Winning the Peace (Ch. 3) Redux

Past being prologue, it is not likely that either the Department of State or CIA is going to beat back the onslaught of Salafism. The intent here is to provide leadership with a notion of the type of Foreign Area Officer (FAO) required to develop and implement strategy. The current “strategy,” whatever it may be, … Continue reading Winning the Peace (Ch. 3) Redux

By Request, “Introducing… Simon Templar!”

My Inspiration for this post. Greetings ST, 'Ettes, 'Sieurs, and All! His Graciously Unleashedness/Unwokeness has asked yours truly to reflect on his transformation from an "international man of mystery" (IMOM) to an instantly recognizable man of action/raconteur known as: "Simon Templar". Therewith comes a tale. Let me say at the outset that simplicity suits the … Continue reading By Request, “Introducing… Simon Templar!”

Winning the Peace (Ch. 2)

Anyone who believes that we are winning the so called “Global War on Terrorism” has not endured an airport screening lately. Winning the peace would mean that you could board a plane as stress free as you did before 9-11. No, what we see and feel in today’s America is not what peace looks like. … Continue reading Winning the Peace (Ch. 2)

Mis En Seine

My kind  husband woke me at 7 this morning —with coffee!—so I could see our departure from Rouen.  It was pitch dark then; now I’m sitting by our picture window at the stern, watching the heavily wooded banks of the Seine, their white limestone cliffs,  slide by as we head for Les Andelys.(The limestone is … Continue reading Mis En Seine

Caux Conspirators

Caux  (kō, as you know)  is what this region of Normandy is called. We’re in a town called Caudebec, only has about 2500 people, but lots of festively decorated shops and a splendid  Gothic church , which miraculously was spared the German bombs—even its oldest stained glass, which fortunately had been shipped off to Provence … Continue reading Caux Conspirators

Love of Monet

Thick fog on the Seine  last night: twice when I woke it was like being in a plane, I couldn’t see anything outside our windows.  When we woke up we were docked at Vernon.  This town is across the river from Giverny. Monet couldn’t afford the rent in Vernon so he stayed over there. Look … Continue reading Love of Monet

Preface: LtCol S.x MacTemplar -Shadow Warrior

Where to begin? It seems that war is just too big of a topic for Hollywood to handle in 90-110 minutes. Go figure. I know I can’t do it justice in 300-plus pages, either, but it will be more accurate than anything Hollywood can dish up. I suspect what people want from Hollywood is to … Continue reading Preface: LtCol S.x MacTemplar -Shadow Warrior

Deed Man Walking (last of x)

How Say You? All metrics traditionally relevant wouldindicate that HOAs have the power topreserve existing single-family detacheddwelling communities. They represent awealthy, diversified, large and exponentiallyincreasing demographic. Additionally, whilepaying lip service to freedom of use, enjoyment and alienation of real property, decisional law in our commonwealth to dategenerally enforces restrictive covenants.As to the question posed in … Continue reading Deed Man Walking (last of x)

Deed Men Walkin: Back then, individual home ownership was the solution; presently, it is often seen as problem.

But if R-1 zoning is moribund, what aboutresidential “planned communities”? Theyhave an inner redoubt: the declaration ofcovenants, easements and restrictions to The Pennsylvania Lawyer 37 May/June 2022which all owners contractually agree, andthe provisions of which are referenced inevery deed: large lots, one single-familydwelling per lot, no other uses involvinggreater density nor, heaven forfend, anybusiness or … Continue reading Deed Men Walkin: Back then, individual home ownership was the solution; presently, it is often seen as problem.

Deed Men Walkin’ Can HOAs Save Single-Family Dwelling Districts? Part 1 of 3

In Village of Euclid, Ohio v.Ambler Realty Co., 272U.S. 365 (1926), JusticeGeorge Sutherland wrote:“With particular referenceto apartment houses, it ispointed out that the development of detached house sectionsis greatly retarded by the comingof apartment houses, which hassometimes resulted in destroyingthe entire section for privatehouse purposes; that in suchsections the apartment house isa mere parasite constructed … Continue reading Deed Men Walkin’ Can HOAs Save Single-Family Dwelling Districts? Part 1 of 3