Matins

“Awake! For Morning in the bowl of night/ Has flung the Stone which sets the Stars to flight-/And Lo! The Hunter of the East has caught/The Sultan’s turret in a noose of light!” ( Rubayiat)

“There is more room to live now. The once-secret dawn/Comes late by daylight, and the dark unguarded goes.”  (MacLeish, Immortal Autumn) ... [Read More]

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Should I go to the post office?

The 22nd is the Enthronement Ceremony in Japan and I have not got my invitation in the mail. Clearly the post office has messed up, right? Maybe I should just show up so as not to embarazada the new emperor.

What does one wear to an enthronement? A megalomaniac would know I bet. I’ll ask DocLor or Haakon.

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Bringing back our girls

No, not those girls from Chibok.   At least 150 of those girls have never been heard from.

This was 22 girls who were freed by the Nigerian military, along with 125 boys, from a “school” where they were imprisoned hostages.

Continue reading “Bringing back our girls”

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Are Women Ready to Lead?

I have been really disappointed that two of the highest ranking Democratic women have shown such weakness. Hillary Clinton didn’t show enough leadership to make a concession speech the night of the election. No one wants to give one of those but you suck it in and deal with it. If Hillary were ever president, she would have on her desk “The Buck Never Stops Here”.

Nancy Pelosi got her feelings hurt and walked out of meeting. Trump has to face more garbage by breakfast than weak kneed Nancy faces by midnight. When the situation got tough she went and boohooed to a bank of microphones. ... [Read More]

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I suspect Russian Collusion in …

the victory of the Oregon Ducks over the Washington Huskies. I am not saying the double dealing Great Adventure is a traitor. I would never cast aspersions on my dear friend. He does seemed well groomed and likes borscht though. And that dating of Natasha in college is just a coincidence that could happen to anyone who wants to hide their double life. I want to congratulation him on his Vladivostok Victory. I wonder how it feels to betray a country and everyone in it.

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Trump v. CNN

“In a demand letter sent to CNN on Wednesday, an attorney working for the president outlined his intention to sue CNN for its willful misrepresentation of itself. For years, CNN has told viewers, advertisers, and sources that it is an unbiased, straight news outfit. That’s a lie, and the president’s lawyers believe it actually violates the federal Lanham Act’s prohibitions on false and misleading advertising.”

That is from Daily Caller.   Here is more from the Washington Examiner:... [Read More]

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What would you do if you woke up with Superman’s powers?

“What would you do if you woke up with Superman’s powers?”

I saw this question on facebook in my City of Heroes chat group. It is sort of a fun exercise, but the more I think about it, the more I am sure I would, in short order, be seen as one of the world’s greatest monsters. Lord Acton call your office.... [Read More]

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Live: Brexit Debate and Vote

In its first Saturday session in 37 years, the British parliament is debating and voting on the Brexit deal proposed by Boris Johnson.  At this writing (13:20 UTC), debate is concluding on a “poison pill” amendment which would rule out the “no deal” option which many pro-Brexit supporters believe essential in subsequent dealings with the European Union.  After this is resolved, the main deal will come onto the agenda.

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Stack Exchange Got Woke, Currently Melting Down

Real Brief: Stack Exchange put out one of those “CoC” documents in which speech is compelled, and disagreement is punishable, and yes, it’s all about pronouns.

Here’s a link, and if you prowl about the right-hand lists, you’ll soon get lost in a morass of mistrust, abuse, and bad news.... [Read More]

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Arabian Nights

In 2003, then Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, warned against the imminent invasion of Iraq led by the United States. In his warning, he stated that an invasion aimed at removing the regime of Saddam Hussein would only serve to destabilize the entire Middle East. Clearly, after 15 years of turmoil in the Middle East, what al-Faisal meant by “destabilize” was that Iran would no longer have the counter-weight of Saddam Hussein preventing it from creating a Shi’ite Crescent. This projection of power in the Middle East has stretched from Tehran all the way to the Mediterranean Sea and across the Persian Gulf into Yemen. As a result of this Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states sought for ways to counter Iran’s expansion of influence in the region.

Part of the plan for countering this expansion called for the Gulf States to encourage confrontation with Iranian-allied entities in the Middle East. The opportunity to take out a major component of the Shi’ite Crescent came in 2011 when, as part of what was deemed the Arab Spring, public unrest in Syria began. Initially mimicking what was seen first in Tunisia and then later in Egypt, the unrest in Syria was a call by the people for more political autonomy within  the country. Soon the protests were coopted by jihadists who spotted an opportunity to topple a secular regime and install an Islamist one in its wake. That is when the killing picked up pace. It is also when the Gulf states and many in the national security elite of the United States saw a chance to act.... [Read More]

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Patrick Buchanan – Still a Visionary

In my expert experience, about 15% of Buchanan’s articles express a notable viewpoint or a pithy observation.  His latest is of the latter type.  Essentially, world leaders must be careful what they wish for, and our Congress is full of crapweasels.

https://townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/2019/10/18/is-putin-the-new-king-of-the-middle-east-n2554949

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