Monday, June 24, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): Out & About in Our World....

It is the dawn of a new week here in our properties.   As we picked up this image courtesy of the Team at the Economist of London deliberated the differences with California and Texas, we though this latest from the eloquent Trevor Noah reflects upon quite a World--we won't give away the surprise twists and turns: 

Onward to the new week!!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Friday Edition): On the Week That Was..

President Trump officially launched his Re-Election bid this week.  Please enjoy the following perspectives on the week that was: 

We close out with this on Sudan as we commend Trevor Noah for his matter-of-fact assessment of the upheaval in Susan: 

Boris Johnson (Source:  The Economist) 
#WeShallOvercome as we remember the 70 Million of our brothers and sisters who are refugees as the World remembered refugees on World Refugee Day yesterday.   This is as it looked increasingly likely that Boris Johnson would be the new UK Prime Minister and the Economist of London noted this during a commentary this week: 

The Tory leadership race
The Boris bubble that threatens Britain’s Conservatives 
A worrying number of MPs are backing Boris Johnson mainly because others are

Truly Challenging Times  as we close out with this perspective on the current conflict with Iran as only noted by Trevor Noah:

As we went to press, we picked up reporting from the New York Times on President Trump having approved strikes against Iranian Targets that he decided to pull back at the last minute:  

Our team will continue to monitor as the implications will be profound.....

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On #Iran....

We have been following the case of Nazanin Zargari-Ratcliffe as she has been on a hunger strike joined by her husband in front of the Iranian Embassy in London.    We urge Iranian authorities to release Mrs. Ratcliffe immediately so that she and her daughter can leave Iran.  

We have also been following the case of other prisoners along with recent developments including a major declaration by 14 leading writers and activists on a call for the immediate resignation of the Supreme Guide (also referred to as the Supreme Leader in the West).  Three of the signatures had an interview on the Iran-E-Farda Network and our team will have a transcription of it soon.   Iran also shot down a US Drone and President Trump reacted harshly also he noted that he believes it was unintentional.  Our team will continue to assess that as well not withstanding the bellicose rhetoric by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Commanders.

Challenging times...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Notations On Our World (@POTUS Weekly Edition): As @realDonaldTrump Begins Re-Election...

Donald Trump campaigns in Florida in 2016.

As we went to Press, US President Trump accompanied by Vice President Pence and staff left for Florida to formally launch the 2020 Re-Election bid noting how some 75,000+ people had asked for tickets for the arena in Florida.    This is as the tensions with Iran rise, the Acting Defense Secretary has withdrawn as a candidate for Defense Secretary and has resigned his position with immediate effect.     Our team has also been assessing the latest on the Trump Peace Plan as we saw a note from the US Special Envoy about a potential failure of the Peace Plan they have touted as the "Deal of the Century" as neither Israel or members of the Palestinian Leadership will not be at the workshop in Bahrain.

Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert  (whom we regularly feature here in the perspectives property) reflected upon what President Trump was up to:

We close out with this From Jon Stewart as he rebuked the US Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, after he questioned why Jon Stewart was "bent out of Shape" in an interview on Fox News: 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Notations From The Grid (Weekly Edition): On the Week That Was......


The Bahrain Conference spearheaded by the Trump Administration Looms.   This is as the March of Return continues.   Our team captured scenes from the past week as we also caught this: 

Lea Tsemel has been at the forefront of representing Palestinians for over 50 years-It is a very compelling 17 minutes on the true reality of the State of Affairs in Israel and Palestine as we also wanted to present a true sense of the reality of the Global Economic War that continues courtesy of Fortune's Alan Murray:

JUNE 14, 2019

New signs emerged that the trade war is dragging down the global economy. The International Energy Agency this morning cut its projection for energy demand this year by 100,000 barrels to 1.2 million barrels per day, citing the “worsening trade outlook” as a “common theme across all regions.” China reported the slowest growth in factory output since 2002. And more than 500 U.S. companies—including retail giants WalmartTarget and Costco—saidtariffs are hurting American businesses and consumers. A survey of CFOs found nearly half expected a recession by the middle of next year.
All of this ups the ante for a possible meeting between President Trump and President Xi at the G20 summit in Japan June 28-29. Trump has requested a meeting, and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said yesterday the president has threatened to raise tariffs further if Xi doesn’t agree.
Apple CEO Tim Cook had a private meeting with the president yesterday to discuss trade, among other things. I don’t know what he said, but I’d be willing to bet the CEO advised that public threats won’t help bring the Chinese leader to the table.

Jon Stewart also spoke on the 9/11 Fund that he championed in criticizing the US Senate Majority Leader--this is as the US Senate Majority Leader has only allowed 21 Bills out of 264 Bills passed in the US House of Representatives including suppressing Election Security Legislation as noted by the Washington Examiner: 

Jon Stewart

Comedian Jon Stewart criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Sunday, saying the Republican lawmaker has never dealt with the issue of compensating 9/11 emergency responders compassionately, and has consistently obstructed efforts to ensure the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is adequately supported.
"In terms of getting the 9/11 bills passed, Mitch McConnell has been the white whale on this," Stewart told Fox News Sunday, referring to the elusive whale in Moby Dick. "This has never been dealt with compassionately by Mitch McConnell."

Profound challenging times...
Profound challenging times...

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Notations On Our World (W-End Edition): The Democrats Are on Stage....

Please note the following courtesy of the Democratic National Committee on the upcoming candidates debate: 

Join us.

Today NBC announced the official lineups for the first Democratic presidential primary debate.

NIGHT ONE, Wednesday, June 26:
  • Cory Booker
  • Bill de Blasio
  • Julián Castro
  • John Delaney
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Jay Inslee
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Beto O'Rourke
  • Tim Ryan
  • Elizabeth Warren
NIGHT TWO, Thursday, June 27:
  • Michael Bennet
  • Joe Biden
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Kamala Harris
  • John Hickenlooper
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Eric Swalwell
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Andrew Yang
The first debate of this cycle is going to be an exciting event that you won't want to miss out on. So, be sure to mark your calendar now for both nights of the first official debate in the race for the Democratic Party's nomination. You'll hear from this incredible slate of Democratic candidates as they share their vision to get our country back on track.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Thursday Edition): On @POTUS Watch Weekly On #Mexico, Tarrifs & Other Thoughts (UPDATED)

For this edition of @POTUS Watch, we hereby present a compilation of the late night commentary on President Trump as he also noted that he would take Foreign Government Dirt on Another Campaign and would not necessarily Call the FBI--It would be interesting how the White House would respond to it:


(Update:   President Trump's Senior Counselor, Kelly Ann Conoway, was accused of violating the Hatch Act and a recommendation was made to remove her from Federal Service:

Kellyanne Conway is shown.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on "numerous occasions," the Office of Special Counsel announced Thursday.
A letter was sent to President Trump recommending she be removed from federal service.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

An Outsider Musical Interlude by Avalon Jazz Band - I love Paris (Cole Porter)

Let’s Make a Deal: Mexico Edition | The Daily Show

President Kennedy's Final Address to the United Nations General Assembly

@realDonaldTrump's Super Secret Agreement With Mexico

Notations From the Grid (Special Edition): Jon Stewart Opening Statement on 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

We are honored to present this as we pay tribute to Jon Stewart for being at the forefront of his advocacy for the 9/11 First Respondents--We Salute Him.  

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): Samurai Abe Goes to Tehran

 Ø§Ø³ØªÙ‚بال رسمی روحانی از نخست وزیر ژاپن در کاخ سعدآباد

As we went to press, the Japanese Prime Minister is in Tehran and earlier today Tehran Time received a formal welcome from the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani:

Here is a sampling of the Iranian Media as The Japanese Prime Minister was due in Tehran depicting him as a Samuari underscoring the significance of the visit:

There is also a sense out of Iran that this is a chance for Iran to emerge from its' international isolation and potentially create some sense of a diplomatic ceasefire as the Iranian Economy continues to suffer and the people continue to suffer.   The question is whether Iranian Leaders will take advantage of it remains to be seen.

Watch this space...

Notations On Our World (Special Mid-Week Edition): Counterpoint Looks at Our World

Please Enjoy

Welcome to Counterpoint, where you will find original editorial cartoons from diverse perspectives drawn especially for you.

This week our almighty eight artists engage events from abundant angles. Front and center is the ongoing tussle over abortion rights in conservative states. In Virginia, yet another mass shooting lowers heads and raises questions. Donald Trump never escapes scrutiny and his recent overseas visit supplies our satirists with ample ammunition. Finally, John McCain looms large, once again.

Great Britain is deeply divided by Brexit. It appears the only person capable of uniting the country is the universally disliked Donald Trump.
Cartoon by Kevin KAL Kallaugher for Counterpoint.
A recent Georgia law with strict limits on abortion has ignited a boycott from disapproving filmmakers.
Cartoon by Rick McKee for Counterpoint.
Donald Trump is known to be a habitual TV-watcher with very specific tastes.
Cartoon by Darren Bell for Counterpoint.
The Supreme Court will likely revisit the decades-old ruling of Roe v Wade in the near future.
Cartoon by Lisa Benson for Counterpoint.
Hollywood companies and celebrities are protesting the recent surge of state anti-Abortion laws.
Cartoon by Mike Lester for Counterpoint.
During a recent trip to Japan, any evidence of the nearby navy ship USS John McCain was deliberately hidden from the delicate eyes of President Trump.
Cartoon by Nick Anderson for Counterpoint.
Virginia Beach was the most recent of a never-ending string of American mass shootings.
Cartoon by Rob Rogers for Counterpoint.
And some states are seriously considering voting by mobile phone. Wtf? LMAO!
Cartoon by Michael Ramirez for Counterpoint.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): IC3 Issues Alert on HTTPS Phishing

We hereby note this which we hereby release on all our properties immediately:

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Logo
National Cyber Awareness System:

06/10/2019 05:23 PM EDT

Original release date: June 10, 2019The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert on Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) phishing—a scheme which lures email recipients into visiting malicious websites that look legitimate and secure.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the IC3 Alertand the CISA Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks. If you believe you are a victim of cybercrime, file a complaint with IC3 at

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On The True Possibilities

As a new week dawns here in our properties, we hereby present the following from John  Wood Jr. as he spoke at the Aspen Institute on a possible Vision of the Future:

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Community Edition): Visiting The Orange County Wall of Honor

This week was the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.    We had the honor to remember the prayer offered by President Roosevelt that President Trump noted at ceremonies in England earlier this week.    In honor of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, our team visited Heroes Hall and the Orange County Walk of Honor located at the Orange County Fairgrounds of Fame this past week: 


Thursday, June 6, 2019

What Trump's New Tariffs Will Do To Beer, Avocados & Tequila

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On this 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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"Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. 
"Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. 
"They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph. 
"They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken with the violences of war. 
"For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home. 
"Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.
"And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas -- whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them--help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice. 
"Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts. 
"Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces. 
"And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be. 

"And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

"With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace, a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

"Thy will be done, Almighty God.


Monday, June 3, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On @POTUS Watch As @realDonaldTrump is on a State Visit to the UK

We hereby present an address by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II & President Trump during a State Dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth:

This is also the Week that celebrates the 75th Anniversary of D-Day as many Veterans will be celebrate and remember--this note from General Eisenhower reflected the agony if it all went wrong: