News of the Day

I’m bombarded daily by news. It starts in the morning with husband’s look at the weather, today’s and the week. Then world/national news and local shootings and traffic accidents with a house fire or two through the night.

There isn’t any good economic news. The nation is set to collapse. The world is set to collapse too. Governments seek to ‘fix’ everything. Though, it’s the people who can make a difference, not rulers, presidents, representatives.

But we’re drowning in laws, regulations. We’re working hard to keep our heads above water and care for our families. But prices on everything are going up and our retirement savings have been taken away by stock market drops. There’s no place to put anything saved. We lose our principle in every place we used to sock a little money.

I’m looking for a person to run for president who will tell me there is hope. Real hope. Hope for my country. Hope for my family. Hope for the world. After Mr. Cain suspended his campaign, I see no one that fits that bill.

So I’ll just lean on Jesus. And do what I can to take his Gospel to those in need. I don’t know what others do without Him. He’s the only sanity in my world. He’s the only one with Good News. ♡♡♡

Is. 40:9 You who tell good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain; you who tell good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, don’t be afraid; say to the cities of Judah, Behold, your God!

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Impeachment of IRS Commissioner a sign Congress might actually work?

http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2016/05/17/impeachment-irs-commissioner-sign-congress-might-actually-work/?

Many have traced the end of the constitutional republic the Founding Fathers gave us to the ratification of the 16th and 17th Amendments. The former allows the federal government access to its own revenue stream that is politically painless to extract. It turns the constitutional relationship between state and federal government on its head by making the states dependent upon federal largess rather than having the federal government as a client of the states. The latter amendment, the 17th, makes the US Senate a House of Representatives that serves a 6 year term. A Senate elected by state legislatures safeguarded state prerogatives in the Congress. I would also argue that another villain is the 19th, haha, just joking, rather the 22d Amendment which makes the second term of any president a lame duck administration.

But the real issue has been the sheer laziness of the Congress.

Congress isn’t merely a “co-equal” branch of government. It is the superior branch of a clever hierarchy created by the Constitution. The House was to be elected by the People and the Speaker of the House is third in line to be president. The House controls revenue bills. The Senate represents the States and their interests in the Federal system. The Congress is the only branch of government that can remove an official from office in another branch for basically any reason it sees fit.
The President (it is not Article II by accident) is not elected by the people. The president is elected by the states (electors) after ratification of that result by the Congress. In fact, electoral votes can be challenged in this joint session and the challenge adjudicated by a vote there. This clearly establishes that the President is a creature of the States and the People acting through the Congress.

Similarly, the Judicial Branch is a total creation of Executive and the States. The Congress decides the number of judges and how much they will be paid. The US Constitution clearly allows the Congress to remove some areas of law from oversight by the courts.

But to do its job properly, Congress would actually have to work a five-day week. Rather than actually do anything the Congress has taken the path of least resistance, do nothing, and allowed the resulting vacuum to be filled by the federal bureaucracy and the federal judiciary. In 1946, Congress passed the Administrative Procedures Act. This Act allows federal agencies, not the Congress, to establish “rules” which carry the force of law, rules which can deprive you of liberty and property just as effectively as any act of Congress and rules against which you are largely defenseless. It is APA which has allowed the EPA to regulate lawnmower emissions. It is the APA that has allowed the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to call any vaguely defined mud puddle a “wetland” or “inland waterway.” It has also allowed federal courts to make new law and to contort existing law to the extent that it can’t be recognized. Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas both created new law out of whole cloth, invalidating existing state law, not to mention a couple of thousand years of Western Civilization and common decency. The “evolving standard of decency” nonsense in Eighth Amendment jurisprudence is an offense to commonsense. Hamdan v. Rumsfeld ignored the actual black letter of the law and established a review authority for federal courts where Congress had declared none existed. Every judge or justice who voted in favor of that decision should have been impeached.

The only way Congress has of reining in either an Executive or Judicial branch run amok and hellbent on governing as it sees fit is via impeachment and, because it requires both decisiveness and work, Congress is reluctant to use it. If you are a judge and you sell decisions at auction in open court on television you MIGHT get impeached. If you ignore Congressional subpoenas and obstruct justice while killing random citizens in two countries, like Eric Holder, then you can pretty much skate.

In what one hopes in not merely an election year stunt, the House of Representatives may actually be on the verge of impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. If this is true and isn’t another episode of Failure Theater, it could signal a change in the way things are done:

The House Judiciary Committee’s decision to hold hearings a week from today on whether to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is a victory for the chamber’s far-right caucus, still smarting over the agency’s treatment of conservative groups.

Over five years, House Republicans have slashed the IRS budget, passed bills banning employee bonuses and prohibiting employees fired for misconduct from getting rehired. The GOP has vowed to simplify the tax code, pounced on agency management failures and assailed customer service failures caused by the budget cuts.

And last week, anti-IRS lawmakers convinced previously hesitant House leaders to start the unusual process of removing the tax collector from office.

The second graf, alone, tells you what kind of a crap hole the IRS is. It is virtually unheard of for Congress to crack down on any single agency to that extent because of their general lawlessness.

The GOP’s seven-month effort to oust Koskinen, whose term does not end until November 2017, is nonetheless a long shot, experts say, given the short congressional calendar remaining before the November elections and procedural hurdles.

Impeachment of an agency leader is rare. The last time Congress brought similar articles of impeachment was in 1876, after the House uncovered evidence of a pattern of corruption by War Secretary William Belknap.

The two congressmen leading the charge for impeachment, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, had for months received little traction with Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), But things have shifted, at least partway.

“A lot of people have to warm up to the idea” of impeachment, Chaffetz acknowledged in an interview. “But we’re not letting go of this one.”

As the article says, the time available to do this is limited but the real proof will be the energy applied to the process. If Chaffetz and Jordan make an honest effort to remove Koskinen then it will not go unnoticed to other committee chairs, who would like to be be taken more seriously by everyone than they are, and to agency heads, who would mostly like to avoid drawn out range wars with members of congress.

Under Obama we’ve seen that a determined president with no compunction about violating the law can do much as he desires and it will be virtually impossible for Congress to stop him. Impeaching of agency heads is the only possible way to restrain such a president. But if Congress accepts the status quo, of which Koskinen is not even the worst example, then it signals that Congress is a meaningless institution and we are ruled by a battalion of unelected judges and bureaucrats.

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Transgender

I am on twitter. A lot.

I tweet news, mostly conservative, religious. I sometimes tweet opinion.

Yesterday I tweeted a link to an article about HHS requirements for physicians concerning transgender. It’s truly appalling. So I tweeted it without comment.

Shelly, trolling around twitter (not a follower of mine, nor a person I follow) commented in a tweet to me. Some of HIS tweets are difficult to discern meaning. You’ll need to click on my tweet to see what shelly tweeted to me. I can’t copy her tweets because she has me blocked.

Next:

Next:

I was getting weary of shelly at this point. Next:

Next:

At this point, shelly blocked me. Guess I was too tough and should have been more loving. But this stuff is way beyond funny. It’s serious. I’ve got a grand-daughter in high school and these bathroom rules for these mentally defective people are offensive and go against my grand daughter’s rights and safety. It’s absolutely insane. Our president is as insane as the people with confused brains on their sexual identity.

Our nation needs God. We must pray for his forgiveness and ask for him to bring back his blessings to us. We should strive to bring him back to our schools in prayer and study. We must bring God back into our lives in everything we do. 

~tannngl

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I am sorry to tell you…

“I am sorry to tell you..”
By Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Arutz Sheva (Israel)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/18770#.VznLKceayHo

May 14, 2016 — My dear friends, Jews in Israel and the Diaspora. I am sorry to tell you that the terror attacks from which we suffer today and yesterday, a week ago, a month, a year and a decade and century ago, are all part of the same war, the same struggle, the same Jihad waged against us by our neighbors for over a century.

Sometimes it is a full scale war with tanks, noise, flames, planes and ships and sometimes it is a war on a slow burner known as “terror” with explosions, stabbings and shots. Each of these is Jihad in Arabic, each is aimed at Jews just for being Jewish.

I regret to remind you of the fact that this war began way before the establishment of the Jewish state declared in 1948. The riots and massacres of 1920, 1921, 1929, 1936-39 et al, were not due to a Jewish state or what our enemies call the “occupation” of 1948, and certainly not because of the 1967 “occupation.” The bloody and cruel massacre of the Jews of Hevron in 1929 was carried out against Jews who were not part of the Zionist movement, quite the contrary. The Palestine Liberation Movement (Fatah) was founded, may I remind you, in 1959 and The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964, years before the 1967 “occupation” that was a result of Israel winning the Six Day War.

I hate to point out to you that the shouts we heard, mainly in the 1948 War of Independence, were “Itbach al Yahud” – “Butcher the Jews” – and not the “Israelis” or the “Zionists,” because their problem is with the Jews who refuse to be dependent on the mercy of Islam, refuse to live as dhimmi, protected ones, the way Islam mandates for Jews and Christians. In the Arab world, children still sing (in Arabic): “Palestine is our country and the Jews are our dogs.” The dog, in Islamic tradition, is an unclean animal. Sharia law stipulates that if a Muslim is praying and a dog, pig, woman, Jew or Christian walks in front of him, his prayers are worthless and he must begin the entire ritual once again.

It is not pleasant to tell you this, but Israel’s enemies’ most popular chant is (in Arabic) – “Kyber, Khyber O Jews, Mohammed’s army will yet return.” Khyber is an oasis in the Arabian Peninsula that was populated by Jews until Mohammed slaughtered them in 626 C.E. The chant commemorates that event and threatens a repeat performance. The Jews, according to the Koran (Sura 5, verse 82) are the most hostile enemies of the Moslems. Verse 60 states that Allah’s curse and fury upon them turned them into monkeys and pigs. Since when do monkeys and pigs have the right to a state? Since when are they entitled to sovereignty?

Despite what you think, peace with Egypt was achieved only after Sadat realized that despite Arab efforts to destroy Israel in the 1948 War of Independence, the 1956 Sinai Campaign, the 1967 Six Day War, 1970 War of Attrition, and even the 1973 Yom Kippur War that took Israel by surprise, the Jewish state managed to push back all the Arab armies and bring the war to their territory. That is why Sadat understood that Israel is not conquerable and that there is no choice other than making peace, even if this peace is temporary and based on the precedent of the 628 C.E. Hudabiya Peace in which Mohammed gave a 10 year hiatus to the infidels of Mecca, but broke it at the end of two years when they fell asleep on the watch.

Yassir Arafat did not sign the Oslo Accords because he believed in peace, but because, calling it the “Hudabiya peace,” he saw the agreements as a Trojan horse that would hoodwink the Jews. The only objective of the Oslo Accords was to create a Palestinian entity with an army and weapons that would be used to destroy Israel when the time was ripe. He repeated this constantly, but our decision makers explained that he is only saying it for domestic consumption, and when suicide bombers set themselves off in our streets, the victims were called “victims of peace.” Since when does peace require victims? And when will the rifles we allowed them to obtain be turned on us?

It saddens me to tell you that all of Israel’s efforts to please the Hamas Gazans failed, and Hamas went on from being a terrorist organization to becoming a terrorist state. Deathly rockets, attack tunnels, suicide bombers – all are considered legitimate in the eyes of Gaza’s Jihadist government, so to hell with the lives of the men, women and children living there, and to hell with their welfare, health and assets. The Gazans are pawns in the hands of Hamas, the Jihad and the Salafists, all of whom appointed themselves the liaison between the residents of Gaza and Paradise, having already given them a taste of hell on earth.

It pains me to tell all the soul-weary peace seekers in Israel and the world, that the concrete and iron that you forced us to give the Jihadists in Gaza in order to rebuild their destroyed homes, were used to build tunnels of death both to Gazans and Israelis. Instead of building hospitals, schools and infrastructure, the Jihadists built an infrastructure of death, suffering and disaster.

You were wrong again – basing your policy on pipe dreams, delusions and hopes instead of on facts and figures. Analysts, including me, are not entirely blameless: they said in wondrous harmony that when Hamas has to bear the responsibility for food, electricity and welfare in Gaza, its leaders will become more moderate, realistic and pragmatic.

We were wrong: Hamas, despite leaving the opposition in order to rule, has not ceased its Jihad against Israel and has not removed Israel from the top of its list of priorities, nor has it changed in the slightest its wholly negative view of the “Zionist entity.”

I hate to ruin the “two states for two peoples” party, but I must, because what is happening in Gaza today is exactly what will happen to the second Palestinian state you are trying to establish in Judea and Samaria. Hamas will be the winner of elections for the legislature, as they were in Gaza in January 2006, and will win the presidential elections as well. If they don’t they will take over all of Judea and Samaria in a violent putsch, just as they did in Gaza in 2007.

And when that happens, what will you say? “Ooops…we didn’t know…we couldn’t imagine…?” So now you know and do not have to extrapolate. This should be your working hypothesis. If Gaza’s Hamas is digging tunnels of death in the sand today, it will be digging through rocks to build them from Judea and Samaria – and let’s see you find them and blow them up when that happens. And to anyone with a short memory, let me refresh it: In July 2014, Hamas managed to shut Ben Gurion Airport for a day by launching rockets from Gaza.

If and when they gain control of Judea and Samaria, they will be able to shut Ben Gurion down with a slingshot, and will be able to overlook all the runways from the Beit Arye heights. Anyone who does not believe me should get into his car and drive to the top of the hills to the east of Ben Gurion Airport, located in “conquered, occupied territory” (conquered from whom, precisely?).

Due to Israel’s wind conditions, most of the planes that land in Ben Gurion approach from the east, cruising right over those very same hills. Will Hamastan allow planes headed for Israel to circle and approach landing from above its territory? Just what price will Israel have to pay after an RPG or machine gun shoots down one El Al plane, God forbid? Will we offer them Jerusalem so as to calm them down?

And if we are already talking about Jerusalem, what will you do when the State of Hamas presents you with an ultimatum: Jerusalem or war? The Temple Mount or we shut down Ben Gurion Airport?

And when the world supports their demand for Jerusalem, letting Israel pay the price of calming down radical Islam, what will you say? And when the snipers go back to shooting at passersby on Jerusalem streets from the walls of the Old City as their Jordanian brothers did until 1967, where will you hide? Behind concrete walls? A security fence? Or will you simply move Israel’s capital city to Tel Aviv?

I am sorry to disappoint you but the worst thing that ever happened to Israel’s hopes for peace was the rise of the peace movements, those calling for Israel to establish a terror state in Judea and Samaria and give up East Jerusalem for it.

In the Middle East, he who expresses a desire for peace, talks about his yearning for peace and offers his land and country as bribery in exchange for a paper which has the word “peace” on it, is looked upon as someone who lost a war and is begging for his life.

The peace movements turned Israel’s image into that of a weak and soft defeatist country, the exact opposite of the kind of country that achieves peace in the Middle East. In the violent and radical region where Israel is trying to survive, anyone considered weak gets kicked, you know exactly where, and is sent to hell in the best case, or butchered and beheaded as a matter of course. In the Middle East, peace means that your enemies leave you alone because you are too strong, threatening and dangerous to start up with. In the Middle East only the unvanquished obtain peace.

Anyone who does not accept these facts, who is not ready for “blood, sweat and tears,” he who impatiently demands “Peace Now” does not belong in the Middle East. Here, we have room only for the brave, the strong, the steadfast and those who believe in the justice of their cause. Anyone who lacks those traits can find a suitable home somewhere else, where life is peaceful, quiet, prosperous and blooming. May we suggest Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Boston or San Bernardino….

Dr. Mordechai Kedar is a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University. He served in IDF Military Intelligence for 25 years, specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. Thoroughly familiar with Arab media in real time, he is frequently interviewed on the various news programs in Israel. Translated from Hebrew by Rochel Sylvetsky, Arutz Sheva Op-ed and Judaism editor.

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Senator Cruz’s statement concerning Obama bathroom tyranny

 Notice Senator Ted Cruz in this statement concerning the Obama bathroom tyranny doesn’t say this is a state’s issue. He states it is WRONG. (Trump yesterday said it’s a state’s issue.) Cruz is right. 

We should ignore the president’s demands. It’s nuts.

~tannngl

http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=2642

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on the Obama School Bathroom Decree
May 13, 2016 | 202-228-7561
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement Friday in response to the Obama administration’s threat to withhold federal funds from any public school district that does not abide by its transgender bathroom policy:

“America has woken up to yet another example of President Barack Obama doing through executive fiat what he cannot get done through our democratic process. Today, he decreed that schools across the country must allow men and boys to use the restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities previously reserved for girls. Not only is this decree contrary to law, but it makes no sense. There is a reason that we give girls access to their own changing rooms: It is for their privacy, safety, and security. The administration’s dangerous departure from that common-sense norm must not stand.

“Having spent many years in law enforcement, I’ve handled far too many cases of child molesters, of pedophiles, of people who abused little kids. The threats of predators are serious, and we should not facilitate allowing grown men or boys to be in bathrooms with little girls.

“While the administration’s decree has no force of law in our constitutional system of government, the “implicit threat,” as the New York Times reported, is that public school districts who fail to toe the line will face lawsuits and the loss of federal aid. This is both legally improper and harmful to the most vulnerable among us—for what the Times failed to report is that the money the federal government sends to local school districts provides lunches for economically disadvantaged children and vital services for those most in need. So the Obama White House, for the sake of political correctness, is holding hostage the poorest, most disadvantaged children across the nation.

“What we’ve now seen across the country, from the administration’s lawsuit against North Carolina to the superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas, is that common-sense needs for safety and privacy are being trumped by leftist notions of faux egalitarianism.

“I encourage every school superintendent, school board, and parent across this nation to disregard this barely veiled threat from the White House aimed at overturning the utterly reasonable practice of preventing men and boys from entering girls’ restrooms and changing rooms.

“As a father of young girls, I wouldn’t want my daughters being forced to change in the same room as men and boys. It’s that simple. And parents across this country shouldn’t have to tolerate it either.”

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You’re in a public restroom and this person walks in…what do you do?

http://www.allenbwest.com/derrick-wilburn/question-youre-in-a-public-restroom-and-this-person-walks-in-what-do-you-do

 

Dr. Richard Levine, Pennslyvania's Physician General

Dr. Richard Levine, Pennslyvania’s Physician General

There are people who see “MEN” and “WOMEN” above bathroom doors no differently than “WHITE” and “COLORED” over those same doors sixty years ago. They perceive no difference whatsoever.

Pictured here is Dr. Richard Levine, the state of Pennsylvania’s current Physician General. Every day, Dr. Levine awakens, does his hair, puts on makeup, lipstick, a dress or pantsuit and goes to work. Dr. Levine (Rachel as s/he now prefers) “identifies” as a woman.

Dr. Levine served as a professor at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center prior to appointment by Pennsylvania’s new governor, Tom Wolf (D), to his cabinet. Levine was confirmed to become the state’s new Physician General via a 49-0 vote by the Maryland state Senate.

People like Levine are now at the center of yet another cultural firestorm being wrought by the Obama administration. The central question: “Does Richard Levine have a right, a constitutionally-protected RIGHT, to use female bathroom or other hygienic facilities because he identifies as female?”

The Obama Department of Justice has announced that the federal government will (once again) sue one of its own states. North Carolina had the nerve to say, “No. The Richard Levines of the world do not have that right.”

Obama is already seeking to cut off federal funding to North Carolina but that’s not enough. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is also saying schools and other entities in North Carolina could face legal action or loss of funding for complying with their own state’s laws!

How did we get here?

President Obama and AG Lynch seek to force a state to recognize cross-dressing men as women and presumably cross-dressing women (if there are any) as men through a gross re-interpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The U.S. Justice Department is now doing what it said in 2006 it would not do. In 2006 (and prior) DOJ claimed that Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, which bans sex discrimination, does not protect against workplace discrimination on the basis of “gender status.” Not “gender” but “gender status.” What, exactly, is “gender status”? There used to be no question about “gender status.” We were either one or the other.

That was then, this is now.

For unexplained reasons, what the DOJ saw as correct legal interpretation of our laws a few years ago, it has now pulled a complete 180 and shifted its view to the opposite end of the spectrum. That transformation began with a memo issued by former Attorney General Eric Holder in which he described the DoJ as assuming “the most strict interpretation of the law” possible.

Holder’s memo was part of a broader Obama administration effort to introduce entirely new categories of “gender status.” Such as “gender confused”, “gender unsure”, “gender transient”, “gender fluid”, “genderqueer”, “gender binary” and other thoroughly confusing such “statuses.”

This new interpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act means the federal government/DoJ will be able to bring legal claims on behalf of cross-dressing/transgender people who say they’ve been discriminated against.
Leaving the legalese behind, here’s the on-the-street reality of this change: If you are an employer and one of your employees claims he “identifies” as a woman and you do not allow him to use the woman’s facilities or install special facilities to specifically accommodate him, you may be sued. Not only may you be sued by that employee, you could also be sued by the federal government itself! Which is where the state of North Carolina is headed.

A gender unsure/gender confused/gender-cross-identifying/gender transient man like Dr. Levine can run to the U.S. Department of Justice and say, “I believe I’m a woman and they won’t let me take showers in the woman’s showers!” The United States government can take up his case, drag you and your company into court, force you to spend heaven knows how much to defend yourself and in the end there’s a good chance you’ll lose as the 1964 Civil Rights Act is one strong, enduring piece of precedent. Good luck beating it even in this “re-interpreted” form.

Obama is trying to force a state to comply with his wishes and not allow the people of that (or any) state to govern themselves and make their own rules. If a state today, how long until everybody else — private employers, schools, churches, etc. are in like fashion brought under the thumb of our supreme leader?

Good luck, America.

Romans 1:18-32

~tannngl

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The GOP’s Real Dilemma and What Should Be Done About It

http://www.politicspa.com/politically-uncorrected-the-gops-real-dilemma/75394/

 

Politically Uncorrected: The GOP’s Real Dilemma
Written by G. Terry Madonna & Michael L. Young

Clearly the party is on the precipice of a disaster. But it’s a precipice familiar in the history of American political parties. What is happening to Republicans is not pleasant, but it is not unique. At least four times since the Civil War era, major parties have imploded from internal pressures among competing wings of the party. Indeed, the GOP in 2016 had a good chance of being torn apart with or without Trump, given the party’s gaping divisions on the urgent questions of the day.
However, no party as strife-torn as the present GOP has ever won the presidency. The list of those that have tried and failed is long and sobering and includes both Democrats and Republicans.
In the 1850s, it was the national Whig Party that fell apart over the slavery issue when it’s northern and southern wings split apart. After the split, the Whigs never won another presidential election and soon ceased functioning as a major party.
During the 1890’s populist uprisings, it was Democrat-infighting that split their party so thoroughly that they only won two presidential elections between 1896 and 1932.
Republicans accomplished the same during the Teddy Roosevelt insurrection in 1912 when the former president bolted the party after failing to secure the Republican nomination. He subsequently ran as the “Bull Moose” Progressive Party nominee, badly dividing the Republican Party and enabled Woodrow Wilson to capture the presidency for two terms. The GOP actually finished third that year, the only time that has happened to a major party outside the Civil War era
More recently, the disastrous 1968 Democratic Chicago convention, driven by acrimony over the Vietnam War, produced riots in Lincoln Park that spilled out onto the streets of Chicago. Witnessed by millions on television, the Chicago riots, the nomination of Hubert Humphry as a pro-war candidate at that time, and some ugly scenes inside the convention arena allowed Richard Nixon to narrowly defeat Hubert Humphrey in November.
All these examples provide vivid testimony to the fate awaiting a party riven with division and factionalism – as were the Whigs in the 1850s, the Democrats in the 1890s, the Republicans in 1912, the Democrats in the late 1960s – and now the GOP in 2016.
What has happened to the GOP in 2016 is much less important than what Republicans do about it. Losing a presidential election is survivable, even strengthening for a party. No better recent example exists then the Republican’s shocking loss in 1964 when Democrat Lyndon Johnson beat Republican Barry Goldwater, winning 61 percent of the popular vote. Johnson’s victory encouraged many pundits to predict the end of the Republican Party. Yet, the GOP went on to win five of the next six presidential elections.
But losing a presidential election and losing a party at the same time is not survivable as the Whigs of the 1850s demonstrated. This is the real dilemma for the Republicans in 2016. Can they lose an election without losing a party?
There are probably two main ways they can lose a party. One is to promote independent or third party candidacies that will only erode Trump’s fragile electoral strength, while defeating efforts to achieve some measure of party unity. Trump is unlikely to win the presidential race, but how he loses it matters. That was the main lesson of 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt’s third party efforts relegated the GOP to minor party status and a third place finish.
The other main way the GOP can lose a party in 2016 is to lose their majorities in Congress. Presently, Republicans hold a narrow four seat margin over Democrats in the Senate with Republicans defending 24 of the 34 seats up for election in 2016. Democratic control of the U. S. Senate is clearly in reach even without a weak GOP presidential nominee.
In an era of, increasingly, straight ticket voting, Trump likely will be the inevitable drag on “down ticket” races, including Senate seats. In fact, Republican Senators in clearly “endangered” seats are already moving away from Trump while polishing their bona fides as “independents.”
The situation in the House seems much less perilous for Republicans since the GOP now hold a substantial 246 to 188-seat edge. Yet some analysts are already speculating that a Trump ticket might threaten Republican control of the House as well as the Senate.
In a political year in which almost all assumptions have been turned on their head, Republicans would be foolish to assume the House is safe.
The strategic imperative for the GOP is clear: protect its congressional majorities while holding the national party together at the presidential level. Tactically, this means to fund the presidential race with as much money as necessary – not more money than necessary – to show the flag.
A Democratic president and a Republican Congress would be a status quo election for the country, a bitter disappointment for Democrats and a huge victory for Republicans.
The GOP will have lost an election but kept a party. Before this election is over that might look like a pretty good deal.

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Atheist Professor, Holly Ordway, Becomes Christian.

James Bishop's Theology & Apologetics.

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Dr. Holly Ordway has published a book titled Not God’s Type, telling her personal story. She begins “I had never in my life said a prayer, never been to a church service. Christmas meant presents and Easter meant chocolate bunnies–nothing more.” But her views get hardened: “In college, I absorbed the idea that Christianity was historical curiosity, or a blemish on modern civilization, or perhaps both. My college science classes presented Christians as illiterate anti-intellectuals who, because they didn’t embrace Darwinism, threatened the advancement of knowledge. My history classes omitted or downplayed references to historical figures’ faith.” Still later, “At thirty-one years old, I was an atheist college professor–and I delighted in thinking of myself that way. I got a kick out of being an unbeliever; it was fun to consider myself superior to the unenlightened, superstitious masses, and to make snide comments about Christians.” (p.15-16)

Ordway was a trained…

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Venezuelans are now eating dogs, cats and birds. Bernie supporters, learn about Socialism here

http://www.activistpost.com/2016/02/venezuela-is-out-of-food-heres-what-an-economic-collapse-really-looks-like.html

By Daisy Luther

Venezuela is out of food.

After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency.” This is just the most recent nail in the beleaguered country’s slow, painful economic collapse.

Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic but, really, it’s far more gradual than that. It looks like empty shelves, long lines, desperate government officials trying to cover their tushes, and hungry people. For the past two years, I’ve been following the situation in Venezuela as each shocking event has unfolded. Americans who feel that our country would be better served by a socialist government would be wise to take note of this timeline of the collapse.

A quick review: Why Venezuela Is Out of Food

In 2013, many began to suspect that the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.

Shortly thereafter, grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. Families had to register and were allotted a certain amount of supplies to prevent “hoarding.”

Then, just over a year ago, it became even more apparent that the country was falling when long lines for basic necessities such as laundry soap, diapers, and food became the norm rather than the exception. Thousands of people were standing in line for 5-6 hours in the hopes that they would be able to purchase a few much-needed items.

Shortly after the story broke to the rest of the world, the propaganda machine shifted into high gear. As the government began to ration electricity, it was announced that this was not due to economic reasons at all, but instead was a measure of their great concern for the environment.

As the situation continued to devolve, farmers in Venezuela were forced to hand over their crops last summer. They assumed control of essential goods like food, and began putting retail outlets out of business. Then, once they had control of the sales outlets, they began forcing farmers and food manufacturers to sell anywhere from 30-100% of their products to the state at the price the state opted to pay, as opposed to stores and supermarkets.

But that wasn’t enough to keep the population fed. (Isn’t it astonishing how much less motivated people are to produce food and supplies when they are no longer allowed to benefit from their hard work? Historically, collectivism and farming have never gone successfully hand in hand.) This January, the government told citizens that they would need to produce their own food. The Ministry of Urban Farming was created to oversee this. While self-reliance sounds great, it isn’t so great in Venezuela. Just so the urban farmers don’t get too self-reliant, a registry of the crops and livestock will be required. (And obviously, they’ve already proven that they have no issue forcing farmers to hand over what they’ve produced.)

Now, it looks like all of the socialist measures and forced food production haven’t been enough to keep the people of Venezuela fed. The country is in so much trouble now that it isn’t possible to cover it up with propaganda.

According to Breitbart.com, lawmakers have learned nothing.

Socialist legislators are hoping to manipulate the initiative in the other direction, and use it to expand government control of private food enterprises. Legislator Héctor Rodríguez has insisted that the economic emergency “does absolutely nothing,” and the government should impose itself on private enterprises. Another socialist legislator, Ricardo Molina, is calling for the government to expropriate Polar, Venezuela’s largest private food corporation: “we have to intervene on private sector enterprises.”

Venezuela previously forced a Polar food distribution center in Caracas to shut down in July, putting 12,000 tons of food, six million liters of soft drinks, and 2,000 jobs at risk.

And now, the announcement of the “nutritional emergency” makes it official. Venezuela is out of food, and it’s only a matter of time before Venezuelans are quite literally starving due to a long series of terrible decisions by their leaders.

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Sorry, Republicans: It’s no act

Sorry, Republicans: It’s no act
By Jennifer Rubin May 8 at 12:00 PM

 

Donald Trump is the presumptive presidential nominee, but that recognition has not made him any more presidential.

He is still insulting political critics in the GOP, perhaps not realizing he needs over 90 percent of the GOP vote to have any chance to do even as well as the last two GOP losers. He still employs surrogates who are mind-numbingly vapid (attacking adoption?!?) or boorish (populist huckster Mike Huckabee instructing the speaker of the House to “lead, follow or get the heck out of the way”). He still shows no interest in learning basics — whether it is the obligation to uphold the “full faith and credit” of the United States or knowing who runs the Islamic State. None of this should be surprising. He is not an intellectually curious person, nor a modest one. It is a dangerous combination: He does not know — or won’t admit — what he does not know.

He has always bullied and bought his way through life. He cannot imagine anyone resisting him (a soldier refusing to commit war crimes, a principled Republican refusing to endorse him). He brooks no criticism, even from a usually obsequious cable TV personality.

All of this leaves him utterly incapable of the first task of any presidential nominee — unifying his party. In fact, he does not want to unite it. “I am confident that I can unite much of it. Some of it, I don’t want. I mean, there were statements made about me that those people can go away and maybe come back in eight years after we serve two terms.” Trump’s insistence on maintaining loopy views and inability to win over even Republicans have spurred throngs of elected officials to decline endorsement, an unprecedented phenomenon. His own shortcomings have launched a thriving movement to find a third candidate. (Mitt Romney — with 100 percent name ID, a donor network and the affection of much of his party — and Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska seem to be the top candidates.)

As a result, the party is arguably more divided than it was at the beginning of the week. As impressions harden, the task of shoring up his support just among Republicans becomes more daunting. Ineptitude increases the chances of an embarrassing defeat, which in turn discourages people from wanting to be his running mate — or even give him money. He begins to take on the aura of, well, a loser.

The GOP would have been fortunate had Trump’s blunderbuss routine been something he could easily discard. Instead, all those people “wanting to send a message” to political elite are finding out just what they bargained for, a dim thug who is alternately scary and clueless. Worse, he is easily mocked. In our cynical, jaded culture, that gives even someone as staid as Hillary Clinton the chance to seem more in touch. She can wink at the audience. “Yes, I know, he’s just a buffoon,” she can signal to voters. “Can you believe what he just said?”

Trump will have some good days, and Clinton will have some bad ones. However, Trump is proving incapable or unwilling to be anything but a boorish billionaire, a caricature of a rich person. That is quite limiting, in practice, as he finds out how diverse, tolerant and skeptical are voters outside his cult of personality. He’s collected about 10 million votes, predominately from white, lower-income and less educated voters. He is going to need about 65 million votes and at least 270 electoral votes. Instead of multiplying his followers, he is dividing them. If this week is any indication, he will be hard-pressed to do as well as the last two GOP nominees. They were losers, too.

This journalist has posted some very conservative pieces in the Washington Post. I think she has a very good grasp on reality, the reality that Trump is living in an alternate universe (as his followers are) if he thinks he will win in November.

~tannngl

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