Weekly Musing 7-13-14

Weekly Musing 7-13-14

Saul Anuzis

 

Reagan

Now, More than Ever, It’s A Time for Choosing

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoObph3ZrT4

 

 

Awesome “Peaceful Majority were IRRELEVANT” Heritage Foundation Panelist on Radical Islam

The best, most direct and honest answer I have ever heard about the “peaceful majority”. A must watch!

 

http://www.mrctv.org/videos/heritage-foundation-panelist-radical-islam

 

Land Speech

2014 Senate rankings: Map favors GOP

With four months until Election Day, Republicans are as close to winning the Senate as they’ve been since losing it in 2006.

 

Six months ago, the GOP path to the majority was narrower: Republicans essentially had to sweep seven races in states Barack Obama lost in 2012 but where Democrats currently hold seats. Unlikely, in other words.

 

Now Republicans have more options. They’ve landed top recruits to take on first-term senators in New Hampshire and Colorado, nominated credible female candidates in open-seat contests in Michigan and Iowa, protected all of their incumbents from tea party challenges and thwarted more conservative candidates that could have hurt the GOP’s chances in states like North Carolina and Georgia.

With the general election field all but set, Republicans are looking to turn the midterms into a national referendum on Obama. Democrats want the focus to be squarely on the candidates, and they’re spending the typically quiet summer months trying to define Republican hopefuls as unlikeable and extreme.

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/2014-senate-elections-republicans-108584.html?hp=r16

 

 

Establishment Tea – The GOP is coming together, not apart

Reporters and commentators have been drawn to civil-war metaphors in describing the fight between the “establishment” and “tea party” wings of the Republican party for years now, and it has usually seemed overwrought. Then along came the shocking upset of House majority leader Eric Cantor in Virginia, followed by a Thad Cochran–Chris McDaniel Senate primary in Mississippi that was about as pleasant as the Battle of Chickamauga.

 

The drama of these elections — Cantor’s defeat was literally historic, and Cochran’s victory will generate ill feelings for a long time to come — has obscured the larger story of the evolution of the party. The GOP may well be coming together, not coming apart. Both wings of the party are, in fits and starts, converging on a new synthesis.

The tea parties have almost since their inception been attacking the party establishment for not standing for anything, and the establishment has been complaining for nearly as long that tea-party candidates are not ready for prime time. This primary season, each side seems to be learning the other’s lesson.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/382081/establishment-tea-rich-lowry-ramesh-ponnuru

 

 

Maureen Dowd Just Proved Every Single Conservative Point For Me

Dowd’s column was a masterpiece of liberal thought. It should be framed on every sane American’s wall and included in every U.S. history book for the rest of time. It should serve as a warning of what happens when liberals are in charge. Even Dowd, the queen of liberalism, openly admitted that America has gone to hell.

 

Imagine buying a beautiful home, in a wonderful, safe neighborhood, with great schools. Then, through a combination of incompetence, ignorance, arrogance and purposeful intent, that home becomes a garbage-ridden, graffiti-covered crack house. In short order, the entire neighborhood goes to hell. The good people escape. Drug dealers and welfare addicts move in. The streets become dangerous. The schools become cesspools of crime, drugs, gangs, and teen pregnancy. Then the landlord, who allowed this to happen (by being the worst homeowner on the planet) has the nerve to complain about how the neighborhood has gone downhill. Can you imagine the nerve?

 

Well that was Dowd’s New York Times column on July 4. Dowd admits America has become a disaster, a country in shambles, a country in decline. She says we are “scared of our own shadow.” Collapsing. Crumbling. Defeated. We’ve lost our confidence. We’ve lost our swagger. No more hope about the future. A country no longer “exceptional.”

 

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/maureen-dowd-just-proved-every-single-conservative-point-for-us/

 

Americans Are Politically Divided and Our Feelings Toward the Parties Show It

How politically divided are ordinary Americans? The recent release of a report on polarization in public opinion by the Pew Research Center has reignited a debate among journalists and academics about the depth of the divisions between supporters of the two major parties. One of the key findings of the report is that supporters of the two parties hold increasingly negative feelings toward the opposing party and its leaders. While some scholars like Morris Fiorina of Stanford University have disputed the significance of these findings, an examination of evidence from the American National Election Studies provides strong support for the conclusions of the Pew study.

 

The ANES data make it possible to examine trends in feelings toward the Democratic and Republican parties over a fairly long period of time. Since 1978, the ANES has been asking national samples of American adults in every presidential election year and most midterm election years to rate both parties on a feeling thermometer scale. The scale ranges from zero degrees to 100 degrees with zero the most negative rating, 100 the most positive rating, and 50 a neutral rating. Ratings above 50 degrees are considered positive, while ratings below 50 degrees are considered negative.

 

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/americans-are-politically-divided-and-our-feelings-toward-the-parties-show-it/

 

 

Happy Birthday, America – John Adams’ letters from Philadelphia celebrate a nation conceived in liberty.

A must read for every American…

 

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2014/07/04/john-adams-july-letters-show-the-significance-of-independence-day?int=9e5708

 

 

Boehner: Why we must now sue the President

Every member of Congress swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did President Barack Obama.

 

But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.

 

That’s why, later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.

 

The President’s response: “So sue me.”

 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/06/opinion/boehner-obama-lawsuit/index.html

 

ObamaMad

Obama’s irresponsible taunt: President increasingly willing to go at it alone The unanimous decision of the Supreme Court late last month that President Obama violated the separation of powers in appointing officials is the type of decision that usually concentrates the mind of a chief executive. Obama, however, appeared to double down on his strategy — stating in a Rose Garden speech on Tuesday that he intended to expand, not reduce, his use of unilateral actions to circumvent Congress.

 

Summing up his position, the President threw down the gauntlet at Congress: “So sue me.”

 

The moment was reminiscent of George W. Bush’s taunting Iraqi insurgents over 10 years ago by saying, “Bring ’em on.”

It was irresponsible bravado from a man who was not himself at the receiving end of IEDs and constant attacks that would go on to cost us thousands of military personnel. I imagine some lawyers at the Justice Department may feel the same way about Obama’s “sue me” taunt. They are the ones being hammered in federal courts over sweeping new interpretations and unilateral executive actions.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/obama-irresponsible-taunt-article-1.1854252

 

 

The Obama Presidency Unravels

The Obama presidency has unraveled. The man who liberal political commentators once said was the rhetorical match of Lincoln is now considered by one-third of Americans to be the worst president since World War II, according to a new Quinnipiac University National Poll. (The span covers 69 years of American history and 12 presidencies.) The same poll found that 45 percent of Americans say the nation would be better off if Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, while only 38 percent say the country would be worse off.

 

Another poll–this one from the Gallup organization–finds that in his sixth year of office, the level of confidence in Mr. Obama’s presidency is 29 percent. That’s lower than at a comparable point for any of his predecessors.

But the president’s problem isn’t polling data; it’s objective conditions. While recent job reports have been somewhat encouraging, the deeper trends of the economy remain quite troubling. In the first quarter of this year, for example, the economy contracted by nearly 3 percent (the largest contraction in a non-recession in more than 40 years). Illegal immigrants are surging across the border, with more than 52,000 unaccompanied children detained since October.

 

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/07/03/the-obama-presidency-unravels/

 

 

Are Democrats beginning to rationalize that losing the Senate majority wouldn’t be as bad as some fear?

Early this year, we saw Senate Democrats throw their House brethren under the proverbial bus with a Jan. 29 story in Politico headlined, “Democrats: Cede the House to Save the Senate.” It noted that Democrats’ hold on their majority in the upper chamber was tenuous, while over on the House side, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was raising money hand over fist despite having little chance of reclaiming the majority House Democrats lost in 2010. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Senate Democrats were trying to redirect fundraising from what they saw as a lost cause on one side of the Capitol to what they saw as a much more important one on their side.

On one level, it was pretty obvious that the odds were exceedingly long for House Democrats and more like 50-50—give or take 10 points—on the Senate side. But these kinds of stories are usually played out in the weeks or final months before an election, not in the first month of the election year. To me, it was both understandable and unseemly, and certainly not very subtle. I could only wonder just how angry House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was with the story, particularly given that I had heard her deliver a very spirited defense of Democrats’ House chances just a few weeks earlier. But as the old saying goes, “Politics ain’t beanbag.”

 

We saw it again this past week with The Washington Post’s inimitable Dana Milbank writing a column July 4 suggesting that perhaps the Obama presidency might benefit from Democrats losing their Senate majority. The crunching sound you heard was the bones of Senate Democrats under a bus, a pretty fair indication that someone in or close to the White House was beginning to rationalize why such an outcome might not be as bad a thing as some might think—all logic to the contrary.

 

http://www.nationaljournal.com/off-to-the-races/playing-in-traffic-is-not-safe-politics-20140707

 

 

This means Warren: Obama backs challenger to Hillary

President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me.

 

Publicly, Obama has remained noncommittal on the 2016 race, but privately he worries that Clinton would undo and undermine many of his policies. There’s also a personal animosity, especially with Bill Clinton, that dates from their tough race six years ago.

 

A former Harvard law professor and administration aide, Warren would energize the left wing of the Democrat Party just as Obama did against Clinton in 2008.

 

http://nypost.com/2014/07/06/this-means-warren-obama-backs-challenger-to-hillary/

 

 

 

Republicans can’t seem to agree on Iraq and Middle East strategies

The crisis in Iraq and broader unrest in the Middle East have exposed a growing rift among Republicans on foreign policy, as skeptics of military intervention have more openly challenged the party’s hawkish posture in the post-Sept. 11 era.

 

Unfolding events in the region could help shape the fight for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 just as it did for Democrats in 2008, when Barack Obama capitalized on liberals’ distaste for the war in Iraq as he wrested the nomination from front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Even as Americans take an increasingly dim view of President Obama’s handling of foreign policy, however, they have generally supported his positions on the Middle East. Their disapproval of his leadership style rather than his policies has further complicated Republican divisions.

 

Few Republicans in Congress have been willing to outline specific approaches to confront challenges in Iraq and elsewhere. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), who has accused the president of “taking a nap” as Islamic State forces gained strength in Syria and Iraq, has nonetheless resisted questions about specific steps the U.S. should take going forward.

 

Those who have spoken out don’t always agree, and their debate joins similar internal Republican spats over immigration reform and spending as issues likely to vex the party heading into 2016.

 

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-gop-iraq-20140707-story.html#page=1

 

 

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Weekly Musing 6-29-14

 

Weekly Musing 6-29-14

Saul Anuzis

 

FreeStateProject

Free State Project

I spent the week in New Hampshire at the 2014 PorcFest sponsored by the Free State Project.  Their objective states:  The FSP is an agreement among 20,000 participants to move to New Hampshire for “Liberty in Our Lifetime.”

 

A “live experiment” worth watching…and for some, participating?!?

 

“The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from any and all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors, who agree to the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people’s rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else.

 

Statement of Intent: “I hereby state my solemn intent to move to the state of New Hampshire. Once there, I will exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of individuals’ life, liberty, and property.” Anyone who promotes violence, racial hatred, or bigotry is not welcome. – See more at: http://freestateproject.org/about#sthash.g3ItQRYL.dpuf

 

It was a fascinating conference with interesting speakers, many vendors and virtually everyone took BitCoin and/or silver. Austrians to the core!

 

www.freestateproject.com

 

ObamaMad

Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology

Partisan polarization – the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of politics today. But beyond the ideological wings, which make up a minority of the public, the political landscape includes a center that is large and diverse, unified by frustration with politics and little else. As a result, both parties face formidable challenges in reaching beyond their bases to appeal to the middle of the electorate and build sustainable coalitions.

 

The latest Pew Research Center political typology, which sorts voters into cohesive groups based on their attitudes and values, provides a field guide for this constantly changing landscape. Before reading further, take our quiz to see where you fit in the typology.

 

http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/

 

Land Speech

Here are the 12 most competitive Senate races in the country

12. Michigan (Democratic-controlled): Republican Terri Lynn Land was not the first — or even second — choice of many Republican strategists. But she has raised money at an impressive pace and has kept this race against Rep. Gary Peters close. The question for Land is whether she can sustain it when media and voter attention ramps up in the fall.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/here-are-the-12-most-competitive-senate-races-in-the-country/2014/06/22/b2c68996-fa13-11e3-b1f4-8e77c632c07b_story.html

 

 

Democrats Playing Defense in 2014 State Legislative Races

Democrats hold fewer chambers but have more at risk this year than Republicans. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in every state legislature’s elections.

 

http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-2014-state-legislative-races-democrats-play-defense.html

 

 

A Lame Duck Country?

With neither the Constitution, nor the voters, nor the threat of impeachment to stop him, Barack Obama has clear sailing to use his powers however he chooses.

Far from seeing his power diminish in his last years, President Obama can extend his power even beyond the end of his administration by appointing federal judges who share his disregard of the Constitution and can enact his far-left agenda into law from the bench, when it cannot be enacted into law by the Congress.

 

Federal judges with lifetime tenure can make irreversible decisions binding future presidents and future Congresses.

If Republicans do not win control of the Senate in this fall’s elections, a Senate controlled by Majority Leader Harry Reid can confirm judges who will have the power to extend Barack Obama’s agenda and complete the dismantling of Constitutional government.

 

Barack Obama can, as he said before taking office, fundamentally “change the United States of America.” Far from being a lame duck president, Obama can make this a lame duck democracy.

 

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/06/24/a_lame_duck_country_123090.html

 

 

Senate Democrat’s Strategy to Keep Democrats in Control

Along with his savvy campaign executive director, Guy Cecil, he is recalibrating traditional strategy to stave off this challenge. The focus is less on big television advertising campaigns and more on old-fashioned voter mobilization with cutting-edge new technologies.

“It’s precinct politics with 21st-century technology,” Bennet says.

 

In part this is driven by necessity. “We can’t compete dollar for dollar with the outside conservative groups” that are spending hundreds of millions in the most competitive Senate races, he says.

 

Moreover, with all this spending, there’s clutter on the airwaves, diluting any message. And in today’s polarized politics, persuasion through ads is less effective.

 

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-06-22/senator-bennet-s-strategy-to-keep-democrats-in-control

 

 

San Diego’s Mayor, Forging a Vital Brand for the GOP? When national Republicans hear about one of their own running 27 points ahead of voter registration, they listen. And when it happens in the wake of a bruising presidential election, they listen very closely.

 

Speaking at the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting in Memphis, Faulconer told attendees, “Our victory in San Diego wasn’t an aberration. It was the culmination of 10 years of fiscal reforms that cut across demographics, age and party affiliation.”

 

A rough translation: Cut out divisive positions on social issues, focus on competent governance, and Republicans can win in big cities (and maybe other contests too).

Faulconer’s vision for a larger Republican comeback will face two major tests in the coming years.

 

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/06/25/san_diegos_mayor_forging_a_vital_brand_for_the_gop_123098.html

 

Ford

Ford’s Turnaround Carries Lessons for G.M.

“How do you change the culture?” the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer asked Mary Barra, the chief executive of General Motors, earlier this week. “How do you go about communicating to the people who have been part of the history of this company for years that things must change?”

 

In the three weeks since Anton Valukas, the former federal prosecutor, issued his blistering reportabout the company’s decade-long failure to properly handle the

 

Chevy Cobalt ignition switch problems, that has become the burning question surrounding the company. The idea that a “new, improved” General Motors emerged from the company’s 2009 brush with bankruptcy has been exposed as bogus. In his report, Valukas talks about the “G.M. nod” (that’s when managers nod in agreement about a course of action, but then do nothing) and the “G.M. salute” (arms folded and pointed outward to others, as if to say that the problem is someone else’s responsibility.) Bureaucratic malaise still rules. Silos still reign. So does a certain unjustified arrogance.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/28/opinion/joe-nocera-fords-turnaround-carries-lessons-for-gm.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

 

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Weekly Musing 6-15-14

Weekly Musing 6-15-14
Saul Anuzis

old ScoutDadsingle

Happy Father’s Day!
Thanks to all for all they do. It’s an awesome responsibility some don’t take serious enough. I lost my dad some years ago, but the photo above speaks louder than words. I only hope I could be but a small percentage of what my father was to me and other young men over his life.

Give your dad a hug, it’s OK!

ObamaFrown

International Affairs?!?
Obama (Hillary), the Nobel Peace Laureates International Successes…a friend of mine shared this and I thought it was worth passing along:

- Al Qaida has taken over Libya, much of Syria and now much of Iraq.
– Obama is repeating his mistakes in Iraq in Afghanistan.
– Benghazi-gate continues to generate news, most recently that U.S. intel knew the terrorists were using State Department cell phones during the attack.
– The White House swapped five senior Taliban prisoners for a deserter.
– The VA scandal continues to grow.
– Putin’s seizure of Crimea and de facto takeover of eastern Ukraine.

…all of which demonstrate the utter ignorance, arrogance, incompetence and venality of Obama and his administration.

I agree!

36 Elections That Really Matter This Year
By the looks of the press coverage so far, you’d think the U.S. Senate was the center of the 2014 universe. Of course, we’re all interested in which party wins control of the upper chamber of Congress. But does it matter that much? The 34 states electing senators are simply determining how much more gridlocked Washington will become during the last two years of President Obama’s term.

For a refreshing change of pace, let’s take a look at some contests that actually make a big difference in the lives of many Americans: the 36 elections for governor. It’s not that political polarization isn’t affecting the states, too. There is plenty of gridlock in some states—take a look at the budget and Medicaid deadlock in Virginia, for example. But the more common situation is one-party rule. In 36 states, the same party controls the entire statehouse—the governorship and both houses of the legislature (discounting Nebraska, which has a unique, nonpartisan and unicameral legislature). Most observers would agree that Washington’s toxic level of nastiness and inability to compromise has not yet fully poisoned most state capitols.

I’ve long thought that governor is the best job in American politics. The presidency has been called a “splendid misery,” but the governorship in most places is just splendid. Ask some governors-turned-senators to compare their former and current offices sometime; you’ll see what I mean: Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat and former governor, wants to be “excited to go to work again,” and apparently is considering leaving his current job for his old one. Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat and former governor, contemplated the same thing last year before deciding to run for reelection this year.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/36-elections-that-really-matter-this-year-107616.html?hp=pm_2#.U5ebMhzD_X4

Cantor

11 political lessons from Eric Cantor’s loss
Eric Cantor’s shocking defeat at the hands of David Brat is that rarest of things in American politics: a genuine earthquake. And like with real earthquakes, the damage will be much greater because so few were prepared. A few provisional thoughts:

http://www.vox.com/2014/6/10/5798604/Eric-Cantor-David-Brat-loss-VA-politics

ElectoralCollege 2012

Democrats’ stranglehold on the electoral college
While demographic changes are moving a number of traditionally Republican states closer to Democrats, there’s little evidence that many states are heading in the opposite direction. You could make the case that Wisconsin is moving closer to Republicans’ grasp (it was the 10th closest state in 2012), and Minnesota — the 11th closest state — might be shifting ever-so-slightly in Republicans’ direction as well. The problem is that big states like New York, California, Michigan and Pennsylvania show no signs of becoming more friendly toward Republicans; in the case of New York and California, they are becoming far less friendly to the GOP. With those major electoral vote targets off the table — or close to it — the math becomes increasingly difficult for Republicans.

Here’s the lone comfort at the moment for Republicans: The electoral college tends to move like a pendulum. In 1980, Ronald Reagan won 489 electoral votes and followed that up four years later with 525 electoral votes. In 1988, George H.W. Bush took 426 electoral votes. The Republican lock on the electoral college seemed permanent. But then it wasn’t anymore. It’s not clear — at least to me — how Republicans will pick the Democratic lock on the electoral college but history suggests they will, eventually, find a way.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/10/democrats-strangehold-on-the-electoral-college-in-1-gif/?lkala

Don’t Under-Estimate The Power Of Right-Wing Populism
That’s my underlying take on what just happened in American politics. We live in a potentially powerfully populist moment. The economy is failing to help middle- and working-class people make headway, while the wealthiest are living higher on the hog than since the days of robber barons. Wall Street’s masters of the universe nearly wiped out the US and global economy – and there has been scarcely any accountability for their recklessness and greed and hubris. Big business favors mass, cheap immigration – which adds marginally to the woes of the working poor. All of this is grist to someone like Elizabeth Warren, but also to someone like Dave Brat or Ted Cruz.

But the main difference between a Warren and a Brat is that Warren is never going to be able to rally the Southern or Midwestern white working poor to her professorial, Massachusetts profile. A dorky populist like Brat? Much more imaginable. A gifted demagogue like Ted Cruz? I think many liberals would be surprised. And the ace card for the populist right, rather than the populist left, is immigration. If you can weld together a loathing and resentment of elites with a loathing and resentment of foreigners “invading” the country and “taking our jobs,” then you have a potent combination.

http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/06/11/dont-under-estimate-the-power-of-right-wing-populism/

‘I’ve Had Enough': When Democrats Quit on Obama
“Dem Party is F****d,” wrote a Democratic consultant with strong ties to the White House and Capitol Hill during the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act website.

A Democratic House member whose endorsement in 2008 helped lift the Obama candidacy told me in January, “He’s bored and tired of being president, and our party is paying the price.”

“Talented guy but no leader,” said a Democratic lobbyist and former member of Congress in March. “If he could govern half as well as he campaigns, he’d be a good-to-great president.”

Questioning why the Veterans Affairs Department hadn’t been overhauled months ago as promised by Obama, a senior White House official conceded privately to me, “We don’t do the small stuff well. And the small stuff is the important stuff.”

The level of disquiet among Democrats reminds me of President George W. Bush’s second term, when my best sources were frustrated Republicans. (Interviewing Republicans today is like interviewing Democrats in 2006: predictably partisan, rarely insightful.)

Few frustrated Democrats are willing to complain openly. I grant them anonymity, which creates a problem: Readers, for good reason, don’t trust anonymous quotes

http://www.nationaljournal.com/white-house/i-ve-had-enough-when-democrats-quit-on-obama-20140609

A Practical Plan for Recalibrating Conservatism
Yet as Edmund Burke observed in “Reflections on the Revolution in France,” a complete statesman must possess not merely “a disposition to preserve” but also “an ability to improve.” Never has that counsel been more appropriate. The American people have developed expectations—by now deeply rooted and widely shared—that the federal government must provide a social safety net and regulate the economy.

That conservatives will generally seek a more modest social safety net and more restrained regulation than progressives does not relieve conservatives of the responsibility to devise measures to ensure a social safety net as well as economic regulations that are, consistent with conservatism’s principles, effective and affordable. Indeed, since conservatives are bucking the temper of the times, it will be necessary for them, especially if they wish to win national elections, to craft policies with greater care and to support them with more compelling evidence and arguments.

The authors of the new e-book, “Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class,” have risen to the occasion. Published by the YG Network (YG stands for young guns), their short volume comprises a collection of essays by prominent conservative thinkers responding in particular to “the worries and anxieties” of middle-class Americans—those who work for a living and regard themselves as neither rich nor poor but who can imagine themselves as becoming either—by articulating a “concrete conservative governing agenda.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/06/09/a_practical_plan_for_recalibrating_conservatism_122903.html

FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecast: Toss-Up or Tilt GOP?
The Senate playing field remains fairly broad. There are 10 races where we give each party at least a 20 percent chance of winning,1 so there is a fairly wide range of possible outcomes. But all but two of those highly competitive races (the two exceptions are Georgia and Kentucky) are in states that are currently held by Democrats. Furthermore, there are three states — South Dakota, West Virginia, and Montana2 — where Democratic incumbents are retiring, and where Republicans have better than an 80 percent chance of making a pickup, in our view.

So it’s almost certain that Republicans are going to gain seats. The question is whether they’ll net the six pickups necessary to win control of the Senate. If the Republicans win only five seats, the Senate would be split 50-50 but Democrats would continue to control it because of the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Joseph Biden.

Our March forecast projected a Republicans gain of 5.8 seats. You’ll no doubt notice the decimal place; how can a party win a fraction of a Senate seat? It can’t, but our forecasts are probabilistic; a gain of 5.8 seats is the total you get by summing the probabilities from each individual race. Because 5.8 seats is closer to six (a Republican takeover) than five (not quite), we characterized the GOP as a slight favorite to win the Senate.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/fivethirtyeight-senate-forecast-toss-up-or-tilt-gop/

Dave Brat and the Triumph of Rightwing Populism
American populism is rooted in middle class resentment of those who are seen as enjoying the benefits of the goods and services the middle class produces without having earned them through work. Its ideology is what historians call “producerism.” It first appears in the Jacksonian Workingmen’s Parties and then in the Populists of the late nineteenth century. But it takes a leftwing and a rightwing form.

Facing an ailing economy, leftwing populists from Huey Long to Paul Wellstone primarily blame Wall Street, big business and the politicians whom they fund. Rightwing populists from George Wallace to Pat Buchanan also blame Wall Street, but put equal if not greater blame on the poor, the unemployed, the immigrant, and the minorities, who, like the coupon-clipper on Wall Street, are seen as economic parasites.

The Tea Party is a heterogeneous movement, but many of its members, and many of the local candidates it champions, are rightwing populists. And that was certainly true of Brat. The Randolph-Macon College economics professor attacked Cantor for supporting what he called “amnesty” for illegal immigrants, but he also took aim at Wall Street and big business.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118097/dave-brat-and-triumph-rightwing-populism

Lenin

Remembering Communism’s Toll
There were millions of victims of communism, and humans suffered in dozens of nations on almost every continent. Still, when I think of the evils of communism, I think first of a particular place and time: Hungary, 1956.

… We must not forget the victims and the crimes of communism. We must continue to tell the truth about Tiananmen Square and the Gulag and the Isle of Pines and the killing fields of Cambodia and the boat people of Vietnam.

Let us resolve that never again will we allow so evil a tyranny as communism to terrorize and subjugate the peoples and nations of the world.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/06/12/remembering_communisms_toll_122952.html

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Weekly Musing 6-8-14

 

Weekly Musing 6-8-14

Saul Anuzis

 

AFP boys

 

So what were you doing Saturday…my boys and their friends were out fighting for Freedom!

 

 

Ronald Reagan’s Normandy Speech

Said it better than most every will…

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEIqdcHbc8I

 

 

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70 years later, a story of epic survival endures

We are sitting in a Denny’s, in Lawrence, and Frank Miniscalco is remembering. It is June 6, 1944, and he is floating down, in complete darkness, into a small village in Normandy.

 

Miniscalco and the rest of the soldiers from Company D, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, had been training for a year, cloistered in England, and they were antsy.

 

Five days before the invasion, officers told the men of Dog Company what they were about to do, and they didn’t sugarcoat it.

 

“We knew,” Frank Miniscalco said, nodding. “We all knew.”

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/05/surviving-with-honor/rxCNHgW6ONs4FAqg74SEfI/story.html

 

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Barack Obama has become a failed president.

When Obama burst onto the national scene, he almost immediately became an inspirational figure. His promise spoke to our hearts as Americans and our desire for dramatic change in the wake of the fractious Bush years. His personal story and his optimism about the future sounded an affirming and uplifting note at a time when Americans were losing their hope for what tomorrow could bring. For a moment, it seemed like the promise of a uniter, not a divider, could provide leadership which – whatever Obama’s personal ideology – could lead to a healthier politics and a less fractured society.

 

Obama’s tenure in office has turned all these hopes into despair – despair in the corruption of our institutions, in the capability of our government, in our ability to manage large systems and more. Consider just the events of the past few days: the slow-rolling scandal of how we care for our Veterans, full of mismanagement, denials, and a growing awareness that this problem was shoved under the rug for years; the White House’s decision to embark on a top-down monopartisan environmental policy which will squeeze the working class and make energy more expensive; and of course, Obama’s decision to trade five high ranking terrorists for an apparent American deserter in Afghanistan, a decision which directly ignores the law of the land and will almost certainly lead to future deaths.

 

http://thefederalist.com/2014/06/04/the-failed-presidency-of-barack-obama/

 

 

Why Team Obama Was Blindsided by the Bergdahl Backlash

Congratulations, Mr. President! And identical congrats to your sorcerer’s apprentice, National Security Adviser Susan Rice. By trying to sell him as an American hero, you’ve turned a deserter already despised by soldiers in the know into quite possibly the most-hated individual soldier in the history of our military.

 

I have never witnessed such outrage from our troops.

 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/379481/why-team-obama-was-blindsided-bergdahl-backlash-ralph-peters

 

 

The 8 Stupidest Arguments Being Made About Obama’s Bergdahl Swap

Despite President Obama’s claim Thursday that he’s “never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington,” the administration and its fans are struggling to tamp down widespread criticism of the deal that traded one soldier — who fellow infantrymen say deserted them — with five top Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

 

It’s a fair bet, given President Obama’s triumphant announcement in the Rose Garden featuring Bowe Bergdahl’s parents, that those in his inner circle severely miscalculated how such a presentation would go over with Americans. As they scramble to respond, they’ve made some stupid arguments in response to criticism. And critics have made some stupid arguments, too. Here are eight of the worst:

 

http://thefederalist.com/2014/06/06/the-8-stupidest-arguments-being-made-about-obamas-bergdahl-swap/

 

 

50 years ago, the Goldwater campaign

Fifty years ago almost to the day, Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater effectively clinched the 1964 Republican presidential nomination with a narrow victory in the California primary — a nomination that would prove catastrophic on Election Day but succeed in transforming the GOP. Vic Gold, now 85, one of a handful of surviving aides to Goldwater, talked about the anniversary with USA TODAY’s Capital Download.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/06/03/capital-download-vic-goldwater-barry-goldwater-1964-campaign/9915191/

 

 

Rising red tide: China’s navy, air force rapidly expanding its size and reach

Away from the Chinese military’s expanding capabilities in cyberspace and electronic warfare, Beijing is growing the size and reach of its naval fleet, advancing its air force and testing a host of new missiles, the Pentagon said Thursday.

An annual report to Congress on China’s evolving military capability concluded that the modernization was being driven in part by growing territorial disputes in the East and South China seas, as well as by Beijing’s desire to expand its presence and influence abroad.

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/5/chinese-military-growing-in-size-and-reach-pentago/

 

How the Electoral College favors Democrats and why Republicans must change it

In a recent op-ed, political Svengali Karl Rove correctly noted that history is against the same party winning the presidency three terms in a row.

In fact, George H.W. Bush’s win in 1988 is the only example in the last 60 years. Rove used this factoid to make the case against Hillary Clinton winning in 2016.

This electoral history, however, is misleading for one very important reason: The Electoral College advantage Democrats now have due to the big blue states.

 

In the six elections since 1988, Republicans have only won twice. Those two victories by George W. Bush barely hit the 270 electoral vote threshold: 271 in 2000 and 286 in 2004.

Don’t forget that Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000, losing Florida by a mere 537 votes. In contrast, the four Democratic wins in 1992, 1996, 2008, and 2012 hit 370, 379, 365, and 332 electoral votes. Why such lopsided wins?

http://washingtonexaminer.com/how-the-electoral-college-favors-democrats-and-why-republicans-must-change-it/article/2549447

 

 

The Politics of Being Green

Add brown and green energy to the list of issues separating red and blue.

 

The regulations that the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday limiting carbon emissions from power plants will likely stand as President Obama’s most consequential second-term domestic policy initiative. But the rules will also reinforce his presidency’s central political dynamic: Both demographically and geographically, Obama’s climate push will likely strengthen Democrats where they are already strong and weaken them in states trending toward the GOP. Taken together, that dynamic could solidify the balance of power that tilts the White House toward Democrats and Congress toward Republicans.

 

The EPA proposal, which seeks a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030, is part of a clear pattern. On issues from gay marriage to gun control to immigration reform, Obama has systematically embraced the preferences of the Democrats’ “coalition of the ascendant”: minorities, the millennial generation, and college-educated whites, especially women. All of these groups are growing in the electorate. Roughly three-fourths of each described climate change as a “serious problem” in ABC/Washington Post polling this week. The price of this alliance has been continued erosion in Democrats’ standing with older and blue-collar whites, both of which groups now preponderantly favor Republicans.

 

http://www.nationaljournal.com/political-connections/the-politics-of-being-green-20140605

 

 

Interesting Map:  What’s the Second Biggest Religion in Your State and the Country?

It’s well-known and documented that the United States is a majority-Christian nation. But while we know that an overwhelming 78 percent of Americans call themselves followers of Jesus, there typically isn’t much attention given to differences in religious adherence by state.

 

It goes without saying that Christianity is the most prevalent religion in all 50 states, but which faith comes in second? Well, it varies.

 

A recent map based on data composed from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies — a group that conducts the U.S. Religious Census every 10 years — shows that many of the faith allegiances are regional in nature.

 

Consider that in 20 U.S. states predominately in the South and Midwest Islam is the second most prevalent non-Christian faith system. Judaism, in contrast, is the second biggest religion in 14 U.S. States and Washington D.C., essentially dominating the Northeast, as PolicyMic noted.

 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/06/06/whats-the-second-biggest-religion-in-your-state-and-the-country/

 

Mackinac Center Vote Spotter – Great Tool

The VoteSpotter mobile app is an unbelievably simple phone app (or other mobile device app) that only alerts you about select votes of importance — and it’s incredibly easy to give your legislator feedback on his or her vote.

 

http://www.mackinac.org/votespotter

 

 

The Brain: The Mystery of Consciousness

It shouldn’t be surprising that research on consciousness is alternately exhilarating and disturbing. No other topic is like it. As René Descartes noted, our own consciousness is the most indubitable thing there is. The major religions locate it in a soul that survives the body’s death to receive its just deserts or to meld into a global mind. For each of us, consciousness is life itself, the reason Woody Allen said, “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying.” And the conviction that other people can suffer and flourish as each of us does is the essence of empathy and the foundation of morality.

 

To make scientific headway in a topic as tangled as consciousness, it helps to clear away some red herrings. Consciousness surely does not depend on language. Babies, many animals and patients robbed of speech by brain damage are not insensate robots; they have reactions like ours that indicate that someone’s home. Nor can consciousness be equated with self-awareness. At times we have all lost ourselves in music, exercise or sensual pleasure, but that is different from being knocked out cold.

 

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1580394,00.html

 

 

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The Politics of Being Green

Add brown and green energy to the list of issues separating red and blue.

 

The regulations that the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday limiting carbon emissions from power plants will likely stand as President Obama’s most consequential second-term domestic policy initiative. But the rules will also reinforce his presidency’s central political dynamic: Both demographically and geographically, Obama’s climate push will likely strengthen Democrats where they are already strong and weaken them in states trending toward the GOP. Taken together, that dynamic could solidify the balance of power that tilts the White House toward Democrats and Congress toward Republicans.

 

The EPA proposal, which seeks a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030, is part of a clear pattern. On issues from gay marriage to gun control to immigration reform, Obama has systematically embraced the preferences of the Democrats’ “coalition of the ascendant”: minorities, the millennial generation, and college-educated whites, especially women. All of these groups are growing in the electorate. Roughly three-fourths of each described climate change as a “serious problem” in ABC/Washington Post polling this week. The price of this alliance has been continued erosion in Democrats’ standing with older and blue-collar whites, both of which groups now preponderantly favor Republicans.

 

http://www.nationaljournal.com/political-connections/the-politics-of-being-green-20140605

 

 

Interesting Map:  What’s the Second Biggest Religion in Your State and the Country?

It’s well-known and documented that the United States is a majority-Christian nation. But while we know that an overwhelming 78 percent of Americans call themselves followers of Jesus, there typically isn’t much attention given to differences in religious adherence by state.

 

It goes without saying that Christianity is the most prevalent religion in all 50 states, but which faith comes in second? Well, it varies.

 

A recent map based on data composed from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies — a group that conducts the U.S. Religious Census every 10 years — shows that many of the faith allegiances are regional in nature.

 

Consider that in 20 U.S. states predominately in the South and Midwest Islam is the second most prevalent non-Christian faith system. Judaism, in contrast, is the second biggest religion in 14 U.S. States and Washington D.C., essentially dominating the Northeast, as PolicyMic noted.

 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/06/06/whats-the-second-biggest-religion-in-your-state-and-the-country/

 

Mackinac Center Vote Spotter – Great Tool

The VoteSpotter mobile app is an unbelievably simple phone app (or other mobile device app) that only alerts you about select votes of importance — and it’s incredibly easy to give your legislator feedback on his or her vote.

 

http://www.mackinac.org/votespotter

 

 

The Brain: The Mystery of Consciousness

It shouldn’t be surprising that research on consciousness is alternately exhilarating and disturbing. No other topic is like it. As René Descartes noted, our own consciousness is the most indubitable thing there is. The major religions locate it in a soul that survives the body’s death to receive its just deserts or to meld into a global mind. For each of us, consciousness is life itself, the reason Woody Allen said, “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying.” And the conviction that other people can suffer and flourish as each of us does is the essence of empathy and the foundation of morality.

 

To make scientific headway in a topic as tangled as consciousness, it helps to clear away some red herrings. Consciousness surely does not depend on language. Babies, many animals and patients robbed of speech by brain damage are not insensate robots; they have reactions like ours that indicate that someone’s home. Nor can consciousness be equated with self-awareness. At times we have all lost ourselves in music, exercise or sensual pleasure, but that is different from being knocked out cold.

 

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1580394,00.html

 

 

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Weekly Musing 5-25-14

Weekly Musing 5-25-14

Saul Anuzis

 

MemorialDayCemetaryFlags

Memorial Day: A Time of Remembrance

The last Monday in the month of May, Memorial Day has become an annual occasion to honor American soldiers of all wars who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

 

This Memorial Day, we remember the heroic service of generations past and present who died while serving our nation. They did not fight for riches or glory; they fought to defend our nation and its values, liberate the oppressed, and not least, they fought for one another as brothers and sisters in arms.

– Congressman Fred Upton

 

 

IRS Bounty – $1,000,000.00

Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote and one of the primary targets of the IRS suppression campaign, announced The Voters Trust is offering a reward up to $1 million to any American who comes forward with a new, relevant evidence implicating IRS leadership or the Obama Administration in the IRS witch hunt targeting conservatives.

 

The Voters Trust is a political non-profit (501 (c)(4)) established to identify and mobilize Americans. The Voters Trust provides a community to those who have been silenced and encourages citizens to speak out and take back their government. The organization’s managing director is Gregg Phillips, founder of super PAC Winning our Future, one of the biggest PACs in the 2012 election cycle.

 

http://irsbounty.com/for-immediate-release/

 

Land

The top 11 Senate races of 2014

The tea party’s 2014 window is closing — quickly.

After a series of recruiting failures and defeats in Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia this primary season, tea party candidates for U.S. Senate are looking at a very limited slate of remaining primaries in which they can realistically hope for big victories this year.

 

Their last best chance may be in Mississippi on June 3. State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), the darling of national tea party groups, has a chance of knocking off longtime Sen. Thad Cochran (R), an avid appropriator who is just the kind of Republican the tea party likes to try to dislodge.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/05/23/the-top-11-senate-races-of-2014/

 

 

The Fix’s 40 Under 40

It’s our list of the top 40 political rising stars who are under 40 years old.

 

This list focuses on people who have made names for themselves outside of Washington, D.C. — state-level politicians, mayors, local officials and operatives — but could soon be known to all of us. We sought advice from more than 100 different sources from all across the United States and gradually pared it down to 40 names.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/40-under-40/?hpid=z1

 

 

Nationalization of Senate Elections Poses Challenge to Democrats in 2014

Democrats face several challenges in trying to maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate in the 2014 midterm election. In addition to the normal tendency of the president’s party to lose seats in midterm elections, Democrats are defending 21 of the 36 seats that are up this year including seven seats in states that were carried by Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. Moreover, six of those seats are in states that Romney carried by a double-digit margin.

 

Given this math, Republicans are almost certain to make at least some gains in this year’s Senate elections, and the six seats they need to regain control of the upper chamber appear to be within reach. The Crystal Ball‘s most recent Senate ratings predict a GOP pickup of between four and eight seats in November, and several statistical forecasting models, including my own, have given Republicans at least a 50-50 chance of gaining six or more seats this year.

 

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/nationalization-of-senate-elections-poses-challenge-to-democrats-in-2014/

 

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The Scandal at the VA Is Real, and Obama Is Ducking It

Democrats can dismiss Benghazi and the IRS as pseudo-scandals, maybe, but 40 veterans have died, and where has Obama been? Totally absent.

Up to now, President Obama and congressional Democrats had thought “so-called” scandals involving Benghazi, the IRS, and Operation Fast and Furious were largely behind them. Nothing to see, just Republican witch hunts designed to embarrass the president and perhaps land blows against Hillary Clinton. But recent revelations about shoddy care at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities across the country has brought bipartisan condemnation from Capitol Hill that should worry a commander in chief whose reaction to the brewing tempest has been muted at best.

 

What is most surprising about the present controversy surrounding the substandard treatment at the VA, in which at least 40 veterans lost their lives while awaiting treatment, is that House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) had alerted the president to trouble nearly a year ago.

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/20/the-scandal-at-the-va-is-real-and-obama-is-ducking-it.html

 

 

An interesting analysis – How “tightness” vs “looseness” explains the U.S. political map

We are forever in search of ways to better understand the cultural differences in our country that lead us to such divergent politics.

 

A new paper by two psychology professors at the University of Maryland proposes a new way to understand the differences between the states: tightness versus looseness.

 

Professors Jesse R. Harrington and Michele J. Gelfand studied “the degree to which social entities are ‘tight’ (have many strongly enforced rules and little tolerance for deviance) versus ‘loose’ (have few strongly enforced rules and greater tolerance for deviance)” and then produced a ranking of each state from tightest to loosest.  (Among the various characteristics they used to define “tight” or “loose” included the use of corporal punishment in schools, the rate of executions, access to alcohol and the legality of same sex unions. You can read the full paper here.)

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/05/23/how-tightness-vs-looseness-explains-the-u-s-political-map/

 

Putin Fist

Putin Is Outwitting the West With a Soviet-Era Bag of Dirty Tricks

The message was clear: Moscow had many ways of establishing its domination and authority.

The White House would do well to recall Kennan’s warning today, as the Kremlin dips once again into its Soviet-era bag of dirty tricks. At present, Vladimir Putin seems to be outwitting the West.

 

Already he has moved the goal posts, reshaping the borderlands between Russia and the transatlantic community. The changes began in 2008, when Russian forces wrested control of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia and recognized them as “independent states.”

 

The process is being repeated this year in Ukraine, where America and Europe have now written off Crimea. In the confrontation with Moscow, the West has defined down “success” to to mean “Russia pulls up short of grabbing Ukraine outright.” If Putin doesn’t march in Kiev, the West will declare a diplomatic victory and call it a day.

 

http://blog.heritage.org/2014/05/17/putin-outwitting-west-soviet-era-bag-dirty-tricks/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

 

 

Pretty cool… In Case You Slept Through High School, Here’s 170 Years Of American History In One Amazing GIF

This fantastic gif tells the story of how America came to be. Since the Constitution took effect on March 4, 1789 until the U.S. added the 50th state of Hawaii in 1959, a quick look at this gif shows us how a nation was formed.

 

http://www.ijreview.com/2014/05/139269-sleep-high-school-heres-170-years-american-history-one-amazing-gif/#PrettyPhoto[139269]/0/

 

 

What Would a Real War on Poverty Look Like?

This is a broad overview of the steps that individuals take to rise up through their own effort—and they indicate some of the ways we can change our culture and the policies of our government to make it easier to climb the rungs of the ladder.

 

We need economic freedom: fewer regulations to tangle entrepreneurs and small businesses and lower taxes to allow people to devote more of their money to savings. We need a policy of economic growth. Half the battle of achieving growth is actually wanting it, as opposed to subordinating growth to the agenda of anti-industrial pressure groups like the environmentalists. One of the fastest-growing industries right now is fracking for natural gas, but it is treated by the administration as a scourge to be suppressed because it doesn’t fit with their “green” agenda.

 

Above all else, helping the poor to advance requires that we promote what you might call the “middle class values” of self-reliance, personal responsibility, individual initiative, and the ambition to make something of yourself. These middle class values include a lot of things that successful, educated upper-middle-class people already do, but which they refuse to advocate to others for fear of being seen as cold-hearted conservative scolds or blue-nosed religious zealots. They would like to help the poor, really they would, just so long as they don’t have to risk getting made fun of by Jon Stewart. It’s time for them to get over it and own up to the hypocrisy of living by a code they know is good for them, but pretending that it isn’t good for anyone else.

 

http://thefederalist.com/2014/05/23/what-would-a-real-war-on-poverty-look-like/

 

 

Google S.E.C. Filing Says It Wants Ads In Your Thermostat and Car

Science fiction got a few things right.

 

Our home appliances are becoming intelligent, drones are flying through the skies and cars are starting to drive themselves. But they can’t fly — yet.

 

But it seems science fiction thinkers may have missed one big and possibly frightening (or annoying) prediction: that these devices would be another place for advertising.

 

According to a December letter sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which became public on Tuesday, Google hopes to put ads “on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities.”

 

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/21/google-plans-to-deliver-ads-through-your-thermostat-and-car/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=2&#

 

 

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Weekly Musing 5-18-14

Weekly Musing 5-18-14
Saul Anuzis

 

Reagan

A Crisis of Faith in America
I want a leader of faith. Not faith in some certain religion or political party, but a faith that is the opposite of certainty. That can sit in the doubts and still believe the truth will emerge through a process that respects all opinions. A leader who has faith and strength enough not to need quick certain answers, but can trust in a way forward however murky or uncertain it seems. I believe real confidence comes from the strength to stand in the unknown, and not have to be right.

Yes, we need more faith in politics. But not the kind of faith so many folks communicate in our discourse. I want more leaders to emerge who believe, through the doubts and uncertainties, in the faith of the American public to point the way. Leaders who can sit more quietly in the doubts of the world and with openness listen to the wisdom that comes from diverse discussion. And in that space is where our answers will come from. I am not certain about that, but I believe. I have faith.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/crisis-faith-america/story?id=23729142&singlePage=true

How Big a Wave? The big question for 2014: Will we see a GOP ripple … or a tsunami?
The calculated takeaway is this: As of now, Democrats are clear underdogs in the two states where they want to play offense. They also are probably no better than 50-50 in any of the seven red states where they are defending seats, and drowning in a couple. A big enough wave could cut into the blue states, too, although probably not as deeply as Republicans fantasize. Put it all together, and the current forecast calls for a wave that’s more than a ripple but less than a tsunami – a four to eight-seat addition for the Republicans, with the higher end of the range being a shade likelier than the lower. For Harry Reid, that would be a big-enough splash.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/2014-midterm-gop-wave-106598_full.html#.U3IJPRzD_X4

 

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For Democrats, Midterm Peril Lies in the Public’s Mood
For Democrats, the 2010 midterm election was like a bad dream, one not to be repeated. So here is reason for Democrats to sleep uneasily right now: Public attitudes today are remarkably similar to those that prevailed just before that election disaster.
Public sentiment is currently similar to that which prevailed just before the 2010 mid-term elections that were disastrous for Democrats. Capital Journal columnist Jerry Seib explains what Democrats have to lose this time around. Photo: Getty Images.
On most traditional readings of the political mood—direction of the country, ratings of the incumbent president’s job performance, economic expectations and hopes for the outcome of the November vote—the feelings today are uncannily close to those that prevailed in October 2010, just before the election in which Democrats lost six Senate seats and a whopping 63 House seats, ceding House control to Republicans.

Indeed, a review of data by the Wall Street Journal/NBC News polling team also shows some similarities between public attitudes today and those that prevailed before elections in 1994 and 2006, in which the sitting president’s party suffered significant setbacks. At a minimum, these readings suggest Democrats have precious little hope of taking back control of the House and will be lucky if they don’t lose more ground there. More important, they show how favorable the landscape is for Republicans to seize the year’s grand prize, which is to win the six seats they need to take control of the Senate.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303851804579557700794550322

 

Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio: Yes, I’m Ready to be President
“I do … but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run … I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize, I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years,” said Rubio. “Most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there and I think we’re very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria.”
When asked if he was qualified to run, Rubio reiterated that the Republican Party has several qualified candidates.

“The question is what — who’s vision is the one that our party wants to follow?” he said.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/05/sen-marco-rubio-yes-im-ready-to-be-president/

The inner circle: Sally Bradshaw, Mike Murphy
For a two-term governor of a political hotbed who’s openly mulling a presidential bid in a few years, Jeb Bush is unusually reliant on his own counsel.
But to the extent Bush has a kitchen cabinet, two figures have seats at the head of the table: Sally Bradshaw, Bush’s no-nonsense ex-chief of staff, and Mike Murphy, the Republican consultant and “Meet the Press” mainstay who’s taken up residence in Hollywood. The two go back decades with Bush and have led a tight and informal political operation helping Bush navigate the public side of his 2016 deliberations, which are expected to yield a decision after the November midterms.

Here’s a look at some of the key people outside his family with whom Bush exchanges ideas about politics and policy.

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/jeb-bush-sally-bradshaw-mike-murphy-2016-elections-106611.html

Republicans Pull Hillary Off The Sidelines
Republicans has forced the former secretary of state to engage in hand-to-hand combat long before she had hoped to, accelerating her reemergence as a political figure before she decides whether to run for president in 2016

Hillary Clinton wanted to spend 2014 giving speeches, hawking a new book, but otherwise staying above the political fray while she decides whether to run for president. Republicans have other plans—and they’re working.

For the better part of a year, the GOP has hewed to a two-pronged strategy built around forcing Clinton to engage in day-to-day political battles and resurrecting the drama-filled atmosphere of the late 1990s. On both fronts, it’s hard to argue the party’s efforts aren’t showing success. Republicans are increasingly forcing Clinton to defend her record as secretary of state, and GOP operative Karl Rove provoked a fierce response from Clintonland this week when he publicly questioned her health. Separately, Monica Lewinsky brought up old memories when the former White House intern whose extramarital dalliance with Bill Clinton led to his impeachment broke years of silence with a Vanity Fair tell-all.

http://time.com/102683/hillary-clinton-karl-rove-republicans-2016/

How the 2016 Election Was Rigged More Than 200 Years Ago
Ben Highton, a political scientist at the University of California-Davis, has identified a trend that hardly anybody in Washington has noticed yet. In a pair of blog posts, Highton persuasively makes the case that the Electoral College has taken on a strong pro-Democratic tilt. That is, the states in the center of the Electoral College distribution lean more strongly Democratic than the electorate as a whole. How heavily? Highton has a chart:

According to his figures, Republicans would need to win the popular vote by about 1.5 percentage points to stand an even chance of winning the presidency. Even if they win the popular vote by two percent, their odds of winning the election would not top 75 percent. That is a steep Democratic bias.

The Democratic swing-state advantage appears all over the map, but its locus is probably the quintessential swing state of Florida. Since the run-up to the 2012 election, electoral analyst Nate Cohn has been tracking Florida’s steady lurch toward the Democratic party (see here, here, and here).

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/05/how-the-2016-election-was-rigged-200-years-ago.html

Demographics May Be Destiny — But Not One Political Direction
Demography is destiny, we are often told, and rightly — up to a point. The American electorate is made up of multiple identifiable segments, defined in various ways, by race and ethnicity, by age cohort, by region and religiosity (or lack thereof), by economic status and interest.

Over time, some segments become larger and some smaller. Some prove to be politically crucial, given the political alignments of the time. Others become irrelevant as they lose cohesion and identity.
From the results of the 2008 presidential election, many pundits prophesied a bleak future for the Republican Party, and not implausibly.
The exit poll showed that President Obama carried by overwhelming margins two demographic segments that were bound to become a larger share of the electorate over time.

He carried Hispanics 67 to 31 percent, despite Republican opponent John McCain’s support of comprehensive immigration legislation. Obama carried voters under 30 — the so-called Millennial Generation — by 66 to 32 percent.

But over time, Democrats’ hold on these groups has weakened. In Gallup polls, Obama’s job approval among Hispanics declined from 75 percent in 2012 to 52 in 2013 and among Millennials from 61 percent in 2012 to 46 percent in 2013.

The recent Harvard Institute of Politics poll of Millennials showed Democrats with a big party identification edge among those over 25, but ahead of Republicans by only 41 to 38 percent among those 18 to 20.

The older Millennials came of political age during the late George W. Bush years and were transfixed by the glamor of candidate Obama in 2008.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/05/13/demographics_may_be_destiny_–_but_not_one_political_direction_122604.html

The U.S. immigrant population is booming. But mostly in just a handful of states.
In 1990, there were 19.8 million foreign born people in the United States. In 2012, there were 40.7 million.

Those numbers are absolutely eye-popping and, as we have written many times of late in this space, they represent a central piece of the future political puzzle for both parties. Republicans’ inability to attract any significant number of Hispanic votes in either of the last two presidential elections — John McCain won 31 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2008, Mitt Romney won a meager 27 percent in 2012 — presents them with a major challenge in future national elections as the white vote continues to shrink as a percentage of the overall electorate.

A new report from Pew — these guys rock! — suggests that while Republicans still need to be concerned about their struggles among Hispanics, the problem — at least in the near term — may be less dire than it seems. Why? Because the vast majority of the growth in the immigrant population is happening in a relative static number of states — states that, by and large, are already safely in Democratic hands.

Here’s awesome Pew chart, detailing the 15 states with the highest percentage of foreign born residents between 1990 and 2012.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/05/14/the-u-s-immigration-population-is-booming-but-mostly-in-just-a-handful-of-states/

Environmentalists Have Lost the Climate Change Debate
But really, after all these years, admitting that executive power is the only way to move (tepidly) forward on climate change policy is basically admitting defeat. Has there ever been a movement that’s spent as much time, energy and treasure and gotten so little in return? I suspect there are three reasons for this failure: 1) It’s difficult to fight basic economics. 2) On energy, Americans, despite what they say, have no desire to try (nor should they). 3) It’s getting more difficult, not less, to believe environmental doom and gloom.

“There will always be people in this country who say that we’ve got to choose between clean air, clean water and growing the economy, between doing right by the environment and putting people back to work,” Obama said a couple of years ago. “I’m here to tell you that is a false choice.” Well, actually, we already have cleaner air and water, and we (typically) have a growing economy. The thing is there is consensus among economists that regulations do have a cost. Sometimes the price tag is worth it. Oftentimes it’s not.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/05/09/environmentalists_have_lost_the_climate_change_debate_122583.html

Europe’s Russian Nightmare Is Starting To Come True
As Russia covertly invaded the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in March, Janusz Bugajski of the Center for Strategic and International.

Studies explained Europe’s perspective:
“There’s a palpable fear throughout Eastern Europe that the Russian government no longer respects the borders of Europe, the map of Europe, that it will unilaterally change the borders of its neighbors on the pretext whether of defending minority rights, restoring law and order, or whatever it is, in order to try to expand its influence and expand its control over parts of territories of neighboring countries,” he told PBS Newshour.

Two months later, that’s exactly what’s happening in eastern Ukraine. Two regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, used slipshod referendums on Sunday to secede from Ukraine. Now separatist leaders in both regions want to join Russia. And Russian troops remain at the border.

http://www.businessinsider.com/russia-is-redrawing-borders-of-eastern-europe-2014-5

The expansionist behind Putin
When Vladimir Putin addressed the Russian parliament in March following his annexation of Crimea — Part 1 of a “slowing-rolling conquest of Ukraine,” as one historian put it — he drew on traditionalist notions of Greater Russia, Slavic destiny and even ethnic mysticism to justify his aggressions.
But behind the self-serving rhetoric were an unspoken geopolitical theory and unacknowledged ideas of a Russian intellectual by the name of Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin.

Since the early 1990s, Dugin, the son of a KGB officer, has been promoting the concept of Eurasianism, an ideology under which Russia would dominate Western and Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia — and re-establish itself as a global power capable of challenging the geopolitical dominance and liberal ethos of the West.

According to some scholars, Putin’s Duma speech reflects the influence of Dugin’s Eurasianism and the idea of some Greater Russia configuration capable of challenging, in Dugin’s words, “North Atlantic interests.”

A statement Dugin made in 1997 sums up this ideology succinctly: “In principle, Eurasia and our space, the heartland Russia, remain the staging area of a new anti-bourgeois, anti-American revolution,”: he said. “The new Eurasian empire will be constructed on the fundamental principle of the common enemy: the rejection of Atlanticism, strategic control of the U.S. and the refusal to allow liberal values to dominate us.”

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/expansionist+behind+Putin/9801689/story.html?fb_action_ids=10152031120756260&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=feed_opengraph&action_object_map=%7B%2210152031120756260%22%3A293933404104205%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210152031120756260%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

Bill Maher: Liberals too soft on Islam, the ‘elephant in the room’
Political talk show host Bill Maher took to his HBO show to battle liberals, arguing that Islam tends to incite acts of violence and that liberals tend to overlook the larger problem.

On his show “Real Time,” Mr. Maher and his panelists began to discuss the recent kidnappings of hundreds of Nigerian girls by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

“There’s no mention here of connecting this to the religion, which is always what I am seeking to do because I think that’s the elephant in the room,” Bill Maher said. “And that in the religion at large, women are seen as property, second-class at best, often property.”

Mr. Maher went on to argue that liberals who chalk the incidences up to small groups of radical “bad apples” are not standing up for liberal principles, a major part of which is equality for women.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/10/bill-maher-liberals-too-soft-islam-elephant-room/

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Weekly Musing 5-11-14

Weekly Musing 5-11-14

Saul Anuzis

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

A special thanks for the love, sacrifice and unconditional love Mother’s provide their families.  Generation after generation, moms remain the anchor of virtually every family.

 

Miss my mom, thank my kids mom…and hopefully we’re all grateful for ALL the moms in our lives!

 

R.I.P. Jerry Schostak

It is with heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of Bobby Schostak’s father, Jerome “Jerry” L. Schostak.

He passed away last evening at Beaumont Hospital surrounded by his family.  Once funeral arrangements are finalized, we will be sure to pass them along to everyone.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking those who wish to honor the memory of Mr. Jerome L. Schostak to do so by making a contribution to:

Reuben Phoenix Schostak Congenital Heart Center Research Fund

http://victors.us/reubenfund

 

Please keep Bobby Schostak and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

 

 

 

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RNC Meeting

The RNC held its spring meeting in Memphis Tennessee this Wednesday through Saturday.  It was a great meeting and we had some very interesting speaker and networking as usual.  Our two key guests who address the Committee and friends were Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.  The major policy initiative that was undertaken was to wrestle back control of presidential debates from the media and put the RNC in charge of scheduling, process and most importantly moderators!  I attached an article below that goes into greater detail.

 

Our own National Committeewoman Ronna Romney McDaniel was officially ratified by the RNC as our newest member!  She was a natural, working the room meeting new folks, attending every meeting and will clearly represent Michigan Republicans well.

 

Some of you ask what do I do when I go to these RNC meetings now that I’m not a member…

 

 

…all I can to help build our party!

 

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RNC clamps down on 2016 primary debates

A group of 13 RNC members, essentially operating under the control of party Chairman Reince Priebus, will choose the timing, location and media partners of the 2015-2016 Republican primary debates. They will insist that conservative panelists join moderators from the mainstream media.

 

To make it stick, the plan would crack down on candidates who participate in debates that aren’t sanctioned by the party — by barring them from ones that are.

 

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/rnc-2016-primary-debates-106513.html?hp=t1_3

 

 

10 Maps That Explain the 2014 Midterms

What the Democrats wouldn’t give to swap this year’s Senate map for the one coming up in 2016. This year’s Senate class, filled with Democratic incumbents in hostile territory, would be difficult to defend any year—it’s especially so when there’s an unpopular Democratic president in the White House. But the next Senate map, coming in 2016, is filled with Democratic targets and Republican vulnerabilities. Simply switch them—leaving all else the same—and the 2014 midterm takes on a completely different character.

 

That’s obviously impossible, but it does get at an essential truth of American politics: For all the plaudits heaped on the winners and derision dumped on the losers after an election, structural factors controlled by neither side dictate the results to a significant degree. Big gains one year lead to big losses another; races won in certain environments would be defeats in others. Due to the mix of seats up for election this year, just 2 million voters across six states—0.6 percent of the U.S. population—could end up deciding the fate of the Senate.

 

What follows is an attempt to illustrate the structure of the current state of American congressional politics through a series of maps, some explaining the Senate, some explaining the House and some explaining where certain key races will be won and lost.

 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/10-maps-that-explain-the-2014-midterms-106347.html?hp=t1#.U2jDaxzD_X4

 

 

The Surprisingly Unrepresentative 2014 Senate Map

Republicans, as mentioned, need to net six seats to win the Senate, and there are six Democratic-held seats on this map where President Obama got less than 45% of the vote in 2012. Let’s assume the GOP nets those six seats, but everything else remains the same, which is a perfectly plausible scenario. Those states — Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia — represent just 3.8% of the U.S. population.

 

Of course, the actual number of residents who are eligible to vote, who show up to vote and who cast a ballot for the GOP candidate is an even smaller share. Assuming turnout in line with the most recent midterm, control of the Senate could end up being switched by 2 million Republican voters, or less — just 0.6% of the American population. That would hardly be a national mandate, though Republicans would assuredly claim one anyway.

 

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/the-surprisingly-unrepresentative-2014-senate-map/

 

 

The Electoral College challenge facing the Republicans in 2016

Even though the Democrats would need more Electoral votes from the swing states, they would have a significant advantage.  The Democrats won 13 of the 14 states in 2012 (all except North Carolina).  Of course, they won the popular vote by 3.9 percentage points in 2012.  Had the popular vote been even, I estimate that the Republicans would have had a better than 50 percent chance in just three of the states (North Carolina, Florida and Ohio) with 62 Electoral votes.  In 2016, the Republicans’ chances would be marginally lower in all three.  The estimated probability that they’d win all three states if the popular vote was evenly split is just 48 percent.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/05/07/the-electoral-college-challenge-facing-the-republicans-in-2016/

 

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz Releases Definitive List of 76 ‘Lawless’ Obama Actions Republican Sen. Ted Cruz released a definitive list Wednesday of 76 “lawless” Obama administration actions and abuses of power.

 

Cruz’s “The Legal Limit Report No. 4,” obtained by The Daily Caller, delves into little-known and little-reported details of President Obama’s executive actions. Cruz was set to discuss his report at the Federalist Society in the Promenade Ballroom of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington at 2:15 PM Wednesday.

 

“Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the President’s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat,” Cruz stated in the report’s introductory remarks.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/07/ted-cruz-releases-definitive-list-of-76-lawless-obama-actions/

 

 

Poll: For the midterms, a tilt to the GOP

The Midterm Landscape

With just less than six months to go before the 2014 elections, a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll takes an in-depth look at which way voters are leaning and which issues are important to them at this point in the election cycle.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/05/05/usa-today-pew-poll-midterm-landscape-tilts-to-gop/8520429/

 

 

Great Analysis:  Democratic, Republican voters worlds apart in divided Wisconsin

In the acrid and escalating clash between red and blue America, there is no battleground quite like metropolitan Milwaukee.

 

Spectacularly divided, remarkably mobilized, frequently fought over, its politically lopsided communities have been veering apart for more than 40 years.

 

Democrats and Republicans aren’t just strangers to each other in their politics — they increasingly live in separate worlds. In its ultrapartisan geography, this is arguably the most polarized place in swing-state America.

 

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/democratic-republican-voters-worlds-apart-in-divided-wisconsin-b99249564z1-255883361.html

 

 

Liberal donors eye new long-term investments in states and new voters to boost Democrats

group of wealthy liberal donors who helped bankroll the Center for American Progress and other major advocacy groups on the left is developing a new big-money strategy that could boost state-level Democratic candidates and mobilize core party voters.

 

The plan, being crafted in private by a group of about 100 donors that includes billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros and San Francisco venture capitalist Rob McKay, seeks to give Democrats a stronger hand in the redrawing of district lines for state legislatures and the U.S. House.

 

he effort reflects a sense among many top donors on the left that Democrats missed opportunities in 2010 to shape the redistricting process and contain the tea party wave that helped propel Republican victories around the country.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/liberal-donors-eye-new-long-term-investments-in-states-and-new-voters-to-boost-democrats/2014/05/04/0433e53a-d20f-11e3-9e25-188ebe1fa93b_story.html

 

 

Obama Unleashes the Left How the government created a federal hunting license for the far left.

It’s obvious that the far left has decided there are no longer constraints on what it can do to anyone who disagrees with it. How did this happen? Who let the dogs out?

 

The answer is not university presidents. The answer is that the Obama administration let the dogs out.

The trigger event was an agreement signed last May between the federal government and the University of Montana to resolve a Title IX dispute over a sexual-assault case.

 

Every college administrator in the U.S. knows about this agreement. Indeed, there are three separate, detailed “Montana” documents that were signed jointly—and this is unusual—by the civil-rights divisions of the Justice and Education Departments. Remarked DoJ’s Joceyln Samuels, “The government is stronger when we speak with one voice.”

 

That’s real muscle. But read the agreement. It is Orwellian.

 

The agreement orders the school to retain an “Equity Consultant” (yes, there is such a thing) to advise it indefinitely on compliance. The school must, with the equity consultant, conduct “annual climate surveys.” It will submit the results “to the United States.”

 

The agreement describes compliance in mind-numbing detail, but in fact the actual definitional world it creates is vague. It says: “The term ‘sexual harassment’ means unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.” But there are also definitions for sexual assault and gender-based harassment. All of this detailed writ is called “guidance.” As in missile.

 

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304431104579548052289065492?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304431104579548052289065492.html

 

 

 

Room to Pray A small victory for civilization

The vandals have lost one at the Supreme Court. The psalmist surely did not have Anthony Kennedy in mind when he proclaimed “Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of thy judgments,” but the trumpets should sound any and every time Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s grubby little cult suffers a political defeat.

 

The case was Town of Greece, N.Y. v. Susan Galloway et al., and the question was whether the town fathers of a Rochester suburb you’ve never heard of were doing violence to the Bill of Rights by allowing citizens and clergymen to lead prayers before meetings of the town board. The plaintiffs in the case were Susan Galloway, a Jewish woman who describes her history of activism as beginning with a refusal to sing Christmas carols as a junior-high student, and Linda Stevens, a retired public-school functionary and atheist who served in the august position of president of the Greater Rochester Chapter of the National Organization for Women and as vice president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Ms. Stevens complained that the overwhelmingly Christian character of the locals’ prayers made her feel like she would “stick out,” and so, naturally enough, she filed a lawsuit, apparently immune to the irony that her response to what she perceived as a situation encouraging conformity through social pressure was to seek federal action mandating conformity at gunpoint.

 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/377279/room-pray-kevin-d-williamson

 

 

This Is the One Thing the Right and Left Are Working Together On In Congress

Conservatives and progressives both see that America has a greater percentage of their population in prison and jail than other nations. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 2,266,800 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons and county jails in 2011. There were also 4,814,200 adults on probation or parole at year-end 2011.

 

Many of these inmates deserve to be in prison, and we are safer because they are. But every prison cell costs money. Americans concerned about government overspending note that putting a person in prison for one year in California can cost $50,000. Progressives note that many are in prison for non-violent crimes—some for decades. Progressives want racial disparities in stops, arrests, convictions and sentencing to be addressed. Both conservatives and progressives have begun internal discussions of the costs of the drug war on human lives, civil liberties and taxpayer dollars.

 

http://time.com/90109/this-is-the-one-thing-the-right-and-left-are-working-together-on-in-congress/

 

 

All you need to know about business in China

Six big trends are shaping the country’s future, as investor Jeffrey Towson and McKinsey’s Jonathan Woetzel explain in this excerpt from The One Hour China Book.

 

A lot of people view China business as mysterious. Relax. Consumers behave pretty much the same everywhere. Competition is pretty much the same everywhere. You just need to ignore the hype and focus on the basic fact that in China today, there are six big trends (exhibit). That’s it. Six trends shape most of the country’s industries and drive much of China’s impact on the Western world. They are like tectonic plates moving underneath the surface. If you can understand them, the chaotic flurry of activity on the surface becomes a lot more understandable—and even predictable.

 

These trends move businesses on a daily basis. They’re revenue or cost drivers that show up in income statements. Deals, newspaper headlines, political statements, and the rising and falling wealth of companies are mostly manifestations of these six trends, which aren’t typically studied by economists and political analysts. In fact, we happen to think that Chinese politics or political economics are wildly overemphasized by some Westerners in China. So let’s tell a story about each of these megatrends, with some important caveats. They’re not necessarily good things. They’re not necessarily sustainable. For every one of them, we can argue a bull and a bear case. Most lead to profits or at least revenue. Some may be stable. Some lead to bubbles that may or may not collapse. We are only arguing that they are big, they are driving economic activity on a very large scale, and understanding them is critical to understanding China and where it’s headed.

 

http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/winning_in_emerging_markets/all_you_need_to_know_about_business_in_china

 

 

A Breath-Taking Example of the Power of Our Computers

Researchers at the Havard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MIT and other institutions around the world haven’t quite built a god-like supercomputer, but they have done something that pushes us just a wee bit closer. Dubbed the Illustris Project, cosmologists have created a computer simulation of a universe, very much like our own, to study dark matter and energy and the formation of galaxies.

 

According to the project’s website, the “Illustris simulations were run on supercomputers in France, Germany, and the US. The largest was run on 8,192 compute cores, and took 19 million CPU hours (the equivalent of one computer CPU running for 19 million hours, or about 2,000 years).” It took five years.

 

You can take an journey through the different corners of the universe they created here. Or have a look at this:

 

http://www.realcleartechnology.com/articles/2014/05/09/a_breath-taking_example_of_the_power_of_our_computers_1135.html

 

 

Student Statesmanship Institute

Three Weeks to Choose From

June 8, June 22, July 6

 

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NEW Facebook Page…

I’m heading over to a new Facebook page…PLEASE join me there… I started a new Facebook page to get around my “friend” limit…and play more politics-:) I’m going to slowly move off the “personal” page and only engage on this new page.  Join me & “like” here: https://www.facebook.com/SaulAnuzis

 

 

Stay In Touch…Feel Free to Share

My goal is for this to be a weekly political update…sharing political news and analysis that should be of interest to most activists.

 

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@sanuzis

 

 

My blog “That’s Saul Folks” with Weekly Musings & more:

http://thatssaulfolks.com/

 

 

Thanks again for all you do!

 

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