Monthly Archives: January 2016

Artwork of the Week

“David”
Donatello (c. 1440)

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Book of the Month

The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq” by Emma Sky

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The Unraveling is a fantastic first-hand account and bipartisan skewering of how everything fell apart in Iraq. It is written from the unique perspective of the brave and intelligent Emma Sky, who volunteered to help rebuild Iraq. Her assignment was only supposed to last three months, but she ended up serving there longer than any other senior military or diplomatic figure, giving her an unrivaled perspective of the entire conflict. Sky, a woman of the Left, takes both Bush and Obama to task in this fantastic book that often reads like a novel. It is a detailed, and frequently darkly humorous, account that tries to understand everyone involved, Iraqis and Americans, on their own terms. You will go from shaking your head in anger to feeling a lump of pride in your throat for great Americans like General Odierno, who tried so hard and came so close to getting the job done. One of a handful of fair, must-read books on the Iraq War.

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Image of the Day

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Gorgeous. The Milky Way over Zion National Park. Photo by Jared Warren.

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Weekend Links

Good. Rhodes will stand: Oxford’s student Maoists have been beaten.

Unreal: “A recent audit revealed the National Cybersecurity Protection System—aka EINSTEIN—does not scan for 94 percent of common computer vulnerabilities.”

Foreign hackers may have been reading the encrypted communications of U.S. government agencies for the past three years.

Germany moves to tighten rules for asylum seekers, following uproar over robberies and sex assaults.

Austrian carnivals ban “jokes, irony, and sarcasm” against “refugees, foreigners, and minorities.”

Special Ops Commander demands Pentagon stop exposing operations

Hundreds of DHS badges, guns, cell phones lost or stolen since 2012. Big government always has been and always will be incompetent, but have we ever seen this level of dangerous incompetence on such a mass scale across every government agency like we have under Obama?

Awesome: Woman who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombings will run it this year.

Swedish police warn Stockholm’s main train station is now overrun by migrant teen gangs ‘stealing and groping girls’

The fancy art of auctioning million-dollar classic cars

Again, if you vote for this criminal you care nothing for the national security of this country. It’s as simple as that.

The intelligence community has now deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging” to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding. The decision to withhold the documents in full, and not provide even a partial release with redactions, further undercuts claims by the State Department and the Clinton campaign that none of the intelligence in the emails was classified when it hit Clinton’s personal server.

Doesn’t matter. Democrats in this country are above the law. We’re a banana republic now.

Fucking incredible. State Department to delay release of thousands of Clinton emails until after NH primary.

“Even half-drunk the SVR could get those emails and they probably couldn’t believe how easy Hillary made it for them.”

Debate without Trump gets better ratings than last debate with Trump. Maybe there is hope for you after all, America.

Veterans group tells draft dodger who mocks POWs and puts Soviet and Nazi soldiers in place of American soldiers in his ads to fuck off and stop using them for political purposes.

For years, Trump’s charity gave veterans little more than peanuts, now he’s using them as political props because he’s an utter piece of shit.

“Confirmation e-mails sent to individuals who contributed via the website confirm that rather than going directly to veterans, all contributions made from the site go directly to Donald Trump’s personal foundation…Trump’s non-profit donated more money to the Clinton Foundation than it did to veterans causes.”

Make Vets Homeless Again

Awesome: ” Thousands of Kenyans are donating to the family of a Muslim man who died saving Christians from al-Shabaab”

Good

A lunch between the French and Iranian presidents in Paris was scrapped today because France refused to remove wine from the menu.

“I look forward to loathing three major political parties.” Same here.

You made a series of bad decisions and, as a result, now there’s a price to pay. Cry me a river. Grow up.

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Sloth Saturday

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Afternoon Art Break

“In the Tepidarium”
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1881)

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Firearms Friday

At the SHOT Show, business booms

Why firearms makers are so worried even as the Second Amendment is stronger than ever

Virginia reverses course on concealed carry reciprocity 

To shoot or not to shoot

Choosing an AK Caliber: 7.62×39 or 5.45×39?

Buy ammo

Gun rights and property rights shouldn’t be in tension

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