Paul Ryan Takes On Maimonides

Paul Ryan was being callous and absurd. “Don’t feed fish” is a mean and selfish response to a very old and eloquent proverb, but there is another layer to this story. The quote, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for … Continue reading

Revealed via Secret Tape, Mitt Romney’s POV on Foreign Policy

The secretly taped video of Mitt Romney’s remarks to a small and private audience of campaign donors reveals more than what he thinks of President Obama’s supporters and “47% of Americans.” In the full length, hour-long version of the video that has been released by Mother Jones, Romney did something that he rarely does; he … Continue reading

‘Climate Change’ Is Not A Military Term

I am weary of “Operation Free.” Whenever military procurement, national security, and energy independence merge as issues, be cautious of who are marked as “enemies.” The message that is framed by this video acknowledges that the impetus for war in Iraq was largely based on oil, but it does not recognize nor acknowledge that warfare … Continue reading

The New START Treaty

On June 17, 2010, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (The New START), between the United States and Russia.  Featured witnesses included: Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of … Continue reading

When did war stop being inherently governmental?

In Congress, nine years after the initial engagement of military operations in Afghanistan, moral and strategic questions are being raised about military contracting in combat zones. Centrally, when it comes to war, what are inherently governmental functions? What war-related governmental functions are being outsourced and how does the expanded use of contractors and subcontractors affect … Continue reading

A Farewell to Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia

Yesterday, the people of the United States lost a distinguished advocate for peace, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. A true character suited for historic legend, Senator Byrd served in the Senate for 51 years.  His impact and influence on the history, contemporary, and future of our nation are remarkable and will remain unforgettable. … Continue reading

We Are All Russians!

A week ago today, forty people were killed by suicide bombings in the Moscow subway. Since then, no flowers or candles or messages of condolences have been placed in memorial at the front gates of the Washington, DC, Embassy of the Russian Federation. Unlike in the aftermath of the assault in Beslan or after the … Continue reading

Missile Defense: Like in “Spies Like Us”

Toward the end of the Congressional work day, Members of the House of Representatives will often call for one-hour Special Orders sessions during which they talk about various legislative issues. On May 6, 2009, Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri, led the following session on Missile Defense. An interesting piece of political theater for one who … Continue reading

The Separation of Church and State: John Roberts Confirmation Hearing, Sept. 15, 2005

  Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, a Professor of Theology at Chicago Theological Seminary, testified at U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ confirmation hearing.  She gave testimony on the separation of church and state, and got into a brilliant exchange with Senator Jeff Sessions. This is one of my favorite videos.