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“America’s Most Alarming Story”

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The Bear Interferes The Washington Post has an opinion piece by Eric Chenoweth,  co-director of the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe, upbraiding us collectively for our failure to be appropriately outraged at Putin’s supposed meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Chenoweth suggests we should have mouths agape at “the successful effort by a hostile foreign […]

Boots on the Ground: Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton

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Killed on Thanksgiving Chief Scott Dayton was killed on Thanksgiving Day as part of US Special Forces fighting ISIS in Syria. The Times reports that he died in “Ayn Issa, a town halfway between Raqqa and the Turkish border.” Dayton is the first publicly disclosed US casualty in Syria. Special Forces are training and preparing […]

Now, That’s a Veteran

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Sergeant Bill Mohr Out touring with high school seniors from Kansas yesterday on a crisp and glorious Fall afternoon, we walked from the White House down to the World War II Memorial with the Washington Monument beginning to glow in the setting sun. Down at the Memorial I spied a Veteran in a wheelchair, blanketed […]

Charlotte: Apocalypse Now

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Release the Video Kerr Putney, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police chief, is hanging onto the Keith Scott video for dear life. His strategy is archaic, even ancient, and is totally at cross purposes with the notion of building trust. What we are seeing week after week, is stunning visual evidence of something seriously amiss. And its happened before. […]

Powell: The General Let’s Fly

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Warts and All, But Mostly Warts Colin Powell, former U.S. Army four-star General, wounded Vietnam Veteran, Joint Chief’s Chairman, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State got hacked again and we are the gleeful beneficiaries of his unalloyed thoughts on our presidential candidates. Powell is the quintessential Washington maven, continuously accumulating power and prestige during […]

9/11: Welcome to Our Tribe

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Fifteen Years On Except for those most personally affected, September 11, 2001, now resides, like the murder of JFK, as a “where I was” memory or as a fact of history known only through learning rather than direct experience. A generation of young people stands on the verge of adulthood who were yet to be […]

Trump Busts Firefighters, Again

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The Angry Narcissist Trump lashed out at the Columbus, Ohio, fire marshal yesterday for adhering to a pre-arranged plan to limit the crowd size at an event there to 1,000 people. Trump said the marshal’s limit was for purely political reasons. DM reports that the fire marshal said, “the event was always to be limited […]

Trump and the Fallen

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Many firefighters feel a special veneration for Americans who have given their lives in service to our country. Perhaps that’s because in some very small way they understand the tension and force of danger and pushing beyond it. Thousands of brave soldiers have been taken from us either in their absolute prime or just on […]

Books: When the “Japs” Weren’t Coming

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American-Japanese Concentration Camps When Admiral Yamamoto’s forces conducted their mostly successful raid on Pearl Harbor, many Americans panicked over the thought of a follow-up invasion of the west coast. U.S. Army officers baldly asserted that American-Japanese were all under the control of the Japanese Emperor and therefore consisted of an enemy “fifth column” waiting for […]

War, Terror, Policing

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Death in Baton Rouge Three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police officers were murdered yesterday in a daylight ambush by Gavin Long. Long was later killed. He  was from Missouri and apparently leaves behind a trail of social media posts defining his radical views and beliefs. According to the Guardian, “In May 2015, Long filed court papers […]

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