Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
A very helpful post about a very complicated place.
Paul Johnson in Forbes,
The EU brought a shared prosperity and ease of movement to citizens throughout much of Europe, making it a magnet for people living in neighboring poorer countries. But as war engulfed Syria–and other parts of the Middle East–and the breakdown in law and civil society there became total, what had been a stream of immigrants entering Europe became a raging flood of refugees fleeing for their lives. They overwhelmed Europe’s borders in search of safety, jobs and a better life. And hidden among the legitimate refugees have been those who create mayhem through acts of terrorism, creating fear and distrust and fanning the flames of nationalism.
This crisis could largely have been avoided had there been a strong U.S. President in the White House. When Barack Obama had the chance and support to set up a safe zone within Syria, along the lines of the one set up in northern Iraq for the Kurds, he chose to do nothing. Now much of Syria is a ravaged shell, where various factions battle for control of its bombed-out cities.
Without a U.S. President who is willing to take the lead and pull various groups together, there can be no path forward to counter these destabilizing forces. The past has shown us what happens when we do nothing. Let us hope that November’s election brings about a sea change, so that those who think to once again engulf the globe in war are given pause–one way or another.
Always On: In Always On, Naomi S. Baron reveals that online and mobile technologies--including instant messaging, cell phones, multitasking, Facebook, blogs, and wikis--are profoundly influencing how we read and write, speak and listen, but not in the ways we might suppose. Baron draws on a decade of research to provide an eye-opening look at language in an online and mobile world. She reveals for instance that email, IM, and text messaging have had surprisingly little impact on student writing. Electronic media has magnified the laid-back "whatever" attitude toward formal writing that young people everywhere have embraced, but it is not a cause of it. A more troubling trend, according to Baron, is the myriad ways in which we block incoming IMs, camouflage ourselves on Facebook, and use ring tones or caller ID to screen incoming calls on our mobile phones. Our ability to decide who to talk to, she argues, is likely to be among the most lasting influences that information technology has upon the ways we communicate with one another. Moreover, as more and more people are "always on" one technology or another--whether communicating, working, or just surfing the web or playing games--we have to ask what kind of people we are becoming, as individuals and as family members or friends, if the relationships we form must increasingly compete for our attention with digital media.
One I'll add to my Goodreads list. I know some guys for whom profanity's an Art Form.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
How Reagan dispelled rumors on his health. Clinton's certainly not the first to be questioned on it. They dogged Reagan throughout his elections and Presidency.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Riding a bike in Chicago's never strike me as a wise thing to do. Last time I did was twenty years ago. Hit a pothole and went head over handle bars at Fullerton and Larmie. Haven't done it since. I'll stick with the back roads west of Rt 47 or Wisconsin's Door County.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Trump didn't just pitch for the African American vote. He pitched what Simon correctly notes what almost everyone secretly knows. Progressives have laid waste to many communities with Blacks taking the biggest hits.If you thought the mainstream media has been coming down a bit hard on Donald Trump of late, you haven't seen anything yet.In his speech Tuesday night the businessman had the temerity to hit them where they really live by going where no Republican on a presidential level has dared to go before. He declared aloud what almost everyone secretly knows, that the horrifying condition of black people in urban America is at least partly, probably largely, the fault of the media's darling, the Democratic Party. Their failed liberal policies and exploitation of blacks have been making things worse for African-Americans for decades.Trump is right, of course. And under Obama and Clinton, the carnage has only reached new levels with people shooting each other in the streets of Chicago and Baltimore as if they were the suburbs of Raqqa.Pushing the envelope further, the businessman made an overt pitch to black voters to come over to him for the sake of their own communities, to make their lives better by breaking the stranglehold the Democrats have had on African-Americans.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces heavily bombarded the bases of the Islamic State (ISIS) earlier today east of Mosul city.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
1) US military commanders should be honest & admit the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces will take part in the Mosul offensive.— Bill Roggio (@billroggio) August 12, 2016
2) But US military commanders are loath to admit that their actions support Iran's goals. So, as in past, they will do best to obscure.— Bill Roggio (@billroggio) August 12, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
While the most serious violations are Departmental in nature and not criminal, that isn't going to save certain members from administrative action. What we have seen here, we consider a monumental failure in training and preparing officers for street duty. Leaving aside the violation of General Orders we outlined in the past few days, in what world is this tactically sound?
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Fazel Hawramy: Isis crimes continue: in a new video they threw a man off a building in Tel Afar near Mosul with kids watching
Monday, August 08, 2016
You'd think an outfit like Jenner and Block would have more sense when it comes to deals like this. Seazy is one thing, but sleazy and dumb embarrassing.
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Friday, August 05, 2016
On Monday while President Obama was taking part in a global nuclear security summit in South Korea, he was caught on tape asking for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for "space." "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility," Obama implored. Obama assured the departing Russian President he will have the "flexibility" required to deal with missile defense issues after the 2012 presidential
Thursday, August 04, 2016
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
One briefing document produced by a KRG department presents three possible scenarios for the Mosul offensive’s IDP fallout. In the first, best-case scenario, the operation lasts only a few weeks. In this case, the number of IDPs will remain comparatively low, as Da’esh bans freedom of movement, and Mosuli civilians attempt to weather the conflict at home.
The second, middle-case, scenario gives the 420,000 IDP contingency figure. It assumes an offensive lasting more than several weeks, in which shelling and airstrikes become more intense, and the battle descends into block-by-block street fighting.
In the third, worst case scenario the offensive lasts several months. Bitter street fighting, increasing shortages of food and supplies, and inner-city chaos ensue as Da’esh slowly loses control. In this scenario, the number of people fleeing the fighting may rise to more than a million.Remember US participation still under Bush era Congressional Authorizations for Use of Force. Few in the media are paying much attention to this much less working out the scenarios which per Serwer could be very bad if the US not prepared to help. I doubt we are.
Monday, August 01, 2016
Few Americans know how many of our Troops will participate in this Offensive. No one talks about it including Trump.
He should. PS An update today over at Politico, Get Ready for Obama’s ‘October Surprise’ in Iraq