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3101  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 2nd post on pelosi on: February 14, 2015, 09:51:15 AM
One web site claims she is worth 100 million but I am not sure it's reliability.   I have a feeling she is worth a lot more than 35 million.   With her husbands companies etc..  I am not clear how much of this wealth was made during her tenure in office or as speaker.   Her father and brother were mayors of Baltimore and father also a Congressman:

http://forbesnetworth.com/2014/02/20/nancy-pelosi-net-worth/
3102  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / pelosi on: February 14, 2015, 09:42:38 AM
Publically she sounds so flippant and irrationally partisan I wonder how she can produce Democrats who vote in lock step "90%" of the time no matter what.

Some how she must have tremendous skills behind the scenes and certainly no ethics or morals when it comes to shoving the liberal agenda down everyone's throat:

htttp://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704534904575132032344361588
3103  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Gov. Scott Walker on: February 14, 2015, 08:53:50 AM
Doesn't help.   I wonder how this happened.   Did he purposely play loose with the facts or was he misled?

The teachers unions will go wild with this.

But when you compare to Democrat distortions it is beans.
3104  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Corruption (and Treason) on: February 12, 2015, 11:10:40 AM
"There also is the matter of her school buddies scoring a HUGE Obamacare website contract (I want to say well over $100M  shocked shocked shocked ) on the website that never worked."

No biggie.   evil rolleyes angry

Pelosi's husbands company(s) reportedly received one billion in contracts.    angry
3105  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Bureaucracy and Regulations in action: The Fourth Branch of the US Govt. on: February 12, 2015, 11:00:00 AM
Doug writes,

"The rise of the giant bureaucracy is a war against entrepreneurialism and small business, right while the "market" index of entrenched companies keeps showing big gains"

Yes!  And a giant expansion of the middle man growing exponentially to help with navigation and squeeze out savings.  But who shares the savings?  It ain't us.  It is the Wall Street businesses.   

Take for example the Pharmacy Benefits Managers such as Caremark.  To help keep down drug costs.  Sounds good but what was their market cap when they were finally swallowed up but the bigger player - CVS?

I could be wrong but I would like a real objective cost benefit analysis (actuaries?) to explain to us (Joe the plumber public) who is actually seeing the big benefits.
3106  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Iran on: February 12, 2015, 10:51:50 AM
Thanks for some clarification Crafty.   I am not yet hearing on the right radio programs or on Fox this theory about Obama's push to make/allow Iran the regional power broker in the Middle East.  But this theory to me fills in the pieces of the puzzle of what Obama is doing in the Middle East quite nicely.  

I don't have time now but will see if I can find Baker et al panel's consensus and post.

The front runner for winning big on the "war" with Isis is most likely Iran.   Isis will be defeated.  If not with the President then with the next.  Who is ready to fill the void?

First contender:

Iran commander Suleimani says IS 'nearing end'AFP 1 hour ago

 . Tehran (AFP) - An influential Iranian general who has reportedly been near the front line against the Islamic State group was quoted Thursday saying the jihadists are "nearing the end of their lives".

No end to Middle East strife without Iran: Rouhani AFP Rights group blasts IS for atrocities Associated Press The Enemy of My Enemy: Islamic State and the Internationalization of the Syrian and Iraqi Civil Wars Part 3 Huffington Post AP Interview: Iraq 'sleeper cells' fight Islamic State group Associated Press Iraq forces 'liberate' Diyala province from IS AFP General Qassem Suleimani, the once rarely seen commander of the powerful Quds Force, has become the public face of Iran's support for the Iraqi and Syrian governments against jihadists.

He has frequently been pictured on social media in Iraq with pro-government forces, including Kurdish fighters and Shiite militia units in battle areas.

"Considering the heavy defeats suffered by Daesh and other terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, we are certain these groups are nearing the end of their lives," Suleimani was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

His extremely rare published remarks came in a speech made Wednesday in his home province Kerman to mark the 36th anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution.

Suleimani also said Tehran's regional influence was growing.

"The arrogants and Zionists have admitted, more than before, to their own weakness and to the Islamic republic's power, following their successive defeats," he said.

Iranian officials often use the term "arrogants" to refer to the United States and other Western powers, while Zionists is used in Tehran to refer to Israel without acknowledging its existence as a state.

IS has seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq, declaring an Islamic "caliphate" and committing widespread atrocities.

Suleimani reportedly landed in Baghdad hours after IS overran Mosul in June and led the anti-jihadist counter-attack at the head of Iran's deep military involvement in Iraq.

The Quds Force -- the foreign wing of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards -- conducts sensitive security functions abroad, including intelligence, special operations and political action deemed necessary to protect the Islamic republic.***********


PS:  and they will get nuclear weapons thanks to Obama.  My oft repeated quote from Bolten:  "if you think Iran is a problem now just imagine what they will be like with nuclear weapons."


3107  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / We cannot even get the truth from our health care leaders. on: February 12, 2015, 10:37:07 AM
Regarding PCs post another issue is the misinformation from out health care leaders at the CDC, DHHS etc who purposely ignore the fact that these diseases are brought to the US from people from other countries, by focusing on the small minority here who have not gotten their vaccinations.

Political/and personal financial agendas are rampant in health care.
3108  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Squeezing savings out of dying on: February 12, 2015, 10:32:49 AM
There will be a crush of middle players finding ways to ring money out of this.   Will this save us money?  Short answer:  no.   While I am not totally against this as IMHO there is some reasonable aspects to this, I won't like how it will be "sold" to the public.  It will be sold as "all in the  interests of patient  care".  The real driver is costs. 

****IMPROVING PATIENT CARE
 
Engaging Public Health in End-of-Life Issues: It Is Time to Step Up to the Plate
 
Jaya K. Rao, MD, MHS, Deputy Editor

The Doctor: For Life and at the End of Life

Ann Intern Med.  2015;162(3):230-231. doi:10.7326/M14-2479

This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 9 December 2014.

 

In September 2014, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its fifth full report on end-of-life issues, “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life” (1). Acknowledging the substantial progress made since its first report on these issues was published in 1997 (2), this report identifies recommendations within 5 domains. It is particularly encouraging to see the following recommendation for public education and engagement in the report: “Civic leaders, public health and other governmental agencies ... should engage their constituents and provide fact based information about care of people with advanced serious illness to encourage advance care planning and informed choice based on the needs and values of individuals.” Because I was one of the first authors to articulate a role for public health with respect to end-of-life issues (3) while I was working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is noteworthy that this is the first IOM report to explicitly mention that public health has a role in this arena. By describing the work on end-of-life issues done by the public health community during the past decade, I hope that policymakers, members of the IOM Committee, and health professionals can use and build on these efforts.

Although end-of-life issues have long been considered a societal problem that needs to be improved, the field of public health has only begun to embrace end-of-life as a health concern. Because public health's primary focus is to prevent illness and premature death due to chronic disease and other health threats, public health professionals' reluctance to acknowledge death or its circumstances may be understandable. However—whether we wish to admit it or not—prevention has its limits, and everyone will die eventually. Some public health professionals may also believe that end-of-life issues are a health system problem rather than a priority to be addressed through population health efforts. Public health priorities tend to have at least one of the following characteristics: a large population burden, a major effect in terms of health and other consequences, and the potential for prevention.
 
In 2002, a literature review that I coauthored (3) clearly showed that end-of-life issues met the criteria of a public health priority. This review was designed as a primer to document the relevance and importance of these issues to the public health community. Given that public health is a key partner of the health care system for many health issues, we proposed that public health could disseminate culturally appropriate materials about advance care planning to the public, thus reaching persons before they were faced with making end-of-life decisions. In addition, we made a case for considering advance care planning as a critical part of chronic disease management programs.
 
Working closely with the CDC, chronic disease partners in state health departments identified priority end-of-life actions for public health (4). More than 200 public health stakeholders were engaged in this effort and made 103 recommendations for end-of-life activities across a range of topics (for example, public education, professional education, and research and evaluation). Of note, 3 of the 5 initial priorities identified as public health end-of-life actions are consistent with the spirit of the IOM's recommendation to educate and engage the public: to educate the public about hospice and palliative care and the importance of having an advance directive or health care proxy and to collect, analyze, and share data about the end of life through state surveys.

One of these actions has resulted in the development of online information on advance care planning for the public and public health and aging services professionals. For example, the CDC's Healthy Aging Web site (www.cdc.gov/aging/advancecareplanning/index.htm) presents materials for the public on advance care planning, including links to decision aids, state-specific advance directive forms, legal guides, and other end-of-life resources (such as hospice and palliative care organizations and information for caregivers). An online modular training course on advance care planning also was developed for public health and aging services professionals. Since then, more than 1000 health professionals have completed the course (Anderson L. Personal communication.), which is available for free and offers continuing education credits (www.cdc.gov/aging/advancecareplanning/care-planning-course.htm).

In addition to providing educational materials to the public, the 2014 IOM report suggests that government agencies undertake and share behavioral research aimed at assessing public perceptions and actions with respect to end-of-life care. Although national polls in the United States have provided periodic insights into public perspectives on end-of-life issues, ongoing population-based national surveys currently do not include questions about the end of life (5). Recently, end-of-life surveillance items were administered to a nationally representative sample of U.S. consumers to assess factors associated with completion of advance directives. This survey found that 26.3% of respondents had an advance directive and nearly 70.0% had concerns about end-of-life care, such as the costs of care, the pain that they might have, or their comfort and dignity during this period (6). Black or Hispanic persons or those who lack the knowledge to have concerns about the end of life were less likely to have advance directives; these groups may represent potential targets for intervention.

Although a PubMed search for “public health” and “end of life” still yields few articles addressing a population approach to end-of-life issues (most of which are presented here), the broader public health community has recently begun to acknowledge this issue. Several states (5, 7) and communities included palliative care questions as state-added items to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Other authors have declared end of life as a public health crisis (Cool and the dying as a vulnerable population that should be a concern of public health (9). More recently, the American Public Health Association adopted a policy statement in 2013 on the role of public health in addressing unmet needs in serious illness and at the end of life (10). Such steps represent incremental progress.
 
In making its recommendations, the IOM appropriately considered the end of life as an issue that requires the involvement of sectors beyond the health care system. Hopefully, public health will heed the IOM's call for action and continue to build on the recommendations of the IOM and key public health stakeholders with respect to end-of-life issues. And, when the IOM writes its next end-of-life report, perhaps public health can influence the next set of recommendations.
3109  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 2nd post on: February 12, 2015, 09:28:07 AM
Another political move and nothing more.   He has never wanted Congress approval before.  Even gives a SOTU address in front of them insulting them with veto threats repeatedly.  Now he asks for their cover to look strong on terrorism.  And yet 45% will vote for him again and again and again if he could run for another election:

http://nypost.com/2015/02/11/obamas-resolution/
3110  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of His Glibness on: February 12, 2015, 09:18:51 AM
When something is just cynical politics it doesn't have the same meaning:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/public-safety-heroes-medal-valor-white-house-article-1.2112253
3111  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Corruption (and Treason) on: February 12, 2015, 08:59:04 AM
Wasn't she on multiple boards?   I am not aware of her having any special expertise or management or business experience.

3112  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Bureaucracy and Regulations in action: The Fourth Branch of the US Govt. on: February 12, 2015, 08:55:08 AM
"“More intense regulatory and technology requirements have raised the barriers to entry higher than at any other time in modern history,” said Mr. Blankfein. “This is an expensive business to be in, if you don’t have the market share in scale. Consider the numerous business exits that have been announced by our peers as they reassessed their competitive positioning and relative returns.”

The same thing is happening in health care.  Regulations and profound complex technology requirements have done the same thing in health care.
The biggest thrive and everyone else struggles or goes out of business.   The winners are the biggest who can pay reams of people to navigate the mazes that are laid down all over the streets and sidewalks.

Hence big pharmacies, big hospital chains, and the biggest insurers are thriving and taking over the entire health care world.

Any of us seen any savings yet?
3113  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: February 11, 2015, 09:54:57 AM
Good find PC.  Yet true to form Obama blames Americans for it.  Some refused vaccines so it is THEIR fault.

3114  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: February 10, 2015, 07:20:33 PM
" I should have have held out for big odds and dollar menu payoffs on our bet!"

Well, if she wins I won't have an appetite for more than bread and water mixed with lots of Maalox and Compazine.

3115  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: February 10, 2015, 11:04:13 AM
Doug,

Before we get jubilant over the Crats who are "tired" of Clinton remember it is because she is not publicly liberal enough!  When the time comes for the Hill to go up against the Repubs they will all rally 'round her.

These people are not suddenly becoming Tea Party or Republicans or Independents.  They are hard core Crats. 

Hillary will almost surely be their candidate.  (I am not sure I want anyone else than her because anyone else will only be worse.)

Far more likely her than Bush is ours (GOD forbid!!!)
3116  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Some thoughts on: February 08, 2015, 09:41:17 PM
 A lot to think about.

Seems like a good summary of Obama's Iran folly.  Even Fareed Zakaria is worried, the parties are "miles apart".

If American liberal Jews are anxious about Obama's Iran deal plans they sure are keeping it quiet.   I guess they only have to wait a few more months assuming Hillary will save them and to convince us, Israel, from a nuclear Iran.

They share responsibility for the guy in office now though.

I didn't realize the strategy evolved from a group during Bush's term. 
Ex SoS James Baker who was part of the group is no lover of Israel that is for sure.   I always felt he had a deep dislike of Jews to tell you the truth.



   

3117  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: February 07, 2015, 09:53:45 PM
See my post under political rants.  I read Doug's post after that post.

"As former Clinton adviser David Geffen said, Everybody in politics lies, but [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it is troubling."

Is it really true that ALL politicians lie?   The only possible lie Reagan may have told is about the Iran Contra mess.   Oliver North said, " he knew".    I admit I lament this if true but truthfully I am not aware of ANY OTHER hint that he ever lied.

Obama lies with even more chutzpah than Clinton.  And more sinisterly.  Yet as long he tows the liberal Democrat line it is no biggie.

There has to be some way to move the ethics and honor and culture back to lying is NOT tolerable.  If we cannot know our leaders are telling us the truth than I don't get how we can have country.

3118  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: February 07, 2015, 09:46:09 PM
A lot of outrage over Brain Williams over his lies to embellish himself.

My question:

Why is there not even more outrage over the repeat and serial lying from our politicians?   Why are not they held to a high standard?

The answer ought not to be, "they all do it".

This is not or should not be acceptable.  Yet it seems to be just fine for many.
3119  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Senator Marco Rubio on: February 07, 2015, 01:34:37 PM
Thanks Doug.  I look forward to hearing more from Rubio's idea machine.

I am displeased with the immigration issue.  We cannot cave to this.   
3120  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Hillbillary Clintons long, sordid, and often criminal history on: February 07, 2015, 01:29:23 PM
While I think everyone should be vaccinated I don't like the idea that people are forced to be vaccinated or else the children cannot go to school etc.

OTOH many colleges already REQUIRE proof of immunity or getting a booster vaccine to be able to attend.

Why don't liberals outlaw cigarettes?  Far, far more dangerous?

3121  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Middle East: War, Peace, and SNAFU, TARFU, and FUBAR on: February 07, 2015, 11:00:51 AM
"Obama eschews Turkey, our most formidable potential ally against both the Islamic State and Assad."

Yes but Turkey is also under leadership that makes threats Israel routinely.

"But even they are mortified by Obama’s blind pursuit of détente with Tehran, which would make the mullahs hegemonic over the Arab Middle East. Hence the Arabs, the Saudis especially, hold back from any major military commitment to us."

Does anyone blame them?  The US has proven time and again they will abandon allies for political expediency.

O has thrown Israel to the wolfs.  He boosts up Iran knowing full well it's existential threat to Israel all for his political agenda.
3122  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, "discrimination", & discrimination. on: February 07, 2015, 10:47:16 AM
Implication is she was shot BECAUSE she was lesbian and Latina.  Plays well in LA.  Lots of LA Times sold.  Good for business as well as political agenda ideology.
3123  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The narrative on: February 06, 2015, 10:18:19 PM
Yes.  The "narrative".   Anyone else fed up with this "s..t"?

The LA Times of course. 
3124  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Never trust a hag whose eyes are crooked on: February 06, 2015, 10:08:54 PM
Look at her eyes.  They are not conjugate.  This could be from a cranial nerve defect from  a stroke:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/official-or-not-hillary-clintons-2016-campaign-is-already-well-underway/2015/02/06/a78fc358-ac8d-11e4-ad71-7b9eba0f87d6_story.html
3125  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 57 trillion more debt now than in '08 on: February 06, 2015, 07:30:10 AM
"Don't worry be happy!"  rolleyes

http://news.yahoo.com/video/world-debt-not-just-greece-163213118.html#/world-debt-not-just-greece-163213118.html
3126  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / JIndal on: February 04, 2015, 08:05:29 AM
Doesn't look like he can count on the Indian vote.  This is the second negative article on Jindal written by an Indian.  I think around 80% of Indians like most other Asians are Democrats.   Not like Obama who can count on the Black vote no matter what.


****Health-Care Reform
Jindal Shows How Not to Replace Obamacare

Ramesh Ponnuru
comments icon435 time iconFeb 3, 2015 12:35 PM EST
By  Ramesh Ponnuru   

It's no secret that Republicans are divided both about how to replace Obamacare and about the urgency of coming up with an alternative plan. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has just escalated that internal debate -- and shown why his side should lose it.

None of the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates has thought more about the Affordable Care Act than Jindal, and none of the others has come up with a plan as detailed as his. Jindal's key provision is to eliminate the tax break for employer-provided health coverage and instead offer a deduction with which people could buy insurance in the individual market.

The great flaw in Jindal's plan is that it would cause millions of people to lose their coverage. Deductions are more valuable to those in high tax brackets, and they wouldn't provide much help for the lower-income people whom Obamacare allowed to enroll in Medicaid. Many of the people now covered under Obamacare's exchanges would also lose their coverage. And some of those now covered by their employers would find their plans threatened as younger and healthier employees used the new deduction to leave those plans for the individual market.

In a new op-ed, Jindal suggests that his plan has some advantages over other Republican alternatives. His target, though he doesn't name it, is a proposal outlined last year by Senators Richard Burr, Tom Coburn, and Orrin Hatch. That proposal would enable many more people to get coverage than Jindal's plan would, because it would offer tax credits instead of deductions. And it would leave most people in employer-provided coverage safe because people could use the credit to buy individual coverage only if they didn't have access to an employer plan.

Jindal identifies two defects in the higher-coverage plan, which he calls "Obamacare Lite." It would be more costly than his proposal. The way he puts it is that it would repeal only some of Obamacare's taxes instead of all of them. And it would discourage work. The credits shrink with income, so people wouldn't reap the full rewards for working longer or getting raises.

He's right about the potential effects on work, which suggests that the senators' plan should be modified: The credit should stay the same size regardless of income. If that adjustment were made, the plan would also be a bigger tax cut and thus Jindal's other concern would be addressed.

Jindal suggests that an upcoming Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, is a reason for Republicans to put forward their own health-care plan, and he's also right about that. The court may well rule that Obamacare's subsidies for millions of people's health-insurance plans are illegal. That decision, as Jindal says, could cause "disruption."

But replacing Obamacare with Jindal's plan wouldn't do much to ameliorate that disruption, because the deduction wouldn't be an adequate replacement for the vanished subsidies. It would even increase the disruption because of its treatment of employer-provided coverage. A response based on the senators' plan would do much more to solve the problem.

Jindal is right to say that the Supreme Court case raises the stakes for Republicans trying to devise a replacement for Obamacare. It also highlights the unsuitability of his proposed solution.

To contact the author on this story:
  Ramesh Ponnuru   at rponnuru@bloomberg.net
3127  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Intel Matters on: February 01, 2015, 07:33:32 PM
Ever wonder about the timing of these reports let alone their veracity?

http://news.yahoo.com/cia-israel-plotted-senior-hezbollah-commanders-killing-report-080125587.html
3128  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media Issues on: February 01, 2015, 10:44:24 AM
Ever wonder about the timing of these reports let alone their veracity?

http://news.yahoo.com/cia-israel-plotted-senior-hezbollah-commanders-killing-report-080125587.html
3129  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: February 01, 2015, 10:24:21 AM
This doesn't surprise me.

I have a degree from George Washington Univ from the late 70's.   I remember the Iranians protesting on one side of the block at the United States and Americans telling them to go home on the other.

It was well known mucho Middle Eastern money was going to the school.

One rumor (not sure if true) that one of the engineering buildings was built with Iranian and/or Saudi money.
3130  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Israel, and its neighbors on: January 31, 2015, 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/
3131  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
3132  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.

3133  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.
3134  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?

3135  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?

3136  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.

3137  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
3138  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".
3139  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
3140  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?
3141  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.
3142  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.
3143  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/
3144  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).
3145  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.

3146  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
3147  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
3148  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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3149  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/
3150  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
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