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07/31/18 10:55 AM #4271    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)





   are hours away from being legal. 

Tonight at midnight,

Americans can legally download blueprints for 3D printable guns.

Do-it-yourself firearms do not have serial numbers-- they are untraceable, unregulated, and difficult to detect.

3D printed guns are a boon for criminals and terrorists and people who can’t pass background checks.

The potential ramifications of such weapons are profound.


States are suing to stop downloadable plastic guns.


***A Federal Judge issued a temporary restraining order this afternoon blocking the online release of plans for 3D printed guns hours before the blueprints were set to become available.  The order comes in response to a lawsuit from eight Democratic attorneys general seeking to block the Trump administration from allowing access to the downloadable plans.  The Trump administration recently settled with gun activists to end a legal battle over the plans, allowing gun rights activist Cody Wilson's group, Defense Distributed, to make the plans avaiable for download starting tonight at midnight.  Although the plans were not to be made avaialable to the public until tonight at midnight, it’s been reported that plans for nine different models of guns were uploaded online Friday.  BBC reports that thousands of people have already downloaded plans for 3D printed guns.  Cody Wilson had initially posted the 3D gun plans online in 2013 and the government ordered him to take them down.  He then sued the government in 2015.  

Federal law requires that we be licensed to manufacture and sell firearms.



07/31/18 12:44 PM #4272    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Naturalist John Muir observed that “when we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”  Martin Buber’s  I and Thou  explores what it means to expand the boundaries of the self and grant others the dignity and sanctity ofThou.  


As a candidate, Trump promised not to cut Medicare and Medicaid.  Yet since taking office, he has tried to undermine and upend these critical programs.  

Trump and Congressional Republicans are also out to destroy the Affordable Care Act -- costing millions of Americans their health coverage, driving up the cost of health insurance premiums across the country, and endangering health coverage for anyone with a pre-existing condition.


Reflect on the damage Trump has inflicted on children and their families with his Zero Tolerance family separation policy.  

*572 children remain in U.S. custody-- the Trump administration wants to pass off the responsibility of reunifying families to the ACLU.  Many parents were deported without their children.



07/31/18 01:28 PM #4273    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)



“Having lived with satisfaction under every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama, I have been eagerly waiting for a prominent Republican to state the truth about President Trump’s unacceptable performance.

“I applaud former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.  Hopefully her courageous public stand will motivate many other eminent Republicans to put the future of American constitutional government ahead of any partisan loyalty to an unfit president.”   -- Sherman N. Mullin, Oxnard  


In an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times, Christine Todd Whitman wrote that “We must put aside the GOP label and demonstrate the leadership our country needs by calling on the president to step down.”  

Whitman also defended special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and called on Republicans to stand for “country over is essential now.”  



08/01/18 11:43 AM #4274    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Mr. President,

“If (we) go out and (we) want to buy groceries, (we do NOT) need a picture on a card, (we do NOT) need ID” to buy groceries in the U.S.  


Trump purports like sorry, in order to sell you that loaf of bread, I’m gonna’ need to see a photo ID.

Trump supporters clapped and cheered!  “That pretty much says it all.”  (Simon says...


(In a small number of states, identification photos are included on food stamp cards for low income families

(several chains such as Costco require identification when applying for membership


Note: We do NOT need an ID to 3D print a deadly weapon.



08/01/18 05:10 PM #4275    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Day 559 of the Trump presidency:

Trump tweets that Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now.

Is this obstruction of justice?  


Rex Tillerson was fired with a tweet.  

Presidents are required to remain silent about ongoing investigations and trials.  

Jury tampering is also a concern (the Manafort jury is not sequestered.

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan remain silent about Trump’s behavior and the Rule of Law.



08/02/18 02:08 PM #4276    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Day 560 of the Trump presidency:

Trump's Intel chiefs see what we see-- they presented a united show of force to combat Russian interference in our elections.

President Trump should be out in front.

He trumps everyone when he stomps on his administration's message.

Good news: Trump cannot fire all five Intel chiefs united to protect our country from our president.



08/02/18 07:13 PM #4277    


Paul Richard Hain

For those of you who may be curious about what has transpired with our family pet and therapy dog, Maxwell, the Standard Poodle.  He has been treated for Blastomycosis, a deadly fungus found in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  He has been taking a human anti-fungal medicine called Itraconazole since February 26, 2017.  From October 2017 through Feberuary 2018, it was thought he had a bacterial infection or allergy.  We tried antibiotics and everything but it only got worse.  Itraconazole was the right treatment.

However, Blastomycosis caused what looked like acne on his back and rear end.  We took him to the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Hospital and Clinic where their team of internists and dermatologists confirmed it was a Blastomycosis outbreak that had become complicated by a stafflococis infection.  Terrible sores developed on his butt, tail, eyelid and neck.  Very hard to keep him from licking and scratching, which only slowed the healing process. More meds and sanitary treatments of his skin.  Progress was slow.  Then, things really got scary.

In early July, he seemed to be getting weaker and weaker.  We took him to the special conditions animal hospital.  His liver enzymes were five times normal, caused by the Itraconazole.  They immediately took him off that medicine.  They sent tissue and fluid samples out to find the status of the Blasto infection.  He was clear of Blastomycosis.  They treated his liver.  The veterinarians determined he developed spinal meningitis, which sometimes happens to dogs that are treated long-term for Blasto.  He stayed in the hospital for two and a half days on IV antibiotics for the meningitis, liver medicine and pain meds. They were amazed at his improvement in such a short time.  So, he came home to recover.

Since then, he has been recovering nicely.  The need is still here for him to take antibiotics for the meningitis. But, he is active, playful, horsing around with our other Standard Poodle Marcie. (He was never a threat to spreading either condition to Marcie, but we kept them seperated until recently).  His liver and meningitis symptoms are gone completely.  His skin is healed except for one small spot that is growing new skin, but taking its time doing so.

He broke his left leg ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) last November when he fell backwards out of the car while trying to get in the car after a veterinary visit!  That will require surgery in about 2-3 months after all other conditions are history.

As soon as he is ready, we need to take him through the three-year Therapy Pet recertification.  They granted us whatever time was necessary to get him healthy.  It has been a long, tough, worrisome recovery.  We have learned that many dogs infected with Blasto die within a few days because it goes to the brain or lungs where it sufficates the dog, or the treatment does not work and the dog has to be put down.

Max is half human, I swear. We love him so much!  There is no way we could give up on him, though it looked like the odds were quite long.  His gentle, loving eyes and his affinity for people are something to behold.  He has served autistic children from age 3 to 18, and assisted living residents.  By served, I mean he visits with them, allows petting, plays with them.  Whatever is suitable for the patient is what we let him do.  I can hardly wait to get him back on the schedule.  It won't be long, now.

08/03/18 07:21 AM #4278    


Steven Ray Hirschtick

Hi Paul……very glad Max is OK.  The 12 Wild Boars plus their coach got out alive and Max is healthy again.  All reasons to be happy.  I apologize for changing tone and am happy to return to Max stories……….but I have a question that just came up as you posted.  You are perfect person to ask.

Paul, I have a question for you and any other classmate who is inclined to support trump.  I am NOT seeking an argument, and I am NOT seeking to bait or trick anybody.  Really, just a question.  I make no mention here of the Dems or anybody opposing POTUS trump.  No argument, just a quick question. Yesterday (Thursday 8/2), the head of every US intelligence agency and head of the FBI unanimously stated that Russia did in 2016 and is right now attacking and attempting to interfere with US elections.  They expressed no doubt whatsoever about this.  Same day, POTUS made a speech where he was yet again condemned the “Russia Hoax” as fake news………no truth whatsoever, all made up by the enemy of the People, the Press.  These statements cannot both be true.  It is not possible for Russia to simultaneously be attacking and not attacking US elections.  These agency bosses were all appointed by POTUS.  Yet their collective statement is completely opposite of the statement made by their boss, POTUS trump.  My sincere question is: who do you believe?  Are the Russians presently attempting to interfere with US elections?

A reply would be appreciated.  You will get no grief from me about any reply.  I am simply confused and wonder what a GOP supporter thinks of this.

Best to Max and all who love and appreciate him.

08/03/18 12:06 PM #4279    


Paul Richard Hain

Hi Steve,

The news conference with heads of all our intelligence communities was extraordinary!  I believe what they said about the 2016 elections and current Russian cyber attacks was true.  I don't think Trump made a clear distinction in his speech. What I think, underline THINK is that Trump was referring to the "Russian Collusion," accusations against him, which he vehemently denies and calls out as a fabrication of the "fake news" mainstream media and his political enemies.

How else do you explain that Trump's intelligence and security heads all have been given a green light to speak at that press conference?  The even revealed what they are doing to counter Russian intrusions.  Additionally, Trump has threatened more sanctions on Russia if they continue the espionage. All of this would not be happening if Trump believed the Russian threat to be fake news.

08/04/18 10:32 AM #4280    


Steven Ray Hirschtick

Thanks for response Paul.  I have much to say but almost all of it would be considered argumentative by most........which I promised to not do.  I have read your reply a few times.  I have seen the 5 intel chiefs at press conference unanimously saying Russia attacks are real, and then trump yelling "Russian hoax!" and “witch-hunt” just afterward.  I understand you and that you expressed your thoughts, not necessarily facts.  Trump’s statement is certainly not clear on anything but his condemnation of all things Mueller.  His intel chiefs were crystal clear.  So why not their boss?  I can guess, but what would be me arguing.  The statements from this administration remain in direct conflict and opposition with their own statements.  Not a wise way to run the most powerful nation of Earth.

Please do not be stunned, but I do agree with you in part.  There is lots of evidence that lots of people in trump campaign did indeed engage with many Russians.......but I have not yet seen anything I consider proof of trump colluding.  Obstruction of justice?.........yes, lots of evidence about that in plain view, but not directly showing trump conspired/colluded with Ivans to rig election.  Russians absolutely interfered, but did trump co-operate?  I would like Mueller to finish his work so we can all see what has been uncovered. 

Following is my view, not all statements of fact.....just what I believe at this moment.  I suspect trump knows the water getting much deeper for him.  I think that is why his outrageous false statements have increased dramatically in recent times and Rudy G has been sent out to simply confuse people.  Looks like they are very worried.  Mueller closing in at least on don junior and Jared, plus maybe Roger Stone.  Would trump pardon them?  Would the GOP in Congress then react?  Certainly interesting times.  I do believe that the Russians have something big on trump.  I have no opinion on pee tape.  But I absolutely believe that Russians have financial dirt on trump.  Trump could not borrow a penny from US banks after he stiffed so many creditors with his so many bankruptcies.  Eric has publicly stated often that trump use lots of Russian money, especially for golf course acquisitions. 

As I keep saying, but for the serious risks to all of us, these are certainly interesting times.  Weekend now so things will be quiet as trump golfs and schmoozes with buddies at one of his clubs.  Weekends have become quiet time.......unless it rains giving him lots of twitter time.

Again Paul, reply appreciated.  Best to Max.

08/06/18 10:24 AM #4281    


Steven Ray Hirschtick

Trump has just ended our current debate about his truthfulness with an amazing tweet yesterday.  As most of you probably know, trump and his minions have been telling us for two years that there were never any meetings with Russians and never any collusion by anybody in his campaign.  Now he tells us that was all false, and in fact his son junior plus others did indeed meet with Russians in Trump Tower in June, 2016 for specific purpose of getting some dirt on Clinton.  That Dear Classmates, in and of itself, is a criminal act……regardless of whether any dirt was actually obtained and used.  POTUS turned in everybody around him who was at that meeting, while making quite certain he kept himself out of it.  No more debate, POTUS just admitted in writing to be a liar.  Read for yourself his tweet below:

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Donald J. Trump


Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!

7:35 PM - Aug 5, 2018

08/10/18 12:57 PM #4282    


Steven Ray Hirschtick

Worth a moment.

Friday, August 10, 2018

David Leonhardt is on a break from writing this newsletter until Aug. 27. While he’s gone, several outside writers are taking his place. This week’s authors are Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara of Jacobin, the socialist magazine. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday.
By Meagan Day and Bhaskar Sunkara
A growing majority of Americans agree: Health care shouldn’t be a business. They’re finally coming around to the idea that it can and should be a public good instead — something we can all turn to when the need arises.
The favorite right-wing argument against Medicare for All — the most popular approach to universal, publicly financed heath care — is that it’s too expensive. More on those costs in a moment. But first, we should note that our current health care system is actually the most expensive in the world by a long shot, even though we have millions of uninsured and underinsured people and lackluster health outcomes.
This is partly because a lot of that money doesn’t go directly toward keeping people healthy. Instead it goes to the overhead costs required to keep businesses running. These include exorbitant executive salaries, marketing to beat out the competition, the labor-intensive work of assessing and denying claims and so on. None of these would be a factor in a single-payer, Medicare for All system. Taiwan and Canada both have single-payer systems, and both spend less than 2 percent of total expenditures on administrative costs — and so does the United States’s current Medicare program. By contrast, private insurers in the United States spend as much as 25 percent on overheads.
But the most important way Medicare for All would save money isn’t by slashing administrative costs. It’s by using the power and size of the government, like other countries around the world currently do, to negotiate favorable terms with drug companies and service providers. There’s a reason a CT scan costs $896 in the United States, but only $97 in Canada.
And what about the sticker shock factor — the dramatic rise in government spending to accommodate such a program? Medicare for All would transfer all payment responsibility to one public agency (as opposed to a bunch of private companies), and that act of combination produces the big price tag that conservatives use as a cudgel. But while this would be more expensive for the government, it wouldn’t be for ordinary Americans. The money would be raised through progressive income and corporate taxes and end up costing most people less than their current health care. And coverage would be comprehensive and universal, meaning nobody would ever be unable to afford the care they need.
Pursuing Medicare for All would come with its own set of dilemmas: Eliminating an entire industry won’t be easy, and we’ll face plenty of political resistance and calls for half-measures. But if we want actual universal coverage, and we want it to be affordable and high-quality, Medicare for All is the only way forward.
This is our fifth and last newsletter; next week Quinta Jurecic of Lawfare will substitute for David Leonhardt. We’ll leave you with a few suggestions for further reading:
How Medicare Was Won by Natalie Shure, The Nation
Single-Payer or Bust by Adam Gaffney, Dissent
“Medicare-for-all” Means Something. Don’t Let Moderates Water It Down by Tim Higginbotham and Chris Middleman, Vox
Even Libertarians Admit Medicare for All Would Save Trillions by Matt Bruenig, Jacobin
“It Was About the Insurance Fix” by Meagan Day, Jacobin

08/10/18 01:48 PM #4283    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

"The only way to save the GOP is to defeat it."

 -- Michael Gerson

"Why vote strategically in this case?  Because American politics is in the midst of an emergency."

"The possible outcomes this November come down to this: Trump contained, or Trump triumphant."

“If Republicans retain control of the House in November, Trump will have proved the electoral value of racial and ethnic stereotyping.  He will have shown the political power of bold, constant, uncorrected lies.”

“A victorious Trump will complete his takeover of the Republican Party (which is already far along).  Even murmured dissent will be silenced.  The GOP will be fully committed to a 2020 presidential campaign conducted in the spirit of George C. Wallace.”  


I remember when the Republican Party was the Party of Lincoln-- it is no more.  Between 1865 and 1870 the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans.  It took another century for the promise to be fulfilled in the Voting Rights Act, which has now been gutted by our conservative Supreme Court cheered on by a vocal Jeff Sessions.




08/11/18 07:17 PM #4284    


Alan A. Alop

08/12/18 12:05 PM #4285    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Healthcare is a front and center concern in Wisconsin.

Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been vocally opposed to the Affordable Care Act, seeking to dismantle the health reform law and refusing to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin, much to the detriment of Wisconsinites’ health.

In an interesting twist,

Gov Walker is strengthening Obamacare in Wisconsin--

he has received federal approval to enact a reinsurance program, which should lower individual market premiums in WI in 2019.  Thanks to Obamacare, Walker expects premiums will be roughly 11% lower.  

Reinsurance also helps the federal government because the lower rates mean it will spend less on premium subsidies for those who qualify.  Those savings will be redirected to the stability plan.  Wisconsin is one of several states turning to reinsurance as a way to stabilize their Obamacare markets by curbing -- or even reversing -- premium hikes.

Why couldn't we support Obamacare sooner?



08/12/18 10:31 PM #4286    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Trump’s mantra: “I alone can fix it.”

Obama’s slogan: “Yes we can.”  

Trump poses a test to American values.

Obama asked us to believe in our ability to bring about positive change--

He lit a spark that will not die.

The challenge is ours-- 



08/16/18 11:07 AM #4287    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)


   a respite in life


  R - E - S - P - E - C - T



T-C-B  is short for Taking Care of Business - one of the lines that separates Aretha’s rendition of R-E-S-P-E-C-T  from the original, written and released by Otis Redding in 1965.  

R-E-S-P-E-C-T  -Aretha’s signature song-  became a hit in 1967.  



08/17/18 12:49 AM #4288    


Beverlee Ann Arpan (Marshall)

Aretha Franklin.  Her music is her legacy. Long live the queen!

08/19/18 08:47 AM #4289    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

“Truth isn't truth.”  -- Rudy Giuliani.  

James Comey’s tweeted response: “Truth exists and truth matters.  Truth has always been the touchstone of our country’s justice system and political life.  People who lie are held accountable.  If we are untethered to truth, our justice system cannot function and a society based on the rule of law dissolves.”

The Catholic Church is an earthly institution that is responsible to people.  Somehow all the way up to the Vatican, Catholic clergy (and laity) were not reporting sexual abuse to legal authorities (or complaints were not filed or legal records were sealed).  Repentance and forgiveness should not be confused with one's criminal liability.

The problem is mammoth: Mitchell Garabedian (played by Stanley Tucci in "Spotlight") said, "If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one."

If you haven’t already, watch “Spotlight”, the 2015 American historical film that follows The Boston Globe’s investigative journalist team “Spotlight” as it uncovers cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests.


08/19/18 05:51 PM #4290    


Carol Helen Kretschmar (Riffner)

You're actually quoting James Comey as a paragon of truth?????  I don't doubt you're a very intelligent woman with what you believe to be good intentions, but there seem to be times you're absolutely clueless.

08/19/18 08:27 PM #4291    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

If we want to have a functioning democracy,

we need independent arbiters of Truth.

Without Truth "our justice system cannot function

and a society based on the rule of law dissolves."

From what I see, we are all flawed.

There's no one who has my blind trust-

certainly not Comey, Giuliani, or Trump.

If I can forgive deeply flawed religious leaders working in the system,

I can forgive Comey and listen to what the man says...

I listen and read and search for Truth.



08/20/18 08:07 AM #4292    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

“America is slouching toward autocracy”.

“In their book, How Democracies Die, political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt write: ‘How do elected authoritarians shatter the democratic institutions that are supposed to constrain them?  Some do it in one fell swoop.  But more often the assault on democracy begins slowly...

‘The erosion of democracy takes place piecemeal, often in baby steps.’  

“Our politics proceeds as if it’s business as usual.

“Slowly Trump has accustomed us to behavior that, in all probability would be career-ending for others.  

“We know what a military coup looks like.

“As Levitsky and Ziblatt note: ‘a slow-motion dismantling of rules, norms, and expectations can be more insidious because we don’t even notice what’s happening to us.’ ”  

E.J. Dionne Jr.    August 19, 2018  The Washington Post


08/20/18 12:11 PM #4293    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

Trump revoked former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance (confessed in a Wall Street Journal interview it's because he objected to Brennan doing his job in 2016 by probing connections between Trump’s campaign and Russia) in retaliation for Brennan’s criticism of him.

Admiral William McRaven stepped forward in a Spartacus moment--

National Security Officers - 250 and counting - continue stepping forward to denounce Trump for revoking security clearances for political reasons.  



08/20/18 04:21 PM #4294    


Janis Kliphardt (Emery)

from Gerald R. Ford’s Remarks Upon Taking the Oath of Office as President

“I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our Government but civilization itself.”  

August 9, 1974 at 12:05 PM  


08/20/18 04:25 PM #4295    


Marvin Irving Blusteln

Janis, you most assuredly are not clueless.

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