We are more than our political identities

Posted by Christine & John on September 21, 2017 at 10:20 PM

We should draw a bright line between the personal and the political. Most of us are complex. Reducing the whole person to one dimension, especially a political one, is hateful and disrespectful to our common humanity.

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The Simple Difference Between Left & Right

Posted by Christine & John on September 19, 2017 at 8:13 AM

When you see somebody doing very well or very poorly, do you ask what happened to him or do you ask what did he do to make that happen? Both are valid questions, but #1 came to your mind first, you are probably liberal.

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​Is The Holy Grail of an Immigration Deal Tax Reform?

Posted by Keeley on September 18, 2017 at 6:46 PM

​How badly does the voting public at large want a grand deal on the Dreamers v. Border Security trade-off? Roll Call suggests the polling shows not very much, but spend much of their time interviewing hard-left Democrats from Congress who of course will never accept anything less than full citizenship for Dreamers. And the few GOP they seem to quote are dead set against any sort of amnesty, like Rep Steve King, for example.

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​Amnesty Don? The Dinner That Was Heard Around America

Posted by Keeley on September 15, 2017 at 4:58 PM

​When Politico says that Trump's base may be untouchable and that Democrats have not found a way to tie together what Politico and their ilk see as Trump's weaknesses with a compelling narrative, you know that one is just around the corner. And has just turned the corner and is smiling in broad daylight for everyone to wonder over.

Or to rage over. Because this is different.

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​Memo to Intel Heads - Be Careful With Outsourcing (as in Kapersky Labs)

Posted by Keeley on September 13, 2017 at 6:59 PM

​If Hillary Clinton showed up at your door in slacks and a work shirt with a tool box and said she was going to fix your server in your basement that you use for your online business selling wool yarn, would you feel secure? No? How about Rex Tillerson? With a nifty little cap on to boot? Wait, how about James Comey, towering over you, standing there smiling coldly, just a step from your transom?

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​Why are The AG and the FBI Director Stonewalling Their Own Party in Congress?

Posted by Keeley on September 7, 2017 at 12:36 PM

​Irma is coming, no doubt about it. We all know how it works. A hurricane gathers force in the Eastern Atlantic and moves West towards and through the Caribbean, usually raking over at least part of the West Indies and landing somewhere between, and including, Mexico and Florida, or even further up the coast. How much damage any specific storm will actually do remains hard to predict. Each storm has it's own peculiar path that it will follow. And we can only prepare and wait.

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​DACA - The Mother of All Carve-Outs

Posted by Keeley on September 6, 2017 at 7:31 PM

​Congress has six months to come up with a DACA replacement or DACA look-alike. And they may not be able to do it. The GOP majority in the Senate is possibly too slim and we're about to find out how truly deep the divisions are in the GOP over immigration policy.

This is a disaster right?

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​Is the SPLC a Money Laundering Front?

Posted by Keeley on August 31, 2017 at 7:27 PM

​Outrage has been big business for at least a few years now, especially over the last few years. Media - both mainstream media in it's progressive majority and conservative minority, and smaller scale media - from a blog to a focused newsletter - have been able to profit from the anger swirling through America's and much of the Western World's cultures. Just look at CNN's profits and revenues over the last three years. Or MSNBC. Or Fox. Or many others.

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​Imagine Senator Arpaio and President Franken in 2020

Posted by Keeley on August 30, 2017 at 12:39 PM

​Joe Arpaio is now eyeing a run for a more overtly political position, like mayor. Or senator. Having been pardoned by the president last Friday, he now says he's ready to run for another office, rather than sherrif of Maricopa County, AZ. Democrats see a conspiracy brewing, with pardons galore being the get-out-of-jail card for any of the president's associates that might be charged by Special Counsel Mueller's team. Republicans are mostly angry or disappointed.

And Arpaio seems to love the rage and controversy. Sound familiar?

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​Arizona - Is There Any Middle Ground on Immigration Anymore?

Posted by Keeley on August 24, 2017 at 2:36 PM

​In the aftermath of President Trump's Arizona rally-style speech, immigration has once again reminded everyone how divided America is on the issue. Michael Brendan Dougherty, formerly of Reason and now at National Review, has written a piece on how Trump is sabotaging his own agenda. And Dougherty's conclusion is that Trump is not serious about immigration.

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Bannon's Gone - What Changes Now?

Posted by Keeley on August 22, 2017 at 8:05 PM

Time is changing under Trump's presidency. It is compressing, swirling into time-space eddies, forming whirlpools that gather speed and pull you in. Watergate - in terms of the pace of events not necessarily the legal and political substance - was a bucolic stroll in the woods compared to the last few months. A possible nuclear confrontation with North Korea has been banished from our conscience by Charlottesville and the widening divisions - like a spreading fault line in 2012, the film - are accelerating.

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Does America Have Cancer? Shapiro's Deadly Metaphor

Posted by Keeley on August 18, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Ben Shapiro says America has cancer. The antifa left and the alt-right are eating away at the body of mainstream politics and creating a growing, deadly tumor that will presumably, to follow Shapiro's metaphor, devour the middle ground and kill off democracy in America. One riot at a time. It's a compelling argument, but as dangerous as the cancer he is warning us all about.

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Ivanka Got It Right Her Father Got It Wrong

Posted by Keeley on August 15, 2017 at 9:03 PM

How far should you go to defend the First Amendment? Is it limitless what should be permitted under Free Speech? This is a hard question to answer because it puts one at the watershed, between two slopes that lead radically away from each other. On one side, the antifa pushes you towards denouncing a large part of America's history. Should every statue anywhere in America that is associated in any way with the Confederacy be torn down? Let's have a debate on this issue shall we? Not really, the statutes are coming down already. More will fall. Will any governor or mayor risk putting police forces on maximum alert to prevent any groups from downing statues? Action is moving faster than the First Amendment and defining a new reality.

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What the Raid on Manafort's Home Means

Posted by Keeley on August 11, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Andrew McCarthy has been following Special Counsel Mueller's investigation in a series of articles in National Review, and in his latest he decries the blurring of lines between a counterintelligence investigation - which is far ranging and not meant to find facts that point to guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and a criminal investigation which has clearly defined judicially imposed limits. So, which one is it Mueller? And by extension, what are the reasons for the pre-dawn raid on Paul Manafort's home, the day AFTER he testified before Congress.

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Democrats Once Wanted Points Based Immigration for America

Posted by Keeley on August 10, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Don't progressives seem to love Canada's Prime Minister. So unlike President Trump, especially in regards to immigration, right? Handing out winter coats to Syrian refugees. Now that's a real immigration policy! Why couldn't America have him as president?

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