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Trump Wins and I Say Goodbye for Now 

Padre Steve, you sound like a man with a plan. Blessings to you and please keep us posted.

Padre Steve's World: Official Home of the Anti-Chaps

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

The unimaginable has happened. Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. Since I have already received death threats for his White Supremacist supports going back to 2010 I realize that there is no place left for me in this country.

Beginning today I will be preparing to retire from the Navy as I can no longer in good conscience say that I can obey the orders of a man who has said that he would order American military personnel to commit war crimes, nor could I obey a Commander in Chief who has already promised to roll back the civil rights of anyone who disagrees with him. As such I will not allow myself to become a willing conspirator to crush the civil rights of millions of people just to keep my job. As a historian as well as someone who…

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The debate over FBI director James Comey’s new Clinton email letter, explained

And here I was thinking that the FBI investigation into Hillary’s emails pertained to her using a private server. What is the FBI going to do next — get a warrant for Trump’s computers to see if he emailed Hillary?

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On Friday, FBI Director James Comey sent a three-paragraph letter to several members of Congress, in which he said that new emails related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation had been discovered.

The timing of Comey’s letter — sent just 11 days before the presidential election — created a media and political firestorm, and seemed to pose the prospect of some sort of smoking gun deeply implicating Clinton that could swing the election.

But as more facts have emerged after hours of leaks from anonymous government officials tovariousmediaoutlets, it’s become pretty clear that what actually happened is not necessarily all that earth-shaking. Namely:

  • The new batch of emails is from a laptop that Clinton aide Huma Abedin shared with her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
  • The FBI came upon them because they’re investigating Weiner’s reported sexting of an underage girl…

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10 things you need to know today: October 21, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Clinton and Trump tease one another at charity dinner
Fresh off a tense debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met againThursday night for the Al Smith charity dinner in New York, which raised $6 million for Catholic children’s charities. Trump spoke first, ribbing Clinton by saying the event was her first time speaking to corporate leaders “and not getting paid.” He later drew boos for saying Clinton was corrupt, and “pretending not to hate Catholics” at the event. Clinton stuck closer to the dinner’s traditional lightheartedness, poking fun at herself: “I took a break from my rigorous nap schedule to be here.” She later tweaked Trump for claiming the election was “rigged” and refusing to promise to accept the result, saying she was surprised he agreed for her to speak after him because she “didn’t think he’d be O.K. with a peaceful…

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Third Presidential Debate

In case you missed it, or want to see it again,(full or partial), or simply want to discuss it, the below video is the third and final presidential debate.

In my opinion, Hillary has handled Trump better in debates than any of the GOP contenders during the primary.

Donald Trump helped many decide to vote for Hillary, especially disappointed Bernie supporters.   He said that voting for Hillary is getting Obama for another 4 years.   I think many voters would be happy with that.

 

10 things you need to know today: October 12, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Trump slams ‘disloyal’ Republicans as party’s infighting worsens
Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed harsh criticism against Republican leaders who have abandoned him over a 2005 video in which he made lewd comments about women. In reference to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said he would no longer actively support Trump, the GOP presidential nominee slammed congressional Republicans’ “very weak” and “ineffective” leadership. Trump also derided Sen. John McCain, saying the Arizona senator is “very foul-mouthed” but “dropped me over locker room remarks!” Trump hinted at open conflict in the GOP, saying with “disloyal” Republicans leaving him, “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

Source: The New York Times, CNN

2. Al Gore makes first appearance campaigning with Hillary Clinton
Al Gore appeared with Hillary Clinton…

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The Second Presidential Debate

Hello friends.

I watched the debate, and it put a bad taste in my mouth.  Donald Trump has learned behavior as an abuser.  He repeats the same accusations against Hillary Clinton over, and over, and over.  He repeats his same stump speech rather than answer questions.

The act of repeating the same arguments and accusations, even when previously refuted, is a form of censorship.  It is done to silence the other person.  Who wants to get into another peeing match with a skunk?  The abuser thinks he has won when all he did was defile the atmosphere.

Here’s the debate in case you missed it.

The Daily Show – Sparks Fly At First Clinton-Trump Debate

After watching the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump last night, I needed a laugh.  Hope you get a chuckle or two or three or more out of the following video.

 

AP DEM DEBATE FACT CHECK: Clinton Vs. Sanders On Wall Street

Thanks for the fact checks. I’m still applauding Bernie for telling Hillary that her term “superpredators” is racist.

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A look at some of the claims in the latest Democratic presidential debate and how they compare with the facts:

CLINTON: “I’m the only one on this stage who did not vote to deregulate swaps and derivatives, as Sen. Sanders did … and that contributed to the collapse of Lehman Brothers and started the cascade.”

THE FACTS: The legislation in question was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton was in no position to vote for — or against — it because she…

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Ricky Jackson, Hillary Clinton And The Death Penalty

Last night as I was watching the Democratic Town Hall hosted by CNN, a man named Ricky Jackson took the mic. Ricky said that he spent 39 years in prison, part of it on death row, for a murder he didn’t commit. He emotionally confronted Hillary Clinton about her position on the death penalty.

The tiny bit of his story caught my interest so I looked up information about his case. Here is Ricky’s story.

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Ricky Jackson then and now

Ricky Jackson is an Ohio man who, in 1975, was accused of murdering Harold Franks, a Cleveland area money order salesman. Jackson was 19-years old. Without a witness, the state had no case. Some reports say that the witness was 12-years old and other reports say that the witness was 13-years old.  Edward Vernon was the reason why the state charged Ricky as the trigger-man who killed Harold Franks. Ricky was sentenced to death.

Ricky’s death sentence was vacated because of a technical error. Two others who were convicted along with Ricky were also sentenced to death. They are commonly referred to as the Bridgeman brothers and they remained on death row until 1978 when the Supreme Court declared that Ohio’s death penalty was unconstitutional. One of the Bridgman brothers came within 20 days of execution. Read the rest of this entry

Meeting Yourself Coming and Going

A Potpourri of things.

These last few months caused me to think about the old Dunkin’ Donuts commercial.  It’s been a time when as soon as I think I’ve completed one thing, something else comes up.   There are times when I long for the old days.  Then, you could go to a general practitioner for almost any ailment, and almost every cure.   There was no need to make an appointment for a blood test because they drew it right there in the office and sent it to the lab.

Truly, I don’t if it’s corporate business or medical malpractice insurance companies that caused the changes, but they are drooling on people who are already ill.   I’ve probably put over a hundred miles on my car in the last few months running to this office, and that office, and back again.

 

Thinking about the old Dunkin’ Donuts commercials caused me to think about the Baby ETrade commercials.  Remember those?

Updates in the News

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