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Jan 16, 2019 14:49:17   #
But why do we get stuck with any of them.

CHRISTIE’S NEW BOOK Ex-Gov. accuses Jared Kushner of political ‘hit job’ Brent Johnson For The Star-Ledger 1/16/2019

Former Gov. Chris Christie writes in his soon-to-be-released book that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, New Jersey native Jared Kushner, carried out a political “hit job” on him in retaliation for prosecuting his father years ago, according to a report by The Guardian.

The newspaper published excerpts from the book, “Let Me Finish,” slated to be released Jan. 29. (If you want to read it borrow it from the library or wait for it to be remaindered. Does this man deserve any of your hard earned money in royalties?)

Those include passages in which Trump criticizes Christie’s weight, and in which Christie disparages the man who landed the job he wanted in Trump’s administration, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In a blistering passage, Christie gives his own side of how he was dismissed as head of Trump’s transition team shortly after Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

Christie writes that when Steve Bannon, Trump’s campaign chief, broke the news, he asked Bannon to tell him who was behind it.

Bannon told him it was Kushner, “still apparently seething over events that had occurred a decade ago,” Christie writes.

“The kid’s been taking an ax to your head with the boss ever since I got here,” Bannon told Christie, according to the book.

After his firing, Christie writes, Trump’s transition team made bad choices for senior personnel “over and over again.”

Christie was New Jersey’s U.S. attorney who prosecuted Charles Kushner, a top Democratic donor in the Garden State, for tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign donations in the mid-2000s. Charles Kushner served two years in federal prison.

The witness-tampering charge stemmed from Charles Kushner hiring a prostitute to seduce his sister’s husband, who was cooperating in the case against him. Kushner then sent a videotape of the encounter to his sister.

In another passage in his book, Christie recounts an April 2016 meeting in which Jared Kushner criticized him in front of Trump — while Christie was in the room. Christie writes that Kusher implied the then-governor acted unethically and inappropriately but didn’t back it up with facts.

Christie also says Kushner told Trump it wasn’t fair his father was in prison for so long over an issue that should have been “handled by the family or by the rabbis.”

Jared Kushner — who, like Christie, grew up in Livingston — has downplayed stories of him being responsible for Christie’s ouster.

“Six months ago, Gov. Christie and I decided this election was much bigger than any differences we may have had in the past, and we worked very well together,” Kushner told Forbes in November 2016. “The media has speculated on a lot of different things, and since I don’t talk to the press, they go as they go, but I was not behind pushing out him or his people.”

Christie also speculates in the book that it was Kushner who kept him from becoming vice president, according to The Guardian. The ex-governor recalls that a “high-ranking Trump staffer” called him to say “the family is very upset that he says it will be you.”

And Christie writes he would have taken the job as chairman of the Republican National Committee but was once again thwarted by Trump’s family.
Jan 16, 2019 07:18:28   #
My husband read this article in the doctor's office. I thought our sock makers would enjoy seeing it. There is a link to the picture of the sock.

1,700-Year-Old Sock Spins Yarn About Ancient Egyptian Fashion
This stripy toe sock appears to have warmed the foot of a tot in the late antiquity period

Child's left-foot sock (British Museum) By Katherine J. Wu October 10, 2018

There are old socks, and then there are old socks. This stripy sock, discarded around the 3rd or 4th century, falls into the latter category. Fished out of a landfill during the 1913-1914 excavation of the Egyptian city of Antinooupolis led by English papyrologist John de Monins Johnson on behalf the Egypt Exploration Fund, the sock ended up in the collections of the British Museum in London. While previous research had pinpointed its age, not much else was known about the sock—or its partner, which presumably was lost to time (and did not succumb to whatever the late antiquity period equivalent is to being swallowed by the dryer).

Now, new research is unraveling the sock’s secrets. As Caroline Davies reports for the Guardian, a group of museum scientists hoping to better understand ancient Egyptian clothing manufacture and trade practices decided to analyze the dyes in the sock, along with several other textiles dating between about 250 and 800 A.D. Avoiding older techniques that required an invasive approach, they utilized multispectral imaging, which only needs to scan the surface of artifacts to test for pigments. Even if certain colors have degraded to the point that they’re not visible to the naked eye, multispectral imaging can detect minute color traces under different wavelengths of light. Think of it as a camera for invisible ink.

Sure enough, the analysis revealed that the sock contained seven hues of wool yarn woven together in a meticulous, stripy pattern. Just three natural, plant-based dyes—madder roots for red, woad leaves for blue and weld flowers for yellow—were used to create the different color combinations featured on the sock, according to Joanne Dyer, lead author of the study, which appears in the journal PLOS ONE. In the paper, she and her co-authors explain that the imaging technique also revealed how the colors were mixed to create hues of green, purple and orange: In some cases, fibers of different colors were spun together; in others, individual yarns went through multiple dye baths.

Such intricacy is pretty impressive, considering that ancient sock is both “tiny” and “fragile,” as Dyer tells Davies. Given its size and orientation, the researchers believe it may have been worn on a child’s left foot.

The sock offers insight beyond what was all the rage among youth fashion approximately 1,700 years ago. Analyzing its construction yields a lot of insight into the time period in which it warmed tiny feet. The period that comprised Egypt’s late antiquity is rich with history: During this time, Egypt experienced an enormous upheaval that ended with the Muslim conquest of the region in 641 A.D.

“These events affect the economy, trade, access to materials,” Dyer tells Davies, “Which is all reflected in the technical makeup of what people were wearing and how they were making these objects.”

As it happens, socks are believed to have been a mainstay for humans since the Stone Age—though the earliest versions, which were just animal pelts or skins meant to be wrapped around feet, may not bear much resemblance to that Fruit of the Loom six-pack you have in your sock drawer.

The ancient Egyptians employed a single-needle looping technique, often referred to as nålbindning, to create their socks. Notably, the approach could be used to separate the big toe and four other toes in the sock—which just may have given life to the ever-controversial socks-and-sandals trend.
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Jan 15, 2019 20:25:21   #
They don't call it "the practice of medicine" for no reason. There is still so much research to be done before anyone comes near achieving the perfection of medical treatment.
dishers wrote:
There are times that a doctor is unable to diagnose someone. Sometimes it takes multiple doctors before you find one that is able to diagnose your problems. And sometimes the diagnosis is wrong. Medicine is constantly evolving.
Jan 15, 2019 20:19:00   #
His behavior indicates he doesn't give a rat's patootie for any of us. He wants what is best for him. Holding the livelihood of all those federal workers hostage until he gets his way is certainly not what is best for them. Talking of stubborn brats, I don't think it is any of our elected officials who are trying to reason with an unreasonable person who will not even discuss compromise.
bootzie wrote:
Let's replace Trump's name with Nancy, Chucks and the Dems. They were for the wall until it became Trump's project. Grow up!!! He wants what's best for US all, even you stubborn brats.
Jan 15, 2019 06:25:42   #
It is interesting when I read reports of violent crimes in the print and on line newspapers, and when I see reports of local mayhem on TV it is exceedingly rare for the perpetrator to turn out to be an illegal immigrant. In many cases immigrants are the victims. People who work in bodegas and convenience stores and gas stations are very often immigrants from the south of us or from east Asia. They are too often targeted by local miscreants robbing them and maiming or killing them for no rational reason.

Except for the attacks on the World Trade Center which were perpetrated mostly by natives of Saudi Arabia (you know, where Trump has buddies) major terror attacks, school shootings and other mass killings, have been carried out by some very sick people who are natives to the US and are white guys.

Immigrants seeking asylum seem intent on keeping a low profile and staying safe. They seem too busy scrambling to earn a buck to have much time to grab their Uzis and shoot up a mall.

If we had reasonable National gun safety regulations there would be fewer guns in the hands of people who use them for malignant reasons. Reasonable laws would respect the rights of legitimate gun owners and screen to make the crazies less able to just walk into a gun show and walk out with a semi automatic weapon. We have reasonable regulations about automobile ownership. When reasonable people behave in a reasonable way we are all safer.

SiblingRivalry wrote:
trump is the only one who vehemently proclaims that Mexico and Central America are purposefully sending the “worst of the worst” to America.
Ask the folks who live in the border towns. Low crime rate; zero murders. Irregular Immigrants work harder than most low-income American-born, and are diligent to stay out of trouble with the law.
Jan 15, 2019 06:13:08   #
Lovely. Hope you have a wonderful visit. Hugs all around.
SQM wrote:
I am going to Phoenix tomorrow and will be meeting with Dame and Bright. Very excited.
Jan 15, 2019 06:11:45   #
We don't have that many people affected locally, but our Seniors group has gotten busier turning out warm hats and scarves to bring to a local organization that distributes them to those who need and our BOGO (buy one give one) project promoted by the library system to keep the county food pantry well supplied is going strong. We seem to be doing what we can under the circumstances.
eneira12 wrote:
still not productive - getting angry and hostile about it, but I do think I might see about helping with food for poor children
Jan 14, 2019 16:38:41   #
Spot on.
Chezl wrote:
What about stinkweed?

Part of its description is "Not only is it a pest on its own, but it also acts as host to other pests".
Jan 14, 2019 16:35:02   #
It is probably safe to say that a healthy percentage of the people adversely affected by this shut down voted for trump and have continued to be among his supporters. In that subgroup it is probably safe to say that some will believe that the Democratic Congressional leadership is to blame for the ongoing shut down, an obfuscation promoted by the right wing media.

But it is also probably safe to say that a healthy number of people in that beleaguered group of the involuntarily unemployed are smart enough to understand exactly where the responsibility belongs. There are people who voted for trump as their concept of "the lesser of the two evils" between less than optimum candidates from each party. There has to be buyer's remorse.

Although of the two, Mrs. Clinton certainly had the stronger background and resume, she was tainted by the years of lies being circulated about her on a personal level and undermined by flaws in her own personality. As strong a candidate as she may have been in many eyes, there just wasn't that level of charisma that sets someone above and beyond all others as a born leader.

Charisma should not be a factor, but we have to face it that it can be the icing on the cake that sells one candidate over another. Maybe I am cynical, but in today's society of short attention spans and 280 character "essays", that sparkle of star quality has become a necessity for anyone selling oneself, whether as an actor, a singer, a politician, even a kindergarten teacher. And it is not something you can study or develop very successfully.

That verve Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez displays is inborn. Coupled with early education in an excellent school district (I am familiar with Yorktown Central School District in Westchester County where my friend's daughters attended and another friend taught) and a degree from Boston University, she may be the face of the future.

Someone with that sort of starter just has to be careful to live a blameless life and fight back at any lying attempts to smear her. Cynical me again, such a woman has to be careful to avoid the hot cute guy with a roving eye and work to love someone steady and supportive who is willing to be her wallpaper the way Laura Bush and Rosalynn Carter were wonderful wallpaper for their successful and ambitious husbands.

Knitting in the Rockys wrote:
It's NOT just federal employees being adversely impacted. Researchers who depend on incremental government grants to conduct their work are not being paid, those who rent property to government workers, businesses that cater to government training programs and a long list of others. Small businesses are being hurt such as eateries located close to government buildings/complexes. Those individuals will not have any back pay coming to them.
Jan 14, 2019 16:06:50   #
CorvallisKnitter wrote:
I found this comment regarding the wall in a newspaper - which sums up this whole ridiculous argument about "the wall":

How did we go from “Mexico will pay for the wall” to “The Federal Government will remain partially closed until the American taxpayer pays for the wall”. Did I miss something?

And reported very recently in the WAPO:


It was a foundational promise of Donald Trump’s historic presidential campaign: Mexico would pay for his 2,000-mile border wall. But as he desperately fights for $5.7 billion in taxpayer money for the project, Trump now claims he never said Mexico would directly foot the bill.

“Obviously, I never said this, and I never meant they’re going to write out a check,” the president told reporters Thursday at the White House.

He did say it — at least 212 times during his campaign and dozens more since he took office. And he put it in writing — in a March 2016 memo to news outlets that was then posted on his campaign website.

Specifically, Trump threatened to cut off billions of dollars in remittance payments from Mexican nationals in the United States to families in their home country. That, he proclaimed, would pressure the Mexican government to cough up “a one-time payment of $5-10 billion” for the wall.

Some observers said at the time that the plan would not work, and the Trump administration never tried to enact it. But 21/2 years later, with the parts of the federal government shut down for three weeks so far in a budget impasse over Trump’s wall, the episode illustrates how his routine application of falsehoods, exaggerations and lies in service of political combat has come back to burn him.

First, then-Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto openly defied Trump and canceled two scheduled visits to the White House, one in 2017 and the other in 2018, in retaliation for Trump’s demands that Mexico pay for the wall.

“Mexico will not pay for any wall,” he stated. His successor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has shown no willingness to change course.

The Republicans who controlled Congress over the past two years never made funding the wall with taxpayer money a priority.

Trump and his aides have floated other ideas to pressure Mexico to pay — canceling visas or increasing fees for consular services for Mexicans, and taxing imported goods at 20 percent.

Most recently, Trump has resorted to arguing that Mexico will indirectly pay through a revised trade deal that his administration signed with Mexico and Canada. But that deal has yet to be ratified by Congress, contains no provisions earmarking money for the wall, and economists have doubted whether it would significantly increase revenue flowing to the U.S. treasury.

“Obviously, they’re not going to write a check,” Trump said of Mexico on Thursday, before leaving Washington for a tour of a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Tex. “But they are paying for the wall indirectly, many, many times over, by the really great trade deal we just made.”

Trump has been promising that Mexico would pay for a wall since before he was a candidate for the White House and the vow figured prominently in his June 16, 2015, campaign announcement.

“I will build a great wall,” he declared that day at Trump Tower in New York. “And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”

It became a staple of his campaign rallies, where supporters chanted, “Build the wall!” Trump would often add: “Who’s going to pay for the wall?” The crowd would respond: “Mexico!”

By the spring of 2016, after he had emerged as the front-runner for the Republican nomination, Trump was under pressure to explain how he would make good on the promise.

In the two-page policy memo, the Trump campaign described using powers under the Patriot Act to compel U.S. financial institutions to block personal remittances to Mexico, which totaled more than $20 billion a year.

Such money is an important source of income to many families in Mexico and other Latin American countries, experts said, and gives their economies a boost.

“My first reaction was, ‘That sounds counterproductive,’” said Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute. “Mexican migration is dropping in part because Mexican migrants are sending money home so more Mexicans can have a dignified life.”

Cutting off such a flow would potentially disrupt their lives and result in more migration from Mexico to the United States, he added
Jan 14, 2019 15:33:59   #
If you submit your work for judging, perhaps at a 4H fair, it may just be the tiny detail that earns you the blue ribbon.
dragonfly7673 wrote:
The same idea works very well for binding off after crocheting in the round. It's one of those beautifully simple solutions that makes your project look just that tiny bit nicer (even if it's only other knitters/crocheters that notice)
Jan 14, 2019 14:28:08   #
Whoever made the analogy of his constant and adoring devotees being a cult seems to have hit it. They are as devoted as Squeaky was to Charles Manson!
CorvallisKnitter wrote:
What astonishes me is that trump really could shoot some innocent person in broad daylight with cameras rolling (as he himself has stated), and his followers would still justify his actions. These folks are frightening - and there is no logic to what they can justify.
Jan 14, 2019 14:25:27   #
Just goes to further prove that you can't cure stupid. People who understand the dreadfulness of his behaviors simply cannot comprehend how there can be people who, by not condemning, condone such behavior. Would they be as enabling if their own daughters were the targets of such a man? Or would they think it is an "honor" to grab the attention of someone rich and famous (in a National Enquirer, Page 6 kind of way).
Beachgirl1000 wrote:
Wow. That makes perfect sense. Everything fits.
So what do you think it means for those of us who are continuing to challenge these trump cult people? Should we just stop? Are we getting anywhere at all?

I would love to hear the opinions of others who have been frustrated and incredulous at the astonishing claims of trump followers. It seems to me that providing them with proof of our points almost makes them dig in their heels even more.
Jan 14, 2019 14:20:28   #
Sometimes you hit a plateau. Keep with your program to maintain the weight loss you achieved and your body chemistry will adjust to your new normal. Then you should start to see additional pounds come off again.

As another poster stated, the key to slow steady loss is moderation.

It also affects the way your skin will shrink to adjust to the weight loss instead of looking like an oversized body suit.
Evie RM wrote:
Thanks for sharing. This came at a good time for me for I weigh myself on Monday morning and for the second time since I started the Keto diet on August 6th, I did not have a weight loss. I have lost 40 pounds and have another 40 to 45 pounds to lose. Needless to say, I was disappointed to not have lost any weight last week.
Jan 14, 2019 14:15:41   #
Diana's legacy is those two lovely sons. Why do we all seem to just think of them as her children and Charles is peripheral?
Londonlady wrote:
If Diana was still with us and heard this rumour about Charles and Camilla possibly divorcing she would be, as we say in the UK, having the last laugh.
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