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    Barbara Bush, the wife of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, is in “failing health” and has decided to no longer seek medical treatment, the office of the ex-president said in a statement from Houston on Sunday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Connecticut? Yeah? New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania? Not so much.
    Weird weather in NJ happens, but frequent extremes are rare. Lately the weather has been fluctuating far more than usual. This winter was one of the coldest in decades.
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    Just got an alert about Barbara Bush. Most unfortunate.
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    That's sad to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Weird weather in NJ happens, but frequent extremes are rare. Lately the weather has been fluctuating far more than usual. This winter was one of the coldest in decades.
    We got snow in the city that I live in this January. The first time since the mid 80's and it stayed for a week. Crazy stuff. But I think the Hurricanes from 17 were really something. FOr all the controversy about facebook I'm glad it(or more specifically something like it) exists. My roommate was only able to connect to her family from St. Thomas because of a facebook group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquirrelMan View Post
    Might be gauche to state this publicly, but I have Knight blocked. Others here might just have weird personalities, but he mostly seems to troll and make things personal.

    Kinda wish I could not see quoted posts by people on my block list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mecegirl View Post
    We got snow in the city that I live in this January. The first time since the mid 80's and it stayed for a week. Crazy stuff. But I think the Hurricanes from 17 were really something. FOr all the controversy about facebook I'm glad it(or more specifically something like it) exists. My roommate was only able to connect to her family from St. Thomas because of a facebook group.
    Yesterday, it was sunny here in Philadelphia with temps around 84. Today, it was cloudy and damp while the Mercury barely cracked 40. The temperature drop over a 24 hour period was astonishing.
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    Ethics office: Congressman may have misused $100,000 in campaign funds: Tennessee Rep. John Duncan, a Republican, may have spent $100,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, including a trip to a luxury resort.

    WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman from Tennessee may have improperly converted more than $100,000 from his campaign committee and leadership political action committee into personal use over the past decade, according to an independent ethics office that asked the House Ethics Committee to review the matter.

    The conclusions from the Office of Congressional Ethics on Rep. John Duncan Jr. were released Wednesday by the House Ethics Committee, which says it's continuing to review the matter.

    The office says about one-quarter of the questionable spending came in the form of travel, including a three-night trip to West Virginia's Greenbrier resort by Duncan, his family and campaign supporters who were personal friends. The Office of Congressional Ethics found that the 2014 trip primarily was recreational. The office investigates complaints from the public, but only the House Ethics Committee has the power to punish a lawmaker for wrongdoing.

    Duncan, 70, has already announced that he will not seek re-election. He is in his 16th term representing a Knoxville-based congressional district that is considered a safe Republican seat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Ethics office: Congressman may have misused $100,000 in campaign funds: Tennessee Rep. John Duncan, a Republican, may have spent $100,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, including a trip to a luxury resort.
    Well, of course it was a Republican who stole that money. He should be made to pay back every last damn cent he stole from taxpayers before leaving office.
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    So, why did the original ambassador to Vietnam leave? Wellllllllll...

    As deportations and detentions continue to rock the Vietnamese community in the U.S., the former ambassador to Vietnam has revealed that those “repatriations” were the reason for his October departure.

    Writing in the April issue of Foreign Service Journal, Ted Osius said he was instructed to press the Vietnamese government to repatriate more than 8,000 people ― most of whom were refugees who had “fled South Vietnam on boats and through the jungle” after the Vietnam War.

    “The majority targeted for deportation — sometimes for minor infractions — were war refugees who had sided with the United States, whose loyalty was to the flag of a nation that no longer exists,” Osius wrote. “And they were to be ‘returned’ decades later to a nation ruled by a communist regime with which they had never reconciled. I feared many would become human rights cases, and our government would be culpable.”

    The former diplomat said a number of the Trump administration’s foreign policy decisions didn’t sit right with those in the foreign relations field. Among those moves, he said, were the United States’ exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, its “abdication of responsibility” on climate change, and the travel ban targeting mostly Muslim-majority countries.

    “What happened to the nation that welcomed ‘your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free?’” Osius asked.

    But the former ambassador said he reached his limit when he was told to push for the repatriations. Not only did he feel this was a human rights issue, Osius said, but also that this “repulsive policy” would interfere with President Donald Trump’s other goals in Vietnam, like reducing the trade deficit and bolstering military relations.

    “I voiced my objections, was instructed to remain silent, and decided there was an ethical line that I could not cross if I wished to retain my integrity,” he wrote. “I concluded that I could better serve my country from outside government, by helping to build a new, innovative university in Vietnam.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    It will still be a while before AI will catch up to being able to do that.

    Meanwhile, the seeds for the simpler "Gundam" sort of a thing have been kicking around in an actual live action version since way back.

    I'll be watching Johnny Sokko right now actually. Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Damage control from Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson:

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/philade...eo-2018-04-14/

    The cynic in me suspects Johnson is trying to head off possible lawsuits from those two men and growing calls for boycotts from an outraged public.
    Considering that Starbucks TELLS YOU, that they are considered a Third Place, as long as you don't fall asleep inside you're good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Connecticut? Yeah? New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania? Not so much.
    When I visited my daughter in Colorado a couple years back it was July, and it snowed. /shrug Some areas are like that. The world is weird like this lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazirai View Post
    When I visited my daughter in Colorado a couple years back it was July, and it snowed. /shrug Some areas are like that. The world is weird like this lol.
    Snowed last May in Colorado and we just had some snow in April. But also Colorado is known for erratic weather, especially in the Denver area.

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    In Searing Interview, James Comey Unleashes Against ‘Morally Unfit’ Trump

    “I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president.” Given Trump's fast food diet and avoidance of exercise, I wouldn't rule out his being medically unfit. Then there's this....

    Comey: Trump Wouldn’t Shut Up About The Inauguration Crowd To Me, Either

    And, predictably....

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    Trump Rages Against Comey Over Claims In New Book

    Trump tweeted Sunday that the former FBI director “always ends up badly and out of whack.” But Comey was his best friend after having helped derail Hillary Clinton's campaign. Tsk! Trump falls in and out of love so easily.

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    New York Times Calls On GOP To Protect Rule Of Law From Donald Trump

    The president is “not a king, but a citizen.” Well put! Let's see if Republicans will put the American public before the president.

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    Will Trump Fire Rosenstein? It May Not Matter.

    But with Trump flirting with placing himself above the law, Republicans are not only in a moral bind, but in a political bind. Trump’s basic approval ratings still hover around 40 percent, and part of the conservative base will defend him no matter what. But many Republican leaders and voters consider firing Rosenstein and then Mueller to be a bright red line that Trump must not cross.

    So Trump is damned either way. If he fires Rosenstein and Mueller, he hastens his own downfall. If he lets things play out, the waters keep rising and soon more details will come out one way or another — which will also hasten his demise. Impeachment is not yet explicitly on the political agenda, but it soon will be.

    Trump’s impotent lashing out is a sign that he’s cornered, and he knows it.
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    Paul Ryan Brushes Off Criticism That He Enabled Trump

    The retiring House speaker wants to be remembered as the man who ushered in tax reform. Yeah, remembered for ultimately screwing over the American people while relentlessly kissing Trump's orange ass. Good job, Eddie.
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