White noise

About 20 years ago we were vacationing in Charleston, SC. I had rented a suite for my family in one of those quaint, old inn’s right on Market Street. To help cancel out all the activity occurring outside our window at 2 am by drunk college kids the inn provided us with a Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Machine and my life has never been the same since.

When I got home I ordered one from Hammer Schlemmer, back then the only place that sold them, for $80.00. Now you can buy one at Walmart for $45.00. The problem I have discovered with this little device is once you have it you can’t sleep without it. I liken it to being addicted to crack-cocaine so wherever I travel my Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Machine travels as well.

But this isn’t the kind of white noise I want to write about, this is; “So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”- Trump

“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of Communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own Country, they’re calling the guards along our Border (the Border Patrol Agents) Concentration Camp Guards, they accuse people who support Israel as doing it for the Benjamin’s they are Anti-Semitic, they are Anti-America, we don’t need to know anything about them personally, talk about their policies. I think they are American citizens who are duly elected that are running on an agenda that is disgusting, that the American people will reject What does it mean for America to have free Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants, no criminalization of coming into our Country – See how that works for controlling Immigration! They talk about Israel like they’re a bunch of thugs, not victims of the entire region. They wanted to impeach President Trump on DAY ONE. Make them the face of the future of the Democrat Party, you will destroy the Democrat Party. Their policies will destroy our Country!” –Lindsey Graham

Just so there is no confusion about who the “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” and “AOC and this crowd” are let me help you;

  1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: American
  2. Ilhan Omar: Somali-American
  3. Ayanna Pressley: American
  4. Rashida Tlaib: American

I suggest you Google these women and learn their stories. What you will discover is stories of survival and struggle. Stories of self-sufficiency, reliance and support. Stories of character, and identity. Stories of hope. Stories Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham simply can’t relate too.

Other than being female and members of the House of Representative what else do these women have in common? They aren’t blond and blue-eyed like The Donald’s prized possession, Ivanka Trump. Yes, these are women of color, women with strange and foreign sounding names, women who make old white men uncomfortable because they have an opinion and they voice their opinion. So what do old white men call them? They know better than to call them Coons, or Spiks or Towel Heads in public, they save that for the golf course, but Anti-American is okay but Communist is even better. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the new and improved white noise of America, a noise that has been in existence for 250 years but has a new voice, a new edge and a new urgency because the old white men of this country know that their days of ruling are coming to a bitter end.

I called Lindsey Graham’s office in Greenville. I asked the lady that answered the phone if I could speak with someone that could tell me what has happened to Senator Graham. Why has he changed? The lady responded with these words “I am sorry sir, we don’t know.” I said, “You don’t know why he is acting like this?” and she said, “No sir, I am sorry we don’t. Senator Graham doesn’t come to Greenville much anymore.” So I asked her who should I call to find out what the heck is wrong with him and she suggested I call his Washington office, “Maybe they can tell you what is going on with him.”

I know what is going on with him, white noise, scared noise.

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A conversation with an old white guy

I like talking to people. I like hearing their stories and everyone has a story.

There is a restaurant in my community, a soul food place as it is called that I like to eat at. It’s not close to my office but when I am in the area I stop by for fried chicken, collards, black-eyed peas, fried okra, and cornbread. Yes it good but I can’t afford to eat there often, not money, waistband.

This restaurant has been around for a while. It is owned by a black family whose matriarch opened the doors 30+ years ago and is now run by her son. It attracts a diverse clientele, black, white, rich, poor, powerful, and the common.

There is a community table that I sit at if I come alone. Over the years I have met some interesting people and have had some even more interesting and sometimes surprising conversations. Tuesday was one of those surprising conversations.

It was early, 11:30 but I rationalized, it wasn’t a hard sale, that I was close, haven’t eaten there in a while and had earned all of the aforementioned delicacies plus a bowl of banana pudding. The community table was empty save for one old white man wearing a Korean War veterans baseball cap.

I sat across from Jeff and introduced myself. After serving in Korea he returned to his job in the textile mill his family had worked in for two generations. I can’t remember if he said he was 85 or 86 but the mill closed when he was in his mid-fifties and then he worked for the school district for 15 years as a custodian.

Jeff asked what I did for a living and I told him that I worked for a non-profit in the affordable housing sector. Jeff looked at me with a sour look on his face and said, “So you take my money to pay other people’s rent.” I wasn’t sure how to respond so I tried a soft approach, “We help people that would be homeless live in a home.” “So welfare”, was his reply, “using my money?”. All I could say was, “Jeff, I guess that is one short-sighted way of looking at it.”

At this point in the conversation I was just going to focus on my wonderful food eyeballing the banana pudding when Jeff said, “I bet you voted for Crooked Hillary.” I grinned and said “Jeff I don’t even have to ask who you voted for so let me ask you, why would you vote for that immoral piece of shit” Jeff bowed-up, well bowed-up as much as an 80+ year old can and said “That’s the President of the United Stated you are talking about.” I asked what that piece of shit had ever done for him and he went through the Trump list, economy, keeping “Mexican’s” (his word) out, trade, lowering taxes, Yada, Yada, Yada.

At this point Jeff was done eating and I had slid my banana pudding in front of me. I buried my spoon into the bowl and hoped Jeff would just move-on so I could enjoy this small pleasure alone. Instead he sat and stared at me like he was waiting for an apology so I put my spoon down and said, “Jeff, first I want to thank-you for your service to our country, something ‘your’ President was able to avoid because his Daddy had money. Second, I want you to tell me what your President has done to make your life better. Do you have more money? Do you pay less taxes? Have all of your stocks doubled in value? Were you worried about the ‘Mexicans’ taking over the country? Are your tired of buying cheap shit at Walmart made in China? Tell me Jeff, other than Trump being white, what has the piece of shit really done for you?”

I got to enjoy my banana pudding in peace after-all.

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Letter to my Senators – feel free to use

Oscar Ramirez

“We have people coming into the country or trying to come in, we’re stopping a lot of them, but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.” – Trump 5-15-18

Senator, when you are sitting in the nursing home with a Latin-American caregiver spoon feeding you apple sauce, wiping the slobber off your face and changing your diaper this image STILL WON’T BE THE DEMOCRATS FAULT, IT’S YOURS. It’s yours because you allowed an immoral, corrupt, and decadent man with no sense of compassion, empathy or Judeo-Christian ethics or values to operate without any repercussions, consequences or oversight.

Just as the image of the “Napalm girl” defined Johnson & Nixon’s connection to the Vietnam War this tragic image will define yours and Trump’s callous immigration position for generations to come. When my grandchildren see this picture of Oscar Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria in their history books I will tell them that my representatives, you, did nothing to prevent it from happening. Your response to this tragedy was a curt Tweet, and an appearance on Fox News to blame someone else.

Senator, when Jesus ask you, “Why didn’t you do something to prevent the deaths of My two children?” do you think, “It’s the Democrats fault” will be the answer He is looking for?

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This is Donald Trump’s fault, Mitch McConnell’s fault, Lindsey Graham’s fault, Kevin McCarthy’s fault, Mark Meadows’ fault, Jim Jordan’s fault……..

Oscar Ramirez

Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria drowned as they tried to cross from Mexico to the United States.

“We have people coming into the country or trying to come in, we’re stopping a lot of them, but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.” – Trump 5-15-18

 

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Deplorable Red Meat: Obama did it

Dear God

“President Obama made a desperate and terrible deal with Iran – Gave them 150 Billion Dollars plus I.8 Billion Dollars in CASH! Iran was in big trouble and he bailed them out. Gave them a free path to Nuclear Weapons, and SOON. Instead of saying thank you, Iran yelled Death to America. I terminated deal, which was not even ratified by Congress, and imposed strong sanctions. They are a much weakened nation today than at the beginning of my Presidency, when they were causing major problems throughout the Middle East. Now they are Bust. On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!” – Trump tweet 6-21-19

When historians review and document the failed legacy of a Donald J. Trump presidency the blame will rest squarely on The Donald’s shoulders. While his body rots away in his gold platted mausoleum in Mar-a-Lago, persevered only by decades of orange spray tans he will no longer be able to blame Obama, Hillary, Comey, the Deep State or anyone else for his ineptness, lack of intelligence or his inability to park his ego and work with people smarter than he is, and yes there are lots of people smarter than he is. I think it is safe to say that when Drump and his band of old, white-trash, Deplorables kick the bucket the overall IQ of this country will increase by 30%. His twitter account, like his shallow, worthless soul, will finally, and thankfully go dark and he won’t be able to blame anyone, everyone or anything ever again.

All of the flaws that I recognize, write about and point out today will become juicy, fat, morsels for scholars to pick through like gristle left on Pork Sparerib. Documents, and testimonies that Trump has spent millions upon millions of taxpayers dollars to shield from the light of day will create a road map and narrative of a conman, and grifter the likes this country has never seen and hopefully will never see again. A man who used the presidency to fill his and his families pockets while giving low class, God baiting, racist, intolerant, white people a glimmer of hope that they were more important than our democracy. They aren’t. That the color of their skin gave them privileges. It doesn’t. That they have more rights than others because their great-great-great grandfather snuck into this country on boat 150 years ago. They don’t.

The red baseball caps might remain as a novelty item to sale on eBay but the shame of wearing them will be to great for most to bear. The operative word here is most. Like the Southern dumb-assess who still celebrate their defeat in Civil War by waving the Confederate Flag, there will be MAGA dumb-asses who will go to their graves believing Trump was and remains the second coming of Christ. Maybe we will see Deplorable Support Groups pop-up in Baptist Churches to help former MAGA’s recover their pride and Christian beliefs once they finally realize that they were hoodwinked by a satanic charlatan. Maybe.

Evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, and Jerry Falwell, Jr., men who have sold their souls, and the souls of their brainless sheep, to prop-up and protect an immoral sub-human being like Trump for a few pieces of gold and Supreme Court seats will certainly enter their last days with regret, and angst. They will lie on their death beds, hopefully with their bodies covered in pus filled boils, toiling over the answers to the questions they know they will be asked by their very brown Lord and Savior beginning with, “How could you allow my children to be locked-up in cages?” I suspect the only answer the Pharisees will be able to come up with is, Obama did it.

“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” – James 4:17

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Hey Evangelicals-post your Bible verses that justify YOUR treatment of the migrant children in detention centers

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From NPR: 

More than 200 migrant children detained in a remote Border Patrol station in southwest Texas without adequate food, water and sanitation have been moved after news of the conditions became public last week.

“This morning, my office was informed that only 30 children remain in the Clint Border Patrol station in El Paso County,” Rep. Veronica Escobar tweeted Monday. She said that last week lawyers for Human Rights Watch had “found 255 children in beyond alarming conditions.”

A law professor who recently visited the facility, Warren Binford of Willamette University, described the conditions for children in an interview with NPR’s Lulu Garcia Navarro.

“Many of them are sleeping on concrete floors, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers. They are being given nothing but instant meals, Kool-Aid and cookies — many of them are sick. We are hearing that many of them are not sleeping. Almost all of them are incredibly sad and being traumatized. Many of them have not been given a shower for weeks. Many of them are not being allowed to brush their teeth except for maybe once every 10 days. They have no access to soap. It’s incredibly unsanitary conditions, and we’re very worried about the children’s health.”

News of the conditions at the Clint facility was first reported last week by The Associated Press based on initial interviews with Binford and other lawyers who were conducting inspections under the terms of the Flores settlement, a legal agreement that spells out how the government is supposed to treat detained migrant children.

The AP reported:

“A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few girls, ages 10 to 15, say they’ve been doing their best to feed and soothe the clingy toddler who was handed to them by a guard days ago. Lawyers warn that kids are taking care of kids, and there’s inadequate food, water and sanitation for the 250 infants, children and teens at the Border Patrol station.”

In a statement issued Friday, Customs and Border Protection said it “leverages our limited resources to provide the best care possible to those in our custody, especially children,” and “all allegations of civil rights abuses or mistreatment in CBP detention are taken seriously and investigated to the fullest extent possible.”

Under the Flores settlement, children detained by the Border Patrol are supposed to be turned over to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, an arm of the Department of Health and Human Services, within 72 hours. Some children said they had been kept at the Clint facility for weeks.

It is not clear where the children formerly detained at the Clint facility have been transferred. Escobar said some of the children were temporarily sent to Border Patrol Station 1 on the north side of El Paso.




 

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Hey Evangelicals post your list of women Obama assaulted, groped, or raped….We are waiting Franklin Graham

The growing list of women Donald Trump sexually assaulted (from USA Today) excludes the Porn Star and Playboy Bunny cause he already paid them off:

E. Jean Carroll

Carroll, a longtime advice columnist, wrote that she ran into Trump at Bergdorf Goodman. He was looking to buy a present for a “girl” and asked for Carroll’s help, she said. She pointed out handbags and hats, but Trump suggested lingerie and asked Carroll to try on a piece, though she countered that he should try it on. Inside the dressing room, Carroll says, Trump forced himself on her. Carroll claimed Trump “opens the overcoat, unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway – or completely, I’m not certain – inside me.” The episode lasted no longer than three minutes, Carroll said.

Jessica Leeds

Leeds claimed Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt during a flight to New York in the 1970s. In a 2017 interview, Leeds said that when she saw Trump at a fund-raising gala three years after the airplane encounter, he referred to her as a c—.

Kristin Anderson

Anderson, a photographer and former model, accused Trump of moving up her leg, reaching under her skirt and fondling her while she was at a New York night club in the 1990s.

Jill Harth

Harth claimed Trump made several unwanted sexual advances on her, including trying to put his hands between her legs during a business meeting. She said in 2003 at Mar-a-Lago he “pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again.” Harth sued Trump in 1997, accusing him of sexual harassment but later dropped it after Trump settled a separate breach of contract suit.

Cathy Heller

Heller said Trump manhandled and kissed her during a brunch at Mar-a-Lago in the 1990s. She alleged he grew angry when she tried to twist away, but he held her until he kissed her on the lips.

Temple Taggart McDowell

The former Miss Utah competed in the 1997 Miss USA pageant. She said Trump embraced her and kissed her on the lips during a rehearsal. Later, after Trump offered to get her modeling contracts, he again embraced and kissed her in New York.

Karena Virginia

Virginia alleged she met Trump in 1998 while waiting for a car service to pick her up from the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. As he walked toward her, she said, he made comments about her to male companions: “Hey, look at this one, we haven’t seen her before, look at those legs,” Trump said, according to Virginia. She said that she was “in shock” after Trump grabbed her right arm and touched her breast, asking her: “Don’t you know who I am?”

Melinda McGillivray

McGillivray said she was groped by Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 2003. She said she initially thought her friend’s camera bag brushed against her, but quickly realized it was actually Trump’s hand. “If he’d accidentally nudged me he could have said excuse me, but he said nothing,” she said in a TV appearance, adding, “he knew what he did.”

Rachel Crooks

Crooks alleged Trump forcibly kissed her while waiting for an elevator at Trump Tower in 2006. At the time, Crooks was a receptionist at a real estate firm in the building.

Natasha Stoynoff

The former People writer said she had a run-in with Trump while she was covering him and Melania Trump, then pregnant, in 2005. Stoynoff said she went to Mar-a-Lago to interview the Trumps for a story about their first anniversary. Trump shut the door after he and Stoynoff walked into a room together and forced “his tongue down my throat,” she said. Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later as she tried to unpin herself, Stoynoff said, and announced that Melania would be down shortly and that it was time to resume the interview.

Jessica Drake

The porn star accused Trump of grabbing her and kissing her at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nev., in 2016 and offered her $10,000 for sex.

Ninni Laaksonen

The former Miss Finland said Trump groped her in 2006 before she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman with Trump and other Miss Universe contestants.

Summer Zervos

The former “Apprentice” contestant has accused the president of sexual misconduct, including kissing and groping her in the years after she left the show. She has filed suit against him, saying he made defamatory remarks about her after she came forward with her story.

Juliet Huddy

The former Fox News anchor accused Trump of trying to kiss her in an elevator in 2005 or 2006. Huddy, who made the allegation on a radio show in December 2017, said she and Trump were returning from a lunch when Trump leaned over and tried to kiss her on the lips in an elevator in Trump Tower. Huddy, who left a New York Fox affiliate after receiving a settlement in a sexual-harassment complaint against host Bill O’Reilly, said she didn’t feel threatened by her encounter with Trump but called it a “weird” moment. She said that Trump referenced the moment later when he appeared on her TV show and said, “I tried hitting on her, but she blew me off.”

Alva Johnson

The former campaign staffer accused Trump of trying to forcibly kiss her before a campaign rally in Tampa in August 2016. Johnson, who filed a lawsuit that also claimed Trump discriminated against her based on her race and gender, said Trump grabbed her by the hand in an RV before the rally and tried to kiss her on the mouth. Johnson said she attempted to thwart his advances by turning her head, but that Trump made his move anyway and that his kiss landed on the corner of her mouth. A Florida judge dismissed Johnson’s suit on July 14, calling it “a political lawsuit” but suggesting she would be allowed to file an amended complaint.

Cassandra Searles

The former Miss Washington competed in the 2013 Miss USA pageant and said Trump groped her and invited her back to his hotel room.

Bridget Sullivan

The former Miss New Hampshire competed in the 2000 Miss USA pageant. She described him hugging her “a little low on your back” and said he walked through dressing rooms during the pageant even though many of the women weren’t dressed. “We were all naked,” she told Buzzfeed.

Tasha Dixon

The former Miss Arizona described meeting Trump while she competed in the 2001 Miss USA pageant. She also said Trump came into rehearsal while women were changing, with some topless and others naked.

Samantha Holvey

The former Miss North Carolina competed in the 2006 Miss USA pageant. According to Holvey, Trump “personally inspected each woman” before the pageant, which made her feel like a “piece of meat.”

Jennifer Murphy

A former “Apprentice” contestant and a former Miss Oregon, Murphy said Trump kissed her during a job interview in 2005. After she told her story in 2016, she said she still planned on voting for Trump.

“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK? Totally lying. I don’t know anything about her,” he said. “I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her. She is — it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.” – Trump 6-24-19

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