Random Thoughts From Thursday’s GOP Debate

Last Thursday, the GOP held, not one, but two debates. Here are some of my thoughts regarding the debate and the aftermath.  Any candidates that were not mentioned does not mean that they did a terrible job. Since this is the first of many debates, everyone should relax. Like any pre-season, the candidates were rusty. Hopefully …

Cuba Smiles, All the Way to the Bank

The President has demonstrated since December 17, 2014 that he is willing, even if it means ignoring the law, to press forward on the U.S.-Cuba question. Congress has been, mostly, missing in action. While the House moved appropriations product this month, most of it, in the unlikely event that it survives in conference, goes into effect …

The Deeper Issue

There has been for some time now, a calling for a new constitution convention through the states. The procedure is set forth under Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution. The reasoning behind the call is to combat the federal government’s overreach from all three branches. Mark Levin’s book, The Liberty Amendments, initiated this call for …

The Price of Citizenship?

  “…The Huguenins are free to think, to say, to believe, as they wish; they may even pray to the same God of their choice and follow those commandments in their personal lives wherever they lead…But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life…it is the price …

Truth & Tolerance

Paris and the rest of the world was rocked by the violence at Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper that printed a cartoon caricature of the Prophet Mohammed this past week. Islamic terrorists shot and killed twelve members of the newspaper staff all in the name of defending the Prophet’s honor. The printing of such …

Increasing The Gas Tax…Seriously?

The new Congress was convened this past week. It was a week to see new members get sworn in and people starting complaining after the first vote. One of the more interesting topics that floated around DC is the idea of increasing the gas tax. With the price of oil and gasoline falling, there has …

Reforming Congressional Oversight of the Intelligence Community Long Overdue, starting with Congress

Sore losers. That is what came to mind when I listened to the outgoing chairman of the Select Senate Committee on Intelligence pontificate on the Senate floor this week. Take my word for it, she says, it was torture. That datum, repeated for the benefit, mostly, of the New York Times editorial board and Edward …

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 …

Sunday Talk Shows Are Boring

UPDATE (09.17.14): Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low Have you ever given any thought about why do you read, listen, or watch the news? Entertainment? Information? Maybe it’s a little of both. Family and friends who live more than 200 miles from the Washington, DC metro area are in shock when they learn …

Iranian Adventurism in North America

Iranian adventurism in the Western Hemisphere is real and has been on the uptick for decades. If there was ever a case for increased economic sanctions on places such as Venezuela or Cuba, this is just as good as any an issue to start with. The United States does a good job targeting these networks, but …

President Obama’s “Oops” Speech

It was an exercise in a political distraction, one that interrupted an otherwise good episode of Hell’s Kitchen. We could have watched a few of our recorded program, but we opted to watch the President Obama’s remarks.  After just a few minutes, I was envisioning an angry Chef Gordon Ramsay stepping up to the President (and …

Congress Back in Town, So is The Political Theatre

Before you read any further, remember these wise words from a genuine American hero, General George Patton: “No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.” Keep that quote in mind the next few weeks as you watch, read, or listen to the news. As sure as the leaves begin to turn in the fall, the traffic patterns …

Republicans Should Offer ‘Take It or Leave It’ Border Security Legislation

The Republicans should cease negotiating with the President and the Democrats in Congress on immigration matters and offer a streamlined proposal of targeted updates and changes to the immigration system. It should be a take it our leave it offer that would focus on business visas, border security, and nothing else. A take it or …

This Week in History

This week the world took time to remember two events of historical significance. The impacts of both of these events are still felt in the world today. One is a triumph of democracy over tyranny. The other is a triumph of tyranny over democracy. The first event was D-Day. Seventy years ago this week, allied …

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 …

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 …

Hezbollah in West Africa and Iranian Proxy’s Activities in Latin America

The U.S. and allies are “targeting”, “clamping down”, on Hezbollah activity in West Africa according to Friday’s headlines. Not a moment too soon, if Treasury Undersecretary Cohen is correct that Hezbollah may “not just be collecting money” but is using these African outposts for planning and training. This Iranian proxy has proven quite adept at …

American Exceptionalism

American exceptionalism has been in the news the last couple of days. The first instance was an op-ed piece by Russian President  Vladimir Putin. In discussing the Syria matter, Mr. Putin wrote the following: “My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address …

Five Questions To Think About Regarding Syria

Today the President announced that he is seeking Congressional approval whether or not the US should strike Syria. A link to the article is found here.  I want to focus instead on the questions that Congress should be asking. Without much ado, here goes: 1. Where did the chemical weapons come from? On the surface, …

Soak It All In

It is Friday and Congress has been out of session all week. That will be the case for the rest of the month of August. The town, as usual, is slowing down a bit as folks scatter for some more summer vacation time with family and friends. Earlier this week I learned that a former …