After successfully shutting down the last attempt by the establishment Republicans to pass an Obamacare replacement bill the Freedom Caucus has been in negotiations with Rep. Tom MacArthur (a centrist Republican) and they have come to an agreement. Today the Freedom Caucus has endorsed the new replacement bill after holding out long enough to get an amendment added to the bill they were fighting for in the first go round.
Here is more:
Paul Ryan’s agenda, and the establishment Republicans as a whole for that matter, seems to be what amounts to a war of attrition against Donald Trump. We saw it with the Obamacare replacement bill and we are seeing it now on the border wall. And we should not forget he has stated not to expect much in regards to tax reform.
It appears to me as if Paul Ryan has made the political calculation that he can outlast Donald Trump and that is what he intends to do. He would rather see Donald Trump fail and possibly lose reelection because he would rather work with a political insider in the next administration and he feels fairly certain he will still be in office after the 2018 election and in 2020 as well.
However his unwillingness to work with Donald Trump may be costing him as his approval rating is plummeting, here is more:
This may sound like old news but there are new details on Barack Obama’s decision to release prisoners in exchange for the nuclear deal so here we go:
You may remember that as part of the Iranian nuclear deal the President released several Iranian-Americans who were being held in prison. He claimed at that time these people “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses.” Here is more:
When President Barack Obama announced the “one-time gesture” of releasing Iranian-born prisoners who “were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses” last year, his administration presented the move as a modest trade-off for the greater good of the Iran nuclear agreement and Tehran’s pledge to free five Americans.
“Iran had a significantly higher number of individuals, of course, at the beginning of this negotiation that they would have liked to have seen released,” one senior Obama administration official told reporters in a background briefing arranged by the White House, adding that “we were able to winnow that down to these seven individuals, six of whom are Iranian-Americans.”
However, the word “charged” seems to be the key word in his statement because according to this report this trade-off was not as innocuous as it seems and these people were not as innocent as Barack Obama would have had us believe. It looks as if Barack Obama downplayed this prisoner swap for reasons which will become obvious shortly. Here is more:
Bill Maher, who claims to be an atheist but worships at the alter of global warming, made the claim on his show, Real Time, that global warming was responsible for the civil war in Syria. But he did not stop there as he also claimed the United States is guilty of gassing Syria…with CO2. Here is what he said:
“[T]he Syrian problem started with climate change. It did. 75% of Syrian farms failed. A million and a half people migrated to the cities. That’s where it began. And by the way, these people who are starving, which is — whether you’re bombed or you’re sarin gassed, or you’re starving, death is death. But — I mean, we talk about Assad gassing people, we’re gassing them too. We’re just doing it slower with CO2.”
So I suppose this would mean the United States is worse than Assad (or whoever gassed the Syrian people) because we are gassing the people more slowly, causing a slow death among the people instead of the relatively quick death Sarin gas brings.
But even if it is true that we are “gassing” Syria with CO2 here is something this global warming heretic cannot understand: if it is true that global warming caused the farms to fail and this led to the Syrian civil war wouldn’t dumping gas which is necessary for plant life actually help the farms? Just saying…
Leftists will claim this is a silly argument to make but is it any sillier than what Bill Maher said?
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium
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As you might have noticed by many of my musical selections, I love sad, depressing music for some reason. Not to get too philosophical but I think it might be a counter-balance to my sometimes overly-optimistic attitude in life. I heard this some earlier in the week and I was struck by the sadness and longing I felt in it so I have decided to share it. On the surface it sounds like a song about someone who is going to pick up and move out in order to start over however the line “so when the day comes and the sun won’t touch my face, tell the ones who cared enough that I’ve finally left this place” sounds to me as if the subject is contemplating suicide.
Remember: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isaiah 43:2 KJV)
Here is Staind performing “Something to Remind You” live from last year:
We all remember the hype in the mainstream media after Barack Obama negotiated a prisoner exchange to secure the return of Bowe Bergdahl to American soil. In that deal five GITMO detainees were released in return for one American deserter and the media went crazy hailing the swap and we all remember the high profile press conference with the parents of said deserter. It was supposedly a great day to be an American.
Aya Hijazi is an Egyptian American charity worker who has been imprisoned in Cairo for three years, you might not have heard of her because the mainstream media has not covered her story, but late last night she returned to America, along with her husband and four other Americans, after Donald Trump worked behind the scenes to secure her release.
On Wednesday Donald Trump signed a bill, the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act, which is designed to help veterans get healthcare if they are having trouble with Veterans Affairs. Here is more:
President Donald Trump signed into law on Wednesday the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act, which “eliminates the original sunset date on the Veterans Choice Program” and “gives veterans who are unable to schedule an appointment at a VA facility in a timely or convenient manner the ability to receive care from an eligible non-VA health care.”
“Using funds that have already been appropriated for this program, this gives our nation’s heroes the peace of mind they deserve while this administration works with Congress to enact comprehensive reform and modernization at the VA,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.
“The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for so long, and it’s time that they’re recognized, and it’s time that we now take care of them, and take care of them properly,” the president said before signing the legislation.
“That’s why I’m pleased today to sign into law the Veterans Choice Program Improvement Act,” Trump said, which “ will extend and improve the Veterans Choice Program so that more veterans can see the doctor of their choice.”
Trump said the bill will ensure that veterans “don’t have to wait and travel long distances for VA care.”
In addition to extending the Veterans Choice Program this bill will also also allow veterans who do not live near a Veterans Affairs facility to seek appointments from other approved outlets which are closer to home. This will also help with the Veterans Affairs backlog, and as Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, this is a good day for veterans:
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium