It is Thursday, 11 October 2018 … oops … that reminds me … I’ve got to get daughter Chris’ birthday gifts ordered … just over two weeks now! Anyway … as usual, my head is filled with bits of this and pieces of that, and the ol’ mind bounce has returned in full force, making it nigh on impossible to focus on longer pieces, so once again I share with you the latest causes of my angst …
Trump has been taking credit for a “great economy” that was largely in place before he came on the scene, and to which he and his policies have contributed very little. However, one of his ignoble policies in particular is set to take that ‘great economy’ down more than a few pegs, as I have said for months now: tariffs.
From an article in Fortune yesterday:
Ford is having a bad year in 2018. Its stock is down 29%, and the tariffs imposed by President Trump have reportedly cost the company $1 billion, as the company is in the midst of a reorganization. Now, the company is announcing layoffs.
While the company hasn’t said how many jobs will be lost, a report from Morgan Stanley estimates “a global headcount reduction of approximately 12 percent,” or 24,000 of Ford’s 202,000 workers worldwide.
The beginning … keep your eye on the ball of that ‘great economy’.
I read this headline to my daughter and her jaw hit the ground …
GOP House nominee: We can stop rape by ‘educating females’
In Virginia’s 5th congressional district, there was a debate between the two candidates, republican Denver Riggleman and democrat Leslie Cockburn, during which the candidates were asked about their proposals to address sexual assault in the military. Riggleman replied …
“As far as what’s going on on campus … I think a lot of it comes to educating females, specifically in the fraternities and sororities that they’re a part of.”
There is so much wrong with that single sentence that I am left too speechless to even remark on it.
Steve King … no, not the author Stephen King … Steve King, the member of the House of Representatives from Iowa’s 4th congressional district. Steve King is, like so many other members of the GOP (Grumpy Old Perverts, as Gronda has dubbed them), a rude, undisciplined, bigoted man who would be better suited to driving a truck than serving in Congress.
Steve King has earned an ‘A+’ rating from the NRA, and yet has a zero rating from the Humane Society, for he is against animal rights. He is also against immigration and multiculturalism … in other words, he is a gun-totin’ white supremacist who the people of Iowa have been voting for since 2002. Eight times, the people have gone to the polls and voted for a racist. He has called for a ban on same-sex marriage, and predictably mocks and denies climate science, calling it a cult religion. I have only one question for the people of the 4th district of Iowa: What the Sam Hell is wrong with you???
But here is the really disturbing part … he doesn’t even bother to filter his bigoted comments. He has called for an electrical fence along the southern border, saying he understands it works well for cattle. He has blatantly stated that none of the “sub-cultures” had made contributions to civilization as the Caucasians have (where did this guy study history???). King is no stranger to this blog, for in March 2017, he earned the coveted Idiot of the Week award . Donald Trump held a rally in Iowa a few days ago whereby he praised King. That in itself should tell you something. Iowans … please, for the sake of our nation, take your heads out of your patooties and vote this bigot out of Congress next month. See … I even said ‘please’.
And speaking of Trump’s Iowa rally … that is where he made the following inane comment:
“The only reason to vote Democrat is if you are tired of winning.”
Winning? WINNING??? Winning WHAT??? Thus far, since Trump took office I have won exactly nothing … nada … zip … zilch! Oh wait … unless you count the permanent scowl etched into my face, the ulcers that wake me in the night, the shaking hands, the grey hair, the sleepless nights, the loss of friends, and depression. That, folks, is what I’ve ‘won’. What about you … have you any winnings to show for Bozo being in the White House?
I don’t like people who mock others. I don’t like people who are rude and treat others shabbily. Thus far, just off the top of my head, I recall Trump mocking a disabled reporter (Serge Kovaleski), , the parents of a soldier killed in action (Khizr and Ghazala Khan), a female reporter (Cecilia Vega), Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and most recently Senator Diane Feinstein. After mocking Feinstein, he roused the crowd at whatever event he was attending to begin chanting “Lock her up!”, only this time Feinstein was the victim.
Now … I realize that I tend to be confrontational most of the time, but this time I am not. This time I would like a serious answer to a serious question (I seem to find that extremely hard to get these days!!!). Republicans … do you like this behaviour? Does it not sicken you? I remember when I first started school, I had leg braces and Coke-bottle-thick glasses, and I do remember the mockery. I was called ‘four-eyes’ so many times that finally one day, I fought back. I had a boy twice my size pinned on the ground and I was pummeling him. I remember those days of being mocked and made fun of. It is rude, it is vulgar, it is nasty, and it is immature. Sure, I expect it of five-year-olds … but I do not expect it of a ‘man’ age 72 who is, whether legitimately or not, the president of a nation of 300+ million people. Republicans … I ask again … are you proud? How can you condone this? How do you justify or tolerate it? If you do … if you can … then I would seriously like to know how.
And that’s a wrap for this morning, folks. Have a great Thursday.