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Senator McConnell has penned an Op Ed decrying or railing against the Presidents initiatives for cleaner energy and by extension reducing pollution from fossil fuels.   Since Mr. McConnell is from Kentucky  wouldn’t you think he would want to remove the additional health issues surrounding the coal industry which has already taken the lives of thousands of coal miners and even some related industries. It is true there are not many other job opportunities  other than coal but in the 30 plus years the Senator has been in office he has not considered the health of his constituents as long as he was re-elected to office. Now would be a good time to associate himself with the new energy sources which could provide new technology jobs to his state. A real representative would be pushing to get some solar and wind energy into his state which could save some lives. If the revered leaders are not savvy enough to see the future then how can their constituents? Is it possible the Senator is not as kindred in spirit as he has led his voters to believe?

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We currently have political candidates for the Presidency uttering extreme and radical comments that often have no context in reality. These jump on, jump off the bandwagon of their parties candidates should be looked at very carefully. Their lies and basic suspect information has cause great harm to innocent people. In Texas the state legislature has created laws restricting Planned Parenthood from operating based on misinformation from the religious zealots who have rewritten the bible to suit their own beliefs (sounds like the Islamic State). Now in Colorado a (crazed gunman) shot up a Planned Parenthood clinic while muttering about baby parts being sold (this is possibly from speeches from Carly Liarina) . This man is a legal

firearms owner(?) who has a history of strangeness when he lived in Carolina yet he still had legally owned firearms which enabled him to shoot people in a clinic, killing a law enforcement officer and other  patients while wounding other citizens and law enforcement officers. More gun laws will not do the job but more investigation into buyers (and sometimes owners) might. So here we are with our own home-grown extremists creating horrific situations in America and our aspiring candidates carrying the torch for them. If we as a country want to stop these types of events we need to elect people who “get it”. No one is perfect but an elected official needs to be more like a judge and that is to evaluate ALL of the information (evidence) and make a decision based on that information however unlike judges these are politicians whose focus is get elected and probably create more chaos while doing nothing of benefit to any of us.

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In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy in the ‘pro-life’ movement:

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

This short post sums up where we need to be on the “pro life/ anti abortion” (covertly Anti Planned parenthood) controversy. This anti movement is spearheaded by many “conservative Christians?, many political aspirants and sitting representatives. The reality is that too many have no idea what planned parenthood does but they are quite eager to believe heavily edited video along with audio out of context to bolster their agenda. I am especially intrigued that Carly Liarina has repeated the lie even after being corrected. The followers of these aspirants seem to be against reading, listening or investigating any other information (perhaps avoiding the truth) yet they have the right to vote. Our intrinsic biases are often our worst enemies in that those biases do not allow for any thinking beyond the scope of those preferences. It is appropriate to post this quote in light of the recent Colorado Planned Parenthood shootings.

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THIS IS AN ADVERTORIAL AND NOT AN ACTUAL NEWS ARTICLE, BLOG, OR CONSUMER PROTECTION UPDATE.  This sentence is one of many ways to advertise to us and encouragement further investigation often to our detriment . It looks official enough with a cursory  glance but is not as it states not an official site or information. There is also the robot call  trick using your phone number as the calling number which causes you to answer out of curiosity. Apparently   scammers spend a lot of time studying our weakness for anything easy or “free”. This is the same ploy used to introduce the unsubstantiated claims issued by political candidates and advertisers. The statement ” caveat emptor” applies.

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I would like to thank Carly Fiorina for bringing us the latest murders at planned parenthood in Colorado. Her repeated incorrect story about planned parenthood killing live fetuses for organ and body parts harvesting I believe is a motivator in these murders . It is surely an incentive for this madman to perform this act due to  the nationwide coverage of the Dupublican debates with Carly Liarina espousing the disingenuous fact about planned parenthood to suit her goal of running for the Presidency. It is bad enough that we have terrorists to fight outside our country, now we should really be looking at the ones we have locally like this gunman in Colorado. All of this mayhem and murder over lies about what Planned parenthood does. For clarity planned parenthood’s funds are prohibited by law from being used in abortions and the number of abortions are limited in scope. Their main function is women’s health  and that’s what the Dupublican candidates never mention. In their zeal to gather a following the Dupublicans are willing to do a great deal of harm to all of the women who benefit from the work that Planned Parenthood does. These are the people who want to run the country and apparently will misrepresent any issue to get there. As voters we need to pay close attention to what they do and say. We do not have any fantastic choices on either side but we must unfortunately select the best of the worst
 


I would like to start this post by stating that “Democracy is relative to the region it exists in”

We have been too involved on the middle east for too long. This all began after and during WWII, once the war was over the assortment of players in the area returned to their normal ( for them) routines. These routines while not so great to us was what they were used to. We as country attempted to insert “our” democracy into a region that functioned as well as it could after a devastating war. The ruling powers were all for “democracy” in theory in order to continue receiving aid from the U.S. and other major powers. These “leaders” then regressed to their pre war attitudes and again began restrict and place a foot on the necks of the people. Our part was to ignore the situation and continue to import cheap oil, bolstering the  dictatorial leaders by those actions. Our actions led up to “911” because we supported these dictators  by accepting their managing of their countries no matter the effects on the people. After several failed  incursions “for the wrong reasons”  we have now been held up to criticism  for not doing enough. There are speeches and discussions from all sides regarding the U.S lack of force in the Middle and near East yet no one wants to spend the money or send forces to those areas. It is easy to second guess the President, especially since some Congressional members will use any means to discredit or assign blame primarily to gain seats in the Congress so they can have control. Their Control is what got us in this mess so what is that makes them think having control will fix anything? What should have happened and didn’t is the Congress should have been working with the White House instead of being the “dog in the manger” to the detriment of us all, The entire United States of America! Our Business is the repairing of America and not trying to look good to the world, this is the job of the UN which should be taking the lead on these issues and isn’t. We pay dearly to the funding of the UN and other sources so there needs to be pressure from Congress on the UN and not the President and less talk from outsiders whose interests do not include 99% of Americans. We have now had to send more military to assist in the middle East because Russia is attempting a power play to aid their allies, along with Iran and Saudi Arabia. This created a messy web of “mini wars”. The assorted religious and ethnic groups are fighting it out among themselves and at the same time against others so no one knows or recognizes the real enemy. Once The U.S. puts boots on the ground ( I mean thousands of troops) we are in another war we cannot win. It is impossible to determine who the real enemy is since , to use a derogatory phrase “they all look alike”, the differences are ethnic and religious but there are no visible signs of who is who. This creates a situation where the wrong people are being bombed and displaced. This creates a refugee situation for the region and much of Europe and other parts of the mid east in which no one can still sort out who is who. This is not to say the refugees  should not receive refuge but their own countries once stabilized may not offer them a place to return to if the original problems are not resolved. This leaves us with a quandary: what or who should be on deck to repatriate them in a positive way? It certainly appears that the assortment of military ( formal or informal) can only offer limited assistance, so the onus falls (as I see it) is on the more prosperous countries in the region, it should be their job to help the least of them which in turn will help the whole of them. America is looked to as a leader in this but we should not be required to lead the charge only to find that we are cut off without support (UN!). Our current aspiring politicians are spouting about what we should do just to get people fired up and to get votes and not thinking about the long range effect. A proper way for us to assist is limited military (regardless of what Russia does) and as much financial and material aid as we need to provide.

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The House has again made much ado over nothing, you would think that these folks would look into existing rules for refugees before making new ones that shadow or negate existing ones. The new bill is listed below first then the existing one below it under Politics. This is just another item to think about when it is time for reelection . This is another “business as usual moment.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan holds up statements from the FBI director and the secretary of Homeland Security about the risk involved in admitting refugees from Syria, during a news conference Wednesday about the House bill calling for a stricter vetting process for refugees from Syria and Iraq.

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The House of Representatives has easily passed a GOP-authored bill to restrict the admission of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to America by requiring extra security procedures.

The bill — called the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015, or the American SAFE Act of 2015 — would require the secretary of Homeland Security, the head of the FBI and the director of national intelligence to sign off on every individual refugee from Iraq and Syria, affirming he or she is not a threat.

The FBI director would also need to confirm that a background investigation, separate from the Homeland Security screening, had been conducted on each refugee.

Lawmakers say it is the first of many bills aimed at addressing security concerns in the wake of the Paris attacks, reports NPR’s Muthoni Muturi.

Supporters of the bill say it would require a “pause” in admitting Syrian and Iraqi refugees, as current applications would be halted while a new vetting process was established. Some conservative critics object that it doesn’t ban such refugees outright.

Meanwhile, liberal House members say requiring top officials to be involved in thousands of individual applications is unmanageable, and that the bill would result in an extended roadblock for Syrians and Iraqis fleeing a humanitarian crisis. That’s a rejection of American values, some Democrats argue.

The bill passed the House of Representatives 289-137.

It’s unclear whether the Senate will take up the legislation, says NPR’s Arnie Seipel. If the bill does pass through Congress, President Obama has pledged to veto it. But if the House were voting on a veto override, they’d need no more than 290 votes — just one more than they had Thursday — to overrule the president.

The administration says the bill would introduce “unnecessary and impractical requirements that would unacceptably hamper our efforts to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

It would also undermine allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe, the administration says.

Obama argues that the existing vetting process — which includes fingerprinting, examination of personal history and interviews — is sufficient, and the certification requirement the Republicans are calling for would “provide no meaningful additional security.”

The Obama administration has recently begun disclosing details about how Syrian refugees are currently screened. As we reported Tuesday, the process includes multiple agencies and lasts up to two years.

One challenge is that the Syrian government does not cooperate with the U.S., making it difficult to verify some Syrian documents, The Associated Press reports. But the administration says Syrian refugees provide extensive amounts of information for investigators to use.

The U.S. has taken in about 2,500 Syrian refugees since 2011, according to the AP, and the Obama administration has announced a plan to accept 10,000 more in the coming year. The White House says half of the refugees admitted to the U.S. are children, and about a quarter are older than 60.

 

With the news that one of the Paris attackers may have entered Europe posing as a refugee from Syria, more than half of American governors are now objecting to Syrian refugees being resettled in their states. On Tuesday, White House officials hosted a call with 34 governors to better explain current security screening measures. And this week, some members of Congress have called on the Obama administration to stop or at least pause the resettlement program until refugees can be properly vetted. Here are four things you should know about the current vetting process and concerns over security:

1. Refugees are screened by several different agencies.

Their first point of a refugee’s contact is with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees. The UNHCR refers people to countries based on whether they have any family members there and where resettlement makes the most sense, say U.S. officials. If that’s the U.S., then refugees are vetted by the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, and the Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security. Fingerprints are taken, biographical information is collected. They are then each individually interviewed by U.S. officials trained to verify that they’re bona fide refugees.

Refugees from Syria are then subject to additional screening that looks at where they came from and what caused them to flee their home, stories that are checked out. All of this occurs before a refugee is allowed to set foot in the country.

2. It’s a lengthy process.

As you might imagine, all of the vetting, from interviews to fingerprinting, takes a while. On average, officials say it’s 18 to 24 months before a refugee is approved for admission to the U.S.

The U.S. has admitted some 1,800 Syrian refugees in the past two years, and President Obama wants to allow 10,000 more. The administration says half of those who have been admitted are children and about a quarter of them are adults over 60. Officials say 2 percent are single males of combat age.

3. Physical resettlement.

There are nine different nonprofit groups, six of them faith-based, that help refugees settle in the U.S. Volunteers with the groups help refugees find homes, furniture, school supplies and jobs.

4. Objections of governors and members of Congress.

Some officials, including FBI Director James Comey, worry there are what Comey has called “gaps” in the vetting process. Experts say U.S. intelligence in Syria isn’t very good, because the U.S. lacks much of a presence on the ground. So there’s no way to compile a thorough watch list of possible terrorists from Syria against which refugees can be checked. Administration officials are briefing governors and members of Congress about the process, but lawmakers may try to pass legislation calling on the administration to suspend its refugee resettlement


Is it possible, could we as people become color, race and religious blind? How important are the divisions that separate us? American being a microcosm of the world should be an example of how a diverse group should work together. We have always had the capability to be the example beyond our other problems of financial, political and manufacturing malfeasance. In spite of the past 200 plus years of learning to be a world power, we still have a way to go. We should have no place in our mainstream for political misdeeds, tacit bigotry and financial cheats. It is odd that other countries have figured out how to educate their citizens without a mountain of  debt, provided healthcare that works for all without debt. It appears that proper taxing of the citizens and correct use of the taxes is the key. We currently have several  (too many) aspirants to be a candidate for the Presidency, each brings his own baggage yet we are fascinated by their speeches and ranting’s. When the speeches and debates are over we really need to understand what the President can actually do and keeping in mind that there is still the issue (no mistake, issue is the correct word) of Congress. Our Congress has become no more than a group of people who have begun to see themselves as better than the people who placed them in office (repeatedly). With that thought in mind, isn’t it time to decide that our Congress is our real problem and not the President (no matter who it is). None of us would trust anyone who would lie to our faces and then pretend to help yet we have 535 people who have raised that activity to an art form. These seat fillers have avoided action on healthcare so that it fails the people it is designed to help, our 535 could have acted in a statesmanlike manner and made changes that would be even more beneficial to us all however politics took over and we all lost. Now it is election season and  time for the politricks to begin along with the blatant lies about everything and done in our names.

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Why are the Dupublicans so hell bent on sending troops to war? WE have not recovered from the last 2 excursions. Our position needs to be simply put: aiding the identifiable anti Isis/ Al Qaeda forces  along with the UN allies. Our presence in the last “wars” left us with a disparate group of people who have more divisions than our Dupublican party. These divisions have given the terrorists a huge opening which they have exploited very effectively. The end game for these operatives is just murder and theft. This is supposedly why we went to war 10 years ago. We as a country need to do no more than advise, train and supply material support along with the UN forces. America has it’s own recovery problems to contend with.

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Listening to an interview with Senator John McCain today, I was struck by his apparent lack of knowledge regarding the behind the scenes activities regarding US involvement in the middle east. Mr. McCain being the chairman of  the Senate Arms Services Committee would have surely been able to get any information required to be informed. It is clear to me that our dysfunctional Congress has its roots in the lunacy called “politics”. This 2 party system which is highly sectionalized in sub party groups is like herding cats. The political system as I see it is a way to have varying viewpoints presented and hopefully in a productive way that will benefit the voters (all or most of them). These interviews with opinions based on politics are no more than gossip. We now turn to the many Dupublican Governors who have weighed in on Syrian refugees while not offering any noteworthy ideas that could help are vowing to bar the admission of refugees to their States. These vociferous employees of the people are not necessarily speaking for the people rather they appear to be speaking for their political party and trying garner support for their election prospects. I read and hear these statements with wide open ears and eyes and hopefully many others do also. America has been infected with more bias and unfortunately  much of it from our (so called ) leaders who use tacit and overt biased statements to further their own agendas and laugh at their success behind closed doors. Haven’t we had enough?
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