Thursday, January 21, 2016

Not Only is Rand Paul Palling Around with McConnell, so is Trump . . .

One of the criticisms of Trump supporters of Ted Cruz is that he was neutral in the Mississippi Primary race of Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel in 2014.  In fact, according to critics of Cruz, he was more than neutral because Cruz was on the National Republican Senatorial Committee ~NRSC~ when they went all in for Cochran and against McDaniel.  According to them this is proof that Cruz is not who he says he is.  

Let's look at what Trump was doing during that election cycle.  He was donating to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, which was the super PAC that went scorched earth after McConnell's challenger, Matt Bevin and the Tea Party.  That's right, Donald Trump gave $50,000 to get McConnell reelected.

Trump supporters like to say that Trump will take on the Republican establishment, but where does that faith actually come from?  


Remember that Trump is the master of the "Art of the Deal."    

I think I will stick to the Consistent Conservative, Ted Cruz.  
Another interesting fact is the Chris McDaniel is Ted Cruz's Mississippi campaign chair, so I'm thinking that McDaniel isn't holding onto a grudge against Cruz.

Monday, January 18, 2016

What If Trump is Wrong on Immigration?

"It doesn't matter how liberal Donald Trump is as long as he's right on immigration."  Ann Coulter

I have had also Trump supporters say the same thing to me.  So what if Trump is wrong on immigration?  


What is the fastest way to get Trump supporters to go Alinsky?  It's using Trump's own words to prove that he is for amnesty.  
“I would get people out and then have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal…. A lot of these people are helping us … and sometimes it’s jobs a citizen of the United States doesn’t want to do. I want to move ’em out, and we’re going to move ’em back in and let them be legal.” Donald Trump

Let's think about this for a minute.  This is an actual conversation that I had with a Trump supporter ~before she went birther and start calling me names~. 

Trump Supporter:   “You forgot the part: ‘ONLY AFTER THEY GO THROUGH THE LEGAL PROCESS FOR US IMMIGRATION.’"

Me:   “So what is will Trump's legal process for US immigration entail?   Details . . . details . . . those pesky details. . .”

Trump Supporter:   “Well, by enforcing the laws already on the books. .Pausing immigratiion from terrorist states the same way that Obama stopped Iraqi immigrants in 2011, Chester A. Arthur did in 1882, Wilson did in 1917, and FDR did with Japanese, Germans, and Italians during World War II. 
“Simple, huh?”

Me:  “Trump says ‘I would get people out and then have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal…. A lot of these people are helping us … and sometimes it’s jobs a citizen of the United States doesn’t want to do. I want to move ’em out, and we’re going to move ’em back in and let them be legal.’” 
What is that expedited process? Will they be going to the front of the line? If so, who will they pass over to get to the front of the line? Will they pay a fine? Will they be eligible for citizenship once they get back in? The devil is in the details which Trump is very short on.”

Trump Supporter:   “The ‘expedited way’ would be to put them in a facility similar to Ellis Island (remember that place?). To assign the authorities to THOROUGHLY vet each individual--and separate those who will be allowed admittance--EXACTLY like we did with Ellis Island. Many immigrants at Ellis were rejected, if you will recall, and sent back to their native countries.
“There are NO ‘devils in the details’ here. He has said numerous times that he is going to follow the laws already on the books. 
“Instead of attacking, why don't you just settle down and do some thoughtful research instead?” She then posted these two links.
https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum
http://www.uscis.gov/.../0-0-0-29/0-0-0-101/0-0-0-195.html

Me:  “Sorry, but if they've already broken the law to get here, I'm not sure I want them back. And how expensive will it be to deport them first? Why not do the vetting here?
“Please post a link that says Trump wants to follow the laws already on the books. 
And what is Trump going to do with the ‘Dreamers'?
"We’re going to do something. I’ve been giving it so much thought, you know you have a — on a humanitarian basis, you have a lot of deep thought going into this, believe me. I actually have a big heart.…I mean, a lot of people don’t understand that, but the DREAMers, it’s a tough situation, we’re going to do something, and one of the things we’re going to do is expedite — when somebody’s terrific, we want them back here, but they have to be legally…They’re with their parents, it depends. But, look, it sounds cold, and it sounds hard. But, we have a country, our country’s going to hell. We have to have a system where people are legally in our country." Donald Trump
“What exactly do we ‘have’ to do? Trump keeps saying that he has a big heart so everyone will be take care of. I don't need a dogooder in the WH that is going to take care of everyone. I want a proven Constitutional conservative who can defend and teach free markets and stands up for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Trump Supporter:  “You know, you don't want to debate. You just want to be ugly and fight."

Me:  “I am simply responding to you and your statements about Trump and immigration. I know there isn't a perfect candidate, but you haven't brought up the bad in Ted Cruz, just defended Trump when I poked holes in his #1 issue. Trump may have become conservative ~which I welcome~ but I am going to go with the most consistent conservative who doesn't throw temper tantrums and has a proven record of being a conservative. 
“Why is Trump attacking Ted Cruz from the left? He ~and his supporters~ are using leftist tactics. It's funny that you have mentioned supporters; I have been unfriended and blocked by Trump supporters as well as being called a racist by someone whose congressional campaign I worked on.”

The big question about immigration is who and how many do we let come into our country?  Do we want millions of unskilled and uneducated foreigners coming into our country?  It isn't just the terrorists, drug dealers and other criminals coming across the border that most Americans don't want.  We understand the economic impact that these millions of unskilled and uneducated illegals are having on our country; on our healthcare system, on our state and local school budgets, on wages.  

This ad by Ted Cruz nails it.  



How many unskilled and uneducated individuals is Donald Trump going to let in thru the "big beautiful wall" that he is going to put in the Trump wall?  

Friday, January 15, 2016

What I Don't Like About the Primaries . . .

I am a free market capitalist thru and thru.  I love competition; in business, in the arena of ideas, and even in ~gasp!~ kids’ sports and academics.  Competition brings better value to the consumer.   This is why I like primaries.  We get to hear candidates make their case for what they believe in . . . or what they think you believe in.  The trick is being able to tell the bs from the truth.  This is where records come in handy.

The part that I don’t like about primaries is that in advocating for their candidacy, many supporters ~and candidates themselves~ go off the deep end in attacking their competition.  I am all for pointing out your opponents’ beliefs and why yours are better, but the personal attacks is something that those who don’t have confidence in their own ideas have to do.  I pay close attention to what candidates say about their competition.  Are they accurate?  If they lie about their opponents, then I won’t trust them when they talk about their own beliefs.  This is the problem that I have with Huckabee and Santorium and Trump.  

A quote attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt is “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”   Except in politics!!  Actually, I think it applies to politics as well.  This is what I really like about Ted Cruz.   He talks policies and ideas, not people.  

Which brings me to a big reason that I have been turned off of Trump.  It is his supporters.  I appreciate that Trump is bringing up issues and is willing to say things that are not PC . . . 
But so many can’t take criticism of their candidate.  I’m
thinking specifically about a certain blog where I have a branch at the bottom.  They remind me of Obots and Paulbots.  They attack Ted Cruz using leftist tactics.  

They are attacking Ted’s father faith as being kooky.  Really?!?  

They have gone birther . . . 

They are showing their ignorance of how brokerage accounts work . . .

They have attacked Ted Cruz's wife . . . 

And when you question Trump's own support of amnesty, they go Alinsky.

Here are two examples of this that have happened in the last 48 hours.  These are personal attacks by individuals that I have had relationships with for 5+ years.  


This is what prompted this response.

Here is the Trump quote in question: 
“I would get people out and then have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal…. A lot of these people are helping us … and sometimes it’s jobs a citizen of the United States doesn’t want to do. I want to move ’em out, and we’re going to move ’em back in and let them be legal.”  

Instead of simply answering my question about the substance of my question, he decided that he would personally attack me instead.  

And block me on Twitter.


This is an exchange that I had with another Trump supporter who has gone birther . . . 


Why won't Trump supporters admit that their candidate has flaws?

Because the only issue that Trump has is immigration. If that is shown to be false, then everything else falls apart.



"It doesn't matter how liberal Donald Trump is as long as he's right on immigration."  Ann Coulter.

This is why Trump supporters must go Alinsky.  




Monday, October 12, 2015

You are Invited! #BCMasquerade

You are invited to the BeautiControl Masquerade party Masquerade party taking place during the month of October.  Don’t be spooked by what’s under the masque.  Remove the masque to reveal Boo-tiful skin and lips.
BeautiControl’s Detox Clay Masque is made from black clay, that’s gathered from lakes in Eastern Europe, chosen because of their ability to hold minerals and hydrate the skin. Unlike other clay masques, it doesn’t dry, so you don’t feel like your face will crack if you move.  It actually surges moisture while absorbing toxins.

This masque has helped many with migraines and sinus headaches; bug bites and bee stings; burns and poison ivy; pimples and cold sores.  Men and teens can use it too!  

Lip Apeel removes the dull and dry skin on your lips and leaves them kissably soft.

After you cleanse your face, apply detox masque to damp skin.  Leave on 10-15 minutes.  Apply Lip Apeel to lips.  I recommend that you get either the lip balm with SPF 20 or lip balm when you choose the Lip Apeel.  You will use them more often than the Lip Masque part of the Lip Apeel.

Remove with damp wash cloth.  Follow with your tonic and rest of skin care regime.  Apply lip balm to lips.

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Have fun and post those selfies!  Invite your Ghoul-friends to save and be Boo-tiful too!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Cordova Cookout!


Do you live in Cordova, TN?  If so, you are invited to the Cordova Candidate Cookout on Sunday, September 6th from noon until 2:30 p.m. Where?   Country Hills HOA Clubhouse, 1610 Oaken Bucket, Cordova, TN 38018

Join candidates Jim Tomasik (regular District 2), Robin Spielberger (Super District 9, Position 1), and Lynn Moss (Super District 9, Position 2), for a good 'ol fashioned cookout, Cordova Candidate style!

Bring the family and enjoy free hot dogs, chips, cookies, and soft drinks this coming Sunday afternoon from Noon until 2:30pm. We will have literature, buttons, stickers, yard signs, and voter registration information! This is laid back casual event - sure to be informative and FUN for the entire family.

Why is it important to come and meet Robin, Lynn and Jim?  Especially on a holiday weekend?  Memphis is in a mess and it is time to clean out the current City council.  It is time to restore fiscal sanity to the city of Memphis.

  • All three candidates are for restoring the benefits to city employees that were cut last year.  Any changes should be to future employees, not current or past employees. 
  • All three are for De-annexation.  In fact, Jim, Robin and Lynn have worked to change state law to stop forced annexation and will continue to work to let the citizens of forced annexation areas to decide whether they want to stay part of the city of Memphis or not.  They are not Johnny-come-latelies to the De-annexation fight.  Memphis has gobbled up Cordova and it isn't good for the citizens of Cordova or the rest of Memphis.  All three will be a voice on the Memphis city council supporting De-annexation.
  • Robin, Lynn and Jim are all animal lovers and believe that the Memphis Animal services needs an overhaul.  
  • Jim, Robin and Lynn believe that less regulations for businesses will encourage individual to start new businesses in Memphis.  
  • Lynn, Jim and Robin believe that it is time for Memphis to get back to the basics of what local government should do.  

We will have voter registration forms on site and will be able to double check your voter registration so that you can take care of any issues that may arise. We will also be able to explain the 4 VOTES that you will receive for Memphis City Council since many of you are new Memphis citizens thanks to forced annexation.

We also ask that you please bring a donation of pet food to benefit Memphis Pets Alive! - a phenomenal organization serving the furry citizens of Memphis. Overhauling the Memphis Animal Services is one of the big pieces of each of our platforms.

To learn more about the candidates, please visit their websites listed below. Also, if you cannot attend the event, please consider making a much-needed donation to 1 or all of the candidates!

We hope to see you on Sunday!!

• Robin Spielberger - Right for Memphis - RightforMemphis.com
• Lynn Moss – Moss for Memphis – MossforMemphis.com
•Jim Tomasik – JimTomasik.com


* * *ALL 3 candidates are running in Districts and Super Districts which include the Cordova area. Please know that these 3 candidates are running 3 separate campaigns but felt that reaching out to the Cordova citizens was extremely important and often neglected by prior candidates.

You do not have to support all 3 candidates to support 1 candidate in attendance. The candidates understand that loyalties and preferences are different for each person but felt combining resources in order to give Cordovans the chance to meet multiple candidates was most beneficial.* * *

Friday, May 29, 2015

No No Mosquitoes!


With summer here, we spend more time outside.  The mosquitoes are waiting for us to come out and play.  Fight back and smell good at the same time with Brown Sugar Spray from BeautiControl!  And if you do get bitten or get too much sun, Corticure Creme to the rescue.  Corticure Creme is great for any minor skin irritation.

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Click on bath & body tab > Bath & Body Collections


Click on Brown Sugar Collection for Brown Sugar Spray.

Click on SkinLogics Body Collection for Corticure Creme.

Click on BC Spa Detox Collection for Detox Bath Soak and Detox Mist


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Friday, May 15, 2015

The Race for Memphis City Council . . .

Last night, ~May 14, 2015~ there was a debate for City Council District 7 at the Douglass K-8 Optional School.  The candidates attending were Berlin Boyd, ~current interim councilman~ Thurston Smith, Michael Steven Moore and Anthony Anderson.  The questions were asked by a variety of elected officials and community activists as well as three students from Douglass’ debate team.    Brian Clay invited several candidates and community leaders to speak before the debate.  I've listed the particulars at the end.

What struck me the most about the questions was that not one of them was about economic development.  A couple of the candidates talked about how everyone deserves a livable wage, but no one addressed how to unleash the power of businesses so that there are jobs to provide a wage ~livable or otherwise~.  Education was a hot topic, which, as Terry Roland pointed out, Memphis is no longer in the school business.  How to bring more money into the district was asked.  How long and where they lived in the district was asked.  Blight was discussed.  I have to give kudos to Ms. Carter for bringing up the youth mobs and violence, but each of the candidates’ answers to that was more money for education and community programs.  The first student’s question was about the economic divide in Memphis.  The second student’s question was about mandatory preschool, ~as an aside, Mr. Boyd mentioned that funding for preschool was going to come up again~ and the third student’s question was about keeping Memphis college graduates in Memphis.  There wasn’t a question about smart meters.  There wasn’t a question about restoring the police and fire pensions even though there was a group from the “Just the Facts” group on Facebook sitting in front.  The Bass Pro Shop didn’t get asked about or the PILOT programs either.  It was all about getting public and private funding and how each of the candidates could get the most money.

I have to give Mr. Boyd credit because he did bring up the city budget and the fiscal cliff that we are up against.  He did talk about how the pension plan should have been addressed years ago.  He didn’t discuss his record about voting for some of the high dollar projects that the city of Memphis taxpayers are on the hook for.   I also have to give kudos to Mr. Boyd because he was the only business owner and entrepreneur among them.  He did talk about the tax base and how we need to not allow anyone to tell us how much we are worth, but go out and make it happen.  I also give him kudos for showing up due to the fact that he was in a motorcycle accident over the weekend and was on crutches.

Michael Steven Moore mentioned several times that he was Barbara Swearengen Holt-Ware’s son and had run her former campaigns.  His campaign slogan was "Every inch, every individual, and every issue."  Even when the question was for the candidates to each pick an issue that was important to the community and discuss how they would address it, he came back to his campaign slogan instead of actually answering with a specific issue.  He ran and lost to Lee Harris for this city council seat in 2011.

Anthony Anderson called himself a social-preneur.  For those who might be wondering what a social-preneur is, a social-preneur is an entrepreneur who practices social justice.  Mr. Anderson mentioned that when they started the charter schools they paid everyone down to the custodian a living wage with benefits.His qualifications that he touted was that he founded a network of charter schools that have been successful and that he has experience with funneling private money into infrastructure for schools.  He also talked several times about how we should “spread the wealth.”

Last but not least was Thurston Smith.  The names that he dropped were President Obama and Loretta Lynch.  He even pulled up an email from Loretta Lynch on his phone that he had received from her that day.  He came to Memphis because of his appointment in the Veterans Administration.  Not a real plus in my book because of the fiasco that the VA is in currently.  His idea on getting funding for the district is crack ~taxpayer~ money from various grants.  In fact, he posted this idea on the FB group “Just the Facts” and ended up deleting the post because he was challenged on how the problem isn't enough money, but the breakdown of the family and missing dads.  He deleted the post because it had turned political.  Hello!?!  You are running for a political office that will be spending taxpayer money.

It looks like I left a little too soon.  It was getting late and my bottom was sore from sitting on the hard benches for so long.  They were wrapping up the district 7 debate and it sounded like they were wrapping up the event, but apparently I was wrong.  The event was supposed to be a debate for Super District 8 as well, but since only Martavius Jones was in attendance and it was so late, I didn't think that they would do it.  Apparently, Kemba Ford acted as interviewer for Mr. Jones and asked him pretty much the questions that were asked the district 7 candidates.  Shelby Co Commissioner Terry Roland apparently called out Martavius Jones ~who is also currently on the Shelby County Commission~ in typical Terry Roland fashion and there were words exchanged.  From a video that I saw, it looks like I was with the majority of the attendees.  Most had already left.

The irony to me is that this debate took place in a school and community that was named after Frederick Douglass.  Frederick Douglass was a slave who taught himself to read and influenced President Abraham Lincoln.  Frederick Douglass didn’t make excuses for himself and look for handouts.  He loved the Constitution and worked hard to become successful.  I’ll share with you with a couple of his quotes.

“In that instrument I hold there is neither warrant, license, nor sanction of the hateful thing; but, interpreted, as it ought to be interpreted, the Constitution is a glorious liberty document.  Read its preamble, consider its purposes.”
and
“In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us.... I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! ... And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! ... Your interference is doing him positive injury.”

I didn't hear any of the spirit of Frederick Douglass last night.  All I heard were people looking for what government could do for them.  Memphis has great potential, but we are in serious trouble because so many of the citizens of Memphis don’t understand economics and the proper role of government.  City government isn't about funding social projects.  From the Memphis City Charter, Article 1, Section 1, the original taxing district ~later changed to city~ was created “in order to provide the means of local government for the peace, safety and general welfare of such districts.”  That means law enforcement and infrastructure.  General welfare means that it benefits all of the city of Memphis, not just certain groups within the city.

Memphis has great potential and I love this city, but we will not move forward until we get back to the basics of a civil society.  We have professional race stirrers.  We have elected officials that spend too much money on things that government ~taxpayers~ has no business funding.  We want safe neighborhoods and quality education for our kids.  Neither of those will happen until we get back to taking responsibility for our actions and parents taking responsibility for their children.  Instead of blaming those that leave Memphis looking for those things, why don't we work on providing them.  We are experiencing the consequences of looking to the government to fix our problems.  Isn't it time to try something different?

Notes:
The panel who asked the questions were Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland, Shelby County Democratic Party Secretary Lexie Reed Carter , former City Councilman Shep Wilburn, talk show host Jennings Benard, community activist Charlie Caswell, and Carlissa Shaw from Horne/Wells as well as three students from the Douglass debate team.  Also asked to speak were Jim Strickland, ~current city councilman and candidate for mayor~ Kenneth Whalum, ~former MCS board member who has pulled petitions for both city council and mayor~ Michael Williams, ~Memphis Police Association President and also running for mayor~ Randa Spears, ~Shelby Co. Democratic Party Chariman~ John Cornes, ~real estate~ and City Councilwoman Wanda Halbert.