School lunches – around the world

Well, these pictures of schools lunches around the world are definitely worth more than a thousand words! The ones you see here make me hungry!

Brie, green beans, carrot, rare steak and pudding of kiwi fruit and apples is served in French schools 

Brie, green beans, carrot, rare steak and pudding of kiwi fruit and apples is served in French schools.

In France, school lunch is an art form: hot, multi-course and involving vegetables. A meal of rice, salmon, ratatouille, a slice of bread, a salad with celery and carrots, and an orange and donut at the Anne Franck school in Lambersart, northern France

In France (again), school lunch is an art form: hot, multi-course and involving vegetables. A meal of rice, salmon, ratatouille, a slice of bread, a salad with celery and carrots, and an orange and donut at the Anne Franck school in Lambersart, northern France.

A meal of traditional flavours: Brazil's rice and black beans, baked plantain, pork with peppers and coriander, green salad and a seeded roll

A meal of traditional flavours: Brazil’s rice and black beans, baked plantain, pork with peppers and coriander, green salad and a seeded roll.

Rice, a chicken croquette, a piece of taro root and yellow pea soup is the school lunch in Old Havana, Cuba

Rice, a chicken croquette, a piece of taro root and yellow pea soup is the school lunch in Old Havana, Cuba.

In Japan, school children tuck into fried fish, dried seaweed, tomatoes, miso soup with potatoes, rice (in the metal container), and milk

In Japan, school children tuck into fried fish, dried seaweed, tomatoes, miso soup with potatoes, rice (in the metal container), and milk.

Wholesome: Seeded roll, shrimp with brown rice, gazpacho and tri-colour peppers. Dessert is half an orange

Wholesome: Seeded roll, shrimp with brown rice, gazpacho and tri-colour peppers. Dessert is half an orange.

A serving of borscht (beetroot soup) with pickled cabbage, sausages and mash. Dessert is a sweet pancake 

A serving of borscht (beetroot soup) with pickled cabbage, sausages and mash. Dessert is a sweet pancake.

Greek school lunches feature baked chicken with orzo, stuffed grape leaves, salad of cucumber and tomatoes, yogurt with pomegranate seeds and two oranges

Greek school lunches feature baked chicken with orzo, stuffed grape leaves, salad of cucumber and tomatoes, yogurt with pomegranate seeds and two oranges.

Bowls of salad are ready to be served at Delcare Edu Center, a local kindergarten and child care center in the business district of Singapore

Bowls of salad are ready to be served at Delcare Edu Center, a local kindergarten and child care center in the business district of Singapore.

A healthier UK school dinner: Two trays at a primary school in London. The meal at right consists of pasta with broccoli and slices of bread, and fruit. At left are vegetable chili with rice and broccoli, sponge cake with custard, and a banana

A healthier UK school dinner: Two trays at a primary school in London. The meal at right consists of pasta with broccoli and slices of bread, and fruit. At left are vegetable chili with rice and broccoli, sponge cake with custard, and a banana.

UK school dinner of frankfurters and beans, a baked potato, corn on the cob, slice of melon and a box drink 

And another UK meal for kids: frankfurters and beans, a baked potato, corn on the cob, slice of melon and a box drink.

South Indian school children eat off a thali plate which has white rice, sambar (dhal), smoked gourd vegetable stir-fry, curd, buttermilk and kesari, a type of sweet dessert made from semolina

South Indian school children eat off a thali plate which has white rice, sambar (dhal), smoked gourd vegetable stir-fry, curd, buttermilk and kesari, a type of sweet dessert made from semolina.

Lunch in an Estonian school is rice with a piece of meat and purple cabbage. They also have bread and a get a cup of chocolate drink 

Lunch in an Estonian school is rice with a piece of meat and purple cabbage. They also have bread and a get a cup of chocolate drink .

Balanced diet: Italian children get pasta, fish, two kinds of salad, rocket and caprese, a bread roll and grapes (courtesy Sweetgreen)

Balanced diet: Italian children get pasta, fish, two kinds of salad, rocket and caprese, a bread roll and grapes.

In Finland lunch is mainly a vegetarian affair of pea soup, carrots, beetroot salad, crusty roll and sweet pancake with berries to finish

In Finland lunch is mainly a vegetarian affair of pea soup, carrots, beetroot salad, crusty roll and sweet pancake with berries to finish.

School lunch in Alba, Spain (left):  white flesh peaches, strawberries and yogurt melts, cous-cous, broccoli, cucumbers and roasted salmon; (right): Poached apple pears, strawberries and blue berries, boiled swede and fresh garden peas

School lunch in Alba, Spain (left):  white flesh peaches, strawberries and yogurt melts, cous-cous, broccoli, cucumbers and roasted salmon; (right): Poached apple pears, strawberries and blue berries, boiled swede and fresh garden peas.

South Korean children tuck into broccoli and peppers, fried rice with tofu, fermented cabbage and fish soup

South Korean children tuck into broccoli and peppers, fried rice with tofu, fermented cabbage and fish soup.

And then, there are U.S. school lunches…

Thanks Michelle Obama? New school lunch rules backed by FLOTUS have students nationwide tweeting '#thanksMichelleObama' along with photos of meals like this

The backlash is part of the first lady's push for healthier school lunches

What is it? School lunches in the United States stand in stark contrast to the wholesome and in some cases even decadent meals served to kids in other markedly less fortunate nations

School lunches in the United States stand in stark contrast to the wholesome, and in some cases even decadent, meals served to kids in other markedly less fortunate nations.

By the way, did you know that most U. S. schools NO LONGER ACTUALLY PREPARE THEIR OWN MEALS? Yes, they have been outsourced to, primarily, fast food places, and THIS  is what your school taxes are paying for. Happy? Hope not.

This is only “balanced” in the minds of embarrassed parents and school lunch servers, bureaucrats and the lobbyists who have paid them off. Actually, most schools I am acquainted with would just have pizza and soda, although there is a growing backlash, just not large enough.

This is the kind of junk they have been eating all year and we wonder why our kids misbehave, can’t concentrate, are growing fatter every day and don’t know what healthy eating looks like except on government flyers. Will you sit by and let it be the same come Fall? Your kids will likely eat better when NOT in school.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I would like to add at least one: Pathetic.

Feel free to add your own adjectives.

 

Images and descriptions from:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2958640/Photos-school-lunches-served-world-reveal-just-meager-America-s-meals-compared-cash-strapped-nations.html

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Violence Is Their Only Response

I would rant this, but the writer has saved me the trouble. My candidate was not in the General election, but I didn’t act like a whiny baby about it and made a new decision when I voted.

I am appalled at the rent-a-mob puppets, these children who are can’t, or are afraid to, think for themselves.

They’re bringing curses upon their own future, especially since they believe in karma, not in the one true God. I call it what goes around comes around – in your lifetime.

I’m done – this is THIS writer’s rant for you to read.

Today may set a record for the number of posts. The list of links I have bookmarked is longer than a reading of the charges on Hillary’s upcoming federal indictment. That oughta piss ’em off. Well-planned and well-financed (are you there, George?) riots are breaking out nationwide. They think if they raise enough hell we’ll let them have their way. The violence had even spread to grade schoolers. In all those cases so far, it’s thugs-in-training beating on white kids. They’re taught their bloody skills early. All that’s listed here is going to be examples of the way socialists handle defeat. (Hint: not very well at all.)

12 arrests during Trump protest in Richmond; statues damaged
I SAW THIS AND MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS OF OUR BELOVED TING AND PRAYING FOR HER SAFETY

RICHMOND, Va. — Hundreds of people marched through Richmond to protest the election of Donald Trump, and…

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Hillary rally at Temple University, Philadelphia – video perspectives

Since my daughter is still completely undecided about who she will vote for, and because I like to see what information is out on the internet about the campaigns, I thought I would check on how Hillary’s campaign has gone recently and not depend on the network’s limited coverage, but even I was astonished at the difference between what I heard on the radio and what I found online.

Over the past year I have attended as many pre-Primary rallies as possible in our area just to hear what everyone had to say. One was a Kasich rally at a senior center in Greece, New York and we stood in a long line for 45 minutes and it was PACKED when we went in; people had to stand in overflow rooms and even in the hall, way more people there than at this event! Even the balcony area was 3-4 people deep! Unfortunately I missed Bernie’s rally because I had to teach that day, but people who went told me the turnout was massive and there were plenty of traffic issues getting there and parked. His popularity was evident.

But now for what I found out about Temple University. First a video courtesy of local media. I was looking for inside footage, but that is the ONLY crowd shot – kids behind her? Seriously? Static shot with no panning? No images of audience reaction?

So I searched for amateur footage and found this:

Nicer, more human, and gives a better idea of the room. However, it showed a fair amount of open space. Not a large crowd? I wanted to see if I could get more information on the venue itself, both in and out.

Following is a different video. You will see plenty of outside shots before the event, but it hardly looks different from any typical between-class foot traffic you can see at any university. Where are the crowds? The lines? The vehicle traffic? Also, never mind who she is reporting for, this gal makes some interesting observations about Hillary’s cards-to-the-chest approach towards letting the public know where and when to attend her rallies. Weird behavior for someone running for president!
The girl got in after it was over and I was able to see the setup (8:10). Folding chairs for a “rally”? And not very many, at that. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe I haven’t been to enough different rallies, but the only time I can imagine having chairs is when your venue has them affixed to the floor (like a LARGE auditorium), but then that limits how many people can be there, which seems counter-productive.

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But to REALLY give you a good visual, look at this picture. I couldn’t embed the video at http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/09/19/hillary-clinton-millennial-votes-tehillary-at-templemple/ (of course you can always go there to see it), but the screenshot is telling and, frankly, if I was her I would be embarrassed. Come on! She’s at a University and that’s all the people she could get? More to the point, why did she request such a small room to begin with if she is so popular in the polls?
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But what has upset me was a presidential-rally-related video that showed up while I was searching for information about this particular rally, about events which clearly did not happen at that rally.
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I find Hillary’s duplicity and “ends-justify-whatever-means-to-gain-power” reprehensible, but it is her continued toleration of THAT kind of behavior that absolutely cements that I would rather vote for a dead skunk, even if she was the only one running, because so many of her supporters are GENUINELY, violently, intolerant! THAT is what “deplorables” really look like!
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I even saw overt hostility while leaving at least one non-Democratic primary rally, but have NEVER, not even ONCE observed it done by Trump supporters/Republicans against those at non-Republican rallies! Good thing there were plenty of police that particular day because they were clearly attempting to incite violence.
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I do recall that in the beginning there were some issues with aggression AT Trump rallies against dissenters, but he shut that down quickly, as a good leader should, and since then there has ONLY been violence against THEM, with Hillary (and Bernie, before) apparently continuing to take no responsibility, saying nothing to supporters to stop that deplorable behavior.

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Quote of the day

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In consideration of the impending presidential elections, a quote by former President Theodore Roosevelt.

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
Theodore Roosevelt

 

On a rather unrelated note, it seems, a bonus of excerpts from a speech he gave at Carnegie Hall, March 12, 1912. Recorded August 1912 by Thomas Edison. Duration 4:07., “The Right of the People to Rule.”
[This is neither an endorsement or disagreement with what he said, just some political history to give some perspective by showing that strong disagreement and widespread dissatisfaction is not new.]

Text of this speech:

THE great fundamental issue now before [the Republican party and before] our people can be stated briefly. It is: Are the American people fit to govern themselves, to rule themselves, to control themselves? I believe they are. My opponents do not. I believe in the right of the people to rule. I believe that the majority of the plain people of the United States will, day in and day out, make fewer mistakes in governing themselves than any smaller class or body of men, no matter what their training, will make in trying to govern them. I believe, again, that the American people are, as a whole, capable of self-control and of learning by their mistakes. Our opponents pay lip-loyal to this doctrine; but they show their real beliefs by the way in which they champion every device to make the nominal rule of the people a sham.

[As regards the dean’s last paragraph, I can only say that I wish somebody else whose suggestions would arouse less antagonism had proposed it; but nobody else did propose it, and so I had to.] I am not leading this fight as a matter of aesthetic pleasure. I am leading because somebody must lead, or else the fight would not be made at all. I prefer to work with moderate, with rational, conservatives, provided only that they do in good faith strive forward towards the light. But when they halt and turn their backs to the light, and sit with the scorners on the seats of reaction, then I must part company with them. We the people cannot turn back. Our aim must be steady, wise progress.

It would be well if our people would study the history of a sister republic. All the woes of France for a century and a quarter have been due to the folly of her people in splitting into the two camps of unreasonable conservatism and unreasonable radicalism. Had pre-Revolutionary France listened to men like Turgot, and backed them up, all would have gone well. But the beneficiaries of privilege, the Bourbon reactionaries, the short-sighted ultra-conservatives, turned down Turgot; and then found that instead of him they had obtained Robespierre. They gained twenty years freedom from all restraint and reform, at the cost of the whirlwind of the red terror; and in their turn the unbridled extremists of the terror induced a blind reaction; and so, with convulsion and oscillation from one extreme to another, with alternations of violent radicalism and violent Bourbonism, the French people went through misery toward a shattered goal.

May we profit by the experiences of our brother Republicans across the water, and go forward steadily, avoiding all wild extremes; and may our ultra-conservatives remember that the rule of the Bourbons brought on the Revolution, and may our would-be revolutionaries remember that no Bourbon was ever such a dangerous enemy of the people and of freedom as the professed friend of both, Robespierre. There is no danger of a revolution in this country; but there is grave discontent and unrest, and in order to remove them there is need of all the wisdom and probity and deep-seated faith in and purpose to uplift humanity we have at our command.

Friends, our task as Americans is to strive for social and industrial justice, achieved through the genuine rule of the people. This is our end, our purpose. The methods for achieving the end are merely expedients, to be finally accepted or rejected according as actual experience shows that they work well or ill. But in our hearts we must have this lofty purpose, and we must strive for it in all earnestness and sincerity, or our work will come to nothing. In order to succeed we need leaders of inspired idealism, leaders to whom are granted great visions, who dream greatly and strive to make their dreams come true; who can kindle the people with the fire from their own burning souls.

The leader for the time being, whoever he may be, is but an instrument, to be used until broken and then to be cast aside; and if he is worth his salt he will care no more when he is broken than a soldier cares when he is sent where his life is forfeit in order that the victory may be won. In the long fight for righteousness the watchword for all of us is “spend and be spent.”

(I am currently finding it difficult to find a source which concisely explains the Turgot and Bourbon historical references in the correct time frame, but they are all French references, not American. If anyone finds one, let me know.)

Text of the FULL speech.

 

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American History in Black and White – part 2 of 3

Now for Part 2 of the video “American History in Black and White.”

Tune in at this time next week for the third and final part.

American History in Black and White – part 1 of 3

For me, this is now “old news,” because as a homeschooling family we have always sought out a better and well-rounded history, but for many people, this will be new, and astonishing, information!

If you find history interesting, if you don’t, or just think you know the history of slavery in America, this video will blow your mind.

Points in this part:

  • American revolution – black soldiers, fully integrated armies. Famous revolutionaries: James Armistead, Peter Salem, Prince Whipple.
  • Paintings with surprises
  • Historic Black Writers about blacks in history: William Nell, Carter Woodson, Benjamin Quarles, Joseph Wilson, Booker T. Washington, Edward A. Johnson
  • The Constitution and the “3/5 clause” arguments, origins, intent.
  • Frederick Douglass – history, education, writings, discovery that 3/5 clause is anti-slavery.
  • 1789 – Northwest Ordinance passed, forbidding slavery in new areas
  • 1792 – Democratic National Committee founded
  • 1808 – Congress abolished slave trade (Rev. Absalom Jones, first black bishop in Episcopal Church, gave sermon in Philadelphia commemorating it)
  • 1820 – Jefferson’s Democratic Party now in majority. Their Congress passed Missouri Compromise (reversing Northwest Ordinance), permitting slavery in almost 1/2 of federal territories. Several states then admitted as slave states and, for the first time since the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, slavery officially promoted by Congressional policy.
  • 1850 – Fugitive Slave Law, passed by Democratic Congress. A disaster for free blacks and Underground Railroad at its peak in this time.
  • 1854 – Kansas-Nebraska Act, passed by Democratic Congress, allowed slavery to be introduced into parts of new territories where previously forbidden.
  • May 1854 – Anti-slavery Democrats in Congress formed the (new) Republican party to fight slavery and secure equal rights for black Americans. One founder: Sen. Charles Sumner (had championed desegregation of Boston public schools).
  • 1856 – Sumner’s 2-day long speech in U.S. Senate against slavery. Preston Brooks (Rep – D) from South Carolina clubbed down Sumner on floor of Senate, nearly beating him to death. Many Democrats thought it amusing and that he deserved it. Sumner recovered enough after 3-1/2 years, to return to Senate and give another anti-slavery speech.
  • 1856 – Republicans’ first Presidential election. First party platform had 6 of the 9 planks with bold declarations of equality and civil rights for African-Americans. Democratic Platform was boldly opposite.

Some people may continue on their own to watch the 2nd and 3rd parts, but I will be posting those out next week at this time, anyway.

There is an associated book: “Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White” which is “a unique view of the religious and moral heritage of African-Americans.”

Black American Founders

This video is Glen Beck’s May 28, 2010’s Founders’ Friday in which he talks about black American founders with David Barton (of Wall Builders) and Lucas Morel (professor at Washington and Lee University). I would be willing to bet real money that unless you follow Glen or read books written by David Barton, MOST of this will come as a complete surprise to you. If not, let me know so I can congratulate you!

He observes that moving media has typically portrayed blacks in historical shows and movies in subservient / slave / victim roles, and is incensed. Then he shows period paintings (Battle of Bunker Hill, Battle of Lexington, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Marquis de Lafayette, etc.) and points out key black people in the paintings, who were very important, or even that should have been there but were NOT. Things that NOBODY mentions…anymore. Though they used to be taught, until history was scrubbed and re-written in order to promote the victim narrative.

He reveals Black history that most people don’t know and the audience is surprised (first black Speaker of the House was in…1789), then appalled and outraged. So was I. There is so much more that will blow your mind. Watch it and let me know what you discovered and surprised you the most, and your reactions.

 

An Independent’s dilemma – a frustrated musing

This is a FEEBLE attempt at a fair assessment of the major players in this heated political battle as I struggle to come to a solid decision for November. In the process, I take shots at both of the Big Two (but more at Hillary since the media does such a thorough job with Trump), so there should be a little entertainment for everyone. The opinions/musings are my own and not intended to change anyone’s mind.

Heads up!
–  I probably won’t be saying enough against the one you don’t support,
–  If you like one, I definitely won’t be saying enough,
–  I insult the media repeatedly (all cheer, now),
–  I insult all kinds of groups along the way (be ready),
–  I will make pathetic attempts at humor (that’s all I can muster),
–  the snark rating may run between 9 and 10, at times,
–  and there’s a little rough innuendo, in places.

TRUMP.
I sometimes wonder if he really ran just because he was bored with what he had achieved in his life,  and wanted a new challenge, and then surprised even himself at getting this far. He certainly seems to be coming to a fuller realization of the game he is actually in and is now madly trying to figure out the rules as he goes along. But I don’t know that it matters.

Frankly, he sometimes says things that make my eyes roll hard enough to burn calories. The biggest, for me, among…others…is the wall along the “southern border” idea. That includes Texas. Has anyone taken a good look at that border? Tell me, what do you see? Now, just for starters, who gets control of the water? Maybe he has clarified and I haven’t heard it yet.

Texas border

 

Some people think he would start a war – IClowns at war suppose he could (like many presidents before him), but if we can stop listening to the American media long enough, and seek news sources much farther eastward, we will begin to realize that Russia is playing some extraordinarily dangerous games that our talking heads are keeping VERY mum about. It’s looking like war may happen anyway, with or without our input. Maybe Trump could be a Churchill for us (and HE was a pip! Check out his personal foibles!). Or not. If he hasn’t read “The Art of War” he should. Immediately.

One of his greatest positives is also one of his greatest negatives: He is too WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) to be very good at hiding ulterior motives or past transgressions because he’s not a politician (unlike Hillary…). At least you know what he’s about; just listen closely and completely for yourself and don’t make snap assumptions, or listen to those who do, then decide for yourself.

As I see it, he is so politically uninformed so far, Constitutionally clueless, bombastic and unfiltered that he is an easy target, so the media has a field day – like shooting fish in a barrel, but no one has ever accused them of passing up cheap shots and easy pickings – that’s what bottom feeders do. However, they need to be careful lest this approach backfire, and I think we are beginning to hear a rumble.

Beyond all that, the media blows insignificant things surrounding him out of proportion (surprise, surprise) and doesn’t look at everything in perspective, or even pretend to be actually helpful to the voters, and I become…”annoyed.” Sigh. (Why am I so surprised when muckrakers rake muck?)

HILLARY
I cannot be convinced to vote for her simply because we share the same kind of anatomy. Seriously?!? How vapid must one be to do that? This sort of tripe makes American women look so “blonde,” shallow, and easily-led that it embarrasses me. Yes, there are people I love and respect who find good in her, yet her issues and baggage are there for any honest person who wants to do just a little research, or read the books, or watch the movies, made by those who have – and in the interests of full disclosure, they should. Bluntly, if she was anyone else, she would be out of a job. Or in jail. Or both. And people in high places are even, on video, under oath(!), saying so. If she was Republican she would have run out long ago, but she hasn’t.  Wow. Just, wow. That’s one heck of an elephant.

I agree that she is an experienced politician, but that’s hardly an endorsement, if you think about it. She is a true “carpet-bagger” * (see definition below): her unspoken ends (power) seem to justify whatever means are necessary to achieve it. Mull that over. When I do, it gives me the willies, and I don’t mean her husband.

If it came to war, or preventing it, she seems more likely to bring the war to us by indiscriminately inviting in enemy combatants! Our media is NOT covering what is happening all over Europe because of similar policies. It is truly frightening! If she hasn’t studied Islam in depth, she was unqualified for her office and should have been fired. If she IS as informed as I am (having studied about it and the adherents obsessively for about 6 months), then she is EVIL for her actions and what she is suggesting and should be tried for treason, and that is not hyperbole.

Yet, in spite of the fact that she is a very dangerous political animal (people who cross her, or those close to them, tend to die, in case you didn’t know), I am genuinely concerned about her health. Seriously! I mean it! That’s just me; and if some say that makes me an idiot, so be it. I hadn’t been paying attention for a long time, but the internet is abuzz about it so I couldn’t avoid the topic any more. However, the Copperheadmajor media clearly is NOT concerned because they obviously don’t really care enough about her to even discuss it! It’s their agenda, or of whoever owns THEM, that seems to be driving the silence. I may mistrust her like I would a Copperhead, but even I wouldn’t want to see a snake OR her suffer. (Why not a rattlesnake picture? Rattlesnakes at least give you some warning.)

You know, if the “powers that be” don’t care about the debilitating physical effects that a campaign and presidency would have on her obviously declining health, you have to wonder if they just want a puppet in place. My main concern here is that if she should she win, failing health might allow Billy Boy to become the de facto president, again (in spite of having a VP). There is very little I could say about him that is suitable for polite company, or ANY company for that matter. He is beneath contempt, and I sometimes wonder if the women who think they like him are too young, too stupid, too uninformed, or the kind of fools who are drawn to abusers and cheats, yet think they can “change them.” Bluntly, he’s lowlife hillBilly white trash.

There’s so much in Hillary’s life that the media could have a feeding frenzy (and would, if she wasn’t Democrat, a candidate, female, and a Clinton) if they were truly unbiased and wanted to treat both her and Trump in a professional, even-handed journalistic way (yeah, right), but…they don’t, of course, and I become…”annoyed.”
Again.
Sigh… Again.

ABOUT THEIR SUPPORTERS
Certainly some of Trump’s followers are very passionate (which scares some people), but you can make the same case for some of Hillary’s (which scares other people). I’d say that makes them about equal on that point. However, it honestly seems that neither one has a very large group of hard-core supporters, and maybe a lot of unhappy “undecideds” floating in their general vicinity, so don’t let media camera work fool you. Frankly, if the media didn’t know their names, party affiliations or gender but reported based on character, track record and history, I think the news about this election cycle would be quite different, and a lot more interesting and informative.

I recently saw this post by a Trump supporter, so I think I understand their perspective a bit better:

“We don’t care if the guy swears… or how many times he’s been married…or who he voted for, or what his income tax return shows. We want the problems fixed. Yes he’s an egomaniac, but we don’t care. We know he’s not a racist, or bad to women, or all the other things the liberal media is trying to label him with. We know he’s raised a good family, and that says a lot about him.

The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two faced & gutless, and illegals are everywhere and Muslims are openly trying to hurt this country and make the civilized world adjust to them. We want it all fixed!

We don’t care that Trump is crude, we don’t care that he has changed positions, we don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, and so many of the elected establishment. We don’t care that Rubio, Cruz, Ryan, the Bush’s, and so many other top old and new Republicans refuse to endorse him for their own selfish reasons, and we know what they are. We don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorists, we don’t care that he tried some businesses that didn’t work out.

This country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims, where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in, AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED. And TRUMP is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want.

We’re sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic and Republican Party. We’re angry about the Iran deal, the budget, treatment of Israel, military weakness, lobbyists, special interests, overpaid politicians with their self serving bills and back room deals, trade deals, loss of jobs, manipulated economic numbers, businesses fleeing, and even the phoney pay for play Clinton Foundation.

Americans are no longer going to be fooled, and the movement is out to change the direction we’re taking. Trump may not be a saint, but he doesn’t have lobbyist money holding him, he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him, and all you know is that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, he’s flexible, and he’s also not a politician. And he says he’ll fix it. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.

Public service has become elected greed. This may be our only chance to have a non-politician, despite his flaws, try and correct the mess, at least for 4 years. We must take the shot, because the consequences of putting Hillary Clinton in office are frightening. There is a tidal wave happening, and its going to overcome much of what’s happened to this country. You can repost this!”

So here are our “stellar” choices, and one will be our next president:
The viciously venal v****a or the bombastic b**b. (pardon my crude implications)
I struggle to contain my enthusiasm.
Hillary and trump

If I was some angry knee-jerk voter, I might A. refuse to vote, B. do a write-in for ________ (pick a name), or C. vote for a 3rd party candidate. Any of the three choices would, realistically, be a vote FOR the one I like least, so I realize I must try to decide which… will… get… my… vote…

I have a mental image of “sniffing pits” and trying to decide which side smells better, or less worse.
Ewww

It must, therefore, be Door A or Door B, because I will not abdicate my right to vote, or refuse to do so responsibly. So I will take my take my medicine like a man, so to speak, and attempt to choose between the lesser of two weevils. (Desperate times call for desperate humor.)two weevils

May I suggest you do the same?

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“POSTSCRIPTED” ASIDE:
When I began writing this, I intellectually knew there were others who were feeling similarly, but hadn’t really seen much actual news about it. Then I stumbled upon a video that genuinely surprised me! Admittedly it is a small sampling, but it is diverse and their candor was interesting.

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But now for a nostalgic look back at two (sorry, only two) “also-rans”:
Bernie and Ben

Bernie, the old, white, European-descended male, is finally out of the running, but he ran an impressive campaign all the way to the end. You really have to give him credit, especially considering his age, politically incorrect ethnicity, and the near inevitability of succumbing to the Clinton Mafia’s machinations.

He could have died in some “strange accident,” but he was too high-profile, too old and not “politically dangerous” enough for that to happen (those old enough will know what I mean). Besides, Hill’ was hoping to flip his followers, but last I heard many seem to be rejecting his call to support her in spite of her (reluctant) compromises.

His candid support for, yet surprising naïveté about, a failed political ideology is also somewhat appealing in a sweet “support the underdog” kind of way, although I have seen him red-faced and nearly apoplectic in his passion. He’s a true believer in his cause.

His supporters are purists – you have to give them that, but they are, frankly, scary at times. I recently saw a video that showed me the depth of their antipathy towards Hillary. I’m impressed! I haven’t heard Republicans or Conservatives speak so cogently or with such vehement venom at such volume about her. These folks had all their ducks in a row and were firing with great intensity and accuracy! (If Trump had half a lick of sense – or thought like a politician – he could have offered a viable alternative to her. But…)

I guess only disaffected Democrats could get away with saying the things they did without media backlash, but since the news didn’t want to give them ANY platform for their grievances (and never really did) they covered them As Little As Possible. In a way, they have my sympathy.

Ben Carson, a son of a poor, single black mother in Detroit, and a genuine descendent of slave ancestors, could have been a true dark horse. Pardon the double entendre, but I suspect he would have smiled at it because the man was not an easily offended, passive-aggressive, trigger-alert “snowflake,” or a humorless, ranting BLM ideologue. He has a cool head, common sense and a SENSE OF HUMOR – desperately needed these days. However, the political intensity was too great this time for any well-educated, calm, logical, polite person unwilling to play the “race card” to prevail. Yet, had Trump not been running, he might well have been the nominee. Yes, I supported him.

The media tried mightily to dig up dirt on him (that’s what they do) but that was a “fail” because he had already written about his life, warts and all, and then a movie was made! So they resorted to the juvenile tactic of calling him sleepy because of the way his face is made and his thoughtful way of speaking, or pontificating about his lack of political experience (though he would have had the wisdom to surround himself with, and listen to, well-informed advisers who did – unlike a former, inexperienced, half-black candidate). Then they finally flat-out ignored/silenced him into obscurity. Now if he had been a Democrat, someone would have accused them of racism and things might be rather different, today.

Among Conservatives and Republicans, the Christian “you-gotta-be-perfect-or-else” contingent flipped out when it became clear he was a 7th Day Adventist, and his support rapidly dissipated. Seriously? That’s it? They’d prefer Hillary or Bernie or even non-believer/faker Trump? Didn’t they learn anything from the consequences of rejecting Mitt Romney because he was a Mormon? Numbskulls.

What-ev-er…

I am not discussing the other candidates because I honestly didn’t find them sufficiently interesting or compelling.

But here it is, as promised, my feeble attempt at expressing my perspective and frustrations.

We’re toast.
burned toast

God help us…

Unless we listen.
And turn.
And soon.
2 Chronicles 7

  • Carpetbagger
    n.
    A Northerner who went to the South after the Civil War for political or financial advantage.
    n. An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.
    (She’s from ARKANSAS, and came to New York State – where I live – for exactly the reasons just defined.)

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