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Monday, October 31, 2016

On This Day, 1795


The birth of one writer/poet John Keats.

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimmed their clammy cell.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,---
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir, the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft,
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies. 


Also the birthday of one Chiang Kai-Shek (1887) and Vanilla Ice (1967).

Have a great day, y'all and Happy Hallowe'en.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Entertainment Overnight -- Smooth


You may, or many not, approve of the politics so if you don't, just listen to the music. More great stuff from NPR.



Have a great week, y'all.


More Terrific Kansas Storm Video


Stephen Locke and his Stephen Locke Photography post some more fantastic video of local, Kansas storms.



Link:  Stephen Locke


What Is It With KCPT and White People?


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(crackers.  far as the eye can see).

Okay, so I asked here 3 weeks ago about our local PBS station, KCPT and their local, weekly news program, "Ruckus" when they had a fully bleached-white guest panel.  I will note that, since then, for whatever reason, they've wisely and kindly had mixed-race guests. Hopefully, that will go into the future.

Now, this week, their local news program "Kansas City Week in Review" with the very British and wonderful Nick Haines discussed two issues this week--the upcoming Missouri tobacco tax and the Johnson County Public Safety tax.

On neither issue was their even one "person of color."

Just saying.

Now, we know there are no Black or Hispanic people in Johnson County, sure. (Right?). That's why everyone moved out there, all those years ago, of course. And still, to this day, we know there are no "people of color" in any positions of authority, in government offices out there. I'm just sure of it. (Is it even legal?).

But on that first question? The Missouri state tobacco tax?

Nothing but white people?

Over the entire state?

Just asking.

Link:  Kansas City Week in Review - KCPT


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Entertainment Overnight -- Hallowe'en Flashback


Great, old flashback. Talk about a whole 'nother era. Look how squeaky clean Dick Clark is. (For you kids, Dick Clark is the host, at the beginning of the video. He used to have a TV show. Google it).  Also, what kills me is how formally dressed the singer, Bobby Pickett is for this song. A full, dark suit and tie. How odd. If this were done in the late 60s or early 70s or after, I think we can pretty well assume he would be far less formal and more in appropriate costume for it.



Happy Hallowe'en , y'all. Have a great, safe, fun, maybe productive weekend.


Hitler Heckles Trump





Hitler Gets Compared to Trump....


....and doesn't like it.

Notes:   Early in the video, the word is "their."

And Senator Sanders and Hitler are nothing remotely alike.



Enjoy this fantastic weekend, y'all.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Entertainment Overnight -- Perky


The absolute perkiest version of this song you will likely ever see or hear.




Those Health Care Hikes Announced This Week?


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You likely heard about the double-digit hikes in health care costs for people with Obamacare?

There are some things to know about it all.

First, the costs won't be passed on to the patient. They will be paid by the subsidies in and from Obamacare. So the person getting the care won't be gouged. Their health care won't get any more expensive. Sure, this is still not good because that money has to come from somewhere but at least the person on the street, that patient won't have it any worse.

Second, this---

The truth about healthcare premiums: 

They'd be a lot higher without Obamacare


The fact is, the health care corporations in this country are still just gouging the hell out of all of us here in this country. They still just keep relentlessly, year after year, jacking up the prices of their drugs and treatments, etc. And what's great, at least for them, is that now they get to blame the Black guy, they get to blame Obama and his Obamacare.  Worst of all, too many people will believe all that nonsense, that the price rises are the fault of Obamacare.

No one should be fooled. The fact is, the ugly fact remains, we are the only nation in the world that ties health care to profit. It is, single-handedly, clearly, the only reason our health care is, far and away, the most expensive health care and health care system in the world, on the planet. And for all that money, let me remind you, it's also the least effective for us. Check this out.


Yes, this is from 2014 but keep in mind, since this survey, our health care costs, as we know, have risen even higher, and not by just a little bit. And the higher the price goes, the less can afford it, the less get that health care.

We must untie health care in this nation from profit and profits.

That's all there is to it.

What we're doing now, what we've done up to now has gotten us this outrageously high, not just expensive but super expensive, deeply immoral system.

And it's killing us.


The Right Wing and Republican Fear Platform


Tiresome. So tiresome.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Why Donald Trump Is Going To Lose


Herewith, then, is why, exactly, Donald J. Trump is going to lose in this presidential election he's spent so much time and energy and money on.

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The 282 People, Places and Things 

Donald Trump Has Insulted


The New York Times, God love 'em, have put together this seemingly comprehensive list of 282 different, as it says, people, places and things he has insulted during this long, even torturous campaign.

For everyone else in a political campaign, the goal is to get people to like you. The goal is to say just the right things, to not alienate any more than you absolutely must.

Not for one Donald Trump.

He says what he thinks, if he thinks at all and the small group of his followers that there are, like him for it. 

It's stunning.

And not only does he insult people but, of course, he's never held a government position before, he has no experience for the job whatever, he knows little to nothing of international politics and government and he's offended people internationally. Check out the people in the world who reject him.


That one is stunning, all by itself. One of our historically closest allies and they already discussed in Parliament, at the highest levels in their nation, a ban on a candidate for our presidency. What's that tell you?

More from international opinion:



Note this next article is from the UK:


Heck, people in his own political party are publicly concerned about a Donald Trump presidency.


And why wouldn't they be concerned?  Of those 282 insults from the original article, above, some of those insults went out to people in his own political party. It's unheard of.

Fortunately for us Americans---and the rest of the world---it's as I've written here before. Fortunately and thank goodness, there is just no way Mr. Trump can or will win this race. He's alienated far too many people, again, including those who should be, heck, want to be on his side. So there's this:


Thank God.


We Have To Let Republicans Know This Is Unacceptable


So we're on the verge of electing the first female president and already, it seems some Republicans have learned nothing. I just saw this article.

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They just don't get it.

They did this with Bill Clinton, the entire time he was in office. It got them nothing.  Worse, it wasted time, energy and millions of our American tax dollars. They've been obstructing President Obama these full 8 years and that got them and the nation nothing.

Check out these headlines.

GOP Congressman Already Floating 

Impeachment For Hillary Clinton




They just don't get it.

They themselves got nothing, nothing whatever, out of their 7--count them, 7 Benghazi investigations. Nothing. There was no crime, no guilt. 

Meanwhile, not only did America and Americans get nothing from all these investigations, we blew through millions of dollars, again, and wasted time, energy and effort that could and should have otherwise been spent on America's issues.

They just seem intent on not learning.

It's also rumored that these Republicans intend to block any and all candidates for the Supreme Court Mrs. Clinton will propose, also.


They seem clearly intent on putting their political party first, to hell with the American people and our national issues and problems and possible solutions.

This has to stop.  And we must demand it. We have to get on to the solutions to the nation's and people's issues.

Write your government representatives. Tell them the time and day for gridlock and obstruction and their "party first" is over.



Quote of the Day -- On the US Out of the Middle East


From this article in POLITICO

Why the Arabs don't want us in Syria


"Let’s face it; what we call the “war on terror” is really just another oil war. 

We’ve squandered $6 trillion on three wars abroad and on constructing a national security warfare state at home since oilman Dick Cheney declared the “Long War” in 2001. The only winners have been the military contractors and oil companies that have pocketed historic profits, the intelligence agencies that have grown exponentially in power and influence to the detriment of our freedoms and the jihadists who invariably used our interventions as their most effective recruiting tool. We have compromised our values, butchered our own youth, killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, subverted our idealism and squandered our national treasures in fruitless and costly adventures abroad. In the process, we have helped our worst enemies and turned America, once the world’s beacon of freedom, into a national security surveillance state and an international moral pariah.

America’s founding fathers warned Americans against standing armies, foreign entanglements and, in John Quincy Adams’ words, “going abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” Those wise men understood that imperialism abroad is incompatible with democracy and civil rights at home. The Atlantic Charter echoed their seminal American ideal that each nation should have the right to self-determination. Over the past seven decades, the Dulles brothers, the Cheney gang, the neocons and their ilk have hijacked that fundamental principle of American idealism and deployed our military and intelligence apparatus to serve the mercantile interests of large corporations and particularly, the petroleum companies and military contractors that have literally made a killing from these conflicts.


It’s time for Americans to turn America away from this new imperialism and back to the path of idealism and democracy. We should let the Arabs govern Arabia and turn our energies to the great endeavor of nation building at home. We need to begin this process, not by invading Syria, but by ending the ruinous addiction to oil that has warped U.S. foreign policy for half a century."

~ Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bad Hombre vs. The Nasty Woman, Part III


Presidential election, well done.




Bad Hombre vs The Nasty Woman, Part II





The Bad Hombre vs. The Nasty Woman


The Donald and Hill, songified. Hit it.



God forgive us.


Rather Monumental Question For A Sunday Morning


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"Who'd have thought that in our lifetime we'd see the first black president, the first woman president, and the Cubs in the World Series?"

--Linda Tilsen, FB friend, to her husband.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Agenda: Equality


John Cena really made a fantastic video here. I was overwhelmed.




Incredible Times


I just realized the incredible time in which we're living.

The first Black President of the United States, at the end of his two terms in office, two terms in the White House, against all odds, at the same time this incredible story is told, in incredible, ground-breaking style and fashion.


And we're about to elect the first woman to that same office.

Incredible.


Friday, October 21, 2016

Entertainment Overnight -- Way Back Flashback





On Donald Trump


Movie I'd Like To See


I keep thinking of movies I'd like to see. Here's another.

I'd like to see a movie about someone who attended these two events.

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Chicago World's Columbian Exposition


and
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Only 11 years apart---1893 and 1904. Reasonably close to one another, not that far away, and yet both so huge, such big, national and even international events of their day and that time. 

Surely there is, or could be, a story.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Entertainment Overnight -- For KCPT and "Ruckus"





Whither "Ruckus"?


It will be interesting to see who is on KCPT's "Ruckus" TV program this evening.
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KCPT and Their Lily White "Ruckus"


For that matter, it will be interesting to watch, from now on, for racial content and inclusion.

Or exclusion, as the case may be.


Further Proof The Donald Will Lose


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After last night's final presidential debate between Hillary "I Got This" Clinton and Donald "I'm Losing It" Trump, it's clear Mr. Trump's declaration that he may or may not accept the results of the election hurt him and badly.  Check out just some of the headlines this morning.

First, on what Mr. Trump actually said:

Trump on Whether He’ll Accept Election Results: 'I'll Keep You in Suspense'


Herewith, some takeaways, responses to Mr. Trump.

CNN's Cuomo Drills Conway On Trump Rejecting Election Results: He's Disavowing the Process!



This, from the very Right Wing pollster Hugh Hewitt. Even he admits Mr. Trump took a hit.


Another Right Wing voice:


Two takes from Jake Tapper.


Four takes from mainstream media:




The Associated Press had this rather more maybe official and rather dour evaluation of Mr. Trump's comment.


For what it's worth, two opinions and descriptions of last night's comments from Mr. Trump from Rachel Maddow.



Mr. Van Jones take on it all will likely surprise no one.


Of course, one can always take the course of denial.

Kellyanne Conway Says Trump Will Accept Results of Election — Because Trump Will Win the Election

The New York Times conclusion, turning Mr. Trump's own words on him:


Finally, then, today, one last result from last night's debacle for Mr. Trump.

Ladies and gentlemen, what you are witnessing, what we are all witnessing is the freefall of one Mr. Donald J. Trump, electorally and popularly, and what was formerly known as the Republican Party in America, let there be no doubt.

My only concern is the power vacuum it will create. We have to hope for who and what will replace it.

I will say this, this has been the most fascinating, bizarre, unpredictable and even dangerous election, all, and solely due to Mr. Trump, his candidacy and his pronouncements and reactions in it. The only explanation that seems to make sense about it all is that he put himself up to do this, to run and run in the campaign as far and long as possible, in order to destroy the Republican ticket, if not the entire political party. I'd heard that rumor. It's out there. But by doing this, he's hurt himself, his corporate brand and, yes, the political party.

It's the only thing that makes sense. What little sense it does make.



Monday, October 17, 2016

How Great Is This?


A bunch of our neighbors, Canadians, got together and made this video.



In response, we'd like to say thank you to all the Canadians who made this video, first, and second, sorry we're the insecure gits that made this video necessary.

We'll try to make sure we live up to it and don't let you down.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Notes on "America's Most Dangerous Cities"


The online blog site, 24/7 came out with their annual list of "America's Most Dangerous Cities" at the end of last month, and it's pretty interesting. Their data is compiled from the FBIs own list. There some interesting points in and on it, worth noting.

Let's start with a bit of their overall data:

24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crime rates in major U.S. cities from the FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report. Violent crime includes all offenses involving force or threat of force and are broken into four categories: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. For every 100,000 U.S. residents, 372 of these crimes were committed in 2015.
Then, some notes.

First, unfortunately---and no surprise, really---Kansas City is on it. Second thing to note about it, we were in the top ten, too.
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10. Kansas City, Missouri
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,417.3
> 2015 murders: 109
> Poverty rate: 19.4%
> Unemployment rate: 5.5%

While the nationwide violent crime rate rose by 3.9% in 2015, the increase in Kansas City was far more dramatic. With homicide and aggravated assault rates surging, the city reported a 14.4% spike in violent crime last year. Crime in the city is up even more from five years ago. The city’s violent crime rate increased by 21.2% from 2011 through 2015, even as the nationwide rate declined by 0.7% over that period.

Not good.

In fact, we, Kansas City, were worse on this list than Washington, DC (15), Indianapolis, Indiana (13) and Stockton, California (12).  That hurts.

Next thing to note about the list is that Missouri gets hit pretty hard. We are on the list three different times.

Then on to this note from the list, our own Springfield, Missouri, "Queen City of the Ozarks", followed as close as could be at number 11 on the list.


11. Springfield, Missouri
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,355.6
> 2015 murders: 10
> Poverty rate: 26.4%
> Unemployment rate: 4.3%

Crime rates tend to be higher in economically depressed areas where opportunities are scarce. In Springfield, Missouri, more than one-quarter of area residents live in poverty, one of the highest poverty rates in the country. After spiking by 73.2% over the five years through 2015 — the second highest increase of any major U.S. city — Springfield’s violent crime rate is the 11th highest in the country. In 2015, there were 179 rapes for every 100,000 residents, the highest incidence of rape in the country.

In fact, along with Missouri's Springfield, there were two more on the list. Springfields Illinois, at number 23 and Massachussetts at 21. I guess that all comes from it being such a common name in this country, maybe.

Next note, right next door in Arkansas, little old Little Rock comes in at number 9, higher and so, worse than Kansas City. Who'd have guessed?

Which brings us to our last point (points?) and the highest, worst ranking of all the most dangerous cities in America this year, at this time.  It ain't good, Missouri.
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1. St. Louis, Missouri
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,817.1
> 2015 murders: 188
> Poverty rate: 27.8%
> Unemployment rate: 6.1%

Including 188 homicides, there were 5,762 violent crimes in St. Louis in 2015. Adjusting for population, the city’s murder and violent crime rates, at 59 murders and 1,817 per 100,000 city residents, are each the highest in the country. The number of violent crimes reported in St. Louis increased by 7.7% last year, faster than the national uptick of 3.9%. Over the last five years, however, the incidence of violent crime is down by 3.2%.

Yes sir, good ol' St. Lou.  

Not Detroit. Heck, not even Chicago.  In fact, check out the list, folks. Chicago isn't even on the list (it's too large a city for this study).

It's not looking good for us, danger-wise, Missourians. Heck, remember this study, that came out in 2012?


We have to work on our safety and image, folks. These are some pretty awful lists.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Entertainment Overnight -- A Brief Read (and video)


Another, different, Facebook friend sent me this today. I think it a great escape from the news and ugliness of the world, especially from our presidential election just now.

The Hidden, The Revealed 

And The Starry Night - NPR


When I was a kid, I looked to the stars for solace.

No matter what was hard or painful or seemed inescapable in my life, I only needed to go out in my backyard at night and tilt my head back.

I lived in the congestion of North Jersey, a few miles from Manhattan. That meant my skies were never dark. It didn't matter, though, the few stars I could see where enough. They reminded me of a truth I really needed back then. It was if the stars were saying: "Everything in your world is no more than a soap bubble. There is much, much more. We're here to remind you of that."

Over the last few days, the news has focused on things that come to light, truths not generally known suddenly revealed. I had the good fortune to be watching the nation's roller coaster ride unfold from a cabin up in the north woods where I'd retreated to work on my book. As the thin sliver of an Internet connection kept me linked to the unfolding drama, I had time to think a lot about what is true and what is hidden. But then, remarkably, every night I'd see what's hidden to most of us — and I remembered those experiences I'd had as a kid.

Miles away from cities and the "noise" of their light, I could see the stars — all of them visible to the naked eye. And, once again, I was reminded of their strange message of freedom.

The great irony of modern life is that while we know more about the universe than any of the 2,000 generations preceding us, most of us have no direct contact with the full emotional magnitude of the night sky. If we are lucky, we can get to a park or somewhere in the suburbs where a fraction of the usual light pollution is blocked.

But the true glory of a true dark night — that's something most of us only get a few times across our lives.

But the meaning of a dark night can't be hurried. You can't step out for a few minutes in your slippers, wrapped in a blanket and hear what the stars are telling you.

No, you have to prepare.

You have to give it time. And you have to be dressed for the quiet effort. It will take long enough just for your eyes to adjust so that you can see the all stars between the stars. Then you have to settle down in a chair or in a sleeping bag. You'll need wait for the boredom to rise and then pass again. Only when your monkey mind has worn itself down a little will the real change come. That's when the stars become 3-D. That's when they stop being pasted on a bowl overhead and you realize they are underneath you, too.

And that's the moment their message of expanse and endless possibilities beyond just today's news can reach you. That is when the stars can whisper to you: "Everything in your world is no more than a soap bubble. There is more, much more. We are here to remind you of that."

While I can't directly show you what I saw those nights, I can (again) share this amazing time-lapse video (see below) of the night sky over the mountains.



The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

Of course we have to be engaged with the larger worlds of business and politics and the day-to-day realities of getting kids to school and ourselves to work. That world will always have its share of great sorrow and fear.

But we can also remember what has been hidden right over our heads. We can also find the time to try and reconnect with that truth — even if it's with the few stars wecan see from our backyards or our rooftops. It just takes a little time (say a half hour) and little effort (a blanket, a chair, some warm clothes).

Carl Sagan was right about us being star stuff. But what he said will only be a bunch of words if we don't take the time to look — to really look — up at what is always waiting to be revealed.


On This Election, Donald Trump and Russian Intervention


A Facebook friend of mine and area resident, one Kent Hartland wrote and posted the following on Facebook today. I thought it worth the time and thought.
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The CIA says they have clear evidence Russia is hacking into American servers in an attempt to alter the apparent outcome of a presidential election. Twenty states have also reported evidence of Russia attacking servers in an attempt to overthrow state-wide elections for congress. Yet most folks here seem oblivious or complacent.

If Russia assassinated one of our candidates or launched a strike against us to eliminate the person we chose as our leader, we would all be down at the recruiting station to enlist. But that is what they are doing. The 21st century equivalent of a Regime Change. A political assassination.

No matter what your politics, if you claim to be an American, a patriot, then this should be your line in the sand. Do not facilitate, accept, brush aside or look away from what is currently happening.

Russia has launched a cyber attack on America. Our president has promised a proportional response. Russia is warning it's citizens and America of the growing risk of nuclear war.

Nuclear war.

This from CNN:

"It is now clear that the illegal hack of my personal email account was -- just like the other recent, election-related hacks -- the work of the Russian government," John Podesta said in a statement. "This level of meddling by a foreign power can only be aimed at boosting Donald Trump and should send chills down the spine of all Americans, regardless of political party."

Trump has called on Moscow to hack into Clinton's computers, downplayed criticism of Putin's authoritarian tendencies, tried to suggest that Russia hasn't hacked US systems and promoted foreign policy positions that jibe more closely with Moscow's than Washington's. He's relied on aides with ties to Russia and most recently, quoted an incorrect Russian news report to raise questions about Clinton.

"Russia, are you listening?" Trump said from the stage of a rally, calling for a foreign country to interfere in an election, an unprecedented moment in presidential politics.

Trump has taken foreign policy positions that analysts say would please Russia, declaring in March that he would consider pulling the US out of NATO because it's "obsolete." The 28-member organization, founded in 1949 to defend against the Soviet Union, is the core US-Atlantic security mechanism.

Trump campaign advisers have had ties to Russia. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort lobbied on behalf of Russian-backed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich. Carter Page, described at one point by the campaign as an informal policy advisor, reportedly had investments in Russian gas company Gazprom and has publicly criticized the US in a speech in Moscow.

A Trump security adviser, Lt. General Mike Flynn, the retired head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, attended a December gala for the the state-backed Russia Today television network, placed two seats away from Putin, according to Politico.

Trump's refusal to release his tax returns makes it impossible to get a full sense of his investments and whether he has any in Russia, but he does have business ties to Russians.

Trump has also written about trying to build a Trump property in Moscow since 1987 in his book "The Art of the Deal," signing his most recent deal to build in Moscow in 2013, according to the Washington Post.

The Republican candidate worked with Russian oligarchs to stage the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013. And his son Trump Jr told a real estate investment conference in 2008 that "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," adding that they "see a lot of money pouring in from Russia."

"I've been there many times, I've spent quite a bit of time in Moscow looking at deals," Trump Jr. said.

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If Russia doesn't want Clinton or the Democrats in power and DOES want Trump and the GOP in, that should tell you who to vote for.

Stand. Take a strong and immediate stand against these attacks. Russia cannot see a divided America, where some of the citizens are cool with Russia literally trying to overrule our choices for elected officials.


Back to me:

I don't think this, he, is overstating the situations. Seems like good to great food for thought.

Additionally, this story broke yesterday.


I hope this is all only fascinating.


The American Hellhole That Is Donald Trump's America


Bill Maher has it correct.



Have a great weekend, y'all.


The "Silver Lining" of This Donald Trump Candidacy


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With all of the ugliness and sexism and hate and ignorance and racism and misogyny, etc., that has come for and to America with Donald Trump's Republican Party candidacy for the highest office in the nation, as horrible as it has been, there is, in fact, a "silver lining" for us all.

How ironic but how wonderful, too, is it that the Republicans would end up offering the worst candidate for the presidency ever, literally, in the history of our nation, this year so that the first woman to ever get the position and support as a candidate of a major party is not just elected but elected by a huge, historic landslide?

Because wait for it, that's what's about to take place, folks.

Wait for it.

But for the love of God and all that is good, take nothing, nothing for granted. Get out there and VOTE, folks!


Friday, October 14, 2016

Entertainment Overnight -- Retrospective


I was so much older then
I'm' younger than that now




Trumpery


Defined

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America, You're In a Bad Relationship. And You're Being Abused


Yes, America, Americans, we seem to be co-dependent just now. We seem to be drawn to a person, a man who is decidedly not good for us.  And he really is abusing us.

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Donald Trump and his past, his recorded past, on audiotape and video, both, have shown him to be, once again, sexist, misogynist, racist and a whole array of ugly, negative aspects. These are his traits, this is his character.

Yet, here we are and he's still, still one of the two top candidates for the highest government office in the nation and the most powerful position in the entire world.

Things he's said and done so far, in the last 2 years, no one could have ever gotten away with. He just keeps plodding along, going forward.  People are still behind him, however dwindling but there they still are.

At one point, we all know he famously said he "...could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters."

We all laughed, at the time, and just thought him crazy but now, honestly, there seems to be more than a little bit of truth to it.

32 Worst Things Donald Trump 

Has Ever Said



An Abbreviated List of Every Bonkers Thing 

Donald Trump Has Done


This one came out last May, for pity's sake.

7 Disqualifying Things Donald Trump 

Has Done in the Past 48 Hours



Yet, with all that, with all we've seen and heard from Mr. Trump, he's still in the race and we're still in this relationship.

Donald Trump is not who we should be. He's not "the better angels of our nature" and far from it. Quite the opposite is true, it seems clear. 

So how can we get out of this ugly, abusive relationship?

Can we text him it's over?