Month: November 2015

News, Political Strategy

I know it was you, Fredo

Fredo Corleone: I’m your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over! Michael Corleone: That’s the way Pop wanted it. Fredo Corleone: It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect! —The Godfather: Part II I’m sure John Brunner …

Free Markets

The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving celebrates the Pilgrims’ break from socialism. Schools and textbooks avoid the topic, but it’s worth remembering. The Plymouth and Jamestown plantations were dying under “common store” approach. Only by establishing a free market did the settlers thrive. Here’s the beginning of Kent Dillon’s excellent story of Thanksgiving, which you can continue reading in its …

2016 Election

John “The Weasel” Brunner

RADAR: Did you lose something, sir? HAWKEYE: Hi, Stinky. RADAR: Uh, sir, that’s the sort of name that kind of sticks with a fella. I’d appreciate it if you’d just call me by my given nickname. —M*A*S*H Some names stick with a fella. A friend emailed the link and this note: Brunner is indeed a …

Syria

Our military leaders are no Pattons

Yesterday, Lee Presser made a great point in this guest post, The Only Rule of Engagement Will Be Victory. As one commenter noted: This is the best analysis of the war on terror that I have read. If we do not fight to win, we shouldn’t be in the fight. Winning the war on terror …

Academics & Education, News

Mizzou Protests Were About Abortion All Along

I hate to say “I told you so.” But the St. Louis Post Dispatch has found that I may have been right on November 8. That’s when I made the outlandish comment that the whole race issue at Mizzou is actually an abortion issue. I suspected that Planned Parenthood’s vast lobbyist network is agitating leaders …

Foreign Relations

The Only Rule of Engagement Will Be Victory

Guest Post by Lee Presser When FDR sent the troops to fight World War 2, he sent them to win.  Since 1945, the political class has not given America’s military that clear instruction when being sent to war.  Political considerations have modified the goal of winning.  In Korea, it was fight but do not anger …

Terrorism

It’s time for Democrats to abandon Obama

In the war on terror, you’re on our side or theirs. Barack Obama announced that he will veto any attempt by Congress to require background checks of Syrian refugees in an attempt to weed out ISIS terrorists. The President’s allegiances are now clear. I heard Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) say that we must ensure proper …

News

The Week: November 15, 2015

Viva la France This week, let’s say a special prayer for the people of France. And the whole world. Mayor Slay About to Change Tune on Refugees On September 11, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced plans to accept 10,000 non-Christian Syrian refugees to St. Louis. After the coordinated attacks by ISIS terrorists in Paris on Friday, …