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Rabbi warns of genocide risks in Trump's policies:

[www.theguardian.com]
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Trump gives misleading speech in effort to spread fear and hatred of immigrants.

[tinyurl.com]
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Yesterday at 22:54 Write a comment

Alice - were watching Mexico versus Germany?

The Mexican Grandma responsible for Mexicans win!!
[www.thesun.co.uk]

Alice Today at 11:32
Thanks, Lise, I did watch the game but I hadn't seen that Grandma. She's cool. I still want a team that hasn't won for a long time to win.

Here's another link, in case you missed it. James Corden recruits American fans.
[www.youtube.com]

Lise Today at 14:56
Funny! lol

Alice Today at 16:15
Lise, could you please explain why touching the ball with a hand is serious enough to warrant a penalty kick and often a free goal to the other team? To a new fan it seems like a very harsh and unreasonable punishment. I also think the possible reward of a penalty kick leads to a lot of the diving.

Lise Today at 18:52
I don't know except that it is the rule! It does seem harsh.

The only player on the field that can use his hands to control the ball is the goalie. The goalie can only use his hands inside his team's penalty area. ... If a player touches the ball with his hands inside the penalty area, a penalty kick is awarded to the other team and he is given a red card.

Lise Today at 19:02
The rulebook states that a player should be penalized (mostly by a free-kick or penalty or a maximum of a yellow card) in the scenario where he/ she deliberately handles the ball to ensure that the play is favourable for his/her team – either to retain possession/ keep advantage or score a goal.

Alice Today at 21:03
Lise, thank you so much for explaining. There are a lot of ins and outs I don't know yet, but I'm getting to appreciate the game more. Guess if that's the rule and the players do it anyway they should expect what happens. Still too harsh IMO.

Lise 23 minutes ago
You're very welcome Alice.

It's a great game isn't it?
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Yesterday at 17:03 Write a comment

In the Washington Post:

The crisis is not over, and Trump does have a knack for exhausting his critics. The following remain major concerns:

The speedy and complete reunification of all families.

Unless Trump wants to be the president who created a fleet of orphans, the government better work fast to identify and reconstitute families it tore apart.

The health, both physical and mental, of the children in custody. As we previously suggested, state and local child welfare agencies and members of Congress must demand access to the children and a full accounting of their condition. (If children are receiving medical care, have the authorities obtained consent from their parents who are also in our custody? If not, under what authority do they deny parents the right to make health-care decisions for their sons and daughters?)

Once the families are reunited, will they be subject to indefinite incarceration? Will the government seek to overturn Flores so families can remain locked up for months or years?

Since the entire fiasco has not deterred the influx of refugees, what is our plan going forward?

The press, child advocates, religious organizations, and local and state governments must persist. They have seen how strong they are and how weak the president is. Now is no time to let up.
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Yesterday at 13:48 Write a comment

The Trump's administration compassion gap:

[www.cnn.com]
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Bar cannot officially be lowered.

[www.newyorker.com]
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Maggie answered your post very well about the tariffs Tracy .

Trump's comment that tariffs are going to cost Canadians a lot of money ignores the facts that it will cost the Americans so much more.

If the objective is to buy American made cars for example, reversing the manufacturing facilities that have developed outside the US over the past 30 years isn't going to happen in our lifetime.

Tracy Yesterday at 21:06
yes Maggie sure did
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Time magazine puts Trump opposite sobbing child on cover.

Powerful picture.

[www.theguardian.com]
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Thursday 19:49 Write a comment

While visiting children at a border facilities, why on earth would Melania Trump wear a jacket emblazoned in the back with:

I DON'T REALLY CARE.
DO YOU?

Hey Jude Thursday 22:31
CBC just said that was aimed at the *fake news* guys. I doubt it meant she doesn't care. She looked pretty genuinely concerned. Every little thing is being picked on. As much as I can't stand Trump, I think Melania does care. How could she not?

Lise Thursday 22:37
Hey Jude- I too thinks she cares. But that jacket was not in good taste.

I heard that explanation on CBC. It seems farfetched to me.

T Thursday 22:49
Of course it isn't directed at the children or the current situation. It was still a very silly conscious choice, which she should have known would be controversial. Bad choice.
However, I like the jacket! ;)

Lise Thursday 22:54
Tracy: $36 at ZARA. :<)

T Thursday 22:57
I love Zara

Lise Thursday 22:57
Kate Bennett
@KateBennett_DC
4h
boarding the plane this morning, @FLOTUS wore a @ZARA jacket, olive military style -- but it was printed on the back with the phrase "I don't really care. Do U?" An unfortunate sartorial decision ...

Lise Thursday 23:03
Maybe Melania was sending a message to her husband. hmmm...

Hey Jude Thursday 23:58
That's probably more like it! lol

T Yesterday at 00:12
Tongue in cheek I presume? As if! roll eyes (sarcastic)

Maggie Yesterday at 07:36
I don't see how wearing that jacket wasn't deliberate (for whatever reason). First, since when does Melania own anything that only cost $39? Plus, it was 29c in DC today - she certainly didn't need a jacket.

She had to have known how bad the optics would look, regardless of why she wore it. I don't get it at all.

Tracy Yesterday at 21:02
and - there is no way she picked it out herself. Cant see her browsing in Zara, like Kate Middleton, lol!
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"U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says Canada is not a national security threat to the United States and that a revitalized NAFTA could make the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum go away.

Mr. Ross also acknowledged Wednesday that the United States doesn’t have a trade deficit on steel with Canada. In fact, he said it has a surplus with its northern neighbour in terms of dollar value".

Tracy Thursday 22:55
I confess I really don't know much about the tariffs, and how they benefit or hinder each country, but isn't it true that USA approached us in June 2017 and said they didn't want to do it, but they would be forced to place tariffs on the steel, given we were getting it from china and re-selling it to them? (Or something to that affect?). Trudeau could have prevented this, or he didn't prioritize it and alas, we are where we are? Why are we buying it from China anyways?

Hey Jude Yesterday at 00:01
We are not getting our steel from China as far as I know, or if we do, we don't get much of it because it is inferior. Most of our steel is manufactured right in Ontario, from Hamilton and Sault St. Marie.

T Yesterday at 00:10
Well yes that's what I thought, but I have been told I am misinformed (??)
Maybe portions are re-sold to USA?
Who knows!

I've also seen pics of the fenced-in area where we detain border crossers in Laval, Quebec (an effort to show we Canadians are not so perfect with immigration either)

And video evidence of both Bill and Hillary preaching about how illegal aliens will not be tolerated in USA.

Fake news is everywhere, we can't trust anything

Maggie Yesterday at 07:29
For anyone interested, 55% of the steel Canada imports comes from the US; 10% comes from China.

[www.trade.gov]

Curiously, the US exports almost as much steel to Canada as Canada exports to the US.

"In 2016, over 10 million MT of steel, worth over $11.8 billion, was traded between our two countries, with Canada shipping $5.87 billion to the U.S
(5.4MMT), and the U.S. shipping $5.96 billion (4.7MMT) to Canada."

[www.canadiansteel.ca]

Maggie Yesterday at 07:38
Tracy - I don't think there has ever been a US admin who even suggested illegals should be tolerated in the US. It's a huge leap from that to instituting a cruel 'zero tolerance' policy like Trump did.

Tracy Yesterday at 21:01
Thanks for your informative post on the steel Maggie :)
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Thursday 12:42 Write a comment

Trump said 71 false things in 14 days. His dishonesty is increasing.
[www.thestar.com]

Hey Jude Thursday 15:46
The man has no problem lying and then actually believing his own lies, and his supporters don't care that he lies, they all think its great that he gets away with it. I think he actually has something seriously wrong with him that he's paid off his Dr's not to divulge. Seriously.

Lise Thursday 16:05
You're not the only one thinking that Hey Jude.

Trump could very well have a form of dementia.

There should some kind of medical evaluation done for anyone running for a country's leadership.

Tracy Thursday 16:24
I think he is a real true narcissist. And he has very thin skin, very childish and a REACTOR.
I wish someone would take over his twitter account and I wish he would listen to people around him about his image. He keeps throwing himself under the bus. But yet I love that he isn't so PC, and he tells it like it is, and he believes he is doing great, he is doing what he was elected to do, and he isn't afraid to go against the grain if it will better America. Yep, that's what I think, that's my opinion.

Lise Thursday 17:10
He doesn't say it like it is at all! He lies constantly.

What on earth is wrong with being politicly correct?

His war on tariffs is hurting Canada, Europe but it is also hurting America! That is not MAGA.

Hey Jude Thursday 18:00
Tell it like it is??!! No way, he tells lies that he hopes (and expects) everyone else to believe! He actually made me laugh the other day because he said something so stupid - something about space, uggh. He's off his rocker

T Thursday 23:02
well I won't debate the PC issue, there are hundreds of reasons why being Pc can be wrong.

We will never agree.

Lise Yesterday at 11:44
Political correctness helps keep bigots and racists at bay.
Not a bad thing !
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Thursday 01:31 Write a comment

Oh my. Peter Fonda. His comments on Twitter. Has he completely lost his mind? Is he able to just get away with threats and comments against the Presidents son? I know Trump is hated, but this is totally unacceptable; he should be charged with uttering threats. Melania has apparently tagged the secret service in her response to him.

I can't find anything about this on the tv news tho roll eyes (sarcastic) (If this was directed at Obama's girls, it would be all over the news!) Im sure I have just missed it.

Maggie Thursday 01:48
I've seen that on several news sources and agree that his comments were nothing less than deplorable. He may very well face legal repercussions but, sadly, with the volume of death threats sent to elected officials and posted on social media, it's probably a high bar to prove it was a serious threat of real violence.

Some people say some really stupid, ignorant, hateful, and dangerous things on Twitter.

Tracy Thursday 02:13
But this was directed at a child.

You're right though Maggie, I'm sure they receive countless threats of violence all the time. Legal action would be never ending.

Roseanne recently lost her show due to a racist tweet. It just doesn't seem right Fonda can make a public statement like that with no consequence.

I'm just so sick of outrageous behaviour being overlooked because it's directed at Trump. It's just so arrogant.

Lise Thursday 12:55
Just read Fonda's Tweet.
Obscene.

He has now apologized and said he went too far.
Not good enough Peter.

Hey Jude Thursday 15:43
I also just read Fonda's tweet. Absolutely disgusting. Why are so many celebrities such jerks?

Tracy Thursday 16:28
Because they are full of arrogance; they have all kinds of 'people' and hangers-on who kiss their asses and tell them they are wonderful. They think they know best for the entire world, meanwhile they don't even live in the real world. Most of the time when I watch interviews of celebs, I get quite turned off of them. Best to enjoy their acting and not their views on life. I will say, I was shocked at how good Billy Bob Thornton was on a Oprah special interview. Really down-to-earth guy -- and I thought he was a whack-job with Angelina back in the day...
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Wednesday 21:08 Write a comment

Tracy - had to get to the Farmers' Market.

No human being is illegal. These people have no choice but to flee their countries.

Central America is in turmoil.

"A silent emergency is spreading across Central America and Mexico. Unprecedented numbers of men, women and children are fleeing the region’s violence-plagued cities and towns. They are seeking asylum in neighbouring countries, or are searching for safer ground closer to home. Two main factors are driving this displacement surge: organised violence and deportations.

The sheer scale of population displacement is breathtaking. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the so-called northern triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – over the past five years. More than 161,000 people from these three countries applied for asylum to the US between 2011-2016. At least 714,000 more are internally displaced.

A significant number of the displaced are using illegal means to move, including human smuggling networks. Many never make it to their intended destination; at least 75,000 people have gone missing from Mexico and northern triangle countries over the past 15 years. Women and girls are especially vulnerable to victimisation of all types.

Central Americans and Mexicans have good reason to seek sanctuary. Cities across the region are routinely among the most murderous in the world. The intensity and organisation of violence is staggering: 43 of the 50 most homicidal urban centres on the planet are located in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Brazil's refugee policy needs a radical overhaul in response to Venezuela's crisis






T Wednesday 21:38
No human being is illegal. Well that's basic. They have illegal actions tho, sadly.

Well fortunately, USA has immigration laws. You must abide the laws and qualify, meet criteria to enter. It has to be verified that the people entering are not a threat to USA. Lawless people are not welcome in my home, are they welcome in yours? You want lawless people to be given refuge and supported by tax payers (most of whom are trying to pay rent and put food on the table)? You want them to enter and sell drugs to American kids? Steal? Traffick? * remember, I'm talking about criminals here and people that sneak in, people that don't wait in line like the rest of the people, who think they are more important than those who obey the laws.

And there are thousands of lawless illegals coming over the border.

To be frank: As there are laws, which you cannot change, I don't see the point of your copy and paste above.

Seriously, and with no hostility.

Lise Wednesday 21:48
I think that if I were living in any of these countries and my family was in danger for their lives I would flee.

Waiting to be processed legally might not be an option.

OK -we'll agree to disagree.

Hey Jude Wednesday 22:12
Yes there are laws and people should follow them to the letter, but unfortunately it just doesn't work that way, and hasn't for decades, and lets be fair: not all people who try to sneak into the USA are criminals, but they are so desparate they will try anything. I heard on the news the organized crime in central america is the worst in the world, so people, good and bad, are fleeing for their lives. Waiting to be processed legally isn't an option for thousands, otherwise we wouldn't be having this problem and discussion.

T Wednesday 23:46
But what would you like to see happen? Do you not believe in a system or procedure for immigration? Open borders, but what about social assistance, where does the money come from? Where do they live etc.?
All these posts and complaints, but what do you suggest should happen?

Hey Jude Thursday 00:01
I don't know Tracy and of course I believe in systems and protocol. Reasonable people do! But something has to be done, and I hate the fact Trump has been lying for weeks but am glad Ivanka got through to him. A lying President is never a good thing IMHO frown Okay, I'm done

Maggie Thursday 01:42
It's actually not illegal to present yourself for asylum. Those that find a 'port of entry' and follow the procedure haven't committed any crime at all. However, a lot of these desperate people don't have the necessary information and do illegally cross the border and then present themselves for asylum.

It's also worth noting that this crisis situation didn't happen until the Trump admin instituted their "zero tolerance" policy a couple of months ago. Something changed and that was it.

Before, families were only separated in extreme situations where there really wasn't any other choice, such as their parents being imprisoned. Crossing the border illegally (1st time) is a misdemeanor and the parents were usually not jailed absent any other offence. With "zero tolerance" just about all the children have to be separated because their parents are put in jail. That's the issue now. Just going back to how they were doing things 3 months ago would have been better.

What would I suggest? Do not jail every migrant who illegally crosses the border. Let them apply for asylum and release them with an ankle bracelet. The stats are that almost all people dealt with this way show up for their court hearing.

While they're at it, add more judges and resources to deal with the asylum claims. Those who qualify should be processed more quickly, and those who don't qualify should be identified and deported more quickly.

In any case, don't separate children from their parents unless it's absolutely necessary.

Tracy Thursday 02:24
Good post Maggie.
My understanding was there is a substantial increase in crossing with children, as they are aware they will be processed faster - which has led to too many cases where children are being used in horrible ways to help adults gain entry. This sickens me and gets my blood boiling. I would love to know exactly how many cases are like this - however, even 1 is too many.
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Wednesday 20:01 Write a comment

Ivanka encouraged her father to stop separation…
[www.cnn.com]
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Wednesday 19:30 Write a comment

Trump has done it:

[www.cbsnews.com]

Hope they reunite the families already separated.
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Trump to sign executive order to stop separating children from parents.

Hallellujah

[www.nbcnews.com]

Lise Wednesday 18:05
How will he explain that he was lying all along?

Hey Jude Wednesday 19:20
I am wondering if worldwide pressure got the better of him, or maybe Ivanka had a word with him. The fact she was so silent drove me nuts, after she twittered that pic of herself and her son a couple of weeks ago. Hypocrite roll eyes (sarcastic)

Lise Wednesday 19:32
Yes the back-lash was massive. It did work! And as you say, Ivanka probably had a word. She's been vilified for keeping silent.
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Wednesday 16:39 Write a comment

Bruce Springstein.

in the New Yorker:
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Can't believe it, but I'm into the World Cup heart and soul. After years of criticizing the game I finally understand the attraction of it. It seems the referees are less likely to reward the dives this time. And no one has been bitten yet. wink I still hate penalty kicks though. I'm also root for the underdog. Any chance a team that isn't one of the favourites can win it all?

Lise Wednesday 16:26
Lucky you Alice.. I wish I could watch the World Cup on TV. I used to go to Bar Italia to watch it with hundreds other fans. My husband is not a fan so i didn't feel like going this time around. Cafe Diplomatico still draws the crowds.

Cristiano Ronaldo was a champion at diving! :<)

Too bad Italy 's Azzuri didn't make it . Not the same without them.

Alice Wednesday 17:10
Holland too. I tend to root for Holland because I love their orange jerseys. I feel badly that they didn't make it this time.
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Pope Francis Just Criticized Trump's Immigration Policy Separating Migrant Children From Their Parents:

[www.ft.com]
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When we think it can't get any worse…

(separating a 10 year old girl with Down Syndrome from her mother).

"Womp womb.. said Lewandowski when told)"

[www.cnn.com]
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Tuesday 21:21 Write a comment

Ivanka Trump has not tweeted in days..


Jon Cooper 🌊

@joncoopertweets
.@IvankaTrump, your silence is DEAFENING in light of your father’s horrific policy that’s ripping innocent children from the arms of their parents and putting them in cages. You’re a damn hypocrite!! #TrumpsKidnappingChildren #TrumpConcentrationCamps #KeepFamiliesTogether
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Rachelle Goldstein: “As former Hidden Children of the Holocaust, we know that the trauma of separation from parents lasts a lifetime,” Goldstein said. “Now in our late 70s and 80s, we still ache from the losses we suffered as a result of this separation. It is very difficult for us to see such inhumanity taking place today at our southern border. Let’s be clear: We are not comparing what is happening today to the Holocaust. But forcibly separating children from their parents is an act of cruelty under all circumstances.”

More than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy, according to the Washington Post.

Read more: [forward.com]
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"Trump and the Baby Snatchers"

It's horrifying what is happening. How can anyone support Trump and his cronies?

"A Honduran man in jail separated from his child suffered a break-down and killed himself".


Charles Blow in the NYT
[www.nytimes.com]

Lise Tuesday 19:35
Quoting Charles Blow: I don’t have a long treatise to issue here, no meandering argument. I am simply outraged beyond my ability to articulate it.

This is how I feel.

Hey Jude Tuesday 20:16
Its all beyond the pale. Some of those children surely must be traumatized by now, and am surprised there hasn't been rioting/and or uproars by some of the older kids. The only thing that consoles me is Trump won't be President forever (YAY!). Who will be the next in the running I wonder roll eyes (sarcastic)

Lise Tuesday 20:25
He should have disappeared ages ago but nothing he does makes any difference for his supporters.

Trump and Co are worse than the mob.

Jackie Tuesday 23:48
Can't imagine. It is so horrible.
One of my cousins works with groups trying to fight sex traffickers. I understand it is rampant with the kids brought here by coyotes. The adult is more likely to be approved if they have a
Child with them. Some reports claimed that the govt. were separating children from criminals,and that they were not their parents, in many cases. I am for them checking into this, but still, the child is traumatized. So a better process is needed. Congress must act quickly to find a reasonable process now. Trump is not able to prevent a reasonable law, and I hold Congress in contempt as well. Both sides are playing politics for the next election, not helping the children. Either party could get a law passed. No one is doing anything!

Hey Jude Wednesday 01:51
Those kids are going to be traumatized for life now. What is wrong with that man, and WTF? Ivanka says and does NOTHING??!! If he listens to anyone, its his daughter, but she's proving to be a useless cow. Sorry my American friends and neighbours, this is just so upsetting to watch.

Lise Wednesday 13:30
Jackie -As The Times reported on Saturday: “Mr. Trump has steadfastly tried to deflect blame for the separation of children from their parents, consistently dissembling about why it is occurring. His comments are the latest example of his asking the public to discount what it sees with its own eyes and instead believe his own self-serving version of reality. They also reflect how politically poisonous the issue has become, as photographs and news articles circulate about the effects of the practice.”

As The Times explained: “In fact, there is no law that requires families to be separated at the border. There is a law against ‘improper entry’ at the border, as well as a consent decree known as the Flores settlement that limits to 20 days the amount of time that migrant children may be held in immigration detention, which a federal judge ruled in 2016 also applies to families. A 2008 antitrafficking statute — signed into law by a Republican president, George W. Bush — also requires that certain unaccompanied alien minors be transferred out of immigration detention in 72 hours. None of those laws or precedents mean that children must be taken away from their parents.

“It is the Trump administration’s decision this year to prosecute all unlawful immigrants as criminals that has forced the breakup of families; the children are removed when the parents are taken into federal custody. While previous administrations have made exceptions to such prosecutions for adults traveling with their minor children, the Trump administration has said it will not do so.”

Tracy Wednesday 19:29
Good post Jackie.

I enjoy reading your take on things in your country.

Looks like Trump is trying to do something positive for the situation, but time will tell, it probably won't be enough and won't solve things quickly. I do hope due diligence is still done to verify for 100% that the children do truly belong to the detained parents, and they are not handed back to coyote's/traffickers. So sad for the kids, with parents trying to enter illegally or worse having criminals for parents. Sad for all kids in these scenarios, not just the ones caught in immigration.

Lise Wednesday 19:47
Tracy: do you really think that children who cry out for "Mama" and "Papi" are faking it?

Tracy Wednesday 19:54
No. Did I say I really think that Lise?

Lise Wednesday 19:57
Sorry If I misunderstood Tracy .

That's how I understood this sentence to mean:
" I do hope due diligence is still done to verify for 100% that the children do truly belong to the detained parents>

The whole thing has really shook me. It's making me very emotional.

Tracy Wednesday 20:04
I was referring to Jackie's comment about the traffickers. I have also heard trafficking is a huge issue with the illegal crossers, so I hope those children are not returned to any abusers. Whether that be 10 or 1000, I do not know, and I do not care. No sane person would want even 1 mistake.
All verified children, or children whom there are no reasonsable doubt should OBVIOUSLY not be separated while detained.

Do you really think each kid belongs to a legitimate loving parent?
I wish that were true, but it seems not to be the case, according to news/media reports.

Tracy Wednesday 20:07
Just read you last post --
No, I meant they better be damn sure they don't send a kid back to a sex slave trafficker. Not one. Make them all wait and verify it is 100% a true relationship between parent and child.

I feel you wanted to believe I was saying something different Lise. I might lean more right than you, but I am not heartless. Far from it.

Tracy Wednesday 20:16
And it is very emotional, it's pulling on everyone's heartstrings. USA has a problem with immigration, and they are aware of all the 'tricks' people use to get over the border. I do not agree with ILLEGAL entry. I do believe in sending them back; detain as a family (when verified they are a family) and send them back, after it is proven they are illegal/criminals. If they enter legally and meet the criteria, then process as fast as they can and get them set up and ready for success in life.
Sadly, the bad people have ruined the process for the good people.
Look at all the kids we have in care and in Foster homes in our own country - they need outrage too. I just received an email from a friend asking for household goods to donate to an 18yr old who has left CAS and is making a home for herself and her teen brother. You can drive yourself crazy thinking about all the bad in the world.

Lise Wednesday 20:21
No, I don't believe you are heartless Tracy. We see things differently. I will get back to you about your lat post. :<)
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Senate candidate and Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke on Sunday branded the separations "inhumane."

"I'd like to say it's un-American, but it's happening right now in America. And it is on all of us, not just the Trump administration. This is on all of us," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

There were clear signs of discomfort at the White House.
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First Ladies Unite Against Separating the Children:

[www.npr.org]
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Really enjoyed the interview on The Agenda last night with Steve Paikin and David Sedaris.

[tvo.org]
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Watched the first episode of Back in Time for Dinner last week. Does anyone remember the women doing absolutely all the cooking, serving, and washing up while the men did none of it? It wasn't that way in our home. I think the show exaggerates.

Taffy Tuesday 12:42
Watched the show, too. My Mum did all the household stuff, cleaning Dad's shoes!! When I was old enough, I helped her. She also worked full time.

Hey Jude Tuesday 13:02
I watched that show too. Since it was in the 40's and my parents weren't together yet, I have no idea how realistic it was, but some of the food looked absolutely disgusting! lol

Lise Tuesday 14:44
In the forties, it was the norm for women to look after the children and do all the housework. No help from the men, ever.

Daughters even had to shine their Dads and brothers' shoes.

"We've come a long way baby!"

I don't know what some of the food was you found disgusting Hey Jude but my mother having been brought up on a farm was a great cook.

Hey Jude Tuesday 17:22
I get that they were rationed and all the good cuts of meat were shipped off to Canadian troops in Europe. Lise, there was a scene where the mom is having to make pan fried kidneys(?) razz (stick out tongue) . Even she was pretty squeemish about it all!LOL The little white tendrils while she pulled them out of the package were disgusting!LOL Then she made some sort of jelly mould with fruit or veggies in it. One of hee kids says there was no taste. I will readily admit its a good thing I wasn't around yet, I never would have survived!LOL I guess people didn't start eating salads till the late 60's(?)!LOL lol Just MO of course!LOL

Lise Tuesday 18:31
Hey Jude - ughh,, I remember both occasions when I first had kidneys and aspic. The kidney made me gag. My parents really liked veal kidneys.
The aspic was served at my husband's best friend's house. I'd never had aspic before. There were diced carrots in it and I don't know what else, Never had it again!

Tracy Tuesday 18:59
Is the show a series? Will it move forward a decade each week? I will be interested when they reach the 70's ;)

Lise Tuesday 20:28
It is a series.
"A typical middle class Canadian family goes through an experiment to live in the past as a middle class Canadian family would, that life down to their suburban house interior being stripped to the walls and redecorated and refurnished with items solely from the era, the same with their clothes. These items are switched out weekly as they move onto the next era, each week the equivalent of one decade progressing in time throughout the week. They are provided a manual each week on how to live, including recipes from which they must make their meals. The show host provides background on the era in question, and periodically discusses with the family their feelings concerning the experience in light of their twenty-first century current life and mentality".

Hey Jude Tuesday 20:52
Tracy: You can catch the episode on CBC online if you're interested. It was the first episode which takes place during the 1940's
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Monday 21:49 Write a comment

The Trump Holy Bible:
Humour!
in the New yorker.
[www.newyorker.com]
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The rest of the letter:


We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.

Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance. If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents — and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.

People on all sides agree that our immigration system isn’t working, but the injustice of zero tolerance is not the answer. I moved away from Washington almost a decade ago, but I know there are good people at all levels of government who can do better to fix this.

Twenty-nine years ago, my mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, visited Grandma’s House, a home for children with HIV/AIDS in Washington. Back then, at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, the disease was a death sentence, and most babies born with it were considered “untouchables.” During her visit, Barbara — who was the first lady at the time — picked up a fussy, dying baby named Donovan and snuggled him against her shoulder to soothe him. My mother-in-law never viewed her embrace of that fragile child as courageous. She simply saw it as the right thing to do in a world that can be arbitrary, unkind and even cruel. She, who after the death of her 3-year-old daughter knew what it was to lose a child, believed that every child is deserving of human kindness, compassion and love.

In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can.
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Monday 16:41 Write a comment

Laura Bush wrote:


“I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart. Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history.”
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