Ted Cruz fires back at Al Franken with net neutrality explainer

(CNN) — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hit back at Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, Monday for his comments that Cruz doesn’t know what he is talking about when it comes to net neutrality.

Cruz used a video that he uploaded to YouTube and social media that shows the senator explaining what net neutrality is and how it works.

“What happens when government starts regulating a service as a public utility? It calcifies everything. It freezes it in place,” Cruz says, in a clip from a speech he delivered Friday in Texas.

“Let’s give a simple contrast. The Telecommunications Act of 1934 was adopted to regulate these,” Cruz says holding up a landline phone. “To put regulations in place and what happened? It froze everything in place. This (Cruz puts his hand on the landline phone) is regulated by Title II. This (Cruz holds up a cell phone) is not.”
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“Your smartphone, the Internet, the apps — all of this is outside of Title II,” Cruz continues. “The innovation is happening without having to go to government regulators and say, ‘Mother, may I?’ We want a whole lot more of this (Cruz holds up a cell phone) and a whole lot less of this (Cruz points at the landline phone).”

The Cruz explainer video is titled “How net neutrality hurts the internet explained.” It was circulated in response to Franken’s suggestion on Sunday that Cruz doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to net neutrality.


CBS, NBC and ABC Were Not Asked to Air Obama’s Big Immigration Speech — This Might Be Why

CBS, NBC and ABC were not asked to air President Barack Obama’s primetime announcement on immigration policy, CNN media reporter Brian Stelter reported Wednesday.

Univision however, will air the speech, as will cable news channels.

Stelter suggested this meant maybe the president is “not going all the way” in his announcement.

“Maybe he’s trying to speak to a more niche audience,” the reporter said


None of the three networks will air Obama speech on making 5 million illegals citizens by executive order? Why Not?

President Barack Obama plans a major speech on immigration reform Thursday night, but the three major networks aren’t providing live coverage.

CNN reported that neither NBC, ABC or CBS will air President Obama’s speech. (CNBC, Fox News, and MSNBC will cover the event.) The president is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. ET, likely to lay out a proposed executive action on the politically explosive and highly contentious immigration issue.


Questions About Sharpton’s Finances Accompany His Rise in Influence – NYTimes.com

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who came to prominence as an imposing figure in a track suit, shouting indignantly at the powerful, stood quietly on a stage last month at the Four Seasons restaurant, his now slender frame wrapped in a finely tailored suit, as men in power lined up to exclaim their admiration for him.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hailed him as a civil rights icon. President Obama sent an aide to read a message commending Mr. Sharpton’s “dedication to the righteous cause of perfecting our union.” Major corporations sponsored the lavish affair.

It was billed as a “party for a cause,” in honor of Mr. Sharpton’s 60th birthday. But more than a birthday celebration, or a fund-raiser for his nonprofit advocacy group National Action Network, the event in Manhattan seemed to mark the completion of Mr. Sharpton’s decades of transition from consummate outsider to improbable insider.

“I’ve been able to reach from the streets to the suites,” he said that night.

via Questions About Sharpton’s Finances Accompany His Rise in Influence – NYTimes.com.


Are All Liberals Liars ?

First, as Rob told you last week, Nancy Pelosi denied that she had ever heard of Jonathan Gruber – only to have it discovered that her web site is full of deferential references to him as an “expert.” Now President Obama dismisses him as just some guy who was “not on our staff” and had nothing to do with ObamaCare.

We’ve been going to town in recent days with Gruber-related material, and it’s important to understand why. While Gruber’s words on his hit parade of videos have been illuminating, he really did not expose anything that many us hadn’t already figured out years ago. We knew that Congress gamed the numbers to manipulate the CBO “scoring.” We knew the White House was deceptive about the taxes hidden in the bill. We knew that messing around with insurance markets would wreak havoc with private-sector policies and costs, and that you couldn’t guarantee coverage for everyone while mandating that everyone pay the same price without severely curtailing the quality of service and care.


State of emergency declared over Ferguson

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Nixon said Monday that the National Guard would assist state and local police as needed, in case there is civil unrest when the grand jury’s decision is announced.

There was no indication an announcement was imminent. There is no specific date for a decision to be revealed about whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should face charges for shooting Michael Brown on Aug. 9. The St. Louis County prosecutor has said he expects the grand jury to reach a decision in mid- to late November.

via State of emergency declared over Ferguson | New York Post.

Obama Met With Ferguson Activists – Said He’s Concerned They “Stay on Course”

President Obama met with Ferguson protest leaders on November 5th, the day after the midterm elections. The meeting was not on his daily schedule. He was concerned that the protesters “stay on course.”

What does that mean?

And why is the president meeting with the violent Mike Brown protesters before a verdict is reached in the court case?

via Obama Met With Ferguson Activists – Said He’s Concerned They “Stay on Course” | The Gateway Pundit.

Bono facing surgery after Central Park bike crash

A bicycle accident in Central Park has left rocker Bono injured and facing surgery — and forced U2 to cancel a week-long appearance on “The Tonight Show,” the band revealed on its website Sunday night.

“It looks like we will have to do our ‘Tonight Show’ residency another time — we’re one man down,” read the statement.

“Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it.

“We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back!

“Much thanks to [‘The Tonight Show’ host] Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.”

The Web post provided no details on the crash.

The accident came on the heels of another frightening incident for the rock star, whose private plane lost a rear hatch on Wednesday as he traveled from Dublin to Berlin.

Besides Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, there were four other passengers and two pilots on board.

The crew didn’t know the hatch was missing until after the aircraft had landed, about 11 minutes after it blew off.

Fallon had been promoting the band’s appearance all last week and was holding a YouTube “lip sync” contest for fans who wanted to sing the band’s new song, “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),” live with U2.

U2 released its latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” for free on iTunes to all 500 million customers — much to the dismay of Apple users who are not fans.

Bono later apologized for the failed p.r. stunt in a mea culpa.

“I’m sorry about that,” he said on Facebook.

“I had this beautiful idea, but got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs, that we poured our life into over the last few years, mightn’t be heard.”

Apple reportedly spent up to $100 million on the campaign.

via Bono facing surgery after Central Park bike crash | Page Six.

National Cathedral Holds Friday Muslim Prayers

Prayer carpets were laid out under the soaring arches of the Washington National Cathedral early Friday for an unprecedented Muslim worship service in one of the best known churches in the United States.

Reverend Gina Campbell welcomed worshippers, declaring the Washington National Cathedral “a place of prayer for all people.”

“Let us stretch our hearts and let us seek to deepen mercy for we worship the same God,” she told the men and women sitting separately in rows, on the floor before her.

In the sermon, or Khutba, Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool praised religious freedom in America and lashed out against extremism, specifically mentioning Islamic militants who have slaughtered Christians in the Middle East.

“If we do not stop them at the monasteries, they will make their way to the mosques,” he said.

Church leaders and their Muslim partners say they hope the Friday Jumaa prayers will send a message of interfaith brotherhood that counters extremists’ use of religion to justify hatred and strife.

The idea came to the cathedral’s director of religious liturgy, Rev. Gina Campbell, and South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, who is a Muslim, when they organized an interfaith memorial service for Nelson Mandela last year.

The carpets have been arrayed diagonally in the transept, to the side of the sanctuary, so that worshipers can face in the direction of Mecca without seeing crosses or Christian icons. Muslims are not supposed to pray in view of sacred symbols alien to their faith.

Ambassador Rasool said the service is meant to be both a symbol for America’s three million Muslims to feel welcomed in its predominantly Christian society, as well as for Muslims in countries where they are the majority, to show hospitality to people of minority faiths.

Despite its name, the Washington National Cathedral is not an official U.S. government church, which is prohibited by the Constitution. However, the Episcopal church, which is funded by private donations, does possess important symbolic value and regularly hosts official events, such as presidential inaugurations and funerals.

via National Cathedral Holds Friday Muslim Prayers.

Dalai Lama bans prayers to wrathful spirit being who brings destruction- Buddhists protest who want to ask this spirit to stamp out all who oppose- but do they really understand?

The Dalai Lama personally stopped his own prayers to Dorje Shugden, also known as Dolgyal, or “demon king,” a protector deity of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. “So therefore, eventually I noticed that and I dropped my practice,” he said. “And then eventually made (that) known to those monasteries, to those scholars or monks.”


…The conflict reappeared with the publication of the Yellow Book in 1976, containing stories about wrathful acts of Dorje Shugden against Gelugpas (The Yellow Hats) who also practiced Nyingma (The Red Hats…see below) teachings. In response, the 14th Dalai Lama, a Gelugpa himself and advocate of an “inclusive” approach to the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism,[5][2] started to speak out against the practice of Dorje Shugden in 1978.[6]…


The Nyingmapa, a Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism, incorporate local religious practices and local deities and elements of shamanism, which is shared with Bon. The group particularly believes in hidden terma treasures. Traditionally, Nyingmapa practice was advanced orally among a loose network of lay practitioners. Monasteries with celibate monks and nuns, along with the practice of reincarnated spiritual leaders are later adaptations.[1]

The Nyingma tradition actually comprises several distinct lineages that all trace their origins to the Indian master Padmasambhava, who is lauded in the popular canon as the founder of Tibetan Buddhism in the eighth century, and is still propitiated in the discipline of reciprocity that is guru yoga sādhanā, the staple of the traditions.


These teachings come from India and Hinduism, water spirits, with Yoga being the western first step indoctrination into the worship and eventual infilling of the human victim by the destructive deities they evoke.

The recent protests against the Dalai Lama banning prayers to “The Demon King” asking it to bring destruction to people in the name of Peace and Love is confusion at best, by it’s followers.

Let’s make it simple:
Religions that pray destruction and violence against people who don’t agree with them, calling it peace, peace, then sudden destruction, is actually Revealed to John in the last Chapter.

Think about it, who is really being deceived into evoking evil wrathful water spirits, storms, hurricanes against people who do not believe the way they do, besides VooDoo practitioners from Haiti throughout the USA and Louisiana? Could it be the Buddhists who insist on praying to destructive gods?

And what is the difference between those religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and VooDoo (all associated with poverty) that pray for a spirit to create destructive weather, and the muslims who take up a sword and do the god’s work themselves by chopping heads, and all forms of fear and murder and death?

One group does it in the spirit and the other does it by the arm of the flesh but it is all death not life.

And what is the difference of those working out their Karma and those who live under religious laws?

Isn’t it all still a form of bondage?

As for me, I’ll pray to the God of Life, who brings life, gives grace and forgiveness and I will promote Life, and pray life for you ! I will pray against destruction and disease and death, and will not evoke evil spirits to do the will of myself as so many do to this day… amazing, simply amazing…

Home Depot blames Windows for record hack, rushes out to buy Macs and iPhones afterward

Home Depot has confirmed in recent months that it too has been the victim of a complex malware attack, with hackers reportedly stealing more than 56 million credit cards and over 53 million emails in a record cyber heist. The Wall Street Journal has learned more details about the attack, revealing that hackers used a Windows machine as a point of entry, from which they were able to spread the malware and collect customer data. Interestingly, one of the first moves Home Depot made after learning about the attack was to purchase new, secure, MacBooks and iPhones for execs.

On September 2nd, the Secret Service told Home Depot that hackers were already selling credit card numbers on the black market, which were traced back to Home Depot.

The company managed to buy some of those credit cards and started its investigation, discovering a few days later that malware had been deleted from a store computer. At that point, unsure about what information had been compromised, Home Depot “bought two dozen new, secure iPhones and MacBooks for senior executives, who referred to their new devices as ‘Bat phones.’”

It’s not clear what vulnerability in Windows the hackers exploited, but Microsoft patched it after the breach began. However, that was too late to stop the Home Depot hackers, who “were able to move throughout Home Depot’s systems and over to the company’s point-of-sale systems as if they were Home Depot employees with high-level permissions,” after using the vulnerability to move from “a peripheral third-party vendor system and the company’s more secure main computer network.”



Jonathan Gruber 2013: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies, okay? So it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are gonna pay in… If you made it explicit the healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed, okay? Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of American voter or whatever. But basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

He said that not only is it OK but it’s ethical to deceive the American people into supporting something they would otherwise suppose. If they are not intelligent enough to support what what we know is best for them, or understand the deception, then it’s their fault.
When did CBO get the right facts and figures?
What was government’s attitude toward public policy?
Not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.
We did not touch the Benghazi talking points.
Lower health care costs and keeping your physician. …
7M are currently signed for ObamaCare
13M predicted after next year yet hoping for 9M
40M uninsured before ObamaCare began
Destroyed the entire system to insure the 40M uninsured
How many of the previously privately insured are now uninsured?
Today people are receiving subsidies from states which are not participating in the exchange program. What will the Supreme Court decide when they hear this next year? They are taking it before it has been heard by the appellate.