Reid’s Interest in Those “Domestic Terrorists”

After the recent Bundy Ranch fiasco finally died down , Nevada Senator Harry Reid jumped into the mix, calling those who descended to the ranch to support Clive Bundy “ domestic terrorists .”  While this kind of hyperbole is completely uncalled for (especially for the Senate Majority Leader) and diminishes the meaning of “terrorist,” Reid doubled down on the statement a few days later! While some are still very upset about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) lack of a proportionate response to Bundy’s tax issues, others have been having some fun with it — including wearing “Domestic Terrorist” name tags to demonstrate Reid’s ridiculousness! The crazy thing is, the federal government could have simply put a lien on Bundy’s property in order to get the money it needs rather than seize his property with armed agents and attack dogs.  So why the brazen display of power? Interestingly, Harry Reid’s son represented a Chinese firm to which the feds were going to hand over this particular grazing land so this Chinese company could build a $5 billion solar plant on the land.  Reid himself pushed the deal through.  After things escalated, the BLM took that information off its website and the shock troops backed off. Reid’s entry into this by trying to paint the Bundy and his supporters as dangerous suddenly starts to make perfect sense.  Following the money clarifies much about our politics these days.

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Movie Review–Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation, Captain America: The Winter Soldier , hit theaters this weekend with both a fun and highly political message.  The reviews are in and Winter Soldier is definitely worth the price of admission.

It’s even received Glenn Beck’s seal of approval (which is very hard to get for a big-budget Hollywood film).  Plus, the film’s own directors admit that the film is an allegory critical of the Obama-era policy of targeted drone strikes and mass surveillance !

I haven’t been to the movies in a while, but the great reviews along with the political intrigue got my butt to the theaters. The film itself deals with Captain America coping with his new role in the 21st Century.  He’s adapting pretty well, but begins to learn a terrible truth about some members of his agency, SHIELD, and has a moral conflict — he’s supposed to be part of a law enforcement agency tasked with helping the people, but discovers a plot which seeks to permanently curtail our freedoms for the sake of peace and order.

It’s very relevant to today’s headlines, bringing in the “Winter Soldier,” an old Soviet-era assassin with an important secret! I will say no more — there are elements of the plot to spoil.  This movie is politically relevant, filled with action and adventure (along with the perennially uber-hot Scarlett Johansson).

One leaves the theater thinking.  In fact, I feel this to be the best comic book political satire since The Dark Knight (which I still think is brilliant allegory of the War on Terror).

Unfortunately, in order to understand everything about this film, you kind of have to see the first Captain America , The Avengers , Iron Man 3 , and Pulp Fiction (Pulp Fiction? You’ll see — it’s only a two second scene, but it’s hilarious if you catch it).

Overall, I give the movie an A- but those just coming off the street without knowing all the references to those other films, you may give it a high B .

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BridgeGate: New Emails Link Christie Political Strategist to Port Authority Officials

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey– A new series of emails links senior Christie administration political strategist Mike DuHaime to the main perpetrators of the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge last year, placing known BridgeGate culprits one step closer to Governor Chris Christie. The Star-Ledger

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Jolly in Florida

Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a special election last night for Florida’s 13th Congressional district.  The district was historically Republican, but voted twice for Obama.  Jolly had a bloody primary battle, was trashed by the Establishment GOP last week , and was pitted against the Democrat machine with a candidate in Sink who barely lost a statewide election to Rick Scott four years ago.  So, the national Democrat machine swept in to take the seat, but ended up losing. Some have said that this race is a referendum on Obamacare , or that the Dems are in some deep trouble this Fall.  Why can’t both ideas be right!  While that would be nice, the race itself was ridiculously close and Jolly is up for reelection in November, so this all may be temporary. However, I have a big issue with the Establishment writing Jolly off last Friday , until Jolly finally implied that he would support Boehner for Speaker — then it was all smiles for Boehner who called yesterday’s result a “ big win .” So, they trash the guy when they think he can’t win, then laud him after he wins in spite of Establishment GOP efforts.  If independent GOP candidates keep winning elections, the Establishment should be very worried as more of these “big wins” could mean less need to put up with petty Establishment games and coercion.

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Mitt Romney May Be Considering a 2016 Run.

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I can’t say this is an absolute, but I am going to do my best to avoid trying predicting the future on this site because it is impossible for human beings to predict how other human beings will exercise their free will.  It’s hard enough to make sense of what people are doing in the present.  So, let’s try to figure that out instead…

For the past few months, Sal and I have been discussing whether Mitt Romney is considering a second run at the White House in 2016.  He sure seems to be acting as if he is.  Just months after losing the election, he spoke at CPAC in 2013 , something politicians do to either raise or maintain their profile.

Then, there was the Netflix documentary titled “Mitt” that came out a few months ago, a documentary Romney seemed to be promoting with his mere presence .  Now, the Washington Post is reporting that, at Romney’s invitation, some of his top aides are planning to gather for a ski weekend in Utah later this month.

I don’t know (and contrary to what they tell you, no one else does either) whether Mitt will run again, but he seems to be considering it. I’m torn by the idea of another Romney run.  My displeasure with his repeatedly shifting political positions is well documented, and he is 1-2 when it comes to major general elections.

On the other hand, his business acumen is unquestioned and his tax plan accomplishes the dual objectives of making our tax code less corporatist and more growth oriented by lowering tax rates and ending the practice of picking winners and losers by closing loopholes.  It could also be argued that the best way to gain experience in any endeavor is to fail and learn from one’s mistakes.

At the moment, I certainly prefer many of the potential candidates to Romney.  But, if he wants to run, why not?  Campaigns have a way of highlighting a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.  I doubt I’d vote for him, but he’s entitled to give it a shot, and he would have the money necessary to make his case.

 

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