Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
I think this is the first time we've agree on everything. I almost come to the conclusion that the majority watching the debates have the same reactions.
The only thing I would add is that Dr Carson is an example of education vs self education. When it comes to foreign policy, as a decision maker, we need to know how he is framing the problem at hand, perhaps in a way resembling prospect theory.
In 2012, democrats, in a poll, said they would never vote for a mormon so to them, religion is a litmus test. As we remember, the candidate Mitt Romney is from a well known family in America going back years including his father as a governor and CEO of an american car company.
A muslim candidate question is the 2012 version of birth control, asked by George Stephanopolous during a debate. (GS will be moderating the ABC debate as part of the "reform" of debates by Reince Preibus)
I suppose the "war on islam" will now be prominent in the campaign. No candidate sould ever answer questions about the religion of Popebama.
Anyone who objects to vaccines should study the history of polio.
I think Operation: Overlord plans are easier to follow than this story. We can always depend on the GOP to spiral into the ground what would otherwise be a perfect landing to victory. They've managed to take Amazing Grace and turn it into Gilligan's Island (musically, they are almost interconnected.) My recommendation for Mr House is to take over the democrats and then the story goes away...
I think it was Charles Krauthammer who said recently that the country can't afford a 3rd consecutive President who lacks vision and leadership.
Like George Stephanopolous, I wonder what the odds are that Hickenlooper
contributed to the Clinton Foundation with his seemingly new interest in a possible VP candidacy. If Bill gives a speech at the State Capitol in the near future, I suppose that would be telling.
If she werea pathologist doing an autopsy in a criminal investigation for the mob (politicians are synonymous), she'd testify that the cause of death wasn't due to the point blank range of shot gun to the chest but that the person died of massive blood loss.
If Hillary gives a speech in China after the inauguration and dollars come rolling into the Clinton foundation, it is likely to be passed.
I'd have to think that there are some emails out there where some are demanding blackmail payments. Here's a woman that has run a shadow gov't/security/diplomacy network, using her office as an ATM. I don't expect her to drop out of the race, the Clintons need the power, if not to further their ambitions, then only to cover up what they've already done. I'd have to think that Obama, when you consider the Tony Rezko house deal, may have gotten a cut of her actions. Maybe that's why he wants an Iranian deal "no matter what". If we survive till 2016, we won't survive a Clinton monarchy.
Hillary campaign mingles with everyday Americans at Community College in Council Bluffs IA. A must see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7qQWmv2eWw
You're right, as soon as the polling data is in, she'll have a platform on which to run. With the national debt on track in 10 years to go to $28 trillion under current laws, you can easily see that rising to over $40 trillion + under a Clinton monarchy. "Family" will be redefined as democrat voters. Protecting our country will be code for more IRS activism in ridding the country of tea party members (democrats see them as a greater threat than ISIS). Hillary's new found immigrant grandparents is similar to her senate run where she had newly found jewish blood in her ancestry (convenient when you're campaigning in NYC) Someone should have asked her how she enjoyed her summer vacations years ago in the Catskills. Let us not forget, card carrying communist Mayor Bill Deblasio was her senate campaign manager. I would have like to have heard the discussion of ditching the Scooby SUV for taking a commercial plane home. Convenient to leave from Omaha where most of your choices these days are feeder airlines with planes of aprox 50 seats. They should have run her down to Kansas City and booked her on at least a 777 so she could mingle amongst the common folks with a destination of JFK. I just wonder if they had to book two seats on that 50 seat Embraer model and offer her the seat belt extension. I don't think we'll see her on any reruns of that old TV show "To tell the Truth" any time soon!
I would tell the barista that I believe someday we'll be post racial the day we finally elect our first black president. Not just elect one but ending up reelecting one. Oh wait, we did that with the majority of those voting for him overwhelmingly white. We did our part, it's just that he didn't do his...
Mandatory voting with no need to show ID="elected" democrats for the duration of history. I believe in North Korea, they have mandatory voting which also mandates voting for the Chairman of the Communist Party in power. I suppose that would be the next step after mandatory voting.
Along with your mandatory health insurance and voting, you'll have your mandatory gun registration. I guess it won't be long before everyone will look like a UPS driver by wearing your mandatory brown uniform...
I applaud the willingness of someone who is actually willing to show leadership and oppose this tyranny from this executive (I can't say president. He's not in our traditional sense). Our unwillingness to confront him all these years has lead to being frightened of retaliation. If he was met with resistance from the beginning perhaps we wouldn't be in this situation of tyranny. In two years, there will be nothing left that was there from the beginning in this country.
About a year ago, Bill Clinton was scheduled to speak at the new Ralston Arena in the Omaha Metro area, seating of 3,729. They pulled the event 2 weeks prior to appearance because by then, only 360 tickets had been sold. I think Hillary's book of her inevitability tour fizzled like a bad 4th of July firecracker. My impression of her now is like the musical act or movie that is so hyped, you are expecting multitudes of people and at showtime, you seem to be the only in the stands. Like wanting to move back to a place where you used to live, it was a snapshot in time and the magic of those times can't be created again. I think people are ready to move on and be shown what prosperous times can be ahead with a pro growth message, not just demonize republicans (even if the GOP nominee is not qualified because of his bald spot).
The low information crowd probably didn't catch the 529 hypocrisy. Instead of "free" college, he should be addressing what is becoming the norm in the inner cities, the 50% graduation rate. Even those graduating need remedial courses before enrollment in college level courses at a community college. Getting accepted outright at a 4 year college is not an option for them.
Obama should have referred to the stimulus job creators like building 4 x 16 foot bus shelters in Lincoln Nebraska for $240,000 EACH. the same price that would have built a half decent house. They had GPS units that were tied into the buses on a certain route. The city had to pick up the GPS tab and the bus route was eliminated due to the high cost of it's operation. The jobs and the money may be gone, but don't we all feel good about the liberals good intentions?
It all reminds me of Dan Rather's fabricated letter about George W Bush's letter from a commander. Rather just knew the story he was concerned about was true, there just wasn't any supporting documents so he made them on 2003 Mircosoft Word. Problem is, back when Bush was in the guard, there were only typewriters, not even computers. If the left doesn't lie, they can't further their agenda. Hillary and her "sniper fire" in Bosnia is another great story. She lied about what transpired. I guess she didn't know Sharyl Attkison was on the plane as well and witnessed what really happened.
Based on what I heard Obama say last night, I believe it was like a "as seen on TV" ad where if you are amongst the first 50 callers, you can get in on the deal. Problem is, everyone who calls in actually qualifies because that's what the plan is anyway. Sell to everyone that calls. 5 million is an arbitrary number in the same way in that every illegal (and those not yet here) will qualify. Now, on to the next executive order to fundamentally transform the United States of America.
My "lack of success" comment is a reference to Gov Brownback.
I think your analysis of the east is right on. If you consider people that have left those states due to democrat policies, that leaves more liberals behind and hard to elect republicans. Democrats will always elect those of scandal fame because the end game is what is important, not the character of the candidate running. After talking to people in Kansas, the appeal of Orman is "new blood" that will stop "obstructionist" republicans, despite the fact that democrats control the senate. People forget the economic Hiroshima left by Kathleen "Obamacare" Sebelius. I can't believe the most gun friendly state (you can open carry in the capitol building) is about to risk having them taken them away by electing democrats. There is an oil boom here, creating a housing shortage by the number of jobs that have been created, not to mention a low unemployment rate. The "lack of success" illusion has been created and repeated here like the Carville Mantra of '92 by the media. They concentrate on one county (where I own property) that lags behind the state but every state has a county like this. Overall, I look for a 2012 like midterm. Expectations but a disconnect of the link between Obama and democrats in congress. The only hope is that republicans due to democrats what they did to Eric Cantor, a total blowout not picked up in the polls.
The NY Times actually ran a complimentary article and I hear they actually called condom manufacturers asking if they are planning an increased production. Some day, man will be left with sex, pot and Facebook and the greatest of these is Facebook. http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2014/10/29/?entry=3898&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
I was just about to ask you to comment on this and here it is. Like we're all sitting around these days (unless it provides Ebola protection) with the events in this country and the world and the foremost thought is hoping there will be enough condoms to carry us through and voting based on a fear that one candidate will ban contraceptives for all. As a political consultant, you'd be laughing hysterically someone actually bought into using this angle.
Sorry I missed the show, I will see if they have it posted on the website. The investment property I bought in SE Kansas is in a neighborhood of predominantly black residents. Down and across from me is a police officer. His father is the pastor of the church across the street. I feel out of place sometimes because there are not many in this neighborhood not owning a Cadillac CTS, a Nissan SUV (yes, with 8 cylinders) or Cadillac Escilade. Two other neighbors are retired railroad engineers from Union Pacific. I have made some very good friendships here and I'm sad the renovation of the house will soon be ending. If you're looking for the very poor in this town and county, it is the whites.
I just read another article how alot of republicans may send a message in protest to their candidates by not voting or voting for an independent or 3rd party, What they're not considering is how much more isolated and in a continued dangerous position that puts Israel in if we continue with a democrat senate, no friend to Israel they.
Liberals have turned the urban areas into armies of amoral kids who eventually kill or are killed. They are told that to succeed in this society is to act white and a betrayal of the race. Once a child's mind is set in that direction, it cannot be unlearned. Because of the ever increasing effort to expand the democrat voter base, the democrats will exploit these people to whatever means it takes. Put into the mix the hispanics allowed to come in untold numbers across the borders, democrats and a black president doing whatever it takes to get these people here and show preferential treatment for jobs and education. One has to wonder, as the hispanics emerge in the future as leadership in this country, how they will deal with these problems.
I hear talks about Africa having superfast broadband internet soon.
you know what? I'm not a Jew or an Islam so I don't take sides but this issue should affect everybody, right? The only thing that we can do with regard to the War in Gaza strip is for both parties to settle in talks of peace but that is still a long shot as far as I can tell. Even President Obama doesn't have any sympathy for the Hamas.
I think the last time Obama made any real attempt at foreign policy was the red line/Syria pivot: "To strike or not to strike" matter then then referred it to the congress.
I think the "no sympathy' comment appears incomplete as in 'no sympathy for Hamas, just total support' along the lines of, 'I don't like Martha's Vineyard, I love Martha's Vineyard'. He is so post presidential now, he may as well join Hillary in the speech circuit and get paid for it. Speeches have been the only thing he's been able to offer. He has a pen, a phone and a teleprompter.
Replying to someone who left comment on the DP about this post. The reply was lengthy but my reply is short about the immigration comments: When Obama had both houses of congress, they could have passed anything they wanted where immigration reform is concerned but they did not. All during the administration, all that he is offered anyway is speeches, not legislation. All they ever want is issues, not solutions.
What is your handle on the senate and gov races in CO at this point. Am a bit confused by shifting polls, and trust your judgment over my own after the 2010 debacle.
Are the dems paying weirdo Aiken to come out of the woodwork? Seems like he is in high demand at MSNBC.
Reading the paper from some of the Texas border towns, they've got plane loads arriving daily from Central America bringing immigrants. They just brought 200 children to Omaha and most of the facebook posts are in support of it. If you brought 200 per day, that's 73,000 per year or about 292,000 over a 4 year period. If you consider the dropout rate there is 27%, that could be equal to what could show up in a year (about 78,000).
You could then calculate the teenage pregnancy rate of this demographic to be an additional 6700 per year. All this in a city of about 500,000. Then you could look at the additional cost of medical, housing, education (additional physical plant as well as teaching), headstart, additional police, jail space, social services etc. and you can see the real humanitarian crisis actually starts at the destination cities.
Quite a contrast when you consider what we're doing for people in Central and South America that we delayed doing for veterans in the same timely manner: healthcare on demand. With people pouring across the border and the middle east in flames, democrats in congress push a front and center bill of the court override on the Hobby Lobby Bill. Then, you've got the optics of Obama in the "situation room" at the Wynkoop in a game of pool, then off to the fund raisers. It appears the money requested for "border security" is half process newcomers and the other half for the relocation effort with no relief in sight of closing it off. I believe there should be a set aside of funds for T shirts that say "Hobby Lobby" on the front with "Redskins" logo on the back. Throw in a baseball cap with "I'm Pro Life"
Someone has pointed out and I failed to notice, Obama had not commented on this situation for two weeks. Also, I believe anyone who is associated with the Presbyterian church cannot continue after learning of their divestment from Israel. It has been universal doctrine of the Christian Church of all faiths to fully support Israel.
And these are the people that Obama and Kerry insist on making a peace deal with.
It's interesting that the establishment that complained about tea party candidates that had no chance of winning, find themselves in that very position now with the Cochran candidacy. Though an incumbent, the feedback against the tactics of the campaign have been so intense won't soon be forgotten when it comes to the election. The establishment won the battle but will lose the war. The 2nd district of Nebraska (largest red in the state that just elected a republican mayor in Omaha) will have a three way race. The incumbent republican won the primary against a challenge (challenger won 43% of the vote). The primary was ticked off and was going to run third party but as a compromise, a former, well known state Senator will run a 3rd party campaign with name on the ballot. The democrat is a former, popular republican who should win it easily. In a year of what should be low hanging fruit, we're giving away seats in places we don't have to.
I think Udall is beatable but Hickenlooper not so much. I think that is why you won't see immigrant children showing up there until after November.
Another primary to watch is Pat Roberts of Kansas. If anecdotal evidence is accurate (lawn signs), Dr Wolf has a chance.
Good analysis on what happened. If there had been a presidential candidate with a message like that in 2012, I think republicans could have prevailed. In a debate, arguing core principles always beats a "position" a candidate has taken on an issue, like an Ace beating a 2 of hearts.
The league is a business, and the NBA is smart to want Sterling out of their hair. In the end, the commissioner can't force Sterling to sell, but putting pressure on him to get out is a rational choice for the NBA.
I'm not defending Sterling in any way; his comments were despicable. However, I find the public's outrage and the league's castigation somewhat disproportionately harsh relative to other sports figures and club owners' actions. Several players who have been involved in rape, murder, dog fighting, and other criminal cases have made amends and resumed their careers. Certain owners have been charged with driving while intoxicated and various other infractions. I understand the NBA's eagerness to stamp out racism, and I agree racism has no place in our society. Yet, I worry that public fury can lead to dramatic punishments based more on emotion than reason.
I agree that it is not an issue of free speech.
My concern is that the league is trying to force him to sell the team. He is 80 years old. Selling the team would force him to pay capital gains on almost the entire proceeds of the sale, since he only paid $12.5 million for the San Diego Clippers. If, when he dies, he passes it to his heirs, no tax will be paid. That amounts to a fine in the hundreds of millions of dollars, not the maximum $2.5 million.
Sterling's comments were reprehensible. The NBA bylaws limit fines. Will the NBA abide by its own bylaws?
The Koch industries pump over $11 billion into the economy per year in jobs and benefits but the democrats (including MU) would be comfortable with losing that economic activity. The other day, I overheard a TA Travel Center mgr interviewing a girl for a job. She was explaining to her that they don't offer more than 28 hrs per week due to the new healthcare law. Another proud benefit of Obamacare (which MU would vote for again). Not too long ago, I had an eye emergency on a Sunday and called the eye surgeon I used last year. In 30 minutes I was in an exam (I payed cash for previous surgeries for a much lower rate). I couldn't help but think that if I had Obamacare that I may not have been able to keep my dr. as promised. Udall's election will be important to watch. If reelected, we have a long road ahead of us. Off topic but I was wondering if CNN will cover the missing $6 billion from the State Dept under Clinton as long and aggressively as the missing Malaysian plane.
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I've personally experienced the liberal silencers in conversation around a camp fire (and other places). None of us know all the details of every issue but they refuse to discuss issues on even a 'common-sense' level with anyone they recognise as having a brain in their head...
Thanks for the detailed post. I worked there 12 years ago and just found that my initial shares are reduced by 99%. After reading the post, I realized what happened there. With only 1% value left, I really don't mind (and wish) if my shares will be further reduced to zero.
If it wasn't for the forced drama of the Park Service, noone would even know there was any "shutdown" taking place. How many friends does anyone have out there in a motorhome traveling the countryside in October?
Interesting point about bond holders and food stamp recipients having parity, as far as this admin. is concerned. We all know what happened to the bond holders during the GM "bankruptcy". In my opinion, on the republican position, I would hold out and see how Obama plays his hand. I believe it would further expose the democrats but, the GOP messaging would have to be much, much better than it is now. Starving the beast of the EPA, IRS, Energy Dept, Dept of Indoctrination (previously Dept of Ed.) would be lovely.
"Closing" those memorials is like putting barricades around a concrete parking bumper in your average parking lot, the difference being the disrespect shown to those veterans that we owe our freedom to.
I would have to think that since Obama wants as much pain as possible inflicted during shutdown, you'd have to conclude that is what he wants for his entire presidency and possibly looks to be tenured to the position after that.
I remember George W Bush made a statement one time that a president must always be alert to the words he uses because they have such a serious affect on matters that he's speaking to.
Best analogy for Mad Mo's Malicious Muck that I have seen in a long time. Well done.
When the outgoing democrat Mayor of Omaha NE originally ran for office, he campaigned on jobs for predominantly black North Omaha which has a high rate of unemployment. To the horror of the mayor and democrat majority city council, Walmart stepped up and offered plans to build a 180,000 sq ft supercenter that would create 300 job. It was approved and building begun but I can see where in the future, the tearing down process will begin by democrats and unions under a republican mayor (soon to take office). If the issue was the wages or benefits, you'd have to close every fast food joint in town.
If you take into account the early release of Evan Ebel (though the gov's fingerprints aren't on it, just a smudge) and letting Dunlap off the hook, My campaign theme would be that he care's more about his political life than that of your family's.
Not the first time for IRS abuses http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2013/05/obamas-past-irs-abuses-cant-be-blamed.html
I'm in shock that the NBC evening news filed this report on Benghazi. This is big news in itself.