ALT-RIGHT: New name, same old same old. Just another label for those haters who want America for white Americans. If you’re not white, Anglo-Saxon (English-speaking), and Protestant please make use of any exit door.
On one of the talk shows I saw two of the most racist statements I’ve ever heard. Both were attributed to Trump’s new racist-in-charge, Stephen Bannon. Without success I’ve spent more than a couple of minutes looking for these and other such statements from Bannon.
I decided to try the Southern Law Poverty Center since they keep an ear to the ground regarding those who hate. I still didn’t find what I’m looking for but I did click on their “Hate Map” and checked out Ohio and then other areas of the nation. A quick summary is, the most haters are associated with the KKK or other white nationalist groups such as a Nazi or fascist party. There are also a number of dots on the map that represent black separatist groups such as the Nation of Islam.
One of the regular characters of the Bob and Tom radio program was based on the legendary sports caster, Harry Carey. Don’t know what the real Harry Carey was like but the B&T version was a gruff sounding lecherous old character that you may not want to baby sit your children or herd your sheep.
In one episode Carey was visited by beautiful young movie star and he was trying to get her to change his adult diaper. She asked if he were incontinent and he replied, “No, just l don’t like getting up.”
I thought of this a couple of days ago when putting on my very first adult diaper. I knew it would happen some day but I’m pretty happy it’s only temporary and not age related.
Trump’s blonde mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, was on a recent talk show and one subject of conversation was his statement of regret. Her interviewer was trying to get her to be specific about something he regretted doing. She hung tough and just kept coming back with a blanket statement of regret.
It reminded me of when I was a kid growing up Catholic. I hated going to confession and having to rat myself out for all the sins I had committed since my last confession. I also tried to get the priest to accept a blanket statement, “Father, I am sorry for all the sins I have created in the past and for those I will commit in the future.”
I don’t know if I ever floated that one through the confessional but most of the times it was tossed back and I had to be specific.
This week in Trump Land will begin on Wednesday, August 17. We wake up this morning to news of a major shakeup in the Trump organization.
- His campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was demoted and a couple new names brought in who promise to let Trump be Trump. Apparently Trump tired of being the constrained and rational person Manafort wanted.
- Just for some extra sugar, Manafort is also being looked into some questionable spy work for unknown persons close to Putin.
- The new head of Trump’s campaign is Steve Bannon. The only similarity to Steve Canyon is that both may prove to become comic book characters. I got an email from Hillary claiming Bannon to be the world’s most horrible person. After a few minutes of talk shows I learned it was a shared opinion. This morning I read that even Glen Beck agrees with Hillary about Bannon. Given what I’ve read about Bannon look for the Trump shit storm to be running at full throttle.
- Several news sources are claiming there is a weakening of support for Trump with white male voters.
I’ve been running a non scientific poll asking if Donald Trump was hurting the GOP. Everyone who has responded has agreed that his is.
With that in mind I came across this article at FiveThirtyEight about the death of the GOP. While I don’t make political predictions I find the history and arguments in this piece to be interesting. If the GOP may not be dying in name it certainly is no longer the party of Lincoln or Eisenhower. I think there is an argument for claiming it isn’t even the party of Reagan.
It remains to be seen just how much the GOP reflects today’s American society but if Hillary does win by the margins FiveThirtyEight and others are predicting it would certainly go a long way towards arguing the end of the GOP.
For the 538 article click the button below…
FACTOID: Only 3% of Americans still use dial-up for Internet access. Over 70% have access to broadband, much of that due to government spending during the Great Recession, while 15% don’t use the Internet at all. Overall, however, Internet speeds in America are among some of the developed world’s slowest.
Donald Trump just says too much stuff to bother making a comment on each, as it happens. So for a while I’m going to try writing a weekly log or list of the more insane comments that emerge and stink up our atmosphere.
- In spite of warnings from Constitutional lawyers and powerful military leaders, Trump insist he would be “fine” with trying US citizens in military courts, Guantanamo is high on his list of such. Due process is not as protected under military law and that’s one reason the Bush administration didn’t want Islāmic combatants tried on US soil. By the way, if you don’t know what due process is, you will if it’s denied you.
- Much to John McCain’s disgust Trump is back on the waterboard kick. Plus much worse.
- Trump spend a couple of days insisting that Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton were the literal founders of ISIS. He later walked that back half a step and then took a three-quarter step forward.
- One of Trump’s surrogates, Katrina Pierson, appeared on a news program and insisted that President Obama had invaded Afghanistan. In spite of the news person’s attempts to set her straight she continued calling it Obama’s War.
Just spoke with Karnes Orchard today and it won’t be long before their new crop of apples will be ready for market. The first day of sales will be on Friday, September 2 and continue into December.
Check out their website for mail orders and wholesale purchases. Below is a chart showing when various varieties will become available. Karnes is located at 8200 Worley Mill Rd., Hillsboro, OH.
I’d suggest you make your day special by picking up some freshly squeezed Karnes apple cider and then driving a mile over to Liz’s Bake Shop at 7960 Overman Rd. for a few freshly baked glazed yeast doughnuts. What says fall more than cider and doughnuts?
When I was teaching American Government we tossed out the textbook for the second semester and used Newsweek magazine as our text. We had spent the first semester studying the specifics of America’s system of government so for the second semester we focused on the realities of that system. At that juncture we changed the name of the course to, Problems in a Democratic Society.
One assignment each week was to read the editorial column of whatever writer was in print that week. William F. Buckley, Jr. was always the toughest. He was an intellectual and spoke with an intellectual’s vocabulary and understanding him often took the collective brain power of all those assembled.
We celebrated our thirty-seventh anniversary back in July but weren’t able to do anything special. Then our daughter called with news about a rock ‘n roll show in Dayton featuring Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, and Fabian. I asked Janet if she was interested and she was. So, I got decent tickets, made a motel reservation and on the 6th of August we headed north.
The concert was held at the Rose Music Center in Hubert Heights and it is a fantastic venue. It seats about 4200 people, all under a roof, plenty of parking, easy access, good amenities, etc. The only negative was sitting on the east side of the venue. This event began at 7 pm and half way through the setting sun dropped below the
Lots of people fly American flags on their properties and some fly their state’s flag beneath the American flag. Flags of favorite sport teams, especially colleges, are often flown. Lots of good reasons explain why people do this, love of country, loyalty to their alma mater, etc.
For decades the Confederate flag has been displayed and the reasons behind it are many. Some claim a show of pride in their heritage. Others may display it as a symbol of their own rebelliousness. To many, myself included, it is an outward sign of racist sympathy and dislike of the federal government. The first thing that crosses my mind when I see a Confederate flag is that the person displaying it is a racists, a separatist, both, or something even worse. Obviously I’m not a fan.