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Mid-Week Quick Takes

Items in the news this week:

Sanctuary Cities

Mayor of Chicago and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says that his city will sue the federal government for cutting off federal tax dollars because it is a sanctuary city and refuses to cooperate with federal law enforcement.

As is typical of those who run sanctuary cities, Emanuel thinks that he and his city are entitled to money from taxpayers, no matter what those taxpayers think and no matter what the law.  Because he knows better and you should give him money….well, just because he says you should.

Obamacare News

Anthem, the second largest insurer in the country has announced it’s pulling out of another Obamacare exchange.  Anthem announced this week that it will be pulling out of Nevada, in addition to a number of other markets where it has already stopped offering insurance.

There is no doubt left to anyone that Obamacare is dying.  As predicted when it passed, sky-rocketing costs, along with huge increases in premiums and other key failings have doomed it to either a massive infusion of money-in the trillions of dollars-to save it or a slow death that will have cost hundreds of billions of dollars with no effect on healthcare costs.

While that dies, the Republicans offer no alternative after seven years of saying that will give us something better.

More Hypocrisy from Liberals in Hollywood

Actress Lena Dunham shared that she had complained to American Airlines after she had heard two employees, in a private conversation in the terminal, say things that offended her and she felt were transgender-phobic (is that even a word?)

So, she feels that people cannot express their personal opinion and their jobs should be in danger if they do.  Interesting.  What would be more interesting would be her opinion on a person expressing his personal opinion while at work and in uniform if, say, that person were an NFL quarterback named Colin Kaepernick?

Talking Turkey

Most Americans probably know little about Turkey, yet it is one of the most important members of NATO.  It was a key ally throughout the Cold War, bordering the Soviet Union.  Turkey was important enough that as a condition for removing missiles from Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Soviet Union got the US to restrict what planes and weapons it based in Turkey.

And Turkey may be even more important now.  Turkey is the only Muslim-majority member of NATO and it borders Syria, Iraq and Iran. Continue reading “Talking Turkey”

A Crazy Two Weeks in the Trump Administration

Opinions on Donald Trump incite passion on both sides of the spectrum.  Never before have I seen a figure so polarizing and so much at the root of blind emotion.  If you hate him, he can do nothing right and things that are ‘normal’ take on sinister overtones when it involves Trump.  Conversely, Trump said during the campaign that he could shoot someone in broad daylight and not lose certain voters.  Little could we imagine that he was right.

If you dislike Trump (and ‘dislike’ is too mild a word for many), the comments below will do nothing to change your opinion.   If you like Trump (and ‘like’ may also be too mild a word for his fans), then I would ask for a few moments that you think of Trump, the man and the policies, as two different things.  For a few moments, let’s realize that they are two different things.  What a man says he wants to do, and who a man is, are not always the same. Continue reading “A Crazy Two Weeks in the Trump Administration”

Friday Quick Takes-War on Terror

This week’s updates on the war on terror and NATO:

Progress in the War on Terror

The Defense Dept. announced late last week that the head of ISIS in Afghanistan.  Abu Sayed, head of the organization in Afghanistan, was killed by a drone strike this week in another series of high profile defeats for ISIS since the beginning of the year.   In 2017, this is the third high ranking leader that has been killed in Afghanistan.

As well, the Iraqi government announced that it had retaken the city of Mosul from ISIS giving a major setback to the radical Muslim group.  Mosul is the biggest city held by ISIS, and taking Mosul was announced at the same time that Iraqi forces are battling for Raqqa, the self-declared capital of the ISIS ‘caliphate’.


Pentagon Changes Obama’s Mandate on What to Call Terrorist Organization

On a related note, earlier this year the Pentagon also did away with the order from the Obama Administration that the radical Muslim group be referred to as ‘ISIL’ and now refers to the group primarily as ‘ISIS’ as is done most widely around the world.  Pretty much alone in using that term, the Obama Administration required every part of the Executive Branch to refer to the group as ‘ISIL’.

Why is that significant?  Well,  it’s much more than many realize.  ISIL was short for the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” instead of ISIS which was the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”.   So why did Obama demand that everyone use the term ‘ISIL’?   Because the Levant (the ‘L’ in ISIL) was what that area of the world was called before Israel became a nation.  President Obama was showing his anti-Jewish bias by forcing a reference back to a time before Israel was a nation.  So much so that the liberal President ordered literally the words that his staff could use.

One can only guess why no one called it what it was before now—evidence of President Obama’s anti-Jewish prejudices.


Defense Spending by NATO Allies

For all of President Trump’s (many) faults, and his often less than civil and diplomatic ways, his ranting against NATO allies and their low defense spending seems to have had at least some effect.   NATO countries have increased defense spending by a combined $22 billion this year.

Midweek Quick Takes

Among the newsworthy items this week:

In a Bloomberg poll released earlier this week, we find results that show Hillary Clinton is even more unpopular than President Trump.   Bucking trends that historically show losing candidates gaining somewhat in popularity in the year after the election, Hillary has even higher negative numbers than she did at election time and roughly two percent worse negative numbers than Trump.


The US Post Office has been losing money for years.  To help turnaround its finances, the Post Office has decided to sell off a number of properties that it no longer considers valuable.   The properties being sold are expected to go for roughly $1.9 billion.

Interestingly, the husband of Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has received the exclusive contract to sell the real estate and expects to generate tens of millions of dollars in commissions.  An exclusive contract, which includes all parts of the country.


And finally, headlines today include a story that at the G20 summit of world leaders President Trump met with President Putin twice.   That’s it.  That’s the headline.  Apparently, it is somehow unusual that at a meeting of world leaders that one head of state met with another head of state twice?   I don’t get it.  The time spent on the story on TV news included nothing that would seem to be of concern, no indication that there was anything inappropriate, just that Trump met with Putin.  The leaders of the two largest military powers in the world met was not only news and headline breaking news, for some reason.  And the media wonder why there is ever increasing questions about their relevance?