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Wrapped in a really nice package with a pretty bow, because sometimes I can be a little bit aggressive, and diary of a mom says it more gently:

There’s something that tends to happen an awful lot in advocacy circles (and everywhere, really, but it’s most obvious there) and I was hoping we could talk about it. It tends to go som…

Source: the courage to listen  | a diary of a mom

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Vague Blog Sorry Sort Of


I’m feeling overwhelmed, and there are a few things causing the anxiety. I’m edging in on depression, and I know it because I can feel that white tiger, so I know that I need to make a decision soon. The problem is that I know what I want and need to do; it’s the timing of the execution that’s the Big Deal right now. The timing will affect other people as much as the decision itself. I’m quickly reaching a point where I feel that I have no choice but to execute the decision. My hand is being forced. And yet, this is agonizing. Agony is the problem one way and the other.

I’m sorry to be vague. It’ll be clear soon, I promise. Since this entry is public, I need to keep it vague for now. Although some of you may already have guessed, it’s not really something that I’ve discussed publicly yet. I’ve offered information on the subject to others, and I may have blogged about it a year ago, but the decision has come ’round again for several reasons.

Oops, I’m going to be late for work. Tah, Loves.

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I’m a non-autistic mom who is blessed to parent an autistic daughter along with her two sisters. She’s an amazing, incredible young lady who is one of the three brightest lights in my life. This Sweet Girl finds being autistic to be a wonderful thing, something that she needs, something she doesn’t ever want anyone to take away from her. She says it makes things hard for her but she still needs it or she wouldn’t be who she is. She finds it shocking and appalling, and it hurts her deeply that even if Autism can make life difficult enough to cause some disabilities, that anyone would think up the idea, let alone that it’s a good idea, to cure anyone of Autism. She finds the notion of vaccines causing or having a correlation to Autism as ridiculous and silly. She can’t find words to explain how odd it is that she should have to defend her existence, or that anyone would insist on separating her from one of the very things that makes her the Sweet Girl that she is.

“Without Autism, I would not exist.” ~Sweet Girl

And so, with that reminder, I’ll just add my caveat now, before April: we shall NOT light up anything blue. We do NOT support puzzle piece comparisons. There are autistic self-advocates and bloggers who explain why far, far better than I can because it’s not my life on the line… it’s theirs. I value their opinions highly, especially those women who I’m so grateful to have found to show me what my daughter’s adult voice might appear like. Through their suggestions and sharing of experiences, it’s helping to make our journey through her childhood and my parenting go more smoothly. I enjoy the insights as much as I appreciate them.

Women like Amy Sequenza are your child. So I’m going to share two of her blog entries.

Why Autism Speaks Hurts Us – Amy Sequenza

Is Autism Speaks a Hate Group? – Amy Sequenza

Plus a bonus one from a different blog.

This is the last time I’m going to say this – The Autistic Beekeeper

And I’d like to suggest looking up #BoycottAutismSpeaks. You won’t regret it. Oh yes, and this handy dandy info-graphic. Share it. Download it. Memorize it. If you’re a parent to an autistic individual, pay special attention to the organizations that help autistic people. Include the Autism Women’s Network in there too. They’re pretty fabulous.

 

You may say, “But my child is autistic and we went to Autism Speaks, and they were really good!” or “But I know someone who speaks very highly of them because of their experience!” My response to that is, “Great. Good for you, I’m truly happy for you.” The issue I have is that any money you donated went towards research to remove the uniqueness from your child that makes him or her who she is. And if nothing else, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. I mean, last year even Autism Speaks came out and said, “Hey y’all, get your kids their measles vaccines.”

And on the Today Show yesterday, their founder, the father of an autistic son, floundered over how amazing his organization is for parents. Parents, not the autistic individuals. The support is there for parents who are stuck in the loop of believing Autism is a tragedy that happened to them through their child, or that God is punishing them. Parents who believe their child is damaged, sick, and imperfect. Not whole. Hiding behind the Autism. The Autism took them away. Broke them. And you know what? Matt Lauer sucked it all up with a dewy eyed spoon. He may have been a little drunk.

Parents… I remember that initial shock and the feeling of wondering what to do next. I remember wondering what *I* was going to do. It took me too long of wondering “why me and my child, why my family” before I was hit with the bitch stick. It’s really not about me, it’s about this spirited young lady I’m privileged to parent. The only “me” part about this was what was I going to do for my child and how to teach her to self-advocate. How would I teach her to become an adult that could navigate an amazing world.

Your child needs you. Show your child how amazing the world is and you’d better remember that the world is still amazing. The world is only as small as you allow it to be. The world is only as tragic as you allow Autism Speaks to let you think it is.

Stop the silencing of Autism Speaks and listen to the autistic self-advocates.

#AutismSpeaksSilencesAutisticVoices

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Good morning, Loves! I know it’s belated, but I hope that you had a wonderful Easter weekend. I hope that you have an equally wonderful Easter week.

It was wonderful seeing most of our immediate family. We missed a couple of my husband’s sisters, since they took their families to Florida, but we’ll see them this coming weekend for my eldest girl’s Confirmation.

It’s been hard for me to get to Church lately due to the pain, but it doesn’t reduce my spirituality or love for Jesus at all. It doesn’t reduce how amazing Easter is for me. It’s my favorite holiday, actually. It’s my favorite not just because it’s in the Spring and usually there isn’t a hint of snow (every now and then, there’s snow on Easter in Connecticut).

It’s my favorite holiday because of all of the typical reasons we usually give, the reasons that sound trite and cliche. This year we have two babies that are a year old running around, and baby that’s a month old. We have a four year old giving my three girls a run for their money. We have teen and tween nieces for my girls to get in trouble with. We have each other.

More than all of those things,  Easter lets us know that there’s… what’s the word… potential? promise? We have potential and promise to make the difference in our lives that we want to make. We can make changes that we need to make. We have get to be the ones to make the decisions if we choose to make them. We have the potential to affect change in others’ lives if we change our behavior and attitudes. Just as Jesus died and came back, every Spring we have the chance to remember what he did for us and grab onto his promise and take advantage of it. We can look at life with a more positive view if we choose, and slow our lives down even for just a few days.

We can reassess our schedules, routines, budgets, friendships, entanglements, careers, diets, etc. We can simplify our lives. We can choose what makes us happy, but is also considerate of and is a positive change for those we live with and have very close relationships with. We can choose which relationships need more attention, and which are toxic and need to be released without anxiety.

Easter is a release in so many ways, as well as a chance to focus, eh? It’s a reminder for us to take care of ourselves, our families, and friends. It’s a reminder to tend our relationship with God. God is in every positive change we make. He’s in every bit of potential, and every single promise. He’s in every lift of attitude and release in simplification. He’s the strength in the chain that holds our relationships to family and friends together.

Take good care of yourselves and Happy Easter. If you don’t celebrate Easter,have a beautiful day and take care.

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Did you know that people choose their candidates in very similar ways? We do. We all think that we have a system, the best system, and we’re so eager to share it so that others can try out our system and we just KNOW that if they use our system they’ll vote the way we vote. They’ll choose Our Gal/Guy.

It turns out that My Way is a very typical way to choose a candidate:

I think it’s important to learn about the candidates platforms and policies; think about the individual’s histories and how they treat their friends, spouses, and coworkers; consider how they treat individuals they dislike and are in competition with; look at their experience and voting history; examine employment/employer history in tandem with leadership skills; examine their skills in how they choose their advisers and their decision making process; weigh personal character; fact check them with reputable, unbiased sources, whose job is not entertainment but to inform with truth in order to educate.

We need to do all of this with ALL of the candidates, with the knowledge that with candidates we may have disliked or even “hated” in the past may actually be candidates that line up more closely with what we believe in. I also believe we may need to go into this with the humility that previous dislike and hatred of an individual candidate could have been misplaced due to deceit copiously placed in news media by opposition over the years.

These are the things that I believe opinions should be formed from.

Even before all of that, I think we need to commit to something more important. We first ought to commit to learning about ourselves and what matters to us BEFORE we actually choose a candidate for office. How can we know who should stand for us if we don’t know what we stand for?What issues are important to you? How strongly do you feel about them? What do you think about issues that other people find extremely important? There are dozens of topics we think about and research for ourselves and in our candidates. For instance, what do you think about:

  • Medicaid
  • Income Tax Revision
  • Cost, Availability and Quality of Clean Water
  • Minimum Wage Laws, and increase in mimimum wage
  • Prescription Drugs and Specialty Drugs
  • Aging and elder issues
  • Pensions
  • Higher Education
  • Employee Compensation
  • Moving American Jobs Overseas
  • Freedom of the Press
  • Freedom of Speech on Government Land
  • Transportation Funding
  • Disability issues & Disability rights and Human Rights
  • Hospital funding and staffing
  • Fracking
  • GMO’s
  • Funding CHIP
  • School Testing
  • Common Core (yes, these are two different things; one is tests, one is teaching methods)
  • NASA
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Scientific Discoveries
  • Gun Control
  • Overcrowding in Prisons
  • Scientific research funding for curing diseases, disorders
  • Mental Health, Emotional Health, Physical Health Issues
  • Medical Insurance and what you would like ideally for yourself
  • Funding Social Service agencies that would save the state agencies millions of “your tax dollars”
  • Social Security
  • Privacy Laws
  • Immigration Law & Immigration History
  • Social Inclusion Laws
  • Emergency Disaster Preparedness (did you know there’s actually a Zombie Apocolypse Plan?)
  • Funding our state and national infrastructure (Highways, byways, streets, railways, bus-lines, etc) for repair work and new systems
  • Carbon Emissions
  • Cleaner and Less Expensive Energy Sources for Cars; more efficient and cleaner cars
  • Cleaner and Less Expensive Energy Sources for Home Heating and Cooling
  • Green Living Initiatives and Legislature; Not just “climate change” but the stuff that directly affects you every day such as the quality of the air you breath and the water you drink
  • Regulated food industry promoting healthy eating and living
  • Funding education, both primary and secondary
  • Relations with other countries
  • United Nations
  • Political Parties working across the aisle
  • Gender Equality
  • Marriage Equality
  • Human Rights, Equal Rights, Civil Rights
  • Section 8 Housing
  • Public Housing
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • SNAP Benefits
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • The right for anyone to eat, drink, and have a roof over their heads
  • What constitutes war crimes
  • The Draft
  • GI Bill
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Terrorism
  • Profiling
  • Torture
  • Homeland Security
  • Racial Politics
  • Free Trade
  • Homeschooling
  • Military and Defense
  • Abstinence Only Education
  • Women’s Health Protection
  • Maintaining the Freedom of Choice Acts (FOCA) (only 7 states have codified a woman’s right to choose, making the protections of Roe v. Wade part of state law: CA, CT, HI, ME, MD, NV, WA)
  • Freedom of Religion, to practice as you choose in the religion you choose
  • Freedom from Religion, to be able to choose to refrain from practicing any religion at all
  • Freedom to choose your own healthcare, doctors, hospital, clinic, services without interference
  • Freedom to parent your children regardless of disability whether physical or mental health
  • Defunding of social services and human services that would help disabled, women and children, elderly, and veterans
  • Police Brutality
  • Mandatory Minimum Sentences
  • Corporal Punishment and the Death Penalty
  • School Prayer
  • Separation of Church and State
  • Intelligent Design
  • Pardons in the Court System
  • Judge Appointments

Honestly, right now my head is swimming, yet I know there are dozens upon dozens more topics and subtopics to consider.

Things that we don’t really consciously consider when choosing a candidate can be unorthodox, for lack of a better word, and aren’t helpful at all. In fact, people end up voting against their own best interests if they use the below “methods” to vote with. They do it because they’re not really voting issues, platforms, policy, or even history.

  • The pleasantness of a candidate’s face
  • The pleasantness and pitch of a candidate’s voice
  • The taller candidate tends to win
  • Personal charisma
  • A nice smile
  • The appearance of being kind
  • The appearance of caring about doing their job well
  • The appearance of caring about their constituents in general as well as the people who are immediately in front of them
  • The appearance being a peace-keeping, even tempered individual
  • The appearance of being competent, educated, qualified, and capable
  • Individuals who behave and appear Presidential
  • The appearance of truthfulness and trustworthiness
  • A calm and even temperament

There are worse methods than this, I suppose. I’ve actually heard people explain that they use these methods in choosing candidates:

  • Mix it up a bit locally. We may not know who the candidates are, or exactly what their platforms are, but we vote a mix of Republican and Democrat to shake it up and we can try to make sure to “keep them in check” and keep things even
  • We play Eenie-Meenie-Mynie-Moe and we catch that mousie by the toe
  • We close our eyes while in the polling booth and click like mad at the little levers and then just yank that huge one or, if you’re back in the stone age like some towns, you close your eyes while filling in dots on what looks like a multiple choice test sheet
  • We pray right up until it’s time to choose and listen for God to whisper in our ear
  • Our minds are already made up, it’s easy peasy, because it’s made for us: we vote party line
  • The Candidate who “wins” the debate based on how many insults they can hurl
  • The Candidate who seems strongest based on their willingness to sling mud

Those particular methods don’t work, and to be honest they’re insulting.

And yes, to get a bit personal:

Can I help it if it matters to me when a candidate tries to impress people with his business savvy and know-how and insists he’ll get the nation out of debt in no time at all when in fact he’s declared bankruptcy four times and every single venture he’s ever attempted has failed? Every. Single. One.

It matters to me when he is not only proud to be a bigot and racist, but he plans to legislate bigotry and racism.

It matters to me when he has absolutely no education of value at all (since the education he does have hasn’t worked for him), doesn’t have a mind to hire advisers to help educate him as he believes he’s his own best adviser, and doesn’t know the first thing about U.S. or domestic history.

It matters when he doesn’t care about education of others, or about science, or the state of the world or its ecology.

It matters when the most benign emotions he elicits from his supporters is apathy, but the most frequent and dangerous emotion is rage and as it happens, rage is the emotion that he uses the most in order to attempt to gain supporters by twisting them up with fear of Other.

It matters to me when he is anti-disability, anti-women, anti-non-rich-non-white, anti-government and anti-American in every single word and action, anti-education, anti-generosity, anti-kindness, anti-human rights, and has a very tenuous relationship with the truth including his own documented history.

It matters to me that he’s anti-vaccination and believes Autism is a disease that is caused by vaccines; and that Autism needs to be eradicated.

It matters to me when he beat his ex-wife and then intimidates her to drop the charge and lie to the press; calls women disgusting names; bullies reporters for asking typical questions thinking they’re “too tough for any reasonable candidate;” says he’s going to prosecute every single person who says anything negative about him at all during the campaign once the campaign is over, even if he’s President; is anti-American military especially those who are disabled and/or are MIA or captured; makes fun of disabled people; lies about his personal connections to the KKK.

This is a man that has widened the fracture in America, and other countries in the world as as terrified as the majority of Actual Republicans (conservative or middle of the road or liberal-ish) and All Democrats (liberal or conservative). In fact they’re even more terrified because they see him with a clearer lens than we do. It turns out that the horror we’re feeling isn’t quite turned up  high enough.

This matters. People can claim that President Obama is responsible for the current fracture, and that may be partially so except for the fact that it’s because he hasn’t allowed himself or the Democratic Party to be bullied as much as the Republican Party has tried to bully over the past eight years. And I’m thinking that in the state the Republican Party is in right now, they’re wishing they had their own Barack Obama right now.

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I need to start prioritizing better and keep my coffee pot in my bedroom so that I can have a mug ready at  5:dark o’kiss my ass. Because with my bedroom TV that I can’t rewind, there was already another Most Ridiculous News Story Diverting Attention From Important Headlines Today that I couldn’t confirm until I got downstairs to hear about it on the TV that tells me the truth.

This is almost politics only in the sense that it involves the two Republican front-runners, but it’s … well … I don’t really know what it is. Except that Donald Trump is making fun of Senator Cruz’s wife Heidi on Twitter, and has created a full on Twitter war (again) with Senator Cruz. The triggering event makes me roll my eyes so far into the back of my head it’s triggering a migraine.

Some group that I have no interest in researching put out an ad that showed Donald Trump’s wife, former model Melania Trump, lounging nude with a caption saying,

“Meet Melania Trump. Your next first lady. Or, you could support Ted Cruz on Tuesday.”

Not for nothing, but I can see why Trump wants to defend his wife’s honor, but dude… she was a model. She modeled nude. It happened. It wasn’t a secret. It’s not like it’s even on the same wavelength of denial or level of seriousness as having ties (I love that euphemism) to the Ku Klux Klan. And not for nothing else, but resorting to putting their wives side by side in an effort to embarrass Mrs. Cruz to show,  you know, how hot his wife is using a professionally done photo of his former-model wife and an admittedly unfortunate candid shot of Senator Cruz’s wife was beyond the pale.

I would say it was below the belt except that Heidi Cruz is an accomplished, apparently charming, intelligent, caring, loyal woman. Donald must have really scoured the internet for an unflattering photo of her. There really shouldn’t be any surprise at all that Donald would resort to school yard bully tactics and insulting a woman’s appearance in order to also insult her husband, his competitor.

Senator Cruz did offer an amazing loving-husband response on CNN the next day a.k.a. yesterday a.k.a. Wednesday:

 

“Heidi, my wife, she’s the daughter of missionaries in Africa, she’s my best friend in the world, and if Donald wants to get in a character fight, he’s better off sticking with me, ’cause Heidi is way out of his league,” Cruz said during an interview on CNN’s “New Day” with Chris Cuomo.

“It reveals a lot about character,” Cruz continued of Trump’s tweet Tuesday night that the Texas senator better “be careful” or “I will spill the beans on your wife!”

“It reveals a lot about class, that Donald’s instinct is to try to attack my wife and sully her,” Cruz continued. “That should be beneath Donald.”

Cruz speculated that Trump was taking a personal tact because “he had a very bad night last night” in Utah, where Cruz took around 70 percent of the vote, allowing him to claim all of the state’s 40 delegates. Trump, on the other hand, won Arizona, a winner-take-all state worth 58 delegates.

Trump fired off his tweet citing an ad from a super-PAC that showed an image of his own wife, Melania, posing nude during a magazine photoshoot. Cruz emphasized he has “nothing to do with” the outside group.”

 

What I’d like to know, Mr. Drumpf, is if this is really the most important thing that you need to worry about? A Senator who returns your school yard bullying with some sanctimonious fife about how righteous and pure his wife is?

And yes, Senator, you’re the stellar husband defending your wife’s honor and you’ve now earned the best sex of your life for the rest of your life, and maybe a man cave of your very own, but come on. This would be ridiculous on any given slow news day. Not that I wanted to even address this, but taking a nude photo or dozen, especially as a professional model, doesn’t attest to ones character. The French President Nikolas Sarkozy is married to a former model, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, who had a nude photo taken of her in 1993 that, in 2008, sold for U.S.$91,000. They met in November 2007 shortly after he divorced and they married only two months later. She’s not a French citizen, but Italian. So scandalous. And apparently, prior to her marriage, there were rumors to her dating Trump. I would be most concerned about her decision making skills as they relate to dating Trump, but in the end she did marry President Sarkozy.

What makes it exceptionally ridiculous and hard to stomach on top of all of the other disgusting things about this entire campaigns is that the day this *nontroversy erupted was the same day as the Belgium Terror Attacks. So honest to God, shame on you both. Shame on the news for giving you both air time.

While hearing about the attacks in Belgium and reading about the attack in Turkey does bring on emotional fatigue and anxiety, it’s still important to know what’s going on and how our current politicians and world leaders are handling things. It’s important to know how our candidates plan to handle things. We need to know how this will affect our lives presently and in the future. We need to know how to discuss these things with our children, especially when our daughters come crying because their Muslim friends tell them how fearful they and their families are for their lives due to how the Republican candidates and top politicians are responding. When our daughters are afraid that people in the streets will murder their friends, it’s a problem that we need to figure out and I don’t need all of this frivolous crap clogging up my TV or newsfeeds.

It’s now Thursday and in some strange alternate reality, this ridiculousness about whose wife is more attractive and whose wife has more character because whose wife took nude photos and whose didn’t is still a big enough deal to derail the Republican political …. chiznit. It’s still in the news. It’s still being called a story. No…. no. A “top story.”

It’s not even amusing. It’s not light-hearted in an effort to get us to smile in the midst of tragedy and chaos.

It’s ridiculousness and distraction, and it’s treating the voters with the presumption that they’re not smarter than a fifth grader.

If the Republican Party, with the help of the media that supports them, feels they need to lead undecided Republican voters, Trump Supporters, and others who are considering Trump over Cruz or “I’ll vote Trump if Hillary gets the nod over Bernie” by the nose to vote for Senator Cruz and make The Right Choice in the voting booth… then the situation is really more serious and sad than I thought. What happened to reason and common sense? Logic? Or, you know, at least insulting each other’s policies and platforms rather than each others wives and their wives appearances.

I’m really relieved that when my state votes in the primaries, it will be a closed primary and I get to vote Democrat.

*Nontroversy: An event or situation that is essentially when someone has made a mountain out of a molehill; the difference is when it’s been picked up by national and sometimes international media up to and including television news and it’s referred to as a “controversy” where people are experiencing contrived “outrage” and are now “speaking out” about said “controversy”

 

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Fair warning, it’s probably going to be a long entry. There are words everywhere. This has been building up in my effort to refrain from posting (much) about the vileness that is Donald Trump and his slimy nightmare run for the Republican ticket to the Presidency. As a former Republican, I still feel embarrassment over the fact that any of this has been allowed to happen, and I’m bursting at the seams in my efforts to refrain from cussing nonstop.

Second warning, also fair: This is my blog, which means that since I’m vehemently anti-Trump to the point of needing to vomit him out of my brain, this post is me purging. I’m purging it all. It’s my opinion only, when I’m stating opinions, except when I share facts. I realize that opinions aren’t facts but when something is a fact, you can actually fact check it and find out that it’s, you know, a fact and that it’s something I’ve based my informed opinion on. When I state something as fact, they’re easily researchable and provable. I’ll try to add a link or two when I remember but this entry is really intended to be a huge purge of my thoughts and emotions.

However, please know that this post is not directed towards you specifically, Loves. I apologize in advance if you’re a Trump supporter and find any of this offensive when I refer to “Trump supporters.” I don’t mean to offend you.

I do mean to “offend” Trump. You are not Trump. I do assume (presume?) that if you’re reading my blog at all, you’re educated beyond fifth grade and likely to be at least a high school or college graduate with some lovely reasoning skills. I assume that you’re open minded, especially if as a Trump supporter, you’ve read this far and haven’t closed my tab. If you’re a good person and you support Trump, I can only hope it’s because you don’t know about the vile, disgusting things he’s done and said in public that can be proven. I assume that maybe you care enough to find out.

First and foremost, as this came out yesterday morning because fuck it, y’all, every day is just getting worse than the day before and at this rate I’m going to need to start a new post:

SOURCE OF ARTICLE:  http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/barry-goldwater-s-family-against-donald-trump-n542506

Donald Trump’s political rise has inspired comparisons to the turbulent summer of 1964, when Barry Goldwater became the original angry outsider, accused of riding fear and racial resentment to the Republican nomination.

But Goldwater’s widow and eldest son are as appalled by Trump as the establishment was appalled by Goldwater in 1964. Maybe more so. They see Trump as a “cowboy” and an “authoritarian” — not to mention irrational, unprincipled and a symptom of a lost party.

They won’t vote for any of the remaining Republican presidential candidates in 2016. And they don’t believe Goldwater would either.

“Barry would just go absolutely go crazy if he were watching this today,” Susan Goldwater (now Levine) told MSNBC by phone. “He would be yelling at the television. He would think it’s embarrassing this situation we have with Donald Trump. It’s not the Republican Party or the country that we knew 25 or 30 years ago.”

She [Barry’s widow] plans to vote for Hillary Clinton and, she continued, a lot of her friends from the Goldwater era are too. They think the Republican field has come unhinged and drifted hard-right, and, yes, she knows that’s what they used to say about her late husband, the so-called father of modern conservatism.

“Barry was a quite moderate and rational man despite opinions to the contrary. And 25 years ago, he was appalled by the rise of the extreme Christian right,” she explained. “The bigotry and the religious extremism is just wrong, wrong, wrong.”

She doesn’t support Trump’s anti-immigration policies, or those of his controversial local surrogates, including Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Gov. Jan Brewer. “Our legislature is Neanderthal,” she said, dismissing much of the state. “It just is.”

Barry Goldwater Jr., a former Republican congressman from California, was less talkative but equally troubled by Trump’s supposed similarities to his father.

“I don’t think there’s any comparison at all with Barry Goldwater,” he said. “Donald Trump is an authoritarian. Barry Goldwater had principles and he was a gentleman. Donald Trump is a cowboy.”

To be sure, the Trump and Goldwater comparison is rooted in surface similarities.

Both candidates garnered support from white supremacists, including members of the Ku Klux Klan. Both held events where black attendees faced verbal and physical assaults. And both were opposed by powerful elements within their own parties.

More specifically, Trump’s closed-border approach to immigration and Muslim-Americans reminds some of Goldwater’s opposition to the Civil Rights Act and Brown v. Board of Education.

Those positions damaged the GOP’s relationship with generations of minority voters, especially black voters. Many Republicans fear Trump could similarly damage the party’s relationship with Latino voters.

But Goldwater died a veritable progressive by the standards of today’s Republican Party. He became a prominent gay rights activist, persistent critic of the religious right, and semi-regular backer of Democratic candidates for office.

What mattered to him were ideas and ideology, his son argues, and that makes him deeply different from Donald J. Trump.

“When you voted for Barry Goldwater, you knew exactly what you were going to get,” his son said. “When you vote for Donald Trump, you don’t know what you’re going to get.”

 

This is more important, as it’s an article written explaining a report made by a research team called the Economist Intelligence Unit, considered to be a reliable source in the information it considers and reports. When I initially inserted it into the post it was only a couple of hours old:

“A Donald Trump presidency would be as big a global risk as the rising threat of jihadi terrorism, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

In a list released Thursday, the research team also suggested “Trump’s rhetoric toward the Middle East will in itself raise the jihadi menace.”

“His militaristic tendencies towards the Middle East and ban on all Muslim travel to the US would be a potent recruitment tool for jihadi groups,” the EIU said in its global risk assessment.

The research firm says “Trump’s hostile attitude toward free trade could also prove a worldwide issue.”

“In the event of a Trump victory, his hostile attitude to free trade, and alienation of Mexico and China in particular, could escalate rapidly into a trade war,” the report said.

The EIU ranking combines impact and probability on a scale rating of 1 to 25, with a Trump presidency scoring a rating of 12.

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The research paper concludes that it doesn’t expect Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton in the race to become the next president.

But it suggests a turn of events that could put Trump in the White House.

“There are risks to this forecast, especially in the event of a terrorist attack on US soil or a sudden economic downturn,” the report reads.

Kremlin on Trump

Meanwhile the Kremlin hit out Thursday at a campaign video promoting Trump, suggesting the video demonized Russia’s image.

The clip in question shows Clinton barking like a dog while Putin throws an opponent in a judo bout.

“I saw this clip. I do not know for sure if Vladimir Putin saw it. But our attitude is negative,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a teleconference, according to Reuters.

Peskov said negative comments from U.S. politicians were nothing new.

“It’s an open secret for us that demonizing Russia and whatever is linked to Russia is unfortunately a mandatory hallmark of America’s election campaign,” he said

SOURCE http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/17/trump-as-big-a-global-risk-as-terrorism-research.html?__source=xfinity|mod&par=xfinity

 

Next, Paul Ryan psycho conservative scary ass misogynist whackadoodle Speaker of the House but thank-god-he’s-not-President-instead-of-Obama-and-swears-he-won’t-run-this-time even spoke against Trump’s latest folly of words. House Speaker. Paul Ryan. Firmly inserted Teaparty screw-up thinks Trump has gone too far. Although Teaparty trickster that he is, refused to go so far as to say that he wouldn’t support Trump if Trump does end up as the “Republican” candidate. But come on, fuck all, people, Paul fucking Ryan denounced Donald Trump.

 

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said that it was “unacceptable” for Donald Trump to suggest there would be rioting if he is not chosen as the Republican nominee.

“Nobody should say such things in my opinion because to even address or hint to violence is unacceptable,” he told reporters on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday, Trump said on CNN that if he does not win the GOP nomination at the convention in July: “I think you’d have riots. I’m representing a tremendous many, many millions of people.”

 

The Republican party has been corrupted by the Tea Party. In the Republican party’s need to “beat” Democrat candidates and refusal to work across the aisle, rather than choosing the best candidates for the job and working as a team with the Democrats who are also chosen, they’ve let the rabid wolves in. That didn’t used to happen. Greed and money let it happen. It was most obvious when Senator McCain didn’t vet Sarah Palin. There should have been an internal, introspective look into the direction the party needs to go and how to do it. Instead, they’ve chosen people who insist that discrimination should be law, religion should be law… Christianity should be law, and not just Christianity but the evangelistic literalistic and extremist sect calling themselves a grassroots political party, the Tea Party.

That opened the door for dangerous individuals like Donald Trump to step in and pretend he had anyone else’s interests but his own. Make no mistake: Trump is not Republican. He’s not Democrat. He’s not even Green Party or Tea Party or Independent Party.

He’s an entirely brand new creation. There’s nothing political to call what he’s doing. Scary Ass Fucker works for me, but it’s not very politically correct.

Sorry, I sort of lost the thread there.

I am many things, but my mother didn’t raise a foolish child. Unfortunately, as of this moment, I think many people like my mom supports Trump. Recently she said she’d vote for him in a heartbeat with the common line that, “He’s better than Hillary!” Um, sure. Because of the Republican lie machine of the past 25 years, which I think is now regretting what they’ve done as they collapse and watch the monster they’ve created take over and kill their party.

Truth matters. The truth that the rest of the world considers important matters, even when American news is ignoring it.

Being informed matters.

Being educated matters.

http://www.sott.net/article/313177-The-cult-of-ignorance-in-the-United-States-Anti-intellectualism-and-the-dumbing-down-of-America

This involves performing our own research, and seeking out independent news sources. It means seeking out news sources that report only the facts and if any opinion is inserted, it’s really something that can’t be disputed without some serious cognitive dissonance.

This is not something that it appears a great majority of Trump supporters believe in. Instead, they’re fueled by anger, hate, fear, and rage and very likely a healthy dose of disappointment and frustration in our government. We should all have disappointment and frustration in our government. We should all have disappointment in our chosen legislators including the ones we gave our votes to in previous elections.

The problem isn’t only that Trump incites the anger, hate, rage, and fear into a frenzy of righteous self-justification, self-entitlement, and encourages the worst in us. Not even the rebellious, revolutionary part of us, but the hateful, bigoted, racist, ableist part of us. There’s no desire to change, only to cause damage.

The problem is that those of us who oppose Trump are also incited by the anger, hate, rage and fear and get caught up in a self-righteous self-justification that encourages the worst in us. It’s not a good feeling… except we also have hope in there. We can tone it down because we know that there ARE other choices other than him. There are reasonable choices even if they’re not the best. We figure out that we don’t have to be “right” we just have to use our intelligence to be vigilant and educated and share what we know to be true, to remain trustworthy, and to use our votes in a way that’s moral and just.

Sorry, lost the thread for a moment.

Trump’s supporters see him as trustworthy and educated, not caring about his lies. He’s living the American Dream and I think that they hope with him being President, he’s going to help create their American Dream too. They don’t see his lies as damaging or consequential as compared to what they perceive as the lack of trustworthiness of the Democrat opponents. There’s a tendency to take his words at face value because if he’s in the position he’s in, he must be educated. Except he’s not.

Because Democrats are, obviously, adversaries that must be hated to the core for not being Republican. Lies created from Republican propaganda machines aren’t fact checked and are instead taken as gospel. This is what’s occurred with HRC over the last 20-25 years.

The instant the Clintons came on the scene publicly, the Republicans started to make certain that lies and gossip were spread about her in news media and gossip rags. Somehow, created controversies against her and her husband were and are made out to be her fault. Even when her husband cheated, it was her fault. Even her personality isn’t portrayed accurately by the Republican propaganda machine.

Initial proof of Trump’s lies and deceit is dismissed because it’s “slanted” or “from an unreliable source” but  even when faced with incontrovertible proof of his lies with actual videos showing that yes, he really did say that he would date his own daughter and yes, he really calls women vicious names. He thinks women are disgusting. He made fun of HRClinton for needing to use the ladies room during a debate he wasn’t even in, and has called women who menstruate “disgusting.” He even makes rude, childish facial expressions to match. He continuously and on a daily basis makes fun of and says ridiculous things about women he dislikes, denigrating them for biological differences, appearance, and yes… demeanor.

It’s only over this weekend that he has outright declared a boycott of Megyn Kelly’s TV program on Fox News. This is just one female news anchor that Trump has chosen to combat over the past several months. He’s not been eloquent in any sort of reasoned argument. He’s hateful and vicious to anyone who asks him legitimate and difficult questions, including uncomfortable ones rather than replying with grace and dignity.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/18/donald-trump-calls-boycott-megyn-kellys-primetime-/

“Everybody should boycott the @megynkelly show. Never worth watching. Always a hit on Trump! She is sick, & the most overrated person on tv,” the Republican front-runnertweeted late Friday afternoon. His missive was retweeted over 6,000 times, and “liked” by 19,000 readers within hours. Mr. Trump expressed a similar sentiment earlier in the week, referring to the prime-time broadcaster as “crazy” and “unwatchable.”

 

Nearly immediately, Fox News responded in support of Megyn Kelly as they should.  Now, you all know I’m no fan of Fox News. I do think that occasionally, they get some things right, and their response to the way Trump has spoken about Ms. Kelly over the weekend and called for a boycott of her show was appropriate. See more from the article:

Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land. Megyn is an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America — we’re extremely proud of her phenomenal work and continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump’s endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement on behalf of the network.

“As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, it’s especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job.”

Their feud essentially began seven months ago during the first Republican presidential debate. As one of three moderators, Ms. Kellyasked Mr. Trump,

“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president? And how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”

Mr. Trump responded with choice comments about Ms. Kelly in the aftermath, telling CNN in an interview,

“She starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions. You can see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever, but she was, in my opinion, she was off base.”

Public reaction to all this has run the gamut from outrage to amusement. The press has offered intricate coverage. Revisit the moment in this video clip, found here

 

Did you know that he has raged against being asked, “the hard questions” under the claim that they shouldn’t be allowed to ask hard questions. Come on, man. If you can’t handle being asked tough questions during the primary and caucus campaigning, then you’re really in for it if you actually make the ticket.

Next order of business.

His disdain and downright hatred of people who are disabled. He finds disdain with every protected class. If you’re not a rich, white man in America, you’re only worthy of the disdain of a schoolyard bully.

The man (Trump) who says he has “given more to Americans with disabilities than anyone else” has faced a slew of lawsuits over ADA compliance. He publicly makes fun of people, Americans, with disabilities. He looks down upon them. He views Americans who are disabled as being “less than” and worthy of nothing more than caustic words, rude attempts at mimicking what he believes are sounds and gestures made by disabled individuals, and facial expressions you make when someone farts and walks away. If Trump is elected President, be prepared for decades worth of setbacks to the Disability Rights Movement, which is a Civil  Rights Movement. A Human Rights Movement.

Source: Donald Trump’s War on People With Disabilities – The Daily Beast

Yes, he really makes fun of disabled people publicly, at rallies, to their faces when they disagree with him or ask him tough questions.  You can find videos of it. His policies in his companies go directly against nearly every protected class under Federal anti-discrimination laws. I stopped watching The Apprentice when he was confronted on one of his policies going against Federal rights laws. His speeches insult, offend, and essentially dehumanize each of these protected classes:

  1. Race
  2. Color
  3. Religion
  4. National Origin
  5. Sex
  6. Pregnancy
  7. Citizenship
  8. Disability

There are lawsuits against him for each and every one of those protected classes just in his business ventures. Think about things he has said. Let’s not forget about what he thinks about veterans, and what they’ve done. Sure, they’re great except for when they’re captured POA’s or they become disabled in some way. I mean, hell, if you’re part of more than one protected class, you’re essentially screwed six ways to Sunday under a Trump dictatorship.

He’s in favor of also dehumanizing by using cruel and illegal forms of torture heavily insinuated in a recent rally he held. He claimed that he “heard Cuba wants Guantanomo back,” but he plans to keep it and reopen Guantanamo… and “put more in there.”  To cheers in his audience. He of course made discourteous comments about Cuba due to the fact that Castro didn’t greet President Obama as the plane landed for the visit the same way Castro has greeted the Pope and other dignitaries. He obviously meant that it was discourteous of Castro. The real reason was to get in a pot shot so he could apparently show how low America has sunk and how we need to make it great again with, “We are amateur hour.” Of course that meant he also had to take a pot shot at President Obama for, “not calling ahead” to make sure he would be greeted by Castro and upon finding out he wouldn’t be, he “should have turned the plane around.”

Now, let’s touch on the topic of the Constitution. The man really is woefully undereducated to begin with regarding what a President should know. He went to a military school as a teenager for behavior problems. He started at Fordham University, a Jesuit school studying economics, then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania in their Wharton School of Business and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. He was accepted into Wharton with “acceptable” grades and because his older brother was a previous student, and his father was wealthy. Not because of his own accomplishments or intellect.

It should be noted that in 1973 and 1973, articles were written in which it was falsely reported that he graduated at the top of his class from Wharton. He still encourages this false belief. He did indeed graduate in 1968.

But way back in 1984 (ha ha, I said way back as if it were such a very long time ago) William Geist reported that after investigating, he found that Trump was not only “not first” in his class, as what had become widely reported, but he didn’t even receive honors of any kind. Then again in 1988, New York magazine reported that the persistence of the belief that he graduated at the top of his class was a “myth.” Somehow, the myth continues. People believe that he’s smarter than a fifth grader.

I’m not discriminatory against people who don’t or can’t make honors. I’m not discriminatory against people who have trouble with school. I do, however, feel very discriminatory against people who try to further their entire careers based on lies about the foundations of their education and claiming far higher intelligence than they have based on that lie. How often has he said, “I’m so smart, I’m such a smart guy,” and meant it? He’s a braggart.

It’s a lie that has been debunked with simple research over and over again. Sure, okay, acceptable grades in economics for a guy who was going to take over his father’s fortune is fine and dandy, but then he took the company and its many facets and brands and he tanked it into bankruptcy. Four times. Seems he didn’t really learn much after all while at Wharton. Every single business endeavor he has attempted has failed, but if you ask him he’s been nothing but successful and he knows how to fix our economy.

He’ll bankrupt us as a nation within a year. All progress made over the past 8 years will be gone.

Anyway.

So let’s move on. I’m still on the Constitution here. He should have learned even some basics about the Constitution while in middle school and high school. My children all know the basics about the Constitution and I can safely say that they’re more educated and qualified to run than Trump.

  • He’s still on the offensive topic of “anchor babies.” He believes that it’s not in the Constitution that American born babies born to immigrants or illegal, undocumented immigrants are not Americans and should be deported. Which is interesting considering Trump is a second generation American.
  • He wants to shut down all Mosques and create a database of Muslims. Except he also wants to deport all Muslims, even American Muslims. Apparently they’re not American enough.  Yes, he is so racist and bigoted he would deport AMERICANS for their religion (Muslim, and he’d sent them to Islam because it’s, you know, obviously, a country), and he’s so fearful of women and children who are fearful of being murdered and bombed in their home country with nowhere to go that he’ll build a wall to keep them out.
  • He wants to build a wall at the Mexican border… and make the Mexican government and people pay for it.
  • He has praised the internment of Japanese Americans by FDR World War II. He wants to do the same under his regime
  • He praises Vladimir Putin as a strong leader whose people respect him.
  • He admires Benito Mussolini, and quotes him without apology
  • He said that being captured by the enemy doesn’t make you a war hero and he “likes soldiers that aren’t captured” when referring to Senator John McCain, but then denied saying it in spite of the fact that the entire speech was on video
  • His loosely defined plans are to work above and beyond Congress and the Constitution, with “people who know, I have people who know, I have people to find that out” that he thinks could wrangle their way legally around laws and the Constitution

So why do so many people think he’s so amazing and would be beneficial for the country? What qualifies him? What makes him the best man for the hardest job in the world?

I can’t help but think that it’s mostly because he’s validating racism, bigotry, homomisia, religious intolerance, xenophobia, hatred of anything different including political differences, or simple differences of opinion. He’s there claiming to love America yet hating fellow Americans and its Constitution under the guise of Making America Great Again.

His supporters believe his slogan… make America great again… by bullying and “being honest” and “telling it all like it is.” Except… Trump isn’t doing any of that. He has no plan, no platform except that slogan.

He’s the antithesis of what America stands for. He stands for the ugly, slimy, greedy, filthy parts of us. But he’s not America.

I can’t help but think that “Make America Great Again” is really just code for, “Getting a rich white man back into the White House and getting legislation and the Constitution back to the way it was in Colonial America when women and non-whites had no rights.” Except with a lot more violence and walls than traditional Republicans are used to endorsing.

We should be frightened by this, because this man wants to take rights away instead of giving them to us. And when we gladly give our rights away, we will have nothing. We’re already risking giving away too many of our rights.

Trump wants to take away more. Just take time to listen to him. He has no real platform, but he’ll tell you exactly who he is. He tells us daily.

It’s not just America that should be frightened to death of this man. The rest of the World is already scared, and they don’t understand why Trump supporters aren’t afraid of him, why they haven’t seen the light and turned tail to any other candidate. The rest of the World, and yes the rest of the country, can’t figure out why so many Trump supporters aren’t using logic and reason any longer, and why they aren’t waking up. Instead, there’s violence in these so-called rallies. Violence that Trump encourages from the podium. I’m shocked beyond words about that. This is what we’re looking at, how the country and world will be dealt with.

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