Best Friends


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Lindsey Graham and John McCain were best friends.  Graham is Megan Mccain’s godfather.   Senator Graham has been largely silent as his best friend is being maligned by President Trump.

 

What about your friends, will they stand their ground,
Will they let you down again?
What about your friends, are they gonna be lowdown, 
Will they ever be around,
Or will they turn their backs on you?   

“What about your friends” written by Dallas Austin and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez (1992)

 

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Got a mint? Michelle O and George W “Reminds us how great we are”


 

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The image of George W handing Michelle B a piece of candy at John McCain’s funeral broke the net today.

The Obama’s and Bush’s have grown close over the years

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Especially Michelle and George W.

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John McCain reportedly planned his funeral.  President Obama said, he was surprised by his invitation to speak.   Who knew the passing of hard candy would warm America’s heart.

At the funeral , his daughter Meghan, said “America was always Great” .   Images like these remind us.

After your death, we are still learning for you.   Thank you. Senator McCain!

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Republican Party: Hero’s Needed !


 

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Winning the Battle and Losing the War

More than 30 Republicans have announced they planned to retire by 2019. The latest, is California’s Darrell Issa.   Issa was first elected to Congress in in 2001. For many years his  district representing Western San Diego Country was considered safe district for the Republican Party. The demographics have changed ,there are more Hispanics and Asians in his district then ever before.    In 2016’s general election Issa beat his Democratic challenger Doug Applegate by 1600 votes.

The challenge for many Republicans in 2018.  Incumbents will need to alien themselves with Presidents Trumps to survive the primaries and then broaden their appeal to win the General Election.

 

The General Election

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The Current GOP is viewed as Racist,Sexist, and Cruel by  Millennials.  This large demograpic went to integrated Schools, they tend to support LGB issues. While there are not enamored with the Democratic Party, they are more likely to vote with the Demos.

The Republican Party Needs a few Superheros 

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31 Republicans not seeking re-election in 2018. That number will likely grow, as Republicans in competitive districts have to make decisions about whether to run in an election year where their president has a low approval rating.

Choosing Party Over Personal Political Aspirations

President Trumps words, tweets is having a profound negative effect on the nation and his party.   His adminstration has alienated nations and racial groups throughout the world.  America is no longer viewed as a welcoming place.   The White Houses isn’t welcoming to many Americans.

The GOP is in desperate need of Superheros.  George W Bush and Arizona’s John McCain and Bob Corker, Jeff Flake cant do it alone.   The party needs SUPERHEROS Men and Women who will say Donald Trump’s views do not reflect the Republican Party.   Proud Republicans who will say his positions on Muslims, Mexicans, Gays, and the Poor is not who they are as a party!   The GOP dangeriously is teetering near edge.

Memories are long and the pain is deep.  The recovery is likely long,the healing process may take decades.

The Trump Administration’s basement doesn’t appear to have a bottom. Paul Ryan, The Speaker of the House of Representatives response to Donald Trumps latest faux pas was to say it was “Very unfortunate and unhelpful”.   The future of the party isn’t promising.

 

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John McCain: Honor at no extra charge


My mother said dont, send me flowers after I’m gone.  For months,I had planned to write about Senator John McCain a man I have admired since 2008.  Being the master procastinator I am, I’ve waitied until what could be his final days.

Perhaps service wasn’t an option for John Sidney McCain III.  His father,   John Sidney McCain jr and his grandfather John McCain Sr were Admirals.   Everyone knows of his heroic service, capture and torture by the Vietnamese.

I became a fan of John McCain in 2008 when he was running against Barack Obama.  After defeating Hillary Clintion in the primaries, I chose to support Obama.

I always loved politics.  Politicians generally play it safe, playing to audience where they have support.  John McCain got my full attention when he visited Memphis Tennessee to commemorate the death of Martin Luther King Jr.      Congressman McCain, voted against establishing a holiday for Dr King, saying it wasn’t nessarary to have another federal holiday, it was too expensive and other “President’s ‘ weren’t recoginized.  In fact, Arizona did not honor the holiday until in 1993.

So there he was in Memphis, courting black voters, having a press conference at the Lorraine Motel where Dr King was killed.   There he was in hostile territory being booed and heckled.  He said he was wrong for voting against the holiday.

Now some may say his trip to Memphis was a desperate attempt to woo black voters, others a photo opt.   But I don’t remember a single politician attending an  event where he knew, he would face an hostile audience.  John McCain did!

   I later learned he often stood alone. This was evident at a rally where one of his supporters said “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him,  he’s an Arab.”  Most politicians would have been silent.   But the Gentleman from Arizona corrected her.  He said his opponate was a decent family man, a citizen that he just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.   “He is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as President ,”  “If I didn’t think I’d be one heck of a better President I wouldn’t be running, and that’s the point. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments, I will respect him. I want everyone to be respectful, and let’s make sure we are. Because that’s the way politics should be conducted in America.   

This wasn’t well received by members of his campaign committee and members of his party. In fact, he was bood by some of his supporters in the audience.

I began following the man who was often a thorn for some in his party.  A man who was well respected on both sides of the aisle.

The Senator, the Gentleman from Arizona, stood alone aganist his party as he was one of the few who challenged our current President.  His loyality to the people outweighed his loyalty to his party.    

Again, some might say its personal.  The candidate said he wasn’t a hero.  But those who know McCain, say’s it isn’t personal, its John McCain.

These are ugly times in the nation, our leaders have openly participated in dividing a nation.  It’s grade school , where if your his friend, he can’t be mine! Leaders of the parties have said you will NOT be seen socializing or talking to members of the other party.

John McCain(Republican) and former Vice President Joe Biden’s(Democrat) friendship has lasted nearly 40 years

A few months ago, he was diagnosed with an aggressive tumor called glioblastoma a brain tumor.   It was the same tumor that took Biden’s son Drew in 2015.

Biden appeared on ” The View” Wednesday.  McCain daughter Megan is one of the panelist.   Taking her hand he said “One of the things that gave Beau courage was John. You may remember, when you were a little kid, your dad took care of my Beau. Beau talked about your dad’s courage. Not about the illness, but about his courage.”

Vice President Biden,breifly talked about his best friend, the disagreements they’ve had through the years and how solid that friendship is today.

The days have been difficult for the McCain family. After the dianoses, others may have retired, but they aren’t John McCain.   Staffers senses he’s tired, but he smiles and tells jokes.

I have long admired mavericks, individuals who aren’t rubber stamps.  There aren’t enought of them.  It inst easy to stand alone and disagree.  It takes a lot of courage. There are few John McCains in the world.  I hope he survives for personal reasons.  America needs him RIGHT NOW!

I try not to live my life assuming.  Assuming that they know.   Using real words, I tell my family and those in my circle I care for them, I love them.   As my mother said, at the funeral its a bit late.  

This is simply a check list for me, all self serving.   I will never meet Senator McCain and he will never see this blog about him and how much I admire him as an invidudual.   All the best to him and his family.

   Check!

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Lets create a war with Korea. Perhaps this will slow the Russian Investigation


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Far fetched? 

Based on everything that has happened (so far) with the Trump administration is this the idea far fetched?

Yesterday,  North Korea Minister Ri Youg Ho accused Donald Trump of declaring war with his country after tweeting ” North Korea wont be around much longer”

“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make all self-defensive counter measures, including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers at any time even when they are not yet inside the aerospace border of our country,” Ri said.
Earlier today, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said North Korea appears to have boosted defenses on its east coast.
Meanwhile, as White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was playing defense saying the US had not declared war.  President Trump was tweeting up a storm about the NFL, criticizing Puerto Rico and John McCain.
As the Russian Investigation continues we learn the White House is resisting Mueller’s request for documents  including documents and emails relating to the dismissals of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Comey, as well as Trump’s Oval Office meeting with senior Russian officials in which he said Comey’s firing eased pressure on the White House.
We’ve learned at least six of Trumps closest advisers occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters.

Jared Kushner, Stephen Bannon, Reince Priebus, Gary D Cohn, Stephen Miller and daughter Ivanka Trump.

Officials are supposed to use government emails for their official duties so their conversations are available to the public and those conducting oversight. But it is not illegal for White House officials to use private email accounts as long as they forward work-related messages to their work accounts so they can be preserved.

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The Republians Pledging Their Allegiance to Donald Trump?


If your a political junkie 2016 has been the WTF? of the decade.  Everyone is scratching their heads.    The Grand Ole Party has had its share of fringe candidates but who could Trump, TRUMP!

Many people are drawn to his celebrity . We know a something about celebrity here in California.

In 2002, Californians were angry. We like most Americans, we took the availability of power for granted.  Push a button and there was power, click a switch and there was light. The problem, as California grew from 30 to nearly 40 million people, power did not keep up with demand. They were no significant power facilities built in the state for years. California was buying  power from other states.  So one day the lights went out. Communities up and down the state suffered brownouts. Many companies invested in back up generators to keep their businesses operating.

While Governor Gray Davis was not responsible for the inaction of the Democratic and Republicans leadership before him.  He was the current Governor, his  explanations did not go over well with Californians.  Not well at all, on October 7th 2003 Governor Davis became the first Governor recalled in California and only the second Governor successfully recalled in the United States.

Enter, body builder, Actor, businessman, Arnold Schwarzenegger  announced he was running for Governor on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.   He was going to improve things in the state.   His rallies where large. While his rivals ,Cruz Bustamantee and Tom McClintock had specific plans for the state. Schwarzenegger said , he would tell citizens after he was elected .

With 48% of the vote Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in on November 17, 2003 he  completed Davis Term . Governor Schwarzenegger approval rating was 89% in December 2003. In 2006, he re-elected. At the end of his term his approval rating of 23% was the second lowest in states history, only one percent higher than Gray Davis.

Arnold Schwarzenegger will replace Donald Trump in the next season of The Apprentice .

The GOP has a Trump problem.  If they support him they risk losing the Senate

.Arizona Senator John McCain’s  seat on the has been safe for many years. A seat he has held for nearly 30 years. Most polls show  him in a statistical tie with his Democratic Rival Ann Kirkpatrick..

“If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona, with over 30 percent of the vote being the Hispanic vote, no doubt that this may be the race of my life,” McCain said, according to Politico. “If you listen or watch Hispanic media in the state and in the country, you will see that it is all anti-Trump. The Hispanic community is roused and angry in a way that I’ve never seen in 30 years.”

McCain is not alone. While there are 10 Democrats Incumbents, there are 24 Republicans seats in the Senate.

Washington Democrats wasted no time this week trying to tie congressional Republicans facing re-election to Donald Trump, now that he’s the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Their major focus appears to be the Senate, considering they have to win a net total of four seats to retake control of the chamber, though the more outside chance of also flipping the House now seems more attainable.

Democrats will have plenty of soundbites and video clips of Trump talking about Muslims, women and other politically-sensitive issues in ways that party members will find offensive.

However, linking him and his remarks to vulnerable GOP incumbents right away will be more difficult, considering few have endorsed Trump — the lone Republican presidential candidate after his commanding win Tuesday in Indiana forced out primary rivals Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

“There’s no going back for vulnerable incumbents and candidates who’ve pledged to support Trump,” the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said Wednesday. “Now they have the herculean task of explaining their own out-of-touch records while running alongside their party’s new standard bearer: a divisive and dangerous personality.”

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The barn door is open, the fences are down . Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee. If your a republican up for re-election and you align too closely with Trump you may offend women and minorities.If you stand to far ,you will offend Trump supporters. With Hispanics and other minority groups registering in large numbers.   By all accounts four states Arizona, Texas, Colorado and Florida will turn from red to blue by 2020.  2016 could turn out the be the least challenging election cycle for the GOP for years to come. The GOP might look to California ,the home of Ronald Reagan, to see its future.  A state where they once were a powerful party.

CityFella

Net Fiction ( finding the truth through the creamy nougat layers of BS)


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In 1978, most Americans got there news via ABC, NBC, and CBS and through American Newspapers. Today everything everyone is news.  In addition to traditional news outlets ,social media is news.

For forty dollars are less, your a news outlet.  With a clever name (Huffington Post or Sacratomatoville Post)  you may be a news authority.

Say it loud enough, other bloggers may repost your story.A few years ago Justin Bieber, Canada’s bad kid was dominating the newscape. A blogger wrote at story about Bieber getting his ass kicked by a professional baseball player.  We found the story while it was hot and was planning to repost the article.    We were late, the story was all over social media and was picked up by a few major outlets.     But the story wasn’t true.  The picture was altered.  The ballplayer said it didn’t happen and Bieber was never in the area.  We fact check our stories, life being imperfect, every now and than we miss a few.

Last night,  MSNBC host Rachel Maddow exposed and possibly embarrassed DT on the eve of the GOP Presidential Debate.   The group hosting the event ” Veterans for a Strong America in Southern California.   DT’s appearance aboard the USS Iowa, was an event benefiting Veterans for a Strong America , with tickets ranging between $100 and $1,000.

What she discovered,the “veterans group” was an apparent one-man organization.   Maddow said, the Federal Election Commission filings for the group’s PAC reveal that, besides having only $30 cash in hand and $318 in debts, the organization’s only member is founder Joel Arends.

 Arends introduced DT at the rally Tuesday night and gave him the endorsement saying that they usually don’t endorse candidates until after the primary season is over. “VSA recognizes Mr. T as holding exceptional positions on national security and veterans issues, and equally recognizes Mr. T as an inherent leader capable of achieving mission success,” Arends said in a statement. T claimed at the event that Veterans for a Strong America has hundreds of thousands of members, but it appears to be only one person.
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What we learned via Linkedin , Facebook and other sources.

Joel Arends is an attorney based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Arends served in Iraqi war 2003-2005 . He is married ,with three children.  He reports he was Chairman of Lincoln County South Dakota Republican Party.  Executive Director of Vet of Freedom and  Field Director of the Bush Cheney campaign in 2000. Many of the dates in his Linkedin account overlap. He has been Chairman of Veterans for a Strong America  since January of 2010.

Mission Statement:  Veterans for a Strong America is a non-partisan action organization dedicated to educating the public, members of Congress and the Executive Branch about the importance of growing the world’s strongest, most robust economy, strengthening and modernizing America’s Armed Forces, implementing a common-sense national energy policy, implementing responsible intelligence reform and strengthening the ability of America’s law enforcement agencies to prosecute terrorism on a global battlefield; all in the name of keeping America safe and strong.

Veterans for a Strong America is a source of a reference for Fox News.  VSA’s hot buttons is Bin Laden ,Benghazi and Hillary’s emails.

The group is suing the State Department for Clinton’s emails and phone logs for around the time of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.  (Dailycaller)

There are may You tube videos,the only representative on those videos is Arends. Supporting Rachel Maddox’ statement. The other videos simply reference the organization.

In 2012, Veterans for a Strong America  hosted events for presidential candidates  Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorium, with the exception of Arends no one associated with VSA appeared on camera or in the audience.

According to OpenSecrets.org, Veterans for a Strong America (2014-2013)has $30 in cash on hand, and $318 in debts.

In 2012, the organization received $156,120. The group donated $125,000 to Mitt Romney and the balance to Senatorial Candidate (ND)Rick Berg.

Despite his words (did I just say that? ) DT wants the support of  Veterans.  His attack on John McCain has never set well with Veterans. So imagine when one veterans group came to his defense.

“Don’t get me wrong, I think John McCain is strong on veterans’ issues,” said Joel Arends, chairman of  Veterans for a Strong America, which defended DT over the weekend in a statement that his campaign issued in a news release. “The problem is not John McCain’s record. The problem is how do we run government and is government going to be responsive to men and women who’ve laid their lives on the line for this country,” Mr. Arends said, adding that he believed DT had hit a nerve by identifying the inefficiencies and breakdowns in veterans’ services.

 Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, tweeted after the event,”Just learned Trump did an event today announcing he’s been endorsed by a vets group that nobody’s ever heard of. w/out a real vets platform. Are they a 501c3/c19? Have they ever testified on the hill? Do they have any real programs? What have they done? These are questions to ask.”https://twitter.com/PaulRieckhoff/status/643980079635148800


“In an interview with ThinkProgress, Arends refused to discuss any information regarding how the group was financed or its leadership. Arends also declined to provid legal forms he claims to have file with the IRS. A representative from the IRS told ThinkProgress that the agency does not have any forms from Arends’ group on file.”


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