October Thoughts As the Foliage In New England Turns To Looking Like America…

I’ve blogged as a conservative, a libertarian, an independent, and most recently as a liberal. Some might say that is because I have no center, no core values. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact I have very strong core beliefs, they have been with me since as far back as I can remember, and, that is a very long time.

Honesty, integrity, hard work, accepting personal responsibility for oneself, being accountable for your decisions and actions, being productive and making a difference, standing up for truth whether it comes from the right, the center, or the left, being willing to live and let live, learning from others at every opportunity, understanding that emotional intelligence can sometimes be more important than your IQ, understanding that a person’s perceptions are their reality whether right or not, being considerate of others, and, to quote Steven Covey, Seek first to understand and then to be understood are all part of my core values. The fact is, most people share these values.

Our political environment has become so polarized and fiercely partisan with the winner take all attitude that as a people we have forgotten that working together, solving mutual problems, and building bridges is the only path to achieving long-term lasting success and social harmony. Our nation is made up of people and cultures from across the globe with ideas and perceptions as varied as the colors of falling leaves in Autumn in New England.

Finding a way to blend the varied ideas and perceptions of our people is our task, and, it should be our goal.  Each and every one of us, including and especially the President of the United States, is responsible for making this happen. Unfortunately the forces working to divide us have achieved the upper hand. “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” , these words taken from the Gospel of Gospel of St. Mark are as true today as they were when they were written. They are words every American, regardless of color, ethnicity, or national origin ought to think about in earnest, and, do so daily.  Especially our elected leaders.

Responsibility rests with all sides to right our ship. Isn’t it time we get busy doing so?

We Must Preserve The Open Internet…

NET NUETRALITY DAY

 

Save The Open Internet

 

Do your part, others have.

 

June 14, 2016: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia fully upheld the FCC’s net neutrality rules. Today’s ruling is a victory for the open, fair, and free Internet as we know it today — one that remains open to innovation and economic growth, without service providers serving as paid gatekeepers. It’s also a victory for the millions of Americans who made their voices heard in support of a free and fair Internet, with countless others speaking out on social media, petitioning their government, and standing up for what they believe.
February 26, 2015:The FCC just voted in favor of strong net neutrality rules to keep the Internet open and free. That happened because millions of Americans across the country didn’t just care about this issue: You stood up and made your voices heard, whether by adding your names to petitions, submitting public comments, or talking with the people you know about why this matters. Read a special thank-you message from the President, then learn more about how we got to where we are today.

Have a Great Weekend and Super Patriotic Independence Day…

The Trump Edition

 

As we leave for the Independence Day weekend, or not, we leave you with these tidbits of info related to the BLOTUS…

President Trump Deserves Credit For Taking On Bullies Like Mika Brzezinski

 

Silicon Valley Women, in Cultural Shift, Frankly Describe Sexual Harassment

Conservative outlets get more official seats in White House briefing room

Why some inside the White House see Trump’s media feud as ‘winning’

White House releases salaries of top Trump staffers

The White House had a coordinated message this month. Trump didn’t.

Hosemann on Trump voter ID request: ‘Go jump in the Gulf’

Exclusive! Mika Brzezinski: “This Is a Sign Of a Much Bigger Problem”

Trump Backers ‘Furious’ That Senator Stood Against Health Care Bill

The Trump Administration Is Planning an Unprecedented Attack on Voting Rights 

Trump overrules cabinet, plots global trade war

Here’s The Audio Of Donald Trump’s Private RNC Fundraiser At His Own Hotel

White House council for women and girls goes dark under Trump

 

HAVE A SAFE ENJOYABLE WEEKEND AND HOLIDAY!

 

 

 

 

Terror In Tehran…

Perhaps the USA and others ought to consider taking on Iran as an ally in their fight against ISIS extremism. Iran, if properly respected by the Trump administration and the USA might just prove to be of great value. Just sayin…

Tehran, Iran (CNN) – Attackers have mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb assaults on Iran’s parliament building and the tomb of the republic’s revolutionary founder, in one of the most audacious assaults to hit Tehran in decades.

At least 12 people were killed and dozens more injured in the twin assaults on the Iranian capital, state media reported. A third attack was foiled, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said.
ISIS issued a swift claim of responsibility. Its media wing, Amaq, claimed “fighters with the Islamic State” carried out the attack, but did not offer evidence.
By choosing the burial site of Iran’s revered revolutionary leader, and the national legislative forum, the attackers picked highly symbolic targets.
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The parliament, the Islamic Consultative Assembly or Majlis, is Iran’s principal legislative body. It has 290 members, including women, and there are representatives of religious minorities including Christians, Zoroastrians and Jews.
Gun ownership is heavily controlled in Iran, raising speculation that the attackers smuggled weapons into the country.
Iran — with its largely Shiite population — has been involved in military actions against Sunni terrorist groups such as ISIS, who regard Shiites as apostates, but such terror attacks in the country are rare.
Last year, Iran’s government said it thwarted “one of the biggest plots” by terror groups targeting Tehran and other major cities during the month of Ramadan. This year’s holy month started almost two weeks ago on May 26.
The last major attack in Iran was in 2010 when a Sunni extremist group carried out a suicide attack against a mosque in Sistan-Baluchistan killing 39 people. Kurdish groups have carried out small scale attacks against Iranian security forces in the north-west of the country.
Foll article BELOW THE FOLD.

Putin Suggests US Hackers Framed Russia…

Oh yeah, the bros are working it.  Fake news from Trump and hackers from anywhere (including the USA) from Putin. Hmm, the dictatorial thugs seem to be in lockstep. Be suspicious, very suspicious.

NBC NEWS – Russian President Vladimir Putin found himself on the defensive Friday when asked by NBC News’ Megyn Kelly to explain his earlier claim that private “patriotic” hackers could have interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Putin, in an exclusive interview with Kelly, insisted the hackers could have come from “anywhere” and then they could have — in a savvy and professional way — shifted the blame to make it look like Russia was behind the hacking.

“Hackers can be anywhere. They can be in Russia, in Asia…even in America, Latin America,” he said. “They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russia. Can you imagine something like that? In the midst of a political battle?”

“By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russia,” Putin added. “Could you imagine something like that? I can.”

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“They might have read a certain article and if they are in the patriotic mood, then they start making their contributions the way they see it positive towards the Russian image,” Putin told reporters, according to an Associated Press translation.

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Echoing remarks President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail, Putin also questioned the need for NATO.

“NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union,” Putin said through a translator. “There is no longer any … Soviet Union.”

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The U.S. intelligence community believes Putin ordered the hacking, most likely to undermine Hillary Clinton and boost Trump. But Putin has steadfastly denied the allegations.

Trump, during the campaign, repeatedly denied Russia was trying to tip the scales in his favor. He finally conceded in January that Russia has waged cyberattacks on America but insisted they had “absolutely no effect on the outcome.”

Full article HERE.