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UNLEASHED LIBERALS

Years and years ago, I heard Rush Limbaugh comment that liberals were the craziest when they were out of power.

Now that the left no longer has the presidency, the Congress, and hopefully soon, power will return to the right on the Supreme Court, we have unleashed liberals, saying anything to get attention, not caring if it is true or false.

I often use the term, “tolerant left.” I have even told some folks that I coined the term. Bill O’Reilly has used the term, but only after I used it. It’s no secret to anyone that liberals are the most tolerant and open-minded people on earth except when you don’t agree with them and where they stand on political issues. Then you are subject to ridicule and being called a moron, idiot, clueless, and a few other monikers which I won’t put in print.

A week ago, an interesting looking article appeared on my newsfeed. The headline read: Trump Takes Breather from White House, Hold Rally this Weekend

This article was shared by a liberal and contained comments by unleashed liberals. According to most news outlets, President Trump has worked every day since he’s been in office, but these unleashed liberals were accusing him of taking the weekends off. In fact, on this particular weekend, it was announced early on Friday (February 17, 2017) that after going to the Charleston Boeing plant for the unveiling of a new plane, that he would be spending a weekend working at Mar-a-Lago. The unleashed liberals claimed that he had already taken three vacations since becoming president. The unleashed liberals were also complaining about the so-called campaign rally that he was holding late Saturday afternoon, saying that he had better things to do with his time that attend a rally. One poster on another thread implied that the president only worked 9-5, five days a week.

The problems with these unleashed liberals, among other things, is they can’t seem to understand what they read. Ever since I’ve been commenting on liberal threads, I often must explain what I write two or three times to get a liberal to understand what I’m writing about. It makes me wonder if, to avoid admitting to being wrong, they’re attempting to change the subject.

When I commented, asking the participants on the thread, would they rather the president play golf or go on a date night like Obama was continuously doing, the comments were generally that he should be doing the country’s work, instead. One commenter even said there was no precedence for such a rally. Again, the unleashed liberals can’t comprehend what they read or hear. No precedence for such a rally? Does there have to be. Remember, Jimmy Carter started his presidency out with those fireside chats, a new thing in the era of television. Not since Franklin Roosevelt had that been done. I further pointed out to the unleashed liberals that Obama held multiple rallies when foisting Obamacare on the American people. They denied it, but, as usual, they were wrong. After one commenter kept insisting that he had better things with that two hours Saturday evening that to hold a rally, I got a little chippy and indicated that she should apply for the position of scheduling advisor.

These threads, whether they are conservative leaning or liberal leaning always get off subject. One commenter asked about FEMA aid for the New Orleans tornado victims and for the Oroville damn scenario in California. I had read where California Governor Moonbeam had an acknowledgement from President Trump that assistance was approved and on the way. While I never heard anything about FEMA assistance to New Orleans. If it had been delayed, we would have heard about it. You can “betcha” bottom dollar. Of course, one unleashed liberal whined because she thought President Trump should have said something about the disasters. Upon this, I informed her that during the Nashville, Tennessee flood of 2010, Obama never talked about it, nor did he visit the Nashville area. I then threw in the fact that after the generational tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011 where parts of the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia were devastated by long-form violent tornadoes, the only thing Obama did was visit Tuscaloosa, Alabama a few weeks after the fact.

The thread got very contentions with a number of the commenters piling on me, which is nothing new. At one point, one of the commenters attacked me in way that I have never been attacked, even by the most hate-filled unleashed liberals. At first, I laughed and shook my head. But after several hours, I started thinking that this particular attack was way out of line. I responded to the commenter that his/her (couldn’t tell from first name if man or woman) comments may have crossed the line when it comes to appropriateness. I then asked this person to take the comments down. I wasn’t holding my breath that the comments would be removed, but in less than twenty-four hours, they were.

Before their gal lost the election, liberals were the real haters, racists, bigots, and liars. Plus, they’ve always had trouble with reading comprehension and don’t care about the truth. Get ready, this new wave of unleashed liberals is becoming their former selves on steroids.

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WHINY SNIVELING DEMOCRATS

Leading up to the presidential election held last week (November 8), all Americans were led to believe by the media, both main stream and alternative, that Hillary Clinton was a “shoe-in” to win the 2016 presidential election. Electoral college maps were displayed illustrating Clinton’s easy path to an electoral college victory and Donald Trump’s not so easy path to an electoral college victory.

As someone who wasn’t crazy about Donald Trump and supported other Republican candidates during the nomination process, I was fearful. This country couldn’t take four more years of ultra-left wing rule, and if we four more such years, the United States of America would be totally unrecognizable.

On the morning of the election, I predicted that Donald Trump would win the popular vote and Hillary Clinton would take the electoral college, thus winning the presidency. After all, the crowds at Trump/Pence rallies were much larger than those at Clinton/Kaine rallies. The states of Illinois, New York, and California are responsible for a vast number of electoral college votes. While most of the counties in these states tend to vote Republican, the highly-populated areas of Chicago, New York City, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco produce enough votes to turn these states blue.

Fast-forward to election night when the election results began to dribble in. It was announced that Trump had to win the states of Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina or he was finished. Losing one of those states would insure a Clinton win. But even if Trump did win those states, I would need to flip at least one traditionally blue state to win. Multiple scenarios were illustrated where each candidate could win 269 electoral votes. Then the tie would have to be broken by a vote in the House of Representatives. Given that the House had a Republican majority, Trump would win.

But it didn’t come to that because Trump was victorious in all three states that were a must for him. Trump was also ahead in the traditionally blue states of Pennsylvania and Michigan with Minnesota going back and forth. Even at this juncture, I didn’t have much hope, even though the talking heads were giving Trump a good chance to win. I didn’t think he would be able to flip a traditionally blue state. But well into the wee hours of the morning, the AP called Pennsylvania for Trump, soon the networks followed suit. Donald Trump had won the presidency.

On TV, the network would show a jubilant Trump headquarters and a woeful Clinton headquarters. On social media, I compared the Clinton supporters to football fans of the University of Georgia in 2008. Alabama, in its second year under head coach, Nick Saban, went to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs who were highly ranked. The Georgia fans were so sure they would be able to mop the floor with Alabama. They even declared the day a “black out” day and all fans were asked to wear black with the team wearing black on black uniforms. Well, guess what happened? Alabama jumped to an early lead in the first half and fended off a second half Georgia rally to win the game in convincing fashion. The TV cameras would show the Georgia fans, and I swear, I have never seen such a pitiful looking group of folks in my life. Clinton supporters reminded me of the Georgia fans.

Once the election results settled in, liberals, who were so smug and nasty to those who didn’t support Obama, had become whiny sniveling Democrats. College students who had, most likely, not been taught American history properly, were too devastated to go to class, much less take tests. So, they asked the heads of their respective institutions of higher learning to allow them to recuperate from such a trauma. And the heads of these institutions gave it to them.

As opposed to retreating to their safe spaces, some whiny sniveling Democrats took to the streets to protest the election results. They were upset that certain vote tallies were showing that Hillary Clinton received more of the popular vote than did Donald Trump. In my observations, it was going back and forth. Thus, the whiny sniveling Democrats were saying that Hillary should be president and would be if not for an obsolete arcane system that had been in place for generations. (I’ll have more on the electoral college in a futures post.) Whiny sniveling Democrats, I have news for you. We are a nation of laws, even Obama has said that once or twice.

In his acceptance speech, President Elect, Donald Trump, called for unity and indicated that he would be a president to all the people. He further indicated that he was aware that while many didn’t support him, he would be their president. Subsequently, social media, particularly Facebook, exploded with all these memes calling for unity. Some Republicans were expressing empathy with whiny sniveling Democrats, because they knew how devastating it was for them to lose.

I didn’t call for unity, nor did I express empathy with the whiny sniveling Democrats. Instead, I pointed out how those same whiny sniveling Democrats treated Republicans four and eight years ago. They told us that we lost and to get over it. They also told us that they didn’t care what we thought, they were going to do what they wanted to do.

Thus, I have no sympathy for whiny sniveling Democrats. They can deal with things just like we did four and eight years ago.

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INSTEAD OF BEING TOO SERIOUS, CAN’T WE LAUGH?

A few days ago, a link to an article from some liberal feminist website appeared on my Facebook news feed. In the article a black woman was outlining the trials and tribulations of being black. She didn’t grown up in the ghetto living in a three room house with 6 siblings, all being raised by a single mother. Instead, she grew up in a middle class neighborhood with a Mom, Dad, and a swimming pool. She attended good secondary schools and received a scholarship to Harvard. Everything had fallen into place in her life, including marriage and career. Yet, she was griping about racism and white privilege.

It seems as though when someone would ask her where she was going to college and she answered, “Harvard,” folks would ask her, “Is that the one in Massachusetts?” She further observed that white people weren’t getting this type of treatment.

In addition to the above, she claimed that a high school algebra teacher indicated that she was the only “spook” in the class. She also described an incident where a black classmate was accepted to UCLA. A white student, who was rejected indicated that the black student must have gotten in unfairly because of affirmative action. If there was ever a good reason for repealing affirmative action policies, which are discriminatory to minorities, this is one.

I grew up in Cullman, Alabama and currently live in the greater Birmingham, Alabama area. I am somewhat skeptical about this woman’s claims because in this area, being the hotbed of racism, according to the mainstream media and the left, the stuff she’s claiming was said to her and about her just isn’t said where the person talked about can hear it. I’ve heard things said in private, but not to a person’s face. I can only remember a few times when I heard the word, “spook,” said while referring to blacks and that was a long time ago.

I realize some things can get annoying. I have a friend from up north who thinks all southerners eat grits three times a day, when in fact, I’m not a big grits eater at all. For me to enjoy them, they have to be “dressed up,” with items such as shrimp, cheese, smoked sausage, and other good stuff. If they’re on my breakfast plate, I’ll eat one or two bites, but that’s about it. If we’re in a restaurant and a grits entre is on the menu, she will ask me if I’m going to order than. One time at a breakfast buffet, she asked me, “Are you getting grits?” This annoys me, but like Jesus said in First Peter, you should accept what was said, forgive, and not retaliate. In fact, this is something that’s really laughable.

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in the waiting room of the Express Oil Change close to my home. I was in there with an elderly gentleman and another lady who looked to be in her twenties or early thirties. ESPN was on the tube, and they were talking about Alabama’s game with Southern Cal that was coming up the next day. The gentleman said to me and the other lady, I know y’all aren’t happy about football season starting because and that would be all we were going to hear about for the next 4-1/2 months. I replied to him, “Oh contraire. I’m an Alabama alum, a season ticket holder, and own and manage an Alabama sports information website. I gave him a business card and invited him to visit my site. He then asked me if this was a clothing site. I explained the site to him and even showed it to him on my phone. He was obviously surprised that a woman would be well-versed in football. It was a fun thing to see the surprised look on his face and I laughed about it. However, after telling a few of my women friends about this, they were shocked and considered the old gentleman a sexist.

Why not be glad and enjoy the surprised look on someone’s face when you don’t fit in the square hole, to which they think you belong. In fact, I get a lot of surprised looks from guys when I tell them about my website. Some left wing feminists probably think I should get my nose out of joint and act offended. Now why would I do that, I want everyone with whom I speak to visit my Alabama sports website, make it their homepage, and click on the ads.

By getting puffed up and wearing her feelings on her sleeve every time something with a racial connotation is said to her by folks who are surprised that she doesn’t fit the stereotype they had in their heads for blacks, she is masking incidents of true and hurtful racism, and they are out there, that should be dealt with and corrected.

This particular woman who wrote this article has a good life. She should enjoy it and enjoy to a certain extent surprising folks with her outstanding credentials. I did note that she is a native of Los Angeles. Well, maybe folks in in the liberal city of Los Angeles act in the manner she describes, but we don’t act like that here in Alabama. We also know where Harvard is. Guess in Los Angeles, they don’t.

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REMEMBERING THE 9/11 ATTACKS

I had been at work maybe twenty or thirty minutes when my office mate hung up from a telephone call and said, “Hey Nancy, a plane just hit one of the World Trade Center buildings.”

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Terry had been on the phone with his wife (I can’t remember her given name), who had called him to tell him. We both tried to get some information from the Internet, but were unable to do so. Momentarily, Terry’s phone rang again and it was his wife again, telling him that another plane had hit the other tower. Terry, again, was the one who conveyed that information to me. By then we knew that something bad was happening and the whole office was buzzing, and no Internet was available. The conference room TV was turned on and we were told that we could watch what was happening.

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We then learned about the plane crashing into the Pentagon and a plane that was thought to be heading toward the Capitol building had crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

While that day certainly changed our lives forever in many ways, some things do remain the same. The evil forces out to destroy our way of life failed, didn’t they. I went to church this morning, sang hymns, prayed, and listened to the message without fear of reprisal. Yesterday, I attended the Alabama vs. Western Kentucky football game. Instead of a purse, women must limit the items they carry in to the stadium to a rather small, clear plastic bag. There’s still college football, one of the greatest pleasures this nation has to offer, with very little changing.

Overall security is much tighter and flying on commercial airlines has changed dramatically. I don’t fly much anymore, but when I do, making sure I have everything in order is a big deal. For those who fly regularly, adaption was much easier.

In the decade preceding 9/11, there was very little military action, but after 9/11, that has not been the case. We’re continuously at war, and most of us have become desensitized to it. That’s not a good thing, but fighting terror is not like fighting a conventional enemy or another country. I often times wonder if we will ever conquer terrorism.

9/11 has undoubtedly changed our views regarding the culture and religion of Islam. Before 9/11, Muslims were Muslims, we weren’t afraid of them; nor did we look upon them as belonging to groups whose intentions were to kill Americans. I don’t see Muslims being viewed in the same light as they were before 9/11 in my lifetime.

Yes, there have been many changes in the United States of America in the last fifteen years and many of them not good. This article is not meant to be political, instead, the focus of this article is on actually little our lives have changed with respect to the 9/11 attacks.

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Sometimes I wonder what the master minds and the minions of the 9/11 attacks, who are still alive, think about their plans to destroy our way of life. They failed miserably.

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WHY I’M CYNICAL ABOUT RACE

Growing up in a small north Alabama town where no blacks lived, I had little interaction with them until I started college at the University of Alabama. I was well aware that at this point in my life, I would certainly have a lot more interaction with blacks. I would be in class with them, I would be living close to them, if not having them as roommates, I would be socializing with them, and so on and so forth. While the term “new normal” was not used back then, this would be the “new normal” for me.

During my sophomore year, I lived next door to a black girl and we became the best of friends. I was the one who made the initial ice-breaking contact with her, and soon her black friends and my white friends were all friends. Even though we both moved out of the dormitory and into apartments my junior year and her sophomore year, we remained friends, had some great times together, and continued to remain friends until we were in our mid-twenties and life caused us to drift apart. Like all friends, we did have our “tiffs,” but that’s normal for everyone.

I’ve always lived according to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King to judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Now that the Civil Rights legislation of the mid-sixties had lifted the barriers, we can become a color-blind society.  The only reason I felt like skin color should be used would be for identification purposes and maybe marketing purposes. For example, if I owned a tanning salon, my core target market would not include blacks for obvious reasons, it’s not a service most really need.

I’ve always been against affirmative action programs because I feel they demean minorities. It’s telling minorities that you’re inferior and need help to achieve. That’s BS! As a Republican, I do feel that the Republican Party is the best party for anyone, including minorities and that the Democrat part is the real racist party. It’s the Democrats who think that minorities, including blacks, are inferior and need help from whites. Again, that’s BS!

There is a question that I have often put to blacks and whites: with Civil Rights Legislation, there was forced desegregation in most areas of our society. However, one area where there was not forced desegregation was our churches and houses of worship. And to this day, we have white churches and black churches with very little overlap. Why is this? You would think that churches would be the first places to desegregate, but no. But I think that may be beginning to change slightly, which I’m happy about.

I did ask a black friend to visit my church several times. One time she asked me what we did at my church. I said that we did what most people in church do. We sing hymns, pray, and the minister delivers the message which is directly from the Bible. Then the friend said she didn’t want to be the only African-American there. While there are no blacks who regularly attend my church, we do have the occasional visitors who are black. At my church, everyone is welcome. The black friend did hurt my feelings a bit. I was sincere about her visiting my church, and she seemed to flippantly dismiss my invitation.

One black friend that I often go out to eat with, will say that the waiter/waitress is prejudice if the service is slow and the waiter or waitress is white. Then if the service is a little fast, she says, “I wonder if they’re trying to rush us out.”  I’m so sick of hearing that.

I’ve been accused of being prejudiced because I don’t like turnip greens. And one time I asked a black friend what time she got out of church on Sunday so we could plan something for that afternoon. This friend responded in a somewhat snarky manner, “just when we get out.” Then I suggested that she get up and leave if the service goes a little long. I shouldn’t have said that, and ended the conversation telling her that if she couldn’t reasonably guarantee that she would be able to meet up and attend the matinee, let’s just forget about it. “Oh, no, no, no, we can do this, “she said. We did meet up at a designated time and went to the matinee. I’m pretty sure this person was just trying to give me a hard time.

Another time, I had arranged for a black friend of mine to pick up a white friend of mine and meet me somewhere. It was a little more detailed than this, but the details aren’t important. The black friend replied, “I don’t know, he might be prejudiced.” I lost it and told the black friend to get out of the fifties and sixties and into the second decade of the twenty-first century. She replied, “I guess I just made a bad joke.” I was mad and she knew it.

In some of the smaller cities and townships in the Birmingham area, your city address is “Birmingham, Alabama.” I think this is limited to those zip codes that begin with “352.” For example, the city of Homewood is a separate and distinct city with a city government. The zip code is 35209. If you’re in that zip code, you are Birmingham, Alabama, not Homewood, Alabama. In the suburb of Pelham, Alabama, the zip code is 35124 and your city address is Pelham, Alabama, not Birmingham, Alabama. Of course, people use do use Homewood, Alabama, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, Hoover, Alabama, etc. as their city/state. While it’s technically wrong, mail does still get to them. I heard someone once say to use Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, was racist. Now how can you possibly, with a straight face, connect those dots?

These things are minor, but they seem to have happened happen to me a lot. Liberals now add to the definition of racism to fit whatever suits their needs at the moment.

You’re a racist if you rooted for the Denver Broncos with white quarterback Peyton Manning over the Carolina Panthers with black quarterback Cam Newton. You’re a racist if you don’t like Gangsta Rap. You’re racist if you like country music; the only reason you like Darius Rucker is because liking him makes you feel good about your racist self.  If you say “All Lives Matter” you’re a racist.

And then to the big one, if you don’t support Barak Obama and his policies, you’re a racist. I’ve addressed this many times and won’t re-hash it here.

I have folks telling me and everyone else that the “Black Lives Matter” movement is a righteous and peaceful movement, that the person who gunned down those police officers in Dallas was not a part of “Black Lives Matter.”

The “Black Lives Matter” movement arose out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. Before the investigation and the facts were complete, liberals, including black liberals, were shouting “hands up don’t shoot” then “black lives matter.” The “hands up don’t shoot” didn’t happen. It was a lie. Thus, “Black Lives Matter” was predicated upon a lie.

Then you have the “Black Lives Matter” movement holding demonstrations and chanting things like “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon, and “what do we want, dead cops, when do we want it, now.” I watched the video of the “Black Lives Matter” rally held in downtown Birmingham last night. While there was no rioting, looting, or destroying of property (we don’t do that down here), the tone was anti-white and anti-police. Also, demonstrators were chanting “hands up, don’t shoot.”

I don’t agree with those who say it’s a good, peaceful movement. Instead, I consider it a hate group. Can someone tell me why I should think differently?

I have often said that I didn’t understand why liberals, including black liberals, protest to the point of looting and rioting when someone black dies at the hands of someone white, which are isolated incidents; but do not appear to care about scenarios such as Chicago where multiple blacks are killed almost every night and certainly on weekend nights by other blacks. If the scenario in Chicago could be minimized, it would go a long way to saving black lives, especially young black lives. But I’m called a racist and other things for uttering such. Why am I such a horrible person for pointing out a scenario where more blacks are killed in gang-related incidents than isolated incidents? It sure looks to me like only some black lives matter.

Like everyone else, I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But I have tried, as a young college student and an adult, to reach out to blacks. Yes I have become cynical about race, particularly over the last 7-1/2 years and feel like I have been kicked in the teeth and in the stomach.  Why should I not feel this way? Please tell me.

Note: I do have many black friends who have not treated me in the ways that I described above. I don’t intend to stop trying to make black friends. While there are some things I will not put up with, I do not intend to give up on my efforts to make our society a color-blind one.

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