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Could have had Yale Law graduate, lawyer, First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States, two-time New York Senator, and Secretary of State.

2016 is proof a less qualified man can still beat the most qualified woman (even if she is the most qualified person –man or woman– to ever run for the Presidency). A woman has to play the game at so many levels to even be considered a capable candidate. Trump is a 4-times bankrupt propaganda artist that inherited his wealth from his Father.

But instead Middle America stole the election from the 3 million majority through the use of an archaic system known as the electoral college. Both of the last two Republican Presidents lost the popular vote. On the contrary, Obama won both the electoral college *AND* the popular vote.

Now we are stuck with a man far more dangerous than George W. Bush. Instead of opting for the most qualified candidate in history, we got the biggest con-man of all-time. Trump is in over his head and admits it: “I thought being President would be much easier.” – what a joke!

Hillary saw how hard the job was up close and personal twice – first with her husband and then with Obama. And yet she still wanted the job.

Elections have consequences. Buckle up!

Trump has been sued more than Obama, Bush and Clinton combined since taking office

  • President Donald Trump has been sued 134 times in federal court since assuming the presidency in January, the Boston Globe reported Friday.
  • That’s nearly three times as many lawsuits as his three most recent predecessors combined, according to the Globe, and an average of more than one suit per day of his still-young presidency. Read more. (5/6/17, 12:53 PM)
where was your suffering?

Facebook gets a bad rap, but there’s a lot of serious shit going down there these days.  Via a friend’s reposting:


From Scott Mednick, when a Facebook friend told him, “We suffered for 8 years. Now it’s your turn.”

Scott’s reply:


"I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me. That of course is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone. Your statement seems to continue an ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The election is over. It is important to get past campaigning and campaign rhetoric and get down to what is uniting not dividing and what is best for ALL Americans.

There will never be a President who does everything to everyone’s liking. There are things President Obama (and President Clinton) did that I do not like and conversely there are things I can point to that the Presidents Bush did that I agree with. So I am not 100% in lock step with the outgoing President but have supported him and the overall job he did.

And, if you recall, during the Presidential Campaign back in 2008 the campaign was halted because of the "historic crisis in our financial system.” Wall Street bailout negotiations intervened in the election process. The very sobering reality was that there likely could be a Depression and the world financial markets could collapse. The United States was losing 800,000 jobs a month and was poised to lose at least 10 million jobs the first year once the new President took office. We were in an economic freefall. So let us recall that ALL of America was suffering terribly at the beginning of Obama’s Presidency.

But I wanted to look back over the last 8 years and ask you a few questions. Since much of the rhetoric before Obama was elected was that he would impose Sharia Law, Take Away Your Guns, Create Death Panels, Destroy the Economy, Impose Socialism and, since you will agree that NONE of this came to pass,

I was wondering:
Why have you suffered so?

So let me ask:
Gays and Lesbians can now marry and enjoy the benefits they had been deprived of. Has this caused your suffering?

When Obama took office, the Dow was 6,626. Now it is 19,875. Has this caused your suffering?

We had 82 straight months of private sector job growth - the longest streak in the history of the United States. Has this caused your suffering?

Especially considering where he the economy was when he took over, an amazing 11.3 million new jobs were created under President Obama (far more than President Bush). Has this caused your suffering?

Obama has taken Unemployment from 10% down to 4.7%. Has this caused your suffering?

Homelessness among US Veterans has dropped by half. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama shut down the US secret overseas prisons. Has this caused your suffering?

President Obama has created a policy for the families of fallen soldiers to have their travel paid for to be there when remains are flown home. Has this caused your suffering?

We landed a rover on Mars. Has this caused your suffering?

He passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Has this caused your suffering?

Uninsured adults has decreased to below 10%: 90% of adults are insured - an increase of 20 Million Adults. Has this caused your suffering?

People are now covered for pre-existing conditions. Has this caused your suffering?

Insurance Premiums increased an average of $4,677 from 2002-2008, an increase of 58% under Bush. The growth of these
insurance premiums has gone up $4,145 – a slower rate of increase. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama added Billions of dollars to mental health care for our Veterans. Has this caused your suffering?

Consumer confidence has gone from 37.7 to 98.1 during Obama’s tenure. Has this caused your suffering?

He passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Has this caused your suffering?

His bi-annual Nuclear Summit convinced 16 countries to give up and destroy all their loose nuclear material so it could not be stolen. Has this caused your suffering?

He saved the US Auto industry. American cars sold at the beginning of his term were 10.4M and upon his exit 17.5M. Has this caused your suffering?

The deficit as a percentage of the GDP has gone from 9.8% to 3.2%. Has this caused your suffering?

The deficit itself was cut by $800 Billion Dollars. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama preserved the middle class tax cuts. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Has this caused your suffering?

He signed Credit Card reform so that rates could not be raised without you being notified. Has this caused your suffering?

He outlawed Government contractors from discriminating against LGBT persons. Has this caused your suffering?

He doubled Pell Grants. Has this caused your suffering?

Abortion is down. Has this caused your suffering?

Violent crime is down. Has this caused your suffering?

He overturned the scientific ban on stem cell research. Has this caused your suffering?

He protected Net Neutrality. Has this caused your suffering?

Obamacare has extended the life of the Medicare insurance trust fund (will be solvent until 2030). Has this caused your suffering?

President Obama repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Has this caused your suffering?

He banned torture. Has this caused your suffering?

He negotiated with Syria to give up its chemical weapons and they were destroyed. Has this caused your suffering?

Solar and Wind Power are at an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?

High School Graduation rates hit 83% - an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?

Corporate profits are up by 144%. Has this caused your suffering?

He normalized relations with Cuba. Has this caused your suffering?

Reliance on foreign oil is at a 40 year low. Has this caused your suffering?

US Exports are up 28%. Has this caused your suffering?

He appointed the most diverse cabinet ever. Has this caused your suffering?

He reduced the number of troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Has this caused your suffering?

Yes, he killed Osama Bin Laden and retrieved all the documents in his possession for analysis. Perhaps THIS caused your suffering?

From an objective standpoint it would appear that the last 8 years have seen some great progress and we were saved from a financial collapse. Things are not perfect. Things can always be better. We are on much better footing now than we were in 2008.

I look forward to understanding what caused you to suffer so much under Obama these last 8 years.“

There’s this idea that if the Democrats were in power, this Muslim ban would have never occurred and a Muslim “registry” would be out of the question.

Let’s unpack this idea:

Muslims, under republicans and somehow even more so under democrats, faced the worst of any vetting process. Silent, invisible hurdles had to be avoided in order to seek refuge etc. The process was already hell. Most muslims were rejected, from entering the U.S. while Christian refugees from the same areas were given a (slightly) more favourable circumstance. 

In several ways, and without actually calling it this, the democrats had already placed “bans” on muslims–all the while bombing the shit out of them in Yemen and in Syria. To only be upset now when Trump has attempted to ban 7-muslim country’s citizens from entering the U.S., while ignoring that the majority of citizens from those countries had already been denied entry for arbitrary and sometimes totally unjustifiable reasons is absolving the Democrats of their brutalization of muslims. 

Remember: Obama greatly expanded the presidential powers left by his Republican predecessor to continue without congressional approval to execute drone strikes on anyone–including American citizens–with minimal, if any, judicial oversight.

According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, around 600 civilians between 2009 and 2015 were killed–and these are only the strikes we are made aware of. There are “covert” strikes which have never been analyzed by the public. The Obama administration, undoubtedly, executed many more drone strikes than Bush–illegal drone strikes. Think about this.

This idea that Democrats are “better” for muslims is not in agreement with statistics that clearly show Dems are just as ready to kill them in their countries as Republicans–technically more so, if considering only the past two presidents.

Additionally, when Obama was in power, he expanded already existing surveillance programs from the Bush-era which collected information on Muslims in every dimension of their life.

A database which collects info on Muslims…what does this remind you of? Perhaps it reminds you of a certain “Muslim registry” as proposed by Trump?

It is chilling to realize while people march against Trump’s fascistic ideation of a “Muslim List”, a bigger, more sophisticated database collecting involuntarily extracted info from Muslims already existed under the Democrats.

This is not to say the muslim registry is less terrifying, or not as worthy of condemnation, but it’s a reminder to everyone that the “lesser of two evils” argument falls flat on many occasions–and without a doubt, for Muslims, the “lesser of two evils” dialogue doesn’t apply to our reality under the Dems OR the Republicans.

Certainly, you might argue, this doesn’t negate the “fact” that HRC was, clearly, at least BETTER than Trump.

And of course, to anyone who has not read her emails in which she describes the war in Syria as “beneficial” to America’s allies, this may seem the case.

Trump is the manifestation of evil, of modern American fascism. But to argue things “would have been different” if it were a Democrat in office…well. That’s just not always rooted in reality.

Dear Spiders: it appears we need to go over the conditions of the lease again.

Understand that I have nothing against you and your many many familial variations on the whole. That being said, it appears that you need to be reminded of the terms of our arrangement.

Item I.
The tenant shall be permitted to spin whatever webs it requires to support itself, so long as the nightly incursions of gnats and flies are halted in the process. The tenant is entitled to any and all insect intruders caught in its web, and the landlord shall not require any of them as rent. The webs shall not exceed the limits of the windows provided.

Item II.
The tenant shall not, under any circumstances, enter the room on the left. The secondary landlord reserves their right to refuse entry and any breach of this will be viewed as trespassing, for which appropriate measures will be taken.

Item III.
The tenant is not permitted to invite multiple friends and relations to inhabit the same window they have chosen to rent. Each window is meant as a single-spider dwelling. Relatives choosing to move into the surrounding area may choose an adjacent window or a bush. More than two spiders in one window shall be viewed as a breach of contract.

Now. To business.
 Regarding Item I, there have been a great many insects finding their way through the edges of the (closed) windows. We do not hold you accountable for the blind mosquitoes, understand, because we are aware that they are thrice your size on a good day. The ladybug and the gnats and the houseflies, however, should never have made it as far as the windowsill. This clearly violates your contract, and we will consider it a failure to pay rent.

Regarding Item II, and the most blatant of your breaches of contract. Despite the clarity of the lease agreement and its conditions, it was discovered the night before that not one, not two, but four of you had entered the premises via the room to the left. This violates the conditions, and each of the trespassers has been dealt with accordingly, and their webs removed. Quite frankly, you should know better at this point than to invade the room of the resident arachnaphobe, and yet you persist. What is it about the secondary landlord’s window that you all find so delightful? They never even open the blinds!

Regarding Item III, this morning several multi-web projects were discovered in single windows, despite the contract strictly forbidding this. As the insects are still getting through, the economical side of this venture has clearly failed. All secondary tenants are hereby ordered to cease and desist. As a caveat, the landlords, of course, understand that offspring arrive when and where they will and one can’t exactly stop that. However, placing one’s egg sac so that the myriad infant spiders will be positioned to enter the room on the left as soon as they realize there’s a world outside the egg sac is an extreme violation of contract! 

As all three items laid out in the contract have been ignored, subverted, or otherwise violated, I am afraid I have no choice but to terminate our arrangement. Webs will be removed while resident spiders are out, and any remaining trespassers will be dealt with severely. Those wishing to stay must abide by the lease and its conditions, or stronger measures will be taken.

Regretfully,
The Landlord

A great response to a bully

This is the response from one FB friend to another, a Trump supporter, who said: “We suffered for 8 years. Now it’s your turn.”

His reply:

"I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me because I did not support Trump. That of course is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone.
Your statement seems to continue an ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The election is over. It is important to get past campaigning and campaign rhetoric and get down to what is uniting not dividing and what is best for ALL Americans.
There will never be a President who does everything to everyone’s liking. There are things President Obama (and President Clinton) did that I do not like and conversely there are things I can point to that the Presidents Bush did that I agree with. So I am not 100% in lock step with the outgoing President but have supported him and the overall job he did.
And, if you recall, during the Presidential Campaign back in 2008 the campaign was halted because of the "historic crisis in our financial system.”
Wall Street bailout negotiations intervened in the election process. The very sobering reality was that there likely could be a Depression and the world financial markets could collapse. The United States was losing 800,000 jobs a month and was poised to lose at least 10 million jobs the first year once the new President took office. We were in an economic freefall. So let us recall that ALL of America was suffering terribly at the beginning of Obama’s Presidency.
But I wanted to look back over the last 8 years and ask you a few questions. Since much of the rhetoric before Obama was elected was that he would impose Sharia Law, Take Away Your Guns, Create Death Panels, Destroy the Economy, Impose Socialism and, since you will agree that NONE of this came to pass, I was wondering:
Why have you suffered so?
So let me ask:
Gays and Lesbians can now marry and enjoy the benefits they had been deprived. Has this caused your suffering?
When Obama took office the Dow was 6,626. Now it is 19,875. Has this caused your suffering?
We have 82 straight months of private sector job growth - the longest streak in the history of the United States. Has this caused your suffering?
Especially considering where he the economy was when he took over, an amazing 11.3 million new jobs were created under
President Obama (far more than President Bush). Has this caused your suffering?
Obama has taken Unemployment from 10% down to 4.7%. Has this caused your suffering?
Homelessness among US Veterans has dropped by half. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama shut down the US secret overseas prisons. Has this caused your suffering?
President Obama has created a policy for the families of fallen soldiers to have their travel paid for to be there when remains are flown home. Has this caused your suffering?
We landed a rover on Mars. Has this caused your suffering?
He passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Has this caused your suffering?
Uninsured adults has decreased to below 10%: 90% of adults are insured - an increase of 20 Million Adults. Has this caused your suffering?
People are now covered for pre-existing conditions. Has this caused your suffering?
Insurance Premiums increased an average of $4,677 form 2002-2008 an increase of 58% under Bush. The growth of these
insurance premiums have gone up $4,145 – a slower rate of increase. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama added Billions of dollars to mental health care for our Veterans. Has this caused your suffering?
Consumer confidence has gone from 37.7 to 98.1 during Obama’s tenure. Has this caused your suffering?
He passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Has this caused your suffering?
His bi-annual Nuclear Summit convinced 16 countries to give up and destroy all their loose nuclear material so it could not be stolen. Has this caused your suffering?
He saved the US Auto industry. American cars sold at the beginning of his term was 10.4M and upon his exit 17.5M. Has this caused your suffering?
The deficit as a percentage of the GDP has gone from 9.8% to 3.2%. Has this caused your suffering?
The deficit itself was cut by $800 Billion Dollars. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama preserved the middle class tax cuts. Has this caused your suffering?
Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Has this caused your suffering?
He signed Credit Card reform so that rates could not be raised without you being notified. Has this caused your suffering?
He outlawed Government contractors from discriminating against LGBT persons. Has this caused your suffering?
He doubled Pell Grants. Has this caused your suffering?
Abortion is down. Has this caused your suffering?
Violent crime is down. Has this caused your suffering?
He overturned the scientific ban on stem cell research. Has this caused your suffering?
He protected Net Neutrality. Has this caused your suffering?
Obamacare has extended the life of the Medicare insurance trust fund (will be solvent until 2030). Has this caused your suffering?
Prescient Obama repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Has this caused your suffering?
He banned torture. Has this caused your suffering?
He negotiated with Syria to give up its chemical weapons and they were destroyed. Has this caused your suffering?
Solar and Wind Power are at an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?
High School Graduation rates hit 83% - an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?
Corporate profits are up by 144%. Has this caused your suffering?
He normalized relationships with Cuba. Has this caused your suffering?
Reliance on foreign oil is at a 40 year low. Has this caused your suffering?
US Exports are up 28%. Has this caused your suffering?
He appointed the most diverse cabinet ever. Has this caused your suffering?
He reduced the number of troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Has this caused your suffering?
Yes, he killed Osama Bin Laden and retrieved all the documents in his possession for analysis. Perhaps THIS caused your suffering?
From an objective standpoint it would appear that the last 8 years have seen some great progress and we were saved from a financial collapse.
Things are not perfect.
Things can always be better.
We are on much better footing now than we were in 2008.
I look forward to understanding what caused you to suffer so much under Obama these last 8 years.“
(He has not replied as of this writing)
via JoBeth Williams

mmm these.. mosquito bites are… in fact poison ivy or oak

@dragonfrooty yeah i completely understand that but obama was fully 100% complacent and then some. he’s dropped more bombs than bush ever did.  he never shut down gitmo. idk how much power he actually had in that office but he knew exactly what he was getting into.