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A Birthright Wasted On Some...

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on August 19, 2015 at 9:06 PM

In the Dred Scott Case, the judge infamously held that the slave who was its subject had no rights which had to be respected. Though born an American, he could be treated like trash because of who he was born to, and what his skin color was. It tells us something about the power of the Birthright citizenship in the 14th Amendment, that the extreme hypocrisy of Separate But Equal had to be invented in order to justify the dehumanizing laws of Jim Crow. They had to pretend, on a legal level, that segregation didn't betray that birthright!

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Final Deal with Iran Announced

Posted by Warren Porter on July 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released the full text of the final agreement reached by the 6 negotiation partners with Iran. I have not had time to look at the agreement itself nor have I read much commentary regarding its details, so I am withholding judgement for now.

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A Vote For Bernie Sanders Is A Vote For the GOP Nominee

Posted by TreyL on July 7, 2015 at 3:36 PM

Any armchair political observer can tell you that a long, drawn-out primary challenge only hurts the eventual nominee's chances in the general election. Even though a primary challenge has doomed many, many candidates in the past, Bernie Sanders supporters never got the message.

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Two Big Decisions from the Supreme Court

Posted by Warren Porter on June 26, 2015 at 12:21 PM

The last legal challenge to the PPACA has been cleared. People will receive subsidies regardless of whether their exchange was established by the Federal Government or by a State.

Secondly, people will no longer be discriminated according to their gender when applying for a civil marriage.

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No "Off with her head" for the Queen of Nuts

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on June 3, 2015 at 9:36 PM

Honestly, I can't say I have much love for Pam Geller. In fact, when I heard this news... to be honest with you, I laughed at the thought of it! The poetic justice of a provocateur getting much more than they bargained for struck me as funny. But would I want it to actually happen? Not for a second.

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Paranoia Bites The Hand that Feeds It

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on May 9, 2015 at 11:23 AM

When I see things like these conspiracy theories get taken seriously, I worry for this country. The Framers founded the Republic on the notion that people could rationally manage their own affairs, that we wouldn't need "gently" born aristocrats to manage the great unwashed masses. We've come along way, but there's always going to be somebody who wants to mess things up.

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A Problem of Identification

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on May 4, 2015 at 2:12 PM

At a recent Staff Development event, we had a speaker from the Federal Reserve over to talk about the Demographics of the city we serve. What he had to say was pretty astounding, even to someone like me. This report contains much of the surprising information about Houston and it's Metropolitan area, and it should suprise you, too.

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Iran Deal Parameters Reached

Posted by Warren Porter on April 5, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Last Thursday, the US State Department released a set of parameters that will define the upcoming deal with Iran that will be finalized at the end of June.

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"Corruption of Blood," and other Constitutional Sins

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 11, 2015 at 11:38 AM

I get lectured by conservative commenters all the time about how little regard I have for the Constitution. They assume that they love it more than I do, more than other Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives do. But beneath all that boasting, I've found they have a tendency to disregard the Constitution entirely when it suits them. We can start this discussion with this week's rather poor bit of conservative judgment, the open letter from the 47 Senate Republicans to Iran.

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Selma: 50 Years Later

Posted by Warren Porter on March 9, 2015 at 9:32 PM

It's been a while since I was genuinely impressed by a politician's speech. President Obama's speech in Selma, Alabama is the most steadfast defense of American Exceptionalism that I have ever heard. I think it even surpasses Ronald Reagan's Farewell address, which has been a longtime favorite of mine. Clearly, it is intended was direct response to Mayor Rudy Giuliani's accusation that Obama does not love this great country.

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Pick Your Words And Pick Your Battles

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on February 17, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Why not call it Islamic Extremism, or talk about Radical Islam? Why does Obama choose his words so carefully on it? Republicans and Conservatives complain about it, thinking he's not confronting these people with robust enough terms. Yes, like they'll run scared if we use the right jargon. No, it's not about them. It's about the tens of millions of Muslims in the region.

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Starting From A Foundation

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on February 5, 2015 at 3:29 PM

You don't have to know a lot to live in a world like ours. You just have to know a lot to build one like it. That is the paradox that lies at the center of our dilemma as an advanced civilization. There's so much knowledge, so much training needed to grasp it that it's beyond the ability of any one person to take it all in. Unfortunately, some are still trying to live as one could do that, as if we can just wing it in our world, and only work from our own personal experiences and beliefs.

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Hate, Fear, and Racism in American Politics

Posted by TreyL on January 11, 2015 at 7:38 PM

As I sat on the Amtrak train yesterday morning, I headed to the website of the local newspaper in the area I grew up in, and clicked on the "Opinion" page. One of the first comments was one that has been repeated numerous times during the six-year and counting right-wing temper tantrum that's been going on since Barack Obama assumed the Presidency.

Liberals say that we should respect the President. Why would I have any respect for the non-military foreigner who stole two elections?

The 2014 election proved one thing, and one thing only. Republicans can only run on three things: hate, fear, and racism.

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Mitt Romney 3.0?

Posted by Adam Ducker on January 10, 2015 at 7:08 PM

When I saw Romney was considering a run again I decided it was time to watch the Mitt documentary just because. I can definitely see why the man might run again.

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Charlie Habdo, The Interview, and The Courage of our Convictions

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on January 8, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Freedom isn't simply tiptoing through the tulips, not a care in the world, bursting into intermittent bouts of Peter Pan Flight. It's for tough people, for courageous people, for people who have faith. Too many folks confront the world with an excess of fear, and fear turns us to the darker side of our humanity.

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Corpocracy alive and well

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 31, 2015 at 7:47 PM

A recent WP article on Solyndra and Lockheed leads one to perceive that corpocracy is alive and well.

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Challenging Birthright Citizenship

Posted by AllardK on August 26, 2015 at 7:46 PM

Changing the law on birthright citizenship isn't just a "a long and arduous path," as Senator Cruz stated; it's ages-old road that has had its turns and twists. So a little Latin is in order perhaps, and yes the Romans has a lot to do with that. Jus sanguinis - the right of blood literally - means you have to have one or more parent as a citizen of the state whose citizenship you are then entitled to. It's still the way a majority of nations in the world operate today. The Americas are the great exception having put in place jus soli - right of soil - in response to the waves of migration in the previous two centuries. But there is also Lex soli: the law of the state that conditions who can claim jus soli - or birthright citizenship - and under what conditions they may do so. Europe is a case of Lex Soli, which means your parents have to meet certain legal standards for you to become a citizen of the state you were born in.

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Slow Motion Dance Towards Armageddon

Posted by AllardK on August 25, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Is the media fuss over the AP story that Iran will self-inspect a fraud? That seems an exaggeration at best, but the edits to the original story, which essentially took out some granularity and replaced it with a sort of cover statement that it wasn't clear "how" these inspections would proceed, have caused a lot of crossed tweets between critics and AP journalists. The IAEA has stated that the story is "misleading" but as the debate goes back and forth over whether AP reporters were somehow duped, the details that do remain show how carefully the IAEA have to tip toe around the Iranian regime to be able to hopefully perform inspections on sites that could have weapon capability within a few years. The fact that we have even reached this stage is disturbing and the fear is that - rather than send false info to reporters in America as some have suggested - Israel will have to take matters into its own hands. Like in Iraq over 30 years ago.

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The Washington Consensus on Immigration

Posted by AllardK on August 18, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Guess what: the not-very-Tumpista Fox news poll is showing Trump at 25%. In second place, it's Ben Carson with almost identical numbers, (12% a little less than half of Trump's numbers), to his PPP poll numbers from last week. And Ted Cruz is in third with 10% having had, one suspects, a very nice bump as well from his polished fury at the debates in Cleveland. Yes Jeb Bush is next at 9%, but what strikes one is where Marco Rubio sits: in 9th place with just 4% and barely ahead of Chris Christie and Rand Paul. And clearly, immigration is an important issue as far as voters' view of the GOP candidates. That might explain Rubio's fall after his apparently polished performance in the GOP debate.

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Marco and Ben and Black Lives Matter

Posted by AllardK on August 14, 2015 at 2:57 PM

Speaking on Fox, Senator Rubio talked about Black Lives Matter - who are making a habit of disrupting campaign events for Republicans and Democrats alike - and what to do about the protests. Everyone seems to have a handy statistic on young black men and their likelihood to end up in jail or die a violent death, often at the hands of other young black males. Senator Marco, for example, stated that they are much more likely to end up in jail than go to college or university. And he mentioned the case of a friend who is a professional and black, and who in the last 18 months has been stopped 8 times while driving without being charged.

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A Re-Think for Donald and for Jeb

Posted by AllardK on August 11, 2015 at 9:21 AM

The debate really was great. It's good to keep that in mind when digesting the latest reality-show-snipes between candidates. And as usual, Trump is involved. And as usual, it's because Donald Trump does not take kindly to criticism. So this time, it's Carly Fiorina - who has justifiably surged to 4th in the latest polls on the back of her tough, smart, and fluid performance in the kids table debate. Carly was also justifiably offended by Trump's ripping into Fox moderator Megyn Kelly, or rather by the way he did it. Trump is downright mean when cornered and while that might work in a tough negotiation behind closed doors, it's his likely achilles heel in the campaign. He might have issued an apology while also defending his "I don't have time for political correctness" reply, but he's still leading and apologizing doesn't seem to be part of his hard-wiring or even his values. Which is fine by some of his supporters.

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Carly Was Sharp As a Weapon but Do You Trust Her?

Posted by AllardK on August 7, 2015 at 5:05 PM

In the pre-debate debate among the seven not in the top ten, Carly Fiorina was as sharp and precise as laser guided munition. In a very short amount of time she packed a perfect punch when outlining her view on the issues, and she had no problem taking on Hillary, as was to be expected. So why isn't she higher in the polls? Are her answers a little too rapid-fire perfect? Like a Wall Street fund manager talking up her losing portfolio, or a CEO boasting of her achievements with a stock price that's half what it used to be? She's tough and smart and an outsider who does actually seem to have genuine passion rather than just a need for power. But does she come off as trustworthy?

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Fox Major League GOP Baseball

Posted by AllardK on August 6, 2015 at 2:04 PM

We have a NASCAR metaphor now circulating to help us when thinking of Marco Rubio and his former mentor, Jeb Bush. The only way Rubio will be able to re-establish himself in the top 5 or 3 GOP contenders - so the story goes - is if Jeb's car hits a wall and Rubio can shift from drafting off of Jeb to scrapping for a place among the leaders. Maybe with a little aggressive banking he can move back into third, having used a lot of Jeb's drafts. It's really nice the way fundraising language and NASCAR terms flow aerodynamically from one to the other. Because fundamentally, Rubio has a lot of virtues. He just lacks Jeb's wealth of experience. Or perhaps Jeb's wealth, and experience. And one suspects, that Rubio should even take a few Spanish lessons from the governor, who can be quite the firebrand "en español."

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Russell Brand, John Walker Lindh, and Military Psychologists

Posted by AllardK on August 3, 2015 at 6:12 PM

You'll be glad to know that John Walker Lindh has kept the faith. So much so that his forehead was bruised when he was tackled by a fellow inmate while praying a few years ago. It would seem likely that he was not reading the Gospel when his forehead came into sharper contact with the floor than is normally the case in Islamic prayer. And you'll be glad to know that the American Justice system has ensured that he continues to have the right to pray, at another facility in Indiana, not the one where he was tackled. His suing for group prayer on the part of Muslim inmates was successful, with a favorable ruling having been handed down by a federal judge in early 2013.

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Is Hillary Happy Running for President?

Posted by AllardK on July 30, 2015 at 6:44 PM

Mark Steyn is absolutely right: Hillary is wooden and dull and Democrats need a romance. They can forgive scandals - whether financial or sexual - as long as they have a crush on their candidate. Look at Bill and Barak. So while the email scandals may energize the Republican base and erode Hillary at the margins, she's doing a pretty good job herself with a campaign that makes Jeb Bush look like as exciting as Trump. And that means that Bernie Sanders may actually achieve critical mass and start to threaten Hillary's campaign. If he hasn't already. Would Hillary debate Sanders? Perhaps not, but who is she competing with for the left-and-merely-liberal vote?

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The Spotlight Is on Majority Leader McConnell

Posted by AllardK on July 28, 2015 at 8:23 PM

Since Harry Reid began filling up the amendment tree on a regular basis - a procedural tactic that converts the Senate Majority leader into the near-absolute gate keeper of amendments and thus debate in the upper chamber - the Senate has been transformed from a forum for open debate to a less democratic institution with emphasis on party discipline. The Senators' two traditional freedoms: unlimited debate, and unlimited opportunity to offer amendments, are now carefully controlled by the majority leader. Now, because current majority leader McConnell has recently engaged in similar tactics, until he opened up the process this past weekend. A promise to open up the Senate again and return it to its traditional constitutional role has not been fulfilled as much as hoped for. Will that now change for the better?

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Bring Back Kasich's Root-Canal Fiscal Policy

Posted by AllardK on July 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Does anyone remember when Kasich - House Budget Committee Chairman at that time - threatened to eliminate the Commerce Department back in the 90's? Live on TV? In the heat of the budget battles that the new crop of GOP House members had with Clinton's White House, Kasich suggested the nation could get by fine without the services of the Commerce Department. Right next to him was Pete Domenici, at that point already one of the longest serving senators from New Mexico. And Domenici tried to rein in the - then - feisty young fellow Republican before some serious budget cuts actually did away with a stalwart of beltway bureaucracy.

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You want to ban this flag?

Posted by Weary_Willie on July 21, 2015 at 11:41 PM

They lost, sure, ban it.

Then you must accept the consequences.

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Thanks to the Iran Deal, the Middle East Is Now M.a.D.

Posted by AllardK on July 15, 2015 at 7:22 PM

Israel's nuclear ambiguity is no longer a sustainable policy, thanks to the Iran deal. The so-called "bomb in the basement" needs to be brought above ground, both metaphorically and literally, and Iran has to know the consequences of any action it may take at some point in the future against the state of Israel. That's where Israel, it's leaders, and it's people now find themselves thanks to the Obama administration and it's partners in the recently announced deal to ease sanctions and provide some sort of control over Iran's nuclear program. The Middle East is now entering a period of Mutually Assured Destruction, and the cold-war nuclear strategists can dust off their resumes and text books and find a whole new career advising Israel how to ensure it's presumably newly visible nuclear arsenal will provide ex-ante rather than ex-post deterrence. As, for example, Professor Beres and Admiral Edney (both retired) have done in an article in US News.

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We the Sheeple of the U.S. of A.

Posted by MichaelMears on July 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM

... need to start forming our own opinions and making decisions based on our own beliefs and values. This Donald Trump nonsense has gone way too far and a majority of people don't have a clue how it started. To be totally honest, I read what he said shortly after it happened and I kind of laughed to myself because I understood the point he was making and the cause, but was it politically incorrect? Yes.

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Energy everywhere

Posted by Christine & John on September 2, 2015 at 8:20 PM

The announcement of a massive natural gas field off the coast of Egypt is just one more example of the phenomenal availability of energy. Just a few years ago, we talked about peak oil and thought that natural gas would be mostly exhausted by now. We massively transcended the energy crisis of the 1970s. We have new challenges, but it is good to be rich.

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Hillary will not be the nominee

Posted by Christine & John on August 30, 2015 at 7:52 PM

I asked if Hillary is toast a couple posts ago. Now I think it is becoming clearer. Hillary will not be the Democratic nominee for president. Her tide almost came in and then receded. She is now down to 37% in Iowa when her only competition is a man who is not a Democrat (Sanders) and one who is not running at this time (Biden.) Democrats are desperate to dump Hillary. The problem is that the put all their chips down on her way too long ago. So what is it gonna be?

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A Late Start From Biden Would Still Worry Hillary

Posted by Keeley on August 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Right after Iowa and New Hampshire things go south. The contests are held in southern states where the Democratic vote is often dominated by black voters. That means that despite all the fuss and focus on immigration and the Hispanic vote that one presumes Clinton will largely be able to attract, the African-American vote is possibly a little more tricky and definitely a crucial factor in deciding who wins the Democratic nomination. Tricky because if Biden finally decides to run, he just may have Obama's endorsement. That's hardly a shocking prediction: Obama had to fight tooth and nail with both of the Clintons in 2008, and Biden has been a loyal VP for almost two presidential terms now. So if Biden runs, he almost certainly will have Obama's blessing, so to speak.

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Is Hillary toast?

Posted by Christine & John on August 25, 2015 at 9:21 PM

Hillary is looking more and more fragile. She just does not have "it" but she seems to have lots of problems and is seriously "integrity challenged." Joe Biden is warming up and it looks like Obama would support such a run. Biden would certainly be more fun than Hillary. Biden could not stand up to the Clinton machine, but Democrats are clearly getting worried that their once and future queen may not be up to the task.

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Ring out the clowns

Posted by Christine & John on August 24, 2015 at 8:46 PM

I hate to watch Hillary Clinton, with her schoolmarm lecturing style and arrogant feeling of entitlement. But I am coming to hate to watch Trump even more, with his glib defense of truly stupid ideas and his constant pulling himself up by pulling others down. It makes me despair for my country that these are the two front runners in the respective parties. My only hope is that more sanity will set in before November next year.

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Buying and borrowing to be president

Posted by Christine & John on August 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM

We are watching a big test of whether money and power can buy elections. The obvious is Donald Trump. Can a man w/o political experience buy an election with money & celebrity? On the Democratic side we have Hillary Clinton. She is a very poor candidate, yet she remains the front runner, called inevitable. Can a woman become president borrowing on her husband's organization and influence?

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Sometimes it is shameful to be poor

Posted by Christine & John on August 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM

I saw a note from the Bernie Sanders campaign claiming that Bernie's net worth is only $330,506. They seem to think this is an honor. I consider it a significant shame. The man has held well-paying jobs for a whole lifetime. A reasonable and prudent man who merely put money commensurate with his high income into a retirement savings fund would/SHOULD have much more than that. I am sick of this idea that being poor is virtuous. Being poor may be unavoidable but it is not a virtue. And a person should take pride in having done enough to take care of himself and others.

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Birthright citizenship

Posted by Christine & John on August 20, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Birthright citizenship has been American practice since the foundation and American law for more than 150 years. Birthright citizenship is one of the factors that made American great and one of the big difference with Europe. It is a big reason why America has assimilated immigrants so much better than Europeans and a big part of what made America exceptional for the last couple centuries. Even if it were legal to change it, I would oppose the change absolutely. It is un-American in a very real sense.

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Hispanic immigration

Posted by Christine & John on August 19, 2015 at 9:40 AM

If we are going to talk about immigration, we should at least talk about it properly. First, the situation we are living with now is not the one we can expect in future. Birth rates south of the border have been dropping like stones. The demographic push of Latino immigration has run out of steam. In demographics, there is always a lag time, but demography is as close as we can get to destiny. It is simple. Nobody not alive today will be born before today. No more can be created.

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I would not vote for Trump

Posted by Christine & John on August 17, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Trump appeals because he says stupid things that lots of people would like to say just to rile people up. It is the same urge that comes with a Dirty Harry movie. In real life you would not want this guy blasting away on the streets, but it is cathartic to see the bad guys get what they have coming. Trump gets to say any dumb thing that pops into his mind and we would all like to have that power. It appeals to that general anger you cannot quite explain. Trump, BTW, does not appeal only to Republicans. Democrats happily quote him when he says something about Republican candidates.

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Members of the community often know the killers. If black lives matter, maybe share that information with the authorities

Posted by Christine & John on August 16, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Distrust of the police has deadly consequences. We are talking about a small number. Most victims and perpetrators come from a surprising small number of young men who often know each other. Witnesses and members of the community often know the killers too. It would be helpful if that information were more often shared with the authorities.

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How did we lose Iraq?

Posted by Christine & John on August 13, 2015 at 6:28 PM

"ISIS came out of the terrible turmoil in Syria ... I worried that terrorists would take and occupy territory, and that has come to pass, not only with ISIS but other Al-Qaeda affiliates and terrorist networks." As I have written on many occasions in the past, when I left Al Anbar in 2008, it was reasonably peaceful with a chance for prosperity. Something happened between then and now make it into the deadly mess it became. The trouble in Syria is a leading cause and I agree with Hillary (whose quote that is, BTW) that our failed policy is Syria was a cause of the general trouble in the region today.

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The Clinton method

Posted by Christine & John on August 12, 2015 at 3:58 PM

This is how it works. Clinton lies and gets caught. She denies the charges and her surrogates attack the people who caught Hillary in her deception. When the balance of evidence gets too heavy, she claims to have misspoken and claims that it really doesn't matter anymore. By the time all the facts come out, Clinton surrogates have fought long and hard to confuse the issue and generally succeeded. Hillary's lies become the new floor and are now to be ignored by polite journalists.

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Any color, as long as it is black

Posted by Christine & John on August 10, 2015 at 1:34 AM

Republicans may have too many choices. But the Democrats have none. They have already settled on one candidate. They can change the packaging and slogans, but it is always the same Hillary. They have to double down because they have nothing else. Henry Ford had a similar Model T strategy. When asked about variety, he said that customers could have any model as long as it was the Model T and any color, as long as it was black. Hillary is a lot like the Model T. It was a great vehicle in its day but its day is long past. Actually comparing Hillary to the Model T is not fair to Ford.

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The great energy shift

Posted by Christine & John on August 9, 2015 at 4:30 PM

The stone age did not end because we ran out of stone and the oil age will not end with the last drop of oil. Few imagined it possible even a decade ago. We have moved from managing scarcity to dealing with abundance. Fracking has given us more fossil fuel than we need. Energy efficiency has made us less energy intensive and lowered increases in demand, and development of renewables makes it almost certain that significant amounts of oil will be "stranded." This will generally be good for the environment and the geopolitical situation but it does mean a change in behavior?

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