Mexico says it will negotiate with President Trump

by Marty Carlson


According to the Associated Press Mexico’s new foreign relations secretary stated there willing to negotiate changes in the North American Free Trade Agreement and wants to start talking immediately.

Luis Videgaray said there is “enormous uncertainty” following the election of Donald Trump as president. And with the president elect pressuring companies not to move jobs to Mexico he has stated he is willing to renegotiate with NAFTA.

In a recent interview he stated it is important to dispel this uncertainty and this process is so important. And talk should start as soon as possible.

This also is due in part to the Mexican peso being weakened by the economic outlook of late.

He stated that the government’s main concern would be how to protect jobs in Mexico and there are a lot of reasons to think the negotiation would be favorable for his country.

He is also willing to negotiate the plan to build a wall but also stated that they will not pay for the wall calling that unacceptable.

Recent years have seen Mexican manufacturing sectors namely in the auto industry have benefited greatly from NAFTA, which went into effect in 1994. But nonetheless wages have not risen much and Mexican farmers complain about massive imports of US grain and other farm products.

At least I did not hear them say that if Trump got elected they were moving to Canada.


Woman tracks down sperm donor and marries him

A woman has spoken of how she tracked down the sperm-donor father of her child – before the pair fell in love and got married.

British-born Australian Aminah Hart gave birth to daughter Leila following IVF treatment.

Despite never having met him, Ms Hart chose cattle farmer Scott Andersen, 45, as a donor because he described himself as “happy and healthy”, according to the Mirror.

Using the internet, Ms Hart was able to track down Mr Andersen, who also teaches Australian rules football.

She decided to contact him through the formal channels of the IVF clinic, allowing him to turn down a request for contact.

Mr Andersen was not legally obliged to meet Leila until she turned 18.

However, upon seeing a picture of his biological daughter, who strongly bears his resemblance, he agreed to connect with her.

Following a period of email correspondence, Mr Andersen met both mother and daughter in Melbourne.

After the meeting, the pair went on to have a relationship and married two years later.

“What happened to Scott and I is such a random thing,” Ms Hart told Channel Nine.

“He was basically just a brief profile on a piece of paper. He could have been anyone. The fact that we met and we liked each other and we fell in love and all of those things are still so far-fetched to me.”

Mr Andersen said that he first agreed to the meeting in order to see Leila but later developed feelings for Ms Hart.

Two other children she gave birth to from previous relationships, Marlon and Louis, both died at a very young age.

She later found out she had a rare genetic disorder which only affected male offspring.

“They were very sick little boys but had very distinct personalities,” Ms Hart told the Mail Online.

“They were human beings and I just wanted to pay tribute to them because they are kind of how I got here.

“You can’t really put it into words. I had two relationships and two children but it wasn’t until the second one that I got a diagnosis of the genetic disorder. I did set out to have a family the conventional way and if I didn’t have them I wouldn’t have Leila or Scott.

“I would have never been looking for a sperm donor or thought to go through IVF to have a baby on my own.”

Ms Hart’s story, recorded in a book, is also due to be turned into a film

Bills hire full-time female coach


The Buffalo Bills made history on Wednesday when they hired Kathryn Smith as the team’s Special Teams Quality Control coach. Smith is the first-ever full-time female assistant coach hired by an NFL team in the history of the league. Kathryn Smith worked during the 2015 season with the Bills as an administrative assistant to Ryan, and has a history with head coach Rex Ryan as she worked the same position with the New York Jets alongside Ryan in 2014.

The Arizona Cardinals made history last season by hiring Jenn Welter as a training camp assistant coach last summer, but she was not brought on as a full-time coach for the 2015 season.

Rex Ryan applauded his newest coach saying, “Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff. She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities, and I just know she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of Quality Control-Special Teams.”

“Kathryn has been working in a football administrative role and assisted the assistant coaches for years. She has proven that she’s ready for the next step, so I’m excited and proud for her with this opportunity. She will work with Danny Crossman and Eric Smith involving a number of responsibilities.”

Smith will replace former Special Teams Quality Control coach Michael Hamlin, who was let go by the Bills after just one year with the organization.


Well he does have a nice car…….

Food Network star Guy Fieri films at three Modesto establishments

Three Modesto eateries got one-way tickets to Flavortown on Wednesday as Food Network star Guy Fieri came to film his series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

The celebrity chef and TV host recorded at Modesto’s Bauer’s 66 1/2 Skillet & Grill, Food Fix Truck and Commonwealth Gastropub. His popular Food Network series, which launched in 2007, has Fieri travel around the county visiting local restaurants and sampling their fare. This is Fieri’s first time shooting the program, known by fans as Triple D, in Modesto.

Production teams had been in town earlier this week shooting interior shots of the restaurants, which were selected from recommendations submitted online. Fieri, who lives in Santa Rosa and grew up in Humbolt County, arrived in town Wednesday and spent close to six hours filming in the city. His crew declined comment on his appearance, but news of his arrival soon spread, and small crowds – which grew throughout the day – followed him around to his shoots.

Filming started in the late morning at Bauer’s on the north end of McHenry Village shopping center. Fieri’s signature fire-engine-red 1968 Chevy Camaro SS Convertible was parked in front of the restaurant, and a crowd of employees and would-be diners gathered outside as filming began. An employee was overheard saying she believed Fieri would be trying at least its nine-cheese mac and cheese topped with panko breadcrumbs and its Lamburgherini, which is ground leg of lamb topped with arugula, gorgonzola, bacon and mushrooms with a sweet and spicy sauce.

Song Tran, who owns the Magic Nails salon just a couple of doors down, said Fieri was being very nice to the people who gathered outside the restaurant to spot the celebrity. She said she’s enjoyed eating at Bauer’s and, had Fieri asked for a recommendation, would have told him to try the blackened salmon salad. “I’m a salad person,” Tran said.

One of the restaurant’s immediate neighbors is Barber Salon McHenry Village, formerly known as Richard’s. Barber Edward Lind said Fieri stopped by and, on a customer’s phone, took some snapshots with folks who were in the shop. He also filmed himself coming out of the barber shop.

Lind, who’s cut hair in the center for 40 years and used to own the barber shop, said he was unfamiliar with Fieri but intends to watch the show. He was told it would air sometime during the last two weeks of February or the first two weeks of March.

And what did the barber think of Fieri’s trademark shock of bleach-blond hair? “If he let me go at it, I’d bring him back into civilization,” Lind said. “Some guys like it like that, and when you get done cutting, you gel it and rough it up. I could make it look good, but he probably wouldn’t like it.”

Modesto resident Jaime Moreno was one of the people waiting outside Bauer’s for a chance to eat on camera. He is friends with restaurant owner Tye Bauer, who opened the restaurant about six years ago.

“This place has been really good for a long time,” he said. “So it’s good to get some recognition. He deserves it.”

After spending more than an hour filming inside Bauer’s, Fieri left in a black Mercedes van limousine to go to his next stop – the Food Fix Truck. The eatery on wheels has called the parking lot at Warden’s Outlet Center on North Ninth Street its home for the past eight months. Chef and owner Hank Olson opened the food truck thanks in part to a Kickstarter campaign in early 2015. It specializes in oversize sandwiches including the Porkstrami on a homemade pretzel roll, which was one of the items Fieri tried.

This is Olson’s second brush with Food Network star fame. In March 2015, celebrity chef and TV host Alton Brown ate at there and signed the front of his truck before a scheduled appearance at downtown Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts.

All of the restaurants were closed to the public during filming, but family and friends of the owners were asked to pose as customers. Fieri was shown interacting with the chefs and chatting with diners at each stop. Between the locations, a production assistant drove and tended to the Camaro, which remained covered by a tarp until just before it was time to shoot. Fieri – who changed shirts between each restaurant – never drove the car, and instead only exited or closed its door for the camera.

His final location for the day was the Commonwealth craft pub on 11th Street between J and K streets, where he arrived just before 2 p.m. A small crowd of nearly a dozen was already there; it swelled to more than 50 toward the end of his stay. People lined the sidewalk and leaned over balconies at Tenth Street Place to catch a glimpse of the famous foodie. Drivers honked their approval as they went by, and Fieri even jokingly told one of them “no cruising,” in reference to the city’s anti-cruising ordinance.

“I heard he was filming in town and had to come out. I honestly think it is great. This will create buzz for those places in Modesto and hopefully show us in a more positive light,” said Ceres resident Stephanie Couto, who watches the show regularly with her 12-year-old son, Michael. The family has even traveled to visit some of the other restaurants Fieri has featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in the Bay Area and Sacramento.

Before Fieri stepped outside to film an intro coming out of his Camaro at Commonwealth, a production manager asked the crowd to please stay quiet because “he is improvising and does his comedy off the top of his head.”

Fieri could be overheard talking about Commonwealth’s owners, childhood friends and Beyer High School graduates Jeff Brown and Blake Humble, who moved back to Modesto to raise their families. He called their story “the American dream.”

The restaurant owners could not comment on the filming, and have not been told when the show will air. It could take as long as six months to a year for the Modesto “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” episode to be broadcast. Fieri posed with the owners and families at each eatery before stepping into his limousine with smiles or waves to the gathered fans.

“We’re definitely getting together and watching the episode when it airs,” said Enochs High junior Ashley Maki, who came with a group of friends to see Fieri. They left with several shots of his car and of the spiky-haired chef.

After spending about two hours inside Commonwealth, Fieri was off again. One of his entourage was overheard saying that the TV personality would be filming in Stockton on Thursday. Before leaving, someone in the crowd thanked him for coming to Modesto and he responded, “It’s a great town.”


Dipshidiot of the day: Jeb Bush plants a question asker at trump rally

One of the most memorable questions that Donald Trump took during a bipartisan convention here on Monday came from a college student.

“So, maybe I’m wrong, maybe you can prove me wrong,” said Lauren Batchelder, a student at St. Anselm College in Manchester. “But I don’t think you’re a friend to women.”

Trump launched into his defense, one that he has given a lot lately as he faces accusations that he doesn’t treat women with respect. Trump said he gave women positions of power at his construction sites “many years ago… before anyone would have even thought” to put women in such jobs. Trump complimented his wife, eldest daughter and mother, who he said “was one of the great people of the world.” He promised to “take care of women” and stated: “I love women, I respect women, I cherish women.”

Batchelder listened with her arms folded, face in a scowl. She then finished asking her question: “If you become president, will a woman make the same as a man, and do I get to choose what I do with my body?”

After the crowd cheered, Trump answered quickly and curtly: “You’re going to make the same if you do as good of a job, and I happen to be pro-life, okay?” Batchelder listened, her hands now on her hips.

As Trump supporters googled Batchelder’s name, they found a resume listing “intern at Jeb Bush for President 2016” and a Twitter feed containing pro-Bush tweets. Daniel Scavino Jr., a senior adviser to Trump, accused Bush of having “planted” an intern at the event. Conservative blogs quickly picked up the story.

And Trump weighed in Tuesday morning:

Allie Brandenburger, a spokeswoman for Bush’s campaign, said Batchelder is not a paid staff member and attended the convention on her own.

“While this question was not sanctioned by the campaign,” Brandenburger said in an e-mail Tuesday morning, “we can’t help but notice Mr. Trump does seem to be very sensitive about being challenged by women.”

Bush’s lead spokesman, Tim Miller, reiterated that sentiment in a tweet.

Batchelder appears to have deleted her Twitter account. She has yet to respond to requests for comment.

Seriously in today’s day and age they need to resort to something that is so easily proven????

The have never heard of facial recognition? Google image? What the fuck is wrong with these people.

And we tolerate this fucking shit every 4 years.