Tweak Me To Your Leader

    It should be no surprise to anyone that when Russian citizens mock their president, they usually find themselves in hot water with the authorities. Artist Konstantin Altunin discovered the consequences after painting a portrait of Putin standing behind prime minister Medvedev, both dressed in lingerie. The painting, titled “Travesty” was confiscated from an art museum in St. Petersburg , as were three other satirical paintings | Read More »

    A Look Within

    Today, sitting in Mass, I listened as the priest of my hometown church gave a rather politically charged homily on just how messed up the world is. There is no reason to worry about 1,400 dead in Syria, he argued, when we have 50 million children who have been murdered because abortion is legal in our country. The world is an insane place, and it | Read More »

    The Folly of Military Intervention in Syria

    There was an interesting article in the New York Times yeserday morning about the brutality of the rebel fighters in Syria. The article notes some of Secretary of State John Kerry’s statements that these “extremist” elements make up perhaps 15% of the people fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The posting comes with video of the summary execution of five Syrian soldiers who were captured | Read More »

    Hammer’s Slammers and Secretary Kerry

    Science Fiction Novelist David Drake wrote a long series of novels about a future mercenary band called Hammer’s Slammers. If the price was right and the planet was within reach, you too could hire your very own column of armored vehicles to rearrange the terrain to something that better suited your personal tastes. Our present leadership in Washington, DC isn’t that crass and won’t be funding NASA quite enough to make that happen. Yet Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment to the US Senate that makes me wonder if our venal national leadership isn’t travelling that road in its hopes to get their Syrian adventure approved by a balking and angry Congress.

    You see, Secretary of State Kerry was attempting to get people to stop worrying about the cost of all the ordnance and OPTEMPO required to bomb targets spread throughout Syria. So he uncorked some comments that made me think he was a character from one of David Drake’s old pulp military sci-fi novels. Unless he was committing the Mother of All Gaffes, I’m now less worried about Syria than I am about how we intend to finance it.

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    Syria: Distraction From The Trainwreck Of Obamacare

    The point of rattling sabers over Syria is to change the media narrative.  Instead of talking about the weak economy and its cause, Obamacare and the other regulatory burdens the statists are creating, or the many scandals plaguing the White House to the point of impeachment talk,  the President and his handlers want to focus on a convenient demon, King Assad of Syria. At the | Read More »

    The Solution to Syria … for Now

    There is  a straightforward (if difficult) solution to the current chemical weapons crisis.  It requires both diplomacy and politics. Diplomacy The World’s leaders will be gathered in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation the end of this week.  Behind closed doors, both the United States and France should offer a rapprochement:   “Both the US and Russia have experience destroying chemical weapons stocks, but we have little influence | Read More »

    Syria, the President and the Constitution

    By now, it has become obvious to anyone with a functioning brain that Barack Obama has painted himself into a corner with his talk of “red lines.” Yesterday, he announced that he would seek Congressional approval for action in Syria in response to a chemical attack by al-Assad’s regime against civilians in the suburbs of Damascus. Originally, Obama, speaking through Secretary of State John Kerry, | Read More »

    Chicken In Chief

    When is a ‘Red Line’ not a read line? When is ‘Going it alone’ not a decisive action? Wnen is the statement, ‘We will go AROUND Congress’, just more hot air? When a spineless. out of control president does not have the spine to do what he says. Pres. Obama has shown that he is terrified to put his ‘thumb print’ on any action. He | Read More »

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    The Water Cooler ~ Obama’s Syria Stategy: Forward, I Mean About Face

    The president just announced that he will now get authorization from Congress for the limited military operation he was about to commence in Syria. This about-face is shocking and I can’t imagine what the implications are for our allies and enemies. Personally, I thought he, Biden and Kerry were the biggest hypocrites for wanting to act alone and without Congressional approval, after they bashed Bush constantly, including | Read More »

    On the “I Have A Dream Speech”

    Now that the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech has passed, other than the liberal media drooling over Obama’s speech commemorating something that happened 50 years ago, is the hype over? I know that Al Roker is back doing the weather in New York City; he was in Washington the day before. Can we now move on to things more | Read More »

    Syria: That Boat Has Sailed

    With the United States poised to apparently attack Syria in some form for a suspected chemical attack on civilians, there are some very important points to be made here specific to this situation and, more broadly, what passes for a foreign policy in the region. Along the way, some liberal hypocrisy is exposed. Before moving forward, some important questions need to be asked. The first | Read More »

    Drudge Headline: “Brief and Limited”

    The WSJ has an article “Loose Lips on Syria”, that ‘bylined’ by Drudge as “Brief and Limited” The Washington Post has the bombing at “no more than two days,” though long-range bombers could “possibly” join the missiles. I wonder if this is Obama’s version of Pres. Bush’s “Shock and Awe”. It appears once again, the War Machine that is the United States Government is gearing | Read More »

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    Discussing Financial Reform and Rising Uncertainty with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Joining me this week on PowerTalk is Alice Joe, executive director, Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness at U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Alice and I talk not only about The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, but many of the issues it creates and the ensuing uncertainty. For example, did you know that certain aspects of Dodd-Frank could alter the way companies like McDonald’s, | Read More »

    Misplaced Outrage

    The recent atrocity of a chemical weapons attack in Syria has taken the world’s attention from Egypt temporarily. What is troubling with respect to Egypt is the acceptance of the Muslim Brotherhood line that they are the victims of brutal government oppression. To recap, Hosni Mubarak, a reliable but troubled ally of the United States, was forced from office by a popular uprising as part | Read More »

    President Obama, Christian Persecution in Egypt is No Laughing Matter

    The rampant persecution of Christians in Egypt by radical Islamists is devastatingly undeniable – nuns paraded through the streets, churches burned to the ground, Christians being murdered.

    Yet, the White House has thus far been nearly silent. Then yesterday the White House was directly asked about this disturbing situation: “With people being killed, Christians in particular being targeted, churches being destroyed, what’s the President’s red line in Egypt?”

    The White House’s official response was “Well, I didn’t bring my red pen out with me today.”

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