Links and Comments, June 22, 2014

Lots of Recent Man-Caused Disasters  I  link to Victor Davis Hanson very often and with good reason.  If you want to check out his sites for the articles I don’t link to, here is a link to his Private Papers site which also features other learned writers.You will also find VDH’s America’s Middle East Dilemma at that site.  Take a look. He also can be read at  PJMedia along with other interesting bloggers especially Richard Fernandez who blogs at Belmont Club.

Report: Polish minister says US ties worthless  a result of our worthless head of state.

Remember Moqtada al-Sadr?  He’s Baacckk…. Shiite ‘peace brigades’ send signal of aggression with major rally in Baghdad

A Pope with a backbone Pope excommunicates Italian mafiosi, saying ‘evil must be fought against’ Now if he would speak out against politicians who promote abortion.

Hero worship of the military is getting in the way of good policy Benjamin Summers is a captain in the U.S. Army. The views expressed are his own. I agree with this man, but I have a caveat: I believe there are degrees of heroism.  Most of the military is a volunteer military.  They give up control over their own lives, their families give up having a husband, son or father nearby.  That has to be acknowledged.  But some of the hero worship has become trite, routine and frankly sounds insincere.

I have worn an Army uniform for the past eight years and deployed twice to Afghanistan. This doesn’t make me a hero.

Many veterans deserve high praise for their heroism, but others of us do not. Infantrymen who put their lives on the line for a mission, aircrews who flew into harm’s way to evacuate the wounded, servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice — these are some of the heroes I’ve been privileged to know. Applying the label “hero” to those of us who haven’t earned it diminishes the service and sacrifice of those who did. It also gets in the way of constructive debate and policymaking.

From the Chicago Tribune – More Smoke at the IRS, and not just from the hard drives.  This pretty well sums it up.

Those liberal New Yorkers might decide the illegals aren’t desirable if they are required to take care of them. While I understand and believe we cannot take care of all these people, they do need our prayers. Central American migrants are on a word-of-mouth exodus to the U.S.

Is Obama a Manchurian (candidate)  I am beginning to think so, just out of the Middle East and Communism not necessarily Manchuria.

EPA in Contempt for Destroying Computer Files  You didn’t hear about  this in the news, did you?  Sharyl Attkisson has her own blog to give us this news.

It’s hard to hear about this week’s Environmental Protection Agency contempt case and not think about the controversies surrounding the IRS “loss” of Lois Lerner’s email–and hard drive–and crash of the relevant server.

According to an Associated Press report, a federal judge has held the EPA in contempt for destroying computer files sought after by a conservative group: Landmark Legal Foundation.

It’s taken more than 13 years.

Longtime congressman Rangel finds himself in political peril in New York primary  this may be the best news of the day. 

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One Response to Links and Comments, June 22, 2014

  1. “Many veterans deserve high praise for their heroism, but others of us do not.”
    My brother and I laugh at that every Veterans Day.
    Although I had no idea what my service would bring when I enlisted (during Nam),
    I chose the USAF to avoid Nam.
    Many of the guys in my field went there anyway.
    Me, I got a tour of Europe and the middle east, not without some danger, but not a combat role.

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