There are No Heroes in This Society Anymore

I have always admired John McCain for this one reason — for surviving with his dignity and humanity intact after spending so many years in the Hanoi Hilton as a prisoner of war. Because the Vietnam War wasn’t a declared war, McCain wasn’t afforded the rights of the Geneva Convention. He was tortured repeatedly. Beaten…

Who Cares about the Firing of Andrew McCabe?

Ask me if I care that the FBI’s second in command under James Comey has ben fired two days before he gets his pension for serving 20 years. I don’t care — and you shouldn’t care either. Who, these days, gets to work 20 years at anything, at any job, let alone being the second…

Tillerson is Gone; Pompeo is In

Rex Tillerson is riding into the sunset of a short term as Secretary of State under President Donald Trump. It ended badly for Tillerson, who is, after all, a bright guy who headed Exxon which is like being president of a worldwide corporation more powerful than many nations on this earth put together. Now that…

Borscht (or, Three Deep State Sectors now in Conflict)

Charlie Finch, for Respvblica Mueller’s indictments of the Progozhin operation in St. Petersburg, Russia, across the sea, beg a lot of questions about this RED HERRING, so here goes . . . Did Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS provide the material to Mueller, backstabbing its erstwhile Russian partner, in order to preserve the “bona fides” of…

Yes, Congress Should Shut Down NPR and PBS

President Trump has proposed cutting all funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which supports NPR and PBS.  Congress should approve, effectively shutting down the two entities. First, both NPR and PBS are anything but objective sources of information.  Both aggressively promote socially liberal, traditionally Democratic ideas, nearly to the exclusion of more socially…

New FBI Headquarters? Who Will it Be Named For?

The most intriguing part of President Trump’s infrastructure gambit is more than $2 billion hidden away in it that provides for a new FBI headquarters. A new FBI headquarters is essential to the FBI conducting its operations in a 21st Century space, not an outdated, ugly facility that is almost 60 years old. They don’t…

WHAT IS THE DEEP STATE?

Charlie Finch The recent release of the Nunes memo charging the US intelligence community with malfeasance in using the false and notorious Steele Dossier to obtain FISA warrants on Trump flunky Carter Page has raised some curious responses: conservative Bret Stephens at The New York Times calls the memo a “nothingburger.” Conversely, Judge Andrew Napolitano…