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#DemocratsAreDangerous

The past couple months there has been a frequently used hashtag on Twitter. It is #DemocratsAreDangerous. We’ve all seen their antics to physically and verbally assault Conservatives. Their despicable displays during the Kavanaugh Hearings were insane. Their hatred of Conservatives, Republicans or “anything associated with Trump” indicates they have a BAD case of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS)!

Last month I went to a local GOP store to get some yard signs. The guy unlocked the door so I could enter then relocked it after I was inside. He said they’ve “had problems” with Democrats busting in. This was in a typically RED suburb which surprised me that destructive Dems would do this. It’s a few feet from a Home Depot store. These antics don’t usually happen in nice suburbs in the Midwest.

Ohio GOP Yard SignsWhen I put the signs in my yard I placed them close to the house rather than near the sidewalk. One of the signs was a WOMEN FOR TRUMP sign that I had from the Trump Rally held here in August. To put it in the ground I used shipping tape to anchor two stakes to the back of it. My street is a side street in my subdivision so traffic is only fellow neighbors.

Torn Women for Trump signThe Women/Trump sign lasted a week when someone tried to destroy it. (other signs were not disturbed). They tried to tear it up but the shipping tape was stronger than they were. When the sign wouldn’t totally tear they apparently tried to stomp to crush it. I can’t imagine that somebody has SO much hate that even seeing a small sign drove them crazy!

I’ve repaired the torn sign and placed a lot more shipping tape around the edges to make it untearable. I’ve also put it in another spot and set up my trail camera in an obscure place. We’ll see if it lasts to Nov 6 or if some deranged liberal has a fit of rage again!

12th District Election Results by County

On August 7 Ohioans in the 12th District voted for a House Representative to replace Pat Tiberi who resigned in January. We first voted in May’s Primary according to whichever Party ticket we wanted. Republicans and Democrats each had numerous candidates for their ticket.

The Republican Primary winner was Troy Balderson. The Democrat Primary winner was Danny O’Connor. These two would compete again in the August 7 election to determine which one would serve until January 2019, thus completing Tiberi’s term. This special election was the only thing on the ballot in August. So we went to the polls, checked in, then clicked one or the other’s name and hit SUBMIT button. In and out in just a few minutes.

In November’s mid-term election, we’ll once again have to vote for a 12th District Representative to serve for two years starting in January 2019. So we’ll be again choosing between Balderson and O’Connor. Because of that voters may not have bothered to vote August 7.

There are 3 complete counties and portions of 4 counties in the 12th District. Six of the counties are mostly rural: Delaware, Licking, Morrow, Muskingum, Marion, Richland. Of course, Franklin County is metro city. Balderson easily won all 6 of the rural counties. O’Connor only won the small section in Franklin County. In total, Balderson received 101,574 votes (50.2%) and O’Connor received 99,820 votes (49.3%). A Green Party candidate received 0.6% of votes.

12th District August 2018 Results

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The results remind me of the 2016 Presidential Election where most of the U.S. is red but the population centers in New York and California are blue. That’s why the Electoral College is important in order to give people in less populated areas an equal say in government. Too bad we don’t have an electoral college for counties!

The above results are the “Unofficial” count. The absentee ballots and provisional ballots are to be counted and total results verified by August 24. There have been rumors around about dead people voting and of course, comments about fraud in Franklin County. Secretary of State Jon Husted addresses that in this SOS Article. It’s informative!

It’s possible that one candidate could win the August election but the other candidate could win in November. I’ve read some reports that said 90% of the Dems voted but only 40% of Republicans did. With much more at stake in November’s election, the Republicans are expected to come out in force. In November, Ohio will vote for a new Governor, and a strong U.S. Senate challenger, Rep Jim Renacci, trying to unseat long-time Senator Sherrod Brown. And of course, we’ll again vote on the person to be a House Representative for the 12th District.

So get ready and grab your popcorn!

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Aug 24 UPDATE: The final tally is in and Troy Balderson has won the election with 104,328 votes to Danny O’Connor’s 102,648.

Trump Rally in Lewis Center

I finally checked off a Bucket List item. Saturday I got to see a U.S. President! President Trump came to a local school a few miles from my home. So, of course, I had to go! One of my granddaughters joined me. It was a hot day with heat index in low 90s.

The doors were to open at 3:30 with the President appearing at 6:30. We arrived at 11:00 to begin standing in the queue. A gal in front of us counted the number of people in front of us. She counted 120. (Today I read in a local paper that officials estimated 11,000 were ultimately in line.) We were in the line until sometime around 3:30 when we FINALLY got into the cool school after going through the TSA security check! The heat was brutal!

This media photo shows the extent of the line later in the afternoon. We were on the opposite side of the building so had no idea the line was this long.

Trump Rally, Lewis Center

During the 4-1/2 hours in line we shared fun conversation, umbrellas for shade, and eventually ice packs which quickly melted. Two gals drove over from Dayton. Another gal drove from New Holland. A senior couple were from Westerville. And two early 20s boys drove down from Mansfield. All were excited to be at a “TRUMP RALLY”!

Fun Pic with Prez TrumpThere were gobs of vendors selling #MAGA hats, Trump shirts, Trump buttons, and of course #CNNsucks shirts and buttons. There was a life-size cardboard Trump that we could take a photo with. Of course, local politicians were there to ‘be seen’ and hopefully gain some support for their campaigns.

Once we passed the TSA check, we went into the gym to pick our spot. There are people that direct you where to stand or sit. We chose to sit. I’ve stood at a rally before and know that I’m too short to see over taller people holding their cameras in the air. We got great seats up the bleachers but directly across from the podium. IT WAS GOOD TO SIT!

A neighbor texted me that he saw me on TV. A local station panned the audience then zoomed in on the area where we sat.


Crowd at Trump Rally

Then we waited …….. As the gym filled up the temperature increased as the crowd increased. It wasn’t as bad as outside but it eventually got pretty miserable. (I later chatted with a neighbor who is a fireman/EMT and he said there were between 20-30 emergency runs for people.) To cap it off, the President’s plane was late so he didn’t arrive until 7:15.

Finally President Trump is on stageTrump speaks at Lewis Center rally

The whole day was quite an experience. Lots of nice, polite, friendly folks having a great time waiting to see our President. Aside from seeing the President in person, I also saw Rep Jim Jordan – who got two standing O’s; Rep Jim Renacci (running for Senate); AG Mike Dewine (running for Gov); and even Press Secy Sarah Sanders! One final testament to Conservative-minded people was that we weren’t allowed to take our shade umbrellas in the school so everybody just dropped them in a spot on the ground. I thought I’d have to buy a new one. When we left the event, all our umbrellas were still in the pile. No one had stole them! I was impressed. #OhioProud

America’s Independence Day

Today we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. I am so glad I live in this great country. No other country on earth is like America. My ancestors moved here in the mid-late 1600s from Germany and Ireland. I’m so glad they did. One of my great grandfathers was a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War. I had relatives that served in WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. I was born during WWII. Although my parents lived in rural Ohio, my father went to work in an airplane plant in Detroit, coming home every couple weekends. My sister, who was 18 when I was born, worked in a factory nearby making military parts – a real Rosie-the-riviter. Her boyfriend (and eventual husband) was serving in the Navy in the Philippines. I grew up going to the local parades which had a strong military influence. At school we always said the Pledge of Allegiance first thing before class began. I consider myself a #PROUDAMERICAN.

The Flag flies all year on my house as it does on several of my neighbors’ homes. However, on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day I display many small flags to show my devotion to my country. I’m so grateful that I have the FREEDOM to do that! #MAGA

Independence Day 2018

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The People’s President

I’ve noticed something about President Trump when he is with “regular people“. They seem to be completely at ease with hugging or touching him. That’s something we don’t often see with our presidents although Bush 43 seemed to get hugs on certain occasions. I’m sure in person President Trump must be a formidable presence when he walks into a room. Not only is he tall but he oozes power. One would think that would deter a feeling of closeness with him. However, I’ve heard people say that in person he’s very compelling, making people feel as if he’s truly interested in them. I suspect that was a major reason he was elected. He was “one of us”, using the kind of language we use. Hillary wasn’t capable of connecting with ordinary people in that way.

Recently President Trump held a bill-signing ceremony for the RIGHT-TO-TRY bill. This will give terminally ill people the option to try treatments that have not yet been approved by the FDA. At that ceremony was an adorable little boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. His actions during the bill signing were absolutely precious as he attempted to get a hug from the President.

Trump with grieving MomDays earlier, President Trump was speaking at the Annual National Peace Officer’s memorial service. During his recognition of an NYPD slain officer, Miosotis Familia, he invited the family to come to the podium. The touching image came when the officer’s Mother hugged the President as he held her hand while still speaking. Such a tender moment.

The President seems ever aware of the people near his “entourage” but not a part of it. In this video he being directed to his car but instead took a brief time to greet the law enforcement officers providing security. To this President, they aren’t just fixtures but REAL people who perform an important job AND who he wants to thank. Imagine how special that made them feel!

And of course, we all remember when the President stopped to retrieve a Marine One guard’s hat that had been blown off by strong winds. Even though the hat blew away again, in true Marine fashion, the guard never moved or cracked a smile.

The next time there is one of the President’s famous rallies, watch how people react to him. How they speak out during his speech, how they try to touch him, and how often they shout out “we love you”. The Democrats are at a loss to understand what the rest of America knows and loves.

Warning if you buy gift cards from Walmart!

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I’m not a fan of Walmart for a variety of reasons. There is one near my home but I only occasionally go there. Today I just wanted to pick up some gift cards for people who helped me during my recent hospital stay. Usually I buy gift cards from Giant Eagle when I’m there, but today decided to just run up to Walmart. I picked out the cards then proceeded to check-out. I inserted a credit card to pay for them. Surprisingly the credit card was denied!

Cashier said I couldn’t use a credit card to pay for gift cards – nor could I use a check. Cashier said only cash or a debit card can be used at Walmart!!!!

With the credit card transaction denied, she then rang the cards up again and I inserted my debit card. Same issue as before. The card was denied!. The supervisor came over to help with the problem. She determined that the Visa phone line was down so couldn’t activate the cards. After about half an hour, we learned the register system had deducted the money from my account but still wouldn’t allow the sale of the gift cards. The supervisor gave me cash for the amount the register had deducted from my debit account and I left – without any gift cards.

My bank is in the same shopping center so I went there to deposit the cash that the supervisor returned to me.

Next I went to the Kroger store – same center – to buy cards. There I was able to buy the gift cards with a credit card with no problem.

UPDATE: I just checked my credit card to see if the first Walmart transaction that failed was by chance also charged to my account like it did the debit card. YUP! It was charged as well. Now tomorrow I must go back and “try” to get the charge off my credit card!!#*%#@%^*!

ANOTHER UPDATE 4/7: So today I went back to Walmart to get the charge off the credit card. I went to the “Customer Service” desk where the same supervisor was working. I showed her my paperwork that showed the charge against my credit card. She said she would have to get the Assistant Manager to approve. I waited 50 MINUTES for the Assistant Manager to finally show up. She said she couldn’t issue a credit since the transaction showed as “Pending” and that it might still be cancelled. So now I must wait till the transaction no longer shows as “Pending” so I have proof that Walmart did indeed double charge me the $271! I kept my cool – sort of!!!!

ANOTHER UPDATE 4/9:I checked my credit card account this morning and the $271 charge was no longer pending but had become an actual transaction. So I went back to the store for my refund. In the interim days, the Assistant Manager had pulled off register tape for the two transactions. From it she learned the cashier had voided 3 of the cards but not the 4th. Thus the register tape showed a “Refund” of $164. But I was still charged $106. I noted that the $164 was NOT a “Pending” transaction and thus suspect. She called the Store Manager and of course, he agreed with her and wanted to wait for the “Return” to show on my account. He said it usually takes banks longer to post payments/returns than the actual charge. He would not take the charge off my credit card! So I must wait even more days to see what – if anything – is recorded to my account. What makes me so angry is this is due to Walmart’s policy and screw-ups at the register. My only fault was trying to buy Gift Cards at Walmart!

FINAL UPDATE 4/11: I checked my credit card this morning to see if a Walmart refund had been issued for $164. It had – YAY! So I printed off the paperwork and returned to the store for the final refund of $106. Neither the Assistant Manager nor the Store Manager were there, so Customer Service called another Assistant Manager. That Manager wanted to know all the details of why he was being requested before he walked to the Service desk. When he arrived I explained the saga to him. He’s only authorized to approve $100 refund! He called the Store Manager to verify that I did indeed have substantiating paperwork. The Store Manager approved the return. The Customer Service agent then gave me the refund in cash – not allowed to take it off the credit card. ???

I suggested they might want to put a sign on the Gift Card display to advise people that they can’t use a credit card for the purchase because surely I’m not the first person to inadvertently use one for a Gift Card purchase. He indicated that it had sometimes been a problem. He said that people use Gift Cards as a way to launder money. I responded that all the Managers had treated me as if I were a thief and I didn’t appreciate that. He said that a lot of Walmart customers try to scam the company so they must be careful. I guess Walmart considers its customers guilty until proven innocent! For me, Walmart Customer Service was a big FAIL!