Posted by: maboulette | March 24, 2015

IS THIS TREASON?


Arms negotiations between 7 nations could have been compromised last week when a letter was written to Iran by 47 lawmakers who are all US Republicans.  These are highly sensitive negotiations between the U.S., Russia, China, UK, France, Germany and Iran. 

In this letter written in Arabic these Republicans informed Iran that no matter what President Obama agrees to, these signees can take it off the table.  Two of the names are 2016 Republican presidential candidates Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Rand Paul. 

Condemnation came from everywhere – American people, President Obama, Democrats as well as Republicans.  That’s not all, world leaders and officials have expressed their disgust and shock.  It has shown the United States to not be trusted in almost any other treaties we could be involved in. 

The lawmakers wanted to show Obama in a bad light but instead they have only made our country look bad. 

Is this treason?  Do the 47 lawmakers deserve the offices they hold?  Should they be reelected?  I am so appalled in these members of Congress and the extremes they will go to in order to make the President look bad.  These 47 signees do not deserve the offices they hold and certainly should not be reelected.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | March 11, 2015

EMAIL GATE


What the hell is wrong with our Congress?   Seriously – I am furious with the people who are supposed to be supporting the people in their Congressial Districts and States.

I can’t believe that first Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that the current deal being discussed to limit Iran’s nuclear program would never be passed in the Senate.

Then Senator McConnell and 46 of his best buddies sent an open letter to Iran telling them the same thing!  They are interfering with foreign policy that is the responsibility of the Executive Branch of the government.  There is also the Logan Act that could have been broken so these Senators could be in deep, deep trouble.

There is something the citizens of our government are responsible for – my father told me about this when I was 10 years old.  We always respect our President and the Office of the Presidency whether we agree with his policies or not – we don’t do what Senate Majority Leader McConnell did when he was Minority Leader.  He stated several time ON TELEVISION that his responsibility was to get the new President out of office.  This is right after Obama was elected – so it really couldn’t be his policies but more likely could probably be his skin color.  Let’s just call it what it really is – racism!

There is also something the Republicans do well and that is condemning a public person and judging them as having committed a crime before the matter has even been investigated.  It is a whisper campaign – it is meant to assassinate a person’s character and there is a lot of this that goes on in the political system of the United States. 

This was done to Ann Richards in Texas on her run for a second term as governor of Texas.  This politics of personal destruction was done for 8 years to the Clintons while President Clinton was in office.  They were accused of murder, trading in drugs, and numerous other things that except for the Monica scandal, did not have a bit of evidence.

Then followed the Republicans accusations about President Obama – (pssss have you heard this – Obama is not a real citizen of this country – – he is a Muslim who was born in Kenya and associates with domestic terrorists- pass it on – pssss). 

Now no one should be surprised to see this tactic being used against Sec. Clinton as she is making a decision on running for President.  The Republicans are smearing her over EMAILS – personal and private emails – her mother’s funeral, planning Chelsea’s wedding and other private matters that had nothing to do with her job as Secretary of State. OMG – the Congress has gone crazy.

After having already been accused of other scandalous personal matters do you really think that she is so stupid to have not followed the rules on government emails – really?  – you aren’t really going to smear her with this.  How many of you in Congress can say that your emails are all properly sorted, filed and in perfect order.  Or perhaps you are just like Lindsey Graham and don’t write any emails.  Besides the NSA have copies of everyone emails.

 I am so angry about all of this and tired over it also.  No wonder other countries don’t feel that we are an “exceptional” nation.

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | March 4, 2015

THE STORY OF FERGUSON


The U.S. Justice Department probe found systematic, racially biased policing in Ferguson but did clear a white officer who was involved in the fatal shooting of a black teen who was unarmed back in August.

This shooting started a national debate on race, led to months of protests on the streets in several cities and added loudly to the long-time complaints around the country of harassment by many police departments and mistreatment of minorities.

This report stated that police in this suburb community of St Louis issued almost all of its traffic tickets to blacks as it tried to raise revenue through fines and court fees.  The report further stated that police also targeted blacks for arrests, many on sceptical grounds as well as spread racist jokes through their emails system.

The report by the US Justice Department further wrote that the emphasis on income had conceded the real established personality of Ferguson’s police department, contributing to an arrangement of policing that was considered unconstitutional. 

The report further stated that city officials on a routine basis urged Chief of  Police Tom Jackson to create revenue for the city through enforcement actions against the town’s  67% of population that was mainly black.

Promotions for officers were based in part on the number of citations issued, and civilians were seen less as constituents to be protected but more as potential offenders and sources of revenue.

The report further stated that Ferguson police conduct stops without suspicions that were reasonable and made arrests without probable cause.  Further African Americans in this community were more likely to be charged with petty offenses as well as held longer in jail than any other races.

This report led to renewed calls for the city’s chief of police to step down as well as the mostly white leadership of the town.  

In closing, my question for my readers is this – do you believe that this report would have been the same if the President and the Attorney General of the United States were both white?  Is this just another indication of how racially divided the United States is and how our racial  problems have being hiding only coming to the surface when there are incidents occurring such as this?

 

Posted by: maboulette | March 2, 2015

VATICAN ON ALERT FOR ISLAMIST ATTACK


Reuters in Rome is reporting that the Vatican is on alert for a possible attack by Islamist militants on this city-state or Pope Francis.  It was further stated they are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare interview Monday. 

Domenico Giani told Polizia Moderna that the threat exists and they learned of these threats after conversations were held with Italian and other foreign colleagues.  This was the answer when asked if threats from Islamic State militants were credible. 

Giani further stated that the threat does exist but there are not any specific plans ready to attack the Vatican or the Holy Father. 

Islamic State militants have made threats against Catholic targets in Rome that have been given much space in Italian media.  But Giani did say that the alert level was constantly high in and around the tiny city-state, which sits inside Rome. 

Last month, in a video that showed the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya with one of the killers stating, “Safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for….we will conquer Rome, by the will of Allah.” 

The Vatican has of force of 130 agents along with the more ceremonial Swiss Guard protecting most of the Vatican and the pope, while Italian police guard the exterior, as well as St. Peter’s Square. 

4,800 soldiers were placed on the streets throughout Italy, after the killings by Islamist militants in Paris and Copenhagen.

The pope has several times condemned attacks by Islamic militants further called on Sunday for an end to their “intolerable brutality”.

Posted by: maboulette | March 1, 2015

CONGRESS BOWL ENDED


I was never more ashamed of our Congress than I was yesterday with the fiasco of keeping Homeland Security funded.  The Republicans, Tea Party and Democrats once again played the game of bringing the government to a halt by not funding Homeland Security.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of our most important departments in the government and is charged with the primary responsibilities of protecting the United States from and responding to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters.  A partial shutdown would require 30,000 staff to be put on furlough and require 170,000 essential personnel to keep working without pay. 

Homeland Security was set up during a Republican administration in order to keep our country safe from any terrorist threat that comes up to harm our country and its people.   And in case you don’t know they have stopped many times incidents of terrorism before they could be executed causing harm to your life, my life, and thousands of American lives.

The Homeland Security Department also includes the Coast Guard, Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It’s a very important Department and what Congress did yesterday to keep from funding this department for pure political reasons was just appalling. 

 Funding this department for 3 weeks, turned into 2 weeks and late last night they managed to get this department funded for 7 days. The House and Senate were playing football to gain the upper hand to avoid the partial shutdown of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.   This seems to happen every time funding comes up, yet the difference this time is that we have a problem going on with ISIS that could cause great harm to our country. 

House Republicans insist that any long-term Homeland Security spending bill must block Obama’s November orders shielding 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportations. Democrats oppose any move to link the agency’s funding with immigration policy, and Obama has said he would veto legislation that would undo his action on immigration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, agreed with Democrats that the Senate would address the dispute on immigration policy in a separate bill. This is all fairly responsible but not for the House oh, no, no, no.

All of this took me to the point yesterday of tearing up my Democratic Party membership card.  And I am sure most of my readers know how I feel about the Republican Party.

Funding of Homeland Security is vital to our country’s safety and when the two parties start this game uses Homeland Security as the football that does not set right with me.  Homeland Security protects me and my family and they can’t when the Congress is fighting over funding of this Department.  

All I can imagine is what our allies and other countries are thinking when they read about yesterday’s Congress Bowl which ended in a tie ballgame and looked very foolish when they refused to play fair and all I can say right now is shame on you Congress, shame on you!  I am going to play a new game – pay all Americans for their vote next election – now just stop and think about  that.

The Democrats can also  stop sending me tons of spam everyday asking for funding – I am not even going to go there – I just don’t know who is getting my $5 yet!


It has been months since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was formally declared an accident.  Now the wild rumours and conspiracy theories have begun to circulate about what the real fate of this Boeing 777.

Almost from the minute the news on this aircraft had gone missing, the numerous conspiracy theorists around the world have been coming up with all the explanations of what they believe happened to the aircraft causing it to disappear while investigators continue failing to find it.

Of course the crash of flight MH17, which was shot down over the eastern Ukraine during last summer only added to the speculation and a lack of clarity from Malaysian officials about the earlier mystery only allowed more rumors to flourish more various theories.

There are relatives of the passengers on MH17 flight who have offered a $3m reward for any information believing that the investigators have withheld from them.

Even the Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim has accursed his own country’s government of holding back saying how could “one of the most sophisticated” systems of radar in the world just lose track of an airplane.  These same doubts have been expressed by the chief executive of Emirates.

If you have any theories, send them to my blog and let’s have a discussion to see what other theories are out there.  We could split the $3 million.

Posted by: maboulette | February 26, 2015

INFECTION BY A “SUPERBUG”


An 18-year-old student is one of the 7 individuals who have been infected by a outbreak of “superbug” tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital.  The student is fighting to not become the 3rd to die, his attorney said.

The young man has spent nearly 3 months in the hospital and is in severe state after being ill with a possibly fatal strain of bacteria that is resistant to at the Medical Center.   His attorney said. “He had no life-threatening condition before like he does now.”

At least 7 people — 2 who died — have been ill with the bacteria ‘carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae’, or CRE, after having endoscopic processes between October and January.  Close to over 170 other patients are believed to have also been exposed, said officials from the hospital.

The student had spent almost 3 months in the hospital at one point and was released but then worsened and has been hospitalized again.

“After he had the procedure, he was released. Then he came down with this illness, and when they studied him it was found he had the CRE bacteria in him, they quickly put two and two together, “the attorney said.

There are many drug resistant bacteria that have recently began making their way into many hospitals in the United States.  This is a problem that began developing because of too many doctors giving antibiotics for every little cold or flu that a person had and after years of doing that, many hospitals are now becoming infected with several of these drug resistant bacteria.

Other factors that contribute to bacteria that are resistant include unnecessary prescriptions, incorrect diagnosis, wrong use of antibiotics by patients, and the use of antibiotics as food additives in livestock for growth promotion.  Too many times physician will give a child with cold antibiotics before running a test in the lab to see if the cause is from a virus.  Who has had their child in to the doctor’s office for a cold and with a prescription for an antibiotic? 

An 18-year-old student is one of the 7 individuals who have been infected by a outbreak of “superbug” tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital.  The student is fighting to not become the 3rd to die, his attorney said.

The young man has spent nearly 3 months in the hospital and is in severe state after being ill with a possibly fatal strain of bacteria that is resistant to at the Medical Center.   His attorney said. “He had no life-threatening condition before like he does now.”

At least 7 people — 2 who died — have been ill with the bacteria ‘carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae’, or CRE, after having endoscopic processes between October and January.  Close to over 170 other patients are believed to have also been exposed, said officials from the hospital.

The student had spent almost 3 months in the hospital at one point and was released but then worsened and has been hospitalized again.

“After he had the procedure, he was released. Then he came down with this illness, and when they studied him it was found he had the CRE bacteria in him, they quickly put two and two together, “the attorney said.

There are many drug resistant bacteria that have recently began making their way into many hospitals in the United States.  This is a problem that began developing because of too many doctors giving antibiotics for every little cold or flu that a person had and after years of doing that, many hospitals are now becoming infected with several of these drug resistant bacteria.

Other factors that contribute to bacteria that are resistant include unnecessary prescriptions, incorrect diagnosis, wrong use of antibiotics by patients, and the use of antibiotics as food additives in livestock for growth promotion.  Too many times physician will give a child with cold antibiotics before running a test in the lab to see if the cause is from a virus.  Who has had their child in to the doctor’s office for a cold and with a prescription for an antibiotic?

Resistant pathogens in the Staph family quickly can cause a Staph infection so serious and resistant to any drug that a patient loses a limb or develops other problems. 

So if your physician wants you in the hospital for any reason, discuss this problem with him.  Also make sure your nurse or doctors both are washing their hands each time before examining you.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | February 22, 2015

THREAT MADE BY ISLAMIST MILITANTS AGAINST SHOPPING MALLS


The U.S. homeland security chief said on Sunday he takes seriously a threat made by Somali-based Islamist militants against shopping malls, including the Mall of America in Minnesota, and advised people going there to be careful.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was reacting to a video released by al-Shabaab seeming to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada and London’s Oxford Street.

“This latest statement from al-Shabaab reflects the new phase we’ve evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al-Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks,” Johnson told CNN, using an acronym for the militant group Islamic State.

“We’re beyond the phase now where these groups would send foreign operatives into countries after being trained some place,” Johnson said.

There is a guide for an attack on malls by the group. The al-Qaida-linked terror group talks in the video about its September 2013 attack on a mall in Kenya. The blatant siege, which went on for days, left more than 60 people dead at an upscale mall in Nairobi. 

Asked precisely about the threat to Mall of America, one of the world’s largest shopping complexes, Johnson said: “Anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we’ve got to take that seriously.”

“I would say that if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful.”

Hours later, Homeland Security Department spokeswoman Marsha Catron said the department and the FBI had shared information about the video with local law enforcement and “private sector part 

The Somalia-based militants have heavily recruited in Minneapolis, which is home to the largest Somali population in the United States. Many young men have slipped away to join the group in Somalia.

Posted by: maboulette | February 16, 2015

POPE FRANCIS HELPS HOMELESS WITH FREE SHAVE AND SHOWER


Every Monday homeless women and men line up off St. Peter’s Square where Pope Francis’ latest charitable initiative is: a free shower and shave for those least fortune.

Mauro Casubolo, 49 was one of the first clients as the pope’s barbershop opened in the public restrooms off the Bernini Colonnade.  Mauro chin was still red from his shave – first in 3 weeks – but he is grateful.  He gets by with handouts from local charitable organization but what he really wants is a job – so you need a shave and shower before looking for one.

He says, “It’s a beautiful thing he’s done for us, especially us who live in the middle of the streets because if you want to try to go find some work you can come here and have a shower.”

Francis’ chief alms-giver, Monsignor Konrad Krajewski said that this project has been needed since homeless are those often shunned for their smell and appearance.  This initiative is funded by donation and sale of papal parchments by Krajewsi’s office.

Barbers on their days off volunteer – most Rome’s barber shops are often closed on Mondays – as well as students from the beauty school donate their services as well as some sisters from religious orders.

The pope is becoming more popular as each day goes by with little things like this that he puts into place.

Posted by: maboulette | February 13, 2015

TOTALLY UNBELIEVABLE


More and more I am beginning to totally lose faith of any kind with the Republican party.  For all the years that Obama has been in office, Republicans have done everything to go against their President.  I am just thankful that Obama is smart enough to manage to get things done without the help of Republicans in Congress.

Right now, it is totally unbelievable that the Republicans have invited the Israeli Prime Minister to address Congress against diplomacy with Iran – and they have done this without consulting the White House.  This is not only a bad way to show ourselves to other countries, it is bad manners to do this to your President.

 It doesn’t matter what your position is on Israel, we must all agree that any leader of any foreign country being asked by Congress to undermine current Foreign Policy of the United States has to be considered as a new low in partisan polities.

Will you sign a petition asking members of congress to urge the speech be moved till after the current negotiations with Iran have ended? 

The White House has already said that they will not meet with the Israeli President and Vice President Biden has stated that he may not attend this speech should it take place and so have a number of Democrats.

This is not about what we think of Israel.  This is about the fact that the United States can only have one foreign policy and it should be one that serves the long-term interests of all the American people.  For Republicans to be trying to undermine our national security and interests just for the sake of short-term political points is just completely unacceptable.

We need to show Congress that the America people are aware of dirty partisan politics and we will not stand for this anymore.  By loudly speaking out we can ensure that these types of underhanded tactics do not become the new way to handle our foreign policy.

 

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