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    The National Mood – Malaise 1; Optimism 0

    Pew Research and USA Today’s most recent survey on the national mood shows the malaise that people feel about their government working anytime soon in the near future.  Deep political divisions within Congress, exacerbated by six years of the Obama Administration, have turned a normally optimistic public into the Scrooge-aholics. If the recent narrow passage of the cromnibus bill is any indication, it will be business | Read More »

    The Republicans’ Populist Moment: Squander or Capitalize?

    With the bid for re-election of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) (D-LA) now recorded in the ignominious annals of crushing defeat, the Republican gains for the 2014 mid-term elections stand at nine Senate seats for a total of 54, and 12 seats in the House for a total of 246 going into the 115th Congress in January 2015.  Among the most notable | Read More »

    Hillary in 2016? Not so fast

    It was not such a long time ago that former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton was viewed by the Democratic poobahs and her worshiping public minions as a shoe-in for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, and ultimately the White House.  But life happens, and life has found Hillary Clinton. In a recent Politico article, “Delay of Game”, we’re getting another read-between-the lines | Read More »

    Ferguson, MO – and a community in denial

    The shooting of Michael Brown, Jr. should never have happened.  That it did is a tragedy that has been decades in the making.   Since the beginning of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society”, we have witnessed the onset of federal government largesse to a socio-economic demographic, and while the intent was well-meaning, the results have been just the opposite.  We have witnessed, and still are, the | Read More »

    Senator Charles Schumer’s Seller’s Remorse

    Normally politicians only express remorse when they’re either leaving office after a bruising election defeat, are on their way to the federal pen, on their deathbeds or have penned a memoir where a little mea culpa might hopefully elicit a fonder place in historic annals, not to mention more copies sold and $$$. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaking at the National | Read More »

    Chuck gets chucked — and that’s a good thing — for Chuck

    Remember almost two years ago when former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee for confirmation hearings to become the next Secretary of Defense.  Some of us cringed as we watched and listened to the hapless, but likable Hagel state that he would not be making policy.  How prescient were his words now that the White House has howitzered his derriere | Read More »

    Veterans put our own lives in perspective

    This year of 2014 has been quite a trying one from bee stings and infestations to sick pups and their costly surgeries/MRIs, not to mention consternation at my real day job with a new marketing platform that is forever in the hiccup stage.  But today on this Veterans Day 2014, I realize how very fortunate I am to be living in this country, and thankful | Read More »

    After today’s pivotal election — Obama unleashed?

    While media pundits, politicians and political junkies are concentrating on today’s election, I’m concentrating on the election aftermath.  Making an assumption that the House will remain in Republican control, and that the Senate goes to the Republicans, my question is whether the Republican leadership (now there’s an oxymoron) will have developed enough spine and backbone to finally stand  up to the President and his Executive | Read More »

    Bowe Bergdahl – deserter? traitor? No one’s talking until AFTER the November elections

    This is another installment of As the Stomach Turns.  As learned via Breitbart, via the San Antonio Express, the US Army has completed its investigation of the alleged desertion of Pfc Bowe Bergdahl, however, they are not releasing the findings of the investigation until after the November 4 mid-term elections.  Suffice to say, that if the findings exonerated Pfc Bergdahl, the news would have been | Read More »

    Ebola in the US – Just in time for the November elections

    While President Obama was recently touting his upcoming, unilateral enactment of amnesty for those who have entered the US illegally, “no force on earth can stop us” and “Si se puede, si votamos! Yes, we can, if we vote!”, our fellow Americans in Dallas, Texas, and now Washington, DC are grappling with the spector of Ebola.  Not since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed more | Read More »

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