Putin Is Everything and More — But Not Stupid- V.D. Hanson

http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/putin-is-everything-and-more-but-not-stupid/?print=1 We keep hearing that Vladimir Putin is stupid. Does he not get that this is now the 21st century? No, he doesn’t. The fool seems mired either in the 19th of the czars, or the 20th of Bolsheviks. He certainly does. Didn’t Putin have to act to shore up falling domestic opinion? Maybe. Does […]


http://pjmedia.com/rogerkimball/2014/03/10/an-outrageous-abuse-of-executive-power/?print=1 So, Obama once again “delays” the law of the land on Obamacare. Why?  Because there is an election coming up, silly, and he wants to do what he can to protect vulnerable Democrats.  I pick this bit from the [1] Detroit News [1] more or less at random: “In announcing the latest postponement this […]

DAVID HORNIK:Near-Death Experiences—A New Take on Life, Part 4


Skepticism is the right attitude if it means you insist on real, strong proof before being persuaded of something. It is not a good attitude if it means you’re set to deny and belittle proof of something no matter what.

Skeptics about whether near-death experiences are real tend to be in the second category. Millions of people have undergone them since the 1960s; a good summary of the confirmative evidence that arises from this vast trove of experience is here.

Just last month an NDE case in Ohio was reported (here, here, and here, for instance) that should give the skeptics a particularly hard time.

As The Blaze told it:

Brian Miller, 41, was hospitalized after suffering a major heart attack. While he was doing well at first, his heart eventually went into a deadly arrhythmia called Ventricular fibrillation, described by the Mayo Clinic as “a … rhythm problem that occurs when the heart beats with rapid, erratic electrical impulses.”

From that point, Miller was out cold. As a nurse affirmed, “He had no heart rate, he had no blood pressure, he had no pulse…. His brain had no oxygen for 45 minutes….”



Sorry but I don’t share this admiration for Ike….He undertook the largest demilitarization in American history; ended the Korean War ceding to the terms of the brutal Kim dynasty of the North; babbled about “the military-industrial complex”

and routed Israel, France and America in the Suez war forcing a total retreat. His Sec. of State John Foster Dulles was perhaps the most anti-Israel of all….setting the bar even higher than Kerry. Of course he ran against a pompous blowhard named Adlai Stevenson so it was better that he won…rsk

Obama admirers have created a complete distortion of “the Eisenhower era.”

In critique of the George W. Bush administration, and in praise of the perceived foreign-policy restraint of Obama’s first five years in the White House, a persistent myth has arisen that Obama is reminiscent of Eisenhower — in the sense of being a president who kept America out of other nations’ affairs and did not waste blood and treasure chasing imaginary enemies.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Andrew Bacevich, Fareed Zakaria (“Why Barack Is like Ike”), and a host of others have made such romantic, but quite misleading, arguments about the good old days under the man they consider the last good Republican president.


http://americanthinker.com/assets/3rd_party/printpage/?url=http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/03/obamas_surgeon_corporal.html You’d think that the Obama administration would, in a crucial election year, be a smidgen less confrontational when it comes to appointees requiring congressional approval.  Immediately on the heels of a failed Justice Department nomination of another liberal radical minority candidate, the tone-deaf but determined apparatchiks surrounding our part-time president have forwarded another dubious […]


For President Putin, a Ukrainian piece prize beats a Nobel. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303795904579431273717815640?mod=WSJ_Opinion_BelowLEFTSecond&mg=reno64-wsj Barack Obama thinks Vladimir Putin isn’t such a smart guy. “There’s a suggestion somehow that the Russian actions have been clever, strategically,” Mr. Obama said last week about Moscow’s bloodless coup de main in Crimea. “I actually think that this is not been a […]



The NY Times, wrote a journalistic essay (how dare they) explaining that the College Boreds will no longer require essays in their SAT exams. Nor will they penalize guessing. I’m guessing (that’s allowed now) that they will soon eliminate English and Math altogether. After all, I-phones have calculators anyway, and texting requires neither a large vocabulary nor spelling. President Obama will not only see to it that every young person attends a college, but each of them will have a macbook, I-pad and I-phone as well. The SAT exams will also attempt to increase the number of minority students entering college, so hire education should be gearing for an influx of Asians and Jews. Oh wait, they’re not minorities. I mean how many Hispanics do you see in Chinatown?
Now some of my colleagues at USC anticipated the future. After all, academics and intellectuals are fantastic fortune tellers. Witness how those economists have constantly steered us against any fiscal troubles. Faced with large classes, many of my colleagues have been giving multiple choice exams which a trained orangutang could grade. Now it’s not that academics want to shirk their obligations. Multiple choice exams not only do not penalize guessing but encourage it. Essays, unfortunately, stimulate critical thinking and if students were allowed to develop this, they might start to ask pointed questions.
They might, for example, wonder about the need to have so many courses in one department. We have reached the point that if you are going to be an English major, you really need to take a separate course in the English novels produced over each fifteen year period. Fifteen year periods are inadequate in studying American history. The course delineations should cover five year periods. Now I hope that my gentle readers won’t be too critical. College departments have long ago discovered that the cause of truth requires that they grow in size and get more money and more staff. Why should they be any different than the Department of Education or Transportation? Intellectual discipline? Come on now..
I can only hope that the SAT decisions are only the first step in democratizing education in America. Personally, I would eliminate the need for any exams prior to and even in college. As a matter of fact, why not grant a B.A. to every child at birth? Now of course that shouldn’t apply to our millions of illegal immigrants. They should only get a High School Equivalency degree and the B.A. should be withheld until they have worked in the U.S. for a minimum of two weeks.
Now I fear, gentle readers, that you might accuse me of being sarcastic. Au contraire, my dear friends. If Americans are to continue electing greedy and incompetent politicians and accept the idea that insurance companies and corporations are striving for our benefit, then I think it really would be best if literacy and critical thinking would disappear. We would all be happier. As for math, why would any American worker want to know the ratio of his CEO’s income to that of his own salary? Let’s hear it for the College Boreds. They know what’s good for us.


http://swtotd.blogspot.com/ The number of democracies has been declining for eight years, according to Freedom House’s country-by-country annual survey of political rights and civil liberties. In 2000, according to the recent issue of The Economist, 120 of the world’s 190 countries were classified as democracies. By 2013, that number had dropped to 86. What’s going on? […]


He cares so much he wants all of Ukraine. http://spectator.org/articles/58141/putin-humanitarian It’s not at all clear what Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk thinks he can accomplish during his visit with President Obama later this week. It’s a good bet that he’s not coming to urge on Obama the advice offered by New York Times columnist Tom […]


Daniel Greenfield on “Obama and Israel’s Homicidal Peace Partner” — on The Glazov Gang
The president says Abbas is a peace angel — but what does the PA leader’s track record say?