Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
Sad weekend for #1s. Enough said.
The GOP campaigns have reached a new low with rumors of sex scandals involving Cruz. Whether these originated from the Trump group or the Rubio disappointed supporters is a question. The Rubio group were rumored to be behind a similar plot against5 the governor of Florida when Rubio was running for the Senate. Anything is possible.
Sanders swept the three Democrat caucuses this weekend by large majorities of near 70%. Although the chances of him catching or even passing Hillary by convention time is very remote, he will put a scare into the Clinton camp and the party leaders themselves as to the November election. Polls have shown that Sanders would crush Trump but Clinton’s lead is slightly over 10 points and some feel that many of the whites who support Sanders could vote for Trump.
As I have noted, no matter who runs on both parties we are going to be faced with having to vote for someone we do not want.
In that respect in response to the recent use of the word “ratf*******” in the Trump/Cruz dialogs the Huffington Post blog wrote;” warning — avert your eyes if you are easily offended): “ratfucking.” Originally the term had nothing to do with rodents, as the “rat” was short for “rations” — it was a military term to describe soldiers who would comb though the rations packages and steal all the good stuff while leaving the less-tasty stuff behind for everyone else. But a rat is a rat, in the world of politics. And here is where we find ourselves, in the historic (or perhaps “infamous” will be more popular for future historians) election season of 2016. Call it the pest-control election, and you won’t be far from the reality”
I was hoping that more readers would comment on my blog about Terrorism and the followup blog on Saturday. How we respond will affect our lives as a nation. Our reactions will also play a significant part in this year’s election. Comments should be directed to this blog.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
What a great BB watch last night. Two games were nail biters settled in the last 10 seconds. The other two justified the number one seeding. The ACC is guarantee3d a finalist since there are four in the elite eight. Unfortunately all four are in the same half bracket.
The Star Ledger’s editorial today is one that I agree with 100%. Bernards Township is demonstrating the anti-Islam bigotry that represents a danger to all Americans and our concepts of religious freedom and “all men are created equal”.
This is the second episode of religious bigotry in our area in recent years manifested by a community trying to block the establishment of a Mosque within its boundaries.
This also exhibits why Trump has been doing so well by playing on our fears. It is why the other GOP candidate advocates creating a Muslim Ghetto in municipalities. Shades of the Middle ages and Reformation persecution of Jews; Hitler’s Ghettoes prior to the trips to the gas chamber camps. Reminiscent of our internment of American Japanese in WWII.
It is true that bigotry is not limited to religious groups but also includes ethnic and racial populations. The sad part is that too often those who are or imagine themselves victims are too often perpetrators of similar bigotry.
With that in mind and recalling Blackdog’s recent comments I would urge all Plainfielders to acquaint themselves with the Southern Poverty Law Center and its mission.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
This includes Hate and Extremism, Children rights especially among the Blacks in the deep South, Immigrant Justice, LGBT Rights, Economic Justice for people living in poverty in the Deep South, especially minority communities, are not punished or exploited because of their economic status, and against “Mass Incarceration” “by working to reform juvenile and criminal justice systems so they operate fairly and equitably; to ensure the dignity and humanity of those interacting with these systems; and to reduce the prison population”.
The SPLC provides free educational material for school systems that would benefit our fight against any type of bigotry. Would Plainfield’s BOE be interested? Would our churches that supposedly preach against bigotry advocate such programs?
We must ask ourselves if we desire to accept all humans or wish to be filled with hate.