An escalator can never break — it can only become stairs.
I told a friend that I would vote for Trump if he got the GOP nomination. Now, I think Trump is awful and possibly the worst candidate to come out of the field of Republicans. I voted for Ted Cruz. But Donald Trump does have the virtue of not being Hillary Clinton, so he gets my vote for that reason and no other. He is the lesser of two very evil evils.
The Republican Party has to ask itself a question. How did it get to the point that a clown like Donald Trump is now on the cusp of being their standard bearer? The answer is obvious. The GOP has been a Mitt Romney party instead of a Ronald Reagan party. They have been Establishment instead of Conservative. People want another Ronald Reagan whether they know it or not, and they would have found it in Ted Cruz. But Cruz's personality cost him. That was the thing Reagan had. He was someone hard not to like. Cruz has the opposite problem. People find it hard to like him even when they agree with him.
Donald Trump has a big mouth, and that's about it. He is not a conservative or even a decent Republican. He is a clown. An inferior people select inferior leaders. If Trump nominates Cruz for the SCOTUS, that would be a good thing and worth a Trump presidency. But my shields of defensive pessimism are up, and I expect that man to be a disaster for this country.
It is now assumed based on good evidence that Prince was addicted to prescription painkillers, and the addiction killed him. This begs a question. Where are the doctors?
Prince and celebrities like him have an uncanny ability to get their hands on prescription drugs. This is what killed Michael Jackson and got Rush Limbaugh in a lot of trouble. I don't think these people had intentions of becoming addicts, but they did seek treatment for chronic pain and insomnia. Yet, these doctors prescribed highly addictive drugs for their wealthy patients. Why?
My gut tells me that this may be intentional on the part of the doctors. Patients may not know better, but doctors do. Prince had a reputation for clean living, so the drug thing was a bit of a shock for a lot of people. I think these people get talked into popping these pills by doctors who want a wealthy and loyal patient. This was certainly the case with Michael Jackson.
People are responsible for their actions, so I don't want to shift the blame to the doctors. But the doctors bear some responsibility in this matter because their Hippocratic Oath commands them to do no harm. Prescribing opioid drugs to someone should only be a last resort for the terminally ill. They should never be given to celebrities to help them manage their lifestyles.
3. "CATHOLIC" UNIVERSITIES
There isn't a day that goes by that I don't read about a so-called Catholic university that isn't scandalizing the faithful by hosting pro-abort politicians, LGBT events, transgender bathroom policies, and even Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards. I joke to people that the surest way to destroy the faith in a young person is to send them to a Jesuit run institution of higher learning.
What should be done about this problem? That's easy. Prelates need to have investigations into these universities and determine if they really are Catholic. Once established that they are Catholic in Name Only, they should remove the Catholic name from said institution, withdraw all funding, and recall all priests and religious from serving at those universities. Vacate these places. The problem is with the prelates. They don't have the manhood or the sanctity to take such bold action.
4. Q & A
Q: What's your favorite swear word?
A: I am trying hard to not cuss, and I have found a solution in a word you have never heard before. This word is "schnizer." It really works as a replacement for another word that begins with "s." It gives all of the pleasure of swearing with none of the lingering bad aftertaste of using a real cuss word.
5. ODDS AND ENDS
--A vegan magazine doesn't put steak on its cover. Popular Mechanics doesn't feature doilies. Yet, Sports Illustrated is going to appeal to red blooded heterosexual men who love sports and women in swimsuits by putting a tranny on the cover. This is definitely NOT a money move on their part.
--I don't see a Muslim mayor of London as a sign of the apocalypse. America already has a closet Muslim president.
--New Radiohead will not be nearly as good as old Beethoven. Thom Yorke needs a haircut and a shave.
--People still love newspapers. They just don't like paying for newspapers.
--Radiohead is not a good band but a bad band that accidentally makes something good.
6. QUOTABLE QUOTES
If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.--C.S. Lewis
Excessive care about worldly matters is characteristic of an unbelieving and fainthearted person.--St. Seraphim of Sarov
Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.--Pope Benedict XVI
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