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  • Archive for April, 2007

    Mark Belnick to Speak at Men’s Leadership Forum of Chicago on Thursday

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 16th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Mark A. Belnick’s talk is entitled “General Counsel Under Fire”. He will speak about being criminally prosecuted for alleged misconduct as general counsel of Tyco — and being acquitted after a jury trial. He will also speak about his spiritual journey to the Catholic Church. Date: April 19, 2007; Time: 7:30am; Place: University Club of Chicago, Cathedral Hall, 9th floor, 76 E. Monroe St., Chicago IL 60603; Cost: $40.00. Previous speakers were Robert Novak and Sen. Sam Brownback, and were very successful events. Register here.

    Posted in Announcements, Law, Religion | 3 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 15th April 2007 (All posts by )

    To meet its primary deterrence objective—deterrence of enemy first-strikes—Israel must seek and achieve a visible second-strike capability with the ability to target approximately 15 enemy cities. Ranges should encompass cities in Libya and Iran,with nuclear bomb yields at levels sufficient to fully compromise the aggressor’s viability as a functioning state. By utilizing counter-value-targeted warheads for maximum destruction, Israel could achieve the optimal deterrent effect, thereby neutralizing the overall asymmetry between any enemy state and the State of Israel. Enemy targets would be selected with the understanding that their destruction would promptly force the aggressor to cease all nuclear, biological, and/or chemical exchanges.

    Israel’s Strategic Future is founded on the presumption that current threats of war, terrorism and genocide derive from a very clear “clash of civilizations,” and not merely from narrow geo-strategic differences. Both Israel and the United States are unambiguously in the cross-hairs of a worldwide Islamic “jihad” that is fundamentally cultural and theological in nature, and that will not concede an inch to the conventional norms of “coexistence” or “peaceful settlement.” This threat to unbelievers” is less than comforting to Jerusalem andWashington; however, it is a threat that must be acknowledged and dealt with intelligently.

    “Israel’s Uncertain Strategic Future” by Louis René Beres (from Parameters)

    Posted in Israel, Military Affairs | 23 Comments »

    The Rough Zones of the Ten Commandments

    Posted by Ginny on 14th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Lex’s link to Robert Fogel reinforces much that is said – and said often – on this blog. It doesn’t seem to me particularly good if we have a wide divergence in wealth and some is back scratching. Nonetheless, I’d worry more if all incomes were the same – for all the reasons mentioned here so often. It isn’t just, or even mainly, productivity that is gauged by differing wages. Our desires are different; so are our priorities. Someone who spends twenty hours a week reading to and playing with her child may not expect to be as compensated in money as if she were working a 60-hour executive week; she is, however, richly rewarded in other ways. As Fogel observes, the differences between the way we can live is not all that dramatic and many differences are driven by choice. As the comments indicate, discussions of poverty are often snapshots in time. My children should not be making the wage that their parents, after forty years of work experience and three degrees do; my husband’s mother deserves comfort but is not, at 88, a wage earner nor is she building capital but rather spending it.

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    Posted in Arts & Letters, Civil Society, Religion | Comments Off on The Rough Zones of the Ten Commandments

    Spin Cycle

    Posted by James R. Rummel on 14th April 2007 (All posts by )

    The headline for this news item reads “Undocumented Meatpackers Fear Raids”. The author obviously thinks it is some sort of tragedy when illegal immigrants are arrested.

    Can someone please explain to me how rounding up criminals who are in the country illegally is a bad thing?

    Posted in Immigration, Law Enforcement, Uncategorized | 23 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on 13th April 2007 (All posts by )

    What we currently call the poverty line is so high that only the top 6 percent or 7 percent of the people who were alive in 1900 would be above it.

    Robert Fogel (Via Arnold Kling). RTWT.

    Posted in Economics & Finance, History, Society | 13 Comments »

    We are not proud of them

    Posted by Helen on 13th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Let me list all the people we are not particularly proud of in Britain at the moment. First off, are the politicians. Nothing new there, you might say. Whoever could be proud of politicians? Still, they seem to have messed up the aftermath of the Iranian hostage-taking and release in a particularly noxious fashion, not least because of their pusillanimity with regards to the boys in uniform. No, I don’t mean the Iranian Revolutionary Guard but our own boys in uniform, specifically the First and Second Sea Lords.

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    Posted in Britain, International Affairs, Middle East, Military Affairs | 6 Comments »

    Moving Foreign Policy Into A Networked Age

    Posted by Zenpundit on 12th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Through the kind invitation of my friend, columnist and former FPRI analyst, Bruce Kesler, the well-regarded blog, Democracy Project, is running my guest post “Modern Foreign Policy Execution” subtitled “Instead of Crowning a New Czar, Bush Should Ignite A Revolution“, where I offer some suggestions for changing the decidedly broken, interagency process for foreign policy. A brief excerpt:

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    Posted in Blogging, International Affairs, Military Affairs, National Security, Politics, USA, War and Peace | 4 Comments »

    Thought Experiment

    Posted by Jonathan on 12th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Re this and this, can anyone imagine a recent attorney general of New York or California making a statement like the one Cooper made in contrite recognition of a malicious prosecution?

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    Posted in Law Enforcement, USA | 5 Comments »

    Photos and Funnies

    Posted by Jonathan on 11th April 2007 (All posts by )

    -Our friend Con Chapman has activated the Gerbil News Network (example: Literal-Minded Parents Push for Irony-Free School Zones).

    -Got in Himmel! It’s Herr Prof. Dr. B. P. von Korncrake.

    Shorpy is an interesting photo blog that displays very old photos exclusively. (via Mike Hiteshew)

    Posted in Diversions, Humor, Photos | Comments Off on Photos and Funnies

    O-5 and the Peter Principle

    Posted by John Jay on 11th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Frequent commenter Tatyana and I have a friendly disagreement. She thinks Putin’s a putz. I don’t. Basically, Putin was a mid-level manager of spies in the KGB. A light colonel. An O-5. I do not find that much of a condemnation, although one could argue that someone who could not rise in their own hierarchy is incompetent.

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    Posted in Human Behavior, Military Affairs | 8 Comments »

    Dyson Speaks, his Proportionality like Whitman’s

    Posted by Ginny on 10th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Do I contradict myself?

    Very well then I contradict myself.

    (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

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    Posted in Science | 4 Comments »

    How the West was Lost

    Posted by Shannon Love on 10th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Via Instapundit comes a link to a James Kirchick article which contains this paragraph:

    It has become de riguer among the press to call on South Africa, the regional power and, at present, Zimbabwe’s lifeline, to act. Newspapers ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the Wall Street Journal have reprimanded South Africa for its silence and complicity in Mr. Mugabe’s crimes. These remonstrations are necessary and right, but no matter how much international outrage there is over the horrors of Zimbabwe, there is little hope that South Africa will ever do anything close to what the West wants it to do.[emphasis added]

    I’ve seen this usage before recently. When did South Africa stop being part of the western world?

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    Posted in Anglosphere, Politics | 7 Comments »

    Democrats, Republicans and the Stock Market

    Posted by Jonathan on 9th April 2007 (All posts by )

    WRT this:

    The stock market didn’t take off until 1997, after the Republicans won a House majority and passed a capital-gains tax-rate cut that Clinton, to his credit, signed. But like welfare reform, another popular initiative that Clinton had no choice but to go along with, it was an essentially Republican idea that Congressional Democrats blocked as long as they could. And now that we are again enjoying a strong economy and stock market, in part because of Bush’s 2003 capital-gains tax-rate reduction, Democrats who want to raise taxes by canceling that tax reduction want us to believe that Clinton was solely responsible for the late-’90s boom. Is the Democrats’ current behavior an example of irony or merely chutzpah?

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    Posted in Economics & Finance, Politics | 22 Comments »

    Easter Feast

    Posted by TM Lutas on 9th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Priest: Christ is Risen
    People: Truly He is Risen

    The ancient rythms of eastern apostolic christianity rang out once more in Chicago just like every year but this year, somebody was missing. Josefa wasn’t around adding her cracked byelorussian voice to our romanian chants, her rolling gait was missing from the traditional procession 3 times around the church. The rock that so much of the practical life of our little church was missing and nobody had a clue. She’d been sick the week before “in the hospital” people in the know would mention to the curious just like people would mention her real story to those who asked but nobody who had not asked ever found out about the true story of the rough gem in our midst. In short, Josefa Tarasewicz was a martyr.

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    Posted in Religion | 5 Comments »

    Cutting Edge Military Theory: A Primer (Part II.)

    Posted by Zenpundit on 8th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Part I. in this series dealt with the topic of COIN, which is not a theory but rather a type of warfare. Part II. appropriately begins with the late theorist Colonel John Boyd, whose many contributions to American military thinking went generally unrecognized in his own lifetime, except for a narrow group of senior officers and political appointees. A group that included Dick Cheney, who as Defense Secretary in the first Bush administration, reportedly sought and followed Boyd’s counsel in regard to revising the warplans for Operation Desert Storm ( what John Boyd would have thought of the current Iraq war, I’ll leave to others, but that Cheney was deeply impressed by Colonel Boyd and his ideas in 1991 is difficult to dispute). In the aftermath of the Gulf War, USMC General Charles C. Krulak wrote:

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    Posted in Aviation, Book Notes, Military Affairs, National Security, War and Peace | 18 Comments »

    Cutting Edge Military Theory: A Primer (Part I.)

    Posted by Zenpundit on 6th April 2007 (All posts by )

    This post is the first in a series that is not intended for those bloggers or readers who already follow military affairs closely; for them it contains nothing new. Nor is this intended to be an exhaustive investigation of any specific military theory. Instead, it is written for those who would like to know more about buzzwords like ” Core-Gap”, “4GW”, “Open-Source Warfare” and “COIN” that have begun seeping into the MSM and the mainstream blogosphere and who would enjoy a set of links for further investigation.

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    Posted in Book Notes, History, Military Affairs, National Security, Terrorism, War and Peace | 12 Comments »

    An Iranian victory? I fear it is so.

    Posted by Steven Den Beste on 6th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Some people are speculating as to why the government of Iran suddenly decided to release the British sailors and Marines it was holding. There are a number of reasons that have been bandied about, and the two leading contenders are that we made some sort of terrible threat, or that we caved in and bribed them. Maybe both.

    I think there’s another reason. The big game here is Iran’s program to produce weapon’s grade U-235, and what they need now is time. The big danger, as they see it, is that we’ll get nasty before they have a nuclear deterrent and start bombing.

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    Posted in International Affairs, Iran, War and Peace | 22 Comments »

    A Role to the Left

    Posted by Shannon Love on 5th April 2007 (All posts by )

    The pursuit of an independent foreign policy by House speaker Nancy Pelosi is obviously a bad idea no matter what one’s political persuasion.

    Yet the Democrats’ abrogation of powers and roles comes as no surprise to students of the modern Left. Pelosi is merely the last instance of a long evolution by the Left away from the Rule of Law and towards the rule of men.

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    Posted in Academia, Civil Liberties, Leftism, Morality and Philosphy, Political Philosophy, Politics | 9 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 4th April 2007 (All posts by )

    Robert Schwartz, a frequent commenter on this blog, left a great comment yesterday in response to a post by Ginny about the war:

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    Posted in Iraq, Middle East, Military Affairs, USA, War and Peace | 1 Comment »

    Barone & the Ideal Climate for Baby-boomers

    Posted by Ginny on 3rd April 2007 (All posts by )

    As so often, Barone summarizes Gore (and, perhaps, the rest of us baby-boomers) quickly:

    Gore and his followers seem to assume that the ideal climate was the one they got used to when they were growing up. When temperatures dropped in the 1970s, there were warnings of an impending ice age. When they rose in the 1990s, there were predictions of disastrous global warming. This is just another example of the solipsism of the baby boom generation, the pampered and much-praised age cohort that believes the world revolves around them and that all past history has become irrelevant.

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    Posted in Environment, Political Philosophy | 7 Comments »

    Quote of the Day

    Posted by Jonathan on 3rd April 2007 (All posts by )

    An excellent analysis by Walid Phares of Iran’s strategy and tactics in the current “hostage crisis”:

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    Posted in Iran, Media, Middle East, National Security, War and Peace | 1 Comment »

    A Reminder from Wretchard

    Posted by Ginny on 3rd April 2007 (All posts by )

    Wretchard is not a man who, as did the panel on Charlie Rose last week, thinks America did the honorable thing in Vietnam and Cambodia as they described our current policies as insufficiently welcoming of Iraqi refugees. They may well be right that accepting that flow is the “right” thing, but their assurance that the humanitarian position first accepts defeat,   pulls out, then accepts those who manage, somehow, to reach our shores hardly seems a humanitarian solution.  Wretchard observes that patience is a practical virtue: the decade of overflights demonstrate that perseverance can work.  Belmont Club gives us a context for those ads that thank us.  Strangely, allusions to Germany and Japan and even South Korea show up in comments more often than do the Kurds.  But they remind us why and how order does reign in parts of Irag, though it did not come easily nor quickly.  Peace takes longer than war.

    Posted in Iraq | 9 Comments »

    Help Wanted

    Posted by Jonathan on 2nd April 2007 (All posts by )

    I’m looking for people who have served on juries or are interested in the jury system to help with a new Web project. It should be fun and will only cost you some time. If you’re interested, please email me at jonathan at chicagoboyz dot net, or at the support email address found in the upper right corner of this page.


    (I’m sticking this post at the top of the blog for a few days. Please scroll down for newer posts.)

    Posted in Announcements | 4 Comments »

    MSM Military Expertise

    Posted by Jonathan on 2nd April 2007 (All posts by )

    I watched part of an interview on C-SPAN conducted by a guy who was identified as a (the?) “CBS News national security correspondent.” The interview was with a leftist author who has written a conspiracy-mongering book about the Blackwater company. At one point the author used the term, “fourth generation warfare.” The CBS guy subsequently said that he had never heard that term before and was unfamiliar with it. Is this possible? It seems like a very odd admission for a “national security correspondent” to make. Perhaps I misheard, or the correspondent really was familiar with the term and was trying to elicit an explanation for an audience he assumed was not. Either way, very strange.

    Posted in Military Affairs, The Press | 5 Comments »

    Now it’s Official: Tax-Free New Hampshire

    Posted by Mitch Townsend on 1st April 2007 (All posts by )

    CONCORD NH (Reuters) – Governor John Lynch today announced that he will begin the process to change the official name of the state to Tax-Free New Hampshire. This will require an amendment to the state constitution, which must receive a three-fifths majority in both houses of the state legislature and approval by a majority of the voters in the next regular election. “It’s clear that we will not have the change in place for the 2008 elections. In fact, that will be our earliest opportunity to get it on the ballot. We’re looking ahead to 2012.” The heavily-covered New Hampshire presidential primary is expected to give the new name wide exposure.

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    Posted in Humor | 7 Comments »