If you grew up in the 70s you probably watched Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor or maybe the trifecta of Harry Reasoner, Howard K. Smith or Barbara Walters was who you got the news of the day from. It seemed like Vietnam, the Gas Crisis or was it Watergate consuming most of the time in a typical broadcast? Is today an odd day, who are H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrichman
and 5,575 Californias killed in the line of duty couldn't be correct. In 1973, Stanford University conferred 1712 degrees.
We didn’t know much about Vietnam before the conflict, we didn't know too much about Cambodia or Laos either. We didn't know about jungle warfare, we didn't understand how to fight this war. We knew it was going to be formidable, though we didn't know why. During the Second Indochina War, which began in 1955 and ended in 1975 the total killed is close to 1,300,000 and about 40% of those were civilians. Those civilians were mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles. Almost 60,000 of those dead were Americans.
During the conflict, the Selective Service to draft young men into armed service. Though the United States at present has no draft, young men are required by law to register with the Selective Service when they reach the age of eighteen.
The selective service mission statement;
“…To furnish manpower to the Defense Department during a national emergency, to manage alternative service for men classified as conscientious objectors, and to register, with only a few exceptions, all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants residing in the United States who are ages 18 through 25...”
So, why register, well, it’s the law. Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.
The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Registering with Selective Service does not mean you are joining the military. I still have a letter from the selective service which firmly reminds me to register. I was one of about a dozen people who didn’t register when I needed to, another letter I received gave me little choice about registering……register or go to jail. One of the 12 didn’t choose to register, he ended up in jail for a few months.
I have a draft eligible son, I wonder often what would it take to resurrect the draft. It appears to be much easier than first imagined. Here are the sequence of events that would need to occur if the United States returned to a draft:
Congress and the President Authorize a Draft.
A crisis occurs which requires more troops than the volunteer military can supply. Congress passes and the President signs legislation which starts a draft. (Republican-held Congress and Senate, and President could be aligned if needed)
A lottery based on birthdays determines the order in which registered men are called up by Selective Service. The first to be called, in a sequence determined by the lottery, will be men whose 20th birthday falls during that year, followed, if needed, by those aged 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25.
All Parts of Selective Service are activated.
Selective Service activates and orders its state directors and Reserve Forces Officers to report for duty.
Physical, Mental, and Moral Evaluation of Registrants.
Registrants with low lottery numbers are ordered to report for a physical, mental, and moral evaluation to determine whether they are fit for military service. Once he is notified of the results of the evaluation, a registrant will be given 10 days to file a claim for exemption, postponement, or deferment.
Local and Appeal Boards Activated and Induction Notices Sent.
Local and Appeal Boards will process registrant claims. Those who pass the military evaluation will receive induction orders. An inductee will have 10 days to report to a local Military Entrance Processing Station for induction.
First Draftees are inducted.
According to current plans, Selective Service must deliver the first inductees to the military within 193 days from the onset of a crisis.
For all parents of draft-aged children, do you know who our enemy is? On March 8th, 1965, the first American combat troops, the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade came ashore at China Beach north of Da Nang. And, like the Tet Offensive of 1968, do we really know anything about Raqqa, Ramadi, Fallujah or Mosul? Is this a version of jungle warfare?
President Trump negotiated a 110 billion dollar arms deal with the Saudi government, the largest in United States history. Upon his return, both Democrats and Republicans are looking to revise, eliminate or even completely restructure the agreement met Trump.
Freedom House, the U.S.-based non-governmental organization produces a yearly survey and report that measures the degree of civil liberties and political rights in every nation and significant related and disputed territories around the world.
Here are a few details from the 2017 Freedom in the World report.
Saudi Arabia restricts almost all political rights and civil liberties through a combination of oppressive laws and the use of force. No officials at the national level are elected. The regime extends some authority to clerics who follow the austere Wahhabi interpretation of Sunni Islam in exchange for affirmation of the monarchy’s religious legitimacy.
Ruling elites rely on extensive surveillance, the criminalization of dissent, appeals to sectarianism, and public spending supported by oil revenues to maintain power.
In January, the regime executed one of the kingdom’s most prominent Shiite Muslim clerics as part of its ongoing crackdown against the religious minority.
More than 150 people were executed during 2016, defendants are generally denied due process, and many are executed for crimes other than murder.
As the Saudi military continued its controversial bombing campaign against rebel forces in neighboring Yemen, cross-border attacks by the rebels occasionally caused deaths and injuries in the kingdom.
With significant logistical and political support from the United States and Britain, Saudi Arabia continued its destructive military campaign in neighboring Yemen, where groups loyal to Saudi-backed president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were locked in a civil war against Houthi rebels and allied forces linked to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saudi leaders maintained that the Houthis, who sometimes launched raids or missile attacks across Saudi Arabia’s southern border, were proxies for Shiite-ruled Iran, the kingdom’s regional rival.
Saudi internal security forces continued their oppression of the Shiite religious minority. In January, the authorities executed a prominent Shiite cleric and outspoken critic of the regime, Nimr al-Nimr. Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, the cleric’s nephew, remained on death row for his participation as a teenager in 2011 protests that led to clashes with security forces. In June, a Saudi court sentenced 14 Shiites to death for alleged attacks on security personnel during the same wave of protests, which the regime characterized as terrorism.
Political Rights-Electoral Process 0/12
Is the head of government or other chief national authority elected through free and fair elections? Are the national legislative representatives elected through free and fair elections? Are the electoral laws and framework fair?
Political Pluralism and Participation 0/16
Do the people have the right to organize in different political parties or other competitive political groupings of their choice and is the system open to the rise and fall of these competing parties or groupings?
Is there a significant opposition vote and a realistic opportunity for the opposition to increase its support or gain power through elections?
Are the people’s political choices free from domination by the military, foreign powers, totalitarian parties, religious hierarchies, economic oligarchies, or any other powerful group? Do cultural, ethnic, religious, or other minority groups have full political rights and electoral opportunities?
Political parties are forbidden, and organized political opposition exists only outside the country. Political dissent is criminalized. Activists who challenge the kingdom’s record on political inclusion or call for constitutional changes are treated harshly. Raef Badawi, a human rights activist and founder of the website Liberal Saudi Network, remained behind bars in 2016 after being sentenced in 2014 to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam.”
Functioning of Government 1/12
Do the freely elected head of government and national legislative representatives determine the policies of the government? Is the government free from pervasive corruption? Is the government accountable to the electorate between elections, and does it operate with openness and transparency?
Corruption remains a significant problem, despite some earlier moves to hold certain officials accountable, and the functioning of government is largely opaque. Following a deadly stampede during the Hajj in 2015, which drew international criticism of the infrastructure and safety measures provided by Saudi authorities, the government refused to amend its official death toll of 769, despite estimates by international news organizations that exceeded 2,400.
Freedom of Expression and Belief 3/16
Are there free and independent media and other forms of cultural expression? Are religious institutions and communities free to practice their faith and express themselves in public and private?
Is there academic freedom, and is the educational system free of extensive political indoctrination? Is there open and free private discussion?
The government tightly controls domestic media content and dominates regional print and satellite-television coverage, with members of the royal family owning major stakes in news outlets in multiple countries. Government officials have banned journalists and editors who publish articles deemed offensive to the religious establishment or the ruling authorities. A 2011 royal decree amended the press law to criminalize, among other things, any criticism of the country’s grand mufti, the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, or government officials; violations can result in fines and forced closure of media outlets.
The regime has taken steps to limit the influence of online media, blocking access to large numbers of websites that are considered immoral or politically sensitive. A 2011 law requires all blogs and websites, or anyone posting news or commentary online, to have a license from the Ministry of Information or face fines and possible closure of the website. In December 2016, Issa al-Nukhaifi, an activist critical of corruption and the government’s conduct of the war in Yemen, was arrested for his posts on Twitter.
Islam is the official religion, and all Saudis are required by law to be Muslims. A 2014 royal decree punishes atheism with up to 20 years in prison. The government prohibits the public practice of any religion other than Islam and restricts the religious practices of the Shiite and Sufi Muslim minority sects.
Associational and Organizational Rights 0/12
Is there freedom of assembly, demonstration, and open public discussion? Is there freedom for nongovernmental organizations? Are there free trade unions and peasant organizations or equivalents, and is there effective collective bargaining? Are there free professional and other private organizations?
Rule of Law 2/16
Is there an independent judiciary? Does the rule of law prevail in civil and criminal matters? Are police under direct civilian control? Is there protection from political terror, unjustified imprisonment, exile, or torture, whether by groups that support or oppose the system? Is there freedom from war and insurgencies? Do laws, policies, and practices guarantee equal treatment of various segments of the population?
Defendants’ rights are poorly protected by law and not respected in practice. Detainees are often denied access to legal counsel during interrogation, and lengthy pretrial detention and detention without charge are common. Capital punishment, usually carried out by beheading, is applied to a wide range of crimes; juvenile offenders are not exempt from the penalty. According to international media reports, Saudi authorities carried out more than 150 executions in 2016.
The penal code bans torture, but allegations of torture by police and prison officials are common, and access to prisoners by independent human rights and legal organizations is strictly limited. A sweeping new antiterrorism law, which includes lengthy prison sentences for criticizing the monarchy or the government, went into effect in 2014. Among other provisions, it expanded the power of police to conduct raids against suspected antigovernment activity without judicial approval.
Local affiliates of the Islamic State (IS) militant group carried out several terrorist bombings and bombing attempts in 2016. Attacks on a Shiite mosque in Al-Ahsa in the Eastern Province that killed four people in January were attributed to IS. In July, a suicide bombing in Medina also killed four people. Two other attacks were attempted the same day in the Shiite community of Qatif and near the U.S. consulate in Jeddah. In May, security forces reportedly broke up an IS cell in a suburb of Mecca. Separately, Yemeni rebel forces continued to fire missiles and other ordnance into Saudi territory in 2016, killing small numbers of Saudi civilians.
Substantial prejudice against ethnic, religious, and national minorities prevails. Shiites, who make up 10 to 15 percent of the population, are underrepresented in senior government positions, and Shiite activism has faced repression by security forces. Shiites have also been subject to physical assaults by both state and non-state actors.
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights 2/16
Do individuals enjoy the freedom of travel or choice of residence, employment, or institution of higher education? Do individuals have the right to own property and establish private businesses? Does government officials, the security forces, political parties/organizations, or organized crime unduly influence private business activities? Are there personal social freedoms, including gender equality, choice of marriage partners, and size of family? Are there equality of opportunity and the absence of economic exploitation?
Women are not treated as equal members of society, and many laws discriminate against them. They are not permitted to drive cars, despite the advocacy efforts of a civic movement aimed at lifting the ban, and must obtain permission from a male guardian in order to travel within or outside of the country. According to prevailing interpretations of Sharia in Saudi Arabia, daughters generally receive half the inheritance awarded to their brothers, and the testimony of one man is equal to that of two women. Moreover, Saudi women seeking access to the courts must be represented by a male.
The religious police enforce a strict policy of gender segregation and often harass women, using physical punishment to ensure compliance with conservative standards of dress in public. In December, a Twitter user in Riyadh, Malak al-Shehri, posted a photo of herself on the street without the obligatory hijab or abaya. She was subsequently arrested for “violations of general morals.”
Same-sex marriage is not legal. All sexual activity outside of marriage, including same-sex activity, is criminalized, and the death penalty can be applied in certain circumstances.
Foreign workers—of whom there are more than seven million in the country, making up more than half of the active labor force—have historically enjoyed virtually no legal protections and remain vulnerable to trafficking and forced labor, primarily through the exploitation of the visa-sponsorship system.
Are you willing to put your child I harm’s way for a country that believes in these atrocities? Are you willing to have your child killed defending and protecting governments that have few or limited human rights?
Here are a few notable countries and their views on human rights.
Venezuelan human rights:
Widespread arbitrary detention, imprisonment of opposition leaders, intimidation of journalists, torture, policies causing mass hunger and health catastrophe.
Chinese human rights:
Denial of freedom of speech, religion, and association, extrajudicial killings, repression of civil society, discrimination against Tibetans and other minorities.
Iraqi human rights:
Pro-government militias commit widespread human rights abuses, including assassinations, enforced disappearances, property destruction.
Qatari human rights:
Inhuman conditions for 1.4 million migrant workers, women denied basic rights to equality, denied the rights to be elected to legislative council; finances ISIS and Hamas.
Burundi human rights:
Police killings of peaceful protesters; government forces commit summary executions, targeted assassinations, enforced disappearances; arbitrary detention, torture, sexual violence; genocide warning.
Bangladeshi human rights:
Extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, killing of secular bloggers by Islamist groups, restrictions on online speech and the press, early and forced marriage, gender-based violence, abysmal working conditions, and labor rights.
United Arab Emirates human rights:
No political parties, no option to change government; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, arrests without charge, incommunicado detentions, lengthy pretrial detentions, police and prison guard brutality, violence against women, anti-gay discrimination, mistreatment and sexual abuse of foreign domestic servants and other migrant workers.
If you were born between 1980-1995 you’re a Millennial, you and 75 million just like you.
If you’re a millennial you grew up with a computer and internet connection in your home, you witnessed the largest economic decline since the great depression, you watched the 911 Terrorist attacks live, you feel directly or indirectly the effects of 20 plus years of offshoring of American and the Enron energy trading scams and corporate fraud become a national event costing shareholders 63 billion dollars. Climate change has become obvious with unusually more severe storms, hotter weather, colder weather and more and even longer droughts. President G. W. Bush, Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney deceived the entire nation about weapons of mass destruction and the subsequent invasion and occupation of Iraq. A revolution in the way we work, including widespread acceptance of flextime, work from home, freelancing.
Political scandals are about as old as politics itself, from ethics impropriety to financial misconduct, to even the occasional sex scandal. Politicians who get caught up in it usually lose their jobs or even go to prison.
Trust in politicians is at a tipping point. Between 1776 and 1990 there were 27 sex scandals that plagued politicians, and between 1990 and 2017 there were 41.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is a Republican that resigned on April 10th 2017 Bentley misused state resources in order to cover up an extramarital affair. Attorney General and Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat investigators believe Spitzer paid up to $80,000 for prostitutes over a period of several years. Trey Radel, the Florida Republican congressman was arrested for buying cocaine from an undercover officer in 2014. Michael Grimm the Republican congressman from Staten Island, Grimm was ultimately sentenced to eight months in prison for tax evasion. Democrat Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted on charges of corruption in 2008 after his attempts to accept bribes to fill a vacant Senate seat. In 2011, Anthony Weiner, the Democratic congressman from New York resigned after lewd photos of him appeared on his Twitter account. He quickly blamed a hacker. Weiner’s political comeback was cut short when it was revealed that he continued sexting other women. The impact on the 2016 presidential race is unknown, but his involvement and his then marriage to Huma Abedin (Abedin filed for divorce moments after Weiner pled guilty to Federal Obscenity Laws.
The current political climate is more black and white than red and blue. We’re divided as a country and divided as people. The impact millennials had on the presidential election may not be felt for decades to come, but the influence of scandal after scandal leaves them apolitical. With a voting block of 80 million and only 36 million voting, we need to ask ourselves why and do everything possible to energize this group about politics.
Are the three presidential candidates in 2016 more relatable as parents than they as forward thinking leaders? The average age of the three is 71 (Sanders 75, Trump 70 and Clinton 69). The Pew Research Center has documented the wide variety of ways in which Americans use social media to seek out information and interact with others. (http://www.pewinternet.org/2016/11/11/social-media-update-2016/). Facebook users are more likely to be younger adults 82% compared to 67% of older Americans. The under 50-year-old Instagram users are four times that of older Americans, and the under 29 demographic uses Instagram 59% compared to 13% of older Americans. Similarity, Twitter, Linkedin and Pinterest see a two to one ratio between younger users have over older Americas. In one category, messaging apps are being used by 56% of Americans under the age of 29, compare that to older Americans using a messaging app is only 19%. The differences between older Americans (50+) and younger Americans (under 30) and their social media data exposes just one of the issues contributing to the political chasms.
In a USA Today poll from January/2016 the concerns of millennials, 82% approve of background checks for all gun purchases. 80% want clean renewable energy by 2030. 76% of them want body cameras on all police agencies personnel. 68% want reduced prison sentences for non-violent crimes, and 53% want to accept refugees from conflicts from areas such as Syria.
In addition to the concerns listed above, the millennial generation will be the most educated generation of all time. The previous generations, Silent, Baby Boom and Gen Xers went from 16% to 32% holding bachelor degrees, and 40% of millennials have bachelor’s degrees.
Millennials send emails, tweets, snapchats, intsagrams and likely others beyond my purview every minute of every day. Today, nearly 8 of 10 adults between the ages of 18 and 49 use social media. Millenials are less likely to be affiliated religiously, they tend to be less traditional or orthodox. 73% feel the economy favors the wealthy, 6 in10 favor allowing gay marriage, compare that to 37% who are opposed. 8 in 10 are college-educated millennials support same-sex marriage. 45% identify as independent, compared to 33% as Democratic and 23% identify s Republican. 66% of Republican millennials agree that discrimination against whites has become a big problem.
Would President John Kennedy govern the same way today as he did during his presidency? There are 107 written correspondences between President John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR archived at the Office of the Historian, within the Department of State. There are no emojis, no 5 sec messages, no tweets, just written letters.
Does this speech from President Ronald Reagan have the same weight and value if it was tweeted, “We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Today’s elected officials don’t need to be coders, but they might need to understand what and how UX, breadcrumbs, engaged time, experience architecture, eye-tracking, geo-location indicators, KPIs, observational studies, usability tests, Web 2.0 and widgets impact their policies. And, they need to know how to archive and handles digital assets like emails.
I’m not sure if Robert Louis Stevenson has returned as a repurposed politician, but it sure feels like the President has no idea what the left or right hand is doing. In the first 100 days, our president has covered a lot of terrain; here are a few of the more relevant topics.
Is there a better example of the foundation of a country than our very own constitution? There has been plenty of noise regarding certain amendments, but not all amendments are being treated as equal. Sure the first amendment seems basic, but is it? Free speech, that’s easy. Well, think again. Can you bend or mold truth? Does free speech cover screaming fire in a movie theater? Can elected officials spread mistruths and not be held responsible. Free press, lets use this blog too look at this presidency and our right to free press.
In 2017, Reporters Without Borders (an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press) published a report on the status of free press around the world. Of the 187 counties studied, the worlds free press has dwindled to 14%, or 86% of the world does not give their citizens that right.
Trump’s Presidency has become a gut check for anyone concerned with global security, a free press, the natural world, the nations health, civil rights, criminal justice, science, public education, and the distinction between fact and its opposite and equality for all.
When Kim In-ryong, a representative of North Korea’s radical regime, warns that Trump and his tweets of provocation are creating “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment,” does one man sound more ratioanl than the other?
Congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for passing a referendum that bolsters autocratic rule in Turkey or throwing shade on Angela Merkel or Abdel Fattah El-Sisi or Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto or Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau or Frederick Douglass or China the “grand champion at market manipulation (or not) or Julian Assange or is it Iraq or Iran
Trump is graded on a curve. When he restrains himself from trolling Kim Jong-un about the failure of a North Korean missile test, he is credited with the strategic self-possession of a Dean Acheson.
The first hundred days:
The attempted ban of travellers from six Muslim countries.
The effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.
Reversals of achievements of the Obama era.
Proposed an expansion of the prison at Guantánamo.
Ordered the easing of Dodd-Frank financial regulations.
Reversed plans to save wetlands and protect waterways from coal waste.
Reversed executive orders that banned gun sales to the mentally ill.
Reversed executive orders that protected L.G.B.T. federal employees from discrimination.
His Vice-President voted in a Senate tiebreaker to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood clinics.
His budget proposals would, if passed in Congress, cut the funding of after-school programs, rental-assistance programs, the Community Development Block Grant program, legal assistance for the poor, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
And, Bill O’ Riley’s wingman.
The President comes from a world of contractors, casino operators, grifters, professional-wrestling stars, multiple bankruptcies, tabloid divorces, Mar-a-Lago golf tournaments and reality television. The chaos associated with this presidency is shockingly effective. Press secretaries and senior advisors rail on the media as distrustful, liars and crooks and only push phony news.
If we can’t rely on our government and the politicians we’ve elected to provide its people with accurate in depth information then we are no better than ob of the countries with no free press.
Trump is wary of expertise. During the campaign, he expressed his distrust of scientists, military strategists, university professors, diplomats, and intelligence officers.
Do you have clarity on the presidencies appointments, do you have clarity on the topics, do you have clarity on how these appointments and executive orders help or hinder the populous?
He filled the executive branch accordingly:
A climate-change denier as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency;
A Secretary of Education who, during her confirmation hearing, displayed stunning ignorance of public education;
An Energy Secretary who previously called for closing the Department of Energy;
A United Nations Ambassador whose international experience is limited to trade missions for the state of South Carolina;
A national-security adviser who trafficked in Islamophobic conspiracy theories until, three weeks into the job, he was forced to resign because he lied to Vice-President Pence about his ties to the Russian government.
Maybe that’s not enough and you need more. Is there an explanation for the relationships between advisors, confidants, agents within the Trump campaign and presidency and Russian oligarchy? I’m going to guess your answer was no. The newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, so did House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and really, who knows about Representative Jason Chaffetz. Is he even part of government anymore, I really thought he quit.
Here are just a few direct ties to the Russian government.
Jeff Sessions-Sergey Kislyak
Michael Flynn-Sergey Kislyak
Carter Page-Sergey Kislyak
Roger Stone-Julian Assange
Paul Manifort-Dmitry Firtash
Paul Manifort-Viktor Yanukovych
Paul Manifort-Roger Stone
Paul Manifort-Oleg Deripaska
Paul Manifort-Konstantin Kilimnik
Donald Trump Jr.-Fabien Baussart
Donald Trump Jr.-Randa Kassis
Ivanka Trump-Wendy Deng (rumored to have dated Putin)
Ivanka Trump-Roman and Dasha Abramovich
Jared Kushner-Michael Flynn
Jared Kushner-Sergey Kislyak
President Trump-Sergei Millian
President Trump-Fedor Emeliankop
President Trump-Aras Agalarov
President Trump-Alfa Bank
President Trump-Felix Sater
Felix Sater -Russian Mafia
Felix Sater -Sal Lauria
Felix Sater -Dmitry Firtash
Felix Sater FL Group
Are there possible conflicts, without the free press we may never know?
Do any these names deserve a longer look? What happened to their stories, silenced by the din of the manufactured truth?
Jessica Leeds, Mindy McGillivray, Rachel Crooks, Natash Stoynoff, Temple Taggart, Kristin Anderson, Summer Zervos, Cathy Heller, Jill Harth, Jessica Drake.
Truth isn’t tied to frequency or amplitude. Here are just a few that being heard loud and often, none of which are true.
Quotes from President Trump-
Says he "won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."
"The murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years."
"The media ... sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.
Terrorism and terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe have "gotten to a point where it's not even being reported."
"The @nytimes sent a letter to their subscribers apologizing for their BAD coverage of me."
"Look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible."
"The Mexican government forces many bad people into our country."
"I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering" as the World Trade Center collapsed.
Americans don't "care at all" about my tax returns.
There was "serious voter fraud" in Virginia.
There was "serious voter fraud" in California.
The number of illegal immigrants in the United States is "30 million, it could be 34 million."
The unemployment rate may be as high as "42 percent."
"drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars."
“@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2012.
Rosie O'Donnell just said she felt "shame" at being fat-not politically correct! She killed Star Jones for weight loss surgery, just had it! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2014.
@katyperry Katy, what the hell were you thinking when you married loser Russell Brand. There is a guy who has got nothing going, a waste!/Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to all--even the haters and losers!/Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2013
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016
I wonder why somebody doesn't do something about the clowns @politico and their totally dishonest reporting. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2015
I wonder why somebody doesn't do something about the clowns @politico and their totally dishonest reporting. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2015
The hatchet job in @NYMag about Roger Ailes is total bullshit. He is the ultimate winner who is surrounded by a great team. @FoxNews” – 12:09 PM, August 21 201
“Let’s take a closer look at that birth certificate. @BarackObama was described in 2003 as being ‘born in Kenya.’ bit.ly/Klc9Uu” – 4:31 PM, May 18 2012
The Miss Universe Pageant will be broadcast live from MOSCOW, RUSSIA on November 9th. A big deal that will bring our countries together!” – 12:00 AM, June 19 2013
“Every time I speak of the haters and losers I do so with great love and affection. They cannot help the fact that they were born fucked up!” – Me, President-Elect of the United States of America, 9:21 PM, September 28 2014
Unhappy with a local harmless Palm Beach society journalist named Shannon Donnelly, he told her in a letter that if she adhered to his standards of discretion, “I will promise not to show you as the crude, fat and obnoxious slob which everyone knows you are.”
On the day that the Trump family hosted Xi Jinping in Palm Beach, the Chinese government extended trademarks to Ivanka’s businesses so that she could sell her shoes and handbags to the vast market from Harbin to Guangzhou.
Trump has left open hundreds of important positions in government, largely because he sees no value in them. “A lot of those jobs, I don’t want to appoint, because they’re unnecessary to have,” he has said. “I say, ‘What do all these people do?’ You don’t need all those jobs.” Among the many federal bureaucracies that are now languishing with countless empty offices are the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Defense.
Freedom House, a nongovernmental organization that researches global trends in political liberty, has identified an eleven-year decline in democracies around the globe and now issues a list of “countries to watch.” These are nations that “may be approaching important turning points in their democratic trajectory.” The ones that most concern Freedom House include South Africa, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and, the largest of them, the United States. The reason the group includes the U.S. is Trump’s “unorthodox” Presidential campaign and his “approach to civil liberties and the role of the United States in the world.”
The first amendment to the constitution is important, lets keep it that way.
This March 23, 2017 will be the seven year anniversary of passing The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is the exact same thing as Obamacare.
Yes, The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act and Obamacare are the exact same thing.
But many Americans don't know that and are left wondering what choices do they have. Questions like; will I be available to afford health insurance, will my father-in-law be able to afford his medication. Will our sons CKD preclude him from getting health care at a fair price.
Early on, the ACA was dubbed Obamacare by the press, and as soon as the bill was passed, the GOP began vilifying "Obamacare" by only referencing it as a "death sentence", a "dismal failure" identifying Obamacare as the culprit to all the ills of the Affordable Care Act. In one recent poll (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/upshot/one-third-dont-know-obamacare-and-affordable-care-act-are-the-same.html?_r=0), 35% of registered voters didn't know the ACA and Obamacare were' the same. (17 percent) or didn’t know if they were the same or different (18 percent).
Here are a few quotes from elected officials addressing Affordable Care Act.
Herman Cain ( Aug. 2011)
“If ObamaCare had been fully implemented when I caught cancer, I’d be dead.”
Sen. Tom Coburn ( Dec. 2009)
“You’re going to die sooner.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (March 2012)
“It is a massive, undeniable failure and a heap of broken promises.”
Mitt Romney (March 2012)
“If I’m the godfather of [Obamacare], then it gives me the right to kill it.”
Sen. Ted Cruz
"Look, we saw in Britain, Neville Chamberlain, who told the British people, 'Accept the Nazis. 'Yes, they'll dominate the continent of Europe, but that's not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We can't possibly stand against them.' And in America there were voices that listened to that. I expect those same pundits who say it can't be done, had it been in the 1940s, we would have been listening to them." (http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/09/24/ted_cruz_
Rep. Michele Bachmann
“That’s why we’re here: Because we’re saying let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens. Let’s not do that. Let’s love people. Let’s care about people. Let’s repeal it now while we can.” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2013/03/21/bachmann-obamacare-literally-kills-people/?utm_term=.f3ab8abd7057)
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil." https://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/08/sarah-palin-has-weighed-in-on/
Idaho State Sen. Sheryll Nuxoll
“The insurance companies are creating their own tombs. Much like the Jews boarding the trains to concentration camps, private insurers are used by the feds to put the system in place because the federal government has no way to set up the exchange.” (http://wonkette.com/499391/idaho-state-senator-says-obamacare-just-like-the-holocaust-because-of-course-it-is)
Rep. Steve King
“If Obamacare is ever implemented and enforced, we will never recover from it. It is an unconstitutional takings (sic) of God-given American liberty.” (http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/09/27/Senate-Approves-Measure-Keep-Government-Afloat-Through-Nov-15)
Generally, what remains the same?
Young adults under the age of 26 will still be able to be covered by their parents’ plan.
People with previously diagnosed medical conditions cannot be denied insurance coverage.
All insurance companies must offer 10 essential health benefits, including maternity care and preventative services.
Insurance companies are also barred from setting a limit on how much they have to pay to cover someone.
How much will it cost?
There’s the rub. We don’t know. No figures have been given.
Who opposes it?
The House Freedom Caucus, Heritage Foundation, Club for Growth, Freedom Partners, Americans for Prosperity, AARP, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, America's Essential Hospitals, Families USA,The American Medical Association, American Nurses Association American College of Physicians, National Nurses United,
National Physicians Alliance Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, Heritage Action, Cato Institute, Americans for Prosperity
Freedom Works, Tea Party Patriots, Club for Growth, MoveOn.org
American Bridge, Center for American Progress, Our Revolution
Here's a more detailed side-by-side comparison of Obamacare and the GOP’s replacement plan.
Changes in insurance subsidies
Under the Affordable Care Act
Under the Affordable Care Act
People with preexisting conditions would still get coverage.
Under the Affordable Care Act
Expanded Medicaid coverage would cease and the funding structure would change.
Under the Affordable Care Act
Under the GOP proposal
The insurance marketplace would be intact, but insurers could charge older consumers more.
Under the Affordable Care Act
Most of the taxes set up under Obamacare to pay for subsidizing insurance would be scrapped. The GOP proposal does not include any new tax to offset the loss of revenue.
Under the Affordable Care Act
Call your representative in Congress. You can dial the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Tell your friends to call their representatives in Congress.
Show up at your representative’s town halls.
Before you google H.R.997, let me tell you what the Mrs Fields clone has to do with a piece of legislation introduced to the House of Representatives.
I was introduced to the Honorable Virginia Foxx from North Carolina's 5th District. when I looked into the claims being made about bill H.R.861 which was introduced by Congressman Matt Gaetz, (https://www.congress.gov/member/matt-gaetz/G000578
https://gaetz.house.gov). H.R.861 is a bill introduced to eliminate the EPA. Fact.
I wanted to know which members of congress are listed as co-ponsors. Rep. Massie, Thomas [R-KY-4] Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4], Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11], Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3], Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25], Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2], (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/861/cosponsors)
Only as reference, I looked official web site for Representative Thomas Massie, I looked at bills he and others co-sponsored, one piece of legislation I looked at is H.R.997. Here is a copy of the text on the official government webpage (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/997)
Shown Here: Introduced in House (02/09/2017)
English Language Unity Act of 2017
This bilil establishes English as the official language of the United States.
Naturalization ceremonies and official functions of the U.S. government, subject to exceptions, must be conducted in English.
The bill declares that all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of U.S. laws.
A person injured by a violation of this bill may obtain relief, including a declaratory judgment, in a civil action.
English language requirements and workplace policies, whether in the public or private sector, shall be presumptively consistent with U.S. laws. Any ambiguity in U.S. laws shall be resolved in accordance with the rights retained by the people and the powers reserved to states under the Bill of Rights.
The Department of Homeland Security shall issue a proposed rule for uniform testing of the English language ability of candidates for naturalization based upon the principles that: (1) all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the laws of the United States; and (2) any exceptions to this standard should be limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as asylum.
I'm more than a little surprised that this bill has 24 co-sponsors, so, I wanted to know who exactly were the elected officials representing our values as a country. Virginia Foxx is one of the co-sponsors
Here are facts about Rep. Foxx. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004, she won with 59% of the vote. (http://foxx.house.gov/biography/welcome.htm)
The 12 years between 2004 and 2016 Representative Foxx with Sponsored or Co-Sponosred 1,392 bills. A way to remember the grandmotherly Foxx is to think of Pie. No, not that Pie, better to think of Pi. Roughly every 3.14 days, Representative Foxx signed legislation effecting millions and millions of people.
Here are a few positions Rep. Foxx has taken over the years: