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Transgender bathrooms vs. Non-Transgender Bathrooms

The stupidest argument in the world.

Want to make it non-arguable? It’s very simple. Amazingly simple.

But first, ask yourself this: which do you have in your home? A male only bathroom or a female only bathroom?

Exactly!

In public, male gendered bathrooms have urinals. Why? So they can stand next to a stranger (or friend), whip out their “utensil” and compare size? Or so they can stand there, “utensil” in hand, and pretend that the guy next to him isn’t watching him?

Men are raised knowing how to use a commode for both duties. Granted, men are not trained well on replacing the seat to it’s proper position. That they can learn to do. Hopefully.

So, what should we do? Make ALL restrooms unisex. Get rid of the urinal. Put stalls in ALL restrooms.

See? Simple.

Yes, this is another rant against Trump.

In case you have lost track, here is who Trump is against:

  1. Muslims (but only the poor ones.)
  2. Mexicans
  3. Women
  4. Jews
  5. Immigrants
  6. Gays
  7. Asians
  8. Europe
  9. Anyone that says he is wrong

Kinda a short list, but don’t worry. It will get longer.

The pledge, the brain child of Reince Priebus, came to pass in way to curb Donald Trump from possibly stealing GOP votes by running independent should he not win the nomination.

Why doesn’t it matter if he keeps his word and follows through on a written promise?

Because there isn’t a reason to.

Donald Trump is running for the highest political office in the land. If he loses the nomination, he will simply pack up and go back to his office.

His nonpolitical office.

His nonpolitical, Master Of All He Sees, office where if you breath the wrong way “You’re Fired.”

He has no hand in making foreign or domestic rules, laws or any such thing. He won’t have to support anyone because he has ZERO power in the political realm.

Also, why should he support the GOP? After all, he’s only been a member since 2012.

Hey there.

So, I decided to give you an update on me. Hopefully I won’t ramble, but hey, who knows?

As you may know, I was diagnosed in 2003 with Interstitial Cystitis (IC) and Hunner’s Ulcers. At the time, I had been suffering pains that felt exactly like kidney stones. I know that because I had suffered from a kidney stone once before. I even thought this pain WAS a kidney stone.

I had an x-ray done, a CT scan, a sonogram, a colonoscopy and a cystoscopy done over a six month period to finally learn that it was IC and Hunner’s Ulcers. I did one round of treatment that was as painful as the IC it’s self and swore I would never do another treatment again.

Well, this last December the IC went into overdrive and I ended up suffering every single day with the pain. When I decided I couldn’t take the pain anymore, I found a Urologist.

At first he thought I was misdiagnosed because of where I was feeling the pain. So, he had me get a CT scan done and then go to his office for a cystoscopy. According to him, the IC is not as bad as I thought it was and he has no idea what is causing this pain.

But, the CT scan did find two things I have to get checked out:

1.) “Suspected physiologic change within the pelvis and right adnexa.” – Going to see the OB/Gun about this.

2.) “Small 6mm right lower lobe noncalcified pulmonary nodule suspected.” – I have to see a Pulmologist about this.

That second thing, that’s the scary one. That may be cancer.

I’ve been trying to not think about it, but that is hard. So, I just try to deal with it.

**WARNING!**

This (Episode? Entry?) Contains another

political rant. You have been warned.

I know that some people can and do some things to try to win the elections by saying and doing things that given any time or place, they wouldn’t do normally.

At least that’s what I hope.

Every year, presidential election or not, we the people, get inundated by political ads ad nauseam. This year is no different.

Political ads are one thing, kindergarten behavior by two of the contenders? Yeah, that is just plan stupid.

“My wife is a prettier than your wife.” Really? REALLY?!

IF I were going to vote Republican, that kindergarten bullshit would have changed my mind completely.

Since I am here on a political rant, I have a few things to say about Donald Trump:

  1. If I am being honest, Trump is a racist, a bigot, a liar, a showboater, a fool, a male chauvinist, a cheater, a homophobic, a xenophobic, a wazzock and a bully.
  2. One thing about Trump that has made me desperate to NOT watch anything on the news is his inability to not say the following words: I, Me, Trump, Great or Very.
  3. Trump’s theme is “Make America Great Again”. According to him, America hasn’t been “great” since 1900. I guess that means that if segregation returns, women stay home with the children, take the voting rights away from women, reestablish Jim Crow laws, end Social Security and rescind the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among other things, that “America will be great again”.
  4. Donald Trump needs to learn a truth that nearly everyone else knows: Just because it’s on the internet doesn’t make it true.

** Author’s Note: Be prepared. I rambled. **


 

I live in the United States of America.

I am an American.

I have never fought for my country but I have volunteered in various ways to help my fellow Americans.

I have seen hunger, fear, anger, pain and loss. I have also seen love, hope, honor, pride and power.

Around the world, Americans are seen in many ways, some positive and some negative. Opinions on who we are, what we stand for and why we do what we do vary in every mile around this vast planet.

We don’t want war, but we aren’t afraid to stand up and fight.

We don’t need to be begged to help others, and sometimes we are the first to come running when there is a catastrophe.

This has not always been the case.

The was a storm coming, a long time ago. The skies were dark, the air was foul and there were people on our doorstep begging for help. Their faces were lined with pain and loss, their bodies were weak from the fight and flight that brought them to our door.

We turned them away.

We shut the door, turned off the light and cowered in the darkest corner of our soul to hide from their plight. We covered our ears so as to not hear their cries.

They didn’t leave us alone. They stayed at our door, begging, crying for help. Others came, more voices, more pleas for shelter, protection, anything.

We ignored them.

If we didn’t see them, if we didn’t hear them, then it wasn’t happening. It wasn’t going to affect us.

We stayed in the dark, clutching an unlit candle, telling ourselves we were safe and all will be fine if we just ignore them.

We were wrong.


 

The United States of America has history. Granted it is not a history as long as those in Europe, but we have history all the same.

In our classrooms, in our history books, in the knowledge passed down through the years, a chunk of that history is rarely brought to light.

We were fence sitters.

“The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.”   –  George Washington’s Farewell Address of 1796

President George Washington, in his Farewell Address declared we must remain Neutral. Wars outside our borders meant nothing to us.

President Thomas Jefferson, in his Inaugural Speech reinforced our stance in this matter.

“I deem the essential principles of our Government, and consequently those which ought to shape its Administration. I will compress them within the narrowest compass they will bear, stating the general principle, but not all its limitations. Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” – Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Speech of 1801

Jefferson was not the first, nor the last President that stated this policy.

“In the wars of the European powers, in matters relating to themselves, we have never taken part, nor does it comport with our policy, so to do. It is only when our rights are invaded, or seriously menaced that we resent injuries, or make preparations for our defense.” – President James Monroe, 1823

After Tsar Alexander II put down the 1863 January Uprising in Poland, French Emperor Napoleon III asked the United States to “join in a protest to the Tsar.” Secretary of State William H. Seward declined.

“Defending our policy of non-intervention—straight, absolute, and peculiar as it may seem to other nations… the American people must be content to recommend the cause of human progress by the wisdom with which they should exercise the powers of self-government, forbearing at all times, and in every way, from foreign alliances, intervention, and interference.”

This policy remained untouched until the war for Cuba’s independence from Spain. After a riot in 1898 in Cuba, the U.S. Consul-General feared for the safety of Americans in Cuba. By the end of January, 1989, the United States sent the USS Maine to Havana. She was scuttled in the Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. This ultimately led to the Spanish-American War (April 25, 1898 – August 12, 1898).

Afterwards, the United States went back to declaring it’s Neutrality. 

The Neutrality Acts:

  • The Neutrality Act of 1935 imposed a general embargo on trading in arms and war materials with all parties in a war. It also declared that American citizens traveling on warring ships traveled at their own risk.
  • The Neutrality Act of 1936, passed in February of that year, renewed the provisions of the 1935 act for another 14 months. It also forbade all loans or credits to belligerents.
  • The Neutrality Act of 1937, passed in May, included the provisions of the earlier acts, this time without expiration date, and extended them to cover civil wars as well. Furthermore, U.S. ships were prohibited from transporting any passengers or articles to belligerents, and U.S. citizens were forbidden from traveling on ships of belligerent nations.
  • The Neutrality Act of 1939 allowed arms trade with belligerent nations (Great Britain and France) on a cash-and-carry basis, thus in effect ending the arms embargo. Furthermore, the Neutrality Acts of 1935 and 1937 were repealed, American citizens and ships were barred from entering war zones designated by the President.

 

On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland; Britain and France declared war on Germany, marking the start of World War II.

Two days later, President Roosevelt assured the nation that he would do all he could to keep them out of war. 

“At this moment there is being prepared a proclamation of American neutrality. This would have been done even if there had been no neutrality statute on the books, for this proclamation is in accordance with international law and in accordance with American policy. This will be followed by a Proclamation required by the existing Neutrality Act. And I trust that in the days to come our neutrality can be made a true neutrality…. This nation will remain a neutral nation, but I cannot ask that every American remain neutral in thought as well. Even a neutral has a right to take account of facts. Even a neutral cannot be asked to close his mind or his conscience. I have said not once, but many times, that I have seen war and that I hate war. I say that again and again.

I hope the United States will keep out of this war. I believe that it will. And I give you assurance and reassurance that every effort of your Government will be directed toward that end.”  – Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Fireside Chat,” September 3, 1939

On  January 6, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his State of the Union Address which is commonly called The Four Freedoms Speech.

“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.” – An excerpt from the State of the Union Address to the Congress, January 6, 1941

Neutrality. Fence sitting. Naivety. Close your eyes. If you can’t see it, it’s not there.

So we did.

Then it happened.

December 7, 1941.

Our mirage of Utopia was shattered.

Our rights and our freedom were no longer under our control. 

Seventy-four days after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 9066. The order forced over 110,000 Japanese-Americans to leave their homes in California, Washington, and Oregon. They were sent to live in one of ten detention camps in desolate parts of the United States.

None of the Japanese-Americans had been charged with a crime against the government. Two-thirds had been born in the United States, and more than 70 percent of the people forced into camps were American citizens.

We imprisoned our own citizens because of their heritage and skin color. The last of these “prisons” was finally shut down in March 1946.

Seven months after the war had ended.

Japanese-Americans were not the only ones treated this way. 11,507 people of German ancestry were interned as well. Not to mention the 1881 Italians that were interned.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the US demanded deportation of these suspects for detention on US soil. The countries that responded expelled 4,058 people. Among them were 81 Jews.


 

Why am I telling you this? Why have I gone to all the trouble to point all of this out?

Because someone out there wants to do it again.

I am speaking of the megalomania known as Donald Trump.

meg·a·lo·ma·ni·a 

(meg’ă-lō-mā’nē-ă),

1. A type of delusion in which the afflicted person considers himself or herself possessed of greatness. He/she believes him/herself to be Christ, God, Napoleon, anyone famous, or everyone and everything, including a lawyer, physician, clergyman, merchant, prince, or super athlete in all sports.
2. Morbid verbalized over-evaluation of oneself or of some aspect of oneself.
[megalo- + G. mania, frenzy]
Another storm is coming.
Do not seek shelter with Donald Trump.
That’s not an umbrella he is holding, but a lightning rod and he doesn’t care about the consequences to you. Oh, he will survive. Of course he will.
After all, he thinks he is a God, when in fact, all he is is a fascist.

fas•cist

(ˈfæʃ ɪst)

1. person who believes in fascism.
2. member of a fascist movement or party.
3. person who is dictatorial or has extreme right-wing views.
[1915–20; < Italian]
Donald Trump is running for President of the United States and he doesn’t believe in the values we Americans believe in, wants to take away our freedoms and our rights.
This is not Trump Enterprise where you have to crawl on your knees and speak only when spoken to. This is the United States of America.
Keep it free.

Terrorism

terrorism

[teruh-riz-uh m]
noun
1. The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. The state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. A terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
People who are terrorist are the ones who want you to be afraid.
They want to make you afraid to go out to eat.
They want to make you afraid to go out to a concert.
They want to make you afraid to go to school.
They want to make you afraid of religions.
They want to make you afraid to trust anyone.
They want to make you afraid to travel.
They want to make you afraid to go to work.
They want to make you afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Don’t let them win.
Fight back.
Don’t give in.
Prove to them you are strong and alive.
Go shopping. Run in a marathon. Go to work. Go to school. Go to the movies. Go to a concert. Travel. Live. Love. Laugh.
You can do it.
I have faith in you.
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