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He's basically right:

Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”  

Bush then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.

Bush said he views the rise of the Islamic State as al-Qaeda’s "second act” and that they may have changed the name but that murdering innocents is still the favored tactic. He defended his own administration’s handling of terrorism, noting that the terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who confessed to killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, was captured on his watch: “Just remember the guy who slit Danny Pearl’s throat is in Gitmo, and now they're doing it on TV.”
The last president bashes the White House on Iran and ISIS.
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He dies not get to talk, He was the one that installed the secular president in Iraq that Obama spent six year getting rid of. Now he is repeating the McCain re-write on history.
Sorry bubba but our memories are not that short.

His kissing cousins, the Sauds, must be really angry at Obama now that we won't fight their internal wars. Maybe they can get Bush to foot the bill.
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We are still at a very early stage of scrutinizing the Clinton Foundation, but we can already say two things with confidence:

(1) The millions upon millions of dollars the Clinton Foundation has collected from foreign donors and others with significant self-interest in U.S. government policy — during a time when Mrs. Clinton had a key role (and the prospect of an even bigger role) in designing U.S. government policy — makes the gifts to Menendez look like chump change.

(2) To the best of our knowledge, Menendez never withheld his emails from the government or wiped his server clean.
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She failed at every job she ever had. 
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The Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list” of problematic nonprofits last month. The Clinton family’s mega-charity...
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Yep..no doubt
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Regarding the lack of intellectualism, progressivism, and the dumbing down of academia:

With his endless need for trigger warnings and sensitivity seminars, the modern campus progressive puts himself in a peculiar position: He is at once hostage-taker and hostage. He demands restrictions on speech and thought — but only some speech and some thought — because he is so delicate that an unwelcome word is indistinguishable from a mortal threat. You can call Sarah Palin a . . . very unkind term for a woman, or you can call for the murder of Republican politicians or Christians or white men, and it’s ho-hum. Call a man in a dress a man in a dress and you’ve committed a hate crime.
The Left discovers the value of fake hate crimes.
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As I have said - I wish I could "home college" my kids. 
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But I thought it was all a right wing conspiracy???
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If anything, these data suggest that e-cigarettes are replacing the real thing. As one tobacco researcher told The New York Times, “They’re not a gateway in, and they might be accelerating the gateway out.” That cannot be anything but good news from a public health perspective, given the huge difference in risk between vaping and smoking.
For years anti-smoking activists and public health officials have tried to justify their irrational hatred of electronic cigarettes by arguing that vaping leads to smoking, especially among impressionable young people who otherwise would never touch tobacco. But that is not happening. To the contrary, vaping and smoking rates among teenagers [...]
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now...if an ecig turned you into a liberal kalifornicator...I'd be worried.
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We are still at a very early stage of scrutinizing the Clinton Foundation, but we can already say two things with confidence:

(1) The millions upon millions of dollars the Clinton Foundation has collected from foreign donors and others with significant self-interest in U.S. government policy — during a time when Mrs. Clinton had a key role (and the prospect of an even bigger role) in designing U.S. government policy — makes the gifts to Menendez look like chump change.

(2) To the best of our knowledge, Menendez never withheld his emails from the government or wiped his server clean.
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Clinton Foundation Today: "..made a huge mistake..."
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You really have to love the timing of this article from the ultra-liberal publication Daily Kos (Mar 05, 2008) and the questions raised during Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign bid in 2008.

The Clinton's finances should be put under the microscope🔬at the IRS and the Federal Elections Commission.🔬

June of 2014 Diane Sawyer indicates Hillary Clinton earned only "$5 million making speeches", and Hillary claims they were 🔬"dead broke, but in debt." when the Clintons left the White House in 2001, 🔬February 2008 loans her presidential campaign $5 Million after it was reported in the January of 2008 of another $13.5 million loan....

🔬Jan 22nd 2013, 4 years after suspending her 2008 presidential bid, now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mysteriously paid off her campaign debt just before her testimony on Benghazi up on Capitol Hill .... 🔬(CNN "$12 million to almost 500 creditors and $13.2 million to the candidate herself, who dipped into her personal funds to help finance her campaign.") 🔬(CNN-Hillary Clinton Senate Hearing on BenghaziJanuary 23, 2013 - 09:03 ET)

📍Where did the dead broke champion of the downtrodden, desperately giving public servant Hillary Clinton find the dough to be able to part so blithely with $5 million. ($13M)"Pure commitment" to self-enrichment followed by "pure commitment" to a self-aggrandizing pursuit of power?

📍Is this is money that Bill Clinton has taken in from speaking fees (i.e. gifts/down payments on influence) from foreign countries as well as from US and Foreign Corporations? This is money that is not supposed to come into US political campaigns!.....💲💰💵💰💲

📍DIANE SAWYER, ABC NEWS: It has been reported you've made $5 million making speeches, the president's made more than $100 million. (06/09/2014)

📍HILLARY CLINTON: "Well, if you -- you have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt."

(Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million - Ben Smith - POLITICO dot com February 06, 2008)

📍The fact that with all of these questionable financial dealings, the Clintons have been unwilling to release their tax returns, especially in light of Hillary Clinton claiming that the $5 million she lent the campaign was "her own money?"


💲💰💵💰💲

🔎📰Has Hillary Clinton really been "vetted" as she so often claims? Mar 05, 2008 1:04pm PST by Bob Johnson📰

http://m.dailykos.com/story/2008/03/05/469804/-Has-Hillary-Clinton-really-been-vetted-as-she-so-often-claims

📍Over and over, we have heard Hilary Clinton and her campaign surrogates claim that she has been "vetted for 15 years." Harold Ickes used those very words today

The candidate, herself, has said:

📍"I’ve been tested. I’ve been vetted. I have been in the political arena in our country very intensely for 16 years.There are no surprises. There’s not going to be anybody saying, ‘Well why didn’t we think of that?’ or ‘What, my goodness, what does that mean?’" she said. "I am going to be able to go up against any Republican who they nominate."

"No surprises?" You've been "vetted?"

Really?

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📍"I note that the Clinton camp has been calling for a "vetting" of Obama since before the Iowa caucus. The Clintonites have presented their "vetting" of Obama as almost a public service to the Democratic Party. Over and over we have heard that he needed to be "toughened up" because much harsher attacks were sure to come from the Republicans should Obama capture the nomination.

I diaried about this back before Iowa voters spoke:

Clinton backers: 'Obama needs to be vetted.' I say: 'Hillary, too!'

What has been fascinating to watch is the Clinton camp's never-ending zeal quest to "vet" Obama. All in the interest of making sure we know everything about him we possibly can, of course.

📍But has Hillary really been "vetted," as she and her campaign have repeatedly claimed ⁉

Have any of her Democratic opponents, including Obama, sought more detailed answers from her about stories such as:

🔎Norman Hsu and his bundling of money for her campaign ⁉ 💲💰💵💰💲

🔎How "dishwashers, waiters and others"poured "$1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton's campaign treasury ⁉ 💲💰💵💰💲

🔎Bill's trip to Kazakhstan with Canadian magnate, Frank Giustra, that netted Giustra $3 billion and Bill's foundation a $131 million contribution from Giustra⁉💰💵

🔎How powerful foreign donors to Bill's presidential library, such as the Saudis, may pose a serious conflict of interest to Hillary's foreign policy actions as president? 💲💰💵💰💲

🔎 How Bill's tangled ties to an investment concern of Clinton friend, Ron Burkle, and it's dealings with Dubai may yet, again, threaten to compromise Hillary Clinton's execution of foreign policy as president⁉ 💲💰💵💰💲

🔎The fact that with all of these questionable financial dealings, the Clintons have been unwilling to release their tax returns, especially in light of Hillary Clinton claiming that the $5 million she lent the campaign was "her own money?" 💲💰💵💰💲

🔎And, finally, though we, as Democrats, don't care who Bill schtupps (and, no, none of us believe he has kept his fly zipped the last seven years), you can be damn sure the Republicans will be digging hard (no pun intended) to see just what Bill has been up to since leaving office.

So has Hillary really been vetted?

Shouldn't she be fully vetted on these stories and others for no other reason than as a public service to the Democratic Party? (The same logic Camp Clinton continually throws out for its "vetting" of Obama.)

📍Shouldn't the press be asking her about these stories and their potential impact on the race, should she garner the nomination? Shouldn't Democratic superdelegates take into account these items that may present themselves in "full bloom" during a race versus John McCain in the Fall?

📍Is $150,000 (since returned) from Tony Rezko more important than hundreds of millions of dollarsin secret transactions?

I think for the sake of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton needs to be fully vetted.

I am sorry. I am not taking her or her surrogates at their word that there are "no surprises" and that she has been "fully vetted."

📍The facts are, she has not. Certainly not to the extent she will be on these stories -- and more -- in a general election versus John McCain.

Let the "vetting" begin.
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Regarding the lack of intellectualism, progressivism, and the dumbing down of academia:

With his endless need for trigger warnings and sensitivity seminars, the modern campus progressive puts himself in a peculiar position: He is at once hostage-taker and hostage. He demands restrictions on speech and thought — but only some speech and some thought — because he is so delicate that an unwelcome word is indistinguishable from a mortal threat. You can call Sarah Palin a . . . very unkind term for a woman, or you can call for the murder of Republican politicians or Christians or white men, and it’s ho-hum. Call a man in a dress a man in a dress and you’ve committed a hate crime.
The Left discovers the value of fake hate crimes.
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Take home: ignorant people are ignorant, and demand to stay ignorant. 
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Nobody could have predicted this. NOBODY. 

Indeed, there’s no more money coming from Washington after the state exhausts the $1.1 billion it received from the federal government to get the Obamacare exchange up and running. And state law prohibits Sacramento from spending any money to keep the exchange afloat.

That presents an existential crisis for Covered California, which is facing a nearly $80 budget deficit for its 2015-16 fiscal year. Although the exchange is setting aside $200 million to cover its near-term deficit, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee acknowledged in December that there are questions about the “long-term sustainability of the organization.”
Opinion: Pulling plug on health exchange | california, covered, state, exchange, enrollment, health, lee, year, obamacare, insurance
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Evacuate those who can be saved.

Build a fence around the rest. Kurt Russel will take care of himself.

May sanity prevail.
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The left is blind to the careening train wrecks that are Obama’s economic and foreign policies, yet it is obsessed with all things associated with global warming/climate change.
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A new study based on 1,000 years of temperature records suggests global warming is not progressing as fast as it would under the most severe emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

“Based on our analysis, a middle-of-the-road warming scenario is more likely, at least for now,” said Patrick T. Brown, a doctoral student in climatology at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “But this could change.”

The Duke-led study shows that natural variability in surface temperatures -- caused by interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, and other natural factors -- can account for observed changes in the recent rates of warming from decade to decade.

#science  
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