APRIL 16, 2015 NYT, Editorial Page
Hillary Clinton is off and running and thinking about you all the time, everyday American. Right now she’s probably in her van, someplace on the Interstate highway system, wondering how you’re doing.
She could be home, lounging on her patio, looking at the daffodils and sipping a glass of 1961 Latour. But instead she’s at a diner or a town meeting, nodding ferociously and listening to a guy explain his problems with rural electrification. And she is planning on doing this sort of thing for the next 19 months. Just for you.
The initial strategy, as you may have noticed, is to underwhelm. Start very quiet and make it clear that she does not expect special consideration. Just treat her the same way you would a candidate for zoning board of appeals. Or Lincoln Chafee. She’ll be fine.
But what does it all mean for you?
Written by Bobby Ghosh
As the ink dries on the Lausanne arrangement, there are celebrations on the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities. Most Iranians undoubtedly regard the bargain stuck with the P5+1 as a win for their country: They get to keep a nuclear program, however restricted, and will—contingent on keeping their own end of the deal—be freed from economic sanctions.
It’s hard not to cheer with a people who have for years been caught between the anvil of sanctions and the hammer of a brutish, corrupt regime.
But it is sobering to remember some of the other people who’ll be celebrating the news from Lausanne. For the puppets and proxies Iran has created and cultivated over three decades, their sponsor’s release from economic shackles promises pennies from heaven.
If you listened carefully, you might have heard the sounds of champagne being uncorked last night in the Damascus palace of Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad. He’d been having
Congressman David Schweikert tells us what’s moving in Congress regarding the FCC’s recent decisions on Net Neutrality and Broadband.
The day after the FCC’s decision to preempt state laws regarding municipal broadband requirements, David cosponsored Marsha Blackburn’s bill – HR 1106 – to rein in the FCC’s power grab by not allowing them to intervene in state laws and rights. If you would like to read more about the bill, visit this link.
Another bill David has cosponsored (also from Rep. Blackburn’s office) is HR 1212, The Internet Freedom Act. This bill prohibits the FCC from reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service and from imposing certain regulations on providers of such service – essentially rendering their February 26th decision ineffective. You can read more about the bill here.
by, former City Councilman, Bob Littlefield
If you stop and think about it, the number of different types of taxes we pay to various levels of government is staggering. We pay income taxes to the federal and state governments (in some states people even have to pay city income taxes). We pay sales taxes to the state, counties and cities. We pay property taxes to the counties, cities, school districts, Community College Districts, and in some locations fire districts and community facility districts. And if you own a business there is a whole extra set of taxes – unemployment, luxury taxes, liquor taxes, tobacco taxes, gasoline taxes and more.
We also pay fees to various governments for services they provide. Scottsdale residents, for instance, pay the city for water, sewer and garbage services. On the surface these fees seem less onerous than all of the various taxes we pay. After all, we are getting something tangible in return for the fees we pay. However, cities have inserted “stealth” taxes into these fees. Here’s how:
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for hisDemocracy in America(appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both of these works, he analyzed the rising living standards and social conditions of individuals and their relationship to the market and state in Western societies. Democracy in America was published after his travels in the United States, and is today considered an early work of sociology and political science.
Here is Alexis de Tocqueville on Islam:
"I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself."
Last week, the GOP-led Congress passed a budget resolution which, Republicans claim, will balance the budget in 10 years. The resolution is a policy document, intended to guide the appropriations process, and doesn’t itself have the force of law.
More important than the details of the budget document, the action sets up the GOP to finally match its action to its rhetoric and undo the worst aspects of Obama’s fiscal policies.
Over the next two weeks, while Congress is in recess, the House and Senate will begin to hammer out small differences between the budget resolutions that passed each chamber. Leaders in both chambers have vowed to meet the April 15th deadline to produce a final budget resolution.
The final product of House and Senate negotiations on a budget resolution matters less than the process by which any deal will be enacted. Congress, particularly the Senate, can use “reconciliation” to make policy changes that
Lexington & Concord (1775) (from an internet post)
After reviewing eyewitness accounts of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress summarized events in an address to the citizens of Great Britain:
“By the clearest depositions… it will appear, that, on the night preceding the 19th of April… a body of the king's troops, under command of colonel Smith, were secretly landed at Cambridge, with an apparent design to take or destroy the military and other stores, provided for the defense of this colony… at Concord[.] …the town of Lexington… was alarmed, and a company of the inhabitants mustered on the occasion[.] …the regular troops, on their way
Dr. Carl Goldberg was our Special Guest Speaker on "The Ideology of Islam: "WHAT NON-MOSLEMS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISLAM, AND WHY"
He answered these questions for me:
1. Why are the "peaceful" Moslems not speaking and acting out against the violence & atrocities?
2. Why we are failing, and will always fail, in bringing democracy, or Nation Building, to the Islamic countries?
3. Why do we have to be at war against Islam?
4. Why must we do everything we must to prevent Iran, & any Islamic leader, from having any nuclear weaponry?
We all know about violent religious bigotry, hatred, virulent anti-Semitism, persecution of Christians, abuse of women, honor killings, mass murder and the most vicious, sadistic cruelty -- all coming out of the world of Islam and perpetrated by religious Moslems in the name of Islam. The doctrines of Islam tell us why this is happening.
Dr. Goldberg quoted directly from the Koran/Qua'ran, writings of Mohammed & Islamic Religious Authorities.
First, Islam is an Ideology, not a religion. Moslems come in all degrees of adherence to Islamic Doctrines from violent to only casually, or non, practicing Moslems - but they all believe in the dictates of the Koran. There is both violent Jihad, that we see on the news, and stealth Jihad, The Moslem Brotherhood, CAIR, etc. Their goal is the same - to eradicate or to convert all non-Moslems and to establish the Caliphate or Ummah worldwide. That means us.
The full video of Dr Goldberg's presentation will be posted here soon.