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Ben Carson suspends campaign (not for the obvious reason)

http://news.yahoo.com/ben-carson-team-car-crash-campaigning-suspended-202348385.html

Washington (AFP) - Republican Ben Carson temporarily suspended his US presidential bid Tuesday when four members of his campaign team were in a serious car accident in Iowa, where the first votes in the nomination process will be cast.

A van transporting the group "hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side where it was struck by another vehicle," Carson's campaign said in a statement.

One volunteer was being transported to a trauma center in Omaha, Nebraska, while three others including a campaign staffer who was driving the vehicle were being checked at an Iowa hospital.

"I'm suspending all campaign activities today due to a car accident involving members of our team," Carson said on Twitter.

His campaign said Carson will travel to Omaha to be with the injured volunteer's family, the campaign said.

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Trump's campaign-wife announcement is gonna be something else

She's probably dancing on cloud nine


She will be his stand-in because "the lovely Melania" is too foreign, has a thick foreign accent, and is probably not all that interested in the campaign..

BUT..

Sarah is PERFECT.. She'll get a fancy Trump jet to whisk her around..get her own hair/makeup person..and a snazzy new wardrobe

and she'll get out of Alaska, away from those pesky kids..and of course boring-Tawwwd..

She's a grifter, and hooked up with a con artist, they will be a dynamic duo.. She probably has a fancy title as well..

perhaps "Campaign liaison" along with a handsome retainer fee..

So get out your earplugs..that whiny twang of hers will soon be assaulting us again

Anyone else loving "Younger"?

I loved the main character in the ballet comedy that ran a few seasons..

I binge-watched season one , and was not disappointed with the new season premiere..

It's on TVLand (for those of you who don't know about it.. I found it by accident...

Is every child fathered abroad by US servicemen, eligible to be president?

Or does the child have to exit a US citizen woman to become eligible?
Obama's father was foreign (BUT, Obama was born a US citizen because Hawaii is a state)

Cruz' Dad was Cuban..Mom American..& he was born in Canada..

If Cruz' MOTHER had been a Vietnamese woman, impregnated by a US soldier, would he still be eligible?

Canada v Vietnam...just different spots on a map

Here's a hypothetical

John & Susan Smith both work for an oil company.

John was born in Nebraska
Susan was born in South Dakota

While they live abroad , they have children..all born in ..let's say Saudi Arabia (just for fun)

The parents love the money they make there, so they stay..

Their kids go to school there..socialize there and all speak fluent Arabic

After the kids graduate, they go to the US for college

One son is interested in politics..

Is he sufficiently "natural-born American" for most republicans?

Or, would he be suspect for speaking fluent Arabic?

Would his childhood friendships be suspect?... What if a childhood friend of his went on to be a terror-suspect?

Could he be required to have a DNA test to prove that his American born father was "really" his Daddy?

As we are a more global society these days, there really needs to be once and for all clarification of just what IS a natural-born American.

No American who lives abroad ever really thinks that their in-utero child may someday have citizenship questions, but there are LOTS of babies being born in places where their parent now work (that are NOT their native lands).

Moms no longer sell candy at the Sears candy counter, while Dad works at the car dealership right down the street from their house.

This "question" will come up a lot as more and more people work and live abroad.

When the constitution was written, the fear was that some child of a lord would show up and wrangle the presidency away to reinstate British rule.. The reason for "natural born" being in the law, was to make sure that NO ONE BORN IN ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY could ever ascend to the top spot.

Every time the issue has arisen, it's been a non issue because the person either did not even participate in a primary (Romney), or was born on US soil abroad (McCain), or soil that later became US soil (Goldwater).

Surely, SCOTUS can spare a few minutes to rule on this for the future..




Dudes...the word is pronounced pres-i-dent..

It's NOT prezzzzzz

I am so annoyed when the candidates cannot seem to articulate the whole word...

More often than not, they all seem to say "when I am prezzz of the united states" or the "prezz" said this or that"..

Maybe the First Lady can call him "prezzz", but it seems to me that if you are auditioning /applying for the job you should at least say the word..

...end rant...

No grand jury necessary, folks..

Just the basics:

1. If you are male (sometimes female as well), and not white

2. If you are over 4 ft tall (not always)

3. If you have something in your hands

4. If you have a coat on (or have clothing on)

5. If you have hands that MAY "reach for something" (like a drivers' license/ID you are asked to produce)

6. If you dare to question the reason for your stop

7. If you are deemed to have a "bad attitude"

8. If you have on a hoody that may hide ear phones (that may make you unable to hear a direction given you)

9. If you have on a hoody

10. If you are having the worst day of your life and you are upset


......

A scaredy-cat cop "may" be "justified" in shooting you several times

If you have ever ordered from Chefs.com., you are almost out of time

Target bought them (and cooking.com) back in 2013, and is now closing both of them.. There are terrific sales, although the website is hard to get onto and even harder to keep from being bumped off.. I managed to snag some fantastic deals, by logging on at 2 AM (PST) last night.

Apparently Target's bogus claim that by acquiring these two venues, they would broaden their base, and grab the more affluent shoppers who may not have wanted Target quality kitchen items, was just a cleverly disguised way to eliminate the competition..

They set high goals for performance and once the online places had to charge sales tax (because target is everywhere in brick & mortar) the sales dropped off..and now Target has eliminated both of them

They have great quality knives & small appliances, pots and pans and many great little gadgets

I managed to spend about $650...some for me and some for gifts

http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_29048799/colorado-springs-based-chefs-catalog-close-180-lose

After 36 years, Colorado Springs-based Chefs Catalog will shut down in early 2016.

The decision was made by Target, which acquired the upscale cooking equipment retailer and Cooking.com another company it will close in 2013. About 180 workers in Colorado and California will lose their jobs.

"As part of Target's ongoing efforts to transform our business and put us on a clear path to sustained growth, we continually evaluate our work to ensure it best meets the needs of our guests," said Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman. "This sometimes means taking a hard look at aspects of our business that may no longer align with the company's direction."...

She said buying the cooking-related companies helped Target build its recipe portal and analyze how customers responded to different brands. "Target's digital business has strengthened and grown, but as the company's priorities evolved, Chefs Catalog and Cooking.com no longer aligned with the broader strategy," she said. "Additionally, the results of these businesses did not meet our expectations." Chefs Catalog will continue to sell cookware, cutlery and other kitchen tools online through the holidays. The business will wind down early next year, she said.


Whew!..Bad weather has apparently been put on hold until 2AM (PST)

The sort of Weather Channel is back to their "regularly scheduled programming"..Highway Thru Hell & Prospectors



----.obviously..


We have switched over to Weather Nation

My friend has a 10 yr old grandson

At the Christmas festivities, the talk turned to the kids..

It's been a tough couple of years for her grandson.. He weathered his 1st relapse of leukemia (he was first diagnosed at age 4).

He went into remission a few months into treatment back then, but it came back..He's in remission again but this time he is older and knows more about the disease..

Anyway someone started a round of kid questions, and misty eyes soon happened..

He was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up.. His answer.. a grandpa..



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