Tillerson Warns: “Wobbly” America May Be in “Twilight” Decline

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Emerging from his retirement, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that if Americans don’t put it together soon, and demand truth and integrity from those we elect, then America’s democracy may be over.

Speaking to a military graduating class in Lexington, Virginia, Tillerson took direct aim at his former boss who fired him via Tweet.  Referring to President Trump and the media who support and who enable him, Tillerson warned that if we accept “alternative realities” not “grounded in facts,” then America, and the freedom we cherish, is doomed, according to The New York Times.

Tillerson, an Eagle Scout, said,

If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom…
When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem the most trivial matters, we go wobbly on America…
If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders…then American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years.

Tillerson has been quiet since his firing.  The New York Times reports that the commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute was scheduled prior to his termination as Secretary of State last March.  However, one may wonder why the strong words now?  Since the results were the same (Trump fired him anyway, and wouldn’t even give him the courtesy of doing it directly to his face), why was Tillerson such a suck-up to Trump when he was part of the Administration?

Read more:  In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are a Threat to Democracy The New York Times

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Trump administration targets Chinese electronics, aerospace and machinery goods with $50 billion in tariffs – The Washington Post

Source: Trump administration targets Chinese electronics, aerospace and machinery goods with $50 billion in tariffs – The Washington Post

If Not Now, When?!

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Once again, our country mourns the loss of innocent American lives because of gunfire in places that are supposed to be safe.  And once again, we are hearing the same B.S. from the people we elect.

I’m not talking about just one side or political party.  BOTH parties are guilty of B.S. AFTER another senseless tragedy.  The only difference this time is the speed at which the politicians came out to defend their positions.

One side scolds us that “this is not the time” and that “we need more facts” before we can assess what happened.  What happened?!  17 innocent lives have been taken by a weapon of war that should never have been available to civilians in the first place!  That’s what happened!

The other side patronizes us by assuring us to elect them the majority next election and, we’ll see, they’ll fix things and make our streets safe again.  Like we have the time to wait until next November!  We don’t!

This was the 18th school shooting this year!

That’s right, 18 shootings at our schools in just 6 six weeks.  That’s 3 shooting per week!

We can’t wait another 9 months!

Military assault rifles are weapons of war, designed to efficiently kill lots of people quickly.  They are not sports rifles nor are they for hunting.  The ammunition for assault rifles are different from other guns, they rip apart flesh and organs, that is what they are designed to do.

The United States had an assault weapons ban for 10 years.  Although results are mixed for its effectiveness, it might be a start to at least try a moratorium on new sales of these weapons and see if it makes a difference.

Access to weapons is also vital.  Not everyone can legally operate a vehicle.  And we have to re-register our vehicles and renew our driver’s licenses.  When we renew our licenses, our record is reviewed for safety purposes.

Why can’t we do the same thing with gun registration?

This young man yesterday got these weapons and the ammunition for them somehow.  And everyone who knew of him said he had problems, as well as his record showed him to be a threat.

How did this young man, who had not completed high school, get such an expensive weapon and all the expensive ammunition and multiple magazines?  Was he enabled by someone else?

We need answers, not political posturing.

And we need immediate solutions to assure us that our kids are safe when they enter school.

My children our grown and on their own now but, as a parent, I know how terrifying it feels, even for a few minutes, when you don’t know if your children are safe when something has happened.  I cannot begin to imagine how it must feel for these parents who were told their child would not be coming home.  My heart cries for them.  I thank God and feel blessed that I never got that call.  But as a parent, I don’t want anymore parents to have to suffer this.  I don’t want to see the terrified faces of our American children who don’t want to go back to school again after having to step over the dead bodies of their classmates.

I hope that as Americans, we can throw our political differences aside,  and that our lawmakers will take their public trust seriously and toss away the “blood money” from the NRA and gun lobby, and that we will begin solutions to protect our children.

I hope that this time we will act, not argue, for a solution.  Other countries have done it, why not us?

Read more: Sheriff’s report: Suspect confessed to Florida school attack

Goodbye Della Reese

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By Gale Agency, Inc. (management company) (eBay item photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Della Reese, an iconic performer whose career spanned over 60 years, died today.  She was 86 and passed quietly at her home in California.

Della Reese’s accomplishments and talent were widespread.  Although many may know her only for her beloved TV role of Tess in “Touched by an Angel,” Della Reese was also a star in movies, a top-ten recording artist, a TV actress and host, and a voice artist for Hanna-Barbera animation.  Della Reese also was the first African American woman to guest host “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”  In addition to her accomplished career in entertainment, Della Reese was also an ordained minister.

Born Delloreese Patricia Early in 1931, Della Reese shortened her name to Della Reese while performing in nightclubs.

Della, thank you for your inspiring life.  You will be missed!

Read more about Della Reese here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Della_Reese

Keystone Oil Spill: Is This the Future for America’s Heartland?

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Coming just days before Nebraska officials decide whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, a section of the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota burst a leak.  Imagine this hard to clean up oil covering the Cornhusker State’s cornfields?

The spill in South Dakota comes just days before Nebraska regulators will decide on a permit needed for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline

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House Passes Tax Bill But Will It Clear the Senate?

Paul Ryan and his Republicans managed to pass the tax bill today.  But their post-vote celebration may be too early because it still has get by the Senate with a narrow margin of only 2 votes.

No matter what you’ve heard about lower tax rates (or no taxes at all), don’t believe that these guys are really working for you, because they’re not.  This bill, if passed by both Houses and signed into law by Trump, will benefit the super rich only!

While tax rate cuts for the super rich remain permanent, forever, the rate cuts for everyone else phase out within a few years.  In addition, in order to benefit the rich, the House bill eliminates deductions for mortgage interest and tuition interest.  It also stops deductions for teachers who use their own money to purchase school supplies for their classes.  And if your employer pays your school tuition for you, you will taxed as income for that amount.

The Senate can only lose 2 votes.  I hope the Senate does its job for the American people, not the special interests, and votes this bill down.

Read more here:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/16/politics/house-tax-plan-vote/index.html

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-congress-poised-major-test-135645844.html

http://time.com/5028112/house-tax-bill-passes/

 

Trump Tweets Bans Transgender From U.S. Military

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In a series of morning Tweets, President Trump announced that transgender people are banned from the military.  No matter how you feel about LGBTQ, here is what is wrong with Trump’s doing this:

  1. First of all, no ONE PERSON should have the authority to make decisions of military policy.  We are still a democratic republic and not ruled by a king or tyrant.
  2. The fact that Congress ceded their authority to the Executive opened the door wide open for this to happen.
  3. Trump is using social media to create policy.  How long are members of his own party in Congress going to cower in fear?
  4. If Trump succeeds in getting away with banning members of the LGBTQ community, who’s next?  Consider the history of tyrants and you will understand that tyrants start with one group and continue until no one is left.

It is time for Congress to do its job and take back its power as a co-equal branch of government.  Republicans, Democrats, Independents, everyone in Congress must join together now, for the sake of the Country!

Source: Trump: U.S. military won’t allow transgender people ‘to serve in any capacity’ [Video]

UK cyber analyst: I was recruited by Trump campaign to collude on hack

Smith was very well connected with Flynn and other highly placed persons in the Trump campaign, according to Tait, and frequently revealed intimate details of conversations and thinking of Flynn and the campaign that he could not have gotten otherwise.

Source: UK cyber analyst: I was recruited by Trump campaign to collude on hack

“Earned the Right” to Free Speech?

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On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Secretary of State (and former Exxon CEO) showed just how much disdain Trump and his Oligarchy have for the American People and our Constitution.
Asked by host Chuck Todd to respond to a comment by Senator John McCain (R, Arizona), Tillerson said this:

If any has earned the Right to express their views, Senator McCain has…

Earned the Right?

The Right to express one’s views is not a Right to earn!  It is The First Amendment and is therefore unalienable, that is, it is inherent in humankind, not granted or created by Government (or its Agents like the Secretary of State), but secured for us by our law, the Constitution of the United States.

Senator McCain, a Vietnam Veteran, former POW, and hands-down, a war hero, has certainly earned respect in his Service to this Country, but Senator McCain, like the rest of us, was born with the right to express his views.  Guaranteed to all Americans, no matter what.  We don’t have to earn free speech, we have it.

I am surprised that no one in the Sunday cacophony of political media has addressed Tillerson’s remarks.

Certainly, Tillerson might be patronizing “The Maverick” McCain (who is getting back to being a maverick again), but he is also disdaining the rest of us by implying that he, or Trump, or any of the others in the corrupt Administration think they have the power over us and our views.

To that, I say, Hah, oh no you don’t!

Read this:  http://www.gemworld.com/usa-unalienable.htm