American Politics 101

Re: American Politics 101

Postby rocks on Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:52 pm

Further to dreamons post -

Donald Trump has done it again.

Less than 24 hours after President Barack Obama aimed to set the tone for the country on a response to the threat of terrorism with an Oval Office address, Trump only needed a press release to cause an uproar with his call for an outright ban on Muslims entering the United States.

The billionaire businessman stood defiantly by his statement on Tuesday morning, when he warned that failing to follow his plans would lead to another September 11-style terror attack on U.S. soil.



Now the world knows Trump wants to ban all Muslims from the US and that all Muslims living in the US will be made to register. I wonder if that includes a large number of American born sports figures in the boxing, basketball, football, soccer, track and field world to name a few. He had no problem socializing with most of them, or attending a game or match they are in, and it is all well documented, now he wants to turn on them, or will he. Can anyone see him forcing the likes of Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson to register.? What about some of these athletes, some more famous than others, will he go after them as well? What about the entertainment or news world? Will they become targets not just by Trump, but those that are buying the fear and hate he is selling?

His supporters are turning into a mob mentality when you hear them on the Nightly News, so much hate and fear. Yet among those supporters are sports fans, will they turn on their favorite athlete or team because a Muslim(s) is among them? Stop going to the Movies if a Muslim is in the movie, or turn the channel if one is on a show? Where does this end? Badly if you consider the Klan is over the top and people are jumping on their bandwagon. Trump has opened a Pandoras Box and the outcome even if he loses in the election is not good. It would only take another incident to really go over the deep end, further than they are now.

Wikipedia - a short list of athletes Trump is lumping into the idea of banning Muslims.
Boxing

Muhammad Ali – became a member of the Nation of Islam in 1964,[129] converted to Sunni Islam in 1975[130][131]
Bernard Hopkins – former Middleweight and Light Heavyweight world champion[132]
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad – former Light Heavyweight Champion
Matthew Saad Muhammad – former Light Heavyweight Champion[133]
Dwight Muhammad Qawi – former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Champion[134]
Hasim Rahman – former Heavyweight champion[135]
Mike Tyson – Undisputed Heavyweight Champion in 1987; converted in 1994 (influenced from preacher in prison)[136]

Basketball

NBA player Shaquille O'Neal
DeSagana Diop - Senegalese basketball player for the Charlotte Bobcats
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – converted to Islam from Catholicism in 1968, initially joining the Nation of Islam before retaking the Shahada and converting to Sunni Islam that very summer[23][137]
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf – former player for Denver Nuggets (converted in 1991, formerly Chris Jackson)[138]
Shareef Abdur-Rahim – retired player, named NBA All-Star in 2001–02 season[139]
Hassan Adams – drafted by and played for the New Jersey Nets, later the Cleveland Cavaliers, then KK Vojvodina (in Serbia).
Larry Johnson – retired player, played for the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks[140]
Nazr Mohammed – player for the Charlotte Bobcats[141]
Mehmet Okur – Turkish player of the Utah Jazz[142]
Shaquille O'Neal – player for the Boston Celtics; rapper and actor[143]
Hakeem Olajuwon[144]
Rasheed Wallace - player for the Boston Celtics[145][146]

NFL

Ahmad Rashad
Hamza Abdullah – safety for the Cleveland Browns[147][148]
Husain Abdullah – safety for the Minnesota Vikings[149]
Oday Aboushi - guard, drafted by the New York Jets in 2013, currently with the Houston Texans.[150]
Az-Zahir Hakim – wide receiver formerly for the St. Louis Rams[151]
Ryan Harris[152]
Abdul Hodge – linebacker for the Carolina Panthers[23]
Ahmad Rashād – former wide receiver for Minnesota Vikings, award winning sports-caster (converted in 1972)[153][154]
Ephraim Salaam – offensive tackle for the Detroit Lions[155]
Muhammad Wilkerson – defensive end for the New York Jets[156]
Usama Young – free safety for the New Orleans Saints[157]
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby deja vu on Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:08 pm

Trump's supporters may be cheering him on, but at least one bird is not amused and showed just what he thinks of The Donald.

I have seen the video and this is not a happy bird and definitely not a fan of Trumps. In all fairness this bird didn't like Bill Clinton either.


http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/ ... agle-video

The controversial tycoon posed with the huge bird for a magazine photo shoot but soon found himself under attack.

The eagle, named Uncle Sam, tried to bite Mr Trump as the billionaire politician sat behind his desk. Mr Trump then recoiled in horror and branded the 27-year-old bird "seriously dangerous".



Trump is sort of right, but it's Trump that is seriously dangerous, because of the way he can whip his supporters into a mob mentality with his hate and fear speeches.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby no1home on Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:39 pm

Former House Speaker and Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich came to Central Florida to speak to tourism executives at a Visit Orlando function.

"I'm always glad to be back in Orlando and its a great city to visit," said Gingrich, who sat down for an exclusive interview with FOX 35 Political Reporter Mike Synan and Caitlin Dineen from our news partners at the Orlando Sentinel. He told the pair Donald Trump's amazing rise is a natural reaction.


http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/politi ... 0819-story


"He articulates for millions of people what they believe, and the fact is there are a lot of people very fed up with a Washington government that refuses to be honest about our problems, refuses to be honest about terrorism, refuses to be honest about the source of that terrorism."



Did he miss the memo that both parties are guilty of this one? Now Newt thinks it's worth discussing? Where was he when he was in office for all those years?

Of course he will blame Obama, but he needs to go further back in time, Obama plays a part, but lets lay blame on both sides because they both have done badly when in control of the WH.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby rocks on Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:54 pm

no1home -

Former House Speaker and Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich came to Central Florida to speak to tourism executives at a Visit Orlando function.

"I'm always glad to be back in Orlando and its a great city to visit," said Gingrich, who sat down for an exclusive interview with FOX 35 Political Reporter Mike Synan and Caitlin Dineen from our news partners at the Orlando Sentinel. He told the pair Donald Trump's amazing rise is a natural reaction.


Does anyone really listen to Newt?


US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Moscow for talks on ways to bridge gaps over how to end the conflict in Syria.

Ahead of his meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, Mr Kerry said he hoped to find "common ground". Later, he met President Vladimir Putin, as the two nations seek to agree on who should represent the opposition at possible peace talks in January.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35099060

They must also resolve differences over what role Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should play in any transition.

The US wants him to stand down, but Russia says only the Syrian people should decide his fate.


Way too late for that, probably just a stall tactic from the Russians. Fact is Syrian elections, if they ever happened would have only had one conclusion. Assad stays put. As for John Kerry, I have to wonder once again on how effective he really is. I have never been impressed with him, comes across as so mild mannered, that others may wonder if his words have any backbone or just more posturing on part of the US Government.

Putin is no pushover and getting tough with him may be the only time he listens and I am not sure Kerry fits the bill.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:13 am

Yes, Americans can go to Cuba ONLY if they meet one of twelve reasons for going to the island nation. Tourism does not count. Did Americans know they have to keep travel receipts for five years? There are easier sunny destinations to visit than Cuba.
Can any American citizen visit Cuba now?

Americans still can only go to Cuba so long as the trip falls within one of 12 purposes, including visits to close relatives, academic programs for which students receive credits, professional research, journalistic or religious activities and participation in public performances or sports competitions. However, people can now go to simply organize a professional event or competition; they do not have to wait for the event itself. In addition, travelers can go to film and produce television programs and movies, record music and create art there as long as they have experience in the relevant field.

Still, ordinary tourism remains off limits, and travelers have to mark a box to denote the purpose of their trip, and they are required to keep travel receipts for five years after they return. In most cases, they are also expected to have a full-time schedule of activities related to their category of travel.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/travel/frequently-asked-questions-how-to-travel-to-cuba.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

While citizens can ponder whether to go to Cuba or not, keep alert to when your passport expires (yes, countries have requirements as to how many months have to be left in one's passport when one's trip ends abroad).
State Department officials say another reason to renew soon is that many countries are now enforcing a requirement for at least six months’ validity on a United States passport. The department has experienced an increase in frantic calls from Americans who were denied entry at foreign airports and borders because their passports had less than six months to go.

This year, there is an expectation of a surge in passport renewals so plan ahead.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/travel/passport-renewal.html?ribbon-ad-idx=6&rref=travel&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Travel&pgtype=article
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby burnt fare on Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:23 pm

Puerto Rico is not rich-it has a huge debt problem and the US Congress is considering financial measures that will mean a possible end to self-government
enjoyed in the territory since 1948. We've read about Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Greece have debt problems-now look towards the Caribbean.

After stating in 2015 that it was unable to pay its borrowings, Puerto Rico’s government began talks with creditors and turned to Washington for help. Two agencies defaulted before the commonwealth proposed a voluntary plan in February to slash the debt load almost in half by repaying 39 to 72 cents on the dollar. Puerto Rico then upended months of negotiations by passing a debt-moratorium law that allows Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla to suspend through January 2017 payments to investors on a wide swath of bonds. The island faces a $2 billion bill for principal and interest payments on July 1. Under federal law, states can authorize bankruptcy filings by their municipalities, including public utilities, but Puerto Rico can’t. The U.S. Congress is working on a bill that could allow Puerto Rico to restructure its debt and implement a federal oversight board that would weigh in on the commonwealth’s budgets.

http://www.bloombergview.com/quicktake/puerto-ricos-slide

U.S. lawmakers' race to pass a rescue bill to aid Puerto Rico has stalled as a perilous debt deadline approaches.

The markup of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA, was slated to begin Thursday in the House Committee on Natural Resources, but was delayed abruptly after the committee had adjourned for the day.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/14/rescue-bill-for-puerto-rico-as-major-debt-deadline-looms.html
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby burnt fare on Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:21 pm

How many people are having barbecues discussing the state of US politics and politicians and candidates seeking office?
Some people might be happy to even have stuff to cook on a barbecue if money is tight.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby no1home on Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:46 pm

Defying a veto threat from the Obama administration, the House of Representatives Friday passed by voice vote a bill that would allow terror victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001 to sue Saudi Arabia. The Senate passed the measure by voice vote in May, but the administration has argued it would complicate diplomatic relations with a key ally in the region and warned against moving it forward.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/09/politics/ ... index.html

They should have done this instead of letting the Saudis fly out of the US while the world was grounded. NO one was moving, but they allowed them to go on their merry way. I am disturbed by this voice vote, because some may get their hopes up and this is not going to happen. They will never admit they were a party to that fateful day.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby deja vu on Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:02 am

This needs no further words from myself, except that the link I am posting below to this article also includes a video.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/09 ... ember-11th

Weekly Address: Upholding the Legacy of Those We Lost on September 11th

In this week’s address, President Obama marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks and paid tribute to the victims, survivors, first responders, and those who have served our country.

The President said that although a lot has changed over the past 15 years, the core values that define us as Americans have remained the same. As Americans we are resilient, we will never give into fear, and we will always look out for one another. Our strength is in our diversity, our welcoming of all talent, and our fair treatment of everyone – no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, or faith. The President said that’s part of what makes our country great – and if we uphold those values, we will carry on the legacy of those we lost and keep our nation strong and free.

President Obama has declared Sunday, September 11, 2016 as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, encouraging Americans to participate in community service in honor of those our nation lost.


Presidential Proclamation -- Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2016

PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE, 2016

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives men, women, and children who had been going about their normal routines were taken from us, depriving families and loved ones of a lifetime of precious moments. But the acts of terror of September 11, 2001, sought to do more than hurt our people and bring down buildings: They sought to break our spirit and destroy the enduring values that unite us as Americans. In the years that followed, our capacity to love and to hope has guided us forward as we worked to rebuild, more sound and resilient than ever before. With the hearts of those we lost held faithfully in our memories, we reaffirm the unwavering optimism and everlasting strength that brought us together in our darkest hour, and we resolve to give of ourselves in service to others in that same spirit.

The pain inflicted on our Nation on September 11 was felt by people of every race, background, and faith. Though many young Americans have grown up without knowing firsthand the horrors of that day, their lives have been shaped by it. They hear of the many acts of service that occurred coworkers who led others to safety, passengers who stormed a cockpit, and first responders who charged directly into the fire. Many Americans did everything they could to help survivors, from volunteering their time to donating food, clothing, and blood. And many signed up to don our Nation's uniform to prove to the world that no act of terror could eclipse the strength or character of our country.

United by a common creed, a commitment to lifting up our neighbors, and a belief that we are stronger when we stand by one another, we must find the courage to carry forward the legacy of those who stepped up in our time of need. By devoting ourselves to each other and recognizing that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves just as heroic patriots did on September 11 we are paying tribute to their sacrifices. On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, we must ensure that darkness is no match for the light we shine by engaging in acts of service and charity. I invite all Americans to observe this day with compassionate and selfless deeds that embody the values that define our people, and to visit http://www.Serve.gov to find opportunities to give back to their communities.

America endures in the tenacity of our survivors, and in the dedication of those who keep us safe. Today, we honor all who lost their lives in the heartbreaking attacks of September 11, and all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the years that followed. In memory of these beautiful souls, we vow to keep moving forward. Let us have confidence in the values that make us American, the liberties that make us a beacon to the world, and the unity we sustain every year on this anniversary. Above all, let us stand as strong as ever before and recognize that together, there is nothing we cannot overcome.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2016, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

BARACK OBAMA
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby southernfry on Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:15 pm

So many thoughts when I saw this and the first one is "ARE THEY NUTS?" This is so wrong in so many ways. How does this make America great again, when that was a violent day in their
history. One of many during that time.

A provocative roadside billboard in Mississippi that mixes art and politics has united onlookers in anger and confusion.
The sign on Highway 80 outside Pearl features President-elect Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," superimposed on a well-known Civil Rights-era image by photographer Spider Martin. The famous "Two Minute Warning" photo shows a group of protesters including Hosea Williams and John Lewis confronting state troopers moments before violence broke out on the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama, in the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" conflict.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/21/us/missis ... d=31380506


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