Monday, October 9, 2017

Not a Good Night


There's a Facebook page called "Purple Clover" that posts some of my favorite memes in all the internet.  Most of them make me laugh out loud, and I "share"" them with wild abandon.  I shared this one, too.  Not because it made me laugh, but because it struck VERY close to home.  Particularly last night.   

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pandering to the Base

It occurred to me today, after a couple of forays into the Facebook Comments Jungle, that Hillary Clinton's defeat last November demonstrates clearly that American voters WANT to be pandered to.  Lie to us.  Please.  We don't care about what's possible or feasible.  Throw us those big, puffed-up catch phrases and feel-good slogans and we'll latch on like piglets to a hog's teat.

I honestly think that the reason Mrs. Clinton had such a hard time "connecting" with voters is that she was under the direly mistaken impression that people wanted to hear real answers to real concerns. The poor fool squandered precious time crafting policy and solutions, time that she SHOULD have spent pandering to "the base." She SHOULD have promised the pie-in-the-sky progressive utopia that she knew had no chance in hell of ever becoming reality--like Bernie Sanders did. She SHOULD have promised that energy and steel and mill and manufacturing jobs would all be forced to come back, and the disappearing middle class would rise again--like Trump did.


Instead, having some insight into how the office of President actually functioned, she tried to present the issues and the solutions as she knew they might possibly even come about, given how our government does (or does not) work.

But American voters were very clear about what kind of "reality" they were on board with...and it wasn't the kind Hillary Clinton was offering.

Now we have to live with the reality we chose. 

So... When does the part where America gets "great" again start?

Monday, October 2, 2017

Take a Knee




Another mass shooting by a white man with an arsenal of automatic weapons.  And the media are falling all over themselves to report how "shocked" his family is, and how quiet and normal he was.  Another law-abiding white citizen, who checked into a hotel with 23 firearms.

I can't help but compare this to the way the media scramble to dig up dirt about young black men who are killed or maimed by law enforcement...any excuse to label them criminals or "thugs."  Failing that, there's the fall-back position:  "THEY should have (surrendered, fallen down on their knees with hands up, complied with officers' frantically screamed instructions...)

For the fifty+ dead at the hands of a "nice" white terrorist in Las Vegas last night; for 26 at Sandy Hook; for Trayvon, and Tamir; for countless others mass murdered with weapons of war in the hands of "quiet" white men...or killed, maimed or abused by authorities because of the color of their skin; for the society that has allowed such carnage and injustice...

Take a knee.


Playing With Boy Toys

How to get the 400# roof back up on your "free" gazebo without putting yourself and/or your spouse in the hospital:



Sunday, October 1, 2017

October!



Friday, September 29, 2017

Seriously Delusional

 


White House Economic Advisor Gary Cohn Says That With an Extra $1000 in Tax Savings, a Family Could Buy a Car or Renovate a Kitchen

In the Bush years, it was $400, and we were all supposed to rush out and buy a new TV for Christmas.

Now, it's $1k (and they say there's no inflation...!)--maybe--and we can go out and buy a car or renovate our kitchen!

(I guess we'll just have to finance the rest--$20k?  $40k?--at usury interest rates...for the rest of our lives.)

The GOP has gone from out-of-touch to delusional in less than a decade.

Maybe we can pony up that "extra" $1k for a new second-hand couch to put on our front porch.

SMDH...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

14 Years...



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Time For Fear



 
Human beings developed the technology to annihilate the earth in the 1940's.  For more than 70 years, we have somehow managed to avoid ending ourselves and our planet.  Our one hope to avoid Armageddon has been the reasonable caution of sane leaders.  Our greatest fear:  that some crazy person, some insane asshole who sees through the eyes of one maddened by power, would get control of the switch.

Having personally lived my entire life under the shadow of the mushroom cloud, I know how easy it is to compartmentalize the fear of total annihilation...how to hog-tie it and stuff it far into the back of one's mind.  Not to do so has hardly seemed a choice...to live with that kind of fear right in front of us, every day, would surely drive us mad. 

But now...NOW is the time to bring that fear front and center.  We need it to motivate us to act against the crazy man in the Oval Office who might just hit that button.
Thinking he won't, or can't, could be the end of us all.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Finally!


Surely it was yesterday that I was sweltering in the smoky doldrums of late summer, longing for autumn, cool and colorful...and wincing when I realized it was still August and I would be stuck with crackling heat and dust for another month.

And yet, this morning it's full-blown fall, with juncoes and sparrows, doves and jays squabbling over seeds under the feeders; while the spiral notes of crane calls and discordant symphonies of goose barking waft over the channel from the east.

I feel as if I have come home.  Or, perhaps more accurately, home has come back to me.

October is definitely my favorite color...!    

Monday, September 11, 2017

Choose Love

It's that anniversary again. 

The one upon which every person who would like to identify as a "good" American posts images of flags, or smoking towers, or firemen, or two bright lights piercing the night sky where two brick-and-mortar towers used to stand...

...emblazoned with the words, "Never forget."

I've made no secret of my opinion of that sentiment, especially in regard to this event  in particular, this event that everyone rabidly wants to never forget.  I was prepared to go into great detail about WHY I loathe the very words, and certainly the fear, hatred and ultra-nationalism that inspires them. 

But I realized I have already written that essay.  Four years ago.

You can find it here:

Never Forget? 

I will add this to my list of things we should never forget:

Take one look at the state of our national government, at who sits behind the desk in the Oval Office, at who controls the do-nothing Congress, at the deep and deepening divide between political ideologies in America...and never forget that THIS is the result of the actions of morally bankrupt leaders exploiting a national tragedy to accomplish their own corrupt agenda. 

The politics of fear.

The politics of hate.

The politics of  "I got mine."

The politics of division.

Bin Laden, damn his soul to perdition, did indeed all but destroy this country on that day 16 years ago.

So I'll not be admonishing anyone to "never forget" in the conventionally accepted sense of those words.

But I will share this sentiment that a friend shared on Facebook, which I find represents exactly how this anniversary should be treated: