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  1. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    Mr. Pollack was way too easy on Obama’s lamentable foreign policy. That deal was completely worthless.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 11:29 AM PDT
  2. Texmoor Coolidge

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Mr. Pollack was way too easy on Obama’s lamentable foreign policy. That deal was completely worthless.

    At least he calls out Obama over not supporting the Green Movement and admits Obama bent over backwards for Iran in a way no president will ever do again.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 12:43 PM PDT
  3. Texmoor Coolidge

    Looking forward to the Ethan Nicolle bearmageddon episode after listening to him on the Conservatarians podcast. I was thinking of Jonah during that episode.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 1:24 PM PDT
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  4. Arahant Member

    Definitely need to beat Jack more often. He’ll know why.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 1:29 PM PDT
  5. Gaius Member

    Fools, all of you!! Jonah wants to invade North Dakota for the OIL!

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    • May 24, 2019, at 1:56 PM PDT
  6. kedavis Member

    So Ken Pollack believes/assumes that Iran was following the nuclear agreement? That disqualifies him from credibility on any issue.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 5:59 PM PDT
  7. Richard Fulmer Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Definitely need to beat Jack more often. He’ll know why.

    Exactly. Time to handcuff him back to the radiator.

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    • May 24, 2019, at 6:49 PM PDT
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  8. kedavis Member

    “The podcasts will continue until morale improves.”

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    • May 24, 2019, at 7:13 PM PDT
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  9. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Jonah’s comments about Vermont are well taken. I grew up there. I escaped a couple of times (Arizona, Massachusetts), but wound up living most of my life there – until I managed a final escape to the piedmonts of North Carolina, and only several sticks of dynamite will get me out of my dug-in retreat here.

    But: Burlington is hardly “bucolic”, and it is a huge college town, which helps explains Sanders (who squeaked out a first mayoral race victory in large part due to the presence of college voters, mostly from the University of Vermont, half of which are from out of state). It also explains college chowderheads being present in most of the political class in the Burlington area.

    But Burlington is not Vermont. That flinty New Englander that Jonah described leaves people alone, and expects others to leave him alone, so the clowns that pestered him at a state park are about as representative of the real Vermont as Hillary Clinton is representative of the people of Alabama.

    The spirit of Coolidge is alive and well in Vermont, but sadly, now, only in its hinterlands. Which is one of the reasons why I left. The other being that a well-educated and motivated individual is going to drown in the lack of opportunity in that state, and North Carolina is the polar opposite of that. Prosperity and opportunity are not seen as a crime in NC, where in Burlington, it is, and must be punished.

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    • May 25, 2019, at 7:05 AM PDT
  10. LibertyDefender Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    So Ken Pollack believes/assumes that Iran was following the nuclear agreement? That disqualifies him from credibility on any issue.

    And what was this business about “ten to fifteen years” in the JCPOA? There was nothing even hinting 15 years in the whole negotiation, let alone the final – unratified – document. From what I understand, there were insufficient enforcement provisions to make ten years of nuclear program shutdown realistic.

    This whole interview struck me as deceptive at best. Pollack is a dreamer. Iran is, and was during the entire negotiation of the JCPOA, the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism.

    Pollack should at least be honest enough to admit that, and he should also admit that the funds Obama released to Iran are being used to sponsor more terrorism.

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    • May 28, 2019, at 5:55 AM PDT
  11. Benjamin Glaser Member

    While NT’ers often mock Trump defenders by saying his supporters think DT is playing “10-level chess” or whatever in reality it is people like Mr. Pollock in the foreign policy world who think they are operating in that kind of world, where these kind of agreements are like a lumberjack stair-stepping up a pine to top it off. 

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    • May 28, 2019, at 8:58 AM PDT
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  12. Arahant Member

    JackButler (View Comment):
    Don’t I get a say in this? 

    No. 😜

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    • May 28, 2019, at 1:35 PM PDT
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  13. LibertyDefender Member

    JackButler (View Comment):


    Definitely need to beat Jack more often. He’ll know why.

    That’s not fair. I’m not even Bulgarian!

    The version above makes more sense to me than the earlier “that’s not fair” post by Jack.

    Are there no editors at The Remnant?

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    • May 28, 2019, at 2:02 PM PDT
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  14. Kelsey Shockey Coolidge

    I learned greatly from Ken. One big complaint: Ken would not shut up about “the right side of history” and it was getting me surly. I know he’s a Brookings guy and a Clinton guy and it should be expected. However, the repetition was absurd. It was as if I was at a business conference listening to a CEO use empty business buzzwords over and over again. “Synergy. Social Responsibility. Thought Leaders. Corporate Values. Curated. The Right Side of History.”

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    • May 29, 2019, at 5:32 AM PDT
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  15. ericB Listener

    Starting at about 59:21, there is a discussion of the difference between well read Persians and Arabs who tend not to take notice of western book knowledge. Discussion included educational systems, attitudes toward innovation vs. rote learning, and the contribution of the Protestant Reformation to individual study of written material.

    What about the influence of the language itself? Arabs embrace an oral culture and often lack interest in reading in general. Ask ESL teachers if their Arabic students start with an interest in reading. This may be related to written Arabic. Persians aren’t Arabs and they don’t have to read in Arabic.

    Why does language matter? South Koreans are strongly literate in part due to their phonetic alphabet, which greatly aids literacy and ease of reading. Arabic as a written language is more so frozen in time due to its use in the Quran, which they regard as inspired in the original Arabic. Even translations into other languages were not allowed until recently. But spoken Arabic has been changing as spoken languages do. Imagine your attitude to reading if your books were chained to the influence of old English, even while spoken English changed.

    While rote memorization allows Muslims to memorize large portions of the Quran, that doesn’t mean they clearly understand all they can recite. So another factor reinforcing rote memorization would be the divergence of written and spoken language.

    I wonder if @jackbutler might see any relation of this to the fate of Latin.

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    • May 29, 2019, at 9:34 AM PDT