Monday, May 25, 2015

Dr Carson Wins Straw Poll


For John, BLUFThe GOP faithful want a winner.  He or she could be purple, if they were seen as a winner.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Listening to Fox News this AM I heard that Dr Ben Carson had one a recent straw poll.  So I checked Memorandum and then The New York Times.  Even Drudge. Nota.  So, to the Fox News website and from there following a link to NewsMax.
Republican presidential candidate and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson on Saturday won the straw poll of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City — beating last year's winner, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Maybe he won because he is a physician.

It would be interesting if the first Black President whose ties go back to slavery is a Republican.

Regards  —  Cliff

Freedom


For John, BLUFDon't let freedom slip away.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



My Buddy Neal has the following tag line on his EMails this month.
When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. 
 When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered.
— journalist Dorothy Thompson (1893-1961)
Perhaps I am just in a "Dorothy" period.

Regards  —  Cliff

Memorial Day


For John, BLUFIt is an attitude of thanksgiving.



Today is the day to remember those who signed up for military service and gave the last full measure.  Mostly in war, but sometimes in peacetime training, and sometimes in peacetime of trauma suffered in war.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Bin-Laden Library


For John, BLUF"If you think of Osama bin Laden as a thrifty, frustrated, nth-year graduate student, this all makes sense."  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Here is a piece on the Osama bin-Laden books found when we went to take him prisoner (or as some would have it, assassinate him).  An excerpt:
[I]f there is a common theme to his English-language library, it’s great power war and imperial decline.  That fits both his conspiracy books and his more conventional selections.  Such a theme would be unsurprising for bin Laden, as he’d naturally be very interested in any insights into how to bring down what he viewed as the American empire.

What’s interesting, however, is the scattershot nature of these texts.  There were other quality books on empire that bin Laden should have had in his possession given that he was so invested in this topic.  Why this odd mix?

See the Bottom Line, Up Front.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Strong Women Stand Out


For John, BLUFI suspect strong women come from encouraging Fathers.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Yesterday my blog post was about a Daily Mail article on feminism in the Victorian Era.  After I published it I thought of novelist and defender of Christianity, Ms Dorothy L Sayers, who was born in the Victorian era, in 1893.  She finished up Oxford before women could get degrees from that august institution.  She had a child out of wedlock, and provided for him.  She wrote mystery novels and Christian polemics and associated with the likes of C S Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.  She translated The Divine Comedy.

It isn't easy being a strong woman, at any time.  Then it isn't easy being a strong man.  There is a lot of "go along to get along' in this world.  Look at how the war crimes at Haditha, Iraq.  On the other hand, you do have your Molly Pitchers down through history.  By the way, Ms Pitcher is my nominee to replace President Andrew Jackson on the Double Sawbuck.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Interestingly, to me, Dwight David Eisenhower, and other West Point Graduates of his era, did not receive degrees.  That started in the 1920s.  On the other hand, probably no degree could beat being a member of the class the stars fell on.
  Reminds one of Dorothy Day.  Like Dorothy Day, Dorothy L Sayers was a Distributionist.
  I read the three volumes during my tour at Korat RTAFB and thought them great.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Feminism A Century Ago


TRIGGER WARNINGS:  Myths debunked.

For John, BLUFThere is always someone pointing out that the past wasn't actually what we thought it was.



"'Marry well if you can but satisfactory at least': The 19th-century guidebook offering advice to Victorian women... that's still relevant to singletons today!".

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, May 22, 2015

Women in the House


For John, BLUFThis is staffers, not Congresscritters.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



"The 20 Most Powerful Women Staffers on Capitol Hill"

Regards  —  Cliff