Friday, July 20, 2018

Where are we again?



                                         
                                        (baby Noodle archives)

I've often heard people say that they voted for Donald Trump because they wanted to shake things up.

Well, congratulations you've succeeded.

But could you please get him to stop shaking things up now!

Because no matter what started out as shaking things up, has now lead to just plain broken.

And now, I do not recognize this place where I live anymore.

Our president just spent over two hours ALONE with Vladimir Putin.

We may never know what was said.

Now we learn that Putin has been invited to the White House in a few months.

Every morning I wake and wonder what's next....

I used to be sure we were the country that said, "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".

I was sure we were a country of the first amendment  and that, that included everyone.

I was sure we were a country that believed in separation of church and state.

I was sure we were a country who professed "all men are created equal".

I was sure we were a country who believed in freedom of the press. Where journalists were not targeted, bullied and threatened
.
A country where we had the right to peaceful protest.

A country where we had freedom of religion, ANY RELIGION.

Mostly I was sure we were a country where no one was above the law, NO ONE.

A country who's commander in chief would never disregard and slander our most staunch allies.

And most importantly, I was sure we were a country who would elect a president that would defend our own country over adversarial countries like Russia!

And under NO circumstances hand over American citizen's to a hostile adversary!

No, I do not recognize this place where I live anymore.

Do you?



Have a peaceful weekend...

Noodle and crew



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Who?



*from Wikipedia

Single-party dictatorships[edit]


Single-party dictatorships are regimes in which one party dominates politics. In single-party dictatorships, a single party has access to political posts and control over policy. Other parties may legally exist, compete in elections, and even hold legislative seats, yet true political power lies with the dominant party. In single-party dictatorships, party elites are typically members of the ruling body of the party, sometimes called the central committee, or politburo. This group of individuals controls the selection of party officials and “organizes the distribution of benefits to supporters and mobilizes citizens to vote and show support for party leaders".[10]

Dictators;


Spending millions of dollars of tax payer money on personal travel, military parades and personal pleasures.

Discrediting the media as "fake news"

Singling out individuals and businesses that disagree with them.

Enslaving and detaining certain groups of people.

Eliminating rights and freedoms for certain groups.

Misleading and lying to the public.

Invoking censorship

Profiting monetarily and otherwise from their position in office.

Belittling and chastising branches of the government that don't agree with them or do what they would like.

To further understand the characteristic's of a dictator read the article from Psychology Today

And no....

actually I was referring to these 49 dictators, but I see why you might have thought I was talking about someone else.



Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew



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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Betting the farm...






What do lobsters, nails, apples, motorcycle's, and milk have in common?

Tariffs that's what.

I get it, if you look at the job numbers right now and the economy, well, it all looks rosy.

But, and this is a big but, we are standing on the precipice.

All the Jenga blocks have been removed that could hold us up and here comes that big but all that needs to happen is for someone to remove that one little block and... hold on honey it's going to get mighty dicey out there.

Those who believe in this president think he's a great business man and that the tariffs may hurt them momentarily but in the end they'll come out better.

I wish I knew what they were basing their assumptions on other than Trumps rhetoric.

Statistically, looking at his business record you couldn't pick a worse example.

I heard an interview with a farmer who is losing buckets of money as well as contracts he negotiated with other companies that took three years to put in place, ( 3 years!) and he still believes Trump knows what he's doing and will follow him to the end.

Even though I think the people who think this way are bringing forth their own doom, I can't help but feel sorry for them.

People all over the country are making horrific decisions against their own best interests whether it be health care or Social Security or tariffs and holding on to a misguided faith in someone who really doesn't care about them at all.

All he needs is for them to show up at his rallies and chant "USA, USA, USA" and "build the wall"
which by the way although Trump assures his followers is being built IT IS NOT!

The sad thing is that once he doesn't need them anymore because he's not running or he's ousted from his presidency, what will happen then?

When they have literally bet the farm and lost it...


Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew


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Saturday, June 30, 2018

It's all in the messaging...


(baby Noodle archives)





The Big Blue Wave is coming in 2018!

You hear it all the time now.

The democrats are unstoppable. 

They're going to take the house back and heck, maybe even the senate.

Don't hold your breath!

Unfortunately most democrats haven't gotten their act together.

And you can't win if you're not in the race.

I know what Donald Trumps message is, so does everyone else on the planet.

I don't agree with it but it's been driven like a stake into my brain for the last two years.

It doesn't matter if the message makes sense or is even possible all it takes to convince those who will listen is;

REPETITION! REPETITION!, REPETITION! 

Now tell me the democrats message...

go ahead, I dare you.

Don't worry, it's not your fault that you don't know what it is because no one has told you.

Yes, the democrats have won some amazing victories.

Look at Virginia and Alabama.

And today, at  one of the rallies for keeping children together with their parents who are detained at the border, Senator Kamala Harris gave a speech that should be embraced by the party as their mantra.

But there is still a major difference between the democrats and the republicans that is one of the democrats biggest problems right now.

They continue to be realistic and try to play by the rules  in this ridiculous new political environment.

Listen up dems! At some point you just have to stop banging your head against the wall.

I remember how much I respected Michelle Obama when she said "when they go low, we go high".

Here's the problem…

republicans have gone SO low for so long that no one even recognizes the moral high ground anymore.

And people don't buy what they don't recognize.

They hear the loudest voice in the room and follow that message because they have heard it over and over and over until it sounds familiar.

Look, I know that reasonable people want to believe that being honest and ethical and moral is what you should do.

It's what we all should do.

It's what we would all like to believe is who we still are, to quote Kamala Harris; "we are better than this"!

But the fact remains that we live in a different world now and a lot of the old rules just don't apply any longer.

And that big blue wave may end up being just a tiny ripple if we are not careful because right now most democrats are not talking to the people, they're talking politics, and that just doesn't work anymore.

So, come on democrats! Get in there and mix it up, because...

"we are better that this".



Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew




*Excerpt from the  movie The American President;

America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ‘cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. 

You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free.”