127. Thoughts on the New Hampshire GOP Debate

Tonight was the final GOP debate before the New Hampshire Primary on Tuesday. It was lengthy, as GOP debates tend to be, and it was slightly chaotic at the beginning.

ABC royally, and I mean royally, screwed up the introductions. Apparently there was a sound problem, because neither Ben Carson nor Donald Trump heard their names being called, and instead waited awkwardly in the wings of the stage while the other candidates passed them and took their respective places on it. Except for John Kasich, whose name was curiously never even called by the moderators, and resulted in another awkward moment when Chris Christie spoke up and asked, “can I introduce Kasich?”

The candidates basically swapped their respective “momentums” tonight. Trump did well enough to still win the Primary, I believe; however, Marco Rubio got off to a rough start when pressured by Christie on the issue of canning his responses and recycling them several times in a row, most notably the responses aimed at President Obama and his “failed leadership.” I think it’s important to realize that this is not a contest against Obama, but rather the Democrats as a whole. It would be wise to instead attack the Democratic candidates, not the current leader who isn’t even eligible for a third term.

I think Kasich had a strong showing, as he and Christie both swung good momentum their way. Unfortunately, being so far behind in the overall contest, I believe this will only help Trump maintain his lead over the field, because realistically Rubio and Cruz are the only two candidates that they could potentially overtake in this short amount of time leading up to Tuesday.

It was a shame to see Carly Fiorina left off the stage. Shame on ABC!

And Jeb Bush? Well, too little too late, I’m afraid. He did well tonight, but he just isn’t presidential.

I still support Marco Rubio overall, but I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the GOP contenders when you compare what they are offering as compared to what the Democrats are offering.

Free everything? No, thanks.

126. Awolnation – Woman Woman

Last night I fell apart
Broke from my swollen heart
Born in a simple time
Raised with a simple mind

You maybe a natural woman
You maybe a natural woman
You maybe a natural woman
You maybe a natural woman

I may be worthless without you
I’ll never decide to replace you
Amen, the worst is behind us now
Woman, woman (oooooh)
I may be worthless without you
I’ll never decide to replace you
Amen, the worst is behind us now
Woman,woman
Woman

You maybe a natural woman
You maybe a natural woman
You maybe a natural woman
You maybe a natural woman

Last night I fell apart
Choked on my drunken heart

I maybe worthless without you
I’ll never decide never to replace you
Amen, the worst is behind us now
Woman, woman
I may be worthless without you
I’ll never decide never to replace you
Amen, the worst is behind us now
Woman, woman
Woman.

You maybe a natural woman
You maybe a natural woman
You
(Ah-ah-ah)

Who’s that woman, woman
Is that woman, woman
Be my woman, woman
Won’t you see me in the dark

Who’s that woman, woman
Is that woman, woman
Be my woman, woman
Won’t you see me in the dark

I maybe worthless without you
I’ll never decide to replace you
Amen, the worst is behind us now
Woman, woman (ooooh)
I maybe worthless without you
I’ll never to replace you
Amen, the worst is behind us now
Woman, woman
Woman, woman

You maybe a natural woman
You maybe a natural woman
You maybe a natural woman
You maybe a natural woman

125. Thoughts on the Democratic Debate

The Democratic debate tonight in New Hampshire only backs up my thoughts about the party. Democrats want to provide everything for free. Free healthcare, free college, free everything. It’s just not realistic, and I am tired of hearing the justification as being, “every other country provides free everything, why not us?” Because we are the United States of America, that’s why! We are not every other country. We are different, and we are a land that requires our workforce to EARN their benefits. They are only rights if you have earned them. Our work ethic dates back to the earliest periods of American colonization, and exploded in the 1950s following the end of World War II. We cannot compromise the same values that made this nation.

Secondly, there is this thought amongst the Democrats that the poor are treated unfairly. The reality is that unless you were born into a wealthy family, everyone starts at age 18 with the same opportunities. You become an adult as either a middle or lower class citizen, and then you either succeed from there or you don’t. Everyone starts with a clean slate. If the person fails to succeed, it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure their quality of life. There must be personal accountability on behalf of the individual.

Thirdly, they always scream out the fact that, “the top 1% are wealthier than the other 99%.” Why should this be changed? In this country, if you EARN your wealth through labor, ingenuity, innovation, and work ethic, then you shouldn’t EVER feel guilty about your wealth. Just because someone wants to work at McDonald’s and beg your pity because they make minimum wage doesn’t mean that the person making a $15 million salary is the bad guy for being successful. It’s called Capitalism – the very principle that our country’s economy is based upon that ensures for-profit businesses aren’t regulated or restricted from unlimited profit-making activities.

And just to be clear – the CEO is just as valuable as the carpenter. In the modern era, that’s just the way it is.

124. Out and about

After I woke up today I went to see a friend of mine whose daughter runs with me in the local running club. She’s doing a fundraiser and selling things like cookies, pastries, etc. I decided a couple of days ago that I wanted to order some cheesecake to help her out, so I went over and paid for that today. I have no idea when the order will actually arrive, but hopefully sooner than later – I love cheesecake! And the funds raised go towards helping her purchase her uniforms for track season, so it’s for a good cause.

I didn’t do a whole lot this afternoon, but this evening I went out to a few places. My first stop was at PetSmart. I don’t know if she’s sick or if she just has a sensitive stomach, but Josie has been throwing up occasionally, about once every 3-4 days, and only once each time. Doing some research online, I found that it may actually be caused by hairballs, even though the contents don’t seem to contain any hair. Still, hairballs are part of a natural occurrence and the article said that her body may just be on a regular cycle of purging them, even though she has nothing really to purge. Her dry food was Purina Complete, so my first step was to go to PetSmart and buy her some better quality dry food. I picked up a bag of Blue for indoor cats, and it contains a much better blend of real ingredients. I’m hoping that this will help her out a little and help to calm her system. I wanted to avoid specialty blends (e.g., sensitive stomach) until I can narrow it down to find out specifically what the issue is. So, for now, we’ll hold on and see if the special indoor blend will work. I also picked her up new food and water dishes in case it was something to do with the material of the previous ones.

After PetSmart, I went to Target and bought some odds and ends, including trash bags and a facial exfoliator. This was exciting, as you can tell.

The other night I went to OfficeMax and bought a new computer chair. The gas chamber in the old one failed and it would no longer stay raised.

I finished all of my homework for the week on Wednesday. It feels good to finish it early and be done with it. Where was this line of thinking when I was in high school?

I’ve made myself a vodka and cranberry cocktail and I’ll be enjoying that for the rest of the evening. Cheers!

123. Marco Rubio for President

Marco Rubio is undoubtedly the most talented Presidential candidate we have seen in a long time from either party. Not only is he charismatic and eloquent, but he is also well-read and educated on the issues that matter most to the American people.

Leading up to debate season, I had no idea who Marco Rubio was. Therefore, I rushed to make a default decision to back Donald Trump, because I admire his business and work ethic and commitment to secure America’s borders. However, it became more than clear to me that Marco Rubio is well ahead of his time, and deserved a much higher position on the stage.

Rubio speaks from the heart and is gifted enough to be able to form his own opinions and communicate them without the help of advisers. Does he utilize advisers? I’m sure he does. But it’s obvious that he does not need them, which is the point I am trying to make here. I feel confident that he would be able to stand on his own two feet and dominate the stage even without the help of outside preparation.

Marco Rubio understand the threat of Russia regaining control of the territory once dominated by the former USSR. He understands the domino-effect threat of ISIS and the fact that the organization has already infiltrated over a dozen nations around the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, and shows no signs of stopping unless met with unrelenting brutal force from the West. He understands that middle class Americans want a lower tax rate and plans to impose a 15% tax rate for those making $75,000 or less per year in income. He understands that the lower tax rate combined with having more American workers will actually increase overall tax revenue, allowing America to sustain its military and rebuild it to a point that will allow us to once again counter any threat, from any nation, with ease.

I admire about him the very same thing that I admired about George W. Bush, and that is the fact that he is one of the few politicians who speaks for what he believes in, and doesn’t simply prepare answers based on what people want to hear. It just so happens that his personal views naturally align with a significant amount of voters, and I think it will send him into the Iowa Caucus stronger than most people realize.

Marco Rubio is a natural. He was outspoken recently about how slow things get done in the Senate and he was outspoken about how frustrating it is to sit and do nothing all day while colleagues argue about petty things. He is a fast-paced man who believe that every day should be productive and delays should be minimized. I’m sure he would assemble a cabinet that truly believes the same.

I would strongly support Donald Trump as Vice President. Because while Rubio maintains his focus on the domestic economy and foreign policy, Trump has the expertise to focus on small businesses and trade. He is the hands-down expert on all-matters business related and would make a great asset to the Rubio administration.

In closing, Marco Rubio would make an incredible President for America.

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