Turn Out The Lights, The Party’s Over

The violence and hatred spawned by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend received and deserved nearly universal condemnation this week. Except in the White House, where Donald Trump and other close associates took off their sheets and unmasked themselves for the fearful racists many of us suspected they were all along.

Here is a man who denounces American war heroes and handicapped journalists at the drop of a hat, but can’t bring himself to renounce the Ku Klux Klan or Nazi sympathizers. For all practical purposes, the Trump presidency has ended. The only question left is how to remove this cancer on American democracy quickly and effectively in order to minimize the damage he is doing to our country every day. Vice President Mike Pence, who also can’t make himself criticize the American Nazi movement, has to go, too.

The only thing I’d really like to hear (or read from Donald Trump’s Twitter feed) is that he is stepping down from the presidency to devote more time to his family.

Posted in Be Afraid, Government, Politics

How Deep Is The Foie Gras Today?

How deep is the ocean?, you may as well ask. How high is the sky?

Today, boys and girls, President Donald Trump has been busy talking shit about his own attorney general and former best buddy forever, Jeff Sessions. I think this is probably because the president wants to get rid of Sessions and replace him with someone who will fire pesky independent investigator Bob Mueller, who is getting closer to discovering how Trump and the Russian government got together to assure “victory” for whom I believe will turn out to be the #FakePresident.

But that’s a story for another day, because also today, we get to find out whether our health insurance bills are about to triple in size, if we can get a policy at all. You see, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to call for a procedural vote to allow debate and amendments to the Great Republican Health Care Bill passed in the House earlier this year. You remember, the one that Majority Leader Paul Ryan rammed through the House before Americans could find out what it would mean for them. A few days later, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House bill, if the Senate helps make it law, would cause 23 million more Americans to lose their health insurance than would be the case if Congress simply did nothing.

But no fear, McConnell is widely expected to swap out all the language of the House bill with Senate bill language. Except, what Senate bill language? We mere American citizens can’t know, because Senate leaders are keeping that a secret until maybe later today. But the last time they tried to pass their own version of a health care bill, they couldn’t get enough votes to get it passed. In part because some senators were worried at a CBO estimate that 22 million more Americans would lose health insurance under the Senate version. And in part because some heartless pricks, including Sen. Ted Cruz, who is alleged to represent my interests, thought the Senate version didn’t prevent enough people from seeing their doctor.

It’s funny how so many Republicans in Congress keep repeating this crap that they “have to” vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with pretty much any damn thing, because “that’s what we’ve been promising our constituents for the past seven years.” It’s funny how they keep saying that even though it’s utter bullshit. For one thing, as Jimmy Kimmel found out, a lot of Trump supporters like the Affordable Care Act. They say they also hate Obamacare. But they don’t realize Obamacare and the ACA are the same thing.

The truth is, Republican constituents really like being able to afford going to the doctor when they need to. In November, after he won the election Donald Trump told 60 Minutes that Obamacare would be “repealed and replaced. And we’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money. So it’ll be better health care, much better, for less money. Not a bad combination.”

Trump said similar things throughout the campaign. And, I submit, that is what a lot of Trump supporters thought they were voting for: health care that is twice is good for half the price. Instead, unfortunately, it appears likely we’re all going to get health care that is half as good for twice the price.

Posted in Government, Nobody Gets It Like They Want It To Be, Politics

Clean-Up On Aisle Four

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The guys from our favorite tree service company are like family – they’re here so often. This job took three of them about half a day to complete. The tree grew up in the middle of our driveway (long before we bought this damn old house). It provided shade for most of the uncovered seating area in back. The guys did a fine job removing every trace of the fallen pecan tree, grinding the stump into a small pile of sawdust.

Now, as was abundantly clear once they left, we bake in the sun.

Posted in Nature, Nobody Gets It Like They Want It To Be

Wind Kicked Up A Bit Yesterday…

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This pecan was burned fairly badly in our garage fire of 2013, but hung on, kept putting out greenery, and pecans, but yesterday was the end of it.

An approaching storm, a sudden down-draft pushed it over. Thank God the wind gust blew from east to west, toppling it onto our loquat trees instead of our garage, house or my garden. Clean-up commences later this morning. I’m pretty sure I’m the tree service guy’s best customer.

Posted in Nature