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I’M GONNA GO TO HELL

Do you know what I discovered on my reentry into the world after a wonderful vacation?  Everything has gotten so much worse in American politics during the past two weeks while I was gone!  (How is that even humanly possible?)  Apparently, that orange creature from the dung lagoon hired some Alt-Right Neanderthal as his campaign chief to accelerate the fertilization of the Earth with their atrocious pile of racist excrement which has sped up the growth of Trump’s anti-Christ flowering of White Supremacy, hate, and bigotry in the world.  Wow, people! You were supposed to guard against this type of insurrection while I was gone.

Alt Right All Wrong Steve Sack The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cartoon used by permission: Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Then I read that Trump thinks my life as an African-American is a total pile of shit as he painted an erroneously misleading picture that most Black folks live in inner cities and our lives summarily suck—across the board.

“Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing. No homes. No ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen . . . You can go to war zones in countries that we’re fighting and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities . . . Look, it is a disaster the way African-Americans are living.  We’ll get rid of the crime. You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot.”—Donald J. Trump

Well, thank you Oh “Great White Hope” for that hyperbolic and extreme assessment of my peeps and me!  No nuance on your part—no indication that you’ve ever spent any time in a predominantly Black community.  Good to know that we no longer need Jesus because you’ll save our sorry-asses from the dystopian hell of our own making.  Donald Trump—the relentless face of racist Birtherism against our outstanding first Black President went on to ask me—an African-American— “What do you have to lose?” by voting for him.  My response (should only be used when one’s laughter is so uncontrollable, it makes one pee one’s pants):

LMAOROTFBTCSTCNDBFOOTWIFOAGWLLBGWTHROOTSAIAKBAYB”

(TRANSLATION: “Laughing My Ass Off Rolling On The Floor, Biting The Carpet, Scaring The Cat, Nearly Dying By Falling Out Of The Window In Front Of A Guy Who Looks Like Bill Gates, Who Then Horrified, Runs Out On The Street And Is Accidentally Killed By A Yellow Bulldozer”.

Losing John Cole The Scranton Times Tribune

Cartoon used by permission: John Cole, The Scranton Times Tribune

Oy!  It made me want to go back on vacation with my family and lose myself in wondrous bliss.  While I was away, I tuned out all the news for the entire holiday and spent all of my vacation relishing in the wonderful life God had blessed me with while my grandson and I performed an old woman/seven-year-old dance routine to Meghan Trainor’s “Me Too.”

“I thank God every day

I woke up feelin’ this way

And I can’t help lovin’ myself . . .

If I was you, I’d wanna be me too . . .”

Mema and Grandson Dancing

Mema and Grandson Dancing/Photo Credit: K. Tomczyk

I should have stayed on vacation with my grandson who is sweet, loving, kind, generous, thoughtful, caring, and wise beyond his years who taught me how to do the Nae-Nae and Snap Chat this year.  But I didn’t and each day away from all that beautiful Christ-like innocence has made me want to stand up and holler—especially after I read recently that even after all the horrid, racist, crude, misogynist, vile things that have been revealed about Donald Trump, his Evangelical Christian support is still strong AND GROWING! Even a child can see that The Donald is an asshole—why can’t so-called Christian leaders?  (Some of these “Christian” Trump supporters have declared that their fellow Christians (moi) will burn in Hell if we don’t vote for Trump.)  In a dream I had last night, I sent my grandson a Snap-Chat voice message and asked him why was he so much more mature than grown-ups who claim to be leaders in the Church?  He replied:   “They must not have gone to school.  Everything I know, I learned in kindergarten.”

When I awoke, I decided to write a kindergarten report card for Donald Trump to those Christian leaders in the hopes that they would take stock of Trump’s character before it is too late, and withdraw their support since it seems he has been unhinged since Jump Street and nothing like Jesus, whom they claim to love and worship.

tRUMP AND Evangelicals Wolverton Cagle Cartoons

Cartoon used by permission: Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons

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TO THE PARENTS OF LITTLE DONNIE TRUMP

MATURITY PROGRESS REPORT

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Christian Evangelical:         DONALD TRUMP’S FINAL GRADE:   _F__

As you know, it has come to the end of the year, and I am afraid the kindergarten school of life will not be able to transition Little Donnie to the grown-up world of grade school.  He is failing miserably on all accounts—so much so, we teachers are hard-pressed to figure out how to turn him into a decent human being.  He shows signs of an entrenched narcissistic personality disorder, a lack of a moral center, a detachment from reality and the pain and suffering of anyone but himself, and a total disregard for the feelings of others.  In short, Little Donnie Trump lacks the social skills needed to progress to the next level.

Although Little Donnie is flunking kindergarten civic values across the board, I felt it best only to list the most pertinent ones so as not to overwhelm you.  Although we think it is probably too late, we ask that you review this limited feedback and set up a meeting with his teachers in order to discuss the further humanization of Donald John Trump so that he might someday progress to the first grade.

DOES NOT GET ALONG WITH OTHERS

  • Little Donnie shows signs of being a rabid misogynist. He was over-heard in the hallway hurling insults at some of the kindergarten girls as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, bimbos, disgusting animals, crude, rude, obnoxious and dumb,” “with blood flowing out of their whatever. . .”
  • Little Donnie is mean and cantankerous.  He made Little Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski cry the other day when he accused her of being “off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!” (He really seems to have a problem with female confrontation.)

Trump Analysis David Fitzsimmons The Arizona Star

Cartoon used by permission: David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE TRUTH FROM FICTION

  • Little Donnie refuses to adhere to truth. His teachers discovered last year that he had made himself the face of a racist birther movement against the first Black class president of our school. His teachers know that Little Donnie knows where President Obama was born because we did an entire school project on Hawaii two years in a row and featured all the children who had been born there: Donnie Ho, Barack Obama, and Bette Midler who Little Donnie promptly called “grotesque” before he stormed out of the classroom.
  • Little Donnie thinks the Muslim, Black, and Latino kids in his class adore him. They don’t—they abhor him, except for the mentally challenged Little Omarosa and Little Ben Carson.

UNABLE TO TREAT OTHERS WITH RESPECT

  • Little Donnie is a bigot and a bully
  • Little Donnie is scary and out of touch with humanity. He once said to his entire class that he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and he wouldn’t lose any class support.

Trump and African Americans FB John Darkow Columbia Daily Tribune Missouri

Cartoon used by permission: John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune. Missouri

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ELEANOR’S SELAH (“AHA” MOMENT) ON CHRISTIANS FOR TRUMP

I am discovering that I am absolutely flabbergasted and mortified at the Evangelical Christian support of Donald J. Trump for president.  These dudes and dudettes have truly sold their souls to the Devil, and they have the audacity to tell me I’m gonna go to Hell if I don’t vote for Trump because it is Jesus’ will that The Donald becomes our next president.  I call bullshit on that false doctrine!  After Trump’s blanket, condescending statement to African-Americans this week trying to get more than 1% of us to vote for him, I have an answer for Little Donnie:  “Everything—Black folks have everything to lose if we vote for you!”  We’ll lose 100 plus years of ongoing progress in education, housing, and jobs, not to mention the legacy given to my grandson by President Barack Obama that currently inspires and promotes his ability and possibility (and all Black children) to become president of the United States someday. 

Little Donnie, you know not what you speak or to whom you speak.  Some of us Black folks may need a helping hand now and then, but we are not a stupid people.  African-Americans know you are condescending to us to get the White suburban vote by attempting to make them think you’re not a racist. (Most White people aren’t stupid, either.  They know you grossly exaggerated the stats regarding poverty, education, and lack of jobs in our inner cities.)  Go back to Trump Tower, Little Donnie.   I, on the other hand, will go back to my very nice life as an African-American, and my decision to vote for anybody else but youcome November.

TRUMP GODZILLA Luojie China Daily China

Cartoon used by permission: Luojie China, Daily China

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THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUOTES EXPLAINING WHY JESUS IS PROBABLY WEEPING RIGHT ABOUT NOW AT THE STUPIDITY IN SOME CHRISTIAN CIRCLES

“I realize that most of Trump’s ardent fans do not take kindly to being lectured by the likes of me. But it is with a certain degree of genuine sympathy that I say what has to be said: Your candidate is a flake. A fraud. A bag of air. A con man. A joke.” [emphasis, mine]—Eugene Robinson/The Washington Post

“He is egotistical, bombastic, and brash. He often lacks nuance in his statements. Sometimes he blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists) that he later must abandon. He insults people. He can be vindictive when people attack him. He has been slow to disown and rebuke the wrongful words and actions of some angry fringe supporters. He has been married three times and claims to have been unfaithful in his marriages. These are certainly flaws, but I don’t think they are disqualifying flaws in this election.”Wayne A. Grudem/prominent evangelical theologian, seminary professor, and author

“Mr. Trump’s Twitter presence is tightly interwoven with hordes of mostly anonymous accounts trafficking in racist and anti-Semitic attacks. When Little Bird, a social media data mining company, analyzed a week of Mr. Trump’s Twitter activity, it found that almost 30 percent of the accounts Mr. Trump retweeted in turn followed one or more of 50 popular self-identified white nationalist accounts. At times, a circular current seems to flow between white nationalists and Mr. Trump on Twitter.”—Nicholas Confessore/NYTimes

Trump being himself Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cartoon used by permission: Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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REFERENCES

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/new-trump-campaign-chief-faces-scrutiny-over-voter-registration-past-charges/2016/08/26/bf5bc3b2-6b98-11e6-ba32-5a4bf5aad4fa_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_bannon-905pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/eidos/2016/07/a-good-man-justifies-a-wicked-deed-grudem-on-trump/?ref_widget=popular&ref_blog=jacoblupfer&ref_post=are-religious-right-leaders-dobson-falwell-and-reed-cheap-dates-or-worse

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/us/politics/donald-trump-black-voters.html?_r=0

http://www.salon.com/2016/08/26/donald-trump-has-no-love-for-black-people-his-outreach-and-pivot-are-really-aimed-at-winning-over-nervous-white-voters/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/star-of-the-show/2016/08/25/a539743e-6afd-11e6-8225-fbb8a6fc65bc_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.5afef9b6352e

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/june-web-only/whos-who-of-trumps-tremendous-faith-advisors.html?start=1

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Posted by on August 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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CRAZY-GO-NUTS

Do you know what I discovered this week?  I need a break!  I’m about to lose my mind.  Between all things Trump and trying to write my third book (over halfway finished), I am worn out.   I’m getting hives, I don’t sleep, my blood pressure is climbing, I’ve got a permanent nervous twitch in my left eye, and I am overeating from the stress as if every day was my last meal before Armageddon.   I tried to watch the Olympics to take my mind off my worries, but as the song says, “I felt nothing” during the opening ceremony.

Rio Raw Sewage Dave Granlund Politicalcartoons com

Cartoon used by permission: Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com

I don’t know about you, but after the brilliance of the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 opening ceremonies, seeing Rio’s opening ceremony done on a shoe-string budget was vastly underwhelming. Giselle Bundchen, a white, blue-eyed blond German, taking her last long-ass cat walk as one of the top highlights of the night was definitely a huge yawn and slightly agitating.  All I could think about was Brazil’s problems with “whitening” and their issues with miscegenation, and it just made me sad for “the African and Amerindian descendants—many who live in poverty.  I couldn’t set aside the Zika threat that will deform millions of babies in a predominantly Catholic country that is against abortion but squandered any national finances that might help these poor kids, and that the perverse corruption, the pollution, and the vulnerability of our athletes to terror threats all hovered like storm clouds over Rio—the thought of it was too much for me to fully relax.  The world is in such a mess, and watching the Olympics in Rio didn’t make me happy, it just reminded me that our entire Earth is one giant ball of murder, mayhem, and chaos, and there is nowhere to run—nowhere to hide.

Rio Steve Sack The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cartoon used by permission: The Minneapolis-Star Tribune 

So I pushed aside the dull Olympics (except for Simone Biles—I do so loves me some perfection in motion) and thought about what I really needed to perk up my spirits.  And it hit me like a ton of bricks:  I needed family—I needed me some grandson time!  So I sent my seven-year-old grandson a text and asked him if he’d like to come down for a visit for a couple of weeks.  He said he would love to, especially if he could sleep in his super-hero costume every night, go to Busch Gardens every day, and have lots of pizza, spaghetti, and cookies without interference from The Mother when he came to visit.  I said, “Sure, what are grandmothers for, but to stick it to their daughters as payback for all the grief they caused when they were teenagers!” (Judging from the picture he sent me in response to my text, he was having issues with The Mother that day.)

Super Hero Grandson

Grandson/Photo credit:  K. Tomczyk

Then I started thinking:  wouldn’t it be fabulous to have a family reunion?   To surround myself with what is important in life and to forget about the consummate assholes in our world for a time—from ISIS to Donald Trump.  So I called up my other daughter and her dog, Wednesday Addams, my sister and some extended family and invited them all down next week.

Reunion invite

So I’M TAKING A BREAK!  I won’t be blogging for a few weeks, but I’ll be grilling ribs and chicken, baking cakes and pies, playing family games and laughing my ass off while drinking copious wine, as well as suffering through Busch Gardens for the sake of my grandson.  While I’m gone, please keep an eye on things for me—especially that rodent from another planet—Donald Trump.  I am convinced that I feel a shift in the winds of his fortunes, but anything can happen to reverse the tides.   I’m a prayin’ woman, and God don’t like ugly which means I know he’s answering my prayers to crush Trump’s sorry ass.  I don’t want The Donald to simply lose; I want a tsunami to bury his punk-ass and all the ignorant racists who lay claim to him.  This fascist spirit must never rise again!  But it ain’t over yet, so keep watch and stay vigilant.  If things start to get crazier, send me a note or give me a call, and I’ll get back on my knees and start praying again. In the meantime, below are some cartoons to keep you informed regarding the task at hand—defeating Trump.  Should you miss me or you become dismayed at the election mayhem, cut out one of these and paste it on your refrigerator to give you strength and renewed vision.

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CARTOONS TO LIVE BY WHILE I’M GONE!

SINKING SHIP CARD:  Cards to send to Trump when he officially loses.

August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016

Cartoon used by permission: Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

DAY OF REMEMBERENCE (July 29, 2016) CARD—the day Trump lost the 2016 election: The moment the Kahns challenged Trump’s racism and lack of sacrifice in the memory of their Gold Star son (“Mr. Trump, you’ve sacrificed nothing; you’ve sacrificed no one”), and Trump spent four days attacking the Kahns instead of humbly kneeling in their presence.

Donald Strikes Back at Khan Daryl Cagle CagleCartoons com

Cartoon used by permission: Daryl Cagle CagleCartoons.com

WUSS CARD:  Send every time Trump complains that election is rigged just because he can’t handle losing to a girl.

August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016

Cartoon used by permission: Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

OH, “HELL TO THE NO” CARD:  The day you realize how badly the next generation has been affected by Trump’s racist mouth.

Kids and Politics Dave Granlund Politicalcartoons com

Cartoon used by permission: Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com

WORDS MATTER CARD:  To be sent to Trump, his handlers, and apologists who say that Trump’s dog whistle challenge to his 2nd Amendment base to assassinate Hillary Clinton or the Supreme Court judges she picks was a joke.  Let them know in no uncertain terms that “words matter” and those particular words were not only dangerous, but intolerable, and his flippant mouth is going to get somebody killed.  Tell Trump and friends to ask Yigal Amir, Yitzhak Rabin’s (Prime Minister of Israel) assassin whether words matter.  Amir was inspired by the unchecked, heated, political rhetoric to kill Rabin in 1995 for his peace negotiations with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Trump the Terrorist John Darkow Columbia Daily Tribune Missouri

Cartoon used by permission: John Darkow Columbia Daily-Tribune, Missouri 

LOCK HIM UP! CARD:  The day you realize that Donald Trump is mentally ill, that Karma is a bitch, and that what goes around comes around—like his campaign rallies shouting about Hillary, “lock her up!”

Trumps sanity Wolverton Cagle Cartoons

Cartoon used by permission: Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons

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ELEANOR’S “SELAH” (AHA MOMENT) THIS WEEK

I am discovering that I’m even out of pithy quotes to give you, so I’m leaving you with only a definition.  Whichever presidential candidate fits this shoe, then put it on him and don’t turn your back on him for a New York minute, or he’ll end up kicking you in the ass for four years and counting.

 “Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”—Mayo Clinic Staff/Mayo Clinic Website

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“YOU HAVE SHIT FOR BRAINS, AMERICA” CARD:  The card to send on November 9th to the American electorate who voted for Trump, should he become President.

Day After Trump Gets Elected Randall Enos Cagle Cartoons

Cartoon used by permission: Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons

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NOW I’M OFF TO GO SLATHER A BUCKET OF SAUCE ON COPIOUS RACKS OF RIBS AND MAKE A BATHTUB FULL OF POTATO SALAD!  SEE YOU AT THE END OF AUGUST!

XOXOXO—ELEANOR T.

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MY EXPRESSION WHEN MY WONDERFUL FAMILY ARRIVES TODAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

FAMILY REUNION EXPRESSION

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Posted by on August 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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#FAKETRUMPINTELLIGENCEBRIEFING

Do you know what I discovered this week?  When the area of the country you live in has a heat index of 126 degrees Fahrenheit for several days running, and the air conditioning gives out in your house and you feel like a piece of barbecued meat—when you call your heating and air company and they say “take a number”—all you can do is lay down on the floor in front of a mediocre fan praying that you haven’t been condemned to Hell without your knowledge.

Weather Luojie China Daily China

Used by permission:  Luojie, China Daily China/Cagle Cartoons

There is very little that you can do in those circumstances except lie on the floor butt naked in front of a fan that your husband suddenly discovers in the basement (which makes you realize once again why you love this man so much!) and watch the Democratic Convention while sipping on ice-packed gin and tonics also provided by WW (White and Wonderful).

Call me crazy, or maybe it was the heat, the alcohol, or the slightly feverish delirium I experienced from it all, but I got up off the floor at the end of the DNC week totally in the tank for Hillary.  (Of course, my shouts of “I’M WITH HER!” I’M WITH HER!” were mingled with happy tears and kisses for the rather rotund air conditioning man who finally fixed my HVAC unit at 10:00 p.m. that night.  P.S. Clothes were donned before answering the door, in case your little nasty minds “went there.”)

But before my AC angel showed up, I preened with pride over Michelle Obama’s speech—the best convention speech EVER (try and steal that one Melania).  When President Obama spoke, I choked up with gratitude (and pride!) at the honor of having had such a fabulously intelligent, gracious, dignified, and unifying leader as President Obama when he said:  “. . .  I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together – black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; young and old; gay, straight, men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance, under the same proud flag, to this big, bold country that we love.”   I “went to church” with the Rev. William Barber as he preached his fiery sermon to America that we become the “moral defibrillators” of our time (did y’all see people gettin’ “the Holy Ghost” in that convention hall?).  But most of all, I sobbed uncontrollably at the speech and humility of Ghazala and Khizr Khan whose Muslim son—Humayun Khan, a 27-year-old Army captain—sacrificed his life for his troops and for my ability to go about my life in peace, safety, and air conditioning.  When Mr. Khan looked straight into the camera and said to the Muslim-hating, Muslim-banning, S.O.B Donald Trump, “You have sacrificed nothing; you have sacrificed no one,” and The Donald’s immediate reaction was to trash Mr. Kahn’s heartfelt speech and mock his wife’s painful silence—a mother so overcome with grief she could hardly stand—I knew that it was time to make a choice and take a stand against the primal, heartless, disgusting evil in our midst that was trying to become our next President.

TRUMP the CLOWN Dario Castillejos Diario La Crisis

Used by permission: Dario Castillejos, Diario La Crisis/Cagle Cartoons

As cold air wafted around my body and brought down my fever (I’m not shittin’ you—I actually caught a nasty cold from my journey into no-air-con purgatory), I discovered I had missed a couple dozen stories about Trump’s angry response to the constant thrashing he got by the DNC.  He invited Russia to commit espionage by hacking into the emails of his opponent (“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said on one occasion and then shortly after he said, “They [the Russians] probably have them. I’d like to have them released.”)  At the same time I was catching up on all this treasonous news, I realized, along with Harry Reid and a few others, that both the candidates would receive their first top secret briefings at some point in the near future.   I was horrified at the thought of The Donald getting anywhere near our national secrets given his alleged connections with the Russians, until Harry Reid suggested The Donald be given a “fake security briefing,” until we got to the bottom of Trump’s Russian money connection (RELEASE YOUR GOD-DAMN TAX RETURNS, DONALD!).  I thought that was a fabulous idea.  Others thought so too, and the hashtag “FAKE TRUMP INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING” started trending on Twitter in the midst of The Donald’s protests that he was “just kidding guys”—“just being sarcastic.”  I don’t know about you, but Trump’s excuse of sarcasm made what he did—inviting a foreign government to commit espionage against us—even more appalling.  If he should become the President, what happens if China pisses him off and he pushes “The Button?”  When China is obliterated off the face of the Earth because of The Donald’s narcissistic petulance, I don’t think the world will accept an “Oops, I was just kidding, guys!”—least of all 1.357 billion dead Chinese people.

Being Sarcastic RJ Matson CagleCartoons com

Used by permission: RJ Matson, CagleCartoons.com

So I joined in the Twitter chorus of #FAKE TRUMP INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING, because this maniac cannot—must not—know our national secrets.  To do so would be at our peril.  I don’t have a Twitter account because I can’t be trusted not to turn into a Donald Trump (I need space in between my anger and communication access to the world), but I thought I’d list some of the fake things the CIA security briefer could tell The Donald and still keep our nation safe.  Hope you’re listening CIA.

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#FAKE TRUMP INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

By fake CIA Intelligence Agent

“Good morning, Sir.  I’ve been assigned to be your intelligence briefing agent.  I’ve gathered together all of the latest U.S. intelligence of the highest form to make sure you are fully prepared for the days ahead.  First and foremost: Your code name is ‘Orangutan’ and your wife’s code name is ‘Fembot.’  When you hear your secret service say something like, ‘Orangutan’ and ‘Fembot’ are in the house or ‘Orangutan’ and ‘Fembot’ just left the building, you’ll know that we are referencing you and Mrs. Trump.

“Now our first order of business is to confirm that the Russians did indeed hack the DNC email server.  In fact, they sent two of their top agents to do so:   Boris Badenov (pronounced ‘bad enough’) and Natasha Fatale.  Everyone thought that Boris and Natasha went underground and had died at the end of the Cold War, but Mr. Putin resurrected them to do his dastardly deeds against America.  We’ve been on their trail for over a year now and thanks to Wikipedia have acquired quite a bit of intel on them.  Part of our first briefing to you is to let you know that you cannot trust Vladimir Putin no matter what your previous association with him has been because he is actively running (spy word for utilizing) Boris and Natasha.

“Boris refers to himself as the ‘world’s greatest no-goodnik.’  He and Natasha are still stationed in Pottslyvania—what was once thought of as a fake east-European country—but it has come to our attention that Pottslyvania is actually the code name for Moscow. Boris and Natasha report directly to ‘Fearless Leader’ and ‘Mr. Big’ who is none other than your pal—you guessed it—Vladimir Putin.  

“Unlike yourself, Sir, Boris is a vain man and his greatest claim to fame is an autographed picture from his Fearless Leader which says: ‘Drop Dead — Signed: Fearless Leader!’  I’ve got to tell you, Sir—this sounds just like the Vlady the CIA has come to know and loathe.

“According to Wikipedia, Boris was educated in U.S.C. (the University of Safecracking)—what we spies like to call the precursor to your Trump University.  Boris graduated ‘magna cum louse’ which means we’re dealing with no dummy here.  The CIA has ascertained that the best weapon we can bring against Boris and Natasha are our best and brightest agents:  Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose.  Both Squirrel and Moose (as Boris likes to refer to them) have been in seclusion since the end of the Cold War, and they are itching to get back to work again.  If I must say so myself, Sir:  desperate times call for desperate means. The CIA feels that we should summon them ASAP to deal with this notorious spy and to free you from the libelous claims that you flirted with treason when you invited the Russians to hack and find emails that would destroy your opponent.  We know you were just kidding, Sir, but we also suspect that Boris Badenov was behind the original hacking of the DNC email server and we need to prove it ASAP.

spying on DNC RJ Matson Roll Call

Used by permission:  RJ Matson Roll Call/Cagle Cartoons

“In conclusion, you will need to know how to recognize Boris if he should slip into one of your campaign rallies. He is a short tubby guy who always wears the classic spy outfit (black fedora and trench coat) and never leaves Natasha Fatale’s side (she looks like Mrs. Trump (a.k.a. ‘Fembot’) with black hair).   Boris has never given up his membership in the Local 12 of the Villains, Thieves, and Scoundrels Union, and one of his tell-tale words is ‘Raskolnikov’ which references the novel Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. By the way, Sir, we know you don’t read books, so don’t panic; we will read it so you don’t have to in order to further understand the master spy mind of Boris.  And to show you the level of depravity we’re dealing with here, the spy, Boris Badenov is still a member of the Van Gogh Society, which is a Pottsylvanian club whose members collect human ears.  This little dude is no joke, Sir!

“One final note, if during your travels you hear a little short guy who looks like Danny Devito with a mustache and a Russian accent utter the words, ‘Natasha, next time I get fiendish plan, do me big favor?’ or his most definitive phrase, ‘Sharrup my mouth,” you must contact the CIA immediately because you will be in imminent danger.

“Thank you, Sir, for your time.  Next week you will be briefed on the fact that there was never a moon landing—in fact, there is really no moon.  It is a Hollywood prop.”

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Endorsements Pat Bagley Salt Lake Tribune

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ELEANOR’S “SELAH” (AHA MOMENT) ABOUT #I’M WITHHER

I am discovering that most definitely “#I’MWITHHER!”  No matter what her flaws (I’m beginning to think that most of her perceived failures are 30-years of ginned-up hatred by the right-wing conservative party), she is a gazillion times more qualified, smarter, better educated, and more humane than her opponent.  I also think she loves America very much. Plus, I ain’t gonna lie—I love the fact that a qualified woman has finally broken the glass ceiling to the Oval Office. It gave me chills when Hillary won the Democratic nomination (now it may have been the air conditioning returning, but I still got chills).

In an ideal world, we’d have a plethora of candidates to choose from, no obscene Citizens United funds PAC funding polical campaigns, no billionaires fronting candidates, and no lobbyists—period.  But we are living in the real world, and some of our fellow citizens (especially right-wing Evangelicals who seemed to have traded their trust in God for power, influence, and fame) are positioning themselves to elect an unfeeling, unthinking, narcissistic, lying, clueless maniac to lead our coutry and influence the rest of the world.  Can you say WWIII? In the meantime, I would like to think that Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King, Jr. did a fist bump in Heaven when President Obama and Hillary hugged each other on stage at the convention the other night after he so eloquently said:  “ . . . if you’re serious about our democracy, you can’t afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue. You’ve got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn’t a spectator sport. America isn’t about ‘yes he will.’  It’s about ‘yes we can.’  And we’re going to carry Hillary to victory this fall, because that’s what the moment demands.” 

I’d like to add that democracy is not a reality show.

Clinton Convention Steve Sack The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Used by permission: Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

“I learned that leadership is about falling in love with the people and the people falling in love with you. It is about serving the people with selflessness, with sacrifice, and with the need to put the common good ahead of personal interests.”—Joyce Banda

“No decisions should ever be made without asking the question, is this for the common good?”—Michael Moore

“Too many politicians are shifting the critical themes of our national conversations from a ‘big ideas’ American Brand Platform to narrowly focused, polarizing sound bites that put party philosophy before what used to be heralded as the common good. These ideas, more often than not, divide us rather than serve to bind us.”—Alan Siegel

ALL QUOTES FROM www.brainyquotes.com

headlines you won't see David Fitzsimmons The Arizona Star

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REFERENCES

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/backlash-for-trump-after-he-lashes-out-at-the-muslim-parents-of-a-dead-us-soldier/2016/07/30/34b0aad4-5671-11e6-88eb-7dda4e2f2aec_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_trumpclinton-7pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/30/donald-trump-muslim-father-khizr-khan-democratic-convention-speech

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/harry-reid-trump-fake-briefings_us_57991916e4b01180b5317f6e

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/opinions/obama-passes-torch-begala/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/28/the-rev-william-barber-dropped-the-mic/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_fix-barber-1215am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/candidates-poised-for-classified-briefings-despite-spy-agency-worries-over-trump/2016/07/28/865cd686-5500-11e6-bbf5-957ad17b4385_story.html?hpid=hp_special-topic-chain_briefing-850pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/07/29/why-hillary-clinton-is-both-widely-disliked-and-widely-admired/?hpid=hp_regional-hp-cards_rhp-card-posteverything%3Ahomepage%2Fcard

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HOUSE OF HORRORS

Well, do you know what I discovered this week after getting first-hand reports back from the Republican Convention in Cleveland?   I have been driven to drink, and I’m throwing all caution to the wind because the world is coming to an end.  (Why the hell should I watch what I eat when Armageddon is at hand?)  Even now as I write this blog, I am downing copious glasses of Merlot, a giant bowl of popcorn, and just as soon as the Hubbie comes home, I’m going to order the biggest gluten-free pizza I can find BECAUSE WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!

Trump Fears FB Steve Sack The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cartoon used by permission:  Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

At least that’s what Donald Trump said last night in his 75 minute speech at the GOP Convention in about 100 different ways.  Despite statistics that show otherwise (why care about the truth—who needs facts when an egomaniacal, despot wants you to think that the world is coming to an end?), we’re descending into lawlessness and disorder, a race war is going to start tomorrow from coast to coast by Black people who have forgotten their place and don’t like being shot by cops just for the hell of it.  (The GOP thinks that this is the sole fault of President Obama (thanks a-hole, Giuliani).  Our kids are going to be starving in the streets by morning, Mexican rapists will attack our daughters, ISIS is going to invade (simultaneously) from every corner of the United States, immigrants are going to take over all our jobs from snake handlers to corporate CEOs, and the aliens from outer space, who will be invading any day now, are the sole fault of that Jezebel, Hillary Clinton, who is responsible for “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness” in America and should be “locked up”  and the key thrown away.

But The Donald is going to save us all!  Trump and only Trump, can save us from this apocalypse.  How do I know?  He told us so at the Republican Convention. He kept saying, “I am your voice—I love you—we will never, ever make bad deals—believe me—nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it!”

GOP Bouncy Castle Steve Sack The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cartoon used by permission:  Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

I was flabbergasted and highly agitated when I watched the GOP Convention!  How did America 2016 descend into Germany 1933? And then there was the speech debacle of Melania Trump ripping off Michelle Obama’s convention speech of 2008.  Isn’t she the wife of the man that Der Fuhrer Trump despises?  I was really confused and truly afraid.  What the hell was going on?  Was it really as bad as it seemed?  Last night I contacted my alter-ego, The Dalai Mama, who attended the convention because she is a glutton for punishment and asked her to try and get an interview with Melania.  I had heard a rumor that they used to be friends when The Dalai Mama lived in Slovenia.  Maybe Melania via The Dalai Mama could assuage my fears—maybe Donald Trump wasn’t as bad as he seemed during his acceptance speech.  (Besides, I really wanted to know if Melania plagiarized her speech and made the lowly speech writer take the fall.)  So I sent The Dalai Mama a note requesting she interview Melania, and I heard back from my alter ego this morning, which was rather convenient since my blog was due today.

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ME:  Hey, Dalai.  How’s everything?  I’ve been watching the convention.  Was it as bad as it looked?

DALAI MAMA:   Girl, this convention was one giant cluster-fuck.  From Melania’s plagiarized speech to the people yelling “lock her up” about Hill, to Ted Cruz givin’ The Donald the finger, to Trump’s 75-minute speech of demon terror.  As a sane, rational, Black woman, I don’t know whether to move to Africa or go into hidin’ in the Caribbean.  Right now, I’m just prayin’ that Jesus will come back and rapture us all except for The Donald and all the people who plan to vote for him.  (Are you listenin’ to me, Jesus?)

ME:  That bad, huh?  Hey, I know that you and Melania used to be friends way back in the day.  Did she tell you if she slipped that plagiarism into her speech?  She did say she wrote it all by herself in the beginning.  Did she give you some insight into The Donald’s mentality?  Maybe her husband isn’t as awful as he seems.  You know how TV adds ten pounds on you, maybe it adds fifty pounds of bigotry and stupidity onto a person as well.   I need some type of reassurance here because this mini-me Fuhrer just may end up being President of the United States if we’re not careful—especially if he successfully scares the shit out of everybody, and they vote for him because they believe he is the only one who can bring back law and order.

DALAI MAMA:   Yeah, I spoke wit’ her, but I don’t think our conver will help you much—she sounded a little “turnt,” if you know what I mean.  She seemed to be a little “off”—like she wasn’t herself.   But you can hear for yo’self.  I taped the entire conversation.  In the meantime, I wonder if they have gluten-free pizza in Botswana.

Melania rip off Wolverton Cagle Cartoons

Cartoon used by permission:  Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons

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DALAI MAMA’S PHONE INTERVIEW WITH MELANIA TRUMP

OPERATOR:   Hello, this is the Trump Tower receptionist.  How may I help you?

DALAI MAMA:   This is The Dalai Mama calling to speak to Melania on behalf of Eleanor T, the Blogger.  She’s expectin’ me.

OPERATOR:   One moment, please . . .

DALAI MAMA:   Hello, Melania Baby?

MELANIA:    Hello, is it me you’re looking for?  ‘Cause I wonder who you are . . .  and I . . .

DALAI MAMA:   Yo, Melania, it’s me, The Dalai Mama.  Long time no talk, huh?

MELANIA:   My cherie amour, lovely as a summer day . . . distant as the milky way . . . pretty little one that I adore . . .

DALAI MAMA:   Aw, that’s so sweet, Girlfriend.  How’s it goin’?  Listen, I heard ‘bout the plagiarism thing.   I felt real bad fo’ you.  I told everybody I knew that there is no way that girl did this fucked-up deed, ‘cause she loves her some Black people, and she would never, ever steal their shit, ‘cause her word is her bond.

MELANIA:  Dalai Mama, it’s been awful. How could people think I stole parts of Michelle Obama’s speech? I mean I admire her so much (don’t tell The Donald)—he would not be pleased. I would never plagiarize her work. It’s been awful. I’ve been crying (ooh, ooh), ‘Cause I’m lonely (for a friend to tell the truth to), Smiles have all turned (to tears), but tears won’t wash away (the fears) . . . that everyone is laughing at me.

Melania Trump John Darkow Columbia Daily Tribune Missouri

Cartoon used by permission: John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri

DALAI MAMA:   Whoa, whoa, whoa . . . have you been drowning your sorrows in Motown?  Did you just quote Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, AND The Supremes to me?

MELANIA:   No, dez are heartfelt Slovenian thoughts.  Things said to me by me “mati in oče.”  They always told me, “don’t stop ‘til you get enough” . . .  hope, dat is.

DALAI MAMA:   Are you trying to tell me that your “mati in oče”—your mother and father—are Michael Jackson and Diana Ross? Ha!  Girl, you in worse shape than I thought.  Maybe, I should come by and check on you in person.  You don’t sound like you’re doin’ okay.

If this is any consolation to you, you looked fantastic the first night of the convention!  That dress was on “fleck,” girl.  That was a Roksanda “Margot” dress, right? Girlfriend, do you know that thing sold out within one hour after yo’ plagiarized speech!  I hope you owned stock in that designer.  At $3,000 a pop, that ain’t no chump change. Anyway, I’ve missed you, Girl.  Remember our time hangin’ out at the Karaoke clubs in Slovenia befo’ you hooked up with The Donald?

MELANIA:  Uh, huh.  Do You Remember, how we used to talk (ya know), we’d stay on the phone at night till dawn . . . hee, hee . . .

DALAI MAMA:   Oh, hell to the no . . . you are definitely channeling Michael Jackson right now.  Oh, wait a minute!  I think I see the problem here.  Some wires must of gotten crossed in that fembot head of yours after you married The Donald.  You know I love you, Baby, but that model head of yours has always had a few screws loose—no offense.  You may be able to speak several languages but your common sense was always three sheets to the wind.  After all, you did marry The Donaldjust sayin’

MELANIA:  Here’s a little song I wrote, You might want to sing it note for note, Don’t worry, be happy . . .

DALAI MAMA:   Chil’ you gots to stop this.  I don’t think Bobby McFerrin is gonna like you stealing his shit any more than Michelle Obama did.  Let’s concentrate here.  Your husband said last night (and I quote):

“I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police: When I take the oath of office next year, I will restore law and order to our country. Believe me. Believe me.”

DALAI MAMA:   The entire convention hall cheered (even the 2-3 Uncle Tom Black people that was set-dressing put in place by yo’ husband), but it gave me chills. I swear I hear at least three different racist dog whistles in that paragraph. If you Black and you protest the Po-Po that will be considered “threatening the peace on our streets and the safety of our police,” therefore, you can kiss your sorry-ass good-bye. Melania, is that what yo’ husband meant?

Melania Famous quotes Steve SackThe Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cartoon used by permission:  Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

DALAI MAMA:   Melania, I need you to concentrate, Chil’!  What about the press conference today when your husband said:

“And when they talk about unity, I want to tell you, that was unity. That was unity. Right? I saw you last night. That was unity. That was amazing.”

DALAI MAMA:  What unity?  Girl that was the whitest political convention I have ever seen in my life.  The only thing whiter than that convention is a KKK rally.  Am I right?  And what about that slogan he kept sayin’ over and over again ‘bout “Putting America First.”  CNN says that that slogan was used during WW2, and it meant “the name of the isolationist, defeatist, anti-Semitic national organization that urged the United States to appease Adolf Hitler.”  What do you think ‘bout that, Chica?

What ‘bout when The Donald bragged ‘bout how the Evangelicals loved him and are in full support of him?  I’m an Evangelical, and I know scores of Evangelicals, and we all think yo’ man is the Anti-Christ!!!  I’m not the only Christian that thinks that.  Only a select amount of American Christians have lost their minds . . . talkin’ crap about how they loves The Donald and will vote to make him President because his chil’ren are so poised, courteous, articulate, and professional, so he can’t be that bad.  WTF?!  He didn’t raise those chil’ren—they mamas raised them.  You know the two wives befo’ you?  Maybe we ought to elect Ivanka and Marla as President and Vice President.  What do you think about that idea, my Slovenia Fembot?

MELANIA:    STOP! In the name of love, Dalai Mama, before you break my heart . . . think it ov-o-ver!

DALAI MAMA: Oh for the love of God (and the Supremes). . . I am so out of here! You have lost yo’ ever-lovin’ mind.

Trump Kids Rick McKee The Augusta Chronicle

Cartoon used by permission: Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

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ELEANOR’S “SELAH” (AHA MOMENT)

I am discovering that the nomination of Donald Trump has indeed instilled great fear in me, but not about the state of our nation which I think is better than it has ever been (does anybody remember the Jim Crow era—Black people lynched on every third tree in the South just “because”, the riots in the mid to late 60s in most of our inner cities, or the gas shortage lines in the 70s?).  After watching the Republican Convention and rereading Trump’s speech of hatred, lies, lies, lies, and demagoguery that he used to gin up fear, I am very afraid that if we are not careful, he just might win. So listen to me America, if you’ve got any rational, spiritual, or humanitarian bones in your body, then get to the polls (drag your grown children, relatives, neighbors, and friends) and vote for Hillary.  I get it that Hillary is a flawed candidate—I’m certainly not in the tank for her and will hold my nose when I vote—but at least she is a human being, the most experienced person to ever run for the presidency, and no matter what Trump and the GOP try to say about her, we won’t be marching in goosestep, with right arm raised screaming, “Heil Trump” while I try to keep me and my peeps out of the camps.  (I told you this a-hole scares me to death!)

P.S.  Save your hate emails and comments about voting for the Libertarian candidates or writing someone’s name on the ballot.  This is not a rehearsal, people! Every vote cast for anyone but Hillary is a vote for Trump.  Remember Ralph Nader?  If not, look him up and see how many elections got skewered by voting for him, and I really liked the dude, but he had no electoral power—he just sucked off the vote for the candidate who should have won.

P.P.S.  I just finished an entire gluten-free pizza, three glasses of wine, and my blood sugar is off the Richter scale.  At the rate I’m going, just the thought of Trump as President may kill me before November. Vote Hillary in November just to save my health.  Oy vez mir!

Convention Mess David Fitzsimmons The Arizona Star

Cartoon used by permission:  David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES TO FIGHT FEAR

“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

 “This is all you have. This is not a dry run.  This is your life.  If you want to fritter it away with your fears, then you will fritter it away, but you won’t get it back later.”—Laura Schlessinger (DISCLAIMER:  I absolutely abhor the author of this quote—she is a racist and a didactic bitch, but sometimes even snakes can serve a purpose if the truth of their bite gets rid of the rats in the garden.)

“So then learn to conquer your fear. This is the only art we have to master nowadays: to look at things without fear, and to fearlessly do right.”—Friedrich Durrenmatt

“Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.”—Cyril Connolly

 “This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”—Dwight D. Eisenhower

ALL QUOTES ARE COURTESY OF http://www.brainyquotes.com

Hillary Rising Nate Beeler The Columbus Dispatch

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REFERENCES

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/21/bill-maher-on-ted-cruz-s-trump-diss-there-s-nothing-lower-than-that.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/07/22/fact-checking-donald-trumps-acceptance-speech-at-the-2016-rnc/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_trumpweb-blurb-desktop-only%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/politics/rnc-convention-delegates.html?smid=tw-share

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/opinion/the-gops-surreal-diversity-show.html?hpw&rref=opinion&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/07/19/your_word_is_your_bond_history_and_origins_from_matthew_to_hip_hop.html 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/21/ted-cruz-was-out-for-revenge-on-wednesday-he-just-admitted-it/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_daily202-1115a-top%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/22/we-just-watched-the-republican-party-kill-itself.html

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Everybody Deserves to Go Home

Do you know what I discovered this week?  In the words of a tweet by Charles Blow, the NYTimes columnist—“Everybody deserves to go home.” 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have a heart of stone, you—dear reader—have discovered the same thing as I did.  The cold-blooded murders of two Black men (32-year old Philando Castile and 37-year old Alton Sterling) by White cops who swore to protect and serve our citizens, and the slaughter of the Dallas police officers by a crazed hater of White cops because he was angry about Castile and Sterling’s deaths have made me ill, horrified, sad, broken-hearted, numb, speechless, and frightened for our country’s soul, and the future of my grandson.

Van Jones Meme

All I could help thinking after seeing Charles Blow’s tweet was none of the people who died in these horrific events deserved to die as they did—they all deserved to go home at the end of the day. Mourning these deaths are not mutually exclusive—any decent human being can do both. They all were somebody’s father, brother, son, husband, fiancé, nephew, or friend.  All of their lives mattered.  And just like Dylann Roof (White man who slaughtered nine Black church attendees in Charleston) does not represent all White people, Micah Xavier Johnson (the Black terrorist who shot and killed 5 Dallas policemen) does not represent the Black Lives Matter group or all African Americans; and just like those two cops in Louisiana and Minnesota who murdered Sterling and Castile do not represent all cops, the fact that 123 African-Americans have been killed by policemen in 2016—not to forget Trayvon Martin walking home with Skittles and an ice tea or 12-year old Tamir Rice playing with a toy gun—does mean we need to take a good hard look at the facts that plague us as a society and fix them. We have it in our power to do so if we just pluck our heads out of the sand.

Lives Matter Nate Beeler The Columbus Dispatch

Cartoon used by permission: Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch/Cagle Cartoons

Everyone is wringing their hands in America today, most are claiming that we’re near the brink of disaster as a nation, and many are looking for a “hero” to save us.  Well, “we don’t need another hero.” We are America’s heroes!  We—you and I—can save us.  (To those who blame President Obama for failing to “unite us”—get over yourselves—he can’t lead us where we don’t want to go.)

The issues are multi-faceted but we can conquer them:  racism, classism, income inequality, drugs, mental illness, GUNS, GUNS, GUNS, poverty, fear, injustice, hopelessness, and despair.  Shun the haters, turn a deaf ear to the liars and the racists, and fight until the end of your days to change the gun laws and the 2nd Amendment (yes, gun worshippers, you are going to have to give up some of your rights so that we all can have the right to go home at the end of the day).  And we mustn’t forget to fight a war on poverty.  If you have two pieces of bread—share one piece with someone in need, reach out and exude the love of God to all those who cross our paths.  We are not Americans first, Black, White, or Latino second, male or female third; we are human beings first and foremost—all created in the image of God—all who deserve to have enough to eat, a roof over our heads, an education for our children, as well as being able to go home at night.

So when you read that a certain ex-Congressman (Joe Walsh) says: “3 Dallas cops killed, 7 wounded. This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you,”—decry him with all your might by standing up as “real Americans” and denouncing his racist shit so boldly and loudly that he has no other recourse but to crawl back into the rat hole from whence he’s come.  When you hear or read that Sarah Palin has gone on a racially-charged rant after all we went through as a country last week and stipulates that the “Black Lives Matter movement is a farce,” take to your Facebook, Tweeter, Instagram, and blog accounts to denounce her and her stupidity, and then make sure no one like her ever gets near a governing office again by showing up to vote in every single election from here on out.   Why?  It is the only way we will make sure that all of us will go home at the end of the day.

Hate Bill Day Cagle Cartoons

Cartoon used by permission: Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons

In the meantime—until we get our shit together as a country—I’ve got to go and teach my grandson how to survive as a young Black man in America because what the Black Lives Matter movement is protesting is very, very real.  Check out this 10 Rules video from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio—rules I have lived by all my life as a Black woman in America who has been stopped and harassed by White policemen more than I can remember in neighborhoods where they thought I didn’t belong.  Most of them were neighborhoods I lived in, and one of those encounters happened just two years ago at the ripe old age of 66.  (P.S.  Might I add that my husband of 37 years is White, most of my friends are White, and when they get pulled over for a “busted tail light,” it has always been a curtesy notification from the policeman accompanied by a smile and “have a good day!” None of them has ever ended up dead like Philando Castile.  I know this because I’ve been in their cars when it has happened, and I am always stunned at the different realities between the Black and the White world in America.)

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death.”Anne Frank

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

All inspirational quotes from www.brainyquotes.com

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Lives Matter Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune

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REFERENCES

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/americas-killing-fields/2016/07/08/7db1ed38-454b-11e6-8856-f26de2537a9d_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-f%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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DEAR WORLD: THIS IS A TEST!

Do you know what I discovered in the past couple weeks?  The Universe just gave several countries and individuals on the Earth a “pop quiz” and they flunked.  They were supposed to be studying all along about what it takes to make a great Earth habitat for all concerned, but it appears they’ve been skipping study hall, partying way too much, and using a truncated version of CliftNotes—what I call “DumpAssNotes”—to get the knowledge they need to pass the final exam of life.  The God of the Universe is on to us, I suspect, and sends us a pop quiz every once and awhile just to reveal to us what we don’t know, and how much we need to learn before the final exam called death.

Brexit was England’s pop quiz and apparently more than half of them failed the pop quiz because they didn’t know what Brexit really meant!  The most searched words on Google after the vote to leave the EU was “what does Brexit and EU mean?”  WTF?!

Brexit Top Steve Sack The Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Now the UK has learned a new test word called “regrexit,” which they should have known the definition of before taking the test on Brexit.  More than 3 million people have signed a petition to have a do-over because many of them say that they had no idea that their vote would tank the global economy, drop the UK’s economic standing from 5th highest to 6th highest in a single day, bring about the plummeting of the British pound, encourage Scotland’s break with England, cause Ireland to follow Scotland’s lead and reestablish borders between Northern and Southern Ireland, necessitate the reissuance of passports, and eradicate much needed EU currency for various towns in England that depend upon that revenue stream for prosperity—and that’s just the beginning of the disasters.  The DumbAssNotes just told them they could get their country back and kick out and keep out all the immigrants (people who weren’t pure-born British) who were forcing them to share their shit. (Much of the anti-immigrant hatred in England is against the Polish.  You know life has turned upside down when White people start hatin’ on other White people.) Yikes!

Brexit I Pat Bagley Salt Lake Tribune

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The TARDIS; Time And Relative Dimension In Space is a fictional time machine and spacecraft in the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who . . .—Wikipedia

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I don’t want to get arrogant about how the Brits failed their pop quiz on whether to stay or leave the EU because we Americans didn’t do well on our recent pop quizzes either.  We had yet another pop quiz on gun control after the Orlando massacre, and we flunked it big time.  I think this is the umpteenth pop quiz we’ve had this year on guns.  Every time there is a shooting God gives us a test.  Our DumbAssNotes said “in case of another mass shooting, you should pause for another moment of silence, do nothing, and then ramp up gun sales” (TRUE OR FALSE).  Our House of Representatives, coached by the NRA, chose “True” as their answer.)  Oy vez mir!!

Climbing Gun Sales Pat Bagley Salt Lake Tribune

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Another question on the American pop quiz from God was “What IS Donald Trump and why should people who call themselves by My Name vote for him to become President of the United States?”  Some weird old fart, Dr. James Dobson (Founder of Focus on the Family), went to the head of the class and wrote in his answer on the blackboard that The Donald was a Born-again Christian (albeit a baby one), and that he knew the person who had “led The Donald to the Lord”therefore, Trump was God’s man for the hour.  This caused most of the 1,000 evangelical pastors in the room, who had chosen to study the DumbAssNotes for the Final instead of the Bible, to swarm around Donald Trump, “lay hands on him in prayer,” and submit their pop quiz answers with the chant:  “Trumpee, Trumpee, he’s our man—if he can’t save us, no one can!” (Soooo, embarrassing!)

Conan on Trump and Christians

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ELEANOR’S “SELAH” (AHA MOMENT)

Do you know what I’m discovering?   The human race has been getting pop quizzes for as long as we’ve been on the planet, but we keep trying to shortchange our journey by learning from the truncated study books.  When Germany was given a pop quiz in the 1930’s as to how they should handle their lack of prosperity and place on the world stage, their pop quiz answers were to come up with a Final Solution to eliminate 1% of their population and start another World War.  When the United States was given several pop quizzes on how to integrate its once enslaved peoples, many of the test takers decided that the correct answers were to thwart their fellow citizens from voting, receiving a proper education, being able to live in decent housing, and having the ability to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

America has had many pop quizzes during its development.  Sometimes we got the answers correct (entering WWII to save the Jews, passing the Civil Rights Bill and the Voting Act Law, forcing desegregation, and passing the same-sex marriage law).  But more often than not, we’ve not done our homework, and we get the answers all wrong. Case in point:  Donald Trump.  The question is will we be trying to do a “regrexit” petition on November 5th because we were studying the “DumbAssNotes” on Donald Trump instead of drilling down deep into the actual textbook on character, leadership, and integrity?  Will we look up the definition of xenophobia, racism, misogyny, narcissism, and arrogance or just keep getting our answers from the short-cut books of life and keep flunking the pop quizzes until The Donald has run our country off the rails?

Trump Train Detour Rick McKee The Augusta Chronicle

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MEDITATIVE QUOTES

“In the course of the event [Evangelical coronation of Trump as the candidate deserving their votes], Trump promised to nominate judges whom evangelicals would favor; to change laws that restrict church involvement in partisan politics; and to foster a cultural ethos that allows the unapologetic usage of ‘Merry Christmas.’ ‘You get racism, misogyny, torture and an authoritarian as commander in chief,’ one evangelical leader wrote me, ‘but you’ll get to hear ‘Merry Christmas’ in stores. Now that’s the art of the deal.’” [1]

For the sake of the church’s future, I hope that evangelicals go all-in for Trump and he loses so decisively that their voting bloc is shattered forever. [2]

 “For those of us who cry out for gun control, our fears cannot be eliminated as long as the country remains an armed camp in which the most troubled among us can find ways to appropriate one of the easily available weapons in all our communities.”—Robert Dallek

REGARDING BREXIT: “Today is a victory for the far right across Europe, for tribalism, divisive politics, irredentism, and an incredible rejection of evidence-based policy. This was not a courageous day. Common sense did not prevail. This will be remembered as a foolish, overzealous, Icarus moment.” [3]

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Tweet from UK Voter Regarding Brexit

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REFERENCES

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/evangelical-christians-are-selling-out-faith-for-politics/2016/06/23/f03368de-3964-11e6-8f7c-d4c723a2becb_story.html?tid=a_inl [1]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mercynotsacrifice/2016/06/25/two-pivots-trump-needs-to-make/ [2]

http://www.salon.com/2016/06/24/as_a_british_citizen_i_am_oscillating_between_sadness_and_rage_brexit_is_the_worst_of_times/ [3]

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2016/06/according-to-james-dobson-trump-has-just-come-to-accept-a-relationship-with-christ-and-is-now-a-baby-christian-no-kidding/?ref_widget=trending&ref_blog=mercynotsacrifice&ref_post=two-pivots-trump-needs-to-make

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-new-poll-support-for-trump-plunges-giving-clinton-a-double-digit-lead/2016/06/25/0565bef6-3a31-11e6-a254-2b336e293a3c_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-high_poll-0904am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/globalopinions/stopping-dark-forces-in-our-post-brexit-world/2016/06/24/6d62541e-3a2d-11e6-8f7c-d4c723a2becb_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/25/politics/george-will-donald-trump-leaving-republican-party-election/index.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/donald-trump-james-dobson-evangelicals-224799

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-markets-roil-from-brexit-trump-holds-a-ribbon-cutting-at-his-golf-resort/2016/06/24/060a9ad8-3a23-11e6-8f7c-d4c723a2becb_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_trumpscotland-735pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-and-the-cia-christians-in-action/2016/06/24/0a22d440-3989-11e6-9ccd-d6005beac8b3_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-b%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

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Posted by on June 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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IT WAS HATE!

I don’t have to ask you this week the rhetorical question I ask at the beginning of every post about what I discovered recently, because we’ve all discovered the same thing—hatred is lethal.

As a humorist, I purposely waited to post anything about the Orlando slaughter of 49 people and the wounding of at least 53 others—five of them critically.  I waited because I didn’t want to be glib in the midst of this carnage, and I was at a loss for words.  I still am.  I waited a bit because I was too sad to say anything of value.  So I posted an obligatory note on my Facebook pages (“our thoughts and prayers are with you, Orlando”), which at this point in our history sounds as inept and powerless as Trump’s disgusting self-promotion of xenophobia and hatred (reinvigorated from his faux outrage over the deaths of our LGBT and Latino sisters and brothers) sound crazy and scary as hell. (I am sure the LGBT and Latino communities are just thrilled that Trump wants to engage in hateful acts on their behalf—not!)

Trump killing Moslems Marian Kemensky Slovakia

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My thoughts are anguished and fragmented, and my prayers are feverish over what happened in Orlando:

This was not Islam murdering those precious souls in the Pulse nightclub, this was something much, much deeper. But what?  (Our President was right not to be goaded into calling this murderous incident as one done by a “radical Islamist,” thus painting an entire religion with one broad paint brush and ginning up even more hatred against a people group. Besides, from all news accounts, the perpetrator might have been a closeted gay who hated being so, was definitely mentally ill, and was home grown in New Hyde Park, NY.)

 I prayed and asked God, “What is this darkness I see in Orlando?” and before he could answer, I remembered:

I’d seen this evil spirit before on the American landscape via the San Bernardino Massacre, the Aurora Theater Massacre, the Charleston Massacre, the Boston Marathon Massacre, the Sandy Hook Massacre, the Va. Tech Massacre, the Columbine Massacre, the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured more than 680 others (including three pregnant women, ranging in age from 3 months to 73 years), and years and years of KKK bombings (including the infamous Alabama Church bombing which killed four little girls), lynchings (3,446 blacks lynched at the hands of whites for simply being in the “wrong place” at the “wrong time”), and random murders of Blacks in the south just for being Black.

MASSACRES IN RED = American citizens whose religion was Islam or of Islamic descent.

MASSACRES IN BLUE = White Americans (except for Va. Tech murderer) whose religion was Christianity (including the Va. Tech murderer—go figure!) or of Christian descent.

All of the killers were two-ton cisterns of unmitigated hate in our country no matter what the weapon used to kill their victims.  Hatred against gays and lesbians, hatred against African-Americans, hatred against children, hatred against fellow college students and colleagues, hatred against freedom . . .

Paper Trail Dave Granlund Politicalcartoons.com

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So, I asked the Lord:  “What should I do to keep myself and my family safe in America?  Do you think The Donald is right and maybe I should use his litmus test to ban all future White Christians from entering the United States, gin up hatred throughout the country against all White Christians, and make sure all White Christians living in America are put under surveillance and register as potential terrorists along with their children?   That would surely erase my fears, strengthen my resolve, and ‘make America great again.’ (Of course, it would mean I’d have to put my husband on that list and half of each of my bi-racial children on the list, as well.)  What do you think, God?”

And then God did speak to me in my heart:  “Remember me, Eleanor—my name is love, and I will win the day.  Just have faith, have courage, and do the right thing.  Trust me—love wins, love wins, love wins . . . in the end.”

And so, before I fight for the ban on all assault weapons (petition already signed), address the hate that is trying to win the day in America, or work to get Donald Trump sent back to the hole in Hell that he crawled out from,

I WILL REMEMBER . . .

Orlando Shooting John Cole The Scranton Times Tribune

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IN LOVING MEMORY

OF

Sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts, mothers, fathers, and friends who were Gay, Latino, Black, and White artists, lawyers, activists, musicians, cooks, students, construction workers, teachers, good citizens, and more who lost their lives dancing . . .

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old, Amanda Alvear, 25 years old,

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old, Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old,

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old, Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old,

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old, Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old . . .

HATE AND TERROR Taylor Jones Politicalcartoons com

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Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old, Cory James Connell, 21 years old, Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old, Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old, Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old, Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old, Frank Hernandez, 27 years old . . .

Moment of Silence FB David Fitzsimmons The Arizona Star

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Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old, Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old, Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old, Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old, Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old, Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old, Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old . . .

Homophobia Bill Day Cagle Cartoons

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Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old, Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old, Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old, Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old, Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old.

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

“Hate of other people is really displaced hate of oneself.”—Social psychologist Arie Kruglanski, a professor at the University of Maryland

“People are afraid, and when people are afraid, when their pie is shrinking, they look for somebody to hate. They look for somebody to blame. And a real leader speaks to anxiety and to fear and allays those fears, assuages anxiety.”Henry Louis Gates

 “This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”Dwight D. Eisenhower

 “If the House of Representatives had a solitary moral fiber, even a wisp of human empathy, we would spend moments not in silence, but screaming at painful volume the names of the 49 whose bodies were ripped apart in Orlando, and the previous victims and the ones before them. We’d invite parents and partners and siblings up from Orlando, and ask them to speak, openly, rawly, honestly about their pain. We’d listen. And maybe, just maybe, we’d hear.”Jim Himes, a Democrat, represents Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House [1]

Orlando LGBT Flag Rayma Suprani CagleCartoons com

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REFERENCES

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/orlando-shooting/victims/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_victims-graphic-410pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/an-assault-on-our-values/2016/06/13/a0eadc98-31ae-11e6-8758-d58e76e11b12_story.html?tid=pm_pop_b

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/assault-weapons-must-be-banned/2016/06/13/0d6a58f4-3195-11e6-8ff7-7b6c1998b7a0_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-b%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/06/14/obama-lashes-out-on-loose-talk-on-terrorism-islam/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_obama-115pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/14/why-i-walked-out-of-the-houses-moment-of-silence-for-orlando/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory [1]

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/health/orlando-shooting-acts-of-kindness-trnd/index.html

http://www.salon.com/2016/06/13/american_crime_maybe_omar_mateen_used_radical_islam_as_an_excuse_but_his_heinous_actions_are_all_too_familiar/

http://www.salon.com/2016/06/14/watch_morning_joe_panel_declares_trumps_treasonous_remarks_about_obama_should_disqualify_him_for_presidency/

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/06/13/trump_obama_might_be_isis_sympathizer.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/06/14/inside-the-hate-filled-mind-of-a-mass-murderer/?hpid=hp_no-name_flahate-645pm_1%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

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