Families at the Border - After Flores Then What?

Posted by Keeley on June 22, 2018 at 11:14 AM

Where in this country do we currently detain children with their parents for weeks or months pending trial? How is that a good idea?

That would be Senator Coombs of Delaware - a Democrat if you need to be reminded. Now take this quote from Senator Rubio - and I'll assume it's common knowledge what side of the aisle he's from and what state he represents:

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The Southern Border - High Tech & Medieval Brutality

Posted by Keeley on June 19, 2018 at 5:15 PM

At the Southern border we have brutality and we have a soon-to-be implemented brand-new iteration of high tech. And they will co-exist in ways we don't understand yet.

No, the brutality is not border guards enforcing a zero-tolerance policy. Yes, it is heartbreaking and yes, it is being portrayed as brutal, and yes, it is disturbing to watch some of those images. But the brutality is elsewhere.

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Will the AT&T TimeWarner Blob Thingy Make Everyone Go Vertical?

Posted by Keeley on June 13, 2018 at 6:49 PM

It makes sense that AT&T and Time Warner would want to merge asap. By the time the Trump presidency is over, which may very well be in 6 rather than 2 years, cable news will no longer be the gold mine it has been since Trump rode the escalator and the GOP debates began back in the summer of 2015.

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​Does Trump Want to Re-Engineer the G7?

Posted by Keeley on June 8, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Let's hope it was just a one-off, unfortunate, but par for the course with this president. As he was leaving on Friday for Canada and the G7 summit, according to Breitbart, President Trump said:

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​Jack Phillips Has Gained A Small Space - Will it Last?

Posted by Keeley on June 5, 2018 at 5:29 PM

Do not declare victory. Do not mourn your claimed but yet-to-be-granted rights. Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is not as precedent-setting as conservatives had hoped for, nor as final as gay rights activists had feared. The Supreme Court's narrow ruling will likely end up being a mere pause and will probably result in a later, broader ruling that may very well change how the First Amendment - especially the Free Exercise Clause - is interpreted by future Supreme Courts. Another conservative appointee to the nation's highest court may delay that day, but social trends point to a worrying attack on those who exercise their beliefs as Christians (or for example, as Orthodox Jews, Mormons, or Muslims, among others).

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​Two Scandals - Roseanne's Tweet & Ireland's Vote

Posted by Keeley on May 29, 2018 at 7:23 PM

Roseanne Barr deserved to face consequences for her ugly rant on Twitter. It was racist despite her denials. And it gives the target of her rant, former Obama aide Valerie Jarret, the perfect excuse for whatever criticism anyone might have of her role and of the Obama administration's policies in general: you're racist to criticize me. And it Barr's case that evidently seems to be true.

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​The Deep State: Preserving Their Norms & Institutions

Posted by Keeley on May 22, 2018 at 8:30 PM

It gets worse every day. Let's start with comments by David Nunes - the much maligned Chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - regarding what seems to be his (and Trey Gowdy's) narrow avoidance of what may very well have been a trap set for them late last week. Here's what he saId to the Washington Times as reported by Bradford Richardson:

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​Papadopoulos & The FBI's Possible Source Inside Trump's Team

Posted by Keeley on May 18, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Did the FBI have a source inside either Trump's campaign or Trump's organization - that is, his business empire? That's the question that's being asked again after it flared briefly in the media after news of it broke months after Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, the notorious communications shop that paid for the Steele Dossier with DNC and Hillary campaign money, stated that there was a such a source during Congressional testimony in August of 2017.

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​Who Leaked Kelly Sadler's Comments to The Media?

Posted by Keeley on May 17, 2018 at 1:50 PM

Of course it was disrespectful to Senator McCain. But Kelly Sadler's comment on McCain's position regarding Haspel's confirmation being not as important as otherwise might be the case, did not seem to be a joke. It was more likely a comment on how the White House should see McCain's opposition to Gina Haspel being confirmed as the new CIA Director. It was a simple frank statement that Senator McCain is battling a malignant form of brain cancer and will likely pass away soon. Although with a fighter like McCain that 'soon' might be farther away than most imagine. But that's not the real outrage, as offended as the senator and his family and supporters surely are.

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​When an EduTech Company With Chinese Ownership Knows More About Your Kids Than You Do

Posted by Keeley on May 14, 2018 at 6:51 PM

George Orwell's 1984 featured television as a technology used by a totalitarian state to monitor - and even threaten - it's citizens. In an interview on the radio in the mid-80's I recall Timothy Leary saying that Orwell got it wrong. That, in fact, we line up to watch Big Brother on TV. We didn't have to be monitored because every corporation knew where we were most evenings (and increasingly throughout the day): in front of our televisions.

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​Iran - The Trump Administration Faces its Apocalypse Now

Posted by Keeley on May 9, 2018 at 12:29 PM

Someday there will be peace on Earth and goodwill between all humankind. We know this because Earth-bound utopias have worked hard to prove that you can have a paradise on Earth. Usually a worker's paradise. For example, Stalin's Soviet Union's forced starvation of millions of Ukrainians. Or Pol Pot's crazed agricultural reform in Kampuchea that created the horrifying killing fields back in the 70's and 80's.

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​Jared & Ivanka - Are the Princely Couple Now Mere Pawns?

Posted by Keeley on May 8, 2018 at 2:06 PM

Rudy Giuliani has taken charge of President Trump's legal team, it seems clear. Here's what Giuliani said about Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump a couple of days ago and the possibility of them coming under scrutiny or being subpoenaed by Mueller:

Jared is a fine man, you know that. Men are disposable. But a fine woman like Ivanka? Come on.

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​What Does Kim jong-un Want & What Does President Moon Want?

Posted by Keeley on May 2, 2018 at 7:37 PM

In trying to game what type of outcomes of any negotiated peace between North Korea and South Korea might possibly emerge over the coming weeks and months, one has to first decide what might Kim jong-un's motivations be.

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​Washington Leaks on Pruitt and Jackson - Is This How Policy is Made?

Posted by Keeley on April 27, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Why does Washington leak so much? That might seem like a policy question or an operational or tactical question. And leaks can certainly be because of policy disagreements or attempts to change an administration's tactics, but they can also be due to very personal and petty reasons. Or some toxic cocktail of resentment, ambition, and frustration.

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​Was McCabe Authorized to Leak? Comey Doesn't Know ...

Posted by Keeley on April 23, 2018 at 7:49 PM

It looks like James Comey may be called to testify against Andrew McCabe, his former deputy at the FBI. Here's how an article by Tim Hains in Real Clear Politics sums up the situation:

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