Deep Dark Thoughts From A Bouncing Mind

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.

18 thoughts on “Deep Dark Thoughts From A Bouncing Mind

  1. Here’s an article about the differences between women in their support or lack of towards trump. Seems most divide is along more fundamentalist religious views…man is dominate ruler of the home sort of thing verses modern women are more independent and believers in equality and equal voice and not subservience.

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    • Which makes sense on one hand, for we are not a herd of sheep or cattle. But, on the other hand … I have a problem with any woman who is content to let a group of old white men tell her what she can or cannot do with her own body, who she can or cannot marry, and denying her equal pay for equal work. As for the evangelicals … I have a problem with anybody expecting that their beliefs should set policy for all of us, even those of us who don’t share their narrow beliefs. Sigh. We need to find some common ground soon, but it won’t be on a religious platform!

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  2. My thoughts exactly…
    I know there are those quite wealthy people that care only about the market and nothing else, so they are fine with him and all his deregulation of EPA standards. More money for them.

    Then there are the true good old boy flag waving, n——- hating, Mexican hating, country rednecks who admire his behavior because they are just like him.

    And I detect a lot of anger and resentment towards women that these various white men feel when women succeed in the work place, politics and other higher positions in corporations etc. so they like his attitude towards women.

    The evangelicals and fundamentalists are unfathomably obsessed by the abortion and the gay marriage issue, so none of his behavior will get in their way. They are focused on that one thing and couldn’t care less about other issues. And other mainstream religions don’t or won’t speak out against extremism.

    The women supporters are a bit of a mystery, unless they fit the above categories, which is probably the case.

    But as far as “normal” republicans, if there are any, I’d love to know as well. I’m doubtful you would get a serious answer..just some hateful remark or rant, which seems typical from them.


    • Every one of your reflections is spot on target! Those are definition of the GOP, the ‘conservative’ party. There is so much hate and anger that many have forgotten what, precisely, they are angry about. Pick a subject … there are many to choose from. Name your favourite colour and I’m willing to bet you could start an argument. No, I likely won’t get an answer, for I’ve been asking similar questions for more than two years and have not yet to get a sensible answer. Which tells me something in itself.

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  3. I gasped out loud at what Riggle(appropriate name or what?)man said. I presume you have already seen this but if not, still worth another watch to remind us young women are not going to put up with this any longer… and they may get out and vote in numbers, we hope.


    • I know … I gasped too and then did a double-take at his name! And what’s so scary is … they reproduce!!! Yes, let’s hope the women’s voices are heard loud and clear next month! Thanks for sharing that video … I hadn’t seen that one.

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