Friday, September 04, 2015

Congratulatoins to those that received their marriage license.

Well, Ms. Davis is simply omnipotent as if God herself. She is in jail. A person in jail loses their constitutional rights and that is why she is jail. Removing an elected official requires a reason to stop their authority from acting against the law. Ms. Davis was breaking the law. She is in jail to remove her authority and the people can be served by the law.

September 4, 2015
By James Higdon

MOREHEAD, Ky. – An attorney (click here) for jailed Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said Friday that the marriage licenses issued by her deputies to several same-sex couples are invalid.
“They are not worth the paper they’re written on,” Mat Staver said outside the Carter County Detention Center, where Davis is being held on a contempt charge.
Speaking at an afternoon news conference in Grayson, about 35 miles from the Rowan County Courthouse, Staver said: “Our position and the position of the clerk of Rowan County is that those licenses are void.”
The licenses issued to same-sex couples Friday aren’t valid, Staver argued, because they were issued under the county clerk’s authority — but Davis hasn’t granted that authority.
The marriage forms issued Friday did not bear Davis’s name because of her refusal to endorse them. Instead, the clerk’s office included a space for a deputy clerk to sign his or her name.
U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning sent Davis to jail and ordered the deputy clerks to issue licenses in her absence. A representative for Bunning could not be reached for comment Friday....

An appeal is not going to recind any marriage license issued after Judge Bunning ordered it. Who does she think she is?
August 31, 2015
By AFP and Times of Israel staff

Christian schools in Israel (click here) threatened to stay closed for Tuesday’s start of the academic year over a financing dispute with the government, an official said. 

 Some 33,000 students attend some 45 Christian schools, which employ 3,000 teachers.

The director of schools overseen by the Custody of the Holy Land, Abdel Massih Fahim, said Monday the shutdown was being planned to demand equal treatment with other schools in Israel.

He said the schools had yet to receive a response to their demands from the Education Ministry....

The extremists elected recently in Israel have a very surprising agenda. They have stated Arabs are not legitimate members of the Knesset and now Christian students have to provide their own funding. By chance a majority of these Christian students are also Palestinians.

Where are the Christian politicians of the USA when Israel decides to victimize Palestinian children?

September 3, 2015
By Claire Hopkin

The remaining 60% of students (click here) are from Christian families. Nearly 33,000 pupils, mostly Palestinians, have had to stay at home due to a funding dispute with Jewish authorities.
“All the schools are closed after a call for an open-ended strike,” said the spokesman for Christian schools in Israel, Botrus Mansour.
In the past Christian schools received roughly 65 percent of their budgets from the state, with the balance paid by parents – and sometimes private organizations or local government – as is the case with institutions that are recognized by the Education Ministry, but are not considered state schools.
The schools have a history predating Israel’s foundation in 1948 and are run primarily by the Roman Catholic Church.
“For a year and a half, we have been holding talks with the Israeli authorities and several figures have intervened, even the Vatican”, said Mansour....

Iran removed the Shah from power because of human rights violations, hunger and poverty.

The USA backed the Shah, but, even today it's extremist members of Congress wants to continue to deprive the Iranian people of quality of life. There is absolutely no reason to delay sanction relief for the people of Iran and if the USA is not a partner to the agreement it needs to be registered as a human rights violation. The Iranians have suffered enough and it is time they become a country with a future to end the understanding the Shia have to forever fight for survival.

Senator Corker doesn't belong in government. He challenges every aspect of established policy within the international community. He chronically attempts to reinvent the wheel. He is hideous to USA policy to consider him seriously. Thank goodness he has only one vote in the Senate.

He is politicking the Iran agreement hearings. Those in the Senate session is more than willing to speak to all the talking points of Corker. He continues to mistrust the officials before him. 

The United Nations has a level of security to insure there is no mistrust between countries that can bring them to war. The UN is vital to this agreement and their security protocol has to be respected. 

The war mongering commercials circulating through the USA state Iran would receive $100 million US back to carry out terrorism. That is a lie. There is $100 billion in the records of the USA, but, there is only $50 billion that is liquid and UNSPENT that will be available to Irna. And don't jump to conclusions the best is yet to come.

Mr. Adam Szubin from the USA Terrorism and Financial Security Commission states Iran will use a percentage of the $50 billion domestically and some will be left within the banking sector to keep as international reserves for transactions between Iran and others. Keeping reserves in central banks is a common practice between all countries.

Mr. Szubin states the sanctions has caused a great deal of damage to the oil capacity of Iran. The oil industry in Iran requires approximately $200 billion in repairs to provide an income to the country.

So, in that $50 billion it is already spent and not on munitions for the country.

Ms. Wendy Sherman has stated at least four times now that all the information the USA has will be shared in a secure setting. This is nonsense. They are literally photo ops for politics.

This article is not outdated. The current conditions under international sanctions are just as poor as it ever has. But, this article spells out how the Shah, the ruler the USA recognized caused the suffering of the Iranian people. There is every reason. regardless of the willingness of Iran to seek international recognition and change, there is a section of the USA political segment that will never let Iranians a quality of life they seek. That has to stop.

Iranian Studies, Volume 29, numbers 3-4, Summer/Fall 1996. (click here)

It sounds right to me. The world has to solve the problem of Daesh as security partners to each other.

The global community can share intelligence and begin the process of trusting each other to end the charismatic threat of Daesh. 

September 4, 2015 

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin (click here) said on Friday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is ready to hold snap parliamentary elections and could share power with a "healthy" opposition.
Russia, along with Iran, has been Assad's principle international ally in the war that has raged in Syria for four-and-a-half years and has claimed a quarter of a million lives.
Moscow has made clear it does not want to see Assad toppled and has seized on gains made by Islamic State in Syria and Iraq to urge his foreign foes, including the United States and Saudi Arabia, to work with Damascus to combat the common enemy.
"We really want to create some kind of an international coalition to fight terrorism and extremism," Putin told journalists on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, saying he had spoken to U.S. President Barack Obama on the matter....

What is occurring in Yemen is classic of the 'natural enemies' found in the Middle East. I also mentioned this potential in a previous entry on this blog. In order to defeat Daesh and reclaim the land they currently occupy it is necessary for all countries, including Iran, to set aside old paradigms and work to a common goal to bring peace to the Middle East.

It is very easy for Daesh to divide and conquer through internet connections and propaganda campaigns that call up a holy war between the different religious sects and ethnicities. Daesh has the ability to defeat it's enemies by calling on chaos and a holy war. The countries in the Middle East have to end any tensions among the people and focus on the sincere enemy. I am astounded there is such fighting in Yemen. It should not exist. Saudi Arabia is correct in protecting it's borders, but, Iran should not be arming rebels.  

Iran has a very different war on their hands and that is to defeat the hostile propaganda of the USA Republicans. They are calling Iran a country that sponsors terrorism. Anyone involved with international dynamics realizes Iran has conducted a covert war from the times of the Shah. There was a reason for that, but, today is a different age and The West is out of Iraq, except for some advisers. Iran gained respect by the major powers in the P5+1. It is time for Iran to build on that new legitimacy and find paths to peace that also insures the safety of the Shia spread across the region. 

Causing war where peace should exist will lead to a greater opportunity for Daesh. Iran knows who the Shia are in the region and should bring those people to the peace table. Iran has a legitimate reason to back groups of Shia including Hezbollah and the Houthis because they are not part of a governing body unless they take the power away from existing governments. That legitimate interest is categorized with terrorist intent. If the Middle East is a place where all countries are safe and sovereign, there has to be an understanding that the Shia groups have a right to exist and are not a threat. 

As a rule where Iran has an interest in conflict between Shia and Sunni the war is localized. There is no vast plan by Iran to be the "Shia Deash." There is no direct threat by Iran to any country, except, where the Shia are involved. The groups Iran has backed have to stop warring. The future of their children rely on peace and prosperity. War is not going to resolve Shia groups to having success for their children. If Iran is to lead Shia interests in the region, the war has to stop and Daesh has to be dissolved. 

There is something like 118 separate Shia groups in the Middle East. If there was war with every one of them, Daesh would have an easy path to domination. Iran should rely on Russia to bring an understanding to end wars and bring peace to the people to defeat Daesh. A lasting peace is the goal. Pilgramages are important and the Muslims of the Middle East have to be able to carry out their religious worship in peace and safety. 

Is Iran a signator to the Small Arms Treaty?
September 4, 2015
Twenty-two soldiers (click here) from the United Arab Emirates have been killed in Yemen while fighting Houthi rebels as part of a Saudi-led coalition, state media say.
The military statement did not specify the circumstances of their deaths.
The Abu Dhabi-based newspaper, The National, reported that they were killed by explosions at an ammunition store in Marib province.
Houthi sources told the Reuters news agency that the blasts were triggered by a rocket fired at a coalition camp.
The UN says some 4,500 people - including at least 2,110 civilians - have been killed in fighting on the ground and by coalition air strikes since late March.

Peace talks between all the parties including Saudi Arabia and a representative from the coalition. Iran has to be a partner to peace in Yemen as well. Yemen as well as Syria and Iraq have many ethnicities between them. That means there needs to be representatives from all ethnicities are included in the peace talks. The region talks to end hostilities have to include their military forces as well, including Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iran. There is no excuse for a conflict between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites. A peace between them will result in a greater stability to the region.

The UN is stating their are 1500 civilians dead. Other sources state over 3000 are dead. The peace has to engage with the understanding peace exists between the two majority ethnic groups of the region. This is ridiculous. The enemy is Daesh, not each other!

A Yemeni militiaman in the ruins of the house of a commander loyal to the Houthis after it was hit by two airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Sana’’a. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA 

7 July 2015
By Kareem Shaheen

The shrapnel wounds and burns (click here) are now a familiar sight for the doctors ensconced without respite in the Sheikh Othman hospital in Aden.
The latest victims were 30 civilians, who streamed into the clinic on Monday after a Saudi airstrike on a livestock market in province of Lahj, not far from Aden. The air raid claimed 50 lives in one of the deadliest days in Yemen’s three-month-long war, which has devastated the Arab world’s poorest country.
“This is the most terrible conflict I’ve seen so far because it never ends,” said Thierry Goffeau, head of mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Yemen, a veteran of Somalia and Gaza who was on hand to treat the Lahj victims. “Every day, every day, there isn’t a single day of truce. Every day screams and dead people.”
On Tuesday, the United Nations’ human rights office said the number of civilians killed in the violence had risen above 1,500. According to other estimates, however, the mounting death toll exceeds 3,000 civiliansIn one of the bloodiest days of the campaign, air strikes on Monday claimed the lives of more than 120 people, according to local media....
Donald Trump needs to make a foreign policy speech and prepare for the rest of the debates. 

Given the other candidates and the intractable position of the House and Senate Republicans, the speech needs to at least touch on Iran, North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and Cuba. I believe he has sufficiently discussed his focus with China and Mexico.

September 3, 2015
Contact Patrick Murphy

...When Republicans (click here) and Republican-leaning voters are asked who they would support for the GOP nomination for president, Donald Trump leads the pack at 30%, which is up 4 points from early August before the first debate. Ben Carson (18%) has increased his vote share by 13 points and now holds second place. Jeb Bush (8%) has dropped by 4 points and now stands in a tie for third with Ted Cruz (8%). Following behind are Marco Rubio (5%), Carly Fiorina (4%), and Mike Huckabee (4%). 

Scott Walker (3%), who held third place in Monmouth’s August poll, has dropped 8 points since then. Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Rand Paul each get 2%. The remaining six candidates included in the poll score no higher than 1% each....  

...As with Monmouth’s August poll, Trump continues to dominate all Republican demographic groups in voter support, with Ben Carson now placing second in most cases:
Ideology – Trump (28%), Carson (20%), and Cruz (17%) are the top vote getters among very conservative voters; Trump (29%) leads Carson (21%) among somewhat conservative voters; and Trump (34%) has a commanding edge over Carson (14%) and Bush (11%) among moderate to liberal voters.
Tea Party – Tea Party supporters back Trump (36%) by a wide margin over Carson (19%) and Cruz (15%). Non-Tea Party supporters give Trump (28%) a narrower edge over Carson (17%).
Age– Trump (34%) has a clear lead over Carson (17%) among voters under age 50 as well as an advantage (28%) over Carson (18%), Cruz (11%), and Bush (10%) among those age 50 and older.
Gender– Trump holds a wide lead over Carson among men (37% to 18%) and a smaller lead among women (23% to 18%).

The Monmouth University Poll also found that GOP voter opinion of Donald Trump has ticked up another notch in the past month....

The USA needs to do better with minority employment.

In August, (click here) the unemployment rate edged down to 5.1 percent, and the number of unemployed persons edged down to 8.0 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.0 percentage point and1.5 million, respectively. (See table A-1.)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for whites declined to 4.4 percent in August.The rates for adult men (4.7 percent), adult women (4.7 percent), teenagers (16.9 percent), blacks (9.5 percent), Asians (3.5 percent), and Hispanics (6.6 percent) showed little change in August. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.) 

I would guess USA minorities do not have the training to fill current jobs that have openings. There needs to be a jobs bill to train these folks and provide a regular income for them.

The number of persons unemployed for less than 5 weeks decreased by 393,000 to 2.1 million in August. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) held at 2.2 million in August and accounted for 27.7 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed is down by 779,000. (See table A-12.)

In August, the civilian labor force participation rate was 62.6 percent for the third consecutive month. The employment-population ratio, at 59.4 percent, was about unchanged in August and has shown little movement thus far this year. (See table A-1.)

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed in August at 6.5 million. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)

The long term unemployment numbers haven't changed because there is enough job training. These folks are unable to fill the positions that are open with an unemployment rate of 5.1.

The idea that two years of college/community college is free is a solid way of opening opportunity leading to employment. 

The opportunity to attend college for two years free leading to a job would be helpful to those only employed in part time employment.

...Among the marginally attached, there were 624,000 discouraged workers in August, down by 151,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.2 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in August had not searched for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16).... 

They either don't have a skill set that will employ them or they need experience. These folks need to be able to access career councilors at local community colleges for advice and a clear direction forward to work.

During this speech, but not on this video, Vice President Biden noticed there were a larger number of freshmen in the room.

Vice President Biden also proposes a way of paying for two years of free college.