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  2. The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. Hello, some people think that Obama was a better president than Trump is turning out to be...will be.. Though it is early in his presidency we can compare them none the less at this point. Economy: 2008 collapse: Yeah, Obama got a bad economy. But he had 8 years and over 8 trillion dollars to fix it! He failed. Not only did he fail, he delayed what should have been a vibrant economy had he simply did what JFK or even Reagan did. But fiscal conservatives are becoming a dying breed. Trump has done some things right and some things wrong. His stimulus spending is not going to balance the budget or pay down the debt. Why he funded PP is beyond me, he should have vetoed the bill. But he really wanted a military increase and that was the trade he made. Said he would never sign another bill like that and warned Congress he would veto the next one. Good for him, we will see. DeRegulation: Trump has reversed and cut many Obama era regulations that kept the economy stagnant. Under Obama, corporations could not compete here in America, they were too busy paying high taxes to support the mammoth welfare state Obama approved. Welfare: Under Trump food stamp recipients have dropped dramatically with some states requiring work to collect and due to the better economy. I predict it will continue to drop and may see some type of Clinton type welfare reform passed. Jobs: Jobs in minority communities are up and Job increases rose sharply nation wide under Trump. in fairness, in the last years of Obama, jobs in certain sectors rose too, but minority jobs stayed stagnant. Wages, which on avg. actually dropped under Obama are rising under Trump's tax plan. GDP: Obama is the only President in history to not have a single year of 3% or higher annual GDP. His average was 1.48%. The annual GDP for his last year was 1.5%. The GDP for 2017, Trump's first year was 2.3%. Many are predicting 3% or more for 2018. Corporate return: Obama famously said Corporations that moved out of America would never return. He was wrong. Trumps corporate tax cuts to levels closer to the World norm have seen companies return and pledge to build more factories in America. Foreign companies are also investing and bringing more jobs to America. So even as some brick and mortar companies are closing doors due the inability to compete with the Amazons and on line shopping boom, the job growth in other areas is looking promising. Foreign Policy: Obama was weak in foreign policy. He constantly went on apology tours. He pulled US troops out of Iraq prematurely thus allowing ISIS to fill a power void. That is what happens when a President gets a Nobel Peace Prize for doing absolutely nothing. He starts to believe he can actually change the World with words alone. He released 1.5 billion dollars to Iran, the biggest sponsor of terror in the ME and the World. He signed a terrible Nuclear deal that we cannot verify. There are no spontaneous inspections allowed. He was weak in the face of NorKor who tested ever bigger A bombs and refined their ICBM missile tech to carry those bombs. His immigration policy violated our immigration laws and he unilaterally enacted DACA. something beyond his power as president. Trump dealt a severe blow to ISIS. He warned Syria about gas and bombed them when they used gas against their people. Remember Obama's red line comment? Trump has made huge improvements in the NorKor talks with Kim Jong-Un stating he has ceased his missile and nuclear testing. Trump is due to talk to him soon in person. To state this was not due to trump is just ridiculous. Why now, why did it not happen under Obama's presidency, under Clinton, under Bush? Trump has gotten no credit because the MSM and left in America refuse to acknowledge anything positive he does. Japan's Prime Minister has also credited Trump with NorKor's turn around. Trump has even gotten China to assist with NorKor. Although China is the last one to want to see one united Korea. Pretty impressive. Again, still early. But so far, Trump is having some pretty great success stories even if the MSM are not reporting them or downplaying them. Obstructionist tactics: No president has had to put up with such negative opposition as Trump. The MSM has reported 90% negative. President Carter said Trump has been wrongfully attacked and he never saw anything like it. Think there is no bias? If even a small amount of the things said about Trump were said about Obama the press would be shouting every ism in the book. Not a single democrat voted for the Tax cuts. Many democrat representatives have signed a petition to impeach Trump. Really? For what? Do they know how hard it is to impeach a President to the point of removal from office? Probably not. My own theory is they want him gone because as the corruption of the Obama admin and DNC comes slowly out they are really afraid they may go to prison. And to be honest, there are plenty politicians and administration officials, both democrat and republican, that belong in jail. Sure, the Republicans also push back when a Democrat is in power. But it has never been anything like it is now under Trump. The things being said are loony tunes. Thanks for hearing me. Got an opinion, great! Post away. Yet in October, after the third-quarter figures showed annualized growth of 3%, he wrote me to ask truculently: "Any retraction coming from your article in the spring about Trump 'dreaming if he thinks he can get 3% growth'?" Column If Trump thinks he can get more than 3% economic growth, he's dreaming May 19, 2017 | 2:20 PM Over the course of a subsequent email exchange, he added: "Every left wing economist was wrong on growth for 2017." And, "Yes, it is hazardous to read too much into 6 months of data, but wow is this economy sizzling." And, "I'm just surprised that as a 'business' reporter for the LA times you missed the biggest financial story of the last eight years: the Trump moon bounce in the financial markets and the real economy - which is sizzling hot right now after a decade of malaise. ‎But don't feel bad, most in the media and all the liberal economists who you cited missed the call as well." I asked Moore after Friday's fourth-quarter figure was published if he had any further..
  3. I can respect that!
  4. Hi everyone, Yet another year has past and we are enjoying the freedoms we have because of the sacrifices the armed forces have made who have and are at war... I have been to several dawn services over the years and it is pleasing to see a broard cross section of people there particularly all the young families and there have been and are plenty. We will remember them...
  5. I can only recommend you read more. An FBI Director giving classified memos and documents to a friend to leak to hurt Trump is a deep state event. You cant believe there is a deep state or you don’t want to believe there is a deep state? Hillary made deals with Obama appointees that if she won the presidency their jobs were secure and they in turn did everything they could to help her. When the FBI learned of the Clinton/AG meeting at the airport they were not interested in what was discussed, they wanted to know who leaked it. Strange behavior indeed.
  6. Hi Kellen,

    On the respect thread , I think we have gone off topic..Could you move the political gobblgook that has been posted over the last couple of days to another more appropriate thread please?

    Also there's a report that's been highlighted to me for the last couple of weeks if you could take the notification away please? I've read it now

    How have you been anyhow, I've seen bits and pieces of your posts on fb apart from that haven't seen much of you...



  7. You are being disingenuous. You said what you said to insult Trump and most likely get a reaction from me.
  8. Trump usually fires back, rarely initiates name calling. He gives better than he gets and the MSM and political insulated elitists are not used to that happening. They just did not know how to deal with someone like Trump. I had the biggest inauguration crowd ever! White lie. Who cares? Not me. Unorthadox yes. But hardley worthy of impeachment. Haha
  9. Hi folks, Not meaning to be protective or offensive in any way, but we have moved completely off topic here, even for the lounge section...Could we please save the political stuff (such as who's the better president etc) for the U.S. Shutdown thread or the likes? I just thought we'd discuss respect and how the older and younger generation respect each other etc on this one. Cheers
  10. To say he has poor leadership is to ignore his achievements to date. He has an unconventional leadership style that can be very confrontational. But it seems to get results. Be honest here yourself. To say he admires Putin and Erdogan is a simplification. He is president and has to keep his options open. He has also insulted Putin on more than one occasion. That is how he deals, his diplomacy. To say he would throw out the Constitution is more nonsense. The FBI brough discredit on themselves. Trump had nothing to do with that. I never mentioned Mueller. Not sure the relevance there. In answer to your Obama question, he did do much more than Trump has ever done to sidestep th Constitution. It was Obama himself who said he can’t make immigration law yet enacted DACA. It was an Obama appointed DOJ official that tried to hide info concerning the 84 million misuse of campaign contributions by Hillary. More to come on that. It was Obama that weaponized the IRS to target conservative supporters. And you just know he knew what the Hillary people and FBI/CIA were doing concerning the fake dossier. Spying on political opponents is not the American way. He had the most corrupt AG in Eric Holder who was found in contempt by Congress, a first, fot refusing to turn over docments concerning Fast and Furios. Yep, plenty of issues in the Obama years. Now tell me, how has Trump violated his oath to uphold the Constitution?
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  12. Hi again lie Definition of white lie : a lie about a small or unimportant matter that someone tells to avoid hurting another person IMO Trumps lies does not fall in this category. In fact I see him deliberately intending to hurt and belittle other persons, by his rhetoric "white lies" So I find it hard to see Trump, as a good role model to point at for your/mine/any children, both as a privat person (family man), and as President. That was the context I said I now see what you mean. I have no personal feelings to get past, with Trump, or any other former US presidents for that matter. cheers
  13. BTW that whole deep state thing is just what it sounds like - a conspiracy theory. I can't believe you buy into it. Sounds like something Sean Hannity cooked up who is the biggest douche bag next to Trump. The man laughs all the way to the bank as he just makes stuff up for gullible people to buy into to keep his ratings up.
  14. O.K. lets forget about personal. Lets talk about skills that are needed as president of the United States. He has poor leadership skills, he hires people that don't remotely have the prerequisites for the job, and he doesn't even have the balls to fire people in person. And then there's the lack of self discipline. He can't keep his trap shut on Twitter regardless of the harm it will do to him and the country. And his word can't be trusted as he changes his mind faster than a speeding ticket. These are not qualities we want in a president! HIs most admired leaders in the world are dictators - Putin and Erdogan. You can shout constitution all you want but Trump would do away with it if he could. As far as the FBI, it's very telling that they were well respected by the right until Trump came along and they started investigating potential collusion with Russia. All of a sudden they were the bad guys. Trump doesn't make a pimple on Mueller's ass, and he sure didn't serve his country when asked to while Mueller was distinguishing himself in Vietnam in the Marine Corps. You should at least respect Mueller for his service as you are a marine vs. a rich brat whose daddy kept hm from serving. Can you answer me a question? If Obama would have done half of what Trump has done and said, wouldn't you be screaming from the roof tops! Be honest!
  15. Well you hit every major left wing talking point. Haha First, Trumps personal life is just that, personal. It is none of my or your business. So most of your tyraid is irrelevent to Trump as the president. I never critisized Obama on a personal level, only his policy decisions as president. And Obama was a very weak president. He was lead purely by an ideology. An ideology that was anti American. His economic policys hurt this nation’s recovery. In fact his decisions prolonged our stagnent economy while doubling our national debt. Wages went down. Unemployment in minority communities got worse. The welfare rolls expanded drastically. He divided Americans, he ignored the rule of law, and he made law through executive order he was not authorized to make. In short, he will go down as one of the worst presidents since Jimmy Carter. I have not even touched on his disasterous foreign policy decisions which emboldened our enemies and saw the rise of ISIS, Strengthened Iran, and excellerated the NorKor rocket and nuclear program. So you don’t like Trump as a person, fair enough. But no one is asking you to go have a beer with him. You have to judge him on his policies as President and his results. That is only fair. But as you may have noticed, the press has been anything but fair concerning President Trump. They are out to destroy him, as were many in the Obama era justice department. FBI and CIA were in bed with democrats to destroy him. It was truly a deep state effort. Scarey that our nation acted so badly and tried to thwart the will of tbe people. As the emails are reluctantly released through FOIA law suits more and more facts are coming out about just how deep this conspiracy went. Senior FBI agents were fired or demoted over their roll. It should concern every American who loves our freedoms, nation, and supports our Constitution. You can have strong “personal” feelings about Trump, but who are you benefiting? Are we so selfish that we allow our personal feelings to block what is good for the nation? I put the nation ahead of my personal feelings and will always do so. Trump is no politician. He says what he thinks, sometimes getting him into trouble. But give me that reality any day before a lying smooth talking politician like Obama and the cabinet he choose to perpetuate his lies. Trump is a real person, a breath of fresh air who says what he thinks and tries to do what he says. No code, no deception. He is human, he makes mistakes, and most importantly he gets results.
  16. I hope so too, Ande. Her opinions about commercial crop results are going to surely help the government policy makers seeking scientific advice. Good news is we are signing up an AMC (annual maintenance contract) with the university, so hopefully we will be able to work closely and monitor implementation for at least an year or more.
  17. I raise tilapia and other species in indoor recirculating systems in my basement. This year it's been much cooler than normal outside so I haven't removed them from their winter indoor tank and liberated them into my outdoor ponds for weed control yet. The other day the wife and I noticed the house smelled and I traced it to the tilapia tank in the basement. I don't believe I've had this issue with my other species or it may be a matter of the fish load in the tilapia tank which is quite high. Did a major water change of both my basement tanks (other tank has black crappie and bluegills) and cleaned the respective filters although I clean the mechanical filters on a weekly basis. Odor has gone away at least for the time being.
  18. Obama and Trump are the same? WTF?! What are you smoking? Did Obama get married 4 X because he cheated on every wife including the present one? Did Obama brag about "grabbing pussy" and is being sued by countless women for sexual assault? Did just about every cabinet member and aid around him either resign, been fired, or been indicted under Obama? Did Obama brag about how great he is from day one? Did Obama appoint people to positions that are totally unqualified or just family members? Did Obama change his mind ever 24 hours on major decisions or praise a man that was responsible for hacking into our government and meddling in our election? As far as you can keep your doctor comment I'm not sure I see that is a lie. You see rather than depend on Fox News to tell me it was a lie, I know numerous folks that are on the PPACA (Obama Care) and none of them lost their doctor. Not one. The economy never took off under Obama? Absolutely untrue. He started his term after one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression and it only got better as it was near rock bottom. The following graph shows that. Just because the blowhard in chief takes all the credit doesn't make it so. Trump has nothing to do with "little rocket man" working with South Korea. It's the South Koreans that are doing all the heavy lifting and Trump just yells stupid threats from the sidelines and takes credit.
  19. Hi Ande. Yes, in many ways Obama and Trump are the same, in so far as lying is concerned, but with one major difference. Trump's lies, like are basically out of a self inflated ego. White lies not hurting the nation, mostly of a personal nature. Trump was clear as he campaigned and he is doing exactly what he said, or as much as he can given the anti Trump DNC and obstructionism. You know how rare that is? Obama only said Hope and Change. Hell, he ran a whole campaign on just those 3 words. But Obama's lies were huge. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor...If you like your Insurance you can keep your insurance. Economy under Obama never took off. GDP never got at or above 3% in any qtr. In fact it averaged just 1.2% over 8 years. Military did not get a single pay raise out of Obama. He decimated the military. He doubled the debt. He ruined health care and his claim families would save an average of $2500 was just BS. Cost went up across the board in the health care industry. Jobs left our shores, Obama said they would never come back. Boy was he wrong, He just did not know how to get them back. ISIS emerged as Obama prematurely withdrew US troops form Iraq. Little rocket man is asking to meet. He suspended his nuclear and missile testing programs. (keep fingers crossed) I could go on and on listing the successes of President Trump. And he has only been in office just over a year. So, if one can get past their personal feelings about Trump, and see the good his actions are doing for not only America but much of the World, the duty is clear. I would never put my personal distaste for any President over his policies if those policies were good for America because non are perfect. My two cents...good talk.
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  21. I love that Kratky method. Really works well with very little effort!
  22. Hi vkn exciting indeed hope her research becomes public cheers
  23. yah things are going good but spending all my free time working on the garden and not documenting it or updating progress.. but i am certain things will slow down when it temps hit a hundred in a couple months and i will have time to catch up on updates not aquaponics but this weekend i built a couple of kratky hydroponic beds using junk i had laying in my back yard (leftovers from other projects)
  24. Meet another Woman in Aquaponics.. Introducing Dr. Suguna, Professor and Head, the Principal Investigator at Fisheries Research Station, Sree Venkateswara Veterinary University, Undi, AP. Hopefully what Dr. Suguna is going to lead is one of the largest commercial aquaponics installations (total build area 621 m2) in an academic research setting in the whole Asia OR the entire world? We are super excited! And you?
  25. Hi This year’s campaign is to End Plastic Pollution.Stand up!Join up!Take action! cheers
  26. Hi vkn cheers
  27. brilliant way to demonstrate the problem. Want to share it with my tribe. Hope that is fine with you, Ande.
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