Wednesday, September 7, 2016


He stammered when he talked about sacrifices. Growing speculation is that this billionaire paid NO taxes whatsoever. He knows, but he maintains it's none of our business. I disagree. And I deplore that billionaires of any kind pay no taxes. Candidate for President or not.

Not only am I opposed to change of any kind, I'm particularly opposed to progress.  If you agree with me, send me a telegram.


We've never elected such a secret person before. He doesn't want to reveal his plans, his solutions, his tax returns, his health records.  We just have to trust him.....but why should we?  We should ask all his ex wives how trustworthy he is.  



90 people who were told they failed the bar exam learn it's not true

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Police say the arrests were made for underage drinking.         .. Read More →

Cops Raid Amish Party, Arrest 75 Teens
Undercover officer spotted underage drinking
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2016 1:05 AM CDT
Updated Sep 7, 2016 6:03 AM CDT

An Amish buggy rolls along Sportsman’s Road near White Hall, Pa.   (Jimmy May/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise via AP)
(NEWSER) – Cops in Holmes County, Ohio, took the rum out of a lot of Rumspringas over the weekend with a huge raid on a party packed with Amish teens. Police say around 75 people were arrested for underage drinking after the raid on a field party Saturday night, the Daily Record reports. The sheriff's department in Holmes County, which has the country's largest Amish community, says 45 officers raided the party after an undercover officer observed the underage drinking, WOIO reports.
Police say there had been calls from worried parents about the party, which had been expected to attract around 1,000 young people marking the Rumspringa rite of passage, in which Amish teens are given more freedom than usual. The AP reports that 35 people under 18 were among those arrested for underage consumption of alcohol, and some were also charged with resisting arrest. There were two alcohol-related hospitalizations. (In upstate New York, there was a low-speed chase when cops spotted an Amish teen drinking beer while driving a buggy.)

Gretchen Carlson, a former anchor at Fox News, filed suit on July 6, leading to Roger Ailes's ouster two weeks later.
Fox Settles With Gretchen Carlson Over Roger Ailes Sex Harassment Claims


In a separate development, Fox News announced that Greta Van Susteren was leaving the network, effective immediately.

Obama Makes Historic Nomination To Federal Judiciary, Makes Donald Trump’s Head Explode

(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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I commend President Obama for taking this important step in continuing to pick the best and brightest from every community to serve as part of our nation’s judiciary. A judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our nation helps ensure the fair and just administration of the law, and it is vital for American Muslims to be included. Mr. Qureshi’s profound commitment to the rule of law and justice for people of all backgrounds makes him an exceptional nominee.
— Farhana Khera, executive director of the legal advocacy organization Muslim Advocates, reflecting on Barack Obama’s nomination of a Latham & Watkins partner, Abid Qureshi, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Qureshi’s nomination is the first for a Muslim American. Despite the time left in Obama’s presidency, the Senate no longer seems to have the political will to move on any judicial nominations. Given the Republican standard bearer’sinflammatory rhetoric surrounding a hypothetical where a case involving Donald Trump or any one of his business ventures was before a Muslim judge, it isn’t much of a stretch to assume Qureshi’s nomination would be off the table should Trump win the presidency.


Apple's iPhone 7 could be more powerful than we thought, according to benchmark tests
Geekbench results of a mysterious "iPhone9,3" surface, possibly revealing diagnostic speeds for the highly expected iPhone 7.


Europe | Isle of Mull Journal

A 600-Year-Old Money Pit in the Scottish Highlands


Tourists at Duart Castle this month on the Isle of Mull, Scotland, when scaffolding was erected for repairs. Work has been underway on the 14th-century castle since Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean of Duart and Morvern inherited it from his father in 1990. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times

ISLE OF MULL, Scotland — Anyone who has despaired over home improvement should spare a thought for Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean of Duart and Morvern.
The Scottish lord has been repairing his home since he inherited it from his father in 1990, with no end in sight.
His is no ordinary house. Rather, it is a crumbling 14th-century castle — with a dungeon — that has collapsed ceilings and rainwater seeping through its 16-foot-thick walls pretty much all of the time — even during summer, which can be exceedingly wet and blustery in Scotland.
The cost of repairs? So far, 1.5 million pounds, or $1.94 million, and counting.
Located on the Isle of Mull, off the western coast of Scotland, his home, Duart Castle, is the ancestral seat of the Macleans, one of the oldest clans in the Scottish Highlands. The 74-year-old chatelain’s ancestors have been involved in centuries of battles pitting Catholics against Protestants and the Scottish against the English in rivalries that still resonate.
 “What does one do with a property like this?” Sir Lachlan, the 28th chief of the clan, asked rhetorically one recent afternoon as he sipped tea in his living room, probably one of the snugger parts of the castle where he and his wife, Rosie, have retreated, though it was still mildly damp with a whiff of stale curry.
Strong rains lashed against the windows, and the constant buzz of drilling forced him to speak up. The Macleans’ private living room was cluttered with modern bric-a-brac while, just below, tourists tramped about in the stately banquet hall looking at clan paraphernalia and trying to locate a public toilet. There are, in fact, two toilets, but they are both unusable — one put in nearly a century ago, and another 600 years ago.

Map of Isle of MULL- Duart Castle, Edinburgh, & Glasgow in SCOTLAND
By The New York Times

“A lot of people wouldn’t want to live here,” Sir Lachlan said, before proceeding to list, like an overly candid real estate agent, the property’s shortcomings. “It’s cold, it’s never really warm. It’s very windy and it’s very wet — and that’s not a very good combination. Some people must be thinking, ‘What a silly old fool living there.’”

Perched on a craggy cliff on an island slightly bigger than New York City, the castle has, at various stages in its history, been invaded, attacked and demolished by rival clans loyal to Scottish kings or by troops fighting on behalf of Oliver Cromwell, the antimonarchist revolutionary.
At one point, the castle’s dungeon held Spanish prisoners after a failed attempt to invade England in the 16th century. The clan had lands on the Isles of Mull, Coll, Tiree and Jura — all also along the west coast of Scotland.
In modern times, however, Duart Castle has been under assault primarily by Scotland’s relentlessly bad weather.
Befitting a modern-day clan chief, whose complete title is Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean of Duart and Morvern, 12th Baronet, Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Deputy Lieutenant and Eighth Lord Maclean (he goes by Sir Lachlan), his primary job is to defend the castle from decay and, more important, from oblivion.
There are 283 days of rainfall on average per year on the Isle of Mull. When winds are particularly strong, he said, the only way to leave the castle, which is surrounded on three sides by water, is by crawling on his hands and knees down the steps of the main entrance.

A room in Duart Castle. “A lot of people wouldn’t want to live here,” Sir Lachlan said. “It’s cold, it’s never really warm. It’s very windy and it’s very wet — and that’s not a very good combination.” Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times

Duart, which means black point in Gaelic, a nod to the black volcanic rock where the castle stands, is one of the last surviving clan castles still privately owned.
Maintaining it is a moral responsibility, Sir Lachlan said. “It is a sort of focal point for the clan,” he added, as he carefully descended a narrow staircase that was designed in 1360 to be just wide enough to allow one man wielding a sword. (A sign nonetheless read: “We apologize for any congestion on the stairs.”)
The castle receives about 25,000 visitors a year, some of them part of the Maclean diaspora living in the United States, Canada and Australia. The name Maclean can be spelled in at least 15 ways.
People are increasingly searching for their heritage and their identity, Sir Lachlan said, leading some to visit Duart Castle.
In a globalized world, “people are becoming less sure about themselves,” he said. “And they want to find home.”
He recalled meeting one visitor, a Maclean from Australia, who had promised his family back home that he would visit Duart Castle. As the visitor was leaving, he turned to Sir Lachlan and said, “Thank you for looking out for us.” A young woman in Florida, another Maclean, sends monthly donations from her supermarket wages.

Perched on craggy cliff on an island slightly larger than New York City, the castle has, at various stages in its history, been invaded, attacked and demolished by rival clans loyal to Scottish kings or by troops fighting on behalf of Oliver Cromwell, the antimonarchist. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times

But Sir Lachlan is worried that he will be unable to finance repairs to the castle after 2017.
In 2013, four ceilings crumbled when water came through the chimneys. Water has also washed away some of the mortar between the stones of the castle’s walls.
A year earlier, Sir Lachlan had convened a clan congress, announcing then that the family was no longer able to afford the repairs undertaken at the castle over the past century.
Repairs are paid in part by Historic Scotland, a government agency that looks after important monuments. There is the revenue from tourists’ entrance fees, a small cafe and a shop on the castle grounds. But work done in the 1990s by builders advised by the Scottish government turned out to be shoddy, Sir Lachlan said, forcing a new round of repairs. The builders went bankrupt soon after.
Now, work on the castle is increasingly dependent on donations from the public. “I really would like to redo the whole thing,” he said. “But is one able to raise that amount of money?”
The castle was founded in the 14th century and was well maintained until the 1600s when the Macleans aligned themselves with the House of Stuart, a losing cause, leaving them poor and eventually landless.
Duart was seized and sacked by the rival Campbell clan in 1688 and was garrisoned by government troops until 1751.

A bedroom in Duart Castle. Repairs have cost Sir Lachlan $1.94 million — so far. He says rainwater seeps through the castle’s 16-foot-thick walls, and ceilings in parts of the castle have collapsed. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times

The Macleans were monarchists who summoned clan members from France to participate in the Jacobite risings of 1715 and 1745 on the side of the Stuart family against government forces. That culminated in the 1746 Battle of Culloden near Inverness in the Highlands, when the Jacobites were defeated and the Stuart pretender to the throne, Bonnie Prince Charlie, escaped into exile.
Duart was restored in 1911 when Sir Lachlan’s great-grandfather, Sir Fitzroy Maclean, bought back the castle, which had been left in ruins for 150 years.
The clan animosity with the Campbells is deeply ingrained, possibly the fruit of family disputes, including the failed attempt by the 11th chief of the Macleans, Lachlan Cattanach, to murder his wife, Elizabeth, a Campbell, because she had failed to produce an heir.
According to the castle’s history, she was marooned on a rock in seas off Duart Castle and left to drown when the tides rose. She was rescued by fishermen and returned to her family, but not before her husband, thinking she had died, offered his condolences to her father, the Earl of Argyll.
In a twist worthy of a telenovela, the earl invited him to dinner at the Campbell castle, where, to the Maclean chief’s astonishment, she was found sitting at the table. He later married twice more, but was eventually murdered by a Campbell around 1523.
That rivalry is long gone now, though Sir Lachlan has vowed never to wear a kilt with the Campbell pattern.
There is a greater, more urgent matter at hand. “Scotland cannot let this building fall into disrepair because it’s too important for history,” he said.
Another uncertainty is whether his eldest son, Malcolm, 43, will move into the castle when he inherits it.
“I was brought up here. I love living here,” Sir Lachlan said thoughtfully. “It’s an old building that I’m very fond of.”
Correction: August 31, 2016
An earlier version of this article misspelled part of the title of a Scottish lord. He is Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean of Duart and Morvern, not Morven. The error was repeated in a picture caption.
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