Little Cabin in the Big Woods~

Nature at its best!

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We had been to The Knight Inlet in Canada before on a day trip by small boat and always wanted to come back and stay. This is the dock area in Campbell River on Vancouver Island where we met our pilot,
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and boarded our plane for the flight into the inlet.
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The trip in is stunning and carries you deep into pristine wilderness.
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Here is our little cabin in the big woods. It is new construction and sits on the water’s edge.

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It is tiny, but charming, and has everything you need.

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This is your view when you wake in the misty morning.

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In the inlet you are surrounded by wildlife.

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There are harbor seals,

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and Stellar sea lions, and whales, birds, wolves, cougars,

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and of course, the star attraction,

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the grizzlies!
Cheers to you from gorgeous Canada~

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The Sordid Spectacle of Trump

Late yesterday I ran across reports of the video below.

In this video Trump brags about using his star power to grab women by
the girly bits.

I hate what the GOP has done to American politics and I can’t stop looking.

Listening to Trump on this video is like having someone vomit on me and I
want Mike Pence to use his phobic white virtue to mop it up.

Mike Pence and his hypocrisy are the GOP norm.

Trump’s surrogates are spinning this tape as nothing; but Trump’s
surrogates and supporters live in a cherry picked reality.

I love Republican strategist, Ana Navarro: she lives in reality and has a true sense of decency.

Trump issued an apology.

You can see that he’s angry and reading from a script.

Trump’s apologists and enablers miss the point of these tapes.

These tapes substantiate the claims of at least 3 women.

Ivana Trump, for instance:

Screen shot of NewYork Magazine's coverage of Ivana Trump's rape allegation against Donald Trump
New York Magazine, July 27, 2015 story of Ivanna Trump’s rape allegation.

Donald Trump brags on this tape about forcing himself on a married woman.

He describes what these other women describe in their affidavits.

This is not about Trump, the flawed man; this is about Trump the predator.

These tapes lend weight to an allegation that I refused to believe:

A screenshot of an NBC News Article regarding the allegation that Donald Trump raped a 13 year old girl
June 29, 2016 NBC legal analyses of allegation that Trump raped a 13-year-old girl.

The man on these tapes objectifies the female body to such a degree that it’s easy to believe he would see a 13-year-old as just another piece of ass.

Screenshot of a July 7, 2016 UK Guardian story about the legal issues around rape allegations against Donald Trump
Article in the July 7, 2016 UK Guardian about rape allegations against Trump

July 23 LawNews article on the rape allegations against Donald Trump
LawNews, July 23, 2016

One of worst parts of the aftermath of sexual abuse are the abuser’s enablers.

Trump’s enablers forgive him and argue that we should forgive him too.

But these allegations, if that are true, are not theirs to forgive or ours to deny.

The Trump Tapes are evidence.

Our legal system uses rules of evidence to decide guilt or innocence.

Forgiving Trump is up to the victims.

RG 2016

 

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Homeless Children: The “Mostly Unseen”

Faceless Children

According to a November 2013 Huffington Post article 1.6 million “mostly unseen” children are without stable housing in the United States.

The National Center on Family Homelessness reported that 1 in 45 children experience homelessness each year. This number amounts to a staggering 1.6 million children in America. Reports also indicate that 71 percent of homeless children are “doubled up” (living with friends, family or nonrelatives for economic reasons), placing them among the 6.8 million people who stay in living situations they do not control. As such, they could eventually find themselves in a shelter or ultimately on the street.

America’s homeless children are mostly unseen, but they are counted. The troubling part is that these numbers have been climbing for some time now.

In the 2011 school year, enrollment statistics in preschools and K-12 programs reported a figure of 1,168,354 children known to be homeless. These trends show a sharp increase in this figure over the last few years. TheAtlanticCities.com recently reported that this issue is one of national concern, with 43 states reporting recent increases in the number of homeless children. California, New York, Texas and Florida are among the hardest hit.

In the nation’s capital alone, the Public School System reports that over 3,000 of its students are known to be living in homelessness.

from America’s Homeless Children – Unseen, but Counted

Does anyone think this isn’t child abuse?

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