Attorney General Eric Holder, last Sunday on ABC's "This Week", claimed that race is playing a role in the negativity directed towards both he and President Obama. I for one am sick and tired of this public use of race as a primary reason for opposition to the president. Are there race issues in this country, yes, without a doubt. Is this is a majority racist country, absolutely not. Using race to explain opposition is an easy way to avoid admitting that flawed policies are to blame. All the while it seems that it is the left that is making race an issue as they repeatedly bring it up. When is this going to stop?
On Wednesday, July 9th, President Obama met with Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry to discuss the situation on the border with Mexico. Over the past several weeks illegal immigration over the border has deservingly received increased media attention. Unaccompanied children from various Central American countries have been pouring across the border creating a humanitarian crisis and pushing the limits of what the Border Patrol is capable of. As this crisis has worsened the president has acted aloof even as members of his own party have tried to stress the importance of the situation. While the president described the meeting with Perry as being "constructive," Perry claims that the president isn't serious about securing the border. In all honesty, Perry is absolutely right.
Sunday July 6th saw the New York Post publish a piece by Ed Klein that purports that President Obama has decided to throw his backing behind Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 if she decides to run. Warren has repeatedly denied interest in the presidency in 2016 while the article isn't backed in concrete fact, rather what Klein claims to have heard from unnamed insider Democratic sources. Klein's veracity and that of his sources has been called into question in the past and until the story of Warren is proven further, I'm perfectly content to view it as a rumor. Regardless, the story has been picked up by numerous media outlets which are now speculating about such a situation. The article might have just been an attempt to cause friction among Democrats but it is interesting to further examine why it could be true.
The progressive establishment has formed a phalanx around Obama for the past six years. Despite his general unpopularity & controversial policies, they protected him. But Obama is past; Hillary future. To secure her ambitions, Hillary will need to throw Obama under the bus or at least step away from the wreck. Will the progressive establishment follow and if they do when does it start?» Continue reading "Clinton moves away from Obama"...
Hobby Lobby does NOT ban contraceptives. Despite the hysteria you hear from progressives, the firm continues to cover birth control methods that are most commonly used, including: most birth control pills, condoms, sponges & sterilization. I bet you didn't know that. Ask your self why. It is a deliberate campaign of lies and distortions to support the false "war on women" theme.» Continue reading "Hobby Lobby Disinformation"...
A poll conducted by Quinnipiac has revealed that 33 percent of Americans believe President Obama to be the worst president since World War II. In so much, he is held in lower regard than the 11 other presidents who served since 1945. Additionally the poll revealed that a majority of Americans wish they would have chosen Romney in 2012. Bear in mind that this poll was recently conducted and over the past several months the president has been facing a near constant barrage of criticism for issues across the board which no doubt have helped to further reduce his popularity. Regardless, President Obama is a deeply unpopular president but what should we take away from this poll?
Planned Parenthood says that contraceptives cost $15-50 a month. So for the price of one coffee latte per week, a woman could pay for her contraceptives. Since all women affected by the Hobby Lobby decision are employed, we can expect that all could afford this. Beyond that, we could assume that generous folks at Planned Parenthood would help any really poor woman.» Continue reading "Hobby Lobby Case"...
Iraq is currently in a crisis. In recent weeks it has lost vast swathes of territory to the Sunni radical group ISIS. For every victory the Iraqi military has, it incurs several defeats. The Iraqi government is unwilling to admit or rectify its exclusionary policies which have greatly assisted in bringing on the situation that it now faces. Meanwhile the Kurds are proving to the world that they no longer need Baghdad. Externally, third parties such as Syria, Iran, and the United States are not helping Iraq's internal situation. Blame can and should be placed on multiple parties but at this moment I would like to look at how the Iraqi PM Nouri al Maliki is complicating the situation. In some ways he is just as much of a threat to his country as ISIS.
I read another in the endless studies about how women do more work. I also read studies that show the SINGLE women spend more time on errands and housework than single men. This one cannot be men's fault. There is a gender difference here in how much individuals think needs to be done and how. This is a problem even for many women in leadership roles. They try to control too many of the variables and the unknowns and end up doing (and making other do) a lot of work that doesn't need to be done. Men are more laid back (women call it lazy.) When I put on socks that almost match, it infuriates Chrissy when I tell her that I have another pair exactly like them in the dresser. She seems vaguely unhappy that I only buy clothes that don't need ironing , hence never iron. Maybe men need to pitch in more, but women need to lighten up. We all need to lighten up.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been regarded as a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to the presidency in 2016 ever since her primary defeat to then Senator Obama in 2008. Currently while the GOP field is awash with potential candidates, the Democratic field is fairly limited and so for the moment Clinton has a distinct advantage. Due to this almost monopoly in the Democratic Party, she is facing the brunt of questioning and criticism from both sides of the aisle. To top it all with the recent release of her memoir, she has embarked on a whirlwind media tour to promote it. Unfortunately for Clinton, this questioning is not showing her in a particularly good light.
Despite the further deterioration of the situation in Iraq, no clear, coherent American policy has emerged from either side of the aisle. The President in his typical fashion has waffled while finding the time to play golf. Democrats are split between those who would never question the POTUS and those that have had it with the foreign policy indifference of this administration and who want action taken. Meanwhile the right is screaming for something to be done yet many are unwilling to do what must be done. ISIS must not be allowed to drag all of Iraq into a civil war. To allow such a thing to happen disregards the sacrifices of thousands over the past decade and creates a situation from which nobody can benefit.
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky at the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas this past Saturday proclaimed that it is time for a "libertarian moment." And to that end that if the GOP nominates another "Chamber of Commerce Republican" it is doomed to fail in the 2016 presidential election. I must ask, how does Rand Paul intend to change who the party nominates when it is the people who decide and what exactly is a "Chamber of Commerce Republican"? Furthermore while libertarianism does have many appealing characteristics, it also has many that would make those who understand that the system can't be easily changed shake their heads.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of northern France at the beaches of Normandy. It is one of the most well-known, and celebrated victories had by the western Allies. For military historians and buffs, it remains the largest seaborne invasion ever conducted and it provided the Allies with the jumping off point to fight into Germany. It has been immortalized in movies and shows such as Saving Private Ryan, The Longest Day, and Band of Brothers while hundreds of books have been written devoted to it. On the 70th anniversary, it's important that we look back on it and understand its true significance.
The U.S. relationship with Poland and the Polish people dates back to the Revolutionary War when Polish military engineer Tadeusz Kosciuszko arrived to help the revolutionaries. Since then, Poles have been deeply involved in shaping U.S. history even at times when their home country didn't exist as a sovereign state. Following the end of the Cold War, Poland has grown to be the strongest Eastern European state and is the one we hold the closest alliance with. Under the Obama administration though this relationship has diminished in strength and only now with events unfolding in Eastern Europe does the president feel compelled to brighten relations. Now, President Obama is in Poland trying to restore what he had a hand in undermining.
Recently President Obama delivered the commencement address at the West Point graduation with a central focus on foreign policy. In every measurable way the speech was sub par; uninspiring, insipid, unfocused, and generally lacking. Now while some of the attacks on it from conservatives have been a bit too extreme, there is little denying that the speech reflects the presidents own foreign policy actions; disparate, and ad hoc. Nor do I firmly believe that the president's speech signaled a retreating America, rather I see it as a sign of more confusion in our foreign policy. What's more is that in the hour president Obama had to deliver his speech he failed to articulate a future path for American foreign policy and instead of clarifying his views, left spectators confused.