Saturday, September 19, 2015
The recent NYT article “Party Rules To Streamline Race May Backfire“, written by Jonathan Martin, showcases two distinct disconnects: #1) an actual understanding of what’s going on, and #2) the NYT bubble-perspective on the GOP motives.
However, it does provide an excellent tool to showcase bias and reality...
The Republican Party's new rules to streamline the prolonged and divisive nomination fight may backfire http://t.co/pl6zg2CwOr— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 19, 2015
East European leaders argue as migrants pour across borders http://t.co/4rtqwjCA6i— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 19, 2015
Croatia says 'forcing' Hungary to take in migrants http://t.co/6MoOabsJg7— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 19, 2015
'Heads as well as hearts': Croatia says it can take no more migrants http://t.co/dZ6zWJEe0g— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 19, 2015
Who's Really Lying About The Planned Parenthood Videos? Carly Fiorina Or The Factcheckers? http://t.co/rhY4GAdCYB— The Federalist (@FDRLST) September 18, 2015
You don't have to agree with all or even most of Senator Rand Paul’s brand of libertarianism to concede that his candidacy once held so much promise.
Paul entered the race buoyed by what seemed like a burgeoning libertarian moment. From the conduct of the global war on terrorism to massive comprehensive reform packages, American political culture had grown suspicious of the federal government’s ability to avert the unforeseen negative consequences of its good intentions. For several weeks in the summer of 2014, Rand Paul led a field of nine prospective Republican presidential candidates in the polls. It was a reflection of the resonance of his message. Then came the crisis in the Middle East, the rise of ISIS, the lone wolf terror attacks, the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Chinese provocations in the South China Sea, and the polls that showed Americans had again warmed to putting American ground troops back in into combat in Iraq....
More Americans were rejecting the war on drugs as a failure and a waste of taxpayer investment. Some states and municipalities had gone so far as to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, directly challenging the supremacy of federal laws prohibiting its use. On the right, outspoken libertarian news outlets and television hosts were gaining not only acceptance but also popularity. If the libertarian preference for U.S. military retrenchment abroad had fallen out of favor, its social and economic prescriptions had not. A Pew Research Center survey from August of 2014 found that, more than any other age demographic, young people were the most likely to describe themselves as “libertarian.” The future for the movement seemed bright.
But the “libertarian moment” was lost. It wasn’t necessarily Rand Paul who lost it, but he did not put a halt to the ideology’s fall from grace. Paul’s performance in Wednesday night’s Republican debate exemplifies the extent to which his presidential bid has evolved from a crusade to advance a set of programs into an ego-fueled campaign to sacrifice himself in service to an unpopular and irresponsible set of foreign policy preferences....
The tragedy of Rand Paul’s campaign is that it promised not a new direction for the Republican Party but a return to a commitment to small government that it has largely abandoned in all but rhetoric for nearly a century. Paul’s talents as a politician are obvious, but hubris has led him to fight a quixotic battle and to martyr himself upon the ground where his father fought and lost a similar battle for the soul of the GOP.
He's right. *No* GOP contender should fall for that nonsense "Trump Blasts Media: It's Not My Job to Defend Obama" http://t.co/PhHdJYlTJ1— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) September 19, 2015
"The media’s Obama protection racket is now so overblown, Trump must defend Obama from rumors started by Hillary." http://t.co/rrOoHzbrij— John Nolte (@NolteNC) September 19, 2015
Treating this stupid media controversy like it deserves to be treated, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump took to Twitter to wrist-flick away the latest bubbled, leftwing mainstream media frenzy....
If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue? No chance!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2015
If I would have challenged the man, the media would have accused me of interfering with that man's right of free speech. A no win situation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2015
Christians need support in our country (and around the world), their religious liberty is at stake! Obama has been horrible, I will be great— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2015
"Decrying the immorality of a system that forces the impoverished to see others prosper, 99 percenter Rachelle Bond hooked up with a 100-percent-evil monster after linking up with a 100-percent-idiotic movement. Like Occupy itself, she took but rarely gave, demanded but played deaf to others’ cries..."
Remember the Occupy movement? All those vile lazy left-wing moochers? http://t.co/Tjh7pqCs7M— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) September 20, 2015
“Why does anyone kill a 2-year-old child? What could she have done?” http://t.co/KQAkrhk8OL— New York Post (@nypost) September 19, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Comrades, an audience member told Donald Trump that Obama is a Muslim and not American. Trump steamrolled ahead and responded to this dissident, giving credence to what he said, without rebuking the audience member for his shocking disrespect and factual inaccuracy....
The audience member who made this statement needs to watch his back. Are his taxes paid? Are his occupation credentials up to date? He might be getting a visit from Big Brother soon.
Trump has to apologize for some random guy who asked a question, meanwhile, Obama parties at weddings with: pic.twitter.com/4ekw2aeI0p— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) September 18, 2015
There are 32 health clinics in our area for every 1 Planned Parenthood. Under #HR3134 funds would be shifted to those providers.— Rep Robert Pittenger (@reppittenger) September 18, 2015
Valley Fire acts of kindness, bravery documented on social media http://t.co/vFavjRPMaU— SFGate (@SFGate) September 18, 2015
Devastating takedown of actual NY Times story. "Returning to the Copy Desk, Briefly" http://t.co/Ut5V5aR0kv— Brit Hume (@brithume) September 18, 2015
...DATELINE: Ramallah, West Bank, 14 September 2015
COPY: A Jewish man died [ED: “was killed.”] early Monday morning after attackers pelted the road [ED: “pelted the road”? They were aiming at the pavement? Please clarify.] he was driving on with rocks as he was returning home from a dinner celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, the Israeli authorities said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting to discuss rock-throwing, mostly [ED: “mostly”? Which other rock-throwers were discussed at the emergency meeting?] by Palestinian youths.... (more at the link)
Thursday, September 17, 2015
|Guest speaker: Haider Ajina|
Guest speaker: Haider Ajina
◼ September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and Haider Ajina has quite a story to tell on this important day. A sought-after speaker, he brings a unique - and often calming - perspective to the topic of the Middle East and Iraq. Around 2003 he began translating and disseminating articles from Iraq into English, to give us a better understanding of what it was like over there. Some of his pieces were featured in the now-defunct Eureka Reporter.
In a 2005 North Coast Journal article he said, "I compared that to what my dad was reading over there -- he went over in January or February of '04. I started asking him what the papers looked like over there, and they were identical. So I said, O.K. -- if I look at the PDF files of these newspapers, that's exactly what the Iraqis are reading. So I started translating those articles."
He was born in Baghdad, Iraq, to an Iraqi father and German Mother. His primary education was in Iraq and Germany and he finished high school and his first year of college in England.
Haider came to HSU to study Environmental Engineering in 1983. He married Claire in 1985 and they have 3 sons: Nyle, 29, Zaid, 27, Hadi, 25, and a daughter Alia, 18.
Prior to starting as a financial consultant with Smith Barney in 1992, Haider's occupation was exporting fresh produce to Europe. In 2009, he and his business partner, Mark Morgan, moved to Wells Fargo Advisors and formed Ajina & Morgan Financial Group, where he is now Vice President of Investments.
Haider is a Rotarian and Past President of The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, Past President of the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce, 10-Year Director of the Trinidad-to-Clam-Beach Run & Walk, co-founder and 7-year Director of the Tour of Trinidad (Bike Tour), co-founder and volunteer at The Humboldt Bay Paddlefest, and 5-Year Treasurer of the Humboldt State Alumni Association. He served on the boards of The Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce, Humboldt State Alumni Association, Rotary Club of SW Eureka, Eureka Big Brothers Big Sisters, as Treasurer for Humboldt Youth Soccer, and as Treasurer for Rotary District 5130 Youth Exchange.
His joys are being a father and husband, refereeing soccer, doing civic work, and giving talks about Islam and the Middle East, especially Iraq.
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Beijing before and after military parade pic.twitter.com/Xb6W6NQBSK— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) September 4, 2015
To get ready for the big parade, Chinese officials reduced the operations at thousands of factories and construction sites — even shutting some down — in Beijing and its surrounding provinces a couple of weeks in advance.... in just one day, the sky made a drastic change back to its gray hue. On September 3, the air quality was at a healthy level of 17 on the air quality index (a measure of how many harmful pollutants, including PM 2.5 are in the air). One day later it jumped up to 158, which is considered an unhealthy level of air pollutants.
When we first wrote about this idea two years ago, it really seemed like an Orwellian joke – the fact that the government was establishing a task force dedicated to studying how it could get you to do what it thinks is best for you.
As Richard Williams wrote for Politico at the time, “Congress did not pass legislation authorizing such activity; this is something dreamt up by bureaucracies to force their own preferences on citizens, whether by combating obesity or discouraging procrastination when it comes to saving for retirement.”
But the Obama administration never lets a little thing like legislation get in his way, right? No, he just signs it into effect via executive order.
As the Daily Caller reports, on Tuesday, “President Obama announced a new executive order which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on U.S. citizens in order to advance government initiatives...."
Watching Hillary Clinton joke about violating regs to thwart FOIA, oversight, and historical record. Exposing classified info. Funny stuff.
Watching Hillary Clinton joke about violating regs to thwart FOIA, oversight, and historical record. Exposing classified info. Funny stuff.— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) September 17, 2015
RT @BethFrerking: On Fallon, HRC says she's "trying to be as transparent as possible" re the emails. She insists the emails are "boring."— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) September 17, 2015
Hillary Clinton looks calculated, cold, and aged. Having her going up against someone like Rubio seems like a best case scenario for GOP.— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) September 17, 2015
Latest Video on Planned Parenthood Released shows officials admitting to secretive fetal harvesting practices http://t.co/8jG7QeOdhQ— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) September 16, 2015
Watch Carly Fiorina's Evisceration Of Planned Parenthood's Human Organ Harvesting http://t.co/GUqzvxnl64— The Federalist (@FDRLST) September 17, 2015
Latest Undercover Planned Parenthood Video Shows Execs Worried 'The Headlines Would Be a Disaster' http://t.co/J297dDr3VI— IJReview (@ijreview) September 16, 2015
My column on the GOP Foreign Policy Debate. http://t.co/Xop0QB93jJ— Eli Lake (@EliLake) September 17, 2015
Final minute count per candidate: Trump 19:15 Bush 15:58 Fiorina 13:43 Carson 12:58 Christie 12:50 Rubio 12:20 Cruz 10:54— Alana Wise (@alanawisejourno) September 17, 2015
Just a reminder, though it feels like we're in the thick of it, the real GOP race has barely started. http://t.co/xbjlhsGANY— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) September 17, 2015
“Obama declared war on trans fats and a truce with Iran.” — Bobby Jindal, zing.— Mollie (@MZHemingway) September 16, 2015
The Democratic National Committee roped off a group of a hundred disgruntled Democrats protesting outside party headquarters over what they see as a bias in favor of Hillary Clinton.
DNC ropes off protesters demanding more debates http://t.co/MiE9XQ1LwT— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 16, 2015
While the event was organized by the O'Malley campaign, supporters of Bernie Sanders attended as well. Joe Dinoto, a Bernie supporter from Maryland, attended the rally because it "is not in support of any candidate" and he wants to see more Democratic debates, adding that it appears the party is tipping the scales in favor of Clinton.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Today's Page One pic.twitter.com/QVerMQtpgB— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) September 17, 2015
Hillsdale College student focus group gushing over Carly performance. #GOPDebate— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) September 17, 2015
No contest. Carly won. My post: http://t.co/KONNnLC376— Matthew Continetti (@continetti) September 17, 2015
Trump is right about Bush on immigration and Common Core. #GOPDebate— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) September 17, 2015
That is such a weird response from Jeb because he basically said he was for illegal immigration because of his wife. #GOPDebate— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) September 17, 2015
The problem for Jeb is that he's just a generally nice guy who hates all of this back and forth. He can't fathom someone like Trump.— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) September 17, 2015
So Carson went to the border, compared fences that don't work to fences that do, says build the kind that work. He makes smart look easy.— John Hayward (@Doc_0) September 17, 2015
This #gopdebate is actually really rocking and rolling now. Credit to @jaketapper for letting it happen.— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 17, 2015
I guess it's the whole field trying to cut Trump down to size -- and he's holding his own against all of them combined so far. #GOPDebate— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) September 17, 2015
Walker to Trump: We don't need an apprentice in the White House, we have one right now— John Hayward (@Doc_0) September 17, 2015
Walker clash with Trump most significant Trump-related moment so far. Walker, flagging, showing signs of life. Trump hits right back.— Robert Costa (@costareports) September 17, 2015
"I want you to raise your hand... How many people here are not zombies?" [Christie nukes room]— Political Math (@politicalmath) September 17, 2015
The early debate: Undercard #gopdebate actually a showcase for four substantive and serious candidates.
Trump clashes dominated early. But undercard #gopdebate actually a showcase for four substantive and serious candidates.— Rick Klein (@rickklein) September 16, 2015
This had been a first rate debate, if there were no other candidates I'd be very happy choosering from this crew #CNNDebate— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) September 16, 2015
Jindal says he's tired of the GOP "Surrender Caucus" in Washington. Great concluding remarks.— John Hayward (@Doc_0) September 16, 2015
Who will win round two? Only 3 hours until the #CNNDebate begins http://t.co/QYj62UqlNP http://t.co/qi8afsv52Z— CNN International (@cnni) September 16, 2015
#GOPDebate night: Candidates battle for runner-up position | http://t.co/W5PZRxLnKH by @foxnewspolitics pic.twitter.com/HFZgNLUWzT— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 16, 2015
The first #GOPDebate had a crowd of 4,500 Repub voters. Tonight's crowd will be a few hundred donors and "insiders." http://t.co/I8gyTZyaKR— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) September 16, 2015
Don’t have cable? CNN is streaming the #CNNDebate live for anyone in the U.S. http://t.co/209Al9JRnn pic.twitter.com/lMkC78XuU0— CNN (@CNN) September 16, 2015
High debate stakes for trailing GOP candidates http://t.co/Fz61QAyodI via @foxnewspolitics pic.twitter.com/KpDKb4UGi9— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 16, 2015
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Destroying the massive weapons depot will “significantly disrupt” the ability of ISIS ” to conduct operations and resupply their fighters in Ramadi.”
American-led forces lit up the Iraqi sky like the Fourth of July during attacks on an Islamic State weapons cache in Ramadi, a key city 70 miles west of Baghdad.
Video of the attack shows an initial explosion as American jets hit the target, a stadium, then massive secondary explosions as the contents of the weapons ISIS had stored in the stadium ignite and turn the night bright. U.S. Central Command reported that the stadium held “homemade explosives, weapons and ammunition as well as VBIED (Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device) components.”
CA Democrats proposed $29 billion in tax hikes. The united GOP caucus stopped them cold. (Thanks to prop 13 it takes 2/3 to hike taxes.)
CA Democrats proposed $29 billion in tax hikes. The united GOP caucus stopped them cold. (Thanks to prop 13 it takes 2/3 to hike taxes.)— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) September 16, 2015
VIA LOST COAST OUTPOST
Thousands flee 2 fast-moving California wildfires...
Spread with 'mind-boggling' speed... http://t.co/jHwzlkf2XW— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 14, 2015
Deadly Northern CA wildfire incinerates hundreds of buildings, whole blocks of houses, sending thousands fleeing http://t.co/hR7Ifl4IKu— ABC News (@ABC) September 14, 2015
LOST COAST OUTPOST: According to the latest information made available by Calfire Monday morning, the Valley Fire in Lake County has already burned more than 61,000 acres destroying hundreds of homes and structures in the process. Officials are investigating reports of a civilian fatality. There are currently over 1,200 fire personnel battling the blaze which, at this point, is listed at 5% containment. ◼ 7 Fiery Videos from Lake County (VIDEO)
Until recently, Sirota's bio on the site did not mention that Sirota served as Sanders' press secretary when Sanders was a member of the House.
The Washington Examiner media desk broke the story in July that IBTimes was not disclosing Sirota's connection to Sanders, even though Siorta was reporting critically on Sanders' rival Hillary Clinton and also Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.
Didn’t take long for the ISIS flag to make its European debut… pic.twitter.com/djXlNvoXwE— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 14, 2015
The Syrian operative claimed more than 4,000 ISIS gunmen had been smuggled into western nations – hidden amongst innocent refugees.
And so It begins…ISIS Flag Among Refugees in Germany Fighting the Police [Pictures] http://t.co/zNd7J2wrTV— Conservative Post (@ConservPost) September 13, 2015
The ISIS smuggler, revealed the ongoing clandestine operation is a complete success.
Islamic State is believed to be actively smuggling deadly gunmen across the sparsely-guarded 565-mile Turkish border and on to richer European nations, he revealed.
By declaring in latest issue of Dabiq that fleeing to Europe is "apostasy" ISIS lays tracks for executing migrants they catch trying to flee— Bridget Johnson (@Bridget_PJM) September 15, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
LIVE: TRUMP. DALLAS. THOUSANDS. http://t.co/tzL18ytoag— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 14, 2015
Trump's making savvy play with a wide net: make GOP base 80% happy. Working class rust belt Dems 55% happy. So far gamble's working.— John Nolte (@NolteNC) September 15, 2015
Speech in Dallas went really well. Big and wonderful crowd. Just arrived in L.A. Big day tomorrow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2015
The debate, hosted by CNN, will be broken down into a top tier prime time platform, and a “happy hour” platform for those candidates not polling in the top 10.
Obamacare enrollees must double to make budget projections work: http://t.co/mmcwtB1Hod— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) September 14, 2015
Just 5% of Iowa’s Medicaid expansion enrollees are in Obamacare exchange plans: http://t.co/iZgP9zWcJd— Forbes Opinion (@ForbesOpinion) September 14, 2015
Taxpayers defeated 3 major attacks on #Prop13 this year but when #CALeg returns no doubt they'll want taxes
95,000 Russian troops in massive military drill... http://t.co/Byz4vp2T2c— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 14, 2015
ISIS will fill the vacuum if Assad goes. To the lawmakers calling for his ouster, I ask, then what? https://t.co/uMN4Zlflnh— Andrea Tantaros (@AndreaTantaros) September 14, 2015
MEP Dan Hannan: 'Why I've changed my mind about intervening in Syria' http://t.co/murXNZPUhi— David Freddoso (@freddoso) September 14, 2015
Obama is now letting Putin ship tanks into Syria. This isn't just about protecting Assad, but -- longer-term -- Syria threatening Israel.— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) September 14, 2015
What a total clusterfuck this administration has made of the Middle East. https://t.co/K4oje6G6YA— Omri Ceren (@cerenomri) September 14, 2015
Hillary's biggest drop in support has been with white women, Wash Post poll finds. http://t.co/xXzx9ZcCdu— Jeremy W. Peters (@jwpetersNYT) September 14, 2015
FIVE-MONTH Gap in Hillary Emails... http://t.co/4NX5IQuwXh— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 14, 2015
CBSNEWS SHOCK POLL: SANDERS TOPS CLINTON BY 20 POINTS IN NH! http://t.co/xRDCe5hbBG— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 13, 2015
ABCWASHPOST POLL: Trump, Carson combine for 53%... http://t.co/reEchnneCE— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 14, 2015
NEW Monmouth NH poll -> Trump 28 Carson 17 Kasich 11 Cruz 8 Fiorina 7 Bush 7 Paul 4 Rubio 4 Christie 2 Walker 2— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 14, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Donald Trump takes on Ben Carson as neurosurgeon rises into second place http://t.co/pLNtyeMQ7w— The Guardian (@guardian) September 13, 2015
Carson now trails Trump in Iowa by just 4-pts, 29-25%. But Trump crushes the field in NH. Leads 2nd place by 28-pts http://t.co/evcjh7ww2e— Brandon (@Brand_Allen) September 13, 2015
"People who say that religion has nothing to do w/ their life, probably don't know exactly what religion is."-Carson pic.twitter.com/xDMCWFC5xP— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 13, 2015
In the Bay Area, where the median price for a single-family home is $700,000 -- and tilts a good deal higher in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and much of Berkeley and Oakland -- the American dream of homeownership can seem like a pipe dream.
Most Bay Area millennials plan to buy a home — somehow someday: Like so many millennials, Lara Wood and Sam Ta... http://t.co/wuAI1fAPZ8— Silicon Valley News (@silvalleynews) September 13, 2015
Indeed, the vast majority of millennials -- typically defined as age 34 and under -- plan to buy a home at some point in the future: 91 percent, according to Fannie Mae's latest National Housing Survey. Yet homeownership for adults under that age threshold has trended downward for 40 years and now stands at 34.8 percent, a drop from 39 percent in 2009. Buried in student debt or beholden to flat wage growth, many millennials are late to launch careers, marriage and parenthood, the markers that historically coincide with homeownership.
In the Bay Area, where the median price for a single-family home is $700,000 -- and tilts a good deal higher in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and much of Berkeley and Oakland -- the American dream of homeownership can seem like a pipe dream.
"The juice isn't worth the squeeze," said Darin Alpert, 29, a sales director in San Francisco for the tech company Bazaarvoice. He chooses to rent in the Russian Hill neighborhood because he "can't justify" spending $1 million for a one-bedroom condo. Instead, he owns an investment property in San Diego.
A national survey by ApartmentList.com, a real estate website, recently found that 74 percent of millennial renters intend to buy homes, though few plan to do so within the next three years....