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Democratic candidates distancing themselves from Pres. Obama

Following the President’s speech on dealing with the terrorist group Islamic State, commonly referred to as ISIS, Democrats in tight Senate races, and even potential 2016 presidential hopefuls are putting some space between them and the Commander-in-Chief.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich said he opposes arming Syrian rebels. “We must have greater assurance that we aren’t arming extremists who will eventually use the weapons against us,” he said.

I can’t say that I am at all surprised by this move.  President Obama came into office with the promise of pulling American troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Now, he’s setting himself up for a potential open-ended conflict.

While yes, ISIS is a terrorist group that has killed innocent people, and they need to be dealt with.  The American people are not prepared by my estimations for another war in the Middle East.

Mr. President, if you’re going in, make sure you have a strategy to get out.

For the whole story on Democrats responses to ISIS, check out CNN.

With files from CNN

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Terrorists could come through Canada: John McCain

Arizona Senator John McCain is at it again.

Following President Obama’s address to the nation regarding the terrorist group ISIS, as is customary, all of the cable news channels have extensive insight and debate on what was in the speech, what was left out.  And everyone has their own ideas as to how to best solve the problem that is ISIS.

CNN had Senator McCain on to discuss the speech, and he told Anderson Cooper that terrorists could enter the country through their porous southern and northern borders.

It’s worth noting that the senior Senator from the great state of Arizona, and failed presidential candidate, is the same man who said in 2009, that the hijackers of 9/11 came through Canada.  Of course there has been no proof of that happening.

Could our borders be more secure?  Of course they could.  But Canadians should be insulted that Americans think that they are not smart enough to be able to catch a potential threat before it enters North America.

The words from John McCain, and many other conspiracy theorists are good for nothing except fear mongering and causing divisions between neighbours.

to read more about McCain’s comments, and to see the clip of his comment, head over to HuffPost Canada.

Worst. Congress. Ever.

Here is what I don’t understand.  Polls show that many Americans feel that this is the worst Congress in their lifetimes.  But according to new polls conducted for CNN, Republicans are poised to take control of the Senate, making President Obama a lame duck.

Open your eyes people!  The reason this Congress is the worst ever, is because of the Republicans!  And if they don’t become veto proof, my money is on ABSOLUTELY NOTHING will get done in the next two years.

Read the whole story over at CNN.

Pres. Obama to announce plan against ISIS

US President Barack Obama says he will speak to the nation and congressional leaders this week, putting forward his vision on how to best battle Islamic State (ISIS).

I’m very curious to see how this would play out.  Airstrikes are one thing, but will he consider troops on the ground?  If he puts troops on the ground, what is the time frame?  Will NATO and other allies be asked to back and contribute to such a plan?

I’m also curious to see how the Republicans will spin this.  The party that is all for battling terrorism, as long as the President’s job approval goes down at the same time.  The party that condoned the use of torture, tactics that have fueled US hatred around the globe.

Wednesday will be the most telling sign when Obama is set to deliver his speech to the nation.

For more preview, you can watch the President’s interview with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press.  The video is available at Huffington Post.

The White House is trying to avoid a certain word when dealing with Russia

U.S. President Barack Obama treaded carefully when asked whether Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine should be considered an invasion, an indication of how the White House continues to judiciously avoid the use of the word fearing its geo-political ramifications.

I can understand the White House’s reasoning for trying to avoid the word “invasion” for fear of pissing the wrong country off.  But if it looks like a duck, and smells like a duck…

Files from CBC

Read their full story here.

Tim Hortons and Burger King: Done Deal

Well this certainly didn’t take long.  Canadian coffee giant Tim Horton’s has agreed to be taken over by Burger King.  The price tag of the takeover? $12.5 billion.  Warren Buffet put up $3 billion to help finance the deal, but will not have any say in the new company, who’s name is expected to be released by the end of business Tuesday.

For further break down of the “whopper” (sorry I couldn’t help myself) of a deal, here’s more coverage from CTV News.

Understanding more about the Michael Brown case

Many eyes, as they have been for weeks, remained on Ferguson, Missouri today as Michael Brown was laid to rest.

We have all read the news stories regarding race and race relations in the aftermath of Brown being shot, and the stories about Michael Brown as a person.

If there is only one article you read on the happenings in Ferguson, I highly recommend you read this article from VOX.