Flip Phones are on the rise in America…

He, he, he…..

Maybe THIS is the reason Apple iPhones are on the decline?

Here’s something the high-tech world doesn’t readily admit: It’s OK not to use a smartphone.

Americans are actually buying more flip phones, candybar phones and other 2000s throwbacks. Last year 24.2 million so-called feature phones shipped in the U.S., nearly 2 million more than the year before, according to research firm IDC…

The flip phone’s greatest appeal: It costs less. The most popular smartphones have a starting price of $650, plus service charges upward of $80 a month. You can get a flip phone for as little as $7.50. That’s the Best Buy price of ZTE’s Z222, which works with AT&T’s GoPhone prepaid service costing as little as $30 a month. I’ve paid more for movie tickets, Junior Mints and a pink lemonade Icee.

If you’re seeking a phone to just cover basics, there’s probably an LG in your future. The brand dominates the budget lineup at the biggest carriers. If I had to buy a dumbphone, I’d pick Verizon’s $50 LG Revere 3 because of its simple buttons and menus. AT&T sells the $50 LG B470, and its sister carrier, Cricket, sells the $30 LG True—similar phones with a “senior mode” to make audio clearer….

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Trump wants Sanders voters to come to him…

Hmmmm?

I hear a LOT of Sanders voters do NOT like Hillary…

Do they hate Hill;ary enough to switch parties and  vote for Trump?

Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is planning its next coup: vying for the votes of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporters who say they won’t back Hillary Clinton in a general election.

“You have two candidates in Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders which have reignited a group of people who have been disenfranchised and disappointed with the way Washington, D.C. and career politicians have run the country,” campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told CNN on Friday.

“Bernie Sanders has large crowds – not as large as Mr. Trump’s, but large crowds – and so there is a level of excitement there for people about his messaging and we will bring those people in,” he also said…..

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GOP House member asks for women to be in the draft…Commmitte members approve

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) didn’t REALLY want what he asked for….

But he got it anyways…..

It chances are slim….

But….

One should be careful what one wishes for, eh?

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) did something a little unorthodox for lawmakers Wednesday. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing, he offered an amendment he didn’t actually want to support.

The amendment required women register for the draft.

“I regretfully introduce this amendment,” Hunter said, noting later he might not vote for it. “My daughters talk about serving. My son talks about serving, but I don’t want to put my daughters in a place where they have to get drafted.”

Hunter is deeply opposed to women in combat. Earlier this year he said the efforts of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to open up Marine combat positions for women made him a “a greater threat to the Marine Corps than ISIS.” Hunter seemed to want to use his amendment on drafting women to force the issue, hoping other lawmakers would finally see the light.

And so it fell to Hunter to highlight just how gruesome the draft would be for women.

“The draft is there to get more people to rip the enemies’ throats out and kill them…That is what a draft is for,” Hunter said.

Unfortunately for Hunter, a lot of Members on the committee thought requiring women to sign up for the draft was a pretty good step forward on the equality front. The amendment passed 32 to 30. There are currently 12 women serving on the committee.

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Does Hillary Clinton have to step up her Media operation?

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Donald Trump IS the entertainer turned politician….

Hillary Clinton is political/policy wonk by her own admission….

She put of getting out and campaigning before jumping in…

She does NOT like to appear before tens of thousands in rallies….

She does NOT give presser’s…

She has only now begun to appear on TV show’s in one to one sit-downs….

The Media IS ‘in the bag’ for Trump….

He calls them?

They jump up and salute ……

EVERYTHING he says IS reported….

FOR FREE….

If he says something stupid?

They apologize for him….(Trump’s negatives are higher than Clinton’s)

Hillary gets no such courtesy ….(Shades of sexism?)

One wonders….

Is Hillary Clinton going to HAVE to go BIGGER in the media?….

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Hillary Clinton WAS gonna run as the First Woman President choice …Trump just Helped her…

Donald J. Trump does things his OWN way…

He doesn’t much listen to anyone….

It’s gonna cost him…

Hillary Clinton was gonna remind people in running that after Barack Obama serves as the first Black (Mixed ) President….

The country should no problem in electing its first Woman….

While some people wanted to discount the ‘woman’ angle…..

Clinton quietly laid the foundation for it….

No More….

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Trump has already come out against a Hillary Clinton White House solely because she IS a WOMAN….

In typical Trump slight of hand fashion, he is going PERSONAL against his opponent…This so he does NOT have to deal with specifics,  something Clinton HAS experience in and a Presidential candidate MUST (up to now) demonstrate…

He has worked against Latino support and  Black support already….

The Conservatives in the Republican party don’t support him….

Now he’s working to cut down his support with women….

Who is he gonna have left?

With the nation on the verge of a presidential election between the first woman to lead a major party and an opponent accused of misogyny, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are digging in for a fight in which he is likely to attack her precisely because she is a woman.

Mr. Trump, the Republican favorite, has already proved willing to attack Mrs. Clinton in ways that many women find sexist and that her supporters consider out of bounds.

This week alone, he accused her of playing the “woman’s card” to get where she is, saying, “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote.” He questioned her “strength” and “stamina,” and he mocked her for “shouting.” Also this year, he attacked Mrs. Clinton as the enabling political spouse of a former president who Mr. Trump said had abused women.

Mrs. Clinton’s advisers say they are confident that such comments will galvanize Democrats — and infuriate nearly any woman who has ever had to work harder than a man. But they also recognize that Mr. Trump has proved adept at reading the electorate and at dominating news coverage — and that Mrs. Clinton must parry his attacks without overplaying her hand or further eroding her standing with male voters, whom she has struggled to win over in the Democratic primary.

Mr. Trump’s advisers, meanwhile, say that the woman’s card attack serves to undermine Mrs. Clinton by sowing doubts about her qualifications — not just with men, but with white women, who have supported the Republican nominee in every election since 1996 and are vital to Mr. Trump’s chances in November.

“He’s going to have to deconstruct Hillary Clinton if he’s going to run against her,” said Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime Trump confidant. “He can’t let her be the august secretary of state and former senator.”

Democrats say the strategy is an exercise in delusion, given Mr. Trump’s weakness among women: They are solidly in Mrs. Clinton’s corner against Mr. Trump so far in the polls. Fifty percent of white women said they would support her, to 39 percent for him, according to a CBS News poll in April….

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Donald Trump is gonna resurrect the 1960’s Protest Movements…

Wait and see….

It’s started already…..

It’s destined to get BIGGER…

Chaos erupted outside Donald Trump’s rally on Thursday night in Costa Mesa, California, with about 20 people arrested as protesters swarmed the streets outside an Orange County amphitheater near the Republican candidate’s gathering that drew more than 30,000.

Protesters smashed the window of at least one police car, according to media reports on the scene, where people waved American and Mexican flags.

“This is the anger people have against Trump,” a 21-year-old man identified as Jose Cruz in reference to the protests, told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s not because he’s white — it’s because of what he’s said.”

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Apple Watches lose market share…

More bad news for Apple Computer…..

The latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics reveals that Apple Watch sales totaled an estimated 2.2 million in the first quarter.

Apple Watch remains the most popular smartwatch, but its market share declined to 52.4-percent compared to 63-percent in the previous quarter.

Strategy Analytics cites increasing competition from Android Wear rivals such as LG and Motorola as one reason for the Apple Watch ceding market share:

“We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016, dipping from 63 percent share in Q4 2015,” said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics. “Samsung shipped 0.6 million smartwatches, capturing 14 percent marketshare worldwide for second position. Apple Watch and Samsung Gear models are expanding fast across dozens of countries, but competition from LG, Motorola and others is ramping up fast.”

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Red State joins the Democrats AGAINST Donald Trump…

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By: Leon H. Wolf (Diary) @ Red State

Really, the only reason I am writing this post is to call your attention to this excellent Twitter rant by former RedState Contributor (from back in the prehistoric days) Jay Cost. Jay hits on the key thing that many Trump supporters seem not to realize about the #NeverTrump movement – that it really has very little to ideology.

We are willing to accept some ideological flexibility: we accepted it from McCain, Romney, Bush, Dole, and so on. The problem is not that Donald Trump is insufficiently conservative for us (although we would definitely prefer if he were more conservative). The problem is that he is manifestly unfit for the office as a human being….

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Break up Iraq…

I touched on this idea years ago when things where crazy and the US and other outside countries knew nothing of a group of militants calling themselves the Islamic State…

Back then?

The Kurds where arguing with the countries governance in Bagdad about getting their own state….

Now we have come to understand that countries borders have NOTHING to do the way the place works (or doesn’t)….

RELIGION is the way Iraq SHOULD have it’s borders drawn….

Bagdad is a Shia haven with ties to Iran…

The Kurds in the north have always been semi-atornimus….

The rest of the country…Including the ISIS area’s are Sunni….

The US and some other countries are re-introducing combat troops in the country , after being told to leave by ex-President  Karzai….

The new troops are Spec Ops people working to bolster Iraqi military units after they where found wanting operation on their own…

With this re-introduction of outside military ‘advisors’….It has become clear that there will be outside military support for the country from now -until….

But the military fight against ISIS will repeat something that happens over and over in modern warfare…

Once the ‘enemy ‘ is defeated?

The victors become the ‘occupier’s’

BUT…

If the ‘occupiers’ pack up and leave?

Old enemies pick up old scores and fight again….Often pulling the un-armed population into the situation….

The solution in Iraq should be common sensical…

Divide the country by religious identity….

Almost two years after the Islamic State swept through northern Iraq, forcing the Obama administration to re-engage in a conflict it had celebrated as complete, Iraq’s political system is barely functioning, as the chaotic scenes in Parliament this week demonstrated.

With the surprise visit to Baghdad on Thursday of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — who, as a senator, called in a 2006 essay for the partition of Iraq into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish zones — it seems fair to ask a question that has bedeviled foreign powers for almost a century: Is Iraq ever going to have a functioning state at peace with itself?

“I generally believe it is ungovernable under the current construct,” said Ali Khedery, an American former official in Iraq who served as an aide to several ambassadors and generals.

Mr. Khedery said that a confederacy or a partition of Iraq might be the only remedy for the country’s troubles. He called it “an imperfect solution for an imperfect world.”….

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image…VP Biden arrives in Iraq April 2016…NBC Screen Shot….

( Biden’s trip in country was a secret…Air Force 2 was a C-17…Army 2 was a US Army CH-47 Chinook Helicopter ) 

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David Jolly thinks Pol’s shouldn’t stop asking people for money?…

This might be a nice idea….The ‘Stop Act’…

But it only makes sense for guys like Donald Trump and Mike Bloomberg…

(The Bill would prohibit pol’s running for Federal Office from DIRECTLY fundraising)

99% of people running for office NEED to go out and RAISE MONEY to pay for their campaign….

Rep. David Jolly: This is Congressional reform. It very simply says, “Members of Congress spend too much time raising money and not enough time doing their job. Get back to work. And do your job.”

The Stop Act would still allow members of Congress to attend fundraisers. Others could still ask for donations on their behalf. Republican Congressman Reid Ribble has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Stop Act. After six years in Washington, he’s going home to Wisconsin at the end of this term.

Norah O’Donnell: You’ve spent your life running a commercial roofing company.

Rep. Reid Ribble: Yeah.

Norah O’Donnell: And when you came to Congress and heard how much you have to raise to keep getting re-elected, did you want to quit?

Rep. Reid Ribble: Yeah, I did.

Norah O’Donnell: Are you the only one who feels that way?

Rep. Reid Ribble: No. No. If members would be candid, there’s a lot of frustration centered around it….

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John Boehner on Ted Cruz?…‘Miserable Son Of A Bitch’

Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz REALLY does NOT have many friends in Congress….

I ‘m just beginning to see HOW deep people in Congress hate the guy….

Like most lawmakers in Washington, John Boehner really, really doesn’t like Ted Cruz.

The former House speaker sat down for an interview at Stanford University on Wednesday where he discussed his previous job and the 2016 election. When asked about his thoughts on the Texas senator vying for the GOP presidential nomination, Boehner made a face and let it fly.

“Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said of Cruz, according to The Stanford Daily. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

It’s not the first time Boehner has called Cruz “Lucifer.” He has also referred to the senator, who led the failed effort to defund Obamacare during the speaker’s tenure, as a “jackass.”

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Interesting…..
Ted Cruz was once John Boehner’s lawyer. Here’s their story.

Say what? Yes, the tea party firebrand and the establishment GOP leader who don’t see eye to eye were once on the same team back in the late 1990s.

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The year was 1998. Shania Twain and Savage Garden were all the rage. Boehner was House Republican Conference chairman. He had decided to sue Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) for allegedly violating wiretapping laws….

Cruz didn’t stay with Boehner’s case long, reported David Mark of Politix. The legal battle lingered for years. If you’re wondering how it turned out, a federal judge sided with Boehner in 2004. In 2008, the judge awarded Boehner more than $1 million in legal fees….

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Republican office holders begin to work on running away from Trump…

With the pained reliaztion that Donald Trump’s chance to grab their parties Presidential nomination has vastly improved and looking at the stratospheric negative numbers for Donald Trump…..

GOP Senate and House memebers in states and districts around the country are beginning to craft campaigns that DO NOT even mention Trump or just borrow  pieces of the guy….

Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, has never met Charles Kress, but he desperately needs him.

Mr. Kress, 62, will vote for a Democrat this November for the White House, he said, no matter what. He is also planning to vote for Mr. Toomey’s re-election. “Sometimes you have to keep in office the ones who make the deals,” Mr. Kress said as he watered the flowers in front of York’s Unitarian church.

Republican senators like Mr. Toomey who are running in swing states — about six, and enough to tip the balance of power in the Senate — need voters who would reject Donald J. Trump to nonetheless pull the levers for the party’s other candidates in November. In some districts, House Republicans will need them, too.

Mr. Trump’s convincing sweep of the primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island on Tuesday did little to assuage concerns about his standing with swing voters in November. His victory speech included a bracing broadside against Hillary Clinton’s playing the “woman card.” And he continues to trail his opponents, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, among Republican women.

But ticket-splitting voters in federal races have become increasingly rare over the last two decades, hitting a low in 2012, when only 10 percent of them divided their votes between parties. That was down sharply from 1972. The ranks of straight-ticket voters have expanded along with the rise in partisanship and its attendant rancor in Congress….

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President Obama knocks Sanders on the idea of breaking up the Banks…

Some of us who look at things thru the eyes of reality scuff at Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warrens cries of ‘breaking up the Banks’….

While their anger at the Banks and the nefarious things that was carried out by Wall Street and other financial institutions where horrible and led to a economic crisis that started in Wall Street and bounced around the planet…

The idea that President Obama did NOT do ENOUGH…That he should have re-invented the American and therefore World banking system is naive and ludicrous…

President Obama has weighed in against Sanders often criticism of his newly adopted party’s leader…And the Republicans….

The President points out that win his watch?

The American economy is TONS better than what he got dropped in lap by George W. Bush when he walked out the White House door the last time…

President Obama is doing pretty darn good in his approval ratings these days also…

“It is true that we have not dismantled the financial system, and in that sense, Bernie Sanders’s critique is correct,” Obama said in an interview with The New York Times Magazine published online Thursday.

The self-described democratic socialist has repeatedly called on America’s biggest banks to be broken up, a call which has galvanized his liberal supporters.

Obama suggested that such a plan is unrealistic.

“But one of the things that I’ve consistently tried to remind myself during the course of my presidency is that the economy is not an abstraction,” he said. “It’s not something that you can just redesign and break up and put back together again without consequences.”

The president offered an even tougher critique of the economic plans of Republicans running to succeed him in the White House.

“If you look at the platforms, the economic platforms of the current Republican candidates for president, they don’t simply defy logic and any known economic theories, they are fantasy,” Obama said….

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Democrats stay with experience…Hillary Clinton…

Bernie Sanders ran as a OUTSIDER….

Donald Trump is running as a OUTSIDER…

Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic Nominee as a INSIDER….

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during her primary night gathering at the Philadelphia Convention Center on April 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Penn. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

In an election defined by anti-establishment energy and anger, the two parties are now diverging as Republicans fully embrace an outsider as their presidential nominee and Democrats line up behind a quintessential insider.

Republicans seem certain to nominate a bomb-throwing insurgent in celebrity real estate mogul Donald Trump or, should he fall short, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, while Democrats are consolidating around a guardian of the status quo, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who all but locked up the nomination with decisive victories in Tuesday’s primaries.

The successes of Trump and Clinton underscore important nuances in the sentiments coursing through the two parties. While voters in both share a frustration with the state of the nation’s economy and politics, Republicans blame their own leaders as much as anybody else and are, therefore, more eager for a radical fix, whereas Democrats still believe their elected leaders can bring change from within.

“It’s fundamentally different,” said David Axelrod, a Democratic strategist and architect of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. The GOP “is in full-out revolt — not just a revolt against government, but a revolt against their own party. . . . But Democratic voters appear to be choosing candidates who look like people who can work for institutional change within the institution rather than fighting for it from the fringe of the institutions…..

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Donald Trump continues to diss women…

Donald Trump, who has been married three times , and has been fence ing with FOX Cable news over Megyn Kelly has done it again…

I doing a presser last night ?

He seems to have AGAIN gone out of his way to make comments that is being looked at as sexist by some…

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And Trump simply does NOT want to change his utterances about women even as he is asked about THOSE comments…

Donald Trump’s accusation that Hillary Clinton is playing the “woman’s card” and would be a failed candidate if she were a man touched off a contentious debate about gender politics and sexism that seems likely to define the presidential election as much as any issue.

While celebrating sweeping victories in five Republican primaries Tuesday night, Trump mocked the qualifications of the Democratic front-runner, saying she would be a bad president who lacks “strength.” The remarks seemed a preview of a general-election strategy to use Clinton’s potential to be the first female president against her.

“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card,” Trump said in a news conference at Trump Tower. “And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”

That was a significant expansion of Trump’s by-now-familiar claims that Clinton is unqualified — and one that made New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s wife, standing behind Trump before the TV cameras, appear to grimace.

It also crystallized the question of how the nation will reckon with its first presidential election between a man and a woman. What was once subtext — latent sexism in American life and the question of what is and is not off-limits when contemplating a woman as commander in chief — is now a full part of the political conversation….

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The media is pointing about this as way for Trump to campaign against Clinton….This Dog believes that it is NOT THAT simple….

Trump feels that HE does NOT have to give women respect…That they should be role players in his world…

ANY other politician out with his comments would be in DEEP trouble with the media….Trump is gonna go back to this…Gains by women are something Trump is walking all over….

We’ll see if the media highlights this….

It’s gonna cost him votes ….From BOTH parties voters…

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Senate to confirm US Amb to Mexico….

Mexico is a BIG trade partner with America…

There isn’t gonna be a wall built between the two countries who do a TON of business with West Coast State’s….

US Senator’s from those state’s are well aware of this ….

The United States is finally about to get an ambassador to Mexico.
Senate Republicans who have been negotiating a way to confirm Roberta Jacobson as the nation’s top diplomat to Mexico have reached the contours of an agreement that would allow Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) — Jacobson’s chief obstacle — to secure renewed sanctions against Venezuela in exchange for lifting his objections.

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image of U.S. ambassador to Mexico nominee, Roberta Jacobson…cnds.dodive.mil

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