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Voted

Voted this morning. Big crowd, but the line moved very fast. Even though I am a new voter in this county, there were no problems.

Odd thing…The Democrats were out in force manning a table in the area reserved.

There was no Republican table. No Trump signs. And no signs for the Republican candidates.

How did your voting go?

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2016 in General

 

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Will America Intervene in the Philippines?

Or…What America will look like if Trump wins.

The Philippines elected a Trump lookalike. So far, all it has gotten them is mass murder in the streets.

President Duterte perhaps emboldened by no foreign power (the US) putting their foot down on the murders of thousands of people accused of drug using or trafficking, seems to believe in his own “tough guy” talk. It is a sad thing to say, but the big powers really don’t give a damn what you do to your own people in your own country. Mass incarceration and murder are just fine. The problem with most of the tinpot dictators, is they get to smelling their own odor, and believing its like Honeysuckle. And wandering into international politics and the carefully choreographed balance of power between the big boys. That almost always results in said dictator eating a bullet, or hanging by a rope by either a “internal” coup, or a few thousand Marines. The one notable exception being Castro…But his survival wasn’t due to lack of trying by the US over several decades to kill him.

So the question is, as things continue to spiral out of control…Is the next US President going to involve us in an “Intervention”…Which is nothing more than politics-speak for war.

Hope Duterte doesn’t think his new “friends” in China are going to save him from a 9mm to the head.

And no…It isn’t about the drugs. If he stuck solely to that…He could conceivably wind up a National Hero.

Philippine mayor, on president’s drug list, killed in jail cell

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Philippine police killed a town mayor in his jail cell in a purported gun battle, the second killing in a week of a politician linked to illegal drugs under President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal crackdown.

Rolando Espinosa Sr., the mayor of the town of Albuera in the central province of Leyte, and a fellow inmate were shot dead before dawn Saturday after they fired at officers who staged a raid in search of firearms and illegal drugs in the provincial jail in Leyte’s Baybay city, police said.

Some officials and an anti-crime watchdog have called for an investigation of the circumstances of the killings, wondering how the mayor and the other inmate got hold of guns and what prompted them to clash with several policemen while in detention.

“Offhand, I can smell extrajudicial killing,” said Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former national police chief, adding that the suspicious deaths were the “biggest challenge” to the credibility of the national police force, which is undertaking the anti-drug crackdown.

Last week, police killed another town mayor, Samsudin Dimaukom, and nine of his men allegedly in a gunbattle in the southern Philippines.

Espinosa and Dimaukom were among more than 160 officials named publicly by Duterte in August as part of a shame campaign. Espinosa’s son, an alleged drug lord, was arrested in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi last month.

After being linked by Duterte to illegal drugs, Espinosa surrendered to the national police chief in August in a nationally televised event. He was later released, but was arrested last month after being indicted on drug and illegal possession of firearm charges.

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One of over 3,600 Murders ordered by Duterte

Police estimate that more than 3,600 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since Duterte took office on June 30. Many of those killed in the initial months of the crackdown were poor drug suspects, and police said “high-value targets,” including mayors and drug lords, would be their next target in a new phase of the crackdown that was launched late last month.

The unprecedented crackdown and killings have helped ease crime, but the U.S. and other Western governments, along with human rights watchdogs, have been alarmed and called for an end to the killings. One human rights advocate has called the killings under Duterte a “human rights calamity.”

Duterte has lashed out at President Barack Obama and other critics, saying he was dealing with a pandemic that has afflicted politics, corrupted even generals and threatened to turn the country into what he describes as a “narco state” similar to some Latin American countries.

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2016 in General, International Terrorism

 

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About That Obama “Economic Failure”

After today’s numbers, you have to wonder how much faster the economy could have grown without Republicans throwing up roadblocks every step of the way trying to destroy the black President instead of doing their job to help the country

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Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Down, Median Incomes Up

More Americans are making more money.

The Census Bureau released new numbers on Tuesday showing that, after a brutal economic recession and years of stagnation, real median household incomes rose from $53,718 in 2014 to $56,516 last year. That’s a 5.2 percent rise — the first statistically significant increase since 2007.

But, as NPR’s Pam Fessler notes, “the median household income was still lower than it was in 2007.”

The official poverty rate decreased to 13.5 percent for last year, a drop of 1.2 percentage points. That represents 3.5 million people who are no longer in poverty and is the largest annual percentage point drop since 1999, the Census Bureau says.

The supplemental poverty measure — an alternate way of gauging poverty, which takes more factors into account — also dropped significantly, falling by 1 percentage point to 14.3 percent.

“Poverty dropped for whites, blacks and Hispanics, as well as for children and seniors,” Pam reports.

The number of people with health insurance also rose. More than 90 percent of Americans are covered by health insurance — an increase of 1.3 percentage points since 2014, and growth of 4.3 percentage points since the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Bureau says.

Last year, 29 million people did not have health insurance, representing 9.1 percent of the population.

Across the board, the Census Bureau’s 2015 numbers show significant signs of progress and reflect a recovering economy.

The 5.2 percent increase in median household income, in particular, was impressive — “one of the largest year-to-year increases that we’ve ever had,” Trudi Renwick of the Census Bureau said.

Income rose in every region of the country, for every age group of household head, with statistically significant increases for almost every racial group.

But as The New York Times‘ Nate Cohn points out, rural America didn’t experience the same growth as the rest of the country. The median income for people living outside of metropolitan areas dropped 2 percent, to $44,657.

The Census Bureau also looked at economic inequality, where measures did not show any statistically significant changes.

The difference in income between men and women also did not change by any statistically significant degree. But it did move slightly — from 79 cents on the dollar to 80 cents on the dollar.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2016 in General

 

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“War” on Drugs in the Philippines Kills 1900 in 7 weeks

A different kind of “War” on Drugs in the Philippines…Their version of the Chumph has urged killing Drug dealers.

Philippines war on drugs: ‘1,900 killed’ amid crackdown

The head of the Philippines police has said more than 1,900 people have been killed during a crackdown on illegal drugs in the past seven weeks.

Ronald dela Rosa was speaking at a senate hearing into the sharp rise in deaths since Rodrigo Duterte became president.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, their country’s Chumph (Trump) urged people to shot and kill drug dealers.

He said police operations had killed about 750 people, but the other deaths were still being investigated.

Mr Duterte won the presidency with his hard-line policy to eradicate drugs.

He has previously urged citizens to shoot and kill drug dealers who resisted arrest, and reiterated that the killings of drug suspects were lawful if the police acted in self-defence.

He also threatened to “separate” from the UN after it called his war on drugs a crime under international law.

The US has said it is “deeply concerned” by the increase in drug-related killings.

The senate joint inquiry is being conducted by Senator Leila de Lima, who has called on authorities to explain the “unprecedented” rise in deaths.

It is also hearing from the relatives of some of those killed.

Mr dela Rosa told the inquiry on Tuesday that a total of 1,916 deaths had been recorded during the crackdown, 756 of which were during police operations.

He said the number had gone up even since he gave evidence on Monday, where he gave a figure of 1,800 deaths.

“Not all deaths under investigations are drug-related,” he told news agency Reuters, saying about 40 killings were due to robbery or personal disputes.

However, Mr dela Rosa said there was no declared policy to kill drug users and pushers, saying police were “not butchers”.

The police director-general also added that about 300 police officers were suspected to be involved in the drugs trade, warning that they would be charged and removed from their positions if found guilty.

Nearly 700,000 drug users and peddlers have turned themselves in since the launch of the campaign, Mr dela Rosa said.

He also said that there was a decrease in overall crime, though the number of homicides and murders had increased.

On Monday, Mr dela Rosa told the inquiry: “I admit many are dying but our campaign, now, we have the momentum.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2016 in General, News

 

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Sudden Death Syndrome 5 Times Higher Among Minority Athletes – Cause

At least 50 times a year, a young male athlete in his prime will just keel over and die during or after participation in an event. Doctors now have a study which both identifies the leading cause and risk factors.

Heart Problem Behind Many Sudden Deaths Among Minority Athletes

…In the study, researchers investigated the causes of sudden death in competitive athletes by using data from the U.S. National Registry of Sudden Death in Athletes covering the years between 1980 and 2011.

Of the 2,400 deaths that occurred in young athletes between 13 and 25 years old who were engaged in 29 different sports, the researchers found that more than 840 had cardiovascular diagnoses, which were confirmed at autopsy.

Male athletes tend to die from sudden cardiac event with 6.5 times higher risk than women. Basketball players who were African-American or members of minority groups have a threefold risk of dying from sudden death.

The rate of cardiovascular death among African-Americans and those who belong to other minority groups were also found to be five times higher than those of whites.

For these individuals, the condition may go unnoticed for a long time and those that are most at risk are athletes as the physical effort that they are exposed to on a regular basis can weaken their heart, which can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

The researchers likewise discovered that more than a third of the deaths were caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which was responsible for almost 40 percent of sudden deaths among male athletes.

Of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cases, more than half occurred in minority males, albeit only 1 percent in minority females.

[H]ypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in male athletes and is an under-appreciated cause of sudden death in male African-American and minority athletes,” said study author Barry Maron of the Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2016 in General, Men, Yellowback Donkey Award

 

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Most Popular Baby Names

Interesting – you would think a Hispanic name would win out in the Southwest…Especially in New Mexico with nearly 50% Hispanic population.

Just for the fun of it…

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in General

 

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Coca Cola Shuts Down Production in Venzuela

Because they can’t buy sugar in the country! Artificially sweetened drinks are not affected.The Venezuelan economy is a rolling disaster, brought on not only by foreign embargoes, but the complete incompetence of their government starting with Hugo Chavez. The country is quite probably on the way to a violent overthrow of the current Government. The story of how this oil rich country got there is a story of rich and poor, and a story of how America controls the Western Hemisphere.

Been to Venezuela on business and pleasure several times before Chavez was elected. It is a beautiful country, and I had considered retiring there. The cost of living was very low, and and the beaches are out of this world. Actually was there during one of their government coups, which was a little crazy – as I was stranded about 5 miles from my hotel and had to walk back. I had hired a driver to take me to see some of the sights, who became afraid to be on the road due to the roadblocks. While my poor Spanish isn’t going to fool anyone that I am a local, being brown does have the advantage of being able to blend in.Buying a Panama Hat, inexpensive sunglasses, local made shirt, pants, cheap watch, and a pair of Huaraches, as well as a bundle of flowers to carry – Iooking like your average Venezuelan businessman going to meet his girlfriend or mistress…I didn’t get stopped by the authorities or a second look.

Love the Country, hate what has happened to it, and the seeming inability to share the wealth with the poor.

Coca-Cola halts production in Venezuela

Coca-Cola is halting production in Venezuela of its namesake beverage due to a sugar shortage brought on by the country’s grinding economic crisis.

The Atlanta-based company said in an emailed statement Friday said that its production of sugar-sweetened beverages will be suspended in the coming days after local suppliers reported they had run out of the raw material. Sugar-free beverages are not affected and the company said its offices and distribution centers remain open in Venezuela.

The move comes as Venezuela’s economy is teetering on the edge of collapse with widespread food shortages and inflation forecast to surpass 700 percent. Last month, Empresas Polar, Venezuela’s largest food and beverage company, stopped production of beer because of a lack of imported barley.

The Obama administration and governments in Latin America are encouraging efforts by former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to defuse the increasingly tense standoff in Venezuela

Zapatero said in a visit to Caracas this week that President Nicolas Maduro and leaders of the opposition expressed a willingness to launch a national dialogue aimed at resolving the country’s challenges.

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It’s unclear what the next steps will be but the U.S. State Department on Friday said it welcomes the initiative as a way to guarantee respect for the Venezuelan people and the rule of law. The foreign ministries of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay also made a call for dialogue.

Zapatero’s peacemaking follows a week of violent clashes between security forces and the opposition who are demanding Maduro’s ouster.

Empty Shelves

Use your fingerprint to buy groceries.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2016 in General

 

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