Did You Know????

Six trivia questions to see how much history you really know. Be honest; it’s kind of fun and revealing. If you don’t know the answer make your best guess. Answer all of the questions (no cheating) before looking at the answers.

And, no, the answers to these questions aren’t all Barack Obama.

1) “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

A. Karl Marx B. Adolph Hitler C. Joseph Stalin
D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

2) “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…
And to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity.”

A. Lenin B. Mussolini C. Idi Amin
D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

3) “(We)…. Can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away
from some people.”

A. Nikita Khrushchev B. Joseph Goebbels C. Boris Yeltsin
D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

4) “We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own …
In order to create this common ground.”

A. Mao Tse Tung B. Hugo Chavez C. Kim Jong II
D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

5) “I certainly think the free-market has failed.”

A. Karl Marx B. Lenin C. Molotov
D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

6) “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the)
entire economy that they are being watched.”

A. Pinochet B. Milosevic C. Saddam Hussein
D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

Scroll down for answers…

… And the answers are:

(1) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004

(2) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007

(3) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/04/2007

(4) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/04/2007

(5) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/04/2007

(6) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/02/2005

She may be the next president if you don’t forward this
to everyone that you know.

BTW:All of these statements are consistent with ‘Das Kapital’, courtesy of Karl Marx,19th century economist/philosopher and father of communism.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/clintons/marxist

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Do You Know Why You Are Remembering This Day?

1385916_447587282017611_420374835_nMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
Red Poppies

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael. When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help.

Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.
National Moment of Remembrance

The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

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Congress Punts on Highway Funding

Tuesday, the effort to find a long-term solution to pay for the nation’s highway infrastructure before the current funding authority for the Highway Trust Fund expires at the end of the month failed. Instead, the House passed H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, with a bipartisan vote of 387-35. All Georgia representatives voted in favor of the measure.

As Daniel Malloy and Andrea Simmons with the AJC report, the short term fix will allow several Georgia highway projects to begin. However, the lack of a long-term solution makes project planning more difficult for the Georgia DOT. Although the state legislature passed a plan that provides $900 million in additional revenue for transportation purposes, that money won’t be available until FY 2017, which is over a year away.

Lawmakers have been unable to figure out how to pay for a long term solution to the nation’s transportation needs. There isn’t any appetite for raising the 18.4 cent per gallon federal gasoline excise tax. President Obama has proposed a fix by using money from repatriated overseas tax revenue to bridge the gap between what the gas tax brings in and what is needed to pay for projects, but the GOP controlled congress wants to tie funding to a longer term tax reform plan that could take shape this fall.

Quoted in the AJC story, Congressman Rob Woodall brings up a concern about voter trust that’s was also heard under the Gold Dome during the effort to pass Georgia’s transportation funding bill.

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, a Lawrenceville Republican who is the only Georgian on the House Transportation Committee, said the problem is about more than funding. A long-term transportation bill, he said, should prevent the federal government from using highway trust fund money on sidewalks and bike lanes, which should instead be paid for by local governments.

“Should Washington pay for them is a fair question,” Woodall said. “But this conversation isn’t about not having enough revenue. There is enough revenue coming in. It’s about: Are the users who are paying the user fee believing those dollars go to road construction?”

Sixth District Congressman Tom Price, who heads the House Budget Committee, also expressed support for a long term funding solution, saying in a statement,

While the House acted today on a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund, a long-term, comprehensive solution to improve our transportation infrastructure must remain a top priority in the months to come. Keeping our roadways, highways and bridges safe contributes a tremendous amount to the economic vitality of our communities – particularly for the individuals, families and businesses who live and work in and around Atlanta. A long-term solution would provide states, ongoing and future transportation projects, and workers with much needed stability and certainty.

The Senate is expected to take up and pass the short term measure before leaving Washington for a Memorial Day break, but many Democrats in that chamber aren’t happy with it, and also prefer a long term solution. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is quoted in the New York Times as saying, “What the Republicans have given us now is an opportunity for America to patch its way to prosperity. They believe that if you fill enough potholes, you can actually build a highway.”

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Bush To Speak at GOP Convention?

Another presidential candidate may be in attendance at this weekend’s Georgia GOP convention, according to this tweet from Tim Bryant of Georgia’s Morning News.

Another person we’ve talked to thinks he may be the headliner at Saturday morning’s victory breakfast, but that is unconfirmed.

Other presidential hopefuls at the convention include Chris Christie at this morning’s breakfast sponsored by Brian Kemp, Marco Rubio, addressing the convention this afternoon, and Ted Cruz, the featured speaker at Friday night’s dinner.

Source: Bush To Speak at GOP Convention? – Peach Pundit — Peach Pundit

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Tom Price Offers Repeal & Replacement for Obamacare

Tom Price has introduced the Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 2300) that would “fully repeal Obamacare and start over with patient-centered solutions.

” Congressman Price shared: Under Obamacare, the American people are paying more for health care and getting less – less access, less quality, and fewer choices. The status quo and its defenders are empowering Washington and harming patients and doctors.

With real, patient-centered reforms we can build a more innovative and responsive health care system – one that empowers patients and ensures they and their doctor have the freedom to make health care decisions without bureaucratic interference or influence. The Empowering Patients First Act puts patients, families and doctors in charge by focusing on the principles of affordability, accessibility, quality, innovation, choices and responsiveness.

Those principles form the foundation of the solutions in H.R. 2300 – solutions including individual health pools and expanded health savings accounts, tax credits for the purchase of coverage and lawsuit abuse reforms to reduce the costly practice of defensive medicine. The solutions in the Empowering Patients First Act will get Washington out of the way while protecting and strengthening the doctor-patient relationship.

Source: Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics

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▶ 5/2/15 Sen. John Isakson (R-GA) Delivers GOP Adress On Trade Promotion Authority – YouTube

Published on May 2, 2015In the Weekly Republican Address, Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia makes the case for congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which would give U.S. trade negotiators authority to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with Japan and other agreements. With the Senate expected to vote on a trade promotion bill later this month, Isakson says TPA would promote Americ

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Rubio To Speak at GA Republican Convention

(Atlanta, GA) – Florida senator and 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio will speak at the 2015 Georgia Republican Party Convention in Athens.

Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Rubio was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. He serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Committee on Foreign Relations, Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Rubio announced his candidacy for president on April 13, 2015 at the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida. Senator Rubio is scheduled to speak on Friday, May 15, at approximately 3PM in the Athena Ballroom.

Marco Rubio stands alone as the candidate best prepared to articulate a conservative message in a way that will inspire and actually teach people who aren’t already conservative that conservatism is the best philosophy to help them achieve the American Dream—that there is, as Arthur Brooks has famously argued, a moral case for capitalism. As a cosmopolitan conservative, Rubio also has the potential to appeal to people—urbanites, Millennials, etc.—who might not even know they have deep-seated conservative instincts. These people reflexively reject conservatism because they don’t think of it as a philosophy, but rather as a manifestation of cultural signaling. They can’t imagine belonging to a Southern party that looks and sounds like, say, George W. Bush.

Source: Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics

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PHS Student on State Superintendent of School’s Student Advisory Council

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4/28/2015 – Stephen Jordan, a Pickens High School student, is one of the 50 students across the state on the State Superintendent of School’s student advisory council.

The purpose of the council is to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Georgia. The council meets two or three times a year with the State Superintendent.

Stephen submitted and application and was chosen by a committee of the Georgia Department of Education.

Stephen is pictured with State Board of Education Superintendent Richard Woods.

via PHS Student on State Superintendent of School’s Student Advisory Council.

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Senate Chicken Caucus Pecks Away at Restrictive Trade Practices

Not the mascot of the Chicken Caucus, mut modeled after Senator Claghorn, a Southern gentlemen.

Not the mascot of the Chicken Caucus, but modeled after Senator Claghorn, a Southern gentleman.

The U.S. Senate Chicken Caucus scored an eggciting victory this week as its co-chairman successfully sponsored an amendment to l’egg-islation passed by the Senate Finance Committee that will put pressure on South Africa to loosen its limits on American poultry imports. The underlying bill is the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which is a trade agreement between the United States and countries in Sub-Saharan African countries.

Members of the caucus cried fowl after South Africa began to impose anti-dumping duties on poultry products from the U.S., effectively banning American chicken imports. The amendment authorizes President Obama to put pressure on South Africa to remove the limits on poultry imports.

Senate Chicken Caucus co-chair Johnny Isakson clucked his approval of the legislation:

I am also glad this legislation contains provisions that would allow the U.S. Trade Representative to be responsive and flexible in its approach to addressing areas of concern by conducting out-of-cycle reviews and when necessary, having the authority to suspend, limit or withdraw benefits for any beneficiary country not in eligibility compliance. I believe passionately in AGOA’s value and support its long-term renewal, but I believe it unfair and inappropriate that the country that benefits from the law the most – South Africa – continues to maintain unreasonable tariffs on American poultry.

You didn’t know there was a Senate Chicken Caucus, much less that Senator Isakson was co-chair? Isakson and Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons founded the caucus in 2013. It has a mission to “educate other senators and staff about the history, contributions, challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. chicken industry.” There is also a Congressional Chicken Caucus, which was founded in 2012 by Georgia Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop and Republican Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas.

Poultry is an important industry in Georgia. According to a presentation from the University of Georgia, we produce more than $18 billion in poultry products annually, making poultry the largest segment of the Peach State’s agriculture industry. Some 100,000 people owe their employment to the poultry industry, and Georgia is the top producer of broilers in the United States.

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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Dear Jeb: Are You Taking Notes?

Despite one of the worst campaign rollouts in American political history, and the breathless optimism from conservative pundits about young, groundbreaking candidacies, one likely fact remains:

Next year’s presidential nominations are Hillary Clinton’s and Jeb Bush’s to lose.

Sure, there will be some excitement along the way. A dark horse like a Rand Paul will pull an upset somewhere no one saw coming, and there’ll be plenty of speculation on Fox News about 40-something Republican candidates who will draw Millennials to the polls.

But populist idealism aside, big-money candidates always win in the end. Politicians are packaged and sold just like any other consumer item, and the candidates who can bring in the bucks are the ones who make it to the finish line.

While Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have been making recent headlines, the Bush campaign has been awfully quiet. But a year from now, those campaigns will likely be running on fumes, while Bush continues building and fortifying a massive campaign war chest and an unmatched network of heavyweights built from his family’s political lineage.

There’s only one problem: All of the negative press being aimed at Mrs. Clinton right now is headed Bush’s way, and the former Florida governor had best be taking notes on how to handle — and how not to handle — the coming storm.

Peter Schweizer, author of “Clinton Cash,” is reportedly set to go after Bush next. Reports are that Schweizer’s book is set to publish this summer, and while the author has been going around saying that he’s found “some interesting things” in Bush’s financial history, no specifics have been mentioned.

To be sure, Mrs. Clinton is in a lot of trouble right now. Her campaign rollout has been ridiculed by a suddenly skeptical media as phony and contrived, not to mention not tipping the staff at Chipolte. Now comes a gusher of bad press about Schweizer’s book that practically accuses the former Secretary of State of treason by showing favoritism to foreign governments in exchange for contributions to the Clinton Foundation.

And that’s just today’s headlines. We’re sure to hear more about Benghazi and emails.

The only good news for Clinton’s campaign right now is that most voters are more interested in Bruce Jenner’s sex change than who’s running for president in an election more than a year away.

And that’s what the Clinton campaign is counting on. Better to get all of the bad stuff out of the way, early in a campaign, when no one is watching.

But depending on the timing of Schweizer’s next book, that may not be the case for Jeb Bush.

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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