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The large number of candidates seeking the nomination to run for President and other offices is at best confusing as the messages are so varied that it is difficult to get a general theme. There appears to be ” the chicken in every pot” statement by every aspirant which promises prosperity with no substantial background information about the how of it. It appears that election season has become more of a “dog & pony” show than debates about facts. How do we decide who is the most qualified or acceptable? With the current administration as a template, it appears to me that anyone with reasonable grasp of world affairs and how government works is a better choice. The bigger issue is term limiting Congress  by the vote as we cannot expect these seat fillers to regulate themselves. Essentially being a member of Congress is the proverbial “free lunch”. The question becomes” who is acceptable”? Our politics have become more entertainment than substance since the truth becomes unrecognizable on air due to mass media coverage and outlet management policies and politics. Acceptability is as in beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. There is no greater task than voting and it is serious enough that time is required to get the facts about candidates and a decent understanding of how the government is supposed to work compared to how it is currently working. The working thought should be that there was an opportunity missed by the existing  Congress to address the migrant crisis but that was subverted by the “Tea Party” and TOTUS has in his inimitable fashion ignored history while trying to make his own self serving version. The question is: “who is acceptable?”. The answer is anyone who is more moderate and has a firm grasp on the issues regardless of the entertainment value or lack of. Campaigning is different from serving and the two never meet without a bridge.

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The Draft Dodger wants a military parade to celebrate himself, no matter what it costs the taxpayers and the damage that will be done to the streets and the national mall.MA

Minyvonne Burke 17 mins ago
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tout his military-style July 4th event, which he said will be “one of the biggest celebrations” in U.S. history.
“Be there early,” the president said in a tweet Thursday morning.
His “Salute to America” event is set for Thursday evening, with Trump scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m.
He tweeted that the event at the Lincoln Memorial will include “large scale flyovers of the most modern and advanced aircraft anywhere in the World.”

Trump also teased that attendees may get a glimpse of Air Force One doing a “low & loud sprint over the crowd.”
“People are coming from far and wide to join us today and tonight for what is turning out to be one of the biggest celebrations in the history of our Country, SALUTE TO AMERICA,” he said.
The president’s military display will also include performances by The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band, the Armed Forces Chorus, the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Tanks will be on display.
The event has drawn concerns from Democrats and critics who say the president is inserting himself into a national holiday and could make the celebration a political event.
But the communications director for Trump’s re-election campaign, Tim Murtaugh, dismissed complaints that the president is using the Independence Day event for political purposes.
“President Trump loves this country. He’s not going to apologize for that,” he said. Officials also stressed the event is open to the general public and tickets are not required to attend.
Washington, D.C.’s delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, told NBC News this week, “The people should resent having any politician co-opt the nation’s birthday. That’s for them — the American people — and them alone.”
She added: “Mr. President, how about a hot dog and a hamburger rather than an extravaganza that divides the country?”
The Washington, D.C., City Council tweeted, “tanks, but no tanks.”
There have also been concerns about the cost. According to The Washington Post, the National Park Service is diverting roughly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees from parks around the country to cover the tab for Trump’s event.
The diverted fees, however, represent just a fraction of the total cost, which remains unclear. In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump downplayed the cost, writing: “The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth.
“We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel. We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!”

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Bob Gorrell Comic Strip for July 02, 2019


The past 10 years have shown that we as a country are allowing idiots to run our government. This has been highlighted by the election of TOTUS. The two main political parties have failed to do their jobs by abandoning the “bipartisan “method of governing. We as voters have allowed and gone along with their inept and deceitful operations by keeping them in office in spite of the facts that show them up for their poor judgements. Politicians have always been self serving but the seat fillers we now have brought Government service to a new low. It appears that they would rather lie to us than be honest about  what they are doing and allowing some public discourse. What we get now are sound bites, buzzwords and dog whistles that raise our hackles rather than inform. It is in our interest to look askance at our lawmakers and  take a skeptical view of their words and actions. Personally I believe they all go in with good intentions but fall victim to the power of corruption that appears to be a slippery slope with rewards for themselves at the end. It is well to remember that in This country, we are the bosses and our votes are the power we have to get good government. If we do not exercise that power with intelligence, then we get the current administration whom we pay to do a poor job.


Tom Toles Comic Strip for June 27, 2019 Rob Rogers Comic Strip for June 25, 2019 Chris Britt Comic Strip for June 24, 2019 Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for June 27, 2019 Tim Eagan Comic Strip for June 27, 2019

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“Late Term Abortion”

The Washington Post points out there is no precise medical or legal definition of “late-term,” and “many doctors and scientists avoid that language, calling it imprecise and misleading.”

The Daily Beast also notes that only 1.3 percent of abortions are performed after 21 weeks of gestation, and the idea that a woman can get an abortion moments before giving birth is “not how medical care works.”

The use of “dog whistles” aka “coded” labels has been common for many years but until recently has been out of the mainstream of conversation. The current administration aided by a neer do well Congress has brought these “coded” statements and words to common use. Along with this common usage the administration has trashed agreements put in place to prevent war and improve trade. Tariffs (taxes) put in place to offset the “tax” policy that was supposed to benefit everyday Americans and threats to bad actors who were in a state of containment with the approval of our now alienated allies. The administration has in a few years undermined our economy, foreign affairs and put us on an isolation footing all because of “dog whistles”.

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Fair is fair, ask TOTUS. MA

Joelle Goldstein, People•June 21, 2019
A Michigan man who beat the odds to win the Mega Million lottery has been forced to split the earnings with his ex-wife amid their divorce.
Richard “Dick” Zelasko was thrilled to learn that he won the $80 million jackpot back in 2013 — that is until an arbitrator told him that half of his winnings would be going to his soon-to-be ex-wife Mary Beth Zelasko, whom he was involved in a divorce settlement with, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Though Dick and Mary Beth, who married in 2004 and share three children, were separated for two years at the time he won the Mega Million, a Michigan appeals court ruled that the Pontiac native must pay his ex-wife half the winnings, as their divorce was not yet final.
According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Dick won the $80 million jackpot in July 2013 but took home $38,873,628 after taxes and deductions.
The arbitrator John Mills — who was granted the ability to make some decisions in the case by the couple — determined that Dick’s lottery winnings were “part of the marital estate” and likely not his first purchased ticket.

Because of this, Mills demanded that $15 million be awarded to Mary Beth, according to court documents. Their divorce was finalized in 2018, the Free Press reports.
Dick’s attorney Scott G. Bassett, however, argued in court that “Rich was lucky, but it was his luck, not Mary’s, that produced the lottery proceeds,” per the court filing.
Despite their argument, an appeals court did not seem to buy into it and reviewed the decision last week, coming to the determination that the case had no errors
In a statement to PEOPLE, Bassett said he had filed an appeal brief to the Court of Appeals and a reconsideration motion after the decision was made on behalf of Dick. Bassett also noted that if the reconsideration was denied, they intend on appealing to the Michigan Supreme Court.
“An equal split of an asset acquired so long after separation, and in this case after the conclusion of the divorce arbitration hearing, is extremely unusual,” Bassett tells PEOPLE. “We believe the arbitrator violated controlling Michigan law when he awarded Mrs. Zelasko half of the $30 million net lottery proceeds.”

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“Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”

This oath plainly states our allegiance to our flag, country and one another as a UNITED population. Recent times have shown that we have allowed an electorate and “leader”(?) to divide us in order to work their nefarious and dangerous plans for their own purposes. TOTUS creates chaos while his aides and cabinet work hard to move his ill-defined and conceived policies forward. This dedication to an ill-informed administration depends on spreading lies and half-truths to support the constant stream of lies that they attempt to pass as policy. If you believe in the Pledge of  Allegiance then it is incumbent on us all to elect representatives who work for us and not against us. Party affiliation does not matter if the people we elect are as honest as we can find. we allow dishonesty by our accepting of name calling and denigration as entertainment. Government is a serious business that requires serious people and voters who are not afraid of replacing anyone who is working against the public interests. Prime examples of currently serving Government employees: TOTUS, Botch McConnell, N. Pelosi, and current Cabinet members. If you are not paying attention to these people then you are assured of re-electing the same poor public servants again and again. Party affiliation matters less than the “character” of the person you vote for.

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POLITICS 06/18/2019 09:18 pm ET Updated 23 hours ago

By Nick Visser and Christopher Mathias
Donald Trump Officially Launches 2020 Reelection Campaign In Orlando
The president has planned to run for a second term since his inauguration.

ORLANDO, Fla. ― President Donald Trump formally launched his reelection campaign at a packed-to-the-rafters rally in Orlando on Tuesday, officially moving to continue one of the most divisive administrations in modern history for four more years.
“We’re going to keep on fighting for every man, women and child across this land. We’re going to keep [America] better than ever before,” Trump said to a chorus of cheers. “That is why, tonight, I stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as president of the United States.”
During his announcement, the president brushed off any residual damage from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election and praised his supporters for defending him throughout what he referred to as a “great hoax” and an “illegal witch hunt” meant to erase their votes.
He hit many familiar talking points during the event, championing his efforts to install conservative judges around the nation, lambasting former Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton and drumming up support for his wall along the southern U.S. border. At times, the crowd of 20,000 joined in with chants and jeers, waving Trump 2020 signs while sporting red MAGA hats.
“Our future has never, ever looked brighter or sharper,” the president said. “The fact is the American dream is back, it’s bigger and better and stronger than ever before. 2016 was not merely another four-year election, this was a defining moment in American history.” Throughout his speech, Trump brushed off any potential challenges from the crowded field of Democrats hoping to unseat him, declaring the party “more radical, more dangerous and more unhinged than at any point in the modern history of our country.” “No matter what label they use, a vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream,” Trump said. “So don’t ever forget this election is about you, it’s about your family, your future and the fate of your country.”
“I have news for the Democrats,” he said earlier. “We are not going back, we are going on to victory.”
Thousands of Trump supporters waited for hours in the heat and rain Tuesday to get inside the Amway Arena in downtown Orlando. Some, like 37-year-old Daniel McQuarrie and his daughter, even slept outside the arena overnight so they could get front row seats for the president’s official campaign kickoff.
“I just wanna be a patriot and support our president,” said McQuarrie, a Disney employee from Port St. John, Florida. “It’s something historic that we’ll never forget.”
McQuarrie, who wore a T-shirt from the conspiracy website InfoWars, added that he thought Trump is “doing his best to drain the swamp” and fight “the globalists.”
There was certainty among many of the president’s supporters that Trump is sure to win in 2020, the most recent polls be damned. Almost none had Trump winning in 2016. Why trust them now? Before the president took to the stage Tuesday, his adult sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., took turns riling up the crowd.
Trump Jr. lashed out at the media, lamenting how his dad gets “95 percent negative coverage.” The crowd jeered and broke into chants of “CNN sucks!”
“If you’re a Democrat, you get a pass on everything,” Trump Jr. said, adding that “it’s not even close to a fair fight.”
Tuesday’s announcement has been a long time coming.
While the Orlando visit has been touted as a “kickoff,” Trump’s reelection campaign actually began on Jan. 20, 2017 ― the day of his inauguration —when he filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. No other presidential victor has kept his campaign alive in this fashion. Barack Obama did not start his reelection campaign until April 2011 and George W. Bush waited until May of 2003.
Trump also broke with precedent in other ways, holding his first campaign-style rally as president three weeks after he took the oath of office, on Feb. 18, 2017, at a Melbourne, Florida, airport hangar, just 68 miles away from downtown Orlando. He’s held more than 60 rallies around the country since, many before the 2018 midterm elections.
Trump’s paperwork renewing his campaign committee allowed him to collect donations and spend money for an election three years and 10 months away. It also permitted him to continue diverting some of those donations into his own private businesses, which he still controls and from which he still profits.
In that same time period, the Republican National Committee, which Trump effectively took over at his nominating convention in 2016, spent $690,181 at Trump’s golf resort in Doral, Florida; $403,259 at his hotel in Washington, D.C.; and $289,335 at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.
In all, the Trump campaign and the RNC together have funneled $4,341,083 to Trump businesses since Trump took office, with some of that going directly into the president’s own pocket.
S.V. Date contributed reporting.
Nick Visser
Senior Reporter, HuffPost
Christopher Mathias
Senior Reporter, HuffPost

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Ok by now we should all realize that “BOTCH” McConnell is against reparations for Black Americans or perhaps we should say all nonwhite Americans (the native Americans were equally deprived). Think about this: what if it was White Americans who were deprived those 150 years ago? Uncle Botch would be all over it. The statement that none of us are responsible for it is a fallacy since I am sure “botch’s “ background is why he made the past President’s job so hard and was unwilling to assist in creating a proper Healthcare bill and is tacitly supporting this miscreant President. Mr. Graham’s input about the issue being too divisive rings hollow as the division has been supported by him in his support of TOTUS. Another Miscreant who is not doing his job MA
By Jordain Carney – 06/18/19 02:42 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that he does not support reparations for descendants of slaves, a topic that has become a point of debate in the 2020 election cycle.
“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none us currently living are responsible is a good idea,” McConnell said. “We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African American president.”

McConnell was asked about reparations during a weekly press conference, which comes a day before the House Judiciary Committee will hold the first hearing on the issue in a decade.
“I think we’re always a work in progress in this country but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it — first of all it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate. … No, I don’t think reparations are a good idea,” McConnell continued.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is holding the hearing Wednesday “to examine, through open and constructive discourse, the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) reintroduced legislation that was initially spearheaded by former Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) that calls for a study on reparations.
The issue has become a topic of debate in the Democratic presidential primary.
Several 2020 candidates, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said while speaking at the National Action Network event earlier this year that they would sign a bill forming a reparation study commission into law if they become president.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced legislation in the Senate that mirrors Jackson Lee’s legislation. Though it would form a commission and does not call for African Americans to receive payments.
Booker’s office announced last week that his bill has received 12 co-sponsors, including several 2020 candidates.
But the legislation is unlikely to move in the GOP-controlled Senate or in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I think it’s too remote in time. I think it’s too divisive,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters earlier this year.

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