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Just for a moment, put your critical thinking skills aside, and accept the scenario of Donald Trump’s America, as laid out in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

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    Just for now, accept this as true, because Donald Trump said it, despite overwhelming evidence that, with the exception of occasional spikes, the crime rate has fallen to historic lows over the past 30 years, Isis has lost most of its territory and is on the run, and immigration from the south – where that wall is to be constructed – is close to a net zero.

    Also accept -again, just for the duration of this rant – that this crime/terrorist threat is so overwhelming that there’s not even a second of a 75minute speech to devote to dangers like global warming or everyday gun violence whose toll is roughly 35 deaths a day, but which would have been booed down if it was acknowledged. Fjallraven Kanken Big Fjallraven Kanken Classic UK Charlotte Hornets Other problems that no time could be spared for include affordable health care, runaway college costs and any other domestic problem not caused by totally rotten trade deals.


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    Except that the devil is in the details, and Donald hasn’t told us HOW he’s going to do that.

    So, as John Lennon encouraged us to do, let’s “Imagine.”

    To prevent every unforeseeable crime and terrorist-inspired attack – and that’s the goal, since President Obama – and Hillary – are blamed for Every incident that occurs, even the ones done under the radar by “lone wolves” – and police are city and state-run departments – for Trump to take charge would seem to necessitate a suspension of civil liberties, allowing him to declare a national state of emergency and place armed National Guardsmen on virtually every street corner.

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    And now, you can open your eyes and stop imagining.

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    At night I go out late and get a couple of ‘sticks’ of food – one of them is shrimp – and I bite into the head – which I wasn’t aware was the head OR that you’re not supposed to eat it – and a bone gets lodged in my throat. For a couple seconds, it seems serious.

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    May 12 – I don’t think I’ve ever seen the sunrise and sunset in the same day.

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    Went back to town, ate again on Ghost Street – had another dish set in a big pot of oil – this was a lot of fish – with squid, shrimp and some fish I don’t know – abalone, maybe? – and of course it was hot and I made a total mess between using a dozen napkins and putting shells everywhere and just slurping onto the tablecloth. Huge. Nike Free 5.0 Hombre No matter how big a dish you order, the waiter always asks “One?” skeptically, like you should be able to put at least two of these puppies away.

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    May 11 –It’s up and early to catch the bus to Huangshan, China’s most famous mountain! The one immortalized in those scroll calligraphy paintings, with the craggy cliffs, acute angles and clouds below the summit. Vêtements Nike Pas Cher I’ve assiduously packed as little as possible, because there’s said to be much climbing, but at the last minute I add another five pounds because I decide I need my laptop, for skype, mostly.

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    6/9 – Have a mostly “pulling it together” day. Hogan Outlet Sito Ufficiale Sac Kanken Pas Cher Have to secure a place to stay in the States, have some work from Fenwick that needs doing, spend a bit too much time trying to get my wechat app to work so I can send Law Shu pics, etc. NBA Canotte 2017 Go to the Lama Temple, which is supposed to be the greatest temple in Beijing, and it certainly is sprawling and extensive and beautiful, but at this point I’m “templed out” and barely take photos. sac fjallraven pas cher Not that I understand much, but things that would’ve impressed the hell out of me a month ago and had me snapping away photos – people bowing, waving incense, and halls and halls of Buddha & Friends, now it’s – Ahhh, Been There, Done That. Amazing how we can get so jaded seeing jade idols in so short a time.

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    DAY 37 – I, POD

    June 6 – The guy who drove me to the Harmony Inn takes me to the railroad station. The man doesn’t believe in the concept of waiting your turn. He takes my luggage and hurls it on the security belt, completely ignoring and seemingly resentful of other people waiting to do so.

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    Hotels in Beijing are much more expensive than where I’ve been, and I didn’t even realize it was a Saturday night, so a few places are sold out. Two cute young girls, one of them with glasses who laughs “I’m really nervous” walk around trying to help me find a hotel. In the course of it, THEY find a hotel, but apparently there are a few hotels that don’t rent to foreigners. News to me, but sure enough, my guidebook confirms it happens. It’s about 6pm, it’s raining a bit, and I’m tired of lugging my bag, so when I come to a youth hostel and there’s one “pod” room available, I take it sight unseen. Adidas Superstar Heren “Pod,” indeed. Womens Air Jordan 3 It’s so small you take a picture of it to show your friends back home, who wouldn’t believe it otherwise. Hogan Rebel 8 feet long, and my head and feet simultaneously touch the walls width-wise. It’s also on the second “floor” meaning I have to climb a few rungs of a ladder to access the room, as it’s about 5 feet off the ground, on top of another pod. You can’t possibly stand in the room. And it’s 100 yuan. Cheap, but not That cheap.

    The best thing about China’s “pod rooms” is that they don’t pretend to be something else, like “cozy” or “intimate.” They are pods. At the Drum Tower hostel in Beijing, my pod was perhaps 8 feet long, and considerably less than 5’9” wide, because that’s my height and width-wise my head touched one wall and I actually had to crouch so that my feet could plant themselves simultaneously on the other. The second best thing about them is they’re cheap, although not as cheap as they should be. Mine was 98y. In Suzhou (?) I had a veritable Presidential Suite for 120y. tuta new balance maratona di roma The third best thing about them is if you’re ever thrown into solitary confinement in prison, you can look around your cell and shrug, “I’ve had smaller.” In case the similarity doesn’t strike you immediately, the room has cross-metal “bars” – that cross-serve as both a door and ventilation.

    The most important thing to remember, is, if you have a room like mine on the “upper” level, is remembering you have to descend a ladder when you go pee in the middle of the night. (You didn’t think this pod had a bathroom, did you?) Otherwise you’ll fall five feet or so. nike damskie buty czarne You also have to remember to back out backwards from the room, and crawl back in, because you can’t possibly stand up. New Balance 574 hombre Canotte nba swingman Purdue Boilermakers The only time you can be upright is when you’ve pulled yourself up onto the mattress (one hesitates to call it a bed, although technically it is). Some pods apparently are a little larger and do include a bathroom, though that’s hard to imagine. I cull through my luggage and take what I need for the next day and leave the bag under a table downstairs. There’s no way I could or would want to lug that monster into the room.

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    DAY 36 – Not A Dream, Not an Hallucination…

    6/5 – Looking for the North Gate bus station for bus to Jeu Jei – en route bus to Mianshan, I can’t find it, get exasperated and jump in a taxi. Nike Free Run Mens Shoes
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    DAY 35 – China’s a Nice Place to Visit, But…

    6/4 – In the morning, I finally find the ATM – I had another attack of Temporary ATM Blindness, it seems – but my two ATM cards don’t work! They’re both ‘temps’ – for different reasons – and they expired, with no way or reactivating them. nike capri uomo Adidas Yeezy 350 Dames asics buty sklep Nike Air Max Norge I have about 8 dollars left in my pocket, and I have no way to leave Pingyao, no less China! Things are not looking good. TUBULAR SHADOW KNIT Fortunately – and surprisingly – my credit card companies are able to remotely help me set up a Pin # so that I can get cash advances. nike air max Flyknitdamskie

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    MAY 8 – Have an egg and tomatoes dish with coffee at one of the “canal cafes.” When you enter Tongli, it being a World Heritage Spot, you buy a ticket for 100y (or 50y, if like me, you’re over 60. St. Johns Joe Montana College Jerseys Being 60 gets you half price into a lot of things.

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    5/21 –I leave Guilin intact: with my ATM card, computer “fixed,” some clean clothes and my shoes don’t stink to high heaven because I washed the insoles.

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    Obama LIVE! – Florida Swing-State Blog Day 2

    Day 2 of “Stan’s Swing State Saga,” which has taken me from California, a presidential electoral non-entity except as far as candidates dropping in to plunder our pockets so they can go buy media coverage in “important” states, to Florida, one of the swingiest of swing states, actually began Monday night, with the 3rd presidential debate, which took place just down the road a bit from my cousin’s house, and over-spilled into Tuesday, when Obama appeared live at a “victory” rally to rally 8,000 or so troops to vote, canvas, call and convince over the next two weeks, on his behalf. Tom Brady Michigan Jerseys (I’ve re-read this sentence several times, and there MUST be something that makes it “not a sentence” but I can’t figure out what). Soldes Asics 2017 Nike Free 5.0

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    The War on Christmas Music

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    Dick Morris Sues Fox News for Letting Him Make Election Predictions – News Makeup

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    The Great Presidential “Failure” Debate of 2012


    If the first Presidential debate was based upon the TV ads ….

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    Romney: You failed to produce your college transcripts!

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    Romney: You failed in two attempts to produce a boy!

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    Lehrer: That’s all the time we have. I’m glad we were able to elevate the level of discourse in this presidential campaign.

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    Vote Against Your Interests!

    Every election cycle, we Democrats in the “blue” states look at the big swath of Southern and Midwestern states blocked out in “red,” shake our heads, and grumble about how that populace “votes against their own interests.” Thomas Frank even expressed it in book form, in “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” Much of this grousing concludes that the folks who vote “red” have been fooled, tricked, hoodwinked, cajoled, lied to, and otherwise duped into buying a bill of goods because, the reasoning goes, there’s no other possible explanation for why they would cast their ballots for Republicans who throw in their lot with the rich.

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