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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: Today at 09:31:01 AM
I am biased in favor of Israel while this site is the opposite.   Still keeping an open mind I read with interest some of these articles:

http://irmep.org/
2  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Iran on: January 30, 2015, 10:54:16 PM
First question:   Who is "FP"


Second is he or she kidding me:

"If an Iran deal helps forestall development of a nuclear weapon, that has to be seen as a benefit. If it has produced a partner in helping to contain Sunni extremism, that will also be seen as a net good. If it forms the foundation for a new U.S. regional policy that is based on enlightened management of the balance of power between key regional actors to maintain stability and contain threats, that is to the net good. If it finds a way to work with traditional allies from Israel to the Gulf, restore stability and promote progress in Egypt, foster reforms in Turkey, fight support for extremists among some of our so-called allies in the Middle East, and move toward the establishment of a Palestinian state that respects Israel’s right to exist, then that is to the net great. Then the Obama vision will be seen as a breakthrough — and he’ll deserve all the credit he gets.

    Remember, it was during the 2008 campaign that Obama asserted that one of the ways that his foreign policy would be different would be that he would engage with Iran.

Remember, it was during the 2008 campaign that Obama asserted that one of the ways that his foreign policy would be different would be that he would engage with Iran. If he can make that happen through careful, strategic management of U.S. relations in the region and follow through on all the steps required to make this work, it’ll be quite an accomplishment.

But if Iran receives much-needed economic relief and yet still continues to make mischief in the region, if it cheats on a deal, if it further institutionalizes the spread of Iranian influence threatening the Saudis and other important Gulf allies, if Washington’s empowerment of Shiite Iran becomes a recruiting tool for groups like the Islamic State or al Qaeda, if Israel so distrusts U.S. diplomacy that it triggers conflict with Iran, if key U.S. relationships in the Gulf continue to deteriorate, if American disengagement (or desultory, strategically impaired engagement) stimulates rather than contains the rise of new strongholds of terror, then this pivot to Iran is going to seem like a great blunder. And America is going to feel like its 44th president got played.

I will leave it to you, dear reader, to determine which is more likely given the lessons of recent history
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Cuba on: January 29, 2015, 11:50:30 AM
JayZ promised Brock some kickbacks in his plan to do business in Cuba.

The JayZ cigar company.

4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Middle East: War, Peace, and SNAFU, TARFU, and FUBAR on: January 29, 2015, 11:48:24 AM
"He is just such a bald-faced liar"

Isn't that synonymous with the Modern Democrat party?

Thank you Clinton for setting the stage for lying to be so in vogue now we have a real tyrant in the WH who has used propaganda to the max.

Most voters don't care.
5  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Environmental issues on: January 29, 2015, 11:39:20 AM
I guess the question is this manmade?

6  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Education on: January 29, 2015, 11:37:41 AM
Aren't the highest paid university people the football coaches?   Maybe the basketball coaches?

7  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / True but so what? on: January 29, 2015, 11:26:21 AM
"Every great coach --Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, yes, even Belichick-- would kill for a year and a half to prepare a game plan for one opponent on whom the tape in the vault is endless."

OK but we have already witnessed how negatives alone will not and cannot defeat the Clintons.  Remember when Rush gave Bill the ultimate compliment when he said we only get a politician like Bill once every century after he came up roses despite all his BS?

One speech, a few messages that resonate with the right voters is all it takes to erase, wash away, obliterate all the past BS.  It seems many voters (swingers at least) simply do not care about ideology, or "personal" lives, integrity, honesty or lying or just plain wrong policies.  As long as their heart and purse strings are tugged just a tad......

http://conservativereport.org/hillary-clinton-unbeatable-unelectable/

Did anyone else read the Bill Cosby fan who after his show said he didn't care about all the allegations against the comedian because that was his "personal life".

Like I said Bill Clinton is by far one of the wrost President's in history in my view because of the way he dumbed down any sense of integrity, honor, honesty.

So I guess if Hitler was funny than so who should care about his personal life.  Just go see his show and laugh.

How Cosby got away with this for so long is extraordinarily an injustice.  He belongs in jail for the remainder of his life.

There is no way this guy didn't do much of what is claimed against him.

8  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Energy Politics & Science on: January 29, 2015, 11:18:11 AM
Yes I remember from the Gilder days in  the late 90's an article in Scientific American from a scientist who was sure oil reserves where on their way down.

Now we have them drilling miles below the ocean floor, in the arctic, oil sands and of course this:

http://www.economist.com/news/business/21582482-few-businesspeople-have-done-much-change-world-george-mitchell-father
9  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 29, 2015, 11:04:40 AM
"Another nameless administration official recently said Netanyahu “spat in our face” by accepting the congressional invitation without Obama’s approval and so will pay “a price”

This from a President who spits on the face of the majority in Congress when he gives his SOTU address with multiple veto threats and fraudulent claims.

Remember when he spat in the face of the conservative Justices during the last SOTU?

I hope this administration's attempt at getting Netanyahu to lose will backfire in Israel.   No doubt many liberal Jews in America and some in Israel will work with Obama towards this end.

To me the liberal Jews are like Nazi collaborators if they help Obama.

As Mark Levin would say ->  "yes I said it".
10  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: January 29, 2015, 10:06:13 AM
I still doubt most care about political ideology and worse yet more and more think Communism or some form of it is a good thing but:

http://news.yahoo.com/communist-party-usa-chairman-vows-cooperation-democratic-party-141019868.html
11  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: January 29, 2015, 09:13:49 AM
How many times did we abandon the Kurds?
12  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, "discrimination", & discrimination. on: January 28, 2015, 03:14:36 PM
Whoa.
I thought only white men are/were evil.   Everyone else are victims and saints.
13  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 27, 2015, 05:34:07 PM
The biggest enemy of the US is not radical Islam.  It is the liberals.
14  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Anti-semitism & Jews on: January 27, 2015, 11:48:45 AM
Don't know the accuracy of these numbers:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/02/19/entrenched-anti-semitic-views-very-rare-among-whites-and-asian-americans-common-among-blacks-and-latinos/
15  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sharpton and "Left" *arrangement* on: January 27, 2015, 11:40:53 AM
Ok today on Drudge is DeBlasio thanking Sharpton for his "work" on "climate change"

Recently we saw the director of Health and Human Services praising him

Now I get it.   It all comes to full circle in my mind now.  Now I see in general where Sharpton gets his power.

He must be funded from wealthy progressive leftist elite.   The deal is he can have is MSLSD platform to do his racial rants, promote himself and make fortunes in return for preaching all this leftist stuff.

He only needs a few powerful media moguls and agenda driven journilisters to keep him up front and center.  As long he mouths their propaganda he is in the circle of the elites of the Obama army and Democrat machine and mainstream media and even the university types who are the central planners.   the intelligentsia has gone power hungry in our country.

Perhaps this is why in history some have fought these university types - the intelligentsia ( I digress though).
16  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: January 27, 2015, 11:25:41 AM
"Doug's prediction looking better everyday"

Well she is clearly not the BS mouthpiece Bubba is yet I still say never underestimate the depravity of the Clinton machine.
The entire left will rally behind her and be quite happy to fill in for her personal and policy deficits with fanciful story lines galore.


So far no Republican clearly has what it takes at this time (IMHO).   I liked some of Bush's rant on Drudge but his take on illegals which is essentially to pardon 15 or 20 million of them and thus more will come till be have 75 million in the US (California whose population has exploded was reported to be well over 50% Latin - not all illegal of course but a substantial portion yes) does not sit well with me.  I don't care if the illegal is from Israel.  Go back to your country and apply through legal channels.

He has clearly done a mea culpa and seems to think we can win their hearts and minds over while the left stuffs stolen money into their pockets.   Good luck with that.

While I rather agree with Jindal's religious morality ideals I don't think that would be a big seller outside the Christian right.

Sure I like Rubio but I am not sure if he has already peaked.   Not sure.

Paul is out for me.  He is just not appealing.   Too analytical.

Walker I don't know if he has the charisma.

Romney we know has no charisma.

Christi's policies are suspect and I just don't really like him personally.

We will see.

17  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: January 27, 2015, 11:09:48 AM
Still nothing!   Wow! 

 cry
18  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A skewed world on: January 27, 2015, 11:06:46 AM
Over the years, I've heard this before.  I can't get a job, I am too old to do what I do, and I am depressed and anxious and can't sleep.  As a result apply for disability.   Hey everyone else is taking advantage of the "system" so I don't really disagree:

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/1-3-disability-have-mental-disorder-429-dc
19  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / got your back bro... on: January 26, 2015, 07:27:44 PM
Why Netanyahu is right to go around Obama to Congress

By Marc A. Thiessen  January 26 at 9:41 AM

Do they talk this way about Iranian President Hassan Rouhani?

After learning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had accepted an invitation to address a joint session of Congress about the need for new sanctions to stop Iran’s nuclear program, the Obama administration went . . . well, nuclear.

One “senior American official” threatened Netanyahu, telling the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.” Meanwhile a “source close to [Secretary of State John] Kerry” told The Post that the “secretary’s patience is not infinite” and that “playing politics with that relationship could blunt Secretary Kerry’s enthusiasm for being Israel’s primary defender.”

Oh, please. No wonder Netanyahu is going around these people to Congress for support. Is Kerry defending Israel as a favor to Netanyahu, or because it is in the United States’ vital interests to stand with our closest ally in the Middle East? Just the threat of withdrawing that support validates Netanyahu’s suspicion that the Obama administration does not have Israel’s back in its negotiations with Iran.

Using anonymous officials to attack Netanyahu is nothing new. Unnamed officials have called him “chickens---,” “recalcitrant,” “myopic,” “reactionary,” “obtuse,” “blustering,” “pompous,” and “Aspergery” — all to one journalist (Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, who keeps a running list).

President Obama will not meet with Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli prime minister visits the U.S. in March as the invited guest of Republican congressional leaders. 

The Obama team’s outrage is a bit overwrought. Clearly, it is not a breach of protocol for a foreign leader to lobby Congress. After all, Obama himself deployed British Prime Minister David Cameron to lobby lawmakers to oppose new sanctions on Iran. It seems Netanyahu’s crime is not so much a breach of diplomatic protocol, but rather, opposing the administration’s position.

The fact that Netanyahu felt compelled to speak directly to Congress in order to oppose the administration’s position speaks poorly, not of Netanyahu, but of Obama. If the leader of one of our closest allies is so worried about the deal Obama is going to cut with Iran that he is willing to risk a diplomatic rift with the administration to speak out, perhaps the problem is not with Israel, but with the Obama administration. And it is not just Israel that opposes Obama’s deal with Iran; Arab leaders have made clear that they share Israel’s view.

No doubt politics plays a role in Netanyahu’s decision to address Congress. His speech will come just two weeks before the Israeli elections. But is it wrong for a politician to use the foreign stage of an ally to buttress his electoral case back home? If it is, then Barack Obama — who gave a campaign speech in Berlin before 200,000 adoring Germans who could not vote for him — is the wrong man to level that criticism.

Obama claims that new sanctions on Iran “will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails.” If the mere threat of sanctions is enough to derail Iran’s nuclear talks, then whatever deal is in the works is not worth having. It means that Obama is far more desperate for a deal than Tehran is — which is a sure-fire way to guarantee a bad agreement.

Obama wants a nuclear deal with Iran because it would be a major feather in his political cap at a time when his foreign policy is imploding across the world, from Yemen to Syria to Iraq. For Israel, Iran’s nuclear program is not a political challenge; it is an existential one.

Obama can afford a bad deal because, as that anonymous official put it, he has a year and a half left to his presidency. The people of Israel, on the other hand, will have to live with the consequences long after Obama is gone.

Netanyahu understands this — which is why it is good that he is coming to Washington, and why House Republicans deserve credit for inviting him.

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20  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: China on: January 25, 2015, 08:23:29 PM
Are these leaks being done with "inside" help?   Must be:

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/nsa-details-chinese-cyber-theft-of-f-35-military-secrets/
21  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The "rebel yell" on: January 25, 2015, 07:38:48 PM
Geezer version:

https://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0LEV2CbmMVU9gkAC8VXNyoA;_ylc=X1MDMjc2NjY3OQRfcgMyBGZyA3lmcC10LTkwMQRncHJpZANUSTlRSHZIOVFtVzEzemR1Ll9wcmRBBG5fcnNsdAMwBG5fc3VnZwM1BG9yaWdpbgNzZWFyY2gueWFob28uY29tBHBvcwMxBHBxc3RyA29sZGVzdCBjaXZpbCB3YXIgdmV0ZXJhbiAEcHFzdHJsAzI1BHFzdHJsAzI5BHF1ZXJ5A29sZGVzdCBjaXZpbCB3YXIgdmV0ZXJhbiBkaWVzBHRfc3RtcAMxNDIyMjM1OTgw?p=oldest+civil+war+veteran+dies&fr2=sa-gp-search&fr=yfp-t-901&fp=1
22  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 25, 2015, 11:08:38 AM
Remarkable isn't it.  The First Black President's hatred towards Israel and his corresponding continuous coddling of radical Muslims.  Still astounds me that most Jews just don't care.   Still in love with their latest religion which is not Judaism.  I wonder if anyone has does a study of the anti Semitism in the population of American Blacks.   Could it be higher than whites?

He has closer to 2 yrs. left not one and a half.   cry I am counting the months.   

To think that Hillary is already looking to hire his people tells us about her - more of the same but a pretense at being stronger on foreign policy and a massively more  emphasis on girl power.

23  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Clarification on: January 25, 2015, 10:36:49 AM
"the patient to be part of the solution and have a day in their drugs"

Correction:   I meant "have a day in selecting their drugs" with the ones not contracted to between the PBM and the drug companies having a higher co-pay cost to the patient.

What I want to ask is exactly how much of these elevated copays (making patients have skin in the game - which by itself is probably a good thing) actually translates to lower costs to all of us at the bottom line.   How do we know these savings are not mostly kept by these middle men or CVS itself?

And worst of all - whose answers to  these questions - are we to believe?   Good luck.

Please recall that I mentioned that probably 95 % of medicine research is not definitive and of questionable value.   So one can only speculate on the validity of data business people will make pronouncements about.   My ex brother in law who is a dentist once told me the dental literature was even worse than the MDs.   Of less validity.

I am not saying most of it is purposely manipulated.  I don't think that, but just that much is no of significance enough to be valid.   Listen to all the radio shows and online sales "gurus" who tell us about dozens, sometimes hundreds of research studies that purport to show a benefit of some "natural" substance in slowing disease, reversing disease, helping us live longer, feel more energy, sleep like babies, copulate like porno kings, remember everything, and have less pain.  Even the shark tank guys agreed on one show these are ALL cons.   But most if not all of these wild claims come from academic research.   I am coming to the opinion that many of these professors have to be in on these money making schemes in some way.  Either through grants, investments in some of these "businesses", or possibly even kick backs.

It is of supreme importance to think about who is doing the research.

Everyone who post on this board already knows these things  but for the rest,

Don't assume just because it comes from an academic center it doesn't have personal or political interests.    Sad to say.   Look at how environmentalists twist and cherry pick data.
24  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: education on: January 24, 2015, 07:24:47 PM
How can holding down repayments, interests rates, and forgiveness timetables be good for anyone but those particular students who don't make the payments.

Why not hold our education system to the new standards they want to hold the medical system.  Pay for quality performance.  I propose that universities get no tuition paid for those graduates who can't get a decent job.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/a-quiet-revolution-in-helping-lift-the-burden-of-student-debt/ar-AA8xUps
25  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: January 24, 2015, 07:07:33 PM
Some of what Merlo says has validity from my point of view.   Some of it is clearly propaganda.   People can come up with data to say almost anything.

Like this notion about empowering the patient to be part of the solution and have a day in their drugs.   There is nothing new here. This was  done years ago with managed care.

One can turn it around just the opposite and say the insurance companies won't pay for the better more expensive drugs so they push the cost onto the insured.

Pharmacy benefits managers are middle men effectively so they have to justify themselves in every way imaginable.

I also question physician shortages.   By constantly claiming there are he justifies the use of nurses which he can pay less.

Even Emanuel didn't believe there is a shortage.

Of course I am biased so  no one has to take my word for anything.

But listen to the central planners with a open skeptical mind. 
26  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Anti-semitism & Jews on: January 24, 2015, 06:44:35 PM
Perhaps some Non Jews think that if only Israel would go away the world's radical Muslim problem would also go away.  Hey Muslims are just mad at the Jews in their neighborhood.   Otherwise they have no beef with anyone.

Think again.  The Non Jews problems will be worse.
27  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: January 24, 2015, 11:11:20 AM
What makes a poll like this totally meaningless?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-a-tures/did-the-public-like-obamas-speech_b_6523234.html
28  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Energy Politics & Science on: January 24, 2015, 09:42:46 AM
I just reread this new item with the headlines Senate votes 99 to 1 that climate change is real.   I didn't read the small print that it left out language that states it was man made.    LOL.   The Repubs pulled a fast one.   Yet the MSM does not report it.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/senate-climate-change-vote-114463.html
29  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam, theocratic politics, & political freedom on: January 24, 2015, 09:30:49 AM
One could only imagine the left's reaction to this:

****Geller argued “there is no reliable way to tell a jihadist or jihadi sympathizer from a ‘moderate.’”

She called on Muslim groups in the U.S. “to renounce the aspects of Islam that contradict constitutional freedoms, or face sedition charges if they try to advance those elements.”****

Remember when it was required to pledge allegiance to the flag?

Didn't Obama just blame the EUROPEANS for not assimilating Muslims more? 

30  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues on: January 24, 2015, 09:21:28 AM
"The way for Republicans to outflank Mr. Obama on immigration is to send him a series of bills that do fix the problems, that are done on their own pro-growth terms, and that supersede his executive orders. Dare him to say no, and blame him for obstruction if he does. "

I wish he would have elaborated more.   

31  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Drudge say it ain't so. on: January 22, 2015, 11:47:57 AM
The fact he is Jewish is not lost on me.   I thought to myself he 'had' to be Jewish which of course adds to the stereotype of corrupt Jewish shyster.   Then on Drudge the first line is "Jewish powerbroker".

If this guy were black would we here "Black"?

If he were Muslim would we here that?

If he were anything else would that have been pointed out?

No
32  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / NY State corruption on: January 22, 2015, 11:11:57 AM
Bharara continues to be my hero.   This part is especially important:

"The arrest comes just a day after Silver shared the stage with Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara took over the files of New York's Moreland anti-corruption commission after Cuomo closed it in April."

******NY Assembly Speaker Arrested, Suspected of Graft
by Wochit 1:07 mins

An FBI spokesman says New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful politicians in the state, has been arrested. The spokesman, Peter Donald, says Silver was taken into custody around 8 a.m. Thursday. Donald declined to discuss the charges Silver is facing. The U.S. attorney’s office is expected to discuss the case later Thursday, and Silver is expected in court. The arrest comes just a day after Silver shared the stage with Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara took over the files of New York's Moreland anti-corruption commission after Cuomo closed it in April. He said in October that investigations into Albany's pay-to-play politics are continuing. The commission and Bharara were looking into lawmakers’ earnings outside their state salaries. Silver’s outside income has long been a subject of discussion and controversy. Last year, he reported making up to $750,000 for legal work, mostly with the trial firm of Weitz & Luxenberg.

*****
33  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tax Policy on: January 22, 2015, 10:55:07 AM
Watch what Obama and his troops do - and not what he or they say. 
34  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 22, 2015, 10:53:22 AM
Well the left is criticizing Netanyahu for being political so I would not rule out the same for Mossad.   I cannot trust anyone's motives completely anymore.  Not saying theirs are not with the best of intentions.  But I leave all doors open.   
35  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / second post on: January 22, 2015, 10:50:55 AM
Michael Douglas head and neck cancer he claims was caused by HPV.  I didn't believe it since he is a long time smoker.  I was not aware of the latest data suggesting these cancers (Jamie Diamond) are from HPV.  This article suggests it is the # 16 strain.  The HPV vaccine recommended to all females now males age 9 to 26 should be protective:

http://oralcancerfoundation.org/hpv/

I cannot imagine why anyone would not want the vaccine for their children.
36  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Scientific American: meditation on: January 22, 2015, 10:42:37 AM
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/like-valium-and-oxycontin-without-the-side-effects-video/
37  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mossad opposes Bibi on sanctions on: January 22, 2015, 10:10:49 AM
I wonder if Soros sent money to Mossad people:

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-01-22/netanyahu-mossad-split-divides-u-s-congress-on-iran-sanctions
38  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: January 22, 2015, 10:01:28 AM
Morris is wrong, again.   The Clinton machine will come roaring out of the gates.  I am not saying she will win the in '16 since that is a long time from now and who knows what will happen.  Just that they know what Morris knows and of course they will be ready. 

My guess is she will avoid comparisons to Brockster and his policies and focus on her own version of radicalism.   
39  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: January 22, 2015, 09:47:14 AM
Of course the leftist Atlantic will distort this to a gay bashing issue and compare it to efforts by Slave states 150 years ago.  I wanted to email this to Mark Levin who would tear this argument to shreds in minutes but I don't see a link on his website.  I neither get on FB or twitter:

Nullification, Now Coming to the Supreme Court?The Atlantic By David A. Graham

Nullification, Now Coming to the Supreme Court?When the Tea Party wave arrived in 2010, it swept away much of the Republican Party's existing structure, and instituted a more populist approach. But as waves tend to do, it left some even older debris in its wake. "Nullification," the theory that states can invalidate federal laws that they deem unconstitutional, had its heyday in the slavery debate that preceded the Civil War, but it has found new currency since 2010.

Supreme Court Will Decide Gay Marriage This Term CBS Dallas Fort Worth (RSS) Supreme Court sets stage for historic gay rights ruling Associated Press Supreme Court to consider same-sex marriage CBS News US Supreme Court turns away an appeal of same-sex marriage ban AFP Idaho gay marriage fight appealed to Supreme Court Associated Press The theory has never been validated by a federal court, yet some Republican officeholders have suggested states can nullify laws, including Senator Joni Ernst, who gave the GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union. Missouri legislators passed a bill that would have nullified all federal gun laws and prohibited their enforcement. My colleague James Fallows has described efforts by Republicans in Congress to block duly passed laws—refusing to confirm any director of an agency established by an act of Congress, for example—as a new form of nullification.

Now Mike Huckabee seems to be opening up a new front. The Supreme Court last week agreed to hear a case on whether same-sex-marriage bans are unconstitutional. There's no such thing as a sure bet with the Court, but many watchers on both sides of the issue believe the justices will strike down the bans. Some conservatives seem resigned to the fact that the fight is lost; not Huckabee. Here's what he told radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday:

One thing I am angry about, though, Hugh, is this notion of judicial supremacy, where if the courts make a decision, I hear governors and even some aspirants to the presidency say well, that’s settled, and it’s the law of the land. No, it isn’t the law of the land. Constitutionally, the courts cannot make a law. They can interpret one. And then the legislature has to create enabling legislation, and the executive has to sign it, and has to enforce it.

Hewitt seemed a little taken aback: Was Huckabee counseling that county clerks simply ignore Supreme Court rulings and refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?

Well, the point is states would be in a position that their legislatures would have to go into session. They would have to create legislation that the governor would sign. If they don’t, then there is not same sex marriage in that state. Now if the federal courts say well, you’re going to have to do it, well, then you have a confrontation. At that point, somebody has to decide is the Court right? If it is, then the legislation will be passed. It’s not unlike we’ve seen other legislation.

That's not an entirely novel idea, as Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, should know. In 1957, the state believed it could block the Little Rock School Board from adhering to the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.* President Eisenhower disagreed, and dispatched troops to show Governor Orval Faubus how wrong he was. Faubus is not an historical model most contemporary politicians would be willing to follow.

Huckabee's legal analysis seems off, too. What happens when a court rules against such a marriage law is that a specific provision—a clause that defines marriage as involving one man and one woman, for instance—is defined as unconstitutional. That doesn't invalidate the entirety of a state's marriage laws, so the rest stand and there's no need for the legislature or governor to act. By analogy, Loving v. Virginia didn't invalidate all of the Commonwealth of Virginia's marriage laws; it just meant interracial unions were no longer prohibited. Presumably, a state could avoid having to sanction gay marriages by simply eliminating civil marriage altogether. That's been suggested in Oklahoma, for example, but no state has actually done so. (Thanks to my colleague Garrett Epps for discussing these questions with me.)

Loving v. Virginia didn't invalidate all of the Commonwealth of Virginia's marriage laws; it just meant interracial unions were no longer prohibited.
What unites all of these threads—nullifying Supreme Court rulings, Congress self-nullifying, and Nullification Classic, at the state level—is a remarkable backlash against the federal government, not on specific issues but per se: as a unified body with national governing authority. As Americans become more geographically sorted along ideological lines, states seem to be drifting apart in many ways. More states have single-party control than any time in recent memory, and that means increasingly divergent state laws. Red states pass more stringent abortion regulations, blue states pass more stringent gun controls, greener states pass less stringent marijuana laws. That makes (at least a bare majority of) the people in those states happy.

The idea that state governments or for that matter the Congress can go their own way by ignoring duly passed laws and duly decided Court rulings seems like a less salubrious development. In fact, it's one of those slippery slopes so feared by gay-marriage opponents. Huckabee wants conservative states that oppose gay marriage to be able to keep opposing it, but he isn't suggesting dissolving the federal government wholesale. He still wants states to generally be bound by national laws.

But if some states can pick and choose laws, others will surely do the same—and in such a polarized national landscape, they'll start picking and choosing increasingly contradictory options. Liberals states will start refusing to enforce laws they don't like. (This happened with the Fugitive Slave Act, in fact; Wisconsin ruled the law unconstitutional; southerners who otherwise championed states' rights objected; and the Supreme Court overruled it.) It's a ticket to dissolving the union, all in the name of preventing same-sex unions.
40  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Clinton machine is going to overwhelm media with a blitzkreig on: January 22, 2015, 09:29:23 AM
I wouldn't necessarily believe a Wash Post ABC poll since the people running are most likely connected to the Clinton machine complex but she will come out of the gate with a huge lead and she will be shoved through like no tomorrow.   Her focus on the middle class is interesting as is the Republicans new finding that this is the golden key to power.

I've posted for years that no one was really addressing this especially the right.  Well now they are.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/01/in_2016_face-off_clinton_handily_defeats_christie.html?from_TBM_site=Lead
41  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: January 22, 2015, 09:18:38 AM
This guy brings lying as a President to a new level.

Clinton fudged all the time using legal like twistings of words and when he would shift positions (such as on welfare) he had not.  Or like the era of "big government is over" which it certainly wasn't.    Yet this guy is really a soft tyrant. 

It is astounding.  But half the country either is with him or doesn't care as long as they get the goodies.

Or get even with the white man.
42  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Muslim "bashing" on: January 21, 2015, 07:04:37 PM
Just fear mongering, bigotry, and rallying the base. rolleyes

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/21/for-republicans-muslims-will-be-the-gays-of-2016.html
43  DBMA Espanol / Espanol Discussion / Re: Argentina on: January 21, 2015, 06:13:25 PM
Political murder apparently continues down under.

44  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Republican response to SOTU on: January 20, 2015, 09:40:37 PM
I thought this would be better under the thread way forward for the Repubs but could not post as thread not used in long time:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_STATE_OF_UNION_GOP_RESPONSE_TEXT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-01-20-22-28-22
45  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama's ilk on: January 20, 2015, 08:15:35 AM
It's all about the world now.   I didn't see any mention of "coutry".  Just the temporary nod to reality by using the term "governments" as liberals like this Columbia University Professor push for one world government:
 
Jeffrey D. Sachs   

DEC 9, 2014 7
The Year of Sustainable Development

NEW YORK – The year 2015 will be our generation’s greatest opportunity to move the world toward sustainable development. Three high-level negotiations between July and December can reshape the global development agenda, and give an important push to vital changes in the workings of the global economy. With United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to action in his report “The Road to Dignity,” the Year of Sustainable Development has begun.

In July 2015, world leaders will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to chart reforms of the global financial system. In September 2015, they will meet again to approve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide national and global policies to 2030. And in December 2015, leaders will assemble in Paris to adopt a global agreement to head off the growing dangers of human-induced climate change.

The fundamental goal of these summits is to put the world on a course toward sustainable development, or inclusive and sustainable growth. This means growth that raises average living standards; benefits society across the income distribution, rather than just the rich; and protects, rather than wrecks, the natural environment.

The world economy is reasonably good at achieving economic growth, but it fails to ensure that prosperity is equitably shared and environmentally sustainable. The reason is simple: The world’s largest companies relentlessly – and rather successfully – pursue their own profits, all too often at the expense of economic fairness and the environment.

Profit maximization does not guarantee a reasonable distribution of income or a safe planet. On the contrary, the global economy is leaving vast numbers of people behind, including in the richest countries, while planet Earth itself is under unprecedented threat, owing to human-caused climate change, pollution, water depletion, and the extinction of countless species.

The SDGs are premised on the need for rapid far-reaching change. As John F. Kennedy put it a half-century ago: “By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help all people to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.” This is, in essence, Ban’s message to the UN member states: Let us define the SDGs clearly, and thereby inspire citizens, businesses, governments, scientists, and civil society around the world to move toward them.

The main objectives of the SDGs have already been agreed. A committee of the UN General Assembly identified 17 target areas, including the eradication of extreme poverty, ensuring education and health for all, and fighting human-induced climate change. The General Assembly as a whole has spoken in favor of these priorities. The key remaining step is to turn them into a workable set of goals. When the SDGs were first proposed in 2012, the UN’s member said that they “should be action-oriented,” “easy to communicate,” and “limited in number,” with many governments favoring a total of perhaps 10-12 goals encompassing the 17 priority areas.

Achieving the SDGs will require deep reform of the global financial system, the key purpose of July’s Conference on Financing for Development. Resources need to be channeled away from armed conflict, tax loopholes for the rich, and wasteful outlays on new oil, gas, and coal development toward priorities such as health, education, and low-carbon energy, as well as stronger efforts to combat corruption and capital flight.

The July summit will seek to elicit from the world’s governments a commitment to allocate more funds to social needs. It will also identify better ways to ensure that development aid reaches the poor, taking lessons from successful programs such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. One such innovation should be a new Global Fund for Education, to ensure that children everywhere can afford to attend school at least through the secondary level. We also need better ways to channel private money toward sustainable infrastructure, such as wind and solar power.

These goals are within reach. Indeed, they are the only way for us to stop wasting trillions of dollars on financial bubbles, useless wars, and environmentally destructive forms of energy.

Success in July and September will give momentum to the decisive climate-change negotiations in Paris next December. Debate over human-induced global warming has been seemingly endless. In the 22 years since the world signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change at the Rio Earth Summit, there has been far too little progress toward real action. As a result, 2014 is now likely to be the warmest year in recorded history, a year that has also brought devastating droughts, floods, high-impact storms, and heat waves.

Back in 2009 and 2010, the world’s governments agreed to keep the rise in global temperature to below 2° Celsius relative to the pre-industrial era. Yet warming is currently on course to reach 4-6 degrees by the end of the century – high enough to devastate global food production and dramatically increase the frequency of extreme weather events.

To stay below the two-degree limit, the world’s governments must embrace a core concept: “deep decarbonization” of the world’s energy system. That means a decisive shift from carbon-emitting energy sources like coal, oil, and gas, toward wind, solar, nuclear, and hydroelectric power, as well as the adoption of carbon capture and storage technologies when fossil fuels continue to be used. Dirty high-carbon energy must give way to clean low- and zero-carbon energy, and all energy must be used much more efficiently.

A successful climate agreement next December should reaffirm the two-degree cap on warming; include national “decarbonization” commitments up to 2030 and deep-decarbonization “pathways” (or plans) up to 2050; launch a massive global effort by both governments and businesses to improve the operating performance of low-carbon energy technologies; and provide large-scale and reliable financial help to poorer countries as they face climate challenges. The United States, China, the European Union’s members, and other countries are already signaling their intention to move in the right direction.

The SDGs can create a path toward economic development that is technologically advanced, socially fair, and environmentally sustainable. Agreements at next year’s three summits will not guarantee the success of sustainable development, but they can certainly orient the global economy in the right direction. The chance will not come along again in our generation.

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46  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Even HSS? on: January 20, 2015, 07:58:01 AM

"I've know him for years!"

http://michellemalkin.com/?p=162894

At this rate we will have a
federal holiday (government employees get the day off) for him.
47  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Police Radar sees through walls on: January 19, 2015, 07:56:54 PM
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/19/police-radar-see-through-walls/22007615/
48  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: January 19, 2015, 04:52:22 PM
I am not sure I believe this poll which just happens to come out the day before the SOTU.  If true it is amazing what lower gas prices can do:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-rising-economy-boosts-obamas-standing-on-eve-of-the-state-of-the-union/2015/01/18/e66a2f18-9f28-11e4-9f89-561284a573f8_story.html
49  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Tax Policy on: January 19, 2015, 09:01:40 AM
Good post Crafty.   As always everything pitched as free by the Democrat machine is never free except for a minority of their voters.

Lets hope for the first time in recorded history the Republican response to the state of the union will be able to convincingly make this case.

50  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Univision on: January 18, 2015, 08:46:06 PM

Univision, Biggest Spanish-Language Network, Shut Out Of Republican 2016 Debates
Posted:  01/17/2015 3:56 pm EST    Updated:  01/17/2015 3:59 pm EST   
 
JORGE RAMOS
NEW YORK -- The Republican National Committee announced Friday which networks landed 2016 presidential debates -- and Univision, the most-watched Spanish-language network, didn't make the cut.

How Republicans engage with Univision this election cycle is being closely watched given that the network reaches 96 percent of Hispanic households, a key demographic for either party hoping to win the White House. On Wednesday, BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo described Univision, which has aggressively covered immigration reform, as “one of the Republican Party’s biggest, most complex, most painful challenges.”

In a statement to The Huffington Post, Univision spokesman Jose Zamora didn't specifically address the Republican Party's decision, but spoke broadly of the need for both parties to engage the network's large audience.

"There is a very simple political reality -- Hispanics will decide the 2016 presidential election," Zamora said. "No one can match Univision’s reach and ability to inform, provide access and empower Hispanic America. Anyone who wants to reach and engage Hispanics will have to do it through Univision. The Hispanic community deserves to hear the policies and views of all political parties and Univision is committed to providing access to all points of view. We have an open invitation to all political parties to address our community on issues of importance and relevance. Candidates should not miss the opportunity to inform and engage with the fastest growing segment of the electorate."

Jorge Ramos, the top anchor on Univision and Fusion, an English-language network launched through a partnership with ABC, said in a statement that both Republicans and Democrats "have to make sure that their debates don’t look like the 2015 Oscar nominations,” a reference to the lack of diversity among Academy Award nominees.

“The new rule in American politics is that no one can make it to the White House without the Hispanic vote,” Ramos continued. “So we still expect all candidates from both parties to talk to us on Univision and Fusion. I believe that Latinos and Millennials will decide the 2016 presidential election. The sooner Republicans and Democrats realize this, the better their chances to win the White House. It’s always a strategic mistake not to include in your plans the fastest growing segments of the electorate.”

NBC and Telemundo (the second-biggest Spanish-language network, owned by NBCUniversal) will partner on a Republican debate in Florida in February. The other networks selected were Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, ABC and CBS.

An RNC spokesman declined to comment on the decision.

But clearly some in the party don't feel the network has treated them well. RNC chairman Reince Preibus told BuzzFeed earlier this week “it’s highly questionable whether we’re treated fairly on Univision.”

Still, Preibus and others do engage with Ramos, an immigration reform advocate. The two sparred earlier this week over the Republican Party’s position on the issue. And Priebus will also appear Sunday on Univison’s “Al Punto,” a public affairs show hosted by Ramos.

While immigration may be the biggest hurdle for Republicans in engaging with Univision this cycle, there also appear to be concerns about the network given that part-owner Haim Saban is a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter.

Univision wasn't the only network shut out of the Republicans debate schedule, with liberal cable network MSNBC and Bloomberg TV also not getting selected. The difference, however, is that Republicans aren't looking to reach MSNBC's viewership, and the two business networks selected, CNBC and Fox Business, reach larger audiences than Bloomberg.
   

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