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Referring to Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner who spent last weekend very happily deepening his argument with his nearer challenger – Ted Cruz. Bush told NBC’s Meet the Press, “the guy’s entertaining oh sure. But….he’s not going to win the nomination. And I am.”

The former governor of Florida’s confidence is not backing by the polling data. According to RealClearPolitics.com poll average last Sunday he sat in fifth place nationally.

Trump last Monday went to the hard-right Liberty University reaching out to very conservative voters in the fortress of the religious right and to show his own commitment to Christianity – even if he doesn’t really quite know the names of books in the Bible.

“And we’re going to protect Christianity. And I can say that –I don’t have to be politically correct—we’re going to protect it,” Trump proclaimed. “And I asked Jerry (University chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr) and I asked some of the folks, because I hear this is your major theme right here but Two Corinthians 3:17, that’s the whole ballgame. “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” And here there is Liberty College – Liberty University.”

He professes to be a Christian who reads the Bible all the time but cannot say the books of the Bible correctly. And can’t tell anyone what his favor Bible verse is. He had to turn to Jerry Farwell to get the scripture to construct his speech around.

If you are a devote Christian please don’t vote for this man who could be the ‘anti-Christ’ if anything.

 

Posted by: maboulette | January 21, 2016

Before You Vote for Cruz – Read This


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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas,  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In 1997, Michael Wayne Haley was arrested after stealing a calculator from Walmart. This crime merited a maximum two-year prison term. But prosecutors incorrectly applied a ‘habitual offender’ law. Neither the judge nor defense lawyer caught the error so Haley was sentenced to 16 years.

Finally, the mistake came to light and Haley endeavored to fix it. Ted Cruz at this time was solicitor general of Texas and Instead of just letting Haley go with time served, Cruz took the case to the Supreme Court to keep Haley in prison for the full 16 years.

The case reveals something interesting about Cruz’s character. Ted Cruz is now running strongly among evangelical voters, particularly in Iowa. But in his career and public presentation Cruz is a stranger to most of what would normally be considered Christian virtues: humility, mercy, compassion and grace. Cruz’s behavior in the Haley case is almost the dictionary definition of pharisaism which is a zealous solicitation of the letter of the law in a way that infringes the spirit of the law, as well as mercy and fairness.

In the end, Haley was released after serving six years. During the Supreme Court hearing, Justice Anthony Kennedy—left suspicious by Cruz’s position—asked him: “Is there some rule that you can’t confess error in your state?”

Would hearing this story undercut Cruz’s support among Republican primary voters? A person who would fight such a case all the way to the Supreme Court is lacks something very basic—something important not only for Christians, but for any of us, and certainly for anyone seeking to become the most powerful individual in the world.

Traditionally, candidates who have attracted strong evangelical support have in part emphasized the need to lend a helping hand to the economically stressed and the least fortunate among us. Such candidates include George W. Bush, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

But Cruz’s speeches are striking by what could be called ‘pagan brutalism’. There is not a hint of compassion, gentleness and mercy. Instead, his speeches are marked by a long list of enemies, and vows to crush, shred, destroy, and bomb them. When he is speaking in a church the contrast between the setting and the emotional tone he sets is jarring.

Cruz lays down an air of apocalyptic fear. America is heading off “the cliff to oblivion.” After one Democratic debate he said, “We’re seeing our freedoms taken away every day, and last night was an audition for who would wear the jackboot best.’’

The fact is this diagnosis is ridiculous. The Obama administration has done things people strongly disagree with. But America is in better economic shape than any other major nation on earth. Crime is down. Abortion rates are down. Fourteen million new jobs have been created in five years.

Cruz rallies an atmosphere of hazard in which there is no room for compassion, moderation anything but disassembling and counteroffensive. And that is what he offers. Cruz’s programmatic agenda, to the extent that it exists in his speeches, is to destroy things: destroy the I.R.S., crush the “jackals” of the E.P.A., end funding for Planned Parenthood, reverse Obama’s executive orders, make the desert glow in Syria, destroy the Iran nuclear accord.

But the lack of any positive status, any hint of reform conservatism, any help for the working class, or even any humane gesture toward cooperation all is striking. If you aren’t sure – just do some research. Cruz should have never been elected Senator from Texas.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | January 18, 2016

CLINTON,SANDERS:CLOSE ON ISSUES


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Clinton and Bernie Sanders scrambled constantly on Sunday night at the last Democratic debate before caucuses in 2 weeks. Both were ready to clash as polls showed the race tightening. It was the last Democratic matchup before voting begins in two weeks, and both sides were eager to rumble since the polls show the race tightening in the leadoff states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Clinton knocked Sanders, Vermont Senator, for voting frequently with the NRA and then welcomed his weekend reverse position to back legislation that would deny manufacturers of guns legal immunity. Clinton rattled off a list of provisions that she said Sanders had supported together with the NRA.

Gun control

The debate over gun control –ongoing conflict between Clinton and Sanders – took on importance because of the setting. The debate took place just blocks from the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where nine parishioners were killed during Bible study last summer. Gun control has emerged as a central theme in the race, with Clinton citing the issue as one of the major differences between the candidates.

Healthcare

On healthcare, Sanders plan for government run single- payer -plan that some refer to as Medicare for All only hours before the debate, and used his being statement to call for healthcare “for every man, woman and child as a right.” Clinton urged less sweeping action building on President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan by decreasing out-of-pocket costs and control payments on prescription drugs.

Clinton advocated Sanders’ plan was dangerous – and ‘pie-in-the-sky’ unworkable.

Both sides

“With all due respect, to start over again with a whole new debate is something that would set us back,” stated Clinton who has been working for healthcare since she was ‘First Lady’.

Clinton suggested Sanders’ health care plan would force a heavier tax load on the middle class, saying “I want to raise incomes, not taxes.” In return Sanders upheld that taxpayers would come out ahead with lower overall costs.

Financial Policy

The two scrambled over financial policy, too, with Sanders proposing Clinton won’t be tough enough on Wall Street giving the big contributions and large fees for speaking that she’s accepted. Clinton, in turn, faulted Sanders’ past votes to decontrol financial markets and ease up on federal oversight. “We’re at least having a vigorous debate about reining in Wall Street,” she stated. “The Republicans want to give them more power.”

Obama

Clinton worked aggressively to link herself with President Obama, asserting credit for her role in the run-up to the Iran nuclear agreement as well as praising the healthcare law.

Overall

The tone of the debate was substantially more heated than the past three debates. But it also included moments of humor. At different points, both Sanders and Clinton prefaced their criticism of one another with the phrase “in all due respect.” Sanders took note that he was copying Clinton on that verbiage, drawing a chuckle from his rival.

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Then he finished his thought on healthcare, telling Clinton “in all due respect, you’re missing the main point.”

Clinton, playing most to her liberal audience, cast Sanders’ criticisms of Obama for being too weak in taking on Wall Street” as unfair, and declared, “I’m going to defend President Obama for taking on Wall Street and getting results.”

“The Republicans just voted last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and thank goodness, President Obama vetoed it and saved Obamacare for the American people,” Clinton said.

National Security

Turning to national security, both Sanders and Clinton voiced strong backing for Obama’s diplomatic approaches to Iran and opposition to sending U.S. boots on the ground in Syria. Clinton defended her outreach to Russia early in her time as secretary of state, but wavered when asked to describe her relationship with Vladimir Putin, whose return to the Russian presidency foreshowed the worsening of U.S.-Russian relations.

Clinton and Putin

“My relationship with him – it’s interesting,” Clinton said to laughs in the hall. “It’s one, I think, of respect.” But she added it was perilous to constantly stand up to Putin, describing him as a bully who “will take as much as he possibly can.”

Clinton and Clinton

Clinton also showed light on what role her husband, former President Bill Clinton, would play in her administration. Kitchen table adviser, perhaps? “It’ll start at the kitchen table – we’ll see where it goes from there,” she said with a laugh.

Then, pointing to the successes of her husband’s administration, she added: “You bet I’m going to ask for his ideas. I’m going to ask for his advice”.

O’Malley

The third person in the debate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, tried to put himself into the conversation. He concentrated on his record as Maryland’s governor and accused both Clinton and Sanders of being erratic on gun control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | January 14, 2016

Democrats in the Senate and Republican Frontrunner


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The Democrats in the Senate are planning to try for force votes on several of Trump’s divisive campaign promises; especially a pledge to ban any Muslims from entering the country.

Senate Minority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) made the suggestion that Republicans in the Senate should vote on Republican frontrunner’s policies since they have refused to state that they would not support him if he wins the party’s nomination.

Back when Obama was just elected president a small cabal of Republican leaders in Congress had a meeting where they agreed that all House spending bills would not pass making it very hard for the new President to get any of his promises up and running. But he was smart enough that he got most of his promises done. If Trump is his party’s nominee he will find he is not as smart in political deals as plain business deals.

In a statement the Democratic leader said “These votes will give all Senators a chance to take a stand on the policy issues dominating the public debate – and Republicans a chance to stand with the frontrunner for their nomination”.

It is not clear when Democrats will begin trying to force these votes; as well as what to try to fight over Trump about. Reid seems to feel there will be no problem finding the time for the votes, “can be done easily and efficiently under an open amendment process, with no interference to the light workload Senate Republican leaders have announced for 2016.”

Is this just the way to show Trump that in polities this type of “making the deal” is just a little bit different than what Trump taught at “Trump University”?

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Posted by: maboulette | January 13, 2016

NORTH POLE HOTTER THAN UNITED STATES


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Arctic sea ice reached its fourth-lowest extent on record for Sept. 11, 2015 according to Dan Pisut, (NSIDC, and NOAA Climate gov)

HEAT WAVE

There has been a heat wave in the North Pole last week that might even have Santa trading in his sleigh for swim trunk.
Temperatures were as much as 50 degrees above average pm Wednesday—almost reaching 32 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of the Arctic Circle that average 20 below zero at this time of year.

WINTER CYCLONES

Meteorologists and experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration blame this strange weather on winter cyclones over the Atlantic near Iceland that pushes warm air far up from the south. Another storm in the Arctic north of Greenland – helped by low-pressure system that also has produced blizzards in New Mexico, flooding in Missouri, and tornadoes in Texas was also to blame.

CYCLONE SERIES

“A series cyclones lined up over the c and North Pole to Iceland (where Cyclone Frank crossed),” Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for WeatherBell a private weather forecasting company that is based in NYC, told FoxNews.com by email.

 

Posted by: maboulette | January 11, 2016

DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING IN MOVIE ’13 HOURS’


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Leon Panetta who was former Secretary of Defense DENIED CLAIMS being made in a new movie, “13 Hours,” that any stand down mission were made to CIA operatives on the ground and no denial of the rescue of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and other embassy staff in Benghazi who were killed in 2012.

“Absolutely not,” Panetta, secretary during the Benghazi scandal, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on her “Andrea Mitchell Reports” program. “You know, I’m sure there are going to be movies and books and there will be all kinds of theories that will be presented, but from my experience and from the role that I played as Secretary of Defense, there was Never Any Order to Stand Down. On the contrary,the whole effort was to do everything possible to try to save lives.”

Panetta served in the Obama administration as CIA director from 2009 to 2011, and is ready to testify behind closed doors to the House Select Committee on Benghazi Friday, and told Mitchell that he believes the attacks are continuing to be tragic.

“The problem was that attack ended quickly and because of time and distance, we never had a chance to get there,” he said. “This is a tragic event, tragic in a number of ways. But most importantly, it’s tragic because it’s now become a political football that unfortunately, I think doesn’t do service to all of those that were committed to trying to protect lives.”

There are also numerous reports that the Pentagon offered a rescue mission to the State Department, but then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton overruled the effort, but Panetta also DENIED this claim.

“I’m not aware of any such effort at all,” he responded. “As a matter of fact, after meeting with the President, I immediately went back and we made decisions to deploy forces to put them in place to be able to go in and provide help to those involved and we in fact put forces in place.”

Panetta, who was Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, has endorsed Hillary Clinton for the White House during his appearance on the noon program stating “The next president of the United States has two principal responsibilities, one is to break the gridlock in this town … secondly, they have to be a world leader. My view is that Hillary Clinton probably has the best credentials in terms of those two areas that I discussed. But clearly, other candidates on the Republican side have to show that they are willing to address those two issues as well.”

 

Posted by: maboulette | January 7, 2016

TRUMP: ASK BILL CLINTON DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIM, COSBY


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Donald Trump mentioned he’d love to hear someone ask former President Bill Clinton the variance between him and Bill Cosby, who last week was charged with sexual assault in a 2004 case.

Monday, Trump was asked on “The Howie Carr Show” if he saw comparisons between Cosby, who has been accused of rape by dozens of women, and Clinton whose sexual past also has been analyzed.

Trump has been talking about Clinton’s past ever since Hillary Clinton has become the front-runner for President of the United States and Bill is currently campaigning for Hillary. Clinton accused Trump of having a “penchant for sexism.”

Well Trump — there are two big differences between you and Bill – Bill and Hillary have stayed together while you have gone through 3 wives plus Bill and Hillary both know how to run the government – you don’t.

 

Posted by: maboulette | January 5, 2016

HE TRIED TO WOO ME BEFORE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT


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This is what Megyn Kelly is saying about repub front-runner Donald Trump who has been making fun of former President Clinton and Clinton’s so called affairs.

Megyn Kelly said that Donald “would send me press clippings about me” and “called from time to time to compliment a segment” on “The Kelly File” before he even announced that he was running for president.

This interview with Vanity Fair had the Fox News host tell how a bitter feud with Trump developed after her first questions in the debate accused him of making a host of sexist and demeaning comments about women.

But what every women needs to know is why Trump is making fun of President Clinton’s private life when running against Clinton. Is this the way to campaign for president? And Trump has just as much trash in his closets.

I don’t believe that conservative Christians want this type of man for President. Trump needs to run on his own merit instead of running against Hillary Clinton by using rumors about the  former president.

This is the campaign for the Presidency of the United States the largest country in the world so we need a person who is a serious candidate. Hillary Clinton already has policies and plans that form a platform so strong, solid, beautifully joined and well-constructed that no other candidate can even come close.

So Donald why don’t you publish all your policies; there are many who are waiting to see what you would do if you got that phone call at 3 am in the morning and you were president. What would you do?

 

 

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | January 3, 2016

WHAT POPE SAID IN FIRST NEW YEAR MESSAGE


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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – In his first message of the new year, Pope Francis on Friday urged all people to combat the “torrent” of injustice, misery and violence in the world by overcoming all the indifference to the many who are currently suffering in the world.

Security was tight with police checking the bags of people who were blocks away from St. Peter’s Square and about 10,000 people when through additional airport like screening to get into St. Peter’s Basilica and hear Francis celebrate mass.

“We ask how long human evil will continue to sow violence and hatred in our world, reaping innocent victims…we are witnessing hordes of men, women and children fleeing war, hunger and persecution, ready to risk their lives simply to encounter respect for their fundamental rights,” said the pope.

In his homily he urged people to overcome what he called “a torrent of misery” by “building an ever more just and fraternal world, a world in which every person and every creature can dwell in peace, in the harmony of God’s original creation”.

The 79-year-old pope looked and sounded very well despite having made many public appearances over the Christmas and New Year season.

The pope further called on everyone, on the day that 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church marks its annual World Day of Peace, to “let ourselves be reborn, to overcome the indifference which blocks solidarity and to leave behind the false neutrality which prevents sharing”.

 

Posted by: maboulette | January 3, 2016

THE WAR ON HILLARY


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A hostile Donald Trump is warning Hillary Clinton against playing “the war on women” card in the latest attack on the Democratic presidential front-runner, calling her campaign strategies “pathetic.”

The Des Moines Register reports that at Clinton’s rally at a Keota, Iowa school on Tuesday, the former secretary of state got a question from a 5th grader who asked what Clinton would do about bullying. 

The girl admitted she’d been bullied because of her asthma.

“I think we all need to be aware of the pain and real anguish bullying can cause,” Clinton said after giving the child a big hug. “I don’t think a lot of people who do it really understand how it makes other people feel.”

She then took sharp aim at Trump.

“We shouldn’t let anybody bully their way into the presidency, because that is not who we are as Americans,” she said, repeating a remark from another GOP contender, Jeb Bush, who scolded Trump at their debate in Las Vegas that he couldn’t “insult his way into the presidency.”

Clinton has been moving up her attacks on Trump as she zeroes in on the general election which she appears to be confident she’ll be the party’s standard-bearer.

But the Trump offensive also gives her a chance to get Democrats back into the political headlines as well as to hit back at GOP presidential primary candidates who’ve been critical of her. Hillary is extremely smart when it comes to presidential responsibility and has a resume far better than any other candidate running in this primary.

Yet Clinton also appears acutely aware the GOP has hit a nerve with an American public that is feeling insecure, frequently telling voters “It’s OK to be afraid.”

Meanwhile, Trump is sustaining his defense of remarks aimed at Clinton that have been criticized as vulgar, including his use of a Yiddish term to describe Clinton’s 2008 primary loss to Obama.

The real estate billionaire cited a National Public Radio report in 2011 that used the term to describe Walter Mondale’s defeat in the 1984 presidential campaign.  This excuse goes nowhere has Trump continues to use this remark against Clinton.

In an interview Tuesday with the Register, Clinton blasted back: “I don’t know that he has any boundaries at all. His bigotry, his bluster, his bullying has become his campaign.”

 

 

 

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