Watching events unfold in Iraq this year has been like viewing a slow-motion train wreck. Tribal leaders have been warning since spring about the rise of the terrorist Islamic State and pleading for American help.
But after months of slaughter, the U.S. is only now beginning to build an effective tribal-assistance program
"Obama’s unpopularity among troops comes with sinking support for and trust in both major political parties. Nearly half of the active duty service members surveyed said they believe both the Republican and Democratic parties have become less supportive of military issues."
professor for those wanting a Marixist view of the Constitution, he tops out there as far as capability. He is not and does not have the learning ability to be a leader.
Great article. Confirms my impression of the state of things.
A slightly different take on what to quote:
"Ho hum. Another year, another slew of open source announcements that prove the once-maligned development methodology is now so mainstream as to be tedious. Running most of the world’s most powerful supercomputers? Been there, done that. Giving retailers the ability to deliver highly customized paper coupons to consumers based on warehouse inventory nearby? So 2013!
"And yet in 2014 we had a few events in open source that managed to surprise us, and suggest an even brighter future.
"The dog that didn’t bark
"The biggest open source news of 2014 actually isn’t. News, that is. As Red Hat storage executive Neil Levine opines, the “dog that didn't bark” in 2014 was the fact that "no major enterprise platform launched this year that wasn't built with [open source software]".
"In fact, as Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson declares: “No dominant platform-level software infrastructure has emerged in the last ten years in closed-source, proprietary form.” Even proprietary platforms such as Amazon Web Services are built almost entirely from open source components."
Twenty years ago, I was just becoming aware of Open Source as a movement. I didn't think it would take this long for it to take over the industry. I didn't reckon with Microsoft's resistance to progress. But in the end, the best product usually wins.
Noble Crust is opening a pilot restaurant near where CFury thinks I live. Italian cooking style applied to southern American vegetables. Make a note.
For liberals, these are bleak times of hollow victories (Obamacare).
The liberal rout at the level of state and local politics points to a widespread reaction to liberal ideas and the country as a whole is drifting to the right.
The Obama Admin may represent "Peak Left" and a mixture of bewilderment and angers what we are getting from the left these days as it realizes this is as good as it gets and that successful candidates are likely to come from the right for the foreseeable future.
Walter Russell Mead
I think everyone knows the worst is over with Obama, now that h is a lame duck.
He has gotten by so long because all those not really engaged WANTED to like him. It was only a minority paying attention that knew he was a no good lying scoundrel.
One of many ways Microsoft has acted to stifle innovation in computing. I'd guess Microsoft has set the industry back twenty or so years.
furhead, what part of "both more expensive and less efficient: do you not understand. ?
The reason we are the greatest nation ever, is not because we followed failed nations down the eventual rabbit hole.
Stooge Hawcreek ... I guess with your Frantic Post ... your 1 Defective Neuron was ruffled.
Now ... If Jeb Bush was so good making money from Obamacare ... and was has been a DIRECTOR since 2007 ... and that company supported President Obama's Affordable Care Act ... why would Jeb Bush Resign from it ?
What Is He Hiding ? Yes, His Preference for Non-Citizens to take away work from Americans.
Supported Illegal Alien Immigration.
Supports More H1B Visa people.
"Bush, who recently announced on Facebook that he has "decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States," is a strong advocate for raising the H-1B cap, much like his brother, former President George W. Bush."
"He Gets No Vote From Me..."
"Don't look now, but President Barack Obama has been inching up in the polls, tying Reagan for this juncture in his presidency. Several polls have him inching up to nearly 50 percent approval rating after a rough 2014."
"President George W. Bush at 37 percent at this time in his presidency."
And a bit more......
Embracing the “cancer”
No, that distinction goes to Microsoft’s open sourcing of .Net. While many (rightly) complain that the move comes 10 years too late, as does Python expert Matt Harrison, it’s also the case that the move constitutes “a paradigm shift for a goliath of a company and its perception in [the] industry,” as Twitter open-source chief Chris Aniszczyk insists.
This is, after all, the company that declared open source a “cancer” and its poster-child, Linux, “un-American” just over a decade ago. It’s the same company that has studiously avoided tainting itself with open source, creating a separate subsidiary, Microsoft Open Technologies, to handle the ebb and flow of open source into and out of the software behemoth.
Sentiment: Strong Sell