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The 2015 end of the year Federal Spending Bill….

The Bill is 2,200 pages…..

The Bill involves over $1.5 trillion ……

The Bill breaks the old sequester spending caps….

The Bill has a TON add-on’s called riders…..

The Freedom Caucus , GOP rightwing nuts ain’t happy with it….

The President will sign it….

The Democrats will help GOP House Speaker get the votes to pass it…..

Politico does a pice on some what’s in the bill and who’ won’ and who ‘lost’……

Both the fossil fuel and alternative energy industries can count themselves as winners, following a trade of the decades-long ban on crude oil exports for an extension of wind and solar tax credits.

Syrian refugees, 9/11 first responders and the District of Columbia’s elementary and middle school sets are among the other winners. Obamacare, banks and even portrait artists look to be among the losers. And don’t forget hard apple cider — a winner, thanks to Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is helping out upstate New York apple growers by updating tax laws surrounding the alcoholic refreshmen…..

Here for the list…….

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Rahm Emanuel is in trouble……

After the tape of the shooting of a 17 year by a Chicago cop 16 times showed up a year later…..

The Chicago Mayor fired his Police Chief.….

It wasn’t enough…..

On Wednesday, both before and after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for the death of Laquan McDonald and vowed police reform in a speech to the city council, protesters continued their calls for Emanuel’s resignation.

Hundreds of demonstrators amassed in downtown Chicago, blocking traffic at times, and occasionally clashing with police. “The protests continued into the evening, largely dispersing [at] about 5 p.m., as some protesters headed to Chicago Public Safety Headquarters for a Chicago Police Board meeting later Wednesday evening,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

Many accuse Emanuel of participating in a cover-up involving a dash-cam video that showed the death of 17-year-old McDonald at the hands of a Chicago police officer who fired at him 16 times. The video remained under wraps for 13 months before a court ordered its release.

“A weekend poll found 64-percent of those surveyed did not believe the mayor when he said he did not see the McDonald police shooting dash-cam video before its public release,” ABC reported. Making matters worse for Emanuel, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday it would be investigating the Chicago Police Department.

According to reporters on the ground on Wednesday, some demonstrators were giving out Emanuel’s home address and calling for a protest to take place there…..

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President Obama goes on the air to get HIS story out on ISIS….

Are we gonna have a three way campaign here?

Hillary Clinton is gonna be the Democratic nominee for the Democrats for next years election…

The Republicans are jostling for who will be theirs…..

And last night we had a President stand-up and defend and explain HIS actions to America …..(And against the Republican guys and media  ramblings that appear to show a hesitant President that can’t make ISIS credited attacks go away  ….

Welcome to the New political world….

President Obama’s speech to reassure the nation on Sunday night included no new strategy to contain or defeat the Islamic State. In fact, it was not intended to.

Instead, Mr. Obama used a rare Oval Office address to make the case that his administration was ahead of the problem, not playing catch-up — contrary to the critiques presented by many of his former counterterrorism advisers.

He used the address to explain once again a series of incremental moves his administration has made over the past month: the Pentagon’s decision to send Special Operations forces to Iraq and Syria; the long-awaited move to launch airstrikes on the oil tankers that provide the extremists with much of their revenue; and Secretary of State John Kerry’s high-wire diplomatic gamble, called the “Vienna process,” to halt the civil war in Syria so that all parties can focus on a common enemy.

But the speech on Sunday was mostly a plea for patience and for national unity against a threat that seemed distant and disorganized a year ago…..

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President Obama has ALWAYS said dealing with ISIS was gonna take TIME….

He laso is VERY mindful of the Bush II need ‘to do SOMETHING ‘ that cost this country thousands of lives , money and heartache , to have  Iraqi’s disinvite this countries OUT of its country …..

The same country that some want the President reengage in….

The President is smart to NOT forget past mistakes even if a  LOT of people have….

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Republicans will NOT move on Gun Control….

I have mentioned this OVER and OVER here….

Things just ain’t gonna change…

And Democrats need to sqay their piece and then…. leave it alone……

Never mind that massacres in Connecticut, Colorado, South Carolina, and now, California have forced uncomfortable questions about the widespread availability of weapons in the United States. And forget the fact that the 14 dead in San Bernardino, California, drowned out an otherwise successful week for the GOP, in which Speaker Paul Ryan laid out his vision for the future of the party, after helping guide two major bills across the finish line.

The reality is quite plain on Capitol Hill: There’s still no appetite among Republicans for new gun laws.

They say there are enough laws on the books as it is. Many believe increasing background checks is akin to trampling on the Constitution and that there are better ways to combat gun violence. And few Republicans are worried about the political risk of alienating a younger generation of voters that is growing up with a backdrop of almost weekly mass shootings…..

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Daily Kos on America NOT getting further into a Middle East war…….

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The pressure continues to mount on President Obama to escalate his war efforts in Iraq and Syria. Even previous members of his administration are appearing on news programs criticizing his “lead from behind” policy. The media continues to parade them on their screens in order to tilt public opinion.

If recent polls are to be believed, the media has been successful in lowering the president’s poll numbers on his handling of terrorism. The stooges of the defense industrial complex are partly successful. Every American must be concerned as to whether these polls will nudge the president into more than a nominal escalation toward yet another war.

Colonel Jack Jacobs points out that in the immediate vicinity of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), there are very large military powers that have a huge stake in the stabilization of the area. Turkey has the ninth largest air force in the world. Iran has a half a million man army. Egypt has the eight largest air force in the world. Saudi Arabia’s army is larger than the French army. These powers are doing very little.

Why should the American people risk any more lives? Why should the American people invest their hard-earned dollars in the form of a tax transfer to weapons manufacturers, the defense industrial complex, to solve a problem that is not existential. We should invest in our own security infrastructure and our deteriorating infrastructure at large.

Killing Daesh militants in Iraq and Syria does nothing to prevent the tentacles already in America and throughout the West from striking. This new terrorism is decentralized…..

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Wendy Davis Update…Fall 2015

We thought some people might want to know what she is up to….

Riding the momentum of her political stardom, she ran for governor in 2014 when Rick Perry announced he would be retiring after his third term. Republicans have held the position since George W. Bush defeated Democratic incumbent Ann W. Richards in 1994. She lost the race to then Attorney General Greg Abbott by twenty points in an election that saw an abysmally low turnout of 28.5 percent of eligible voters. Many Democrats blamed Texas’ recent Voter ID laws for the turnout, but much of it has to do with a culture that doesn’t see value in voting. Democrats suffered heavy losses across the board in the 2014 midterm elections, losing the majority in the senate and several governor’s race.

Since leaving office as Texas State Senator in January 2015, Ms. Davis has been traveling the country speaking to women’s reproductive rights groups, and planning a gender equality initiative leveraging the base she built from her famous filibuster and governor campaign.

“My initiative is aimed at women—young women particularly—who look to me as a role model on issues about women’s empowerment and equality,”

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Trump….Report your neighbors….

Of course everyone should aware of what happens on their block….

But I don’t think that’s what Donald trump is talking about…….

“The real greatest resource is all of you, because you have all those eyes and you see what’s happening,” he told listeners in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

“People move into a house a block down the road, you know who’s going in,” Trump continued. “You can see and you report them to the local police.

“You’re pretty smart, right?” he asked his audience. “We know if there’s something going on, report them. Most likely you’ll be wrong, but that’s OK.”

“That’s the best way. Everybody’s their own cop in a way. You’ve got to do it. You’ve got to do it.”

Trump’s remarks expand on his recent calls for surveillance of America’s mosques for potential terrorism…..

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Jeb Bush want’s the President to ‘unleash the military’ against ISIS…

President Obama is meeting today with his military chiefs to discuss IF there is anything more he can or should do in the fight against the group….

Just like post 9/11?

There is a cry for America to ‘do more’ something the President has been in no hurry to commit to…..

Jeb Bush is talking about leaving the action against ISIS in the hands of the nations military leaders…..Something NO recent American President will do……Nor does the military WANT done…..

Jeb Bush assailed the Obama administration’s efforts to take out the Islamic State on Wednesday, calling for the United States to “unleash the military” in concert with partners in Europe and the Middle East.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” the Republican presidential candidate was asked whether he would advocate sending more grounds troops to the region to call in the air strikes. Bush remarked that 50 special operators authorized to advise in Syria “is better than what existed before, but it’s not a strategy.”

“A strategy would be how do we mobilize support for the remnants of the Syrian Free Army, and it might require combat troops to inspire an international effort. I would let the military commanders give the commander in chief options rather than tell them what you want to hear,”

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Qh, Jeb?

We tried to elist the Syrian’s….That hasn’t worked after an half Billion dollars…..

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Rubio backs the House Syrian/Iraqi limiting bill….

Rubio falls line with trhe Republican hardliners…..

THAT appears to be where the polling numbers are for GOPer’s right now…..

Sen. Marco Rubio, who is rising in the polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, said Sunday the just-passed House bill to limit Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. was “an appropriate response” to recent terrorist attacks.

“My argument is that we can’t allow anyone in this country that we can’t vet,” the senator from Florida said on “Fox News Sunday.” “And I believe that the vast majority of refugees that are trying to come here are people that we will not able to vet.”

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Senate Republican’s are NOT helping things by blocking Obama’s security picks for confirmation…

As usual?

Republicans talk out of BOTH sides of their mouths….

Senate Republicans are all about national security these days—when it comes to the families fleeing Syria and Iraq, refugees who might come to the United States. When it comes to actually fighting ISIS with tools at our disposal—like blocking international funding to them—they’d rather play partisan politics at home. Case in point, this nomination:

Adam Szubin, who has bipartisan support, has been waiting more than 200 days to be confirmed as the Treasury Department’s under secretary for terrorism and financial crimes. The job involves tracking terrorists to prevent them from raising money on the black market and elsewhere.Szubin’s nomination got a hearing before the Senate Banking Committee on Sept. 17, and Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) praised his past work in countering terrorist financing during his time with both Republican and Democratic administrations.

“He is eminently qualified for this,” Shelby said at the time.

But Szubin’s nomination hasn’t moved since. There’s no clear reason why, beyond trying to make it difficult for President Barack Obama to fill administration posts…..

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Syrian Refugee’s have to jump thru the hoops to get to America…

The Republicans here in American ALL seem to want to follow Donald Trump’s lead and NOT allow ANY Syrian refugees into this country….

That includes babies and kids…..

There is this misconception that once the Syrians walk across Europe….They will be able to just buy a plane ticket to America and just show up….

That’s NOT how it works…..

How are Syrian refugees referred to the U.S.?

The process begins with a referral from UNHCR. The U.N.’s refugee agency is responsible for registering some 15 million asylum seekers around the world, and providing aid and assistance until they are resettled abroad or (more likely) returned home once conditions ease. The registration process includes in-depth refugee interviews, home country reference checks and biological screening such as iris scans. Military combatants are weeded out.

Among those who pass background checks, a small percentage are referred for overseas resettlement based on criteria designed to determine the most vulnerable cases. This group may include survivors of torture, victims of sexual violence, targets of political persecution, the medically needy, families with multiple children and a female head of household.

What happens once a refugee is referred to the U.S.?

Our government performs its own intensive screening, a process that includes consultation from nine different government agencies. They meet weekly to review a refugee’s case file and, if appropriate, determine where in the U.S. the individual should be placed. When choosing where to place a refugee, officials consider factors such as existing family in the U.S., employment possibilities and special factors like access to needed medical treatment.

How do we know the refugees aren’t terrorists?

Every refugee goes through an intensive vetting process, but the precautions are increased for Syrians. Multiple law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies perform “the most rigorous screening of any traveler to the U.S.,” says a senior administration official…..

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Paul Ryan forgot himself…He regroups…..

Newly minted House Speaker Paul Ryan forgot himself a few days ago…..

We posted a piece in which Ryan revealed that he thopugh he could make some progress on things WITH the President and Democrats….

NOT A GOOD LOOK, there Mr Speaker…..

Today we have a piece in the Wall Street Journal that mentions CONFRONTATIONS  and possible GOVT SHUTDOWNS against  the White House!…..(And ‘rider’ goodies that Conservatives will seek to widdle away White House policies and actions, piece by piece….

What a surprise?

Not really…..

Ryan is now playing the game…..

Conservatives don’t want to see their guy mentioned in the same sentance as President Obama , or the White House unless they are butting heads…..

Ryan will still get deals…..That’s his job…..

But he WILL have to play the game for as long as he can stand it……

After which time he will do a ‘Boehner’ and quit…..

New House Speaker Paul Ryan struck a confrontational stance with the Obama administration Tuesday, setting the stage for showdowns over domestic spending and national security matters as Congress works to wrap up business for the year.

Mr. Ryan, speaking at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting, said a spending bill needed to avoid a government shutdown in December must include Republican policy measures, injecting fresh drama into the year’s final budget fight.

He also forcefully warned President Barack Obama against using executive action to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer its detainees to the U.S.

The Wisconsin Republican didn’t explicitly suggest government operations could lapse when funding expires on Dec. 11, but he didn’t rule out such a possibility. He said Republicans will force Mr. Obama to accept some conservative provisions, known as “riders,” in the sweeping spending bill…..

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Obama disses Trump again…Running against him would be ‘Fun’…

The night before the Bin Laden raid President barack Obama , before a packed house made fun of Donald Trump  by challanging him to a race for President…..

In a just released  HBO Q & A….. He did it again…..

“If you were campaigning against Trump, would you even bother? Would it be like LaBradford Smith talking trash to [Michael] Jordan or something?” Simmons asked, referring to a journeyman NBA player who once scored 37 points on the basketball legend.

“I would’ve enjoyed campaigning against Trump. That would’ve been fun,” Obama replied…..

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Open Thread for November 16, 2015….The President just Can’t take out ISIS…

It doesn’t work that way……

After the Paris attacks….

President Obama finds himself in the SAME place as Goerge W. Bush was in after 9/11…..

Chest beating from the Right pushing for the President to ‘do SOMETHING’…..

Easy words…..

President Obam is currently holding a presser in Turkey……

Over and over reporters as the SAME question…..

‘Why can’t the strongest country in the world just go and make ISIS, the Islamic State go away by military might?’….

The President has seeked to to NOT do what Bush did …..

President Barack Obama addresses a news conference following a working session at the Group of 20 (G20) leaders summit in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, Turkey, November 16, 2015.

Sending American men and women into harms way to beat down the problem….Only to have those same troops looked as occupiers and wanting them to leave which forms a vaccum that breeds even MORE problems….

President Obam HAS been strong to NOT repeat Bush’s mistakes….

Hang in there Mr. President……

(And this is NOT about a War against Islam)

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How much US Military is Enough?

There are ALREADY cries for America to get MORE involved in the Middle East after yesterday ‘s Paris attacks…..

The US Congress has just passed a military budget and sent it to the President….

But along with ALL of this?

The hard question of how much is REALLY enough spending for a nation whose military gets 10 Times the amount of money MORE than any country on the planet?

And I might ask…..

Who will ask critical questions about HOW the BILLIONS are spent?

Is it about fast moving jets in place of slow, old,  ugly but effective ones?

Is about propping up programs that are just government handouts?

Is about pouring money into new jets that can only do a fraction of what the where said to abe able to do?

All THESE questiosn and more need to be dealt with….

But they probably won’t….

Facts are hard to insert into these affairs. Here are a few more: We’re already spending more than $100 billion more in inflation-adjusted dollars every year than we did, on average, during the Cold War. Ending the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars produced the most meager and short-lived savings of any postwar period since World War II, and now we’re headed back up, even without the Republicans’ expansive plans for even more spending.

Why spend more and more? Rubio invoked radical jihadists beheading people and China showing signs of ambition in the South China Sea.

Why? To combat ISIS, which doesn’t have any planes?

If we’re serious about substance, the next debate could add some to this back-and-forth. A detailed examination of what all this extra military spending would pay for is not in the cards. So let’s just ask the candidates to opine about the biggest ticket item of the next decade, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It is the most expensive weapons program ever launched and surely in the running for the most flawed. All the military services will be buying these planes, some (the Navy) less willingly than others.

Why? To combat ISIS, which doesn’t have any planes? To replace the current model, the F/A-18? This objective may have more to do with the contractors’ needs than with the security of the nation. And why do we need some of these planes to be nuclear-capable, when 1) we have just committed to building a new bomber for this purpose, and 2) we are committed by treaty to proceed in the direction of nuclear disarmament? Will this beefed-up capacity to drop nuclear bombs be deterring the Chinese from the South China Sea? If not, what are they for?….

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Republican Presidential candidates go political after Paris attacks….

This is to be expected form guys who are gonna use ANYTHING against each other and of course President Obama….

Terrorism is out there in France and almost every month here in America by AMERICAN’S…..

We should condemn it EVERYWHERE….

Above ALL….

American DOES NOT need to get MORE involved in the Middle East which is involved in a centuries old religious civil war….

President Obama is doing the right thing in his current Foreign Policy in the region….

The leading Republican candidates are calling for tougher U.S. action against terrorists overseas and further restrictions on admitting Syrian refugees. The statements, infused with expressions of condolence for the French people, suggested national security will likely play a growing role in the back-and-forth as the 2016 presidential election draws nearer, especially as the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, pulls U.S. forces deeper into military conflict in the region.
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Within hours of the Friday night attacks, which have been claimed by the Islamic State and killed more than 120 people, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called on the United States to take “common-sense steps to preserve our own safety.”

“We need to consult closely with our NATO allies who may be targeted for additional attacks,” the White House hopeful said. “We need to immediately declare a halt to any plans to bring refugees that may have been infiltrated by ISIS to the United States. We need to redouble our efforts to prevent ISIS agents from penetrating our nation by other means.”

In a veiled dig at the Obama administration, Cruz also emphasized the nomenclature involved. “We must immediately recognize that our enemy is not ‘violent extremism.’ It is the radical Islamism that has declared jihad against the West,” he said. And he suggested that the president had been too risk-averse, launching “targeted airstrikes with zero tolerance for civilian casualties, when the terrorists have such utter disregard for innocent life.”

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