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Hand dyer mainly to the quilters market, doll maker, oil painter and teacher, anti-fas, cat owner, anti nuke, ex navy, reasonably good cook, father of three happy successful kids and three happy grand kids. Life is good.

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Driving home from Horseshoe Bay, Tex (where Chuck Woolery lives) ...

I saw a sign I never thought I'd see: "Republican for Joe Biden".

Dr. Phil Begs TikTok Followers To Stop Calling Him 'Daddy'

Dr. Phil Begs TikTok Followers To Stop Calling Him ‘Daddy’

“I hate to break it to you,” Phil McGraw said, “but I ain’t your daddy, and your real daddy is probably getting his feelings hurt.”

By David Moye


Dr. Phil McGraw popped up on TikTok on Thursday to pop off to his followers who keep calling him “Daddy.”

It seems that a lot of people who follow his posts refer to him as “Daddy” in the comments and he’s apparently annoyed.

So as part of the app’s popular “you have to stop” posts, McGraw asked his TikTok fans to cease the patriarchal nicknames when commenting on his posts.

“I hate to break it to you, but I ain’t your daddy, and your real daddy is probably getting his feelings hurt,” McGraw said. “I appreciate the support — it’s a little weird, but I appreciate the support.”


#YouHaveTo stop calling me “daddy.” I ain’t ya daddy.
♬ you have to stop supporting trump - hannah_harpist

And because this is the internet, everyone immediately respected his wishes ― not!


Lots more at the link.

The Secret History of America's Only WWII Refugee Camp

Photographs by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection, via Getty Images

The Secret History of America’s Only WWII Refugee Camp

At the height of the war, 982 refugees fleeing the Nazis were invited by President Roosevelt to a converted military base in upstate New York.

By Keren Blankfeld

Sept. 11, 2020
Updated 1:20 p.m. ET



After the night on the ship, the refugees were herded by American soldiers into a Quonset hut on the pier where men and women were separated. They were ordered to strip and were sprayed with DDT. Elfi obeyed, mortified, as the soldiers sprayed her hair, and all over her body, down to her toes. None of the refugees set foot in New York City proper.


“All we saw was a barbed-wire fence and American soldiers,” said Ben Alalouf, another child refugee who made the journey. Mr. Alalouf had been born in a bomb shelter in Yugoslavia in 1941, and though he was just a toddler, he recalls the adults’ panic. “Obviously, everyone thought it was a concentration camp.”


In 1944, Americans were by no means eager to welcome refugees; many actively opposed their arrival. Before the chosen “guests” arrived in Fort Ontario, nativists were saying it was dangerous for “Nazi-controlled peoples in Europe” to immigrate.

Senator Robert R. Reynolds of North Carolina introduced a bill in 1939 that called for halting all immigration into the United States for 10 years. “Let’s save America for Americans,” he argued. “Our country, our citizens first.” In 1941, Reynolds would suggest building a wall around the United States that “no refugee could possibly scale or ascend.”

For decades, nativists had lobbied Congress to guard against a “foreign invasion.” In 1924 a national-origins quota limited immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe as well as Africans, Asians and Arabs. By the 1930s, nativists focused on a new slogan: “America’s children are America’s problem! Refugee children in Europe are Europe’s problem!”


As the refugees settled in, some Oswegans regarded the camp with suspicion. Rumors circulated that the group was living in luxury. After a month’s quarantine to ensure the refugees weren’t carrying diseases, Fort Ontario held an open house — partly to introduce the newcomers to the local community, and partly to dispel rumors of fancy stoves and lavish accommodations.

The camp was made up of nearly 200 buildings. Army barracks had been converted into two-story dormitories partitioned with slats of paperboard so families could live together, according to Paul Lear, a historian and superintendent of the Fort Ontario State Historic Site. Elfi and her sister shared a room with two cots; their parents were on the other side of the paperboard. Communal bathrooms and showers were down the hall. The arrangement was comfortable, although the thin, uninsulated walls provided no privacy. They would learn soon enough about Oswego’s frigid winters.


The State Department not only enforced strict immigration limits but also concealed information on the genocide in Europe. According to Rebecca Erbelding, a historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the author of “Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe,” the State Department feared that news of the mass murder of Jews in Europe would undermine its immigration stance.

Her book details how in 1943, Breckinridge Long, a patrician Missourian (and rumored anti-Semite) who managed visas for the department, suppressed harrowing information from Europe that described Hitler’s plans to exterminate Jews. He later claimed he was looking out for national security. But the Treasury Department blasted the State Department and Mr. Long in a January 1944 memo to Roosevelt.


The treatment of Jewish refugees is a shameful stain on our history.

Tweeting: the proto twitter ...

Trump admitted to Bob Woodward that he intentionally downplayed the threat of the coronavirus.

Trump admitted to Bob Woodward that he intentionally downplayed the threat of the coronavirus.



“This is deadly stuff,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Woodward on Feb. 7 in one of a series of interviews he conducted with the president for his upcoming book, “Rage.” The Washington Post and CNN were given advance copies of the book and published details on Wednesday.

“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”


“I wanted to always play it down,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Woodward on March 19. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

In public, Mr. Trump claimed early on that the virus would disappear, predicting in February that by April, “when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”

— Maggie Haberman

NYPD hit with lawsuit for breaking the neck of Black Muslim woman during simple traffic stop

NYPD hit with lawsuit for breaking the neck of Black Muslim woman during simple traffic stop
September 4, 2020
Colin Taylor


One of the more infuriating and inexplicable twists in modern American policing is the way in which they are able to bring violent white supremacists with blood-drenched hands into custody safely and unharmed while the most pedestrian of interactions with Black Americans usually leads to brutal violence and often death. While police defenders cry over and over that all we need is sensitivity training and police reforms, every day brings us the story of yet another appalling violation of human dignity that should prove to everyone that the police are not reformable and have no intention of changing their behaviors.


A simple traffic stop got out of control after officers refused her request to be only touched by a female officer due to her religious beliefs. Enraged at the pushback, the police officers became “increasingly aggressive and [threw] the plaintiff to the ground.” The lawsuit alleges that Officer Tuhin Khan then “pressed his knee down on Plaintiff’s neck and in her back” while she yelled that she couldn’t breathe.

Alhanafi was dragged across the ground to the point where her undergarments were exposed — deliberate humiliation by the police — before being shoved roughly into the car sideways as they yelled “stupid b*tch” at her.

Having sustained injuries during her assault, she demanded that they take her to a hospital or render her some kind of medical assistance, which they refused to do. The woman was left with a hairline fracture in her neck.


Donald J. Trump is not like us ...

Posted by marble falls | Tue Sep 8, 2020, 06:46 PM (4 replies)

Washington firm ran fake Facebook accounts in Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico, report finds

Washington firm ran fake Facebook accounts in Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico, report finds

The operation by the public relations company is an example, the report says, of how Americans sow disinformation in foreign countries


By Craig Timberg and
Elizabeth Dwoskin
September 4, 2020 at 1:37 p.m. CDT

When Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the nation’s legitimate president in January 2019, an Instagram account, @FrenteLibreVzla, posted a video declaring him a “new leader” who would bring freedom to the embattled nation, according to a research report published Friday.


“Importantly, our past client work in Latin America, including opposition to oppressive regimes, was not conducted on behalf of foreign entities — the work was funded and directed by clients inside each country. This makes CLS’s work very different from the foreign influence activities reported by Facebook, and any characterization of CLS’ work in the three countries at issue as ‘foreign’ is wrong,” CLS Strategies’ chief executive Bob Chlopak said in a statement.


Facebook announced Tuesday it had closed 55 accounts, 42 pages and 36 Instagram accounts linked to CLS Strategies that targeted politics in Venezuela, Bolivia and Mexico. The effort spent $3.6 million in advertising across all three countries, a sum that Facebook executives said was notable for its size and reflective of what happens when actors with deep pockets mount a disinformation operation. The pages had amassed more than 500,000 followers, Facebook said.


On Thursday, the office of Áñez, in Bolivia, confirmed that CLS Strategies was contracted in December, 2019 “to carry out lobbying in support of Bolivian democracy” and “in support of holding new presidential elections.” The firm, the statement said, only facilitated contacts between the Añez government and U.S. officials in the “executive and legislative” branches, and provided “no other services or activities.” The contract was reported as required under U.S. law, the statement said.

Posted by marble falls | Mon Sep 7, 2020, 01:33 PM (1 replies)

Trump Hates Obama So Much He Hired a Stand-In He Could Fire, Michael Cohen Says (Photo)

Trump Hates Obama So Much He Hired a Stand-In He Could Fire, Michael Cohen Says (Photo)

Weird anecdote comes from ex-Trump fixer’s new book, “Disloyal: A Memoir”
Ross A. Lincoln | September 6, 2020 @ 10:09 AM Last Updated: September 6, 2020 @ 10:43 AM
Donald Trump


Donald Trump dislikes Barack Obama so much that he once filmed a video in which he berated and then “fired” an actor hired to impersonate the 44th president, according to ex-fixer Michael Cohen.

Cohen said that Trump “ritualistically belittled” the actor, described as “Faux-Bama,” and then fired him. Cohen doesn’t say when the event took place or who the actor was, but he did include a photo, which has been published by CNN. See it below:


According to both CNN and the Washington Post, Cohen also describes numerous instances in which Trump expressed openly racist sentiments about Obama and other Black leaders. In one notable incident that Cohen said happened after the 2008 election, Trump angrily said “tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a s—hole … They are all complete f—ing toilets.” According to Cohen, Trump specifically cited South Africa, saying — again according to Cohen — “Mandela f—ed the whole country up. Now it’s a s—hole. F— Mandela. He was no leader.”

Cohen also said Trump dismissed Obama’s Ivy League pedigree as solely due to “f—ing affirmative action,” and said Trump has a “low opinion of all black folks.”


Not even Dr Evil would think of that.

The Atlantic's editor-in-chief says his story about Trump calling vets 'losers' is just the beginnin

The Atlantic's editor-in-chief says his story about Trump calling vets 'losers' is just the beginning

By Alexis Benveniste, CNN Business


New York (CNN Business)Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, said his magazine's story about Trump calling Americans who died in battle "losers" and "suckers," was just the tip of the iceberg.

"I would fully expect more reporting to come out about this and more confirmation and new pieces of information in the coming days and weeks," Goldberg told CNN's Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. "We have a responsibility and we're going to do it regardless of what he says."


"We all have to use anonymous sources, especially in a climate where the president of the United States tries to actively intimidate," Goldberg said of his editorial decision to cite nameless people. "These are not people who are anonymous to me."


When it comes to the current presidency, Bernstein said, "We have to recognize that almost everything we know about the truth of Donald Trump and his presidency comes from reporting," adding, "The fake news is the president's news," and journalists are "doing the real reporting."
On Sunday, Trump fired back at The Atlantic, directly attacking its majority owner, Laurene Powell Jobs.


"We're not going to be intimidated by the President of the United States. We're going to do our jobs," Goldberg said.

Posted by marble falls | Sun Sep 6, 2020, 05:29 PM (4 replies)
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