The Philippines’ conundrum over China – and the USA’s, too

Bullying tactics often work if the one being bullied doesn’t have the muscle, strength or willpower to stand up to the bully.  That pretty much sums up what seems to be happening between China and the Philippines right now. Strategy Page reports: President Duterte is trying to be realistic in his policy towards China but that seems to be making the situation worse. Duterte points out that China is already occupying the disputed territory in the South China Sea and no one is willing or able to push them out. China has hired several hundred Chinese fishing boats and their crews as

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Women, marriage, motherhood, and feminism – an inescapable conundrum?

Aaron Clarey, writing at Captain Capitalism, has a quirky, iconoclastic view of life, the universe and everything.  His books bear that out.  He’s opinionated, unafraid to challenge established views, and firmly opposed to much modern political correctness and social justice perspectives.  He can come across as abrasive and rude at times, too . . . so much so that he’s named his business “***hole Consulting“, which tells you a lot, right there!  He describes himself on his Amazon.com author page as follows: Aaron Clarey is the world’s only motorcycle riding, ballroom dancing, fossil hunting, mountain climbing, economist. He spent 15 years in banking to learn

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Is Colombia’s civil war moving to Venezuela?

There’s an excellent in-depth article on the current situation in Venezuela over at Strategy Page.  You should read the whole thing – it contains far more information than you’ll get from the mainstream media.  Among the nuggets in the article was the fact that Colombian leftist rebels are moving their operations to Venezuela, because it’s a safer area for them to operate than their own country. There has been an enormous increase in crime, both official (government employees demanding probes for any reason) and unofficial. Gangs are taking control of many areas, often despite opposition from the security forces. Some of these

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Stupidity. Detroit. But I repeat myself . . .

Not content with running their city into the ground, then complaining when others had to take over its administration, the Detroit city council have done it again. The Detroit City Council approved a “Bullet Bill” gun control resolution Wednesday with a unanimous vote. The resolution limits ammunition amounts that can be bought while requiring a mental health background check on buyers of ammo in Wayne County. . . . Detroit City Council member Andre Spivey … sponsored the ordinance that would require mental health background checks on those looking to buy ammunition and it would also impose additional county taxes on ammo. There’s more

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Venezuela’s starting to look a lot like tribal Africa

The internal collapse of Venezuela continues apace.  This description of life there at the moment is depressingly reminiscent of conditions I encountered in tribal Africa over many years. It is quite interesting to hear what they have to say about the role of the law “enforcement” corps. They kidnapped people, asking for ransoms in foreign currency. The situation in the imprisonment facilities was . . . apocalyptical. Once they have collected enough money from the ransoms and what not, almost the technical stuff LEOs all of that city flee the country for good, and they are now in some place in Latin

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Unanswerable logic!

Courtesy of Thomas Whispered: Absolutely true.  My guns, while they’ve been in my possession, have never killed anybody, and won’t unless that person is an immediate threat to the safety and security of myself and/or my loved ones.  Why should I give up my guns because of someone else’s criminal actions?  And if a death by firearm wasn’t a crime, but legitimate self-defense or justifiable homicide, why does that call into question anyone else’s possession of a firearm at all? Yet again, the gun-banners are trying to fixate on a thing, rather than the person who wields it.  A gun has no moral volition of its own. 

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A “refugee caravan” with almost no refugees at all

About that “refugee caravan” currently making its way through Mexico to the US border:  it looks like it contains almost no “refugees” at all, but rather plenty of economic migrants, looking for a free ride at the USA’s expense.  Daily Wire sent a reporter to infiltrate the convoy and talk to its members.  It’s an eye-opening report, highlighting not only their real motivation, but also the very well-funded, well-organized network that’s trying to bring them into the USA, in defiance of our laws.  It’s nothing less than prearranged, politicized criminal conduct. So, when pro-illegal-alien commenters rail against President Trump for

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The tenuously United States of America

Yesterday’s mid-term elections have highlighted one factor in particular:  the fact that the United States are only barely united, with many influences dividing her people.  A big part of that divide is urban versus rural;  people in the latter areas appear to be far more conservative and “traditional” than those in the former.  Since cities are growing at the expense of smaller towns and the countryside, that divide is going to favor them to an ever-increasing extent . . . but what about the rest of the country?  Can urban voters override rural ones, and expect to get away with

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The march of the “refugee” army ants

We’re accustomed to hearing illegal aliens, attempting to enter First World nations, described as “refugees” or “victims”, or words to that effect.  Their “plight” is blamed on wars, violence, crime, and other such disruptions.  It’s a constant drumbeat of propaganda in much of the mainstream media.  For example, the Wall Street Journal claimed last week that criminal gang violence is a major reason behind efforts by South Americans to come to the USA. [In El Salvador,] Politicians must ask permission of gangs to hold rallies or canvass in many neighborhoods, law-enforcement officials and prosecutors said. In San Salvador, the nation’s capital, gangs control

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