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Just barely dark here, and our neighborhood is booming

It's been bone dry, so we'll probably get some unintentional fires

My 4th of July wish for Donald's party

Or something like it.

My Presidents

Truman was president when I was born.. I was a baby, what did I know?

Eisenhower was my early childhood president . I actually met him TWICE. He was touring The Canal Zone and he attended a baseball game and I shook his hand through a fence. He seemed so old.. and then two days later, my girl scout troop did some dumb dance at an event he attended. He was in the front row and waved (actually just a general wave, but since I had met him a few days earlier, I thought he waved at ME)

Kennedy was my early-teenaged years' president. We all thought he was the coolest ever.. Young-ish, tanned , had a pretty young wife and his kids were soooo cute. we all know how that ended

LBJ (my teen years president) was thrust into power, and if he could have only put an immediate end to the VietNam war, he could have accomplished so much more. Even with VN, he still managed to create Medicare and ushered in Civil Rights laws. He could have been so much more, but my guess is that he was just plain worn out, and was tired of fighting.

Nixon was my young-adult president and he was a class-A jerk. Looked greasy and shifty..and WAS. He did start the EPA, but that's the only positive thing I remember about him.

Ford came along as a place-holder, with all the intensity of a three-day-old bowl of oatmeal left on the counter

Carter was a total unknown to me. He was a smart guy, and other than the fact that he was a Bible-thumping peanut farmer, I knew nothing about him. He seemed out of his depth to me. I felt sorry for him that he had to deal with the hostage crisis right off the bat but he never really got his footing. He was a decent man and is a far better ex-president than any other. Newsweek Magazine published MY quote prior to the election. I was a minor celeb in my family, and at my job for about a week. My coworkers and I were chilling at the fountain in front of work and a guy with a microphone asked me a question...who'd-a-thunk-it?

Reagan pretty much canceled our once-bright futures, just as Boomers were getting started. Never liked any of his movies or tv shows, and his presidency was a bust as far as I was concerned.

Bush1 was a ghost. I saw nothing of any importance in the man. He always seemed small to me.(He was actually pretty tall). His voice annoyed me to no end. This was prior to fancy remotes (in our household) so I would always have to get up and change the channel. (Got some exercise)

Clinton was just a pudgy southerner, as far as I was concerned. I did not mind the draft-dodger thing because had I been a guy, I would have moved heaven and earth to dodge too. He always seemed wishy-washy to me. I always felt sorry for Chelsea..she always looked like she wanted to be ANYWHERE else. Clinton's personal failing led him to do things that did him and us no favors, and we live with many things today we probably should not have to, had he not been forced to kowtow to republicans.

Bush2, the world's dumbest president (until 2016, at least). I'd like to say something positive about him, but I just cannot.

Obama had great support and was intelligent, charismatic and genuine, but he allowed himself to be boxed in. He seriously thought he could work with republicans, but failed to see that they had ZERO interest in anything but sabotage. His presidency was a 2 termer, but little of anything he did would last. He rose above it, but the rest of us have not.

Trump is just a piece of work (as well as any other piece of ........ we can imagine) I always hold out hope that he'll do a Jerry Ford and tumble his fat ass down the steps of AF1, but so far the toilet paper shoe trick is all we've gotten. Hope springs eternal.

Here's hoping we get a good one next time. THIRTEEN presidents....I'm not sure I have time for many more..but I still hold out hope we are done with LOSERS for a while

$750 a day to "care" for the kids? A better solution

Offer $750 a day to local Spanish-speaking families to HOST these kids..

Put ankle bracelets on them if necessary to track them, but put them into families who could surely find a comfy space for them, and who would spend that windfall ($5250 a week) locally...

Let the border nazis find something else to do..take down the tents and return the "former-Walmarts" to their empty building status.

Government Accidentally Turns On Cat Filter During Facebook Live

BY : EMILY BROWN ON : 17 JUN 2019 09:08
Members of Pakistan’s government were accidentally turned into big-eyed, pink-eared kitties during a meeting recently when someone switched on the cat filter during Facebook Live.

All it takes to add a filter these days is the quick swipe of a screen and while many social media users utilise the effects to help them transform into adorable animals, it’s not really a good look when it comes to official business.

The provincial government of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were conducting a press briefing, held by KP’s Information Minister Shoukat Yousafza, at the time, and to ensure all interested parties could witness the event they decided to stream it live.

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Trump met the Prince of Whales

Donald Trump Says He Met The Prince Of Whales

Another day, another fantastic tweet from the president of the United States.

The Donald is known for his freewheeling style on Twitter, managing to send out little bursts of thought into the social media sphere no matter where he is, like calling Sadiq Khan a ‘stone-cold loser’ or claiming the moon is ‘a part of Mars‘.

After his recent trip to the UK to meet with the royal family, the government and whoever else was contractually obliged to be in his presence, Trump tweeted a message which to seemed to brag about all the high-profile peeps he meets and what they talk about

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Care vs kill

It all boils down to : Should we take care of "them" or Should we just kill them?

In ANY society you will find:

people who seem to enjoy work, and who willingly look for more to do as they finish tasks

people who work because they fear reprisal if they do not, and who do as little as necessary

people who seem capable, but whose personal reasons prevent them from doing much work

young who cannot work (and should not be expected to)

very old who cannot work (and should not be expected to)

handicapped who cannot do much or any work

Regardless of the category, these people ARE in our society. They all have the same basic needs...food.... shelter.... water.... companionship... education...health care... a decent life

We ALL need to realize that these people, in varying percentages, have always been with us, and always will be.

The only variable is in how we "deal" with them.

We can grow up, and figure out that "some" people will need always need assistance, and yes, occasionally a person/ people "might" take more than some think they should, or may be seen as totally "undeserving" of any help.

Or we accept the fact that we (as a society) have no use for these people, and we might as well "get rid of 'them' altogether." Some might say we are already wandering down that path to some degree. We lock up millions of people who turned to crime. We warehouse old sick people in places we would never want to be.. We accept the malnourishment of poor children we will never meet. We under-educate millions of children.

We have the "don't-give-a-crap" part down pat.. Now we are just dithering over how it will play out.

At the core, Democrats are traditionally helpers, and Republicans are not. It's simple.

Brother Dean got hit with a baseball bat


Preacher Carrying ‘You Deserve To Be Raped’ Sign Gets Hit With A Baseball Bat And The Comments Are Priceless

Social Issues
By​ Ilona
How far is too far when it comes to stopping someone spreading hate speech? Hitting them over the head with a baseball bat, apparently. Controversial street preacher Brother Dean Saxton spends his days denouncing homosexuality and holding signs telling women they deserve rape for not being true Christians. A while ago, Brother Dean posted a YouTube video of his demonstration at Apollo High School. There, he used a megaphone to tell students they’re going to hell. A couple of minutes into the video, you can hear him being hit from behind. Brother Dean was able to walk away but he was bleeding from a gash on his head.

Controversial street preacher Brother Dean Saxton spends his days denouncing homosexuality and telling women they deserve rape

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EU elections..28 countries have 751 elected

True, their overall population is larger than the US, but I think we certainly need more than the 535 we are currently restricted to.

Our founders wanted each representative to have only 30K as their electorate.

Clause 3: Apportionment of Representatives and taxes
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative;and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to choose [sic] three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

To be effective with our majority, we must think like republicans

I know people are always saying things like "we must be ABOVE their tactics" etc, BUT, people who vote democratic are asking for things to be DONE!

When we do get a majority and we patiently, and deliberatively try to do things, only to be met with "NO!" as a push-back, we render ourselves ineffective, and the next election, people are not as eager to put themselves out there for us.

In my perfect world, the paperwork is done and waiting to be submitted to NY the SECOND after Cuomo signs the tax release bill into law. Get them delivered BEFORE Trumpie et al files their legal resistance. Make their request moot.

Republicans do this all the time. I remember a while back SCOTUS sent down a ruling about something, and INSTANTLY (within minutes) several states "updated" their laws...done and done..

That's how they win..

We tend to always be ready to talk about what we plan to do ad nauseum, giving them plenty of time to prepare.

I seriously doubt that Eisenhower told the Nazis every detail of their war plans. Coaches carefully guard their game plans. We seem to be experts at preparing to do things, and then wringing our hands later because we are stopped.

Be ready and pounce before they can react..

Loose lips sink ships.. STFU and DO things...then justify them.

On DAY ONE of our majority, Nancy should have said "We are opening up an impeachment "INQUIRY". We may NOT impeach, but we need to get answers and we are not going to wait for the Mueller report.

They could have easily subpoenaed witnesses they knew had already testified, and grand jury stuff..and certainly would have caught Trumpie flatfooted.
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