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FANg’s Property Rights and Free Speech

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:18:43 +0000

The Daily Beast lament that the Democrats have yet to “crack the code” for turning the resistance (to Trump of course) into political victory. What if they have the code but the code is wrong? The resistance will not accept the legitimacy of President Trump’s election. Whether they be DOJ officials or intel community analysts […]



Just Get Someone

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:19:20 +0000

Just Get Someone © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved.   The November 2016 election of Donald Trump has so incensed the liberal mainstream media and the Democratic establishment that they’ve become virtually unhinged emotionally in their zeal to delegitimize and torpedo his presidency. Far from “coming together as one country after a hard-fought election […]



Will the White House Have to Wait Mueller Out?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:57:47 +0000

Over at thecipherbrief.com – the intel communityish newsletter with a heavyweight line up of expert contributors – John Sipher (no it’s not his site), a former CIA analyst, gleefully sets up a Catch-22 that many in the intel community hope leads to some way to impeach Trump. After outlining the difference between a counter-intelligence investigation, […]



The Process Idol – a D.C. Tragedy

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:11:52 +0000

Process where is they sting? Everywhere if you’re not careful. Ok, no that’s not a quote from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. But it may just be that process – that idol worshipped in the halls of Congress and throughout the labyrinths of many a government department or intelligence agency – is in fact a jealous idol. […]



Leaks – or What Made Us Stop Watching Mulder and Scully?

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:04:22 +0000

First it was class warfare. The first wave of marxism was all about eliminating private property rights and ownership in order to control the means of production and liberate the working class. By the latter half of the 20th century, the concept of liberation struggle (usually violent) was extended to gender, then race, then even […]



Made out of Mettle?

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:56:11 +0000

Made out of Mettle? © 2017, Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. I don’t know if it’s a male-female thing or not. Probably somewhat—I’d venture an off-the-cuff guess and say that nearly every guy thinks about this from time to time, but probably far fewer women give this any thought at all. Some do, no question, […]



Perception is Reality

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 22:27:00 +0000

Perception Is Reality © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. “Perception is reality” is a truism in most areas of human experience, but perhaps more so in politics than any other realm. Zealots on all sides know that if they can create an enduring, indelible image—whether positive or negative—in the minds of the populace, that […]



Andrew Cuomo Shows the Way Forward From Paris

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:05:29 +0000

Yes it must be tres jolie to fly to Paris and save the world from a possible 1.8 C increase in temperature over a multi-decade period. And then indulge in some of the City of LIght’s notorious (and no doubt notoriously expensive) temptations. But we shouldn’t assume that climate lobbyists and experts are quite at […]



NATO Heads of State Smirk in the Middle of a War

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:12:47 +0000

Donald Rumsfeld was right. Europe is old. Perhaps not as old a culture as China’s, for example. But the continent is buried beneath its history, its wars, its dead. And that means all the ghosts that haunt Europe often cause European states individually and collectively to fight the last war. So the question is: is […]



Never Mind Collusion – It’s Now About Process

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:04:34 +0000

Ok, this is not good and is very troubling in fact. Byron York writing in the Washington Examiner a day or two ago, points out that the Russia Investigation is now a far more dangerous thing for President Trump. Never mind the surprisingly Reagan-like budget the White House has released. Never mind Trump’s speech in […]



The Great Bozeman Incident and Escalation in America

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:10:03 +0000

What shall we call them? The Gianforte Tapes? Does that sound just a little Nixonian? For all you public-hearted Democrats like Connecticut’s Jim Himes. Democratic Representative of the people of the good state of Connecticut. Who has helpfully de-escalated a handbags incident in Bozeman between Gianforte and Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs. By saying that all […]



Never Reveal What a Russian Hacker Can’t Steal

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:22:02 +0000

Have you heard of Automated Indicator Sharing capability? No? Well, rumors are that the Trump administration is hoping you get to find out a little more about this intel-sharing program run through the Department of Homeland Security. It apparently involves intelligence sharing between several intel actors in the international community. Does it include Russia? That […]



Ross Douthat Demands the 25th – Domenech Differs

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:38:44 +0000

We’re back at the 25th amendment it seems. Thanks to the NYT’s Ross Douthat, who has followed up on fellow, so-called conservative David Brook’s assessment of President Trump as a child, with the only possible solution according to Douthat: remove President Trump from office by using the 25th amendment. The presidency has become too imperial […]



What’s in a Name? Business and Politics

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:56:49 +0000

What’s in a Name? © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. Naming. The final frontier. Either Marketing has identified a brilliant long-range strategic opening that will revolutionize everything or Sales has won their argument and we’ll be producing a “me-too” fast-tracked defensive response product to counter our biggest competitor’s latest gizmo. Either way, Industrial Design […]



What Was Revealed? What Should Be Asked?

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:31:09 +0000

If there is indeed a very unfortunate ISIS double agent – perhaps in Jordan whose King received a phone call from the White House during the past day or so it is reported – who is being or has been tortured to death because of the latest leak about Trump and the Russian ambassador and […]



Trump’s Tweets on Comey and the Need for An Independent Investigation

Fri, 12 May 2017 23:10:24 +0000

There are important reasons why Trump was elected President, that have to do with how the country deals with it’s rural and urban divides. Even as broad labels like rural and urban or coastal and heartland bely enormous diversity within even individual regions in America. These reasons may not matter much longer if President Trump […]



Comey, Putin, Fusion and Steele – Now That’s a Party!

Tue, 09 May 2017 20:13:19 +0000

The Senate is not just the next pitstop for the TrumpHouseCare healthcare bill, now that it’s cleared the first hurdle. But there also is – among other things – that ongoing Russia investigation that seemed to be the only thing that mattered mere weeks ago. And a few days back. there was a very interesting […]



The 2020 Democratic Bench

Mon, 08 May 2017 12:38:18 +0000

The 2020 Democratic Bench © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. It’s never too early to speculate. The Democrats are fired up for the 2020 Presidential election in a way they haven’t been in years. The pall of Hillary Clinton’s loss to the supremely unqualified, fraudulent shell of a candidate that was and is Donald […]



You Can’t Have It Both Ways

Fri, 05 May 2017 17:38:22 +0000

You Can’t Have It Both Ways © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. It’s human nature: When Person A finally takes the action or adopts the position favored by Person B, the inclination is for Person B to continue to be dissatisfied with Person A and not give them any credit for their move. Person […]



Do We Want a Bi-Coastal Media Bubble?

Wed, 03 May 2017 23:26:55 +0000

Warren Henry makes a great point in his recent analysis of America’s infamous media bubble. No, there’s no quotes here around the phrase: media bubble. Because it is what it is. A big bi-coastal bubble. Here’s what Henry said in a newsletter a few days back: It’s worth noting that for many years, journalism was […]



Close Call on NAFTA? or Hardball Tactics?

Mon, 01 May 2017 23:03:59 +0000

Who called who? As attention focuses on Congress and President Trump getting a one week extension on funding signed before midnight on Friday, there was a supposedly very close call with NAFTA this week. President Trump had an executive order ready to be signed that would have withdrawn America from the trade agreement. But then […]



A Begging Wall and the Other Walls

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:24:38 +0000

This is a tale of two (sets of) walls. One wall is begging for funds. The other walls are being firmed up, at least temporarily, by a San Francisco, (if not a 9th circuit), court decision. The same people who want to tear down the wall that is now begging for funds, are the ones […]



President Trump: Seriously vs. Literally

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:40:20 +0000

  President Trump: Seriously vs. Literally   © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved.   Some politicians are Charmers, like Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and JFK. They have charisma, a personal attractiveness that makes them appealing to a wide swath of voters of all races, genders and ethnicities. Voters of their own party are absolutely […]



A Job Suggestion for Jason Chaffetz

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:23:07 +0000

Did we overlook the Oversight Committee when everyone was caught flat-footed in the kitchen having a cup of coffee when suddenly Jason Chaffetz decided to bail on a promising political career? Is that really what the Utah Republican’s surprise announcement is all about? The theory goes that Chaffetz – chairman of the House Committee on […]



Georgia’s 6th the Run-Off Election and Black Swans

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:42:39 +0000

By the time Democrat hard-left progressive poster boy John Ossoff faces off against GOP contender Karen Handel – former Georgia Secretary of State – in a June 20 run-off election in Georgia’s 6th, a few things may or will have happened: Government will have been shut down – temporarily but how long is anyone’s guess […]



Why Doolittle Matters After 75 Years

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:14:32 +0000

Why the Doolittle Raid Still Matters 75 Years Later © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All Rights Reserved. History is always relevant if we’re willing to learn from it. A good example is the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo Japan on April 18th, 1942. By way of quick background, the United States was forced into World War II […]



What Do Kansas’ 4th and Georgia’s 6th Special Elections Mean?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:28:18 +0000

It’s all over for the GOP. 2018 will be a disaster. We’ll lose the House. Why? Kansas. Kansas will lose us the House? No, Estes! Estes or Kansas? Estes is in Kansas! And he, what? Lost an election? No, he won the election. And that’s why we’ll lose the House? Yes. Because Estes won. By […]



How Real Is the Bannon-Kushner Battle?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:39:26 +0000

It’s time to take a closer look at Jared Kushner. Not just the photos of him that lately have shown him as a gaunt and alert presence – a little like a tall, much better looking Nosferatu, gazing darkly at some perhaps unsuspecting target. The problem is, this liberal, New York, (yes he’s from New […]



Follow the Votes

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:11:24 +0000

Follow the Votes © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved.   There’s an old cliché that applies to many situations: “Follow the money.” This means, of course, that many actions, statements and rationalizations are best understood when the observer realizes that the initiator has their own financial self-interests at heart as they undertake various acts […]



Syria Must not Trap America in a Quagmire

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:54:24 +0000

As the Senate Majority party – the GOP of course – exercises the nuclear option and allows cloture with a simple majority vote, there is an interesting historical connection that arises. One that seems very relevant today. Cloture – the ending of debate on Senate bills – came into being in 1917 during WW I, […]