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Really? You think he’s doing a great job? I see a trail of devastation that he's left, of people’s lives that they won’t get back, they won’t get their jobs back, they won’t recover from this. Tell me, what is so great about his "great economy" when most Americans live paycheck to paycheck and can't save emergency funds to cover three months? Or two? Or one? Don't be fooled. The stock market isn't the same as the economy. What this pandemic revealed was that this president and his claims ring hollow. Big fail. Our country is devastated and still he won't create a national testing protocol to save lives. Don't count on him offering leadership. Your on your own. His love affairs with adversaries has blown up. Foreign nations have figured him out. Rather than crafting quick deals that Trump could tout as wins, these adversaries have played a waiting game. They appear to sense in Trump an impatience and hunger for the spotlight that undermine his ability to negotiate. Sometimes he appears to contradict positions that his advisers have taken. Once, this back-and-forth might have produced leverage for Trump; now, it often just yields confusion. Looking at the various global showdowns, you can see a common theme — of adversaries that appear more willing to take risks in resisting Trump’s demands. Trump’s response is often to double down. This dynamic carries a danger of miscalculation. Trump’s bravado had convinced the Chinese that he is actually in a weak position and can be pushed. The nuclear negotiations with North Korea have been even more puzzling. The bottom line is that with North Korea, as with China, Trump’s disruptive style has had diminishing returns. Perhaps the most dangerous of the confrontations, the test of strength with Iran. Trump’s approach as he strides toward the brink in negotiations often seems that of a gambler. He’s operating on instinct and luck, rather than a careful strategy. He’s not counting cards or precisely calculating the odds. He’s winging it, hoping he can bluff the other players. He plays hunches; he blusters his adversaries and then flatters them; he focuses on the optics of looking strong, as opposed to the fundamentals. They're calling his bluff. He's failed us.
I'm out of here . This bullsh*t.
I posted this on another page and thought I'd share it here too. Instead of regurgitating sound bites from the talking heads perhaps we should speak about our own personal experiences for a change. It might be more helpful than indulging in another pointless discussions about things most of us should readily admit we know very little about. Here's what I have. 1. Three weeks ago my sister in law told us someone she worked with had tested positive for COVID 19. 2. A few days later she fell ill with a fever and cough and tested positive as well. 3. Her family took no extraordinary measures beyond what you would normally expect with a sick relative. 4. After being ill for about six day she recovered and now feels fine. 5. No one else in her household ever exhibited any symptoms or became ill. 6. The small fabrication shop she worked for remained open for another week or so but she hasn't heard of anyone else getting sick. That's it. That is the extent of my personal experience and it's not even my own. How about you?
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🇺🇸❗️🇺🇸❗️🇺🇸 Virginia County Forms Militia in Response to Dems’ Gun Control Laws By Pluralist | Dec 16, 2019 One southwestern Virginia county is fiercely pushing back against proposed restrictions on gun rights in the state. Earlier this month, the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors passed two resolutions aimed at opposing potential restrictions on gun possession and ownership. One made Tazewell County a “Second Amendment sanctuary.” The other authorized funding for the formation of a well-regulated militia, WJHL reported. Both resolutions were unanimously passed on Dec. 3 to loud cheers from a standing room-only crowd at the Board of Supervisors meeting, according to the Bristol Herald Courier. “Our position is that Article I, Section 13, of the Constitution of Virginia reserves the right to ‘order’ militia to the localities,” County Administrator Eric Young, who helped draft the ordinances, told the Herald Courier. “Therefore, counties, not the state, determine what types of arms may be carried in their territory and by whom. So, we are ‘ordering’ the militia by making sure everyone can own a weapon.” Southern District Supervisor Mike Hymes said people in Tazewell County “feel the need to have a gun to protect themselves and their property.” “We live in an area where the nearest deputy might be 45 minutes away,” Hymes told the Herald Courier. Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt told NBC affiliate WWVA the militia resolution “gives us some teeth to be able to act and do something if a law comes out dealing with firearms that we see is illegal.” According to Tazewell County Board of Supervisors Chairman Travis Hackman, the ordinance is aimed at sending a message to the state’s legislators in Richmond. Virginia Democrats, who in November seized control of both houses of the state’s legislature for the first time in more than two decades, made gun control laws a focus of their campaigns. Democrats’ electoral triumph has sparked fears of increased restrictions on firearms possession, which the state’s pro-gun advocates say infringe on their Second Amendment rights. Last week, Democrats announced they were amending a pending ban on “assault weapons” in the face of political pressure. An early draft of the bill would have made it a felony to possess any firearm defined as an “assault weapon.” Gun rights groups were particularly concerned by the lack of an exception for those who already possess such weapons. The ban is backed by "Blackface" Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, whose spokeswoman, Alena Yarmosky, told the Virginia Mercury that “the governor’s assault weapons ban will include a grandfather clause for individuals who already own assault weapons, with the requirement they register their weapons before the end of a designated grace period.” The move to confiscate guns faced immense grassroots opposition in the state, which has seen a majority of its counties declare themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries.” A portion of the funds allocated by the militia resolution will go to programs such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and weapons training courses, according to WJHL.
If you are a liberal climate change alarmist you may want to skip this one it could make you cry. It is filled with facts and intelligent things which have no emotional or fake news appeals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8455KEDitpU
Epstein Accuser Is Now Naming Names of People She Says Participated in His Sex Trafficking Ring By REUTERS | Oct 9, 2019 NEW YORK – A New York woman who said Jeffrey Epstein began grooming her for sex when she was 14 and later raped her expanded her lawsuit against his estate, naming several women who allegedly enabled the financier’s abuses and seeking to block the estate from shielding his assets from victims. In her amended complaint filed on Tuesday, Jennifer Araoz accused four women by name who once worked with Epstein of misconduct, and added more than 20 corporate defendants associated with the late financier. Araoz, 32, wants “justice not just against Mr. Epstein’s estate, but the network of enablers that surrounded him, and the network of corporate interests that surrounded him,” her lawyer Daniel Kaiser told reporters on a conference call. MORE:CBS List of People Allegedly Killed by Clintons Resurfaces After Epstein’s Death “Every penny of his estate should be available to satisfy the claims of victims,” he added. Epstein, 66, died by hanging himself in his Manhattan jail cell on Aug. 10, two days after signing a will and putting his estimated $577 million estate into a trust. Kaiser said it would be obvious to any judge that this was a fraudulent effort to keep his money away from victims. The four women include Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime confidante; Lesley Groff, a former secretary; Cimberly Espinosa, a former executive assistant; and Rosalyn Fontanilla, a former maid who died in October 2016. All but Fontanilla are named as defendants. A lawyer for Maxwell did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Maxwell, the daughter of late British publisher Robert Maxwell, has denied involvement in Epstein’s sex trafficking. Groff’s lawyer Michael Bachner said: “At no time during Lesley’s employment with Epstein did she ever engage in any misconduct.” Neither Espinosa, nor a lawyer for the executors of Epstein’s estate, could immediately be reached for comment. MORE: Autopsy Results: Epstein Suffered Neck Break More Common in ‘Victims of Homicide by Strangulation’ Following his July 6 arrest, Epstein pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges involving dozens of underage girls at his mansions on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and in Palm Beach, Florida. He had escaped federal prosecution by pleading guilty in 2008 to Florida state prostitution charges, an agreement now widely considered too lenient. The financier once counted U.S. President Donald Trump, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew as friends. They have not been accused of criminal wrongdoing. ‘THREE GIRLS A DAY’ Araoz accused the defendants of conspiring to identify and procure a steady stream of underage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse. The defendants “participated with and assisted Epstein in maintaining and protecting his sex trafficking ring, ensuring that approximately three girls a day were made available to him for his sexual pleasure,” the amended complaint said. Araoz filed her lawsuit in a New York state lawsuit in Manhattan. Araoz, who claims she was recruited to give massages to Epstein in 2001, said Epstein did not use a condom while raping her the next year, causing a panic disorder worsened by her father’s recent death from AIDS. She also said she quit a Manhattan high school near Epstein’s home because she feared seeing him or his recruiter. Araoz had been the first person to sue Epstein’s estate under New York’s Child Victims Act, which gave accusers a one-year window to sue over alleged sexual abuse when they were underage, regardless of when that abuse occurred. At least five other lawsuits have since been filed against Epstein’s estate. Epstein’s death ended the federal criminal case against him, but not the investigation of his alleged accomplices. MORE: Officials Say Guards Falsified Prison Records on Day Epstein Died (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel and Brendan Pierson.) Cover image: Jennifer Araoz, an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein, walks after a hearing in the criminal case against Epstein, who died in August in what a New York City medical examiner ruled a suicide, at Federal Court in New York, U.S., August 27, 2019. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)