EMPATHY is not natural for Trump

imageEMPATHY is not natural for Trump… ‘

…He’s more “in-your-face”…

This photo of Trump’s notes captures his empathy deficit better than anything

By Aaron Blake February 21 at 6:38 PM Email the author


Trump’s meeting with Fla. school shooting survivors, in three minutes

President Trump on Feb. 21 met at the White House with students who survived the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Photo: Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

President Trump held a worthwhile listening session Wednesday featuring a range of views on how to combat gun violence in schools. And while Trump’s at-times-meandering comments about arming teachers will certainly raise eyebrows, for the most part he did listen.

Thanks in part, it seems, to a helpful little reminder.


It’s legal simply because that’s where the majority of Arizona’s population live…

…It’s legal simply because that’s where the majority of Arizona’s population live…

Valdez: Why central Arizona can raid everyone else’s water – and it’s all legal


Linda Valdez, opinion columnistPublished 6:07 a.m. MT Feb. 15, 2018 | Updated 10:24 a.m. MT Feb. 15, 2018

Linda Valdez: Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District was not created to raid water from other counties. But that’s what’s happening.

Mohave County is afraid big, bad Maricopa County and its sidekicks Pima and Pinal counties will steal the water Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu need to grow.

“We will become a dust bowl,” says Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto.

That could be bad optics for the entire state – and Mohave County does not plan to go quietly.

Investors bought farms for their water

Wakimoto says water speculators bought up farmland so Colorado River water allotments can be transferred to central Arizona.

The transfer will be orchestrated by the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District, aka CAGRD.

It’s a state-created entity with the potential to limit growth in rural western Arizona for the sake of Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties.

CAGRD was not meant to be a bad boy.

It grew out of the sound water management policies embodied in the 1980 Groundwater Management Act, which created management districts in urban counties where developers must demonstrate an assured 100-year water supply before building.

In these areas, groundwater is managed to prevent long-term depletion – but that can limit growth. Enter the Central Arizona Project, which brings Colorado River water to allow those areas to grow in spite of groundwater limitations.

In the 1990s, the Legislature created and then expanded CAGRD – operated by the CAP board – to help developers meet water-supply and sustainable yield requirements.

Developers pay dues to come under CAP’s umbrella and it becomes CAGRD’s job to find water to replenish the groundwater their developments use.

How lawmakers unwittingly made this mess

Like a pig after truffles, CAGRD hunts water for its members.

“Arizona unwittingly created a situation for water rights speculators to buy up land with Colorado River water rights,” says Sarah Porter, director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute.

ALLHANDS: Water will be THE fight in 2018

Wakimoto says that’s what’s happening in Mohave County, where river water historically used by farmers will be bought by CAGRDunder a plan that Mohave County and area cities are fighting.

“It appears three wealthy counties are set to divert water from rural counties,” according to a resolution passed by the Mohave County Supervisors.

The resolution characterizes the “transfer of any Colorado River water or any allocations to such water from Mohave County to central Arizona as a continual attack on the water rights and economy of rural Arizona.”

Porter says: “I feel sure that was not in anyone’s mind when CAGRD was created.”

The water transfer is not a done deal

The 1980 groundwater law imposed the discipline on growth in central Arizona by tying development to the availability of groundwater.

But CAGRD, which has a legal obligation to find water for its members in central Arizona, “disrupts the orderly universe” of the groundwater law, says CAP board member Terry Goddard, who will be “at least one vote against the Mohave County transfer” when it comes to the board for final approval.

This is far from a done deal. There are other steps after the CAP board votes. Mohave County has engaged the lobbying firm of HighGround Inc. to try to block the transfer at any one of those steps.

But CAGRD reform doesn’t look likely ……….Patrick Cunningham of HighGround also says he doesn’t think people expected CAGRD to go to rural Arizona and “raid their water.”

Litigation is an option, but one of a number of water bills currently in the Legislature is written in a way that could shield CAP from such lawsuits, says Wakimoto.

Unfortunately, there is currently no bill to reform how CAGRD operates.

Western Arizona cities are left with dust-bowl nightmares.

No water, no room for Mohave to grow

Wakimoto says Mohave County is “starting to experience growth” and that river water no longer used for farming is needed to sustain growth in her county.

“We don’t believe that if the ground is fallow that the water should be up for grabs,” she says.

When it comes to fairness, you can’t fault her logic.

But CAGRD’s mandate to find water for central Arizona’s growth puts rural western Arizona at an unfair disadvantage.

We are getting bullied by people who have more money and feel the need to grow Phoenix and Maricopa County,” says Wakimoto.

Reach Valdez at linda.valdez@arizonarepublic.com.


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Yet Trump can say to the survivors of the recent /Florida school shooting he wants to ARM searchers and other school personnel…???

…Yet Trump can say to the survivors of the recent /Florida school shooting he wants to ARM searchers and other school personnel…???

…Really Trump wants teachers to stand before her/his students “packing heat” or actually shooting someone…???

…Does Trump honestly believe that teachers are of a mindset they resonate to such thinking…???


CNN Analyst Has A Reality Check For Trump Over ‘Insane’ Plan To Arm Teachers

“Does anybody remember their teachers?”


By Ed Mazza/……….CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin slammed President Donald Trump’s call to arm teachers.

“When you hear the president of the United States say the answer is to give every teacher in America a gun, that is insane,” Toobin said on Wednesday. “That is an insane idea.”


Places Hypocritical Republicans Ban Guns for Their Own Personal Safety….Do as they say, not as they do.

By Kali Holloway / AlterNet……February 22, 2018, 1:18 PM GMT……….After every mass shooting, a portion of this country insists the real problem is that there aren’t enough guns. The group that pushes this absurd lie includes Republican politicians, many of whom fear that admitting otherwise would drive away NRA donor funds. There’s been a lot of recent discussion about how GOP legislators do nothing in response to gun massacres, but a 2016 Harvard Business School study proves that’s not quite true. In states with overwhelmingly Republican legislative bodies, after mass shootings, “the number of laws passed to loosen gun restrictions [increases] by 75 percent." Despite being counterintuitive and demonstrably dangerous, more firepower is the GOP’s go-to solution because "something something don’t tread on me."

It’s a bad-faith proposition. A party that truly believes guns are the way out of this thing, and that an even more heavily armed populace will ensure American safety, would make different personal choices. In fact, we can gauge GOP disingenuousness on the gun issue just by noting all the places Republican politicians frequent where weapons are banned. Pointing out their hypocrisy has never helped to shame the GOP into decency, but it’s worth a review nonetheless.

Here are five places hypocritical Republicans ban guns in order to ensure their own personal safety.

1. The White House……….Along with making Mexico pay billions for a wall it opposed and never taking a golfing vacation, Trump promised on the campaign trail to legislate a future in which guns could legally be brought into every kindergarten classroom and nursery. “My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day,” Trump told supporters in Vermont in 2016. “There’s no more gun-free zones.”

While it’s true no president could unilaterally scrap federal law, it’s also true that Trump’s complicit Republican Congress would probably greenlight any pro-gun horrorshow he could dream up. Yet, in the year since he took office, Trump has not spoken out once—even via his digital bullhorn at Twitter—against the anti-freedom gun ban at the White House. What better way for this president to signify his wholehearted support for gun-based lifestyles than by letting White House visitors from around the world—especially those who live under the tyranny of gun control abroad—bring all the guns they want into the People’s House?

Or maybe Trump hasn’t brought up the matter because he doesn’t actually want strangers bringing guns into the White House, seeing as they can and do kill people at the squeeze of a trigger.

2. The Republican National Convention…………..The quadrennial gathering of this country’s most dedicated Republicans should be a place where GOPers can briefly escape oppressive gun-free “safe spaces” and live on their own gun-riddled terms. Attendees should be permitted—nay, required—to come armed to the teeth. Downtime convention activities should be strictly gun-focused. (Think ball pits, only filled with guns. Cocktail hours, only the drinks are all guns.) At the very end, instead of confetti, the audience should be showered in loose ammo.

But instead of a three-day orgy of gun lust and ammosexuality, the Republican National Convention is a gun-free zone. Guns were banned at the RNC in 2008, 2012 and 2016, and that’s not for lack of trying by those who bothered to petition for bringing guns to the party. For some strange reason, the RNC keeps choosing venues that explicitly ban guns, almost as if it was looking for a convenient excuse. The Secret Service keeps banning guns from the events, almost as if it knows the whole “good guy with a gun” claim is a just a myth. And not a single Republican politician has raised their voice to demand guns be allowed on the convention floor, almost like they’re tacitly admitting to being iffy on the whole "responsible gun owners" thing.

3. Mar-a-Lago…………A staffer told ABC News back in 2016 that guns were banned from Trump’s Palm Beach golf property, where the president spends so much time it’s hard to know when he’s doing the actual job of presidenting. That policy appears to still be in place, according to a Politico report from late last year. “Pocket knives, laser pointers, pepper spray, and any other items deemed to be a safety hazard are not permitted on property,” a letter the club sent to members cautioned. “Any items surrendered will not be returned.”

4. The U.S. Capitol Building………..Surely, a Congress that has steadfastly refused to pass gun legislation is cool with guns in the Capitol building, if only to make a patriotic point. Why not let the Senate and House galleries double as shooting galleries, since guns are such a national point of pride? When are the gun-loving legislators of Congress, who believe that murdered 6-year-olds are just the price of freedom, going to change the rules so the U.S. Capitol building can become the guntopia it’s meant to be?

The short answer is never. Guns are banned on the Capitol grounds and inside the building itself, which includes the House and Senate galleries. Visitors are also warned against bringing “black jacks, slingshots, sand clubs, sandbags, knuckles, electric stun guns, knives (longer than 3”), martial arts weapons or devices…razors, box cutters, knives, knitting needles, letter openers…mace and pepper spray.”

Which all raises the question: what kind of heartless, cruel and immoral people consistently vote against gun control for most Americans’ work lives, but cynically keep guns far away from their own place of business?

5. Republican Town Halls……In early 2017, when Republican legislators realized that angry crowds were showing up in town halls to speak against repeals of the Affordable Care Act, they found two ways to avoid those meetings. The first was to label their own constituents “paid protesters.” The second was to demonize civically engaged voters as violent mobs. It was all for show, of course. In fact, as Talking Points Memo notes, “guns are frequently prohibited at GOP congressional town hall meetings, especially after the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011. Even stalwart conservatives like Rep. Paul Ryan and former Rep. Allen West opted to ban firearms at their town halls.”

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert even went so far as to invoke Giffords as a political prop to get out of being berated by the people he supposedly serves.

"At this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety," Gohmert claimed in a statement. “The House Sergeant at Arms advised us after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a public appearance, that civilian attendees at Congressional public events stand the most chance of being harmed or killed—just as happened there."

Giffords, incredibly, had to release a statement encouraging Republicans to do their damn jobs.

“To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage,” Giffords’ message said. “Many of the members of Congress who are refusing to hold town halls and listen to their constituents’ concerns are the very same politicians that have opposed common-sense gun violence prevention policies and have allowed the Washington gun lobby to threaten the safety of law enforcement and everyday citizens in our schools, businesses, places of worship, airports, and movie theaters.”

In an interview later, Giffords stated, “If you don’t have the guts to face your constituents, then you shouldn’t be in the United States Congress."

And maybe, if you don’t have the guts to deal with the laws you force the rest of us to live under, you for sure shouldn’t be involved in making them.


Arming Teachers to Stop Gun Violence Is One of the Worst Trump Ideas Yet

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The president thinks the solution to school shootings is having more guns in school.  READ MORE»

‘Fix it’: Students and parents tell Trump he needs to address gun violence at schools

The 70-minute listening session with students, parents and teachers was a remarkable event with participants’ raw emotions often on display.

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Students take charge of gun-safety movement with some help from existing groups

Some students are attracting political attacks. Established groups are distancing themselves from students to avoid tainting them in a divided political environment.

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classic example of how “petty” and “insensitive” Arizona leaders are

clip_image002...As this is a natural part of every woman’s life how did Arizona’s leaders ever allow this to become an issue…

…Tragically this is a classic example of how “petty” and “insensitive” Arizona leaders are…

…And remember WE elected them…

Divide – – Clash – – Separate – – Polarize – – Confront – – this is how Trump leadership is making America great again…???

image Divide – – Clash – – Separate – –

Polarize – – Confront – – this is  how Trump leadership is making America great again…???

Make no mistake … they will be heard in one way or another

…Make no mistake … they will be heard in one way or another…


they are pointing out the error of our ways