A Further Perspective

A Further Perspective

America’s Bad Optics Invite Adventurism

By 4.16.14

The remaining two and a half years of the Obama Administration are a dangerous period for the world. There is a window of opportunity for rogue nations and adversaries to take advantage of an administration that has yielded on the world stage and put our foreign policy, if you can find it, into disrepair. Further, the president seems disengaged from foreign affairs, narcissistically absorbed with himself, and inciting class warfare and social unrest to cover for lack of success elsewhere.

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Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombings

By 4.15.14

In the weeks leading up to the anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings the media has focused its attention on those who survived their injuries. Perhaps the most notable example of this would be Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost part of her left leg during the attacks. Last month, Haslet-Davis danced onstage in Vancouver on a special bionic, prosthetic leg designed by a team at MIT.

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The Grandparent Scams

By 4.11.14

In mid-afternoon the phone rang. The voice at the other end said, “Hi, Grandpa, it’s Thomas.”

ME: Who?

VOICE: Thomas, your grandson

ME: I didn’t recognize your voice

VOICE: That’s because I have a sore throat.

ME: Where are you?

VOICE: Actually, I’m traveling. I’m in Peru.

(Silent pause)

ME: You are not in Peru and you are not Thomas. I’m familiar with this scam.

Whereupon, I hung up. 

Just two months before, “Thomas” had called me from the Dominican Republic.

That time he had a strep throat. 

Later, a State Department investigator explained that this dodge is called The Grandparent Scam. The gang that perpetrates it is operating all over the world.

“They move often, making it very hard to trace them,” she said. 

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Palestinians Just Saying No

By 4.8.14

There are certain facts of life that are immutable no matter how we might wish otherwise. The first of which is that we are all going to die. No matter how we might try to minimize or avoid it altogether we also must pay taxes of one form or another. Oh, and the Palestinians will always say no to Israel.

No one is surprised that the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas has said no to Israel yet again in the latest futile effort by the Obama Administration to oversee a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). No one, that is, except the Obama Administration.

As Charles Krauthammer observed of Abbas, whose four-year term expired more than five years ago, “Abbas doesn’t have the legitimacy. With half of Palestine (namely Gaza) controlled by his rejectionist mortal enemy Hamas, he doesn’t have the authority.”

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No Fury Like a Conservative Scorned

By 4.7.14

He is “fit only to serve on Stephen Vincent Benet's hellish jury of American villains.” He “deserves perpetual condemnation and scorn.” He “will never be able to redeem himself.” He is a “worthless, scumbag, leftist.”

And perhaps my favorite: He “just burned down my house, killed my wife & kids & raped my dog....but today, he was walking by, saw my newspaper in the driveway & brought it to me. On that basis, you want me to give him some credit for doing the right thing?!”

Are we talking about President Obama’s good friend and murderous terrorist, Bill Ayers? Are we talking about convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal? Are we talking about Whittaker Chambers?

No, this opprobrium was directed — by readers of this website — at the Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts. It came in response to my recent article about Roberts’ majority opinion in McCutcheon v. FEC that included statements of fundamental principle which I described as “at least a partial redemption of Roberts (who I hope feels some need of redemption).”

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How Foreign Is Our Policy?: Part II

By 4.2.14

Japan recently turned over to the United States enough weapons-grade nuclear material to make dozens of nuclear bombs. This was one of President Barack Obama’s few foreign policy “successes,” as part of his nuclear disarmament initiative. But his foreign policy successes may be more dangerous than his “failures.” Back in 2005, Senator Barack Obama urged the Ukrainians to drastically reduce their conventional weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles and tons of ammunition. Ukraine had already rid itself of nuclear missiles, left over from the days when it had been part of the Soviet Union.

Would Vladimir Putin have sent Russian troops so boldly into Ukraine if the Ukrainians still had nuclear missiles? The nuclear disarming of Japan and Ukraine shows how easy it is to disarm peaceful nations — making them more vulnerable to those who are not peaceful.

Ukraine’s recent appeal to the United States for military supplies, with which to defend itself as more Russian troops mass on its borders, was denied by President Obama. He is sending food supplies instead. He might as well send them white flags, to facilitate surrender.

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The Religion of Liberalism

By 3.27.14

Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor are concerned. They should be. The religion of liberalism is under attack. The Hobby Lobby fight in the high court? The tussle with the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue over gays pushing their agenda in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade? The latest skirmish over global warming, aka climate change? The controversy about government funding of Planned Parenthood and the group’s abortion stances? Common Core? The business of turning NASA from a space agency to an outreach group to Muslims?

All of these and more are different parts of a wholly formed universe of beliefs that meets the dictionary definition of religion (Webster’s being the one) that reads:

…the service and worship of God or the supernatural…..commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance….a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.

It is the religion of liberalism.

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Bill Donohue and the Gay Thought Police

By 3.25.14

Ezra Klein, Bill Donohue, and Alec Baldwin. Three very different men, who are in fact raising a very important question. Is this still America? Recent stories involving all three men (and the Klein story has been discussed here by Robert Stacy McCain) are classics of the old Communist thought-reform method of operation.

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Republicans and Blacks

By 3.25.14

Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some timeand, above all, some serious thoughtinto how to go about doing it.

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Political Correctness: The Antithesis of Science

By 3.20.14

Despite attempts to cloak itself in science, political correctness is the very opposite. The political correctness movement’s real emphasis is on politics, not correctness. Its goal is to have prevailing thought determined by a political dynamic.

As repeatedly witnessed, political correctness is about installing its subjective version of truth in the court of public opinion, not in distilling objective truth. Its end is to implant a certain idea, belief, or behavior as the only acceptable course of action or thought — to the exclusion of any other. 

Usually, this puts political correctness in opposition to prevailing norms. Not holding a majority outright, political correctness takes a political approach toward installing itself. It is organized; it is coordinated; it marshals stock answers — all, to advance itself. 

Political correctness attacks its opponents — it does not debate them. It is always on the offensive. It seeks to demonize its opponents and make them explain their opinion, because it knows in today’s soundbite world, explaining means losing in public discourse. 

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