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  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 19, 2015 4:17 PM Flag

    drwstink..

    You forgot those white leather slip on shoes and white leather belts....

  • Tea Party Gov Brownback of Kansas and the Repub darling for his `principled stand` on cutting taxes in his state.... Has found it necessary to swallow a massive amount of crow... as he publicly announced he will be raising taxes to overcome the massive deficit his prior massive tax cuts had created in Kansas.... on a side note.. Grover Norquest was stopped just before he was trying to hang himself with a pair of his wife`s underwear in defeat of his long term quest to hold all Republicans to their pledge of `No Taxes`... On another side note ex-President Geo Bush Sr (..`Read My Lips`..) called Norquest a cow pie...

    ... From Politico.... 1/16/15..
    Sam Brownback reverses course, proposes new taxes

    By Kim Dixon and Brian Faler

    1/16/15 3:13 PM EST

    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, whose massive tax cuts became a cause célèbre for conservatives but threw his state’s budget into disarray, announced Friday that he would pursue tax increases.

    In a stark turnaround, the Republican called for higher taxes on cigarettes and liquor as part of his annual budget while proposing to make future tax cuts contingent on revenue projections.

    Brownback’s cuts to a number of state taxes in 2012 failed to boost the economy like he had hoped, triggering a backlash when the huge budget shortfall that resulted forced major decreases in government services. His state’s credit rating was lowered, and Brownback nearly lost his job in the November elections.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/kansas-new-taxes-sam-brownback-114335.html#ixzz3P1zTLK9z

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 16, 2015 10:58 AM Flag

    In the jungle of economics and politics..... that is the camo that hides from the sheep the moves to move the money out of the pockets of the 95% percent of the population into the upper brackets... and keep chipping away at their benefits, etc.... It`s an essential part of Trickle Down theory...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 16, 2015 10:53 AM Flag

    A smart woman is a turn on.... for a long time....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 16, 2015 10:51 AM Flag

    How long do you think that oil will stay below $70... ???

    Gas is cheap now... but that`s due to politics and an effort by Saudis to squash the US Canadian tar/shale oil efforts... most of those companies can`t operate below$60....before they go bankrupt.... and what`s that window -- 1-2 yrs before that wipes out most of them...

    So buy that gas guzzler... but sell it by 2016...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 16, 2015 10:45 AM Flag

    Here`s what I know.....

    2 seperate studies (most recent was last month) showed that Fox News watchers were the most misinformed TV viewers in the country... That under REagan the Fairness Doctrine that ruled the airwaves for decades to try and give a balanced view of the news to an American public (based on an educated populace is the bases of good democratic government ) was reversed (thanks to Judges Scalia and Bork`s ruling )...

    Since that time our politics has been more disruptive and divisive and growing more so....

    YET.... when the conservative party in Canada tried to do the same thing in Canada in 2012 -- void out their Canadian version of the Fairness Act for media---- the Canadian voters overwhelmingly voted against that move and kept their `Fairness Act ` in place for fear of the same divisive, hate filled politics growing in Canada...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 16, 2015 10:32 AM Flag

    2 thumbs down.... LOL.. Sorry guys but I lived those moments... and unlike many today ... I like to `THINK`... about where we are and what my; government is doing... And by that I mean that as a country .. are we Strong both economicly and defensively --- without a strong economy you can`t afford a strong defense.... And to be strong economicly you need a strong manufacturing base and an innovative, forward looking work force... with government policies that feed that and steer it in a direction that benefits the country...

    I don`t see that today... I see instead money flowing to the top which takes away the ability of the mast bulk of the American population to create `economic demand`... which would drive our manufacturing, and other sectors of the economy --which in turn creates JOBS... Just the opposite of what we should be striving for... And a political party- Republicans - that would rather do whatever they can get away with to gain control of power ...without paying back to the 96% of this population that drives it.... A party that is more than willing to let money into the election process to stay on top at all costs.... and I`m not talking about the millions of small donors that came out in the 2008 election but the big mega donors Citizens United unleashed...

    I don`t get it... I don`t like it... and it`s dangerous to our freedoms and growth as Americans...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 15, 2015 5:02 PM Flag

    Seems that`s not the case with Vietnam..... we lost 55,000 there... in Cuba ??? how many 20 BAy of Pigs attackers....

    Yet.... Vietnam is now a major trade partner and looking to get even a bigger partner...

    Mexico and Canada both our neighbors and both our biggest trade partners have contact with Cuba.... about time we revisit that policy....

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 15, 2015 4:56 PM Flag

    LOL.... I was a registered Repub from 1972 to 1997.... Finally that clown circus with Henry Hyde and Ken Starr just made me throw in the towel on the GOP....

    Here`s how dumb I was...

    .1) .... I still backed the Repubs when I read their news articles about how Carter should send in troops to get the hostages out of Tehran... LOL.... Yea.. even at 21 yrs old I was intelligent enough to understand that sending in troops into a million person city that hated Americans wasn`t a very smart move especially when they split the hostages up and spread them around the city.... 2).... I still backed them when the ReaganBushSr economy blew up in 1987 and 1100 banks closed.... and the Voodoo Trickle Down BS with `DeRegulation` proved that crooks were like cockroaches -- if you didn`t step on them they over ran the place....( in other words -- de-regulation was a crock).... 3) ... I still backed them when the reason we voted for REagan and the Repubs was for smaller gov, smaller deficit, AND... instead we got massive growth in both....But I was still a REpub.... 4) ... I still backed them when WhiteWater didn`t pan out.... STill backed them when they claimed Vince Foster was an admin hit job.... When they said Hillary went Genhis Kahn on the WH travel department and fired a bunch of them.... --

    BUT... when Starr spent $40 million dollars and only came up with a guy in the WH playing with his coworker and a cigar ---especially when we had an economy at that point that was showing a surplus, a government that was smaller and my neighbors were making money,,, Every reason that I voted for Reagan, & Bush Sr for wishing they would have done that.... ---- I had to say enough was enough.... WE have a party (Repubs) that promise one thing to get into office and instead we get the opposite while they claim the other party is ineffective and unAmerican.... While the other party gets the job done and the vast majority of my neighbors were living good..

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 12, 2015 5:41 PM Flag

    French didn`t want us in Iraq... And you guys slammed them for it.....

    Now you want Obama over there... when we`ve been fighting in the middle east for 11 yrs....

    This is basicly a French and EU thing..... that needs to be worked out among that organization on how they intend to control their terrorist in country....

    What kind of American are you.... you sound like your flip flopping all over the place to suit what ever point you want to make....

  • Reply to

    Democrat's Plan - Hard Core Socialism

    by last_man_at_alamo Jan 12, 2015 10:26 AM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 12, 2015 5:35 PM Flag

    Some of that financial transaction tax would be on `high frequency trading`... the stuff that the SEC warned on as well as the Fed... stuff is disrupting the normal flow of the market and making it much more dangerous....

    But putting a tax on that you slow it`sgrowth...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 11, 2015 11:05 PM Flag

    How many Presidents came to office on their first day and faced 2 foreign wars, a crippled foreign relations policy, a banking/finance system that was on the verge of collapse --( some members of Senate Banking committee took their savings out of their banks-- that`s how bad they thought it was - and they had the insiders view the public was shield from), major industries like auto were near collapse, hundreds of thousands and later million Americans losing jobs monthly... and a population that was frozen with fear as unemployment numbers rose and foreclosures boomed...

    And that was Obama`s first day in office.....

    On week 2 ... he had the news that the Republican leadership vowed to do everything in their power to make him fail..... as they proceeded to rack up a record of 130++ filabusters to stop his programs and his nominees he needed to depend on to run the government agencies, etc.....

    So to say Obama was a failure as a President --when he had these historic massive problems to over come --- is BS....

    The real failure was the Republican Party..... for their lack of desire and ability to work with an elected President during a time of historic distruption in our country and our policies.... and leaving the American people #$%$ off and hating politics...

  • ...`.. Obama already has emerged as a particularly ambitious and effective lame duck president precisely because he has been faced with one of the most uncompromising and hyper-partisan Congresses in American history. By forcing him to work outside the legislative branch to pursue his policy goals, tea party Republicans like Gohmert have actually empowered Obama – and with him the office of the presidency – to an unexpected degree.

    “Tea party Republicans like Gohmert have actually empowered Obama”
    Matthew Rozsa
    First there was immigration reform. After Republicans in Congress held up Obama’s immigration reform bill until it failed, the president issued an executive order on Nov. 20 that accomplished much of what his original bill had hoped to do. For about 5 million of America’s roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants, it will extend work permits and protect them from deportation; in addition, it ordered law enforcement to prioritize undocumented residents with criminal records or other histories of violent activity, expanded the number of high-tech visas, and loosened restrictions on highly-educated and skilled foreign residents. It was a move that led historian Douglas Brinkley to predict Obama would be remembered as a “folk hero to Latino Americans” – and instead of being able to share credit with the president, Republicans will be remembered as his rigid opponents.

    Next there was climate change. “The Republican Party had grown increasingly hostile to the science of global warming and to cap-and-trade,” wrote Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker in a piece on the failure of Obama’s 2010 climate change bill to pass the Senate. “By not automatically resisting everything connected to Obama,” Lizza added, “these senators [Republicans who might support the bill] risked angering Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader and architect of the strategy to oppose every part of Obama’s agenda, and the Tea Party movement, which seemed to be gaining power every day.” Consequently, Obama is currently in the process of finalizing a historic agreement with China (which along with the United States is responsible for one-third of all greenhouse emissions) that his administration negotiated in secret and will commit America to reduce its emissions to at least 26% of its 2005 levels by 2025 and hold China to aggressively seek alternate energy sources and make its greenhouse output peaks before 2030. As Jonathan R. Nash of The Hill opined,“the existence of a ratified treaty might empower the executive branch to take broader steps toward national reductions than it could in the absence of a treaty.”

    Related: Obama unveils free community college ‘game changer’

    Finally there is Cuba. After more than half a century of diplomatic hostility, Obama announced that the United States would move to restore full diplomatic relations with its southern neighbor, as well as expand trade and travel. Although Republicans have discussed using funding for the Department of Homeland Security as a weapon to thwart Obama’s agenda on Cuba, the reality is that their best weapon on this issue – as with any foreign policy matter involving matters of statecraft, which is constitutionally assigned to the president – was the potential ability to leverage future support for other measures important to him in return for ceding to their wishes (or at least compromising with them) on this one. But by making it clear that there is little chance they will ever work with him, Republicans have left the president with no incentive to consult them on matters that lie strictly within the realm of his prerogatives.

    When historians look back at the Obama era, they will be struck by the contrast between the first two years of his presidency – during which, with the 111th Congress, Obama passed more landmark progressive legislation than any president since Lyndon Johnson – and the final six years of his administration, in which the most recent congress reached such heights of obstructionism that they will go down as the single least productive legislative body in American history. Despite this obstacle, Obama is likely to be remembered as a very successful president (as I’ve discussed before), if for no other reason than he managed to meet so many legitimate national needs (ending the Great Recession he inherited from Bush, addressing the crisis in America’s health care system) with so few tools at his disposal.

    Yet even that isn’t the most salient takeaway of the continuing battle between the Republican establishment figures like Boehner and more conservative members like Gohmert. Far more important than the leadership of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives, or even of Obama’s legacy, is the precedent they have established for executive leadership. By making it impossible for this president to govern with Congress, Republicans has taught future presidents how to do what they want without legislative sanction. The Grand Old Party, which has so long claimed to fight against the expansion of central power, has created the conditions that essentially guaranteed its growth.

    Matthew Rozsa is getting his PhD in American history from Lehigh University

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 11, 2015 3:47 PM Flag

    And if you look at the biggest grower in residential/commercial solar panel installation -- it`s Solar City .... and the reason they can do what they do so well is the fact that they bought their panels from China at cheap prices to undercut their competition... Since the Obama admin announcement of putting restraints on the Chinese -- Solar City has since changed their model and are in the process of buying a manufacturer...

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 11, 2015 3:42 PM Flag

    sdmiller4747...

    It`s obvious after reading your post that you have not been following the history of solar production in the USA during the last 10 yrs... Otherwise you`d be well aware of the fact in 2009 the Chinese Government announced that they intended the country to be the dominant supplier of solar panels globally... basicly corner the market... since than they have subsidized that industry and broken numerous international trade agreements to achieve that aim...

    Due to this production of solar panels in many countries have been curtailed as it`s extremely difficult to undercut the Chinese... 3 months ago the Obama admin announced that they were looking into penalizing the Chinese exports for this .... an announcement that started a minor trade fight between the Chinese and US....

    --- Tough for any company -- union or non union -- US or some other country to go up against an industry that has the backing, and financial, etc support of a country that is willing to subsize it`s growth via any means necessary ...

  • Repubs that are on the fence on climate change say that there`s no sense in USA doing anything about it cause China won`t.... But it appears that`s not the case....

    From Energy Section of the Financial Times.com Jan 9 2015

    ..` China last year extended its lead over the US as the world’s largest investor in renewable energy, with continued growth in its solar and wind power industries, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a research company.

    China’s investment in “clean” energy, including renewables and efficiency improvements, rose 32 per cent to a record $89.5bn, with about three quarters of that going into wind and solar power.

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    The US was in second place with 8 per cent growth to $51.8bn, the largest amount since 2012. Its investment was about 58 per cent of China’s.

    China last year accounted for 29 per cent of all global investment in clean energy, and is expected to remain the global leader.

    Angus McCrone of Bloomberg NEF said: “China has got the greatest power demand needs, and it also has the imperative of reducing urban pollution.”

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 10, 2015 7:17 PM Flag

    And another example of revision of our history by the Repubs --- Their belief that REagan was a great President... when actually they only talk about his first 6 yrs in office --- because by his last 2 yrs we saw massive foreclosures and 1100 bank closings... a deep recession that was labeled the Great Recession (until BushCheney beat the krap out of it with their recession/depression) ... The Reagan recession took until the last half of the last year of Geo Bush Sr`s admin ( yr 4) - ( remember his reversal of his `Read my lips` statement and how the Repubs turned on him)... BUT... we never hear about that do we --- That`s something that Fox never talks about and something that probably most 40 yr old Republicans are unaware of....

    Interesting how the last 2 largest economic crisis in this country came at the end of 2 administrations that both believed and followed that Trickle Down theory.... Or.. take from the bottom, give to the top and grow your government while you cut taxes.... and try like heck to pull all your chips off the table before the pyramid collapses...

  • Reply to

    Pentagon prepares for climate change....

    by kcf_07757 Jan 10, 2015 7:03 PM
    kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 10, 2015 7:06 PM Flag

    Which is why the Pentagon planners are looking at future scenarios of warfare across the Arctic Circle region as ice melt opens the area to shipping...

  • ...` "In response to the Department of Defense having recently unveiled a comprehensive plan for how the U.S. Military will address climate change, deniers are insisting (as you might expect) that there are more important things for the DoD to worry about, like ISIS and ebola. The DoD, on the other hand, says climate change will 'affect [its] ability to defend the Nation and poses immediate risks to U.S. national security.' The report doesn't actually say much that's new (in the sense that climate change has been and remains a threat to U.S. security that defense strategists take very seriously). Some deniers have used the lack of "new material" as an opportunity to point to a similar report from 2004 and argue that anticipated security threats from a decade ago haven't come true. However, the projection that climate change would become a conflict catalyst has come true! If anything, the fact that security experts have been concerned about climate risks for over a decade should raise a red flag for those who have any doubt. Surprisingly, Fox News covers the story fairly straight. It offers only one denier quote from Inhofe (R-OK) who says right on cue that, "there are other, legitimate threats in the world." Because, apparently, we need to achieve world peace and the end of all diseases before we can finally get around to solving climate change."

    And ..... Here`s a good reason why the Pentagon is worried about climate change -- especially in the Arctic area....

    ...` "Analyzing 3 decades of weather data, scientists have discovered a gut wrenching rise in autumn temperatures in Barrow, Alaska. According to Climate News Network: In the last 34 years, the average October temperature in Barrow has risen by more than 7°C—an increase that, on its own, makes a mockery of international efforts to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2°C above their pre-industrial level. A study by scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks analysed several decades of weather information. These show that temperature trends are closely linked to sea ice concentrations, which have been recorded since 1979, when accurate satellite measurements began. [...] In that period, the average annual temperature rose by 2.7°C. But the November increase was far higher − more than six degrees. And October was the most striking of all, with the month’s average temperature 7.2°C higher in 2012 than in 1979."

  • kcf_07757 kcf_07757 Jan 9, 2015 12:41 PM Flag

    WELL..... according to Senator Mitch McConnell ... the reason the economy is doing well now is that the Republicans are back in control of Congress.....

    So naturally everything that went `right` after 2010 will be attributed to the Republicans .... and everything that went wrong since than will be attributed to the racists, socialist, Kenyan, communist... President Obama...

    Cause that`s how the Republican memory works.... and why we should keep them away from history books.

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