If Jeb Bush Runs, Will The Republic Implode?

Recently, former Florida governor, Jeb Bush announced that he is forming an exploratory committee to determine if he will run for president. The moment he announced his committee, conservative pundits and columnists wrote articles and complained as if the U.S. was going to implode because Jeb Bush was thinking about running for President, not running …

Mini-Milestone: The 1000th Post …

Today’s post marks a minor milestone for the DC Dispatches, one that we never set out to really accomplish. Does that make it a milestone?  Anyhow it is our 1000th blog. 1,000 really sounds like a lot. In Psalm 90:4, a thousand years are merely a day gone by. It sure feels that way. It’s …

Give Thanks You Live in the United States of America

The early American settlers dabbled in socialism. It failed. As today’s Wall Street Journal lead editorial reminds us, “Private Property: On this Thanksgiving, remembering that the Pilgrims found that free enterprise was in God’s plan.” Indeed. You’d think centuries after the first Thanksgiving in the New World, the current crop of fellow travelers would get …

New Book: Blood on His Hands, The True Story of Edward Snowden

There are many issues competing for Congressional attention. This is true just about at any given time. But there are matters that require serious Congressional scrutiny that require Members of Conrgess and staff to, literally, stop what they are doing and focus on the matter hand. The case of Edward Snowden, and those who support …

Lessons for the GOP Congress

The 2014 election cycle is now in the books, except in Louisiana. The GOP had one of their most successful years in electoral history, even more historic than the 1992 mid terms when the GOP took over the House and Senate. While the Democrats are trying to figure out what happens and the Republicans are …

Ebola: Private Sector, States Need to Step Up

Your federal government cares about you, so in response to a hemorrhagic fever in the U.S., the President offers up a photo up in the White House situation room and makes many promises that we know the Feds cannot keep. Even more bizarre are few Republican Senators suggesting that the President appoint an Ebola czar. What is …

An American Is Rotting Away in Cuban Jail, Obama Does Nothing (and you Still Want to Visit Cuba?)

The lawyers for an American being unlawfully held in Cuba are suing the U.S., and a government contractor, for $60 million in damages arising from the imprisonment of Mr. Alan Gross by the Cuban regime. The case is likely worth every penny. And then some. If you’re not familiar with the matter of Mr. Gross, and how that …

President Obama Maintains U.S. Policy on Cuba, for Another Year

Colleagues at CubaNow posted a response yesterday President Obama’s expected decision to maintain economic sanctions on the Castro regime pursuant to the Trading with the Enemy Act. Among other items, CubaNow’s Executive Director Ric Herrero said that current policy: limit[s] America’s full diplomatic arsenal in responding to developments in Cuba while working against our strategic interests …

Tron, Maybe Coming to a City Near You

Driving on glass embedded with solar cells? Heated roadways and sidewalks? Highway roads or sidewalks that “talk” to one another? It even melts snow and ice. It was this last item that caught my attention. Scott Brusaw, a Marine and electrical engineer, along with his wife Julie, a therapist and environmentalist, co-invented and co-developed the …

Odds & Ends from South Florida

Welcome to this month’s odds and ends from sunny South Florida. This month’s column is an eclectic mix of news. Right off the bat, it was reported how the U.S. government recruited various students from Latin America to go to Cuba in order to create a “Cuban Spring.” This report makes me wonder why would …

Google Can Be Instrument For Good in Cuba – Help the Cuban People, Not the Regime

If Google wants to help advance the cause for freedom in Cuba, it should focus on changing hearts and minds in Havana, not U.S.  law or policy in Washington, DC. From what I read in the media about Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s recent visit to the island, as well as his blog post, it appears that …

Is Privacy Obsolete?

NSA Security chief, Adm. Michael Rogers raised an interesting point regarding privacy. Speaking at an event regarding cyber security, the Admiral made the following statement, “In the world we’re living in, increasingly by choice and by chance, we are forfeiting privacy at levels that, as individuals, I don’t think we truly understand…” Welcome to the …

Veterans Affairs Secretary Resigns, So What? Republicans, Learn How to Say “No”

As I watched the Veterans Affairs Secretary resign yesterday, along with the President’s press conference later, I recalled the following. A wise Congressman (yes, there was a time when these existed, a few remain) would remind me every now and then that to decipher Washington, DC, you needed to appreciate and understand the people sent here by the …

Pre-Snowden, More Inconvenient Facts

Yet more inconvenient facts keep trickling out that Snowden defenders will be forced to contend with on their quixotic quest to politically neuter the United States and weaken national security. From The Hill newspaper: Years before Edward Snowden pulled back the curtain on the National Security Agency (NSA), the spy agency shared the legal basis behind its …

Odds and Ends (From South Florida)

Welcome to this month’s odds and ends. It has been an interesting month in politics. The first item for your review involves administrative agencies. Before becoming the Chief Justice, John Roberts wrote the following majority opinion in the D.C. Circuit regarding a case involving a federal agency, “Learned Hand once remarked that agencies tend to …

The Highwayman, a Purse Snatcher, and a Political Disestablishmentarian

Even if you think you’re a fair or, I daresay good, public speaker, a tune-up every now and then is a good thing. I was in need of an overhaul and, because of it and at the recommendation of a friend, found my way the Buckley School for Public Speaking in Camden, South Carolina. Yleem and I …

The Sunday Fluff Shows, Bartiromo Will Shake it Up

Our friends and family, especially those who live more than 100 miles from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, are surprised to learn that Yleem and I rarely watch any of the Sunday political talk shows. That may soon change, and I’ll tell you why in a second. But first, I’ll share with you a few reasons …

Morning Musings

Coulda, woulda, shoulda … Senate Committee releases “Kill Chain” analysis, concludes that the Target data breach was preventable. Target lawyers and lobbyists earned their keep, this could’ve been much worse, politically, for the Target operation. Cyber security meets Congressional oversight. It is here to stay. Really. Help us. All. Once Congress and agencies begin to meddle, they …

Morning Musings

The European Union gives up on Iran sanctions. We should’ve completed the Keystone pipeline a while ago because the U.S. Congress pressing ahead with a fresh batch of U.S. sanctions. They should listen to people who have first-hand experience: Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warns that “the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which …

The Week Around Town

St. Patrick’s Day  snow storm blankets the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Kerry says Russia had until today to change course. New Russia sanctions will likely need to wait … Congress out of town until next week. Truth may not be known on alleged CIA hacking of Senate computer system … at least not this week. Congress …