Mattis Resigns

“Mad Dog” Mattis is officially stepping down as Secretary of Defense. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Some surmise the abrupt decision to remove troops from Syria was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The full text of his resignation is below. While it is written diplomatically, it is clear that Mattis is fed … More Mattis Resigns

Ed Snowden Reboot

Yesterday, the ACLU celebrated the anniversary of Ed Snowden’s “revelations” in 2013. I’m normally on board with the ACLU, but not in this case. Ed didn’t use legal channels to bring his perceived issues to anyone’s attention, so he was and is not entitled to whistleblower protections. He was indiscriminate in his collection and release … More Ed Snowden Reboot

Immigration Programs Pose No Significant Threat

In any context, correct identification of the root issue is critical to development of meaningful courses of action. Calls for doing away with immigration programs on the basis of a handful – or just one – person committing a terrorist act are ill-founded. Terrorist acts aren’t driven by means of entry. In order to determine … More Immigration Programs Pose No Significant Threat

RAISE Act: Blatantly Discriminatory

The POTUS endorsed a proposed bill today that would drastically revise decades-old immigration policy and limit immigration. The legislation will propose limits such as reducing avenues for permanent resident status for extended family members of citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, giving preference to English-speakers, and reducing the number of immigrants allowed to enter. This will … More RAISE Act: Blatantly Discriminatory

UK Attacks and US Fear

Our thoughts are with the UK and London in particular after yesterday’s attacks, which represented the third major incident this year. Despite the tragedy, it is important to rationally reflect on what has transpired, and to avoid baseless fear-mongering. In the aftermath of this most recent attack we have seen many people, including figures of … More UK Attacks and US Fear

Travel Ban, Part 2

According to Fox news, a federal judge in Hawaii put the White House’s new travel ban on hold just before it would have gone into effect (at midnight tonight). Arguments for and against the ban have been ongoing in several states around the nation. The government argues that the ban no longer discriminates based on … More Travel Ban, Part 2

Distraction

For people concerned with the trajectory of the US it is becoming ever more difficult to key the proverbial eye on the ball. Whether out of strategic intent as some postulate or out of near-deranged narcissism or dementia, Trump and company keep the hits coming to the point that journalists, pundits, and armchair bloggers can … More Distraction