Third Party & Independents

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by liz on November 26, 2015 at 1:31 AM

WatchBlog wishes a very Happy Thanksgiving to all. Have a healthy and safe day giving thanks and celebrating with your family and friends.

"We are grateful for the blessings of faith and health and strength and for the imperishable spiritual gifts of love and hope. We give thanks, too, for our freedom as a nation; for the strength of our arms and the faith of our friends; for the beliefs and confidence we share; for our determination to stand firmly for what we believe to be right and to resist mightily what we believe to be base; and for the heritage of liberty bequeathed by our ancestors which we are privileged to preserve for our children and our children's children." - John F. Kennedy (1961)

Debating Iraqi Intelligence Again

Posted by AllardK on November 25, 2015 at 9:22 PM

Can Obama now blame Centcom supervisors for his deadly stumbles with regards to containing Islamic State forces in Iraq? Apparently documents were edited to make Iraqi army defeats look like re-deployments, thus sparing the military the embarrassment of having their trained Iraqi allies make a mess of things on the battlefield.

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Will There Be an Alternative to Obamacare?

Posted by AllardK on November 20, 2015 at 9:28 PM

As UnitedHealth pulls out of the ACA, aka Obamacare, the question of it's costs and benefits rage across the comments sections of countless media articles.

The first problem is agreeing on the benefits. Are there less uninsured people? Yes, most definitely. Are the other economic benefits of affordable coverage for people who already had some form of insurance coverage prior to Obamacare crystal clear? Hardly.

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It's Not Up to the Governors...

Posted by MichaelMears on November 17, 2015 at 7:28 PM

In the last 24 hours, more than have of state Governors have rejected the settlement of incoming Syrian refugees in their states. It's a very emotional and sensitive topic, but the bottom line is the final decision is made under the president's purview.

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Getting Postal With Hillary and Bernie

Posted by AllardK on November 13, 2015 at 6:12 PM

While some go postal - unavoidable pun - over Bernie Sanders plan to bring some banking services to the US Post Office, the real issue as far as Democrats and banks go, lies with Hillary. Which two senators, back in 2005, filibustered GOP legislation that would have held Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to tougher standards with respect to loan quality and capital requirements, among other things?

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Thank you, Veterans!

Posted by liz on November 11, 2015 at 1:42 PM

Today we give thanks to all of the men and women who so bravely served this country, we love and call home. We especially want to thank all of the contributors and members here on WatchBlog who have served for the grand ol' USA.

Sometimes it's easy to be critical in the current events and happenings (as we can see here in debate), but when you look or experience anything outside of the USA, you feel overwhelming gratitude to call this home. We are surrounded by American heroes of the past and of the present. How humble and grateful these men and women make us feel to live in this magnificent homeland.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The Gang of Three Targets Rubio

Posted by AllardK on November 9, 2015 at 1:09 PM

The Gang of Three is after Rubio. No, not Cruz, Carson, & Trump. Rather Sullivan, Hamburger, & Roig-Franzia - all writers at the Washington Post, each with their speciality. That would be national politics; money & politics; and style, culture, and politics, respectively. A perfect triangulation aiming straight for Rubio's aspirations to be the GOP nominee for president.

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Boehner's Big Regret As Speaker

Posted by AllardK on November 2, 2015 at 7:54 PM

As Boehner gets set to wrap up his career on the hill having handed the gavel to Ryan, his big regret is the famous, the show-stopping-had-it-been-a-show, the marvelous, the amazing debt deal. The one from 2011 that almost was except for the other guy. And the other guy - Boehner or Obama - really means the Democrats or the Republicans in Congress who just wouldn't give Boehner or Obama what was needed to seal the deal.

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You See? They Really Do Know

Posted by AllardK on October 29, 2015 at 12:19 PM

It got a little nasty fighting for scarce air time between themselves and then the audience turned on them. Yes indeed, Quintanilla, Quick & Harwood did not have the best of nights. And, bless him, it was Ted Cruz - who had a good night along with Rubio, surprisingly - who called them out and took on their divisive questioning and demanded a more substantive tone to their questions.

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What Was Trump Thinking?

Posted by AllardK on October 22, 2015 at 6:59 PM

What was Trump thinking of? And how dare he attack Jeb's brother over a carefully concealed plot by a small cell of al qaeda terrorists? All true, and it provoked a very reasonable and even righteous response on Jeb's part. Come out swinging for your big brother, as Jeb and his advisors have done. But this is hardly the first time that they have declared war on Trump and recent polls still put Trump in the high 20's while Jeb is below 10 percent in most of the polls.

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Pols and Responsibility

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Politicians are almost always immune from responsibility for things that happened during their reign of office. Much like how Hillary is voicing a position that much of Benghazi happened before she came to be DOS and/or after she left DOS.

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Volunteering (information) at the DHS

Posted by AllardK on October 12, 2015 at 7:07 PM

Yes indeed, Wikipedia is becoming a snake-pit of a swamp. Your biography nowadays is not merely a set of facts gathered from a variety of perspectives and hashed through the blockchain of Wiki rules and its collaborative non-centric building of information. No, in fact you have to worry about someone with your private key - that encoded seemingly random alpha-numeric thingy - sitting in a DHS office, where they deal with monitoring every bit of information that may provide clues on where a breach in national security may occur. And that person editing a GOP House member's biography on Wikipedia. Your biography in fact.

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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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