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Rand Paul: "I support the Reagan approach to the Iran negotiations."

"I support the Reagan approach to the Iran negotiations."


A critically important international debate unfolded last week once a framework was in place to curtail Iran’s nuclear program. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), however, skipped the argument, remaining silent while on vacation.

The senator did, however, broach the subject in his presidential announcement speech in Kentucky this afternoon:

“I envision a national defense that promotes, as Reagan put it, ‘peace through strength.’

“I believe in applying Ronald Reagan’s approach to foreign policy to the Iran issue. Successful negotiations with untrustworthy adversaries are only achieved from a position of strength.”


What Are You Selling?


Party politics: Two small tents, with most Americans on the outside By Bill Schneider April 5, 201

Party politics: Two small tents, with most Americans on the outside

By Bill Schneider

April 5, 2015

The big tents are shrinking. Republicans and Democrats used to take pride in calling their respective parties “big tents” with room for a diversity of views. That tradition has ended for Republicans. It may be on its way out for Democrats as well.

Some liberals are celebrating the fact that retiring Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada will soon be replaced by Senator Charles Schumer of New York. That’s because Nevada is a swing state. “By choosing leaders outside the party’s home turf,” Ari Melber wrote for Politico in 2010, “Senate Democrats up the odds that their standard-bearers will be distracted by close races — caught between the politics of their constituents and the national party.” Reid squeaked by in his 2010 reelection race with 50.3 percent of the vote.

That’s not likely to be a problem for Schumer. New York is a deep-blue state. Schumer won with 67 percent of the vote in 2010.

The main reason the tents are shrinking is that the number of swing states is diminishing. Congressional Republicans increasingly represent red states and congressional Democrats blue states. Thirty percent of Democrats in the House of Representatives now come from just two states — New York and California.


War will be endless because peace isn't profitable.


When people get unreasonably defensive about feminism or racial or LGBT equality....


Adorable Moment When President Obama Got Interrupted by Bees

President Obama couldn’t calm a group of kids about nearby bees, making it the second time in as many weeks the president has been unable to pacify a rowdy and disrespectful group of children about an overhyped existential threat.


In 19th Century, Scientists Calculated Gases In Atmosphere Cause A "Greenhouse Effect"

The Carbon Dioxide Greenhouse Effect

In the 19th century, scientists realized that gases in the atmosphere cause a "greenhouse effect" which affects the planet's temperature. These scientists were interested chiefly in the possibility that a lower level of carbon dioxide gas might explain the ice ages of the distant past. At the turn of the century, Svante Arrhenius calculated that emissions from human industry might someday bring a global warming. Other scientists dismissed his idea as faulty. In 1938, G.S. Callendar argued that the level of carbon dioxide was climbing and raising global temperature, but most scientists found his arguments implausible. It was almost by chance that a few researchers in the 1950s discovered that global warming truly was possible. In the early 1960s, C.D. Keeling measured the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere: it was rising fast. Researchers began to take an interest, struggling to understand how the level of carbon dioxide had changed in the past, and how the level was influenced by chemical and biological forces. They found that the gas plays a crucial role in climate change, so that the rising level could gravely affect our future. (This essay covers only developments relating directly to carbon dioxide, with a separate essay for Other Greenhouse Gases. Theories are discussed in the essay on Simple Models of Climate.)

To get an overview, start with Summary:

Elizabeth Warren Chastised For labeling Herself Native American---Jeb Bush Registered As Hispanic

This may come as a surprise to his parents:

According to the document, obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Mr. Bush checked off “Hispanic” in the field labeled “race/ethnicity.”

Carolina Lopez, deputy supervisor of elections for Miami-Dade, explained that voters first submit hard copies of applications with a signature before receiving a voter information card confirming their address and polling location.

According to the Florida Division of Elections, the application requires an original signature because the voter is swearing or affirming an oath.



There is little doubt that Jeb Bush possesses strong credentials for appealing to Hispanic voters.

He speaks fluent Spanish. His wife, Columba Bush, was born in Mexico. For two years in his 20s, he lived in Venezuela, immersing himself in the country’s culture.

Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate, was born in Texas and hails from one of America’s most prominent political dynasties. But on at least one occasion, it appears he got carried away with his appeal to Spanish-speaking voters and claimed he actually was Hispanic.

In a 2009 voter-registration application, obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Mr. Bush marked Hispanic in the field labeled “race/ethnicity.


Easter Toon: An oldie but a goodie (and it involves chocolate!)

"hands up-can't shoot"

Kentucky erupts in rioting after NCAA loss (They're blowing off steam)
MSM would call them violent "Thugs" If Black

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