Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trump Announces Replacement for Stolen Supreme Court Seat




Tonight Trump (I don't call him "President" because I don't consider Trump a legal president) nominated Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch as the Heritage Foundation his Supreme Court nominee.  

Trump is nominated Judge Gorsuch for the stolen Supreme Court seat denied former President Obama. The seat that was stolen from President Obama.

I will call both of my senators (both Democrats, thank goodness I live in a state - Delaware-who has honest and caring senators) to urge them to vote no on Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. 

I will urge them to support Judge Merrick Garland, who is more mainstream than Judge Gorsuch. 

Mitch McConnell set this new "normal" for Supreme Court nominees. 

Hey Mitch, what goes round comes round.

I second Senator Elizabeth Warren's statement she made tonight in response to the nomination of Judge Neil Garland to the Supreme Court:

President Trump had the chance to select a consensus nominee to the Supreme Court. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, he failed that test. 
Instead, he carried out his public promise to select a nominee from a list drawn up by far right activist groups that were financed by big business interests.
Judge Neil Gorsuch has been on this list for four months. His public record, which I have reviewed in detail, paints a clear picture. 
Before even joining the bench, he advocated to make it easier for public companies to defraud investors. As a judge, he has twisted himself into a pretzel to make sure the rules favor giant companies over workers and individual Americans. He has sided with employers who deny wages, improperly fire workers, or retaliate against whistleblowers for misconduct. He has ruled against workers in all manner of discrimination cases. And he has demonstrated hostility toward women’s access to basic health care. 
For years, powerful interests have executed a full-scale assault on the integrity of our federal judiciary, trying to turn the Supreme Court into one more rigged game that works only for the rich and the powerful. They spent millions to keep this seat open, and Judge Gorsuch is their reward.
Every day, our new President finds more ways to demonstrate his hostility for our independent judiciary, our civil society, and the rule of law. Now more than ever, America needs Supreme Court justices with a proven record of standing up for the rights of all Americans – civil rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and all other protections guaranteed by our laws. We don’t need another justice who spends his time looking out for those with money and influence.
Based on the long and well-established record of Judge Gorsuch, I will oppose his nomination.

Monday Night Massacre



In 1974 I was a Republican.  I voted for Richard Nixon, twice.

I believed Richard Nixon's explanation during the Watergate break in.  Then there was the "Saturday Night Massacre."  That's when I stopped believing Richard Nixon.  That's when I knew he was a crook.

When Donald Trump came down that escalator with his glamorous wife, and announced he was running for president.  I was favorable to him.  I thought the system needed shaken up.  But as Donald Trump's campaign progressed and I realized that he was an immature, divisive, misogynist, bully; he lost my support.

Saturday night Donald Trump fired the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, because she couldn't in conscience defend Trump's Muslim ban.  Trump cannot do this (the ban).  We have a Constitution in this country and we are a country of laws. We are not ruled by a king.

Check our the video I posted above of Senator Sessions questioning Sally Yates during her confirmation hearing. He asked "Would you say no to the president if he asked you to do something you considered improper or unlawful?" Of course the irony here is that Senator Sessions is now Trump's candidate for Attorney General. Do you think Senator Sessions would say "No"?  I think not.

Monday, January 30, 2017

A Clarifying Moment in American History



This morning I awoke with this continuing feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach.  Ever since Donald Trump was inaugurated I have had this feeling of the bottom dropping out of life as we know it.  

I love my country. I am proud of my country. 


Fifty six years ago on January 27th, a date I will always remember as long as I am alive, I volunteered for service (Army) for my country. I am no hero and I was scared to death when I boarded that Trailways bus from Philadelphia early on that cold January morning to Fort Dix New Jersey.  I was putting my life on the line for my country because I felt it was my duty. A small price to pay for living in the greatest country in the world. 


Thousands of other men and women have paid the ultimate price, their lives, in service of our country. Why?  So we can have the freedoms that no other country on this earth has.  


And now what do we have?  A despot in power who is ignoring the usual norms of a democracy. 


I cannot escape this feeling of dread that I have. Already he has insulted our neighbors and friends. He attacks Meryl Streep but praises Vladimir Putin, a thug and murderer. 


I struggle for words to express the great danger that faces our country right now.


We elect a president to protect us.  Instead this country has a president who is making us less safe.


This morning I read a column by Eliot A. Cohen, who was a counselor in the United State Department under Condoleeza Rice from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Cohen expresses my feelings more than I ever could with my limited skills of expression.



A Clarifying Moment in American History
There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.

I am not surprised by President Donald Trump’s antics this week. Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he would force Mexico to pay for, even as the Mexican foreign minister held talks with American officials in Washington. Not by the quiet, but no less dangerous bureaucratic orders, such as kicking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff out of meetings of the Principals’ Committee, the senior foreign-policy decision-making group below the president, while inserting his chief ideologist, Steve Bannon, into them. Many conservative foreign-policy and national-security experts saw the dangers last spring and summer, which is why we signed letters denouncing not Trump’s policies but his temperament; not his program but his character.
We were right. And friends who urged us to tone it down, to make our peace with him, to stop saying as loudly as we could “this is abnormal,” to accommodate him, to show loyalty to the Republican Party, to think that he and his advisers could be tamed, were wrong. In an epic week beginning with a dark and divisive inaugural speech, extraordinary attacks on a free press, a visit to the CIA that dishonored a monument to anonymous heroes who paid the ultimate price, and now an attempt to ban selected groups of Muslims (including interpreters who served with our forces in Iraq and those with green cards, though not those from countries with Trump hotels, or from really indispensable states like Saudi Arabia), he has lived down to expectations.

Precisely because the problem is one of temperament and character, it will not get better. It will get worse, as power intoxicates Trump and those around him. It will probably end in calamity—substantial domestic protest and violence, a breakdown of international economic relationships, the collapse of major alliances, or perhaps one or more new wars (even with China) on top of the ones we already have. It will not be surprising in the slightest if his term ends not in four or in eight years, but sooner, with impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment. The sooner Americans get used to these likelihoods, the better.
The question is, what should Americans do about it? To friends still thinking of serving as political appointees in this administration, beware: When you sell your soul to the Devil, he prefers to collect his purchase on the installment plan. Trump’s disregard for either Secretary of Defense Mattis or Secretary-designate Tillerson in his disastrous policy salvos this week, in favor of his White House advisers, tells you all you need to know about who is really in charge. To be associated with these people is going to be, for all but the strongest characters, an exercise in moral self-destruction.
For the community of conservative thinkers and experts, and more importantly, conservative politicians, this is a testing time. Either you stand up for your principles and for what you know is decent behavior, or you go down, if not now, then years from now, as a coward or opportunist. Your reputation will never recover, nor should it.


Rifts are opening up among friends that will not be healed. The conservative movement of Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp, of William F. Buckley and Irving Kristol, was always heterogeneous, but it more or less hung together. No more. New currents of thought, new alliances, new political configurations will emerge. The biggest split will be between those who draw a line and the power-sick—whose longing to have access to power, or influence it, or indeed to wield it themselves—causes them to fatally compromise their values. For many more it will be a split between those obsessed with anxiety, hatred, and resentment, and those who can hear Lincoln’s call to the better angels of our nature, whose America is not replete with carnage, but a city on a hill.
This is one of those clarifying moments in American history, and like most such, it came upon us unawares, although historians in later years will be able to trace the deep and the contingent causes that brought us to this day. There is nothing to fear in this fact; rather, patriots should embrace it. The story of the United States is, as Lincoln put it, a perpetual story of “a rebirth of freedom” and not just its inheritance from the founding generation.
Some Americans can fight abuses of power and disastrous policies directly—in courts, in congressional offices, in the press. But all can dedicate themselves to restoring the qualities upon which this republic, like all republics depends: on reverence for the truth; on a sober patriotism grounded in duty, moderation, respect for law, commitment to tradition, knowledge of our history, and open-mindedness. These are all the opposites of the qualities exhibited by this president and his advisers. Trump, in one spectacular week, has already shown himself one of the worst of our presidents, who has no regard for the truth (indeed a contempt for it), whose patriotism is a belligerent nationalism, whose prior public service lay in avoiding both the draft and taxes, who does not know the Constitution, does not read and therefore does not understand our history, and who, at his moment of greatest success, obsesses about approval ratings, how many people listened to him on the Mall, and enemies.




He will do much more damage before he departs the scene, to become a subject of horrified wonder in our grandchildren’s history books. To repair the damage he will have done Americans must give particular care to how they educate their children, not only in love of country but in fair-mindedness; not only in democratic processes but democratic values. Americans, in their own communities, can find common ground with those whom they have been accustomed to think of as political opponents. They can attempt to renew a political culture damaged by their decayed systems of civic education, and by the cynicism of their popular culture.
There is in this week’s events the foretaste of things to come. We have yet to see what happens when Trump tries to use the Internal Revenue Service or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to destroy his opponents. He thinks he has succeeded in bullying companies, and he has no compunction about bullying individuals, including those with infinitely less power than himself. His advisers are already calling for journalists critical of the administration to be fired: Expect more efforts at personal retribution. He has demonstrated that he intends to govern by executive orders that will replace the laws passed by the people’s representatives.
In the end, however, he will fail. He will fail because however shrewd his tactics are, his strategy is terrible—The New York Times, the CIA, Mexican Americans, and all the others he has attacked are not going away. With every act he makes new enemies for himself and strengthens their commitment; he has his followers, but he gains no new friends. He will fail because he cannot corrupt the courts, and because even the most timid senator sooner or later will say “enough.” He will fail most of all because at the end of the day most Americans, including most of those who voted for him, are decent people who have no desire to live in an American version of Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey, or Viktor Orban’s Hungary, or Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

There was nothing unanticipated in this first disturbing week of the Trump administration. It will not get better. Americans should therefore steel themselves, and hold their representatives to account. Those in a position to take a stand should do so, and those who are not should lay the groundwork for a better day. There is nothing great about the America that Trump thinks he is going to make; but in the end, it is the greatness of America that will stop him.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trump's Muslim Travel Ban Chaos



This commentator expresses my views exactly on the Trump's administration travel ban on seven predominately Muslim counties.

Last night spontaneous demonstrations broke out at major airports as travelers from those predominately Muslim countries were detained and "extremely vetted". Among those detained were travelers with green cards and visas who have already been vetted.  One man detained is an interpreter who risked his life to help U.S. soldiers in Mosul. 

Each day, there is a new outrage from this obviously incompetent Trump administration.  The latest is the installation of Trump's alt right buddy Steve Bannon a permanent seat while demoting the joint chiefs of staff on the national security council. This action makes our country safer? Trump surrounding himself with sycophants who tell him what he wants to hear? What's next? Putting Barron on the National Security Council?




These actions do not bode well for our country folks. And where are the Republican leaders?  Why aren't they speaking on this outrage?  Either they are afraid of Trump or they are so desperate to get Trump to sign those bills so dear to their hearts that they don't want to piss Trump off. 

These actions of Trump and his incompetent cohorts do not make our country safer.  To the contrary, we are less safe now.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Trump Airport Ban Begins



Happening right now are spontaneous protests at major airports in our country as the Trump "extreme vetting" begins. This "extreme vetting" is happening to those with green cards and legitimate passports.  They are legal permanent citizens.  They have undergone two years of vetting.  Families are being torn apart.  What kind of country are we living in now? 

Folks, I am sick to my stomach that our basic American values are being trashed by Trump.  I have never felt this was in my lifetime. 

I grew up knowing and feeling proud that we in this county had different set of values than many other countries in the world. Unless you are descended from a native American, we are all in this country descended from immigrants.  

My five times paternal great grandfather Jonathan Tipton emigrated to this country in 1692 from Port Royale, Jamaica. My maternal great-great grandfather emigrated to this country from England in 1854.  They both came to this country for a better life.

Trump, with the help of Steve Bannon, has implemented this ban of people from predominately Muslim countries to keep us "safe."  Of those seven countries that now have travel bans, not one of them has produced a terrorist that attacked Americans on our soil.  The countries that have produced terrorists, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, are not on the list.  Wonder why?  Maybe because Trump has business interests in those countries?  

Today, when I got up, I had all good intentions of writing a "nice" post and get off my political rantings against Trump.  I know how boring that can be.  There has been a lot going on in my life, especially today, that I would like to write about but I just can't pull myself out of this state of living in a state of constant low level dread. I can't get rid of this dread.  I have never felt like this before in my life. 

What is happening to our country? I just can't imagine our country surviving four years of Trump.  He is the most divisive president we have ever had in our country's history.  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Trump Tries to Bully Mexico



(Handsome) Mexican president and Trump (Ugly American)

Okay folks. First I should probably apologize explain why I'm still beating the Trump Drum.

The latest imbroglio is that our new president is hellbent on making an enemy out of our southern neighbor, Mexico. Yes, this is the same Trump who can't say anything negative about Russian Vladimir Putin but can insult our longtime allies.  

The latest Trump Crazy is him trying to bully Mexico into "paying for the wall."  A "wall" that we don't need because the Mexican immigration is a net minus.  That means there are more Mexicans leaving the United States NOW than are coming in.  And that is because of the improved Mexican middle class because of globalization.  

Hey folks, we're not losing jobs to Mexicans, we're losing manufacturing jobs to automation. The Mexicans are doing out landscaping jobs because Americans don't want to do them.  The Mexicans are picking our fruit and vegetables because Americans don't want to do that.  An irony here, my father was brought to southern Pennsylvania along with his eight brothers (two more brothers were born in Pennsylvania) as, yes, migrant farm labor from the hillbilly hills of western North Carolina to their uncle's farm in southern Chester County. 

Back to our childish, bullying, ignoramus president, Donald Trump. He's going to find out that he can't bully countries like he can fellow Republicans (witness House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader bending over and grabbing their ankles and showing their asses to their new leader just so they can cut taxes for the rich and destroy the social safety net of Medicare and Social Security) and CEO's.  

Folks, as each day goes forward I am so disheartened by the stupidity that Trump is displaying.  

Now he's going to make an enemy of one of our closest allies Mexico?  What is the matter with this man?  

Who is the grownup in this "battle"?  Obviously it is the (hottie) Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto.



Man oh man, what a doll.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Voter Fraud!


Any of you Trump voters having buyer's remorse? 

The latest asshat crazy conspiracy theory to come out of Donald Trump's pursed lips is that "Three to five million illegals voted" in the past presidential election.  

Trump has to say this because his ego can't stand that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by over 2.8 million votes. 

Bulletin to Donald Trump:

YOU WON THE ELECTION, MOVE ON

Can you believe this folks? This what the president of the United States believes.  He actually believes that he WON the popular vote.

Mark this date folks, there is no way this thin skinned ignoramus despot will complete his four year term.  At some point the spineless Republicans will turn on Trump and impeach him or force him to resign. I have no doubt they're planning such an action now.  

Now this will surprise you folks but this isn't something that I am wishing for.  Why?  Because then we get Mike Pence, a True Believer.  As asshat crazy Trump is, Pence is much more dangerous.  

Folks, what we are witnessing now is true test of our democracy. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Trumpism Corrupts: Spicer Edition

Sean Spicer, White House press secretary scolding the media for telling the truth

I am worried folks.

After witnessing this weekend the worst start of an presidential administration in my life I am worried to death.  This man we have in the White House is dangerous. 

Already he has forfeited his creditability by sending his press spokesman out to state an easily provable lie.  How can his press spokesman regain the press (and I don't care what you think of the press) and the country's trust after such a deplorable and shameful display of such "Baghdad Bob" lies?
This statement from the conservative newspaper The Weekly Standard expresses how I feel exactly:

"Rule #1 for press relations is that you can obfuscate, you can misrepresent, you can shade the truth to a ridiculous degree, or play dumb and pretend not to know things you absolutely do know. But you can’t peddle affirmative, provable falsehoods. And it’s not because there’s some code of honor among press secretaries, but because once you’re a proven liar in public, you can’t adequately serve your principal. Every principal needs a spokesman who has the ability, in a crunch, to tell the press something important and know that they’ll be believed 100 percent, without reservation.
But like I said, this isn’t about Spicer.

What’s worrisome is that Spicer wouldn’t have blown his credibility with the national press on Day 2 of the administration unless it was vitally important to Trump.

And if media reports about crowd size are so important to Trump that he’d push Spicer out there to lie for him, then it means that all the tinpot-dictator, authoritarian, characterological tics that people worried about during the campaign are still very much active."

Folks, unless this man changes his way he is going to destroy out country and get us killed.  I am deadly serious.

We don't have time to indulge Donald Trump.  This isn't a reality show, this is real life.  Donald Trump needs to realize that he is working for us and to leave his fragile ego behind. 

Time to grow up Donald and time for the Trump supporters to stop giving him a pass. This country can no longer afford to indulge his childish and selfish behavior. By the way, who cares about crowd size anyway? With all that Donald Trump has in his In Box, why is he obsessing on crowd size?  

Grow up Donald.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

KellyAnne!!

Welcome folks to the newest star in the political galaxy of stars: Kellyanne Conway.

I was wondering how long it would take Saturday Night Live to take on this rich treasure trove of deceit and lies, Mrs. Kellyanne Conway herself.

Sit back and relax and enjoy:


"Alternative Facts"


This morning on "Meet the Press", Kellyanne Conway, our new president Donald Trump's spokesperson, uttered a statement that should send chills down everyone's spine.

When asked by Chuck Todd, the "Meet the Press" moderator, about the lie (about Trump's inauguration being the "biggest ever, period!) Sean Spicer, Trump's press spokesperson said yesterday during his first press briefing, Ms. Conway said they were presenting "alternative facts."  Watch this full recording and think, "is this what we're going to go through the next four years?" Kellyanne Conway should resign immediately.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS?

Did I hear right?  Are we living in Russia?

Are we living in some banana republic?

ALTERNATIVE FACTS?

Folks, and especially my friends who are Trump supporters, do you not see how bad this is?  

Are we going to have a presidency who presents ALTERNATIVE FACTS to us?

Here's what is going to happen if we permit this new parameter to happen.  People will die. 

No one will believe anything that comes out of the White House.

I wrote a blog a couple of days ago expressing my fear of the Trump presidency and what this man is going to do to this country. 

I've heard from some through this blog and my Facebook page that "we should all come together."  Here is the real fact folks, I cannot and will never support a liar. 

I will continue to exercise my First Amendment right (free speech).  I am an American and I don't take for granted my rights.  Trump and many of his supporters like to crow about their Second Amendment rights.  Well folks, we also have the First Amendment which I fully intend to use.

This is just the beginning folks. Trump isn't going to change. 




Saturday, January 21, 2017

Letter to the Editor



Marie Antoinette - Queen of France who lost her head through her indifference to the common man

Dear Sir,


The following is my response to the proposal in the Delaware state budget to eliminate the senior citizen discount in the annual real estate/school tax bill:

Subject: Who thought this was a good idea?
(Imagined ) Conversation in governor’s office re budget shortfall:

 Budget Director:

 “Governor, we’re short funds in our budget. Any suggestions how we make up the shortfall?

 Governor Markel: 

 “Let’s tax those seniors who have been getting a free ride. Take away that $500 senior citizen tax credit on their annual real estate/school tax bill.” 

 Budget Director:

 “But what about those senior citizens who live on a fixed retirement income? Those senior citizens who are already faced with ever increasing costs in food, heat, and insurance?”

 Governor Markel:

 “Let them eat cake”

My partner, now husband and I moved to Delaware from our beautiful, paid off home in Pennsylvania, eleven years ago to escape the ever increasing real estate/school taxes in Pennsylvania.

We didn’t want to move. Hardly a day goes by that my partner/husband laments how much he misses our home in Pennsylvania, a home we planned to live out our days.  But when our taxes reached the $8,000 a year threshold, and were increasing each year 10 to 15%, I had no other choice than to sell our dream home and move to Delaware, the Land of Low Taxes.

I had always envied my longtime school friend Larry who lived in Claymont , Delaware and his low three figure annual tax payment.  My friend Bob who lived outside Georgetown, and his low three figure annual tax payment.  Even my late millionaire friend Ed, who lived on the three hundred block of Laurel Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, his taxes were also under a $1,000 a year. 

 “Time to move” I told myself. So we uprooted everything and put our house up for sale and had a new house built in Milton. This was in the year 2006, right as the housing market started to collapse.  We almost lost everything because we owed money on our new house and couldn’t sell our old house.  We eventually did sell our old house and ended up with a $100,000 mortgage on our new house, which we hadn’t planned on.  This was bad but at least we now had a low tax bill that wasn’t going to increase 8 to 10% a year or more.

However, since we have lived here we have seen our tax bill slowly increase from $1,200 a year to now $1,500 a year. This was the net bill, less the $500 tax credit given senior citizens who had lived in their home at least a year.  A welcome break from our Pennsylvania tax bill, which was rapidly approaching $10,000 a year. 

Our main source of income is our Social Security payments.  I also receive three small pension payments from my career years bouncing between banking jobs, trying to survive “right sizing". 

 Now, in order to supplement our income and keep up with the ever increasing household bills like heat, electric, insurance and food; I work part-time at a local hotel. 

 My partner spouse is 88 years old. I am 75 years old.  There will come a time when our household will have to get by on only one Social Security payment.  And, if I’m fortunate enough to have a long life, there will probably come a time when I’m not  checking in hotel guests and earning those extra few dollars that enable me to take “indulge” myself and take a holiday a few times a year and keep up with those ever increasing household bills and insurance payments. 

Over the past few years I have already started to cut back on expenses. 

Do I need that fancy phone plan?  Perhaps not so I cut back. 

Do I really need all those magazines subscriptions? 
Besides, those magazines are all filled with ads anyway. 

Cancel those subscriptions. 

Do I really need to eat out at all those fine Rehoboth/Lewes restaurants?

We cut out those restaurant forays last year.  

Each month I see all our bills increase while our Social Security payments and my pension payments stay the same. 

I’ll never see another increase in my pay at the hotel in my lifetime.  Service jobs are notoriously underpaid. One doesn’t get rich off a hotel front desk job, no matter how many Trip Advisor kudos one receives.

Then I read in the Cape Gazette that Governor Markel, submitting his final budget, suggests eliminating the $500 senior citizen tax credit on their real estate/school tax. 

Really?

One of the pleasant surprises for me, when we moved to Delaware, was how respectful Delaware was to its senior citizens by giving them a tax break like this.  Unlike Pennsylvania who is cold and raises those taxes each year, regardless of age or income bracket. Delaware recognized the value of encouraging senior citizens to relocate to Delaware and thus contribute to the local economy. 

In my ten years working at the hotel I have lost count how many couples have told me they were visiting Delaware to check out the housing situation because they could no longer afford the taxes in their home state.  Almost all of my neighbors in the development where I live now have retired here from another state to get away from the high taxes from their home state.

Did they move here because of the fabulous Delaware beaches? 

 Did they move here to be closer to the outlet stores?

 Did they move here for the gourmet restaurant experience?

 Did they move here because of the fishing opportunity?

 Not a one.

When I asked them, they ALL told me they were moving because they couldn’t afford to pay the school/real estate taxes in their home state any more.

I find it very shortsighted to take away the $500 senior citizen discount on the school/real estate tax bill.

For the amount of revenue anticipated of the 25 million dollars.  While 25 million is no amount of small change, it is only a drop in the bucket of the 350 million short fall in the proposed 4.13 billion dollar Delaware state budget.

To me it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to ask those thousands of senior citizens living in Delaware struggling to get by on a fixed income to pay an extra $500 a year in taxes. 

 Just who thought this was a good idea?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Doomsday?



Any body else feel like I do today?

I woke up this morning with this feeling of impending doom. The last time I felt even this close was when we had trouble selling our house in Pennsylvania and were struggling paying two mortgages and facing financial ruin. The feeling I have this morning is even worse.  I fear for our country.

Do I really have to explain what is the source of my feeling of impending doom?  For those of you still wondering, it is the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

What have we done?  Correction, what have THEY (those people who voted for Trump) done?  Don't they realize that they voted for a person who is grossly unsuited to lead the most powerful country on the earth?  

Last night I was listening to Trump speak at one of the pre inaugural events, hoping he would finally begin to act presidential.  Didn't happen.  Believe it or not he was still bragging about wining the election instead of speaking about bringing our country together.

My immediate fear with the new Trump administration is that the Republicans in Congress will steamroll their long desired wishes to begin dismantling the social safety net of Social Security and Medicare. 

My second fear, and this folks just scares me to death, is that Trump's finger is on the nuclear button.  I haven't been this afraid since I was eight years old and told to crawl under my school desk of the Russians dropped the atom bomb.

I'm not afraid to admit that I am afraid.  God help us.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Random Musings




The snow geese have arrived. 

They arrived later this year than in past years.  Probably because of the unseasonably warmer weather we have been having here in southern Delaware.  

I took this video last week, during my morning walk through the development where I live. My morning walk is one of my pure pleasures this time of my life.  On this particular morning, as I was completing my two and a quarter mile walk, the snow geese flew overhead. I looked up and let that good, natural feeling of communing with nature envelope me.

Lately I haven't been in much of a mood to pound this keyboard to punch out a blog posting.  Not that I don't have anything to write about, I do.  I always do.  That's one thing I never lack, subject matter of what to write about.  But for some reason, and I think I know what it is, I just haven't been in the mood to put my mental musings in a blog. But I feel a responsibility to keep it up.

In three days we'll have a new president. I'll be very frank with you folks,, I am fearful, very fearful.  Talk about the "end of times."  I am THAT fearful.  I hope my fears are overblown but I do have this sinking feeling they are not.

So what have I been doing these days?  Playing online Scrabble with my Travel Sidekick, Pat, an always enjoyable and soothing past time. 

I've also been organizing my 86,000 some photos and videos on my computer.  A YUGE job. Sometimes I wonder why I am doing that because after I'm gone no one cares what I have on my computer.  But for now, I care and I also derive pleasure looking at all those photos, especially the older ones, tagging them and putting them in some kind of order.  Who knows, maybe one of my great-nephews or great-nieces will have an interest once they get past their young years.  By the way I am now a great-great uncle.  Two of my great nieces have daughters of their own.  Man oh man am I old.

My current challenge is to get a handyman to install a bidet on my toilet.  Talk about a change of subject.  You know me folks, I veer right and left, sometimes with a very sharp curve.  

Next up is taking Bill for his first visit to a cardiologist. Bill and I both have irregular heartbeats.  I was hoping to get Bill to see my cardiologist but he's booked up until May.  Bill's cardiologist is in the same practice though.  Thank goodness the VA Choice program is covering the expenses.  This visit to the cardiologist is more to prepare Bill for his cataract surgery. Then maybe after his surgery we can get his driver's license back.

Well, this is enough musings for now folks.  I have some Scrabble games to catch up on before Trump blows up the world while I can.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Trump's First Press Conference as President-Elect



Donald Trump finally has a press conference!

Watch out Alex Baldwin, Trump will get you.

By the way, when Trump inaugurated next Friday, he is no longer the boss, he will work for us.  This is going to be interesting.  Let's just hope he doesn't blow up the world.


Friday, January 13, 2017

A Crises in American Democracy


Regular readers of my blog have probably noticed that I haven't been posting regularly.  There isn't a reason why I haven't been posting.

I have this impending sense of something is drastically wrong in this country.  

Yes, Donald Trump won the presidency and Hillary Clinton lost. But this feeling I have is more than just "Hillary lost and Trump won." I have this feeling that a foreign power interfered in our democratic process.  

We all know who that foreign power is, Russia. 

I'm going to try and make this post concise, which I am finding very hard to do.  

After the election Donald Trump had a chance to bring this country together. But what has he done?  He has been consistent in defending Russian president Putin and the Russians.  This is the only area he has been consistent. 

There are so many reasons to state about Trump as to why he is unqualified to be president. From his refusal to release his tax returns to his bragging about sexual assault on women. But his consistent refusal to recognize that Russia interfered in our election should concern all of us.

Today, John Lewis, the civil rights icon said what many of us think.  He said he didn't view Donald Trump as a legitimate president. I agree.  

I've had this sinking feeling for quite a while now.  This sense of impending doom.  Not just because the Democratic presidential candidate lost but because I have this feeling that something is wrong. More than just losing the vote, which I think the votes were accurate. I think there was a genuine dislike of Hillary Clinton and that she was the wrong candidate and the wrong time.  I think there was a genuine desire for change from many voters.  I know myself I felt the same way.  In fact I still feel the same way.  I want things "shaken up" but as I got to know more about Trump I realized that he was just a charlatan, a con man who recognized an opportunity and took advantage of it. 

This story isn't over folks.  I fear for myself, my fellow citizens and the world.  We are entering dangerous times folks.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Snow Is Gone!



Well, not quite but it's almost gone.  Thank goodness.

Ever since I fell two years ago (January 17th, 2014) and tore my left leg quadricep muscle, putting me out of commission for twelve weeks, I'm fearful of snow and ice.  I'm not like the earlier years of my life when I was fearless when it came to walking on snow and ice.  

The snow storm came late last week.  Fortunately for me I wasn't scheduled for work at the hotel. I went back to work this past Monday.  The road out of our development and the back road I take to work were not cleared.  Only the main road Route One was cleared, just enough to get salt and frozen slush on my red Subaru Forester.  

I felt like I was in Alaska, going about fifteen miles an hour on those ice covered roads to work.  Normally Bill would drive me to work when it snows like this (he has experience having worked and lived in Alaska in his earlier years). However, since he lost his driver's license I'm on my own now.  I have to put on my big boy pants and navigate those snow and ice crusted roads myself.  I managed and got home safely after my shift ended at 11 PM.

Tomorrow the temperatures are forecast to go over 60 degrees.  I'll take it!  We'll celebrate by going to BJ's in Millsboro.  

Every day I take Bill out for a ride. When it snows we stay in.  The only time I drive at night now is to and from work.  I don't drive at night any other time.  Too much glare from the incoming headlights.  Just another factor of getting older.