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News Roundup – Great Day, Syria

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What a great day in Asheville!  Took a golf lesson from Brian Oliver with my wife at Broadmoor, then played nine holes. Came home, cleaned up and went to Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse. Outstanding. Loved having a day off. Back to work in the morning.

Syria. Secretary of State and former Senator John Kerry was on Capitol Hill today. He was there with former Senator and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, as well as General Martin Dempsey. The administration pulled out all the stops. It appears that their charm offensive is working. More and more people on Capitol Hill are speaking in favor of some type of military action in Syria. In my opinion, once President Obama won over military hawks – John McCain and Lindsey Graham – he basically won this fight on Capitol Hill. Sometime this morning Congressman and Majority Leader John Boehner stated that he supported military action against Syria. Game, set, and match. Obama has won the argument over what to do with Syria. Senator Kerry had this very poignant point, “I remember Iraq, Secretary Hagel remembers Iraq. We were here for that vote. We voted. And so we are especially sensitive — Chuck and I — to never again asking any member of Congress to take a vote on faulty intelligence. And that is why our intelligence community has scrubbed and rescrubbed the evidence.”

I don’t think the American people will ever be sold on the idea of military intervention in Syria. A new poll by the Pew Charitable Trusts reveals what we already know –

Pew Research Center

Americans are simply not in favor of any military intervention, anywhere. Yet, this is a time when, I believe, our elected leaders need to lead. From a practical standpoint, we simply don’t want nations to begin using chemical weapons. There has to be some sort of consequence. I think it was wrong for the first President Bush to allow Saddam Hussein to use chemical weapons against the Kurds. I’m also a little disappointed that President Obama did not call Congress back in the session late last week. I think he needed to show a sense of urgency.

Let me be clear. My own personal feeling is that I don’t think we should be bombing anybody. I really don’t think the bombing is going to help. But, were I president, which I’m not, I would feel obligated to uphold the rule of law. One of the key things that we cannot know is exactly how good our intelligence is. I know Secretary Kerry believes that our intelligence is solid. I hope he is correct.

By |2013-09-03T21:28:51-04:00September 3rd, 2013|Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on News Roundup – Great Day, Syria

Friday Afternoon News Roundup

Ed Schultz has been booted to the weekends. Chris Hayes has been promoted to the 8 pm spot. There is something about Ed Schultz that I can only take in small doses. I can watch Rachel Maddow every night, but not Ed.

The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre is still flapping his lips. I’m not really sure why, but… I guess money can buy you love.

Some GOP congressmen ain’t liking the sequester after all. (more…)

By |2013-03-16T16:56:34-04:00March 15th, 2013|Economy, Media|Comments Off on Friday Afternoon News Roundup

Sunday Evening News Roundup

Sunday Evening News Roundup.

The graph below illustrates the unemployment rate from 1970 through 2012. Looking at this graph, which president presided over the highest unemployment rate? Reagan. Now, which president presided over the lowest unemployment rate? Clinton.

The Americans took second in the 4 x 100 relay. The Olympics is really sensory overload. There’s just too much.

Lenovo CEO donated his $3 million bonus to some of its lowest paid workers. Kind of surprising actually. 🙂

Republicans have been wailing about the divorce rate more than the rate of children born out of wedlock. Michele Bachmann was just the latest. So I find it hard to believe that in the year 2012, church members, Black church members who want to get married in their own church, have been met with opposition by several White church members. Basically, as I understand the story, some Black members of a majority White church want to get married. This is a heterosexual relationship. Yet, some of the White members have written letters to the pastor who has agreed to marry these members, opposing their marriage. All I can say is that there are some people who go to church every Sunday and yet do not understand the basics of what Christianity is all about. Love, forgiveness, understanding and tolerance. (more…)

By |2012-07-31T01:08:30-04:00July 30th, 2012|Economy, Elections, Movies, Sports|Comments Off on Sunday Evening News Roundup
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