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  • "Personally, I find raising one child (with having disposable income) to be hard enough - ....... trying to do the best is my personal choice."

    This is exactly my point, floppy-robi. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILTY, and PERONAL CHOICE is indeed in the hands of the individual, but smear merchants and purveyors of propaganda and falsehood will distort the TRUTH, jes to misinform and to deceive America.

    We are and should be responsible for the consequences of our actions, except that for self ingratiation, progs will and have encouraged behaviors that have led to dependency, by creating all sorts of "programs" and entitlements with "money ya don't think should go to support someone who can't afford three kids then having a fourth. Technically, that is their problem"...again excellent point, we have been screaming from roof tops about, albeit, we are called "RWNJ", for telling the TRUTH....hehehehehehhehehehehe

    Progs have not supported the family structure, especially in the hoods, because it is easier to manage their population , using planned profits...sad, but TRUE.

  • "...when the Chinese execute a prisoner they harvest his body parts and sell them."

    Talk about community property....." all for the common good"- hehehehehehehehehehehe

  • How come the kneepad wearers based on real facts come to the same conclusion as Maureen? Is it because facts make their heads hurt?

  • Joe Biden in 2016: What Would Beau Do?

    AUG. 1, 2015

    Maureen Dowd

    WASHINGTON — A PATTERN of cutting corners, a patina of entitlement and inevitability, has led to this.

    Destroying digital messages and thwarting official investigations while acting all innocent about wiping out sensitive material.

    Avoiding reporters after giving disingenuous explanations at uncomfortable news conferences. Claiming egregious transgressions are a private matter and faux controversy while sending out high-power lawyers and spin doctors to deflect and minimize.

    Two controlling superstars with mutable hair and militant fans, married to two magnetic superstars who can make a gazillion an hour for flashing their faces and who have been known to stir up trouble.

    A pair of team captains craving a championship doing something surreptitious that they never needed to do to win.

    It turns out Tom Brady and Hillary Clinton have more in common than you would think.

    Brady had his assistant terminate his Samsung phone the day before he talked to an investigator about Deflategate. Hillary set up a home-brew private server, overruling the concerns of her husband’s aides, and erased 30,000 emails before the government had a chance to review them to see if any were classified.

    Brady and Hillary, wanting to win at all costs and believing the rules don’t apply to them, are willing to take the hit of people not believing them, calculating that there is no absolute proof.

    They both have a history of subterfuge — Brady and the Patriots with Spygate, Hillary with all her disappearing and appearing records.

    Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, is out there rabidly defending Brady. The crafty Hillary has her own rabid defender in David Brock. Kraft and Brock both have a financial interest, of course, in bleaching the images of their quarterbacks. Hillary and Brady have billion-dollar operations, and their sketchy value systems force people around them into seamy Faustian bargains.

    These may be mere speed bumps for these top players. But in the case of Hillary, problems of style and substance are starting to scuff her sheen of inevitability.

    There are tensions in her campaign that echo the failed 2008 campaign. Her rare interviews have seemed robotic and infused with the queenly attitude that put off people last time, before she melted in New Hampshire and decided, as in “Frozen,” to Let it go. Can Hillary convey authenticity only when she thinks she’s losing?

    Once more, she has figuratively and literally roped off the press, sloughing off her promise at a journalistic dinner four months ago for a fresh start.

    Her strategists worry about surveys showing that voters do not trust her. But her private server is a metaphor for her own lack of trust and a guarded, suspicious mind-set that lands her in needless messes.

    The Wall Street Journal on Thursday offered yet another unsavory saga of what appears to be Clinton back-scratching. After Hillary, as secretary of state, intervened to help make a deal where UBS had to turn over only a small fraction of the account information sought by the I.R.S., UBS amped up its donations to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million to do some Q. and A.’s for the company.

    Hillary is lucky that she faces a crowded, absurdist Republican field cowering in the shadow of the megalomaniacal showman Donald Trump.

    But two recent Quinnipiac University polls show her unfavorability rising in swing states. She now trails Jeb Bush by one point, after leading him by 10 in May, and Joe Biden leads Jeb by one point.

    Many Democrats fret that she seems more impatient than hungry, more cautious than charismatic. They are increasingly concerned that, aside from the very liberal Bernie Sanders, who could be approaching his ceiling in the early states, there is no backup if something blows up — no Jimmy Garoppolo to step in while Brady is suspended for four games.

    Potent friends of America’s lord of latte, Howard Schultz, have been pressing him to join the Democratic primary, thinking the time is right for someone who’s not a political lifer. For the passionate 62-year-old — watching the circus from Seattle — it may be a tempting proposition.

    After coming up from the housing projects in Brooklyn, Schultz reimagined Starbucks and then revived it. He has strong opinions, and even position papers, about what he calls the fraying American dream. While he was promoting his book on veterans last year, he honed a message about making government work again and finding “authentic, truthful leadership.”

    Joe Biden is also talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in. The 72-year-old vice president has been having meetings at his Washington residence to explore the idea of taking on Hillary in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    He gets along with Hillary and has always been respectful of the Democratic Party’s desire to make more history by putting the first woman in the Oval Office.

    But going through the crucible of the loss of his oldest son, Beau, to brain cancer made the vice president consider the quest again.

    As a little boy, Beau helped get his father through the tragedy of losing his beautiful first wife and 13-month-old daughter in the car crash that injured Beau and his brother, Hunter.

    When Beau realized he was not going to make it, he asked his father if he had a minute to sit down and talk.

    “Of course, honey,” the vice president replied.

    At the table, Beau told his dad he was worried about him.

    My kid’s dying, an anguished Joe Biden thought to himself, and he’s making sure I’m O.K.

    “Dad, I know you don’t give a damn about money,” Beau told him, dismissing the idea that his father would take some sort of cushy job after the vice presidency to cash in.

    Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralyzed. But he had a mission: He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.

    Hunter also pushed his father, telling him, “Dad, it’s who you are.”

    It could be awkward for President Obama, who detoured from the usual route — supporting your vice president — and basically passed the torch to Hillary. Some in Obama’s circle do not understand why he laid out the red carpet for his former rivals. “He has no idea how much the Clintons dislike him,” said one former top White House official.

    But the president has been so tender and supportive to his vice president ever since learning that Beau was sick, it’s hard to say how he will react. Since the funeral, Obama has often kept a hand on Biden’s back, as if to give him strength.

    When Beau was dying, the family got rubber bracelets in blue — his favorite color — that said “WWBD,” What Would Beau Do, honoring the fact that Beau was a stickler for doing the right thing.

    Joe Biden knows what Beau wants. Now he just has to decide if it’s who he is.

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    DID ISIL ARISE PARTLY BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE?

    by elk_1l Jul 24, 2015 3:14 PM

    TEMPERATURES SOAR PAST 150 DEGREES IN MIDDLE EAST

    Heat Wave Brings Scorching Temperatures To The Middle East
    Iranians are facing a heat index of 154 degrees Fahrenheit.

    alexandra Ma / HuffPost / 7-31-15

    This year is shaping up to be one of the world's hottest -- and dangerously so.

    In May, a heat wave in southern India -- with high temperatures between 45 and 48 degrees Celsius (113 and 118 degrees Fahrenheit) -- killed 750 people over five weeks. In June, a heat wave in the southern Sindh province of Pakistan claimed over 1,200 lives with a high of 45 C.

    Now the heat is on in the Middle East. Temperatures from Iraq to the United Arab Emirates have soared to above 100 F in an unprecedented heat wave, The Weather Report said on Friday.

    The region is also susceptible to high humidity, which can make people feel even hotter. In the city of Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, the temperature reached 43 C (109 F). But coupled with the humidity, residents are actually experiencing a temperature of 68 C (154 F), The Independent wrote.

    The heat in Iraq was so overpowering that the government declared a mandatory four-day holiday starting Thursday to keep Iraqis indoors, The Associated Press reported.

    But with over 14 million Iraqis displaced by conflicts across the country, coupled with chronic power and water cuts, cooling down won't be easy. Many refugees, with neither a home nor sufficient access to water, are suffering from sunburns and severe dehydration, AP reported.

    On Friday, Falah Mustafa Bakir, the foreign minister of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, expressed concern for the 1.8 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees currently seeking shelter in Kurdistan.

    "Just imagine [the situation] for those who are in the open air facing dehydration," he said at a reporters briefing in Washington. "We have been calling for a summer-ization program, together with the U.N., but we did not receive enough funds."

    Bakir said Kurdistan appreciates the U.S. financial support for the refugees, but said Washington's donations were not enough to meet the needs of the growing refugee population.

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projected in 2013 that the areas of the world experiencing heat waves would double in size by 2020 and quadruple by 2040.

  • Only a simpleton will take a complex issue and reduce it to a bumper sticker slogan. Then turns around and tells people how brilliant they are. Did you learn anything in school? Any type of critical thinking or analysis at all? Our system failed you greatly, I'm sorry for that.

  • Nah....just not the brain....

  • Lady Justice is blind and beautiful in a real Justice Department, and has no problem "awarding" orange suits to "winners". However, in prog justice dept., lady justice is bald, sports a stache, and is a purveyor of lies, propaganda and falsehood, but I may be wrong.......hehehehehehehehehe. I plead, with my hands up, "don't shoot"....hehehehehehehe.

    No Orange suits there, pant suits and $600 hair cuts, are more like it....hehehehehehehe I wonder why progs are so obsessed with big $$$$ hair cuts.

  • If the Justice Dept. weren't so politicized there would be an orange jump suit in Hill's future and the idiot's apprentice knows it but is too dishonest to admit it.

  • She facilitated what he did she was the head of #$%$ alert team and the Socialist Party not only turned a blind eye but covered up for him.

    Why can't you accept that. It's real history. Look it up.

    Besides like The Liar in Chief, she is a monumental liar and she is corrupt.

    I will ask you again: "If a conservative had done what Bill did, you'd be on him like flies on cow flop. You would not be making flimsy excuse for disgusting behavior. Would you? Be honest if you can! "

    I'd like an answer.

  • "You should show a little more respect to the future President.......!!!! "

    I didn't know America was a monarchy, where a "next in line" is coronated.....future president or future inmate?.......hehehehehehehehe Floppy-robi, this is not going to end well.

  • Only in the mind of the truly hopelessly paranoid is a "War on women" being waged by Hillary.

    Whatever you are taking, it is either too much or too little. Either way, you need to adjust those meds.

  • Polecatt, of course I, care about what Billy boy did. If he wasn't such a sleaze bag the public wouldn't have overreacted and voted for a so-called born again like 'W'. But, I don't see what that has to do with Hill. Throwing a sitting President under the bus isn't a recipe for stability.

  • rob, what does that have to do with Bill abusing women and Hillary and the Socialist Party covering up and making excuses for abhorrent behavior?

    Do you condone Bill's actions and the cover up? Doesn't it bother you in the slightest bit? It does me and any other decent human being.

    If a conservative had done what Bill did, you'd be on him like flies on cow flop. You would not be making flimsy excuse for disgusting behavior. Would you? Be honest if you can!

  • Hill and Bill made a lot of money in the last 8 years and paid an effective tax rate of 46% to Fed. State and Local taxes. Good job Hill.

  • rob, because I want honest government and a president who doesn't lie to me every time he opens his mouth, that makes me wrong headed? I think it makes me clear headed.

    BTW, have you noticed that you are the only kneepad wearer that I respond to. Don't ask me why. I can't explain it. Normally ideologues disgust me but for some reason you don't. Talking to you is like trying to argue with your cat but I keep trying even though I know it's futile.

  • You should show a little more respect to the future President.......!!!! Given the daily (Fox faux / manufactured) outrages you work yourself into it is amazing that you haven't been institutionalized yet or dropped dead off a heart attack.

  • Whenever Polio rests his case we know he is in kneepad position.

  • Re: "BTW, did you read my response to you said when you weren't a twit?"

    Yeah polecatt, I did read it and came to the conclusion that you are not a total loss since you do have a sense of humor and may have some redeeming qualities even though you are wrong-headed.

    The chants of "Death to America" are staged and I don't believe the young adults in Iran really feel that way. These are the people that will have a say down the road. The, eye-atola wont last forever.

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