Gists from a WaPo article titled "The GOP's remedy for 'pay-to-play". A major reason for Cantor losing his position was that he lost at the polls over his perceived support for Wall St and banking, wasn't taking care of the home folks.» Continue reading "Pay-to-Play And Distaste For Politics"...
What do you say to John and Diane Foley, the parents of James Foley, who was decapitated in a barbaric, and sickening ritual by a crazed terrorist who happens to be a member of ISIS? How do you bring justice to bear on a terrorist act like this? Kidnappings for ransom money, large amounts of ransom money, have become a staple of Al-Qaeda and now of ISIS as well. The Europeans - with the exception of the British - have been only too happy to oblige, to the tune of $125 million according to some estimates. ISIS wanted to catch up to that total in a hurry with James Foley - they also hold other hostages. They purportedly asked for $100 million in ransom money. Needless to say, no ransom was paid.
The Justice Department will be there. The FBI is coming. The State Highway Patrol is already there. So is Al Sharpton, and the beleaguered local police have been pushed to the background to provide support presumably. Ferguson has seen night after night of violence - until Thursday evening when protests were peaceful. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is under critical scrutiny as his past political decisions are being dragged back out into the open to suggest that he has been less than helpful to the state's African American community in the past, and in the present. President Obama has asked that we find out "exactly what happened" in order to bring justice and order - or order so that justice can then proceed - and resolve what has quickly become a crisis. Unfortunately, those three words, exactly what happened, are going to prove difficult, especially politically.
What Robin Williams meant to each of us and all of us is likely impossible to define. What is very clear and easy to define was his support for US troops in the fight against terrorism. He saw with clarity what 9/11 meant and the enormous task at hand facing the free world as a result of the emergence of international terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Taliban. While Hollywood divides along political lines like anywhere else, Robin Williams unqualified support for the men and women who place themselves in harm's way was perhaps more unusual among his colleagues than it should have been. This was not always the case.» Continue reading "Making the Troops Laugh"...
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This business of getting to full blown globalism and an NWO is many faceted and staggering in scope, downright scary in some cases.
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House Republicans have been practically yanked off their flights back home to spend one more night in Washington in a final attempt at agreeing on some sort of House bill on immigration. The House leadership wants some sort of proposed legislation before the summer recess as proof that they have ideas on how to fix the current border crisis. It, of course is pure theatre: the Senate has their own plan and will give scant attention to, much less pass, any House plan. But more than that, to suggest or worry that there are no ideas on immigration on the part of House Republicans is to side with those with those who believe that, at its heart, the current border crisis is a humanitarian problem and not one if security and law. The issue is essentially binary: you prioritize aid, shelter, education, housing, and even citizenship for those who break the law; or you prioritize a physically and legally secure border that is both a literal and figurative line in the sand. There is no common ground, only compromises for the sake of political expediency.
Plausible deniability comes from the intelligence community and apparently the term was first put down in embryonic form during the early years of the Cold War. It allows people higher up the chain of command to deny knowledge of, and avoid responsibility for, actions performed by their subordinates. It was designed to allow US government officials to avoid criticism associated with covert actions carried out by intelligence agents in the field. It's understandable, to an extent, in the life and death world of the late 40's where nuclear war had suddenly become a real possibility thanks to Melita Norwood and other Soviet spies that gave the USSR enough secrets to even out the balance of military power.
Nuclear power plant operators in Germany have set aside 34 billion euros in anticipation of the cost of scrapping Germany's nuclear power program. It is estimated that it will be insufficient. As the world awaits some sort of response to Russia's role in the MH-17 tragedy, it is worthwhile to reflect on the importance of energy independence. Chancellor Merkel and the EU's response has, so far, been less than robust to put it mildly. Russian gas is of course to blame. It shouldn't be the case in a rational world, but the only rational response to Russian aggression is to place a high enough cost on Putin's actions to at least make him think twice. Any real sanctions must involve energy and that would mean higher energy bills for the average German and European voter.
Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments of Progressivism
Finally, someone willing to express what a liberal believes. At least someone on the left has some guts.
Real Clear Politics has released polls on the Republican and Democratic New Hampshire Primaries and if you're a Democrat, it seems to be over already. Hillary is so far ahead, the rest of the Democratic field seem like rounding numbers. That should clear things up for GOP candidates who - as of now and with more than six months to go - face a very competitive race. While they may not be sure who among them will be the winner, they have a pretty good idea of who they will be facing. Why is Hillary so far ahead? In an interview with freelance reporter Samuel Rosales-Avila, he provoked her with a tough question about whether she was too old or not healthy enough to run for president. "It's my turn. I've done my time, and I deserve it." she snapped at him and then stormed out of the interview, which is now off-the-record apparently. Now it might not be fair to start with Bob Dole comparisons at this point because we still have no idea who will be running against Hillary. But it is interesting to ask, why is Hillary Clinton running for president?
Allan Sloan has a good article in the WaPo today on how corporations are evading much of their tax liabilities. He laments that corporations, while receiving 'full benefits' are avoiding taxes and sticking Joe Citizen with the bill.» Continue reading "Subsidizing Corporations"...
Today's WaPo editorial relates that Montgomery County, Md is considering a bill that would change their CFR. This stems from a growing concern that labor unions and developers have exercised undue influence in local elections.» Continue reading "Local Bill For Cleaner Elections"...