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Kym reports.

Update:  It’s open.

Whatever your opinions on the Dakota Access Pipeline, this image from Standing Rock is really intense.  Reminiscent of the Tank Guy image from China circa 1989.

From this Facebook page.


No clear cut answers, just questions.

Meanwhile, “Heil Trump.”  No, that’s not sarcasm.

It just got really nasty there.

This, according to George Bush’s ethics attorney.

“no person holding any office of profit or trust under” the United States “shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”

Maybe he’ll get Congressional approval ahead of time?

“Never settle” Trump settles the fraud suit against him for 25 million.  That’s hardly a “nuisance settlement.”

Throughout the campaign, Trump has been calling for mandatory registration of Muslims.  If his surrogates are to be believed it’s still on the table, though there is ambiguity as to whether such a registry would apply only to immigrants or would include current Muslim US citizens.

One surrogate interviewed by Megyn Kelly cites the Japanese internment as legal precedent, and in fact there is a horrific Supreme Court ruling which stands.  Seriously, when Megyn Kelly comes across as a bleeding heart ACLU card carrying liberal, you know we’re sliding into the bats— crazy!

George Takei, known primarily for his role as Lt. Sulu in Star Trek, is an internment camp survivor and addresses the issue:

There is dangerous talk these days by those who have the ear of some at the highest levels of government. Earlier this week, Carl Higbie, an outspoken Trump surrogate and co-chair of Great America PAC, gave an interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox News. They were discussing the notion of a national Muslim registry, a controversial part of the Trump administration’s national security plans, when Higbie dropped a bombshell: “We did it during World War II with Japanese, which, you know, call it what you will,” he said. Was he really citing the Japanese American internment, Kelly wanted to know, as grounds for treating Muslims the same way today? Higbie responded that he wasn’t saying we should return to putting people in camps. But then he added, “There is precedent for it.”

Higbie tried to roll it back, and blame Kelly for what he said.


Trump’s surrogates have denied that he doesn’t really mean the registry to be a list which tracks people according to their religious beliefs, but they get really dodgy when asked for specific clarifications.  And there is this video.

Hopefully his advisors understand how insane the registry would be and the enormous resistance it would generate.  Many who are not currently of the Muslim faith are threatening to register.  I’ll do it.  I’ll find a Muslim organization to join and then register. I imagine that thousands will join me.  This Jewish leader will.

Again, we don’t have a lot of details, but it may be that he wants to revive the program Bush had in place which Obama cancelled (but according to this article, failed to dismantle).  But the whole concept of religion based profiling is ridiculous and oppressive.  Geography, you can make an argument.  But can you name the largest Muslim-majority country?  Hint:  It’s not in the Middle East.

I’m just going to post the link to the blog post here.  There are others like it.  I haven’t yet hit the links, but the coughing babies testing positive for marijuana is said to have been concluded by the American Pediatrics Association, which is hardly a prohibitionist organization.  However, studies are often misstated in these opinion pieces.  I will follow up later, but before I’m convinced that pot-related traffic accidents (does that mean an accident happens and a driver tests positive, or is the causation determined?) are increasing I would like evidence that pot-influenced driving is increasing, or even just plain usage.  Have at it.

So let’s say it’s true.  Should we revisit the legalization policy?


On Thursday will air my first pre-recorded show.  Local writers and voices Kym Kemp and Linda Stansberry join me to discuss the vulnerability of women locally with particular emphasis on the culture of silence and denial and social pressure to eschew the involvement of law enforcement even when situations have become dangerous.  Both have written on the subject and I want to thank them for driving to Redway to record this show in their very busy lives.

The point will not be to vilify the local community as particularly oppressive or indifferent to the safety of women – we know it’s everywhere.  The point is to discuss the particular challenges women face in unique local situations, and the support resources available.  Obviously you won’t be able to call in, but I intend much follow-up on the issue in later shows with plenty of opportunity for input.

Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m.



From a friend:


In the California race to replace retiring Senator Barbara Boxer, Kamala
Harris, daughter of Indian & Jamaican immigrants, was voted the nation’s
first Indian-American and second black female Senator.

In Oregon, Kate Brown was the first openly LGBT person to be elected to
a US governorship.

Lisa Blunt Rochester earned Delaware’s sole seat in the House of
Representatives, becoming both the first woman and the first African-
American to represent Delaware in Congress.

In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, a former refugee, is the first Somali-American
Muslim woman elected to a state legislature.

Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada is the first Latina elected to the

Tammy Duckworth took back Obama’s Senate seat in Illinois.

In Florida, Stephanie Murphy was the first Vietnamese-American woman
elected to Congress, defeating a 23-year Republican incumbent.

Pramila Jayapal will be the first female Indian-American Congressional
Representative. An immigrant from India at 16, she was elected to
represent the Seattle area on a Bernie-Sanders-style platform.

In NJ, Josh Gottheimer, first time Democratic candidate, beat
Representative Scott Garrett, seven-term Republican incumbent and one
of the most conservative Tea-Party-aligned members of Congress.  

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was ousted in Arizona.

A woman handily won the popular vote for President of the United States.


November 2016