Wednesday, December 31, 2014

16 for '16: The Most Talked-About GOP Presidential Contenders

By Todd Beamon and Bill Hoffmann
NEWSMAX
 
With former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's announcement this month that he would "actively explore" a run for the White House in 2016, the race for the Republican nomination has begun.

Bush is among many possible contenders. They span the full conservative spectrum, from tea party-based legislators like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to former three-time New York Gov. George Pataki and other moderates and liberals including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The winner may possibly square off against former Democrat Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She is expected to announce her decision early next year.

"It is going to be a big field," Kyle Kondik, a political analyst for the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, recently told Newsmax. "There's going to be a lot of capable people in the field."

Here's a snapshot of 16 possible contenders (listed alphabetically) for the 2016 Republican nomination:

John Bolton

Personal: Age: 66; U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President George W. Bush; married, one child.

Pros: Strong foreign policy credentials; considered honest, straightforward and direct.

Cons: Seen as lacking in charisma; considered a neoconservative and a war hawk.

Related Story: John Bolton: 'Let's Keep the North Koreans Guessing'

Jeb Bush

Personal: Age: 61; former two-term governor of Florida; son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush; married, three children.

Pros: Regarded as a successful and popular governor in a key battleground state; member of the Bush political dynasty; has high Latino support; speaks Spanish.

Cons: Has the electorate had enough of the Bush family? If he runs against Hillary Clinton, one could ask the same question about that surname. Backs Common Core and immigration reform, two unpopular issues with Republicans.

Related Story:
Jeb Bush Continues to Resign from Boards as 2016 Run Talk Grows

Dr. Ben Carson

Personal: Age: 63; retired director of pediatric neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University Hospital; married, three children.

Pros: Rational, plain speaking; brilliant medical background; gained national attention with biting speech against Obamacare at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, as President Barack Obama sat on the dais.

Cons: Has never held political office and lacks political experience on any level; likely considered a one-trick-pony opposing Obamacare.

Related Story: Ben Carson: Obama Helping Illegals While Appalachia, Cities Rot

In an article explaining why North Korea is not a state sponsor of terrorism, Foreign Policy calls for the U.S. to do away with this old classification in favor of a new designation: the “Unacceptables List.”

“This category would cover all foreign governments whose actions U.S. officials routinely deride as “unacceptable,” but then do very little in response to prevent or deter those actions from reoccurring,” the article states before going on provide a few examples.
This would provide diplomatically interesting results. For example, using the State Department search engine, the top 10 countries for whom “unacceptable” was most often used in conjunction with since the start of the Obama administration: Syria (147), Iran (118), North Korea (115), Israel (87), Pakistan (83), Russia (78), Egypt (77), China (74), Afghanistan (66), and Iraq (63).
Hmm, notice how our “strongest ally and greatest friend” is sandwiched nicely between a communist dictatorship and a safe haven for terrorists? Israeli news website Ynetnews did:
Most of the condemnations relating to Israel involved building in settlements or the announcement of plans to construct additional housing behind the Green Line. Government spokespeople also castigated Israel for civilian casualties during Operation Protective Edge. […]
The US State Department is not the only entity in the international diplomacy arena that tends to recycle certain phrases. Ynet found that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon used the word "concerned" 140 times in 2014 in statements responding to events. Israel and Palestine were the most concerning places of 2014, with 19 press releases using the term.
"The absurd and arbitrary way in which the United States condemns her allies more than her enemies only serves to render Washington’s pronouncements meaningless in the eyes of most Israelis," Israel Today's David Lazarus writes.  

After all, he observes, "How can building homes in Jerusalem be condemned on par with the actions of nations repeatedly engaged in aggressive and murderous violence towards their own civilian populations with absolutely no regard for human rights?“
Obamacare's Annus Horribilis
Michelle Malkin / Townhall Columnist

There's no candy coating the truth: Obamacare has had a very terrible, horrible, crappy, none-too-happy year. What it really means is that the victims of Obamacare -- taxpayers, health care consumers, health care providers, employers and employees -- have had a hellish, nightmarish 2014.

Let's start with premiums. President Candy Land promised that he'd "lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year." But premiums for people in the individual market for health insurance have spiked over the last year. In fact, Forbes health policy journalist Avik Roy and the Manhattan Institute analyzed 3,137 counties and found that individual market premiums rose an average of 49 percent.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services itself admitted this month that average premiums will rise at least five percent for the lowest-cost plans offered by federal Obamacare health care exchanges. Democrats' reaction? Obamacare rate shock doesn't matter ... because government is redistributing the burden and taxpayers are footing the bill! HHS crowed this week that nearly 90 percent of exchange enrollees received public subsidies in order to pay their premiums.

"Affordable" doesn't mean what White House truth-warpers says it means -- just like everything else they've spewed about the doomed federal takeover of health policy in America.

As the White House tries to hype year-end enrollment numbers and hide Obamacare-imposed cancellations, just remember that the administration got caught this fall cooking the books by including 380,000 dental plan subscribers that have never been counted before. Innocent oopsie? The "erroneous" inflation just happened to push the Obamacare enrollment figures over the president's 7 million goal, while fudging the attrition of more than 1 million enrolled in Obamacare medical insurance plans.

Obama’s See-No-Islam Policy Forces Military Rethink, “We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it”

 Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

As I have said every day for the past decade, you can’t defeat an enemy that you refuse to name or speak of (in accordance with Obama’s sharia-compliant restrictions on jihad).  Just this morning I said (yet again) that the political, cultural and media elites still fail to grasp the theological issues that drive this savage movement.

Now a General is admitting it.

It is good that someone in a position of power and influence finally understands that the rivers of blood will not stop under Obama’s see-no-Islam, hear-no-Islam, speak-no Islam edict. What took so long?

“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata. They do not understand...


     

Living on Mars is un-Islamic, and five other weird fatwas from 2014

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Op-ed:
Playing on the Game Board that is the Middle East

By: Diane Sori

“We have come close to the motherland of corruption – the cursed Israel. With Allah’s help, we will trample over their bodies.”
One of many messages posted to a twitter account connected to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps @ IRGCnetwork

On Monday, Pamela Geller posted on her blog 'Atlas Shrugs' a piece about Iranian soldiers being photographed about a week and a half ago in both the Bekaa Valley and Baalbek in southern Lebanon near the border of Israeli-occupied Palestine (http://pamelageller.com/2014/12/iranian-...) and if you do NOT think this is serious folks you have NO clue about the grave ramifications this has NOT only for Israel but for the U.S. as well. And with other recent yet still unfolding events pointing to the fact that soon there will most likely be a war between Israel and Iran, and with Hezbollah...controlled by their puppet masters Iran right there on the front lines of the attack...we will see a tandem effort by both to try and wipe Israel off the map.

Notice I say 'try.'

And what of the photos themselves...photos of soldiers that are a sad yet scary harbinger of things to come...photos of soldiers wearing generic military fatigues but with patches of the flags of both Iran and Hezbollah upon them. And remember too that Iran has freely admitted sending military advisers to assist Syria and Iraq in their fight against Sunni-led rebels as they are probably the staunchest ally that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has. In fact, just this past October...and kept for the most part hidden from us by the Obama-controlled media...Iran actually told us of its plan to send a large weapons shipment to the Lebanese Army and to Hezbollah “in order to improve security in Lebanon and the region, and to combat terrorists.”

Terrorists combating terrorists...NO I do NOT think so...terrorists aiding terrorists is more like it.

But while admitting to one plan Iran denies...with fingers crossed behind their back of course...the most serious aspect of this equation...that being their sending of combat forces to both countries. And to that affect isn't it anything but coincidental that now all of a sudden terrorist/jihadist acts have increased in both countries.

So with this latest influx of Iranian weapons being sent to Hezbollah, Hezbollah can prepare itself for an Iran orchestrated attack against Israel, ignoring the fact that Israel will then be obligated to retaliate against them and they will do so with more strength than they ever have before, because with Iran in the mix their very survival as a Jewish state would depend on it. And this time know there will be NO returning to the table to have 'so-called' peace talks NO matter the words, wishes, wants, demands, or hissy-fits made by the likes of Barack HUSSEIN Obama or his buffoon of a side-kick John 'Swiftboat' Kerry.

And hovering above all and casting a very ominous shadow remains Iran's still continuing nuclear ambitions...nuclear ambitions that if successful could then fall into the hands of simply put...very bad people.

So as the players move their pieces into place on the board known as the Middle East are we now on the cusp of World War III. Some might say we are in the Biblical sense, but since I deal only in the tangible here are now I believe the end can still be avoided through the actions, strength, and courage of one man and one man alone...that being Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...a man whom I and my RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS radio partner Craig Andresen consider to be the world's last great statesman for what is a statesman but a leader whose wisdom and integrity win them respect whether you agree with their stances or NOT and Netanyahu most assuredly personifies both qualities.

And while Barack HUSSEIN Obama does NOT respect Netanyahu...as he respects NO one except maybe his fellow brother in hate the anything but Reverend Al Sharpton...he does fear him for he knows BiBi will only allow himself and Israel to be pushed just so far.

And a great statesman knows when others who play on the political stage must be publicly admonished, and to that affect Benjamin Netanyahu is the only one who has stood steady and strong in condemning the U(seless)N(ations) for its in-your-face obvious bias against Israel, as evidenced by their placing resolution after resolution against the Jewish State yet nary a word is said against those who perpetrate violence against Israel. “We will continue to insist on our truth and we will also continue to vigorously rebuff attempts to force terms on us that would endanger our security and our future. We expect national unity on this national issue,” Netanyahu has said, and those are fighting words with NO room for placating the enemy. Unlike the words and actions of Barack HUSSEIN Obama, the very man who coddles, placates, and then acquiesces to America's enemies...the very man who has eased sanctions on Iran thus allowing them the time and monies needed to move forward...and NOT so secretively I might add...with their nuclear ambitions...thus willingly paving the way for Iran to be on the threshold of developing a nuclear weapon...if NOT actually securing one.

And Netanyahu alone seems to understand that Iran must be completely neutralized of its ability to assume any and all nuclear capabilities, all while Obama continues to stress that he is open to Iran continuing to enrich uranium for their who-are-they-trying-to-kid 'civilian use' scenario NO matter that the dismantling deadlines regarding their enrichment of uranium...deadlines they themselves have agreed to...have come and gone. And as Netanyahu has said on more than one occasion, "...a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a far greater threat to the world than ISIS fighters ever could." And that threat includes Iran's goal of also securing ballistic missiles for its ballistic long-range missiles that deliver nuclear warheads and it's ballistic missiles that could easily reach the U.S. as they do NOT need them to reach close-by Israel.

And lest we forget that Iran by their very actions...actions that include now having soldiers reportedly being positioned on Israel's borders...actions that include their recently having deployed a so-called 'suicide drone' (which can strike targets on land, in the air, or on the sea) in its still ongoing 13,000 man military drills near the ubber strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf...actions that let the U.S., Israel, and the world know that its nuclear weapons...if gotten...would become an 'end times' of sorts in all tangible meaning for both the Jewish state and the 'Great Satan.'

So while Israel and most assuredly Netanyahu sees Iran's actions for what they are, know that Obama while seeing them simply does NOT care, while the rest of the world just looks away.

And like I previously said, the players are in place, but know that circumstances have forced Israel...have forced Netanyahu...to be the one to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions as Obama simply will NOT do it nor does he want to do it. And know that Israel under Netanyahu's leadership will do it unilaterally if need be as he does NOT need Obama's nor anyone else's permission to do what needs to be done to assure Israel's survival and that he is also ready militarily to get that job done.... translation: Benjamin Netanyahu will NEVER allow a nuclear armed Iran...period.

And that is what makes Benjamin Netanyahu a great statesman for only a great statesman knows when the sword is mightier than the pen...or a phone for that matter.

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Today, Wednesday, December 31st, on RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on CPR Worldwide Media from 2 to 4pm EST, Craig and Diane will wrap-up the years major events and give their predictions for 2015 as we start the countdown to the 2016 presidential elections.

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