End of Week 321 – In Distraction Mode….

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I love this picture. We need to remember this now more than ever. My mom lived by this belief.

Well, I didn’t get to the gym at all last week, but I did work out on our home treadmill. Hoping to get to the gym tomorrow. Between medical appointments and people fixing things on our house I haven’t been able to get away. However, I’ve been eating well. Less junk, more veggies/salads. All I can do is keep trying.

There is so much going on with SCROTUS and his efforts at taking over the country that it’s difficult to decide what to include. The reason there is so much going on is that SCROTUS is in full distraction mode.

The investigation/charges/trials scene is getting crowded and murky. It is difficult keeping track of who is doing what and who is involved. Mueller got immunity for 5 witnesses against Manafort – that trial starts today (Monday). The DOJ released a FISA warrant report, heavily redacted, that states why the FBI needed to surveil Carter Page, former Trump campaign advisor and possible collaborator with Russia – don’t think the results are in on that yet. The warrant was issued; the surveillance accomplished.

SCROTUS himself spent the week spinning around about Russia’s attack on the US election system. I’m tired of the word “meddling”. Call it what it was and is – an attack! Hell, in this modern age of automation it is almost an act of war! SCROTUS started by discounting all intelligence information and saying he could not see why Russia would “meddle” in our elections. He was standing next to Putin at the time.

  • Once back in the US, and without Putin by his side, he tried to say he meant to say “wouldn’t” rather than “would”. Well, that went over like a fart in church with everyone except his hard-core base (who will grasp at anything to keep from considering they may have made a mistake supporting SCROTUS.)
  • Then SCROTUS stated he believed our intelligence agencies (something he has not supported before) about Russia.
  • Then he took that back the following day saying Russia is not targeting the US.
  • Then, through Sarah Sanders, he said he didn’t say that.
  • Etc., Etc.

Through it all SCROTUS has not said one unkind word regarding Putin. No ultimatums that we know of, no demands for extradition of the 12 Russian officers who have been indicted, and no indication to the US people of what exactly was said in the closed-door meeting a week ago.

Then SCROTUS invited Putin to the White House this Fall. Not sure of the details yet, but this may coincide with the idiotic military parade SCROTUS has decided to have in November. It is going to cost around 10 to 12 million (according to most recent estimates). Note that SCROTUS cancelled our military exercises with South Korea saying they cost too much.  They cost around 14 million. I guess now we know how he was planning on paying for his ultimate adoration fix. The only encouraging thing about this is that many veterans plan to march in Washington DC on the same day as the parade, in protest. I hope they are a million strong!

To wrap things up this week, a 29-year-old Russian student and gun activist, Maria Butina, living in Washington DC, was arrested in connection with being a Russian agent and working with two Americans and a top Russian to infiltrate the NRA. This is a developing topic – more to come.

There is so much else still going on. We are still hearing horror stories about the immigrant children separated from their families, including a father and toddler separated for a very long time and they are both American citizens; that the federal government is saying they will not be able to reunite as many as a third of the children aged 5 to 17; that there are children being held in the US whose parents have been deported already.

Our intelligence agencies have determined Russia is still hacking our systems and trying to influence our mid-term elections.

And in the area of tragedies, I wish healing energy for the victims of the boat sinking in Branson, MO; the shooting victims in Toronto; and everyone affected by any act of gun violence (there have been a lot in the news recently) and any act of nature (lots of violent weather).

I wonder if SCROTUS got a good rating on his annual performance review from Putin?

Until next week….

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End of Week 320 – The Week of the Russians…

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I got to the gym 3 times this past week! I’m hoping to do the same thing this coming week. As for the weight I lost when I was sick, I put a couple of pounds back on (expected), but not all of it. I think the net loss is 4 pounds. So, of course, my husband makes French toast for breakfast this morning. LOL! Been eating a lot of salads and protein in preparation for my pre-physical lab work.

We’ve had very hot, very dry weather for a while. No rain in the forecast until next weekend, and we’re supposed to have another series of 90-plus days before we get any rain. The grass is crunching and turning brown. I hate summer.

It has been an interesting week politically.

SCROTUS went to Brussels to meet with other NATO leaders. When he got there he proceeded to talk trash, insult everyone, and try to bully all the other nations. He then left for England, saying that everyone kowtowed to his will and things were going to change in NATO because of him. The other leaders immediately said this was not true. In other words, it was all more of SCROTUS’ typical lying behavior.

In England he behaved like the ass he is, insulting PM May, walking in front of the Queen when they were reviewing her honor guard, looking for all the world like everything should be about him. The saving grace was that the people of GB turned out to protest his visit. There were an estimated 250,000 protesters and a giant “Baby Trump” balloon. Naturally, SCROTUS steered clear of any area that would expose him to anything negative.

There seems to be a pattern in SCROTUS’ behavior. When he is speaking in a situation that will be reported by the press to his base – those supporters who love him because he encourages their bigotry and hatred of anyone different, and because he makes them think all other countries will bow to his will – he talks tough and bullies whoever he is scheduled to meet.  THEN, later, in private meetings, he tends to back off a lot of his blustery talk. So, he is not just lying to all of us daily, he is also lying to his base by saying what they want to hear and then not following through.

AND THEN THERE WAS RUSSIA. Tomorrow (Monday) SCROTUS is meeting with Putin in Helsinki. SCROTUS insisted that no one besides him and Putin be in the meeting. No aides, no press, no witnesses. That was suspicious enough, but after SCROTUS left on his trip (on July 13th to be exact) Rod Rosenstein of the DOJ announced an 11-count grand jury indictment of 12 intelligence-associated Russian army officers for hacking the DCCC, the DNC, the Clinton campaign, etc. with the intent to interfere in our 2016 election.

Keep in mind that prosecutors do not go to grand juries unless they have the evidence to support their charges and pretty much know they will get the indictments they seek. These are indictments stemming from the special investigation into Russian election interference – the investigation SCROTUS has called “a witch hunt”, “a hoax”, and “fake news”. Turns out that Rosenstein briefed SCROTUS on what was coming BEFORE he left for Europe.

Naturally, reporters asked SCROTUS if he would bring the indictments up to Putin. The response was (paraphrased) “Yes, I guess so.” He did not seem very interested in the idea. Now, that could be due to the fact that during his campaign SCROTUS actually, on camera, asked that the Russians hack the Democrats and Clinton specifically. Within hours of his saying that, the Russians began the hacking that is the subject of this indictment.

I consider myself a member of what is commonly known as “the resistance”. We oppose the GOP in general, and SCROTUS specifically. We feel SCROTUS is trying to become an autocrat and that the GOP controlled congress does not have the spine to do their job of checks and balances. We are truly frightened at what is happening in this nation. Most of us do not recognize SCROTUS as a legitimate president. We feel he was appointed rather than elected.

Individually, we have many different theories regarding current events. Personally, I think this meeting with Putin is SCROTUS’ annual performance review. I believe he works for Putin, and have the feeling “bringing up interference” will consist of apologizing to Putin for the indictments and assuring him it will all go away. This is strictly my opinion, but since SCROTUS refuses to have any witnesses in the meeting, what else are we to think? He has made more than one statement indicating he would like to be more like a dictator for life.

Make no mistake, SCROTUS will come out of the meeting talking tough; claiming they had a good meeting and that progress was made on important issues. I’ll need material proof before I’ll believe anything. I’ll need to hear from a witness who is American and not one of SCROTUS’ minions.

After bad-mouthing all our allies, SCROTUS is meeting with another dictator. Putin knows he finally has a senior US official in his pocket, and I think we are all in trouble.

Until next week…..

End of Week 319 – SCROTUS Meets With Another Despot….

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Yeah, I use this picture every so often. It’s one of my favorites. I missed a week of blogging because last weekend I was in Fredericksburg, VA at a family wedding, and this picture symbolizes the best thing about it – seeing family.

I unplugged for a few days. Didn’t take my computer and had my phone only to keep in touch with my husband, who couldn’t make it. I rode down with my son and his fiancée. The wedding was on July 1st, at 2pm, outdoors, and it was HOT!!! It was also beautiful. The reception was indoors, so we all recovered.

When we arrived Saturday night my body decided it was time to get sick. I fought an intestinal problem the entire time, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying myself. Everyone danced including me. My son said he was proud of me. I had to laugh thinking about how our kids see us sometimes. I used to be one hell of a dancer, just like I used to be one hell of a swimmer. Don’t do either much anymore, but the love of both still lives inside me. The intestinal thing has been with me most of this week, but at least I dropped a few pounds. Now to see if I can keep any of it off. Some of the weight will return I know, but maybe not all of it?

With SCROTUS at his gold-plated resort and Independence Day in the middle of all this I thought maybe things with the pretender would be slow. Should’ve known better. I should warn you, there has been a lot going on so this list is by no mean exhaustive.

  • SCROTUS lied about winning a lawsuit against “crazy Dems” in a Washington DC court. The judge simply said the suit needed to be in a different court. She did not comment on the arguments of the suit in any way.
  • Seven GOP Senators spent Independence Day in Russia, where SCROTUS will be in a week or two. Independence Day?? What the actual f**k????
  • It has been announced that in Russia SCROTUS will have a meeting with Putin behind closed doors, no press, no witnesses. Again, what the actual f**k?? Could this have something to do with why the GOP senators were there? THERE IS TOO MUCH ABOUT THIS MEETING THAT WE DO NOT KNOW AND TRULY STINKS. Of course, SCROTUS has to meet with his handler face to face once in a while.
  • As we all know, a federal court has given the SCROTUS administration 30 days to reunite the kidnapped immigrant children (under 5 yrs old) with their parents. With the deadline approaching, the administration has asked the judge for an extension. They can’t meet the deadline because one of the lawyers IS DOGSITTING. So, this administration considers dogsitting more important than children?
  • The SCROTUS administration is taking DNA samples from the kidnapped immigrant children, supposedly to help with the process of reuniting them. I’m not sure I trust them. WHAT WILL THEY DO LATER WITH ALL THIS DNA INFORMATION??
  • SCROTUS put out his usual crazy tweets, but my favorite was when he said that if not for him we would be at war with NK right now. Really?? SCROTUS is the one who has put us in danger of war with NK in the first place! He dispatched SecState Pompeo over there to talk to Kim and company about denuclearizing. Afterward, Pompeo said “we made good progress”. Kim said the US position was “regrettable”. IT’S PRETTY BAD WHEN I BELIEVE A DICTATOR OVER OUR OWN SECSTATE!
  • SCROTUS spent the weekend and holiday at one of his resorts and in Washington. After 18 months in office he has never visited any of our troops in overseas combat areas. Seven GOP senators can go to Russia, but he can’t visit the military. I am not one of those who worships the water everyone thinks the military walks on, but come on! Part of the job SCROTUS is pretending to do is supposed to be “Commander In Chief”!
  • And speaking of the military, everyone is aware that one way for a legal immigrant to earn the right to become a naturalized US citizen is to serve in the US military, right? Many are doing that right now. Well, it has come out that orders have come down from the SCROTUS administration to discharge many of these military members en masse. It is all being done very quietly, at least up til now. We need to know why this administration is discharging all these people!! One article I read stated that one of the reasons given was that the soldier had relatives overseas. Hell, have relatives overseas! So what??
  • Finally, SCROTUS had to have another adoration fix so he went to a scripted, sanitized, centrally casted, choreographed rally in Montana. There he proceeded to make fun of Elizabeth Warren as well as the entire “Me Too” movement and all Native Americans. This doesn’t surprise me – SCROTUS is always mocking someone. What amazes me is that he seems to have no concept of how something as basic as his choice of words can insult entire groups. He dredged up that old thing of his – calling Warren “Pocahontas”. Does he not realize that Pocahontas was a true Native American woman, daughter of a chief, and accomplished in her own right?? SCROTUS takes the perfectly fine name of a very real and important historic figure and uses it as an insult!! He knows absolutely nothing!

There is so much more, but I have to draw the line somewhere. We are watching the trade wars SCROTUS is starting with his new tariffs, but that is a complicated subject for another time. Besides, I want to say that I am trying to keep positive thoughts about those young soccer players trapped in the cave. In my own way, I am praying they are rescued. I’m sure we all are.

Until next week….

 

End of Week 317 – If You Can’t Dazzle ‘Em With Brilliance…

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Well, another week has come and gone. During the birthday/fathers day period I picked up a few pounds (less than 5, but still too many), but this morning it appears I’ve lost them again. That tells me a lot of it was water weight. Got to the gym twice. Gonna shoot for at least 3 times this coming week. Baby steps.

Like this week’s picture? It is my handsome male cat, Sleuthy. I have better pictures of him, but I’m using this because it truly represents how I’ve felt about what has been happening in the US lately. I look a lot like this when confronted with the idiocy spouted by members of the SCROTUS administration, or by SCROTUS himself. I look a lot like this when changes in policy make the US look more like Germany of the late 1930s. I look a lot like this when celebrities use the problems we face as a way to put themselves in the spotlight. If they do something truly helpful then ok. That is a good use of celebrity. But every so often we see someone acting foolish or saying things that don’t make sense. We don’t need that. It just hurts our resistance efforts.

I looked a lot like this while the immigration drama unfolded this past week. I honestly think the breadth of the opposition to the family separation policy took SCROTUS and his minions by surprise. They spent a lot of time blaming the Democrats, saying it was a law; that they were forced to take the children because the Dems would not vote to change the law; that it was not a policy and there was absolutely nothing they could do. And then SCROTUS stopped the non-policy, at least temporarily, with a unilateral executive order.

He pretty much had to. Just about the only people who supported taking immigrating kids from their immigrating parents were SCROTUS, Sessions, Nielsen (Homeland Security), Miller (political advisor), Sanders (press sec), and possibly a lot of his blue-collar base. The majority of the public, all the congressional Democrats, and a good portion of the congressional GOP were against it and were very vocal about it. Once SCROTUS signed the order he tried to take credit for solving the problem. Of course, if  someone is hitting you over and over you don’t call them a hero because they decide to stop hitting. Many people wasted no time reminding SCROTUS of this.

While all this was going on Congress, specifically the GOP part, was trying to pass a bill on immigration. They were not successful. SCROTUS told anyone who would listen that a bill could not be passed because the Dems were obstructing it. Another lie. The bills never got to the point of allowing the Dems to even try to obstruct. The real problem is that the GOP is divided into 2 camps: the somewhat-more-moderates and the ultra-conservatives. Each group had its own version of an immigration bill, and neither group would support the other’s version. Consequently, nothing ever reached the floor of either house for a vote.

Meantime, the public does not forget atrocities quickly. Members of the SCROTUS administration have found themselves confronted by citizens while leaving the theater, or asked to leave a restaurant. Excursions into public may be a problem for these people in the short-term – at least until the news cycle comes around. Shouldn’t be too long. I’m sure another preposterous situation will be created by this administration soon.

The immigration atrocity has produced its share of low moments. If you’d like a complete list, read “Womp My Gorilla” by Clay Jones. He is a self-syndicated political cartoonist and blogs on WordPress. He’s my favorite political cartoonist. As Mr. Jones mentions, some highlights from this past week include Corey Lewandowski making fun of a 10-year-old with Downs Syndrome, Laura Ingraham calling the detention centers “summer camps”, and Ann Coulter calling the separated children “child actors”.

However, the award for facepalm move of the week goes to Melania Trump. She decided to visit a detention center. Of course, she saw only a small, completely cleaned, sanitized, and carefully scripted detention center. But, that’s not the facepalm move. When boarding the jet to leave Andrews everyone noticed that on the back of the jacket she was wearing were the words, “I REALLY DON’T CARE. DO U?” I did not add the “all caps”; that’s how it was written on the coat.

When I first saw the photo of the coat with those words I honestly felt it had to be photoshopped. I spent a lot of time researching and verifying, only to discover she really did wear a jacket that said that. Hence, the facepalm award.

Finally, SCROTUS decided to try to counter the protests against his “zero tolerance” kidnapping scheme by holding a staged, scripted photo-op in the White House with several “angel families” – people who have lost a family member because they were killed by an illegal alien. Don’t get me wrong; what happened to them is horrible and I hope each and every perpetrator was brought to justice. However, it disturbs me that these people allowed themselves to be used and politicized by SCROTUS.

You might say, “Wait. Isn’t the other side politicizing those separated children?” Yes, but those children are in an intolerable situation that needs to end now. The separation is not something that happened before that we are holding up as an example. And pointing out a current atrocity does not negate the problems with SCROTUS’ angel family stunt.

Of course, the problems are not with the families, but with SCROTUS. The purpose behind his little show was to make us all think all immigrants from the south are murderers, drug dealers, or both. He is playing to the irrational fears of his older, white, resistant-to-change base  (and I can say that since I am also older and white). This is exactly what Hitler did to demonize the Jewish population in 1930s Germany, so that he could enact extreme measures against them. Truth be told, I hate “Hitler comparisons”, but this is due to a specific practice that is happening again.

Yeah, I’ve looked like Sleuthy a lot lately. Also, this keeps popping into my mind: Those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it.

Until next week….

End of Week 316 – Happy Fathers’ Day from SCROTUS….

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I’m still exercising and trying to eat correctly. Not sure how much good it is doing, but to be honest I’m not worrying about it too much right now. Fathers’ Day is today and my birthday is tomorrow (which is more important to those around me than to me) so I’m not worrying about my eating at the moment. Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow.

There were some midterm primaries last Tuesday. The most interesting thing about them was that in one state the GOP voters actually nominated a pimp. That’s right. A brothel owner won a GOP nomination to run for congress. It happened in Nevada and pretty much cemented my opinion that the GOP of my mother’s time is completely gone. I may not have agreed with that GOP, but I could at least respect their civility and decency.

Of course, that was not the only thing that convinced me the GOP has self-destructed, but it was the only thing that did not directly involve SCROTUS. SCROTUS had a very busy week. The State of NY is suing the Trump Foundation and all the individuals in charge (including SCROTUS) for breaking all kinds of laws and regulations that govern charitable organizations. It is a civil suit and civil suits take a long time. It will be interesting to watch it develop.

On Friday SCROTUS saw Faux Noise out on the White House grounds and decided to go down and talk to them, followed by an impromptu press conference with other reporters, also on WH grounds.  Here’s the thing about talking to reporters “off the cuff”; these types of interviews tend to reveal how a person really feels about any particular subject since the person speaking does not have the benefit of the filter of preparation. This is no problem for someone who normally thinks about what he says, but SCROTUS does not fall into that group. With SCROTUS it is usually “in the head, out the mouth” and consequences be damned (since he feels he is not only above the law – he feels he IS the law).

So, what did SCROTUS say? A lot, but one thing stood out. SCROTUS stated that Kim Jong Un was a great and strong leader; that “when he speaks his people sit up at attention.” Then he said, “I want my people to do that.” Later he said he was kidding, but I note the following:

  1. I watched the interview. There was no levity in his tone or his expression. Also, he did not make any effort to state he was kidding or joking.
  2. All comedy is based in truth.
  3. As mentioned above, this interview did not have the filter of preparation. Make no mistake, this is how SCROTUS really feels about the type of leader he wants to be. SCROTUS has autocrat envy. He wants to be a dictator. Anyone who has been paying attention already knows this.

The most serious event of last week has actually been going on for a while. SCROTUS and his minions, especially Stephen Miller and Jeff Sessions, decided to celebrate Fathers’ Day by kidnapping children.

Sounds odd, right? We all know that people trying to enter the US illegally are subject to detention and deportation. After all, there are legal ways to enter. That is not the problem. The problem is, not long ago AG Jeff Sessions announced, with a great deal of glee, what he called a “zero tolerance” policy. Until this change we charged illegal immigrants, but did not always detain them prior to their hearings. Now all illegal immigrants are to be arrested and detained. The SCROTUS gang made this change knowing full well that to enforce it they would have to separate children from parents because the children can’t be arrested, only the parents can. This is what the law says, but the law does NOT require a zero tolerance enforcement. That is a totally GOP decision.

It took a while for the rest of us to realize what was really happening. When a family is caught trying to enter the US illegally the federal authorities arrest the parents and remove the children, forcibly separating the screaming, terrified children from their mothers and fathers. The children are then placed in detention centers. Of course, that’s not what the feds call them, but the only other name I can think of is concentration camp. Using “detention center” is being charitable.

If it stopped there, then the line heard from Trumpers, “Well, they should not have tried to sneak in,” would be difficult to contest despite the fact that this reasoning displays their lack of compassion.  However, (you guessed it) it does not stop there.

Many immigrants, when they arrive at our southern border, immediately ask for asylum in the US. This is a formal request with a formal system in place, and it’s completely legal. It is the farthest thing from sneaking in. Now we know that the feds are detaining those requesting asylum and taking their children as well. Additionally, it has been reported that officers took a child while that child was breastfeeding. To be fair, DHS has denied that took place saying they have not been able to find a record of that happening. Really? Like the feds are going to record “Took breastfeeding child” for all the world to see? Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not, but I don’t trust the federal government these days.

Outrage has been growing. There is an immigration bill with a provision to stop this separation process. SCROTUS has already said he will not sign any immigration bill with this more moderate provision unless he gets billions to build his border wall. Let this sink in. TRUMP AND HIS GANG HAVE TAKEN CHILDREN AND THE RANSOM THEY WANT IS MONEY FOR HIS WALL.

It’s one thing to be outraged. It’s another to be able to do something about this.  Many are calling it terrorism and I agree. I wish I knew what to do, but I’m afraid I’m not very imaginative. Obviously, we must get people to register and VOTE this year so we can get rid of some of the GOP. However, how many children will suffer in the meantime. I hope the ACLU is getting involved! I’ve read they are. At the end of it all, there is one thing I know for sure:

MAGA, DEFINITION: MONSTERS ARE GOVERNING AMERICA.

Until next week….

End of Week 315 – Hello Singapore, Goodbye Allies….

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Ok, I am buckling down on my diet. I bought lots of salads for lunches since the warm weather is officially here. I hope to get to the gym at least 3 times this week. I’m finding it easier to resist things like munchies now that I am retired. Just more evidence that I am a “stress eater” I suppose. Even my husband’s medical problems don’t stress me out like work did. All I want at this point is to feel better and be more active.

The picture of the black ribbon is one I reserve for times that really call for it. This past week was one of those times. There were two celebrity suicides, so now everyone is talking about suicide prevention. My family is no stranger to suicide. I lost a son to suicide, and suicide happened in my extended family at least one other time, fairly recently. I’m glad something has sparked the discussion, but it irritates me that it took celebrity suicides to do it. I also hear a lot about suicide among military veterans. My son was not a celebrity and was not military, so he and so many like him go pretty much unnoticed.

I won’t say no one cares. There are some who promote warning sign awareness all the time. And it is a difficult subject – not only because it is a sensitive topic and still harbors a certain stigma, but also because many people just don’t know how to read the signs. They have the best of intentions, but not enough knowledge to feel comfortable deciding if what they are seeing/hearing is a warning. All we can do is spread the word.

The ribbon is also mourning the passing of the USA’s place in the international community. Trump is getting ready to meet Kim Jung Un in Singapore. The meeting is tomorrow, June 12th. No one will ever convince me Trump didn’t use that date on purpose, so he had an excuse to leave the G7 summit in Canada early. I think it was completely intentional. There is so much wrong with this whole scenario it is difficult to know where to begin.

Don’t get me wrong; I am all for improving international relations, even with an isolationist dictatorship. We get nothing done by constantly fighting. The more we can compromise and learn to live with each other, the better off we will all be. Meeting with Kim is not the problem. SCROTUS, as usual, is the problem.

SCROTUS is in the process of starting trade wars with our oldest allies – Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Great Britain. Many of our allies were at the G7 summit in Canada last week; SCROTUS showed up and proceeded to antagonize them all. He appeared to be convinced he could bully them into trade concessions, and then left right before the group started to discuss their environmental positions with Singapore as an excuse. SCROTUS is against the climate accord, so you can see why I am convinced he insisted on a June 12th meeting that would get him out of those talks. The leaders of our allies do not respect SCROTUS, and increasingly feel he is taking the US on an isolationist course. They are perfectly willing to handle things without the US if necessary.

To top it off, SCROTUS tried to bully the G7 into reinstating Russia to the group. Russia, which meddled in our elections, and which has interfered with our allies; which shot down a passenger jet while invading the Ukraine. Russia, which is led by Putin, SCROTUS’ handler. The rest of the G7 said no.

Yes, SCROTUS is the problem, and the problem in a nutshell is this: People tend to hang around those whom they wish to imitate, or at least those of like mind.  Combine how SCROTUS treated our allies with how he is handled by Putin, how he has conflicts of interest through China (mentioned in last week’s post), and how he is meeting with Kim.  The result is SCROTUS is alienating the countries that are closer to democracy so he can hang with dictators. THIS IS BECAUSE HE WANTS TO BE A DICTATOR IN THE USA. SCROTUS is suffering from autocrat envy.

The flip side of this problem is that his supporters are ok with this. Not sure why. I guess they’ve tried to bully their way through life, trying to preserve their privileged status and keep down anyone different from them, and now they have a bully in the White House so they feel safe.

I wonder how safe they will feel when our freedoms are destroyed. It has already begun.

Until next week….

End of Week 314 – Welcome to “USA – the reality show”…

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This week’s picture is one I post when I feel the need for tranquility and reflection. Also, it is a favorite of a lot of my friends and family.

June has arrived. We are half way through Gemini (mid-May to mid-June). The new hurricane season has begun (Puerto Rico still needs a LOT of help recovering from the last hurricane season). The weather is slowly getting warmer (although today is cool, windy, and rainy). Fathers’ Day is right around the corner (what to get my husband?). And, last but definitely least, I will turn 65 this month (OMG! How did I arrive at this??).

Sixty-five is an important age in our society. People associate it with being OLD, being a Baby Boomer, retiring. For me and those like me, turning 65 and already retired, the biggest thing is going on Medicare. Going on Medicare itself is not that big a deal. I went on-line and registered for Parts A and B, received my card in the mail, and sent a copy of the card to the Pension Office that runs my retirement benefits. However, as many TV commercials will tell you, unless you want to pay a lot out-of-pocket you need a “supplemental plan” to cover what Medicare doesn’t. This is where it can be complicated. I lucked out. The State, from which I retired, offers their own supplemental plan, with prescription coverage, through BC/BS Highmark, and since my husband and I are both State retirees we don’t have to pay for it. All this started for me on June 1st and the only thing I have to remember now is to give my new cards to various medical offices.

Another important part of turning 65 is taking care of oneself. This involves the thumbing of the nose at those who think you should slow down, while at the same time realizing that you might have to take things a little more gradually regarding new exercises and sports. No point in getting injured, right? It is also a good time to review your current diet and make improvements. Personally, I have found that being retired has given me time to cook at home more and avoid fast food – always a good thing. We are also eating a lot more salad with raw veggies. I just hope all this revamping helps me drop a few pounds.

The meeting of SCROTUS and Kim Jong Un was on.  Then it was off.  Now it is on again. Today’s headlines talk about lowered expectations and SecDef Mattis making all types of hard-liner statements. What tomorrow will bring is anyone’s guess. At the same time, SCROTUS is imposing huge trade tariffs on our allies while engaging in conflict of interest activities with China. SCROTUS promises China that tech company ZTE will be able to do business in the US (contrary to supposed sanctions). Next thing you know First Daughter Ivanka is awarded a bunch of Chinese trademarks, and a Chinese construction company is given a government loan of $500M to build a project that includes a Trump Hotel and golf course.

Our government is busy alienating our allies and cozying up to dictators, trashing our environment, and restricting the rights of individuals. So what is SCROTUS tweeting about? You guessed it – the special investigation into possible Russian interference with our elections, and possible collusion, conspiracy, or whatever you want to call it between campaigns and Russia before the election. Yep, he is still tweeting about Mueller.

Now he is including the FBI and the DOJ in his attacks. He has accused them of planting “spies” in his campaign (back in 2016) and using informants for “political purposes”. In reality, the FBI received information indicating Russia was up to no good relating to our elections so they told BOTH campaigns about it, and then proceeded to investigate. They were just doing their job. If they had done nothing, SCROTUS would be complaining about that. In fact, he has. Well, have they been looking into Russian connections or not? SCROTUS can’t have it both ways. This is nothing but DISTRACT, DISTRACT, DISTRACT!!

The entertainment industry has a saying, “Love me or hate me, just don’t ignore me.” This describes SCROTUS well, although, he needs a lot more of the “love me” part. Anyone who pays attention to the way SCROTUS talks will realize it is all about him as far as he is concerned. Everything has to be about him and it all has to be positive. If it is negative, it is “fake”. I don’t think he is very happy being in his appointed job. He was happy when he was campaigning because it was just one rally after another before well choreographed and well scripted “adoring crowds”. As I’ve mentioned before, the man is an adoration addict. He needs a 12-step program. He is still going to rallies as often as possible so he can get his adoration fixes.

We are in a holding pattern at the moment. With SCROTUS it is always, “You’d like to know this, wouldn’t you? Well, stay tuned.” Life in the US has become one big reality TV show, and I despise reality TV shows. I just hope this one doesn’t end with a dictator taking over.

Until next week….