A Perplexing Political Puzzle
Oct21

A Perplexing Political Puzzle

Public approval ratings for Congress have remained consistently low for a number of years, though recently they have reached depths not previously seen. Americans seem to overwhelmingly agree that members of Congress are doing a terrible job, yet incumbents keep getting repeatedly reelected. Are citizens lying in response to the pollsters’ questions, or is something being missed by either those taking the surveys or the political...

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(Updates) Federal Judge Blocks Texas Voter ID Law
Oct14

(Updates) Federal Judge Blocks Texas Voter ID Law

Update II: And here we go again in the courts-one-upmanship saga. The Austin American-Statesman reports: A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated Texas’ tough voter ID law for the November election, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state’s latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout. . The ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocks last week’s...

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The New Poll Tax
Oct14

The New Poll Tax

For politicians, democracy entails getting a leg up on your opponents if you possibly can by changing the rules of the game and lying about it if necessary. If what is done is unfair or what is said is untruthful, so what? Winning is everything and every dirty trick that can be used, should be used. This includes doing whatever is possible to keep various population groups, blacks and other minority voters from exercising their...

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(Updates) In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States – Alaska Next?
Oct12

(Updates) In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States – Alaska Next?

Update III: And the beat goes on: Alaska Dispatch News has just reported that a federal judge ruled today “Alaska’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way for gay couples to begin marrying in the state for the first time.” The ruling comes less than a week after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to overturn similar marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. Same-sex marriage advocates said the 9th Circuit ruling...

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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive for Ebola, Cared for Thomas Eric Duncan
Oct12

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive for Ebola, Cared for Thomas Eric Duncan

A Texas healthcare worker, who provided care for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, tests positive for Ebola virus, Texas’ health agency said. The worker was isolated after presenting on Friday with a low-grade fever. The results were from a preliminary test from the state. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will now perform a confirmatory test. Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health...

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The Ebola Crisis: Concern, But Also Acts of Kindness and Courage
Oct08

The Ebola Crisis: Concern, But Also Acts of Kindness and Courage

As the news of Thomas Duncan’s death — the first and first fatal case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States — sinks in, I am struck by the words in the New York Times announcing this tragic and disturbing turn of events: Mr. Duncan had been a driver at a cargo company in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, living alone in a small room he rented from the parents of Marthalene Williams, 19. A simple act of kindness probably...

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Is Conservative Kansas Fed Up With Its Elected Republicans
Sep24

Is Conservative Kansas Fed Up With Its Elected Republicans

Reliably red Kansas is having some problems with the conservative Republicans they’ve previously elected. Governor Sam Brownback and Senator Pat Roberts who are both running for re-election appear to be in trouble. The reasons differ, but being conservative may not be enough to pull them through. In fact, it may be responsible for putting Brownback in the hot seat. Kansas voters who have never previously voted for a Democrat are...

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President Obama “Pleased” With Congress’ Bipartisan Support for ISIS Air Strikes
Sep23

President Obama “Pleased” With Congress’ Bipartisan Support for ISIS Air Strikes

President Obama spoke briefly ahead of his trip to the UN to address the air strikes the U.S. and its partners staged in Syria to disable ISIS (Islamic State) militants. He said he was pleased with the bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress. President Obama singled out members of the coalition who took part in the air strikes last night — Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — saying the US...

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Air Strikes in Syria: First After Action Report
Sep23

Air Strikes in Syria: First After Action Report

From U.S. Central Command Public Affairs: U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria overnight, using a mix of fighter, bomber, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to conduct 14 strikes against ISIL targets. An F/A-18C...

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Breaking News: U.S. Airstrikes Underway Against ISIL in Syria
Sep22

Breaking News: U.S. Airstrikes Underway Against ISIL in Syria

Update” Reuters reports: Several Arab nations are involved in the ongoing U.S.-led operation, a defense official said. A diplomatic source identified the nations as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. . Another U.S. official said the Arab nations will be dropping bombs, not just providing support. Up to 20 locations have been targeted in the operation, many of the sites in Raqqa, the official said....

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President Praises Congress for Anti-ISIL Legislation
Sep18

President Praises Congress for Anti-ISIL Legislation

Shortly after the U.S. Senate easily approved (78-22) a $1 trillion government-funding bill that gives President Obama new authority to battle ISIL — legislation that had been previously approved by the House in a 273-156 vote — President Obama spoke to the nation commending Congress for approving his plan to arm and train rebels in Syria to battle ISIL militants. The President emphasized once again that there will not be...

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The President: We Will Degrade, and Ultimately Destroy, ISIL
Sep10

The President: We Will Degrade, and Ultimately Destroy, ISIL

In a high-stakes prime-time address to the nation from the State Floor of the White House tonight, President Obama described the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group and laid out his much-awaited strategy for “degrading and ultimately destroying” ISIL. Predictably, it is a strategy that some will applaud, but many more will attack as being either too much or not enough to combat the ISIL threat. Even before his address...

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The Weak Sisters of Europe
Sep09

The Weak Sisters of Europe

Europe refuses to remember its history. Perhaps it’s because that might entail doing something to prevent history from repeating itself. The Russian “invasion” of Ukraine with the goal of the eastern Ukrainian states achieving independence and becoming part of a greater Russia is reminiscent of Hitler’s grab of the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia in 1938. Hitler’s pretext was that German speakers in the Sudetenland wanted to be part...

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Time for a Recalculation of the Political Calculus
Sep03

Time for a Recalculation of the Political Calculus

Chad Taylor, the little known Democrat who was his party’s nominee for Senator from Kansas, has officially withdrawn from the race. This leaves independent and former Democrat Greg Orman to challenge incumbent Pat Roberts. In many red states and most of the time this might not mean much but Orman is better funded than Taylor was and according to one recent poll actually leads Roberts in a head to head competition, which is what...

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(Updated with Reactions) Reports that  ISIS Has Killed Steven Sotloff
Sep03
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The Tone Deaf President
Sep03

The Tone Deaf President

I voted for him twice and must say he has terribly disappointed me. Of course, his opponents for the presidency were uninspiring and I believed Obama would do a better job. But in so many areas his indecisiveness has become painful for Americans and he certainly does not project an image of youthful vitality and strength. His ability to say the wrong thing, procrastinate, and do the wrong thing in his role as president are legion....

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(Update) The VA Scandal — A Postscript
Aug25

(Update) The VA Scandal — A Postscript

Update: Today, during his remarks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, President Obama is expected to announce 19 new executive actions that the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) are taking to improve the mental health of service members, veterans and their families. According to DoD: Today’s announcement builds on the actions the Departments have taken in response to the...

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(Updated) The President and John Kerry on Foley’s Murder
Aug20

(Updated) The President and John Kerry on Foley’s Murder

Update: Apparently, the U.S. had attempted a rescue operation to free Foley and other American hostages held in Syria by ISIL. Sadly, the mission failed “because hostages were not present at the targeted location” Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement announcing the unsuccessful mission, “the U.S. government will not tolerate the abduction of its people and will work tirelessly to secure the safety of...

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Obama’s hard choices: Islamic State or just terrorists?
Aug20

Obama’s hard choices: Islamic State or just terrorists?

President Barack Obama will have to act more forcefully and quickly in both Iraq and Syria if he does decide to take the fight to the Islamic State to preempt a barbaric fortress of anti-Western terrorists. James Foley’s gruesome beheading underscores the urgency of unambiguous actions. First, he will have to clarify whether he sees IS as terrorism in new guise or a qualitatively different bid for statehood capable of undermining the...

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ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James Foley
Aug19

ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James Foley

A video released Tuesday by militant Islamic extremist group ISIS depicts the violent execution of a man alleged to be missing American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria last year. Foley, 39, was taken while working for Agence France Presse. AFP has no comment at this time, AFP’s Chief Editor for North America told… ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James...

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