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Wednesday, December 9. 2015
Photo: Where not to put a Christmas tree
Yale Lecturer Resigns After Email on Halloween Costumes
This betrayal of Yale’s supposed ideals is a clear warning to the next thought criminal who dares speak up.
Jimmy Carter Saved By Israeli Cancer Treatment
The US and Israel are the overwhelming leaders in medical innovation. Switzerland to a lesser extent. The rest of the world depends on that.
Obama healthcare law will cost U.S. 2 million jobs by '25, government agency says
Congress Must Stop the Flow of Corporate Welfare to Insurers
Along with all other corporate and agricultural welfare
Is Racism 'Embedded in Our Psyche'?
No. "Tribal" cultural affinities are.
Welcome To Barack Obama’s America - Barack Obama's political legacy is the rise of Donald Trump.
Fighting Terror by Self-Reproach - How did we become a country more afraid of causing offense than playing defense?
New Benghazi Email Shows DOD Offered State Department “Forces that Could Move to Benghazi” Immediately – Specifics Blacked Out in New Document
Sergeant Major Speaks Out On Women In Combat
The Palestinians' Window of Opportunity Is Closing
ISIS takes flight: Terror group training pilots at airbase in Libya
They are not a terror group. They are a religio-political armed movement which sometimes uses terror tactics for intimidation
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RE: ISIS takes flight in Libya:
Thanks alot Hillary. Using our military to help jihadists eliminate Kadaffy was her Signature Achievement as SoS.
Not piddling, sporadic PR airstrikes like in Syria - Hillary and BO launched a major air campaign to help the jihadist in Libya.
This alone should DQ Hillary, but won't, or course.
re Jimmy Carter Saved By Israeli Cancer Treatment
I suspect the headline is misleading.
However, assuming it is true and the cancer is going into remission, I suspect he will go right back to spouting his anti-Israel/pro Palestinian venom.
Character matters, and I hear he is a very nasty man. I would speculate he misses the irony of the situation and will not show any gratitude for the treatment. Libs aren't good at those things.
"a religio-political armed movement which sometimes uses terror tactics for intimidation"
When "sometimes" is every time they get control of opponents or of unarmed civilians, it is more than occasional intimidation but a terrorist movement for which brutality toward civilians or captured opponents is its prime activity that sometimes is just an armed religio-political armed movement. There is nothing legitimate about ISIS nor should it be given any shield behind word play. - Isolationism keeps finding new depths of trying to find excuses for inaction against a direct and rising threat to our interests and homes.
That is what barbarian "armies" have always done. Same as the IRA.
I do not defend them.
You erroneously conflate widely differing movements and methods, to make them all seem similar. They are not, and neither is their goals and neither is the utter depravity of their methods. Again, I repeat, sophistry to justify isolationism, to avoid what needs to be done.
Re: Erika Christakis
She next should divorce her spineless, faithless husband who grovelled before her attackers rather than defend her.
It is also more than a little ironic that she is a specialist in the education of young children.
They are hardcore leftists themselves. They keep mumbling that like one of Stalin's useful idiots being purged.
I liked the Z-Man's "Dragging The Overton Window Our Way" article. While I don't really like Trump, I love what he is doing to the media and the debate.
The I.R.A. was "barbarian" army?
Only to the British scum who subjected the Irish to centuries of abuse and degradation. Does the name Cromwell ring a bell?
The feckin' bastards got off easy.
Sorry. I hadn't realised that Cromwell had attacked you personally. I hope you can get over it soon.
Stupid Irish picked the wrong side in the English Civil War. If they had had an ounce of sense, they wouldn't have picked either side.
Yet more happy talk I see!
Given that the English Civil War ended in 1651, what the Irish should or should not have done over 360 years ago would seem entirely moot.
Black and Tans burned my grandfather and his family out of their fucking house. Asshole. So I don't take any bullshit from Brit crapweasels like you. And I'd be more than fucking happy to meet you in person any fucking place you call, and help educate your ass to that fact.
I live in Westchester County, New York.
You name the place.
Happy talk indeed!
You must feel so much better for getting that off your chest!
The Black and Tans were disbanded in 1922. The youngest member would be 113 today. It's pushing the envelope to maintain a grudge against people who are all dead now.
I am reflecting on the injustices done to my two grandfathers and two grandmothers because of their identities.
I can't think of anyone to be upset at today. This time I will say seriously what I said with snark the first time: I hope you can get over it soon.
An assault weapon is whatever you use to attack someone with. Could be a rock. Could be a tree branch. Could be a 9" nail (NOT the band, so far as I know).
The Palis never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity...to wise up and stop being stupid.