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Larissa's Journal
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September 26, 2020

Barack and Michelle Obama: The Most Admired Man and Woman in the World

I hesitated at posting this because of my own reaction to it. I burst into tears because, without a doubt, Barack Obama would have done everything in his power to keep the pandemic under control. I cannot cry enough for 200,000 American lives gone.

www.independent.co.uk: The Obamas Top Poll for the Most Admired Man and Woman in the World

September 16, 2020

U.S. Image Plummets Internationally as Most Say Country Has Handled Coronavirus Badly

Source: www.pewresearch.org

This analysis focuses on public opinion of the United States in 13 countries in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Views of the U.S. and its president are examined in the context of long-term trend data. The report also examines how people in other countries perceive America’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and how those perceptions compare to ratings for their own country, the World Health Organization, the European Union and China.

Read more: https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2020/09/15/us-image-plummets-internationally-as-most-say-country-has-handled-coronavirus-badly/

September 15, 2020

Ivana Trump causes outrage after blaming immigrants for raping American women

This grotesque family: stuff of nightmares.


Donald Trump’s ex-wife has caused outrage after suggesting that US immigrants" don’t get jobs" and “steal and rape women” during an interview on Loose Women. The 71-year-old, who was married to Donald Trump for 15 years, appeared as a guest on the ITV show where she praised her ex-husband’s immigration policies.

“He's achieved so much, especially with immigration,” Ms Trump, who grew up in Czechoslovakia before moving to Canada, said. “I am immigrant, but they have to come to the country legally, they have to get a job, they have to pay taxes like the rest of Americans," she added

The president’s ex-wife went on to lash out at immigrants who “don't dress American” and concluded the controversial rant by saying they “rape women”. “And they don't get a job and they steal and they rape the women. That's not our idea,” she said.

Many social media users were quick to criticse the former model, calling the interview a “car crash”.

September 7, 2020

DeJoy Pressured Workers to Donate to G.O.P. Candidates, Former Employees say

Source: The New York Times

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major donor to President Trump and fund-raiser for the Republican Party, cultivated an environment at his former company that left employees feeling pressured to make donations to Republican candidates, and rewarded them with bonuses for doing so, according to former employees.

The arrangement was described by three former employees at New Breed Logistics, Mr. DeJoy’s former company, who said that workers would receive bonuses if they donated to candidates he supported, and that it was expected that managers would participate. A fourth employee confirmed that managers at the company were routinely solicited to make donations. The four former employees spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of professional retaliation.

The former employees did not say how explicit Mr. DeJoy was about linking the campaign contributions he was encouraging to the extra compensation, but three of them said it was widely believed that the bonuses were meant to reimburse the political donations, an allegation first reported by The Washington Post. Federal campaign finance law bars straw-donor schemes, in which an individual reimburses someone else to donate to a political campaign in order to skirt contribution limits. But it is legal to encourage employees to make donations, as Mr. DeJoy routinely did.

A review of campaign finance records shows that over a dozen management-level employees at New Breed would routinely donate to the same candidate on the same day, often writing checks for an identical amount of money. One day in October 2014, for example, 20 midlevel and senior officials at the company donated a total of $37,600 to the campaign of Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, who was running to unseat a Democratic incumbent. Each official wrote a check for either $2,600, the maximum allowable donation, or $1,000.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/06/us/politics/dejoy-political-donations.html

September 4, 2020

Trump Went to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood; Fred's Widow Is None Too Happy


“Fred tried to stay pretty quiet about politics, basically because his program was for children,” Joanne Rogers said.

She is under no such constraints herself.

“I’m alone now,” she said. “I don’t do a program for children.”

She made clear her feelings about Trump: “I think he’s just a horrible person.”

She did not hesitate to say how she will react if Trump is re-elected.

“I will probably go into mourning,” she said. “I can't even imagine. I would feel so badly.”

She was asked why she feels as she does about our current president.

“I think maybe the fact that Mr Trump seldom tells the truth,” she said. “If he does, it’s just a fluke, I think. But the fact [is] that I can’t believe anything he says, not even the simplest thing.”

She was speaking what she feels is the simple truth when she said, “This man is pathologically ill. Mentally ill.”

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