Flooding

Michelle Kosinski-swim

Paris and hundreds of smaller river towns in France are experiencing two kinds of massive flooding. The first is of immigrant refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, almost entirely young male Muslims. But the second is the more traditional flooding; it has museums and other places scrambling to protect valuables. The worst seems […]

Races

Darwin

A commenter on Citizen Tom’s blog makes a point against “liberals.” In so doing, he enlisted Darwin as supporting their idea. His quote is below, followed by my response: […]

Plurality

Chile

One commenter was stumping for Trump, annoucing that he had the plurality. Donald Trump was able (with the eager help of leftist and statist and establishment media) to achieve the largest small share among 17 initial possibilities. Now that he is the only choice left, he’s very likely to get a majority,and sort of has it now, although there are problems. Trump is the presumptive nominee, but he is not yet the nominee. […]

Hate

Shariah

Why do the Jihadists hate America? There are three broad schools of thought in the US on this topic:

Progressives insist that jihadists are only reacting to our provocations of them, from attacking their countries. Libertarians assert that it is cynical US manipulation of Middle Eastern governments, which they consider to be (or have been) […]

Abrogation

BoschFaustin_Muhammad

More from the conversation with “THE RIPENING WANDERER” on the “only a few” defense of Islam. He wrote: […]

Threat

GlobalWarming

How big of a threat is global warming? A conversation on another skeptic site, with a previous visitor here, had me thinking about it:

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Brokered or Broken?

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On Citizen Tom’s blog, the idea of a brokered Republican convention came up. Many are talking about this, but it is not well understood. And for good reason; the rules are quite complex. So is the history… […]

Repair

Repairs

From here.

@silenceofmind, who wrote:

How do you propose to repair the moral fiber of a people who engage in or allow a genocide of 56,000,000?

I completely agree that late-term abortions are horrific things, and inhuman treatment of baby humans. But I don’t equate this with the mass slaughters carried out by the Nazis […]

Thomas Jefferson, Progressive

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Thomas Jefferson is considered to be one of the leading Founding Fathers of the United States. Not one of the Framers, however — he was in France during the Philadelphia convention in which the Constitution was drafted, and other than some correspondence with James Madison had no role in its creation or ratification. At the end of his life, 40 years after the creation of the Constitution, Jefferson was asked to lend his hand in a political campaign. In this excerpt from a letter to Samuel Kercheval, Jefferson discusses his belief that the Constitution should be re-drafted “every nineteen or twenty years” in order to “keep pace with the times” and provide “progressive accommodation to progressive improvements” to society… […]

In Debt to Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson has been something of a controversial figure in the founding of the United States, giving rise to mixed opinions. Even mine. He was wise, even prescient, in many of his writings. But he was also intensely political, and given to rather underhanded tactics in dealing with his political enemies. On balance, I still give him high marks, while aware of the deficits. But speaking of deficits… […]

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