Photo of Barack Obama Consoling George W. Bush Has New Poignance with Bush’s Dad Hospitalized


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President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama, center, reach out to former President George W. Bush…..

A photo of Barack and Michelle Obama consoling George W. Bush at a memorial service in 2016 is being hailed as the picture of compassion and empathy as former President Bush now copes with his mother’s recent death and his father’s hospitalization.

On Tuesday morning, hours after news broke that former President George H.W. Bush had been hospitalized in intensive care following his wife Barbara’s funeral, Twitter user @stringbeans15 shared the poignant 2016 photo, which shows former President Obama grasping George W. Bush’s hand at a memorial service for five police officers killed by a sniper during a protest march in Dallas on July 7, 2016. Bush lives in Dallas and gave a heartfelt speech at the service honoring the officers who he said were “among the best of us.”

The photo post has since racked up hundreds of likes and retweets, with former George W. Bush campaign staffer Steve Schmidt commenting: “What a beautiful picture. Two men. One woman. One is a grieving son. The other a friend. Magnanimous, gracious, classy and comforting. The woman is decent and filled with empathy. Two imperfect men who were fidelitous to their oaths. American Presidents and a great 1st lady.”

The Obamas were also by George W. Bush’s side on Saturday during his mother Barbara Bush’s funeral. A photo from the service of current First Lady Melania Trump with former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, as well as former first ladies Michelle Obama, Mrs. Clinton, and Laura Bush, quickly went viral and was embraced as a symbol of the enduring strength of American democracy.

The Obama and Bush families have remained friends through the years since Barack Obama took office in 2009. In September 2016, as the political climate grew more and more tense in the final days of the presidential election, a photo of Michelle Obama hugging George W. Bush took social media by storm and was praised as a symbol of bipartisanship.

NRA Breaks 15-Year Fundraising Record — With Majority of Donations Coming From Small Donors


Thanks, David Hogg!

Via IJR:

The National Rifle Association (NRA) broke a 15-year fundraising record in March with a total of $2.4 million being donated to the organization.

According to the Miami Herald, the donations to the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund were made from Mar. 1 to Mar. 31, the first full month after the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

The majority of donations, $1.9 million, were raised by people who gave less than $200 each and are considered to be “small donors.”

March’s fundraising amount is $1.5 million more than what was raised in March 2017 and $1.6 million more than it raised in February 2018.


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Mexico: Nearly 8,000 People Murdered In Just 3 Months



How’s that strict gun control working for you?

Via The Daily Wire:

The violence of Mexico’s drug war has claimed the lives of nearly 8,000 people in just three months, further substantiating the U.S. State Department’s “Do Not Travel” recommendation.

According to Yahoo News, approximately “7,667 people were killed in Mexico in the first quarter of 2018, up 20 percent on the same period last year, making it the most violent year in two decades, government figures showed Sunday.”

The horrifying numbers increased from last year by over 1,000 violent deaths. At this time in 2017, the figure stood at 6,406.

“The worst month was March, when 2,729 people were killed, most of them shot dead. January’s figure stood at 2,549 murders, with another 2,389 in February,” reports Yahoo News. “The bloodshed follows a proliferation of gangs involved in drug trafficking, as well as stealing fuel, kidnappings, extortion and other criminal activities.”

Should the bloodbath continue, the entirety of 2018 could very well top Mexico’s 2017’s death toll of 25,339 — the highest number since Mexico began gathering statistics 10 years ago.


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Children of “The Greatest Generation”​



Born in the 1930s and early 40s, we exist as a very special age.  We
are the Silent Generation. We are the smallest number of children born
since the early 1900s. We are the “last ones.”

We are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can
remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war which rattled
the structure of our daily lives for years. We are the last to remember
ration books for everything from gas to sugar to shoes to stoves. We saved
tin foil and poured fat into tin cans. We hand mixed the white stuff
with the yellow stuff to make fake butter. We saw cars up on blocks
because tires weren’t available. We can remember milk being delivered to
our house early in the morning and placed in the milk box on the
porch. (A friend’s mother delivered milk in a horse drawn cart.)

We are the last to hear Roosevelt’s radio assurances and to see gold stars
in the front windows of our grieving neighbors. We can also remember the
parades on August 15, 1945; VJ Day. We saw the ‘boys’ home from the war
build their Cape Cod style houses, pouring the cellar, tar papering it
over and living there until they could afford the time and money to build
it out.

We are the last generation who spent childhood without television; instead
we imagined what we heard on the radio. As we all like to brag, with no
TV, we spent our childhood “playing outside until the street lights came
on.” We did play outside and we did play on our own. There was no little
league. There was no city playground for kids.

The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we
had little real understanding of what the world was like, but stamp
collecting helped us know more about the World. Our Saturday afternoons,
if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war and the holocaust
sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.

Telephones were one to a house, often a shared “party line” with our
neighbors and hung on the wall. Computers were called calculators and were
hand cranked; typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the
carriage, and changing the ink. Internet and GOOGLE were words
that didn’t exist. Newspapers and magazines were written for adults. We
are the last group who had to find things out for ourselves.

As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth. The G.I. Bill gave
returning veterans from World War II the means to get an education, and
spurred colleges to grow. VA loans to veterans fanned a housing boom. Pent
up demand from the war, coupled with new installment payment plans, put
factories to work. New highways would bring jobs and mobility. The
veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.


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Woman Whose Husband Was Murdered Responds To Obama’s Parkland Op-Ed — ‘I Didn’t Blame Guns’


It’s the operator, not the gun.

Via IJR:

Nikki Goeser, whose husband was murdered, rebuked former President Barack Obama’s op-ed to Parkland, Florida, students that lauded them for their commitment to increasing gun control laws.

Obama wrote in an article for Time that the Parkland students bore “witness to carnage” and are now affecting change by “shaking us out of our complacency.” He wrote:

They see the NRA and its allies — whether mealymouthed politicians or mendacious commentators peddling conspiracy theories — as mere shills for those who make money selling weapons of war to whoever can pay.

In response, Goeser, who is a concealed carry permit holder herself, explained that she, too, has “witnessed carnage” but in the aftermath of murder placed blame differently than the Florida students.

“I didn’t blame guns. I blame the murderer and those lawmakers who thought a ‘gun-free zone’ would keep us safe,” she tweeted. “All it did was prevent me from defending us.”

She added, “I am no shill,” as a rebuke of Obama’s claim the NRA and its allies are simply accomplices to the profiting of selling weapons of war.

In 2009, Goeser’s stalker, Hank Wise, shot and killed her husband, Ben. Despite being a concealed carry holder, because of the designated “gun-free zone” they were in, her firearm was locked inside her vehicle.

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Dog Stays With Lost 3-Year-Old Girl Overnight, Leads Rescuers To Her


Via Fox News:

A deaf and partially blind dog has a new title: hero.

Max, a 17-year-old Blue Heeler from Queensland, Australia, is being praised after spending more than 15 hours in rugged bushland in the rain with a lost three-year-old girl.

Aurora was reported missing around 3 pm on Friday after she wandered off on her own, reported. Her family searched the rural property, but could not find her.

By Saturday morning, more than 100 State Emergency Service volunteers, police and members of the public took up the search.

Leisa Bennett, Aurora’s grandmother, said she heard the little girl’s voice from the top of the mountain on Saturday and headed toward it, where she found Max.

“I shot up the mountain … and when I got to the top, the dog came to me and led me straight to her,” Bennett said to

Aurora was found at around 8 am Saturday morning about 1.2 miles away from her house. She suffered minor cuts and abrasions.

“The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in, so she’d traveled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her,” SES area controller Ian Phipps told

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The Way The Secret Service Honored Barbara Bush Will Make All Americans Proud


Via Daily Caller:

America lost a legend this week.

First Lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92. The wife of George H.W. Bush and mother of George W. Bush left a legacy of service, philanthropy and raw honesty in the public arena. She was beloved for those traits, especially by those who knew her closest.

When hundreds lined up to pay respects to the Bush family Friday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, the love for Barbara Bush by the American people was on display.

The former first lady’s casket was lying in repose at the front of the beautiful church. George H.W. Baus was wheeled to the front of the church to pay his respects to his late wife. The two were married for 73 years. He then greeted well wishers in the church. But long before the crowds arrived, and long after the crowds leave, the Secret Service remained guarding the late first lady.

According to a local reporter, some of the service members had been with Bush for decades and were “refusing” to leave her side.


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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Claims ‘Undocumented,’ Challenges Officials To Deport Him


Talk about appropriation. Andrew Cuomo is the pampered, privileged son of Mario Cuomo, three time governor of New York. He was born into wealth. His grandparents were the poor immigrants, not him. But hey, if he wants to be deported, I say Trump should oblige him.

Via Fox News:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a New York City native, raised eyebrows last week after he claimed that he was an illegal immigrant and taunted officials to deport him.

“I’m undocumented. You want to deport an undocumented person, start with me because I’m an undocumented person,” Cuomo, 60, said during a bill signing.

During the bizarre speech, the New York governor criticized the “extreme conservative movement” for being “anti-immigrant.” He said his family, who emigrated to the U.S. from Italy, was constantly ridiculed with a racial slur that he said meant “without papers.”

“I’m an Italian-American. I came from poor Italian-Americans who came here. You know what they called Italian-Americans back in the day? They called them wops,” Cuomo said, referring to the pejorative slur for Italians. “You know what wop stood for? Without papers.”


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Cuomo Signs Executive Order Granting Parolees The Right To Vote


Cuomo is covering his bases against challenger Cynthia Nixon.

Via NY Post:

Appealing to his left flank, Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that he’s signed an executive order to give convicted felons on parole the right to vote.

“In this state, when you’re released from prison and you’re on parole, you still don’t have the right to vote,” Cuomo said at the National Action Network’s conference in midtown.

“Now how can that be? You did your time. You paid your debt. You’re released, but you still don’t have a right to vote.”

The order will cover more than 36,000 parolees statewide.

More than half — 54 percent — live in New York City, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The governor, a Democrat who faces a primary challenge from actress Cynthia Nixon, said his administrative action was necessary because the Republican-led state Senate has refused to pass a law to restore voting rights to parolees who’ve served their time.

Under current state law, parolees can’t vote until they’re off supervision.


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New Mexico Chili Cook-Off


For those of you who have lived in New Mexico , you know how true this is.  They actually have a Chili Cook-off about the time Halloween comes around.  It takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the Santa Fe Plaza .  Judge #3 was an inexperienced Chile taster named Frank, who was visiting from Springfield , IL .

Frank:  “Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off.  The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge’s table, asking for directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in.  I was assured by the other two judges (Native New Mexicans) that the chili wouldn’t be all that spicy; and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted and became Judge #3.”

Here are the scorecard notes from the event:

Judge # 1
— A little too heavy on the tomato.  Amusing kick. 
Judge # 2
— Nice, smooth tomato flavor.  Very mild. 
Judge # 3 (Frank)
— Holy crap, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway.  Took me two beers to put the flames out.  I hope that’s the worst one.  These New Mexicans are crazy.

Judge # 1
— Smoky, with a hint of pork.  Slight jalapeno tang. 
Judge # 2
— Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously. 
Judge # 3
— Keep this out of the reach of children.  I’m not sure what I’m supposed to taste besides pain.  I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver.  They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

Judge # 1
— Excellent firehouse chili.  Great kick. 
Judge # 2
— A bit salty, good use of peppers. 
Judge # 3
— Call the EPA.  I’ve located a uranium spill.  My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano.  Everyone knows the routine by now.  Get me more beer before I ignite.  Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest.  I’m getting sh*t-faced from all of the beer.

Judge # 1
— Black bean chili with almost no spice.  Disappointing. 
Judge # 2
— Hint of lime in the black beans.  Good side dish for fish or other mild foods, not much of a chili. 
Judge # 3
— I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it.  Is it possible to burn out taste buds?  Sally, the beer maid, was standing behind me with fresh refills.  This 300-lb. woman is starting to look HOT ..  Just like this nuclear waste I’m eating!  Is chili an aphrodisiac?

Judge # 1
— Meaty, strong chili..  Jalapeno peppers freshly ground, adding considerable kick.  Very impressive. 
Judge # 2
— Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato.  Must admit the jalapeno peppers make a strong statement. 
Judge # 3
— My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes.  I farted, and four people behind me needed paramedics.  The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage.  Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher.  I wonder if I’m burning my lips off.  It really ticks me off that the other judges asked me to stop screaming.  Screw them.

Judge # 1
— Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili.  Good balance of spices and peppers. 
Judge # 2
— The best yet.  Aggressive use of peppers, onions, garlic.  Superb. 
Judge # 3
— My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous, sulfuric flames.  I crapped on myself when I farted, and I’m worried it will eat through the chair.  No one seems inclined to stand behind me except that Sally.  Can’t feel my lips anymore.  I need to wipe my butt with a snow cone..

Judge # 1
— A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers. 
Judge # 2
— Ho hum, tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last moment.  **I should take note that I am worried about Judge #3.  He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably. 
Judge # 3
— You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I wouldn’t feel a thing.  I’ve lost sight in one eye, and the world sounds like it is made of rushing water.  My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth.  My pants are full of lava to match my shirt.  At least during the autopsy, they’ll know what killed me.  I’ve decided to stop breathing..  It’s too painful.  Screw it; I’m not getting any oxygen anyway..  If I need air, I’ll just suck it in through the 4-inch hole in my stomach.

Judge # 1
— The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili.  Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence. 
Judge # 2
— This final entry is a good, balanced chili.  Neither mild nor hot.  Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 farted, passed out, fell over and pulled the chili pot down on top of himself..  Not sure if he’s going to make it.  Poor fella, wonder how he’d have reacted to really hot chili?
Judge # 3
— No report.