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121216-uspreselection2-1050x600As Monday dawns, the chatter from the weekend has been about Russia “tampering” with the US election. This has people posing all kinds of scenarios from a Manchurian Candidate to outright fraud. Of course, nothing is further from the truth, but neither side lets go of a good conspiracy theory if it feeds their confirmation bias and gets people to donate money to their cause.

Consider for a moment a couple of things, internationally countries have always “tampered” with other countries elections to very little avail, but also always deny it. In 1960, the Soviets were very clear that they preferred Kennedy over Nixon, and while they were not accused of directly interfering, they were accused of doing things that favored Kennedy. Which was weird because Kennedy was the hardliner who kept talking about the “missile gap” and the need to contain communism. As we would later learn, the Soviets were flat out scared of Nixon and believed that he would not have hesitated to start a war, whereas they believed Kennedy was bluster and bluff, especially since he knew that there was no “missile gap” but it appealed to voters he needed.

In the end, there is something rather amusing about the same Administration that openly admits that it tried to influence another countries election – a close ally –  and in fact spent your money to do so, but failed, crowing now about how Russia tried to “influence” our election. You can’t really have it both ways. Either you stay out of it and accept the outcomes or you try to influence them and then whine about how the chickens come home to roost. Read the rest of this entry

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Invunerable

Editors Note: Dave is pretty distracted today. He lost his weekly notes that he drafts on Sunday which had the Friday outline in them. While the podcast isn’t exactly a “stream of conscience” moment, it is a bit more of Dave ruminating on the recent shows and the course his own life is about to take.

600525_10150847195888344_831094096_nThere was a time when the Nation was practically invulnerable. On the night before he left office, Ike explained to JFK why certain things had been handled the way that they had been. Despite Kennedy’s campaign issue on the so-called “missile gap” with the Soviets, Eisenhower had remained silent on the matter, refusing to help Nixon’s campaign by refuting the false claim.

And now, in the office he would occupy just after noon the next day, Kennedy learned why he had been so silent. In that moment, Kennedy would later realize, lie the difference between a campaign for President and actually being President.

As the meeting between the two men wrapped up, Ike reached for the phone, and said three short words. within a few moment, the Marine 1 Helicopter was waiting on the South Lawn. As the two men left the office and returned to the groups they were with, he said, “I’ve just shown my friend here how to get out of here in a hurry.”

Is it happening? There have been some rumors going about, and in truth Dave actually started them, but now the answer and the official word can be announced about the Big Move to the PACNORWEST.

Dave gives you his predictions about the AFC and NFC Championships on Sunday.

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WAR! (Continued)

ORD_Tomahawk_Launch_From_USS_Farragut_DDG-99_lgAs we tuned into the new season of Monday evening television, the word came that we, that is the US and our “Arab Allies,” had begun to bomb ISIL target in Raqqa, Syria. As the sun rises this morning, some are asking, “Are we at war again? How is this not an invasion of a sovereign country?”

The first question is easily dealt with, although I have to do so in a pedantic manner because, well, because I still believe that the War Powers Act is both un-Constitutional and yet another example of the Congress being wussies (albeit 40 years ago). Yes, we are at war. We have been at war, for certain since 9/11/2001, and probably before that, but a shooting “them or us” war since 2001. So from that view, and despite the President’s repeated “the war is over” statements (a war doesn’t end until both sides say it has), we are still at war. I do not anticipate that in my lifetime we ever won’t be at war, as the PLRI Daesh nut jobs are just to determined to convert the whole world to their perverted religion or die trying while taking as may others with them as they can. So, yes, we are at war.

Is it an invasion of a sovereign nation? The easy answer is yes, but the more complicated answer is “The Monroe Doctrine” and “The Truman Doctrine,” and “The Kennedy Doctrine.” Throughout our nations history, Presidents have taken what can only be seen s extra-Constitutional and extra-Congressional authority to establish a “Doctrine” that defines what our nations goals, policies, and aims are within a certain context (mostly anti-Communist expansion). n that vein, one could see the Presidents speech two weeks ago as his statement of a “doctrine” in that he did declare that we would – if need be – attack targets in Syria for the purpose of degrading and destroying ISIL. The President did not declare his policy to be “a doctrine,” but others have also not done so in pursing military aims.

Given all of that, we ARE “USING ALL OF THE BEST STUFF IN THIS FIGHT” because of the threats and the need to degrade and destroy ISIL in a manner that seems both reasonable and effective to the American people.

No doubt this is the “October Surprise” of which Bob Beckel would not shut up about all last week and yesterday was speaking, which brings into it the political dynamic. Is this being done now to boost the Democrats chances in November? Despite the theory that I have that it could be an advantage to the Dems and the President to lose the Senate, the fact remains that there will be at least one and perhaps three Supreme Court openings in the next two years. Not to mention the numerous lower court benches that are and will become open. The President and the Dems know that is where the final battle will be, and so the packing of the Courts is a priority. I told you before that the entire reason for Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” was the Courts. That will not be lightly tossed aside.

So look for any number of Democrat Senatorial campaigns to start talking about their personal involvement in convincing the President to act in this matter.

On a side note, it is being reported that TLAM’s (Tomahawk Missiles) were/are being used in these strikes, which probably means that USS Ohio or Georgia (or both) are involved.  personally find that extremely cool.

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