Colombia: Uribe on the FARC referendum

President Juan Manuel Santos has invested most of his political capital on the FARC peace talks – hosted by the Cuban Communist regime – which are now in their third year, and he implies he could resign if Colombia rejects FARC peace deal: If the Colombian people fail to vote in favor of the deal, […] ...more

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up. “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” “ – Former British […] ...more

Venezuela issuing passports, voter registrations, to Hezbollah & Syrians

The alarm clock keeps ringing: When you think of large scale Muslim immigration population explosions, most people think of Europe. Here are two items pertaining Muslims in Venezuela. First item: Back in 2003, Rahaman Alan Hazil Muhamaad, apparently from Syria, was arrested at London’s Gatwick Airport for carrying a grenade in his luggage ....more

Hooray for the guys on grownup TV soaps

“That’s a very manly man.” – Declared by my sister. Hooray for the guys on grownup TV soaps: A brief guide to cable TV’s antidotes to pajama boys ....more

Happy Thanksgiving Day

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson ...more

Wanting to spend one’s whole life at the kid’s table

One problem: TFW your Republican uncle can't get the facts straight. Help him out during Thanksgiving: — The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) November 25, 2015 Two approaches: Thanksgivingmanship, and mine. Read about them here ....more

Colombia: Emirates importing mercenaries to Yemen

“Gun drain” in Colombia: The NYT reports that (emphasis added), The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in that country’s raging conflict, adding a volatile new element in a complex proxy war that has drawn in the United States and Iran. It is the first combat deployment […] ...more

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Origin Of The Species Edition

At the Watchers’ Council, (Graphics by Rick McKee) Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from […] ...more

Mexico: The rackets hit the schools

As if the average Mexican wasn’t bullied enough already, Spain’s El País reports that the cartels are extorting money from school teachers and their students: Cartels target Acapulco’s classrooms for extortion schemes. Military posted outside schools after students and teachers refuse to attend classes Recently, armed gunmen entered the classrooms at 14 schools, and robbed […] ...more

A rather premature premise

The WSJ writes about A Populist ‘Pink Tide’ Is Ebbing in South America, Argentine Vote Suggests. The presidential victory of center-right politician Mauricio Macri marks potential change in fortunes of populist movements across the continent. Color me skeptic, but when it comes to change, the key word is potential ....more