Saturday, July 7, 2018

I Love Kismet

So, I was reading Ecclesiastes 9:17 this morning and gotta say thank you God for writing such a very, very great book and without ghostwriters.

The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

And then I went on to read Jack Holmes who also, I presume, does not use ghostwriters. 

If you're keeping score at home, the President of the United States just managed to combine disrespect for Native Americans with disrespect for women to form a crude sort of anti-joke story, which was of course met by customary sneers and jeers from the Real Americans in the audience.

And from Liz Warren who I'm also going to go out on a limb and say does not use ghostwriters. 

Hey, @realDonaldTrump: While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order. Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you're destroying.

People who are not authoritarian cult followers of Donald Trump would see that as a burn. 

Also at the Montana rally of fools, hey blame Solomon he said it, the guy who does use ghostwriters declared that Putin is "fine" after trashing two men, McCain and HW Bush, who despite their flaws are better than Trump could ever dream of being. He is, however, a wonderful ruler of fools.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Vile Attacks and Such

Response to John Sharkey letter:

I'm responding to John Sharkey's letter about the "verbal attacks on President Trump and his family." It seems like with Evangelical pastors surrounding Mr. Trump he'd have heard about reaping what you sow. Space prohibits listing all the people he's maligned. Let's just go with his years of pushing the idea Barack Obama wasn't born in the U.S. He may still believe that and, if he does, likely a majority of his Republican followers do also. Folks can decide for themselves the degree of racism inherent in birtherism.

What's undeniably racist is the e-mail, sent by Carl Paladino with African tribesmen dancing, entitled "Obama Inauguration Rehearsal." He sent many that can't be described here. The ones about Michelle Obama are truly disgusting. The Obamas were grace and dignity in the White House and didn't deserve this hatred. Of all the people Mr. Sharkey mentioned, Rep. Waters is the only elected Democrat. Who knows the affiliations of the others? Oh, and Mr. Paladino? He was the Republican candidate for governor in 2010 and ran the Trump campaign in 2016 in New York.

I don't understand why Tedra Cobb should randomly rebuke disparagers  of the Trumps. Should Rep. Stefanik rebuke Paladino, Roseanne and Ted Nugent? She did support the Trump candidacy. He has a National Security Adviser, foreign policy adviser and deputy campaign manager who've all pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.  His campaign chairman is behind bars, with bail revoked, awaiting trial. His attorney in charge of mistress payouts (and go-between with Russians) is destined for turning state's evidence or prison. Since our congresswoman and the president are so close, maybe she should rebuke him. I'm missing the degrees of separation between Tedra Cobb and Peter Fonda, though. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Sleep More

Maybe we can sleep away the Trump years. Well, that's one advantage. The nice thing about being retired is being able to do things like trying to sleep more. I'm about halfway through Matthew Walker's very enjoyable book on "Why We Sleep." I've had a Fitbit for awhile that measures sleep and the time spent in various stages of it.

If you have time to spend watching it, here's a longish clip. If you were hoping to doze off you probably won't have much luck. He's very engaging.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Comforting Words From Josh Marshall

I tend to be something of an eternal optimist myself. As a Democrat in upstate NY it's a helpful ethos since defeats are so common.

We can lie down. We can stand up. We can walk forward. For my part, I can’t think the future is on the side of the American right when the man who now embodies is it is so consistently unpopular. But I will walk forward regardless.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Seriously Bookmarked

Great editorial post by Josh Marshall blowing up two Trumpian lies.

Sarah Sanders just again complained that Democrats support “open borders and rampant crime” that she claims comes with “open borders.” These are straight up lies, so blatant and frequently repeated that I thought it was important to provide links here which can allow anyone who is willing to state and repeat the actual facts again and again and again.

This is my form of bookmarking. Thanks Josh. Wonderful!