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A Civil Exchange Of Ideas With a Trump Supporter

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Single white liberal woman is in search of President Trump supporters to engage with in civil exchange of ideas.

I know I’m a cartoonist, but I’m not trying to be funny. I’m being serious. I want to use this blog to get insights into why Trump supporters think the way they do.

I’m eager to discuss policy issues, but first I want to address the elected elephant in the room: Donald Trump. I don’t understand his appeal and I want to understand it.

Trump started his political career by demanding President Obama produce his birth certificate. Maybe if Trump had mentioned the Birther issue once or twice in 2011, I could understand it. We’re all entitled to an occasional absurd idea, but this was an absurd idea Trump espoused for five years.

When Trump unapologetically conceded that Obama had been born in the United States, the “failing” purveyor of “fake news” New York Times wrote, “The essential question — Why promote a lie? — may be unanswerable. Was it sport? Was it his lifelong quest to court media attention? Was it racism? Was it the cynical start of his eventual campaign for president?”

If the Birther issue was Trump’s only easily provable false claim and you thought he was great on issues important to you, OK, fine, maybe I could understand it. But it wasn’t his only absurd claim.

Of the 382 Trump statements Politifact has reviewed to date they rated 33% as being false, 20% as mostly false, 16% as Pants on Fire, 14% as half true, 12% as mostly true, and 4% as true.

Politifact’s 2013 Lie of the Year was Obama’s statement, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” Trump said Politifact is a “totally left-wing group.”

The “failing” Wall Street Journal  wrote of Trump’s credibility, “If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Trump is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.”

The first question I have for a Trump supporter is: does this bother you? How do you respond to people who say Trump lies? Do you think he hasn’t lied, that the stories about him lying are “fake news?” Do you think he has lied, but still feel comfortable with him having the nuclear codes?

I’ve thought about what would have happened if things were reversed, if Trump had been the Democratic nominee and Ted Cruz the Republican one, if Trump had supported single payer health insurance and free college tuition? How would I have voted? I might not have voted for Cruz, but after Trump — citing the “should be very respected” National Enquirer — said Cruz’s father might have been involved with Kennedy’s assassination, well, I wouldn’t have wanted Trump near the button.

I have a proposal for Trump supports: for one month we read and listen to news reports and visit the same media sites. I’ll read what I usually read, but if you suggest articles I should read, I’ll read them. You do the same. Then we comment. Civilly, of course.

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Building a Grandfather Clock Without Killing My Grandparents

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The arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, the fourteen-year-old who brought a homemade clock to school, made me think of the time I built a clock at my grandparent’s place. I wasn’t arrested, but that’s only because I didn’t follow through on my thoughts of grand-patricide.

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I Hate Computer Updates

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Sometime in the late 1960s or early ‘70s when I was at East Lansing High School we learned how to use a slide ruler and—no joke—went on a field trip to see a computer.

When I was a freshman at the University of Michigan in 1974 I was one of only a handful of students who had a calculator in my introductory physics class. It was a Texas Instrument SR-10, a graduation gift from my parents that could add, subtract, multiply and divide. Such calculating power! And it only cost a little over $100, about a quarter of what U of M then charged instate students per semester. Continue reading I Hate Computer Updates

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My Day at the Oregon Insane Asylum

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Sometime this winter I will get my fifteen minutes of fame—well, after editing, probably three minutes of fame leaving me 12 minutes for some later date. Last month I got a call from Mark Kachelries, a producer with the Travel Channel’s TV series, Mysteries at the Museum. In each show Don Wildman, putting on his best Indiana Jones persona, tells stories and interspersed through out are historic reenactments and comments from experts. Mark wondered if they could interview me.

Mysteries at The Museum

I’m an expert on something? I know what you’re thinking. “She’s obviously lost it. Do they still send out men in white to cart people to the insane asylum?” Continue reading My Day at the Oregon Insane Asylum

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New Yorker Rejects

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The New Yorker Has Stopped Sending Me Rejection Slips … Sort Of

“Of course I draw for the New Yorker” is the reply I give to the question I’m most often asked as a cartoonist, “but they’ve never bought anything of mine.”

When I started cartooning professionally in 1981 I submitted a batch of cartoons  to the New Yorker every week for a few years. At the time I thought they were great, but now I can see that most were terrible. I stopped submitting to them when I started only drawing commissioned work.

Last month for the first time in decades I drew a batch of ‘toons for my own amusement, bought 200 large envelopes, and hired a monk scribe. Monk scribes are cheaper than ink cartridges because you need only keep them in wine. Any kind of wine will do: even my friend’s unpalatable but potent home brew. Continue reading New Yorker Rejects

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Watermelon Web Works Review: Part 20

Watermelon's Half Hearted Sorry

Paul Clerc’s Response

Over the past nineteen days I’ve written a detailed account of my experience with Watermelon Web Works, the company that redesigned my web site.

At about 6:00 p.m. on February 10, 2015, one week before I posted Part 1 of this series, I sent Paul Clerc, Watermelon’s top web guru, an advance copy of the blog posts. I said I would post any comments he had in their entirety and unedited. Continue reading Watermelon Web Works Review: Part 20

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Watermelon Web Works Review: Part 19

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Asking Paul to Comment

On February 10, 2015, I sent this email to Paul Clerc, Watermelon Web Works top web guru.

Dear Paul:

In my next email I am attaching a draft of a series of twenty blog posts titled: Watermelon Web Works Review. I am posting Part 1 on February 17, the one-year anniversary of my new site going live.

I am still editing the posts, fixing typos, tweaking this, tweaking that, and trying to inject as much humor as I can in what is otherwise a sad story, but the gist will stay the same. Continue reading Watermelon Web Works Review: Part 19

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Watermelon Web Works Review: Part 18 on Watermelon Web Works Portfolio Page

One Last Glitch

On February 4, 2015 I made this screen shot from Watermelon Web Works’ portfolio page where they showcased some of the sites they have designed, including mine. Not surprisingly, at some point in the last couple of weeks they stopped showcasing it. It’s one backlink I don’t mind losing. Continue reading Watermelon Web Works Review: Part 18

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Watermelon Web Works Review: Part 17

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The Final Insult

A typo in the computer code on my site, an “s” where an “s” shouldn’t have been, may have lost me thousands of dollars.

On December 1, 2014, a customer emailed that he clicked on a link that sent him not to the product page he was looking for but a 404 Redirect Page that said: “Can’t find that page, sorry…” Continue reading Watermelon Web Works Review: Part 17

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Watermelon Web Works Review: Part 16

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The Last Straw

On October 27, 2014, I had a Eureka moment: “Computer code on my site does the Fandango!”

I had figured out what caused price glitches on my website. One day my customers would be charged the correct amount and the next day they wouldn’t. It had been a problem ever since my site went live in February.

If customers were overcharged, I immediately emailed them and sent a refund.

If customers were undercharged, I didn’t inform them of their good fortune and ate the loss. Continue reading Watermelon Web Works Review: Part 16