Claycord – Talk About Politics

September 15, 2017 19:10 pm · 113 comments


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Local September 15, 2017 at 7:11 PM

Right and Left React to a Prospective DACA Deal Between Trump and the Democrats

Strange but true: Praise in lefty San Francisco for Pelosi and Trump — gasp — working together

‘He likes us’: Schumer, on hot mic, touts Trump’s affection for him and Pelosi

Trump to dine with Schumer and Pelosi, talk DACA

Original G September 15, 2017 at 7:11 PM

After N. Korea’s latest missile launch have given rise to articles outside of America.

“‘How do we survive?’: fearful Californians prepare for nuclear attack ”

Missile launched may have been Hwasong-14 (KN-20).

“Kim Jong-un has called Friday’s missile test launch over Japan a ‘shining victory in the standoff with the United States’, claiming that the U.S. is in ‘mortal fear’ of North Korea.”

Bill Clinton and Bush’s DUMB kid were both just this side of useless.

What was far worse was 8 years of apologizing and bowing by the invertebrate. Here he is in all his narcissistic hubris talking about Missile Defense back in in 2001.

“We are reminded that if President Obama hadn’t scuttled President Bush’s plans, these added interceptors would already be in their silos. Obama plans on boosting that force from the current 30 to 44.

The Bush administration had deployed the first GBI at Fort Greely in 2002 and planned on at least 55.

As a candidate, Obama said he wouldn’t support “unproven missile defense.” He canceled Bush’s plans and cut back GBI deployment to the current 30.”

“President Bush Tuesday ordered the initial deployment of a national missile-defense system designed to shoot down ballistic missiles before they reach the United States.”

One thing certain after 8 years of Obama, Weakness Invites Provocation .

Original G September 15, 2017 at 7:49 PM

Private Enterprise
“Hyperloop is a proposed method of travel that would transport people at roughly 700mph between distant locations.

It was unveiled by Elon Musk in 2013, who at the time said it could take passengers the 380 miles (610km) from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes – half the time it takes a plane.
It is essentially a long tube that has had the air removed to create a vacuum.
The tube is suspended off the ground to protect against weather and earthquakes.”

CA government run by Democrats
“California’s bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential federal report warns”
“California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.”

‘California should cut losses on high-speed rail’
“California’s high-speed rail project has broken more promises than ground. At every stage, the project has underestimated costs and overestimated benefits.

Travel times are up 40 percent. Ticket prices have risen 78 percent. Construction costs have nearly doubled – from initial estimates of $33 billion to $64 billion.”

After all look how well they did at getting HALF a bridge built.

“Finally finished, it was completed TEN YEARS LATE and $5 Billion over budget.”

Badge1104 September 15, 2017 at 7:49 PM

Hey you liberals and peaceniks out there: why don’t you go over to North Korea and give the leader there the peace sign, and tell him that peace is the way and love is the answer. I’m sure he’ll understand and agree with you. The world is that simple isn’t it, in your open-minded, empty heads.

Original G September 15, 2017 at 9:11 PM

The Chicago Federal Judge who made sanctuary city ruling was appointed by President Reagan in 1985.

8 U.S. Code § 1373
“(a) In general

“(a) In general
Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.
(b) Additional authority of government entities
Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, no person or agency may prohibit, or in any way restrict, a Federal, State, or local government entity from doing any of the following with respect to information regarding the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual: …”

Expect more action in the Courts.
Do believe DOJ will eventually prevail and withhold Federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions.

A couple of locals who might not get $.
CoCo County $194,562
City of Concord $33,988

Local September 15, 2017 at 9:43 PM
Original G September 15, 2017 at 10:30 PM

“These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy.”

Not My President September 15, 2017 at 11:24 PM

And to add to OG’s list:

Right Bias
“These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See Also:

Original G September 16, 2017 at 4:38 AM

There’s only one thing that can be said about Hillary’s new book.

SF oh September 16, 2017 at 7:53 AM

This week Hillary showed her true colors once again by going on her national book tour/pity party, while millions of Americans were devasted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Hillary merrily charged entrance fees to book signings for her doting dolt supporters and also made several tv appearances whining and blaming everyone but herself for the loss. From what I’ve heard, the book contains a line that asks something like, “why do I create such fury? … I’m asking – because I really don’t understand it.” She is so self-centered and clueless – she will never understand it.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 16, 2017 at 9:02 AM
ClayDen September 16, 2017 at 9:43 AM

@Original G #2, regarding your last comment: Ditto!

Peace through strength; it works every time, but the liberal mind can’t comprehend it and will continue with their policy of “can’t we all just get along?” Then we have to get the adults in charge to clean up their messes.

RANDOM TASK September 16, 2017 at 11:08 AM

@3 yes the hyper loop is and never was feasible ….jerry brown is using that money to destroy the delta and install massive water pipes to southern parts of the state … voted him in this is what you get mismanagement and fraud as well as making northern demifornia pay for southern demifornia ….you voted him in this is what you get ….50 years of dem voting has put this state where it is if you don’t like it or complain you voted for these corrupt people …and no I did not ….YOU DID …enjoy your demise in purgatory

Dr. Jellyfinger September 16, 2017 at 11:21 AM

North Korean missiles look just like Chinese missiles… coincidence?
No way. .. and lets remember it was Bill Clinton who ok’d the transfer of technology to China to improve missile guidance ( for thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions from China that is).

Dr. Jellyfinger September 16, 2017 at 11:32 AM

That was kinda long… but to sum it up:

In 1996, President Bill Clinton personally signed an executive order transferring control of satellite technology to the Department of Commerce; thus releasing restraints on a wide variety of sophisticated space and missile technology which were then exported to China.

Scandals were exposed involving democrat fundraising and Chinese interests, the mysterious death of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and the scandal involving the Loral Corporation’s alleged illegal transfer of technology under the direction of its CEO who was a prominent democrat fundraiser, suffice it to say that some of that guidance and control system technology wound up aboard the Chinese DF-31 missile.

Also to be noted, the Chinese are not our friends and consistently export arms and missiles to those who do not wish America well, including North Korea.

Ricardoh September 16, 2017 at 3:43 PM

Dr. Jellyfinger the left can commit treason anytime they want and get away with approval of the press. Then the right gets accused of trying to make a mountain out of a molehill. Thats how we get lefter and lefter.

Badger September 16, 2017 at 5:19 PM

*pretty safe to say that if ** iPhones

Original G September 16, 2017 at 6:22 PM

Dr. Jellyfinger …. If this transfer of technology thing is true then a motto for Bill and Hillary’s family crest should be MONEY BEFORE COUNTRY.

Venice September 16, 2017 at 7:24 PM

GOP strategist and political commentator, Jen Kerns, offered a slam dunk assessment of Hillary Clinton’s blame game:

You know, it’s been said by a few folks this week that Hillary Clinton is like the O.J. Simpson of politics. She’s still out there a year later looking for the real killer of her campaign. Turns out it was her. I tend to agree with that.

I can tell you as a campaign press secretary for the last ten years, this is what happens. This is a textbook case of a candidate surrounding themselves with yes-people. They surround themselves with people who tell them what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear.

I always had a policy, I told candidates: “I will never lie for you, and I’ll never lie to you – and that includes giving you the hard advice.” It’s very clear this week, and this book tour, that Hillary Clinton has still not had advisers close to her that have been willing to really tell her the hard truth, which is she bears the burden of the blame for her failed campaign.

Thank you President Trump for saving us from that horrible excuse for a human being.

AlwaysBePositive September 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Single payer isn’t here yet, but it is on the horizon.

Everybody deserves healthcare, from prenatal care to end-of-life. It is an excellent way to prop up the ACA today. Adding an option to current market would benefit patients.

Set American businesses free. Medicare for all!

Original G September 16, 2017 at 7:44 PM

Sleep well tonight progressive liberals knowing the “rights” of an ILLEGAL were protected.

After all the cost was only the life of yet another American.

‘Alleged SF killer had been released from jail despite request for immigration hold’

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials lodged what is known as a detainer request for Jesus Perez-Araujo, 24, after he was arrested three months before the Aug. 15 street killing of 23-year-old Abel Enrique Esquivel Jr., said ICE spokesman James Schwab. The agency asked the city to hold him for up to 48 hours after his release.

But San Francisco, and every other county in the Bay Area, does not honor detainer requests because of concerns that they violate inmates’ constitutional rights. And San Francisco, where leaders have rallied behind sanctuary policies that limit local cooperation in deportation efforts, notifies ICE in advance of an inmate’s release only under strict circumstances.”…

“Despite the detainer, local authorities made the decision to release him back into the community without providing any notification to ICE, resulting in another arrest that may have been averted had the city chosen to cooperate with ICE,”

Dr. Jellyfinger September 16, 2017 at 8:09 PM

Sanctuary city strikes again. Another innocent killed by an illegal alien (who had been in custody)…with a stolen gun , and both guns stolen from a cop!.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 16, 2017 at 8:11 PM

@ 18 ~ It’s true… just another old & forgotten Clinton scandal.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 16, 2017 at 8:18 PM

@ 18 ~ And lets not forget Commerce Secretary Ron Brown who was in the deal up to his neck and told the Clintons “if I go down for this I am not going alone” Ron died shortly after that in a air force jet crash…. with a bullet hole through his skull that was never explained.

Venice September 16, 2017 at 8:20 PM

5 Reasons Bernie’s Health Care Plan Is Just AWFUL –

The “Medicare For All Act Of 2017” would essentially eliminate private insurance for most Americans and impose higher taxes. Here are five reasons why Bernie’s plan, endorsed by 15 idiot senators and 117 lunatic representatives, is just plain awful.

1.) It will dramatically increase payroll taxes. Here’s a helpful tip: anytime a politician says “free,” just immediately add a few percentages to your tax bracket, which would definitely be the case in Bernie’s plan, which calls for a 7.5% payroll tax on employers and a 4% “income-based premium” on all Americans. Sanders made a similar, albeit much more modest, proposal of 6.2% payroll tax increase last year, and according to a 2016 analysis of that proposal by Emory University Professor Kenneth Thorpe, the payroll tax would reduce wages.

“The new tax burden would vary dramatically by income. Low-income working families would pay 2.2 percent of taxable income and face a 6.2 percent reduction in wages traced to the employer payroll tax,” he wrote. “Individuals and families earning over $250,000 would face a 40 percent increase in taxes to finance the plan and pay for most of the new costs of the plan.”

2.) It will cost trillions. The estimated initial costs (this is before years of inflation, mind you) is projected at $2.5 trillion per year, which would create an “average of over $1 trillion per year financing shortfall,” according to Thorpe. That means the projected cost does not match the revenue stream, which in turn will require higher taxes than Bernie’s 7.2% payroll tax.

“To fund the program, payroll and income taxes would have to increase from a combined 8.4 percent in the Sanders plan to 20 percent while also retaining all remaining tax increases on capital gains, increased marginal tax rates, the estate tax and eliminating tax expenditures,” said Thorpe.

3.) High costs means price controls. As noted by National Interest, the only way our government overlords can adequately impose stringent budgets on something as elusive as healthcare is to essentially create cost controls in the “form of old-fashioned price controls or periodic payment cuts to doctors, hospitals or other medical professionals.”

“The little problem, of course, is that payment reductions for medical services always affect the patients who need those services,” notes NI. “Cost control through budgetary limitations or medical-payment cuts typically reduces the access that patients have to treatment, starting with progressively longer waiting lists.”

4.) Bureaucrats will determine appropriate healthcare, NOT you. As Americans woefully witnessed during the horrific Charlie Gard case in Britain, if the government foots the bill for healthcare, then government gets the final say. Sanders claims the new system will be “simple” and free Americans of having to haggle with insurers, but that is a lie. Instead of haggling with insurers, whom they can always threaten to leave, Americans will now be forced to fight with government bureaucrats for their medical needs.

“Government officials cannot control the demand for medical services; they can only control the supply of medical goods and services,” NI reports. “In practice, this means that government officials must determine what kind of care patients get, how they get it, under what circumstances they get it, and how those services will be ‘priced.’ (They don’t negotiate prices; they fix them.)”

“The Medicare program, with its tens of thousands of pages of rules and regulations and guidelines, demonstrates that painful fact daily to any Medicare patient struggling with a Medicare claims denial, or any doctor or any other medical professional wrestling with Medicare paperwork. Meanwhile, forget personal freedom.”

5.) If you like your healthcare plan, you sure CANNOT keep it. Period. Even under Obamacare, private health insurance still remains. That will officially be over should Bernie’s “Medicare For All” program become the law of the land. Unless you happen to fall into the upper-income brackets and can afford your own private insurer, you will be forced to grovel at the feet of Uncle Sam for all of your healthcare needs.

Take your Medicare For All and store it in that dark location where the sun never shines.

Original G September 16, 2017 at 8:20 PM

“California lawmakers on Saturday passed a “sanctuary state” bill to protect immigrants without legal residency in the U.S., part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration.

The legislation by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), the most far-reaching of its kind in the country, would limit state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevent officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations.”

“In a last minute vote early on Saturday, California’s legislature voted to approve a bill that would limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities, according to multiple reports.

The bill will prohibit additional jail time meant to allow immigration enforcement officials to take undocumented immigrants arrested for other reasons into custody.”

Dr. Jellyfinger September 16, 2017 at 9:06 PM
Dr. Jellyfinger September 16, 2017 at 9:07 PM

Expect a crush of new arrivals…..

ClayDen September 16, 2017 at 11:04 PM

@Dr. Jellyfinger #24
I remember both of those well. Another dead body from the Clintons and further proof (along with too many things to enumerate from the Obama Administration) that Democrats are not to be trusted with national security.

The country really dodged a bullet by electing President Trump. I also realize that “dodging a bullet” is a poor phrase to use when referring to the Clintons.

Fred P. September 17, 2017 at 8:35 AM


I guess you’re not familiar with supply/demand or economics. see what #25 wrote for starters….

Essentially, you and the other economically-challenged libs are expecting others to pay for what you claim is a “right.” And I guess you’re not familiar with the Bill of Rights. Nobody should be paying for a “right.”

SF oh September 17, 2017 at 8:46 AM

When I heard about the Sanctuary State passing, I was angry. But the more I thought about it, I realized I’m not angry – I’m sad. I’m almost in mourning because, I miss the California I once knew. I was lucky – I grew up in this area when California was a great place to live. Nice, safe neighborhoods – good schools – a beautiful area. Our family would often go to Lake Merritt for the day, or Berkeley, or San Francisco for dinner at the wharf….. Now – I never go to Oakland or Berkeley. Visiting San Francisco is just depressing – it’s awful to see such a beautiful city in shambles. California is nothing but crime, deadbeats and filth. Our politicians have sold us out for votes and to line their own pockets … and we’ve let them do it! So, I just feel sad – not so much for me but for my kids and their kids. They’ll never experience the beautiful California I knew- and it’s just going to get worse.

SF oh September 17, 2017 at 10:05 AM

I saw a story on the Los Angeles news. Average citizens of Sylmar were out demonstrating and demanding the police and city government do something about the homeless population that has overrun their town. People said they are constantly harassed by homeless asking for money. It’s gotten to the point where people come out of their houses and find homeless using their garden hoses for showers. Great – I guess we have that to look forward to also.

AlwaysBePositive September 17, 2017 at 12:38 PM

@#25 v
Your points,
#1 You don’t know what % payroll taxes will increase because it is not spelled out yet. Sen. Sanders did not say it was free, he has clearly said it will be paid for through taxes. While mentioning tax increases, you fail to mention that we will not have to pay private health insurance premiums and your employer won’t either.
#2 It would cost trillions under the current insurance funding system. That system would no longer exist. Remember, the US currently pays about twice as much per capita for healthcare with worse outcomes than the rest of the industrialized world.
#3 If you don’t think your healthcare decisions are already being made to benefit the corporation that covers you, you just aren’t paying attention.
#4 See #3, but I’d rather have a govt bureaucrat making those decisions than a mid-mgmt type whose bonus depends on profit for the corporation.
#5 You are right, because all private health insurance plans (other than those that provide the benefits all Americans receive) will not exist. Even those with low lifetime limits, no maternity coverage, or no mental health coverage. You are wrong in the characterization of what the market will look like.

@#29 cd
Democrats can’t be trusted on national security? Who was in charge when the towers came down? A Republican.

@#30 g
@#31 fp
The 6th Amendment for example. Who pays for your right to a speedy trial by jury? You have supported my position, we already all pay for the things that benefit us, why should healthcare be any different? And healthcare has nothing to do with supply and demand. Last time you went to your doctor, did you think about shopping around to find the best deal, the most convenient time for you, or even the past history of available providers? I’d be glad to debate the economics of healthcare, it is not a free market.

Medicare for all! Start by lowering the qualification age to 60 and adding it as an option to all areas that do not have health insurance competition now.

ClayDen September 17, 2017 at 1:51 PM

@ABP 35:
Who had the chance to take out Bin Laden before 9/11 but decided not to? Who was the President when the North Tower of the WTC was bombed in 1993, but failed to recognize the threat?

If you answered Bill Clinton, you win a gold star. Admittedly, he hadn’t been President very long when the bombing occurred, however, he WAS President for several years before he had the chance to have Bin Laden taken out.

I repeat myself: Democrats are not to be trusted with national security. I worked for DoD during both Democrat and Republican administrations, and there IS a difference.

Venice September 17, 2017 at 3:34 PM

abp –
Clearly you haven’t experienced “free” socialized medical coverage as it exists in England and Ireland. I did.
It was by far substandard to what we have here. Upon my return I was seen by my doctors who expressed amazement at the poor level of treatment I received.
I believe you’re ignorant of the facts and full of B.S.

Original G September 17, 2017 at 4:22 PM

Venice ….. You are correct.
“A record 90,600 complaints were made about GPs and dentists last year, NHS figures show.

The number has risen by 10 per cent in a year amid growing frustration about waiting times and a lack of doctors.

A total of 208,415 written complaints were made against the NHS in 2016/17, an average of 571 every single day.

This figure is also a record high although officials pointed out that hospitals and health trusts had become better at collecting data.

GP leaders admitted surgeries were ‘buckling under the pressures’ of the rising demand and shortage of staff.

Family doctors across England are considering closing their doors to new patients because they cannot cope with those already on the register.”

NHS crisis plan to cancel operations and appointments as winter draws in

One in five hospitals is breaking the law in its level of neglect of the elderly, a damning report revealed yesterday.

The UK has one of the worst healthcare systems in the developed world

Hundreds MORE die unexpectedly at crisis hospitals

Revealed – NHS blunders ‘led to FOUR THOUSAND deaths’ and made 13,000 people worse last year after staff gave wrong drugs and left ‘surgical instruments’ inside patients

Cystic Fibrosis sufferer is being refused a “chance of life” drug by the NHS despite the manufacturer offering it to her for free

Fred P. September 17, 2017 at 5:02 PM

@abp…. and where is it spelled out that health care is a “right?”

It’s not.

Man or government does not create rights. The 6th Amendment is a right.

Rights are pre-existing.

Learn some history.

Likewise, I’ve experienced the UK’s health care system.

Forget about it.

Fred P. September 17, 2017 at 5:07 PM

@always be positive…. my sense is that you and aspirin need to educate yourselves and learn the facts – and unintended consequences of these actions. Too many politicians are promising crap and have no idea how to finance it without “breaking the bank.”

The problem is that the low information voters aren’t paying attention and holding the politicians accountable.

Until the politicians are held FULLY ACCOUNTABLE, I don’t trust anything they attempt.

Larry September 17, 2017 at 5:46 PM

Sanctuary State crap is so Dems can get more votes against our existing laws and constitution Duh.

ON DA September 17, 2017 at 9:52 PM

Where has the legalization of meth crowd been lately?

Not a peep?

AlwaysBePositive September 17, 2017 at 9:57 PM

Okay, enlighten me…what part of a healthcare system that costs twice as much per patient and has worse health outcomes than other industrialized countries is it that you like?

Here is how I am positive healthcare is a right.

When you stand in front of whoever it is you believe judges your life’s work, will you say I was in favor of providing healthcare to everyone, or I was against providing health care for everyone. No matter how you answer, I hope you never have to experience an inability to provide care for someone you love.

How is your long-term care coverage? Medicare for all!

Forsythe September 18, 2017 at 6:18 AM

What Happened: Hillary Clinton’s “scab-picking” book tour

Politico reports that “Democratic operatives can’t stand the thought of Hilary picking the scabs of 2016,” fearing she will alienate the Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren fringe of her party ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

She and her more dedicated surrogates say those who did not vote for her are among the new-and-improved right-wing-conspiracy, or Alt-Right.

They are racist, sexist, uneducated know-nothings. They don’t like the wit and wisdom of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow or the sage advice of the New York Times’ editorial board.

They are among the growing army of nonconformists unmoved by popular culture’s daily transmitted marching orders. And they aren’t enamored with Republicans either.

Hillary Clinton was chosen by Democratic Party elites. They rigged the primaries in her favor because they believed her to be untouchable. For nearly two decades, she deftly defended herself and her husband against the attacks that arose with every Clinton scandal.

What Happened? The wicked witch of the east is melting down.

Aspirin September 18, 2017 at 8:08 AM

Watch out ! The GOP is trying, yet again, to “fix” healthcare by employing its usual bankrupt ideas.

Insanity is the act of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Aspirin September 18, 2017 at 8:09 AM

Giddyup, Medicare works. Ask any senior.

Aspirin September 18, 2017 at 8:13 AM

Everyone “needs” healthcare, sooner or later. That should be obvious to anyone working in an emergency room.

Healthcare is not an option and it is not free.

Pay now or pay later, but you are definitely going to pay much more later.

Elwood September 18, 2017 at 11:04 AM

@ Aspirin #50

“Insanity is the act of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

You should know. You post the same bull$hit over and over again.

Elwood September 18, 2017 at 11:08 AM

@ Aspirin #51

“Medicare works. Ask any senior.”

Oh, yeah? Then why do many doctors refuse to accept it? They say it’s low pay and slow pay. But they’re probably just greedy haters.

Elwood September 18, 2017 at 11:17 AM

@ Aspirin #52

verb (used without object), pontificated, pontificating.

to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner:
Did he pontificate about the responsibilities of a good citizen?


Silva September 18, 2017 at 11:39 AM

I have Medicare, and get my health care through Kaiser, and it’s the same care everyone else gets through Kaiser. I it’s always been good, and they’ve extended my life numerous times. Kaiser has no reason to waste money on unnecessary surgeries and treatments, and though I’ve heard about errors, I have to say that my personal lifetime experiences with every professional in the system has been very positive. I’ve never run across anyone who didn’t exceed standards of medical training. I can’t say the same for my experience with elderly mother. Her end of life care was a patchwork of missed opportunities to help her, till they finished her off with C-DIFF.

Elwood September 18, 2017 at 2:20 PM

@ Silva #58

Medicare through Kaiser and medicare in the fee for service world are two completely different animals, just as Kaiser is different from fee for service.

You’re comparing mangoes and pomegranates.

Aspirin September 18, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Venice, everyone needs healthcare, sooner or later.

“Everyone” means you, your family, friends, your dog and cat.

Silva September 18, 2017 at 3:13 PM

Elwood, Oh. Sorry.

Aspirin September 18, 2017 at 4:09 PM

Defense Secretary James Mattis said that over 3,000 additional U.S. troops will deploy to Afghanistan. He made the revelation during an impromptu news conference with reporters at the Pentagon Monday.

300,000 should be more like it but it won’t do any good. We didn’t learn from the Vietnam War and we didn’t learn from the Iraq War(s).

We should stay the hell out of places where we don’t understand or cannot change the issues causing conflict in the first place.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 18, 2017 at 8:38 PM

Geez! Even Nancy Pel00si gets shouted down by friggin illegal aliens!
I had to laugh.. but dang! It’s like uninvited guests sneak into house and start complaining about the host’s attitude… shouting and demanding things!
They can all F.O.

TIFOKCIS September 19, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Progressive, Liberals and Democrats.

Passing through Gold Beach, OR we saw people gathered with signs thanking firefighters.

St. Louis, MO filth gathered and smashed windows.

Gold Beach, OR has a huge TRUMP/PENCE billboard in the middle of town.

St. Louis, MO voted Hillary.

Original G September 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Well now what will be the reaction from rabid leftists of President Trump’s speech to the UN?

Venice September 19, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Food Stamp Usage Has Fallen Every Month Under Trump –

New statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) indicate that the use of food stamps has declined every month under the Trump administration.

The number of people using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped to 41,310,785 in June 2017, which is more than 2,000,000 fewer participants than in June 2016 and the lowest participation rate since 2010, when it was 40,302,000.

Since President Trump’s inauguration in January, the number of SNAP participants has dropped steadily every month, the largest drops from January to February (408,956) and March to April (521,295). Here are the numbers for January to June (the most recent available data):

Jan 2017 – 42,691,363
Feb 2017 – 42,282,407
March 2017 – 42,187,255
April 2017 – 41,665,960
May 2017 – 41,489,433
June 2017 – 41,310,785
This trend is not expected to slow down anytime soon; the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects a steady 1-2% decline in participation per year for at least the next ten years unless the left wing lunatics get their way again.

Original G September 19, 2017 at 12:01 PM

“More than half of California voters say the state’s housing affordability crisis is so bad that they’ve considered moving, and 60 percent of the electorate supports rent control, according to a new statewide poll.

The findings from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies reflect broad concerns Californians have over the soaring cost of living.”

Buyers from outside the USA are driving up prices as they did in British Columbia, Canada. BC had to put in a transfer tax to stop Canadians from being priced out of the market. Vancouver saw year over year home price increases of over 30%.

“The flood of international investors has driven home prices out of reach for members of Vancouver’s middle class, many of whom fear that their neighborhoods are slowly turning into ghost towns.”

A 15% property tax on foreign home buyers in the Canadian city of Vancouver has taken effect in an effort to create more affordable housing.

The tax is aimed at preventing foreign investors, many from mainland China, from driving up costs in Canada’s most expensive property market.

British Columbia’s property transfer tax rates currently range from 1% to 3%, depending on a home’s value.

The average cost of a Vancouver home increased 32% over a year.

You can count upon feckless progressive liberal Democrats controlling the CA State Legislature to do absolutely NOTHING to dissuade foreign money causing Californians to be priced out of the housing market and possibly causing another housing crash.

Original G September 19, 2017 at 12:14 PM

“In September 2014, which is the latest data from the USDA, there were 46,459,998 Americans who received assistance from the SNAP program. The number of beneficiaries has exceeded 46 million since September 2011, a total of 37 months, or more than three years.”

“Thirteen previously exempted Alabama counties saw an 85 percent drop in food stamp participation after work requirements were put in place on Jan. 1, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources.”

“More than 17,000 food stamp recipients in eight Kentucky counties must begin part-time work, education or volunteer activities to keep their benefits under a requirement reinstated this month.”

“Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says more than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the food stamps program since it began enforcing work requirements last year.” … “Under the change, adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents cannot receive food stamps for longer than three months unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program or meet volunteering requirements.”

Aspirin September 19, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Trump’s toothless bombast at the UN was an embarrassment for our country.

Original G September 19, 2017 at 2:14 PM

“President Donald Trump told world leaders the U.S. would no longer be ‘taken advantage of’ as he blasted trade deals that he says caused millions of jobs to vanish.”…

” ‘But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.’

‘As long as I hold this office,’ Trump vowed: ‘I will defend America’s interests above all else, but in fulfilling our obligations to our nations, we also realize that it’s in everyone’s interests to seek the future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous, and secure.’ “…

” ‘In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty’,’ the president said. ‘Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.’ ”

” ‘For too long the American people were told that mammoth, multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success,’ Trump said.

‘But as those promises flowed, millions of jobs vanished and thousands of factories disappeared. Others gamed the system and broke the rules, and our great middle class, once the bedrock of American prosperity, was forgotten and left behind, but they are forgotten no more and they will never be forgotten again,’ he said. ”

Refreshing change after eight years of invertebrate apologizing, bowing and red lines turning to yellow streaks.

“If the President of the United States is going to lay down a red line, he ought to stick to it. Barack Obama, however, is not so consistent.”

“The speech was originally conceived as a call to arms. But in a televised address on Tuesday evening, United States President Barack Obama said he will hold off on military action in Syria and pursue diplomatic measures instead.”
‘How Obama Disappointed the World’
‘Obama Comes Across as Cold, Arrogant and Elitist’
‘Obama’s Euro-Crisis Lecture Is ‘Pitiful and Sad”×425.jpg

Obama proved to the world, … Weakness Invites Provocation.

“My fellow Americans:
At 7 o’clock this evening eastern time air and naval forces of the United States launched a series of strikes against the headquarters, terrorist facilities, and military assets that support Mu`ammar Qadhafi’s subversive activities. The attacks were concentrated and carefully targeted to minimize casualties among the Libyan people with whom we have no quarrel. From initial reports, our forces have succeeded in their mission.

Several weeks ago in New Orleans, I warned Colonel Qadhafi we would hold his regime accountable for any new terrorist attacks launched against American citizens. More recently I made it clear we would respond as soon as we determined conclusively who was responsible for such attacks.”…

” We Americans are slow to anger. We always seek peaceful avenues before resorting to the use of force — and we did. We tried quiet diplomacy, public condemnation, economic sanctions, and demonstrations of military force. None succeeded. Despite our repeated warnings, Qadhafi continued his reckless policy of intimidation, his relentless pursuit of terror. He counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong. I warned that there should be no place on Earth where terrorists can rest and train and practice their deadly skills. I meant it. I said that we would act with others, if possible, and alone if necessary to ensure that terrorists have no sanctuary anywhere. Tonight, we have.

Thank you, and God bless you.”
President Reagan April 14, 1986

Forsythe September 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Trump’s United Nations speech was unlike any speech by an American president. He stood up for America first. And he put the United Nations in its place.

Bibi Netanyahu, I thought, was gonna jack-in-the-box out of the seat with a standing ovation when Trump launched into Iran. It was one of the happiest I’ve ever seen an Israeli at the United Nations.

Obama never said a thing at the UN other than to signal the world why he wasn’t being more authoritarian. (Imitating Obama), “Why didn’t we just put that man that made the video that caused Benghazi in jail? . . . Well, we did, but we can’t because of our laws.”

It was almost like Obama was explaining to fellow authoritarians why he couldn’t do what he really wanted to do. “Because of our laws.” As though the world doesn’t know of our Constitution and freedom.

Imagine the horror when all these members of the UN General Assembly, leftist viewers, the Drive-By Media, when they heard Trump say, “The USA has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world”.

They live with a delusion that — be they benevolent, mean-spirited, or brutal, as dictators they can bring about the same kind of prosperity that exists in the U.S. They see freedom, liberty, the spirit that is created by entrepreneurism, and they are jealous.

None of the world leaders I’m talking about would ever give their people the chance to be free, because they could not trust free elections.

Trump said, “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that it has been faithfully implemented.”

The United Nations is the perfect example of the unequal distribution of freedom and capitalism, and the over distribution of socialism and communism.

Clayton Squirrel September 19, 2017 at 2:34 PM

Oh my! I see why I don’t wander over to politics very often. It’s quite angry over here.

@Silva: Yes, my mother-in-law has Medicare and pays a small supplement to be seen through Kaiser. She LOVES it. They have literally saved her life.

My post for today comes after I read an article about changing your mind on topics. It’s very hard to do as many people cling to their beliefs and reinforce them by communicating with people who share their viewpoint.

My challenge to you: Think of something good or nice that each of our two presidential candidates has done.

I know there is a lot of hate out there but can you sincerely say something out loud to yourself that compliments the one that frequently makes you angry? Is he or she right about something? One thing? That doesn’t mean that you accept actions that you disagree with but it might help you realize that neither of them is 100% bad.

TIFOKCIS September 19, 2017 at 4:03 PM

The coexist people are the worst coexisters.

Original G September 19, 2017 at 4:59 PM

Perhaps CA State Senator Glazer should explain his vote in favor of CA. SB-149 on 09/15/17.

“This bill would enact the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act, which would require a candidate for President, in order to have his or her name placed upon a primary election ballot, to file his or her income tax returns for the 5 most recent taxable years with the Secretary of State, as specified.”

Are there not far more pressing issues facing CA Legislature than taking immature swipes at President Trump?

Thought we elected an independent thinking capable adult by voting for Mr. Glazer. Has he succumbed and become one more party clone ?????

For instance what does Senator Glazer propose to do about “75% of black California boys don’t meet state reading standards .”

Elwood September 19, 2017 at 5:42 PM

@ Aspirin #69

“Trump’s toothless bombast at the UN was an embarrassment for our country.”

Oh, come on! Surely you can think of something worse to say than that.

I don’t think you’re trying.

And please explain what exactly is a “toothless bombast”? You are pioneering new territory for the English language.

Pony September 19, 2017 at 5:48 PM

@ Original G – post 74
Glazer is a one trick pony. His only concern is to support the BART board in their money grabs and bust the BART union. He could give a rats rear end about anything else. Anything else, he will vote what ever is blowing in the wind that day.

Aspirin September 19, 2017 at 6:46 PM

Trump at the UN: ” The USA has experienced job growth it has not seen in a very long time.”

False. Job growth was much greater under Obama.

Original G September 19, 2017 at 7:26 PM

As expected some career Democrat politicians and their sycophant media thought President Trump’s UN speech was worst thing since hemorrhoids.

But have yet to hear from them viable alternatives to dealing with N. Korea or Iran. Although career Democrat politicians do have an established track record in dealing with both Iran and N. Korea.
” President Clinton on Tuesday approved a deal reached by U.S. negotiators in Geneva to stop North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, saying the agreement “will make the United States, the Korean peninsula and the world safer.” ”

Obama teleprompter lecture to N. Korea, one of many. hip waders optional
What is strange is his base, media included, having such short memories of what Obama said.
Obama’s Clinton moment with his Iran deal.

Want to place blame for N. Korea and Iran?
Bill Clinton, Bush’s Dumb kid, Obama and yes even Jimmy Carter career politicians.
In case of Iran an you better sit down to watch.

Predictably China has come out proposing six party talks on N. Korea.
Another view on N Korea and China.

Venice September 19, 2017 at 8:22 PM

I had thought you were simply ignorant of the facts, aspirin. Now I believe you’re just another liar.

Original G September 19, 2017 at 9:18 PM

And what did NBC do on day President Trump speaks to the United Nations.

“President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said Tuesday that if President Donald Trump backs out of the 2015 nuclear deal, “no one will trust America again” and his country could then resume work on expanding its nuclear capabilities.

Rouhani raised that possibility in an interview with NBC News just before Trump spoke for the first time as president before the United Nations General Assembly, where he called Tehran a “murderous regime” and the nuclear deal “an embarrassment to the United States.” ”

Then follows up with a hit piece from former Obama CIA Director John Brennan.

Elwood September 19, 2017 at 11:02 PM

I like rocket man, but I think Pig Boy is better.

Original G September 19, 2017 at 11:27 PM

Sixteen dead in San Diego County from hepatitis A.
An today Los Angeles County health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak.

“The Santa Cruz County Public Health Division is taking additional steps in response to the ongoing increase in hepatitis A cases in Santa Cruz County.

County health officials believe the outbreak stemmed from the recent deadly outbreak in San Diego. Santa Cruz County normally sees 1-2 cases each year, this year the county has identified close to 70. The homeless population has been affected the most, but cases outside of that population have also occurred. Those who do not have access to sanitary facilities or who share syringes are more likely to contract the virus.”

Pop September 20, 2017 at 7:43 AM

Hepatitis A is deadly and currently increasing among the homeless population. See Original G #84 post

Has some one informed Concord city managers? Maybe Walnut Creek should know too. We already know San Francisco thinks that is a racist comment.

Aspirin September 20, 2017 at 7:45 AM

Again, I am so thankful to be living in the liberal Bay Area where the vast majority is progressive and intelligent.

We have friends who recently moved to a deep red state. They are miserable.

Houses are cheaper but the political climate is unbearable.

Aspirin September 20, 2017 at 7:52 AM

The new GOP health plan tries to give healthcare power back to the states.

If you were born yesterday this might be appealing to you.

Those of us who lived through a similar system before the ACA know better.

Aspirin September 20, 2017 at 7:59 AM

“Are There Any Long-Term Effects with hepatitis A?
Usually the virus doesn’t cause any long-term problems or complications. But according to the CDC, 10% to 15% of people with hepatitis A will have symptoms that last a long time or come back over a 6- to 9-month period. In rare situations, some people may have liver failure or need a transplant.”

“You’re most likely to contract hepatitis A from contaminated food or water or from close contact with someone who’s infected. Mild cases of hepatitis A don’t require treatment, and most people who are infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage.”

“Deadly”? Rarely.

– Mayo Clinic

Aspirin September 20, 2017 at 8:01 AM

Always happy to elucidate, educate, pontificate.

Read Aspirin daily for the best benefit.

Silva September 20, 2017 at 8:10 AM

Elwood, Pigs are fine and noble animals. They are more intelligent than dogs, and are naturally clean and housebroken, if given that option. Pigs everywhere resent that characterization!

TIFOKCIS September 20, 2017 at 8:45 AM

progressives, liberals and democrats crying are proof TRUMP is doing a GREAT job.

Fred P. September 20, 2017 at 9:28 AM

@aspirin #86…

1. The terms “progressive” and “intelligent” are mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive.

2. You stated that your friends that moved to a red state are “miserable.” I contend that they are miserable because they are your friend – not because they moved to a red state.

3. Of course, the politics in a red state are unbearable to you. That’s because you’re a dyed-in-the-wool liberal who is unable to keep an open mind. So effing what? You spout the party line, no matter what it’s saying. If they tell you to bare your a$$ and kill babies on the Washington Mall at high noon in front of a bunch of nuns celebrating Mass with a tribe of cannibals while demanding tripling of everyone’s taxes – you’d do it, no questions asked.

Your intentions are as transparent as teh space between your ears.

Silva September 20, 2017 at 10:08 AM

Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost.

The draft report, which was obtained by The New York Times, contradicts a central argument made by advocates of deep cuts in refugee totals as President Trump faces an Oct. 1 deadline to decide on an allowable number. The issue has sparked intense debate within his administration as opponents of the program, led by Mr. Trump’s chief policy adviser, Stephen Miller, assert that continuing to welcome refugees is too costly and raises concerns about terrorism.

Advocates of the program inside and outside the administration say refugees are a major benefit to the United States, paying more in taxes than they consume in public benefits, and filling jobs in service industries that others will not. But research documenting their fiscal upside — prepared for a report mandated by Mr. Trump in a March presidential memorandum implementing his travel ban — never made its way to the White House. Some of those proponents believe the report was suppressed.

Original G September 20, 2017 at 10:36 AM

As result of progressive liberal Democrats turning CA into a socialist welfare nanny state other states routinely give their homeless and mental patients one way bus tickets here. Added bonus is migration of homeless criminals to CA where it is difficult for authorities to charge felonies and personal illegal drug use is only a misdemeanor after passage of Prop 47.

“Los Angeles health officials have declared an outbreak of hepatitis A, making it the third region in California hit by the highly contagious liver disease this year.

San Diego has more than 420 cases and 16 deaths this year, while Santa Cruz County has 69 known cases.

The outbreak was declared after two out of 10 confirmed cases in LA were acquired locally instead of from the other regions.

Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can spread through ingesting food and drinks that have come in contact with feces of people who are already infected.”

One thing is certain prior to 2018 elections Democrat operatives will make sure homeless are registered to vote.

Original G September 20, 2017 at 12:03 PM

As expected CA is filing suit against the border wall.
University of CA has filed suit over DACA.

An there is a good possibility President Trump will appoint one possibly two Supreme Court justices in 2018.

As to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra suing over border wall,
“The Trump administration on Tuesday waived environmental laws and other reviews to replace a small stretch of border wall in Calexico, California, the second time it has exercised that authority in less than two months.

Critics said the move was an overreach and a threat to the environment.

The waiver extends 3 miles (5 kilometers) west from the downtown border crossing in the city of 40,000 people, according to a notice in the Federal Register.

The Department of Homeland Security will replace an airstrip landing-mat-style fence about 14 feet (4.3 meters) high with a bollard-style fence up to 25 feet (7.6 meters) high.

Elaine Duke, the acting Homeland Security secretary, said replacing fence in the area was one of the highest priorities for border security. The government plans to award a contract in November and begin construction in February.

It marks the seventh time the government has waived environmental reviews under a 2005 law. That law exempts the government from the National Environmental Protection Act, which calls for extensive reviews of environmental impacts, and a host of other laws.

Last month, Homeland Security waived reviews for a 15-mile (24-kilometer) stretch in San Diego.”

Will be interesting when cases reach US Supreme Court.

AlwaysBePositive September 20, 2017 at 2:39 PM

@#94 og
Are they over 18? Are they eligible to vote? Then hell yes they’ll get registered. Having an address is not a voting requirement. At least not yet.

Our President called names at the UN General Assembly. What a child.

Venice September 20, 2017 at 2:46 PM

Hooray for Carbon Dioxide! It’s Helping to Feed the World’s Hungry
By H. Sterling Burnett
Among the greatest challenges humankind has faced throughout its history, feeding the world’s hungry ranks at or near the very top of the list. And with the world’s population expected to top nine billion between 2050 and 2100, this issue will surely become even more important in the coming decades.

However, what many people may not realize is that the carbon dioxide humans have been pumping into the air since the middle of the 20th century has enriched plant growth, thereby contributing to record crop yields, which has helped to bring about the largest decline in hunger, starvation, and malnutrition in human history.

Most of the world’s plant life arose during times when carbon-dioxide levels were much higher than they are today. Over time, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere slowly declined, to the extent that during the most recent ice age, atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels fell to dangerously low levels — just 180 parts per million (ppm). Plants begin to die when carbon dioxide reaches 150 ppm, because they are unable to use sunlight to photosynthesize food from carbon dioxide and water. After humans emerged from the previous ice age, carbon-dioxide levels rose to approximately 280 ppm, still far below the levels existing when plant life began to colonize the land.

Let’s be clear: If plants die, humans and almost all other living beings on Earth will perish as well, so, historically speaking, higher carbon-dioxide levels are positive and associated with more life on Earth.

The addition of approximately 120 ppm carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by humans — through the burning of fossil fuels, slash-and-burn agriculture, and various other actions — is making plants grow stronger, more quickly and abundantly, and improving the efficiency with which they use water. (Under higher carbon-dioxide conditions, plants lose less water through their stoma during transpiration.)

Since the widespread development and use of fossil fuels, world poverty and hunger have declined precipitously. Despite adding 3.2 billion people to the planet since 1968, poverty and hunger have fallen at a faster rate than at any time in human history.

Contrary to the predictions made by 1968 Malthusian environmentalists such as Paul Ehrlich, who said in his woefully mistaken 1968 jeremiad The Population Bomb, “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now,” more people are better fed today than ever before.

Original G September 20, 2017 at 3:18 PM

abp .. I apologize for your confusion and for not putting SARCASM ALERT ahead of “One thing is certain prior to 2018 elections Democrat operatives will make sure homeless are registered to vote.”

After all we all know how much President Obama cared and what a difference he made in the lives of impoverished black youth.

Dang, forgot again.

Original G September 20, 2017 at 3:47 PM

Giddyup … Thank You for mentioning fake passports. Was widely know during Obama administration there were passport problems in the Mideast yet they went ahead with allowing “refugees” in. Terrorists as they waltzed thru Iraq and other countries robbed banks, picked up radioactive isotopes and everything needed to crank out passports.

“Migrants are buying fake Syrian passports”
“Paris Stadium Attacker Got to Europe Using Fake Syrian Passport ”
“MailOnline reporter bought an IDENTICAL Syrian passport that ISIS bomber used to sneak into Europe before Paris attacks”
“French officials delivered scary news today: ISIS has become so proficient at creating fake passports that it is practically an “industry” at this point.

Because they now have widespread support, ISIS has been able to acquire blank passports from affiliates in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. ”

“The 17-page Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Intelligence Report, issued to law enforcement last week, says ISIS likely has been able to print legitimate-looking Syrian passports since taking over the city of Deir ez-Zour last summer, home to a passport office with “boxes of blank passports” and a passport printing machine. Another passport office was located in Raqqa, Syria, which has long been ISIS’s de facto capital.”

“Fears terrorists and economic migrants could be obtaining Syrian passports with few checks in their bid to reach Europe as 10,000 are handed out at embassy in Jordan in just one month ”

What was Obama administration’s response?
“FBI admits there’s no way to screen all the Syrian refugees the Obama administration plans to accept into the US”
“How to Screen 600 Syrian Refugees a Day: A “Surge Operation””

“Obama administration fails to screen Syrian refugees’ social media accounts”
“San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik openly supported violent jihad on social media yet still passed THREE background checks to gain entry into America”

“US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees”

Obama’s look good in history and on world stage may have been primary motive.

Original G September 20, 2017 at 9:58 PM

Giddyup … Here is a visual aid for liberals to understand what President Trump wanted to do with temporary travel restrictions. An several on the list were ones with passport problems.

Elwood September 20, 2017 at 11:54 PM

@ Aspirin #89

troll: Digital Technology. Informal. to post inflammatory or inappropriate messages or comments online for the purpose of upsetting other users and provoking a response. –

Aspirin September 21, 2017 at 8:34 AM

It is interesting that a decision to attack a nonexistent enemy, like Iraq, Vietnam and Afghanistan for instance, sails through Congress no problem while American healthcare remains a partisan free-for-all year in and year out.

We’re good at killing people but not so good at saving people.

Aspirin September 21, 2017 at 8:40 AM

As a country with a huge immigrant population America has been quite safe actually, with very few terrorist attacks.

Some want us to compromise our freedom in order to satisfy their paranoia, never realizing that they are playing into the hands of the terrorists.

The main weapon of terrorism is fear. Building walls will not defeat such an enemy.

Ask the Chinese.

Aspirin September 21, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Fred, when the right actually contributes something of value I do listen.

Lately I’m not hearing very much of value.

Fred P. September 21, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Aspirin – value is entirely a subjective value. If you have a closed mind or only look to liberal websites to get their spin, you’re not getting the FACTS.

Anytime spin is introduced, you lose the raw information. And when you introduce your own belief system, you’re taking away from the raw data/information – which is why you can’t assign a term like “value” to it.

Anytime any bias is introduced, from the source to the recipient, the “value” becomes important only to the recipient.

Think about it.

Original G September 21, 2017 at 10:48 AM

Fred P. … You are absolutely spot on.

Original G September 21, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Well some things never do seem to get better and perhaps for some folks it is from being unable to learn from ones mistakes. Then again one never takes time to reflect if they know they are perfect and everyone else isn’t as smart as they are.

“Obama refers to himself 96 times during short speech to Gates group”

AlwaysBePositive September 21, 2017 at 3:37 PM

hey djt voters…

djt sold you on the fact that he would label China as a currency manipulator (as a matter of fact he called China a “grand champion” at currency manipulation) on day one. He didn’t, and he won’t. All hat no cowboy…

djt sold it, you bought it. Sorry no returns.

AlwaysBePositive September 21, 2017 at 3:44 PM

djt is making noise about shoving the Iran Nuclear deal to Congress and have them deal with it. He is not capable of dealing with one nuclear proliferation issue and now he wants to add a second one?

Did you hear what he told a group of African leaders at a United Nations lunch yesterday? He started by saying that he was very impressed with Africa’s economic potential. At this point I have to paraphrase because I was so stunned. He said something like…’I have so many friends going to your country’s to get rich’.

What an idiot.

Venice September 21, 2017 at 4:36 PM

QUICK….someone get ABP a tissue.

Original G September 21, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Travis County Texas Democrat. has a problem.

” ‘Corrupt’ Texas lawmaker ‘showed up to work high on morphine, spent $51K on an online psychic and used taxpayer money to get her daughter to and from school’ ” …

“The DA’s office last week placed 13 felony charges against Dukes on hold after a legislative official gave conflicting information about reimbursement vouchers that Dukes is alleged to have falsified in 2013 and 2014 for days she did not travel to the Capitol.”

Dr. Jellyfinger September 21, 2017 at 9:22 PM

Did it ever occur to any of you that America would be suffering many more terrorist attacks, except that so many Islamic extremists who arrived here found that they liked America so much they decided to abandon their mission & chose instead to pursue some life, liberty & happiness?

Silva September 21, 2017 at 10:19 PM

Did you figure that out all on your own, Dr. Jellyfinger?

Dr. Jellyfinger September 22, 2017 at 12:09 AM

I guess so…. all the Democrats told me they were just innocent refugees.

Chicken Little September 22, 2017 at 5:17 AM

Aspirin 107,
Your second paragraph describes hoplophobia perfectly.

AlwaysBePositive September 22, 2017 at 9:31 AM

@#116 g
Yes it is terrible. Almost as terrible as Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) using Auschwitz as a backdrop for a campaign ad last summer. Almost as terrible as an American President talking about the Holocaust and not mentioning Jewish people on Holocaust Rememberance Day. Or Sen. Campfield (R-TN) who compared signups for Obamacare to sign ups for mandatory train rides for Jews in the 1940’s.

Leave your hypocritical outrage at the door.

AlwaysBePositive September 22, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Hey djt voters…

On the campaign djt said he would not bomb Syria. He’s bombing Syria.

djt sold you. You bought it. Sorry, no returns.

Fred P. September 22, 2017 at 1:11 PM

And now Hillary wants to get rid of the Electoral College.

The only reason why is she LOST! And the Electoral College is in place to prevent a couple of the most populous states (which happen to be democrat strongholds) from deciding the election and essentially eliminating the other 48 states from participating.

What an idiot!

WC resident September 22, 2017 at 2:18 PM

@Fred P. The Electoral College is not the only reason why Hillary Lost lost.

AlwaysBePositive September 22, 2017 at 2:41 PM

The electoral college is a relic of the past. Created when it would take weeks to get from Georgia to Philadelphia, we now have the ability to count votes in real time (but I believe reporting election results should be delayed until the day after the election).

Tell me fp, why are 3 million votes from Iowa more important than three million votes from California? Why are 3 million rural votes more important than 3 million urban votes? Why does it take 195,167 Wyoming votes to generate 1 electoral college vote and it takes 713,636 Californians to generate the same electoral vote.

One person, one vote. It’s not that difficult, but R’s know they have to keep the electoral college to have any chance of winning a national election. Sec. Clinton was the 6th candidate to win the popular vote and lose the election.

Rollo Tomasi September 22, 2017 at 5:17 PM

If one eliminates ALL the votes received by BOTH candidates in Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Los Angeles and San Diego counties (less than 10% of California counties), Clinton still wins California’s electoral votes, but Trump wins the national popular vote as well as the electoral college, I suppose it’s OK for some of you that the course of the nation be determined by a few population centers with very little in common demographically or economically with most of the nation. Smacks of arrogance and elitism.

Let’s talk about that popular vote – you know, the one that determined (by a larger margin than Clinton’s popular vote victory) that California will not only retain the death penalty, but will strive to expedite the execution thereof. Let’s not forget about that popular vote in 2008, in which California voted that same-sex marriage would NOT be legally recognized. Yeah, let’s continue to hang our hats on the popular vote.

Aspirin September 22, 2017 at 5:24 PM

We now have proof of Russian attempts to hack into 21 states. This alone should cause some concern about Trump’s legitimacy as an elected president.

More to come ……

Original G September 22, 2017 at 6:19 PM

Are they sure it was the Russians and not more of those famous Rogue employees which seemed to infest the Obama administration ?

Obama: Not even a smidgen of corruption behind IRS targeting.

An let us remember Obama as usual knew nothing about it. …..
There’s this bridge I can sell ya real cheap . . . . .

“Georgia Confirms Homeland Security Attempted To Hack Election Database 10 Separate Times”

Was it really the Russians or more of those famous “Rogue Employees” ?

(sarcasm off)

Original G September 22, 2017 at 6:37 PM

“Sec. Clinton was the 6th candidate to win the popular vote and lose the election.”
By Gosh we certainly were fortunate.

An what were liberals supporting Hillary willing to do?

“Electoral College Members Receive Death Threats for Promising to Back Trump as President”
“Electoral voters ‘deluged’ with death threats in multiple states”

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