Thursday, October 20, 2016

Go Here

My last entry was pretty uninspired, so I'd like to give you some fresh material. Some, perhaps many of you have read this woman's blog. If not, prepare for a treat.

I'm going to link you her last post, as of this day. I encourage you to look back at her other writings. Who'da thought a ex-mail person would have collected this much info on human behaviour??

I say it's evidence to suspect all those people who deliver your mail of malfeasance of one kind or another. This woman just figures too much out.

I see a bit of Ken Kesey's writing in hers, not sure what she would think about that. I met Kesey twice, and I think he'd be tickled by her stuff. In it's own way, though she's not a 'native' (which we small 'n' natives put far too much importance on...) she captures the voice of Oregon.

Read her stuff. Enjoy.  I attach a picture from her blog....Mt. Bachelor, where I learned to ski when it had just a rope tow, to being an instructor, to having my wife try to kill me in '69.  She has good pics too.


Who didn't see this coming????

Trump and Clinton were asked if they'd concede the election if they lost.  Asked if he would concede if he loses the election, Trump said, "I will look at it at the time."

John McCain weighed in after the debate: McCain said in a statement that he doesn't know who will win this presidential election. But he says the loser has always congratulated the winner and called him "my president."
McCain said, "That's not just the Republican way or the Democratic way. It's the American way. This election must not be any different."
Did anybody not see this coming months ago?  
The look on Trump's face through most of the debate reminded me of a 5th grader that wandered into a graduate seminar on quantum physics, and decided to try and bluff his way through. 
Actually, 5th grade boy pretty much summarizes Trump's personality. 
A good meme I saw this morning in the SF Chronicle. 

Damn, I miss Molly Ivins this 'election'. 

Two and a half weeks, gird your loins, grit your teeth, get a refill on that xanax. Oh, and don't forget to vote. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Why I have trouble not randomly running people over with my truck

Interviews with 'average Montanans' at a bowling alley in Anaconda, about 20 miles from here.


"I'm going to be voting Republican, and I've been a Republican and am going to vote for Trump," Price says.
"I just don't like anybody that will take our own soldiers and kill 'em, y'know? Clinton, in Benghazi, she did nothing. She had everything in the world there to do something, she didn't do anything. So there's no way on God's given earth I'd vote for her,” Price adds.
“Mr. Trump, all the way,” Hall says.
CCC: When did you decide that you were all about Trump?
John Hall: When I found out Hillary was running. I like our regular guys right now, Zinke, for sure. Who else is running?"

I'm going to go get a bite for lunch in a minute, and no fat white guys with red baseball caps are advised to cross the road in front of me.  

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sunday Funnies, except not really...

At one point, then the lowest in the political landscape I remember, political cartoon were barbed, and funny. They exaggerated characteristics, physical and mannerisms, made them both funny and mildly barbed. Now, not so much.

Now, they are reflecting reality. An election so different than others in the last hundred years or longer that there is no comparison, nothing to measure it against.

For cartoonists, one of the best I know of, Horsey, used to be in Seattle until he moved to a larger audience, it's tough.  How do you mimic, or exaggerate, something that is a cartoon of it'self?

Following are Horsey's and a few other's offerings.  Usually these talented people can draw some humour out of a person, or issue. Now, not so much.

I'll leave it at that. Interestingly, the one instance there was something similar in the past is back in the revolutionary days, the mid to late eighteenth century. Broadsides, political pamphlets, usually nailed to lamposts, often had drawings like these in nature. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Nigeria!  Who'd a thought, but it seems our president-wannabe and the current President of Nigeria have a lot in common.

The  first lady of Nigeria, displeased with her husband's job performance said she'd not support his re-election.  Upon hearing this the Nigerian leader said "I don't know what party she belongs to, but her place is in my kitchen, living room and the other room."

Mr. Trump, you have a brother from another mother, as the saying goes. I'm sure you two will be great buddies. This echo's many things Trump has said, his disdain for women as anything but sex objects, even his own daughters.

The thing is, nobody is interested anymore, with the thing, facts, that would have ended a presidential bid in it's very tracks. Trump rolls on. You belittle vets, including a POW. Trump rolls on. Etc, etc, ad nauseum.

It seems likely that he will lose.  Then what? The call, usually late at night that congratulates the new president-elect? No, that won't happen. First time in modern history, but that isn't Trump's concern.

So what will we do, I ask, with all those Americans that voted for Trump.  In good conscience. With full knowledge of what he is, what kind of man he is, and, uncaring, checked the ballot anyhow?  Say "you're ok, just voicing your opinion."  I'm not ready to do that.  I think there may be millions of citizens who do not reflect, even remotely, what I think it is to be 'American'. I guess we could forget, even forgive, it that's the word. Germany did it when the wall came down. Welcomed the East German, GDR, back into the fold, supported them, helped financially. Could we do something so much less complex than that? Simply agree to go back to being civil and how we've managed to survive 200 years?

Not sure that's gonna happen.  Trump has succeeded in what might have been his original mission, if I'd give him credit for that much intelligence. The division of the US.  The clear declaration, understanding, that there are groups of people out there, our neighbors, that are not interested in being what we understand as the classic 'American'. Understanding, accepting, willing to work with other people, cultures, adapt.

They want it their way, and no other. And others need to do it their way.  This isn't new, it's called 'Nativism' in Sociology and politics. Been here before.

Places like the modern Nigeria, with the President of that country making clear he thinks women's place is in the kitchen are not new, or unique.  What is, is finally we, the modern United States, have found a potential leader that agree's with them.

I'm not sure what kind of accolades that deserves. It deserves something.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Another thing that's back....

17f on the back porch this morning as I was making coffee.  The front yard is a god-awful mix of leaves and snow.  4 inches or so of snow, I may not see the grass until April. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

It's baaaack.......

In the tree, this afternoon.  The cat is not safe. First, a song to go with the pic, not necessarily appropriate, but what the hell.

Und now, the boyfriend:

Yup. The Great Horned Owl.  Back in the tree. Staring at the cat. 

We'll see how this drama plays out in the next day or two.