Saturday, March 25, 2017


Click here: Governor.... Please ...VETO.... the Gun Lock Bill, that gives gun / rifle buy...

Michigan should not give tax breaks for gun locks....It should MANDATE that all purchases of guns / rifles / assault weapons come with a FREE gun lock...that way there is NO question that a gun lock came with the weapon and should have been used...

To many children have been killed and injured by careless disregard for gun safety....It needs to end...and the Michigan Legislature must do it now...

Also the Open Carry Law must be abolished....abolished...there is NO constitutional right to Open Carry, which is a clear and present danger to the public and law enforcement officers...(Dearborn incident etc....)

Police Chiefs and County Sheriffs must speak as one to condemn Open Carry and to get the Michigan Legislature to take action to abolish Open Carry in Michigan...a movement the must become a National Issue.

David Malhalab
Sgt DPD Retired DD

Friday, March 24, 2017


Trump-Ryan Health Care bill - Withdrawn, MAJOR DEFEAT (updated))
The Trump-Ryan Health Care bill has been pulled from a vote in the House of Representatives at the request of President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. It is a Dead Bill - now.

Trump and Republicans had campaigned for over seven (7) years to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the House took over 60+ formal votes to repeal the ACA and claim that the could do better - but the TRUTH is the Republicans had NO Health Care Plan and in just over 20 days tried to ram through their cobbled together bill that could not please or get enough votes within the Presidents own Republican Party - that the Republican Party is fractured and unable to do what is right for the American People, let alone for its own Party.

Trump cannot govern - His administration is mired in a Russian scandal, his choice of Cabinet members are weak, inexperienced Carson, Perry, DeVos, Scott, etc) and can't move their agencies forward to help the American people. He can't get his legislative agenda moving forward.

PS..President Trump held a press conference at the White House after he requested that the Trump-Ryan Health Care bill be pulled from a vote and he showed - just how "out of touch' and ignorant he is about being the President of the United States.

He blamed the House Democrats for not being able to pass the TRHC Act, ignoring the fact that he didn't need one Democratic vote and the fact that he - Trump, the great deal maker, couldn't get enough House Republican, his own Party, votes to pass the bill. He was defeated by the House Freedom Caucus who stood firm against him and he lost moderate Republicans on a bill that was created without public iinput or a majority Republican input, a bill created behind closed and locked doors.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Trump to Congress....2/28/17 Nothing New to Say....

President Trump is going to address a joint session of Congress tonight - speculation about what he is going to say is subject of a thousand words, but I think he will recycle his campaign speeches and add phony progress reports about his disasterous first few weeks...

His and his Administration put out Lie after Lie ( or Alternate Facts) without worrying about the consequences.

We have seen he does not know the 'best people - the smartest people' (Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt, Jeff Sessions etc) ...

He does not 'know more than the Generals' or he wouldn't have approved of the Yemen Operation. Then dishonored the family of the Navy Seal and LIes about the Operation.

He paid back the people of Pennsylvania by allowing Big Coal to dump waste water into their rivers and wetlands - he has NO plans to protect the environment.

He had NO plan to replace the Affordable Care Act - just campaign slogans plans...and the Republican Party has had NO plans for eight years.

He has tweeted divisive and ignorant rants...and continues, apparently his family and staff - have NO effect on him.

He has started a War Against the Media - not seen since the Nixon Administration and trampled on the US Constitutions - First Amendment.

He continues to try and divide NOT unite....

He continues a courtship with Vladamir Putin, of Russia, that makes him look weak...denies connections to Putin..

He speaks and his spokespeople and Cabinet members have to 'clean up' his comments and to assure friends that that is NOT the US policy.

There is more...but President Trump needs a 'gut check' to listen to his family and honest advisors regain the Trust of the American people and to have a place in American History - and not be a future footnote.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016



That glorified this assassin who killed, under cover of police colors, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, while he made a speech in front of people at an art gallery.

Burhan Ozbillici, the Associated Press photographer, who took this photograph, which will become - infamous - but may also aid in an investigation was right to do so, but also will aid in ISIS recruitment and increase tensions in Syria, Turkey and Russia and indeed around the World. Assassins need only kill important people and stand around for their photo to get front page glory around the World.

News organizations were not obligated or should not have used this photo - from simple humanity, common sense and without proper thought as to the ramifications.
It does not further any news story to include this photo - it is purely a sick, demented man who is enjoying the moment he killed a defenseless man, in front of women and children.

Whether or not you agree with the events in Allepo, Syria - which supposedly was the reason for the assassination - the use of this photograph - does not help, resolve the situation nor does it make the action - heroic, and so the photo should not have been used when other photos could have portrayed the horror of this incident.
Detroit newspapers have used a mass killer photo on the front page and other news organizations have used mass killer photos, repeatedly, as part of their stories...the photos are a glorification, an honor to those, who maimed and killed, not a DETERRENT...

So to all NEWS ORGANIZATIONS AND OUTLETS...don't honor killers by putting their faces on the front page or on the lead to a video news story....use a victims photo or some relevant photo that tells other - you will not see your face - if you kill people......

The only time a photo should be used is to - catch - a killer, not to
make him a hero to others, who sympathize with their sick actions.

Friday, December 2, 2016


DETROIT NEWS...JOB LOSSES..... (Free Press, too)

Part of the reason for job losses is because Gannett etc has raised the price on the News and Freep from $1.00 to $1.50 ...(while miserly giving paper sales locations only 7c per paper....This is for a flimsy weekly paper that is almost the size of suburban weekly papers.

The Marathon gas station (Evergreen - AA Trail, DHs) stopped selling both papers after the value to them - if they lose one paper, they lose their profits..and reader resistance to the price hike..also the $3.00 Blk Friday and Sunday paper scared off even more readers...the distributor today sent out a notice to saying the $3. price was only for two (2) days...
When I am in Lansing, its hard to find a News or Freep after 11am - because they are enough delivered to locations that sell lthe papers - this is frustrating and discouraging and encourages NON readship...

I stilll buy both papers because I like reading an actual paper, despite the reduced pages...
also, Gannett, etc must continue to try and get younger people to READ NEWSPAPERS, through a program that gave them a free paper to read....

There is continued pressures from social media....but recent revelations that FAKE news was a factor in the elections should give pause to everyone that believes in a Free Media...we need investigative journalists and in depth news coverage more than a 2 minute summation.

I don't have the facts or figures about circulation, readership etc...but Media executives need to be more creative in selling Newspapers to readers...and making it cost effective for sales locations to receive a fair return..

David Malhalab

Saturday, October 1, 2016


The Arizona Republic editorial board endorses Hillary Clinton for president.

Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. This reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles.

This year is different.

The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.

That’s why, for the first time in our history, The Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president.

What Clinton has (and Trump doesn’t)

The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting.

Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not.

Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.

PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS: Why Dems should choose Clinton | The case against Donald Trump

Clinton knows how to compromise and to lead with intelligence, decorum and perspective. She has a record of public service as First Lady, senator and secretary of state.

She has withstood decades of scrutiny so intense it would wither most politicians. The vehemence of some of the anti-Clinton attacks strains credulity.

Trump hasn’t even let the American people scrutinize his tax returns, which could help the nation judge his claims of business acumen.

Her flaws pale in comparison

The Arizona Republic never endorsed a Democrat for president from 1892 to 2012. Here's who the newspaper supported in general-election contests and why: (Research courtesy of author Bob Nelson and state historian Jack August)

The Arizona Republic never endorsed a Democrat for1 of 32
2012: MITT ROMNEY. "The nation's best opportunity to
2008: JOHN MCCAIN. The editorial board was proud to
2004: GEORGE W. BUSH. Does history repeat itself? We
2000: GEORGE W. BUSH. It was a nail-biter election
1996: BOB DOLE. Our endorsement came with an admonition:
1992: GEORGE BUSH. The Republic made a pitch for the
1988: GEORGE BUSH. Our case to voters: "Bush’s breadth
1984: RONALD REAGAN. Giving the Great Communicator
1980: RONALD REAGAN. "The low ebb at home and abroad
1976: GERALD FORD. The editors gave endorsements in
1972: RICHARD NIXON. "The breath-taking vision offered
1968: NO ENDORSEMENT. The Republic didn't choose between
1964: BARRY GOLDWATER. The front-page endorsement was
1960: RICHARD NIXON. It was more of a case against
1956: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER. "We like Ike, first of
1952: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER. "In General Eisenhower’s
1948: THOMAS DEWEY. Harry Truman defeated him in a
1944: THOMAS DEWEY. "... the election of Thomas E.
1940: WENDELL WILLKIE. The board was not a fan of FDR's:
1936: ALF LANDON. He lost the electoral vote 523 to
1932: HERBERT HOOVER. In the depths of the Great Depression,
1928: HERBERT HOOVER. The publisher argued that Hoover
1924: CALVIN COOLIDGE. The GOP candidate narrowly won
1920: WARREN HARDING. After the paper's favored GOP
1916: CHARLES EVANS HUGHES. The GOP nominated a moderate
1912: THEODORE ROOSEVELT. The paper was generally in
1908: WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT. The paper officially endorsed
1904: THEODORE ROOSEVELT. The paper never called it
1900: WILLIAM MCKINLEY. Snicker at the paper's humor:
1896: WILLIAM MCKINLEY. William Jennings Bryan was
1892: BENJAMIN HARRISON. Two years after the Arizona

Arizona Republic presidential endorsements: 120 years, no Democrats
Make no mistake: Hillary Clinton has flaws. She has made serious missteps.

Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State was a mistake, as she has acknowledged. Donations to the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of State raise concerns that donors were hoping to buy access. Though there is no evidence of wrongdoing, she should have put up a firewall.

Yet despite her flaws, Clinton is the superior choice.

She does not casually say things that embolden our adversaries and frighten our allies. Her approach to governance is mature, confident and rational.

That cannot be said of her opponent.

Clinton retains her composure under pressure. She’s tough. She doesn’t back down.

Trump responds to criticism with the petulance of verbal spit wads.

That’s beneath our national dignity.

When the president of the United States speaks, the world expects substance. Not a blistering tweet.

Whose hand do you want on the nuclear button?

Hillary Clinton knows the issues, history and facts.

Clinton has argued America’s case before friendly and unfriendly foreign leaders with tenacity, diplomacy and skill. She earned respect by knowing the issues, the history and the facts.

She is intimately familiar with the challenges we face in our relations with Russia, China, the Middle East, North Korea and elsewhere. She’ll stand by our friends and she’s not afraid to confront our enemies.

Contrast Clinton’s tenacity and professionalism with Trump, who began his campaign with gross generalities about Mexico and Mexicans as criminals and rapists. These were careless slaps at a valued trading partner and Arizona’s neighbor. They were thoughtless insults about people whose labor and energy enrich our country.

Trump demonstrated his clumsiness on the world stage by making nice with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto only a few hours before appearing in Phoenix to deliver yet another rant about Mexican immigrants and border walls.

Arizona’s been there on immigration (it doesn’t work)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have said radically different things about immigration. A look at their quotes: Wochit

What’s more, Arizona went down the hardline immigration road Trump travels. It led our state to SB 1070, the 2010 “show me your papers” law that earned Arizona international condemnation and did nothing to resolve real problems with undocumented immigration.

Arizona understands that we don’t need a repeat of that divisive, unproductive fiasco on the national level. A recent poll shows Arizonans oppose both more walls and the mass deportations Trump endorses.

We need a president who can broker solutions.

Clinton calls for comprehensive immigration reform, a goal that business, faith and law enforcement leaders have sought for years. Her support for a pathway to citizenship and her call for compassion for families torn apart by deportation are consistent with her longtime support for human rights.

Clinton’s equality vs. Trump’s lack of respect

Hillary Clinton has made a career fighting for gender
Hillary Clinton has made a career fighting for gender equality. (Photo: Monica Herndon/AP)
As secretary of state, Clinton made gender equality a priority for U.S. foreign policy. This is an extension of Clinton’s bold “women’s rights are human rights” speech in 1995.

It reflects an understanding that America’s commitment to human rights is a critically needed beacon in today’s troubled world.

Trump’s long history of objectifying women and his demeaning comments about women during the campaign are not just good-old-boy gaffes.

They are evidence of deep character flaws. They are part of a pattern.

Trump mocked a reporter’s physical handicap. Picked a fight with a Gold Star family. Insulted POWs. Suggested a Latino judge can’t be fair because of his heritage. Proposed banning Muslim immigration.

Each of those comments show a stunning lack of human decency, empathy and respect. Taken together they reveal a candidate who doesn’t grasp our national ideals.

A centrist or a wild card?

The Arizona Republic Editorial Board discusses presidential endorsement

Many Republicans understand this. But they shudder at the thought of Hillary Clinton naming Supreme Court justices. So they stick with Trump. We get that. But we ask them to see Trump for what he is — and what he is not.

Trump’s conversion to conservatism is recent and unconvincing. There is no guarantee he will name solid conservatives to the Supreme Court.

Hillary Clinton has long been a centrist. Despite her tack left to woo Bernie Sanders supporters, Clinton retains her centrist roots. Her justices might not be in the mold of Antonin Scalia, but they will be accomplished individuals with the experience, education and intelligence to handle the job.

They will be competent. Just as she is competent.

If a candidate can’t control his words

Never in its 126-year history has The Arizona Republic editorial board endorsed a Democratic presidential candidate over a Republican.

Trump’s inability to control himself or be controlled by others represents a real threat to our national security. His recent efforts to stay on script are not reassuring. They are phony.

The president commands our nuclear arsenal. Trump can’t command his own rhetoric.

Were he to become president, his casual remarks — such as saying he wouldn’t defend NATO partners from invasion — could have devastating consequences.

Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, a thug who has made it clear he wants to expand Russia’s international footprint.

Trump suggested Russia engage in espionage against Hillary Clinton — an outrageous statement that he later insisted was meant in jest.

Trump said President Obama and Hillary Clinton were “co-founders” of ISIS, then walked that back by saying it was sarcasm.

It was reckless.

Being the leader of the free world requires a sense of propriety that Trump lacks.

Clinton’s opportunity to heal this nation

This is Hillary Clinton’s moment to reach those who feel left behind. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)
We understand that Trump’s candidacy tapped a deep discontent among those who feel left behind by a changed economy and shifting demographics.

Their concerns deserve to be discussed with respect.

Ironically, Trump hasn’t done that. He has merely pandered. Instead of offering solutions, he hangs scapegoats like piñatas and invites people to take a swing.

In a nation with an increasingly diverse population, Trump offers a recipe for permanent civil discord.

In a global economy, he offers protectionism and a false promise to bring back jobs that no longer exist.

America needs to look ahead and build a new era of prosperity for the working class.

This is Hillary Clinton’s opportunity. She can reach out to those who feel left behind. She can make it clear that America sees them and will address their concerns.

She can move us beyond rancor and incivility.

The Arizona Republic endorses Hillary Clinton for president.

Friday, September 30, 2016


The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. We're doing it now.

In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.

This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.

From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.

Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.

We’ve been highly critical of the GOP nominee in a number of previous editorials. With early voting already underway in several states and polls showing a close race, now is the time to spell out, in one place, the reasons Trump should not be president:

He is erratic. Trump has been on so many sides of so many issues that attempting to assess his policy positions is like shooting at a moving target. A list prepared by NBC details 124 shifts by Trump on 20 major issues since shortly before he entered the race. He simply spouts slogans and outcomes (he’d replace Obamacare with “something terrific”) without any credible explanations of how he’d achieve them.

He is ill-equipped to be commander in chief. Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements typically range from uninformed to incoherent. It’s not just Democrats who say this. Scores of Republican national security leaders have signed an extraordinary open letter calling Trump’s foreign policy vision “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle.” In a Wall Street Journal column this month, Robert Gates, the highly respected former Defense secretary who served presidents of both parties over a half-century, described Trump as “beyond repair.”

He traffics in prejudice. From the very beginning, Trump has built his campaign on appeals to bigotry and xenophobia, whipping up resentment against Mexicans, Muslims and migrants. His proposals for mass deportations and religious tests are unworkable and contrary to America’s ideals.

Trump has stirred racist sentiments in ways that can’t be erased by his belated and clumsy outreach to African Americans. His attacks on an Indiana-born federal judge of Mexican heritage fit “the textbook definition of a racist comment,” according to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking elected official in the Republican Party. And for five years, Trump fanned the absurd “birther” movement that falsely questioned the legitimacy of the nation’s first black president.

His business career is checkered. Trump has built his candidacy on his achievements as a real estate developer and entrepreneur. It’s a shaky scaffold, starting with a 1973 Justice Department suit against Trump and his father for systematically discriminating against blacks in housing rentals. (The Trumps fought the suit but later settled on terms that were viewed as a government victory.) Trump’s companies have had some spectacular financial successes, but this track record is marred by six bankruptcy filings, apparent misuse of the family’s charitable foundation, and allegations by Trump University customers of fraud. A series of investigative articles published by the USA TODAY Network found that Trump has been involved in thousands of lawsuits over the past three decades, including at least 60 that involved small businesses and contract employees who said they were stiffed. So much for being a champion of the little guy.

He isn’t leveling with the American people. Is Trump as rich as he says? No one knows, in part because, alone among major party presidential candidates for the past four decades, he refuses to release his tax returns. Nor do we know whether he has paid his fair share of taxes, or the extent of his foreign financial entanglements.

He speaks recklessly. In the days after the Republican convention, Trump invited Russian hackers to interfere with an American election by releasing Hillary Clinton’s emails, and he raised the prospect of “Second Amendment people” preventing the Democratic nominee from appointing liberal justices. It’s hard to imagine two more irresponsible statements from one presidential candidate.

He has coarsened the national dialogue. Did you ever imagine that a presidential candidate would discuss the size of his genitalia during a nationally televised Republican debate? Neither did we. Did you ever imagine a presidential candidate, one who avoided service in the military, would criticize Gold Star parents who lost a son in Iraq? Neither did we. Did you ever imagine you’d see a presidential candidate mock a disabled reporter? Neither did we. Trump’s inability or unwillingness to ignore criticism raises the specter of a president who, like Richard Nixon, would create enemies’ lists and be consumed with getting even with his critics.

He’s a serial liar. Although polls show that Clinton is considered less honest and trustworthy than Trump, it’s not even a close contest. Trump is in a league of his own when it comes to the quality and quantity of his misstatements. When confronted with a falsehood, such as his assertion that he was always against the Iraq War, Trump’s reaction is to use the Big Lie technique of repeating it so often that people begin to believe it.

We are not unmindful of the issues that Trump’s campaign has exploited: the disappearance of working-class jobs; excessive political correctness; the direction of the Supreme Court; urban unrest and street violence; the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group; gridlock in Washington and the influence of moneyed interests. All are legitimate sources of concern.

Nor does this editorial represent unqualified support for Hillary Clinton, who has her own flaws (though hers are far less likely to threaten national security or lead to a constitutional crisis). The Editorial Board does not have a consensus for a Clinton endorsement.

Some of us look at her command of the issues, resilience and long record of public service — as first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of State — and believe she’d serve the nation ably as its president.

Other board members have serious reservations about Clinton’s sense of entitlement, her lack of candor and her extreme carelessness in handling classified information.

Where does that leave us? Our bottom-line advice for voters is this: Stay true to your convictions. That might mean a vote for Clinton, the most plausible alternative to keep Trump out of the White House. Or it might mean a third-party candidate. Or a write-in. Or a focus on down-ballot candidates who will serve the nation honestly, try to heal its divisions, and work to solve its problems.

Whatever you do, however, resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue. By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump.

USA TODAY's editorial opinions are decided by its Editorial Board, separate from the news staff. Most editorials are coupled with an opposing view — a unique USA TODAY feature.