For Your Enlightenment

Thought I would try something new and post a video in place of an article.  Enjoy  🙂

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  1. gmanfortruth says:

    😎

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    http://eaglerising.com/31892/leading-journalist-admits-that-the-main-stream-media-constantly-lies/

    Ever wonder how much stuff is really just lies being played off as news?

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Lies make up a portion, but general inaccuracies due to lazy investigations and political wordsmithing make up the greater portion of the “mistruth” Like Obama and Hillary and Josh Ernest rarely really lie…..but trim and phrase words in such a way to mislead you, but to you or I it’s a lie, to them they alway have an out, with plausible deniability, by saying I never said that or did mean it that way. So in other words it’s our fault for being so stupid as to not understand what I really was saying…..like what is the definition of sex, used by the “silver zipper”.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        For a minute, imagine government agents telling the 6 major news agencies to report what they are told and nothing else or face losing your job, immediately, or worse, pulling the FCC license and taking them off the air. Or, using actors to portray an event as if it were real for political purposes.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          you’re surprised?…but the majority of the media is in the governments pocket to insure “they have access”

          I still claim to avoid prosecution, targeting Rupert Murdock” from reports that FOX did they in general caved and became mostly an administration mouthpiece also….This all stemmed from a case in the UK.

  4. gmanfortruth says:

    Ted Nugent via Facebook:

    At this time I do not endorse Donald Trump anymore than I endorse Ted Cruz as I admire both gentlemen. But these points are SO damn special!

    Obama is against Trump
    The Media is against Trump
    The establishment Democrats are against Trump
    The establishment Republicans are against Trump
    The Pope is against Trump
    The UN is against Trump
    The EU is against Trump
    China is against Trump
    Mexico is against Trump
    Soros is against Trump
    Black Lives Matter is against Trump
    MoveOn. Org is against Trump
    Koch Bro’s are against Trump
    Hateful, racist, violent Liberals are against Trump

    Bonus points:

    Cher says she will leave the country
    Mylie Cyrus says she will leave the country
    Whoopi says she will leave the country
    Rosie says she will leave the country
    Al Sharpton says he will leave the country
    Gov. Brown says California will build a wall

    Sounds like the kinda president the US needs!

  5. LAs Vegas odds on the elimination of rule 40(b)…1/3….meaning…..to win a dollar, you must put up 3 dollars.

    Odds makers are betting on the elimination of rule 40(b)

  6. gmanfortruth says:

    Via Fox News: The federal government is taking steps to fine schools that do not comply with first lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service issued a proposed rule Monday to codify parts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by Mrs. Obama.

    The regulation would punish schools and state departments with fines for “egregious or persistent disregard” for the lunch rules that imposed sodium and calorie limits and banned white grains.

    A West Virginia preschool teacher was threatened with fines for violating the rules by rewarding her students with candy for good behavior in June 2015. The teacher ultimately did not have to pay, but the school had to develop a “corrective action plan” with training on the policies.

    The government now seeks to make fines enforceable by regulation. Section 303 of the law requires that the federal government “establish criteria for the imposition of fines” for all the Department of Agriculture’s child food programs.

    “Under section 303, the Secretary or a State agency may establish an assessment against any school food authority or school administering the Child Nutrition Programs if the Secretary or the State agency determines that the school or school food authority failed to correct severe mismanagement of any program, failed to correct repeated violations of program requirements, or disregarded a requirement of which they have been informed,” the proposed rule states.

    • This is actually a non issue….it is up to the state with federal education funds being what is held hostage. Texas rejected the nutrition mandates last year… The nutrition issue is left up to the local school districts and the local PTA’s….the school menu in Fort Worth now includes corny dogs ( State Fair Brand, of course ), donuts, fried foods, etc. there was a California mom that objected to it last year in a school board meeting and was told that she could pack her child’s lunch with anything she wanted. She rejected that because she would have to buy her own food….to which the s hooo board said…yes, that is an option for you. You decide. The government threatened to pull educational funds…..but have not done so yet.

      So, the states need to get some balls.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        The specific brand of Yogurt that Michelle is forcing into the school lunch programs is actually a very unhealthy product and will lead to greater issues of obesity in children, rather than help resolve the problem. Not all yogurts are healthy and are not created equal.

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    http://sputniknews.com/us/20160329/1037113909/us-surveillance-state.html

    Why are we allowing this to occur in our country?

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  11. gmanfortruth says:

    Watching Kasich matter of factly state ” There are no rules for the convention”. But, but, someone here said that the old rules applied. HMMM, seems to me that exposing the illusion is getting easy.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      gman

      Again you display your inability to read words and comprehend their meaning.

      I never said that the “old rules applied”. I said they apply until amended. Standard operating procedure. Including deadlines for submitting the proposed changes to the convention. I believe it is at least 30 days prior.

      The only remaining question is whether the existing rules actually expire and must be replaced with a “new edition” or if they stand as the new rules if not amended or revised. However, this question is moot because NEW RULES will be finished before the convention and then the delegates to the convention will either adopt these rules as proposed, or amend the “proposed” revised rules.

      There has been no effort to create an illusion. It is unfortunate if the average person doesn’t understand the political system. But their ignorance is not due to some conspiracy or effort to delude them. Not by the political parties anyway. They are ignorant due to their own laziness.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        You say: Again you display your inability to read words and comprehend their meaning.

        Now, after reading my comment, which says : “Watching Kasich matter of factly state”
        Please note the first word “WATCHING”

        Maybe it is you that is displaying your inability to read words and comprehend their meaning.

        So to clarify, is simple English. I WATCHED KASICH SAY, are you with me so far, that is SAY ” There are no rules for the convention”. There was no reading involved, I catually watched and heard, very matter of factly, state this on FOX news this morning, which has NOTHING to do with reading.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          Gman: ” But, but, someone here said that the old rules applied. ”

          So you now arguing that Kasich is someone “here”?? I didn’t think so.

          You were taking a pot shot at me, as you often do. And as you often do, you distorted what I actually said to fit your narrative. Sorry but I am not letting it go unchallenged.

          As for Kasich, he is a fool for making such a statement. Without rules there is NO CONVENTION. EVERY convention has rules governing the convention.

          But instead of pointing out the stupidity of Kasich’s comment you make the inference that this is somehow “exposing the illusion”.

          It matters not whether you saw, read or heard his comments. What matters is what you did with those comments.

          • gmanfortruth says:

            Kasich is playing the same game the GOP establishment is playing. They WILL get the candidate they want and the voters, who wrongly think their votes count, will not be happy. This year, it is being watched because the RNC will float out the rules for this convention, if 1012 is any indication, around the end of April.

            No, I wasn’t taking a shot at you, I was stating fact, nothing more. The illusion of choice is being exposed and we can’t stop it. It’s in everyone’s faces, and it will become quite apparent during the RNC convention, if not sooner when the new rules come out. Granted, many of the old rules will be there, but it’s the new ones that will show the fix is on.

            The DNC, with their super delegates have already picked Clinton, as long as she is not indicted. I doubt she could win the general election, regardless of the MSM self imposed trolls, I mean polls. Reagan was 15 points down at this point back then, so I think the polls are BS propaganda, trying to infect the low info voter with their crap.

            Kasich isn’t the first person to say this. Several “delegates” have stated the same thing. I have posted numerous articles on the subject. What you do with that information isn’t my problem. NEW convention rules will be released for the 2016 convention. That means, by default, the OLD rules don’t mean squat. They are effectively expired. If they weren’t, then there would be no need for the NEW rules to be released. You can choose to ignore reality all you want. I don’t live in a fantasy land. You should consider a diet from your fairy dust, it’s becoming comical.

            • Just A Citizen says:

              gman

              OK. Precisely what is it that I have said that is “fantasy”?? Where have I ignored reality??

  12. gmanfortruth says:

    A pro-Bernie Sanders Craigslist ad invites people in Wisconsin to protest against Donald Trump for $15 dollars an hour.

    Beneath an image of a Bernie Sanders T-shirt, the ad, which was posted on Tuesday morning, reads, “Paid positions for protesters at the Trump rally.”

    “Shuttle buses, parking, signs, and hourly pay available. $15 an hour due to economic inequality. Meet at 3300 W. Tripp Road, Jainesville, WI 53548 for pre-protest instructions and to get your time card.”

    But is the ad genuine?

    One respondent on Facebook noted that the meet-up location was 10 miles from the site of Trump’s event at the Jainesville Holiday Inn.

    While that’s true, it’s still only a 16 minute drive, which is presumably why transportation was offered to bus the protesters to the rally.

    The sight of protesters being paid right in front of Trump supporters would also be something that organizers would obviously be keen to avoid.

    Google maps shows that the meet-up spot, 3300 W. Tripp Road, is a parking lot in a remote location.

    The Craigslist ad was subsequently deleted after it began to receive attention on pro-Trump forums.

    Whether the ad is real or not, we know that at least some anti-Trump protesters were recruited via a Craigslist ad before the march at Trump Tower in New York City earlier this month.

    Writing for the Daily Caller, former Trump advisor Roger Stone revealed, “Infiltrating the crowd, I learned most were from MoveOn or the Occupy movement. Soap was definitely in short supply in this crowd. Several admitted answering a Craig’s list ad paying $16.00 an hour for protesters.”

    MoveOn, which is funded by billionaire George Soros, also took credit for causing the cancellation of Trump’s rally in Chicago back on March 11 after hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters infiltrated the event and staged violence which the media later blamed on Donald Trump.

    Following the riots in Chicago, left-wing groups vowed to stage mass civil disobedience at Trump rallies across the country beginning in April.
    http://www.prisonplanet.com/craigslist-ad-get-paid-15-an-hour-to-protest-at-the-trump-rally.html

    The site link has the screen shot of the ad, in case anyone wanted to see it.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I’ll be watching locally for something like this. The remote meeting site is perfect. A syringe and small bottle of skunk scent will make for a surprise when they return.

  13. gmanfortruth says:

    Answers could come sooner rather than later. http://www.mediaite.com/online/ajams-shuster-exclusive-hillary-clinton-to-be-interviewed-by-fbi-director-comey-in-mere-days/

    This witch needs to spend some time in the pokey!

  14. Just A Citizen says:

    Need Input.

    Please, somebody, explain to me why Donald Trump’s comments that a woman should be charged criminally for having an abortion “assuming abortion was illegal” is wrong. Why is it offensive or evidence of misogyny, or so darn egregious as to force him to restate that only the doctors will be prosecuted?

    Who the heck devised the “standard response” that only includes doctors in such a “hypothetical”???

    Why are people so damn stupid???????

    • gmanfortruth says:

      I totally agree with you. The MSM are showing their true colors, especially FOX, who was playing the same crap. I actually agree with Trump, if a woman breaks the law, punish like anybody else. Having a vagina does not make them immune to the law.

      This is another great example of how the media manipulates the people through the LIES they propagate. Disgraceful.

  15. gmanfortruth says:

    Good article on how we are getting screwed by the TPP and who helped get the screwing passed (See Ted Cruz).

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/03/30/rolling-plunder-how-scott-walker-and-paul-ryan-plan-to-sell-out-wisconsin-and-the-voters-are-oblivious/

    • Just A Citizen says:

      gman

      Actually the article describes the existing condition without TPP. And nothing I have read on TPP appears to make it any different. So Treehouse has played the shell game. Using what is happening and claiming it is due to trade agreements which have not been completed.

      Now, I did find in TPP documents the provisions for challenging the types of tariffs listed in the article. TPP supposedly makes it easier to challenge these tariffs. I say “supposedly” because nobody I know has seen final actual wording, and more importantly how it will be implemented.

      For example, having an easier appeal/challenge is useless if the US is unwilling to challenge or appeal the other nation’s policies.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        What is your opinion on the fast track bill that was passed, to get the TPP passed easier?

        • Just A Citizen says:

          gman

          I have no opinion at this time. I know people say it was abrogating Congress’ authority. But that is only true if Congress has made a habit of directly approving past “trade agreements”.

          That aside, I think trade agreements are in fact “treaties” and should be ratified by Congress. At the same time I can see why Congress may not want to open that can of worms, if the agreements are really only about simple restrictions on trade. Can you imagine trying to get 60 Senators to agree on a complex trade agreement in this day and age?

          What is missing from the discussion of TPP is a coherent understanding of what is actually in the agreement. It is possible that it includes things that go beyond normal “agreements” and fall in the area of “treaties”.

          • gmanfortruth says:

            Can you imagine trying to get 60 Senators to agree on a complex trade agreement in this day and age?

            Yes, because that is their job.

            What is missing from the discussion of TPP is a coherent understanding of what is actually in the agreement.

            Like you, I think agreements and treaties are the same, just with different nouns being used. That said, there is no authority given to make agreements, only treaties that must be voted on. Anything and everything involving trade, treaties or any other type of agreement MUST be voted on by the Senate. I say this because the Constitution is quite clear and is in place to limit. If any President can make special agreements with any foreign entity, without the consent of Congress or at least the Senate, I would consider treason and illegal. Overall I think we are in agreement on the issue.

            • gmanfortruth says:

              Funny thing….NAFTA….North American Free Trade AGREEMENT….. One which has killed free trade.

            • Just A Citizen says:

              gman

              Not all authority granted is specifically outlined in the Constitution. Sorry but even the Founders and Framers understood the concept of writing general rather than prescriptive laws.

              If the Senate’s job is to approve treaties then why have them review them at all. Do you see the mistake in your wording?? They may have the responsibility and authority to approve, but that also means not approve. So once again, in this day and age what are the chances of the party loyalists give the other party points by approving a trade agreement pushed by the “other” side?

              Our POTUS and SOS sign all kinds of agreements, all the time. Should every agreement be considered a “treaty” and thus be subject to Senate approval??

              Not saying there is not overreach today, just that you cannot go off with all this “general statements” and expect them to be valid or correct. Specifics are needed to judge what should or should not be subject to Treaty as opposed to normal “Executive” powers.

              I think one test of treaty vs. agreements is the mechanism for one party to break the deal. If it is convoluted and involves some tribunal and potential fines, probably a treaty. If it can be broken without much fanfare, more than likely an agreement. Like a Memorandum of Understanding.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                So you agree with the living document theory, who would have guessed. I think you are failing to understand that the Constitution is designed to limit power, and that is clearly outlined as to what powers each branch has. The checks and balances that you seem so willing to give up is why we are in this mess. I reject your theory that some powers are not written, that’s bullshit. What isn’t written, as far as powers, would then belong to the States and/or the people as clearly outlined in the 10th Amendment. By allowing extra constitutional powers, it subverts the limiting powers of the Federal Governments limitations. By your words, and in many actions, such as the air attacks on Libya, for example, the President would have unlimited powers, except that what is written. That is not limiting government, maybe you should recheck your ideal about what this government is designed to do, which is far less than being allowed. EDIT: sorry had to reword, LOL

  16. Just A Citizen says:

    Great example of Good propaganda. Good as in effective. Why? Because it takes some truth, mixes it with theories and hypotheticals and delivers it as all FACT and TRUTH, doing it so rapidly that you cannot think about the contradictions. It creates an opinion or the forms the beginning of an opinion before you can question the information.

    First questionable talking point…. Explain how an ice shelf actually prevents a glacier from moving if the glacier is constantly building. Also explain if a glacier is moving how it cannot be rebuilt. These are but two examples of questions that need to be addressed in order to respond to the news release.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/31/tech/study-melting-antarctic-ice/index.html

  17. gmanfortruth says:
    • Just A Citizen says:

      Since we are discussing propaganda today lets take on this example as well.

      Here is the statement taken from the report and used by the author to conclude that the vaccine is linked to Autism: “Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea.”

      Here is the rest of the paragraph which was included in the same report: ” Events were included in this list because of the seriousness or frequency of reporting. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship to components of Tripedia vaccine.2″

      So here is how this works. If a bunch of parent who have been listening to Jenny McCarthy or her doctor, start calling up the CDC or Pharma company claiming their child just came down with Autism after getting vaccinated, they are recorded as “reported adverse events”. There is no scientific linkage nor any study that shows correlation between the vaccine and Autism required to have it shown as “reported”.

      It may come to pass, someday, that there is a linkage. But that has not been shown by any study by any group, public or private. There are theories and speculations and plain out guessing. But nothing resembling solid science.

      In fact, the latest research could lead to a linkage between predisposition to reactions caused by other genetic mutations. In short, our genes may predispose some of us to have serious reactions to things that the majority do not have. A reaction affecting the neuropaths in the brain could be such an occurrence. But again, nothing has been proven.

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  19. Just A Citizen says:

    Gman

    “So you agree with the living document theory, who would have guessed.” WRONG. Of course there are three living document theories. So you will have to specify which one you think I agree with before I can fully respond.

    ” I think you are failing to understand that the Constitution is designed to limit power, and that is clearly outlined as to what powers each branch has. ” Again WRONG. You statement is refuted by the very comments I made the other day about the Constitution regarding protection of “rights”.

    “The checks and balances that you seem so willing to give up is why we are in this mess.” Name one check or balance that I have said I was willing to give up? Of course you have to ignore all my proposals over the years to strengthen these checks if you want to make your point. In short, don’t bother, this is just another false claim.

    “I reject your theory that some powers are not written, that’s bullshit. ” And herein lies the problem with the “liberty movements’ credibility. You claim a view of the Constitution that seems to only be shared by the extremes of both the left and right. Like I said, not even the Framers had this viewpoint. You can howl about it all you want, it doesn’t make your howling true. For example, Congress was granted the power to regulate interstate commerce. This includes the “authority” to enact all laws necessary and proper for the “regulation of interstate commerce”. And to make sure people like you couldn’t argue otherwise they threw in that little “necessary and proper” clause. I always thought that a throw away, I now see why they included it.

    “By your words, and in many actions, such as the air attacks on Libya, for example, the President would have unlimited powers, except that what is written.” FALSE. In fact the attacks on Libya were clearly outside Constitutional authority, that is per the view point prior to the modern court expanding POTUS’s powers. But the you also need to recognize this example also involved Congress, which created laws giving to much flexibility to POTUS when it comes to using military force.

    Frankly your example does not fit the discussion we were having on trade or other types of agreements between nations. So do you think the constitution requires the Senate to ratify a “memorandum of understanding” between the USA and another nation over such things as the protocols to be used when visiting an embassy or in how to handle certain disagreements over other matters. How our LEO’s will communicate and work together??

    You want Congress to have to write prescriptive laws, detailing the administrative procedures to be followed by the Executive?

    • gmanfortruth says:

      And to make sure people like you couldn’t argue otherwise they threw in that little “necessary and proper” clause.

      To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

      We do read this differently my friend. You read it as if they can pass on their responsibilities to another branch of government, I read it as making laws to enforce the granted powers that are listed within Section 8. These are the duties of the Legislation, not the Executive, and no where in the document does it say they have the authority to give their authority to anyone. That is implied BS. Example: To establish Post Offices and Post Roads; Pretty straight forward so they pass laws to make it happen. They don’t pass the authority to any agency, just the job of getting it done. I also reject the agency powers as unconstitutional. The powers of Congress are written for the Congress, not the Judicial or Executive branches, that would require an Amendment.

      Giving unquestioned authority to Federal agencies, who are under the supposed authority of the Administration, at least at it is being done today, was never the intent. So I guess we will have to simply disagree. I just don’t think the Congress has the power to pass on it’s duties without an amendment. That is what has happened and that is why we have the troubles we have now and going forward. Just my opinion, nothing more.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Let me add Obama’s actions on immigration. He has changed the law, as far as enforcement, yet it must be OK cuz he keeps doing it. That’s NOT how our system is designed.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        You admit Congress has the authority to make all necessary and proper laws to carry out the powers vested in it by the Constitution. Yet you also argue that Congress cannot pass laws which include the creation of agencies and the delegation of authority to construct the details of executing the laws it enacts. Because the document did not specify those more specific authorities.

        Lets use your roads example. Congress has the authority to designate post roads. Now using your argument Congress can “Designate” these roads but has no authority to pass a law allowing, directing or maybe even funding construction of said road. They can designate it but not build it.

        Or, they can designate a route, pass a law creating a dept of construction which authorizes that agency to develop designs for and construct such roads so as to allow the delivery of mail and transport of troops and material in times of war. Designating the road is a law, funding it is another law, creating the agency is another law, and outlining the responsibilities of the agency is yet another law. All these laws were deemed necessary and proper for executing the power to build roads. Deemed by the men who wrote the document.

        The creation of ministries or agencies was a common and understood necessary part of Govt. Our founders, contrary to the rest of the world, gave Congress the power to create such ministries. As opposed to the King or in our case President. Of course the hope was that if the people’s representatives did the creating they would make sure the ministerial powers were not abused. Turned out they were wrong. At least some of them. Others foresaw the calamity and warned against it. They lost the debate.

        I also suggest you stop trying to project known failures of Congress and violations of the Constitution onto my statements. You look foolish constantly accusing me of supporting an out of control Federal Govt. Not to mention the problems with our State Governments.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          Now using your argument Congress can “Designate” these roads but has no authority to pass a law allowing, directing or maybe even funding construction of said road. They can designate it but not build it.

          No Sir, that is not what I have said at all. I said ” I read it as making laws to enforce the granted powers that are listed within Section 8. These are the duties of the Legislation, not the Executive, and no where in the document does it say they have the authority to give their authority to anyone.” By Congress passing a law, which includes a new agency to enact the law and oversee it’s execution, the new agency would be constitutional under the clause, as long as the agency only deals with those Congressional powers within the law, outlined in Section 8. Using the road issue, Congress can grant a new agency all the legal authority to designate, hire for the building of and maintaining the roads, and the law should also provide for the funding. Maybe you should stop projecting such extreme nonsense into my statements, when they make no logical sense (and you know as much).

          You said “. But the you also need to recognize this example also involved Congress, which created laws giving to much flexibility to POTUS when it comes to using military force.”

          So where did Congress get the authority to pass on their responsibilities to POTUS? NOWHERE (emphasis added, not yelling). There is a separation of powers for a reason, I’m sure you would agree this is also a problem. Do we have the same government outlined in the Constitution? Or has it morphed into a totalitarian government that just has revolving doors that are passed off as free and fair elections? Which brings us right back the the point where we started, the illusion of choice created by the two political parties. The illusion that the ignorant masses are seeing on full display.

          But don’t worry. The MSM/government propaganda machine will make sure that they don’t see it very well. There will be an election, many new faces in Washington DC, same old crap will spew from there for the next 2 years, wash, rinse, repeat. More new faces, same old crap. More Republicans and more Democrats all pretending that we matter, all the while they get wealthy and pass laws to make sure their donors do as well. Our Federal government isn’t close to what it was intended, they don’t care anymore if we know it, because they don’t think we will do anything to really change it. We shall see.

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Gman

            Necessary and proper, as construed by the men who wrote the document, included “delegating” certain authorities and responsibilities. Your view that such detail be specified is inconsistent with the actual history. It puts you with a fringe that has no credibility declaring such things “unconstitutional”.

            It is far more effective to make example of those acts of Congress which clearly fall outside any powers granted, such as the EPA, Clean Water and Clean Air acts. The oversight of State voting rules that go beyond law outright prohibiting protected classes from voting. The FBI and NASA itself. The Dept. of Education. These and others fall outside the powers granted to Congress.

            Another productive criticism is when Congress allows Agencies to move beyond the authority specifically granted by Congress, and which is tied to Congressional Power. But this often involves SCOTUS as well. Such as ruling that CO2 is a pollutant because EPA said so, because Congress did not prevent this in the original meaning.

            By the way, the very first agency created by the new Congress was to deal with an area that was NOT specified in the Constitution. That was the regulation of Agriculture as opposed to just the “interstate commerce” of the same. This was actually debated as an over reach of Congressional power. Yet it stood, because most deemed it OK. I am not saying it was, only pointing out that many of those who created the system thought it was.

            I also want to point out that this theory of “separation of powers” and “checks and balances” is often overblown. The three parts of the govt.. were never intended to be “co-equal” as many political scientists and legal scholars claim. Nor were the separation of powers absolute in all things. That separation was in the more general sense, as in Judicial, Legislative and Executive. Within these there are powers and actions which overlap.

            A more detailed and honest look at the historical record reveals that Congress was intended to have more power than the other branches. Not equal. It is Congress which establishes the rules and is supposed to enforce the rules. On both the Executive and the Judicial. The problem is the “partisan” nature of our population and thus those elected to Congress.

            Elections are not a fraud in the sense that voting doesn’t matter. It does matter. It matters so much that the elected officials hand out billions of dollars in Free Cookies in order to make sure they get the votes needed to stay “elected”. Partisans in Congress act against the “good of the country” to protect certain constituencies, all to assure they get their “votes”.

            It seems to me that your criticisms of the various election systems can only be addressed by imposing an absolute Democracy on the USA. Is that really your position? That the majority of people decide everything?

            Because anything short of an absolute Democracy is going to have human nature built into the system of selecting candidates and final winners. People with certain viewpoints will work to get “their man/woman” to the top. These people do not even have to be part of some cabal. They could be people with a similar ideological bent. Like the Progressives who jockey for control of the Dem side, or the Conservatives who vie for the Rep. scepter.

            • gmanfortruth says:

              For the most part, I can agree with a vast majority of you comment. Although the Department of Agriculture was originally and Executive office and becoming part of of the Patent office in 1839 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Agriculture ) It was actually intended to assist, but not by legal dictate. Most of the regulations and BS came much later. The BLM is a great example of a good idea (to help ranchers) only to turn into something else by their handlers (Congress and the President).

              I think we can both agree that the Federal government is far bigger than intended, far mor into the lives of people, which wasn’t the limitations intended, and simply becoming tyrannical.

              They need to be removed and replaced, completely, in my opinion, with much less power and eliminating the full time part of it and the really nice benefits they get for life (which they voted for themselves). I’m not going to believe this can be fixed by elections, ever. That is just my opinion, and if you think differently, thats fine. I just don’t have two centuries to fix things for my grandkids.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          I thought I would add something. You said the Fed’s job was to protect us first and foremost not to protect our rights. 57,000+ US casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. This includes 6700+ deaths.

          Number of terrorist’s caught by the TSA = zero. Number of US citizens who’s 4th amendment rights were violated just to get on a plane, well over 100 million, most of which don’t look like a potential terrorist. I know that we both agree that there is something wrong here.

          Since 2001, the Fed’s have spent trillions arming and supplying …..the Federal government with weapons of war and 1.2 billion rounds of ammo, thousands of assault rifles and high caliber pistols, bullet proof vests, MRAP’s, and all kinds of other objects that would normally be associated with war. That doesn’t sound like a government preparing to protect it’s citizens, does it?

          • Just A Citizen says:

            gman

            ” You said the Fed’s job was to protect us first and foremost not to protect our rights. ” WRONG. I said the proper role of the Fed Govt was to defend us against invasion. DEFENSE of the NATION. The concept of defense include retaliation against attack.

            Thus in all the examples provided, only our incursion into Afghanistan was justified under the Constitution. The strategy and tactics used there may have been flawed, but the incursion was valid. That incursion should have been limited to Al Qaeda. The Taliban did not attack us, and there is evidence we knew they were not “supporting” Al Qaeda. We should have demanded they capture Bin Laden and his friends, and turn them over to us. Then rewarded them for doing so.

            Even though Congress authorized other actions, that authorization violates the power granted to Congress. How did we come to such a point? Just look at how many people are screaming for us to destroy ISIS. Or those howling about our weakness against Russia. Does not Congress simply reflect the views of the people who elect them?

            I think the better questions and the larger challenge is how do you get the American people to start thinking differently. How do we make them less susceptible to the manipulations of those who enjoy playing ruler of the world.

            • gmanfortruth says:

              ” WRONG. I said the proper role of the Fed Govt was to defend us against invasion. DEFENSE of the NATION.

              OK, let’s look at this, because it’s important. It’s fair to say that the Fed’s job was to know WHEN it was time to “Defend the Nation”. But the ultimate responsibility was and still is with the people. Congress itself was never intended to be a full time entity, nor was what we call the Army. The Constitution permitted a Navy, and an Army, which could not be funded for more than two years. While things have changed since the early 1900’s concerning the States National Guards, they are nothing more than an extension of our current Army. The original intent was (and as far as I’m concerned has never changed) :

              To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

              To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

              Now, if you want to get into semantics, thats fine. Congress calls up the “people” aka, the militia. The militia is “NECESSARY” for the free State, hence, our 2nd Amendment and it is the only time in the Constitution or Bill of Rights where the word “Necessary” is used.

              With that said, my opinion is that the PEOPLE are responsible for the protection of the nation. The Congress is to ensure they are armed and prepared. Because of some simple common sense, if the Congress did not exist, the defense of the nation would still occur if needed. So no, I’m not WRONG.

              I would agree that Afghanistan was within the Constitutional authority granted and your assessment. Iraq was NOT. Iraq was not a threat to anyone, there Army was decimated in the 1st Gulf war. Libya was treason and murder.

              Does not Congress simply reflect the views of the people who elect them? There lies a big problem, because I don’t think so. They are bought and paid for puppets and are beholden to their campaign financiers, lobbyist’s and the military industrial complex.

              Don’t get me wrong, if we have to use our military, it should be full blast ass kickin no holds barred whoop ass. Unfortunately, I just don’t see Iraq, or Vietnam as doing anything to protect this nation. There are times when , for humanitarian reasons, we have gotten involved id military action. I would have to look at each case individually to make any determination of legality.

              I TOTALLY agree with your last paragraph 😀

    • gmanfortruth says:

      It was interesting. We of course have our hanging chad’s, which has led to computer voting. But our elections could never be rigged (sarc). Maybe it isn’t the elections that are rigged, but the nominations 🙂

      • Or maybe it’s both. It looks to me like the current nominations are being ‘fixed’. The more I read, the more I learn. There is a lot of evidence that our elections have been rigged at least since the 80’s. That is as far back as I have investigated so far. Then there is the whole JFK assassination. I guess rigging the elections is more covert than just eliminating the President.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          Rick

          That depends on how you define “rigging”. If you make the definition to broad then any action by anyone to sway voters could be construed as rigging.

          Notice the example above was a long list of what we used to call “dirty tricks”. They are unethical but are they actually rigging an election??

          One thing I got from the story was how easy it was to manipulate voters. This has been the case for a long time. It tells me that the voters are not well grounded in their thinking or principles. Otherwise how can they be so easily manipulated.

          • JAC

            I will have to reply to this later today. It’s been a busy night and I don’t have a lot of hope for humanity at this moment. After I get a nap this morning, get some of the good Guatemalan coffee in me, and maybe smoke a Honduran cigar, I will have a better outlook on life. 😉

  20. gmanfortruth says:

    RNC
    P.O. Box 96994
    Washington DC 20090-6994

    Dear Representative,

    From the time I was able to vote I voted Republican. I am 80 years old, and have a great deal of respect and influence with hundreds of senior ball players who also network with thousands of others around the country.
    I received your questionnaire and request for money and strongly agree with every question, as I have since Obama was elected. Unfortunately the one question that was missing is: “What have the Republicans done for the American people?” We gave you a majority in the House and Senate, yet you never listened to us. Now you want our money.

    You should be more concerned about our votes, not our money. You are the establishment, which means all you want is to save your jobs and line your pockets… Well, guess what? It’s not going to happen. You shake in your boots when I tell you we’re giving our support to TRUMP and he hasn’t asked for a dime.

    You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self destruction course, but you need to look beyond Washington and listen to the masses. Nobody has achieved what he has, especially in the liberal state of New York.
    You clearly don’t understand why the Trump movement is so strong, so I’d like to share with you an analogy to help explain the Trump phenomenon. By the way, it’s not just the Republicans who feel ignored and disrespected, there are plenty of Democrats and Independents who also feel let down by the Washington elite. You seem to have forgotten about “We The People” and who hired you to represent us.

    So here it is, the best analogy I could come up with. Here is the reason so many Americans have boarded the Trump Train, and why you’re pleas to come back to the party who deserted us, is falling on deaf ears:

    You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately…You call the city and four different exterminators, but nobody could handle the job. There is this one guy however, who guarantees you he will get rid of them, so you hire him. You don’t care if the guy smells, you don’t care if the guy swears, you don’t care how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he was friends with liberals, you don’t care if he has plumber’s crack…you simply want those raccoons gone! You want your problem fixed! He’s the guy. He’s the best. Period.

    Here’s why we want Trump: Yes he’s a bit of an ass, yes he’s an egomaniac, but we don’t care. The country is a mess because politicians have become too self-serving. The Republican Party is two-faced & gutless. Illegal aliens have been allowed to invade our nation. We want it all fixed! We don’t care that Trump is crude, we don’t care that he insults people, we don’t care that he had been friendly with Hillary, we don’t care that he has changed positions, we don’t care that he’s been married three times, we don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell, we don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorist.

    This country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegal aliens and bringing tens of thousands of Muslim refugees to America, while leaving Christians behind to be persecuted. We are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is part of a special group with special rights, to the point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in; “AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED” and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.

    We’re sick of politicians. We’re sick of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. We just want this thing fixed. Trump may not be a saint, but he isn’t beholden to lobbyist money and he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him. All we know is that he has been very successful, he’s an excellent negotiator, he has built a lot of things, and he’s also not a politician. He’s definitely not a cowardly politician. When he says he’ll fix it, we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.

    Oh yeah…I forgot…we don’t care if the guy has bad hair either.

    We just want those raccoons gone. Out of your house. NOW!

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  24. Just A Citizen says:

    Want to see the “bias” and “bigotry” of the left fully displayed? And then the egg on their face when the truth overshadows their instinctive reactions?

    The gist of the story is a Muslim woman claimed she was slashed by a “Islamaphobe” and now the police say she LIED. The story is not the point. It is the comments made below. Check them out and note the number of hours from the post. Those made yesterday evening did not know the truth. They had no desire to know the truth. See any of them apologize for their stereotyping??

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/muslim-woman-slashed-terrorist_us_56fdd80ce4b0daf53aef540b

  25. I fear Donald Trump, hubris in full bore mode, has self-destructed.

    I cannot see a recovery for the blunder with Chris Matthews. Putting aside for a moment why anyone should ever appear on the Chris Matthews show, why in the name of Almighty God would anyone answer a hypothetical question? The proper answer is either “you’re kidding” or, “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it”. There can be no right answer to a bogus question which was designed to be “gotcha” and boy, was he got!

    Logic dictates that when one poses the question, “should women be arrested and charged for having an abortion should abortion become illegal”. The correct answer is of course, “absolutely”, they broke the law. Since the likelihood of Row vs. Wade being overturned anytime soon is nil, the answer is not to give an answer. You immediately piss off the pro choice and moderate women, then when you “clarify” it, you piss off the pro life folks. Lose, lose, lose situation!

    Couple this with the reporter who was pushed, shoved, trampled to the ground and stepped on before she was dragged behind a pick-up and It is over! Too bad. Trump just had his Ross Perot moment.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Trump has been laid to rest many times already, let’s see what happens. Any intelligent Right wing woman knows that breaking the law has consequences, even for something like that. Liberals are clueless anyway and are a non factor. I doubt this hurts the Independents, most don’t believe the MSM crap anyway. But, I still don’t think Trump gets the nomination. It’s going to be interesting to watch the system finally show what it really is, an illusion of choice.

  26. gmanfortruth says:
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    https://www.rt.com/news/338115-europe-90-no-go-places/

    Hangarian government says EU have 900 “no go” zones full of Muslim’s. Yet the Left keeps claiming that is false. I have an idea…..#endtheleft

    • G man…..don’t fret about it…..I think that everyone who has travelled knows that there are no go zones….( Yes, I know that some on the left refuse to believe it but those same people on the left would not go into Harlem or West Los Angeles or East St Louis )…aren’t those no go zones? From what I know, the local police will not go into those areas unless they have to either. I know policemen personally and there is a no go zone in Dallas and there is one in Fort Worth…..they are not Muslim but they are Hispanic and Black. There is no difference in attitudes, however. They hate the white man…the blacks hate the Hispanics and the Hispanics hate the Blacks and they both hate the Oriental. I have been to beloved New York and have been warned where an where not to go….I have seen the grafitti laden subways….and seen the bullet holes in the walls of St Louis. I have been to the River Rouge plants in Michigan…so there are no go zones everywhere. Hell, to this very day in “REFORMED” New Orleans…..you still cannot walk two blocks off Bourbon Street. The police will warn you about even during Mardi Gras.

      I have been to Brussels…and there is a Muslim no go zone, We are warned about it and even given a map of where not to go. It is the same in Paris and it was the same in Barcelona and Seville, Spain. Any one with a lick of sense would ask the locals where not to go and they will tell you. It was the same on Berlin and in Cologne, Germany. Even the small town of Dresden, Germany had a no go zone and it was Muslim through and through.

      It is easy….all you have to do is ask a cab driver. It is easy to say that “no go” zones are fiction when you stay in the tourist areas and the 5 star Four Season chains…..

      So, no fret, Gman…they exist everywhere.

  28. Just A Citizen says:

    First signs that Trump could grow into a real candidate. Wonder if he waited to long and if he will heed the advice he is seeking.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/donald-trump-corey-lewandowski-shrinking-role-campaign-221487

    Then I wonder if his supporters will still support him when the discover he is being managed by “establishment” consultants.

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  30. JAC…….I just do not see Trump or Cruz winning the nomination….I really do think the Repubs are going to put someone else in….regardless of the number of delegates. I actually think that the establishment repubs…the hard liners…are stupid enough to pull this off.

    it is quite possible that we are going to see the establishment of a third party. But regardless, I am going the way of Vegas….I do not think that Trump or Cruz gets the nomination….I would not be surprsied at all….to see a Kasich/Rubio ticket.

    One other prediction….on the Dem side….we all know that Sanders does not have a chance…but if….IF…the FBI does their job and proves things against Clinton….Sanders still will not get the nomination…..the Dems will also run someone in….probaby Warren.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13thecolonel

      I say that is a long shot, but you could be right. But a few things must happen for your scenario to play out. Assuming Trump fails in the magic number and he does nothing to repair the damage in the polls they will then go to Cruz.

      In order to keep him from the delegate count they will have to damage him badly before the convention. Otherwise, he will continue to add delegates and may come close to Trump by June. So they have to damage him or the rank and file at the convention will not go along with their game. Cruz would have to be showing way, way behind Hillary, Bernie and a “ham sandwich” before they can make the play. This is where Trump stands today. Worse than a ham sandwich (another blogger used that, thus the quotation marks).

      They will also have to find a way to roll the combined Trump/Cruz delegates. That is a really big reach, even for the elephant establishment. They will have to stack the State delegations with saboteurs to pull it off. Another long reach given that Cruz’s people are very aware of past games, aka. Ron Paul.

      More likely scenario is Trump and Cruz delegates pulling together to give Cruz the nomination or to give it to Trump with a Cruz VP or Cruz SCOTUS nomination.

      Once the new rules are in place watch for major fights over “certification of delegates”. This is where each candidate challenges the honesty of those chosen as delegates from each state.

      On the Dem side I agree they will not allow Bernie to win, but I disagree with where the DNC will go to avoid Bernie. I think better odds are Biden w/Warren as VP. I only include Warren because it is the only chance they will have to keep the Bernie fans from staying home entirely. Or worse, bolting to Trump. I also think Obama prefers Biden to carry his legacy over anyone else.

      But if Biden is the main player they will need someone from another part of the country. Warren will not help except with the hard left and college crowd. So……

      Their other play is of course Brown/Warren. This gives them California in the lead and Warren to add the NE along with Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

      There is one other Dem name that has not been floated………. Cory Booker. I think he wants to be POTUS so a VP slot would be a bonus for him if matched with the right POTUS candidate. Maybe Brown/Booker.

      All of this is fun but lets stick with the real odds. Mrs. Clinton is not going to indicted. Worse case, FBI and DOJ issue a letter claiming she used bad judgment, broke some minor “rules” but does not deserve prosecution. “After all, other SOS have done the same thing”. I noticed the other day that FBI or DOJ leaked some comments about them looking into the emails of other past Sec. of States. I think that is to give Clinton cover.

      I do not think she will slip up in the interviews and perjure herself. I do think her story will change under sworn testimony to the FBI, in order to match the actual records. Whether we ever see that testimony before the election is a very, very, long shot.

      Shared my concern about the Clinton saga with another a few days back. What if this whole investigation is just the cover to keep her out of trouble and to DESTROY the Republicans? Conduct a detailed and quiet investigation, allow the R’s to keep spouting off and driving the theory of her law breaking, then just near convention time release the final report exonerating her in ALL ISSUES related to email and Benghazi. Her poll numbers would go through the roof while the R’s would be seen leaving town, leaving behind a trail of tears and shredded egos.

      • Interesting but where you and I are in some disagreement….I do not think the magic delegate number makes it into the new rules…..it goes away.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          d13thecolonel

          You mean the “majority” number or the 8 state requirement?

          • No sir…the actual number of delegates….1237 becomes obsolete. The number of states will not matter.

            • Just A Citizen says:

              d13thecolonel

              Sorry, I can’t go with that idea as even remotely possible. So yes, we do disagree on that one.

              More likely scenario if you want to go out on a limb is nomination by declaration vs. roll call. That would allow someone to declare the majority vote attained by Voice Vote. But even that is not going to happen

      • I just want a contract out on Karl Rove, the “architect”.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        With the excuse that “others” have used their personal email for State business as a reason to NOT prosecute Hillary, this will set a very interesting precedence for ALL defense lawyers to look in any of their trials. We have talked about selective prosecution here on SUFA quite a bit. Clearly General Petreus was an example of that to just GET him because he embarrased Obama and Biden into doing something that they had no intention of doing and that is ramp up Afghanistan like the successful campaign in Iraq until Hillary and Obama scuttled it. Any lawyer should look for any case where the state DID not prosecute selectively when a violation of the law was evident. Since our legal system has turned into a system of precedence why will it not hold in the reverse? Why are you picking on me? when you didn’t go after so and so?

  31. Just A Citizen says:

    Hilarious…if not so sad. Just finished my fed taxes.

    The Obama Care, sorry-the ACA, Penalty, er not penalty but Tax, is not a tax anymore.

    It is now called in the instructions and forms……………… ready for it…………

    Shared Responsibility Payment

    Don’t ya just love these guys?

  32. That depends on how you define “rigging”. If you make the definition to broad then any action by anyone to sway voters could be construed as rigging.

    Notice the example above was a long list of what we used to call “dirty tricks”. They are unethical but are they actually rigging an election??

    One thing I got from the story was how easy it was to manipulate voters. This has been the case for a long time. It tells me that the voters are not well grounded in their thinking or principles. Otherwise how can they be so easily manipulated.

    JAC,

    I sat down yesterday afternoon, with coffee in hand, to reply and promptly lost power in this strange winter/spring hail/snowstorm we had. Anyway..

    The definition of rigging as found in the dictionary: “the ropes and chains that are used on a ship to help support the masts and sails” Interesting, especially if you change the word ‘ship’ to ‘people’ and change the words ‘masts and sails’ to ‘politicians and government.’
    In politics it means “the act of influencing something in a dishonest way in order to get the result that you want” So I would say that the definition is already pretty broad.

    The article gave examples of what you call dirty tricks and unethical practices as rigging an election. After all, the man is serving a ten year prison term. Is that prison term just for being unethical? The spreading of misinformation, half-truths, and out right lies is dishonest and unethical. Those that resort to these tactic should be roughed up and thrown out with the trash.

    Just look at the last several Presidential elections we have had. The election of Bush v Kerry. That election was another example of ‘the people’ choosing between the lesser of two evil’s. (which is why I think the nominations are rigged as well) Late that night of the election it looked like Kerry was sure to win the election. Ohio was still counting votes and Ohio is a predominately democrat state…so it was just a matter of counting the remaining votes and Kerry would be our next President. The next morning, however, Bush was delcared the President. It later came out that people connected to Bush had done some questionable and unethical things with the voting machines. Election rigged.

    Look at both of O’s elections. The first one I could possibly attribute to the stupidity of the American People, as Gruber so eloquently described. I believe millions of people voted for O just to prove they were not racist….which was influenced and swayed by those on the left. And it was this election that gets me pondering whether or not everyone should be allowed to vote. But that is another discussion. The second election, I believe, was more influence and swaying by the left. Along with a lot of rigging. The black woman that voted for him 6 times? Do you think she’s the only one? She’s just the one we heard about. Paying people for their vote? Is that just unethical or is it rigging? Or is it all the same? And, of course, all the dead people that vote….is that just swaying opinion?

    No sir, the definition is not too broad. Our Presidential elections have been hijacked along with the nomination process.

    • Hi Rick….we have been putting up with this voting issue a long time down here in the Republic ( The United State of Texas )…. but we also have taken great steps to fix this. For example, despite the courts ruling and the SCOTUS ruling, we still require picture ID for voting and a driver’s license does not count as an official ID without a voters registration card. Well, the stats are out for last year and, whether or not you can get a good litmus on one year, the results were that the total ballots were down by almost a third….across all races. But it was interesting, the ballots were down in south Texas, where there is a great majority of Hispanic voters. Now, draw whatever conclusion you want,…but the dems lost more seats in the Texas house and Senate.

      In Houston, for example, in the last House and Senate elections, two democrat seats were won by votes that exceeded the registered vote in those districts. This time around, Republicans won those seats. Why? We think it is because it took picture ID’s and proof of residency. Even the Texas voter registration card is not considered an ID without a picture ID that matches the voter registration with address. When I went in to vote, I showed my voter registration card ( complete with address ) and my driver’s license ( with matching address ) and they still compared both to the tax rolls in my district.

      Some Hispanics tried to vote using EBT cards with fake driver ID cards that could not be verified to known addresses.They were stopped cold. In another interesting incident in South Texas, where voter fraud runs rampant, it was remarkable that when a bus load of Hispanics showed up in Laredo, Texas and they saw State immigration officials, in uniform, standing outside the voting precinct…..it drove off without anyone getting off the bus. Coincidence? Voter intimidation? Or…just enforcing laws that have never been enforced before this time.

      So, voter fraud is rampant and not the 1% that the left says it probably is. The total numbers are not out yet, but the Texas voter registration folks think that voter fraud is as high as one in ten (10%) and in some districts, it was as high as 30%.

      The other unrelated thing that Texas is doing, is that there is no renewal of driver’s license if you are behind on child support or owe fines and penalties or have outdated car plates.

      • Voter ID should be universal, it’s just common sense. There is a HUGE list of things that require ID, but requiring ID for voting is racist? I just don’t get it.

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    http://libertyunyielding.com/2016/04/02/advocates-get-15-minimum-wage-n-y-immediately-demand-20-per-hour/

    Automation will be fixing this minimum wage issue, especially in the fast food industry. California will watch it’s population drop as the cost of living will rise. I feel bad for those who had worked their way up the pay scale, only to watch the new guy walk right on in.

    • This impacts far more then the fast food industry. It will impact the healthcare industry hard just as the number of people needed for us geriatrics is increasing. My healthcare costs went up when Brown signed the overtime law. Now this will add more to an already incredibly high bill. The only solution will be to go to the underground method and pay workers directly in cash thus avoiding taxes, workman’s comp. etc. More robots, self checkouts, ATMs will be the order of the day. A wise person would probably invest in robotic technology.

  35. gmanfortruth says:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-turmoil-or-triumph-donald-trump-stands-alone/2016/04/02/8c0619b6-f8d6-11e5-a3ce-f06b5ba21f33_story.html

    In another unprecedented move, Trump said he plans to announce a list of 10 to 12 judges from which he would pick to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court to allay concerns from conservatives that he wouldn’t choose someone to their liking.

    “I’m getting names. The Federalist people. Some very good people. The Heritage Foundation,” Trump said. “I’m going to announce that these are the judges, in no particular order, that I’m going to put up. And I’m going to guarantee it. I’m going to tell people. Because people are worried that, oh, maybe he’ll put the wrong judge in.”

  36. gmanfortruth says:

    http://www.trunews.com/greece-heated-about-secret-imf-meeting-published-by-wikileaks/

    This made me think that Europe will be in another world war soon. AS has been somewhat historical, we’ll get drug into it too. Just a thought

  37. JAC…..just saw an interesting interview with Newt Gingrich…he said that people get the mistaken belief that just because a candidate wins a primary, it does not guarantee that the candidate gets the delegates…..all it guarantees is that the candidate gets a seat in the convention and is guaranteed a first vote. He said that it is also a mistaken belief that delegates are wed to the primary winner. They are not. He went on to say do not over look the fact that Trump will not get the first vote and neither Trump nor Cruz will get the second and third vote…..and that Kasich will get it with a fourth voice vote. Great possibility.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      d13thecolonel

      Interesting. Because I have watched several interviews with Gingrich the past two weeks and he has said it will be either Trump or Cruz. Kasich is a long shot and could win only if Cruz’s delegates abandon him for some reason.

      This is why I said the other day the establishment needs to crush Cruz before the convention. Because I think he will have a strong delegate count. The only way for Kasich to then win is for them to get Cruz’s delegates to switch. I do not see this happening unless he is damaged goods and they fear his nomination will allow Clinton to win.

      The delegate thing is part of the rules and apparently Trump did not pay attention. Cruz now has a majority of delegates in two states where Trump got more votes. Cruz is in the process of locking up a majority of delegates in Colorado.

      By locking up I do not mean the count on the first ballot. But getting people selected that will stand with him in the second, third and fourth round if needed. Visualize a Cruz delegate voting for Trump on the first ballot, due to the outcome of the state primary. But on the second ballot he/she starts voting Cruz.

      What is very true, however, is that most people do not understand the process so they whine about it being rigged, etc. Fact is that both parties have rules designed to prevent a non party member from winning their nomination via popular vote. Always have.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        What is very true, however, is that most people do not understand the process so they whine about it being rigged, etc. Fact is that both parties have rules designed to prevent a non party member from winning their nomination via popular vote. Always have.

        I think it is hilarious to watch people come to the realization that their votes really don’t matter and never really has. It comes down to the decision of some 3000 people who choose who 300 million vote for. I guess you can consider that a free and fair election if you choose.

        The two parties have also colluded in most every State to make it more difficult for a 3rd or even a 4th party to get on the ballot (much less in a debate). While not impossible for a 3rd party, it is made to be very undesirable financially. Look at the TEA Party, great movement and would have been a great political party, IF things were free and equal.

        What people are coming to realize is that the system is rigged and it’s rigged to benefit a few. The whole Primary election process is nothing more than psychological warfare upon the people, giving them the illusion that going to the polls matters. When this part of the illusion and theater is over, we will move on to the next phase, ensuring that the people believe that the two candidates are different, politically. Kasich isn’t that different than Clinton and Clinton isn’t that different than Bush or Sanders. The theater continues.

        It will be quite interesting to see how they pass this whole thing off without a lot of blow back. I don’t think that 20 or 30 million people learning they have been getting played for fools is going to go over very well, in the long run. The propaganda arm of the Fed’s, the MSM has done a masterful job at keeping the people believing their vote counts, when you and I know that they really don’t mean squat. This will be proven this summer. The MSM is now playing cover, like with recent interviews explaining the Primary process. It won’t work.

        If you recall, my original prediction was Bush v. Clinton. These were the establishment chosen ones and I doubt anything has really changed. Should this come to be true after all, I think you will have to sit back and re-evaluate your stance on what free and fair elections are, because they ain’t happening in this country and haven’t for a very long time. The process has been monopolized by a few, for their benefit, not ours.

      • True…..Gingrich still thinks it will be Trump or Cruz but was explaining the process….just because someone wins 8 states does NOT mean they get the nomination. He does say that if Trump does not get the first vote…..he is gone. Delegates can and will switch….but, like the dems, it depends on the non committed delegates in the RNC and the back room deals to get those delegates.

        All in all….going to be interesting.

  38. gmanfortruth says:

    What If Freedoms Greatest Hour Of Danger Is Now…

    Does the government work for us or do we work for the government?

    DOES THE GOVERNMENT EXIST TO SERVE US OR TO MASTER US?

    If the government exists to serve us, and if freedom is part of our humanity, how can the government take freedom from us? Is human freedom in America a myth, or is it reality? The United States of America was born out of a bloody revolt against tyranny. Yet almost from its inception, the government here has suppressed liberty.
    ~Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

    What if the Constitution no longer applied…

    What if the whole purpose of the constitution was to limit the government…

    What if Congress’s enumerated powers in the Constitution no longer limited Congress but were actually used as a justification to extend Congress’s authority over every realm of human life…

    What if the president meant to be an equal to congress has instead become a democratically-elected term-limited monarch…

    What if the president assumed that everything he did was legal just because he’s the president…

    What if he can interrupt your regularly scheduled radio and TV programming for a special message from him…

    What if he could declare war on his own…

    What if he could read your emails and your texts without a search warrant…

    What if he could kill you without warning…

    What if the supreme court justices no longer looked to the Constitution to determine the constitutionality of a law, but rather simply to what justices who preceded them thought about it…

    What if the rights and principles guaranteed in the Constitution have been so distorted in the past two hundred years as to be unrecognizable by the founders…

    What if the fifty states were no longer sovereign entities, equals to each other, and parents of the federal government they voluntarily constituted…

    What if the states were mere provinces of a totally nationalized and fully centralized government…

    What if the constitution was amended stealthily, not by constitutional amendments duly ratified by the states, but by the constant and persistent expansion of the federal government’s role in our lives…

    What if the federal government decided if its own powers were proper and constitutional…

    What if the Constitution were no longer the supreme law of the land…

    What if you needed a license from the government to speak, to assemble or to protest against the government…

    What if the government didn’t like what you plan to say and so it didn’t give you the license…

    What if the right to keep and bear arms only applied to the government…

    What if ‘posse comitatus’ (the federal law that prohibits our military from occupying our streets) were no longer in effect…

    What if the government considered the military an adequate dispenser of domestic law enforcement…

    What if cops looked and acted like troops and you couldn’t distinguish the military from the police…

    What if you were not secure in your person, in your papers, in your property…

    Also read: White House Warns Of Nuclear Terrorist Attacks: The Four Ways They Could Strike…

    What if federal agents could write their own search warrants in defines of the Constitution…

    What if the government could decide when you were and were not entitled to a jury trial…

    What if the government could take your property whenever it wanted…

    What if the government could continue prosecuting you until it got the verdict it wanted…

    What if the government could force you to testify against yourself, simply by labeling you a domestic terrorist…

    What if the government could torture you, until you said what the government wanted to hear…

    What if people running for president actually supported torture…

    What if the government tortured your children, to get to you…

    What if government judges and government lawyers intimidated juries into convicting the innocent…

    What if the government can send you to your death and your innocence meant nothing so long as the government’s procedures were followed…

    What if America’s prison population, the largest in the world, was a cruel and unusual way for a country to be free…

    What if half the prison population never harmed anyone but themselves…

    What if people had no rights except those the government chose to let them have…

    What if the states had no rights except to do as the federal government commanded…

    What if our elected officials didn’t really live among us but instead all had their hearts and homes in Washington DC…

    What if the government could strip you of your rights because of where your mother was when you were born…

    What if the income tax was unconstitutional…

    What if the states were convinced to give up their representation in Congress…

    What if the government tried to ban you from using a substance in your body that is older than the government itself…

    What if voting didn’t mean anything anymore, because both political parties stand for big government…

    What if the government could write any law or regulate any behavior or tax any event, the Constitution be damned…

    What if the government was the reason we don’t have a constitution anymore…

    What if you could love your country but hate what the government has done to it…

    What if sometimes to love your country you had to alter or abolish the government…

    What if Jefferson was right…

    What if that government is best which governs least…

    What if I’m right, what if the government is wrong…

    What if it is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong…

    What if it is better to perish fighting for freedom, than to live as a slave…

    What if freedom’s greatest hour of danger, is now…
    It is believed that this 5-minute speech (I transcribed it above) by Judge Napolitano while on Fox News – got him fired from Fox News (non-renewal of contract a few years ago).

    Further evidence that the mainstream news entities are in the back pocket of .gov, big government, and TPTB?

    by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog
    http://www.allselfsustained.com/freedoms-greatest-hour-danger-now/

  39. Just A Citizen says:

    To all those who complain, whine, and howl about the existing election system. You have a challenge.

    INVENT A BETTER ONE.

    Of course this is the easy part. The hard part is getting your State Legislature to adopt it.

    OR

    To get your fellow Citizens of your State to pass a referendum establishing your system.

    How many of you know that the Political Parties are sanctioned and governed by State Law? How about the alignment of precincts? Who controls this and why are they drawn as they are. We all know about Congressional District gerrymandering, what about precincts, locations of polling places, etc., etc..

    If you do not like it you need to participate. That means organize and implement plans to get what you want. But be ware. Because the minute you do you will find yourself doing exactly what the existing parties are doing. Trying to protect your movement from outsiders.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      How many of you know that the Political Parties are sanctioned and governed by State Law?

      The political parties own the State governments and made the laws. Nice try on the wording though 😉

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Of course this is the easy part. The hard part is getting your State Legislature to adopt it.

      The two parties would never give up the hold on the monopoly. So let’s look at whats next:

      To get your fellow Citizens of your State to pass a referendum establishing your system.

      Laughable. How many states passed State Constitutional Amendments for keep marriage between and man and a women? Only to have 9 politicians in robes tell the people to pound sand.

      So there you have it. Ask the members of the two parties to screw themselves in the next elections or pass an Amendment and then hold your breath that 9 politicians in robes don’t tell you that years of hard work were useless. Great choices their Skippy. There are other options, we just haven’t reached that point in time yet, but it’s coming. Don’t you find it interesting that Congress’s approval rating has sucked for a very long time but the results of numerous elections haven’t changed a damn thing?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        gman

        Yes, I do find it interesting. Guess people are just not really that down on Congress.

        Easy to get them to say negative things when you construct the polling questions the way you want.

        Experts have known for a long time that individuals will support “their” congressman most of the time. Even if they view Congress in total as dysfunctional or corrupt. Tribalism me thinks.

        Interesting how you used the phrase open and fair elections several times in your response when I never used that phrase. Arguing with yourself again, I guess.

        It is not that hard to start a third, fourth of fifth party in most states. All that I have ever looked into. The problem with building a viable party is the same problem you have with voting. YOU ARE A MINORITY.

        You think voting doesn’t count because you lose. You think the two party system will exclude your party because nobody wants to join your party. The problem is with the people, not the systems that have been created. Well at least in most cases.

        The underlying problem is the same one I have addressed here many times when criticizing people for voting strategically instead of voting their principles. That is what the “if you vote for X you are just electing Y” argument is designed to do. Prevent people psychologically from doing what they know is right. For fear of getting what they don’t want, or know is wrong.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          Interesting how you used the phrase open and fair elections several times in your response when I never used that phrase.

          Your use of that phrase isn’t required as all of us are capable of speaking with our own phrases. Maybe you won’t use it first because if you said that we had free and fair elections, you’d be lying and you know it. You don’t lie, so don’t bother saying that we have them. It’s shows good character not to lie. You wouldn’t say that we have free and fair (pick your variation of open and fair, free and fair or just plain FAIR) would you?

          I would love for all our other SUFAites to answer the same question: Do we have open and fair elections in the USA when it comes to Federal elections?

          • I would love for all our other SUFAites to answer the same question: Do we have open and fair elections in the USA when it comes to Federal elections?

            NOPE!

          • Just A Citizen says:

            Gman

            Open: All rules and election processes are visible for inspection by anyone.
            Fair: According to documented rules where all are treated the same under the rules.

            YES, our elections are OPEN and FAIR.

            Those howling about the process are like a bunch of guys who get drunk and think they are playing flag football, only to discover at half time they are actually playing under NFL rules.

            Here is a better question for you. Exactly what about the elections do you think is NOT OPEN and what is it you think is NOT FAIR?

            • gmanfortruth says:

              Open: All rules and election processes are visible for inspection by anyone.

              Negative Corporal. The new rules for 2016 have not been released yet. There are new rules for every election cycle. Rule 40b is a prime example. Added to keep Ron Paul out of the convention in 2012. It didn’t exist in 2008.

              This about the Republican side of things, but the new rules will be enough for the establishment to get their man. It’s quite clear that the whole Primary season is just free political advertising for the two parties, the peoples votes don’t mean squat.

              Fair: According to documented rules where all are treated the same under the rules.

              What rules Corporal? There are no rules until they are released. The old ones are expired. That’s why they will release NEW ones. Just ask Kasich. He has said as recently as today on the MSM. Here’s a guy that can benefit greatly by the new rules. If 40b isn’t there anymore, Kasich is in business. There is absolutely nothing FAIR about a small group of people TELLING you who are your Presidential choices. That’s not fair to 330 million people. Want fair…..all those who began the Primaries stay on the Primary ballot and all Primaries occur on same day, top two win the nomination for each party. That’s 4 from the top two parties. Equal media coverage for all 3rd party candidates should be an election law. If the media don’t like that, they don’t cover the campaign, they cover election results. Thats a bit closer to fair. This bullshit we’re fed now is foul tasting, and for some, it’s going to just piss them off.

              The fact that Clinton is actually still running for President should be a clear sign that Federal elections are neither open or fair. The monopoly is a disgrace to the Republic. Those who support this disgrace are………:wink:

              • Just A Citizen says:

                ” There is absolutely nothing FAIR about a small group of people TELLING you who are your Presidential choices.” So now you think the Republicans alone should NOT pick their candidate? So what is the process you would use to select the candidates from various political parties?

                Besides, you are now playing leftist by claiming you know what fair is for others based on outcomes. As I said, fair = same rules for everyone.

                The Republican rules for nominations are visible, knowable to anyone who takes time to understand them, and are applied equally to everyone. OPEN and FAIR.

                Now for you strange argument on open elections. That fact that the convention rules expire “when the new rules are adopted” does not make them any less open. They currently exist and they will remain existing until they are amended, revised or replaced. And then those new rules will be equally available for anyone to read. And those rules will have to be adopted by a majority of the delegates elected to the convention by the State Republican Party convention.

              • gmanfortruth says:

                They currently exist and they will remain existing until they are amended, revised or replaced. AND THERE are NEW RULES RELEASED FOR EVERY CONVENTION, which means that they all can change. They should do this before the Primaries, not after we’re halfway done. Just ask Ron Paul how it worked out for him in 2012.

                The Republican rules for nominations are visible, knowable to anyone who takes time to understand them, and are applied equally to everyone. OPEN and FAIR. Once again 2012 destroys your whole outlook, because changes were announced at the end of April, 2012, after more than half the Primaries were completed. Your comment is utter nonsense and you know it.

                Free and fair elections mean let ALL the people choose. The two party system doesn’t do that, although the MSM keeps ignorantly keeps pushing how important votes are. But people are learning and they will really learn in July. Unfortunately, it is you choosing the Liberal side of things, they seem to like their little game of illusion that’s so obvious one could drive a 757 through.

  40. gmanfortruth says:
  41. gmanfortruth says:

    The Financial Times, a bastion of institutional calm and perspicacity, recently reported that there is $3 trillion in debt that’s likely to be defaulted on in coming months. Not billion, trillion. And this is on top of all the bad mortgages and mortgage backed securities the banksters and the insurance companies are still holding.

    What adds salt to this massive wound is the fact that these banksters will simply pay the DC politicians to create new bankruptcy laws that will keep the banks propped up even in the face of what should be a good housecleaning of bad institutions.
    http://personalliberty.com/banks-working-on-a-secret-plan-to-change-laws-so-you-pay-their-3-trillion-in-debt/

    I’ll be watching to see who “Republican” this Congress is this year.

  42. Just A Citizen says:

    d13thecolonel

    Looks like one established politician gets it:

    “Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley warned his fellow Democrats not to take too lightly the general election threat posed by Donald Trump.

    In a forum co-hosted by the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service and the “Candidate Confessional” podcast, O’Malley called the broad dismissal of Trump’s White House prospects elitist — the result of punditry that’s divorced from an increasingly angered electorate.

    “There’s a certain smugness inside the beltway in Washington,” O’Malley said. “I think we have our work cut out for us. This could be a very, very defining moment in the life of our republic. And I think that we have our work cut out for us in the general.”

    “This is not a slam dunk,” O’Malley added.”

    Positioning as the possible Clinton replacement should the FBI surprise us?? Maybe??

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Anyone want to bet that Kasich knows what the new rules will be?

      • I’m thinking Kaisich is a “tool” who will be discarded when the time is right.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        I will make that bet. There is no way he knows what the final rules are going to be. He may know what some people are going to push for, but not the final outcome.

    • We shall see tomorrow how badly damaged he is. Rush reminded us today that Cruz is supposed to blow away the competition in Wisconsin because of his true conservative credentials. The polls seem to show him 5 to 10 % plus or minus. That is not blow away!

  43. gmanfortruth says:
  44. gmanfortruth says:

    And then there are the more nefarious effects of government-controlled healthcare. Last month, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended all adults be screened for depression:

    The USPSTF recommends screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up.

    This recommendation will encourage insurer payment for screening, usually done with a questionnaire. Payment will provide the clinic with an incentive to do it, more financial security — and more reasons to find (or create) the “depressed” among us.

    And Medicaid also requires clinics to report on the “Percentage of Medicaid enrollees age 18 and older screened for clinical depression on the date of the encounter using an age-appropriate standardized depression screening tool, and if positive, a follow-up plan is documented on the date of the positive screen.”

    A depression diagnosis can be applied very subjectively and broadly. It would serve two purposes for the elites. First, it would allow the prescribing of mind-altering drugs to a whole new host of subjects – subjects who would be forced to comply with the established plan of treatment at the point of a gun. Medicating everyone is the goal of the medical establishment and the statist, controlling central planners. A mind-numbed populace is more easily controlled.

    And second, it would serve the desires of the establishment gun grabbers. It won’t be long until the Feds begin comparing depression diagnoses with the gun-buying background check lists and agents will be confiscating guns and denying further purchases by declaring people with depression diagnoses as “mentally defective,” just as they’ve done with hundreds of thousands of veterans.
    http://personalliberty.com/obamacare-is-working/

  45. Just A Citizen says:

    Told you the whole Clinton investigation may be going nowhere. Things are smelling fishy.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/04/hillarys_fingerprints_on_selection_of_aides_lawyer.html

    • I agree. Indictment scheduled for December 2045.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      It may be noted that the USAG Loretta Lynch was given her first Federal appt by Bill Clinton in 1999. Add to this that about a dozen of the emails deemed to secret to release were between Hitlary and Obozo. The conflict of interest is beyond acceptable.

  46. Just A Citizen says:

    OK, once again. Seems some just cant quite understand so here are some of the actual rules for the Rep. party. Those relating to this issue of changing the rules.

    Rule 12:

    The Republican National Committee may, by three-fourths (3/4) vote of its entire membership, amend Rule Nos. 1-11 and 13-25. Any such amendment shall be considered by the Republican National Committee only if it was passed by a majority vote of the Standing Committee on Rules after having been submitted in writing at least ten (10) days in advance of its consideration by the Republican National Committee and shall take effect thirty (30) days after adoption. No such amendment shall be adopted after September 30, 2014.

    Note: Rules 1-25 govern the National Committee. Rules 26-42 govern the Convention, either delegate selection or convention procedures.

    Rule 40:

    (b) Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these rules or any rule of the House of Representatives, to demonstrate the support required of this paragraph a certificate evidencing the affirmative written support of the required number of permanently seated delegates from each of the eight (8) or more states shall have been submitted to the secretary of the convention not later than one (1) hour prior to the placing of the names of candidates for nomination pursuant to this rule and the established order of business.

    Note: Contrary to what I and others reported the 8 state minimum does not require the candidates to have “won” 8 states with a majority. It technically only requires that a majority of delegated from each state “swear” that they support a particular candidate. This is done no less than 1 hour from the actual nomination. It appears the same majority could “swear” they support more than once candidate. Nothing prohibits that.

    Rule 42:

    Upon the adoption of the report of the Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Business, Rule Nos. 26-42 shall constitute the Standing Rules for this convention and the temporary rules for the next convention.

    See that Gman. Temp rules for the next convention. Which are not changed again until the Convention committee on rules reconvenes and the new rules adopted by the Convention.

    By the way, adoption of the new rules is the SECOND order of business. And adoption of the Platform must come before nominations for POTUS and/or VPotus.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      ROFLMAO 😀 Your a joke.

      Which are not changed again until the Convention committee on rules reconvenes and the new rules adopted by the Convention. Please note the term NEW in your own statement.

      the temporary rules for the next convention. Temporary means illusion of rules because they can chnage come convention time, when the NEW rules are issued. Do you see the absurdity of this? They have rules, which before the convention may not even exist. It’s an illusion JAC. Their playing you a fool and your letting them win.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        gman

        Where is the illusion? The rules are temporary from the point beginning at the adjournment of the convention until the new rules are adopted for the next. WHY?

        Because the rules apple ONLY TO THE CONVENTION. There is nothing sinister or unusual about this procedure.

        For example, each new Congress first certifies the newly elected Congressmen and Congresswomen and then it adopts the new rules it will operate under for that Congress. I will bet you that hundreds of other organizations use the same or similar process when holding “conventions”. In fact this is exactly what would happen if a Constitutional Convention were called.

        You cannot reasonably expect a Convention to operate under rules passed by another Convention FOUR YEARS prior them convening.

        By the way, I believe the fight over Ron Paul in 2008 and then again in 2012 was over delegate qualifications. I don’t recall any Convention Rules being changed prior to the Convention, or even general RNC rules. There were fights over the certification of delegates with the Credential Committee refusing to seat many Ron Paul supporters. Why? Because they announced they would not follow the Party rules to vote for whom they had been pledged on the first ballot. I may be remembering this wrong but that is the gist of what I recall was going on.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Let me also ask….By what law do the rules of the 2012 Republican Convention actually pertain to 2016? Additionally, what law says they all can’t be changed?

      • Just A Citizen says:

        gman

        What the hell is your problem? Have I ever said they could not be changed before the nominations were submitted? Remember, first comes seating the delegates, which requires full convention vote. Then comes approving the Rules of the Convention, also requiring a full convention vote.

        Just because you don’t think they should change does not mean they shouldn’t be changed. And it certainly does not make the “changing” evidence of lack of openness or unfairness.

        With respect to “laws”, the States I am familiar with require each party to develop “Rules” for their operation, function and conventions. The law requires that these rules “not violate any state law”. The Sec. of State is responsible for recording and checking on legal issues.

        As I said, the dirty tricks are played during these conventions. Certifying delegates being one of those places. The other is how the Convention Chair handles disputes from the podium. Ramming through stuff with phony counts of Aye votes, for example. Same thing the Dems suffered if you recall.

        Here are some accusations made by the Ron Paul people in 2012. Note however, that many of these were found to be false claims. But it does give you an idea where corruption and manipulation occur. But to the “fairness” issue. Anyone can play the game. It is open to all comers. Not fair in how most of us would think about it, but it does not preclude minor players from the game. That is why Ron Paul created such a problem. He played the game, some of it dirty as well. But in the end, Romney’s folks took care of the problem. If Ron Paul had prevailed would we be talking about how unfair his efforts were? Or is the sour grapes over not winning? With many Ron Paul folks I know it was more the latter, because they had been misled on how to “take over the Republican party”.

        https://jaretglenn.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/how-the-republican-party-stole-the-nomination-from-ron-paul/

        • gmanfortruth says:

          What the hell is your problem? Have I not made that clear yet?

          Just because you don’t think they should change does not mean they shouldn’t be changed. And it certainly does not make the “changing” evidence of lack of openness or unfairness. Nonsense. The rules are intended to change to secure power. Should someone jump in the fray that the establishment don’t like….just change the rules. Quite simple, really. People like you will say “OK, it’s best for the Party and I don’t like him/her anyway”. You are not grasping the game you an I are in, and we aren’t the ones who started the game, we are useless eaters.

          With respect to “laws”, the States I am familiar with require each party to develop “Rules” for their operation, function and conventions. The law requires that these rules “not violate any state law”. The Sec. of State is responsible for recording and checking on legal issues.

          I was hoping to suck this out of you, because the answer is simple…The Democrats and Republicans make the laws and oversee how things go. Such irony, when you think about it. Just recently the PA Supreme Court ruled that a couple candidates who didn’t meet some State legal requirements to be on the ballot could now be on the ballot, simply waiving State law. Once again, your being played a fool and they are winning.

          As I said, the dirty tricks are played during these conventions.

          Another problem, conventions provide solid proof of illusion of choice, I’m shocked that someone so smart just don’t get it. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE, PERIOD. We haven’t had a choice in our lifetime, ever. The monopoly, not just on elections, but pure political power, has been thrust at you, yet you can’t grasp that these people in power don’t work for us.

          You can’t change the game when the game isn’t designed for you to change it. Our elections are just that now, a game. Pick A or ….. A.

  47. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/saudi-arabia-pushes-austerity-to-mitigate-latest-oil-woes-a6968946.html

    I said several years ago that the Saudis could not sustain low oil prices for long. Spending has become a way of life for them.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      And so it begins. A while back I suggested, along with others, that Saudi would find itself in turmoil, which would lead to WWIII. While simply a silly prediction at the time based on the Arab Spring happenings and where they would end, at least hypathetically. Coming back around to that subject, it may have been premature to claim that the war on oil prices was to harm Russia, but rather start the turmoil in Saudi Arabia, as long ago predicted. The recent Iran deal may have been done to speed up the process.

      With that said, could the recent Saudi led coalition massive military exercise have been a practice run to take on Iran and kick off the next big war? Europe is beginning to deport Muslim’s and that may spark even more of a problem over there, further hastening more unrest in the region. Then again, maybe I should just focus on our own internal conspiracies and problems, that more FUN 😀

      • In the early years here, I had several heated discussions with BF about going after domestic oil especially the Bakken field. He claimed that the the Saudis could and would undercut our prices. My counter claim was that they could only do that so long before it severely impacted their economy. We are now seeing what I predicted coming about. There are many internal problems in Saudi Arabia that have been papered over with petro dollars. When those petro dollars disappear, the monarchy is in big trouble.

  48. gmanfortruth says:

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/democrat-ags-begin-inquisition-against-climate-change-disbelievers

    Several thoughts on this, as we had discussed before. This is based on the tobacco fiasco and it will require the AG’s to actually prove that the Climate Change issue is in fact real.

  49. gmanfortruth says:
    • Large numbers of business owners have been calling into radio talk shows here complaining about the minimum wage increase. They already are struggling and see not good from this. Some are planning to close, others, to lay off or automate. Still others will be selecting people who can hustle faster. Gone is the time needed to hire a teen and train them. The owners are already working long hours and will be putting in more. The whole minimum wage drive is from the SEIU which naturally will now claim they need raises due to the salary compression issue.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        It sure seems like Moonbeam is trying to destroy the economy and send people packing for other States.

  50. gmanfortruth says:
  51. activehealthy says:

    It’s Cruzday in Wisconsin today! Let’s do this! (And voter ID is in play….yes!)

    • The gusto with which you say this makes it clear you actually do understand the problem the left has with voter ID.

      Offered without additional comment – http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/24/wisconsin-new-voter-id-law-woman-denied-right-87

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        Buck…given that this was an event from 5 years ago. I believe it has to have been sorted out even though some bureaucrats don’t know diddly squat. Or just the “rule says”. My Grandmother had nothing but a baptismal certificate. In German but clearly issued in Scranton PA, I believe in 1906. My mother born at home in 1929 also had no birth certificate. PA issued a birth certificate when she needed a passport, albeit incorrect…they put the current date requested in the 60’s. Bit of a delay, but corrected withh et proper date in time to get a passport and travel……Me, when I applied for a passport in the early 70’s it was rejected. IT turned out that for a 2 week period of time in 1952 the dog catcher and license issuer filled in at the court house while the “birth certificate” registrar took vacation. None of the “birth certificates” for that period were validly filled out and notarized. Took about 15 minutes to sort out in Poughkeepsie NY due to the Federal building was near the city buildings. Bit of a laugh all around…the jist is that there is ample time given by all the states requiring a VALID ID to vote in your proper polling station. Anybody who can not produce the documentation in that time is a F!!!ing idiot and can not possibly be capable of voting with any degree of deliberation and thought…regardless of who you vote for…….heck in ’77 it took 2 years to sort out a drivers license and tags in Italy. Now that was inconvienent. The road blocks, machine guns all due to an out of date tag. Luckily my military and NATO ID’s once viewed I was on my way….until the next road block….try one with a tank cannon pointed at your windshield.

        If this lady and her daughter haven’t sorted it out within months of the DMV bureaucrats obvious stupidity……partially we are getting so irreligious…baptized…what is that?.

        • But therein lies one of the problems – the time and money to sort it out.

          As Judge Posner aptly put it – it is nothing short of a poll tax.

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            No cost…totally free here..Just remember the scene in “The Man Shot Liberty Valance” and how proud the nordic family was on their citizenship……Sorry, I have no sympathy on you statement. I have had a girlfriend who had been in the country for 20 years. The BS that that entails was enormous. Travel….voting….no way…bitched like hell,….my mother was on her like stink on shit. My nephew marrried a girl from Croatia. Her Mother worked in the cancer research arena, The daughter in big pharma. Highly educated and NO lack of funds. After 20 years she got her US citizenship. I’m sure she got tired of listening to my Mother. She never intended to return to Croatia. It boils down to just plain LAZINESS. The lady I was with had a daughter, She held a dual citizenship. Both the UK and Colombia. However she got employed by a defense contractor. They loved her work but gave her warning…if she did not get her US citizenship and DROP her other foreign alignments they’d have no choice but to let her go. Needed a security clearance. She buckled down got her citizenship and continued working. her mother gave her so much crap about that we all just looked at her in shock. her daughter said…MOM if you would just learn ENGLISH you’d be able to support yourself…..turn off Telemondo.

            My great grandparents always said…Wie are Americans now” Not german americans, not polish americans, not french americans not british americans, not austrian americans, not russian americans, not lithuanian americans…..but AMERICANS.

          • You know, we pick out the weirdest and most outrageous problems and pretend that they are somehow universal. When are they going to actually start counting military ballots? Now there is an issue for you.

  52. gmanfortruth says:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-would-seek-to-block-money-transfers-to-force-mexico-to-fund-border-wall/2016/04/05/c0196314-fa7c-11e5-80e4-c381214de1a3_story.html

    Notice how the Trump folks have worked the legal ways to do these things, without Congressional support. I’m not for this type of action, at least as to how it’s being done. This is however an example of how we now have a Dictator that just changes faces and clothes through the revolving Dictator door that has been going around for a long time.

  53. gmanfortruth says:

    A few things I like about Trump’s ideas (not necessary liking Trump):

    Fixing the trade deals! Ross Perot was spot on about that sucking sound of jobs going overseas. It’s way past time to fix this, but the fact this needs fixed should be very troubling to all of us.

    Lowering the taxes on business’s. This allows business’s to begin and grow with more employees and helps existing companies stay in country and also hire more people.

    Fixing the Veteran’s Administration and letting vet’s get help anywhere when it really needed. The VA should be an insurance company that simply pays the bills. Trump isn’t going down this road, but it would be one I would look hard at. Closing all VA hospitals and utilize our normal healthcare system would be a win win for everyone. Just a thought. I did like what Trump said the other night during his Town Hall on FAUX news the other night.

    Immigration, all of it. Plus it’s funny 🙂

    Lowering workers taxes too! He said that the other night.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      So how is increasing use of higher cost private medical facilities going to affect health care costs in the USA??? How is it going to affect the Budget Deficit and Debt?

      • gmanfortruth says:

        Well, using what I have seen in numerous statistics that show government employees making some 24% (from memory) more than non government employees,. it would be safe to say that VA hospitals cost considerably more than private hospitals as far as the bottom line would go. I’m surprised you asked this question considering how advertised government employee wages have become, showing them to be much higher than the private sector. None the less, the government don’t run things efficiently as compared to private entities, another reason your question is odd.

        I haven’t seen any studies or reports, but I have very little doubt that it will effect private healthcare costs, but considering how government runs things plus their higher wage practices, it would only make logical sense that closing the VA facilities, over time, not right a way and giving the medical profession ample warning of the change, It would likely have a significant savings for the government, which requires much less money on annual budgets and over the long haul.

        National Debt? LOL, it’s unpayable and we all know it.

        • gmanfortruth says:

          There is however the loss of jobs, which is a bad thing. Maybe it isn’t time yet for this idea, which is mine alone, not Trumps. Having worked in a hospital for a decade and a Union rep in said hospital, I have a lot of experience with the outsourcing issue. If it can save a single hospital millions over , say, 10 years, it can save taxpayers much more than that, considering how wasteful government is. Thinking out loud on this subject 🙂

        • Just A Citizen says:

          You are a victim of data reporting based on reporting bias.

          The “increase” if federal wages that has been reported was due to the increase in science, engineering and “lawyers” in D.C. When you take the Govt employee population as a whole there has been no such increase. With once exception. Some agencies have suffered heavy cuts in people. Wages for those remaining have gone up for some jobs because those jobs are now doing more than before.

          Even if Govt workers make 24% more that has nothing to do with the cost of Doctors and Hospitals. Or are you going to claim that VA docs make 24% more than private sector docs.

          • gmanfortruth says:

            Mostly thinking out loud, based on some pretty good investigation. Having spent more than ample time at the Pittsburgh (Oakland) VA hospital, I investigated job openings on a regular basis.. For example, starting wages at the VA for a Environmental Services employee (housekeeping services for us older folk) was 30% plus versus hospital I had worked at. Example (from Union contract) the starting wage at my hospital was 7.85 when I left, and that was the NEW contract I had just finished negotiating as part of the team. Starting wage, same job description at the VA was 11.10 the day I looked.

            Granted, I didn’t deal with doctors pay and stuff, but did deal with the maintenance part of the hospital as it’s Logistics/procurement person ( I ordered all the stuff like lightbulbs and screws and all the crap needed for keeping the joint running). I also did the same thing in the military, as the supply NCO for years, so I can attest to the waste that can occur.

            But like I said above, just thinking aloud. I’m not saying this is a great idea, just an idea that can be looked at in the future. It would sure help vet’s get better care and get it when needed, without the long waits (in theory). Could reduce the suicide rate, something that has been consistent during the current regime. Wonder why the Republican led Congress hasn’t addressed this in a better manner? Trump’s idea was a no brainer, Congress has been useless.

            • Regarding fraud and waste.

              Back in ’69 my best buddy in college was at an AF radar installation north of Chicago. He loved going into the city when the leader was Daley the Elder. Ed got to know the place pretty well in the year he was there. He is a great guy and a great kibitzer who can put absolutely anyone at ease.

              By the time he left he had figured out Chicago “corruption” . Being a Brooklyn boy he was familiar with the concept in Democratically controlled urban environments. Chicago was run a lot like the fictional Boston in “the Last Hurrah” . In the pre-reform days the guys who ran the place took a clear 5% off the top and ran the city with the other 95%. They had rules, the 5% was more than enough and they KNEW DAMN WELL that trying to wipe out corruption was more expensive than just letting it happen but with rules.

              Our problem today is we are ALL reformers and do not understand human nature. We appeal to man[‘s “better” nature. Hah! When that fails, we try to stamp out corruption. Even bigger Hah! More damn money is spent on safeguards which in turn cost more money than is actually stolen.

              We are Americans, we are all basically dishonest compared to the rest of the world. We have as Bill Murray said in “Stripes” , “Been thrown out of every decent country in the world”. So, you pay the devil his due and keep on going.

              Now here’s a question. Did you ever come home with any “lightbulbs and screws?” I’ll be honest, I never bought a legal pad in my life. Nor a paperclip!

              • Dale A Albrecht says:

                I’m still using staples, paperclips, whiteout, notepads and a few pens from IBM and I left there in the early 90’s. Just detrimus that filtered home in the briefcase and computer bags. Military…..nothing there I could use at home. at&t…supplied nothing except your laptop. All supplies you bought yourself, phone, network lines, ink cartridges, paper. I worked at home for the last 12 years…so they dumped my office cost, $10K savings on their part. Used my printer, heating/cooling, lights, plumbing

            • gmanfortruth says:
              • I need to know more of his history.

              • G-Man,

                Asked Jr. to look into it. His reply.

                Dad,

                Just more of the same narrative being bankrolled by corporate interests looking for a piece of VA’s $64 billion annual health care budget.

                This was an outpatient clinic – akin to a community doctor’s office with 2-3 practitioners. Just outpatient routine care. Most doctors’ offices aren’t open on Saturday and the expectation that a small clinic would be open is absurd. Per usual, a whole different standard is being applied here – and on the private sector doesn’t meet.

                The state Senator is typical of South Jersey politicians who’ve been lobbying for years to get VA patients to shore up failing local hospitals in Vineland and other places.

                Bottom Line: Since 1999, a VA enrolled veteran patient in crisis can go to a regular Emergency Room in a crisis and the government will pay. He would not have to go to Philadelphia or Wilmington as the article portrays.

                The guy was just mentally ill. If he was a Navy retiree as claimed, he would have TRICARE coverage too. That narrative doesn’t appear in the article. I wonder why? The answer is probably because TRICARE is a privatized system with out of control costs that those bankrolling people like Malkin want VA to become.

                See, there is ALWAYS “the rest of the story”.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Gman…..the one thing I truly hate in this country is the medical system. I also am NOT for universal healthcare…..Efficiency and cost cutting is one thing but maintaining quality is another. What I have seen is costs going out of sight. Staff being cut left and right. How many DEATHS are attributed to just plain physician and RN and PA screwup and not what you came in for, They are so tired mistakes are a given, The CDC attributes up to 200K per year. It’s a disgrace. The VA hospital in Greenville is the most efficient facility I’ve seen in decades. I will find a way to get myself there (40) minutes than go 5 minutes to the regional EC medical centre just down the road.

          Why are we having such a huge health crisis in this country. The overall population is just plain sick, Lack of exercise due to legal issues…don’t want to get hurt. Efficiency of the work environment that is if you have a job. If you do its sedentary. Preservatives and just plain evil food. FDA and AMA dietary recommendations all with “experts” have create dthe most SICK population on earth….no wonder people are depressed.

          Used to go on vacation and you were on vacation. Today…you are connected and reachable at all times…laptop or iphone is required. One of the last vacations I took before retiring…..had a place ON Miami Beach. Step out the back door and it was sand. In a week, I spent exactly 45 minutes on the beach and that was mostly to explain to my girlfriend I had to get to another meeting in a few minutes.

          Efficiency be damned

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            Way back, trade usually was to get a product elsewhere that was unavailable locally. Like silk, spices, china, opium, furs, timber, precious metals and minerals…..think about what a red dress entailed. The egg sack from a specific spider. The redder your dress was the richer you were. Pinker POOR. Then chemistry took over. How many hundreds of red dyes are out there and how many are serious health problems. Allegedly better living through chemistry but I contend the opposite has happened. Just try and read a label on your manufactured food. My grandparents and their parents actually lived longer than than my and my parents generation are living……why…..they grew ALL there own food as long as they could. NO chemicals, preservatives and byproducts…..head cheese was head cheese for those that do not know,.

  54. gmanfortruth says:
  55. From Hilary Clinton…today in an interview when asked about immigration and illegal immigaration……

    “If anyone thinks that there is a problem with illegal immigration at the border for the past three years, then they must be living in a bubble.”

  56. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Regardless of the “alledged” rigging of elections, nothing new there. Delegates choosing candidates, Like Lincoln over Seward after how many votes at the convention. Wilson after 43 votes…….The american voter has been bought and paid for long ago. It might have been for a spanish dollar or a dram of corn squeezings in days gone by, but its still the same. Tammany, Platt, MSM…Hearst and his “yellow” press headlines invented out of whole cloth. It’s all just bigger and faster with more meaningless money at stake….ie the central banks printing presses.

    • gmanfortruth says:

      Sadly, it is nothing new. While the election process is front and center these days, I think we have far bigger problems coming. The rigged conventions are just a small part of the big problem.

  57. gmanfortruth says:

    In 1956, John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe were some of the biggest stars in the entertainment world.

    In 2016, our young people look up to “stars” like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

    In 1956, Americans were watching I Love Lucy and The Ed Sullivan Show on television.

    In 2016, the major television networks are offering us trashy shows such asMistresses and Lucifer.

    In 1956, you could buy a first-class stamp for just 3 cents.

    In 2016, a first-class stamp will cost you 49 cents.

    In 1956, gum chewing and talking in class were some of the major disciplinary problems in our schools.

    In 2016, many of our public schools have been equipped with metal detectors because violence has gotten so far out of control.

    In 1956, children went outside and played when they got home from school.

    In 2016, our parks and our playgrounds are virtually empty and we have the highest childhood obesity rate on the entire planet.

    In 1956, if a kid skinned his knee he was patched up and sent back outside to play.

    In 2016, if a kid skins his knee he is likely to be shipped off to the emergency room.

    In 1956, “introducing solids” to a baby’s diet may have meant shoving a piece of pizza down her throat.

    In 2016, we have “attachment parenting” which advocates treating children like babies almost until they reach puberty.

    In 1956, seat belts and bicycle helmets were considered to be optional pieces of equipment, and car safety seats were virtually unknown.

    In 2016, millions of us are afraid to leave our homes for fear that something might happen to us, and if something does happen we slap lawsuits on one another at the drop of a hat.

    In 1956, many Americans regularly left their cars and the front doors of their homes unlocked.

    In 2016, many Americans live with steel bars on their windows and gun sales are at all-time record highs.

    In 1956, about 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents.

    In 2016, more than 40 percent of all babies in America will be born to unmarried parents.

    In 1956, one income could support an entire middle class family.

    In 2016, approximately one-third of all Americans don’t make enough money to even cover the basics even though both parents have entered the workforce in most households.

    In 1956, redistribution of wealth was considered to be something that “the communists” did.

    In 2016, the federal government systematically redistributes our wealth, and two communists are fighting for the Democratic nomination.

    In 1956, there were about 2 million people living in Detroit and it was one of the greatest cities on Earth.

    In 2016, there are only about 688,000 people living in Detroit and it has become a joke to the rest of the world.

    In 1956, millions of Americans dreamed of moving out to sunny California.

    In 2016, millions of Americans are moving out of California and never plan to go back.

    In 1956, television networks would not even show husbands and wives in bed together.

    In 2016, there is so much demand for pornography that there are more than 4 million adult websites on the Internet, and they get more traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.

    In 1956, the American people had a great love for the U.S. Constitution.

    In 2016, “constitutionalists” are considered to be potential terrorists by the U.S. government.

    In 1956, people from all over the world wanted to come to the United States to pursue “the American Dream”.

    In 2016, 48 percent of all U.S. adults under the age of 30 believe that “the American Dream is dead”.

    In 1956, the United States loaned more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

    In 2016, the United States owes more money to the rest of the world than anybody else.

    • A very, very sad state of affairs that we have allowed to come about. SMH

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      What about the US adults older than 30? Bet it’s higher. We’ve seen and lived the changes.

      Just read a facinating book on survival. “Survive the Savage Sea” by Dougal Robertson. True story of survival after their schooner was sunk by 3 killer whales and sank in less than 60 seconds. Ranks up with Bligh’s voyage, or Shackleton.

      The story got me thinking of the depression and the people surviving. The majority of the people could amply provide for themselves. Those in the city had a bit of a harder time, but as the old photos in my family archives showed, every possible portion of property had FOOD growing on it. In 33 or 34 they moved out into a community outside the city and had unlimited space for food production. Today, a single digit % produce our food and even those the mechanization might all in all limit their actual knowledge. A similar economic disaster would reap serious consequences. Instead of people buckling down and getting on with it, “survival” and not by stealing it….today would be the opposite. My father used to say, that everyone seemed to be in the same boat, and that is cash poor. The grandfathers always had work during the depression. One stayed at the same job from 1915- 1965. Another went from banking to the railroad until retirement .But hungry, never. Hard work…for all..always. It also helped that mortgages back then were small and over in 4-5 years max….Mom’s house was in the counrty in what was and still is an upscale neighborhood. Acres of aridible land, barns, nice house, self sufficient, < 4000…..place sold in the late 90's for several 100K, no barns or outbuildings remained.

      I bring this up because, a member of the crew on board the schooner was a college educated mathematician. Didn't have a clue about survival in any way. If they all were like that they would have perished within a week. Mr Robertson and his family were farmers that sold everything because they could not handle the changes in farming and the laws passed insuring their failure. Granted Mr Robertson in his younger days had obtained a masters ticket in the merchant marine and "survived" WWII. So he and his wife (a nurse) were well disposed to doing what had to be done quickly.

      Many of the great survival stories are by the british. The empire they built both physical and economic knew no rivals. In Blighs time it was building, in shackltons at it highest and at robertsons was wanning. They had great pride in their can do attitude. Today, we have a president running around the world apologizing at every opportunity for America. What pride in America is being taught today. We were and are exceptional and an adjunct to British, but our leaders for some reason or another want to bring us down to the lowest common denominator.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        If a similar disaster overtook our society like that of the Soviet Union in the 90’s would we rebound in 10 years. I honestly do not think we can. In spite of everything the Russians kept their space program going and are for many years have the only transportation method of getting people into space. We….quit. What activity do we do that generates huge national pride? I honestly can’t think of one. “March Madness” does not count.

  58. gmanfortruth says:

    Just watched FOX news give a predictive summary of what they think will happen going forward. Silly them. They have Pa at 17 delegates and that’s what they were given when added to Trumps projected win. This whole thing shows Trump at 41 short of 1237. But, uh oh, Pa has 71 delegates that are decided by Primary election, not 17. That’s adding 54 more to the total, giving Trump 1250. They should check their work better.

  59. No worries……Trumo wont make it and neither will Cruz…the convention will be contested and go to 5 votes…..my prediction.

  60. JAC….. Do you still feel confident that the Republican party will eventually rally around Trump or Cruz? DO you really still think that the RNC has the NAtional Interest and the interest of the party at heart? Or are you just trying to have hope.

    I just do not see it at all……I really do feel that the convention will be contested and neither candidate will win the delegates……

    • Just in case someone missed it above. Regarding the Navy retiree who killed himself and M. Malkin blaming the VA. Jr was kind enough to review it and give me his take.

      Dad,

      Just more of the same narrative being bankrolled by corporate interests looking for a piece of VA’s $64 billion annual health care budget.

      This was an outpatient clinic – akin to a community doctor’s office with 2-3 practitioners. Just outpatient routine care. Most doctors’ offices aren’t open on Saturday and the expectation that a small clinic would be open is absurd. Per usual, a whole different standard is being applied here – and on the private sector doesn’t meet.

      The state Senator is typical of South Jersey politicians who’ve been lobbying for years to get VA patients to shore up failing local hospitals in Vineland and other places.

      Bottom Line: Since 1999, a VA enrolled veteran patient in crisis can go to a regular Emergency Room in a crisis and the government will pay. He would not have to go to Philadelphia or Wilmington as the article portrays.

      The guy was just mentally ill. If he was a Navy retiree as claimed, he would have TRICARE coverage too. That narrative doesn’t appear in the article. I wonder why? The answer is probably because TRICARE is a privatized system with out of control costs that those bankrolling people like Malkin want VA to become.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        No doubt the Navy guy was mentally ill. You are quite correct about using the ER as well, as I can tell several stories to that personally. While I have mostly received good healthcare from the Butler/Pittsburgh hospitals, it hasn’t been without some significant issues, especially concerning medication. I’m going to guess that drugs for the mentally ill are controlled much like opiates, which means the prescriptions have to been filled at a certain time and then HOPE the USPS gets them delivered before the last pill runs out, especially if those pills keep people from wanting to set themselves on fire. It’s an ugly cycle of constant concern. I had been on two scripts for a couple years, one for fibromyalgia and one chronic joint pain (mainly in shoulders, wrists and hands). Awhile back I went in to renew the prescriptions online though the VA site only to find that they weren’t there. Called the Doctors office, I just asked if they were going to be available or if the new doctor had decided to take me off of them. I called two more times, never got an answer and the scripts never showed up again. No reason or explanation. Not even a lousy courtesy call. It wasn’t that big of a deal for me, being a prepper and all, I simply reduced the number of pills over the course of three weeks and went to natural remedies. I didn’t miss a beat and feel fine.

        Not everyone can do that. I can’t imagine what happens when one stops taking their mental illness pills (actually I can, mass shootings seem to take place).

        The VA is contracting doctors to work various clinics in a large area. These new ones are not trained or qualified to deal with veterans and their issues. Gulf War Illness isn’t an easy issue to deal with, because the government won’t come out and give the actual cause. I have a few ideas, all associated with Big Pharma and being used as test dummies. But I digress. The only way I see vet’s coming out of this better is to be able to use their VA cards anywhere and with any doctor who will accept it. Put Vet’s care back in their hands and get it out of the bureaucratic nightmare that it is.

  61. At JAC…read the recent SCOTUS ruling very carefully on the recent vote on gerrymandering as it applies to Texas……will be back this after noon. It is important that you read the opinion word for word. You will find it very interesting.

  62. Just want to point out that Lindsay Graham apparently congratulated Cruz for…….stopping Trump.

    Not winning mind you but stopping Trump!

    Great new bumper sticker, “Let’s lose with Cruz”.

  63. http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/04/06/indiana-university-students-mistake-priest-for-kkk-member/

    I guess it’s a good thing this “klan” guy didn’t have any chalk…

  64. gmanfortruth says:
  65. gmanfortruth says:

    Does the president of the United States have the power to unilaterally tell millions of individuals who are violating federal law that he will not enforce that law against them now, that they may continue to violate that law in the future and that he will take action that makes them eligible for federal benefit programs for which they are not currently eligible due to their unlawful status?

    Through Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, President Barack Obama is telling the Supreme Court exactly this right now.

    The solicitor general calls what Obama is doing “prosecutorial discretion.”

    He argues that under this particular type of “prosecutorial discretion,” the executive can make millions of people in this country illegally eligible for Social Security, disability and Medicare.

    On April 18, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case. Entitled United States v. Texas, it pits President Obama against not only the Lone Star State, but also a majority of the states, which have joined in the litigation against the administration.

    At issue is the policy the administration calls Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, which would allow aliens in this country illegally who are parents of citizens or lawful permanent residents to stay in the United States.

    • The decision will ultimately decide the need or lack thereof for a legislature. With the executive or “leader” having such broad power, the need for a legislature disappears. It can easily be replaced by “administrative” agencies to work out details.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        So true so true….I assume the administration has been losing the lower court cases and has appealed to the Supreme Court?. This prosecutorial discresion (sp) argument for an entire group of millions of illegal’s has got to have NO precedence at least for something this far reaching. If the ruling goes 4-4 which it will unless roberts switches I believe the lower court ruling will be upheld. That is the POTUS lost. Now if the States lost the last go around and they appealed and the vote is 4-4 the POTUS wins and as stephen says….there is no need for a legislature, we will now have a defacto dictatorship. The POTUS can do anything he or she damn well wants. The Duma in the old USSR and Russia today, only give an air of legitimacy to the dictator by just voting Da. This would be that great progressive light Wilson’s, biggest dream come true after a 100 years. Just the POTUS and administration of his by his knowing better than anyone, dictates…..just think of the savings, nor energy wasted by thinking, just do what you’re told to do….it’ll be so easy. (sarc)

  66. gmanfortruth says:
  67. Some interesting quotes on formal education from Father Ivan Illich, my parish priest who gave me first Communion.

    A “radical” priest ahead of his time who actually speaks to conservatives these days. Reading these over, I tend to think that “education” should be confined to the three “R’s”. What do you all think?

    http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/10-provocative-quotes-ivan-illichs-deschooling-society

  68. Just A Citizen says:

    d13thecolonel

    Sorry for late response. Went to Montana fly fishing for a few days. Needed to clear my head.

    Me thinks you are claiming I said things I did not say. Like the party would rally around both Trump and Cruz. Cruz maybe, Trump not so much. But remember, many of Trump’s voters are not those Republicans who always vote or even always vote Republican. So losing many of them will have no affect compared to past elections. At least a possibility it won’t.

    At one point I said Cruz could win it and I thought it would be over before the election. Cruz had to basically win out once Rubio was gone. But I expected Kasich to drop out, he has not.

    So now Cruz CAN win, contrary to Fox News, if he gets 93.2% of the remaining delegates.

    On the other hand Trump needs 64.3% of the remaining delegates to finish it.

    Given that most states remaining use mixed allocation systems I see little chance of either person winning outright. Trump being the only one with a realistic chance. If he can suddenly close out with over half the votes in most districts and states remaining. California is winner take all so that will have big help for somebody.

    As for the convention, I do not see someone getting the nomination who did not run for President. And currently I do not see anyone other than the three remaining. I think there is a distinct chance you could see Kasich on the third or fourth vote win it when Trump throws his support to Kasich.

    • Wait…..do I understand that you went fly fishing? FLY FISHING…without me? Fly fishing to clear your mind and to relax? Out in the country FLY FISHING with all this termoil going on? Fly Fishing and you elected to miss all this intellectual conversation? SIGH !!!!!!!!!……May the fleas of 1,000 camels infest your nether regions. ( Yes, that is correct…jealousy abounds )…..

      Now..on to more mundane issues…..the election. I think that you are giving way to much credit to the rules. There is no way that Trump will get the nomination even if he closes in on the magic number. The RNC will not allow it and I firmly believe they will change the rules despite the damage done to the RNC. I think the Dems and the Repubs d not want this populist uprising to continue nor to exist…( No, G Man, with all due respect, I am not switching sides to the conspiracy theorists..)

      Anyways…………………..I hope I am wrong but do not think so.

      Fly fishing………damn.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        d13thecolonel

        Well, if your nice maybe I’ll invite you next time. 😉

        Don’t misunderstand me. It is not the rules I lean on regarding Trump. Except that one key rule. You need 50% + 1 to win.

        Trump’s ONLY chance to get the nomination is to WIN the majority of delegates before the convention. Now I know that they could amend this rules as well. But that would be a bridge to far in my opinion. The establishment would lose many of their own group if they tried that trick.

        That is why they have been working so hard to stop Trump from winning it outright.

        Now, to my prediction of the other day. Did you notice that the Trump and Kasich folks conspired to keep Cruz people off the Wisconsin delegate lists for the Rules and Certification committees at the convention?

        • Yes…..I saw that…..strange bedfellows, eh?

          • Now, I must settle down and watch the Masters…..Speith cannot win it without me.

            • Wow…I must have passed out a choke pill…..

              • Just A Citizen says:

                Wow is an understatement. Tin Cup…….!!!!

                Missed the whole round. Working in yard today…. don’t ask!! 👿

                So you watched and I missed it. Must have caused the earth’s rotation to fluctuate a little. Or maybe he just tried to relax a little to much.

              • Wait……there is something wrong with this….something veeerrryyy….veerrrryyy wroooong with this….You went fly fishing….and then you chose not to watch the Masters Golf Tournament on the final round???????? REALLY???????

                Ok……who is this….where is JAC and what have you done with him.

      • gmanfortruth says:

        I think the Dems and the Repubs d not want this populist uprising to continue nor to exist…( No, G Man, with all due respect, I am not switching sides to the conspiracy theorists..)

        It’s not a conspiracy theory Colonel, it’s just fact. The bottom line is that ultimately, the Parties will choose who they want to run for President. Those two are basically the choices the people will have. There are other names, mostly unknown that may appear on the ballot, but we all know it comes down to the big two.

        I do like the term populist uprising. You use it correctly and I’m in full agreement that this is what’s occurring. After all, it was a populist uprising that caused this country to exist and the political parties fear them. They should.

        • Just A Citizen says:

          gman

          The American Revolution was hardly a “populist” uprising. Remember how long it took for even a majority of people to start siding with the idea of independence.

          It was the “establishment” that rose up and motivated the rest. People like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who had spent time in the system, but who today we condemn as part of the establishment and thus disqualified.

          Of course we do lack those establishment types today, with the courage to upset the establishment due to its corruption. It seems the vast majority would rather keep playing the game.

  69. Just A Citizen says:

    Political observation:

    The RNC tried to set up a primary system that would do two things. Prevent someone like Ron Paul from creating havoc and to end the race early. Of course they hoped their horse would finish first. Strong did not matter, only that they consistently got around 30% with a large field of opponents.

    They achieved the goal of setting a low bar but failed on their two primary goals. They now have an insurgent candidate in a large lead who cannot close it out until near the end, if at all.

    How did this happen. They did not think an insurgent could create popular support to get over the 30% threshold. Too bad, so sad! I am just ROTFLMAO.

  70. gmanfortruth says:
    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      The AGW and “Climate Change” adherents have been literally “COOKING” the books for decades now.

      The other year I visited my old town in Vermont. This is a town that was 100% self sustaining with “clean” renewable energy for all it’s electrical needs. Namely hydro power. We had 4 dams within the town along a series of falls. Back in the late 20’s and late 30’s all the mills and lower part of the town that lined the river was erased by flooding that has never been equaled since. Inspite of all the alarmist news stories about the terrible flooding in the northeast. The dams were replaced bigger and better but were strictly for flood control and generation of electrical power. During the 10 years I lived there only once did we even have a flicker of a power issue. That was during a 2 month period of time where it never got above 0 degrees F and each night was about 40 below 0. We ourselves had no problem, but the cities that had gone with the more politically correct “green” energy, like Burlington, could not generate enough power and we had to share. Coincidentially this was during the time when the same scientists were clamoring about the coming “ICE AGE” On my trip up north all along the ridge above the town were rows of wind turbines. Absolutely NO need for them, towering above what was an idylic New England village and the town hating them, but obviously the State rammed them down their throat. Previous State governments wanted to remove ALL hydro power dams. Today, the very same people that moved to VT from the flat lands…NY, CT and MA demanded that VT be kept pristine and jersey cows in all views etc. Those same people today are demanding that the mountains and ridges be destroyed for the wind turbines to save the planet. With VT Yankee shut down (nuclear power) there is not enough ridges available in the State to generate but a fraction of the power they require….especially in the winter. Banned hydro power from Quebec, banned any natural gas pipelines coming in from Quebec. I’m sure they are trying to keep people from burning wood.

      Just recently David Cameron PM of the UK had to deal with a severe emergency with the UK’s steel industry. With all coal mining shut down and wind trying to keep up with the power demands it ain’t happening. The costs are huge. Spain said it years ago with their stainless steel industry. The wind industry is totally subsidized and the industries that require huge amounts of energy are also now having to be subsidized so they will stay. They can not produce the steel at a competitive cost or they need to close or leave. So the tax payer gets reamed again.

  71. Dale A Albrecht says:
    • Not exactly in my back yard. I guess I could counter with, What happened to the Alamo? Or, my absolute favorite. At the corner of Eighth Street and 3rd avenue in the section of Brooklyn known as Sunset Park/Park Slope sits an auto body shop. Located under that auto body shop are the remains of the 200-300 Marylander’s who sacrificed their lives in the Battle of Brooklyn (Long Island) and broke the British assault on Washington. Had they not been there to die, Washington would not have had that very night to ferry the army across the East River.

      http://bigstory.ap.org/article/21e27b7db37a46eb95e6c53783b92325/where-unmarked-burial-place-1776-battle-brooklyn

      Joisey is most dense of all states. A vacant field just cries out for a 7-11.

  72. Reince Priebus….will now be the longest serving chairman of the RNC…..says….”it is not about who is popular, it is about who is right for the party. There is no real magic number and 50 + 1 is simply a guideline that can be changed at anytime.”

    I guess that about sums it up.

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