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Arnaud de Borchgrave, R.I.P.

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Longtime foreign correspondent and Washington Times editor Arnaud de Borchgrave  has died.  What a contrast he is to Brian Williams and the other talking-head celebrities we have now.




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February 16, 2015 at 10:11 am

What to watch…

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The Washington Times offers some  useful hints  for your election watching tonight.

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November 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm

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Memorial 2011…

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Rich Terrell  has posted  Lee Teter’s poignant painting of the Vietnam wall for May 30th.      Most of us have friends whose names are chiseled there and in our hearts.

The New York Post offers a look  back to Shakespeare,  and a  modern Gold Star mother’s view.   The New York Times,  unsurprisingly, makes a  political statement  in its remembrance,   as does  the Washington Post.   The Baltimore Sun provides the history of the day  with less political content,  as does The Washington Times,  here.

It’s an American day,  not just for big sales and shopping and picnics,  but for those who are  buried far away  from their birthplaces.

Drop by The Corner at National Review Online for some lovely personal remembrances   and some excellent videos.   David Mills writes  of old men  who deserve our gratitude,  and a modern warrior  looks back   from his civilian life to his recent military past.   A civilian reflects on her brother’s call and includes one  of my favorite descriptions of the military   – —   “Our job is to go to work when diplomacy fails.”

And let us not forget the  dogs of war,  many of whom have both saved human lives and given their own lives protecting those who protect us.   The general rule of thumb is that each dog saves 150 human lives.  Thank goodness they are no longer treated as “surplus property” to be left behind or otherwise disposed of.

UPDATE:    John Hayward has  a fine column  up on history being the soldier’s gift.   Mike Finch points us  to a book  on Marine General Victor Krulak,  which I have already added to my summer reading list.

Gallup poll  finds that retired and active military don’t view His Oneness as the Greatest.   They should know.

More Libya…

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The first thing I hear on the news this morning is that NATO is delaying taking over the Libya operation,  less than 12 hours after His Oneness assured us NATO would assume control Wednesday.    Don’t you just love the smell of disaster in the morning?

As Robert Stacy McCain  puts it,  we know Libya is a really bad idea because Sen. John Kerry favors it.   Toby Harnden found the speech as  lacking in clarity as I did.    Praveen Swami worries that other despots will take from this adventure the fact that Gaddafi gave up his nuclear and chemical weaponry ambitions.  Even NBC’s Jim Maceda said Gaddafi must be  feeling better since His Oneness didn’t call for actual regime change.

AP  fact-checked the speech.   The score wasn’t pretty.  The Washington Times landed a solid punch with  its editorial.   Paul Kengor gives us an  intelligence nugget from the Reagan era which was new to me.  Today would certainly be different if Gaddafi had been assassinated then.  Steven Hayward  focused on the style of the speech,  and  the comments below point out other annoyances.

Marc Thiessen found it  fundamentally dishonest, while even The New Republic,  in the course of praising the emperor,  had some questions.  Many were  unimpressed.

Jonah Goldberg’s  basketball analogies for Obama’s actions on Libya holds up nicely after the speech.

Green gasps…

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Germany is  backing away from nuclear power and that means a lot more coal will be used.   Oh,  the inhumanity of increased greenhouse gases!   Der Spiegel,  Germany’s leading left-wing publication,  ponders whether environmentalism is really working  —  hint:  the tag is  “Germany’s Eco-Trap.”

Chris Horner tells you what His Oneness  thinks about nuclear power,  despite his energy program calculating a large increase in nuke power in order to make the fantastic scheme work out on paper.   Horner  has a post up on the new green stimulus pork the Administration is trying to shove down your throats on top of the billions already wasted.

David Limbaugh ties  it into the broader non-energy view Obama fancies.   As Diana West notes,  the community organizer sees high gas prices  as a solution,  not a problem.   Don’t believe it?  Read about the thousands of jobs and billions in tax revenue the State Department’s fabricated environmental delay on the Canada-U.S. oil pipeline is costing us.   Or read  the administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration saying that drilling won’t help us any.

The Washington Times has  an editorial on the stupidity and danger of smart meters.

But one of the climate Nazis  continues to prosper,  despite being proven a liar yet again.   Michael Mann’s connection with the infamous hockey-stick graph should be like that annoying spot on your door that always bleeds through again,  no matter how many times you whitewash it.


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National Review Online has  a symposium of predictions for 2011.   Brad O’Leary  just wants AG Eric Holder to resign.   Tom Korologos offers  some predictions at Politico.


Rep. Henry Waxman,  one of Nancy Pelosi’s chief allies and  man who always makes me think of a pig,  foresees more rancor in politics  — gee,  ya think?   Of course,  it will mostly be on the part of Democrats,  as it generally is.   Politico offers the 10 worst political decisions.

The Boston Phoenix makes  some political prognostications.  Jim Antle bravely  —  and amusingly  —  points out some that he got wrong last year.  The Center for American Progress insists that Washington  won’t determine the success of His Oneness in 2011.

The WaPo has a  list of what’s in and what’s out for the new year.   It struck me as rather strange.   The Washington Times made more sense with its  likely and not so likely  news of 2011.   Peggy Noonan has  a sweet piece on  the origins of  “Auld Lang Syne”,  our unofficial New Year’s song and seldom heard at any other time.

Michael Ramirez has a  year-end cartoon which ties neatly into my title of the god who looks both back and forward.   Here’s one that’s rather  more hopeful.

I’m cooking black-eyed peas and turnip greens and ham for New Years,  keeping up the old Southern traditions.  Throw in some fresh cornbread and it’s a tasty meal any time of year.  But the slow cooking lets me watch the Rose Bowl Parade and clear away Christmas and start on my next box of items for the Salvation Army,  one of the few charities worth its salt in my book.

It looks like rain,  so Big Girl and I probably won’t be outside much — for a beast who’s half Great Pyrenees,   she sure hates getting her head wet.   She’s not much help inside,  having to inspect every item which is moved from one spot to another,  but if any of them dare transmogrify into sabre-toothed tigers,  I’ll be very well protected.

Happy New Year to all,  and may 2011 be more prosperous and fulfilling for all of us and those who matter to us.