Memes are the funny gift that just keeps on giving!

Just to recap:

“Meme” is pronounced [MEEM], and rhymes with “seem,” if you’re not familiar with the term.

A “meme” is a humorous image that is copied and enhanced (often with the addition of a message, joke, or saying) and spread rapidly by Internet users.

I’m sure you have seen them before you even knew there was a special name for them.  I know I did.

As I’m preparing my blogs every day, I come across memes that aren’t really pertinent to what I’m blogging about, but funny nonetheless, and I just collect them for a later date.

Every so often I like to clean these memes off of my computer and get them out to you.

Sooooo…, without further adieu…, let’s bring on the memes…, again!

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Enjoy.

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I apologize…, this last one is bad…., but it is funny!

 

I hope you enjoyed my latest collection of memes!

 

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” –  Charlie Chaplin

 

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I’ll be off starting tomorrow, Thursday, October 3rd and back blogging again on Monday, October 7th.    

Stay thirsty my friends!

But remember…, don’t drink the “fake news’” Kool Aide!

WINNING!

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Another case of CNN spreading its liberal propaganda: regarding the democrats’ letter to The Ukraine.

Daniel Dale’s article for CNN is titled, “Fact check: Trump falsely claims Democrats’ letter made threat to Ukraine.”

First of all, the whole premise of this article is wrought with bias and inaccuracies.

His article is not a “fact check,” it is an opinion piece, and a biased opinion piece at that.

Dale claims, “We fact checked Trump’s claims about Biden and Ukraine here.”

This statement is either a lie, or they are admitting they looked into Biden and Ukraine and they are just ignoring Biden’s illegal activity there.

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Let me conduct my own “fact check” for a minute here.

Joe Biden is on video proudly admitting he threatened the Ukrainian government!

ON VIDEO!

Joe Biden lied about his communications with his son about his son’s “sweetheart” deal with a Ukrainian gas company.  Joe Biden said he “never” discussed this with his son, although his son has said they did.

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A picture with Joe Biden, his son, and executives from the Ukrainian gas company has surfaced.

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A PICTURE!

But even after all of this, CNN chooses to pursue President Trump for possibly doing what Joe Biden has already been proven to have done.

All you can do is shake your head.

The “biased, liberal propaganda, fake news media” is not even concerned how slanted and unfair it looks anymore.

These media outlets are just simply co-conspirators in perpetrating these endless hoaxes on the American people in an attempt to take down President Trump.

Dale immediately proclaims the letter from the democrat senators is, “a request, not a threat.”

Dale’s article does not even provide the letter for us to read on our own and make our own determination…, but I will.

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Dale claims, “The 2018 letter from Sens. Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin and Bob Menendez did not include any threat at all, about US assistance to Ukraine or anything else; it did not even mention US assistance.”

How else would Mr. Lutsenko “take” this letter, if not as a threat?

What are three US senators doing writing him an official letter anyway?

Has a US Attorney General ever received a letter from members of a foreign government suggesting what they should do?

Just sayin’.

Nowhere in The Constitution does it say that Senators are to communicate with foreign governments regarding investigations of any kind. In this case, the now debunked Mueller investigation.

These senators are most obviously operating outside of their constitutionally dictated areas of responsibility.

“The Senators’ letter was written in response to a New York Times report that the Ukrainian Prosecutor General was considering not cooperating with the Mueller Probe out of concern that President Trump would cut off aid as punishment.”

Ha! And we all know that New York Times articles are always accurate!

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Please see my numerous blogs on The New York Times commenting on the contrary.

The democrats have a bad habit of justifying their actions based on articles in The New York Times…, that they have planted there themselves!

Like I said, “These media outlets are just simply co-conspirators in perpetrating these endless hoaxes on the American people in an attempt to take down President Trump.”

The senators wrote, “If these reports are true, we strongly encourage you to reverse course and halt any efforts to impede cooperation with this important investigation.”

What would you understand the words “we strongly encourage you” to mean?

Again…, how else would Mr. Lutsenko “take” this letter, if not as some sort of threat?

Perhaps we should contact Mr. Lutsenko and ask him how he took the letter?

The only reason we wouldn’t hear about Mr. Lutsenko’s feelings is if they failed to go along with the narrative being pushed by the democrats and the fake news media.

WINNING!

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Who exactly does Nancy “dazed and confused” Pelosi pray to?

Last week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said “I pray for the president all the time,” while talking to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

My only question is, who might Mrs. Pelosi be praying to?

George Soros?

Barack Obama?

“The Squad?”

Satan?

It certainly can’t be God.

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Or she might just be lying and she really hasn’t prayed at all.

I’m going with “she’s lying and hasn’t prayed at all,” or Satan.

According to Shira Tarlo of Salon.com, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., revealed that she frequently prays for President Donald Trump while discussing the allegations that he urged Ukraine to procure dirt one of his chief political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, with assistance from the Justice Department.”

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‘“It’s really sad. We have to be very prayerful.  I pray for the president all the time,’ Pelosi said Friday morning in an exclusive interview with ‘Morning Joe.’ ‘I pray for the safety of his family — wish he would pray for the safety of other families and do something on guns — but I also pray that God will illuminate him to see right from wrong.’”

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It’s hard to swallow all of these God references from a woman who would fight to keep the practice of abortion, and the killing of millions of babies annually, alive at all costs.

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“Pelosi’s comments came a day after the public release of a complaint filed by a whistleblower in the intelligence community. The complaint discusses a July 25 call in which Trump repeatedly urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to ‘initiate or continue an investigation’ into Biden. The whistleblower named Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and his attorney general, William Barr, as his ‘personal envoys on these matters’ and alleged the White House engaged in a scheme to cover up Trump’s conduct.”

Let me go on record right now by saying this “whistle blower,” and I’m really coming to detest that term, is nothing more than a “swampy tool” who is being used by the liberal, anti-Trump, machine.

Think of a poor man’s “Peter Strzok” or “Lisa Page.”

The “complaint” filed by the “whistle blower,” is a well-crafted legal document, which was not just put together by someone filing a genuine complaint of concern.

The democrats knew exactly what was in the transcript released by President Trump before he even released it, thanks to their spy, the “whistle blower.”

This will all come out very soon.  Mark my words.

“The explosive revelations are at the center of House Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry into the president, which was announced earlier this week by Pelosi.”

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‘“This is no cause for any joy. This a very sad time for our country,’ Pelosi said Friday on MSNBC. ‘The impeachment of a president is as serious as our congressional responsibilities can be apart from declaring war. We have to be very prayerful, and we always have to put country before party.’”

Excuse me…, but I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

I really wish Nancy would keep “my country” out of her mouth.

It’s just disgusting and embarrassing.

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I would have to agree with Nancy, however, when she says, “This is a very sad time for our country.” It is the democrats who are causing all of the sadness, however.

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‘“This is about the national security of our country, and the president of the United States being disloyal to his oath of office, jeopardizing our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections,’ the speaker added.”

Just like the Russian collusion hoax was, right Nancy?

Like I said earlier…, my nickname for her is Nancy “dazed and confused” Pelosi.  The prior paragraph demonstrates her level of confusion pretty well I believe.

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‘“This is my wheelhouse, as I said to the president,’ Pelosi declared. ‘Twenty-five years of experience in intelligence . . . I was there when we wrote the whistleblower laws. I was there when we wrote the law establishing the office of the director of national intelligence. That’s only since 2004.’”

Yes…, we know Nancy…, you’ve been in Congress a looooong time.

Way too long.

I notice you failed to sign the Constitution when it was enacted.

I apologize…, actually, I believe you were elected a few years after that.

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Mrs. Pelosi has now become a merely a sad caricature of herself.

I’ve heard it said that if you want to find out what Nancy is going to say today, look and see what Alexandria Ocasio Cortez tweeted last night.

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And there you have it…, the clueless leading the confused.

Lord, help us all.

Hey…, if it’s good enough for Nancy…

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Hey Kemosabe…, “jump on it, jump on it!” Elizabeth Warren is a fraudulent Native American!

Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren has now become the democrats’ presidential front runner it would appear.

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To celebrate her new standing in the polls, I think she deserves a little attention from MrEricksonRules!

First…, let’s quickly review Elizabeth Warren’s fraudulent Native American racial claims.

In April 1986, Warren listed herself as “Native American” on a Texas state bar registration form.

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Warren also identified herself as “Native American” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she worked from 1987 to 1995.

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Harvard Law School, where Warren taught before entering politics, referred to Warren as “the school’s only Native American professor” as recently as 1996.  Harvard then identified Warren as “Native American” on federal affirmative action forms every year until 2004.

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I wonder if Harvard managed to avoid any tax penalties based on Warren’s designation?

Warren also listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools directory from 1986 to 1994.

Could you even imagine the outrage by “the media” if a similar discovery were made about President Trump?

There would be non-stop protests, a special prosecutor, Congressional hearings, more talk of impeachment, yada, yada, yada.

Am I wrong?

As it stands, the “mainstream media” has basically given Warren a pass on this, as have most of the other democrats.

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Google, of course, is doing its part as well.

When we “Google” “Elizabeth Warren’s Native American claims” we get these top 10 results:

 

“Elizabeth Warren Apologizes at Native American Forum: ‘I …”

https://www.nytimes.com › 2019/08/19 › us › politics › elizabeth-warren-nat…

 

“Inside Elizabeth Warren’s courtship of Native American leaders”

https://www.cnn.com › 2019/08/18 › politics › elizabeth-warren-native-amer…

 

“Elizabeth Warren confronts handling of Native American … – Vox”

https://www.vox.com › policy-and-politics › elizabeth-warren-native-ameri…

 

“Warren Apologizes at Native American Forum – The Wall …”

https://www.wsj.com › Politics › Election 2020

 

“Elizabeth Warren apologizes over Native American heritage …”

https://www.latimes.com › politics › story › elizabeth-warren-native-americ…

 

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren at Native American forum: ‘I am sorry …”

https://abcnews.go.com › Politics › story

 

“Warren apologizes for heritage claim, woos Native Americans”

https://www.apnews.com › …

 

“Democratic hopeful Warren apologizes for Native American …”

https://www.reuters.com › article › us-usa-election-warren › democratic-ho…

 

“Elizabeth Warren releases plan aimed at uplifting Native …”

https://www.usatoday.com › story › news › politics › elections › 2019/08/16

 

Boy…, nothing really too critical of Warren there…, mostly apologetic and in the best light possible.  None of the sources would be considered “conservative” either.

Quite different from the search results that would show up for President Trump, I imagine.

Some of the keywords that would show up in a search like that, if it were President Trump, would be:

“LIAR,”

“RACIST,”

“FRAUD,”

“PHONY,”

“IMPOSTER,”

“CHEATER,”

“CON ARTIST,”

…, just for starters.

Am I wrong?

Recently, according to The Daily Caller, Warren said, “I am sorry for harm I have caused.  I have listened and I have learned a lot, and I am grateful for the many conversations that we’ve had together.”

Oh…, well, alrighty then!  Say no more, Elizabeth!  Your sins have been officially absolved by the “biased, liberal propaganda, fake news media!”

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This absolution is, of course, reserved for liberals…, especially white, privileged, establishment, liberals. Being a woman on top of it all doesn’t hurt either.

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Black, Hispanic, and especially Native American liberals do not normally receive this level of consideration.

As they say…, “you could look it up.”

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Are the people at the UN “crying wolf” when it comes to global warming?  Does it even matter?

According to a recent UN report on the world’s oceans, they say “we’re all in big trouble.”

In case the people at the UN and these contributing scientists were not aware of it…, we all are going to die at some point.

Nobody lives forever.

No one make it out of this life alive.

Don’t get me wrong.

Do I think we should reduce our levels of air pollution?

Yes.

Do I think we should pressure those countries who are the worst air pollution offenders (China) to reduce their levels of air pollution?

Yes.

Do I think we should reduce our polluting of the oceans and work to clean-up our oceans?

Yes.

Do I think we should pressure those countries who are the worst ocean pollution offenders (China) into reducing their polluting of the oceans and encourage them to help us clean-up the oceans?

Yes.

Okay…, that being said…

Chris Ciaccia of Fox News reports, “A damning new report from the United Nations says that the world’s oceans are undergoing drastic, accelerated change. And the risks associated with these changes to the climate are getting ever greater, threatening hundreds of millions of people and the global economy itself.”

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“The report, issued by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), highlights the changes that are happening as a result of increased emissions from greenhouse gases, including: sea levels rising by three feet by 2100; significantly fewer fish in the oceans; stronger hurricanes; and regular flooding in coastal cities such as New York.”

Hmmm?

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So are they saying our world is not going to come to an end in 12 years?

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I’m confused.

Where is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez getting her information from?

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Over 95% of the people on the planet right now will not be around to see the year 2100.

Just sayin’.

‘“Global warming has already reached 1 [degrees Celsius] above the pre-industrial level, due to past and current greenhouse gas emissions,’ a press release issued in conjunction with the report said. ‘There is overwhelming evidence that this is resulting in profound consequences for ecosystems and people. The ocean is warmer, more acidic and less productive. Melting glaciers and ice sheets are causing sea level rise, and coastal extreme events are becoming more severe.’”

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This all may be true, but there is no way of directly tying any planetary climate change to pollution caused by people.

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Our planet has, as a matter of fact, experienced many extreme climate changes in its past, without people playing any part in them at all.

The special United Nations-affiliated oceans and ice report released on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2019, “[Also] projects three feet of rising seas by the end of the century, much fewer fish, weakening ocean currents, even less snow and ice, and nastier hurricanes, caused by climate change.”

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“The report, which was worked on by more than 100 scientists from 36 countries around the world, was approved by the 195 IPCC member governments.”

100 scientists may sound like a lot…, but really it’s not.  What we basically have here is 1 scientist from every two of the 195 IPCC member countries.

Google says there are at least 7 million scientists in the world.

I think we can find 100 out of 7 million scientists who believe the Earth is flat!

‘“The open sea, the Arctic, the Antarctic and the high mountains may seem far away to many people,’ Hoesung Lee, chair of the IPCC, said in the press release. ‘But we depend on them and are influenced by them directly and indirectly in many ways – for weather and climate, for food and water, for energy, trade, transport, recreation and tourism, for health and wellbeing, for culture and identity.’”

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“The press release notes that ‘without major investments in adaptation,’ rising flood risks are likely, some of which could cause ‘some island nations’ to become uninhabitable ‘due to climate-related ocean and cryosphere change.’”

I notice quite often in this report that “this or that” is “likely to happen,” and that “this or that” “could happen.”

It’s hard to push all of your chips in on man-made climate change with these types of shaky assertions.

They say that “New York City COULD see once-in-a-lifetime floods every five years.”

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that New York City MAY NOT see once-in-a-lifetime floods every five years.

Hey!

Look at me!

I’m a scientist!

“The changes, which previous reports have said could shrink ‘virtually all’ economies around the globe by 2100, will affect people, plants, food, societies, infrastructure, in addition to the global economy.”

Oh…, these scientists are economists too?!

“The IPCC report adds to a previous report from the U.N. that some coastal cities and those in the Arctic region will have to adapt. The previous report, published on June 25 from the United Nations Human Rights Council, warned that a potential ‘climate apartheid’ could fracture the global population, splitting the planet between the wealthy and the rest of the world who will be ‘left to suffer.’”

And there we have it.

The splitting of the world’s population between “the wealthy and the rest of the world who will be left to suffer.”

And that’s different from the world’s current economic structure how?

And when I said “does it even matter?” at the top of this article, here’s what I mean.

Let’s take a quick survey here.

Raise your hand if you would be willing to stop using your own personal car, truck or motorcycle in order to reduce fossil fuel emissions.

Raise your hand if you think it would be acceptable to do away with commercial airlines, and severely limit the energy use and production of manufacturing companies of all types.

Hmmm.

I didn’t notice a lot of hand going up.

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That’s exactly what I mean when I say “does it even matter?”

Regardless of what may or may not be going on with the climate, and regardless of who is or who is not responsible for it, 99% of us are really not willing to do anything serious about it, because………

NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, IT WON’T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE!

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And do you seriously think we could get everyone in the world to agree to living like people did before the industrial revolution?

When these elite liberals say “we” have to do this and “we” need to do that…., what they really mean is “we,” NOT THEY, need to make sacrifices.  THEY aren’t willing to sacrifice anything.

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“Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty.” – Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister

Yes my friends…, it’s true…, the democrats have adopted this Nazi strategy…, along with others.

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If you stand back and objectively view what is going on in American politics…, it’s hard to deny that the democrats have morphed into a sick,  “new Nazi party,” with the propagandistic mainstream media as their partners is crime.

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The democrats, of course, in keeping with their strategy, attempt to attach the “Nazi” moniker to the conservatives, and label President Trump as “Hitler.”

During the 2016 election, the democrats questioned whether the conservatives and Donald Trump would accept the results of the presidential election.

We now see that the democrats are the ones unwilling to accept the results of the 2016 election.

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Donald Trump is accused of “Russian collusion,” and hounded about this for over two years.

We now see that it was Hillary Clinton and the rest of the democrats who colluded with Russia. It was the Clinton campaign that financed the phony Russian dossier.

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Donald Trump is accused of “rigging” the 2016 election.

We now see that it was Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration, and the democrats who attempted to “rig” the election.  The Trump campaign was spied on by the very people who should have been protecting the campaign.

We have also learned how the liberals at Google and Facebook attempted to influence the election by directing users to pro-democrat sites and anti-conservative sites.

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The President’s spokesperson, Kellyanne Conway is accused of violating The Hatch Act, which is a law designed to prohibit employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice president, and certain designated high-level officials, from engaging in foreign discussions and negotiations independent of the government and its policy.  This was a baseless accusation.

We see these disingenuous charges as we see former Obama Secretary of State, John Kerry, in discussions with the leaders of Iran for some unknown reason, in violation of the Logan Act. The Logan Act is a United States federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. The intent behind the Act is to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government’s position.

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Donald Trump is accused of obstruction of justice.

We now know that various members of the Obama administration (his DOJ, FBI and CIA) basically tried to establish a coup to take down the newly, and duly, elected President of the United States.

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We saw the Obama administration illegally use the phony Russian dossier as a basis for obtaining FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.

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We also saw Obama Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, meet with former President Bill Clinton in order to get Hillary off the hook for her shady and illegal email handling.

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Donald Trump is accused of illegal dealings with Ukraine…, by someone who apparently has no direct knowledge of what supposedly occurred here.  How does that work, and what the hell does that mean?  This “twice removed whistle blower” is now apparently going to testify before Congress.  Isn’t hearsay inadmissible?

We now learn it was Joe Biden and the Obama administration who had the corrupt dealings with Ukraine.

“Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty,” then sit back and let the “biased, liberal propaganda, fake news media” take over…, focusing on the democrats’ charges, while basically ignoring and covering-up the democrats’ sins.

It is somewhat effective with those who aren’t really paying attention…, and those who choose to look the other way.

What will be the next false accusation?

And the false accusation after that?

Keep your eyes open.  We have over a whole year to go until the 2020 elections.

The “fake news,” liberal propaganda has only begun to hit the fan!

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This is what the “Occupy Democrats” posted when Barack Obama was President. I wonder if they would apply the same beliefs where President trump is concerned?

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Hey…, little drama queen from Sweden…, here’s a quarter, call someone who cares!

According to Kalhan Rosenblatt of NBC News, “Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg delivered an emotional and scathing speech at the United Nations on Monday, accusing world leaders of stealing her dreams and her childhood with their inaction on climate change.”

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First of all, who exactly invited a 16 year old to speak at the United Nations about “climate change?”

How exactly do you get on this docket?

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We’ve got almost 8 billion people on this planet, and we have to put up with a 16 year old lecturing us all on “climate change?”

How about some scientist, who would at least have some semblance of a little credibility?

This kid still has two years left of high school!

I think we can all recall how stupid and immature sophomores in high school are.

But hey…, let’s have this ignorant little girl, who still hasn’t even passed high school biology or chemistry, lecture us about how irresponsible, stupid and evil we are regarding the environment.

Won’t that be fun?

Maybe we could have her lecture us on our sexual and reproductive issues next week?

‘“How dare you!  You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,’ Thunberg said.”

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Hey Greta…, how dare you?!  And newsflash…, your childhood IS basically over already, and you are the one who has allowed your dreams to be hijacked, if you had any besides allowing yourself to be tool, to be used by these globalist climate whackos.

‘“I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean,’ the 16-year-old from Sweden told the United Nations Climate Action Summit.”

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Here, here!

These are the only two sentences you said that I agree with!

‘“Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!’”

Uhhh, who exactly is coming to you for hope?

We’re not a tad delusional are we?

“Thunberg slammed the members of the U.N. for caring more about money and ‘fairytales of eternal economic growth’ than collapsing ecosystems, mass extinctions and people suffering due to climate change.”

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“Fairytales of eternal economic growth?”

That’s a nice line, Greta…, who came up with that for you, and what video game world are you living in?

‘“You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am I do not want to believe that because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil, and that I refuse to believe,’ Thunberg said.”

What exactly would you have us do Ms. Thunberg?

You seem to know exactly what is going to happen to our planet.

Please, please tell us we need to do…, I mean besides going back to living like we did in the stone ages.

I don’t suppose that would even suffice you, as I believe they ate quite a bit of meat back in those days.

And you know, they burned wood to keep warm as well.

Perhaps we should all just kill ourselves in order to save the planet?

“She also said that the ‘popular idea’ of cutting emissions by 50 percent in 10 years only yields a 50 percent chance of keeping the earth’s warming trend below the 1.5 degree Celsius threshold, which could set off ‘catastrophic chain reactions beyond human control’ if breached.”

Ha!  Another newsflash for you Greta!

THE EARTH IS BEYOND HUMAN CONTROL!

The idea that you and your whacko friends have that WE can somehow control or change the earth’s climate is the real “fairytale” here.

‘“A 50 percent risk is simply not acceptable to us — we who have to live with the consequences,’ she said.”

You speak of these theoretical possibilities as if they were forgone conclusions…, just like you’d expect a child would do.

“Thunberg said the earth’s remaining CO2 budget was rapidly dwindling — citing a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that said the planet has experienced a more than 70 gigaton deficit in the earth’s remaining CO2 budget since January 2018.”

The only “deficit” we are experiencing here is a deficit of logic and historical global climate understanding.

“But Thunberg said leaders from the United Nations wouldn’t suggest more radical plans to reduce emissions because they are ‘still not mature enough to tell it like it is.’”

And you’re still not mature enough to understand that “what it is like” is a matter of perception.

‘“You are failing us but young people are starting to understand your betrayal,’ Thunberg said. ‘The eyes of all future generations are upon you and if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you.’”

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Oh, I say…, how will we all live without your forgiveness?

Late on Monday, President Donald Trump retweeted a video of her speech, saying, “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO  — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019”

“Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, said countries ‘must honor our commitments and follow through on the Paris Agreement,’ in a clear [jab] at the Trump administration.”

‘“The withdrawal of certain parties will not shake the collective goal of the world community,’ Mr Yi said, to applause.”

Oh yes…, please applaud Wang here from China, as he pokes at the U.S., while his country of China is FAR AND AWAY the most egregious environmental violator on the planet.

Zip it, Wang.

And I’ll tell you what Ms. Greta…, I’d like to invite you back to the United Nations in 2032, so you can explain to us all why we’re all still here and why the earth and all of its creatures have not yet perished.

At least you’ll be an adult by then who may know a little something about something.

WINNING!

 

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Teacher student loan forgiveness…, now you see it…, now you don’t!

In an attempt to lure people into public service, Congress designed the public service loan forgiveness (PSLF) program in 2007 to reduce the student debt burden for borrowers with a decade of service in government or nonprofit jobs.

That seems like a pretty decent deal.

You go to college, get your degree, get a job as a teacher, or some other job that serves the public, work at that job for at least 20 years, faithfully make at least 120 monthly payments on your student loans, and then get the remainder of your loans forgiven.

The only problem is Congresses’ program is a sham.

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This would seem to be a clear case of what we call “adding insult to injury.”

99% of the people applying for this loan forgiveness, even though they qualify, are denied loan forgiveness.

Oh…, and I forgot the part about going through the painful process of documenting and submitting everything to the Department of Education before being unceremoniously denied.

Then, according to Aarthi Swaminathan and Reggie Wade for Yahoo! News, “Responding to this extreme denial rate of the program in 2018, Congress approved funding to expand the number of borrowers in an initiative called the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF).”

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So Congress, performing at a level of ineptness only it could achieve, doubled down on its ineffectiveness.

We stupidly went through the painful process of documenting and submitting everything…, again…, to the Department of Education (DOE) before being unceremoniously rejected…, again!

“As of May this year, the DOE had received 54,000 requests for TEPSLF and only approved 1% of these requests.”

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‘“We recognize that the many restrictive eligibility requirements of PSLF and TEPSLF make the program difficult for borrowers to understand and navigate,’ Jeff Appel [an administrator for] Federal Student Aid [via] the U.S. Department of Education wrote in his testimony. ‘We are absolutely committed to helping borrowers navigate this complexity.’”

Yes, Mr. Appel, we are all thoroughly impressed by your commitment.

The question is, why does it have to be so complex?

The whole process seems like it should be pretty clear cut.

Like I said earlier, “You go to college, get your degree, get a job as a teacher, or some other job that serves the public, work at that job for at least 20 years, faithfully make at least 120 monthly payments on your student loans, and then get the remainder of your loans forgiven.”

If you can document that you meet all of these requirements, they should hold up their end of the bargain.

Am I right?

Illegal immigrants don’t seem to have any problem “navigating” their way through getting all of their freebies and federal benefits, which they so richly deserve!

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“One of 99% was Kelly Finlaw, a public school teacher in New York who recently testified about her experience with FedLoan Servicing.”

‘“I was misled. Not just by FedLoan, but by other servicers. I was lied to,’ Finlaw testified to Congress last week.”

‘“I did what I was asked to do. I called, I made my payments on time. I paid every month,’ Finlaw said, later adding: ‘After 10 years of making student loan payments, October 2017 was my month — my light at the end of the tunnel. I remember standing in my living room when the light at the tunnel went dark.’”

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“This summer, Finlaw joined the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the second-largest teachers union in the U.S., in a lawsuit that calls on the U.S. government to fix the PSLF program.”

‘“Large numbers of borrowers have pursued careers in public service, sometimes at lower pay than in the private sector, with the hope of one day achieving loan forgiveness through the PSLF program,’ Melissa Emrey-Arras, the Government Accounting Office’s (GAO’s) director of education workforce and income security issues, wrote in her testimony. ‘Education needs to take action to better serve these borrowers and help smooth their long road towards loan forgiveness.’”

This sounds good Ms. Emrey-Arras, but we all know these are just more empty words.

Just another example of how much we value our educators.

I’ll keep you posted on when…, if ever, this situation gets resolved.

I wouldn’t hold your breath if I were you.

 

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