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Covfefelations! You’ve Done It Again!

May 31st, 2017 by Magdalena Tabor

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By now, everyone has heard of the new word created by none other than the Trumpmeister himself.  Now now, in all fairness, given his limited knowledge of the English language, the word is not only sterling and original, it’s a reflection of unwitting ingenuity. I must say, I’m really rather impressed with the complexity of the word, the sophistication and yet playfulness of it when spoken, and the sheer (stifled laughter) magnitude of its origin. The question remains, however, what in blazes does it mean???

One can only speculate on the message lost in the meandering pathways of the brain in the man so earnestly attempting to express what (?) in the wee hours of Trumpdom. But another question just as perplexing eludes…..what is its pronunciation? It is of my personal opinion, and that of the general masses, to be “cov-feh-fee”. While we ponder this, here are some conjectures on its meaning in context:

Vould you like zom cream in your covfefe? (Spoken in your best Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation.)

My hair isn’t quite covfefed today. (This making perfect sense given the state of his coif.)

I was so happy there was covfefe at my inauguration, even if there was some in my hair for a week.

My next dog will be a poodle named Covfefe. Fifi is so passe.

I covfefe I know nothing about politics or anything meaningful.

Damn! I didn’t mean to hit send. That will put a nail in my covfefe for sure!

It’s widely known that sleep deprivation alters the cogs and wheels in the clockworks of the brain. My suggestion therefore, would be to refrain from drinking covfefe before bedtime. If you do, don’t drink and tweet.

So………………whadayathink? Have anything to add to this word of substance? Do you agree with the enormous potential value of the word? Will Starbucks cash in on this? Will von Trump get any sleep tonight or will covfefe rattle around in the coffers of his cranium? Will he brand the word before or after he figures out the definition? Let’s have a go at it, shall we?

Covfefe (cov-feh-fee): a nonsense word caused by a careless mishap at the hands of a blundering fool in the wee hours of twitter world.

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The Concept of Martyrdom is A Bad One

May 26th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Jesus was a martyr but at least he didn’t take anyone down with him. His suicide (which is what it was if you believe his mission was to die for us) in my opinion makes zero sense, but hey – billions of people for centuries seem to think that his dying redeemed us from Original sin (That seductress – Eve). I, for the life of me am incapable of grasping how and why one would come to this conclusion. But, that’s another blog.

Anyway, the fact of the matter is Jesus did not kill anyone (God the father killed millions , but Jesus did not). Jesus also preaches thou shall not kill. So yes, Jesus was a martyr but as I said… On the other hand, the other monotheistic Abrahamic religion – Islam, explicitly encourages and rewards persons who not only commit suicide but also murder as many people as possible in the process in the name of their god Allah. Lovely!!!

How counterintuitive is it to think that suicide and mass murder is something that will get you into Paradise with all those virgins. Just absolute nonsense!!! WTF are these zealots thinking???

So to get to my point, what if one of these suicidal homicidal martyrs gets his hands on nuclear weaponry? It’s over – that’s what. End of the species – Sapiens and the Genus – Homo. Thankfully, N. Korea is not a theocracy and Kim Jung-Un is not suicidal. But Iran is.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? What I’ve always thought to myself was – thank God making a nuclear bomb is prodigiously difficult. If it was easy, you wouldn’t be reading this now. You’d be dead.

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President Wanted: No Experience, No Skills, and No Intelligence Needed

May 22nd, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Yep, that’s the ad the imbecilic, bankrupt, Reality Star responded to – a couple of years ago. And, ½ of America was stupid enough to buy into it and vote in Donald J. Trump.

I hope that after Trump gets impeached and maybe goes to prison afterwards, the people will finally have learned a thing or two.

Here’s sort of a laundry list of what we ought to learn from this atrocity and how we ought to proceed in the future so this doesn’t EVER happen again:

·        Politics is profoundly difficult and complicated.

·        There are at 3 qualifications anyone running for public office should have. Here they are:

  1. Must have experience in politics. One can begin locally in one’s hometown and then build up to state, etc. I think anyone running for POTUS ought to have at least a decade or more of experience as a governor or congressperson.

  2. Since we’re dealing with LAWS, I believe any candidate running for office must have a law degree, a JD – common sense. If you’re not a lawyer, then public life is not an option.

  3. Intelligence – well if you’re a lawyer and you passed the bar, then you’ve demonstrated that you’re smarter than the average person and you probably have a good idea of what the expression “we’re a nation of laws” means.

·        NO MORE celebrities –STOP!!! Arnold was awful, Jesse Ventura was a joke and Reagan, well…another blog. Al Franken seems to be the only competent one of the lot.

·        Just because you’re a “successful” business person (btw, we all know that Trump never was, but…another blog) doesn’t mean that you can transfer those skills and abilities into policy making and public life, etc.

There is more, but this is a start. So. WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? Let the impeachment proceedings commence and let’s get back on track.

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Republicans Are Shameless Cowards

May 4th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I’ll begin this blog with a tweet by John Fugelsang: “Healthcare Republicans just took healthcare away from American children with cancer but it’s ok they’re so pro-life.

So the House achieves a NARROW victory by repealing Affordable Healthcare Act. 217 spineless Republicans in the House voted yes. In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe a single Republican who voted YES did so in good faith. Pandering, partisanship, and sheer cowardice prompted these sycophants to vote YES . Anyone and everyone who knows anything at all about the healthcare system in this country knows that a repeal of Obamacare will be absolutely disastrous to ALL living in this country. The consequences are unfathomably far-reaching.

I’m just going to itemize a few salient effects:

·        23 million people in this country will immediately lose coverage.

·        And of course the super-rich will get their huge tax cuts – somewhere along the lines of $195,000 – or a total of $2.8 billion and on the flip side, the poor and the middle class will lose tax cuts of around the same amount – $2.9 billion actually.

·        The Affordable Care Act and Universal coverage will be replaced with what our illiterate President says is “something terrific.”

·        Tens of thousands of people will DIE due to lack of access to medical care. The Trumps and everybody else in congress have no skin in the game. Their healthcare coverage is not in jeopardy + that juicy tax cut!!!

·        About 1.4 million young adults who are on their parents plan will be gone.

·        12.3 million people on Medicaid – also goodbye.

·        This is scary. The pre-existing condition ban will be lifted which will result in an estimated increase of 52 million more people uninsured.

·        Premiums invariably will skyrocket, as high as 50% within 1st year of repeal and doubling afterwards.

·        Here is something people don’t think about. No healthcare also = slashing jobs – about 2.6 million people currently working in the healthcare industry will be jobless.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? It’s not over yet, so be hopeful. It’s not going to be a cakewalk for the republicans to get it through the Senate.

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Stop!!! Conspiracy Freaks – You’re Making People Crazy!!!

April 18th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Yes, the internet today is truly the sum of all information and knowledge but it is also full of bullshit and wacky CONSPIRACY THEORIES.  Alex Jones is the King of conspiracy theories followed by our fearless leader – Donald Trump.

Some crazy examples are: “Flat Earthers”, dinosaur deniers, fake moon landings, our own government was behind 9/11 , alien invasion, The illuminati (who btw, have access to the cure for all cancers, but are keeping it for themselves. Too much $$ to be made here.), climate change deniers, Boston Marathon hoax….the list is seemingly endless. However, the most disturbing conspiracy theory of late is the Newtown, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Massacre. Here is a copy and paste from Wikipedia. It’s super sinister:

On December 14, 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred. Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother before murdering 20 students and six staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, then committing suicide.[1] A number of fringe figures have promoted conspiracy theories that doubt or dispute what occurred at Sandy Hook. Various conspiracy theorists have claimed, for example, that the massacre was actually orchestrated by the U.S. Government as part of an elaborate plot to promote stricter gun control laws.[2] Other conspiracy theorists, such as Alex Jones, deny that the massacre actually occurred, asserting that it was “completely fake.”[3]

According to Live Science, “No one, regardless of what side of the gun control issue they are on, can deny that guns played a key role in the Sandy Hook killings. So the conspiracy theorists must instead challenge the claim that the attack even occurred. They believe it’s all a hoax to scare people into supporting more gun control and a step toward an outright repeal of the Second Amendment.” They also found that the vast majority of evidence used by conspiracy theorists to support the concept that Sandy Hook was a hoax is contradictory.[17] Snopes.com also debunked several claims of alleged United States government involvement in the shootings.[7]

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? I just finished watching a heart-wrenching documentary on Netflix called Newtown and I just finished reading the book ‘Newtown’ by Matthew Lysiak. I’m going to spend some time writing a few blogs about what happened and how the community is dealing with this unspeakable tragedy 4 years later as well as what I learned about the severely mentally – ill  killer , Adam Lanza.

 

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Can Trump Actually be Another Hitler ???

April 14th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Yesterday, I had a conversation with a very bright young man (pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry with a minor in German History, especially WWII, at Brown University) and I asked him pointedly if the Trump comparisons to Hitler were fair or just overblown rhetoric. He stated that not only were the similarities spot on, but the demagoguery is carbon copy. The good news is that for Trump to actually become a “Hitler-type” genocidal maniac would be virtually impossible for these reasons: 1. Though flawed, this country truly is a liberal democracy with all the checks and balances in place (congress, judiciary, media, etc.) 2. The U.S. is basically just too divided for him to pull off some sort of crazy majority rule. 3. Although many think that our economy is bad, Germany’s economy was unfathomably far worse (because instead of rebuilding Germany after WWI, we forced them to pay back reparations).  4. Trump would have to abolish the entire Constitution and establish a dictatorship, which is just not going to happen today in the United States – 2017. But having said that here is an uncanny laundry list of parallels:

1.     Both Trump, now, and Hitler, in the 1930’s, were viewed by most of the world as cartoonish caricatures of buffoonery. Nobody initially took Hitler seriously.  Remember Charlie Chaplain played Hitler in the satirical film ‘The Great Dictator’.  And well we now have SNL’s Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression… German historians still marvel at how Germany could have fallen for such a foolish man with a funny mustache. And we…well

2.     Both have their scapegoats: Hitler – Jews and communists and Trump – Mexicans and Muslims.

3.     Both EXTREME Nationalists i.e. Hitler – restore Germany to its prior greatness and Trump’s “Make America Great Again.’

4.     Both monomaniacally petty and vindictive.

5.     Both obsessed more with perception as opposed to facts and reality. Propaganda and lies are & were essential.

6.     Delusions of grandeur. Hitler believed as Trump now believes that they are the only human beings on the planet who could and would be able to “fix things. “Both demonize[d] “others” i.e. immigrants. (Exception for Trump is beautiful leggy East European super-models).

7.     Both obscenely vain, selfish, self-involved, and narcissistic.

8.     Both pursue[d] their twisted agenda even if it means/meant total self-destruction to themselves and to the nation as a whole.

9.     Both love[d] the maniacal adulation of the fanatics.

So there you go – 9 compelling similarities (I could probably think of more). One may ask – do you think Trump is actually genocidal and homicidal? My personal opinion is that if he’s confronted with an EXTREME situation (say a 9/11 event), I think he’s capable of unspeakable behavior and yes, atrocities.  WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? I pray for impeachment asap.

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Sound the Trumpets!

January 22nd, 2017 by Magdalena Tabor

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I’ve had a bad dream. No, wait, a nightmare.  I haven’t mentioned it before because I was hoping it would all go away by itself. Aside from the occasional snide remark, I’ve mostly remained silent on the subject. Much like a turtle inside its shell hiding from the world and wondering if I get to live another year toward what’s supposed to be my final chapter in which I write my own glorious ending as I plan for my retirement. Only someone has swiped my pen and I’m staring at a blank piece of paper. And the only thing that comes to mind now is “The End”.

But the recent protests and marches prove that millions of us are having the same nightmare we can’t wake up from. And that’s even scarier. Yes, I AM AFRAID. Or was. This culmination of like minded people taking to the streets has given me heart. There’s something rising up in my chest that feels a little bit exhilarating. It feels like……HOPE!

Still I can’t help wondering, how did it ever get to this point? Oh sure, I understand we all want change. But what KIND of change are we looking for? Are we so desperate we would choose an inexperienced, narcissistic, bigoted, 2 year old in the guise of a madman who disparages women and mimics those less fortunate? (No, wait, there’s no guise here, he’s not that clever.) I could go on with a list of very unflattering adjectives, all of which would suit and still fall short of a full description of the man chosen to fill the most important job in the world. A man so disgustingly full of himself, he would dare make jokes in front of the sacred CIA Memorial Wall of Agency Heroes. Now I’m not as afraid as I am ANGRY.

This person (I cringe at calling him a man) has no business taking up residence in the White House(!),  the home of our forefathers , the prestigious place of all of the great men and women (wait, we’re getting there) who built this country with integrity and honesty.  This person doesn’t even comprehend the meaning of these words yet he not only dares place his hand upon a bible, but it’s the same bible President Abraham Lincoln used at his inauguration. Was that supposed to tell us they’re on the same level????  Believe me, for him, it wasn’t so much of a swearing in as it was a swearing at. And before I say too much and go on a rant, let me just say this……..I find the mere mention of his name so vile and repugnant,  the only reference I’ll make to it is to say, sort of rhymes with strumpet, (and that’s not a bad analogy), so……….

SOUND THE TRUMPETS!!!

Will someone, anyone please, assume executive power that has half a brain and half a heart?

I’ve no doubt that this show of unity in recent days will make a difference. So take heart. Have HOPE. To quote Miss Emily Dickinson, “Hope is the thing with feathers with that perches in the soul….” I think the thing with feathers is perched on the top of his head, what do you think? Let’s have a tug at it, shall we?

 

 

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No Water For Debtors In Detroit

July 17th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

Can you imagine living in a huge city or municipality and having no running water in your home? A few months ago The Detroit Water and waterSewerage Department (DWSD) started turning off the water supply of people who simply can’t afford to pay their outstanding water bills. So now folks and families from an estimated 80,000 homes in Detroit will not be able to flush the toilet, wash their hands, and bathe. Even more terrifying is if these poor impoverished people have no money to buy bottled water, they will not even have drinking water. Even if you have a couple of dollars, where do you go ? The city looks like an apocalyptic war zone with everything shut down. How can this possibly have happened in this country?
Detroit filed bankruptcy in December of last year because it simply put is flat out broke; no jobs, no money, and no businesses. The city has become undone and can’t pay off its debt. The people residing in the city can’t pay off their debt. The fact that the DWSD is permitted to simply cut off your water – something essential to life itself is beyond disturbing. Incidentally, it is rather surprising that many families from these homes are only 60 days past due.
I understand that the water company is in a spot and fighting for its own survival but this action is cruel, inhumane, and barbaric. What needs to happen NOW is for the federal government to intervene and declare a public health emergency. In addition, what we all have to keep in mind is not only the obvious well – being of the destitute, but also the possible consequences and repercussions of the government doing nothing e.g. an epidemic of disease from lack of proper hygiene that could spread exponentially.
It’s also interesting to note that The United Nations has also called for our federal government and Pres. Obama to take action. This whole situation is alarming and what’s so sad is the water problem can easily be remedied (the reviving of Detroit is another issue). We can only hope and pray that Detroit gets the help they so desperately need – and soon.
So WhaDaYaThink, What do you think ? I’ll end this blog with a quote from an uncaring spokesperson from the water and sewerage company, “It’s a new way of conducting business and we’re going to continue to do it. We will shut off every single one who doesn’t pay.”

 

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Ironically, Political Correctness Comes From The Left

July 10th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

I am a huge David Letterman fan and don’t particularly care for Joan Rivers, but I was pleased to hear that Dave was only joking when he tolerantliberalwalked out on Ms. Rivers the other night. Though there is plenty of crassness and incivility in our society, I think the world of comedy would be in a lot of trouble if comedians started censoring other comedians and entertainers.
What I find interesting and ironic, is today’s over – the – top political correctness comes more from the left rather than the right. I thought that the whole World Cup commentary in which the announcer called one of the players a moreno (which means black or brown in Spanish) was silly, over – blown, and not racist at all. However, people are being fined, fired, and sued over such innocuous remarks.
Anthony Cumia from the Opie and Anthony Show tweeted some rather indelicate things (no “n-word, btw”) after being physically attacked by a black fan. Cumia’s employer, Sirius radio, subsequently fired him.
I am a liberal and believe everyone ought to be treated equally including blacks, gays, women, trans – gender, etc but we’re unfortunately witnessing a backlash.
So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Of course the lines are different when it comes to comedy, but the last 2 examples here were serious in nature.

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Tony Gwynn – The Consummate Hitter Dies At The Tender Age of 54

June 17th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

If you happen to be the casual baseball fan and didn’t know who Tony Gwynn was (it is possible inasmuch as he played for the lowly tonygwynnSan Diego Padres for 20 years) you would probably think, simply by his appearance (stout & portly) that this was a guy who tried to yank the ball out of the park every time he stepped up to the plate. Indeed, many of the hall – of – famers, including Mickey Mantle, have always maintained that if it wasn’t a home – run, even a base – hit, then it was less than a perfect at – bat. This was not the philosophy of arguably the greatest “pure” hitter to ever play the game of baseball.

Tony Gwynn was not a very tall man (5’11”) but he was a husky fellow 230 lbs. but Tony was not there to knock the ball out of the park. Mr. Gwynn was a craftsman, artist, and master at seeing the ball with hawk – eye vision and going with the pitch (fast ball or breaking ball) and literally using the whole field, very often in the gap between third and short which is prodigiously difficult. It’s a known fact that Tony Gwynn saw baseball and hitting a pitched ball as an esoteric science. He took his profession very seriously and would always study the video tape of every one of his at – bats in order to improve his game.

Here are some statistics from him which are nothing less than staggering:

·        His career batting average was .338.

·        He hit .350+ five years in a row (wow !!!)

·        Tony was a selfless team player who would with unparalleled consistency hit a grounder to the right side to move a runner on second to third when there were 0 outs.

·        Gwynn made the all – star team 15 times.

·        Won 8 NL batting titles

·        He hit over .300 basically his whole career – 19 years.

Tony Gwynn was beloved by everyone in baseball and especially obviously by the San Diego Padres whom they called “Mr. Padre. Sadly Mr. Gwynn died of salivary gland cancer caused by the horrible habit of chewing tobacco (I chewed myself for more than a decade) which all baseball players used to do back in the day.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Incidentally, Tony Gwynn was not only one of the best players to ever play the game of baseball, but he was also, as told by countless friends, teammates, family, etc., an unbelievably nice and soft – spoken man. R.I.P. Tony Gwynn  – you were truly a class act and made the game of baseball a better and more interesting sport.

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