Cuba’s Faux Reforms

Cuba’s Raul Castro announced this weekend that he was going to retire … in five years. He can always change his mind and likely will. Castro also promised term limits and promoted younger folks to senior positions in Cuba’s only political entity, the Communist Party of Cuba. This was nothing more that a political sideshow …

Left? Right? And a lot of hot air

If you’ve been to New York City, you more than likely have seen the orange and white steam stacks located in the streets and sidewalks throughout the city. If not,  please write and tell me what captivated your attention so intently. Manhattan has a huge underground steam delivery system. It is used for heating and …

Wikileak’s Assange Seeks Asylum in Ecuador, Correa Asking for Trouble

It has been some time that I post on Ecuador and its dictator, Rafael Correa. There are a lot of things happening down there that, daily, continue to erode basic freedoms such as private property rights, rule of law, and the right to speak your mind without government meddling, among many other things. Therefore I …

Political Debate, As A Gentlemen (or Lady) Should

Would it not be refreshing to hear a conservative political talking head these days treat an opponent a’la Bill Buckley? There is not a one these days. That needs to change. We have plenty of twits on television these days,  including folks in the conservative movement and the GOP, but mostly on the Left. They …

Americans Love a Good Fight, Even Political Ones

Want to know what is going to happen in the 2012 election? Stand in line. No one really knows. The political professionals who do this for a living, are in high season. They will do what they do best and fight for win until the very end. The political convention season beckons. The Republicans head …

‘Full Victory … Nothing Else’

When was the last time you heard a political leader utter the word victory? It seems that word has fallen into disfavor, stricken from the political discourse by the word police.  These days the electorate is subjected to all sorts of rhetorical gibberish. As a long-time observer and participant of American politics, I think the …

Negotiating with the Taliban, That’s Offensive

An indignant sounding Secretary of State Clinton was “dismayed” yesterday at the “deplorable behavior” of U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of dead terrorist Taliban. Defense Secretary Panetta also condemned their “utterly deplorable” actions. On the Republican side of the aisle, the response was mostly muted, however, Senator John McCain also condemned the incident and said it “saddened” …