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Trump Announces Replacement for Stolen Supreme Court Seat

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Tonight Trump (I don't call him "President" because I don't consider Trump a legal president) nominated Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch as the Heritage Foundation his Supreme Court nominee.   Trump is nominated Judge Gorsuch for the stolen Supreme Court seat denied former President Obama. The seat that was stolen from President Obama. I will call both of my senators (both Democrats, thank goodness I live in a state - Delaware-who has honest and caring senators) to urge them to vote no on Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.  I will urge them to support Judge Merrick Garland, who is more mainstream than Judge Gorsuch.  Mitch McConnell set this new "normal" for Supreme Court nominees.  Hey Mitch, what goes round comes round. I second Senator Elizabeth Warren's statement she made tonight in response to the nomination of Judge Neil Garland to the Supreme Court: President Trump had the chance to select a consensus nominee to the Supreme Court

Monday Night Massacre

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In 1974 I was a Republican.  I voted for Richard Nixon, twice. I believed Richard Nixon's explanation during the Watergate break in.  Then there was the "Saturday Night Massacre."  That's when I stopped believing Richard Nixon.  That's when I knew he was a crook. When Donald Trump came down that escalator with his glamorous wife, and announced he was running for president.  I was favorable to him.  I thought the system needed shaken up.  But as Donald Trump's campaign progressed and I realized that he was an immature, divisive, misogynist, bully; he lost my support. Saturday night Donald Trump fired the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, because she couldn't in conscience defend Trump's Muslim ban.  Trump cannot do this (the ban).  We have a Constitution in this country and we are a country of laws. We are not ruled by a king. Check our the video I posted above of Senator Sessions questioning Sally Yates during her confirmation hearing. H

A Clarifying Moment in American History

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This morning I awoke with this continuing feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach.  Ever since Donald Trump was inaugurated I have had this feeling of the bottom dropping out of life as we know it.   I love my country. I am proud of my country.  Fifty six years ago on January 27th, a date I will always remember as long as I am alive, I volunteered for service (Army) for my country. I am no hero and I was scared to death when I boarded that Trailways bus from Philadelphia early on that cold January morning to Fort Dix New Jersey.  I was putting my life on the line for my country because I felt it was my duty. A small price to pay for living in the greatest country in the world.  Thousands of other men and women have paid the ultimate price, their lives, in service of our country. Why?  So we can have the freedoms that no other country on this earth has.   And now what do we have?  A despot in power who is ignoring the usual norms of a democracy.  I cannot escape this fee

Trump's Muslim Travel Ban Chaos

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This commentator expresses my views exactly on the Trump's administration travel ban on seven predominately Muslim counties. Last night spontaneous demonstrations broke out at major airports as travelers from those predominately Muslim countries were detained and "extremely vetted". Among those detained were travelers with green cards and visas who have already been vetted.  One man detained is an interpreter who risked his life to help U.S. soldiers in Mosul.  Each day, there is a new outrage from this obviously incompetent Trump administration.  The latest is the installation of Trump's alt right buddy Steve Bannon a permanent seat while demoting the joint chiefs of staff on the national security council. This action makes our country safer? Trump surrounding himself with sycophants who tell him what he wants to hear? What's next? Putting Barron on the National Security Council? These actions do not bode well for our country folks. And where are the

Trump Airport Ban Begins

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Happening right now are spontaneous protests at major airports in our country as the Trump "extreme vetting" begins. This "extreme vetting" is happening to those with green cards and legitimate passports.  They are legal permanent citizens.  They have undergone two years of vetting.  Families are being torn apart.  What kind of country are we living in now?  Folks, I am sick to my stomach that our basic American values are being trashed by Trump.  I have never felt this was in my lifetime.  I grew up knowing and feeling proud that we in this county had different set of values than many other countries in the world. Unless you are descended from a native American, we are all in this country descended from immigrants.   My five times paternal great grandfather Jonathan Tipton emigrated to this country in 1692 from Port Royale, Jamaica. My maternal great-great grandfather emigrated to this country from England in 1854.  They both came to this country for a b

Trump Tries to Bully Mexico

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(Handsome) Mexican president and Trump (Ugly American) Okay folks. First I should probably apologize explain why I'm still beating the Trump Drum. The latest imbroglio is that our new president is hellbent on making an enemy out of our southern neighbor, Mexico. Yes, this is the same Trump who can't say anything negative about Russian Vladimir Putin but can insult our longtime allies.   The latest Trump Crazy is him trying to bully Mexico into "paying for the wall."  A "wall" that we don't need because the Mexican immigration is a net minus.  That means there are more Mexicans leaving the United States NOW than are coming in.  And that is because of the improved Mexican middle class because of globalization.   Hey folks, we're not losing jobs to Mexicans, we're losing manufacturing jobs to automation. The Mexicans are doing out landscaping jobs because Americans don't want to do them.  The Mexicans are picking our fruit and vege

Voter Fraud!

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Any of you Trump voters having buyer's remorse?  The latest asshat crazy conspiracy theory to come out of Donald Trump's pursed lips is that "Three to five million illegals voted" in the past presidential election.   Trump has to say this because his ego can't stand that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by over 2.8 million votes.  Bulletin to Donald Trump: YOU WON THE ELECTION, MOVE ON Can you believe this folks? This what the president of the United States believes.  He actually believes that he WON the popular vote. Mark this date folks, there is no way this thin skinned ignoramus despot will complete his four year term.  At some point the spineless Republicans will turn on Trump and impeach him or force him to resign. I have no doubt they're planning such an action now.   Now this will surprise you folks but this isn't something that I am wishing for.  Why?  Because then we get Mike Pence, a True Believer.  As asshat crazy T

Trumpism Corrupts: Spicer Edition

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Sean Spicer, White House press secretary scolding the media for telling the truth I am worried folks. After witnessing this weekend the worst start of an presidential administration in my life I am worried to death.  This man we have in the White House is dangerous.  Already he has forfeited his creditability by sending his press spokesman out to state an easily provable lie.  How can his press spokesman regain the press (and I don't care what you think of the press) and the country's trust after such a deplorable and shameful display of such "Baghdad Bob" lies? This statement from the conservative newspaper The Weekly Standard expresses how I feel exactly: "Rule #1 for press relations is that you can obfuscate, you can misrepresent, you can shade the truth to a ridiculous degree, or play dumb and pretend not to know things you absolutely do know. But you can’t peddle affirmative, provable falsehoods. And it’s not because there’s some code o

KellyAnne!!

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Welcome folks to the newest star in the political galaxy of stars: Kellyanne Conway. I was wondering how long it would take Saturday Night Live to take on this rich treasure trove of deceit and lies, Mrs. Kellyanne Conway herself. Sit back and relax and enjoy:

"Alternative Facts"

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This morning on "Meet the Press", Kellyanne Conway, our new president Donald Trump's spokesperson, uttered a statement that should send chills down everyone's spine. When asked by Chuck Todd, the "Meet the Press" moderator, about the lie (about Trump's inauguration being the "biggest ever, period!) Sean Spicer, Trump's press spokesperson said yesterday during his first press briefing, Ms. Conway said they were presenting "alternative facts."  Watch this full recording and think, "is this what we're going to go through the next four years?" Kellyanne Conway should resign immediately. ALTERNATIVE FACTS? Did I hear right?  Are we living in Russia? Are we living in some banana republic? ALTERNATIVE FACTS? Folks, and especially my friends who are Trump supporters, do you not see how bad this is?   Are we going to have a presidency who presents ALTERNATIVE FACTS to us? Here's what is going to happen if we

Letter to the Editor

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Marie Antoinette - Queen of France who lost her head through her indifference to the common man Dear Sir, The following is my response to the proposal in the Delaware state budget to eliminate the senior citizen discount in the annual real estate/school tax bill: Subject: Who thought this was a good idea? (Imagined ) Conversation in governor’s office re budget shortfall:   Budget Director:   “Governor, we’re short funds in our budget. Any suggestions how we make up the shortfall? ”   Governor Markel:    “Let’s tax those seniors who have been getting a free ride. Take away that $500 senior citizen tax credit on their annual real estate/school tax bill.”    Budget Director:   “But what about those senior citizens who live on a fixed retirement income? Those senior citizens who are already faced with ever increasing costs in food, heat, and insurance?”   Governor Markel:   “Let them eat cake” My partner, now husband and I moved to Delawar

Doomsday?

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Any body else feel like I do today? I woke up this morning with this feeling of impending doom. The last time I felt even this close was when we had trouble selling our house in Pennsylvania and were struggling paying two mortgages and facing financial ruin. The feeling I have this morning is even worse.  I fear for our country. Do I really have to explain what is the source of my feeling of impending doom?  For those of you still wondering, it is the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. What have we done?  Correction, what have THEY (those people who voted for Trump) done?  Don't they realize that they voted for a person who is grossly unsuited to lead the most powerful country on the earth?   Last night I was listening to Trump speak at one of the pre inaugural events, hoping he would finally begin to act presidential.  Didn't happen.  Believe it or not he was still bragging about wining the election instead of speaking about

Random Musings

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The snow geese have arrived.  They arrived later this year than in past years.  Probably because of the unseasonably warmer weather we have been having here in southern Delaware.   I took this video last week, during my morning walk through the development where I live. My morning walk is one of my pure pleasures this time of my life.  On this particular morning, as I was completing my two and a quarter mile walk, the snow geese flew overhead. I looked up and let that good, natural feeling of communing with nature envelope me. Lately I haven't been in much of a mood to pound this keyboard to punch out a blog posting.  Not that I don't have anything to write about, I do.  I always do.  That's one thing I never lack, subject matter of what to write about.  But for some reason, and I think I know what it is, I just haven't been in the mood to put my mental musings in a blog. But I feel a responsibility to keep it up. In three days we'll have a new president

Trump's First Press Conference as President-Elect

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Donald Trump finally has a press conference! Watch out Alex Baldwin, Trump will get you. By the way, when Trump inaugurated next Friday, he is no longer the boss, he will work for us.  This is going to be interesting.  Let's just hope he doesn't blow up the world.

A Crises in American Democracy

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Regular readers of my blog have probably noticed that I haven't been posting regularly.  There isn't a reason why I haven't been posting. I have this impending sense of something is drastically wrong in this country.   Yes, Donald Trump won the presidency and Hillary Clinton lost. But this feeling I have is more than just "Hillary lost and Trump won." I have this feeling that a foreign power interfered in our democratic process.   We all know who that foreign power is, Russia.  I'm going to try and make this post concise, which I am finding very hard to do.   After the election Donald Trump had a chance to bring this country together. But what has he done?  He has been consistent in defending Russian president Putin and the Russians.  This is the only area he has been consistent.  There are so many reasons to state about Trump as to why he is unqualified to be president. From his refusal to release his tax returns to his bragging about sexual a

The Snow Is Gone!

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Well, not quite but it's almost gone.  Thank goodness. Ever since I fell two years ago (January 17th, 2014) and tore my left leg quadricep muscle, putting me out of commission for twelve weeks, I'm fearful of snow and ice.  I'm not like the earlier years of my life when I was fearless when it came to walking on snow and ice.   The snow storm came late last week.  Fortunately for me I wasn't scheduled for work at the hotel. I went back to work this past Monday.  The road out of our development and the back road I take to work were not cleared.  Only the main road Route One was cleared, just enough to get salt and frozen slush on my red Subaru Forester.   I felt like I was in Alaska, going about fifteen miles an hour on those ice covered roads to work.  Normally Bill would drive me to work when it snows like this (he has experience having worked and lived in Alaska in his earlier years). However, since he lost his driver's license I'm on my own now.  I h