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

 

ObamaFrown

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

 

 

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.

 

Please share.

 

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

On Facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/sanuzis

 

 

On Twitter at:

@sanuzis

 

 

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

https://thatssaulfolks.com/

 

 

Thanks again for all you do!

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

 

 

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.

 

Please share.

 

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook.

 

On Facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/sanuzis

 

 

On Twitter at:

@sanuzis

 

 

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

https://thatssaulfolks.com/

 

 

Thanks again for all you do!

About saulfolks

Saul Anuzis served as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 2005-2009 and was a candidate for Chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2009 and 2011. His previous political and government service included working with Newt Gingrich at American Solutions, Jack Kemp’s 1988 Presidential campaign, serving as Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus, Chairman of the MI Senate Republican Campaign Committee and serving on the MI House Republican Campaign Committee. In 2009, Anuzis was asked to head up the Transition Team on Technology and led the RNC's first Tech Summit during which over 7,000 activists from around the country participated online, via live video feeds or in person. The RNC created a new standing Committee on Technology and Anuzis was asked to serve as its Chairman by both Chairman Michael Steele and Chairman Reince Priebus. Anuzis was the first non-RNC member to hold such a post. In May of 2010, Anuzis was unanimously elected to be Michigan’s National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee. In 2009 - 2010, he also served as a consultant to the House Policy Committee on New Media & Technology which was chaired by Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI). In May of 2015, Anuzis was elected to the National Board of Directors of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Anuzis is co-founder and co-owner of Quick Connect VOIP, which is a broadband and VOIP provider in Michigan. He and his partner founded Coast to Coast Telecommunications and later Quick Connect USA which were Competitive Local Exchange Carrier providing local and long distance service to their customers. Anuzis currently serves as a Managing Partner of Coast to Coast Strategies, LLC, which provides strategic planning, political intelligence, political risk-assessment, consulting and business development services. In 2012, Anuzis was appointed to the NRA Board’s Public Affairs Committee. He served on several non-profit boards as well as a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Michigan Jobs Commission and the Michigan Export Development Authority and a member of the Teamsters Union. http://coasttocoaststrategies.com/ Saul Anuzis studied Economics at the University of Michigan in Dearborn. He is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Lithuania. He and with wife of 30 years, Lina - have 4 sons, enjoy skiing, scuba diving, their Harley and sailing. 5/2015
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