The Speaker’s Lobby: Simmer Down
By: Chad Pergram, FOX News, 19 November 2015
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) probably knows how to calm things down when things get a little noisy around the house in Janesville, WI. Three kids and all, you know. So Ryan knew he had to quiet the din inside the House chamber Monday night to lead members in a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris terrorism attacks.
Ryan rapped the gavel a couple of times. The cacophony barely waned. The Wisconsin Republican immediately resorted to a tactic he may have used a time or two back home.
“Shhhhh!” interjected Ryan.
The commotion on the floor ceased immediately and proceeded to the moment of silence in record time.
With that singular, sibilant phonation, Ryan distinguished himself from his predecessor, former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
Little known history - 1798 the States fight back against Federal Government overreach
"Who did Jefferson believe had the right and the responsibility to protect citizens from federal abuse of power? The states. 'It is of immense consequence that the States retain as complete authority as possible over their own citizens,' he wrote."
No sooner had they formed a Republic, but President Adams attempted to silent speech he did not like.
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Now the militants are targeting the Afghan media that helped modernize attitudes.
In answering, I point to the enormous strides Afghanistan has taken since the fall of the Taliban. Close to nine million children are now in school, compared with fewer than a million before 2001; almost half of Afghan girls are nowenrolled and women make up 20% of students in higher education. Advances in health care have reduced the infant mortality rate by half. The economy has witnessed a fivefold increase in GDP, spurred by advances in technology and workforce development. In 2014 we held our third national democratic elections, and people were able to cast votes in all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.
With each passing democratic milestone, we are seeing a better-informed electorate, thanks
By: Chad Pergram, FOX News, 11 November 2015
Who brings a knife to a gunfight?
The answer of course is someone lacking a gun, outmatched and reduced to fending for themselves, wielding only a blade.
Such is the case with Congressional Republicans as they try to repeal parts of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. And seemingly, Republicans are only armed with a knife. They need a gun. But the knife is all they’ve got.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pitched his members at the weekly GOP luncheon Tuesday on the use of a special parliamentary gambit to undo some portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and strike federal dollars for Planned Parenthood. The parliamentary maneuver is called “budget reconciliation.” The reconciliation strategy can sidestep filibusters and curb amendment options for senators – the two most-fundamental tenets of Senate operations.
Budget reconciliation appeals to Senate Republicans because they’ve yet to conduct an actual, concrete vote on repealing the ACA. Democrats held the Senate majority since final passage of Obamacare in 2010. As a result, they could block such a vote from coming to the floor. Moreover, Democrats continue to barricade the Senate from voting on an Obamacare repeal – even though Democrats now operate in the minority. That’s because of filibusters. It takes 60 votes to overcome a filibuster – usually at two distinct parliamentary mileposts. Republicans now control 54 seats in the Senate. So the math to hinder an Obamacare repeal still favors the Democrats.
But that’s the beauty of budget reconciliation. If the House and Senate approve
Sylvia Thompson, October 26, 2015
To the many gullible souls out there who truly think that Barack Obama is "legacy building" in his all-out assault on America, I implore you to bow out of the conversation because you are not seeing clearly.
The term legacy carries positive connotations of something bequeath that is to the receiver's benefit. Everything that Barack Obama does is calculated to destroy America, which he despises. This man no more cares about legacy than he fears being properly prosecuted by the white political leaders whose responsibility it is to remove him from office.
I focus on white leaders, because whites are still in the majority and they fill the majority of political offices. If the majority of political operatives were of some other ethnicity, I would lodge my complaint against that group. Ethnicity is an issue only because Obama is half-black and he uses that fact to intimidate guilt-conflicted white people. Otherwise, he would have been impeached and likely in prison for treason by now.
Barack Obama's sole aim has been, since he first entered politics and continues as he winds down this presidency, the complete destruction of America as it was founded.
It is an insult to the intelligence of all Americans who must listen to elitist pundits on Fox news and elsewhere, and political drones in either party endeavor to make Obama's behavior fit a pattern of normalcy. Attributing his destructive policies to "legacy building" is either self-delusion on the part of the people who make that claim or cowardliness.
This is my take.
1/15Millions of men, women and children (some lied about their age to serve; met a guy the other day who joined at fifteen), have died, been wounded, or served, to defend and protect our country. We will soon have the honor to honor them. Let’s not stop with one holiday. Vets need our help. Over 20 a day commit suicide. They are the homeless and the hopeless (PTSD). There are challenges in every part of the V. A. The V. A. still may have “The Death Panels”, they decide who lives and who dies! We should do something, say something, be someone to support our vets.
I’m proud of my ten years in the Air Force. I’m proud of my dad and his Purple Heart. I’m proud of
By Dick Morris, Former political adviser to President Bill Clinton.
If you happen to see the Bill Clinton 5-minute TV ad for Hillary in which he introduces the commercial by saying he wants to share some things we may not know about Hillary's background, beware. As I was there for most of their presidency and know them better than just about anyone, I offer a few corrections.
Bill says: "In law school, Hillary worked on legal services for the poor."
The facts are: Hillary's main extra-curricular activity in law school was helping the Black Panthers, on trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a federal agent. She went to court every day as part of a law student monitoring committee trying to spot civil rights violations and develop grounds for appeal.
Bill says: "Hillaryspent a year after graduation working on a children's rights project for poor kids."
The facts are: Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party. She met Bob
[here is another Federal agency we should consider dismantling-ed.]
My consignment company for secondhand children’s clothes has somehow run afoul of federal regulators.
When I founded Rhea Lana’s, a children’s clothing consignment company, 18 years ago, I knew that going into business would bring challenges. What I didn’t guess was that the biggest one would be the government.
For the last 34 months, I have found myself stuck between the Labor Department, which says my business model is illegal, and the federal courts, which refuse to clear the air.
I first set up shop in 1997, although it wasn’t much of a business back then. A stay-at-home mom in Conway, Ark., I realized that, like me, many mothers in the neighborhood couldn’t afford cute children’s clothes. Seeing an opportunity to help their families and mine, I began organizing consignment sales in my family’s living room. Before long these little sales grew beyond our wildest dreams. Thanks to my husband’s engineering know-how, we computerized, went online and began to offer real-time tracking of consignor sales. We converted to a franchise model in 2008 and now have 80 locations across 24 states.
Rhea Lana’s operations are similar to more than a thousand other consignment event businesses in the country. Our locations host two sales a year, each running two to eight days. Before a sale, consignors list their clothes and toys on our website, along with their asking prices. On the day of the event, they bring the items to the location and set them up for display. Consignors keep 70% of the proceeds.
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