Sunday, November 22, 2015
WASHINGTON — When Islamic State fighters overran a string of Iraqi cities last year, analysts at United States Central Command wrote classified assessments for military intelligence officials and policy makers that documented the humiliating retreat of the Iraqi Army. But before the assessments were final, former intelligence officials said, the analysts’ superiors made significant changes.
In the revised documents, the Iraqi Army had not retreated at all. The soldiers had simply “redeployed.”
Such changes are at the heart of an expanding internal Pentagon investigation of Centcom, as Central Command is known, where analysts say that supervisors revised conclusions to mask some of the American military’s failures in training Iraqi troops and beating back the Islamic State. The analysts say supervisors were particularly eager to paint a more optimistic picture of America’s role in the conflict than was warranted.
"Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down," the billionaire businessman and former Atlantic City casino tycoon said during a rally in Birmingham, Ala., according to video of the Saturday event. "And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.
"So something's going on," Trump continued. "We've got to find out what it is."
Perhaps I'm naive but I don't believe this just on Trump's say so. Thousands upon thousands, really? If that's true, something is going on.
Notwithstanding the fact that Obama’s story line has taken hold in the mainstream media, this is precisely backward. Syrian Christians are fleeing their home country because they were ticketed for extermination. “Genocide” is the word you’d hope administration officials would use, not “narrative.” What Obama is really doing is demonizing political dissent. His default response to anyone who says his foreign policy is a disaster is to label them racist or un-American.
This one is good.
Each of our two (by world standards) ancient political parties seems to be facing a gathering storm.
Part of the gathering storm for Republicans is the candidacy of, and the persistent lead in most primary polls for, Donald Trump. He is given to outlandish proposals and lacks the temperamental ballast and government experience general election voters usually seek in a president.
As a confident (overconfident?) autodidact, he gains no benefit from the serious policy thinking of many congressional Republicans and conservative think tanks. Candidates who take them seriously are, for the moment anyway, overshadowed.
Trump may indeed be the nominee because of his strong support among working class whites. I guess I'm not a working class white so I don't really understand it, in the sense of feel it, but I can see it. It's largely motivated by fear, and I don't blame them for being afraid. They're grist for the mill as far as the Democrats are concerned. But Trump isn't going to help them that much. And God help them if Hillary is elected.
University of Kansas professor placed on leave after using racial slur in class discussion | Fox News
"I didn't intend to offend anyone," she said. "I didn't intend to hurt anyone. I didn't direct my words at any individual or group of people."
Presumably she used the word that is referred to by the first letter of the said slur, as one would refer to a certain bodily function as the P word, for example. She should have known better than to even acknowledge the existence of such a slur, although it was a class about the existence of said slurs. Fortunately, she has since apologized, though she has lost her job evidently. Though I gather she plans to sue? Without of course casting aspersions on any similarity between this incident and certain past incidents, it might seem this is all rather inquisitorial, except it does not take place in Latin.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
"When I heard Donald Trump speak on TV, I thought ‘Lord, who in the world is that man?’ Well, he came back a few days later, and I said ‘Oh my god I believe God sent him to run this country and take care of it,’” Corum told ABC News.
This is all Obama's fault.
Schaeffer is one of a small group around the world trying to solve the world’s games. Last year, a colleague of his published a paper in which he solved a simplified version of poker. It ended by quoting Alan Turing: “It would be disingenuous of us to disguise the fact that the principal motive which prompted the work was the sheer fun of the thing.”
The storyline by many in the media goes as follows: the GOP is in dire straits, they are in the midst of tearing themselves apart by a civil war, they have a disorganized field of candidates, they are about to lose badly for president and are on the verge of disintegrating as a major party.
That is how a number of folks in the media (and many Democratic operatives/insiders) describe the circumstances of the GOP dilemma at hand and ahead. Some of this is true, and looks bad for the GOP, but some of it is just fiction. But let's take a moment to understand what party faces the biggest problems ahead in the aftermath of a loss in the presidential race next November.
Easily the worst part of Wilson's record as president was his overseeing of the resegregation of multiple agencies of the federal government, which had been surprisingly integrated as a result of Reconstruction decades earlier. At an April 11, 1913, Cabinet meeting, Postmaster General Albert Burleson argued for segregating the Railway Mail Service. He took exception to the fact that workers shared glasses, towels, and washrooms. Wilson offered no objection to Burleson's plan for segregation, saying that he "wished the matter adjusted in a way to make the least friction."
Wilson was a terrible racist, but that has to weighed against his awfulness as President in other respects and his deplorable scholarship. As far as I know, his dog liked him though.