More Donald Insanity, And More Of A Respite *Open Thread*

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Dear God, please, please make it stop. I swear, I can barely even think straight in trying to lay out the most recent unbelievably idiotic things Donald Trump has said (though that could also be my irritation at ATT for the in/out, in/out of my internet connection today which is why this is late. GRRRR.).

But yeah – today’s news is ALL about Trump’s most recent triple flip flop in just 24 hrs about abortion. Oh, this is a doozy. And not for nothing, but BOTH sides are angry about Trump’s comments at an MSNBC townhall. From The Hill:

[…]  But Trump’s rivals from both parties quickly seized on the controversy.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, in a tweet, called the initial comments “horrific and telling.”

“Your Republican frontrunner, ladies and gentlemen. Shameful,” tweeted Democratic candidateBernie Sanders.

Republicans, too, blasted the remarks, with some questioning Trump’s anti-abortion credentials.

“Once again Donald Trump has demonstrated that he hasn’t seriously thought through the issues, and he’ll say anything just to get attention,” Ted Cruz said in a statement.

“On the important issue of the sanctity of life, what’s far too often neglected is that being pro-life is not simply about the unborn child; it’s also about the mother — and creating a culture that respects her and embraces life,” he continued.

“Of course we shouldn’t be talking about punishing women; we should affirm their dignity and the incredible gift they have to bring life into the world.”

“Don’t overthink it: Trump doesn’t understand the pro-life position because he’s not pro-life,” tweeted Brian Phillips, a top aide to Cruz, Trump’s main GOP rival for the presidential nomination.

“Of course women shouldn’t be punished,” for having an abortion, John Kasich, another presidential contender, also told NBC. […] (Click  here to read the rest.)

Good grief. What the hell is WRONG with this man??  Wow.

One point not to be lost in this is the impact Trump’s statements have on the Pro-life movement as addressed by one of Cruz’s aides in the quote above. The Federalist also has a very good post on the damage Trump is doing in that regard, “4 Reasons Donald Trump’s Was A Betrayal of Pro-Lifers.” One of the salient points is this:

[…]

4) Pure Sabotage of the Debate

Quin Hilyer at National Review Online raised a point that everyone was missing in the brouhaha. It wasn’t just that Trump said he’d support punishing women. It was also how he made the argument. When Matthews asked him how he’d ban abortions, Trump word-clouded something to the effect of, “You go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places, but we have to ban it.”

As Hilyer writes:

Scrutinize that for a moment. If that doesn’t play into the hands of the anti-life movement, nothing does. This is a wink-wink/nudge-nudge to the idea that illegal abortion mills or perhaps even back alleys are to be accepted as alternatives to legal abortions — rather than that, say, adoptions should be promoted, along with community support for pre-natal care and both pre- and post-natal counseling.

This answer most makes sense if you imagine that Trump’s main goal was to sabotage everything the pro-life movement has ever worked for. Perhaps he’s just so new to thinking about abortion that his mind is a tumbled mess of thoughts. Being an outsider who is new to political discussions has served Trump well thus far in his campaign. In the case of the most important human rights issue of our time, it’s a disaster. (Click here to read the rest.)

I have NO qualms believing that. I think Trump IS sabotaging the this movement, and the GOP in general.

But that isn’t all Trump has said recently. In his CNN Townhall, Trump made more news in his response to Anderson Cooper about the top responsibilities of the Government. From Washington Free Beacon:

[…] “In your opinion, what are the top three functions of the United States government?” asked Robert Kitelinger, an Army veteran.

“Well, the greatest function of all by far is security for our nation. I would also say health care, I would also say education,” Trump said. “I mean there are many, many things, but I would say the top three are security, security, security. We have to have security for our country so that we can continue to exist as a country.”

“So, top three, you’re saying, security-” host Anderson Cooper said.

“Security. I would say, I say all top three are security. But, health care, education would be probably three that would be top, and then you can go on from there,” Trump said.

“So in terms of federal government role, you’re saying security, but you also say health care and education should be provided by the federal government,” Cooper said.

“Well those are two of the things, yeah, sure,” Trump said. “There are, I mean there are obviously many things: housing, providing great neighborhoods and safe neighborhoods.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Cooper went on to press Trump about his responses since, well, obviously his positions sound more like a DEMOCRAT and are also a contradiction to what he said before. So then, in less than a couple of minutes, he flipped back to, “oh, yeah – you’re right – I mean whatever the Republican position is…” Okay, that isn’t an exact quote, but if you read the rest of the article, you will see it is pretty damn close.

And along those lines, I would HIGHLY recommend an EXCELLENT National Review piece, “No, Trump Isn’t Actually Better Than Hillary.” The author, David French, touches on many of the points mentioned above, specifically Education and Health care. It is a good piece, and I hope you get a chance to read it.

Okay, enough of politics. Time for MORE VACATION PHOTOGRAPHS! Yes, it is that time. I know penguins are high on the list, but two other creatures we saw were seals and sea lions. AND, there were a whole bunch of pups of each! Naturally, I’ll give you another penguin photo because, why not, right? This is from Magdalena Island, Chile, and you’ll note that one of the penguins is coming out of the ocean after a dip:

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So cute!! Next up, some seals from Ushuaia, Argentina:

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Those little faces are SO cute, aren’t they? Get ready for more cuteness. These are sea lions, and their pups are the brown ones (also Ushuaia, Argentina):

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I’ll be doing more of each of these because, come on – LOOK AT THOSE FACES!!!

One more, and this is of Blue-eyed Cormorants (they are HUGE):

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It was a whole little island full of these handsome birds. Watching them take off on the water was so cool – they basically run across it until they get lift. So cool.

What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.

 

 

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52 Responses to “More Donald Insanity, And More Of A Respite *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thanks so much for the respite! It helps wash the taste of another day of Trump insanity off the palate.

    The adorable penguins, and I am unashamedly in love with penguins, and now the cute little faces on the baby sea lions. They are delightful.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – I completely understand, Marge. I have to say, as adorable as they are in photos, in PERSON they are even more so. Oh, my – they are precious!

      As are those FACES on the pups – aren’t they so, so cute? I don’t know if Suzy got a video or not, but I hope she did so you can hear the seals and sea lions bark at each other. It is something!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for re-posting this – it is just perfect. That is exactly how Trump thinks…

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    On the other hand Ted Cruz was on Jimmy Kimmel last night and was likable and funny. He seemed so relaxed.

    He was campaigning in Wisconsin all day and then did Kimmel last night. I don’t know where he gets the energy. Trump meanwhile is holed up in Trump Tower again.

    Cruz will be on the Charlie Sykes radio program this morning at 11.07 my time which means about an hour your time if you want to listen.

    This link should get your there:

    http://www.wtmj.com/listen-live

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, GREAT!! Thank you for the link! I will take a listen.

      And I am going to go find him on Jimmy Kimmel. He must be an energizer bunny or something!

      Thanks, Marge!

      And I am not one bit surprised that Trump is holder up in the Tower…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I thought he was great. Imagine a candidate that can speak in complete sentences and actually make sense.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I did too, Marge. And yes, he can actually speaking full sentences without constantly saying, “Trust me – I’m GREAT!” I still cannot believe that, with ALL the excellent choices of people who could think on their feet, were well versed in the issues, and who were eloquent, that Trump has done so well. It truly makes me despair for where people are in this country.

          I hope that Cruz does extremely well in WI, and that SOMEONE convinces that Kasich Karachter to drop out already…

      • GinaR Says:

        I thought Cruz did great, too! And I noticed on the website that Carly Fiorina will be on tomorrow.

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Here are some “Random Questions” Kimmel asked Cruz:

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    Thanks Amy I am so happy, to see all the adorable pictures. 😀

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      So glad you like them! Those faces – oh, my – especially the brown fuzzy ones. How much do you want to pet them?! Who am I kidding – I want to pet all of them! 😀

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Scott Walker’s ad for Cruz:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      In case you haven’t heard, many of the low information Trump followers are calling Scott Walker a RINO. They will slime anyone for their darling Trump. Disgusting.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Great ad by Walker. I so like that man…

      Good grief, are you KIDDING ME??? They are just delusional. Walker is NOT a RINO. He is a man of his word, one of integrity, passion, and commitment, plus a spine. He is exactly the kind of person ANY candidate would be proud to be endorsed by. Of course, they have to act like Trump and put him down, denigrate and demean him, because their little feelings are hurt.

      God, I am so sick of these people – the kinds of Americans who only care abt personalities and who ignore all of the red flags, constant flip flops, ignorance, and more, of a candidate like Trump and Obama. Just astonishing…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        As things stand Cruz stands to win Wisconsin. But with Walker endorsing him and Trump lying about the state and saying Walker was wrong not to raise taxes – Cruz may win by more than expected.

        Meanwhile Trump is holed up in Trump Towers again. Do you know, has he even called in anyone today?

        Oh and get this, FOX is putting their finger on the scale again as there is word that Greta is gonna give Trump an hour for a “Townhall Meeting” in hopes of helping him in Wisconsin.

        I don’t watch FOX any more. Surprisingly CNN has at least shown some decency. Not Blitzer – I don’t think he’s got decency, honesty or integrity in him.

        Tapper has been pretty honest and Anderson Cooper surprised me. He was tough on Cruz but he was tough on Trump and Kasich too. That’s what he’s supposed to do. Good for him!

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          As I understand it, the new Marquette poll which shows Cruz ahead by 10% was taken before Walker’s endorsement, so yeah – he might just cream Trump there. Oh, that would be a sight to see, wouldn’t it?

          WTH with Greta??? I used to respect her, but if she does that for Trump, and NOT the other candidates running, isn’t that a violation of the election law?? I saw that MSNBC had a Trump townhall last night – are the others getting that??

          This rush to push Trump no matter what is appalling. I really did think Fox was going to stand up to his bullying initially over Kelly, but it seems like they have bent over for him in a big way. Yeah, I tried to watch a little of Bill and Martha this morning, and actually caught Stephen Hayes on, but after that, it went downhill.

          Tapper was VERY good journalist before he went to CNN, and he seemed to slip for a bit, but from what I have seen recently, he seems back on his game. So yeah – I WANT these candidates to be asked the tough questions. They aren’t running for a beauty pageant, after all. They need to be able to think on their feet, have a good command of the issues, and be able to answer the questions without blowing a gasket. IMO, that is!

        • GinaR Says:

          I used to love Greta, too, but not any more. I don’t watch Fox at all any more, they’ve all gone to the dark side. I wonder if their ratings have fallen since they became Trumpanzees.

          And if the Trumpanzees think Walker is a RINO, what the hell do they think Trump is??? They are so blind to who Trump really is, it simply boggles the brain.

          I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Anderson Cooper!

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Yeah, I do miss Greg Gutfeld – he is standing strong, thank heavens. I caught a few minutes today and at first, Jedediah Bila was being very good on some of the things going on now, but later, when talk turned to Trump and NY, she regurgitated Cruz’s “NY Values” quote. The problem with that, as I know y’all know, is that he was QUOTING TRUMP. These media people always seem to ignore the context for that comment. Grrr.

            Cooper was good in the Townhall with Cruz, though he did interrupt him a few times instead of letting him answer. But even that, Cruz handled well.

  7. mcnorman Says:

    Love them animals! Politicians, not so much.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – I completely understand! Don’t those cute faces just melt your heart? Adorable…

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump Is Simply Not Well

    The issue on Trump is not his immigration policy and the wall, trade, or making deals. The reality that underlies the “we have never seen anything like this…” nature of the Trump phenomenon is that Donald Trump is “non compos mentis” (not of sound mind). Trump needs help, not the Oval Office.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/frmarcelguarnizo/2016/03/31/trump-is-simply-not-well-n2141510/page/full

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you for this. Someone I know took umbrage at my saying Trump was insane – she likes him, needless to say. I posted another article for her that even some of his biggest spokespeople think he is nuts and stupid, not to mention in this just for himself. This is another good piece to post. Not that it will matter to her, but it makes me feel better to do it! 🙂

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I know it does no good with the besotted Trump followers but like you it makes me feel better to know that I made the information available. You can lead a horse to water…

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Exactly, Marge – nothing you can do if people refuse to see what is right in front of them…

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thought you would get a kick out of this one Rev

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Cleveland Conspiracy To Steal The Nomination

    By Derek Hunter

    Have you heard? The Establishment is conspiring to steal the GOP nomination from Donald Trump! It’s true. I read it somewhere. There have been secret meetings all over the country of Establishment types plotting how best to deny what the voters want, and what they want is Donald Trump!

    Here’s some breaking news for you: If Donald Trump acquires 1,237 delegates to the GOP convention he will be the nominee. If he doesn’t, he may not be the nominee. It’s that simple.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2016/03/31/the-cleveland-conspiracy-to-steal-the-nomination-n2141020/page/full

    Great article and filled with information for those who may not fully understand the process. Will that matter to the ignorant and loud Trumpanzees? Doubtful. Facts simply aren’t their forte.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This is just like the new hue and cry abt the Dem Superdelegates and Clinton, though NO ONE had a problem with them when they helped Obama out. Obama and his cronies strong-armed and threatened the black legislators who were supporting Clinton until they switched their votes. And no one batted an eye (except for Clinton supporters).

      And now, all of a sudden, with two poor sports in the contest – Trump and Sanders – all of this is being called into question. It’s the rules. Get over it.

      Thanks for the great piece!

    • GinaR Says:

      Newsflash…2/3 of the voters do NOT want Donald Trump! The only reason he keeps winning the primaries is because Kasich is living in lala land and thinks he can win the nomination and is taking votes that would otherwise go to Cruz. Idiotic Kasich supporters.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        That’s exactly what I keep trying to tell all these Trumpanzees – the majority of people do NOT want Trump, and I agree completely abt Kasich. His ego is off the charts, and he is enabling a man who is singularly unsuited for the office he seeks. He needs to get the hell out already…

  11. foxyladi14 Says:

    I love all of you and remember. ❤

    https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/306092_348715045250028_1715009433_n.jpg?oh=77204aa8ca49cfb52071e34a4021ffd5&oe=5787BD4D

  12. piper Says:

    Voted early yesterday and delighted that I won’t have to face the hordes next week.
    Go Cruz, go

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I’m going tomorrow. Too many steps at the usual voting place so I go to the Municipal Building a day or two early. Gotta get my vote in for Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson and Rebecca Bradley.

      Also my Alderman who happens to be a Dem but is a good man and does his job. That’s all I ask.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I so, so hope Johnson wins again. I still cannot believe he was demonized for asking a perfectly reasonable question of Her Majesty, though her response to him has been pure gold for Reps…

    • dm Says:

      Thought you were voting for Walker?

  13. GinaR Says:

    Love the photos of the penguins and seals and sea lions and pups! They are just too damn adorable!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I’m so glad! Aren’t they just the cutest?! It was hard taking photos of them since I just wanted to stare at them! 🙂

  14. piper Says:

    From the Patriot Retort

    “I don’t know what it is specifically about Donald Trump that has made him so successful at blurring the lines between supposed conservatives and these hateful Leftists. But he has done it.

    The level of vitriol, rage, spite, and general ass-holery coming from these people who claim to want to “Make America Great Again” is really chilling.

    When I decided to risk the inevitable blowback and post a remark that it is stunning at how much glee there is over Michelle Fields being driven from her home the same way Darren Wilson was in Ferguson, one brave little Trumper replied:
    “That’s the high road, but there is a difference,. Darren Wilson did his job whereas this slut was maliciously out to cause damage. No tears here for Shelly the GOPe whore.”

    So, a reporter who is doing her job (AKA asking questions of a candidate she is tasked by her employer to cover) isn’t like Darren Wilson because Wilson was doing his job (AKA protecting and serving the people of Ferguson). Michelle Fields deserves the Leftist Thug Treatment. Because she’s a slut. She’s a whore. She had it coming.

    Trump 2016!!!!! Make Machiavelli Great Again!

    I said several months ago that one of the primary reasons I began to sour on Donald Trump was in large part due to the Leftist “ends justify the means” tactics employed by his army of shock troops. So invested are they in this Cheeto-colored, stubby fingered buffoon with the intelligence of a doily, they believe that getting their way by any means necessary is completely justifiable. It doesn’t matter whom you smear. It doesn’t matter whose lives you destroy. It doesn’t matter if you use the hateful rhetoric and violent tactics of the Left.

    The ends justify the means.

    I can’t count the number of times I have asked my friends, how can this man be good when this is the kind of vicious, subhuman, thuggish people he attracts? The Trump Cult of Personality is populated by people who are just as vile and hate-filled as their cousins on the Left.

    And like their cousins on the Left, they are delighting in successfully ruining a young woman’s life all for the sake of their Tangerine Tyrant.”

    Link: http://patriotretort.com/make-machiavelli-great/#comments

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Piper, what an OUTSTANDING post!! The Patriot Retort has nailed it. This goes right along with what I was planning on addressing today. I might have to steal some of it. Thank you!

  15. piper Says:

    Amy,
    Apologies for sending a rude message to dm on your blog.

    Delighted when I filled in the circle by Cruz’s name.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, no worries – I went ahead and let that comment through because I was giving DM the benefit of the doubt that s/he wasn’t being a smart aleck. That will learn me! 🙂

      • piper Says:

        No problem – dm post on several blogs which I used to read and comment but no longer given the vile insults that I have received from being a non trump supporter. Although she is a trump supporter, she hasn’t been one of my malicious denigrator.
        Actually I found it interesting that more of trump supporters are searching various website to ‘see’ how their messiah is faring among us non-supporters.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I thought abt that, too, piper. It is exactly – EXACTLY – what Obots did. I had a couple here back in the day who could actually be civil and really discuss the issues, but that was when I made it so no one new could have a comment appear without me approving it first. Glad I did. Hopefully, DM will continue to be respectful. If not, that will be that…

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