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The Inaugural Speech – Does It Truly Matter What Trump Says?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:37:40 +0000

Friday January 20, President Trump will address the nation, and the world. But his inaugural address is for America. Not the world. As much as the world will be watching, indeed many around the world watching uneasily because they sense their privileges and prosperity may be affected by Trump’s presidency. What will he say? Democrats […]

A Letter to Manuel Lin Miranda

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:20:13 +0000

Oscar Lopez Rivera returned from active duty in Vietnam to Chicago in 1967, the year Che Guevara was captured and executed as the Argentine terrorist who was Castro’s henchman and was an even crazier radical. The Che who later tried to inspire a revolution among reluctant Bolivian campesinos who were far more obedient to Moscow […]

Liberals Be Afraid – Trump’s Policies Might Work

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:04:35 +0000

As the global elite – the wealthy, wonky mandarins of globalization – gather in Davos, that D.C. fortress of statistics and wrong-headed policy recipes, the IMF, delivered a stark warning on the effects of Trump’s incoming administration. Global growth estimates have been revised. Upward. As Merkel and Trump fire shots across each other’s bows, and […]

How to Write Like a Dumb Russian Hacker

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:45:33 +0000

How sloppy has America’s intelligence community gotten? It’s a valid question, and one that Masha Gessen – the Russian American journalist/activist – explores with a careful rigor in a NY Review of Books article. A rigor that one wishes was in the report the intel community delivered to Congress, Obama, Trump, and the waiting world […]

Justice for the Emanuel Nine

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:51:03 +0000

On the 10th day of the first month of 2017, 12 jurors returned a death sentence for Dylann Roof. Not one of them decided to spare the unrepentant killer who ended the lives of the Emanuel Nine. A librarian, a speech therapist, a state senator, heads of families, mothers of teenage children. If these people […]

Imagine DNI Carly Fiorina Handling Spear Phishing

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:10:26 +0000

The storm continues over Russia’s intentions. But no one, including the President-Elect, can seriously argue that Russian operatives were not involved in the DNC and Podesta hacks and subsequent leaks. What effect those leaks had on the voting public last November 8, however, can be debated. But now, there is apparently information about another recent […]

James Clapper to Unleash the Public Report Next Week

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:42:09 +0000

The Democrats used to insist, a few long weeks ago, that FBI Director Comey was the reason why Hillary lost the election. Now it seems they prefer to blame the Russian hack: a term which suggests that Russian intelligence operatives or associates directly hacked the elections in America on November 8, 2016. Which is completely […]

Obama Wants Democrats to Avoid Talking About Healthcare Policy

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:29:27 +0000

By Tuesday, January 3, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi had already introduced a budget resolution aimed at resurrecting Congress’ previous attempt at repealing Obamacare. An attempt vetoed by Obama, of course, last year. A repeal bill is scheduled to be presented by January 27. That’s in a little over 3 weeks, which is at […]

Sneaking in Through the Back Door With Bob Goodlatte

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:39:12 +0000

Oh Commonwealth of Virginia! What the heck is your problem? Is it that your valleys and hills enfold the nation’s capital, creating some of the wealthiest suburbs in America? And that proximity creates a sense of privilege? At least in those zip codes well within the beltway. First there’s Mcauliffe, your governor. A partisan with […]

The Emerging Spy Wars With Russia

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:22:06 +0000

From CNN to FoxNews. From the New York Times to BBC World. Putin is everywhere. Yeltsin, no stranger to the world press, would have killed for this sort of publicity. And Gorbachev was on the front pages – if not the web pages; it was the late 80’s and early 90’s after all – usually […]

Obama Is the Chief Resister

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:58:07 +0000

Of course Trump and Obama have had nice phone calls. Obama is the master needler: gracious in private, but in public his eyes glowing with a subtle malice, as his voice, oh-so-reasonable, explains to his uncomprehending students/media/opponents why they shouldn’t be enraged by his acts. Remember this past summer, when he strolled through the courtyard […]

2016 – Losing a Duke and a Princess

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 02:14:02 +0000

We lost a duke in January. Thin, white, and filled with energy and creation right down to his last days in New York City. We now lose a princess in December. Too warm to be truly caustic with her wit, too witty to be truly tragic in her struggles with her demons, and a fame […]

What Will Trump Do With the Resistance?

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 02:09:08 +0000

Still stunned by Hillary’s loss of the 2016 election due to evil, archaic constructs like the Electoral College? Still in need of a safe space to spit and rage at all those bigoted fools who don’t agree with your hard-left, progressive vision of America? Take heart! Thou hast a lifeline to grab hold of and […]

Aleppo’s Ghosts – From Berlin to Ankara

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:30:09 +0000

Thank goodness for German authorities. Having quickly stated that the crazed truck driver and his accomplice(s?) had engaged in an act of terrorism, the dork at BBC World covering the tragedy could safely quote them. Rather than actually state the obvious all by his lonesome, and say that by all accounts this was yet another […]

The Electors’ Song – a Reminder

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:20:37 +0000

They’re stuffing your mailboxes Your inbox’s filled to the brim The phone won’t stop ringing Till they get ya to give in They’re threatening, begging, and pleading with you All them Liberals lining up In a Hollywood vi-de-o But you ain’t no civil servant The Party Picked you So do your darn job Or your […]

Bad Security at DNC Does not Mean Trump Is Nixon

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:43:31 +0000

Your face is lit by the glow of a laptop screen. The lines of code reflect across your glasses as the camera zooms in even closer, and your pupils narrow to two shining points of light. The tense preoccupation in your face morphs into astonished surprise, and then into hard-edged satisfaction, as you type code […]

What Tillerson’s Coming Nomination Battle Will Mean

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:18:31 +0000

What had been a running subplot throughout the campaign is now front and center. It’s all about Russia. Russia’s relationship with the President-Elect. More specifically Putin’s relationship with Trump. And with Rex Tillerson, Trump’s surprise nominee for Secretary of State. It’s all about the Russian hack and how Trump opponents have now pinned their last […]

John Glenn and the Attack at OSU

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:59:54 +0000

John Glenn would have likely been quietly resting in his condo in downtown Columbus, OH, when Abdul Arzak Ali Artan drove his Honda Civic into a crowd outside the Department of Materials Science and Engineering building on OSU’s sprawling campus, about 10 days ago. It’s hard to know whether he learned of the attack and […]

Mark Weston’s Great Tax Withholding Rebellion

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:29:07 +0000

Mark Weston has a running grudge against the Electoral College, and is willing to do just about anything to dismantle it. But what he really has grudge against, is the fact that large swaths of America are conservative, not progressive. And what really bothers him, enough to write a book or two on the subject, […]

What Is Sacred About the One China Policy?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:55:29 +0000

Taiwan – in the eyes of the foreign policy and diplomatic community – is a grenade with a pin in it. That pin, in their view, is the One China Policy. Not to be confused with the One China Principle. And don’t confuse the Republic of China – ROC to the in-crowd – with the […]

Elaine Chao – Unshackle America’s Shovels!

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:23:36 +0000

George Will makes a good point in a National Review article on infrastructure spending. The money needs to be spent precisely in those areas where the regional economy is doing well. You get far more multiplier effects – hard not to sound Keynesian when talking infrastructure spending – when you upgrade bridges, ports, airports, and […]

L’affair Romney: Did Kellyanne Conway Underestimate Trump?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:00:05 +0000

It would be silly to speculate on the menu, but one can’t help but wonder about the details of Trump and Romney’s private dinner – on Tuesday evening – with their wives accompanying them. Will it be a formal if intimate setting, with aides just out of earshot? Like a dinner between two heads of […]

Cuba and America – Before and After Castro

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:16:25 +0000

In all the articles and editorials commenting on Fidel Castro’s death and his unfortunate legacy with regard to Cuba, precious little has been written about the island’s history before, well before, Castro rode a battered truck into Havana in early 1959. Cuba did not suddenly become a problem, previously unimagined and ignored, when Castro and […]

Progressives in Angry Denial

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:16:00 +0000

Was the Turkey well-dressed? As in all that delicious, chopped and diced and spiced stuff that gets stuffed inside the ceased-to-be, expired, late fowl that can provide leftovers for nearly a week. Because if you thought that now America could – in the spirit of that thanksgiving that has been the nation’s legacy and lodestone […]

Will President Trump Get to Keep His Business Empire?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:50:12 +0000

Have you considered the emoluments clause of the constitution lately? Because it seems that those worried about, or angry about, Trump’s business interests are now fixated on this obscure corner of America’s supreme law. While experts argue over whether it even applies to the office of the president, it does provide ammunition for opposing legislators, […]

The Shareef at Justice Don’t Like It

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 03:40:37 +0000

Quite a few years ago now, in the middle of Reagan’s first term with a recession hanging over the economy, there was a band that came out with a protest song. The kind of song that would have got them shamed and denounced and possibly even paying a fine. Had they written and performed their […]

Earmarks: Congress Wants to Dam the Swamp

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:40:10 +0000

Speaker Ryan, heeding voter anger, postponed a vote – a secret ballot – in the House of Representatives on earmarks. And yes, he used the phrase “drain the swamp” when he managed to convince his colleagues to at least hold off on the vote. But that didn’t stop Florida’s Tom Rooney – one of the […]

Earmarks and the Secret House Vote

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:40:36 +0000

The bridge to nowhere would have been splendid. Hundreds of millions of dollars to build an enormous bridge to a tiny island off Alaska’s coast. Where, thankfully, a ferry instead continues to provide good service at a very reasonable cost. Because the infamous bridge to nowhere did not get built. Not yet at least. But […]

Sanctuary Cities and the Constitution

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:07:54 +0000

Apparently there are over 30 so-called sanctuary cities in America, where police forces are instructed to refuse to ascertain the legal status of anyone they detain whom they might otherwise suspect to be an illegal immigrant. It started in 1979 in Los Angeles with an internal police department policy. Now the current chief of police […]

Three Speeches in Ten Hours

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:40:58 +0000

There were three key speeches in the past 10 hours. First Trump’s speech was honestly and graciously inclusive in a way that surprised many. There was no gloating, and only some celebration, mostly in recognizing the movement he has led, and those who worked hard to help his astonishing victory take place. Including a big […]