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This test is to ascertain the level of your mental fitness. Not how smart you are, but how clearly you think. 

There are 4 test questions.  Getting them all correct means you have superb mental clarity – as superb as Donald Trump pretends he has.

If you get none of them correct, you have no mental clarity at all, which is what Donald Trump actually has.  You should consider an MRI scan of your brain to see what’s not functioning.

So here we go.  Give each question effortful thought before answering.  Try to get at least one of them right.

1. Giraffe  Test

How  do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?



Dan wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas Party.

Dan is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at all and he got carried away.

He didn't even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong. Dan had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table.

And, next to them, was a single red rose!!

Dan sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. 

He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean; so is the rest of the house.

He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror. 

Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick:



GuideToRpJhdThe Cologne Mayor's recent advice on how women should handle themselves with immigrants/refugees did more harm than good, in terms of our progressive dreams and hopes. In hopes of perfecting our Progressive world, women must learn their proper progressive place when it comes to state decisions on immigrants and refugees. One must make themselves subservient to the state. As such, we have put together a helpful guide for progressive women. Copies are free and can be found at any local DNC chapter or local Planned Parenthood. Mothers - get one for your daughters. Daughters - get one for your mothers. Fathers - get one for yourself - just in case. From the guide:



You may be one of the billion people who’ve watched Bruno Mars and the Hooligans sing and dance to Uptown Funk. As of today (11/27), it’s gotten 1,176,807,222 views on YouTube over the last 12 months.

UptownFunkMost young viewers think Bruno et al is fabulously cool and can move better than anybody. This myth was exploded last month with an editing masterpiece perfectly timing 66 movie clips from the late 20s to the early 50s with Uptown Funk without speeding up or slowing down the original footage.

So enjoy watching James Cagney, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Mickey Rooney, even Groucho Marx and Laurel & Hardy, along with many others – plus most of all the incomparable Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers – leave Bruno in the dust. The oldies are still the best.

66MovieDancesNow That’s Entertainment!



If your neighbor’s house catches fire, is it wiser to call the fire department or to trust the good will of the flames to put themselves out?

Faced with strategic conflagrations scorching much of the globe, President Obama’s approach is to delay as long as possible then to attempt to negotiate with the blaze. If forced to act at last, he responds to wildfires with a water pistol.

For years, China has been constructing at least seven artificial islands atop reefs far from its mainland, in waters on which other countries have stronger claims. It’s a hostile takeover of the South China Sea with some of the most important sea lanes on the planet, vital in peace and war. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan and Taiwan looked to us for leadership.

Yet Obama has dithered like Hamlet. He should be nicknamed Bamlet. This situation has even greater resonance because it fits the Obama pattern of denial, delay, disarmament and defeat.



[Director Comey made these remarks at the University of Chicago on October 23]

Part of being clear-eyed about reality requires all of us to stare—and stare hard—at what is happening in this country this year. And to ask ourselves what’s going on.

Because something deeply disturbing is happening all across America. Something has changed in 2015. Far more people are being killed in America’s cities this year than in many years. Let’s be clear: far more people of color are being killed in America’s cities this year.

And it’s not the cops doing the killing.

What could be driving an increase in murder in some cities across all regions of the country, all at the same time? What explains this map and this calendar? Why is it happening in all of different places, all over and all of a sudden?

Nobody says it on the record, nobody says it in public, but police and elected officials are quietly saying it to themselves. And they’re saying it to me, and I’m going to say it to you. And it is the one explanation that does explain the calendar and the map and that makes the most sense to me.



US Senator Ted Cruz, the conservative Republican firebrand from Texas, is running for president. Up until a few weeks ago, his candidacy was met with indifference as the media and political operatives all dismissed its viability. But that is beginning to change.

The voices arguing that Cruz, the favorite of Tea Party fiscal conservatives and Evangelical Christians may have what it takes to win the Republican nomination have multiplied.

Since arriving in Washington four years ago, Cruz has arguably been Israel’s most avid defender in the Senate. Last summer Cruz led the national opposition to US President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, and continues to lead it today.

I interviewed Cruz by telephone from the campaign trail earlier this week about his views on the purpose of American foreign policy, US-Israel relations, the Iran nuclear deal and the Palestinian conflict with Israel.  The transcript of our conversation follows.



France’s leading television weather forecaster, Philippe Verdier, was taken off air last week (10/19) for writing that there are “positive consequences” of climate change.

His book published earlier this month, Climat Investigation (currently available only in French) denounced “the planetary scandal of global warming — a war-machine designed to keep us afraid. At its heart, it’s a science manipulated and politicized, of conflict of interest, of corruption… a self-serving engine, a new religion, the framework of a new faith.”

Last week also saw the publication of a comprehensive, thoroughly peer-reviewed report on “Carbon Dioxide — the Good News” for the Global Warming Policy Foundation by the independent American scientist Indur Goklany, to which Freeman Dyson wrote the foreword.

Goklany points out that whereas the benefits of carbon dioxide are huge and here now, the harms are still speculative and almost all in the distant future.

This is the summary from Goklany's report, followed by even more evidence for the life-saving benefits of increasing, not reducing CO2 in our planet’s air.