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It's so obvious that any woman or man on that stage tonight would make an infinitely better

president than Trump. So since I would take any of them perhaps I should concentrate on supporting whoever has the best chance of beating Trump. l haven't yet decided on who I think that person is, but when I decide that is I where I will offer my support.


Damn! Do we have a slate of excellent candidates for

POTUS, or what? Just listen to this debate!

Every one of them stands head, shoulders, knees and toes over the swamp rat that occupies the White House at this moment! I will gladly pull the lever for which ever one of them secures the nomination.



*******Debate Thread 3********

Thought I'd start another debate thread. The other two are getting a little too long. Have at it everyone.


***Debate thread #1***

I might not be able to start threads later but it seems a good idea to be on one place.

“Houston, we have a problem.”

Nice one, Amy!


Well, at least THIS Trump tweet didn't happen ...

… ”Congratulations USA on the anniversary of 9-11!”

Given that he congratulated Poland on the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of their country, I was fully expecting some similar celebratory comment as we mark one of the saddest anniversaries in our national calendar....


Letter to me from a 9/11 first responder, dated Oct. 4, 2001.

That person is my son, who (unbeknownst to me at the time) was a first responder on 9/11.

He was writing to thank me for my cash contribution to his work as a volunteer at a relief supply station handling the overwhelming amount of contributions of supply needs from all over the country to help the rescue workers.

His work involved unloading the trucks, separating those supplies needed at Ground Zero from those which were not but could be used elsewhere....


Don't worry, nothing will happen. Let's take the kids, a picnic basket and go watch the SHOW.

This is what people from a nearby town did at one of the first battles of the civil war. They did not have a clue how much danger they were in until shots rang out. They had no idea what the future would bring, 600,000 war dead.

Today in America we have roughly sixty-million Republican voters who are in a catatonic state, a complete mental stupor. They have no idea how much danger they have put themselves and our country in....


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