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Showing Restraint in Iraq is Nothing New

By on 6.18.14 | 10:44AM

Author and academic C.S. Lewis coined the term “chronological snobbery” to describe the logical fallacy of dismissing that which is old because it is old and embracing that which is new because it is new. Barry Posen, writing in Politico about American foreign policy, avoids this fallacy by avoiding history all together. Not dismissive of the past, he fails to acknowledge a geopolitical world before the Cold War at all, reducing his examination of evidence to basically his own professional lifetime.

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Royals Win 9 Straight; Climb Atop AL Central

By on 6.17.14 | 11:29PM

The Kansas City Royals won their ninth consecutive game by crushing the Detroit Tigers 11-4. The Royals scored seven runs in the second inning off last year's AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and never looked back.

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The Only Way to End a War Responsibly

By on 6.17.14 | 9:34PM

Remember when Barack Obama told us he would end the War in Iraq responsibly?

Well, so much for that. 
Now that Iraq’s government is imploding before our very eyes (as illustrated by Jed Babbin's piece yesterday), it just goes to show there is only one way to end a war responsibly.
By winning it.
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Small Government: Only One Side of the Coin

By on 6.17.14 | 5:11PM

"Small government" may be a catchphrase of conservatism, but it is only one side of the coin that buys a healthy society. Limited government is not an indisputable good, but rather a means to an important end. This end involves keeping space in public life for the institutions that promote human flourishing, and the maintainance of those institutions is a grand American tradition. As Tocqueville wrote:

Americans use associations to give fêtes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools…Everywhere that, at the head of a new undertaking, you see the government in France and a great lord in England, count on it that you will perceive an association in the United States.

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Democrat Operative Working for Thad Cochran

By on 6.17.14 | 4:09PM

Well, well, well.

Isn’t this interesting.

Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger headlines the following:

Democrat says he’s leading black GOTV effort for Cochran

The paper goes on to report:

A Democratic political operative says he is working with Mississippi Conservatives PAC to drum up votes for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

James “Scooby Doo” Warren said he has put together a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) plan and is “putting it in place across the whole state.” Warren said he is not working with the Cochran campaign itself but for the PAC and Bishop Ronnie Crudup Sr.

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A New Political Blockade for Cuba

By on 6.17.14 | 4:01PM

The half-life of rage against Fidel Castro is roughly fifty-three years, give or take a generation and then some.

An annual poll released this morning by Florida International University revealed that the majority of Cuban Americans now favor an increase in economic involvement in Cuba. For decades, policy analysts have blamed the importance of the Cuban-American vote in swing-state Florida as the reason politicians refused to touch the Cuban embargo. Now that the key voting bloc is leaning toward a more free-market approach to Cuba, opposition to the embargo is no longer a politically unviable position to take. Right? 

Wrong. A new political blockade has arisen. Senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez, both Cuban-Americans, still cling to the notion that lifting the embargo will make achieving democracy in Cuba more difficult and cede more money and legitimacy to the Castro regime.

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State Department Features Climate Scientists Bill Nye and Leonardo DiCaprio

By on 6.17.14 | 3:21PM

In an utterly out-of-touch move this morning, the State Department decided to devote its social media presence to the dire threats faced by our oceans using the hashtag #OceanChat. As Iraq burns and veterans die waiting for health care at clinics across the country, the brain trusts at the State Department spent the better part of the morning addressing this issue with the help of two “experts”: Bill Nye the Science Guy and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Let’s look at their qualifications.

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Ghana Brought to Heel (Or Is It to Toe?)

By on 6.17.14 | 11:13AM

I see that what we have learned to call Team USA brought the 33rd largest country in Africa to heel in the World Cup in Natal yesterday. (Sarcasm warning for college students:) Joy is unconfined.

My local daily, the Tampa Tribune, continues to lavish extravagant coverage on the Cup, giving it more column inches and more photo space than sports events Trib readers are actually interested in. The Trib’s fanciful headline to the story of yesterday’s epic kickaround is, “Fast Start, Furious Finish.” Huh? The score of the game was 2-1. How can any contest that ends 2-1 be either fast or furious?

Wondering if I could possibly be underestimating the interest in soccer in the Tampa Bay Area, my reliable sources and I have been interviewing locals non-stop in an attempt to locate local soccer aficionados. So far we’ve identified an even dozen. Ten are illegal immigrants who habla no Ingles, and the other two hail from the Vampire Belt of the far reaches of Eastern Europe and have names made up entirely of consonants.

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Homeschoolers Against the Common Core

By on 6.17.14 | 10:37AM

Already skeptical of the American public education system to the point of abandoning it, homeschool families, concerned by widespread adoption of the Common Core, are joining efforts to resist it, reports the Associated Press. It's already prompted some to leave the public school system. For long-time homeschoolers, it’s a development they fear will further restrict the freedom and flexibility they have in educating their children. But regardless, despite the seeming silliness of those outside public education advocating for a particular arrangement of it, their concerns are valid and perfectly responsible.

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Morning Round-Up 6-17

By on 6.17.14 | 9:03AM

Feature of the Day: Clint Dempsey’s Amazing First Minute Goal Against Ghana

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