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Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz
Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, born December 22, 1970, is the junior United States Senator for the state of Texas since 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party and was Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to May 2008. | Photo: New York Times | Link | Ted Cruz, United States Senator, Texas, Canada, Republican,

Russia maps out Europe, Obama stalls, and Justin

The Canadian mission to NATO submitted a map showing the Ukraine and adjoining Crimean Peninsula colored in blue and labeled "Not Russia." This angered Russian officials, who have sent troops into the independent Ukraine to influence a civil war there, and who recently annexed the Crimea. They produced their own map showing the Crimea slightly colored red and labeled "Russia."

Western military analysts agree it will be an ominous development if Russian President Vladimir Putin produces a map of his own showing all of Europe up to the Seine River labeled "Soon-to-be-Russia."

The father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz said the average black person needs to understand that the minimum wage is bad for black people and would only increase unemployment among African Americans. Rafael Cruz, speaking to an overwhelmingly white audience at the Western Williamson Republican Club's monthly meeting, added that blacks should vote Republican because they owe the passage of landmark Civil Rights legislation enacted in the 1960's to Republicans----a Republican-controlled Senate passed the legislation mandating equality under threat of a filibuster from Democrats. He also said members of the Ku Klux Klan were Democrats from the South.

Thus, in a display of curious logic, the elder Cruz maintained that blacks should oppose the minimum wage most of them currently earn, and even though Democratic presidents Kennedy and Johnson originated Civil Right legislation in 1963 and 1964 and were supported by a majority of fellow Democrats in Congress----Civil Rights legislation is Republican because some racist Democrats in the South had opposed it. The Ku Klux Klan remarks are apparently an attempt to say there is no such thing as a racist Republican.

At least Cruz didn't say blacks should give up eating watermelons because it rots teeth.

Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts in a debate with Independent challenger Greg Orman called Orman a secret "liberal" and a Democrat as if those were akin to having leprosy, and frequently cited the name of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as if he was the Bogeyman and as if Roberts were debating Reid instead of Orman. "Kansas needs someone in Washington with convictions and a backbone," Roberts told a live audience at the debate, many of who booed every time Roberts mentioned Reid's name.

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber

Colleges order students to sport the same hairstyle as Kim Jong-un. The college authorities have told students this is a party recommendation and must be adhered to. As a mock-up, here's Kim's hairdo on the popular Justin Drew Bieber, born March 1, 1994, a Canadian pop musician, dancer, actor, and singer-songwriter. | Photo: DesignCrowd | Link |
Thus, Roberts made two important points. One, having a backbone is a requirement for office even though every Homo sapien walking upright has one. Secondly, he inferred he has conviction even though he has not yet been formally charged with fraudulently living out of state by owning a home in Washington D.C. while renting a room in the home of a Kansas supporter.

If charged and convicted, Roberts would have his conviction.

The urgent need to keep the Islamic State (Isis) from taking over more of Iraq is causing President Obama to consider drastic measures. Pressured by Republicans for his alleged lack of a strategy to cope with the developing disaster, Obama is also reconsidering the image of his country as The World's Policeman. For example, when Iraqi Shiite Militiamen recaptured a town formerly held by Isis (Amerli), Obama acted like he wanted to kiss them and breathed a sigh of relief. Qassem Suleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, was seen shaking hands with the militia fighters in an internet posting.

The paradox is Suleimani and the Shiite Militia have long been targeted by the U.S. as arch enemies.

Given the apparent tepid response for help from traditional allies like England, Germany, Italy and France in dealing with Isis, reports remain unconfirmed Obama will seek to line up North Korea, Iran and al-Queda as new allies.

President Obama, citing Republicans' "extreme politicization" of the issue, said he will delay any announcement of executive action on immigration reform until after congressional elections in November. In an official statement, White House officials told CBS News it would be harmful for the president, who has accused Congress of inaction on immigration reform, to take action himself before the elections. "The president wants to do it in a way that's sustainable," the statement read.

Obama himself said he wanted to be clear. "In the absence of any action by Congress, I'm going to do what I can within the legal constraints of my office, because it's the right thing to do for the country."

Roughly translated that means, "I want to be vague and keep them guessing. I'm not taking action on immigration reform just like Congress hasn't because I don't want to give Republicans the chance to criticize whatever I do and help them get elected, and I can do so because my powers in office are almost unlimited."

Justin Bieber compared himself to the late Princess Diana after the car in which he was riding was involved in a rear-end collision with "paparazzi." No one was hurt. Bieber likened himself to the British Royal Princess Diana, who was killed in a 1997 crash in Paris while fleeing photographers, and said he should not be the victim of such media harassment.

Though his comparison to Diana sparked criticism from the public, there are many similarities. Both Bieber and Diana achieved fame way out of proportion to their actual ability and for no good reason at all. Both were troubled personalities. Both were bored, at times selfish and thoroughly spoiled rotten, and both had great looking hair.

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