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HOW TRUMP “TORTURED” MITT ROMNEY by “Hammerhand”

HOW TRUMP “TORTURED” MITT ROMNEY by “Hammerhand”

Roger Stone:  “Trump arranged Secretary of State meeting to ‘torture’ Mitt [Romney]. Our president-elect is a cruel man.”     And he surrounds himself with​ cruel people.   Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Donald Trump, says “the president-elect interviewed Mitt Romney for the secretary of State position just to torture him for his former criticism.” Donald Trump was interviewing Mitt Romney for secretary of State in order to torture him. To toy with him.   And given the history, that’s completely understandable. Mitt Romney crossed a line. He didn’t just oppose Trump, which is his democratic right, he called him a “phony, a fraud and a con man.” And that’s not the kind of man you want as Secretary of State.   “That’s completely understandable” …Straight from the hell-spawned horse’s mouth: “torture” as vengeance is “completely understandable”.   And now we hear that Trump went so far as to call Mitt in order to tell him he is not​ going to be Secretary of State. President-elect Donald Trump called 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday to tell him he won’t be named as Secretary of State because a president-elect using his second-most-powerful appointment as a vindictive slight against a perceived rival is so totally “bigly” a presidential thing to do.   Barf. [This article is reprinted with permission of Daily Kos, where it first appeared in their December 11, 2016 edition.  Opinions of Daily Kos are not always the position of Columnist With a View.]... read more
A PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY THROUGH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE by Maria Deneau

A PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY THROUGH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE by Maria Deneau

Repeating stories multiple times may be normal for some seniors who are active and lead fulfilling lives–a natural part of aging–but that was NOT normal for my quick-witted, sometimes sharp-tongued mother.  It was just that small shift in her behavior that made me stop in my tracks more than once when having conversations with her that usually ended up in frustration for us both. One afternoon in 2002 while she was babysitting my son for me, she called and asked if she could give my toddler a peanut butter cup.  That’s when I had that awful sense of dread and my pulse quickened.  My son has a high peanut allergy and she knew this.  So began the slow spiral of watching my beautiful mom dwindle away to Alzheimer’s Disease–and watching the startling impact that it would have on my father as well. Today, Mom resides in a skilled nursing facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Dad goes to see her almost every day.  She has no memory (or at least any that make sense in her “babbling speak”) or ability to do anything for herself and requires 24-hour-care.  She is at the end stages of Alzheimer’s.  The Search for the Right Fit Getting Mom to her current “home” was not easy by any stretch, and I wonder how much worse it could have been had I not been a professional in Geriatric-Healthcare.  I currently work in Michigan for the nation’s largest home health and hospice provider as a home health specialist, coordinating new patients and helping them transition home from a hospital or skilled nursing facility, and also by partnering... read more
RUTH BADER GINSBERG, MEDIA OUTRAGE, AND DOUBLING DOWN ON TRUMP CRITICISM by Joan McCarter

RUTH BADER GINSBERG, MEDIA OUTRAGE, AND DOUBLING DOWN ON TRUMP CRITICISM by Joan McCarter

[Editor’s Note:  For those of you who have not been following the brouhaha over Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments concerning the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, here’s a review from Washington (CNN) followed by line of comments.  This material is used with the permission of Daily Kos.  Readers are invited to go to:  Daily Kos.com for a complete list of comments, explanatory, argumentive and otherwise.] Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t going to let the vapors of the traditional media over her comments about Donald Trump make her stop talking. Washington (CNN)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s well-known candor was on display in her chambers late Monday, when she declined to retreat from her earlier criticism of Donald Trump and even elaborated on it.”He is a faker,” she said of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, going point by point, as if presenting a legal brief. “He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.”Trump is, of course, tweeting his outrage, which pretty much proves her point. Chances are she’s not going to let that get to her, either.COMMENT yankeedoodler Paleo Jul 13 · 05:55:18 PM Chief Justice Roberts has — just about sotto voce — said they do [have a code of ethics on the Supreme Court]. But it’s never been examined and ruled on by the “supremes” themselves. Who else would have the authority to do that? In... read more

A YOUNG MAN’S REACTIONS TO THE SHOOTINGS THIS WEEK by David Smith

[EDITOR’S NOTE:  I copied the following Facebook post from a young man whom I know and admire. David Smith comes from the same county (Fayette) in West Virginia I did.  He is a local (Huntington WV), extremely talented screen-writer, director and movie producer. He is also an exceptionally sensitive, loving and caring person. I don’t think David will mind if I reprint his words here. They are reflective of how so many of us feel right now, and they are worth the time of our national and international readers. I did not attempt to illustrate the piece because I did not want to distract from its heartfelt meaningfulness, starkness, suffering and relevance. Thanks, David, for sharing your thoughts!] “I don’t know really know what to do. I don’t really know what to say. Even if I knew what to say, I don’t want to *just* say something, you know? I want to do something. But I don’t know what to do. And I almost don’t even want to vent, because if I vent, it will alleviate the anger and sadness, at least a little, and I’m not sure if those are feelings that should be alleviated right now. Even just a little. I will try to say something though, because maybe if we keep saying and posting things, eventually something will be done and the world will become a better place. Here’s how I experienced the news yesterday. I knew there were shootings. I’ve gotten back in the practice of skimming headlines in the morning and saving important and interesting ones to read later. I saw the news in... read more