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The South Carolina Primary was as exciting for me to watch as this season’s Super Bowl game. (Yes, I can hear people screaming “GET A LIFE.”) And … this time … my team won.

I sat glued to the T.V. set Saturday evening, and stayed connected to my closest Facebook friends who share the moniker … “Trumpian.” Finally, as much as it must have crushed Fox News, Megyn Kelly … with a pasty-white-faced … pained expression … announced Donald J. Trump as the clear winner of the South Carolina Primary.

Not one for being … “subtle in expression” … I gleefully let out my “sounds of celebration” which could probably be heard throughout my local neighborhood and certain areas of Social Media. The “Trumpian Call” was heard by other Trumpians … and the sounds of celebration echoed through-out Facebook and Twitter.

But, just like in this season’s Super Bowl game … not everyone was happy. Even those who wanted Trump to win South Carolina, were concerned about being seen as “gloating” over Mr. Trump’s successful win.

I thought about that for about … 5 seconds … and profoundly responded …. “Naaah.”

Of course, I can only speak for myself. I actually looked up the meaning in the dictionary to make sure that the word … gloat … like so many other words, in today’s culture, had not changed in meaning. Sure enough “to gloat” means “to dwell on one’s own success or one’s misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure.” Perhaps when one is upset at a loss, it is easy to mistake the winning side’s joy … for smugness. And, people who know me know that I do not dwell, maliciously, on other people’s losses or misfortunes. My football buddies, I think, would vouch for me on this.

I, for one was celebrating. I was celebrating Donald J. Trump. From the moment he announced he was running, this last June, he has been called a clown, a buffoon, and much worse. The media even made fun of his hair. I celebrate Mr. Trump for standing tall, hair in place, and not being intimidated by a media press that has been attacking him from day one.

I celebrate Mr. Trump for being the victor when being hit with sarcasm, and unwarranted attacks, by standing firm and hitting back… and … so much harder. (This is the kind of President that I want in the White House.)

I celebrate Mr. Trump for showing his sincerity and love of this country by being self-funded. No one owns this man. None of the other candidates can say this.

I celebrate this man for proving that he is every bit the businessman on the Campaign trail, as he is in real estate … by spending less on his campaign, at this point, and yet, being the top candidate.

I celebrate the fact that no one, in history has done what Donald J Trump has managed to do in just eight short months, and without ever being in politics in any capacity beforehand.

So yes, I celebrated Mr. Trump’s successful win in the South Carolina Primary. And, I will continue to celebrate each … and every … win. And so, to those who misunderstand … please excuse my “gloat”, because … I was only … celebrating.


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Debbie Barth: 2/22/2016 at 3:32 pm EST
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Once upon a time, there was a little house that stood between two huge buildings. And … it stood … and it stood. And … it went to court to prove … that it could.

But to hear Ted Cruz tell the story … the big bad wolf (Donald Trump), blew that little house down and the little old lady inside … lost her home.

Now … for the adults in the room … here is the real story.

Ted Cruz would have you believe that Trump had a little old lady’s house torn down via eminent domain, and that she was left homeless … all, for the sake of building parking lots for limousines.

The true story is that she … Vera Coking … and her husband bought the home for $20,000.

Nine years later, she was offered 1M from Bob Guccione (Penthouse magazine publisher). She turned that down.

He (Bob Guccione) built his casino around her house. However, he eventually ran out of money. That was in the 70s.

Then in 1993 … Enter Trump. When Coking refused to sell to Trump, the city of Atlantic City condemned her house, using the power of eminent domain. Her designated compensation was to be $251,000. The Courts ruled in Coking’s favor. SHE WAS NEVER FORCED TO LEAVE HER HOME.. She did, however, eventually move to an assisting living facility, to be closer to her grandson.
Her grandson eventually tried to sell the house, putting it on the market in 2011 with an initial asking price of $5 million. The price was reduced to $1 million, but it still did not sell. The property was finally sold for $530,000, at auction.
This is the true story.

There was no “poor” widowed woman, who was forced out of her home. In my opinion, had she been a smart business woman, she would have taken the money offered, initially, bought a much nicer home, and put the rest of the money into her savings. But, that was her choice, and only her choice to make. And, the court also sided with her, so she stayed in her home.
What is being left out of this story is the amount of jobs that were not had because she would not sell. And, the amount of revenue that would have come back to the city, had she sold.

No matter what one thinks of Trump. (He has spoken the truth and made no apologies.) or what one thinks of eminent domain (keep in mind, those of you that are in favor of the Keystone pipeline … eminent domain will play a big part) … it cannot be disputed that Cruz did accuse Trump of running a little old lady out of her home in order to build parking spaces for limousines, on prime-time television.

The only thing that got built here … was one big fabrication … by Ted Cruz.


Feb 1, 2016 @ 15:53

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My references:

” IN BRIEF; Follow-Ups: Judge Rejects Property Seizure”. The New York Times, July 26, 1998. Accessed December 5, 2007.
Nelson, I. Rose (1998). “Court Condemns Casino Condemnations”. The Gambling and the Law. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
Herszenhorn, David M. (July 21, 1998). “Widowed Homeowner Foils Trump in Atlantic City”, The New York Times. Accessed December 5, 2007.
“Penthouse Casino.jpg”. The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
Wittkowski, Wittkowski, Donald (August 28, 2011). “Empty Atlantic City boarding home near casinos selling for $5 million”. The Press of Atlantic City. Accessed August 28, 2011.
Cohen, Lauren (September 24, 2013). “Asking price drops on house Vera Coking refused to sell to Trump”. The Press of Atlantic City.
V Chaban, Matt A. (31 July 2014). “Luster Lost, Atlantic City Home is Auctioned for $530,000”. The New York Times. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
Matt A.V. Chaban (July 21, 2014). “A Homeowner’s Refusal to Cash Out in a Gambling Town Proves Costly”. The New York Times. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
“Public Power, Private Gain: The Abuse of Eminent Domain”. Institute for Justice. Retrieved 2008-04-02.