Today in America
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
In 2016, I thought things were as bad as they could get. As bad as they could possibly get. We'd just elected a liar, woman-molester, con artist, all around asshole to be the president.
The next few years seemed uneventful, for those not paying attention. He distracted with his obvious incompetence, his irrationality, his inability to speak in complete, or rational, sentences. We made fun of his obvious inability to comprehend complex sentences.
What we didn't pay attention to was that with his cronies, he put on the federal bench over 300 federal judges, for life. Most of them unqualified, with the only 'qualification' that they would be loyal trumpites, and they would rule however he wanted. Nothing else was required or wanted.
We didn't pay attention. Meanwhile, trump's followers continued to metastasize through out the land. School boards, city councils. dog catchers, whatever. A minority then and now, they started to cement their minority rule over the majority. Their success was amazing. We made vague protestations.
Now, 6 years later, here we are. Roe V. Wade is history. It's likely when the trumpites (don't call them the gop, or republicans, they are the trumpites) win the house and senate majority they will go much further than the mere banning of abortion re Roe V Wade. They will want a federal ban on abortion. McConnell has already confirmed this.
What next? It's as bad as your worst imaginings. Picture a ban on Gay Marriage. Also, picture DOMA in it's resurgence. Then gone any LGBTQ rights. States making any reference to women's rights, ala FL's 'don't say gay' illegal. Picture bounties offered by states to people who'll 'denounce' any woman seeking abortion...spouse, mom, daughter, you get 10K if you rat on them. Sounds like the former GDR Stasi, eh?
I don't think it ends there. I think we're at the wet dream of Martha Mitchell, the 'Mouth of the South', wife of John Mitchell, of Nixon fame. She once said for the cameras "We're going to take this country so far to the right you won't recognise it!"
Well Martha, took a bit longer, but you got it.
My advise to my kids, and they are taking, and to everyone is to get out. Get out of this wretched once a slightly tolerable country. Get out.
Friday, April 29, 2022
Sunday, October 10, 2021
I'm in Portland, staying with my son and wife and now 3 month old granddaughter. They have a nice 100 year old house on a densely-treed neighborhood that has had extensive remodeling over the years.
Nell, the newest granddaughter, is growing like a zucchini in late summer, if that's a apt metaphor...she sits up mostly unaided, and is about the cutest damn thing I've seen.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Saturday, June 19, 2021
II've been the last 3 weeks in Portland, visiting my son Henry, his wife Liz and after 10 days there, a new addition to the family.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Got the second poke yesterday late afternoon....15 hours later arm is slightly tender to the touch, no other side effects at all...so far. Only advantage to getting up there in years is side effects tend to be less than younger people. Our immune system is less effective than younger folk. It might be a two-edge sword...it's unknown if our system is then less protected. Oh well, guess we'll see. In the meantime and for the foreseeable future it's mask, distancing, etc.