Answers In Genesis!

So Bill Nye the Science Guy visits the Ark Encounter on Day 2 after its opening. This is the video from Answers in Genesis, not Bill Nye, so you might feel a bit squeamish about adding to the 200K+ views.

On the other hand you could be grateful I saved you $42.

I predict this $100 Million boondoggle has the same shelf life as AutoWorld which I actually visited 3 times before it was torn down in 1997.

Be careful. It’s foggy outside.

That line comes from my favorite attraction, a Pong level “simulator” of drunk driving which allowed you to select how much you were going to drink then put you behind the free spinning wheel and disconnected accelerator and brake of an 8 bit (state of the art!) video car. Even choosing 0 didn’t help much.

This is why I recommend keeping a full pitcher of Margaritas handy while you watch.

The Breakfast Club (Reunion Day)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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AP’s Today in History for September 17th

The Battle of Antietam sets a bloody record during America’s Civil War; Work ends on U.S. Constitution; Israel and Egypt’s leaders sign Camp David Accords; Singer Hank Williams born; ‘MASH’ premieres.

 

Breakfast Tune Washington Square Reunion – 9/25/2011 – Roger Sprung, etc.

 

Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below

 
Juggalos Draw Bigger Crowd On The National Mall Than Pro-Trump Rally
Paul Blumenthal , Daniel Marans

Nine months into the administration of President Donald Trump, fans of the eccentric Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse assembled a larger rally on the national mall this Saturday than the president’s diehard supporters stationed a few hundred yards away.

The dueling rallies reflected the difficulty that any sitting president has in mobilizing his base, and the particular challenge that Trump has as he struggles to pass major legislation and honor his campaign promises.

Unlike the pro-Trump rally, Juggalos, as clown-makeup-wearing Insane Clown Posse fans call themselves, protested on the National Mall on Saturday for an actual specific purpose. …

 
Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels
MARK PRATT

BOSTON (AP) — Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year’s recipients of the Ig Nobel, the prize for absurd scientific achievement.

The 27th annual awards were announced Thursday at Harvard University. The ceremony featured a traditional barrage of paper airplanes, a world premiere opera and real Nobel laureates handing out the 10 prizes.

“It’s a strange honor to have, but I am thrilled,” Dr. James Heathcote told The Associated Press. A British physician, Heathcote won the Ig Nobel for anatomy for his big-ear research. …

 

Something to think about over coffee prozac

No laughing matter: clowns brace for impact of Stephen King’s It
Gwilym Mumford

Record-breaking horror film It may already be a hit with audiences, grossing hundreds of millions of pounds at the global box office in its first week, but one group is not celebrating the success of the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel: clowns.

For a community already struggling to combat perceptions of clowns as scary rather than fun, the emergence of Pennywise, the movie’s child-killing clown villain, played by Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard is truly the stuff of nightmares. Even before the film’s release the World Clown Association was warning that the film could cause its members to lose work, even going as far as publishing a press kit to prepare clowns for the damaging effects It might have on their reputations.

Now, only a week into the film’s run at cinemas, some clowns are already complaining that their business has taken a battering, with Darlington entertainer Tommy Bungle telling the Sun that his bookings have already fallen by a third. It’s no laughing matter for a industry that is still trying to recover from the devastating effects of 2016’s global “killer clown” craze, which saw people don clown costumes to scare passers-by.

“There’s definitely a negativity to the industry,” says South Wales-based clown Mr T. Ricks, whose real name is Alan Paget. “Last year, especially, was really bad and I can only see it getting worse.” …

Regarding The Revolution

I’ve been considering our current social and political condition and have arrived at the sad and reluctant conclusion that our Founding Fathers were all wrong about that “Declaration of Independence” thing.

Recent studies have shown that in terms of Median Household Income (the value separating the higher half of a sample from the lower half) the top 5 States are-

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Connecticut
  3. Alaska
  4. Maryland
  5. Massachusetts

Hmm… that’s a pretty strong New England core, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, #1, #2, and #5. If you take a look at the map I linked you’ll see that some of our less fortunate neighbors are not so unfortunate either. New Jersey clocks in at #11, Rhode Island at #15, New York at #16, Pennsylvania at #18, and Vermont at #19.

That’s a fair swath of territory but if we open our minds a little and add States like Maryland (#4), D.C. (#7 and it should be a State), and Virginia (#14) we might find some charity for our below median step children Delaware (#26) and Maine (#44).

California (only #13 but the 6th largest economy in the world) eat your heart out, though you can have Washington (#10) and Oregon (#23) as consolation prizes. Frankly the rest should belong either to the Native Americans or Mexico, or for that matter anyone who will take it- I’m not particular.

I propose calling the North Eastern part Acela for obvious reasons and also because it’s so much more mellifluous than “BoWash Corridor”.

Now, here’s where I get radical.

Instead of declaring independence we get in touch with Queen Liz (who seems a good sport) and Britain and admit we were wrong and we’d like to be back in the Commonwealth please, and we contact Canada and get adopted as a new Province.

Think of the benefits! Universal Health Care! Good Beer! Curling instead of Golf! Not being hated and despised abroad!

There are drawbacks I admit. Canada is not as Left as you think. Tim Horton’s coffee is terrible and their breakfast wraps have this inedible mystery sauce even if you specifically order them without it (though they do use these light and fluffy scrambled eggs instead of the hard boiled hockey pucks we serve here). A&W hamburgers are cooked Well Done. All hamburgers are cooked Well Done, it’s the law, order steak instead. On the other hand they have A&Ws, frosty mugs included.

These topics should be debated at a new Hartford Convention. I expect Dunkin’ Donuts will throw its corporate might in opposition though they shouldn’t because if they just serve better eggs they’ll dominate (did I mention terrible coffee?).

Some may object I’m making the classical Left error of ignoring the heartland, flyover country. Well, my actual reaction is- “So what?” I must admit I feel a pang abandoning the land of my birth, Michigan, to the wolves (or wolverines), but there is hope.

At one time France laid claim to the entire Mississippi watershed and Michigan was explicitly French territory until the signature of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 so provided I could learn enough to pass the test I could apply for French citizenship (anyone born in a former territory can).

Oh, you think I’m crazy? Welcome to Catalonia. Yes, it’s a real place! It’s not just some made up name that rhymes with California.

Catalonia Independence Bid Pushes Spain Toward Crisis
By RAPHAEL MINDER, The New York Times
SEPT. 8, 2017

Separatism has deep historical and cultural roots in Catalonia, which has a distinct language. Monday’s Catalan national day commemorates a Catalan defeat at the hands of Madrid: the 1714 capture of Barcelona by the troops of Philip V, the first Bourbon monarch of Spain.

At one point, Spain’s national lawmakers came close to appeasing Catalan’s nationalist sentiment by allowing the region special autonomy. But when that statute was struck down by Spain’s constitutional court in 2010, the tensions came to the fore.

The dispute gathered steam during the financial crisis after Mr. Rajoy rejected a plea by Catalonia to reduce its contribution to a Spanish tax system that transfers money from wealthier to poorer areas.

The move only fueled the sense in Catalonia — Spain’s most economically powerful region — that Madrid was unfairly sucking away its wealth.

The separatists say Madrid is denying Catalans the democratic right to vote on their future. Madrid says the separatists are undermining democracy by flouting court rulings and violating the constitution.

In recent days, Mr. Rajoy’s government took legal action to ensure that Spain’s judiciary declares null and void the laws that separatist lawmakers have approved before the referendum.

On Thursday, Mr. Rajoy told Catalonia’s mayors, elected officials and civil servants that their duty was to “prevent or paralyze” an illegal referendum. As Spain’s leader, he added, “I will do everything necessary without giving up anything” to stop secessionism in its tracks.

In response, Carles Puigdemont, the leader of Catalonia, told Catalan television that no politician or court in Madrid could stop the referendum.

On Oct. 1, he predicted, Catalonia will be swept up in “a democratic tsunami,” as its streets fill with citizens casting their vote in favor of independence. Democracy, Mr. Puigdemont argued, is “to listen to citizens,” while Mr. Rajoy is doing “another thing” by threatening punishment, with the support of Spanish judges.

Mr. Puigdemont and his colleagues seem prepared to pursue their fight even if it results in their prosecution.

That is what happened in March to Artur Mas, Catalonia’s former leader, who was fined and barred from holding office for two years after a court found him guilty of organizing the last independence referendum.

Mr. Rajoy leads a minority government in Madrid and a conservative Popular Party mired by corruption scandals.

So far, Mr. Rajoy has resisted calls by more hard-line elements of his conservative electorate to use emergency powers granted under Spain’s Constitution to seize back administrative control of Catalonia.

But he has not ruled out such a step, particularly if Mr. Puigdemont’s government declares independence unilaterally.

Either move would be a significant escalation in the standoff.

At this stage, whether the referendum succeeds or not, Mr. Puigdemont and his fellow separatist politicians have raised expectations of a significant moment.

Win or lose, separatists could still take to the streets, warned Francesc de Carreras, a constitutional lawyer who helped launch Ciudadanos, a party firmly opposed to independence.

“We should at least be ready for a Catalan version of Maidan,” he said, referring to the square in Kiev that became the center of the Ukrainian revolution in 2014.

“It could create an even more unpredictable and tense situation,” he said. “But the right to protest must also be respected in a democracy.”

I’m rooting for the Catalans.

Greed, Militarism, War – this is fascism! Unite to destroy it!

Below the fold is a ranked table of the Median Household Income by State as of 2016. It took me a while to do because the alphabetical Post version was inadequate for my analysis.

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Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here.

Follow us on Twitter @StarsHollowGzt

 

Why Onions Make You Cry

 

Trying to figure out why humans cry is exhausting. We cry about death, violence, breakups, abandoned puppies, sweet kisses and words charged with all kinds of meanings. We don’t cry when we should, and we cry for no reason. But let’s take a moment to appreciate the clarity of crying while cutting onions.

Onions make us teary because a reaction in the onion releases a chemical called lachrymatory factor, or LF, that irritates our eyes. Simply peeling an onion won’t make your eyes water. But if you chop, cut, crush or smash one — boohoo. The onion’s cells break open, allowing two normally separated substances to combine. Linked together like pieces of a puzzle, they become a potent chemical weapon. [..]

Lachrymatory factor evolved as a defense mechanism, protecting onions against microbes and animals like us, even if we’ve learned to bear tears for the sake of flavor. Damaging an onion basically causes it to ramp up its defenses: as cells break, the chemical reaction is unlocked.

Inside the intact cells of an onion, a molecule called sulfenic acid precursor floats around the watery filler like a napping human in a lazy river. Also floating in that cytoplasm are little sacs called vacuoles, containing a protein called alliinase, which is like a little drill sergeant of the process. [..]

Only two other plants are known to contain LF: guinea hen weed, (Petriveria alliacea) and Sicilian honey garlic (Allium siculum), but you’re far less likely to encounter them. By contrast, the average American eats about 20 pounds of onions a year.

That makes for a lot of onion sobbing. And while some people cry more than others, it’s unclear why. It’s also unclear why some varieties seem to be more tolerable than others. Dr. Golczak said potency might depend on freshness, amount of LF produced or even a mutation that would alter LF’s activity.

But is it possible to avoid the onion feelies? [..]

With regular onions, there are options: chuck your onion in the fridge before you cut it, or submerge it in water while chopping. Reducing the temperature will slow down the reaction, resulting in less LF. And in water, LF gases will dilute, becoming less potent. These tactics also alter the flavor, by impairing the processes that produce it — similar to what happens with chilled tomatoes.

Unfortunately, it seems there’s no simple way to avoid it. For the love of onions, sometimes you just have to cry.

Joanna Klein, New York Times

Health and Fitness News

 
Can Coffee or Tea Extend Survival With Diabetes?

Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Diabetes Risk?

Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks

Increasing Salt Intake Tied to Diabetes Risk

Nerve ‘Zap’ Treatment Could Be Alternative to CPAP for Sleep Apnea

Smoking, Poor Diet Lead Global Death Causes

U.S. Cancer Death Continues to Fall

Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure?

Semen Harbors Wide Range of Viruses

‘Microbiomes’ May Hold Key to Kids’ Ear Infections

Surgeons Play Big Role in Women’s Choices for Breast Cancer Care

Traces of Tattoo May Reach the Lymph Nodes

Young Americans Lead Rise in Suicide Attempts

Could Hormone Supplements for Menopause Make a Comeback?

HPV Test Alone OK for Cervical Cancer Screening Over 30: Expert Panel

Is an Occasional Drink OK During Pregnancy?

It’s Time to Kick Fido Out — of Bed, That Is

Many May Get Hospice Care Too Late

New Guideline Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Head, Neck Masses

Widening Waistlines May Raise Women’s Cancer Risk

‘Healthy’ Obese Still Face Higher Heart Risks

Immune-Focused Drug May Be New Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma

Lupus Hits Certain Groups Harder Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here.

Follow us on Twitter @StarsHollowGzt

 

Why Onions Make You Cry

 

Trying to figure out why humans cry is exhausting. We cry about death, violence, breakups, abandoned puppies, sweet kisses and words charged with all kinds of meanings. We don’t cry when we should, and we cry for no reason. But let’s take a moment to appreciate the clarity of crying while cutting onions.

Onions make us teary because a reaction in the onion releases a chemical called lachrymatory factor, or LF, that irritates our eyes. Simply peeling an onion won’t make your eyes water. But if you chop, cut, crush or smash one — boohoo. The onion’s cells break open, allowing two normally separated substances to combine. Linked together like pieces of a puzzle, they become a potent chemical weapon. [..]

Lachrymatory factor evolved as a defense mechanism, protecting onions against microbes and animals like us, even if we’ve learned to bear tears for the sake of flavor. Damaging an onion basically causes it to ramp up its defenses: as cells break, the chemical reaction is unlocked.

Inside the intact cells of an onion, a molecule called sulfenic acid precursor floats around the watery filler like a napping human in a lazy river. Also floating in that cytoplasm are little sacs called vacuoles, containing a protein called alliinase, which is like a little drill sergeant of the process. [..]

Only two other plants are known to contain LF: guinea hen weed, (Petriveria alliacea) and Sicilian honey garlic (Allium siculum), but you’re far less likely to encounter them. By contrast, the average American eats about 20 pounds of onions a year.

That makes for a lot of onion sobbing. And while some people cry more than others, it’s unclear why. It’s also unclear why some varieties seem to be more tolerable than others. Dr. Golczak said potency might depend on freshness, amount of LF produced or even a mutation that would alter LF’s activity.

But is it possible to avoid the onion feelies? [..]

With regular onions, there are options: chuck your onion in the fridge before you cut it, or submerge it in water while chopping. Reducing the temperature will slow down the reaction, resulting in less LF. And in water, LF gases will dilute, becoming less potent. These tactics also alter the flavor, by impairing the processes that produce it — similar to what happens with chilled tomatoes.

Unfortunately, it seems there’s no simple way to avoid it. For the love of onions, sometimes you just have to cry.

Joanna Klein, New York Times

Health and Fitness News

 
Can Coffee or Tea Extend Survival With Diabetes?

Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Diabetes Risk?

Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks

Increasing Salt Intake Tied to Diabetes Risk

Nerve ‘Zap’ Treatment Could Be Alternative to CPAP for Sleep Apnea

Smoking, Poor Diet Lead Global Death Causes

U.S. Cancer Death Continues to Fall

Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure?

Semen Harbors Wide Range of Viruses

‘Microbiomes’ May Hold Key to Kids’ Ear Infections

Surgeons Play Big Role in Women’s Choices for Breast Cancer Care

Traces of Tattoo May Reach the Lymph Nodes

Young Americans Lead Rise in Suicide Attempts

Could Hormone Supplements for Menopause Make a Comeback?

HPV Test Alone OK for Cervical Cancer Screening Over 30: Expert Panel

Is an Occasional Drink OK During Pregnancy?

It’s Time to Kick Fido Out — of Bed, That Is

Many May Get Hospice Care Too Late

New Guideline Aims to Help Doctors Diagnose Head, Neck Masses

Widening Waistlines May Raise Women’s Cancer Risk

‘Healthy’ Obese Still Face Higher Heart Risks

Immune-Focused Drug May Be New Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma

Lupus Hits Certain Groups Harder

The Breakfast Club (Relay Race)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Vietnam War deserters and draft evaders receive conditional amnesty; Palestinian refugees massacred in Lebanon; Mexico pushes for independence; Opera star Maria Callas dies; Blues great B.B. King born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.

Julian Castro

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Why Black Lives Matter Is Pissed Off

Cops Getting Caught On Video Hasn’t Led To More Convictions

Jason Stockley, the former Missouri police officer who shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011, on Friday became the latest cop to be acquitted of murder in spite of video that showed Stockley saying he would kill Smith before shooting him at close range multiple times. The acquittal was expected to trigger protests in St. Louis, just a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in 2014. While video evidence from body cameras, dash cameras, surveillance cameras, and mobile phones has increased the frequency with which cops are charged with murder and manslaughter since 2015, it is not leading to more convictions.

Former St. Louis Officer, Jason Stockley, Acquitted in Shooting of Black Driver
By TIM O’NEIL and MITCH SMITH, The New York Times
SEPT. 15, 2017

A white former police officer who fatally shot a 24-year-old black man here after a high-speed chase in 2011 was acquitted of first-degree murder on Friday, rekindling protests in a region that has been at the center of the country’s debate over police tactics and race relations.

The verdict in the case against the former St. Louis officer, Jason Stockley, in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith had been tensely awaited. Concerns that the outcome might set off violent protests and memories of unrest over a different police shooting in Ferguson, only a few miles away, were evident: barricades were erected near courthouses, police officers were assigned longer shifts, and Gov. Eric Greitens placed the Missouri National Guard on standby.

Within minutes after the verdict was made public, protesters gathered outside the courthouse and began marching through downtown. “The system is so obviously broken that to just sit back and be complacent is wrong,” said Kelly McBride, 31, who was among the marchers. “There is all of this evidence, and to still get a verdict of not guilty just shows how broken everything is.”

The St. Louis police said at midday that the protests had been largely peaceful, but there were reports of intermittent problems. One person was arrested for damaging a police vehicle, the authorities said, and rocks were thrown at a bus with police officers.

Adding to a crescendo of tension over the case was how drawn out it has been. The shooting took place in 2011, although Jennifer Joyce, then the city’s top prosecutor, brought the case nearly five years later, in 2016, citing new, unspecified evidence. And the trial itself ended in early August, but the judge in the bench trial, Timothy Wilson, of the St. Louis Circuit, waited close to a month to announce his decision. After the verdict, several school districts in the St. Louis area announced early dismissals and canceled weekend activities.

Mr. Stockley’s acquittal is the latest example of a police officer facing criminal charges in a shooting but the case ending without a conviction.

At the trial in August, prosecutors described Mr. Stockley as an out-of-control officer who chased Mr. Smith for three miles at speeds of more than 80 miles an hour, shot him without provocation and then planted a .38-caliber revolver in Mr. Smith’s car. The shooting was premeditated, prosecutors argued, pointing to a recording device inside the police car that had captured Mr. Stockley saying to his partner, not long before the shooting: “Going to kill this,” person, he said using an expletive, “don’t you know it.”

Judge Wilson said in his ruling that people “say all kinds of things in the heat of the moment,” and that the statement made by Mr. Stockley “can be ambiguous depending on the context.”

The defense argued that Mr. Stockley acted reasonably in fatally shooting a suspect in a drug deal that the officer had tried to stop before the car chase took place. Defense lawyers have said that the officer believed Mr. Smith was armed, and was reaching for a gun — the weapon that was found in his car after the shooting. Mr. Smith was shot five times.

The encounter, in December 2011, began when Officer Stockley and his partner, Brian Bianchi, driving a police S.U.V., believed that Mr. Smith was involved in a drug deal in a Church’s Chicken parking lot and attempted to approach him, the police said.

As he moved toward Mr. Smith’s car, Mr. Stockley carried his own AK-47, an unauthorized weapon, as well as his service gun. According to department policy, officers are forbidden from carrying personal weapons.

Officer Stockley and Officer Bianchi said that they saw Mr. Smith holding a handgun. As Mr. Smith sped away in his Buick, Mr. Stockley fired seven shots with his service weapon.

The second, fatal confrontation occurred not far away, a short time later.

In his verdict, delivered in a 30-page written order, Judge Wilson said he was “simply not firmly convinced of defendant’s guilt,” adding later: “This court, in conscience, cannot say that the state has proven every element of murder beyond a reasonable doubt or that the state has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant did not act in self-defense.”

Judge Wilson also expressed doubts about the prosecution’s claim that a gun was planted on Mr. Smith, writing “that an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly.”

On social media, some zeroed in on that statement, calling it clear proof of bias by the judge, while others pointed to the verdict as a sign of broad failings of the justice system.

Mr. Stockley, who is in his mid-30s, resigned from the St. Louis police department in 2013. Before joining the police force, he served in the Army and did a 15-month tour of duty in Iraq.

The killing resulted in a wrongful-death settlement of $900,000, brought on behalf of Mr. Smith’s young daughter.

Because Cops armed with personal AK-47s never carry .22 or .38 caliber drop guns to plant on a suspect, especially if it’s an African American.

Shameful. Judge Timothy Wilson should be impeached and disbarred.

Hillary Speaks

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow had a live one hour interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They spoke on many topics including the possibility of Sec. Clinton running for public office again, which the secretary absolutely ruled out. That doesn’t mean she’s going away. In the fist segment she and Rachel discussed Trump’s behavior and the decimation of the State Department.

Sec. Clinton expressed her view that Trump and some of his staff are a threat to the United States and hoped that there were more level headed staff members who would help to contain him fron doing any serious harm.

The subject of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s interference wit the 2016 election and Trump’s weak response, as well as, her own history with Putin.

The secretary also spoke about how she is viewed by the public and the challwnges she would have faced had she been elected. She also spoke about hose Trump has ledd people to be more sexist and mysogynistic.

The conversation turned to former FBI Director James Comey, how he handles the e-mail case and the Trump Russian investigation .

In the last segment, Sec. Clinton discussed her future as a political activist and working with non-profit organizations.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is not going away. She is one of the smartest politicians in the US and America needs to hear her. Those who don’t want to listen to what she says should change just the channel, or sit down and shut up as the right is so want to tell those on the left.

The Breakfast Club (Taking Action)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Four black girls killed in a church blast in Alabama; President George W. Bush vows massive rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina; Nazi Germany adopts Nuremberg laws; Agatha Christie and Oliver Stone born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.

Honore de Balzac

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Exactly how long was I out?

 
 

What? About an hour? The world seems so different.

Trump Confirms Support for Law to Protect ‘Dreamers’
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and YAMICHE ALCINDOR, The New York Times
SEPT. 14, 2017

President Trump confirmed on Thursday morning that he supports legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and would deliver a “massive” increase in border security — but not with a wall on the southern border.

Mr. Trump’s comments, both in Washington and in Florida, affirmed the broad parameters of an agreement that Democratic leaders unilaterally announced Wednesday night after dinner with the president at the White House.

In remarks to reporters as he left the White House on Thursday, Mr. Trump said, “We’re working on a plan for DACA,” referring to protections for immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He confirmed, “the wall will come later.”

Mr. Trump’s comments seemed to contradict his own Twitter posts early Thursday morning when he said, “no deal was made last night on DACA.” But they were very much in line with Democratic leaders’ statements. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, also stopped short of calling their agreement a “deal” on Thursday.

But she told reporters, “We agreed to a plan to protect our nation’s Dreamers from deportation,” adding that there would be a “border security measure that does not include a wall” included in immigration legislation.

Republican leaders were contacted after the fact. In a curt statement, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, confirmed that the president called him Thursday morning to discuss immigration issues.

Mr. Trump has sent mixed messages on the program. He has said he would end it, then he gave Congress time to come up with a legislative solution after he was widely criticized in the media for his decision to end DACA. Mr. Trump has also said he would reconsider the matter if Congress failed to act, even as his own attorney general called the program unconstitutional.

Wednesday’s dinner followed an Oval Office meeting last week with Democratic leadership when Mr. Trump sided with the Democrats about the debt ceiling — over the objections of Republicans and his own Treasury secretary.

Conservatives attacked Mr. Trump after Wednesday’s reported deal.

Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, wrote on Twitter that if the reports were true, “Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair. No promise is credible.”

The headline “Amnesty Don” led the website Breitbart, run by Mr. Trump’s former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon.

You have to drink the juice and eat the cookies so the nurse can release you, and they’re very strict like that.

About that unfortunate birthmark-

Moose

And Squirrel.

How Bullwinkle Taught Kids Sophisticated Political Satire
By Beth Daniels, Smithsonian Magazine
September 7, 2017

“Mr. Chairman, I am against all foreign aid, especially to places like Hawaii and Alaska,” says Senator Fussmussen from the floor of a cartoon Senate in 1962. In the visitors’ gallery, Russian agents Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale are deciding whether to use their secret “Goof Gas” gun to turn the Congress stupid, as they did to all the rocket scientists and professors in the last episode of “Bullwinkle.”

Another senator wants to raise taxes on everyone under the age of 67. He, of course, is 68. Yet a third stands up to demand, “We’ve got to get the government out of government!” The Pottsylvanian spies decide their weapon is unnecessary: Congress is already ignorant, corrupt and feckless.

Hahahahaha. Oh, Washington.

As Beth Daniels notes, “All the male Simpsons have Bullwinkle & Rocky’s middle initial ‘J.'”

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