Ditto

        Some of the best analysis of political issues on the net is contained at the site Baseball Crank.  The site owner loves baseball and has many posts about it.  I, to put it mildly, do not share

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The Song of the Seabees

Construimus, Batuimus (We Build, We Fight) Something for the weekend.  Judy Garland singing The Song of the Seabees seems appropriate for a Labor Day weekend. At the outset of World War II, the Navy faced a task of unbelievable difficulty. 

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Various & Sundry, 8/30/13

Kevin William’s Modest Proposal Kevin Williamson thinks Allison Benedikt is right – rich liberals have a moral obligation to send their kids to public school. And he has a way to make it fair. People hold capital in the form

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Iowa Democrats Praying to Moloch for Abortion

  First MOLOCH, horrid King besmear’d with blood Of human sacrifice, and parents tears, Though, for the noyse of Drums and Timbrels loud, Their children’s cries unheard that passed through fire To his grim Idol. Him the AMMONITE Worshipt in

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To Intervene or Not to Intervene, that is the Question

      President Obama is deciding whether to intervene in Syria against the Assad regime.  I think any hesitation is for show, and the decision to intervene has been made.  Intervening in the Syrian Civil War is not popular, so

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Various & Sundry, 8/29/13

The Misery of Being Merely Upper Middle Class Allison Lynn has written a book called The Exiles that just has to be satire. Sadly, it is not. As it happens, the book is entirely serious about the dire fate of the

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Ill-educated and Proud of it!

      Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Allison Benedikt is an editor at Slate.  Judging from the piece of tripe below I would say that whatever other factors are involved in the choice of editors by the

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Just Give Him a Gold Watch and Be Done With It

  Hattip to Instapundit.  One reason why colleges cost through the roof is travesties like this:Outgoing Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin will receive $850,000 in cash, an iPad, and a job that pays $311,000 annually when he steps

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John the Baptist, Herod and Us

Today is the feast day of the beheading of John the Baptist.  His message of repentance is extremely unpopular in our day.  We live in a time of cheap grace.  When men bother to think of God at all they often

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Various & Sundry, 8/28/13

Obama’s Half-Measures with Syria I disagree with Abrams that we should intervene, but he’s right about Obama’s approach. Why are a hundred thousand killed by conventional means not a cause for action, but several hundred killed from chemical weapons means

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March on Washington 50 Years Later: Ironies

    Officially titled the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the title underlines one of the ironies in this observation.  At the time of the March black unemployment was ten percent.  After untold trillions spent in the last

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Wilson Speaks

An audio recording of Woodrow Wilson in 1912 taking advantage of the division in Republican ranks that would lead Theodore Roosevelt to bolt the party and run as the standard bearer of the Bull Moose party that he created.  Wilson’s

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Calibortion

      While most other states are tightening their abortion laws, California is in the process of allowing non-physicians to perform abortions:   Ed Morrissey at Hot Air gives us the details: Remember, of course, that this is all

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Various & Sundry, 8/27/13

Weariness and Current Events Some chap named Paul Zummo has written about Jody Bottum’s white flag essay over at the Catholic Stand. You should all go read it. But Hey, We Don’t Really Have to Worry About Same Sex Marriage

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Tears of a Clown

    Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.  Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown who engaged in lese majesty against King Obama speaks out: I didn’t think anything more of it than what we’ve done 15 years ago, ten years

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Various & Sundry, 8/26/13

Bradley Manning Is Not a Woman Kevin Williamson says what is obvious to most, but is sadly considered controversial considering the number of comments. Judicial Activism – That Does Not Mean What You Think It Means Justice Ginsburg – evidently

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Randolph Scott vs. John Wayne

    As long as we are discussing Randolph Scott, I recall that he co-starred with John Wayne in 1942 in two films:  The Spoilers and Pittsburg.  In each film Scott and Wayne had fist fights.  The no holds barred

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Why the Welfare State

A powerful scene from the movie The Mudlark (1950), which is a fictional account of a young orphan who scrounges a very meager living by trying to find items of value washed ashore along the banks of the Thames, and who

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The Marines Called Her Reckless

“I was surprised at her beauty and intelligence, and believe it or not, her esprit de corps. Like any other Marine, she was enjoying a bottle of beer with her comrades. She was constantly the center of attraction and was

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Joseph Bottum Goes For “Strange New Respect”

    Former editor of First Things Joseph Bottum, before he got canned in 2010, writes a truly vapid and interminable essay at Commonweal in which he comes out for Gay marriage.  I am not going to link to it.  The

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Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?

Something for the weekend.  Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott by the Statler Brothers.  A 1974 lament of how tawdry the movies had become, it fastened on Randolph Scott, king of B-movie westerns, as an icon for a better day when

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Various and Sundry, 8/23/13

Sadly all vacations must come to an end, but on the bright side that means I’m back with some linky goodness. The Debate We Aren’t Having Three thugs murdered a young man simply because they were bored. Naturally this means

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Devils’ Bargain

The 74th anniversary of the Nazi-Soviet agreement.  Two of the three great mass murderers of the last century, Mao would complete the trio, the marriage of convenience of Hitler and Stalin signaled the onset of World War II.  Communists who had

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Old Abe the War Eagle

The mascot of the Eighth Wisconsin infantry during the Civil War, Old Abe became a symbol of the Union war effort. Born in 1861 the female bald eaglet was captured soon after birth by Ahgamahwegezhig (Chief Sky) a member of the

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Reality is so Unfair

  Ah, if only the surrealists of the last century could have seen our times they would have burned their easels and notebooks since their art could never have twisted reality sufficient to match our reality. A fine example is

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First Amendment? Hello? First Amendment?

        Hattip to Ace at Ace of Spades.  Apparently the New Mexico Supreme Court desperately needs to have a copy of the US Constitution sent to them. New Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that people must set aside

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Castro: the Mainstream Media’s Favorite Dictator

  “When the world had given us up for dead, the interview with Matthews put the lie to our disappearance.” Che Guevara, January 1958 Alas, if the mainstream media had only been half as questioning of Castro as the late Stuart

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Atheism: A Form of Insanity?

        Novelist Tom Knox, who writes under the pen name of Sean Thomas for some of his work, certainly knows how to ignite a firestorm.  In The Telegraph he argues that atheism is a form of insanity.

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Political Correctness Made Cowards of Them All

    The farce that is the courtmartial of mass killer Major Nidal Hasan  is wending on its way with the military judge restricting evidence of Hasan’s jihadi motives: Prosecutors will not be allowed to enter evidence that Nidal Hasan intended

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Shrewd, Very Shrewd

    In the age of Obama it is possible for Americans to forget that there are leaders who are very shrewd indeed:     The Egyptian defense minister ordered the engineering department of the armed forces to swiftly repair all

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Euthanize Your Autistic Kid!

    Charming. The letter demands that Begley take action over her “retarded” son Max.   The Ontario mother said she had no idea who would send such a hateful  letter, which left her family shocked and devastated. She tearfully told

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John Kerry, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Copts

    John Kerry, our hapless Secretary of State, is backing the Muslim Brotherhood in the current incipient Civil War raging in Egypt between the Egypptian military, which removed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood former president of Egypt, and the supporters

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Various and Sundry, 8/19/13

I’m on vacation, so this will be short and quick. Take That Health Food Crazies McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger is the cheapest, most nutritious food ever, at least according to one of the authors of Freaknonomics. Chris Christie Continues to Endear

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