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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Are they nuts?

Is the NRSC Going to Abandon Toomey?
(Hat tip: Instapundit)

A Chilling Effect on U.S. Counterterrorism

Instapundit links to a Stratfor post concerning the recent release of memos detailing CIA "enhanced interrogation techniques".

Over at Knight's Castle Glenn Knight has been posting on the 'torture debate' and I left a comment concerning a Slate article Glenn linked to.

My position: I have no trouble with the techniques the U.S. used to get information from these prisoners and the release of these memos was a terrible and stupid idea. It's in keeping with the current administration's policy of trying to separate itself from just about all of previous American history and it will do us harm in both the short and long term.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gurkhas have right to live in Britain

At the Telegraph: MPs vote to give Gurkhas right to live in Britian in defeat for Gordon Brown

Mr Cameron said: "Today is a historic day where Parliament took the right decision. The basic presumption that people who fight for our country should have a right to live in our country has been set out very clearly.

Gurkhas have served the British crown since 1815 and have amassed battle honours including 26 Victoria Crosses.

The guess I don't understand why Gordon Brown would oppose it?

So Spector switches parties...

How could they tell?
Specter's defection to Democrats roils Republicans

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stuck on writing...

I just read a post by John J. Miller at NRO's Corner where he mentions attending a talk given by Irving Kristol. Kristol gave some advice to young writers. I'm not young but I guess I still want to be a writer (or at least be able to write well). The advice was simple:
Write every day (practice, practice, practice) and read good writing.
I suppose I should get started. I haven't done either of those things for a while now.

How Rome Fell and the Moral for the USA

Instapundit links to this Professor Bainbridge post on the fall of Rome.

Reminds me I dropped off at Chapter 17 when I was reading Gibbon and should pick it back up.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

French court orders ban on Chinese body parts show

About time. I suppose this ruling will be overturned pretty quickly but I was wondering if I was the only one to think these displays are depraved.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Barack Obama’s India-Pakistan Mess

"(W)hether he realizes it or not, President Obama just sided with Pakistan and against India, and put America’s foreign policy position on the side of a country that is sheltering al Qaeda. The Obama Administration has sided with the tyrant to the North and the terrorists to the West. The Indians have noticed."
(Hat tip: Instapundit)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pirates!

This is just depressing.

UPDATE: U.S. crew retakes ship hijacked by Somali pirates
Much less depressing now.
ANOTHER UPDATE: US crewman: Somali pirates hold captain hostage
Jeesh.

EXCELLENT UPDATE: American Ship Captain Richard Phillips Rescued Safely From Somali Pirates

Three Somali pirates dead (75%): those Navy SEALs are not people to have a gunfight with.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Same Sex Marriage a constitutional right in Iowa

When democracy doesn't get you what you want. Ruling is here. (HT: NRO's Corner)

I haven't read it through yet.

UPDATE: Link has been fixed.