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Greece collapse begins

The PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain) have been under scrutiny for months due to their unsupportable mountains of debt in comparison to their incomes – on Monday, Greece may be the first to go down.

Despite Greek Priminister Tsipras’ plea for calm in this video:

Greeks lined up to drain ATMs of every ounce of cash they contained.

greeks line up for ATMs

 

Reports say that Greece will not open banks on Monday at a minimum and it may take days or longer to get them open due to lack of cash.

Greece said it would temporarily close banks on Monday in a bid to prevent its banking system from collapsing after the European Central Bank moved to cap the amount of emergency loans it provides for the country’s cash-strapped lenders.

The ECB said earlier on Sunday that it wouldn’t increase the lifeline of emergency liquidity that has been sustaining Greece’s banks, even as nervous Greek depositors appeared to withdraw their money at a greater pace over the weekend.

Zerohedge is reporting that the Greek stock market may not open Monday. Without capital inflows, why would they?

This entire event is due to debt. Just debt. Nothing more than debt. It’s what happens when a nation offers services it cannot possibly pay fore and as Margaret Thatcher put it “eventually runs out of other people’s money.”

The United States should watch what happens to Greece closely as America’s debt-to-GDP is even worse than it looks. Remember that the government decided to include R&D and pension write-downs in GDP just recently. That only makes GDP look better while the government hides how bad American debt really is.

Report: Obama gives in – no inspections of Iranian nuke facilities required for deal

Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) is reporting that the P5+1 led by the United States has capitulated to Iran’s demand that no inspections of nuclear facilities take place.

President Obama has been working to record another controversial accomplishment for his legacy – the Iranian nuclear weapons program negotiations.

A centerpiece to the Obama position has always been that inspections would be required for any deal to take place and that he would only accept a deal including this provision.

Iran has a history of cheating on sanctions and IAEA regulations on nuclear weapons development. Without inspections, the question to the value of the president’s negotiations is seriously in question.

Saying that the only deal he would sign off on would be a “good deal,” the President was expected to follow a “trust, but verify” paradigm as was central to the Nuclear START treaty with Russia decades ago. Instead, the President appears to be accepting of any deal, as long as he can claim credit for having secured the agreement.

National Healthcare Insurers on Path to Merge from Five to a SINGLE PAYER

Many, including CDN, projected that consumer choice would become greatly limited after the imposition of Obamacare – this month is proving all of themhospital room right – and more.

The Economist published an article detailing the turmoil healthcare insurers are experiencing. The remedy they seek is to eliminate competition in an impossible marketplace:

A similar consolidation among health insurers was also predicted. But since the new insurance exchanges set up under Obamacare only went into operation last year, it has taken until now for it to be clear how big the merger wave may be. The largest insurer, UnitedHealth, has approached the number three, Aetna. The second-largest, Anthem, is trying to buy the number five, Cigna—which on June 21st rejected Anthem’s $47.5 billion bid. And the number four, Humana, has been looking at selling itself to either Aetna or Cigna.

Reduced competition is terrible for consumers. Prices inflate wildly and products/services become harder to get.

Once the healthcare marketplace is reduced to UnitedHealth, Anthem and Aetna, United and Anthem will fight over Aetna until just the two remain. With certain politicians in place, United will be allowed to acquire Anthem and there will just be one – a single payer.

It will be so much easier for progressives to regulate a single insurer into oblivion instead of dealing with a herd of cats all doing their own things. A behemoth like UnitedHealth needs the money the government gives it just to survive the weight of Obamacare. If UH doesn’t do what the government wants, that money is gone. And then – it will be gone anyway.

Once UnitedHealth becomes a figment of history, someone has to step in to save the imaginary “working class.” Gosh, who will that be?

Welcome to government healthcare. The crazy predictions from years ago are coming true and there will be no push back. People will just be happy to be getting “free” healthcare – no matter how unavailable or substandard it is.

With Gay Marriage In, ACLU Drops Backing of Religious Freedom Law

ACLU-logoWhile the ink is still wet on Justice Kennedy’s controversial decision to legalize gay marriage, the ACLU has dropped its support of the Federal ‘Religious Freedom’ law.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was passed to prevent citizens from having to choose between their religious beliefs and negative recourse. President Clinton signed RFRA into law in 1993 saying that “governments should not substantially burden religious exercise without compelling justification.”

The case that brought about RFRA was Employment Division v. Smith in 1990. In that case, two American Indians had been fired from their jobs for consuming peyote which is used in their tribal ceremonies.

The case made it to the Supreme Court which ruled that the firing was to be upheld because they could not use a religious exemption to circumvent federal law.

With RFRA in place, several groups have been afforded accommodation that would otherwise have ended their employment. For those cases, the ACLU was not only greatly in support of the law, but actually helped to use it.

Turn the page to today when the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry. What made the ACLU suddenly change their mind?

Louis Melling, deputy legal director of the ACLU wrote an op-ed posted in the Washington Post today telling us exactly why the ACLU changed their minds on RFRA:

The RFRA wasn’t meant to force employees to pay a price for their employer’s faith, or to allow businesses to refuse to serve gay and transgender people

The timing is impeccable. There will certainly be a wave of gay couples demanding that Christian bakers and photographers, pastors and priests bend to their will and submit to serving their wedding – or they’ll send in the lawyers.

While the ACLU takes the side of the gay and transgender public, they afford no weight to the rights of the business owners – who also happen to be American citizens with rights.

Forcing an employer to pay for something that is clearly against his religious ideals is  perhaps a bigger affront as the employee could simply choose not to work at a business that operates upon the basis of faith. The employer could be threatened with legal action if he chose not to pay for things he was against.

The same argument applies to those that would be forced to service gay weddings. If the person, through the faith, finds an activity offensive, they should have the right to avoid participation. The ACLU apparently disagrees.

What is the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States was enacted during Civil War reconstruction. The intent of the amendment was to insure that freed slaves enjoyed the same protections as all other Americans.

The amendment is divided into five sections. The 14th is often cited in litigation and was a centerpiece to arguments in The Slaugherhouse Cases, Lochner v. New York, Brown v. Board of Education, Mapp v. Ohio, Loving v. Virginia, Gore v. Bush, Roe v. Wade, Obergefell v. Hodges and a few others.

Section one contains the most-oft cited citizenship, due process and equal rights clauses.

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Section 2 deals with the make-up of congress. It is important to note that the 14th amendment preceded the 19th (women’s suffrage) so the section applies to men and women equally.

Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

Section 3 prevents an office-holder who aids the enemy from holding office. A 2/3rds vote of the Senate may override.

Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section 4 re-affirms the faith of the U.S. government as to repayment of its debt. The section also prohibits congress from taking on debt to aid rebellion against the government and makes losses due to slave emancipation unrecoverable from the government.

Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section 5 is a typical enforcement clause giving Congress the power to enforce the amendment.

Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article

Justices Give Gays Right to Marry – More Cases to Come

supreme-court-gay-marriage_mtIn a narrow 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) ruled that same sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.

The ruling not only extends the right to marry to same-sex couples, but also requires all states to recognize gay marriages and civil unions carried out in other states.

Justice Kennedy sided with the liberal side of the court and wrote the decision. Chief Justice Roberts authored the dissenting opinion. The full text of their opinions on same-sex marriage can be found HERE.

President Obama offered his comments in a Rose Garden speech this morning where he said that “the laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” [See the full speech here]

The case being decided, Obergefell v. Hodges, asked the court to answer two questions – are states required to license a marriage to same-sex couples and do states then have to recognize same-sex marriage licenses from other states. The court answered yes to both heavily citing the 14th amendment.

While the court decision forces state governments to license gay marriages, where those ceremonies take place could become another court case.

The Coalition of African-American Pastors and other Christian church leaders held a press conference yesterday where they expressed how the court’s decision contradicts tenets of their faith and moral law.

At a press conference in Memphis, Tennessee, held in the Church of God in Christ’s historic Mason Temple, Rev. Bill Owens, president and founder of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), said, “If they rule for same-sex marriage, then we’re going to do the same thing we did for the civil rights movement. We will not obey an unjust law.”

“The politicians and the courts have tried to take God out of this country,” he continued. “This country was founded on Godly principles. We will not stand back and be silenced.”

cakeRecently, small business owners in the wedding industry have been cyber-bullied, boycotted and in some cases taken to court over their choosing to opt-out of servicing gay weddings. Photographers and cake makers have listed religious conflicts and moral differences for choosing not to take on the same-sex clients. One such photographer had a case make it to the Supreme Court only to have the court refuse to rule on it.

So the question remains – will pastors, priests, photographers, bakers and others that typically facilitate and service a wedding be forced to do so against their own belief systems?

More SCOTUS cases are likely on exactly this issue.

RightWingWatch Attacks Alan Keyes and Themselves

RightWingWatch is a frothing-at-the-mouth liberal protectionist organization so it’s no suprise that they attacked Alan Keyes for his comments to Newsmax. It’s also no surprise that they stupidly proved his concerns in the same comment.

Take, for example, Alan Keyes, who told Newsmax host Steve Malzberg yesterday that he does not believe that the shooting was racially motivated but was actually an incident of pro-gay, anti-Christian violence. Keyes, a Republican politician and conservative activist, said that he has personally experienced more animosity due to his religious beliefs than to his race, so concluded that the massacre must have been caused by religious hostility and thus is the latest example of the supposed “persecution” of Christians in America.

Keyes’ comments are questionable considering the symbolism and statements issued by Dylann Storm Roof during the attack, but one major statement that RWW tries to refute is that Keyes has felt more animosity due to his religious beliefs than due to his race. RightWingWatch is proving his point.

While Keyes’ makes a controversial, and at this time unproven, point, RWW attacked him because of his account of religious persecution. Just as I am unable to understand the oppression that a black man might feel during his life, RWW has no ability to understand if Keyes’ did or did not feel oppressed due to his religious beliefs. Christians are increasingly being castigated for their beliefs.

By saying that Keyes’ persecution is “supposed” means that they do not understand the pressure that Christians are under in today’s America.

Obama is hosting dinners where he invites anti-Isreali cohorts to his personal table:

President Barack Obama hosted two radical anti-Israel activists, Riham Osman and Batoul Abuharb of Houston, Texas, on Tuesday night. They both had the honor of sitting at Mr. Obama’s exclusive “President’s Table” at the annual White House Iftar dinner. Both have publicly stated that they consider Israel and its leadership to be sponsors of terroristic acts.

Michelle Obama told a group of mulsim girls at a London school  “when I look out at all these young women, I see myself. In so many ways, your story is my story.”

When will the first lady be visiting an all-girls Christian school and sharing that same message. Will the President soon be offering his table to Christian or Jewish leaders? Maybe Keyes has more right than wrong on his comments.

The article seems to unapologetically claim that only affronts against race are important. Many identify on higher levels than the color of their skin.

Jeb Bush 2016 Presidential Candidate Profile

Jeb BushPersonal Information

John EllisJebBush

Born February 11, 1953 in Midland, Tx to George H.W. and Barbara Bush. His nickname comes from his initials – J.E.B.

Family
Married his wife Columba in 1974, who he’s known since his teaching days in Mexico. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Education
Graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Latin American Studies.

Civic Organizations
Volunteered with Miami Children’s Hospital, the United Way and the Dade County Homeless Trust.

Co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Co-founded the first charter school in the State of Florida: Liberty City Charter School, a grades K-6 elementary school

Established the Points of Light program in 2000 to recognize an “exemplary volunteer, organization, or person”

Religious Beliefs

Roman Catholic

Military Career

None

Civilian Career
1977 – Branch Manager and VP of the Caracus, Venezuela branch of the Texas Commerce Bank

1980-1986 Worked in real estate eventually becoming a partner in The Cordina Group

Political Career

1986-1988 – Appointed Florida’s Secretary of Commerce

1994 – Ran a failed bid for Florida governor

1998-2007 – Governor of Florida

Political Party Affiliation
Republican

Political Stances
Pro-Life

Questions the degree to which global warming is caused by man

For comprehensive immigration reform to include a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens

Opposed to Net Neutrality

Pro-Second Amendment

 

Publications

On The Web
All in for Jeb – 2016 Candidate Website
Jeb Bush’s Facebook Page
Jeb Bush on Twitter 

In The News

See All CDN posts tagged with Jeb Bush

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GOP candidates 2016

2016 GOP Primary Debate Schedule

This post will be updated if information changes or additional debates are scheduled, so check back regularly.

Time/Date Where to Watch Moderators/Format/Details
Fox News/Facebook Debate
August 6, 2015
9pm ET
Fox News Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace
Format: Candidates with top 10 finishes in 5 polls get in
Reagan Library Republican Debate
Sept 16, 2015
8pm ET
 CNN Moderators: Jake Tapper, Hugh Hewitt
Format: Candidates with at least a 1% showing in the polls will be split in to two tiers. Top 10 and bottom 10 and the debate time will be split between the two tiers.
CNBC Debate
October, 2015
TBD
 CNBC
  • Moderators: TBD
  • Format: TBD
FBN Debate
November, 2015
TBD
 Fox Business News
  • Moderators:  TBD
  • Format: TBD
Las Vegas Debate
December, 2015
TBD
CNN
  • Moderators:  TBD
  • Format: TBD

Bobby Jindal Becomes 13th Republican Candidate for President [Video]

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal announced his bid for the Republican nomination for the 2016 Presidential elections on Wednesday afternoon.

The speech centered on his Christian faith, conservative values and included pokes at his opponents on both sides of the isle.

Governor Jindal becomes the 13th person to enter the race and his current standing in the polls show that his work is cut out for him.

GOP Candidate Poll ResultsJindal shares the 2% bracket of a recent Fox News poll with John Kassich, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki.

The first debate of the 2016 primary campaign will be on August 6th, 2015. Only the top 10 candidates will appear.

Jindal has indicated that he may not even try to enter the first debate and instead work a more grass roots campaign.

Jindal lost his first bid for Lousiana governor against Kathleen Blanco. But in 2007 he won the top seat and was re-elected with 2/3rds of the vote in 2011.

Jindal has taken up hunting, is a practicing Catholic and is now a candidate for the republican nomination for President of the United States.

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