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What happens when you act too manly at work

Inside a granite Manhattan tower, 13 stories above Madison Square Park, masculinity expert Michael Kimmel advises employees at a major bank to drop the macho act. Office swagger, he says, traps workers in a prison of increasingly archaic expectations. Work trumps everything, especially on Wall Street, where a 40-hour workweek sounds like a part-time gig.

“What holds men back?” the sociologist asks, pacing the conference room in black suede sneakers. “The same thing that holds women back: the behavior and attitudes of men.”

Kimmel is here, before 10 men and 12 women, to challenge gender stereotypes in one of America's most traditionally male-dominated workplaces. This is his second presentation at the bank, which aims to promote more women in a field where 'round-the-clock devotion can overwhelm those who prioritize family - or even pencil in a mid-afternoon seminar.

"Where are the men?" a managing director in a cream blazer asks, rising in her seat. "Is there a single male MD here?"
Silence. "I've been on Wall Street for 25 years, and really - where are the men?"

"I’ve had the same 25 years you’ve had," Kimmel replies. "Where are the men? How come this whole conversation has remained about women?" He answers himself: Because men don't talk about it. And workers, in general, will suffer until they do.

Kimmel has written 20 books exploring this theme, most recently “Angry White Men” and “Manhood in America: A Cultural History.” His Ted Talk on how gender equality helps men, shot in May, has garnered more than 200,000 views.

He is the founder and director of Stony Brook University’s Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, which next year will launch the first master’s degree program in “masculinities studies” - plural, he stresses, because there are multiple ways to be a man.

This bank in Midtown South, a campus that devours a city block, is the fourth stop on his September tour. (The bank let a reporter attend the session on the condition that it not be named.) Kimmel heads next to a law firm in Indiana, a college preparatory school in Massachusetts and a women’s leadership conference in Rome.

The projection screen behind him reads: Challenge the “unencumbered worker” as role model... Develop support mechanisms for men... Remember who we really are. The organizers who book Kimmel may want to score public relations points. But often audiences, intrigued or exasperated, start conversations that blow past his scheduled hour.

A man in a black suit, who works in communications, raises his hand. “One boss got upset with me because I didn’t return an e-mail on my wedding day. He was just like, ‘It would have taken you 30 seconds.'" The bankers groan in recognition. The next month, the man continues, he joined another bank. "You found that inflexibility, and you know what happened?" Kimmel asks. "That place lost you."

Twenty years ago, Kimmel tells the group, the Harvard Business Review asked him to investigate why American dads seemingly shunned paternity leave, even when the time-off was paid. Roughly 1 percent of companies offered the benefit at the time, he says, and less than 1 percent of those eligible requested it.

Kimmel scheduled interviews at banks, law firms and corporate giants to inquire: Why not help your wife? Bond with your newborn? “One man told his colleagues, ‘Did you know we have paternity leave? I think I’m going to take it,’” he tells the room. And his colleagues said, “I guess you’re not committed to your career, are you?”

Another man told a supervisor that his wife was pregnant. “And the supervisor goes, ‘Okay, you can take leave. You won’t make partner. We’ll put you on the daddy track.’”

Another, a lawyer, asked his boss whether he could take a couple of weeks off after the birth of his baby. “The partner leaned over his desk, looked at him sternly, and said: Now you listen here,” Kimmel recounts, “I am 64 years old, and I have three grown children, and I can't remember their birthdays.” The lawyer left that firm. Though gender discrimination is less blatant today, it lingers in many workplaces - and costs employers talent, Kimmel says.

Researchers recently conducted a study of a global consulting firm, published this year by the Harvard Business School, where top management reported having a “gender problem.” Although the firm offered generous family-friendly policies, only 10 percent of partners were women, compared with 40 percent of junior associates.

The study unearthed an intuitive truth. Female employees were much more likely to take family leave and sick days than male employees. One finding about men, specifically, surprised the company: An equal number of men and women had left in the preceding three years.

Men reported quitting because of the long hours. They wanted to take advantage of the family-friendly policies, researchers noted, but buckled under pressure to keep working and “suffer in silence.” This mentality, the authors concluded, hurts everyone. The workplace will remain gender unequal, they said, if men believe they don't have cultural permission to spend time with their kids.

“This is the talent you’re going to be recruiting for the next five to 10 years,” Kimmel says. “You want to keep them? Then the workplace is going to have to change to enable them to have the lives they have come to expect.”

A recent study called “The New Dad” found that 89 percent of U.S. men ranked paternity leave as “important." That number varied by generation: Seventy-seven percent of the Baby Boomers and 88 percent of Gen X fathers said the benefit should be a priority, compared to 93 percent of Millennials.

Millennials, now entering their 30s, are also more likely than their predecessors to put family obligations ahead of job duties. “Today’s young men, they assume that their wives are going to work outside the home,” says Kimmel, who is raising a 16-year-old son, Zach. “They also assume they’re going to be amazing dads. They’re going to be very involved with their kids.”

Workplaces, he says, should adapt to the times to stay competitive. Only 10 to 15 percent of American employers, however, offer paid paternity leave. Research shows that American dads rarely take more than two weeks off. (The United States provides no paid paternity leave. Sweden, in comparison, offers 60 days to fathers. About a quarter of dads there use the benefit.)

“One thing we need to work on,” Kimmel says, “is engaging men to support other men when they make these kind of choices.” The managing director nods. She talks openly about parenthood - her "mommy group" meets every Thursday at 1 p.m. - so others below her, men particularly, can do the same.

Senior men with kids, she says, should chime in. "No one ever gives me attitude. I feel so bad for all the men who have to deal with attitude." She feels less sympathy, however, for the men who skipped today's lecture.

At one large well known Fortune 100 company I worked for, both male and female supervisors treated men - especially white men - as uncommitted if they took any time off. Then made them the 'diversity bad guys' at meetings and in the company's culture.

They quit is droves and most went on to very successful consulting careers, and many had to be hired back - because the people who were left, didn't have skills or the mentors - to do the jobs required.

All of this is why I decided to go independent. At times it may be lean financially, but nothing can replace freedom. The idiocities of corporate work life that has been run amuck... with illogical (no common sense) approaches and political correctness.


Therapy dogs help wounded warriors heal

See how therapy dogs are helping Vets on their road to recovery. Therapy dogs provide smiles and companionship to recovering service members.

For patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, help can come in all shapes, sizes and breeds. Every day, highly trained therapy dogs are helping vets break out of their shells and get the help they need.

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Simple trick that allows plants to water themselves

There are lots of household chores to take care of before going on a vacation: board the dog, clean the fridge, empty the trash, and so on. Yet another must, at least during the gardening months, is asking a friend or family member to water your plants - there’s nothing more discouraging than nurturing blooms all season long just to have them wither while you’re away.

But now, with this DIY self-watering system, you can cross that one off your to-do list. Sound complicated? Not in the least. All it takes is a capped bottle and some good old-fashioned H20.

Before you can begin, you’ll need to saturate the soil in all of your planters. Next, gather your bottles: You can use virtually any bottle with a cap, keeping in mind that 8- to 12-ounce bottles work well for smaller-size pots, while a wine bottle will better quench the thirst of larger planters.

Make a small hole in the cap or cork by hammering a nail all the way through. Fill your bottle to the top with water and place the cap back on. Then flip the bottle upside down and bury it about two inches into the soil. As the soil dries out from your last watering, fluid will slowly drip from the bottle into your soil, ensuring that your plant receives just the moisture it needs to thrive.

A standard-size bottle should last about three days in a small- to medium-size planter, but if your trip is a bit lengthier, consider adding a second bottle on the opposite side. Once the system is in place, all that’s left to do is enjoy your time jet-setting!

Not exactly breaking news as there is a product called aqua globes that are basically the same thing and probably look less tacky than various bottles. Plus, maybe you shouldn't have a plants if you can't take a minute or two to water them the old fashioned way.


Obama, Clinton and Kerry couldn't negotiate their way out of paper bag... they've put the U.S. in a really dangerous place - virtually everywhere around the world

How team Obama ruined our foreign policy and made the United States less safe.
A big-picture explanation for what has gone so terribly wrong:

“Too often we have sent a message of uncertainty to our allies and enemies, making the former more anxious and the latter more ambitious.” Obama’s inaction in Syria and mishandling of the Iran negotiations.

In the clearly stated opinions of foreign policy experts, we and the Europeans have been naïve and ineffective and, as a result, other countries have begun planning how to deal with a nuclear Iran. Those plans include obtaining their own nuclear weapons.

It is the same story of Obama weakness and unreliability, in dealing with Russia and China. This is self-evidently not good for America’s security, prosperity or freedom.

It is therefore a mistake to treat the Obama/Clinton/Kerry foreign policy debacle as a series of discrete errors. Rather, it is their entire worldview that has been flawed from the start. The chickens are only now coming home to roost.

To fix what is wrong will require new people, a new outlook and new resources. Those who counseled retreat, retrenchment and reduction in our armed forces - should not be entrusted with fixing what they wrecked.


In case you haven't heard, or you are oblivious to the news of the day... America's 'Debt Limit' is now again the latest fabricated crisis in Washington.

Today is October 2nd... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt... and going $2 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Obama's debt comes right out of your pocket... 

Our nation-state is no model of fiscal responsibility. When Barack Obama took office, the national debt was already an impressive $10 trillion. Today it is $18.5 trillion. The national debt is still growing at a rate of more than $50 million an hour. 

Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 10/02/2015


Obama puts up screens in front of White House, to block #Xi's view of China protestors during visit. Bad move. Insult to American values. This is the corrupt, non-transparent move you would expect from the communist Chinese government.

White House's move to cover-up protests, ahead of state dinner with Chinese president... called "Insult to American Values"

The White House’s move to erect screens ahead of a state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping was blasted Friday by an anti-communism group. Victims for Communism Executive Director Marion Smith tweeted that the White House put up the screens to block the Chinese president’s view of protesters.

“Bad move,” Smith wrote on the social media platform. “Insult to American values.” A White House representative did not immediately return a request for comment Friday night.

In a rally in front of the White House, Smith called upon the president to bring up human rights while meeting with Jinping. “It is not an undiplomatic thing for the United States to bring up human rights,” he said.

Smith added, “We have always stood for the rule of law, justice, liberty and democratic values, not only for us, but for peoples around the world. And so we must do that.”

Ladies and gentleman of the jury… Behind these curtains… I give you “Obama's phony transparency.”

A clown-show of Puppets and fake actors, selling us out and arming our Enemies. Are we not this bum’s boss - that he hides his crimes behind sheets and we pretend like that is normal?


Obama tells you he's done a great job as president... but when we look at the facts, it show a catastrophic failure

I have to take issue with some people's attacks on Donald Trump - and their excessively bullish view of America's current health.

Obama's optimistic assessment of America, reminds me of Carly Fiorina's rosy defense of her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. She says that she doubled the size of the company, tripled its rate of innovation, and quadrupled its top-line growth rate and cash flow.

That's all true, but... she conveniently leaves out the fact that much of that growth came from the Compaq acquisition in 2002. After the merger, profit margins fell by 40% and the stock price fell by more than 60% - more than competitors like Dell, IBM, Intel and Microsoft. As a result, she was fired.

Let's not ignore the negatives...

America is No. 1 in many categories, but like Britain after World War II, it is facing huge challenges that could topple its No. 1 status in this century. Donald Trump is right that America is in decline and facing crises in many areas. Let me list a few:

• The welfare mess. According to the Congressional Budget Office and the Tax Foundation, low-income households in America now receive more in transfers from the federal government - than they pay in total taxes. The number of Americans on welfare (food stamps, Medicare, Section 8 housing, etc.) exceeds 109 million. That's over 35% of the U.S. population, a near record... and this is five years after the Great Recession supposedly ended.

• Crumbling infrastructure. According to a recent issue of The Economist, the U.S. is facing a monstrous infrastructure crisis, and will need to spend more than $2 trillion to rebuild its roads, highways, railways, bridges and dams. Potholes and badly damaged highways are endemic in many parts of the U.S.

Jim Rogers says, "America is a third-rate country when it comes to its airports in LA and New York, and can't compare to the first-class airports in Asia." According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, around 14,000 of the country's dams are "high hazard" and 151,238 of its bridges are "deficient."

"This crumbling infrastructure is both dangerous and expensive," declares The Economist. "Traffic jams on urban highways cost America over $100 billion in wasted time and fuel each year; congestion at airports costs $22 billion and another $150 billion is lost to power outages."

Right now the U.S. is spending only 2.5% of GDP on its infrastructure - when it needs to spend 3.5%. With the national debt at an all-time high, exceeding GDP, where is the government going to find the money to finance this much-needed investment?

• Education. We may have a first-rate education at the college and university level, but secondary education is a disaster. According to the College Board, the average SAT score for the high school class of 2015 was 1490, down seven points from the previous class' mark. It was the lowest composite score of the past decade.

• Social Security and Medicare deficits. The federal unfunded liabilities are catastrophic for future taxpayers and economic growth. At, federal unfunded liabilities are estimated at nearly $127 trillion, which is roughly $1.1 million per taxpayer and nearly double 2012's total world output.

• Medicare is expected to run out of money from its trust fund in 2030, and Social Security is expected to in 2033. Many state employee pension plans also face major deficits.

• Anti-business environment. For the first time in 35 years, business closers outnumbered business startups in the U.S. According to The Business Journal, the U.S. now ranks 12th among developed nations in terms of business startups, behind Hungary, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Israel and Italy.

• Obama mentions that major U.S. banks are healthy. He fails to mention that Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, among others, would have gone bankrupt in 2009 if they had not been bailed out by the federal government. Meanwhile, none of the major commercial banks in Canada, Australia and many other major developed countries were in jeopardy during the financial crisis.

Due to Dodd-Frank and other bank regulations, there have been no new community banks created since 2011 - none (before the financial crisis, 100 to 150 new local banks were approved annually).

• Finally, loss of economic freedom. According to The Heritage Foundation, the United States has been gradually declining in the Economic Freedom Index and is now at No. 12. Other countries are doing better, including Hong Kong (No. 1), New Zealand (No. 3), Canada (No. 6) and Chile (No. 7).

I hope that America can maintain its No. 1 status in the world. But considering the six points above, the United States faces serious problems, and there's a good chance our best days may be behind us - which would explain why stocks are falling now.

Donald Trump is the right man to make America great again. It's easier said than done and it will take a lot of planning, hard work and arm-twisting... but no establishment career politician will even try to fix the problems.


Bill "Slick Willie" Clinton is reviving the old "vast right wing conspiracy" tale... as Hillary flips and flounders like a fish, over lies and emails

Bill and Hillary Clinton have long spewed the liberal propaganda in a unified-field theory about their opponents - one that she memorably dubbed a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” And they have their own theory of the moment it all began.

Every time one of the Clinton’s gets caught with either their pants down in the case of Bill, or with their hand in the Cookie-Jar in the case of Hillary or Bill - they always scream about a vast right-wing conspiracy, or how mean old Republicans are out to get them.

Really? ... The vast right wing conspiracy - made Bill do what he did in the Oval Office with an intern and then perjure himself over what happened. The vast right wing conspiracy - caused Hillary to use her own personal email account on her own personal server, to store highly classified and confidential government correspondence. Give me a break.


Obama and Putin meet again

So the presidents of the United States and Russia are meeting formally today for the first time in two years. You might not remember how the last meeting went… but we do.

Sorta makes you long for the days when Bush the younger, said he could peer into Putin’s soul... The buzz from the annual United Nations shin-dig in New York this morning, is that the two leaders might figure out a plan of action on the Syrian civil war -- which has killed at least 220,000 people and driven 11 million more from their homes.


Cool Photos

Pope Francis, accompanied by members of Congress, waves to the crowd from the Speakers Balcony on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Sept. 24, 2015, after addressing a joint meeting of Congress inside.

Pope Francis rides through Santiago de Cuba on Sept. 22.

People ride a swing at the opening day of the 182nd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 19. The world's largest beer festival is underway until Oct. 4, 2015.

A deer is seen in Richmond Park on the first day of autumn on Sept. 23 in London, England. The autumnal equinox usually falls around September 22 or 23 as the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are roughly equal length.

Pablo Dona, of Miami pauses while paddleboarding as sheets of rain fall in front of him, on Sept. 22, off the shores of Bal Harbour, Fla.

Explosion crater Viti (meaning 'Hell') in Krafla. It was formed in 1734 by an eruption of the Krafla volcano that lasted for five years.

These goats are perched over 30ft from the ground in a tree and look so out of place you have to do a double take. A staggering 11 goats can be seen standing on branches as high as 32ft in these extraordinary pictures.

Although the goats look out of place up this argan tree they are in fact accomplished climbers and can easily scale up and down the thinnest of trees. The billies will go to extraordinary lengths to eat the cherished fruit from argan trees.

American golfer Michelle Wie hits a ball in the singles at the Solheim Cup in St Leon-Rot, Germany. The US team came back on the final day to win after a bitter row on the 17th green, when Europe’s Suzann Pettersen refused to grant Alison Lee the tiny putt the American thought she heard as a concession.




The real trouble with reality... is that there's no background music.

House guarded by shotgun three days a week - guess which days?

Canada, Brazil, Russia and Japan are already in recession. Chinese growth is collapsing, although still positive because it starts from a higher level. The strong U.S. dollar has made the U.S. a sponge for all of the deflation in the world. And the FED can't raise interest rates to ease the strength of the dollar, for fear they will completely collapse the fragile U.S. economy.

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." -- Winston Churchill

"Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in the one ahead." -- Bill McGlashen

"The peace of God is not the absence of fear. It, in fact, is His presence." -- Tim Keller


Obama created ISIS when he withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq...

Now they are threatening to take over Iraq. Obama failed to back up his "red-line" ultimatum for Assad in Syria. Now there are millions of refugees swarming to Europe... and Russia is swooping in to fill the power vacuum, left by a weak and feckless Obama.


Uncle uses drone to remove nephew's loose tooth

Say hello to the drone dentist, and, please, don’t try this at home! Back in June, Paul Borrud’s nephew Bruno asked him to help pull out a loose tooth. Instead of using the old doorknob-and-string method, they decided to use Borrud’s drone. Twenty-four hours later, they were ready to complete their drone tooth pull.

They tied some dental floss to Bruno’s tooth, and then it was time for liftoff. Borrud said in the video description that he double-checked with Bruno one last time before the drone took off. All went smoothly and the tooth came out easily. Afterward, Bruno was all smiles. What a champ!


In the Congressional hearings investigating Planned Parenthood, the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards states, "I run an organization that has a budget of $200 million dollars." But we're giving them $500 million dollars per year? Where's the other $300 million per year going?

The extra $300 million dollars is being used as a Democrat slush fund. Money is going to the Democrat party, Democrat's election campaign funds across the country, several liberal political action committees, extravagant first class travel, food and lodging for Planned Parenthood management and personnel, etc, etc, etc.

Planned Parenthood is a taxpayer funded slush-fund for Democrats... $500 million dollars a year to a private company that funds Democrat's election campaigns and liberal propaganda political organizations

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) clashed with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards on Tuesday morning over a graph showing a purported increase in abortions performed annually by the organization.

“This is a slide that has never been shown to me before … it absolutely does not reflect what’s happening at Planned Parenthood,” Richards said after Chaffetz showed the graph during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. “No one has every provided [it to] us before.”

Chaffetz said the slide shows a reduction of breast exams and an increase in abortion in recent years. Richards rejected that sentiment.

“You created this slide. I have no idea what it is,” she said before a member of her team whispered information about the graph into her ear. Richards then said, “The source of this is actually Americans United for Life, which is actually an anti-abortion group, so I would check your source.”

Earlier, the two had clashed over how federal dollars are spent by Planned Parenthood, as Chaffetz probed a number of allocations, expenditures and salary figures.

Watch the heated exchange below:

Chaffetz asked whether Planned Parenthood has any “ownership in foreign companies,” after earlier citing claims that the organization has sent money overseas, to which Richards responded, ”I don’t believe so.”

“Your compensation in 2009 was $353,000 … in 2013 your compensation went up some $240,000,” he said.
While Chaffetz said that documents showed Richards’ salary at $590,000, she countered that her annual pay is actually $520,000.

Half a million dollars salary? Dang, murder pays well!!! And that’s just what she acknowledges. I’m sure she makes a lot more off the books. Must be the going rate for selling your soul!

From there, the conversation moved onto political organizations that are associated with Planned Parenthood, including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, a political action group.

Among the areas of concern was $31,000 that Richards received as a shared employee for giving allocated time to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Earlier during her testimony, Richards said that no federal funds pay for abortions and that the monies are used for birth control, STD testing and cancer screenings.

Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have spent millions in recent years on "blowout" parties, first-class travel and "lucrative" salaries, according to a report from the chairman of the House oversight committee.

"If they're going to pay those people that much money and pay for first-class travel and have all of these exorbitant parties, and send money overseas, then they don't need funding from the American taxpayers," Chaffetz told Fox News.

According to the report, which cited tax returns, Planned Parenthood spent over $5.1 million on travel in 2013, or nearly $14,000 a day. On top of that, several affiliates reported spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on travel. The report also said Planned Parenthood "books first class or charter travel," though President Cecile Richards said at Tuesday's hearing that she, personally, does not travel first class.

The report also said Planned Parenthood gave nearly $22 million in grants over five years to its Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which is legally able to do lobbying activity. Campaign finance records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics show donations from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Inc. PAC, in turn, go almost exclusively to Democratic candidates.

Fact is, we give them millions of tax payer’s money. That allows them to distribute millions to other departments, subsidiaries, and “sister” companies. Taxpayers are supplementing this.

It’s like me saying I need federal assistance, so the fed gives me $30k... and I spend that $30k that the guberment gave me on my family’s food and clothing. But then I spend $30k of my own money on hookers and blow - that I couldn’t otherwise afford - without the federal assistance purchasing my family’s day to day stuff.

It’s obvious this company is abusing the generosity of the American tax payer - and needs to be entirely defunded of tax dollars forthwith.


The next big trend in coffee

The amazing thing about coffee is that it’s been around for 1,200 years, and we’re still coming up with new ways to drink it. At Starbucks, we’re constantly uncovering new ways for our customers to learn more about coffee and the craft of brewing - piquing curiosity about what, exactly, is in each cup.

The menu at the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery & Tasting Room in Seattle is a great example; some of the most popular items include beverages you can only find at the Roastery, like the Shakerato Bianco and Iced Sparkling Espresso with Mint, in addition to our coffee tasting flights.

At the same time, the future of coffee depends on its sustainability. Coffee rust, a plant fungus that has damaged millions of coffee trees around the world, is one of the most significant threats to coffee farmers globally. On National Coffee Day this year, Starbucks is launching the "Starbucks One Tree for Every Bag Commitment."

Over the next year, every time someone buys a bag of coffee in a Starbucks store, a tree will be planted in a community that needs one. It’s one way we can all give back, to make sure coffee is around for 1,200 years more.



"Couldn't Stand the Weather" ... Stevie Ray Vaughn Live, Austin City Limits, Austin Texas

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble performing 'Couldn't Stand The Weather'. This is probably the best version of any song Stevie has done in his lifetime. This kicks ass.

So cool to see him enjoying himself, the rest of the band as well. Love this performance as well, spot on and mesmerizing too. Reese's keyboard accompanying just the bass and drums after Chris's drum solo sounded awesome, that little groove they had before Stevie joined back in. Brilliant!

Saw Stevie open for Eric Clapton at the Centrum in Worcester M.A. a couple months before his death. Man was he on fire. Glad I was able to see him at least once. 25 years ago today 08/27/1990 you left this world too soon. Rock In Peace SRV!!!

Watch the video:


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Best FREE Microsoft Office alternatives: 4 suites to save you money

Microsoft Office remains the benchmark for which all other Office suites or productivity programs are judged and although Microsoft may lead the pack there are plenty of pretenders to the crown that have produced offerings that assist you in getting what needs to be done… done.

Whether you want a program that acts exactly like earlier versions of Word, one that has a stellar set of features or you're erring towards one that runs straight inside a browser there are plenty to choose from, and the best part is the prices are either free or incredibly affordable.

That in mind, we've picked out the four programs that are best placed to help you replace Office as successfully as possible.

Check out our coverage of Microsoft's Office 2016, the next iteration of its business suite. Why not also read our review of Office 2013 and Office 365.

Google Docs
When it comes to a cover all bases Office alternative there aren't any that get closer than Google Docs.

Google's program lineup includes Docs, Sheets and Slides, which are respective alternatives to Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and all three perform just as well as you'd expect something from Google to act.

Using the free suite is contingent on you signing up for a free Google account and anything you work on can then be saved inside Google Drive for a later occasion. Once inside the interface it's fairly similar to Office and offers most of the options that come with Microsoft's suite as well as the ability to benefit from Google's haul of add-ons.

Collaboration is where it comes into its own and by sharing documents with colleagues or friends it can make working together in different locations incredibly simple. Microsoft has already brought itself in line with the likes of Google Docs in that Office 365 is primarily a cloud-based option where collaboration is possible yet it's not quite as seamless and Office 365 has the price element to consider.

In conclusion, the program is the best option unless you don't like the sound of a browser-based offering that has the added benefit of taking on virtually no space on your PC.

One of the hefty desktop-based alternatives to Microsoft Office, LibreOffice acts as a default for all your Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations plus has a range of other tools that make it more than just your average Office alternative.

When downloading any of the legion of Office-like suites out there you'll come to notice that they take more than a few cues from the one they aspire to be and LibreOffice is deep inside this camp. Opening up a new document, spreadsheet or presentation will show you just how similar it is to past versions of Microsoft Office and it's comforting to have a program that looks exactly the same.

The good news is that it also functions in the just as efficient a way as Microsoft Office ever has and has a built-in drawing feature, math formula section, and database that complements the main features well. There is even a legion of developers that have created a number of extensions for LibreOffice like there is for Office and it is as close as you'll get to Microsoft's own program without downloading it.

Coming slightly lighter and more stripped down than LibreOffice is OpenOffice that has a complete set of tools that again present a credible argument for the free alternatives against the fully fledged paid-for version of Microsoft Office.

OpenOffice immediately feels like you've jumped into a slightly different version of LibreOffice and that isn't far from the truth as they were both born out of the same project. It means that the only noticeable difference is a sidebar that contains many of different formatting options and this is something that must be enabled in LibreOffice as it doesn't come up automatically.

Absent from OpenOffice is LibreOffice's live updating word count tool that has to be enabled in the settings menu and completely absent is the word embedding tool that is present in LibreOffice. Aside from those small things the programs are very similar and whether you choose LibreOffice or OpenOffice, both offer an easy way to create, open, edit and save Office documents on your PC free of charge.

WPS Office
Hitting the end of the list with the most modern look of them all, WPS Office 2014 takes elements of what is already in this run-down and brings a slightly different slant on the Office emulation process.

Looking a lot like the newer versions of Office, WPS Office is split into three distinct applications that are titled writer, presentations, and spreadsheets with each one doing exactly what it says on the tin. Online integration is big part of WPS Office's repertoire and there are a range of templates immediately available to make the Office experience an easier one and mean that it's able to create just about any type of document.

Tabbed documents make the job of keeping documents organized a lot easier and every time that you open a new one up it is slotted in alongside the ones that came before it and only disappears once it has been saved or closed. When set against the rest of the pack it offers the same set of features the just as much reason to download this as there is any of the others.


"Faith" is what the Scriptures of the Bible are all about

The Scriptures are a book which, believing them, give us Christ Himself. This means that the Scriptures must be received by faith as the Word of God. There is a lot of misunderstanding on this point. We do not prove that the Scriptures are the Word of God.

Practically every commentator and practically every book on Introduction to the New Testament feel compelled to prove that the Scriptures are the Word of God and feel compelled to prove that what the Scriptures say is true.

Let me quote: "Contrary to the fear of many historians' openness to the possibility of the supernatural does not entail the acceptance of every claim that a supernatural event had occurred. The Bible is open to historical research and investigation and the historical accuracy of the record must be decided on rational and empirical grounds."

And so the Bible becomes the object of rational and empirical proof. We cannot accept anything without proving it. We may not do that. We may not attempt to prove the Bible as the Word of God. When someone comes to me and says to me, "Prove that the Bible is the Word of God," I say, "Well, the Bible says so!

It says so." He says, "Yes, but how can I be sure that it is true what the Bible says?" I say to him, "Man, if you don't believe what the Bible says, then I'm sorry, but I can't help you." The point is, that the kind of proof which the rationalist and empiricist want, is the kind of proof which the 'believer' does not need; and which, if it could be given, would not convert or persuade a single soul.

Those who will not accept the Bible as the Word of God will not be persuaded, if Gabriel himself came from heaven and said it was, or if the voice of God from on high said, "The Bible is My Word." But the child of God who comes to the Scriptures by faith, which is the only way to come, does not need that kind of proof.

Let me give you an illustration... Supposing you had come to Adam in Paradise, when he stood in the midst of God's world and when heaven and earth and every creature sang loud doxologies of praise to God, and you had tapped Adam on the shoulder and said, "Adam, prove to me that God made the world."

Adam would have said, "Are you out of your mind? If you can't hear the Word of God in the singing of the birds and if you can't see the word of God in the flowers, I don't know what kind of proof I can muster that will possibly persuade you, when the whole world is full of the Word of God and all of it shouts of God its Maker. If you can't hear that, I can't find any proof to convince you."

Supposing I am in Germany and my wife is in Grand Rapids and she writes me a letter. I eagerly tear open that letter to read it. Supposing someone comes to me and says, "How do you know your wife wrote this letter?" I say, "Well, look. Her signature is here." He says, "Yes, but how can you be sure? Maybe someone forged her signature. After all, it's typed. Maybe someone sat down at a typewriter and then typed her name."

I will say to him, "Well, I know this is her letter. This is the way she talks. This is the way she writes. These are the things she would talk about. These are the things I want to hear. And if that isn't proof to you, well, I'm sorry. Let me alone because I want to read the letter."

That is the way it is with the Bible. When someone comes to me and says "Prove to me that the Bible is written by God," then I say, "Well, it says so. His signature is on every page!" And if he says, "Well, I don't see it," then I say, "I'm sorry. I don't know what proof I need to convince you.

But I know it is! This is my God writing to me in all my sorrow." And he says, "How do you know that?" And I say, "I know Him. This is the way He would write. These are the things about which He would speak."

That is what faith is, is it not? Faith is not a leap in the dark. Faith is not the acceptance of something which no one can prove, a kind of blind acceptance of the unprovable. Faith is the bond that puts one in fellowship with Christ. Faith causes us to know Him as our Christ. And then when His letter comes to us, we say, "This is what He would say. This is what I want to hear. I know that He wrote it. And if you don't believe that, I'm sorry. The letter is not for you anyway."

I know, I know with a certainty, I know beyond all proof that He whom I love, to whom I belong, and with whom someday I shall dwell, is the Saviour who wrote to me in this sorrowful life this glad and marvelously wonderful letter without which I cannot get from here to glory.

That is faith. And that is the only way to come to the Word of God. If you do not come that way, the Scriptures are not going to speak to you. Luther said that four hundred and fifty years ago. You come as a little child. You come humbly. You do not need to read the rabbis. You do not need to know the latest in archaeological findings. You do not need to know the Greek and the Hebrew. You do not need to be learned in Talmudic lore.

All you need is the spirit of a little child, the spirit of Samuel who said, "Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth." Then the Scriptures will speak to you. It does not make any difference whether you are a little child or whether you are an old man. They will speak to you. They will speak to you of things great and marvelous because they will speak to you of that which is your salvation.

There were saints in the past who went to the stake for this Bible, who hung from gallows for this Bible, who were drowned or roasted over open fires because they wanted this Bible. Nothing like that is required of us, not yet. Someday it might be, but not yet. Are we going to let them take it away from us?

It is not hard to answer them. It is not hard to put all their so-called learning to flight. I believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that what it says is true. And I believe it because Jesus Himself says so in Scripture.


Fishing without a permit

A young man is found fishing near a pond by a police officer. His bucket of fish is full.

Cop: Do you have your fishing permit on you young man?
Fisherman: No sir. They're my fish. I brought them from home.
Cop: What do you mean brought them from home?
Fisherman: Every day I come here and let the fish swim in the pond and then I call them back.

Cop: What? How?
Fisherman: I whistle at them and they jump back into the bucket.
Cop: Show me.
At this point the young man empties his bucket and stands still.

Cop: So?!
Fisherman: So what?
Cop: Call on the fish!!!
Fisherman: What fish?


President Obama and Vladimir Putin met yesterday at the U.N., but the White House and the Kremlin have been disagreeing about who asked who to meet. For my younger viewers, that means they were arguing about who swiped right first. -- Jimmy Fallon

After their meeting got off to a tense start, Obama and Putin wound up talking for 90 minutes, and Putin described the talks as "surprisingly open." Putin said it was the most productive conversation he'd ever had with someone who wasn't tied to a chair. -- Jimmy Fallon

Whole Foods announced yesterday that it is cutting 1,500 jobs. Although Whole Foods doesn't want to call them "unemployed." They're calling them "free range employees.” -- Jimmy Fallon

Yesterday Facebook's website crashed and was apparently offline for 42 minutes. It's a shame Facebook wasn't down longer. People were really, in that 42 minutes, starting to get things done. -- Conan O’Brien

A new study came out that says drinking more beer could lower women's risk of a heart attack by 30 percent. The study was conducted by the Institute of Things to Tell That Hot Woman at a Party. -- Conan O’Brien

Donald Trump came out with this proposal for a new tax plan yesterday. Under Trump you won't have to pay any income taxes if you make less than $25,000 a year, if you and your spouse make under $50,000 a year, and if you capture an illegal Mexican you won't pay any taxes at all. -- Jimmy Kimmel

 When asked today if his low poll numbers would make him consider dropping out of the presidential race, Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters, “Hell no.” Which, also, incidentally, is his poll number. -- Seth Meyers

A new study released today shows that blotting pizza with a napkin to remove extra grease can remove an average of 40 calories per slice. So if you’re looking for an easy way to lose weight, just eat that napkin. -- Seth Meyers

On Friday, despite our trade wars, tension in the South China Sea, and Chinese hacking attacks, President Obama gave President Xi Jinping a full South Lawn welcome, where the Chinese president greeted every White House staffer by name and bank account. -- Stephen Colbert

The president of China announced an agreement today aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Yes, China is limiting their greenhouse gas emissions, bringing them down from their current level of "infinite." Of course, step one in lowering emissions is trading in their Volkswagens. -- Stephen Colbert


Hillary supporters - really like Donald Trump's tax plan!!!

A group of Hillary Clinton supporters unknowingly endorsed Donald Trump’s newly released tax plan, just moments after professing their strong disapproval for the Republican presidential candidate.

Late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel sent a producer to find Clinton supporters on the streets of Los Angeles. Each supporter blasted Trump in some way, with one woman professing her “hate” for him.

The producer then read aspects of the billionaire’s tax plan to them under the guise that it was Clinton’s. Each of the supporters expressed support.

“I think that’s a good idea,” one said… “Yes, I do support that,” another echoed… “I would support that,” one more added.

Then the interviewer turned the tables on the Clinton supporters. “What would you say if I told you those were all Donald Trump’s proposals?” he asked.

“I would say he’s a pretty smart man,” answered on person… “Well, I support Donald Trump then,” one added… Others said they would still not support the real estate mogul for president.

“I would say that that’s shocking, but I mean if it is, I’m still not voting for Donald Trump. He’s a caricature,” a woman told the interviewer… “Oh God,” another said. “I hate him.”

After playing the clip, Kimmel commented that “none of us deserve to vote.”

Pride and ignorance make these people look freaking stupid - just like the liberals they are. Sums up all liberals in life – a bias with zero knowledge or track record to stand on.

These people used to be the exception, and we would get a good chuckle about how stupid some people can be... now they are the norm... and it has become disheartening and nightmarish.

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6 of the richest countries on Earth are in the Middle-East... and they won't take any refugees from their war-torn neighbors

These rich Middle-Eastern countries won't take any Syrian refugees:

• Qatar
• Kuwait
• United Arab Emirates
• Bahrain
• Saudi Arabia
• Oman

The number of Syrian refugees is in the millions. It is shocking that these rich middle-eastern countries are taking no refugees, given these countries' relative proximity to Syria, as well as the incredible resources at their disposal.

These countries include some of the Arab world's largest military budgets, its highest standards of living, as well as a lengthy history - especially in the case of the United Arab Emirates - of welcoming immigrants from other Arab nations and turning them into citizens.

Moreover, these countries aren't totally innocent bystanders. To varying degrees, elements within Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the U.A.E. and Kuwait have invested in the Syrian conflict, playing a conspicuous role in funding and arming a constellation of rebel and Islamist factions fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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America's future population makeup

By the year 2065, Asians will surpass Hispanics as the largest source of immigrants flowing into the United States.

That detail is in a new Pew Research Center immigration survey that posted at midnight. The study coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended a quota system favoring Northern European immigrants.

Since then, roughly half of all immigrants to the U.S. have hailed from Latin America with Mexicans comprising the largest share of the influx. That wave has dramatically changed the nation’s racial makeup: 84% of Americans were non-Hispanic whites in 1965; today that number is 62%.

Asians will ultimately overtake Hispanics for a number of reasons, including a lower birth rate for Mexican women and a big slowdown in illegal immigration.

Five stats jumped out at us while reading the Pew study:

- Between 2015 and 2065, immigrants are projected to account for 88% of U.S. population growth.

- Since 1965, 59 million immigrants have arrived here, meaning immigrants make up 14% of today’s population - a figure that will rise to 18% by 2065, when the overall total will hit 78 million immigrants.

- The U.S. is the country with the biggest immigrant population, roughly one-in-five people. Over the last 50 years, immigrants accounted for 55 percent of U.S. population growth. That number exceeds the large wave of European immigrants to the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries.

- Since 1965, 51% of new immigrants came from Latin America and 25% are from Asia. But by 2065, foreign-born Hispanics are expected to account for 31 percent of the population while Asians will outstrip them as the dominant immigrant group by 2055, with 38% of the population.

- Non-Hispanic whites are expected to account for less than half of the U.S. population by 2055 and decrease to 46% by 2065.


F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft ... Air Show 2015

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role fighters undergoing testing and final development by the United States. The fifth generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, and air defense missions.

The F-35 has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) variant.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.

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Medicare's $30 million dollar ambulance-ride fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal report due out Tuesday finds that Medicare has been paying for mystery ambulance rides.

The inspector general’s audit found that Medicare paid $30 million in 2012 for ambulance rides for which no record exists that patients got medical care at their destination, the place where they were picked up or anywhere else.

The Health and Human Services IG says those rides are part of a continuing problem with Medicare payments for medical transportation.

Another red flag: some urban ambulance services got paid for an average distance of more than 100 miles per ride.

Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York and Houston accounted for about half of all questionable rides and payments. Medicare says it has taken action since the IG privately shared the audit findings last year.

Nick DiGiulio recalls talking to an elderly dialysis patient while gathering evidence against a private Philadelphia ambulance company that was suspected of paying illegal kickbacks to get kidney dialysis patients to become customers.

The man, in otherwise good shape, would walk back and forth to a dialysis center not far from his home. That changed when an ambulance company offered to pay the man to let them transport him to the center.

“He said to me, ‘If somebody is going to offer me $200 to go in their ambulance, I’m going to go in their ambulance,’” said DiGiulio, special agent in charge of the office of investigations at the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) in Philadelphia.

“One dialysis patient can net a company $60,000 a year if the patient goes for treatment three times a week,” DiGiulio said. “Medicare pays $400 round-trip. Criminals are going to do whatever they can to get patients. They don’t care whether they are legitimate or not.

They are going to try to get patients any way they can. These people are criminals. They are not out to help anybody.

On the chance that some billers might have incorrectly reported pickup and drop-off locations, auditors checked if the patient might have gotten care related to their ambulance ride at another location. They scrutinized Medicare's inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, hospice, and physician claims databases. To account for tardy bills, they kept watch for a whole year.

In the end, they were stumped. "The transports may not have occurred," the report said. For 46 ambulance companies, there was no record that patients got medical services in more than 9 out of 10 of the rides they billed for.

Medicare has a longstanding problem with ambulance fraud, investigators said. Over the past decade or so the total cost of ambulance rides has risen sharply. Medicare's Part B, which covers outpatient care, paid $5.8 billion for ambulance rides in 2012, almost double the amount paid in 2003.


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Even the Pope can be wrong about climate change... because he is basing his conclusions on the same Democrat paid-for scientific conclusions, that liberals created...

We are all for sustainability. But not the liberal climate change version of “sustainability” - which only serves to centralize more power and slow human progress, ingenuity, and innovation. And, yes, make Big Government BIGGER.

The Pope’s and Obama’s Political Science. It’s hard to criticize the Pope. It is like criticizing your mom. She means well, probably. But that doesn’t mean she’s not wrong sometimes.

This time, the Pope is wrong - even if he means well.

He has been urging governments around the world to enact taxes and impose draconian new regulations on energy use (such as a pending law in CA that will require a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use by 2030, to be achieved penalizing motorists who “use too much” gas or “drive too often”) in order to address what he styles “the urgency of climate change” and the need for “sustainable” development.

The problem is that while “climate change” - the new catch-all euphemism for catastrophic alterations in the world’s weather patterns - is conjecture, the taxes and regulatory restrictions advocated by this clergyman are very real indeed.

Specifically, the effect such will have on the world’s poor – for whom affordable electricity, warmth in winter and food are very real concerns.

Perhaps Francis takes for granted the lights that come on at the flick of a switch in the Vatican; that there is always food on the table. Hot water coming out of the tap. Millions of people around the planet, many of them in the so-called “developing” world (Africa in particular) do not take such things for granted.

The “sustainable” development urged by Pope Francis as he jets around the world means real sacrifices for real people - most of whom have never traveled by 747 or even Cessna. And don’t wear Prada, either. The Pope was in America, partly to tout his political agenda.

This is an odd thing, when you stop to think about it a little. Pope Francis is a spiritual leader, a man who has spent his life studying the Bible, not chemistry, or atmospheric science. For him to pontificate about “climate change” is as inappropriate - as silly - as a politician pontificating about eschatology.

This is not just a “Pope problem,” either. Many of the people urging radical steps to deal with purported “climate change” are, like the Pope, not scientific experts in the relevant field. Many are layman. Often, laymen with political power – like President Obama.

It is telling that the language had to be altered to suit the inconvenient truths. It was not all that long ago these “experts” were sounding the alarm bells about an impending ice age.

A planetary deep freeze. Enter “global cooling."

A heat wave during the ’90s made this idea seem preposterous. Enter “global warming.”

But then the same problem arose - only in reverse. The weather began to moderate. Cold winters returned with a vengeance to much of North America, for instance. It became hard to sell global warming when much of the country was experiencing a deep freeze, as during the winters of 2013 and 2014.

A new - more flexible - catchphrase was urgently needed... Enter “climate change.”

Since the climate constantly changes, no more worries about explaining away hot summers – or cold winters. Anything could be attributed to “climate change.” This is telling. We are dealing with a political thing, not a scientific thing.

As Orwell observed, “political language is designed to make lies sound truthful… and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

Normal fluctuations of temperature, a heat wave, a tough winter – can now be characterized as ominously abnormal – something that requires a solution – on the foundation of the bizarre idea that the climate is not supposed to change.

That a static, unchanging climate is - somehow - normal.

This is as dangerous an idea as it is bizarre. The climate is and always has been in flux. It will continue to change, regardless of the Pope or the activity of the seven billion people on this earth.

For instance: Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide were much higher than they are today 250 million years ago - well before the age of industrial activity. How much higher? Five times higher than current levels, according to the National Academy of Sciences (not the Republican Party or the Koch brothers).

This was the era of the dinosaurs. The Earth was much warmer and more humid than now and the high C02 levels spurred the growth of vegetation, which fed the great plant-eating dinosaurs such as Diplodocus - who in turn fed giant meat-eaters like Tyrannosaurus.

Conversely, the era preceding the current warmer era was much cooler - the so-called LIttle Ice Age, which began in the mid 1300s and lasted until the mid-1800s. Winters grew longer and much harsher. The climate changed - but due to natural processes, not human activity.

Recently, the weather has warmed again. Mostly, during the ’90s and early 2000s. But the data indicate it is cooling once more. “Climate change” theory evades and quibbles; it ignores facts that don’t match the narrative.

For example, the much-touted shriveling of the polar ice caps. It’s true the Arctic (north pole) caps have retreated somewhat; but at the same time, the Antarctic ice (south pole) has increased. Cumulatively, polar ice has not declined at all, according to NASA.

There is also the inconvenient truth that tornadoes and hurricanes have lessened in frequency and severity. It is only because of 24-7 global media media coverage that such natural phenomena seem to be more happening more frequently – and with greater severity.

Another inconvenient truth: So-called “warming” data has been called into question by the discovery that many of the temperature readings used to back up the assertion of abnormally rapid, unnatural warming were taken in cherry-picked locations (such as concrete-paved cities) to goose the numbers in the desired direction.

The deeper you dig, the more you find. Keep in mind the stakes, too. It’s easy enough for affluent Westerners - this includes the Pope -to glibly talk about “sustainable” development, because they will not pay the price. Millions of lesser humans will - and they deserve more from the spiritual leader of the world’s largest Christian denomination.

It is certainly possible that industrial activity plays some role in the weather. It is probably the case. But attributing all change - and imputing catastrophic and looming change that requires people stop driving cars and using electricity to light and heat their homes is political science - not science.

Pope Francis may mean well - and probably does. But he is not a scientist.
And should stop trying to be a politician.

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Now it's time for Mitch McConnell to go!

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is stepping down. Now it's time for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to do the same.

We are launching a new campaign today to organize grassroots opposition to Senator McConnell across the country.

Please join us in the effort to replace Mitch McConnell by casting your vote of no confidence in his leadership today!!

We will send you instructions on what you can do to expose his record and pressure key Republican senators to replace him. This won't be easy, but we can do it if we work together. The important thing is that we get started right now.

So please cast your vote of no confidence today and we will also send you a FREE "Ditch Mitch" bumper sticker. It's free because we want to spread the word and mobilize people across the country to fight for new leadership.

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Senator McConnell is just as hostile to conservatives and our principles, if not more so, than Speaker Boehner.

Before Republicans won the majority, McConnell cut deals with President Obama to fund Obamacare, raise the debt limit, and raise taxes on 80% of Americans as part of the fiscal cliff tax hike.

In 2014, McConnell openly declared war on conservatives. He forced the party's campaign committees to blacklist private firms that did work for our organization and vowed to "crush" our candidates "everywhere."

And who could forget what McConnell did in Mississippi last year. He and his operatives used race-baiting attack ads to recruit Democrats to hijack the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate. All of this was done so he could have more people in the Senate who would compromise with the Democrats.

Since January, McConnell has funded executive amnesty, confirmed Loretta Lynch, worked to rescue the Export-Import Bank, passed a bloated highway bill, and is now working to pass a continuing resolution that fully funds Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, sanctuary cities, and the reckless Iran nuclear deal.

His failure to fight for limited government has driven the Republican Party's image into the dirt, face first with no hands to catch itself. And yet, later this year he wants to bust the spending caps and raise the debt limit again!


Hillary Clinton's server had hundred of secret government emails... and Russian government hackers knew of her private server and sent email viruses to her

Here are the hard news developments out of the afternoon release, the fifth round, which included 6,300 pages of e-mails:

The number of e-mails now considered classified that were on Clinton’s homebrew server doubled to more than 400 with this release... Three of the 215 newly classified documents are marked as SECRET, per Politico’s Josh Gerstein...

This is “the first time the State Department itself has deemed messages in Clinton’s account to warrant protection at the SECRET level — the middle tier of the national security classification system. State earlier classified one Benghazi-related message SECRET, but did so at the request of the FBI.”

“Two of the just-released SECRET emails pertain to talks about the Iranian nuclear program... The messages are from January 21 and 22, 2011 and were forwarded to Clinton’s private account by Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan, who now serves as policy director on Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The substance of the two emails was redacted from the public release, but the subject lines identify the messages as summaries of the nuclear talks underway in Istanbul, Turkey."

It turns out that John Kerry not only had Hillary’s personal address... but he still sometimes uses private e-mail to conduct State Department business, the Boston Globe scoops. State Department spokesman John Kirby says that the secretary “primarily uses a e-mail account for his daily work.”

Per Annie Linskey and Matt Viser: “The State Department goes to extensive lengths to be sure work-related matters sent to Kerry’s personal account are preserved, with at least one staff member granted access to his private account and tasked with pulling out any potentially work-related e-mails, a department official said...

In the past Kerry has used an AOL account and a Gmail account to communicate with longtime friends.”

Two months of emails from the start of Clinton’s tenure at State are missing... and federal officials haven’t been able to recover them, the Wall Street Journal reports. The first emails turned over by Clinton’s lawyers are from March 18, 2009.



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