Sunday, November 20, 2016

Down, But Not Out



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I promised myself that I wouldn't continue this blog by responding to everything that occurred during the past election. But things have changed. I like many others was shocked by the outcome. I could not believe how utterly stupid, ignorant and racist my fellow Americans were! I should have known by the number of Trump signs I observed prominently displayed in the yards of numerous run down shacks dotting the rural areas as I traveled the area. I can't say that all of Trump's supporters were ignorant and uneducated, but most of them were. I have pointed out to a few people I know who voted for Trump that he and especially Pence wanted to repeal same sex marriages and women would be denied birth control. They either said they didn't know that or it wasn't true. How stupid can you be? These people actually voted for someone without learning what they stood for! When I told them that my marriage could be dissolved and I would lose many rights they looked dumbfounded! I told them they voted to take away my rights and I can't forgive them!

I don't want to go on and on about Trump and the morons who supported him. I have to dwell on the present. I have to deal with my fears and uncertainty about the legality of my marriage, my civil rights and my Medicare and Social Security. I am so happy that I live in New York State. The taxes may be a bit high but at least I don't have to worry about what my friends and colleagues in the glorious South have to worry about!  I not only worry about myself and my husband, but I also worry about my friends who are Black, Hispanics, immigrants,  Muslims, handicapped or just plain different. As a student of history I cannot help but see the similarities between now and the rise of Hitler in Germany. I have heard many Americans say time after time "how  did the German citizens stand by an allow Hitler to do what he did?".  Well he was elected and no one did a thing! Not even the opposition party! Now Trump has been elected and there's nothing we can do. The Republicans, who now run the Congress and the Senate are afraid of Trump and they haven't got the balls to stand up to him. Many people say that Trump will be inevitably impeached. How can that happen if the Republicans cower in fear in his presence? He has 4 years to bully Congress and the Senate and force his racist and hateful agenda on a once proud country! At this point in time I really don't feel the Democrats have the balls to stand up to him either. I'll just have to wait and see.

I am slowly coming out of my despair, but I am still fearful and deeply disappointed in and embarrassed by my country. Up until November 8, 2016 the world looked to the USA as a beacon of hope and tolerance, for our acceptance of those who are different. We were a place where anyone, regardless of faith and race could make a successful life for themselves, if they worked hard.  Our reverent and famed Statue of Liberty has been replaced by a white robed and hooded figure yielding a noose and a gun with the words "Make America Great Again"!

I originally started this blog to share my opinion and also to hopefully make money from it. Well I will never make enough money to buy myself a decent dinner, but the blog is paid for another year so I guess I will continue writing. The contents may not always be about politics as I will write about what I am feeling. I just feel that until Trump is defeated I have to have some platform to vent my feelings, or else I will go crazy. I am not giving up. I am going to continue to voice my opinion and fight for what I believe.  The only difference is that last month I could blog without a worry, but now I have to look over my shoulder to see if Trump or his minions are watching! I am sorry if someone reads this and wants to make comments. I don't allow them because I don't want to argue with stupid, as I have tried to do before. If anyone reads my blog I will feel happy and flattered. If no one does, at least I have vented and I feel better about myself.
To be continued. Hopefully.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I Can't Keep Quiet Any Longer!

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It's been about six months since I have posted anything here, as I was really fed up with the presidential election, even before it got into full swing. I am so disgusted by the campaign that I feel I have to blow off some steam. Even though I realize that very few people read this blog, I will feel better about doing it.

First of all I would like to say something about Clinton's remark about 50% of Trump supporters being deplorable.  That's disgusting. It's more like 80%!


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Whenever I speak with a Trump supporter I find that they receive all of their information regarding Trump from FOX news. They NEVER listen to any other source of news on the campaign other than FOX!  This is scary because there is a great deal of news out there about just how racist and dishonest Trump is, but his supporters refuse to listen to other opinions. Most of them don't read magazines or newspapers either so there is no way they can be enlightened. There is no use in using the facts when trying to discuss Clinton versus Trump. The truth falls on deaf ears with Trump supporters.

To be continued.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Germany 1939 and USA 2016, Is History Repeating Itself?

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I haven't been posting anything lately about the campaigns for the Democratic and Republican nominations for the 2016 presidential elections, mainly because I am so disgusted with American politics today. I am shocked and embarrassed by the degenerate nature of the GOP candidates and their debates. They have denigrated the office of the President as well as the current sitting president. Their vulgarity and potty mouth language is unacceptable in any civilized society and is a total embarrassment to the GOP and the entire country. For a party that touts their "family values" this behavior should not be witnessed by families with children or any civilized adult.

It's no surprise that there are large number of racists and bigots in this country hiding just beneath the surface, but their voices have been subdued by those educated individuals possessing more common sense and higher moral standards.  Unfortunately, the voices of hate have found a leader in Donald Trump, who has allowed them to come out of the muck and mire and join his political movement. He has given the racists and bigots of this country a platform to espouse their hate. A student of history cannot watch his rallies, replete with a majority of uneducated low life and foul mouthed supporters, without looking back and seeing throngs of Hitler supporters giving the Nazi salute in response to their leaders loud vitriol!  During Hitler's time the targets were Jews, but his time around the targets are Hispanics, Blacks, gays, immigrants and religious minorities. In other words anyone who is different.

The other candidates of the Republican party are not much better. They all are doing their best to demonize anyone who is not white, heterosexual, male, rich or Christian. It is sickening to see all of the candidates pander to the so called "evangelicals". Evangelicals are just a religious sounding name to describe racists, bigots and hate mongers.  They are by no means Christian, as proven by their strong support of Trump, who is as far from being a Christian, with his actions and lifestyle.

I have lost all respect for the Republican party because of their choices of candidates. In each of their candidates I can only see people who want to take my rights away and force their archaic religious views down the throats of me and all Americans. Are the American people so stupid and ignorant that they cannot see that what the GOP candidates want are exactly what ISIS wants? It's time to wake up America and be Americans!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Do Internet Health Forums Ever Help Anyone?

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    For many years I have suffered from breathing problems related to a combination of Chronic sinusitis and GERD. I have even published a couple of articles on HubPages about this. The first one was called "The Scourge of Chronic Sinusitis and GERD Combination"in which I described my symptoms and what medical help I was receiving. Four years later I published another article called "What is Really Wrong With Me?" in which I shared my my thoughts and feelings of not being able to have received any help with these conditions. I really had hoped that by publishing these articles someone would comment about how they had found something to help them, if they were suffering from the same conditions.

    I have seen a number of doctors here in the US and in Malaysia, who had no idea what I was talking about and even shrugged off my complaints.  The only diagnoses I have gotten were either GERD or Chronic Sinusitis with associated asthma symptoms. COPD was ruled out, even though I have been prescribed with COPD medications, which did not help. I have tried every inhaler and nasal spray that is on the market, with no results. Because I could not get any answers from my doctors I began visiting numerous Health Forums related to respiratory or breathing problems. On these forums I found large numbers of people suffering from the same maladies as I have been suffering with.  I have spent hours reading the accounts of their symptoms and what they have done to alleviate them.  Some of them have tried the same medications that I have tried and were helped; while others were not. The consensus was that most, if not all, of these people have been suffering, sometimes for years, but have not gotten any real relief. It is very discouraging for me and I'm sure for everyone else not to be able to get some sort of relief so that we may be able to live a normal life.

    What really makes me mad is that every once and a while a doctor will reply to some of the patients sharing their symptoms, telling them to contact their physician! On some of these health forums the patients actually pay for a online consultation and share the results on the forum. Once again they were told to contact their physicians. What kind of morons are these doctors that they don't listen to what is being said? For years we all have been going to our physicians and hearing the same thing over and over, before we're told to "learn to live with it" or some other asinine excuse for not knowing what is wrong!

    I'm not complaining about these forums, on the contrary, I am grateful to them for the support they offer me and thousands of other people. I just can't understand that after all of the forum posts over a period of years why there has not been one single healthcare professional who has offered some consolation or other ray of hope.