2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #85-105

Hello, it’s me. Yes, I’m back on the last day of the Democratic National Convention to give the fifth list of reasons to oppose Donald Trump’s presidency and to oppose him in general. But if this list doesn’t convince you, maybe the previous four (1, 2, 3, 4) will. If that’s not enough, there will be another list of 21 reasons next time, and another the day after that, and the day after that…and so on until there are 2016 reasons to oppose Trump.

85. Trump supported Brexit. Donald Trump viewed Brexit as the British people taking control over their own country and borders, and putting their needs first, or so he suggested. Unfortunately, a man who somehow got a graduate degree from Wharton doesn’t seem to understand much about the economy. Apparently, business degrees don’t require that a person understand economics or global policy. Liam Fox, Trade Secretary for the United Kingdom, explained how woefully inaccurate Trump’s assumption that Brexit is all about focusing on Britain are, “In fact it was the reverse: In my view, it was about Britain becoming a much more outward-looking country.” He also saw Brexit as an opportunity to bilk money out of his supporters. Donald can’t ever miss an opportunity to do a little song and dance for a check from unsuspecting, innocent people. Sad.

86. …But he didn’t know how Scotland had voted in the EU Referendum. How does a man who was raised by a Scottish immigrant not know that one should never confuse the will of the English with the will of the Scottish? Scotland, along with Northern Ireland, voted to remain in the European Union, a decision that could dissolve the United part of the United Kingdom. It would officially change the way that Scotland and England have functioned for over four hundred years. If ever there was proof that total assimilation within a culture was a bad idea, it would be Donald Trump’s inept understanding of how Scotland fits in to the Brexit situation and into the United Kingdom in general. How do people judge this man to be competent enough to vote for?

87. Donald Trump claims that he broke the glass ceiling for women all by himself. I’ll repeat. Donald Trump claims that he broke the glass ceiling for women all by himself. He told Bill O’Reilly, noted White House slavery enthusiast, “Number one, I have great respect for women. I was the one that really broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women, more than anybody in the construction industry.He also told O’Reilly, “My relationship I think is going to end up being very good with women.” I don’t even know where to begin. Taking credit for breaking the glass ceiling? Even if he’s succeeded in helping women in one industry, it is not his place to say that he broke the glass ceiling. I guess if he was asked who gave women the right to vote, he’d claim he wrote the 19th Amendment and got it ratified on his own. I bet he’d even claim he was up in Seneca Falls. He might as well. He is taking credit for the achievement of women and of the hardwork put into giving full-fledged equal opportunities and rights to people regardless of sex or gender, even though he fails to pay women the same as men on his campaign. He is asserting his privilege to deny women the ability to say that they earned their position and that they fought for it. To quote the great philosopher and ethicist Taylor Swift, “I want to say to all the young women out there, there will be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work…you will look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there. That will be the greatest moment.”

88. Trump called pregnancies of employees an inconvenience for business. Yes, he actually said, “a wonderful thing for the woman, it’s a wonderful thing for the husband, it’s certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business” on video. So there’s proof that he feels this way. To summarize: the pro-life party is now being represented by a man who once called pregnancy an inconvience for business; and he said this after he began identifying as pro-life.

89. Trump has called Elizabeth Warren ineffective. To Trump, ineffective means that Elizabeth Warren pisses him off and doesn’t put up with his bullshit. He’s said she is the least productive Senator, that she gets nothing done, that she is weak. Elizabeth Warren should channel Mean Girls character Regina George and ask Donald, “Why are you so obsessed with me?” Because, clearly, he is.

90. Donald Trump insulted Warren by saying she has a big mouth. Apparently, Trump thinks that women who stand up to his childish behavior are worthy of scorn and deserve to be silenced for it. He’s even said that he wants to shut her up. Way to go, GOP! You’ve nominated a man wanting to silence women. Classy stuff, if you’re in the 1950’s.

91. Trump accused Hillary of only being popular because of the “woman card” and not for any other reason. In yet another example of Trump being an misogynist, he decided that Hillary was somehow getting more support because she’s a woman. He said, in a news conference at Trump Tower in April, “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.” He claims a former United States Senator and Secretary of State is unqualified. You know, unlike a “businessman” who has never served a day in office and who doesn’t know what NATO and the Geneva Conventions are. Oh, but Trump went on, saying, “Look how well I did with women tonight.” Yeah, by saying Hillary only did well because she’s a woman, Trump set a fire underneath the feet of many non-sexists who donated $2.4 million to her campaign within the last three days of April. I’m starting to understand why so many of his business ventures have struggled to succeed or outright failed. He sends people to the competition.

92. Trump’s taco bowl tweet. I’m not sure who advised Trump that it would be a good idea to pose with a taco bowl to show his solidarity with “Hispanics” on Cinco de Mayo, but someone did. And guess what? It inspired Twitter users, including comedienne Samantha Bee, to tell him just how ridiculously horrible the idea was. Even Jeb Bush understood how stupid it was and he had to remind his own supporters to clap for him.

93. Trump accused China of raping America. In what is probably best described as a disgusting foreign policy and economic gaffe of epic proportions, Donald Trump decided to proclaim that “we can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing.” As a man who likes to manipulate people financially, who is endorsed by a convicted rapist, and who has been accused of actually raping people in the “traditional” sense–because he’s all about being traditional–it seems rather odd that Trump would use the term “rape” to describe trade with China. Although, given his past behavior and his association with rapists, it makes sense that he would view the U.S. leaders at fault for the supposed rape; rapists and rape apologists do love to victim-blame.

94. Trump brought up his penis’s size during a debate. After Marco Rubio made a flippant remark about Donald’s hands being small at a rally, suggesting that his penis would be equally small, Donald Trump went full-on dudebro by talking about his penis at a debate. He wasn’t at a campaign rally or even doing an interview. He was at a debate. I can’t believe no one ever told him that you don’t whip it out, figuratively or literally, like that. Actually, with this candidate, I can believe it. He has absolutely no sense of decorum. And when he talks about other countries making fun of America over our political system, he should remember, they’re laughing at us because he’s making a fool of everything this country stands for. He is the joke, not the country, not our politics. Him.

95. Trump is untrustworthy. I know, I know. I called him a liar already, but one can lie and still be somewhat trustworthy. Trump isn’t one of those people. Trump is a con-man. He tries to make himself seem impressive, but he’s actually lacking–completely unfit for office.

96. Donald Trump is notoriously thin-skinned and hot-headed. As Elizabeth Warren told David Muir, calling Trump a “thin-skinned racist” isn’t name-calling, “it’s the fact.” Tom Rosshirt says Trump’s thin-skinned behavior is an example of his biggest weakness. It shows that he’s upset. O’Reilly told him he’s “too thin skinned”, and since conservatives like him–and who wouldn’t like the expert on so many things, like slavery and killing people–O’Reilly’s opinion matters. The National Review even referred to him as the Thin-Skinned Tyrant. But the most important people who think he’s too hot-headed to be the leader of the free world? The voters. I guess the Donald needs to learn to calm his tits.

97. Trump has bad judgment skills. A great example is his decision to “joke” about Russia and others should hack email servers, after hiring a campaign manager with ties to Putin. Or his love of Putin’s leadership skills and his intelligence–he even defended Putin killing political opponents and journalists. Or his insistence on calling people names. Or his decision to insult allies. Or his belief that, despite all actual evidence, torture works.

98. Donald Trump sues and is sued a lot. In three decades, he has amassed at least 4,056 lawsuits. He’s involved in at least 169 federal lawsuits. Just two days ago, the USA Freedom Kids, who performed that very disturbing and bizarre song and dance in January, decided to sue Trump for breaking verbal promises to allow them to perform at more events.

99. Donald Trump has repeatedly bashed Arianna Huffington. In 2012, Donald Trump told Arianna Huffington that her husband left her for a man because she was so unattractive. He’s been attacking Huffington and her website on a regular basis since then.

100. You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” In an Esquire interview from 1991.

101. The cost of his proposed wall negates any benefits. Donald Trump thinks it would cost $8 billion, but it would actually cost upwards of $10 billion, when you take into account things like construction and buying private land to build it on. The wall itself probably wouldn’t work to stop the flow of immigrants or smugglers and Mexico won’t be paying for the wall, so it would be practically useless. Besides, agents of the Border Patrol would actually prefer more equipment and agents to a wall, which they say are more effective than a wall or fence..

102. Trump blamed the riots in Baltimore on Obama’s race. I’m not sure how he made that logic jump, but he is Donald Trump.

103. Donald believes that his wealth is important to the campaign. Trump doesn’t miss an opportunity to bring up his wealth. Even in his announcement, he had to tell people, “I’m really rich.” If he’s constantly bringing it up, doesn’t that mean that he might be, I don’t know, insecure about it.

104. Donald Trump chose to mock climate change during a snowstorm. Actually, he’s done it a few times. He doesn’t understand that climate change works on both ends of the thermometer. That’s not shocking, since he doesn’t understand a lot of things.

When it comes to winter weather, Donald Trump is a dumbass.

105. Donald Trump is completely ignorant about climate change when it’s not impacting his resorts. His golf courses are protected from rising seas. In other words, he publically denies the science, but understands it when it impacts his pockets. Isn’t that kind of crooked behavior?

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You Can Get THAT On The Internet?!

In Scottsboro, there were 3 kids that were arrested for possession of LSD. The police said that they ordered it on the internet and that one of the students had the LSD at his home. This has obviously caused many parents to become outraged because they’re poor children might be exposed to some people who use illicit drugs. And who knew that teenagers tend to experiment with drugs? Suggesting that is just madness.

What was surprising, other than the typical blaming of Obama & the Affordable Care Act and the complete ignorance of the person who wanted to nickname the three “the Scottsboro Boys“, there were people who were shocked about the fact that you can order drugs online. Seriously? They didn’t realize that you can buy drugs online? I know that people here aren’t really up on current events and probably don’t know about Silk Road. Still, how do you not realize that you can pretty much buy anything that you want online? Maybe they don’t realize that even a big site like Amazon sells Uranium Ore, though you have to have proper credentials to buy it. But surely they know that people can buy whatever they want if they look in the “right” places. The idea that things being illegal keeps a person from buying it online is absurd. If that were the case, there probably wouldn’t be so many stories about child porn on the news. Human trafficking would probably be a bit more difficult if that were the case. And the black market organ trade would be just a bit harder. The idea that you can’t find it online is just absurd. This is the internet. If you can think of something to buy, then someone else has probably already offered it up to sell. And if they haven’t, don’t worry; they will. I just don’t get how they can be so shocked about this. 

There was another comment that stood out, but that I didn’t do a screengrab of:

 ….and where are the parents? They should be banned from school…and the one with the terrorist threat needs to go to jail! Our kids need to be kept safe.

The drugs weren’t on campus, so why should they be banned? Do we ban all students who’ve experimented with drugs? Does this person not realize that that’s what a lot of teenagers do?  And do we limit the banning to certain drugs or do we ban kids who’ve used alcohol or smoked cigarettes underage as well? Isn’t banning kids for this kind of stuff kind of an overreaction? No, not kind of. It is most definitely an overreaction.

Must everyone in this area be a wackadoodle?

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Review: Twelve

TwelveTwelve by Nick McDonell

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I’d seen the movie and hadn’t thought the movie was that bad. Sure, it needed improvements, but I didn’t realize just how much improvement had been made on the source material. Putting it bluntly, this book sucked. This was the kind of book that makes you want to, in a line from the television series Friends, “push my finger through my eye, into my brain, and swirl it around.”

Yes, it was THAT bad.

The writing style was choppy at best. The characters were undeveloped. The topic could have been interesting, but the writer seemed to believe that his purpose was not to develop a story. He just seemed to throw words and phrases onto the page without any regard for what they did to or for the story.

I’ve read better from elementary aged children doing their first creative writing lessons. At least they understand some writing basics. I guess that McDonell never had anyone explain to him that a story has to have something to keep the attention of the readers. Or someone explained it to him and he just didn’t care. Honestly, it seems like it was probably the latter.

I couldn’t finish the book because it was just that bad. I don’t understand how anyone makes it more than halfway. The only people I would recommend this book to are people that I think deserve to feel the agony of being tortured.

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Are You On Drugs?

This, apparently,  was the question or accusation made by a certain family member to Nana earlier this week. Nana was confused and was having trouble communicating via phone with that relative, so that automatically meant she must be doing drugs. She wasn’t. I know we’re not staying with her anymore, but I know that most of her communication issues have to do with some dementia issues. She is forgetful and she doesn’t always know who she’s talking to and she confuses reality with dreams, and the past with the present. These may be worse due to a hypoxic incident that occurred a few years ago when she was at the pain clinic and had a bad reaction to a drug. (If the certain relative hadn’t treated her like she was a drug addict at that time, then she probably would have been there for the reaction and would have gotten her help more quickly.) That incident probably sped up the dementia. (Mom would have been there that day, except my mom was too sick to go.)

Nana does sometimes take too much medicine and sometimes the medicine does impact how she reacts to things, but she doesn’t do it because she’s chasing a high. She does it because she’s forgetful. She needs the medicine, but she does make mistakes sometimes with when she takes it or how she takes it. (Not often, but it does happen.) She’s actually more likely to completely skip doses of Neurontin, anti-anxiety and pain medicine. She doesn’t like how they impact the way she thinks and how they make her sleep so much. She doesn’t like that loss of control over her sleep, even though she doesn’t sleep without pills to aid her.

I was proud when I heard that Nana decided to hang up on the relative when the asked her that question. Good for her. If only she would have hung up all those times when that relative was telling her how awful we were and how we were killing her while we were there, then maybe I wouldn’t have grown to really dislike my grandmother so much. That relative and another relative would take to bullying Nana with phone calls that were almost back to back, telling her how awful Mom, Dad and I were. At one point, my mom said that the relative had once said she (my mom) faked her hypoglycemic episode in 2008 and that the kidney failure was some kind of hoax, too. They also said that Dad was faking his nervous breakdown and that we were stalling on getting the house fixed because we’re just such horrible awful people.  It was not the behavior that you’d expect from women who were in their late 50’s and early 60’s. You would expect that attitude from teenagers, not grown women.

Every time Nana would get off the phone with either of them, she would tear into us and basically emotionally abuse us until her mind would clear up or would forget that she was told to hate us. Part of why my dad had that breakdown was due to the abuse. And most of why I was so stressed while we were there was that I basically had to experience a level of abuse that I hadn’t experienced ever. (Keep in mind that my father and I had both been emotionally/verbally abused by his father–a friggin’ sociopath–and other family members when we were children, and my parents had been emotionally/verbally abused by Dadada from 1992 to 1996. It was nothing compared to the wrath we endured with Nana.) Only my mom had had to deal with Nana’s anger before, and that level of rage. I know part of Nana’s anger was from Nana herself, but a good bit was anger that she was manipulated into having by those relatives. I can forgive her for that anger, but I won’t forgive them for their causing us to endure that or for them not understanding just how bad my dad was doing because of that. And I won’t forgive the certain relative for making my mother cry one night on the phone. I do not have to forgive people who make my mom cry. I do not have to forgive people who cause my family to be abused. I do not have to forgive people who manipulate relatives against other relatives. I’m a forgiving person, but I am NOT THAT FORGIVING.

I used to try to chalk the relative’s childish behavior up to hormones or to some undiagnosed brain tumor that was causing such a major personality change, but I don’t think that’s the case. I think she’s just an unfeeling and cruel person. I think that she’s enjoyed having all of this drama in our family. And I think that she’s a beyond textbook case of untreated Borderline Personality Disorder. Where that disease makes some of us insecure, it has made her cruel. It has made her a different person, and that person has no place in my life.

Oh, I would like for that relative to notice, since she or one of her friends will read this, that I didn’t use a cuss word in this entire entry. I don’t always use foul language. I do sometimes for emphasis, which is appropriate given my age and given the culture that I have been raised in. So, you can go run and call Nana and say, “Janet, didn’t cuss this time, but she said she doesn’t want me in her life. OMG. She’s just so evil.” I know that you’ll do that last part, and when you do, I will hear about it. I always do.

The Vodka Gummy Bears of Alabama


(NBC News) – Authorities in Alabama are warning parents to fully inspect Halloween candy after a video on Youtube has emerged showing how some types of candy soak up alcohol. They fear any candy tampered with may get into the wrong hands. Capt. Hal Taylor with the Alabama ABC Board explained,…

I have a friend who tried to make vodka gummy bears and they were just a gooey hot mess… just saying.

It seemed kind of weird to worry about kids getting vodka gummy bears, but this is Alabama. If we can worry about something completely illogical and start panicking about it, then we will because that’s how this state rolls.

Dissolve into the Infinite: Warning against alcohol infused candy

Warning against alcohol infused candy

(NBC News) – Authorities in Alabama are warning parents to fully inspect Halloween candy after a video on Youtube has emerged showing how some types of candy soak up alcohol. They fear any candy tampered with may get into the wrong hands.

Capt. Hal Taylor with the Alabama ABC Board explained, “Kids and teens are soaking gummy bears and candy in vodka so they can get drunk, it is very undetectable, it’s very concealable, you have it in baggies and it looks like candy, looks just like candy, they are eating it and they have no idea how much alcohol they are ingesting until it’s too late. We found some on Youtube-tube, videos of the kids actually doing it and soaking the gummy bears in alcohol and it soaks up very well, the gummy bears mask the taste of the alcohol and the kids are trying to do this, they are getting around the authorities, us, local ABC, police officers and their parents.”

(via WLTZ)

Wow, when I was a kid, there were warnings that kids might get LSD that looked like candy.  

I’m Self-Destructive – Dara Pettinelli: The One We Left Behind

“I’m self-destructive,” I told my psychiatrist weeks after my brother’s funeral.“That’s what I like about you,” he said. “You’re honest.”Awkward pause. Did he really just say that? I wondered.“What I mean is, I don’t think my meds are working,” I said, although what I really wanted to say was shut.the.hell.up. It had been almost a month since my eldest brother, Donnie, died and still grief was difficult to reach. Twenty years my senior, Donnie was in and out of my family’s life based on his needs — money, a job, a place to crash, someone to keep his kids for the afternoon. He spent the rest of his time, as far as I understood, in pursuit of the next high.So it wasn’t a shock when his flirtation with death proved fatal. Showing up to his funeral was like showing up to a surprise party you already knew about. I couldn’t adequately feign the proper emotions. I was impatient watching everyone kneel by his body in tears. I was angry that his children were without their dad. I figured I’d probably never feel any sadness and explained away my lack of tears with the fact that our relationship, what there was of it, was complicated. And then one night, a month after his passing, I found myself drunk and full of rage, punching my pillows senseless until I passed out. The well was no longer dry.…

Dara Pettinelli: The One We Left Behind

I actually cried reading this.