It’s all over the news, and every American politician (and French) seeking re-election is repeating it: Trump has betrayed the Kurds to Turkey, set ISIS fighters free, and is actively running the U.S. military in a way that benefits only Russia.
The danger with facts everyone knows is that there’s no easy way to convince people they’re wrong. Usually the problem boils down to oversimplification; it’s easy to be wrong when you don’t know anything. In this case, it’s that — plus, everyone’s got a massive axe to grind and Trump’s a great target to score points off.
But some of it’s definitely true, so we’ll start there and move on. (more…)
Make no mistake, ladies and gentlemen: This is war, and we need you.
I have read your learned articles on the healthcare debate. I have reviewed your proposals on climate change and environmental protection. For the many (the most of us) who haven’t written or even linked any of those, I’ve read your angry memes and mocking anti-Trump and anti-Republican posts. I have seen these things, my friends, and in listening, the source of your anger has become apparent, as has the problem’s only solution.
The trouble is, you’re sick of corrupt morons in charge of things, and you’re tired of being treated like an idiot yourself by everyone running for office. Tell me I’m wrong; I dare you. (more…)
In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, a new wave of violence has erupted since the January inauguration of new Governor Quirino Ordaz Coppel, who reportedly is contesting the Sinaloa Cartel‘s exclusive control of the police force.
Meanwhile, in Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, martial law has been declared following armed clashes between the national army and Moro separatists allegedly fighting under the banner of Abu Sayyaf, an ISIS affiliate which funds its activities through the smuggling of guns, drugs, and slaves — much like the Sinaloa Cartel, albeit with a strikingly different ethos.
What do these two conflicts have in common? Among other things, they’re both being largely paid for by the United States. Both sides of both wars are using American dollars to kill each other. (more…)
It’s been half a week since the Inauguration, and I for one am finding it hard to keep up. Eventually, I hope to post an ongoing log of executive actions, signed bills, and other notable events, but for right now it’s still one by one, dealing with the most important things first.
And this is pretty important.
So it looks like the DAPL review is going forward at speed, and Keystone XL is semi-authorized. That’s thanks to three executive actions yesterday. They are three distinct (more…)
Those of you who know me will know that I love sifting through the worst garbage to find treasures — diamonds in the rough. Last night’s State of the Union address was less garbage than most are and certainly better than expected, and there were some true gems carefully concealed within the rhetoric. The (more…)
I should have started this with “Spoiler Alert”. ‘Cause nobody’s seen this movie yet.
A couple of days ago, President Obama announced on national television that he was taking executive action about gun violence. He invoked memories of tragedies, from Newtown and Aurora through Ford Hood and San Bernardino, and at one point he broke into tears.
It’s said even Reagan was against every Tom, Dick, and Harry owning an AK-47. And that may well be true; on the other hand, what difference does it make? We should keep this discussion to the essentials, and reduce whatever we can to its core.
There exists a philosophical difficulty with banning “assault rifles”; it can be (more…)