Putin, Trump and Lyin’ Hillary

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, has made the astounding accusation that the recent release of Democratic National Committee emails was the work of Vladimir Putin working on behalf of Donald Trump.

There’s evidence Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole those emails, and there are experts saying they are releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump,” Mook told CNN’s Jake Tapper

Mook, the DNC and Hillary Clinton continue to show their contempt for the intellect of the American voter.  Naturally, Democrats want to divert attention from their ingrained corruption, but more revealing is that they want us to overlook the content of the emails and who wrote them.  They are trying to slay the messenger.  Except, in this case, they are even lying about who the messenger is!

There is a particular, revealing point about the absurdity of the accusation.  Trump has pledged to be tough on our adversaries.  Indeed, this is a primary and continuous aspect of Republican policy.  Not so for Democrats.

America has lost the respect of  foreign allies and antagonists alike during the administration of Barack Obama. International crises have been weakly addressed at best or ignored altogether.  But with an oblivious Commander-in-Chief and ineffectual Secretaries of State like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, what else might one expect?

Russia has made huge and unchallenged advancements since Obama took office. 

The forced Crimea annexation is a clear example of Russian hegemony, but not the only one.

Russian submarine operations are at “a level of Russian capability that we haven’t seen before according to Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, Commander of NATO’s Maritime Command

Large scale exercises have been expanded in size and prevalence.

Strategic bomber patrols have grown in frequency and range in Europe as well as near Guam and even the U.S. West Coast.  Fly-bys and “buzzing” of American naval ships and even aircraft are becoming more bold and common.

Russia’s Special Forces training has ramped up.

Putin has teamed up with Bashar al-Assad in Syria which was a paramount factor in the rise of ISIS.

Vladimir Putin loves what Obama’s Administration has allowed him to do.  Obama has enabled Russia, as will Hillary, to continue to grow militarily and expand to a greater and more challenging global power, all in direct challenge to democracy. 

Another Obama-like term or two will mean more deterioration of American military capabilities and diplomatic influence and Vladimir Putin will be able to encircle the United States and our allies with a great red menace that will be impossible to “reset.”

Putin helping Trump?  Oh the lies …

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Hillary vs The Law vs The Truth

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has decided not to recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information.  The legal reasoning for this decision is complicated and nuanced and politically confusing.  Some people will be elated by the decision, some will be angry; both are wrong. Continue reading

Dear Momma: A Mother’s Day Letter

Dear Momma,

I had a good laugh today and, as always, I thought of you.  Of all my memories, the ones of you laughing are my favorites.  From the soft giggles to those tear-inducing, breath-stealing hoots, remembering your happiness is a wonderful comfort.

Whenever I see and hear your great-grandchildren laugh, I do so wish you could be there to show them how it’s really done!  But, as you taught us, we have to do things our own way and as we see fit. Continue reading

A Phantom Menace to Stop ISIS

What can we do is stop ISIS’s momentum, eradicate its leadership and shut down its resources?  We know it can’t be accomplished by air strikes and pale international pacts. History is smothered in examples of failed diplomacy in the Middle East. Forget coalitions with Arab countries. Previous such alliances have ultimately failed and have been fraught with debilitating concessions. We usually find ourselves allying with former foes and fighting forces to whom we had previously given support, including weapons, training and intelligence.  And after our “intervention,” the weasels pop back up out of their holes and resume that which we were “committed” to stop. Continue reading

For America: Roll Tide!

On January 9, 2017, Clemson and Alabama will have a rematch of last year”s NCAA football National Championship, won, fortunately, by the Crimson Tide.  

My sentiments have not changed.


I am a Gamecock: an alum, husband of an alum, parent of two alums, uncle to two alums, brother to two alums and of the fourth generation to attend the University of South Carolina.

I have friends, neighbors, colleagues and (sadly) family that are Clemson alums or fans.

In 2015, the Gamecock football team was not just a disappointment, it was an abysmal failure.  Clemson is undefeated and playing for the national championship.  The team is talented and indisputably the best team in the state.  This year.

As a South Carolina resident, I am told I should root for Clemson in their championship quest as a show of Palmetto State brotherhood.  “It’s a South Carolina team” is the mantra for co-opting Gamecocks into Tiger Nation, if only for one game.

No.

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The Fools We Are

The American voting public is showing itself to be a collection of the selfish, lazy, ignorant and foolish.  As the world gets smaller, its constriction is choking our economy, strangling our security and suffocating our national pride.  And all the while, we champion the most absurd group of political candidates in modern times.  Rather than caring, we just get more stupid. Continue reading

On Refusing Refugees

I had an online “conversation” recently about Syrian refugees coming to the United States. I was lectured to by presumed liberals repeating the Obama “that’s not who we are” mantra when I promoted caution over altruism.

Their argument is understandable – to a point.  Being a nation of immigrants, America is a nation that celebrates diverse roots and transplanted citizenry. So why not let in more, especially those seeking asylum from danger? Continue reading