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The Democrats Want Jeb Bush for President

Permalink 04/18/15 10:16, by OGRE / (Jeff), Categories: Welcome, News, Background, In real life, On the web, Politics, Elections

This is just a guess on my part, but I'm thinking that the Democrats and the media are pushing for a Jeb Bush ticket. Bush has received far too much non-negative media attention. Plus is seems with every passing day Bush is aligning himself with more and more leftist policies.

There are only two possibilities; either Bush is a genius and is playing the Chamber of Commerce and the leftists, or he's a Moderate/Liberal. I'm hedging my bet on Liberal.

I think that a Hillary win is a long shot, but if the Democrats can get a Liberal Republican in the White House, they will just settle for that.

Besides, as was reported just earlier this weekend, the repeal of Obamacare seems to be falling to the wayside for Republicans.

After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.

GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform.

Less noted, senior Republican lawmakers have quietly incorporated many of the law's key protections into their own proposals, including guaranteeing coverage and providing government assistance to help consumers purchase insurance.

And although the law remains very unpopular with GOP voters, more than 20 million Americans now depend on it for health benefits, making even some of the most conservative Republicans loath to cut off coverage.

Facing the prospect that the Supreme Court this year could strip away insurance subsidies provided through the law in most states, several GOP lawmakers have proposed extending the aid, perhaps even until a new president takes office.

At the same time, the presumed Republican presidential front-runner, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has shown little enthusiasm for a new healthcare fight. Last year, he even criticized the repeal effort.

Republicans who still demand a repeal, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, appear to be long shots for the presidential nomination.

I think that the Democrats can have it their way with either Hillary or Jeb Bush. There's even the possibility of a Bush Clinton Ticket, however unlikely, it would cement the Liberal agenda for years to come. Don't think those on the left aren't already thinking that way. If there is a strong enough front runner on the Conservative side the establishment types in Washington will stop at nothing to snuff any Conservative candidate out.

Only a true Conservative can make things better this time around. If we get another Liberal Republican, the country will suffer an even greater loss of freedoms resulting in greater economic loss.

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Ted Cruz Has Made A Brilliant Move!

Permalink 03/23/15 04:21, by OGRE / (Jeff), Categories: Welcome, News, Background, In real life, Politics, U.S. Economy, Elections

Ted Cruz has made a brilliant decision to announce his presidency before anyone else in his field. There are a few reasons that this is a good move. To start with; Cruz is now the standard by which the rest of the field must now prove themselves. He will also find out who his true enemies are up front. If there are any issues that he needs to refute, he can do it now early on and the media attempts to destroy him over trivial issues will fall flat because of the sheer length of time from now to election day.

There will be no October Surprise. Cruz is such a polarizing figure that anyone with any negative info on him will get it out now to try and hurt him, the take him out in the beginning mentality. I don't think that will work very well though. because he is going to do exactly what he said and go around the media.

As far as Hillary is concerned, she is going to have to just keep sticking to the quietness. I believe that her worst nightmare is a debate with Cruz. Actually the same goes for Jeb Bush. It won't be like the debate with Romney and Obama, where Obama could just lie and get away with it, Cruz wouldn't put up with that.

It will be interesting how this will turn out.

Let Me Advertise: The End of Advertisements!

Permalink 03/15/15 21:23, by OGRE / (Jeff), Categories: Welcome, News, Fun, On the web, Politics

TV ratings have dropped again. Is there any real wonder why? I mean unless you work for an advertising firm, you most likely are annoyed by advertisements.

Now, TV ratings see double-digit declines for the fifth straight month.

The numbers underscore the rapid changes in how TV viewers are consuming content.

Americans are increasingly watching TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. Some 40 percent of households now have subscription video service, Nielsen reported earlier this week.

Those same services are flexing their muscle and competing for content. Yahoo, Amazon and Hulu are among the bidders for the streaming rights to “Seinfeld” episodes, reported Friday.

I believe that we are seeing the natural course of things to come. If you are paying for content you shouldn't be forced into to watching commercials. Things were different in the on-air TV days. Adds made sense because that's how the content providers payed for production of TV shows. But now that's all changed.

Advertisements are annoying and most of the time insult the intelligence of those watching them. Think about Redbox; does anyone really want to watch all of those previews, or would they want to watch what they paid for, not what someone wants them to spend money on in the future.

Marketing is based on trying to figure out what the market wants, so you can target them (Target Marketing) and push the add data to them. There's a problem with that theory. It only works in a static environment, once you move into the real world you introduce all sorts of problems for target marketing. Namely that people don't like it, most people don't like adds that follow them, or seem to be reading their minds. It's creepy because it shows how much of your personal data you have made available to total strangers. Keep in mind that companies are loosing data at alarming rates do to hacking or other data mishaps.

I don't presume to know the future, but this is why I thought that Facebook stock was over priced way back in the beginning, because people are moving away from adds --even if they have to pay for it.

If you ask me marketing is dying, and there isn't really any way to bring it back. At least not until something really drastic happens.

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Hillary's Email Personal Email Address,

Permalink 03/09/15 19:40, by OGRE / (Jeff), Categories: Welcome, News, Background, Fun, In real life, On the web, History, Politics, Elections

Hillary used a private email address while conduction official State Department business. We all know that. She obviously did it to hide incriminating information. The only question is what is her lie going to be?

I have a guess as to what she's going to say. First she will start by saying that it was legal at the time she did it, she didn't know that it was wrong and she's providing the data now anyway. Upon further questioning she's going to say that she did it in part because of national security, she figured that her personal email was more secure than her government email. Remember Hillary is no stranger to email leaks.

Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange said, "should resign." Speaking over Skype from an undisclosed location on Tuesday, the WikiLeaks founder was replying to a question by TIME managing editor Richard Stengel over the diplomatic-cable dump that Assange's organization loosed on the world this past weekend. Stengel had said the U.S. Secretary of State was looking like "the fall guy" in the ensuing controversy, and had asked whether her firing or resignation was an outcome that Assange wanted. "I don't think it would make much of a difference either way," Assange said. "But she should resign if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up. Yes, she should resign over that."

Remember Hillary was making fun of foreign leaders in official "diplomatic cables" which really means emails.

WASHINGTON: US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has spoken with 12 world leaders, including the Presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the past one week to express her regret over the embarrassing release of secret diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks.

According to the list provided by the state department, Clinton has also called president Ellen Johnson Sirlef of Liberia, China state councilor Dai Bingguo, Canada foreign minister Lawrence Cannon, Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, new French foreign minister Michelle Alliot-Marie, British foreign secretary William Hague and Saudi foreign minister Saud Al-Faisal.

So, Hillary has good reason to keep her emails out of government hands. They could be leaked, requested by way of the Freedom of Information Act, or worse be subpoenaed in an investigation.

The fact is that she kept the emails private because she was saying things that she didn't want to get out to the public. I doubt national security was the largest of her concerns.

Also, Obama claims that he was unaware that Hillary was conducting State Department business from her private email. Obama claims he found out about it in the news.

President Obama discovered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email at the same time as news readers.

Obama, after delivering a Saturday speech in Selma, Ala., was asked when he found out about Clinton’s personal email system run from her Chappaqua home.

“The same time everybody else learned it through news reports,” he told CBS News.

Obama waded into the controversy for the first time since Clinton’s use of a private email account was revealed last week — raising questions about whether key messages were preserved.

Does anyone actually believe this?

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Who Exactly Was Pushing For A Government Takeover of The Internet?

Permalink 03/08/15 00:09, by OGRE / (Jeff), Categories: Welcome, News, Background, Fun, In real life, On the web, History, Politics, Health Care

I don't know about you, but I can't recall hearing of a rally where people were asking for the FCC to takeover the Internet. Where did this all come from?

Network Connector RJ45
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I'll give you a hint, we've seen this all before with health care.

Now the exact same tactics are being applied to the Internet.

Ajit Pai openly questioned what the problem was, saying, “There’s never been a systemic analysis of what the problem with the Internet is. In this order, you see scattered niche examples [Comcast and BitTorrent, Apple and FaceTime, others] all of which were resolved, mind you, through private sector initiatives.” He continued, saying that the FCC’s net neutrality regulatory regime is a solution that won’t work in search of a problem that doesn’t exist.” Essentially, this is, contrary to the assertion of activists and others, a vaguely justified power grab by a government agency.

This man is correct. Where is the problem with the Internet and freedom of expression? I don't see it. But it's on the horizon. The government will soon be determining what is "neutral" and what is not. Any guess which way it will lean? Really...

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