Earlier this week, the United States fired a missile which killed the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani. Less reported, but almost as significant, is that the missile also killed the leader of the largest militia group in Iraq with whom Soleimani was meeting.
Immediately after the strikes, politics stepped in and bitter partisans started making comments, issuing press releases either saying the missile strike was the greatest thing ever or that it was the first step toward World War III. With a couple of days perspective, the situation and the responses have become a bit clearer, as has all the political posturing back and forth
And as usual, the truth is more nuanced. Continue reading “US Strikes and Iran’s Response”
On Friday Rep. Phil Roe, a TN Congressman, announced that he would not be running for reelection. Roe makes the 25th incumbent Republican member of Congress that has said they will not run for reelection in the next election—that’s well over 10% of the total sitting GOP members of the House. This is after the last Congressional election cycle, where there was another significant number of Congressmen and Senators who retired including seven committee chairs and the Speaker of the House. Continue reading “More Than 10% of Republican Members of Congress Not Running Again”
Tragically, this weekend saw a crazed gunman enter a Texas church and begin shooting. The gunman killed two people in the congregation as they worshipped.
Fortunately for everyone else, the security team was armed and within a reported six seconds responded. They took out the gunman and ended the incident before it could become a massacre. It could have been much worse. It’s terrible to even have to talk about such things, and to even have to talk about ‘it could have been worse’ when people were killed. It couldn’t be worse for the families of those killed.
According to reports, the whole incident was over in less than ten seconds. The gunman started shooting, killed two people, armed attendees moved and shot the gunman.
A big part of the problem with the gun debate is that is a very emotional one. Here is a case where a killing spree was stopped within ten seconds. If the gunman had been able to continue his attach, even for just one minute, how many people would have died? In this case, the only thing that stopped the bad guy is good people with guns who could kill him within seconds. Waiting for police for even a few minutes would have seen the death toll skyrocket. There really can be no doubt in this case that Texas gun laws no doubt prevented a massacre.
Of course, the big news this week is that the House voted for only the third time in our country’s history to impeach the President. Actually, the impeachment hearings have been the big news for the last several weeks, understandably overshadowing almost everything else. News that would normally be the lead story has been pushed to the back pages.
Yet, nothing from Thinking Man’s Politics…until now. Why? Because, frankly, Thinking Man is pretty disappointed in what has been going on. Continue reading “On Impeachment Of The President”
Turkey is a country that is not often in the news in the US. Although it has been a NATO ally since 1951, two years after the alliance’s founding, in recent years the country’s President has taken Turkey down a path that is troubling and is growing even more so.
Turkey shares a border with both Russia and Syria, so it is strategically located and played a critical role during the Cold War. It is the only Muslim-majority country in NATO but has historically had a secular government that has respected freedoms, honored democratic institutions and whose policies have been driven by national interest rather than by religion. Continue reading “Turkey Continues Drift Away From Its NATO Allies”
Not to be outdone by its neighbor China, Russia is turning to cell phones to track its citizens as well. Russia now requires that anyone using a cell phone download an app that allows the government to track individuals and their activity. The former Communist country, now run Vladimir Putin who was a former KGB agent—the Communist Party’s secret police, still does what it can to control its citizens.
A Wisconsin court ruled that the state’s Medicaid plan had to cover ‘medically necessary’ transgender sex change treatment and surgery. In what world is there even such a thing as ‘medically necessary’ sex change surgery?!
One more way that Medicaid has become an entitlement and another way to make taxpayers foot the bill for something that does nothing to affect health.