Friday, April 29, 2016

My 2016 Election Predictions

I'm going out on a limb. Despite my horrible record on predicting U.S. Presidential elections, (in 2007 I predicted Mitt Romney would be elected POTUS in 2008) I'm going to give my predictions now for the 2016 election.

Hillary Clinton will become the Democrat nominee, Trump the Republican.

Secretary Clinton has incredibly high "negatives" but will win the election simply because more Americans hate Trump than hate her. 2016 will be the ultimate "hold your nose while you vote" election.

As I write this, I have no idea who Clinton will chose as her VP running mate. I hope he/she is a good one.......the FBI report on her activities will force Congress to impeach Clinton. Not only will Hillary be the first female POTUS, but she will be the first POTUS to have matching impeachments with her former POTUS husband.

Because Hillary was elected on an anti-Trump referendum, there will be little sympathy for her - leastwise not enough to prevent an indictment and impeachment.

My prediction - Hillary will be elected POTUS in 2016, but will not finish her first and only term.

Cruz and Fiorina

Trump, reacting to news that Sen.Ted Cruz has already chosen Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate, should he win the nomination, called Cruz's move "desperate".

Obviously, Cruz is hoping to stop Trump's momentum. The Senator has no chance, mathematically, of reaching the magical 1237 delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination on a first ballot. His only hope is to prevent Trump from reaching that number himself and perhaps his VP pick will help Cruz pick up delegates in Indiana.

Earlier this year, I wrote that my choice, at the time, would be a Rubio/Fiorina ticket. Obviously, that won't happen, so I suppose a Cruz/Fiorina ticket is the best I can hope for. Personally, I believe Cruz made the right choice. Of course, not everyone agrees with me. I'm probably in a distinct minority.

I enjoy reading Michelle Malkin, but unfortunately, I haven't been following her lately. I suppose that's why it comes as a surprise to me that Malkin doesn't agree with the Fiorina pick. Malikin writes that Fiorina raises 11 red flags.

It was not at all surprising that a Cruz/Fiorina campaign would upset the crazies at Planned Parenthood but to Tweet that Cruz and Fiorina are ".....comin' for your uterus" is a bit over the top.

Squash and Okra Update.

It was April 11 when we transplanted our butternut squash plants to a section of our property in Magatas,Sibulan. As one can see from the photos, the plants seem to be doing ok, considering that we are still in a drought and the plants have to be watered by hand, so to speak.

The okra seeds are not doing well at all. As I've mentioned, I decided to try a few "tricks" for germinating okra seeds. That experiment was begun nine days ago, but none of the seeds have sprouted.

So far, I'm one for three......the butternut squash is coming along but the okra and tomatoes haven't done anything. Looks like I'll germinate a few more butternut squash seeds. We're making preparations for a piggery and butternut squash should be a good addition to the pigs' diet.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Money Memes

Not long after it became official that Harriet Tubman would be replacing Andrew Jackson on the U.S. $20 bill, some folks felt the need to show their displeasure at the move.

A photo appeared on Facebook, showing the current U.S. bank notes - from the $1 up to the $100 - with the words,

"Like and share if you think only presidents should be on our money".

Let's be sure to take note that the man on the $10 (Alexander Hamilton) as well as the man on the $100 (Benjamin Franklin) were not Presidents of the United States. If we were to eliminate non-POTUS from U.S. currency, those two would have to go.

The following day, a photo of a $20 with the face of Sitting Bull on it made it's way onto Facebook - along with the words,

 "How about a real American on the $20?"

So much for the "only POTUS should be on currency" argument.

Do people even read the memes they post on Facebook?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Youth Back CBCP’s Rosary Campaign


MANILA, April 24, 2016 – As the country counts the days before Filipinos head for the polls, the faithful commit to pray the rosary daily for the special intention of the elections, as encouraged by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

“I pray the rosary but only the mystery of today. However given the current situation of the country, we could try following the exhortation of the [archbishop]. After all, it was our Mother Mary who always gave historical breakthroughs for us like in EDSA I,” said youth motivational speaker John Bernard Caasi.
Attesting to the effectiveness of the rosary, youth leader Edwin Valles considers it a “singular grace and privilege” to pray the rosary daily for the intention of the May elections.