“Comey was a metastatic growth of injustice allowed, if not, encouraged by President Obama.”

“Comey was a metastatic growth of injustice allowed, if not, encouraged by President Obama.”

Feature Posts, News, Opinions
I know titling an article with an anonymous quote is a blatant violation of journalistic standards, but in the modern traditions of the Washington Post, we'll chalk it up to "when in Rome..." Specifically, when in Rome while it burned and Nero fiddled; that would be more apropos, perhaps, when describing Post standards. Nonetheless, I think it accurately and succinctly sums up my short interview with a friend who is a former Department of Justice appointee and current Law Professor. I emailed him several times recently, trying in vain to put some perspective on some of the finer nuances of Mr. Comey's wild ride into infamy. Eventually, I learned my friend was evaluating papers and was annoyed at the prospect of having to discuss the illogic and anti-intellectualism of Jame…
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It’s All About The Climb

It’s All About The Climb

Feature Posts, News
People often ask me, "why don't you write more?" They mean no harm, of course, most are actually phrasing it in a complimentary way. To a writer, it's vaguely like asking a pregnant woman how far along she is; and you better damn well know she's pregnant in the first place. Every writer is different. Journalists write on a frenetic scale, pushed by deadlines and the need for splashy headlines in perpetuity. Op-Ed types languish around the weekly 'bleed and leads' until some self-righteous impulse kicks in to inform the masses what it all really means. For some of us, we write for the same reason a climber takes on a mountain: because it's there. Hell, I've always thought a moment unwritten is a moment unmemorialized for all time. That…
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Is Congress Killing Our Economic Recovery?

Is Congress Killing Our Economic Recovery?

Economics, Feature Posts, News
There are few things that confuse and aggravate the average person more than the underpinnings of the American economy. What to make of it? Record highs across the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P, seemingly at odds with the latest suspect government labor reports. Which, in turn, are met by perplexing increases in small business jobs, but not corporate ones. For the average worker who keeps a wary eye on their quarterly 401K reports, marrying the economic reality of disjointed labor reports by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the ADP reports, is near impossible. Turning on the business channel won't help you make sense of the mess, either. While no answer is surgical or simple, there is one solution that could bolster our…
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What Tomorrow Will Bring…

What Tomorrow Will Bring…

Feature Posts, News
The trouble with making war with an uncommon enemy, are the uncommon results that tend to follow. I would imagine many such metaphorical wars were waged against Donald J. Trump in the earlier days of his storied career in the Manhattan real estate business. Lessons were learned, enemies made, battles lost, but Trump stores all these historical moments categorically. He draws upon them with an astounding subconscious ease. He can wound as easily as he woos; he comes bearing bouquets and bullets in equal measure. He wants nothing more than for you to think you know him. It's only then, will he mark his moment. A known commodity in real estate or politics, after all, can be easily priced and sold. Donald J. Trump is not subject to the rules,…
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FBI’s & Other Agencies Abuse the 702 FISA Court Laws

FBI’s & Other Agencies Abuse the 702 FISA Court Laws

Corruption, Feature Posts, News
Below is a 99 page document detailing the FBI and other agencies abusing the 702 FISA court laws. This is the tip of the iceberg. A response is due from FBI on June 17th. The characterization of the response as "constitutionally vital" cannot be overstated. Please read and let me know any questions you might have. This is the precursor to the assignment of a real and actual Special Prosecutor. [ABTM id=147]
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“Half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown.” John Prine

“Half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown.” John Prine

Feature Posts, Legal, Media, News, Politics
Times like these, I hear the rusty old voice of that mailman turned songwriter, John Prine. Let's face it, those lyrics ring true these days. Who hasn't felt a little like they were drowning in this wave of fake news? Each day brings a slew of negative media against the president. Stories laden with unnamed sources of "past and current officials" speaking on condition of anonymity. Please. Enough. But they won't stop. It's all they have. Every twelve hours, a cavalcade of conjecture, a tsunami of innuendo and, well, sometimes even two scoops of ice cream ooze from our TVs like primordial slime. The ebbs and flows of insanity and hilarity play off each other like a tennis volley. There we sit, dull-eyed and nauseous, watching the fate of our…
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James B. Comey: A One Man Wall of Injustice

James B. Comey: A One Man Wall of Injustice

Feature Posts, Legal, Media, News, Politics
Let's take a minute, maybe a deep breath, and walk through President Trump's decision to fire the Director of the FBI. It's not a walk that makes any sense unless you walk backwards. The established media and beltway democrats will do almost anything to persuade you to do otherwise. The soul-crushing, ethos crippling power of presidential campaign politics has brought down smarter and better men than James Comey. He is merely the latest cautionary tale detailing a DC bureaucrat who fought out of his weight class. While J. Edgar Hoover may have admired Comey's taste for playing both sides against the middle, he almost certainly would have advised against dancing with a lame duck devil in Obama. Hoover was keenly aware of the changing seasons in presidential politics and was…
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The Great Experiment: Making Sense Common Again

The Great Experiment: Making Sense Common Again

Feature Posts, News, Politics
Donald J. Trump has been known to describe himself as a "common sense politician," as opposed to a traditional partisan ideologue. He is not wrong. He is now a walking and talking embodiment of the empirical impossibility of introducing common sense to the dysfunctional cesspool of Washington. 100 days in, I've seen enough to know I'm witnessing a controlled political experiment that will illustrate our worst fears as traditional republicans in a two-party system. A place where common sense is exceedingly uncommon, where results are as rare as a lunar eclipse and happen under similar lighting conditions. President Trump is not a contradiction, it just looks that way to those immersed in the beltway scene. I recently spent an hour a few feet from the man as he gave a…
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Trump and Obama: A Comparison of Goals, Strategies and Tactics

Trump and Obama: A Comparison of Goals, Strategies and Tactics

Feature Posts, Military, News, Politics
While campaigning for president, Donald Trump was severely critical of Barrack Obama’s foreign policy. He drew particular attention to his predecessor’s preference for announcing to the world his military strategies. Obama’s decision to move troops into Mosul and announce it publicly weeks in advance was a particular sore spot with Trump. In one debate after another Trump warned that if he were elected President he would not be foolish enough to tell his enemies his military strategies, lest he give them an opportunity to take countermeasures. The heartburn many Trump supports are feeling right now over the Syrian missile strike is due to the different ways in which Obama and Trump publicly discuss their use of the military. This article will explain how different approaches to discussing foreign policy can shape public…
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60 Tomahawk Missiles & a 1,000 Questions

60 Tomahawk Missiles & a 1,000 Questions

Feature Posts, Military, News, Politics
Politicians, per se, are not a complicated bunch. Oh, sure, they fancy themselves worldly and mysterious guardians of democracy; but they're easier to read than my daughter's edition of "Everybody Poops" and the commonalities don't end there. Donald J. Trump is no politician. That's precisely why he confounds the media and Congress, alike. He's not a man given to structured policy schematics, abbreviated session calendars or choreographed PowerPoint presentations. He has an objective, and every day that objective isn't reached is a day that must produce tangible momentum towards reaching it the next day. Everything we do know about the man, is outweighed only by what we don't know. Normalizing the abnormal seems to be the order of the day; so why be surprised we have a president who will…
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