Second Jewel,Smallest Jockey, And Honoring Our Armed Forces *Weekend Open Thread*

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This weekend brings us a bit of a respite from the crazy campaign. Thank heavens. But before that respite begins, I have to say I still cannot believe how this season is going. I was forced to endure a brief (thankfully) clip of Donald Trump declaring what happened to the EgyptAir plane, and literally shook my head in disbelief and shock that this man with his incredibly limited vocabulary and declarations not hampered by facts is the one a loud minority want as President. Holy moley.

And I have to say, as many of us have suspected, Trump makes Clinton look MIGHTY good by comparison. Meaning, many of us have long suspected this whole Trump run and rise was orchestrated by and with Democrats to make Clinton the President.  And when he opens his mouth spewing and spouting off baseless assertions and elementary school level language, it seems the Democrats knew what they were doing. Sad to say, but true. Most of us never thought so many Republicans would fall for this guy though, and that was our mistake. We thought there were smarter than they were.

Oh well. Lesson learned.

But now onto something much more fun and having NOTHING to do with Politics. That would be the second jewel in the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. No doubt, Nyquist will try to secure his second win, but with the potential for a sloppy track due to rain, his run might be slowed down a bit.If that is the case, expect Exaggerator to take advantage of that muddy run. There will be some new faces in the field doing their best to impede Nyquist’s Triple Crown attempt, but that is expected. It is also a much smaller field than the Derby – 11 horses in all – so there is that aspect when it comes to the Triple Crown try. It will be exciting regardless of who wins, no doubt about it.

Before Saturday’s day of racing though was the Fillies big race, the Black-eyed Susan Race. It was definitely an exciting race with one of my favorites, “Go Maggie, Go!” coming through victorious in this race, one of the oldest stakes races at this track (Pimlico).

But, I know that some of y’all aren’t as enthusiastic about horse racing as I am, so I have something just for you: the smallest jockey around. He happens to be a Jack Russell terrier, Daily, and he is best buddies with the mini horse, Spanky. They are best buddies and do everything together. Check out this amazing cuteness below (h/t IHeartHorses):

 

Aren’t they just ADORABLE together??? They are most definitely best buds. How wonderful that they found each other.

Saturday isn’t just a big race day. It is also the day we honor the Armed Forces in this country. Yes, it is Armed Forces Day in the USA. Here is a bit of history on how this day came to be celebrated:

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.

In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman “praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas” and said, “it is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace.” In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated:

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense”. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

This video sums up Armed Forces Day, as well as the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces:

 

Thank you one and all, to those who are serving now, and to those whose service is past. We could not have such a great nation without your willing sacrifice.

But this celebration is not just theirs alone, but the service and sacrifice of the spouses (and families) who allow our military to serve. This story represents what so many military spouses endure. It is a tribute to all the spouses of those serving in the Armed Forces:

 

It does indeed “take a village” for these warriors to be able to do what they do. Many thanks to the spouses, partners, and families as we honor those who serve on Armed Forces Day.

That’s it for me, friends. What’s on your minds today? This is the Weekend Open Thread.

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103 Responses to “Second Jewel,Smallest Jockey, And Honoring Our Armed Forces *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. piper Says:

    I can’t believe our choices this time around – a crooked serial liar politician and a crooked serial liar vulgarian builder. WCPGW

  2. piper Says:

    Amy,
    Thank you for the shout out to our military – without them our crazy citizens wouldn’t have a leg to stand on or voice to speak.

    Also Daily and Spanky are just what we need to combat the stench coming from both sides of the political arena.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Truly my pleasure, piper! They deserve all the thanks we can heap upon them!

      Aren’t the ADORABLE?!?! Love those two BFFs!

  3. piper Says:

    Last one before bike ride.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      There ya go – a choice between trash and garbage. Leaves me to say I won’t choose either of the scumbags.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, that is so good, piper!

      And so true, Marge. Yeah, I can’t bring myself to vote for either one of those two.

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    I don’t “Tweet” but if I did…

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    How Tyrants Rise: Plato’s Eerie 2,500 Year-Old Warning

    When citizens are alienated from the political process they look to a champion to attack the oligarchs ruling over them.

    http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/how-tyrants-rise-platos-eerie-2500-year-old-warning

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for this piece, Marge. Very interesting indeed (Philosophy was my undergrad major). And yes, it is a warning we are not heeding very well…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I’m not sure that human beings ever heed warning. We seem to need to have some disaster, often or usually of our own making, descend upon us before we learn anything.

        And it also seems to me that far too many people are a mob in search of a leader be he/she ever so corrupt. A cult doesn’t question their leader, they just nod their heads and follow.

        If that seems a bit depressing, I find it very depressing – and I also find it to be true.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          It is depressing, isn’t it? This is the most despair I have felt abt this country in my life. It is just astonishing that is going on.

          So yes, sadly, we don’t seem to learn from history at all…

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    With Women, Donald Trump Is Don Draper

    Donald Trump doesn’t abuse women; he uses them. He isn’t concerned about love or even respect. He’s primarily interested in power.

    http://thefederalist.com/2016/05/20/with-women-donald-trump-is-don-draper/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Excellent, excellent article. McAllister makes a good point abt Trump being a User of women more than an “abuser” of women. Thanks for this, Marge!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        He made some very good points but, and you know with me there is so often a “but”, isn’t using women a form of abuse?

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I think her point abt it being more abt power than actual misogyny is the distinction she was making. As Suzy just said, women are more like pawns to him, but I think that is true of everyone. He uses everyone, but as she notes, women in particular fascinate men like Trump, and he also seems to see them as trophies.

          Don’t get me wrong – I think Trump treats women like CRAP, and I have NO idea why women support him at all. And McAllister was right at the end of her piece that women should NOT support him. Sadly, too many do…

  7. helenk3 Says:

    I did a weird thing today. there was a car parked next to mine at home depot. It had a veterans care bumper sticker. I wrote a note saying Happy armed forces day and thank you for your service. the window was open and I dropped it on the driver’s seat. I hope it makes someone feel good today.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Bless you Helen, I bet you made someone’s day.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I don’t think that was a weird thing to do. I think it was very thoughtful and kind of you, helen! Just imagine the delight of the service member to find a note like that. I bet it will make his or her day! Good on you!

    • piper Says:

      A kindness that will be appreciated by the person. You’re the best.

  8. helenk3 Says:

    had an ideal I am going to try. get the sponge window seal tape, with the sponge on one side and adhesive on the other. I am going to put some oil of eucalyptus on the sponge part. attach it to the air conditioning vent. It should help with breathing and sinus problems.

    I guess you could use what ever fragrance you wanted in the house

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Sounds like a good idea. I think I’ll give it a try when we get the air conditioners out. Thanks.

  9. helenk3 Says:

    In keeping with the post at the crawdad hole about red red wine, I am picking Cherry Wine to win the preakness

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – I have a little money on Cherry Wine ($5), so I hope he does well, too. But Nyquist is quite the horse! We will know soon!

      • helenk3 Says:

        well 2nd place is not too shabby

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          No, it isn’t. He nipped Nyquist at the wire. I had money on all three of the top finishers ($5 a piece), so I am happy in that regard. But I am especially happy that everyone finished with no injuries or inquiries, just wet and muddy!

          No Triple Crown winner this year, but hey – that’s horse racing and why the TCs are SO special…

  10. amarissa Says:

    Hi guys! Just read this article:
    http://www.vox.com/2016/5/19/11712768/donald-trump-megyn-kelly
    Felt really bad for the writer.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wow, amarissa. The author certainly makes a great case for Trump being an abuser in the classical sense of the word. And the rape charge by Ivana was HORRIFYING.

      It is infuriating that Trump is always claiming he doesn’t start things and actually is just fighting back. What is even more incredible is how he gets away with saying that. It is a blatant, stunning, lie.

      He is a despicable man. There is no doubt abt that whatsoever, at least in my mind…

    • piper Says:

      Although I also felt bad for the writer, she detailed exactly what was said and the ramifications of his words and behavior. I still can’t figure how people can see him as a leader with his bullying history and flip flops every half hour.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes she did, she laid out every idiotic attempt at evasion by Trump to direct questions, as well as what a bully he is.

        Like you, piper, I simply cannot understand the people who are all in for him. Every time I have to listen to him talk, I just SMH in disbelief that people believe in this man. WOW.

      • amarissa Says:

        Exactly! The way the writer detailed it was amazing! She really exposed who this man really is. I am glad she did it through Megyn’s interview which some critics have crushed.
        I, like you and Amy, still cannot figure how people see him as our saviour, very sad.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          The previews for the show were VERY misleading. They made it seem that Kelly had essentially made nice with Trump. From the snippets in the Vox article, it doesn’t seem that way at all.

          And yes, the Vox writer did an excellent job highlighting Trump’s characteristics, though his supporters will continue to dismiss them…

  11. amarissa Says:

    Just finished watching Megyn Kelly giving the Commencement speech at Albany law. She made me laugh and cry.
    http://womenstate.blogspot.com/2016/05/megyn-kelly-commencement-speech-at.html

  12. amarissa Says:

    I really hope they stand on their statements and refuse to give him any money.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/us/politics/donald-trump-republican-fundraising.html

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I do too, amarissa. Too many folks so far have tossed their character and integrity aside. Maybe these people will do the right thing…

    • piper Says:

      He’s a billionaire and should easily be able to fund his own campaign unless he’s lying about his wealth and liquidity. Oh no, Donald would NEVER lie about such a trivial matter /s.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        If he isn’t lying about something why does he refuse to release his tax returns? No other reason not to do it.

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    And here is another massive fraud perpetrated by Trump not just on Americans, but on VETERANS: http://therightscoop.com/campaign-admits-trump-lied-about-6-million-he-bragged-about-raising-for-veterans/

    • amarissa Says:

      I know but his followers are deaf and blind when it comes to this evil man!

    • piper Says:

      I have to ask this mind boggling question – exactly how many votes did he actually get in the primaries and how many were crossover votes which he will not receive in the general. IIRC, Bernie Sanders, the loser in the NY primary actually receive over 200,000 more votes than the Donald which is interesting given that NY is his home state.

      Just because people went to his rally does not always translate into votes for him – just ask Mitt Romney who lost in 2012. Many people who are fed up with government and politicians see Drumpf as an interesting character talking about ideas/actions which many people think will help them and our country, however, like any used car salesman hype which sounds good at the moment but falls apart when examined up close and clearly away from the whooping crowd.

  14. helenk3 Says:
  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    Tightwad Trump

    Although their fellow New Yorker could be president, many people from the city remain suspicious of Donald Trump. One example comes from a prominent philanthropist who wonders why the candidate who brags about his wealth doesn’t give much away. She writes:

    “I keep hearing about Donald Trump’s $10 billion but have seen NO signs of that in the philanthropic world.

    “I learned very early on that part of ‘making America great again’ was helping those less fortunate.

    “Although nobody I know and admire has close to the wealth that Mr. Trump says he has, each one is engaged personally and financially in multiple acts of philanthropy and generosity.”

    Why, she wonders, isn’t Trump? Good question.

    http://nypost.com/2016/05/21/bernie-faces-wrath-of-clinton-mafia-as-he-refuses-to-surrender/

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

  17. kenoshamarge Says:

  18. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I have to say, this Pope is unlike any I have ever seen: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/05/pope_francis_islams_friend_christianitys_foe.html

    • helenk3 Says:

      I am not even sure he is Catholic.
      he is not like any pope that I know of.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        He’s more one of those “social justice warriors” on the left than a Pope.

        We have enough empty seats in the church now, I just returned from a mostly empty church and that’s just normal anymore. This isn’t going to bring people back. In fact it is quite apt to turn off the ones that still do go.

        I hope people aren’t under the opinion that all those little libs will return to the church because of a liberal Pope. Ain’t gonna happen.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          That’s an excellent point, Marge – and I am sorry tp hear that the pews are empty these days.

          And thanks for your point abt those who are likely to go being turned off by the Vatican Social Warrior. It means a lot more coming from you than those of us outside the church.

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            I attend St. James the Apostle church which is close to my house. It is an old church and I like that. I always go to one of the early masses and those usually have a small attendance. Too many Saturday night heads don’t make it to church until noon. Later masses are better attended but still nothing like what they once were. It’s sad. I know the church isn’t perfect and has made a lot of mistakes. But I don’t go to church to worship the church – I go to worship God.

            Here’s an image of it:

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        What a lovely church, Marge! And yes, one goe to worship God not the church, but it looks like an inviting space for those who wish to worship and pray…

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I can find God on my knees in my kitchen and that’s fine with me. But the beauty of St. James gives me peace. I’m sure the severe beauty of a Quaker Meeting House does the same for those who attend there. In the end it’s what is in the heart not where we are that matters. But I still “like” going to St. James – it is a sense of continuity for me.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I completely understand that, Marge. It is your house of worship, and that matters. But yes, God listens no matter from where we pray. Thank heavens for that!

  19. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.redstate.com/absentee/2016/05/22/told-trump-betrayal-train-continues-flying-rails-record-pace/

    but I said then doesn’t count now

  20. helenk3 Says:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/04/26/clinton-foundation-on-charity-watch-list-as-slush-fund-not-actually-a-charity/

    clinton foundation on charity watch list

    isn’t odd how the two frontrunners in this election would screw charities out of every dollar they could?

    is this the best this country can do?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I hope the media HAMMERS Trump for his MASSIVE lie abt the Charities for Veterans and how much money he raised. By rights, that should alienate all KINDS of groups and people, ESPECIALLY Veterans and their families. But only if the media reports it the same way they allow him to blather on…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Doesn’t surprise me a bit that Clinton is also screwing charities – they’ve been doing it for years.

      Is this the best we can do? HELL no – it’s just unfortunately the best the media would allow us to do.

  21. helenk3 Says:

    http://nypost.com/2016/05/21/the-scandal-in-washington-no-one-is-talking-about/

    IT’S BAAAACCCCK

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, WOW – ain’t that something??? I bet Sharyl Attkisson will be all over this (since she broke the story in the first place). I so, so hope this Administration gets its comeuppance…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I wonder how much of the media will devote any time at all to this important issue. Too busy reporting on Trump’s tweets perhaps?

  22. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/trump-meeting-bob-corker-vice-president/2016/05/20/id/729963/

    anybody know much about this guy?

  23. helenk3 Says:

    did you ever feel like that in 2008 this country was put on life support and in 2016 we are pulling the plug?

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Every day Helen – every damn day. I come home from church filled with peace and love and turn on the computer – within minutes I’m snapping and snarling like a junk yard dog.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I know the feeling. I simply am incapable of understanding how a bullying lying cowardly inexperienced inarticulate arrogant toddler is now the accepted standard bearer for a major political party. Every time he speaks I am once again struck with amazement – not in a good way – that ANYONE is taking this man seriously no matter how ignorant or uneducated they may be. It simply does not compute.

        I guess I should be thankful for that…

  24. piper Says:

  25. amarissa Says:

    The blind and deaf Trumpsters do not read these facts…
    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/donald-trump-2016-mob-organized-crime-213910

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well there ya go with those facts again, amarissa! I imagine Trump’s minions will twist this around to demonstrate just how BRILLIANT a businessman Trump was getting the Mob to help him get his way.

      Yeah. I can hear it now…

    • helenk3 Says:

      nothing gets built in Atlantic City without mob connections. Every towel and sheet used in hotels, every brick and all concrete supplied by the mob.
      it has been that way for many many years.
      My mom met Al Capone in Atlantic City when she was young

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Trumpster Trash cannot be bothered with facts. They rail against a corrupt media unaware that that same media is what catapulted the vulgar buffoon that they worship into the space he now occupies.

      And now for evermore the Dems have all the ammunition to use against the Republican Party that they need. They don’t even need to make things up – they just need to repeat something the Trump critter said.

      And sadly, unfairly, conservatives that loathe Trump will be tarred with his brand. He has destroyed what was left of the GOP. The part the establishment hadn’t already destroyed.

      We have one party now – the media.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        It is unfortunate indeed that so many will now be tarred with Trump and his rise. I reckon people should have been speaking out and hammering Trump for his foibles LONG before he got this far, but I think no one ever dreamed he would get this far. I mean, really – how could any sane person think he would?

        But here we are now. And you are right – we have only the one party now…

  26. amarissa Says:

    “In seeking the reduction, Trump’s attorneys have claimed that the club is worth far less than the roughly $15 million value assessed by the city.
    Trump’s attorneys have filed papers with the state claiming that the “full market value” of the property is $1.4 million. The same golf course appears on Trump’s new financial disclosure form released this week as part of his presidential campaign — valued by him at more than $50 million.”

    Incredible!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      But, but, but – he always tells it like he is! He’s a straight shooter!

      Ahem. Yes, Trump is of lies, fabrications, falsehoods, and machinations…

  27. helenk3 Says:

    Attention VETERANS….I was not aware of the fact that when a Vet applies for Social Security, he should take his DD214 with him, The amount you get from Social Security is increased if you served between 1957 and 2001. If you do not take your DD214 and ask for the benefit, the Social Security office WILL NOT ADVISE YOU about the benefit. I was unaware this benefit exsisted until last Friday. Another Vet handed me the correspondance you see printed. I wouldn’t have asked for this benefit, and our government has choosen to keep it a secret. That’s BS. Please pass this VETERAN info along. Or some Vet might miss out.

  28. helenk3 Says:

    just learned this word today. does it describe the candidates running for president?

    Eristic (adj)

    eh-rist-ik

    Of or characterised by debate or argument; (Of an argument or arguer) aiming at winning rather than at reaching the truth.

    As a noun: A person given to debate or argument;The art or practice of debate or argument .

    Example sentences

    “Every single conversation I have with you is eristic, we never just chat”

    “He’s such an eristic debater, there’s never any give and it doesn’t matter if he’s wrong.”

  29. amarissa Says:

    Going back to Trump’s ties to the mob… Every day the media has investigative reporting on the candidate, it’s like they had them in storage waiting for him to win! Now WaPo has 20 reporters dedicated to digging facts on The Orange, why not before?

    We are puppets. The parties, the powers that be and the media impose the worse people upon us. I think it’s time for we the people to go out in masses and demand better candidates. There are millions of us who are not happy with either one but we lack a true leader to guide us. Everyone is bought or is stained in some way. We are doomed!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Along those lines, a friend had this post up at Facebook, an “Open Letter to Delegates”: https://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/an-open-letter-and-urgent-plea-to-all-republican-delegates-headed-to-cleveland/

      • amarissa Says:

        Wow, that was some letter, thanks for sharing it! I also read all the comments which were, in their majority, favorable to the writer.

        I only have one problem with his cause and that is that he is pushing his candidate. I would rather have a discussion with at least two or three candidates to choose from. In my case, I am a moderate and do not agree with some of the social issues pushed by strong conservatives like Cruz. That being said, I hope his message gets through to the delegates! God knows we do not need Trump anywhere close to the WH.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Glad you liked it, amarissa. I totally take your point, too. It was more just the factual information abt delegates and their role at the Convention.

          And I totally hear you abt Cruz and your being more moderate. Cruz was not my first, second, or even third choice. That said, I would take him over Trump all day long. At least he is knowledgeable abt, and devoted to, the Constitution.

          While I don’t agree with him on some social issues, he seems to be an honorable man AND you know right where he stands. That is a rare thing these days, to be sure.

          • amarissa Says:

            I liked Romney (although not in some of his social issues either) because he seems like a decent man with a great family. He did a great job with the Olympics and has been a very successful business man. Also, he was very clear about foreign relations (remember Russia?). Most important issues, at least for me right now, are the economy and security. On both of these issues I trusted him.

            I also liked Rubio because of his youth and his communication skills. I wasn’t sure about him on the economy but on security I trusted him a lot ( I voted for him once I knew Romney was not running). Having said that, now I think that the two best candidates we had were Jeb and Kasich. They were both moderates, especially Kasich. However, sadly, they have no charisma and unfortunately these days that is what sells. Jeb has the “Bush” name which is not popular but he is really capable of being president as Kasich is. What bothered me sometimes about Kasich was his ego. He kept selling himself and repeating over and over again how good he was. I love his wife! She seems like a very independent and secure woman.

            I know a lot of people will not agree with me but I really wish Romney jumped in the race. He has been vetted enough and everyone now knows he was right in everything he said, even the media has accepted this fact. One can dream, right?

            • helenk3 Says:

              I orginally wanted a Walker Cruz ticket. I was very disappointed when Walker dropped out. I can understand the reasons why, but that ticket would have been great and made a lot of difference

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I would be more than happy to have Romney for whom to cast my vote. He is a good and decent man who is completely self-made. All of his success is a direct result of his intellect and hard work. He did great work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, too. I think our country would be in a FAR better place at this point had he won last time.

      My first choice was Walker, and I liked Rubio and Fiorina as well. I would have been able to vote for Bush, but I really disliked Kasich. One of my main issues with the latter was that he was all for Obamacare. That is an economic and healthcare boondoggle that must be repealed (it is only going to get worse financially for us, not better).

      But yeah – if Romney jumped in the fray, I could totally get behind him, but he would have to be prepared to stand up to Trump’s bullying and heckling…

  30. helenk3 Says:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/280762-trump-campaign-quietly-courts-muslims

    look I will tell the suckers what they want to hear, we can deal quietly

    • amarissa Says:

      Such a phony group! They have lied about everything they sold their stupid followers!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Just one more con from the Trump camp. I swear – the way his minions have dug in their heels refusing to hold him accountable for ANYTHING is just pathological…

  31. amarissa Says:

    Yes, helenk, forgot Walker, he was a great choice too but also lacked charisma, sad. He is a great governor!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Steve Deace said that Walker’s problem was that he didn’t run his presidential campaign the way he ran his state campaign. He brought in some DC image people and stuff like that instead of just being the man we know him to be. Had he done that, touting his VERY good record and how many times he has successfully defeated Dems, things may have been different. I hope he tries again…

  32. amarissa Says:

    This is a great idea. I took the link from Amy’s friend FB article. It is written by Jennifer Rubin https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2016/05/11/trump-created-the-grounds-for-a-contested-convention/

    “Pass a rule that says the nominee, who promised to release his taxes, must do so in order to have his name put in for nomination. Such a rule could easily pass when you consider there are nearly 900 delegates pledged to other candidates and a great number of Trump delegates are reluctantly so. It is entirely possible to come up with a majority of delegates to insist on adoption of the rule. In fact, the Republican National Committee, which has refused to look out for the party’s long-term reputation, should insist on it as an institutional safeguard.”

    We should sign a petition demanding the Republican Party to demand Trump to show his tax returns and if he refuses he cannot be the nominee.

    More from the article:

    “The principle is simple: If Trump wants delegates to keep their promise (pledge) to support him, he must keep his promise to release tax returns to them. Moreover, those who have said they would support him, including members of Congress, former contenders, and other prominent elected officials, should make clear: Their support is conditioned on his releasing his tax returns. Moreover, delegates have any easy option if they cannot get a rule change. Fund explains, “If Donald Trump won’t release his tax returns prior to the GOP convention, the delegates pledged to him on the first ballot should abstain from giving him their votes. Other than their vote not counting, there are no realistic consequences for any delegate doing so on the first ballot. A few states make breaking the first-ballot pledge rule a misdemeanor, but no one is ever prosecuted. In theory, state leaders could exact political retribution but such discipline is rarely exercised.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Rubin has been writing some really good pieces on the whole Trump phenomenon of late. This is another good one. Thanks so much for this, amarissa!

  33. helenk3 Says:

    You should be able to see Mars in tonight’s sky without a telescope

  34. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Well THIS is good news (h/t Facebook friend): http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-gop-convention-backs-cruz-over-trump/

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