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Jun 20, 2017 01:28AM Trill1943 wrote:
It's so hard to fathom that slavery was in full force here for 250 YEARS. That's a long, long time.
They put out ads looking for loved ones.....
Jun 20, 2017 09:26AM DivineMrsM wrote:
I am upset about the Otto Warmbier story.
Generally I can stay a bit detached from national/global headlines but it is such a tragedy. I am heartbroken for him, his parents and loved ones.
Jun 20, 2017 09:37AM exbrnxgrl wrote:
I'm with you on that, divine. I literally felt sick when I heard of his passing
Jun 20, 2017 10:31AM SelenaWolf wrote:
It's becoming so, that I am beginning to avoid the news. The terror attacks in London and Paris, the mosque attack in London, the 17-year-old Muslim girl killed in Virginia, the shootings in Kansas and Montreal earlier this year, and now that poor boy. Where does it end? I don't think I have been this concerned- and scared for the world since the height of the Cold War.
Jun 20, 2017 10:59AM IllinoisLady wrote:
That's what we're here for:to make the world new.We know what to do:seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly, treat every person as if he or she were yourself.These are not complicated instructions.It's much harder to decipher the instructions for putting together a tricycle than it is to understand these. - Nancy Mairs
Jun 20, 2017 11:05AM IllinoisLady wrote:
I thought about that quote for a bit before I put it in. After reading entries --- just wow !!! People are trying but there is so much evil, injustice, and negativity in this world. Seems like an extremely difficult battle that often has an air bout it that it may be impossible. We really all do know what to do. I do hope that the 'light' stays on. Also hope the turn-around when it comes is highly visible.
Jun 20, 2017 12:52PM IllinoisLady wrote:
Oh my. I had been wondering about his as Mr. Clarke never sounded to me like someone who would turn down a position in Washington.
Monday Jun 19, 2017 · 2:00 PM CDT
2017/06/19 · 14:0081 Comments (81 New) Share this article 78 David Clarke, soon-to-be formerly known as the sheriff of Milwaukee County
By now you've probably heard of Sheriff David A. Clarke, currently of the sheriff of Milwaukee County. He's a big Trump backer and generally a right-wing nut job known for getting booked on cable news shows to attack the Black Lives Matter movement.
A Milwaukee man saw Clarke on a flight, the sheriff was decked out in all Dallas Cowboys gear on the very day they were playing the local Green Bay Packers in the playoffs. Dan Black shook his head at Clarke as he walked down the aisle toward his seat and when the landed, he was questioned by police on Clarke's orders!
But when he got off the plane, Black said, he was met by a group of six uniformed deputies and two dogs, all of whom were accompanied by the sheriff. Black said he was then escorted to the waiting area and questioned by two of the deputies, who said Clarke had told them that Black had made "some remarks" to the sheriff on the plane.
And last but certainly not least, there have been several disturbing deaths at his Milwaukee County jail, including a detainee who was denied water for seven days and a female inmate who died giving birth on the jail cell floor, while shackled.
Last month, Sheriff Clarke announced he was leaving Milwaukee because he'd accepted a position as an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, something the agency would not confirm.
Only days later, evidence emerged that Clarke plagiarized portions of his master's thesis on homeland security. The Department of Homeland Security announced Clarke was no longer a candidate for any role at DHS. That didn't stop Clarke's adviser from issuing a statement that is akin to "you can't fire me, I quit!"
Craig Peterson, a political adviser to Clarke, said in a statement that the sheriff notified DHS Secretary John Kelly late Friday that he "had rescinded his acceptance of the agency's offer" to join the department. The Washington Post first reported on Clarke's decision.
I reject you rejecting me and reject you first! Either way, this is a win for the people of Milwaukee and a win for the Department of Homeland Security, who avoided this train wreck of a sheriff before he embarrasses an important law enforcement agency our puts people in harm's way.
Jun 20, 2017 10:27PM IllinoisLady wrote:
Good to see someone stand up for what is right and speak the truth.
Posted: 20 Jun 2017 04:33 AM PDTThe Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS is a body responsible for providing recommendations and information to the president, as well as overseeing the nation's strategy for combating the illness. On Friday, six members of the council resigned, writing in an op-ed published in Newsweek that they can no longer be effective under a "president who simply does not care." The letter was written by Scott Schoettes, who was joined by five other members: Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados. In the letter, he explains President Donald Trump's administration hasn't taken steps to formulate a strategy for combating the illness, "and -- most concerning -- pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease
Jun 21, 2017 03:07AM - edited Jun 21, 2017 03:11AM by ChiSandy
I hope ex-Sheriff Clarke has a nice sinecure as Paul Blart, Mall Cop. (If any mall would have him).
Bummed out about the GA-6 result tonight (SC I expected, but nobody expected it to be so close. Maybe if the Dems had diverted some $ to that race…). I deliberately skipped cardio at the gym tonight so I wouldn't look at the video monitors on the machines. Got home and had a strangely sinking feeling when I saw the Cubs win handily. You see, “when logic & proportion have fallen sloppy dead" (to quote Grace Slick), I resort not to doing pills or mushrooms or chasing rabbits, but to magical thinking--and not always pleasantly. When the Cubs were in the World Series, I made a bargain with God (or the fates) that if I had to choose between two victories, I'd have chosen Hillary. So when the Cubs won it all, I had a premonition Hillary would be in trouble. So when they won tonight, I didn't even bother turning on MSNBC until 10 pm—I knew in my gut that Ossof had lost.
What's even more disgusting is how Handel won: lying, lying, lying. First, by shackling Ossof to (the horror!) Nancy Pelosi (you'd think she was the Antichrist); then by showing a video of him at a costume party in college dressed as Han Solo (jeez, he wasn't even 21 and he didn't even drink or cuss in it); but most despicably, running an ad starting with gunshots and then tying him to the shootings of Scalise et al at baseball practice (saying Ossof caused the rhetoric that prodded the shooter to action). Of course, none of the pundits mentioned the latter tonight—they all blathered about how he was the wrong candidate at the wrong time, that he was too young, too inexperienced, too liberal, too wealthy or not progressive enough, that the DNC spent so much money that voters got turned off, that it was a reliably GOP seat anyway (Price had won reelection by 20%, even though DT carried it by only 1%) and that we're dead in the water for 2018. “Nobody loves you when you're down & out" (sorry I keep quoting song lyrics).
Jun 21, 2017 10:03AM IllinoisLady wrote:
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger people!
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.
Pray for power equal to your tasks.
Jun 21, 2017 10:53AM - edited Jun 21, 2017 10:56AM by SelenaWolf
" ... and then tying him to the shootings of Scalise et al at baseball practice ..."
I feared when this happened that the Republicans would use it as a rallying cry and milk it for all its worth. I keep an eye on a couple of conservative websites just to keep aware of what the talking points are and just to keep track of the pulse of the right-wing and, after the shooting, the rhetoric was pretty vitriolic and blamed "Democrat hatred and loathing" for the entire incident. Despite the fact the you, me and the sittingroom sofa are fully aware that the shooter was just a bit unhinged, DT's base see him as a perfect example of what every liberal-Democrat really wants to do to every conservative-Republican and would do given half the chance and a little opportunity.
Things like the anti-DT protests that (unfortunately) turned to violence, the student riots in California against conservative speakers, Kathy Gifford's rather tasteless "joke", and James Hodgkinson have played into Republican fears and conspiracy theories, and - if anything - will further solidify the Republican base. Even if there are Republicans that are not keen on DT, their loyalty to party and their reluctance to admit to the world that DT is a disaster will see them continue to support DT.
I grow more- and more convinced that impeachment is out-of-the-question and a pipe-dream. The more liberals push for impeachment, the more conservatives will push-back "just because". The only way DT will leave office is either voluntarily or because he does something so heinous that it will be conservatives that will remove him. And, I predict, he'll probably be back for a second term of office simply because conservatives are hellbent on a "so there ha ha" moment. It's kinda like they realize that DT is an incompetent idiot, but he's THEIR idiot and THEY will decide when they've have enough. No one else.
Jun 21, 2017 11:34AM Rockym wrote:
I am caring for my 85 year old mother with Alzheimer's and stroke complications. The community she lives in insists that she gets loud and ticked off too often. I have barely seen her behave that way. She is sweet and just happy to see me and have someone to talk to. In turn I have had to add medications to her regime (against my better judgement) and now I am told she needs increased care because she takes more meds. Of course this isn't my point. My point is that she is on Medicare with social security income that amounts to chump change per month. My parents were very conservative financially and set up for some monthly income for life through a charitable trust. Even the income she gets from those two combined doesn't cover her expenses.
I can barely sleep these days knowing that all of her savings will be used for this continuing care. I cannot imagine how those without this type of cash can live with medical conditions. Our society makes advances in medicine to extend life, but then has no plan for where and how these people will live. Anyway, I have no confidence in trump or the repubs. to help those less fortunate then my mother.
I see a wave coming and it makes me sick. I used to argue with my tweets, then I joked with my tweets, then I simply used profanity in my tweets. Now, I barely tweet because I don't like the anger I feel when I read some of these people's comments. I find myself just wanting to name call and it all feels so immature. This isn't a good feeling.
Jun 21, 2017 11:56AM april485 wrote:
Amen Rocky. Sorry about your Mom. I went through this with my Dad. He had dementia and we cared for him until he had a heart attack and a stroke and we no longer could. He was in a nursing home for just a few months but due to having assets (the house and a little money) he could not go on Title 19 so the bills piled up.
We just settled the estate and after selling his paid off home, the money went to the nursing home for his care. My brother and I got less than 15k each. My dad and Mom had saved enough money to last the rest of their lives, but my brother siphoned it off while caring for my dad (he and his wife both have a drug problem) so that money was gone (over 350K!!) which left us no options.
The sad thing is my brother still got half of what was left when the bills were paid. Sigh...life with elderly parents is hard. If no dementia, the money would not have gone while my Mom was alive. She wrote him checks daily (yep, daily!) that he told her was to pay his methadone clinic (500.00 a day!!!) and so that money went. Sometimes she gave him 5K at a time! He was supposed to be taking care of them and instead he was robbing them blind.
phew, it felt kind of good to vent about that...
Jun 21, 2017 01:10PM QuinnCat wrote:
Rocky and April - I lost both of my parents rather quickly, though I did witness my grandmother's last years in a convelescent hospital. Not even sure what to call it, but I doubt the care she got in the 1970's would be available today. I understand, if the Republicans get these cuts to Medicaid, it could really impact elderly care. What would happen to these people? So sorry you both are and have gone thru this.
I am NOT depressed about the GA-06 race. To go from a 23 point margin for Price in 2016 to a 3 point margin for Handel, that's incredible. And this is a deeply Republican Congressional District. Trump only won by a 2 point margin though, because the Distict is in the top 15 for education levels (the only Republican one - LOL). Trump does not get the educated vote.
There are 90 GOP held seats that were won by a smaller margin than Price in GA-06, so this is very good news for the Dems in 2018.
Jun 21, 2017 02:53PM ruthbru wrote:
Hi ladies, I am back from my vacation but don't have time to begin to read through until I get re-organized around here. Yikes! That might take awhile. Here's a relaxing beach picture to take your mind off of the world for a few minutes.
Jun 21, 2017 04:26PM - edited Jun 21, 2017 05:33PM by Trill1943
Ladies, I'm in a pompatus-of-love frame of mind, as in
In other words, I have no idea WHAT my frame of mind is.
(I actually think I'm holding my mental breath, waiting for the next bed bug to bite. I've done everything I can think of short of attaching a hook to the ceiling and suspending my bed from it, a la a chandelier, to escape the pesky pests.)
Today I turned on the TV and saw that Handel won.
I wasn't surprised. Things are just too--hot--right now for there to have been any other result.
The mood of the country is:
The Dems: DT is a disaster.
The Reps: But we won!
The Reps: We won.
The Dems: But DT is a disaster!
Reps fight dirty.
But they win.
But don't fight dirty.
The thing is:
Is anything dirtier than
Right now: no.
I don't think that until this spirit of us vs. them, in which the nation is acting like it's rooting for home teams in the Super Bowl or the World Series, goes away, or at least abates, will there be elections where lies and truth matter.
Maybe it's to be expected.
After all, we're usually united by certain things, like
A common enemy.
But since North Korea and Russia (I guess we're enemies) have nukes, which means we've bombed ourselves out of having a big uniting war,
Or we're united by a war we're fighting.
But with what's happening in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, countries remote and un-relatable--plus that whole Mid East thing is a quagmire that sucks nations in and holds them hostage for years until they drag their feet out, plus THERE ARE NEVER ANY CLEAR WINNERS AND WHAT WOULD WINNING OVER THERE LOOK LIKE ANYWAY?--
Or we're united by a natural disaster.
But since a major earthquake, fire, or hurricane can 't be created or predicted, plus we're too big a nation for any one instance to affect all of us,
Or we're united by a financial crisis.
But since Obama's eight years did a big number on the last one,
That's out (for now).
Or we're united by terrorism.
But since terrorists live next door and attack randomly so can't be anticipated or fought en masse, which makes them like the entire Viet Cong army wearing clothing that makes them invisible,
There's just not much to unite us.
So where do our thoughts and passions and energies GO?
Where every good retailer puts them:
Where every good entertainment boss schedules them:
It's candy bar time! It's Who shot JR time!
We won't get serious until something happens to MAKE us get serious.
Maybe millions losing health insurance and revolting.
Maybe revolting health insurance that freaks out millions.
The truth doesn't matter any longer because life has turned into a TV show where nobody dies.
The byproduct of a time of peace is that we forget death.
But lies don't matter, either.
It's whatever act gets the most attention.
People vote for what the times need, and right now the times need
We're like kids living at home, parents providing health insurance, shelter, food, wif-fi and cable, car, car insurance, the works,
who live for the next season of Game of Thrones, for whom Game of Thrones IS the world.
Until either someone actually dies on the show
someone so galvanizing they can interrupt Trump in the middle of one of his bloviating sentences comes along
we'll remain in this dreamy state of suspension,
waiting for the next bed bug to bite.
Jun 21, 2017 04:33PM - edited Jun 21, 2017 04:34PM by Trill1943
Ruth, welcome back! Am glad you got some snaps to show us....
Jun 21, 2017 04:36PM - edited Jun 21, 2017 04:42PM by Trill1943
April and Rocky--Just read over your posts and want to say I'm so sorry things have turned out this way for you guys! My thoughts are with you! Hang in!
Quinn, thanks for the positive input!
Sandy, yep, a s**t storm...
Selena, yes, he's a bastard but he's THEIR bastard...
Jun 21, 2017 04:45PM - edited Jun 21, 2017 04:52PM by IllinoisLady
Nothing much to add though I love your rants Trill. I didn't get too concerned with not winning the Ga. seat. It was quite close, and there are other items more important to come -- like anything on the Trump agenda. Also I do note money laundering and other monetary effects from Trump and family seem for now to becoming ripe for investigation
I do fear Trump being hard to shake out of the WH, but I do feel that following the money could have an impact.
Count me in for those having to put parents in care facilities. I fortunately didn't have to do it, although my Dad did spend his last three weeks of life in one. My mom was exhausted and sick and before she and my dad got better he passed on. I had the great fortune of being able to care for my Mom the last 7 months of her life but other then having to be in the hospital 3 times she was able to stay in her own home. I miss them daily, but sometimes feel glad they aren't having to live through this very confusing and upsetting time. Since it has been 20 yrs. they would barely recognize life now.
Jun 21, 2017 05:38PM Trill1943 wrote:
Jackie, I heartily agree. I'm so glad my own parents didn't get to see 9/11 or these confusing days. They saw plenty and didn't need more at the end.
Jun 21, 2017 07:54PM ChiSandy wrote:
My mom lived to see 9/11, and thank heavens she was in FL by then. Bob’s parents were still alive and in eastern Queens, and they got understandably paranoid and xenophobic. (But not as much as if my FIL still worked in mid-Manhattan). But my mom never got her dying wish: to see Dubya out of office. On Election Day 2000, she called me midday, in a panic, because in her Delray Beach senior-development polling place (in Palm Beach County), the “butterfly ballots” did not match the sample ones printed in the newspapers. She had a pocket ruler with her because of her astigmatism, so was able to line up the right candidates with the proper holes to punch, but she said that people were totally confused, many ending up voting inadvertently for Pat Buchanan (the last candidate an elderly Jew would support). I was down there helping take care of her during the recount & court fights, so she had a particular animus towards GWB.
Jun 21, 2017 08:12PM WenchLori wrote:
Give me a break! Blabber Guts is at it again! Taking credit for things that had nothing to do with him! Gggrrrrrrt
It's a shame about the police officer being stabbed at the Flint Michigan Airport. I felt even worse when they said he crossed over from Canada into New York at the border customs in my home town. Champlain NY and Lake Champlain will never be the same again. My sister was working when the piece of sh** crossed but she clears freight trucks through customs and not humans. It seems we're always waiting for the next shoe to fall...
Jun 21, 2017 11:07PM QuinnCat wrote:
Oh Geez Sandy...I was in Boca Raton on Thanksgiving 2000, then back for the month of December. Did you happen to go to the place they were counting chads?? Still remember all of the media trucks and Senator Bob Kerrey being interviewed. And, of course, the chad counting.
My friend in B.R. was at the beach with a couple of friends, right after voting and they were all comparing notes on the confusing ballot. All of the Jewish, so no way they would ever have voted for Pat Buchannan, but both did, in retrospect.
Jun 21, 2017 11:25PM ChiSandy wrote:
My mom had a T-shirt that said “Don’t Blame Me—I Voted for Gore….I Think."
Jun 22, 2017 01:15AM - edited Jun 22, 2017 01:16AM by Trill1943
Dreadful things are afoot
I am a registered liberal who mostly toes the party line, but I am not devoted to the idea of big government. I loathe the law in New York state requiring gas pump nozzles to not latch. This means that I must stand beside my vehicle, holding the nozzle lever open, instead of latching it and walking into the gas station to use the john which, if you're an older male and hear gushing liquid, you feel a powerful urge to do, so thanks to legislative overregulation, I am on the verge of humiliating myself.
Liberals believe in universal suffrage, but I don't think the right to vote should be extended to people walking around with wires going into their ears. If you need to walk through the world in a state of stupefaction, you don't belong in a democracy. The ballot should belong to people who pay attention.
I have other strong conservative tendencies: I accept limitations, even sometimes futility, as inevitable. I once gave a very funny speech in the chapel of an Ivy League college and my voice went ricocheting around the Gothic arches and came back to me 15 seconds later and it was incomprehensible, even to me whose voice it was. I might as well have been speaking Navajo. Nobody laughed. I did not complain to authorities. I was amused. Stuff happens.
Life is unfair. The National Endowment for the Arts bestows pots of gold on poets, chicken feed on humorists, and so what? The federal government is responsible for the announcement in airports warning you to report to authorities any stranger who asks you to carry an object aboard an aircraft. It's like telling people to report any sightings of unicorns. But who cares? Not I.
All around Washington stand handsome temples housing the ABA, NEA, AFL-CIO, the Federated Organization of Associations, the Organization of Associated Federations, the American Scatological Society, the National Recidivists Alliance, all of which have marbly lobbies and numerous executive vice presidents whose job is to buttonhole public servants. My group, UNCLE, the United Newspaper Columnists in the Language of English, has no such temple. We are harmless, like the Moose and the Elks, and ask only to be left alone.
Same with my other group, Minnesotans Oppressed by Rather Obsessive Self-Effacement (MOROSE), which, despite our resistance to attitudism, refusing to cheer at football games or join singalongs, has only dug a hole for itself. People regard us as a joke. We are not. We are victims of a self-mortifying culture and dare not ask anything for ourselves such as major defense installations, which go to Texas and California, but what are you going to do?
So there I am, pumping gas in Poughkeepsie, about to wet myself, all because of big government, and it dawns on me that back in my boyhood days, patient and practical-minded men and women got into politics and formed a strong bipartisan bloc that worked for decent mental-health facilities and prisons, made higher education available to children of mail clerks and waitresses, created parks and protected wilderness — all the basic stuff of government. That bloc seems to have evaporated and now we are locked in bitter conflict about which way is up and whether the Earth is round. Crankiness is in the driver's seat.
Meanwhile, dreadful things are afoot. Powerful people want to put potheads in prison, clamp down on travel to Cuba, let banks mess around however they like, deport the folks who pick the lettuce and slaughter the hogs, and work assiduously to ease the troubles of the very rich, and if one says "Boo" to them, they blame the media or my aunt Sally. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country lest the quick brown fox jump over the lazy dog and President Etaoin Shrdlu endure. Sad! Total loser! You know it, I know it.
Republicans, beware. The tables will turn. We liberals will regain power by the simple method of redistricting. We will incorporate the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah into California, and usher in a hundred years of progressivism. What goes around comes around. Be wise. The Senate majority staffers who are trying to put lipstick on a cruel House health-care bill are spitting into the wind. In 20 years, Obamacare will be gone, replaced by universal Medicare, and you will be employed as carnival workers, running the kiddie rides, and you'll stop for gas in New York and remember this column and ask yourselves, "Why didn't we listen to him then?" Well, why don't you?
Garrison Keillor is an author and radio personality.
Jun 22, 2017 10:28AM - edited Jun 22, 2017 10:33AM by SelenaWolf
So DT thinks that "poor people" are incapable of running a country and that "rich people" are better suited to it. I don't know what disturbs me more; the fact that the asshat, actually, said that (which shouldn't surprise me, I'll admit) or the thundering applause he received after saying it. And for saying he'd "grown" the economy by four trillion dollars (not!). According to Politico, the American economy is, actually, pretty weak (www.politico.com/story/2017/04......) despite DT's grandstanding.
[Which kinda brings me to DT firing Comey for being a "showboat". Pot-kettle-black? Oh, the stupidity, it burns!!!]
'I just don't want a poor person': Trump defends billionaire cabinet picks in Iowa rally
Published time: 22 Jun, 2017 04:23 Edited time: 22 Jun, 2017 08:12
President Donald Trump addressed supporters twice in Iowa, including a campaign-style rally, where he boasted of plans to regrow American agriculture, winning electoral victories and having rich economic advisers. He also blamed Democrats for stalling the GOP health care bill.
Trump's "Make America Great Again" rally at the US Cellular Center was the first time the president has staged a gathering since he made a trip to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in late April. The mass meeting began with a roar of supporters, booing a protester armed with a whistle and deep breaths. The crowd chanted, "USA! USA!" before Trump resumed.
"We love our police," Trump said to rounding applause.
The president started his speech by reiterating his commitment to always put America first.
"After years of sending our jobs and our wealth to other countries, we are finally standing up for our country," Trump said to thunderous applause. "After spending billions of dollars defending other people's borders, we are finally going to defend our borders. After decades of rebuilding foreign nations, all over the world, we are now rebuilding our nation."
Trump then bemoaned that he was dealt a "very, very difficult hand" with North Korea and the Middle East, but promised he would "get it fixed."
Trump claimed that since taking office, his administration has created "almost $4 trillion in wealth" for the country and took credit for the unemployment rate being the lowest in 16 years.
After bashing Hillary Clinton's ties to Wall Street during his presidential campaign, Trump praised his own economic adviser, Gary Cohn, who was the president of Goldman Sachs.
"I love all people. Rich or poor. But in those particular positions, I just don't want a poor person. Does that make sense?" Trump asked rhetorically.
At the same time, Trump said that he is not beholden to any donors, financial contributors or powerful special interests since he did not rely on their donations during his campaign.
He also said he would never be intimidated by the "failing" media corporations and blamed them for being "dishonest" when they say he has not passed any legislation so far. Trump repeatedly stated that he has signed 38 bills into law, which he later changed to 39. He also bragged about signing "a lot" of executive orders and "a record number of resolutions to eliminate the job-killing regulations on our workers, our companies and our farmers."
Trump also blamed the Democrats for the delayed GOP health care bill, which he said was stalling in the Senate due to "obstructionists." He complained that not a single Democrat would vote for any bill the GOP introduced, even if was universal health care.
"If we came to you and said here's your plan, you're going to have the greatest plan in history and you're going to pay nothing, they'd vote against it folks," Trump said.
He added that he hopes the new bill will have "heart."
"I think and I hope – I can't guarantee anything – but I hope we're going to surprise you with a really good plan," Trump said.
Trump said he was putting America first when he decided to leave the Paris climate accord, which he said would have cost America "millions of lost jobs and billions and billions of lost dollars and put us at a permanent economic disadvantage."
Trump also said he is ending "the war on our clean beautiful coal" and wants to bring "all forms of energy" back to the country, including renewable sources.
"We use electric, we use wind, we use solar, we use coal, we use natural gas, we will use nuclear if the right opportunity presents itself," Trump said. "I don't want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes and your factories, as the birds fall to the ground."
Trump said that signing the executive order to bring back the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline on the first day of his presidency brought back 38,000 jobs and was "better for the environment" and "safer" because the pipe is "underground."
Trump even tied his energy plans into his immigration policy, bringing up plans to build his proposed wall along the southern border of the US out of solar panels.
"And this way, Mexico will have to pay much less money," Trump said. "Think of it, the higher it goes, the more valuable it is. Pretty good imagination, right? My idea."
Before the rally, Trump visited the Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, where he talked about empowering America's farmers with new policies and renegotiating trade deals in order to level the playing field.
"American Farmers and ranchers are the best, absolute best at what they do. And they can compete anywhere if they're given a level playing field," Trump said.
Trump also said that he is working "very, very hard" to get rid of the estate tax, otherwise known as the death tax, so farmers can pass their land onto their children and grandchildren.
Before the president's speech, the community college showcased new technology that Trump said would help American farmers "compete and win, win, win on the world stage." During his speech, the president touched on a few of the standout models, including precision agriculture that helps farmers produce crops cheaper and more efficiently, drones that gather data on crops and farm simulators that train students in the next generation of farming equipment.
"If we continue to train our workers in these new technologies, then we will usher in a new era of prosperity for American agriculture and for the American farming family," Trump said.
The president then introduced a new provision in his $1 trillion infrastructure plan to "promote and foster, enhance broadband access for rural America."
"We will rebuild rural America. American farmers pour their hearts into their crops and their love into their great communities, that's why they call this the heartland," Trump said, adding, that the rural areas on the electoral maps were "all red. Beautiful red. Beautiful."
So, once again, I find myself thinking WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!!!! And it was in that frame of mind that I had a go-round with a cousin here in Canada who posted the following meme on FB from a page called "Canadian Patriots" (gawd help us!)
It's Canada's 150th Birthday on July 1st, and the above logo was created in anticipation of that. It was the result of a student competition and this was the winning design. The four red "diamonds" represent the original four provinces in Confederation, the other "diamonds" represent the other provinces and territories that joined Confederation later. The colours were chosen - NOT BECAUSE LIBTARDS ARE TRYING TO CHANGE THE FLAG BECAUSE OF GAY PEOPLE (gah!) - but because they were reminiscent of the original logo used to celebrate Canadian centennial in 1976:
So, I'm now wondering if designing with pretty colours is, now, going to be suspect in conservative eyes because it looks too much like the 'Pride' flag ergo using colour is a subversive political statement in favour of homosexuality. Good gawd. I'm tired of the stupidity. I'm tired of the misinformation. I'm tired of the downright xenophobic, racist, homophobic, misogynist, fundamentalist, conservative BULLSH!T that is poisoning everything and turning everyone- and everything into enemies.
*sigh* I'm just tired.
Jun 22, 2017 11:47AM QuinnCat wrote:
I hope Americans currently on, ever on, or care about people who get medical care via Medicaid, understand what is going on. Republicans are just evil and I'm on the verge of crying. I got lucky and had a good job with lifelong health insurance (including supplemental when on Medicare), but I can still feel for others who don't have the good fortune or found themselves in a bad situation for whatever reason. Even with good health insurance, I will pay the price of this Republican bill when our rural hospital will shut down, because Enhanced Medicaid has allowed it to stay open.
And what's with the secrecy? Well, we all know the answer to that.
A bunch of lobbyists wrote this bill - health insurance, pharma, etc., to their benefit!