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    Watered Down Travel Ban

    I have some friends and family who supported President Trump from early on in the process. From time to time they will ask me when I will admit that I was wrong about him. "If Trump does x... If Trump gets y... If Trump supports a policy that results in z... will you admit that you were wrong?" My answer is always "no", because I wasn't wrong. To be clear, I could be wrong in practical application, but that isn't what an election is about. Elections are about theory and speculation and, generally speaking about judging records. Trump had no record to speak of, and his history of stances on issues was all over the map. I opposed his candidacy for several major reasons, all of which are proven valid in this single issue we now refer to as the "travel ban". Here were my reasons.

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  • Fraudulent Rant by Judge Jeanine

    Fraudulent Rant by Judge Jeanine

    If you're not familiar with Justice with Judge Jeanine, it is a show on the FOX News Network starring Jeanine Pirro. She is known for her over-the-top rants where she serves up gobs of fresh red meat for her largely hard right wing audience. While it's not unusual for her to be a little fast and loose with the facts, she has been known to occasionally return from the break with a correction from her producers. Last night, however, there was no such correction to an outright lie she told on the show, and the matter being discussed should have (at the very least) contained a disclaimer from the host. I would cut her some slack, but as a former prosecutor and judge, she should be well aware of what proper protocol should have been here.

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  • Wake The Hell Up, GOP!

    Wake The Hell Up, GOP!

    It's not cute anymore, Republicans. The President of the United States is completely detached from reality, and you can't fix that. You can't cover it up, you can't explain it away, and let me make this as clear as I possibly can for you. You cannot possibly undo the damage you are doing to the party brand by trying to pretend this man is anything other than completely unhinged. I'm watching Sean Hannity borrow guests from the Alex Jones show in an attempt to bolster Trump's conspiratorial claims. I'm seeing relatively mainstream conservatives make themselves look like the crazed fringes of the paranoid right wing. Don't believe me? Look at this.

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Facebook and Farming

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Truck drivers frequently find themselves saying that they are in the wrong line of work. Consider a driver who makes $.40 a mile, a decent rate of pay in the industry. To drive 5 miles from a truck stop to a repair shop, he would get paid $2.00. Yet to get towed there, he will pay the tow truck operator $350.00. Is that a bit exaggerated? Then try this one on for size. The driver pays $3.60 for a gallon of fuel. That is certainly a fair price, below the national average. Let's assume he is very conscious of fuel savings, operates the vehicle efficiently, and gets 8 miles to the gallon. That is certainly higher than average. Yet even in these optimal circumstances, the driver receives $.40 cpm from his company, yet the truck stop receives $.45 cpm for the fuel he is burning in the course of his work. Still not enough for you?

The same driver picks up a meat load, and hauls it 500 miles to a grocery warehouse. He spends one hour at the shipper dropping his trailer and hooking up to the loaded, then eight hours driving to the receiver where he waits three hours to get unloaded. For that 12 hours of work, he is compensated $200.00. Meanwhile, the lumper he hires to unload the meat he just hauled there receives $200.00 for his four hours of work unloading the trailer.

Yes, it is fair for the driver to consider the possibility that he might be in the wrong line of work. That's why it struck me as a bit humorous this past week when I saw another industry receive an even larger jolt than the average trucker receives on a daily basis. Zynga, the company who created the game Farmville for facebook, went public at an estimated net worth of 20 billion dollars. It is now officially more profitable to get people to sit in front of their computer pretending to farm than it is to actually farm. They plant nothing, and nothing grows. They get up early to collect their eggs, but nobody can eat them. They raise livestock, yet they never produce a steak. They don't plow and plant their way to a living, they copy and paste someone else to theirs. They are e farmers who measure their success in points instead of crop yields, and friends lists instead of acres. To the real farmers, I feel your pain.

I'm not saying that anyone should quit driving and create a trucker game for facebook, but it might not be an entirely bad idea. You could get up in the morning and scramble to your computer to click your pre-trip inspection button before the cyber smokey raids the rest area you parked at. Characters could hire local thugs to create a diversion so they don't get a parking ticket while they are unloading at a dock that was designed for a 45' trailer leaving them hanging out into the road. They could lose points for parking their truck at a truck stop that does not have wi fi, and gain points for kicking the lot lizards out of the parking lot. Players could come home from a long day of work and hop on the computer to kick their e driver onto the sleeper berth line before they go to bed. At least when they wake up in the morning, they will have a couple of hours to tend to their fake farm while they wait in the dock at the imaginary shipper.

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