Monday, December 19, 2016

Late teens.

Psychiatrists have determined that we have elected the youngest President ever. Developmentally speaking he is in his late teens.

Seems like it's popular these days to "own" your mistakes.  I'll join that group.  I'll be very busy in this endeavor so please hold my calls for the next fifteen years.

Gore and Hillary belong to a group of five candidates who won a majority of American voters yet didn't get to serve.  America. Our democracy very unlike other great democracies.  Our system is similar to BurundiEstoniaKazakhstanMadagascarMyanmarPakistan, ItalyTrinidad  Tobago and Vanuatu.

Trump knows more than the generals about war (even before he was President.) He told us so. That should make us, and the world, very confident about who we decide to kill in the name of peace.

Today a good day for goose pimple photographers.

With weather like this, people my age, review and sometimes revise, our Last Will and Testament, before we go to the grocery store.  Days like this are not easy on us.

I'm not saintly, but I just can't hate the poor like everyone else does.  Probably because so many in my family are poor.

Italy Moves To Remove The Promise Fidelity As A Condition For Marriage

by jonathanturley

la-dolce-vita-vintage-style-italian-posterThere is a fascinating new law in Italy that seems a victory for the growing population of polyamorists around the world. Italy may drop the promise for couples to remain faithful in marriage as a commitment that may be viewed as outdated or objectionable by many modern couples who do not view sexual "fidelity" as a precondition for marriage.

Trump promised to clean the swamp and bring in the brightest.

The man on the left is the current American Secretary of Energy, he has a degree in Theoretical Physics from Stanford. He's a legitimate Nuclear Physicist - the maintenance of all our Nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants and the American energy grid falls under the Dept. of Energy. 

The man on the right is Trump's nominee for Secretary of Energy, he's the former governor of Texas who graduated with a 2.0 GPA and a degree in Animal Science and just so happens to be on the board of the company trying to build the Dakota pipeline.  He was a loser on Dancing With the Stars.



BREAKING NEWS: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor - best known for having nine husbands - has died of a heart attack aged 99 

  • Zsa Zsa Gabor died at age 99 on Sunday after suffering a heart attack 
  • She is survived by her ninth husband, Frederic von Anhalt, whom she married in 1986
  • Gabor had dealt with a number of health troubles after being involved in a car accident in 2002
  • Her former spouses include Conrad Hilton, Oscar-winning actor and bon vivant George Sanders

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What jury duty with Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson was like

by WorldTribune Staff, December 14, 2016
The following is a Dec. 13 post by Emily Roden on the five days she spent serving jury duty in Denton, Texas with Donald Trump’s Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. (Emily Roden is the wife of Denton City Councilman Kevin Roden.)
“Nine years ago, I showed up to the Denton County Courthouse for jury duty and got myself picked for the job. A young girl had accused her mom’s boyfriend of sexual assault and the case was being brought to trial. If you’ve ever served on a jury trial before, you understand the almost immediate, yet very temporary bond that ties 12 strangers together who are randomly chosen from each of their private lives in order to fulfill a very solemn public purpose.

Rex Tillerson
Rex Tillerson

One of our first tasks was to choose our jury foreman. Perhaps it was his business suit, his impressive stature, or his charisma, but almost everyone in that jury room suggested that this middle-aged man with greying hair was likely the most fit for the task.
‘Thanks, but I decline. I’m not interested in the spotlight,’ he told us. I didn’t think anything of it.
I had just bought my first BlackBerry and used my breaks to catch up on all the emails I was missing from my week at the courthouse. I recall leaving the jury room on a break with this man and remarking how busy I was and how much work I had to do. He smiled as he sat and read the paper.
From the first day of jury selection, we all noticed another suited man always present in the courtroom. His presence was intriguing due to the ear piece in his ear. While grabbing lunch at Denton County Independent Hamburger on the square the 2nd day of the trial, we noticed this mysterious man dining with our fellow juror who declined the foreman spot. The intrigue grew and it was the talk of the jury – who were these men?
Finally, during a break in the jury room, one juror had the nerve to ask; ‘Who are you? And what do you do?’
Our fellow jury member was reading the paper again and pointed out an article with Exxon in the headlines.
‘I work for them,’ he said humbly. ‘There are a lot of people in this world who hate me for what I do, so they give me and my family guys like that to protect me.’
I immediately felt embarrassed for complaining to him the other day about how much work I had to do. It didn’t take long before a few internet searches revealed that I was serving on this jury with the CEO of Exxon Mobile, Rex Tillerson.
The trial concluded and it was time for the jury to deliberate. The story was heartbreaking and the facts of the case were clear enough to make the majority of the jury convinced of the guilt of this sexual offender of a little girl. But the defense did a good enough job to create a couple of hold-outs. As our deliberations came to a close, it appeared we might have a hung jury.
That’s when Mr. Tillerson began to speak. Humbly, delicately, and without an ounce of condescension toward those who disagreed, he began walking us all through the details of the case. I even recall being moved by his thorough explanation about the nature of doubt and the standards set forth by our justice system. With great patience, this man who strikes multi-billion dollar deals with foreign heads of state brought our scrappy jury together to bring a sexual predator to justice and to deliver justice for a scared and deeply wounded little girl.
A local nonprofit was instrumental in fostering that young girl through this process, providing her counseling and legal help. I was so struck by their mission that I toured their facility the week following the case in order to learn how I could donate and volunteer to their cause.
On a whim, I decided to reach out to Mr. Tillerson to encourage him to do the same. I found an email for him online and sent him a note, touting the role this agency played in our trial and urging him to consider supporting the great work that they do. To my surprise, I received an email back thanking me for my note, my jury service, and ensuring me that he would contact the agency. I later received a call from the director of that nonprofit to let me know that Mr. Tillerson followed-through and gave a generous donation.
I didn’t vote for Trump. This is not an endorsement of Mr. Tillerson for Secretary of State. I’m sure that the coming days and weeks will be filled with speculation and political discussion over this clearly controversial pick for Secretary of State. I certainly appreciate those concerns and the process that ensures significant scrutiny for this important position.
But during a news show tonight, I heard the term ‘corrupt’ applied to this man who I spent five days with back in 2007.
All I know is that this man holds one of the most powerful positions in the world and clearly has the means and ability to side step his jury responsibilities, served as a normal citizen without complaint or pretense. I know that a scared little girl who was finally convinced to come public with her account of abuse was inches away from a decision that would have sided with her abuser, yet this man put his negotiation skills to a very noble use and justice was served. All I know is that this man and his myriad of aides could have ignored an unsolicited email from a girl in her 20s suggesting that he donate to a local cause, but he took the time to respond and opened up his pocket book.
My five days with Rex Tillerson is all I know about this man and his character. And in light of the recent news, I thought this a relevant story to tell.”



Putin to Sing
at Trump Inauguration






Apparently, we want Trump to teach us what Obama simply could not:  How to all become billionaires and have hot foreign wives on our third go round.  Patience, he'll probably do that within the first 100 days.


Big boots (Vanessa)


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