Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

I will admit that in the first 20 to 30 minutes of last night’s debate, Donald Trump almost seemed like a sane and thoughtful person.  It appeared that maybe, just maybe, he would be able to actually participate in a debate without looking like a fool.

Then, Hillary Clinton made a small comment.  She said: …”he borrowed 14 million dollars from daddy”.  During all of the debates I spent time listening to the speaker but watching the other candidate respond on the split screen.  At that comment, the pumpkin colored man turned into a tomato.

From that moment on, Trump went downhill fast.  His true temperament came out very quickly.  The accusations came fast and furious, and the interruptions were almost non-stop. One outlet did a count and said Trump interrupted Clinton 64 times during the debate, most of them after that comment.

Trump also proved he has no respect for our democracy.  Wallace asked point-blank if he would accept the outcome of the election.  He said he would look at it at the time and further stated “I will keep you in suspense on that”.

Wallace even went on to explain what that meant and gave him another chance to change his answer.  He refused to take the “hint” from Wallace.  Jaws dropped all across America.  Everyone, Republican, Democratic, Independent, Conservative and Liberal all condemned that comment.

In our entire history, this has never been a problem, and no one ever made a comment like that.  We have had some very close elections, even some recounts of votes, yet in the end the loser has always graciously conceded to the winner.  No one every hinted they wouldn’t accept the results before the election was even held.  This isn’t about being a good sport, this is about the very fabric of our democracy.

A half hour before the debate started, Mike Pence, his running mate, specifically said that “they would accept the results of the race.”  After the debate, he waffled big time on that comment.  Meaning Pence is not that “stable, calm, principled” man everyone tries to make him out to be.  Rather he is nothing but a lap dog for Trump in the name of power.

I have to admit, I agree with the vast majority of politicians and pundits that comment is a disqualifying comment.  But to me, that was not the only disqualifying comment.

Trump was challenged about the cyber attacks our country has suffered from Russia.  All of our experts including 17 agencies who have been working on this matter have all said the hacks were done by Russia at the government level.

But his bromance with Putin just won’t let him accept that fact.  He went on again about how “no one in America knows who did the hack”.  Remember that during the primaries he bragged about how he had met and liked Putin.

Now he is claiming he “doesn’t know” Putin at all.  He is saying that to try to put some distance between the two, but he keeps praising Putin and last night he even praised Assad of Syria.

By the way, Trump keeps saying that Russia “is bombing the hell out of ISIS”.  Only they aren’t.  They are bombing the hell out of Aleppo.  Aleppo is not an ISIS stronghold, it is the stronghold of the rebels who started the insurgency against Assad.  He really should get his facts straight.

When he was asked about Social Security and Medicare he totally disregarded the question and never answered it.  He kept talking about his massive tax breaks for the wealthy and how that would magically make the economy grow unbelievably.

When Clinton answered the question he came out this his “she’s a nasty woman” comment.  That was almost stunning by itself.  Especially the timing.  How does talking about how she would work to support Social Security and Medicare make her a “nasty woman”?

He keeps trying to sound like he knows all about war.  He keeps saying that we announce we are going to attack somewhere and that is “stupid”.  It is obvious that he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

Yes, there have months of talk about attacking Mosul.  That is a strategic move.  The obvious point is to get ISIS out of the city without having to fight a street-by-street and house-by-house battle.  That would disastrous for both the fighters and civilians.

If we can get ISIS to leave, we could more easily attack them on the road out of the city where civilian casualties wouldn’t be in jeopardy as much.  Trump just doesn’t know anything about anything except how to avoid paying taxes.

The one issue that no one is talking about in the immigration debate is how is Donald Trump going to “deport” 11 million undocumented immigrants?  In order to make sure that you are deporting the correct people, we will need some kind of “papers” to prove you are a citizen or here legally.

When is someone going to ask Trump if he favors national ID cards or papers?  We don’t have such things in our country.  But without such a national ID card or papers you will never know which immigrants are undocumented or not.  Especially if you are also going to deport those Europeans who have overextended their visas.

A bunch of Republicans claim that during the three debates Donald Trump figured out a way to self-destruct.  I don’t buy that theory.  Donald Trump will always self-destruct because he cannot focus on anything for more than 10 minutes.

For someone running to be our next President, that is a very scary thing.  How can we trust someone who cannot focus for more than 10 minutes?  The other question you need to ask yourself is how can you vote for someone who refuses to actually “prepare” for something like a debate?

If a candidate won’t sit down and prepare for a debate to convince us to vote for him, how can we trust him to prepare for decisions that affect us, our children, our grandchildren, and even the entire world?

If you refuse to study and prepare you shoot from the hip.  That is the last thing we need from someone who is our Commander in Chief with their finger on our nuclear button.

When he first announced his candidacy, everyone thought it was nothing but a publicity stunt.  Problem is that it still looks like a publicity stunt.  I don’t know what he is thinking.  No one knows what he is thinking.  He cannot express himself coherently.

Here I want to give a lot of credit to Mike Wallace.  He did an excellent job moderating the debate.  His questions were very good.  He tried to keep both candidates on topic.  He even fact checked both candidates.  I was pleased how Wallace handled himself.  He was excellent.

After everything is said and done, one thing is certain at this point.  Whenever Trump does or says something that causes his poll numbers to plummet, he blames everyone but himself.  He is still claiming “massive” voting fraud which is false.

It would be easy to say that Donald Trump would be the least qualified and worst President in our history.  Unfortunately, that are the nice things to say about a Trump Presidency.  He would also be the most dangerous President we have ever had.

There are 19 day before it is all over.  Regardless of you opinions of the candidates, I only ask one thing from everyone.  Vote!  Voting is the most important duty each citizen has.  There are millions of men and women defending our country.  If you really want to “thank a vet” – vote.  That is what they are defending for you.  Go to the polls and cast ballot.






Read Full Post »

There are a lot of rumblings going on in the Republican Party.  The rumblings are supposed to be because of Donald Trump.  But, that is only partly true.  The rumblings we see spilling over in public have been going on for years inside the party.  The only thing Trump has done is bring them into the open.

From the time Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican President in 1860 right up through the early 1960s, the Republican Party was actually the one that fought for civil rights.  They were the driving force behind the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in the 1960s.

Remember, it was a Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower who sent the army into Little Rock, AK to ensure the safety of African-American children when they first entered an all white school.  These small children were hounded and threatened by white people as they tried to simply go to school.

As the civil rights movement gained strength, it was Republicans in Congress who were on their side.  Lyndon Johnson could not have gotten the Civil Rights Bill or the Voting Rights Bill passed Congress without the help of Republicans.

Right after he signed the bill, Johnson reportedly told someone behind him “I have just lost the South for a generation”.  That was because he knew the so-called Dixiecrats, Democrats with racist views, would create a huge backlash against the Democrats.

In 1968, Richard Nixon took advantage of that schism in the Democratic Party.  He came up with his “Southern Strategy” which relied on getting the Dixiecrats to switch parties and support him for President.  It worked and he became President in 1969.

The Republican Party has been using “code words” and “code strategy” ever since to keep power for as long as they could.  Then, in 2008 the unthinkable happened.  An African-American Man became President.

Over the years, the Republican Party had been partnered with a group that calls themselves “Conservative Christians”.  They merged religion and politics as much as they could.  Problem is this group is anything but Christian.  In my mind, it is impossible to be a Christian and a Conservative.  Christianity is a religion based on revolution and change.  Conservatism is based on “status quo”.

These so-called “Conservative Christians” are really the white supremacists that were against the Civil Rights laws that were passed in the 1960s.  They are the people who were in favor of Jim Crow laws and very huge supporters of George Wallace in 1968.

They simply changed their open racist language to “code speech”.  When Barak Obama became President, pace makers stopped.  In 2010 they politicized their hatred even more and formed something called the “Tea Party Movement”.

There was no doubt from the rhetoric that what they really wanted was to figure out a way to get rid of the “black man in the White House” anyway they could.  Since the GOP was very active in gerrymandering Congressional Districts in many states” these haters had a huge election victory of sorts and they formed a large minority caucus in the House of Representatives.

That was when all government functions came to an end.  Since this so-called “Freedom Caucus” came to be, the House became dysfunctional in incapable of doing their job.  I call it so-called because the only “Freedom” these people want is the freedom to tell you and me how to live our lives.

The party waged war within the Republican Party for five years.  Then Donald Trump announced he was running for President.  The problem for the Republican Party was that Donald Trump didn’t care about the party, he only cared about himself.

So, he openly said what the “Freedom Caucus” and the Republican Party in general was saying in “code speech”.  The racism that has fed the Republican Party since Richard Nixon suddenly came to the forefront.  But it didn’t stop there.

He went on to attack women openly, including that disgusting tape released last Friday.  He went after Muslims and basically said they were all terrorists and needed to be watched if not rounded up.  He proposed a total ban on Muslims from immigrating to our country.

He proposed a “religious test” on our immigration practices.  He keeps talking about his infamous wall to keep those “rapists and criminals” from Mexico from crossing the border and killing us all in our sleep.

All of this has been being said for about 16 months.  Since that fateful day he came down that ugly escalator in Trump Tower and announced his candidacy for President we have suffered through this mess.

The Republican Party did nothing to stop him.  The other candidates refused to let the world see what a racist and xenophobe he really is and he cast them off one by one.  Now this dictator wanna-be is actually the nominee of their party.

And, one by one the rats are abandoning ship.  Meaning that Trump will get even worse than he has been.  The last four weeks of this election is not going to be a mud-fest, it is going directly into the sewer and Trump is taking it there.

Trump isn’t satisfied with just attacking Clinton.  Now he feels free to go after his own party leaders.  Today, he has basically declared war on Paul Ryan.  This is going get worse and worse.

The problem is, the Republican Party has brought this upon themselves.  Their “code speech” for the last 40 years and divisive language against minorities, like the “welfare queen” rants from Reagan, to today’s open racism from Trump has resulted in this “civil war” within the party.

Before the Republican Party became a reality, the Whig party was the big thing.  That party disintegrated because it was infiltrated by the Know Nothing Party.  The stupidity and anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant stance of the Know Nothing Party made the Whigs disposable.  The party fell apart.

Today, the Tea Party is making the Republican Party meaningless.  Maybe if Trump can really destroy this version of the party, the real Republicans will pull themselves together and a valid second party will emerge.

Donald Trump’s candidacy is the direct result of the Republican Party and their policies for the last 40 years.  Richard Nixon laid the groundwork for this mess of a political party.

When a political party is based on the policy of hate and divisiveness, government stops functioning and opens the door for authoritarian rule.  It never happens quickly.  But it usually becomes inevitable.

Read Full Post »

Last night’s debate was nothing short of looking at a raving lunatic trying to debate a normal person.  I know that is going to piss off some people, but Donald Trump looked like a raving lunatic trying to intimidate his opponent instead of debating her.

The optics were absolutely horrible.  While Clinton was speaking, he was stalking her around the stage.  I am not sure what he was trying to do.  But, having him lurking right behind her all night scowling like some kind of spoiled 4-year-old brat was really a stupid idea.

Maybe that was because he didn’t have anything to say.  When he was confronted with his comments released on Friday, he refused to admit that he was bragging about sexually assaulting women.  He claimed “you didn’t understand what I was saying”.  No, I do understand what you were saying.  You were bragging that you could sexually assault women and get away with it because you are a “star”.

Donald Trump thinks that the American people are so stupid that he can make any claim he wants and they will believe him because he keeps saying “believe me”.  Well they don’t believe him and he is in real trouble trying to win any of the battleground states.

The spot polls say the Clinton won the debate last night even though the Trump campaign keep trying to claim victory.  I guess since he didn’t try to grab Clinton by her genitals that is a victory.

Then we have the scary part where he said he would join forces with Assad, Putin and Iran to fight ISIS.  He claims that Russia is bombing ISIS when in fact they are bombing the rebels in Aleppo.

I defy anyone on the right to defend the idea we should support Assad, Russia and Iran.  Nothing shows Trump’s global view better than that statement alone.  He is willing to abandon NATO because he thinks it is obsolete, but he is willing to support dictatorships.

The very idea of dictatorship in this country came up when he claimed that “If I was President you would be in jail.”  I haven’t heard that in many years and never in this country.  That is the kind of thing dictators do not Presidents.  As some have said that comment is totally “Banana Republic” talk.

I guess we will also hear that he had a bad mic again since he was sniffling all night again.  Is Donald Trump suffering from a cold or is he crying about his disastrous campaign?

During the debate he even went out of his way to throw his running mate under the bus.  Instead of talking about Syria and even saying that “I and Mike will sit down and discuss this because we do have minor disagreements about how to proceed in Syria,” he said “we haven’t spoken and I disagree.

About the only thing that Donald Trump was very good at last night was hurling innuendos and avoiding “answering” the questions that were asked of him.  What new?

I really don’t know how to describe Donald Trump anymore.  He keeps losing his cool and speaks like someone who doesn’t think.  To put it plainly if Donald Trump had one more brain cell, it would die from loneliness.

We have 29 days until the election.  That means we have 29 days of mud and sewer talk from Donald Trump.  The man simply cannot help himself.  The very idea that he could even have a remote possibility of becoming President is very scary.  We cannot let him get anywhere near the White House.

Breaking news:  As I was writing this I heard a report that Paul Ryan released a statement that said he would no longer defend Trump and will put all of his energy on helping to keep the House.  But, he still hasn’t pulled his endorsement.

Still, the rats are abandoning ship.


Read Full Post »

On Sunday we will have the second Presidential debate.  The media is all abuzz with the latest Trump tapes showing just how lewd he really is.  But I am not going to talk about that right now.

With the start of tomorrow’s debate I want you to remember two numbers.  70 and 55.  Those are the two important numbers in this election but the Republicans only want to talk one of them.

That was evident today at Paul Ryan’s rally in Wisconsin.  He claimed that 70 percent of the American people believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.  According to the polls that is correct.  But, also according to the polls President Obama’s approval rating, meaning if the people like the job he is doing, is at 55 percent.

Now the political pundits claim that is an anomaly that they cannot explain.  That is because they always believe that the President’s approval rating should be tied to the direction of the country numbers.  And, in most cases it is.

But, this isn’t normal times.  This is a period of time when one party has obstructed everything that came before them if the President’s name or support was attached to it.

People claim that they love Donald Trump because he is talking about fixing our problems.  Like immigration, the border security, and infrastructure.  Problem is that we could already be working on solving those problems if not for the Republican Party’s obstructionism.

Because of the Republican in Congress, the growth of our recovery has been purposefully held down.  Employment has been purposefully held down.  Repairs to our infrastructure has been stopped.  Border security has been hampered.  And immigration reform has been stopped.

This isn’t the fault of the administration or President Obama, it is the direct fault of the Republican Party especially in the House of Representatives.  They have made it their business not to do any business that would make your lives better.

I am going to list thee bills that the President wanted passed that did not get passed.  The Transportation and Infrastructure Bill.  The Immigration Reform Bill.  The Equal Pay for Equal Work Bill.

Let’s now look at each of them.  The Transportation and Infrastructure Bill was intended to repair our roads, rail systems, airports, electrical grid, water distribution, and much more.  It would have created millions of well-paying long-lasting jobs for the American people.

The jobs this bill would have created would have lasted for decades.  These projects would not be done overnight.  As a result, there would be more employment, higher revenue flowing into the Federal Coffers due to more people paying taxes and more jobs in other industries.

The last part would be caused by the people working on our infrastructure making money they would spend on other items meaning manufacturing could also come back to keep up with demand.

With increased revenue coming in we could balance our budget and pay off our debt.  All things that would be good for the country and many Americans.  Reliance on the social safety net would be reduced thus reducing the amount of money needed to keep the afloat.

The Immigration Reform Bill would have completely overhauled our immigration system.  It would have also given more money and personnel to secure our borders better.  As a result, undocumented immigration would be severely decreased.  Also, it would have made E-Verify the law of the land and every employer would have had to abide by it.

That means employers would not be able to hire undocumented immigrants to keep wages below minimum wage.  That is what has been happening.  If employers were required to use E-Verify they would have a harder time employing undocumented immigrants.

The Equal Pay for Equal Work would have meant that employers would have had to pay the same salary to everyone doing the same job regardless of sex.  Today, women make about 75 cents per dollar of men working in the same job doing the same work.

Again, this bill would have increased tax revenues to the government because these women would be paying more taxes than they do now.  It also would mean that women, who are becoming more and more the significant bread-winner in households would be able to support their families without the help of the social safety nets.

Besides these three bills, the administration has been pushing to raise the minimum wage.  Raising the minimum wage would take about 10 million off of the social safety nets according to most economists.  People working full-time would actually make a living wage.

All of these bills were stopped by the Republican Controlled House of Representatives.  The Immigration Reform Bill was a bi-partisan bill that easily passed the Senate.  Then speaker John Boehner put it in a drawer and is has remained there.

All three of these bills would have made life better for millions of Americans.  The Transportation and Infrastructure Bill would have reduced the unemployment faster and earlier if it had passed.  Again, the House of Representatives put it in a drawer.

So you see, the direction of the country would have been much better, and the polls would show a positive number for the direction of the country if Republicans had actually done the job they were sent to Washington to do.

I believe that the President’s approval rating is very positive because the American people know he has done everything he could.  I believe the direction of the country numbers are so low because the American people know that Republicans in Congress has stopped things that would have helped.

When Republicans say that 7 out of 10 Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction, they should look in the mirror.  The Congress which they control has an approval rating around 20 percent.

Paul Ryan keeps touting the Republican Policy that he unveiled.  My question to him is why hasn’t he tried to implement it?  His party has controlled the House for six years and in those six years it has been the least productive Congress in our history with each Congress getting worse than the one before.

If he really believes in his plan, why hasn’t he put forth bills to make it a reality?  Even if the President vetoed his plan, he could always override the veto.  But, no, he hasn’t put forth one bill to implement anything in his “policy” pamphlet.  Why?  Because it is all garbage and doesn’t mean anything.

Republicans try to make you believe that all bills must come from the President.  That is a lie.  Most bills come from Congress.  The Republican controlled Congress hasn’t passed a single meaningful bill in over six years.

Don’t you think there is something wrong with Republicans when you consider that when Democrats are in control of Congress they pass lots of bills regardless of who is President?  Maybe that is because they understand that is their job.

Let’s face reality.  Using Ryan’s own words, the biggest “takers” in America are Republicans in Congress.  They sit in the chamber taking their paychecks and do nothing to pass meaningful bills to improve our lot.  I guess the Republican idea of work is running for office.  Once you get in, you can take a two-year vacation and do nothing.

I believe this explains the conundrum of why 70 percent think the country is heading in the wrong direction yet 55 percent believe the President is doing a good job.  Their dissatisfaction is really on Republicans in Congress.

Read Full Post »

I am really astounded.  I don’t even know where to begin.  Today, Donald Trump showed us what sleaze really is.  He has no understanding of morality, dignity, or manhood.

I am not just talking about the lewd comments he made on that now infamous tape from Access Hollywood.  I am talking about the whole day and how he made a fool of himself time after time.

Earlier today, he announced to the world that “illegal immigrants” are flooding over the border just to vote for Hillary Clinton.  I wonder if this “man” even knows how to think in a reasonable manner.

First of all, undocumented immigrants cannot vote.  They cannot even register to vote because they don’t have the citizenship papers need to register to vote.  So, this is nothing more than another scare tactic and an anti-immigrant, more specifically anti-Mexican rant.

In case anyone is wondering or doesn’t know, it takes 5 years after receiving a “green card” before an immigrant can even apply for citizenship.  Is Donald Trump suggesting that the people who work at the polls don’t know how to do their job and deny a vote to undocumented immigrants?  Is he suggesting that they are deliberately not doing their job?  Just what is he trying to say here?

Then he went off on the Central Park Five again.  I don’t even know why he went there.  In case you forgot, 5 teenagers were accused of beating and raping a woman jogging in Central Park in 1989.  After hours of interrogation, they cracked and confessed.  They were found guilty of the crime and sentenced to jail.

Several years later, another person confessed to the crime and DNA evidence proved that the so-called Central Park Five were innocent and they were released from jail.  When they were convicted, Trump took out a full-page ad in the newspapers and demanded that the death penalty be reinstated.

After the 5 were released and sued the city, they were awarded millions of dollars in compensation.  Trump called it the “biggest heist” in the city’s history.  For some sick reason today he continued to claim that the 5 were guilty and should be in jail.

Evidence and science be damned.  Trump claims they are guilty therefore they are guilty.

Then tonight the Washington Post released a lewd tape of Trump making really bad comments and “bragging” about how he can sexually assault women because he is famous.  I am not going to get into detail and give him any more print to these vulgar comments here.  But Trump said “I apologize if these comments offended anybody”.

IF?  IF THESE COMMENTS OFFENDED ANYBODY?  Sorry, but I cannot think of anyone who wouldn’t be offended by these comments.  But, then there are those phony Christian conservatives who love Donald Trump.

Ralph Reed, the chairman of the faith and Freedom Coalition and a member of Trump’s religious advisory board said:

I’ve listened to the tape, my view is that people of faith are voting on issues like who will protect unborn life, defend religious freedom, create jobs, and oppose the Iran nuclear deal.  I think a 10-year-old tape of a private conversation with a TV talk show host ranks pretty low on their hierarchy of concerns.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, another Trump supporter, told BuzzFeed he isn’t concerned with sharing “values” with the GOP nominee.

“My personal support for Donald Trump has never been based upon shared values, it is based upon shared concerns about issues such as: justices on the Supreme Court that ignore the constitution, America’s continued vulnerability to Islamic terrorists and the systematic attack on religious liberty that we’ve seen in the last 7 1/2 years,” he said in an email.

There are more, but that gives you an idea why I keep saying these Christian Conservatives are anything but Christian.  This man is running to be our President.  The leader of our country, and of the free world.  And these Christians aren’t concerned about voting for him after he brags about sexually assaulting women?

Meanwhile, Russell Moore, who heads the Southern Baptist Commission’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, tweeted out that the audio undergirds his long-held concerns about Trump. And he posted a statement he’d released more than a year ago explaining his opposition to Trump.

“In the 1990s, some of these social conservatives argued that ‘If Bill Clinton’s wife can’t trust him, neither can we.  If character matters, character matters. Today’s evangelicals should ask, ‘Whatever happened to our commitment to ‘traditional family values’?”

The fallout has been drastic.  But, all of the fallout has been over the tape and does not include the other offensive comments about immigrants and the Central Park Five.

Trump and Pence were supposed to appear tomorrow with Ryan and Priebus.  Ryan said Trump would not be there.  Trump said he would be with Priebus to “prepare” for Sunday’s debate.  There have even been calls for Trump to resign his nomination.

There have been a lot of accusations and innuendos about Hillary Clinton ranging from emails to Benghazi.  Nothing has come out of the various “investigations” that showed any “wrong-doing” or criminal activity.  When Republicans say Clinton “broke the law” by using a private server, she didn’t.  There was no law about using a private server when she was Secretary of State.  I am not sure there is a law about that even still.

You can believe what you want about Hillary Clinton.  However, these issues surrounding Trump, his Foundation using pay-for-play by making political donations and its self dealing for purchasing items using Foundation money for Trump’s personal use are proven and illegal.

The comments he has made about people with physical disabilities and especially women are real, repulsive and on tape.  All of his comments about Mexico sending us their “rapists and criminals” are real and on tape.

His wanting to stop all immigration to Muslims is real and on tape.  His idea of “extreme vetting” including “religious tests” are real and on tape.  The man has no principles except serving himself.

I hate to do this, but to use his own words, the man is a pig.  If anyone can still support this bozo, I feel sorry for you.  You must be a person who looks in the mirror and sees no reflection.  There is no other reason anyone can support this man except for the racists, white supremacists, nativists, homophobes, xenophobes, and hate mongers.

This is NOT what America is about.  There are many forms of torture.  Donald Trump actually being the Republican Nominee is torture for our country.  We better wake up before it is too late for everyone.


Read Full Post »

I hate to say this, but if people in Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina die from Hurricane Matthew because they failed to follow safety recommendations, some of the fault will lay at the feet of some conservative idiots who are trying to make points off of this disaster.

That may seem like a harsh statement, but I have lots of experience with hurricanes and I know that this has nothing to do with politics.  This is a life and death situation.  There has already been over 500 people killed in this hurricane, and it is possible that more will be added to that count.

But, that doesn’t stop the self-absorbed idiots from screaming about conspiracies.  On Thursday, Limbaugh on his show said that the government was inflating the danger.  He said it was a left-wing conspiracy so they can “hype global warming”.

He further said that everything was just fine.  After all, his house “was hit by Hurricane Wilma in 2004 and it survived just fine.”  So, see you don’t have to worry about a Category 4 hurricane or 7-11 foot storm surge or the 130 MPH winds.  His house was hit by a Category 1 hurricane and everything is just fine.

Matt Drudge went even further.  He claimed that there was no proof of the accuracy of the warnings and that the National Weather Service had a monopoly on the data.  And, while the National Hurricane Center was saying that severe winds would hit the Florida coast within hours, he was tweeting that the storm was “fizzling out”.

I don’t really give a shit what Limbaugh or Drudge think about climate change.  They are both self-absorbed idiots who don’t give a shit about anyone but themselves.  What I do care about is that they do have a following and they are placing many people in danger that they don’t have to be in.

That it totally irresponsible.  I am a veteran of disaster relief work.  I have seen Category 1 Hurricanes kill hundreds of people and cause billions of dollars in damage.  This storm is bigger than Katrina and Sandy and look what they did.  We have been fortunate so far because it hasn’t fully come ashore.  If it did, the damage would be far worse.

This is a very serious and dangerous storm.  It is one of the worst I have seen.  If you don’t take the warnings seriously, you are placing yourself and your family in danger.  Especially if you live along the coast.

I  am strongly urging people who live along the coast in northern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina to make sure you get out.  Evacuation orders have been issued, and if you are still in the evacuation areas, you need to leave immediately.

It is possible that the storm could change course again and save your property.  But it is just as possible it could hit you head on.  The potential storm surge is one of the highest I have ever seen.  And, that is the biggest danger people along the coast face.

If an 11 foot storm surge does strike, it will flood the entire first floor of your house.  If you don’t have a second floor, you will be either trying to get into your attic or you will potentially drown.  I am not exaggerating either.  That is assuming the storm surge doesn’t simply wash your house way.

Please, everyone in the path of this deadly storm, listen to the experts and not self-absorbed idiots who don’t care about you.  Don’t be a statistic, be a survivor.  Hopefully it won’t get that bad, but if you are betting on that, remember you are betting with your life.  That is not a bet I want you to lose.

Let us allow the relief workers to come in after the storm and help you rebuild.  Not look for victims.

Read Full Post »

I will admit that tonight’s debate between the two VPs was a bit better than I thought it would be.  However, it wasn’t anything to write home about either.  Both men had good points and both men had bad points.  Both interrupted each other, and Kaine interrupted more than Pence.

As I sat and watched, my wife blurted out, “why doesn’t Pence answer any of the questions he is asked?”  My wife is not a political wonk like I am.  She listens when it is election time, but doesn’t necessarily follow politics every day.  Still, even she noticed that Pence had a penchant of not answering the questions he was asked.

I was about to give an answer when she blurted out “is it because he is a Republican?  They never seem to answer questions on any show or at any debate.”  I think that pretty sums up an amateurs view of the debate.

When it came to appearance, I have to give the edge to Pence.  He seemed a bit calmer than Kaine.  At times I thought Kaine was on way too much coffee or those energy drinks filled with caffeine.

There was way to much talking over each other and the moderator all night.  It made it difficult to even hear what they were saying.  It did calm down a bit as the night went on, but it was a problem for me all night.

There are two things about Pence that needs to be pointed out.  The first point is that Pence kept saying “he never said that” or “I never said that” when the whole world knows they did say that.

For example, Pence said that “unquestionably Putin has been a better leader for his country than Obama has been for our country”.  That is on tape and Pence tried to distance himself from his own quote.

The one time that Pence made a good hit was when he brought up the “basket of deplorables” comment made by Clinton.  Unfortunately, Kaine was able to answer with the fact that Clinton apologized for the comments.  Then he asked if Trump has ever apologized for any of his insulting comments.  Pence never answered.

The most disturbing thing to me was when Pence was talking about Syria and “safe zone” protection and what to do about Aleppo.  He made a comment that we should be willing to face down Russia “militarily”.  That is scary.  Is he suggesting that we start World War III over Syria?

The other blunder to me was when he was asked what he would do if North Korea fired a missile at the United States.  He said the “first thing is to rebuild our military”.  Isn’t it a bit late to “rebuild our military” after a missile is fired at us?  He either was too intent on sticking to his talking points or he didn’t understand the question.

The simple fact that Pence kept saying “he never said that” will give the Clinton camp plenty of clips for upcoming ads.  They will be able to go after both Pence and Trump with this issue.

The second point is that Pence did not “defend” Donald Trump all that much.  There were a lot of times when he needed to defend Trump he deflected the question and went on to something else.

This is supposed to be Trump’s running mate and his right hand man.  Yet, he refused to show total loyalty to his top of the ticket candidate.  There were times I thought he was actually interviewing with the right-wing of the party for a future run as President rather than trying to help win this election.

The moderator was absolutely terrible.  Not in the way she asked the questions or tried to keep control which was difficult at best, but rather in the haphazard way the questions were asked.  It was almost like she was using an alphabetic list of questions rather than trying to tie everything together.

For example there was a lot of discussion about Russia and then later in the debate, she finally actually asked a question about Russia.  That should have come up when the candidates brought up Russia and not wait for it to hit the alphabetic list.

The poor “ranking” of asking questions aided to the disjointed manner of the debate.  There was no cohesion and no rhythm to the questioning which made things worse.

I came to the conclusion that neither candidate was too interested in the Independent Voter.  Both candidates seemed to be trying to ramp up their bases.  I think that could have been because neither believed that a whole lot of people was going to be watching.

Many of the issues I wanted to see brought up were never brought up.  For example, Pence is one of the staunchest anti-LGBT people in the country but Kaine never hit him on that issue.  Too much was left out and that is a real shame.

My overall opinion is that stylishly Pence won the debate.  However, on content Kaine won the debate.  In the end, Clinton’s campaign will get more points out of the debate to hit Trump with than the other way around.  That could be the real deciding fact.

The next Presidential debate is Sunday.  Problem is that over the weekend Hurricane Matthew is due to hit the southeast all the way up to Virginia.  Unfortunately for the candidates, that story will dominate the headlines more than the campaign.

With that in mind, it is to the benefit of the one leading when the hurricane hits.  But maybe we will get lucky and the hurricane will stay off shore more and not affect the country very much.

To me this was more of a draw than anyone winning.  Regardless of what you think, I don’t see this debate moving the needle very much.  Now we have to wait and see if Trump can put his foot in his mouth again and subtract any thought that Pence won.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »