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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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Retired from a career in Social Work//Mental Health, now I concentrate on 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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My retirement mantra

Can you tell who this is?

Is a live person
well known to millions.without the facial hair

Meet Donald Trump's Top Foreign Adviser, Joseph Schmitz

*Former Blackwater Executive

*radical Christian supremacist with an "insane worldview"

* former Pentagon inspector general under Shrub,was forced out of his job amid accusations that he protected high-level officials
who were suspected of wrongdoing

Jeremy Scahill tells about him in this transcript from Democracy Now.


Civilian Deaths in Yemen Won’t Stop a Billion-Dollar US Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has signed off on the sale of $1.29 billion worth of weaponry to Saudi Arabia, including tens of thousands of bombs that will restock a Saudi arms stockpile depleted by the country's air campaign in Yemen, which has been linked to civilian deaths.

Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized Washington's support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, where the UN says coalition airstrikes have killed more than 1,000 civilians. Monday's announced deal, which still requires rubber stamping from Congress, indicates those concerns have had little effect on weapons sales.

In justifying the sale, the State Department's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said approval would "replenish" the stockpiles of the Saudi air force and allow it to "meet current and future threats from potential adversaries during combat operations." The weapons, said the DSCA, would also help to "safeguard the world's largest oil reserves."

The billion dollar deal includes 22,000 smart and general purpose bombs, including models that have been deployed in Yemen. The package includes 8,000 unguided MK-82 "dumb bombs," 1,000 GBU-10 Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs, and more than 5,000 kits that can turn common munitions into ones equipped to use GPS guidance for precision strikes.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the US has sold more than $90 billion in armaments and weapons systems to Saudi Arabia since 2010.

Meet the Republican Mega-Donors Spending Millions to Take Down Donald Trump

A small group of extremely rich Republicans have given millions of dollars in recent weeks to various super PACs with the sole purpose of stopping Trump, according to the most recent campaign finance filings that were released last week.

The individuals that have spent the most money trying to stop Trump are members of the incredibly wealthy Ricketts family from Nebraska. Since the beginning of this year, Marlene Ricketts, who is married to TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, and their son Todd, have given $5 million to Our Principles PAC, the largest group that is solely dedicated to thwarting Trump.

The Ricketts family, who also own the Chicago Cubs baseball team, have been longtime Republican donors. During the 2008 election, they were behind the effort to link Barack Obama to controversial comments made by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Another of the Ricketts' sons, Pete Ricketts, is the Republican governor of Nebraska.

Warren Stephens, a billionaire Republican investment banker from Arkansas, and Paul Singer, a billionaire philanthropist and hedge fund manager from New York.

Singer is averse to the spotlight but has quietly become one of the biggest donors in the Republican political world. His politics span the ideological spectrum — he is a vocal supporter of gay and lesbian rights, a donor to Senator Marco Rubio's now-ended campaign, a close ally of Mitt Romney and has been described as a "passionate defender of the 1 percent" by Forbes magazine.

More at link.

How the Trump campaign creates that mob mentality before Trump arrives

This guy has a blog.
He was at the rally where the protestor in the flag shirt was attacked.

This is what he had to say:

Silvercloud wrote that he was chilled by how the otherwise friendly crowd became a frenzied mob each time a protester was discovered in their midst:

The protesters who got indoors got an eerie response once discovered; people were instructed to chant “Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!” while pointing at the protesting people in the stands. This instruction was given well in advance before Trump arrived to speak.

Had this been WWE style professional wrestling, I wouldn’t have too much on an issue. But this isn’t professional wrestling entertainment,
this is a man running for President of the United States. Before he even came out, I have yet to see anything that remotely looks like unity of the total citizens of the United States. These chants sounded like fascism.

the article at the link describes how the attacks happened, and what Trump said to encourage the mob to attack.

worse yet, there are military men from a nearby base who are involved, who support Trump.

More video of Ala. Gov. phone call has been released.

in which he says " I love you".

It is, however, not clear to whom he is speaking, but it sure as shit is not his wife.
He sounds totally besotted.

Boy, 4, shot in head with gun left in car while mother was shopping

We talked about the 4 y/o who shot his mother when he found her gun in the car, and so many of us expressed concern the tot could have shot himself.

and it happened, here in Ala.

4-year-old boy was shot in the head Thursday night with a gun left in a car while his mother was inside a store.

police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Shelton said the mother left her children in the car. One of the children, believed to be the boy's older sister, found the gun, picked it up and it discharged.

Shelton said the bullet grazed the boy's skull but did not enter the skull. He is listed in stable condition at Children's of Alabama.

Shelton said no charges are expected in the case.

I thought leaving kids alone in a car was illegal????????
And, it was over 75 degrees today.

I found a neat site for all sorts of conversions.

Well, actually for the most common conversions of ...length, volume, weight.

Been doing a lot of weight and volume conversions to treat a sick dog and cat, and stumbled on this.

Just plug your number into one of the boxes, multiple conversions pop up


So here is how a red state Gov. can pay his mistress without ( hardly) anyone noticing.

Rebekah Caldwell Mason, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's former communications director and current Senior Political Advisor, is not employed by the state of Alabama. Instead, Mason, the married mother of three, works for a non-profit political group set up to support Gov. Bentley's political agenda.

Mason's name has been linked to Gov. Bentley's since Dianne, his wife of 50 years, filed for divorce in August 2015.
Yesterday, Bentley confirmed he had sexually inappropriate conversations with Mason but denied having a physical affair.
The denial came after Spencer Collier, former director of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, said he was fired after questioning the governor's relationship with Mason.

Here's how that non-profit trick works:

In 2013,she left her job as the governor's communications director to become a spokesperson for the Bentley reelection campaign.
and she formed RCM Communications, a political consulting and advising service registered to her home address in Tuscaloosa.
Mason is listed as RCM's only officer and the company has no listed phone number, website or Facebook page.

RCM did not do work for any other candidates in the 2014 election, according to financial disclosure forms filed with the Secretary of State.
The committee to reelect Bentley paid Mason's firm $426,978 for consulting and polling work during the 2014 election cycle.

After Bentley's victory in 2014, Mason moved into the role of Senior Political Advisor, where she spends time in the Legislature and traveling with the governor.
LOTS of traveling.
Mason's salary is paid by the Alabama Council for Excellent Government, a non-profit group formed to promote Bentley's political agenda.
Because of regulations involving 501 (c)(4)s, the group – a so called "dark money" organization - is not required to report its donors but can accept money from PACs, individuals or from leftover campaign funds.

Mason's name is not listed on the group's website and it's not known if she is a contractor or employee of the group.

All of the above can be found at: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/03/rebekah_caldwell_mason_gov_rob.html#incart_m-rpt-2

So, evidently they have been an item since 2013.
His wife of 50 years divorced him "suddenly" he says, in late summer of 2015.
Divorce papers have been sealed.

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