Archive for the ‘Terrorism’ Category

Ever since the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya when four Americans were killed, the Republicans have held witch hunts to “find the conspiracy” that tried to cover it up.  There have been no less than six different committees holding hearings on the tragic incident.  None of those committees have shown anything that would cast doubt on anything.

Then, John Boehner set up a “Select Committee” to hold hearings to “get to the truth.”  He placed Trey Gowdy in charge of this Select Committee.  Gowdy has tried very hard to present himself as a hard-core prosecutor simply looking for the facts.

This Select Committee has been holding hearings for over a year.  At first, Gowdy said that all testimony would be considered “classified” and that the findings would reveal all.  Then, almost immediately, there were leaks.  These leaks were of the very selective kind.  They usually were taken out of context to prove that Secretary Clinton was behind the conspiracy.

The minority Democratic members of the committee complained about these leaks.  They complained that they were being selectively edited in order to place a bad light on Clinton.  They were mostly ignored by the media.  As a result, these leaks were held up as the “truth” by Republicans when in fact, they were anything but the “truth.”

We saw this act before.  Other committees selectively leaked information to the press.  That information, like the ones from the Select Committee were proven to be false and misleading.  But, the leaks keep coming.  At one point in this Select Committee process, someone on Gowdy’s staff leaked misleading information to the press.  Gowdy actually had the balls to blame Hillary Clinton for the leaks.

For the Republicans, everything was going along swimmingly.  Until last week, that is.  That was when the Majority Leader of the House, Kevin McCarthy, admitted on Sean Hannity’s show that the Select Committee was nothing more than a political witch hunt to “bring down Hillary Clinton.”

Now, many people already knew that was the intent of the Select Committee from the very beginning.  But, this was the first time a Republican Leader actually admitted that fact on national television.  Before this admission, former Clinton aide Cheryl Mills testified before the committee on Sept. 3.  Almost immediately Republicans began leaking snippets of Mills’ testimony and used her words to suggest that the independence of the State Department’s Accountability Review Board investigation into Benghazi had been compromised.  That was untrue as the full testimony of Ms. Mills indicates.

As a result of McCarthy flapping his gums in admission of the sole political nature of the Select Committee, Democrats on the committee have decided to release Mills’ full testimony “to begin the process of correcting the public record.”  In their statement, they said:

Our authority to take this action should be clear since you took similar unilateral action on June 22, 2015, when you publicly released a subset of Secretary Clinton’s emails—without any debate or vote by Committee Members.  Therefore, just as you unilaterally released these Committee documents, we plan to release Ms. Mills’ interview transcript.

We do not take this action lightly.  We have held off on taking such action for more than a year, but we will no longer sit and watch selective, out-of-context leaks continue to mischaracterize the testimony the Select Committee has received.

Of course a Gowdy spokesman argued that “Democrats have shown their nakedly political motivation, willingness to violate the letter and spirit of House Rules, and their desire to defend Secretary Clinton without regard to the integrity of the investigation.”

Now that was a mouthful.  First, it was McCarthy who said the Select Committee was “politically motivated.”  It has been Republicans who have “leaked information” to the press.  So, I must ask the question:  “What integrity of the investigation” is he referring to?  It is obvious that the Republican side of this “investigation” has had no integrity from the very beginning.

We were told from the beginning that this Select Committee was only interested in the facts.  We were told that Gowdy would ensure the “integrity” of the investigation and that all testimony would be handled as “classified.”  Well, I worked in the “classified” world.  This committee has violated every law pertaining to classified material.

As a result, we have been shown the true light about the Select Committee on Benghazi.  This long running Select Committee is a farce!  It is nothing more than a political game intended to bring down the person Republicans most fear in the 2016 election for President.

What makes this even more farcical, is that they have finally admitted it in public.  We have heard Republicans scream about “abuse of power” when the President issues an Executive Order they don’t like.  But, they have now shown us exactly what the therm “abuse of power” really means.  And they are the guilty party!

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The Republican Party is courting the Conservative Christian Cult like they were the answer to every problem that faces the world.  They court the “gun rights” groups like they will protect America from all the dangers of the world.  They argue against organizations like Planned Parenthood, who has saved millions of women’s lives, because they offer services that are hated by the Cult.

They are pumped up by Fox News which has been on an extremely divisive rant for years.  They are willing to side with wackos like Alex Jones when he says a military exercise is “just an excuse for the government to hunt down and detain conservatives.”  They argue for “religious liberties” and then say religions like Islam should be outlawed.

The 14 or so candidates left in the primaries for the Republican Nomination are all in step with these courtships.  They are all looking to move further right in order to get their votes and win the nomination.  They call it their “Southern Strategy.”

I have written several times that the Republican Party hasn’t come up with a new idea for the country in over 30 years.  That is proven every time a candidate talks about tax cuts.  When they talk about balancing the budget.  As a matter of fact, every time tax cuts and balancing the budget are brought up, the candidates show just how a-moral they really are.

This may take some time, but we really need to look at their strategies and their plans for destroying America.  Yes, I said their plans to destroy America.  Because that is exactly what they want to do.  They want to tear down our democracy and put up a theocracy, another name for dictatorship, in its place.

This country was founded on the basic principle that was stated in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.  That among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Those were very unusual words for their time.  Since the founding of our nation, those words were challenging to a struggling republic which turned into a democracy.  We suffered through the hatred of slavery.  We suffered through the pains of a Civil War in order to end slavery.  We suffered through the pains of segregation through the Jim Crow laws.  We found partial relief with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Since then, we have seen these acts diminish.  We have seen civil rights being denied to groups of people.  We have seen a rise in voter suppression laws to keep minorities, young people, and the elderly from voting.  We have seen hatred rise quickly and be justified by the far right-wing of conservatives.

We have heard the Republican Party become the one group that likes to tell you whom to be afraid of.  They like to say that all immigrants, Muslims, minorities, women, and gays are the real problem in our society.  They point out that immigration needs to be fixed, yet refuse to vote on any bill that comes up.  They even want to void the Fourteenth Amendment granting birthright citizenship.

They claim that “all Muslims aren’t terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”  Which, of course, is nothing more than planting the seeds of hate towards Muslims.  One candidate even said a Muslim should not be allowed to be President.  Adding a “religious test” to the office that is banned by the Constitution he claims to love.

They have all proposed new tax cuts that naturally save the top 1% wage earners hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and placing more burden on everyone else.  They call this a “fair tax plan.”  They say that they want to “balance the budget” yet their tax plans all reduce revenue into the federal coffers.  Estimates from financial experts of all kinds say these tax plans will increase the federal deficit by some $10 Trillion over the next 10 years.

As a result, they know the only way to reduce spending is to eliminate the social safety net necessary for the poor, poor working class and the elderly.  But, even if they can eliminate these social safety nets, the deficit won’t be reduced because those savings will be earmarked for defense spending.

They want you to “support our troops,” especially when they send us to war.  Yet, they are continuously reducing the budget for the VA which is supposed to provide medical and mental health help when we return from those wars wounded.  They refuse to establish more VA Clinics to help relieve the overflow caused by the last two wars.  They simply want to throw our veterans to the trash heap once we served our purpose as cannon fodder for their ideological wars.

When a mass shooting occurs, they are very quick to point out that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”  They always find an excuse like the shooter was “mentally ill” or some other nonsense.  Then they point out the murder rates in places like Chicago, Detroit, New York, and other cities.  They always bring up the Second Amendment as justification for their unwillingness to do something.

It is true that we, the people, have a right to bear arms.  But that doesn’t mean we, the people, have the right to own a cache of weapons that mirror the Army’s.  It doesn’t mean that every person, with a history of criminal background, mental health, domestic violence, or a host of other problems should be allowed these same weapons.

It is ironic that we need to take a test to get a driver’s license yet gun nuts say we don’t need a safety test or background check in order to own a gun.  They claim that driving is a privilege but owning a gun is a “right.”  On the other hand, remember that you didn’t need a driver’s license” to ride a horse or drive a wagon.  Isn’t driving a car a natural outgrowth of those activities?  Or, since transportation is a necessity, shouldn’t that make it a “right” too?

They always talk about “religious liberties.”  Yet, they do not mean all religions have the right to “religious liberties.”  Only “their” religions have that right.  That is what is behind the comments about Islam and that Muslims should not be allowed to be President.

But, even more devilish, “religious liberty” as defined by these people really means that you can discriminate against whomever you wish.  There is no law in this country that you have to obey if can claim that it goes against your “religious beliefs.”  It is this same “religious liberty” argument that gave us slavery and Jim Crow laws.

The Party is always talking about deregulation.  They don’t want any laws that will limit a company’s ability to fleece the public.  These regulations were put in place after the “Great Depression” as a safeguard to protect our economy.  They worked well for decades.  Once the Republicans began chipping away at these regulations, the economy finally collapsed in 2008 once again.  Proving these regulations were necessary, and are still necessary.

The Republicans are against a minimum wage.  They are not just against raising the minimum wage, they are totally against even having one in place.  They believe that corporations should be “trusted” to place wages at a livable rate.  Yet, we see hundreds of corporations paying below poverty wages to millions of American workers.  And even when corporations like Wal-Mart raises their pay, they immediately follow with cuts in hours or positions.

We are constantly pounded with the “taker” myth of our people.  They tell us that 47% of Americans are simply “takers” who want free stuff from the government.  They are simply waiting to get their “welfare” check.  At the same time, they want to cut corporate taxes.  Yet, there are lots of companies like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Burger King, Big Lots, and  host of others that are receiving “corporate welfare” from the government.

This is proven by the fact that these companies pay their employees so low that the employees must use parts of the social safety net just to survive.  These companies each total an average of $1.3 Billion per year in costs to the government for these programs.  They are simply allowed by Republicans to fleece the American Tax Payer in order to keep their profits high and the billions flowing into upper management’s pockets.

What does this all mean?  You have to decide for yourselves, but to me it means that the Republican Party is morally bankrupt!  It means that the American People mean nothing to them, except more profits for them and their financial backers.  It means that the Constitution means nothing to them.  That they would love for that troublesome document to find its way to the paper shredder.

It means we have a major political party that wants to destroy our country.  We have a major political party that wants to win elections based on fear, hate, suspicion, and nativism.  They talk about us being in a “Christian” country, yet denounce every principle of the “religion” they claim to follow in all of their proposed policies.

When reason loses to fanatics, we have a real problem.  When cooperation and compromise become four letter words, we have a real problem.  Sorry America, but we have a real problem.  This problem is not the fault of the Democrats, President Obama, or liberals, or the majority of the American People.  To use their own words, it is the fault of demonic players who have taken over the Republican Party.

Our country faces some real problems.  We still have too many people going to bed every night hungry.  We have problems in our education system.  We have problems with gun crimes.  We have problems with crime.  We have problems with civil rights.  We have employment problems.  We have wage inequality problems.  We have lots of problems.  Blaming someone else for these problems is not the answer.  Dividing our people is not the answer.  Hate is not the answer.

The only answer is for us to come together and work as a country to fix our problems.  That means we need to compromise with each other.  We need to listen to each other.  We need to understand that we are all in this together.  If not, the crazies will continue to win and we will continue to suffer.

That means true Republicans need to retake their party from the demonic players that have taken over.  They need to show they love this country as much as we do.  The country these Republicans want, is not the country I served and love.

Dr. Ben Carson said the other day that Hitler was possible in this country.  He and his fellow Republicans should know.  They are espousing the same hate garbage Hitler did to get to power.

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The Republican Party has been shilling the lie about Family Values and their desire to protect them for years.  Most sane people have seen through this lie for a long time.  All you have to do is look at the number of mass shootings in our country to see they don’t mean a word of it.

Our children are part of what we are supposed to protect in their “Family Values” rhetoric.  Since the Republicans are the main culprits who oppose reasonable gun control, it proves beyond reasonable doubt that Family Values means nothing to them at all.  They are simply lying to get the crazies votes.

It is time to call them out for not protecting “family values” like they say they are.  It is time to put a stop to all of this nonsense before we lose an entire generation of children. If it sounds like I am angry, you are right. I am angry.  This does not have to happen in our country.

Nor, does reasonable gun control mean we have taken guns away from citizens.  It simply means we can at least make an attempt to keep them out of the hands of people who should not be allowed to carry weapons.  It means we can finally show our children that their parents are actually adults interested in protecting them from the evil in the world.

And stop giving me those lame excuses about how “stuff happens” and the Second Amendment and your right to protect yourself and the murder rate in cities like Chicago.  That is all cover for not addressing the issues that need to be addressed that you don’t want addressed.  It is BULLSHIT!  None of those arguments have anything to do with these shootings.  And, don”t tell me that States have the answer, because States are at the heart of what is happening due to their lax gun laws!  In other words, the States are not the solution to the problem, the States ARE the problem.

For example, where do most of the guns that are used in murder in cities come from? Answer:  States that do not require proper background checks when purchased online or at gun shows!  Then transported to the cites. That is where they come from.

Also, have you notice that the vast majority of these mass killers all got their guns “legally?”  That alone should tell you something is wrong with how we allow guns to be purchased in this country.  Every time something like this happens, the gun nuts claim that the person who committed this act suffered from mental illness and it wasn’t the “gun’s” fault.  They then tell you that there is no need for universal background checks to try to keep these guns from falling into the hands of those with mental illness.

For once I agree with the gun nuts.  It isn’t the fault of the gun.  It is the fault of the gun nuts, the NRA, the gun manufacturers, and politicians who won’t stand up to these wackos.  The blood of every dead child, every murdered person, and every suicide that was the result of gun shot lies at their doorsteps!  They are the ones allowing these disturbed people to purchase guns to carry out their heinous crimes.  They are guilty of abetting the murder of our children and citizens!

We are going to hear the same old bullshit from the right-wing about gun “rights.”  But you will not hear about your right live freely without the worry of being shot by some nut allowed to purchase a gun legally.  Stop listening to them, and fight back.  Remember, the blood of our children are on their hands!

This time instead of “offering your prayers” to the victims, show a little backbone and stand up to the gun manufacturers, the NRA and the gun nuts and let us finally do something to stop the madness!  As you can see from the proliferation of these tragic events, your child could be next, or even the next mass shooter!  How will you be able to live with that if you are willing to do nothing?

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I haven’t said much over the so-called Select Committee on Benghazi simply because there hasn’t been much to say.  This hearing has been dragging on for about a year now, and nothing new has come out of it.  Until last night.  But first, let us do a little background.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi was set up by John Boehner to “get to the truth” of what happened that night when four Americans, including our Ambassador were killed.  Even though there have been at least a half-dozen of “investigations” that said there was no conspiracy and that no one has lied to Congress.  That wasn’t enough, because, well, Republicans wouldn’t have anything to talk about.

Trey Gowdy was named the head of the Committee and bragged that he’d be running a professional investigation that has no interest in partisan politics and is committed to learning the truth about the events that led to the deaths of four Americans.  But as we have seen, it leaks at every given opportunity, feeding often misleading information about Clinton’s emails to reporters.

Furthermore, he frequently asserts that he is concerned only with information that is relevant to the committee’s mandate.  All the while expanding the investigation to areas that, by his own admission are outside the committee’s purview and have little or nothing to do with the Benghazi attacks.  But, what the hell, an investigation is an investigation and who cares about the facts or little things like purview.

As you can see, the Republicans claim that this investigation has nothing to do about Hillary Clinton, or anything to do with politics.  It is simply an investigation into the “truth.”  Until last night, that is.

As part of his quest to become the next Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy showed up on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News.  He was trying to show just what type of House he would be leading should he become the next Speaker.  That is when it got real interesting.  As one example of a Republican win in Congress he said:

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?  But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today?”

So much for “getting to the truth.”  As you can see, the “truth” is that the select committee was solely designed to bring down the political career of Hillary Clinton!  I am not the one saying that either, even though I did say it earlier, this is coming from the person who wants to become Speaker of the House.

McCarthy went on to say that this is how “his” House would operate.  It would appear that the House of Representatives has lost sight of the fact that it is supposed to be “governing body” and not a propaganda machine of any political party.

The next time someone talks about Benghazi, maybe you should remind him that the current number 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, and the front-runner to be the next Speaker, announced on national TV that the whole Benghazi “investigation” is simply a political ploy.

I wonder how Trey Gowdy feels being thrown under the bus by someone who is trying to become his boss.  The real funny thing to me is that Hannity didn’t even notice the admission.  He even gave McCarthy applause for “his effort.”  There are no doubts anymore.  The longest running Select Committee is a farce.  Nothing more.

I sure hope Hillary is nice enough to send McCarty a “think you card” for his honesty.  Now she has the ammunition she to fight back.

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What a week, and it is only Wednesday!  We have seen more things crop up lately that I am not even sure where to begin.  I will start by reminding you some of the Republican policies that they want to enforce on this country.

One policy is that companies should have a free hand in deciding how much to charge for their product.  They should also be given a free hand in deciding just how much their employees make producing their products.  They tell us we should “trust” companies to “do the right thing,” and that companies will find solutions to problems we face, including climate change.

They tell us that health care costs are too high.  They tell us that we have “the best health care system” in the world.  They are willing to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding.  They keep expressing their belief that “religious liberties” means you can do whatever you want as long as it is in line with your “religious beliefs” including discriminating against other people.

They are constantly claiming that the science is wrong on Climate Change, even though 97% of scientists tell us that it is not wrong but correct.  Then they tell the Pope to “leave science to the scientists.”  Maybe they should follow their own advice.

So, let me try to figure this whole week out.  Volkswagen was caught cheating on the EPA emissions tests.  Seems they sat down with their smartest people and came up with a software they placed into their diesel engine vehicles which showed lower emissions than was actually being emitted.

The case blew up when, in all places, West Virginia decided to test these “clean diesel” vehicles while actually driving them.  They discovered over 40 times the pollution being emitted than the company and their software claimed they were putting out.  This wasn’t a mistake.  This was a deliberate criminal act.  They “designed” the software to cheat on the test.

If you purchased one of these Volkswagens because you believed the claims about them being clean diesels, you were lied to.  You were cheated.  You are actually driving a car you thought was safe for the environment, but you are causing far more pollution than if you drove some other vehicle.

Remember, Republicans want us to “trust” corporations to do the right thing.  They want us to believe that corporations have the environment and your health at heart and will not do anything to make matters worse than they already are.   Remember, Republicans claim that you can take a company’s word on all matters.  Yeah, right!

The Pope is visiting our country this week.  Conservatives are having a hard time with this visit. On one hand, they love the Pope for his anti-abortion and anti-same sex marriage stances.  Yet they loathe him at the same time because he claims that free market capitalism paves the way towards “greed.”  That they don’t like.  They also loathe him because of his paper on Climate Change.

As usual, conservatives are “cherry picking” what is good and what is bad about someone else.  Some of the more radical anti-environment lunatics are going to boycott his speech to Congress tomorrow.  I say, good.  They weren’t going to listen if he brings it up anyway, so why waste time being there.

In his paper, the Pope used scientific data to show why he believes climate change is real.  He also went on to say that it “is our moral obligation to protect the planet that God has given us.”  That is the part that really has the conservatives up in arms.  How dare a religious leader tell us it is our moral obligation to save the planet?

His social agenda, which is based on the teachings of Jesus by the way, are so repulsive to conservatives we are hearing people like Ann Coulter say: “It is no wonder our Founding Fathers didn’t trust Catholics.”  How nice Ann.  I didn’t realize you were around with the Founding Fathers and know for certain they didn’t “trust Catholics.”  You aged nicely.

Still, these same conservatives should love this Pope as well.  Today his going to anoint a Spanish Missionary to the highest level of sainthood.  Problem is that this missionary is connected to all sorts of evils that were done to the Native Americans living in California at the time.  Including forced labor and torture!  I won’t be surprised if they start claiming the torture done to inmates at Guantanamo Bay was just condoned by the Pope since he is raising a torturer to sainthood.

When it comes to religious liberties, well, Dr. Ben Carson doesn’t believe that includes ALL religions.  He even went so far as to say the Muslims should not be allowed to be President.  He later tried to clarify that he was referring to any person who “puts their religion above the Constitution.”  Well, Dr. Carson what about Kim Davis?  Isn’t she putting her religion above the Constitution?  I haven’t heard you call for her resignation yet.  Or, is it because she claims to be a Christian, so that exempts her from “your standard?”

The Republicans claim health care costs are way too high.  And, for once they are correct.  Yet, they refuse to let Medicare “negotiate” the costs of prescription drugs with the big drug companies.  Medicare Part D recipients are at the mercy of drug companies “doing the right thing.”

We saw this week what that means.  One drug company raised the price of one of their prescriptions over 5000 percent.  It went from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill.  This drug is intended to help HIV and Cancer patients and has been around for years.  Because of the announced increase, the average cost out-of-pocket cost for this drug went from about $1,000 per year to over $63,000 per year.

Yeah, that is showing how companies will “do the right thing.”  In fairness, the CEO announced he would roll back the cost of the drug because of all of the hoopla.  I still haven’t heard if he is rolling it back to the original cost, though.

By denying Medicare the ability to negotiate drug costs, we are overpaying millions of dollars in drug costs alone.  Why can’t Medicare negotiate prices?  We already pay the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world!  So, why can’t the largest government medical plan negotiate prices to save money?  Because, then you cannot claim costs are too high and we need to scrap the plan, that’s why!

While all of this is going on, we still don’t have a budget.  Republicans still refuse to “negotiate” with Democrats on getting a budget passed, and the real anti-American Ted Cruz is still trying to shut the government down.

What this all boils down to is that the Republicans want us to trust them with our future.  The very companies who they claim will “do the right thing” obviously won’t.  Unless you call gouging, lying and cheating the public in the name of profits as “doing the right thing.”  But, apparently we should still “trust” them.

I don’t know about you, but the more this circus goes on, the more disgusted I get with the Republican Party as a whole.  You may say that it is just the fringe element of the Party that is causing all of this mess.  But, it is the silence from the establishment of the Party that is allowing it to go on and on and on.   I have witnessed better leadership from a kindergarten student.

Simply put, the Republican Party is out of ideas.  It is out of integrity.  It is out of touch with reality.  Yet, they want you to put them in power.  I say that their ideals are being proved on a daily basis to be wrong for our country and our future freedoms.




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I really wasn’t going to say too much about this.  As a matter of fact, I was simply going to let everyone make their own opinion about this incident.  But, the way the right-wing, especially intellectuals like Sarah Palin and her daughter seem to think this incident took the course it should have is getting too much publicity.

The incident I am referring to is the one about Ahmed Mohammad in Irving, TX.  Ahmed is a ninth grade student.  According to all accounts, especially from his friends, he likes to tinker and make things.  He made a clock.  That clock was in a pencil box, it contained a power source, and a digital display to show the time.

He was proud of his work, and took it to school to show his engineering teacher.  The teacher liked the clock and applauded Ahmed for his work.  According to reports, he kept the clock in his backpack.  Later, in another class, the clock chimed to indicate the hour.  Ahmed took it out of his backpack to show the teacher what it was.  That is when things got totally out of control.

According to that teacher, it looked like a bomb.  Ahmed was taken to the principal’s office and later he was arrested by the Irving, TX police.  While this was going on, Ahmed told the principal what it was and that he showed it to his engineering teacher.  The principal wasn’t impressed and had him arrested even though everyone knew by that time it was not a bomb.

He was then handcuffed, walked in front of his classmates and taken to juvenile jail.  He was later released and no charges were brought against him.  Yet, the school suspended him for bringing a clock to school.  They then went on to pat themselves on the back for their “courageous” actions in a letter to all of the parents with children in the school.

You must remember a similar case a few years ago.  A black student brought a homemade volcano to school as a science project.  She was also arrested because a teacher claimed that her volcano resembled a bomb.  Again, no charges were brought against that student either.

In both cases, the public, especially those in the community, came to the defense of both students.  In these cases, Ahmed is Muslim, and the woman with the volcano is black.  This is where all the hoopla from the right-wing comes into play.

According to wonderful quitter and half governor, Sarah Palin, Ahmed was “asking for it” when he took the clock to school.  In one of her patented unintelligible rants she said:  “Yep, believing that’s a clock in a school pencil box is like believing Barack Obama is ruling over the most transparent administration in history,” she wrote in a Facebook post in which she shared pictures of her kids’ pencil boxes. “Right. That’s a clock, and I’m the Queen of England.”

But it gets even better.  That wasn’t enough for her highness.  She went on to rant:

“Friends, consider the kids disciplined and/or kicked out of school for bringing squirt guns to school or taking bites out of a pop tart until it resembled (to some politically correct yahoo) a gun. Or the student out deer hunting with his dad early one morning who forgot he had a box of ammo in his truck when he parked in the school’s lot later that day,” she wrote. “Whereas Ahmed Muhammad, an evidently obstinate-answering student bringing in a homemade ‘clock’ that obviously could be seen by conscientious teachers as a dangerous wired-up bomb-looking contraption (teachers who are told ‘if you see something, say something!’) gets invited to the White House.”

I am not sure where to begin.  We all know that schools all across the country have gotten somewhat out of control when it comes to “disciplining” students for things they find inappropriate.  It doesn’t matter where you live, or who you are, you have heard about some strange discipline against students for some pretty stupid things.

Just last week, a second grade student in Utah was removed from class and threatened with suspension over his haircut.  That student is a Native American and he went to school with a Mohawk haircut.  Even though the school “dress code” does not say Mohawk haircuts are forbidden, they still wanted to take action.

They called his parents and said he had to have his hair cut more appropriate.  Remember, this boy is a Native American.  Native Americans wore that type of haircut. That is why they are called “Mohawk” haircuts.  It is part of their tradition.  In this case the boy wasn’t suspended and allowed to keep his haircut.  But only because a Native American leader wrote a letter to the principal telling him that the boy was really a Native American.

But let’s get back to wacky Palin’s argument.  In 2013, a Maryland School District suspended a 7-year-old after he chewed his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun and began waving it around. School officials said that the suspension was prompted by the boy’s disruptive behavior and not the Pop Tart.

The “squirt gun” issue is pretty tricky.  Especially for people like Palin.  A lot of today’s squirt guns have a “genuine” look.  Sometimes it is difficult to tell what is real and what is not.  But, remember Palin and the rest of the conservatives telling us that the Police Officer who shot a boy with a toy gun was justified because it looked like a gun?  I would think that would keep her from using the “squirt gun” analysis in this case.  If they look real enough so a cop can kill a boy who has one, shouldn’t that justify suspending children when they bring them to school?

In 2010, six students at a Michigan high school were suspended after school officials found firearms in their car that they had used on a deer hunt earlier that morning. School policy and signs clearly forbade the students from bringing the firearms onto school property.

It must also be pointed out that none of these students in Palin’s description of their discipline involved an arrest.  Not even those high school students with firearms on school property.  I can forgive a 7-year-old for his behavior.  But, high school students with firearms is a very serious problem.  Especially when you consider the mass shootings that have taken place at schools over the past several years.  Some of them by other students.

Which begs a question.  If we are to arrest someone because his clock may resemble a bomb, why aren’t we arresting others for bringing firearms on school property?  If one is so potentially evil he must be arrested, why isn’t having guns on school property just as evil?  In Ahmed’s case the police knew the clock wasn’t a bomb, but they arrested him anyway.

But Palin and her daughter have really taken offense to the President inviting Ahmed to the White House.  I guess only people like Cliven Bundy should be invited to the White House.  He is a hero to Palin and her gang.  He stole from the American Tax Payers, broke the law, and so far has gotten away with it.  That makes him a hero to people like her.

We have seen too much of this stupidity going on in our schools.  Yes, we need to protect our children from anyone who wishes to cause them harm.  But, as adults, teachers and school administrators need to exercise rational thought when deciding on a course of action.

School are way too quick to use suspension or expulsion, or arrest to discipline students.  Many rules have become draconian.  On top of that, this discipline seems to be used differently depending upon which students are involved.  Students with guns are suspended, a student with a clock is arrested.  Where is the equality in that?

I am not saying that anyone should have been arrested.  As a matter of fact, I am sick of students being arrested as part of disciplining them.  What ever happened to those “teaching moments” where adults figure out better ways to handle situations like these?  What ever happened to school administrators using common sense in these cases?

Students have gotten into trouble since we started having students.  That is not going to change.  Sometimes that trouble is intentional to discover just how far they can go.  Other times it is a simple mistake.  But, if no one is injured or threatened to be injured, why are we having students arrested?

Sarah Palin and her daughter need to crawl back under the rock in Alaska they come from.  They need to let people with a real understanding of the real world help fix our school discipline policy that wants to make students criminals instead of teaching them.

Ahmed did not “ask for it” when he took that clock to school.  That student in Florida did not “ask for it” when she took a volcano to school as a science project.  That Native American boy did not “ask for it” when he went to school in a traditional haircut.  No more than those high school students “asked for it” when they went to school with their firearms in the truck.

The difference is those students were not arrested.  That is the substantial difference in these cases.  That is the point.  If a ninth grade Muslim student with a homemade clock should be arrested, a white high school student who brings a gun to school should also be arrested.

The truth is, neither should be arrested.  These situations should be handled equally and reasonably.  But, they aren’t, and that is the problem.

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Excuse me for asking.  But, what the hell was that last night?  CNN hosted what was supposed to be the second Republican Debate last night.  They even started the telecast telling us that they would probe “policies” and get the candidates to explain why their policies were better than the others.  Maybe I was watching something else, because I didn’t hear too many policies explained.

I have written that I don’t consider these candidates “clowns” as others do.  I don’t consider them clowns because the stakes are way too high,  I do consider them dangerous, and I heard nothing last night that changes my opinion.

There is one certain fact that I did get out of the circus last night.  That fact is that if any one of eight of the 11 main candidates on that stage is elected President in November 2016, we will be at war with Iran by spring of 2017.  Those eight candidates did everything in their power to make sure the American people knew that one “policy” they all supported.

As I watched this fiasco, I again wondered how anyone could consider anyone the winner.  Most pundits are saying that Carly Fiorina won the debate.  Of course, they are laying claim to that claim because she stood up to Trump with her comment “I think every woman in America heard Mr. Trump’s comment.”  Referring of course to the infamous “look at that face.”

There were 11 people on that stage last night.  This is what I took away.  I don’t understand how anyone of us could possibly live in any state other than Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, or New Jersey.  Those states were hyped by their Governors as being “utopias” where there is bipartisan support for the governor and government is running very smoothly.  Everyone in those states has a job, and life is simply peachy.

Rand Paul stood at the edge of the stage looking like a little kid trying to figure out something he could say to get the teacher’s attention.  Mike Huckabee only had a few ideas on his mind.  Bash Clinton, bash the Supreme Court, and bash non-Christians.  Marco Rubio tried to act like an angry man who wants to save the country from Castro-like Democratic government.

Donald Trump stood center stage trying to look like the schoolyard bully he wants Americans to think he is.  Jeb Bush had a huge dilemma.  First he tried to distance himself from his brother, then found himself defending his brother against the attacks from the others.  Carly Fiorina wants people to understand, that as usual, her failed leadership at HP which cost over 30,000 people their jobs wasn’t her fault.  Rather, it was because she went against the status quo.

John Kasich tried to impress everyone with his record.  I will give him some credit, he is the only one of the 11 that actually spoke about working with the other side of the aisle because he understands that without bipartisan support, nothing gets done.  Hear that John Boehner?  Chris Christie tried to  show off his bully credentials as well.  He asked “who is going to prosecute Hillary Clinton?”   Well, Chris, who is going to prosecute you?   Your administration is lurching from one scandal to another. Yet, there has been no prosecution or investigation into you yet.

Ben Carson tried to appear as intellectual.  He argued that he told W. not to invade Afghanistan but to use intelligent ways to get Al Qaeda.  He never said what those “intelligent ways” were and was subsequently attacked by most of the others on the stage.  Scott Walker tried his best to sound like Trump.  He tried to show his credentials of conservatism by claiming that Wisconsin is far better off than it really is.  But, as usual, facts don’t matter to Republicans.

Then of course there was Ted Cruz.  Every time he was asked a question, he stared directly at the camera and tried to sound like a reasonable person.  Except what came out of his mouth was anything but reasonable.  To me, when he stared into the camera to look “thoughtful” I got the impression from his face he was trying very hard not to forget his talking points.

Here is what we know after last night’s supposed debate.  All Republican Candidates hate Planned Parenthood.  All hate President Obama.  All hate Hillary Clinton.  All hate Muslims.  All love war.  All love the idea of us being the “lone wolf” out to protect the world.  All dislike our allies, except for Israel.  They all hate Russia and Putin.  They all hate Iran.  They all hate the Affordable Care Act.

They all claim that education is the ticket to a better life, yet they all support decreasing funding for Public Schools.  The three Governors on stage drastically cut their public school funding since being in office.  You cannot educate children if you don’t spend money to do the job correctly.

Those are the things we know for certain.  Beyond that, we don’t know how they intend to do anything.  On one hand they all spoke about “being a leader in the world” and still want to “go it alone” whenever they think our allies won’t support us.

Most seemed to think climate change is really real, but want us to let the fossil fuel companies to continue burning their filthy energy simply because they think switching to clean energy would “cost too much.”

They want to build up our military.  According to what I heard, none of them think that our military is big enough for their plans.  Of course, no one said how they plan to pay for that military buildup.  Having a huge military costs money.  Where is that money coming from?  Especially when they all want to cut taxes.  Their idea is to reduce revenue and increase defense spending.  That is what Reagan did and it resulted in a terrible economic recession. The math has proven it doesn’t work.

Finally, I will openly admit that I find Ted Cruz the most wacked out candidate we have ever seen, and the most dangerous to our way of life. He is a combination of George Wallace and Genghis Khan.  On one hand he “loves the constitution” and wants to “defend every single word in it” yet wants to eliminate the 14 Amendment among other provisions.  He wants to let people discriminate against others simply because they don’t like them or consider them “sinners.”

Then just to make sure his “warmonger” credentials are in tact, he claimed openly “I will kill terrorists.”  So, I have a suggestion for Cruz and any other Republican on that stage who thinks “killing” is the answer to everything.

If you are listening Mr. Cruz here is what you should do.  Since it is important for the American People to really believe that you are willing to “kill the terrorists” why wait?  You can put together your own private army and go over to Iraq and Syria and “kill the terrorists.”  And, it would even be considered legal.

Since you come from that outstanding State of Texas, you should be able to put together quite an army.  You can recruit from the Aryan Nation, the KKK, and that wacky patriotic group called “Open Carry.”  And, since  you are such an avid and great hunter, they will surely follow you into action.

Other American Patriots can help you too,.  They can start a fundraising gimmick on “fund me” and raise enough money for you to arm, equip, and feed your army.  You can even make Steve King from Iowa your deputy commander.  The two of you can then go and show the American Military how “real patriots” can “kill the terrorists.”

Sorry, but what we watched last night was anything but a debate.  It was more of a shouting match between 11 people who desperately need to get more attention.  CNN didn’t help the case any either.  Their “questions” were so soft you couldn’t even call them softballs.  They were more like “mush balls.”

I sure hope this is not what we get to look forward to in the next 14 months.  But then since Republicans do better when no one votes, maybe that is exactly what they want.  Turn off the voting public so they stay home.

Here is hoping that Act III of this comedic drama has some better substance.  But, I am not holding my breath.  You can call one of them the winner if you desire.  I say there were only losers last night.  And, as usual with Conservatives, the losers were the American People.  As the Wicked Witch of the West once said “What a world!”



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