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Great White North
Canada needs ability to revoke citizenship of terror suspects
Posted by: ryuge || 02/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
The New Age of Falsity
h/t Belmont
We live in an age of falsity, in which words have lost their meanings and concepts are reinvented as the situation demands. The United States is in a jobless recovery -- even if that phrase largely disappeared from the American lexicon about 2004. Good news somehow must follow from a rising unemployment rate, which itself underrepresents the actual percentage of Americans long out of work.

At the same time, we are supposed to be relieved that we are in a contracting expansion, where fewer goods and services are proof of a resilient economy. In our debt-ridden revival, borrowing $1 trillion each year is evidence that we don't have a spending problem.

...An ambassador and three other Americans were murdered, ostensibly because of an anti-Muslim video whose producer still languishes in jail in California. The party line was that Libyan demonstrators, irate over that Internet production and out for a walk one evening, brought along their GPS-guided mortars and machine guns to spice up a demonstration at our consulate. Things can always get out of hand, when a right-wing chauvinist makes a hurtful video.

...Al-Qaeda must be imploding, as its new profile from Libya to Mali is proof of its overstretched presence. The Muslim Brotherhood is largely secular; jihad is a personal spiritual journey; we ordered an overseas contingency operation to get bin Laden, who had been responsible for some man-caused disasters, and one of whose acolytes waged workplace violence that threatened our diversity programs. After Chuck Hagel forgot what he had said, what the president had said, and what his inquisitors had said, we knew he would be confirmed as defense secretary. All these are mere bothersome details that should not impede the general truth that the United States is now on the right side of history, at home and abroad.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/09/2013 02:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top||

#1  The recent, quite unbelievable sympathy extended a hate filled, murdering former LAPD cop confirms "The Age of Falsity" has now become a contagion.

Perhaps the gunman's manifesto and actions could be referred to as a.... "terminated employee's right to choose".
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2013 7:08 Comments || Top||

#2  " right to choose" that's kind of catchy sounding isn't it?

That's a good phrase that could be applied to other worthy causes.
Do you know any other situations where "right to choose" might be just the ticket?

Get a large pointed sharp steel canula and a Gompers Suction unit and spread your legs and say it slowly, "RIGHT to choose."
We all need to have our "rights" after all. Know any other catchy phrases like "One Nation under God" for instances?
ONE?
Nation?
Under God?

What part do we need to leave out to give it the proper ring?
Or maybe we need to add something? Like what? Hope? Change? ...anything else?
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823 || 02/09/2013 7:45 Comments || Top||

#3  A system predicated upon lies will implode when the appropriate internal or external event occurs, leaving the former power class and brokers often wondering what went wrong because they came to believe the lies themselves. Of course they usually don't go down without a struggle usually costing others far more pain and suffering in a vain effort to retain that power they once enjoyed.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/09/2013 9:24 Comments || Top||

#4 
I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone. Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly on the front end.

It really doesn't matter.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 02/09/2013 13:57 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Originalism and Drone Strikes
In sum, the original meaning of the due process clause is that the President cannot unilaterally kill U.S. citizens he thinks are potentially dangerous. Perhaps there are examples of historical practice that suggest an exception applicable to the present case (as there are obvious historical exceptions on the battlefield and for prevention of imminent harm). But the burden should be on those who want an exception to the text, and that burden shouldn't be met merely by the claim that it would be more convenient to have such an exception.
Posted by: Beavis || 02/09/2013 10:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top||


The Problems of the White Paper
Posted by: tipper || 02/09/2013 10:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top||

#1  That goes for American enemy combatants, too — continued foot-stamping to the contrary from progressives and libertarians notwithstanding

Admittedly I lifted a stained beverage as Bon voyage to Anwar al- Awlaki’s untimely, albeit fiery, passage to meet his promised virgins. But what Mr. McCarthy fails to say is al-Awlaki was never charged much less convicted of any crime. His citizenship was never revoked and most importantly he was never designated as an enemy combatant. So yeah, I will do some foot-stamping (even for a turd like al-Awlaki) when any US citizen's liberties are denied.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 02/09/2013 13:36 Comments || Top||

#2  .....he [Triple-A] was never designated as an enemy combatant.

But he was someone who had evidently communicated with MAJ Nadal Hasan, and who knows what other "American Citizens" of a similar leaning.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/09/2013 13:53 Comments || Top||

#3  After four years of watching Obama enthusiastically adopt what he once condemned, we now know Bush detractors were animated by politics, not conviction.

...were animated by politics and a hatred for their perceived enemies; conservatives, not conviction.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/09/2013 15:52 Comments || Top||

#4  "we now know Bush detractors were animated by politics"

We now know? We who, exactly? The "we" at Rantburg knew that 8 years ago, or more. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 02/09/2013 17:32 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Time to act
Move with caution
I can say no more.
Posted by: Fred || 02/09/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [267 views] Top||

#1  I'd close comments now IIWU
Posted by: Shipman || 02/09/2013 14:40 Comments || Top||



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