I want to thank EarlG and Eland for keeping DU available. I have posted from many different countries without a problem. The only lapse in availability was on election night 2016. DU was attacked, but wasn't killed off.
I want to say a warm thank you to everyone here. I enjoy political discussions, getting new recipes, and I watch as many animal videos as possible. DU covers all my bases and I enjoy being here almost every day.
Donald Trump and his lawyers may be the busiest people in the country next year. The former president faces criminal trials in four different cities Washington, DC, New York, Atlanta and Ft. Pierce, Florida as well as an active campaign schedule.
Here is a breakdown of the current calendar:
October 2, 2023 Scheduled start of New York attorney generals civil trial alleging fraud by Trump and Trump Organization
October 23, 2023 District attorney's proposed start of state criminal trial in Georgia over 2020 election subversion
January 15, 2024 Scheduled start of second defamation case brought by columnist E. Jean Carroll
March 4, 2024 Scheduled start of federal criminal trial in 2020 election subversion case
March 25, 2024 Scheduled start of state criminal trial in New York over 2016 hush money scheme
May 20, 2024 Earliest scheduled start of federal criminal trial in Mar-a-Lago documents case
Remember: Most of these trials have been scheduled already, but one has a proposed trial date and its start could still change.
This is Victor, a koala I met in Australia last fall.
The leaves arearge and velvety. This one is 7 1/2 inches by 6 inches wide. It's full of these empty hulls. They are fairly thin but not papery. Tree is somewhere between 20 andv25 feet tall.
In 1980, David Koch ran for vice president with the Libertarian Party, an organization created by the real estate lobby to give an air of legitimacy to their efforts to outlaw rent control and end government regulation of their industry.
His platform included a whole series of positions that were specifically designed to roll back and gut FDRs big government programs (along with those added on by both Nixon and LBJs Great Society) that had created and then sustained Americas 20th century middle class:
We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.
We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.
We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.
We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.
We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.
We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service.
We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.
We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.
As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.
We support repeal of all law which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.
We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.
We condemn compulsory education laws and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.
We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.
We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.
We support abolition of the Department of Energy.
We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.
We demand the return of Americas railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.
We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called self-protection equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.
We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.
We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.
We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.
We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and aid to the poor programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.
We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.
We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
We support the repeal of all state usury laws.
folded like in origami.
Now I'm not too happy with any of them. First attempt at buttercream palette knife decorating..
Next, a take off from a Debby Brown design.
And the last was a complete failure. Attempted to do this cake, wrapped in a sugar sheet, but found it was too humid and sagged. So, I had to go with a plain fondant instead.
Will be taking them 60 miles to Illinois State Fair on Sunday. No chance of championship this year.
just diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy five weeks ago. As described in the literature on cats with congestive heart failure, a blood clod formed and paralyzed his back legs. He was very frightened and crying out. I rushed him to the emergency vet. He sounded like he was drowning while struggling to breathe. They said he was in the last stage of heart failure. I stayed with him as he went to his rest. We estimated he was 14 or 15. He was one of 4 stray Tom cats that showed up, one year apart, at my house in Fayetteville and stayed. I am down to the last one who was Gabby's BFF. I don't know what he will do without his snuggle buddy.
Somewhere in the photos in this group is a photo of my 4 semi-feral guys from back in 2010 or 2011. Happier times.
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