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Blog – Battle With Smoking 11/30/2016

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Battle With Smoking

November 30th, 2016

battle-with-smoking-rubber-bandThis isn’t even funny. It’s April 27th, 2016 and I’ve known for months that this blog was coming up. I still haven’t quit smoking. The list of ideas that I’ve tried isn’t quite numerous enough I’m afraid. There are some things that I know won’t work. “but how do you know they won’t work if you haven’t tried them”? Shut up! Snapping a rubber band on my wrist every time I have a craving is not going to work. Putting  picture of my daughter inside the the cellophane of my cigarette packs isn’t going to work. I feel ultra disappointed in myself because that should work for a caring father. Making a list of the financial rewards for quitting hasn’t worked. I tried e-cigarettes and they just weren’t as satisfying. It’s a gross and degenerated habit so why can’t I shake it. My buddy says I’m a lifer but he’s wrong. I haven’t given up on giving up.

battle-with-smoking-soldier-smokingI stopped smoking for two years when I went into the Army. I blame starting back up on the Persian Gulf War but that’s just an excuse. I gave it up years after my daughter was born for 7 months but like she now says “You didn’t really quit if your still doing it”. She also tells me that I’m selfish because I would take my life away from her in such a manner and she’s right. There’s really something psychologically irregular with me and this addiction. I started smoking when I was 10. That I started smoking at such a young age may have an additional challenge to it. I would agree that I’m just weak and have no will power if it weren’t for the other accomplishments in my life.

battle-with-smoking-bibleThe first time I stopped I had just fallen in love with my fiance’ and gone back to the church in a big way. Now I have the love of my daughter and my belief in God has all new parameters. So what’s the problem? I did think of something recently. I’ve been asking myself to quit for God as well as my daughter and ex-wife. Instead of asking myself to do it for God I’m going to ask God to do it for me. The power lies with God. It always has. I’ll let you know how it goes, honestly, without any bible pounded bias on empowerment.

Well that shit didn’t work or I should say it’s still in progress. It’s June 15th 2016 and I’ve been pushing this Blog further out with every week that passes. I am forever an optimist though and today is a new day. I’m trying again after this pack with 11 cigarettes in it.

battle-with-smoking-hypnotistA friend of mine said her mom had 14 years of success with a hypnotist. That’s a consideration for me but I’m still going to make it my goal to quit today. I wish I could just wake up without the desire to smoke . I have a big party coming up that I have to contribute to monetarily. Maybe I’ll focus on that. That and the fact that I have to save up for down payment for my daughter’s car. I’ll keep you informed.

battle-with-smoking-quit-smoking-signWell, August 12th and I’m back at this Blog on my boat of loserdom. They say cigarettes are as hard to quit as heroin and I believe it. I called 5 hypnotist today but haven’t heard back from any of them. Someone told me that it’s really expensive and I say so is a pack of cigarettes. I was so looking forward to publishing this Blog this Wednesday but as it is now I can’t. I need this to be a success story or what’s the point. I can only afford to put one more paragraph on it due to rambling and that’s only the hypnosis experience. Well I better get to writing a Blog for Wednesday. One thing is for sure, I will be a nonsmoker by the time I publish this page.

battle-with-smoking-mouthfulIt’s November 22nd, 2016 and that was an out and out lie in that last paragraph. I’m going to publish this blog on the 30th and I’ve decided just to smoke. I really like it, unfortunately. No, I love it. No. I do not love it more than my daughter but still I do love it. The hypnotist was a very sweet old lady who didn’t even charge me full price. Very sweet but also very ineffective. It was an hour and a half of probing my subconscious with the negatives of smoking and the positives of quitting in a gentle and pleasing melodic voice. I had a cigarette as soon as I got home. The craving hadn’t diminished one iota. So I’m a smoker. It’s how imagine drowning to be. You fight and fight with all that you have then inhale your first breath of water and realize your not going to make it, then peace, then death. I’ve started rolling my own cigarettes because it saves about $200.00 a month. I going to need that to get life insurance for smokers. I wonder how Occupational Parenting would effect smokers. I’m sure that it would. It effects everything for the better. With Occupational Parenting or without I think we’re pretty much the last generation with smokers in it. Until next week: keep your homes well.

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Blog – The Black Lives Matter Movement 11/16/2016

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The Black Lives Matter Movement

November 16th, 2016

blueish-person-2Is the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement justified? Is it insulting? Is it racist? I think there may be be a little too much pride on all sides as far as the namesake goes. The issue gets a little muddled in the controversy about the name. All Lives Matter including Blue Lives Matter shouldn’t turn away from the point BLM is trying to make and BLM shouldn’t get so caught up in name haggling that it stops conveying that African Americans are killed 2.5 times more often than Caucasians per capita. The name only ever bothered me a little because I heard “Black Lives Matter As Well” not that white or any other lives don’t matter. light-skinned-personThe problem I have with the name is “black”. I so much prefer African American and Caucasian to black and white. The tags are just psychologically unfair. Black is associated with all things evil and dark while white is associated with all things pure and light in the American language. Black and white are also false labels. There are a few people who are close to black or white but I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t brown, blueish, purplish or just light skinned pink.

blm-patrisse-alicia-opalBLM started when George Zimmerman wasn’t indicted for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2013. Alicia Garza wrote a Facebook post titled “A Love Letter (Note) to Black People”. Patrisse Cullors responded “#BlackLivesMatter” and with the enlistment of Opal Tometi a movement was born. Darnell L. Moore and Robbie Clark are a couple of folks who helped. LGBTQ is an important movement to the group as Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors are queer. Garza’s husband is transgender.

BLM didn’t receive National recognition until the Michael Brown case in 2014 in Ferguson Missouri and the Eric Garner (video 1:35) case in New York City. This blog left me doing a lot of research about individual cases to try to answer for myself is the movement justified? I’ll provide Wikipedia links and Youtube videos for many of them. Other protest include but are not limited to Jonathan Ferrell (video 10:00), John Crawford III (video 16:45), Ezell Ford, Laquan McDonald (video 5:11), Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice (video 8:30), Eric Harris, Walter Scott (video 0:18), Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose (video 3:10) Jeremy McDole (video 0:47), Alton Sterling (video 0:42) and Philando Castile (video 0:00). None of these shootings needed deadly force. Jerermy McDole would have taken a little bravery but I would have approached him and disarmed him probably without killing him. It is stupid or mentally irregular not to comply with law enforcement when carrying a weapon but most of these people weren’t carrying.

violent-crime-police-shooting-chartAbout 13 percent of all African Americans who have been fatally shot by police since January 2015 were unarmed, compared with 7 percent of all Caucasian people. There’s the argument that African Americans are more violent therefore get shot more. The chart to the (right) shows that there’s no correlation between violence and police shootings. Some of the most violent areas have some of fewest police shootings and some of the least violent areas have some the most police shootings. For what ever reason, genetic subconscious, prejudice, or social lag the numbers show that in America, African American lives are not as valuable as Caucasian lives; not in the courts, not on the streets and therefore no where else in that deal unfairly with the African American community . To Kill Or Not To Kill, Capital Punishment briefly takes a look at racial bias and the death penalty. It’s really difficult to swallow this but it is what it is. Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. of Milwaukee County has been critical of Black Lives Matter, stating that there is no police brutality problem in America and that “there is no racism in the hearts of police officers”. I am American trough and through and I love my Country. I would die for it and that’s because it allows for change. This is something that’s got to change and if BLM can bring a focus to that need, it’s a start.

blm-african-american-crimeThough crime is significantly higher among African Americans…African Americans were charged with 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the country’s 75 biggest counties — despite the fact that African Americans made up just 15 percent of the population in those places…I think it’s safe to say that the start of American slavery for 246 years and then just being told, “OK your free. There may be some resentment.” can have adverse effects on any community. Until we start dealing with the situation from that perspective ain’t shit gonna change.

blm-disorganized-leadershipI have an online friend, Patti Smith, who says Black Lives Matter has said some atrocious things. I can not be a party to white or police hating but I think that has to do with how loosely organized BLM is. There is no central leadership in the 30 world wide chapters that exist. I think there should be solid leadership; someone(s) accountable for what’s said and done; Someone(s) to police their own and say this acceptable and this is not. They should try to entice psychologist, politicians, lawyers, and even police to join. It’s easy for me to say “they should” and I say it because I believe in the cause. It needs to become America’s cause and I want it to bring about change, not be a drop in the bucket. If BLM ends up being an insult to the the very people it represents then it was a waste of time, This to me is insulting…Black Lives Matter including chapter co-founder Marissa Johnson who walked onstage, sized the microphone from Bernie Sanders and called his supporters racists and white supremacists. Sanders issued a platform in response. Nikki Stephens, the operator of a Facebook page called “Black Lives Matter: Seattle” issued an apology to Sanders’ supporters, claiming these actions did not represent her understanding of BLM. She was then sent messages by members of the Seattle Chapter which she described as threatening, and was forced to change the name of her group to “Black in Seattle”. The founders of Black Lives Matter stated that they had not issued an apology. In August 2015, the Democratic National Committee passed a resolution supporting Black Lives Matter (video 5:20)…but it was effective to some extent and that’s unfortunate. There’s the other side of the story where Alicia Garza spoke at the University of Virginia and said “All lives do, in fact, matter” and the reader said she spoke of love.

blm-mulatto-2Although I don’t believe the loosely woven BLM movement represent all African American and Mulattos well I hope they can in the future.  There’s a lot baby raising in the African American genes and a well organized BLM movement would do superbly under Occupational ParentingThe Rule of Socialized Genetics on The Environment page. I think it is justified, I think it is insulting and I think it can be racist. Black Lives Matter shakes things up. Hopefully in the future it can smooth things out without America loosing focus on how unfair the American values are. Maybe they’ll change the name. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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Page – Presidential Election 2016… 11/7/2016


The name beside the issue is who I stand with on that issue. Below the issue are comments about or by that candidate. Scrolling further there are Comments From The Candidates that didn’t fit under any of the issues and finally are some Articles that I will continue to build upon. (Words that are boldfaced, italicized, and in parenthesis are my own). This will be a work in progress until the election is over.

Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are not included on this page due to time constraints and I don’t think they stand a chance of winning. If the Presidential debates invited the top 5 candidates maybe someone besides a democrat or republican could win.


Social SecurityHillary… Articles below

trump-resizedTrump- Then there’s the disability racket. Did you know that one out of every 20 people in America now claims disability? That adds up to $170 billion a year in disability checks. Between 2005 and 2009, it is estimated that $25 billion were eaten up in fraudulent Social Security Disability Insurance filings. On and on, scam after scam it goes; as always, taxpayers are the ones getting stiffed.

Trump- Privatization would be good for all of us. Directing Social Security funds into personal accounts invested in real assets would swell national savings, pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into jobs and the economy. These investments would boost national investment, productivity, wages, and future economic growth.

Trump- Well Paul … nice guy but I disagree with him on this … Paul wants to knock out Social Security, knock it down, way down … No. 1 you’re going to lose the election if you do that. … But more importantly … I want to keep SS intact … I’m not going to cut it, and I’m not going to raise ages, and I’m not going to do all of the things that they want to do. But they want to really cut it, and they want to cut it very substantially, the Republicans, and I’m not going to do that

pence-resizedPence- when asked whether he’d support making cuts to Social Security, Pence told CNN, “I think everything has to be on the table.

Pence- supported every form of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefit cut proposed in the past decade


Hillary- My plan will strengthen Medicare by reducing health care costs, enhance and protect Social Security for future generations by asking the wealthiest to contribute more, and expand benefits for widows and those who took time out of the paid workforce to care for a child or sick family member. I’ll fight attempts to privatize or weaken these programs.

kaine-overdoneKaine Kaine explained that he and Clinton supported improving Social Security’s finances partly by increasing the amount of wages subject to Social Security taxes. Currently, only the first $118,500 of wages is subject to the tax.

(After Trumps meeting with Paul Ryan his administration expressed a willingness to cut Social Security and Pence would follow the republican agenda to privatize or dismantle it.) 

Gun controlTrump… Article below

trump-resizedTrump Unwavering support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Get serious about prosecuting violent criminals. Get gang members and drug dealers off the street to make our cities and communities safer. Empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves. Expand mental health programs keep the violent mentally ill off of our streets.

hillary-resized-2Hillary And here again, the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.” (I don’t trust this)

Hillary A majority of Americans support universal background checks. In fact, a majority of gun owners support universal background checks.

Hillary Gun violence is by far the the leading cause of death for young African American men, more than the next nine causes combined.

Hillary- She has also promised to challenge powerful gun lobbyists and scrap legislation which protects gun manufacturers from being sued by victims.

Health Care – Trump… Article below

trump-resizedTrump- Every American deserves access to high quality affordable health care, not just insurance. Obamacare has failed on cost and quality of health care. It must be repealed. America needs a patient-centered health care system, allowing families and their doctors to be primary decision makers. Provide for the sale of health insurance across state lines.

Trump- Obamacare. We’re going to repel it, we’re going to replace it, get something great. Repeal it, replace it, get something great!” yelled Trump.

hillary-resized-2Hillary- I’ve fought for quality, affordable health care my entire career. As president, I’ll defend the Affordable Care Act, build on its successes, and go even further to reduce costs. My plan will crack down on drug companies charging excessive prices, slow the growth of out-of-pocket costs, and provide a new credit to those facing high health expenses.

Workplace EqualityHillary… Articles below

trump-resizedTrump- It’s something that’s being discussed. I think we have to keep our country very competitive, so you have to be careful of it.


hillary-resized-2Hillary- introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act



EducationHillary… Articles below

trump-resizedTrump- These student loans are probably one of the only things that the government shouldn’t make money from and yet it does.

Trump- I’m a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level.

Trump- So, common core is a total disaster. We can’t let it continue.

Trump- The candidate is known for having opened the now-defunct Trump University, which is the subject of legal complaints that it defrauded students.

Trump- I will … support merit pay for teachers, the great teachers, so that we reward our best teachers, instead of the failed tenure system.

Trump- At a CNN town-hall event earlier this year, said that education was one of the three most important priorities of the federal government. Still, has pledged to drastically cut or eliminate the U.S. Department of Education during his presidency.

hillary-resized-2Hillary- And I have a plan to make college affordable. Debt free tuition if you go to a great public college or university like this one,” said Clinton, who clarified that free tuition would only be for those who truly need it.

Hillary- When I think about the really unfortunate argument that’s been going on around common core, it’s very painful, because the common core started off as a bipartisan effort—it was actually nonpartisan. It wasn’t politicized, it was to try to come up with a core of learning that we might expect students to achieve across our country.

Hillary- American families are drowning in debt caused by ever-rising college costs, and it is imperative that the next president put forward a bold plan to make debt-free college available to all,” Mrs. Clinton said.

Hillary- I disagree with free college for everybody.

Hillary- If you go to a public college or university, you will not have to borrow a dime. (Will these people be able to get jobs?)

Hillary- I would like students to work ten hours a week” in order to contribute to their education,” Clinton said.

ImmigrationTrump… Article below

trump-resizedTrump Restore integrity to our immigration system by prioritizing the interests of Americans first. Enforce our immigration laws – at the border and at the workplace. Build a border wall and end sanctuary cities. Send criminal aliens home. Welcome those who embrace our way of life, but keep out immigrants and refugees who don’t through rigorous vetting.

Trump We’re going to build the wall, and we’re going to stop it. It’s going to end.

Trump- Trump said he was open to allowing undocumented immigrations serving in the military to remain in the country. He said, “I think that when you serve in the armed forces, that’s a very special situation, and I could see myself working that out, absolutely.

Trump- he requested Walt Disney rehire approximately 250 U.S. employees it replaced with foreigners holding H1-B visas. “I am calling on Rubio to immediately rescind his sponsorship of the [H-1B] bill and apologize to every Floridian for endorsing it.

pence-resizedPence- In 2004, Pence voted for H.R.3722 – the Undocumented Alien Emergency Medical Assistance Amendments of 2004, which proposed requiring hospitals to provide the Secretary of Homeland Security with information about undocumented aliens seeking medical treatment.

hillary-resized-2Hillary We need comprehensive immigration reform with a path to full and equal citizenship. If Congress won’t act, I’ll defend President Obama’s executive actions—and I’ll go even further to keep families together. I’ll end family detention, close private immigrant detention centers, and help more eligible people become naturalized.

Hillary We should be deporting criminals, not hardworking immigrant families who do the very best they can.

Hillary- The law currently allows for sympathetic cases to be reviewed, but right now most of these cases have no way to get a real hearing. Therefore we should put in place a simple, straightforward, and accessible way for parents of DREAMers and others with a history of service and contribution to their communities to make their case and be eligible for the same deferred action as their children.

kaine-overdoneKaine- President Obama made a lawful and moral decision to ensure law abiding families will not be torn apart because of Congress’ refusal to address our broken immigration system, and I will continue to do everything I can to support this effort.

AbortionHillary…Articles below

trump-resizedTrump– The primary responsibility of the federal government is to protect the rights of its citizens. Life is the most fundamental right. The federal government should not diminish this right by denying its’ protection. I am opposed to abortion except for rape, incest and life of the mother. I oppose the use of government funds to pay for abortions.

hillary-resized-2Hillary – I’m proud to stand with Planned Parenthood. I’ll never stop fighting to protect the ability and right of every woman in this country to make her own health decisions.

(I want to clearly state that I am personally against abortion but we have yet to determine when a group of cells becomes a human individual. The Government has the responsibility to stop murder. Until it can be determined that a group of cells is a human individual the Government should not legislate it.)


trump-resizedTrump- Torture works. OK, folks? You know, I have these guys—”Torture doesn’t work!”—believe me, it works. And waterboarding is your minor form. Some people say it’s not actually torture. Let’s assume it is. But they asked me the question: What do you think of waterboarding? Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding.

hillary-resized-2Hillary- We can be strong and smart without advocating torture or bigotry. We will not let fear dictate our foreign policy.

(Our methods of interrogation start to become a matter of international relations. I think we should do as much as is effective and as much as we can get away with. Torture is awful.)

SpaceHillary… Article below

trump-resizedTrump “Right now, we have bigger problems — you understand that? We’ve got to fix our potholes,” Trump told a 10-year-old boy who asked about NASA during a town hall last year.

hillary-resized-2Hillary I really, really do support the space program. Yep, that’s two “reallys.”


Veteran AffairsHillary…

trump-resizedTrump- Ensure that every Veteran gets timely access to top-quality care through the VA or private Medicare providers if the VA cannot provide timely access. Fix VA corruption and help Veterans find good paying jobs. Veterans should come first in the country they fought to protect, and under a Trump Administration they will.

Trump- Veterans should be guaranteed the right to choose their doctor.

Trump- Every veteran has the choice to seek care at VA or private care, paid for by our government.

Trump- Veterans Administration is slow…I’ll tear it down and build it from scratch.

hillary-resized-2Hillary- Supporting our veterans is a sacred responsibility. That’s why I’ll pursue a veteran-centric reform agenda that revitalizes the VA—not privatize it. I’ll ensure our veterans get world-class health care without enduring long waits, increase education and job opportunities, end the appeals backlog, and work to end veterans’ homelessness and suicide.

Hillary- I’m absolutely against privatizing the V.A. … this is another part of the Koch brothers agenda. They’ve actually formed an organization to try to begin to convince Americans we should no longer have guaranteed health care, specialized care for our veterans.”
Hillary- As president, according to the fact sheet, Clinton would push for more coordination between the Veterans Health Administration and other insurance providers and allow some private sector care “when it makes sense to do so” or “when the VA cannot provide timely access to necessary care.”
Hillary- Clinton said she wants to make it easier to “review and upgrade other-than-honorable discharge categorizations for service members who were improperly separated from service due to service-connected mental health and cognitive issues,” including traumatic brain injury and addiction.

(I only side with Hillary on this issue because I fear the privatization of veteran care)

Foreign Policy – Don’t Know…

trump-resizedTrump- He termed Riyadh the “world’s biggest funder of terrorism,” complaining that “Saudi Arabia funnels our petro dollars, our very own money, to fund the terrorists that seek to destroy our people while the Saudis rely on us to protect them.”

Trump- Stop paying to defend countries that can afford to defend themselves.

Trump- Whether you like Saddam Hussein or not, he used to kill terrorists,” and now Iraq is a breeding ground for terrorists.

Trump- Frontrunner Donald Trump offered his own strategy for dealing with Islamic State extremists and President Assad: “Let them fight each other and pick up the remnants.”

Trump- He said he wants U.S. troops on the ground in Syria, but more importantly, “I want other countries to get on the ground fighting ISIS.” (We’re trying to win wars without committing any ground troops because it would be unpopular. We should either get into wars or stay out of them but not try to do both.)

Trump- I am going to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” (Trans-Pacific Partnership) – Gives the U.S. more influence on Global economic policy but is bad for workers with an inclination to lower wages.)

hillary-resized-2Hillary- As secretary of state, I worked to restore America’s leadership in the world. As president, my top priority will be to keep us safe and defend our values. That includes maintaining a cutting-edge military, strengthening our alliances, being firm but wise with our rivals, cultivating new partners, defeating ISIS, and enforcing the Iran nuclear deal.

Hillary- The fact is we have four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?
Hillary- It’s time for the United States to start thinking of Iraq as a business opportunity. (ask)
Hillary- We have to fight in the air, fight on the ground and fight them on the Internet. We have to do everything we can with our friends and partners around the world. That’s what we’ll hear from the president, to intensify the current strategy.
Hillary- When her foreign policy positions were later questioned, she again bragged about her work “putting together that coalition to impose sanctions on Iran.”
Hillary- There is a necessary imperative to continue to try to achieve a resolution between Israel and the Palestinians.
Hillary- To promote a “pivot to Asia,” she said that “The future of politics will be decided in Asia, not Afghanistan or Iraq, and the United States will be right at the center of the action.” (I believe she’s speaking of her support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership here.)

EconomyHillary… Article below

trump-resizedTrump- I would impose a one-time, 14.25% tax on individuals and trusts with a net worth over $10 million. That would raise $5.7 trillion in new revenue, which we would use to pay off the entire national debt. We would save $200 billion in interest payments, which would allow us to cut taxes on middle-class working families by $100 billion a year or $1 trillion over ten years. We could use the rest of the savings–$100 billion-to bolster the Social Security Trust Fund. By 2030, we [will have] put $3 trillion into the trust Fund, which would make it solvent into the next century. [In addition to shoring up Social Security for the long term], I say it’s high time to separate Social Security from the general treasury. It is time to lock-box it and throw away the key. The rich will scream. Only the top 1% of people-those with a net worth of $10 million or more-would be affected by my plan. The other 99% would get deep reductions in heir federal income taxes.

Trump- Reform the tax code and trade policies to make it easier to hire, invest, build, grow, produce, and manufacture in America. Stop China from stealing our jobs, renegotiate NAFTA, cut unneeded regulations and make America the best place in the world to do business. Putting America First—and not globalism—will keep jobs and wealth in America. (Is he cutting taxes for the wealthy)

Trump- We’re going to eliminate job-killing regulations.
Trump- Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas,” wrote Trump.

Trump- Trump outlined a test for any regulation under his administration: “Is this regulation good for the American worker? If it doesn’t pass this test, this rule will not be under any circumstances approved.”

Trump- Trump went on to pledge to “create jobs, bring back companies” and make it tough for companies to leave — and “if they do, they will fully understand that there will be consequences.”

Trump- They devalue their currencies to such an extent that our businesses cannot compete with them, our workers lose their jobs.

Trump- Trump also says he would cut EPA’s budget dramatically and review all EPA regulations, eliminating many of them because, “Overregulation presents one of the greatest barriers to entry into markets and one of the greatest costs to businesses that are trying to stay competitive.”

Trump- By contrast, Donald Trump recently declared that Chinese membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) “enabled the greatest jobs theft in history.”

hillary-resized-2Hillary- We need to raise pay, create good-paying jobs, and build an economy that works for everyone—not just those at the top. I’ll cut taxes for the middle class, raise the minimum wage, and ensure the wealthiest pay their fair share. I’ll invest in infrastructure, clean energy, and education. And I’ll help parents balance work and family.

Hillary- Asked by an anti-T.P.P. group if she would oppose a lame-duck vote on the accord if elected, Mrs. Clinton responded, “I have said I oppose the T.P.P. agreement — and that means before and after the election.”

Hillary-Elsewhere during that same visit, Clinton said the TPP “will lower trade barriers, raise labor and environmental standards, and drive growth across the region.

Hillary- I’m going to go to bat for unions and workers because that helped build the middle class in the first place,” said Clinton.

Hillary- I know a lot of Americans are angry at the economy and for good cause. Americans haven’t had a raise in 15 years,” Clinton said, adding that she wanted to do more to ensure that “Wall Street never wrecks Main Street again.

Hillary- Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in an America where workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out,” she said, “not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.

Hillary- Clinton, who has advocated for raising the federal minimum wage to $12, praised Cuomo’s fight to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, and called out America as the “only industrialized country in the world that requires tipped workers to take home their income in tips, instead of wages.”

Hillary- Clinton says, “I have put forth a plan where no family has to pay more than 10 percent of their income towards child support. Right now a worker paid minimum wage depending on where they live spends 20 to 40 percent of their meager income.

Hillary- I probably hear about affordable housing more than anything else in every city in the Northeast,” Clinton said, adding that it was time for the federal government to re-invest in affordable housing and providing incentives for housing to remain affordable, despite market changes.

Hillary- Clinton called the Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in TPP “flawed,” adding: “I think we need to have a new paradigm for trade agreements that doesn’t give special rights to corporations that workers and (non-governmental organizations) don’t get.

Hillary- We’re going to stop job exporting and start importing and growing jobs again in our country.

Hillary- Third, Clinton argued Tuesday night that the omission of a promise to “break up the banks” in her Wall Street plan is not a weakness, since she will bust them up “if they pose systemic risks, and I’ve said that I would do that if that became the case.”

Hillary- Small businesses create more than 60 percent of new American jobs on net, so they have to be a top priority.

Hillary- Clinton estimates her college plan would cost $350 billion over 10 years and “will be fully paid for by closing tax loopholes and expenditures for the most fortunate.”


Comments From The Candidates

trump-resizedTrump- “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” A voice that sounds like Bush’s then says, “Whatever you want.” Trump replies, “Grab them by the p—y, you can do anything.”

(Non-political comments from Hillary are welcomed if they are reliable)



Social Security – Conversely, while Republicans are more supportive than Democrats of cutting funding for Medicare, Social Security and food and drug inspection, these remain minority positions within the GOP. More Republicans want to increase, rather than decrease, funding for Social Security (35% vs. 17%). And Republicans are as likely to say funding for Medicare should be increased as to say it should be decreased (24% vs. 21%).

Social Security – This year, Sam Clovis, Trump’s top policy advisor, attended the Peterson Summit. And what he had to say was music to the ears of the well-heeled conference-goers: A Trump administration would be open to cuts in Social Security and Medicare.

Social Security – Donald Trump’s presidential campaign waffled again on the details of its economic policy, with a top adviser suggesting a Trump administration would be open to reductions in Medicare and Social Security spending if the campaign’s tax cuts don’t achieve extraordinary budget surpluses.

Social Security – On Social Security, Trump and Pence couldn’t be more different

Social Security – Mike Pence’s Long History Attacking Social Security & Medicare

Social Security – Kaine explained that he and Clinton supported improving Social Security’s finances partly by increasing the amount of wages subject to Social Security taxes. Currently, only the first $118,500 of wages is subject to the tax. 

Gun Control- Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton on gun control – what the US election 2016 candidates have to say

Workplace Equality – Work to close the pay gap. Women earn less than men across our economy—and women of color often lose out the most. We should promote pay transparency across the economy and work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act—a bill Hillary introduced as senator—to give women the tools they need to fight discrimination in the workforce.

Workplace Equality – Therefore, companies will have far less flexibility in addressing different salary histories for new hires, different salary demands from existing employees, the size of pay raises for people promoted into new roles, and so on.  The law would make these changes without real evidence that these steps will eliminate pay disparities between men and women or any thought on the impact of restricting a company’s ability to respond to the different needs and demands of its employees

Workplace Equality – Clinton vs. Trump: Equal Pay for Equal Work

Education – Where Do Clinton and Trump Stand on Education?

Education – What are the common-core standards?

Immigration – Immigration is among the most complex and most debated issues of the 2016 presidential election. It is a significant issue for the candidates—and for many voters. Sixty percent of registered voters report that immigration is an important factor in how they will vote in November and 20 percent of voters say they will only vote for a candidate who shares their views on immigration.

Health Care – Side-by-Side Comparison of the Candidates’ Health Care Positions

Space –The 2016 Presidential Candidates’ Views on NASA and Space Exploration

Economy – In the end, elections usually come back to the economy—to jobs, wages, taxes, imports and exports, the price of goods and the cost of an education. Differences over all these issues—from tax rates and immigration to globalization and the minimum wage—are particularly sharp this year between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Here’s a look at where the two candidates stand on the top economic issues.

Abortion – Hillary Clinton on Abortion

Abortion – Donald Trump on Abortion

Veteran Affairs – Here’s Where Clinton, Trump Stand on Veterans Issues

There is only one true issue for me and that’s Occupational Parenting. The reason for that is all of the other issues are shaped to the well-being of this and all future generations. The whole economic system is based on what’s best for every individual child and companies will be competing to know what that is. Regulations and laws will be passed on truth in economic need, truth in individual human need. That’s a lot different than what our systems are based on today, political kickbacks and corporate assentation.‘s goal is that Occupational Parenting is one of economic issues in a future election. Hopefully you will be familiar with it and vote accordingly. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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Tony Souza RIP

November 2nd, 2016

tony-souza-leaning-with-capToo often after losing a family member a person wishes they had spent more time with them. That’s the case with my nephew Tony Souza. I knew he was sick and the eventuality was we’d probably lose him. Maybe that’s the reason that I was distant. Now it’s too late and it will always be a regret.

tony-souza-kidsTony lost his battle with cancer on September 20th, 2016 and it was a battle. Toward the end, every time I saw him he seemed at peace. And every time before I saw him I found myself wondering how would I handle knowing that I was going to die. Tony gave me a great example of how I’d like to handle it. He was a father that loved his his kids dearly and when he was playing he could be like a little kid himself. Tony was a photogenic devil and had a smile that would light the room as well as your heart. I remember amazing him and his brother with mediocre nun chuck skills when they were younger. He never had an easy road and though some would say it was self inflicted I’d say a lot of it was just normal. Tony reminded me of me. Prone to mischief but massive amounts of love. It was the love that became Tony’s identity as he grew into a man. Love from a life defined by hardship. As I watched him struggle I saw him become more of man than myself.

tony-souza-memorialTony’s memorial service was today, October 29th. There were many tears, not for Tony but for those of us that will miss him. I think everyone knows he’s in a much better place and cancer free. He’s making somebody laugh. His mom told the youngest of his children that he went to work for God. I hope my ways here are good enough that when I pass I’ll see him and he can kind of tell me what’s going on and the way things work. His sisters and brother all spoke of him today at his service today. Following are comments from many who were in attendance. Some of them would only be understood by Tony and the person that wrote it. His brother declined to comment but he made us all laugh as he reminisced about Tony. The two had a unique relationship in the family.


Richard SouzaDad– One on top of two, raising the line.

Shirley ChattellMeme– My rug rats 3, – 1.Tony, 2.Missy, 3.Mike., Now I have 2-. Tony will always be with me as #1. Many things things we’ve done. We will still do.

Jean Dobson – Grandmother– I will love him forever and will miss him.

Angela DavenportSister- He’s in my heart.

Kayla LabbeBaby Sister- Being blessed as his family and sister and getting to be a part of his life.

Patty ChattellAunt- He was a great person and I will always love him and keep his memories alive. Love You Dear Nephew

Tina ChattellAunt- I will miss you and always love you. See you in the cards♥

Annette LaplanteAunt- Let the Good Times Roll

Jen ClubineAunt- Tony you are my hero, my baby brother. There won’t be a second of the day that I don’t think about you. I Love You forever and a day

Loretta MeadowsAunt- I love you and I miss you.

Guy DobsonUncle- All I can say is I will remember Tony for a person who didn’t back away (or) down from anything in life.

George DanyowUncle- I’ll miss him!

Mychael MeadowsUncle- I love you. I miss you. Put in a good word with God for me and stay out of trouble. (wink, wink)

Josh LaneBrother-in-law- Driving through Hartford streets, leaving job sites yelling “Hey Girl” to all the chickies.

Zyrah FigueroaNiece- Thank you for comforting Jazmin and I in hard times and for protecting us from all things evil. I will always love you, Your niece Zyrah

Brandon Daugherty Cousin- Tony made a huge impact on my life. As my godfather whenever I needed him he was there!

Melissa MarcureCousin- I will carry you with me everyday with all your love. Until we meet again. -miss you

Tim BeardsleyCousin- My cousin, my friend love you

McKenzie ClubineCousin- Tony was always the person that made everyone smile, and laugh and he was just everybody’s rock, and everyone’s good time.

Mya MeadowsCousin- I Hope you have found heaven.

Melvin C Figueroa Jr.  Daughter’s Godfather– Be Great, Live Life, love thou family unBelievable  memories.

KristyFriend- There was never a time I didn’t see a smile on Tony’s face! Rest peacefully we know you are watching over us.

Cheryl Former Co-worker- We used to tease Tony that you couldn’t look anyone in the eye or you’d get pregnant! Charming ladies man (:

Mike D.Friend- You crazy S.O.B. I’ll miss you. You almost killed me numerous times but you didn’t. I love you!

Jaimie DeBruyckerFriend- Tony’s heart will always be bigger than the world!

I had a difficult time reading some of these. If your concerned that I didn’t get your comment correct or complete or you’d like to leave a comment for Tony; please email me at and I will make the corrections or add the comment.

Hope and pray everyday for the cure for cancer. Cherish every moment you have with your loved ones. Keep the memory of those who have passed in a place of honor. Until next week; keep your homes well.

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