Director Comey Keeps Us All in a Fog

Posted by Keeley on March 21, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Ok, we have a troubling cloud, a poisoned fog, enveloping the White House, according to the latest media narrative. And not just the media. GOP Representative Nunes used the cloud analogy, and not even in an "as if there were" sense, but rather directly. And this isn't really about Trump's tweets accusing Obama of wiretapping, which has likely become - to use Charles Krauthammer's phrase - farce.

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If R&R Fails, Who Gets the Bloodbath?

Posted by Keeley on March 16, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Imagine if Detroit (or Chattanooga, TN, or Tuscaloosa County in Alabama) ran their production lines the way Congress runs it's legislative process.

I know you ordered an SUV ma'am, but the production parliamentarian has ruled that your chassis is extraneous and out of order. So the production and finance committees have put together a nice little off-road dune buggy for you and your grandkids! And it gets great mileage! For a dune buggy, that is. You live in Wyoming? Sorry ...

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CBO Numbers Depend on What You Believe Health Insurance Should Be

Posted by Keeley on March 14, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Let's stop calling it health insurance, shall we? Insurance is coverage you buy to guard against the possibility of an adverse outcome. Like damage to your car. Or your house. Or your 1972 Telecaster Thinline autographed by Waylon Jennings himself, being stolen from your weekend band's van, outside Domino's, in the parking lot on the way back home. Did I say it was snowing?

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For Muslim Activists, No Executive Order Is Appropriate

Posted by Keeley on March 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM

You are not allowed: to classify, to analyze, to assess, or to regulate. Anything that might have to do with majority-Muslim nations.

That's essentially the position of activists who are already attacking President Trump's new executive order, one that is an even more reasonable and constitutional order than it's very reasonable - and constitutional - predecessor was. Don't be fooled they´re already shouting. It deals with majority-Muslim nations and creates tropes and false narratives. As if a presidential order concerned with the security of the nation against terror attacks is, in fact, a post-modern literary text, sadly lacking in politically correct nuances and appropriate guilt laden apologies.

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Jeff Sessions and the New McCarthyism

Posted by Keeley on March 2, 2017 at 6:17 PM

How do you counter a truly impressive address to Congress by President Trump? You purge the government. Like Stalin did.

But here's the thing. Purges usually are done by authoritarian governments - most of them outright tyrannies - in a ruthless house cleaning. Sometimes to merely produce terror in your citizenry. Like Stalin. Or Mao. Sometimes to quell a possible coup d'etat. Like during the rule of military governments in much of Latin America in the 70's.

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It's the Tom and Keith Show at the DNC

Posted by Keeley on February 27, 2017 at 7:19 PM

When will Bernie supporters - whose proxy, Keith Ellison, lost a close one in Atlanta for Chair of the DNC - ever learn? You wait for Barack to decide. Barack phones up his friends on Wall Street. They tell him Keith Ellison is a far left anit-Semite rabble rousing Nation Of Islam follower. No, not Keith. How about Tom Perez? He's a far left rabble rousing progressive who would turn America into a quasi Scandinavian socialist state. How could Bernie supporters not like Tom? Plus he's also got a trim goatee. And Barack likes Tom.

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Obama's Shadow DNC Infuriates Democrats

Posted by Keeley on February 17, 2017 at 5:24 PM

While one of the toughest dudes on the planet says: gracias no hombre, I'll pass on being National Security adviser, there's a long-brewing story playing out in states across the country. And it may be coming to a boil soon.

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The 9th Circuit Shackles America's Ability to Defend Itself

Posted by Keeley on February 10, 2017 at 3:10 PM

The 9th circuit court of appeals practically wants a seat at the National Security Council. In Thursday's decision, they justified their refusal to lift Judge Robart's halt to the executive order on immigration by stating:

Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.

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Jeff Sessions Survives Democrat Lynch Mob

Posted by Keeley on February 9, 2017 at 5:36 PM

Jeff Sessions, now duly confirmed as the nation's Attorney General, is white, conservative and from Alabama. If you're a Democratic Senator, (save one or arguably two exceptions), or any kind of progressive/left-wing activist, that's all you need to know. Guilty until proven innocent. And how could Jeff Sessions be innocent? He's white and he's from Alabama. Rise History and write your shame! Let John Lewis cry forth about a man who would never link arms with him in the march for justice.

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Super Bowl LI Judge Robart and That Executive Order

Posted by Keeley on February 7, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Even the Super Bowl Ads are now being parsed. For example, in the Washington Post's Daily 202, courtesy of James Hohmann, a good percentage of the main ads are analyzed and found to be both political and, either subtly or blatantly, critical of President Trump's executive order on immigration. Aside from the fact that most of these ads have been planned a fair time in advance, it is clear that you can see the current divisions in America wherever you choose to look.

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Posted by Christine & John on February 2, 2017 at 11:31 AM

What we call things helps determine our attitudes towards them. We need a rethink of fundamental political terms, specifically the term liberal in politics.

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A Great Choice for Justice - Now Things Get Ugly

Posted by Keeley on February 1, 2017 at 11:26 PM

Senator Jeff Merkley, Oregon's junior (do we even have to say Democrat?) senator, now has his task in hand: block Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Filibustering, sit-in's in the senate. Whatever it takes, surely the hard left politician from Portland is up for the job.

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Trump's Immigration Order and McCain's Revenge

Posted by Keeley on January 30, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Revenge in Washington D.C. is indeed a dish that gets served up well after the heat of the initial confrontation has drained away. But to be successful in the beltway and especially on the Hill, you need a long memory, and the willingness to use it effectively when the opportune moment arrives.

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Don't Follow the Law - Mexico Might Get Mad

Posted by Keeley on January 26, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Even The Daily Beast has to admit that Mexico is a mess. The Daily Beast's Andrea Noel in a series of chilling reports from Mexico just this past December outlined how cartel violence is a constant destabilizing evil that Mexico's politicians, policemen, and generals have been unable - and unwilling, more disturbingly - to contain. Much less solve. Poverty, corruption, inequality. Protesting students piled into a truck after having been beaten or shot and them dumped in a mass grave, back in 2014, in Iguala.

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The Inaugural Speech - Does It Truly Matter What Trump Says?

Posted by Keeley on January 20, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Friday January 20, President Trump will address the nation, and the world. But his inaugural address is for America. Not the world. As much as the world will be watching, indeed many around the world watching uneasily because they sense their privileges and prosperity may be affected by Trump's presidency.

What will he say?

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