Better To Have A Millstone Around Your Neck...

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...and be thrown into the midst of the sea than to harm one of these little ones.

I don't have the heart to show you here the picture an 11-year-old captured of his sex-ed class in Jacksonville. I mean, prior to just now, I had never seen such a demonstration and could have gone the rest of my life without seeing that. Can't imagine how it would traumatize most 6th graders.

 She was a sub, and she's been fired, but apparently she was following a curriculum and was just a bit over-zealous on the classroom demonstration.

And she was a sub. Ponder that in this age of "safe environments," where supposedly we educate children to beware of strangers who talk and act out sexually with them.

Agreed. Though Probably Not For the Same Reason.

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Donna Brazile, with a gracious sentiment, from my twitter feed. I have to admit my reason for being grateful at Sen. Harkin's retirement is not so gracious.

These Are The Days of Miracles & Wonders

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The full story is behind a paywall unfortunately, but this is wonderful.

Curtsy: ninme's twitter, RT-ing @thetimes


Aha! Alternate source.

Dark Forces

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This is a devastating charge if it's true -- and I absolutely believe it is because I know the reporter somewhat and he is a careful and serious fellow.
Did you catch Bret Baier’s special last night about Benghazi? 
If not, know this: the battle of Benghazi lasted a full 13 hours, and throughout it all, the President of the United States and the Secretary of State refused to allow U.S. Forces to deploy to rescue our people who were under attack.
As one former senior CIA official told me: we could have had aircraft overhead in 40 minutes, and troops (from Croatia) in 4 hours. But those orders to deploy were never given.
I’ve got all that and more in my new book, Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi. 
 From an email from Ken Timmerman, www.KenTimmerman.com

"Math Class Is Tough"

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Cosmo's going political. Not sure how that's a change. I haven't looked at a fashion mag except in the grocery line in decades, but last I looked they all promoted Planned Parenthood and fashionable liberal causes and fawned over Progressive candidates. Maybe they think we're so dumb we didn't understand they wanted us to vote for the people they lionized?

At any rate, "Amy Odell, Cosmopolitan.com’s editor, said she’s going to make sure the election is not “boring and difficult to understand.”

A blogger at the Independent Women's Forum observes this is insulting: 
Rather than addressing political issues with the seriousness they deserve, it looks like Cosmo is going to mislead women with biased, one-sided reporting and – oh yeah – a cool party approach. 
All I can think of is that talking Barbie withdrawn for insulting girls: "Math class is TOUGH!"

Not that it matters: it's only women. 

So We're Clear

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Shamelessly pinched from CatholicVote.org

"Not Me" Foreign Policy

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Shamelessly pinched from here.

I know I'm late to the party in denouncing the President's admitting publicly that he hasn't a clue what to do about IS. (I can't call it ISIS, that just makes me think of Saturday morning television.) Dude, here's how you pronounce that: "All options are currently on the table." Same thing, threatens the enemy rather than giving him a good laugh.  You're not just talking to the people in the room, you know.  Which brings me to Noemie Emery's piece:  
When one thing goes wrong, it may be an accident, but when five do at once—Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, and our border—the man at the helm may have something to do with it, and a foreign policy based largely on John Lennon lyrics may be the proximate cause.

And then there's this (curtsy American Digest), in which a Facebook friend of Glenn Reynolds says America's becoming Potterville. Quoted in full.

Let’s accept, arguendo, that the outgoing DIA chief is right, and that we are now in an era of danger similar to the mid-1930s. How did we get here? It’s worth looking back into the mists of time — an entire year, to Labor Day weekend 2013. What had not happened then? It’s quite a list, actually: the Chinese ADIZ, the Russian annexation of Crimea, the rise of ISIS, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the fall of Mosul, the end of Hungarian liberal democracy, the Central American refugee crisis, the Egyptian-UAE attacks on Libya, the extermination of Iraqi Christians, the Yazidi genocide, the scramble to revise NATO’s eastern-frontier defenses, the Kristallnacht-style pogroms in European cities, the reemergence of mainstream anti-Semitism, the third (or fourth, perhaps) American war in Iraq, racial riots in middle America, et cetera and ad nauseam.
All that was in the future just one year ago.
What is happening now is basically America’s version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The President of the United States — supported to an exceptional extent by an electorate both uncomprehending and untrusting of the outside world — is Clarence the Angel, and he’s showing us what the world would be like if we’d never been born, Unsurprisingly, Bedford Falls is now Pottersville, and it’s a terrible place. Unfortunately we do not get to revert to the tolerable if modest status quo at the end of the lesson: George Bailey will eventually have to shell the town and retake it street by street from Old Man Potter’s Spetsnaz.
But the larger point here is not what’s happening, because what’s happening is obvious. Things are falling apart. The point is how fast it’s come. It takes the blood and labor of generations to build a general peace, and that peace is sustained by two pillars: a common moral vision, and force majeure. We spent a quarter-century chipping away at the latter, and finally discarded the former, and now that peace is gone. All this was the work of decades. 
Look back, again, to Labor Day weekend 2013, and understand one thing: its undoing was the work of mere months.

Apparently Finger Wagging Isn't A Foreign Policy

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Just calling attention to this article on US foreign policy after Obama. Curtsy: powerlineblog

A Far Cry from Baghdad Bob

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Just because I find this touching.