What to do about ISIS?

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is making quite a name for itself–but maybe not in the way that it would prefer.   New reports are saying that the U.S. and U.K. are putting together a team of elite black ops agents to target ISIS.  According to sources for the U.K. paper, Mirror, this highly specialized team (known as “Task Force Black”) will consist of agents from the U.S.’s CIA, Delta Force and Seal Team 6, and the U.K.’s Special Air Read More

A College Education is Crazy Expensive, Ya’ll

I came across this article at Policymic that talks about the rise in the costs of a college education.  While this is not news, the actual increase in costs–from tuition to housing to medical care to food–is quite unbelieveable.   Just take a look at the chart below: It’s no wonder that college enrollment is starting to decline–students simply can’t afford it.  And that isn’t a good thing.  If we have a less educated public, we will be less competitve with the rest Read More

Poll: Most Americans Think U.S. is Headed in the Wrong Direction

Here’s a shocker:  According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, only 28 percent of Americans think the country is headed in the right direction, and only 13 percent approve of the way Congress is doing its job.  Furthermore, a plurality say they trust neither party to run the federal government, and a whopping 62 percent say that they want someone who isn’t their current Congressional leader to be elected this November.  However, come November, what won’t be shocking is the high incumbency rate in Congress.  Why?  Read More

Are Millennials “Over” Israel?

According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 18-to-29-year-olds are the only age group that blames the violence in Gaza more on Israel than Hamas–interesting, but perahps not all that suprising.  And a great article at Salon.com analyzed the reasons why this is the case.  According to the article’s author, David Palumbo-Liu, there are two central reasons why Millenials aren’t exactly buying the arguments put forth by the Israeli government to justify their actions in Gaza:  (a)  younger people don’t quite agree with the post-WWII Read More

Hope and Perseverance

Considering the current state of the country and the world, I thought that this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt was appropriate.  I couldn’t agree with her more. “Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than to fear, to try rather than not try.  For one thing we know beyond all doubt–nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says:  it can’t be done.”