Why Al Qaeda is not likely to act Hispanic.
Foreign Policy / Immigration / National Security / Other

Why Al Qaeda is not likely to act Hispanic.

This week, Rep. Louie Gohmert’s stated, in the vulnerable context of the Boston bombings, that there are links between Al Qaeda and Hispanics. Gohmert said: “We know Al Qaeda has camps over with the drug cartels on the other side of the Mexican border. We know that people that are now being trained to come … Continue reading

One Giant Leap for Aerospace
America / Economy / Other / U.S. Domestic Policy

One Giant Leap for Aerospace

Last Sunday, the private aerospace company SpaceX launched the first commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This launch, carried out by the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, is part of a $1.6 billion contract signed with NASA in 2006 to carry out at least 12 such missions. The unmanned launch carried needed supplies … Continue reading

Economy / Foreign Policy / Other / Politics

For Israel, Nuclear Iran Not Biggest Concern

All we hear from Israel is everything Iran. Netanyahu, in a fiery speech, said in relation to Iran: “as Prime Minister of Israel, I will never let my people live under the shadow of annihilation.” Israelis have lots of important issues on their plate. In Israel there are numerous social cleavages and economic issues that … Continue reading

America / Constitution / Other / Politics / Rule of Law

Our Constitution: Absolutely Not A “Living Breathing Document”

Is our Constitution a “Living Breathing Document?” Well, what is a “Living Breathing Document?” In The American Constitution and The Debate over Originalism, Dennis Goldford defines the concept of a living breathing document. He quotes Harlold Koh, legal expert, as defining the concept as a “flexible pragmatism that views the Constitution as a living document … Continue reading

America / Culture / Other / Politics / Rule of Law / U.S. Domestic Policy

Memo to the Grand Ole Party: Wake Up and Smell the Cafe con Leche

With the recent announcement of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s endorsement of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, things are about to get really interesting concerning the GOP’s relationship with America’s fastest growing demographic group (i.e. Hispanics). As a darling of the tea-party, Gov. Jan Brewer’s latest political move is clearly meant to shore up and consolidate Gov. … Continue reading

House Committee on the Judiciary / Other / Regulation / Uncategorized

House Committee on the Judiciary

Lie, Damn Lies, and Statistics This was Chairman Cobles (R, NC-6) opening statement for the House Committee on the Judiciary on February 27, 2012. He observed the Department of Labor concluded that unemployment is at 8.3% compared to 10% last October. Asserting that the federal government destroys jobs, and Congress is unable to create jobs, … Continue reading

America / Culture / Economy / Gov. Officials / Healthcare / Other / Politics / Presidency / Regulation / Tax

“Right of Conscience” Amendment: Blatant Misrepresentation of Constitution, Republicanism

The US Senate, today, March 1st, plans to vote on a Republican-sponsored amendment that would restore “the right of conscience” to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare). The Senate’s bill, which would hope to reverse the Sebelius/Obama Contraception regulation without any actual reference to ‘contraception’ or the regulation they hope to reverse. … Continue reading

Communications / Economy / Gov. Officials / Other

Data vs. Design: Key Problems Facing CBO and other Agencies

CBO and other government agencies produce huge amounts of data every day. They typically compile them into reports and glean out the important trends that will advise and inform policy makers. Traditionally these reports involve simple line and bar graphs with a few pie charts. However, the explosion in info graphics and interactive data has … Continue reading