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Arkansas Granny

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America loves women like Hillary Clinton–as long as they’re not asking for a promotion

It’s hard to remember these days, but just a few years ago, everybody loved Hillary Rodham Clinton. When she stepped down as US secretary of state in January 2013 after four years in office, her approval rating stood at what the Wall Street Journal described as an “eye-popping” 69%. That made her not only the most popular politician in the country, but the second-most popular secretary of state since 1948.
How times have changed. “The FBI And 67 Percent of Americans Distrust Hillary Clinton,” booms a recent headline in the Huffington Post. Clinton’s favorability ratings currently hover around 40.8%. Bob Woodward complains that “there is something unrelaxed about the way she is communicating.” “Hillary’s personality repels me,” Walker Bragman writes in Salon.

How can we reconcile the “unlikable” Democratic presidential candidate of today with the adored politician of recent history? It’s simple: Public opinion of Clinton has followed a fixed pattern throughout her career. Her public approval plummets whenever she applies for a new position. Then it soars when she gets the job. The wild difference between the way we talk about Clinton when she campaigns and the way we talk about her when she’s in office can’t be explained as ordinary political mud-slinging. Rather, the predictable swings of public opinion reveal Americans’ continued prejudice against women caught in the act of asking for power.


This article is from Feb., 2016, but I think it explains a lot of what's happening right now.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue Aug 23, 2016, 12:48 PM (2 replies)

Why Trump Fails—and Clinton Passes—the Commander-in-Chief Test

Three months ago, my former boss and mentor, retired Defense Secretary Bob Gates, questioned whether Donald Trump has the temperament to be president. While I fully share Secretary Gates’ concerns about Trump’s disposition, I am equally troubled by the Republican nominee’s views on national security, which he laid out again at a startling news conference on Wednesday, including the bizarre claim that “NATO changed their whole program because of me” and he might let Russia keep Crimea. He also appeared to call upon Moscow to launch another cyber-invasion of the U.S. so as to find Hillary Clinton’s "30,000 emails that are missing."

America today faces three principal national security threats: from radical Islamists, who seek to terrorize Americans and overthrow the existing order in the Middle East; from a resurgent Russia, which seeks to reassert its dominance over the former Soviet Empire and overthrow the existing order in Europe; and from a rising China, which seeks suzerainty in Asia. In all three areas, Trump has shown a limited grasp of the nature of the threat and has proposed strategies that would make America less secure.

As a Green Beret, CIA operations officer and senior national security official, I have served under six presidents—four Republicans and two Democrats. The last was Barack Obama, and for four years in the White House Situation Room, I saw Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s sound strategic judgment first-hand—on the Afghanistan surge, the campaign to dismantle and defeat core al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal region, the raid to kill Osama bin Laden, and on lethal support for the moderate Syrian opposition. Secretary Clinton has the temperament, national security experience and strategic judgment to be an outstanding commander in chief. Donald Trump does not. I’m with her.

Throughout the Cold War and during much of the post-9/11 period, Republicans have generally enjoyed an advantage with the electorate in the area of national security. Yet at a time when threats to America are increasing substantially, the Republicans have inexplicably chosen as their nominee someone with less national security experience than any candidate since the 1940s. Indeed, the gap in national security qualifications between the two major party candidates is greater than at any time since 1952, when Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower ran against Adlai Stevenson.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/2016-national-security-military-defense-commander-in-chief-test-trump-clinton-214104#ixzz4Fi0gcmUd
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Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu Jul 28, 2016, 09:18 AM (0 replies)

Has Bernie made any statement or comments about the violence at the Nevada Convention?

I've done a couple of searches, but haven't found anything on his website or in the news.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue May 17, 2016, 09:28 AM (38 replies)

ATU students get grant to start food-recovery program


I saw this on PBS News Hour tonight. I applaud their efforts.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun May 15, 2016, 07:15 PM (0 replies)

I have a question for this group. Have you ever known a cat to like avocados?

My kitty, Boogie, likes to lick the insides of avocado shells after I've scooped the flesh out of them. He will also lick the surface of a piece of cut avocado if he can. He doesn't take bites of it, only licks it, so it's not like he's eating very much. I've googled it and some sites say that it's generally not harmful to cats and dogs, but it does contain a toxin, persin, that is deadly to some birds and other animals, depending on the part of the fruit that is ingested.

Does anyone have any experience with this?
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Feb 24, 2016, 01:16 PM (6 replies)
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