Latest Update: Leaked NSA Report Being Read Backwards, Leonid Bershidsky, Oregon Live/Bloomberg
What We Know About The London Terrorist Attacks So Far, Bre Payton, The Federalist
Note: Ramadan 2017 in United States of America began in the evening of Friday, May 26 and ends in the evening of Saturday, June 24.
What You Need To Know About MS-13, Josh Siegel, The Daily Signal
Thank You Kathy Griffin, Bill O’Reilly Staff
Paris Climate Withdrawal Triggers Global Warming Doomsday Cult, Robert Tracinski, The Federalist
The New York Times Just Outed The CIA’s Top Iran Spy, Bre Payton, The Federalist
Ben And Jerry’s Proves Same Sex Marriage Is Not Marriage, Michael Brown, Townhall
DHS Considers Banning Laptops In Carry-Ons On All Foreign Flights, Bart Jansen, USA Today
Common Sense Commentary: Didn’t anyone see Executive Decision? What about a sleeping laptop activated from a cell phone in the airline cabin? Just wondering.
‘The Bachelor’ Is Killing Romance In America, Kareem Abdul-Jabber, Hollywood Reporter
Common Sense Commentary: We know, not exactly politics…but too good to leave out.
Quotes: “So, what’s so wrong with a little harmless entertainment of watching people scramble for “love” like ravenous crabs on a washed up seal corpse?…it can have serious consequences….Toni Morrison writes one of the most profound observations about human culture: “Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another — physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought….Just as some experts blame the porn industry for establishing sexual shenanigans that make millennials feel too inadequate to pursue sex, so this network romance porn may set the bar for falling in love so low that only divorce attorneys and Ashley Madison subscribers can endorse it.”
The Best Explanation Yet On Why We Should…Forget The Paris Accords, Richard Epstein, Ricochet
This Isn’t Watergate, And Intel Leakers Aren’t Deep Throat. They’re Traitors, Matthew Braun, The Federalist
Backers Of Socialism Still In Denial About Venezuela, John Stossel, Reason
Evaluation: Dennis Prager, Some Never Trumpers Are Not Being Obstinate, Luma Simms, The Federalist
Common Sense Commentary: CS starts a new evaluation category in which we evaluate the logic of chosen articles. This piece, as with most ‘Never Trump’ arguments has little or no logic at all…For more, see here.
Bill O’Reilly’s Citizenship Quiz, billoreilly.com
Updated List Of Laws Hilary Clinton Has Potentially Violated, Hannity/Giuliani, Fox News
Israel and the world
Trump/Netanyahu Drift: The Present And Future Of The Two-State Solution, Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post
A Short History Of Israel And The 6 Day War, Steve Kramer, Breaking Israel News
Quote: “Today, the vast majority of Israelis, including the left wing, recognize that the Palestinian Arabs prefer to try to destroy Israel more than to build a State of Palestine. Hence the impasse in peacemaking, though the Western nations never seem to tire of trying to get the Israelis to give the Palestinian Arabs a state which they don’t want.”
Behind The Fight To Destroy ISIS: the United States vs. Iran, Jonathan Spyer, Breaking Israel News
Will The Southern Philippines Be The Next Islamist Caliphate? James Griffiths, CNN
David Harris Jr On Kathy Griffin, Facebook
Response to Manchester Terror: Get ‘Not Nice’, Dana Loesch, Facebook
San Diego’s Lesson: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal
Common Sense Interpretation
Comedy Brief: Rubber Ducky You’re The One, The Daily Shot, Ricochet
Subpoenas On Unmasking, The Transom, Ben Domenech
Did You Order A White Russian? Democrats Continue Nonsense, Mike Huckabee
Key Takeaways From CBO Score On The American Health Care Act, Heritage Foundation/Charisma
Hilary And Her New Excuses For Losing, Mike Huckabee
President Trump Addresses The Arab World + Meanwhile In Iran…, The Daily Shot, Ricochet
Jimmy Kimmel And Our Health Care Conversation, The Transom, Ben Domenech
Quote: “Let’s face it: People like science when it supports their views. I see this every day…Who needs science when you have something mightier—personal experience?…Most of what you read and hear about turns out to be mere associations, and mostly fairly weak ones, at that.”
More Common Sense
Prophecy: See Common Sense Prophecy for multiple predictions – up to 11 years prior to events – that Trump would become U.S. President; Dream Discernment: Discerning The Source of Dreams Is The Most Important Aspect Of Dream Interpretation, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Prophecy
Culture: Millennials Want More From Love Than Hook-ups, Harvard Study Finds, Mariana Barillas, The Federalist; In US Metro Areas: Huge Variation In InterMarriage Rates, Gretchen Livingston, Pew Research
Health/Fitness: How To Pick The Perfect Watermelon, Facebook
Sports: NFL Shortens Overtime: 3 Consequences, Steven Ruiz, USA Today; 10 Things You Should Know About James Hoyt, 30 Year Old Pitching Rookie, Grant Brisbee, sbnation
Music: Cat Steven’s ‘Father and Son’, You Tube; For a better recording and video version, see here ; And today, as Yusuf Islam, 44 years later, see here. Note: ‘Father and Son’ is featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy, Part 2 Soundtrack. Note: Nice to know Yusuf came out in support of peace in Islam, even though CS does not support the rationale of his view. See here.
In the Magic: First Take of ‘Lucy In The Sky’, The Beatles
History: A Bridge Too Far – Due To Incompetence, Misfortune, & Arrogance WWII’s Operation Market Garden Was A Tragedy From The Start, Carlo D’Este, Armchair General
Quote: “[British General] Montgomery’s later claim that 90% of its objectives had been attained was meaningless. The Allies had failed to establish a bridgehead north of the Rhine in what has come to be known as “a bridge too far.” Without that bridgehead Montgomery’s narrow front had died ingloriously….It took until 1960 for [American General and then US President] Eisenhower to privately admit that Market Garden had “miserably failed.” Also see this link, Why Did Operation Market Garden Fail?
Film Review: Wonder Woman, Andrew Barker, Variety
CS Commentary: Nope. Gal Gadot is great in this role, but the movie itself suffers by comparison. Why? The usual reason – millions spent on action sequences and special effects, but not enough time or attention to the story. The movie works better in its first half, than its second. There are moving moments, and women in the audience seemed to love the idea of a heroic female protagonist – but the plot and the characters stumble and there are times I was yawning at the screen. C+ at best. But also see, The New Wonder Woman Is Really A Story About Jesus, The Federalist
Ridley Scott’s Alien Covenant His Worst Film Yet? Matt Battaglia, The Federalist
CS Commentary: Spoilers present so see the film first. Wait – Don’t see the film at all, as Battaglia implies it is a waste of money and time. CS largely agrees with his review, but did we miss something? Prometheus still pre-dates this film, right? And, if that’s the case its not just a man vs. machine plot. Or did something get by us while we snoozed off during this mis-aimed prequel-sequel? Scott’s a great director and should spend his time in his senior years on better material.
TV: The Final Season Of ‘Bloodline’ On Netflix, Hilary Lewis, Hollywood Reporter; Also see, ‘Bloodline’ Exposes The Tortures Of Family Secrets, Seaborn Hall, The Federalist
Common Sense Commentary: The third season of ‘Bloodline’ continues the mess of the second season: a great premise and a stellar cast, wrapped up in the prison of mediocre writing. Long pregnant silences, muddled indecisive characters and storylines, and the disappearance of a major character that through the first four episodes, at least, is barely explained and that the audience has no time to grieve. Here’s hoping House of Cards (due May 30) continues to satisfy because there is little joy in the current Spring/Summer TV season. ‘Bloodline’ has become a pathetic group of main characters in search of a reason to be on screen. The third and last season goes out with a ‘bang’ all right – its the sound of the show killing itself.
Books: Book Review: Pat Buchanan’s White House Battles, James Rosen, The National Interest
Quotes of the Month:
“Poverty is the lack of many things, but avarice is the lack of all things.” — Publilius Syrus
“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.” – Mother Teresa