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Apparently the stumbles and trips by the current administration are taking a toll. The recent political losses, missteps (another stumble) in Europe and the loss in the case against a CNN reporter (removal and reinstating of credentials)  are just a few of unforced errors committed by this administration. It seems that TOTUS cannot face the “real” press as they are not hanging on every erroneous word nor or they cheering when he states obvious inaccuracies. He has reduced the number of press briefings (which is not such a bad thing since SHS just passes on the same inaccuracies her boss does and what he tells her to say). Every Commander-in-Chief has faced the same types of critics and have endured it yet Mr. “Stable Genius” cannot. To tweet out his opinions in the wee hours is his style and it quickly fading much like any other novelty fads. The 2020 elections will yield much different results than TOTUS thinks as the effects of his tariffs will have had a greater effect that is currently seen. These “gaffs” will have definitive results in 2020 no matter what the polls think. If the Democrats can remove their collective “foot” from their mouths there may be an opportunity for better government. The “trip” factor can be avoided by thoroughly vetting candidates, understanding what is needed to move us forward as a country and be willing to be nasty when required but have facts to back up that nastiness.

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A little story from an Old Friend.MA

Thanksgiving Musings—bits of purloined levity

There is always something to be thankful for.
• I became a true Michigander and went hunting recently. Shot my first turkey. Scared the crap out of everyone in the frozen food section. It was awesome though.
• It takes me three weeks to stuff the turkey. To be prim and proper, I shove it in through the beak.
• Some people serve red wine with their Thanksgiving dinner. Some people serve white. My preference is lots of.
• I tell the guests that they can tell when they have eaten too much—they will have to let out their bathrobes.
• Thanksgiving dinner is going to be special this year. Mom says that I don’t have to sit at the card table.
• The next day is Black Friday. In America, people trample on each other for sales one day after being thankful for what they have.
• Life is full of give and take. Give thanks and take Nothing for granted.
• We make a living by what we get. We make life by what we give.
• We must find time to stop and thank the people who made a difference in our lives.
• There is always something to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and relatives. Eat and drink in moderation, but give thanks abundantly.
Shamelessly prepared by Abel Oldsworth (aka eme) 11/13/2018

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This piece was received from a longtime friend and co worker.MA
Subject: Halloween knowledge Refresher
If you are going trick or treating or greeting those that are, you need to be sure your facts are current. Test your Halloween IQ and then use them with discretion.
Q: What do owls say when they go trick or treating?
A: Happy Owl-ween!
Q: What kinds of streets do zombies like best?
A: Dead ends.
Q: Who does Dracula get letters from?
A: His fang club.
Q: What tops off a monster’s ice cream sundae?
A: Whipped scream.
Q: What type of monster loves dance music?
A: The boogieman
Skeleton (framework of bones)
Q: Why did the skeleton go to the prom alone?
A: He couldn’t find any “body” to go with.
Q: Which musical instrument do skeletons play?
A: Trom-bone.
Q: What does a skeleton order at a restaurant?
A: Spare ribs.
Ghosts (spirit appearance of a deceased person)
Q: Where do fashionable ghosts shop?
A: Boo-tiques
Q: Which type of pants do ghosts wear?
A: Boo-Jeans.
Q: What’s a ghost’s favorite fruit?
A: Boo-berries
Q: What’s a ghost’s favorite dessert?
A: Boo-berry pie.
Q: When does a ghost eat breakfast?
A: In the moaning.
Q: What do Italian ghosts eat for dinner?
A: Spook-getti.
Q: Why is a ghost such a messy eater?
A: Because he is always a goblin.
Q: What’s a ghost’s favorite body of water?
A: Lake Erie.
Q: What do you call someone puts poison in an eater’s corn flakes?
A: A cereal killer.
Q: Where do ghost use their boats?
A: The Eerie-canal.

Q: What do you call a spirit that gets too close to the campfire?
A: A toasty ghosty.
Werewolf (a full moon causing a person to become a wolf)
Q: What are the cousins of the werewolf?
A: What-wolf and when-wolf.
Q: Where do werewolves store their things?
A: In a were-house.
Q: What do werewolves read to their children before bed?
A: Hairy tales.
Witches (a woman with evil magic powers)
Q: What do they teach in witching school?
A: Spelling.
Q: What kind of makeup do witches wear?
A: Mas-scare-a.
Q: What do you call a witch in the desert?
A: A sand-witch.
Vampires (a person that leaves his grave at night to drink the blood of living people)
Q: What song do vampires hate?
A: You Are My Sunshine
Congratulations on completing the test. You are now ready for the slings, arrows, and moans that accompany their usage.

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By BILL BARROW and KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press 13 hrs ago
ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia’s closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Friday, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for “gross mismanagement” of a bitterly fought election.
The speech Abrams delivered at her campaign headquarters Friday evening marked the close of the 44-year-old attorney and former lawmaker’s unsuccessful attempt to make history as America’s first black woman governor. Since Election Day her campaign fought on, insisting efforts to suppress turnout had left thousands of ballots uncounted that otherwise could erode Kemp’s lead and force a runoff election.
Kemp, the 55-year-old businessman who oversaw the election as Georgia’s secretary of state, will keep the governor’s office in GOP hands as the state’s third Republican governor since Reconstruction. He responded to Abrams ending her campaign by calling for unity and praising his opponent’s “passion, hard work, and commitment to public service.”
The kind words came just days after Kemp’s campaign spokesman derided Abrams’ efforts to have contested ballots counted as a “disgrace to democracy.”
Abrams made no such retreat from her criticisms of Kemp, saying she refused “to say nice things and accept my fate.” Instead, she announced plans to file a federal lawsuit to challenge the way Georgia’s elections are run. She accused Kemp of using the secretary of state’s office to aggressively purge the rolls of inactive voters, enforce an “exact match” policy for checking voters’ identities that left thousands of registrations in limbo and other measures to tile the outcome in his favor.
“Let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession,” Abrams said. “Because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that.”
The race grabbed the attention of the nation, with Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey campaigning for Abrams in the final days and President Donald Trump holding a rally for Kemp.
Unofficial returns showed Kemp ahead by roughly 60,000 votes out of nearly 4 million cast on Nov. 6. Kemp declared himself governor-elect the next day and stepped down as Georgia’s secretary of state, though thousands of absentee and provisional ballots remained uncounted.
Abrams, meanwhile, sent volunteers across the state in search of voters whose ballots were rejected. She filed suit in federal court to force county elections boards to count absentee ballots with incorrect birthdates. Her campaign even planned for possible litigation to challenge the election’s certified outcome.
Abrams didn’t take that route. She said she had concluded “the law currently allows no further viable remedy.” Instead, she said she would fight to restore integrity to Georgia’s election system in a new initiative called Fair Fight Georgia.
“In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions,” Abrams said, though she gave no details.
Kemp tried to move past the contentious campaign even if his opponent wasn’t willing.
“The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward,” he said. “We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.”
Kemp had been secretary of state since 2010. He was backed by and had embraced Trump as he tried to maintain GOP dominance in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to the governor’s mansion since 1998.
Kemp stormed to the GOP nomination with ads featuring everything from the candidate cranking a chain saw and jokingly pointing a gun toward a teen male suitor of his daughter, to Kemp’s offer to “round up criminal illegals” himself in his pickup truck. He’s promised a tax cut and teacher pay raises and pledged to continue Georgia’s refusal to expand Medicaid insurance under President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul.
Abrams’ campaign sparked huge energy across the state and she became a national Democratic star. Election turnout among both sides’ energized bases nearly equaled that of the 2016 presidential vote.
Aides close to Abrams said that since the election she had been wrestling with competing priorities: She wanted to advance her assertions that Georgia’s elections process — which Kemp managed as secretary of state — makes it too hard for some citizens to vote. But she also recognized that a protracted legal fight would harm that cause and potentially her political future.
Kemp’s victory is an important marker for Republicans ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Kemp’s narrow margin already suggests that Georgia, a state Trump won by 5 percentage points in 2016, could be a genuine battleground in two years. Trump bet big on Kemp, endorsing him ahead of Kemp’s Republican primary runoff and campaigning for him the weekend prior to the Nov. 6 election. Now, Trump will be able to return with an incumbent governor as he seeks a second term.
Abrams’ political future is less certain. She made believers of old-guard Democrats in Georgia who didn’t think a black woman could compete in a general election, and she emerged as the party’s clear leader. But the party also has plenty of other ambitious politicians who will want to take advantage of the path that Abrams’ has charted. The next big shot for Democrats is a 2020 Senate race, with Republican Sen. David Perdue making his first re-election attempt.

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Langston Hughes
1902-1967 , Joplin , MO

Let America Be America Again
Langston Hughes, 1902 – 1967
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!

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The pressures of the job are beginning to show on TOTUS, the remorseless and consummate liar. He has essentially fallen back into his typical pre President self. This involves seclusion much like a petulant child while questioning his “loyal” aides and associates. We may be seeing the beginning of a descent in to a type of madness. MA. 

Chris Sommerfeldt 15 hrs ago

New York Daily News

The President, who has faced widespread criticism for opting out from the ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, made the unusual concession in a pre-taped interview with Fox News set to air in full on Sunday.
“I should have done that,” Trump told host Chris Wallace, referencing his decision to stay at the White House instead of taking the short trip to the military cemetery as the rest of the nation observed Veterans Day on Monday.

In what appeared to be an apology, Trump continued that “in retrospect” it wasn’t a good move.
“I should have and I did last year and I will virtually every year,” Trump said.
But the remorse didn’t last long as Trump shifted to blaming his snub of the military ceremony on being “extremely busy on calls.”
“We did a lot of calling as you know,” Trump said.
It’s not clear what calls the President was referencing.
While he claims he didn’t have time for the military ceremony, Trump managed to thumb out nine tweets on Veterans Day commenting on a variety of topics from trade deficits, elections in Florida and oil production in Saudi Arabia. He had no events or meetings listed on his public schedule for the day.

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Would it have been cheaper to hire contractors since the Military personnel are unarmed while stringing razor wire. Would it have created some job even temporarily? MA
By Paul Sonne
November 3
The total price of President Trump’s military deployment to the border, including the cost of National Guard forces that have been there since April, could climb well above $200 million by the end of 2018 and grow significantly if the deployments continue into next year, according to analyst estimates and Pentagon figures.
The deployment of as many as 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border — potentially equal in size to the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan — occurs as the budgetary largesse the military has enjoyed since Trump took office looks set to come to an end.
Although the costs of the border deployments will be a tiny slice of a $716 billion annual defense budget, they arrive as the Trump administration is calling on the Pentagon to cut unnecessary expenditures. The White House recently ordered the Pentagon to slash next year’s budget for the military by about $33 billion in response to the largest increase in the federal deficit in six years.
Veterans and Democratic lawmakers have complained that Trump is wasting military dollars in a politically motivated stunt ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, at a time when the Pentagon budget is under pressure.
“Instead of working in a bipartisan manner to make comprehensive, common-sense, and humane reforms to our immigration system, the President continues to turn to politically motivated fear mongering and uses [Department of Defense] resources and personnel as a means to drive his troubling anti-immigration agenda,” more than 100 House Democrats wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Nov. 1.
Retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described the deployment as “wasteful” in a message on Twitter and said Marines and soldiers were already overstretched.
Administration officials have defended the deployment. Mattis said this week that the military doesn’t do stunts. The commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, argued that the deployment is necessary to “effectively and safely” handle the possible arrival of as many as 7,000 migrants walking toward the border in caravans from Central America.
But military planning documents, dated Oct. 27 and published by Newsweek, predicted that only 20 percent of the migrants, or about 1,400 at the higher end of estimates, were likely to complete the journey to the border, raising questions about the size of the deployment.
“The military has a lot of things that it needs to be doing these days,” said Susanna Blume, a former Pentagon official and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. “Looking at estimates of the size of the caravan, you could ask the question as to whether this is the most appropriate use of U.S. active-duty forces.”
It isn’t clear how many U.S. troops will end up on the U.S.-Mexico border.
About 2,000 forces from the National Guard are already there, operating under an order Trump issued in April. Northern Command has said more than 7,000 additional active-duty troops will join them in Arizona, Texas and California. Trump said this week that he will be deploying between 10,000 and 15,000 troops but didn’t make clear whether those figures included the National Guard.
The cost of the National Guard deployment from April 10 through Sept. 30 amounted to $103 million, according to Pentagon figures. The Defense Department expects the Guard deployment to cost an additional $308 million through the end of next September, including the last quarter of 2018, as long as the operations continue apace.
Active-duty forces, which Trump deployed under his recent order, generally are less expensive because they don’t require additional pay or benefits.
Travis Sharp, a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budget Assessments, estimated that the cost of deploying 8,000 active-duty troops through mid-December in addition to the Guard would amount to $40 million to $50 million. Should the administration deploy 15,000 active-duty troops, as Trump suggested, the estimated cost would rise to as much as $110 million, Sharp said.
The forces could end up staying past mid-December, depending on the status of the caravans, which by most accounts are still weeks away from the border. An extension of the deployment could result in costs in excess of those estimates.
As of Saturday morning, about 3,500 active-duty service members have been deployed as a part of the mission, dubbed Operation Faithful Patriot, said Maj. Mark Lazane, a Northern Command spokesman. They include about 2,250 in Texas, 1,100 in California and 170 in Arizona, he said.
Lazane said soldiers who do not typically use firearms in their day-to-day jobs while stateside will continue to work without them, though Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the chief of Northern Command, has the authority to change that if desired.
Democrats have complained that in addition to paying for the border deployments, the Defense Department internally allocated $7.5 million to advanced planning for a 37-mile barrier along the side of a military bombing range in Arizona that abuts the border. Democratic lawmakers said the barrier alone could cost as much as $450 million.
Mattis offered a safety justification for the barrier in testimony to Congress earlier this year, suggesting that any migrants crossing the border through the range could end up hurt. Critics have said the project amounts to a move by the president to build part of the border wall he promised on the campaign trail by tapping military resources.
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said last week that the White House had instructed the Pentagon to prepare a $700 billion budget for 2020 — about 4.5 percent less than the $733 billion the department had planned.
Thomas Spoehr, a retired Army lieutenant general and director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Defense, said many of the units deploying to the border are fulfilling duties approximate to their wartime missions and could end up with good training from the field. He said the expenditure would be marginal in terms of the overall American defense budget.
“The military needs every dollar it can get. Having said that, this is not in the scheme of things a huge thing,” Spoehr said. “It probably will pass almost unnoticed in terms of the budget.”
Dan Lamothe contributed to this report.

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Totus ascribes his actions to other non existent people.MA 

Disguised ‘illegal’ voters cost Republicans midterm victories: Trump
AFP 13 hours ago

US President Donald Trump claimed, without providing any evidence, that blatant use of fake voters in disguise had swung close elections (AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB)
Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Democrats wearing disguises and voting more than once were responsible for Republican losses in tight congressional elections.
“The Republicans don’t win and that’s because of potentially illegal votes,” Trump was quoted as saying by right-wing website The Daily Caller.
Final results have yet to be declared in multiple races following last week’s midterm polls, with tense recounts underway in Florida.
The midterm races for governor and senator in the politically important state are so close that recounts are obligatory. Republican Rick Scott was ahead of incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson by just 50.1 to 49.9 percent, according to the latest unofficial count.
Democrats have accused Republicans of maneuvering to prevent full vote tallies, while Trump told The Daily Caller that voter fraud had tipped the contest into chaos.
Trump claimed, without providing any evidence, that blatant use of fake voters in disguise had swung close elections.
“When people get in line that have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles. Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again. Nobody takes anything. It’s really a disgrace what’s going on,” Trump said.
Republicans have pushed hard for tighter rules requiring voters to show identification when they come to cast ballots. Democrats have resisted, arguing that the number of false voters is miniscule and that demanding IDs would have the effect of suppressing turnout, especially of poorer black Americans, in favor of the Republicans.
Trump shot back, saying that any ordinary shopper already carried documents that could be used at a polling station.
“If you buy a box of cereal — you have a voter ID,” he was quoted as saying.
“They try to shame everybody by calling them racist, or calling them something, anything they can think of, when you say you want voter ID,” he said.

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People react in front of a large inflatable blimp depicting President Trump in Republique Square in Paris on Nov. 11, 2018. (Vadim Ghirda/AP)

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