End of Week 328 – A Week of Fear, Physical And Literary….


I’m afraid fitness and diet are going to be taking a back seat for a while. I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. We’re still in the testing stage; trying to determine what type of surgery will be best and what type of follow up treatment will be required. Wish I could say I’m surprised, but I’m not. My mother got breast cancer early, like at 55. She beat it, but got Multiple Myeloma later. I don’t think the two were related. I’m just hoping I can beat this like she did.

It started with a mammogram, just a standard 3D test, on a Thursday. Friday they called me back for a second mammogram and an ultrasound. The following week I was sent for an ultrasound guided needle biopsy (which was not nearly as uncomfortable as it sounds). Then I met with the PA from a surgeon’s office, who told me they found cancer in the right breast. I was scheduled for an MRI to see if the left breast is also involved. So far, it isn’t. Finally, I met with the surgeon. We decided we needed more information to determine whether I want a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. My PET scan is tomorrow morning (Monday). I will meet with a medical oncologist the following Monday in the morning, and with the surgeon that same day in the afternoon. After all that I am hoping to have a date for my surgery.

In the meantime, I’m going to write. I’d like to journal about this breast cancer experience, and I may switch it to my second blog site that I’m not writing in at the moment.

Last week was very entertaining on the SCROTUS front. This coming Tuesday Bob Woodward’s book, “FEAR”, is being released. It is supposed to be about the chaos inside the SCROTUS administration, from first hand interviews. Excerpts were leaked, and SCROTUS spent the week screaming, mostly via Twitter, about how the book is “a total work of fiction”. Woodward is a great journalist and knows that you never write something like this without the tapes/notes/videos/etc. to back up everything. Can’t wait to read the book!

While SCROTUS was worrying about “FEAR” the New York Times published a letter to the editor about the same subject – how the SCROTUS staff knows SCROTUS is in way over his head, cannot handle the job, and is making dangerous decisions – and what they do about it. The upshot is the USA is currently a country that must be protected from the man who currently occupies the White House. The most entertaining thing about the letter is that the NYT published it anonymously. They say they know who wrote it, but that publishing the author’s name would place the author in jeopardy. The author is supposed to be a highly placed SCROTUS administration official. So, the game of the week in Washington DC has been “Who wrote the letter?”

You can imagine SCROTUS’ reaction. SCROTUS called the author a coward and a liar. He wants the Department of Justice (Jeff Sessions) to investigate the NYT and make them turn over the author’s name, based on national security. There is no classified information in the letter and nothing that comes even close to national security level. SCROTUS has even suggested the person who wrote the letter has committed treason.

You see the danger, right? We have a man in the WH who is willing (and in fact thinks it is completely appropriate) to use federal government agencies to go after those who say unflattering things about him. Basically, to go after his enemies. I have always tried to avoid comparisons with Nazis/Hitler as a matter of respect to the victims of that time. Unfortunately, there is no escaping that what SCROTUS wants Sessions to do makes the DOJ just like Hitler’s Gestapo – going after perceived enemies. This use of governmental units for personal vendettas is a hallmark of authoritarian rule.

And as far as the suggestion of treason is concerned, SCROTUS obviously has no idea what treason means. He seems to think it is treason to criticize the person who is serving as president (I can’t bring myself to refer to SCROTUS that way). In these times, and according to US law, treason involves a US citizen waging war against the US, or aiding and abetting an enemy of the US. The author of the letter did neither.

In the end, we must not let all the silliness and shenanigans of the SCROTUS administration distract us from the midterm elections. PLEASE REGISTER AND VOTE!!!

Until next week….


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