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Why not vouchers?

Posted by lex, on December 4, 2006

Milton Friedman was in favor of ‘em, so that’s all I’d ordinarily need to know. But the Seattle school district thing has brought this all to a head:

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Making it stick

Posted by lex, on January 8, 2008

I find myself surprisingly at peace with the notion that the Obamanon may end up wearing the 44 jersey come next January. Herself ** seems to be decomposing in front of our very eyes and John Edwards will never live down that YouTube video. Too many people have already seen and said to themselves, “No. I’m very sorry, but no.” What you have left over is that nice young man with imperfect hair, a compelling life story and an electorate seething to Just. Change. Something.

We go through it ever so often and often end up with buyer’s remorse, but the Republic will endure. It always has.

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Barry’s take

Posted by lex, on December 20, 2007

A little something for everyone in retired army general Barry McCAffrey’s AAR on Iraq, as hosted by Michael Yon.

Reader’s Digest version:

  1. Violence is way down. Stopping asking if it’s really true and start asking why.
  2. AQI is badly beaten but Simply. Won’t. Die. Except when we kill them. Which is lots.
  3. IA are actually surprisingly good and the IP are getting better.
  4. The central government is teh suxXor.
  5. The people are miserable, but the economy is improving.
  6. There are endemic problems that only the Iraqis will be able to solve.
  7. They’ll still need our help.
  8. Rummy was teh suxXor too but Gates Rulez!
  9. Army needs more sojers. To help us bring them home.
  10. This might actually work.
  11. On the other hand, it might not.

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Turning point

Posted by lex, on December 21, 2007

In April of 2007, it appeared clear to everyone but the president and a few desperate hangers-on that no options remained in Iraq besides humiliating withdrawal, national defeat and sectarian genocide. Time Magazine op-ed writer Joe Klein said this of President Bush’s “surge” strategy in an article entitled “An Administration’s Epic Collapse“:

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Fred said right.

UpdateBeldar’s on board for the big win.

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Ugh

Posted by lex, on December 23, 2007

Gentlemen may not read each other’s mail, but countries aren’t gentlemen and we need to do better than this:

China’s intelligence service gained access to a secret National Security Agency listening post in Hawaii through a Chinese-language translation service, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

The spy penetration was discovered several years ago as part of a major counterintelligence probe by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) that revealed an extensive program by China’s spy service to steal codes and other electronic intelligence secrets, and to recruit military and civilian personnel with access to them.
According to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, China’s Ministry of State Security, the main civilian spy service, carried out the operations by setting up a Chinese translation service in Hawaii that represented itself as a U.S.-origin company.

The ruse led to classified contracts with the Navy and NSA to translate some of the hundreds of thousands of intercepted communications gathered by NSA’s network of listening posts, aircraft and ships.

It’s not surprising that we listen in on China. It’s not surprising that they try to find out what we’re hearing. What is surprising is that we hire the Chinese security services to do our translations for us.

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Shakespeare’s

By lex, on October 30th, 2012

Hey everyone!

Friday November 9th is my dad’s birthday and in honor of it my mom would like to get a group together of anyone and everyone who is in San Diego and wants to get a beer (Guinness, of course). The plan is Shakespeare’s Pub on 3701 India St.

San Diego, CA 92103 around 5:30PM and planning to stay until 7 or 8PM. We would love it if whoever can swing it can come by, although we understand not everyone lives in San Diego so we aren’t expecting much.

Also, each of us kids plans on posting a little something on the blog for his birthday so we’re hoping you guys might check that out when the time comes.

Thanks always- Kat


 

05-23-20 I thought I had gotten all we could get from the Wayback Machine, but I came across a couple more. As to what the “kids” planned on posting, just as 8 years ago, wait and see 😉 

And of course the meet at Shakespeare’s was 8 years ago, not this November 9th, although maybe we should have another one in honor of Hizzoner? 

BB

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Stuff you learn

Posted by lex, on May 15, 2006

 

John of Argghhh wrote to me a propos of certain flings (delivered in comments) against his “queen of the battlefield” – flings fllung by your humble scribe, as it turns out. He wrote as how he’d had the chance to duck some death from above, only the kind delivered by friendlies: accidental, like. Twice in fact, which is twice too often, says I. Though I say it with a guilty conscience, having had the occasion to fall short of perfect, once upon a time.

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Those tapes

Posted by lex, on December 11, 2007

I’ve resisted until now sharing my private thoughts about the destruction of those CIA interrogation tapes,  although my first instinct was that even if no crime was committed the Agency had committed a political blunder. 

This much we know: There were hundreds of hours of taped footage covering the interrogation and detention of Al Qaeda financier and detainee Abu Zubaida, as well as another as yet unnamed bin Laden lieutenant. Most of the tapes apparently showed Abu Zubaida recovering from wounds received when he was captured. But they also contained documentary footage of his interrogation, including the controversial practice known as waterboarding.

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Pugnaciously stupid

Posted by lex, on December 11, 2007

More proof – as if anymore were needed – that whatever else their advantages, democracies are not above shooting themselves in the foot:

The Iraqi government has ordered all policewomen to hand in their guns for redistribution to men or face having their pay withheld, thwarting a U.S. initiative to bring women into the nation’s police force.

The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, issued the order late last month, according to ministry documents, U.S. officials and several of the women. It affects all officers who have earned the title “policewoman” by graduating from the police academy. It does not apply to men in the same type of jobs.

Critics say the move is the latest sign of the religious and cultural conservatism that has taken hold in Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s ouster ushered in a government dominated by Shiite Muslims.

Religious organizations were the only hint of a political alternative that Saddam Hussein permitted to his Ba’ath Party – every other brand of party was ruthlessly supressed. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise I suppose that the Shia dominated Interior Ministry is being run by 7th Century droolers who run around with what ought to be superseded notions of femininity and honor.

I hope that the next go around, the Iraqi people have the opportunity to vote for a better class of leadership. It would a shame to think that we fought for this.

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