Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fail

I'd laugh at the epic fail of SCROTUSCare™, but you know - I'm kind of waiting for that other shoe to drop.

First off - can you call it a failure when it didn't even come up for a vote?  Oh trust me, I get why it didn't come up for a vote, but still........

See, Dump can still blame the democrats for their lack of support (and he is). If the healthcare bill went up for a vote, he'd have to look to his own party......because the count would be right there for all to see. Since the GOP has the majority and they still couldn't pass the bill, well.............it ain't all the democrats.

And yes, of course the democrats didn't go with Dump on this one. What the fuck is he thinking?

Also, if they actually voted on this: it would be actually be a SCROTUSFailure™.  In pulling the vote, Dump can "claim" he didn't lose. It's all in the details, isn't it?  And that claim he knows the art of the deal, clearly has misrepresented himself.

I have two concerns from this entire event - neither of them minor.

First is SCROTUS himself. His actual ballsy move to say, "I never said I would replace and repeal OmambaCare quickly". 

He knows video exists, right?

Part of me thinks he does not.

My problem (well, to a degree) isn't that he said it. It's that I think he actually believes what he's saying. That whole thing of, "if you say a lie enough times, it becomes the truth".  I believe his "followers" believe it too. I believe all these outrages, all these jaw-dropping moments, are the new normal.

My other problem, of course, is the media. Play the clips (multiple!) where he said he would repeal and replace and call him on it.  Say he is "lying".  Not "mistaken.  Not "an inaccuracy".  Even Pinocchio would be slapping his own forehead in disbelief at this guy.

He. Is. A. Liar!

You know how 'experts' used to say that violent video games have desensitized kids?  These kids are now Dump voters. They're Clinton voters too.  And the problem is if they just go "eh" on this claims time and again, we are all totally fucked.

The second issue is that Tim Price remains in charge at HHS. He has power. He is the biggest detractor to the ACA.  He still can make limits, make it difficult for folks - and he doesn't need Congress to do approve any of it. They gave him that power when the Senate confirmed him as Secretary.

Still, I like this chink in this administrations foundation. Even David Gergen - who has served five presidents (only one a democrat) - speculates this is the worst first 100 Days of any administration. And that includes James Polk's and Millard Fillmore's ..........and most people don't even know they were residents!

I keep hearing 'rurmours' that Dump will resign "in the near future".  It's a nice thought - if improbable. And even if it were true, that means Pence would be in the Oval Office.  So....if you think we're fucked now......just wait.

Could this have been the bigger plan B, post-nomination?



Song by: Depeche Mode

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Better Days

Saturday. Doggie Day. Kitty Day. Best Day.

Creature Comfort. 

Emphasis on the 'creature' part. Such a long tail. 

Shep and Soph awaiting 710's arrival home. 

Shep the cuddler. 

This used to be Sophie's chair. Then Shep took it over. 

In a moment of defiance, Sophie has restaked her claim. 

Shep and his friend Eleanore.  

Her brother, Oliver, no longer gets along with Shep - and / or vice versa. It isn't aggressive play any longer, it's downright hostile. Dan and Suzanne had to put Oliver back in the house. But he and Eleanore played for a while. 



Song by: Guy Clark

Friday, March 24, 2017

I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing

Do you want to know how fucked up this SCROTUS administration is?

It is so fucked-up, that I'm actually rooting for the Koch Brothers!

Never in a kerjillion years (it's an actual timeframe) would I ever consider saying something positive about them: other than, "well, I'm glad they died in that horrific outhouse accident". 

See? I said 'glad' - that's positive, n'est–ce pas?

Seriously, in what world would one ever imagine the Koch Bros. being not just a voice of reason, but using their significant - if usually misdirected - power to oppose the repeal and GOP's replacement of the ACA??

You keep hearing the 'arm twisting' of Dump on the Hill, outwardly stating that he'll "come after" those who don't vote for his health plan.  Then the "joking; not joking' routine.

The Koch's are doing one better - though it's more carrot than stick: they vow to stand by and help fund the campaigns of GOP members who vote against the bill.

In what world does one side with David.....and ummm.....whatever the other named Koch?

Normally, I'd say "never", but if I did, then I'd have just proven myself a liar. So, I'll say "very very very rarely".

Mind you - there is probably evil afoot with those two in ways that have yet to be revealed, but for one shining moment, two men are taking on SCROTUS & Co. Sadly, right now, they might be the only two who can.

Perhaps they'll buy one (or 47) of those House Reps a backbone.

I don't believe all support the Cheeto Prez, but at this point they know he's unhinged and capable of anything - all of it lies, but as we now know has been eerily effective for him. And they're scared of him - which they should be.

We all should be.

Does someone need to start a GoFundMe page for the Koch's?



Song by: the New Seekers

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cooking (?) with Blobby

I can probably count on one hand any advertisement on television (or in print) that has made me want to actually purchase something.

And yet with the advent of the DVR, it's rare I actually see a televised commercial - so the chances are even slimmer for that connection to happen.

Yet Stouffer's had me in intrigued by their 'season wraps'.

Yes, it sounds exactly like what it is: a parchment like paper that has seasoning adhered to it with some palm and sunflower oil.

It becomes like cooking, but not really cooking. You don't quite prepare anything. But it's more than microwaving something.

It's like you're Sandra Lee, without the moronic dinner themes, or the made-up boozy girl-drink she concocts to mask her own alcoholism.

710 came back from the store with two different kinds - so we opted to try the Italian Countryside version. I have no idea if it's northern or southern Italy.

Four "papers" come in a pack - which is good because I had four breasts. 

The chicken breasts must be about 1" in thickness (that's what she said). You can buy them that way or pound your meat.  Yeah - I went there. 

Over low-medium heat, in a skillet you cook for 10 minutes. 
No oil is needed, as the palm and sunflower oil on the parchment is all you must have. 

Flip and cook for another 10 minutes. 

Actually, I thought 20 minutes for such a thin piece of chicken would be overkill - and it was. We stopped early and it was still at 180F - instead of the 160 it should have been. 

The chicken had nice colour and aroma. You can see the herbs came off the paper nicely, infusing the poultry with flavour. 

It plated up nicely.  It seemed just fine - with out all the prep work of seasoning the bird yourself. 



I will say, it felt like we 'cheated' making dinner, but oh well - these last few days I've been back to 12 hour days at the office. And while you save no real cooking time, you do save the prep part - and there's something to be said for that.

If Mike and Peter ever come to Ohio, I'll make them this as dinner and pass it off alone as my own.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Batdance

It was a movie two-fer this last weekend.

We eventually got around to go seeing the LEGO Batman Movie.

Meh.

To be fair, the first time I saw the LEGO Movie, I didn't think much of it. But with repeated (and repeated and repeated) showings on HBO, I found the movie had some charm and it had a story - - even if you have to endure real-life Will Farrell.


The probable highlight in that movie was Will Arnett as Batman.

So when they announced he'd helm the follow-up, it all sounded so promising.

Can I just say, for the first time since I was a toddler at a drive-in, I fucking fell asleep at the movies.

It didn't help that it was a theater with recliners that went all the way back. And it didn't help that the movie didn't truly engage me ever.

Yes, there are LEGOs, but it could have been anything. Unlike the LEGO Movie, until the end, and for only the briefest period of time, do they do anything LEGO driven.....not that it all has to be about the toy......except for the name and the brand.

The story itself was weak and not nearly as clever as the last. And in what universe do you have Ralph Fiennes as the voice of Alfred, and have Voldemort as a character in the movie, yet have it voiced by Eddie Izzard?  Hell - even Laura Kightlinger had multiple character voices.   Oh - and you had Voldemort right there!!!

And is it a little sad that Siri had a bigger role than most everyone but Batman?

Sure the movie had a few funny moments - almost all (if not all) were Arnett's. But I expected way more.

If the folks on Facebook are to be believed, this was a great movie. It's not.

I guess I can reassess after it hits HBO in eight months and when I've seen it 19 more times.



2017 Movie Count / Goal:  04 of 24


Song by: Prince

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

14

Vlog time.

I'm not sure I've had a video since vacation last August!!!

This is for my 14th Bloggiversary.  Oy.

I think in my blog, I state this vlog is at least take two. Take three, now that I think of it. The first one was great, if I say so myself........except that somehow the mic on this Mac is for shit all of the sudden.

So I played with iMovie to try to adjust sound, but it only marginally helped.

Then I switched to my iPhone and was in the midst of a good recording and my boss called....so the video automatically stopped.

Third time is a charm, or so they say.






Song by: Paula Cole

Monday, March 20, 2017

My Music Monday

It turns out I don't know many Irish bands / musicians.

Wait. Correct that.

It turn out I don't know many Irish bands / musicians that I'm down with enough to put them up here.

When it comes to the Cranberries, I can take them or leave them. A decent song can border on the annoying in their hands. They fail, as far as I'm concerned, much more than they succeed.

The one song I truly don't mind is "Promises". I'd like to tell you why, but I honestly don't know. If I had to guess, I'd say it's the guitar work. It's not horribly innovative, but it just does something right.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

a Movie Script Ending

Looking at it now, I should have stuck with a more reasonable number when it came to our 2017 goal. A lesser man might rejigger the numbers and change the goal. I am not that man.

If I fail, I fail - and considering we are only at our third movie of the year, and first in over two months, I'm not horribly optimistic. It hasn't helped that it's been a seemingly weak movie selection time too.

Yesterday we saw the Sense of an Ending.

Whilst you know, I rarely read reviews before seeing a movie, but usually I've heard of the movie or seen a preview. Nada with this one. I just saw Charlotte Rampling, Jim Broadbent and Michelle Dockery Lady Mary, and figured, "eh, how bad can it be?"

It was a book, one I didn't read, so I cannot comment on how it compares, or if it does.

Short review: it's good, not great.

The story technically takes place over a few week period of time, but on another level over a few decades. The director does a good job at playing with time - be it introductory scenes that get played back, only to fill in gaps. Or a brief shot here or there that then gets explained much later in terms of story. Or even a conversation that happened in a class that takes the form of reality later on.

It's really that one conversation that much more subtly spills into later life that, for me, drove the film. I won't say it was adequately addressed, but I won't rule out that I was off base on what the direction truly was.

Broadbent, as always, does a great job. I like Rampling too, though like she was in London Spy - she is cold and has little emotion. Oddly enough not only was Broadbent in London Spy, but so was Edward Holcroft - who played Rampling's character's son.  It seems like there are 37 actors in Britain and they all just cross over into everything.

Matthew Goode is in the movie too - but again, he's one of the 37. But he's always good(e).

I'm sure it is the theater we chose and the times of day we go to the movies, but honestly, we were at least 15 years younger than anyone else.

The Sense of an Ending, as I said, is ok. I wouldn't suggest the need to run out and see it in the theater.


2017 Movie Count / Goal:  03 of 24


Song by: Death Cab for Cutie

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Excited

It was an iffy week for animal pics. I had long long hours, so my time with them was limited, and when it even happened it was 05:00 or later at night. I did what I could - though I never did capture one of Sophie.

Like Pete, Shep is the dog who wouldn't let me take a great pic. 

He was rooting around in the snow with his nose. It was great, but you can't truly see it. 


First thing he does after coming home is to grab his favouite toy (which is saying something, given the number of them): Arnie the Armadillo.  well, that's what I've taken to calling him. 

Shep takes him everywhere!


He grabs Arnie and brings him up to the dressing room. 

...and he brings him up to the sofa to sleep with him. 

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I did snag a quick video of him when I got home and freed him from his crate. It's not his most excited, but it's still fun to watch. 




Song by: Bad Company

Friday, March 17, 2017

the 2nd Law

So there is a story of an Oklahoma GOP senator (state, I'm assuming, no congressional) who was busted in a sleazy motel with an underage boy.

Yawn.

First, things like this happen so often, it borders on cliche.

He'll (I didn't get a name and cannot be bothered to even toggle over to Gooooooogle it) confess he strayed from the Lord, he's sinned, he's been forgiven by Jebus and be welcome back to his house and his job with open arms.

It's a Republican story as old as time.

I feel bad for the kid. Not that he had sex with an older man - I mean, what gay soon-ish to be coming of age kid doesn't have sex with an older man?   What?  It couldn't have just been me, right?

I'm more condemning his choice of man. I haven't seen the kid, but you gotta figure he could do better than that.

So no, none of that part of the story even raised an eyebrow from me.

The (state) senator (and yes, I'm minimizing his importance by saying he's just a state senator, from Oklahoma no less) has broken three laws:  engaging in child prostitution, transporting of a minor for prostitution and the only thing that did raise said eyebrow:

"engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church"

Seriously.

First off, you can't swing a dead hooker without hitting a church every 1,000 feet in Oklahoma. So by that standard, there should really be a lot more arrests in the area of sex-for-money in the Sooner state.

Don't even start me on the sex inside the church......by men......with boys. But to be fair, the law is within 1,000 feet of a church.....not in it.

Admittedly, I haven't read details on this, but the word 'prostitution' comes up a lot - and in each of the charges.

I'm assuming, that the state senator, wasn't the one selling, but the one buying. Which means, the kid was..........selling. Or time sharing. Or leasing his space. Good for him for having an entrepreneurial spirit.

His business model might be off a bit, but assuming he wasn't human trafficked into doing this, he clearly knew what he was doing.  ....and how to make a buck, though it seems doubtful this time that he ever got paid - even up front.

I'll be honest - I think the whole thing wouldn't have hit the lame stream media had it not been for the church angle.

To quote SCROTUS:  "Sad!"



Song by: Muse

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I'm Gone

The Muses are not really here today - or last night, I guess.

They might be here, but I'm not listening. It's been a weird three days of work. A weird two weeks, actually. I'm not normally the optimist - and while it is clearly going to be a rough few months.....or half year....but I'm hoping it brings some new blood into what I'm doing.

I'm hoping the old guard who isn't really interested in producing changes their tune or moves on.

As it is, I'm all business-planned out.  I've done nothing this week that didn't involve revenue enhancement, looking at CPT codes, volumes and work relative value units.

....and you didn't think my job was glamourous.

I guess the joke is on you.


Now I'm off to eat some Girl Scout Cookies.



Song by:  Shawn Colvin

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of

In the ever on-going quest to be pain free, I'm attempting eastern medicine.

Perhaps it's futile for a 50-something man to be pain free. Perhaps this is just my life from here on out.

Remember that time you thought you were young and invincible?  Yes - four Tuesdays ago.

My how time flies.

While I have not eschewed Western medicine to help quell my aches and pains, I have added an Eastern component: acupuncture.

Work has offered eight Mondays of acupuncture and / or massages. It's in a public and group setting, so massage is out for me. It is only a chair massage - and that is the only kind I've had, and even that I don't want it public.

Acupuncture, however, intrigued me. It didn't seem that invasive and I figured - what could it hurt?

For the 21 needles that went into me - most were in the ears......as you can see.  That is not old man hair growing out of there................yet.

In the title image, if you look past the sheen of my scalp, you'll see one or two needles sticking out of the top of my noggin.

The rest were in my arms.



The needles were place in accordance to my concerns of my 'tennis elbow' and my shoulder impingement. But it seems that everyone got needles in the ears - regardless of their malady.

One or two in the ear really smarted upon going in, but other than that, it was all good.  For 45 minutes, I closed my eyes and meditated as much as one can in a sectioned off area in a hospital lobby.

Time didn't drag or fly with this. I was just in the moment - not even truly wondering if it would help me in the slightest.

Austin took out my needles at the end of my time and asked how it was. I didn't have a true answer - it all seemed fine, but I had nothing definitive to say about how I felt.

As it turns out - my arm would end up feeling better for the next 10-12 hours. I have zero idea if it was a placebo-effect or if it actually worked. Austin told me it would get better and that I'd see better results with more treatments.

Monday was round 2.  I had PT the following day and they asked. Monday felt good, Tuesday I had screaming pain, but I do believe that was temporary and due to cleaning snow off the driveway earlier in the morning.

We will see how it progresses. After the 8 week trial period, and I seem to get results, then hell, maybe I'll do a few in-office acupuncture sessions. I'll let you know.

Just stick with me.



Song by: U2

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mockingbird

Oh......you know, I was all ready to write a completely different post for today.  But as I do most days, I come home to see what pearl that the Dump administration might give me - all while trying to avoid the news.

Cleary, they love to be mocked.

How can they not?  Isn't that what Kelleyanne is getting paid for?

But I go back to this:  DISTRACTION.

They tote out "Ms" Conway to say something completely moronic - such as microwaves as camera shit - while hoping you miss the story on Dumpcare, where in 14 MILLION people will lose healthcare in the first year.  24 million over the next ten.

Considering there are roughly 22 million people on the ACA, that is pretty much most everyone. I honestly don't know how they'll love an additional 10 million over the next decade, when it seems like no one can, or will be able to afford, to sign-up for the new plan.

Sure the new plan will save $337 billion - and why wouldn't it?  When the government is not assisting for people to be covered, there is no cost - that all falls to the hospitals, as the patients will be self-pay, which means no pay.

So Dumpsters - still happy you voted for the twat?

I think that absolute best part of the Dumpcare story is the ACA's biggest opponent, the new head of Heath & Human Services discounts the CBO report - even though the head of the CBO is a Republican appointee. I like how HHS says, the CBO was wrong about the ACA, so they're wrong about this.

Meaning, HHS claims that the CBO said there'd be 8 million more people signed up for the ACA than actually did.  So............then maybe they are wrong this time

True.

Maybe Dumpcare won't save $337M.....and only save $100k. Maybe it won't drop 14 million folks......maybe it will be 20 million.  Hey. The CBO was wrong before, why would it not be wrong again - just not in the GOP's favour.  But no one is asking that question.

But the voting public has an attention span of a gnat. Not only are they easily distracted, they get bored easily. They don't realize what affects them until it's gone, and by then it's far too late. I'd say that's sad, but I'm thinking they get what they deserve.  They went for flash over substance.

For a man who cares more about his ego than his actual job - any of them, not just his current one - one would think he'd put a better face on his administration that he wouldn't have such buffoons being allowed to talk to the media.

But, then I guess you can't distract with people spouting..........truths!

So, people will mock these folks........and rightfully so. Just don't let them pull the wool over your eyes.   Again.




Song by: Carly Simon & James Taylor

Monday, March 13, 2017

12 of 12

So I'm doing my 84th 12 of 12.

Normally it is 12 pictures taken on the 12th of the month. Since I only post once per day, you get my images the following day. All pictures taken with my iPhone. Click images to enlarge, if you choose.

Created by Chad Darnell and picked up from, what I can tell, any number of random bloggers who then link back to him and vice versa. Chad is no longer doing this, nor is successor coordinating the linking of other 12 of 12'ers anymore. Now it's just Erik and myself - that I know of. 

I still continue to do this, because of all my consistent post topics, I actually like this one the most.

And it's a dual post day - as it's Monday, so I also have a My Music Monday entry as well. 

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06:35.   Or body-clock: 05:35. 
Shep wanted up.  710 offered to take him for his morning walk. I stayed in bed for a while longer. 

07:45.  Putting on clothes.  It's cold out....and in. 

07:50.  Honey Nut Cheerios b'fast. 
Just like almost every single day.

08:30. Watching the clothes go 'round

 9:30.  Flow time.  ....well, in 15 minutes. 

 11:25.  Target.  Floss and Jock Itch Spray.......because, I'm a jock!

11:45. Hot chocolate on a cold day.  19 F. Feels like 11. 

12:20.  Dog Walk. 
I got out of the a.m. one, but not the noon one. 


13:40.  Roasting Chicken. 
Actually to protein for my lunch week - to put in salad. 

17:45.  Salt. 
Adding it to my mother's water softener. 

18:05.  Nana the Treat Lady. 
Shep is on his best behaviour with her. 

19:20  Sunset. 
710 actually took the pic. I was driving. Coming back from my mother's house. 



...and now your Baker's Dozen.....

20:20.  Salad. 
Making my lunch for tomorrow (today). 



That's it for March 2017.

My Music Monday

Why haven't I done this before?  A Monday song on Monday.

While sticking with Erik's theme of Irish music - sans U2 - why not go with the Boomtown Rats (lord, they have a website....that also links to Bob Geldof's ebay page.  Anything for a buck, eh Bob?).

Sure "I Don't Like Mondays" is the super-obvious choice, but it wasn't my first one.

I was going to do "Up All Night" which used to be a favourite......but when I queued it up, I kind of went, "wow.....was this song always this annoying?"  I fear it was, but I chalked it up to youth, being perpetually drunk and a very short attention span.

I actually had the 45 for "I Don't Like Mondays". It was the single version. I liked the album version better - and this is allegedly it, though it's been years since I've listened to either rendition.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ad of the Month

Oh this month, we have a local ad to bring your way.

I'm no fan of the local car commercial, but at least in Cleveland more of them than not, have their stinking kids or grandkids in them.......some of them singing.  UGH.  I'd never walk through their doors based on that alone.

But this ad came on a few weeks ago. Now there are different variations, but what you really need to see the super gay-acting guy in it (usually in the upper left of the screen).

I say gay-acting, because part of me doesn't think he's queer at all.  Then part of me wants to be that homo that I'm not and yell, "yaasss queen!"

I know I should be more accepting of our brethren, but sometimes they make it so difficult.

Honestly - the stance!  The hands on the hips. The hand gestures. The combo of the two.


.....and I still wouldn't walk through their doors.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Barking at the Moon

Shep Day.  Sophie Day. Saturday.

Blurry tail. Wags.

Someone is jonesing for dinner. 

I worked from home yesterday. 

Someone kept me from doing all I could do, as he thinks he is a lap dog. Which he, of course, was.

Bonding time.  Kind of. 

Another work from home photo. 

Blobby getting yelled at.  Continually. 

Shep's new favourite toy.  Or as 710 calls it:

Donald J. Warthog. 

Shep takes it everywhere. It's so cute to watch. 



Song by: Jenny Lewis

Friday, March 10, 2017

Shopping with Blobby

Yet another installment in the drudgery that is everyday shopping. The camera-phone makes it a bit more fun - though I get looks whenever I take pics of products. Like I care what people think!


This is actually Shopping with Meredity.

She sent me the link almost two months ago. I have no excuse for not using it, as I haven't done a Shopping segment since December.

Snail Masks.

I guess 'clay' is just too pedestrian for some.

While I suppose I could go and read the product information, that seems like it would take all the fun out of a very gross-sounding piece of commerce.

Is it slow-acting, or is it just made up of ground-up snails? Or does it crawl over your face? Either way: ick.

As I went to amazon to find the product that Ditto sent to me, I will admit that I'm less surprised that it exists and more that there are so. fucking. many.  different kinds of this stuff.

Of course, as I scrolled down, I happened to see something that made me chuckle more than snails on a face:  Donkey Milk Skin Mask.

...I'd make a joke, but I try not to go for the lobs.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

I have not seen Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast. I have see Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la BĂȘte, well, because I'm gay.

I did not see the Linda Hamilton / Ron Perlman thingy that was on TV pre-Terminator movies.

To be honest, I have no intention of seeing the new people version of Beauty & the Beast, but.....there is something about a boycott that makes me want to plunk down the dollars.   Oh, I might buy the ticket, but there's no way I'm sitting through that.

For those who missed it: the boycott is for a moment that could be construed as 'gay'. People in the south are every so upset by this. Theaters are not going to carry the movie because....homos.

I guess the girl-on-beast thing is ok. I mean, it is the south, I'm sure it's ok.

So, how to make Beauty even that more gay?  Well........like this.

I guess besides being super queeny, it's semi-funny. And what else is funny is that you don't even have to have seen the original to get it. And it's good, bad lip synching is pretty good.






Song by: Stevie Nicks

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Best for Last

We are two movies behind in our goal of 24.  That is assuming we do two movies per month. We were good.............for the first week of January.  Then zilch.

Me thinks I've overreached.

We shall see.

But at least I know we'll hit three movies this year, even if we have to wait for December to get to #3.







Song by: Adele

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Dick


“That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity,’’ he said. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”


Is there a dick bigger than Ben Carson?

The answer, of course, is rhetorical. But to be on the safe side, the answer is "no".



I'd say - almost - that I could see this coming from any white man (or Kelleyanne) in this administration.  I'm sure they thought 40 acres and a mule was government overreach. And I should not be so stupid to believe that an educated (you don't get through med school on charm) man, let alone a black one, would / could ever think something like the above, let alone say it........aloud.....in public.......to his own employees.

And let's think about this too......

Forget 'what the fuck', let's go with 'WHY the fuck?'

How does the story of slaves (or "immigrants") even factor into HUD and it's every day operations? And can you say "immigrant" in this administration without it followed by, "deport"?

The Department of Housing and Urban Development was stunned by the uproar and spent part of the afternoon responding to the news media on Twitter.


Bull. Shit.   I'm calling it.

The hired spokesman spent the afternoon responding and was stunned. Well, actually, the rest of HUD was stunned too.......but not at the uproar, but by their new boss.

I know I've said this before and I will again and again...........but how can this administration get any worse?  Or dumber?



Song by:  the Dandy Warhols

Monday, March 06, 2017

My Music Monday

Erik's theme this month. March = St. Patrick's Day, I guess......and not college basketball.

So when he suggested musicians from Ireland (after two other failed suggestions), one would think you'd go right to U2 (which we would later "promised" to try to keep away from) ....and they were a quick second, but my first thought was what would become Erik's first artist as well:  Van Morrison.

And I will taunt Mr. R U. Bright (?) with choosing the most obvious Morrison song there could be. Don't get me wrong - "Brown Eyed Girl" is an incredible song.......that you hear a thousand drunk people sing along to (present company included) .....or worse, to which they karaoke.  {shudder}

I almost - almost - went with "Moondance", which is another incredible song. As is "Someone Like You" and even "Wild Night" (though I think I like the Mellencamp / Ndegeocello version better).

But I'm going with the title track of the first physical Morrison album I ever bought back in 1978: "Wavelength".  I played the song and disk to death.

It's funny - back then I considered Morrison an "old" artist, as he was recording in the 60s. But Wavelength was his 10th disk. He's had at least 20 releases since this.  The man is a prolific machine.

The keyboards / synth on "Wavelength" are not typical Morrison, but it was the late '70s, all musical bets were off.

I think you'll have to bare (bear?) through the first minute until the song truly launches.


Sunday, March 05, 2017

Listen

Do not buy into SCROTUS' tweets regarding Obama wiretapping Dump Dower.

It's distraction. He's trying to show us something shiny to have us look away from something. Maybe it's Sessions / Kushner / Flynn and fuck knows who else has been licking Putin's butthole via and envoy or ambassador.

Or maybe it's about something of which we are not yet aware. Because we know....tick tick tick........with this administration, something else is coming.

Mind you, Dipshit Dump has zero proof. But that is his M.O. He doesn't need it. He just takes to the Twatter ...puts a number of exclamation points behind it - and somehow it becomes gospel.

But I believe all it is, is distraction.

And it's working. Every banner on every news show is carrying it. We the people, fall for his shit over and over again. Yet he and his cronies are the ones still prattling on about 'fake news'.....and they don't even get the irony.  Or they're just out and out mocking the U.S. population. This time, I'm going for the latter.

Wasn't SCROTUS just saying complaining last week something about the unwritten guidelines of former presidents not saying anything bad about the current one?

He was speaking of Obama, but wouldn't Shrub be in that category too, who kind of mentioned the racist shit in this White House has got to stop?

But even if Dump thinks that protocol is some kind of standard - he clearly does not believe it to be reciprocal. There is no way that man could ever hold his tongue or an non-verbalized thought. Still, accusing a former president of wiretapping his building?

It should be noted that this is a man who was calling head's of state and lord knows who else on an unsecured Android phone. I have to believe Tim Cook is praising Jebus that SCROTUS isn't an Apple man. It sounds like if any half-decent hacker wanted to get into his data it wouldn't be that difficult. Who needs the NSA to tap the phones?

However, if the stories have been about how much the Dump team has been in touch with Russia - and now it's not a question of if, just how often - will the claims eventually be, Obama knew of this contact and did nothing?

They say the first 100 days are the most important in any presidency. I don't believe that - I mean, yeah, I'll say it, "9/11".  So it wasn't true for Shrub. But if it is - then SCROTUS is squandering away his time.

...or maybe he's not.....and he's doing all the things he's doing and we are not looking......because of 'mean tweets'.



Song by: Tears for Fears

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Brother Sister

Saturday.  We know what that means.

Shep likes my side of the bed best of all. I have to move him every single night. 
Worth it. 

Klose Up Kitty. 

I love my Sophie. 

He really loves the radiant heat floors. 

And there's never a moment of rest. 
But Sophie doesn't get much 1:1 time with her dad these days. I (and she) will take it where she can get it. 




Song by: Brand New Heavies