1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and 1600 Days Without a Budget

    Today we have reached 1600 days without an operating budget for our country. But who’s actually counting right now? And why should we care? Currently, we have Syria at the forefront of discussion, which has put any substantive monetary debates on the back burner. Besides the question of whether or not to authorize and spend money on Syria, Congress also faces both if and how | Read More »

    PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRED, Or What A Difference 1 Year Doesn’t Make

      Leadership is not about talking but about action. We honored the fallen of 9-11-2001 this week. On this day 12 years later we know the world is equally unstable, even more dangerous, requiring superior US leadership. We have been following the events of the past week’s call to action against Syria by Barack Hussein Obama, President USA,  for reported use of chemical weapons in violation | Read More »

    Syria and the Middle East: An Insider’s Look

    Jonathan Spyer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs and lives in Jerusalem. He is also a columnist for various news outlets and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, including Syria during their current civil war. As such, he is probably more of an expert in this region than anything the Obama administration can muster forth. He was given | Read More »

    Obama, Syria and Impeachment- Yes We Can

    In a previous article here, I posited the question whether Obama could be impeached for an attack on Syria if Congress expressly refuses to grant authorization. From some comments, there would appear to be some misunderstandings. The fact is that- YES- Obama can be impeached for violating the will of Congress regarding Syria. It would be a practical impossibility since it is inconceivable there would | Read More »

    The Democrat Occupation

    by Chris Shugart Totalitarian nations, dictatorships, and police states don’t happen overnight. They start out as supposedly good ideas with considerable support from the citizenry. In fact, history shows that in the beginning, despots and tyrants are often viewed as heroic protectors, benevolent rulers, welcomed with fanfare and open arms— champions of the people. But eventually, average citizens wake up one day amidst chaos and | Read More »

    Syria: Can Obama Be Impeached?

    With the Syrian military option on hold for now while Obama and his inept administration are played like the proverbial fiddle by Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, the apparent congressional vote on the authorized use of military force is put off for another day…maybe. It was obvious that Obama was headed towards a stunning defeat in the House of Representatives in a vote that cut | Read More »

    New NSA Bombshell raises new questions about Domestic Surveillence

    Courtesy of the Washington Post: The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material. In addition, the court extended the length of time that | Read More »

    Obama slammed by Mitch McConnell?!?!

    Well, as much as I don’t like Mitch McConnell, credit should be given where credit is due.  To lead into this I’m posting an exerpt from a hotair.com article by Erika Johnson. …I suppose it’s possible they’ll be able to drum the votes up as time goes on, if they still move to go through with the exercise, but Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is officially | Read More »

    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 »