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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday's Ride - 1934 Ford Street Rod For Sale

Loser in the house

Trump vs. the grown-ups: Who's winning?


(CNN)True to form, President Donald Trump capped a week of messing with the world by not really scrapping the treaty that keeps a lid on Iran's nuclear ambitionsand by proposing to cripple Obamacare in the name of improving Americans' health care. Add Thursday's tweet about abandoning storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and you get Trump in classic mode, spreading chaos and anxiety.
Although arch-loyalists would say there's a method to Trump's madness, anyone who has ever dealt with an impulsive and destructive authority figure -- parent, teacher, boss -- finds the dynamic familiar. When the top dog feels confused and upset, when reality can no longer be escaped and failure can't be denied, others must feel his pain, too. Then it becomes time for blame and self-pity. "I hate everyone in the White House!" is what Trump reportedly said to his ex-security chief Keith Schiller, according to Gabriel Sherman, writing in Vanity Fair (and noting that the White House denies it).
Spoken like a parent who beats his child and then complains that his hand hurts.

Trump: The vindictive prick

Why Trump’s Latest Health-Care Move Is a Spiteful Act of Vandalism


The Trump Administration confirmed on Friday that it is stopping, with immediate effect, billions of dollars in payments to insurers that help keep the cost of health coverage affordable for about seven million low-to-middle-income families. In a statement, the White House said that the federal government couldn’t lawfully make the payments, which are an integral part of the subsidized private-insurance markets that emerged from the Affordable Care Act.

As my colleague Amy Davidson Sorkin pointed out earlier, the Administration’s legal argument is narrow and tendentious. In reality, this is a cynical political decision, made at Donald Trump’s behest, to sabotage the workings of the A.C.A. and to endanger the welfare of millions of hardworking American families who are unable to bear the full cost of a private-insurance policy.

Not one tweet about this from the incompetent President Trump

Trump’s Benghazi? Ambush of U.S. soldiers in Niger goes unnoticed

Four dead Americans in Africa: Why hasn’t this act of terror drawn the same 

Four dead Americans.
It’s been five years since terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, leaving four Americans dead. Last week, as CIA officers disguised in wigs and mustaches testified in court about the predawn ambush on the diplomatic compound, four other American soldiers were killed in neighboring Niger.
Most Americans may not even be aware that approximately 800 U.S. troops are stationed in Niger, a West African nation where jihadist groups have taken root. As part of the never-ending war on terror, the United States has also set up a drone base in Niger’s capital city of Niamey. Contrary to his focused commitment to reverse every policy put in place by his predecessor, President Donald Trump has decided to carry on with the construction of a second drone base in Niger commissioned by Barack Obama.  
American forces have never been sanctioned to an official combat mission in Niger, a landlocked West African nation about twice the size of Texas with a population of just over 20 million people. But they have long been fighting against Islamic extremists in the country and surrounding region. On Oct. 4, four Green Berets were killed and two more injured after their group of a dozen U.S. soldiers were ambushed while conducting a joint patrol with about 40 Nigerien soldiers.

Words of encouragement for America

Thanks to News & Guts follower Lynne Hasselman for sending us these inspiring thoughts:
“Dan has said that he is at heart an optimist. I only wish I could say the same for myself. I’m trying--perhaps you are too. As our country struggles and gasps under the weight of this administration and its ineptitude, and as we are continually battered by natural disasters made worse by our own inability to acknowledge and make real progress on climate change, I remind myself daily that intelligence, goodness, and common sense will one day again prevail.
“The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger,” said FDR. “The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity or it will move apart.”
Now is the time for all of us to bring whatever we have to the table—our voices, our talents, our goodwill, our powers of persuasion, our volunteer efforts, our donations, our support for one another. We need it all and we need it now—in the White House and in Congress, in Puerto Rico and the USVI, California, Florida and Texas, in combatting violence by those who wield power and influence without conscience, in the myriad of other injustices facing our country and our world.
We don’t need it only for ourselves, we need it for the next generation and for all those who served our country with honor and courage. We owe them.
Stand firm, stand strong and stand non-violently, but stand together. It’s the only way we can move forward to build something better and greater than these times in which we live.”

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday's Ride - Citroen 11 Ligero BL 1946 - Caravana de José María "Pechito" López - 30...

Far smarter than the majority of conservatives.....

Indigenous communities embracing clean energy, creating thousands of jobs

National survey shows Indigenous clean energy a money maker


An increasing number of Indigenous communities are becoming partners in renewable energy projects in Canada and creating thousands of jobs as they do it.
A new national survey shows nearly one fifth of the country's power is provided by facilities fully or partly owned and run by Indigenous communities.
It represents a dramatic increase in the last decade in renewable energy projects like hydro, wind and solar power. 
The author of the report, Chris Henderson, says the real surprise for him is the amount of employment that clean power is creating — 15,300 direct jobs for Indigenous workers who have earned $842 million in employment income in the last eight years.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday's Ride - Peugeot 404 tuning SUPER AVTO TUNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are Republicans begining to see the light..... Doubtful, very doubtful they are blinded by the thirst for power

Republican Senator Asks If Trump Is Recanting His Oath Of Office

Ben Sasse questions whether Trump is failing to "preserve, protect, and defend" the First Amendment.


Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!

Donald Trump is a LIAR but then intelligent people already know that

FEMA is STILL involved in funding recovery efforts in:
- Katrina (2005)
- Gustav (2008)
- Iowa floods (2008)
- Ike (2008)
- Tennessee floods (2010)
- North Dakota floods (2011)
- Irene (2011)
- Sandy (2012)
- Colorado floods (2013)
- Matthew (2016) 


FEMA actually can stay in Puerto Rico indefinitely


(CNN)President Donald Trump tweeted that first responders can't stay in Puerto Rico "forever," but if history is any indicator, they can definitely stay there for a long time.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency can (and does) stay involved in disaster relief for years after major catastrophes. In fact, FEMA is still spending money on relief efforts in the wake of a few major storms that are a decade (or even more) old.
More than a dozen years after Hurricane Katrina pounded the Gulf Coast, FEMA was slated to dole out nearly half a billion dollars in fiscal year 2017 to fund relief efforts, mostly in Louisiana, after the hurricane and subsequent storms Rita and Wilma.

Snakes with ties to Russia

NBC News, a favorite of the White House these days, has filed more great reporting. Paul Manafort, the former chairman of the Trump campaign, “has much stronger financial ties to a Russian oligarch than have been previously reported.”
“An NBC News investigation reveals that $26 million changed hands in the form of a loan between a company linked to Manafort and the oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin.”

Manafort Had $60 Million Relationship With a Russian Oligarch


Number of Donald Trump's tweets about the California fires? 0 Number of tweets about Hillary Clinton? We've lost count. Here's one from yesterday.

And the sheep bray praise for this misogynistic hypocrite. The World watches and wonders when the Repugnant party will come to the conclusion that his actions and words are going to do irreparable damage to the country and to the people. Do they even care???

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday's Ride - 1954 Mercedes Benz Stromlinie W196 Juan Manuel Fangio Formula 1 Race Car...

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez Blast President Donald Trump's Puerto Rico...

The sulking child President

As every toddler knows, bigger is better, whether that’s two scoops of ice cream (versus one for everyone else), a border wall, or a nuclear arsenal.
And that was President Trump’s reaction during a July meeting with military and national-security leaders about the nuclear arsenal, too, according to NBC News. In total, he sought a tenfold increase in the U.S. store of nukes:
Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.
Trump’s aides were taken aback: “Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the buildup.” Officials said there’s currently no plan for a massive buildup.

The Infantilization of the President

Aides have doubted prior presidents’ wisdom, health, or sobriety, but never have so many insiders treated the commander-in-chief like a child.