Saturday, February 11, 2017

Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Refugees

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Mod: You don't ordinarily see articles posted on such major Internet news players as The Daily Beast that are of close personal interest to the City of Sierra Madre, but this one does discuss TrinidadColorado. Which, as I am sure you know, is where Sierra Madre's next City Manager Gabe Engeland is coming to us from. The topic is medical marijuana, something Trinidad has become a known center for in this country. It is not only a compassionate medical industry, but also a taxably advantageous and profitable one as well. This article first appeared on November 7 of 2016, so there are many references to the then upcoming presidential election.

Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Refugees (The Daily Beast link): They may not be the migrants that candidates are referring to this election cycle, but a steady number of families whose children have chronic health issues are moving to Colorado to take advantage of legalized pot.

Trinidad, CO — On a cool autumn morning in this idyllic town of roughly eight thousand, residents walk along the charming main street with lattés in hand. The bell tower of the Holy Trinity Church rings out as leaves fall, perfecting the picturesque scene.

Trinidad is experiencing a revival after years of decay. It wasn’t until both medical and recreational marijuana use became fully legal in Colorado in 2014 that tax dollars came flooding in, leading to the city’s renewal.

City Manager Gabe Engeland told CNN earlier this year that Trinidad made $800,000 in marijuana sales from November 2014 to November 2015—which accounted for 10 percent of total tax revenue. It was a surprise: they expected $200,000 for that period.

Along with the tax dollars came out-of-staters, including medical refugees who saw Colorado as an emerald sanctuary where cannabinoids could ease their pain, or the pain of their loved ones.

“Nobody is talking about it,” Glen Mayes, a medical marijuana refugee from Texas, told The Daily Beast in an interview. “It’s really frustrating.”

Mayes was speaking specifically about the 2016 presidential candidates. This year’s race for the highest office in the land has focused heavily on refugees, with Republican nominee Donald Trump causing controversy by proposing a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., with special emphasis placed on refugees coming from Iraq and Syria.

But in Mayes’ view, Trump is the only candidate who has reached out to his refugee demographic at all: “Donald has come out and said some things for people with alternative health views, and medical marijuana.”

Trump said on the O’Reilly factor in February that marijuana legalization is “good” in “some ways.” He continued: “I know people that have serious problems… and… it really, really does help them.”

Mayes is a recent arrival to Colorado. He moved his family from Austin to Littleton, outside of Denver, on Fourth of July weekend. His son, Orion, was diagnosed at 10 weeks old with polymicrogyria, an incredibly rare developmental disorder that affects the brain.

Polymicrogyria causes many problems. One of them is gran mal seizures, which feature loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. Orion, who is now four years old, suffered his first seizure as a toddler on Christmas Day.

Doctors began prescribing valium for the seizures and other symptoms of Orion’s disease. But Mayes was a guard at a juvenile detention center who was certified to hand out medication. He explained that he had to take many courses to attain the certification, and he knew exactly what the 7.5 grams of valium was doing to his infant son’s body. “It was killing me to give my child valium. I knew he would have mobility issues, I knew his organs were shutting down.”

So he began researching cannabis oil, which has shown great potential in controlling seizures. It worked. With the cannabis oil, Orion’s seizures have dramatically reduced. Previously, the young boy was unable to keep food down or remain hydrated, but Mayes said that has also improved.

“My son is doing a lot better. He’s getting a lot more hydration. He’s growing and talking and he’s so much more conscientious,” he joyfully told The Daily Beast.

Texas has medical marijuana legislation on the books. The “Compassionate Use Act,” signed in 2015, theoretically opened the door to the substance.

But the cannabis oil which was made legal is only applicable for patients suffering from intractable epilepsy who have documentation that two other medications were found to be ineffective.

Another roadblock, according to the Texas Political Director for Marijuana Policy Project Heather Fazio, is that doctors are required to prescribe the medicine, as opposed to other states where they are allowed to “recommend” the cannabis treatment. Recommendations are protected as free speech, while prescriptions can lead to criminal sanctions.

Dean Bortell, a father of an 11-year-old girl named Alexis who has the intractable epilepsy the Texas law is supposed to treat, told The Daily Beast that people like his daughter are not “going to be get better with the law as it’s written.”

Alexis currently uses a mix of two different cannabinoids—CBD and THC, the psychoactive ingredient that produces a high—to fight the seizures. The THC, which is not legal under Texas’ medical marijuana law, is critical.

While Dean remained in Texas, his wife Analiza moved to Colorado and began testing marijuana’s efficacy in treating epilepsy. “We had written down that if we hit seven days without a seizure, that would be the bar to move to Colorado. When we got 33, we decided ‘we’re coming.’”

Alexis has now gone roughly 600 days [593 during the interview] without a seizure. She has become a figurehead for the movement to change legislation in Texas to reflect the overwhelming support for marijuana reform.

When doting fathers like Bortell and Mays see improvements in their children, they are troubled by the fact that medical marijuana refugees are being left out of the national discourse. Their exclusion is to the point that there are no official numbers for this type of refugee in the U.S.

“We don’t know if we’re in the dark or the light. We’re kind of stuck in that grey area. We wish one of the candidates would stand up for us,” Bortell concluded.

Jason Cranford, the CEO of nonprofit Flowering H.O.P.E. which educates patients and families new to medical cannabis and provides them cannabis oil at break-even prices to aid in the prevention of seizures, echoed the concerns of Bortell and Mays.

Chelsea Clinton saying that marijuana was toxic or lethal, that kind of makes me [think] Hillary feels the same way,” Cranford explained when asked how he felt about this election’s discourse concerning marijuana laws.

Chelsea Clinton said at a town hall in late September that there is “anecdotal evidence now from Colorado, where some of the people who were taking marijuana for those purposes, the coroner believes, after they died, there was drug interactions with other things they were taking.” Chelsea Clinton’s spokesperson later issued a statement saying she misspoke.

“I don’t like Trump. I think he’s an asshole. But he’s said he’s friendly to states’ rights issues” which would contribute to Colorado’s marijuana industry, Cranford continued. He feels the same way as many voters.

But the CEO, who recently finished harvesting 800 pounds of marijuana, said the “genie is out of the bottle” regarding alternative medicines and medical marijuana.

As a botanist, he wants public, peer-reviewed research into the medical efficacy of cannabis. “I think what we are going to see is more access to research. If the government can’t [stop the growing use of medical marijuana], what they can do is make sure it’s safe,” Cranford said.

“There are thousands and thousands of growers across the U.S. We have too much money to fight. We have too much power to stay silent,” Cranford concluded.

The Daily Beast contacted Robert Capecchi, the in-house lobbyist for advocacy group the Marijuana Policy Project. When asked if there has been an increase in lobbying efforts, Capecchi said that it has been steady for years, and that growers such as Cranford have yet to form their own specific lobbying groups.

Capecchi explained that the future of marijuana policy hinges more on Congress’ makeup than the next president.

“I can see successful initiatives going forward with both candidates,” he continued. “Secretary Clinton has expressed her desire to reschedule marijuana to schedule two and allow scientific research. It think it should be taken off the schedule completely, but it’s it a start.

“I’m more worried about a Trump presidency. Even though he has vocalized support for reform, the company he keeps gives me pause,” the lobbyist said.

He was referring to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, both of whom have vocalized ardent opposition to reforming marijuana laws.

At the moment, marijuana is still a Schedule 1 drug according to the Drug Enforcement Agency, along with heroin, ecstasy and the cannibalism-inducing bath salts.

Mod: For the rest of the article click on the link provided above. The next article comes from a site called Herb, and gives us some details on Trinidad's famous weed emporium. It is quite the attraction, though I don't know how real that picture is.

Graphic from the Herb article.
You’ll Love Shopping In This Marijuana Mall (Herb link): It’s likely most of you never believed that in your lifetime, you would be able to walk into a one stop shop for marijuana. Colorado will be the pioneer of the world’s first marijuana mall, that is all about marijuana shops and marijuana products. This exciting new shopping location in Trinidad, Colorado will be hosting all kinds of shops that will probably stock a range of marijuana products as well as all the helpful paraphernalia that weed smokers require.

Can you imagine how this is going to change buying marijuana in the USA? There are no limits to how this can change the culture of buying marijuana all around the world, with the world’s first marijuana mall. To think of how rapidly the acceleration of marijuana legalization has impacted the USA puts it in the forefront of marijuana culture.

Mod: You can find the rest of the article at the link above. Would this sort of thing be a good use for all that empty space at Howie's?

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83 comments:

  1. Does this make Trinidad a "sanctuary city" for those needing medical marijuana?

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    1. seriously, our City Council thought that this guy had the qualifications to run the city around?

      all he did was the obvious.

      we are allot more complicated and metropolitan issues.

      face it he's gonna recommend pot shops. that's all he's got in his bag of tricks.

      and we are stuck paying him for 5 years.

      kudos to him, our Council must have been sharing in a bong with him during negotiations.

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    2. This new effort would bring a real buzz of excitement to Chamber of Commerce meetings.

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    3. well they certainly weed out the others

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    4. as long as we have all stoners unturned

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    5. come to sierra madre, we are a bunch of potholes

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    6. we are as american has cannabis-infused apple pie

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    7. come to sierra madre, would you like a half of a glass of water with that?

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    8. sierra madre, you brink the cotton mouth, we'll bring the yellowish water

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  2. "City Manager Gabe Engeland told CNN earlier this year that Trinidad made $800,000 in marijuana sales from November 2014 to November 2015—which accounted for 10 percent of total tax revenue. It was a surprise: they expected $200,000 for that period."

    Trinidad is in the middle of nowhere. Sierra Madre is in one of the most densely populated counties in America. The "revenue enhancements" realized by locating medical marijuana facilities here could be huge.

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  3. Marijuana sales would do no good for SM. There are too many shops around this area already. We don't need more traffic in town causing accidents and higher water usage because of more people at restaurants.

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    1. More people in the Sierra Madre restaurants would be great, especially because one person on this blog likes to advocate for boycotts.

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    2. You are saying Marijuana dispensaries are bad because they would increase business in Sierra Madre by people drinking water and driving in the business district? Strange concept.

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    3. The water at restaurants issue is important. All those pot users eating there will be fighting cotton mouth.

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    4. Euuu, Josh Moran isn't still around, is he?

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    5. Businesses don't pay the same water rates as the residents.

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    6. put weed on the menu and i will eat in town. like a true townie.

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    7. It is time to bring the Green Committee back.

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  4. Well, since marijuana continus to be under Federal laws, facilities won't come to Siwrra Madre.have
    Cranford, who thinks Trump is an a**hole, will have to kiss Trumps a**, if he wishes to be included in advancing medical cannabis research debate. President Trump appears to be receptive to CBD and it's medicinal abilitiesor and possible the mix of THC.
    The death of President Trumps brother, connected to substance abuse; sadly brought a more indebth awareness to the family of the pro's and con's connection in these medicinal and not so medicated research areas.

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    1. You seem to be on something much stronger than Marijuana. I have no idea what you are trying to say it's gibberish.

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    2. 7:29 - Trump's opinions change from day to day. Who knows what he thinks now.

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    3. 7:29, spellcheck is not hard to use, honest. Give it a try?

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    4. I think 7:29 is trying to say that Trump issued an executive order making it a legal requirement that for anyone to get a permit to open a marijuana business in Sierra Madre, Cranford must first kiss Trump's posterior. This requirement is based on Trump's indebth awareness of the pro's and con's.

      We should thank 7:29 for his sage analysis of well-reasoned Trump orders that the mainstream media refuses to cover.

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    5. a'm ithe onl.yone who had truobl.e underdysnding thid pos?

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  5. Glenn Mayes, Texas pot head refugee, needs to exhale after consuming his Texas Tea. There is NO MUSLIM BAN.
    He should clear the haze and read the Travel Order, otherwise he is representing the old phrase; "look at this fried egg, this is your brain on drugs".

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    1. The article was written on Nov 7, 2016. This was before Trump's current version of what he once called a Muslim Ban. Of course, ardent flip-flopper that he is, he has made his language selection a little more politically correct than what he was saying during the campaign. Read before you spout, 8:13.

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    2. You have smeared Glenn Mayes, 8:13. He is not a user. He takes his child to Trinidad to help fight seizures. Apologize, please.

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    3. and if he does, who cares. but jeez. poor kid.

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    4. this is your brain.
      this is your brain served with beans and rice.
      get the picture?

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    5. I ordered the flan.

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  6. FOX NEWS: Hundreds of workers at Government Consumer Watch Dog Agency set up by Liz Warren, of Dodd Frank; earn over $100,000.00. Who's keeping them accountable?

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    1. Thank you for identifying this as a Fox News report. That way everyone should know it can be ignored as fake news.

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    2. This political time of ours is so rich in irony that it will be used as an example of the term for a long time to come.
      Fox news is the mouthpiece for the .01% in our country. The president and his cohorts have an obscene amount of money, and unlike Gates, don't share.

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    3. Hopefully not the same people in charge of keeping roger ailes and bill oreilly accaountable for sexual harassment. Fox is home to wolves

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    4. They're hell on blonds.

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    5. Accountable in what sense 8:19? Would the the subject of your post--the "hundreds of workers"--be more accountable if they "earn over" $50,000 or $70,000?

      More to the point, what don't you like about the CFPB protecting the people from the illegal excesses of big businesses and the illegal schemes of con artists? That is the undercurrent of your post, isn't it?

      So you don't like the CFPB getting court orders to freeze the assets of scammers and shut down the scams, sanctioning the scammers, and using the proceeds to help victims? Why? Is it because some of the scammers turn out to be big banks and other businesses?

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  7. I would think the owners of the Howie's site would be desperate enough to try anything at this point.

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    1. Maybe the owners of Carter One would be interested in opening a kind of marijuana community up there. Might be easier to get approval for than their McMansion suburb.

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    2. To the owners of the Howies property. HA HA HA

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    3. The Downtown Spliffistic Zone.

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  8. 8:45am. Why woyld anyone want to share their money with a pot head? You must be high and desperate for a hit.

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  9. "Trump said on the O’Reilly factor in February that marijuana legalization is 'good' in “some ways.” He continued: 'I know people that have serious problems… and… it really, really does help them.'”

    Trump's a groovy head.

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  10. "A Friend with weed is a friend indeed" Pot head? really lol haven't heard that term in 50 years.

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    1. Beats being called a pan head.

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    2. Pan head a Harley Davidson motor 1948-1965. Muy Macho.

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    3. Urban Dictionary - Pan head
      A derogatory term used to describe somone who looks as if they have been hit over the back of the head with a frying pan.

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  11. 9:44am. So in your world these rip off the public while hiding behind the created jobs, only to rake in humongous saleries, more than the so called big bank scammers CEO's make, is a good thing?

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  12. Kmart and Sears have joined the parade of retailers and celebrities cutting their ties with the Trump family brand in recent weeks.

    Business Insider reported that the two companies are no longer offering items from the Trump Home collection on their websites.

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    1. Thank God the .99c Store is hanging in there.

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  13. 10:07am. Old hippies never die....

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  14. Not until reading postings on The Tattler, did I realize that the town of Sierra Madre was the locale for Kardashian fashionista barbies. The envy of body shaping and hair dyes; blogged on this site is better than TMZ!

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    1. I think you mighta bin shoppin' at WeedMart.

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    2. You figured it out, 11:16. It's every woman's dream to look like a Barbie doll.

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    3. Botoxed siliconed sexbots rule!

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  15. Credit rating firm: Trump a risk to 'international economic conditions'
    http://thehill.com/policy/finance/318912-credit-rater-trump-a-risk-to-international-economic-conditions

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  16. 9:25 am. The owner of the Howies site is well iff, he's probably forgotten he holds the property. He may be holding out for future development of that site, after the Post Office closes; additional parking, since underground parking is not an option.

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    1. Be a really good place for a WeedMart. The BevMo of cannabis franchise stores.

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  17. 11:14am. Urban Dictionary? Pan Head sounds more like an Abbot and Costello gig.
    As an old hippie and easy rider, " pan head" will always be Harley.

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  18. This purple haze weather is a good day for baking brownies. I'm gonna play some Iron Butterfly tunes and check out, till after my nap. Old hippies never die but, but hang ten takes more energy these days, had to turn over my Harley keys to the grandchild.

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    1. I'd forgotten Iron Butterfly, though I remember the album's cover. Will give them a listen now.

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    2. The most famous thing Iron Butterfly ever did was have a new band called Led Zeppelin open for them. After that nobody remembered who they ever were.

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    3. Seriously, doesn't the guitarist for iron butterfly live in the canyon? On brookside maybe

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    4. If true wouldn't that make the Canyon the Garden of Eden?

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  19. High speed rail deal, may be negotiated with the Japonesse. The job deals just keep coming. Less than a few weeks in office and the future of Americans economy looks great. Thanx President Trump.

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    1. Who is going to make this fast choo choo? The US or the "Japonesse?"

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    2. California already started high speed rail as consulted Japan. Trump got nothing to do with it.

      Are you getting paid to promote trump?

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    3. 11:54 is talking about a deal with the "Japonesse" not Japan.

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    4. I think 11:54 is speaking about a crime syndicate like Vito "Don Vito" Genovese possibly the Abe Japonesse syndicate.

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    5. Abe vigoda sleeps wit da fishes

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  20. Donald Trump is ALL CAPS.
    http://bipartisanreport.com/2017/02/11/trump-erupts-into-all-caps-saturday-morning-twitter-explosion-buckle-up/

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    1. omg. best web address ever. ^^^ sooooo funny!

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    2. I give it a year or two before Trump permanently holes himself up in Trump Tower, a disheveled mat of gray and orange hair hanging off one side of his head, the dirty surgical mask that covers his germaphobic countenance emitting throaty mumbles of his greatness, his little hands strangely magnified by the twisted seven inch long nails extending from his tiny fingers, all except the tweeter finger, which with craggily end madly pokes out in CAPS each imaginary fact and paranoid thought that pops into his head.

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  21. No, that band was the Eagle's, I think he and wife and kids still there. Wierd coincide, Stevie Nicks lived in the canyon in days gone bye, did some song writing while she lived there.

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  22. President Trump could fit the White House in his GOLD WATER CLOSET in Trump Towers.
    Jealousy will get you no where.

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    1. That's weird Trump Guy. Even for you.

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    2. Trump treats the White House like a bathroom that's for sure.

      But water closet? Americans don't use that phrase. Where you from trump guy?

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    3. My guess is the Oswald Mosley wing of Buckingham Palace.

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  23. I accidentally posted this to yesterday's comments:

    Non-citizen permanent resident get 8 years for voting illegally in Texas: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/texas-mom-illegally-vote_us_589f71cce4b094a129eb894f?3kocvs9t5271iqkt9&

    Just imagine the endorphin rush Trump guy will experience when he reads that. But wait! Turns out the illegal voter is a registered REPUBLICAN!

    Here's an NYU Law article on the voter fraud myth: https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/debunking-voter-fraud-myth

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  24. It's painful to see Mrs. Trump next to the elegant Japanese Prime Minister's wife. Somebody should tell Mrs. T that she doesn't have to keep displaying the goods. She made the sale.

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  25. You gotta love the Trumps

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