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10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Grinning Cat on November 9, 2016 at 3:02pm

Who's next in line after Pence?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 9, 2016 at 1:38pm

There's not much I can add to what has already been expressed here. A Trump presidency is frightening and worrisome on so many levels. I feel numb and despondent at what the future holds.

So much is at stake: civil rights, gay rights, minority rights, equal rights, Social Security, Medicare, education, the environment, foreign policy and world relations, climate change, generations of damage to the Supreme Court, the economy, the Environmental Protection Agency, healthcare. The list goes on.

If something were to happen to Trump, and Mike Pence were to become president, the precarious future of many of the above-listed issues still stand. With Republicans controlling Congress, the Judicial, and Executive branches, the dismantling of any form of civilized society we now have will come swiftly and with devastating results whether it is Trump or Pence at the helm.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 9, 2016 at 10:30am

I agree with Chris. There's been a wave of nationalism that started with the break-up of the 'Stalin' block that's been growing ever since. In Denmark the nationalist 'People's Party' is the country's second largest. It's been caught with its hand in the EU till recently but I'm sure it will bounce back as it pounds the xenophobic drum louder.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2016 at 10:02am

Life goes on. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 9, 2016 at 9:21am

Well, here's my two cents' worth, for whoever is interested.

Comment by Plinius on November 9, 2016 at 9:14am

Ignorant - I don't know, but I do know that the rise of the trumpmovement is not a single thing. Everywhere I see people getting scared of people who don't exactly look the same as themselves, scared of people with knives or junkies, scared of refugees and and scared of people who think differently. Trump in the USA, Wilders in the Netherlands, le Pen in France, Orbán in Hungary and others in almost every country play the same game - scare people and promise them the security of borders, walls, guns and whatever. They're like preachers, feeding on people's insecurities. And people listen to that crap!  

How long have we believed that we could have a good influence and the world could get better? Since the 60s perhaps, but these years we see that it was only a sunny patch...

Comment by Randall Smith on November 9, 2016 at 6:59am

Needless to say, I am stunned, shocked, and scared. Republicans are in total control of our destiny. It's not the end of the world, however. The pendulum will eventually swing back.

What I can't understand is how Trump could win. What does it say about the general population, especially white America? Are we really that ignorant?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2016 at 4:16am

Loren, I will be watching for it. Word simply escape me. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 9, 2016 at 3:37am

"Dread" puts it mildly, Joan.  I'm honestly hesitant to give full expression to what I'm feeling here, for the simple reason that it would be inadequate.

I definitely feel a blog coming on, though...

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2016 at 2:12am

I have a heavy lump of burning coals in my gut.  We are in for a rough ride. I remember how happy I was when Obama won; he either yielded to big money or agreed with them all along. 

I feel dread this time.

 

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