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101  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Pension crisis hard truths on: March 18, 2016, 12:00:53 PM
102  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: In praise of Obama's foreign policy on: March 18, 2016, 11:31:16 AM

Wow. Very tasty koolaid he's been drinking.
103  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Actual minimum wage is: 0 on: March 18, 2016, 10:12:46 AM

Fight for 15=Fail.
104  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: March 18, 2016, 10:08:57 AM
I don't think it's going to happen. I expect the GOPe to pull a "brokered convention" and serve us a giant shiite sammich. Which will shatter the pubs.

Is Ted Cruz Going to Be Able to Pull This Off?

Right now, as a #NeverTrump guy, I’m rooting hard for Ted Cruz. We haven’t seen any polls conducted after Rubio’s departure from the race -- either in key upcoming states or nationally -- so we don’t have a good sense of whether anti-Trump Republicans are coalescing around him.

Tuesday Arizona holds its primary and Utah holds its caucus. At first glance, those are natural Cruz states, right?

[Cue ominous music.]

Notice that we’ve had two polls of Arizona Republicans -- you know, right next to Texas -- and Trump’s well ahead of Cruz in both. The two polls were conducted before Rubio dropped out, so maybe Rubio’s 10 to 12 percent will shift to Cruz and help the Texas senator make up the deficit of . . . 12–14 points. Uh-oh.

The last Utah poll was in mid-February, and had Rubio 24, Cruz 22, Trump 18. Caucuses usually have low turnout, but the Utah one may turn out quite different:

For its presidential preference caucus next week, the Beehive State’s Republican Party will allow any Utahn outside or inside the state to vote online. This will be the first time any political party has allowed online voting for a presidential primary election in the nation.

“We’re stepping out on the national stage in a way we never have before,” Bryan J. Smith, the executive director of the Utah Republican Party, said during a recent Utah caucus preparatory meeting. “This time it matters in more ways than you think.”

The Utah Republican Party said its new method of voting will mainly help families, workers, missionaries and military workers throughout the world, who can’t
be in town for voting. It also may help Utah mothers, who find themselves swamped with child care and work.  A week from now, if Trump wins Arizona and Cruz wins Utah . . . do people begin to doubt whether Cruz can win a one-on-one race against Trump? Or do anti-Trump Republicans begin to really turn their ire on Kasich for sticking around?

Politico reports, “Marco Rubio is close to endorsing Ted Cruz, but the two proud senators -- and recent fierce rivals -- have some details to work out first. Cruz has to ask for the Rubio’s endorsement, and both sides need to decide that it will make a difference, according to sources familiar with the thinking of both senators.”

If you’re Cruz, why wouldn’t you ask?

Meanwhile, one more ominous note for the #NeverTrump forces. According to the Associated Press count, Trump has 678 delegates, and needs 1,237. He’s 559 delegates away from winning the nomination, and 1,059 remain. Can Trump win 53 percent of the remaining delegates?

Even if you feel confident in saying “No, Trump won’t win that many delegates” -- and yeah, that’s a high bar to clear going forward -- so far Trump has won about 46 percent of the delegates available so far. (He’s done so with 37 percent of the votes cast in Republican primaries and caucuses so far.) Assume Trump maintains his current level of support throughout the rest of the process, and he’ll get 46 percent of the remaining 1,059 delegates. That gives him 492 more delegates.

Trump would enter the convention in Cleveland with 1,170 delegates, just 67 short of what he needs. (It’s easy to picture Trump’s first phone call going to John Kasich, currently sitting there with 144 delegates.) Yes, you might hear talk or calls for a Cruz–Rubio ticket, but Trump will argue, with justification, he’s won 94 percent of what was needed to be the nominee.

Derailing Trump will require a big surge from Cruz from here on out. Can he do it?

105  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gates says Baraq went against entire NSC on Egypt coup on: March 18, 2016, 09:47:50 AM

Funny, it might cause some to question his loyalties...
106  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Real slavery, real history on: March 17, 2016, 01:44:38 PM

Not PC.
107  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The left has just taken over the public discussion of this on: March 17, 2016, 01:26:33 PM
Illegals get scholarships ,  go to our law schools, encourage more illegal immigration and are treated as heroes and as though they are so lovely.  AS Levin would ask,  what about our children?  We could only imagine if these were future Republicans how this story line would be so different:

If the dems thought illegals would vote republican, we'd have a wall larger than the one in Game of Thrones.
108  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: March 17, 2016, 10:23:36 AM
Hillary, the Empress Dowager of Chappaqua, on Twitter and two responses:

"It is absolutely unacceptable that the gun industry can't be held accountable when they (sic) endanger Americans."

"We going to hold car manufacturers responsible for drunk driving deaths now?"

"Do we hold the computer industry accountable when someone mishandles classified govt. intel on a private email server?"

 grin Love the last one!
109  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: March 17, 2016, 08:46:39 AM
[Leftist, Liberal] "I thought the two were the same. What's the difference? I ask in earnest."

My understanding follows; G M can add to this or correct it.

Liberal is a mis-used term taken by the left for its softer sound.

Liberal, open to new behavior or opinions, synonyms, wide-ranging, broad-based.

Leftism is the orthodoxy of statism that people, especially in certain demographic groups aren't allowed to stray from.

110  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Why wasn't this covered? Is this data accurate? on: March 17, 2016, 08:45:13 AM

Why isn't covered? Because it doesn't fit the left's narrative. Is it accurate? I believe so.
111  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US-Russia on: March 16, 2016, 09:29:56 PM

Putin is assassinating people in our country right under our noses and no repercussions.  huh

Wouldn't it be great if they could find evidence to link Putin to this murder on US soil. 

There still would be no consequence.

That's why they did it.
112  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: March 16, 2016, 09:26:22 PM
Social media is a bad idea, especially if you are in law enforcement.
113  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Levin says guy is liberal on: March 16, 2016, 09:17:30 PM
From Levin's Conservative Review.  Apparently Merrick said:

"If you believe in the limits of federal power, then you will be in the minority"

Conclusion =>  this is all we need to know.  The guy is a liberal!

leftist, not liberal.
114  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: March 16, 2016, 07:48:27 PM
Big government becomes even more ravenous as the economy sputters and will do what it needs to do to fill it's coffers.
115  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gov. Kasich on: March 16, 2016, 07:20:29 PM
116  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: March 13, 2016, 12:50:10 PM
Remember when Marco R committed the sin of reaching for a sip of water?  She gets a round of clapping:

It is reasonable to recognize it, when an elderly, disabled person does something that their head injury might make very difficult.
117  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Isn't Just for Existential Threats Anymore on: March 13, 2016, 07:46:22 AM
So all that spying on Americans that wasn't relevant as all the data just sat there unexamined until a specific national security need arose . . . can now be accessed by law enforcement agencies for investigations not related to national security matters. Who could see that one coming?

First, consider the source. Second, as far as state and local law enforcement goes, the FBI has long been known as a black hole where information goes and none ever emerges from.
118  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: China expanding military might in South China Sea on: March 13, 2016, 07:43:21 AM
My question is 'why'?  Why is China increasing military power in the South China Sea?  No one is threatening them.  The sea lanes are open.  What do they hope to achieve?  It could only mean some sort of expansion.  ? Is this against Japan.  Taiwan?   Indonesia?  What?  It would be like us building up atolls with military offensive capability in the Caribbean.

China is the "Middle Kingdom", as in between heaven and earth. They see themselves as ascending to first a regional superpower and eventually a global superpower. They see it as a position wrongfully deprived of them in the past by imperialist powers that they will now claim.
119  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: "We stopped Trump!" on: March 12, 2016, 11:41:47 PM

So, in America in 2016, violence is the proper response to speech you don't like. Lovely.
120  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Good idea! on: March 12, 2016, 08:14:51 PM

Let's import Somalis. Now's let's spend money fighting "radicalization"!
121  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Donald Trump on: March 12, 2016, 10:04:45 AM
Well Rubio does score well on conservative review.  He would be winning if not for immigration probably.

His pandering to illegals makes him just another selling us out.
122  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / America's fading air supremacy on: March 12, 2016, 09:55:21 AM

Fundamental change.
123  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: China on: March 12, 2016, 09:47:22 AM
Yes we spend hundreds of billions and probably trillions in R & D and they  just "march" in and steal the blueprints for comparatively nothing. 

So Gilder says 'big deal'?

He lost me on that one going back 16 yrs or thereabouts.

It is a big deal, and not enough is being done.
124  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: China on: March 12, 2016, 02:28:07 AM
China is struggling to run as fast as it can, just to stay in place. It's hardly winning. Everyone in China who can, is trying to get the fcuk out.
125  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Time to end the TSA? on: March 11, 2016, 04:33:38 PM

The airlines were in charge of aviation security 9/11/01.

Security firm plans overhaul after failures

By New York Times,
published November 10, 2001

ATLANTA -- Under fire for a lengthy series of lapses at airport checkpoints, Argenbright Security, the nation's largest airport security company, appointed a new chief executive Friday to replace its founder. It also announced an overhaul of its policies to improve training and weed out employees with criminal records.

David Beaton, an executive at Securicor, Argenbright's British owner, was named to replace Frank A. Argenbright Jr., who built the company from a small polygraph operation in Atlanta in 1979. Beaton said Argenbright was retiring as planned and declined to say whether the departure was related to the company's problems.

The company also plans to increase the wages of its 7,000 checkpoint screeners -- in some cases, to more than twice the minimum wage that many of them are now paid -- and will hire a second screener to work at every X-ray machine that examines carryon luggage. All screeners will have their backgrounds rechecked for criminal convictions, Beaton said, and new employees will receive 40 hours of classroom training instead of the 12 required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Argenbright handles security at Airside D at Tampa International Airport.

Friday's moves were clearly an effort to salvage the company's reputation -- and stave off a federal takeover of the industry -- at a time when Argenbright is being attacked almost daily by officials in Washington as the most prominent example of the country's porous aviation security system.

Company officials have acknowledged that supervisors in Philadelphia forged documents to allow people with criminal records to work as checkpoint screeners, and frequently allowed workers to skip the federally required training and tests. Two Argenbright employees were fired in Chicago this week, accused of stealing knives carried by a passenger who was almost able to take them onto a plane. The Sept. 11 hijackers smuggled their box cutters past two company checkpoints.

Attorney General John Ashcroft has accused the company of committing "an astonishing pattern of crimes," and this week Gov. Parris N. Glendening of Maryland criticized Southwest Airlines for hiring Argenbright to check passengers at Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

While not commenting on past problems, Beaton said it was time to bring Argenbright -- which has 40 percent of the nation's airport security business -- up to the higher standards of European airports.

Some of the proposed changes could involve significant costs to the airlines, which pay companies like Argenbright for their security, and inconvenience to passengers. For example, the company plans to hand-search any bag that contains an item opaque to X-rays and will automatically hand-search the luggage of any passenger carrying a suspicious item caught by a metal detector.

Beaton said he knew the policies could increase waiting time at checkpoints but considered them important to achieve the government's zero-tolerance policy for airport threats.
126  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump gets this very, very wrong on: March 11, 2016, 01:20:43 PM

How am I supposed to vote for this fcuktard?
127  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Whole Foods Psuedo Science on: March 11, 2016, 11:24:22 AM

Some of the criticism struck me as curmudgeonly crankiness, but on the whole a fair point is made.

100% organic snake oil.

128  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Baraq hires former Hamas terrorist on: March 11, 2016, 05:52:05 AM
Some rather deranged pictures on this page, but if true, the content is worth noting:

129  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Analysis of IED Readiness in the US on: March 10, 2016, 04:16:05 PM

Strange, I thought the libertarian answer to all criminal activity was to legalize it.
130  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Heroin poppy farming up 40 x since US in Afghanistan on: March 10, 2016, 09:50:21 AM
Money laundering from drug trafficking accounts for 6% of banking as much as oil and gas?

Though bank employees are complicit none ever go to jail, unlike the nickel and dime drug pusher on the corner:

Too big to jail.
131  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / When Bernie Sanders Thought Castro and the Sandinistas Could Teach America a Le on: March 10, 2016, 08:09:04 AM

When Bernie Sanders Thought Castro and the Sandinistas Could Teach America a Lesson

As mayor of Burlington, Sanders praised the regimes of Nicaragua and Cuba—claiming bread lines were a sign of economic health and press censorship was necessary in wartime.
After the ISIS-orchestrated bloodbath in Paris last November, CBS News informed the three Democratic presidential candidates that a forthcoming debate it was hosting would be shifting focus from domestic to foreign policy.
It seemed like an uncontroversial decision. But it was enough to send Bernie Sanders’s campaign into paroxysms of panic. During a conference call with debate organizers, one Sanders surrogate launched into a “heated” and “bizarre” protest, complaining that CBS was trying to “change the terms of the debate…on the day of the debate,” according to a Yahoo News source.
Still, the clamor from Bernie’s camp wasn’t that bizarre. Bernie understands that the frisson Sanderistas audiences experience isn’t activated by conversations about the Iran nuclear deal. No, Sanders disciples are slain in the spirit by repeated-ad-infinitum sermons about billionaires twisting mustaches, adjusting monocles, and jealously guarding their “rigged system.” It was this message that vaulted Sanders from the mayor’s office to Congress and into the Senate. But foreign-policy questions, The New York Times noted, had a habit of pushing him “out of his comfort zone.”

So here we are: The candidate accused of not caring about foreign policy was the same politico who, years ago, was routinely accused of preferring foreign affairs to the tedium of negotiating overtime pay with the local firefighter’s union. Indeed, after he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders turned the town into a fantasy foreign-policy camp. In his 1997 memoir, Outsider in the House, he asked, “how many cities of 40,000 [like Burlington] have a foreign policy? Well, we did.”
What were the policies and ideas that animated his small-town internationalism? In a recent interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Sanders was asked about a comment he made in 1974 calling for the CIA’s abolition. He qualified, hedged, and offered a potted history of CIA meddling in the affairs of sovereign countries, all while arguing half-heartedly that his views had long-since evolved toward pragmatism.
If CNN can ambush Sanders by reaching back to 1974 and his not-entirely-unreasonable criticism of the CIA, perhaps another enterprising television journalist will ask the candidate-of-consistency one of the following questions:
— Do you think that American foreign policy gives people cancer?
— Do you think a state of war—be it against the Vietnamese communists, Nicaraguan anti-communists, or al Qaeda’s Islamists—justifies the curtailment of press freedoms?
— Do you stand by your qualified-but-fulsome praise of the totalitarian regime in Cuba? Do you stand by your unqualified-and-fulsome praise of the totalitarian Sandinista regime in Nicaragua?
— Do you believe that bread lines are a sign of economic health?
— Do you think the Reagan administration was engaged in the funding and commissioning of terrorism?
A weird palette of questions, sure, but when Sanders was mayor of Burlington, he answered “yes” to all of them. Hidden on spools of microfilm, buried in muffled and grainy videos of press conferences and public appearances, Mayor Sanders enumerated detailed—and radical—foreign-policy positions and explained his brand of socialism. (If you find foreign-policy debates tedious, feel free to ask Sanders if he still believes that “the basic truth of politics is primarily class struggle”; that “democracy means public ownership of the major means of production”; or that “both the Democratic and Republican parties represent the ruling class.”)
In the 1980s, any Bernie Sanders event or interview inevitably wended toward a denunciation of Washington’s Central America policy, typically punctuated with a full-throated defense of the dictatorship in Nicaragua. As one sympathetic biographer wrote in 1991, Sanders “probably has done more than any other elected politician in the country to actively support the Sandinistas and their revolution.” Reflecting on a Potemkin tour of revolutionary Nicaragua he took in 1985, Sanders marveled that he was, “believe it or not, the highest ranking American official” to attend a parade celebrating the Sandinista seizure of power.
It’s quite easy to believe, actually, when one wonders what elected American official would knowingly join a group of largely unelected officials of various “fraternal” Soviet dictatorships while, just a few feet away, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega bellows into a microphone that the United States is governed by a criminal band of terrorists.
None of this bothered Sanders, though, because he largely shared Ortega’s worldview. While opposition to Reagan’s policy in Central America—including indefensible decisions like the mining of Managua harbor—was common amongst mainstream Democrats, it was rare to find outright support for the Soviet-funded, Cuban-trained Sandinistas. Indeed, Congress’s vote to cut off administration funding of the anti-Sandinista Contra guerrillas precipitated the Iran-Contra scandal.

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But despite its aversion to elections, brutal suppression of dissent, hideous mistreatment of indigenous Nicaraguans, and rejection of basic democratic norms, Sanders thought Managua’s Marxist-Leninist clique had much to teach Burlington: “Vermont could set an example to the rest of the nation similar to the type of example Nicaragua is setting for the rest of Latin America.”
The lesson Sanders saw in Nicaragua could have been plagiarized from an editorial in Barricada, the oafish Sandinista propaganda organ. “Is [the Sandinistas’] crime that they have built new health clinics, schools, and distributed land to the peasants? Is their crime that they have given equal rights to women? Or that they are moving forward to wipe out illiteracy? No, their crime in Mr. Reagan’s eyes and the eyes of the corporations and billionaires that determine American foreign policy is that they have refused to be a puppet and banana republic to American corporate interests.”
But Sanders was mistaking aspirational Sandinista propaganda for quantifiable Sandinista achievement. None of it was true, but it overlaid nicely on top of his own political views. Sanders’s almost evangelical belief in “the revolution” led him from extreme credulity to occasional fits of extreme paranoia.
For instance, in 1987 Sanders hosted Sandinista politician Nora Astorga in Burlington, a woman notorious for a Mata Hari-like guerilla operation that successfully lured Gen. Reynaldo Perez-Vega, a high-ranking figure in the Somoza dictatorship, to her apartment with promises of sex. Perez-Vega’s body was later recovered wrapped in a Sandinista flag, his throat slit by his kidnappers. When Astorga died in 1988 from cervical cancer, Sanders took the occasion to publicly praise Astorga as “a very, very beautiful woman” and a “very vital and beautiful woman,” positing that American foreign policy might have given her cancer. “I have my own feelings about what causes cancer, and the psychosomatic aspects of cancer,” he said. “One wonders if the war didn’t claim another victim; a person who couldn’t deal with the tremendous grief and suffering in her own country.”
(Sanders often lurched toward conspiracy theory to make banal historical events conform to an ideological narrative. He argued that Ronald Reagan was as Manchurian president created by millionaires who run corporations: “Some millionaires in California said ‘Ron, we want you to work for us. We want you to become governor.’ They sat around a table. A dozen millionaires. They made him governor. And then they made him president. And he did his job effectively for those corporations.”)
The conflict in Nicaragua exacerbated Sanders’s more extreme positions. He asked a group of University of Vermont students to consider how “we deal with Nicaragua, which is in many ways Vietnam, except it’s worse. It’s more gross.” His answer was to raise money and civilian materiel for the revolution, establish a sister city program in Nicaragua, and act as a mouthpiece for the Sandinista government.
The local Vermont journalist corps, with whom Sanders had an extraordinarily contentious relationship, occasionally questioned Sanders on Nicaragua’s increasingly dictatorial drift.
In 1985 Sanders traveled to New York City to meet with Ortega just weeks after Nicaragua imposed a “state of emergency” that resulted in mass arrests of regime critics and the shuttering of opposition newspapers and magazines. While liberal critics of Reagan’s Nicaraguan policy rounded on the Sandinistas (talk-show host Phil Donahue told Ortega that his actions looked “fascist”), Sanders refused to condemn the decision. He was “not an expert in Nicaragua” and “not a Nicaraguan,” he said during a press conference. “Am I aware enough of all the details of what is going on in Nicaragua to say ‘you have reacted too strongly?’ I don’t know…” But of course he did know, later saying that the Sandinistas’ brutal crackdown “makes sense to me.”
What “made sense” to Sanders was the Sandinistas’ war against La Prensa, a daily newspaper whose vigorous opposition to the Somoza dictatorship quickly transformed into vigorous opposition of the dictatorship that replaced it. When challenged on the Sandinistas’ incessant censorship, Sanders had a disturbing stock answer: Nicaragua was at war with counterrevolutionary forces, funded by the United States, and wartime occasionally necessitated undemocratic measures. (The Sandinista state censor Nelba Blandon offered a more succinct answer: “They [La Prensa] accused us of suppressing freedom of expression. This was a lie and we could not let them publish it.”)
To underscore his point, Sanders would usually indulge in counterfactual whataboutism: “If we look at our own history, I would ask American citizens to go back to World War II. Does anyone seriously think that President Roosevelt or the United States government [would have] allowed the American Nazi Party the right to demonstrate, or to get on radio and to say this is the way you should go about killing American citizens?” (It’s perhaps worth pointing out that La Prensa never printed tutorials on how to kill Nicaraguans. And it’s also worth pointing out that in 1991, Sanders complained of the “massive censorship of dissent, criticism, debate” by the United States government during the Gulf War.)
Or how about the Reagan counterfactual: “What would President Reagan do if buildings were being bombed? If hospitals were being bombed? If people in our own country were being killed? Do you think President Reagan would say, ‘of course we want the people who are killing our children to get up on radio and explain to the citizens of the country how they are going to kill more of our people?’”
Or perhaps Abraham Lincoln can convince you: “How many of you remember what happened in the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s feeling about how you have to fight that war? And how much tolerance there was in this country, during that war, for people who were not sympathetic to the Union cause?”
While Freedom House and Amnesty International agitated on behalf of La Prensa, Sanders was making excuses for the government that censored its articles, prevented it from buying newsprint, harassed its staffers, and arrested its journalists. “The point is,” he argued, “in American history the opposition press talking about how you could kill your own people and overthrow your own government was never allowed…Never allowed to exist.”
The Burlington Free Press mocked Sanders for playing the role of internationalista dupe and lampooned him for expressing, after just a brief, government-guided tour of Nicaragua, “such approval of the Sandinistas on the basis of what was at best a cursory inspection,” an instinct that “says more about his naïveté in the foreign policy field than anything else.”
Sanders countered that he was free to quiz real Nicaraguans on their political allegiances, but they “laughed” when he asked which party they backed because “of course they are with the government.” When asked about the food shortages provoked by the Sandinistas’ voodoo economic policy, Sanders claimed that bread lines were a sign of a healthy economy, suggesting an equitable distribution of wealth: “It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food. That is a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death.” When asked about Nicaragua’s notoriously brutal treatment of the Miskito Indians, the Free Press noted that Sanders “attempted to cut off” the line of questioning. (Ted Kennedy called the Sandinistas’ crimes against the indigenous Miskitos “unconscionable,” “intolerable,” and “disturbing,” commenting that they were relocated at gunpoint to “forced-labor camps which resemble concentration camps.”)
Through the Mayor’s Council on the Arts, Sanders tried to bring some revolutionary third-worldism to Vermont when he funded cable-access television that showed “films from Cuba [and] daily television fare from Nicaragua.” At a press conference, Sanders highlighted the grants that allowed the importation of “films produced in Nicaragua, that appear on Nicaraguan [state] television, on Channel 15. We have films from Cuba on Channel 15.”
Ah, yes, let us not forget the democratic socialist Shangri-La in Havana. In 1989 Sanders traveled to Cuba on a trip organized by the Center for Cuban Studies, a pro-Castro group based in New York, hoping to come away with a “balanced” picture of the communist dictatorship. The late, legendary Vermont journalist Peter Freyne sighed that Sanders “came back singing the praises of Fidel Castro.”
“I think there is tremendous ignorance in this country as to what is going on in Cuba,” Sanders told The Burlington Free Press before he left. It’s a country with “deficiencies,” he acknowledged, but one that has made “enormous progress” in “improving the lives of poor people and working people.” When he returned to Burlington, Sanders excitedly reported that Cuba had “solved some very important problems” like hunger and homelessness. “I did not see a hungry child. I did not see any homeless people,” he told the Free Press. “Cuba today not only has free healthcare but very high quality healthcare.”
Sanders had a hunch that Cubans actually appreciated living in a one-party state. “The people we met had an almost religious affection for [Fidel Castro]. The revolution there is far deep and more profound than I understood it to be. It really is a revolution in terms of values.” It was a conclusion he had come to long before visiting the country. Years earlier Sanders said something similar during a press conference: “You know, not to say Fidel Castro and Cuba are perfect—they are certainly not—but just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people does not mean to say the people in these nations feel the same.”
There is, of course, a mechanism to measure the levels of popular content amongst the campesinos. Perhaps it’s too much to expect a democratic socialist to be familiar with the free election, a democratic nicety the Cuban government hasn’t availed itself of during its almost 60 years in power.
But Sanders has long been attracted to socialist countries that eschewed democracy. He recalled “being very excited when Fidel Castro made a revolution in Cuba” in 1959. “It just seemed right and appropriate that poor people were rising up against a lot of ugly rich people.” In an interview with The Progressive, almost 30 years later, Sanders was still expressing admiration for the Cuban dictatorship: “And what about Cuba? It’s not a perfect society, I grant, but there aren’t children there going hungry. It’s been more successful than almost any other developing country in providing health care for its people. And the Cuban revolution is only 30 years old. It may get even better.”
During his tenure as mayor, Burlington established sister-city programs in Nicaragua and the Soviet Union, and tried—and failed—to create one in Cuba.
By the 1980s, certain elements of the radical left were still defending the honor of the Cuban revolution. But few had kind words for the Soviet Union, with most political pilgrims having long since wandered to Cuba, Vietnam, China, and Cambodia. And Sanders too was routinely critical of the Kremlin, criticizing the invasion of Afghanistan and acknowledging the lack of freedom in the Soviet Union, while still managing a bit of socialist fraternity, praising Moscow for constructing the “cleanest, most effective mass transit system I have ever seen in my life…you wait 15 seconds in rush hour between trains.” He was “impressed” by the state-run youth programs “which go far beyond what we do for young people in this country.”
Sanders has long claimed to be a “democratic socialist”—the type of lefty who loves Sweden, but is offended by the totalitarian socialism that dominated during the Cold War—but he has long employed the tepid language of “imperfection” when discussing the criminal failures of undemocratic socialism. Totalitarians with unfriendly politics are correctly met with derision and thundering demands for extradition and prosecution. So Sanders succinctly described the Chilean murderer, torturer, and destroyer of democracy Augusto Pinochet as a “mass murderer, torturer, and destroyer of democracy.” And Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos is rightly tagged as a “crook and murderer.”
Perhaps at this point I don’t need to point out that Fidel Castro is likewise a crook and a murderer. Or that Sandinista strongman Daniel Ortega, while achieving none of the milestones Bernie Sanders once claimed he had achieved, stole enormous amounts of money from the Nicaraguan people and was, to name just one example, behind the infamous bombing at La Penca which killed seven people (including three journalists).
So to my fellow journalists: the next one of you who gets caught in one of Sanders’s riffs about the CIA’s involvement in the overthrow of Iranian leader Mohammed Mossadegh, ask him one of my questions. Ask him how consistent he has been on foreign policy. And help him answer a question posed by a Burlington Free Press journalist in 1985, who wondered if his useful idiot trip to Nicaragua would come back to haunt him in a future race.
“The answer is ‘probably.’ But I’ll be damned if I know how.”
132  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US military drones over US homeland on: March 09, 2016, 06:53:57 PM

Life in the era of hope and change.
133  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Senator Marco Rubio on: March 09, 2016, 06:53:13 PM
Seems the political damage he did to himself with participation in the gang of 8 was just too great to overcome.

Rush was questioning whether his purpose (and Kasich's) in staying in is to foil Cruz.

Torpedoing Cruz will serve to end his future aspirations for higher office.
134  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: March 09, 2016, 10:42:03 AM
So glad to see we are getting pissed on and told that it's raining.
135  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Iranian nukes coming to a neighborhood near you on: March 09, 2016, 07:33:05 AM

It's not a bug, it's a feature.
136  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: March 09, 2016, 07:31:57 AM
IIRC Newsweek was bought for exactly ONE DOLLAR by Dick Harman of Harman Electronics and husband of my Dem congressional opponent in 1992 Jane Harman.

137  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: spouse abuse on: March 08, 2016, 07:54:30 AM
This is not rare.  Indeed, it somewhat common after abuse.  The abuser will, when in view of health personnel, go out of his way to seem like the doting husband.  Not only to fool the health care workers but to be present to intimidate the wife from talking:

All about control. However, the first time a spouse suffers abuse, they are a victim, after that, they are a volunteer.
138  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Average Mohammed on: March 07, 2016, 04:08:06 PM

What is it about Islam that makes it so easy for young Muslims to be radicalized? Why don't we see this with other belief systems?
139  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Why, it's almost as if the Donald isn't being truthful.... on: March 07, 2016, 09:18:21 AM

140  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: CA crime rates up as criminals released-- Coincidence? eye roll on: March 07, 2016, 09:12:53 AM

Obviously not enough gun laws yet.
141  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / I'm sure bigdog would explain that she is a professional journalist on: March 07, 2016, 09:05:08 AM

It's almost like the media acts as a PR arm of the dems. Who knew?
142  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: March 07, 2016, 09:02:58 AM
Just to help out the press, someone should write an AI program that automatically pushes the spin/diversion talking point of the day for the latest Clinton criminal conduct.
143  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: March 06, 2016, 05:39:20 PM
Well, the Spartans did enslave others to support their lifestyles...
144  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Crude joke: on: March 06, 2016, 10:33:06 AM
Warning-- crude joke:

To measure Donald's penis, first you have to get it out of Christie's mouth.

145  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gov. Kasich on: March 06, 2016, 09:39:53 AM
146  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / John Kasich Repeats His Deceptive Obamacare Claims In South Carolina on: March 06, 2016, 09:28:14 AM

John Kasich Repeats His Deceptive Obamacare Claims In South Carolina
FEBRUARY 11, 2016 By Bre Payton
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has taken his pack of lies about his Obamacare record with him to South Carolina, in an attempt to knock his Republican opponents down a few pegs before the upcoming primary.

Today he went after Jeb Bush for bringing up the fact that he has been lying about his record on Obamacare during a campaign stop at a pancake restaurant, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

“Jeb is spending all his time being negative,” Kasich said.

I imagine he said this though clenched teeth while pounding his fists on the table repeatedly, causing a carafe of orange juice to spill onto his campaign manager’s lap, as he often gets visibly angry when attacking his opponents for being too negative.

“He needs to start being more positive,” he said. “I don’t know what he’s thinking. Does he realize the family legacy? Spending all your time being negative? But I don’t have time for that.”

The reason he’s swinging at Jeb! so hard is that the former Florida governor has been telling South Carolinians the truth — that Kasich is a lying liar who lies about his record, especially when it comes to Obamacare.

Kasich has been touting himself as an anti-Obamacare candidate, even releasing an advertisement last week in which he claimed to have opposed the controversial healthcare legislation while he was governor of Ohio. But the truth is much stickier than that. He actually circumvented his legislature in order to expand Medicaid in his state, which is the backbone of Obamacare.

Expanding Medicaid resulted in a huge uptick of Obamacare enrollees, which Ohio taxpayers are now on the hook to pay for. To put it another way, “Kasich’s decision to opt in to Medicaid expansion is responsible for 76 percent of Ohio’s Obamacare enrollment.”

So claiming to have opposed Obamacare is nothing short of a bald-faced lie that Kasich is spinning furiously, while hoping that voters won’t notice.
147  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gov. Kasich-Rino-tastic! on: March 06, 2016, 09:19:38 AM

Breaking: Kasich Confirms He Is the Anti-Anti-Gay Marriage Republican

Maggie GallagherBy Maggie Gallagher on August 17, 2015
Filed Under: Candidate, Commentary, John Kasich, Social Issues, abortion, marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges, religious liberty

If you are my age, you will recall the many liberals and moderates in the 1980s who were not exactly pro-Communist but who were opposed to those who actually oppose Communism: the anti-anti-Communism crowd.

Among the establishment candidates, Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich is emerging clearly as the anti-anti-gay marriage candidate.  On CNN’s State of the Union, Dana Bash asked him whether Rubio’s and Walker’s opposition to abortions in the case of rape and incest would make them “unelectable” against a Democrat who supports abortion with no exceptions.

Kasich decided to gratuitously, for no apparent reason, use his answer to communicate his distaste for doing anything in response to the Supeme Court’s gay marriage ruling: 

Well, I think that it’s an important issue, but I think there’s many other issues that are really critical, early childhood, infant mortality, the environment, education. I think we focus too much on just one issue. And now that the issue of gay marriage is kind of off the table, we’re kind of down to one social issue, you know?

To those who followed his interviews in response to Obergefell (see the ‘F’ we gave him on our report card), Kasich’s desire to move on and do nothing about the Left’s new aggressiveness against supporters of traditional marriage is not exactly news. But his desire to insert it into a conversation about abortion is striking confirmation: he’s giving a dog whistle to the Left on gay rights. They have a passive friend in a Kasich presidency.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.
148  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Kasich: Those on terror watch lists shouldn’t get guns on: March 06, 2016, 09:15:26 AM
Kasich: Those on terror watch lists shouldn’t get guns
By JEREMY HERB 12/06/15 12:24 PM EST
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday that those on terrorist watch lists shouldn’t be able to buy guns, drawing a distinction with some of his presidential rivals and Republicans in Congress.
“Of course, it makes common sense to say that, if you're on a terrorist watch list, you shouldn't be able to go out and get a gun, although you will be able to get it illegally,” Kasich said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
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Kasich did raise concerns that preventing those on watch lists from buying guns could tip them off that they’re under surveillance. And other GOP presidential hopefuls went further, arguing that the terror watch lists were too inaccurate to be used as a tool for stopping Americans from buying firearms.
“A majority of the people on the no-fly list are often times people who just have the same name as everybody else, who don’t belong on the no-fly list,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who joined with Senate Republicans this week to defeat an amendment that would have blocked those on no-fly lists from being able to buy guns.
“These are everyday Americans who have nothing to do with terrorism — they wind up on the no-fly list,” Rubio said. “There’s no due process, or any way to get removed from it in a timely fashion, and now they’re having their Second Amendment rights being impeded upon.”
Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) also raised the problems of watch list inaccuracies, as both he and Rubio noted the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) had said he once was on the no-fly list.
Obama calls San Bernardino attack an 'act of terror,' cautions on ascribing blame
“It’s not an accurate list to be able to use for restricting gun rights from law abiding citizens,” Bush said. “If you’re tracking someone who you believe may be a terrorist, of course they shouldn’t get guns. The FBI has that capability right now.”
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have pressed the gun-control issue in the wake of the lethal shootings in San Bernardino, California. In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said it was “insane” that those on the no-fly list can purchase guns.
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149  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / John Kasich: ‘God Bless’ Illegal Immigrants on: March 06, 2016, 09:07:54 AM

John Kasich: ‘God Bless’ Illegal Immigrants

Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks during the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should readMandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
by JULIA HAHN7 Oct 2015Washington D.C.12,259
Illegal immigrants are “a critical part of our society” and should be provided a route to amnesty, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich tells a coalition of Hispanic company executives.

“For those that are here that have been law abiding, God bless them,” he told the business group, which is a major advocate for expanded immigration.

“Then I think the [illegals] should have a path to legalization… I think that can pass,” Kasich said, using one of the euphemisms for granting legal residency to illegal immigrants.

The Ohio governor also claimed the illegal immigrants are skilled. The illegals “are a critical part of our society from doctors to engineers to lawyers– well, I don’t know if we need more of them [lawyers]– but we’ve got a lot of teachers, whatever,” he said.

Kasich also told the group that one of his top priorities is “expand[ing] the guest workers.”

Currently, the nation annually imports roughly 700,000 short-term guest-workers — plus 1 million legal immigrants, a few hundred thousand additional short-term workers and roughly 350,000 lower-skilled illegal workers — to compete for jobs against the roughly 4.5 million Americans who turn 18 each year.

Kasich’s pro-illegal stance is very unpopular among Republicans and voters, but it is consistent with the views of Democratic progressives and donor-class Republicans who think America should experience a level of foreign migration never before experienced in its history.

After the foreign-born share population reached its last peak during the early part of the 20th century, immigration was reduced for nearly five straight decades to successfully assimilate past arrivals and grow wages. Those immigration curbs were reversed, however, in 1965 because of a Sen. Ted Kennedy-supported immigration law which lifted those immigration caps and opened immigration to predominantly poor and developing countries.

As Breitbart News has previously reported, between 1965 and 2015 immigration added one new resident to the population for every one net birth to the preexisting population– a ratio of one-to-one. But a recent study by Pew projects that between 2015 and 2065, immigration will add seven new people for every one net U.S. birth produced by today’s population– a ratio of seven-to-one.

Today, about nine out of every ten green cards are given to immigrants from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The Republican primary is now split between Republicans who have adopted a pro-American immigration platform and candidates who have adopted a pro-foreign worker platform, with Rubio representing the candidate most aggressively in favor of expanding immigration beyond its current record highs.
150  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gov. Kasich-media groveler on: March 06, 2016, 09:01:18 AM

Thank you sir, may I have another?

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