Sunday morning music

Britain is to officially leave the European Union on January 31st, 2020.  It’ll continue to observe EU rules and regulations for the rest of the year while an agreement on future relations with that body is hammered out, and will become fully free of their encumbrance at the end of this year (at least, that’s the current plan). To honor Britain and its people as they regain some of their independence, and in the hope that the island nation may be restored to at least some of its former glory, here’s a quintessentially English anthem.  It’s “Jerusalem”, a poem by William Blake set to

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The Virginia crisis: where’s the evidence of wrongdoing?

I’m obliged to Daily Timewaster for posting this video comment on the lead-up to today’s protest in Richmond, Virginia.  The author makes some very good points. He’s right.  If a crime has been committed, or the authorities know that a crime is being planned, arrest those responsible and charge them.  Don’t penalize the entire citizenry of a state for the alleged – but so far unproven – plans, crimes or motivations of a few.  That’s not how the rule of law works . . . but then, in Virginia today, one questions how seriously the rule of law is being taken by the powers that be.  After all, they’re changing those

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After the “Arab Spring”, a Middle East in turmoil

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has released a comprehensive analysis of the “state of play” a decade after the Arab Spring revolutions and uprisings across the Middle East.  It makes sobering reading – and illustrates the vacuum within which terror groups like ISIS and rogue states like Iran are operating, and why they could (and still do) literally get away with murder. The analysis summarizes its findings in five main points.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. Today, the Middle East is a combination of confused Arab nation-states that have shown their weakness and incapacity to contain the Iranian threat. The

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The Virginia flashpoint: a clear and present danger?

I’m getting more and more concerned about the buildup of partisan anger and determination on both sides of the political aisle over the situation in Virginia.  As you probably know, the Democratic Party took the governorship and both houses of the State assembly in last year’s elections.  They take office on January 20th.  They’ve already promised a raft of politically correct legislation, including gun registration and/or confiscation, overturning local zoning regulations, and others.  Don Surber offers an acerbic overview of them. It’s noteworthy that the Democratic majority came from just a few counties in Virginia, most of them dominated by workers

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Will

I don’t think cartoonist Stephan Pastis is looking forward to the new year . . .  (Click the image to see a larger version at the cartoon’s Web page.) Peter

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California’s homeless crisis: a musical explanation

We’ve visited the homelessness crisis before.  It’s particularly bad in Los Angeles, but the same problem exists in other Californian cities (e.g. San Diego). This video may be labeled a “parody”, but there’s an awful lot of truth in it. My take on the subject is that as long as government is expected to provide the solution, there won’t be one.  Government sees only the opportunity to spend lots of our money, and create lots of new jobs for their bureaucratic drones, while ignoring the reality of the situation.  In fact, it’s in their best interests not to solve the problem – otherwise what would they do with all those

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About those ISIS prisoners in Syria .

A while back, I noted that with the Kurdish rapprochement with the Syrian government, the ISIS/ISIL prisoners held by the former were very likely to be handed over to, or captured by, Syrian forces;  and they could expect little mercy if they were. Well, guess what? Jihadis in prisons in Syria could face execution without trial after President Bashar al-Assad said he was setting up special terror courts, where the prisoners will be subjected to ‘Syrian law’. Membership of Islamic State (IS) is a hanging offence in Syria and the brutal dictator has now said foreign members of IS in the country will

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Ebola: just when things were looking up, the killing starts again

It had begun to look as if the authorities in the Congo, and the international medical teams, had started to get on top of the big Ebola outbreak there.  Sadly, their progress has just come to a grinding halt. Three health workers were killed when Mai-Mai fighters attacked a center run by the United Nations health agency overnight in Biakato, a local official, Salambongo Selemani, told The Associated Press. One resident also was killed and Congolese forces killed one attacker and captured two others, Mr. Selemani said. Warnings had been posted earlier demanding that the health workers leave or face “the

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Thanksgiving

Why is today called “Thanksgiving”?  George Washington, first President of the United States, informs us. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish

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Never poke a bear with a stick . . . it might turn around and bite you

One thing that’s struck me about the impeachment hearings in Congress over the past couple of weeks is the sheer mendacity of the proceedings.  So many people – witnesses, legal counsel and politicians – are lying, or “spinning” what’s been said to suit their partisan purposes, that it’s become very hard to sift through the dross to find the occasional nugget of truth.  That applies to both sides, of course.  There are honorable exceptions – for example, Rep. Elise Stefanik has been a breath of fresh air with her strictly fact-based analyses, and a joy to watch as she refuses to allow

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