LeBoutiller Beat Me To The Punch


Vets deserve it more than Congress. It is an idea that should be seriously be reviewed.

Paper to Use

Sometimes the answer to a problem can be so simplistic it is overlooked just for that reason.

Such is the case of the current V.A. mess. And leave it to a Republican to have come up with the idea.

You’ve heard that Congress gets Cadillac health care via subsidized premiums. It’s such a simple and obvious fix it will never happen – apply it to the veterans. John LeBoutillier suggested it during a discussion with the Political Insiders on the FOX Report Weekend. I listen to that segment of the program just to hear what these seasoned Washington insiders have to say about current politics. Former Republican Congressman LeBoutillier is joined by Democrats Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell. All have problems with the ways and means of the current administration and Congress and all have been on the inside long enough to know of which they speak. The difference between…

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Two Dads Meet – Peter Rodger and Richard Martinez


We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

HT_richard_martinez_peter_rodger_3_jt_140615_16x9_992 Richard Martinez and Peter Rodger

Peter Rodger’s son, Elliot, went on a shooting spree, taking the lives of 6 people on May 24, 2014.  Elliot wrote angry pieces and taped YouTube videos talking about violence, murder, and his hatred of blonde White women from rejecting him. Among those Elliot killed was 20-year old Christopher Martinez.

Christopher’s dad, Richard, was very vocal about gun violence.

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What Kind Of A President Does Croatia Need?


Croatia, the War, and the Future

New presidential election in Croatia is fast approaching as 2014 slides into its second half. Articles published in Croatia’s leading newspaper Vecernji List on 7 June about three possible candidates (Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Zeljka Markic and Ivo Josipovic/current incumbent) for 2015 elections can be taken as a kind of a voter crossroad, which leads the voters into serious thinking and consideration as to what kind of a presidential candidate they’ll vote for and who will lead them into the future.

I’m certain that the voters of Croatia are sick and tired of hearing about how Croatia is in a bad shape – especially economically, but also on politically still tangled questions dating to the 1990’s Homeland War as well as those that followed in the years after WWII, which polarise the Croatian people to the point of frequently visible unrests.

Hence, I am also certain that Croatian voters, besides hearing the…

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What Kind Of A President Does Croatia Need?


Croatia, the War, and the Future

New presidential election in Croatia is fast approaching as 2014 slides into its second half. Articles published in Croatia’s leading newspaper Vecernji List on 7 June about three possible candidates (Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Zeljka Markic and Ivo Josipovic/current incumbent) for 2015 elections can be taken as a kind of a voter crossroad, which leads the voters into serious thinking and consideration as to what kind of a presidential candidate they’ll vote for and who will lead them into the future.

I’m certain that the voters of Croatia are sick and tired of hearing about how Croatia is in a bad shape – especially economically, but also on politically still tangled questions dating to the 1990’s Homeland War as well as those that followed in the years after WWII, which polarise the Croatian people to the point of frequently visible unrests.

Hence, I am also certain that Croatian voters, besides hearing the…

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Croatia: End Of Lukewarm And Incompetent Mandate Era On Horizon As Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Becomes Presidential Candidate


Croatia, the War, and the Future

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic with Ivo Josipovic Photo: Zeljko Lukunic/Pixsell Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic with Ivo Josipovic
Photo: Zeljko Lukunic/Pixsell

It is official: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is officially in the race for President of Croatia, elections for which are now likely to occur at the end of this year.
She will run as Croatian Democratic Union’s (HDZ’s) candidate.

The two major presidential candidates come from political centre: Ivo Josipovic (current incumbent/ Social Democrat prior to becoming the president; stems out of former Yugoslavia communist party echelons and Social Democrats membership) on the centre-left and Grabar-Kitarovic (Stems out of HDZ membership/ no communist or any other totalitarian regime ties) on the centre-right.

A leading Croatian newspaper Vecernji List article in its address of Nova TV survey regarding the two candidates writes: “When voters are offered characteristics they mark the president (Ivo Josipovic) as a skillful politician. Then, as decisive and sincere. They also consider him a fighter against corruption, educated and…

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The Intoxicating Power of a Teacher Who Believes in You


The Bully Pulpit

Donna Tartt

“It has always been hard for me to talk about Julian without romanticizing him. In many ways, I loved him the most of all; and it is with him that I am most tempted to embroider, to flatter, to basically reinvent. I think that is because Julian himself was constantly in the process of reinventing the people and events around him, conferring kindness, or wisdom, or bravery, or charm, on actions which contained nothing of the sort. It was one of the reasons I loved him: for that flattering light in which he saw me, for the person I was when I was with him, for what it was he allowed me to be.

Now, of course, it would be easy for me to veer to the opposite extreme. I could say that the secret of Julian’s charm was that he latched on to young people who wanted to feel…

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