Monthly Archives: April 2008

“Jackson Circle” Sidney O. Smith III

"Some at Sic Semper Tyrannis have asked about the successful rise of David Addington — Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff and the leading apostle of the unitary executive theory. I’ll leave it to others to offer high octane legal … Continue reading

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Turkey, Syria and Israel?

This is very good news.  One can hear the string section warming up for the concert.  This must enrage many in the US and Israel.  Imagine the effrontery of the locals!  Taking things into their own hands like this!  Who … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 25 Comments

People who can’t shoot – anything.

For most of my life I have listened to people who "bitched" that they could not hit anything with the M1911A1 .45 caliber US automatic pistol.  I always shot "expert" with that gun.  So many people "bitched" about the .45 … Continue reading

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Syria, North Korea, Iran? What are US Intentions?

" Speaking of Iran’s intentions, Mullen said: "They prefer to see a weak Iraq neighbor. . . They have expressed long-term goals to be the regional power." Mullen made clear that he prefers a diplomatic solution and does not expect … Continue reading

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Israeli Spy Arrested

"Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel, asked about the arrest, said: "We know nothing about it. We heard it from the media." Kadish’s lawyer, Bruce Goldstein, did not immediately return a call for comment. Pollard, accused of passing on large … Continue reading

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I am in the midwest teaching this week.  I will try to post something this afternoon.  pl

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They did not Drink the Koolaid?

"These records reveal a symbiotic relationship where the usual dividing lines between government and journalism have been obliterated. Internal Pentagon documents repeatedly refer to the military analysts as “message force multipliers” or “surrogates” who could be counted on to deliver … Continue reading

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The Newshour. Where is it going?

I told the Newshour some time ago that I was no longer interested, but I still watch.  What else is there to watch, "Battlestar Galactica?"  David Brooks is always amusing and his plug ugly Irish friend is so familiar that … Continue reading

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Shia (and other) Politics in Iraq.

"Iraqi troops have cordoned off the Basra office of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s followers, preventing them from holding Friday prayers. Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Abdul-Karim Khalaf said the operation is only aimed at recovering offices he said were … Continue reading

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The pope and the bishops

"Four years ago, the National Review Board of laity, established by the American church to investigate the scandal, declared that “there must be consequences” for the bishops, not just for the more than 700 pedophile priests hurriedly dismissed after the … Continue reading

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