It’s become a little too common a story: police thugs beating the hell out of a citizen (who may or may not have done anything) citizen with camera takes pictures or video of police abuse police arrest photographer because apparently … Continue reading
The Islamic State remains a puzzle to U.S. policymakers and analysts. The national security community in the United States and the West neither predicted the Islamic State’s rise, nor has been able to figure out how to halt it. Writes … Continue reading
We all love freedom and the Constitution. But is it really that simple? I’m a huge fan of a good debate. And by “debate” I don’t mean the sort of ginned-up scream-lie-and-spinfests we have come to associate with the term in … Continue reading
My wife’s engagement ring contains a marquis cut diamond appraised at $2000. I bought it at a pawn shop for $600. The pawn broker was ready to shoot me dead if I tried to steal it. When I paid him … Continue reading
If you want to know what President Barack Obama will discuss in his 2015 State of the Union speech, there is no need to wait until Tuesday when he delivers his annual message to Congress and the American people. The … Continue reading
Nor does glossing over the Islamic State’s ultraviolence help make the case for non-intervention. On Dec. 18, the Guardian published a report by a team of reporters, including Focal Points contributor Ali Younes, titled The race to save Peter Kassig, … Continue reading
Post-Citizens United, if money is speech, then where does the Hedges v Obama case lead? Sent via web form this date, August 12, 2014 (san links) Dear Sir or Madam, As concerned citizens are prone to do, we discuss matters … Continue reading
It’s ironic that Iraq’s last two enemies now stand ready to defend it against a third enemy, ISIS. The advance of ISIS into Baghdad is on hold at the moment in part due to resistance from the Iraqi military and … Continue reading
“Future crime warrant”? May the gods deliver us from “predictive policing” because the courts sure won’t. And now, your Minority Report moment of the day. Turns out it has nothing to do with the NSA. Nope, this time it’s our … Continue reading
On one hand, you have to admire the Paul family, Ron and Rand. They’re smart, principled and courageous, willing to take unpopular stands on politically dangerous positions like legalizing marijuana or repealing opposing portions of the Civil Rights Act or … Continue reading
It came to my attention looking through my own Facebook Timeline that children being born right now could very well have their entire lives documented online – from birth, if their parents have accounts and upload photos of them. And … Continue reading
States that acquire WMD fail to fully anticipate the dangers of their enemies seizing them.
My friend Mike, recently retired editor of a major newspaper, writes: Luckily Scalia and his pals were in the Supreme Court minority on the Arizona immigration ruling, but his logic is scary: Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. … Continue reading
by Evans Mehew An interesting article dropped last week on Marketwatch.com: Job Security a Top Concern Among New Grads, SimplyHired.com Reports SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — SimplyHired.com(R), the world’s largest job search engine, today announced insights from … Continue reading
Imagine disarmament and nonproliferation talks in which states with more nuclear weapons make other states pay a price for having fewer.
by Jane Briggs-Bunting The heart of the fight in Wisconsin is the threat to public employees’ right to unions and collective bargaining. Newly elected GOP governor Scott Walker’s proposal to limit collective bargaining rights for public employees has generated a … Continue reading
Are commitment to the principle of small government and the power to invest their money as they wish reasons enough to motivate Republicans to fight to roll back Social Security? Continue reading
A quick history of how military became the most powerful force in the United States. Continue reading
The refusal to face up to reality that the United States cannot succeed in Afghanistan, despite all evidence to the contrary, suggests that the political elite is desperately clinging to the American system of global military hegemony.
As Jack Bauer finishes his complete melt-down at the end of his eighth season, I’ve had 2 revelations: 1) he seemed to confirm 3 weeks ago the opinion of experts that torture “isn’t working” and 2) we’ve all been sold … Continue reading