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Saturday, June 24, 2017

A catalog of every major Trump lie since inauguration

"Trump's Lies": The Collected Works

In an effort to make sure that people do not become "numb" to the constant lies told by President of the United States Donald Trump, the New York Times has now published, in one convenient place, "nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office."

Compiled by the newspaper's David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson, the catalog was published online Friday and will appear in print over the weekend.

"There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths," the Times reports. 

"Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president — of either party — has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant."

In chronological order, starting on the day of his inauguration, here are the documented lies of President Trump:

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Feed hungry kids this summer

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Kids holding produce at a food pantry

Food Bank Launches Summer Food Drive

Summer Food Drive Poster
During the summer, the need for food assistance among families spikes as children lose access to the healthy, nutritious meals they normally receive at school. To help fill the gap throughout the summer months, the Food Bank is asking the community to support the Summer Food Drive.
Here’s how you can help:
First Gentleman of Rhode Island and Chair of the Summer Food Drive Andy Moffit launched the campaign along with Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff by encouraging Rhode Islanders to join the effort and help their neighbors in need.

Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors

Rhode Island Community Food Bank
RI Community Food Bank
200 Niantic Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
P: (401) 942-MEAL (6325)

Building to better weather the storm

MIT researchers design tool to help builders build storm-resistant buildings
Anne Wilson Yu | Concrete Sustainability Hub

Inspectors assess the damage to a home on the Florida coast following Hurricane Matthew, which struck in October 2016.The Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting “above normal” storm activity this year. 

That could mean significant damage to coastal communities — some of which are still recovering from last year’s hurricane season.

As officials in hurricane-prone communities are calling on residents to be prepared for upcoming storms, researchers with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) are encouraging officials to make preparation a priority from the very earliest stages of building design, starting with data-driven changes to building codes.

To help, CSHub has developed a new dashboard that lets users calculate, on a county-by-county basis, the right amount to spend up front on hazard mitigation for residential buildings in hurricane-prone communities along on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. 

Feeling the Heat

How Fish Are Migrating from Warming Waters

The Cape Cod Canal is a serpentine artificial waterway that winds eight miles from Cape Cod Bay to Buzzards Bay. On warm summer evenings, anglers jostle along its banks casting for striped bass. 

That’s what 29-year-old Justin Sprague was doing the evening of August 6, 2013, when he caught a fish from the future. 

At first, Sprague thought the enormous fish that engulfed his Storm blue herring lure was a shark. But as he battled the behemoth in the gloaming — the fish leaping repeatedly, crashing down in sheets of spray — he realized he’d hooked something far weirder.

When the fisherman finally dragged his adversary onto the beach, a small crowd gathered to admire the creature’s metallic body, flared dorsal fin, and rapier-like bill. Sprague had caught a sailfish.

It doesn’t take an ichthyologist to know that sailfish don’t belong in the Cape Cod Canal. Istiophorus albicans favors the tropics and subtropics; it so rarely visits New England that Massachusetts didn’t even have a state record.

But strange catches — including cobia and torpedo rays — have become more commonplace.

Want To Fix The Budget? Collect Taxes.

Why Trump, Kushner & Co. take an unbusinesslike approach to balancing the books
By Vic Simon

Image result for effect of cuts to IRS budgetThe Republicans are about to slash the budget of the top money-making department of the U.S. government, an agency that brings in $300 for every $1 it spends.

Despite returns on investment that any CEO would die for, Republicans hate it. In seven years, they have cut its budget seven times.

The Internal Revenue Service was responsible for bringing in $93 out of every $100 the government took in last year.

That’s $3.3 trillion in revenues while spending just $11 billion on itself. According to an estimate by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the IRS fails to collect $600 billion a year in taxes, mainly because it doesn’t have the bodies to do its job.

That’s $160 billion more than Trump’s projected government deficit in 2018. And they aren’t new taxes either, just taxes that are owed but not paid.

Talk about your low hanging fruit.

Which is where First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner comes into the picture. He has been assigned the task of making the government more businesslike.

Every business must keep revenue coming in the door. Starving the parts of the business that bring in the bucks is as un-businesslike as you can get. Jared Kushner would be crazy to nickel-and-dime IRS tax enforcement.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Who would oppose taking guns away from wife-beaters and domestic abusers? Why, our area village idiots, of course.

By Steve Ahlquist in Rhode Island's Future

“As a volunteer leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America, I am very pleased to see Rep Tanzi’s bill that takes guns away from dangerous domestic abusers pass out of committee in the RI House of Representatives,” said Jennifer Boylan,

“Over the last 3 years, there has been undeniable support and need for this bill. Advocates, law enforcement, and policy experts all supported it. The momentum around the bill in the capitol is strong, and I am very pleased to see that the House Judiciary Committee did the right thing for survivors and victims of domestic abuse.”

The House Judiciary Committee last night voted to send Representative Teresa Tanzi (Democrat, District 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown)’s bill to take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers to the floor for a full vote by the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Rep. Justin Price (R-Richmond) who thinks "Gun Control Does Not
Work." But has this country ever actually TRIED to control guns?
This is the first substantial piece of gun legislation to pass out of committee since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in neighboring Connecticut and a major victory for advocates of gun control in the state.

Only five representatives, Cale Keable (D) and four Republicans, Sherry Roberts, Justin Price, Patricia Morgan and Blake Filippi voted against the measure. Keable is the chair of the committee and the only Democrat to oppose the bill.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Charlestown was responsible for the election of Blake “Flip” Filippi who is now a resident of Charlestown after being sued by his mother for allegedly cheating him on investments (Details: click HERE and HERE). Filippi is an avowed Libertarian as well as Republican, though he was willing to set aside his so-called free market principles in an effort to ban Uber and Lyft from Block Island.

Richmond voter are responsible for electing Justin Price to the House. Price is probably the most radical right-wingnut in the General Assembly, believing in guns for all but no anti-cancer vaccine for children, the “Chem-Trails” conspiracy that contends the United Nations is spreading mind-controlling chemicals through the contrails of high-flying jets an loves anti-government armed militia groups.

So of course these two think it’s wrong to try to keep guns out of the hands of men most likely to use them on their wives, girlfriends and children.  – Will Collette.

Solarize Charlestown meeting, June 27

 First Public Meeting of
Solarize Charlestown

  • When? Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM
  • Where? Cross Mills Library, 4417 Old Post Rd., Charlestown
  • Why? The Solarize Charlestown Team will host an informal meeting entitled "Solar 101"

Solarize Charlestown is a partnership of the State of Rhode Island and the people of Charlestown. This program brings residents together as a group to obtain the lowest cost and easiest deal possible on solar panels for your roof or yard. The sign-up period began on June 7 and ends on September 8. This limited time period allows a bulk purchase of solar panels, so that the more people who sign up the less expensive it will be for each household. 

 This program is for homeowners and small businesses to produce some or all of the electricity they use through net metering. It is not intended for commercial production of electricity. The program is for both year round and seasonal residents as long as the house or business is physically located in Charlestown.

 On June 7, Sol Power was named the solar installation provider for the Solarize Charlestown campaign. That selection was the culmination of a competitive RFP process that began with a large group of qualified providers, and finally with a very small group of highly qualified companies. Besides being one of the most highly qualified, Sol Power also offered the most affordable price. That price becomes even more affordable as more people sign up!

There are thousands of acres of rooftops in Rhode Island that could provide the most ecologically sound place to produce electricity. The Solarize Charlestown team is making this process as easy as possible. Why not see if your roof is good for solar?

Please join us at Solar 101 to meet representatives of Sol Power and learn more about the State Incentives, Federal Tax Credits, and group purchasing power that make this an affordable time to add solar panels to your roof.  To learn more go click on

Also ... Look for Solarize Charlestown every Friday morning, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Charlestown Land Trust Farmers Market on the grounds of the Church of the Holy Spirit, 4150 Old Post Rd,. Charlestown The Solarize Charlestown team includes Town Council Vice President Julie Carroccia, Charlestown Planning Commission Chair Ruth Platner, Jeff Rayner, Stephen Stokes, and Nancy Mogielnicki.

Check our the Town's website,
for updates as they become available.


Town of Charlestown, 4540 South County Trail, Charlestown, RI 02813

Trumpcare 1.0 and 2.0: compare for yourself

Checking out caregivers

McEntee bill on background checks passes House

Image result for child abuseRep. Carol Hagan McEntee’s (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) legislation (2017-H 5733A) that would require all court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers to pass a Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) clearance, as well as a national criminal background check before qualifying for appointment by the court passed the House of Representatives.

“Abused and neglected children before the family court have already suffered so much, so we must ensure that the people the court assigns to protect these children are morally upstanding and have the child’s best intentions at heart.  This legislation adds a further layer of protection for abused children who have already experienced so much hardship within their short lives,” said Representative McEntee.

Aspirin not a heart disease cure-all

Aspirin does little or nothing for hard arteries, researchers find
University of Florida

Image result for aspirin for heart patientsFor decades, aspirin has been widely used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Now, a team led by a University of Florida Health researcher has found that aspirin may provide little or no benefit for certain patients who have plaque buildup in their arteries.

Aspirin is effective in treating strokes and heart attacks by reducing blood clots.

The researchers tracked the health histories of over 33,000 patients with atherosclerosis -- narrowed, hardened arteries -- and determined that aspirin is marginally beneficial for those who have had a previous heart attack, stroke or other blood-flow issues involving arteries.

However, among atherosclerosis patients with no prior heart attack or stroke, aspirin had no apparent benefit. The findings were published May 18 in the journal Clinical Cardiology.

Because the findings are observational, further study that includes clinical trials are needed before definitively declaring that aspirin has little or no effect on certain atherosclerosis patients, said Anthony Bavry, M.D., an associate professor in the UF College of Medicine's department of medicine and a cardiologist at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville.

More reasons why Trump must release his tax returns

Did Trump Get a Big Tax Refund After 2005?
by Allan Sloan for ProPublica

Image result for Trump income tax returnsThe pressure is growing to force President Trump to turn over his tax returns. 

The other day, for example, 200 Congressmen filed a suit in federal court, arguing that voters and lawmakers have a right to know whether Trump's businesses are violating the Constitution's emolument clause, which bars the president from accepting payments from foreign countries.

The lead Senate plaintiff in the suit, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), said that the legal effort could force release of the president's tax returns and other business documents during the discovery stage of the litigation. 

"By failing to release his tax returns — reflecting payments and benefits from foreign powers — President Trump is thumbing his nose at the American people and the Constitution," Blumenthal told my Washington Post colleague Tom Hamburger. "He is violating the Constitution by accepting foreign government payments and benefits without consent from Congress — which can't consent to what it doesn't know."

But Trump hasn't filed a tax return for 2017, which is the year he became president and the emolument clause began to apply to him. So even if we got his earlier returns, we wouldn't know what he's done since taking office Jan. 20.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Domestic Terrorism in the Age of Trump

Trump is making things worse.

Image result for right wing terrorist attacks in the usHarassment, intimidation, and physical violence against religious and ethnic minorities is on the rise. And some experts worry the Trump administration is making things worse.

The attack on a Portland commuter train by a knife-wielding white nationalist who was screaming anti-Muslim insults overshadowed other recent crimes apparently motivated by bigotry — including a machete attack against a black man in California and the killing of a Native American man by the driver of a pickup truck who was terrorizing a group of picnicking friends.

Just outside Washington, D.C. recently, an African American student on the verge of graduating from college was murdered by a white student who was reportedly a member of an online “alt-Reich” group. Nooses have been placed in a number of prominent locations, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Southern Poverty Law Center documented almost 900 reports of harassment and intimidation in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election. “Many harassers invoked Trump’s name during assaults,” the SPLC reported, “making it clear that the outbreak of hate stemmed in large part from his electoral success.”

Some innovative ideas for Chariho's "lunch shaming" policy

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It's Trumpcare, suckers!

Pic of the Moment