Update: The funding has now passed but the delay was costly. Perhaps that was the intent. Hidden costs were added in to get approval, and the “using funds from other sources” intentionally designed to deceive. Also one might ascribe a more cynical reason such as extracting the longest delay that could be useful for political capital in the fight against Pro-life lobby and the upcoming issues in Novembers battle with the red – and battle ground states. Watch for it. Editor RTJ From the Daily Signal “The hypocrisy of Democrats in Congress when it comes to combatting the Zika virus is not only outrageous, it’s dangerous.The latest data from the Centers for … Continue reading
From Russia Direct: “Despite the latest meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinense counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on June 25, which resulted in a series of declarations and statements, the real geopolitical issues that matter for both countries remain in the shadows.” Source: Why Crimea and Taiwan are flip sides of the same geopolitical coin | Russia Direct If the post-Cold War equilibrium in international relations no longer provides a way to resolve these lingering territorial issues, what happens next? One answer could be that Russia and China will continue to make attempts to reshape the world order, both subtle and not so subtle. Crimea and Taiwan, … Continue reading
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First in a series – Adult Children A bevy of trend-conscious city planners, opportunistic real-estate developers, municipal officials eager to grow their cities’ tax bases, and entrepreneurial urban gurus (most prominently the consultant Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class) ballyhoo the national renaissance of what inevitably gets described as the Vibrant Urban Neighborhood. The VUN—with its standard-issue bike shops and vintage clothiers, its “authentic” live-work spaces and dive bars, its predictable purveyors of vinyl records and locally-sourced foodstuffs, its de rigueur venues for generically hip “live music,” its uniform throngs of overwhelmingly unmarried and childless active or aspiring knowledge workers ritualistically intoning the shibboleth of “diversity”—has metastasized … Continue reading
Yes Virginia – there IS still some sanity left somewhere in our world. – Editor From the Washington Post: “UPDATE: Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has decided against charging the mother of a 3-year-old boy who got into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo last month. The incident ended with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old gorilla, Harambe, igniting an international uproar. “The family is very pleased with this decision; it is what we expected,” the boy’s family said in a statement Monday. “This is one more step in allowing us to put this tragic episode behind us and return to our normal family life. We extend thanks to all … Continue reading
Dems postioning Warren for VP slot? Editor “Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused Senate Republicans Monday of waging a systematic campaign to block nearly all of President Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees. Ms. Warren, Massachusetts Democrat and one of the left’s most aggressive attack dogs, said the GOP’s stonewalling of Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court is “only the latest example of Senate Republicans’ overall approach to Obama administration nominees.” “For seven years, Senate Republicans have delayed or blocked votes on key nominations, including district and circuit court judges, key regulators, and foreign policy and national security officials,” she said in a report. “Senate Republicans’ record of … Continue reading
We need to acknowledge that this is our war. The Republicans need to stop the sales of weapons to all these factions. Yes, they agree with O’s strategy, but do they agree with funding and supplying weapons to all sides, as we have been doing for the last seven years. I.e. warplanes to and intelligence to Weapon’s sale to Saudi – Mother Jones, fighting a proxy war with Iran. Ditto for planes and intelligence in Iraq in Mother Jones, fighting Sunni ISIS. Ditto planes, weapons to “Moderate” rebels (Al -Qaeda) fighting Syria (Russia and Iran), weapons that somehow end up in and feeding violence post overthrow in Libya If this is our … Continue reading
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I realize as a generational speaker I am approaching near oblivion, but my Grandmother would so not be happy with today’s definition of what’s the “Christian” thing to do! I would definitely reveal my ancientness if I even listed out the things my contemporaries think are fine … for Christians, that would make me, er, hide. But even so, we used to have ideas in this country about how (Forget “Christian”) responsible, genteel, public officials and people in leadership were supposed to behave. Apparently Mr. Cruz has had some influence in his life from such people, like my grandmother! From the American Spectator: “Cruz’s refusal to get into verbal fisticuffs … Continue reading
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Ya, know, Donald, we often wonder when you use words like “Cajole” if maybe they are Modis Operandi for you. Do you “cajole” the Clintons, your pals? Do you “cajole” city boards of zoning? Do you “cajole” nations around the world that you do business with, to your betterment, but not necessarily to theirs? Or how about senators and congressmen when you need a favor. To some of us, that isn’t necessarily a, um, laudable trait. (Those of us who aren’t from NY City.) And on the other hand, we have to wonder if ever, in situations that you felt were untenable in the boardroom, if you weren’t just a … Continue reading
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From Benjamin Welton at “The Weekly Standard”… Here! Here! To say, I couldn’t agree more… Thank you Benjamin Welton for your concise analysis of the dangers of Scientific Socialism. How sad that we have left the gates open, and now all that is valuable in our culture is all but gone. We can only hope that we can with God’s help, recover. But I fear it is indeed too late. Editor RTJ What can all of this tell us about our current situation? First, instead of denigrating our traditions, we should revive them. Second, instead of referring to our poilu class as “white trash,” we should celebrate them. A healthier … Continue reading
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And so it begins. We are entering the last months before the primary season begins and the citizens of the United States begin to choose their new president-while the world looks on. It is always different, but still the same. Outliers and insiders lining up and risking all their professional and personal standing for the top job. Senators, Governors, Vice Presidents, Cabinet Members, they are the insiders. Then there are the outliers. Former Presidents Wives, Activists, Doctors, Business Owners, kings in their own right. Usually three or four strong contestants, sometimes even six or seven. But this year? So many looking at the Republican ticket. (We will discuss the Democrats … Continue reading
From the Washington Post’s Rubin: Time to take another look at Marco Rubio – if the Democratic machine finds him this important! MSM reporters and liberal pundits would have us believe that Donald Trump is immune to political gravity. They say he need not play by the rules that other candidates must follow. Well, they said the same thing about Hillary Clinton before her favorables sank and she lost the lead in hypothetical matchups against Republicans. The difference between Clinton and Trump, however, is that the latter has five or more opponents who are credible alternatives for GOP voters. Post-debate online polls aside, as voters process Trump’s debate and … Continue reading
Andrew C. McCarthy at National Review: “In October, while courting conservative support for the upcoming midterm election, Senator Mitch McConnell declaimed that any nominee to replace Eric Holder as “the nation’s highest law-enforcement official” must, “as a condition of his or her confirmation,” avoid “at all costs” Holder’s penchant for putting “political and ideological commitments ahead of the rule of law” — including as it “relates to the president’s acting unilaterally on immigration or anything else.”Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417467/disgraceful-republican-cave-loretta-lynch-andrew-c-mccarthy Read more at http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417467/disgraceful-republican-cave-loretta-lynch-andrew-c-mccarthy#YGz2f55k75gAV4EZ.99 This is not about immigration, amnesty, health care, and the full spectrum of tough issues on which reasonable minds can differ. It is about the collapse of … Continue reading
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Editors at Bloomberg View: “This week’s events should help clarify the risks for all concerned. Until now, the government has prevented such defaults, for fear of contagion. (Even after allowing panel maker Chaori Solar to go bust last year, Beijing stepped in to make bondholders whole.) Yet unless borrowers and creditors believe there is a cost to failure, they will continue to make bad decisions and deepen the risk of a financial crisis.By allowing Kaisa, a high-profile Shenzhen property developer, to miss $52 million in interest payments on Monday, and Baoding Tianwei Group, a state-owned manufacturer of power transformers, to do the same with a $13.8 million payment due Tuesday, … Continue reading
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Bloomberg View: “According to White House press releases, Obama didn’t exactly have a packed schedule. On Tuesday, he held important meetings and a press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House (Ghani will meet with Stoltenberg while they are both in town). But the only event on Obama’s public schedule for Wednesday is a short speech to kick off a meeting related to the Affordable Care Act. On Thursday, he will head to Alabama to give a speech about the economy. Stoltenberg is in town primarily for the NATO Transformation Seminar, a once-a-year strategic brainstorming session that brings together NATO’s leadership with experts and top officials from … Continue reading
Ali Yasher at Israel National News:One source from the US government called the new buildup on the border “significant,” saying the Saudis may be readying to launch airstrikes on the Houthis if they attack Hadi in his refuge of the southern seaport Aden, a key strategic point controlling the entrance to the Red Sea and ultimately Eilat. Hadi fled Sana’a for Aden in February, escaping from the Houthis. “The Saudis are just really deeply concerned about what they see as an Iranian stronghold in a failed state along their border,” US Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller told Reuters on Monday. The Saudi-Yemen border is 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) long. If … Continue reading
David Bowen P.H.D. at National Interest Magazine: “Daesh’s ideology—which, unlike Al Qaeda—focuses on on the “near enemy”—may help it form new alliances with groups like Boko Haram and militants in Libya and Yemen, which are also fighting various vestiges of state governments. Nonetheless, this ideology hasn’t been attractive enough to sustain the group’s territorial expansion to new areas of Syria and Iraq where local officials and fighters neither share Daesh’s ideology nor its vision. If history is any guide, Daesh’s ideology may also prove the group’s undoing. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al Qaeda, learned this lesson two decades ago in Egypt when, as the leader of the Islamic Jihad, … Continue reading
Perry Chiaramonte at Fox News: “The FBI put out a clearly incorrect set of numbers on public shootings shortly before the November election last year,” said Lott, a frequent opinion writer for FoxNews.com and author of “More Guns, Less Crime.” “I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this.It is one thing for the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the National Institute of Justice to put out politically biased studies, but there has always been a Chinese wall separating the FBI raw data collection from political pressures.” Asked for comment, Katherine Schweit, the FBI’s section chief of the bureau’s Active Shooter Initiative, … Continue reading
Myron Magnet at City Journal: “On October 22, just when the Carter administration and the mullahs seemed to be finding a way to get along, the shah—his eagle-proud face pain-worn and his wasted body too small for his once-resplendent, Gilbert-and-Sullivan-ornate uniform—arrived in New York for cancer treatment. Less than two weeks later, on November 4, a mob of “students” invaded and seized the American embassy in Tehran and took its 68 employees hostage, though they soon released the 15 women and African-Americans, and later set free another hostage suffering from multiple sclerosis. The other 52 Americans endured 444 days of captivity. How far the mullahs engineered this feat as retribution … Continue reading
“We’ll be getting new health insurance and we’ll presumably do it through my job with the Senate, and so we’ll be on the federal exchange with millions of others on the federal exchange,” Cruz told CNN Tuesday afternoon. CNN termed Cruz’s move onto the federal exchange as “ironic.” CNN’s Dana Bash appeared dumbfounded.”But senator, for right now, the irony is just kind of unbelievable that you have made your name fighting against Obamacare and now you’re going to sign up getting your insurance through that very process: Obamacare,” Bash told him. But Cruz dismissed that interpretation, saying he is only following the law.”I believe we should follow the text of … Continue reading