March 18, 2020

Liar In Chief

By Glenn

I am simply documenting this. He does not even pretend. The most Orwellian misleader ever in the history of the United States
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“This is a pandemic,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”

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From the New York Times,  Katie Rogers, March 17, 2020

This is what Mr. Trump has actually said over the past two months:

On Jan. 22, asked by a CNBC reporter whether there were “worries about a pandemic,” the president replied: “No, not at all. We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

On Feb. 26, at a White House news conference, commenting on the country’s first reported cases: “We’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time. So we’ve had very good luck.”

On Feb. 27, at a White House meeting: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”

On March 7, standing next to President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil at Mar-a-Lago, his club in Palm Beach, Fla., when asked if he was concerned that the virus was spreading closer to Washington: “No, I’m not concerned at all. No, I’m not. No, we’ve done a great job.” (At least three members of the Brazilian delegation and one Trump donor at Mar-a-Lago that weekend later tested positive for the virus.)

On March 16, in the White House briefing room, warning that the outbreak would “wash” away this summer: “So it could be right in that period of time where it, I say, wash — it washes through. Other people don’t like that term. But where it washes through.”

March 13, 2020

Moments of Clarity.

By Glenn

Moments of crisis are also moments of clarity.

The very same politicians who scream prolife to get elected are now telling us to focus on profits, not saving lives.

The very same politicians who scream get the government away from businesses are now throwing money at banksters faster than they can light it on fire.

Investing in education and affordable health care saves profits and lives. Investing in people builds a strong foundation for economic growth and individual liberty.

Put people before profits. Lincoln did it. FDR did it. We should do it.

March 7, 2020

Keep Calm and Tell the Truth.

By Glenn

Lies, not the truth, cause mass panic and paranoia. If the Chinese Communists had been open to the truth, the world would be a better place. At first, it tried to punish the dissenters. Only reluctantly did it decide to face reality.

Dissent created the Modern World. Martin Luther, Copernicus, Voltaire, Wollstonecraft, Darwin, Plessy, Carson, King and Milk. Societies that have embraced, and encouraged, dissent have done much better than those that stifle it.

The Right to Dissent is enshrined in our Constitution. Every phrase of the First Amendment celebrates the various methods for dissenting: speaking, writing, assembling and worshiping. Dissent is essential to a free and prosperous society.

Donald Trump rejects these truths that we hold self evident. Donald lies. When he gets caught in a lie, he lies again. Anyone who dissents is punished, fired. At his rallies, he regularly laments for the Good Ol’ Days when the majority could physically abuse dissenters.

Donald is not alone. His entire Conservative base has joined him in his web of lies. Conservative media helps him create the threads and weave his web of lies.

We need to restore the value of Dissent. It is the only path forward. Dissent keeps the powerful in check. Dissent restores balance to society. Dissent is a skill that quality education teaches in Science, History, Math and English classes.

Dissent values the truth over official lies. The truth is the only path forward. Real leaders tell the truth and value dissent.

Keep Calm and Tell the Truth.

February 24, 2020

Defend Security, Medicare, and our Public schools.

By Glenn

Make no mistake, the real targets of the “socialist” scare word are Social Security, Medicare, and our public schools. If these are privatized, billions more dollars will flow to the top 1% rather than into needed services. Stop the scam.

If you receive a pay check from a local school board, a city, tribe a state, or the federal government, you are a “socialist.”

If you receive Social Security or Medicare insurance, you are a “socialist.”

If you receive a retirement check from a local school board, a city, tribe a state, or the federal government, you are a “socialist.”

Who iin your life will suffer by the war on “socialism?”

February 22, 2020

Home of the Brave

By Glenn

“People who have opportunity to work and earn, and who have an assured income in their old age, are free. They are free of the fear of poverty. They are free of public or private charity. They can live happier, more useful lives. That’s real freedom. And that is something we should be proud of-that’s not something to be slandered by trumped-up slogans.”

Harry Truman, March 29, 1952

February 9, 2020

Cordoba Mezquita Cathedral

By Glenn

The highlight of Cordoba is the Mosque-Cathedral Monument. It is a unique experience. When the Spanish conquered the city, they converted the mosque into a church. In 1523 a cathedral was built into the mosque. 20,000 person could worship in the mosque. the Moorish city itself was more populated and luxurious in Paris.

The video below provides an orientation and perspective. A visitor enters into a forest of columns which support the grand arches. The Cathedral explodes upward toward the sky. After the video, you will find still shots of the Mezquita Cathedral

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February 2, 2020

Sevilla 2019

By Glenn
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Sevilla is Spain’s second most elegant city. Nothing tops Barcelona. Our apartment was among the tiny streets of the old city and a 5 minute walk to the Cathedral and @Royal Alcázar of Seville.

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January 31, 2020

Tarifa/Tangier/Gibraltar

By Glenn

Leaving Ronda we stop at the Pileta Paleolithic Cave Paintings at Benaojan. These painting were original 40,000 year old drawings. (No photography allowed inside.)

We then made our way to Tarifa, a southern Spanish port city. It is about 1 hour west of Gibraltar. We used it as a base for Gibraltar and Tangier. These two day trips meant we traveled to 4 countries this summer. The drive to Gibraltar was easy. After parking in Spain we crossed the border on foot and took a cable car up to the top. The walk back down showed the natural beauty of “The Rock” as well as its use as a fortress.

The next day we took a ferry ride across the Straight to Tangier. Thanks to a great tip from Ron and Gene Briggs, we purchased a “cultural guide” which brought use to the key sites. It also included a local meal.

Back in Tarifa, we relaxed at the beach and watched the sun set over the Atlantic.

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