- Chris Matthews vs. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “What’s The Difference Between A Democrat And A Socialist?” July 31, 2015
On MSNBC’s Hardball Thursday night, host Chris Matthews stumped DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) when he asked her what the difference is between a Democrat and a socialist.
“What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” Matthews asked, leaving Wasserman Schultz at a loss for words.
“I used to think there is a big difference. What do you think it is?” Matthews tried again. “A Democrat like Hillary and a socialist like Bernie Sanders.”
Wasserman Schultz again was unable to answer and instead tried to tell Matthews what the difference between a Democrat and a Republican is.
“The more important question is what is the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican,” she said.
“What’s the big difference between a Democrat and a socialist?” Matthews again asked.
“You’re chairman of the democratic party. Tell me the difference between you and a socialist,” Matthews reminded her.
“The relevant debate that we’ll be having this campaign is what’s the difference between a Democrat and a Republican,” Schultz said.
Schultz, however, was able to tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.
“The difference between a Democrat and Republican is that Democrats fight to make sure everybody has an opportunity to succeed and the Republicans are strangled by their right-wing extremists,” she said. Read more from Real Clear Politics here.
If you’re still not sure, check out Ronald Reagan
Thank you President Reagan. Find out more about President Ronald Reagan here.
- Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne reveals correspondence with DMN that happened before editorial piece was written July 30, 2015
Jon-David called up Mayor Beth Van Duyne in Irving to find out why the Dallas Morning News was re-hashing an older story about a Sharia Law tribunal in her city. The new articles refer to 2 speaking engagements she has done since February, including one to a Tea Party. Check the links below and make your own judgement call. In the meantime, it should be noted that the author of the 1st piece that came out this week, Avi Selk, declined an interview with The Wells Report.
Original story (020215) from CBS: North Texas Home To First Islamic Tribunal In U.S.
Avi Selk column from this week: Shariah flap pushes Irving mayor into national spotlight
Editorial piece that came out online today: Editorial: Van Duyne’s pandering to the right isn’t what Irving needs
Between the 2 articles, Mayor Van Duyne sent a letter to the Dallas Morning News:
Thank you for the call earlier. I appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you. I’ve attached some documents I hope will provide some insight, including the presentation I gave at the NE Tarrant Tea Party event and the email conversations between two DMN reporters and me – virtually none of which was used in the recent article – I fail to understand why Avi would go to such lengths asking such numerous questions and then choose to completely ignore the responses in his story.
On February 2, CBS 11 News ran a story stating, “North Texas is home to what is believed to be the first official Islamic Tribunal that follows Sharia Law” (North Texas Home To First Islamic Tribunal In U.S.). The story identified Irving and was taped in front of and inside the Irving Islamic Center. Over the next several days, local radio hosts and other media outlets continued coverage of the “Sharia Court” in Irving and phone calls and emails began streaming in asking why the City of Irving had helped establish a “Sharia Court”. I had to respond to these questions – that’s my job, so on February 6, I posted a statement on my Facebook page beginning with “Sharia Law Court was NOT approved or enacted by the City of Irving.” Please understand, I was responding to these reports, not originating them.
I went directly to the Islamic Tribunal’s website to understand more about it. There, I learned the imams identified themselves as “Attorneys” and “Judges,” that they practiced “family law, divorce cases, product liability, business and real estate litigation” and that they charged for their services. I read that, “Muslims here in America are obligated to find a way to solve conflicts and disputes according to the principles of Islamic Law” or “Shari’ah Law.” It is against the law in Texas to represent yourself as an attorney or a Judge. Therefore, their actions from inception were actually against our laws. Despite this being pointed out to reporters numerous times, these facts still went uncovered.
Given the variety of coverage this initial event generated – some true, some false – I am often contacted to speak on what actually occurred. In an effort to clarify, I agreed to speak to two local tea party groups, the presentation I used is attached. My goal in this presentation was to highlight what others were saying, reporting, and how they spoke about the initial reporting of a “Sharia Court” in Irving and the events that followed.
As for whether or not this was some effort to allow me to seek a different elected office, over the last eleven years, many have speculated that I am running for some future office only to have me complete yet another term of office. There is no speaking tour, I am not campaigning for another office and I am wholly dedicated to my responsibilities as Mayor of Irving.
To me, this is and always has been about upholding State and Constitutional Laws, equal protection under the law and women’s rights. I took an oath when I was elected and will keep it. Why some in the media find this disgraceful is a mystery.
We have so much going on in Irving. In the last two weeks alone, Irving opened the Texas Musicians Museum (a three and half year project that cost $1.8M with hopes to spur activity in our Heritage District) and participated in a Circle of Prayer event to honor and support our first responders with over 500 in attendance. Both of these events went unnoticed in the Dallas Morning News but were important to our citizens. I am sure people would prefer to read about the happenings in Irving, the double digit growth, the new homes and retail opportunities popping all across the City then stories about me and the Islamic Tribunal.
Feel free to call me with any questions.
Here is the email chain between Jon-David and Avi Selk about appearing on The Wells Report to discuss his article:
On Jul 29, 2015, at 10:58 AM, Jon-David Wells Jon-David Wells wrote:
Read your article on Beth Van Duyne this morning….Would you like to discuss tonight on The Wells Report?
On Jul 29, 2015, at 11:26, Avi Selk wrote:
I appreciate the offer, but I don’t.
On July 29, 2015 at 11:32:16, Jon-David Wells wrote:
That’s too bad, Avi….
Look….I’m trying to figure out why this is in the paper….It looks kinda like a weak hit piece.
FYI….Here’s my motivation: I’m trying to talk to those who foment division….which sadly is what this looks like to me. Am I wrong?
- Ted Cruz Toys With Kerry, Carter, Moniz: “Sir, Do You Apologize Or Not?” July 30, 2015
From Real Clear Politics: Ted Cruz eats up all his time playing word games with Secretary Kerry and making Secretary Moniz trip over his own words, and then gets cut off by John McCain before he can ask Kerry to clarify what he meant by this unbelievable remark: John Kerry Explains Why Iran Deal Is Not Legally A Treaty: “You Can’t Pass A Treaty Anymore”
What Senator Cruz is referring to is an earlier conversation Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) had with Secretary Kerry regarding sanctions being lifted. This is how CNS News.com reports the story: Wednesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear agreement witnessed were some dramatic moments, especially as outspoken critics of the deal focused on one of Iran’s most notorious figures and his role in the killing of hundreds of Americans.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) got chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey to explain in stark terms the workings of an “explosively formed penetrator” (EFP), a particularly deadly form of roadside bomb used in Iraq.
Cotton also had Dempsey confirm that Iran’s Qods Force and its commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, were the “main perpetrators” of the use of EFPs in the killing of hundreds of American military personnel there.
Turning to Secretary of State John Kerry, Cotton – himself a veteran with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan – noted that as a result of the Iran nuclear deal, U.N. and European Union sanctions – although not U.S. ones – against Soleimani and the Qods Force will ultimately be lifted.
“What should we say to the Gold Star moms and dads of the over 500 American troops who were killed by an Iranian ball of fire traveling 6,000 feet per second?” he asked the secretary of state.
“Well, we should tell them, obviously first of all, how extraordinarily grateful we are for the service of their loved ones,” Kerry replied, adding that those families should also be assured that U.S. sanctions against Soleimani will “never” be lifted.
Later, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) returned to the subject of Soleimani – who the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful described as having “more blood of American service members on his hands than any living terrorist.”
“Now Secretary Kerry said to the families of those men and women who gave their lives, who were killed by General Soleimani, we should apologize,” Cruz said.
“I never said we should apologize,” Kerry said quietly as Cruz put questions to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter about the U.S. fatalities in Iraq.
Moments later Kerry tackled Cruz.
“Senator, I never said the word ‘apology,’” he began. “I said we should thank them for their extraordinary service. I never said the word ‘apologize.’ Please don’t distort my words.”
“Secretary Kerry,” Cruz shot back, “it is duly noted that you do not apologize to the families of the service members who were murdered by the Iranian military.”
“Not what I said, senator,” said Kerry. Read the full story here.
- GOP congressman launches bid to oust John Boehner as House speaker July 28, 2015
A Republican congressman has filed a request to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a new and unusual challenge to his leadership from the GOP’s right flank.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Tuesday evening filed a “motion to vacate the chair,” which, if successful, would force the election of a new speaker. Such a challenge has never before succeeded in the House, and only once before — 105 years ago — has it been attempted.
Meadows said Tuesday that he was trying to force a “family conversation” among Republicans on the course of congressional leadership after a series of conflicts between Boehner’s leadership team and a cadre of a few dozen conservatives.
“It’s really more about trying to have a conversation on making this place work, where everybody’s voice matters, where there’s not a punitive culture,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll have some discussion about that in the days and weeks to come.” Read more from the Washington Post here.
- Senate smackdown: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee efforts squelched by leaders July 27, 2015
Ted Cruz just wanted a roll-call vote on Sunday. Instead, he got a smackdown.
Republican leaders, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), delivered what senators described as punishment for Cruz’s brazen floor tactics — the Texas senator first accused McConnell of lying and later sought to change Senate procedures in order to push for an Iran-related amendment.
So when Cruz came to the floor looking for at least 11 senators to agree to hold a roll-call vote, only three raised their hands. McConnell, sitting at his desk, turned around and peered at Cruz, who looked stunned at what had just happened. The Senate dispensed with his effort by a voice vote and quickly moved on, doing the same to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a Cruz ally who sought to use arcane procedures to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.
It all went down in an instant, but the message was clear: If Cruz doesn’t want to play nice with his Republican colleagues, they will respond in kind.
Read more about this story from Politico here.
- Rick Santorum joins The Wells Report to talk about Planned Parenthood, Immigration and what’s new in his Campaign July 21, 2015
From PBS-What does Rick Santorum believe? Where the candidate stands on 10 issues
Find out more about Rick Santorum from his website here. You can also donate to his campaign here.
- Mike Ferris-Original Co-Author of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act discusses SCOTUS ruling on Same-Sex Marriage July 17, 2015
The number of homeschooled children in the United States hassoared nearly 62 percent over the past decade, and national homeschooling organizations are anticipating even further growth in home education as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
The U.S. Department of Education celebrated the court’s same-sex marriage ruling with the militant LGBT rainbow in its Facebook profile picture, a sign that even more of the LGBT activist agenda will likely be finding its way into public school classrooms and curricula.
“Public schools may be forced to be philosophically compliant with this decision,” wroteHome School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) founder and chairman Mike Farris on the national homeschooling organization’s website. “Children will be taught that there is only one way to view marriage and the family.”
“We believe that families are going to seek educational alternatives that allow them to teach their children according to their conscience,” he continued. “Consequently, homeschooling will grow. And as it grows, those who wish to impose philosophical restraints on homeschooling will increase their efforts to force us to comply.”
Farris added private homeschooling support groups may be pressured to conform. Read more here.
- Dominican Republic pushing Haitians back across the border regardless of their status-with no food, no water, no shelter July 16, 2015
In Haiti—already one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere—there is an almost unimaginable humanitarian crisis unfolding…(one which is being ignored by the mainstream media as they focus instead on the Confederate Battle Flag and Donald Trump.)
Haiti’s bordering country The Dominican Republic has begun driving out Haitians who previously lived and worked in the DR, with over 30,000 men, women and children already forced across the border in a remote area of Haiti with no food or water available. (The government of the Dominican Republic—which has expelled people en masse in the past—is threatening to force hundreds of thousands more across its border into Haiti.) Past roundups have been conducted under the cover of night. People were thrust out of their beds, without time to collect their belongings or show what papers they had. Parents were separated from their children, wives from their husbands, citizens from their homeland. In short, a literal humanitarian crisis.
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- Congressman Pete Sessions weighs in on the Iran Nuclear Deal July 14, 2015
Congressman Pete Sessions TX-32 and Chairman of the House Rules Committee stopped by The Wells Report to give his opinion of President Obama’s Iranian Nuclear Deal and made it abundantly clear that his vote is NO! Check it out:
- Mainstream Media calls Iran Nuclear Deal “Historic” The Wells Report calls the deal a Serious Error July 14, 2015
VIENNA — Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States said they had reached a historic accord on Tuesday to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.
The deal culminates 20 months of negotiations on an agreement that President Obama had long sought as the biggest diplomatic achievement of his presidency. Whether it portends a new relationship between the United States and Iran — after decades of coups, hostage-taking, terrorism and sanctions — remains a bigger question.
Mr. Obama, in an early morning appearance at the White House that was broadcast live in Iran, began what promised to be an arduous effort to sell the deal to Congress and the American public, saying the agreement is “not built on trust — it is built on verification.”
Mr. Obama made it abundantly clear that he would fight to preserve the deal from critics in Congress who are beginning a 60-day review, declaring, “I will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal.”
Almost as soon as the agreement was announced, to cheers in Vienna and on the streets of Tehran, its harshest critics said it would ultimately empower Iran rather than limit its capability. Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called it a “historic mistake” that would create a “terrorist nuclear superpower.”
A review of the 109-page text of the agreement, which includes five annexes, showed that the United States preserved – and in some cases extended – the nuclear restrictions it sketched out with Iran in early April in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Read the full article from the New York Times here.
Iran Nuclear Deal simplified with pictures here.
Particulars of the deal; What each side wanted and received here.
What World Leaders are saying here.