Author: Alex Christy

How the Kavanaugh Hearings Started the 2020 Campaign

The key to winning the 2020 Democratic nomination for president is coming down to this: who is the best fighter? Which contender is most prepared to step into the ring with Trump and engage in an old-style political brawl? Many Democrats have caught on to this. Michael Avenatti, for example, recently sounded like Trump, telling the Des Moines Register that “I think the party has yearned for a fighter—a fighter for good, if you will—for a significant period of time.” However, Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris were not content to let Avenatti steal the early lead. Both senators used the Brett Kavanaugh...

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Jack Ryan, America, and Vanity Fair

SPOILER ALERT: The following contains MAJOR plot details from Amazon’s new series, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. If you haven’t seen the series and are concerned about spoilers, consider watching it first before reading this article. * * * After much anticipation, Amazon’s TV-series adaption of Tom Clancy’s Ryanverse has been released.  The eight-episode series follows Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst who focuses on terrorist finances in Yemen. Ryan is thrown into the field alongside his boss, the recently demoted James Greer. Together, the two agents work together to thwart a terrorist attack by Mousa Bin Suleiman. It’s not perfect series: there is more than one gratuitous sex scene, the morally conflicted drone...

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John McCain: Navy Man, Hero

The word “hero” gets thrown around a lot in contemporary discourse, and is mostly attributed to people who are not, in fact, heroes.  Athletes, politicians, actors, and singers are all sources of inspiration for people. In and of itself that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but that doesn’t make those people heroes.  But when John McCain passed away last Saturday, people from Capitol Hill and from around the country came together to remember a real hero. A Line of Heroes Senator McCain came from a family whose name is now among the most revered in the history of the United States Navy. His grandfather, John...

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Tayyip Erdogan: Ally in Name Only

For decades Turkey has been one of our most crucial allies.  First, we had a common enemy in the Soviet Union.  Secondly, Turkey is also strategically located, first as a crossroads between Europe and the Middle East from which the US operates out of Incirlik Air Base.   Turkey also possesses one of Europe’s most strategically significant choke points, the Turkish Straits, which is the only waterway that allows ships, most notably, but certainly not limited to the Soviet and later Russian Black Sea Fleet, to enter the Mediterranean via the Black Sea or vice versa.  During the Cold War it...

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Catholic Church Rocked By Sexual Abuse Scandal

This week the Catholic Church was hit hard by a damning grand jury report out of Pennsylvania.  In fact, damning may be putting it lightly.  The report stated that over a period of 70 years around 300 priests sexually abused more than 1,000 children.  That number could be higher as victims’ records could have been lost or the victims were too afraid to come forward.  Most of those guilty will not be charged as they have either died or because the statute of limitations has expired. A New York Times article on the matter lists just some of the cases which include...

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