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Stuart G

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Member since: Tue Dec 18, 2007, 11:07 AM
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About Me

I thought I knew a lot, and I found out... how little I knew about what I know. And how much more there is to learn, if I listen and read what others have to say.

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Man charged with smuggling tiger cub into US

an older story, but worth a look...picture of tiger cub at link

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/25/us/tiger-cub-smuggle-attempt/index.html
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(CNN) — A California man has been charged with smuggling a Bengal tiger cub into the United States from Mexico. He told investigators he wanted to keep the tiger as a pet, the United States Attorney's Office said.

Under federal law, all species of tigers -- including Bengal tigers -- are endangered species. A Fish and Wildlife Service permit is required to import any species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Luis Eudoro Valencia, 18, of Perris, California, told federal authorities he bought the tiger cub on August 21 for $300 from a man he saw on a Tijuana street walking a full-size tiger on a leash.

But Valencia didn't have the required permit and failed to declare the tiger with Customs and Border Protection officers when he drove across the border into San Diego, California two days later, the US Attorney's Office said.

Valencia was also charged Wednesday with importing an endangered species without a permit
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First 20 pictures at this link, appear to be pictures of the tiger cub. Who knows what the rest of these pictures are...just kind of weird..

https://www.google.com/search?q=Luis+Eudoro+Valencia&rlz=1T4GGNI_enUS494US495&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiC1JzAl6nYAhUH7YMKHTV_AAoQsAQIPg&biw=1280&bih=566

Today, I had a special experience I will always remember.


I am leader of a meeting on Monday mornings. We discuss "spirituality." This happened today. The subject was "gratitude" .. (Christmas morning , 12/25/17) ..I go to this meeting every Monday. I am retired.

.Being grateful for what we have. I was thinking for a few days about what to say (the leader gives a short talk, ( 5 minutes ) on a subject from a book. After the short talk, we go around the room, and everyone has an opportunity to comment on what is said.

What do I say on Christmas morning? What am I grateful for? I thought about this. I decided to talk about "life tools" like running water, electricity, heat, etc. The meeting was in a old church, ( I would say about 140 years old, maybe older) and I noticed that the church had gas pipes that were used for lighting before electricity was installed all over the room) So I showed the 8 people at the meeting, the gas pipes that were sticking out of the walls with covers on them, permanently off. I also said, that I had a student in one of the high school classes (25 years ago) that I taught, that came from poverty on another continent, and he grew up in a small town without electricity. (no TV, he said.)

Here is what happened. A member of the group this morning spoke up, and said he was in the Peace Corp in the 70s and was assigned to a country, on another continent in a town with no electricity, no heat, no running water. He said that he had to ask one of the local teenagers..(I think he paid them) to get his daily bucket of water. He had some kind of portable gas stove that he used to cook, (boil the water to remove impurities) and commented that where he lived, there was a hole in the floor in a room ( that was a bathroom) where he took a "poop." This member was not the kind of person that would make this up. Here was someone in the room, who had an experience with no running water, no heat, and no electricity. And told us what he did to deal with this.

So, I heard today, someone who had an experience in the 70s, somewhere in this world, with no electricity, no heat, or running water. Things we all take for granted, yet are extremely important in life. Things we all should be grateful for. Why? It has only been the last 140 years at most, that we have had these important everyday living tools. I told this person that his experience was incredible, and he needs to share it... We have so much, and what we think about is often so little....

Today, I experienced a special moment. A story from a person with an amazing experience..

I am leader of a spiritual meeting on Monday mornings. This happened today The subject was..
"gratitude" (Christmas morning , 12/25/17)
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.Being grateful for what we have. I was thinking for a few days about what to say (the leader gives a short lead, - 5 to 7 minutes on a subject from a book.) What do I say on Christmas morning? What am I grateful for? I thought about this. I decided to talk about simple things like running water, electricity, heat, etc. The meeting was in a very old church, ( I would say about 140 years old, maybe older) and I noticed that the church had gas pipes that were used for lighting before electricity was installed all over) So I showed the 8 people at the meeting, the gas pipes that were sticking out of the walls with covers on them, permanently shut off. I also said, that I had a student in one of the high school classes that I taught, that came from poverty on another continent, and he grew up in a small town without electricity. (just to say that has happened in places as recently as 35 years ago)

Here is what happened. A member of the group spoke up, and said he was in the Peace Corp in the 70s and was assigned to a country in Africa, (don't remember which one) in a town somewhere with no electricity or running water. He said that he had to ask one of the local teenagers..(I think he paid them) to get his daily bucket of water. He had some kind of portable gas stove that he used to cook, (boil the water to remove impurities) and commented that in his compound where he lived, there was a hole in the floor in a room (what was a bathroom) where he took a "poop" This member was not the kind of person that would make this up. Here was someone in the room who had an experience with no running water, no heat, and no electricity. And what he did to deal with this.

Live and in person, someone I knew over the years from meetings who had this experience in the 70s in a town somewhere in this world, with no electricity, no heat, or running water. Something we all take for granted, yet is extremely important in life. Something we all should be grateful for. Why? It has only been the last 140 years at most, that we have had these important everyday tools. I told the member that his experience was incredible, and he needs to share it. We have so much, and what we think about is often so little....
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(Yes, I think about "so little" often, but after today, much less).......

Interview, " How Many Dancing Lessons Do Your Horses Need?" quote by Abigail Disney, 11/26/12

"Not Raising Taxes on the Rich Defies Logic" ....title of clip at You Tube..

From November 26 2012, From an interview by Lawrence O'Donnell, with Ben Jealous of NAACP & Abigail Disney. This Statement is made at about 5:30 into interview by Abigail Disney. The interview was concerning a deal to extend the tax cuts for middle class by Obama. Also, Obama proposed that the top income bracket go up 4 and 1/2 per cent. I do not know if this passed.

Important Note: This was 7 years ago when Obama was President and the discussion was concerning a bill being submitted then.

The Discussion is about a small tax increase for the rich. I believe that this is significant because we are still having this discussion today, and that one statement that Disney said rang a loud bell with me. I was trying to find out more about Abigail Disney and found this clip in the process. Also, I found the above quote by a very rich person quite remarkable... Thank You for watching this..


House GOPers say Susan Collins Health Care Demands are Dead on Arrival. TPM:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/house-gopers-say-susan-collins-health-care-demands-are-dead-on-arrival

Talking Points Memo:

Alice Ollstein Published December 19, 2017 4:51 pm

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Just a few hours before the Senate prepares to vote on a massive overhaul of the American tax system, a host of House Republicans told reporters that the promises made to secure the vote of Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) have no chance of passing the lower chamber and becoming law.

Collins announced Monday that she would vote for the tax bill based on promises from President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to support two health care bills aimed at mitigating the expected damage from the tax bill’s provision killing Obamacare’s individual mandate

One bill would to restore government subsidies to insurance companies known as CSRs that the Trump administration cut off earlier this year, and the other would set up a temporary federal reinsurance program. Both policies would lower insurance premiums, which are predicted to rise sharply as result of eliminating the individual mandate, but would do nothing to prevent an expected 13 million more people from becoming uninsured over the next decade. Still, many Republicans, including Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), said there is widespread opposition in the House to these policies, which they see as propping up Obamacare.

“Our guys do not want to be in the position of upholding a system that we all oppose and that we tried to repeal and did repeal in this chamber. That’s a real problem,” Cole said, before taking aim at Collins. “We’re not going to let ourselves be blackmailed by one senator for one vote in the United States Senate. I don’t think so.”

Explanation of Strange Behavior That We Often See in The U.S.A.

(strange behavior from some people in the U.S.A. explained.)..

U.S. Population is 323 million (estimate) We rank 3rd in the world in population. That is a lot of people. And the variety is endless. Every kind of person from every kind of place. From Nome Alaska to the Everglades Florida. From Bangor Maine to Grand Forks North Dakota. We got people that have come from all over the world to this place.. It is a good place. The variety is endless. So, this country has a whole lot of good people who are honest and kind. We got some that are not so good and they are mean and very selfish. And everything in the middle.

If someone goes to the bank with 10,000 dollars, and asks for 10,000 dollars in pennies, and the bank could give you those pennies, and then you laid them out in your living room there would be a million pennies. Picture that. Picture all those pennies. Multiply that by 323, and picture the people. Lots of people. All kinds imaginable. Some of those 323,000,000 people are indeed strange and exhibit strange behavior. Yes. Yes,....Some are strange, some are not so strange. Some are smart and some are not so smart. You name it, the U.S.A has got it. That is why we have strange behavior in the U.S.A. That's all folks..

In buying things or whatever..What is the best advice you have gotten?

Perhaps we can pass around information.....

For me, buy way ahead of time, then you can search around, and you are not hurried into purchasing anything.

It looks and smells like Watergate.

Why? There is always something new coming out. Some of it directly affects or is connected to the President, while some of it isn't. Many people talked to the President about this and that. Nixon had a history of lying, and so does Trump. I recall so clearly Nixon saying something to the effect that he was quitting politics, something like, "your not going to kick me around anymore. ...and a few years later he was elected President.

Nixon had a long history of lying and attacking enemies in ruthless ways. Helen Douglas ran against Nixon and Nixon demonized her. So Trump does the same thing. Makes up lies about people, and is vicious in his language. The more he is attacked, the worse he gets.

Both Nixon and Trump are especially arrogant, thinking they can get away with "anything.' Nixon's lies and actions before the 68 election are close to treason. Trump also seams or appears to have actions which, if we look at objectively, could be treason: working with outside countries to prevent an opponent's election.

And like Nixon, there is a special prosecutor who will probably (we do not know yet) uncover all the dirt. (sooner or later) Also, there is a sideshow of who talked to who, how, why, and when . But in the end, it was Nixon's actions which did him in. Something about hidden tape recordings and who said what and when. Nixon claims he never said certain things, which it came out later, he most likely did say.

Did Trump have dealings with a foreign country to help win an election? Oh, Trump says no. But there is so much circumstantial evidence that his closest relatives (his sons) did indeed have conversations with members of foreign countries. about what?..no one knows. (adoptions?..not likely from my viewpoint)

And the media is involved too, as it was for Nixon. Many similarities. And many differences. But there is one very similar point. Time will eventually tell the truth. It does look like it will all come out, at some point. Why? because people are talking behind the scenes, and some already have been indicted, and like Nixon those indictments can as they say.."go up the ladder to the top"

I don't know what is going to happen. Yet the similarities are striking. I didn't want to believe Nixon was behind the whole thing. But he was. (I always thought he was crooked, but all of that?..yes all of that.) It seems very similar. We will see. Sooner or later, we will know the truth . But, I hope it is sooner rather than later.

Let's look at this by asking 3 simple questions:

1. Is Trump good at staying out of trouble?
2. Is Mueller good at prosecuting?
3. Is Mueller better at prosecuting than Trump staying out of trouble?

Trump has declared bankruptcy a number of times.
Trump has refused to pay people who worked for him, a number of times.
Trump lies and brags about what he wants and gets..no matter what.
Trump gets in trouble and buys his way out, or gets a lawyer to "take care of it"
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Trump gets in trouble, but manages to con or buy out. or declare bankruptcy.

Yes, Mueller is good at prosecuting, criminal issues, and he has some of the best help available. That has been his life's work..
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Trump is already in criminal trouble, but he can't buy his way out of this. He cannot lie his way out of this.
.....this is not the kind of trouble that one can buy their way out of.
Also, Mueller is taking his time to get absolute proof that Trump has committed criminal behavior..And his crowd has committed criminal behavior. (you may define his crowd)
Mueller will get enough proof to indict the crowd, and implicate Trump as a law breaker even if he cannot be charged. (maybe he will be charged??)
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Why? Mueller is much better at what he does, than Trump is at staying out of "criminal trouble" Trump doesn't even know what that is, and Mueller certainly does, since that has been his life's work.
Mueller is motivated too, and this is mighty big. Trump's lies are mighty big. Nevertheless, Mueller is going to find the truth, even if Trump is going to lie.. Trump may have implicated himself in a tweet yesterday. I do not know, but Mueller does. Trump is up against someone who will get him. Trump may fire Mueller, but that will not end it. I believe Trump will go down. far down. Yes, it will take some time, but the proof, when everyone sees it, will be iron clad and non refutable. Trump is up against far more than he can imagine. As is his crowd. And we will see, and the proof will be clear to everyone.

A simple way people can protest against Trump: elections

At the ballot box. Elections will tell. We will see if this is correct.
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