Monday, August 25, 2014
Former MA Senator Scott Brown, was lagging in polling with incumbent, Democrat, Jean Sheheen in NH up until this past week, when The Boston Globe reports, that a new poll reveals they are in a statistical dead heat.. The Globe goes on to suggest that being close to President Obama may have changed voter’s hearts and minds. Brown is also expected to handily win the NH primary, (Boston Globe) which will give him headwinds going into the final stretch.
What has brought this seemingly sudden change to the Granite State? – Perhaps they have gotten to know Brown, who when he was representing MA, before moving to his family home state of NH, he was a fair-minded legislator – which actually, in part, cost him the MA senate seat.
One might think that he won because Warren was so popular, however, in MA, it is a) difficult to best a Democrat of any strip (See Ed Markey for heaven’s sake), especially when they are riding the coattails of a popular President (in this instance it was MA and Obama bested Romney by double digits). The “woman” vote bought the whole “take away my contraceptives” gamut, and those more stalwart conservatives in the state, refused to vote for Brown due to his extremely bi-partisan voting record. That combination of factors cost – had those stalwarts given him an inch – Brown might have been in a better position. That said, New Hampshire is not Massachusetts (although may have moved from the Bay State, fleeing to the more reasonable Granite State) and those who expect independent thought, can find that in Brown.
One need only look at his actual voting record (Thomas.gov) and will find someone who, not only weighed towards the individuals he was representing, he did not vote 100% of the time, straight party ticket. He is sincere in his desire to serve, another boon.
It will, in all likelihood come down to a matter of points, 2 to 3 – and that would be in Brown’s favor. Noting that there is little time to fix what is wrong with the Obama Care law in NH, that has the populace, for the most part, up in arms. Unusual in any reality, Brown won the endorsements of two of the state’s newspapers (so far) WCVB reports that the New Hampshire Union Leader and the Nashua Telegraph have given their editorial nod to Brown.
Massachusetts’ loss is New Hampshire’s and the nations gain – a Senator or Congressional Representative that can see the forest through the trees and get away from party-line votes to serve the people is worth the vote.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
ISIS beheads U.S. Journalist – similar to Mexican Beheadings of Journalist - Theory - Is it Possible ISIS is Operating on the US Border?
In a graphic video released by the terrorist organization ISIS, American journalist, James Wright Foley, was beheaded after being held captive for two years. (New York Daily News). The organization, middle eastern, Radicalized Muslim, uses the practice of beheading on a regular basis, be it men, women, and yes, even children who are of Christian or what they believe to be heretical Muslims. What is interesting in this schematic is the war in Mexico, where similar tactics are used.
During the past decade long war, examples of murder, specifically of journalist has been catalogued by Justice in Mexico.org, the method favored by those who would stifle the press is – beheading. (Justice in Mexico)
In looking at the culture in Mexico now, going back centuries to cultures that no longer exist, there are no specific references made to the practice of beheading. There is only one place in the world where it is a cultural norm and that is the Middle East. Which begs some questions as to what has brought the practice to Mexico? One might look to the trends of criminal organizations (cartels, etc.) working hand in hand with paramilitary extremists from other nations in a mutually advantageous arrangement – the drug money being used to fund further purchases of arms and weapons by those “strongmen” who would aid the drug (or alcohol, what have you) cartels.
With the open borders now in evidence, and the decade where this border has been porous – is it truly a stretch of the imagination for anyone to believe that ISIS may have a presence in the US, and are the threats being made now, evidence of that fact. A note of caution, however, as jumping to conclusions rather than theorizing can occur, should a video of a protestor emerge, holding an ISIS banner in Missouri (CNN news broadcast) – that individual may not actually know what the banner stands for, or any flag for that matter. This is referring to a news report video form CNN showing exactly that, and, as a result, causing a bit of discomfort for those who actually watch the news. What one might find more worrisome is the theoretical connection between the two organization of ISIS and the Mexican Drug Cartels, considering again, that a methodology for dispatching one’s enemies that has never been a part of a specific culture or continent is now prevalent.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Dubbed a “very different Republican” by the Los Angeles Times, Kentucky Governor, Rand Paul has managed the unthinkable – an acknowledgement that perhaps, just perhaps, not all Republican’s might be painted with the same media tar brush.(LA Times). The Times might have been an anomaly, however, the confirmation that Paul is not your average “label”, came from NBC News in a piece on Paul suggesting that he “may be changing the way Republican’s talk about race”. (NBC News)
Both of the above referenced articles are in response to an op-ed Paul wrote in Time Magazine, entitled “We must Demilitarize the Police. The sentiment for anyone who is connected to any social media website crosses “Friends” or followers demographics, from the left to the right, to the millennial to the seniors, a growing distrust of police armed to the teeth with tanks and grenades able to bust into one’s home, shoot the family dog, and be justified. It is a growing trend uniting previously political opposites. It is not the first issue of that ilk that Paul has reached out to the public and received support from so varied a populace. He is fast becoming every American’s politician – for now.
Those who would be the purists, from both sides, that would rather see division that a nation united under the leadership of one who would do as Paul does daily, the solid left, the solid right, who refuse to bend even if there is agreement. One would think they were a huge majority, yet, in reality they are merely the loudest minority. The average Joe and Jill are content reaching across the aisle, and Paul might be the perfect, demographic crossing leader that the nation has been seeking for decades or more.
That said, once the DNC finds its perfect candidate (i.e. a female, any female), and the RNC does the same (a solid middle of the road Republican), that same media will, unless hell freezes over, eviscerate Paul at every step. Then again, hell may freeze over and reporting may take a tone of reality rather than opinion.
For now, watching the growth of Paul, with his Jeffersonian-Republican manners, is truly invigorating for those who aspire to see the nation grow, both economically and in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. It has been a long time coming.