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Thanksgiving, a time for …. politics?

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ThanksgivingOur fearless leader suggested we spend a little quality time this Thanksgiving mixing politics in with our turkey and fixin’s.  Nothing says love, togetherness, and holidays more than a heated discussion over gun control.  Isn’t he satisfied enough with tearing the country apart that he doesn’t need to have families fighting as well?

Obama attempt at calm?

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Obama isn’t exactly inspiring confidence.  Even listening to his rambling you’d think it was a middle schooler trying to convince classmates that he’s the right man for class presidency, complete with plenty of “ums and uhs” to fully sell his commitment.   Middle school students basically just wanted free stuff so maybe that’s his target audience, or democrats.  Although, we’re sure there’s an army of unicorns just around the corner that Obama’s preparing to unleash on the unsuspecting bad-guys-with-good-media-skills ISIS.

Liberals and their prayers

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CNN, with careful editing, helps us focus on their version of Trump’s message

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CNN is helping us all with time management by clipping out context from interviews.  Check out how CNN edited Donald Trump’s statements during an “interview” with an NBC reporter.  Why waist valuable video time leaving in material that could place context on what a candidate is discussing, especially when it doesn’t fit your agenda (sarcasm).

Here’s how the video came across originally on CNN.

Reporter: Should there be a database that tracks Muslims entering this country?

Trump: There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We should have a lot of systems, and today you can do it.

Reporter: Is that something your White House would like to implement?

Trump: I would certainly implement that. Absolutely.

CNN Video of Trump’s Comments

Now for that oh-so-unnecessary video portion that provides context in bold.

Reporter: Should there be a database that tracks Muslims entering this country?

Trump: There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We should have a lot of systems, and today you can do it. But right now we need to have a border, we have to have strength we have to have a wall, and we cannot let what’s happening to this country happen any longer.

Reporter: Is that something your White House would like to implement?

Trump: I would certainly implement that. Absolutely.

Shame on CNN for editing, shame on NBC for deploying gotcha questions, and also shame on Trump for not listening carefully to the question.

 

A cure for all social ills from the Washington Post

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Thanks to the latest Washington Post Arts and Style section (Sunday 11/22/15), there’s a sure fire way to treat all social ills that occur within our racist, sexist, climate denier and islamaphobic America. We’ve conveniently hit the high spots below so you can quickly determine which books are for you based on your unhinged inner turmoil that either needs to be corrected if you’re a racist, sexist, etc. or enhanced if you don’t feel guilty enough. In some cases we’ve included snippets of their mini-summaries, let’s call them micro-summaries, so you can target your own individual needs.

This is just a subset of the many books the Washington Post highlighted covering a wide range of topics. We don’t doubt that many of those we’ve listed deserves high praise. But as a collection it’s an overwhelming showcase of a liberal agenda.

Arms: The Culture and Credo of Guns “…gun owners, along with their culture and rhetoric, ‘have grown more radical’ leaving ‘anyone who breaks ranks’ as a ‘traitor to the cause.’”

Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana

Application for Release from the Dream “…the voice is witheringly clear-sighted about contemporary American life. The poems address large-scale topics – financial inequities, consumerism – …”

The Emperor of Water Clocks “A rich, multilayered book that combines threads of fable, literature, music and cultural references… Other poems – about tensions in the street after Ferguson and President Obama reading works of Derek Walcott … ground readers in the present.”

ISIS: The State of Terror “It paints a picture of the Islamic State … but does not portray ISIS as ‘an existential threat to any Western country.’”

Give us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America “…the struggle to pass the Voting Rights Act … and the ongoing effort to strip the act of its power.”

March: Book Two “This twinning assault on the senses drives home the toll of the sacrifices that should inform today’s protesters, from Black Lives Matter to the University of Missouri.”

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America “It’s no secret that America has a problem with black-on-black violence but what Leovy understands is why.”

Purity “Pip accepts an internship with a rogue Web site in the jungles of Bolivia that exposes the nasty secrets of corporations and nations.”

Welcome to Braggsville “D’aron and three friends travel back to Braggsville and stage a mock lynching, “a performance intervention.”

Between the World and Me “… is a riveting meditation on the state of race in America that has arrive at a tumultuous moment in the nation’s history of racial strife.”

Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America

Negroland “… is not about raw racism … it is about subtleties and nuances, presumptions and slights that chip away at one’s humanity and take a mental toll.”

The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio: The True Story of Convent in Scandal “Sister Maria Luisa was intelligent, charismatic and beautiful. She was also a rapist, embezzler, murderer – and, when her crimes came to light in 1858, a serious threat to the Vatican.”

The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club

The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency “… sometimes uneasy exploration of DARPA, the high-tech incubator responsible for … the research behind harsh interrogation techniques …”

The Dying Grass: A Novel of the Nez Perce War “… an American tragedy with all the unforgiving climates of our nation.”

Town, a Civil Rights Battle

Golden Age “… the story of the transformation of white middle America … how they witness the imminent destruction of the planet.”

The Unfortunates “… a brilliant social satire of life among the 1 percent of the 1 percent.” “A trenchant vision of American aristocracy.”

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruther Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World

Looking forward to Social Security at about the time I’m bouncing great great grandkids on my knee.

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A few things worth considering related to Social Security, especially if you’re a few years away from retirement….

In 2015, $900 billion was spent on social security.

In 2005, $530 billion was spent on social security.

The work force has dropped 4.5% since 2000.

We’ve nearly doubled Social Security expenditures in 10 years and simultaneously seen a drop in the work force that funds it.  Key the dramatic Michael-Meyers-is-behind-the-bedroom-door music folks ’cause we’re looking at trouble.

In spite of our borrow and spend mentality – by Congress that is – it’s actually illegal for the country to borrow money to keep Social Security in the black.  Huh?  “Does not compute” you say.  “I thought that’s how we solved all of our problems.”  Sorry folks, time to be grown ups.

Whatever the answer, it’s quite likely that by the year 2030, Social Security will look very different than it does today.   The primary differences will be in who gets it and when eligibility kicks in.  So if you won’t be retiring for a few years, your financial planning should likely not include Social Security.  Oh and one more thing, along the way the government will be dipping into your pockets to start paying back the 10’s of trillions of dollars of debt.