An article,'The Roughed Up American', by Robert Samuelson in today's WaPo related the true facts as to how citizens have fared, economically over the last decade or so.» Continue reading "The Facts Are Catching Up To Globalisation"...
Besides the modern precedence of President Obama’s defeats in the Supreme Court in regards to their 9-0 rulings against him, the President has repeatedly violated the wording and spirit of the Constitution, as well as his own words, several times in waging war, a power that was given to the Congress for a variety of good reasons.» Continue reading "Obama, the Unconstitutional War President"...
The terrorists in ISIS come from around the world, especially the developed world, according to info-grams at CNN's site. Finland, in percentage terms, has a relatively large population of jihadists in ISIS for example. Australia, Canada, the USA of course, and Britain and France all have residents who have joined the crazed army that is terrorizing locals and foreigners alike. For all those determinists who love to point to poverty as the ultimate cause, this data is an obvious refutation of their posture. This is ideology at work, a fanatical creed with delusions of medieval empire; a Caliphate that can act as the base for further conquest. That means any Western citizen, and especially American citizens, anywhere in the world are targets of ISIS. They are a criminal group. They are a terrorist organization. They are a religious organization with military and political ambitions. If there ever was an enemy of the USA and the Western World, ISIS is it.
America's one-size-fits-all war on drugs has been going on for quite some time now with not much to show for it. Former government researchers from the UK have ranked 10 of the most frequently abused drugs (including alcohol) according to their relative harm. It's an effort to drive home the fact that what we think we know about the nature of drug harm is either incomplete or, in some cases, flat-out wrong.» Continue reading "The legalization of drugs is not a political issue, but a scientific one"...
The question of what to do with immigration in the United States is certainly a complex one, and with a number of important elections on the horizon, in which immigration will almost certainly play a significant role, now is as good an opportunity as any to explore the issue in detail.» Continue reading "Immigration: More of the Same This Election Season?"...
ISIS now has a female hostage from the west coast, and are demanding $6.6 million for her release. They are also demanding the release of the Pakistani neuroscientist who plotted to kill American officials and sits in jail in Texas, serving an 86 year term. She was educated in the USA by the way. And there is at least one more American being held by them: Steven Joel Sotloff, a journalist who grew up in Miami, attended Central Florida, and was kidnapped after entering Syria from Turkey. They have apparently lowered their ransom demands but are surely just as willing to kill as before. At the same time, drone-based surveillance and missile attacks are being stepped up - not fast enough according to some - to try and disrupt ISIS on the ground in Syria and northern Iraq.
I like the President's plan of not rushing to knock ISIS out of the sand box too quickly.
Seems prudent to work to beef up the Iraqi military and use them to conduct 'take back' ops in Iraqi cities with the help of tactical airstrikes by the US. This would push ISIS into the desert where any large contingents could be attacked from the air.
ISIS troops would drift into Syria and war against the Assad regime. When either Assad or ISIS is declared a winner we could take advantage of a weakened force and start supporting the original rebel faction in Syria with airstrikes and weapons as needed.
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.