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  2. Mises Institute Just War Theory and the US Attack on Syria 3 HOURS AGO David Gordon On April 13, the United States launched a missile attack on Syria, in response to an alleged chemical attack using chlorine gas by the Syrian government on the town of Douma, Was this attack justified? One way to answer this question appeals to the “just war” tradition, developed by Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, and further refined by Vitoria, Suarez, Hugo Grotius, and other thinkers. The criteria for a just war are stringent, and the missile attack violates a number of them. So stringent are the criteria that one authority, Charles Journet, said "if the definition of just war provided by Saint Thomas Aquinas . . . is taken seriously, one probably can count the number of actual and completely just wars on one's fingers." Probably the central one of these criteria is that act of war must right a wrong. Nations generally go to war because it is in their interest to do so, where “interest” is understood as an effort to increase one’s power and influence; but this is not the way the just war tradition views the matter. Here the wrong would be the chemical attack; but this raises a problem.
  3. Char Siu Ribs Recipe Everybody loves Chinese restaurant "BBQ" ribs. They have a distinct pork flavor, a glossy sheen that implies the sweet glaze beneath, and a glowing red-pink color that penetrates the surface. Here's a simple recipe for making Chinatown char siu ribs at home on your grill or in the oven featuring a flavorful marinade. Serves. 4 Takes. 20 minutes to make the marinade, 1 to 12 hours to marinate, and 3 hours to cook. Ingredients The Meat Ribs: 2 slabs of baby back ribs, cut into individual bones or Pork: 4 pounds pork loin cut into strips across the grain, about 1" wide, 2" tall The Marinade 1/2 cup hoisin sauce 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup brandy (or dark rum or bourbon) 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil 2 tablespoons hot sauce such as Tabasco 1 tablespoons ground/powdered ginger 1 tablespoons ground/powdered onion 1/2 tablespoon ground/powdered garlic 1/2 tablespoon five spice powder 1 teaspoon red food coloring About the ribs. Many Chinese restaurants use spareribs that are chopped into 3-4" riblets with a cleaver. If you want, your butcher can make you riblets with her band saw. If not, you can do them whole. I like baby backs for this recipe because they are meathier on top of the bone. About the Chinese ingredients. There are no substitutes for hoisin sauce, five spice powder, or sesame oil. They are responsible for most of what we think of as the flavor of Chinese and Asian-inspired food in the US. Five spice powder is easy to make at home (click the link above for my recipe), but the others are not easily made. Click on the links for more info on these ingredients. If you have trouble finding them in your grocery store, try About the hot sauce. If you have an Asian-style chili sauce you can use it, but any old hot sauce will work fine in this marinade since it provides more heat than flavor. The recipe above produces mild heat. Add more if you love pain. About the food coloring. Food coloring is necessary for the authentic color. I am told by readers that you can substitute beet root powder for the red food coloring or fermented bean red curd, but I've never tried them. There is very little used in this recipe and most is discarded with the unused marinade. There are natural food colorings made from achiote and its seeds annato, or cochineal (a.k.a. carmine), an insect. If you want to leave it out, the food will still be great, but it won't have the traditional festive color. Serve with. The classic accompaniments are Chinese beer or jasmine tea. If you can find it, try hibiscus tea or Pinot Grigio from Oregon (most of the California Pinot Grigios are borrrrring). Optional. After about 2 1/2 hours, paint the meat with a glaze of honey and roast an additional 30 minutes Garnish. Sprinkle sesame seeds, orange zest, and/or chopped chives or chopped green onions. Method 1) Mix the marinade thoroughly in a bowl. Don't skip the booze. It helps penetrate, and even if you're a teetotaler, don't worry, there isn't any measurable alcohol in the meat. Yes, I know alcohol can dry meat out, but I just think it works well in this case. If you must skip it, substitute apple juice or water. You can substitute fresh ginger and garlic for powdered ginger and garlic if you wish. 2) Marinate the meat for 1 to 2 hours in a metal bowl or zipper bags. Discard the used marinade. It is contaminated with meat juice. Don't marinate in a plastic bowl if you use the food coloring. It might stain. 3) As much as I am a fan of outdoor cooking, this meat also tastes great cooked in an indoor oven. Either way, heat your cooker or oven to about 225°F in the idirect zone. If you are grilling, set up in a 2-zone or Indirect system. Make sure the meat is not directly over the flame on a grill. Indoors, put a pan of water with a rack on top of it under the meat. This is important or drippings will burn in the pan. Roast ribs for about 3 hours, loin strips for about 1 1/2 hours. If you grill, skip the smoking wood. I think it is cleaner and brighter sans lumber.
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  7. The Daily Wire Hank Berrien April 24, 2018 On Monday, before Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Great Britain removed the ventilator from two-year-old Alfie Evans at 9:17 p.m., the Italian Embassy in London issued a warning to the hospital, seeing as Italy had granted the child citizenship on Monday so that he would be allowed to leave the U.K. and seek treatment. Tom Evans, the toddler’s father, wrote on Facebook: “Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship. Alfie belongs to Italy.” (Snip) As The Daily Wire reported on Monday, “Alder Hey Children's Hospital claims it's not in the boy's ‘best interests to stay on a ventilator and maintains that further treatment is futile.’ The boy's parents, alternatively, wish to continue to fight for their baby's life.” The Christian Legal Centre, which represents Alfie's parents, stated: "The Italian ambassador has urgently contacted the court with a request for the Italian government to be allowed to intervene in the case and seek the return of their citizen Alfie Evans to Italy." Midday on Monday, Pope Francis tweeted: (Snip) Alfie’s father Tom tweeted after the removal of the ventilator, "He's been sustaining his own life since 17 minutes past nine. We just need him oxygenated and they are denying us to do that. So, if anyone has any ideas or if anyone can help, feel free. Alfie is still here fighting." ______________________________________________________________________________ ......
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  9. Rand Paul, one of the world's most annoying men.
  10. Tim, God Bless Ya, But It's Over...Go Do Something Else Otherwise You'll Just Be Making A Fool Of Yourself.
  11. Just when I think.....Turns out I'm wrong. Just in case you were wondering 215 HUB-Robeson Center University Park, PA 16802 Phone: 814-863-8065 Email: You might inform them that this planet is a very dangerous place.
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  13. Dear Runt Rand Paul The Iraq war was not a mistake! What was a mistake was people like you and Daddy Dufus and your friends on the Left that caused us to pull out snitching defeat from the jaws of victory. /Iraq war rant #812,885
  14. Alek Minassian’s Social Media: What’s Known So Far Effie Orfanides Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 8:32pm Police in Toronto, Canada, have identified Alek Minassian, 25, as the driver of a rented Ryder van that rammed into a crowd of people on Monday, April 23. The vehicle was traveling at an accelerated speed when it jumped a curb and hit “everything in [its] path.” During a press conference held this evening, authorities confirmed that 10 people have died and 15 were injured. Minassian fled the scene but was taken into police custody a short while later. When police approached him, he appeared to have a gun in his hand. Although a motive is unclear at this time, officials believe that this was a deliberate act and not an accident. (Snip) _______________________________________________________________________ FYI comment on Gateway Pundit AntoniaW Dee Plorable • 27 minutes ago The name is Armenian. Most Armenians are Christian.
  15. Politico Mike Pompeo won a favorable vote Monday from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after Sen. Rand Paul flipped to endorse him, paving an unexpectedly easy path for the CIA director to win confirmation as secretary of state as soon as this week. Pompeo appeared all but guaranteed to draw an unfavorable recommendation from the committee, with Paul firmly opposed, until the Kentucky Republican opted to vote ‘yes‘ after getting a personal appeal from President Donald Trump. Had Paul not changed his stance, Pompeo was on track to become only the third nominee in two decades to get a negative report in committee — and likely the first in that time to win a vote in the full Senate. Paul said his surprising turnabout on Pompeo came after multiple conversations with Trump and after getting what he described as "assurances" that the hawkish nominee sees the war in Iraq as "a mistake" and wants to wind down the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. "President Trump believes that Iraq was a mistake, that regime change has destabilized the region, and that we must end our involvement with Afghanistan," Paul said in a statement. "Having received assurances from President Trump and Director Pompeo that he agrees with the president on these important issues, I have decided to support his nomination to be our next Secretary of State." Trump praised Paul after the libertarian's change of heart on Pompeo, according to a pool report, saying that Paul "never let me down." ________ The deciding vote?
  16. The Blaze A leading congressional Democrat has called for the resignation of his party’s leadership if Democrats do not manage to take back House seats in this year’s midterm elections. “If we’re still in the minority, all of us have got to go,” said Rep. James Clyburn (D- S.C.) in an interview with Politico. Clyburn added that his party needs to have a “real assessment” of its leadership, whether they win or lose in November. He made the comments at an annual fish fry he hosted on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina. Over the years Clyburn’s fish fry has morphed into what is now considered an important event for Democrats. Clyburn, 77, is the assistant minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and the highest ranking African-American member of Congress. He has been the third-highest ranking Democrat in the House since 2006. ________ Past their expiration date.
  17. Bloomberg French President Emmanuel Macron lands in Washington Monday aiming to use his rapport with Donald Trump to take the edge off the latter’s “America First” foreign policy, for Europe at least. As 40-year-old Macron arrives for the first state visit of Trump’s presidency, the U.S. leader is threatening to upend the global trading system with tariffs on China, maybe Europe too, and to ditch the Iran nuclear accord, a key plank of western policy for containing military tensions in the Middle East. Macron has been building bridges with Trump for a year. Now he’s looking for something in return. “Both of us are probably mavericks,” the French president said in a Fox News interview taped in Paris on Friday and broadcast Sunday. “We have a very special relationship.” ________ A meeting of maverick minds?
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  19. Power Line Steven Hayward April 23 2018 Wait—yesterday was Earth Day! I must have yawned right through it. Like most Americans, if you go by the surveys showing increasing public indifference toward environmentalism. I used to make a big deal out of Earth Day, pointing out for years that the data in rich countries showed an almost unbroken record of significant environmental improvement is just about every major category. This would send environmentalists into howls of outrage, because good news is bad news for Crisis Entrepreneurs.TM A good example of the broken (plastic!) record of environmentalism comes to us this morning courtesy of the usually half-sober folks at Nature magazine: (Snip) But perhaps my favorite effort at the moment is the posthumously published book just out from Hans Rosling, Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. Rosling, who passed away last year at the too early age of 68, was called “the Jedi master of data” for his inventive ways of explaining trends. He founded the indispensable website called Gapminder (check it out—it makes data analysis fun!) A main reason for doing the book is that Rosling notes that even world leaders labor under huge misconceptions about the true state of humanity. “And this leads to terrible decisions. . . How is it possible that so many people are getting so many things so wrong?” This five-minute video shows his kids explaining the project, and includes a couple of short explanations from the late Hans Rosling: (Snip) ____________________________________________________________________________________________ What can I say. In the 2,000 years of recorded history this 2018 is The Best Time To Be Living Gapminder
  20. CNN By Eric Levenson and Julia Jones, CNN Updated 4:31 PM ET, Mon April 23, 2018 The driver of a white van collided with multiple pedestrians on a busy street north of downtown Toronto Canada's Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said there are some casualties from the collisions, but didn't offer details. The suspected driver was in custody and the van has been located, Toronto Police media representative Gary Long said. A law enforcement official briefed on the situation in Toronto tells CNN the incident is believed to be deliberate. (Snip) ____________________________________________________________________________________
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  22. Patterico 4/22/2018 The Conspiracy Theories About Comey’s Dossier Briefing Are Absurd Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:30 am The latest conspiracy theories about Trump and the pee tape really are ridiculous. Jonathan Chait has an excellent piece in New York Magazine debunking those conspiracy theories with surgical precision. If you are the sort that cannot distinguish facts and logic from the person offering them, stop reading now. You’ve already heard all you need to know. If facts and logic matter to you, read on. Hemingway’s conspiracy theory is that Comey’s informing Trump about the dossier was an operation intended to give CNN a news hook to report on it. Chait dismantles this nonsense in a few sentences, pointing out that plenty of news hooks already existed: If you read the CNN report on the dossier that Hemingway describes, though, literally the first sentence describes the fact that President Obama was briefed on the dossier before Trump was told about it: “Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.” And then,
  23. American Greatness Trump is Guilty of Obstructing . . . the Bureaucracy! By Angelo Codevilla| April 22nd, 2018 The charge that Donald Trump “colluded” with Russia to steal the 2016 election was never serious. The Democratic National Committee’s civil suit in that regard makes the unseriousness transparent. “Obstruction of justice” is the charge Democrats want to use to remove him from office. And in fact, Trump’s campaign, his election, and presidency, have done a lot of obstruction. He has thwarted longstanding bureaucratic policies and has fired bureaucrats. Whether that has obstructed justice or favored it depends on the meaning of “justice.” The following explains the “justice” that the Democratic Party and its ruling class retinue correctly accuse Donald Trump of obstructing. Their justice, however, is contrary to the one embodied in the U.S. Constitution; never mind Plato’s classic sense of justice on which America’s founders relied. This classical notion of justice begins with guarding that which rightly belongs to each, and is founded on a political order that reflects the proper order of souls.
  24. Why President Trump Should Recognize The Armenian Genocide Despite the passage of a century, the Turkish government seems to have grown more resistant to hearing that its Ottoman forebears had anything to do with the mass killings of Armenians. By Stella Morabito APRIL 23, 2018 If President Trump recognizes the Armenian genocide by specifically using the word “genocide” in his April 24 proclamation, he would send a strong signal to the world that America is unequivocally on the side of historical truth and the protection of innocent life. He would be only the second president, after Ronald Reagan, to do so boldly and officially. Every year on April 24 there are memorial services, marches, and media reminders of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. The beginning of the massacres is marked on that date in 1915, when hundreds of Armenian community leaders, merchants, and intellectuals were rounded up and killed in Constantinople. That horrific incident was followed by the sorts of activities you’d expect of a government intent on mass slaughter of an ethnic group: propaganda campaigns intended to vilify Armenians in the eyes of their Turkish neighbors; conscription of all Armenian men ages 20-45 to deprive their families of their protection; gun confiscation programs;
  25. Chronicle Magazine Taiwan, China, and Unnecessary War By Ted Galen Carpenter - APRIL 05, 2018 While America’s attention remains focused on the North Korea crisis, another dangerous East Asia confrontation has re-emerged. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is taking new steps to intimidate Taiwan and force the island’s leaders to move toward political reunification with the mainland. The latest measures aim to make it clear to Taiwanese officials and the general population that any hopes they might have to perpetuate Taiwan’s de factoindependence, much less achieve formal, internationally recognized independence, are doomed. Evidence of the PRC’s increasing impatience and belligerence exists on multiple fronts. Over the past two years, the Chinese government has resumed its efforts to cajole or bribe the small number of nations that still maintain diplomatic relations with Taipei to switch ties to Beijing. Warnings that China will use force if necessary to prevent any “separatist” initiatives by Taiwan have become more insistent, if not downright strident. Finally, there has been a sharp increase in the number and scope of provocative PRC military exercises in the Taiwan Strait and other nearby waters.
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