Monday, December 22, 2014

Robert Price Rifkin: 60 Seconds, chapters 9-12

Robert Price Rifkin: 60 Seconds, chapters 9-12: ( Read chapters 5-8 here .) Ninth Second Denise’s father was a problem. I suspected that her mother had resigned herself to our union ...

Robert Price Rifkin: 60 Seconds - chapters 5-8

Robert Price Rifkin: 60 Seconds - chapters 5-8: (Read the first four chapters here .) Fifth Second It’s was all in my mind, of course. I needed to figure out a reasonable plan that c...

Robert Price Rifkin: 60 Seconds - chapters 1-4

Robert Price Rifkin: 60 Seconds - chapters 1-4:

Sixty Seconds

Finally, there is only the beginning, and the beginning is always hard to remember, and even harder to isolate. You rec...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson burns, the national media has a collective orgasm

So another day, another riot in America. The dust had far from settled on the decision of the Ferguson grand jury when the rioters were already out on the streets of the small town in Mo. vented their collective distaste for the Jury's decision. Washington Spectacle can easily understand the frustration of the protesters. But it seems to me that there is a more serious issue to address here, and that issue if media complicity in the fires that are raging in Ferguson.
I spent most of the day yesterday watching the coverage of the events in Ferguson from the safe vantage of my bedroom television and frankly, what I saw disgusted me in ways that surprised me. Sure, this is an important news event that is being closely watched all over the United States, and even in far away places abroad. But the coverage of Ferguson yesterday begs the question: when is enough enough?
The press seemed to be collectively salivating like hungry lions at the prospect of a savage riot breaking out if the Jury's findings "went the wrong way." Apparently the media got its wish, because hours later Ferguson was on fire, a fire that the media must take more than a little responsibility for. Let's call it the fire of the agitated broadcasters...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Should We Send Troops to Battle ISIS?

The talk these days is about boots. Boots marching off to foreign soil, yet again. Boots on the ground. Boots in the trenches and alleys on Iraq, where the terror group ISIS has made headway in the wake of an Iraqi army that was obviously asleep at the wheel.

Boots on the desert soil of Iraq fighting ISIS. Not a good idea. There are any number of other, far better options open to the U.S. and it’s “allies,” which these days seem to include a lot of very strange bedfellows.

     If the U.S. wants to accomplish something against ISIS it would be well advised to arm the Kurds to the proverbial hilt, who know the enemy, who understand what it takes to fight them , and most importantly, how to defeat them. And up-to-date weaponry must be rushed to these fighters. We’ve been ignoring the Kurdish fighters for too long. ISIS informs us now that we have been ignoring them at our own peril.

Friday, August 29, 2014

While America Sleeps

President Obama has been playing a lot of golf lately and he’s been getting plenty of criticism for it. But is his attention really elsewhere? Or is he feverishly trying to figure out what the deal is with ISIS and Iraq/Syria?
Last night he appeared at a press conference and informed the world that he is not about to “put the cart before the horse,” in dealing with this horrific problem. He’s too busy trying to understand the subtleties of the question.
Well, maybe can offer some help. It’s the same help we’ve been offering for weeks now (along with politicians on both sides of the aisle, and a busload of editorial page writers). Mr. President, this is not our war yet. So it isn’t time to send in hundreds of thousand of troops to defeat the ISIS threat. But it will quickly become our problem if you do not ARM THE KURDS of northern Iraq right now, this minute, as we speak!
The Kurds are loyal and trustworthy American allies but we have not always returned that trustworthiness and loyalty. It is time to take the battle to ISIS by helping the Kurds with money, weapons and support. The American people are behind that move, Mr. President. You should be, too.