Iran Talks Extended, The Global Damage Continues

The deadline has been passed and all sides are still discussing a nuclear deal that would release economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for what we can only pray would be a transparent nuclear program in Iran.  Of course, nobody believes Iran except the administration of Barack Obama; which is why countries like France are holding more firm than we are.  For the time being, it appears as though the talks will be extended on a day-by-day basis. The hope is that Iran begins to make some concessions as the pressure builds in these 11th hour talks.  So far, Iran hasn't given us much reason to hope they are willing to make serious concessions; which indicates there may be no deal in the works. Every day, the stakes are increased for the United States and our allies.  An Iranian funded uprising in Yemen has forced the toppling of another ally government in the Global War on Terrorism.  There's barely been a word of criticism out of the State Department for this act.  Saudi Arabia, pinned between ISIS in the north, Iran in the east, and Iranian rebels in the south is beginning to take matters in its own hands.  In the short … Continue Reading ››

Huckabee’s “Catholic Problem” is the GOP’s Catholic Problem

As a devout Catholic who heavily supported  Mike Huckabee in 2007 and 2008, and as a devout Catholic who has Huckabee towards the middle of his list of preferred candidates for 2016, I was baffled a bit by an article out of Aleteia earlier this year by Mark Stricherz titled Can Huckabee Overcome His "Catholic Problem" in 2016.  Mark Stricherz acknowledges the effort Mike Huckabee has put into bridging the political divide between his Southern Baptist roots and the Catholic Church since his last run for President, but argues that it isn't paying off and that this will doom his 2016 Presidential Aspirations. Now, I've been critical of Mike Huckabee a lot over the last few years.  However, this particular critique is really pretty dumb.  It is dumb today, and it was dumb in 2008 when Deal Hudson made the argument.  There is no doubt among historians or analysts that Huckabee did carry a lot of Catholic votes, but they argue these Catholic voters lived in the rural, western parts of Iowa.  However, Catholics in the western, more urban parts of Iowa weren't supporting him.  That trend continued through the rest of the 2008 primaries; which they contribute to … Continue Reading ››

Unfortunate Necessity: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are melting down over this and I'm not going to make it any better by writing about it.  However, seeing as how I've gotten e-mail from bloggers and readers across the country to discuss what's happening in my home state of Indiana regarding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, I feel compelled to offer my opinion.  The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 in Indiana is a relatively short law, so I'll let you read it for yourself before I share my thoughts with you.  Of course, you could just skip it too.  I think my writing is much more entertaining, personally.

Chapter 9. Religious Freedom Restoration

Sec. 1. This chapter applies to all governmental entity statutes, ordinances, resolutions, executive or administrative orders, regulations, customs, and usages, including the implementation or application thereof, regardless of whether they were enacted, adopted, or initiated before, on, or after July 1, 2015.

Sec. 2. A governmental entity statute, ordinance, resolution, executive or administrative order, regulation, custom, or usage may not be construed to be exempt from the application of this chapter unless a state statute expressly exempts the statute, ordinance, resolution, executive or administrative order, … Continue Reading ››

Israel is Spying on Iran Arms Deal? DUH!!!!

Map of IsraelAccording to current and former U.S. officials interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Israel has been spying on the ongoing negotiations with Iran and then used that information to help build its case against the deal before it was even reached.  Among Israel's sources were informants among our European allies and here within our own government. It doesn't take much to imagine Israeli agents working with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to piece together large portions of classified, closed-door briefings on the negotiations. Israel is also accused of wiretapping to eavesdrop on the negotiations. Speaker of the House John Boehner has told reporters that he's "baffled" and he wasn't aware of any spying. Seriously? Baffled? OF COURSE ISRAEL IS SPYING!!! Heck, if we're spying on Germany and Britain is spying on Germany, you can bet Israel is spying on us!   If you read this article, I'll explain why Israel would be foolish not to be spying on us. Unsurprisingly, Israel is denying that they spied on us, but everyone … Continue Reading ››

Episode 4: What Do We Stand For?

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Kevin Tracy again fills in for Travis, this time getting passionate about the state of the world under the failed or seriously misguided policies of the Obama Administration.

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Barna Group research on self identity NYT: Out of Yemen, US is Hobbled Rubio speech on Israel on the Senate Floor

WTF!? Rapists Have Parental Rights in Most States!

When we discuss the right to life, there's often a caveat that any legislation protecting life should permit a woman to abort their child if it's for the health of the mother or if the child was conceived through rape.  Now, many of us believe that a child's life should not be terminated because of someone else's evil acts, and it's not uncommon that mothers put in this situation decide to keep their child.  These heroic, brave women undergo a lot of stress that they didn't ask for; but they face these challenges head on.  However, one of these challenges is actually imposed by the government, and it's particularly heinous. The woman's rapist actually has parental rights over this child in the United States. When I learned about this, I couldn't believe it.  It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.  A male who does this (he does not deserve to be called a man) to another person is the last person who should have a hand in raising a child.  Not only that, but the stress this places on the mother is nothing more than a continual injury and a horrible insult delivered by the state. So let's tip our hat to the State … Continue Reading ››

Episode 3: Iran, Israeli & USA Elections, & Papal Visit

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Kevin Tracy fills in for Travis Gearhart, sharing his thoughts on the Republican Senators trying to undermine Secretary John Kerry and President Barack Obama's efforts to negotiate an nuclear weapons program deal with Iran.  He also touches on Tuesday's elections in Israel, the Republican and Democratic primaries, and the upcoming Papal visit to Philadelphia for a summit on the family.

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Episode 0: Travis and Kevin talk about Scott Walker's rise in the polls Marco Rubio's Amnesty Stand Won't Sink His Campaign Democrats Undermined GOP Foreign Policy First Al Gore 2016? Unbeatable if he runs.

Plantronics GameCom 780 Headset Review

This is an UNPAID review of the Plantronics GameCom 780 Gaming Headset. If you want a paid review, that's really fracked up.   With that said, I am morally bound to tell you that if you click on any of the Amazon links on BrainFrack.com and make a purchase, we do get a commission from Amazon.  This small commission goes towards BrainFrack.com operating costs and improvements.

Why I Needed The GameCom 780 Headset

A couple years ago, Krista bought me the really awesome Logitech G35 headset for my birthday. At the time, the headset was about $120 and the sound quality was amazing. I mostly used the headset so I could listen to music while Krista was doing her homework and studying. However, I'll also admit that I will from time to time play Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) as time permits and I need a break from working on The MSPaint Comic: Volume 2. Over Krista's winter Christmas break, she had a lot of free time on her hands and she decided to give SWTOR a chance. She thoroughly enjoyed it. Well, the logical thing to do was to give her a headset... and she always … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Part of Being an Author

Kevin Tracy signing The MSPaint Comic for a deployed Airman.A few short months ago, I wrote about how the greatest compliment I've received about The MSPaint Comic was that people said their children would immediately start drawing after finishing reading the book.  I thought those compliments about inspiring young people were the greatest thing about being an author.   Well, I spoke too soon.  The greatest part of being an author came yesterday when I got to write individual notes to deployed Airmen in the comics being donated in care packages. This was just too cool for words.  We drove out to South Bend to drop off a box of books for the care packages after I finished writing the final letter.

Democrats Undermined GOP Foreign Policy First

Democrats are up in arms that the Republican Majority in the United States Senate; where the US Constitution entrusts the power to ratify treaties; wrote an open letter to Tehran warning that they have the power to block any unacceptable deal between the United States and Iran over its nuclear program.  This comes about a week after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech to the US Congress about the unacceptable conditions emerging from the US-Iran negotiations. The following quote is from Vice President Joe Biden:
"In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."
So SUDDENLY this is a problem?  Let's hop into our political time machine and go back to April 2007. pelosi-assad This is then-Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi meeting with Bashar al-Assad, the Dictator President of Syria.  At the time, Syria was working with Iran to send weapons and IEDs to Iraq to kill … Continue Reading ››