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Trump Yard Sign = Endorsement Of Remarks


shape-writing_fabien_udr_01Guest Post: Steve Oravecz

Even Republican nominee Donald Trump seems to see his latest scandal is hurting his chances of winning the presidency

In case you missed it, here is what Trump said from the Washington Post:

Even Republican nominee Donald Trump seems to see his latest scandal is hurting his chances of winning the presidency

In case you missed it, here is what Trump said from the Washington Post:

I did try and f*** her. She was married.

I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married…Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.

At that point in the audio, Trump and Bush appear to notice Arianne Zucker, the actress who is waiting to escort them into the soap-opera set.

Your girl’s hot as s***, in the purple,

States  Billy Bush, who’s now a co-host of NBC’s “Today” show.

Whoa! Whoa!

I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.

And when you’re a star, they let you do it.  You can do anything.

Another voice is heard, apparently Bush’s

Whatever you want?

Then Trump adds.

Grab them by the p***y,”  You can do anything.

Trump’s so called apology is inadequate. He apologized for his words, but they were more than words.

In the first place,he says his words are much different that the words and actions of Bill Clinton. How? Trump acknowledges attempting to seduce a married women. The fact he was a loser and she rejected him is irrelevant. He tried to do what Bill Clinton did.

Second he calls them decade-old remarks that don’t reflect who he really is. Yet they are consistent with many other statements he has made over the years. This old dog has not changed his spots.

I am sickened by what I heard today. Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. –Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wisconsin

I’m out. I think we should all stand up and say we should not tolerate this. Rep Jason Chaffetz –R-Utah

Mr. Trump, I respectfully ask you with all due respect to step aside, step down, allow someone else to carry the banner of these principles. Sen Mike Lee R-Utah

As the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere, and take full responsibility for the utter lack of respect for women shown in his comments on that tape. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

These, and many more prominent Republicans have distanced themselves from Donald Trump over his vulgar remarks about women.

But the average person can respond as well.  Anyone who continues to display a Trump yard sign and continues to support Trump is implicitly endorsing his view of women.

Evangelicals Believe In Forgiveness, Just Not For Dems


It always interests me to hear an Evangelical Republican say they believe in “forgiveness” and go ahead to disprove that statement.

Yesterday on Morning Joe, Representative Sean Duffy, Republican, Wisconsin, was asked to defend Donald Trump’s statements, actions and attitude.

Joe asked him how “Evangelical Christians” can support the candidate.

Representative Duffy was quick to answer, “You know, Evangelicals are a forgiving lot.”

I sat there shaking my head and mumbling, “They’ve had a lot of practice.”

From David Vitter, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and Mark Sanford, to name just a few, and now Donald Trump, the “forgiveness” list is extensive.

Usually after evoking the “forgiveness” clause, the attack begins on Bill Clinton and his infidelities.

No forgiveness there.

Evangelicals forgave President Bush for the war in Iraq and over 22 million missing White House emails but attack Secretary Clinton on 30 thousand so-called missing State Department emails.

No forgiveness there.

Donald Trump can malign Veterans, Women, Latinos and Muslims but there’s always forgiveness.

Let Secretary Clinton call some of Trump supporters “deplorable” and no forgiveness.

Evangelicals can forgive Bush and Chaney for lying to the American people and getting us into a war that cost many lives, but Hillary Clinton faced an eleven hour grilling over four deaths in Benghazi.

No forgiveness there.

Bush, Chaney and gang commit what is tantamount to war crimes and Evangelicals forgive but because President Obama won’t use the term “Islamic Terrorist” he is unpatriotic.

Yes, Evangelicals believe in forgiveness, just not for Democrats.

*NOTE: This posting was written and posted before the news, and video was released on Thursday, of Donald Trump’s degrading sexist remarks. That video and remarks will be the ultimate test for the Evangelical community and how they proceed with their support of Mr. Trump and their attitude of “forgiveness.”

2016 Election: “The Contest Touches Everything And Leaves Nothing As It Found It.”


14468750_10208271937649360_1856133955139387798_oLast week I took a vacation visiting the “hallow” battlefields of Gettysburg.

As we were wandering through the museum, I happened to come upon a quote that began me thinking about this years Presidential election.

The quote was on a wall, in a corner and could have easily been missed when walking about the museum.

A simple quote written, one hundred and forty-nine years ago this month, in the New York Times, October 1867.

The contest touches everything and leaves nothing as it found it. Great rights, great interests, great systems of habit and thought disappear during its progress. It leaves us a different people in everything.

Watching Morning Joe on Monday, I heard Nicolle Wallace and Joe Scarborough lament that:

Donald Trump has re-defined conservatism, re-defined the Republican Party.

I say he has re-defined America.

I’m not a big fan of Glenn Beck but on Meet the Press on Sunday, he said something I agree with and totally applaud:

We are so busy fighting with each other that we are in danger of losing more than our jobs or even our country. We are losing each other and even our families. How many of us can’t even talk with our parents, brothers, sisters or in-laws?

Trump and his candidacy of anti “Political Correctness” has destroyed a common sense of morality, a common respect for the individual and the plain everyday value of just being courteous to one another.

He rails against President Obama for what he calls “apologizing” for our Country yet turns around and belittles, malign and berates the system he wishes to “serve” as President.

His gaming the system by using tax laws to save money he calls “smart” while the middle class bares the brunt of that system.

How much body armor for our military could his almost a billion dollar loss buy for our soldiers, which he says he champions?

How much of that loss could have helped in VA medical care, not to mention education, homeland security and general relief?

Trump shows us almost daily how he’s changing the very core, the very fabric of this great nation.

He’s tapping into the dark side of human nature, the “bully” part of power, the selfishness of the I.

Donald Trump has re-defined America.

“Great rights, great interests, great systems of habit and thought” are disappearing because of his candidacy and will leave us a “different people in everything.”

A Gettysburg Vacation Stirs The Soul


gettysburg-2As soon as you drive into Gettysburg and on the vast National Park, you have a sense of “hallowed” ground.

The rolling farm lands, ridges and thickets that abound with the sound of nature, all hide the carnage that was July 1st through July 3rd, 1863 and what would become known as the Battle of Gettysburg and the famous Gettysburg Address given by President Lincoln on November 19th, 1863.

We have a friend who with her family goes and visits Gettysburg once a year and I can see why, for in our two-day vacation stay, we only touched the surface of what is a truly a memorable, historic and soul-searching site.

As we toured the museum, I found a quote that caught my eye. It was on a wall, stuck in a corner that could be easily missed if one was rushing by.

It was a simple quote from the New York Times, written in October 1867.14468750_10208271937649360_1856133955139387798_o

 The contest touches everything and leaves nothing as it found it. Great rights, great interests, great systems of habit and of thought disappear during its progress. It leaves us a different people in everything.

My thoughts were many after reading that quote.

I thought about what my distant 3 times removed Great Uncle David Gregg and his family felt and suffered during this bloody time of American history.

David was an immigrant Englishman who with his wife and family lived in Mercer Pennsylvania when he enlisted.

He was a Pvt in the 148th Pennsylvania Regiment and died 15 August 1864, age 28 at Andersonville Prison, Georgia. He left a wife and four children.

The contest touches everything and leaves nothing as it found it.

As we toured the many sites and viewed the historical markers, I found myself at sunset in the very spot that the Confederates made their finally charge on July 3, 1863. Commonly known as Pickett’s Charge, it signaled the defeat of this great “Civil War” even tho the war would continue two more years.

A visit to Gettysburg is a tour of the worst of humanity and to the best of humanity.

After a visit to this sacred spot, one truly knows

It leaves us a different people in everything.



I Won’t Be Watching The Debates


The news media is predicting a very large segment of America will be watching the Presidential debate on Monday between Trump and Clinton,

Well, this is one who won’t be watching.

Let’s face it, the modern debate isn’t a debate of logic.

For example, the Republican primary debate was more of a shouting match, a talk over your opponent and insult barrage than facts, figures and positions debate.

The Democrat primary debate may have been more fact and policy orientated but still lack that “old fashion” debate process and style.

All the hype leading to the debate seems to be an exercise in media marketing, journalistic one liners and sound bites.

Gone are the fact driven and fact oriented moderator and journalist.

Gone are the Murrows, Smiths, Kaltenborns, Cronkites and the many others who sought truth and fact.

I would hazard a guess that the majority of those tuning in Monday night will be watching like a NASCAR fan does a race, waiting with bated breath for that spectacular car crash.

Trump supporters will be relishing every put down, misstatement of facts and lies that their candidate puts forth as tho they were “Holy” written.

Clinton supporters will be touting her ability, her temperament and demeanor.

The moderator Lester Holt will simply channel worn-out and often over asked benign questions that we have all heard before.

In this Presidential election, it’s hard to think that anyone viewing the debate will have their minds changed  from what they believed before the debate.

To me, I can’t fathom that there is a large segment of undecided voters still out there to be swayed after almost a year of this unbelievable election cycle.

So Monday night I will take a long walk, enjoy the company of my family and friends while having a stress free evening avoiding TV.

A Trip To The Zoo Adds To My Fear For The Future Of The Nation


dsc_0043God knows I have many, many “pet peeves” and the older I get, the more I add.

My first major “pet peeves” are people who park in marked fire lanes when running into the grocery store or waiting for someone to come out of the store.

The second “peeve” is concerned with those who roll through stop signs as they drive on to another street or going through an intersection at a four-way stop.

I imagine in my mind these are the same people who tell their children to obey the law and support “law and order” but obviously not by example.

Yes I understand these are not major “crimes” but they are symbols of obedience to the principle of “law and order.”

After taking advantage of free tickets to our local Akron Zoo this weekend, I now have another “peeve” to add to my list.

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon in mid September.

Crisp and bright but not hot.

There were many families taking advantage of the Sunday afternoon to tour the zoo and I thought that was great to see but that feeling was soon dispelled as we toured the exhibits.

My father would have been very dismayed indeed with what I saw was basic lack of parental controls on the multitude of children running about.

It wasn’t bad enough that as you walked about you had to watch that you weren’t bowled over by a speeding child running back and forth around your legs, you also had the deafening screaming and yelling at the animals at each exhibit.

Then add parents with strollers who seemed oblivious to people around them, or even standing at exhibits as they shoved their way to the front to view, and you have the ingredients for what would seem to be chaos.

I was also shocked at the lack of respect for the animals as little ones pounded on the glass at displays yelling as parents stood by silently.

After and hour or two the crowd thinned out and the zoo experience became less noisy and hazardous, but I still wonder if the lack of respect shown towards each other can’t be summed up in the simple fact of lack of respect for the animals, the simple gesture of pounding on the glass going uncorrected.

Are our future adults being shown by example?

Respect the animals.

Respect the humans.

Respect, dignity and courteous.

Isn’t that really the definition of “political correctness.”

Photography, The Universal Language


This post was originally posted a year ago, 8/25/15.

I decided to re-post with some minor “tweaks.”

DSC_0032It appears that since my retirement, I have picked up the ability to speak a language.

A language that I’m quickly finding is universally spoken and displayed.

A language that seems to unite and bind the world.

A language which needs only a camera, or cell phone, and the want to display the world as seen through one’s own eyes.

Granted it is one that I do not have a great fluency but one that I am practicing and perfecting.

One that has brought me in contact with others around the world who speak and display their own unique dialogue of the language that is photography.

Without knowing how to speak their native tongue I am able, with the help of the world-wide web, Instagram and Facebook, communicate my thoughts, dreams and the world about me by posting a simple photo.

From Milan, Paris or Cape Town, from Bangkok, Sydney or London, with a simple click on a heart or a like, people are in touch and “voice” their opinion of your craft, art or vision.

On Instagram I have watched with great anticipation the number of my followers, as well as those I follow, go from a dozen to nearly 400 and growing.

From all over the planet, their life and my life shared through the lens of a camera.

The language of a photo.

Truly, a photo is “worth a thousand words.”