54 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-4-17

  1. Can we be thankful that the big news on Drudge and other on-line is that Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox?
    (Not that she’s leaving, I don’t care. It’s that this is the biggest thing going now.)

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  2. Chances are it isn’t the biggest thing going. They are hiding something.

    I made some comments on the Daily Thread about the Kennedy assassination and that I had prayed no idiot would take a shot at Obama because of the the riots and unrest that would happen as well as making him a martyr. I also said that from reading the comments on the the New York Times and CNN sites there are some unhinged people out there.
    I did not like Obama. I did not vote for him. I even referred to him on occasion as O’Bummer. I did not loathe him. There are people out there openly hostile towards Trump. Some even advocating getting rid of him by any means possible. I get the sense he is going to be the hardest president to protect we have ever had. It saddens me that our country has come to this.

    I feel we are a deeply divided country. Neither side will listen to the other and there are sides we don’t even know about. I can’t believe the people who would shut others down and not let them speak their minds. I have made comments on various sites and I have posted some things to FB that I thought were more center of the road and even handed. I was approached by someone close to me the other day asking me not to post anything else political because it was showing up on the FB feed and they were going to have to unfriend me if I continued. Now, never mind the more “liberal” stuff they have posted in the past. What is most scary about this is that if you look back in history the American Civil War turned brother against brother and family against family. Is that what we have come to? Using that worthless degree in History I possess, I think back to my studies of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. Yes, we were divided, and yes there were atrocities but I don’t get the same sense of intolerance I am getting right now. (Oh, and the article I posted? The one DJ shared here the other day about a New Year’s Request for the Left)
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443443/new-years-left-campus-radicals-distort-our-politics

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  3. Kim, before the election, my husband said whichever party won would not survive the first term. Hillary, he believes, has not been forthright about the condition of her health, and would die soon of natural causes. (She may not, now that she isn’t president, but the presidency has badly aged everyone but Reagan.) Trump, were he the winner, would be assassinated. I think he’ll be the hardest to guard because they won’t be able to tell him what he can and cannot do and because there are many who hate him.

    I would guess that lifelong Secret Service agents are as unpolitical as people come; they have a job to do, and cannot let their feelings get in the way. But maybe they quaked just a little at either prospect–defending cruel Hillary, who would be unkind to them and who would be doing criminally horrific things for her own gain, or defending Trump, who wouldn’t be amenable to their protection and who would be likely to draw fire at some point.

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  4. Remember all those questions about whether it would have been justified to kill Hitler?

    My fear is that so many view Trump in such a similar light that, yes, he will potentially (likely?) draw attempts on his life — and by those who feel they’re absolutely righteous in taking that kind of action.

    The country needs to back away from this internal collision course or it won’t be able to survive ultimately as one nation. It’s been a long road getting here, and not one that began spontaneously in the 1960s although that and the decade that followed added much of its momentum.

    It’s been a long train coming, probably going back to the early 1900s, perhaps earlier. History and trends aren’t born in a moment, they emerge and grow in long, slow journeys that leave everyone asking at the end, in all sincerity, “How did we get here?”

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  5. Chas, it’s mostly the grown-up children of the protestors from the 1960s who are teaching the kids now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Kids from the 1980s. Time marches on.

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  6. Kim, I tend to agree with your friend. Even though I agree with your politics, I’m tired, tired, tired of it. I have started “unfollowing” people who can’t get off the political bandwagon. Why do you keep it up? Do you really think you are going to change anyone’s mind?

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  7. I think Megyn Kelly will never be as high-profile again once she leaves Fox News. She probably peaked during the 2016 election — going to NBC, well, who watches NBC news? Personally, I don’t expect to see her anymore. I don’t like her enough to follow her there intentionally and I just think cable stations are more prominent in today’s political-news media world.

    But I’m sure she’s getting a huge salary and maybe will have more time with her family (though she strikes me as a very professionally-driven personality).

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  8. http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/01/conservatives-outnumber-liberals-but-gap-narrows.php

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    CONSERVATIVES OUTNUMBER LIBERALS, BUT GAP NARROWS

    Gallup has released its annual poll on conservative/liberal/moderate self-identification. It finds that U.S. adults are now 36% conservative, 34% moderate, and 25% liberal. This is consistent with a broad body of polling that shows conservatives have outnumbered liberals by as much as two to one in recent decades. But liberals are gaining. …

    Conservative identification has remained essentially steady, but these days there are fewer moderates and more liberals. Why?

    I am not sure that the shift reflects a real change in political attitudes. Rather, I think that in the aftermath of the Reagan years, it was political suicide to call oneself a liberal. A lot of professed ‘moderates’ really belonged to the ideology that, in those days, dared not speak its name. In recent years, as the opprobrium attached to the label ‘liberal’ has faded, more liberals have come out of the closet.

    A more serious question is, if there are so many more conservatives than liberals, why donโ€™t we do better politically? …
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    Go to the full link for his theories.

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  9. I don’t get cable, but have seen brief clips of Megyn Kelly interviewing or speaking or whatever (I actually can’t remember many specifics, but do remember basically liking her). For reasons unbeknownst to me, she’s reviled by a lot of my (rabid) conservative facebook friends. I think that’s a recent development. Can anyone describe what the alleged problem is with her?

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  10. Interesting insider piece on Kelly’s move from Fox to NBC:

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/megyn-kellys-departure-is-clue-about-future-of-fox-news.html

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    … Sources close to Kelly told me today that her departure is an indication of just how unhappy she had become at Fox in the wake of her high-profile feud with Donald Trump and revelations she had accused Ailes of sexual harassment.

    Her relationships with Bill Oโ€™Reilly and Sean Hannity in particular had completely broken down, one Fox host told me. โ€œBill hated her,โ€ the host said. As Kellyโ€™s contract negotiations dragged on during her much-publicized book tour, things also grew strained with Rupert Murdoch, two sources said. One Fox insider told me Murdoch balked when Kelly asked for $25 million late in the talks. (A person close to Kelly disputed this, saying that said Kelly never asked for a specific dollar amount but that Fox had offered $25 million.)

    Inside Fox News, staffers are speculating over who will replace Kelly. According to insiders I spoke with today, the consensus seems to be that the Murdochs will choose a woman to fill her 9 p.m. time slot. The leading internal contenders include Trish Regan, Shannon Bream, Sandra Smith, and Martha MacCallum. Two sources said Kimberly Guilfoyle is lobbying for the job.

    The one thing Fox insiders are in agreement on is that whoever replaces Kelly will be a pro-Trump conservative. …
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  11. I never sensed that Kelly was a “conservative” per se — which was actually to her advantage, in my mind, as a news-commentary figure. She never came off as a political partisan in the way many of the other Fox hosts did and do.

    So I suppose some conservatives didn’t see her as one of “theirs”? Again, I think that made her stronger when it came to interviewing candidates/politicians and in moderating candidate debates.

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  12. She has good media instincts & a winning on-camera personality so a daytime Oprah-style talk show could be a good fit for her.

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  13. I’ve also wondered if there wasn’t a bit of a prima-dona aura going on around her in the end — I think her feud with Trump elevated her and gave her a lot of widespread attention she normally wasn’t receiving, making her very marketable to more mainstream outlets.

    There was probably also a good deal of competition going on — especially during a high-profile election year — among the personalities at Fox as they all vied for ratings and attention.

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  14. Interesting move in Sacramento:

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    LOS ANGELES โ€” Girding for four years of potential battles with President-elect Donald J. Trump, Democratic leaders of the California Legislature announced Wednesday that they had hired Eric H. Holder Jr., who was attorney general under President Obama, to represent them in any legal fights against the new Republican White House.

    The decision by the Legislature to retain Mr. Holder, who is now a prominent Washington lawyer, is the latest sign of the ideological battle that may play out over the next four years between this predominantly Democratic state and Washington. …

    … The Democratic Party controls two-thirds of both the Assembly and the Senate in California. Every statewide elected official is a Democrat. …
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  15. So basically, they got nuthin’……..

    But then it was never about finding the guilty party. It’s always been about making Trump look bad, even if you have to make up “evidence”. Yet another of Obama’s parting gifts to Dems.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-01-02/u-s-intelligence-got-the-wrong-cyber-bear?cmpid=yhoo.hosted

    “The “Russian hacking” story in the U.S. has gone too far. That it’s not based on any solid public evidence, and that reports of it are often so overblown as to miss the mark, is only a problem to those who worry about disinformation campaigns, propaganda and journalistic standards — a small segment of the general public. But the recent U.S. government report that purports to substantiate technical details of recent hacks by Russian intelligence is off the mark and has the potential to do real damage to far more people and organizations.

    The joint report by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has a catchy name for “Russian malicious cyber activity” — Grizzly Steppe — and creates infinite opportunities for false flag operations that the U.S. government all but promises to attribute to Russia.

    The report’s goal is not to provide evidence of, say, Russian tampering with the U.S. presidential election, but ostensibly to enable U.S. organizations to detect Russian cyber-intelligence efforts and report incidents related to it to the U.S. government. It’s supposed to tell network administrators what to look for. To that end, the report contains a specific YARA rule — a bit of code used for identifying a malware sample. The rule identifies software called the PAS Tool PHP Web Kit. Some inquisitive security researchers have googled the kit and found it easy to download from the profexer.name website. It was no longer available on Monday, but researchers at Feejit, the developer of WordPress security plugin Wordfence, took some screenshots of the site, which proudly declared the product was made in Ukraine.

    That, of course, isn’t necessarily to be believed — anyone can be from anywhere on the internet. The apparent developer of the malware is active on a Russian-language hacking forum under the nickname Profexer. He has advertised PAS, a free program, and thanked donors who have contributed anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred. The program is a so-called web shell — something a hacker will install on an infiltrated server to make file stealing and further hacking look legit. There are plenty of these in existence, and PAS is pretty common — “used by hundreds if not thousands of hackers, mostly associated with Russia, but also throughout the rest of the world (judging by hacker forum posts),” Robert Graham of Errata Security wrote in a blog post last week.

    The version of PAS identified in the U.S. government report is several versions behind the current one.

    “One might reasonably expect Russian intelligence operatives to develop their own tools or at least use current malicious tools from outside sources,” wrote Mark Maunder of Wordfence.”
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    “For Russian intelligence operatives, this is an opportunity — unless they’re as lazy as the U.S. reports suggest. They, in turn, need to switch to malware developed by non-Russian-speaking software experts. Since their work tends to be attributed to the Russian government based on Russian-language comments in the code and other circumstantial evidence, and the cybersecurity community and the U.S. government are comfortable with the attribution, all they need is Chinese- or, say, German-language comments.

    The U.S. intelligence community is making a spectacle of itself under political pressure from the outgoing administration and some Congress hawks. It ought to stop doing so. It’s impossible to attribute hacker attacks on the basis of publicly available software and IP addresses used. Moreover, it’s not even necessary: Organizations and private individuals should aim to prevent attacks, not to play blame games after the damage is done. The most useful part of the DHS-FBI report is, ironically, the most obvious and generic one — the one dealing with mitigation strategies. It tells managers to keep software up to date, train staff in cybersecurity, restrict their administrative privileges, use strong anti-virus protections and firewall configurations. In most cases, that should keep out the Russians, the Chinese and homegrown hackers. U.S. Democrats would have benefited from this advice before they were hacked; it’s sad that they either didn’t get it from anyone or ignored it.”
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  16. Unlike House R’s, at least some in the Senate are putting up useful legislation to start the new Congress.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ted-cruz-introduces-term-limits-amendment/article/2610799?custom_click=rss

    “Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would impose term limits on members of Congress, following through on their December announcement about the proposal.

    “D.C. is broken,” Cruz said in a statement Tuesday evening. “The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people. It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.”

    The proposal would limit senators to two terms (12 years total) and representatives to three terms (six years total). President-elect Trump campaigned on reining in Congress by implementing term limits, though it is unclear if the incoming administration has been involved in the proposal, which comes during Congress’ first week in session this year.”
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    “”President Trump, Speaker Ryan and huge majorities of the American people are demanding term limits,” said U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel. “Congress must listen and pass the Cruz-DeSantis amendment immediately.”

    A Rasmussen Reports survey from October found three-quarters of Americans supported implementing term limits, while 13 percent did not.”

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  17. I have heard Tomi Lahern’s name tossed out to replace Megyn Kelly.
    She had a program on One America News called “On Point”. I don’t have OAN here.
    Tomi is only 24 years old. She is FoxNews pretty. She could handle the show.

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  18. Linda, this person has been reading comments I made on other people’s posts and doesn’t agree with me. It is a quirk of FB that if I comment on my friend’s post and even if you don’t know my friend, you can see the comment I made because you are my friend—confused yet?

    My point is that I do not want to be told quit commenting or posting on (my own page) or I will have to un-friend you.
    AJ and Kbells like cats. I don’t. What if I told one of them to quit posting cat things or I would un friend them? See the (il)logic?

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  19. Kim, To combine your two issues, 6 months ago most of my Facebook friends became Trumpkins while 3 or 4 were already Democrats. My response was to limit my political posts primarily to those involving animals (Arnold Weaver, his running mate the bird and another canine candidate).

    A few Trumpkins took offense, but Trump would always then say or do something so outlandish that Arnold would look reasonable by comparison.

    On Election Night, unlike another defeated candidate, Arnold conceded before going to bed. Now I am trying to limit my Facebook posts to non-controversial topics such as The Confederacy.

    Sadly that means that readers of this site have had to put up with 100% of my disgust, anger and apprehension. I appreciate your patience.

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  20. hwesseli,

    i always enjoy reading your comments. they wake me up. I have to really read them to see what you are saying. I rarely get them at first.

    How is your daughter doing? Is she driving yet? Has she revolted against you by arguing conservative yet? I hope you don’t have to put up with THAT!

    My #2 son started going to a church that wasn’t to my liking, christian but not one of my choice. I prayed that he would find a better choice. He became Muslim…

    Parents, keep on praying.

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  21. Keeping things in perspective.

    I used to complain about the local afternoon radio shows; Glenn Beck reruns (and I won’t listen the first time around) only to be replaced by Oakland A’s baseball (Go Dodgers!). Turn them off! Just noise. Blah. Blah. Blah.

    Beck has been replaced by Mark Levin. Frying pan meet fire.

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  22. That is a tricky part of FB (that people can see your comments on 3rd party posts). I remember once being surprised when I commented on a church friend’s post and all of a sudden in pops one of my liberal ‘friends’ — out of nowhere — to set us all straight. ๐Ÿ™‚ I felt kind of bad, like an uninvited guest had tagged along with me into her open door.

    I’ve been more careful after that but probably not as careful as I should be all the time.

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  23. No, Kim, I don’t see the logic. Neither AJ, KBells (nor I) are trying to convince you to get another cat or to like the one you are stuck with. Nor are we constantly posting articles about why it is advantageous to own (or be owned by) a cat, ad nausea. Get the difference?

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  24. I think there’s a difference between posting a link to an occasional opinion piece (which I think is all Kim does) and hammering away “at” people with post after highly-partisan post (as some of my other FB connections tend to do, mostly from the left). And on this post she’s referring to, I think she did intro it by saying it happens on both the left and the right. …

    Some of the pieces are worth reading as they take a closer look at trends and challenge people to question their assumptions. Whether the social media platform is effective ultimately in accomplishing that, I don’t know. Maybe sometimes, probably hit and miss, it most likely depends on your particular following or audience.

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  25. On seeing others’ FB comments, it depends on what kind of security settings the post you comment on has. Most of my posts are set to be seen by friends only, so even if they comment on the post, that comment won’t be seen by their friends. However, I engage in political discussion very infrequently. Even theological discussions can be potentially explosive, especially with extended family who are highly dispensationalist and thus see signs of the Rapture and Tribulation behind every international news story. I roll my eyes at the posts I disagree with, but I only comment if I have some solid facts that I can briefly state. Long comments tend to not be read carefully enough and merely asserting one’s opinion convinces no one. Sometimes, to avoid embarrassing the person, because the post they have put up is so glaringly incorrect, I don’t even comment with the facts I have. It is better to contact them personally in those cases.

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  26. I rarely get too political on facebook. Since I have both very liberal and very conservative family, friends, and clients, it’s not worth the potential loss to me. Political issues and positions come into vogue and go out again, often leaving a scorched earth behind. Relationships are far too valuable to gamble on a format where it is so easy for misunderstandings to occur. It’s one of the great and unusual blessings of this site that there is so much charity in the conversation here.

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  27. Kim, you can stand firm. Despite the peer pressure, intimidation, and commercial endeavors, you can say no to further felinization of your home. Be one of the strong ones. Remember you are not alone, even when it feels like it.

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  28. But Linda, I am not posting much of anything political on my FB page. I am commenting on others or or on public ones such as CNN. I am not going to a CatLoversUSA page and posting I hate cats. I really am indifferent about cats and if you love them I get it and encourage you to take care of your cat. I have a cat. She no longer disdains me, but she still insists on throwing up on my sofa. If I go to CatHaterUSA FB page and post somethings about Moe the Cat yakking on my sofa, I don’t want you to threaten to unfriend me because I posted something on that FB page.
    I am fairly middle of the road politically. I didn’t want Trump as a president and I sure didn’t want Hillary as a president. We were going to end up with one or the other and I like a lot of people assumed it would be her. I was resigned to it. I wouldn’t have taken to the streets protesting if she had won. I figure Donald Trump is who we have let’s deal with it. I saw a FB meme the other day that said “Wishing for Donald Trump to fail is like wishing the plane would crash because you don’t like that airline” or something along those lines. I want him to be successful at the right things. Why would I not?
    I also realize that in the history of opinions no one has ever changed their mind to my opinion because I won them over by posting something to FB.

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  29. Cheryl, Moe is 12 or 13 years old. I have comforted myself with that thought but then Michelle comes along with her 20 year old cat and the stories about her/him.
    The main things I dislike about cats are
    1. Litter Boxes
    2. Throwing up on furniture
    3. Sleeping on the guest room bed so that I have to wash and change the linens more often from the cat hair she leaves.

    Other than that I have no other feelings about them. When a cat chooses to love you and purr on you, you know that you are among the chosen because cats do not have owners they have staff.

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  30. As several of you know, I say very little on Facebook. I usually like a few things, maybe say Happy Birthday! to someone, maybe bust on a buddy over the game last night, but that’s about it. I usually stay away from the subject of politics altogether. Believe it or not, I’m remarkably restrained. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Or maybe indifferent is the better word. I care very little about what most post, and suspect they’d feel the same if I too opinionated on everything constantly. Everybody needs to just get over themselves already.

    And if on the off chance I did, and someone threatened to unfriend me over it, I have this message.

    Don’t talk about it, just do it. Don’t whine. Don’t cry. Just get to it. Really, if our friendship means so little, then let’s just cut our losses and move on. It’s for the best, as I have little tolerance for whiny babies whining about bigotry, while being bigots themselves.

    Most people on Facebook are too un-self-aware for real conversation and discussion anyway, so it’s best to avoid engaging them in such. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  31. People change their minds about politics, religion, and other stuff all the time. There’s no reason to assume a mechanism for that change can’t be facebook posts. Post whatever you want however often you want. Ignore what you don’t like.

    And grow up.

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  32. I don’t know Solar, I haven’t ever seen anyone change their beliefs/politics based upon something they read on Facebook. Unless of course you’re easily swayed.

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  33. I wouldn’t be so sure, AJ!

    There are millions (billions?) of facebook posts each day. There are those who contribute to fb discussions, and others who lurk. It’s certainly within the realm of possibility that some of those posts influence how their readers think about something. An argument on fb can be just as cogent and persuasive as one in a book or on TV or in the comments thread on a website; arguments come to us from all sources, and if critical mass is reached, our minds change. I imagine we can all recount an instance or three of how something that changed our way of thinking came from an unlikely source. Maybe such an event is even part of someone’s Christian testimony. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  34. 21, currently sleeping on the bed and I need to get out the rug cleaner. She also has taken to napping at the top of the stairs making it convenient for her to trip us. I will also have to go out tomorrow before the next big storm hits to purchase specialized wet cat food–which she has now deigned to eat at prescribed times. We’re not allowed to forget those times.

    You can say anything nasty about cats you like to me. I get it.

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  35. I do think there’s a place for serious dialogue on both political and religious issues on social media. Sometimes it happens, but it’s the exception. Too often it turns into shouting matches.

    “Unfriending” over political disagreements I really don’t get .

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  36. Moe gets special food that is supposed to keep her from throwing up. It doesn’t work.
    She also waits until I get up in the morning then goes and gets in the bed—in MY spot.
    The other night I heard her coughing/choking. I scooped her up and tossed her outside where she threw up on the patio.
    The litter box is in my laundry room so I have to be extra careful walking in there and doing laundry. Especially the CLEAN laundry because I truly think she goes in there and kicks litter OUT of the box. I told you she hates me.

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  37. AJ and SolarP, Arnold gained a number of supporters by his appearances on Facebook. In addition he inspired several other people to vote for their pets or spouses.

    I think Facebook political posts work better in years when the major party candidates turn the whole election into a farce and the Libertarian and Greenie are also hilarious.

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  38. From Solar P at 3:59, I’ve seen some fascinating back-and-forth, civil discussions on important but touchy topics. It can be done, but it is not the norm, unfortunately.

    Our pastor has been able to start and facilitate many of those kinds of discussions on FB, some on social issues, others on theology, and reading & lurking is always informative for me.

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  39. My cat also is on “special” (prescription) food. What is it that cats are so sensitive?

    (Of course, then they go off and eat a dead lizard or a rat, so there you go)

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  40. Bob,

    Thanks for the note. My daughter’s 18 and has her license. Well, stage 2 of a 3 stage process but she can drive the car without supervision. She’s finished high school and took a year off. She hopes to go to a university in Toronto that offers only Fine Arts course — in other words she’s living with me for a very long time. Given that we have a great relationship (for the most part) its not a worrisome prospect.

    She has yet to embrace any iota of conservatism. Its not just my influence, she lives in the most left wing city in Canada and one of the few which embrace old school labour — bread and butter issues. She struggles to understand how anyone can perceive the world differently — I have to remind her that not everyone grew up in an environment where social-economic issues are always interpreted in a left wing fashion. When you live in a city where the Conservative party places third just slightly ahead of the greens and libertarians but vastly behind the social democrat NDP and the Liberal party, you have very little exposure to different perspectives.

    Islam is an interesting religion in some respects. Of three Abrahamic religions, it requires the least mental effort or at least in comparison to Christianity. Islam is a set of rules that need to be followed and in that it requires self discipline but not intellectual rigour. You submit to the rules and you are good — Christianity, esp Protestantism, is far more personal whereas as Islam is community based. Catholicism does offer some cultural discipline and comfort but not nearly to the same extent.

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  41. I tended to agree more with the writer on the issues he brought up. In addition, I would like to see the DOJ act to end the abuses of civil forfeiture, and generally pursue more anti-trust cases than a typical Republican DOJ is wont to do. This probably will not happen in a Sessions’ DOJ. However, I think Sessions is a decent man and did sign on early to the economic vision cast by Trump. I’m thinking he will be able to help implement some of the policies necessary to sharply reduce illegal immigration and curb the abuse of the h1b visa program which damages the domestic labor market. So I’d give him a thumbs up just for that. :–)

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  42. Not a big fan of term limits. On the surface it sounds like a good idea but you give up a wealth of experience in term limits. And as far as problems in Washington, this is not high on the list. Mind you, the current crew of mostly old male white millionaires are not very representatives of the people,

    Speaking of old white men, Trump’s appointments have confirmed he’s really not interested in draining the swamp. As for Sessions, any man who approves of the “drug war” and civil forfeiture isn’t in favour of limited government.

    I never understand why people spend a lot of time arguing on Facebook. I do my fair share but I know when to quit and I don’t take it personally. If politics determine your friendships, you limit your humanity. Its impossible to determine if Facebook conversations change opinions but people do lurk and read. I do think its impolite to comment on a thread belonging to a friend of a friend — lurk yes but interrupt no.

    When Obama was elected, the right responded with talk of second amendment solutions, demonstrating with guns, etc. I have yet to see anything resembling the same talk on the left wing sites and pages I follow. Sure, they want to emulate the Republicans obstruction policies of the last eight years and will demonstrate any chance they get maybe but assassination I can’t see it. Besides, most leftist would prefer Trump over Pence — some even speculate Trump made Pence his running mate for exactly that reason.

    Clinton would probably have survived one term — her ill health was really a case of “fake news”. From the little we know of Trump’s health, I’m not as confident he will survive the presidency if he actually takes the job seriously. However, I think he’s safe there — he’s not taking this job any more serious than the last 20 years of business in which he essentially slapped his name on something in exchange for money. In fact, one of the reasons he will not governing in a serious manner is to maintain his brand. He runs the risk of ruining his brand with an unpopular decision.

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