2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #132-158

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I loathe Donald Trump and don’t want the man to be President. I’m in the process of publishing a list of 2016 reasons to oppose him. Trump’s followers have a tendency to ask for reasons why people don’t like them and they tend to dismiss them as having no basis in reality. They even suggest that Mr. Trump has been misunderstood by the media and by people who’ve watched his speeches live. This list will hopefully show that Donald Trump has been advocating for some pretty awful stuff throughout his career as a real-estate-developer-turned-reality-television-star-turned-presidential-candidate. His “gaffes” aren’t new, nor is his bigotry. And alleging a 43 year campaign by the media to smear him and ruin his chance at becoming President is a big clue that he is the one who is saying things that are not based in reality.

132. Opposed to a living wage, then for it, then opposed to it… I don’t even know if Trump knows how he feels about raising the minimum wage at this point. He can’t keep his story straight if asked twice within a twenty-four-to-forty-eight hour period. I wonder if he contemplates raising the minimum wage while sitting on his gold throne.

133. Blamed concept of climate change on China. He now claims his 2012 tweet about China creating a climate change hoax was a joke. You know, like his hacking joke and his “blood coming out of her whatever” joke. It’s a good thing that Donald didn’t go into stand-up comedy because his comedy career would deplete the world of its tomatoes. Anyway, the supposed joke is something that he’s referenced repeatedly, even before he joked about it. If it’s really a “joke”, and “it isn’t, then even he doesn’t get it.

134. Taxing Chinese exports. He wants to put a forty-five percent tariff on Chinese exports. In other news, the zombie form of George III is planning on suing Donald Trump for using his shtick of supporting outrageously high taxes.

135. His claim of beating China in trade deals. He backed it up by saying that he owns part of a Bank of American building that he got from China in a war. Actually, it was a result of a relationship between Hong Kong billionaires and Trump after they helped rescue him from having to file another bankruptcy on a property; when the property was sold without his support, Trump waged a legal battle with them. That chunk of the bank building he bragged about getting was something he had to settle for after he lost the legal battle.

136. Said US leaders would invite El Chapo to become a citizen. Someone in his family or his campaign needs to take his Twitter account away from him.

137. Calls himself the least racist. Considering his lack of understanding of how even the simplest things work, it’s unsurprising that he considers himself to not be a racist.

138. Bragged about a former employee calling him the least sexist boss she’d ever had. Apparently, he didn’t realize that she didn’t say that he wasn’t sexist, just that he was the least sexist.

139. Stacie J. While Trump wants to capitalize on his fame from The Apprentice in this election, it’s important to remember every single time he did something flat-out-wrong on that show. Case in point, his treatment of Stacie J. Other competitors portrayed her as mentally ill because she consulted a Magic 8-Ball toy before her team did their tasks. He called her a “loose cannon” and fired her, violating the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. He fired her simply for behaving in a way that was perceived as being due to mental illness.

140. Trump stigmatizing the mentally ill. This is a continuation of the Stacie J situation. Because of Stacie’s quirky behavior he said, “This comes from two people, Stacie, that don’t like each other at all. The first thing they’ve agreed on is that you’re crazy…Stacie, if you have a problem, I don’t want you running my companies.” This suggests that Trump refuses to hire or continue to employ mentally ill people. This is backed up by his use of ableist terms like “nut job”, “crazy” and “wacko” to demean Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Elizabeth Warren. He conflates mental illness with crime and said that gun-free zones that gun-free zones are “target practice for the sickos and for the mentally ill.” A man who willingly tears down the mentally ill should not be in charge of a country where 25% of the population is believed to have a mental illness; and at least two-thirds are either unaware of it or are going untreated for it.

141. Painted himself as the hero of NYC in New York Times article in 1983. According to Trump, he alone is responsible for Grand Central being renovated and hotel jobs being saved.

142. Doesn’t like compromise. He told Life magazine in January 1989, “I’m not big on compromise. I understand compromise. Sometimes compromise is the right answer, but oftentimes compromise is the equivalent of defeat, and I don’t like being defeated.”

143. He suggested success/deal-making is genetic; that people who don’t succeed are afraid to or are “life’s losers”. In 1984, he told Lois Romano of the Washington Post, “Some people have an ability to negotiate. It’s an art you’re basically born with. You either have it or you don’t.” In The Art of the Deal, Trump said, “Most people think small, because most people are afraid of success, afraid of making decisions, afraid of winning.” He also said, “One of the problems when you become successful is that jealousy and envy inevitably follow. There are people—I categorize them as life’s losers—who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. As far as I’m concerned, if they had any real ability they wouldn’t be fighting me, they’d be doing something constructive themselves.”

144. “I love the poorly educated.” This was an insult to his fanbase, but, for some reason, it didn’t end his campaign.

145. “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Reince, Paul, Mitch, etc., you brought this shit-show on yourselves.

146. Disappointed over his bad marriages, but doesn’t think that they should count against him. You know, the ones where he cheated on his wives with single & married women? Yeah, he’s disappointed that they didn’t work out. I wonder if he even knows how fidelity works. Anyway, he thinks that his past indiscretions shouldn’t be held against him.

147. “I love beautiful women, and beautiful women love me. It has to be both ways.” That’s not how it works.

148. “Now, if your boss is a sadist, then you have a big problem. In that case, fire your boss and get a new job.” And he calls himself a blue-collar billionaire and says other politicians are out-of-touch with issues of the working class. Poor people can’t just quit bad jobs.

149. In 2012, he claimed he had people who could prove birther claims. They have yet to come forward. Even Wolf Blitzer couldn’t get him to show him the proof.

150. He believes there’s a “Muslim problem” in the United Kingdom. If you’re wondering why that makes you feel squicked out, it’s because it’s reminiscent of the “Jewish problem” phrase that was born out of Nazi Germany. It’s no coincidence when you consider that Trump has a lot of supporters who are both Islamophobic and antisemitic.

151. Didn’t believe Obama could go to Columbia or Harvard. His exact quote from an Associated Press interview in 2011 was, “I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.” Obama graduated from Columbia in 1984 and graduated magna cum laude with a Juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1991. So Trump not only doesn’t believe that the country’s first black President was born in this country, he doesn’t believe that he was smart enough to graduate from Harvard or Columbia. Well, I don’t really believe that Trump was smart enough to graduate from Wharton, so maybe he needs to produce his school records…and his taxes.

152. Said America was letting China rip them off because leaders were stupid.

“We have been disrespected, mocked, and ripped off for many, many years by people that were smarter, shrewder, tougher. We were the big bully, but we were not smartly led. And we were the big bully who was the big, stupid bully and we were systematically ripped off by everybody…They’ve done it through monetary manipulation, by devaluations. And very sophisticated. I mean, they’re grand chess players at devaluation…I like China very much, I like Chinese people. I respect the Chinese leaders, but you know China’s been taking advantage of us for many, many years and we can’t allow it to go on.

Why aren’t more Republicans speaking out about him bad-mouthing the USA and its leaders? Didn’t some of those folks threaten the lives of the Dixie Chicks for making a disrespectful comment about Bush?

153. “I’ve made a lot of money with the Chinese. I understand the Chinese mind.” Go away, dude.

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Trump talking about a revolution

154. Called for a Revolution after Obama was re-elected. He deleted the tweets.

155. Wants South Korea to pay for America “protecting” against North Korea. Yeah, another stupid tweet, but he’s also said it other places. He’s wrong. The South Koreans defend themselves, but pay for our assistance. But, guess what, part of why we’re helping is because we’re still engaged in the Korean War because it never ended and has no end in sight. So we’re not leaving because we’re a belligerent in that conflict. The person taking over the presidency should know these things.

156. “Must be a pretty picture you dropping to your knees.” In another The Apprentice “gaffe”, Trump obsessed over how Brande Roderick had begged Brett Michaels to let her keep her job. Hands up for people who think any person ever enjoyed giving Trump a blowjob or thought he was a pretty picture.

157. Mocked Katy Perry for marrying Russell Brand. Multiple times. Donald Trump is that relative that is obsessed with tabloids and celebrity gossip. In fact, he’s sent some rather weird and possibly obsessive tweets and a video on Instagram to her about her relationships–like with John Mayer.

158. Suggested Hillary Clinton couldn’t sexually satisfy Bill and that the lack of satisfaction indicated an inability to lead the country. If that’s his mindset, I guess he blames his ex-wives for his infidelity.

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2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #106-131

Sorry that I fell behind by a few days. I had some stuff come up in my family that took precedence. I have decided that splitting each list up into 21 items is a bit too anal of me. I’ll get as many done in a day as I can. That may mean huge lists some days and really small ones on other days. I have a feeling that if you’re looking for reasons to oppose Donald Trump, no list can be too big or too small.1

I’m also going to begin posting each reason on my Twitter account under #2016Reasons. I’ve already been posting each of these posts to that hashtag.

106. Trump said that you never see thin people drinking Diet Coke. Despite the fact that he drinks the soda, Trump enjoys fat-shaming people who drink the soda. I guess that it’s a case of do as I say, not as I do, also known as typical Donald Trump.

107. Donald Trump talks about women like they’re his property. You should know by now that I’m not joking when I say things like this, so yes, he really uses possessive language about women. Specifically, he said, “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.” And if you’re thinking, “well, at least it’s a compliment,” then I’m going to assume that you’re probably going to vote Republican anyway. People cannot be owned. Now, I know that Trump has a history of trying to get around that by “employing” people who are in forced servitude (slavery) to build things for him, but the statement stands.

108. He thinks he can brag about humility. When Lesley Stahl interviewed him for 60 Minutes after he announced that Pence would be his running mate, he said this about himself:

“I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.”

And it wasn’t the only time he felt the need to brag about how humble he is. He once even compared his humility to that of the Pope. Donald, Donald, Donald. Do you not understand how humility works? It’s not something that you can brag about. Well, obviously, you can brag about anything, but if you’re bragging about being humble, then you are not humble. Know why? It’s what the word means:

Humility: a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.

Bragging about humility is a bit like fat-shaming people for drinking Diet Coke while guzzling a tiny little bottle of Diet Coke on board a private plane.

Yeah, I said it.

109. “The point is, you can never be too greedy.” I shouldn’t be surprised that Donald subscribes to the Gordon Gekko philosophy of wealth acquisition. Maybe, like many, he doesn’t understand that Gekko wasn’t the hero of those movies. He was the villain. Perhaps, he was inspired by the Ferengi in the Star Trek universe; failing to recognize that they too were meant to be antagonists. Or maybe it’s due to growing up in a wealthy family; he never learned that life isn’t about being the wealthiest person in the room or becoming the wealthiest person in the room. He values his bank balance more than he values lives. Is that the kind of person that you want running the United States?

110. Political events are about ratings for him. Whether talking about the debates or the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump obsessed over how many people were watching. I hate to break it to him, but a lot of people who watched those things aren’t even voting for him. At a certain point, watching Trump speak became more about either laughing at him or trying to determine just how out there the man is. But even if people were watching to root him on in his fight against the establishment–aka himself–believing that ratings are the most important part of the events proves how out of touch he is with the importance of the job he’s campaigning to have. Debates and conventions are not just job interviews, they’re part of national conversations where we all start determining where exactly this country should stand on a variety of important issues. Since Trump doesn’t even bother to share his plans for working on those issues, it’s clear that he doesn’t even get the most basic part about it. When he only speaks in incoherent soundbites, it’s easy to see how shallow the man and the campaign really are.

111. He’s opposed to marriage equality. Donald likes to paint himself as a pro-LGBTQ candidate, but he believes in “traditional” marriage. (Apparently, traditional marriage means a union of one man, three women, and a lot of divorce attorneys.) Electing Donald Trump could jeopardize the rights that so many people have fought so hard to win and could prevent future wins in other ongoing fights for equality in America. He has vowed to overturn the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.

112. Patronized a woman claiming to be a 9/11 survivor. Trump called Alicia Watkins “sweetie” before giving her a “job interview” and saying he’d hire her because he had a gut feeling about her. Watkins told him that she was a 9/11 survivor and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Watkins has since been described as having falsified her record and having violated federal laws against Stolen Valor by wearing a purple heart that she didn’t earn. Not only did he patronize her, he proved that his gut kinda sucks.

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113. Threatened to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz. During the end of the Republican primaries, things between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump got a bit heated. In a move that Cruz still won’t forgive Trump for, Trump threatened Heidi on Twitter. He followed it up by retweeting an unflattering picture of Heidi–a move he actually regrets.

114. Called 9/11 “7/11”. During a rally, Donald Trump confused a huge national tragedy with the real life inspiration for the Kwik-E-Mart. For any American, that would be a big flub, but for someone who loves to brag about his patriotism and his ties to New York City? That was a major fuck up. Even C. Montgomery Burns would judge him.

115. His wall will have a big fat door. Oh, wait. I’m sorry. His exact quote, from a debate in October 2015, was, “We’re going to do a wall; we’re going to have a big, fat beautiful door on the wall; we’re going to have people come in, but they’re going to come in legally.” I’m guessing that Trump thinks border walls are a lot like medieval castles.

116. Proposed a Starbucks boycott over their Christmas cups. If you needed another example of Donald Trump overreacting to ridiculous stuff, look no further. When Starbucks unveiled their 2015 cup design, Donald couldn’t take it quietly. Apparently, he didn’t understand that the colors red, white, and green are Christmas colors. Becoming a belligerent in the so-called War on Christmas was, as always, unnecessary.

oreos117. Boycotted Oreos over Nabisco plant. But I think this example of him overreacting is even more grotesque. It’s practically un-American to boycott Oreos. They’re America’s favorite cookie for a reason, so boycotting them because Nabisco opened a plant in Mexico is just wrong. Besides, Trump doesn’t mind manufacturing his products in Mexico.

118. Calls himself the worst thing to ever happen to Daesh. Nothing triggers a hate boner for Donald Trump like radical Islamic terrorism. In fact, he’s a bit like the mythological Bloody Mary when it comes to that particular phrase, only he appears if you don’t say the phrase. And in an interview with Barbara Walters, he told her, “I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to ISIS.” It seems he didn’t envision himself as being the perfect propaganda generator for Daesh.

119. “A well educated black.” If you’re cringing just seeing those words in quotation marks, then you may want to go ahead and sit down to see the rest of the quote. In 1989, Trump said:

A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that… I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.

You knew it wasn’t going to be good before you read it, so don’t complain now. But, yeah, Trump thinks that black privilege is a thing. Are you starting to see his accidental racism as being a little less gaffe, a little more actual ignorance?

120. Bragged about “thousands of Hispanics” working for him. In one of his more humble moments, Trump announced proudly how pro-Latino he believes himself to be. His statement read, “I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial.” Poor baby.

121. Talked about “the Japs” in 1989. I feel dirty even quoting his racism. Apparently stuck in World War II era rhetoric, Donald Trump thought it was acceptable to call Japanese people “Japs” in polite conversation. In January 1989, he was quoted in Time magazine as saying, “Who the fuck knows? I mean, really, who knows how much the Japs will pay for Manhattan property these days?”

122. John Barron/John Baron. When Donald Trump didn’t get enough press coverage, he would use the alias John Barron to reach out to reporters. They knew it was really him, not an actual spokesperson. His alter ego was born in 1980 and Trump confirmed it as an alias under oath in 1991. When he denied it after a 2016 Washington Post article, but not after a 2015 Vice article, he was lying. Either that, or he publicly admitted to perjury.

123. John Miller. Yet another “spokesperson” The Donald used to talk to the most important people in his life: reporters. Miller was a total gossip and bragged about how Madonna wanted to pursue a romantic relationship with Trump, because that’s totally believable.

124. “You have to treat ’em like shit.” In an interview with New York magazine in 1992, those were the exact words Trump used to explain how he treats women. I guess all that misogyny he spewed at Megyn Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, Carly Fiorina, Heidi Klum, Heidi Cruz, etc. wasn’t a new aspect of his personality. I’m just completely surprised by this.

125. Bette Midler. Donald has been insulting Midler since at least 2012. He’s convinced himself that it’s okay, though. But Midler still isn’t having it. She compared his antics & popularity to Catch-22 and pointed out that there is a double-standard when Twitter will ban Azealia Banks for abuse, but not ban Trump. I’m guessing they won’t be besties any time soon.

126. “When a man leaves a woman…” No, I’m not referring to the Percy Sledge classic “When A Man Loves A Woman”; I’m referring to a quote made in Vanity Fair in September 1990:

“When a man leaves a woman, especially when it was perceived that he has left for a piece of ass—a good one!— there are 50 percent of the population who will love the woman who was left.”

How is this man getting any support from Republicans? I know they’re not known for their love of women, but this is a new low for them.

127. Compared being gay to golf putters. Because what else would Trump compare sexual orientation to? Sandwiches? No, he had to demean LGBTQ people by comparing them to golf putters:

It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.

128. “The problem that I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation. It is like an abortion factory, frankly.” I know that Planned Parenthood is unpopular with the right, especially after the fake videos, but calling it an abortion factory is just…well, it actually makes total sense for Trump. I don’t know how an abortion factory would work, but in the grand scheme of things, it definitely sounds just like some ridiculous thing Trump would say.

129. Blamed 9/11 on Bush. Dammit. He took that from us. If you’re a devout Republican, you know that blaming Bush is basically heretical for you, so don’t vote for Trump. And if you’re not a Republican, then you shouldn’t be voting for him anyway because, well, ew.

130. Said Ben Carson’s temper couldn’t have been cured; compared to child molestation. While I think that Ben Carson’s violent youth was exaggerated, like many of Carson’s claims, I do realize that an individual can make a change in their behavior between youth and adulthood. But comparing childhood rage to child molestation was a bit of a what-the-fuck moment. Why would anyone go there? Seriously, no.

131. Says media is dishonest or out to get him. That’s called paranoia. If anyone has been dishonest or made it their mission to wrongfully attack or accuse other people, it’s been Donald. Sorry if the truth hurts, bub.

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  1. Unlike his hands. 

2016 Reasons to Oppose Trump: Reasons #64-84

Only four posts in and I’ve already touched a nerve.

It’s “biast” for me to express my own opinion. Oh my goodness. How dare someone have an actual opinion!

So, if you didn’t read my first, second, or third set of 21 reasons to oppose Trump, consider reading those before you read the next 21 reasons. After today’s post, there will be 95 more posts. If they were bottles of beer, this could be a song.

64. Donald Trump lied about witnessing Muslims celebrating 9/11 on a rooftop in Jersey City, New Jersey. I’ve mentioned Trump’s mocking of Serge Kovaleski, but not how he earned the ire of Trump. Kovaleski had covered a story in 2001 that suggested that there were people in Jersey City partying on rooftops. Donald claimed to see thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating on rooftops after the World Trade Centers collapsed. He claimed there was video of it on television all the time. When he was asked about it by George Stephanopolous, Trump said:

“It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.”

Except it wasn’t, because it didn’t happen. The story was never about thousands of Muslims. There was no video. It’s all in Trump’s head.

65. Trump insulted Seventh-Day Adventists. While speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida in October 2015, Trump, after talking about how he’s a Presbyterian, said, “Boy, that’s down the middle of the road folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just don’t know about.” While Trump’s dig may not sound that vicious, it was meant to be very vicious. You seem, some Christians don’t believe that Seventh-day Adventists are even Christian. This is a group that also refuses to vote for non-Christians. This was a time when Trump was behind Ben Carson by 9 percentage points; Carson is a Seventh-day Adventist. It was personal.

66. Trump hired Manafort. When Donald Trump dumped Corey Lewandowski and replaced him with Paul Manafort, very few people in America knew of the background of Manafort. Most stories touted him as having ties to the Republican Party. A few brought up some recent jobs of of his. Manafort has ties to Viktor Yanukovych, who was the the prime minister of the Ukraine at the time, as well as an ally of Vladimir Putin. In 2010, Yanukovych became the president of Ukraine, but had to flee to Russia during the 2014 revolution. Manafort was also a consultant of Yanukovych, helping Yanukovych’s first run for the Ukrainian presidency in 2004. When Yanukovych hired him after the first results were invalidated, Manafort was meant to improve his images. He was unable to in the time given, but Manafort continued to work within Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. Manafort was still working with the administration when Yanukovych fled and continued working within Ukrainian politics after he’d fled, including his reported involvement in the 2015 election campaign of Vitali Klitschko, who ran for mayor in Kiev. Now, Manafort is working with Donald Trump and was even used on July 27th on CBS This Morning to argue that Donald Trump had no ties to Vladimir Putin’s regime, which may have ties to the hacking of the DNC by Russians and subsequent Wikileaks email release.

67. Trump called Hillary Clinton “shrill” at a rally. A lot of people don’t like Hillary Clinton, but most don’t call her “shrill” at campaign events. Actually, he didn’t just say it once, he said it twice–over-pronouncing it the second time. I guess he wanted to make sure that everyone at his half-empty rally heard him correctly. He tried to suggest he calls men shrill, but if he has, it hasn’t been on Twitter. And he should know that the term “shrill” is meant to shut women up. My guess is: that’s why he said it. Luckily, it didn’t work.

68. Trump mocked Fiorina’s physical appearance. No, really. He did and managed to do it while being interviewed by Rolling Stone.

When the anchor throws to Carly Fiorina for her reaction to Trump’s momentum, Trump’s expression sours in schoolboy disgust as the camera bores in on Fiorina. “Look at that face!” he cries. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

When asked on Fox News if he really said something like that, he confirmed, saying, “Probably I did say something like that about Carly.” But he tried to walk it back with, “I’m talking about persona. I’m not talking about look.” Donald always has an excuse.

69. Donald Trump believes that John McCain shouldn’t be considered a war hero. While speaking at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Trump said of McCain, “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured.”

70. Donald Trump also stated that he doesn’t believe that people who are captured are war heroes. In his words, “I like people who weren’t captured.” He’s walked those comments back, because they didn’t go over very well, but they were still said. And his reframing of his comments (“If somebody’s a prisoner, I consider them a war hero.” and “If a person is captured, they’re a hero as far as I’m concerned. … But you have to do other things also.”) didn’t really explain the difference between McCain’s capture and the POWs who he actually sees as a war hero.

71. Trump comes up with childish and offensive nicknames for opponents. Little Marco. Lyin’ Ted. Crooked Hillary. Crazy Bernie. Goofy Elizabeth Warren. Pocahontas. Donald Trump is less witty and original than a third grade bully.

72. Trump wants to end Freedom of Press as we know it. Conservatives love to talk about how they have First Amendment rights and how they love using them to offend; they “don’t care about your feels” and want to “trigger” people with the words. Well, Donald Trump doesn’t feel the same. He wants to open libel laws up to sue the press for things that upset him.

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73. Trump mocked Ruth Bader Ginsburg. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her distaste for Trump, he responded with “her mind is shot.” Classy to the end, RBG didn’t fire back challenging his mental state.

74. Donald Trump not only wants a wall, he wants Mexico to pay for it. For some very odd reason, Donald Trump believes that his sacred wall should be paid for by another country. I’m fairly certain that the Constitution requires the United States to provide for its common defense, but apparently Trump has gotten a new copy of the Constitution that is missing the Preamble and the First Amendment. His planned wall is one of the best ways to tell that Donald Trump doesn’t know how to be the President of the United States.

75. Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. If ever there was a way to show that Mr. Trump is a bigot, it’s his proposed ban on Muslims. Trump has stated he wants to ban Muslims from traveling and immigrating to the country until we get terrorism under control. Terrorism isn’t something that can be controlled and denying people the ability to get to this country based on their religion or, as he’s also suggested, their country of origin will not stop it. If you look at the most recent “acts of terror” that have been “linked” to people who were born in America decades ago. You cannot define a terrorist based on the country they come from or the religion that they believe in.

76. Donald Trump gave Robert Pattinson dating advice. After Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson, and ended the sacred, beloved ship known as Robsten, Donald Trump, a serial cheater, gave Rob some advice. For almost a month, he gave him unsolicited advice.

77. Donald Trump is a cheater. He holds himself to be a moral man. He considers his beliefs on marriage and its sanctity to be a representation of traditional values. And, like it or not, he is the now standard bearer for a party that obsessed over his opponent’s husband’s adultery to an extreme. His own running mate wanted to make adultery illegal before joining Trump on the ticket. So how do the Republicans justify nominating a man who has never respected marriage vows or women.

78. Trump’s campaign lied about the plagiarism by Melania Trump. When Melania spoke at the Republican National Convention, people were amazed that this brilliant, beautiful woman gave a touching speech. People on the left and right had joked over her brains for months, and had suggested that her modeling career made her unworthy of being the First Lady. Their misogyny towards this woman was grotesque, but, for a moment, it was forgotten, until people realized that they’d heard the speech before. The campaign denied it. They suggested that the words could have come from My Little Pony or John Legend. Eventually, after days of denial, they said it was just a mistake. Why couldn’t they have admitted that earlier? Mistakes are forgivable. Covering them up is less so. The Trump campaign and members of the Republican Party knowingly attempted to deceived the public. Their little, lyin’,crooked, crazy, goofy cover-up was pathetic and deceitful and shows the character, or lack thereof, of the campaign and the Party.

79. Trump said that the Charlie Hebdo victims should have been armed. Donald Trump believed that the victims of the Charlie Hebdo slayings would be alive if France didn’t have strict gun laws. Like with several other mass murders, there was a cop who tried to stop the attack, but couldn’t. Donald Trump didn’t know what he was talking about then and he doesn’t know what he is talking about now.

80. Donald Trump claimed that every woman on The Apprentice flirted with him. Donald Trump wrote in his 2004 book Trump: How to Get Rich, “All the women on The Apprentice flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected. A sexual dynamic is always present between people, unless you are asexual.” No, Mr. Trump, it isn’t to be expected and it isn’t always present.

81. Trump repeatedly suggested that vaccines cause autism. He’s wrong.

He thinks scientists are lying to you about the causes of autism. Maybe he should have picked Jill Stein as a running mate.

Blaming Obama for autism sounds like something that Trump would say, but that’s because it is something he said.

Trump doesn’t understand autism. He doesn’t understand medicine. He doesn’t understand science. Discouraging well-tested medicine that prevents deaths from infectious disease in favor of fear of autism? We don’t need to give him more authority or influence in our lives. It would literally be sickening.

82. Donald Trump praised Saddam Hussein. Trump said of Hussein, “He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights — they didn’t talk, they were a terrorist, it was over.” It wasn’t the first time that Trump appreciated Hussein’s tactics. While he admitted that Hussein was a bad man, it isn’t enough to say that Hussein, a brutal dictator who terrorized his own people, was just a bad guy.

83. Trump said that an airplane above a rally was a Mexican attack. It may have been a joke, but it was a pathetic one meant to scare and incite people to be more xenophobic and angry.

84. After the shooting at the Pulse nightclub, Trump took credit for talking about terrorism. When 49 people died in Orlando, Donald Trump thought that the responsible and respectful reaction to the event was to take credit for having talked about terrorism. Donald Trump claimed credit for the actions of Mateen before Daesh ever had a chance to.

Pathetic, Mr. Trump. Really pathetic.

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Nana’s Red Photo Album (40th Anniversary & Miscellaneous)

Most of these pictures are from Nana and Granddaddy’s 40th Anniversary Party, which took place in January 1991.1 There are a few images from other days2 in this album, so I’ve included them as well. If I remembered what they were for, I put it in their caption.


  1. I turned 7 that February. 

  2. Including ones from before I was alive. 

Daily Debate: Sept. 4, 2015

Should Kim Davis, Rowan County Clerk, be in jail for refusing to grant marriage licenses to LGBTQ couples? Was her refusal to do so an example of injustice? Should she be applauded for standing up for what she believes in? Is it hypocritical for her to oppose marriage equality when she has been married four times?

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[252-260] Couples
[261-275] Weddings
[276-305] Women’s Rights/Abortion
[306-323] LGBTQ/Marriage Equality/Sexuality
[324-328] Miscellaneous political
[329-341] Occupy Movement/99%
[342-396] Autumn
[397-426] Christmas
[427-451] Ballet
[452-456] Cats
[457-461] Dachshunds
[462-481] Sunflowers
[482-501] Peonies

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