Texas AG Indicted for Felony
Aug01

Texas AG Indicted for Felony

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Click here to read the AP report....

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Indicted Congressman Recusing Himself From Leadership Positions
Jul29

Indicted Congressman Recusing Himself From Leadership Positions

Indicted Democrat Congressman Chaka Fattah has announced that he will recuse himself from leadership positions on the House Appropriations Committee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Here is an excerpt from an NBC News story: Fattah spoke to reporters outside his office Wednesday in the Rayburn House Office Building about the federal corruption charges against him. He said he has not yet...

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Ideology Damaging American Businesses
Jul29

Ideology Damaging American Businesses

America is seen by the world as the fount of capitalism, ideologues on both the right and the left are hurting U.S. businesses in their attempts to compete globally. Constraints on companies’ profits, sales, and development are occurring because politicians in legislative bodies and government agencies on the federal, state, and local levels are making policy decisions about how firms should be run and what actions are necessary to...

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From Russia, With Love
Jul22

From Russia, With Love

Two days in St. Petersburg and speaking with a small sample of Russian citizens (who know English) has led me to a few conclusions. Russians love Putin (as the polls suggest) and are pleased that he has made the nation a powerful presence again in world affairs. They agree with his grabbing of the Crimea as they believe it is really Russian territory and should have never been given to the Ukraine in the first place. Russians also...

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Breaking News: Four Killed at Naval Reserve Center (Updates)
Jul18

Breaking News: Four Killed at Naval Reserve Center (Updates)

Even more bad news: The U.S. Navy reports: A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 18 at 2:17 a.m. In total, four U.S. Marines and one Sailor were killed in the incident. His name will not be released until 24 hours after the next of kin process is completed. Update 5: Various media outlets have identified the four...

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James Holmes Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder
Jul16

James Holmes Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder

News just breaking. James Holmes, the Colorado movie theater shooter has been found guilty on twelve counts of 1st degree murder. The jury thus has rejected any claims of insanity. There are 165 counts to be read so all the verdicts will take some time but he has been convicted on the main charges and is likely to be convicted on most or all of the remaining charges. Under Colorado law there are two possible sentences: either death or...

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Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 1 of 2
Jul14

Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 1 of 2

Today’s nuclear deal with Iran could be inimical for Israel but seems unavoidable, given the growing military and political instability in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry has won a good deal but its critics are also correct when they say that Iran will be free to do whatever it likes after 15 -20 years. Its armament in both nuclear and conventional weapons could be unstoppable. “This deal is not built on trust....

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Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 2 of 2
Jul14

Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 2 of 2

At this time of high risk in the region, the deal with Iran even if shaky seems unavoidable. It offers the only available opportunity to improve the terrain for US-led moves to promote regional stability for America’s sake and that of Israel and other allies. Failure to win signatures in Vienna would have sent a resentful Iran sulking into new conspiratorial huddles against American interests. In the event of failure, China and Russia...

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Greece pays dearly while Germany rises as hegemon
Jul13

Greece pays dearly while Germany rises as hegemon

Germany has emerged as the economic hegemon of Europe as 19 Eurozone partners that use the euro currency acquiesced to its demands and imposed an unconditional surrender upon Greece, the zone’s weakest and nearly bankrupt member. Very active diplomacy personally by President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew failed to prevent Germany’s Angela Merkel from imposing her will. She had good reasons to do so because previous...

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Greek catastrophe and Euro creditor’s rage (Grexit, Part 1/2)
Jul03

Greek catastrophe and Euro creditor’s rage (Grexit, Part 1/2)

Greece is on the edge of economic and social catastrophe which all the kings men may not be able to put together again for decades. Experts and historians will strive for years to apportion blame for the unfolding human tragedy in the cradle of European civilization. It is happening despite Europe’s longest ever era of peace, prosperity and broad-based social uplift. All financial spigots for Greece have been firmly turned off. The...

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Grexit and the stakes for Europe (Grexit, Part 2/2)
Jul03

Grexit and the stakes for Europe (Grexit, Part 2/2)

A Grexit would strike at the heart of public perceptions about Europe’s most inspiring project to finally end wars and build peace through voluntary cooperation among peoples long divided by blood-soaked mistrust. That project was the 28-nation European Union bolstered later by a 19-member Euro currency zone. It is a monument to the political will of peoples to erase enmities that caused the death of at least 70 million in Europe’s...

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Supreme Court Temporarily Stays Texas Abortion Restrictions
Jun29

Supreme Court Temporarily Stays Texas Abortion Restrictions

A Texas law placing restrictive conditions on clinics performing abortions has been temporarily stayed by the U. S. Supreme Court according to news reports. If allowed to be implemented, it is believed that the restrictions would have closed more than half of Texas’s abortion providers by requiring strict hospital standards for clinics and requiring admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. The Fifth...

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SCOTUS Says Lethal Injection Cocktail Is OK With Them
Jun29

SCOTUS Says Lethal Injection Cocktail Is OK With Them

The case is Glossip v. Gross out of Oklahoma. Readers may recall several botched executions recently, one of which was in the Sooner State. This resulted in other executions being stayed and this case coming before the Supreme Court. As background, lethal injection involves a three drug cocktail, given intravenously. The first drug is designed to render the prisoner unconscious. The second drug creates a state of paralysis. The third...

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“Just Who Do We Think We Are?” – The Supreme Supreme Court
Jun26

“Just Who Do We Think We Are?” – The Supreme Supreme Court

In today’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the Supreme Court has laid waste to several key tenets of the American political experiment in representative government including federalism, a system of checks and balances with a legislative branch designed to be strongest body, and a complete devastation of the 1st Amendment. Unlike most of colleagues from the right side of the aisle, I have known this decision was coming for some...

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A Win for Battered, Unruined Hearts: Supremes 5:4 Grant Marriage Rights to GLBT/Dual Gendered People
Jun26

A Win for Battered, Unruined Hearts: Supremes 5:4 Grant Marriage Rights to GLBT/Dual Gendered People

Dear Brave Souls: If you are offended by marriage rights for all persons being the law of the land in the US, it may be best you not read this. If you are offended when people deny each other basic human rights, please read this and rejoice with me. It is a Good Day for us all in the US. Today, we as a nation rose into complete parity re a long awaited and historic decision by our Supreme Court making marriage equality the law of the...

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The Human Being Behind Obergefell v. Hodges
Jun26

The Human Being Behind Obergefell v. Hodges

Jim Obergefell is one of the plaintiffs at the center of the case decided today by the U.S. Supreme Court “that held that, for the first time, any couple — straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender — can obtain a marriage license and make their commitment public and legal in all 50 states.” The White House reached out to him to ask for his thoughts on this historic ruling. The following is the open letter Mr....

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This Remarkable Marriage Equality Case: Obergefell v. Hodges
Jun26

This Remarkable Marriage Equality Case: Obergefell v. Hodges

Obergefell v. Hodges, decided today, will stand in the history of jurisprudence with the likes of Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, Gideon, Miranda and the one person/one vote decisions. The full opinion It is a decision remarkable in its own right, made even more so in having been authored by the traditional conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy. For the most part this article will allow Justice Kennedy to speak for himself,...

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Marriage Equality Arrives in Historic Ruling
Jun26

Marriage Equality Arrives in Historic Ruling

When the United States of America was founded, sodomy was a capital offense. As recently as 1962 it was a crime in all 50 states of the Union. As recently as 1986 the Supreme Court upheld Georgia’s sodomy law. It wasn’t until 2003 that the Supreme Court decided Lawrence v. Texas, finally striking down the remaining sodomy laws still on the books in 14 states. At the time, a sodomy conviction still carried the possibility...

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Historic Obamacare Ruling: Reason Wins Out Over Mean-Spirited Political Gamesmanship
Jun25

Historic Obamacare Ruling: Reason Wins Out Over Mean-Spirited Political Gamesmanship

The U.S. Supreme Court today dealt a major blow to conservatives who have used everything from bare-knuckle politics to legislative sleight-of hand to frivolous litigation in a years-long effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, a flawed but ultimately workable effort to bring affordable health care to all Americans as well as President Obama’s signature achievement. In a momentous 6-3 ruling, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr....

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Trump- An American Icon
Jun23

Trump- An American Icon

Donald Trump’s entry into the Republican presidential race is another indication of the sad state of America’s political system. As an American icon, he represents vanity and greed, and all the things that are bad about the nation. His main qualifications for office are his wealth and his fame, declaring that only someone “really rich” like himself will be able to turn America around economically and restore its position in the...

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