Third Party & Independents

Bring Back Kasich's Root-Canal Fiscal Policy

Posted by AllardK on July 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Does anyone remember when Kasich - House Budget Committee Chairman at that time - threatened to eliminate the Commerce Department back in the 90's? Live on TV? In the heat of the budget battles that the new crop of GOP House members had with Clinton's White House, Kasich suggested the nation could get by fine without the services of the Commerce Department. Right next to him was Pete Domenici, at that point already one of the longest serving senators from New Mexico. And Domenici tried to rein in the - then - feisty young fellow Republican before some serious budget cuts actually did away with a stalwart of beltway bureaucracy.

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You want to ban this flag?

Posted by Weary_Willie on July 21, 2015 at 11:41 PM

They lost, sure, ban it.

Then you must accept the consequences.

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Thanks to the Iran Deal, the Middle East Is Now M.a.D.

Posted by AllardK on July 15, 2015 at 7:22 PM

Israel's nuclear ambiguity is no longer a sustainable policy, thanks to the Iran deal. The so-called "bomb in the basement" needs to be brought above ground, both metaphorically and literally, and Iran has to know the consequences of any action it may take at some point in the future against the state of Israel. That's where Israel, it's leaders, and it's people now find themselves thanks to the Obama administration and it's partners in the recently announced deal to ease sanctions and provide some sort of control over Iran's nuclear program. The Middle East is now entering a period of Mutually Assured Destruction, and the cold-war nuclear strategists can dust off their resumes and text books and find a whole new career advising Israel how to ensure it's presumably newly visible nuclear arsenal will provide ex-ante rather than ex-post deterrence. As, for example, Professor Beres and Admiral Edney (both retired) have done in an article in US News.

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We the Sheeple of the U.S. of A.

Posted by MichaelMears on July 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM

... need to start forming our own opinions and making decisions based on our own beliefs and values. This Donald Trump nonsense has gone way too far and a majority of people don't have a clue how it started. To be totally honest, I read what he said shortly after it happened and I kind of laughed to myself because I understood the point he was making and the cause, but was it politically incorrect? Yes.

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Justice Thomas and His Dissent

Posted by AllardK on July 8, 2015 at 9:24 PM

Justice Thomas' dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges has drawn a storm of criticism from predictable quarters and a few admiring opinions as well. His was the only dissent to deal with inter-racial marriage citing Loving v. Virginia from 1967. The key question for Justice Thomas revolves around the founding fathers' conception of liberty as well as Thomas' own strong views on dignity. For him, the right to due process involves an infringement of liberty as meant in the Declaration of Independence and it's famous words, not the right to government benefits. In his words,

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EC 101

Posted by Roy Ellis on July 1, 2015 at 8:33 PM

Cuba and US back to biz as usual. Stand by for a new influx of 'huddling masses' needing a job. Puerto Rico on it's back so we should expect more huddling masses from there, and so on - - -

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Judge Presnell and Marcus Dwayne Robertson

Posted by AllardK on June 30, 2015 at 9:33 PM

How high a bar does prosecutorial evidence have to clear in order for someone like Marcus Dwayne Robertson to be convicted? It's a reasonable question to ask, seeing that U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell has thrown out the case against Robertson, who is accused of aiding and training or inspiring potential American jihadists to emigrate to training camps abroad. Robertson was the leader of crazed muslim bank-robbing gang Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves that robbed and killed in New York in the early 90's. At the time he was also close to Omar Rahman, the "Blind Shiek" responsible for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. As in he was the shiek's bodyguard. And it gets worse. Robertson is an ex-marine trained in:

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Therian Wimbush's Excessive Litigation

Posted by AllardK on June 25, 2015 at 7:18 PM

A few years ago, the House Judiciary Committee, investigating the effect of excessive litigation on the United States' global competitiveness, was told of five types of litigation abuse by plaintiffs counsel: improperly recruiting plaintiffs, importing foreign claims, piggybacking off government investigations, pursuing aggregate litigation, and seeking third party litigation financing. They forgot to add a sixth: plain old crazy litigation by self-represented plaintiffs. In Georgia, the bizarre case of Recardo and Therian Wimbush, and their nine children - one of whom they essentially locked up for months in a sealed room with a bucket for toilet - has added a new chapter. Therian Wimbush is suing all the principal actors in the case against her and her husband for false and malicious defamation. And the amount? Why for $500 million. US dollars to be precise. Although in almost any currency, save Zimbabwean dollars, that's a lot of money. In fact, at current rates, that's 1.38 million US dollars, if 500 million is measured in Zimbabwean dollars.

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Bureaucrats and the Pursuit of Your Happiness

Posted by AllardK on June 22, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Existing Home sales are up nicely and new home sales are expected to follow and prices are firming as well in the face of limited inventory growth. 30 year mortgage rates are around 4% and will rise slightly at some point in the future as the Fed finally begins to lightly tap on the gas pedal. All we need is Ike in the White House right? Wrong. As the economy slowly builds a stable base and things improve, the mood in America is far from sunny. As conservatives debate the flag flying in South Carolina with many saying it's time to take it down, and while liberals and other progressives rage at it's presence; as incomes stay low to stagnant for the majority of workers; as the Middle East slides into a medieval cauldron of terror and violence; as gender continues to be a reason for conflict and show trials on college campuses and as we all worry about how education - especially public education - can keep up with a tech world that innovates and destroys and innovates again faster than the blink of an eye; after all that who can afford to be happy? And health issues like Obamacare? Better to stop right now.

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Jeb Bush and the Democratic Establishment

Posted by AllardK on June 17, 2015 at 7:09 PM

Some people are still arguing about the 92 election and Ross Perot's supposed role as a spoiler. If you believe the spoiler crowd, the diminutive Texan cost Jeb Bush's father the election. Others insist that given the economy and the tailing off of the Iraq War boost, as well as 12 years of GOP administrations, Clinton had a low hurdle to climb over and would have won with or without Perot in the election. Does Jeb Bush feel that he now has to compete with a whole host of Ross Perots? If only all those pesky GOP rivals would drop out, or at least most of them, we could have a serious GOP nomination process. The kind that rewards the establishment candidate with his - or theoretically her - turn at the White House.

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Mrs. Undecided's Followers

Posted by AllardK on June 15, 2015 at 6:36 PM

The leader in the GOP race according to a recent national poll by Monmouth University is a candidate named Mrs. Undecided. With almost double the numbers at 20 points of second place Ben Carson who has 11, Mrs. Undecided is the clear leader at this point in the GOP race, having surged over 6 points in 2 months. With a wide field of candidates, it's not surprising that undecideds - as the followers of Mrs. Undecided are called - are high. Looking at the top issues of concern to GOP voters:

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Elvis, Ike and Toll Booths

Posted by AllardK on June 11, 2015 at 5:27 PM

In 1956, Elvis had his 1954 pink-and-white Cadillac and Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 into law in late June. Like Elvis, the Highway Act and it's needy twin, The Highway Trust Fund, grew and grew and grew. The one in popularity and sales and concerts and films and fame, the other in terms of the tax bite it took from drivers. And nearly 60 years later, the Highway Trust Fund once again needs to cover shortfalls. But both Congress and the general public - which means drivers really - have had enough. And that has GOP legislators, along with Democrats in Congress, casting far and wide to fill the funding gap while letting drivers fill their tanks without any further increases in fuel-related excise taxes. And that means earnings held overseas by U.S. corporations hoping for a reduction in what is a historically and internationally high corporate tax rate are in the sights of Congress. They hope to force repatriation of those earnings and use the collected taxes to top off the Highway Trust Fund and cover shortfalls.

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Ralph Thinks Hillary Is a Hawk?

Posted by AllardK on June 8, 2015 at 7:49 PM

Elizabeth Warren is not running for president. She meant what she said, apparently. So her supporters might back Vermont independent Sanders, because they really have nowhere else to go. And Sanders is - realistically speaking - an amusing distraction from the central dynamics of the campaign: a diverse field of GOP contenders against warhorse Hillary Clinton. The descriptive term seems apt given Ralph Nader's opinion that Hillary would be as tough as Lindsey Graham on defense issues if only gender politics wouldn't keep getting in the way.

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Why Is This A Controversy?

Posted by Weary_Willie on June 4, 2015 at 9:18 PM

Trade in Services Agreement

It's not an abdication of power when you consider the 3 types of trade agreements (treaties) the president can negotiate.

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Rawlings-Blake Better Build Bridges

Posted by AllardK on May 29, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Have police in Baltimore responded to Mayor Rawlings-Blake loose hand with rioters in the wake of Freddie Gray riots in late April with a go-slow work policy? That is, are they now working to rule, so to speak, after 6 of them have been charged in the 25-year-old's death while in custody? Or have criminals taken advantage of the perceived judicial leash on police in Baltimore to go on a crime rampage?

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