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  1. The people have spoken. Adios to Mrs and Mr Ivanka Trump. Their "services" are no longer "required" in the White House. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump appear to be moving to Miami-Dade. The daughter and son-in-law of President Donald Trump have purchased a plot of land in tony Indian Creek Village. The news was first reported by the New York Post’s Page Six, which said the acquisition is “believed to be” of a 1.8-acre, 80,000-square-foot plot most recently owned by Julio Iglesias and listed at $31.8 million. Jill Eber, founding partner with luxury residential brokerage firm The Jills Zeder Group, an affiliate of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate and the listing agent for the land, declined to comment. A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. The move would continue a galloping trend of new out-of-market tenants and businesses arriving in South Florida amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Sunday, Bloomberg reported Goldman Sachs was now considering opening an outpost in the region. In October, global investment group Blackstone announced it was opening a technology office in Miami-Dade. Kushner’s father, real estate mogul Charles Kushner, purchased a $4 million penthouse in Bal Harbour in 2017. In 2017, Iglesias listed his four empty Indian Creek waterfront lots for $150 million. And Ivanka’s father, President Donald Trump, last year declared himself a Florida resident, listing his permanent residence as Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach County, the place he presumably will move to when he leaves office on Jan. 20 after being defeated by President-elect Biden in the Nov. 3 election.
  2. On June 20, 2016, then-Vice President Joe Biden delivered keynote remarks at an event hosted by the Center for a New American Security, the think tank founded and, at that point, led by Michèle Flournoy. She doesn't have fake bone spurs...that's a good thing. Flournoy introduced Biden, praising him as a national security thinker and noting the ties between his staff at the White House and CNAS. Biden, in turn, acknowledged the little-kept secret of the defense world: that Flournoy was in line to become the first woman to serve as defense secretary under President Hillary Clinton. “Well, madam secretary,” Biden said with a laugh as the crowd applauded. “I’m writing a recommendation for her, you know.” The Clinton administration never materialized, following the election of President Donald Trump. But four years later, president-elect Biden is widely expected to fulfill his promise and tap Flournoy to lead the U.S. military. Some observers have suggested that if Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to President Barack Obama and a close confidant of Biden, seeks the Pentagon’s top job, she would be heavily considered, but there are few signs she wants that position. Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, an Iraq War combat veteran, is another name that has been mentioned as a possibility, and other names will inevitably pop up in the coming weeks.
  3. Every American deserves to vote. Even if it's by mail. Covid-19 aside. I know Tump has been trying to "kill" voting by mail. And he's trying to defund the USPS. Maybe the more people that votes...the less chance he has of winning? Just a guess. When I was on active duty in Japan, my Command voting assistance officer assured me, your vote will be counted. That was then...this is now.
  4. I wonder what this wheel chair bound Tejas governor thinks about that? Sakshi Venkatraman and The Associated Press Tue, October 20, 2020, 7:22 AM GMT+13 Texas social workers can now turn away LGBTQ clients and those with a disability. The state Board of Social Work Examiners voted unanimously to change a section of its code of conduct last week following a recommendation from Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, to remove protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. Abbott’s office said the change was suggested because the board’s nondiscrimination clause went beyond the state’s policy on social work, according to The Associated Press. “It’s not surprising that a board would align its rules with statutes passed by the Legislature,” Renae Eze, a spokeswoman for Abbott’s office, said. Officials and the state Board of Social Work Examiners is now facing backlash for the decision, with some advocacy and professional organizations saying it could put already vulnerable disabled and LGBTQ people at a greater risk. After the policy change became public, seven advocacy groups released a joint statement condemning the move. “The social workers code of conduct previously helped ensure ethical treatment of all clients and prevented bias-motivated misconduct,” Ricardo Martinez, CEO of the statewide LGBTQ group Equality Texas, said in the statement. “Now with the removal of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression from the code, LGBTQ+ folks who experience discrimination could face more obstacles to getting the help they need. Transgender rights groups spoke to how the policy could affect trans individuals' health and safety during the pandemic. “There is always a real possibility that trans Texans specifically could be turned away or dissuaded from accessing the medical resources they need,” Emmett Schelling, executive director of the Transgender Education Network of Texas, said in the joint statement. “At a time when many in our community require services to make it through an isolating pandemic, attempting to grant providers a license to discriminate is abhorrent.” The National Association of Social Workers also criticized the board’s acceptance of Abbott’s recommendation. Will Francis, executive director of the association's Texas chapter, called the move “incredible disheartening" during a public meeting and criticized the Texas board's decision not to seek public comment before changing its code of conduct. “It’s disturbing, even if it’s unintentional,” Francis said. “They created space for people to get the impression that this is allowed now.”
  5. CDR, I'm taking some extended shore leave from this place until things change.  The new CO and his crew are total arseholes.


    If you choose to stay here, I wish you the best.  Fair winds and following seas sir. 

    1. maineman


      Enjoy your liberty call..... keep in touch!


  6. Of course. I'm not gay and I've been around world multiple times. Again, where are you from and when were you born? I'll check my travelogue and see if I know anyone close to you. 🤣
  7. I might be your daddy...where are you from and when were you born? As a Sailor I've been all over the place. 👌
  8. You've made it perfectly clear you are far more inclined to wear a hood.
  9. Speaking of Mexicans...when is Trump going to build his Great Wall and make Mexico pay for it?
  10. I'll take your word for it. I'm sure you're an expert on such things. 👏
  11. Only a southern "man" would readily eat "mayonnaise" if you know what I mean? 😏
  12. Off topic...this thread is about the Cornavirus and Native American tribe's authority to enforce rules on their reservations. 😄
  13. Hint to Ms Noem...these tribes are Sovereign Nations...they don't answer to governors. 👌 The governor of South Dakota has issued ultimatums to two Sioux Native American tribes to remove travel checkpoints on state and US highways aimed at protecting themselves from the coronavirus. Governor Kristi Noem sent letters to the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on Friday requesting that they remove the checkpoints surrounding their reservations within 48 hours or “the state will take necessary legal action”. “We are strongest when we work together; this includes our battle against Covid-19,” the governor said. “I request that the tribes immediately cease interfering with or regulating traffic on US and State Highways and remove all travel checkpoints.” But the letters prompted a stern response Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier, who declined the request. In a statement, he said he “absolutely agreed” it was necessary for everyone to work together. “However, you continuing to interfere in our efforts to do what science and facts dictate seriously undermines our ability to protect everyone on the reservation,” he said. “Ignorant statements and fiery rhetoric encourage individuals already under stress from this situation to carry out irrational actions.” He cited Article 16 of the 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty for why his tribe could issue travel restrictions onto the reservation. “I stand with our elder Councilman Ed Widow the purpose of our action is to, ‘save lives rather than save face,’” he said, declining the governor's request to remove checkpoints. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said on its Facebook page that the checkpoints were aimed at protecting all residents from the virus. The checkpoints do not stop residents on the reservation travelling to other parts of South Dakota as long as they’re not Covid-19 “hotspots”, it said. Travel is also allowed for essential activity like getting medical supplies and other necessary items. Everyone must fill out a health questionnaire before leaving and upon their return. South Dakota residents who don’t live on the reservation are only allowed to visit if it is for essential activity and they are not coming from a hotspot. They, too, must fill out a health questionnaire. If someone from a South Dakota hotspot wants to travel to the reservation for essential travel, they must first fill out a travel permit on the tribe’s website. Ms Noem claimed the tribes are required to consult the state government and reach an agreement before closing and restricting travel on state and US highways, citing a US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) memorandum. Native Americans are more susceptible to Covid-19 because they have disproportionately higher rates of asthma, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. They also have a difficult history with deadly viruses. An estimated 90 percent of tribal people were wiped out by smallpox and other viruses brought to the Americas by European settlers. Native Americans being hit four times harder than the general public during the 1918 Spanish Flu, according to a 2014 study in the American Indian Quarterly. One member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has reportedly died from Covid-19 while in federal prison. South Dakota has more than 3,100 confirmed cases and 31 people have died.
  14. CDR, she only has two brain cells, she's easily amused. She's "special". 👌
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