Comey Testimony Drama
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What Goes Up Must Come Down
Mullahs Who Live In Glass Houses
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Ryan contends there are certain provisions of Obamacare that can’t be repealed in his bill because of the Senate’s “Byrd Rule,” which stipulates that if a measure doesn’t impact federal finances, it can’t be struck from the bill unless a waiver is passed with a 60-vote supermajority. Republicans have only a 52-48 majority in the Senate.
But members of the House Freedom Caucus, along with senators such as Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and Mike Lee, R-Utah; argue the bill that passed Congress in 2015 through the reconciliation process and was vetoed by President Obama already has proved it can do the job of repealing Obamacare.
Earlier Tuesday, Ryan used his weekly press briefing to make a case for the GOP leadership’s bill,
The Freedom Caucus and its allies, however, believe there is a third way. They contend the leadership’s bill creates a new entitlement program through tax credits, and they oppose its expansion of Medicaid and its 30 percent premium penalty for those who choose to drop their insurance coverage for at least two months and want it reinstated.
Ryan said the second prong of the leadership’s plan would be to repeal Obamacare regulations via executive order, followed by passing legislation that would accomplish aims such as allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines.
“There are folks,” he continued, “who would love to see us put in this reconciliation bill all these other ideas,” but the measures would be filibustered because of Senate rules.
Lee’s spokesman, Carroll, reacted.
“I think it’s pretty funny that Paul Ryan is trying to tell us what the Senate rules are,” he told WND.
“When they passed the 2015 bill, they said they couldn’t get rid of the Medicaid expansion because of the Senate rules, and they were wrong,” he pointed out.
Ryan and his leadership are “in the House,” Carroll said, “and they should stick to the House rules, and they should leave what is doable in the Senate to us.”
Carroll said Lee met with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Wednesday morning and had dinner with Vice President Pence that evening to discuss his differences with the leadership’s plan.
“Price seemed receptive to the changes that Senator Lee brought forward, but we’ll see if those are at all incorporated,” Carroll said.
Asked the senator’s response to the warning to House Republicans Tuesday from President Trump, who has endorsed the Ryan plan, that they would suffer an electoral “bloodbath” if they didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, Carroll replied: “All the more reason we need to pass the 2015 repeal bill.”
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“Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity,” Trump said in a statement. “He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American. I am proud to nominate him as Secretary of Health and Human Services.”
Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center (MRC) released the following statement on Price’s nomination:
The appointment of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services is yet another excellent cabinet choice by President-elect Trump. Trump seems absolutely committed to honoring his pro-life commitments by selecting a man with a 100% pro-life record…And in choosing a pro-life cabinet member, Trump has disrupted the liberal media’s pro-abortion agenda, their single most important issue.
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser also commented:
Representative Tom Price is an excellent choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services. He has a 100 percent pro-life record and is well positioned to champion truly comprehensive health care. He helped lead the charge to defund Planned Parenthood through budget reconciliation, setting the stage for President-elect Trump and a pro-life Congress to reallocate those funds to support comprehensive women’s healthcare. As HHS Secretary, he will play a key role in developing a robust health care reform proposal that protects life and consciences, while promoting options for low-income individuals and families.
Similarly, Ashley McGuire, senior fellow with The Catholic Association, released the following statement:
President-elect Trump has made an excellent choice in Rep. Price as Secretary of HHS. In particular, Rep. Price’s strong pro-life values and record to match make him the right man to reform an agency that has been marred by its aggressive abortion agenda. The Department of HHS caused the largest religious liberty class-action lawsuit in American history when it tried to force religious employers and charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for and provide things like abortion pills in their healthcare plans. We are confident that Rep. Price will finally put an end to the anti-religious liberty HHS mandate, as well as introduce comprehensive reforms to restore the agency as one that genuinely promotes healthcare that respects human life and dignity.
Sister Hatune Dogan, who has worked for 26 years helping Christians and Yazidis, said: “Europe has admitted the wolves, the sheep are still [in Syria and Iraq].”
“Wolves”, the nun explained, are the Muslim migrants living in Europe who despite courses in “European values” and integration continue to live according to the Koran.
Speaking of “sheep”, the nun said she was referring to persecuted Christian and Yazidi minorities in Muslim-dominated countries, and spoke of “mothers, the children and the orphans who haven’t enough money” to leave.
“I do not think that people who live [the values of the Koran] can be good for us,” she said, adding: “79 verses alone call for infidels to be killed”.
Noting that 96 per cent of people across the Middle East were Christians until the eighth century and that the figure is now just six per cent, Sister Hatune urged politicians to “wake up” and look more closely at the beliefs of the asylum seekers.
In a recent lecture in Germany, Sister Hatune said women in Islamic societies “have no value. They are just there for the pleasure of the man, and even more so if they are unbelievers.”
Speaking about her years of aid work in Muslim countries, the sister recalled how she’d listen as women cried about wounds to their breasts and genitals. “All atrocities committed in the name of Allah,” Sister Hatune told the audience, adding: “Not since yesterday but for centuries.”
Dr Phyllis Chesler has written for Breitbart News about some of the work the sister and her charity, the Hatune Foundation, have done rescuing Christian and Yazidi girls from the clutches of Islamic State in Iraq.
The Ten Commandments are found in the Old Testament (see Exodus 20:1–17), but Latter-day Saints know that those commandments apply in all ages, not just in Old Testament times. Abinadi taught the Ten Commandments in the Book of Mormon (see Mosiah 12:33–36; 13:13–24), and the Lord revealed them again to the Prophet Joseph Smith for our day (see D&C 42:18–29; 59:5–13).
Although people in many societies today disregard these commandments, we believe they are still in effect. President Thomas S. Monson explained:
“Behaviors which once were considered inappropriate and immoral are now not only tolerated but also viewed by ever so many as acceptable. …
“Although the world has changed, the laws of God remain constant. They have not changed; they will not change. The Ten Commandments are just that—commandments.
They are not suggestions. They are every bit as requisite today as they were when God gave them to the children of Israel.”1
We do not speak ill of others for not following the commandments. Rather, we look at our own lives and determine how well we live by the divine instruction we’ve been given.
The Ten Commandments represent basic standards of behavior that can be divided into two groups: how we treat God and how we treat others.
Because of God’s continued revelations to His prophets, we have learned more about what He expects of us, but the Ten Commandments remain a good place to start in our quest to be obedient. “[God’s] commandments are a manifestation of His love for us and obedience to His commandments is an expression of our love for Him.”2
Here are some examples of living the commandments today:
“Thou shalt not covet” (Exodus 20:17). Coveting leads to, among other things, dissatisfaction and unhappiness.
“Thou shalt not covet” is the 10th commandment, but in some ways it is one of the most important, because coveting can lead to lying, stealing, and even murder. ~C.A. Davidson
“God’s commandments are not given to frustrate us or to become obstacles to our happiness. Just the opposite is true. He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just how we need to live our lives in order to obtain the greatest happiness possible. …
“Our Heavenly Father loves us enough to say: Thou shalt not lie; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not commit adultery; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; and so on. We know the commandments. He understands that when we keep the commandments, our lives will be happier, more fulfilling, and less complicated.”
President Thomas S. Monson, “Keep the Commandments,” Ensign, Nov. 2015, 83.
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Blessed are those that can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’
The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.’ The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.
As Ronald Reagan said:
BOTH POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED OFTEN AND FOR THE SAME REASON!
Obama was offered some choom out there in wherever. I can’t keep up with him. (interruption) He was in Denver? He’s out there playing pool. We got a border crisis and he’s out there playing pool. Somebody offered him a hit, a doobie. He had to be tempted. You know he had to be tempted. ‘Cause he’s out there, the last thing this guy can afford to look like is the president right now. He’s got to look like anything other than the president in order to stay in tight with the low-information pop culture crowd.
I mean, ladies and gentlemen, that is part and parcel the Limbaugh Theorem. When all of this chaos is visiting the country, he can’t act in charge of it. He’s gotta act like he’s just one of the guys and he’s upset by it, too, and this is how he’s dealing with it. He’s hanging around with the peeps. He’s running around shooting pool. He’s going to bars. Some loco weed actually offered the president of the United States a hit!
In fact, we have the sound bite. It’s the very last one. Grab number nine, it’s only three seconds. You’re gonna have to listen fast to this. It’s in a bar where they sell adult beverages. There’s a pool table, and Obama’s in there shooting pool. He’s relating to the people, and he was asked whether he wanted to smoke marijuana by a fellow patron in the bar.
MAN: Do you want to hit this? (laughter)
RUSH: “Do you want to hit this?” And Obama laughed. Imagine being asked — well, Clinton, yeah. “Hey, hey, you want to inhale? You want to inhale tonight? Hey, you want to hit this?” Can you imagine? The guy knows, the patron knows, Obama’s a choomer. Anyway, folks, you gotta find things to make you smile. You have to find things that you can somewhat chuckle and laugh at. It’s what we do here each and every day.
Ted Cruz has — you know, the big controversy over Obama not going to the border, and a bunch of Democrats are getting really worried about the optics here. They’re getting really worried that this is going to be Obama’s Katrina moment. Now, to refresh your memory, Bush’s Katrina moment was when he flew over New Orleans after the hurricane had gone through there. He was looking out the window of Air Force One and a photographer snapped a picture of Bush looking out the window, flying by New Orleans.
ISIS=Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
In his first interview with any media since the ISIS invasion began in Iraq, the prime minister there, Nouri al-Maliki, has announced that he is giving up, giving up on trying to get fighter jets from America, because the United States is delaying the process too long.
So Nouri al-Maliki is going to buy fighter jets from Putin instead. He’s going to buy fighter jets from Russia. Nouri al-Maliki even says that Iraq was deluded, deluded when they signed the contract with the US. Deluded, what does he mean? Fooled, delusional, stupid, betrayed. Whatever, it sure sounds to me like the Regime is trying to keep the Iraq government from being able to defend themselves. The first thing that Iraq asked for is just some fighter jet cover, just some bombing raids on the ISIS bad guys.
I mean, we’re sending the Iraqis right into the waiting arms of the Russians. Could it be, ladies and gentlemen, that what we’re doing here is actually just giving Iraq to the Russians? Maliki is all excited now. He’s gonna get the Russian jets. He’s saying that the Russian jets are gonna turn the tide. He’s really hopped up here. He thinks that the jets that the Russians are gonna send him are gonna do bombing raids on ISIS and are gonna turn the tide and stop this onslaught and maybe even reverse it.
Now, the Russians have always wanted Iraq. I mean, there’s a lot of oil there. And unlike Obama, Putin actually appreciates it. Putin sees the value in having as much of it as he can get and controlling as much of it as he can. The Russians have always wanted Iraq. In fact, this is not widely known, and it might even be disputed by some who are not aware of it, but one of the reasons way back in the 1980s that the Russians invaded Afghanistan was to get to Iraq. It was a steppingstone.
So apparently al-Maliki offered to buy some jets from us and Obama wouldn’t even sell ’em. Not just wouldn’t send any to provide cover, but wouldn’t sell any jets to al-Maliki. (interruption) Who, Obama? (interruption) Yeah. He wants Regime change. He wants al-Maliki out of there and that’s what he’s holding out for, and he’s gonna get it.
The Russians. Iraq is gonna — (interruption) Yes, they are friendly with Iran already. So if you have Iraq pending as a puppet client state of the… We know what Putin wants to do. He wants to reconstitute the Soviet Union. It doesn’t have to be the same countries.
By Drew MacKenzie
Immigration authorities were aware months ago there was going to be a massive surge of immigrant minors this year despite the “surprise” influx causing a humanitarian crisis, National Review reports.
Tens of thousands of unaccompanied alien children from Central America have poured across the border into Arizona and Texas in recent months, overwhelming Border Control agents and resulting in a critical situation at makeshift immigrant detention centers.
The Department of Homeland Security said last week that it has been processing 52,000 minors who have arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico between last October and June this year, twice as many than the previous 12 months.
However, earlier this year, data showed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of Homeland Security, knew that southwestern states faced an onslaught of underage migrants and appeared to be preparing for it, the National Review said.
The first request seeking “escorts” for 65,000 unaccompanied children was posted in January on a website that displays federal contracts, and was recently noticed by the conservative website Weasel Zippers.
Asked whether the request showed that ICE was anticipating an influx of illegal child migrants months before it happened, ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said the number of unaccompanied children caught along the southwest border has increased significantly for each of the past three years.
The second posting came this month, but appeared to minimize the significance of immigrant children, saying that “among the groups of aliens transferred from [Customs and Border Patrol] to ICE are unaccompanied alien children.”
But the request was posted alongside a Statement of Work, with several references to unaccompanied minors, making it apparent that the job consisted primarily of escorting children, according to the National Review.
The work order said that children must receive three meals a day and “seconds” if they wish, plus vegetarian meals would be given if needed. Contractors were instructed to demonstrate “cultural sensitivity and age-sensitive conduct.”
The potential “escorts” were also informed that they were not allowed to “handcuff juveniles during transport unless there is evidence or a perceived threat of violent behavior, a history of criminal activity, or other reasons to believe the alien is an escape risk.”
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“Student Leaders Ask Hillary To Return ‘Outrageous’ $225,000 School Speaking Fee — Two top student government leaders at the University of Las Vegas are requesting Hillary Clinton return the ‘outrageous’ $225,000 speaking fee she reportedly will receive for an upcoming speech at the school in October.
“In a video circulated by the national Republican Party Friday, Elias Benjelloun, the UNLV student body president, and Daniel Waqar, the student government’s public relations director, slammed the university’s foundation for paying Clinton so much for the event.” All was fine until they found out what she makes. She gets $225,000 for a speech, and the students are making moves on getting the money back.
In Communism, bureaucratic government owns and controls business. In Fascism, businesses are privately owned, but controlled by a dictator. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 2003: Fascism exalts race above the individual.
Welfare is not welfare. Welfare does not equal poverty. It’s become a lifestyle. That’s not by accident. This is all the result of policy. It is policy that has long been the dream and desire of the Democrat Party. Sadly, many Republicans, rather than fight this, have sat by idly and let it happen, because they’re afraid of fighting it. Then you add in the crony capitalism or crony socialism that we were talking about last week. American business no longer has to innovate in order stay ahead of its competition. Some American businesses only need a sugar daddy relationship with the administration, and that relationship alone makes it impossible to compete against them. Their competitors can’t keep up with a company that has a sweetheart relationship with the federal government.
For example — and this is a good one. I don’t mean to harp on them, but it’s an example that was published in a piece about this I saw. How many of you were shocked like I was when you read early on that Walmart was on board for Obamacare? Instinctively it doesn’t make any sense. The instinctive, traditional understanding is that Walmart is an American major corporation, and, as such, doesn’t want anything to do with government. This is the natural assumption people would make. You add to it the Walmart history and tradition, Arkansas, thought to be Republican, conservative, free market, free enterprise, leave government, get ’em away from me, don’t want any part of ’em.
And then all of a sudden, out of the blue, Walmart — and they’re not the only one, just a great example — are supporting Obamacare. Well, why? Probably simple. They can afford the pain. They can afford whatever new costs. And because of their relationship with Obama, they’ve got waivers or exemptions. But their competitors can’t afford it, and their competitors don’t have the waivers.
So Walmart — without having to innovate, without having to lower prices, without having to really compete with its competitors — can win. Costco is another example. Costco all of a sudden one day comes out in favor of the minimum wage. It makes no sense. The minimum wage doesn’t do anybody any good. It causes the loss of jobs. It does not raise anybody’s standard of living.
But Costco’s right there supporting the Regime and the minimum wage. Why? Because they formed a relationship! It’s easier to be with somebody like Obama than to have him angry at you and targeting you. Plus you can afford a minimum wage increase, arbitrary though it is. Your competitors can’t. Therefore your alliance with the government results in your competitors being harmed, not anything you’ve done in a competition sense.