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Necessary But Not Sufficient
Weekly Standard, by Geoffrey Norman

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/2/2013 5:00:03 PM

Back when he had not been in the White House very long, President Obama called the fight in Afghanistan as “a war of necessity.” That, to distinguish it from his predecessor’s “war of choice,” in Iraq and to justify the decisions he would make and the actions he would take to make sure that the conflict in Afghanistan went our way. Among these decisions was a troop “surge,” modeled after the one that had been successful in Iraq. Afghanistan may still be the necessary war but the surge and then abandonment did not prove sufficient to win it or to create

      


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Necessary But Not Sufficient
Weekly Standard, by Geoffrey Norman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 5:00:03 PM     Post Reply
Back when he had not been in the White House very long, President Obama called the fight in Afghanistan as “a war of necessity.” That, to distinguish it from his predecessor’s “war of choice,” in Iraq and to justify the decisions he would make and the actions he would take to make sure that the conflict in Afghanistan went our way. Among these decisions was a troop “surge,” modeled after the one that had been successful in Iraq. Afghanistan may still be the necessary war but the surge and then abandonment did not prove sufficient to win it or to create

   

 

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Man who claimed family´s home for himself
while they visited dying relative has done
the same with another ELEVEN properties
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:52:01 AM     Post Reply
A ´sovereign citizen´ who claimed an Ohio family´s home while they visited a dying relative has filed deeds for another 11 properties. Ohio´s Robert Carr applied for the ´quiet titles´ after claiming the owners gave up their ownership rights when they left the property. ´When you abandon a property, bam, walk away from it, ‘I ain’t never coming back. I don’t want nothing to do with it’ right? Somebody can come in, ‘Oh mine´,´ he told WLWT. As a member of the sovereign citizens movement, Carr believes he can handpick which laws to follow. The movement is premised on the idea that current

My son and the Marine
New York Post, by Mark Simon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:43:42 AM     Post Reply
This time of year in Hong Kong, Americans here look forward to port calls by the US Navy. For many of us expats, their arrival means a chance to get to know the sailors and Marines who defend us by having them over for a home-cooked meal. My family enjoys these meetings as much as anyone. Yet each year at this time, we offer a special thank you for a Marine we never met. His name is Kurt Chew-Een Lee. In his story shines the honor of the Marine Corps and the glory of America. Lee entered the Marines near the close

On repealing the 22nd amendment
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:39:42 AM     Post Reply
This is one of those issues which seems to pop up reliably during the second act of every two term presidency. Should we impose term limits on US Presidents and was the 22nd amendment really a good idea? It’s a concept which has been unofficially in place since the first President and was then enshrined in the constitution in 1951 as a backlash against FDR. Of course, the people most exuberant about the idea tend to be supporters of the current White House occupant and for all the wrong reasons. This cycle is no exception, with Jonathan Zimmerman taking to

Insurers Seek to Bypass Health Site
Wall Street Journal, by Louise Radnofsky*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:26:53 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—Insurers and some states are continuing to look for ways to bypass the balky technology underpinning the health-care law despite the Obama administration´s claim Sunday that it had made "dramatic progress" in fixing the federal insurance website. Federal officials said they had largely succeeded in repairing parts of the site that had most snarled users in the two months since its troubled launch, but acknowledged they only had begun to make headway on the biggest underlying problems: the system´s ability to verify users´ identities and accurately transmit enrollment data to insurers.

Pilot Use of Automation
Eyed in Air Crashes
Associated Press, by Joan Lowy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:22:18 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Pilots are becoming so reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in today´s airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they´re sometimes unprepared to take control, according to aviation safety experts and government and industry studies. Increasing automation has been a tremendous safety boon to aviation, contributing to historically low accident rates in the U.S. and many parts of the world. But automation has changed the relationship between pilots and planes, presenting new challenges. Pilots today typically use their "stick and rudder" flying skills only for brief minutes or even seconds

   

 

  


 
War on Contraception?
No, an Attack on Religion
Bloomberg News, by Ramesh Ponnuru    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/1/2013 5:34:55 PM     Post Reply
From reading the New York Times, you might think that religious conservatives had started a culture war over whether company health-insurance plans should cover contraception. What’s at issue in two cases the Supreme Court has just agreed to hear, the Times editorializes, is “the assertion by private businesses and their owners of an unprecedented right to impose the owners’ religious views on workers who do not share them.” That way of looking at the issue will be persuasive if your memory does not extend back two years. Up until 2012, no federal law or regulation required employers to cover contraception

MissionAccomplished.gov
PJ Media, by Zombie    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/1/2013 5:15:32 PM     Post Reply
Today is the Obama administration’s self-imposed deadline for Healthcare.gov to be “fixed.” After initially promising a complete fix of the broken Web site by “the end of November,” the White House has incrementally lowered expectations, moved the goalposts and backpedaled on earlier promises as the depth and intractability of the site’s problems became apparent during November’s “tech surge.” (Snip)And so today’s declaration of victory over rebellious html code will come back to haunt Obama for the rest of his term.

Republican doctors running for Congress
amid ObamaCare rollout fiasco
The Hill [DC], by Alexandra Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/1/2013 5:11:36 PM     Post Reply
Eleven Republican doctors are running for the Senate, hoping that voters will see their medical expertise as an asset amid the administration’s botched rollout of ObamaCare. “Doctors are in a very unique position to look at the financing of healthcare,” Rep. Paul Broun, a family physician running for the GOP nomination for Georgia’s open Senate seat, told The Hill. “We go into medicine for one reason, and one reason only: Because we care about people, we want the people who we serve to have a productive, happy, healthy life,” he added. “That’s the kind of policymaker we should have in place in

Stranger moves into family’s home
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visiting dying relative (VIDEO)
New York Daily News, by David Harding    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/1/2013 5:37:05 AM     Post Reply
A family from Springfield, Ohio, returned home from visiting a dying relative only to find a stranger had moved into their home and changed the locks. Even worse for the family, who wish to remain anonymous, the intruder may have the law on his side. The new "owner" of the house is Robert Carr. He pounced when the family went to see their ill relative. Not only did he change the locks, he also emptied the house and produced court documents to show he was the owner, reported The Blaze website. The papers he provided are known legally as a

Alabamenfreude
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/1/2013 5:23:34 AM     Post Reply
I wasn’t watching live because I didn’t really care. But the rubbing-it-in that’s going on is quite enjoyable to watch. (I was tempted to draw political analogies, but that would have cheapened the moment.) Good collection of video/gifs/photos at SB Nation.

   

 

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How the US gave guns
to Mexican cartels
New York Post, by John Dodson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/1/2013 4:47:54 AM     Post Reply
In September 2009, John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was assigned to the ATF’s Phoenix office. What he found there shocked him. The bureau was encouraging gun dealers to sell weapons in bulk to known straw buyers, who would funnel those guns to Mexican drug cartels. Known as Operation Fast and Furious, it ended with the death of at least one American law enforcement officer. Dodson became a congressional whistleblower, and the investigation into the operation is ongoing. In this exclusive excerpt from his new book, “The Unarmed Truth,” Dodson explains how tragically



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