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Name: George
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Hometown: Shepherdstown, WV (Most Haunted Town in America. Google it!)
Home country: United States
Current location: The Caribbean!!!
Member since: Sat Sep 10, 2016, 06:40 PM
Number of posts: 50

About Me

Moved here 13 days after retiring in Feb. The weather is warm, the people are fantastic, and the rum is unbelievably good!

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What the Hell is THIS? (Electoral-Vote.com Sep 20)

Colorado? New Mexico? I thought this was supposed to be a halfway-reliable site!

Posted by George the Retiree | Tue Sep 20, 2016, 10:58 PM (7 replies)

538: Trump Now Has 44.5% Chance of Winning Election


Oh, don't worry: I'm not concerned. Not at all. I'm merely fucking terrified!
Posted by George the Retiree | Tue Sep 20, 2016, 06:50 PM (31 replies)

3 Ways Trump Could Abandon the Paris Climate Pact: Climate Central

September 19th, 2016


If enough countries join the U.S., China and Brazil in formally committing to join the pact this year, it’s been reported that the pact would become “Trump-proof.” Legal experts, however, say a Trump administration would have several options for abandoning the agreement during its first term, which would severely jeopardize its potential to succeed.


If elected president, legal precedent and a careful reading of Article 28 in the Paris agreement indicate he would have the power to formally withdraw the U.S. from it as soon as a year after it takes effect by abandoning a 1992 treaty — without any need for lawmaker approval.

A second option, which would be slower but somewhat less confrontational, could see Trump wait until the end of his first term before taking advantage of a provision in the agreement that would let him yank America from the pact.

The third option may be the easiest of all. Even without withdrawing formally, a Trump administration could undermine the agreement by abandoning rules, incentives and programs designed to reduce pollution, preventing the U.S. from living up to its new commitments to the climate. Trump has said he would eliminate the EPA, which oversees many of those rules and programs.


I skipped over several paragraphs in order to get the most pertinent information in
Posted by George the Retiree | Tue Sep 20, 2016, 05:37 PM (0 replies)

Sources: Oil executive on Trump's short list for Interior Secretary

Source: Politico

By Helena Bottemiller Evich and Andrew Restuccia
09/19/16 01:02 PM EDT/Updated 09/19/16 05:44 PM EDT

An oil industry executive who has spoken out against animal rights is a leading contender for Interior secretary should Donald Trump win the White House, two sources familiar with the campaign’s deliberations told POLITICO on Monday — a prospect that drew immediate condemnation from environmental activists.

Forrest Lucas, the 74-year-old co-founder of oil products company Lucas Oil, is well-known in his native Indiana, where in 2006 he won the naming rights to Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts football team, for a reported $121.5 million over 20 years. He and his wife have given a combined $50,000 to the gubernatorial campaigns of Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, according to Indiana state records.

Lucas’ company, California-based Lucas Oil, is a fast-growing manufacturer of automotive oils, lubricants and other additives used in everything from cars to heavy-duty trucks.

One person briefed by the Trump campaign said Lucas is a “front-runner” for the Interior secretary job. The person, who was granted anonymity to talk about private discussions, added that Trump wants a “more business-friendly and business experience-heavy cabinet.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/forrest-lucas-trump-interior-secretary-228364

And that's just the start! My vast network of sources in New York (okay, two hot dog vendors) tell me Trump's leading candidate for Agriculture Secretary is Monsanto President Brett Begemann, while the front-runner for Energy Secretary is John Eaves, CEO of Arch Coal, Inc., and that President Trump will pardon Bernie Madoff and give him both the Justice and Treasury Departments.
Posted by George the Retiree | Mon Sep 19, 2016, 06:32 PM (4 replies)

UN Confirms Aid Convoy Bombed In Syria Near Aleppo

Source: The Huffington Post

A monitoring group claims a Syrian or Russian warplane struck the trucks.
09/19/2016 03:12 pm ET | Updated 30 minutes ago

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 19 (Reuters) - An aid convoy was struck while traveling to Orem, in Aleppo governorate, a United Nations spokesman said on Monday.

The spokesman could not confirm if it was an air strike. Syrian or Russian warplanes bombed aid trucks near Aleppo late on Monday after a fragile week-long ceasefire ended, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/un-aid-bombed-syria_us_57e02e07e4b04a1497b5de9a?section=&

Trump has proposed sending in a humanitarian team, headed by Gary Johnson.

Posted by George the Retiree | Mon Sep 19, 2016, 04:44 PM (3 replies)

Some 160 treated for heat-related illnesses during Rams game

Source: AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities said nearly 160 were treated for heat-related illnesses during the Los Angeles Rams' first regular-season home game.

Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says of those treated, 14 people were taken to the hospital but none were in critical condition.

More than 91,000 people attended the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as downtown baked in 90-degree weather.

The National Weather Service said a weak onshore flow pushed the mercury across the state where temperatures hit the 80s and 90s in many spots, while temperatures in inland areas hit triple digits.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/25589caf980741dba006b9df130705a1/some-170-treated-heat-related-illnesses-during-rams-game

Just waiting for Jim Inhofe to issue a statement claiming they were faking it.
Posted by George the Retiree | Mon Sep 19, 2016, 01:04 AM (13 replies)

Keith. Kicks. Ass!

Posted by George the Retiree | Mon Sep 19, 2016, 12:32 AM (4 replies)

The night we almost lost Arkansas — a 1980 nuclear Armageddon that almost was

by Andrew O'Hehir

On a September night 36 years ago, we nearly lost Arkansas. Some people may regard that as a mixed blessing, even now — Bill Clinton and his wife, then the governor and first lady of that state, were less than 50 miles away in Little Rock, at the Arkansas Democratic Convention.

If the Titan 2 intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, that exploded inside its silo in Damascus, Arkansas, had detonated its nuclear warhead, both the Clintons and Vice President Walter Mondale (also attending the convention) would have been dead within minutes. So would have millions of other people in Arkansas and neighboring states, with a plume of deadly radioactive fallout extending from the mid-South to the East Coast, perhaps as far as Washington.

It’s not entirely fair to say that the near-catastrophe of 1980 was covered up. But Americans were not even remotely told the truth about how close we came to nuclear Armageddon in the heartland. In fact, when Mondale demanded to know whether the Damascus missile was armed with a nuclear warhead, the military initially refused to tell him. “In my book, I have a quote from someone who was in the room,” said author Eric Schlosser during a recent video interview in Salon’s New York office. “Mondale said, ‘Goddamn it, I’m the vice president of the United States! You should be able to tell me if there’s a nuclear warhead on this missile or not. Eventually they did.”

Schlosser’s book is called “Command and Control,” and is also the basis for a thriller-style documentary of the same title from “Food, Inc.” director Robert Kenner, who joined Schlosser for our conversation. As Schlosser explained, local and national news covered the Damascus accident for two or three days but without understanding quite how bad it was.


Now if that doesn't calm your worries about Trump as Commander-in-Chief, I don't know what will!
Posted by George the Retiree | Thu Sep 15, 2016, 03:05 PM (5 replies)

Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway Once Called Americans ‘A Bunch of Pigs’

Source: Mediaite

by Tommy Christopher | 1:22 pm, September 15th, 2016

The Donald Trump campaign pulled out all the stops in expressing outrage at Hillary Clinton‘s “basket of deplorables” remark, even falsely asserting that it was directed at all Republican voters, but it turns out that some of those same people actually did denigrate much larger groups of voters than they’re accusing Hillary of.

Donald Trump himself said that fully half of Americans “don’t do anything” and are “carried” by the other half, and in video unearthed by Mother Jones‘ David Corn, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway repeatedly called Americans “pigs” who deserved the consequences of the fiscal crises that befell the country in the waning days of the Bush administration. In an appearance on Fox Business’ Happy Hour in 2008, Conway scolded the host for being “unfair” to Wall Street:

A few days later, at a Council on Foreign Relations forum, Conway made the comparison again:

Read more: http://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-campaign-manager-kellyanne-conway-once-called-americans-a-bunch-of-pigs/

Didn't have time to pinpoint her nonsense in the second video, but, in the first one, KC's self-righteousness kicks in at about the 3-minute mark.
Posted by George the Retiree | Thu Sep 15, 2016, 02:02 PM (8 replies)
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