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Mass Evictions in Rio de Janeiro as the 2016 Rio Olympics loom

April 11, 2014 by Andrew17

Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Brazil, squatters rights, squatters, Rio Olympics

As we near the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil starts clearing out the poor from local Shanty towns. Over 5,000 people were evicted from their temporary homes with no apparent solution to find them permanent housing. So where will Brazil hide their poor during the Olympic games? Maybe behind a giant wall like China did in 2008.

Blog Poll: 
Do you find it shameful what Brazil is doing in Rio de Janeiro

Party Leadership Message War Via Twitter

April 2, 2014 by Andrew17

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

This morning I took a look at the different tweets from the party leadership (Democrats and Republicans). You will notice something very interesting about Mitch Mcconnell's tweet. He doesn't mention Healthcare. Why is that?

Blog Poll: 
Do you think there is a chance Healthcare Reform (ACA aka Obamacare) will be repealed?

Healthcare Reform (ACA) Is Here to Stay

March 20, 2014 by Andrew17

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Listen up Moderate Democrats and Far Right Republicans. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will never ever, ever be repealed. Why? Let me break it down! Right now 5 million people have signed up for healthcare insurance with the ACA. The prediction is 6 million will ultimately sign up by March 31st 2014. Before the next President is sworn in there will be two more enrollment periods in 2015 and 2016.

Assuming each enrollment period garners 40% of the total enrollment in 2014 (2.4 million per enrollment), which is a conservative number. That would put the total enrollment of the Affordable Care Act at roughly 10 million people as of March 31st 2016. Now assuming the Republicans pick up the House, Senate and Presidency in 2016; they wouldn't have the balls to take away 10 million healthcare policies from people. First the Insurance companies would have a super duper fit and image the 30s' ads. It would be way too easy to defeat any incursion into healthcare reform.

So please understand that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay forever! And yes GOP you lost!

Blog Poll: 
Do you think the ACA will be rolled back if the Republicans take the House, Senate and Presidency?

Little Boy Lost

January 29, 2014 by Andrew17

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news
New York City is one of the safest big cities in the world but that statement does little good for the Oquendo family this week. On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 the Oquendo family found out that their son who had been missing since October was dead.
 
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CBS News: Obamacare Hiking Costs For Employers

November 26, 2013 by Andrew17

In 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated Obamacare would "collectively reduce the number of people with employer-sponsored health coverage by about 14 million." CBS News reports on two small business owners who are cancelling their worker's insurance because they say they can no longer afford it.

This is the way you don't handle the press

November 15, 2013 by Andrew17

In politics, there are good ways to handle the media and there are bad ways to handle the media. Lets see how Toronto's Mayor, Rob Ford handles the media. You may want to look away, but you can't.

Spying on Our Friends

October 29, 2013 by Andrew17

Spying on Our Friends

Is our media that naive to think that Germany, England, Israel and other "friendly nations" aren't spying on there great ally the United States? Of course they are and they should be. Spying isn't always about hurting your enemy. It's also about understanding what other governments know so your government can make better policy decisions. And by the way Republicans, this program was started in 2002. So if you want to have a congressional investigation. Go ahead!!

But like I was saying. When governments talk to each-other about a specific issue it's vital to have an understanding of where that other government stands on that issue. And i'm not just talking about there public stance. You need to understand there private stance. The only way you will find out the difference between a governments public and private stance is by, you guessed it. Spying!    Read more

John Boehner Needs to Break Bad

October 15, 2013 by Andrew17

It has become apparent that House Speaker John Boehner has lost control of House Republicans. So the question becomes what should he do? From my estimation the speaker has two options. One, he can continue to be rebuffed by his own party for another year until he loses his speakership in 2014.

Or he can take option two and create an alliance with a few republicans (20 or so) and all the Democrats to pass a long term debt "fix" bill that will balance our budget over the next decade. This is assuming he can get a short term debt limit increase passed. I know that's a big assumption. This alliance will give John Boehner a place in American political history that will outlast any of his current opponents. Just look at newt Gingrich the "Historian".

Now it is true that both option have a bad immediate outcome for the Speaker. He will no doubt lose his speakership no matter what he does. But option number two leaves him a career bigger then being a contributor to FOX News.

NTSB Fooled by Fake Pilots Names

July 13, 2013 by Andrew17

NTSB confirmed fake pilot names of Asiana flight 214, which cashed in San Francisco last week.

The fake names were racially charged and phonetically offensive to all people but especially Asian people. Keep in mind the NTSB confirmed these names on Friday and KTVU a San Francisco Fox affiliate read them out loud without noticing something was wrong.

The station issued an apology on its website Friday evening.
“We sincerely regret the error and took immediate action to apologize, both in the newscast where the mistake occurred, as well as on our website and social media sites".

The Search For Truth

April 19, 2013 by Andrew17

It seem like the media is too busy building a narrative that these terrorist are Muslim than searching for the truth. Currently there's no evidence that either man is Muslim but for some reason the media keep trying to tie this terrorist attack to Islam. Why? There are other explanations for their horrifying actions. Maybe they fell the U.S. hasn't been tough enough against Russian aggression. Chechen (where they was born) has been fighting against Russia for over 300 years.

Now, it may be true that these terrorist were radicalize by Muslim extremist, but a good reporter should look at all angles and not just the one they think is obvious. For example, one reporter mentioned on air; incorrectly mind you that the bombers sister's husband who lives in NJ is Muslim. Why would he even mentioned that. Does he think her husband radicalize them from NJ. Should we go visit that man and integrate him?    Read more

Why The U.S. Needs To Let the Israeli's and Palestinian's Solve Their Own Crisis

November 21, 2012 by Andrew17

We live under the false notion in the United States that if we just assert ourselves into the situation we can control the out come. This notion isn't new, we can look at Egypt as a classic case of national overconfidence. Between the 16th century BC and the 11th century BC, the new kingdom of Egypt, also referred to as the Egyptian Empire is the peak of Egyptian power. While the fall of Egypt was gradual compared to other nations, we all know by 1882 the British occupation began and didn't end until 1953. Like other powerful nations before Egypt, Egypt tried to do too much with limited power, even though at a time they were the most powerful nation in the world    Read more

What Was The Southern Strategy?

November 18, 2012 by Andrew17

Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968 you can't say "nigger" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."

Check out the full conversation: http://www.thenation.com/article/170841/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-...    Read more

Gen. David Petraeus: The GOP Superman

November 9, 2012 by Andrew17

Gen. David Petraeus’s sudden resignation as CIA director on Friday is shocking, but what is more shocking is how the GOP and the media is handling this issues. Not they are wondering if his resignation is apart of some sort of conspiracy to cover up for what happen in Benghazi, Libya since Gen. David Petraeus was to testify in the coming days. I find this laughable. For one while the GOP and the media was blaming the President for what happen in Benghazi. They never once put any blame on the CIA director (David Petraeus) for providing bad intelligence when the attack was classified as a protest gone violent. Where was there outrage at David Petraeus. His name was never even mentioned as a person who was part of the problem. Now, the GOP has a different angel. They think David Petraeus was forced out before he can tell the truth about Benghazi. The great White Knight. What a fantasy!    Read more

Did Mitt Romney Really Think He Was Going To Win?

November 8, 2012 by Andrew17

I have been going back and forth on this question. And now that Taegan Goddard, author and former policy advisor has published the above screen shot of Mitt Romney's Presidential Transition Website. I think Mitt and his entire campaign did think they were winning/going to win. Now I know what you are thinking, of course they thought they were winning. What campaign thinks they are going to lose. Well John McCain recently said on Morning Joe that they knew weeks/days before the election in 2008 that they were going to lose. So yes, candidates and there campaigns are aware of their fate before the actual election.    Read more

Arizona GOP Senate Candidate Robocalls Democrats And Tells Them To Vote In The Wrong Place

November 6, 2012 by Andrew17

According to a report by Phoenix, Arizona’s NBC affiliate, Rep. Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) U.S. Senate campaign called Democratic voters telling them to vote in the wrong precinct — in some cases as much as 11 miles away from their actual polling place. After telling the Democratic voters to vote in the wrong place, the calls also encourage the voter to “vote Flake for U.S. Senate.” Watch the report:

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