What’s In Store? Ask Kevin …

The Republican Party, aka GOP, has a large number of highly UNqualified and horrible people in its ranks today.  Margie Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Ted Cruz, Paul Gosar, Louie Gohmert, J.D. Vance, Mehmet Oz, Doug Mastriano, to name just a few who are better suited to working in a circus than in politics.  Or is there even a difference anymore?  But these people are pests, more than anything.  That’s not to say they aren’t dangerous, for they are.  They have voices that are far too loud, far too obnoxious, and that seems to be what Republican voters care about today.  But the bigger dangers are those ‘leaders’ within the party, those whose power to affect what happens is greater than the rest.  Today, I want to talk about one such creature, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy represents California’s 23rd district, the most heavily Republican district in the state, and has done so since 2013.  Before that, he spent six years are the U.S. House representative for the 22nd district which, due to redistricting, is largely the same district he represents today.  McCarthy, unlike Herschel Walker, Mehmet Oz, Margie Greene and so many others is not stupid, but rather cold and calculating.  McCarthy and many others believe that if the Republicans seize a majority in the House of Representatives next year, he will be made Speaker of the House, which would give him considerably more power than he has today, although contrary to what he seems to believe, it would not give him unlimited power.  And, there is a possibility that the party would name someone else to be Speaker, though that is up for debate.

I follow McCarthy on Twitter for the sole reason that he is a significant influence and I want to know his thoughts, his plans.  And frankly, I’m not liking what I’m hearing.  Take this tweet, for example …

“Think about this → Inflation is so high that if you’ve had a constant salary for the last year, it’s like you’ve worked more than a month without pay. This is what Washington Democrats took from you. This is the Pelosi Pay Cut.”

He fails to mention that Congress has stymied and blocked an increase in the federal minimum wage rate for over a decade, and therefore the $7.25 a minimum wage worker earns is worth $5.28 today.  That equates to $10,982.40 per year.  THIS, more than anything, is why people are struggling.  His claim about working more than a month without pay is, as my friend Brosephus calls it, bovine fecal matter, or bullshit.

Nearly every single one of McCarthy’s tweets is a put-down of Democrats or of President Biden … he presents no new ideas, no platform … his only ideas are to fault the Democrats for anything and everything, blame the President for whatever he sees wrong with the country, and swear to get ‘revenge’.  But let’s take a look … sift through the bovine fecal matter and see what, exactly, McCarthy (and others) plan to do if the Republicans should gain a majority in either or both chambers of Congress next year.

Here are a few of his ‘ideas’ …

  • Under Nancy Pelosi, the House of Representatives hasn’t held a single hearing on the origins of COVID-19. That’ll change next year when Republicans are in charge.
  • When Republicans take control, we’ll use the gavel to get answers. Republicans will investigate Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings. Republicans will hold China accountable for COVID19. Republicans will secure the border.
  • Gas prices are high because the Biden administration has made it harder to produce oil here at home. And now he is sending our emergency reserves to other countries like China. This is reckless and won’t solve the problem. We must produce more U.S. energy to lower prices.
  • This gas crisis was entirely predictable and preventable. But Democrats caved to the radical extremists in their party and doubled down on policies that hurt you. A Republican House majority will STOP the madness and put America FIRST.

So … he’s going to waste time and resources investigating the origins of Covid which, it is my understanding, has already been done, but apparently not to his satisfaction.  And he’s going to also waste time and resources investigating Hunter Biden … oh for Pete’s sake, let’s put Hunter Biden to bed!  Hunter is not the president and what he did or did not do is NOT a matter for Congress to investigate!

Gas prices … gas prices … gas prices!  It’s a selling point for the Republicans, because it affects everyone and affects the poorest the most.  However, gas prices are high because the oil industry used the supply chain issues as an excuse to raise their prices far more than their cost increased, which has given the oil companies record profits this year!  And while I might not have any problem with his idea of making the U.S. more energy self-sufficient, unfortunately McCarthy’s idea has nothing to do with renewable energy … nope, he is talking about oil and gas, further destruction of our already devastated environment.  Why?  Well, for one thing, he has already raised over $20 million in donations this year, much of it from the oil and gas industry.  Oh yes, he has a vested interest in pandering to those who are robbing the people of this nation blind!  And in some convoluted thought process, he also said, “We care about the environment, but we care about jobs more.”  Um … people won’t need the jobs before long if we don’t tend to the environment NOW!

McCarthy spoke at the America First Summit that headlined the former guy last week … here is part of what he said …

“I believe in this next election, this is a 50-year election. Never before are we going to feel this type of opportunity in a year of redistricting. We can lock in a conservative majority for the decade.”

There … he said it out loud … they have gerrymandered themselves into a position where they will dominate for the next 10 years.  I shudder at the very thought of it.

And his latest rant is in regard to the Inflation Reduction Act, which you’d think he would support, since all he does is whine about inflation, but nope.  He is falsely telling people it will raise their taxes … his goal obviously being to rile the masses … but the only ones who will see a tax increase are large corporations who are making billions and paying very minimal taxes.  Don’t you think it’s about damn time for the wealthy to start paying their share???  They’re robbing us at the grocery store, the gas station, and everywhere else, so … when do they start contributing to this nation that has been so good to them?  But, again, McCarthy looks to the source of his donations, his own wealth, and bends over.

McCarthy is only one of the many Republicans who would turn this nation into something ugly for the majority of us, but he is one with more power than most, and like most of the Republicans in Congress today, he has no conscience, no values, no integrity.  That’s a lethal combination, my friends.  And that is why we cannot afford to let the Republicans gain a majority in either the House or the Senate.  This may well be the most important election of our lifetime.

Trump Policies for the Future.

Earlier this week, the former guy (who I really wish would simply fade into oblivioun) spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C. David had suggested that I write a post about his speech, but I hadn’t gotten around to it yet, and meanwhile he found an article that addresses one or two of the main points of his speech (apart from his whining about the 2020 election, of course). The article is … well, the very last sentence says it all. Thanks, David!!!

The BUTHIDARS

Today I reproduce an article by Mark Sumner of the DAILY KOS online newspaper. It’s scary stuff that some wannabe ex-President can be touting stuff like this in Public despite having formulated a failed insurrection to wipe out the votes of the majority of the electorate and having caused pain and suffering to the very people he now says he supports- the Police. To me this is a Freedom too far. Trump is advocating a return to Nazi Germany before WWII.

Donald Trump appeared in Washington, D.C., for the first time on Tuesday night since he slunk off into the night, breaking with all tradition and common decency,skipping the inauguration ceremony for President Joe Biden. Trump was in town to give a speech to a new member of the Republican network of shady, money-grab“institutes,” theAmerica First Policy Institute. And if the intent of Trump’s speech was to show that not…

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Forward? Hmmmm … Maybe

I have conflicting thoughts about what I am going to share with you today.  Historically, third parties in the U.S. are doomed before they ever get out of the gate, and their candidates do little more than take votes from one candidate or another.  I still say that Jill Stein running under the Green Party banner in 2016 was a heavy hand in hurting Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency.  However, times have changed, the nation is more polarized now than at any time in the past century or more, and this new Forward Party seems to be more organized than the typical third party.  I do not agree with all they say, but certainly would welcome a more centrist party, a third option.  And let’s face it, nobody is ever going to agree with everything in the platform of any party!  Take a look at what they wrote in The Washington Post on Wednesday, and I’ll be back in a few days to offer my opinion, after I do a bit more research about their platform and viability.


Most third parties have failed. Here’s why ours won’t.

By David Jolly, Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang

July 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

David Jolly is a former Republican congressman from Florida and is executive chairman of the Serve America Movement. Christine Todd Whitman is a former Republican governor of New Jersey and co-founder of the Renew America Movement. Andrew Yang is a former Democratic presidential candidate and is co-chair of the Forward Party.

Political extremism is ripping our nation apart, and the two major parties have failed to remedy the crisis. Last week, the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol led us to relive one of the darkest days in U.S. history. The chilling culmination of an attempted electoral coup in the United States was the strongest evidence yet that we are facing the potential demise of our democracy.

Polarization is fueling a spike in political intimidation. In the past two years, we’ve seen death threats and assassination plots against members of Congress, governors, Supreme Court justices and even the vice president of the United States.

If nothing is done, the United States will not reach its 300th birthday this century in recognizable form. That’s why we are coming together — Democrats, Republicans and independents — to build a new, unifying political party for the majority of Americans who want to move past divisiveness and reject extremism.

Americans have lost faith in government. Nearly 8 in 10 say the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a recent survey, and two-thirds of voters think neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have the right priorities.

Shockingly, roughly 30 million Americans believe violence against the current government is justified. The same number want to forcibly return former president Donald Trump to the White House. This is what happens when democracies fail: People feel their voices are not heard and radicalize to take up arms, leading to mainstream talk about “civil war.”

How do you remedy such a crisis? In a system torn apart by two increasingly divided extremes, you must reintroduce choice and competition.

The United States badly needs a new political party — one that reflects the moderate, common-sense majority. Today’s outdated parties have failed by catering to the fringes. As a result, most Americans feel they aren’t represented.

Most third parties in U.S. history failed to take off, either because they were ideologically too narrow or the population was uninterested. But voters are calling for a new party now more than ever.

For the first time in modern history, roughly half of Americans consider themselves “independents,” and two-thirds say a new party is needed (and would vote for it). Surprisingly, a majority of Democrats and Republicans say they want another option, too.

As leaders and former elected officials, we’re tired of just talking about a third way. So this month, we’re merging our three national organizations — which represent the left, right, and center of the political spectrum — to build the launchpad for a new political party called Forward.

The two major parties have hollowed out the sensible center of our political system — even though that’s where most voters want to see them move. A new party must stake out the space in between. On every issue facing this nation — from the controversial to the mundane — we can find a reasonable approach most Americans agree on.

On guns, for instance, most Americans don’t agree with calls from the far left to confiscate all guns and repeal the Second Amendment, but they’re also rightfully worried by the far right’s insistence on eliminating gun laws. On climate change, most Americans don’t agree with calls from the far left to completely upend our economy and way of life, but they also reject the far right’s denial that there is even a problem. On abortion, most Americans don’t agree with the far left’s extreme views on late-term abortions, but they also are alarmed by the far right’s quest to make a woman’s choice a criminal offense.

To succeed, a new party must break down the barriers that stand between voters and more political choices. Accordingly, we will passionately advocate electoral changes such as ranked-choice voting and open primaries; for the end of gerrymandering; and for the nationwide protection of voting rights and a push to make voting remarkably easy for anyone and incredibly secure for everyone.

Without such systemic changes, Americans will be left with a closed system and fewer options on the ballot. These reforms go hand in hand with a new party.

Some call third parties “spoilers,” but the system is already spoiled. There are more than 500,000 elected positions in the United States, but a recent study found more than 70 percent of races on ballots in 2020 were unopposed or uncontested. A tiny sliver of U.S. congressional seats will have close races this November. The two major parties have shut out competition, and America is suffering as a result.

That’s why we’re proposing the first “open” party. Americans of all stripes — Democrats, Republicans and independents — are invited to be a part of the process, without abandoning their existing political affiliations, by joining us to discuss building an optimistic and inclusive home for the politically homeless majority.

Our merged organizations are just the starting point, the launchpad for this movement. We are planning liftoff at a national convention next summer and will soon seek state-by-state ballot access to run candidates in 2024 and beyond. We are actively recruiting former U.S. representatives, governors, entrepreneurs, top political operatives and community leaders to make it happen.

America’s founders warned about the dangers of a two-party system. Today, we’re living with the dire consequences. Giving Americans more choices is important not just for restoring civility. Our lives, our livelihoods and our way of life depend on it.

Revealed: oil sector’s ‘staggering’ $3bn-a-day profits for last 50 years

Worried about the cost of fuel? Concerned about the now-obvious effects of climate change? There is one small group of people who are profiting from both, while emptying our wallets AND most importantly, destroying our environment. Our friend PeNdantry over at Wibble sums it up well. Thanks, PeNdantry!

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Vast sums provide power to ‘buy every politician’ and delay action on climate crisis, says expert

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The oil and gas industry has delivered $2.8bn (£2.3bn) a day in pure profit for the last 50 years.

The vast total captured by petrostates and fossil fuel companies since 1970 is $52tn, providing the power to “buy every politician, every system” and delay action on the climate crisis, says Prof Aviel Verbruggen. The huge profits were inflated by cartels of countries artificially restricting supply.

The oil and gas industry has delivered $1tn in profit a year on average – Guardian graphic. Source: Aviel Verbruggen, University of Antwerp

Emissions from the burning of fossil fuels have driven the climate crisis and contributed to worsening extreme weather, including the current heatwaves hitting the UK and many other Northern hemisphere countries. Oil companies have

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The Week’s Best Cartoons 7/23

It seems that these days the political cartoons are darker … but then, so is our political environment, so I suppose it’s natural.  At any rate, once again TokyoSand has culled some of the best from this past week … a week in which there was plenty of material, from the Secret Service supposedly erasing their text messages from January 5th and 6th, to Steve Bannon being found guilty of ‘Contempt of Congress’, to Thursday’s January 6th committee hearing that revealed much, although the cartoonists, understandably, seized on Josh ‘yellow-belly’ Hawley’s frantic escape!  Be sure to click the link at the bottom to see the rest of the ‘toons!  Thank you, TS, for gathering the cream of the crop for us every week!


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♫ What A Wonderful World ♫ (Redux)

I think right about now there are a lot of us who are feeling discouraged about many things, maybe even the future of life on planet Earth.  I know I’ve been in a royal funk for a couple of days now, unable to write or do much of anything, so I thought maybe it was time for a song with a genuinely upbeat spin, and who better to do that than the immortal Louis Armstrong?  I last played this one in June 2020 … just over 2 years ago.


I was probably around ten years old when I saw Louis Armstrong in person.  I remember being agog at how big he could make his cheeks when playing the trumpet!  I also fell in love with his gravelly voice and the look of kindness in his eyes.  Ever since, I have been a Louis Armstrong fan.

I just finished writing a post about the slaughter of beautiful animals, and was feeling the need for a song about appreciating the beauty around us.  This song is just that.

Although Louis Armstrong was mainly a jazz musician, this song is the one most often associated with him.  Though it was first released in 1967, it didn’t become a hit in the U.S. until 20 years later when it was used in the Robin Williams movie Good Morning, Vietnam.  However, it went to #1 in the UK.

The song was written by Bob Thiele (as “George Douglas”) and George David Weiss, both of whom were prominent in the music world (Thiele as a producer and Weiss as a composer/performer).  Armstrong’s recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

What a Wonderful World
Louis Daniel Armstrong

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

Songwriters: George Weiss / Robert Thiele
What a Wonderful World lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Concord Music Publishing LLC, Carlin America Inc

Say WHAT???

I was stunned to see a headline reading …

Herschel Walker Is A Messy Candidate, But The Georgia Senate Race Is Still A Toss-Up

Say WHAT???  How?  I wrote about Walker not long ago. This is the ‘man’ who lied about having been in the FBI, who sired three children out of wedlock by different women … children he does not support.  This is the ‘man’ who supports the Big Lie and has promoted other conspiracy theories, who put a gun to his ex-wife’s head and threatened to “blow [her] f*ing brains out”, and who chased a delivery person with a gun for being late.  And this is the ‘man’ whose view of climate change is …

“Since we don’t control the air, our good air decided to float over to China’s bad air, so when China gets our good air, their bad air got to move. So it moves over to our good air space. Then, now, we got we to clean that back up.”

This is a college-drop-out’s view of environmental science … stunning, isn’t it?

Simply the fact that he is even allowed to run for a seat in the U.S. Senate is mind-boggling, but the fact that he is running only slightly behind the far more intelligent, more competent incumbent, Ralph Warnock, begs the question:  what the heck are they smoking down in Georgia???  Remember they are also the ones who sent Margie Greene to the House of Representatives in 2020!  I repeat … what are they smoking???

In the RCP average of polls, Warnock is leading Walker by 2.8 percentage points … too close for comfort.  Warnock has been in the Senate for nigh on two years now and has proven himself to be competent, honest, and a man of good conscience.  He co-sponsored a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15, and supports the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.  He is pro-choice, opposes the death penalty, is pro voting rights, is pro LGBTQ rights, and has received a grade of ‘F’ from the National Rifle Association (NRA).  All of which earns him a big thumbs-up in my book.

And yet, some Georgians would prefer a liar, a cheater, and a wife abuser to represent them in the Senate?  Where’s the logic???

One analysis I read claims that part of Walker’s appeal is his ‘status’ as a football player.  Excuse me, people, but the United States Congress is a far cry from a football field!  I can cook a great Jambalaya, but that doesn’t qualify me for a seat in the Senate!!!

And another part of Walker’s potential success is simply partisanship.  Georgia went from red to blue in 2020, but with President Biden’s approval ratings not-so-good right now, it may be leaning back toward the right.  As one analyst said …

“There are X number of people where it doesn’t matter, they’re just going to pull the R lever.”

I’ll never forget when I was in my early 20s, newly married and living in Virginia, near the Tennessee border. A neighbor told me that …

“My daddy was a Republican, his daddy before him was a Republican, and by god I’m gonna die a Republican too.  I’ll never vote for a damn Democrat!”

That, my friends, is a mentality that is almost impossible to reason with, to appeal to with logic.  Let us hope, fingers crossed, that Senator Ralph Warnock can retain his seat in November, because I really, really don’t want somebody sitting in the Senate who points a gun at his own wife, who believes that our “good air” went to China, and who lies more than he tells the truth.  C’mon, Georgians … clear your heads of whatever it is you’re smoking and wake up!

I have an idea!  Congress should pass legislation that each state can only send one nutjob to Congress in any given year!  It’s not fair to the nation for a state to send both a Greene and a Walker at the same time!  We deserve better!

My Thoughts Tonight

Y’know … all the political game-playing, threats, backstabbing, obstruction and more these days takes a toll on a person’s psyche.  We … the vast majority of us … are good citizens.  We vote in every election, we pay our taxes every year, we don’t break the laws of the land.  And in exchange, all we ask is a government “by the people, of the people, and for the people” – a government that uses our tax dollars wisely, that doesn’t waste money on frivolities, that sees to our national security, protects us, and helps those in need.  Instead, we have a Congress that is 99% dysfunctional, members of Congress to whom we pay a salary that is multiple times higher than our own every year, that spend all their time playing political games.  I’M DONE!!!  I will not pay one more dime in federal income taxes!!!  Oh wait … I’m retired and on Social Security … I haven’t paid federal income taxes since 2009.

But seriously, my friends … we are paying for the likes of Kevin McCarthy, Joe Manchin, Mitch McConnell and too many others to name in a simple post to pursue their own agenda, mindless of what is best for this nation.  Their top priorities right now should be:

  • Addressing climate change in the most aggressive way possible, which would include phasing out all fossil fuels and replacing them with renewable energy sources ASAP (Don’t believe in climate change? Step outside and take a deep breath … or try to)

  • Passing voting rights legislation prior to the November mid-term elections to ensure that every person age 18 and over has not only the right, but the wherewithal to cast his/her vote.

  • Passing legislation to protect women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and other civil rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ultra-dereliction of duty in their latest session and their threats of more to come going forward.

  • Raising the minimum wage to a livable wage.

  • Passing gun regulations that actually do something, that ban military-style weapons, that enforce strict background checks, and that incarcerate those who violate these regulations. Remember Uvalde?  Remember Parkland?  Our children’s lives are at stake here!  And our lives … remember Buffalo?  Remember Indianapolis on July 4th?  We aren’t even safe in the damn grocery store, our kids aren’t safe in school, and Congress sits on its collective ass!

  • Passing legislation to ensure that corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes! Why the hell shouldn’t they?  What – is Jeff Bezos so damn special that he should not only have more money than he knows what to do with, but shouldn’t have to even pay to help keep this nation running?

  • Addressing education in such a way that ensures our children are learning the facts about such things as the history of this nation, about other cultures, about life.

There are plenty more, but these are the core things that come to my mind right this minute that Congress should be working on.  But you know what the members of Congress are doing?  They are campaigning for the November elections, understandably, but they are also colluding on ways to screw the people of this country out of the democratic principles that we thought were guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution!  Oh yes … half the members of Congress are actively colluding on ways to further restrict our right to vote, to keep women from having the right to even protect their own body, to keep non-Christians from having a voice, to keep LGBTQ people from being treated fairly and equally, to ensure that we are not safe from gun violence anywhere, and to shove a single religion down our throats.  And worst of all, they are colluding in ways to return a megalomaniacal dictator to the White House in just over two years.

My friends … this country no longer has the right to its name, for it is no longer the United States of anything.  United?  What a joke!  Perhaps the most tragic part of the 4 years of hell we lived through under Donald Trump is that it has so divided us that we may never heal the rift.  Families have been torn in half, friendships ruined, marriages dissolved … while Trump laughed his way all the way to the bank … on our dime.  Okay, water over the dam, let’s put the past in the past and begin the healing process, right?  Well … no, not quite, for the 40% or so of this nation who identify as Republicans have deemed that theirs is the one and only right path, that this should be, in their eyes, a white, Christian, male-dominated, straight nation.  I don’t know about you guys, but I absolutely refuse to live in such a nation as that.  I. Refuse.  The politicians, however, members of our not-so-esteemed Congress, are using every tool they can find to widen the divide, to ensure that dispute, hatred, and even violence divide us even further.

Some claim a civil war is on the horizon, some claim they want their states to secede from the U.S., but those aren’t the particularly bright people, for they have little comprehension how that would even work.  No, I don’t see a civil war on the horizon … what I see is people being driven into their shells, finally throwing their hands up and saying, “I’m done … I don’t give a damn … I’ll just focus on my own little life and let them have at it.”  And when that happens, my friends, we will be “ripe for the picking.”

And to end with a bit of political humour … a new ad from Meidas Touch putting “Dr.” Oz right where he belongs …

We need to treat climate change as the emergency it is

The past few weeks have brought record high temperatures around the globe. We here in the U.S. are lucky, for most homes are air-conditioned, but in the UK, air-conditioning has always been considered an unnecessary luxury, since it is typically almost never hot there. But a few days ago, it reached 104° F (40° C) in the UK. And yet, people still call climate change a hoax. Our friend Pendantry shows us a picture that says it all. Few words, only an image, one that should stay in everybody’s mind. Thank you, Pendantry.

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Global heat map comparison, 1976 and 2022

There are still far too many in denial of reality.

I’ve said it all before. I’m tired of being told I’m an ‘alarmist’.

‘Enjoy’ the heatwave, folks. And remember, from here on it only gets ‘better’.

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Top of mind issues that aren’t

Our friend Keith reminds us that amidst all the political bickering and the corporate game-playing focused only on profits, there is one issue that has far more relevance in the long-term. If we fail to take care of and to repair our environment, it won’t matter who wins elections or how much money corporate CEOs have, for the human species won’t survive. All the money and power in the world are irrelevant as compared to potable water, breathable air, and safe food. Thank you, Keith, for reminding us of the most important issue facing us today … we sometimes get so wrapped up in other things that we forget or push it aside, rather like Scarlett O’Hara in ‘Gone with the Wind’ saying, “Oh, I won’t think about it today … I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

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Issues that need to be top of mind aren’t being discussed because we would rather talk about more exaggerated and contrived issues.

The global water crisis lives here, especially in drought prone areas like the Southwest United States, which is running dangerously low on water. Climate change only makes matters worse. And, this is even before we speak of the lead water pipe structures which have their own set of toxic issues as in Flint, Michigan.

Miami is the most at risk city in the world for encroaching sea levels due to climate change, but the governor calls more dramatic solutions liberal based ideas. Miami has built right to the coast and the limestone guarding the largest aquifer is porous. The fact the number of sunny days flooding has increased with sea water coming up through the street drains in Miami Beach should give people pause. Call me crazy, but…

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