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Politics / ENSURE YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE
« on: February 13, 2020, 02:48:36 PM »
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/have-you-registered-to-vote-the-deadline-for-the-march-primary-is-monday/ar-BBZAfJp

Super Tuesday is one month away.

That’s when 14 states, including Texas, vote in the 2020 presidential primaries.
Monday is the deadline to register.
How can you find out if you are registered?
You can check online. All you need is your name, county, date of birth, and ZIP code.
If you have not registered, you can find the voter application form online.
Filling out the online form does not mean you’re registered.
There are two options to submit your application.
You can drop it off in person at the county voter registrar’s office. The address for the Harris County Voter Registrar’s Office is 1001 Preston Street in downtown Houston.
You can also print out your application, sign it, put it in a stamped envelope, and mail it to the county. The mailing address in Harris County is:
Ann Harris Bennett
Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
P.O. Box 3527
Houston, TX 77253-3527
Early voting starts on Feb. 18.
Super Tuesday is March 3.
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Politics / SUPER TUESDAY IS MARCH 3rd; REGISTERED TO VOTE YET?
« on: February 11, 2020, 07:39:49 PM »

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/have-you-registered-to-vote-the-deadline-for-the-march-primary-is-monday/ar-BBZAfJp

Super Tuesday is one month away.

That’s when 14 states, including Texas, vote in the 2020 presidential primaries.
Monday is the deadline to register.
How can you find out if you are registered?
You can check online. All you need is your name, county, date of birth, and ZIP code.
If you have not registered, you can find the voter application form online.
Filling out the online form does not mean you’re registered.
There are two options to submit your application.
You can drop it off in person at the county voter registrar’s office. The address for the Harris County Voter Registrar’s Office is 1001 Preston Street in downtown Houston.
You can also print out your application, sign it, put it in a stamped envelope, and mail it to the county. The mailing address in Harris County is:
Ann Harris Bennett
Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
P.O. Box 3527
Houston, TX 77253-3527
Early voting starts on Feb. 18.
Super Tuesday is March 3.
Send us a news tip | Download our app | #HTownRush Newsletter
RELATED: Voting in Texas on Super Tuesday: Everything you need to know
RELATED: Early primary voting already underway in some states
RELATED: Marianne Williamson drops out of 2020 presidential race

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General Discussion Forum / VIETNAM ERA VETERANS ROLL CALL
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:49:51 PM »
https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/2019/08/10/opinion-thanks-long-overdue-for-vietnam-war-era-veterans/
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Commentary

Opinion: Thanks long overdue for Vietnam War-era veterans

Jim Jackson 

date_range August 10, 2019

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jim Jackson

Americans have been uniting to thank and honor veterans who served during the Vietnam War years–and their families–for their service and sacrifice. But we have many more to find, thank and honor! Spearheading this effort since 2012 is United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

The commemoration was authorized by Congress, under DoD auspices, and launched at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 2012. Our goal is to thank and honor America’s 6.4 million living veterans of the 9 million who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975 — regardless of location — and the families of all who served.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates we are losing more than 500 of these heroic veterans every day. We must act now to do what should have been done 50 years ago – thank and honor these and their families. We need your help to find these veterans in communities across the Nation who have not yet been recognized.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Of special significance, two years ago President Donald Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, establishing a National Vietnam War Veterans Day that will be celebrated every March 29, in perpetuity.

The commemoration office is also coordinating with governors of all U.S. states, commonwealths and territories, and the mayor of the District of Columbia, to host similar events on or around this day. All of them have already hosted events for Vietnam veterans and their families.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. — also known as “The Wall” — where the commemoration has played, and will continue to play, a significant role in our nation’s honoring of our Vietnam veterans on March 29th. The Wall is an arresting reminder to its more than 5 million annual visitors of the service and sacrifice of the more than 58,000 Americans. There is something haunting, cleansing and healing about this memorial. If you’ve never visited this memorial, we encourage you to experience this hallowed site.

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The Commemorative Partner Program is an organizationally-based, hometown-centric initiative established to reach the veterans and their families in their hometowns. Those who have joined as partners have committed to conducting two events per year for three years in their local communities that recognize, thank and honor our veterans and their families. The nearly 12,000 partners include a mix of dedicated local and national businesses, corporations, veterans and military organizations, associations, educational institutions, community groups, towns, cities and states. They have held more than 17,000 events to date and have thanked and honored approximately 2.5 million Vietnam veterans, plus more than 41,000 of their families have received special recognition in memory of their veterans (the Certificate of Honor program found on our website – www.vietnamwar50th.com). We heartily thank them for that and their continuing efforts to recognize more veterans and families. We now need to find those Vietnam veterans who are unable to attend events. Many are in care facilities, nursing homes, hospices, hospitals, or just in their homes and unable to travel.

Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin

 
The Commemoration is also providing Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins to Commemorative Partners for dignified public presentations during commemorative events, to living veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the specified timeframe above, regardless of location of service. Each veteran who served during the dates above is eligible to receive one lapel pin. The pin is a tangible sign of our Nation’s thanks and is inscribed on the back with the words “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You.”

Veterans and their families can locate upcoming commemorative events in or near their hometowns here; zoom in to locate your state and city or town, and click on a blue pin to reveal details of an upcoming event, including contact information.

If there are no events in your area, check back frequently as new events are added every week. Veterans who need help finding an event can email the Commemoration at whs.pentagon.wso.mbx.vnwar50th-cpp-events-application@mail.mil.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jim Jackson is the director of The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

 
Editor’s note: This is an Op-Ed and as such, the opinions expressed are those of the author. If you would like to respond, or have an editorial of your own you would like to submit, please contact Military Times managing editor Howard Altman, haltman@militarytimes.com.

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Politics / MORE "YES" MEN AND WOMEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE
« on: February 07, 2020, 10:51:24 AM »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-lambastes-his-critics-as-he-considers-how-else-to-target-his-perceived-enemies-over-impeachment/2020/02/06/571003a0-4924-11ea-9475-535736e48788_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trumpretribution-940pm-1%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans&itid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trumpretribution-940pm-1%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans
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THE PURGE CONTINUES. AS THE NUMBER OF WHITE HOUSE STAFF WHO WILL PROVIDE ADVICE AND A COMPLETE ASSESSMENT OF REALITY TO TRUMP, THE MORE LIKELY OUR NATION IS TO FIND ITSELF IN A DANGEROUS SITUATION WHERE TRUMP MAKES A CRITICAL DECISON BASED ON HIS GUT FEELINGS RATHER THAN REALITY. THAT  TRULY FRIGHTENS ME.

President Trump is preparing to push out a national security official who testified against him during the impeachment inquiry after he expressed deep anger on Thursday over the attempt to remove him from office because of his actions toward Ukraine.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman — a National Security Council aide who testified during House Democrats’ impeachment hearings — will be informed in the coming days, likely on Friday, by administration officials that he is being reassigned to a position at the Defense Department, taking a key figure from the investigation out of the White House, according to two people familiar with the move who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss personnel decisions.

Vindman had already informed senior officials at the NSC that he intended to take an early exit from his assignment and leave his post by the end of the month, according to people familiar with his decision, but Trump is eager to make a symbol of the Army officer soon after the Senate acquitted him of the impeachment charges approved by House Democrats.

Trump made clear on Thursday that he is ready to make his impeachment a key part of his reelection strategy and highlight his anger at Democratic leaders who led the charge to remove him from office, as well as Republicans who did not embrace the defense of his actions even though he was acquitted by the Senate on Wednesday.

At an event in the East Room of the White House, he called Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a “horrible person” and derided Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) as a flip-flopping Republican with “no sign of principles” whose vote to convict Trump on abuse of power charges was born not out of principle but bitterness over his failed 2012 presidential bid.

And he kicked off the day at the National Prayer Breakfast by questioning the two lawmakers’ claims about the role religion plays in their public lives.

Trump is acquitted | Impeachment This Week
 
The president was acquitted on both charges of impeachment by the Senate, with Sen. Mitt Romney crossing the aisle and voting to convict on one charge. (The Washington Post)
 
“I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that that’s not so,” he told a room full of religious leaders.

Trump and his allies are considering doing more than just launching verbal fusillades at his perceived enemies over impeachment as the decision regarding Vindman shows. Some of the president’s aides are discussing whether to remove or reassign several administration officials who testified during the impeachment inquiry, according to aides and advisers who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans. Meanwhile, Senate committee chairmen are ramping up their investigation into Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine while his father, Joe, was vice president.

“Lieutenant Colonel Col. Vindman and his twin brother — right? — we had some people that — really amazing,” Trump said during an event at the White House, mocking the national security counsel aide who testified during hearings investigating the White House’s actions toward Ukraine.

Trump has complained about Vindman in private, mocking the way he spoke, wore his uniform and conducted himself during the impeachment inquiry, according to people familiar with his remarks. He has discussed with aides removing other national security officials who testified or cooperated with House Democrats, with Trump calling them disloyal and asking whether he should further cull his national security staff after impeachment. He remains incensed that so many people in his administration testified last year, according to allies of the president. No final decisions have been made on what to do with the officials, these people said.

[The latest on the fallout from the Senate impeachment trial]

President Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, speaks about his acquittal in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 6. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

But the White House is not hiding from the fact it would like to see Democrats and Romney feel some pain for their role in his impeachment.

Stephanie Grisham, the president’s press secretary, said making people pay for their conduct was a reason Trump held an event Thursday in the East Room of the White House, which Trump later said was not a speech but a “celebration” of his acquittal by the Senate a day earlier.

Advisers to the president said Trump is already thinking about a scorched-earth nine-month campaign and how Democrats might attack him next — and how he can land punches of his own.

“He’s keenly aware of the fact that the Democrats only have one play: to destroy him personally every single day … until November,” said Jason Miller, an informal adviser and former campaign aide.

Additionally, Trump sees it as valuable to frame previous investigations as witch hunts because he expects more probes, Miller and other Trump allies said, and the president has told his aides that Democrats will continue to investigate his finances, his Cabinet officials and his interactions with foreign leaders.

Trump was not in a reflective mood about his conduct on Thursday.

He was impeached by the House on charges that he abused his office and obstructed Congress. The crux of the case against him is the allegation that he withheld military aid and a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden — who served on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, while his father was vice president — as well as a widely discredited theory that Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and — despite some Republican senators calling his action wrong even if not impeachable — he has shown no remorse.

That was evident from the time he left the White House on Thursday morning on his way to the prayer breakfast being held at a nearby hotel.

He rewrote parts of his speech for the event, scribbling en route, to highlight his impeachment and attack his foes at a traditionally staid, nonpartisan affair, according to officials. When Arthur Brooks, a conservative columnist, encouraged guests at the breakfast to “love your enemies” and set aside contempt, Trump pointedly said that he did not concur.

“I don’t know if I agree with you. I don’t know if Arthur is going to like what I’m going to say,” he said, before attacking both Pelosi and Romney from the dais at the Washington Hilton.

His event in the East Room later in the day was part celebration, part tirade as he thanked his supporters and laid into his critics.

“They are vicious and mean, vicious. These people are vicious,” he said of Democrats before focusing specifically on Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), who led the impeachment inquiry.

He brought up Hunter Biden, criticizing his role in Ukraine and mocking him for being discharged from the Navy Reserve after allegedly testing positive for cocaine.

Trump plans to repeatedly bring up the younger Biden on the campaign trail, according to White House officials, hoping to use it against Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and to argue that Democrats are corrupt. Neither Biden has been charged with any wrongdoing by Ukrainian officials.

Trump has continued to suggest to aides that his personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, could have valuable information and that Hunter Biden resonates with the general public.

He may get help on this topic from Senate Republicans.

In a letter sent Wednesday to the head of the Secret Service, two Senate committee chairmen wrote that they are “reviewing potential conflicts of interest posed by the business activities of Hunter Biden and his associates during the Obama administration, particularly with respect to his business activities in Ukraine and China.”

Sens. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) said they are seeking information on any instances when Hunter Biden traveled with a protective security detail during the time his father was vice president, as well as when he flew on government planes.

Trump has been convinced by polling and rallies in recent months that relentlessly attacking Pelosi is key to his reelection success, and he has shown flashes of anger when discussing her, according to aides.

Republican lawmakers and Trump have also discussed ways to exact revenge on Schiff for his leading role in the president’s impeachment, according to people familiar with the conversations.

Some White House, campaign and congressional officials are pushing Trump to move on from talking about impeachment or attacking Romney, the lone Republican to vote for his conviction. RNC and campaign officials said they were happy Thursday that Trump did not seem to have a specific plan to take on Romney, even as the White House lashed into him in a long page of talking points.

“There’s a lot of anger there. But I think this, too, shall pass,” said Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), a Trump ally.

One top ally suggested the president should go to Florida, golf for a few days and bask in the sun with his friends — or turn his focus to attacking Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or attempting to sow division among the Democratic 2020 nominees.

Trump’s allies said he is in his strongest political position in years. His poll numbers rose during impeachment, with Gallup showing him at 49 percent approval, and the economy is performing well overall. Voters have not yet coalesced around a candidate in the splintered Democratic presidential field. And with the impeachment probe and the Russia investigation over, no investigative threat currently appears to loom over the president.

Aides said the mood in the West Wing is brighter than it has been in many months.

“Look at the successes we’ve had. Contrast that to the Democrats,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said.

But Trump was unable to hide his anger in public on Thursday and it’s unclear when or if he will stop focusing on his impeachment and investigations into his administration.

“We’ve been going through this now for over three years. It was evil. It was corrupt. It was dirty cops. It was leakers and liars,” he said in the East Room. “And this should never, ever happen to another president, ever.”

Mike DeBonis and Colby Itkowitz contributed to this report.



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Politics / DEMOCRATIC INEPTITUDE IN IOWA
« on: February 05, 2020, 06:57:37 AM »
TWO DAYS AND NO CONCLUSIVE RESULTS OUT OF IOWA?  I HAVE LED AND MANAGED SOFTWARE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.  FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY A NEW SOFTWARE APPLICATION WAS EVEN RELEASED.  HAVE THEY NEVER HEARD OF BETA TESTING?  THESE ARE ELEMENTARY AND FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS IN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT. SOME HEADS NEED TO ROLL AS A RESULT OF THIS COMPLETE AND TOTAL ph--k-UP.  THIS IS A SELF INFLICTED HEAD SHOT.  THE DEMS NEED TO BARR THAT SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY FROM EVER WORKING FOR THE PARTY AGAIN AND IMMEDIATELY CAN THE DEMS WHO RETAINED THIS COMPANY.  HELL, EVEN THE RUSSIANS ARE LAFFING THEIR ASSES OFF.  THEY DON'T EVEN NEED TO TRY AND HACK OUR SYSTEMS WHEN ASSES LIKE THESE ARE ENGAGED TO CONDUCT SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY. I AM REALLY PISSED AT THE DEMS FOR THIS TOTAL AND COMPLETE INEPTITUDE.

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Sports Forum / 2020 SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW
« on: February 03, 2020, 07:03:19 PM »

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Politics / HOW IMPEACHMENT COULD FLIP THE SENATE
« on: January 29, 2020, 09:31:16 AM »
OFFERED FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.  THIS ANALYSIS ILLUSTRATES THE BIGGER PICTURE, REGARDING IMPEACHMENT.  BOTTOM LINE IS THAT MOST ARE SIMPLY TIRED OF THE CHAOS, DISFUNCTION, LOSS OF NATIONAL STATURE, DIMINISHED VIEWS OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND BUFOONISH LIES OF TRUMP.  I BELIEVE HISTORY WILL REFLECT HIM AS A ONE-TERM OUTLIER.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/01/29/rahm-emanuel-oped-impeachment-senate/

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Politics / LATEST LAUGHABLE SENATE GOP SPIN FURTHER INCRIMINATES IMPOTUS!
« on: January 28, 2020, 03:01:30 PM »
A WAPO OP-ED FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.  :lol: :lmao: :lol:
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/01/28/latest-laughable-senate-gop-spin-further-incriminates-trump/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-f%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans

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Politics / BOLTON BOOK THREATENS TO...
« on: January 28, 2020, 11:22:52 AM »
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/leaked-bolton-book-threatens-to-upend-senate-impeachment-trial/2020/01/27/870f75e0-411d-11ea-b503-2b077c436617_story.html

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General Discussion Forum / "JUST MERCY"
« on: January 27, 2020, 04:00:33 PM »
GREAT MOVIE.  HAVE YOU SEEN IT YET?

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Politics / WHEN PEOPLE TELL YOU WHO THEY ARE, BELIEVE THEM
« on: January 26, 2020, 03:55:05 PM »
WORDS OF "Y04185". Quote from: y04185 on May 05, 2010, 11:46:42 AM

I have always voted for the person.  I will not vote a straight party ticket.  That is the easiest way to get burned.  I was a member of the NRA when I was a demovrat.  I have been to democratic functions and got the 'What is he doing here' looks from whites. 

This month I'm going to campaign for a democrat who is in a runoff. 

"Another thing, I vote for the person that is best for me and Mrs. y. I could care less about other Blacks and other people.  Too bad too many people on board don't understand that."

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FUNNY THING ABOUT THAT SONG.  I HEARD IT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME AS A FRESHMAN IN 1969 AT A MORGAN STATE FOOTBALL GAME.  WHEN I LATER HEARD IT AT OTHER CIAA VENUES I WAS AT FIRST PISSED BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT MORGAN'S SONG HAD BEEN STOLEN!! :lol: 

I "GOOGLED" IT.  ONE MIGHT BE A BIT SURPRISED ABOUT WHAT IS ON GOOGLE.

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHICH HBCU WAS THE FIRST TO PLAY THE NOW HBCU STANDARD "TALKING OT THE SIDE OF YOUR NECK"?

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