Friday, March 25, 2016

Trump and Misogyny?

Misogynist seems to be Trump's enemies' favored word of the week.

Melania Trump says her husband treats women just like he treats men. Does that make him a misogynist or are feminists reaping what they have sown? Feminists protest that they want equality. Then a man treats them with the same blunt treatment with which he would treat a man and the whining begins. How dare he speak thus to a woman?

Feminists proclaim that in order to succeed a woman must do everything a man can do only walking backwards and wearing high heels. But why is she wearing high heels? They are certainly not comfortable. Why does she wear short skirts, false eyelashes and flip her lovely long hair when she wants to be treated like a man?

I suggest she expects to use her femininity and be treated like a lady, using sex appeal plus cultural expectations to elicit expected gentleman's behavior while proclaiming she wants equal treatment.

Hillary attempts to capitalize on her supposed feminist credentials. She proclaims to abused women, “You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We’re with you,” Clinton said in the video, which she addressed to “every survivor of sexual assault.”

Juanita Brodderick who claims to have been raped by Bill Clinton says Hillary confronted her and said, ‘I just want you to know how much Bill and I appreciate the things you do for him.’ “And she said, ‘Do you understand? Everything you do.’’’  
"What really went through my mind at that time is ‘She knows. She knew. She’s covering it up and she expects me to do the very same thing.’” 

Kathleen Willey states that Hillary ‘wrote the book on terrorizing women.’ Gennifer Flowers, Bill Clinton's 12 year mistress, accused Hillary of being “an enabler that has encouraged him (Bill) to go out and do whatever he does with women.” 

So, perhaps women can be misogynists as well. Perhaps Hillary simply has contempt for women who are so gullible as to vote for a woman simply because of her gender. Equality can and should go both ways.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Voting for President not Preacher

I have been long concerned about our perceived qualifications for our President in this 2016 election year. We need a leader with strength and ability. We are not voting for a preacher.

1. We need a President who will enforce our laws. That includes defending our borders. Trump realizes that illegal means illegal. Trump was the first to make this an issue.

2. We need a President who will make the very best trade deals for our country and will bring manufacturing back to America.

3. We need a President who will put America first and will invest in the infrastructure of our country. Other wealthy men who became President, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, did so in the past building roads, bridges, a park system, and public buildings that make us all proud. In the process, millions of people were employed. Trump is the only one to mention this.

4. We need a President who looks at the world as it is and not as how we want it to be. Other countries do not have a positive perception of our country though we want to think everyone loves us.  Of the last four Secretaries of State three have been women. While we might want to force our ideas of equality on other cultures, Middle Eastern countries do not have the same respect for women that Western cultures have. One of those Secretaries of State, Hillary Clinton, underestimated the animosity of Libyans against our presence there and cost the lives of an ambassador and three other Americans in addition to the lives of soldiers, sailors and airmen put into harms way.

5. We need a president who realizes it is not America's roll in the world to nation build. Such actions  have produced the current instability in the Middle East. Continuing on with the same actions will merely produce the same results. The Hawks and Neocons in the Republican Party who have ridden the militaristic gravy train sacrificing American men and women in the service to their agenda are now instigating war within the Republican party to deny an honest participant in the election process the right to represent the party.

6. We need a President who will put American workers before Wall Street Bankers and corporations. John Kasich promoted NAFTA, GATT, and the WTO. He took the Golden Parachute and worked with Lehman Brothers making $1.4 the year Lehman went bell up. And then he ran for governor and now runs as president promising to bring jobs in after giving them away.

7. We need an independent man as president, one not bought and paid for by special interests. Cruz and his wife Heidi both worked for George Bush when they met. The establishment, governors, senators, representatives and journalists including Bill Kristol's Weekly Standard, are now flocking to his side. Neil Bush who at 30 led Silverado Bank to become one of the S & L failures costing American taxpayers millions. He is now on Cruz' financial team. Donald Trump is funding his own campaign and is his own man.

8. We need a President who will say "you're fired" to those irrelevant governmental agencies and departments, can bring projects in on time and under budget, can read a bottom line and create a budget that fits our ability and not our aspiration. Trump is the only candidate who has created jobs, hired people and built beautiful projects throughout the world.

9. We need a President who sees ISIS and Muslim extremists as the threat they truly are to our people. We need to arm our soldiers with the best equipment, not that produced to answer a politically correct demand made by a politician with a self-interest. We need to take care of our veterans.

10. We need a President who realizes that the Department of Education is run by political hacks producing a politically correct product and not educated citizens. Common Core was co-opted by those hacks and now works to the detriment of our children Trump realizes that the government that works best is closer to the individual. Schools that work best must be answerable to the parents, not the politicians.

11. We need a President who cares about the people of this country and wants to make health care available and affordable with sensible health care reform.

12. We need a President who knows how to hire competent people who are the best at what they do, not simply reappoint those who got us into this fix. 

That man is Donald Trump.

Monday, March 14, 2016

HR 347 protects candidates with Secret Service at official functions from disrupters

Shouldn’t political candidates protected by the Secret Service be defended from those who violate HR 347? Shouldn't violators be jailed and prosecuted? Why does the press justify their disruptions? Does free speech not apply to those the press presumes to dismiss and deride just those who seek to disrupt? The media does not report the news any longer. Their "analysts" spout their bias and judgmental vituperation with no challenge. 

An Act
To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011’’.
Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
‘‘§ 1752. Restricted building or grounds
‘‘(a) Whoever—
‘‘(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building
or grounds without lawful authority to do so;
‘‘(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the
orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions;
‘‘(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds; or
‘‘(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds;
or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).
‘‘(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is—
‘‘(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more
than 10 years, or both, if—
‘‘(A) the person, during and in relation to the offense,
uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm; or
‘‘(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3); and
‘‘(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more
than one year, or both, in any other case. ‘‘(c) In this section—

H. R. 347—2
‘‘(1) the term ‘restricted buildings or grounds’ means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area—
‘‘(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds;
‘‘(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or
‘‘(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunc- tion with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and
‘‘(2) the term ‘other person protected by the Secret Service’
means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title or by Presidential memorandum, when such person has not declined such protection.’’.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fairies and Pirates at the St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club in Panama City

Fairies and Pirates at the St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club in Panama City

I want to share with you one of the cutest birthday parties I have ever seen. 
Five year old Sabrina Rivard celebrated her fifth birthday with fairies and pirates at the St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club recently. Provided with tutus and wings and invited to make their own fairy crown, little girls joined with prospective pirates provided with swords and eye patches by their hosts. 

Tables and chairs were set up around mushrooms and flowers above which butterflies hovered.
Guests were invited to decorate their own fairy house. 

 Sashes of tulle tied to a rope decorated the refreshments table.

Flowers brightened the tables.

And the piece de resistance was the cake created by Tammy McDaniel at Sweet T's Cakes, decorated with Peter Pan figures with Tinker Bell in the place of honor at the top of the cake.

Refreshments included fruit in cups served by pirate girls. 

It was a beautiful day for a party. Made you want to be five again!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Throw the rock and hide the hand

The media mouthpieces of the "stop Trump" campaign have managed to stir the pot and produce the violence in Chicago. Of course, they blamed Trump. "Throw the rock and hide the hand" tactics. By validating those protesters who choose to disrupt rallies where Americans, supporters of a political candidate who gather in a spot where the candidate "paid for that microphone" (quoting Reagan), they have created the venomous environment where Americans will not be safe supporting the candidate of their choice. They, in their arrogance have assumed their judgment superior to that of the people. The media has encouraged those disruptive elements to "take down Trump." 

Accepting an invitation to a privately financed event to rally supporters in order to disrupt is just plain bad manners. It violates the host's right of free speech protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution. 

Go back and listen or read transcripts of the media rhetoric. Their rhetoric. And they are proud of it.

The puppet masters continue to pull the strings.  See Pat Buchanan's article, Sea Island Conspiracy at Yet the media blames the victim and supports the lawless. 

Let me relate two incidents that I thought were quite telling about what's happening in this election. A young Hispanic registering to vote was asked if she had made a decision for whom she would cast her ballot. Her answer, "I am going to listen and find out what they are going to do for me before I make my decision." The privilege of voting is seen as a token to the vast national slot machine of rewards. Just choose the right machine fixed to your benefit.

Perhaps she never heard John Kennedy's words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

Another reporter asked a Democratic candidate's representative objecting to Trump's answer for illegal immigration what his candidate's answer for illegal immigration might be. "We build up manufacturing in Mexico so that their standard of living is such that they don't want to immigrate to the United States." (Outcome based global world view. Bring down the wealthy countries while bringing up the poor. Equalize the standard of living.)

I remember the NAFTA/GATT/WTO arguments of the nineties. I will never forget listening to one representative speaking from Congress saying, "We voted to send the low paying jobs overseas." That representative sold out his constituents and probably now works as a high paid lobbyist in Washington. His loyalty is not to the country or to his constituents. He set out to find out the best offer, "what they can do for me."

One of those who voted for these devastating trade deals that sent American jobs overseas was John Kasich.  Now he touts the jobs he has brought to Ohio. Some of those are with a Chinese company. Another is a German company. What does that tell about the wages of this country? 

Kasich now denounces Wall Street greed. He criticizes lawmakers who become lobbyists, exactly as he, as a former nine term congressman, did for investment bank Lehman Brothers before it collapsed in 2008 (as did Jeb Bush after his term as governor of Florida). It was his job to help the bank build relationships and navigate public policy matters. Kasich made $1.4 that year from the Wall Street bank. And then ran for governor of Ohio in 2010.

That arrogance continues. The power brokers know best. Through NAFTA, GATT, WTO and other trade "deals" our representatives voted the advantage to the wealthy who lobby and contribute to their campaigns promising the golden parachute at the end of their elected term. Corporate welfare at its finest. 

They tell us goods are cheaper, but Nike shoes only got more expensive. As did other goods. The big lie. 

Journalists no longer report the news. They have become evangelists for their own world view. To do so they revile and ridicule those who are honest participants in the political process.  The puppet masters have brought out the Hounds of Hell to pontificate from the airwaves, inflating and inventing remarks to appear racist, sexist, xenophobic, blasphemous, incendiary, misogynistic or bigoted (or all of the above), stirring animosity and inspiring those looking for an excuse to violence. Stirring things up brings ratings to the networks, folks. 

By setting Sanders' revolutionaries against the Trump movement Larry Bond's book, The Enemy Within, somehow gains relevance in this situation.  Another example of "throw the rock and hide the hand." Puppet masters instigate and finance disrupters to commit violent acts at a rally and pretend it was a grassroots movement. The media will buy that. Promote that. It fits their world view.

The Establishment is taking control of the Cruz campaign with support from Boss Kristol at the Weekly Standard and Neil Bush who benefitted from the Savings and Loan debacle. Neil became director of Silverado Savings and Loan at the age of 30 in 1985.  Three years later the institution went belly up at a cost of $1.6 billion to tax payers to bail out. He is now on Cruz's finance team. Of course, Ted and Heidi Cruz met while working for George Bush. Heidi is on leave from Goldman Sachs where she is an international investment banker. 

How does an individual, a patriot who puts America above self-interest, paying for his own campaign independent of those power brokers, stand a chance? 

Who will dare to stand with him?


Differences of opinion occur even between friends. That's fine. Thought I'd share this comment I received from a friend. 

The puppet masters have brought out "the Hounds of Hell" to make Trump "appear" racist, sexist, and bigoted? No, a lifetime of decadent misogyny, reams of public statements and his very own unapologetic classlessness and rudeness make Mr. Trump all of those things without any help. Would I like the media to shut up about it? Yes! Because I would like to hear from candidates who have at least a vague understanding of governmental leadership, and actual plans for America beyond insults and tacky middle-school bullying. Donald Trump is the full manifestation of the worst of our national culture. I do blame our media for giving him enough coverage to convince every angry backwater wife-beater that he's a legitimate candidate for President. But I blame him for being him.

My response 

I have great respect for you and your opinion. 

David was flawed as well. But for some reason God chose him.

I have listened to things Trump has said and have watched how innocuous statements were blown up and corrupted by the media. How they attempted to create gotcha moments. The media fans the flames. Disrupters are legitimated and respected for interrupting a candidate from having his say. That encourages escalation. The Republican elite scared of losing control of THEIR party speak of "taking him down." And that isn't incendiary? Why are they not called to account for their inflammatory words?

Donald J. Trump's message of recognizing that illegal means illegal, that our citizens deserve to be protected from those who mean us harm, that trade deals have benefitted corporations and hollowed out those manufacturing jobs that supported and provided health care for American families while enriching the few resonates. I see the other candidates talk the talk and have better manners but they have ties bind them irrevocably to those who reamed out the country's manufacturing base and the Wall Street bandits who caused the 2008 economic collapse and I recognize wolves in sheep's clothing.

And I am not a backwater wife-beater.