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   Suejeanne  My Mom was looking through some of her old paperbacks, thinking about reading instead of watching the tv news and getting so upset. She re-read "The Deep Blue Good-By" by John D. MacDonald - when she got to the end of it, she was leafing through the pages at the end - his son, Maynard MacDonald, wrote a page about how his father started writing - then that was followed by excerpts from various books with John D. MacDonald's popular character, Travis McGee - Mom thought this excerpt was interesting, from "The Empty Copper Sea" (1978 ):

"Law enforcement has become so complex, technical, and demanding, so dependent on the expert use of expert equipment, one might as well say it would make as much sense to elect brain surgeons for the public at large as sheriffs".
November 22 at 00:32 EST .

   Lonestar Jack  Being 88 I now limit my reading to "Non Cerebral" books and John MacDonald has plenty. Old favorite rehashed.
10 hours ago .

   Suejeanne  Puzzle solved why black students want Woodrow Wilson's name removed from the premises of Princeton -

they found out that Woodrow Wilson supported Margaret Sanger, who pushed for black women to have abortions and to be sterilized; she was big on "eugenics", was an inspiration for Adolf Hitler - Woodrow Wilson famously pulled her chestnuts out of the fire when she was indicted for sending birth control info through the mails - now black students are realizing that Woodrow Wilson had an early hand in Sanger's immense success with "black lives don't matter" (later known as Planned Parenthood ).
November 19 at 14:14 EST .

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   Papasparky  There is another aspect of Woodrow Wilson's Presidency that is little known or discussed during these times of political correctness flooding every corner of our society.

Wilson may have been the first modern day President who had a woman whispering in his ear first thing every morning, very similar to the present day joker who inhabits our White House. Woodrow, contrary to Barack, at least had a somewhat viable excuse -- he had a severe stroke midway through his second term -- and wife Edith essentially ran the Executive Branch of Government from 1919 to 1921.

Barack's only excuse is that his entire life has been illegitimate, from his birth to this day, and his homosexuality and continuing drug use have rendered his personality inadequate for anything other than his skill of being a convincing congenital liar. He needs to hear the constant reaffirmation of his "surrogate" mama to function, and one Valerie Jarrett (Iranian born Muslim woman ) is our modern day Mata Hari. Michelle is just a Jeremiah Wright supplied facade paid off in perks.

“The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.”
~ Harry S. Truman

A foot note for Hillary -- forget your hopeless quest to be the first . . . we have already had two of them!
November 20 at 07:54 EST .

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   Balogreene  President Wilson also resegregated Government. Blacks had been hired in Government for a while. When he came in, he fired them all, hired whites. I forget what his "good reasons" were. He was a racist. He was a Communist sympathizer. But, I think those BLM people are confused, and hate Wilson for all the wrong reasons.
Monday at 18:21 EST .

   Suejeanne  When Barack Hussein Obama was elected in 2008 and then inaugurated, he took the oath of office:

The Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm ) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

So, since the Constitution starts off with that magnificent Preamble and Barack Obama was a constitutional law professor, I think I heard, he most certainly should be aware of the Preamble:

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

It seems to me in so many ways President Obama is doing everything possible to endanger the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity, by crippling debt that destroys the economy, incompetent or deliberate mishandling of our nation's defense, endangering our country in pushing for acceptance of refugees that may be terrorists and his constant agitation against the domestic tranquility.

He reaps the benefits of the office, golfs and vacations whenever he likes, contemplates owning an NBA team after leaving office . . . but Mr. Obama, you haven't held up your end of the deal.

Democrats, when are you going to go to President Obama and tell him he has to go?
November 19 at 00:01 EST .

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   Safetydude  He was not a law "Professor".

I can't remember the name of his course but it was something like 'The Constitution and Minorities'.
November 19 at 12:18 EST .

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   Suejeanne  Thank you, Safetydude - I checked out the link - it only brings to mind again how lightly he was scrutinized - the news media would have been all over George W. Bush if he had enhanced his resume in this way - or created a "composite" girlfriend (that was really quite weird ). How can we be reassured by Obama telling us all these refugees are "robustly vetted" when he himself was not!
November 19 at 12:49 EST .

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   JoniTx  Interesting map:
   November 18 at 15:05 EST .

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   Gram77  Thank goodness for you kind and intelligent people who are always willing to explain things to me. So......why can France close her borders and the U.S. can't and now I see on Lucianne that it may be that legally states cannot refuse refugees.
   November 17 at 08:47 EST .

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   Tulsa  From the web, Gram77: France is roughly the same size as Texas if you include oversea territories. It is midway between California and Texas if you consider mainland France only.

Iows, Frances has a smaller area to close.

As far as refusing refugees, states have the right to do so, but it may cost them federal funding in some or several areas. It's how the feds control or limit the rights of states.
November 17 at 16:36 EST .

   JoniTx  Slide show of Landmarks in French colors... Blue, White and Red:
November 16 at 13:30 EST .

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   Suejeanne  Moderate Muslims who do not speak out against the violent, extremist, fascist terroristic Muslims are like those who did not sound the alarm about the Nazis and speak against them.

Herewith, I am paraphrasing the poem by Martin Niemöller . . . perhaps others will kindly improve upon this, regarding the suffering of various people at the hands of non-moderate Muslims:

First they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for the Assyrian Christians, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not an Assyrian Christian.

Then they came for the Yazidis, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Yazidi.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me, the moderate Muslim.
November 15 at 19:12 EST .

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   Safetydude  There is no such thing as "moderate Muslims".
November 15 at 20:56 EST .

   Fireball27  What can we do if attacked like the people in Paris? If you don't have a gun, are you going to hide under a table while the shooter goes about his carnage? I think I have a way we can at least stop him sooner. I carry a "tactical flashlight", which is only 5 inches long, but is so bright a person cannot see when it is shined at their eyes. These little lights make it very hard for the attacker to see, and imagine if there were more than one person shinning these lights in his face. Then while the attacker is blinded you can run, or attack him, and take him out. This light is so bright you don't even want to have it shined at you while you have your eyes closed. Women should consider this because if someone comes at you, you can blind them from a good distance away. These lights are not expensive, mine cost under $70 and is 320 Lumens. Look them up, I think this would be a good way to have at least some protection, and they are easy to carry. I wear mine on my belt. These are not the little toy type LED lights. The one I use is a "Surefire" brand.
November 14 at 20:54 EST .

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   Tulsa  Excellent idea. Thank you. I'll spread the word.

Our alarm man suggests to those who don't own firearms, a can of wasp spray as it shoots 15+/- feet. An attacker (more than one ) could easily be temporarily blinded, which provides extra time to get to firearms if necessary. I loved that idea.'s like long distance mace.
November 14 at 23:16 EST .

   Safetydude  FYI Tulsa,

You better not use wasp spray. It's a federally regulated insecticide and if used on a person you may incur federal penalties.
November 14 at 23:32 EST .

   MeiDei  Even in self defense against an armed gunman or knife wielder?
November 14 at 23:55 EST .

   Safetydude  Not my call.
That's why my home defense of choice is a Glock-17.
November 15 at 10:38 EST .

   Fireball27  Please check these lights out. Try the closed eye test yourself. These make great gifts and I think everyone should have one. It's kind of like having a "phaser" from Star Trek. Just point the beam, and the bad guy is unable to continue his attack. Then you hit them with whatever you can find, and make sure it HURTS! You can get these lights at any good sporting goods store, or even Wal-Mart.
November 15 at 18:51 EST .

   Suejeanne  thank you for sharing this information . . . excellent idea!
November 15 at 19:13 EST .

   MeiDei  Is the flashlight easy to operate for someone with limited use of his hands, I'm thinking partially paralyzed; they're vulnerable to any attack.
November 15 at 20:26 EST .

   Fireball27  They have a twist cap with a push button also. If you turn the end all the way, the light stays on. You can turn the end most of the way and then the light will come on as long as you hold the button down. Like I said, these are small, and easily held in one hand. Check them out at
November 15 at 23:10 EST .

   Lonestar Jack  My push button 700 lumen blinks and is said to elicit confusion -- at least long enough to jack .40 in the chamber and then assess the situation.
I also have motion sensitive lights scattered throughout the house for my late night wandering and early warning notification.
10 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Here are the GOP candidates - who do you think will best deal with ISIS & the refugees entering the USA?
   November 14 at 11:53 EST .

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   Tulsa  Hope everyone is well and safe.

Cruz. All incoming refugees should stop period. It's suicidal to take them. I'd sooner see all of Syria blown off the globe.

Both physically and financially, it will kill us. We're in debt. And they Do want to kill us.

I'll vote for the nominee whether he's my first choice or not.
November 14 at 12:19 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'll vote for the nominee, too, Tulsa. I'm beginning to think Chris Christie deserves another look from voters.
November 14 at 13:32 EST .

   Gram77  I too think another look at Christie might not be a bad idea.
November 14 at 13:43 EST .

   NotaBene  Trump. We need someone like him in this country to make America better. I will also vote for the nominee, once more holding my nose (did it for McCain and Romney before ).
November 14 at 16:59 EST .

   Tulsa  Christie isn't for me. Just cause he's a rude loudmouth doesn't mean he's tough. Anyone can say sit down and shut up, but shouldn't...just my opinion. Cruz is the most conservative and he knows the ropes. Besides he wants to close the Dept. of Commerce twice! lol. Cruz is brilliant. He is. He's argued b4 the Supremes and won.

He's seriously disliked by the GOP establishment....big plus.

Gosh it's nice to 'talk with friends at the Connection.

Must scoot..dinner time is approaching and Clemson is playing. Go Tiger Team!
November 14 at 18:04 EST .

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   Safetydude  It's too late.
It doesn't matter who we elect.
We are being attacked by an enemy so insidious that we don't realize we're at war.

In the west we live in open societies that depend on individuals to behave according to laws and customs.
Now we're being attacked by an enemy that wants to destroy those societies and re-unify them under their law.
The only way to stop them is to destroy them, totally.
You can't negotiate with somebody that wants to die.
All you can do is grant them their wish.
Until the West wakes up...
Right now the titular leader of the free world won't recognize that we are at war and still believes these terrorists should be tried in court as criminals, not enemy combatants.

This what I would like to come out of the G-20 next week.
"President Obama today asked President Putin to take charge of the fight against ISIS".
Mr.Obama is on his way to Hawaii for vacation.
November 15 at 00:27 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm an incurable optimist. It's never too late. If we can survive until November of next year, we can begin to change this mess. It won't be quick and it won't be cheap and it will take many good minds and skillful hands to do the planning and execution. But, between now and then, I'll take my chances with wasp spray and my stash of emergency supplies in case the jihadists land in North Texas.
November 15 at 05:53 EST .

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   Tulsa  Storm. That's why I like you so much. You're an incurable optimist(me too ) and a Texan. And you're funny too (wasp spray ).

I don't like guns, tho I've been around them all my life being from South Carolina. Lots of hunters and hunt clubs. I've been thru the carry class twice bc of transfers. And we have to re-up every 5 years, which is pay the fee and fire at an indoor range.

If you qualify with a semi you may carry whatever you like...pistol (revolver ) or semi auto. If you qualify with a revolver, you must carry that only.

I always used a 38, but the Suit bought me a 32 lite weight S & W semi. You can do it, if I can.
November 15 at 10:49 EST .

   Tulsa  Mo Info. You can rent a 22 semi auto and ammo at the firing range for a pittance and they will give you the remainder of the open box of ammo.

The recoil on a bigger gun will blister my hand or tear skin, bc of the number of rounds required to qualify. In SC it was 50 at one distance and another 50 at a longer distance.

You have far more control with a smaller caliber. I hit 98 out of 100 center of mass.

Under real circumstances nowhere near that number would be required. Tho I understand isil is on meth just as the German was on speed during WW2. Ergo the blitzkrieg. German citizens were also offered this. Monsters on drugs.

Do not let men poo poo you about buying a smaller caliber gun. If you can't lift it or pull the trigger it's useless. All you'd have with a 44 or 45 is a very expensive club! and I don't plan to get that close.
November 15 at 11:36 EST .

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   StormCnter  Tulsa, thank you for the kind words and the advice. I have to confess an embarrassing fact, however. I grew up with guns, too, but I am famous in my family and among my friends as being the worst shot in Texas. Really.
November 15 at 12:05 EST .

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   Suejeanne  I believe the French people will be ruthless and comprehensive in the aftermath of today's terrible attacks in Paris . . . it will be demanded; to the ramparts!

Along with securing the borders:

1. Review all passports of those who have gone to Syria and returned to France; these people will be detained for questioning.

2. All those leaving France for Syria and other known terrorist theaters will be refused reentry to the nation.

3. Conduct a military operation to clean out so-called "no go zones" in Paris and anywhere else in France; do not leave this to the police to fight alone; it is for the defense of the nation at large.

4. Cancel that Climate Change conference; burdensome security concerns in the midst of all this.

5. The soccer field attack – brings to the mind the Taliban using a soccer field as a place of execution - what would ISIS do with the Louvre, Notre Dame, Tour Eiffel? Yes, I think the French people will be ruthless in protecting every aspect of their way of life.

6. Review the merits of a Devil’s Island and develop a consensus of opinion.

7. Launch an exchange with Vladimir Putin and the Russian people as well as Benjamin Netanyahu and the people of Israel who have been through this; put other world leaders on notice that “if you are not with us in this fight, you are against us”.
November 14 at 01:03 EST .

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   Tulsa  Israel bulldozed the homes of recent attackers. Make that #8 on your list.
November 14 at 12:21 EST .

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   Suejeanne  Reply 9 - Posted by: suejeanne, 11/13/2015 4:44:06 PM (No. 10526562 )

If I understand correctly, Rubio would have us believe he had an epiphany about the immigration issue . . .

yet, it would be impossible to show the door to all those people who are here illegally . . .

so, what we need to do is look at the people who have been working here, taking care of their families, haven't broken any laws, pass a background check . . .

wait, wait, wait just a minute there, kiddo . . . what kind of a background check will they clear when they have ALREADY broken the law when they came in here illegally?

When someone breaks into your house, isn't that a felony? They are breaking into millions of American homes when they enter our country illegally.
November 13 at 16:47 EST .

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   Fireball27  Not only here Illegally, if they are working they are using false identies. They can't be here and have only broken one law. Let's make the supporters of the illegals admit they are just fine with identity theft, and fruad. Send them back home.
November 13 at 19:13 EST .

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   Safetydude  I'm loath to get into this discussion since ALL of congress
is for amnesty. But to extrapolate a bit on SueJ's comment; if somebody breaks into your house and starts to wash the dishes does that mean no crime has been committed?

I figger' that's what's happening with all the lawbreakers we permit to continue living on our tax money. Ship 'em out.

Take half the welfare and foreign aid budgets and spend that on bus or 'plane tickets and send the illegals to the country of their choice.
November 13 at 20:40 EST .

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