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Arkansas Granny

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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)

Do you remember the abandoned kitten I found in my back yard last summer?

He was scrawny, malnourished, crusted with fleas, yucky eyes and so close to death that flies had already laid eggs on him.

I really didn't expect him to make it, but he proved to be tougher than I thought. Here's my Boogie Man a little more than a year later.

He has turned out to be a great little cat and quite the handsome young man, don't you think?
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun Oct 11, 2015, 06:20 PM (93 replies)

Former Little Rock School Board Member Dianne Curry Running for US House

LITTLE ROCK - A former member of the Little Rock School Board said Wednesday she's running for a U.S. House seat in central Arkansas, the first Democrat to launch a congressional bid in the state for 2016.

Dianne Curry said she was running for the party's nomination to challenge Republican Rep. French Hill in the 2nd Congressional District. Hill was elected in November and is seeking a second term in the House.

"I feel that I have the ability and I have had the ambition for a long time to move forward," Curry told The Associated Press. "For me, this is an opportune time to move forward and represent the people of my community."


Curry said she'll detail her campaign proposals in the coming months but that she wants to focus on health, education, jobs and the economy.


Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu Aug 27, 2015, 02:05 PM (3 replies)

Do y'all remember my post about the dying kitten I found on my doorstep a few weeks ago? New pics!

The poor little thing was about 4 weeks old, emaciated, flea encrusted and covered with flies (and their eggs). I brought him in, bathed him, offered him food and water and prepared a warm place for him to die. To my surprise, he survived!

This was taken a few days after I found him in late June. Not much to look at.

This was taken in late July. Still a little ratty looking, but getting better.

This was taken a few days ago while we were enjoying a little time on the front porch.

Gone are the icky eyes, the picket fence backbone and washboard ribs. Did you notice that shiny coat, those bright eyes and how muscular he's getting? He is developing a real personality, too, full of piss and vinegar, but still a lovey when it suits him. I've had to introduce him to the squirt bottle when he gets a little too rough, but he's learning. My legs look like I've been running through a briar patch bare-legged, but I'm healing. He sleeps with me every night and has learned that sleeping on my face is not allowed, but other than that, I make a pretty good cat bed.

I had initially named him Critter, but I found myself calling him Boogie (as in the Full Tilt variety) so often that he has had a name change. And just like a kid, when you buy him a new toy. . . .

And all he wants to do is play with the box.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun Aug 24, 2014, 09:37 AM (94 replies)

Critter update with pics.

It's been about a week since I posted anything new. Critter continues to thrive. He's eating dry kitten food along with the wet food and is using the litter box consistently (yay), although he doesn't have the hang of covering up yet. He's alert, playful and affectionate. When I wake up in the morning and when I get home from work, he's waiting for me.

He has gained some weight, his backbone doesn't poke up and feel like a picket fence anymore. I can't let him sleep with me yet because he wants to lay on my face. We'll work on that. When I hold him, he wants to maintain skin contact.

It's hard to get a picture of him awake because he's always moving.

As you can see, he's still pretty small.

His coat is still a little rough, but his belly is nice and rounded now.

Checking out the new kitty cube.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Jul 2, 2014, 08:38 PM (20 replies)

Freedom Industries files for bankruptcy


CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Freedom Industries, the company that fouled thousands of West Virginians' water with a chemical leak into the Elk River last week, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday.

Freedom owes $3.6 million to its top 20 unsecured creditors, according to bankruptcy documents. The company also owes more than $2.4 million in unpaid taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, and the IRS has placed at least three liens on Freedom's property, demanding payment.

The unpaid taxes date back to at least 2000, according to a lien filed in 2010.

Under the bankruptcy code, Chapter 11 permits a company to reorganize and continue operating.

The filing also puts a hold on all of the lawsuits filed against Freedom Industries. Since the leak last week, about a mile and a half upriver from West Virginia Water American's plant in Charleston, about 25 lawsuits have been filed against Freedom in Kanawha Circuit Court. The company also faces a federal lawsuit.

more at link
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun Jan 19, 2014, 01:59 PM (2 replies)

The Ten Hardline Conservatives Pulling the Strings of the GOP Shutdown


Much of the coverage of the government showdown has focused on a relatively small group of hardline conservatives within the Republican caucus who have backed their party’s leaders into a fight they didn’t want.
As Ryan Lizza noted in The New Yorker, these lawmakers mostly represent very safe, heavily Republican and disproportionately white districts that don’t look much like the rest of the country. Many of those on the front lines are recent arrivals to Capitol Hill, and they’re pushing a leadership they see as having been too willing to compromise with Democrats in the past.

It’s an important angle. Yet it also obscures what should be an obvious question: Since when do freshmen senators or one- or two-term reps push their congressional leadership around? Historically, it’s been the reverse. And since when does a newcomer to the Senate such as Ted Cruz (R-TX) have the right to tell House Republicans what to do? If there’s only a relatively small group of lawmakers who think defunding the law is a dandy idea, why has every budget resolution with such a provision won more than 200 Republican votes in the House of Representatives during the showdown? Why is this supposedly silent majority of Republicans so docile? Why don’t they push back?

More at link.

Be sure to click through to the interactive feature.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun Oct 13, 2013, 12:07 PM (1 replies)
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