New post at Liberty Unyielding. Enjoy!
Treasured readers, it is with tremendous regret that I announce a suspension of posting here at TOC. The blogging won’t stop, but there’s a formatting problem, introduced by a recent change in the WordPress software, which is making it all but impossible for me to post items here. I haven’t been able to fully gauge how hard the squirrels are running in the background at WordPress to do something about this. But for now, there’s just too much work involved in posting at TOC. I literally have to go through and reformat everything in a post, from italics and bold to hyperlinks and font. Read More…
RNC commercials are dumb because Republicans are awful. That’s the basic thesis of Salon’s Alex Pareene. He doesn’t think the standard-issue millennial mouthing GOP platitudes (see videos below) is all that bad, but he’s certain that the actual, no-kidding Republicans out there are snaggle-toothed gay-bashers and other Dead White European Males who hate Diversity, think Cuddly Puppies are something to shoot at, and wouldn’t know Millennial Chic if they found it dead in their ditty bag (except, of course, that Pareene himself would have no idea what a ditty bag is, and is darn proud of it).
So RNC commercials must be silly and/or deceptive or something. Read More…
The New England Journal of Medicine has come out in high dudgeon over the vocal opposition of gun-rights activists to Obama’s surgeon general nominee, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy. Howard Portnoy highlighted earlier this month Dr. Murthy’s belief that doctors should interrogate patients on whether they have guns in the home. As Howard pointed out, the provisions of Obamacare mean that the results of such questioning would be entered into the universal health-care database to which government officials would have access. The NRA naturally objects.
The editorial at NEJM thunders: Read More…
Posted in American liberty, Civil Rights, Government, Health care, Law, Left-wing themes, Political commentary, Political Philosophy, Regulation | Tags: American liberty, Big government, Constitutionalism, District of Columbia v. Heller, Government policy, Gregory Gurfman, Gun rights, Health care, Individual rights, Jeffrey Drazen, Lawrence O. Gostin, Left-liberalism, National Rifle Association, Natural rights, New England Journal of Medicine, NRA, Obama, ObamaCare, Public health, Public Health Law, Regulation, Second Amendment, Stephen Morrissey, Surgeon General, Vivek Hallegere Murthy
Interestingly, the sighting of an unidentified jumbo jet in the Maldives on 8 March, just after 6:00 AM, doesn’t conflict with any other known information about the missing Malaysian Air 777.
So that’s a point worth considering. Before going further, I should mention that I don’t think the aircraft stopped Read More…
Posted in Air operations, General military, Islam, Political commentary, The Ineffable | Tags: 777, Addu Atoll, arcs, Dhaalu Atoll, Gan airport, Gan Island, Geopolitics, Indian Ocean, Inmarsat, International security, Iran, Islamism, Kuda Huvadhoo, Malaysia, Malaysian Air, Maldives, Male, MH370, Yaamin Abdul Gayoom
Earlier in March, a shadowy oil tanker, suddenly bearing the name Morning Glory, showed up in Es-Sider, Libya with a plan to load oil from terminals held by Libyan rebels.
Posted in General military, Great power geopolitics, Maritime operations, Naval operations, US Foreign policy | Tags: Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt, Es Sider, FAL Shipping, Geopolitics, International security, Iran, Israel, Libya, Libyan rebels, Malta, Maritime operations, Maritime security, Mediterranean, Military, Morning Glory tanker, Naval operations, North Korea, OIl industry, Sidra, Tanker Baku, US Navy, USS Roosevelt
Julie Boonstra is the Michigan leukemia patient who recorded a commercial for Americans for Prosperity (AFP) earlier this year, describing the disruption to her treatment when she lost her health insurance because of Obamacare. [Interesting update: as of this writing, at 2:30 PM PDT on 16 March, the AFP website is unavailable. Here is the error page that comes up when you try to access it.]
If Boonstra made a mistake, it was thinking that she could assert this, without revealing every detail of her insurance problems, and not come under vicious attack from the media, Harry Reid, and even from a Michigan congressman, Democrat Gary Peters. She wasn’t intensively detailed and explicit about the problems she has faced. And the media, along with Democratic politicians, have taken that as an opportunity to call her a liar, Read More…
Posted in Government, Health care, Journalistic bias, Left-wing themes, Media, Political commentary, Regulation | Tags: Affordable Care Act, Big government, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dan Calabrese, Democrats, Gary Peters, Glenn Kessler, Harry Reid, Health care, Health insurance, Julie Boonstra, Left-liberalism, Media bias, Michigan, ObamaCare, Obamacare horror story, Pinocchios, Regulation, value-based purchasing
We appear to have ourselves a bona fide mystery. If anyone in authority knows what happened to the Malaysian Air 777 that took off on 8 March headed for China, he’s not talking. The most recent revelations, as readers no doubt know, suggest that the plane continued flying for about 7 hours after the last official contact from the cockpit.
Posted in General military, Great power geopolitics, Intelligence, Maritime operations, Naval operations, Terrorism, The Ineffable | Tags: 29th Fleet, 777, Africa, Antipiracy, Atlantic Ocean, Boeing, Central America, Central Asia, China, Frigate Sabalan, Gulf of Aden, Hijacked plane, Indian Ocean, Inmarsat, Iran, Iranian navy, Iranian warships, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Malaysian Air, MH370, Military, Missing plane, Naval operations, Oman, ping, Salalah, satellite, South Asia, Supply ship Kharg, Terrorism
Vladimir Putin’s Russia has moved to clamp down on Ukraine in advance of the laughably rigged “referendum” scheduled for 16 March, when Crimeans will vote on which way to secede from Ukraine: either as an “independent” state or through annexation by Russia. Crimeans who want to remain part of Ukraine are out of luck.
The battle for Crimea may be preordained; the battle for Ukraine underway. There are also indications of a larger battle shaping up in the region, as the aircraft carriers of Russia and the United States perform an elaborate minuet in the Eastern Mediterranean. If you weren’t convinced that the Russian move on Ukraine would rapidly destabilize the region, consider what has been going on in the last week west of Cyprus. Read More…
Posted in Air operations, General military, Great power geopolitics, Maritime operations, Naval operations, Naval strategy, Political commentary, US Foreign policy | Tags: Aegean Sea, Aircraft carriers, Athens FIR, Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, Carrier air wings, Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean, EEZ, Flight information regions, Geopolitics, Greece, International security, Maritime claims, Maritime operations, Military, National defense, National security, NATO, Naval operations, Nicosia FIR, NOTAMs, Russia, Russian Navy, Statesmanship, Strategy, The West, Turkey, Ukraine, US Navy, USS George H W Bush
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