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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Great Debate

Too painful to watch the whole thing...I gave up trying when Trump was explaining how Sean Hannity could vouch for him about his opposition the Iraq war, or something.  What a dumpster fire! Certainly Trump deserves blame for not offering much substance, but what's Hillary's excuse?   She HAS been at this for 30 years, and that pap was all she could come up with?  

Here's a few interesting takes on the debate, worth reading and which, somewhat, match my impressions.  Who knows how the public will judge it in the end.  Obviously content will not factor into it.   I'm not crazy, you are  and trump reality TV

Monday, September 19, 2016

NJ Terrorist Caught!

Has anything good ever come out of the Elmore section of Elizabeth?   Here's the article:  new-york-explosion/a-family-business-that-aggravated-neighbors/

You can't make up the name of his family business:  

Image for the news result

Sunday, September 11, 2016

9/11 After Fifteen Years: We are Safer

Don't forget:  a tribute:  Lest we forget

It is worth remembering that, as bad as the 9/11 attack was, it was an anomalous event no terrorist group today could hope to duplicate.  Al Qaeda still exists but as a shadow of what it was.  ISIS, which has picked up its fallen baton, only inspires to deadly but inconsequential attacks against soft targets.

The authors of the 9/11 report are simply wrong when they say terrorism has gotten worse.  See their column in USA Today:  911-commission-kean-hamilton-column/89978558/  Most terrorist events worldwide take place in a handful of war-torn countries.  Terrorism as a threat has not significantly increased in Western countries.  But the serious threat remains:  the French just captured three women who are pledged to ISIS and connected with the Paris attackers.

The "terrorist mastermind" is largely a mythological being.  As John Mueller details in "Chasing Ghosts," terrorists that have hit targets in the US are mainly disturbed and incompetent individuals.  Cold comfort, perhaps, but at least it suggests the damage they do will be limited.  Only in the broadest sense can recent attacks be attributed to international Islamic jihad.  And the FBI has never uncovered a "sleeper cell" in the US.

Even if in some sense we are beating the terrorists, we still must keep working the problem so we can never have a true terrorist conspiracy commit evil against Americans.