Old Hat — I was on my way to DoubleQuote Trump & Clinton

[ by Charles Cameron — folks you might not entrust with your secrets ] . I was on my way to DoubleQuote two Presidential candidates that some people wouldn’t want to entrust with secret briefings from the Intelligence Community — Trump & Clinton — citing Shane Harris‘ Spies Worry Candidate Trump Will Spill Secrets piece […] Read more »

A brief Trump policy statement & book-length question in response

[ by Charles Cameron — also a tweet asking for a DoubleQuote & getting one ] . As so often, Part I of this post is a somewhat playful teaser for Part II, which is where my real interest is to be found. Part I, then, is about someone inquiring about two tweets Donald Trump […] Read more »

Clinton Comey?

[ by Charles Cameron — with a side dish of Tzipi Livni ] . photo credit: Greg Nash via The Hill I’ll be socratic here, asking questions to illuminate my hunches. ** I’m seldom fully convinced by anything that comes from the left and reads the way I’d expect the left to read, and seldom […] Read more »

Let the man keep his own silence or speak for himself

[ by Charles Cameron — regarding the conflicting reports on Imran Yousuf’s religious affiliation ] . Perhaps: Learn this name: Imran Yousef. A Marine veteran, Hindu, bouncer at Pulse. HERO. https://t.co/18ZuP55DlW #OrlandoUnited #OrlandoShooting — (((Sarah Rumpf))) (@rumpfshaker) June 14, 2016 Maybe: Marine combat vet who is also Muslim saved lives at Pulse. Imran Yousef. Know […] Read more »

Brutal violence vs deeply symbolic threat

[ by Charles Cameron — two manifestations of the extreme right in Israel ] . ** I don’t think too many people will argue that deliberately burning famiies in their homes is less than brutal. My question to ponder here is how brutal human-on-human violence of that kind is, compared with the symbolic impact of […] Read more »

Intellectuals and their Romance with Political Barbarism

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Martin Heidegger, Eric Hobsbawm and Ezra Pound A  meandering post inspired by Reason Magazine and Charles Cameron. Reason.com is best known for giving a scrappy libertarian take on current events, crime, technology and pop culture, but recently, an article by Charles Paul Freund touched a deeper, darker vein of twentieth century history […] Read more »

Playing at Peace

[ by Charles Cameron — in which Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Phillip Smyth get into role ] . The United States Institute of Peace is holding what it terms a PeaceGame today and tomorrow: The current PeaceGame series is tackling one of the timeliest and most challenging of issues confronted by the U.S. government and stakeholders […] Read more »

Yes and no — but by analogy with innocence, yes?

[ by Charles Cameron — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and those black banners again — I’m just curious ] . Judy Clarke, an attorney specializing in death penalty cases, addresses the Tsarnaev jury in the closing statement for the defense: Clarke: The govt. wants you to see this picture to suggest Dzhokhar self-radicalized; it's just a religious […] Read more »

A Question for Hegghammer & Lacroix

[ by Charles Cameron -- a single word in a very small book, and the world that hangs in the balance ] . I’ve just read Hegghammer & Lacroix on The Meccan Rebellion. At 78 pages and 5.3 x 8.3 inches, it’s a tiny book in hardback and quite a delight to hold — the [...] Read more »

2013

Celebrating the new year by looking at what happened in ’13 way back when….. 2613 BC  By some accounts, the construction of the Great Sphinx may have begun 413 BC – The Battle of Syracuse results in a cataclysmic defeat for the Athenian Empire’s Sicilian Expedition at the hands of Hermocrates and Gylippus.  The Athenian strategoi Demosthenes and Niciasare ignominiously executed [...] Read more »