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Morning Joke this am! Dean says Trump sniffing because he's on coke!

No link, but offered up during the first 30 minutes this morning. They want Dean to come on and repeat his comment?

Does Dean really know something? Wild speculation? CT?


One thing that could improve...

Obama has said often that globalization started before NAFTA and has continued after NAFTA. Trade agreements are AGREEMENTS...no one country can dictate all the rules. The reasons for loss of jobs is not because of trade agreements, and no trade agreement will "fix" the issues to favor the US simply by putting something on paper.

Hillary (and Tim Kaine this morning) don't seem to be able to discuss international trade as well as Obama even though Trump will continue to bring it up and blame Democrats.

Hillary's plan to deal with companies who voluntarily move out is a good one, but she is not making it a center piece of her message.

Hopefully, there will be time to focus on the "loss of jobs" issue before the next debate. To the Archie Bunker types, they are not interested in details or economic theory...and Trump makes grand claims that are stupid, but they believe him.

I like Obama's discussions of this issue.



HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (The Borowitz Report)óCNN launched an urgent manhunt Monday after Lester Holt, the moderator of the first Presidential debate of the 2016 general election, mysteriously vanished two minutes into the contest.

CNN immediately notified law enforcement, who started searching the environs of Hofstra University, all while Clinton and Trump continued barking at each other unabated.

Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, issued an impassioned plea to Holt to return to the debate venue at Hofstra as soon as possible. ďYou donít even have to moderate the debate,Ē Zucker said. ďWe just want to know youíre O.K.Ē

Do we need a "group" for Trump (and family) scandals and crimes?

Honestly, I can't keep up!

- Malania's illegal immigration and imaginary speech writer
- Killing leopards, elephants, etc. (oh my)
- Bribes to attorney generals
- Foundations that are covers for more bribes
- Trump University
- 13 year old rape victims
- Nobody gets paid if you work for Trump, contract with Trump, or loan money to Trump

...and who knows what I've missed. These are all on top of insanely stupid comments relevant to a political campaign about walls, Iraq, bad generals, Putin, military assaults, birth certificates, tax returns, nutty doctor letters, etc.

If anyone in the US actually votes for this fruitcake they should be locked up with him. It seems like the media is overwhelmed even trying to look into so many "events" at once. I really, really hope Trump regrets the day he ever thought about running for President.

Rick Scott and Pam Bondi are for sale...and always have been...

If the rest of the world are just now discovering it, that's good. Some of us have watched these payoffs for years. The donation from Trump to Bondi was the tip of the iceberg. Who knows how much she really got from the fundraiser that Trump threw for her.

Bondi is exactly the kind of person Trump would put in his administration. No ethics.


Trump Held Fundraiser For Pam Bondi At Mar-a-Lago After She Dropped Investigation
The Republican Party of Florida paid much less for the venue than Trumpís own campaign has paid.

WASHINGTON ― In March 2014, Donald Trump opened his 126-room Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago, for a $3,000-per-person fundraiser for Pam Bondi. The Florida attorney general, who was facing a tough re-election campaign, had recently decided not to investigate Trump University.

Trump did not write a check to the attorney general that night. The previous fall, his personal foundation had given $25,000 to a pro-Bondi PAC. But by hosting her fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago and bringing in some of his own star power, Trump provided Bondiís campaign with a nice financial boost.

Since he began his run for the White House, Trump has repeatedly claimed that Bondi is merely someone he has supported politically. But his fundraising efforts for her were extensive and varied: In addition to the $25,000 donation from his foundation and the star-studded Mar-a-Lago event, Trump and his daughter Ivanka each gave $500 to Bondiís campaign in the fall of 2013. The following spring, Ivanka and her father donated another $125,000 to the Republican Party of Florida ― Bondiís single biggest source of campaign funds.

Florida after the hurricane...


Storms remind us of the rise in sea level and danger of surge...

For people who are skeptics, some of us have been living on the coast all our lives and are seeing the effects of storm surge. Here's a site to track sea level changes. In this case, St. Petersburg, FL. and Charleston, SC (two places that I happen to have lived):



Trump is spouting "extreme vetting" and "testing" of immigrants...which is not really new.

There is a lot of history on this topic, but here's a short summary:


Immigrants coming to the New World from Europe had to run a gauntlet of tests at Ellis Island, the main federal immigration station in the U.S. from 1892 to 1954. In charge of the tests were the officers and men of the U.S. Public Health Service.
If incoming ships showed no sign of endemic disease, they were allowed to land. Medical tests for individuals began as soon as they hefted their luggage up the stairs to the registry room: those who arrived huffing and puffing were pulled aside for further health checks. Diseases such as trachoma (an eye disease that is now rare) or other ailments considered back then to be serious and incurable would be sent back to their port of origin right away; those who were ill might have to wait until they were healthy to be admitted to the country.
The immigrants were interviewed to weed out political and social undesirables: communists, anarchists, bigamists and those who seemed too poor to support themselves (a larger problem for women and children) were turned away.



According to a 1917 U.S. Public Health Service manual, 9 out of 100 immigrants were marked with an "X" during the line inspection and were sent to mental examination rooms for further questioning. During this primary examination, doctors first asked the immigrants to answer a few questions about themselves, and then to solve simple arithmetic problems, or count backward from 20 to 1, or complete a puzzle. Out of the 9 immigrants held for this "weeding out" session, perhaps 1 or 2 would be detained for a secondary session of more extensive testing.

After the medical inspection, each immigrant filed up to the inspector's desk at the far end of the Registry Room for his or her legal examination, an experience that was often compared to the Day of Judgment. To determine an immigrant's social, economic, and moral fitness, inspectors asked rapid-fire series of questions, such as: Are you married or single? What is your occupation? How much money do you have? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? The interrogation was over in a matter of minutes after which an immigrant was either permitted to enter the United States or detained for a legal hearing.

Literacy Test: Anti-immigration forces had been trying to impose a literacy test since the 1880s as a means of restricting immigration. They finally succeeded with the Immigration Act of 1917, passed over President Woodrow Wilson's veto. This law required all immigrants, 16 years or older to read a 40-word passage in their native language. These dual-language cards were used by inspectors to test immigrants' literacy.

Khizr Khan for US Supreme Court!

He would be excellent...and a good representative on the SC as a muslim-American.

...and for Captain Khan


Over and over again...someone always KNOWS the shooter should not have a gun...

The current "background check" at the point of sale is a joke. We need a license with a REAL application that makes it difficult for dangerous people from easy access to guns.


Friend: Shooter had fixation on 'The Voice' singer

Dennington became concerned enough with Loibl's obsession with Grimmie that he told their boss at Best Buy about it, according to the police report.

Dennington spoke to Loibl last about five days before the shooting, and Loibl told him that he was "tired and ready to ascend." Dennington told detectives he don't know what that meant.

His father, Paul Loibl, told detectives that his son lived like a hermit, hardly leaving his room except to go to his job. His father was unaware Loibl owned firearms, and detectives said it appeared Loibl had destroyed the hard drive on his home computer and also encrypted his phone, making it difficult to extra any data.

People Control, Not Gun Control

This is my generic response to gun threads where people are shot and killed by the dumb or criminal possession of guns. For the record, I grew up in the South and on military bases. I was taught about firearms as a child, and I grew up hunting, was a member of the NRA, and I still own guns. In the 70ís, I dropped out of the NRA because they become more radical and less interested in safety and training. Some personal experiences where people I know were involved in shootings caused me to realize that anyone could obtain and posses a gun no matter how illogical it was for them to have a gun. Also, easy access to more powerful guns, guns in the hands of children, and guns that werenít secured are out of control in our society. As such, hereís what I now think ought to be the requirements to possess a gun. Iím not debating the legal language, I just think itís the reasonable way to stop the shootings. Notice, none of this restricts the type of guns sold. This is aimed at the people who shoot others, because itís clear that they should never have had a gun.

1.) Anyone in possession of a gun (whether they own it or not) should have a regularly renewed license. If you want to call it a permit, certificate, or something else that's fine.
2.) To get a license, you should have a background check, and be examined by a professional for emotional and mental stability appropriate for gun possession. It might be appropriate to require that examination to be accompanied by references from family, friends, employers, etc. This check is not to subject you to a mental health diagnosis, just check on your superficial and apparent gun-worthyness.
3.) To get the license, you should be required to take a safety course and pass a test appropriate to the type of gun you want to use.
4.) To get a license, you should be over 21. Under 21, you could only use a gun under direct supervision of a licensed person and after obtaining a learnerís license. Your license might be restricted if you have children or criminals or other unsafe people living in your home. (If you want to argue 18 or 25 or some other age, fine. 21 makes sense to me.)
5.) If you possess a gun, you would have to carry a liability insurance policy specifically for gun ownership - and likely you would have to provide proof of appropriate storage, security, and whatever statistical reasons that emerge that would drive the costs and ability to get insurance.
6.) You could not purchase a gun or ammunition without a license, and purchases would have a waiting period.
7.) If you possess a gun without a license, you go to jail, the gun is impounded, and a judge will have to let you go (just like a DUI).
8.) No one should carry an unsecured gun (except in a locked case, unloaded) when outside of home. Guns should be secure when transporting to a shooting event without demonstrating a special need. Their license should indicate training and special carry circumstances beyond recreational shooting (security guard, etc.). If you are carrying your gun while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you lose your gun and license.
9.) If you buy, sell, give away, or inherit a gun, your license information should be recorded.
10.) If you accidentally discharge your gun, commit a crime, get referred by a mental health professional, are served a restraining order, etc., you should lose your license and guns until reinstated by a serious relicensing process.

Most of you know that a license is no big deal. Besides a driverís license you need a license to fish, operate a boat, or many other activities. I realize these differ by state, but that is not a reason to let anyone without a bit of sense pack a semiautomatic weapon in public, on the roads, and in schools. I think we need to make it much harder for some people to have guns.
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