The Militarization of U.S. Police

Posted by SPBrooker on August 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

The protests in Ferguson, Missouri provide the latest example of the militarization of U.S. police forces. The tactics used by police as well as their equipment should be cause for concern to anybody. Granted, protestors were looting, engaging in violence, and attacking police with Molotov cocktails; not exactly a friendly situation. On the other hand, the sight of police in armor using stun grenades on street protestors while armed with sniper rifles and in vehicles meant for the battlefield is disheartening. These images are those that we typically see in the Middle East or in those of corrupt totalitarian states, not the U.S. As a result of outcries emanating from across the spectrum, President Obama has ordered congress to conduct a review of the militarization of police and I support it.

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Islamic State: the Greatest Threat to the U.S. Is a JV Basketball Team

Posted by SPBrooker on August 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

The Islamic State (IS) is proving to be a real problem for a number of parties including the U.S. Just this week it has been referred to by some senior policymakers in Washington as our gravest current threat while others have said it must be eliminated. Yet only eight months ago President Obama regarded ISIS, the predecessor of IS as a "JV basketball team" implying that they were a second rate group. A bit off the mark I would say. Now with the savage execution of U.S. journalist James Foley, it seems the administration has ramped up its language on IS and is arguing that its rise is not a result of policy failure but due to an underestimation by the intelligence community of its capabilities. As always I take comfort in true leadership that plays the blame game and stays on holiday while the world burns.

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An honest discussion of race

Posted by Christine & John on August 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

The first thing to do is not allow any ideas to be called "racist." We need to call BS on folks like Sharpton & Jackson. We have to stand up to their bullying. We cannot let these guys shut down any discussion by claiming racism. So this is my first view. The problems of black America are mostly the result of racism, but not of current racism. It is racism fossilized in attitudes and behaviors of many of the victims. The challenge how to help break them out of this mind-set and the idea of grievance is not helpful.

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A Real Political Witch-Hunt: the Indictment of Rick Perry

Posted by SPBrooker on August 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

On Friday, August 15th, Governor Rick Perry of Texas was indicted by a grand jury convened in Travis County for abuse of power. He has been charged with a first-degree felony, abuse of official capacity, and a third-degree felony, coercion of a public servant. As a possible 2016 GOP presidential contender, this can sink Perry. But we must remember that he has been charged, not convicted. Furthermore, numerous voices from both the right and the left are calling this indictment politically motivated and a far reach and Perry himself has described the indictment as a blatant political move. I for one feel compelled to agree.

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Libertarians, Conservatives, and the GOP

Posted by AllardK on August 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

For Byron York, writing in the Washington Examiner, Libertarianism - or more precisely, libertarian candidates - "could be a troublesome wild card" for GOP candidates in the upcoming midterm elections. Support for a candidate of the Libertarian Party that rises above 5% and approaches 8% could complicate election hopes for Republicans in a number of key Senate races and thus determine whether the GOP wins back the Upper House. For David Frum, writing in the Atlantic - Libertarianism itself is a scourge that will recede like stale flood waters when a Republican takes back the Presidency. Frum, in fact, does not even say Republican when mentioning the presidential elections; he uses conservative instead. And he doesn't exactly say scourge, he just insists that "conservatives succumb to libertarianism in despair, not hope." It's a very pessimistic, if not paranoid, view of the state, according to Frum, where libertarians and disaffected conservatives are ready to defend themselves "with arms if necessary against an inherently and inevitably predatory and hostile state." Them fighting words from the former White House speechwriter.

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Parsing the Possible GOP 2016 Candidates: Part III, the Leaders.

Posted by SPBrooker on August 12, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I am one of the first people to complain when talking heads argue about presidential primary polls when primary elections are more than a year away. If 2012 taught us anything it's that a leading candidate early in the race can be one of the first candidates out by actual election time. Regardless, I've been looking at several polls for potential GOP 2016 candidates (mind you, none of them have declared yet) and it's the same names repeatedly being mentioned. For this I would like to briefly look at the most possible contenders and offer a quick opinion on them. The two most recent national polls I have were conducted by FOX and CNN/Opinion Research. In the former Bush, Perry, Paul, and Christie rounded out the top with Christie, Paul, Huckabee, and Ryan in the latter. Other names in both included Cruz, Walker, Santorum, Ryan, Rubio, and Jindal. In the third and final installment of this series I will look at those candidates who are currently leading in national polls, Texas Governor Richard "Rick" Perry, former Arkansas Governor Michael "Mike" Huckabee, former Florida Governor John 'Jeb" Bush, New Jersey Governor Christopher "Chris" Christie, and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Each of these potential candidates are averaging around 11 percent in national polls.

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Parsing the Possible GOP 2016 Candidates: Part II, the Middle Ground.

Posted by SPBrooker on August 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I am one of the first people to complain when talking heads argue about presidential primary polls when primary elections are more than a year away. If 2012 taught us anything it's that a leading candidate early in the race can be one of the first candidates out by actual election time. Regardless, I've been looking at several polls for potential GOP 2016 candidates (mind you, none of them have declared yet) and it's the same names repeatedly being mentioned. For this I would like to briefly look at the most possible contenders and offer a quick opinion on them. The two most recent national polls I have were conducted by FOX and CNN/Opinion Research. In the former Bush, Perry, Paul, and Christie rounded out the top with Christie, Paul, Huckabee, and Ryan in the latter. Other names in both included Cruz, Walker, Santorum, Ryan, Rubio, and Jindal. In the second installment of this three part series I will look at those candidates who are right in the middle of the pack, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin each averaging around 8 percent in national polls.

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Democrats for impeachment

Posted by Christine & John on August 8, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Democrats talk about impeachment 20 times as often as Republicans. The word impeachment has been used four times TOTAL by GOP members of Congress. On the other hand, Dem Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) alone used the word 18 times. It is Democrats who want to talk about impeachment. Why so dishonest?

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Parsing the Possible GOP 2016 Candidates: Part I, Bottom of the Pack

Posted by SPBrooker on August 5, 2014 at 6:25 PM

I am one of the first to complain when talking heads argue about presidential primary polls when primary elections are more than a year away. If 2012 taught us anything it's that a leading candidate early in the race can be one of the first candidates out by actual election time. Regardless, I've been looking at several polls for potential GOP 2016 candidates (mind you, none of them have declared yet) and it's the same names repeatedly being mentioned. For this I would like to briefly look at the most possible contenders and offer a quick opinion on them. The two most recent national polls I have were conducted by FOX and CNN/Opinion Research. In the former Bush, Perry, Paul, and Christie rounded out the top with Christie, Paul, Huckabee, and Ryan in the latter. Other names in both included Cruz, Walker, Santorum, Ryan, Rubio, and Jindal. In this first installment of this three part series I will look at those candidates who are most underperforming, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, each with 5 percent or less.

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Hamas Tunnels

Posted by Christine & John on August 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

How close are these to the ocean? It might be interesting to divert sea water into the tunnel network.

The Realm of Possibility: Impeaching President Obama

Posted by SPBrooker on July 29, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Speaker of the House Jon Boehner is expected to carry through with a threat to sue President Obama over his repeated use of executive actions to bypass Congress. Republicans have argued that the president has abused his executive authority frequently and that he is almost an imperious president. The president though has not signaled any intent to stop this behavior; rather he has suggested he will continue to use executive actions including on the immigration situation. Now so far, the House Rules Committee has voted in favor of allowing for a House vote on legislation to bring suit on the president. Will it pass; maybe, maybe not. On the other hand, if the suit passes and the president uses executive orders on the immigration issue, the chances for impeachment increase dramatically.

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Too late now to regret voting for Obama

Posted by Christine & John on July 27, 2014 at 6:47 PM

People often learn their lessons too late. The latest CNN poll shows that Romney would crush Obama if the election were held today. Well, we told you so. But Obama played a good game. He never really said he was good, just that Romney was bad and it worked. Better luck next time.

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Attorney General Holder: Racism, not Poor Job Performance Fuels Anger Against Obama

Posted by SPBrooker on July 22, 2014 at 1:11 PM

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?

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Governor Perry and President Obama: Difference of Opinion on the Border

Posted by SPBrooker on July 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM

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.

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Goodbye Clinton, Obama for Warren in 2016: What If It Is True?

Posted by SPBrooker on July 9, 2014 at 7:23 PM

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.

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