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All (Violent) Options

President Obama’s “smart diplomacy ” in the Middle East is paying dividends once again. From the AFP:

The Palestinians are considering “all options” in response to Israel’s decision to halt peace talks and punish the Palestinian Authority over its unity deal with Hamas, an official said Thursday. “The Palestinian leadership will look into all [...]

What’s Worse Than Having an Empire?

Robert Kaplan, of Stratfor, wrote an interesting piece for The Atlantic — In Defense of Empire:

In June 1941, during the festival of Shavuot, a mob of Arab soldiers and tribesmen led a pogrom in the Jewish quarter of Baghdad, murdering well over 180 men, women, and children. The pogrom, known locally as the [...]

HHS Secretary Sebelius Resigning

This is what passes for accountability these days. A good, if long overdue, start. From ABCNews: The president will nominate Budget Director Sylvia Burwell to replace her.

Sebelius approached President Obama about a month ago and asked to step down after the health care sign-up numbers were released, two senior administration officials and a confidante [...]

If We Can Keep It

Richard Epstein has an interesting take on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon (the campaign finance decision) at Defining Ideas (a Journal of the Hoover Institution) :

Property and Liberty in Tandem

The basic principles of American constitutional law link closely the protection of property and liberty. That point is made powerfully by the [...]

Counsel Bluffs

Who does Obama think he’s kidding? From Reuters: China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Daniel Russel, [...]

The First Woman President

Matthew Continetti at The Washington Free Beacon nails it.

So long have I waited for the glass ceiling to be shattered, for the barrier to be breached, for the blessed moment to arrive. I had thought that the day that begins with a woman in the Oval Office, with more than 50 [...]

Gotta fight the powers that be

This, folks, is called stickin’ it to the man. Gibson Guitars for life, that’s me, even though they’re the less expensive imitation models from Epiphone.

“Great Gibson electric guitars have long been a means of fighting the establishment, so when the powers that be confiscated stocks of tonewoods from the Gibson factory in Nashville [...]

Robert Gates, Accessory After The Fact

Robert Gates just wrote a book about his tenure as the Defense Secretary. There are some excerpt floating around which confirm most everyone who visits here’s suspicions about what goes on in the White House these days. My beef with this whole spectacle is if Robert Gates, saw and heard these things while he was [...]

Today’s Internet Victor — Kurt Schlichter…

One thinks the Duck Dynasty guy is the worst person who ever lived. One saw a jihadi blow up a crowd of little kids. pic.twitter.com/EsmtCIIv5V

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) December 19, 2013

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