I never left the party. The party left me.

This year’s election started off looking brilliant.  The GOP had such a deep bench of candidates that would have been amazing.  Then the Trump Train idiots just shat the bed.  I promised in my last post that I would change party affiliation if Donald was awarded the GOP nomination.  Unlike Alec Baldwin and so many others, I keep my promises.  Here’s the evidence:

 

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I am now officially “Unaffiliated.”  I stand by my choice to refuse to vote for Donald Trump.  He represents everything I am against.  He is a conman who is only looking out for himself.  I’ve said the very beginning that his campaign was never supposed to be more than a pr stunt for his TV show.  Then the Social Justice Warrior crowd went at him over his “build a wall!” comments and got him fired from his show.  At that point, the Donald can not just sit back and allow himself to be humiliated, so he kicked the rhetoric into high gear.  Media, even conservative media, loved him because he was so bombastic, he was great for ratings and clicks.  Those of us who are #NeverTrump warned that he was not a good candidate.  Several of us begged for us to coalesce behind either Rubio or Cruz.  The longer the primary dragged on, the more clear it was that Cruz had the best chance.  But it was too late.

2016election-allthenopesI wanted to jump to the Libertarians.  I like the Libertarian platform in many respects.  I generally disagree with them on the view of pot & foreign policy, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t work with.  Then the Libertarians shat their bed by picking Democrat-lite Gary Johnson.  Pro-abortion, anti-religious freedom…  I just can’t.

So for the first time in my 21 years of voting — I will not be voting for the office of President.  I will go vote for the down-ticket races.  But I can not in good conscience select any of the choices we have for President this year. Hillary is a proven liar with a long record of corruption.  Trump is a con man, who has already changed his mind about everything he’s promised so far.  Johnson is the least Libertarian Libertarian I’ve ever seen.  As for Jill Stein, her platform is just the worst for our already struggling economy.  If a good candidate would mount a decent write-in campaign between now and November, maybe I’ll throw a vote their direction, but that’s not likely to happen.

I urge everyone to research their local candidates.  In Maryland, you can see who will be on your ballot on the State Election Board Website.  I will be supporting Kathy Szeliga for Senate and Mark Arness for the House of Representatives. I still have to research on my local county officials and judges.

#AgainstTrump

From Erick Erickson’s latest, The Importance of Disclosing This Immediately:

I will not vote for Donald Trump for President of the United States even if he is the Republican nominee.
He is an authoritarian blending nationalist and tribal impulses, which historically has never worked out well for the nation that goes in that direction or the people in that nation.

Erick hits the nail on the head here. I will not vote for Donald Trump. If my choice is Donald or Hilary, I’d rather have Hilary. Donald or Bernie, I’d rather have Bernie. That is how much I will not vote for Donald Trump.

Trump-stancesI’ll even go one step further. If Donald Trump becomes the Republican Nominee, I will change my affiliation. I’ve been a registered Republican for 21 years. I’ve said for years now that I didn’t leave the GOP, the GOP left me. I have remained a registered Republican solely for the opportunity to vote in primaries and hopefully change the direction of the party.

Unlike some others, I am not ready to throw in the towel on the GOP, at least not until the primary is over. I am still praying that the party will wake up, and vote in Rubio or Cruz. We will see what happens on Super Tuesday. Until then remember,

Friends don’t let friends vote for Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz wins the internet today.

Love the Office Space reference.  If you haven’t heard about Hillary’s email server issues, you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last year.

 

Ted has another one that my kids just LOVE:

My kids have been randomly yelling, “Eminent Domain!” like it’s a Hulk-Smash rallying cry.  More importantly, they asked what it was, and were genuinely curious. That is the real genius of ads like this, education.

 

Donald Trump is Afraid of Megyn Kelly – and His Supporters are Jerks.

Donald Trump, as of this moment, will not be appearing in tonight’s FoxNews GOP debate.  The last time, he got upset that Megyn Kelly asked him a question about how he treats women. It was a relevant question, considering Hillary was trying to revive the War on Women crap just a few days earlier. But the Donald got his nose all bent out of joint, and said Megyn was attacking him. He then said in an interview the next day that Megyn was just having woman problems, and has since attacked her personally and repeatedly called her a bimbo on social media.

His own actions and repeated attacks on Megyn after that debate prove the validity of her question. He is not someone I want in the highest office of the land.

I unfollowed Rush Limbaugh on facebook today, because he has been Team Trump this whole time. I also hate that anytime I speak out against Trump’s ideas, I get roundly attacked by his supporters.  I’ve been called everything from a Democrat, to “tranny”, to “cuckservative” – a completely racist term.

Thing is, the last time I got attacked so viciously by political opponents — Barack Obama was running for office. Trump supporters are just as bad as the Obama supporters.

Asperger’s Syndrome, The Second Amendment, and The Value of Life.

I went on The Dana Show during the second hour of the radio show, which is now broadcast on TheBlazeTv, to talk about Asperger’s Syndrome.  Once again, Asperger’s has been thrust into the national limelight under the worst circumstances.  I’m not even going to link to any of the myriad of news articles all screaming “The killer had Asperger’s! OMG! He wasn’t taking his medication!” As I explained to Dana, it’s all a load of bull-puckey.

I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s Syndrome is NOT a mental illness, it is a neurological difference.  There is no medication for Asperger’s Syndrome.  Let me repeat that.  There is NO medication for Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s Syndrome is often co-morbid with other issues that would be medicated, but Asperger’s Syndrome has no cure.

(Check out my “Not weird, just wired differently” line at Cafe Press)

Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of high-functioning autism.  Technically, after the latest updates to the DSM-5, Asperger’s is no longer an official diagnoses, but I digress. Typically, what separates an Aspie from a higher-function autistic person is their language skills.  Aspies can talk, quite well. Aspies tend to be very literal, and have to learn sarcasm.  They don’t generally look people in the eyes, often because the amount of emotion and input in the eyes is overwhelming.  Aspies also don’t pick up on social cues, things like body language and facial expressions, which makes them generally outcasts or targets for bullies.  Some Aspies pace, or flap their hands, or clap, scream, or whatever when overly emotional or over stimulated.  For me personally, I close my eyes to talk to shut out other stimuli so I can concentrate on what I’m saying.  I also tend to use headphones and music to block out the world when I’m overwhelmed or need to shut out distractions so I can stay on task.

I also struggle with depression. Depression is just one of several issues that can coincide with Asperger’s Syndrome.  I am well aware that Depression lies. In my case, I’m medicated.  My “Happy Pills” help me to keep my emotions level.  I’m blessed to have an amazing support system.  My husband picks up the slack around the house when I’m struggling to keep myself together. He’s always there to talk me through the worst of it.  A few weeks ago, I hit a rough patch where I just had too many feels.  He let me rant, rave, and cry.  My mom is amazing, and has talked me through some tough spots, and reminds me that I need to take care of the one that needs me most at the moments, and sometimes, that’s me.  My family has always been ready to pitch in and lend a hand when I need them, just as I do for them when they need help.

When I see people declaring that we need restrict the rights of the “mentally ill”, I get concerned. Ya’ll are talking about me. As I told Dana, I believe the real conversation needs to be the value of life. America no longer values life. As long as we continue to treat life as disposable, these types of tragic events will continue. 

 

Post 2015 CNN GOP Debate Analysis

2015Debate-JindalFrom the Not-So-Happy Hour Debate: Jindal shined brightest on a stage that left most people saying, “Who are these guys again?” He scored right off the bat by saying Trump is no conservative, or Republican, and we all need to stop pretending he is. He scored again while correcting Tapper on his stance on immigration with, “immigration without assimilation is invasion.”  He got the best response when, during the Kim Davis question, he said he wanted the left to give us a list of approved jobs for Christians.  One of the best lines of the night belonged to Jindal, on the Iran deal:  “This is a bad deal. He’s declared war on trans fats and a ceasefire with the largest state-sanctioned sponsor of terrorism.”

Pataki said that he would not deport anyone, instead he would demand every illegal do community service in exchange for citizenship.  Maybe it’s just me, but that sounds an awful lot like slavery’s first cousin, indentured servitude.

Lindsey Graham did his best John “I served in Vietnam” Kerry impression by reminding everyone that he spent 33 years in the Air Force every 5 minutes.  He was a one hit wonder, by bringing almost every answer back around to the Middle East.  The only time he broke from his incessant “but the Middle East!” theme was during a back and forth with Santorum on an immigration question.  There is a reason Rush Limbaugh nicknamed Lindsey “Grahamnesty”.  As far as he’s concerned it’s just impossible to deport 11 million, so we shouldn’t event try. He proceeded to interrupt Santorum by just spouting out random words that may or may not have had anything to do with the question.  Ugh.  When he got his turn (Santorum stayed quiet & let him speak), he somehow turned the question right back around to the Middle East. Not. Kidding.

Santorum, a former congressman, thinks that what we all should know him for is his prolific ability to reproduce.  He is especially proud of his special needs daughter who is the “heart and core of my heart.”  After that stumble, Santorum was most notable for his Herman Cain impression.  Apparently “20-20” is the new “9-9-9.” Santorum also said he’d raise the minimum wage because only less than 1% of people are stuck on it, and we need to because #caring.  Problem is, he’s wrong. At least 2.6% of Americans are working minimum wage jobs, the majority of whom are young people, the type who do not need a “living wage”, just the experience those jobs provide.

From the Main Stage: Fiorina crushed it.  Chica dropped all the mics. Every time she had a chance to speak, she nailed it.  One of the audience favorites was her response to the stupid, “which woman would you want on the 10 dollar bill?” She said no one, she wouldn’t change the $10 because that’s nothing but an empty gesture. She continued by pointing out that women are not a special interest group, but the majority.2015debate-carly-women

Trump opened by insulting Rand Paul, and just kept up with the insults all night long. He continue to avoid specifics. Honestly people, we’ve already elected someone who speaks in broad generalities and sold empty platitudes.  Look where that got us.  The vine video of the Donald making all the emoji faces in 7 seconds is pretty funny.

Huckabee was completely forgettable. His only shining moment was his opening joke about the GOP being the A-Team, with the Donald being our Mr. T.  Sigh.

I know Kasich was on stage, but I don’t remember a dang thing he said.

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Cruz is a great guy, but he looks like a lump on the debate stage. My mother’s friend said he reminded her of Grampa Munster, and now I can’t get that picture out of my head.  You’re welcome America.

Jeb’s best moments were when he copped to smoking weed 40 years ago, and defended his brother.  Other than that, he looked like an angry little man who couldn’t decide if he wanted everyone else to just go away, or if he wanted to go home and forget all this crap.

Rand Paul played to his father’s demographic by saying he’d never get us involved in a war, and he’d totes legalize pot. He’s got the vote of the 420 crowd all sewn up – that is, if they aren’t too buzzed to remember to show up and vote on election day.  Otherwise, he is most known for being Trump’s favorite punching bag.

Chris Christie tried his best to take both Donald and Carly down a peg during the question about their business record.  “No one cares about your career!” he whined.  Carly effectively shut him down when she pointed out that he & the other politicians on stage had just spent the last hour & a half talking about their records, and bragging about all the stuff they’ve done in their careers.  Since neither she, nor Donald or Carson, have a political voting record, their career is their record, and speaks to their leadership skills.  Like I said, Carly dropped all the mics.

Carson did ok.  His slow delivery is probably great when dealing with patients and families in his pediatric neurosurgery practice. Honestly, I’d be really comfortable with him as my kid’s doctor.  It just doesn’t translate well into politics.

Walker was there, somewhere.  His best line of the night came early in the debate during a back and forth with Trump.  “Just because Trump says it,doesn’t mean it’s true.” Lulz.

Rubio did a decent job.  His foreign policy answers were spot on.  His answer to Trump’s criticism of politicians who speak Spanish on the campaign trail was brilliant.

“I do give interviews in Spanish, and here’s why — because I believe that free enterprise and limited government is the best way to help people who are trying to achieve upward mobility.

And if they get their news in Spanish, I want them to hear that directly from me. Not from a translator at Univision.”

Yes people. You can argue all day for people to learn English, and I’ll agree with you.  But there is something to be said for reaching people in their native tongue.

But seriously ya’ll… Carly answer to Trump’s earlier statement criticizing her looks just won the night.

Pre-Debate Analysis

In the Happy-hour debate:  Everyone will lament Gov. Perry’s recent drop from the race, while secretly thanking their lucky stars he’s gone.  Then they will all take shots at Trump. Lindsay Graham, the human sponge, will try not to leave any puddles on the floor while he proves to be the squishiest of squishes.  Santorum will get the inevitable Kim Davis/Same-Sex marriage question, which he will attempt to answer in a way that defends the Christian faith without offending too many voters, all of which will be completely overshadowed by the giant stick he’s got rammed up his backside (all puns intended). Pataki will fail to do or say anything that will get him remembered by anyone, and Jindal will throw everything he has at Trump in a bid to get noticed.

debate-setOn the main stage:  Trump will monopolize the conversation, and say something so incredibly pig-headed and stupid that those who already dislike will cheer, thinking this is the moment the plebs see him for who he is. They will be wrong.  Rand Paul will launch more salvos at Trump and the two will get into a pissing contest right there on the stage. Chris Christie will join in, because this stage is only big enough for one huge ego from the NY/NJ area, thank you very much. Besides, being the big, straight-talking, angry guy with the awesome accent is his gig, and dammed if he will let Trump run away with this!  Marco Rubio will make some great points, and drop a few pop-culture references.  Ted Cruz will recall to mind legislation he worked on for every question asked, but will come off as whiny and soft.  Scott Walker will couch his brilliant answers in so much political double speak, no one will remember he was even there com tomorrow morning.   Dr. Ben Carson is just smart enough to say very little, except for the occasional “D.C. needs a lobotomy” joke.  Carly Fiorina will drop truth bombs every time she’s given the mic to talk, which won’t be all that often.  CNN can’t let her existence change the narrative that the GOP is a good ol’ boys club, so they will do all they can to ignore her.  Huckabee will be that awkward friend that hangs onto the edge of the crowd but doesn’t say much.  He will also get all the Kim Davis/Same-Sex marriage questions, in an attempt by CNN to beclown the entire Christian faith.  He will answer appropriately, and promptly drop out of the race next week.  Jeb Bush will stand there seething, wishing everyone would just get off the stage and let him have this already.

Projected Winner:  Carly Fiorina – provided she actually gets some speaking time.  Marco Rubio will score some nice hits.  However, Trump fans will all roundly declare him to be the winner, and call everyone who disagrees a “cuckservative”.

Sen. Ted Cruz Calls out Romney & JEB

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Senator Ted Cruz lit the place up when he said, “If this deal goes through, the Obama administration, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, will become the leading global financiers of radical Islamic terrorism.” After getting push-back from the GOP for his statements, he told Chad Hasty, “You know, one of the reasons Republicans keep getting clobbered is we have leaders like Mitt Romney and like Jeb Bush who are afraid to say that.”

 

FINALLY!  Someone in the GOP who gets it!  My admiration for Sen. Ted Cruz just exploded.

#Ferguson was never about holding cops accountable.

I said when Ferguson first blew up that this was about reminding black people who they should be voting for. Obama is losing the African-American demo because of his lack of any action to better the lives of that group, & because the Democrats have gotten bold about what they stand for in the last 6 years.

Brown-FergusonNow I have proof. Here in Maryland, and in other races across the US, Democrat candidates are using Ferguson to target black voters and remind them who their vote belongs to. In Maryland, we have a candidate who has taken to targeting black voters, and telling them to vote for him for no other reason than the fact that he is a black man. That right there — vote for me because I’m the right skin color — is racist.

Is PG County Government trying to affect the Governor’s race?

I saw this in my facebook stream yesterday afternoon, and immediately wondered if this was even legal:

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The craziest part about this, is that the information attached to the little video in the facebook post is not correct. Last Sunday’s event was NOT a Candidate Forum, and the Gubernatorial Forum on Disability Issues was held at the National Federation for the Blind on Oct 9th in Baltimore, not Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro.

The event held at Henry Wise High was an Anthony Brown campaign event in which Obama spoke on behalf of Anthony Brown. The video is from the campaign event. The transcript of the video, as well as I can make it out is:

“(unintelligible) the systems failing. And these folks trying to make it harder to vote. This and That. There’s always a reason. You know what? There are no reasons. The future is (unintelligible). If you want better policies out of Washington, than you’ve got to vote for ’em. If you want better policies to continue in MD, than you’ve gotta vote for ’em. “

I’m not entirely sure this is legal, as I am new to Maryland, and not up on all of the election laws, so it is possible that no election laws have been broken.  However, it does not look kosher to have official county government pages posting video from a campaign event for the sitting Lt. Governor just 12 days out from the election, and the day before early voting starts.