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Saudi Crown Prince: Palestinians should take what the U.S. offers

Saudi Crown Prince
As odd as it may seem to many "peace" seems to be the word that we could use to describe the Trump presidency. Syria aside of course, though he claims his actions there are so designed. We have peace on the table between North and South Korea which, I believe is largely due to China not wanting a destabilized region. Now, in similar fashion we have Saudi Arabia stepping in to the Israel/Palestine ...
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One Korea – Credit Goes to Trump

The credit goes to Trump
I've read a lot of discussion about the talks between North and South Korea. So many people don't want to give any credit to president Trump. I have two thoughts on that. First is that the reason they don't is because they don't like him. Not because he didn't do anything good but because they can't admit that he did. There are some people who won't ever give him credit. He could cure cancer and...
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Power to Declare War & the Need to Declare War

Below is an interesting article on the power to declare war. It is found on the House.gov web site which is the official web site of the US House of Representatives. I found this paragraph interesting in tone: While a close reading of the Convention debates suggests that the framers intended to limit Presidents to defensive actions, a number of administrations, especially after World War II, have ...
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America isn’t going broke America is broke

Throw money at it
This article was shared in the comments by Platypus Club member David Grantham. It points out some data that David called, "staggering". I have to agree. The article begins with an erroneous claim, "Entitlements are driving deficits and debt. Absent reform, the problem will soon become a crisis." It is erroneous because it already has become a crisis, in fact, it has long been a crisis but one tha...
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Teachers and Teachers Unions 

Teacher writing on chalk board
Often the link I share with you all has little or nothing to do with my comment. There was just something in the article as I read it that sparked a though. In this case the article is about a teacher in Ghana who is teaching the students how to use a computer. The only problem is, they have no actual computers so he's drawing the screen on the board and explaining to the students what it would lo...
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How often do amateurs with guns stop crime?

Gun violence study cover
How often are guns used to prevent someone from becoming a victim of a crime? That's a difficult question to answer due to the fact that different studies use different definitions of what it means to stop a crime. "Over the past decade, researchers have attempted to measure the prevalence of defensive gun use in the population. This measurement problem has proved to be quite complex, with some...
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The Racist Right Looks Left

Richard Spencer
I don't talk about the Alt-Right very often. There are a few reasons for this. First off, they just make me very uncomfortable and angry. When I read the things they say and write it wells up within me a certain emotion I am most uncomfortable with. It's that emotion called frustration. I have often said frustration is the most powerful of all human emotions. Frustrated people are by far the most ...
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A Few Words on the Current Tax Bill

Tax Reform Cartoon
Just a note on the current tax bill weaving its way through Congress. It doesn't actually cut taxes. All it does is shuffle the money around so some people pay less. They call that a tax cut. A tax cut is when the government itself receives less money from the people. In this bill they end up getting the same amount by taking more from some people and less from others. Though that is great for t...
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Being Anti-War Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

Power of War
Obama was the bomber in chief, and the drone commander extraordinaire. Though I think it is high time we had a discussion in America about war powers I think it's a bit disgusting we are having it now after so many hundreds of thousands have been killed by us over the last 15 years. The death toll in Iraq alone is estimated to be over 500,000 people. We had better be darn sure of our motivations a...
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Judge Moore Case Shows Rot in Washington DC

Judge Roy Moore
I don't know much about this Judge and once Democrat turned Republican candidate. Not as far as his politics or person are concerned. What I do know he is an outsider, wanted by Bannon and not by the establishment (Bannon has said his new life's work is to remove the current Republican leadership). I know he has been accused of a sexual assault which occurred in 1977. I know no charges have been f...
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Jeff Flake Gone = Draining the Swamp

Flake Down the Drain
Recently Senator Jeff Flake announced he was not going to run for re-election. He gave as his reason Trump. He just couldn't work in a Washington with a man like that. Of course anyone who has been watching his political career knows, it's really because he's wasn't going to win in Arizona anyway. His polling numbers are just breaking double digits. From my perspective getting rid of Jeff F...
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I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise

Shelves of guns
I am not in favor of gun control. Not only because it is a right for us to own and carry arms but because there is no logic in them. Laws are created knowing that someone will break them. They are passed, not to prevent behavior, but rather because the behavior will, in fact, happen. Because it will happen a means must be created in code to manage what to do with such a person. Laws don't stop peo...
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Construction begins on Trump’s border wall prototypes in Otay Mesa

Border wall prototypes
The wall is an interesting subject to me. I don't see it as a bad thing at all. I think nations should have borders. You do. You have a property line, a fence likely, and most certainly your house is made up of walls and your door has a lock on it. You control access to your property. As we discussed the other day with the Petoskey stone public property means that the public owns a stake in it. We...
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Samantha Power: Why Foreign Propaganda Is More Dangerous Now – The New York Times

Washington on a Building
Though I don't agree with the motivation that clearly prompted this author to write I do agree with her ultimate conclusion. What I mean by that is, I don't think that Russia caused Hillary to lose or Trump to win. She points out that such efforts failed to unseat Reagan or Thatcher. I don't believe for one moment that this is the kind of foreign influence George Washington was talking about. But ...
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