Jim Webb Wins The October 13/2015 Democratic Presidential Debate _ Future Headlines Today

The Democratic Party will hold six debates with the candidates seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination.  The dates are as follows: 1) Oct/13/2015 – Nevada,   2) Nov/14/2015 – Des Moines, Iowa,   3) Dec/19/2015 – Manchester, NH,   4) Jan/17/2016 – Charleston, SC,   5)  TBA – Miami, Fl.,  and 6) TBA – Wisconsin.  All will be broadcast nationally.

The five candidates scheduled in the Oct/13/2015 debate are: 1) Lincoln Chafee, 2) Hillary Clinton, 3) Martin O’Malley, 4) Bernie Sanders, and 5) Jim Webb.  Why wait until the “experts” tell those too weak minded to form an opinion about the winner and losers ?  Sanityandsense.com now relates how the debate will unfold.

The majority of commentators agree that Jim Webb was eloquent and might be considered the clear winner of the debate.  Webb’s eloquence is attributed to his Emmy Award winning journalism and fame as an author of ten books.  Additionally the commentators agree that Mr. Webb’s election to the U.S. Senate gave him the necessary knowledge needed to understand the labyrinthine and rhizomorphous workings of congress.  The commentators agree that Mr. Webb has a great amount of experience since he was the Secretary of the Navy and Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Reagan Administration.

The commentators also discussed Webb’s service to America as a combat marine and mentioned that he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, and a Purple Heart.  They also discussed his modest campaign account and contrasted it with Hillary Clinton’s massive account.

The commentators cited Ms. Clinton’s financial ties to foreign countries to help explain her continuing drop in opinion polls.  Also her questionable actions while Secretary of State have also reduced her numbers in the opinion polls.

The commentators agree that Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has no reasonable plan to reduce the U.S. National Debt and agree that Sanders helped create the debt while in the U.S. Senate.  They also agree that Sanders’ plans are unreasonable economically, but appeal greatly to individuals who believe that the “government has free money to distribute.” When the Public finally understands that Sanders’ plan will be a huge burden on the working-middle class by raising taxes upon everyone, then Sanders will drop like a rock in the polls.

Mr. Chafee and Mr. O’Malley were complimented, but neither was viewed as a serious candidate.  A few days after the debate Sanders, Clinton, and Webb are the only candidates with double digits in the opinion polls.

R. Van Conoley

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Donald Trump – Who Doesn’t Like Him ? An Editorial

Donald Trump remains in first place in the opinion polls for the republican nomination  for president.  Trump continues to gain in popularity with both independent voters and traditional democratic voters.

Sanityandsense.com believes that much of Mr. Trump’s popularity derives from not only those who like him, but from those who do not like him.  There are four very important individuals who do not like Donald Trump and much of his popularity comes from his conflict with these four individuals !

1) Kim Jong-un.  Kim Jong-un is the supreme leader of North Korea.  This country is known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but is more frequently called North Korea.  During the CNN debate, Donald Trump made a statement which demonstrated Mr. Trump’s common sense and in depth understanding of American foreign policy.  Mr. Trump asked: ” Why are we spending so much time on Iran? ”  Trump went on to correctly state that Iran did not have any nuclear weapons and was very unlikely to have any in the near future.  Trump then went on to state that North Korea did indeed have nuclear weapons and has threatened to use them against the United States.  He then asked why he was the only candidate who ever mentioned North Korea !

There was absolute silence from all of the other candidates on stage.  None of the other candidates had mentioned North Korea because their professional spinmeisters never told them to.  Mr. Trump’s statement, however, sent a very clear message to Kim Jong-un.  The unstated, but very clear implication was that this psychotic dictator would be extremely unwise to threaten the U.S. when Donald Trump is president.

As an American, I am extremely glad that Mr. Trump had the courage and common sense to send a warning to North Korea.  This message is long overdue !

2) Karl Rove – Many Americans believe that Karl Rove should have been criminally indicted for many of his scatological activities during the George W. Bush (43) administration.  Today other Americans simply know Rove as a windbag who appears on FOX news and ticks off topics from his white board. However, not too many Americans know that Rove is a ” Kingmaker ” and a source of money for many republican candidates.  As head of a Super PAC known as ” American Crossroads,” four of the candidates on stage grovel before Rove.

Since Donald Trump has run his campaign independently from Rove, Rove has done everything in his power to block Donald Trump.  Additionally, Rove hates the fact that the Tea Party is free and independent of his influence.  Additionally the Tea Party is solidly behind Donald Trump and this angers Rove even more.

3-4) The Koch brothers are two of the richest men in the world.  Both are multi-Billionaires ! The Koch brothers are keeping Trump away from their political operations.  They did not allow Trump to speak at their gathering of wealthy donors.

The Koch brothers have concluded that Trump is the wrong candidate for the republican presidential nomination.  The Koch brothers invited Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Carly Fiorina to mingle with their fellow billionaires.  The Koch brothers and their political analytics service known as I-360 have decided that the republican party should select Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, or Carly Fiorina as the republican nominee.  Unfortunately for the Koch brothers, the voters continue to select Donald Trump as their first choice.

The fantoccini demanded by the Koch brothers of Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Carly Fiorina clearly requires these four puppets to follow all of the ideology of the Koch brothers and their neoconservative organization.  These four hand picked puppets live in constant fear that the powerful Koch brothers may cut the diaphanous strings that bind these four mindless individuals to the super powerful I-360.

The Koch brothers are apoplectic that Donald Trump would dare to propose a tax plan that is fair, just, and reasonable for working-middle income Americans.  How dare Trump propose closing tax loopholes for multi-billionaires like the Koch brothers !  Soon the day will come when the Koch brothers, as puppeteers, will cut the strings and Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Carly Fiorina will fall down powerless like Doppelgangers of a past time !

R. Van Conoley

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A Wise Saying – Part 128

In our existence, there exists a reciprocity between cause and effect.  The cause can be as much affected by the effect, as the effect is produced by the cause.  Often, it is possible to produce the cause by staging the effect.  Hence, whatever good or evil we start in life will tend to justify and perpetuate itself.     R. Van Conoley

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A Wise Saying – Part 127

To be selfish, an individual needs a rather high level of self-esteem.  The self-despisers are not concerned with increasing their self-esteem, but focus on the diminution of others.  Where self-esteem is unattainable, envy takes the place of greed.    R. Van Conoley

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A Warning From Reverend Jonathan Swift

The following is an e-mail that was sent to this website by the Reverend Jonathan Swift.  Reverend Swift asked me to publish his letter to inform all older men of a terrible scam !

” A heads up for men who may be regular customers at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco, or even Wal-Mart.  This one caught me totally by surprise.  Over the last month, I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping.  Simply going out to obtain basic supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic.  Don’t be naïve enough to think that it couldn’t happen to you or any older male friends !

” Here is how the scam works: Two nice looking young women in their middle twenties will come over to your car or truck as you park your vehicle.  They both start wiping your windshield with a cloth and Windex.  Their large breasts are almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts.  It is impossible not to look.  When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say “no” and ask for a ride to McDonalds.

” You agree and they climb into your vehicle.  On the way, one starts undressing and then starts crawling all over you and asks you to kiss her breasts because she is so aroused.  While your attention is distracted, the other one steals your wallet.

” I had my wallet stolen on September 4th, 5th, 7th, 10th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, and 28th.  It is very likely that this may happen again this weekend.

” So please warn all older gentlemen who are your friends.  This is a horrible way to take advantage of older men.  All older men should be vigilant !

” Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $ 2.99 each.  I even found cheaper ones for 99 cents at the dollar store and bought them out at three different stores.

” So, warn all older men who are friends and caution them to be on the lookout for this scam. ”     Signed, Jonathan Swift

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CNN and FOX – The Merchants of Sleaze. How To Flush The Electronic Toilet.

In the view of this website, a new low was reached when CNN and FOX each broadcast one republican debate.  Most viewers found both debates to be unfair, unjust, biased, sophomoric, deceptive, and without redeeming value.  Both CNN and FOX produced a total farce that was the intellectual equivalent of the Jerry Springer Show !

Our Constitution establishes a free press.  Unfortunately, our Constitution does not establish a fair, just, and responsible press.  We, the People, must encourage and work to establish a responsible, just, moral, and sensible free press.  To that noble end, this website suggests that the following questions be asked of BOTH the democrats and the republicans in future debates.


1) Since you filed for president, how much money has been collected by your campaign in contributions? (  For all candidates– Time allowed for answer = 10/seconds/candidate.

2) Since filing, how much money has been collected by your campaign from political action committees or PAC’s ? ( For all– Time allowed for answer = 10/seconds/candidate.

3) Has your campaign received PAC contributions from any of the following? If yes, please state the amount. A) Lockeed Martin, B) Boeing, C) Northrup Gruman, D) General Dynamics, E) Raytheon, F) United Technologies.  ( For all– Time allowed up to 2 minutes if needed/candidate. )

4) How much has your campaign spent so far?  ( For all– Time = 10 seconds/candidate.

5) In 2004, President George Bush (43) ordered the U.S. Military to transport 12 BILLION dollars to Iraq in shrink wrapped packages of 100 dollar bills.  The U.S. Government claims that this money was lost.  Do you find this answer acceptable, and what comments did you make in 2004-2005 about this incident? Also, why do you suppose that this incident was never thoroughly investigated by congress?  ( For all — Time – 2 minutes/candidate.)

6) With the U.S. National Debt approaching 18.4 TRILLION dollars, should the U.S. continue giving billions of our tax dollars to foreign countries in the form of foreign aid? Please answer with only a YES or a NO since the time allowed is 1 second for each candidate.  ( For all candidates. )

7) There are a number of states in the U.S. whose liabilities exceeds their assets in free revenue cash flow.  Since deficit financing is illegal in all city governments, and in all county governments, and in all state governments, what do you believe should be done regarding this issue? Also, please name the two states that you have found to be the worst offenders in this area.  ( For all candidates– Time= 2 minutes/candidate. )

8) Do you believe that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports accurate and truthful information to the American People?  Please take two minutes and explain your answer.  ( For all – Time= 2 minutes/candidate. )

9) The Federal Reserve System ( Fed) was created by the U.S. Congress in the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.  What, if any, modifications would you attempt to enact to modernize or modify the Fed if you are elected president? Please explain in detail.  ( For all — Time = 2 minutes/candidate. )

10) There are many federal laws that regulate our securities markets.  Give specific recommendations if you believe that as president you would recommend to congress the need to modify, change, or abolish any of our present securities laws.  (  For all — Time = 2 minutes/candidate. )

11) Do you believe that the Dodd-Frank Act should remain as is or should it be modified or abolished?  Please justify your answer with specific details.  ( For all –Time = 1 min. 30 sec/candidate. )

12) The U.S. Congress, with the assistance of President Bill Clinton, effectively abolished the Glass-Stegall Act.  Do you agree with this action and please state specifics as they relate to our FDIC ?  ( For all — Time = 2 minutes/candidate. )

13) Do you believe that any changes should be made to the U.S. Social Security System? Please justify your answer.  ( For all — Time = 2 minutes/candidate. )

14) Do you believe that federal judges should be appointed for life as the system now exists? Please answer with a YES or NO since the time allotted is one second for each candidate. ( For all — Time = 1 second/candidate. )

15) Do you believe that the present tax system is fair and just? ( For all — Time = 1 minute/candidate. )

16) The five countries in the world that appropriated the most on military spending in the past three years are: 1) U.S., 2) China, 3) Britain, 4) France, and 5) Russia.  If all of these five countries are  added together for a grand total, the U.S. spent 70.2% of this total.  China spent 12% of the total.  The remaining countries: Britain, France, and Russia spent about 6% each.  Should the U.S. increase or decrease defense spending and what areas should be increased or decreased?  Please be specific and relate the needs to this actual data analysis.   ( For all — Time = 2.5 minutes/candidate. )

17) What labor unions have contributed to your campaign either directly or through PAC’s ?  ( For all — Time = 1.5 minutes/candidate. )

18) State clearly how you intend to increase or reduce our 18.4 TRILLION dollar U.S. National debt.  Please give details. ( For all — Time = 2minutes/candidate. )

19 ) Would you recommend that congress modify the procedures of the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA ) in the approval process for new drugs?   ( For all– Time = 1 minute/candidate. )

20) During the first two republican debates, the candidates spent a great deal of time criticizing President Obama as relates to the Iran Nuclear deal.  Since Iran does not have a nuclear bomb and appears that they will not be able to develop one for some time, do you find it strange that not a single candidate mentioned that Israel had nuclear weapons? Additionally, Israel has never signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.  Since Israel is the only country in the middle East that can start a nuclear war, how should the U.S. respond at present to Israel’s nuclear power to insure peace?  ( For all — Time = 2 minutes/candidate. )

21) In June, 1967, THE USS LIBERTY, an NSA spy ship was bombed and torpedoed by the state of Israel.  Given the undisputable facts that Israel overflew the ship for five hours before the attack, is it your belief that the attack was an accident?  ( For all — Time = 2 minutes/candidate.

R. Van Conoley

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FOX and CNN and the Republican Presidential Debates/ Editorial-Essay

FOX and CNN recently sponsored a republican presidential debate on their respective networks.  As an American I wished to listen to the candidates and develop an informed viewpoint so I might cast a vote to help America in November, 2016.  I was shocked.  Both FOX and CNN brought opprobrium and disgrace to the field of electronic journalism.   I found both debates to be unfair, unjust, biased, sophomoric, deceptive, and without any redeeming value.  Both of these networks produced a farce that made the Jerry Springer show look sane and sensible by comparison.

Many of the problems that are created by the democrat crooks and the republican crooks in the U.S. Congress can not be repaired since most of the members of the print media and especially the electronic media lack the common sense and a basic level of intelligence to fairly report and fairly analyze information.  The American People deserve much better.

There are many qualified individuals with both high intelligence and the ability to ask sane and sensible questions to our presidential candidates, unfortunately most are not found in the field of journalism.   With the U.S. National Debt exploding, any sane and sensible individual can readily understand that it is not possible to continue to cut taxes, spend more money, and at the same time reduce the National Debt.

Our Constitution establishes a free press.  That is a wonderful right.  Our Constitution does not establish a fair, just, and responsible press.  The burden of a fair, just, and responsible press falls upon the shoulders of the American People.  If the American Public continues to accept silently the irresponsible actions of FOX and CNN, more of the same sleaze will follow.  Americans must demand more responsible politicians and Americans must demand more responsible journalists and reporters to accurately report on many very important actions of our government.

In the near future, I will publish on this website sane and sensible suggestions that I hope will assist in producing a just, fair, reasonable, and sane public debate for the presidential candidates and especially for the American Public.

R. Van Conoley


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A Wise Saying – Part 126

Death is not extinguishing the light, it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.

Rabindranath Tagore

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A Wise Saying – Part 125

The most effective way of attacking vice is to expose it to public ridicule.  People can put up with rebukes, but they cannot bear being laughed at: they are prepared to be wicked but they dislike appearing ridiculous.                Moliere

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Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump – Editorial/Essay

The only thing that Americans find more reprehensible than a U.S. Congressman and a U.S. Senator is a foreign terrorist !  Every since the end of World War II, public opinion polls designed to evaluate the perceived integrity of different professions have always resulted in politicians coming in last place.  Even used car salesmen are viewed as having more integrity than politicians !  This website has frequently pointed our, using accurate data, how both the democrat crooks and the republican crooks in congress continually lie to and violate the trust of the American people.

In 2015, the American Public has finally said: ” Enough. ”  The candidates for the republican presidential nomination can easily be divided into two groups.  They are: 1) career politicians and 2) non-politicians.  The two leading candidates in the republican contest are both from the class of non-politicians ! Neither Trump nor Carson have ever held public office before.  With the single exception of Carley Fiorina, all of the remaining politicians seeking the republican nomination are career politicians.

Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, and Chris Christie are seen for exactly what they are, career and lifelong politicians.

Some of the statements made by the career politicians are absolutely ludicrous and often border on the psychotic.  For example, Jeb Bush stated that illegal immigrants entering the U.S. should be viewed as committing ” an act of love.”  This statement may finally settle the longstanding question about which of President George Herbert Walker Bush’s sons is the most dimwitted.  While neither Jeb nor George W. Bush (43) have ever been considered the sharpest knife in the drawer, the award for just plain stupidity must go to Jeb for his endorsement of illegal immigration.

However, the psychotic pandering to right wing fundamentalist Christians reached a new low when the simpleminded Mike Huckabee appeared on the stage with Ms. Kim Davis.  You may recall that Ms. Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples because she was a ” Christian. ”  I would suggest that Huckabee consider applying for a job on the Jerry Springer show or return as the resident buffoon of FOX news.  Huckabee is a public embarrassment to the republican party and to law abiding American citizens.

The political embarrassment does not end with Bush and Huckabee.  Governor Chris Christie purposely delayed traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike by closing a toll booth to exact political retribution on a political enemy.  Mr. Christie should also drop out of the race to avoid additional embarrassment for the republican party.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are viewed as two U.S. Senators that are essentially clones of one another.  They both have done almost nothing of value as U.S. Senators.  However, they both have collected their pay checks and each has learned how to collect special interest contributions and pander to lobbyists.

Now that the American Public has made it clear that it is a two horse race between Trump and Carson, it seems reasonable to ask one question: ” Is either of these two individuals qualified to be president of the U.S. ? ”  It is apparent that both of these gentlemen need some tutoring on the U.S. Constitution.

The soft spoken Dr. Carson recently stated that America is a Judaic-Christian country.  It is absolutely not !  The U.S. Constitution states that our country is a country founded under God, but that the government may not “establish” any state religion nor promote any religion nor prohibit Americans from worshiping freely in the religion of their choice.   Our Constitution does not mention any religion.  The term Judaic-Christian was coined by sleazy politicians to pander to Jewish bigots and Christian bigots.  If 20% of the American public worshiped as Hindus, then these sleazy politicians would say that the U.S. is a Hindu-Judaic-Christian nation.  Hopefully Dr. Cason will learn what the first amendment states and also learn the correct name of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and learn how the open market committee of the Fed works.

While I believe that it would be greatly in the interests of all Americans to modify the 14th. Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it is presently federal law.  The 14th. amendment gives American citizenship to any and all individuals born in the U.S.  It was passed in 1868 to give citizenship to Black Americans who were not viewed as legal citizens under our laws.  When Trump says that he will deport all children born in the U.S. if both of their parents entered the U.S. illegally, he is in fact saying that he will not follow U.S. Law.  Haven’t we had enough illegal acts under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama ? Clearly this type of rhetoric damages Trump as a candidate.

Just because Trump and Carson have not been part of the fraud, waste, abuse, Nepotism, racism,  and generalized incompetency of our corrupt federal government is not enough to obtain my vote.  While I would only consider voting for Trump or Carson in a republican primary, I would like to learn much more about them.  Unfortunately Americans may never learn how to accurately evaluate Trump or Carson since the U.S. news media is as devoid of intelligence, common sense, and integrity as our federal government.

R. Van Conoley




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