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  1. #16801

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    Cooch getting the boot along with Steve Miller's policies was the best news I heard yesterday.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  2. #16802

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    NBC News
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    A 22-year-old Guatemalan woman in ICE custody died in a Texas hospital, the agency said.

    The death is the eighth to occur in ICE custody since the fiscal year began in October and is equal to the number of deaths in the whole prior fiscal year for 2019.

    https://t.co/uWRHWGfvZg?amp=1

  3. #16803

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    BREAKING: The Bureau of Indian Affairs today told the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe that the Secretary of the Interior has ordered that their reservation be disestablished and their land be taken out of trust.

    Mashpee Wampanoag tribal chair: "At 4:00 pm today -- on the very day that the United States has reached a record 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and our Tribe is desperately struggling with responding to this devastating pandemic --

    -the Bureau of Indian Affairs informed me that the Secy of the Interior has ordered that our reservation be disestablished & that our land be taken out of trust. Not since the termination era of the mid-20th century has a Secretary taken action to disestablish a reservation."

    Mashpee tribal chair: "These are our lands, these are the lands of our ancestors, and these will be the lands of our grandchildren. This Administration has come and it will go. But we will be here, always.“

    "We the People of the First Light have lived here since before there was a Secretary of the Interior, since before there was a State of Massachusetts, since before the Pilgrims arrived 400 years ago."

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    Ahh it all makes sense now.

    The Tribe had a line on a MA Casino license.... trump wants it for himself and his casino buddies (and likely Kraft) for a casino, golf course resort.

    So .. eliminate the tribe ... eliminate the “problem”.
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  4. #16804

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    Nothing better to take people's mind off the pandemic than to do this. Is this the best you can do to inspire people in the midst of a crisis? Talk about insult to injury:

    Mississippi Governor Declares ‘Confederate Heritage Month’ During Coronavirus Pandemic
    By Amanda Terkel
    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves took time out of his coronavirus response to honor the Confederacy.
    In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) has taken the time to declare April “Confederate Heritage Month.”

    The proclamation came two days after Reeves changed his position and issued a statewide ordering shutting down nonessential businesses and ordering residents to stay home, according to the Jackson Free Press.

    Reeves’ proclamation says April is the month when, in 1861, “the American Civil War began between the Confederate and Union armies, reportedly the costliest and deadliest war ever fought on American soil.”

    In 2016, then-Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed a similar proclamation, although that one placed responsibility for the Civil War squarely on the shoulders of the Confederacy: “April is the month when the Confederate states began and ended a four-year struggle.” Reeves’ proclamation, as the Jackson Free Press noted, seems to spread the blame around.

    Reeves faced significant criticism for being slow to issue a stay-at-home order for his state. And when he did so, his order was less strict than what some mayors had already done, allowing churches, as well as restaurants with 10 or fewer people, to stay open as “essential” businesses. He also took a shot at “liberal jurisdictions” that were shutting down more businesses.

    In a follow-up order, Reeves closed down restaurants as well, restricting them to drive-through, curbside pickup and delivery.

    Reeves did not return a request for comment on his Confederate history proclamation.

    Reeves has long had ties to pro-Confederate organizations. In 2013, as lieutenant governor, Reeves spoke at an event for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a neo-Confederate organization that claims the Civil War was not about slavery.

    And as HuffPost reported last year, Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha Order at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, a college fraternity that was known for pro-Confederate displays and run-ins with black students ― which became an issue in his gubernatorial run.

    The fraternity looks to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as its spiritual leader. A 1993 yearbook listed Reeves as a freshman that year, and he was featured as a Kappa Alpha member starting in the 1994 yearbook.

    On Oct. 8, 1994, members of Kappa Alpha and another fraternity “donned Afro wigs and tied large Confederate flags around their necks,” according to an article in The Clarion-Ledger at the time. Some of them were also reportedly in blackface. The fraternity brothers “got into a shouting match” over the incident with some black students.

    In 1995, the Kappa Alpha yearbook page showed a group of students standing with a Confederate flag in military attire. It’s not clear if Reeves was in the photo, although he was also pictured as a member of the fraternity that year.

    “As a quick Google search will show, Lt. Gov. Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Like every other college student, he did attend costume formals and other parties, and across America, Kappa Alpha’s costume formal is traditionally called Old South in honor of the Civil War veteran who founded the fraternity in the 1800s,” Reeves’ spokeswoman said in 2019, in response to the controversy.

    “I condemn racism because that’s the way I was raised,” Reeves added at the time, “and I will tell you that’s the way I have governed as lieutenant governor.”
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tate-...b6cbaf282cf2e3
    Last edited by Jeff in TX; 04-06-2020 at 04:59 PM. Reason: add additional comment
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  5. #16805

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    Well at least the citizens of his state with similar beliefs will have that to hold on to during this pandemic. I'm sure the virus will respect their views and leave them alone.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  6. #16806

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    So on one of our walks with the dogs, Chris and I discussed this: Which states would you be least likely to move to by choice? We came up with a consensus of a bottom 4 that were South Carolina, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Louisiana. (Louisiana last....because Chris really did not like New Orleans and he said that was the only reason one would even consider Louisiana). There were another 6 or so that we felt deserved "honorable mention".

    I'm going to be sure we revise that list today to put Mississippi back in the last place it so richly deserves.

    GH

  7. #16807

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    Did you go by social climate only?
    Roger forever

  8. #16808

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    For the most part, the answer to your question, Suliso, is "yes". But Chris despises hot climates, so the temperatures in the summer and the humidity of some of the states entered into the discussion. As for me, I lived for 10 years (during my Air Force years) in San Antonio. Then after a time in Iowa, I was in Minnesota for 12 years. I found the San Antonio summer to be more annoying than the Minnesota winter. Most people probably don't feel that way...actually, that fact is obvious from the migration to the Sun Belt that has occurred.

    Did that answer your question? GH

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlennHarman View Post
    For the most part, the answer to your question, Suliso, is "yes". But Chris despises hot climates, so the temperatures in the summer and the humidity of some of the states entered into the discussion. As for me, I lived for 10 years (during my Air Force years) in San Antonio. Then after a time in Iowa, I was in Minnesota for 12 years. I found the San Antonio summer to be more annoying than the Minnesota winter. Most people probably don't feel that way...actually, that fact is obvious from the migration to the Sun Belt that has occurred.

    Did that answer your question? GH
    I lived in Texas for 5 years and agree with you on the Texas summers (which last April through October...)


  10. #16810

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    I've never lived in Texas (only Philly) and I guess I'll still prefer summer over the winter. Anyway the best places to live in US are on the West coast. Colorado or Arizona might be in the running as well.
    Roger forever

  11. #16811

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    Colorado is awesome, if you like snow.
    New Mexico is really nice too.
    Louisiana is not even close to my TOP TEN states NEVER to live in. Great food, and nice scenery. The northern portion is very pretty. It would easily beat GA, FL, Mississippi or Missouri, Alabama (Alabama!!! ), Texas (except San Antonio, indeed), Nevada or the Dakotas.
    But then, it would still not be my place of choice, even though I know it quite well. It is indeed backwater and the culture of the state is way too southern. If you catch my drift.
    I would stay in my sleepy little Colorado town.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  12. #16812

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    Central TX (Austin/San Antonio) is beautiful, and I can deal with summer heat as an almost life-long Texas vs. MN winters. In any case, when I was in RE in TX, I always told people moving there we had two seasons - summer and not summer
    "And for my next fearless prediction..."

  13. #16813

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    The joke in Minnesota was: We have two seasons, winter, and two weeks of bad cross-country skiing. GH

  14. #16814

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    I'm surprised at these choices for some. If there's one city that you can find livable in a state it can help to invalidate that state, right?

    So when you don't choose Iowa, Idaho, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Alabama, and Nebraska in your bottom 4, which city is it that helps you remove it from the list that you would consider bearable? Just curious.

  15. #16815

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    Wayoming is one of the most beautiful states in US. That's got to count for something.
    Roger forever

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