In the filthy Syrian conflict, the Obama Administration ‘red line’ drawn has been declared crossed, and now there’s hell to pay. Sarin deployed by the government forces against civilians (Russian skepticism aside) has stirred the international community to encourage America to play the good cop, and selectively hammer Syrian military targets for a bit. Teach these dirty, nerve agent spewing Arab bastards a lesson, right?… [Read more]
Immigration into the United States is a difficult process, yet it’s a process through which so many individuals spend years of their life and much of their money working through. Various levels of the US government have taken different stances on immigration in terms of where immigrants should come from, whether or not the nation should allow skilled versus unskilled workers, and how much immigration there should be.… [Read more]
All of us are on edge right now as we wait to hear from Congress on the prospect of a US move against Syria. The rest of the world is feeling pretty pensive, too; take for example everything we’ve been hearing about Russia and Iran’s stance on the matter.
We’ve also gotten word from Great Britain that they will not be backing us on any potential military strikes into that quagmire.… [Read more]
Former National Security Agency (NSA) computer contractor, and whistleblower du jour, Edward Snowden left Hong Kong on June 23 for Moscow. He is now seeking political asylum in either Iceland, Ecuador or Venezuela. Snowden has been charged with three felonies by the U.S. Department Of Justice after leaking NSA documents to two newspapers. The reports outline the agency’s daily collection of the phone records of American citizens.… [Read more]
The nice part of being a second-term President is you never have to worry about being elected again. The tired, lame refrains of the birthers and impeachers aside, a bulletproof President Obama is using part of his second term to lead in reducing the staggering cost of a law school education. Enter the bully pulpit.
We’re not talking about Texas Gov.… [Read more]
The world may not be run by politicians, but rather by a select group of wealthy and powerful individuals who meet in quasi-secret. Are you aware that a little known society meets every year to make decisions on economic and energy policy, social policy and even an individual country’s foreign policy — decisions that affect everyone?… [Read more]
“Intelligence saves blood and treasure.” William J. Casey, former CIA Director.
Army Private FIrst Class Bradley Manning is a bad joke. Unfortunately, the joke is on him.
A long time ago, I was a serving naval officer, and subject to the same non-disclosure restraints as Manning was convicted of violating.
Technology has changed how information is collected, analyzed, promulgated, and stolen. … [Read more]
Well, well, well…look here, y’all!. The Justice Department is fired up and ready to go. Breaking news is that the Justice Department has officially announced that it will file suit against the state of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State, and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety over the State’s strict voter photo identification law (SB 14).… [Read more]
Today is a big day in the world of higher education; during a bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania, President Obama will be revealing a broad plan for rating colleges based, among other factors, on the affordability of the institution. After seeing the cost of a college education far outpace inflation — and costs more than triple over the past three decades, the President’s goal is to link the affordability rating to federal financial aid awards.… [Read more]
Illegal Immigration is one of the most debated topics around the country. While Congress is on vacation the process of passing an immigration reform bill appears to have come to a halt but the 113th Congress cannot continue indefinitely to avoid the subject given that the Senate passed its own version of the bill prior to the recess.… [Read more]
David Corn, the prescient pundit at Mother Jones has dubbed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as the “GOP Establishment Candidate for 2016.” We love Mr. Corn and have no reason to doubt his instincts. And, yes. If the Republican Party has any hope of winning the White House in a battle against Hillary Clinton in three years, Gov.… [Read more]
Earlier this week I had a conversation with a friend, a very conservative Republican, about the Stop and Frisk ruling. His comment to me was “I can’t understand how you and other liberals can applaud the ruling. Don’t you realize that you have condemned the youth you supposedly support to an uncertain future? Don’t you realize how many African-American and Latino youth are going to be killed because this ruling handcuffs the police and does not allow them to do their job?”
I’ve known this person for years and would be one of the first to say that he doesn’t have racist bone in his body.… [Read more]
I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment
I could be you
Yes, I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
You’d know what a drag it is
To see you.
A friend of mine told me that when she was on a dating website, conservative Republican men would contact her despite the note in her profile that she was a liberal thinker who isn’t interested in a Mary Matlin, James Carville type of relationship.… [Read more]
In June, after more than four years as president, President Obama finally proposed a climate action plan for America. True to form, the president gave an eloquent speech, with strong words for those still in denial about the severity of the crisis we face: “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”
Unfortunately for all of us, the blueprint he presented is more PR than plan, and has zero chance of stabilizing the climate.… [Read more]
As a Basset Hound rescue volunteer for several years, veterinarians had a special place in my world. At least once, I recall blurting out in frustration with a specialist physician, “I’d rather see my veterinarian.” There is little surprise that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wasn’t quite smart enough for vet school dreams. It appears, however, that my admiration for the profession has limits, namely upon reaching Congress.… [Read more]
This week hundreds of thousands of public school children all over the South started the school year just as congressional representatives left Washington for a month-long vacation, and in many cases those same representatives will be attacking the state of public education with lies and distortions.
The biggest lie being propagated by right-leaning congressional leaders is that the state of public education necessitates an end to the end Department of Education and compulsory education. … [Read more]
The other day I saw another post by Scott Rasmussen of The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and I thought, oh crap, more crap from Scott. Then I started to wonder about polling in general and thinking back to my college days when I ran into statistics…oh boy, what fun. I try not to wonder and ponder too much because I usually end up in trouble.… [Read more]
In May of this year, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended stronger restrictions on alcohol use. While all 50 states have some justifiable reservations about lowering the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit from 0.08%, many states have responded by focusing on enforcement, rather than more criminalization.
This approach is much easier to sell to the public, and is already bearing fruit.… [Read more]
“I’m not dead yet!” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Perhaps I should be tiring of this country’s endless campaigns. As a political columnist, it does mean the well never runs dry for source material.
Ex-Sen. and flopped wannabe Presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-Opus DUH!) appeared on Meet the Press yesterday, “Rooster” Santorum, as his Penn State frat dubbed him, is the hapless, Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time performer who somehow escapes the reach of the old Vaudeville hooked cane.… [Read more]
Thank you Anthony Weiner.
You are probably wondering why I am thanking the tabloid poster boy, ex-congressman and current New York City mayoral candidate. Well, today I received some bad news; an undetected water supply line break to a the refrigerator caused a great deal of water damage in three rooms of my house. As I sat thinking about how I would deal with the repairs and expenses I drifted into despair.… [Read more]