The Republic of Bloggers, SpiralChris & Pundita

[ by Charles Cameron — on music, art, and the double meanings of fruit, bread, wine ] . Still-life with Lemons, Oranges and Rose, Francisco de Zurbarán, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena ** Chris Bateman, aka SpiralChris, responded a couple of weeks ago to my own open letter to him, beginning: Dear Charles, The second of […] Read more »

Of blood and song

[ by Charles Cameron — what carves memory? blood is spilled, song carries grief and anger across centuries ] , One hundred years ago, Irish blood was spilled in the Easter Uprising of 1916, as Sinéad O’Connor & The Chieftains call us to remember in The Foggy Dew: As down the glen one Easter morn […] Read more »

Military Reform through Education

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Don Vandergriff facilitating Adaptive Soldier/Leader exercises at Fort Benning Fred Leland at LESC Blog recently had a guest post up by Dan Grazier from the Project on Government Oversight regarding the important work Don Vandergriff is doing to reform professional military education and training: Military Reform Through Education: From The […] Read more »

Our ZP blog-friends on the Iran deal

[ by Charles Cameron — waiting for the other shoe to drop — or be thrown, i suppose — or if a sandal, for the sand to be shaken off it if need be ] . #Iran, a state whose rulers practice #taqiyya (lying to non-Muslims), inspecting its own nuke sites? How very stupid. […] Read more »

Visiting with T. Greer and Lexington Green

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“]  Reading Room, University of Chicago Library Last Sunday I spent a very enjoyable afternoon meeting T. Greer of Scholar’s Stage blog and visiting with him and Lexington Green of the group blog Chicago Boyz ( where T. Greer and I both occasionally post).  Greer was in Chicago for The Midwest […] Read more »

Blog friend Cheryl Rofer on the Iranian nuke deal

[ by Charles Cameron — and Furnish pwns Sowell ] . First there’s Cheryl Rofer‘s piece on Nuclear Diner, The Iran Framework Agreement: The Good, the Bad, and TBD. Then that gets quoted by Alexander Montgomery in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage for April 6. And now Cheryl has a piece in Mother Jones titled […] Read more »

Veri-Fire announcement

[ by Charles Cameron — the future of handgun safety? ] . Blog-friend James Skylar Gerrond announced today: “Veri-Fire will launch Guardian, our biometric trigger guard for handguns on 13 April.” What is it? Guardian is the revolutionary solution in responsibly securing your handgun against unauthorized or accidental use while maintaining unprecedented readiness. I can […] Read more »

A very brief brief on black banners

[ by Charles Cameron — wherein black flag patches run riot ] . Just a quick something I gleaned via Leah Farrall‘s recent blog post: That’s the ist of an excerpt I transcribed from an Aussie Insight video last year, which featured host Jenny Brockie and the gentleman depicted, one Abu Bakr. Bakr was arrested […] Read more »

Nina Paley’s OTSOG genius

[ by Charles Cameron -- Nina Paley is as strong an argument as I know both for the idea that individual genius exists, and (not so paradoxically) that it arises OTSOG -- "On the shoulders of giants" as Robert Merton has it ] . It’s always a delight to find the same rich insight in […] Read more »

Some very welcome news: JM Berger & Jessica Stern

[ by Charles Cameron -- forthcoming book announced ] . JM Berger at Intelwire frames it like this: ISIS: THE STATE OF TERROR Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger co-author the forthcoming book, “ISIS: The State of Terror,” from Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. The book, which will debut in early 2015, will examine the rise […] Read more »