Archive for February 5th, 2021

February 5th, 2021 - 9:24 pm § in America, China, Donald Trump, Misc.

Conversation with a grunt

Military writer Bing West (photo, left; bio here) discusses Afghanistan, China, defense spending, why Jim Mattis won’t talk about Trump, and more. Worth reading if you’re interested in military affairs, and even if you’re not. Edited transcript of a radio show, fairly short, and ve[...]

February 5th, 2021 - 8:49 pm § in Donald Trump, Economics, Politics

Biden admin. rescues troops from predatory lenders

Many things changed for the better on January 20, 2021. Here’s one of them: “The new leadership at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, has pledged to … resume targeting payday loan scams that trap troops in endless cycles of debt,” reports. ̶[...]

February 5th, 2021 - 2:39 pm § in Humor, Misc.

The world is laughing after an English town council’s ZOOM meeting goes off the rails

“Was the Zoom meeting of the century called illegally? Had all participants read and understood the standing orders? And, most importantly, did Jackie Weaver have the authority to kick Handforth parish council’s chairman out of the discussion?” CNN asked. “Those were the ques[...]

February 5th, 2021 - 2:32 pm § in Jews

Germans try 2 ex-Nazis in juvenile courts

At least two people charged with Nazi-era crimes against Holocaust victims are being tried as juveniles in German courts, despite their advanced age, because they were minors when the crimes were committed, CNN reported on Friday, February 5, 2021. Both worked at the Stutthof concentration camp (pho[...]

February 5th, 2021 - 2:01 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Gone Girl: House banishes Greene from committees

“House Democrats on Thursday took the extraordinary step of voting to strip committee assignments from a member of the opposite party, saying Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) had forfeited her right to those seats by endorsing conspiracy theories, racist dogma and violence against Democratic po[...]

February 5th, 2021 - 9:00 am § in Misc.

Where mansions are dirt cheap

Shaker Heights, Ohio, reeks of old money. The city hall (left) and public library (right) look like the former homes of 19th century railroad barons. They’re not, but the town was founded and developed by the Van Sweringen brothers, who controlled several railroads until bankrupted by the 1929[...]