Now do you believe that Wikileaks is a front for Russian intelligence?
Nothing defined the city of paper more than its bureaucratic fog. On one memorable occasion the vice president of a New York City bank applied for a job in Washington at the Office of Economic Warfare. While he awaited a reply, the agency’s head, Leo Crowley, happened to drop into the same bank and asked its president to recommend someone for the same job. The president suggested the very same vice president who had applied. Crowley hired him on the spot, and the banker moved to Washington. Weeks later he received a letter forwarded to him from New York. It was from the same agency, which rejected his original application on the grounds that he was not qualified for the job. That was painful enough, but on closer inspection the man discovered that he had signed the letter himself.
— Thus Maury Klein, A Call To Arms: Mobilizing America For World War II
Even something as great-sounding as beating swords into plowshares. Timing is critical.
Bethlehem Steel, among other companies, had built a formidable arsenal, but after the [First World War] the government continued to impose heavy taxes on its machinery that had use only in wartime. In desperation Bethlehem offered to give the facilities to the government, which politely declined the offer. Rather than pour more money into unused equipment, Bethlehem brought in gigantic hammers and smashed the machines into scrap iron and steel to sell for whatever it would bring. …
A Call To Arms: Mobilizing America For World War II
The U.S. had no armaments industry to speak of in 1940, the year Hitler conquered France and put Britain on the ropes.
Scott Adams has the best explanation of Trump that I’ve read. Adams has been mostly accurate in his predictions too.
Someone who works for a major city’s department of homeland security recommends everyone having a pack of these.
I don’t expect much of politicians, and yet they never stop finding ways to disappoint:
“Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie all said or suggested they’d support women being required to enroll in Selective Service and be eligible for the draft, since female service members can now serve in combat roles. Cruz was not asked.
“‘It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military,’ Cruz said. ‘I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was: Are you guys nuts?'” (link)
“…and the Alt-Right is Right but Repulsive.”
This is the sort of thing that pops into my head while making a turkey sandwich. I blame the provolone.
Mirror touch synesthesia.
What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers, by Adam Lankford.
John Batchelor interviewed the book author on his radio show:
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