- 14/02/2017Some days I check the news and just want to cry, and other days I just burst out laughing. If nothing else, Sam Spicer and Tramp's tweets will be good for laughs and giggles in between the primal screams :)'Joe Trudeau'? Trump's press secretary flubs PM's name at briefingwww.ctvnews.ca White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer referred to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as 'Joe' on Tuesday, sparking a flood of mockery...
- Producer06/02/2017Source of Law in Presidential Executive Order As The Sovereign On Immigration Policy and National Sovereignty All presidents of the United States, including all European sovereigns, have very broad-sweeping powers to invoke executive orders as to who can and cannot be allowed to cross our sovereign borders under the authority of national security and...
Comments14/02/2017 #16 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIIn his resignation letter, General Michael Flynn said the "fast pace of events" meant he provided "incomplete information" to Vice President Mike Pence and others about phone calls on December 30, 2016 in which he discussed American sanctions with the Russian Ambassador in Washington, according to NBC News and numerous media reports.13/02/2017 #14 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIAccording to The Washington Post report on Sunday, February 12, 2017: "White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who authored the executive order, said that "officials are considering appealing with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (on what he on Sunday called "judicial usurpation of power") and having an emergency hearing “en banc,” or before a larger panel of judges on the court; seeking an emergency stay at the Supreme Court; taking the case to trial at the district level; or writing a new executive order for Trump to sign that would withstand legal scrutiny."13/02/2017 #13 Harvey Lloyd#10 First let me state that i am not for against the current strategy of our President to meet the violence that seems to be escalating in Europe.
My current understanding is the ban is temporary to specific countries while the various agencies come up with a plan of screening. The idea is that this would reduce the possibilities of terrorists posing as refugees from entering.
Maybe the new screening will not work, but i do sense that it will be disruptive. Small groups over time can topple a societies safety. I don't know what the answer is but do know, its not a steady policy that they can eventually be overcome. It has to be a disruptive policy that like our currency is constantly changing.13/02/2017 #12 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIJust ask the Europeans, who are feeling fearful of homeland security terror attacks as Americans, after watching tractor trailer trucks being used as weapons of mass destruction to run down innocent people, relaxing at 4th of July gatherings in Paris and Christmas Celebrations in Germany!13/02/2017 #11 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI#10 Just ask the Europeans, who are feeling fearful of homeland security terror attacks as Americans, after watching tractor trailer trucks being used as weapons of mass destruction to run down innocent people, relaxing at 4th of July gatherings in Paris and Christmas Celebrations in Germany!12/02/2017 #10 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianI am not American, so feel free to ignore my comment. I stayed out of the whole "I Love Trump/I Hate Trump" thing because it's America's business, not mine.
Still, it is ludicrous to think the travel ban will, in any way, "...protect Americans, and to advance the national interest, the United States must ensure that those entering this country will not harm the American people subsequent to their entry, and that they do not bear n\malicious intent toward the United States and its people."
Do you really think that any group or individual with the wherewithal to conceive, plan, finance, and implement a serious attack on the world's greatest super-power would fail to think of fake passports?
I'm sure even terrorists watch TV and movies.
Why not just ask anyone attempting entry if their purpose is to harm the USA? Forbid entry to those who answer, "Yes." That would be just as effective (i.e. not at all)
Or, reject anyone who lists their profession as "terrorist." Also just as effective.
If they declare they are carrying detonators, high-yield explosives, or chemical/biological weapons, refuse them too.
America is not at war with the 1.4 billion Muslims in the world. They are at war with, maybe, a few thousand asses of mixed religions.
The purpose of terrorism is to incite fear. They have apparently succeeded.
Has the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave" become the "Land of the Controlled and the Home of the Fearful?"
Just asking10/02/2017 #7 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCII think our 1648 Treaty of Westphalian Thinking alongside specific presidential authority under 8 U.SC. §1182 (f), including the authoritative McCarran-Walter Act of 1952 (discussed herein), is playing out now perfectly for a President Trump march to the U.S. Supreme Court.10/02/2017 #6 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIBREAKING NEWS (Thursday, February 9, 2017, via Fox News): "The panel of three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously refused to reinstate the order after a federal judge had issued a halt to the order last week. But the Justice Department said it is "reviewing the decision and considering its options.” Trump later tweeted: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"09/02/2017 #5 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCI"It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it." -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton 1995 State of the Union Address during his first 100 days (January 24, 1995, Day 19).
- 08/02/2017An opinionTrump's America: Democracy at the Tipping Point - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Internationalwww.spiegel.de Some have criticized the image on the cover of this week's DER SPIEGEL, but the symbol it depicts is a serious one: the very real threat that President Donald Trump poses to liberal...
- Producer29/01/2017Where Have You Been? Over the last couple of weeks I have heard that question in my head. I’m not hearing voices but my sometimes overactive imagination could hear my fellow Bees asking me why my presence on beBee has been infrequent of late. It had nothing...
Comments31/01/2017 #53 Mohammed A. JawadThought-provoking post @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Here's one of my poems...enjoy it!
By the uses of faith and reason
let men judge their plain folly
There’s nothing in worldly disputes
but flaws of untruth, precepts of idiocy
And, more trouble in the periods of existence
that pays regard to mistaken subjects
Lo! its an outbreak of idle deeds
which oft shadows common sense.29/01/2017 #47 Pamela 🐝 Williams#43 Oops, accidentally deleted my reply:
What is coming out is that the efforts to put him into the wh began in prior to 2010, and then Congress became GOP dominant. They used the media and the Tea Party to feed into the people's frustrations and turn it into irrational anger. You hear this negativity every day for 6 years and it seeps into your pores. They laid their groundwork well and that is why he felt confident in making that statement, even though I think it shook a few people in the party.
The thing about such a campaign is they know it will be easy to punch holes in that dam and that is the reason for the drastic measures they are taking now, and the campaign to clamp down on the media. If they can turn this country into a military state quickly then we may see the largest 'democracy' fall. I don't think they were counting on The Resistance and so they are getting careless...They made a huge mistake; that the American people would stay gullible. They are losing support daily and the pressure is being put on the rest of the party. If they don't get the 'control' they are aiming for by mid-term elections they know they will have lost the war...It will be the next 22 months that will speak volumes. IMHO29/01/2017 #43 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#6 Trump did not just slip through he boasted vocally that he was slipping through. One of his campaign boasts was that if he had shot someone in the street, his supporters would still vote for him. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-primaries/266809-trump-i-could-shoot-people-in-streets-and-not-lose-support29/01/2017 #42 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#29 @Pamela 🐝 Williams - that is a crucial topic for discussion. The knee-jerk, bullying sentiment that 'if you don't love the US as it is right now, you are a communist' that aims to silence clear, rational discussions by making someone feel "wrong".
That specific tendency - the extreme polarization of any idea or opinion - is exactly part of the malaise that has changed us from a country of messy, flawed, but essential tolerance to one of intolerance in around 3 or 4 decades.
The communism trope is simply deployed to stop someone from continuing the initial point they were making.
We need clarity so profoundly right now. That is the way forward.29/01/2017 #41 🐝 Fatima Williams#35 I wish it worked that way after they become leaders. But I've not seen such a leader for the people in my life so far 🤐🙁😟😟😟
@Pamela 🐝 Williams That's lovely to know about Greensboro I feel more closer to them now and I wish you guys all the best. Praying for the best 😘29/01/2017 #40 Jared Wiese (+VALUE & RESULTS)Seth Godin: The tribes we lead
https://www.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_on_the_tribes_we_lead/transcript?language=en29/01/2017 #39 Jared Wiese (+VALUE & RESULTS)#32 Why do people vote against their own interests?!
https://www.google.com/search?q=people+vote+against+own+interests29/01/2017 #37 Jared Wiese (+VALUE & RESULTS)#27
"I don't expect everyone to agree and I'm sure there will be opponents but THAT is what makes a democracy; the right to disagree. As long as they are logical, supported arguments they are welcome to state their opinions on my posts and I reserved the right to ignore them :-)"
Here, HERE!!!29/01/2017 #36 Jared Wiese (+VALUE & RESULTS)#20 How To Spark A Movement
http://www.forbes.com/sites/marketshare/2013/04/19/how-to-spark-a-movement/#65facad0644829/01/2017 #33 Pamela 🐝 Williams#3 The GOP is pulling 'just inside the law' tricks all over the country. I want to know the lawyers, lobbyists, and consultants that are behind some of these actions, because we all know that politicians aren't smart enough to think of this on their own. Someone else is actually writing up this stuff. Do you think DT could actually think up some of this crap? He just doesn't have the intelligence. There I said it.
Comments29/01/2017 #8 Brian McKenzieI am not engaged - I am the same ranting zealot that nobody has listened to for years. The Left Wing and the Right Wing - Belong to the Same Bird. They always have. Until people wake up and see the game for what it is - the piles of dead will continue. Nothing else is to be expected.29/01/2017 #5 Aurorasa Sima#4 Sadly, with gag orders, "alternative news" and slowly raising acceptance for racism - this is EXACTLY how it started.
Hitler did not get elected by saying he´ll kill Millions of people. The list of non-jewish victims: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/non-jewish-victims-of-the-holocaust
#moralcourageJustin Trudeau on Twittertwitter.com “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength...
Comments30/01/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#5 Since finding beBee, Twitter has become a ghost-town I rarely visit but when i am there focus on there, what I focus on here - all that which I will give up if I paid attention to the people that have a lot to say, but who give me very little to learn - instead my focus when I was there was on curating lists that create my flow, rather than destroy my faith.
If we keep focusing on those who are less it means we miss the light at the end of the tunnel - and there is light at the end of this tunnel, as visionary as the date 2020 will mean in terms of our collective sight.
You have actually given me another reminder that I need to find a way of updating my delinquent properties at Twitter so I can continue my own learning evolution - even though beBee now commands my attention :
https://twitter.com/emerigent/spectraneuron-e7-129/01/2017 #10 Aurorasa Sima#9 Hahaha, City, now you did cheer me up. "Mein Flugzeug". Hahaha.
Hitler came to power when the economy was struggling. Who wrote what .. I don´t know. We thought that Trump wrote a book until his ghostwriter came out.
I love your calm view on things but I do stick to my opinion: One has to speak out and protest.
If nobody would have gone on the streets, showed his displeasure online - the judges would probably not have ruled as they did.
Peace29/01/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#5 The good news is that we have the playbook http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/03/early-warnings-how-american-journalists-reported-the-rise-of-hitler/254146/ View more#5 The good news is that we have the playbook http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/03/early-warnings-how-american-journalists-reported-the-rise-of-hitler/254146/
Hitler is indeed a demagogue like Trump, but he also possessed charisma like Obama. Trump does not have that, and so there won't be the rise of a Third Reich in the United States, but there will be a cataclysmic civil war between the blue half of America and the red half of America.
In India the Swastika is seen as Indian and one business man had opened up a fashion store called Hitler, before complaints from Israel and the west made him reconsider
Trump could never write a manifesto like Mein Kampf the best he can ever possibly do is write "Mein Flugzeug" - he would not steal ancient symbols, for he is a child of personal branding and its associated narcissism. The only symbol he loves is "TRUMP". He is a salesman.
FDR is more relevant today than a fear of another Hitler and as FDR warned "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"
In this case there are two factions and the fear of one becomes the evidence for the other - and in the rise of fear will come escalation and from the escalation will arise the civil war. America survived one at great cost. The advent of an American Civil War is the grave danger. It may also become the inevitable outcome fueled by fear.
I am not going to tell American's to emigrate to Canada, So long as we get the brightest and best one's. This is Canada right now : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7FsG6k7i9w Close29/01/2017 #8 Aurorasa Simahttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-stay-idUSKBN15D025
Federal Judge allows travelers who landed with visas to stay in country. Close29/01/2017 #6 Aleta Curry#1 Really? I'd never heard this before. I've been questioned crossing the US-Canada border, but always very politely. Wish I could say the same for the return trip, (going back to fly out of NY). I've witnessed some read rudeness and sarcasm directed towards foreigners, especially ones for whom English is a second language.29/01/2017 #5 Aurorasa Sima#4 I appreciate you being the voice of reason and trying to cheer me up.
The majority of the German nation once waited thinking "It will go away". But it didn´t.
I´ve just seen people on twitter. Hateful, bitter, negative creatures. So many of them. They are building too.
Again, I appreciate you and that you´re saying what you´re saying.29/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThis day was coming when Reality and Reality TV and we have only endured one week of it so far - there are 200 weeks left of this show unless there is impeachment or a civil uprising making Trump the last ever American President.
I cannot take 200 weeks of Trump. I need to focus my energies on building and not destroying. We won't be blind to what he and his administration is doing - but we need to start building today, what life will be like post-Trump. That day will come.
On a happier note - when I saw Justin Trudeau's picture I did not know that this year is Canada's 150th Anniversary - now I can add that this year to our colleges 50th Anniversary and our Student Clubs 5th Anniversary. How cool I am going to call it 150-50-5 !!! Now go over and visit the Serendipity buzz https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ari-kopoulos/finding-your-aha-moment-through-tactical-serendipity
- 28/01/2017The first people have been rejected at the border. Two were already in the airplane. The airlines are unsure how to handle the situation.
One worked for the US in Irak for over 10 years. Main reasons he received a Visa yesterday is that had been attacked twice for working for the US.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Back then, many people thought "I am not Jewish".
- 28/01/2017Scientists Are Planning the Next Big Washington Marchww2.kqed.org Researchers are organizing a march in Washington, D.C. to protest the Trump...
- 27/01/2017Support our US Park Rangers who are risking all to protect the environment. Follow them on Twitter @AltNatParkSer #NatParkSer #NationalParksPresident Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangerswww.theregister.co.uk Censorship efforts backfire on President Snowflake and...
- 25/01/2017Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislatorswww.nytimes.com Activists and lawmakers say a phone call can have more weight and be harder to ignore than an email or social media...
- Producer24/01/2017The Power of Women United Against President Trump - Do we know what we want?Iconic Feminist, Gloria Steinem delivered a speech as noteworthy and inspiring as when I saw her twenty + years ago. My first feminist march was in Philadelphia, I was 15 it was the most exciting thing I had ever done besides be kissed by my first...
- 20/01/2017Just for the RecordLet the Record Showjohnpavlovitz.com Let the record show that I did not consent to this. Let it show that I did not vote for this man, that he did not represent me, that I did not believe he was deserving of being here, that I...
- Producer27/12/2016Indoctrinated: JobsIndoctrinated: Jobsteach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically."broadcasting was a vehicle for indoctrinating the masses"*Slowly but surely we are waking up from a decades old indoctrination to how good our lives are or have...
Comments07/01/2017 #2 Devesh BhattMethods being different the same is happening here.
Demonetisation for land grabbing of cash strapped farmers, forcing cash strapped labour/child labour into low pay/no pay work, now legally endorsed by the new laws... MEdium and small enterprises cash strapped + without market demand forced to be subcontractors, under debt and exploiting labour + without faith in banking, land grabbing.
No of farmer suicides and school dropouts has risen, everyone on a tight leash of banks without favourable consumer laws, no class action lawsuits and no accountability to those who exploit.
We find ourselves of Zamindar's (tax collecting intermediaries), now being driven back to debt collecting intermediaries (banks and loan sharks) .. a form of financial slavery Urban India has turned a deaf ear to.
If citizens are complacent, the system is extremely fragile and comes down like a pack of cards.
- 27/12/2016I've been trying of late to accept the tragedy of the last election and steer away from politics. Perhaps this article will help others to understand how the death of democracy within the state I live has created such a firestorm of frustration. I live here, I see this and know that piece by piece, inch by inch destroyed the rights of the people and they have left little recourse for the citizens. This can only end badly.North Carolina’s Democracy Ranked On Par With Cuba | The Huffington Postwww.huffingtonpost.com The state barely counts as a democracy anymore, says an electoral integrity...
- 26/12/2016They are staying through the Winter as the the industry continues to drill despite not receiving the easement from teh Corp of Engineers. https://risewithstandingrock.com/home
Comments26/12/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#2 It is one of those stories were few paid attention to the story as it moved forward other than activist media like Democracy Now and smaller outlets like RT but many will be paying attention to this story looking back because it these things or story-lines that end up being turned into a movie that accompany an Oscar nomination. Such are the times we live in now and continue to live in..26/12/2016 #2 Pamela 🐝 Williams#1 You're absolutely right Manjit. My greatest fear is this will end in bloodshed. They are willing to fight this with all they have. The question that arises is this: is the oil & gas industry, is DAPL willing to spill the blood of our Native Americans for profit? This situation will show Trump's true character as the nation's leader. He either cares for all the people or the just those who bow to his wallet.26/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitNot only did the US media stayed away from this story in 2016 but when the Inquistr ran this story on their website, they put a massive disclaimer in the graphic to distance themselves from this opinion. Not only did the US media stayed away from this story in 2016 but when the Inquistr ran this story on their website, they put a massive disclaimer in the graphic to distance themselves from this opinion. http://www.inquisitr.com/3767868/dakota-oil-pipeline-can-donald-trump-reverse-obama-decision-to-block-dakota-access-pipeline/
We will soon know what fate awaits the protestors - the corporate and banking forces are massively against them, Trump supports pipeline initiatives and reports also allege he has shares. Obama acted too late to step in. IMHO I don't think Trump will show any sympathy when he reverses this decision and when Trump's presidency is over, we will look back at this as a huge scar on democratic freedom due to excessive corporate power. I hope I am wrong and these courageous people are listened to. Trump already threatened to go after media even without this story, how he handles this will explain a lot about the direction of his Presidency.
- Producer14/12/2016We can elect the next president by popular vote – without amending the ConstitutionThe electoral college takes away the rights of the people's vote. Every other governmental office is by popular vote, why isn't the office of the president by popular vote? It is fundamental to democracy: the candidate with the most votes wins. Yet...
Comments15/12/2016 #6 Robert Booker#1 Right, we can go back. However, I think we would not because people would see they now have the power back in their hands. We should be getting transparency now but we don't. I look at it this way. Every office in the government is voted in by the people's popular vote except the office of the President. I am 70-years-old and this is the worse campaign ever. But the people had spoken and the college of 538 took that away. Sure, we can work on limiting terms, and transparency, but the people need their voice back more.15/12/2016 #5 Robert Booker#4 Great. I think the amendment would be easy to come, because there are many who think the college is out dated. Also, it would be the over all votes and the size of the state would not mean anything. Example, Hillary had 2.8 million more votes than Trump more people thought Hillary should have been president. The 308 for Trump came from the bigger states with the most electoral college, meaning 308 people thought Trump should win, taking away the people's voice over all. The college was placed in times of slavery, and none women votes, it is out dated for today's rights.15/12/2016 #4 David B. GrinbergYou offer some compelling "food for thought" here, Robert. However, my response would entail a separate blog post. In short, the Electoral College has advantages and disadvantages. I would note that Hillary won California. I would also note that state demographics and populations are different, not equal. Lastly, eradicating the Electoral College would mean amending the U.S. Constitution, which requires super majorities in Congress and every state. Nice buzz, which I shared in the politics hives.14/12/2016 #1 Paul Frank GilbertRisks on either path. Our founding fathers feared the "tyranny of the majority". Perhaps we believe that we are beyond that concern? Worth consideration. I think we can do far more to improve things around here though ... begin with term limits and campaign finance limits/reform. Then demand full transparency by the government we elect and quit allowing ourselves to be told "you hired/elected me, to keep secrets from you". This election proved that truth is whatever people want it to be ... I appreciate the power suggested by a popular vote ... but we might regret it once we get it. Hey but just like prohibition, if we change the Constitution we can always change it back!
- Producer12/12/2016You Need To Learn From Trump’s Strategic Branding To Win The Highest Political PositionWhy the white working class men support Trump? It's because he believes in specialization than generalization. So, if you are thrilled, outraged or feeling anything else it does not matter because Donald Trump is now the president of United...
- Producer06/12/2016Politics and MillennialsOn the way to my daughter's job she said, " I never thought about politics until this year. I think that I want to move to another country because everybody hates us." Of all the comments my daughter has made this saddened me greatly. When I was...
Comments11/12/2016 #7 Dorothy CooperI appreciate your comments and feedback, despite if you agree or not. Do you feel comfortable giving a political point of view in your own country or globally?
I seem to think the United States needs frank and civil perspectives, however, I worry at times. Life is short and I do not feel like I can trust time with my health.
Thanks so much for your time. Dorrie11/12/2016 #5 Mohammed A. JawadEverywhere, across the globe, politics has become the commerce of sneaky and spoilt people. Unfortunately, those who are pious stay away from politics. Perhaps, to make a viable entry into the politics, one has to shrewd enough to play the politics of errors. What if the world goes its wild ways, should we get disheartened, low or become depressed? Nah, it’s better we focus on real issues, stand firm with our just notions and unwavering truthfulness.06/12/2016 #3 Dorothy Cooper#1 I suspect you are correct. I do not fit into any particular profile. I appreciate your candor and more Americans need to care about others and the world. My situation is far better than many. It's always important to exchange ideas and offer hope to young people. Thanks for connecting Dorrie06/12/2016 #2 Brian McKenzieRead my 'Elect-Pat' piece. The realities are 1) Most Americans do not speak a foreign language well enough to move abroad 2) Canada is not your refuge - we have hard rule and work / aid requirements that would limit the pity train from landing 3) Most Americans ( less than 10% ) have a valid passport 4) American international reputation and actions carry a stain that large portions of the world do not want you to relocate nor even visit. 5) Most liberals whining about leaving the States due to the election - WON'T because overseas it is nothing but hard work, performance based salaries and no special entitlements. I have been overseas for 4 years, I tell any that ask, I am Canadian. ( I hold both passports as my dad was a Canuck )06/12/2016 #1 FancyJ LondonWhat an eye opening powerfully gut wrenchingly worded post! I felt every emotion through its entirety and can on so many levels understand trying to hold your tongue, trying to inspire the hopeless, trying to keep it together, when we ourselves are far worse. I feel the same I have 2 teenagers who have on several occasions expressed their fear of where this country is headed. They hate the social media nightmare that is full of sexual predators, bullying, suicides and posts of bloody cruelty. Both of my teens quit facebook, twitter, and other sites, now they focus on dreams of moving to Austria or Japan. While I on the other hand I just want to keep them safe. Thank you for posting this, it is encouraging to know others feel as I do. Cheers🌹
- 04/12/2016The Native Americans deserve to protect their lands and not have them overtaken by the oil and gas industry.Sign the petition: Declare Standing Rock a national monument #NoDAPLact.credoaction.com President Obama must declare Standing Rock a national monument to stop the Dakota Access pipeline before Donald Trump takes...
- Producer28/11/2016The end of days? Peace out dude.This recent election in the Excited States caused a bit of a ruckus. Don’t know if you knew about it but it was in most of the major papers. (Not that they’re necessarily relevant anymore!) We had a bit of a ruckus up here in Canuckistan as well...
Comments01/12/2016 #19 Brian McKenzieThai Chili peppers will make me tear up and eyes to leak . Not much else. Certainly never a tie dyed college 'radical' that is burning nostalgic for socialism while ignoring the piles of corpses that such ideology always generates. I care not whether the meme is from the 60's nor the contemporary millennials - if you are going to 'embrace' socialism, Marxism, Leninism and the shining path of the communal "WE" - step out of the philosophy department tripe and go read some history. Millions of dead bodies abound under the progressive push to the 'Left'.01/12/2016 #17 Malcolm MacNeilI was just reminded by your comment,"Hell, I didn’t even venture into the Cuban Missile Crisis and being taught to hide under my desk at school when the air raid sirens went off." I experienced the same thing, and was telling my students about this just last Friday.
I was a roommate of a school friend from the U.S. When the 6 day war started he was sure it was going to become a bigger event spread through the middle East. He also believed that in turning 18 the following year he would be drafted into the army to fight. We are still here. So yes I see there will be a calming of the minds eventually and then hopefully some good beneficial progress can be made.30/11/2016 #10 Nicole ChardenetThanks for reminding us, Don, LOL! I sometimes am tempted to ask my mother, "How did you and Dad ever survive the '60s?" Because they were old married farts raising their kids back then but I imagine it must have been a terrifying time...they were in central Florida when the Cuban Missile Crisis went down and no one was entirely certain they were going to live to see the weekend. And then there were the race riots, the civil rights movement, the assassinations...all the things you listed. We got through the '60s, we'll get through this. All of us, no matter where we live. Hell, we all lived through 9/11, didn't we? And didn't that seem like the end of the world back in the day?30/11/2016 #9 Randy Keho#8 You old softy, Don. Just when the world needs its diaper changed, you grab the handy wipes and go to work.
The temper tantrums will eventually subside and we'll make the best of it. That's all we can do. As you've clearly indicated, we've weathered much bigger storms and lived to bitch about it. Peace, brother.29/11/2016 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt@Don 🐝 Kerr, dude, I can relate; I was there. Just for some juxtaposition and perspective, however, we didn't have Bernie, but, Bobby, and he was gunned down. Nixon opened up trade to China, removed the Gold standard's connection to the dollar and created the Environmental Protection Agency. He also resigned before he would face impeachment hearings. Just for the record, while Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were both impeached by the House, they were later acquiited by the Senate.29/11/2016 #2 David B. GrinbergThank you, Don, for sharing your keen insights and historical perspective. Hopefully, this will cause some folks to calm down a bit (at least here on beBee...you know who you are). It's always helpful to look at the big picture and remember that everything is relative. Keep buzzing!
- 27/11/2016Why Sacred Sites Were Destroyed for the Dakota Access Pipelinewww.ecowatch.com Mentz testified to the DC District Court to report the area that lay in the path of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline corridor holds 82 cultural features and 27 graves. By the next day...
- Producer13/11/2016America. Screwed? Not Screwed? Or Maybe Just A Little Less Screwed Than Everybody Thinks?Like just about everybody else with two brain cells to rub together, I was shocked at the results of the US presidential election. I mean who wouldn’t be? the a president of a powerful country should be. And he is certainly the antithesis of the...
Comments14/11/2016 #19 Phil Friedman#17 Or, Randy, it could come from Trump himself and his rag-tag entourage of radio-show hate mongers. Perhaps, he is an agent of change. But so was Hitler.
I agree that for far too long, Washington has been a club whose members are both Democrats and Republicans, but which excludes the rest of us. I also agree that the issues that face the nation domestically do not break down along party lines, but rather along economic class lines; and the sooner we, the governed, recognize that, the sooner we may begin to move toward social justice.
But let us not delude ourselves into thinking that president-elect Trump is some sort of populist. For he isn't. He is an "outsider" --- but one who plays on the field of the 1%, and will be shown within his first year in office not to see beyond its boundaries. IMHO.14/11/2016 #17 Randy KehoTrump knew what he was doing from day one and he played everyone like a fiddle. Now, he's the leader of the band.
We've been hearing about this so-called "silent majority" for years and years. He spoke to them and they spoke back..
He used the media. He fractured the Republican Party. The democrats imploded, preaching the status quo when the people wanted change.
He received votes from every Tom, Dick, and Harry, outside the major metropolitan areas, garnering enough votes to sneak up and capture the electoral college.
It was almost like stealing candy from a baby.
The people got what they wanted: change.
Now, if the end of the world as we know it is coming, it will be because of political obstructionists, which could come from the republican as well as democratic party.14/11/2016 #15 Phil Friedman@Jim Murray - Jim, I for one am not interested in hearing from all the bull-chips-for-brains vote-your-conscience Sanders supporters and other self-impressed I-ain't-gonna-voters who are now whining about the absolutely disastrous result of this freakin' fiasco.
I am also not interested in hearing from the liberal weenies who for months were patting themselves on the back over all their skewering of Trump in the media. As my wife, for the first time in our 30+ years of marriage, admitted to me, I was right in telling her and others that we anti-Trump people were talking largely to ourselves, and that if we didn't get the vote of every anti-Trump person out on polling day, Clinton was going to lose, that we did not have the luxury of "voting our conscience" this time.
Let's be clear, THERE IS NO CLEAR MANDATE FROM THIS ELECTION. Clinton prevailed in the popular vote by what appears likely to be almost one million votes. Whatever we think of the electoral system, we have no choice except to accept the results of the election and support the fundamental principle of peaceful transition of power, which is one of the core foundational pillars of American democracy. Continued... Pt. II14/11/2016 #14 Phil Friedman@Jim Murray -- Part II
However, we should not forget that for the eight years of the Obama administration, the Republican Party (not all Republicans) pursued a cynical and deliberate policy of across-the-board obstruction, as part of a strategy to hang Obama and the Democrats with a failed economy and all manner of issues that the Republicans anticipated would lead to a Republican sweep in this election.
We should also not forget that it was Trump who openly attacked the essential principle of peaceful transition of power by saying that he might not accept the results of the election if he lost. His reckless action in doing so --- as well as his demonstrated lack of understanding of our legal system outside the areas of business bankruptcy and tax avoidance --- has proven him to be ultimately an enemy of the Republic, who bears close watching.
Let us again be clear here. This is not conjecture. This is not liberal propaganda. These are conclusions drawn from the prima facie evidence of what Trump said publicly, and what was recorded before his handlers did their walking-backward dances and reels. I have no cheers to send to anyone on this.14/11/2016 #13 Brian McKenzie"NEWS" has been produced lies and fodder for the bread and circus crowd for 50 years, most certainly since Vietnam. Americans, at least the ones I talk to, are beyond sick of Political Correctness - its' pandering double speak and milquetoast memes. I would say America is less screwed, only because the liberal / progressive fist that was impaled up our backside has retreated - it does not however mean the fisting is done nor finished. One the bright side maybe America will figure out where they can relieve their bodily functions without causing lawsuits and SJW tantrums. (*Those special snowflakes need to go find a sofa fort with cocoa and shut the hell up)14/11/2016 #12 Erroll -EL- WarnerTrump will try running the US of A like he ran his failed businesses. He plan to get rid of all trading organizations such as NAFTA and the TPP Asian pack. He got great support from trade unions. Unions are angry because they are losing members. In order to bring back jobs there must be skilled workers. In the US there aren't any apprenticeship/trade/vocational/skill training program in place like many European countries. The US corporate taxes are 38% compare to TPP countries of 22%. He plan to reduce H-1B visa for skill workers when the high school drop out stands at 28%. Trump will not be able to deliver. He plan to press China on trade when China hold almost $10 trillion worth of US bonds. The first to go by summer is the just recovering housing market. If the housing bubble burst it will take 10 years for it to recover, remember 2003 and 2007 financial mess.14/11/2016 #11 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsBest Rant in the world Jim! Good for him! The U.S. is the freakin laughing stock of the world, and I can't blame anyone for laughing. I hope you're right, that the coron...I mean inauguration never occurs. I'm with Chas, we will be walking through oil sludgel in what is left of our pristine natural resources and sniffing methane until we all have brain tumors. But be careful Jim, you don't want a wall raised! LOL! Kiss our national parks goodbye as mining and oil wells pop up everywhere that Bush and Cheney didn't already turn into an environmental nightmare. Who knows, water from the tab catching fire might be the next great thing. Who needs wood to burn in your fireplace, just put a bowl of methane infused water in there and Wa La: heat.13/11/2016 #4 David B. GrinbergThanks for another good Sunday morning read, Jim. A few thoughts:
1) Trump is the polar opposite of Obama, as Obama was to George W. Bush, and as Bush was to Bill Clinton, etc. There's actually a long pattern here of radical swings in the political pendulum of presidential politics.
2) What's most shocking to me is not that Trump won -- although that is shocking indeed -- but that the Hillary likely would have won if the only the Dems simply turned out to vote in same numbers as 2008 and 2012 for Obama. Moreover, I wonder how many of the anti-Trump protestors in our streets each night actually voted at all? I'll bet a lot of them did not -- which is simply hypocritical in-and-of itself.
3) As Bill Maher repeatedly said on his show "Real Time" this weekend: "We're still here." The world didn't end and won't end because of Trump (I hope and pray). Frankly it's more likely from a pure statistical perspective that more Americans will die from a natural disaster than from anything Trump does as President -- but who knows? And, knowing your sly sense of humor, please don't call Trump a "natural disaster" -- as I know you're tempted to -- because there's certainly nothing "natural" about that hair for goodness sakes! (lol)
4) Lastly, as I've noted Trump detractors can take some solace that the Senate Dems can still use the filibuster, a blunt legislative tool, to stop any Republican bills from passing the Senate or halt any nominees to the Supreme Court. While the GOP has a majority of Congress, they do NOT have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. If they did, than it would be even more problematic from the Dems perspective.
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