99 Word Blog (#057) Trump Junkies Go Nuts (Part 1)

 

Virginia’s Daniel Parks and his buddy, recently demonstrated their undying man crush for Donald Trump and hatred for a woman, Hillary Clinton… by parking their pick-up in front of the campaign HQ of Jane Dittmar (Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District). For 12 freakin’ hours both ARMED stalkers then strutted around outside… menacingly and creepily glowering at the workers inside.

Parks claimed, “We’re not a threat to anybody, the only threat is ignorance, and ignorance breeds fear.”

Nonetheless, Dittmar volunteers did feel threatened.

To not view his thinly veiled hostility as threatening, Parks is either a sociopath or ignoramus.

 

Michelle Edmisten Fights For Religious Illiteracy

During my high school senior year, my History instructor, Mr. S, would expand his lesson plans, each Friday, to include history in the making. He didn’t merely lecture us about current events… he actually inspired the entire class to participate in lively discussions.

One Friday, the situation got a whole lot livelier than expected.

While discussing our State Board of Education’s plan to utilize cross-district busing to racially integrate Michigan’s public schools, Mr. S asked if any of us could think of better alternatives, which would achieve the same, beneficial results.

I raised my hand and said…

“We’d never need to bus anyone if we could racially integrate our neighborhoods.”

In a split second, one of my classmates, “Greg”, in a near apoplectic fit, leaped out of his chair to bellow at the top of his lungs, “NO!”

Only gravity had prevented him from hitting the ceiling. Only the vacuum outside Earth’s atmosphere prevented the shock-waves of his shouted objection from reverberating throughout our entire limitless universe. Only the racist crap between his ears hindered his comprehension of my logical alternative.

Mr. S had to spend several minutes trying to talk that kid down… repeatedly reminding him we were only having a discussion.

To this very day, Greg’s “NO” still haunts and saddens me. In all likelihood, he had been served up countless heaping helpings of bigotry right at his own family’s dining room table… perhaps immediately after they had (hypocritically) said grace.

While my idea, that long ago Friday, had (still has) merit, regrettably, it only was a discussion. Unfortunately… two score and five years later… too many people within America and all over our world still have bad attitude problems to overcome before they can finally, fully embrace our ethnic and religious diversity and, ultimately, do their part to unite humanity.

Case in point… I recently read about a Tennessee mother, Michelle Edmisten, who is outraged about Social Studies lessons being taught in the public school, which her seventh grade daughter attends… lessons which discuss the religions of our world… inclusive of Islam.

This mother is worried that her girl’s “personal religious beliefs were violated”… so much so that she flat-out refused to let her daughter attend these classes and preferred to see her report card filled in with zeroes. Said Edmisten…

“Those are zeroes that we proudly took and we will not compromise. It is time as parents, teachers and administrators we stand up and take back our families, our schools and our country.”

Normally I’d demand we maintain our U.S. Constitution’s stipulated separation of church and state, but it’s not like Tennessee teachers have morphed into preachers. These educators are NOT proselytizing… they’re merely raising awareness about religious diversity in America and our world. How could any of that be harmful?

The National Council for the Social Studies weighed in thusly…

Knowledge about religions is not only a characteristic of an educated person but is necessary for effective and engaged citizenship in a diverse nation and world. Religious literacy dispels stereotypes, promotes cross-cultural understanding and encourages respect for the rights of others to religious liberty.”

To that I say, “AMEN!”

To survive in a post 9/11 world… all of us… inclusive of today’s kids (who are tomorrow’s leaders)… MUST be informed… MUST learn how to peacefully coexist… MUST learn that there’s no need to fear Islam in its pure form… MUST learn that the only actual danger associated with Islam involves al Qaeda and ISIS entities, who’ve hijacked and mutilated their faith to “rationalize” their deadly terrorist attacks.

Edmisten fails to realize that her crusade to ban her daughter’s textbook is tantamount to denying her own daughter and her classmates the well rounded education they deserve. Ironically, this needlessly concerned mom has put herself in the same league as the very Taliban fanatics she fears.

Indeed, both Edmisten and the Taliban’s crusade is all about maintaining ignorance.

While Muslim hater Donald Trump and his likeminded devotees would say “YES” to Michelle Edmisten’s Islamophobia and book banning plot, clearheaded people must counter any and all attempts to dumb down our society. In this particular case, it is not wrong to yell out, “NO!”

99 Word Blog (#056) Billy Bush’s Statement

 

Billy Bush has released a statement regarding the 2005 conversation where he laughed uncontrollably while Donald Trump vulgarly and lewdly boasted about forcibly groping and kissing women.

“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened 11 years ago. I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”

Back in 1966, as a 12-year-old adolescent, I harbored a far greater respect for women and level of self-control.

By comparison…

Back in 2005, Donald Trump and Billy Bush were, respectively, 59 and 33…

Hmmm… do 59 and 33 represent their ages or IQs?

 

99 Word Blog (#055) Incendiary Inhumane Donald Trump

 

Empathy barren Donald Trump incessantly, insensitively throws misogyny driven tantrums to lambaste Hillary Clinton because… long ago… she had wrongfully criticized her husband’s ex-mistresses.

Let’s not forget that Bill had lied, convincingly, to deny his extramarital affairs… misinformed his wife that these women were politically motivated liars.

Since Hillary knew Democrat obstructing Republicans are notorious for flat-out lying, it’s fully understandable how she’d erroneously deem Bill’s claim truthful and, consequently, defend him.

Witnessing Trump battering Hillary… exploiting her lingering emotional pain for political gain… proves he’s heartless and soulless… demonstrates what an incendiary, inhumane president Donald Trump would be.

 

 

WARNING: NSFW Donald Trump (Profanity Laced Video)

 

Once again, Donald Trump’s misogynistic attitude and vulgar words have surfaced. Over the course of this past weekend, we heard a recording of his 2005 conversation with Billy Bush. We became ear witnesses to Trump boasting that his fame and fortune give him the right to force himself upon women… kiss and grope them against their will.

At the outset of last night’s presidential “debate”, Trump did tepidly apologize for his unforgivable remarks… but… it all sounded so much like a rehearsed talking point that it’s perfectly natural for skeptics to retain serious doubts about his sincerity… which begs the question…

Has Trump ever been truly sorry about anything?

By now, such serious issues would’ve promptly, permanently ended any other candidate’s campaign… yet in the deep, dank recesses of Trump supporters’ noncritical minds, he is still worthy of receiving their votes. Which begs the question…

How can anyone of good conscience still want to elect Trump?

Because of this misguided, undeserved and undying voter loyalty, defiant Trump has flat out refused to end his campaign. We can expect what’s left of this past weekend’s category four, political storm to blow over long before Election Day. It’s even conceivable that Donald Trump could still become the next POTUS… which begs yet another question…

What would our life our existence be like in America with a male sexist pig president waddling around and muddying up the Oval Office?

No doubt, Trump would view an Election Day victory to be voter validation of his misogyny. Consequently, he’d harbor zero qualms about escalating his war against women.

Trump’s likeminded, lowlife, fellow CEOs would then play Follow the Leader, which would lead to an increase in incidents of workplace sexual harassment and rape. A similar crime wave surge would besiege our public schools and college campuses. This violence against women would work its way outward so, eventually, there’d be virtually no safe place for women to exist.

In the meantime, Trump would be loading up the District Courts, Courts of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court with male sexist pig judges… basing his selection of appointees solely upon which of his cronies could oink the loudest.

The Supreme Court judges, in particular, with their lifetime terms, would, by far, do the most permanent damage to America… for two generations to come… perhaps far beyond that.

Trump’s likeminded, lowlife judges would also play Follow the Leader… consistently steering courtroom trial proceedings so they’d lead to the acquittal of rapists. Since there’d be virtually no convictions, matters would likely deteriorate to the point where the cops would no longer even bother arresting suspected sexual predators.

With Trump’s POV very likely being that rape victims are at fault, any cops who might share his vile attitude, would start arresting and jailing attacked women… bogusly charging them with corrupting the “morals” of their attackers. Women would next, routinely face down trials, convictions and incarcerations while their attackers would get off scot-free.

While my above nightmare scenario might seem a bit extreme today, we’re already seeing the “right is wrong”  attitudinal shift… just ask any rape victim who has ever been asked by a defense attorney about what clothes she had been wearing. Contemptible leaders and judges are already demeaning women… both in the U.S. and other nations.

If elected, Donald Trump would act as the catalyst to make this nightmare a far, Far, FAR worse, everyday, wide-awake reality in America’s not too distant tomorrows.

99 Word Blog (#054) Mean Trump Doesn’t Mean It?

 

During the VP Debate, Mike Pence understated Donald Trump’s intolerant and ignorant stump speeches, interviews and tweetstorms, thusly…

“You know, the words don’t always come out exactly the way he means them.”

Oh really? Are we to believe Pence actually regards Trump’s incessant, ill-conceived rants about foreign and domestic policy… tirades against Muslims and ethnic minorities… blatant birtherism… insensitive body shaming of women… scorn towards LGBTs… dissing the disabled as “mere” slips of the tongue?

Hmm…. if Trump doesn’t always mean what he says, let’s assume he doesn’t really mean it when he says he wants to be POTUS.

99 Word Blog (#053) Pence’s GOP: NOT Really Prolife

 

During the VP debate, Mike Pence quoted Mother Teresa…

“Society will be judged by how it defends its most vulnerable – the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn.”

Let’s see if Trump and Pence’s GOP defends society’s most vulnerable.

Republicans plot to end Social Security, Obamacare and Welfare. They don’t even support affordable higher education and collective bargaining, which would ensure a living wage to help extricate folks from poverty. Trump even ridiculed a disabled reporter.

Pence did say we must “welcome children into the world.”

But once they’re born, his GOP no longer cares if they survive.

99 Word Blog (#052) What Happened To Debating Decorum?

The lack of debating decorum during this presidential election year has been appalling. We the voters are entitled to something more than each accusation being “refuted” by simplistic, kneejerk NUH-UHs.

Regurgitated talking points are not enough. Without sounding wonky or whacky each candidate should be able to coherently articulate his/her political platform.

Candidates should respond to questions, uninterrupted, within the allotted time, while opponents take notes. At that point, opponents then have equal time to refute… again uninterrupted.

Oh, btw… groaning, sighing, rolling one’s eyes is infantile… as is the notion that whoever can shout the loudest is correct.

99 Word Blog (#051) Critiquing The Vice Presidential Debate

 

During the VP Debate, the evasive Mike Pence and hyper Tim Kaine were far too intent on robotically delivering talking points… and obnoxiously interrupting each other… to pay full attention to moderator Elaine Quijano’s questions. My kudos to her for tactfully telling these combative little boys to grow up… more than once.

Shockingly, Kaine’s Trump-like interruptions didn’t exclude Quijano… and certainly did not win any points with feminists.

While Kaine is not beyond redemption, the same cannot be said for either Trump or Pence. If elected, their GOP, hardcore misogyny could bomb Women’s Liberation back to the Stone Age.

Music to Soothe a Savage Breast (October Blogcast)

 

William Congreve’s oft quoted (1697) sentiment, “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak” has never been more relevant… has never been a more appropriate Rx… considering how my homeland, America… indeed, our entire savage world… is what’s aggravating and ailing us.

Since our global society appears to be dangling by a fragile thread over the abyss of chronic, debilitating madness… since we oft have little choice but to overstay these dismal societal and political landscapes… it’s not unusual for despair to set in… and our blogs to mirror that sorrow.

Lately, I’ve been reaching my breaking point. Feeling indescribably powerless, I’ll logout from WordPress, power down my computer/modem, sit down at my piano and lose myself in “my” music… as was the case at daybreak this first Saturday in October.

I soon found myself playing four compositions, all in the Eb key signature… and I’m certain were “Doctor” Congreve alive today, he’d have approved my therapeutic playlist.

Since it’s possible that you, too, have been feeling upset about our world gone berserk, I now share this restorative music with you, in hopes these songs will instill within you a similar, calmative effect.

 

Beatles ~ The Long & Winding Road

Elton John ~ Your Song

Gabriella Quevedo ~ Your Song (Guitar Cover)

Vanessa Williams ~ Save The Best For Last

Alan Parsons Project ~ Time

Musical Sidebar ~ It’s now been two weeks since I cancelled my weekly Four-Play blogcasts (still archived in my music category) due to Internet surfers’ insufficient interest. Rethinking that, I’ve now decided to Blogcast once per month.

So… if you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard, click that “LIKE” star (perhaps comment, too?) and meet me back here for my November 1st Blogcast.