Since I wrote my blog on Punishing Putin, I received several phone calls from friends offering suggestion. The response I liked best was : "Ignore Him!" Many will say, but you can't ignore him. He just violated several international laws and created a military confrontation in Europe. Well, I agree, no world power can ignore this behavior nor its consequences. But despite this, there is a way to ignore Putin.
Putin must be on an adrenaline rush right now! Those who are in this state of mind will want to keep it going for as long as possible. So, ignoring Putin is a good tactic that should be part of our overall strategy. You can ignore him by not reacting to his agenda! That means the US and Europe must take coordinated steps to roll out own agenda to integrate Ukraine and the Baltic into the Western sphere of politics / defense / economics. This agenda must be divorced from what Putin says or does, i.e. not a tit for tat. It should be a Western centered plan in isolation. This will change the turf of this battle. Read more
Recently I have been reading about the situation in the Middle East, specifically the Israel/Palestine impasse, and started to wonder what has happened to create such a divisive atmosphere when there was so much hope at different times since the Oslo Accords were signed in the early 1990′s, and also the agreement entered into between Rabin and Arafat in the mid-1990′s. During my reading I asked myself one very important question when it came to the most recent volatility in the peace process: Has Israel poisoned the process? Sadly, while both sides have caused impasses and problems, Israel, under Netanyahu, has severely damaged the process and weakened the prospects for a peaceful settlement of the issues. Read more
I had to shake my head once more this past week when I heard a comment about a court ruling that invalidated a state law. It was the age old comment that an unelected judge had usurped the will of the people by ruling unconstitutional a popularly voted in state law. It begs the question of whether or not the people making these comments (sometimes governors and legislators, not just average citizens) understand the role of a court when reviewing legislation. Sadly, I think many are seriously mistaken. I would like to take a moment and offer my own view on the subject. Read more
Around my community of Southwest Washington all eyes are on the Oregon Legislature this week as committees decide the fate of the Columbia River Crossing (CRC). For those in other parts of the country, the CRC is the replacement project for the I5 Bridge that connects Washington and Oregon in Vancouver and Portland. It’s a heavily researched, debated, and berated piece of infrastructure legislation that has come to represent the divisions in our national discourse. The CRC is nothing less than a symbol of political breakdown over common sense use of government. Read more
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) got in a reporter's face and reportedly threatened him after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged Tuesday with illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond-area businessman who sought special treatment from state government.
See court forms attached!
Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people, has been grappling with sectarian violence for nearly two years. More than 240 people have been killed and another 250,000 forced to flee their homes, most of them Muslims from the western state of Rakhine.
Chris Christie's not the only one with a bridge to sell you: in Washington, some argue the NSA never went to far, that Food Stamps promote a culture of dependency and that we'll get better internet without net neutrality.
Christie's tactics may seem straight out of the Sopranos, but it is Obama strong-arming an abusive trade treaty, the House GOP gunning down unemployment relief and a Florida man shooting a movie theater texter.
There is something rotten in the Garden State, but also something poisonous in our nation's capital, where a push for Iran sanctions outweigh calls for talks and where a mediocre spending bill is called a victory.
Christie may be making national headlines, turning bridges into jams and tunneling himself deeper, but it seems that DC is now playing by Jersey rules and all Washington has jointed the Bridge-and-Tunnel crowd.
Laugh at the absurdity or cry at the insanity -- with a drink in hand and good company at your side at your local progressive social club.
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As America shivered through a historic freeze, Obama warmed up the discussion of poverty, the Senate passed unemployment benefits and debate shifted from austerity to inequality.
While record lows chilled much of the country, there was a spark of hope on intelligence reform, Affordable Care sign-ups heated up and new allies called to let Snowden thaw out.
And in NJ, the GOP's most popular candidate may have to put his 2016 plans on ice as his national ambitions seem a bridge too far.
Politics has never been believably pretty, but in the Garden State, Did Hell Just Freeze Over? it's unbelievably petty.
Maybe the polar vortex caused hell to freeze over: we're witnessing events we had never expected, and a few conservatives stuck out in the cold.
Warm company, hot topics and cool beers will turn a winter night into a winner night at your local progressive social club.
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What will happen in 2014? Will the Tea Party finally gasp its last breath in the midterm elections? Will the GOP find its conscious? Will President Obama be vindicated in health care reform and other policies and positions? What will the next wave of big stories be? Really, I don’t know, but here are my best guesses:
Firstly, I think the midterm elections will be a Saturday night-Sunday morning moment for the GOP. Hung over and still slightly drunk from the intoxication of hatred and fear served up by the Tea Party for five years, the GOP will swear off the hard stuff. The county I live in happens to be an eerily accurate reflection of the national political mood, being deeply purple, and in 2013 our off year elections showed a renewed interest in the middle way. The local Tea Party lost a noticeable amount of ground in city and county races. I think in 2014, we will see this trend out nationally. Read more
The Federal Reserve said that it arranged the choice of more economic easing following the release of August's poor jobs report. Those efforts have been formulated, and were publicized on Thurs. Article resource: Fed Economic Stimuls
Drive down borrowing expenses
The Federal Reserve has decided it is necessary to drive down borrowing expenses even more after a two-day meeting with the policy committee. The Federal Reserve explained that it will spend $40 each month on mortgage backed securities to do this. This will be a 3rd round of “quantitative reason.”
Short term interest rates will stay at historic lows for six months longer than they used to until the end of 2015. The Federal bank has publicized this change in policy.
In 2013 and 2014, the Federal Reserve lowered its growth outlook for 2012 from 2.4 percent to 2 percent. By 2014, the unemployment rate is anticipated to decrease from 8.1 percent to 6.7 percent too.
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Two weeks into my sophomore year in university I decided to meet up with an old friend from freshman year. She was a Muslim from Kuwait and a very interesting person to talk to considering her background. We were discussing various topics and came across the theory of evolution since she was now taking the same biology class as the one I had taken during my freshman year. She is very much into science so I decided to ask her opinion on the theory of evolution. Her response wasn’t very positive. I first I was surprised, but then I remembered I had learned the previous year that the Muslim world frowns upon the idea of evolution. I also learned that teaching evolution in the Middle East varies by state and is usually combined with creationist beliefs for the explanation of the origin of the universe. I am fan of evolution, but the conversation reminded me just how the Arab world is similar to the USA since there is a problem here with teaching evolution and God in public schools. Questions arise asking whether God should be taught alongside evolution, should we even teach evolution to our children, or does God even belong inside the classroom? Read more
1. Syria remained subject to a bloody turmoil for over two years in 21st Century which promised highest civilization in the history of our planet. Over a hundred thousand innocent fellow humans killed and over a million Syrian citizens displaced. United Nations remained a silent spectator throughout the Syrian’s massacre and so are all the Global Heads of the States “The Hon’able Members of UNO”. What a tremendous conspiracy against an elected government and UN recognized sovereign state. Who financed, armed and patronized the Opposition Party of Syria! Who is a threat to Syrian’s integrity and their solidarity! Who promoted Civil War in Syria! Who will own & justify the innocuous blood of one hundred thousand Syrians! Read more
Dear Gov. McCrory,
Though I’m fortunate enough to hail from Ohio, the greatest state in our union, I still keep abreast of what’s going on in North Carolina—my second, wonderful home state. As a Republican, Duke student and political science major, I was disappointed to listen to the radio interview you gave a couple of weeks ago, during which you expressed an interest in defunding certain areas of study at North Carolina public universities. The sound bite the media grappled on to was your declaration, “If you want to take gender studies that’s fine. Go to a private school, and take it.”
I listened to the interview in its entirety, rather than just picking and choosing the choicest bits. I am guessing (hoping) this comment doesn’t express a malevolent view of the academic field of gender studies. Rather, I think it is a poor phrasing of your larger belief that public tax dollars should only fund areas of study that produce jobs for students. I’d like to respond to this larger sentiment and the potentiality of defunding certain academic disciplines, rather than the specific gender studies statement itself. Read more