The Runaway Trump Train

The runaway Trump train has not only let Trump trample the American Constitution but has also skidded onto foreign rails. That could not have happened without a groundwork laid by Russia.

Newspaper Image of Trump with Mouth Removed and Coronavirus Title

Trump began his run for the US Presidency as a social renegade. He descended the glitzy escalators of his gaudy tower by labeling Mexicans he didn’t like as rapists and drug runners. He fought his way to the Republican nomination by trashing and mocking his opponents. With outside help he won the prize and his track record of nastiness has gained speed as the law proved no check on his quest for personal gain with the mighty powers of his position.

American forefathers could not foresee a conman like Trump heading the country but even so they set up a system of checks and balances among three branches for the government. One made the law, another put it into practice and a third mediated in the case of conflict. That in itself was foresight from white men to whom “all men” referred to white male landowners. Laws since then have clarified the intent. New laws will have to clarify further after Donald Trump.

Trump is the first American President to defy the Constitutional norma. He has done this by exploiting a supersonic world. He has made a Tweet carry the weight of a Presidential decree, thus throwing out the cumbersome process that distilled the national position both at home and abroad. He has remade the Presidential seat of power into that of Trump. creating an enabling base for unchecked decrees to outlying train depots the world over.

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Mother Nature – Villanelle Style Poetry

The rain she brings with a mighty force.
To wash away the dust and soot;
All through the while it is nature's course.

Nature she hath her fury and rears her horse.
When the winds come a blowin' we sometimes hide.
The rain she brings with a mighty force.

Mother nature has no regret and no remorse,
As she makes her way through the land.
All through the while it is nature's course.

She has never been married, nor seen divorce.
She is tied to no man at all.
The rain she brings with a mighty force.

She has no one to impress, no one to endorse.
She goes where she wants and wills.
All throughout the while it is nature's course.

She can tear through the land like a raging warhorse,
Never looking back at her past.
The rain she brings with a mighty force.
All throughout the while it is nature's course.

#poetry #writingsandmuses #poem #writing #literature

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Seabreeze Resort & Restaurant in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Seabreeze Resort & Restaurant in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Orginally Written – June 2013

Seabreeze Resort is located along M. L. Quezon Ave, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines and is a water park resort.  While the water park itself is very nice, the rooms for overnight rental are just plain scary.  The room rates are low so if you don’t mind sleeping in a room infested with spiders, ants, mosquitos, and lizards, and you are a budget traveler then this may be the place for you.

The rooms at Seabreeze Resort are outdated, but they do have an air conditioner.  You can also request a television in your room if you don’t mind watching one channel and not having any volume controls.  The resort does offer overnight swimming, but one thing to be noted is that swimming is not included in the room rental rate, so you will need to request it at the check-in counter and pay an additional fee.  On check in there is one lady who works there, possibly the owner, who will do her best to ignore any questions you have, in fact, she will try to ignore you all together.

Back to the pools; they are nice and clean, there are two large pools on this property with water slides going in to each pool.  There is also a kiddy pool for the little ones.  On Friday nights they sometimes have live entertainment for the night swimmers, and if you get a room on this night do not expect to get much sleep as the music will be blasting at full volume late into the night.  Surrounding the pool are various pavilions and huts rentals for people that are not staying all night.  On the weekends they are all full of families having reunions, office outing groups, and people that just want to relax and have a swim.  Even though it can be quite crowded, especially on the weekends, the pools are big enough to accommodate the crowds comfortably.

The restaurant is not always open to the public as they also offer private events catering, so make sure to inquire with the resort.  You can usually find their most current contact information on their Facebook page by clicking here.  Please be advised that there are room pictures on their Facebook page, and their typical rooms look nothing at all like what is in the pictures.  You can get the rates information, find out if the restaurant is open, and inquire if there will be live entertainment on the night you plan to stay, however, they will not let you make room reservations and will tell you that it is on a first come first serve basis.

If you are looking for a good place to swim in Metro Manila, try Seabreeze Resort & Restaurant in Taguig.  If you are able to tolerate not so clean rooms and a few critters, you can also stay at this location for a decent price.

#vaction #resort #philippines #luzon #travel #beach #swimming

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Easy Israeli Salad

Easy Israeli Salad

If you ever visit Israel, you will find this delicious and refreshing Israeli Salad (סָלָט יְרָקוֹת יִשְׂרְאֵלִי) at street stands everywhere.  It is a great compliment to your favorite falafal or any meal that you would like a tasty side dish for.  Israeli salad is very easy and you can alter the recipe to your liking, so without further ado, let’s get started.

Ingredients

  • 5 cucumbers (skin on)
  • 1 large onion (or 1 bunch of green onions if you prefer)
  • Small bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 bell pepper (green or red is fine)
  • 3-5 tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vinegar (optional)
  • Fresh mint leaves chopped (optional)

Method

  1. Wash and chop all of your vegetables as fine as you can.  You don’t want them shredded, but finely diced.
  2. Chop parsley and mint if you are adding it.
  3. Place chopped items in a large bowl.
  4. Drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and add vinegar if you choose to use it.
  5. Add the rest of your ingredients and toss until salad is well blended.
  6. Let marinade in dressing at room temperature for at least one hour before serving so the flavors can blend well.

Serve with your favorite dish as a side, or add it in a pita with falafals or shawarma for a fresh and tasty meal.  Israeli salad is pareve (פרווה) or neutral, meaning it does not contain meat or dairy and can be served with either and the meal will still be kosher.

B’tayavon! (בְּתֵאָבוֹן)

#food #international #yum #letseat #cooking #recipes

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