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Happily retired and now enjoy being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. Dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Meanwhile, UK Has Passed Online Surveillance Law

The new legislation forces UK ISPs to store browsing histories, including domains visited, for at least 12 months and provide them to the police in case of investigations. The so-called "snoopers' charter" was introduced by then home secretary Theresa May 4 years ago, and has twice tried to become a law following breakdowns in the previous coalition government.

Eventually, the bill was finalized and passed by both parliamentary houses, although civil liberties groups have long criticized it and argued that the legislation would empower the British government to "document everything we do online". Well, indeed, it does. The snoopers' charter will force ISPs to record every subscriber’s top-level web history in real-time for up to 12 months. These records will be accessible for many government departments. The law would also force tech firms to decrypt data on demand and even disclose any new security features in products before they launch.

Finally, the bill allows the intelligence agencies to hack into computers and devices of citizens, although particular professions like journalists and medical staff are covered with better protections. Some consumer rights activists call it the most extreme surveillance law ever passed, and it was opposed by representatives of the UN, all major British and global privacy and rights groups. At the same time, three-quarters respondent think that privacy is a human right.

It must be mentioned that there are some safeguards, like a "double lock" system that requires so that the secretary of state and an independent judicial commissioner must agree on a decision to carry out search warrants

The law will be ratified by royal assent soon.

The best of several links to the story can be found here:


Excellent article of Obama's perspective on the election and the country

Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency


I am enjoying hearing his thoughts, his intelligence, the way he looks at the world.
(Not to mention complete coherent sentence structure and abstract concepts, which we are all gonna miss)

In 1920, Mencken predicted Trump:

Henry Louis Mencken, a prominent newspaperman and political commentator during the first half of the 20th century, writing for the Baltimore Evening Sun on 26 July 1920, in an article entitled "Bayard vs. Lionheart" (and reprinted in the book On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe), cynically opined on the difficulties of good men reaching national office when the scale of their campaigns precluded them from directly reaching out to large segments of the voting public:

The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.

The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal.

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

Apparently Trump is Pres, now, is assuring So. Korea of future WH policy.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's national security adviser says North Korea's nuclear program would be given a high priority under the new administration, a South Korean official who held talks with him said on Saturday.

Michael Flynn, one of Trump's closest advisers, also said he would work to strengthen the U.S. alliance with South Korea, calling the relationship "vital," the South's deputy presidential national security adviser Cho Tae-yong was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency.

Cho was leading a South Korean delegation to the United States to meet with key advisers to the president-elect to discuss the two countries' response to the North's pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of international sanctions.

Cho spoke to South Korean reporters in Washington following the meeting with Flynn, Yonhap said.

Am I off base here, or is Trump sending signals to allies to ignore the current Pres./Gov't WH re: any info. even before he gets his fingerprints all over the place?

Here's some info about Jeff Sessions:

Jeff Sessions prosecuted civil rights activists for trying to register Black voters.
says the ACLU

Ronald Reagan tapped Sessions to serve on the federal bench and the Senate judiciary committee , but rejected him after testimony
that he had supposedly called the ACLU and NAACP "un-American" and "communist-inspired," as well as made racist remarks.
The accusations came from Thomas Figures, a black assistant U.S. attorney who worked for Sessions who said Sessions called him "boy"
and had made a joke about how he thought the KKK was "O.K. until found out they smoked pot."
(Sessions later said that the comment was not serious, but did apologize for it)

Another prosecutor, J. Gerald Hebert, said Sessions had called a white lawyer "a disgrace to his race" for representing black clients.

In 1986, Sessions became only the second nominee to the federal judiciary in 48 years whose nomination was killed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.. Even an Alabama Senator, Howell Heflin, voted against him because of his demonstrated racism.

Ranked by National Journal in 2007 as the fifth-most conservative U.S. Senator, says Wiki.

( He DID vote against TARP, tho)

We may end up missing Alberto Gonzales......

Medicare Part B deductible will be 183.00 in 2017. ( for most of us)

Up from $166.00 in 2016.

Our Soc. Sec. COLA is only a few bucks.

So, we go backwards.


Planned Parenthood Has Already Received 46,000 Donations From Mike Pence

Planned Parenthood has received nearly 200,000 donations since Donald Trump won the presidency — and more than 46,000 of those were made in the name of Indiana governor and noted uterine legislator Mike Pence.

The vice-president-elect, who has yet to prove that he understands how condoms work, is vehemently anti-abortion and has an abysmal record on women’s health. He has also waged a long-standing war against Planned Parenthood. To show their support of the organization (and piss Pence off at the same time), people have been donating to Planned Parenthood in his name since the election. Pence will get thank-you notes for each of the donations.

Based on data provided to the Cut by a spokesperson, 23 percent of the donations Planned Parenthood has received since the election have come from “Mike Pence.” On Tuesday, the figure was 12.5 percent, or 20,000 donations out of 160,000 total. It’s so nice that, for once, Pence’s name is being used to actually help women.

this is entire article.

And a great idea!!

Trump is gonna do a victory tour. Has any other Pres. elect done one of those?

I can't remember.

Trump advance director says president-elect will embark on a 'victory tour' of states he won, according to pool report


The FCC Just Caved in to Republican Demands That It Halt Work on Major Issues

The Federal Communications Commission has deleted every important item from Thursday’s monthly meeting after Republicans in Congress warned the agency not to move forward on any major issues before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president.

Over the last 24 hours, influential Republicans in both the Senate and the House sent letters to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler essentially telling him to cease work on the remaining big-ticket items on his agenda.

“I strongly urge the FCC to avoid directing its attention and resources in the coming months to complex, partisan, or otherwise controversial items that the new Congress and new Administration will have an interest in reviewing,” wrote Sen. John Thune, the South Dakota Republican who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee.

The FCC’s move to delete several items from Thursday’s agenda amounts to an acknowledgement that Wheeler’s tenure as the nation’s top communications regulator, a period marked by a variety of pro-consumer reforms, is coming to an end. Trump will nominate a new FCC chairman after he is inaugurated on January 20.

Trump is expected to work with the Republican-controlled Congress to install FCC officials who will seek to dismantle current US rules safeguarding net neutrality.
The FCC’s recently approved policy bolstering online privacy for consumers is also at risk.

President Obama Names 21 Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Tom Hanks, Ellen de Generes, Robert De Niro, Lorne Michaels, Maya Lin, just to name a few.

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