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    [QUOTE=gimmethesimplelife;334016]Something I've...

    [QUOTE=gimmethesimplelife;334016]Something I've discovered is that when Portugal signed over Macau - a former colony/possession of theirs - Portugal offered Portugese citizenship/Portugese passports...
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    Something I've discovered is that when Portugal...

    Something I've discovered is that when Portugal signed over Macau - a former colony/possession of theirs - Portugal offered Portugese citizenship/Portugese passports to all citizens of Macau. ...
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    I'm glad I wasn't there. A SWAT team in a...

    I'm glad I wasn't there. A SWAT team in a country with minimal at best checks and balances against the power of the police? I would have fled with concern for my life. I am aware there are those...
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    I haven't forgotten. The events of that morning...

    I haven't forgotten. The events of that morning permanently divided time for me. And for this country, much has changed as a direct result of the attacks. I hope all the victims are in a good...
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    I'm not going conservative or batting for the...

    I'm not going conservative or batting for the other team politically all of a sudden. That said, this one time on this one issue, the conservative take is saner. Much saner. Even I can see that. ...
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    Seriously.....my.mind reels What was Kim Foxx...

    Seriously.....my.mind reels
    What was Kim Foxx thinking when she dismissed/dropped charges, and why did she not understand that doing so would lead to public blowback and a pr fiasco? I don't live...
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    My take is that Smollett is not lacking for funds...

    My take is that Smollett is not lacking for funds with which to defend himself. His attorney should have tested this defense via a focus group or two, as even I with my long history of anti police...
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    I agree with you here, IL. The lawyer involved...

    I agree with you here, IL. The lawyer involved is an idiot. This time I ACTUALLY SIDE WITH THE POLICE as this statement by the attorney is completely over the top ridiculous. Rob
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    ? No comprende? How is this "Rob's World?" Not...

    ? No comprende? How is this "Rob's World?" Not only did this happen in Chicago, which is three hours away from me by plane, but I'm taking a conservative stance here and siding with the Chicago...
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    For once, just this once.....

    I side with conservatives. Just this once. I just heard that Jussie Smollett's attorney is saying that even if his client lied - it's the fault of the Chicago Police for taking his client too...
  11. I predict medical tourism will increase. I know...

    I predict medical tourism will increase. I know of a wonderful hospital in Mexicali to which I went in 2012 for an ultrasound of my gallbladder. Walking in off the street what did I pay with no...
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    I just read online that the protests in Hong Kong...

    I just read online that the protests in Hong Kong will be continuing as protestors press to get their other four demands met. My kind of people! I have a lot of respect for everyday Hong Kong people...
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    Good point. I'd forgotten about Kent State. Rob

    Good point. I'd forgotten about Kent State. Rob
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    Getting back to my original post, I think it will...

    Getting back to my original post, I think it will be interesting to see what transpires in Hong Kong now - if the protests continue and the protestors press for their other four demands to be met. ...
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    Sorry I didn't make paragraphs above...typing...

    Sorry I didn't make paragraphs above...typing quickly during a guest speaker speech at an event. And if I go back on my phone and try to edit, I will lose the post. Don't ask me why, for some...
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    I've thought this over and my response to the...

    I've thought this over and my response to the previous posters? It's great that you have so much faith in the system and in the United States. I'm glad that someone does....I'm not equal to such. ...
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    Drat autocorrect, that should be plastic doll...

    Drat autocorrect, that should be plastic doll above.
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    Bae...off the top of my head I can't think of a...

    Bae...off the top of my head I can't think of a single one. I grant you that. But the protests in America have not reached the level of violence in Hong Kong of late. If the Phoenix PD can...
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    My point is that the police in America have...

    My point is that the police in America have murdered in cold blood for much less than the violent acts committed by protestors of late. Protestors have even been throwing molatov cocktails at Hong...
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    Bae.....my point is that look how the Sacramento...

    Bae.....my point is that look how the Sacramento PD murdered Stephon Clark, who was completely unarmed, in cold blood for the crime of speaking on a cell phone in his grandmother's yard. And...
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    Exactly, Jane. Today's America is about...

    Exactly, Jane. Today's America is about something very different. Notice how the police in Hong Kong have yet to murder anyone regardless of how violent the protestors have become lately? In...
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    Some potential good news in Hong Kong and a...

    Some potential good news in Hong Kong and a reason I personally believe in protests as I do..I just woke up at 3:30 AM. Going online I read that Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong,...
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    I like how that word sounds! Just very classy...

    I like how that word sounds! Just very classy somehow. Rob
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    This probably won't surprise you, Alan, but the...

    This probably won't surprise you, Alan, but the one thing that has me supporting the protestors? How the police turned on the people of Hong Kong. A absolutely unforgivable. And I'm not down with...
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    Sure doesn't seem as if the US (or any other...

    Sure doesn't seem as if the US (or any other Democratic developed nation for that matter) is extending much if any support to the protestors. And if I lived in Hong Kong, I'd be protesting, too. I...
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