The Bookworm Beat — the awesome, very long and interesting August 21, 2014 edition

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In self-defense, you shoot to kill.  End of story.

One of the big issues that’s agitating Leftists to an extreme degree with regard to Michael Brown’s death is the fact that, even though he was unarmed, he was shot six times. The Left, raised on an endless diet of violent movies, is pretty sure that one shot from the action hero is enough to bring down any bad guy, either by killing him instantly or disabling him completely. Ah! If only that were true.

In the real world, especially a real world that includes 6’4″, 300 lb guys with violence in their eyes, fury in their fists, and forward momentum in their bodies, you shoot and shoot and shoot until the bad guy is completely, manifestly unable to harm you. (See Russ Vaughn’s article for more on the deadly reality of “unarmed” men.)

You don’t need to take my word for it, though. Instead, listen to my friend Mike McDaniel, who is one of the foremost gun bloggers in America. Writing at The Truth About Guns, he explains just how much effort it actually takes to disable someone. By the way, we should all be grateful for this in case we ever accidentally find ourselves in the line of fire. The body’s resilience doesn’t just slow down taking out bad guys; it also helps good guys.

You won’t be surprised to learn that Mike, who is a former police officer, has been following the Ferguson situation very closely, with special attention to what happened that fateful night. You can read his musings at his blog, Stately McDaniel Manor.

He’s the Clark Kent/Superman of Apple Computers

Lest you think that all Apple employees are geeky, faux-hip, Leftist young people, this story ought to disabuse you of that notion: A reservist who was called up from his job at Apple saved a British general’s life by throwing himself in the path of an Afghani shooter, with the reservist firing his weapon as he went. The fact that he was wearing a bullet-proof vest in no way detracts from his heroism, since a lot of vital areas in his body, including his head and the major arteries in his legs were exposed.  Indeed, he was shot six times, taking two bullets to the leg, one bullet to the shoulder, and three to that life-saving vest.

This was the same attack that resulted in the death of Major General Harold Greene, the highest ranking American officer to be killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. You won’t be surprised, of course, to learn that Barack Obama couldn’t be bothered to attend Gen. Greene’s funeral.

Do I need to remind any of you that Obama is Commander in Chief of the American military? I’m pretty sure that George Washington, the original Commander in Chief, would have ridden from Virginia, through the snow, on horseback to attend such a funeral. And no, a general’s life is not of more worth than a private’s, but the fact is that the military is a hierarchical enterprise and Greene, by virtue of his rank, was very close to Obama in that hierarchy.

Israel scored a game-changer against Hamas last night

Something very, very big happened in Gaza last night: Israel assassinated three of the highest ranking Hamas leaders. Dayenu. But the enormously skillfully strike, which could have been achieved only with extraordinary knowledge, reveals something that should strike a shattering blow at Hamas: “The killing of the three constituted an indication that something in the intelligence discipline at the very top of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades has cracked.”

Although this is a stunning intelligence coup, in the short-term expect escalated violence towards Israel as Hamas leadership tries to prove that there isn’t a gaping hole in its terrorist command structure.

A much-read British newspaper sounds the tocsin against radical Islam

I have a vague memory from our last trip to England of seeing the Express lying around all over the place in underground trains running in the afternoon and evening. People would just pick up abandoned copies and read them as they rode along. I hope I’m correct in this memory, because today’s Express ran an editorial every person in the Western world should read: “Stop blaming Israel and wake up: The black flag of jihad is the REAL threat to the world.

Marx famously said “religion is the opiate of the people,” but in modern England, most of Europe, and too many parts of America, political correctness is the opiate. Citizens in those nations have been blinkered and gagged, leaving them unable to recognize the politically incorrect evil that is radical Islam and, if they recognize it, incapable of speaking up. Unless they can be brought to realize that there is a cancer unleashed in the Middle East and growing in virulence in the West, their opiate addiction will kill them — indeed, it will kill all of us.

William Tecumseh Sherman had the right idea — and Israel seems to be learning from history

Victor Davis Hanson resurrects the good reputation of the much maligned William Tecumseh Sherman, explaining that he was “an attritionist, not an annihilationist.” He understood that one must undermine one’s enemies to win and to that end he pursued a three-pronged strategy that finally brought the civil war to an end:

War in his mind was not a struggle between militaries so much as between the willpower of entire peoples, distant though they be from the battlefield. One chief aim was iconic. Sherman sought to capture cities or traverse holy ground that might offer his forces symbolic lessons that transcended even strategic considerations.

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Marching through the heart of Georgia to Savannah also reminded the Confederacy that it could not stop a Union army from going pretty much where it pleased — even into the heretofore untouched southern heartlands.

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His [last] point was to show them that farmboys from Illinois or Ohio were just as tough fighters as Tidewater horsemen or the impoverished rural folk of northern Georgia. Sherman felt that part of the appeal of the Confederacy had been the mythology about its landed gentry, and he felt it essential to expose this as hollow and superficial; after all, he was in Georgia, while Georgian units were not in Ohio….

Sherman’s goal was to separate the population from the leadership, and turn the latter against the former. (Incidentally, the Left did the same thing when it turned the American people against the Vietnam War, even though we were achieving military victory.) To achieve this goal, Sherman did not engage in random, broad-based, genocidal terrorism. Instead, he made careful targeted strikes that hurt the people in a way that made them blame their leadership for the pain they were suffering.

VDH offers this fascinating historical data for a reason: So far, Israel has been following a similar template in Gaza against Hamas. If it can continue to do so, without getting derailed by the world’s endless opprobrium and, worse, Obama’s anti-Israel intransigence, it has a chance of demolishing Hamas just as surly as Sherman demolished the confederacy.

The moving corpses of Hamas

One of the things about opiate addiction is that it makes you stupid. You lose common sense and will listen only to the person or entity that gives you your next fix. In today’s world, the supplier is the welfare state. it gives money and, in exchange, tells the recipients that it’s impolite to notice illegal aliens, savage jihadists, and others determined to wreak havoc on the same state supplying those fixes.

The one good thing about this enforced blindness is that those who benefit from it — the cheats and murderers — get careless. Human nature being what it is, if you know that no one will ever call you on your acts and errors, why try? And that is how one ends up with the moving corpses at the funeral:

Jews speak up for Middle Eastern Christians; Christians stay stubbornly silent

Given the apocalyptic Muslim Middle East that followed closely on the heels of the disastrously managed Arab Spring, should we be at all surprised that one of the few groups to stand up for the Christians being wiped out across Muslim lands is the World Jewish Congress? As you read “Who Will Stand Up for the Christians” keep in mind that even Christians throughout the world are silent in the face of this often genocidal purging.

I suspect that part of the problem lies with the fact that so many Christian denominations (Presbyterian and Episcopalian spring to mind) have allied themselves for so long with the Palestinian cause against Israel that they cannot wrap their minds around the fact that the days of appeasing the Islamist crocodile by throwing it the bodies of Jews are over. That crocodile is hungry and it’s coming for them now. Their groveling, their apologies, and their denials will avail them nothing in this fight. At the end of the day, all they’ll have is the moral stain of having been complicit with evil long after any decent people would have recognized precisely what was taking place in the Muslim Middle East.

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If the anti-Israel crowd is all about human rights, why don’t they protest Turkey’s Cyprus occupation?

A month into the Israel-Hamas war, there are scads of articles pointing out what we here knew all along; namely, that anti-Zionism and anti-Israeli sentiment are nothing but very thinly disguised anti-Semitism. Every time a Jew in France or Sweden or London or America is attacked ostensibly because of the war between Hamas and Israel, a country that is not on the Jewish person’s passport, we know that this is a war against Jews, not against one allegedly poorly conducted nation.

Just because there are so many articles, though, that does not mean there isn’t room for one more, especially if it’s from Victor Davis Hanson. VDH notes that, if people really want to prove that they are for all human rights, not just the rights of Muslims who want to commit genocide against the Jews, they ought to be speaking out against the brutal Turkish occupation of Cyprus. But they’re not. Their silence amounts to a confession.

The UN’s war crimes

David French is doing yeoman’s work, relentlessly press the quite obvious point that the UN, through UNRWA, is complicit in war crimes. Or at least it’s quite obvious to anybody with a modicum of common sense and a functioning moral compass.

The immorality of the genocide against Down Syndrome

I was going to comment on Richard Dawkin’s statement that it’s “immoral” not to abort a baby with Down Syndrome. Then I saw that Peter Wehner already did a fine job. (And if you can’t get past the pay wall, do consider a digital subscription to Commentary. It’s affordable and very worth the money.)

I’m ashamed to say that, back in the day when I was having babies, if I’d learned that my baby was going to have Down Syndrome, I would have given serious consideration to an abortion and for the worst reason of all — having such a child would have been hard on me. The reason for this world view is the milieu in which I lived — West coast Democrat — but that’s not an excuse for that attitude. I didn’t know better then but, looking back, I still feel that I, a well-read, educated young woman, should have had a moral compass that knew better. The best that I can do to make amends is to advocate for life now.

A short list of Obama’s wrongdoings

There are only 821 well-sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lying, law-breaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, etc.? Funny. I would have thought there would have been a lot more.

Come Fly With Me

In the matter of travel, Attorney General Eric Holder isn’t breaking the law. He’s just taking gross advantage of American taxpayers, by flying himself and his family in private and very costly luxury, while paying only the price of coach fare, with the difference being absorbed by an increasingly beleaguered middle class.

More Progressives are noticing Obama’s clay feet

How bad is Obama? He’s so bad that even Maureen Dowd is turning her high school age mean-girl tongue on him, excoriating him for being aloof and disinterested:

His circle keeps getting more inner. He golfs with aides and jocks, and he spent his one evening back in Washington from Martha’s Vineyard at a nearly five-hour dinner at the home of a nutritional adviser and former White House assistant chef, Sam Kass.

The president who was elected because he was a hot commodity is now a wet blanket.

The extraordinary candidate turns out to be the most ordinary of men, frittering away precious time on the links. Unlike L.B.J., who devoured problems as though he were being chased by demons, Obama’s main galvanizing impulse was to get himself elected.

Almost everything else — from an all-out push on gun control after the Newtown massacre to going to see firsthand the Hispanic children thronging at the border to using his special status to defuse racial tensions in Ferguson — just seems like too much trouble.

As is the case for all those other liberals who’ve discovered that their idol has feet of base material, it’s too little, too late. They got him elected twice, and we must now live with the unfolding, unstoppable consequences at home and abroad. Also, although they’re whining at Obama, none seem to have the insight to realize that the problem isn’t just Obama — it’s them too.

It’s their relentless Leftism, their willingness to corrupt all systems to achieve their goals, their love affair with a politicized version of science, their obeisance to political correctness, and their overarching disdain for America that led us to this place. They’ll have learned nothing from this whole experience and, turning from Hillary as to (choke) “moderate”, will next place all their eggs in the Elizabeth Warren basket. Until they show repentance and remorse, I guess I’m just not that impressed when the infighting begins.

Still, some Progressives are having their “crossing the Rubicon” moments

As long-time readers of my blog know, what finally tipped me over the edge in my journey from Democrat to conservative was NPR. I simply could not accept the manifest lies it told about Israel. I also realized that, if it was wrong about Israel, I’d better investigate and see if it was right about anything else. I discovered that, while it’s sometimes right about some things, it’s mostly wrong about most things.

One American Jewish woman is making the same journey with the New York Times: She’s figured out that it lies about Israel. My bet is that her next step is to start looking with new eyes at everything the Times espouses.

Leftists try to destroy writers’ livelihoods and suppress ideas

Would it surprise you to learn that Leftists are intentionally trying to destroy book sales for conservative books? No, of course it wouldn’t. You’ve already heard about Erica Payne, the Progressive activist who was encouraging people to deface Paul Ryan’s new book. I bet you didn’t know, though, that this same mentality thrives on Amazon, where Leftists do their darndest to destroy the ratings for conservative-themed books.

Two examples are My Parents Open Carry and Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!. It would be foolish to deny that many of the comments are clever, albeit mean and ill-informed, but it’s those hundreds of negative stars from people who have never read the book, and who couldn’t be counted on for a fair review in any event, that’s so shameful.

A California Republican shames Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown

Huge kudos to California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who not only refused Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown’s invitation to a luncheon fete for Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, but who also wrote Brown a letter dressing him down soundly for wining and dining Nieto, even as an American Marine rots in a Mexican prison for the crime of having gotten stuck on a one-way road to Mexico with legal American guns in his car.

This is his letter. (You can click on the image to make it larger.)

Donnelly letter to Jerry Brown re Mexican President

Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink

Central Valley farmers are complaining that, in drought stricken California, San Franciscans are getting preferential treatment when it comes to water allotments. It’s not complicated: San Franciscans are reliably Progressive and vote for Nancy Pelosi; Central Valley farmers are not and do not.  Who cares that the farmers grow the food that feeds the nation?

The unholy union of government and big business

Conservatives fear big government. Progressives fear big corporations. Sometimes they’re both right.

The Perry indictment just gets uglier

California, of course, is not the only state with morally corrupt Democrats. As the risible indictment against Gov. Rick Perry shows, when Democrats have the political bit in their teeth anywhere, they’ll use it unwisely. And in case you thought the complaint was bad, the process was even worse: The grand jury that issued the indictment was stacked.

Fish cannons and turkey drops

Read this story about fish cannons and then you’ll appreciate why it irresistibly reminded my friend Wolf (who has taken a break from blogging at Wolf Howling) of one of the most exquisitely funny moments ever in TV comedy:

Even Taylor Swift has been sucked into a astroturf race row

I’ve never been a big fan of Taylor Swift’s music because she has always used her often whiny songs as kiss-and-tell vehicles for her failed relationships. Every song bad-mouths a past boyfriend, which I think is tacky.

Other than that, I think she’s a lovely young woman. She’s lovely to look at, always dresses charmingly and tastefully, and she’s never been involved in a scandal. This last seems to have come about, not because Swift is lucky, but because she lives a decent life, flying back to her home after every concert, rather than frequenting clubs and parties.

Blameless Taylor Swift, though, has found herself embroiled in, of all things, a scandal accusing her of racism. That it’s a scandal manufactured out of whole cloth makes no difference to the race mongers. They think they’ve found a target by pointing to a video in which she is unable to twerk alongside some black women.

Of course, if you watch the video, you’ll see that the whole point is that Swift shows various dance genres (including some brilliant hip hop/break dancing) that she’s unable to do because she’s a spaz who just enjoys “shaking.” It’s not great music, but it’s charming and only a race hustler running out of material could see it as grounds for complaint:

Now you see it, now you don’t

I love sleight of hand and card tricks, so was thrilled to find a video of someone who is just amazingly good:

Pictures

(With my usual heartfelt thanks to Caped Crusader.)

Islam taking back what it thinks is its own

Conservativsm is the bulwark against savagery

Modern education

Back off or the community gets it

Liberal logic and guns

Wants more government

You voted for big government

Comparing Israel and the Palestinians

Life on Mars

Give me your illegal aliens

Declassify everything

Obama doesn't test well

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Did you ask your Democrat friends how many shots their Democrat buddies fired at WACO and Ruby Ridge?

    The story is NOT over because you haven’t even touched upon their hypocrisy. This war isn’t about facts.

    • lee

      The museum in Boise has a very interesting display on Ruby Ridge. Interesting because at this point in time, pretty much most archivists and historians on museums’ payrolls are DemProgs. And Boise, for Idaho, is pretty liberal in many areas. And there is a PC thread running through a lot of the displays there. But the display is very sympathetic to the Weavers.

      • jj

        I’m kind of sympathetic to the Weavers myself, and was – and remain – pretty much unable to see that they amounted to a problem, especially a problem that required a SWAT-level response from a government agency.

        And maybe that was the problem: the government agency. At that time the Batfu**ers, (congenial nickname bestowed upon them by the NYPD), were a pretty new deal and, as you may recall, they more or less “appeared” from thin air, without much discussion of whether they were genuinely necessary, or wanted, or approved of by the inmates of the camp. (i.e., all the rest of us) who were/are allegedly in charge. There was some discussion – not nearly as much as there should have been – of whether or not America required a fourth internal armed national army – but there they were. Ruby Ridge was the first time most people heard of them, and even in a fairly informed place like 30 Rockefeller Center there were a fair number of “who the %$#! are these @#$%&#!s?” conversations in the hallways.

        It was a good question then, it’s still a good question. As you may also recall, pretty much everything they touched in their first decade-plus, from Ruby Ridge right through Waco, turned to shit under their careful ministrations. This was not a room full of geniuses, or even people who demonstrated much basic competence. (And some of you may even recall a 60 Minutes interview with Head Boy Steve Higgins who actually said, on national TV, words to the effect that well, you know, the CIA, the FBI, the Secret Service all get first crack at the best recruits, we’re left with the dregs they rejected, so whaddaya expect? [Oh yes he did.])

        I personally date the increasing trend to militarization of the cops right to the formation of this heavily armed and proudly stupid agency. (There’s no other word. I mean, would any of your KIDS give guns to Mexican drug criminals? Come on! “Stupid” is KIND!)

        The American people – masters of our own destiny, hahahahahahahaha – didn’t know where they came from; didn’t know who approved their existence; were never invited to discuss whether we wanted them or whether they should exist; were never invited to discuss whether we wanted them to have tanks, APCs, 50-cals, etc., etc. Just “bingo,” like magic: a new army in our midst, strutting around with automatic weapons (real ones), flak jackets, and not much brains. Amazing, here in the land of the free – what a sarcasm that’s become.

        I’m sympathetic to all of us.

  • lee

    he immorality of the genocide against Down Syndrome:

    I read somewhere many years ago, that people with Down Syndrome are very sweet, kind, good nature people. There it isn’t a drop of duplicity in them. Because of that, any time I see someone with Down’s I will smile and give them a big hello. I was on the ferry once, and there was a group of adults with Down’s on it taking a field trip to a Giants game. It was an amazingly uncrowded ferry. Anyhow, most of the people on the ferry were rude to this group. Many scowled at them. They were a good group of people.

    I’ve never actually really MET anyone with Down’s though I do know of some acquaintances with children or siblings with Downs. There is a lot of love there. I have known other people who are the sort that Richard Dawkins would advocate to have been aborted as a baby… or to have been killed as an infant.

    What a horrible man he is.

    • lee

      Many, many, many years ago, I saw a tv show about genetic diseases. They covered sickle cell anemia, Tay-Sachs, and cystic fibrosis. They talked to doctors, researchers, and families of those that had it, and in the case of sickle-cell and cystic fibrosis, people who lived with the conditions.

      The people making the show asked the parents of the kids who had the different conditions if had they known their child would be born with the disease, and had they known what life with a child with that disease was like, would they have had an abortion. (This was MANY years ago, before genetic testing was really possible.)

      Every single parent of the children with sickle-cell and with cystic fibrosis said no, that they would have carried their child to term, and take care of them, and love them. (This show was MANY years ago, when you just did NOT see people with cystic fibrosis survive into their forties, and like one person I know, their fifties.)

      The parents of the children with Tay-Sachs couldn’t say. They definitely LOVED their children, but they also hated seeing their child, so young, suffer so terribly. And die at such a young age….

    • Libby

      Just a disgusting comment from Dawkins.

      I know I’ve commented on this before, but I have an “imperfect” child, and despite the surgeries he required and all of the side effects he endured (developmental delays, etc.), of course it was moral to have him. There was only one brief moment I worried I had been selfish for having him knowing what he would have to go through – when he was in incredible distress in the 12 or so hours between a heart cath and a heart surgery (at only 6 mths old). He showed himself to be one heck of a fighter, having an unusually speedy recovery. That;s when it really hit me: it was never my choice to make, it was his. And his choice at every medical juncture, every related hurdle has been “Hell, yes, I can take it!”

      Dawkins’ attitude won’t stop at children with Downs Syndrome, which is why his statement is so chilling.

      • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

        They don’t call it Liberal Fascism for nothing.

        Dawkins thinks he is his own God, thus it’s not atheism so much as theism.

  • Charles Martel

    Whenever I see a Down syndrome kid with his or her parents, I know that I’m in the presence of good and loving people. Now, with 90 percent of unborn Down’s children being eviscerated at abortuaries, I’m reminded of a scholar I once interviewed, Samuel Oliner, who wrote a book on the Righteous Gentiles of Europe who saved Jews in WWII at great risk to their lives and property. He told me that to a person, regardless of their sex, age, nationality, or station in life, they explained that they helped Jews because they had no other choice. “They had to save those people because they could not have lived with themselves if they hadn’t,” he told me.

    But we have to remember that the Righteous Gentiles, like the 10 percent of Down’s syndrome parents who don’t have their children torn apart, were a tiny minority. Alas, we don’t live in a world where most people can’t live with themselves if they do something evil.

    Regarding the miraculously moving Gazan corpses, is there anything that jihadists can do well besides torture and behead? They can’t even pull off a simple charade put on for the willing dunces of the western press. If I were Allah—peace be upon me!—I would be ashamed to have hitched my star to a culture as hapless as the Arabs’.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    “Israel scored a game-changer against Hamas last night”

    DO NOT STOP!! Track them ALL down and kill them. Dead…..Dead……Dead.

    When new ones arise, track them down and KILL THEM, too.

    Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

    The only future for Israel and the Jews is to KILL JIHADIST LEADERS until the masses subside..

  • SADIE

    Earl, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters echoed your approach when asked about ISIS/ISIL/IS or whatever the murderous bastards are calling themselves this week (certainly not a JV team, that’s for sure).

    “Kill them, keep on killing them until you’ve killed the last one, then kill his pet goat.”


    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      Did Ralph say something like that when Bush said “bring it on”?

  • Danny Lemieux

    I have long suspected that part of God’s purpose in having people born with deformities and genetic diseases is to teach us how to be compassionate and also to reflect upon the fragile nature of our shared humanity.

  • Call me Lennie

    In order to understand the effect of Sherman’s march, one needs to be reminded of two things. The whole point of the Confederacy was that it was a loose confederation of what would be considered now as independent nations. Moreover, Sherman’s campaign jumped off after Grant’s horrific Overland Campaign of May 1864 which featured the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse and Cold Harbor in rapid succession. While none of these battles by themselves are the bloodiest of the Civil War, the death toll of the combined battles was the highest of the war, by far.

    Consequently, Sherman faced a hollowed out Confederate Army in the West, which explains his successes. In the meantime, thousand of citizens of the nations states of Georgia, and then South Carolina are suffering the torments of the damned protecting the capital of this loose confederation — even as Union armies rampage at will in their home state. Is it any wonder that soldiers in these states began defecting en masse, beginning in 1865

    Lastly, Sherman’s victory in Atlanta paved the way for Lincoln’s re-election, which shattered the Confederacy’s last hope of at least a draw.

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      Democrats starting a war to unseat a Republican President. Old as new these days, same SOP.

  • Michael Adams

    A news update in re: Governor Perry. The Democrats threw out one of their bizarre lies at the time of, or immediately after the indictment, to the effect that Perry was trying to unseat Rosie Lehmberg because she was investigating some corruption in a cancer research fund. Now, a former high-ranking employee of the Special Prosecutor on the case has said quite publicly that Governor Perry was AT NO TIME a subject of that investigation.Democrats do that, though, throw out a lie that will be soon disproven, e.g. (A few among many) “No WMD in Iraq,” “The Supremes awarded election victory to Bush in 2000,” “Halliburton!” People will still be repeating those lies for years, including Democrat hacks and flacks who know for a certainty that what they’re repeating is a proven lie. The entire history of the United States could be written in a book with a title like, “The Struggle for Freedom Against the Democrat Party.”

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Michael Adams: I’m dealing with a high school classmate – a physician – who is BEATING on that “Bush lied” meme…..it’s SO frustrating, because it’s been disproven over and over again.

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a fairly succinct take-down of this ridiculous nonsense? Preferably something with links to stories from the time when the 2003 invasion was overwhelmingly approved. I want his face rubbed in the nearly unanimous (U.S. and worldwide) consensus about the presence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.

    Thanks.

  • Caped Crusader

    Few realize that Sherman, prior to the war, was President of LSU and commander of ROTC there: loved the Southern way of life, and personally had no problem with slavery. Because of this experience he knew the South would never give up until totally broken; hence his actions.

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  • Danny Lemieux
  • http://www.marchhareshouse.blogspot.com March Hare

    Re the Taylor Swift video…

    Not only does Taylor show herself to be a “spaz” (I loved the finger dancing!), but at the end she showcases a lot of people who are “shaking it” with her. They look like real people: a variety of body types, ethnicities, and dress. Granted, they are all young. But they aren’t Hollywood beautiful. I like that and I think she should be commended for showcasing such diversity. (So there! ;P)