Did You Catch That?

Watched the Republican Debate last night. Same old crap. But I did take note of a comment by Ben Carson … and wondered if anyone else who endured the event picked up on it.

The primary topic for this debate was terrorism and the safety of the U.S. At one point, the discussion turned to the nuclear danger from No. Korea. Carson said something to the effect that No. Korea was a poor country because all the money goes to the military while the people are starving.

Hmmm …

As a sidenote — does anyone besides me wonder why Clinton is the “front-runner” Democratic candidate? Perhaps because the media is giving little to no space to Bernie? Outside of social media, there has been minimal mention of him. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there are hundreds of voters who don’t even know who he is, let alone what he stands for. Hopefully this will change as we get closer to the primaries.


83 thoughts on “Did You Catch That?

  1. Perhaps because the media is giving little to no space to Bernie?

    Look at him – no one can imagine putting a man who looks like that into the White House. This isn’t me talking, it’s human nature – he could be the most brilliant man in the world, but he is highly unlikely to ever win the Oval office due to his age and appearance.


  2. The whole thing was bizarre. My take-away “What the…” moment was Rubio whining that Obama and Clinton lead from behind, then in answering the very next question he said he’d (as president) would get the Arab nations to fight ISIS on the ground while the US directed them… from behind.

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  3. Today I went & stood in front of Trump Tower & held a sign until the police came. Then I went home & wrote Donald a letter. Here it is:

    Dear Donald Trump:

    You may remember (you do, after all, have a “perfect memory!“), that we met back in November of 1998 in the green room of a talk show where we were both scheduled to appear one afternoon. But just before going on, I was pulled aside by a producer from the show who said that you were “nervous” about being on the set with me. She said you didn’t want to be “ripped apart” and you wanted to be reassured I wouldn’t “go after you.”

    “Does he think I’m going to tackle him and put him in a choke hold?” I asked, bewildered.

    “No,” the producer replied, “he just seems all jittery about you.”

    “Huh. I’ve never met the guy. There’s no reason for him to be scared,” I said. “I really don’t know much about him other than he seems to like his name on stuff. I’ll talk to him if you want me to.”

    And so, as you may remember, I did. I went up and introduced myself to you. “The producer says you’re worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are. I’m from Michigan. Please don’t worry — we’re gonna get along just fine!”

    You seemed relieved, then leaned in and said to me, “I just didn’t want any trouble out there and I just wanted to make sure that, you know, you and I got along. That you weren’t going to pick on me for something ridiculous.”

    “Pick on” you? I thought, where are we, in 3rd grade? I was struck by how you, a self-described tough guy from Queens, seemed like such a fraidey-cat.

    You and I went on to do the show. Nothing untoward happened between us. I didn’t pull on your hair, didn’t put gum on your seat. “What a wuss,” was all I remember thinking as I left the set.

    And now, here we are in 2015 and, like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.

    Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here’s a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.

    So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other’s brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.

    We are all Muslim.

    Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don’t like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you’ve said.

    And then leave the rest of us alone so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong — at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch. You’re not so tough, Donny, and I’m glad I got to see the real you up close and personal all those years ago.

    We are all Muslim. Deal with it.

    All my best,
    Michael Moore

    P.S. I’m asking everyone who reads this letter to go here (http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim) and sign the following statement: “WE ARE ALL MUSLIM” — and then post a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying “WE ARE ALL MUSLIM” on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim. I will post all the photos on my site and send them to you, Mr. Trump. Feel free to join us.

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  4. Nan, I replied to your comment but I can’t find it on your post, nor do I see your reply to the article. I retrieved your reply from my notification window:

    Nan: “Wow! This is quite the article. And boy-oh-boy does the writer nail it! I would NEVER buy tRump’s book, but the quotes from it are very telling.
    From the very beginning — when people started talking about how tRump “tells it like it is” — I had a hunch how this whole scenario was going to play out. As the writer put it: “His victimhood-peddling allows him to disguise hate and prejudice as hope and justice for poor, anxious Americans.”
    And there is NO WAY anyone is going to talk these people out of what they believe is the “true” situation of the U.S. today or the dreadful leadership of Obama via tRump’s analysis.
    We can only trust the writer was correct in his prediction that it’s very unlikely tRump can win the general election.”

    If the author is right, and I suspect he is, then Trump is not the one we should be worried about. It’s the radicalized Americans. Trump is riding the wave, giving them what they want. It’s a very dark time in America.


  5. FYI – H. Res. 564 was just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to express the “sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas,” meaning that they should be free to be used on public ground in violation of the Constitution.

    For those Americans who want to tell their representative not to support this bill, go here: https://org.salsalabs.com/o/318/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=18851

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  6. Did anybody catch this?


    Augusta County schools and all administrative offices in Virginia closed on Friday because of parental objections to a controversial high school geography assignment involving the complexities of Arabic.

    So the schools completely shut down.

    It all began over a homework assignment at Riverheads High School which some parents considered to be Islamic indoctrination.

    WTVR reports:

    Kimberly Herndon said she felt her rights as a parent had been violated when her ninth grade son came home with the assignment.

    “It asked him to copy the Shahada, the Islamic statement of faith which translates to “there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” said Herndon.

    The assignment said it is meant to give the students, “an idea of the artistic complexity of calligraphy.”

    Dozens of people went on to meet at Good News Ministries.

    Herndon said she has not sent her child back to school since the incident happened last week.

    “I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian, and I’m going to stand behind Christ,” Herndon said.

    On Facebook, Herndon writes, in part,”This evil has been cloked [sic] in the form of multiculturism [sic]. My child was given the creed of the Islam faith to copy.”

    Augusta County Schools released a statement which reads, in part, “the school division began receiving voluminous phone calls and electronic mail locally and from outside the area” and that, “based on concerns regarding the tone and content of those communications, Sheriff Fisher and Dr. Bond mutually decided schools and school offices will be closed on Friday, December 18.”

    “We regret having to take this action, but we are doing so based on the recommendations of law enforcement and the Augusta County School Board out of an abundance of caution,” the statement reads.

    Watch courtesy of WTVR:

    “As we have emphasized, no lesson was designed to promote a religious viewpoint or change any student’s religious belief,” the statement continues. “Although students will continue to learn about world religions as required by the state Board of Education and the Commonwealth’s Standards of Learning, a different, non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy will be used in the future.”

    Herndon’s Facebook post concludes, “Blessed be the name of THE LORD. THE LORD OF LORDS AND THE KING OF KINGS. THERE IS POWER IN HIS NAME AND HE IS WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE.”

    It’s like the War of the Fundamentalists. ‘My God is better.’ ‘No, MINE is!’

    When in reality, it appears the class was just teaching what it said it was teaching: the complexities of Arabic and different religions.

    We wonder how Ms. Herndon would feel about a Muslim student having to learn about Christianity in the classroom. Apparently, Herndon will not be indoctrinated into grammar or spelling either.


    • ” … artistic complexity of calligraphy” Calligraphy? What does handwriting have to do with the “complexities of Arabic and different religions?”

      “This evil has been cloked in the form of multiculturism.” (sic)

      Christians get so upset over some of the dumbest things. If they were CONFIDENT in their faith, this kind of stuff wouldn’t even faze them.

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      • If they were confident in their god, they would have faith that he/she/it wouldn’t let their children be indoctrinated.

        You can bet your ass, when it comes time to study Christianity in that religion class, those Honkies won’t care if there are Muslim or Jewish kids in the classroom or those of any other religion.

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      • Just saw the source of this article … apparently the assignment was related to calligraphy.

        World Geography teacher Cheryl LaPorte wanted to introduce students to Arabic calligraphy, so she had them copy a phrase to show off its “artistic complexity”

        My bad.


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