Archive for Friday, February 17, 2017

Letter to the editor: A good night’s sleep

February 17, 2017


To the editor:

Amid descriptions of chaos and disorder and aimless wanderings in the White house, the New York Times also reported that Donald J. Trump claims that he "was not fully briefed on the contents of the Executive Order" he signed that put Steve Bannon on the National Security Council, that the paper was just put in front of him and he signed it and no one briefed him on it. (Later, of course, he tweetlashed the "failing" @nytimes for writing "total fiction" about him, but this sort of Trumpian reaction is so typical that it can be safely ignored here.)

Whether you believe that Trump truly did not know what he was signing or whether you believe he's lying about not knowing what he was signing, well, neither alternative paints a picture of a man who is fit to lead the United States of America or, indeed, any country. It’s not hard to imagine other scenarios in which he signs executive orders he hasn’t been briefed on that place us all in life-threatening situations.

Is this enough? Is this is the final straw? Is this what it takes for us all to agree that it’s time to remove Trump and Pence and Bannon and their billionaires and unqualified appointees and replace them with a governing body that can restore dignity and order and true security to our country? I hope so. I could use a good night’s sleep.


Bob Smith 4 days, 1 hour ago

Calling for an insurrection, are we? How very precious.

Ken Lassman 3 days, 23 hours ago

Read what Randi says: "remove Trump and Pence and Bannon....and replace them with a governing body that can restore dignity and order and true security to our country."

Impeachment with a guilty verdict can result in removal without an ounce of violence. To suggest anything different from that is an implication that is entirely yours.

Bob Smith 3 days, 19 hours ago

"....To suggest anything different from that is an implication that is entirely yours..." Tell that to the masked goobers blocking traffic, throwing bricks and setting things on fire.

Ken Lassman 3 days, 18 hours ago

...which also has absolutely nothing to do with Randi's letter, thank you. So you can tell those violent protesters of your theory all you want, but stop trying to pull Randi, myself or others into your accusations. Investigating the grounds for the nonviolent, legal removal of an ineffective leader is very different from your suggestion of a violent insurrection.

Scott Burkhart 3 days, 23 hours ago

I would caution you, Mr. Hacker, to not so quickly accept leaked reports out of the White House. There are people disseminating information, real or not, that have nothing but animus for the President and would love nothing more than to make people like you unable to sleep at night so that you support something stupid like what governments do in banana republics. Just say what you mean, your candidate lost and you are so upset with everything that President Trump does that you would be willing to tear down the framework of our Republic just to have YOUR choice of a President occupy the White House. Well, that isn't how it works.

You need to find a new candidate to support and engage in the arena of ideas, not hyperbole. Good luck with that.

Greg Cooper 3 days, 17 hours ago

And you, Scott and all your brethren, need to take off your blinders and really look at what is going on in the White House. If even some of what is reported is true, Trump and the crew have absolutely no business being at the head of the government. This isn't about who lost the election, other than the nation as a whole, regardless of your political bent. This is about an inept, unschooled man using the country as a sop to his unending ego. We know he has lied, from the first days of his campaign, and continues to do so. We know he has deflected one of his lies by saying he "hadn't been told" what was in the documents she signed. We know that his at least two of his cabinet picks didn't pass muster and that others are uniquely unqualified to serve in their positions.

This man isn't even a great business man, in the long run. He has taken down business partners, investors, employees, all in the name of his ego and inability to admit he was in over his head. He is one step ahead of the law (or may have, by now, lost even that advantage). Scott, the mere appearance of impropriety in the President is reason to investigate, and there is far more than appearance in much of his rein.

It's time to stop. Elect another Repressive, if we must, but get this guy away from the nucleart button, out of foreign policy, and away from the treasury.

Scott Burkhart 2 days, 22 hours ago

Says you. Your problem is you believe all of those lying, very fake news outlets that are an echo chamber for your point of view. Don't ever lecture me about the "appearance of impropriety," after what Barack Obama permitted under his watch and what Hil-liar-y Clinton did while SOS. Suck it up, buttercup. There is a new sheriff in town and his name is "The Donald."

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 days, 21 hours ago

Scott........Please provide evidence (real, please) for your false accusations that the news outlets are "lying".

This is a tactic that Hitler used to grow the Third Reich. Very appropriate for the supporters of the new "Fourth Reich" we are witnessing.

Scott Burkhart 2 days, 10 hours ago

Fred, the only activity I see occurring that resembles Nazi Germany is the anarchists that call themselves "Resist Trump" that are physically assaulting people and destroying private property in the process. I would ask you this; if a news outlet prints a story that has verifiable facts but uses those facts produce a false narrative, is that fake news

Greg Cooper 2 days, 20 hours ago

Lecturing you, Scott? If that word is what passes in your world for factual posting, the, yeah, I guess I am. So, why not take up the challenge and cite the factual errors in the press's treatment of Trump. You have the intelligence to find them, so show the courage to cite them.

And, Scott, unlike you, I don't take every "liberal" press release for fact until I actually investigate them. "Alternative facts" are not those upon which I base my opinions, unlike many in this country. And, if Trump ever does something that is good for the nation, I'll be in line to say so. I do want the nation and its leaders to succeed, unlike your guys with Obama. But you'll dispute all of this statement, too, without any proof that I said anything untrue.

Scott Burkhart 2 days, 10 hours ago

Ok. How about in yesterday's paper, the AP story on the administration using 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal aliens. This story was refuted and proved to be a low level memo that never saw the light of day with the administration but that isn't what the headline OR the story leads you believe. FAKE NEWS.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 days, 21 hours ago

Well, beat me to it........again!! But what you describe is the result of clueless voters, people (including children) who today are welded to their cute plastic electric toys wandering around with their faces glued to a small screen......... and into a busy street or over a cliff.

Trump spent a lot of stupid attempts to try to decertify, denigrate and destroy the previous President of the United States. And his "supporters" took the bait, Mrs. Clinton was pretty much the same as the previous President.

A significant enough group of these people thought this brash loud mouthed sex offender was a great choice over the previous black non-citizen Muslim President of the United States.

They voted for the braying jackass. And here we are.

The relief of impeachment cannot come soon enough.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 days, 21 hours ago


Trump wants to mobilize 100,000 National Guard troops to locate and deport "illegal" "immigrants" (according to" Newsmax" the Republican trumpet section)

HITLER, AGAIN!!!!!!! I know that most folks who are not familiar with the Third Reich "(Godwin flag"...there....I beat you to it!!!) will not know about Hitler's "Nacht und Nebel" (Night and Fog) squads to round up his enemies and haul them to the concentration death camps.

Welcome to the Fourth Reich!!! (This is not an imaginary thing), Hitler was actually planning this if he could escape the Allies at the end of the war. (World War II for those who lost their history books).

Bob Smith 3 days, 19 hours ago

Your excessive use of scare quotes is alarming.

Greg Cooper 3 days, 17 hours ago

Your excessive use of comments that have nothing to do with the subject is alarming.

Scott Burkhart 2 days, 10 hours ago

News flash!! Fake news. This report has already been debunked!! Hahahaha! As far as braying jackasses, it take one to know one. Hahahahahahah!!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 days, 20 hours ago

,” Trump tweeted. “Rush Limbaugh said one of greatest ever. Fake media not happy!”

No comment needed from me.

David Reynolds 3 days, 20 hours ago

This is amazing!

Is our educational system so bad that "reasoning/critical thinking" are not taught or required in our schools?

It's amazing that with all the discredited news coming from the liberal media that no one bothers to question it? Maybe even ignore it when it insults your intelligence? Are the liberals so jaded and full of remorse that their candidate failed them, that they continue to fantasize about President Trump being this Ogre, and thus consume the trash published by sources like the MSM?

By now I have come to believe the constant assault on President Trump, by the Liberals, is really displaced aggression. They don't dare attack their own so they try to discredit the person who legitimately defeated her.

It's sad really that the Liberals, their globalists & establishment friends, are trying to maintain the status quo...everything that was rejected in the November election.

If the Liberals really thought about it, and followed the money, who was really winning while America was deteriorating? Not the ordinary citizen carrying the banner? it was the 1%'rs.

The ordinary citizens only got social pandering, reduced wages and wealth, lost jobs, while those pulling the strings got rich and laughed. So I hope you enjoy the NYT, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, WP, LAT & other Liberal news sources, maybe they will help you find Nirvana, but then maybe not.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 days, 17 hours ago

One more for the "Liberal" bashing corps. Welcome!! Glad you are here!

Greg Cooper 3 days, 17 hours ago

OK, David, let's play. Would you please cite some of "all the discredited news coming from the liberal media"?

"It was all the 1%'rs". The very ones Trump has picked to help the other 99% do better? Just how is that going to work? And don't play to the "trickle down" card, because even you know that doesn't work. And how about the greatest job creation since Eisenhower under the Democrats? Just not a factor? Of course not, because that is fact and not "alternative fact". Your last paragraph is rife with talking points. But that's all you guys have to use, so I guess that's OK with you.

Greg Cooper 2 days, 20 hours ago

Still waiting, Mr. Reynolds. Is your Google machine that slow, or do you just have enough integrity to acknowledge truth sometimes?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 days, 14 hours ago

Would you like to be specific on what fake news? On another forum I was told that Trump didn't ask a Black reporter if she would set up a meeting with the CBC, even though there is video that showed that he did do that. There is video of him saying he earned more electoral votes than anyone since Reagan, but his numbers are wrong. And there is video of him saying it. It's not fake news. Is it fake news when there is video showing it? Did you even watch him yesterday?

John McQuitty 3 days, 19 hours ago

Yes Randi and Fred, it was the devils choice. Two worse candidates for President is hard to imagine. But, the fact is Donald Trump won the last election by the rules in place at the time - read the Constitution. The constant harping, calls for replacing him, et al, demonstrating against him - particularly after the election results were announced are more demonstrations against the US democratic process than against the newly elected president. That process is one of the cornerstones of the US that all of us are supposed to live by. Wars have been fought to maintain it.

Granted the fact that Hillary Clinton lost was/is like touching the third rail in the New York subway - a heckuva shock to the system. But the fact is Donald Trump won. He is our president, like it or not. If you want to change that or to mitigate it, work through the Congress to pass laws you like and to repeal ones you don't, and try again to get your candidate for president elected four years from now. That's democracy at work. Rantng and raving will not do it.



Greg Cooper 3 days, 17 hours ago

Not a comment that deals with the LTE. Yes, he won. OK, good for him. But bad for the country. Really watch various news sources and then tell me what good is going to come from his presidency? That's the measure of his success, and, so far, his success matches his little hands, if you know what I mean. That's what this letter is about, and not the election process or results. So, go back to square one and refute the letter rather than play the "I won so everything is OK" card.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 days, 14 hours ago

Yes, he did win the election, as he keeps reminding us over and over. But if it turns out he was working with the Russians to get elected, or even if any of his staff was working with them, then he has to leave. He is not doing a very good job. He hasn't got it through his head that he is now an employee of the United States, not the head of a business anymore. He has to follow rules and regulations and a pesky thing called the constitution now. And he has to stop talking about the election all the time, and the constant bragging. He is not the best at everything.

John McQuitty 3 days, 19 hours ago

While some folks are ranting against President Trumps use of executive orders, remember that he still has a long way to go to catch up with the number signed by President Obama.



Corey Williams 3 days, 14 hours ago Obama did 276, less than W (291), less than Clinton (361), and less than Reagan (381). That works out to be less than 6 a month. Trump still has four days left in his first month and he's already signed 12.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 days, 17 hours ago

Hey John....welcome to the fray!!! "Third rail in the New York subway" I like that!! Although some Midwesterners might not know about the "shocking experience" you are talking about.

About those "executive orders" of President Obama....Trump railed against them in his campaign BS rather frequently,. And.....then......he turns around and does the very same thing. Wheeeeee!!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 days, 17 hours ago

Let me get serious here for a minute or two...Trump won the election. The 18th century Electoral College functioned as it should. In my opinion, which I have stated before, it should have been eliminated long ago, But I digress.

Trump was an illegitimate candidate. Now before start slinging "Liberal" labels at me, hear me out.

In most any electoral process where there are more than two or three candidates, and there is a possibility that one does not get a MAJORITY of the vote. A runoff election is usually called for with the top two or three vote getting candidates. A majority can then be determined..

Trump never was in any primary election where he got more than 30 or a bit more of the vote. He got the MOST....but NEVER got a MAJORITY. This state of affairs falls on the Republican Party many of whom were aghast when this guy got the nomination as a winner of only 30 or so percent of the primary vote.

The solution is obvious.....require a run off election when you have a whole choir loft full of candidates. Not just the one who may have gotten only 20 to 30 percent of the voters preference. Simple, huh?

Well some of you will poise themselves to attack me for this logic. But it is pretty much a standard procedure and was completely ignored by the Republican Party.

Now you see where this gets us.

Greg Cooper 3 days, 17 hours ago

This will get us nowhere until there is a more even split in Congress, Fred. That it sounds like a good idea is reason enough for the Repressives to rail against it, even though, with the number of Repressive voters recently, it might be a great idea for them.

David Reynolds 3 days, 15 hours ago

Fred it's obvious you don't like President Trump, fine!

But concocting some election scheme won't change anything.

Trump won 85% of the counties in the USA. He won MI, Ohio & PA.

President Trump won! He is legitimate!

The sooner the Liberals stop acting like babies, and stop whining the better off they will be.

John Middleton 3 days, 14 hours ago

Don't hold your breath on that last sentence, David.

Ken Lassman 3 days, 14 hours ago

David, Last time I checked, electoral votes were the proper criteria for winning a presidential election. Bringing up who won more of the surface area of our country is even less relevant to an election outcome or a mandate than the popular vote.

Corey Williams 3 days, 14 hours ago

"85% of the counties" So, like western Kansas, where 62% of it's counties have less than 10,000 people. Or where 32% have less than 5,000.

Nellane Laney Croan Stussie 3 days, 10 hours ago

So our system should let CA and NY elect all Presidents ... there is something bad in the water in those places.

Corey Williams 2 days, 22 hours ago

People go where they want to go. Maybe places like Greeley County (population 1290 in '13) should do more to get more citizens.

Ken Lassman 2 days, 21 hours ago

Nellane, I don't know of a better system than one person one vote for a democracy to use, with as many eligible voters participating. I'm not sure what you are proposing as an alternative: do what Pol Pot communists did in Cambodia and empty the cities into forced labor camps in the countryside?

Scott Burkhart 2 days, 9 hours ago

The answer is simple, Ken. If you remove New York City and Los Angeles County from the popular vote, Trump wins. I do not want these two, major population centers deciding a national election. Period.

Ken Lassman 2 days, 8 hours ago

And by what criteria do you remove these two cities? Do you also remove their economic, cultural, historic, impact on the rest of the country? And what does it even mean to remove such diverse complexities from the national and political fabric? You sometimes astound me in your facile attitude about the nature of reality, Scott.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 days, 14 hours ago

All this talk about the election. And Trump can't shut up about it. He is president. He is doing a lousy job of it. He has managed to insult everyone except Putin. He is probably going to do something that gets him impeached, because he is so arrogant and he thinks that being president is being king.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 days, 13 hours ago

Dorothy........I love ya!! We are witnessing the decay and destruction of almost all things that are good and wonderful in our country due to the presence of this vile individual.

Impeachment is the only solution. Who knows if enough Congressmen and Senators will wake up to this terrible truth.. Trump must go while we still have a shred of representative government left. Otherwise the ultimate result is not anything that we as Americans have cherished and respected for all time.

Vile destruction and hateful bigotry and racism have already permeated the population. If not will destroy us.

David Reynolds 3 days, 13 hours ago

Winning the surface area is all that is relevant. The so called Electoral College requires a candidate win the most votes, from the selected state electors, which represent the voters in each state. Thus the "popular vote" is what is not relevant nationally, state wise yes.

In this case the so called electoral college vindicated the founding fathers. They did not want a localized concentration of voters, that did not represent the most states, be elected president.

The founders designed the election process to be representative of all the people, who are represented by their various states.

Ken Lassman 2 days, 21 hours ago

One acre, one vote? Surely you jest, David.

Explain to me again how the process of discounting the voters in urban areas over rural areas is a democratic impulse? Seems to me that our forefathers addressed the urban-rural conflict by making one congressional house population-based (H of R) and one space based (2 senators from each state, regardless of size/population), then by also creating a state and a federal judicial system, each one informing the other in many important ways. To me, having the electoral college coming out with a different conclusion than the popular vote in many recent presidential elections makes it openly suspect as having a bias that is free of an internal set of checks and balances in the way that the legislative and judicial branches have. If we are to continue to use the Electoral College to elect our president, I think state legislatures across the country should strongly consider reforming their electoral college votes to reflect the popular vote, not winner-take-all. Nebraska, our rural state has done such and it is a much more intellectually honest reflection of its inhabitants than who gets a plurality like we do in Kansas and so many other states.

David Reynolds 3 days, 12 hours ago

Tell me Fred who divide the citizens against each other based on race, religion, ethnicity, culture, economics, etc? Who promotes the Political Correctness that is nothing but intolerance of others behaviors? Who promotes illegal aliens taking American jobs?

I could go on...

Greg Cooper 2 days, 20 hours ago

Answers to your questions: Trump, Trump, the employers who hire them and subvert immigration law. Anything else?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 days, 11 hours ago

"Arizona Sen. John McCain delivered a series of blows to President Donald Trump Friday during a speech in Germany, and at one point he compared today's political atmosphere to the Nazi years of the 1930s and 1940s."

Wait a second here!!......wasn't it McCain who was not a war hero because he allowed himself to be captured?? (gospel according the Trump)

What gives here?? Wave the flag for John McCain, non-war hero.....

(This report was on "Newsmax", one of the trumpet sections for the alt-right. Are they part of the "fake news" crowd???)

David Reynolds 3 days, 10 hours ago

Upon reflection Fred, Trump vs McCain is a one on one critique. What gets lost is McCain lashed out at Trump initially during the campaign & Trump didn't take his guff so he responded. I have always enjoyed the Liberal's & Media's fake indignation of Trump's responses, given some of the things the liberals have done & said.

One can debate their personal grudge match. But it's their grudge match. The media picks it up to try to denigrate President Trump. Trump's not a polished politician, pandering to people just to get votes, like his predecessors, including McCain. That's what his supporters like.

What's different is the Liberals attempt to pit various elements of society against each other to achieve their Liberal agenda...divide and conquer. That's destructive & what was rejected in November, & continues to be rejected today.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 days, 10 hours ago

Answer this question, David. Do you feel that the president of the US has unlimited power, and doesn't have to pay attention to the constitution? Is the president a civil servant or an absolute ruler?

John McQuitty 3 days, 9 hours ago

Well, I guess some folks can be outraged by just about anything any more. Trump may be a bad president....or a good one, but we are still a nation of laws, not insurrections - and thank God for that. Yes, he's flawed, crude, obnoxious, etc. The GOP is flawed also - 40 or so futile votes to repeal Obamacare, but now we find there is no alternative plan - yet. What the heck have they been doing all this time? Best way to get rid of Obamacare was/is to have a better plan - that brings healthcare to ALL Americans - and not just in the emergency room. But Hillary was/is also flawed. She had lots of baggage - secretive, manipulative, self aggrandizing, distainful of the military (since college),, etc., etc, etc.

Having now seen the results of these two on center stage, maybe next time both parties will put forth better candidates. Yes, I think Trump is going to be a problem. He will make many mistakes, hopefully not grandly huge ones. The best thing he could do right now is to shut down his twitter account. That would be a wonderful start.

Now about Hillary - I certainly agree that it is abhorrent that ANY foreign country would try to influence any of our elections, but remember even if the Russions hacked the DNC, nothing they produced was classified. It was just embarrassing secrets that DNC thought would remain secret. Proper answer - If you don't want embarrassing secrets put out to the public, don't have embarrassing secrets. As far as FBI investigations, if there was no private email server, and if ALL the emails had been given up when Congress asked for them, there would have been nothing to investigate. When she said in a speech that she always prefers to have a public position and a private position, how would anyone know what her real position is? When over half of her meetings as Sec of State were with donors to the Clinton Foundation, isn't something fishy with that?

So yes. It was a devils choice. But, it is time to quit ranting., yelling, pouting, and hating. He won. She lost/ She had a message that appealed to the coasties, the smarties, the rightous, and the smug (Hey, she could never lose. What could possibly go wrong?) He had a message that appealed to the deplorables, and the worker bees - even though he's a rich cat of sometimes questionable ethics, but the fact is - he played hard, and he won, by the rules in place for the election.

So, I ask both the Liberals and the Conservatives to stop being crazy, stop hating each other, and start working together to secure the best for all of us - and for our legal immigrant friends. Stop the rioting, the futile demonstrations, etc., and plan for the next election - with better candidates, and more universally appealing platforms. This one is over - get over it. You can't impeach someone simply because you don't like him/her. You can't have an insurrection - in the US anyway - because your preferred candidate lost. Move on.



David Reynolds 3 days, 8 hours ago

No I don't believe the President has unlimited power.

Obviously you have something on your mind. Would you like to share?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 days, 8 hours ago

Jphn........good post, I agree with most of what you said. As for impeachment, that is usually for serious and illegal actions. Richard Nixon comes to mind, I am old enough to remember Watergate. But he resigned and saved the country from what would have been a very contentious impeachment proceeding. Republicans tried it on Bill Clinton, but did not succeed in that attempt.

Trump is disgusting and offensive to me. But as of now has not committed any impeachable offensives at least for now. But the ragged behavior and questionable selection of some of his associates certainly begs some comment, they are not the sort of public servants we normally expect. Yes, he won by the election system we have in place, but that is wrong and should be changed. Some here have tried to present defenses to this system, but in my mind, it is past time to do away with a 200 year old system designed to prevent slavery in the south from affecting national elections.

John McQuitty 3 days, 6 hours ago

Thanks David and thanks Fred. I appreciate your comments. Many of us are old enough to remember the sixties. I, for one, do not want to repeat that tumultuous time. Even though today the issues are different, Nixon's personal flaws cost him the presidency. Impeachment is still available, but to be used only in dire emergencies. Maybe Trumps flaws will cost him also, maybe not. Impeachment is embarrassing to all - not just to the impeached. It is a sign of misjudgement on the part of the electorate. We have enough other things to be fixed and to be embarrassed about, but I think there are ways to fix most of those things IF we can work together within the system of checks and balances, and though our elected officials - and if those officials do not respond, we can change them at the next election. Issues of race, equality, social justice, and so much more need our focused attention. Demonstrations, burning things down, expressions of hatred gets attention, but doesn't really fix things, and often invites pushback. Respectfully exchanging ideas, making friends, fair dealing, and getting to know each other will change things. I've always thought if you are using force - physical or legalities to change things, you are doing something wrong. Change will come by living a life that others will want to emulate and through respectful discussion. Hating or dismissing members of the "other" party is a form of predjudice we cannot afford, So, if it didn't turn out right, try again, and try better next time. WOW. Sorry. I didn't mean to preach, but those are my views.



David Reynolds 2 days, 23 hours ago

John I also go back a long way...40's.

What I see in the efforts to destroy Trump has little to do with Trump's personality. That's a distraction to try to justify liberal attacks. The reason for the attacks is Trump is going to do what he said.

John McQuitty 2 days, 22 hours ago

David -Yes. And some folks are using pre-emptive strikes to prevent that.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 days, 21 hours ago

John....where did YOU come from?? You show some reason and logic in your posts (like me, ha, ha!). And I do not think I saw the stupid,, hateful and damaging term "liberal" in your post. It is a dodge that some folks use when they have no other useful reply.

In discussing Trump and the disgusting show that he presents as the non-veteran Commander in Chief gets to be pretty disgusting. I still remember someone earlier using the act of touching the third rail (an electrified rail for the subway locomotives) as a response to the election of this person. Not many saw it coming and very few rational folks are much in tune with we have seen to this point.

We are stuck with him, (he is already starting a campaign for re-election) Unless and until impeachment occurs, he will continue to rave and rant and generally behave like the miserable buffoon he is. The news media loves it, it must generate a lot of advertising income.

David Reynolds 2 days, 20 hours ago

Fred isn't it interesting the destructive symbiotic relationship the media has with Trump. The media promotes the a caricature if Trump to try to destroy him. Yet the media reaps big $ using that method. What happens in reality is Trump gets free media & broader coverage of his message.

Thus us why he won the presidency. The media allowed him to get his message out with no cost. Hillary spent a fortune & lost. Trump spent little and won.

Trump plays the media like a fine tuned instrument and wins.

Fred, who is the buffoon?

John McQuitty 2 days, 14 hours ago

Good post, David. You are exactly right in your observation. Fred - I'm twice retired. 26 years with the Army, and another 16 as a DA civilian working for the Air Force. Both our girls went to KU and married Kansas guys. Both their families are in the area, including many of the grandkids, hence, we are also here. Young son and his family are in the Denver area. In the Army I was both enlisted and officer. For the AF I managed the AF Intelligence Officer Course until retirement. My family moved from Springfield, Mo years ago to San Diego where I grew up - grand parents are from Kansas going way back. went to San Diego State - and several others over the years - BS and some grad work. I have observed over the years that regardless of what the espouse, both the far right and the far left tend to use the same type of strategies. Lately it has been more like tribalism with the other "side" seen as enemies. I think we get much more done if we can work together - taking good ideas from wherever they may come. In my travels, I have found that at the core level people are much more alike that they are different. All have the same needs and desires. If we don't let political tribalism get in the way, se can get lots done and all be happier. Just me.



Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 days, 11 hours ago

Thanks for the encouragement, John...The big mistake that I made was not staying in the Navy. I could have retired over 20 years ago. Even though I did not stay in the Navy, I could have had a civil service job also with benefits of government retirement, I was a clerk and typist in the Navy. But when I came back to Lawrence, the friend I had followed up here to work with a local company had left and returned to Oklahoma. I should have taken the hint and followed him back. The local job I had (I will not identify it) was a dead end on the road to nowhere. Not my current employment, but the way. I finally found great and satisfying employment about 6 years ago in Lawrence.

I guess I give the picture of some sort of screaming fool on this forum, but in witnessing what is happening these days in the National Government,.....well..... It needs some screaming and yelling. It is disgusting and deplorable to me. I only have to laugh at some of the contributors to this forum screaming "LIBERAL!!" at me. I take positions on both sides of some issues, and am willing to discuss any of them with anyone in a sane and respectful manner.

What is done is done and I can only hope that the country will survive. I am 73 years old and may not live to see what ever comes of this situation.

Richard Aronoff 2 days, 11 hours ago

The New York Times is one of the reasons that the main stream media's approval rating is somewhere between herpes and a heart attack.

John McQuitty 1 day, 16 hours ago

Richard - "...somewhere between herpes and a heart attack." Nice line and very evocative. Fred - Don't be to hard on yourself. There is a time when you have to take a stand and firmly state your opinion. Just be sure how you state it does not cause push back and "digging in of heels," which will make it harder to gain support for your cause. I understand that frustration and keeping it bottled up causes stress. I sometimes have to just take a walk in the woods and let it all out. My dog gets an earful, but she still seems to like me, and the trees don't talk back much either..



John McQuitty 1 day, 15 hours ago

I will (hopefully) bring this to an end by noting that there ARE people in this world that mean to harm us. We do need to protect ourselves and our country from them. Trumps pause in bringing in more immigrants is inconvenient - but it is just a pause, not a permanent stop.. It says more about us than about the immigrants. We simply don't have an effective means of knowing who is friendly and who is not, and so far our agencies have failed us in that regard. Right now illegals in the US says more about our failure to enforce our existing laws than any desire of illegal immigrants to "take over." Since the lack of effective enforcement in the past is "on us" - and not "on them," there should be a path for citizenship at some point. Yes, I have some ideas how - for another time.

Regardless of what party is in "power.," we DO need a strong military. Military folks are NOT a bunch of thugs marading around trying to do harm. In fact, they are some of the most peace-loving people around - especially those who have seen war up close. However, unilaterally quitting a war, :picking up our marbols and going home," is not stopping a war. It is giving up - capitulating. Making threats and "red line" and not enforcing them encourages our enemies and makes us a paper tiger. Making agreements but getting nothing of value in return is just plain stupid.

I wish we had a perfect President, but some things are like golf - ya gotta play it as it lays - at least until the next election.

Now, I guess I'll alienate everyone. Two years into President Obama's presidency, my observation was that conservatives of the far right, metaphorically, resembled fat, obstructionist toads, blocking everything and emitting toxic fumes. Liberals of the far left resembled a bus load of clowns, careening down a narrow mountain road, throwing money out the windows and laughing hysterically. They also never met a regulation they didn't like. I'm not talking about mainstream conservatives and liberals, but about the "lunatic fringe of both. So we got deadlock. The Tea Party came to town not to get things moving, but to reinforce the obstructionism. Oh, whoop.

Fortunately times have changed, but both parties have done stupid, counterproductive things to get to where we are today. I hope both sides can get back to talking together to SOLVE problems instead of creating more, that is - getting things done - for US - their employers.



John McQuitty 1 day, 15 hours ago

Wow! My typing is horrendous, but once posted I can't seem to make corrections. Oh well. It's the thought that counts, I guess (I hope).



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