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San Francisco State University grad (Psychology).

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Arnold Toynbee Was Right.

"America is today the leader of a world-wide anti-revolutionary movement in the defense of vested interests.
She now stands for what Rome stood for.
Rome consistently supported the rich against the poor in all foreign communities that fell under her sway; and since the poor, so far, have always and everywhere been far more numerous than the rich, Rome's policy made for inequality, for injustice, and for the least happiness of the greatest number."

Arnold Toynbee, Historian, 1961

(That first line reminds me of Eisenhower's Farewell Speech, also from 1961)

MoveOn.org Starts Petition Asking Enterprise To Cut Ties With A.L.E.C.

August 27, 2016

Live up to your own values of sustainability by cutting all ties immediately with ALEC,
an extreme right-wing lobbying group that denies climate change and blocks climate action.

(Petition Background)

Enterprise, the largest car rental company in the world, was recently revealed by the Center for Media and Democracy and The Guardian to be a dues-paying member of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
ALEC helps right-wing lawmakers fulfill corporate wish-lists on a variety of topics that undermine American health and safety - including spreading climate change denial and blocking climate solutions.
Enterprise makes "green" commitments to plant trees and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in public, but funds ALEC in private.
Enterprise must cut ties with ALEC immediately.

Sign Petition:

Ben Carson to Donald Trump; Stop Calling Hillary Clinton a 'Bigot'

The Daily Beast
August 28, 2016

Ben Carson, the former presidential candidate and advisor to Donald Trump wants the GOP nominee to stop calling his opponent a racist.

"I don't usually get into the name-calling thing," Carson said in a phone interview with
The Daily Beast on Friday morning.
"I kind of left that behind in the third grade..I certainly don't encourage it because the issues that we're facing are incredibly important - for us and for the future generations."

On Thursday, Trump defended calling his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton a "bigot,"
A term with which he's taken to describing her this past week.

"She is a bigot," he said in a CNN interview.
"She's selling them (African-Americans) down the tubes because she's not doing anything for those communities..She talks a good game..But she doesn't do anything."

During a rally in New Hampshire on the same day, at which Carson introduced him, Trump assailed Clinton for saying that his voters are racists.
(She did not characterize them monolithically like this but rather pointed to a number of troublesome connections between Trump and white nationalists in a sharp critique in Reno yesterday)

But Carson - an often contemplative counterpart to Trump's brash, bullying persona -- said that he would not call Clinton a bigot, echoing the same sentiment as RNC spokesperson Sean Spicer who chose not to use the word on MSNBC Friday morning.


Trump Off Camera: The Man Behind The "In-Your-Face Provocateur"

Fresh Air
August 23, 2016

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross who's off this week.
It's fair to say no one's gotten more media attention this year than Donald Trump, maybe more attention than any presidential candidate ever.
Our guests today have spent a long time looking into Trump, but they aren't here to talk about the Trump controversy of the day or his most recent provocative statement.
Michael Kranish is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post.
Marc Fisher is a senior editor.
And they've written a book about Trump's life and career that's based on the work of more than 20 of the Post's reporters, editors and fact-checkers.
The authors say the Post wants to examine the major candidates' lives to help voters understand how they think, decide and act and how they might behave in office.
Trump gave the Post team more than 20 hours of interviews but declined to give permission for them to talk to his siblings or past associates who'd signed non-disclosure agreements.
Much of the information about Trump's business dealings had to be gleaned from court records and other public filings as well as hundreds of interviews.
Some of the findings of the Post's investigation have appeared in stories in the newspaper, and there's more in the new book:
"Trump Revealed: An American Journey Of Ambition, Ego, Money, And Power"
I spoke to Michael Kramish and Marc Fisher yesterday.

Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher, welcome to FRESH AIR.
You know, there's a debate about whether Donald Trump's worth is mostly self-made or inherited.
And I learned from your book that it was actually his grandfather who started the family real estate business.
Tell us a little about him.

Sure. Well his grandfather came from Germany, although Donald Trump, for whatever reason, wrote in his 1987 autobiography, "The Art Of The Deal," that his grandfather came from Sweden.
That's not correct.
The family definitely came from Germany.
We actually sent a reporter to Germany, to that town.
Frances Sellers went to Germany and visited the town, did a story for the paper and reporting for the book.
So it's an example of how we're really able to write an all-encompassing biography here.
And she found that the grandfather did make a reasonable fortune - not a huge one - but went west, went out to the Klondike and then eventually moved to New York City.
So there was a business starting.
And then Donald Trump's father Fred became very successful in New York real estate.

And what kind of business did Fred Trump, Donald's father, build?

Well, Fred trump was an extraordinary builder for his time.
He built many thousands of apartments in what they called 'dumps on stumps' in Brooklyn and Queens.
And there were rentals, there were house sales, and he was very, very successful.
You look back at the clippings of that time and you actually see what a big deal Fred Trump was.
He wasn't the same kind of self-promoter that Donald turned out to be, but he was prety good in his own right.
And he eventually brought his son Donald into the family business in which they rented thousands of apartments in Brooklyn and in Queens.

Listen to entire interview, read entire transcript, or read Interview Highlights:

Name a song with a color in the title

List as many as you want.

My co-favorites are:
- Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones
- Mr Blue by The Fleetwoods

Dog Stabbed and Burned with Chemicals - Police Must Find Attacker

Animal Petitions.org
August 19, 2016

A family dog suffered serious burns after he was doused in chemicals.
The dog was playing in his own backyard when an unknown attacker held him down and stabbed him three times.
The attacker then doused the dog's body in a chemical, possibly bleach or rat poison

Shocking images show the dog's torso completely burned by an unknown chemical.
The dog also suffered three puncture wounds in his side.
Authorities claim that the dog was likely held down through the fence during the attack.

Although he sustained substantial injuries, the dog is expected to survive.

This is the second known attack on a dog in County Cork in two weeks.
The Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states that the attacks are possibly linked.

Demand that justice is served for this innocent dog.
Please sign the petition at the link below to demand that the person responsible for this horrific crime is found, prosecuted, and, if found guilty, faces the maximum penalty.


The more signatures they get on this AnimalPetitions.org petition, the more likely it is that the person or persons responsible for this cruel, inhuman act against an innocent dog is found by the police and prosecuted, thus preventing them from doing this type of crime in the future.

Also, for those who want to do more, why not send an e-mail to the Cork SPCA asking them to set up a "reward fund" for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for this horrifically cruel torture of an innocent dog playing in his own yard.
To contact the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, go to:

Petition To Hillary Clinton: "Ask White House To Stop Pushing For 'Lame Duck' TPP Vote in Congress"

Democracy for America
August 12, 2016

Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a deal negotiated in secret that gives corporations unprecedented power - is one of the most important tasks we face in 2016.

But despite opposition from leading Democrats and progressives, the White House is pressing ahead.
They are reportedly planning to hold a vote on the TPP in the "lame duck" session after the November election, when Congress doesn't have to face the consequences of their actions.

As the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton is in a unique position to help us stop the TPP.
Her campaign chair, John Podesta, said "Hillary opposes TPP BEFORE and AFTER the election."

Now we need her to act - and help stop Congress from passing the destructive, job-killing TPP.

Join Robert Reich, DFA, and CREDO by signing our petition asking Hillary Clinton to publicly urge the White House to not hold a vote on the TPP - before or after the November election.

View petition at:

Another Trump Joke

By Diogenes Bartleby
Daily Kos
August 6, 2016

Donald Trump was making a speech on one of the remote islands in Hawaii

"I promise to end all crime in the United States."

"Um-gawa-gawa," said the audience.

"I promise to find a job for every person in the United States."


"I promise to destroy all our enemies the day after I take office."


And so it went, Trump making one promise after the other
while the audience answered, "Um-gawa-gawa."

After the speech the chief was showing Trump around his cattle ranch.

"That's a fine stud bull you have there," said Donald, "Do you mind if I take a look at it?"

"Go right ahead," said the chief..."Just be careful not to step in the Um-gawa-gawa."

Does Donald Trump have to appear in court on Sept. 9 for a civil lawsuit alleging rape?


New York Southern District Court
Judge: Ronnie Abrams
Case # 1:16-cv-04642
Nature of Suit: 320 Torts - Personal Injury - Assault, Libel & Slander
Cause: 28 13321b Diversity-Libel, Assault, Slander

Initial Conference set for 9/9/2016 at 03;13 PM in COURTROOM 1506, 40 CENTRE STREET,
NEW YORK, NY 10007 before Judge Ronnie Abrams (As further set forth in this Order)
(Signed by Judge Ronnie Abrams on 6/30/2016) (cf)

ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Jeffrey E. Epstein (dgo)
ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED as to Donald J. Trump (dgo)

To read more, go to:

After 2 days of exhaustive Google searches, I was only able to come up with two articles on this story.

1) From July 6, 2016, a Snopes.com article:
"A civil suit against Donald Trump alleging he raped a 13-year-old girl was dismissed in California in May 2016 and refiled in New York in June 2016"

2) From the New York Real Estate News website, "The Real Deal" from 6/20/ 2016
"Allegations filed - and dismissed - in California by the same plaintiff"

NOTE: As a rule, I do not use "Snopes.com as a "source" for anything.
However, since MSM and even the "alternative" news sites have chosen not to cover this story, I am including the Snopes.com article here only for "background" on this story.
(I couldn't find anything in the Snopes.com article that appeared to be untrue)

Catch Predator Who Hung Kitten With Noose and Tortured Her With Acid (PETITION)

August 4, 2016

A family cat had to be euthanized after she was brutally tortured.
The cat was strung up in a noose, doused in acid, and had her fur cut off.

Princess was near death when veterinarians found her in Devon, England.
An unidentified acidic poison ate away at her face and mouth, leaving her barely able to breathe.
Her fur was cut down to the skin and abrasive marks around her neck indicated she had been strung up by a noose.

She had to be euthanized due to the severity of her injuries.

Princess disappeared from her family home weeks earlier.
Her family is appealing to law enforcement to investigate this abuse.

Sign below to demand that a full investigation takes place:
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