WHY I WILL NOT BE JOINING THE PROTESTS AGAINST PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedBelow is today’s column on the protests against President-Elect Donald Trump and why, despite having a house full of family members and friends who have come to protest Trump, I will not be joining them. Instead, I will be home with my kids as we have been in every inauguration – celebrating the peaceful transfer of power in our democracy and wishing the newly elected president (and our country) the best with an inaugural toast. I criticized Trump (and Hillary Clinton) during the campaign (and I will not hesitate to criticize Trump again for policies or actions that I disagree with). However, I find the claims of illegitimacy and attacks this week to be highly disturbing. I totally respect the right of people to come to protest Trump and his policies. However, there appears to be a concerted effort to delegitimize his presidency and create a type of political mythology about this election.

In this column I discuss that mythology and, more importantly, the meaning of the day of inauguration for many of us. Regardless of my criticism of both Trump and Clinton, I always knew that on January 20th I would raise a glass to the 45th President of the United States and wish him or her . . . and us . . . the best of luck in the coming years. It is a time when we reaffirm our commitment not so much to a politician but to each other. We reaffirm a common article of faith that, despite our disagreements and divisions, we remain one country joined by our belief in democratic transition and government. There is much to celebrate this week as a glance around the world at places like Gambia will readily confirm. Donald Trump will be the 45th President. Our President.

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Ariana Grande Declares That She Is The World’s “Hardest Working 23-Year-Old Human”

 

migmotherariana_grande_during_the_honeymoon_tour_in_jakarta_2015It is sometimes fascinating to see how celebrity status can warp the perspective of some stars.  Ariana Grande is clearly one such case.  You may recall how Grande was previously shown in a truly disgusting moment where she licked donuts at a shop and proclaimed how she hated America.  She later clarified that when she said that she hated America, she was really proud of being American.  Now, Grande has caused a firestorm by declaring herself “the hardest-working 23-year-old human being on Earth” as well as noting that she is remarkably “cute.”  With millions out of work and others working multiple minimum wage jobs, readers were irate at how incredibly out of touch Grande is.  By the way, Florence Thompson ( the women in this iconic image from the 1930s) was only a few years older than Grande and had four kids with a fifth child on the way when this photo was taken. Her husband was dead.  Thompson might have worked a tad harder than even Ariana Grande.
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College President Fired For Allowing Homeless Student To Sleep In Library On Record Cold Night

unknownBrian Carroll, campus president at Vatterott College in Kansas City had a human decision to make.  A student of the school was homeless and had no where to sleep on a night with freezing temperature.  Carroll decided to let the young man who is also schizophrenic sleep the night at the library.  For that, Vatterott (one of our growing number of for-profit schools) fired him, according to Carroll.  The young man did not steal anything or damage anything. Vatterott reportedly fired the president for allowing him to come in from the cold.

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“I Have No Regrets”: Pakistani Mother Tells Daughter To Come Home For Wedding Celebration . . . Then Burns Her To Death As “Honor Killing”

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-10-52-25-amAfter repeated refusals of her family to allow her to marry the man she loved, Zeenat Rafiq, 18, eloped with Hassan Khan, a classmate.  She was surprised therefore when her mother found her to say that all was forgiven and that she should return home for a belated celebration of the marriage.  When she showed up, her mother and brother proceeded to beat and strangle her . . . and then burned her.  Her mother, Perveen Bibi, has proudly claimed to have upheld the honor of the family by killing her own daughter.  She told the police “I have no regrets.”

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CNN/ORC POLL: 58 PERCENT OF VOTERS DO NOT BELIEVE RUSSIAN HACKING INFLUENCED THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION

200px-Cnn.svgThe Democratic establishment has been pushing hard on a new narrative that Hillary Clinton lost not because of her record negatives polling going back years on truthfulness or the desire of the voters for an non-establishment candidate or the baggage carried by Clinton into the election.  Rather, it was the hacking by the Russians with a bit of help from FBI Director James Comey, according to this universal spin.  The media has assisted to a degree by referring to the “Russian hacking of the election,” which is obviously not true.  The election was not hacked. No voting machines or tallies were hacked.  Emails were hacked and none of those emails appear to have been altered. They were real emails showing highly dishonest conduct by key players.  Despite the virtual mantra from Washington, voters are clearly not buying it.  A new CNN/ORC poll shows roughly 8 out of 10 voters followed the controversy but 58 percent doubt that the hacking influenced the outcome of the election. [This posting was updated]

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