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Results of My Totally Unscientific Bumper Sticker Poll

Dr. Ben Carson 2
Rand Paul 1
Bernie Sanders 1
Hillary Clinton 1
Ted Cruz 1
Interstate 56, Interstate 5, and Pacific Beach in San Diego, California.
Time frame: 42 minutes between my home and the beach
Republicans 3 SUV’s and 1 1958 Chevy pickup with a don’t tread on me (teaparty) flag and a confederate flag.
Bernie Sanders 2014 BMW Convertible (Nice)
Hillary Clinton 2012 Toyota Camry
A young (30 something) white male drove the BMW.
Unable to determine the gender breakdown of other participants.
A Romney/Ryan 2012 bumper stick and Obama/Biden 2008 attempted to vote but were rejected. Wrong election.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Jul 16, 2015, 06:09 PM (9 replies)

Nazi 'perfect Aryan' poster child was Jewish

Nazi 'perfect Aryan' poster child was Jewish

When Hessy Taft was six months old, she was a poster child for the Nazis. Her photograph was chosen as the image of the ideal Aryan baby, and distributed in party propaganda. But what the Nazis didn’t know was that their perfect baby was really Jewish.

“I can laugh about it now,” the 80-year-old Professor Taft told Germany’s Bild newspaper in an interview. “But if the Nazis had known who I really was, I wouldn’t be alive.”

Prof Taft recently presented the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel with a Nazi magazine featuring her baby photograph on the front cover, and told the story of how she became an unlikely poster child for the Third Reich.

The photographer wanted to make the Nazi's look ridiculous, which he did.

This is a great snippet of history.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Jun 12, 2015, 09:54 AM (4 replies)

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Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Jun 10, 2015, 02:16 AM (0 replies)

In 2016, Michigan will hold primary rather than a caucus.

Democrats Planning to Hold Primary in 2016
Party expected to switch to primary after holding caucuses in 3 of last 4 presidential election years.

Many of the state's 152 Democratic delegates will be awarded proportionally depending on how candidates fare in each congressional district.

Many of the state's 152 Democratic delegates will be awarded proportionally depending on how candidates fare in each congressional district. Those receiving less than 15 percent would win no delegates.

I wonder how a sate wide vote will change the race for delegates? Just from my experience, caucuses rely on much more of a ground game and an individual candidates state organization than caucuses.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon May 11, 2015, 02:24 PM (0 replies)

Will Sanders have to register as a Democrat to run in N.H.? Probably

Will Sanders have to register as a Democrat to run in N.H.? Probably
But a few days later, neither Sanders nor the state’s Democratic Party seem too worried about that obstacle. Asked yesterday morning whether he’s given any thought as to how to deal with New Hampshire’s rules, Sanders didn’t explicitly say he would register as a Democrat when asked – but he said, confidently, “We’re going to fulfill all of the rules.”

“I made the decision that the best way to be effective as a campaign, the best way to win is to do it through the Democratic primary process,” Sanders said, before leaving a house party that attracted close to 100 supporters in Manchester. “We will meet all of the requirements of all of the states, including New Hampshire. We will fulfill all of the requirements.”

When a reporter asked again, to clarify whether he would register as a Democrat, Sanders responded, “We’ll do what we have to do.”

“We’re going to be on the ballot in 50 states,” Sanders added. “You don’t win unless you do that.”

This should lay to rest any concern that Sanders will be locked out of running in some states.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed May 6, 2015, 12:37 AM (15 replies)

Condi Rice taking reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation

Condi Rice taking reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is taking the reins of Jeb Bush’s education foundation while the former Florida governor continues exploring whether he will dive into the 2016 presidential race.

Bush resigned from the foundation late last year after saying that he was considering running for president, and on Thursday he tapped Rice, a member of the foundation’s board for two years, as the organization’s new chairman, the foundation’s Web site says.

Bush’s decision to tap her is all in the family: Rice served as secretary of state for his brother, President George W. Bush, from 2005-2009, the first African American woman to hold the position. She also served as Bush’s national security adviser, prior to becoming the nation’s top diplomat.

Jeb Bush created the Foundation for Excellence in Education after completing his second term as Florida governor to continue his influential advocacy of school reform. As governor, from 1999-2007, he launched a series of controversial reforms that centered around using standardized test scores as the chief metric of “accountability” for schools and expanding charter schools and vouchers. His “Florida Formula” became a model for other states. Bush’s foundation hosts a national school reform “summit” every year that brings together like-minded reformers from the worlds of business and policy-making.

I guess Jeb Bush's foundation must be 100% honest and above board.

Hard to find much about it at all, though this old article form 2012 is interesting.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Apr 24, 2015, 01:48 PM (5 replies)

Falling meteor may have changed the course of Christianity

Falling meteor may have changed the course of Christianity
NEARLY two thousand years ago, a man named Saul had an experience that changed his life, and possibly yours as well. According to Acts of the Apostles, the fifth book of the biblical New Testament, Saul was on the road to Damascus, Syria, when he saw a bright light in the sky, was blinded and heard the voice of Jesus. Changing his name to Paul, he became a major figure in the spread of Christianity.

William Hartmann, co-founder of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, has a different explanation for what happened to Paul. He says the biblical descriptions of Paul's experience closely match accounts of the fireball meteor seen above Chelyabinsk, RussiaMovie Camera, in 2013.

Hartmann has detailed his argument in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science (doi.org/3vn). He analyses three accounts of Paul's journey, thought to have taken place around AD 35. The first is a third-person description of the event, thought to be the work of one of Jesus's disciples, Luke. The other two quote what Paul is said to have subsequently told others.

"Everything they are describing in those three accounts in the book of Acts are exactly the sequence you see with a fireball," Hartmann says. "If that first-century document had been anything other than part of the Bible, that would have been a straightforward story."

That would certainly be a different interpretation than any I heard when I was you. I can even understand why Paul and other would interpret an event of this nature as a sign from God.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Apr 22, 2015, 04:53 PM (11 replies)

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You attempted to access

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It is recommended that you do NOT visit this page, however if you know that this web page is safe, you may choose to visit this web page anyway.

I am thinking it is a advertiser, though it is impossible to determine which one.

I suppose, Norton could have been bought by a Republican.

Your suggestions are appreciated.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Apr 14, 2015, 12:43 PM (2 replies)

Netanyahu Will Make History

Netanyahu Will Make History
Well, it’s pretty clear now: Benjamin Netanyahu is going to be a major figure in Israeli history — not because he’s heading to become the longest-serving Israeli prime minister, but because he’s heading to be the most impactful. Having won the Israeli elections — in part by declaring that he will never permit a two state-solution between Israelis and Palestinians — it means Netanyahu will be the father of the one-state solution. And the one-state solution means that Israel will become, in time, either a non-Jewish democracy or Jewish non-democracy.

Yes, sir, Bibi is going to make history. And the leader in the world who is most happy that Netanyahu ran on — and won on — a one-state solution is the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Oh, my goodness. They must have been doing high-fives and “Allahu akbars” all night in the ruling circles of Tehran when they saw how low Bibi sank to win. What better way to isolate Israel globally and deflect attention from Iran’s behavior?

The biggest losers in all of this, besides all the Israelis who did not vote for Netanyahu, are American Jews and non-Jews who support Israel. What Bibi did to win this election was move the Likud Party from a center-right party to a far-right one. The additional votes he got were all grabbed from the other far-right parties — not from the center. When the official government of Israel is a far-right party that rejects a two-state solution and employs anti-Arab dog whistles to get elected, it will split the basic unity of the American Jewish community on Israel. How many American Jews want to defend a one-state solution in Washington or on their college campuses? Is Aipac, the Israel lobby, now going to push for a one-state solution on Capitol Hill? How many Democrats and Republicans would endorse that?

Warning: Real trouble ahead.

This sentence bears repeating: "And the one-state solution means that Israel will become, in time, either a non-Jewish democracy or Jewish non-democracy."
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Mar 19, 2015, 04:58 PM (10 replies)

Election Committee bars PM’s press conference

Election Committee bars PM’s press conference
rime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls a press conference for 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, just four hours before polls close on Election Day.

But the Yesh Atid and Zionist Union parties appeal to Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran, who heads the Central Election Committee, to forbid the press conference.

Good try, Bibi, but they got you.

No campaigning means no campaigning.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Mar 17, 2015, 12:13 PM (2 replies)
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