#VeteransDay – The Other Side

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The side we don’t want to look at on Veterans Day…

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#Ivanka US Ambassador – #Nepotism

What does the US Ambassador do…

An ambassador serves as a personal representative of the President of the United States. Stationed in a foreign country, this position runs a U.S. Embassy that’s typically located in the capital city. Strong communication skills, an understanding of governmental relations and the ability to manage complex situations is essential for this job. Often, an ambassador is called upon to provide advice and information about the political climate and happenings in their assigned country. Similarly, an ambassador represents the United States’ standpoint on policy and all issues related to American interests. Supervising and protecting embassy employees is an important part of this job. Vigilance about national security and terrorism is of critical interest to a U.S. ambassador. At all times, an ambassador must be a role model for the United States and exhibit behavior befitting of a national diplomat.

Does Ivanka have experience as an ambassador, can she manage complex situations, does she have current knowledge of customs of  other countries and political expertise? 

Becoming an ambassador requires several years of experience along with extensive political connections. A track record of humanitarian work, alignment with a political party and working for a governmental agency are some of the key steps to becoming considered for this position.

Ivana Marie  born October 30, 1981 is an American businesswoman, fashion designer, author and reality television personality. She is the daughter of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and former model Ivana Trump. Ivanka is her father’s senior advisor and is also the first Jewish member of a First Family, having converted before marrying her Jewish husband, Jared Kushner.

What if Ivanka has trouble with a person or country – what will her father do?  Remember the tweet about Nordstroms – “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person – always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” Will he go after those that disagree with her on Twitter?

Let’s not forget about that New York law suit – New York state’s attorney general is accusing the four Trumps of violating not just norms but laws. It says their foundation made payments that were “unlawful because they benefited Mr. Trump or businesses he controls.”

Oh and another thing I’m concerned about – Nepotism

Remember the bilateral meeting between Trump and British prime minister when he asked Ivanka to briefly take his place at the conference table between Prime Minister May and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. It’s not abnormal for a delegate to take the seat of a world leader at such an event. But when a conference aide tweeted a photo of Ivanka at the table, Twitter reacted with disdain at the clear nepotism, a response Ivanka must be getting used to. “This is strange,” noted Michael Mc-Faul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia under Barack Obama. “Very strange.” Even among some Trump loyalists, the breach of protocol was too much. “Excuse me,” said one former Trump adviser. “This is not a royal family, and she’s not the princess royal.” (In fact, “princess royal” is a term that some West Wing advisers apply to her, though never to her face.)

What is the big deal about self-dealing?

All nonprofits, including the Donald J. Trump Foundation, pay no taxes on income, earnings or assets. This exemption is made in exchange for their mission to serve the public good.

I’m not sure about Ivanka’s resume – is she capable of fulfilling such a tall order?

What are your thoughts.

 

#PasswordProtected #News #RolandMartin #

What is it when you are required to enter a password to read the news and there are no options to create or retrieve a #password @NewsOne. Roland Martin what’s up with that, what about our young children that somehow stumble across this topic – maybe doing a research paper or just want to see what’s going on as a first timer and the article is password protected – it’s News man – not a social media post about someone you hated in middle school!

TO #WOULD OR WOULD NOT

Fake News that fabricate information that mimics true and fair news media content in form but not in organizational process or intent. Fake-news outlets, in turn, lack the news media’s editorial norms and processes for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of information. Fake news overlaps with other information disorders, such as misinformation (false or misleading information) and disinformation (false information that is purposely spread to deceive people). Much like Fox News swings every story in favor of the Republican Party. I just watch a clip of Laura Ingram spin the story of Trump’s read response to his chosen verbiage during the Putin Meeting as “…we all make mistake – look at what Obama did. It’s as she and other refuse to look at the body language of both Trump and Putin during the conversation regarding interferences with the 2016 election. What you don’t see is a report being ejected from the press conference.

Trump backtracked and tried to spin his Hel-sinking comments by claiming he misspoke; Trump tweeted that his meeting with Putin was “even better” than his meeting with NATO allies; Later that day one of  Trump’s wives tweeted:

Important research outlining the need to create enhanced employment opportunities for Americans of all ages and at all stages in their careers through skills training and vocational education.

I was thinking we have been doing this for decades – you might know some of the terms i.e. School, Teachers, Vocational School, College, Higher Learning and OJT.

Obama called these “strange and uncertain” times; the Treasury will no longer require nonprofits like the NRA to identify their financial donors to the IRS; and Mueller requested immunity for five potential witnesses in Paul Manafort’s trial.

We can debate about how and why Trump made it the Presidency – so what do we do now. We pray – stop getting so angry that all we can focus on are the crazy tweets between Trump and his wife Melania (I personally  got caught up yesterday in all the #impeachtrump hoopla and could stop posting ImpeachTrump post and the phone and email list of all the senators – I lost my focus on all that is really important – for that I apologize to God myself and my readers) – take care of our families – humble ourselves and let God heal our land…

Dropping #Bombs

Did You Know?

We wake up have our morning coffee or tea, take a 20 minute jog, feed the dog and get the children off to school – meanwhile we (US) are dropping bomb all day long!

The US drops bombs everyday – According to new figures, the US dropped nearly three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day.

We live in a state of perpetual war, and we never feel it. While you get your gelato at the hip place where they put those cute little mint leaves on the side, someone is being bombed in your name. While you argue with the 17-year-old at the movie theater who gave you a small popcorn when you paid for a large, someone is being obliterated in your name. While we sleep and eat and make love and shield our eyes on a sunny day, someone’s home, family, life and body are being blown into a thousand pieces in our names. Bomb

Once every 12 minutes.

 

Source: Tyler Durland and Lee Camp

#Immigration

Just in from Time Magazine – Congressional Republicans and some White House advisers are pushing President Donald Trump to halt the Administration’s policy of separating children and adults at the U.S. border while they keep looking for a political solution.

Statue of Liberty Inscription

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

 

Statue of Liberty – In honor of the statute’s intent to welcome immigrants, the U.S. government opened an immigration office on nearby Ellis Island in 1892. Between 1892 and 1954, Lady Liberty welcomed millions of immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island before continuing their journey into the United States. In 1883, Emma Lazarus’ “New Colossus” sonnet was selected to be the inscription at the statue’s base. Lazarus won that honor as part of a fundraising contest. In keeping with its tradition, the Statue of Liberty remains a symbol of American freedom and democracy.

DefinitionImmigrationthe action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country

DefinitionLiberty – the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.

Trump on Twitter  – “Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats,” he tweeted. “Border Security laws should be changed but the Dems can’t get their act together! Started the Wall.”

President Barack Obama – helped assemble the lethal deportation machine that Trump is currently operating, forcibly expelling as many 2.5 million people, the cruelty of such a policy has no precedent.

Entry in the US – There are two means by which refugees can find haven in the United States: They can present themselves at an official port of entry, such as an airport or a highway checkpoint, or they can eschew these ports and enter the country on their own. (Although this method of entry is technically illegal, it has no bearing on their claims of asylum.)

As part of its “zero tolerance” policy, the Trump administration has elected to prosecute those who enter or re-enter the country illegally, even as their asylum claims are being processed.

DefinitionFreedom – Isn’t free

Freedom Isn’t Free

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…