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They Went There

This morning on “Morning Joe” Joe and Mika and their buddies actually discussed out loud whether Trump is mentally ill. Admittedly they had plenty of evidence, including Trump’s saying that Andrew Jackson should have prevented the Civil War. (If only, I add, Jackson hadn’t died sixteen years before the war began).

But that remark can be chalked up to Trump’s ignorance of history, as he is of much else. Less easy to dismiss is the rambling syntax and broken sentences that increasingly mark Trump’s language.



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James Madison Rolls In His Grave

Politico reports that Trump’s approval numbers have risen since he became president-elect (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/donald-trump-popular-poll-231694).

Their survey also shows this:  “More than half of the respondents had never heard of, or had no opinion, about Trump’s chief of staff Priebus, chief strategist Bannon or Sessions, the Alabama senator who is Trump’s pick for attorney general.”

One wonders if those who “don’t know” who these people are would change their “favorable” or “mostly favorable” ratings if they did know. And how many of the respondents who “have no opinion” gave Trump a favorable rating nonetheless. How can anyone “have no opinion” about, for example, the former editor of Breitbart News, an avowed Leninist, racist, misogynist, and supporter Neo-Nazism?  Bannon is nothing if not controversial. How in HELL can anyone “have no opinion” about him?

Yeah I know. These same folks disdain my “elitism.” But at least I’m curious enough to find out what’s coming. People who voted for Trump and who are now giving him favorable ratings are in for an awful shock when they discover that granny’s health insurance and their social security accounts have been disappeared, that their jobs aren’t coming back, that there will be no improvements to infrastructure, no wall, and their kids are hip deep in a war in the middle east.

I wonder how they will rate Trump’s presidency then? That is, if news outlets are still around to ask them.

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Sassy waits for birds to show up for their morning seedfest on the back porch

My last post garnered exactly zero readers. That’s what I get for failing to post more often. OTOH, I am still read in some quarters. Or at least purchased. A royalty statement from a publisher shows that one brave soul recently bought a copy of a book I published in 1998.  And it has been available free on their website for several years.

Thanks, serious hands-on-preferring book reader, wherever in the world you are.

What will eighty-five cents in royalties buy these days?  A cheap beer?

I tried to watch the veep debate last night. I really did. But as soon as Pence began spouting Thug talking points (as soon as he opened his mouth, actually) I had to turn it off because nausea set in. This morning pundits are trying to save the horse race by claiming that Pence won. But the clips I’ve seen show a substantive, if rowdy, performance by Kaine. The twitterverse apparently agreed, thus informing Chris Matthews that his trademark snap judgements are no longer the only game in town.

Pence’s former colleagues in Congress called him “Mike Dense.” Which poses an interesting chicken-and-egg problem: are the less intellectually gifted among us attracted to Christianism? Or does professing Christianism cause one to descend into the stupids?  Women who lasted until the end of the debate heard Pence declare that they can’t be trusted to make their own reproductive decisions. In Dense-world, such decisions must be left to God’s daddy-substitutes here on earth–men just like Pence, one presumes.


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Get A Clue, Bub

Just heard a young thing (male) on the teevee say of Hillary Clinton:  “nobody wants to vote for her.”

I’ve been othered by masters of the art and so I know a privileged prick when I hear one.

I am not amused. Nor, I suspect, were the millions of people (women) who support Clinton.


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Thank You, Goddess!


Will wonders never cease? The Arizona Republic just endorsed Hillary!

“Since The Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. This reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles.

This year is different.

The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified.

That’s why, for the first time in our history, The Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president.”

You can read the rest at http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2016/09/27/hillary-clinton-endorsement/91198668/.

Their letters page will blow up! Subscriptions will be cancelled! Panic attacks will be had all over the valley!

I doubt this endorsement will move any Phx Thug to vote for HRC. The Repulsive must be betting that the valley’s huge Mormon population will support their decision, even if they don’t act on the recommendation. Mormons are said to detest Trump for his position on Islam, which edges a bit too close to their own history of religious persecution for their comfort.

(Margot Yvy’s image depicts Minerva, the goddess of wisdom.)


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I had great hopes for last night’s so-called “Commander-in-Chief” interviews with the Presidential candidates. After it was over I added that hope to a pile of others that have been crushed by real life.

Matt Lauer wasted the first ten minutes of Hillary’s interview by asking her about the e-mails. As if the e-mails have anything to do with military and strategic issues. He repeatedly interrupted her as she tried to answer his questions in the level of detail required by their seriousness, talking over her again and again as she tried to finish a point.

Not so Trump. Lauer allowed him to blather along without interruption even though nothing Trump said made any sense or had any connection to reality.

Can anyone still think gender doesn’t matter? Will Hillary have to put up with this crap when she becomes President? If so, I think she should assign a secret service agent (preferably female) to take aside any reporter who interrupts her in order to impart a little lesson on real-politick.




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The Clinton Rules



Yep, it’s been awhile since I posted but I’m still here.

This is my favorite pic of Hillary, taken while she endured eleven hours of mindless grilling about Benghazi from Rethugs on the House oversight committee. Which proved to be yet another nothingburger ginned up by her enemies. These piles of aery substance date back to Bill’s presidency, when he was accused of running drugs through a tiny airport in Arkansas. I kid you not.

Then there was Vince Foster, and Whitewater, and the vandalism supposedly done to the White House when the Clintons left it. All nothingburgers.

The Clinton Rules dictate that anything the Clintons do must be read by the press as suspicious. Famously, she used a private server when she was Sec/State, just as Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice had done before her. Powell is now denying that he suggested to Hillary that she also use a private server, and the press has taken his word for it rather than hers. I want to shout at my teevee:  “And you’d rather believe a man who lied to the UN in order to get us into a war of choice?”

And now the AP is trying to make something out of the e-mails dredged up by the FBI and leaked by members of Congress.Which amount to another nothingburger. (If you don’t believe me, read Matt Iglesias’s take at Vox, which ably dispels the wishful thinking in the AP piece). (http://www.vox.com/2016/8/24/12630586/ap-response-clinton-foundation).

Now the press is crying for the Clintons to “shut down” their Foundation. As if this were even possible. James Carville pointed out all over the teevee dial yesterday that if they close down the Foundation people will die–people to whom the Foundation delivers AIDS meds, food and clean water, and other medications. As Carville put it, the job of the foundation is to take money from rich people and give it to poor people.

Is that maybe why the Beltway pundits hate the Clintons?

Now Trump is about to go on trial for fraud, and he is playing fast and loose with his campaign funds (demonstrated, for example, by his failure to donate money he raised for veterans TO veterans). Do these issues and the other fishy Trump deals (like not paying people who work for him) get equal time in the smear machine? Nope.

I could go on but Goddess all of this is tiring. Sometimes I wonder how the Clintons manage to get up and go to work every morning, knowing that anything they say or do will probably generate bad press for them.

But Hillary is both tough and smart, and she sure is resilient. This afternoon she gave a barn-burner of a speech about Trump’s racist screeds.With any luck, that–along with his about-face on his immigration policy–will suck up all the air/space for awhile.

PS: Sassy is doing well. I remembered that she used to eat the calming food that had been prescribed for Inky, and that she became unable to keep food down shortly after I took her off that food. Put her back on it, and she’s been fine ever since. Seems she had a case of the jitters, or whatever it’s called in Cat.





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