Fauxcahontas on the warpath.

Fauxcahontas on the warpath. And out for all to see during the confirmation hearing of Dr. Ben Carson for the head of Housing and Urban Development.  The transcript below is from

English: Elizabeth Warren speaking at March 29...

English: Elizabeth Warren speaking at March 29, 2010, at the Women in Finance symposium. Warren was part of a five-woman panel discussion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the hearing.  What I find amazing is that with a reported budget of $32.6 Billion (2014), how Warren determines that Carson can keep track of each and every penny, or as the conversation went $10.

Carson was gracious and level in his answers, and yet Warren continued with the minutia.  It is apparent that she has no grasp of the job requirements and duties of a Presidential Cabinet appointee.

mr. chairman and congratulations on your
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new role as chair of this committee i’m
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looking forward to working with you as
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well as with six new members of our
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committee dr. Carson thank you for being
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here thank you
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before we get into some of the questions
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that are raised in my letter to you
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earlier this week I just want to get an
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answer to I think that’s simple
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yes-or-no question if you are confirmed
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to lead HUD you’ll be responsible for
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issuing billions of dollars in grants
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and loans to help develop housing and
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provide a lot of housing related
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services now housing development is an
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area in which president elect Trump and
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his family have significant business
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interests can you assure me that not a
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single taxpayer dollar that you give out
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will financially benefit the
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president-elect or his family
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well senator I was worried that you
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wouldn’t get back thank you for coming
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back I’m back I can assure you that the
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things that i do are driven by sense of
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morals and values and therefore I will
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absolutely not play favorites for anyone
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dr. Carson at let me stop right there I
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i’m actually trying to ask a more
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pointed question and it’s not about your
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good faith that’s not my concern
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my concern is whether or not among the
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billions of dollars that you will be
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responsible for handing out in grants
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and loans can you just assuring us that
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not one dollar will go to benefit either
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the president-elect or his family
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it will not be my intention to do
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anything I could to benefit any any
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American I understand that’s for all
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Americans everything that we do
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do I take that to mean that you may
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manage programs that will significantly
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benefit the president-elect you can
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get the main that I will manage things
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in a way that benefits the American
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people that is going to be the goal to
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the best you understand it if there
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happens to be an extraordinarily good
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program that’s working for millions of
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people and it turns out that that that
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someone that you’re targeting is going
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to gain you know ten dollars from it
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am I going to say no the rest of you
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Americans can’t have it
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I think logic and common sense probably
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would be the best way
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yeah although we do have a problem here
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and I appreciate your good faith in this
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and I do dr. Carson the problem is that
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you can assure is that HUD money out of
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ten dollar varieties but of
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multimillion-dollar varieties will not
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end up in the president elects pockets
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and the reason you can’t assurance of
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that is because the president-elect is
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hiding his family’s business interests
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from you from me from the rest of
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America and this just highlights the
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absurdity and the danger of the
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president elects refusal to put his
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assets in a true blind trust he knows he
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the president like knows what will
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benefit him and his family financially
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but the public doesn’t which means he
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can divert taxpayer money into his own
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pockets without anyone knowing about it
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the only way that the American people
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can know that the president is working
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in their best interests and not in his
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own is if he divest and puts his assets
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in a true blind trust transferring his
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holdings to his children does nothing as
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the head of the nonpartisan ethics
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committee said just last night since the
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president-elect refuses to address this
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voluntarily we need to pass the
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presidential conflicts of interest act
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that i introduced with more than 20 of
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my colleagues which would require him to
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do so
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so with the time i have less i just want
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to follow up very quickly on a letter
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that I sent to you earlier this week and
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we talked about in my artists and I
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appreciated that
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but and I appreciated it to as you know
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more than 7 million children rely on HUD
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for housing seven million people many of
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them are children veterans people with
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disabilities
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um for many of these people had is the
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difference between a stable home and
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life out on the streets but one major
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problem that we talked about his lead
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exposure and according to the most
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recent HUD study 62,000 public housing
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units nearly six percent of our total
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public housing stock are in need of lead
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abatement you are highly accomplished
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dr. we spoke at length about the
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implications of lead and lead poisoning
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our children can I just ask you to
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commit today that you will make sure
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that HUD resources are dedicated to
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dramatically reducing the number of
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public housing units where LED is a
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problem i can assure you that I will
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very much be working with you on that
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310,000 cases right now children each of
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which cost us enormous amounts money i
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don’t think people even calculate that
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and to that when we’re talking about
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so yes I will be very vigorous in that
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area i I’ve airy much appreciate it
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um this is a particular problem for us
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in the northeast is a particular problem
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in boston where housing stock is old
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route and it is absolutely critical that
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we get the lead out of these housing
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units and that our children have a
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chance to grow up without being injured
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by our own negligence i look forward to
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working with thank you for your
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leadership and angry
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thank you dr. Carson senator Heller
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And the list continues to grow…

And the list continues to grow of celebrities who are opting out of performing at President-elect Trumps inauguration.

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The Importance of Photo’s in News Stories.

The importance of photo‘s in news stories was something that was drilled into us in journalism school. A great, eye-catching photo draws the readers attention to your story. It also is an important component of the story-telling process as well. Consider the following –

Are any of these really the best photos for telling the story? I’ll assert that in a majority of instances, photo editors go out of their way to find the quintessential unflattering photo of the principal of the story to complement the author’s text.

And news outlets continue to be clueless as to the demise of their business.

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Want to know about Fake News?

Want to know about fake news? Yes, the cussing and discussing about what is and isn’t fake news continues to abound. Possibly you have seen the following –

And possible you have copies and shared this chart with your friends and social media contacts. Before you continue to share please take the 2:25 to watch the following.

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Meanwhile in Wisconsin…

Meanwhile in Wisconsin

Winter Storm Warning for Bayfield County, Wisconsin
Issuing Office: Duluth
Source: National.Weather.Service
7:41am CST, Fri Dec 16
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO NOON CST SATURDAY… * LOCATIONS… PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST WISCONSIN INCLUDING THE CITIES OF SUPERIOR… WASHBURN… BAYFIELD… GRANTSBURGSPOONER… AND HAYWARD. * TIMING… FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS… 6 TO 10 INCHES. * VISIBILITIES… AS LOW AS A HALF MILE AT TIMES. * IMPACTS… THE HEAVY SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATION IS ANTICIPATED… AND THAT SNOWFALL RATES OF ONE INCH PER HOUR OR GREATER CAN BE EXPECTED AT TIMES. EXPECT SNOW AND ICE COVERED ROADS AND VISIBILITY LESS THAN A HALF MILE. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL… EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION. LET SOMEONE KNOW YOUR TRAVEL ROUTE AND EXPECTED ARRIVAL TIME AND HAVE A WORKING CELL PHONE IN CASE YOU BECOME STRANDED. KEEP A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT IN YOUR VEHICLE… INCLUDING A FLASHLIGHT… FOOD AND WATER. IF YOU CHOOSE TO TRAVEL… BE AWARE THAT YOU MAY BECOME STRANDED AND THAT IT MAY TAKE MANY HOURS FOR HELP TO ARRIVE. &&
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… WINTER STORM WITH HEAVY SNOWFALL THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY… .A STRONG STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. AFTER A BRIEF PERIOD OF LIGHT SNOW THIS MORNING… THE MAIN SYSTEM WILL LIFT NORTHWARD INTO THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT AND ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR. SNOW WILL END FROM WEST TO EAST SATURDAY MORNING… WITH LAKE ENHANCED SNOW CONTINUING IN PORTIONS OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. AREAS IN THE ADVISORY SHOULD RECEIVE 2 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW… WITH A BROAD 6 TO 10 INCHES IN THE WARNED AREA… WITH EVEN HIGHER TOTALS IN THE SNOWBELT AREAS OF BAYFIELD AND IRON COUNTIES.

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How did this occur?

How indeed?  They don’t understand this and yet it is believed that the Russians influenced the election.

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Is Fake News Fake News? Discuss.

Are the fake news stories, really fake news?  Talk amongst yourselves.

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A Wonderful Historical Presentation

Last night we went to the Bayfield Library to hear a presentation on a relative of mine.

The photo at the far left shows some of the nearly 50 people in attendance.

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Before you make fun of kids at Christmas…

2016-12-05_1113In case you were curious or wondering just where our culture is heading.

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Holiday Peeps?

I spotted these in our local grocery store this week.  No Thanksgiving candy.  We’ve gone right from Halloween to Christmas. Chocolate Mousse Peeps and Green Christmas Tree Peeps.  (Are we certain that the green ones are ripe?)

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