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Saturday, February 25

Cool And Windy Coffee Muses Morning

Cool And Windy Coffee Muses Morning

Beautiful morning. Completely clear sky. Temperature in the low fifties on the other side of the house, upper fifties on the porch. Winds are strong out of the north and getting stronger, gusting at twenty mph.

The morning symphony is quite… just an occasional bird sound, no songs. The only sound I’m hearing, besides the wind, is a crop duster off in the distance. What a crop duster is doing flying on a windy day like today, I haven’t a clue.

I find myself sitting here thinking about American values and ideals. And how those values have changed and the ideals we once held in common aren’t so common any longer. Newt and his contract started it all back in the nineties. Which is also where the hatred of Hillary began. Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Mitch McConnell, Tom Delay… etc. etc. etc. All of them pushing this country to the right. Now the center looks like the Republican party of the fifties and the sixties… And our better angels have been subsumed by the fears of the heartland… a heartland that was once our guiding spirit has now grown so fearful of losing all that they would back a man and an agenda that states upfront that they want to trash it all to make America Great Again. You can’t make America great by reversing the very ideals that made it great to begin with.

Each and every day they chip, chip, chip at the foundations of this nation. The constant #alternativenews of this White House isn’t a mistake on their part… It’s planned to have the heartland here exactly what they want them to hear. Read the interviews, look at the data, what started out a couple of decades ago as a joke to the left now controls the news of the right. Fox News, talk radio, that’s where the heartland says they get their news. Twisted news and conspiracy theories, edited videos and out of context quotes. Does anyone really believe Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii? Really! I mean besides our #so-called President?

But, here we have mainstream media reporters being blocked by the White House in a fit of pique for actually reporting news the White House finds uncomfortable. Folks, it only took a month for them to start a campaign of censorship. The White House declared war on the mainstream media, called the “enemies of the American people”. Now they are blocking those very same media outlets from covering the statements of the White House… if it wasn’t so frightening, I’d compare it to the schoolyard bullies of my childhood… you know the one’s… they cheered when the announcement came over the loudspeaker in music class that our President had been shot dead in Dallas… in our very own state!

Sorry for the rant, but sometimes it’s exactly what’s needed. Maybe if more of us went on a rant at this government something would change… but probably not, we are all just paid political activist… I know my social security pays me a lot to do this…

The Dichotomy That Is America

It’s when the minority believes it when they are told they are the biggest majority since Ronald Reagan…

How America Voted

Here’s the truth of the 2016 Election… Donald Trump was elected by 19.5% of the American People. 22% voted for someone else. Senate Republicans and House Republicans both lost seats despite the most gerrymandered election maps Tom Delay could dream of.

Many of President Trump’s most dedicated supporters…say their lives changed on election night. Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority.

Those who journeyed to Trump’s Saturday evening event on Florida’s Space Coast said that since the election, they have unfriended some of their liberal relatives or friends on Facebook. They don’t understand why major media outlets don’t see the same successful administration they have been cheering on. And they’re increasingly frustrated that Democrats — and some Republicans — are too slow to approve some of the president’s nominees and too quick to protest his every utterance.

Washington Post: Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t

And there’s exactly what is happening, as you learn if you read about these Trump supporters, they get their news from Fox News or talk radio, they don’t believe the mainstream media, if they ever see it, because Donald Trump tells them it’s all lies. So they don’t know he was elected by a minority, they don’t know more people voted for someone else. “Russia is fake news” so they are told.

Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority.

But, in reality, they aren’t in the majority. And when a minority tries to force the majority to do it’s bidding trouble ensues… This conservative coalition has it’s foundation built on the crumbling sand of a history most of us want to move past. Led by a man who spent years lying about the birthplace of Barack Obama. Egged on by talk radio hosts who questioned Barack Obama’s religion. This coalition has fed conservative voters a bill of goods. And eventually, the truth will come out…

Since I don’t watch Fox News, and I don’t listen to “conservative” talk radio, I have no clue what their news is. But, I do listen to the White House press briefings, and the White House Press Conferences, and the White House surrogates on the news shows. I don’t pay much attention to what the reporters espouse, just what the President and his spokespeople have to say… And Trump supporters, we have a problem, ’cause I don’t see what you see. I am not looking at the Trump White House through rose colored glasses, I am listening to the words that come out of these people’s mouths and what I see and hear is troubling to say the least.

You know what? If this was just the same old partisan politics, it would be bad, but it wouldn’t have the whole world afraid of the actions of one untruthful man. And that’s the real news that Trump supporters will never hear… Trump lies… all the time… about shit that only matters in his mind. Come on, a month later and he’s still upset by the size of his crowd, he is still saying the popular vote was stolen because millions of people voted illegally and they all voted for Hillary, he has no ties to Russia… No one in his orbit has ties to Russia, yet day by day, tie by tie we see different… Except, his supporters are never told. They don’t know. Lying media… Another Lie.

Once, American idealism was the touchstone of the world. The world may not have agreed with everything we did… Hell, I don’t. But, most of the world respected that we were led with good intentions. Led by men, who while not perfect, tried to do the right thing. Men who at their heart were politicians. Men who believed in compromise and coming to working agreements. Now the world fears that our ideals have run aground on the ego of a man who cannot compromise with anyone. Who believes his own press… Alternative Facts.

In 623 days we get the chance to change the direction of this country, to be the shining light once more, to lose the fear of our own shadows. To once again be Americans.

 

Sunday, February 12

Another Warm And Muggy Sunday Morning Coffee Muses

Another Warm And Muggy Sunday Morning Coffee Muses.

If anything this winter has been unusual for a number of reasons, but the hellish temperatures are high on the list. And as much as I’ve complained, I thought it was a localized phenomenon. Then yesterday on Facebook I saw someone post about temperatures in the nineties in Oklahoma. There was even a 99 degree reading on the map they shared. How the hell are these summertime temperatures reaching halfway up the continent in the middle of winter.

You know if I was superstitious I’d be looking at that orange haired gent in our white house in DC. Ever since he started fumbling around acting like he thought he was some sort of a God King mother nature has been acting strange. Climate change deniers be warned, you have your elected God King, be very careful what you do now, we may not have a lot of time left to try and fix things. But, then again, many of you believe that the last eight years were harbingers of the end times anyway… So maybe this is what you have been waiting for all along.

But if the Donald is the second coming like he seems to think… Count me out.

Friday, January 27

Cool And Cloudy Coffee Muses

Cool And Cloudy Coffee Muses.

Once again the sun hides it’s warming fire behind cloaking clouds. A chilled air moves lightly through the birdsong filled morning. Mourning doves coo while cardinals sing. By ones, and threes… and fives, gulls flying quietly above the trees. Crows complaining over the lack of an offering… Kawing their outrage at the lack of respect like a President scorned.

Seven days is all it’s been since the world fell apart. Each day full of lies and distractions. Truths that are alternative, principles that are unprincipled, morality of the schoolyard where bullies ruled the unprotected. What was once an office held always in respect, after eight long years of scorn from the right, is now causing great fear from the left. Hate fills the cold winters airways. The man who thinks he has the Midas touch cannot see the tarnish all over the fool’s gold gilt. Seven days… A war he declared… Not with terrorists, not with criminals but, a war with the press. Oh, but not the truthful press at Fox, just all the rest.

Sunday, January 22

A Bright and Sunny Winter's Sunday  Coffee Muses

A Bright and Sunny Winter’s Sunday Coffee Muses.

After thunder and lightning with a bit of rain overnight, this morning is what I think a perfect winter’s day should be. It’s cool enough that with the breeze, a balance is reached with the sun streaming down and the warmth is just right. But… only with the breeze.

If you look at the full sized version of the image above, on the far right you will see my kumquat tree. The freeze a couple of weekends ago took away most of the leaves and left the giant fruit. All I have to say is, they ain’t my grandpa’s kumquats… I remember well those little bite sized orange fruits. These naval orange sized things are bitter/sour in the extreme. Some of my family like  ’em some can’t stand ’em. But the smell is exactly like I remember.

I was much heartened by the show of resistance yesterday. While I know in my heart nothing we do will change our new President’s will, I can only hope that the will of the people will cause the Republican office holders to pause and think about their future before they run willie-nillie towards the cliff Donald Trump is leading them towards. Their fight to turn back the clock 100 years or so will not bring the results they long for. I am extremely proud of my family and friends who participated in the Women’s Matches held around the world… I am proud to say “I stand with them”. And to all the bullies of the world I say, “I have their backs, each and every one, no matter where, no matter when!” We The People will not tolerate hate.

Have a peaceful and blessed day of disrespect towards our new government.