Five Things You Didn’t Know About Bobby Jindal: Gilligan Jindal? (1 of 5)

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It was at the age of four, according to the family story, that a precocious little Piyush Jindal announced to his teacher and his friends at his school in Baton Rouge that he was changing his name from Piyush, his birth name, and giving himself the nickname Bobby. He explained that he chose that name after his favorite television character, Bobby Brady, the youngest son on The Brady Bunch. Piyush Jindal is still his legal name.

“It could have been worse,” Jindal once told The Des Moines Register. “Gilligan’s Island used to come on right after The Brady Bunch. So I could have been Gilligan, which some people have commented might have put an end to my political career.”

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is the son of immigrants from India’s Punjab state. His parents immigrated to America from India mere months before he was born. He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1971 and was named Piyush Jindal.

His mother, Raj Gupta Jindal, was a native of Punjab in northern India, the daughter of a bank manager. She came to the United States on a scholarship to study for her doctorate in nuclear physics at Louisiana State University. She was accompanied by her husband, a young man named Amar Jindal. Amar was the son of a shopkeeper from the bania caste and was the only one of the nine children in his family to attend school past fifth grade.

As noted, at the time the couple immigrated to the United States, Raj was already some months pregnant with their first son, Piyush. Unfortunately for the Jindals, the university health plan ruled her pregnancy a “preexisting condition” and denied coverage for the birth. However, she was given the one-month of paid maternity leave promised and it was this perk that helped Amar decide that they would stay. He had been hesitant to leave home since he had achieved the respected position of assistant professor of engineering at Punjab University in Chandigarh, the newly dedicated capital city of their home state of Punjab.

 

#1 Rand Paul Cuts His Own Hair


Republican presidential candidate hopeful Rand Paul is known for his signature curly locks and his bad hair days, but that’s not the only aspect of his “hair life” that’s interesting and memorable.

Although Paul is a financially well-off and successful politician, he prefers to handle a lot of his grooming needs on his own. He doesn’t, for example, visit fancy beauty salons for haircuts.

He instead chooses to cut his hair all by himself without any outside assistance. He even gave himself a haircut for the biggest day in his entire life, which was his wedding day. Paul jokes that it’s obvious to anyone who looks at his wedding pictures that he was responsible for his hair.

Since Paul is a male who is well into his fifties, it’s actually a shock to many people that all of his hair remains fully intact. There isn’t a hint of baldness on his entire head. Are his hair cutting skills be the secret to his lush hair? We’ll never really know.

Another signature component of Rand’s look involves his preference for wearing mock turtlenecks. Mock turtlenecks are more relaxed versions of classic turtlenecks, which can often be rather snug in the neck region. His fashionable wife Kelley isn’t really a fan of mock turtlenecks, but she has learned to deal with them over the course of her marriage to Paul. She often helps him buy them, too. Unfortunately for her, mock turtlenecks aren’t exactly a piece of cake to locate. They’re actually very uncommon in stores nowadays.

Although the majority of the men who have been president in history have been on the tall side (Barack Obama is more than 6 feet tall, for example), Paul isn’t in that category. He’s only 5’8″, on his tip-toes. His famed politician father Ron Paul is a little taller at 5’11”. But, lack of height doesn’t seem to interfere with the younger Paul’s determination to succeed in the political world, however. It hasn’t held him back yet at all.

Wife Kelley isn’t the only love in Paul’s life. Paul is also the devoted and caring father of three sons; 16 year-old Robert, 19 year-old Duncan and, last but not least, 22 year-old William. Paul was a hands-on and active father while raising his youngsters. He served as the coach of their basketball, baseball and soccer teams.

It seems like there’s a lot to learn about this prominent politician.


20 Senators Who Served In The Military – Lt. Col Dan Sullivan


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Date Born: November 13, 1964
Place of Birth: Fairview Park, Ohio

Education:
Harvard University, B.A.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Georgetown University Law Center, M.S.

Short Senatorial Biography:
Senator Sullivan was elected to the Senate in 2014. He has currently not sponsored any bills. But, he has already distinguished himself landing spots on key committees such as the Armed Services Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Military Service:
Senator Sullivan has a stellar record of military and national security service. He currently serves as an infantry officer and Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
Over the past 21 years, Sullivan has served in a variety of command and staff billets on Active Duty and in the Reserves, including: TRAP Force Commander and 81mm mortar Platoon Commander, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable); Weapons Company Executive Officer, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines; Commanding Officer, Delta Company, Anti-Terrorism Battalion; Executive Officer, Echo Company, Fourth Reconnaissance Battalion; and Commanding Officer, 6th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO).
Senator Sullivan was recalled to Active Duty in 2004, for a year and a half to serve as a staff officer to the Commander of U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid. He spent most of the deployment in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, and Central Asia. Again in July 2013, Sullivan was recalled to Active Duty, serving with a Joint Task Force in Afghanistan focusing on dismantling terrorist networks and criminalizing the Taliban insurgency.

Committee Assignments:

Armed Services Committee
– Subcommittee on Airland
– Subcommittee on Personnel
– Subcommittee on Seapower

Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
– Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
– Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
– Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
– Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
– Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure,

Safety, and Security

Environment and Public Works Committee
– Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
– Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, Chair

Veterans’ Affairs Committee


 

11 Biggest House RINOs – #11 Mario Diaz-Balart

Heritage Ranking: 36%
American Conservative Union Ranking: 44%
Conservative Review Ranking: 32%

Key Votes:

Diaz-Balart is a strong advocate of the Cuban Embargo but, like many politicians, he is moving further to the left with each passing year in office. His lifetime American Conservative Union rating is slightly below 70%, bolstered by his voting record during his early years in Congress, but he has dropped down to a paltry 44% rating for 2014. In spite of his former membership in the Republican Study Committee, Diaz-Balart has voted against the Republican Study Committee blueprint for a balanced budget, the Hice Amendment, which sought to prohibit federal employees from being compensated by the federal government while performing union activities. He voted against blocking funding to the Department of Homeland Security to prevent implementation of Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty Decree and the Hudson Amendment to bring the Department of Energy back to 2008 spending levels. Diaz-Balart is also a ranking member of the Main Street Caucus a left-wing group within the Republican Party that seeks to elevate the status of RINOs in the House and the Senate.

Mario Diaz-Balart: Brief Biography

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart has been representing his Miami-Dade County area district in Florida since 2003. He is a “moderate” and has been re-elected easily every two years.

Diaz-Balart has an impressive political pedigree. His father, Rafael Diaz-Balart, was a politician in Cuba. His aunt, Marta Diaz-Balart was the first wife of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro; and his brother, Lincoln Diaz-Balart was also a Congressman from Florida, serving from 1993 to 2011.

Diaz-Balart was born in 1961 In Fort Lauderdale. A graduate of the University of South Florida, he majored in political science. Originally a Democrat, he switched parties while an aide to Miami mayor Xavier Suarez, his first political job. His first try at political office was in 1988 when he successfully ran for the Florida House. He then was elected to the State Senate in 1992, and in 2000 he won election back to the House.

Diaz-Balart first campaigned for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, and won handily, garnering 64% of the vote in his 25th district. In 2004, he ran unopposed, and in 2006 won by 58%. He won a closer race (53%) in 2008 when he ran against Joe Garcia, former Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Democratic Party and the Director of the Cuban-American National Foundation.

He won another unopposed race in 2010 when he ran for his brother’s old seat in the 21st District, which is considered the most Republican in the state. Twice again, in 2012 and 2014, he ran unopposed in the renumbered 25th District.

In Congress he serves on the Appropriations Committee and is vice chairman of the subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. He also is a member of the subcommittee of State, Foreign Operations and Related Services and the subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies.

He is a founding member and chairman of the Republican Congressional Hispanic Conference, and was an advocate for continuing the embargo on Cuba, and, in spite of his voting record, he was a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee during his first two terms in Congress.

He is also a founding member of the Washington Waste Watchers, the Congressional Cuba Democracy Caucus, and he is the assistant whip of the left-wing Main Street Caucus.

Diaz-Balart resides in Miami with his wife, Tia.

These rankings were compiled and primarily based upon the Senate rankings from Heritage Action (the 501c4 arm of the Heritage Foundation) Scorecard and secondarily using rankings from the American Conservative Union and Conservative Review Scorecards.  We encourage you to visit those sites for more detailed information.

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FALSE: When Barack Obama lies, he lies big and he lies with no equivocation; but we’ve come to expect whoppers from the man who told us that we could keep our doctor if we liked our doctor under ObamaCare.

This raw deal certainly doesn’t have the backing of our greatest ally in the region, Israel. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is apoplectic and is calling the deal a “mistake of historic proportions.”

Other nations in the Middle East don’t appear to be too happy either.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton: “We have given Iran the path it has been seeking for almost 35 years. The other states in the region are not going to sit idly by, which is why in effect the nuclear arms race is already underway.”

Many of our adversaries appear to like the deal.

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani gloated:

“At the start of the negotiations, the other side would tell us that… Iran could have only 100 centrifuges… Today, the agreement is carried out under conditions that state that [Iran] will retain over 6,000 centrifuges, over 5,000 of which will be at Natanz and over 1,000 at Fordo. All centrifuges at Natanz will continue to enrich.

“They said, ‘The period of your restrictions will be 20 years, in addition to 25 years.’ Later they said ’20 years and 10 years.’ Then they said: ‘Last word – 20 years, and we will not capitulate any more.’ But in the final days of the negotiations, they went down to eight years.

“On the issue of sanctions, they would say, ‘Months must pass and you must earn trust so that later the sanctions can be gradually frozen – not lifted… Today I announce to the Iranian nation that under this agreement… all the sanctions – even the embargo on weapons, missiles, and proliferation – will be lifted.”

China and Russia might like the deal too, but it hardly has “the full backing of the international community.” It would be more apt to say that this deal has the full backing of the international community of America-haters.