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"How do you ask forgiveness from a parent when they are in Heaven and 

you are still on earth?"  

Forrest Caricofe

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"People, mostly, who live in hollows do for themselves and do not ask for help

from the "cradle to the grave.""
  
Forrest Caricofe

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 BACK TO OUR HOUSE ON OTTOBINE ROAD....

CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY....

"How do I apologize to him now since he is in Heaven and I'm still here on 

earth?...."

I told you once in a past story of my life (2016) that I saw Father and Mother sitting 

on a star in a star filled night sky. They were holding hands and smiling at each 

other.

Was it just a dream? I don't know. 

Were they watching me to see how I was doing? I waved to them and then I started

to cry. And because of that, maybe, I had lost my chance, at least for a while, to 

apologize to both my parents for things I should not have done while they where

still here on earth.

After I completed my training at Ft. Polk I...." got a one to two week break before 

I was to report to Ft, Gordon, Georgia for Military Police training." I purchased a 

bus ticket from Leesville, Louisiana to Harrisonburg,Virginia. I set beside a woman

who looked like just plain folk because of her dress and her demeanor. I'm a 

southern boy, but I had a lot of trouble at first, understanding the Tennesee hollow

talk of her southern roots. And because of her kind manner and gentle nature,

she is one of the last persons on this earth that I will ever forget....

TO BE CONTINUED....


 WORLD

I received a beautiful postcard from someone in China. The postcard was a 

picture of China's Xijin Ferry Museum. To that someone from China, thanks 

again.


enp.people.cn

China's ancient ferry museum: Xijin Ferry

(People's Daily Online)  14:39, April 10, 2013  

"Xijin Ferry, Xijindu in Chinese, is located at the foot of Yuntai Hill in Zhenjiang, 

east China's Jiangsu province. 

Built in the Six Dynasties period and reconstructed during the following Tang, 

Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, the Xijin Ancient Ferry Street has 

witnessed many political, military, economic, cultural, religious and other 

important historical events as well as the history of the city. A large 

number of historical relics and mass traditional residential area are well 

preserved in this 1,000-meter-long street. People regard it as an ancient 

ferry museum in China. 

Most of the historical relics can be seen today, however, glass covers are 

used to protect them from erosion. Walking along the street, visitors can 

feel the historical atmosphere of different dynasties. Inscriptions are seen 

on the arches, such as "Happy Boating" and "Journeying Together", 

expressing the wishes of the ancient people before boarding the ferry 

boat. "Hills covered with green wood" and "Flying Pavilion and Sailing 

Boats" remind the visitors who are walking along the street of the 

charming landscapes and the busy ferry in the old days." 


China

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Country in East Asia

"China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses 

grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of 

coastline. Capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such 

as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square. Shanghai is a 

skyscraper-studded global financial center. The iconic Great Wall of China 

runs east-west across the country's north.

Capital: Beijing

Population: 1.357 billion (2013) World Bank

President: Xi Jinping

GDP per capita: 6,807.43 USD (2013) World Bank

Currency: Renminbi

Gross domestic product: 9.24 trillion USD (2013) World Bank"


HEALTH

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Bladder Cancer

Tuesday, 08 Nov 2016 04:16 PM

Newsmax  

"Low vitamin D levels may increase the risk of bladder cancer, researchers 

report.

Five of seven studies the researchers reviewed linked low vitamin D levels 

with an higher risk of bladder cancer.

In experiments with the cells that line the bladder, the researchers found that 

the cells activate and respond to vitamin D. This, in turn, can stimulate an 

immune response, the study authors said.

The finding is important because the immune system may help prevent 

cancer by identifying and destroying abnormal cells before they develop 

into cancer, according to lead author Rosemary Bland, an honorary 

associate professor at the University of Warwick in England.

"More clinical studies are required to test this association, but our work 

suggests that low levels of vitamin D in the blood may prevent the cells 

within the bladder from stimulating an adequate response to abnormal 

cells," Bland said in a university news release.

But, the study did not prove that vitamin D causes bladder cancer risk to 

drop.

"As vitamin D is cheap and safe, its potential use in cancer prevention is 

exciting and could potentially impact on the lives of many people," she 

said.

The body produces vitamin D through exposure to sunshine. It's also 

obtained from foods such as fatty fish and egg yolks. Previous studies 

have linked vitamin D deficiency with heart disease, mental impairment, 

autoimmune conditions and cancer, according to background information 

with the study.

The study was presented Monday at the annual meeting of the Society for

Endocrinology, in Brighton, England. Research presented at meetings 

should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed 

journal.

© HealthDay


theglobalhealingcenter.com

10 Foods High in Vitamin D

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

Published on October 5, 2009, Last Updated on October 5, 2015

cooked salmon

Although we can find many foods in the supermarket that have been fortified 

with a synthetic form of vitamin D, there are only a select number of foods that 

naturally contain vitamin D.

Normally, our body takes in vitamin D in the form of sun-synthesis through 

the skin. But in our modern times, where many of us spend countless hours 

indoors, our actual exposure to the sun is limited. This fact may be a principle 

cause of many ailments, including depression....

Personal Disclaimer: I follow an organic vegan diet and I personally use 

Vitamin D3 or consume Shiitake mushrooms. I also make sure I get some 

sunlight everyday. However, because I have received so many requests 

from meat eaters on sources of vitamin D in foods I decided to post the 

following food sources. I must say though that I do recommend a meatless 

diet for optimum health.


Note: I eat Shiitake mushrooms everyday, I get sunlight everyday that it 

shines and eat wild caught Alaskan cooked in the can salmon.


The Top Foods Containing Vitamin D

1. Shiitake and Button Mushrooms

Surprisingly, the dried versions of shiitake mushrooms are high in vitamin D. 

This may be due to the fact that these mushrooms are great at sucking up 

sunlight. Shiitake mushrooms are also rich in B vitamins like B1 and B2. Make 

sure that you find mushrooms that have been dried in the sun, not by artificial 

means, in order to achieve the benefits of high vitamin D content.

2. Mackerel

A small, 3½ ounce portion of these high omega-3 containing fish will give 

you 90% of your recommended daily amount. Currently, the FDA 

recommends that people eat more of these oily fishes to infuse their bodies 

with the vitamins and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s) that the human 

body cannot produce on its own.


Note: Mackerel is my least favorite fish for eating, but I bought a can recently

and will try it again. All I have to do is squeese my nose shut and hold my breath

and down the hatch.


3. Sockeye Salmon

A small 3½ ounce portion of cooked salmon will give you 90% of the 

recommended dietary intake of Vitamin D. Make sure to purchase salmon 

that has been caught from the wild, if not, then sustainably farmed.


Note: I do not have any Sockeye Salmon, but I will buy it the next time I'm out.


4. Herring

Herring are high in vitamin D because they thrive on plankton, which is full 

of vitamin D. 


Note: I have plenty of Herring. Kippered Herring and Herring in wine sauce

just to name a few.


5. Sardines

Sardines are one of the best foods sources of vitamin D. One small tin can 

of sardines will provide you with approximately 70% of your daily needs. 

These tiny canned fish are also a great source for vitamin B12, omega-3 

fatty acids, protein, and selenium.


I just had this morning a Pacific wild caught sardine, in extra virgin olive oil,

sandwich. I drank the extra virgin olive oil from the can before I placed the 

sardines on the 100% whole wheat bread with a good coating of creamery

butter and ate it with delight.



6. Catfish

Catfish are another fish that makes a habit of feeding on minuscule organisms 

that create vitamin D from sunlight.


Note: I have not seen catfish in a can before. Maybe I should do a better job

of looking.


7. Tuna

Tuna-Foods High in Vitamin D

Eat 3 ounces of tuna daily for 50% of your vitamin D needs. Fresh, wild-caught 

tuna is the most nutritious. Remember, eating oily fish can also lubricate the 

body with “good fats” that provide health benefits like better memory and 

brain function.


Note: I have a lot of tuna. I don't know if any of it is wild-caught. So there's

something else I need to find out about.


8. Cod Liver Oil

If you can stomach the strong aroma, this oil is super-rich in vitamin D. This 

golden oil, is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Incorporating this oil into your 

diet will help promote healthy and strong bones. Because of its high Vitamin D 

content, cod liver oil has also been shown to fight osteoporosis in adults, 

improve brain function, and optimize nervous system function.


Note: Our parents gave us kids a spoonful of cod liver oil each day in the 

morning when were kids and they were right all along. I have cod liver oil gel 

caps that I take, but I'll purchase the oil the next time I'm at Rite Aid or Walmart.


9. Eggs

Eggs are another food that contains vitamin D in small amounts. Eating one 

egg daily will provide you with approximately 10% of your daily needs. I 

personally recommend eating free-range eggs from a local farm, if possible.


Note: I'm drinking egg whites from the card board cartons now, but I'll need to 

get back to what I did before. Buy range-free eggs, poke a hole in one end 

and suck out the innards.


10. Sunshine

Okay, we know it’s not a food, but daily exposure to sunshine can seriously 

increase your vitamin D intake. In fact, this vitamin has actually been referred 

to as the sunshine vitamin. Light hitting the skin from the sun’s rays stimulates 

the production of this vitamin and hormone. This is great news for those of us 

that can take a sun-bath daily. But, for those of us in colder, cloudier climates, 

we can up our intake from the foods we eat. This could explain why Native 

Inuit people in Alaska ate so much fish!

7 Health Benefits of Vitamin D

There are many reasons to stock up on foods containing vitamin D, health 

benefits of the vitamin include:

The prevention of chronic diseases.

The protection and lubrication of your bones, teeth and hair.


Note: I seem to have good bones and plenty of brown hair. And I have falsified

teeth so that ain't a factor here.


The regulation of cellular growth and healthy cell activity.

Overall reduction of systemic redness and swelling.

Skeletal health.

Postmenopausal women and African-American men may benefit the most.

As I mentioned above, if you are a vegetarian or don’t eat fish, you can still 

get the same benefits by taking a vitamin D supplement or make sure to get 

plenty of sun on a daily basis."

References:

Vitamin D Council. Vitamin D and Depression: A patient friendly summary. 2012.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education 

purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global 

Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose 

illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center 

are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have 

a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.


Note: An earlier article in one of the stories of my life said that Vitamin D was a

factor in artery plaque build up. Is this story told in the reverse because the 

Vitamin D Council is involved?


The Washington Post

Soda Taxes Spread After Votes in Four US Cities

Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016 04:20 PM

"Three California cities voted for a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and 

another in Colorado was likely to follow suit, unofficial election results 

showed on Wednesday, as local governments' push to cut soda consumption 

to stem obesity gathered speed.

The votes on so-called soda taxes in San Francisco, Albany and Oakland 

in California and in Boulder, Colorado, came a month after the World 

Health Organization recommended governments impose such taxes to 

battle obesity, diabetes and other diet-related diseases.

Tax proponents have recorded a series of victories in the United States this 

year, after numerous failed attempts.

Opponents argue that the taxes hit lower-income populations hardest, and 

that it is unfair to single out soda in the battle to fight obesity and diabetes. 

They also question the effectiveness of such taxes.

Larry Tramutola, a California political strategist who organized the pro-tax 

campaigns in San Francisco and Oakland, said the victory was "huge," 

adding: "This is the start of a national movement."

Philadelphia earlier this year passed a levy on soft drinks, pitched as a way to 

fill a budget shortfall via a tactic that other politicians and advocates have also 

adopted.

"I'm sure that other cities and states will look at this and put tax measures before 

their legislatures," said Michael Jacobson, co-founder and president of the 

Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington. "Legislators will say, 

'We get a twofer: balance the budget and improve public health.'"

The next soda tax vote is set for Cook County, Illinois, on Thursday.

Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and other companies in the roughly $100 billion 

U.S. soft drink industry are fighting the taxes at a time when soda consumption 

is falling.

They point instead to their efforts to reformulate products and broaden the 

range of drinks they offer to address consumers' health concerns. More than 

one-third of U.S. adults are obese.

"Our energy remains squarely focused on reducing the sugar consumed from 

beverages," a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association said in 

an emailed statement.

Shares in Pepsi and Coca Cola were both down nearly 2 percent, while Dr. 

Pepper Snapple Group was off 3.4 percent on Wednesday as the Dow Jones 

industrial average gained 0.9 percent.

Spending from both camps has soared this year as billionaire advocates for 

the tax, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, joined the fray.

For soda companies, the effects of the taxes on volumes and profits may be 

muted. In Mexico, which introduced a tax in 2014, per capita consumption 

dropped after the tax was introduced. But the impact on companies like Pepsi 

was offset by population growth and strong demand of non-fizzy beverages.

"This is more of a headline risk than a fundamental risk. It doesn't have an 

enormous impact on the companies themselves, as long as the (size of) taxes 

are within the realm of reason," said Ali Dibadj, analyst with Sanford C. 

Bernstein in New York.

Long-term, the effects could be greater if the taxes are increased and if more 

jurisdictions introduce them.

In San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, the taxes will be a penny per ounce, 

the same as in neighboring Berkeley, where voters passed a levy in 2014. 

In Boulder, the vote was for a 2-cent-per-ounce tax.

The San Francisco measure passed 62 percent to 38 percent and the Albany 

measure passed 71 percent to 29 percent. The Oakland measure had 61 

percent in favor and 39 percent opposed, and in Boulder the soda tax was 

passing 54 percent to 46 percent, with over three-quarters of the ballots 

counted."

© 2016 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Matea Gold is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, covering 

money and influence.  Follow @mateagold

Fenit Nirappil covers politics and government in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. 

He previously covered the California statehouse and suburban government 

outside Portland, Ore.  Follow @FenitN


VENGEANCE

The Washington Post

Politics

Vigils and protests swell across U.S. in wake of Trump victory

"Demonstrators around the country hit the streets on Nov. 9 to protest the 

election of President-elect Donald Trump. Protests were reported in major 

cities including New York, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles. (Victoria 

Walker, Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

By Matea Gold, Kari Lydersen and Fenit Nirappil November 10 at 6:14 AM 

Vigils and protests against Donald Trump spread from coast to coast early 

Thursday as crowds burned effigies of the president-elect, blocked highways 

and warned of wider backlash — underscoring the difficult task Trump faces 

in uniting a fractured country.

Despite Hillary Clinton and President Obama urging their backers to accept 

Trump’s victory and support his transition into power, thousands of 

demonstrators marched through the streets decrying his crude comments 

about women and attacks on immigrants.

Protests were reported in cities across the nation, from major metropolitan 

centers like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, to smaller cities, such as 

Richmond and Portland, Ore. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested.

Even cities in red states, such as Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas City, Mo., saw 

demonstrations.

In Oakland, Calif., two police officers were injured and two patrol cars 

burned as thousands of protesters took to the streets and chanted slogans 

against Trump, a police spokeswoman said. A few protesters threw objects 

at police dressed in riot gear, smashed windows and started small fires in 

the downtown area.

Protests swell across U.S. in wake of Trump victory

Vigils and protests flared up across the country Wednesday evening as 

opponents of President-elect Donald Trump expressed dismay with the 

election results, underscoring the difficult task he faces in uniting a fractured 

country.

In Los Angeles, thousands of protesters filled the streets, including some that 

burned a giant paper-mache Trump head in front of City Hall and others that 

spray-painted profanity on the Los Angeles Times building as well as on 

vehicles used by news organizations.

Hundreds of others blocked two different highways, backing up traffic 

for miles.

“I’m disappointed, shocked, a little panicked for my friends and family — 

for everything that will be unleashed, the hate that will be unleashed,” said 

Marion Hill, 22, who joined thousands who amassed outside of the Trump 

Tower in downtown Chicago.

Rainbow flags and signs bearing messages such as “Time to Revolt” waved 

above the crowd, as protesters filled Michigan Avenue, cheered on by 

drivers who honked their support. They then shut down Lake Shore Drive, 

the expressway along Lake Michigan.

Most of the major demonstrations took place in urban centers in blue states

Clinton won Tuesday — highlighting the demographic divide that shaped 

the election results.

The former secretary of state’s narrow victory in the popular vote spurred 

demonstrators in New York to chant “She got more votes!” as thousands 

amassed in front of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan. The crowd stretched 

several blocks down Fifth Avenue.

2016 Election exit polls: ’s building, chanting “Donald Trump, go away! Sexist, 

racist, anti-gay!”

At one point, demonstrators lit an American flag on fire. Later, amid a 

cacophony of loud chants, a glowing “Love Trumps Hate” banner was held 

aloft under the Trump Tower sign. The singer Cher mingled in the crowd, 

doling out hugs.

In Washington, a crowd of hundreds of mostly young protesters gathered 

outside the White House for a candlelight vigil before marching to the new 

Trump International Hotel a few blocks away on Pennsylvania Avenue.

“I’m trying to not be angry and trying to find more positive way to express 

my reactions. I don’t think anger will help,” said Kate Lasso, 57, who joined 

the crowd. But for the wife of a Guatemalan immigrant, who has relatives in 

the country without proper documentation, restraining emotion was difficult.

“They have kids,” she said. “They have been living here. What is going to 

happen to them?”

Hundreds also marched through Philadelphia, with about 700 people heading 

north through Center City and blocking intersections as they made their way 

up Broad Street, police said.

The protesters in these scattered cities — some of them the same places that 

have seen heated demonstrations sparked by fatal police shootings in recent 

years — could be seen in videos streaming across on cable news and social 

media, lit by flashing police lights and streetlights as they wound through 

metropolitan streets.

Many who turned out said they were fearful that Trump would follow through 

with his pledge to deport undocumented immigrants.

“I just felt waking up today that I was waking up to a whole new world, to a 

nightmare for my parents and people I care about and love,” said Tony, 

a 23-year-old line cook who declined to give his last name as he marched 

in Chicago, carrying his 6-year-old daughter on his shoulders.

“There’s so much heartache,” he said. “It’s a bad time to be a Muslim or an 

illegal citizen in this country.”

In Santa Ana., Calif., Lucy Dominguez, 37, and her husband, Oliver Lopez, 33, 

had their arms around one another and held a sign reading, “Peace.”

“I came to stand up with the people. To stand up with my people, the Latino 

community,” she said. “I chose the peace sign because we need peace in this 

moment.”

Hours earlier, Trump struck magnanimous note of reconciliation as he 

claimed victory shortly before 3 a.m.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. “We 

have to get together. To all Republicans, Democrats and independents 

across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

Trump’s tone was echoed by Obama and Clinton, who told their supporters not 

to despair as Republicans rejoiced at the idea that they will control both the 

legislative and executive branches of government in two and-a-half months.

“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,” Clinton said. “This 

is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

Clinton, who was misty-eyed at times but composed throughout her remarks, 

said the long and bitter campaign against Trump showed that “our nation is 

more deeply divided that we thought.”

But she told her backers: “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

Minutes later, Obama addressed reporters in the Rose Garden with Vice 

President Biden by his side, as more than a hundred White House staffers 

stood off to the side. Several of the aides were visibly emotional, with at 

least one crying before he began speaking.

“Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after 

we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural 

scrimmage,” Obama said, vowing to work to ensure a smooth transition for 

the president-elect.

But the displays of anger and grief on the streets Wednesday indicated the 

depth of the rupture in the country — and the distrust with which many 

Americans view Trump.

“He’s going to lead us to a very dark place for women,” said Samantha 

Sylverne, a 19-year-old student, who marched in Chicago carrying a sign 

scrawled on a cardboard box that read, “Amerikkka elected a rapist.”

“Along with how it affects our reproductive rights, the things Donald Trump 

spews about women shape how Americans think they can talk about women 

and other marginalized people,” she said.

In New York, where protesters walked in the streets, disrupting traffic, 

Brandon Ramos, 21, said the election result “feels like a nightmare.”

“I’m Latino,” he said. “My entire family and neighborhood are depressed. 

I still haven’t comprehended it.”

Tensions flared particularly high on college campuses. At American University 

in Washington, students burned American flags and some shouted “F--- white 

America!”

In Austin, students at the University of Texas led a march for hours through 

the city Wednesday afternoon. As hundreds of protesters wove into traffic,

bus drivers high-fived the students. Some in their vehicles got out and 

hugged them, tears streaming down their faces.

“Seeing this is everything,” said Jennifer Rowsey, 47, as the march passed 

by a coffee shop next to Austin City Hall where she is the human resource 

manager. “I felt so isolated,” she said. “I don’t feel so alone now.”

Austin City Council member Greg Casar, the son of Mexican immigrants 

and a community organizer, joined up with the protesters when they passed 

by an interview he was giving with local media.

“A lot of people are calling for healing,” he said. “I think we should reject 

that.”

He said that now is the time to support protesters, strikers and other forms 

of civil disobedience. Casar said if Trump comes to Austin, he will refuse to 

shake his hand. “If I have to go to jail,” for protesting, he said, “I’ll go to jail.”

The evening march in Washington converged in front of the Trump hotel, 

where one demonstrator pasted a sign of Trump’s face marked with the word 

“Hate” on the side of the building.

A few protesters attempted to rush through a crowd barrier in front of the 

hotel’s side entrance before security officials quickly intervened and pushed 

them back. Other protesters jeered against the escalation, drowning out the 

momentary disruption with chants of “When they go low, we go high.”

Some in the crowd distributed fliers with plans for another protest — on 

Inauguration Day.

Bailey Walker, a 20-year-old George Mason University student, found 

herself grappling with how she could have been so confident of a Clinton 

victory.

“I created an echo chamber within my social media and friend groups, and 

I wasn’t listening,” said Walker, who said she knew only a few Trump 

supporters from the college public speaking circuit.

“I need to do a better job of connecting with them and engaging,” she said. 

“Meeting in person would be a big step.”"

Lydersen reported from Chicago. Eva Ruth Moravec in Austin; Katie Zezima 

in Santa Ana, Calif.; Philip Bump, Ryan Carey-Mahoney, Kayla Epstein and 

Anne Gearan in New York; and Juliet Eilperin and Mark Berman in 

Washington contributed to this report.


US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Final electoral college vote count:   Trump  279   Clinton  228


npr.org

Shades Of 2000? Clinton Surpasses Trump In Popular Vote Tally

November 9, 2016 - 7:22 AM ET

BILL CHAPPELL

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finds herself on the wrong 

end of an electoral split, moving ahead in the popular vote but losing to 

President-elect Donald Trump in the Electoral College, according to the latest 

numbers emerging Wednesday.

As of 2 p.m. ET, Clinton had amassed 59,626,052 votes nationally, to Trump's 

59,427,652 — a margin of 198,400 that puts Clinton on track to become the fifth 

U.S. presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election.

Neither candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote: As of noon Wednesday, 

Clinton stood at 47.7 percent and Trump at 47.5 percent.

"Trump crossed the 270 electoral vote threshold at 2:31 a.m. ET with a victory in 

Wisconsin," as NPR's Carrie Johnson reported last night.

Addressing the results publicly for the first time Wednesday morning, Clinton 

said that she had offered to work with Trump as he assumes the presidency, 

saying, "I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans."

Clinton also acknowledged, "This is painful — and it will be for a long time."

Of the election's results, Clinton added that the country's electorate had proved 

to be "more deeply divided than we thought."

If the final tally follows the current trend, the result would mark the second 

time in the past 16 years that a Democrat has lost a national election while 

winning the popular vote. In 2000, Al Gore narrowly won the popular vote 

against George Bush, but he lost the presidency by five electoral votes in a hotly 

contested result.

Because of how the Electoral College works, it's theoretically possible for a 

candidate to win the White House with less than 30 percent of the popular 

vote, as NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben recently reported.

Discussing the 2000 election, Danielle noted that despite the split outcome, 

that race "also has the electoral-vote margin that most closely reflects the

popular-vote margin."

Danielle added, "In that sense, one could call it one of the 'fairest' elections in 

modern politics."

Before the 2000 presidential race, the popular and electoral vote had been 

split three times — all in the 1800s. Here's the full list that Hillary Clinton is now 

poised to join:

Andrew Jackson in 1824 (lost to John Quincy Adams)

Samuel Tilden in 1876 (lost to Rutherford B. Hayes)

Grover Cleveland in 1888 (lost to Benjamin Harrison)

Al Gore in 2000 (lost to George W. Bush)

The last time the electoral college system came up for serious debate was in 

the late 1960s. From the House of Representatives archives:

"The closest Congress has come to amending the Electoral College since 1804 

was during the 91st Congress (1969–1971). H.J. Res. 681 proposed the direct 

election of a President and Vice President, requiring a run off when no 

candidate received more than 40 percent of the vote. The resolution passed 

the House in 1969, but failed to pass the Senate."


WEATHER

Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today                                                SUNNY                       58° 41°

Fri                                                     CLOUDY                    50° 30°

Sat                                                     SUNNY                       49° 28°

Sun                                                    SUNNY                       54° 34°

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather


I went to pick up my two new and tinted eyeglasses at the Massillon Walmart 

yesterday. I almost froze my arse off. I wore a coat, T-shirt, socks and my 

new Merrell shoes and shorts. All are made of polyester except the socks and 

shoes. My legs weren't cold, just my upper body. Next time I'm out in weather 

like this I'll wear a heavier coat. I'm usually better prepared than this.

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