Large Portion of Polled Voters Uncomfortable With a President Trump

In a new NBC News/WSJ poll, a considerable percentage of Americans polled are concerned with Donald Trump’s inexperience in government, as it relates to his ability to handle the job of POTUS.

From NBCNews.com:

Asked in the new survey about Trump’s experience, only five percent of registered voters said they were enthusiastic about his unconventional professional history, while another 15 percent said they were comfortable with it.

But a combined 61 percent say they have reservations (19 percent) or are outright uncomfortable (42 percent) with Trump’s lack of experience in the kinds of positions traditionally held by American commanders-in-chief.

Less are concerned about the possibility of an actual Socialist, Bernie Sanders, becoming president, by about ten percent.

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Also from NBCNews.com:

Those who expressed concern about Trump’s lack of military or government experience included 68 percent of women, 60 percent of independents, 78 percent of undecided voters and about a third of Republican primary voters.

Things don’t look much better when Trump is compared, head-to-head, with Hillary Clinton.

While he bested Clinton  in vague areas like, changing business as usual in Washington (55% to 22%), standing up for America (46% to 32%), and dealing with Wall Street (48% to 27%), he fell behind in areas like dealing with immigration (42% to 45%), making appointments to SCOTUS (34% to 47%), and dealing with issues of concern to women (16% to 63%).

Considering the importance of the female voting bloc, his high unfavorable rating with women could very likely come back to haunt him in the general.

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‘Final Goodbye’ Between Dad Dying of Cancer & Mom on Life Support Is Captured by Who’s Grieving Most

Jim Mininni and Cindy Ireland were ‘inseparable’ from the very beginning of their 24 years together. They faced a lot together, including two battles against Jim’s lung cancer. But then in 2012, he was told he had to face it a third time and only had a ten percent chance of survival.

Image Credit Imgur

Image Credit Imgur/Mininni

After a routine prescription check showed too much carbon dioxide in his blood, Jim was admitted to the hospital where he was later put on life support. Sadly, a day after Jim was admitted to the hospital Cindy suffered a heart attack and was also put on life support.

The couple’s sons traveled between the two, who were in different hospitals, until Jim’s condition worsened. Cindy was moved to Kingston General Hospital in Ontario where Jim was in the ICU. Jim was awakened and told that his wife was in the next room.

One evening Jim pulled out his tubes during a bad dream. With papers signed saying doctors could not reintubate him, he was running out of time. Doctors wheeled him into Cindy’s room to say a final goodbye to her.

While she was still heavily sedated, Jim held her hand for the last time. One of their sons captured the moment on film, while the other “watched from afar” and cried “like a baby.”

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Image Credit: Imgur/Mininni

Hours later, on May 4th, Jim passed away. Their son Chris told Metro:

“My mum was sedated in that picture, which is why we had to wait to do the service for my dad until yesterday because she never got to properly say goodbye.”

“The first question she asked when she woke up was “where’s dad?” – she knew instantly.”

Heartbroken, she did find some comfort in seeing the photo and knowing her beloved Jim was able to see her one last time and say his goodbye. Now at home recovering, her son Chris reports, “I know that if my dad wanted to be remembered at all, it would’ve been for loving my mum.”

He shared the hand-holding image on Reddit, along with his parents’ story.

Chris believes his dad, who quit smoking to no avail after his first lung cancer diagnosis, would tell others, “Don’t smoke cigarettes if you value your life.”

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She Lost 200 Pounds but Her ‘Journey to Health’ Wasn’t Complete. Look at Her Now.

25-year-old Simone Anderson has had one heck of a weight loss journey.

She weighed as much as 372 pounds until she underwent a surgical procedure that removed much of that excess weight. Exercise and healthy eating habits helped to remove the rest.

Anderson slimmed down more than 200 pounds and became a viral star, thanks to her many videos and Instagram photos.

Week 88 Update From 169kg (372 pounds) to 77kg (169 pounds) – a total loss of 92kg (202 pounds) – I'm 181cm tall (5"11). For the who are seeing my journey for the first time this is over the course of just over one year and eight months, I began my journey on August 29th 2014 then had Gastric Sleeve Surgery on October 29th 2014 – I have completely changed my lifestyle, diet and exercise. I am thirty three weeks post opp abdominoplasty, bra line backlift, breast lift & augmentation by @drrepta_plasticsurgery (so basically most of my lose skin has been removed apart from that on my upper thighs and bottom). For those that will ask sports bra is from @hardyfitnessandfashion pants & shoes are @nikewomen To find out more indepth infornation on my journey and tips head to www.journeytohealth.co.nz

A photo posted by Journey To Health (@simone_anderson) on May 5, 2016 at 2:11am PDT

However, she wasn’t finished.

When people lose a lot of weight, they often have excess skin around their body, which can be seen as unsightly to some.

Simone wanted to get rid of that excess skin to complete her transformation.

So excited to celebrate my stunning friend @chantelle_allonby birthday with her this evening! Earrings/dress are @kookai_australia

A photo posted by Journey To Health (@simone_anderson) on May 13, 2016 at 11:47pm PDT

Simone Anderson underwent even more medical procedures. This time, to remove that excess skin, a nine-hour process, and a breast augmentation.

The end result?

A transformation so stark that many people online didn’t even believe it was her.

She shut up the haters, though, with even more Instagram images.

I don't no why but every single comment that called me out for being fake and a liar really bothered me far more than it should. I think it's because it took hours of crying and debating whether to share my story online and for others to see, posting the first picture online along with my weight for the world to see what the hardest thing I have ever done. Throughout my whole journey I have tried to be so honest about the whole experience and tell people it exactly as it's happened so to be called a fake hurt a lot. And then when it came to posting about my lose skin well that was equally as tough. So here we go I hope this helps all the "non believers" – my face uncovered, yes my hair and eyebrows are a different colour as I'm going back to blonde, yes I have changed my phone from Samsung to apple and have moved house so the background has changed (it has been 11 months people, things change!), my skin colour varies in every single post as I get a spray tan once a week on a Thursday and often change the depth of the colour I get depending on what event I have that weekend, yes I have lose skin and stretch marks but I don't feel the need to show them in every single photo I post online, I have shared my excess skin picture before so if you had bothered to click on my page you would have seen it and as for my ears changing in appearance?! Well I can't see that haha so who the hell knows!!! Maybe weight changes ears lol. Hope this helps 😀 now lost 85.7 GO ME!

A photo posted by Journey To Health (@simone_anderson) on Jul 12, 2015 at 4:54pm PDT

She said that the comments accusing her of being a liar really bothered her:

“I don’t know why but every single comment that called me out for being fake and a liar really bothered me far more than it should,” she wrote.

“Throughout my whole journey I have tried to be so honest about the whole experience and tell people it exactly as it’s happened so to be called a fake hurt a lot.”

She spoke to Daily Mail about her decision to undergo the lengthy procedure to remove excess skin.

Girls dinner with my favs @chantelle_allonby @whatmaloriemade @lucyjanehopkins @isabellavanheusden

A photo posted by Journey To Health (@simone_anderson) on May 20, 2016 at 12:17am PDT

Anderson said it wasn’t due to sensitivity over her looks:

“When I was sports training I would need to wear compression pants under sports tights to keep it all in place and stop it from bouncing up and down.

It would rub and cause bleeding under the skin and I would get belly button infections, it was just incredibly uncomfortable.”

Simone Anderson is a hair and makeup artist and has stated she plans on spending a lot of time this summer in a bikini.

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One of Chick-fil-A’s Biggest Competitors Just Revealed Why Being Conservative Helps Them Dominate the Chicken World

Take a look at the numbers and it’s easy to see why Chick-fil-A is said to be “dominating” the fast-food industry.

In 2014 alone, the chain pulled in an average of $3.1 million per restaurant, leaving competitors like McDonald’s — which came in at $2.5 million — far behind.

It’s a feat all the more impressive considering that Chick-fil-A isn’t even available in every U.S. state — not to mention its history of sometimes inciting controversy.

Now, KFC, the former biggest name in fast fried chicken, is taking a look at why exactly they’ve fallen so far behind their rival — pulling in just $960,000 per restaurant in 2014 — and have come to some eye-opening conclusions.

In addition to Chick-fil-A’s incredibly strict approval process when it comes to new franchise owners, KFC’s Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Hochman has another opinion on why the famously Christian-friendly chain is able to operate with such high levels of success.

As Hochman tells Business Insider:

“I don’t necessarily subscribe to their religious beliefs, or their beliefs about the world, but I think they find owners that are religious bent [who] tend to be more conservative. They can make sure that procedures get followed.

I think that’s a competitive advantage for them. I don’t know if it’s an advantage I would want, but it’s certainly working for them from a business standpoint.”

While it doesn’t seem likely that KFC will be turning over a new religious leaf anytime soon, that isn’t to say they’re giving up the chase — recently launching a brand overhaul known as the “Re-Colonelization.”

Recognizing that its operations have “been broken for a long time” — as Hochman says — the company has announced plans to redesign 70% of stores in the next 3 years.

It also intends to retrain all of its employees, recalibrate all of its fryers, and even add personal touches like blackboards that list the in-house cook of the day and which regional farm their chicken has come from.

Still, KFC has its work cut out for them if they intend to outpace Chick-fil-A’s reputation, which has been widely recognized both officially — earning a spot in the 2015 Customer Service Hall of Fame and receiving first place in the 2016 Customer Choice Awards, for example — and by everyday patrons alike:

So whether it’s Chick-fil-A’s customer service, food quality — which even KFC execs admit score as “excellent” — or the company’s core values that keep hungry Americans coming back, it’s clear its doing something right.

Now, only time will tell whether or not KFC and its “Re-Colonelization” has what it takes to topple the current fast-food, fried chicken king.

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Pat Robertson’s Controversial Solution for Addicts Has Some Christians Questioning His Commitment to the Bible

Televangelist Pat Robertson (“The 700 Club”) has never been one to shy away from controversy. Earlier this year, he claimed that women in the military were “50 Shades of Grey” masochists, and he recently said that addicts were “slaves to vegetables.”

But then a woman emailed “The 700 Club” about a medical crisis in her home state of Massachusetts:

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

The woman, identified only as “Paulette,” claimed that addicts were intentionally overdosing near hospitals so that they could then get the Narcan-induced-high for free. That left the hospitals overwhelmed when other patients needed care and couldn’t afford it.

Robertson’s response was to quote the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 3:10:

“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

And then Robertson shared his interpretation, saying:

“It doesn’t say, ‘If anyone is not willing to work, let him go to the nearest soup kitchen and the government will pick up the tab.’”

He said that, in order to show “tough love,” addicts who refused to either work or get help and simply drained the system should be allowed by the state to starve:

“If these people are out…drugging themselves…let them starve. I know it sounds harsh, but that’s the way it’s got to be.”

The response via social media has been harsh as well – toward Robertson:

And many questioned how “Christian” his comments were:

But one raised another very important point:

Robyn Pennacchia, who penned the response to Robertson for Wonkette, spoke to her mother about the issue. Her mother just happens to work as a certified drug counselor. Pennacchia writes:

“After a festive series of expletives, she told me that not only is starving drug addicts not a particularly good way to get them to go clean (shocker!) and that Robertson has ‘no grasp at all of addiction, period,’ but also that the real problem is not actually addicts who refuse to get clean and are a ‘drain on the system.’

Because addiction is a disease, and just as deserving of medical treatment as any other medical condition.

The harder thing, she says, is finding beds in rehab centers, for those who do want to get clean, but who are not celebrity drug addicts ‘like prominent Christian Rush Limbaugh.’

‘BEDS ARE LIKE GOLD. They’re like gold,’ she said. Then, after we hung up, she texted me ‘More rehab spaces is key! For initial detox and follow up treatment. And for everyone, not just the lucky ones!’”

And she has a point. As far back as 2000, medical personnel and law enforcement have noted that drug issues are complicated by shortages of inpatient beds, drug counselors, and rehab clinics.

And while blaming addicts for the strain on the system may be convenient, a number of other factors – such as stagnant wages and soaring insurance prices – could also be adversely affecting the number of patients who require low or no cost medical care for non drug-related issues.

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Hillary Still Working Gender Card, But From a Different Angle

Hillary the Unaccomplished is still playing the gender card. At this point, that’s all she has left in the campaign. She’s been in the public eye for years, but name recognition is not the same as being qualified for the job of president.

Since she saw Barack Obama use the race card so victoriously in 2008 (and even 2012), I’m sure Hillary believed the gender card would be as warmly received. Currently, she attempts to pass herself off as a humble public servant to women in the United States. It’s revolting.

The Wife of Bill Clinton began her campaign talking about how one of her merits is that she’s a female. In July 2015, CNN reported her statements on gender at a campaign stop:

“Clearly, I’m not asking people to vote for me simply because I’m a woman. I’m asking people to vote for me on the merits,” Clinton said.

Then she directly addressed gender, adding: “I think one of the merits is I am a woman. And I can bring those views and perspectives to the White House.”

Vote for her based on merits alone! But remember, her biologically determined gender, which she had no control over, is actually one of those merits. Not sure how that works.

Now the tune has changed slightly to appear more selfless and martyr-like. She’s willing to take the heat from those who oppose her and her gender, because she cares so much.

Her “deal me in” announcement, for things which have already been proven not to be a crisis (disparity in pay based on sexism), or things like child care (hardly the government’s job), is a weak attempt to appear the doting grandmother. She’s here to help, and will even take all the harsh criticism because she’s the female leader you’ve been waiting for! This is amusing considering her very public, privileged, pampered life gives her no recent perspective on what it means to be a middle-class woman/mother in America.

Hillary, who is only reaching that fabled glass ceiling by standing on her husband’s career, lacks actual accomplishments. Her life is plagued by scandal. Her campaign, once considered inevitable, is trying to hold its own against an aging Socialist on her own side, and a juvenile reality star on the other. What’s left in her arsenal? The tired old gender card, this time deployed from an angle from which she says “I’ll take it all on my shoulders.”

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BOOM: Disney Responds to VA Secretary’s Comments About Measuring Wait Times

On Monday the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Robert Donald commented that Disney doesn’t concern itself with its wait time for rides, and the VA shouldn’t be judged by theirs either.

“When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience? And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind of measure.”

Benny Johnson of Independent Journal reached out to Disney to get their comments about Donald’s take on their wait lines, and unsurprisingly, didn’t take it lying down.

According to Johnson, a Disney spokesperson responded with:

“What the Secretary said was factually untrue. We take wait times very seriously. We continually push the boundaries to give our guests the best experience possible. A large team of highly trained industrial engineers are tasked with improving our guest’s experiences, from transportation, to guest flow, to ride comfort and certainly wait times.

One of the things we take great pride in is if you have a wait time at our parks, your wait is enjoyable. We call this the Disney Difference. We recently remodeled the Dumbo ride, doubling its size and adding a Big Top area for families waiting for the ride. This area is a huge, interactive, air conditioned area for children to play in and where adults can relax with a buzzer they receive that notifies them when their spot is ready on the ride.

And added:

If you wait at the Haunted Mansion there are musical tombstones that will sing to you. There is a flowing honey wall at the Winnie the Poo ride. We designed animated crabs for The Little Mermaid waiting area which will interact with you and play games while you wait.

We take every facet of the guest experience very seriously. If you have to wait, you should have fun while doing it.”

When Johnson asked why Donald felt it necessary to use Disney parks for comparisons to the VA, the Disney spokesperson responded with this:

“I’m not sure. This company was founded by veterans. Roy Disney was an officer in the U.S. Navy and Walt drove an ambulance in France assisting service members directly after WWI.”

The VA isn’t remotely in the ballpark of the efficiency and customer care that Disney gives to its guests. Furthermore, no one dies waiting in line for the Dumbo ride, as many of our veterans do waiting for something as simple as a blood test.

Our veterans have more luck going on the Haunted Mansion ride than they do getting a simple X-ray done. Perhaps the VA could take a page out of Disney’s book instead of trying to compare themselves to them.

Hats off to Disney and Benny Johnson.

 

 

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BOOM: Disney Responds to VA Secretary’s Comments About Measuring Wait Times

On Monday the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Robert Donald commented that Disney doesn’t concern itself with its wait time for rides, and the VA shouldn’t be judged by theirs either.

“When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience? And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind of measure.”

Benny Johnson of Independent Journal reached out to Disney to get their comments about Donald’s take on their wait lines, and unsurprisingly, didn’t take it lying down.

According to Johnson, a Disney spokesperson responded with:

“What the Secretary said was factually untrue. We take wait times very seriously. We continually push the boundaries to give our guests the best experience possible. A large team of highly trained industrial engineers are tasked with improving our guest’s experiences, from transportation, to guest flow, to ride comfort and certainly wait times.

One of the things we take great pride in is if you have a wait time at our parks, your wait is enjoyable. We call this the Disney Difference. We recently remodeled the Dumbo ride, doubling its size and adding a Big Top area for families waiting for the ride. This area is a huge, interactive, air conditioned area for children to play in and where adults can relax with a buzzer they receive that notifies them when their spot is ready on the ride.

And added:

If you wait at the Haunted Mansion there are musical tombstones that will sing to you. There is a flowing honey wall at the Winnie the Poo ride. We designed animated crabs for The Little Mermaid waiting area which will interact with you and play games while you wait.

We take every facet of the guest experience very seriously. If you have to wait, you should have fun while doing it.”

When Johnson asked why Donald felt it necessary to use Disney parks for comparisons to the VA, the Disney spokesperson responded with this:

“I’m not sure. This company was founded by veterans. Roy Disney was an officer in the U.S. Navy and Walt drove an ambulance in France assisting service members directly after WWI.”

The VA isn’t remotely in the ballpark of the efficiency and customer care that Disney gives to its guests. Furthermore, no one dies waiting in line for the Dumbo ride, as many of our veterans do waiting for something as simple as a blood test.

Our veterans have more luck going on the Haunted Mansion ride than they do getting a simple X-ray done. Perhaps the VA could take a page out of Disney’s book instead of trying to compare themselves to them.

Hats off to Disney and Benny Johnson.

 

 

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