Saturday, August 23, 2014

Racial Classification: Politics of the Future?

Written in 1980 with the late L.H. Gann, a prophetic warning that ethnic politics would transform the U.S. from a nation of individual rights into group rights, with all its destructive consequences.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chicago vs. St. Louis: More Than a Baseball Rivalry

The website Spot Crime displays local daily crime statistics for such categories as shooting, assault, burglary, vandalism, and so forth.

Take a look at the reports for Chicago and St.Louis County, in which the suburb of Ferguson is located.  (City of St. Louis crime data can be found here.)

Hone in on Ferguson.  It is virtually crime free.  One heartbreaking fatality has set the community ablaze, with media from around the world wondering if a new race war is about to break out across America as occurred in U.S. cities in the 1960s.

Compare the Greater St. Louis area with Chicago, home of President Barack Obama, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and other prominent national figures.  Week after week Chicago is plagued with shootings, burglaries, assaults, and every other version of crime.  Scroll down the list of crimes by date and the numbers are truly shocking.  Where are the international media?  Why hasn't the governor of Illinois called up the National Guard to patrol the streets of Chicago?

Just asking....

P.S.  By way of disclosure, the proprietor of Thoughtful Ideas grew up and attended university in Greater St. Louis.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What is the Threshold for "Boots on the Ground?"

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, another 130 U.S. military personnel arrived in Iraq to help relieve the dire situation of tens of thousands of Yazidi and other Iraqis trapped on a hill by the Islamic State (IS) fighters.  These additional troops were not sent to "engage in combat operations."

Their boots are literally on the ground (barring some levitation device that keeps them off the ground).  They are armed.  They will no doubt be authorized to shoot back at IS fighters if fired upon.

The total of U.S. Security Forces now numbers 875.

Evidently the phrase "boots on the ground" is not to be taken literally so long as the president and the secretary of defense say they are engaged in non-combat operations.

Doubletalk anyone?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Why President Obama Ordered 300 Special Forces Personnel to Iraq

Three hundred Spartans held off thousands of Persians for three days at the Battle of Thermopylae in summer 480 BC to buy time for Greeks to mobilize their defense against Persia.  Perhaps the 300 U.S. Special Forces all descend from Sparta and they, too, will hold the line against ISIS (ISIL) 40 miles north of Baghdad to allow the main forces opposing ISIS to mobilize (but not pay the ultimate price of the Spartans).

Themistocles, Athen's naval commander, subsequently defeated the Persian navy in late 480 BC at the Battle of Salamis, followed by a Greek army thrashing the Persians at the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC.  The main forces opposing ISIS--Iraqi militias, Syrian air and ground forces, Iranian Revolutionary Guards, U.S. air forces, and other anti-ISIS military--can counterattack, recover all territory held by ISIS, and end the global threat from these ultra-jihadist rebels.

Makes sense?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Those Whom the Gods Would Destroy

They first make mad with delusions of democracy in the Middle East (save for Israel).

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Memo to Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren

You had Hillary Clinton at your disposal for 30 minutes overlapping your shows on June 17, 2014.  Neither of you asked the one question that Hillary has never answered.

Where were you and what were you doing between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM the night of the attack on the U.S. Benghazi consulate that killed our Ambassador and three other Americans?

Was it because that if you did, and if Hillary Clinton becomes the next U.S. president, she will cut off Fox News from any other interviews?