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I am old, fat and arthritic, and I laugh about it. I am a Christian. Patty and I have been married 44 years, and boy did I luck out there. We have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. I served in the Corps (there is no Corps but the United States Marine Corps and Chesty Puller was its prophet). I worked as a computer programmer and database administrator.

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How Powerful Is This Right-Wing Shadow Network?
timon_phocas comments on Feb 19, 2020:
Howdy @WilyRickWiles, Is there a network of conservative, politically active billionaires? Probably. Are they any less entitled than, say, Michael Bloomberg or Tom Steyer or George Soros to support their favorite causes with their money?
Haha! I though he was brutally honest.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 18, 2020:
It's a complicated question. Some companies can go full SJW and profit from it. It certainly worked for Nike. Other companies crash and burn. Gillette and Dicks Sporting Goods (a sporting goods retail chain here in the states.) are examples of the latter. I suppose it depends on who their customer base is. I worked with a doctor whose passions were environmentalism and world travel. He commuted 80 miles a day and he was flying to obscure parts of the world every other month. Quite the carbon footprint for an environmental evangelist. As an aside, he's also the only person I ever treated for dengue fever. Anyway, if the airline's customer base is like the good doctor then they may prosper.
American Thinker.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 18, 2020:
If that link didn't work for the video, try this one. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DXTbQkXUcjg
Coronavirus Cases Rise as Chinese Officials Fired for Outbreak Response | Subverse News - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Feb 18, 2020:
Informative, not hyped. Thanks
SpaceX Starship Updates – Zubrin Talks Starship Facts With Musk [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 17, 2020:
Two Starships a week. Wow!
SpartaReport: Cobalt mining. Save the trees or save the Congolese? [spartareport.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 17, 2020:
This highlights the moral arrogance of the Left. They hate US mining, which is highly regulated. They're perfectly happy, however, to let third-world kids shovel muck 12 hours a day to get the same ore in the Congo. The Left protests offshore drilling, as long as it's off the US. They say we must protect our delicate coastal ecosystems. They don't say squat, however, about Nigerian offshore drilling and delicate Nigerian coastal ecosystems. Oh yes. They tweet their righteous indignation on their $1,500 iPhones while driving their SUVs.
Paul Joseph Watson.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 17, 2020:
Of course China won't hand over evidence of military research. They're a communist dictatorship. It's like expecting sharks to go vegan.
RCP/MarkHemmingway: Now Democrats are media bashers [realclearpolitics.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 16, 2020:
The media are in a tough position. After all, it's tough to figure out your opinions are out of the mainstream when all the other lemmings are running in the same direction.
Can we add Manafort to the 4 men Mueller railroaded in Boston?
timon_phocas comments on Feb 14, 2020:
The Mueller investigation's purpose was not to uncover evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump Campaign. Its purpose was to delay investigation of the Justice Department, State Department and intelligence agencies for grossly illegal and unconstitutional actions in 2016. Any Trump associates they could railroad into prison was a bonus.
The Democrats forced this idea once before .
timon_phocas comments on Feb 14, 2020:
We've already been down this road. Banks were forced to make loans to people who didn't qualify. The Crash of 2008 followed.
A grooming gang survivor [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 14, 2020:
Appalling.
So .
timon_phocas comments on Feb 13, 2020:
Car thieves muggers, and rapists get less time than this. A friend of mine was raped, murdered and stuffed into a well by someone just released from prison after seven years for second degree murder. The sentence recommendation was not for justice, it was revenge for being associated with Trump.
i just got this notice this morning i am banned for 7 days for this.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 12, 2020:
Well, six actually (but then He took Saturday off to watch Notre Dame play football). If you use all seven days, you'll have time to make something really impressive!
Interesting, no?
timon_phocas comments on Feb 12, 2020:
So my first question becomes what is the cause and what is the effect? The article itself disproves its title. Respect for human rights, not secularism, went in parallel with prosperity. The great leap in prosperity started with the industrial revolution. This began in England, during the time of the Great Awakening, the Methodist movement under leadership of the Wesley brothers, and the subsequent reform movements led by men like Wilberforce. Hardly secularism.
Sweden.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 12, 2020:
So what? John Donne famously wrote that "no man is an island." That can be said of cultures as well. In America we get Christmas from the Germans and British. We celebrate Saint Patrick's Day because of the Irish (to say nothing of Halloween). Columbus Day was founded to honor the Italians and Cinco de Mayo for Mexicans. Our favorite fast food is named for a great German city and our favorite condiment is salsa. Our founding fathers rejected democracy (from Greece) a chose a republic (from Rome) because it was more stable. All of this comes out in a distinctively American culture and in Sweden all of this perfectly natural borrowing becomes distinctively Swedish. The most culturally homogeneous modern society I know of is Japan. But their national sport is baseball. Guess where that came from?
As expected, Joe Biden’s campaign has been unraveling slowly, by increments, and then, all at ...
timon_phocas comments on Feb 12, 2020:
Howdy @Edgework, Great column. I knew any Biden campaign would collapse from thousands of self-inflicted cuts. He postures as a man of destiny, but he's actually rhetorically eviscerating himself. It's kind of painful to watch. Like the emperor of fable, this Vice President has no clothes.
Blast From The Past
timon_phocas comments on Feb 11, 2020:
SpaceX is not only eating their lunch, but stole their lunch money, too.
CopenhagenSuborbitals: new Danish rocket startup. Interesting. [m.facebook.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 11, 2020:
When automobiles first came out, there was a rush of inventers and engineers with new car companies. The same thing happened when the aircraft industry started. I'm seeing the same pattern as the new space industry emerges
The 1619 Project. "The Truth Can Change How We See the World."[twitter.com] [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 10, 2020:
Vile propagandistic lies. And bad history to boot. The first slave ship to arrive in Virginia carried Irish children. The one carrying Africans came later.
Hi all, new to the site, but not to the ideas.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 10, 2020:
Howdy @M_Aurelius, Welcome to the conversations. The site is group oriented. Go through some of the top groups and follow some conversation threads. See where you fit.
Quillette. "Is Democracy Compatible With Extreme Inequality?" [twitter.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 10, 2020:
George Washington was the wealthiest man in America when he led the country in the Revolution and during his presidency. Andrew Jackson was a wealthy planter when he overturned the "deep state" establishment of his day when he won election in 1828. Both were champions of democracy.
The democrats have made guns an impossibly divisive issue.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 10, 2020:
"One thing that perplexes me, is that democrats, even Christians, don’t seem to notice or care or remember, how anti Christian our country became under Obama" Don't worry, we've noticed and we're appalled. It's one of the major reasons Trump captured the Evangelical vote.
Draining The Swamp, One Bucket At A Time... [washingtonexaminer.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 10, 2020:
LtCol Vindeman will not suffer. He may have assessed his promotion chances and then decided that a "purged martyr" had better employment opportunities than an just another anonymous retired officer.
dailywire.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 9, 2020:
He's like Obama in this way. He uses positive phrases and lets audiences project their moderation on him. When he actually discusses issues, however, you see the hard edges of his radicalism.
Deep thoughts with..... [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 8, 2020:
All butterflies and brotherhood, with many adjectives but very few verbs or direct objects. Greeting card poetry. Nothing about plans, policies or positions, but lots of airy fairy asperations.
SoFMag: LtCol Vindman fired from his NSC job. [sofmag.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 7, 2020:
Let's see, an officer with privileged access uses it to embarrass the Commander In Chief. That'll leave a big mark in his Service Record Book. OTOH, he won't really suffer. He'll be hired on to some Congressional staff, or CNN, or think tank. He'll be given some prestigeous sounding awards for "courage." Maybe there will be a GoFundMe account for him. He may have assessed his promotion possibilities and rationally decided it pays a lot more to be a "martyr" than just another anonymous retired officer.
Buttigieg Says "The Reason That We re Having This Debate Capitalism Vs.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 7, 2020:
Buttigieg is a canny politician. He positions himself as a moderate, which means he favors everything Bernie does, but with moderate verbiage surrounding it. We'll see.
Washington Free Beacon.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 7, 2020:
I was introduced to William F. Buckley in high school. He was the only voice in media not speaking the Greek chorus of liberal affirmation. So charming, eloquently reasoned. He was fast friends with Ronald Reagan (no slouch as a communicator himself). Rush Limbaugh is more combative, more working class. Buckley and Reagan made conservatism creditable, Rush identified it with the mainstream of American thought; the way we lived our lives and dreams.
Just watched the news , Dems fall back on the old favourite....... We fucked up , BLAME RUSSIA!😂
timon_phocas comments on Feb 7, 2020:
Shades of Boris and Natasha! "Vhile looking for Moose and Squirrel ve install apps in every phones in every high schools in Iowa. Is crazy, but must pay bills..."
Washington Free Beacon.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 7, 2020:
We'll, I suppose he's worn the Hitler comparisons threadbare. That's an accomplishment of sorts.
2020 Year Of The SpaceX [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 6, 2020:
Fascinating to see serious analysis based on projected production rates. Wow, spaceship factories. Roll that phrase around in your mind.
An Unsettling New Theory: There Is No Swing Voter
timon_phocas comments on Feb 6, 2020:
Interesting, but she's applying data masques to vote totals and extrapolating conclusions. I don't know how valid they are.
[youtu.be] Our ideals have been subverted
timon_phocas comments on Feb 6, 2020:
The Long March through the institutions, The joy which the radicalized institutions felt when when like minded leaders took power. And their dismay when they lost power. Interesting. A lens to bring into focus today's political struggles.
Alright. Marilyn by Millie [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 6, 2020:
Marry Acquitmas, Mr. President...
Seems Legit [babylonbee.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 6, 2020:
You're right. Seems legit. Like the old Buster Keaton comedy routines. Buildings collapse around him, he's left in the middle of the wreckage looking bewildered.
google, yahoo, bing, Microsoft are all blocking or limiting their search.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 5, 2020:
I've used them for years now. Good products that don't spy one you. My wife uses the G searcher at her work PC. She searches for research paper citations at a university. Suggestions related to her university work show up on her android phone all the time. And her FB feed. Annoying.
Was a Denver Post columnist fired for believing in biological sex? [thefederalist.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 4, 2020:
Hell yes he was
One step closer to prospecting the moon [phys.org]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 4, 2020:
I think mining operations on the Moon and Mars are inevitable. We will have to learn to exploit local resources. When English settlers founded colonies in North America, they built their log cabins out of local trees. We cannot afford to ship trees to Mars...
Trump campaign manager blasts Democrats, calls Iowa caucuses a 'train wreck' [foxnews.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 4, 2020:
Wow, what a cluster bleep! First they cancel pre-caucus polling because it might unduly influence the caucus results. Then they screw the pooch on a caucus process that's been running well for over a century. I think something underhanded happened and they're using incompetence as a cover story.
Rush Limbaugh announces he has 'advanced lung cancer' [foxnews.com]
timon_phocas comments on Feb 3, 2020:
Rush Limbaugh is so important to the conservative movement. He told us that we're not alone,. He reminded us that we're not abberant remnants, but the mainstream of American beliefs. God bless him and heal him.
I “speculated” about the nature of this virus back on 23JAN using the scant information ...
timon_phocas comments on Feb 3, 2020:
The Corona virus is the source of the common cold. It mutates so easily it's not worth making a vaccine for. It's entirely logical to assume it mutated into its current form.
Saturday, February 1, 2020 This Meat Grinder Called ‘Afghanistan’ by Justin O.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 2, 2020:
Our nationial goal is an Afghanistan that does not harbor Islamic terrorist groups. I think we're there until the Chinese take over. The first step in enticing the Chinese into Afghanistan was releasing was releasing the USGS minerals resources survey (2nd term of the Bush II administration). It showed over a trillion dollars of undeveloped mineral deposits. Pakistan is already a client state of China. They consider Afghanistan their client state. We always wrestled with them, but China was the kind of leverage we never did. So I think Afghanistan will becomes another Chinese Clint state
neonnettle.
timon_phocas comments on Feb 2, 2020:
We'll see.
Antifa Actually PROTESTED A Trash Cleanup?
timon_phocas comments on Feb 2, 2020:
Tim says the Left allows homeless encampments (and the inevitable trash and filth) so it can point to problems only they can solve. I think homelessness is also an ideological necessity for them. They see human misery as an inevitable result of capitalism. Their worldview is affirmed every time they see a dirty begger on the streets. They can curse capitalism and go about their business. Not only that, they don't have to do anything about it. After all, it's inevitable, isn't it?
Let’s not forget the Brits also spoiled plans for European unions in 1815 and 1945.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 31, 2020:
And let's not forget what they accomplished under Queen Anne and Marlborough in the seventeenth century.
[youtube.com] WHAT IS PALESTINE? WHO ARE THE PALESTINIANS?
timon_phocas comments on Jan 31, 2020:
The narrator obfuscates what he calls the first and second Jewish Wars. He says Romans orchestrated them because Judaism was too popular in the Roman World. They weren't orchestrated wars, they were revolts by the Jewish people against Roman rule. They are called the Great Revolt and the Bar Kochba Revolt by every history I've read. They were bitter revolts of the Jews in Judea and Samaria. They were hard fought wars, expensive and bloody. At the end of the Bar Kochba Revolt, the second bloody revolt in a century, Hadrian decided end the problem permanently. He expelled the Jews, replaced them with gentiles and pretended Jews no longer existed.
Gateway Pundit.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 31, 2020:
Acquitmas? Nice...
Seems like the SLS/Artemis project gets delays more often then the times they stay on plotted (and ...
timon_phocas comments on Jan 30, 2020:
I think the established space program and its contractors will be overwhelmed by private space companies. What exactly will they do when a SpaceX Starship lands on the moon? The public outcry will will be deafening.
Entrenched oligarchy infiltrated by America’s enemies.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 30, 2020:
The MSM are the media arm of the Democratic Party. Likewise, Democratic politicians are the political arm of the MSM.
Oh boy, the BBC has discovered gross exaggerations by the International Panel on Climate Control.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 30, 2020:
No screaming eagle...
Facebook bans our entire ad account! After spending about $200k in ads to promote this site, ...
timon_phocas comments on Jan 29, 2020:
Finally figured out you are about to eat their lunch? How about posting ads here, and we'll copy them to our FB feeds?
In a private-property economy, the owners of resources have a powerful personal incentive to use ...
timon_phocas comments on Jan 29, 2020:
The worst polluted hellholes are the standard bearers of socialism. It's been that way for generations.
Illegal pot now 44% cheaper than legal sources [ca.finance.yahoo.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 29, 2020:
Same thing happened initially in Colorado. They added so many conditions and fees that the legal pot dealers were undercut by the cartel dealers. The industry holds the legislature in its hip pocket, so conditions and fees got changed. Last I heard they were cranking out 500,000 joints or joint equivalents a day in Colorado alone.
Wired: SpinLaunch explained. [wired.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 29, 2020:
"No rocket could survive this, nor could the electronics inside the rocket,” says Dan Erwin, an aerospace engineer at the University of Southern California. I'm not so sure. The proximity fuse was developed in WWII. It's basically a radar set in an artillery shell. If they can stand the g-forces in a cannon, applied in a fraction of a second, I don't see why a rocket can't be designed for the same forces.
Bernie Sanders Staff EXPOSED In Most INSANE Video Yet, Reveal Their REAL Secret Plan - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Jan 29, 2020:
If the Democratic Party doesn't clean its own house it will never be elected again.
US ambassador: Israel has right to annex parts of West Bank | World news | The Guardian
timon_phocas comments on Jan 28, 2020:
We call it the "West Bank." For the Jews it is Judah and Samaria. Promised four thousand years ago to Abraham by God. It was conquered three thousand years ago by Joshua. It was ruled by Saul and David. It was always defended and always yearned for when lost. Even for secular Jews, it's central to their image of themselves. These "settlements" are cities with hundreds of thousands of citizens; a large part of Israel's population. Israel won't give them up.
Hillary Clinton admits she feels 'urge' to run against Trump again
timon_phocas comments on Jan 28, 2020:
"But I’m going to support the people who are running now and do everything I can to help elect the Democratic nominee.” Heck, she barely ran last time. One, maybe two, events a week. She did that for her own campaign, would she do more for Bernie or Biden?
[pjmedia.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 28, 2020:
And don't forget hospitals. It's expensive elective surgery and insurers are browbeaten into paying. Pure money.
Paul Joseph Watson.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 27, 2020:
So Soros says it and then Hillary repeats it. Is this a chain of command?
A comedic interlude.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 27, 2020:
Always entertaining.
GASP!!! I’m shocked to discover that John Bolton’s book, coming out right now, has BAD NEWS for...
timon_phocas comments on Jan 27, 2020:
Howdy @Edgework, Thanks for posting this. I've learned all these breathtaking "bombshells" are less than they seem and you've provided the meat of it.
If you don’t mind my boldness, what draws you to Victor Davis Hanson?
timon_phocas comments on Jan 26, 2020:
I heard him on a radio program, or perhaps on Fox, not sure really. They mentioned he was a classicist. That intrigued me. I bought a couple of his books and loved his approach to history. Doctor Hanson grew up on a Central Valley orchard. So did I. His experiences growing up, in many ways, echo my own. His observations about California's leftist slide (and by extension, America's) resonate with my memories. His observations are elegantly stated and draw upon his deep historical knowledge. He illuminates patterns in history that allow us to see them play out in current events.
Britain versus Germany now that Brexit is underway. [dailymail.co.uk]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 26, 2020:
"The whole point of Brexit was to align with the high growth of America and China and not low-growth Europe,' he said." Money quote
Man Won‘t Date "Woke" Women. World Ends. - YouTube
timon_phocas comments on Jan 25, 2020:
So, if I was a single man, I would be expected to want a harradan as my significant other?
Candace Owens.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 25, 2020:
Wow!
ScienceAlert: Betelgeuse unexpectedly dimming. [sciencealert.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 24, 2020:
If it is expanding, wouldn't it make sense that it would cool and dim as finite amount of matter covers more area? A function of squares?
Church of England takes stand with the Bible?
timon_phocas comments on Jan 24, 2020:
"Bizzare by 21st century standards"? Gee, it was bizzare by 1st century standards too. Nothing new here. A substantial majority of Anglican Communion members live in the third world. These people, who suffer and die for their faith, see the left lurching western Anglicans as effete cowards. They're willing to die for Christ, and western Anglicans desperately want to avoid nasty comments on their twitter feeds. Pathetic.
A Piece of GREAT NEWS (Potentially) .
timon_phocas comments on Jan 24, 2020:
There's many a slip twixt bowl and lip. I've seen many excited prognostications about the end of cancers. None have worked. We'll see.
WashBeacon: Father confronts Warren about forgiving student loans.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 24, 2020:
Our daughter delivered papers from 12 to 18, worked fast food and supermarkets all through college. She graduated college without debt. I went back to college for retraining as a nurse. Finished 2 years later without debt. Our son served in the Army then went to college and graduated using his GI benefits. Without debt. And we're supposed to pay extra for people who borrowed to do the same things we worked for?
Calls for reparations hit Notre Dame amid allegations of harm, oppression against blacks, Native ...
timon_phocas comments on Jan 24, 2020:
Hoist by their own petard?
Obvious To Everyone But Them... [thefederalist.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 22, 2020:
Schiff seems to be channeling Captain Queeg, explaining how Trump stole his strawberries. Nadler isn't even that competent.
"Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him...
timon_phocas comments on Jan 22, 2020:
Cicero was right, Caesar was a danger to the Republic. But the Republic Cicero was defending was unrecognizable. It had been at war for a century. The smallholders, foundation of the Republic and its legions, were doubly bankrupted. First by long, unpaid activation in the Punic Wars, and then by vast drafts of slaves captured in those wars. So they couldn't pay taxes, and they couldn't even work as laborers. The Senatorial class became immensely wealthy. The Plebians became a class of beggers and welfare recipients. Sound familiar?
Why is fascism so hard to define? What Is Fascism? | Live Science
timon_phocas comments on Jan 22, 2020:
I think we're struggling because there's a confusion between tools, techniques and philosophy. I have found no "fascist philosophy" as such in my readings. Totalitarian statism was defined in Russia under Lenin. It was implemented in Italy by Mussolini and then in Germany under Hitler. State control over media, pervasive propaganda, propagandistic education, pervasive secret police, concentration camp systems. It's like a buffet caudillos can choose from. It's almost like we can say fascism is any totalitarian movement that is not communist.
Found a relevant interview from Professor Hanson discussing war.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 21, 2020:
VDH is deeply insightful. Thank you for posting this
Paul Joseph Watson.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 21, 2020:
For the Poles, WWII started when Poland was invaded, looted, dismembered and brutally occupied by the Nazis. WWII ended when Poland was invaded, looted, dismembered and brutally occupied by the Communists. Both sides tried to eliminate Polish intelligensia and culture. The Nazis built a network of concentration camps across Poland. The Soviets simply took over the camps and populated them with different inmates. Vladimir Putin wants to pretend all this was somehow "caused" by the Poles. Pathetic.
Reminder: Elizabeth Warren will lie again and again to get what she wants... [thefederalist.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 20, 2020:
Elizabeth Warren deliberately harnessed mendacity to advance her professional career. A habit of life. A habit of ambition. Her flaw is that she's just not as good at it as Bill Clinton, so we're all like people who see through the trick at a magic show.
The Queen, (yeah, that queen) has issued a statement supporting Harry and Meghan’s decision to cut...
timon_phocas comments on Jan 19, 2020:
If they wish to become Kardashians with posh accents, then more power to them. Sir Roger Scruton was worth more than twenty of Mr. and Mrs. Sussex.
Watch SpaceX's Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test LIVE | What about it? [youtube.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 19, 2020:
It looks to be a full success. The Soyuz is an engineering marvel, but it was designed in the 1960s for a Soviet moon landing program. It's fifty year old Soviet technology. It is very satisfying to move ahead to current designs.
MarineTimes: Commandant calls for "best and brightest Marines" to serve in the WestPac.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 18, 2020:
This is a big realignment. 3rd MarDiv has not been kept up to full strength. But with China looming as adversary, the 3rd being recognized as the most important. It's a shift away from a Middle East focus
Is Pelosi Worth It??
timon_phocas comments on Jan 18, 2020:
Air Nancy flies again!
I thought this was the perfect venue for this article.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 18, 2020:
@Facci, Gee, thanks
Sky News. "Why Has the Entire Russian Government Resigned?
timon_phocas comments on Jan 16, 2020:
Tsar Boris I?
War of the Wokies - America’s top two socialists are at each other throats.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 16, 2020:
Elizabeth Warren set this up to look like a spontaneous hot mic encounter. She's not a slick enough performer to make it actually look that way. Instead, it looks contrived.
How Seriously Should Trump Take North Korea's 13,000 Artillery Pieces? [news.yahoo.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 15, 2020:
It's old, half-century old, technology. It's in caves, hidden behind armored doors. The idea is they'll pop out, shoot. Then pop back in to reload. There are thousands of artillery pieces. Seoul is within their range. Theoretically, it's a terrifying threat. Some qualifiers... The NorK army is starving and spends most of its time scavenging for food rather than training. How well they'll perform under these circumstances is anybody's guess. Half-century old artillery needs to be maintained. Maintenance is not NorK strong suit. Ammunition needs to be replaced before it becomes unstable. That's one reason the NorKs have all those impressive artillery shoots. They have to shoot them off before they don't work at all. And of course, it serves to scare the South Koreans.
The Mystery Of The 2,600-Year-Old 'Heslington Brain' Still Intact! 😲😲😲
timon_phocas comments on Jan 14, 2020:
What? They found Nancy Pelosi's brain? She had a brain? Who has custody now?
Marked Safe from Global Warming
timon_phocas comments on Jan 14, 2020:
Just remember, global warming is responsible for everything. Droughts, floods, hurricanes, arctic freezes, crop failures, crop circles, bad football, Gwenneth Paltrow, Prince Harry and Megan, you name it....
An excellent article from American Thinker that traces and clarifies the past decades of failed US ...
timon_phocas comments on Jan 14, 2020:
The article does not mention the long partnership between Shah Reza Pahlevi and the US. We had grown used to Iran as a friend and counterweight to strident Soviet allies in the Arab world. We felt we were natural allies. We have tried to restore that relationship for forty years. The ayatollahs, however, need the US as a menacing enemy to justify their repression. They do not want the US as an ally.
Ben Rhodes attacks Trump to obscure Obama's complicity in Iran's forever war... [thefederalist.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 13, 2020:
Every serious analyst regards Obama's foreign policy as fatuous at best.
VDH: Remembering the Battle of the Bulge. [townhall.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 13, 2020:
I think the Battle of the Bulge showed a singular kind of American courage. It was not universal, but it extended through the Army from the generals all the way down to the privates. It was a sense of initiative from the soldiers A German column would assault through a roadblock. They would report it as cleared and higher headquarters assumed it would stay that way. But the Americans didn't think that way. They regrouped, refortified and set up the roadblock again and again. Isolated engineers blew up supply deports, slipped away and blew bridges. All these isloated, uncoordinated action slowed the Germans until reserves could be found and the front stabilized. This didn't happen when Germans attacked France in 1940. It didn't happen when the Germans attacked Russia in 1942. It happened when Germans attacked Americans in Belgium in Christmas of 1944.
VDH: What is the Middle East in the middle of anymore? [victorhanson.com]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 13, 2020:
Interesting. Second article today that speaks to this topic. The other is by Ralph Peters. The fracking revolution changed our strategic position..it hasn't really changed Europe's or China's. So Middle Eastern energy will still be a critical concern for them. It doesn't take two countries to have a war. It just takes one willing to attack another. That's the dilemma we find ourselves in with Iran. All fascists need an enemy to justify their repression. Iran's fascists need the US.
[youtu.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 13, 2020:
Interesting. There was a generation of ex-communists who were attracted by its ideals but repelled by its repression. The names include Whittaker Chambers and David Horowitz and many, many others. They became clarion voices for freedom. This interview illustrates a parallel generation. Two highly educated, gay leftists who were expelled from the movement because they disagreed from some point(s) of essential orthdoxy. And now they are voices for free expression. I guess Harry Truman was right, the only thing that's new in the world is the history you haven't read.
dailymail.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 13, 2020:
Same tawdry, dismal stories as we hear about the Coyotes in our southern border.
Based Poland.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Spaniards, not Poles.
THE INVERSE TRUMP EFFECT IN ACTION President Donald Trump (and still not President Hillary ...
timon_phocas comments on Jan 12, 2020:
John Kerry served in Viet Nam? I thought he just made home movies there!
Rebel Wisdom. Peter Limberg. "4 Major Events and 6 Crisis Of the Culture War 2.0." [youtu.be]
timon_phocas comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Excellent information. This is the second article/video which explains why corporations express such avid support for SJW causes. Government requlation,or socialism, will affect their profits. Advocating for "anti-discrimination" for miniscule portions of society will not.
Student Protesters In Iran.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 11, 2020:
God bless those brave heroes. Pray the Basij militia will finally refuse to kill fellow Iranians. At least Soleimani can't come back to lead the massacre of protestors.
[michaelsherlockauthor.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 11, 2020:
I read this too late last night for a more comprehensive answer. So here goes... As a revealed religion, we need to search the Scriptures to establish what the Biblical status actually is. We can always just project our culture's vision, but then it becomes our vision, not Scripture's. The Book of Proverbs is the Bible's guide to wisdom, or skill in the art of living. There are 31 chapters, designed to be read one chapter for each day of the month. There are many warnings against adultery, the sixth chapter in particular has a long passage about the folly and danger of adultery. It is also a condemnation of adulterous women. Balancing this, is an even longer passage in chapter 31 in praise of the virtuous wife. She is no housebound shrinking violet. She travels afar to purchase food (vs 14). She is industrious (vs 15). She buys real estate, plants vinyards (vs 16). She sells merchandise for a profit (vs 17). She spins thread, weaves cloth, makes clothing and sells to merchants (vs 24). She is generous to charities (vs 20). She has a citywide reputation (vs 23 & 30). Lastly, the passage (the last verses in Proverbs) praises this strong, assertive, woman for her wisdom, industry and faith. I would submit this is a more accurate, more Biblical, version of women's status in Christianity.
David Azerrad.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 11, 2020:
This is the best explanation of "woke capitalism" I've seen. And it makes sense.
Sky News.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 11, 2020:
The trans movement requires that language, down to its most basic definitions, and for all people, be constantly altered to fit constantly changing definitions. Not only that, but people who transgress these bewildering, transient rules have to be treated like a nascent KKK lynch mob. They want totalitarian power for themselves, and anarchy for everybody else.
[michaelsherlockauthor.
timon_phocas comments on Jan 10, 2020:
Christianity is a revealed religion. God revealed Himself to prophets who wrote the Scriptures. If you want to know what status Christianity puts on women, then consult the Scriptures not Irenaeus.

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