Day 522 Monday June 25, 2018 1,056 Days to Go
In the middle of the week my right wing friends were posting stuff trying to say, “Others did it too.”
By the end of the week there was a responding wave of posts comparing the interment camps that Trump has set up to what we did to Japanese American citizens during WWII or to the Nazi concentration camps. Also, there was evidence being shown that the separation of immigrant parents from their children was in the works from the early days of this administration.
Sarah Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia. She posted this on her official government twitter account, an ethics violation, which I’m sure will be investigated to the hilt. It turns out the same thing happened to Joe Biden when he was VP. The difference? He didn’t make a big deal about it.
Why was Sanders asked to leave the restaurant? Turns out the staff, many of them the kinds of people she and the president have been attacking didn’t want to serve her. The owner asked the staff, in the back room. They took a vote. The owner then went and pulled Sanders aside and told her. In other words, the owner did not try to embarrass Sanders. She tried to do it in a respectful manner. I mean, if you can refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, certainly a gay waiter or waitress has the right not to serve you, or as one person said maybe they’ll just spit in your food.
I’m afraid it has come to this kind of behavior. Why? Decent folks are tired of being taken advantage of by bullies, racists, and crooks. I have to laugh when I think about Rush Limbaugh saying his favorite cities in the world are London, San Francisco, and New York. None of them bastions of right wing idealism.
60 Minutes ran a piece last night on Jerry Brown, Governor of California. He turned the state around after Republican ineptness. It is now the fifth largest economy in the world. He’s moving the state away from fossil fuels and is highly critical of Trump and Trump’s lack of knowledge, caring, and ability.
Also, saw a piece on Watergate. It was Robert Redford talking about making the movie, “All the President’s Men.” I hadn’t realized that Nixon was behind the Watergate break-in from the start. That it was all paid for with money contributed to the Republican re-election campaign. Also, the Redford contacted Woodward and Bernstein early on, after they had written their third article, he told them he wanted to make a movie about them. Redford had a hard time selling the idea because folks thought it would be boring, because they knew how it ended. It made me think of “Titanic” and a song our community group did about that movie. (The thought of older men sitting through two hours of a movie without a bathroom break. Especially, when they knew how it was going to end…”Oh no, here comes the water!” was the punch line to the song.)
Nixon the special said was one of the most intelligent men to ever be in the White House. Also, one of the most flawed – flawed in the classic Shakespearean Jungian Freudian sense. Nixon went from that to a King Lear kind of person. Why did he do what he did? Why was he so unsure of himself that he ordered the break in? What tripped off Woodward and Bernstein that they were onto something big was the fact that the White House called it a third rate burglary. It was anything but third rate, according to the two reporters. The only thing third rate was the fact that they got caught. Nixon also had a taping system set up in the White House. He knew about such systems from somewhere before.
In other related stuff, Ann Coulter said that the kids at the border were being given scripts to read and were in fact child actors. She said that wasn’t her opinion, but that of an article in The New Yorker. At first, no on knew what she was talking about. About a month ago, the New Yorker ran an article that said kids were being coached what to say to authorities to be granted asylum. The author responded to Coulter with a comment that either she was illiterate or stupid, but regardless it was obvious she hadn’t read his piece.
Regular folks are tired or the lies, and the bullying and they are fighting back. Not in as civil a way as they have before because that hasn’t worked. I’ve been pointing out the idiocy of this president and his band of thugs, cretins, provocateurs, racists, neo-Nazis, incompetents, cheaters, fore-flushers, fools, knaves, hangers-on, since the beginning of his administration. Others are joining in and acting. They are resisting, speaking out, and I hope to god getting people registered to vote.
Then there is this joke making the rounds:
“Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.
She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.
“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”
“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.”
The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Republican.”
“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”
“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are — or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are , due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.”
That about sums it up.
1,056 Days to Go
PS Hash. Mushroom hash.