Category: Washington Politics

Thank You Donald Trump!

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by Marion Marks

Sarcasm is often utilized by the weak to belittle those who are unable to defend themselves. Ridicule falls similarly as a trait people use to control and segregate others by belittling their character and actions. Too often these tools are identified with evil and negative behaviors.

It is with great care that I temper any actions or criticism when dealing with those with whom I cannot identify. So, when I thank Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, David Duke and those who identify with the words and actions documented in the last few days around Charlottesville, Virginia, I must admit it is with a degree of sarcasm and ridicule that I accept guilt.

I truly thank these characters for the degree to which they exposed themselves and the transparency of their beliefs and the rationale with which they have explained their actions. Words they used to identify themselves and the America they have attempted to mold are really quite clear and chilling. In defining themselves they helped me identify myself 

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2017 Resolution: a Better Free Press

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 by Marion Marks

“Surprises” in presidential, as well as other, elections are the norm, and 2016 was no exception. The spaceship did not come down from Mars and impregnate Nancy Reagan! But, WHOPPERS this year were really not difficult to clarify so we could focus on facts, even if the facts didn’t support our desires.

The issue of these fake stories, and the Russian hacking was that too many people spent too much time and resources away from the central issues of the democratic election process. It should be as simple as teaching a child to bat in baseball or  softball: Keep your eye on the ball! Read more

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Drawing the Red Line

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by Marion Marks

Mobile, AL – The city cuts an historic cedar tree from a public park for a Trump rally backdrop, and citizens and the media denounce the action. The outcry appears to be quite partisan, as Trump supporters don’t see any issue with using a tree in this manner, “after all it’s only a tree and it’s a renewable resource.” Yet the logic defies any appreciation that Trump backers fought so hard to denounce Clinton for supporting. Just who’s tree is it anyway, and why would people get so upset about something so simple?

We need to be clear that trees by a recommended company, animals and people are all part of the balance of our lives. It’s not about any single tree. The case is about respect for those things that make our society, cities, states, America a civil society — It’s that thing that recognizes the “whim to please” or the “casual twitter” should not promote Read more

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Coming Full Circle in America

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by Marion Marks

Christmas, for young and old as well as Americans of every faith, is a time of change in many aspects of life. It’s a transformation for people who discover new values and capabilities as they observe changes that surround them. To many the season is about personal change, but to others it may simply be a time when change surrounds others – inertia and fear restrict them from participating in the spiritual evolution.

Sesame Street’s Elmo embodies doubts and fears like children everywhere at Christmas. But, in 2007, Elmo has help coming to terms with his fears when Alicia Keys emboldens his confidence to appreciate the seasonal Do You Hear What I Hear. Repeating the message is a way many of us discover a new appreciation for childhood lessons we need to repeat as well as relearn, even those who think they know it all.

This song, written in 1962 was intended as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis, very much like the shadows and fears of today as we approach the same holiday with Read more

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Getting a mortgage for a home

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Unless you’re buying a home with all cash, getting pre-approved by a lender will give you an official verdict on your home buying budget. There is no better way of finding the best deal than with a calculator, so that you can be sure that your real estate agents will only put you on the right list for the right home, and also there are some good resources that offer a home loan which can help you in the purpose of getting a new home. You can get a professional number for about $25.
To Find The Best Mortgage For Your Money
For renters who are looking to get on the market, most lenders have a mortgage calculator that will make the decision for you. One of the easiest things to do is to download a mortgage calculator application and then simply use that application to determine your monthly mortgage payment. At Wells Fargo, we have a number of mortgage calculators you can use to calculate the monthly mortgage payment for your ideal home value and home type, and we even have a tool you can use to determine what a regular monthly payment will be. Check out our Online Mortgage Calculator and see how easy it is to calculate your mortgage payments.
In addition to a mortgage calculator, a mortgage calculator application can help you find the perfect mortgage insurance premium. This is the amount of mortgage insurance you will need to purchase to protect your investment. While you are shopping around, you may want to consider checking out our Home Lender’s Financial Services Report. This is an industry-specific report that details the factors to consider when you are choosing your mortgage lender.
How To Get The Best Mortgage Quotes On The Fly
While it may take some extra time to determine which loan types are available, the bottom line is that once you know your home price, then you should have no problem getting the best mortgage rates available for your home investment. Gathering the details about FHA equity loan can be helpful to decide from numerous mortgage options. It helps to own a home in simple steps.
Another bonus that you may be thinking about is how the mortgage calculator calculator application will save you money when you find the right mortgage on the fly.
One of the best things about using a mortgage calculator application is that it will tell you what your mortgage payment will be for a home that you already own. Not only will this save you the trouble of opening a different bank account, you will be able to save money in your bank account without having to switch any of your accounts.
Using a mortgage calculator application will also give you the opportunity to find a home that is ideal for your budget. One last thing you need to know about using a mortgage calculator application is that the calculator will also calculate what a mortgage insurance premium will be for your proposed purchase. When you have found the right mortgage insurance premium, you can adjust your monthly mortgage payment to ensure you will be able to afford to pay your mortgage.
The overall strategy in buying a home is simple. You have to find the ideal property that fits into your investment plans by using a reliable property search service and you need to search for the most qualified and reputable lenders who will give you the lowest interest rate possible. By using a mortgage calculator application, you can quickly calculate the mortgage payments for the best mortgage that fits your budget.

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Moving Beyond the Bitterness

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dove_peaceby Marion Marks

Hatred, rancor, bitter scarred feelings and sadness of the past year of political discourse are all many of us see or feel. The battle for control of America, many believe, was decided regardless of what we said or did. We were powerless and played by the powerful.

But I believe America is still the winner of an election where most of the actions were the result of the decisions where all could have turned out differently. The process was never glamorous, but it was the will of the voters. And, with all the flaws and claims, America will work through the morass of rancorous partisan squabbles.

The grueling 2016 campaign doesn’t even come to an end in Louisiana until after the December runoffs. And, even then, we will have more noise as the “lame duck” session of congress determines what to do prior to the newly elected officials being sworn in and taking their seats in January.

However, it really is time to come together and move past the bitterness and squalid bickering that has marked the last year. So, here are five suggested strategies for cleansing the bitterness from our lives and our palettes.

1. Measure people by deeds and actions rather than political opinions

People in your circles are more than the sum of their political statements and opinions. If these people were in your life because they brought values to the discussion previously, they Read more

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Avoid the Abyss

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abyssBy Henry C. Walker

Like me, you have a few friends who, when asked about the presidential race, will only say that they “can’t stand” Hillary, with no factual aid at hand, except to add with equally feckless brio that they “don’t trust her.” Such retorts aren’t responsive, of course, at least as being aids to their initial response. My main worry is that many of them can, at least some of the time (I’m being generous), become intellectually lazy and just decide not to vote, and then when the nightmare of a Trump presidency descends, and we recoil in horror at, God forbid, who he nominates for the Supreme Court, and we realize that, God forbid, Roe v. Wade will be reversed, and all we can say and do is to close our eyes & say “We told you!”, which is, you will agree, just too inadequate, pitifully so, and ultimately, the fact that we would be devastated, just doesn’t matter…

OK, even at this point, as close as we are to Tuesday, I need to give you as much real true facts as I can, hoping that you can at the very least help Caddo Parish carry for Hillary as we did for Read more

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American Politics in 7 Minutes

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quotes-on-the-internetby Marion Marks

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom,” delivered what has been referred to as “The most honest minutes in television history” when his character was asked “Why America is the Greatest country in the world?” The two other panelist in the university panel discussion gave traditional, compact answers to the student, but Daniel’s character went off-script, so to speak, by challenging the student and the system, quoting statistics of why America is falling short of it’s better self. “No, America is NOT the greatest country in the world…” [jump to 3:05 if you only want the ‘meat’ of the clip]

Daniel’s enumerates point by point short comings of the current generation of leaders and aspirants to leadership. From education, healthcare and criminal justice, points of failure are recognized, but these are not necessarily fatal flaws, as some candidates would have citizens believe. These are a recognition of human frailties as well as a recognition of where Read more

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Technology & eMail Perspective

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web-trackingby Marion Marks

Many of you are aware that our firm has worked with a number of government cases that require absolute secrecy and complete blackout of information. And, in the political season everyone wants to gossip and seek snippets of data that may give some inkling as to what is going on behind the scenes. As with the current political climate, we are “Mum” when it comes to even hinting about what is going on behind the electronic curtain pertaining to any ongoing case where we are investigating “officially.”

woodward-clinton_emails-nixon-tapes2However, the FBI approached us last week with a very unusual request where NO non-disclosure or even discussion of any requirement regarding secrecy was the topic of conversation. Normally we’re not allowed to talk about this stuff, but someone forgot to talk to a judge or something so I’m legally allowed to share it with you at this time without risk of Read more

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The Narcissism of Trump Candidacy

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trump-blood-whereverby Alan J. Lipman,
 – Dr. Lipman has been a professor at Georgetown University and The George Washington University, and has held positions at Yale University School of Medicine and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founder of The Center for the Study of Violence and Washington Psychotherapy. The views expressed are his own.

As a clinical psychologist, I have worked with many narcissists over the past 30 years, and have taught how to detect and treat such behavior. That’s why it isn’t hard for me to spot some of the signs, even from a distance, in Donald Trump.

trump-trade-center-tiradeFor a start, there is the severe inability to focus on consequences other than those which directly affect him. There is a significant lack of empathy for the nation, and the impact that personal decisions made in rage would have upon the nation and its citizens. There is also the impulsivity with which Trump makes decisions of sweeping consequence, as well as the inability, even with the most stringent preparation, to prevent eruptions. All of this suggests narcissism. And together these Read more

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