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Life after Wartime
Weekly Standard, by Mackubin Thomas Owens

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Posted By:grace52, 5/28/2014 3:05:05 PM

What does America owe its veterans? Perhaps the best answer to this question I have ever seen came from a young woman named Julie Ponzi—wise beyond her years—in response to a review I had written of Karl Marlantes’s magnificent Vietnam war novel, Matterhorn. She observed that by providing a real understanding of war and its sacrifices, memoirs and novels such as Matterhorn make it possible for “our fighting men to finally get some genuine gratitude. Not sympathy or pedestals; but real gratitude.

      


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Life after Wartime
Weekly Standard, by Mackubin Thomas Owens    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 5/28/2014 3:05:05 PM     Post Reply
What does America owe its veterans? Perhaps the best answer to this question I have ever seen came from a young woman named Julie Ponzi—wise beyond her years—in response to a review I had written of Karl Marlantes’s magnificent Vietnam war novel, Matterhorn. She observed that by providing a real understanding of war and its sacrifices, memoirs and novels such as Matterhorn make it possible for “our fighting men to finally get some genuine gratitude. Not sympathy or pedestals; but real gratitude.

   

 

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GOP Committee Chairman
declares war on corporate welfare
Washington Examiner, by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 5/22/2014 4:30:39 PM     Post Reply
A Republican congressman bashing “crony capitalism” and “corporate welfare” is no longer a new thing. A Republican congressman actually trying to do something about corporate welfare, however, is nearly unprecedented. So it´s a sign that the GOP could go in a new direction when the Republican chairman of the House Financial Services Committee sets out to derail some of Wall Street´s favorite federal gravy trains and “reform the corporate welfare state.” Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House banking panel, gave a call to arms at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Tuesday afternoon,

At fundraiser, Obama dismisses GOP
scrutiny of Benghazi, Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 5/20/2014 9:49:44 AM     Post Reply
President Obama, during a fundraiser Monday night, chided Republicans for spending additional time scrutinizing his administration´s handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack and the implementation of Obamacare and blamed the GOP for Washington´s dysfunction. Obama is under pressure this week to formally address the problems at the Veterans Affairs Department after allegations of secret waiting times at VA hospitals that may have cost 40 veterans their lives. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough appeared on the Sunday talk shows and repeatedly said the president is infuriated by the unfolding VA scandal “and I have the scars to prove it.”

One change is not enough for veterans
Weekly Standard, by Michael Astrue    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 5/15/2014 3:04:36 PM     Post Reply
I did not get to know Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki when we served together in the Obama administration, but in our limited interactions I liked him. He struck me as polite, smart, earnest and hard-working. Over time he resisted the ego-tripping that many agency heads find irresistible in Washington. Secretary Shinseki, however, has not been an agent of change. As his May 15 Senate testimony made clear, the management style which he brought with him—the only style he knows—is ill-suited for an agency that has serious management and integrity issues. Delegating and deferring to a broken bureaucracy that will not be candid

Cascade of scandals has Eric Shinseki
fighting for his job
Washington Examiner, by Mark Flatten    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 5/15/2014 11:22:25 AM     Post Reply
Eric Shinseki’s troubles began with a "Patton" video. Now the secretary of Veterans Affairs is facing charges that veterans are needlessly dying on his watch as the head of the largest civilian agency in the federal government. Scandals have cascaded over Shinseki and the VA since the Washington Examiner revealed in August 2012 that $50,000 in taxpayer money was spent to produce a pair of video parodies that came to define the lavish spending at the two Veterans Affairs training conferences in Orlando.

Unfree Speech
Weekly Standard, by Philip Terzian    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 5/14/2014 12:08:08 PM     Post Reply
It´s hardly news that conservatives are not especially welcome on college and university campuses. Speech codes are designed to restrict discourse and punish the exercise of fundamental rights. Faculties are disproportionately left-wing in their politics. Administrators are sometimes intimidated by mobs. Conservative students can be marginalized and harassed. Visiting speakers are assailed, shouted down, sometimes physically assaulted.

   

 

  


 
Another blue-collar union asks Senate
Dems to support Keystone XL
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 5/12/2014 11:57:23 AM     Post Reply
Senators are hearing from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in an appeal for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The IBEW is the latest of the growing number of traditional blue-collar unions taking an aggressive pro-Keystone position opposed in large part by Big Green environmentalists and their Democratic supporters in the Obama administration.

Did Romeycare save lives due to Massachusetts´
world-class medical system?
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 5/9/2014 12:27:47 PM     Post Reply
In a previous post, I wrote about a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finding the Massachusetts health care law signed by former Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006 led to a measurable reduction in mortality in the state relative to other counties in the United States with similar demographics that did not expand coverage. But as experts debate how much the Massachusetts experience is likely to be replicated nationally as President Obama´s health care law expands the number of Americans with insurance, one question worth exploring is how much of a role the world-class medical system in Massachusetts

Calm, Cool, Collected?
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 5/2/2014 4:40:17 PM     Post Reply
It´s mature to be calm. Republicans are nothing if not mature. It’s chic to be cool. Republicans yearn to be chic. It’s a sign of gravitas to be collected. Republicans have gravitas. And so Republicans, from candidates to consultants to commentators, cultivate a calm, cool, and collected affect. Keep calm and carry on, they say soberly and sagely to each other. Which is fine if you’re in the midst of the struggle, and your forces are already fully committed to the fight. But if you’re rallying your troops, and trying to persuade others that they need to join the fight,

GOP demands Justice name special counsel
to probe IRS scandal, Lois Lerner
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 5/2/2014 4:34:12 PM     Post Reply
Frustrated by the administration’s efforts to brush the IRS scandal under the rug, House Republicans Friday turned up the heat under Attorney General Eric Holder, demanding that his Justice Department appoint a special counsel to probe the efforts to punish conservative, anti-Obama groups. “We must hold the IRS accountable so this powerful agency cannot be used as a tool to target and harass Americans for their political beliefs,” said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp.

Ex-Supreme Court justice pushes gun
grab, 2nd Amendment rewrite
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 4/22/2014 12:50:46 PM     Post Reply
A liberal former Supreme Court justice, still outspoken and influential in retirement, is pushing to change the Constitution´s Second Amendment in a way that could lead to massive gun confiscations in states. John Paul Stevens, 94, who retired in 2010, would rewrite the Second Amendment in a way that would allow only state militia members to be armed, a radical change from the current lay of the land spelled out in several high court decisions.

   

 

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Speaks
The Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 4/10/2014 10:39:45 AM     Post Reply
Ayaan Hirsi Ali has just released this statement in response to Brandeis University´s decision to rescind her invitation to receive an honorary degree:“Yesterday Brandeis University decided to withdraw an honorary degree they were to confer upon me next month during their Commencement exercises. I wish to dissociate myself from the university’s statement, which implies that I was in any way consulted about this decision. On the contrary, I was completely shocked when President Frederick Lawrence called me—just a few hours before issuing a public statement—to say that such a decision had been made.



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