Obama’s Coalition Of the Unwilling To Actually Do Anything
Sep12

Obama’s Coalition Of the Unwilling To Actually Do Anything

The more I think about President’s Obama speech last night the more upset I become.  Secretary of State John Kerry was in Saudi Arabia today and the most they offered was moral support.  The same applies to Germany and Great Britain and the attitude of Turkey is especially disturbing.  The reality is the United States is probably less threatened  than any of the the countries in the Middle East and Europe.   They continue to...

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Remembering the 9/11 Pentagon Attack
Sep11

Remembering the 9/11 Pentagon Attack

The 13th anniversary of the September 11 attack on our nation dawned early with our military. Early this morning, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel along with the President and other dignitaries observed the anniversary at the Pentagon Memorial, Arlington, Virginia. This is some of what the Secretary of Defense had to say about those who lost their lives that day at the Pentagon: “We will never forget what happened on this day,...

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deBoer on Perpetual War
Sep11

deBoer on Perpetual War

Fredrick deBoer comments on the US waging perpetual war. We’re going to war again. We’re going to war in Iraq again. And we’re going with no better idea of how to win or when to get out or what victory could mean than the last time. The media is beating the drum again. And the same set of characters– the exact same people– who were so terribly wrong last time are going on TV to be wrong again.   Views like mine, in the world of...

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Chris Matthews Didn’t Hear Enough From President Obama
Sep11

Chris Matthews Didn’t Hear Enough From President Obama

Given how much Matthews has supported the President it’s a bit of a blow to his...

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Obama Speech Says.. Well Not A Whole Lot (Plus Some Net Reaction)
Sep10

Obama Speech Says.. Well Not A Whole Lot (Plus Some Net Reaction)

Click here to learn more President Obama spoke this evening about plans for dealing with ISIL (or ISIS) and to be honest really didn’t say a lot new. This would have been the case with any President speaking so it’s not a condemnation of him. Indeed I am not sure we *need* all kinds of details. There is such a thing as need to know. Basically we’re going to work together to stop ISIS/ISIL This would include air...

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Grover Norquist Does Burning Man
Sep10

Grover Norquist Does Burning Man

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist went to the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert and tells the tale in The Guardian. What is Burning Man?   It is a larger version of … what? Woodstock? That was a bunch of teenagers coming to watch artists perform. At Burning Man, everyone is expected to be a participant. Burners bring their art work, their art cars, their personal dress and/or undress: everyone is on stage. The story...

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What To Do and Not To Do about ISIL
Sep08

What To Do and Not To Do about ISIL

I have seldom seen such a dichotomy both in what Americans perceive to be the threat posed by ISIL and in the range of actions armchair generals, real generals, politicians, military experts and pundits say we should take against ISIL. The threat is viewed all the way from being “strictly local, of no concern to Americans,” to “America and the entire Western civilization are about to become a Caliphate of decapitated infidels,”...

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GOPers Running Left?
Sep08

GOPers Running Left?

Bill Scher notes how several GOP Senate candidates are running left on right-leaning Real Clear Politics.   Several Republican candidates in the year’s most competitive Senate races have begun their fall sprint to Election Day, not by embracing Tea Party-fueled conservatism but by defensively tacking leftward.   Why are these candidates blurring partisan and ideological lines in the homestretch? Granted, it’s hardly...

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Demographics and the Suburbs
Sep07

Demographics and the Suburbs

I grew up in a middle class neighborhood in Portland, Oregon.  Within walking distance of my house were 4 grocery stores, including a small Safeway, a variety store, a hardware store and several restaurants.   When I became a family man myself I moved to the suburbs and none of those things were within walking distance.  Not a problem then – my family had 2 cars and we could drive when necessary.  This Washington Post article...

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Kerry: ISIL ‘An Ambitious, Avowed Genocidal, Territorial-Grabbing, Caliphate-Desiring, Quasi State…’
Sep06

Kerry: ISIL ‘An Ambitious, Avowed Genocidal, Territorial-Grabbing, Caliphate-Desiring, Quasi State…’

Destined for criticism from those who oppose any military action in curbing or stopping ISIL’s rampage and atrocities, President Obama on Friday appeared to have received assurances for support and cooperation from “at least nine allies,” at the NATO Summit in Wales, according to the New York Times. Those allies, referred to by Secretary of Defense Hagel as the “core coalition,” are Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany,...

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A Quacked-Up Strategy to Stop Terrorism
Sep06

A Quacked-Up Strategy to Stop Terrorism

Just about everyone has an opinion of what President Obama should do about the ISIS threat in Iraq. Many of the suggestions have come from the architects of America’s latest invasion of Iraq who claimed the nine year war that led to more than 25,000 deaths and 110,000 injuries among American and coalition troops would last not more than six months. Whatever the President does or doesn’t do, a rabid minority will attack him and stuff...

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Ornstein: When Extremism Goes Mainstream
Sep06

Ornstein: When Extremism Goes Mainstream

Norm Ornstein, Congressional scholar at the right-wing think tank American Enterprise Institute, assesses the state of the GOP in The Atlantic. The most interesting, and important, dynamic in American politics today is the existential struggle going on in the Republican Party between the establishment and the insurgents—or to be more accurate, between the hard-line bedrock conservatives (there are only trace elements of the old-line...

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Dismantling ISIS
Sep06

Dismantling ISIS

The goal sounds reasonable and responsible for a coalition of nine governments — Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland and the US. … Mr. Obama said the effort would rely on American airstrikes against its leaders and positions, strengthen the moderate Syrian rebel groups to reclaim ground lost to ISIS, and enlist friendly governments in the region to join the fight. While the president’s aides...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: In Somalia, One Brave Woman Seeks The Highest Office In The Land
Sep05

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: In Somalia, One Brave Woman Seeks The Highest Office In The Land

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Fadumo Dayib It’s safe to...

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Coming GOP War on Tax Policy
Sep04

Coming GOP War on Tax Policy

Matt O’Brien predicts intra-GOP conflict in tax policy in Wonkblog in The Washington Post. For the last 35 years, the GOP has monomaniacally focused on lowering taxes on the rich. It’s one part economic theory, and another party political mythology. The theory is that letting high-earners keep more of their money gives them the incentive to make and invest even more, which creates growth that benefits...

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Happy Labor Day
Sep01

Happy Labor Day

Hope your weekend was a great one. Some quotes ===> A hundred times every day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. Albert Einstein My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try...

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Things you can do that you couldn’t before digital photography and Photoshop!
Aug31

Things you can do that you couldn’t before digital photography and Photoshop!

As a photographer for nearly 50 years I have been known to miss the “good old days” of film.  Below is a scanned 2 1/4 negative.  A good picture except for one serious flaw – the dreaded white sky. In an attempt to salvage the photo  I used Photoshop  to turn it into a color night scene and replaced the white sky with a partly cloudy full moon  sky. If you look closely you  can see I also added some lights to the...

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(Breaking Update) One Thousand Reasons to Let Others Deal with ISIS
Aug30

(Breaking Update) One Thousand Reasons to Let Others Deal with ISIS

Update: Here is one ally who is not subscribing to the one thousand reasons to let others deal with ISIS. The Guardian reports today (Sunday in Australia) that Australia will help deliver military equipment, including arms and ammunition to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq in an effort to counter the threat posed by Islamic State militants. “Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster aircraft will join aircraft...

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GOP Attacks on ACA Fading
Aug29

GOP Attacks on ACA Fading

Dylan Scott reports that Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act have declined on Talking Points Memo. “It really is extraordinary in a lot of ways. Republicans were absolutely convinced that the antipathy toward the ACA would be the ticket to victory,” Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told TPM. “Now they still may have a ticket to victory, but it’s not going to...

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Decline in War Reporting
Aug28

Decline in War Reporting

Tom A. Peter bemoans the effect of political polarization on war reporting in The New Republic. Covering wars for a polarized nation has destroyed the civic mission I once found in journalism. Why risk it all to get the facts for people who increasingly seem only to seek out the information they want and brand the stories and facts that don’t conform to their opinions as biased or inaccurate? And without a higher purpose, what is a...

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