Donald Kagan, one of the last of a dying breed of professors, gave his final lecture at Yale last week. The Wall Street Journal has a great interview with him. Here’s a brief quote:
Democracy, wrote Mr. Kagan in “Pericles of Athens” (1991), is “one of the rarest, most delicate and fragile flowers in the jungle of human experience.” It relies on “free, autonomous and self-reliant” citizens and “extraordinary leadership” to flourish, even survive. These kinds of citizens aren’t born—they need to be educated. “The essence of liberty, which is at the root of a liberal education, is that meaningful freedom means that you have choices to make,” Mr. Kagan says. “At the university, there must be intellectual variety. If you don’t have [that], it’s not only that you are deprived of knowing some of the things you might know. It’s that you are deprived of testing the things that you do know or do think you know or believe in, so that your knowledge is superficial.”…Faculties have gained “extraordinary authority” over universities, Mr. Kagan says. The changes in the universities were mirrored in the society at large. “The tendency in this century and in the previous century at least has been toward equality of result and every other kind of equality that could be claimed without much regard for liberty,” he says. “Right now the menace is certainly to liberty.”
Speaking of liberty, the government is coming for your cheese. Your raw milk cheese, to be specific. That includes brie and camembert. Now you’ve officially gone too far, government. TOO FAR. I will not put up with you messing with my cheese. YOU CAN PRY IT FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS. The most infuriating part is that it’s complete bullshit. There is no need to regulate this…
…She calculated in an email to me that the chances of a person in a high-risk group (e.g., a pregnant woman) being sickened by pasteurized cheese are the same as the likelihood of someone from the general population being sickened by unpasteurized cheese—in both cases a scant 1 in 55 million. Erber notes that means “1/6 of the entire country could eat camembert at the same time and ONE person would get really sick.”…Erber points out the report notes just “725 reported illnesses in the entire world over a 25 year period,” a startlingly small number given worldwide cheese consumption.
A Swedish company has produced a luxury bird house, complete with swimming pool and garden furniture.
Meet the man who helped stop Hitler’s A-bomb. A little background below, but read the article for the whole amazing story.
Seventy years ago, a small team of Norwegians was sent from Britain to carry out one of the most daring and important undercover operations of World War II – the aim was to prevent Adolf Hitler building an atomic bomb…The SOE raid Mr Ronneberg led 70 years ago was described as the most successful act of sabotage in the war and one with the potential to alter its course…The target of the raid was in Vermork, in a remote part of Norway, home to the largest hydroelectric plant of its type in the world…British intelligence had realised that the Nazis were protecting the plant because it produced a supply of heavy water, which could be used in the production of an atomic bomb.
In Saudi Arabia, a woman has been sentenced to eight lashes for accidentally sending a text message allegedly promoting the Shiite sect of Islam.
Read this chilling report about how close al-Qaeda is to getting Syria’s chemical weapons. The Syrian war is a humanitarian and geopolitical NIGHTMARE on a scale that most people can’t even imagine. We should have done something about this TWO YEARS AGO. Who cares if most of the American people don’t want to get involved overseas? Most of the American people can’t find Syria on a map and a good portion can’t even name the country we fought in the Revolutionary War. We will pay a horrible price for our inaction on this one.
More than 500 times as toxic as cyanide and deadly in milligram-sized doses, a single canister of sarin could unleash carnage if released on a Tube network in London or New York…As the Syrian uprising has intensified in the past year, the regime has been secretly moving its stockpiles to weapons dumps all over the country, much of which it barely controls anymore. Nobody knows, therefore, when or where a cache might be captured by the opposition’s more militant factions…The Syrian regime’s chemical warchest is indeed vast – the biggest in the Middle East, and the fourth largest in the world…As Syria has not signed the international Chemical Weapons Convention, it has never declared details of its stockpiles to the outside world. But outside intelligence estimates reckon that Damascus has between 100 and 200 warheads filled with sarin for its Scud missiles, and thousands of chemical artillery bombs filled with sarin and VX.
Also in Syria, an Islamic cleric has decreed it ok for Syrian rebels to rape women, so long as they’re non-Sunni. According to The Washington Times the cleric said:
It’s a “legitimate fatwa” for Muslims waging war against Mr. Assad and trying to put in place a Sharia government to “capture and have sex with” Alawites and other non-Sunni, non-Muslim women…The cleric called non-Muslim women by their Arabic term, “melk al-yamin.” The term is from the Koran and refers to non-Muslim sex slaves. A preacher in Saudi Arabia, Muhammad al-Arifi, sent forth a fatwa a few months ago giving jihadi fighters the right to have “intercourse marriage” with Syrian women they caught, and for that act to take enough time “to give each fighter a turn,” Human Events reports.
The creation of the term ‘Islamophobia’ to describe those who criticize this kind of thing is one of the dumbest things the Left has ever done. Islamonausea is more like it. Sick of this wicked religion and the misery and evil it inflicts all over the world.
Those who thought the Obama administration was misleading the public on Benghazi have been proved right in a scathing report released recently. Here’s a brief sample of the findings:
It noted that State immediately reported the attack to the White House Situation Room and two hours later noted an al Qaeda affiliate’s claim of responsibility. There was no mention of a spontaneous protest of an anti-Muslim video. Yet Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Press Secretary Jay Carney spoke repeatedly for days later of a video and a protest. Clinton assured one victim’s family member that the video-maker was being prosecuted. In the meantime, a CIA draft of talking points for the House intelligence committee was edited at the behest of State Department officials. Omitted were references to previous Benghazi attacks, the al Qaeda affiliate in Benghazi and intelligence estimates of threats in Libya. Also struck, the Interim Report says, were “any and all suggestions that the State Department had been previously warned of threats in the region.”
The CIA is buying Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s support. Literally. They are dropping bags of cash at his feet.
Ending on a happy note, the Lost Boys of Sudan are giving back in amazing ways.