Trump by the numbers after 500 days

Donald Trump, toddler President, is the worst politician that ever happened to the USA. I’m embarrassed for the nation. ūü§®

Fiscally conservative Economist Magazine put together stats on 11 key economic indicators. The numbers aren’t all bad. Yet.

Tracking America in the age of Trump

The Ugly American
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‘Freedom from speech’

I love freedom of speech. But also freedom from speech.

There’s no reason to listen to idiots or extremists. They can say what they want ‚ÄĒ¬†within the law ‚ÄĒ¬†somewhere I don’t have to see it.

From xkcd.

everything Trump does is modeled on the mob

I don’t particularly like Bill Maher.

But when he nails it, he nails it. ūüėÄ

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St. Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo, is in¬†Forest Park¬†in¬†St. Louis, Missouri. …

It considered one of the best FREE attractions in the USA.

As far as animal prisons go, this one looks very good. Spacious.

Annually, approximately 3 million visitors get the opportunity to experience 16,000+ animals in the Zoo’s care; many of them are rare and endangered. The Zoo is renowned for its innovative approaches to animal management, wildlife conservation, research and education. And as a free zoo, visitors are encouraged to come back again…and again!

The polar bears were a highlight for me.

LOVE these hilarious characters
Having once fleetingly seen a Red Panda in the wild, this was a highlight

uppity women in St. Louis

Donald Trump:

‚ÄúThis is all very well, but I‚Äôd just like to know who is at home taking care of the babies?‚ÄĚ

It might not have been Trump. But some other dinosaur trying to protect his white, male privilege.

In 1919, the Missouri Legislature approved letting women vote in presidential elections ‚ÄĒ an act made moot by ratification Aug. 18, 1920, of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the denial of voting rights ‚Äúon account of sex.‚ÄĚ

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Martin Luther King Jr – I have a Dream

I Have a Dream” is a public speech delivered by American¬†civil rights¬†activist¬†Martin Luther King Jr.¬†during the¬†March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom¬†on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to¬†racism in the United States¬†…

I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream ‚Äď one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream…

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I’m reading a book about those days. President Kennedy playing a balancing act between King and his supporters and the segregationists, mostly whites in the southern States.

Amazing days. King was far from perfect. Nor was Kennedy perfect. (Both were womanizers, for example.) But I admire both in different ways.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been proposed by President John F. Kennedy in June 1963, but opposed by filibuster in the Senate.

Thereafter, President¬†Lyndon B. Johnson¬†pushed the bill forward, which in its final form was passed in the U.S. Congress by a Senate vote of 73-27 and¬†House¬†vote of 289-126 (70%-30%). The Act was signed into law by President Johnson …

Warm-up acts at the 1963 March on Washington:

Gospel legend¬†Mahalia Jackson¬†sang “How I Got Over“, and¬†Marian Andersonsang “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands“. …

Joan Baez¬†led the crowds in several verses of “We Shall Overcome” and “Oh Freedom“.¬†Bob Dylan¬†performed “When the Ship Comes In“, for which he was joined by Baez. Dylan also performed “Only a Pawn in Their Game“, a provocative and not completely popular choice because it asserted that¬†Byron de la Beckwith, as a poor white man, was not personally or primarily to blame for the murder of Medgar Evers.

Peter, Paul and Mary¬†sang “If I Had a Hammer” and Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind“.¬†Odetta¬†sang “I’m On My Way“.

Charlton Heston, James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, and Harry Belafonte were there.

Charlton Heston supported civil rights?

Yep. He was a big booster of Democrats before switching to the dark side with Reagan and then the NRA.

National Memorial for Peace and Justice opens

I’d like to visit the new museum in Birmingham, Alabama.

map of lynchings USA
4,000 lynchings

It’s¬†inspired by the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.

Lest we forget.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening to the public on April 26, 2018, will become the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.  

I saw this photo in a St. Louis museum. People protesting lynching.

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