Saturday Night Tunes: Juju

Last time out, we listened to The Lester Young Trio because it had been Lester Young’s birthday earlier in the week (August 27). Wayne Shorter also celebrated his birthday that week, though (on August 25), so here’s something of his to make up for missing his birthday. We’ve already listened to what’s probably Shorter’s best… Continue reading Saturday Night Tunes: Juju

Today in European history: the Great Siege of Malta ends (1565)

The two most famous military orders to come out of the Crusades were the Knights Templar, which was named for its first headquarters on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the Knights Hospitaller, which ran a hospital in Crusader Jerusalem before it diversified into the fighting business. The Templars are easily the more famous of… Continue reading Today in European history: the Great Siege of Malta ends (1565)

When is the AP going to explain its bogus Parchin story?

Remember how a few weeks ago, the AP’s George Jahn reported that he’d seen a draft of the agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency governing site inspections at Iran’s Parchin military base? And how Jahn explained that the draft said Iran would be allowed to do its own site inspections without the… Continue reading When is the AP going to explain its bogus Parchin story?

Congress considers giving the Israelis weapons that they probably don’t even want

Benjamin Netanyahu’s consolation prize for losing his fight against the Iran deal is likely to be a major new outlay of military aid from the US to Israel. But the first bill out of the gate to propose new aid is Ben Cardin’s “Plan B” attempt to scuttle the Iran deal via the back door,… Continue reading Congress considers giving the Israelis weapons that they probably don’t even want

Disaster at the Grand Mosque

At least 87 people (a number that’s likely to rise) are dead and another 180+ injured after a construction crane collapsed and and fell onto Mecca’s Grand Mosque, the holiest site in Islam. The Saudi government is planning to investigate the cause, but it’s very likely that it was weather-related, as Saudi Arabia has been… Continue reading Disaster at the Grand Mosque

Like Obamacare on steroids

As Democrats have accumulated enough votes to defeat, one way or another, a Congressional vote to reject the Iran deal, it’s started to look like the deal might become the foreign policy version of Obamacare, with deal opponents repeatedly trying to pick the deal apart piece by piece in an infinite number of future votes.… Continue reading Like Obamacare on steroids