Back in Bogota

 

Well, I was in Bogota for a night before I departed Colombia. Last week was the first time I’ve been in Colombia for, I reckon, going on six years.

My unit did some reorganizing, and I wound up with Exercise Fuerzas Comando in my planner’s portfolio. Fuerzas Comando is a US-sponsored exercise conducted every year in one of our partner nations in Latin America or the Caribbean. This year, Colombia is our host nation. We invite every country in the region to send its best commandos to compete in what can best be described as a Counter-Terrorism Olympics. Shooting, sniping, stalking, assaulting; it’s all in there. There’s also a Senior Leader Seminar, where top Special Operations commanders and ministerial-level participants will convene and conduct panels and discussions and senior leader stuff on mutual problem sets. That conference will go off in Bogota. The competition itself will be in Tolemeida, a couple hours south of (and 6,000 feet lower than) Bogota.

Media Musings: Mark This

 

How hard is this reporting stuff? Is it too much to ask people who are paid to publish to get basic reporting right? Could they perhaps take a moment to think through the logic of documents, on their face, before and after drafting a news or analysis piece? Not that I have any strong opinions on the subject, but pardon me while I rant a bit about a Federalist article and poor Senate Republican staff work.

The context is an excellent post by Scott Johnson at PowerLine “Dear AG Barr: Declassify This.” In that post, you will see a cover letter from Republican Senators to Attorney General Barr. This embedded copy is properly marked for it to be on an unclassified network. You may safely download a copy without imposing a serious burden on yourself and any network administrator. This is in marked contrast to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. And, briefly, The Federalist.

The Federalist crew originally cut and pasted or embedded the Senate document, compounding the error by Senate staffers. Now the Federalist has cleaned up its site, removing the embedded document. Good on them. Shame on the Senate staff, who have not corrected the error. What error? The cover letter is, by itself, unclassified and publicly releasable. However, it was the cover letter to a highly classified enclosure, made so by the level of classification asserted by the DOJ IG for four footnotes. Therefore, default classification for the cover letter is the same as the enclosure, same as the footnotes. Those classication markings go at the top and bottom of every page. The “unclassified” markings go inside, nearer to the body of the page.

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Properly lost in the debate over whether college should be subsidized by tax payers is what effect a “free” higher education will have on military recruiting. The idea has become background static among Democratic office seekers. Of course college will be free. Don’t bother asking. I’m not delving into the many reasons why this is […]

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Now that most of the impeachment proceedings are over, and the President’s acquittal is a mere formality, the issues that the trial raises, and its political subtext, are more easily discernible, at least for me. There was a great deal of confusion around this case, we can all agree. The timeline of events. The exact […]

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Candles in the Dark

 

Sunday was the Feast of the Presentation, when Christians recall the day Joseph and Mary presented the baby Jesus at the temple, offering Him back to God the Father. It is a mystery, like so many others, in which Christ in a sense returns home.

We do not belong to ourselves. Though so many choices are afforded to us to shape our own lives, our lives ultimately belong to our Creator. Our children are gifts for us to steward on His behalf. All of our many gifts are for giving again, including the gift of life itself.

Sunday also was Candlemas, a celebration adopted from the Eastern tradition involving blessing of candles.

The Star of the Impeachment Show: Patrick Philbin

 

If you had an opportunity to watch the impeachment trial, you had to be tearing your hair out at the arrogance, lies and misinformation of the House Managers. They repeatedly insulted the President’s Defense Team. What they didn’t realize, in my opinion, is that they were also insulting the Senators who listened to them.

In contrast, the work of the Defense Team, in particular Patrick Philbin, was outstanding. Just watch even the first three minutes of this video and you’ll understand the reasons I’m celebrating him:

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“… into the future” I just chose that title to annoy Franco.  As a teenage percussionist, I often got frustrated with our band director for speeding up at concerts. We performed at a faster tempo than we practiced because the director always got nervous. That disrupted his sense of tempo, much to the chagrin of […]

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January was another full month of Quote of the Day posts, with many making the Main Feed. Keep the New Year spirit by sharing your favorite quote on the Quote of the Day February Signup Sheet. We make it easy to “Start a Conversation” by including tips for finding great quotes. February is a short […]

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Most Democrats and many Republicans believe it is morally acceptable for foreigners to reject our country’s democratically established immigration procedures and to settle in the US simply because there is more economic opportunity here. One needn’t be fleeing direct threats of violence (a refugee) to break into another people’s home and remain indefinitely. It’s enough […]

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An important theme of President Trump in his State of the Union Address reportedly will be that “America will never be a socialist country!” It resonates with many of us and it is high contrast to the current state of Democrat politics. But is it true? Walter Williams was on Mark Levin’s Fox New Channel […]

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I wonder what it was, the singing, the pole dancing, the crotch shots, the tongue oscillating, the hunky gay male dancers, the flipping hair extensions, the maximum diversity, the Latin rhythms, the celebrity arrogance, the B&D inspired costumes, the pulsating sexuality, the fireworks, or just, well, everything! Preview Open

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“I’m going to have a Secretary of Education that this young trans person interviews on my behalf, and only if this person believes that our Secretary or Secretary of Education nominee is absolutely committed to creating a welcoming environment, a safe environment, and a full educational curriculum for everyone will that person actually be advanced […]

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Chiefs Defeat 49ers in Super Bowl LIV

 

At the start of the fourth quarter, the San Francisco 49ers lead the Kansas City Chiefs 20-10. Then they decided to relax. The Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs roared back with 21 unanswered points, winning the game 31-20.

Congratulations to coach Andy Reid, and all the loyal Kansas City fans who have waited 50 years to get back to the Super Bowl.