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Mary Leverett

Mary Leverett served honorably in the USMC, and in the U.S. Naval Reserve {Desert Shield/Desert Storm vet}, spent 9 years as a federal civil servant, & now lives in the Houston area with her husband.


Welcome Back, Carter: 1979 Redux During the Crisis in Egypt

2011 February 1

Jimmy Carter, in his ongoing quest for relevance, is calling for President Mubarak to step down, much the same way he contributed to the downfall of the Shah of Iran. Those of us old enough to remember what happened when Khomeini returned to Iran to lead the Islamic revolution do NOT look forward to a repeat of that disaster. 444 days of captivity, and the loss of U.S. military personnel in the poorly planned and executed ‘rescue attempt’ 172 days into the hostage situation that was hamstrung from the White House on down. Carter’s weakness, dithering, and overall ineptitude in the face of this attack on the U.S. caused harm that America is STILL paying the price for to this day. read more…

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Unintended Consequences, Anyone? Initial Thoughts on the State of the Union Address

2011 January 26

Remember when No Child Left Behind had most social engineers all atwitter?

It seems that Øbama is intent on denigrating and disparaging ANY positive or pseudo-positive efforts by the Bush administration. During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, he announced plans to “replace No Child Left Behind with a law that is more flexible and focused on what’s best for our kids.”  The law would be modeled after his “Race to the Top” initiative.  But both Race to the Top and NCLB fail to take into account the glorious differences in abilities that make up our crazy quilt of an American population.

These programs would work well, were all children cut from the same pattern. But each individual has differing levels of competency in various areas. Do we really want Jenny Cheerleader pursuing a medical career, despite abysmal grades in math & the sciences, because she thinks it would be “kewl”? Do we want Tom Running Back pursuing an accounting degree, when he failed business math in high school? Not saying the kids couldn’t overcome their shortcomings, but wouldn’t the monies for their educations be better spent were Jenny to focus on interior design, and Tom on construction? read more…

Of Sticky Wickets and Old Harlots: The Hypocrisy of The New York Times

2010 December 6

James Delingpole hits a home run (or would that be a “run” or “wicket” using cricket terms?) in “Wikileaks: Old Gray Lady invokes the harlot’s prerogative.” He exposes the arrant hypocrisy of the New York Times, though why anyone who was alive in the early 70s would be surprised in inconceivable; the Times, after all, “broke” the Pentagon Papers.

I think it’s important that we should “belabor” the point by remembering a few more occasions where the New York Times has been happy to sacrifice principle in order to get across the “correct” political message: read more…

Hot Post: Women Can’t Fight?

2010 December 5

Originally published on December 1, 2010

Tracy Clark-Flory’s Salon piece, “Do women undermine the brotherhood of war?”, questions the British policy of precluding women serving in front-line roles. She cites a recent Ministry of Defense review that concludes:

[W]omen should be excluded from such roles because their presence might undermine “group cohesion,” leading to “far-reaching and grave consequences.”

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Women Can’t Fight?

2010 December 1

Tracy Clark-Flory’s Salon piece, “Do women undermine the brotherhood of war?”, questions the British policy of precluding women serving in front-line roles. She cites a recent Ministry of Defense review that concludes:

[W]omen should be excluded from such roles because their presence might undermine “group cohesion,” leading to “far-reaching and grave consequences.”

read more…

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Hot Post: Barbara Boxer Steps in it … Again!

2010 November 28

Originally published on November 24, 2010

In the world most people inhabit, someone of Senator Barbara Boxer’s status would laugh themselves silly at the idea that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is remotely comparable to Saudi Arabia’s beheading of gays, or Iran’s hanging of gays, or Pakistan’s stoning of gays, or North Korea’s rejection of the “popular gay culture in the West, which many perceive to embrace consumerism, classism and promiscuity.”  That’s not how things work in Barbara Boxer’s world: read more…

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Barbara Boxer Steps in it … Again!

2010 November 24

In the world most people inhabit, someone of Senator Barbara Boxer’s status would laugh themselves silly at the idea that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is remotely comparable to Saudi Arabia’s beheading of gays, or Iran’s hanging of gays, or Pakistan’s stoning of gays, or North Korea’s rejection of the “popular gay culture in the West, which many perceive to embrace consumerism, classism and promiscuity.”  That’s not how things work in Barbara Boxer’s world: read more…

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