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Don’t Panic!!!

Just to put Iowa in a bit of perspective…
What happened on the Republican side last night is not terribly different from what happened in 1988, when Pat Robertson finished a strong second behind nearly-neighboring-stater Bob Dole (Bush 39 finished third). Like Robertson, Huckabee turned out enough of the local Baptists to swamp the tiny caucus […]

New Dynamic This Election??

Michael Barone notices a pattern which may be in play this election season. I think he’s a little off in his characterization of the median-age voter, as I am one of them. But then maybe my remembering the tail-end of Vietnam, Watergate, the oil-embargoes, stagflation, and the Carter presidency, isn’t usual for those […]

The paradox of choice

An interesting TED talk on how to many choices are making us miserable. I’ve been seeing more and more people referring to these talks. Everyone I’ve sat through has been interesting in some way.

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You Say You Want a Revolution

These are the events that can kick off revolutions, civil wars, and even God forbid world wars…
Let’s hope and pray this will be a more bloodless revolution.,2933,318510,00.html
Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a homicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally.
The former prime minister died in Rawalpindi […]

Give Up on Giving Up, Senator Reid

When members of your own party are positive about changes they are seeing first hand in Iraq, maybe it’s time to give up on giving up.
“I feel we’ve made progress, and the other part is I feel we can see an end game in sight,” Donnelly, D-Ind., told reporters on a conference call Tuesday from […]

Nothing to See Here, Move Along

This is interesting:
The “Key Judgments” released by the intelligence community last week begin with a dramatic assertion: “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.” This sentence was widely interpreted as a challenge to the Bush administration policy of mobilizing international pressure against alleged Iranian nuclear programs. It […]

Sarajevo War Criminal Sentenced

While this is welcome news, it can hardly be called justice. A just society would have stopped this guy in his tracks, long before 10,000 people were killed during the seige of Sarajevo.;_ylt=Atb4Bpre3V1KJ4H.g7llWfkE1vAI
The U.N. war crimes tribunal sentenced former Bosnian Serb general Dragomir Milosevic to 33 years imprisonment on Wednesday for the shelling of […]

Terror in Our Backyard - UPDATED

These are the headlines on the drudgereport right now.
Now, it may just be me, but doesn’t these seem to be a very strong reaction […]

Feminism vs Multiculturalism - UPDATED

The radicals over at N.O.W. continue to be in a pickle over their support or at least their inaction over a case where one set of values conflicts with another set of values. How can you defend womens rights, and not condemn the treatment some cultures or some people, give towards women.
Why […]

Writing on the Wall in Iraq??

Hmmm, first al Sadr calls for a cease fire. Now he is actively seeking out those of his ‘army’ who are ignoring his orders.
Now, does this sound like a man who’s winning the war? Sounds more like someone who now believes you’re either part of the solution, or part of the problem, and […]

Christmas Cards for Any Wounded Soldier

Recently an email similar to the following was sent around. I contacted the Public Affairs officer at Walter Reed to check on this, because I’ve heard for a few years that they do not accept anonymous cards or packages.
If you want, the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana is accepting cards till Nov 16th, and is […]

Courage Required Of Leaders

ED MORRISSEY: Waterboarding is torture and Congress should outlaw it. That would, however, require courage.
Hmmm, didn’t someone around here (and over there) say that recently??? OK, certainly not as eloquently, or verbosely, but it’s the same point all the same.
Congress should quit debating whether current law covers waterboarding and clear the issue up once […]

It Must Be So

Bono says it is, so it must be so…
“There is an imminent threat,” says Bono. “It’s real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism. Let’s not pretend it isn’t.” Exactly. Be afraid.
Well, maybe he’s just playing the politics of fear…
Jonathan Evans, in an extraordinary public appearance, reports his outfit […]

Stupid Human Tricks

Here are things not recommended to try in Indiana.
A) Speeding through a construction zone. You see orange cones (which seems like all the time around here) slow down.
B) Running from the cops, after speeding through a construction zone. Generally, if cops want to pull you over, you should find a safe place to […]

Zero Tolerance Idiocy

Hugging friends is equal to sexual harassment? What has replaced commonsense in school administrators these days? Risk aversion is one thing, defining a problem down to a list of “must not do” activities isn’t the way of solving it.

A 13-year-old junior high school student was given two days of detention after school officials […]

Closed Minded Bigots

I found this post very apt to a situation we’ve highlighted here on this blog. I’ve noticed this time and time again, and have shut off even trying to change minds when I encounter this behavior. Best to point it out, and move on. You know, really move on, not moving on […]

Global Warming = California Wildfires

So says Harry Reid and other environmentalists, so it must be true. No doubt they have checked with everyone who agrees with them and they have a consensus about it.
So, what caused them way back when…
If there was a “worst fire season” in the last century or so, Berlant said, it would probably be […]

Reconciliation in Iraq - II

The surge was meant to reduce violence so that there was breathing space for reconciliation. Well, as most will admit now, the surge has reduced violence. Whether that is a short-term, or a long-term shift, remains to be seen. Many people have pointed out that if all we (supporters) are talking about […]

Ethics and Journalism

Now, don’t laugh, there are standards by which they are supposed to conduct themselves, at the least, professionally.
From the Society of Professional Journalists (based here in Indianapolis,) we have these standards:
Seek Truth and Report It
Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
Minimize Harm
Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as […]

Oy - of mice and men

How can anyone read Glenn Greenwald prattling on about how picked on he feels by the VRWC?? And remain so slavishly loyal to him as to defend his own behavior.
If his point is the supposed politicization of the military, then he’s certainly getting off the track by making the issue about Boylan and his […]

Poor, Poor Pitifull Me

Gleenwald sure is going to a lot of trouble to play the victim…
His latest update on the possibility that a member of the US Military is not treating him with all the respect due to a member of the professional press (aside: I thought bloggers were all a bunch of pajama’s wearing cretins?)
On a different […]

Pointing Fingers and Making Excuses - SOP

Standard Operating Politicians…
Didn’t take long for politicians to start pointing fingers at who to blame for the delayed use of fire-fighting aircraft in California. And everyone has an excuse.,2933,305341,00.html
It took as long as a day for Navy, Marine and California National Guard helicopters to get clearance early this week, in part because state rules […]

Ethnic Cleansing In LA

Who would have thought this kind of thing would happen in this day and age, in America. But, add one part “War on Drugs,” and one part “Illegal Immigration,” and you get volatile results.
A south Los Angeles Latino street gang targeted African-American gang rivals and other blacks in a campaign of neighborhood “cleansing,” federal […]

Items To Save During A House Fire

Self - Check
Spouse - Check
Kids - Check
Pets - Check
Important Papers - Checks
Satellite Receiver - WTF
The nerve of some corporations!
When this Azola couple got back from their honeymoon, they had about an hour of matrimonial bliss before being forced to flee as their house was engulfed in flames. So you can understand they had some things […]

Second Chances

I’m with Michael on this aspect of the New Republic scandal.
Beauchamp has done the honorable thing and told the truth when it mattered. He’s also facing the worst punishment, facing his peers and living/working with the people he slighted and disrespected. If they can live with that, so can I.
And like the joke […]

Shift Happens

Sometimes information like this makes me sit back and think “whoa” (sounding to much like neo in the matrix.) Not only is this a small world (which we often forget,) but it is becoming an exponentially complex and interconnected one.

glumbert - Shift Happens
The Singularity is Near.
Heck, I read sci-fi, and try to keep up […]

Data Mining and Domestic Policing

When I first heard about this story about a fugitive being caught after 35 years, I didn’t think twice about it. Until I saw a detail about the Intelligence Fusion Center being involved.
State investigators say the very things that helped a convicted Indiana murderer stay under the radar for more than three decades were […]

National Security in the 21st Century

Megan McArdle asks the question, Should we cut our defense spending in half? And has a follow up post entitled “The best offense is a good defense?”
It is an interesting discussion in that our military has always been about projecting and protecting Americas national interests beyond our border. That is what the Navy […]

Democrats Soured Over Playing By the Rules

Gee, cry me a river, it’s hard to pass an agenda without making compromises. And here I thought that’s the way it was setup.
“The fact is it’s been hard,” said Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), who served in the House from 1980-92 and is now in his party’s leadership team as chairman of the […]