Friday, October 5, 2018


I signed out of Face book last week in order to regain some of my sanity.  But I am still reading the New York Times and watching the PBS News Hour.  On Wednesday there was the explosive article in the New York Times, rigorously researched, about the Trump family tax fraud that made that stinking orange piece of shit wealthy beyond measure.  And there's also a piece about his reaction, and his taunting of Dr Ford, to the Kavanaugh hearings.  His mocking of her, with the crowd roaring their approval, made me want to vomit all over my keyboard.

The crowd deeply disturbed me...and then I wondered, what else in Mississippi and the American south elicited such responses?  It then occurred to me:  lynching parties and picnics.  People would come from miles around at the announcement of a lynching.  They wore their Sunday best, they had their wicker baskets full of fried chicken and biscuits.  And they watched and participated in the torture of a human being as they died at their hands. They brought their children.  And holy shit, my friend Robin referred me to this article in the Atlantic which is entitled The Cruelty Is the Point.  It is well worth your time to read.  Go ahead.  I'll wait.  It'll take you 5 minutes max.

This degenerate who is our president, is stoking the fires that have never fully been stamped out.  The exhalation of male (and male identified) bonding over cruelty to women, people of color, the poor, the disenfranchised, anyone who doesn't look like them. This is his fucking base.  "Base" being the operative word.

Steve and I watched the Frontline special on PBS about the history of the Trump White House.  When you see it all laid out in chronological order, beginning with President-Elect Trump, you truly have to wonder how this man has managed to stay in office (GOP collusion?).  I cannot imagine what universe he and his supporters live in...except, sadly, in our universe. 

Then came the NYT article.  But we've seen this before, haven't we?  News that would take a President down.  But not this guy.  What will it take?

Switching gears, here, because I must, I have just discovered that one of the drugs I'm taking for my heart is probably responsible for my extreme fatigue as well as the tingling, hot skin crawlies that my head has been experiencing.  Steve looked up the drug because, well, he's a retired doc.  So I've stopped the drug and will see how I do.  It's been ridiculous: I can barely function each day because I am so damned tired.  I'm up for 5 minutes before I have to lie down again.  The daily existence of living with this extreme exhausting is terribly depressing.  Thank goodness Steve thought to look it up.  I thought it was simply due to the heart problems (which it may be) but it seems as if it has become so much worse in the last 3 weeks, which is when I started this drug.

I'll leave  you with one of my favorite Far Side Cartoons.  Say, whatever happened to them?  Why don't I see them anymore?  Maybe it's because I'm not reading a paper copy of a newspaper?  I don't know.  In any case, it's good for a laugh, which I think we all need right about now.


  1. I didn't read the NY Times article on Trumps's family tax fraud. Nothing matters anymore. The article on Cruelty says all the needs to be said. They are pointing at us and laughing. They are enjoying our anguish because that is what sociopaths do. I have given up.

    I am so glad that you may have found that the reason for your tiredness and head-tingling pain may be a side effect of a prescription. I hope that once that drug is out of your system, you will have more energy, and even better NO PAIN! Thinking of you, dear friend.

    1. Bohemian Rhapsody, "Nothing really matters to me." Yeah, I hear you. It's all so much blah blah blah. But, I did get a subscription to the Atlantic Monthly. That, surely, is a good thing? One wonders....I CAN cancel any time.

  2. So sorry for your tiredness. I know from recent experience that it is awful when you lie on the sofa, hoping there is no reason you must get up. Hope it is indeed the meds and that you get your energy back. I don't even watch "Newshour" anymore because I really think Judy Woodruff is such a poor host. The news is a tiny bit more palatable in small pieces from trusted Internet sites.

    1. Yes, I suppose you know about tiredness, big time! It's hard not to feel completely defeated, but I suppose you know this as well. I'm searching for funny movies and shows on Netflix and Amazon.

  3. Hello, I went by to say hello, since I've been disconnected from everything for a long time. As always I love your work. That I still think that they are not chapucillas, but great works. A kiss.


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