The State Committee for Television and Radio BroadcastingRussia Television is concerned that the NSA may be monitoring electronic communications during airplane flights. I usually never read Russian news sources, however, have done so the past few weeks. I’m starting to see a pattern in a lot of the cyber security, privacy (something one has in abundance in Russia, right) and related stories. The story line is not very original. The reporting style has just enough propaganda to irritate a knowledgeable viewer and dupe the rest. Some things, they never change.
- General Patton fans, a new movie is due out next year: “Silence Patton: The First Victim of the Cold War.”
- It was an interesting week in this town. A great deal more political theatre than usual. A mid-level IRS official was held in contempt of Congress. Attorney General Eric Holder cracked a little under pressure during a House oversight hearing. Even though she promised to stay until November, HHS Secretary and ObamaCare Tsarina Kathleen Sebelius is calling it quits. And West Virginia Democratic Senator Manchin does not agree with the Democratic Party, or Harry Reid, using the Senate to politically attack American citizens.
- Speaker Boehner had a lot to say too (video). He had plenty of political fodder.
- The President heaped a lot of praise on LBJ yesterday for his leadership in securing passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Not once did he mention that it was Dwight D. Eisenhower – a Republican – that sent federal troops to Arkansas to put an end to segregation of schools. Or that it took Republican Vice President Richard Nixon to secure Senate passage of the 1967 Civil Right Act because the Democratic Party did not support it. Obama is a master of a lot of things, especially historical revisionism. But the Democratic Party has a lot of skeletons in its political closet that it needs to expunge. An apology would be nice.
- I guess those of us that defend traditional marriage best be careful or we may lose our jobs, a contract, a client, or who knows what.
- The FBI added a former Foreign Service Officer to the ten most wanted list. For a moment I thought it had something to do with the missing and unaccounted for $6,000,000,000 of our taxpayer dollars that the State Department has lost (5th bullet of this post). While on the subject of Foggy Bottom happenings, Sen. John McCain tells the Obama Administration that their pick to be Ambassador to Norway is would be a “joke“.
- Over at the Zero Hedge blog, a few dire predictions. “One of two things is likely [in 2014]: Either the US dollar will be abandoned and collapse in value, thus ending Washington’s superpower status and Washington’s threat to world peace, or Washington will lead its puppets into military conflict with Russia and China. The outcome of such a war would be far more devastating than the collapse of the US dollar.” I’m usually a fan of this site; however, this is bordering on conspiracy theory. Maybe it’s just an anti-American rant. Even if the dollar somehow manages to collapse, the United States will remain a superpower for the foreseeable, and long, future. As for Europe, I’ll give the author this much, the Europeans need to wake up from the political slumber and lead. Uncle Sam can’t bail them out in perpetuity while countries like France making it harder for certain employers from contacting employees via e-mail or phone after 6 p.m.
- Mega Kudos to Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Congressman McAllister has to step down. A few posts ago on this blog, we told you to keep an eye on this story. McAllister and his staff are in denial. As for his personal problems and moral failings, that’s between McAllister and his family. But his biggest political sin is that he misled and lied to his constituents and the Republican Conference. Time to go.
- Israel has enacted a series of new economic sanctions on the Palestinian Authority. As expected international condemnation, of Israel, has been swift. That’s too bad. As Bruce Hornsby sings, that’s just the way it is, some things will never change. Peace between the Middle East’s only democracy and people who seek to destroy the state of Israel will never happen, at least not in my lifetime. Working toward peace is important but, as I shared with a friend on the Venezuela matter yesterday, peace without freedom (or security) leads to neither. You work toward one, aspire for the other. And that is a good thing. Happy Friday Amigos: