Third Party & Independents

Chaffetz and That Big GOP Puzzle

Posted by AllardK on October 7, 2015 at 8:27 PM

When did Jason Chaffetz decide to ride a tank into Kevin McCarthy's nomination party? Clearly, McCarthy is not that popular with some conservative GOP House groups, and his ingenuous stumble on the Benghazi Committee has thrown Hillary a possible lifeline. Was McCarthy's flub on Hannity a key moment in convincing Chaffetz to suit up and aim high? Chaffetz has promised a more confrontational approach with regard to issues like the latest debt ceiling coming in early November. That means lining up McConnell's we-will-not-default promise and place-kicking it off the hill. And that does not sit will with moderate member of both chambers.

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One More Time

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM

Another mass killing at an education facility. This time in Oregon in a real rural setting, 65 miles to the nearest hospital, and so on - - -

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His Words in Philadelphia

Posted by AllardK on September 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM

He came and he conquered. And not merely the adoring masses, but true conservatives like Hugh Hewitt, many of whom have been skeptical of some of the Holy Father's pronouncements. Especially on economics where his distrust of capitalism is deep rooted and evident. But hearing him speak, his words rising with the intellectual vigor one would expect of a lively Jesuit-trained mind - who has lived through much and seen much in his life - seems to transform listeners.

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Pope Francis and Capitalism

Posted by AllardK on September 23, 2015 at 8:27 PM

Dear Patrick Michaels, you of the CATO Institute and of the faith that the accumulation of wealth and it's twin, the development of economies and societies, is the key to lowering pollution, know this: Pope Francis I is Argentine and, most respectfully of course, a Jesuit. He came of age during the first Peronista government, when it's links with Mussolini's Italy and to a much lesser extent, Hitler's Germany and Franco's Spain, were sharper and obvious to all. Including Peron himself. How deeply the young Bergoglio became involved with Peronism is debated and quietly hushed all at the same time. But corporatism, the organizing of society into sectors and groups under their leader, was all around him as he studied at a technical school to earn his degree as a chemical technician in the 50's.

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Give It Back, Barrack!

Posted by Weary_Willie on September 18, 2015 at 1:53 AM

Geir Lundestad, former secretary of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, in his book written after he left his position states:

"Even many of Obama's supporters believed that the prize was a mistake," Lundestad wrote in excerpts of the book read by The Associated Press. "In that sense the committee didn't achieve what it had hoped for."
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What Is Jake Tapper's Problem With Carly Fiorina?

Posted by AllardK on September 17, 2015 at 8:03 PM

The depth of talent - despite Jake Tapper's delight at prodding candidates into brawling - was impressive at the Reagan Library on Wednesday night. How to pick out clear winners in a format that allowed more back and forth was harder this time around. But there were certainly key moments in the debate. Trump was a touch more affable but got into scraps anyway, even if he and Jeb did a low-five at the end over Jeb's "eveready" quip. And Carson was somehow solid and unimpressive all at the same time; his inexperience in political debate showing through a little more especially in his delivery.

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Who Will Hillary Turn to?

Posted by AllardK on September 14, 2015 at 7:51 PM

A southern firewall is what Hillary will have to count on to contain Sander's growing popularity. That seems to be the current thinking around Black voters that tilt overwhelmingly for Hillary versus most if not all GOP candidates. Assuming Sanders upsets her campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire, Hillary's relation to Black voters - especially in key southern states like South Carolina and Florida - will be of crucial importance if Hillary is to somehow take back the nomination from Sanders. Will Obama endorse Hillary at some point? Or does Joe Biden enter the race and get the approving nod from his boss?

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Bernie Sanders Is About Picket Lines

Posted by AllardK on September 11, 2015 at 5:14 PM

Bernie Sanders is sweating it out on the campaign trail. Sweat as a virtue that is: he works the crowds across Iowa and the country and has built a base of devoted followers. So sweat as honest toil. And honest being the fact that the old-fashioned, left-wing, Vermont-based hippie really means what he says. And aging hippie would apply more to some of his followers than the junior senator from Vermont. Bernie toils with the issues - from an aggressively anti-business perspective that wholeheartedly supports unions. He actually joins picket lines even if he also gives podcasts. So he is, in a sense, old-fashioned. He may update his portfolio of issues to stay abreast of the latest evils of capitalism, but he goes at those issues like someone stumping from less media-centric eras.

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What an Oath of Office Means in Kentucky

Posted by AllardK on September 8, 2015 at 2:16 PM

George Washington added "So help me God" in his acceptance of the oath of the presidency of the United States, according to Washington Irving, a six-year old at the time of the swearing in. The evidence is unclear, but it may be that after Washington and until Lincoln, the phrase was dropped. It was Lincoln in 1861 who ordered all federal civilian employees to take an oath in support of the Union. This became the basis for currrent-day oaths. And the basis for elected official Kim Davis to be sentenced to jail for contempt of court, regarding her continued refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay - and then to all - couples in Kentucky. And it was Lincoln who appended "So Help me God" to his acceptance of the Oath in 1865, and who kissed the Bible afterwards as Washington himself had done.

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Broken Borders Around the World

Posted by AllardK on September 3, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Illegal immigration is a global problem. Failed states, or partially failed states, send waves of refugees and economic migrants streaming to where they believe they will find better opportunity. As they come from failed states, they are unaccustomed to living under the rule of law. That is, to living in a state where the rule of law is applied in a reasonably just manner. As such, they are desperately willing to do just about anything to reach their goal. In Budapest Hungary, the train station has been shut down these last few days to allow authorities to clear the station of illegals from the Middle East and Central Asia mostly, desperate to get on a train for Austria. Where they then get on a train for Germany. And some will likely take a few more trains to Calais in France in the hope of crossing the channel into the UK.

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Corpocracy alive and well

Posted by Roy Ellis on August 31, 2015 at 7:47 PM

A recent WP article on Solyndra and Lockheed leads one to perceive that corpocracy is alive and well.

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Challenging Birthright Citizenship

Posted by AllardK on August 26, 2015 at 7:46 PM

Changing the law on birthright citizenship isn't just a "a long and arduous path," as Senator Cruz stated; it's ages-old road that has had its turns and twists. So a little Latin is in order perhaps, and yes the Romans has a lot to do with that. Jus sanguinis - the right of blood literally - means you have to have one or more parent as a citizen of the state whose citizenship you are then entitled to. It's still the way a majority of nations in the world operate today. The Americas are the great exception having put in place jus soli - right of soil - in response to the waves of migration in the previous two centuries. But there is also Lex soli: the law of the state that conditions who can claim jus soli - or birthright citizenship - and under what conditions they may do so. Europe is a case of Lex Soli, which means your parents have to meet certain legal standards for you to become a citizen of the state you were born in.

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Slow Motion Dance Towards Armageddon

Posted by AllardK on August 25, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Is the media fuss over the AP story that Iran will self-inspect a fraud? That seems an exaggeration at best, but the edits to the original story, which essentially took out some granularity and replaced it with a sort of cover statement that it wasn't clear "how" these inspections would proceed, have caused a lot of crossed tweets between critics and AP journalists. The IAEA has stated that the story is "misleading" but as the debate goes back and forth over whether AP reporters were somehow duped, the details that do remain show how carefully the IAEA have to tip toe around the Iranian regime to be able to hopefully perform inspections on sites that could have weapon capability within a few years. The fact that we have even reached this stage is disturbing and the fear is that - rather than send false info to reporters in America as some have suggested - Israel will have to take matters into its own hands. Like in Iraq over 30 years ago.

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The Washington Consensus on Immigration

Posted by AllardK on August 18, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Guess what: the not-very-Tumpista Fox news poll is showing Trump at 25%. In second place, it's Ben Carson with almost identical numbers, (12% a little less than half of Trump's numbers), to his PPP poll numbers from last week. And Ted Cruz is in third with 10% having had, one suspects, a very nice bump as well from his polished fury at the debates in Cleveland. Yes Jeb Bush is next at 9%, but what strikes one is where Marco Rubio sits: in 9th place with just 4% and barely ahead of Chris Christie and Rand Paul. And clearly, immigration is an important issue as far as voters' view of the GOP candidates. That might explain Rubio's fall after his apparently polished performance in the GOP debate.

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Marco and Ben and Black Lives Matter

Posted by AllardK on August 14, 2015 at 2:57 PM

Speaking on Fox, Senator Rubio talked about Black Lives Matter - who are making a habit of disrupting campaign events for Republicans and Democrats alike - and what to do about the protests. Everyone seems to have a handy statistic on young black men and their likelihood to end up in jail or die a violent death, often at the hands of other young black males. Senator Marco, for example, stated that they are much more likely to end up in jail than go to college or university. And he mentioned the case of a friend who is a professional and black, and who in the last 18 months has been stopped 8 times while driving without being charged.

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