My mother told me at a very young age if I was to make it in this world, I had to toughen up.

She was right on the mark, and now, 50 years later, I'm echoing "we live in a great nation, toughen up."

Ever since President Trump's election we are seeing confusion, separation, rejection, resignation and now judge by complexion. Our lack of protection and sense of direction keeps us watching: Trump was sitting on a wall, Trump had a great fall. All his horses and all his men could not put Trump back together again.

Lois Jones

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Carlos Ponce

Lois, get over it. Trump won. The confusion comes from those who wanted Hillary to win; politicians, media, Hollywood Elites. Trump is doing a great job. Whenever North Korea backed down due to Trump's tough rhetoric the Leftist Media wouldn't grant him a "win". So they took his Charlottesville comments and claimed it was bad. There is nothing he said that wasn't factual. And the gullible Anti-Trumps swallowed it.

Mark Aaron

See Carlos, this is the kind mindless blind allegiance that convinces me you have no idea how to qualify sources.

For example:

You pretend only a narrow slice of America voted for Sec. Clinton when in fact she won the popular vote by 2.8 million votes.

You claim Trump is doing a great job, but the world and two thirds of Americans think he is an incompetent embarrassment.

You claim no one gives him credit for a North Korea win. The issues with North Korea are far from over.

You claim the Leftists twisted Trumps words about Charlottesville, yet the only people not condemning his false equivalence ("from both sides, both sides") are the KKK, White Nationalists, and lick-spittle apologists like Pence.

And the only gull in this conversation is anyone who refuses to find any fault in Trump or admit to his lies though one of America's most prestigious newspapers has today documented over one thousand false and misleading claims Trump has made.

Carlos Ponce

Gee, Mark, you are good at fiction.
When did I post " only a narrow slice of America voted for Sec. Clinton ". Never.
Trump is doing a good job because my 403B is doing GREAT! (It's a 401K for educators)
Korea, did you here that North Korea BACKED DOWN after his rhetoric? No if you listen to Fake News.
"yet the only people not condemning his false equivalence..." No, the Christian stations and their news say he told the TRUTH.
I never posted nor think Trump is without fault. I would have done things different.
"America's most prestigious newspapers has today documented over one thousand false and misleading claims Trump has made." Yes I saw the list. What a joke. No wonder why their readership is DROPPING! [beam]

Carlos Ponce

Replace "here" with "hear".

Mark Aaron

"No wonder why their readership is DROPPING! "

Poor delusional Carlos. The NY Times and the Washington Post are both seeing 10 fold increases in their subscription rates. I guess those Christian stations failed to mention that. Either that, or you stuck your fingers in your ears and went lalalalala so you wouldn't have to hear it. Either way is sad for you.

Carlos Ponce

From Businessinsider.com
"The Washington Post Is Losing Ad Sales And Readers"
But according to Politico, NYT digital only subscriptions have increased. But who trusts Politico?
Is it true Mark Aaron has several subscriptions to each paper? Must have a lot of canaries.[wink]

Mark Aaron

"From Businessinsider.com "The Washington Post Is Losing Ad Sales And Readers" But according to Politico, NYT digital only subscriptions have increased. But who trusts Politico?"

I like Politico and consider it a credible source. The problem here lies in your warped conclusion based on the facts presented by Politico. All print media is losing subscribers to their print editions as the world moves away from wasting paper and moves to paperless digital reporting. Nearly all are seeing increases in their digital readership. Was that not obvious to you?

Dedrick Johnson

Lois, what a great analogy. It's important to put it in such a way that all of the kings horses and all of the kings men can understand. It's great to see a few people left who don't buy into media conspiracies, etc...

Mark Aaron

"It's great to see a few people left who don't buy into media conspiracies, etc..."

I agree Dedrick. Unfortunately the media conspiracy mavens appear to be badly over represented in this forum at the moment.

Diane Turski

We will all have be tough for a long time to repair all the damage his presidency has done and will continue to do to our great county and democracy! This has been a very tough learning experience for many Americans. Never again!

Carlos Ponce

Nicely put Diane! Repairing the damage Obama has done will take time though. Never again!

Mark Aaron

"Nicely put Diane! Repairing the damage Obama has done will take time though. Never again!"

Having comprehension problems today Carlos? Perhaps a nap would help, or a cool glass of sweet tea.

Carlos Ponce

You aparently missed the day they taught IRONY and SARCASM. [beam][beam]

Paula Flinn

I agree.

Paula Flinn

i agree with Diane Turski!

Keith Gray

Paula no disrespect, but if what you call damage is whats going on with my 401k... than President Trump do your worse.

George Croix

Mr. Gray, you are a greedy, priveleged man to want to benefit from your own work and investments....dontcha know......[beam][beam][beam]

Keith Gray

George, I didn't see any of these snowflakes with a shovel in the ditch with me while I was making minimum wage working my way to a better life... I didn't see any of these apologist “white privilege” selling themselves to get work when quotas was all the rave... I didn't see any of these social justice warriors working 1300 hours overtime with me while going to college to get my degree that took 7 years... I didn't have any of these snowflakes complain when they told me they didn't have to pay their student loans, while I paid for mine... so as far as I am concerned, my charity and prayers go towards the truly needy and those snowflakes... aka social justice warriors can cry, have rumbles/protests and influence all the weaklings they can. But when it comes time to vote, I have faith that those like me (the grown-ups) will select the best candidate... just like they did last November. Don't like it? Put a better candidate forward instead of a lying elitist who laughs at laws that apply to the rest of us. No reference websites needed. So, does this put me in the "soulless jackal" club??? And, if all southerners are treasonous to the north, then are we all treasonous to England???

George Croix

I understand, Mr. Gray...
I never realized when working over 3 decades worth of rotating shift work and emergency response that I had somehow had a bunch of kids other than my one daughter that I was responsible for...or that some of those kids were in their 20's to 80's.....[whistling]
One thing to help...that's part of good citizenship.
Quite another for it to be deemed a 'right' by the usual suspects....

Mark Aaron

Do you consider your 401K more important than democracy Keith?

Mark Aaron

"George, I didn't see any of these snowflakes..."

Perhaps if you opened your eyes and looked around without your profound bias you might see the truth for a change and not just dollar signs.

Keith Gray

I do not need to consider anything... I earned both.

Mark Aaron

"But when it comes time to vote, I have faith that those like me (the grown-ups) will select the best candidate... just like they did last November."

You mean the "grown-ups" who gave us Donald Trump, the most universally reviled US president in modern American history? And you actually think that is a good thing? How sad for you that you can not see beyond your profound bias Keith. I wish you better fortune in the future.

Carlos Ponce

You mean the "grown-ups" who gave us Donald Trump, the most universally reviled US president in modern American history? And you actually think that is a good thing? How sad for you that you can not see beyond your profound bias Keith. I wish you better fortune in the future.
Reviled only by Liberal Kool-aid drinkers. Trump is a good president, voted into office overwhelmingly by Evangelicals and church going Catholics. But some refuse to see that he is doing a good job.
"There is none so blind
As he who will not see
We must not close our minds
We must let our thoughts be free."

Mark Aaron

Well said Diane. Thank you.

Carol Dean

LOL!

George Croix

Well, removing history is all the rage these days, so it looks like the period from Jan. 2009 to Jan. 2017, the 'fundamental change', is to be excised from memory at will.

Can't fix that...

Mark Aaron

"Well, removing history is all the rage these days"

There is a big difference between preserving history versus removing monuments that glorify hate, bigotry, and the inhumanity of slavery. It is sad that you have such a difficult time distinguishing the difference, George. Perhaps it is because you just don't want to. The truth is difficult for some to hear, I guess.

Carol Dean

Which truth would that be?

Mark Aaron

"Which truth would that be?"

The discussion has been going on for days. Sorry you missed it.

Mark Aaron

"Are you serious??? Mark believes in Global Warming??? Removing us from the Paris Treaty is by far already one of Trumps greatest decisions!"

Do you believe in evolution Carol?

Josh Butler

You say we should toughen up, then you complain about Trump. Tell me, how has Trump negatively affected your life, other than what the media has been feeding you?

Paula Flinn

Do you like clean air and water? Our tap water has 7 contaminants in it now that cause cancer, Can we afford more? Do you like seeing animals on the endangered list protected? Do you like visiting National Parks? Do you like the protections that we have living on the coast? Do you like a more healthy diet for school children than all fried or fatty or sugary food?

Do you have friends that are Environmentalists that may lose their jobs because they work at companies that promote clean and green energy? Do you believe that companies should not dump their coal sludge into rivers? President Trump has removed regulations passed during the previous administration to change all of the good things Pres. Obama and the former First Lady have done for the country.

If you like your Medicare, your Medicaid, and/or your Social Security, hold on. Rep. Paul Ryan wants to change all of that, plus dump you into an inferior health care plan. It certainly has not happened yet, but Republicans are salivating at the thought of getting their hands on your entitlements.

Josh Butler

I appreciate your response. We obviously have different ideologies. You look to government to fix things, while I look to the free market. Look, I have 3 children, and the single biggest threat they will face is the 20T dollar debt and the over 200T dollars in unfunded liabilities. The path we are on is not sustainable and the Baby Boomer debt will come crashing down on them.

Also, I am sure that companies won't all of the sudden be dumping sludge into rivers and national parks won't be going away either. BTW, the environmental disaster where all of those heavy metals were dumped into that river in Colorado happened under the EPA's watch. Government is far from perfect. And more efficient ways of producing energy will come. Forcing it on the market before it's ready is ineffective and wastes money. I am always of the opinion that less government is better. Also, it is my responsibility to make sure my kids eat healthy, not big brother's. Just my opinion.

Mark Aaron

"Look, I have 3 children, and the single biggest threat they will face is the 20T dollar debt and the over 200T dollars in unfunded liabilities"

The greatest threat facing your children is not the national debt, which is historically reasonable, it is global warning. Or, like so many Conservatives, do you not believe in science?

Josh Butler

Government is extremely inefficient.

http://freebeacon.com/issues/estimated-72-million-medicaid-payments-made-ineligible-beneficiaries/

Kelly Naschke

Very well stated Josh.

Mark Aaron

Try again when you figure out what a credible source is Josh. The Free Beacon is a biased Conservative rag.

Carlos Ponce

Paula, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security can all be improved. To stand in the way of improvements makes one an idealogue but does not help anything.

Mark Aaron

"Paula, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security can all be improved. To stand in the way of improvements makes one an idealogue but does not help "

Way to go Carlos! You finally got one right. I'm rooting for you buddy. Keep up the good work.

Mark Aaron

"other than what the media has been feeding you? "

So Josh, it is the media's fault that Trump is universally reviled around the world? The world's media have united in a global conspiracy to take him down? Sounds pretty silly to me.

George Croix

I forgot that Republicans are FOR dirty air and water.
Damn those dirty guys......

Kelly Naschke

Don't forget about throwing grandma off the cliff George. Or the myriad other fictional talking points from the left.

George Croix

Oh, not to worry, I have a really good memory.....
For an old fa_t.
I don't want to be involved with anybody who'd believe such...stuff.....but, that's why it's called a 'base', and we need to realize that a person who allows themselves to be led around by the nose with establishment political talking points of any kind is not necessarily a bad person....they just know a lot that isn't so....
imo
[whistling]

Mark Aaron

"I forgot that Republicans are FOR dirty air and water."

To be fair, George, they are only for it if they can make money from creating it. And of course they don't ever want it in their own back yard. Well, unless the money is good enough.

Jarvis Buckley

Tonight we should all be grateful we have such a strong leader. President Trump is a great president.

Mark Aaron

Did you make a fresh batch of Kool-Aid for the occasion Jarvis?

Jarvis Buckley

Mark read George & Carlos comments a couple times. Don't just
skim through developing thoughts to disagree with their thoughtful opinion's . These guys know of what they speak. They have knowledge & brain power. Let their thoughts soak in before you lash back at them. Like you they are good folks. Just my thoughts.....

Mark Aaron

"These guys know of what they speak. They have knowledge & brain power."

I look forward to the time they begin to use it.

But thank you for the considered response.

Carlos Ponce

I love you too!

Carol Dean

Are you serious??? Mark believes in Global Warming??? Removing us from the Paris Treaty is by far already one of Trumps greatest decisions!

Mark Aaron

"Mark believes in Global Warming?"

Do you believe in science or evolution Carlos?

Carlos Ponce

I believe in God.

Mark Aaron

"I believe in God."

Are you confirming that you don't believe in science and evolution Carlos?

Carlos Ponce

I believe in God. That's says it all. Science is just discovery of the rules God has established for the universe.

Mark Aaron

"I believe in God. That's says it all. Science is just discovery of the rules God has established for the universe."

What about when science clearly conflicts with the bible such as in the case of evolution or Noah's ark? How do you reconcile that?

Carlos Ponce

No conflict. As time goes by science will "catch up" and renew their assessment.

Mark Aaron

"No conflict. As time goes by science will "catch up" and renew their assessment."

Scientifically reproducible facts aren't very subject to change. Religious "assessments," however, are in constant flux and not even agreed upon within the same religions. So why would you ignore the more consistent and provable facts rather than highly fallible subjectivity?

So, do you believe in evolution Carlos, or do you think that is some Chinese plot like Trump claims global warming is?

Carlos Ponce

I believe in God.

Mark Aaron

"I believe in God."

Do you believe in evolution Carlos?

Carlos Ponce

The Bible has the answer you seek. I suggest you read it.

Mark Aaron

"The Bible has the answer you seek."

I'm not asking a biblical question, Carlos, I'm simply asking if you believe in evolution? Why is that such a difficult question for you to answer? Yes or no?

Carlos Ponce

I have already answered your question. If you don't want to look up that answer that's your problem.

Mark Aaron

"I have already answered your question. If you don't want to look up that answer that's your problem."

No, you have evaded the question for some reason. So should I take it that as confirmation that you do not believe in evolution Carlos? Yes or no?

Mark Aaron

"Are you serious??? Mark believes in Global Warming??? Removing us from the Paris Treaty is by far already one of Trumps greatest decisions!"

My apologies Carlos. I attributed these risible quotes to you when in fact Carol Dean made them. Sorry for any confusion.

Carlos Ponce

Mark, I've already posted "I believe in God." 'Nuff said!

Carlos Ponce

"My apologies Carlos. I attributed these risible quotes to you when in fact Carol Dean made them. Sorry for any confusion."
Apology accepted. Christians forgive. We are not like the pig-headed individuals who keep hate in our hearts and minds. You are forgiven.[innocent]

George Croix

Thanks anyway, Mr. Buckley, but I told you before, you need to set your sights higher than an old East Texas Piney Woods guy. I'm only expressing my personal opinions...for my own personal enjoyment. Anything else is ancillary.

George Croix

"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has ramped up calls to remove "reprehensible" Confederate statues from the halls of Congress -- but left unsaid in her public denunciations is that her father helped dedicate such a statue decades ago while mayor of Baltimore."
Well, children are NOT responsible for their parent's past, present, or future.
But, they are responsible for their own two faces.....
Nothing new there with Nancy..... [beam][whistling]

Carol Dean

That's funny!

Carol Dean

Since I believe in God, I do not believe in Global Warming. That's my story and I am sticking to it; especially since most of the "fake facts" are now being rescinded.

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