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Those Darned Rebels

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Like one of Mosby’s raiders or the avenging ghost of Bedford Forrest, the myth of the Confederate “Lost Cause” periodically assays forth to bedevil the peace and tranquility of the Union that defeated it. Old ghosts should be quiet ones, and the dead should lay still in their graves; but America[1] can’t seem to get […]

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There is No Moral Equivalency

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Edmund Burke warns us: “The only thing necessary for triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Donald Trump has done a lot more than nothing: he has willfully poured fuel on the small fire lit in Charlottesville and demonstrated to the most twisted and violent of his supporters that he has their […]

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Catalonia and Spain Prepare for the #IndyRef Endgame

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Summers in Spain have always been hot, but the past few years have been unusually so. This is partially due to climate change, which has been turning July and August in Iberia from merely “hot” to “torrid”. But mostly it is because of the constitutional and national crisis that has simmered between Catalonia and the […]

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Number 45: Irreparable Damage?

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We’ve just passed the 180 day mark[1] of Donald Trump as President of the United States, though it may seem hard to believe that we’ve already suffered through 6 months of madness, Mooch and mayhem. Looked at another way, Mr. Trump is one-eighth through his mandate and almost a third of the way to the […]

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Alien: Covenant – Did Ridley Scott Break His Covenant with Fans?

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This article contains spoilers I went to see Alien: Covenant last night with great anticipation and dread. In 1986 I went to see James Cameron’s Aliens in the cinema with my brother; and when I went back and saw Ridley Scott’s 1979 original release, it scared the beejesus out me. The eponymous nemesis has been […]

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A Path for Le Pen?

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The first round of the French Presidential elections was held on the 24th of April and Europe breathed a sigh of relief as Marine Le Pen, the anti-EU leader of the National Front, came in second place to political newcomer Emmanuel Macron. The two outsiders were neck-and-neck in last weeks of the campaign, leading to […]

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The Second Amendment: A Duty as Much as a Right

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The Second Amendment: A Duty as Much as a Right I just bought my son his first air rifle. It is a Gamo G-Force breech break rifle in .177 caliber (4.5 mm) shooting a 12 gram steel ball or pellet at 360 feet per second: painful, but not dangerous unless you hit someone in the […]

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Challenge and Response, but No Policy Change: US Strikes Assad

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On the night of April 6th, US naval forces in the Mediterranean launched 59 cruise missiles against the Syrian government facility at Shayrat Air Force Base. The Tomahawk missiles were launched from the frigates USS Porter and USS Ross in response to a deadly chemical attack carried out on Tuesday the 4th against the civilians […]

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The National Question

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It is common wisdom that Europe’s overly secretive and entangling web of alliances at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries were responsible for the horror of the First World War. When Gavrilo Princip assassinated Franz and Sophie Ferdinand on the streets of Sarajevo, the inevitable countdown to war began and […]

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Inherent Resolve: Evaluating the First 60 days of the Trump Administration

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While campaigning for election last year, candidate Trump derided then President Obama’s strategy in the war against the Islamic State. Calling it misguided and weak, Mr. Trump claimed that he knew more than the officers involved in conducting the operations of Inherent Resolve and that he had a plan to utterly destroy ISIS within 30 […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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