"FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU. FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME."
♪ ♫ I hit my knees and thank the Lord for this life of mine
♪ ♫ I see you leaning, you're bound to fall; I don't want to be that mistake. I'm just a dreamer and nothing more; You should know it before it gets too late. ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ I'm just here to love you, girl, and it's your world and I'm just passin' through ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ The urge to run, the restlessness; the heart of stone I sometimes get. The things I've done for foolish pride; the me that's never satisfied ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ I make you laugh and tell you things
You start thinking this is more than what it really is
You're beginning to dream and maybe someday
You could be the angel that could make me change
But all I see is a storm that you'll get lost in
Cause if it feels this good when we're just talkin'
You should be walking away, walking away ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ She said you're a ramblin' man, you ain't ever gonna change; You got a gypsy soul to blame, and you were born for leavin' ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ Well I can't give you everything you want, but I could give you what you thought you need ♪ ♫
♪ �� Oh the last goodbye's the hardest one to say. This is where the cowboy rides away. ♪ ♫
I'm not a perfect person
There's many things I wish I didn't do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you
I'm sorry that I hurt you
It's something I must live with every day
And all the pain I put you through
I wish that I could take it all away ♪ ♫
Squan: End Our NationalCrisis
The New York Times Editorial Board
Mr. Trump stands without any real rivals as the worst American president in modern history. In 2016, his bitter account of the nation’s ailments struck a chord with many voters. But the lesson of the last four years is that he cannot solve the nation’s pressing problems because he is the nation’s most pressing problem.
He is a racist demagogue presiding over an increasingly diverse country; an isolationist in an interconnected world; a showman forever boasting about things he has never done, and promising to do things he never will.
Donald Trump’s re-election campaign poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War II.
Mr. Trump’s ruinous tenure already has gravely damaged the United States at home and around the world. He has abused the power of his office and denied the legitimacy of his political opponents, shattering the norms that have bound the nation together for generations. He has subsumed the public interest to the profitability of his business and political interests. He has shown a breathtaking disregard for the lives and liberties of Americans. He is a man unworthy of the office he holds.
The editorial board does not lightly indict a duly elected president. During Mr. Trump’s term, we have called out his racism and his xenophobia. We have critiqued his vandalism of the postwar consensus, a system of alliances and relationships around the globe that cost a great many lives to establish and maintain. We have, again and again, deplored his divisive rhetoric and his malicious attacks on fellow Americans. Yet when the Senate refused to convict the president for obvious abuses of power and obstruction, we counseled his political opponents to focus their outrage on defeating him at the ballot box.
Nov. 3 can be a turning point. This is an election about the country’s future, and what path its citizens wish to choose.
The resilience of American democracy has been sorely tested by Mr. Trump’s first term. Four more years would be worse.
But even as Americans wait to vote in lines that stretch for blocks through their towns and cities, Mr. Trump is engaged in a full-throated assault on the integrity of that essential democratic process. Breaking with all of his modern predecessors, he has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, suggesting that his victory is the only legitimate outcome, and that if he does not win, he is ready to contest the judgment of the American people in the courts or even on the streets.
Squan: THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EMPATHY. AND WHEN YOU FORGET THAT WHEN ELECTING PUBLIC OFFICIALS, YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE.
Squan: It's called humanity. Calling on educated women and evolved men on Nov 3 (or preferably before) to vote for humanity over tribalism.
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Squan: I just noticed in the picture that there is a little light on next to the knob that controls the small upper oven. That tells me that I'm heating something, probably a slice of veggie works pizza with anchovies.
The controls on the motherboard above the burners, which ignites the larger lower oven among other things gets very little use. Now the matching microwave set into the cabinetry above the range, that baby's a workhorse.
Get it? Got it? Good!
Making fun of those "big masks" that Biden wears, then getting on those copters and planes to attend the fundraiser in Jersey - aware of the exposure to the virus and willingly exposing others - is a microcosm of how little he cares for anyone besides himself. The continuation of his irresponsible and unethical behavior.
No one wants him to become a statistic in the "second column" despite his sentencing of others to it, but he needs to really feel what it's like to be someone in the first column; and more than just the loss of taste and smell. Then again, do I really believe that suffering will reveal the existence of a soul?
Prayers for the contact tracers to execute the monumental task that lies ahead, a massive undertaking to say the least.
Squan: Feel a little uncomfortable after watching the debate? That's good. You should feel uneasy. The other good news is that you still have time. Take the off ramp while you can and be on the right side of history.
"I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now I see."
Squan: "All the news that's fit to print"...fitting indeed that it's The Times that begins the unraveling of the financial mystery. Can you say Al Capone? What's he been hiding? When will we get to whether national security has been compromised in ways other than alienating allies and taking the word of autocratic governments over our own intelligence agencies? Let's follow the money and see if it turns up in Russia, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Turkey. Let there be no doubt that China plays him like a fiddle, to our detriment.
Does any of it surprise you? Does it move the proverbial needle for the hard-working middle class that pays their fair share of taxes and has been getting conned for 4 yrs+?
How many puzzle pieces will it take for his range of supporters, from the most naive to the sleaziest who were well aware of corruption, to abandon ship like so many Republicans are doing, even if it is their plan to restore the party once he's out?
The truth is that Trump has leaned on American socialism as it pertains to creative tax accounting, write-offs, paying no taxes or even refunds for the rich or those who pretend to be; while suckers and losers as he would say, are subject to the sometimes harsh reality of April 15.
Squan: P.S. 205,000 COVID deaths, most of which didn't have to be. Grandparents yes, but also parents, siblings, spouses, children, friends. All the time trying to reduce the number of people who have health care.
Squan: BLIND AMBITION x 2
"...He may be skinfolk, but he's not kinfolk."
Interesting that the only officer charged missed the innocent target and endangered others in the building.
Squan: 215 years ago, George Washington published his farewell address, marking the first peaceful transfer of power in American history and cementing our country’s status as a stable, democratic state.
In our history of wars and conflicts, 1.1 million US soldiers have died to preserve democracy.
It has taken but four years to shake the very foundation of our democracy. If the sacrifices of our military matters, if our national security matters, if you still want a say and don't want things dictated to you by an autocrat, we must put our agendas aside for this presidential election, just this once, and allow America to get back onto firm ground,
And let us not forget that the current 1,000 deaths per day in the US were mostly preventable. What does this sampling of the Sept 23, 2020 worldwide DEATH statistics tell you?
China - 1
Italy - 20
France - 43
UK - 37
US - 1,091
Squan: 200.000 and counting, MOSTLY PREVENTABLE. And does Pro-Life exclude the living?
Incidentally, here's the hypocrite in his own words, pre-politics:
Squan: The best the president can do in the way of health professionals who are willing to "defend" (detract from) his indefensible handling of COVID, and the blood of tens and soon to be hundreds of thousands of dead Americans on his hands,
First, a radiologist with no background in infectious disease who has the same tendency to lie as his new boss, Second, well you decide whether you'd send your child to this pediatrician.
Squan: If you don't care because COVID hasn't taken someone from you, you don't have pre-existing conditions that will exclude you from health care, you don't fear losing your health care in general, don't care that millions are one health crisis away from being in debt for the rest of their lives or can't afford medications to keep them or their children alive...Can you say KARMA?
Squan: Couldn't have said it better myself…
Op/Ed: CHOOSING COUNTRY, CONSTITUTION, FUTURE
Highly well-known and respected Republicans are openly choosing the country, the Constitution and a better future for our citizens by voting against Donald Trump. Former New Jersey Governor & George Bush EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Secretary of State four-star Gen. Colin Powell, longtime conservatives columnists George Will & David Brooks have boldly declared their preference for Joe Biden. Add to the list former President George Bush and 2012 Republican candidate, Senator Mitt Romney, and an endless list of bona fide Republicans who will not be voting for Trump this November.
Then ask why. The common denominator centers on the character of the two candidates and the harmful Trump policies and executive decisions that do not serve the common good of the majority of this nation. In terms of character, Trump has outright lied (the Washington Post fact checked over 20,000 lies since taking office), pursued selfish financial interests, promoted a massive tax cut for the wealthiest and big corporations, engaged in immoral behavior, provoked and fomented damaging racial and ethnic statements, shamefully separated migrant children from their parents and put them in cold cages, virtually paid scant attention to the resolution of the coronavirus epidemic, and his coziness with Putin and the Russians deter him from investigating the bounty payments for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan.
So many of his closest advisors like Manafort, Flynn, Bannon, Roger Stone are in prison facing conviction or under indictment. Meanwhile unlike previous past presidents of both parties, Trump has been fighting the release of his tax records despite court judgments to do so.
While a Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016, John Kasich pondered aloud how he was concerned about facing St. Peter if he didn't promote assistance for the poor, the needy, those lacking healthcare and ordinary opportunities in life. In other words, the Gospel found in Matthew 25, "I was hungry and you gave me to eat..." No, this is not pious pulp! The question for all of us is: Under what kind of a society or nation do we want to live?
Hopefully, the majority of the country will choose the removal of Trump in the November election and enable us to return to a normal two-party system that through democratic consensus works for the common good.