Russia has reportedly invaded the Ukraine, sending two armored columns that captured a town near the border. [Read more…]
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Back when I was in graduate school, I took a course on American English. We studied the history and characteristics of the various American dialects, including that of Tangier Island. This little island in the middle of Chesapeake Bay was settled by English folks from the Cornwall district back in the 1600s. They and their descendants were so isolated–today it’s an hour-and-a-half boat ride from the mainland–that their language and culture have hardly changed over the centuries.
As a 17th century scholar, I have always wanted to visit Tangier Island. So we did. [Read more…]
My brother-in-law (Seabees, retired) told me that when we withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, we are going to be leaving behind or destroying much of the military equipment our troops had been using, since it is too expensive to bring back and there won’t be that much use for it anymore.
Well, now it’s happening. We are putting billions of dollars worth of equipment–including trucks and armored vehicles–into giant metal shredders. Other stuff we are selling to the Afghanis at pennies on the dollar or giving it away free to foreign governments willing to haul it away. [Read more…]
As Islamic State routed tough Kurdish forces (the largest pro-American group in Iraq), drawing near to Americans still in Erbil, President Obama has given the go-ahead for airstrikes “if necessary.” He also said we would drop food and water to the sectarian Muslims that Islamic State is starving out on a mountaintop.
UPDATE: The bombing has begun.
Psychologists have used a 40-question test to diagnose the condition of narcissism, a syndrome of extreme self-regard and lack of empathy for others. A study has determined, though, that it is possible to diagnose narcissism by asking the subject only one question. And that question is. . . . [Read more…]