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Remember . . . the Maine?

“President Trump warned Thursday that America ‘will not stand’ for Iran shooting down a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz,” a Fox News report summarizes, “while at the same time leaving open the possibility that the attack was unintentional.”  This incident immediately follows the previous week’s apparent provocation, attacks on

Jeff Bezos, moon, luna, conspiracy,

Bezos’s Big Breakaway

Something big may be about to happen.  Trump impeachment? Financial collapse? War with Iran? — each is all-too-likely, none desirable. But I am referring to space. In The Economist, May 14th, we read of Jeff Bezos’s itch to live off-planet.  The article is “Amazon’s boss reckons that humanity needs an

Venezuela, quagmire, mud, Maduro, socialism,

For Freedom in Venezuela

Last week’s coup in Venezuela flopped, it’s reported. But “coup” isn’t quite right: a popular rebellion failed to spark defections from key military commanders, who have become the end-all and be-all of Nicolás Maduro’s reign-at-rifle-point and rule by decree.  Anyone with open eyes can see the illegitimacy of the Maduro

Gavin Newsom, Governor, California, gas, tax, prices, folly,

A Fake Mystery

California’s new top banana is playing politics the old-fashioned way: passing the buck. Last week Governor Gavin Newsom directed the California Energy Commission (CEC) to look into the state’s higher-than-average gasoline prices. “Independent analysis suggests that an unaccounted-for price differential exists in California’s gas prices and that this price differential

white privilege, Jussie Smollett, Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Dolezal

Systemic Refocusing

Everyone comes into this world with advantages and disadvantages.  In the last century, public morality focused on the disadvantaged. Government policy changed dramatically, aiming to help those lacking many obvious advantages. But that focus got fuzzier and fuzzier as the ranks of disadvantaged people remained, even grew larger. Progress was

Joe Biden, creepy Joe, Uncle Joe, sexual, inappropriate

Kiss Biden Goodbye?

Lucy Flores was standing in front of the twice-elected Vice President of these United States at a 2014 campaign rally when, “unexpectedly and out of nowhere,” she recounts, she felt “Joe Biden put his hands on my shoulders, get up very close to me from behind, lean in, smell my

Bill Clinton, impeachment, sexual, #metoo, sex, scandal

#YouToo?

“Will Democrats regret if they don’t open an impeachment investigation?” NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked Heather McGhee, a distinguished senior fellow at Demos. “It’s important, right?” Ms. McGhee responded. “And we can have, you know, Bill Clinton impeached for obstruction of justice about a sexual affair,” she

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Inclusivity Not Included

The 3rd annual Woman’s March strolled by over the weekend — a tiny fraction of its former self.  Two years ago, close to a million protesters converged on Washington, D.C., while this year’s event “appeared to attract only thousands,” The Washington Post reported, “mirroring lower turnout at marches . .

denier, climate change, globlal warming, skepticism, science

Skepticism in Order

It is not a question of “belief,” says Anastasios Tsonis.  In “The overblown and misleading issue of global warming,” this emeritus distinguished professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee explains that in a “scientific problem ‘believing’ has no place,” going on to clarify:  “In science, we either prove or disprove.” And

soldiers, foreign policy, war, peace, Syria, Afghanistan

War Lust Flags

A new poll shows that a narrow majority of Americans would support the President were he to pull troops out of Afghanistan. Less than a quarter of those polled said they would oppose it.  “The survey also indicates Americans remain unconvinced that the United States has a clear purpose in

A Fraction of a Reaction

“A little dab’ll do ya.” That was from Brylcream, not 23andme. President Donald Trump has been mocking Senator Warren, relentlessly, for her claims to native American heritage, calling her “Pocahontas.”* Some have dubbed him “racist” for doing this, but his point was plausibly anti-racist. In 1995, Harvard Law School ballyhooed

fragile, socialism

Big Government Apologetics

Journalists play different roles. Too few report. Too many engage in elaborate apologetics for favored causes. Like big government. Take this headline: “Venezuela’s Crisis Is Rooted In Oil Prices — and Authoritarianism.” Guess: reporting, or bending over backwards to save socialism? The article’s summary of the decline and fall of

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