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.”





Saturday, June 23, 2018

Faux pas or stratagy...







First let me say that I really could care less what Melania Trump wears.

I never cared what Michelle Obama wore either.

That's up to them.

Everyone has the right to express who they are through the clothes they wear.

But...


Andrew Harnik  AP                                                 Zara


There are like a bazillion jackets out there and this is the one you pick to go "visit" little children who have been separated from their mothers and fathers because of your husband?

Really?

If you are the first lady of the United States, and you are representing this country you would think that you yourself or someone else would have had enough sense to see that jacket and realize it was totally inappropriate.

I mean you knew there were going to be news crews and photographers there right?

But you know what?

I can't think of one single thing this entire administration has done that's not totally inappropriate.

So, I guess when you put it up there with separating little children from their parents, putting them in concentration camps and then losing track of who they belong to, maybe the jacket incident isn't that horrible.

And maybe that's the point.

If you do enough insensitive, inhumane and disruptive things over and over and over again, everything just mushes into one big blob of outrage.

" Don't worry, they'll forget the jacket when we privatize Social Security". "And if not then, well we'll start up the Muslim Ban again, or imprison a couple reporters from the fake news".

We all thought it was crazy, once upon a time.

But you know what?

The jokes on us cause it's working!



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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Silent witnesses...




To what is left of the Republican party;



They watched and listened and they said nothing.

One degrading incident after another.

Day after day, week after week, month after month.

Still they said nothing.

They watched and turned away those seeking asylum as their children were ripped from their parents arms.

They watched as funds for veteran's and teachers and the elderly were slashed and they said nothing.

They watched as the sick and disabled were denied health care.

They watched as our reputation as a country, as a people was decimated and destroyed in every corner of the world and they shrugged.

They stood silent as our allies were bullied and humiliated and our enemies where glorified and embraced.

They were mute as our constitution became irrelevant word by word.

They watched as the definition of truth became blurred and then completely distorted until there was no difference between fact and fiction.

They watched and determined that yes, there are some who are above the law.



What will they say when their children ask; "where were your voices?"

* this is a partial cross-over post from our other little blog





Have a wonderful weekend!

Noodle and crew








Saturday, June 9, 2018

pandoras box...




I'm old enough to remember a time when we worked feverishly to demand rules and regulations (such a misrepresented word these days) for clean air, clean water, voting rights and equality.

We made great strides and great mistakes and learned from them all.

We cherished the strides and eventually somewhere down the line we tried to correct the mistakes.

Most things in life can be corrected.

Then there are the things that can not be undone.

I hear people say, yes we have fallen off a proverbial cliff but the union is strong and it will survive.

I'm not so sure anymore.

I fear we have opened Pandora's Box and there is no going back.

Basic common courtesy has been replaced by a sense of me first.

Is that what Make America Great Again meant?

America first no matter what the cost?

America alone?

That sounds more like America the spoiled brat to me.

"If you don't do what I want, I'll pick up my marbles and go home".

That's not being strong, that's being childish.

I get the distinct feeling that if this president had his way the G7 would be the G4 and would consist of;

Russia
the USA
China and
North Korea

Not democracies but dictatorships.

Not allies but demigods.

Everyday now we are witness to every rule in the Constitution being bastardized or broken.

Spun into something it was never meant to be.

Yet no one is held accountable.

I fear like all those little evils that escaped Pandora's Box, we didn't close the box in time...

and time has run out.

We are now faced with the consequences.

The dye is cast.

The genie is out of the bottle

and there is no putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.



But at least there is this.



Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew







Saturday, June 2, 2018

Give a man a fish...





On Tuesday May 29th, Starbucks closed their doors to 8000 stores.

We wanted to check back and see what happened that day, what people got from it.

What they're going to do next.

We were pleasantly surprised.

We began to wonder, "what if everyone in the country had, had to take the training?"

So, we decided we'd give you all the tools we could find to teach you all to fish if you are so inclined...

You don't have to be a Starbucks employee you can check it out all on your own or with a group of friends or talk about it with your family at dinner.

Watch the videos, read the materials and listen (really listen).

With that, we give you a few fish to begin...

Starbucks training material for May 29th training session.

MSNBC town hall with Chris Hayes, Joy Reed, Valerie Jarrett

Starbucks commissioned Documentary by Stanley Nelson



Wouldn't it be great if we all learned to fish!?



Have a wonderful weekend...

Noodle and crew








Friday, May 25, 2018

The call is coming from inside the house...


                                    ( baby Noodle archives )


This administration is happily dismantling, piece by piece every aspect of what we considered normal for the past two hundred and some odd years.

Many are thrilled to see the shrinking of government to non existence and the roll back of progress.

Like some how that will move us back to the 50's a place where a small portion of the population feels comfortable and safe.

But, no matter what you think of government, think about this...

If you get rid of government the CIA the FBI the DOJ the IRS and the FCC etc.

Who takes over?

The military perhaps.

If you were upset that the government was coming to take your guns what do you think will happen if there is no government.

Because any guns you have the military has bigger ones and more of them.

And who is the head of the military? Why Donald Trump.

Think about that a minute....

He's come for the media, the EPA, the FBI, legal immigrants.

He punishes his enemies.

And will gladly throw anyone under the bus.

When will he come for you?

Is anyone really off limits?

A fox doesn't go after a certain hen in the hen house, he'll go after any of them.

Ask your self are you better off today than you were two years ago?

Is the country better off?

If you said yes, please tell me how.

All I see is a greedy, self absorbed man who throws a tantrum if he doesn't get his way who is making a buck for himself and his friends in any conceivable way he can no matter what the cost to YOUR
country.

There are no better trade deals, no fatter paychecks, no health care replacement.

The deficit has rocketed to new heights.

Company's are still moving over seas.

Steel workers and coal miners are still unemployed and in greater numbers than before ( so how's that deregulation working for you?)

Even Harley Davidson closed a plant, laid off 800 worker and gave the money to their shareholders  after that big fake photo op at the White House advertising the great tax cut deal.

Trump is like a bull in a china shop, breaking ties with allies, outing confidential sources, demolishing the lines between the departments of checks and balances that have kept us safe and honest ever since the country began.

Now it looks as though there will be no meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.

Personally I never expected it to happen anyway.

So, no stabilization of the region for the benefit of diplomacy and mankind and no Nobel Peace Prize for Donald

But at least we'll have a coin.

It wouldn't surprise me if those same people who bought those coins from a now defunct meeting, aren't the same people who supported bombing a made up Disney country.

The call really is coming from inside the house.

And time is running out...




Have a wonderful weekend!


Noodle and crew







Friday, May 18, 2018

Once more...





We are going to run this same post every time there is another mass shooting.
Whether it be in a school or a concert or a shopping mall or a theater...

Wouldn't it be great to not have to post it again?

Wouldn't it be great if someone finally listened?


From our February 16th 2018 post;


More bullets.
More blood.
More deaths.
More victims.
More carnage.

More terror.
More fear.
More horror.
More disbelief

More tears.
More grief.
More sadness.
More loss.
More broken lives.

More anger.
More outrage.
More questions.
More "whys"?

More funeral's
More names on the list
More condolences

More speeches
More "hearts and prayers are with you".
More, "this is not the time".

More excuses.
More inaction.


More guns.


More campaign donations...





We need to do MORE!

Noodle and crew