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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #825 on: December 13, 2015, 12:52:27 PM »

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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #826 on: December 13, 2015, 02:37:14 PM »

You all know how much I despise that non-white guy whos the president, but even I have to admit I'm  kind of impressed that he got the entire world to go along with his climate change hoax.

Never mind that - just think how well the rich white woman will do - probably already building up carbon tax credits for her Billion dollar slush fund
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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #827 on: December 14, 2015, 11:35:13 PM »

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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #828 on: December 14, 2015, 11:43:08 PM »

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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #829 on: December 14, 2015, 11:55:06 PM »

Ted Cruz is on a roll. He’s now leading in Iowa according to several polls, and is gaining momentum primary states. Pundits are predicting he’ll soon displace Donald Trump. But what does Cruz stand for? Here are seven Cruz missiles:

He supports a Constitutional amendment mandating Congress pass a balanced budget. It’s a terrible idea that would eliminate fiscal policy as a tool to balance the economy during recessions.

He wants to cut corporate tax rates to 15 percent. Another bad idea. Corporations don’t need a tax cut, and the cuts would have to be made up by individual taxpayers.

Cruz wants to repeal the Common Core education standards from the federal government. Why? They’re already voluntary and provide good benchmarks.

Repeal Obamacare. As he showed in his 2013 23-hour speech on the Senate floor, he’s adamantly opposed to the new health care law and wants it repealed in entirety.

Elect the Supreme Court. He wants to abolish lifetime appointment to the court and subject justices to periodic election instead. This would require a Constitutional amendment, of course, and it’s nuts. The Court has to be independent of politics. It’s already too politicized.
   
Cruz wants to move toward a flat tax. This would increase the tax rates of the middle and lower-middle class and reduce them for the rich. He also wants to abolish the IRS.

On the Islamic State, Cruz doesn’t want to send in U.S. ground troops -- yet. But he says that if Kurdish fighters on the ground can’t do it, we should send troops.

That these two would emerge as the leading Republican contenders for president of the United States as we head into a presidential election year is terrifying.
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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #830 on: December 15, 2015, 11:04:24 AM »

The Revolt of the Anxious Class

The great American middle class has become an anxious class – and it’s in revolt.

Before I explain how that revolt is playing out, you need to understand the sources of the anxiety.

Start with the fact that the middle class is shrinking, according to a new Pew survey.

The odds of falling into poverty are frighteningly high, especially for the majority without college degrees.

Two-thirds of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Most could lose their jobs at any time.

Many are part of a burgeoning “on-demand” workforce – employed as needed, paid whatever they can get whenever they can get it.

Yet if they don’t keep up with rent or mortgage payments, or can’t pay for groceries or utilities, they’ll lose their footing.

The stress is taking a toll. For the first time in history, the lifespans of middle-class whites are dropping.

According to research by the recent Nobel-prize winning economist, Angus Deaton, and his co-researcher Anne Case, middle-aged white men and women in the United States have been dying earlier.

They’re poisoning themselves with drugs and alcohol, or committing suicide.

The odds of being gunned down in America by a jihadist are far smaller than the odds of such self-inflicted deaths, but the recent tragedy in San Bernadino only heightens an overwhelming sense of arbitrariness and fragility.

The anxious class feels vulnerable to forces over which they have no control. Terrible things happen for no reason.

Yet government can’t be counted on to protect them.

Safety nets are full of holes. Most people who lose their jobs don’t even qualify for unemployment insurance.

Government won’t protect their jobs from being outsourced to Asia or being taken by a worker here illegally.

Government can’t even protect them from evil people with guns or bombs. Which is why the anxious class is arming itself, buying guns at a record rate.

They view government as not so much incompetent as not giving a damn. It’s working for the big guys and fat cats – the crony capitalists who bankroll candidates and get special favors in return.

When I visited so-called “red” states this fall, I kept hearing angry complaints that government is run by Wall Street bankers who get bailed out after wreaking havoc on the economy, corporate titans who get cheap labor, and billionaires who get tax loopholes.

Last year two highly-respected political scientists, Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page, took a close look at 1,799 policy decisions Congress made over the course of over twenty years, and who influenced those decisions.

Their conclusion: “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

It was only a matter of time before the anxious class would revolt.

They’d support a strongman who’d promise to protect them from all the chaos.

Who’d save jobs from being shipped abroad, slam Wall Street, stick it to China, get rid of people here illegally, and block terrorists from getting into America.

A strongman who’d make America great again – which really means make average working people safe again.

It was a pipe dream, of course – a conjurer’s trick. No single person can do this. The world is far too complex. You can’t build a wall along the Mexican border. You can’t keep out all Muslims. You can’t stop corporations from outsourcing abroad.

Nor should you even try.

Besides, we live in a messy democracy, not a dictatorship.

Still, they think maybe he’s smart enough and tough enough to pull it off. He’s rich. He tells it like it is.

He makes every issue a test of personal strength. He calls himself strong and his adversaries weak.

So what if he’s crude and rude? Maybe that’s what it takes to protect average people in this cruelly precarious world.

For years I’ve heard the rumbles of the anxious class. I’ve listened to their growing anger – in union halls and bars, in coal mines and beauty parlors, on the Main Streets and byways of the washed-out backwaters of America.

I’ve heard their complaints and cynicism, their conspiracy theories and their outrage.

Most are good people, not bigots or racists. They work hard and they have a strong sense of fairness.

But their world has been slowly coming apart. And they’re scared and fed up.

Now someone comes along who’s even more of a bully than those who for years have bullied them economically, politically, and even violently.

The attraction is understandable, even though misguided.

If not Donald Trump, then it will be someone else posing as a strongman. If not this election cycle, it will be the next one.

The revolt of the anxious class has just begun.
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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #831 on: December 16, 2015, 08:10:39 AM »

Interesting to hear Hillary agreeing with the Republicans ideas on how to prevent future Radical Islamic Terror attacks... 

wanting to get cyber specialists involved, and get insiders or surveillance in Mosques.

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But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.
Nancy Pelosi

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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #832 on: December 16, 2015, 10:34:28 AM »

A tale of two cities...   interesting to see how two school systems reacted to an email

NYC dismissed it as a hoax

LA  shut down the entire school system

I can see the sensitivity of the issue -but allowing for what happened, don't you foresee many ISIS wannabee's creating email accounts to disrupt California's public educational system in the future?

Round 1 in the internet war goes to ISIS...

Maybe Trump has something - we should be tasking our brightest to challenge or find these senders/servers/supporters and disrupt them.
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But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.
Nancy Pelosi

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« Reply #833 on: December 16, 2015, 10:44:36 AM »

Never mind that - just think how well the rich white woman will do - probably already building up carbon tax credits for her Billion dollar slush fund

Maybe the old rich white woman will appoint her husband Secretary of State?   The international cash that would flow into their foundation would likely rival the GPD of most countries.
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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #834 on: December 16, 2015, 11:02:05 AM »

Round 1 in the internet war goes to ISIS...

Maybe Trump has something - we should be tasking our brightest to challenge or find these senders/servers/supporters and disrupt them.

I'm anxiously waiting to see what the hacker group " Anonymous " can do.

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« Reply #835 on: December 16, 2015, 12:04:11 PM »


I see Politifact being used here quite a bit.

Just for fun, Google " fact checking fact checkers" or Politifact bias, or whatever combination of relevant terms you want.



Fact-checking websites use a number of tactics to convince visitors that they are fair and reliable.  They claim to be non-partisan.  They demonstrate their neutrality by criticizing both sides.  They show that they are thorough and nuanced by assessing some claims as partially true and others as partially false.  And they use gimmicks such as the "Truth-O-Meter" to convince people that they are singularly focused on gauging the truth.

Take for instance PolitiFact.com.  This fact-checking website is operated by the Tampa Bay Times, a newspaper widely considered anti-Republican (and known to some as the "Florida Pravda").  However, if a website purports to be fact checker, then shouldn't it be operated by people who can legitimately claim to be impartial?   PolitiFact is staffed by the same old reporters and researchers.

PolitiFact is really a propaganda site.  It makes selective use of facts to boost President Obama.  The good news is that while anyone can create a "fact check" website, the Web also makes it easy to double check their work.



Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/09/politifacts_faux_fact_checking.html#ixzz3uVEujb5X

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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #836 on: December 16, 2015, 02:40:24 PM »

Interesting to hear Hillary agreeing with the Republicans ideas on how to prevent future Radical Islamic Terror attacks... 

wanting to get cyber specialists involved, and get insiders or surveillance in Mosques.
Why? She's more of a Republican than she is a Democrat
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« Reply #837 on: December 16, 2015, 02:45:03 PM »

I'm anxiously waiting to see what the hacker group " Anonymous " can do.
Doing pretty good against terrorism so far. They tore up Trump's website pretty good.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/11/politics/donald-trump-tower-anonymous-hackers/
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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #838 on: December 16, 2015, 05:25:34 PM »

Interesting to hear Hillary agreeing with the Republicans ideas on how to prevent future Radical Islamic Terror attacks... 

wanting to get cyber specialists involved, and get insiders or surveillance in Mosques.



On the Front page in tonight's MEN there is an article says the Government is already using cyber specialists, and that the candidates are way behind in what's going on in this country.
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Re: What are you thinking - (political version)
« Reply #839 on: December 16, 2015, 09:39:24 PM »

How stupid they are at Metro airport.  They gave cell phone lots to wait in to pick up arriving passengers.  Get to terminal and cops have curb lane blocked and try to keep you moving in next 2 lanes.  I stopped to let my passenger in and he told me to move it.  I said I can't without running over her.  They were prob rent a cops with ICE jackets thinking they owned the place.
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