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Making The Case For Increased US Basing In The Pacific

by LT COL Matt "Fuego" Tuzelvia The Diplomat
Thursday, November 28, 2019

The U.S. should look to establish hub and spoke base networks in the Marianas Islands, Palau, and eventually the Philippines.

In the News

Marco Rubio’s Myopic Capitalism

quoting John H. Cochranevia Eurasia Review
Thursday, November 28, 2019

Americans are searching for answers for the disintegration of the family, falling participation in religious and civic institutions, drug dependency, suicide, and economic dislocation. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., believes he has found the answer to the social crises of our time in Catholic social teaching.


Are Thought Crimes Impeachable?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, November 28, 2019

Alleged bad thoughts are not crimes — at least not outside George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Analysis and Commentary

Some Pre-Thanksgiving Good News

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I’ve noticed a few encouraging developments in the last few days that don’t merit their own blog post but do merit items in an overall post.

In the News

An Enduring Legacy

quoting Charles I. Plosservia Rochester Beacon
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

In today’s footloose world of work, talent retention and attraction has attained greater significance. A 1996 Washington Post article by now-famous Malcolm Gladwell, then a lowly staff writer, explored the impact of General Dynamics’ abrupt departure from Rochester in 1971. Gladwell noted that the company relocated only a “few dozen carefully selected specialists and executives,” then told the stories of the smart, motivated people left behind.

In the News

UK PM Boris Johnson On Course To Win Parliamentary Majority

cited Douglas Riversvia CNBC
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on course to win a majority of 68 in parliament at the Dec. 12 election, according to a model from pollsters YouGov that accurately predicted the 2017 election.

In the News

In A Land Of Heroes, Gangsters And John Ford

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

As I watched “The Irishman” a few weeks ago in a Manhattan movie theater I felt an ache, a kind of grief sneaking up on me, and toward the end I thought I knew why. I realized: I am watching John Ford’s “Cheyenne Autumn.” I am watching a great artist say goodbye to a world he knew, the world in which he’d risen, a particular kind of America. 

In the News

The Motives Behind The False Narrative On Islam And The West

quoting Bruce Thorntonvia PJ Media
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Any honest and objective appraisal of Islam’s historic jihad on the Christian world must be eye-opening, to say the very least. In the first century of its existence (between 632-732) Islam permanently conquered, Arabized, and Islamized nearly three-quarters of the post-Roman Christian world, thereby permanently severing it. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Existential Threat To Our Democracy

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Ricochet
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

From a friend who happens to be a particularly shrewd observer: I find it telling that is the past couple of weeks two of the so-called “moderate” Democrats (Bloomberg and Buttigieg) have referred to Donald Trump as an “existential threat” to democracy. Well, consider that. Trump has been in office for 3 years. The country held perfectly free and open elections a year ago, which Trump opponents largely won.

Analysis and Commentary

Hong Kong People Vote Overwhelmingly For Freedom And Democracy, Repudiating Pro-China Establishment Politicians And Business Elites

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

On November 24, 2019, Hong Kongers went to the polls to elect 452 members who serve on 16 District Councils. Turnout was 71% compared with 47% in 2015. Compared with 2015, Pro-democracy candidates won 388 seats (+262), Pro-Beijing candidates 59 seats (-239), and Unaligned candidates 5 seats (-2). Pro-democracy candidates won a majority in 15 of the 16 District Councils (+15).