Monthly Archives: May 2008

“Turbulent Priests”

"Chicago’s top Catholic leader condemned Pfleger’s comments. Cardinal Francis George said in a statement that Pfleger had promised him not to publicly mention any candidate by name this summer and fall and that he would abide by the "discipline common … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs, Politics, Religion | 33 Comments

Birthday Salutation

On the occasion of my birthday I send you all greetings.  To quote my father, "if I had thought that I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself…"  pl

Posted in Ukraine Crisis | 40 Comments

“There Will be Blood” Part 2 – Futures speculation and the price of crude

"The commission said it is investigating potential abuses in the way crude oil is purchased, shipped, stored and traded nationwide, but did not reveal details. Also on Thursday the agency announced a handful of other initiatives designed to increase transparency … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 35 Comments

War Against the American People – McClellan Speaks

"…in a chapter titled "Selling the War," he alleges that the administration repeatedly shaded the truth and that Bush "managed the crisis in a way that almost guaranteed that the use of force would become the only feasible option." "Over … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs, Fine Art, Prose, Religion | 42 Comments

“I will never surrender in Iraq! Never! Never!” McCain

"The George W Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months, an informed source tells Asia Times Online, echoing other reports that have surfaced in the media in the United States recently. Two … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 47 Comments


Like the rest of us, none of these soldiers wanted to die.  None of them wanted to fight a war.  In fact, these men despised war as much as any generation.  In their hearts, they wanted to be back home, … Continue reading

Posted in Prose | 14 Comments

Habakkuk on BAE, the Saudis and the Slush Fund

I think Harper is absolutely right in suggesting that, important though the corruption story may be, the political element — centering around the ‘slush fund’ — is the really significant element in this story. I am curious about, and slightly … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs, Habakkuk, Politics | 8 Comments

More on BAE in the news

"A Department of Defense Inspector General [DoD IG] report, unearthed yesterday and first reported by DANGER ROOM, said that "the advanced aviation and weapons technology for the JSF [Joint Strike Fighter] program may have been compromised" because procedures for securing … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 19 Comments

BAE in the News

"Col Lang, I wanted to flag your attention, and the attention of your readers, to some new dramatic developments in a story you reported last year. The U.S. Department of Justice is agressively pursuing their case against BAE Systems, the … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 18 Comments

David Killcullen and his Power Point Show

Killcullen is all the rage these days in the trendy counterinsurgency set.  A friend at RAND sent me this PP show of his.  It was presented at a trendy conference in Washington.  I leave the content to your judgment without … Continue reading

Posted in The Military Art | 39 Comments