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January 20, 2017

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J. Mir

good! i'm glad they're there!

"however"... sounds as though you're scolding them for taking action, however symbolic!

these "national events" are going to affect us at a local level, most assuredly. You can bet on that!

Bruce Dickinson

Agree with both of you, looks like the protesters were very peaceful and it's great to have freedom of expression on display, and I didn't get the sense that Joe was scolding them but rather encourage political participation at the local level (see the posts on getting voter turnout up).

Joe

This is one of Russ' posts--not mine, but I get his drift.

Russ

I was not scolding them at all. Rather I am encouraging them all to get even more involved. Today's rally across the country is largely symbolic, and that's fine. But these symbolic gestures need to be translated into something real. Creating real change will take more people to get out and vote, volunteer, run for office, attend city council meetings and more. If anything positive will come out of this election it is my hope that more people we=ill be motivated not just to stand on the corner and hold signs, but to commit themselves to public service in some way.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Remember these faces and ask ourselves where were these enthusiastic women under Obama's leadership when:

Scandals:

IRS targets Obama’s enemies
Benghazi
Spying on the AP
The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme
Sebelius demands payment
The Pigford Agriculture Department Scandal
The General Services Administration Las Vegas Spending Spree.
Veterans Affairs in Disney World and neglecting vets
Solyndra Failure
New Black Panthers Voter Intimidation
Obama’s LIES about the Affordable Care Act
“I’ll Pass My Own Laws”
NSA Spying on American People
Planned Parenthood selling late term abortion baby parts on line.

Foreign Policy

Lack of solidarity with Israel
Disaster with the Arab Spring
Crimea
Leaving Iraq too soon and letting ISIS take over
Handling of Syrian Red Line
Calling ISIS “JV”
Failing to Recognize ISIS as a Radical (or Devout) Muslim Movement
Returning the bust of Churchill to the Brits
Lack of Confidence by NATO nations
Signing a Disastrous Nuclear Deal with the Mullahs of Ira
Paid $5 Billion & Released 5 Taliban
Waging war by attacking Libya without Congressional approval
Allowed the building of Chinese bases in the South China Sea and off the coast of Somalia at the entrance to the gulf of Aden
Paying ransom to Iranian for hostages- and using foreign currency in unmarked plane
Lying about paying ransom (which media ignored!)
Pays tribute to Japanese at Hiroshima on US Memorial Day
Obama trashed America 18 times on Asian Tour
Domestic
Created highest child poverty rate in history 39% amongst blacks, 33% hispanic
Failure to secure the Border
Illegals bringing guns, drug and diseases through the southern border
Passing on the keystone pipeline
9 Trillion dollars more in debt
Vast expansion of government
Racial Division at all-time high
Inviting Bomb Boy Ahmed to White House
Disrespect for Cops
Highest murder rates in recent history
Failed economic stimulus plan
Constant disregard for the Constitution and tyrannical rule
China overtook America as world’s largest economy
Housing policies failed to stop foreclosures
Price of health care has drastically risen for those purchasing it
Education policies failed to curb college costs
Highest percentage of Americans on Food Stamps and Medicaid
Record 92,898,000 Americans over 16 years not working
Lowest Labor Force participation rate of 62.7%
Denying the notion of American Exceptionalism
Securing the Olympics for Chicago in 2016
Mismanagement and cover up of Terrorist shootings in San Bernardino, California
Mismanagement of Gulf Oil Spill
Disastrous Vetting Process of “Immigrants” from Muslim Nations
Refusing to Listen to CIA/FBI that there is no way to properly vet certain immigrants from Muslim nations
Fort Hood Shooting
Colorado EPA Disaster
Veto of 911 Crime Bill- which was overturned
Worst economic recovery since the depression with anemic GDP numbers
Obama commutes sentence on Chelsea Manning

I guess all we can say is; intelligence isn't a universal gift.

Sad

Eleanor of Aquitaine,

They are fanatics and they worship Obama. Cultists do not reason.

You might add to your list that he targeted an American citizen for assasination by a drone. Yet there wasn't a peep from them. And they didn't care that he looted the treasury for the so called stimulus and recovery summer. $9 trillion more of debt over 8 years that he saddled us with.

And speaking of local politics, millions more tax dollars left Burlingame for D.C., and we got nothing for it. That money could have stayed here and helped our community, schools and local business. But the cultists wanted more offerings to the great one through tax hikes.

Very sad indeed.

G'day

Yeah, Obama sucked. Beat it!

A concerned neighbor

Whether a chastisement or a call to arms, I appreciated Russ's call for greater involvement and attention to local issues and local government.

In response to Eleanor - strong views and political view/party identification are part and parcel of our democratic process, but so is persuasion and compromise. An eye for an eye eventually leaves everyone blind.

Your "intelligence" insult lead no where constructive and just increases excessive rancor that feeds extremism on both sides of the political divide in this country.

Bruce Dickinson

OK guys, really, let's settle down here. No one is going to change anyone's minds on this blog of all places, even when the arguments come from me, *the* Bruce Dickinson.

I agree with the "concerned neighbor" above, for the most part and this person is right about this era of extremism. Wrap your noggins around this: Bush was voted in as a repudiation of the "amoral" WJ Clinton. Bush turned out to be an aggressive bomb-slinging cowboy advised by his reptilian Veep; Obama, a "community organizer" with little if any legislative paper trail (in Illinois legislature or as a US Senator), was elected due to the Bush disaster. And now, a rudderless Obama, whose "Affordable Care" legislation was rammed through with no Repub votes and who paradoxically escalated war-waging via drones (the most for any Nobel Peace Prize winner), while enabling other countries to get the better of us, paved the way for the uber-anti-establishment Trump (who is quite frankly, neither Democrat or Republican). Seriously, how could the pendulum not swing any farther back and forth between these last four Presidents? There is something about polarization and the feeding of extremist views that is resulting in more extremist government. I know not what is the root cause of this.

Just as a little editorial, and full disclosure, Bruce Dickinson is not a fan of DJT, but I would be remiss if I didn't say that I really don't understand the "Not my President" argument. Think about taking this view to the extreme. If you think your Governor is doing a terrible job, or that your City Council are a bunch of slackers means that these aren't my governors or city council members? That's absurd! Not thinking highly of politicians (I know, low bar, right?) doesn't mean they are not legitimate. After all, ask yourself what has been your contribution to politics at a national or even local level (Russ' point above) in the past 10 years, let alone have you even voted in mid-terms and local elections? If it's a call to action whether it be moving to Canada or getting more involved in political process, then great, we should start seeing more activism at the local level and higher voter turnouts!

As much as I don't care for the DJT, he was democratically elected by the normal process that has elected all presidents. Not sure what all the uproar is about when during the election, he waged an anti-establishment, anti-status quo war, and now that he is President, he is doing what he said he would. That alone is a big change from his predecessors, like it or not!

Will be interesting to see whether threatening or bullying people around by playing the public opinion card is an effective methodology to get things done, but one has to admit, the behavior of these large corporations (in reinvesting in the US) has suggested the stick rather than the carrot seems to be more effective, that is, for now!

It's going to be a tumultuous four (or eight) more years!

Orange is the new @#$!

Looks like Eleanor has been spending lots of time keeping score. Oh the problems of the rich and idle. I agree with J Mir. You did sound like you were minimizing their efforts. I am sure that you have no idea what else they are doing so why comment at all?
Politics aside you cannot deny that this man has several major personality disorders. He practically has all of the isms and his narcissism knows no bounds.
He has gotten away with saying and doing practically anything he wants to and was elected therefore his lack of class, decorum,self control has been normalized and validated. We can now include ourselves in with all those other countries with crackpot leaders. This is no longer America. It is The Donald Trump show.
Please cancel my cable TV.

Bruce Dickinson

....says the person that posts under multiple names and gives opposing arguments.

Don't think you can fool Bruce Dickinson! I consider myself an expert in writing styles and punctuation (for reasons that I will not get into).

I'll leave it to Joe and Russ to deal with the business of enforcement!

Orange is the new @#$%

Oh dear! Are you speaking to me? I can assure you that you do not know who I am and that was my first post here and this will be my last because this is not my kind of thing. Neither is sign waving but I was compelled to post originally because I appreciated these ladies who took some time out of their day to not only make a sign but committed to stand outside and wave it on the street. If you don't think that women are effected by this POTUS then you are not a woman.

I don't know what you were referring to in your post about writing style and punctuation but I attribute that to my being on the step mill at 24 Hr fitness and posting with my Galaxy S6.
Just another FYI I am a female over 50 under 60. Two kids, 1 husband, I like long walks on the beach and any drink made with Vodka.

Cheers!

Arnesio Calibri

Stupid people are defensive, They know they are stupid, but believe they will be protected so long as others don't find out their secret.

Maybe your punctuation looks good guys, but you have nothing of value to say.

Welcome to California: Land of Bla Bla

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