Our blue marble in space

Animals are not on this earth to provide humans with entertainment. The loss of one species will undoubtedly impact those around it and, ultimately, the fate of the entire planet. We cannot survive without maintaining a delicate balance. This means keeping hunters and poachers away from our endangered species.

More people need to be aware, need to be educated as to the perils of human greed and selfishness. We are destroying the only place we have to live; this astoundingly beautiful planet on which such wonderful fauna and flora dwell. We must, over all else, protect this place! The consequences of negligence and self servedness is death.

I know, I’ve said it before but, it’s becoming more and more critical. Start at home but think big picture. Please


Sowing the seeds of destruction

The savanna elephant population declined by 30% (about 144,000 elephants) from 2007 to 2014, according to the Great Elephant Census.

One more in a line of stupid idiotic decisions made by the carrot, this one show a level of idiocy previously untapped by the man. The absolute lack of caring for this planet, that we ALL inhabit, shows what a total mistake our current administration is. It appears the wholesale destruction of a species that is already endangered is on this idiot’s list. Self-serving, shallow, uninspired and generally just dumb, his whole last year has been an effort to pay back those that got him in office, one way or another. This is just one more in a long line of reasons why the carrot will be, without a doubt, the absolutely worst and most destructive president the United States has ever seen; that I will probably ever seen.

I don’t know if our planet, and our pride, can withstand another three years of this Tweeting fool. What can we do when they pass laws and make decisions behind our backs?! I’ve tried writing letters, voicing my dissent, I’m trying to stop things I can in miscellaneous ways, but it doesn’t seem to be doing any good. I’m so frustrated and angry!

How can the ‘leader of the free world’ be this level of uncaring moron? Does he ever even consider the ramifications of the decisions he makes? The stupidity present in this, and so many other, decisions made by this man who calls himself our president, is so astounding I am left lacking for words.

The most basic difference

The simplest way to illustrate the disparity between Obama and Trump is social media.

Look at Trump’s offerings on Twitter: incendiary remarks, whittled down to 140 characters, meant to express his feelings on those who oppose him. His appearances in the media are long, self-agrandizing moments of rhetoric. His speech writers should be fired…or pitied! I really believe he goes off prompter a lot.

Contrast that with Obama’s weekly YouTube addresses: intelligent, concise chronicles meant to reach as wide an audience as possible, executed a la ‘fireside chats’ by a well-spoken human. I don’t recall every reading anything that came from Obama that wasn’t well written and erudite.

What’s the fate of our National Parks



I was on Facebook a few weeks ago and came across one of the many petitions that dot the timeline night after night. This one was about something that’s been bothering me: the possible dissolution of some of our National Parks. So I signed the petition and thought no more about it; until I actually got a response from Rep. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Of course, it was mostly fluff, but it gave me the impetus I required to grab a hold and GO. Below is my response, and his original below that, sent via his website since his response came from a DoNotReply address. Btw, if you’re interest in seeing a lineup of our Parks, click here

Thank you, Mr Rubio, for responding to my letter. However, you did not address my original concern: the fate of the National Parks. I’m very concerned about Mr Trump and the current administration’s attempts to remove protection from some of these public gems. It’s very important to me, and many other Americans, that these designated areas remain protected, for ourselves to enjoy today and for other generations to enjoy into the future.

I understand these government officials seek more privatized land to offer to businesses, and to open up more land for possible drilling. The United States is a huge country with plenty of open territory, much of which is ripe with opportunities for alternative energy sources to be explored. Why chose to destroy our beautiful spaces in a continuing search for outdated energies rather than seek to move our country forward and ease the incessant assault on the earth.

This country has had a great history of thinking forward, maintaining and moving us toward the future. Our past leaders realized it’s not all about the immediate monetary gains as much as it’s about setting the United States up for success for generations to come. Please Mr Rubio, I ask that you consider these things when taking a stance.
Vanessa Ouellette

On Oct 16, 2017, at 6:18 PM, Senator Marco Rubio wrote:

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts regarding national parks.  Understanding your views helps me better represent Florida in the United States Senate, and I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

In August 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial year.  Florida is home to more than 100 state parks and three national parks: Biscayne Bay, Dry Tortugas, and the Everglades.  Parks enrich our communities, help our local businesses thrive, and educate Americans about our nation’s history and identity.  I’ve enjoyed these parks with my own family, and I am proud of their ecological diversity and contributions to our state’s tourism-oriented economy.

For this reason, I worked with Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to successfully include authorization of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016.  I was proud to vote in support of WRDA when it came before the Senate on December 10, 2016, and pleased that President Obama signed this important project into law on December 16, 2016.  CEPP is a vital Everglades restoration project that, once completed, will lessen the discharges from Lake Okeechobee by sending more water south through the Everglades and into Florida Bay, mitigating the environmental and economic disaster affecting South Florida’s waterways. CEPP is essential to water management in Florida, and will also help ensure future generations can enjoy the Everglades National Park.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve you as your United States Senator.  I will keep your thoughts in mind as I consider these issues and continue working to ensure America remains a safe and prosperous nation.


Marco Rubio
United States Senator

That’s what he said

“Basically he said, ‘Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurts,’ ” Dem. Rep. Frederica Wilson said, adding that she listened to part of the call on speaker phone while in a vehicle with the family.

Asked earlier if she was sure the President said that, Wilson told CNN affiliate WPLG: “Yeah, he said that. You know, …that is something that you can say in a conversation, but you shouldn’t say that to a grieving widow. Everyone knows when you go to war you could possibly not come back alive, but you don’t remind a grieving widow of that. That is so insensitive. So insensitive.” The White House has neither confirmed nor denied this account: Trump has categorically denied it.

Absolutely ludicrous. What kind of insensitive asswipe says that to the family of a servicemember who just gave his life for his country? And just like all other media coverage he doesn’t like, this tragedy was part of his “fake news” network. This deliberate ignorance of the facts continued for twelve days as he golfed, argued with the press and misdirected the public. Although he was briefed about this incident daily, he took that long to comment on it at all, choosing instead to continue bashing Obama and further his specific agendas.

How the hell was this human even allowed to run for office? I can’t believe we couldn’t have found something better to represent the people of this country. If this doesn’t show our government is a rigged farce… How have we deviated so far from the possibility of proper leadership, how could we have been forced to elect someone so obviously unqualified, so oblivious to what 95% of his constituents really need.

His callous indifference and false rhetoric will be the downfall of this country and its people, and hopefully him as well.

Trump TV

Remember that Trump’s formative experience before running for president was as a reality show star and producer. He helped start “The Apprentice” in 2004 with Mark Burnett and served as its face for more than a decade. He didn’t just learn the lessons of what makes good reality TV — he mainlined them.

Cliffhangers. Reversals of fortune. And, always, drama, drama, drama.

This is a quote from CNN editor Chris Cillizza regarding Pence’s walk out on last night’s Colts vs 49ers football game. Staged obviously, once again at the expense of the taxpayers, to suit the POTUS’ endgame, whatever it may be this time.

This blog post is not about the current NFL issues with the anthem. My beef is with Trump and the American people and how he’s playing all those that voted for him and anyone else that watches TV or reports the ‘news’. I have always said he’s a businessman, not a particularly good one, and he will sell us to the highest bidder. What I’d forgotten, because I never watch reality shows, was his 10-year stint as the apprentice’s head.

Of course he’s manipulating the country, he’s acting on his own show, finally! He’s the star he never quite managed to become on prime time.

God help us, we have another 3 1/2 years of Trump TV. I wonder who the ‘Survivors’ will be in this little reality drama. I’m scared.

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