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Hillary is on the road in Iowa today at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny IA.  With Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack,  who has endorsed her, she laid out her plan for rural America.

Earlier,  she expressed heartbreak at the sad news out of Virginia.

Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims’ families in Virginia. -H

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, gestures before speaking about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, accompanied by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, gestures before speaking about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton tours the Tool and Die Lab at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton tours the Tool and Die Lab at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, tours the Tool and Die Lab at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, tours the Tool and Die Lab at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tour the Tool and Die Lab at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tour the Tool and Die Lab at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

FILE - In this July 26, 2015, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. In her many visits to the leadoff caucus state, Clinton has included multiple remarks with regional references. The approach is a stylistic shift from Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential bid, which began poorly with a third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

FILE – In this July 26, 2015, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. In her many visits to the leadoff caucus state, Clinton has included multiple remarks with regional references. The approach is a stylistic shift from Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential bid, which began poorly with a third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waits to be introduced before speaking about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waits to be introduced before speaking about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, followed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, waves before she speaks about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, followed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, waves before she speaks about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, followed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, arrives to speaks about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, followed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, arrives to speaks about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. The transmission of classified information across Hillary Clinton’s private email is consistent with a culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the Obama and George W. Bush administrations, according to documents previously made public and reviewed by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. The transmission of classified information across Hillary Clinton’s private email is consistent with a culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the Obama and George W. Bush administrations, according to documents previously made public and reviewed by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Hillary Clinton's Plan for a Vibrant Rural America

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Hillary Clinton’s Plan for a Vibrant Rural America

America’s rural communities lie at the heart of what makes this country great. The affordability of our food, the independence and sophistication of our energy supply, and the strength of our small communities all depend on a vibrant rural America. Despite their critical role in our economy, too many rural communities are not sharing in our nation’s economic gains. Unemployment and poverty are too high, commodity prices have recently declined, and necessary components to economic security – including accessible health care and affordable education – are unavailable in too many rural communities. We must do more to ensure the vitality of our rural areas—not only because America’s 46 million rural residents make up nearly 15 percent of our population, but also because rural America provides the foundation for the entire country’s economic success.

Clinton’s focus on strengthening rural America for the next generation focuses on four key areas.

  1. Spurring investment to power the rural economy. Small and medium sized businesses power the rural economy but many are being held back by inadequate infrastructure, poor access to credit and capital, and insufficient incentives to invest. To unleash the potential of America’s rural businesses, farms, and ranches – and create jobs and grow wages for working Americans – Clinton will:
    • Expand access to equity capital for rural businesses by increasing the number of Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs), which make equity investments in small rural businesses—driving growth and creating jobs in rural areas. RBICs are approved through the Farm Credit Administration, funded by Farm Credit Banks, and directly link entrepreneurs to capital. They help to build “capital networks” in rural areas, which research suggests is a major factor impacting venture capital access in states with large rural populations.1
    • Simplify regulations for community banks to ensure they are focused on funding our small business and are not swallowed up by a never-ending cycle of examinations and paperwork. These banks are vital to our rural businesses—a National Federation of Independent Businesses survey found that more than 70 percent of rural respondents identified their primary financial institution as a local bank, compared to 49 percent of urban respondents.2 Clinton’s plan will cut red tape for banks that don’t measure their assets in billions – while making sure community banks are never used as a Trojan Horse to undermine Dodd-Frank reforms for the largest Wall Street Banks.
    • Create a national infrastructure bank and invest in infrastructure to improve the country’s rural transportation, water, and broadband infrastructure so that it meets the demands of our modernizing industries and creates jobs in rural America. Crucially, Clinton will focus on increasing access and adoption of high-speed broadband so that rural small businesses can better connect to the global economy, farmers and ranchers can benefit from agricultural technology, and students can benefit from distance learning.
    • Streamline, expand, and make permanent the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) to increase the amount of credits available to low-income communities and add new credits for hard-hit communities that have seen jobs and production depart. Since the NMTC was amended in 2006 to ensure non-metro communities were allocated their fair share, the credit has created tens of thousands of jobs and financed over 600 businesses and facilities in rural America.3 This tax relief for long-term investments in rural and other communities will be paid for by raising capital gains rates on short-term trading and churning.
    • Strengthen USDA grant programs to make them less about bureaucratic buckets and more about funding flexibility, leveraging local resources, and measuring results. For example, Clinton will partner with Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Institutions to expand the USDA StrikeForce Initiative. StrikeForce targets rural development resources to create jobs and revitalize areas of the country where poverty rates exceed 20 percent—about 85 percent of which are in rural areas.
  2. Raising agricultural production and profitability for family farms. A strong agricultural economy remains a critical cornerstone of a vibrant rural economy. Farmers and ranchers supply food for America’s dinner tables, invest in farm machinery and supplies, and provide domestic energy resources that fuel small businesses. The agriculture economy also drives America’s larger economic success—accounting for about $800 billion in economic activity each year and supporting one out of every eleven jobs in the country. To ensure that America’s farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to succeed Clinton will:
    • Support the next generation of farmers by doubling funding for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program to provide education, mentoring, and technical assistance to aspiring farmers and ranchers. Clinton will also fight to enact her New College Compact to tackle student debt. A National Young Farmers Coalition survey found that 30 percent of respondents said that student loans delayed or prevented them from farming.4
    • Build a strong local and regional food system by doubling funding for the Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program to expand food hubs, farmers markets, SNAP recipients’ access to fresh food, and to encourage direct sales to local schools, hospitals, retailers and wholesalers. Clinton’s focus on this issue stems from the “Farm-to-Fork” initiative she promoted in New York as Senator.
    • Provide a focused safety net for farmers and ranchers by continuing to make progress in targeting federal resources in commodity payment, crop insurance, and disaster assistance programs to support family operations that truly need them in challenging times, like when weather-related disasters devastate whole areas of the country.
    • Fight for comprehensive immigration reform because America’s immigrants and migrant workers play a critical role in developing and supporting America’s agricultural economy.
  3. Promoting clean energy leadership and collaborative stewardship. Rural America is an energy leader, providing clean electricity and transportation fuels to the rest of the country, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and making the air we breathe cleaner and safer. Over the past decade, American wind power workforce has grown 10-fold and domestic renewable fuels production has expanded by more than 350 percent—creating jobs, boosting farm incomes, and driving billions of dollars of investment into rural communities. Clinton believes that America can’t afford to cede our leadership in developing and deploying advanced clean fuels and clean electricity that will grow our economy, lower our energy bills, combat climate change, and make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st Century. Rural America’s rich endowment of natural resources extends far beyond energy, too, and Clinton will partner with local communities to protect our lands, waters, and wildlife. Clinton will:
    • Fully fund the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides assistance to producers – including a set-aside for minorities and veterans – who are working to conserve and improve natural resources on their farms and ranches. Additional funding will be directed toward proven initiatives like the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which provides communities with flexible funding to set priorities and lead the way on efforts to improve water quality, combat drought and wildfires, expand wildlife habitat, and enhance soil health.
    • Strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard so that it drives the development of advanced cellulosic and other advanced biofuels, protects consumers, improves access to E15, E85, and biodiesel blends, and provides investment certainty.
    • Support the bio-based economy’s dynamic growth by doubling the loan guarantees made through the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. The loan guarantee program helps fund the creation of bio-processing plants and emerging technologies that, for example, convert agriculture and landfill waste into productive chemicals and non-petroleum based materials. In 2013, the bio-based economy generated $369 billion and was responsible for over 4 million American jobs.5
    • Launch her Clean Energy Challenge to give states, cities, and rural communities ready to lead on clean energy the tools, resources, and flexibility they need to succeed. In doing so, Clinton will achieve the twin goals of having more than half a billion solar panels installed in this country by the end of her first term and producing enough clean renewable energy to power every home in America within 10 years of her taking office. This includes expanding the Rural Utilities Service and other successful USDA energy programs and ensuring the federal government is a partner, not an obstacle, in getting low-cost wind and other renewable energy from rural communities to the rest of the country.
  4. Expanding opportunity in rural communities across America. Clinton believes that you should be able to live, work, and raise a family anywhere you choose. But increasingly, young Americans in rural areas have been forced to look outside of their communities to find quality heath care, a good education, or a stable job. America’s rural areas are each unique, and each faces its own set of challenges—but every American, in every community, deserves a fair chance. That is why as Clinton fights to strengthen the rural economy and raise wages for working Americans, she will also work to ensure everyone has a solid foundation for success. Clinton will:
    • Make critical investments in our youngest learners by doubling funding for Early Head Start and working to ensure that every 4-year old in America has access to high-quality preschool in the next ten years. Rural children disproportionately lack access to quality preschool—during the 2013-14 school year, ten states did not offer a preschool program for four-year-olds, eight of which had a higher percentage of students enrolled in rural schools than the national average.6
    • Ensure cost won’t be a barrier for college. For students from rural areas – who attend two-year institutions at a higher rate than their peers in metro areas – community colleges provide a pathway to obtain high-skilled manufacturing, service and agricultural jobs in their local communities.8 Clinton’s New College Compact incorporates President Obama’s plan to make community college tuition free so that young students and displaced workers can gain the skills they need to succeed. Research also shows a ten-percent gap in college attainment for rural students compared to the national average. Reasons for this gap include a lack of access to college preparatory courses in high school and cost barriers to attending 4-year institutions. Clinton is committed to ensuring that rural schools access college-prep courses in high school through on-line learning. And Clinton’s New College Compact will work to ensure that students can attend a 4-year public college without taking loans for tuition.
    • Improve health care access for rural Americans by further integrating telehealth, remote patient monitoring, and other information technologies into our broader health system. Nearly a sixth of Americans live in rural areas, but barely a tenth of physicians practice there.9 Clinton will explore cost-effective ways to broaden the scope of healthcare providers eligible for telehealth reimbursement under Medicare and other programs, including federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics. She will also call for states to support efforts such as those by doctors and state medical boards to streamline licensing for telemedicine. Additionally, she will examine ways to expand the types of services that qualify for reimbursement, such as treatments that use remote patient monitoring technology – while ensuring that eligible services improve health and drive value. We need to harness public resources and private innovation to expand telehealth and information technology to benefit patients in rural areas and all over the country.
    • Ensure that our rural communities have better access to substance abuse prevention, early intervention, and treatment. Substance abuse is striking small towns and urban areas across America. But in rural America, the disease is particularly devastating—between 1999 and 2009, the death rates associated with drug poisoning grew by 394 percent in rural areas compared to 279 percent for large central metropolitan counties.10 In the coming weeks Clinton will release a comprehensive plan to address our substance abuse epidemic.

1http://www.rupri.org/Forms/CapitalMarkets_Briefing_April2012.pdf
2http://www.nfib.com/Portals/0/PDF/AllUsers/research/studies/small-business-credit-study-nfib-2012.pdf
3http://nmtccoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/NMTC-Progress-Report-2014.pdf
4http://www.youngfarmers.org/new-nyfc-report-finds-student-loan-debt-is-exacerbating-farmer-shortage/
5http://www.biopreferred.gov/BPResources/files/EconomicReport_6_12_2015.pdf
6http://nieer.org/sites/nieer/files/Yearbook2014_full2_0.pdf
7http://bit.ly/1h7dnef
8http://www.rociidaho.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/ROCI_Rural-College-Patterns_Final.pdf
9http://celebratepowerofrural.org/?page_id=30
10http://claad.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/AMEPRE_3905-stamped-111213.pdf

 

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Like Hillary Clinton, I had the immense privilege of seeing the great Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience on Broadway not long ago.

Helen Mirren pokes fun at the Clintons

Peter Morgan’s tour de force for Mirren speculates upon conversations between HRM Queen Elizabeth II and eight of 12 Prime Ministers who have served under her reign so far.  These regular audiences occurred every Tuesday, were informal, and not minuted.   Thus, all dialogue is of Morgan’s invention (with a Mirren ad lib thrown in here and there).  Dame Helen’s trepidations upon meeting Her Majesty  have, a few times,  centered on whether they “got it right.”  Once after the film The Queen, also penned by Morgan, and again after the stage portrayal.

At an award ceremony not long ago, Prince William welcomed Dame Helen to the stage asking whether he should call her “Granny.”  We can guess that the Crown was not displeased with the opus or the performance.

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had regular Tuesday meetings,  published on her daily schedules,  usually at 7:30 a.m.  They were breakfast meetings with VP Joe Biden at his residence.  Whenever Hillary was in town and not traveling, these breakfast meetings took place.  As far as we know, these breakfasts were also private, informal, and not minuted.  If you were around these pages in those days you might remember them.  They were the object of fevered speculation before they became commonplace Tuesday occurrences.

Because this is a Hillary blog , and not an Obama or a Biden blog, it has not been noted here that the POTUS and VP have a similar weekly tradition. They have a regular Monday lunch.   Today was Monday.  They had lunch.

No one but those two people knows what they talked about today or last week or any of the Mondays going back.  To pretend to is to take on the speculative robes of the playwright and spin a tale as Peter Morgan has of the Queen and her PMs.

What is newsworthy about two people who work together having lunch, especially when they do so regularly, is unclear at best.  That it should whip up a frenzy borders on the ridiculous.  But then, the same thing happened when Joe and Hillary had – what???  Had breakfast together  – again – a little more than two years ago.

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden to Reprise Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club – For Tomorrow Anyway

July 29, 2013

Before everyone goes full-throttle into “what-does-it-all-mean” mode, allow me to remind long-time readers here that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State,  early morning breakfasts at Joe Biden’s residence were a regular feature on her Tuesday schedules from the State Department when she was not traveling.

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Well, make of it what you will.  Maybe you can construct a Tony Award-winning play of all this.  What you really cannot do,  unless you have met some fly that was on the wall or picnic table, is say what Joe Biden and Barack Obama talked about today.  Oh yes, we all know.  Biden met with Elizabeth Warren yesterday (we do not know what that was about either),  and the daily presser was largely devoted to the plummeting markets except when Josh Earnest was pressed to speculate.  He refused to perpetrate fiction.

Take a deep breath.  Take some advice from the Brits.

keep-calm

The Blitz is yet to come, and if you thought Hillary Clinton got into this race thinking it was going to be a cakewalk, you do not know Hillary Clinton.  Long before she finally announced, she thought of every possibility and has promised to earn every vote.   We will not be seeing Hillary Clinton making any mistakes like this,  and it will not be a “coronation.”

It isn’t even the stormy season yet. Keep calm. Keep on.  Keep going.

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Panic and frenzy are a distraction and a waste of good energy.

 

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I am reblogging this because somehow the campaign failed to get back to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver when they sent out a one-question yes/no request for a position. The answer, of course, is yes. Hillary not only supports the Equality Act, she led the pack in getting signatures in support.  Hillary originally posted this at Twitter on July 23.

Note to campaign: Last Week Tonight is a pretty influential show. Not a good idea to ignore their requests. Hillary ended up in the wrong column on their screen last night – wrongly and unfairly – not because they did not do their homework, but because the campaign blew off their request for a response.

 

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Hillary is calling for full equality.  Sign here to support the Equality Act.

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Dreamers are young people who were raised here as Americans. They pledge allegiance, study hard, want to go to college,  serve in the military for the country they perceive as theirs, and seek the American dream.  Their only problem, and it is a big one, is that they were not born here, are not citizens and can be deported at any time to countries in which they have never lived and know little to nothing about.

They were brought here.  They did not come on their own and had no power or say over their immigration.  Many do not remember arriving.

Certain Republican candidates would round them up and ship them off wholesale to their countries of origin.

Today, a panda cub was born here.  Pandas generally give birth around mid to late August, so any pandas in the whole world who were about to have cubs have either done so, are doing so, or will do so in very short order. That’s how it works with pandas.  Also, any and all pandas that are born anywhere in the world no matter where,  are Chinese.

National Zoo’s panda gives birth to cub

Associated Press
Still image from video of Mei Mei in her cage at the National Zoo in Washingtonb, D.C., on August 22, 2015.

© Courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute via Facebook Still image from video of Mei Mei in her cage at the National Zoo in Washingtonb, D.C., on August 22, 2015.

WASHINGTON — The National Zoo in Washington says there’s one more panda in the world after its female giant panda gave birth to a cub on Saturday.

Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson confirmed in an email that Mei Xiang gave birth to the cub at 5:35 p.m. If the cub survives, it would be the 17-year-old panda’s third surviving offspring.

Mei Xiang’s first cub, Tai Shan, was born in 2005. Her second cub, Bao Bao, turns 2-years-old on Sunday.

SNIP

The zoo’s current pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, the parents of both Bao Bao and Tai Shan, arrived in 2000. The pandas belong to China as do any cubs they have. The pair’s first cub, Tai Shan, returned to China in 2010. Their second cub, Bao Bao, still lives at the National Zoo.

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That IF is a really big IF.  Panda cubs have a high mortality rate even with the best of care.  It will be a long time before veterinarians can get the cub out of the den for the first exam.  If the baby does survive, it will be 100 days before it is named.  That is Chinese tradition for human children, and it is the protocol followed for little pandas as well.  The naming ceremony will feature a high-level Chinese official – perhaps the ambassador. The name will be Chinese.

Like Tai Shan,  Bao Bao will one day travel to China as will this little pink baby.   To say “Tai Shan, returned to China in 2010” is not completely accurate, however, since Tai Shan was born here and had never been in China.

Pandas cannot speak or tell us how they feel about this arrangement we have. No zoos in the world would have pandas if they did not agree first with the arrangement.  Maybe the pandas are fine with it.  We cannot know. We do know that pandas are very intelligent and first-time panda moms can learn cub care from watching videos of panda moms caring for infants.

The Chinese treasure their pandas and take very good care of them.
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This is real.  They graduate from year to year from the nursery to a kind of pre-K environment, and onward to kindergarten … you get the idea.  Panda babies go to school.

Coincidentally, I received this in a news feed today.

Sion Sci

Sion Sci, kaiser fan

I can’t give you a definitive description, but I can show you some pictures!

The “Chinese way of studying” can be summed up by the slogan “只要学不死,就往死里学”, which roughly translates into “As long we don’t die from studying, we’ll study until we’re dead.”

Even little pandas have to pass tests.   But the goal there is for them to live the Chinese panda dream – unless they are presented to a foreign zoo for exhibition and breeding.

Dreamers are not pandas.  They do not “belong” to or probably even in their countries of origin about which they know little or nothing and perhaps would live in great danger. They are American kids minus the papers. We raised them.  We educated them.  We invested in them, and they want to stay and pay back.  Should they be returned to where they came from?

Where you stand on this question will help decide your 2016 vote.  I can tell you this.  While other candidates have stood on podiums and made rallying speeches to record-breaking crowds, one candidate took the time to sit for a quiet conversation with Dreamers and hear their stories – their side of question.

Hillary Clinton Talks and Tweets Immigration Reform with Dreamers in Nevada

May 5, 2015
At Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Hillary made clear her determination to effect immigration reform and a  path to citizenship for Dreamers and, importantly, their families.

This event is a perfect example of Hillary’s early campaign strategy.  Rather than doing the speaking, Hillary is hearing  the stories these Dreamers have to tell.  For those who still do not get it, statements from her will not proliferate right now.  She is busy doing the listening.

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When Hillary lays out her plan for immigration reform, this conversation will have helped to shape that plank in her platform.

We really do not like to say good-bye to our little pandas that we have fostered from birth, but that is our agreement with China.  We have no such agreement with any country about people unless they are criminals and extradition treaties apply.   Why send away young people we have fostered?  It is unthinkable!

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***Edited to add this***   Indeed it was twins!

It was a busy weekend for giant pandas at the National Zoo: Twins were born. But big sister Bao Bao took the cake, literally, as she turned two today.

Bao Bao, whose name means “precious treasure,” was born at 5:32 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2013. The second cub of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian has developed a kind of cult-like following: people watch her tackle her mom in the snow or eat fruitsicles or tumble down a hill.

For her birthday, Bao Bao enjoyed a traditional frozen fruitsicle cake with all of her favorite treats: honey, apple juice, carrots, beet juice and of course bamboo. For a special treat, zoo officials said keepers wrapped tiny treats inside cardboard boxes for her to unwrap — or enjoy.

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The very gifted David Chase will be 70 years old tomorrow.  Happy Birthday, David, from a huge fan!  David is the creator of HBO’s award-winning series, The Sopranos.   One recurring, signature feature of Sopranos scripts was the unexpected insertion of the malapropism: the incorrect use of a word that sounds similar to the one that should have been used in that slot.

Tony Soprano, the main character, early in the series begins seeing a psychiatrist in order to deal with panic attacks he is experiencing.   One character, a loyal member of Tony’s crew offers this:

There’s no stigmata connected with going to a shrink.

The term derives from a 1775 Sheridan play, The Rivals,  in which a character named Mrs. Malaprop never manages to find quite the right word.  Her lexical selections are always mal à propos.  Inappropriate.  A good word incorrectly inserted in the context.

Tony is an artist whose medium is the malapropism.  He calls his mother “an albacore around my neck.” We know he is a Republican.  He agrees with “Senator Sanatorium.”  He is educated.  One semester at Seton Hall.  Discussing organizational strategy, he refers to Sung Tizzoo as the Chinese Prince Matchabelli.   When his psychiatrist mentions Cap d’Antibes,  Tony assumes it is some explorer or officer he has never heard of on The History Channel and repeats the comment to a crew member as Captain Tibe.

Tony’s crew members share his literary flair.   The added dimension of unintended comedy from dead-serious and deadly guys was part of the show’s attraction.  I was prostate with grief. The sacred and the propane.  Even Tony’s son A.J. got into the act referring to Sacco and Vanzetti as “the anti-Christs.”  His sister Meadow, the logical, Columbia U. student, corrects him by asking how there can be two anti-Christs when there was only one Christ.

How fitting it was, on the eve of David’s milestone birthday, to receive this in my email today.


A Democrat has lived here for 7 years:

And 5 Democrats want to move in 2017:

These are great candidates, but is there anyone else you’d want to see in this race?


POLL:
Which Democrat should join the 2016 race?
(Choose as many as you’d like)

Joe Biden >>

Al Gore >>

Elizabeth Warren >>

Lawrence Lessig >>

Stick with Current Candidates >>

Other/Write-in >>

Take the survey → http://sign.actiontaker.org/la-2016-survey

In fact, Left Action, Lawrence Lessig is already in the race for all intensive purposes!!!!

Tony Soprano’s nephew, Christopher Moltisanti, had a name for this action.

Creating some dysentery in the ranks.

Thank you for that, David Chase.

Indeed there is something Matchabellian about the whole thing!  It has a scent to it.  Maybe Left Action thought this race was an effing stagmire!   Once, again,  many happy returns!

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I’m sticking with my girl!

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Just sayin’.

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Hillary Clinton retweeted Kelly O’Donnell

Hillary Clinton added, How about “babies,” “children,” or “American citizens.”

I don’t know if my grandparents ever became citizens. I don’t think my grandmother lived long enough to.  So, though they came legally, in a way my mom and her three brothers were “anchor babies” who conceivably might have been sent to Austria-Hungary in the middle of a war when my grandmother died,  and my grandfather had to put the boys in foster care (i.e. public assistance).  Had that happened, three guys who fought fought in WW II on our side could have ended up fighting on the other side.   Our side also would have missed out on one machinist – my mom.

You reap what you sow.  The U.S. invested in them,  and they paid it back and forward.  That can be multiplied by millions from Austria-Hungary, Italy, and Germany between 1900 and 1910 whose children formed “the greatest generation” and fought the biggest war.

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Wednesday
Aug 19
2015
Press Release

Hillary and I mourn the loss of our friend Louis Stokes, who served the people of Cleveland in Congress for 30 years with a rare combination of toughness and grace.  I will always be grateful for his good counsel, his strong support, and his steadfast friendship.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Lou’s wife, Jay, his children, and his grandchildren.

 

Longtime Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes dies at 90

Associated Press

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, a 15-term congressman from Ohio who took on tough assignments looking into assassinations and scandals, has died. He was 90.

His death, confirmed by a family statement, comes a month after he announced he had brain and lung cancer.

Stokes was elected to the House in 1968, becoming Ohio’s first black member of Congress and one of its most respected and influential. Just a year earlier, his brother, Carl, had been elected mayor of Cleveland — the first black elected mayor of a major U.S. city.

Louis Stokes was the dean of the delegation until he stepped down in 1999.

In this Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998, file photo, Rep. Louis Stokes, D-Ohio, announces, at the Carl B. Stokes Social Services Mall in Cleveland, that he will retire from Congress at the end of the year.
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