flake over the past two weeks, this bit of children’s nonsense verse kept coming to mind. Sen. Flake is the poor innocent fellow who was standing in the road back in 2016, when a Great Big Ugly Man came up and tied his horse to him. Since then, Flake just hasn’t been himself, or at least not his best self, or at least not the best self he would have us see.

Having declined to defend his seat, submitting himself to the judgment of his party’s voters, in his state, Sen. Flake needed a new purpose. His mentor, the man whose political career he had hoped to emulate, left public view in a blaze of hate-fueled spite. We all remember the gleeful thumbs up as Sen. McCain broke his own word and his party’s decade-old pledge to repeal Obamacare.

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We have it on good authority that a staffer in California and at least sometimes a driver for her was an agent for Chinese intelligence. According to the standard of evidence used by Sen. Feinstein (D. CA) in the recent confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, she should be investigated by the FBI for violations […]

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If McConnell had allowed Merrick Garland a hearing,  even with a Republican majority, Garland would have been confirmed.  If that had happened, he would not be serving today under a permanent cloud of suspicion about his character.  But, Trump may not have won.  Preview Open

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