“Never mind closing Guantanamo. It might be getting bigger.Obama is running out of time to fulfill his longstanding promise to shutter the prison at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sixty inmates remain in the facility and only a third are cleared for release.If Obama can’t close it, his successor likely won’t. Trump has not only pledged to keep Guantanamo open, in April he said that “we’re gonna load it up with some bad dudes, believe me. We’re gonna load it up.”He told The Miami Herald in an interview that month that he would support trying U.S. citizens accused of terrorism at the base, though that would require Congress to change federal law and would likely face constitutional challenges.”
Looks like the evidence shows that we are in a period of global cooling!! However the global warmers still believe the opposite. “Over the last eight months, global temperatures over land have cooled a record 1.2 C. November is seeing record cold in Russia and South Australia, so we should see the record cooling trend continue.
“Last week, the governor explained Washington insiders underestimated Trump at their own peril. He also mentions the importance of repealing Obamacare..Excerpts of Scott’s speech-“The most striking part about this election is how the pundits and the so-called “experts” inside the beltway had already written the obituary of Trump and the Republican Party.“For months, they were saying that we were dead and gone…“But, Americans were demanding out-right change in this election.”..“Voters were screaming: WE WANT AN OUTSIDER.“Americans are tired of being lied to… We are tired of political correctness at the cost of getting something done! And we are especially tired of Washington elites telling us who to vote for.”
Great Move!!”Incoming FL House Speaker Richard Corcoran is off to a strong start, unveiling ethics changes ranging from banning texting with lobbyists to opening up the budgeting process. The new rules should help change behavior for the better, and the Senate should consider similar reforms… Lobbyists also will have to file a notice on every bill, amendment and budget item they seek to influence. House members will no longer be allowed to ride on private planes owned or paid for by lobbyists.. House members will have to disclose new employment from any organization that gets state money, and they can’t have financial relationships with lobbyists or their clients. They also can’t lobby local governments while in office. The new rules will ban House members who leave office from returning as lobbyists for 6 years, which should slow that revolving door.”
Must Read! “In 2009 congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, referred to as Obama’s stimulus plan. The stimulus was just shy of one trillion. At the time of passage this single stimulus expenditure reflected a growth of approximately 20% in total federal spending. The spending went directly into the deficit.Approximately 30% of that “one time” trillion dollar stimulus was spent in 2009, the remaining 70% was spent in 2010. However, absent a federal budget -and because of baseline budgeting- it became a repeated expenditure in each of the following fiscal years.The $1 Trillion Stimulus was spent eight more times..The shovel ready jobs program was a ruse, as Obama later admitted there were no “shovel ready” jobs created. Instead the reality was the $1 trillion entered the various cabinet offices at the discretion of the President.”
“The fact that none of the Democrats’ leadership from Hillary on down have asked for calm and condemned the rioting is enough to prove that they’ve not missed a beat between Hillary’s campaign and Trump’s presidency.They’re still in the “no justice, no peace” frame of mind. Justice, to them, consisted of Hillary winning the election, and they won’t allow anything resembling political peace because she didn’t. The Washington Post and the rest of the hyper-liberal media, are preparing us for their campaign to convince the public that everything our president-elect does is radical, stupid, racist, and irresponsible.They’re prepping the congressional battlefield for the two toughest fights the Democrats will have in 2017: the repeal of Obamacare and the confirmation of Trump’s nomination of a conservative to replace Scalia on the Supreme Court.”
“It is the EU, not Trump, that threatens to undermine NATO and the security of the West. An EU defense union will present a direct threat to NATO, competing for funds, building in duplication and confusion, and setting up rival military structures.”You can’t say the past doesn’t matter, but instead try to get as much money out of NATO as possible..” This is breath-taking hypocrisy from the defense minister of Germany, which spends less than 1.2% of GDP on defense against an agreed NATO minimum target of 2%, while freeloading off the America’s 73% contribution to NATO’s overall defense spending. Euro leaders would do well to recognize that they need the US more than the US needs them, and that real committed defense from the greatest military power is more beneficial to them than a fantasy army that will have plenty of flags, headquarters and generals but no teeth.”
“While Trump would need Congress to appropriate money to fund a wall across the southern border – he can act alone in other areas, just like Obama has, in deciding how to enforce immigration law..Trump can take immediate actions by himself, starting with canceling Obama’s 2012 DACA, which has provided deportation protection and work permits to about 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children..“One of questions is whether he would cut DACA off immediately or let the program sunset so that when people’s protection expires, he does not allow for renewals..Trump could also permanently cancel a broader Obama program that made more people eligible for DACA and extended legal status to include the parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents. The Supreme Court has blocked that program.”
Beware!! Is this spill still a serious health hazard? “The seabirds began dying soon after the sewage began flowing.The culprit may be some very nasty bacteria in the water. 48 fledgling black skimmers died in Sept after two Pinellas Co cities dumped sewage into Boca Ciega Bay.Official lab tests on the cause of those deaths are still under way, but one of the birds was confirmed to have died of salmonella, she said.. Lab tests on water samples taken by Forys found levels of bacteria 100 to 1,000 times above normal, she said.The amount of bacteria wasn’t the most worrisome part of the discovery.”The type of bacteria found was very unusual — Escherichia fergusonii,” Forys said. “This is a highly pathogenic bacteria that has caused death in birds and mammals (including humans) and is largely antibiotic resistant.”
Good Analysis! “‘Pride goeth before destruction,”and so it was in this election.The evidence is mounting that Obama’s overzealous defense of his “opening Cuba” gambit cost Hillary FL. ..For the president and Ben Rhodes, the establishment of diplomatic relations with one of the world’s last communist dictatorships became something they weirdly defended from any criticism. Even the smallest amendment that watered down coddling the Castros drew fulminating threats of vetoes from the White House. He lifted limits on the import of cigars and rum, and then ordered our ambassador to the UN to abstain from a vote condemning the US economic embargo on Cuba.. Obama was, in fact, venting his frustration with Congress for not lifting the embargo upon his command by letting the world body mock US law unopposed.”
Great Start! “Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the EPA, saying the regulations it has put out under Obama are “a disgrace.” He has vowed to roll back Obama’s effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, known as the Clean Power Plan, and to scrap a litany of other “unnecessary” rules, especially those imposed on the oil, gas and coal sectors.The man planning how to obliterate Obama’s environmental legacy is Myron Ebell, who has long been a cheerful warrior against an alarmist, overzealous environmental movement that has used global warming as a pretext for expanding gov. Ebell has argued for opening up more fed lands for logging, oil and gas exploration and coal mining, and for turning over more permitting authority to the states. And he has urged the Senate to vote to reject an international climate accord signed last year in Paris.”
“Just in time for Vets Day, when we honor those who served their country in uniform, the IG of the Dept of Vet Affairs has unearthed another scandal.This time, it’s that scheduling staff at a clinic in AZ systematically zeroed out patient wait times for thousands of appointments to make it look like goals were being met.Worse yet, this cheating took place between Dec 2013 and Aug 2014, after the broader VA scandal. What the IG found is further evidence of a cover up, and of the fact that the only lesson the bureaucracy learned after being exposed is that it needs to find better ways of hiding its incompetence and dishonesty.Vets Day would be a hollow and meaningless celebration if America didn’t value its vets enough to keep its promises to them, no matter how many politicians or bureaucrats have to be thrown out to make this happen.”
Soros’ MoveOn.org has been revealed to be a driving force behind the organizing of nationwide protests against the election of Trump – exposing the protests to largely be an organized, top-down operation- and not an organic movement of concerned Americans taking to the streets. Wed saw protests in the streets of at least 10 major cities.. In light of the protests and rioting that have transpired since the election of Trump, a closer analysis of the dynamic at play is warranted to gauge whether it’s a grassroots movement, or something much more organized, and potentially dangerous.Now come reports that reveal a substantially coordinated effort. Photos from Austin reveal a line of buses the “protesters” arrived in, making their appearance seem substantially strategically orchestrated.”
“Republicans need 60 votes in the Senate to pass a bill repealing the health care law and would fall short in the new Congress, where the GOP will hold 52 seats.But GOP lawmakers are likely to use a budget tool called reconciliation—a procedure used in the Senate that allows a bill to pass with 51 votes—to roll back key provisions of Obamacare and avoid a Democrat filibuster.The GOP-led House and Senate passed a budget resolution last year that included instructions to use reconciliation to repeal Obamacare and were successful in getting it to Obama’s desk, where it was vetoed.The bill called for the repeal of the individual and employer mandates, Medicaid expansion, tax credits, medical device and Cadillac tax. It also stripped the government of its authority to run the exchanges and lessened the fine for failing to comply with the mandates to $0..”
“Despite total Republican control in Washington DC now, states are where the action is for public policy that actually impacts people,” said Diorio, a policy specialist. As of Wed, with a few results still not confirmed, Republicans have control of 66 of the nation’s 98 statehouse chambers This does not include NE, which has a nonpartisan legislature.. Republicans now control both legislative chambers in 32 states, compared to 13 for Democrats. The GOP also increased its majority of governors from 31 to 33.In the most high-profile of the 12 states voting for their chief exec, Democrat AG Cooper declared victory over Republican Gov. McCrory in NC. But Republican governors won in MO and Vt in races that had been considered toss-ups.And Republicans increased the number of states they fully control from 22 to 24. Democrats have total control of 6 states.