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Francis Gets Served the House Specialty ... With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying "God bless America” like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
The Damascus Pact - Syria, Russia, and What’s Next ... One thing you do when putting together plans is something called ‘worst-casing.’ You consider the problem in front of you and ask: what could go wrong. You keep asking that question until you’ve framed out all the bad things that might happen, then you develop branch plans to prevent them, or develop responses that can contain them. Just in case. (See Page 9, October 8, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Syrian Refugees, How Many More Can We Afford? ... Ten people want to move into your house. The reasons may be good such as there has been violence in their neighborhood or life in general has been bad where they currently live. These same people would also need for you to provide them with cash, food, education assistance, childcare and most likely half of the ten would need this assistance for the rest of their lives. You couldn't financially afford to do it. The United States is not doing it so well either. (See Page 9, October 8, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Refugee Crisis and Western Civilization ... An astute friend of mine put it succinctly: Europe is in trouble. The issue is the rush of immigrants from Syria towards Europe, one of the unintended consequences of Europe, and the US – the current administration – failing to develop a coherent policy to the problems in Syria. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Mending Our Welcome Mat ... My great grandmother Rose was just 10 when she traveled to the United States with her family. They fled from Poland to England, took a boat to Canada, and crossed the border. The trip was long, but not nearly as treacherous as the journey many refugees are taking across the Aegean Sea today. (See Page 11, October 1, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Pharmaceutical Nightmare ... Sick people must have access to medical care and that includes prescription medication. You may have heard about the pharmaceutical company that recently acquired a drug called Daraprim, which is a 62-year-old drug, used to treat toxoplasmosis. The disease can be life threatening to some babies and some people with HIV and cancer. (See Page 11, October 1, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
New Exit Polls Reveal - 100% Death Rate ... Exit polls are conclusive. 100% of us will die. The way we die will vary somewhat, but die we will. Many people in the world will never vote, own a new house, drive a new car or eat in a nice restaurant. We all will experience death. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
We Can - and Should - Do More to Help Syrian Refugees ... Imagine that 58 million Americans were streaming into Canada and Mexico, many with only a small satchel and the clothes on their backs. Picture another 102 million residents of the Eastern seaboard seeking refuge with relatives in the Midwest and West. (See Page 9, September 24, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
The Next President ... The prime task of the President is: defend the nation. There are two ways to address that: make the world safer and more secure; or failing that, strengthen defenses to deter aggression and if necessary defeat an attack on the US and our interests. (See Page 9, September 24, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Does the Iran Deal Commit Us To Defend the Mullahs Against Israel? ... Prominent investigative reporter Ken Timmerman revealed this week that the controversial Iran nuclear pact "commits the United States to actively help Iran to defend its nuclear facilities against cyberattacks from Israel or others and to provide Iran with nuclear technology to modernize its facilities." (See Page 9, September 24, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Manipulating Intelligence and the Iranian Nuclear Agreement ... I had a boss a few years ago (Gen. Gary Luck – an exceptional officer), and a number of intermediaries (1 and 2-star generals) who sometimes seemed like to tell Gen. Luck what they thought he wanted to hear. Fortunately for me, I learned that Gen. Luck appreciated clear, but ‘unvarnished’ intelligence. Even in a series of rather tense situations, in which all sides seemed to want to ‘shade’ things this way or that, Gen. Luck insisted that I ‘keep us straight.’ (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Anarchy is the First Stage of a War on Democracy, Says AMAC ... Police across the nation are being targeted at random. They are being shot at and, so far this year, more than two dozen cops have been murdered. Meanwhile, anonymous phone calls have been logged by 911 exchanges in at least two cities, with threats like this one: "we are about to start striking fear shooting down all cops that we see by themselves." (See Page 9, September 17, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Fighting Cybercrime with Blogging Software? ... The Internet is abuzz over last month's major WordPress update. After massive data breaches at Ashley Madison, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, cybersecurity has become a top priority for consumers, businesses, and even federal agencies. (See Page 9, September 17, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
A Big Win For Fast Food Workers ... For many Americans, the only connection between Labor Day and labor is that you don’t have to do any of the latter as a result of the former. In other words, it’s just a day off work — an occasion to barbecue or go out of town for a three-day weekend. (See Page 9, September 17, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Black Lives Don’t Matter ... Now that I have your attention… When I was a young man in the Navy we knew that when the really big kids (admirals) said something over and over and over again, then in all likelihood the precise opposite was true. Our favorite was ‘people are our most important asset,’ which we knew meant ‘people are important because you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip, (but we can send sailors to sea for 9 months deployments and they keep coming back for more).’ (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
New Test for High School Students Seeks to Rewrite History For Political Gain ... Liberal elements in the education sector are putting a new spin on American history, according to Stanley Kurtz of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He says it is an attempt to hijack the history of the U.S. for future leftist political gains. (See Page 11, September 10, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)


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