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Monday, August 26, 2019

Axios reported Sunday that President Donald Trump suggested "multiple times" that Homeland and national security officials explore using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes from striking the United States.

During one hurricane briefing at the White House, Trump responded: "I got it. Why don't we nuke them?" according to an unnamed source who was present, Axios reported. "We drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can't we do that?"

According to the source, people at the meeting wondered: "What the fuck?" But Trump was told by the person who briefed him about the hurricane that they would "look into it." One "senior administration official" didn't think the idea was so bad.


Friday, August 23, 2019

Conservative lawyer George Conway tweeted Friday that President Trump should be sent to Walter Reed Medical Center and his Cabinet should declare him unfit to be president after Trump tweeted directions to American companies to find an "alternative" to doing business with China. read more


Thursday, August 22, 2019

President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed Thursday that the State Department assisted his efforts to press the Ukrainian government to probe two prominent Democratic opponents of the president: former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.


President Donald Trump said he was "very seriously" considering issuing an executive order to make changes to birthright citizenship, which some argue is protected as a constitutional right, and called it "ridiculous."

When asked about the issue outside of the White House on Wednesday, Trump criticized those who have used birthright citizenship to become U.S. citizens.

"Where you have a baby on our land you walk over the border, have a baby. Congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen," Trump said.

"We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously," he continued. "It's it's, frankly, ridiculous." read more


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Former White House aide and Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault pulled the curtain back on Trump's staged and orchestrated rallies, revealing that Mike Pence's nephew John is a "section leader" at the cult events, leading Trump supporters in the racist chants.


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My best friend is a far-Right Trump supporter and I'm about as far-Left as you can get. Now we haven't seen each all that much since we graduated from college 48 years ago (he lives in Virginia and I'm here in SoCal). However, we exchange emails are least once or twice a week and as we're both serious amateur photographers (actually we both make a little side money with our photos) we have and excuse to meet-up once in awhile. On at least three occasions in the last 10 years we've gone on what we call 'photo safaris', the most recent being this past April where we spent 10 days traveling 4,300+ miles across eight states stopping to see the big sights as well as what we call the 'Brown' ones, that is local historical attractions you see noted on 'Brown Signs' along the highway. Between Dennis and I, we must have taken something like 1,200 photos (After culling out all the marginal or duplicate shots, I saved 349 of MY photos in my permanent archive).

Now while we're together, we make it a point to talk about anything but politics. The first rule is, no news stations on the radio, just music or nothing at all. The second rule is that friendship is more important than politics. Besides, he tends to get so far into a topic and then says that he has to stop since he might violate federal law. You see, my friend Dennis worked nearly 30 years at the NSA and the CIA, retiring a few years ago as a Deputy Director of the CIA. This gives him a terrible advantage as he'll make some open-ended statement about something and if you try to refute it, he'll insist that he knows the real scoop but that he can't tell me why he knows what he says he does, or else he'd have to shoot me ;-)

OCU

Yes, Mercedes has done a lot to maximize efficiency with these newer cars. For example, the C300 has 'stop-start', where the engine shuts off when you're stopped at a street light. This is the first car I've owned that has this feature and it's something you have to get used to. I've rented cars that had it so I knew what it was. That being said, years ago when, I was traveling a lot in Europe and Asia, many of the taxi drivers would do this manually whenever they were stopped for more then a few seconds, but then the price of gas is much higher in most other countries, particularly in places like Denmark and Belgium or in Asia, like in Singapore and Japan. The C300 also has a nine-speed transmission so that the engine is always running at it's most efficient rev-level. They also have an ECO drive mode (along with the normal Comfort and TWO different Sport modes). And there's no power-steering pump, it's electric-assisted steering, which is also controlled by what drive mode you using. The one totally new thing is something called a 'recuperation' system. While the C300 is NOT a hybrid it does have an energy recovery system that charges the battery when you take your foot off the gas and start to slow down, bypassing the alternator, which supposedly saves gas. There's an efficiency display that shows you your current fuel consumption rate as well as indicating when the 'recuperation' system is actived. And keep in mind, the extensive use of LED lights both inside and out must also reduce the need for generating as much electrical power as would have been needed by older vehicles.

All in all, the Mercedes people seem to have put a lot of effort into increasing the overall efficiency of the vehicle, and they've done so without sacrificing performance, because when you step on it, she goes like scared rabbit ;-)

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