Gautama Buddha gave the world what is known as the four (4) Verities.  One of the four verities proclaims that “to live is to suffer.”

The Buddha was not the only one to speak about the pain and suffering that we experience in life.  Job exclaimed that

Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.

He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not (Job 14.1-2 King James Version).

Right now, much of the world is experiencing “pain,” “suffering,” and “trouble” on an unprecedented scale.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning the United States not to interfere with what Russia is doing in the Ukraine and Crimea.  Mr. Putin desires to return Russia to the dominance that she enjoyed before the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the 1988 through 1991 timeframe.

Mr. Putin carries on in a bombastic way not seen since Nikita Khrushchev was stomping his shoe at The United Nations in 1960.

Furthermore, the Islamic States of Iran and Syria (ISIS) are determined to fill in the gap left by the destruction of the Taliban after President Barack Obama ordered the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.  It appears that ISIS is targeting Western nations for recruitment into their evil regime.

The events on the world scene are enough to produce consternation and clinical depression on a large-scale not witnessed since the Second World War.

What should the President of the United States and Congress do in the face of such intractable international problems?

Perhaps a look at how past American governments handled problems may provide a look into how to deal with current foreign terrorist mischief.

In the late 1940s and the early 1950s, President Harry Truman realized that while Hitler was defeated and deposed that the Soviet Union was rushing in to fill the void left by Hitler’s demise.  In 1946, Sir Winston Churchill remarked that there appeared to be “an Iron Curtain” descending upon Eastern Europe.

President Truman responded with bold initiatives:  he ordered a Berlin Airlift (1947) to feed Germany when Russia (the Soviet Union) sought to close off Germany from the outside world; Mr. Truman signed Executive Orders creating the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA in 1947) so that the United States could instigate the creation of essential military and foreign intelligence gathering; and in 1949, President Truman worked with the free world to develop the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO – 1949) to fight and thwart Soviet aggression.

Truman’s accomplishments in the world theater were breathtaking – and more importantly they set the stage for us to meet, thwart, and defeat Communist aggression throughout the globe.

Throughout the “Cold War” Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan remained vigilant in standing firm against Communist aggression as they all stayed true to the international instruments that were established by President Truman in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Truman’s successors augmented his early programs with their own bold initiatives:

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower negotiated the end of the Korean War (1950-53) and he adopted the strategy of “Massive Retaliation / Co-Existence” with regards to dealing with Soviet Aggression
  • John F. Kennedy stood tall during the Cuban Missile Crisis that led the globe to the brink of Nuclear War (1962); and Mr. Kennedy pursued a new strategy known as “flexible response
  • President Lyndon Johnson feared that the “domino theory” might be accurate so he sent troops, armaments and American advisors to help South Vietnam resist North Vietnamese Communist attack
  • Richard Nixon pursued an open door policy with China and maintained a strong United States International presence with his commitment to fight Soviet tyranny whenever the Strategic and Vital interests of the United States and Western Europe clashed with Russia (Soviet Union).

The essential question today is “what measures are President Obama and our current leaders of Congress prepared to take in order to meet and stop the current worldwide terrorist threats that seek to destroy our freedoms?” 

Will President Obama and Speaker Boehner work together and fight against “terrorist aggression” or will they hold on to their partisan politics – fiddling on the roof a.k.a. Nero style – while the United States and Europe burn to the ground?

On the eve of the Revolutionary War with Great Britain, the great American statesman Benjamin Franklin proclaimed to his fellow revolutionaries that “we will either hang together or we will hang separately.”

Let us hope and pray that President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – and the plenary session of Congress heed and act upon this sage advice of Mr. Franklin that is still applicable to the threats in the world that we face some 238 years later.

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

As Russia continues its grasping, President Obama is in Wales for the NATO meeting . . . but he was “noticeably absent” from the start of the meeting,

Obama was late to the Ukraine meeting because of other meetings on Afghanistan and a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan, according to a White House official.

Considering that NATO meetings are scheduled months in advance, the conflicting schedule signals incompetence, or, more tactfully, poor management skills.

But fret not, he more than made up for being late by making sure you could spot him in the group picture,

This has been a typical week for the Obama administration. Joe Biden, who has been Vice President for almost six years and was Senator for thirty six, gave a speech on Labor Day saying, “It’s time to take back America”,

From whom?

Taking back America is an explicit call to punish the man who’s making this very call.

Too bad Joe doesn’t realize that, just as he hasn’t explained how we’ll follow ISIS “to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice,” considering the plan to reduce the military to pre-World War II levels.

An aside: Am I alone in wondering if following ISIS “to the gates of hell” is part of the leading from behind foreign policy? Shouldn’t it be chasing ISIS “to the gates of hell”? And what about the “until they are brought to justice” part? Whose justice? What kind of justice can there be, besides total extinction, when you’re dealing with a deadly enemy?

But I digress.

Over in Nantucket, Secretary of State John Kerry was kiteboarding while the world burns but took some time to think about global warming, so, on Wednesday he connected the dots:

The Secretary of State pointed to Scripture, claiming it is the United States Biblical “responsibility” to “confront climate change” to help protect “vulnerable Muslim-majority countries.” Kerry did not, however, cite Bible passages to support his argument that this responsibility “comes from God.”

Never mind that John Kerry is as familiar with the Bible, any bible, as he is with the Koran or the Constitution; “Vulnerable Muslim-majority countries” have a heck of a lot more to immediately worry about than climate change.

As the IBD editorial put it,

Great leadership isn’t necessarily about intelligence, expertise or background. It’s more about wisdom and judgment.

Americans should be very concerned indeed.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on US and Latin American politics and culture at Fausta’s blog.

The cultural significance of this story can not be overstated:

According to NBC’s Peter King and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, NFL officials called teams around the league to gauge interest in signing Michael Sam to their practice squad.

Are you kidding me?

“The Rams waived Michael Sam, the first openly gay player trying to make an NFL roster, he was unemployed for two days,” King said. “During that time a league official contacted multiple teams asking if they had evaluated Sam as a probable practice squad player.”

“Now Sam and the NFL avoided a nightmare situation when he signed with the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.”

This report, that is surely to upset other players vying for NFL practice squads around the league, was initially reported by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on yesterday’s edition of “First Take.”

Upset them? If this report is true every player who did not make a practice squad now has a discrimination case against the NFL if he chooses to file it, in fact a class action suit in behalf of every player that didn’t have the league trolling for him would be both possible and very interesting as would the NFL’s reaction to such a suit.

Even worse every player in the league KNOWS that the slightest objection or word concerning this kind of favoritism will cause them to be pilloried by the league, blacklisted by media. I’m sure that fact is going to earn Mr. Sam a bunch of friends in locker rooms around the league.

It’s certainly possible that thanks to injury and needs various team need Sam might find himself signed to an actual squad, Dallas did have a spate of injuries in their defense which would suggest a good fit, but thanks to this report from this point on Michael Sam is officially a token and the first question any team that signs him off Dallas’ practice squad will have to answer: “Did anyone from the league contact your organization to prompt you in any way to sign Mr. Sam?” and no matter what the answer fans and players will not believe it.

The only thing that will change this is if Sam proves to be an exceptional dominant player clearly superior to the alternatives, but then again if that was the case he would have made a roster outright and this story wouldn’t exist.

Sam has said over and over this is all about football and not his sexual preferences, but if that was the case wouldn’t he have waited until after he was signed by an NFL team to come out, then there would be no question that he earned his roster spot based on skill.

The Michael Sam story isn’t done yet but its trajectory thus far suggests an obvious question that is likely on everyone’s mind but I suspect those in media are afraid to ask for fear of it being the last question they ever do while employed. It’s highly unlikely that I’ll fire myself so let’s ask it openly:

“Did Michael Sam or someone advising him suggest he come out when he did in order to put pressure on the league to sign him figuring that otherwise he might not make a squad?”

If the goal was to make a team at all costs (and lets face it there are plenty of people who spend all their lives dreaming of being on a NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL squad) then this is a logical rational decision, after all why wouldn’t a person use who would use any legal advantage they have to make such a dream come true?

I don’t know if that’s what happened and neither do any of you but the way this has played guarantees these question will be following Mr. Sam for his entire career in the game, perhaps he didn’t care.

May Mr. Sam and the NFL be happy with the path they have chosen and all that comes of it.

Exit question: It will be interesting to see if the league chooses Dallas as a super bowl venue. I’m sure that would be a coincidence.

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Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

John Adams

Jack Tyler: But Gran just because people believed the word was flat didn’t it didn’t make it so,

Martha Tyler: Ah but they Behaved as if ’twere flat

Doctor Who Image of the Fendahl 1977

Back in January we reminded readers of the Millerites who unlike today global warming doomsday cults who predict doom outside of living memory  made the mistake of predicting doom within a year or two thus making their error/fantasy/delusions easily proved false.

We now have the media in that very same spot.

Seven years after Barack Obama was hailed as the man who was going to bring peace and prosperity, the man who was going to make America respected around the world, the man who was going to heal the racial divisions in this country that meme is no longer tenable even to the low information voter.

As more and more people who expected prosperity find themselves on assistance, losing insurance and unable to find a job and the world moves from the Pax Americana to its normal state of violence the obvious truth that an inexperienced Chicago pol had no business being elected president has bled though every shield that the media has set up.

This has presented a problem.  There are two elections coming up in the next 27 months and it’s the function of the mainstream media to aid in producing a result favorable to the Democrat party from which the ranks of their staffs are populated.

The necessity of Democrats in non safe districts to contrast themselves to the current administration without connecting their failures to the party they share is a tough balancing act even without the complication of race.  With the race card thrown into the mix it becomes a Gordian knot.

Even after bearing the brunt of the president ‘s incompetence the black community given the chance of replacing him with a proven competent manager,  turned out in force to prevent the first black president in US history to be acknowledged publicly as a failure after only a single term.

This suggests that to the American black voter sustaining a cultural myth trumped their own well-being.

And this is where the rubber hits the road.

Even if the left can leverage the Michael Brown case into enough black turnout  to save the Senate for them there are going to be a series of Democrat candidates for president who will need to proclaim themselves capable of solving the problems left by the Obama administration while publicly declaring Barack Obama a historic success.

That’s hard to do with a president whose solution to folks who behead American’s is to organize the Arab world.

It forces people like Jeanne Shaheen to say things like this

And she’s not alone:

During a Wednesday night debate between Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, the vulnerable Tar Heel State Democrat adopted a more forceful tone when discussing the challenge to U.S. security in the Middle East. In doing so, she took a shot at Obama’s policy towards the Syrian civil war from which the Islamic State sprang.

“I think one of the issues here is the President should have weaponized the moderate Syrian rebels sooner,” Hagan said. “Without doing that, he has allowed ISIS to grow. I believe that ISIS is the most serious threat to our national security since 9/11.”

And even Elizabeth Warren is as Howie Carr would say, putting on the warpaint:

“We need to be working now, full-speed ahead, with other countries, to destroy ISIS. That should be our No. 1 priority,” she said in a wide-ranging interview promoting her latest book, A Fighting Chance.

How the Newrooms will manage the to walk this tightrope on this should be an interesting thing to see.

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