Democrats are also getting fed up with Congress crying “Wolf!”

A week ago, I noted that politicians on both sides of the aisle had been crying “Wolf!” for so long that the ordinary people of this country were becoming jaded, cynical and downright disgusted by their antics.  That process appears to have been accelerating.  I’m now seeing lifelong Democrats, who’ve been loyal to their party for decades (if not generations in their families), openly saying that the Democratic Party in Congress has gone way too far, and is destroying itself and this country.  I’m even finding such comments in far-left-wing and progressive Web sites – not many of them, to be sure, but they’re there. 

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Robert Mugabe’s death: too late to undo the damage he caused

I can’t help feeling at least some pleasure at the news that Robert Mugabe, former dictator of Zimbabwe, has shuffled off this mortal coil.  He was personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his people, and transformed Zimbabwe from a flourishing economy, the breadbasket of Africa, to a famine-stricken wreck of a country.  As former Rhodesians were wont to say cynically, “People used to come to Rhodesia to see the Zimbabwe Ruins.  Now they come to Zimbabwe to see the ruins of Rhodesia.”  That was, overwhelmingly, Mugabe’s doing. My friend Lawdog has written a less restrained farewell to Robert Mugabe.  He doesn’t mince

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Ebola: new drugs show promise, but we’re not out of the woods yet

I’m encouraged to hear that two new drugs to treat Ebola are showing promise, but the process of testing them has been fraught with difficulty – and bloodshed.  Nature reports: The race to develop treatments for Ebola has accelerated since the largest epidemic in history devastated West Africa between 2014 and 2016. Scientists responding to the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have enrolled more than 500 participants in an unprecedented study of experimental drugs, vaccinated nearly 170,000 people, and sequenced the genomes of more than 270 Ebola samples collected from the sick. . . . Working

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Ebola: the numbers tell their own story

The grim statistics of the current Ebola outbreak in north-western Congo are, frankly, horrifying to those who know the disease, and know the area.  The Telegraph reports: According to the DRC Ministry of Health, 1,008 people have died from the deadly virus, including 942 confirmed deaths and 66 probable. There have been 1,529 cases since the outbreak began last August – less than a third of those infected have survived. . . . On Tuesday, the DRC’s Ministry of Health confirmed that 26 people had died from the virus – the highest death toll on a single day. And with 126

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Trump’s tax records

Isn’t it interesting how the Democratic Party in Congress and their allies in Democratic Party-controlled states are pushing so hard to get their hands on President Trump’s financial records?  I can’t recall them ever doing the same about their own tax records.  When do we get to see Nancy Pelosi’s returns, and her husband’s?  How about Chuck Schumer’s?  The partisanship is so obvious it’s blinding . . . except to the mainstream media, of course, who wouldn’t recognize bias if it jumped up and bit them in the ass. I note there’s even an attempt by some states to flout the

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Notre Dame

I share the sadness of millions around the world at the loss to fire of much of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday. In cultural and historical terms, it was a tragedy of the first magnitude.  What’s lost can be rebuilt, but the original can never be replaced.  Of greater cultural import, at present it’s believed that something like 70% of the religious relics housed in the sacristy at the cathedral have been destroyed, or are still not accounted for.  Their loss (if confirmed) will be a grievous blow to the Catholic Church, where such items are regarded with far greater importance

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Tsunami “survival pods”? I doubt it!

City Journal recently published an excellent article about the danger of a megaquake in the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the west coast of North America.  I highly recommend reading it in full – it’s certainly enough to give anyone in their right minds pause for thought!  One aspect in particular, though, caught my eye. Tsunami pods … are now available, manufactured by Survival Capsule, a company based in suburban Seattle. Made with aircraft-grade aluminum, they’re watertight and supposedly strong enough to withstand just about anything that nature can hurl at them. They come with flares and personal-locator beacons that go out on marine-band

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Preparedness book proposal – what do you think?

Last week I reviewed Selco Begovic’s new book. At the time, I concluded: As a matter of fact, Selco’s book has got me wondering whether I shouldn’t write one of my own, about the lessons learned in SHTF situations in the many and varied circumstances in which I’ve found myself over the years.  I must think about that. Many of you left comments or sent e-mails to say that I should, indeed, write that book:  so I’ll add it to my plans for this year.  I’d like to get your input on how it should be structured, and what it should

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Ebola: ramping up slowly

The situation in north-eastern Congo, where a major Ebola outbreak is in progress, is slowly getting worse.  The vaccination of tens of thousands of people at risk is helping slow its spread, but the numbers don’t look good. In a bulletin on Thursday, the health ministry outlined the growth of the Ebola outbreak. “Since the start of the epidemic, the total number of cases is 715, including 666 confirmed and 49 probable. In all, there have been 443 deaths” in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, the ministry said. DR Congo, formerly Zaire, has seen 10 outbreaks of the highly

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At the heart of the Ebola crisis: Africa’s tribal culture

There’s a horrifying article in the New York Post about a recent mass rape in South Sudan.  I won’t publish all the gory details here. You can click on the link and read it for yourself.  Basically, one group wanted something, and when they couldn’t get it, they took it from another group.  In its essence, that’s the problem.  The women concerned were not regarded as human beings by their rapists, but as members of a group to be targeted. This is yet another aspect of the biggest problem in Africa:  tribal identity and culture.  There is no concept whatsoever in African

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