Political Pilgrimages, Sure, But To Places Other Than Facebook HQ

Muslims go to Mecca, at least once. Catholics, well, we have smorgasbord of holy sites. Lourdes. Fatima. The Vatican. For Judaism, it is the Western Wall. To my Jewish friends, hurry, before political correctness leads to a ‘prayer space‘ and other politically correct zones of worship. For the non-believers, you may not agree, but you too …

Regulatory Humility?

The widespread use of encryption technology was one of the major topics trending in technological discussions for 2015. Encryption technology allows a user to protect confidential conversations or information on designated computers by disguising the information into code. This technology safeguards protected data from external parties by making it very difficult for a person to …

Congressional Inertia on US-Cuba Policy

Holding up an ambassadorial post is a time-honored political move in the Senate to exact political concessions from the President. Do they work? Some do, most do not. Of those that do, they are usually tied to a bundle of legislative requests that may, or may not be related to the underlying appointment. POLITICO reports …

Adults Wanted

One of the most interesting blogs that I have recently discovered is the 20 committee.com. Mr. John Schindler, a former professor at the Naval War College blogs issues pertaining to national security and Eastern Europe. His experience in the intelligence community brings much interesting insight in an area that is usually sensationalized in the media. …

All in the GOP Family

From the outside looking in, the political jockeying for Speaker of the House has made for somewhat good political theatre. Even if mostly scuttlebutt, a favorite pastime in these parts, it is entertaining and amusing at the same time. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pulling out of the race, frankly, was anticlimactic. I expected something outrageous, …

Odds & Ends

Welcome to this week’s edition of odds and ends. This week’s post will be a potpourri of political stories coming out of Washington. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) will declare himself a candidate for U.S. President. His announcement needs to address the following concern: Our current President was a U.S. Senator for two years before he …

The Gucci Class Speaks

“…But what you see here goes far beyond that: It’s more akin to the Mandarin class in the Chinese Empire than the Republic the Founders intended. Virtually every decision of any consequence in American life is the decision of an intramural discussion between members of the American Mandarin class: politicians, lobbyists, and media elites whose …