Trump jumps shark with insane comment about McCain’s military service

Kablooey.

(Image via outsidethebeltway.com)
(Image via outsidethebeltway.com)

Gaahhhh.  Feh.  OMG.  No he didn’t.

But…yes, unfortunately — inevitably? — he did.

Trump managed to implode faster than, well, something that implodes really fast.  Come up with your own analogies.  (Post them in the comments section and we’ll have a contest.)

After riding the crest of a wave for three weeks, speaking for Mr. and Mrs. Joe America on the subject of out-of-hand illegal immigration, Trump crashed and burned in Iowa, lobbing a few seconds’ worth of campaign-ending trash talk at John McCain. Continue reading “Trump jumps shark with insane comment about McCain’s military service”

In the U.S. Capitol: Darkness rather than light

Deeds in secret.

Men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. (John 3:19)

Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us?  Who will know?” (Isaiah 29:15)

It is with a heavy heart that I write this.  What is reported here will surprise some people, but will not surprise others.  The events will shed, on the last few days in our republic, a light different from the spotlight directed by the media.  If we see the events clearly, we may realize that our focus has been misdirected.

Like most Americans, I think, I assumed it was inevitable that the Senate would vote to increase the so-called national debt “ceiling” this month, Continue reading “In the U.S. Capitol: Darkness rather than light”

Obama’s State Department: Representing the American people to Russia and Israel

Our face to the world.

Kim Zigfeld at Pajamas picks up on the position assumed by the Obama administration on a Senate bill that would condemn Russian officials complicit in the torture and death of a rights lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.  The bill, sponsored by John McCain and Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), would deny US visas to a list of Russian officials and freeze their assets in America.  Equally important, it would call attention to what those officials have done, and to the pattern of threats, intimidation, and even homicidal brutality wielded by the Russian government against whistle-blowers.

The Russians have warned the Obama administration about what will happen if the Senate goes through with the McCain-Cardin bill.  And the Obama State Department has in turn conveyed that warning to the Senate: Continue reading “Obama’s State Department: Representing the American people to Russia and Israel”

War Powers Act: Right problem, wrong tool

They have the non-hostilities power too.

Senators McCain and Kerry have probably made moot (at least for now) the War Powers threat that has been fitfully gathering steam in the House.  And that’s probably fine, as a War Powers showdown is a low-payoff proposition between now and November 2012.  It is correct to worry about Obama’s non-hostile kinetic military action in Libya being mishandled and problematic,  but the War Powers Act is a bad tool that would make things worse, not better.

In its own way, the War Powers Act is part of the same problem posed by the NHKMA in Libya: Continue reading “War Powers Act: Right problem, wrong tool”