November 28

‘With Us or with the Terrorists’: It’s Clear Which Side Turkey Is On

What happened. Turkey claims the Russian plane crossed into Turkish airspace and failed to respond to repeated warnings. Russia claims it can prove its plane was over Syria the whole time. We will see if one version or the other will be generally accepted or whether a contentious muddle will continue indefinitely (cf. MH-17). However, even if the Turkish version prevails, the Russian plane at most would have been over Turkey for a well under a minute and presented no threat to anything or an...

October 29

Let Them Be Red While We Take Back Reagan's Blue

There has been understandable chortling among Republicans that at the Democrats first debate they finally came clean on the “s-word.” Long considered almost taboo in American politics, the term socialism can now be considered mainstream in the party of (for now, anyway) Jefferson, Jackson, and FDR. Snarkiness aside, it's about time. Whether some of us conservatives like it or not, approximately half of our fellow citizens are attracted to ideas tilting to portside. In that sense, the Democrat...

October 23

The Benghazi Hearing: What Neither Hillary nor the Republicans Want to Talk About

As I write this, Hillary Clinton’s appearance before the House panel investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four Americans is still going on. I wasn’t able to listen to all of it live, and will plow through the transcript in due course. Two things already are notable: one concerning the impact of the hearing itself – plus another aspect marked only by the sound of crickets chirping....

October 14

Treasury Department Finally Begins Document Delivery to on FOIA Request Concerning FATCA ‘Intergovernmental Agreements’!

Ten days shy of two years after I was told via letter that Treasury would give “expedited treatment” to my FOIA request for records related to FATCA “Intergovernmental Agreements” (IGAs), they finally have begun to be delivered. This follows persistent and determined intervention with the Department by Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL8), a respected member of the House Financial Services Committee who has been the leading voice on the Hill questioning the IGAs’ legal authority. As indicated in th...

October 14

It’s Time for a Protestant On the Supreme Court

From the founding of the Republic until 1836, every Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court was not only male but a WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant). That changed with the first Roman Catholic elevated to the Court, Roger B. Taney of Dred Scott infamy. Two other Catholics were appointed in the 1890s. The idea took hold of an informal representative “Catholic seat” on the Court....


- Letter to Treasury Secretary Lew from Congressman Bill Posey

- Letter to Treasury Secretary Geithner from Senators Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, and Saxby Chambliss