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A conversation with my brother about the waves of refugees from the war zones coming into Germany

Just talked to my brother, who lives in Karlsruhe, a beautiful large old city near the French Border.
He made a casual comment about the refugees from Syria and the middle Eastern war zones and I then asked a few questions until I could hear no more:

I learned that there are about 1 million refugees being absorbed into the country (realize, Germany is about the size of NC and SC combined, actually I think smaller)

that most of them are men and unaccompanied children

that they intend to bring their families together once they are established somewhere, and that the tally from those already in the country could therefore swell to 3-5 million total

that Germany is thinking of taking into eminent domain unoccupied buildings to house them

that at his daughter’s school there are three classrooms already set up for refugee children

that many are living in tent cities

that his wife goes and cooks in a soup kitchen for them twice a week, and so does his 15 year old son

He says that the population in general has empathy and is trying to incorporate and help, but many are saying it would be cheaper and more appropriate to put them on airplanes and send them to the country that started the destabilization of the Middle East in the first place, which is also a country with wide open plains that once said: Give me your tired…..

I googled the exact quote:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Emma Lazarus

A five year old's observations on the first Democratic debate —from Daily Kos

After the response to my five year old daughter's original musings on the last Republican debate (http://www.dailykos.com/...), she was eager to share her thoughts on the first Democratic debate. She actually rushed us home from dinner at a local Indian restaurant to catch the opening statements... leaving her Tikka Masala relatively untouched.

After opening statements, her first comment was, "This debate show is too much of a grown up thing."

I guess the implication was that the Republican debate was not a grown up affair.

I said, "Yes it is honey. Yes it is."

I began to ask her about each individual candidate.

First up Sanders: That guy looks like a grandpa. Is he a grandpa?

O'Malley: He looks sad and his voice is trying to be too loud.

Clinton: I like her. I like her lipstick (sidebar, it actually looked like she wasn't wearing very much). I like her earrings and I like her cheeks. Her voice is loud and clear.

Webb: His hair is too short and his voice is kind of quiet and whiny.

Sanders: What is that dot on his coat? (I guess she noticed that it was a dot instead of an American flag pin. I had to say I didn't know. Does anyone else know so I can share with her tomorrow?)

if you want to read the rest and the little girl’s synopsis go to:


Bill Maher tonight, HBO 10 pm EST ---Guest lineup headed by Bernie Sanders

The Interview:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
is a Democratic candidate for President and has served as Vermont’s junior Senator since 2007. He previously spent 16 years as the state’s sole congressman in the House of Representatives. Sen. Sanders’ campaign raised $1.4 million during and immediately following Tuesday night’s debate.

Twitter: @SenSanders

The Panel:

John Feehery
is a columnist for The Hill and chief blogger for TheFeeheryTheory.com, where he recently critiqued the Democratic debate in a post called, “Who Is Your Biggest Enemy?”

Twitter: @JohnFeehery

Johann Hari
is a writer and commentator who was twice named “Journalist of the Year” by Amnesty International. He is author of the NY Times bestseller, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.

Twitter: @johannhari101

Katrina vanden Heuvel
is the Editor and Publisher of The Nation magazine, which is celebrating 150 years in print. She also writes a weekly column for the Washington Post, where her latest article is, “Make the Democratic Debate One of Substance.”

Twitter: @KatrinaNation

Mid-Show Interview:

Lawrence Lessig is a Professor at Harvard Law School and an outspoken champion of campaign finance reform. He is running for the Democratic nomination for President.

Twitter: @lessig

I got carried off to Old Virginny today - come with me to the Blue Ridge Parkway


afterthought addition: cell phone photo taken under the disapproving eye of the shop keeper

I live in the South, and I've almost learned not to speak ill of anyone.

I've religiously watched Jon Stewart's replacement Trevor Noah and I just can't get over him being just 31 years old albeit adorable/handsome/dimpled/smart and working hard at filling a tough job.

When I'm awake long enough to see Seth Myers, then I know to whom I would like to give the job.

As Tweety says:
Your thoughts?

We've maybe not seen it simplified like this: Comparing Car purchases and Gun Purchases

In Serious Gaffe, Sanders Treats Opponent with Dignity and Respect: Borowitz was watching

LAS VEGAS (The Borowitz Report)—In a major slip that may prove fatal to his Presidential ambitions, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont treated his principal opponent for the Democratic nomination with dignity and respect on Tuesday night.

Calling it a gaffe of historic proportions, many political insiders were still scratching their heads Wednesday morning over Sanders’s bizarre decision to act toward his opponent as if she were a fellow human being.

“I chalk it up to pressure,” the political strategist Harland Dorrinson said. “Sanders has never been on such a big stage before, and in the heat of the moment he cracked and behaved with nobility.”
“It was one of those moments where everyone in politics was like, ‘What was he thinking?’ ” Dorrinson added.

Carol Foyler, a veteran political operative, said that Sanders has one more debate, “at the most,” to prove that his respect gaffe was just that—a regrettable but forgivable slip of the tongue, not to be repeated.

“Bernie Sanders’s behavior towards Hillary Clinton Tuesday night has raised some grave questions about him in voters’ minds,” Foyler said. “If he treats people with decency and civility now, what kind of President would he be?”


Something to Pray for --- after all it's Sunday today.

Ben Carson: Pompeii Victims Should Have Outrun Lava - facepalm worthy report by Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Citizens of the Roman town of Pompeii who were victims of Mt. Vesuvius’s eruption in 79 A.D. could have survived if they had “just outrun the lava,” the neurosurgeon Ben Carson told Fox News on Wednesday.

“Most of the plaster casts we have of Pompeii victims show them basically just lying down and whatnot,” he said. “If I had been in Pompeii and I heard Mt. Vesuvius erupting, you can bet I would have made a run for it.”

He said another option open to residents of Pompeii would have been “to fight the volcano.”
“Archeologists estimate that the population of Pompeii was about eleven thousand,” he said. “You can’t tell me that if eleven thousand people put their minds to it they couldn’t beat one volcano.”

Carson said he would spend the next week on the campaign trail dispensing helpful tips about how people can defeat earthquakes, tsunamis, and giant asteroids.


We are watching it happen in real time. Take a look at this Mitch McConnell

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