Soldiers have to act morally, too

Upstanding conservatives believe that each of us must take personal responsibility for our actions – with one exception. Soldiers, it seems, can flout the law, because their job is so uniquely stressful. This was the argument put forward by lawyers for Sergeant Alexander Blackman, who in 2011 shot dead an injured, unarmed Taliban fighter, with …

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Blame it on the baby boomers?

Bruce Gibney has written a book called “In a Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America” (I can comment on the account of the book and its review by Dana Milbank because I am not a boomer). The Boomers, Gibney says, are guilty of “generational plunder”. They are accused of “the mass, democratically-sanctioned …

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An independent, spontaneous view of Brexit, April 3, 2017

from Martin Dean, Taunton Somerset: “We in Britain are a peculiar crowd; we like certainty, stability and equilibrium. In a few words, we like to know what will happen next. Unfortunately, that situation is far from the norm for most people outside the Westminster bubble, and I expect quite a few within it. As we …

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Some background on the Trump family

Below is a letter written in 1905 by President Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, in which he pleads with Bavarian Prince Luitpold not to deport him. According to the Associated Press, Trump’s grandfather immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager from Bavaria before he completed his required military service. After he acquired his fortune in the …

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