US-Latin American Relations

Some thoughts on a column by Roger Noriega on the Obama administration and Latin America,

Yes, Ted Cruz Is A “Natural Born Citizen”

Just in case there’s any question, yes, Ted Cruz is Constitutionally eligible to serve as President.

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock, Dead at 83

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who became a household name as Mr. Spock with the “Star Trek” television series and movies, has died at 83.

Same-Sex Marriages Go Forward In Alabama While Roy Moore Channels George Wallace

In the end, there is no difference between Roy Moore resisting a Federal Court Order related to same-sex marriage and George Wallace’s efforts to block desegregation.

Pope: Don’t Breed Like Rabbits. Or Use Birth Control.

Pope Francis continues his world tour and has issued a paradox from his private jet.

Joe Cocker Dies At 70

Mississippi 1964? No, Missouri 2014

But, hey, don’t worry, there’s nothing racial going on here. Nothing at all.

ISIS’s New Beheading Video; Casus Belli, Or A Trap?

The latest ISIS video is horrible and barbaric but we should not take the bait they are offering before considering the consequences of our actions going forward.

Hyperpartisanship Harms American Politics, And American Life

There’s more to life than politics. Unfortunately, there are many Americans who don’t seem to recognize that fact.

Voters In Washington, D.C. And Oregon, And Probably Alaska, Approve Marijuana Legalization

Big victories for advocates of marijuana legalization.

“Controlling” the Senate

That word may not mean what you think it means.

Trick Or Treating Didn’t Always Mean Getting Candy

Not too long ago, Trick Or Treating didn’t mean getting candy produced by large corporations.

The Phony Populism Of Politicians

Politicians on both sides of the aisle like to tell people they’re just “average Americans,” but they’re lying and the American people seem to have figured out that they’re lying.

Google Executive Alan Eustace Completes Record Breaking Skydive From 135,890 Feet

A Google Executive jumps from the edge of space, breaking a record.

‘Tom and Jerry’ Cartoons Get ‘Racial Prejudice’ Warning

The classic “Tom and Jerry” cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s come with a “racial prejudice” warning from Amazon.

Public Trust In Government Hits New Lows

Americans have become deeply cynical about government. To some extent that is a good thing, but it’s reaching unhealthy levels.

Social Issues Now Benefiting Democrats

Once something that generally benefited Republicans, social issues are now becoming a wedge issue for Democrats.

Why Americans Stink at Math

School.

Democrats Have A 2014 Voter Enthusiasm Problem

If current trends holds, Democratic candidates are going to have a problem turning out voters in November.

Mike Huckabee Invokes Martin Luther King Jr. To Argue Against Marriage Equality

Once again, conservatives demonstrate how little they understand minority voters.

Vatican Set For First Ever Canonization Of Two Popes, With Two Popes Attending

On Sunday, it’s the Day Of Four Popes.

Is All Politics Presidential?

Have gubernatorial elections become more nationalized?

Rand Paul’s N.S.A. Lawsuit: Campaign Stunt Or Real Legal Threat? Does It Matter?

If something is going to be done about an out of control National Security State, it’ll be because the American people demand it.

F-35 Costs $182 Million to $299 Million Per Plane

Nobody gets the airplane they wanted but at least they’re paying more for the one they’re getting.

On Mandela, Some Conservatives Get It And Others Quite Obviously Don’t

Some on the American right have a very odd view of both Nelson Mandela and the Apartheid regime he fought against.

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

The most important leader to come out of Africa in the 20th Century, and perhaps in all of history, has died.

Do Barack Obama And Mike Bloomberg Want To Ruin Family Thanksgiving Gatherings?

Guess what’s coming to the dinner table.

Blaming Dallas For Kennedy’s Assassination

Don’t blame Dallas, or 60s era Texas conservatism, for what happened in Dallas 50 years ago,

With Republican Help, ENDA Passes Senate

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed the Senate yesterday but it’s unlikely to go much further.

Court Holds That Wedding Photographer Cannot Refuse Service To Gay Couples

A case out of New Mexico presents an interesting collision of First Amendment rights and anti-discrimination values.

Is Egypt Irrelevant?

Does interest in Egypt make the same sense it did 30 years ago?

America’s One-Child Policy?

The high cost of raising children is making it difficult for many Americans to have multiple children.

Pentagon’s Broken Payroll System

The military’s finance and accounting system has been dysfunctional for decades and is getting worse.

Notwithstanding Egypt, Coups Have Become Rare

Military coups used to be far more common than they are today.

FAA May Relax Electronic Device Rules

The government may soon stop making you turn off your iPad for no apparent reason.