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Re: “An early open line

Houston, like many coastal cities, has allowed expansion into marginally-safe areas. Business interests enthusiastically promote such policies as profit bonanzas. Lack of zoning regulations have allowed the building of hazardous industries in usually low-income neighborhoods without any safeguards.

As a result, not only have homeowners unknowingly bought into flood-prone areas, but they have jeopardized their families' health and lives. There are at least 4 toxic superfund sites under water in Houston, as well as exploding chemical plants. When the flood waters recede, those toxins will be in the soil and the flooded homes. Will those rebuilding or buying new homes in the area be aware of the dangers?

"Buyer Beware" has been the mealy-mouth caution. But when businesses prevent disclosure of such problems, how is a buyer to be aware? Texas real estate disclosure law is very limited in order to maximize profits to Realtors and construction firms. (Arkansas' disclosure law is non-existent, thanks to aggressive lobbying by Realtors.)

Taxpayers are on the hook for Houston's "free enterprise" debacle and will continue to pay for decades of human suffering in the pursuit of profit.

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Posted by Jabberwocky on 09/02/2017 at 10:42 PM

Re: “An early open line

Twitler has consistently and erroneously blamed Obama for all ills. This Friday, his own house elf's Justice Department filed a motion for Summary Judgment in American Oversight's FOIA lawsuit seeking records of wiretaps of Trump Tower stating: No evidence Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

This seems a good but chilling time to remember that there has NEVER been a president who has spouted so many lies. We have become so numbed we now brush them off as-business-as-usual and condemn people (media) who point them out.

From Wapo:

"We have been tracking President Trumps false or misleading claims for more than seven months. Somewhere around Aug. 4 or Aug. 5, he broke 1,000 claims, and the tally now stands at 1,057.

"Thats an impressive number by any standard. In fact, we are a little late with this update because we have simply been overwhelmed keeping track of the deluge of claims made by the president in the later part of July. Things slowed down during the presidents working vacation, so we have finally been able to catch up.

"At the presidents current pace, he averages nearly five claims a day. Many are repeats of claims that have been previously debunked. We also include statements that are unacknowledged flip-flops from previously held positions, such as touting new highs in a stock market that he previously derided as being a big, fat bubble."

http://wapo.st/2eQByj3

An interactive graphic of Twitler's lies:
http://wapo.st/2vURJkI

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Posted by Jabberwocky on 09/02/2017 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Re military surplus: Daily use of grenade launchers?

Though I can see how bayonets "could" have daily use in roadside trash pickup, I fail to understand why the other items are necessary to quell dozens of WAND members at a vigil.

Perhaps a local sheriff could have a good ole boy hunting trip with his campaign contributors in a tracked armored vehicle with 50-caliber guns mounted on top. But nothing, nothing, happening in this country can justify its use at all, let alone daily.

The thought of weaponized drones in the hands of the federal government in this country, let alone in the hands of the Barney Fifes, is enough to evacuate the bowels of most residents of 71909. Already, there are private companies on the sidelines eagerly waiting to customize former military drones with shotguns, grenade launchers, and bombs for local police.

Are we saying that police are so incompetent that they need such weapons to do their job of protecting citizens? Many Americans already fear police. Do you think arming them like invading Stormtroopers is going to dial down that fear? What in this country can justify police having such a lethal arsenal against its own citizens?

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Posted by Jabberwocky on 08/29/2017 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Monday: Today's news and the open line

An article by a person who actually worked on the committee that developed the guidelines regarding military gear:

"Dont Believe The Hype: Obamas Limited Restrictions On Military Equipment For Cops Were Reasonable"

"Despite the screaming headlines during his Administration and today, President Obama never banned the acquisition of needed military equipment by state and local law enforcement agencies."

...

"After numerous additional meetings with stakeholders, the working group came up with an incredibly limited list of equipment that it felt the federal government did not need to be providing to local law enforcement. Most of the law enforcement organizations that we met with agreed that their members did not need this equipment. The entirety of the prohibited list consisted of Tracked Armored Vehicles; Weaponized Aircraft, Vessels and Vehicles; Firearms and Ammunition of .50 Caliber or higher; Grenade Launchers; Bayonets; and Camouflage Uniforms. Thats it."

http://bit.ly/2vmL1c3

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Posted by Jabberwocky on 08/28/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “An open line on violence in Little Rock

Referring to my earlier post: should not Americans who care about the virtues of America eradicate the vicious pests,. Tent 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and initiate vermin eradication immediately! Make America Great Again, Dump Trump!

Hopefully, Both Twitler and Pence (Handmaid extremist) would be there to twitter effusively about "fake news," while they writhe.

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Posted by Jabberwocky on 08/27/2017 at 2:22 AM

Re: “An open line on violence in Little Rock

My former next-door neighbors quietly moved out a couple of nights ago in arrears of rent for a month or two. Another neighbor several houses away was their landlord. She said the house was a mess, decayed food on the floor and roaches everywhere, even during the day.

I had wondered why my house had become infested despite my efforts to keep a healthy home. Roaches are vile creatures - Cockroaches eat the feces of other roaches and they feed on each other.

I considered methods of eradicating the pests and thought about roach bait containing poisons. For some reason, I immediately thought of Twitler, the insane inhabitant of the White Supremacy House. Twitler is roach bait, attracting other vile creatures, not poisoning the vile creatures, but poisoning everyone else.

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Posted by Jabberwocky on 08/26/2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Wednesday's open line and a video double header

Twitler - short for "the racist imitation POTUS, Trumputin, who uses Twitter to enact stupid policy and promote ethnic cleansing" - continues to disgrace this country and its inhabitants in the eyes of the world. Trump has a long record as a provocateur on matters of race and ethnicity.

From the 1960's, Twitler has a long history of racial bias, at his familys properties, in New York and beyond. The Justice Department in 1973, sued Trump Management for discriminating against blacks. Both Fred Trump, the companys chairman, and Donald Trump, its president, were named as defendants. The companys practice of turning away potential black tenants was painstakingly documented.

The Senate Banking Committee subpoenaed Fred Trump in 1954 during an investigation into profiteering off federal housing loans. in 1966, Fred Trump was accused of using state money earmarked for middle-income housing to build a shopping center instead.

Donald Trump often speaks admiringly of Fred Trump, recalling what he learned at his fathers side. My legacy has its roots in my fathers legacy.

In 1927, the Ku Klux Klan marched in Queens to protest that "Native-born Protestant Americans" were being "assaulted by Roman Catholic police of New York City". Fred Trump was one of seven men who were arrested that day.

Out of some 3,700 apartments in Trump Village, seven were occupied by African-American families.

Woody Guthrie, a resident then, penned a poem

http://woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/Old_Man_Tru…

Twitler took out a full-page ad demanding the execution of five kids of color accused of raping a jogger in Central Park. Even in 2016, years after they were proven innocent, Twitler stood by his actions.

From launching his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists, to going to war with the parents of a Muslim soldier killed in battle, to encouraging violence against minority protesters at his rally, to promising to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, he built a presidential campaign on racial resentment and fear.

He attacked Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over a class action against the for-profit Trump University, could not fairly hear the case because of his Mexican heritage.

In 1989, he told Bryant Gumbel in an interview, A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market...if I was starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I really do believe they have the actual advantage today.

Earlier in that same year Twitler helped fan the flames of racial resentment when black and Latino teens were arrested in the infamous Central Park jogger attack. Trump alone chose to pay for $85,000 worth of full-page newspaper ads trumpeting, in capital letters, BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE!

After years in prison, they were exonerated by DNA evidence. When the men received compensation for their imprisonment, Trump denounced the payments and smeared the men by saying, These young men do not exactly have the past of angels.

Next in the Trump record on race came a 1991 book by John ODonnell, who had been president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. ODonnell quoted Trump saying, Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes Those are the only kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody elseBesides that, I tell you something else. I think thats guys lazy. And its probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks.

A telling moment arose during a 1993 Congressional committee hearing on gambling casino operated by Indian tribes. Trump, who considered the tribes competitors, offered a flourish of insensitivity during his testimony when he said, They dont look like Indians to me and they dont look like Indians to Indians.

Trump also said that tribal gaming operators were somehow tied to organized crime and a scandal was about to erupt.(Decades later, the industry is still waiting for the scandal that Trump predicted.)

In 2015, The New Yorker quoted a former Trump casino worker who said that in the 1980s black employees were hidden from view when Trump and his wife Ivana were around.

Since the 2011 Birther Movement against Barack Obama, Twitler's racist attacks have been too innumerable to list.

The most recent is his attack on the only black person to resign from his corporate advisory council, but not the white corporate executives who did the same.

Considering his past history, his "both sides are to blame" applies to WWII.

He blames last week's Charlottesville terrorism on a mythical alt-left, not the hate brigade who endorse him. Standing up against hate is considered by Twitler to be equal to hate.

In his Nobel Prize speech, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel famously said, Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

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Posted by Jabberwocky on 08/17/2017 at 12:17 AM

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