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The English proverb "No smoke without some fire" was first found in Ray's Proverbs published in 1670 meaning "there is no strong rumor without some ground for it." But when you're looking at the smoke, the rumor, you're not looking at the fire, the truth. We’ve had forty days of nonsensical speculation about Kim Jong Un just because the DPRK media reported no field guidance from the DPRK’s dear leader. During this time there has been plenty of news from the Koreas–for example on October 07, 2014, off the west coast of the ROK, a DPRK patrol boat crossed into ROK territory. The ROK ship fired on the intruding ship, and the DPRK boat retreated. Three days later ROK ad DPRK forces exchanged gunfire across the DMZ. Once again the DPRK forces stopped shooting after the ROK retaliated to DPRK provocation. Leon Panetta also made the news by writing that the US war plans against the DPRK involve the use of first strike nuclear weapons should communist forces pour across the demilitarized zone (DMZ), dividing the DPRK and the ROK. But even more interesting was a story which is not directly related to the DPRK. Last week a ROK Coast Guard sailor shot and killed a PRC fishing boat captain when the ROK Coast Guard was capturing the the fishing boat which was illegally in ROK waters. The PRC downplayed the incident–the PRC did not cancel the visit of Rep. Kim Moo-sung, Chairman of the ruling Saenuri Party. Rep. Moon met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This was a full state visit. From press reports it looks like the fishing boat incident did not even come up. How different this is from the way the PRC brought the DPRK to heel after it had seized another PRC fishing boat, and demanded a ransom for its return. The DPRK increasingly irrelevant in the Far East.
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Umm: Where is Kim Jong Un?

Beyond Category Wrote: Oct 11, 2014 10:23 AM
Well if Mr Dorerty had cared to read Nightwatch (available at Townhall) he would have read "On 10 October, North Korea celebrated Party Foundation Day in honor of the 69th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea. State media reported that Kim Jong Un visited Kumsusan Palace at midnight on 10 October with senior military officials." No photos were released. The visit was not "public." This was the first report of Kim's activities since August 31, 2014. It is significant that Kim showed up with "senior military officials" not party officials to an ad hoc event celebrating "Party Foundation Day" which honors of anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea. Does anyone still doubt that the Korean Military calls the shots in the DPRK?
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Our Judicial Dictatorship

Beyond Category Wrote: Oct 10, 2014 8:55 AM
The second Jefferson quote is from a letter to Judge Spencer Roane, dated September 6, 1819.
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Our Judicial Dictatorship

Beyond Category Wrote: Oct 10, 2014 8:51 AM
Buchanan quotes Jefferson's letter to William Charles Jarvis dated September 28, 1820.
In a letter written in 1826 Thomas Jefferson complained to James Madison about the growing Toryism [what is now called laisser-faire jurisprudence] the of American law and government. "You will recollect that before the revolution, Coke Littleton was the universal elementary book of law students, and a sounder whig never wrote, nor of profounder learning in the orthodox doctrines of the British constitution, or in what were called English liberties. You remember also that our lawyers were then all whigs. But when his black-letter text, and uncouth but cunning learning got out of fashion, and the honied Mansfieldism of Blackstone became the student’s hornbook, from that moment, that profession (the nursery of our Congress) began to slide into toryism, and nearly all the young brood of lawyers now are of that hue. They suppose themselves, indeed, to be whigs, because they no longer know what whigism or republicanism means."
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Teacher Indoctrination

Beyond Category Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 9:55 AM
We should not think that this dereliction is new. Adam Smith wrote in his Wealth of Nations about teachers. "If the authority to which he is subject resides in the body corporate, the college, or university, of which he himself is a member, and in which the greater part of the other members are, like himself, persons who either are, or ought to be teachers; they are likely to make a common cause, to be all very indulgent to one another, and every man to consent that his neighbor may neglect his duty, provided he himself is allowed to neglect his own. In the university of Oxford, the greater part of the public professors have, for these many years, given up altogether even the pretense of teaching.
There is no Constitutional bar to a person holding two offices in two different branches of the Federal government. In February 1801 John Marshall was Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. And if we go back to colonial times, in the 1750's a Governor of Rhodes Island was elected its state's Supreme Court.
Buchanan quotes from Jefferson's letter to Horatio Spafford dated March 17, 1814. In the same letter Jefferson rails against priests and lawyers.
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Mob Rule Economics

Beyond Category Wrote: Sep 13, 2014 8:11 PM
William Blackstone in his Commentaries cites two early laws Stat II Eliz. 5. and 6 Geo III 26 where the justices at sessions, or the sheriffs of the county were empowed to settle the wages of persons who were compelled to work because they had no visible effects. This is probably the first time that the English Government set wages between private parties. In 1790's Edmund Burke wrote against subsidizing farming in years of bad harvests. In 1795 the magistrates of Berkshire, a county adjacent to Burke’s Buckinghamshire, met in the Pelican Inn in Speenhamland, and adopted a scheme to ensure laborers a living wage. A minimum wage was fixed, which varied with the price of corn; if the wages actually paid fell below that, they would be supplemented from the poor rates.
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War -- Past, Present and Future

Beyond Category Wrote: Sep 03, 2014 6:50 PM
Let the record show that Germany and the Soviet Union were allies from August 23, 1939. Both powers connived the destruction of Poland. Germany and the Soviet Union were allies until June 21, 1941. Japan and the Soviet Union were neutral powers until August 9, 1945 when the Soviets declared war.
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