Wow! Did the Sun rise this morning? In HEEUUUGE and shocking fashion, and in the face of a great majority of the political polls and pundits, Donald Trump has proven his detractors and doubters wrong! Donald Trump prevailed and is now President-elect Donald Trump, and he is scheduled to take […]
On January 2nd, 2016, Ammon Bundy lead an armed group to occupy Oregon’s Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge. The group of less than 25 call themselves the “Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.” Their primary claim extends a decades old controversy, that the Federal Government has no Constitutional authority to create and manage wildlife refuges on Federal land—absent State authorization. Furthermore, they believe that local economies are hurt when environmental protection takes precedence over industries such as cattle, logging, and mining.
The Syrian Civil War has been raging since March 2011. Approximately 250,000-300,000 people are dead, while another 11 million are displaced and continue to migrate to various parts of the Middle East and Europe. All the while, ISIS continues to acquire and hold territory throughout northeastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, realizing their objectives of 1) establishing a Caliphate, 2) enforcing 7th-century Sharia law, and 3) initiating the end-of-the-world Apocalypse by fighting a final battle with the Christian armies of Rome in Dabiq, Syria.
The Keystone XL Pipeline (“XL”) is the 4th phase of the original Keystone project. What the press rarely seems to mention, is that phases 1-3 are already complete and transporting Alberta tar sands bitumen oil all the way to Illinois and Texas refineries. The XL portion is essentially a 2nd wider pipe from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, only this new pipe will take a more direct route across Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The XL route to Steele City will be much shorter than Phase-1, provide for larger volumes, and enable additional oil from Montana and South Dakota to be added to the mix.
Israel’s current military operation in Gaza is a human tragedy, leading many to ask, isn’t there a better way? Sometimes it’s better to simply watch the videos. The first is an excellent documentary by ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, exposing some troubling views within Israel, manifested by the composition and support of their leading soccer team, Beitar Jerusalem F.C. I highly recommend this video, it is very enlightening.
Is it unreasonable to view the current developments in Ukraine simply as a natural progression of the Soviet Union dissolution? Of course we can declare outrage, violations of International Law, and disrespect for sovereignty; but after ignoring these bedrock principles in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and elsewhere; are we simply reaping what we have sown?
Do you truly believe that (1) defaulting on existing legal obligations, (2) threatening the United States credit rating (14 amendment), (3) defaulting on T-Bills held by foreign nations, and (4) blocking settled law (ACA), are well and faithfully discharging your duties of office? Do you truly believe that undermining the Constitution; by failing to regulate foreign commerce and pay the public debt (Art I Sec 8) is conduct that upholds your oath of office? The American People know the answer, ignore them at your own peril.
Why would any Congressperson choose to risk further degradation of the U.S. credit rating and harm to our economy, future, and reputation? Have they not sworn an oath to the U.S. Constitution and to faithfully execute their office?
We need to throw this amorphous phrase “American Exceptionalism,” into the scrap heap of history, and never attempt to take advantage of its known ambiguity. If we are the great country we claim we are, then we must always pursue peace first, and not worry about who gets to take credit.
The President must communicate clearly to Congress, the American people, and the world—exactly what our objectives are, both long and short, establishing a unified vision for the future of Syria.
Does the West prefer Russia to be an Evil Empire? Unfortunately we are now unsure which Empire the West desires, a perceived arch-enemy, Cold War style evil Russia; or a United States hegemony, once again embracing the Neocon dream of another evil Empire—our own?
The United States sponsored Torture in IRAQ. Colonel James Steele ran training for General David Petraeus. Together they created a Shia “death squad” made up of former militias like the BADR Brigade.