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Sunday, August 30, 2015 ISSUE #842

 Is Alaska against global warming?

President Obama is spending a few days in Alaska. I don’t blame him, it’s beautiful in August. He’s mainly going there to speak against global warming. Global warming?  In Alaska?  Above the Arctic Circle?  Maybe he should return in February, go to Point Barrow and ask those folks if they object to their outdoor temperature perhaps rising a couple of degrees.  

 Apparently the President is going to tell Alaska to leave their oil and gold and copper in the ground. Just make your living moose hunting, salmon fishing and dogsled racing.

For oil, maybe Obama is doing Alaska a favor. Instead of selling it at $40 a barrel, hold it a few years till the China economy recovers, then sell it for $100.

The deal with Iran on nuclear bombs has been brewing the whole month of August. Two-thirds of Americans are against it, but so far the only ones in Congress they can persuade are Republicans and a handful of Democrats. It appears the Democrats will stick with the President and Secretary Kerry. Their negotiations will give Iran $150 billion, let them buy Russian long-range missiles, and keep four Americans in prison. Oh, Iran did promise to not work on a nuclear bomb for a while, but they insist on doing their own verification inspections.

The President is convinced his deal will keep Iran from building a nuclear weapon, at least until after he leaves office. What happens if Iran does develop a nuclear bomb in a few years? Well, he will claim that our next President and the hostile Republican Congress messed up the friendly relationship that he started with Iran’s Supreme Leader. He’ll say the majority of Americans who strongly oppose the agreement created such a negative atmosphere that Iranians continue to yell “Death to America” instead of loving us.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continue to dominate the news on the 2016 race. Trump said he would not object to paying a bit more in taxes as long as rich Wall Streeters pay more and none of it goes to illegal immigrants. Hillary continues to evade discussing her email server (which she wiped clean, with a cloth) and claimed that Republican views of women are similar to those of terrorists in the Middle East.

An interesting poll asked for a one word description of the candidates. For Trump the top word was “Arrogant” and for Clinton it was “Liar.” Trump is likely proud to be called arrogant, and Hillary figures being labeled a liar won’t hurt her campaign. After all, Bill lied, and everyone knows that Iran is lying. President Obama was not exactly truthful about the affordable healthcare act and he got reelected.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

 “Rumor travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as truth.” WA #65, March 9, 1924

“A diplomat is a (person) that tells you what he don’t believe himself, and the (person) he is telling it to don’t believe it any more than he does.” Saturday Evening Post, June 9, 1928

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