I think these two have the right of it

I’ve previously made it clear that, despite possible missteps, I think President Trump was on the right track in dealing with Russia.  If you didn’t watch the video interview with him I posted over the weekend, I suggest you do so now, because it makes even more sense in the light of the clip below. Two US academics and foreign policy specialists, Stephen F. Cohen and John Mearsheimer, state bluntly that President Trump may be absolutely correct to blame many of the problems in our relationship with Russia on previous US administrations – and that he may be absolutely correct about the way forward. 

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“A lot of frustrated people are talking really loud past each other”

The title of this post is a quote from an extended interview between Mike Rowe, of “Dirty Jobs” fame, and Ben Shapiro last weekend.  I’ll embed the full interview below, but here’s the exchange that included that comment. SHAPIRO:  As the country sort of polarizes between the folks who are in the entertainment sphere or the journalism sphere or the sort of “high IQ” is how they would term themselves sphere, and the people who are actually working the jobs that are actually getting things done across the country, that’s a voice that seems to have been lost a lot. Do you think

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The Catholic Church rams headlong into sexual sin yet again . . . and it still can’t cope

I don’t want to write this article.  My own pain over the situation within the Catholic Church, and particularly within its clergy, remains very, very deep.  Nevertheless, following comments from friends and acquaintances over the Cardinal McCarrick affair, I think I have to try to set out the current situation as I see it.  I hope I can shed some light on what’s happening.  However, I can’t offer a solution, because the Church is not going to change willingly.  It’s marching to the beat of a different drummer, and it won’t listen to any other.  That’s potentially one of its greatest strengths, but

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So who was it?

I’ve been asking this question myself, ever since the news broke. Peter Strzok’s testimony about the email server scandal involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton … revealed a potential bombshell. . . . According to [Representative] Gohmert, the [Intelligence Community Inspector General] discovered that, with four exceptions, “every single one” of Clinton’s emails—more than 30,000—“were going to an address that was not on the distribution list.” In other words, according to the information Gohmert received from the intelligence inspector general, something was causing Clinton’s server to send copies of all of her email communications outside of the country “to an unauthorized

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What would Clay Allison have said?

Clay Allison was one of the most violent men and most feared gunfighters in the Old West.  One of his better-known sayings – later adapted as the epitaph on his tombstone – was “I never killed a man who didn’t need it”. One wonders what he would have said about the infestation of pedophiles that are currently rearing their ugly heads in an attempt to make their predilections appear “normal”.  A tip o’ the hat to Gorges Grouse for the link. I’ve been noticing a trend for the regressive left to defend pedophilia for awhile. Meryl Streep applauded Roman Polanski, while Whoopi Goldberg defending him

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That’s not a valid excuse

I note, with no surprise whatsoever, that the brother of the gang-banger who was shot dead in New Orleans by criminal rivals this week (along with two innocent bystanders) is making excuses for him. “He’s being characterized as a gang member, a killer. I feel like it’s a slap in the face … like he got what he deserved.” The brother of the man who was targeted in a shooting on Claiborne Avenue that left three people dead and seven others injured is speaking out against the way his brother has been characterized by police and the media. . . .

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A penetrating analysis by William S. Lind

William S. Lind is a well-known conservative commenter on US military affairs and geopolitics.  Many consider him rather “kooky”, and way off base, but even so, he often makes me think with some of his perspectives.  I don’t agree with all his positions, but I’m more than willing to tip my hat in his direction from time to time.In a recent article titled “Paradigm Shift“, he analyzes the almost hysterical reaction to President Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Putin, and offers a thoughtful analysis of what’s behind it.  Here’s an excerpt, with its layout (but not its content) slightly

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Inflation and your money

I’ve written several times about inflation in these pages.  The true inflation rate in the United States at present appears to be 8% to 10% annually, far higher than the derisory “official” figures.  I’ve also lived in a relatively high-inflation society, in South Africa during the 1980’s and 1990’s, and seen what happens in other African nations when inflation gets out of hand (Zimbabwe being the most famous recent example).  It’s very unfunny to have to live under such conditions. Venezuela provides an object lesson in the impact of hyperinflation on ordinary citizens and businesses, as the Economist points out. … in Venezuela, where the inflation

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Somebody should tell President Trump . . .

. . . that a failed Israeli project might be useful for  US border security. One thousand crocodiles have been left homeless in the war-torn West Bank after a man’s failed bid to open a tourist attraction. The ill-fated attraction is causing a huge headache for authorities, as the ‘escape artist’ creatures are stranded with nowhere to go. Israel’s Defense Ministry was forced to admit it had no idea what to do with the snappy reptiles. The Petza’el farm was originally set up with the intention of bringing holidaymakers to the region more than 20 years ago. However, this went badly wrong.

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A way to pay for the Wall?

President Trump is struggling to get Congress to appropriate sufficient funds to build the wall he wants along our southern border.  I thought Oklahoma’s experience with a remittance tax might hold promise for that. Oklahoma … collects 1 percent from all out-going, out-of-state, person-to-person wire transfers of money; many of these transfers are remittances from illegal aliens in Oklahoma to their relatives in their homelands. It is the only state to do so. . . . Oklahoma tax officials told us a year or so ago that 96 percent of the wire transfer fees are not used as income tax credits —

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