So You Think You’re Free?


I’m becoming convinced that this has been an illusion all along … this is our alternate universe! Sad …

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So you think the U.S. is the shining example of freedom throughout the world, the ‘home of the brave, land of the free’.  Well, we may not be as free as you think.  And if we stay on the path we have been following for the past three months, we may sink even lower on the Human Freedom Index, a ranking of the state of human freedom in the world based on a broad measure that encompasses personal, civil, and economic freedoms, co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

“There are currently 123 democracies in the world of all 192 countries. The most basic measure of democracy is electoral efficacy. If a nation has free and fair elections, coupled by competing parties with varied representative interests, it can be classified as a democracy.” – Borgen Magazine, 2013

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Puerto Rican jockey John Velazquez rides Always Dreaming to Kentucky Derby victory


Puerto Rican pride!! 🇵🇷

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A report by Joe Drape for the New York Times.

Both of them were racetrack whiz kids when they met more than two decades ago in New York, where the pedigrees of the horses are dissected like earnings reports, but the blood lines of the humans not so much.

Todd Pletcher was the son of a salty Texan by the name of J. J., a trainer who had more stories than he did victories. John Velazquez was a rider from Puerto Rico who went north at the behest of a mentor, a Hall of Famer named Angel Cordero Jr., to find fame and fortune.

Pletcher had a puny string of a dozen or so horses. Velazquez was the first one at the trainer’s barn at Belmont Park each morning to work the horses in the hope of getting on their backs in the afternoon.

Over 24 years, they made…

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~~May 7, 2017~~

FRENCH ANNOYINGLY RETAIN RIGHT TO CLAIM INTELLECTUAL SUPERIORITY OVER AMERICANS

Macron wins French presidency by decisive margin over Le Pen

As the news started coming in through social media, I felt an immense sense of relief.

It was a worldwide sigh which created a ripple effect as the French rejected fear, xenophobia, racism, populism, nationalism, isolation and the politics of the far right in a landslide.

Emmanuel Macron will be France’s next president!

His victory was hailed by his supporters as holding back a tide of populism after the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the US election.

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On Sunday, May 7, the people of France annoyingly retained their traditional right to claim intellectual superiority over Americans, as millions of French citizens paused to enjoy just how much smarter they were than their allies across the Atlantic.

In bars and cafés across France, voters breathed a sigh of relief in the knowledge that arrogantly comparing themselves to the U.S. population, a longtime favorite pastime of the French people, would remain viable for the foreseeable future.

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No Conflict of Interest Here … No Sir, None At All


Ethics violations galore … I’m also waiting but I fear I can’t hold my breath! This pace is way to slow for me … I want them ALL out & behind bars NOW!! ✊🏽

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“Everything will make more sense if you reimagine the White House as simply the newest branch of the Trump family business empire, its latest outpost.” – Nomi Prins, Moyers & Company

Starting with the basics here.  Ivanka Trump is Donald Trump’s daughter.  Donald Trump, you may remember, is considered the president of the U.S.  Jared Kushner is Ivanka’s husband, making him Donald Trump’s son-in-law.  Like Donald Trump, Kushner is a real-estate tycoon.  Ivanka owns a company that produces clothing and such … in China. Kushner and Ivanka both serve in an advisory capacity to Donald Trump in his role as president.

Concerns of ‘conflict of interest’ have been voiced ever since Trump named Kushner as a senior White House advisor.  Daniel Weiner, a senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice explains:

“It [real estate] is very, very, very different from many other ways that other people make money, partly…

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Macron Is Being Elected On 5/7/17 As France’s President


Deja vu!! … all over again! France’s election results will send message about where this world is heading to!

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Emmanuel Macron exits a polling booth in Le Touquet. Front National candidate Marine Le Pen voted in Henin-Beaumont. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Why am I so certain of an  Emmanuel Macron victory?  The answer is so simple. This time when Russia hacked Macron’s computer systems and leaked all the data to the world, the government of France took an honorable stand against this act by a foreign entity to compromise its presidential 2017 election process and the press cooperated. The peoples of France were permitted to vote in a an election unencumbered by Russia’s intent to influence the outcome.

So far, the only negative news about today’s elections in France is that those showing up to vote before noon is less than the numbers who voted in 2007 and 2012.

Too bad, the US government and the press did not act equally in a principled way to protect the American peoples…

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Puerto Ricans Face ‘Sacrifice Everywhere’ on an Insolvent Island


My Island, my country … a colony of the USA, is slowly bleeding to death! My heart is breaking! 💔 … it won’t get any better!

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A report by Frances Robles for the New York Times.

Angel González, a retired schoolteacher facing a 10 percent cut to his pension, is beginning to wonder whether his three-person household will have to cut back to one cellphone and take turns using it.

Santiago Domenech, a general contractor with $2 million of his savings tied up in bonds Puerto Rico just defaulted on, once had 450 employees. Now he has eight. His father-in-law, Alfredo Torres, owns Puerto Rico’s oldest bookstore, but it has been going downhill for two years.

“The government is bankrupt,” said Bernardo Rivera, 75, a private bus driver who sometimes earns only $40 all day. “Everyone is bankrupt. There is nothing left. People who do not have jobs do not take the bus to work.”

These are some of the voices of Puerto Rico’s business owners, retirees and public servants who are caught in the…

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