Munich II?

James Jay Carafano on the recent P5 + 1 agreement with Iran:

The saddest part of this negotiated fiasco is that everyone agrees why Iran came to the bargaining table. The sanctions worked; the mullahs had run out of cash, and Tehran determined that the easiest way to get the funds flowing was to get the West to back off.

This is where the realists and the idealists part company. Realists knew that the sanctions were good for only one purpose: to weaken the regime to the point where it would collapse or be overthrown. They crossed their fingers, hoping that would happen before Tehran got a nuke it could turn on the West. Regime change remains the only realistic option to bombing or bearing the danger of living with a nuclear-armed Iran.

Idealists, on the other hand, held that sanctions were the magic button for getting the Iranians to be reasonable. Once Tehran started on the path to accommodating the West (they theorized), the mullahs would realize that the benefits of collaboration and transparency outweighed the burdens of isolation and confrontation.

We have these guys in a vise, and we need to keep squeezing until the threat is gone.


Math haters

From Soulseeds:

A schoolteacher was arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a plane while in possession of a ruler, a protracter, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, United States Attorney General, said he believed the man was a member of the notorious gang Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who was charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

“Al-gebra is a problem for us.” he said. “They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value.

“They use secret code names like”x” and “y” and refer to themselves as ‘unknowns’, but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with co-ordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say ” There are three sides to every triangle’”. When asked to comment on the arrest, the American President said ‘” If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes.” algebra-21

Royal portrait

Four years ago the Queen of Denmark commissioned a family portrait. The result, by Thomas Kluge, is called Kongehuset. Rather than a royal portrait, however, the painting resembles a collage of characters from a Dean Koontz novel.

Particularly creepy are the children, including Prince Christian in the forefront, rendered in a Damien sort of way. Princess Isabelle seems to be twisting the head off her dolly. The Danish royal family may be aware that the portrait is a bit unusual:

The official website of the Danish Royal Collection takes pains to explain that Kluge’s work is “a kind of magic realism,” and that this painting in particular reveals almost an alternate universe where “the precise depiction of humans … challenges the interpretations of the spectator, as they encompass something other and deeper than immediate, accurate likeness.”


Matt Flynn back on the field in a Packers uniform

I have always had a place in my heart for Matt Flynn, the LSU quarterback on the 2007-08 national championship team. He did well as Aaron Rogers’ backup at Green Bay. Then came the unsuccessful move to Seattle, and the disastrous turn in Oakland. Now back in Green Bay due to a Rogers injury, he played most of the second half today in a 26-26 tie with the Minnesota Vikings. Matt was 21-36 for 218 yards and one touchdown.

I wish Matt Flynn every success in the NFL or in anything else that he does. Perhaps it will be as a reliable backup in green and gold.