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Sunday, March 6, 2016


I had just finished writing today's blog when I went to my daughter's Facebook page and found this perfect illustration.

Original post by Young Americans for Liberty


The total from this year's Florida Python Hunt was 106, far exceeding the total two years ago. Among the prizes awarded were:

Most pythons by one team - 33
Most pythons by a single hunter - 13
Longest python - 15 feet

Note:  The possibly thousands of pythons in the Florida Everglades are attributed to pet owners discovering their slithery little pets had become HUGE and dumping them into the Florida wilderness. Or maybe the cost of feeding them just became excessive. In any event, exotic species are a real threat to Florida's native animals.

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BULLETIN - heard on CNN, Sunday, March 6, 1:25 p.m. 

A friend of the late Nancy Reagan gave this quote on CNN. Of this year's politics, Mrs. Reagan said, "Do you believe this?" 
I could not agree more! 

Saturday, March 5, 2016:

I have been voting in presidential elections for longer than I care to remember. And every time I was able to say of the man I did not vote for, "He's a good man. I just liked the other guy better." But this year I'm totally terrified. The Republican Party seems to have gone mad, presenting us with a bunch of squabbling, potty-mouthed children, none of them fit to hold the highest office in the land. (Yes, there were three intelligent, competent "gentlemen" among the candidates, but somehow they got left by the wayside.) OMG, how did this happen? The Republicans, waking up too late, are handing the Democrats the election on a silver platter. I keep reading explanations of how this disaster happened, but it's still hard to comprehend. Below is what I wrote earlier this week. I hope you will take the time to read it, ponder, and do your bit to DUMP THE TRUMP. (And pray the Republicans come up with something better than Cruz or Rubio as an alternative.)

Thursday, March 3, 2016:

The nation's presidential primaries and caucuses are moving forward, with Florida's almost upon us. Frankly, I don't understand how we got to this system of nominating presidential candidates. I can remember sitting on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, as votes were cast on the convention floor. Vote after vote until a majority was reached. Now conventions are just rubber stamps for what has already happened, and the electorate has had to suffer through month after month of rhetoric, political pundits, debates, and you name it. I'm already sick of it, and it's only March!

How dare anyone tell me Trump is going to be the Republican nominee when the voters in only a small minority of states have expressed their opinion? And yes, there's a shock in discovering the Republicans are so powerless they're letting a megalomaniac run away with the nomination, ensuring a win by the Democratic nominee. It's like the whole country - or at least the registered Republicans - have gone mad.

I suspect the truth is that the quote from the movie Network has infected the land. In the movie, the hero sticks his head out a city window and yells: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" There's no doubt that this is where Trump is getting his followers. There are just too many people so angry with the system that they're applauding Trump for sticking it to absolutely everyone and everything, rather than paying attention to what the actuality of a Trump presidency might mean.

As an aside, I am more disappointed with Chris Christie than I am with Donald Trump, who has been openly obnoxious, and unrepentant, from Day 1. Christie's endorsement of Trump was a shocker. I can only presume he sold out for a promise of the Vice-Presidency. Which lowers him to zero in my opinion. I'd thought him a better man.

As for Trump, Gary Trudeau, in Doonesbury (Feb. 16, 2016), illustrated the problem very well. In the dialogue below the college friend/minister/priest, a long-time Doonesbury character, speaking to Mike Doonesbury and his wife. (The "bolds" are from the original.) 

Minister:  "So can you explain Trump's evangelical supporters to me? What are they thinking? Trump's a twice-divorced non-churchgoing ex-casino operator - the living embodiment of the seven deadly sins! Pride? Greed? Heck, those are core brand values! Envy? He attacks his betters every day! 

Lust? He's a womanizer who says he wants to date his own daughter! Gluttony? He's all about bloat! Wrath? No one is angrier! I mean, when you think about it, is there any difference between Trump and the devil himself?

Mike:  Sloth. You forgot one.

Wife:  Right. Satan is pretty low-energy.

Minister:  So one for seven? That's the bar now?

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From an Op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel, Wednesday, March 2, 2016:

"I was going to write about how the Republican presidential campaign has become gutter politics, but given Donald Trump's horrid statements, the gutter would be step up, because things have descended into the sewer."

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the front page of the Local/State section of the Orlando Sentinel featured a special framed box with the columnist's color photo prominently displayed above a color photo of Trump at a podium. To further catch the readers' attention, the words "Dear Donald Trump" were written in bold 32-point cursive, something you never see in your daily paper.     
The gist of the 4-column article was that Trump better take a good look at the audience when he visits the University of Central Florida this week. Angering blacks, women, and our large Hispanic population, is not the way to win votes. The article ends: "So, when you arrive at UCF, look around. You said on Super Tuesday that you want to be a "unifier." Central Florida would be a lot more impressed if you could live up to that promise."

Grace's personal opinion: The Donald will live up to that promise on the Twelfth of Never.

Friday, March 4, 2016: 

It was with great relief that I watched Mitt Romney take on Donald Trump yesterday. (Though how the mainstream Republicans could have waited so long for damage control I can't imagine. Perhaps the impossibility of believing the electorate could be fooled into mistaking bombast for competency?) After the disastrous behavior of not just Trump but several of the front-running Republican candidates, seeing and hearing Romney was like a breath of fresh air. Here was presidential material of the quality we expect in a President of the United States. OMG, sanity at last! Without name-calling, vulgarity, bombast, vitriol, and lies. 

From the Orlando Sentinel Op-ed page, Saturday, March 5, 2016:
"Donald Trump plays on racial fears and animosities in an ugly, deliberate and dangerous way. This dance with bigotry goes far beyond his temporary amnesia about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.

"Trump speaks as if he considers whiteness the norm and sees people of color as somehow alien and suspect. He is the only major American political figure in many decades to display such an antediluvian worldview so openly. Trump doesn't tweet dog whistles, he blasts foghorns."  

From the Orlando Sentinel, Sunday, March 6, 2016:

Donald Trump was at UCF yesterday, and even I, obviously not a Trump fan, was shocked by a couple of items in the news report. Evidently, all too many Trump supporters are drawn to him by his incivility. Each time the audience spotted a protester in the crowd, they'd scream until they got Trump's attention, and he would order Security to toss the person out, adding in his inimitable mocking style, "Go home to mommy!" 

The reporter went ahead to mention that another Trump staple, guaranteed to get roars from the crowd, is mocking the media.  Yesterday he asked everyone in the arena to look at the camera operators and then told the silent camera crew: "You all are the most dishonest group of people."

Basically, what this tells us is that Trump is grinding the First Amendment into the dirt. Again, I ask, How did we get to the place where someone like this can run for the highest office in the land?
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From Grace's personal opinion:

I'm not old enough to remember the wild, bombastic speeches made by the greatest megalomaniac of the 20th century, but I remember the war that came after very well. The speech-maker was Adolf Hitler; the war, World War II. It took every resource we had to win that one. The sacrifices were like nothing we've seen since. And now, for the first time since the 1930s and 40s, we are being faced with similar hate-filled bombast, embellished by vulgarity and profanity. The time to stop this juggernaut is now. Before we put our nuclear codes into the hands of a man with a hair-trigger temper, a man who seems to love to hate. It is our duty and our privilege to save this country from a megalomaniac of this century.

It's time for a new slogan to sweep the country:


 (If you prefer, a simple DUMP TRUMP! will do. )

 If you agree, pass either slogan along. I'd love to see them go viral.

*I was delighted to see this slogan on the evening news. It was displayed on a sign held by a protester outside the UCF arena on Saturday, March 5. 

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