ENOUGH!!!

A number of things in the news caught my eye today, made me shake my head, roll my eyes, and say … You have got to be kidding me!!!  Five years ago, most of what we see in the news today would have been unthinkable … it would have seemed like the thoughts of somebody with an overactive imagination … on steroids!  But today, the world that could never be … is.  Is it here to stay?  I think that pretty much depends on us.  We better figure it out soon, though.


The headline reads …

Men and Christians experience higher amounts of discrimination than other groups, Trump voters claim

…more than women, LGBTQ people, Muslims, or non-white people.

And I said … Say WHAT???

How often do you hear of an unarmed white male being shot multiple times until dead by a cop?  How often, really, do you even hear white males called ‘honky’? How often do people call the police on white males just because they were walking down the street, or swimming in a pool? How often are white males denied service in a bakery, restaurant or hardware store?

According to a recent and fairly extensive survey by YouGov and The Economist, people who voted for Trump believed that Christian males were the most likely to be discriminated against.  More so than women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and even LGBT people.

75% of democrats said that white people have it easier than other races, while only 20% of republicans thought that to be the case.  45% of democrats said that Christians have it easier, but only 11% of republicans. When asked about the level of discrimination against Arab-Americans, 56% of democrats felt it was significant, while only 17% of republicans saw it that way.  And when it came to discrimination against African-Americans, 61% of democrats felt the level of discrimination was high, while only 10% of republicans believed it.

This was an interesting survey, covering a wide variety of topics from how other countries are perceived, to how effective the response to Hurricane Michael was to gun control, LGBT rights, the economy, and more.  Thus far, I have only viewed a few topics, but as you can see, it would appear that republicans and democrats view the world through an entirely different set of lenses.  Perhaps this is part of our problem?


Here is a Trump tweet that has everybody rolling in the aisles …Trump lying tweetAnd this comes just one day after Mitch McConnell promises/threatens to renew the attempt to repeal ACA immediately following the mid-term elections next month!  Methinks the first person da prez needs to talk to is ol’ Mitchie!

Twenty republican-led states have filed a lawsuit claiming that the ‘pre-existing conditions’ clause is unconstitutional, and the Department of Justice is supporting that view.  And just last week, 50 Republican senators approved the Trump administration’s expansion of health plans that can deny coverage to people with pre-exiting medical conditions.

President Trump Healthcare Press Conference

Ha ha ha ha ha ha

So, just what alternative universe did Trump wake up in yesterday morning???  It’s bad enough that he is a rotten president who cares not a whit for the people of this nation, but when he thinks we are so stupid that we cannot see the lie, the utter insanity in his words?


Remember back in May 2017 out in Montana when the republican candidate for the House of Representatives, Greg Gianforte, beat a reporter for The Guardian with his fists for simply asking a question, doing his job?  Gianforte won the election anyway and now sits in the House.  That was 17 months ago, but last night at a rally in Montana, Donald Jerk Trump brought it up again, praising … yes praising … Gianforte for his actions!

“We endorsed Greg very early. But I heard that he body-slammed a reporter. This was the day of the election or just before, and I thought, ‘Oh, this is terrible! He’s going to lose the election.’ And then I said, ‘Wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him.’ And it did. He’s a great guy. Tough cookie. Greg is smart. And by the way, never wrestle him. You understand. Never.”

And the crowd cheered.  Need I say more?


Folks, the state of this nation is the worst it has been in my lifetime.  I have lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War, the war in Vietnam, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Civil Rights movement, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and much more.  But even during those events, I never felt that the country wouldn’t be alright in the long run, never felt the sense of hopelessness that I feel today.  I never felt that half the people were so determined to destroy all that was ever good about the U.S. This nation is a runaway train heading for a long downhill stretch with a treacherous curve somewhere in the middle, and the train is without an engineer.  Instead, there is a madman posing as the engineer and half the people on the train are blind and deaf.  It is past time that we stand firm and say, “ENOUGH!”

98 thoughts on “ENOUGH!!!

  1. Dear Jill,

    The president’s lies are becoming beyond ridiculous. Recently he was touting a major tax cut bill being implemented for middle class folks to be rolled out before November 6. The only problem is that the US Congress is in recess until after November 6, and so this is an obvious, sadly laughably falsehood.

    Republicans are in hot water over the healthcare issue. Let’s just pray that Nov.6, election day will be the GOP D-day where they lose, bigly.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • His lies are absolutely beyond ridiculous … he contradicts himself, even … almost daily! And when confronted with evidence of the lie, the contradiction, he simply shrugs his shoulders. And so do his base.

      You are right … the members of Congress are ignorant of how health insurance even works, let alone how we cut down on things like food to pay for our insurance. They are so high in their ivory towers that they don’t see us at all, don’t comprehend our lives.

      I am cautiously optimistic about November 6th. The polls are looking good for the House (the Senate isn’t even worth talking about, for we have a snowball’s chance in hell there), but I lace such optimism with caution and concern. The republicans will do as much as they can to sway the vote. Then there is gerrymandering and a wide host of voter suppression techniques, like requiring two stamps on absentee ballots in certain counties, but not others. Like voter ID laws, closing polls, not allowing people with rural P.O. boxes to vote. There are just entirely too many ways that the GOP can turn this into our worst nightmare. Sigh.

      Hugs.

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  2. In a perverse way there is an element of the plausible in the possibility of them being the most discriminated group. After all if we consider that only 35% voted for Trump and insist on sticking with him AND that many spokecreeps who support him make outrageous and hateful statements THEN the majority will in turn hate his voter base and as the majority comprises 65%, THUS the Trump supporters do become more discriminated than anyone else.
    Only it will be that silent contempt sort of discrimnation, the cold shoulder and so forth.
    To begin with that is.

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      • If the man had any sense he would be working for some sort conciliation, otherwise it is only a question of time before someone lets rip at one of his gathering.
        In this frame, paradoxically, if the Republicans do ‘well’ in the mid-terms ordinary GOP people could be targeted by very angry and irrational leftists. There again, if the Democrats do well, they run the same risks from the mirror image rightist idiots.
        My dear old dad was a UK fireman. He said the risk came not from the petrol itself, with the right timing you could push a lit match into a can of petrol and it would go out; the risk came from the fumes….

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        • Your dad was wise, like his son. And yes, that is exactly what it feels like here. A tinderbox. Either way it goes, there are going to be problems, perhaps blood shed in the streets. And this seems to be what Trump, Putin, whomever is actually steering this ship, hope to see. Why? I’ve got my own theory on that, and it has to do with creating a ‘national security emergency’. What a perfect excuse to call out the military, shut down the free press, and take away the internet. Okay,yes, I admit I’ve been reading Killing The SS by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Duggard. 😔

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          • Human Nature is in charge Jill and sometimes that is not a good thing.
            Now then….
            National Security Emergency….OK, let’s see how that works:
            1. Mass protests on the streets, turn to riots, turn to bloodshed.
            2. Folk who normally wouldn’t think of it start to buy firearms…So do this government impose restrictions on buying firearms….Ooops which side is the NRA on now?
            3. Some mayors and governors give him the finger, folks come out with them; semi-independent areas appear.
            4. The hard-left have a field day recruiting folk. Bombs, fire-bombs, sabotage with rocks etc increase.
            5. Every liberal geek rallies to the cause and streams onto the Dark-Net.
            6. Supreme Court judges, Right-Wing media stars are targeted, Liberal media starts and moderate judges are targeted.
            7. The US Army and National guard is unable to cover all of the states. Outbreaks of fire-fights between militia groups take place.
            8. Folk who by now already steeped in re-reading of the Wars of Independence are on the loose.
            9. Desertions from police, FBI, NSA, army, Home Guard increase.
            10. No-go areas in cities rise.
            11. Areas of the nation take on very distinct and large racially divided zones
            12. Somebody thinks ‘**** no wonder the Brits had all that trouble in Ulster for so long’
            Conclusion, it an’t gonna happen smoothly and effectively in a place like the USA.

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          • Hello Jill. Just heard a report saying that tRump and the white house have been exploring ways to delegitimize the election results if they go against the republicans. They plan everything from court cases to simply claiming fraud and not honoring the elected person. There was a lot mentioned but it all comes down to simply nullifying any result they don’t like. If they can not keep the democrats from taking the seat ( by holding them up from being sworn in ) they plan to treat them as if they don’t exist. This reporting was from Carl Bernstein. Hugs

            https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/carl-bernstein-trump-preparing-to-call-midterm-elections-illegitimate-if-democrats-take-power

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  3. Disgusting. Delusional. Deplorable. Damning. Divisive. Demigod. Donnie. The only ‘d’ word he isn’t is Democrat. His cronies can’t even say the word without scrunching their noses up and rolling their eyes. This is a time that most people aren’t even recognizing as historically significant. Those I converse with act as though things will just roll over into a new era after the elections, whoever wins.. Even if the Democrats win that bully has set off a chian of events that encourage open season on anyone who doesn’t agree with his agenda or the agendas of anyone who cares more about themselves than the good of the whole. Pandora’s box no longer even has a lock. The bitch is free flying…

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  4. I can’t speak for Americans, but the Australian electorate of Wentworth has definitely had ENOUGH!. Wentworth broke 117 years of history and tradition today by voting in an Independent candidate who is a) a women and b) openly gay. And the wonderful voters of Wentworth did it in a big way. That seat has been held by the Liberal Party for 117 years. It was a blue ribbon seat. Until today.
    Aussies are fighting back and letting the hard right know we’ve had ENOUGH! -dance-

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      • I hate to burst the bubble but the euphoria of last night has given way to tension today. We have a thing called preferential votes. This means that every voter gets to give a vote to their second and third etc choice of candidate as well. It’s a complicated system and apparently preferences in the postal votes are now bringing the two front runners closer together. Hence the tension. Fingers crossed.

        As for the US, your turn will come in November? So long as everyone votes, democracy will end up being the winner.

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        • A quick search (it’s almost 4:00 a.m. and I am bleary-eyed, but I had to know!) shows that Kerryn Phelps has won? Is that final, then? If so … YAYYYYYYYYY!!!! Yours is a complex system, and I’m not sure if I’m reading the results right, but I hope I am.

          Yes, ours is Tuesday November 6th. I vacillate between forlorn and cautiously optimistic. If it were expected to be a fair election, I would be optimistic, for the majority in this nation are sick of Trump and sick of Congress giving him his way in nearly all things. But, the election is likely to be far from fair, with voter suppression, gerrymandering, interference from foreign countries, and the lies of Trump & Co., so I figure if the democrats can secure a majority in the House, it will be nothing short of a miracle. If they don’t? Then we no longer have a country.

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      • I fear the Christian religious right has a hold here like in no other country. Europe, New Zealand, Australia etc. don’t have this extreme influence like we do in the US.

        It is dangerous and powerful and controls the Republican Party along with the NRA and big business domestic and foreign. The Republican Party have been bought and paid for and are merely an arm for these agendas above.

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  5. One of the first things that I read this morning was a piece by David Leonhardt, an opinion columnist for The New York Times, titled : “The President Praises an Assault”. Well worth reading. He wrote about the May 2017 incident and the consequences that Gianforte received. Also included was an audio tape of the assault. According to witnesses, Gianforte grabbed the reporter around the throat with both hands, body slammed him to the floor and continued choking. This is what Montana voters sent to Congress?! At yesterday’s rally in Montana, Trump praised him…”any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy.” As you wrote, the crowd cheered him! Trump possess no redeeming qualities, he is a bully with power and money. I wonder if this country will ever be able to unite again, the divisions are deep and growing deeper every day. “Nourish your hopes, but do not overlook realities.” – Winston Churchill. Thank-you!

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    • Yes, I read Leonhardt’s column this morning … he is an astute columnist. Sigh. To answer your question … I think this nation will become even more divided before it begins to heal. I also think that it will take decades to recover from just the past two years, let alone whatever the next two bring. And frankly, I think there are a few possible scenarios, none of which will you especially like. One is that this nation becomes so divided that at some point it splits into regions or some other division, but is no longer united. Another possibility is that, if the republicans are able to maintain their majority in both chambers of Congress after the mid-terms, Trump will become so emboldened that he will, with the help of his bootlickers in Congress, take on more power than he already has, burn the Constitution, and declare himself an autocrat. Another is that come 2020, Trump devises a ‘national security threat’ such as Erdogan did when he helped plot a ‘coup’, that will justify him postponing the 2020 elections … indefinitely. Then again, it is possible that, if the democrats can gain a majority in the House (forget the Senate … ain’t gonna happen), Congress may once again begin to serve as an overseer, placing some constraints on the power of the executive branch. All of this is only my opinion … almost anything could happen at this point. The only thing I am nearly certain of is that we will see more chaos before we see calm.

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    • No, he is devoid of human compassion, or caring about others … I doubt he truly cares about even his own children.

      On an unrelated note … did you see David’s comment on the Bohemian Rhapsody post? Apparently Theresa May and Brian May are not related … I did some checking after he told me, and they aren’t. Both were only children. But Brian may does have a Ph.D. in Astrophysics. I never would have guessed it!

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      • No, they aren’t related. Dr Brian May (also the of Queen guitarist fame) is a qualified, bona-fide, Astrophysicist. He was life long friends with Sir Patrick Moore (of Sky at Night fame) and when Sir Patrick went into Bankruptcy, Brian May bought his house, so that Sir Patrick could remain in his home until he died. I am a real fan of Brian May. He is a decent human being who started a wildlife sanctuary for injured animals at his home. He also ran a political campaign for common decency and to elect politicians based on their humanity rather than their political party. More recently, Dr May has turned to vegetarianism with an ultimate goal to become completely vegan.
        May also has a small business called the London Stereoscopic company. It produces the old Victorian stereoscopic images that were so popular before radio, and TV.
        Dr May is likely one of the most thoughtful, intelligent, kind people you could ever meet. There is no remote possibility that Teresa May could be related. She couldn’t even fit in the toe of Bri’s boots when it comes to compassion.

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            • No, callous is not an admirable quality, although sometimes a leader must be just that. I have heard mostly good things about May, which was why I found your response interesting. I had mixed feelings, but obviously I have only a very small part of the picture. But when Trump treated her like an underling this summer, that put me firmly in her camp, for she handled it with tact and diplomacy. Much more than I could have! 😉

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              • I don’t really like any of our political leadership to be honest. May is no different to most. She is very thick skinned and that is a requirement for the job that is very much needed. Something missing from the political arena everywhere, is compassion. Most politicians would not be seen to be compassionate because in our society it is seen as weakness. It is one of the biggest problems running through our flawed society.

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  6. Of course I agree with all you said … but your mention of Hurricane Michael immediately brought to mind the fact that there’s been no mention of Mr. tRumpsky visiting to survey the damage … and throw out paper towels.

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  7. 2020 is still two lllloooonnnnggg years away. And they will seem longer than they really are, as long as Donnie Junk Truck is driving the bus. I hope you folks are right, but I really fear you are wrong. Just looking from outside, and not liking what I am seeing.

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    • Oh I know. It is going to get worse before it gets better … if, in fact, it does get better. I share your fears, although I try to tamp them down lest I turn into a raving lunatic … we have enough of those! I don’t like what I’m seeing on the inside, either, my friend.

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        • I began saying two years ago that it was his ultimate goal, and I haven’t changed my mind since. He is not one to think things through, nor to listen to the advice of those who do. He sees power and he must have it. World domination after destroying 90% or more of it … right up his alley. Nobody left to criticize him or pull on his reins. Sigh.

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          • tRump has always wanted to be seen as a strong wartime president. He has seen the respect / power given to presidents during times of “protecting the country”. He loved the boost he got for the missile attack on Syria. He craves it. I do expect him to either manufacture a crisis or to just start a war. I thought he would do it with North Korea. I think they reason he is not angry with China is because their leader talked him out of doing it. Hugs

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            • My thoughts are it will be Iran. I hope I’m wrong, but … my nose is twitching in that direction. However, after today, it may be that he is planning simply to create so much ‘civil unrest’ surrounding the mid-terms that he declares a state of emergency and imposes martial law. Sound like my imagination is running away with me? Yeah, maybe … I’ve been wrong before, but …
              Hugs!!!

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              • No I think you are correct about the elections. It has been reported ( I posted on it ) that the White House has been planning and plotting ways to delegitimize the midterm elections if the republicans lose the house or senate. If they are willing to do it for the midterms , they will try to rig or simply not honor the 2020 election. Hugs

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                • Well, nothing would surprise me, for I think the GOP realizes that if they lose control of the House, their freewheeling days of not having accountability are over. However, they will not be able to de-legitimize the mid-terms or overturn the results, so that in itself doesn’t concern me overly much. Oh sure, they will rant and stir the masses, threaten and grouse … and therein, I think, lies the real danger, for it can only further divide the populace, and we are already a tinderbox waiting for someone to toss a match. If the republicans maintain their death grip on the House (the Senate is already a lost cause, barring a miracle), I think there won’t be 2020 elections. I hope I’m wrong. Better yet, I hope enough democrats take office in January to re-install some oversight of the executive branch. Sigh. Hugs!

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                  • Speaking of accountability did you read that tRump is planning to use an executive order to ban all immigration from the southern border? This administration just loves the discrimination and bigotry. Hugs

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                    • Yes, I read that this afternoon and it made my blood boil. There is a question as to whether he can do so under either U.S. law or International Law, and I think if he does it, there will be a serious uproar … but then, perhaps that is what he is seeking. I’m reading the latest O’Reilly/Duggard book, “Killing the SS”, and it speaks of how Hitler increased his power to become a dictator by stirring fear and hatred of Jews. Nothing new there, but as I read it, I thought to myself, “That is precisely what Trump is doing, only instead of Jews, it is Middle-Easterners and Latinos. If he can convince enough that they are the enemy and that “he” will keep us safe, what stops him from ascent to the throne?
                      Hugs!!!

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        • The interesting thing about the treaty was Putin wanted it gone, but wanted the US to be the one to void it. According to reports he has been angry about it for years. Now he got what he wanted. Just like everything else tRump has done on the world stage, it really benefits Putin far more than the USA. Hugs

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          • This even worse than I thought. Truth is, intermediate range is a threat only to Western Europe. Not the US. See the SS20 in the 80’s. Which were a direct threat to European capitals. You wanna bet he didn’t even consult his (ex?) European allies beforehand?

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                • I do remember … I cannot forget, for I have friends in Canada, the UK, Germany and other nations who he has treated horrendously. For the moment, at least, he seems to like Macron okay, but his denigration of Chancellor Merkel, PM May, and PM Trudeau are appalling and I hang my head in shame every time he does it. And yet, he praises Putin, Kim, bin Salman, and even the murderous Duterte. I’ve long thought he fights the constraints on the presidency for he has hopes of turning the office into a dictatorship. That is why our mid-terms next month are so important, for if some oversight isn’t imposed, I fear what will happen in the next two years.

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                    • Haha! I wish I could too. 🙂 I have always said “jokingly” that the United States is such a powerful nation with such impact on the world’s life, that foreigners (who register) should be allowed to vote for your President! Now that would be a major Constitutional change wouldn’t it? 😉 One could imagine provisions. Taking an oath, a pledge to support the Constitution, the laws, the American people, what have you. And next thing we know, we have a Philip K- Dick novel… 🙂

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                    • Ho ho! I can just hear the isolationists now if that idea were even whispered! 🤣 Funny you should mention a Philip K. Dick novel, for my friend Herb recently got me hooked on the series The Man in the High Castle, and I just found out that it is based on a Philip K. Dick novel. I have never read one of his books, but am tempted to read that one. But back to the point, yes, that would create worldwide chaos! Oh wait … don’t we pretty much have that already?

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                    • Yes we do… But we could imagine a sort of “associate” citizenship. 🙂 Like I said a Philip K.Dick story. I’ve read a lot of his books. Plan to re-read some on my shelves. Have started watching the man in the High castle while I had recently bought the novel which was on standby. Read the book after finishing season 1. Premisses are the same but the show is very different. I can’t help but think it rings a true ring to some current events, but you know me. Take care my friend.

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                    • Hmmm … perhaps you should write the story. Just a thought. Thanks for the info … I will finish season 1 before starting the book. You take care too, my friend! I always like your perspective on things … sometimes not being here, not being right in the center of it all gives you better perspective, I think.

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  8. Good luck to all of us. Honestly I feel the tide turning for the good, and I didn’t feel it before, just abstractly hoped it. There is just critical mass reached already–too many people upset and going in any direction away from tRump and crew. They did it to themselves, those louts. Unsure how it’ll go, but it’s going–let’s hope it’ll be really good.

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      • I find a certain amount of distance helps a lot to be objective and for there to be more spaciousness, shall we say, on the subject. It’s like if i stare at the idiot next door doing bad things to his yard, it keeps that in my brain and awareness and mys tress levels are high, but if I focus on other things instead or also, then I can notice more that maybe other factors are in play and I am not just limited in the scope of my obsevation and possibilities–

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        • Distance does help, if you can do it. I can’t … I’m addicted to the news and have to know what’s happening. If I wake up in the night, I check the NYT on my phone before going back to sleep. Yes, I know … I’m hopeless. 😉

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          • That sounds like my dad, who was addicted to smoking to that degree, four packs a day, waking up to smoke and to be ill from it, who eventually gave it up cold-turkey. His quote on the subject was: “What am I, a g-d idiot?” He never smoked again, although spending time in pubs and bars still.

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              • It’s a hard thing, and seemingly a hard thing to stop, since it is so intertwined with life. He would wake up at night to smoke and to be ill from smoking, and it just became too much for him to put up with. He did stick with the heavy drinking though, which got him in the end.

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                • It is a hard habit to break, and I don’t even bother to try, for if I am without a smoke for an hour, I turn into a real grump! I, too, wake up in the night and smoke 1/2 a cigarette, then roll over and go back to sleep. I’m so sorry … I thought by your previous comment that your dad was still alive. Thankfully, though I like a glass of wine sometimes, heavy drinking has never been my habit.

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                  • We all do what it takes to get along. My whole family heritage is drinkers, and yet that never attracted me, but I became addicted to sugar at a young age. These days my pacifier of choice is to sit in bed and read old Regency romance paperbacks, and eat organic raw flaxseeds, organic carrots, organic dark chocolate, and hard pretzels.

                    I remember when it used to cost $6.70 for a carton of cigarettes, ten packs, and now the price is so high that I think that would not necessarily buy a single pack. I can buy my chocolate when it is on sale, but I think cigarettes never really do for cheap.

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  9. I honestly question the republican’s understanding of the questions if those are the results the survey got. Their cognitive reasoning powers have gone awry. It’s impossible that the republicans don’t know how many lies Trump tells which can only mean they approve of what he’s doing and if that’s the case then they’re only able to blame themselves when it happens to them, which it will and is.
    Cwtch

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    • Hello David. Most of his base supporters only get their news from Fox News. Fox News is state TV. Because Fox cut out the laughter at tRump during his U.N. speech, the base deplorables do not know the world laughed the President. Fox never fact checks tRump and Fox hammers home any republican talking point over and over and over and over. The deplorables of the cult of TRump eat it up. Hugs

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    • Today, instead of cognitive reasoning, it’s cognitive dissonance. An alternate universe, so to speak, where Orwell’s 1984 begins to actually make sense. They know Trump lies, they know he is a sexual predator, they know he doesn’t have any qualifications for the office, but he says “Jump” and they say “How high?” If he says it, it must be so, for he told them to believe only him. Alternate universe where up is down and cold is hot, good is actually bad and perhaps the earth is even flat. I want to look closer at that survey … it is quite extensive and interesting.
      Cwtch

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  10. Jill to your point about existing conditions and the republicans attempts to get rid of it, many of them are now running advertisements or saying in interviews that they will PROTECT the existing conditions laws. Scott Walker is one of these claiming he will protect the clause as long as he is the governor. He is so over the top determined to never let the people with preexisting conditions suffer. Yet he is one of the ones fitting in court to get rid of the clause. A lot of the republicans running have seen that so much they are doing, want to do, and will push for is very unpopular so they are simply lying about it. They straight up lie right into the cameras and they don’t care. As long as they win anything is OK. But only for them. For example Ted Cruz can change his name and it is OK, but Beto O’Rourke is accused of dastardly deeds because he goes by a nickname. Hugs

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    • They talk out of both sides of their mouths. The bad thing is that a majority of people will listen to what they SAY they are supporting without ever checking to see how they vote, what legislation they have supported. This, I think, is the core of the problem is that people are not informed, because it is simpler to just listen to what the politicos say and believe them. Hugs!

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  11. You think you got it bad! I am living with someone who likes DT and endorses everything he does (mostly to annoy me I think). Fortunately, he cannot vote in your elections, but I no longer recognise the man I married. Half the world has gone completely mad. I am feeling increasingly like we sane people are increasingly victimised.

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      • No, they won’t turn everything back to normal, but if the republicans lose their majority in the House, there will at least be a degree of oversight on the president, which is completely lacking at the moment. But no, it will be decades, if not longer, before anything can be considered normal in our system again, I think. I hope I’m wrong.

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    • @ colettebytes, Wow you do have a situation. I agree it seems there are less and less sane and tolerant people every day. I get so upset with tRump and crew’s out right lying, proveable lies, and it doesn’t bother his supporters at all. I am not talking detailed policy stuff, but lying about what he tweeted, what he is on video saying, stuff around us like Kavanaugh was the one who was treated wrongly and then claiming on TV he did not mock Dr Blasey Ford. I find myself screaming a the computer screens and TV, which causes Ron to come to my office to see if I am OK. I am not really OK. Hugs

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    • Wow…I feel for you…curious, do you have any insight or analysis as to why he supports trump? I ask because I have a few neighbors (not close friends) who do also. The obvious white, older, privileged and perhaps racists, homophobic and religious, but I’m white and older too and I’m not like the other stuff at all. I’m always trying to figure out why and how anyone can support this monster.

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      • Hi Mary. My husband supports Yrump (my mis-spelling seems appropriate somehow), because the economy is strong and the financial markets have been climbing. But there is another darker side to this. I have just noticed that he is more hateful in general. I see racism, homophobia, and other aspects to him increasing. It is as though he has taken a nasty pill! I can’t explain this properly, but I see this in other people I know too. I mentioned this to someone and they thought I was paranoid and needed counselling, but I am not going crazy. There is a polarisation of thought going on. Just look at any media to see it. Nothing is as we knew it. Would make for a good horror movie – ‘Invasion of the Mind Benders,’ perhaps? Except that this is deadly real. 😳

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        • I wonder if he will withdraw his support next year when the economy tanks as the effects of the tariffs begin to be felt in spades and not only U.S., but global markets suffer? The darker side you see is also the one that the majority of us here see, and despair of. I wonder if he is having some sort of a breakdown?

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        • Colette…funny that you mention mind bending. I have read repeated behavior and thought feeds the repeated behavior and thoughts. It’s like a circle. Of course if it’s good behavior and thoughts, that’s a good thing, but the opposite can become dangerous. Fox News, far right websites, the Limbaugh’s and Alex Jones are all very negative and dangerous propaganda means.

          And some people seem to need to blame others and play the victim. And for some reason a lot of this negativity is more entrenched in men and older men. I don’t know why. I see it often as I am in Florida and I’m around a lot of older people.

          I have wondered about some subversive mind control maybe by the Russians or some group through some sonic waves or something. I’m half kidding, but look at what happened at the Cuban embassy to the Americans there.

          And I have also wondered if we are all living in a simulation and all this is being tweaked on purpose as a research project for some advanced alien world. Again half kidding, but sometimes all this just seems to stretch the bounds of normalcy.

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          • Unfortunately, not a simulation and not a plot by the Russians, but it is humanity (and its lack of) running its course. I think we are best to try to surround ourselves, as much as possible with positive stuff… The opposite of it is just really consuming far too many people.

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