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There was a dramatic hearing today in the Senate Armed Services Committee. An army colonel was fired for creating a toxic work environment; she accused a four star general of rape. Gen. Hyten introduced the talk I gave with my co-author at AFSCHQ three years ago. At the time he was commander of the 38,000 people […]

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Quote of the Day: Your Greatest Treasures


Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

When it comes to practical guidance, Lao Tzu gets to the heart of things. If we take this premise—simplicity, patience, and compassion are our greatest treasures—one could argue about whether they are the “greatest”; yet they are full of wisdom.

When we keep things simple, we don’t tangle ourselves in our life dramas, over-complicate differences, and we invite equanimity and G-d into our lives. Patience, with ourselves and others, allows us to live at peace with the patterns of our lives, understanding that there are some things that must be allowed to play out. We learn when we must wait on others and that some outcomes cannot be forced.

Will Rahm Emanuel Be Kicked Out of the Democratic Party?


Rahm Emanuel was the architect of the Democrats’ prior (before 2018) majority in the House. His theory had been that to hold the majority, he needed centrist and “blue dog” Democrats in places where liberals could not win. He has penned a memo to the Democratic Presidential Candidates. I don’t agree with his answers but he is giving Democrats good advice that they likely don’t want to hear.

Ignore the twitter mobs; you need voters not Twitter accolades. It is the center-center/left voters in swing states that will make you president. If you run the primary in a way that you lose the general you will go down poorly in history as the person who could not beat Trump.

Can You Help? I’m Confused About Transgender and Women’s Rights


As a lawyer, I try to understand the arguments for the “other side” regardless of whether I might agree with them. Being able to argue my opponent’s position sometimes reveals opportunities for agreement or settlement, and highlights weaknesses in my own position that I may need to shore up.

But I’m having trouble with recent developments in the “transgender” rights, specifically the court in Canada that is considering whether to require female employees of a grooming salon to view and to handle the private parts of a man who apparently wants to pretend he is a woman, and the US “Equality” Act that has been passed by the House of Representatives that would require women and girls to be exposed to men in women’s spaces such as restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, and showers.

Toxic Amounts of Whiteness at the DCCC


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was too white and top staffers had to resign in shame for causing excessive whiteness as was widely reported in recent news.

Most noteworthy is that the top staffer, Allison Jaslow is from a red state (Missouri), served with distinction in Iraq (Bronze Star), and was reduced to tears in her departure speech apologizing for her whiteness, which she should have known was offensive when in the company of other white people. That the Dem party is so willing to purge someone like that for being white is quite a message to the rest of us.

What Harshes My Mellow, Part 3


Not all of mankind’s foibles and vices harsh my mellow. When I see a ”plus-sized” lady in Walmart wearing a skimpy halter and skin-tight stretch pants, mounds of pink flesh spilling over her waistband, I’m almost pleased. I sorta admire her spunk in not caring about the opinions of others. I’ve often wished I had more of that kind of fearlessness.

But I have assembled a few of mankind’s vices and foibles that do harsh my mellow.

Jerry Nadler the Humorless Toad. With a permanent scowl on his face, his heart full of bile, Nadler just harshes the heck out of my mellow. His life seems to revolve around his hate for Trump. (They have a history that goes back to a disputed real estate development in New York.)

You Can See A Lot By Looking


A couple of years ago I helped my middle daughter move into her new digs in the Boston area. During this little sojourn, we visited the Bunker Hill Monument. On my fourth or fifth trip down from the summit, I passed a very fit group of twenty-somethings trudging up the stairs. The next time I went to the chamber at the top, I saw them looking out over the panorama. I casually asked one of them what department they were with.

“What do you mean?”

Introducing the Examining Politics Podcast


At this time of heightened and hyper attention on DC politics, it’s more important than ever to stay up to date on a daily basis on everything happening in the nation’s capital and how it affects the all-important 2020 presidential election. Every day, on the Examining Politics podcast from the Washington Examiner, I’ll interview the most influential elected officials, White House figures, pundits, commentators and journalists involved in the daily American political conversation. In just 30 minutes you’ll be up to speed on everything you need to know to get through the daily grind of the day’s events.

On yesterday’s episode, we discussed how the war of words continues between President Donald Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland. While the president has somehow gotten the Democrat party to defend their policies in Baltimore and embrace Al Sharpton as a respected, elder statesman of their party, we analyzed the politics of this latest dust-up with Hogan Gidley, Principal Deputy Press Secretary from the White House; and columnist Derek Hunter (who lived in Baltimore for 13 years.) Finally, we discussed the fallout from last week’s Mueller testimony with former Asst. US Attorney and National Review columnist Andrew McCarthy.

Antifa Is Not the Problem


Members of Antifa march in Portland, Oregon, in this August 4, 2018, photo from

Last week, Republican Congressman Jim Banks responded to the Antifa violence in Portland with the following tweet:

Build “the Wall”


A section of the Wall near El Paso, TX, January 19, 2019. Photo credit:

Real walls matter, so long as they are observed and backed by effective enforcement of boundary rules. This is true for the most modest private property and for the most powerful nation. We have seen several encouraging developments in American national sovereignty and regional security in the past week or so. These developments ranged from at least a temporary green light for border wall construction, to an important power in the hemisphere declaring Hezbollah a terrorist group.

Scott Adams Is on Fire


Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoon, has been publishing a daily, hour-long discussion everyday about politics.  He has been a big admirer of Donald Trump and explains his success by what Scott calls his “persuasiveness.”  Scott is a liberal, and describes himself as left of Bernie Sanders when it comes to health care and other issues, but he tries to present him self as unaligned with any political party.

Yesterday he discussed Baltimore and rats.  The first few minutes of this talk is brilliant.  He demonstrates that somehow in the battle between rats and people, Donald Trump got the democrats to support the rats.  Later he says that it’s clear from this alone that democrats should never be entrusted with power.

How Seriously Do We Take Lawmaker Safety?


Less than two weeks ago, House Democrats told us that criticizing Ilhan Omar put her life in danger. Politico reported at the time,

House Democrats erupted in fury Thursday over President Donald Trump’s attacks on freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar at his reelection rally, fearful that crowd chants of “send her back” have personally endangered her and her family.

Quote of the Day: The Guns of August


A Frenchman goes over to watch the Japanese beat the Russians in a war that was held just before the First World War, a mere decade before the date this book is set. What did he notice in his watching? He noticed that it is generally not a good idea to charge against people with machine guns. After, when he mentioned this to other French generals they decided that he was a coward. He said that wearing a uniform that featured a bright blue coat and bright red trousers might be the equivalent of wearing a bull’s eye tied around your neck and a neon sign saying ‘shoot here’. His saying this was considered not only utterly outrageous but also an insult to French soldiers…The lesson is that you can change the technology, but people might not understand what that change will mean. – Barbra Tuchman

Barbra Tuchman’s 1962 book The Guns Of August was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and made into a 100 minute documentary film in 1965. President John F. Kennedy commanded his cabinet and principal military advisers to read the book. Some scholars think this book affected Kennedy’s approach to the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The book led the political scientist Graham Allison in 1971 to propose the Organizational Process Model instead of the traditional Game Theory and other Rational Actor approaches to conflicts. So how does the quote above and Allison’s book hold up after 50 years?

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No, not that sort of brew, at least not first thing in the morning. Yes, yes, of course it is 5 o’clock somewhere. While true for one time zone each hour of the day, assuming you don’t count 05:00 in your understanding of the phrase, five in the morning is really better marked with coffee […]

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