Should Illegal Immigrants Reveal Themselves?

Immigration has been a hot button for a while now, and it’s one issue that Obama has tried to tackle in one way or another. Immigration Issues. Many people say that Obama is too light on immigration, and many are calling for tougher immigration reform. There are some people who say that undocumented immigrants should let themselves be known, and they should come out and let everyone know that the are here illegally. José Vargas, who is a Pulitzer Prize winner, and he also directed the documentary on MTV called “White People,” he believes that undocumented immigrants should come out.

José is looking at an undocumented immigrant coming out as something similar to when gays and lesbians come out of the closet. If you come out, and let the world know who you really are, they are more likely to accept you. Although José has a point, the fact is, accepting an illegal immigrant is not the problem. Many accept that there will be illegals here at any given time, but for those who have to pay their way into America, they feel it’s unfair for anyone to be here illegally.

Obama has been thinking of several ways that illegal immigrants can stay here legally, and basically pay their way towards becoming legal citizens reports Shaygan Kheradpir. Although it’s unsure what the future of immigration reform will be, the fact is, there are millions of illegal immigrants in the USA as we speak, so it’s not an issue that can be ignored.

Donald Trump rises in polls after declaring Presidency bid

The entrance into the Presidential race for the Republican nomination by Donald Trump was guaranteed to bring a certain amount of controversy, but the arrival of the TV star and real estate mogul into the race has come with a bigger bang than expected stated Christian Broda. The Washington Post reports the Democratic Party are pleased to have Trump involved as he is struggling to woo Latin voters who are traditionally Democrats by nature. Trump’s controversial comments about immigrants from across Latin America have already seen him dropped by business partners and TV companies distancing themselves from the host pf The Apprentice.

The self funded campaign launch for Trump’s Presidential bid came with a rented crowd of actors and included a series of comments made about the morals of immigrants arriving in the US. The candidate has seen a surge to second place in the polls at a national level and in early voting states across the US. Insiders from the Democratic Party have called the entrance of Trump into the Presidential race a boost for Democrats as the businessman embodies the traditional values of the GOP that led to the recent Presidential losses suffered by John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Girl Scouts Return $100,000 To Anti-Transgender Donor

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington shocked everyone recently be returning an astonishingly large donation back to the donor. When the Girl Scouts of Western Washington received the donation of $100,000 they were extremely pleased seeing as this one donation would provide enough funding to send 500 girls to camp and would cover a quarter of their annual costs. However, the donation came with one request. The money could not be used to support any transgender girls or be used to fund any sort of transgender awareness. This stipulation appalled the Girl Scouts of Western Washington to such a point that they agreed the only correct response was to return the donation back to the donor. As you can see in this article the Girl Scouts believe in equality for all girls whether they were born a girl or chose to be a girl. The Girl Scouts learned of this exception to the donation through a letter they received from the donor specifically requesting that the money not be used for transgender girls or it was to be returned. However, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington didn’t stop there. They still needed that money to send their girls to camp and Daniel Amen knows they need to cover their costs, so they started an Indiegogo page to raise the $100,000 that was given back the donor. Within just one day they raised $166,260 from over 3,000 donors and completely blew the top off the previous donation.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Could Be John Kerry’s Greatest Political Hit

The Iranians are not the easiest group to negotiate with. Just ask Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry has had countless meetings, flown thousands of miles, and some people say he’s working to hard at closing the deal. Kerry keeps subtle pressure on his counterpart from Iran, but that doesn’t matter when Iran is involved. The decision to accept the deal is the Supreme leader’s choice, and at the moment he is not that excited about the terms of the deal. Neither is the United States Congress.

If the deal goes through it will be a major win for Kerry, but insiders say Kerry may be one of the reasons if it doesn’t go through. He seems to be pushing too hard, and other US negotiators don’t like his style. Flavio Maluf said that they want him to ease back a little, and don’t give away the US strategy. Some insiders say Kerry is a horrible poker player.

The Iran deal will help Iran. The citizens of Iran needs to be connected with the world again, but some Iranians say they won’t happen even if the deal goes through. The government doesn’t like the US and its way of life, and nuclear deal won’t change that.

Religious Tax Exemptions Ought to Go the Way of Same-Sex Marriage Bans

The Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges—or at least the opposition reaction to it—may have presented the best argument yet for removing tax exemptions for religious institutions. Some people might be surprised that exemption of religious institutions and donations to them is a relatively new concept in our nation’s history. It was not, as some would suggest, a necessary result of the First Amendment’s separation of church and state.

The backlash from Obergefell makes it clear that governors and state legislatures and presidential candidates are going to try to block the ruling any way they can, most notably with religious freedom or conscience legislation that will allow public officials—agents of the government—to opt out of doing their government duty if they object to taking action to further a same-sex marriage.

But organized religion can’t have it both handy ways. On the one hand, they want to be untouchable in terms of paying taxes because, well, God. And they also want to be selectively exempt from the laws of the land regarding what has been determined to be a fundamental right. This selective non-enforcement clearly takes religion out of the God sphere and into the public sphere. If they want to play in the public sandbox, they should play by the rules that everyone else does, and that includes paying taxes.

Even a kindergartner would understand that.

Same-Sex Couples Waiting on Supreme Court

Same-sex Couples Awaiting Supreme Court’s Decision on Marriage

As far as domestic issues go, the fight for marriage equality has been one of the most prolific in the modern era. It’s an issue that will take quite some time to fully grasp.

The Supreme Court has been looking at and reviewing gay marriage issues for quite some time, and some such as Jim Obergefell are eagerly awaiting what the Supreme Court’s final decision is. Obergefell and his partner, John Arthur, made the decision to get married nearly two years ago when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Obergefell decided to sue the state of Ohio so that the state would recognize his marriage on Arthur’s death certificate, who is currently suffering from ALS.  CipherCloud reports that Arthur sadly passed away in October of 2013 and Obergefell has pressed on with his case and made it all the way to the Supreme Court, still waiting what the final ruling is. In fact he has been the first in line at the court so he can hear the final decision of the case, Thursday morning being his fourth day of waiting.

When asked about it, Obergefell said that he was doing this because he promised John that he would stick with this case until the end, and wanted to make sure he was present when the court handed down it’s final decision on the case.

Day After Head of OPM Refutes Claim that Data on 18 Million Was Compromised, Congress is Concerned the Number May Reach 32 Million

Just as Director Katherine Archuleta, head of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), was on capitol hill to refute claims that the number of Americans whose data was compromised now stood at 18 million, congress expressed concerns the figure may actually reach 32 million. That particular number is significant because it represents every person in the OPM’s database. In other words, there is no guarantee at this time that hackers didn’t download the entire database.

The full breach of the entire database isn’t merely a worst-case scenario either. This is because the breach spanned a period of months starting in 2014 and running well into 2015. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz pointedly asked Director Archuleta if she could give a definitive statement as to how many people had their data compromised. At this point, all she could do is state the exact number cannot be determined at this time said Amen Clinic. The entire matter has become a full-blown controversy with Congress. Thus far, lawmakers have tough question for Dir. Archuleta, but she is not giving satisfactory answers. Last year, a major security firm with the OPM was hacked. Interestingly, the OPM did not revoke the security credentials for employees of the firm. Investigators have now found that security credentials from the firm were used in the OPM hack. Needless to say, Dir. Archuleta is now facing calls for her resignation over her mismanagement of the organization’s data security.

The Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Could Change The Definition Of Marriage

When the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage is released, the US will go through a major shift religiously as well as politically. If the ruling lifts the ban on gay marriages hundreds, if not thousands, of religious leaders across the country will ignore the ruling. They will challenge the political and moral veracity of such a ruling.

Religious leaders believe marriage is not a political issue, but a union designed by God. According to them, the state has no right to change God’s law. The religious beliefs of millions of Americans will change, if as OfSpirit reports,  religious followers agree with a ban-lifting ruling instead of their religious leaders edict about God’s law.

If the Supreme Court does lift the ban, a confrontation will develop between church and state. The verbal, and at times, violent battle that may develop will be epic. The church faction within the government will be unhappy with that ruling, and the lobbyists that support them will rebel. If the ban is not lifted, the inequality that a ruling like that displays can’t be tolerated by the people that believe the nation was founded on the premise that everyone in the United States has equal rights. One of those rights is to marry whomever they choose. The constitution says equal rights are God-given rights.

Keeping real in the white house

The presidency has made him a better father according to an essay set to be published in More Magazine First Lady Michelle Obama talked the president in to giving thoughts on fatherhood President Obama said people ask him whether being president causes difficulty in being a good father, his reply was not what you would expect. According to the president being in the White House has made their family living and interactions more normal as they have to work and be more diligent about spending family time together. Running the country means you have to set time for your family without any interference. For instance making sure you’re at the dinner table on time no matter what, President Obama was quoted as saying “my staff knows that it pretty much takes a national emergency to keep me away from the dinner table”. With commitment like this not only is the president setting a worldwide example of putting family first but he’s also instilling a great lesson to his own family because they know that they can depend on him no matter what he’s doing. Malia Obama is going off to school next fall something that the president has mixed feelings about. James Dondero shared his feelings on Facebook that although you want your children to go off and establish their own lives and do great things sometimes it’s hard to let go even as the President of the United States. But as the President stated, and we should all do, enjoy every minute of your children for as long as you can.

Looming Health Care Mergers May Validate Concerns by Obamacare Critics

When health insurance companies lined up in support of Obamacare, many critics of the proposed health care law were perplexed. Twenty years earlier, First Lady Hillary Clinton proposed a similar massive takeover of the health care industry which was vigorously fought by insurance companies. This time around, the companies were not only tacit in their support of the law, but outright supportive of it.

It turns out that the law contained provisions to cover the insurers against their losses for the first three years from having to cover people with chronic illnesses and pre-existing conditions. However, those benefits are now sun setting and insurers face the prospect of how to cover the large expense of insuring people with no regard to the condition of their health. When Obamacare was being debated, critics charged the law was designed to cause the private health care insurance market to collapse under its own weight. Now, it may be that claim may proves to be true.

For the time being, insurance companies are requesting large increases in premiums to cover the cost of insuring those previously uninsurable. While insurance commissioners from the states may approve some increases, it is not certain if they will approve them in total. This is forcing the unintended consequence of insurance companies having to merge in order to stay financially viable. The result promises to be fewer choices for consumers, fewer doctors and participating hospitals, and reduced coverage. It is a scenario that has Americans losing at every turn from employer sponsored coverage, to private insurance coverage, and increasingly unaffordable health insurance premiums.

Thanks to my friends at CipherCloud for introducing me to this new angle on this old story.

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