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Marco Rubio: Gives in to fear, paranoia

“In fact, if ISIS were to visit us or our communities at any moment, the last line of defense between ISIS and my family is the ability I have to protect my family from them or from a criminal or anyone else that seeks to do us harm. Millions of Americans feel that way.”

via Marco Rubio Says He Bought A Gun On Christmas As ‘Last Line Of Defense’ Against ISIS | Crooks and Liars.

While I don’t agree with guns for home defense, I understand and respect the right of people to have guns for home defense.

But when you’re buying a gun specifically to fend off ISIS/Daesh, you’ve descended into paranoia. Also seem to lack understanding of ISIS tactics, which outside of their territory relies heavily on bombs or groups of people ambushing soft targets like hotels or malls with massed rifle fire. A gun in the home won’t stop either of those.

Also, as a would be President, Senator Rubio appears to have abandoned faith in our military, police services and intelligence services.

Everyone Tells the Truth Sometimes

Trump said American polling shows Russian President Vladimir Putin has “an 80 percent approval rating.”

Multiple American polls have found Putin’s approval rating to hover around 80 percent among the Russian public, including a recent study that aimed to adjust for any possibility that respondents have been lying to pollsters out of fear or social expectations.

This statement rates True.

via Donald Trump is right about Putin’s popularity in Russia | PolitiFact.

I do not approve of Donald Trump. I post this because it is a useful reminder that no one lies all the time.

Though a lot of what Mr. Trump says on the campaign trail has been rated as false.

The Terrorism Statistics Every American Needs to Hear | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

– You are 35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack

– You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack

via The Terrorism Statistics Every American Needs to Hear | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization.

Well cited roundup of causes of death compared to dying in a terrorism attack in the United States.

The evidence is clear. The resources we are pouring into antiterror efforts are way more than any real threat we face.

The fact that we’ve also killed tens of thousands of people while torturing hundreds of others in pursuit of such a minor threat to our existence, is immoral.


Cool Blog – Our Third Thirds: On my own December calendar

But it wasn’t till now, in my Third Third and not part of a consistent work place, that I realize the rhythm of my calendar has changed. I’m on my own calendar, not the work place holiday calendar, not the school vacation calendar, not the Christmas shopping calendar. Yes, there are a lot more parties and receptions – and there were all those pre-holiday crafts fairs – but that only changes my entertainment, not the schedule of my days.

via Our Third Thirds: On my own December calendar.

Merry Christmas to Christians everywhere and best of the winter holidays to all others.

The quote above is from a blog pointed out to me by the author. It’s a set of reflections on life after 60, which the blog author chooses to call the “Third thirds.” Here’s how she defines the thirds:

If the first third of our lives is what I call Preparing for Adulthood and the second third is maybe Parenting/Professional Life, then what does the Third Third — after 60 — look like? I’m stumbling and crashing, exploring and growing (I hope). You, too?

So far, I’ve found all of the entries I’ve read to be pretty engaging and I hope you will too.


Against Senator’s Murkowski’s Moratorium

Today Senator Murkowski used Facebook to announce her call for a moratorium on the admission of Syrian refugees to this country. At 10,000, we’re only proposing to accept a tiny sliver of the FOUR MILLION seeking refuge. I think this moratorium is wrong and wrote the following message to Senator Murkowski:


Dear Senator Murkowski,

It was with sadness that I read your statement urging a moratorium on admission of Syrian refugees to the United States. I’m very disappointed that you turned a deaf ear to our faith community who urged you not to turn away the innocent. You claim you do not support such a thing, but an indefinite moratorium is the same as turning people away. It feeds the impression that “that the American people are no longer sympathetic or welcoming.” You have joined hands with 26 governors and every single Republican Presidential candidate who reject welcoming people at their time of need. Even your own Facebook page now has a number of comments from constituents who have equated all refugees with terrorists.

I believe your stance is a betrayal of the principles in Matthew 25 and of the compassion for immigrants and refugees advocated by Pope Francis. But I understand you cannot govern the country by Catholicism or Christianity. Unlike the leaders of Daesh, we have separation of Church and State.

However, your actions, along with the actions of all others calling for the barring of refugees or making the assumption they are a major security risk are playing in Daesh’s hands. Daesh tells all Muslims that the West is against them. That Muslims will be treated as potential terrorists in the West. That in the end, there is a clash between Islam and Christianity. By giving into the fears of some of your constituents, you have endorsed Daesh’s propaganda.

I’m sorry to sound harsh, but the modest security gains (if any) from the moratorium you are calling for are more than swamped by the propaganda victory for Daesh. Please reconsider your position, especially in view of so many things, including gun violence and auto accidents that take more lives than 9/11 did every single year.


Senator Dan Sullivan is on record as being harsher than Murkowski, as is Representative Don Young. I am sad that my whole delegation has given in to fear.


Why I need not be frightened of Santorum, Cruz, Perry or other second tier Republican Candidates

The latest poll from Fox News puts Donald Trump at the top of the Republican field, with 18 percent. Scott Walker is in second at 15 percent, and Jeb Bush is third at 14 percent. No one else reaches double-digits in the national survey: Rand Paul, 8%; Marco Rubio, 7%; Ben Carson, 6%; Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, 4%; Chris Christie, 3%; John Kasich and Rick Santorum, 2%; Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal and George Pataki each received one percent or less. Remember: the top 10, as decided by Fox, get into the first debate next month. Yesterday, Univision released its own poll showing that 7 in 10 Hispanic registered voters have an unfavorable impression of Trump.

via The Daily 202 from PowerPost.

Every day I seem to get some breathless report about some new outrageous thing a Republican presidential primary candidate has said. And I’m not talking about the eye rollers from joint front runners Trump, Walker and Bush. It’s like “Can you believe that Santorum said that?” “Have you heard the latest devilry from Ted Cruz?” “OMG Rick Perry is going to turn the US into a theocracy!”

I’d like to ask everyone to take a deep breath and forget them for the time being. Look at that national poll again. No one besides Trump, Walker and Bush hits the double digits. And they have plenty of in their records to complain about. Let’s not dilute criticism of these records with angst over people who quite likely will be gone from the field next Spring. Don’t give them attention they don’t deserve.

Give Bernie Sanders some attention if you want. He’s polling around 15% among Democrats. That makes him more popular in his party than EVERYONE in the latest Fox poll except The Donald. If you’re a progressive, spreading hopeful stories about Bernie makes more sense than worrying about dead enders like Cruz and Santorum.

If other Republicans can break double digits, I’ll pay attention to them. Or if a Republican emerges who’s not simple a “Me too! But I’m tougher and cut more taxes and bomb more countries than those losers!” I’ll pay attention. Until then I don’t think the scary stories are worth my time or yours. Unless you’re a Republican voter.

Don Young Consponsors – Text – H.R.702 – 114th Congress (2015-2016): To adapt to changing crude oil market conditions. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

via Text – H.R.702 – 114th Congress (2015-2016): To adapt to changing crude oil market conditions. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress.

I checked out this bill because the title seemed like it was trying to hide something. This bill lifts all restrictions on the export of crude oil. They could have just said that in the title.


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