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Inside a Donald Trump Rally …

Editor’s Note:

A Facebook friend posted the following account of a surreptitious visit to a Donald Trump rally by a couple of fellows – Seth Quackenboss and Jordan Ray Correll,  who attended the rally out of curiosity and to cross it off their bucket list. I decided to post it here, because I couldn’t share it on Twitter in the form she posted it in.  It tells it’s own story and pretty much matches what I imagined goes on at these. A lot of ugliness, and not all of it is Trump’s fluorescent Orange grill and Yellow combover…

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“We decided to drive down to Fayetteville in order to hear a certain orange politician speak. We went to a Donald Trump rally.

Now, I am not a supporter of Mr. Trump in any way, shape, or form. I’m quite inclined to a certain berning sensation that I’ve been experiencing for some time. But that’s beside the point. The point is, we thought that we were in for a time of jokes and hilarity. And at the beginning, it was. There were a few speakers before Trump came out and they were not well organized at all. They were comical. One man, a veteran, said that he had shed blood on 7 continents. And unless I missed the great Antartica War, I highly doubt that’s true…

One speaker also said that we needed to get rid of 911 calls and we all need to handle our problems ourselves. Well…that’s highly unlikely. I can’t imagine that people will start forgoing 911 calls when their house in burning down in order to try and extinguish the fire themselves. But, ya know, it’s a nice thought.

So, those were laughable moments. Trump was about to come out. We had our signs ready. We were going to go all out. Yelling and screaming and whatnot. Because, why else were we there if not to join the spectacle? He comes out. People go crazy. For the first twenty to thirty minutes I sat there with high expectations of hilarity. After half an hour, my feelings turned extremely grim. I was scared and upset.

Trump basically said the same few things the whole time. He knows exactly what will get a cheer from the crowd and he says it. He mentioned his wall several times. About five or six if I can remember correctly. At one point he said,

We’re going to build a wall. And who’s going to pay for it?

And the crowd yelled,

Mexico!

and then they lost their minds. Now, we all know exactly why this is stupid. So I won’t elaborate. It was just very unsettling. He mentioned ISIS several times. About ten. But not exactly how to stop ISIS. Just comments like,

We’re gonna get ISIS,” and “ISIS is going down.

Blanket statements. He did say that for America to win again (any sort of winning, not just against ISIS) we have to go outside of the law and he isn’t afraid to do it. And that’s unsettling for several reasons. But I’m just reporting the facts.

And that was all he said on policy. Completely void of content or substance. Just statements that would get the crowd cheering.

Now, let’s talk about the protesters. There were many. I think throughout the hour long rally, there were roughly 15-20 groups of protesters. Some of them were individuals and some were in groups. They popped up throughout the rally here and there. And some of them were yelling and causing a ruckus but some of them were just standing there with their anti-Trump shirts or their pro-whoever else shirts. They were ALL removed. Peaceful or violent. One man had a shirt that said,

Love is the answer.

He was thrown out. Trump’s comment was,

“And love is very important but I mean, who’s making love to THAT guy?”

My stomach churned. A few minutes later, a woman stood up not far from where the other man was and starting protesting. She was removed. Trump’s comment was,

“he was with the other guy. They’re actually a couple. A [clears throat] beautiful [gagging noises] couple.”

And the crowd laughed and cheered. It was horrifying.

But out of everything I saw, the crowd was the worst part. I have never seen more hateful people in my life. Everyone was just filled with so much hatred. If a protester had a sign, even the peaceful ones, they would take the sign from them, rip it up, and throw it back at the protesters. Whenever a protester would get removed, the crowd would yell horrible things. Once, after a protester was removed, Trump said,

Where are these people coming from? Who are they?

A lady, sitting not 5 feet from me, said,

Well hopefully when you’re president, you’ll get rid of em all!

Get rid of them?  Get rid of anyone who opposes Trump?  It was sickening. I felt truly nauseous. And these people loved the protesters. They loved the drama and the chaos. And Trump fed upon it. It was easily one of the strangest and uncomfortable things I’ve ever witnessed. I could just hear the horrible things being spoken around me and it made my skin crawl.

Needless to say, there was very little laughter on my part. I thought this was going to be joke…and it was, but for a very different reason. I implore you, if you’re thinking about voting for Trump, reconsider. You are only promoting chaos and hatred. I witnessed it firsthand. And trust me, this is not something you want to see in person.

This is not what you want to happen to our country.

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Welcome to Filthy Bilge Rats

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these look cute compared to the real ones – the ones we cover here at Filthy Bilge Rats.

Welcome to the inaugural post of “Filthy Bilge Rats”.  First of all, I apologize for the redundancy inherent in the name.  It so happened that someone got to “Bilge Rats” before I did and I didn’t want to create any confusion in the search results.  So, I know it is obvious that bilge rats are filthy by definition.  But then again, I guess you could say that the ones we shine the lights on here are just a tad filthier than the regular garden variety.

What is this and what am I doing?  The reason for this site – primarily is that there are moments in the day when my brain fires synapses that lend themselves to pithy epiphanies that cannot sustain the type of full blown commentaries that I’m prone to contriving. Quick hits, targeting evil, scheming, manipulative, just plain horrible, stupid, inhumane and clueless people and the results of their sordid deeds.  It’s a politically incorrect free zone.  It is also rated Mature. Other times I just stumble across stuff that I think would interest and amuse you.

Although this site leans Conservative (PaleoConservative / “Conservatarian”), If you’re expecting the standard “Patriot / Tea Party / Jingoistic” echo site, this isn’t it. There’s copious amounts of that on Facebook and on the net. I have nothing to add to any of that – and I have to be honest that 95 percent of it is hackneyed and stale.

But Filthy Bilge Rats will also be a catch all.  No one can live on a steady diet of Bilge Rats – not even me.  I will also be adding random things to the posts that are not necessarily nasty at all.  They may just be things that fascinate me that I think will be a “Mental Martini” for you and stuff I’m up to and into.  If you like “off the beaten path” this will be your cup of Malort.

Time to get started with some weird news items that give you a basic idea of what you’ll find most every day on Filthy Bilge Rats…

The Political Racket:  Kentucky’s government ethics law bars gifts from lobbyists to legislators, but state Sen. John Schickel filed a federal lawsuit in September claiming that he has a constitutional (First Amendment) right to receive them. (The laws were passed after the FBI found several Kentucky politicians selling their votes.)

Your Tax Dollars Well Spent:  And in May, officials of the American Gaming (gambling) Association and the Association of Club Executives complained to the Pentagon that a threatened prohibition of the use of government credit cards at casinos and strip clubs violated card users’ constitutional rights, in that protected activities (such as business strategy meetings) take place at those venues. [TheIntercept.com, 9-24-2015] [Government Executive, 5-21-2015]

Florida Justice: Orville “Lee” Wollard, now 60, was convicted of aggravated assault in 2008 after he fired one “warning shot” into a wall of his home during an argument with his daughter’s boyfriend. Believing his shot defused a dangerous situation (the boyfriend had once angrily ripped sutures from Wollard’s stomach), Wollard had declined a plea offer of probation and gone to trial, where he lost and faced a law written with a 20-year minimum sentence. Florida has since amended the law to give judges discretion about the crime and the sentence, but Gov. Rick Scott and the state’s clemency board have refused to help Wollard, who must serve 13 more years for a crime he perhaps would not even be charged with today. [Miami Herald, 9-30-2015]

Oh – here’s one particularly appropriate to the theme of this blog …

Scientists have somehow determined that rats dream about where they want to go in the future. Dr. Hugo Spiers of University College London (and colleagues) inferred as much in a recent eLife article based on how neurons in the rodent brain’s Hippocampus fire up in certain patterns. They discovered similar patterns when a rat is asleep just before conquering a food “maze” as when he awakens and actually gets to the food (as if it plotted by dream). (Buried Lede: Rats have dreams.) [New Scientist, 6-26-2015]

People With Issues!

Miami-Dade (Florida) police arrested Eddy Juan, 52, two weeks after someone matching his description was reported at a library at Florida International University, crawling under tables and sniffing women’s feet. He was charged with violating a previous sex-offender registration order.

Where have all the abusing priests gone?  To Choir Boy Disneyland evidently …

A year-long investigation by GlobalPost revealed in September that at least five U.S. or European Catholic priests disciplined for sex abuse have surfaced in South America, ministering unstigmatized in impoverished parishes. In Paraguay, Ecuador and Peru (all with softer law enforcement and media scrutiny than in the U.S., and where priests enjoy greater respect), dioceses have accepted notorious priests from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Minneapolis and Jackson, Mississippi, and Catholic facilities in Brazil and Colombia now employ shamed sex-abusers from Belgium and San Antonio, Texas. (The Belgian priest had been allowed to start an orphanage for street kids.) GlobalPost claims the Vatican declined “repeated” phone calls for comment. [GlobalPost via USA Today, 9-17- 2015]

 

That’s it for our first edition.  More new and stimulating tomorrow guaranteed or a full return of your subscription – RC