For months, many Western observers have been closely following the minute-by-minute developments concerning the battle between Islamic State and coalition forces in the hopes that such data will help them discern what the future may hold.
Yet knowledge of the end game has been available for anyone viewing the Obama administration with the eyes of a hedgehog, not a fox.
In an article published over seven months ago, I anticipated the main developments to have taken place since U.S. President Obama declared war (i.e., "airstrikes") on the Islamic State in September, 2014. Titled, Does Obama Need 'Time to Defeat or Forget ISIS? I made the following predictions, all of which have come true, and in the same sequence: more >>
Oregon became the third state in the United States to ban gay conversion therapy, a practice that has attracted much debate. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill into law earlier this week, though an ex-gay group has protested and called the bill "child abuse."
CNN reported on Wednesday that the bill signed by Brown, the first openly bisexual governor in the U.S., will block therapist from offering conversion or reparative therapy on individuals who are younger than 18. Laws against the practice have also been made in California, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. more >>
Chaos and disruptions in medical care have had one tragic and destructive effect that no one is addressing: the deaths of more than 2,000 physicians by suicide since Obamacare was passed by means of strong-arming and bribery.
Physicians in general have a higher rate of suicide than other professional groups and the general public. Women physicians' suicide rates are reported to be up to 400% higher than women in other professions. Male physicians' rates are 50% to 70% higher.
Why are more physicians seeing suicide as their only option? The rising rate since the 2010 Affordable Care Act was passed points to the added regulatory and financial pressures from Obamacare as major factors: more >>
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that President Barack Obama should not expect to receive military authorization to continue the fight against terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria. While Boehner has argued that Obama has not presented a real strategy on how to effectively fight ISIS, other lawmakers, such as Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., have said that does not justify inaction.
"The president's request for an authorization of the use of military force calls for less authority than he has today. I just think, given the fight that we're in, it's irresponsible. This is why the president, frankly, should withdraw the authorization of use of military force and start over," Boehner told reporters on Tuesday, which CBS News said "may have been the nail in the coffin" in Obama's request.
The U.S. has been conducting air strikes alongside a broad coalition of international allies against the Islamic militants, who have captured significant territory in Iraq and Syria. Nearly a year has passed since the U.S. started carrying out operations in the region, however, and Obama may need military authorization, also known as the AUMF, by Congress in order to continue the fight. more >>
At last week's "summit" event of religious leaders on poverty, President Obama made some remarks that deserve comment.
In his view, Christian churches should "go to the mat" on poverty. He suggests, seemingly, that Evangelicals and Catholics who focus on "reproductive issues, or same-sex marriage, or what have you" should instead concentrate more intently on poverty:
… (poverty is) the defining issue (of) who we are as Christians, or as Catholics, or what have you … (it) is oftentimes viewed as a "nice to have" relative to an issue like abortion. That's not across the board, but there sometimes has been that view, and certainly that's how it's perceived in our political circles. more >>
I write this letter in response to your May 12 visit to Georgetown University where, in a so-called religious setting, you urged conservatives and liberals to unify to fight poverty. Helping those in need is a cause that touches the heart of God, so I was a little encouraged until you took a potshot at Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, insinuating they could care less about the plight of the poor.
Your insinuation was offensive, revealing that even in helping others you cannot help insulting your political opponents. And obviously, biting your tongue doesn't work. What you really need is a change of heart. Until that happens, little else matters. At Georgetown, you claimed to be a "Christian" to propagate your socialistic agenda to fight poverty, then simultaneously sucker punched Christianity when you bragged about your support of abortion and same sex marriage. It is my belief you'd be much more respected if you'd drop the whole "Christianity" thing and admit what you really believe. If you or anyone else insist they are a true believer in Jesus Christ, then it would be best to try and live as the Bible instructs us. It'll fundamentally transform your life when it fills you with the kind of hope and change that has nothing to do with government.
Truth is, the income inequality gap has widened over the past six years, pumping more taxpayer money out of wallets and into the bottomless pit of Washington. According to a January 7, 2014 report in The Washington Times, the poverty level under your watch broke a 50-year record. Rail on income inequality all you wish, but "a record 47 million Americans receiving food stamps, about 13 million more than when he [you] took office" is nothing to brag about. Maybe it's time for your party to drop its income inequality obsession and join with conservatives to focus on policies which help every American reach their potential. more >>