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IronLionZion

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Hometown: PA
Home country: USA
Current location: DC
Member since: Mon Nov 10, 2003, 07:36 PM
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About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Drumpf's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

Trump's latest moves aren't exactly a winning economic -- or reelection -- strategy

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/24/business/recession-tariffs-europe-immigration-trump/index.html

New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump's latest economic policies are the opposite of the emergency aid that Corporate America and Wall Street are clamoring for.

Trump may be calculating that tougher stances on immigration and trade could score him points in November. But they could backfire by making it harder for the economy to recover from this historic recession.
Trump is suddenly ramping up trade fights with two of the nation's biggest trading partners -- threatening to slap tariffs on goods like chocolate and butter from Europe, and reportedly pushing to reimpose tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada. Meanwhile, Trump this week also extended immigration restrictions, which could make it harder for businesses to find the skilled foreign workers they rely on.

All of this is happening during a drumbeat of bad coronavirus news, as infections surge in several areas.

The Dow plummeted 800 points, or 3%, on Wednesday on concerns about the European tariff threat and the pandemic.
"This is exactly the wrong move at the wrong time. We're inching toward the same mistakes we made during the Great Depression," said Joe Brusuelas, chief economist at RSM International.

Economists agree the Great Depression was worsened by tariff policies -- namely, the Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930, which imposed tariffs on all countries that shipped products to America. Trading partners promptly retaliated by slapping tariffs on US goods.


Sick of winning

Abandoned Locations In Pennsylvania (10 Pics)

https://www.boredpanda.com/abandoned-locations-pennsylvanian-obsidianurbexphotography/

“How do you prepare for an epic American road trip?” This was the question on the tip of my tongue for the first quarter of 2018. The flights to New York had been booked, and adventure awaited! The race was now on to plan my vacation. This was not a typical trip across the pond. There was no shopping or traditional site-seeing hotspots on our map.

This was a journey in search of abandoned places; the constant obsession that takes me all over the world. I scoured websites, blogs, and news articles in search of lost American treasures. I made contact with some amazing local photographers, arranging meet-ups and exchanging locations. The months and weeks passed quickly. In the days before my flight, my map was a polychrome of multi-colored pins. Each marked a photogenic relic of the past, spread across ten different States. It was already clear that this was going to be an amazing trip!

Out of the ten States visited, I spent the most time in Pennsylvania. During this time I visited 21 abandoned locations, taking hundreds of photographs. I was so trigger-happy with my camera shutter, I ran out of memory card space partway through the trip!

Here are my Top 10 highlights from my trip. I hope you enjoy this foray into American Decay. Link to my Road Trip Blog with behind-the-scenes stories and photos from this unforgettable American Adventure is down below.

More info: obsidianurbexphotography.com | obsidianurbexphotography.com


Blue boxing ring


Trolley car graveyard


Gothic church


Library/Archive


Old government building


More photos and descriptions at link

Dr. Gupta: Trump rally risks are an anatomy of an outbreak

Photos from the scene as more Trump supporters gather in Tulsa before Trump

https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/photos-from-the-scene-as-more-trump-supporters-gather-in-tulsa-before-trump/collection_d06d6696-90f2-522d-9325-edda99e34b1d.html#1

So many photos at the link. But hotlinking to the images is disabled.

A big rally in Tulsa is necessary since Oklahoma is a such an important battleground swing state.

So here's a WaPo image and link too


https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/tulsa-imposes-curfew-ahead-of-trump-rally-to-prevent-violent-protesting/2020/06/19/56d31058-b21f-11ea-8f56-63f38c990077_story.html

TULSA — Tulsa was a city on edge Friday night, as Trump fans and protesters gathered in anticipation of the president's first campaign rally in months set for Saturday, raising fears of a violent confrontation and a worsening spread of the coronavirus as local cases spike.

Authorities set up a perimeter around the 19,000-seat BOK Center in downtown Tulsa, where those eager to see Trump started lining up at midweek. Businesses around the area boarded up their windows, and the mayor issued a state of emergency and set up a curfew out of concern that outside groups were headed to town to raise trouble.

But the city announced it was rescinding the safety measures after Trump tweeted:

"I just spoke to the highly respected Mayor of Tulsa, G.T. Bynum, who informed me there will be no curfew tonight or tomorrow for our many supporters attending the #MAGA Rally," Trump said. "Enjoy yourselves - thank you to Mayor Bynum!"

The Rich Have Stopped Spending And That Has Tanked The Economy

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/17/878946307/the-rich-have-stopped-spending-and-thats-tanked-the-economy



The wealthiest American households are keeping a tight grip on their purse strings even as their lower-income counterparts are spending a lot more freely when they emerge from weeks of lockdown. That decline in spending by the wealthy could limit the whole country's economic recovery.

Researchers based at Harvard have been tracking spending patterns using credit card data. They found that people at the bottom of the income ladder are now spending nearly as much as they did before the coronavirus pandemic.

"When the stimulus checks went out, you see that spending by lower-income households went up a lot," said Nathan Hendren, a Harvard economist and co-founder of the Opportunity Insights research team.

However, the wealthy are not matching them. "For higher-income individuals, that spending is still way far off from where it was prior to COVID and it has not recovered as much," Hendren said.

That's potentially crippling because consumer spending is a huge driver of economic activity. In fact, so much of the country's economy depends on shopping by the top income bracket that the wealthiest 25% of Americans account for fully two-thirds of the total decline in spending since January.


Our economy needs to trickle up from lower income consumers. Not down as rich GOP politicians keep telling us.

Officer Stacey Has Viral Meltdown Over Having To Wait A While For An Egg McMuffin

https://god.dailydot.com/officer-karen-meltdown-mcmuffin/



A police officer has been dubbed “Officer Karen” by the internet after someone posted a video of her crying in her car because she had to wait longer than expected for her McDonald’s order and ended up refusing most of it because she was “too nervous” about it. After being posted by a Trump supporter late Tuesday, the video quickly gained over five million views, with many being baffled by the way it ends.

https://twitter.com/tkag2020_ann/status/1273075677454098436

The officer, identified only as Stacey, tells a story about pulling up to a local McDonald’s after her shift and after pre-ordering her food online. After being told to pull up to the final window and having to wait a bit for her food to be cooked, there’s a high level of tension where you expect something bad to happen. However, the whole problem seems to be that the likely minimum wage fast-food employees weren’t fast enough with her food.

“And I’m waiting, and I’m waiting, and I’m waiting, and so the girl comes to the window and asks me what my order was. I repeat my order, and they ask me to pull up because my food’s not ready. It’s an English muffin meal with a hash brown and coffee,” she says.


Sounds like she feared for her life here. Good thing she goes around all day with a gun and badge.



I get that she's tired and hungry but she sounds like she's worried someone is going to come by and shoot her like the cops did to Rayshard Brooks.

Edit: changed Karen to Stacey

Second Edit: I've been punked a lot in my life but this isn't one of those times. She's Stacy Talbert of the McIntosh County Sheriff's office
https://heavy.com/news/2020/06/stacey-officer-karen-egg-mcmuffin/

Stephen Colbert: The Newest Zealander Visits PM Jacinda Ardern



Damn, I wish our country could have a normal decent leader.

Black Lives Matter demonstrator carries injured white protester to safety in powerful image

Trump pushes fights over racist legacy while much of America moves in a different direction

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-pushes-fights-over-racist-legacy-while-much-of-america-moves-in-a-different-direction/2020/06/11/8d4398a4-abf5-11ea-9063-e69bd6520940_story.html



At a time when much of the country appears to be moving in a different direction, President Trump has charged into a series of fights over the nation’s racist legacy — gambling that taking divisive stances on Confederate symbols and policing will energize his mostly white supporters in November.

But many Republicans and even some of Trump’s own advisers worry that the approach risks further alienating voters who have already started to abandon him, including college-educated whites, and to harden opposition to him among minorities.

Though Trump has long sought to exploit class resentment and racial tensions for political gain, his decision to continue to do so in the wake of the death of George Floyd — an unarmed black man killed in Minneapolis policy custody — has left some in his orbit uneasy, and Democrats eager to capitalize on what some say is a racist president revealing his true beliefs.

At a time when much of the country appears to be moving in a different direction, President Trump has charged into a series of fights over the nation’s racist legacy — gambling that taking divisive stances on Confederate symbols and policing will energize his mostly white supporters in November.

But many Republicans and even some of Trump’s own advisers worry that the approach risks further alienating voters who have already started to abandon him, including college-educated whites, and to harden opposition to him among minorities.

Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly signaled that his sympathies lie with the police over the protesters, whom he has broadly portrayed as members of a loosely affiliated anti-fascist movement known as antifa, though the vast majority of the demonstrators across the country have been peaceful. Since Floyd’s death, he has tweeted about “LAW & ORDER!” more than a dozen times.


I hope that America will move forward and leave this steaming pile of manure far behind. Enough people can see through this nonsense this time to vote for change.

Sign this Petition: Change KKK status into Terrorist Organization

Change KKK status into Terrorist Organization

https://www.change.org/p/department-of-counterterrorism-change-kkk-status-into-terrorist-organization

Ever since the inception of the Ku Klux Klan in December 24,1865 they have terrorized American citizens for the color of their skin and opposing views. This group has a long history of murder & intimidation of people based on color and religion. The KKK has lynched 3446 blacks and 1297 whites based of the research of The Tuskeegee Institute. The KKK has raped,murdered people for registering to vote, and destroyed towns built by African Americans. Clear documented evidence is available through picture and video of their murderous acts. Black Americans have suffered the most under this terror group. Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims. We ask if ISIS or ISIL is labeled a terrorist group for their acts, then surely the KKK fit the clear description of a terrorist.

KKK does not care to publicize their actions and the police aren't interested in investigating it.
KKK members are in many forms of the government
KKK could be considered the best example of a modern terrorist group that was even allowed, by the government, to function and even do marches in the capital of the country
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