| Political Talk|| Ted Cruz Is The Only Senator Attending Mandela Funeral - trackfan on 12/9/13 at 6:20 pm|
This is interesting.
[quote]Sen. Ted Cruz will be the only member of the U.S. Senate, and one of only two Republicans in Congress, attending the memorial service of civil rights leader Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.
Cruz, a Tea Party lawmaker from Texas, received a firestorm of criticism from some...
| Political Talk|| Newt Gingrinch Angers Conservatives With His Statement On Mandela - trackfan on 12/9/13 at 10:32 am|
Here's the statement that caused the controversy.
[quote]President Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime.
He emerged from 27 long years in prison with a wisdom, a compassion, and a commitment to helping other people that was astonishing. His life was a triumph of the ...
| Political Talk|| Netanyahu Insists Iran Can Be Broken - trackfan on 12/8/13 at 2:43 pm|
Bibi is always willing to fight to the last drop of blood of Americans.
[quote][b]In a pointed rebuttal to President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Iran can be forced to shed its nuclear program and urged the imposition of new economic sanctions.
One day af...
| Political Talk|| When Mandela Dared To Speak Truth To Power - trackfan on 12/6/13 at 3:22 pm|
Here's a 1990 townhall interview with Ted Koppel which gets VERY interesting at about the 5:30 mark.
| Political Talk|| George Will Weighs In On Iran Nuclear Deal - trackfan on 12/4/13 at 11:19 pm|
As would be expected, Will weighs in with logic and realism. We basically have two options:
1) Accept the fact that Iran will have the ability to build nuclear weapons if it wants to.
2) Invade and occupy a Muslim country with three times the population and four times the land mass as Iraq.
| Political Talk|| Egyptian Military Bans Protests - trackfan on 11/30/13 at 8:14 am|
And to show that they mean business, the military promptly handed down 11-year prison sentences to a group of women and girl protesters.
[quote][b]Egyptian authorities on Wednesday took a heavy hand against both Islamist and secular opponents, handing down heavy prison sentences to a group of fem...
| Political Talk|| Alec Baldwin Blames Gays For Getting Fired By MSNBC - trackfan on 11/27/13 at 9:29 am|
That lasted about as long as Michael Savage at MSNBC or Rush Limbaugh at ESPN. I think Ann Coulter lasted longer at the National Review. It always amazes me when the MSM hires a bomb thrower, and then are shocked when the person they hired throws bombs.
| Political Talk|| Bad News For Lara Logan - trackfan on 11/26/13 at 2:20 pm|
At least Dan Rather was near retirement before his career-ending debacle, but Logan still has a lot of years in front of her.
[quote]Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of '"60 Minutes," informed staff Tuesday that Lara Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, would be taking a ...
| Political Talk|| Understanding the Deal With Iran - trackfan on 11/25/13 at 3:22 pm|
Here's a pretty good summary of the deal in layman's language.
| Political Talk|| Netanyahu's Worst Nightmare Comes True: Iran Nuclear Deal Reached - trackfan on 11/23/13 at 9:15 pm|
Barely three months after his inauguration, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has delivered on his promise to make peace with the West. This is truly a sad, sad day for neocons, AIPAC, Likudniks and Iranian hardliners, but a great day for the rest of humanity.
[quote]The foreign policy chief of th...
| Political Talk|| JFK Assassination News Coverage Live Stream - trackfan on 11/22/13 at 4:39 pm|
FYI, NBC is providing a live stream of its realtime news coverage exactly as it was broadcast 50 years ago today. For those who weren't born or who were too young to remember, I recommended checking it out. Here's the link:
| Political Talk|| Will Bernie Sanders Take On Hillary In 2016? - trackfan on 11/19/13 at 10:00 am|
It sounds like he's not satisfied with Republocrat Hillary Clinton, and if Warren doesn't run, he might have to take her on.
[quote]Bernie Sanders is not burning with presidential ambition. He doubts that he would consider bidding for the nation's top job if another prominent progressive was gear...
| More Sports Board|| Lance Armstrong Breaks The Omerta, Rats Out UCI President - trackfan on 11/18/13 at 7:19 pm|
Hell has no fury like a cycling legend scorned.
[quote]“What I remember was there being a problem. I'm not sure if it was a positive but there were traces found,” he recounted, speaking about a urine sample he gave which subsequently showed traces of a banned corticoid.
“I don't know if it tech...
| Political Talk|| Former Israeli PM Olmert Backs Obama On Iran Peace Talks And Slams Netanyahu - trackfan on 11/17/13 at 11:35 pm|
This is some tough talk, and keep in mind that Olmert was a member of Likud, not a left-wing Labor guy in the mold of Rabin.
[quote]Former prime minister Ehud Olmert derided his successor, Binyamin Netanyahu, for butting heads with President Barack Obama over the Iranian nuclear standoff.
| Political Talk|| Meet Kshama Sawant, A Right-Winger's Worst Nightmare - trackfan on 11/15/13 at 8:07 pm|
Many folks here like to accuse Obama of being a Marxist Muslim, but Sawant is one, she's proud of it and she's about to become a city councilwoman in Seattle.
Voters in left-leaning Seattle, where police recently hande...
| Political Talk|| The IAEA Says That Iran's Rouhani Has Backed Up His Nice Words With Action - trackfan on 11/14/13 at 10:50 pm|
This won't make Bibi and the neocons happy.
[quote]Iran appears to have dramatically slowed work on its atomic energy program since the summer, U.N. officials said Thursday. The report could add momentum to diplomatic efforts to resolve a decade-old dispute over Iranian nuclear activities.
| More Sports Board|| Is Nike Abandoning Oregon For Alabama? - trackfan on 11/12/13 at 8:34 am|
Maybe last Thursday night's curb stomping was too much for Uncle Phil?
[quote]Nike has always had an especially close relationship with the University of Oregon, the alma mater of Nike founder Phil Knight, but is Alabama becoming Nike's new favorite school?
The Wall Street Journal reports that...
| Political Talk|| Has France Replaced The U.S. As The "Great Satan"? - trackfan on 11/11/13 at 4:27 pm|
A couple of months ago, during his visit to the U.N., Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the U.S. was a great nation and he called on Iranians to quit referring to the U.S. as the Great Satan. Today, in the aftermath of France torpedoing Iran's nuclear talks with the West, it appears that th...
| Political Talk|| John Kerry Blames Israel For Lack of Peace With Palestinians - trackfan on 11/9/13 at 7:55 am|
I guess he's finally come to the same conclusion about Netanyahu that Bill Clinton did. He's starting to sound like James Baker, the last Secretary of State who wasn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers.
[quote]In Jerusalem to rekindle negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary of Sta...
| Political Talk|| Barbara Buono (Christie's opponent) Slams Democratic Backstabbers. - trackfan on 11/5/13 at 11:51 pm|
[quote]New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono slammed members of her party Tuesday after losing the race to Republican incumbent Chris Christie.
[b]In her concession speech, Buono praised supporters who "withstood the onslaught of betrayal from our own political ...
| Political Talk|| Bassem Youssef (Egypt's Jon Stewart) Taken Off The Air - trackfan on 11/2/13 at 9:29 am|
Youssef had been on the air for two years criticizing both the post-Mubarak transition government and the Morsi government, but with General Al-Sisi in charge, apparently his brand of journalism will not be tolerated.
[quote]A controversial satirical TV show hosted by Egyptian comedian Bassem Youss...
| Political Talk|| Bill Maher Battles Debbie-Wasserman Schultz - trackfan on 11/1/13 at 10:59 pm|
Unfortunately, tonight Maher had on his show Wasserman-Schultz and Ann Coulter, the liberal and conservative female political figures whom I most despise. In this video, he calls out Obama's lack of candor in campaigning for Obamacare while Wasserman-Schultz does her usual beltway spinning and parsi...
| Political Talk|| Chris Christie Is Polling at 30% Among New Jersey's Black Voters - trackfan on 10/28/13 at 9:52 pm|
I heard this tonight on MSNBC and thought that maybe I had misunderstood what was said, but google quickly proved that I heard correctly. Here's the link to the latest Quinnipiac poll:
| Political Talk|| Ron Paul: U.S. Should Welcome Saudi Move - trackfan on 10/27/13 at 10:03 pm|
[quote]Last week it was reported that Saudi Arabia decided to make a “major shift” away from its 80 years of close cooperation with the United States. The Saudi leadership is angry that the Obama administration did not attack Syria last month, and that i...
| Political Talk|| What Have We Learned 30 Years After The Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing? - trackfan on 10/24/13 at 11:15 am|
Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of that fateful day in American history. Unfortunately, some folks still haven't learned anything from the biggest blunder of Reagan's presidency. Here's how Colin Powell remembered this incident in his biography:
[quote]Against Weinberger’s protest, McFarlan...
| Political Talk|| Sheldon Adelson Says Obama Should Fire A Nuclear Warning Shot At Iran - trackfan on 10/23/13 at 9:20 am|
The relevant part of the video begins at 5:20.
[quote]I would say ‘Listen, you see that desert out there, I want to show you something.’ …You pick up your cell phone and you call somewhere in Nebraska and you say, ‘OK let it go.’ And...
| Political Talk|| Black Republican Erika Harold (2003 Miss America) Slams Illinois GOP - trackfan on 10/19/13 at 4:42 pm|
You would think that she would be just the type of candidate that the Republican Party would embrace, but I guess she's getting the same treatment as Michael Steele and JC Watts.
[quote]When it's convenient to their diversity "story-telling", the Republican National Committee loves black Republic...
| Political Talk|| Rand Paul Successfully "Threads The Needle" During The Shutdown - trackfan on 10/18/13 at 11:36 am|
The tricky part for Paul is to placate the Tea Party without alienating the establishment, which he is doing masterfully accoriding to Politico.
[quote]Rand Paul is no wacko bird. Just ask Lindsey Graham.
“Rand Paul’s been incredibly responsible,” Graham (R-S.C.), who has clashed with Paul in ...
| Political Talk|| Turkey, Israel, Iran and Spies - trackfan on 10/17/13 at 1:34 pm|
I guess Erdogan was determined to make Netanyahu pay for the Gaza flotilla raid one way or the other.
[quote]The Turkish-Israeli relationship became so poisonous early last year that the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is said to have disclosed to Iranian intelligence th...
| Political Talk|| Remember What Ike Said About The Military Industrial Complex? - trackfan on 10/13/13 at 10:15 pm|
Here's a perfect example of what he was trying to warn us of:
[quote]During the public debate around the question of whether to attack Syria, Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to George W. Bush, made a series of high-profile media appearances. Hadley argued strenuously for military...