Today's Iraq, From a 2005 Post

What I thought was going to happen in Iraq now that we are leaving and other things, from a July 2005 post: A hallmark of Ba'athist regimes is minority rule. In Syria, the Alawi al-Assads have ruled a predominantly Sunni country for many years. In Iraq, the Sunni Saddam Hussein had ruled a predominately Shi'ite …

Maybe We Need Some Christian Imams

As the leaves start to fall on campuses here in Tennessee, we are treated to the ongoing spectacle of Vanderbilt University using its nondiscrimination policy to progressively ban Christian student organisations from campus.  There are so many logical nonsequiturs to this move that it's hard to know where to start: will they extend this to …

It's Not Equality After All

It's hard to believe that the Old Grey Lady has finally broken down and admitted the truth: IT’S a puzzle: one dispossessed group after another — blacks, women, Hispanics and gays — has been gradually accepted in the United States, granted equal rights and brought into the mainstream. At the same time, in economic terms, …

Gaddafi's Death and the End of the Nuremberg Idea

The Russians are right about this one: As politicians in Western capitals were taking quiet pleasure in the capture and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi yesterday, opinions elsewhere were divided. In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Geneva Conventions had been breached with the killing of Colonel Gaddafi. "We have to lean on …

Book Review: Laurence Leamer’s Madness Under the Royal Palms: Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach

One day while growing up in Palm Beach, I stopped to visit my grandmother.  As I’ve documented numerous times on this blog, I frequently found myself on the wrong end of Palm Beach’s brutal social system (well, the young part of it, at least.)  In response to my complaints about the place, she, in some …

The China Currency Bill is Not the Answer

John Boehner is correct about the nature of this, which is about to clear the Senate: Defying Chinese anger and White House warnings, the US Senate was set Tuesday to approve legislation to punish China for alleged currency manipulation widely blamed here for costing American jobs... The Democratic-held Senate was due to approve the measure …

Belt Your Old Man in the Mouth

The whole "Occupy Wall Street" protest movement--and some comments from family who are closer to the event than I--have reminded me of something I heard a while back and have meant to post but haven't.  Hopefully timing will be everything and some will find this strange story helpful. My old family business marketed some of …

Choose Life, Choose Death, Choose Surrender

If the pro-life movement has a "theme" or "banner" scripture, it's this one: Consider that I have set before thee this day life and good, and on the other hand death and evil: That thou mayst love the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways, and keep his commandments and ceremonies and judgements, and …

Oh, Just Buy a Cup of Joe If You Want to Stimulate the Economy

The coffee place is at it again: Starbucks hopes customers will be willing to pay at least $5 more when they stop in for their morning cup of Joe. Starting Nov. 1, Starbucks will begin collecting donations of $5 or more from customers to stimulate U.S. job growth through its “Jobs for USA” program. The …

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