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  • Kimberly Munley ended Fort Hood rampage using Virginia Tech lessons

    11/06/2009 3:26:00 PM PST · by Saije · 72 replies · 2,270+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/6/2009 | Patrick Jonsson
    Lessons learned from the horrific Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 are credited with averting an even bigger massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, Thursday afternoon when police officer Kimberly Munley confronted the gunman without waiting for backup and took him down with four shots. Reviews in the aftermath of the shootings at Virginia Tech, where 32 died, found that first responders' decision to be careful and wait for backup probably cost lives as that gunman moved unchecked from classroom to classroom as law enforcement massed outside. Those findings had found their way to Fort Hood's Special Reaction Team, which had practiced...
  • The Lesson of Bob McDonnell

    11/06/2009 11:34:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 685+ views
    HeadlineBistro.Com ^ | Nov 5 2009 | Charlie Spiering
    The Lesson of Bob McDonnellby Charlie SpieringA week before the election, Virginia candidate for governor Bob McDonnell was asked in a radio interview if he would veto state funding for Planned Parenthood.“We shouldn't be doing that (funding Planned Parenthood) in Virginia,” answered O’Donnell. “That's common sense I think, and that will be part of what we get done.”Pro-choice activists were furious and quick to condemn his remarks. To them it was one more reason why McDonnell was “out of step and out of touch with voters.” But McDonnell, with his common sense approach to politics, proved that you can still...
  • Lessons from Virginia for the GOP

    11/05/2009 7:50:00 AM PST · by yongin · 11 replies · 561+ views
    WaPO ^ | Nov 5, 2009 | Ed Gillespie
    After losing Virginia's governorship for the first time in eight years, some Democrats are trying to console themselves that Virginia is at its core a "red" state. This ignores not only that they won back-to-back governorships but also that Democrats defeated a sitting senator in 2006, took control of the state Senate in 2007 and won an open Republican Senate seat and three House seats in 2008 while carrying Virginia's electoral college votes for the first time since 1964. Some in the White House are trying to deflect blame for the defeat by saying that Sen. Creigh Deeds lost because...
  • Barone: Lessons from the 2009 election results

    11/05/2009 2:01:52 AM PST · by HokieMom · 8 replies · 872+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/04/09 | Barone
    My Wednesday Examiner column, written as the 2009 election returns were coming in, stands up pretty well. But let me add some observations written as the course of the elections became clearer. First, in the governor elections in Virginia and New Jersey, the Democratic candidate ran far behind Barack Obama’s percentages in 2008 and the Republican candidates ran ahead of George W. Bush’s percentages in 2004. The numbers are pretty daunting. In Virginia Creigh Deeds won 41% of the votes, way behind Barack Obama’s 53% in 2008. And in New Jersey Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine won 45% of the votes,...
  • Lessons from Virginia for the GOP

    11/04/2009 9:55:55 PM PST · by MadIsh32 · 21 replies · 1,114+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/05/2009 | Ed Gillespie
    Lessons from Virginia for the GOP By Ed Gillespie Thursday, November 5, 2009 After losing Virginia's governorship for the first time in eight years, some Democrats are trying to console themselves that Virginia is at its core a "red" state. This ignores not only that they won back-to-back governorships but also that Democrats defeated a sitting senator in 2006, took control of the state Senate in 2007 and won an open Republican Senate seat and three House seats in 2008 while carrying Virginia's electoral college votes for the first time since 1964. Some in the White House are trying to...
  • Afghanistan Now: Go Big or Go Home

    09/27/2009 11:03:54 AM PDT · by foutsc · 7 replies · 403+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 27 Sep 09 | foutsc
    With Obama set to go weak on the "Good War" in Afghanistan, we need to recall some lessons of history. There is no such thing as a humane war. Indulging in such fantasies, with CNN enforcing the rules, has made the world a more dangerous place. GANJGAL, Afghanistan — We walked into a trap, a killing zone of relentless gunfire and rocket barrages from Afghan insurgents hidden in the mountainsides and in a fortress-like village where women and children were replenishing their ammunition. (Source: Jonathan Landay, a real battlefield reporter for McClatchy) David Warren, trenchant thinker and writer from Canada,...
  • Exclusive report: John Lehman, former Sec Navy, on the Lessons of 9/11

    09/18/2009 7:28:40 PM PDT · by clyde_m · 4 replies · 387+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | September 18, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    Former Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, and member of the 9/11 Commission, John Lehman spoke tonight on the campus of St. Joseph's University. His topic was "The Lessons of 9/11: What we have learned, what have we accomplished, and what remains to be done."
  • Day of Reckoning: My Two Cents on Learning from 9/11

    09/11/2009 8:03:29 AM PDT · by SpareChange · 9 replies · 546+ views
    Spare Change | 11 September 2009 | David J. Aland
    Spare Change Day of Reckoning: My Two Cents on Learning from 9/11 David J. Aland 11 Sep 09 I survived 9/11 without a scratch. I didn’t even get my uniform dirty. Through nothing less than the grace of God, I was not where I was supposed to be when the terrorists slammed an airliner into the Pentagon. Friends, colleagues, and shipmates of mine died that day, but I lived. In the hours, days, and weeks that followed, my hands joined the thousands that picked up, reconstituted, and continued the work of those that had been killed. To this day, I...
  • 9/11 as a Lesson, Not a Memory (barf alert)

    09/11/2009 9:50:10 AM PDT · by khnyny · 18 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 11, 2009 | Eli Saslow
    VINCENNES, Ind. The students filed into their social studies class just after lunch and slumped into desks where they had learned about the Civil War, Lewis and Clark, and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On this day, teacher Michael Hutchison said, the class would feature "another of those huge moments in our history." He reminded the high school juniors and seniors that he would be grading their notes. Then he dimmed the lights and played a video on the classroom TV.
  • Lessons of Obama's School Speech

    09/10/2009 3:25:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 533+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2009 | Steve Chapman
    On Tuesday, as children in many places went back to school, the world's most prominent black leader undertook to expand a worshipful cult of personality as part of a systematic effort to achieve absolute power. You may have heard about it: Oprah Winfrey kicked off her 24th season on the air by taking over Chicago's Michigan Avenue for a live show in front of thousands of adoring fans. Oh, there was also that business involving the president of the United States going on TV to urge students to work hard and stay in school. In the end, Barack Obama's televised...
  • Lesson for Van Jones: Don't get too uppity

    09/07/2009 3:03:31 PM PDT · by kcvl · 35 replies · 2,321+ views
    Van Jones loved the spotlight. Heck, who wouldn't, after being named a special adviser and green jobs czar for President Barack Obama. In Kansas City last week, Jones was one of the federal officials flown in to take a look at the Green Impact Zone, an idea to upgrade 150 blocks of low-income neighborhoods. Jones was introduced twice by fellow, higher-ranking fed officials -- and on both occasions, Jones made sure to interject that he was a "special adviser" to Obama. But now he's not part of the administration at all, thanks to imprudent remarks and a petition he signed...
  • MACHIAVELLIAN LESSONS FOR CONSERVATIVES OVER THE VAN JONES AFFAIR

    09/06/2009 9:02:49 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 14 replies · 996+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | September 6, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Mr. Van Jones, President Obama's "Green Jobs Czar," is the perfectly useful political foil for the Obama Administration. "Foil" means to obscure or confuse (to leave a false trail or scent) so as to evade or spoil pursuers. It also means a person or thing that makes another seem better by contrast ("The serious man was an able foil to the comic"). Mr. Jones recently resigned from his five month job as the so-called Green Jobs Czar (a highly symbolic do-nothing non-cabinet position) purportedly because he was found out to be a "communist" by conservatives on the Internet. According to...
  • Some important lessons from Ted Kennedy

    08/26/2009 9:18:28 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 31 replies · 2,200+ views
    PAjamas Media ^ | August 26 | Roger Kimball
    I am deeply grateful for the contribution that Ted Kennedy, who died last night, made to my education. Until Kennedy delivered his intemperate tirade against Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the summer of 1987, I hadn’t known that a United States Senator could brazenly lie to his colleagues and the American people and get away with it. I’m not talking about little fibs, or broken promises, or private dissimulations: all that I took as standard operating procedure in a fallen world. No, Ted Kennedy raised — that is to say, he dramatically lowered — the standard by...
  • For a Teachable Moment, U.S. Needs a Better Teacher Than President Obama (Richard Cohen)

    08/25/2009 8:16:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 735+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, August 25th 2009
    <p>Let's go back to that "teachable moment." It was proclaimed by Barack Obama after he said that police in Cambridge, Mass., had acted "stupidly" in arresting Henry Louis Gates Jr. for essentially being black in his own house.</p> <p>It has been a month now, and the one sure thing we have learned in this extended teachable moment is about Obama himself. He can't teach.</p>
  • Police 'steal' valuables from cars in a lesson for drivers

    08/25/2009 8:08:27 AM PDT · by Charlespg · 67 replies · 3,973+ views
    daily mail ^ | 3:22 PM on 25th August 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Police are removing valuables from unlocked cars to shock motorists into being more careful. Officers in London are taking everything from handbags to satnavs, and leaving a note telling drivers their property is at a local police station.
  • TOO STUBBORN TO DIE! WHAT SHOULD WE LEARN FROM AFGHANISTAN & IRAQ?

    08/23/2009 5:13:13 PM PDT · by Andrei Nana · 4 replies · 515+ views
    TOO STUBBORN TO DIE! WHAT SHOULD WE LEARN FROM AFGHANISTAN & IRAQ? By Andrei Nana We have all heard from our friends, family, and society at large, that when it comes to life, we will repeatedly make the same mistakes we made in the past unless we learn from those mistakes we make now. It sounds gloomy and depressing to consider the possibility of that continuous repetition, especially when we like to think of ourselves as always progressing. However, that repetition appears to exist. We also heard from these same people that there is a sliver lighting in everything, and...
  • CNN says U.S. taught lesson by Muslims on 9/11

    08/10/2009 6:59:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 878+ views
    creeping sharia ^ | August 9, 2009 | creeping
    “9/11 taught the U.S. that it ignores rising Muslim resentment at its own peril.” ~ Christiane Amanpour, CNN resident dhimmi: “America can’t have another generation of Muslims who hate it.” Well, unless Muslims get over their hatred of infidels and stop teaching their children to hate the Great Satan, don’t expect any change. This is just another in a long list of major media outlets (TIME, Newsweek here and here) declaring the end of American leadership and suggesting that the United States submit to dhimmi status under Islam, and in doing so, Islamic sharia law. We ignore doing so “at...
  • A Warning For America From South Africa [Excellent! Must read!]

    08/09/2009 8:51:32 AM PDT · by upchuck · 62 replies · 3,490+ views
    The National Messenger ^ | January 2005 | Gemma Meyer
    NOTE: This article was written in January, 2005. But it is actually more applicable and prophetic today than it was then. It is a little long but well worth your time. By Gemma Meyer (Gemma Meyer is the pseudonym of a South African journalist. She and her husband, a former conservative member of parliament, still reside in South Africa.) People used to say that South Africa was 20 years behind the rest of the Western world. Television, for example, came late to South Africa (but so did pornography and the gay rights movement). Today, however, South Africa may be the...
  • Journalists Freed from North Korea: Lessons Learned and Unfinished Business

    08/04/2009 6:04:32 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 34 replies · 1,967+ views
    AmericanInTokyo ^ | 5 August 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Now that all the hoopla and nonstop CNN 24/7 type celebrations and TV interviews and book deals will ramp up over the release of two liberal Democrat California-based freelance/Al Gore journalists from communist North Korea, based on a Bill Clinton secret deal and eventual flying to North Korea to apologize and legitimize the dictatorial regime--developing nuclear strike capabilities and exporting said terror--I say "hold your horses", as we have important unfinished business. I would expect the MSM to gloss over these so I raise them here.
  • Lessons of the Gates Incident

    07/31/2009 12:33:10 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 22 replies · 885+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 31 | Ron Radosh
    At no time, does there seem to be vitriol and intimidation coming from Sgt. Crowley’s side. There have been no reports that anyone has threatened Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., or any of his public defenders. Yet all those who have challenged Gates’ account, or who have argued that while Sgt. Crowley may have overreacted, he was not engaging in an incorrect action taken in the line of duty as a police offer, have found themselves branded as racist or worse, and even had their physical safety threatened. It appears, in other words, that in today’s America, with an African-American...
  • What to learn in Obama's 'teachable' race moment? (Double Barf Alert!)

    07/30/2009 6:53:28 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 36 replies · 581+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 07/30/09 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    You can't solve a problem if you don't discuss it. That's why some say that despite all the accusations and emotions hindering the resolution of the Henry Louis Gates Jr. imbroglio, there is opportunity for racial progress in President Barack Obama's "teachable moment" sitdown with Gates and Sgt. James Crowley. "If nothing else, it's an important national symbol of a discussion that needs to be held," said Clarence B. Jones, once a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. and author of "What Would Martin Say?" "If it's just regarded as the president bringing two guys together to clear the air,...
  • Korean conflict: The lesson from America’s ‘lost war’

    07/27/2009 9:12:48 AM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 28 replies · 871+ views
    It was 56-years ago today that the U.S. and North Korea signed the armistice that ended active combat in America’s forgotten war. More than 36,000 Americans gave their lives defending South Korea from invasion first by the communist North and then by the Red Chinese Army. [...] And therein lies the lesson: Official U.S. policy toward aggression by the Soviet Union and Communist China wasn’t clear after the end of World War II in 1945 until an anonymous article appeared in the journal Foreign Affairs in 1947. The article advanced a doctrine of containment by the U.S. of communist expansion,...
  • Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part IV (not enough loot to maintain “universal” coverage)

    07/23/2009 9:31:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 472+ views
    CJR ^ | 7/21/09 | Trudy Lieberman
    Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part IVThe new math, or maybe it’s the old By Trudy Lieberman Campaign Desk — July 21, 2009 12:43 PM Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as a model for other states and the federal government. That law has become the major blueprint for health system change on a national scale, and its advocates, with Sen. Edward Kennedy at the top of the list, are aggressively marketing some variation of the Massachusetts plan as the reform of choice. Until recently, there has...
  • What We Can Learn About Socialized Medicine From Massachusetts ("RomneyCare")

    07/16/2009 9:42:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1,249+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | July 16, 2009 | John Hawkins
    Given that Medicare is already on track to bankrupt the United States, you'd think the government would be looking to reduce its health care responsibilities, not increase them. However, the government being the government, is looking to take over the rest of our health care system in a move that would spike costs, ruin the quality of care, and involve the government even more deeply in the daily lives of Americans. However, let's take a look at how the state government in Massachusetts, where they have Romneycare -- which incidentally, is looking less and less appealing -- to see how...
  • Madoff's Lessons

    06/29/2009 6:12:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 487+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 29, 2009
    Crime: Yes, 150 years is a long sentence for a 71-year-old criminal. But few will shed tears for Bernie Madoff as he goes to jail. And yet, the man who financially ruined hundreds of people holds lessons for the rest of us.Madoff's trail is littered with bankruptcy, broken dreams and bounced checks. Most, if not all, his victims will spend the rest of their lives — no exaggeration there — trying to recover from the financial devastation he wrought. The magnitude of Madoff's crime boggles. He took $17 billion from investors in his fund — which boasted of beating Wall...
  • Solidarity With Iran (Reagan's Polish lesson for Obama)

    06/28/2009 1:16:49 PM PDT · by kellynla · 3 replies · 412+ views
    WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | JUNE 27, 2009 | staff
    President Obama finally found his voice on Iran this week, saying the world was "appalled and outraged" by the regime's suppression of peaceful protests. Mr. Obama also hinted that he was prepared to reconsider direct negotiations with the regime. "We have provided a path whereby Iran can reach out to the international community," he said. "What we've been seeing over the last several days, the last couple of weeks, obviously is not encouraging in terms of the path." So where do we go from here, particularly now that demonstrations are abating in the face of increased repression? One place to...
  • The sobering lessons of health reform in Massachusetts.

    06/23/2009 9:18:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 602+ views
    Slate ^ | June 23, 2009 | Darshak Sanghavi
    The debate over achieving universal health care can seem hopelessly confusing. But the issues are actually pretty simple when you consider the lessons of Massachusetts. In 2006, state lawmakers seeking to broaden health coverage made it illegal to be uninsured. It works like this: Employers have to offer you a health plan. If you are jobless or don't like your employer's plan, you must buy your own. If you don't get one, you pay a stiff fine. This strategy—known as an employer and individual "mandate"—forms the backbone of the national health reform bills now making their way through Congress. On...
  • Burqa ban: What Barack Obama could learn from Nicolas Sarkozy about Islam

    06/23/2009 4:07:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies · 578+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 23, 2009 | By James Delingpole
    Almost every idea that ever came out of France has been bad for America, from the structuralist philosophical gibberish which has poisoned US academe to the grotesquely over-regulated tax and spend socialism which is now ruining the US economy. But if there’s one area where the French do get it SO right it’s in their uncompromising approach to Islam. Compare and contrast, the appalling cultural appeasement of President Obama’s speech in Cairo on June 4 when he boasted that the United States prized freedom of religion and would not “tell people what to wear.” And there was I thinking it...
  • Lessons Learned from Iran Uprising

    06/23/2009 11:47:26 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 81 replies · 2,411+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 23 | Michael Ledeen
    Let’s review the bidding, shall we? The “election circus” took place a week ago Friday, and demonstrations began that night, June 12th. Ten days have passed. What have we learned? –First, that a significant number of Iranians hate the regime and are prepared to die to bring it down; –Second, that the fanatical religious zealots that hold the guns, chains, knives, tear gas cannisters, high-powered water hoses, sniper rifles and (perhaps) chemical weapons (said by some to have been deployed from helicopters), are prepared to order the killing of any number of Iranians in order to maintain their own power...
  • Rethinking the Reagan Mystique - Dutch made mistakes, but also provided edifying examples of...

    06/15/2009 9:51:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 506+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 15, 2009 | Steven F. Hayward
    June 15, 2009, 3:00 p.m. Rethinking the Reagan MystiqueDutch made mistakes, but also provided edifying examples of keen political judgment. By Steven F. Hayward In the New York Times this weekend, John Harwood revisited the debate between conservatives and Republicans over whether it is time to “rethink the Reagan mystique.” Does anyone really think the major media outlets covering this intramural argument really have conservative success in mind?   Now, that’s not to say that the argument isn’t a worthy one or should be suppressed — NRO has hosted some fruitful discussion on the issue. But Americans should approach such...
  • Lessons from a Parking Garage

    06/13/2009 8:15:14 PM PDT · by history_48 · 4 replies · 590+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | June 13, 2009 | Gina L. Diorio
    by Gina L. DiorioArmed with coffee, I set out yesterday morning at about 5:15 a.m. for Trenton to welcome home the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the New Jersey National Guard. I had learned through Eagles UP! of the need for volunteers to help serve refreshments to the returning troops, just as we – and many other volunteer groups – had done one year ago at Fort Dix before the nearly 3,000 soldiers left for Iraq. While crowds prepared to line the parade route leading from State Street to the Sovereign Bank Arena, where thousands of family members would...
  • Europe's Lesson

    06/08/2009 6:44:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 598+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 8, 2009
    Stimulus: With the votes tallied from a weekend election, it's now apparent that the European Union has taken another step to the right. There's a message in this for both the White House and the U.S. Congress.Results from the vote for the EU Parliament showed huge disaffection among Europeans for state-directed answers to the economic crisis — specifically, for the kinds of massive stimulus programs pushed by the U.S. Parties allied with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy — who have both made a point of opposing any kind of U.S.-style stimulus — made big gains. Even...
  • Epic Struggles: Cheney, Obama and history lessons from Poland

    06/02/2009 2:56:32 PM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 365+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jun 1, 2009 | Andrew Nagorski
    Epic Struggles The Obama-Cheney disagreements over past policies are hardly unique. What similar historical debates in Poland and Russia can teach us. History lives and breathes—it's never static. Debates about history always tell us as much about the present and the struggles for power as about the past, often more so. As George Orwell famously pointed out: "He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future." Poland is once again getting a reminder of that. Former prime minister Jarosław Kaczyński is banking on history to revive his right-wing party's political fortunes in the...
  • What I learned as a Car Czar

    06/01/2009 7:43:42 AM PDT · by SueRae · 9 replies · 875+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/1/09 | Ion Mihai Parcepa
    By ION MIHAI PACEPA They say history repeats itself. If you are like me and have lived two lives, you have a good chance of seeing the re-enactment with your own eyes. The current takeover of General Motors by the U.S. government and United Auto Workers makes me think back to Romania's catastrophic mismanagement of the car factories it built jointly with the French companies Renault and Citroen. I was Romania's car czar. When the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decided in the mid-1960s that he wanted to have a car industry, he chose me to start the project rolling. In...
  • Into the Storm: Leadership Lessons From Winston Churchill

    05/31/2009 8:00:38 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 7 replies · 631+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 31 | Jim Kearney
    HBO’s Into the Storm, dramatizing Winston Churchill’s leadership during World War II, deserves close study from our statesmen, their spouses, and anyone with questions about the stakes and requirements of warfare. This Churchill, portrayed brilliantly by Irish actor Brendan Gleeson, is an unapologetic conservative, a tenacious dynamo whose rhetoric and resolve protected Britain and the West from submission to tyranny. We pick up Churchill where HBO’s Emmy-winning 2002 film The Gathering Storm left off. Hitler appeaser Neville Chamberlain has been discredited, and Churchill takes over as prime minister. After the successful retreat of the British Army from Dunkirk, France, Churchill...
  • Lessons From the Barbary Pirate Wars-(info)

    04/12/2009 10:33:45 AM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 426+ views
    nyt ^ | April 11, 2009 | By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
    n American skipper in the hands of seafaring rogues. Some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes under attack.
  • Volunteer Teaches English to Iraqis

    03/19/2009 5:40:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 242+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Joshua Risner, USA
    BAGHDAD — At 9 p.m. on Muthana Army Base, home to the 6th Iraqi Army (IA) Division, the work day ended hours ago. But one small classroom is still lit up where a multitude of voices breaks the relative silence that has overtaken the rest of the post. “Everybody together now: ‘I, we, you, they, he, she, it.’” A group of Iraqi Soldiers are learning basic English skills, thanks to Sgt. 1st Class Gabriel Ramirez, logistics non-commissioned officer in charge with the 6th IA Div. Military Transition Team (MiTT). Using an interpreter to communicate the meaning of words into Iraqi...
  • Democrats Fail FAIL

    03/06/2009 4:50:21 PM PST · by absentee · 15 replies · 879+ views
    AOL News ^ | 03/06/2009 | Caleb Howe
    What's in a word? Whether through deliberate denseness for political point-scoring, or through genuine failure of linguistic understanding, Democrats seem to be having real trouble with the word fail. But the word fail must be defended; or more particularly its usage; or more specifically its recent usage by Rush Limbaugh, which is thematically emblematic of its usance in politics et al.
  • What We Learned from Obama's First Big Presser

    02/10/2009 9:41:25 AM PST · by AJKauf · 22 replies · 1,449+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 10 | Jazz Shaw
    The 44th president has concluded his first prime-time presser and I found myself marveling over two refreshing aspects of the affair. The first was that we were actually able to watch it. During the last few years of George W. Bush’s tenure, it seemed as if he could dress up in a chicken suit and set himself afire and you couldn’t get the press corps to show up and cover it. If we were lucky, it might show up on CSPAN 3 and the highlights would be clipped for the next day’s Morning Joe or Fox and Friends. The second...
  • Analysis: Obama may learn from slips on stimulus

    02/07/2009 11:22:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies · 1,147+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 7, 2009 | Tom Raum
    On his first big test, Barack Obama made some rookie mistakes and strategic missteps. But he still appears headed for a win on the centerpiece of his agenda, a huge economic recovery program, with the fresh striking of a bipartisan deal in the Senate. Legislative leaders, including some fellow Democrats who support him, chalked up his problems to inexperience and some initial miscalculations over the lack of GOP support, and they suggest he'll learn from the rocky start. Americans have learned, too, a little about how their new president works. He's swung from being conciliatory to badgering Congress to act,...
  • Wounded Warrior Diaries: Life Lessons Shape Iraq War Veteran

    01/12/2009 3:29:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 303+ views
    Wounded Warrior Dairies ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2009 – A former basketball star from Chicago’s inner city who served in the Army and was injured in Iraq has learned that time does really heal wounds. Former Notre Dame basketball player Danielle Green-Byrd prides herself on taking “the road less traveled” – a road that took a fateful turn when she lost her left arm in Iraq. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Danielle Green-Byrd, one of the first women injured during the beginning of the conflict in Iraq, said she believes her successful transition comes from traveling on the road of...
  • The Lesson of the 1930s that Obama Refuses to Learn

    01/06/2009 3:54:43 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 16 replies · 1,018+ views
    BrookesNews.com ^ | December 8, 2008 | Gerard Jackson
    Inspired by FDR, Obama and his fellow Dems promise a "New Deal" economic program that will pull the country out of recession and put it on the road to sustained economic growth. What dangerous nonsense. Democrats, particularly Obama and his advisors, haven't got a clue as to what really happened during the '30s. This is because they are a pack of intellectual sponges rather than thinkers. (And please, don't mention Bernanke). If it were otherwise they would have taken the time and trouble to investigate that greatly misunderstood period in American economic history. What I hope do here is provide...
  • Things I Learned in 2008

    01/03/2009 5:28:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 778+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2009 | Bill O'Reilly
    Tough year, 2008. Many Americans got badly hurt by the economic chaos, which hit them like a back alley mugger. What a disgrace. Wall Street hustlers gamed the system by trafficking in bad loans, while Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission looked the other way. Awful. So, I learned a painful lesson from all that: Big Brother is not watching out for us. Orwell had it wrong. We are pretty much on our own as the federal government simply cannot or will not protect the folks from danger. Never again will I assume the feds are looking out for...
  • Things I Learned in 2008

    01/03/2009 6:45:09 AM PST · by fiscon1 · 3 replies · 337+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 01/02/2009 | Bill O'Reilly
    Tough year, 2008. Many Americans got badly hurt by the economic chaos, which hit them like a back alley mugger. What a disgrace. Wall Street hustlers gamed the system by trafficking in bad loans, while Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission looked the other way. Awful. So, I learned a painful lesson from all that: Big Brother is not watching out for us. Orwell had it wrong. We are pretty much on our own as the federal government simply cannot or will not protect the folks from danger. Never again will I assume the feds are looking out for...
  • Lessons Bernie Madoff Taught Us

    01/02/2009 9:03:43 AM PST · by AJKauf · 15 replies · 580+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 2 | Nancy Miller
    L’affaire Madoff is an exclamation point for all that has preceded in the last 18 months: It reveals to us who we are and what we have been in the first decade of the new century; naive adventurers in a world we didn’t understand. We all accepted the easy money and the bull market as a divine right. We turned the other way when a few Cassandras cried that risk was alive and well. We shrugged when the credit rating agencies turned into lapdogs for Wall Street’s financial engineers. Main Street investors were no different from Bernie’s A-list investo...
  • New Year Resolution: Learn From The Past

    01/02/2009 7:38:52 AM PST · by foutsc · 4 replies · 295+ views
    Nietzche is Dead ^ | 2 Jan 09 | foutsc
    Can we learn anything from our current economic situation? With Uncle Sam throwing his protective tarp over the investment bankers who got us into this mess, you know those pirates won't learn anything other than, "let's do it again!"We commoners must be content with nothing but good advice. WikiHow provides us with seven steps for applying lessons from the Great Depression:1. Stop using credit2. Nurture positive relationships with family and friends 3. Do it yourself4. See Frugality as a virtue5. Treat food with respect6. Reuse, reuse, reuse7. Be thankful Those of us who grew up in a working class family...
  • Ten Lessons Learned in 2008

    12/31/2008 7:46:20 AM PST · by AJKauf · 24 replies · 1,142+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 31 | Bridget Johnson
    With every year comes rich new lessons from life. 1996, for example, was the year that I learned not to attempt dancing to Nine Inch Nails in platforms after drinking Midori and 151, lest one’s derriere hit the dance floor. The following year I became a journalist, and the life lessons have (thankfully) become a bit more profound each year. Here’s reflecting on 10 things we learned in 2008: 1. You don’t need a lot of experience to be president. You just need a Teflon exterior, some good speeches, a pack of devoted followers, the ability to be photographed without...
  • Iraq and Its Lessons, Part 2

    12/29/2008 6:54:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 586+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 29, 2008 | Randall Hoven
             See also: Iraq and Its Lessons, Part 1What went wrong in Iraq?  Why?  Who was to blame?  Still comfortably ensconced in my armchair on Monday morning, after telling you what happened and what went right, we now get to what went wrong. There is no way that seven years, 3,393 Coalition fatalities and 95,000 Iraqi civilian fatalities can be considered "good."  But again, the proper measure is not a comparison to zero casualties, but to the best that could have been achieved with any feasible alternative. By what went "wrong", I mean when viewed with 20-20 hindsight.  It is...
  • What We Can Learn From Howard Dean

    12/22/2008 1:12:06 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 3 replies · 312+ views
    The Next Right ^ | December 19, 2008 | Cahnman
    The Nation has a profile on Howard Dean that's well worth reading. Money Graf: A few months later the state chairs asked Dean and the other contenders for DNC chair to give $200,000 a year to each state party. Dean enthusiastically embraced and enlarged the plan en route to easily winning the DNC race and gave every state the resources to hire at least three or four organizers and access to a high-tech database of voters, which became the twin cornerstones of the fifty-state strategy. Under Dean, battlegrounds like Ohio still took priority, but every state got something. That might...
  • Lessons From Mumbai; We’ve underestimated the threat of radical Islam

    12/14/2008 7:53:43 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies · 950+ views
    Harvard Crimson ^ | December 03, 2008 | Lucy M Caldwell
    Though most Harvard students have not been directly touched by the tragedy in Mumbai, how our community reacts to the events remains critically important. In so doing, let us not be afraid to acknowledge what these attacks represent: Modern Islam has a problem, and it is that shockingly large numbers of today’s Muslims favor a domination of those who espouse Western principles. Whenever terrorist attacks such as these are carried out (such generalizations can be made because they occur so frequently), pundits predictably exclaim that we must not allow hatred for Islam to fester, but rather, we must remind ourselves...