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8 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - Make ObamaCare’s Fai... · 0 replies · +2 points


8 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - Obama Advisors Try to ... · 0 replies · +1 points


8 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - The Tea Party Mindset · 0 replies · +5 points

It's too late Wehner.

The Dems have succeeded in making anyone who disagrees too afraid to even write to their elected representatives.

I never felt that way before 2011, when the Census Bureau came after me for refusing to complete that long form on the grounds that it violated the Constitution and was asking questions far more invasive than anything the IRS ever asked.

Ironic that Rand Paul tried to fight that longform Census intrusion...

8 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - Tea Party Despair and ... · 1 reply · +5 points

meanwhile, Mr. Tobin probably just had a heart attack reading this morning's Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch endorsement of "None of the Above" for the gubernatorial contest, linked at RealClearPolitics.

As for ACA? It will be chaos.
For those of us on Medicare? Having lost almost all of my doctors since late 2007, and I blame the Dems, I now support Paul Ryan's voucher system after asking how much an x-ray would cost resulted in a complete breakdown in that doctor's office last week. No one had ever asked, and no one could give me an answer.

8 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - Respecting the Militar... · 0 replies · +1 points

Most of the world (except for the Middle East and Israel) is watching America's favorite television drama, "NCIS".
a list of all the countries is at the end of this wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NCIS_(TV_series)

Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Leroy Jethro Gibbs is the archetype of a United States Marine, in addition to being a blend of Gary Cooper as both "Sergeant York" and the sherriff in "High Noon".

Semper Fi.

p.s. Mr. Boot should check boxofficemojo.com to see the foreign distribution of films that he finds comfort in. Better hope pirated dvds are getting these films an audience outside the Anglosphere.

8 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - Euros Don’t Care PA ... · 0 replies · +2 points

fwiw, I recently went to a talk by Germany's Consul in New England, a career foreign service gentleman who was to talk about 'Germany and the Jewish Community' at a college (the sponsor was the Jewish Studies and German language Dep'ts). Then there was Q&A.
I asked the last question, because no one else had. I asked why Germany did not use their influence to change palestinian textbooks, as the Allies had done in post-war Germany, and also due to the per-war mufti of Jerusalem having been Hitler's guest.

The diplomat stuttered through his answer, which was basically that the palestinians do not want to listen to anything from Germany, because the creation of Israel was a colonial incursion in response to the Holocaust. (I was stunned for several days)

Maybe Merkel buys same narrative.

8 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - The Future of Afghanistan · 0 replies · +1 points

Afghans, the Pashtuns, have a storied history of detesting foreigners.

The US/ISAF just had to give up their air logistics base in Kyrgyzstan, and are moving an extra 1,500 miles west to a base in NATO ally Romania.

Maybe the medevac capacity can be tolerated.

As to the 'cloud removal business' ?

The Durrani kings always relied on the Ghilzais for the Afghan army.
I am looking forward to the results of Karzai's upcoming Loya Jirga.

Hamid Karzai is the hereditary tribal leader of the Popalzai Durrani Pashtuns, a direct descendant of the first king of Afghanistan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_Shah_Durrani

8 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - Who Lost the Shutdown ... · 0 replies · +3 points


8 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - The Israeli-Palestinia... · 0 replies · +8 points

Roger Cohen of the International edition of the NYT, deserves no such attention.

8 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - Is Netanyahu Bluffing ... · 0 replies · +2 points

Is it possible that Saudi Arabia declining a two-year seat on the UN Security Council, because the Saudis think the UNSC is either dysfunctional or no longer legitimate, is a sign that a pre-emptive strike against Iran is more likely?

I know the Saudis cited Syria first, and the Israel/Palestinian peace second, but a nuclear Iran poses an existential threat to Saudi Arabia as guardian of Mecca and Medina, the Hejaz.

It would be a dilemma if the Saudis sat on the UNSC during a time of an attack on Iran, an attack that the Saudis want.