9 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-31-15

  1. Dump time!

    Who didn’t see this coming? 🙄

    http://hotair.com/archives/2015/08/27/states-approving-huge-spikes-in-health-insurance-premiums/

    “When insurance companies began discussing the necessary premium hikes for the third year of ObamaCare coverage, the White House was quick to dismiss the requests. State auditors would surely force insurers to admit that these requests were overblown. Barack Obama himself told a Nashville audience last month that he couldn’t see why insurers needed to hike premiums by more than a third in Tennessee, the Wall Street Journal recalls:

    At a July town hall in Nashville, Tenn., President Barack Obama played down fears of a spike in health insurance premiums in his signature health law’s third year.

    “My expectation is that they’ll come in significantly lower than what’s being requested,” he said, saying Tennesseans had to work to ensure the state’s insurance commissioner “does their job in not just passively reviewing the rates, but really asking, ‘OK, what is it that you are looking for here? Why would you need very high premiums?’”
    The insurers must have come up with a pretty good explanation. Tennessee approved a 36% hike in premiums for 2016, and they’re hardly alone, as Louise Radnofsky and Stephanie Armour report:”

    “It’s the third year in a row for huge rate hikes, all due to the uncertainties built into the mandate-driven system of ObamaCare. The White House explained the hikes after the first year as an artifact of sudden access to care, but by year three that explanation has worn thin. The cost curve isn’t bending downward in any phase of health care, and it’s not even bending upward any longer. It’s skyrocketing, and insurers are reflecting that in their premium hikes.

    At the same time that premiums have escalated, of course, deductibles have expanded almost exponentially for some families. Consumers are paying outrageously high premiums for insurance they will almost certainly never access, thanks to the need to spend thousands more out of pocket on top of these premiums before insurers have to cover anything but wellness checks.”

    Yeahhhhhh…. 😦

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  2. Gov. Walker described building a wall along the Canadian-American border as worthy of consideration. Hes presently being mocked in Canada. As a northern governor he should realize this is nearly impossible

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  3. Is a return of nationalism the reason Trump is so popular?

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/traitor-his-class_1020527.html

    “Donald Trump is not a serious candidate. Donald Trump is not a serious man. The truth of these statements is supposed to be self-evident. But one begins to wonder, are they true?

    Trump’s popularity, while beyond doubt, is treated not as a legitimate expression of popular will but as a mass psychosis to be diagnosed. It would seem to be the duty of every American pundit today to explain the inexplicable and problematic rise of Donald Trump. The critical question, however, is not the source of Trump’s popularity but rather the reason his popularity is so shocking to our political culture. Perhaps Trump’s candidacy threatens a larger consensus that governs our political and social life, and perhaps his popularity signifies a profound challenge to elite opinion.

    Why is Donald Trump so popular? Explanations range from mere celebrity, to his adoption of extreme positions to capture the most ideologically intense voters, to his explosive rhetoric. These explanations are not entirely wrong, but neither are they entirely right.”

    “Most candidates seek to define themselves by their policies and platforms. What differentiates Trump is not what he says, or how he says it, but why he says it. The unifying thread running through his seemingly incoherent policies, what defines him as a candidate and forms the essence of his appeal, is that he seeks to speak for America. He speaks, that is, not for America as an abstraction but for real, living Americans and for their interests as distinct from those of people in other places. He does not apologize for having interests as an American, and he does not apologize for demanding that the American government vigorously prosecute those interests.

    What Trump offers is permission to conceive of an American interest as a national interest separate from the “international community” and permission to wish to see that interest triumph. What makes him popular on immigration is not how extreme his policies are, but the emphasis he puts on the interests of Americans rather than everyone else. His slogan is “Make America Great Again,” and he is not ashamed of the fact that this means making it better than other places, perhaps even at their expense. “

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  4. HRW,

    I like Walker, but I must join you Canadians in mocking him. 🙂

    What a splendidly stupid idea! 🙄

    Our southern border is the problem. Plus, I don’t think many folks from the north are in a hurry to lower their standard of living by becoming criminal illegals. That’s not an enticing incentive to Canadians like it is to certain 3rd worlders.

    Perhaps Walker is a member of the “Blame Canada” crowd? You’ve seen South Park, so you know how they are… 😆

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  5. Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm………………

    Vince Foster anyone?

    And was this the same “secure” server of Bill’s that Hillary claimed to use?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3215890/Spy-dead-bag-infuriated-MI6-bosses-illegally-hacking-secret-data-Bill-Clinton.html

    “The British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag in his flat had illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton, it has been revealed.

    Gareth Williams, 31, was discovered in a holdall in the bath at his London home five years ago this month, but the mystery surrounding his death has never been solved.

    Today, it has been revealed the spy had dug out a guest list for an event Clinton was due to attend as a favour for a friend.

    The hack breached Mr Williams’ security clearance and this sparked anger among MI6 bosses as tensions rose with U.S. security services over the spy’s transatlantic work, The Sun on Sunday has reported.

    A source said: ‘The Clinton diary hack came at a time when Williams’ work with America was of the most sensitive nature.

    ‘It was a diplomatic nightmare for Sir John Sawers, the new director of MI6 at the time.’
    The paper has also reported that voicemail messages Mr Williams, a maths genius and expert cryptographer, left for family and friends were deleted shortly after his death.”

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  6. The next two we’ll call……..

    “How NOT to Win a War.”

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/pentagon-not-targeting-islamic-state-training-camps/

    “The Pentagon has not conducted airstrikes against an estimated 60 Islamic State (IS) training camps that are supplying thousands of fighters each month to the terror group, according to defense and intelligence officials.

    The camps are spread throughout Islamic State-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria and are off limits in the U.S.-led international bombing campaign because of concerns about collateral damage, said officials familiar with planning and execution of the yearlong bombing campaign.

    Additionally, the IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) camps have been so successful that Islamic State leaders are considering expanding the camps to Libya and Yemen. Both states have become largely ungoverned areas in recent years.

    The failure to target the training camps with U.S. and allied airstrikes is raising questions among some defense and intelligence officials about the commitment of President Obama and his senior aides to the current anti-IS strategy of degrading and ultimately destroying the terror group.”
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    And what are the real life consequences of such in-action? A failed bombing campaign and an ever expanding ISIS.

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  7. Air power is essentially useless without boots on the ground. The onlu effective militia in the area is the kurds. Until the Turks allow the west to arm them, air power is essentially burning money just to make people think they are doing something. Arm the Kurds and provide air support and ISIS will be finished. Of course the Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran oppose this simple solution. In fact the US and Canada have designated sine Kurdish groups as terrorists just to keep Turkey happy.

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  8. This is what Walker actually said, “Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire,” Walker said. “They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”
    Of course, none of the “news sources” I looked at had the exact wording of the question.

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  9. “And was this the same “secure” server of Bill’s that Hillary claimed to use?”

    It appears we have our answer, maybe…

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/08/31/exclusive-hillary-shared-an-email-network-with-the-clinton-foundation/

    “Hillary Clinton’s private email server was housed at the same physical location and on the same network as an email server used and operated by the Clinton Foundation, Breitbart News has exclusively learned.

    Records reveal that Hillary Clinton’s private clintonemail.com server shared an IP address with her husband Bill Clinton’s email server, presidentclinton.com, and both servers were housed in New York City, not in the basement of the Clintons’ Chappaqua, New York home.

    Web archives show that the Presidentclinton.com Web address was being operated by the Clinton Foundation as of 2009, when Hillary Clinton registered her own clintonemail.com server.

    Numerous Clinton Foundation employees used the presidentclinton.com server for their own email addresses, which means that they were using email accounts that, if hacked, would have given any hacker complete access to Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, as well.”

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