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“Men are most apt to believe that they least understand

Michel de Montaigne

The last 4 years of the Trump administration has shown how gullible some of us are, the GOP has embraced the lie line in pursuit of “their” agenda to the detriment of their constituents and the Country. The GOP has made commitment to the “big lie” regarding the election and making talking points about what they have done and attempted to do but ascribing those talking points to the Dems. The prime example that has been offered without foundation is “packing the courts”, which Mitch McConnell did during the Trump Presidency. Now Senator Grassley is asking for additional vetting of John Kerry when he made no such demands on the unqualified members of TOTUS’s cabinet and inner circle. No Matter your political preference, it is important to understand the basis of all political actions by either party. Remember that the average pay for members of Congress is $174000.00 annually plus additional money for committee assignments and office perks for supplies and staffing, this rounds out to about 42 million dollars paid out over 20 years in office (notice I did not say service!). Upon retirement the average annual payout is 75 to 80 thousand dollars. A real parallel to our current political landscape can be found in the Star Wars saga from the series beginning to the last issue of the franchise. You do not have to be a fan but the progression is remarkable similar. If we as voters are not paying attention we will have another soul sucking government under the NEO GOP led by dictator like elected officials whose sole aim is their well being and taking us back to pre civil war government or worse Putinesque style government.

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These past four years and counting have given us ( the voters) an opportunity to see what real government is about. For years many of us have been spoon fed the idea that Government is the enemy yet we have elected the same representatives time after time by party, ideals or espoused ideas while ignoring the character of the candidates. It is unfortunate that the GOP aka Dupublicans) in one form or another has been the party of NO, small government and regression. This is not to say the The DEM’s (aka Scamocrats) are better or worse but it seems more voter friendly. These two parties have been a desperate struggle for the support of the people but primarily through fear and semi to full on lies. The leaders have spent years peeing on our shoes and telling us it’s just raining! We again have a President whose aim is to take care of the voters (at last) while the antis of all sorts are trashing what’s being done by screaming about the cost to future generations, If these actions are not taken now no matter the expense, there will be no future generations to speak of. TOTUS left us in poor shape and the Congress under the GOP allowed it, the GOP is the party that has spent millions for recounts on an election decided by the people ( ESSENTIALLY ATTEMPTING TO NEGATE OUR VOTES!). Now the same party in many states are redrafting voting laws to depress the vote in future elections, all of this smacks of theft by the people we voted in to help us, not themselves. As voters we have the duty and right to look carefully at who we have elected and their actions regarding our well being, if we cannot positively state that those electeds are working for us then we need to change the deal by voting them out. WE need to remember that what happens to one of us, affects us all no matter how little or how much. Quickly about immigration: TOTUS stopped sending aid to our Southern partners which assisted them in curtailing crime and boosting their economies. Once this funding stopped then the baser elements of those countries emerged, increasing the migration flow and allowed the creation of arcane immigration rules that essentially created the “border Crisis”. Where we are now is we have a President who understands what is needed and is bucking a headwind of neer do well Congressional members who have convinced some of us that big government is bad and poor state government is good. States are limited in what they can accomplish, the Federal government is not hence the many executive orders and big spending bills that should have been done years ago. If it is not clear now, it will be as the GOP continues on its backwards trek into reconstruction while attempting to stop NEO Reconstruction. There is no upside to the GOP’s opposition to the Biden plan for Americans and they know it yet they espouse the idea that this spending on much needed infrastructure which will produce jobs is wrong. It might be well to look at China and Europe’s transportation systems of high speed rail which could have been accomplished here if our Neer do wells in Congress had backed it. The issue with elected officials is that they are swayed by a generous flow of money from Lobbyists and large dollar donors but their actions do not benefit the voters that they owe allegiance to.

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After all of ( or most) of the post election idiocy it is now time to address the multiple elephants in the Congress. We as voters need to pay attention to the members who are still engaged in actions that belie their mandate to follow the Constitution. Former President Trump at this point has the minds and souls of some Congressional members. Right now some of those members are campaigning to unseat members of Congress who are in favor of impeaching former President Trump so he cannot run for office again. It is well to remember that the past 4 years under TOTUS has done us more harm than good. The “normal” dislike of Government has become hate to the state of anarchy but somehow the exciter in chief is coming out “clean” when in fact he has instigated and orchestrated more unrest than the Civil War and the 100 plus years after. It is bad enough that we have never fully progressed from post reconstruction but to endure what DJT did and for a another potential run for President is too much to bear and we shouldn’t have to. We (voters) need to look carefully at these “Trump pursuers” before re electing them. We should if possible remove them from the Congress as they will not change and will not advance the cause of the people. There will not be and never has before been any legislation enacted by Congress that pleased all American voters but we have the ability to change the makeup of our legislature when we feel we have to. Our sole purpose in voting is to elect the best people to represent us and we have not done a very good job in the last 50 to possible 100 years. There will never be a perfect “Union” as envisioned by the framers but there can be a better one than we have but only if
We the people” use our intelligence to vet and vote for people who are looking forward for us ALL!

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Natalie Colarossi  46 mins ago, Newsweek

So it appears that we (voters and Citizens) are being “Madoffed” by the trump Organization


tOver $3.65 Million in PPP Loans Given to Businesses With Ties to Trump Organization, Kushner Properties

An analysis of data released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) shows that properties owned by the Trump Organization and Kushner Companies were given over $3.65 million worth in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans – raising questions about the fairness and distribution of loans intended to aid small businesses during the pandemic.Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Donald Trump boards an elevator at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017. According to data released by the SBA, properties owned by Trump's family and the family of Jared Kushner were major beneficiaries from COVID relief loans.© DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Donald Trump boards an elevator at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017. According to data released by the SBA, properties owned by Trump’s family and the family of Jared Kushner were major beneficiaries from COVID relief loans.PauseCurrent Time 0:28/Duration 1:00Loaded: 50.95%Unmute0Fullscreen500 Delta staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and 10 have diedClick to expand

Following months of litigation, including lawsuits from 11 news organizations, the SBA released a dataset on Tuesday of every small business that received a PPP or Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) loan.https://products.gobankingrates.com/r/d9360ea31bf06ea8b9d0ef49288e28fb

An initial review of the data by NBC News found that a number of businesses with ties to President Donald Trump‘s family and the family of Jared Kushner – Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser – were major beneficiaries of the program.

PPP loans were originally meant to support small businesses and allow them access to funds that could help with payroll, rent, utilities and mortgage interest payments. Over $700 billion worth of the forgivable loans were approved by Congress and the Trump administration under the CARES Act, and rolled out in the Spring.

But the SBA data shows that businesses tied to the president received millions of dollars in aid, and many reported that the money did not go to retaining any jobs.

According to NBC News, over 25 PPP loans were given to Trump and Kushner real estate properties, paying rent to those owners. Among those, only fifteen properties self-reported that they only retained one or zero jobs with the money.

One of those loans included a $2,164,543 loan to the Triomphe Restaurant Corp., at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City. The company reported the loan did not go to keeping any jobs, and later it closed altogether.

A Kushner property in New Jersey called LB City Inc, received a loan for $505,552.50 that it used to keep 155 jobs, while four tenants at a Kushner-owned New York City property received more than $204,000 combined, and retained only six jobs.

Furthermore, two tenants at Trump Tower received more than $100,000 and kept only three jobs.

These figures add to a slew of criticisms from government watchdogs and small business owners who feel the loans were not distributed in a fair and equitable way.

“Many months and broken promises later, the court-ordered release of this crucial data while the Trump administration is one foot out the door is a shameful dereliction of duty and flagrant mismanagement of a program that millions of workers and small businesses needed to get through this pandemic,” said Kyle Herrig, president of the government watchdog group, Accountable.US, according to NBC News.

In response, Christopher W Smith, General Counsel for Kushner Companies said that the notion that Kushner Properties improperly benefitted from the loans is “completely untrue and amounts to nothing more than politically motivated nonsense.”

“Exactly two Kushner Companies’ hotel operations affiliates received PPP loans. Every provision of the PPP program has been comprehensively abided with respect to each of the two loans – and every penny of the funds received from the program was utilized to fund employee payroll and benefits costs to maintain jobs imperiled by the COVID pandemic and associated lockdown measures,” Smith said in a statement given to Newsweek.

The SBA data also suggests that over half of the intended PPP funds went to just 5 percent of recipients, with larger businesses benefitting more than their small business counterparts.

Watchdogs have also warned that several billion dollars may have gone to fraudsters and ineligible businesses, while small businesses owned by people without strong banking relationships faced limited access to funds.

Accountability groups have since set up publicly searchable databases like SearchPPP.com so people can see how the loans were used themselves.

But the SBA defended its handling of the pandemic assistance on Tuesday.

“SBA’s historically successful COVID relief loan programs have helped millions of small businesses and tens of millions of American workers when they needed it most,” an SBA spokesman said in a statement.

Newsweek attempted to reach out to the Trump administration and Trump Organization for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.

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Separation of Church and state is what allows a person to worship as they want without Government interference but not to the point of Religion altering the Government for the sake of religious beliefs. That being said the push for the installation of the new High court justice who is a conservative republican and catholic. The hope is to keep the court conservative for years to come. This shift shows how unconcerned the GOP is about the needs of the voters (all of them) and the country. Their aim is to consolidate and maintain their big money donors, many of whom are Conservative Christians whose narrow focus on religion is closing the gap on separation of Church and state. This gap allows for individual worship choices and the medical choices of the individual citizen. The bottom line is that the GOP has shown that they are for sale and will sell out the country as required.

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The table below represents the percentage of the American Population by Race. White alone has the most significant rate and followed by Hispanic or Latinos than Blacks or African Americans.

S/NRacePercentage
1.       White alone,76.6%
2.Black or African American alone, the percentage13.4%
3.*American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percentage1.3%
4.Asian alone5.8%
5.Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone0.2%
6.Two or More Races2.7%
7.Hispanic or Latino,18.1%
*Prior to the arrival of White Europeans the American Indian or Native Americans population was 60 million

By combining all published estimates from populations throughout the Americas, we find a probable Indigenous population of 60 million in 1492. For comparison, Europe’s population at the time was 70 to 88 million spread over less than half the area. Jan 31, 2019

Looking at the numbers on Native Americans at the time that Columbus arrived and the population numbers now, it is 6.79 Million people. this is approximately 1/10th of the original estimated numbers pre Columbus. What happened to all of those people? This decrease was brought on by the crass and dangerous Europeans who took what they wanted as they did in Africa and other countries. There was and unfortunately still is a racial component in all of this but we as people fortunately have become blinded regarding the fate and effects on other ethnic and racial groups. These statistics are a primary reason to elect a new National leader and his abettors in Congress. This is the only way we can become a truly UNITED States. As a nation we have plundered or allowed to be plundered our natural resources (which includes the skills and abilities of the many ethnic groups). Our primary cause for the lessening of our values is the people we elect to represent us. Educating ourselves in what our elected officials do in our names is important and we need to do it to have the kind of Government promised by the Constitution. Remember: the two (2) middle letters in the word “POLITICIAN is “LI”). What affects one affect all.

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Has anyone considered that this push to install a new justice is a cover for the GOP? Using the ego of TOTUS and his quest to be perceived as better than he is, this quick move to put a third conservative justice on the high court is a legacy for McConnell that will haunt him but leaves an out using TOTUS as the scapegoat. El Presidente in his own mind has done a great thing for the country, this is not to say that the new justice will or will not be an asset for the court and the country but the hype has set a high bar for her. The politics of the appointment needs to be considered when voting for the members of Congress next week, these folks are playing with our futures and our ability to have laws that work for ALL of us. The truth is that the labels are a way to separate us. The only label we need and should take on is a ” Citizen of The United States”. All other labels should carry little to no weight in the bigger picture.

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judge is a person who presides over court proceedings, either alone or as a part of a panel of judges. The powers, functions, method of appointment, discipline, and training of judges vary widely across different jurisdictions. The judge is supposed to conduct the trial impartially and, typically, in an open court. The judge hears all the witnesses and any other evidence presented by the barristers or solicitors of the case, assesses the credibility and arguments of the parties, and then issues a ruling on the matter at hand based on their interpretation of the law and their own personal judgment*. In some jurisdictions, the judge’s powers may be shared with a jury. In inquisitorial systems of criminal investigation, a judge might also be an examining magistrate. The presiding judge ensures that all court proceedings are lawful and orderly.

The recent controversy over the appointment of a replacement on the high court has brought to mind that Judges should or are supposed to be Neutral in their decisions (that is as to rule according to the law, not according to their personal beliefs, yet this has been shown to be a factor in some cases and a non factor in others). It has been stated that a new President will “pack” the court meaning a law to enable increasing the number of Justices and or limiting the terms of the Justices. Whether this is true or not, it is clear that appointing Justices according to their personal beliefs is no criteria to elevate them to the high court. The decisions made by the high court affects millions of Americans for better or worse making those selections extremely important. It is unfortunate that our neer do well Congress has seen fit to politicize the high court and potentially making it less effective, all for votes and a political legacy.

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As an aside: The current administration has no issue committing the same crimes on native Americans as the first Europeans did upon landing on the shores of “the new world”. This seizure of sacred lands for an unnecessary and expensive wall is a blatant attack against ALL Americans. This is the time for better angels of this country to oust the current administration for another that we hope will correct the course of this country. MA.

United States Border Patrol agents and Arizona law enforcement officials violently repressed a peaceful action held Monday morning by roughly 30 land and water protectors.

By Kenny Stancil -October 14,

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Twelve people, including at least eight Native Americans, were arrested near an immigration checkpoint in Southern Arizona on Indigenous Peoples’ Day after United States Border Patrol agents and Arizona law enforcement officials violently repressed a peaceful action held Monday morning by roughly 30 land and water protectors.

The O’odham Anti Border Collective—a group of Akimel O’odham, Tohono O’odham, and Hia Ced O’odham tribal members that seeks to promote the cultural practices and protect the homelands of all O’odham nations “through the dismantling of colonial borders”—organized an Indigenous prayer ceremony to voice opposition to the cultural and ecological destruction caused by the construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall. 

According to a statement released by the group, O’odham families “sang traditional songs, prayed, and attempted to discuss the Freedom of Religion Act that decriminalized Native American religions and opened the path towards the protection of sacred sites.”

After telling them to clear the roadway, Border Patrol agents, Arizona state troopers, and officers from the state’s Department of Public Safety attacked participants with tear gas and rubber bullets. 

A video of the incident recorded by a witness and posted online shows the police march towards the protesters and remove several individuals from vehicles to make arrests. Tear gas is visible, and the firing of rubber bullets can be heard. https://player.vimeo.com/video/467449845

The O’odham Anti Border Collective said the police shot at least one O’odham man in the chest with a rubber bullet, an example of what the group called the “violence [and] extensive abuses” that O’odham communities endure as a result of “border militarization.” 

The collective stated that those who were ripped out of vehicles and tear gassed included “children and people with vulnerable health” who were attempting observe the ceremony from the safety of their cars.  

According to the group, the police “grabbed children who had been in vehicles and abducted them from their parents—stealing children from Indigenous parents for practicing their religion is a clear violation of the Freedom of Religion Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act.” 

“It’s obscene and offensive to us that local and state governments move to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day while the federal government blows up our sacred sites, steals our kids, militarily occupies our communities, and shoots at Native Americans praying to protect our land and ancestors from desecration,” said one O’odham tribal member who was present at the ceremony Monday morning. 

The O’odham Anti Border Collective made the following demands:

  • Immediate release of all who were arrested Monday;
  • Immediate release of all minors abducted by the state Monday;
  • Information about and reparations for all who were injured Monday;
  • End the checkpoints and remove all Customs and Border Protection agencies from O’odham lands;
  • Immediate and indefinite discontinuation of border wall construction at Quitobaquito Springs and throughout O’odham territories; 
  • Immediate removal of the white supremacist border wall and restoration of the land;
  • Immediate demilitarization of O’odham lands;
  • Remove the Integrated Fixed Towers;
  • End racial profiling and harassment of Indigenous peoples;
  • End incarceration and deportation of O’odham people from O’odham homelands by border patrol;
  • End sexual and gender violence by border patrol;
  • End white supremacist attacks, incarceration, and deportation of refugees and migrants on Indigenous lands; and
  • Support Indigenous autonomy against colonial borders.

The group said Monday that they are still trying to obtain information about the condition of the man who was shot in the chest as well as others who were shot at. 

The Arizona Daily Star, a Tucson-based newspaper, reported that about 35 supporters gathered outside the Pima County Jail to demand the respectful treatment and release of those arrested during the protest earlier in the day. 

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Donald J. Trump in a quest for notoriety ran for President and to his surprise won. Found out quickly that he was not up to the task, so he did what he was used to doing and that is fake it and lie to the end. He spent the past 3 plus years putting people in his cabinet and on staff who were wealthier (than he is) or loyal to him and some for show. Once staffed he took a hands off stance so he could always blame someone else for any failures. The folks he hired who had expertise and ability quickly (sometimes) exited quickly. The ones who stayed were in in for their own agendas and TOTUS agreed tacitly or openly, while convincing himself or was convinced that what was being done in his name was OK and legal. Once he had approval from Congress (GOP) he essentially became the inept manager he has always been. His choices for his staff were more payoffs for favors and recommendations from cronies and possibly “FAUX” news on air personalities. His knowledge of management is either non existent or taken from comic books, not what would be expected from a college educated(?) person. There is no reason to continue his tenure beyond November 3.

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