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I got a kick out of this. Morons supporting Beto are pissed that their HOA is telling them that they can't use their property as they see fit.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article220267920.html

Heh. So, they're supporting a candidate and party which are basically a bossypants HOA on steroids. They want to do to the nation what they're enraged that the HOA is doing to them.

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“. . . a zine called Book Your Own Fucking Life.” ??? Should this guy be taken seriously? Or is he a joke from Texas, who El Presidente Trump should applaud entering the race? He needs a nickname but perhaps we should leave that for President Trump to come up with. Pterodactyl Pete

From Wikipedia and the web. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (/ˈbɛ.toʊ oʊ.rɔːrk/; born September 26, 1972) is an American businessman and politician who represented Texas's 16th congressional district for three terms in the United States House of Representatives.  A native of El Paso, Texas, O'Rourke served on the El Paso City Council from 2005 to 2011. O'Rourke was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 after defeating incumbent Silvestre Reyes in a Democratic primary. O'Rourke declined to seek re-election to the House in 2018 and instead ran for U.S. Senate. As the 2018 Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, O'Rourke was narrowly defeated by Republican incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. On March 13, 2019, he announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020.[1]

Music career Main article: Foss (band) For me, it was a great opportunity to see the country. You literally were playing for gas money, in a bar, in a club, or in somebody's basement, and that would take you to the next town and the next show. O'Rourke on his experience in the band Foss[32] After being introduced to Bad Brains as a teen,[33] O'Rourke became a fan of punk music. O'Rourke, along with two friends from El Paso, Mike Stevens and Arlo Klahr, learned to play musical instruments, with O'Rourke taking up the bass.[34] In 1991, while at Columbia University, the trio recruited drummer Cedric Bixler-Zavala (eventual vocalist for At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta), and together they formed the band Foss.[35][36]

Bixler-Zavala recalled O'Rourke and Klahr introducing him to a zine called Book Your Own Fucking Life, a primer on how to schedule your own gigs without an agent.[37] During the summer, they toured the United States and Canada,[34] garnering the support of Feist.[37] The group released a self-titled demo and a 7" record, "The El Paso Pussycats", on Western Breed Records in 1993.[35][37]

O'Rourke also played drums in the band Swedes, who released an album called Summer in 1995.[38] Fellow bandmates included Jake Barowsky, Arlo Klahr, Julie Napolin, and Mike Stevens.[39] . . . . Funding. O'Rourke pledged not to accept PAC contributions for his Senate campaign. He raised $2 million within the first three months, mostly from small donations.[86][87] During the campaign, PolitiFact rated his claim of not taking PAC money as "true".[88] He received his first major organizational endorsement from End Citizens United in June 2017,[89] which found that he had raised triple the funds of Cruz without accepting corporate special interest money.[90] In the most recently reported quarter, he raised $10.4 million to Cruz's $4.6 million, with each candidate having raised $23 million by September 1.[85] O'Rourke raised more than $38 million in the third quarter, three times Cruz's totals for the same period.[91] It is the most raised in a U.S. Senate race in history.[91] According to his campaign, the donations came from 802,836 individual contributions, mostly from Texas.[91] When asked if he would share the funds with Democrats in other races, he declined, saying that he wanted to honor "the commitment that those who've contributed to this campaign have made to me."[92]

Elsewhere. O'Rourke announces White House run: After months of intense speculation, Beto O'Rourke announced that he's running for president in 2020 on Thursday. O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat who was narrowly defeated by Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterms, is viewed by some Dems as a "young rock star." In a December Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll, 11 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers said O'Rourke, 46, was their first choice for president — putting him behind only former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The former congressman told Oprah Winfrey last month that his decision to run for the White House will come down to his family: his wife Amy and his three children, Ulysses, Molly and Henry.  

Quotes from Beto. El Paso in many ways is the Ellis Island for Mexico and much of Latin America. Politics has become very corporate. There's a whole farm system for the teams. There's decisions made at the top. There's a lot of literal corporate involvement, PAC money involved in selecting and backing candidates. Giving low-level offenders a second chance, no matter the color of their skin or the economic status they hold, can create opportunity for all of us. One overlooked great 1980s rock n' roll band, maybe punk rock - they were on SST Records, same label as Black Flag - is this band called the Leaving Trains. I have to convince other Democrats and Republicans that it's wise to invest in the U.S.-Mexico border, not just for security, but also for mobility and trade, and that's why we should open up the border. We in El Paso and Juarez are literally one community. There's no separation; there's no DMZ; there's no buffer. With all due respect to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, neither of them understand Texas, nor do they understand the U.S.-Mexico border. In the age of Trump, we need to be aware of emotional rhetoric and its power regardless of whether or not it's based in fact.

Issue stances Abortion: Pro-choice (inferred) Immigration: Against deportation (inferred) Health care: Supports the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act ("Obamacare") (inferred)

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I got this in my inbox today from the now bearded, Ted Cruz. The beard isn’t half bad. You the man, Ted. Peter

Peter, We learned a lot about Beto O’Rourke and his worldview during the 2018 Senate race. And now - as he takes his failed far-left candidacy to the national stage in a run for President of the United States - it is our duty to speak out. America needs to know the Beto we know.

That’s why we’re launching the #BeatBeto Fund today. I’m asking my top supporters to join me in this fight to expose Beto O’Rourke’s far left policies! ** Peter, will you become a Founding Member of the #BeatBeto Fund with a $5 special contribution, or more if you can?

With your past support, we made sure Beto didn’t win in our Texas race for U.S. Senate last year – despite the fact we were outspent 2 to 1 as America’s left rallied around his campaign. We proved the effectiveness of our work to get out the truth about Beto and his radical policies – from open borders to socialized healthcare. Now we must continue to share the truth about Beto O’Rourke, no matter how they try to “rebrand” him for presentation to the American people. We must be prepared Peter, with resources at the ready. I hope you will consider joining this important effort today. Become a Founding Member right now with a $5 contribution to the #BeatBeto Fund!

For liberty, Ted Cruz

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I can't see a reason for starting a new thread for every moron running for president. So. RRRush Limbaugh just said Cory Booker has promised, no he is very confident that there will be a woman on the Democratic ticket, but he is just pandering. He would not want any woman candidate taking his place on the Demoncrat ticket. Rush said Cory Booker’s nickname is “Spartacus.” He is screwing Rosario Dawson after all. Didn’t you want to at some time or other?

David Axelrod has a podcast called the “Axel Files.” Rush said he had the first podcast on Apple but the left is too lowly to have a real “site.”

Jeb Bush thinks Republicans should have a choice to pick. If WE don’t have a choice it will be bad so WE must have a compelling alternative. No WE don’t. If climate change is a hoax why do WE need to have an alternative?   

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If you want some nostalgic horror from the 50’s and 60’s search out some old videos of how to teach kids to huddle in school hallways to avoid a nuclear blast. Don’t wanna? Well, here’s a specific bit about Beto and the rest is informing too. I wish I could rant like this. Robert, you are precious. I closed up some gaps to shorten the cut and paste. Ready. Set. Go.

From The Tracinski Letter March 17, 2019 . . . . 6. Living Memory I'm going to throw in one extra link to focus us back on the positive, though in a roundabout way. Former Texas Congressman Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke--the Mexican nickname is intended to make him seem less Irish--just announced that he is running for president. The basis for his campaign is the fact that he lost a senate election in Texas. No, that doesn't make sense to me, either. But it looks as though Democrats are doing in their 2020 primaries what Republicans did in 2016. Everyone with an ounce of political ambition is running, clogging the field with more than a dozen candidates.

But what set me off about O'Rourke is the way he introduced his campaign by declaring, "The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory." How long does he think "living memory" goes, exactly? So I punched out a quick reply which I will elaborate on a bit here.

If we stretch back to the maximum of what might count as "living memory," we start with a massive war involving all of Europe and dragging in America. The war brought on an influenza epidemic that killed 50-100 million people, out of a much smaller global population. This was followed by political chaos that encouraged the rise of totalitarian ideologies, then a global economic collapse that peaked with 25% unemployment in the US. But don't worry, because that all ended with another World War. Because the First World War wasn't awful enough, we had a second one that was even bigger, with America fighting on two fronts. But that was OK because we had "wartime prosperity," as evidenced by, er, rationing. While this was happening, the Holocaust killed six million Jews and at least six million other persecuted people (depending on how you count). But World War II ended well with the invention and use of nuclear weapons.

After that, the world was constantly on the brink of annihilating war, and nearly half the global population lived in the thrall of brutal totalitarian regimes, so bad that people got on rickety boats or climbed over barbed-wire fences and risked getting shot to escape. The level of war and terror was somewhat lower than in World War II, which is small comfort if you were trapped in, say, Cambodia. But we literally lay in bed at night--I'm just old enough to remember this--wondering if someone would start a global nuclear war. Plus, a portion of the US population was legally deprived of civil rights, separated from mainstream society, and treated with open contempt just because of their race. And I'm just hitting the lowlights here. For all this time, there was more poverty, hunger, disease, and yes, pollution, than there is now. Actually, that's kind of a backward way of putting it. The other way to put it is that for all the horrors of the 20th Century, amidst all the wars and death and destruction and anxiety, we still somehow managed to achieve unprecedented progress that saved many millions of people from war, oppression, poverty, and disease. Against that, what do we have as our unprecedented challenges today? The average global temperature might rise a few degrees in the next century--if some highly inaccurate computer models are right. That doesn't even register by the standards of the 20th Century.

There's a wider lesson here. Every election I've ever covered has been the most consequential ever in history, which of course they cannot all possibly be. Every program a politician wants to panic us into must be a solution to the most dire emergency we have ever faced--no matter what the evidence. When a politician tries to hit us up with rhetoric about fake emergencies or narratives of decline, that's the first sign he's just conning us so he can get into power and push a pre-determined agenda.

Maybe global warming is happening. (I am, as you know, highly skeptical.) Maybe our democracy is being "subverted," as O'Rourke claims, by Russians buying a few ads on Facebook. But we can deal with it. We are way better equipped to deal with all of these problem than we have been in all of history. Let's start acting like it.--RWT

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I believe all of Europe has some form of national health care. The productive and rich individuals and businesses are paying / being slaves,  for that privilege. What is the tipping point of a country due to those expenditures? In billions? The Democrats should also remember Obama Care was known to be unsustainable. It was constructed like a “gate way drug” to rope the unwary into Universal health Care. Which would do away with most of the private insurance companies. Try selling that to the people who own or work at those companies. Socialism doesn't, can't, will never, work. Peter

From Wikipedia. The logistics of universal healthcare vary by country. Some programs are paid for entirely out of tax revenues. In others tax revenues are used either to fund insurance for the very poor or for those needing long term chronic care. In some cases such as the UK, government involvement also includes directly managing the health care system, but many countries use mixed public-private systems to deliver universal health care. In most European countries, universal healthcare entails a government-regulated network of private insurance companies.[1]

European Countries with universal health care include Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

Nick McClary column: Do all other countries have longer wait times for health care? Jun 25, 2019 Updated Jun 25, 2019. The 2018 study found that there was a large difference in wait time depending on the structure of the health system. In the U.S., six percent of people experienced a wait time of two months or longer to see a specialist. For all countries combined, the mean wait time was thirteen percent. However, countries who had universal health coverage with insurance-based systems, such as the Netherlands, Germany, and France had far lower wait times to see a specialist (7%, 3%, and 4% respectively) than those with national health service and single-payer systems, such as Canada (39%) and the U.K. (19%).

This is a point I want to emphasize. In this study, countries with tax-funded health care for all citizens in an insurance-based system performed right around the same as the U.S. in regard to two month or more wait times to see specialist, and two performed better than the U.S. As for the ability to get a same- or next-day appointment, the U.S. actually ranked in the middle of the pack behind all of the mandatory health insurance system countries. Mandatory health insurance systems, in many outcomes that I’ve reviewed, appear to outperform, not just the U.S., but notably national health systems and single-payer systems. This is part of the reason I do not support “Medicare-for-all.”

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National health care is rationed health care is fascist and, and at the core, socialist/communist.

--Brant 

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On 7/2/2019 at 1:56 AM, Brant Gaede said:

National health care is rationed health care is fascist and, and at the core, socialist/communist.

--Brant 

Butt Gigg just called for "National Service" to unite the country. That was so disturbing I didn't read the article but came here to sound the alarm. National Service? Universal Draft? Is he a Nazi? 

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Apparently it is a volunteer type of servitude (to begin with) and it has economic incentives like forgiveness for student debt. What could go wrong with that? OK President Trump I don’t like jokes about my name Peter. I heard all kinds of “snicker words” growing up.

But his new nickname shall beith, “Sneaky Pete.”

July 3, 2019. By Colby Itkowitz/ Pete Buttigieg, who enlisted in the Navy Reserve after college, will announce Wednesday an expansive national service initiative meant to inspire young Americans to volunteer like he did. The South Bend, Ind., mayor has laid out an ambitious plan to see 1 million high school graduates participate in some kind of service by 2026. His plan would create new service corps opportunities around climate issues, community health and senior care.

“I served alongside and trusted my life to people who held totally different political views,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement. “You shouldn’t have to go to war to have that kind of experience, which is why I am proposing a plan to create more opportunities for national service.”

The proposal would provide student loan relief for those who dedicate a year of their lives to service. The goal is for “where did you serve?” to be as important a question at a job interview as “where did you go to college?” he said.

The rollout echoes programs created under President John F. Kennedy, who famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you would do for your country.” Buttigieg’s plan would build upon the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, both the brainchild of Kennedy.

Buttigieg, who will unveil his proposal in Iowa, is coming off a well-received debate performance and a huge second-quarter fundraising haul of $24 million. But his recent poll numbers show him in a distant fifth place, and he has struggled to make inroads with the black community.

Buttigieg’s plan includes a focus on expanding service opportunities for minority . . .

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Pete Buttigieg said, “You shouldn’t have to go to war to have that kind of experience, which is why I am proposing a plan to create more opportunities for national service.”

There are virtues to war under your logic. Why not just declare war on Argentina to get the benefits of national service? What has a weirdly bad altruistic sound to it . . . could quickly become National Servitude. Don’t cry for me Argentina. Prepare to be invaded. Sneaky Pete wants to be YOUR President too!     

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