Israeli Warplanes: Friend or Foe?

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Israeli F-16: Friend or Foe? credit: enalalam.ir

Israeli F-16: Friend or Foe?
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This report has not, to my knowledge, been absolutely confirmed as yet, but the horror of it is virtually no one would have any trouble believing it. You’ll see what I mean:

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.

According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel’s back.

The report claimed that an unnamed Israeli minister who has good ties with the US administration revealed the attack plan to Secretary of State John Kerry, and that Obama then threatened to shoot down the Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

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Safe Spaces And Acronym Incoherence

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Young alphabetic folk

Young alphabetic folk

I sometimes have a bit of fun at the expense of various politically correct victim groups, making gentle parodies or satires on their excesses, such as their acronyms. Thanks to the invaluable Heather Mac Donald, we now know that such people are beyond satire or parody. Observe: 

Just when you’d gotten the hang of LGBTQ, they go and triple the number of categories. Wesleyan University is now offering a ‘safe space’ (formerly known as a ‘dorm’) for students of the LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM persuasions, or, for those who need things spelled out, for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderfuck, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism student acolytes. If you are so heteronormative as to see the word ‘FAG’ in the center of that jumble, you will surely not be allowed into the ‘safe space,’ known as Open House.

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Gun Control Lies: Micro Stamping

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Writing a weekly article for The Truth About Guns is an interesting experience. TTAG is the most read gun blog on the Internet, with Bearing Arms, where I am also fortunate to write, a closing second. Perhaps the most interesting part of writing there is the comments.

My most recent TTAG article–Crime Deterrence and Solutions: The Micro Stamping Lie–focuses on the fact that micro stamping not only cannot deter crime, it will never, despite the lies of gun control advocates, help the police solve crimes.

If you have a few minutes, it may be worth your time, but consider these comments:

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Barack Obama: Three Billion Here, 150 Billion There…

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Money, the saying goes, is the root of all evil. It surely regularly trips up corrupt politicians–as long as there is a rule of law.

What keeps politicians, once in office, from simply taking money out of the public treasury and giving it–as much as they please–to their relatives, cronies, and supporters? Apparently, not a damned thing; not during the Age of Obama. Oh sure, the Constitution specifically prohibits that in what is known as the Appropriations Clause–Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7–but that’s only the supreme law of the land, so who bothers to follow that when The One is struck by his latest whim? Noah Rothman at Hot Air explains: 

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Giving of Oneself

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Matthew Parker and Lindsey Painter

Matthew Parker and Lindsey Painter

All too often these days we read stories of teachers violating their oaths by engaging in improper relationships with students. Equally often, we read about corruption, greed, and plain stupidity in education, usually on the part of the adults that are supposed to be in charge.  Thankfully, such reports are relatively rare.  They are newsworthy primarily for that reason.  In the education system in which I gladly labor, great and willing self-sacrifice for the good of kids is the rule, not the exception.

For a change, here’s a story that just may provoke a swell of pride, and perhaps, even a tear. Via Fox News: 

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No, It’s Not My Fault

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Much, of late, has been written about the plight of the black family, “the black family” commonly being a generalized and compressed version of familial dysfunction centered in dysfunctional urban areas ruled for generations by equally dysfunctional Democrat political machines, at least some of which politicians are themselves black. Such analyses usually ignore the fact that more blacks than ever before live solidly middle class lives and are well integrated into society, living as fully accepted, productive Americans who just happen to be black. There is, however, no question, that obscenely large portions of the black population of the United States are mired in various miseries. The reasons bandied about for this state of affairs tends to fall under two broad categories: (1) It’s the fault of historic discrimination; or (2) large numbers of black people continue to make horrifically bad choices.

Comes now Steve Chapman, writing at Reason.com, whose article is titled: “The Black Family in 1965 and Today,” and subtitled “Poor black neighborhoods are not the unassisted creation of poor black people, but largely the malignant result of factors beyond their control, which subtitle leaves little doubt about Chapman’s point of view, though he does make some concessions to the idea of personal responsibility:

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Education: It Has Nothing To Do With That Anymore…

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This week, I need to get a few things off my chest, so to speak. Malcolm Forbes said:” if you have a job without frustrations, you don’t have a job,” the point being, of course, that all jobs have frustrations; it’s the nature of the beast. As much as I love what I do, I’ve had, of late, more than my fair share of frustrations. Perhaps they may provide a bit of insight concerning certain issues.

Common Core:

I saw–from my computer monitor–Jeb Bush at CPAC this week talking about Common Core. It was quite the political performance as he reiterated his undying support for Common Core while claiming that education policy should be the sole province of the states. Common Core is all about centralized control and a single mandated standard, hence “common.” Sorry Jeb, but one cannot claim unwavering support for state control of education while fully supporting Common Core. That’s rather like claiming Islam is fully compatible with western civilization while taking a sledgehammer to irreplaceable, priceless historic relics, which, like Jeb Bush’s contradiction, took place this week as well.

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