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For Maine restaurateur, a gun debate turns nasty - The Boston Globe

For Maine restaurateur, a gun debate turns nasty - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
PORTLAND, Maine — Diners at the Grace restaurant sit under a vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows in a former Methodist church built in the 1850s. Its cool, spiritual chic comes with a catch: No one who owns an assault rifle — or even supports the right to own one — is welcome.
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An observation: How can somebody claim to be a responsible gun owner if they engage in lying about another person's business because that person has been honest and transparent about her attitude towards guns? We are talking about being responsible adults carrying lethal weapons, so anybody making fake reservations or posting fake reviews have made it clear that they are not responsible adults. For my part, I'm with this restauranteur who doesn't want AK-47s and the like in her world. 
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How ‘if you see something, say something’ became our national motto

How ‘if you see something, say something’ became our national motto | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Is it helping us or hurting us?
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Slowly we as a country are falling into a mosh-pit of paranoia. On the one side we see terrorists and thugs everywhere and on the other we see conspiracies of the rich, the powerful, and the hidden. Growing up in Maine, I tended to find people were as they seemed—some good, some bad, and most a mixture of both. If I saw Don Jr. heading towards the dump rifle in hand, I knew he was going to shoot rats and that was kind of okay. If I saw him and a buddy drinking in that same pickup, I knew he was up to no good. Hell, I might even call his old man. 

Of course, life back then was much simpler than it is now. For one thing, most everyone looked alike, which made it easier to let life slide by. I've grown up; I know the world isn't that simple. I've seen my share of prejudice and felt my own share of fear. 

The thing is, we have to make a choice about who we are. I choose to live in a condo community that is un-gated and diverse. I have friends who don't look like me and some who do. Some have different political views and sexual desires; do I care? A  few have done time and a few have been in mental institutions; I don't care about that either. Some have more money than I and some less. Again, not important. Life goes on and there will be risk.

 If we become so risk-adverse that we want to build walls to protect ourselves, we lose the richness of life and the good. The ironic thing is that in the end who has ever build a wall that actually kept evil out? 
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Hillary Clinton: My Plan for Helping America’s Poor

Hillary Clinton: My Plan for Helping America’s Poor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Good jobs, affordable housing and a focus on communities in need.
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What is missing from this policy statement is as important as what is present. What about all those who don't have the skills to work these "new jobs" and those kids who have no chance to go up the educational and vocational ladder because they have neither the support at home or the motivation in school. Fighting poverty is about helping people and Mrs. Clinton once again shows her more "Republican" side by talking institutions. Where, for example, is the program that would help college kids pay for school if they mentored those in need? Where is the program that would provide good nutrition for those who currently get most of their healthy eating done at school lunch? Where is the program that would reward parents whose kids do well in school so that there is a family investment in the child? Where is the support of teachers who devote themselves to working with the kids most in need? Where is the help for those kids to get school supplies and clothes? My list goes on and on and she is talking investing in businesses. Now some of my suggestions could and perhaps should be implemented by out-sourced providers, but let's get those human needs addressed first. 
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Pence Can’t Identify Single Error In New WaPo Report On Trump Foundation

Pence Can’t Identify Single Error In New WaPo Report On Trump Foundation | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Pressed to identify a specific “factual error” in a new Washington Post report on the Trump Foundation that the Trump campaign has claimed was “peppered with inaccuracies,” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) came up short.
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My question for Mr. Pence: Why don't you do the right thing and call the ganev what he is, a thief and a con man?
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Oklahoma Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Black Man In Alarming Video

Oklahoma Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Black Man In Alarming Video | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The man appears to be walking with his hands above his head.
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Yep, that sure looks like "Murder By Cop." I guess he violated a cardinal rule that Black people aren't allowed to have car trouble. I hope the good people of Tulsa will be as outraged by this as they would be were he a white man. As for the cops involved? Well, unless there's some very different evidence of be seen, it sure sounds looks like they deserve prison.
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The F-35 Stealth Fighter May Never Be Ready for Combat

The F-35 Stealth Fighter May Never Be Ready for Combat | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Testing report contradicts the U.S. Air Force’s rosy pronouncements
Kenneth Weene's insight:
One of the most important functions of a President is to make sure that the government constantly monitors itself and its own progress. Nowhere is that monitoring more important than in the military-industrial-espionage complex which not only eats huge amounts of government money but is tasked with protecting our country from enemies. Of course, that giant maw doesn't take well to monitoring. At least at the Pentagon, there is supposed to be an independent monitoring function run by the director,Operational Test & Evaluation. At this time, that director is a good man named Michael Gilmore. His views about one of the Air Force's pet projects, as summarized here, are devastating. Of course, the real problem is not just that obviously the F-35 has been a boondoggle but also that the next POTUS will get to appointed a new director, one who perhaps will be more willing to lie to the White House, Congress, and us. I give Mr Obama credit for appointing an honest forthright person to this position and hope that the next POTUS will have the same determination to at least try to keep the Pentagon and its supporters in check.

Now, can we just stop Congress from putting district jobs ahead of real national security? Can we, perhaps, require everyone who serves on the Appropriations and Defense committees of both houses to regularly watch a performance of All My Sons? 
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Heinz Ketchup proves that Donald Trump is out of his mind

Heinz Ketchup proves that Donald Trump is out of his mind | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trump wants to end food safety regulation. Seriously.
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I'm not a big ketchup user, but I do prefer that the processed foods I do eat be properly prepared and that the producers avoid unsanitary procedures. When there are contaminated batches, I want the government to be able to identify them and require a recall rather than having people playing "Russian Food Roulette." So on this issue as on many others, I reject the libertarian mindset and the madness that is Trump.  
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12 best U.S. museum exhibits to see this fall

12 best U.S. museum exhibits to see this fall | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This from the Dali exhibit I'd love to see to in Monterey, CA.
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I love a good museum visit. I soak it in and maybe write a poem or two about it and then hunger for the next. Museums: I just love them. 
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How tens of thousands of patients who weren’t actually dying wound up on hospice care

How tens of thousands of patients who weren’t actually dying wound up on hospice care | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The number of patients who outlived hospice care in the United States has risen dramatically, in part because hospice companies earn more by recruiting patients who aren’t actually dying.
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If hospice care will allow a person to get well without the use of curative interventions, then perhaps the medical profession should consider providing more palliative care and do less intervening. However, the corporate greed that leads to such misuse of resources and funds and to the miss-assignment of patients should not be tolerated. It is just one more piece of evidence that corporations by their nature are not trustworthy. Corporatism is about making profit not about providing quality of service or life. 
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Congressmen Point to Protesting Ethiopian Olympic Runner as Victim in Fight for Freedom

Congressmen Point to Protesting Ethiopian Olympic Runner as Victim in Fight for Freedom | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Congressmen Point to Protesting Ethiopian Olympic Runner as Victim in Fight for Freedom « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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This is a fascinating situation. On the one hand, we have an Ethiopian athlete facing massive risk with a gesture to show solidarity with protesters in his country and a Republican congressman trying to intrude in the affairs of that country to make sure that such people have freedom to express their opposition. Then in the United States we have athletes protesting the national anthem which they find offensive and many Republican congressmen and others ready to punish them for their civil disobedience. For m part, I feel for the Ethiopian protestors but don't see us as having a role in telling their country what to do. On the other, I certainly understand the protest in this country and cannot understand the opposition to our athletes expressing their position vis-a-vis the Star Spangled Banner. 
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How deplorable are Trump supporters?

How deplorable are Trump supporters? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton's hasty calculation may not have been so terrible after all
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Based on this information, I think we can say that a very large proportion of Trump supporters have deplorable attitudes at least on race. Most of us who support Hillary have very different views on that subject. However, no candidate should be calling significant portions of the electorate names. That's just dumb politics. Don't agree with me? Ask Mitt Romney. 
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Wells Fargo exec who headed phony accounts unit collected $125 million

Wells Fargo exec who headed phony accounts unit collected $125 million | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Months ago, CEO John Stumpf praised the executive in hot water as "a standard-bearer" for the bank.
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I find this outrageous. Engaging in or encouraging unethical and even criminal behavior is not an issue for big banks; maybe they don't even care if they get caught. It's trying to expand profits that matters. With a values system like that, maybe it's time for a change in the American system. One thing I know, I'm going to decide where to move my Wells Fargo accounts. There has to be a better bank; doesn't there? 
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Saudi Arabia says Hajj 2016 receives 1.8 million pilgrims

Saudi Arabia says Hajj 2016 receives 1.8 million pilgrims | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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What an amazing annual show of devotion. It demonstrates how central Saudi Arabia is to the Muslim world and why dealing with its mullahs is so important, something which to date the European governments have failed to do. Has anybody learned anything from Iranian debacle? On a different side, one can only wonder when some anti-Islamic terrorist or anti-Saudi terrorist will take advantage of the #Hajj to strap on their suicide vest or worse loose a biological agent. That's a chilling thought. 
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Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure

Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A campaign against unapproved religion and foreign influence has turned to a small group of Jews with ancestors who settled in Kaifeng more than 1,000 years ago.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
In China diversity is the enemy; freedom is prescribed and those who are different have to avoid notice.. In America diversity and difference are sources of strength. Sadly, many Americans now feel threatened by the reality of our diversity.They yell, "Don't speak Spanish. Don't have black skin. Don't be sexually different. Don't believe in a different god." Hopefully, as a nation we will continue to treasure the differences among us. Like a bag of Skittles or my preferred M&Ms, we create a lovely mosaic even as we share that one common thread—no not chocolate—being Americans. 
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Feds: Prison Guards Beat Black Inmate, Took His Dreadlocks as a ‘Trophy’

Feds: Prison Guards Beat Black Inmate, Took His Dreadlocks as a ‘Trophy’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Three New York correctional officers have been charged with torturing an inmate, using his hair as decorations, and then faking their own injuries to justify the assault.
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Once again we see the criminality and injustice of the criminal justice system. I'm not saying that there isn't danger in being a corrections officer, but often there is greater danger being a prisoner in their charge, especially if you are a Black prisoner. Just another reason why I keep yelling Black Lives Matter. 
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Elizabeth Warren slams ‘gutless leadership’ at Wells Fargo during Senate committee hearing - The Boston Globe

Elizabeth Warren slams ‘gutless leadership’ at Wells Fargo during Senate committee hearing - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called the situation at Wells Fargo “gutless leadership” as she grilled CEO John Stumpf.
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What is clear to me from this report is the incredible importance of a free, investigative press. It was the L.A. Times that brought this entire mess to light and that allowed the government to step in. But without that newspaper, there would most likely have been nothing.I try to read at least four papers a day plus using bundling sources. Anything less and I would feel uninformed. Hell, I still feel uninformed. Let's remember to support the real heroes of America, the people who give us the facts. 
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Charlotte protests: Police injured after black man shot - BBC News

Charlotte protests: Police injured after black man shot - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Violent demonstrations in the North Carolina city of Charlotte leave 12 police officers injured after a black man said to be armed is shot dead by police.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Once again we have a Black man killed by police. They do not question that he was waiting for his child. They do not question that he was not the suspect for whom they were looking. They're defense: he had a gun. Did he really? Why would he have a gun while he's waiting for his kid? And, even if he did have a gun, in that place it would have been legal for him to do so. Maybe this time the Black victim of the police murder will actually get justice, but somehow I question that. What I do want to know is who is going to actually take possession of that gun and that age of drugs from Tulsa and make sure that the cops didn't just plant some evidence to help themselves out. If I were Black, I assuredly would want a person of color doing that evidence analysis, and not somebody from the local police. I know there are lots of good cops and  I understand the stress of the job, but let's be real—this kind of thing happens too often. 
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Manhunt underway for NY bombing suspect

Manhunt underway for NY bombing suspect | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Ahmad Khan Rahmani is a suspect in the attacks in NY and NJ.
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I like the way law enforcement is progressing on these bombings. This is the way to do it. Hopefully, they will have not only Rahami in for questioning but that they will also find the entire "cell" if there is one. No rush to judgment but a rush to quietly investigate and apprehend. This link includes video..
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Obama: It will be 'personal insult' if black community doesn't turn out for Clinton

Obama: It will be 'personal insult' if black community doesn't turn out for Clinton | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot."
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Yes, I understand that he sees his legacy on the line, but I am saddened that Mr. Obama has resorted to such a race oriented push for Clinton.The real problem is that he made a deal with Hillary in 2008 and has to support somebody who is doing a poor job of campaigning at best. While I will most likely vote for her, I would have preferred a better candidate. I think that deep in his heart so would Mr. Obama. 
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Trump is right: Clinton’s child-care plan doesn’t exist

Trump is right: Clinton’s child-care plan doesn’t exist | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Despite the widespread praise, the Democrat’s plan is surprisingly short on specifics.
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I don't question that Hillary Clinton wants to have a better federal child-care policy than Donald Trump's. however, she has yet to tall us exactly what her plan is. Therein lies my biggest problem with Hillary. After all this time preparing to be POTUS she has yet to come up with a clear and compelling plan of action. I know she is a pragmatist and wants to say, "Hey, I'll get it done." But, we should be getting some clear vision of her vision instead of the sense that she's running a campaign of smoke and mirrors. 
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Patriotic ferment: California teen's grades docked over Pledge of Allegiance

Patriotic ferment: California teen's grades docked over Pledge of Allegiance | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Leilani Thomas, a native American student, saw her grade lowered for sitting through the Pledge of Allegiance at school. The incident is the latest in a widening debate over how to express patriotism in America.
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Hopefully, somebody will teach this teacher something of American values and the history of Native Americans. Meanwhile, my hat is off to this young lady who has sat down for what she believes is right. 
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What an Ohio town reveals about the decline of hope in US politics

What an Ohio town reveals about the decline of hope in US politics | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Nowhere else has seen more of its middle class slip down the economic ladder than Springfield, Ohio. The city's story offers insight into how shrinking views of the American Dream are affecting politics.
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I think this article really captures the loss of hope that underlies much of this country's malaise. Sadly, we cannot regain that hope by going backwards nor be doing more of the same. We need new directions, new ideas, and new possibilities. Things which neither of our political parties is prepared to offer. I'm calling for the politics of a new deck and hope we get a new party to do the dealing. 
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'Black Rifles Matter' sign: free speech or uncivil language?

'Black Rifles Matter' sign: free speech or uncivil language? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A Maine family put a 'Black Rifles Matter' sign on private property. Is it offensive?
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Does this man have a right to put this sign up? Yes he does and I would oppose any effort to take it down. Do I think he is lying about his motives? Yep. Do I think he's a racist and an embarrassment to the state of Maine? Yes again. Do I hope that he pays a price in terms of rejection by his neighbors and fall off of business at his place of work? I certainly do. Having spent many happy hours in Boothbay,Harbor, which is a great place, my guess is that Linc Sample doesn't represent the prevailing values of the town. 
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'Hang the B*tch!' 'F*g!' 'N*gger!': Uncensored Rally Videos Expose Donald Trump's America

'Hang the B*tch!' 'F*g!' 'N*gger!': Uncensored Rally Videos Expose Donald Trump's America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
What's It Like to Be at a Trump Rally? Here It Is, Uncensored.
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It is important that we recognize who the people are whom Hillary Clinton called deplorable. There is a lot of anger and hate at those Trump rallies and it scares me to see my country sinking to these kinds of outbursts. 
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Fire at Fort Pierce mosque where Pulse nightclub killer prayed 'intentionally set,' investigators say

Fire at Fort Pierce mosque where Pulse nightclub killer prayed 'intentionally set,' investigators say | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Fire broke out early Monday at the Fort Pierce mosque where Orlando massacre shooter Omar Mateen prayed and worshipped. The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fireat the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce but says it''s too early to tell whether the blaze is a case of arson.
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According to the Sheriff's department, investigators were able to find surveillance video that shows someone approaching the east side of the Islamic Center. "Immediately after the individual approached, a flash occurred and the individual fled the area," he said.

Has there not been enough hate and mayhem in the world? If there is a god, which I doubt, I pray that deity teach us humans how to stop the madness. 
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