This May Sting A Little, Trump Supporters

It’s totally not hard to see how there’s so much distrust, division and misinformation
in this country.

You read the headlines of various news media:  ‘Donald Trump, Barbarian at debate’;  ‘Donald Trump Not Defended By Paul Ryan’;  ‘Donald Trump Wanted To Put Bill Clinton’s Accusers in Family Box But Debate Commission Said No’;  ‘Donald Trump Lies More Than Usual At Presidential Debate.’

You look at Breitbart, RedState, The Daily Caller, all of these right-wing spin-off news site and the headlines read:  “Debate Win Propels Donald Trump Towards White House.”

Give me a break. What debate were you watching?  If you didn’t hear Bob Schieffer go the hell off after the debate yesterday, you missed the best part of it. At almost 80, he’s still the dang man. I don’t know who I love more: Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Tom Brokaw. Even Ted Koppel. I read them all.  They’re a throwback to time when journalists actually had integrity and did their job — on air. And were very willing to pay the price for it — Dan Rather.

Bob Schieffer made clear that what we witnessed on that debate stage last night was embarrassing to our nation.  If you saw anything else, you are Trump supporter to begin with and you baffle the hell out of the rest of us. I’m going to assume that you Trump supporters never had to write a research paper in your life.  So let me tell you how it works:  you need three sources before you  assign anything credibility. It’s not a “fact” unless it’s verified by three reputable sources. Look it up once, look it up twice, you look it up three times from credible contributions before you believe anything as certain.  If you don’t believe “the mainstream media” — which is a term the alt-right has given to any respectable journalistic publications — there’s lots of journalistic sources to choose from. Any state, any city, any paper!

You don’t trust CBS, ABC, NBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, or The Los Angeles Times?  Ok, go local and smaller.  The Boston Globe, The St Louis Post Dispatch, The New Orleans Gazette, The Kansas City Star. If you truly believe that they are all in on the “bias” because they’re owned by parent companies like Gannett, try local reporting.

Not every paper from every city across America is in on the conspiracy to lie to you for Clinton. If you still distrust those sources, you’ve got NPR and PBS. National Public Radio and Public Broadcast System. Of course, I’ve even heard the accusations that publicly owned reporting stations are “slanted left.”  Yes, because they’re fact oriented and facts slant left! As Stephen Colbert once, ironically, very truthfully said:  “Yes, the media has a liberal bias; truth has a liberal bias.” 

If you still distrust our country so much — I’m a little unsure about why you’re still living in it — you can go to Australia. You can go to London. The BBC is always there for you. Try Canada.  For example, the Toronto Star. (Whose headline this this morning, by the way, is ‘Donald Trump makes 33 false claims at the second debate.’) But I’m sure Toronto was in on the scheme to lie to you for Clinton, as well. * giggles * With the exception of the botched sports reporting on Manning,  Al Jazeera is a prize-winning publication. If you truly believe that the only people that tell the truth are Fox News and right-wing purchased websites that tell you that the news media is lying to you — Wow! You’ve been brainwashed to such a degree that you need psych eval. If you truly believe everybody across the world is lying to you but Breitbart.com, congratulations on being warped.

Also, about those “accusers.”  Let me debunk those, as well. Like Juanita Broaddrick, who signed a sworn affidavit saying no sexual assault ever took place,  and then later decided to take that back and accuse Bill Clinton — going against her own sworn affidavit under perjury penalty — when the opportunity was presented to her in the form of a potential financial gain. Or Paula Jones — who roughly 78% of the country believed was lying when polled during the impeachment process. 78%. When did 78% of the country ever agree on anything? Other than the fact that this woman, a registered Republican, claimed on camera in a widely viewed interview that she wasn’t a political opportunist, didn’t engage in voting, and knows nothing about politics. Except that she voted for George H W Bush, had Republican connections, and got exactly what she was after — a financial settlement and a free nose job.

Or the woman who was tragically raped at 12 years old and claims that Hillary Clinton represented the man that assaulted her and “laughed” about it. Not quite.  Yes, Hillary was teaching law school and running the Legal Aid Clinic and she was court appointed to defend this man. She asked to withdraw from the case and the judge wouldn’t allow her.  She negotiated a plea deal which he pled guilty to.  That’s called law!  Even heinous people deserve a defense in this country — it’s the Constitution!

When Hillary rattled off her list of accomplishments in the last 30 years, she sounded like she was reading from my blog post last week. You may disagree with me. You may call me a Godless liberal Democrat. You may tell me I’m going to burn in hell. You may tell me I’m a hypocrite. I’ve heard it all over the last 8 years. But don’t you ever tell me I don’t know my stuff.

I know two things: politics and sports.  And I can tell you this much. Tennessee was down five starters, fumbled 7 times and still almost won on the road. We’re a darn good football team. And Donald Trump and his self-appointed “Captain Black Outreach” ass —  who clearly believes that all black people reside in inner cities and have “no jobs” from the way he pivots every question from an African-American to inner cities like he doen’t know black people reside in other places as well — is a nausea-inducing embarrassment to our nation who not only doesn’t know that Obamacare isn’t health insurance, that Russia isn’t fighting ISIS, or that Aleppo is still rebel-held and hasn’t yet “fell,” but he thinks he knows more than the collective minds currently heading the United States military.

That statement alone makes me want to throw up all over the place. As it should anyone who has respect for the United States military. A man with 3 medical deferments for a boo-boo on his foot to avoid service to his nation, insulting men who are medaled from chest to waste defending our lives and our freedoms every day for years. 

It’s a sickness, Trump enthusiasts. A sickness.

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This White Girl’s Just Getting Warmed Up!

As a good liberal Democrat, I adore Unions. But I’ve long since maintained that I have actually met one Union that I dislike. It’s police unions. They aren’t a Union as much as a cult that excuses brutality and murder. I’ve never once seen a single police union stand and say, “Well that was wrong, that guy should never have been a cop!” and that attitude is exactly why we’re in the situation that we’re even. Cops aren’t bad. Of course not. That’s always the sentiment thrown at you by some right-wing nut job — you hate cops, little girl!  Really? My step brother is a County Sheriff’s deputy and has worked as a member of SWAT. I hate my step-brother? I never knew that. I kind of always liked him more than the real one. That’s good to know, Conservatives. Thanks!

* eye roll *

It’s also ridiculous to tell any woman that she hates cops. Single women hates cops? Are you saying this with a straight face — I can’t see, it’s the internet.

Have you ever seen a good looking officer in a police uniform? Who in the hell hates that!? 

In fact, I remember one of the best-looking cops I’ve ever known, when I met him years ago, he was giving our liquored up, young behinds a ride, and he said: ” I’m sorry, but I’m gonna have to frisk you, Miss Mathis.” 

I said, “Oh, I wish you would, big boy — you’re hot, sir!”

He got so embarrassed he, momentarily, couldn’t do his job. But after we all sobered up, we did end up exchanging phone numbers. We actually became friends. He’s still a hot cop to this day. Swear!

Never tell a woman she hates a man in uniform. Never.  What’s next?

She hates firefighters, too?

Give me a break, Sean Hannity Jr.

Why Are You So Intimidated By Black Men, White People?

I’m starting to see a pattern, here.

I have seen veterans very vocally defending Kaepernick’s right, even if they don’t like what he did, and saying, “That’s exactly why I served.  For his right to feel how he feels and to keep this country different than North Korea.” 

I’ve seen conservatives that are still vocally in denial about hating black people, angry and telling him to shut up and play football.  I, personally, don’t understand why this is so complicated. Don’t mistake my words:  I hate that Trump sign in your yard. But what I love is that I live in a country where you can display it. It’s the same thing with Colin Kaepernick. And of all the reactions I expected, I didn’t expect, and maybe I should have,  a police union in San Francisco to come out with “black on black” crime.

First of all, I shouldn’t have to tell police officers that it’s not “black on black”  or even white on white crime,  it’s just called crime. Using a murder between drug dealers or two gang members to justify why a law enforcement officer that has been entrusted to protect and serve the community guns down an unarmed black man SEVENTEEN FUCKING TIMES and then gets away with it, is exactly why Colin Kaepernick is standing out the anthem in the first place.

Jesus, San Francisco police, could you try to at least attempt to minimize the amount you mimic someone like David Duke in your public statements.  You don’t even bat a “black people kill black people” eye at reading from Bill O’Reilly’s hate-coated script.

Because, see, you want to pay attention to the really important part and that was “and gets away with it.”

When Ray-Ray kills Tyrone, Ray-Ray goes to the pen for 25 to life. It’s still murder when a white cop guns down an unarmed white victim unnecessarily. It’s still  unjustified murder. It’s still sickening. And it’s still an outrage.  The difference is  that we live in a nation where the justice system — society even — seems to excuse it when it’s a person of color being gunned down by one who is not. Because we still, instinctively, search for a reason the black man needed to get shot. It’s not always even a black man, it can be a black child. Tamir Rice was a child playing in the park with the same type of toy that my cousin shot his own mother with when we were little, and he was murderd in a matter of seconds by a cop who had already been kicked off of one police force, should never have had a badge,  and will never face accountability.  John Crawford was a man gunned down in Walmart — and white people still believe these two souls needed to die for no damn reason other than their skin color.  You have any and every celebrity, thanks to social media, that thinks they have an opinion, and that’s their right — the only time I care is when (like Craig Morgan and his pro-gun love fest in the wake of Orlando) it’s irresponsible. We want Kaepernick, DWade, Lebron, Natalie Maines, and any celebrity whose opinion doesn’t jive with white people to just shut up and (insert talent), but we cheerlead somebody like Tony Stewart, who ripped a page straight from Donald Trump’s playbook titled “How To Show The World It Is Possible To Be White Trash AND Have Money.”

Now… About The Clinton Foundation, Conservatives

And while I’m telling the conservative white people on the internet off, let me go ahead and shatter this one, as well. Because I’m sick of having to do this every day.  (And yes, I’m talking to you too, Bernie or Bust bro.) 

Do not come at me with where Bill and Hillary Clinton received the funds to do the life-changing work that they’ve done across the Earth, hollering that “the Clinton Foundation took donations from Qatar or Saudi Arabia” or countries that have a record of mistreatment against gay individuals and women, and then turned around and used those donations to better the lives of women and children, or further the status of the fight for gay rights across the globe.

Because my response will always be:  “So freaking what?”

Your argument comes down to this.

Let’s say I stumble upon a suffering village of women and children. Then a man who we all know likes to hit his wife comes to me and, whether it was guilt induced or a tax write-off, offered me $32 million to improve their lives.  Let me get this straight… I’m supposed to look at these children dying of diseases that a $0.39 vaccine can eradicate,  watch women struggle with things like simply providing clean, safe drinking water for their offspring, and then look at a man offering me $32 million to improve their living conditions and say, “It wouldn’t be right to take your money to improve the lives of women across the globe, because sometimes, late at night,  you like to beat your wife.”

Are you stoned!? Do you live in a state where it’s legal to smoke marijuana? How the actual fuck is that not perfect revenge?

You can’t seriously believe that, so-called Christians.

And if you do, if you actually subscribe to something that ridiculous, you illustrate exactly why Washington is in the shape that it’s in.  Because you vote for the type of “Christian” people like Ted Cruz who would set the capitol on fire and starve babies just for the right of being able to say, “God bless the great state of Texas, and at least I didn’t give in to the black guy! Yee haw!””

I don’t give a damn what country, what man, what billionaire that Hillary Clinton took donations from to do the life-saving work of providing antiviral medication to Pediatric AIDS patients throughout the planet — work that has received an A rating from Charity Watch — what I do care about something is called The Carter Center,  as well as the aforementioned Clinton Foundation.

Maybe you’ve heard of them, Republicans? It’s what our presidents do once they leave office.

I care about those powerhouses for Global change. And I care to see what Barack Obama will do when he leaves office. Or, as I read it best in the New York Times:  Jimmy Carter wrote the book on post-Presidency;  Bill Clinton turned it into encyclopedias.

I have a feeling that Barack Obama is about to make the internet up outta that shit.

Yes, GOP, your party runs around promoting capitalism;  stripping funding for victims, medical research, and the underprivileged; helping the rich get richer; our presidents create foundations that do billions of dollars worth of work across the globe. Should I get started on the achievements of Kennedy Center? Or the contributions their family has given the world — like Special Olympics or the Peace Corps?  Our presidents create foundations that change lives (Carter, Clinton). They’re winning Nobel Peace prizes (Carter and Obama). They’re not just quoting the words of a man, one whose actions they cannot seem to even comprehend, they’re actually living it. All one has to do, any given day of the week,  is take a look at the living presidents that represented the Democratic party and the good that they bring to this world every single day to see which party truly does the work of Jesus Christ.

And now, we have the same party angry because a football player wants to stand up,or refuse to stand up, in protest in a place where people like my granddaddy and his Daddy — who, like many of yours, served in World War 1 World War 2 — taught me that Kaepernick has the right to make an idiot of himself if he feels like it. But there are still people in this world that seem to believe that he doesn’t, simply because what he’s speaking out for is the mistreatment of minorities by those in power. And the same ones angry at Kaepernick, denying his right, and demanding he leave the country, are the same ones calling themselves “patriots.”

That, the ludicrous actions of some white people, is why he’s sitting in the first place.

Rednecks, try this tactic: Read more, talk (or Tweet) less.

Colin Kaepernick is America at its finest, like it or not:
http://wp.me/p4ye3i-BU

About That “Black On Black” Crime:
http://wp.me/p4ye3i-C8

Colin Kaepernick has a message, why are you so afraid to listen:

http://wp.me/p4ye3i-Cu


Candice Mathis

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Candi is an enthusiastic Hell-raiser for Hillary; coffee drinker; Tennessee Vols fan. She schooled a Trump supporter and she liked it. Catch her @CandiMathis on Twitter.

Bill Clinton, You Old Son Of a Gun — I Love You With My Life, Sir.

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Happy birthday to my political icon, President Bill Clinton. Love him or hate him, you have to admit that that man is a master at his craft.

A swift politician, a skilled debater — the likes of which I don’t know this country has ever seen — and storyteller like no other. The man made our country better after the eight years that he served in office. A  humanitarian and a giver  in his own right, who has brought medical aid, hope, and relief to an entire continent — while still being widely criticized from people on the right who don’t have a generous bone in their body for the ways, the manner, or the sources from which he sought that philanthropic aid. While the right bashes the Christ-like givings of Bill Clinton and people like Bill Gates, they persevere unfazed in their quest to help the world.

It is the privilege of my lifetime to witness the actions and the generosity of our presidents,  namely my own Democratic brothers.

Jimmy Carter — who remains the greatest humanitarian of my entire life, and likely one of the biggest that the world will ever see. He was too principled and stubborn to really find success in the compromise that is the Oval Office, but that doesn’t take away from the gifts that Jimmy Carter gave the world. He also sought and secured the release of our hostages from Iran, but they hated President Carter so much they only agreed to release them the day he left office. And for that, President Reagan is often, mistakenly, given credit. (Like a president can really do anything, let alone secure release of hostages via negotiations during his inauguration.) They, the hostages,  as agreed upon, were are released the second Reagan was sworn in. And Jimmy Carter never got the credit, but like everything Jimmy Carter does, he doesn’t care who gets the credit — he just cares that it gets done.

The man is one of the most Christ-motivated and Christ-mimicking living examples that this nation will ever know.

And President Obama — who is grit,  determination, dignity, strength. Who has persevered and succeeded in spite of every opposition and obstruction thrown his way. The world will look back on the Barack Obama administration with appreciation and gratitude. A global beacon of light in a time when America’s  lighthouse was seen as having burned out. He not only rekindled the flame, he set the foundations to ensure that it would stay lit for generations to come. Because he knows that when the rest of the world starts looking for a guiding light, they swim to our shores.

But today,  we celebrate the man from Hope. Who came before the man who gave us hope — to quote Hillary Clinton.  Mr. President Bill Clinton.  A man who taught me that being charismatic and quick-witted was worth all the good breeding in the world — a lesson he taught Poppy Bush on the debate stage that we’ve never forgotten. (Respect for President HW Bush though,  he is a tremendous man and an American treasure.) 

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So Happy Birthday to my hero, William Jefferson Clinton, and to me.

Two smart-asses + one day = you’re welcome, America.

I’ve always maintained that if God didn’t want me to be a woman who fights for her cause, one who is more politically prepared than you and doesn’t mind letting you know it, he wouldn’t have cranked me out on the same day as Bill Clinton and Tipper Gore. So Happy Birthday to the former Second Lady, as well.

Next time you catch somebody (ok, a  Republican) bending facts for the sake of their own politically falsified argument,  lean in real close and say three times:   “Tell the truth, now;  tell the truth; tell  the truth!”

Do it in honor of the Comeback Kid.  It works every time!