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Friday, August 22, 2014

ISIS

" Halting ISIS Would Require Strikes in Syria, General Says""

So, strike in Syria. There is no real border there and ISIS operates without regard to country boundaries.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Obama and Golf

Obama and Golf

NY Times  "... But only twice in more than 180 rounds has the president invited members of Congress to play with him..."

Maybe one outing with John Boehner was enough to convince Obama  not to ask any other members of Congress to join him for a round.

Monday, August 18, 2014

IRAQ ACTION

"The administration’s letter to Congress said, 'The mission is consistent with the president’s directive that the U.S. military protect U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq, since the failure of the Mosul Dam could threaten the lives of large numbers of civilians and threaten U.S. personnel and facilities — including the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.'  "

This is a stretch, claiming that action against ISIS is just to protect US personnel in harm's way. Let's just admit that ISIS is an evil, dangerous group that we must help stop, thus protecting citizens of the Middle East, Berlin, NYC, London, , etc.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ferguson Troubles

"Gov. Jay Nixon calls Ferguson situation ‘deeply troubling,’ will visit Thursday
White House: Obama briefed on Ferguson
The White House said Obama has been updated on the situation in Ferguson and will be briefed again Thursday morning."

All you need to know about Ferguson is that it's about 2/3rds black and that the 55 member police force includes 3 black police officers.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Beards

Beards

Strange thought.  Is the current trend toward beards and various forms of facial hair some sort of nod toward Islam?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

ISIS



SLOW-MOTION MASSACRE
The Yazikis, members of an ancient religious sect, fled when the Islamic State overran their homes. Now they’re trapped on mountains with no food or water. President Obama is considering authorizing emergency airdrops of supplies—or, possibly, airstrikes against ISIS forces that are surrounding the Sinjar mountains. Jacob Siegel reports. 
 
Agree. We know that we should have knocked out Al Qaeda before 9-11.  Don't hold back on military action now!  

Press Conference

Watched President Obama's press conference at the end of the summit with African leaders. It was highly interesting and, as usual, Obama was in excellent form.

The President performs so well at these events, ranking him up there with Kennedy and Clinton. FDR used fireside chats to inform the public and transmit his views. I think that Obama should have scheduled many more press conferences during his terms. With much more exposure, he would have made it much more difficult for the GOP to convince many people that he is incompetent and hateful.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Recess

Recess, Vacation

At the end of this week, Congress goes into recess and members can take their annual five-week summer vacation. I note that recently members of the House have taken to calling this recess things like "home district work period".

Accepting this sort of terminology and looking at the bright side, it is good to know that in one five-week period each year members of Congress actually do some work.