Fire and Fury is out today: Debunked, bothered and bewildered

Michael Wolff's book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, was released today, amid a bombogenesis of free publicity. Winter storm Grayson's flurries were nothing compared to the controversy. During his short stint, Steve Bannon apparently had Wolff at the White House, blabbing away on everything and anything concerning his employer. Debunked, The NY … Continue reading Fire and Fury is out today: Debunked, bothered and bewildered

Waiting for Snow in Ocala

Florida! The Sunshine State . . . but not this week. Florida temperatures this week are certainly not tropical: As I write this post, it's 37F. "Feels like 30," says Weather.com. The UV Index is 0 out of 10 due to the pouring rain. Yesterday they had snow in Titusville, south of where I live. … Continue reading Waiting for Snow in Ocala

OK, so I’m worse than Melania

Newsweek's Monday headline blared out, MELANIA TRUMP ORDERS REMOVAL OF NEAR-200-YEAR-OLD TREE FROM WHITE HOUSE. Not just any old tree, but the tree that Andrew Jackson brought some 200 years ago from Tennessee for his wife. Notice Melania's sideways glance, Melania Trump orders removal of the near-200-year-old tree from the White House https://t.co/mkntr7Ytlf pic.twitter.com/Ck8Vj7VXgB — … Continue reading OK, so I’m worse than Melania

Embassies in Jerusalem: Why Guatemala?

On Sunday, Guatemala's President announced plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Guatemala follows US in planning Israel embassy move Guatemala, along with 12 other countries, had their embassies in Jerusalem until 1980, when they moved them to Tel Aviv after Israel annexed East Jerusalem, in a move not recognised internationally. All other countries still … Continue reading Embassies in Jerusalem: Why Guatemala?

This morning in blogging: Bigger than Iran-Contra

Happy Christmas weekend! I want to write about the Obama administration alleged cover up for Hezbollah in Latin America story, since I've been blogging about Hezbollah‘s (Hizballah Hizbollah) inroads in our hemisphere for the last decade. It's 8:30 in the morning and this post is due at noon, so I'm doing a bit of research while … Continue reading This morning in blogging: Bigger than Iran-Contra

Tax cut roundup

The Senate passed the Trump tax reform bill last night. The House has to vote on it again due to some changes in the bill. Nancy Pelosi calls it "Armageddon," and Libs are breaking into hives over newly-found concerns over budget deficits. Paul Ryan says Tax Reform Means Your Paycheck Will Grow. I'm all for that. … Continue reading Tax cut roundup

Cuba: Before you Airbnb

If you decide to join the jerks who visit cool countries and travel to the island-prison, there are a couple of things you may want to keep in mind. First, there are the weird symptoms: On Sept. 29, the State Department recalled 21 employees of the American Embassy in Havana, Cuba. The group (along with … Continue reading Cuba: Before you Airbnb

And now for the Roy Moore post-mortems

I'm not in Alabama, I don't read tea leaves, and I can't tell apart the My Pillow guy from Larry Sabato. However, I've been reading enough social media and news editorializing that I can observe the following, Roy Moore or no Roy Moore: One: American politics is clearly a bare-fisted blood sport. Mitt Romney-like gentlemen … Continue reading And now for the Roy Moore post-mortems

By the numbers: Two on Mueller, three on the economy UPDATE on Mueller

Mueller: First, Last Wednesday I posted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had spent $3.2 million in his first four months investigating Russian meddling in last year election and any links between President Trump and Russia. But that's not the real number: the Department of Justice spent $6.7 million, saying it's not "legally required to figure out this total"(emphasis added), … Continue reading By the numbers: Two on Mueller, three on the economy UPDATE on Mueller

Strzok

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who spent $3.2 million in his first four months investigating Russian meddling in last year election and any links between President Trump and Russia, fired an interesting character in his staff, FBI agent Peter Strzok (pronounced "struck" as far as I can tell). Strzok was senior supervisor on the Clinton private … Continue reading Strzok

Winner Takes All from my porch

I spend most Saturdays (weather allowing) at my screened porch, when I'm not doing chores. I was reading Robert Bidinotto's latest thriller, Winner Takes All, when Juliette asked if I could fill in for her today, so here I am, posting from the porch. It's a beautiful, quiet, warm (80F, 49% humidity) and sunny day … Continue reading Winner Takes All from my porch

The Steinle verdict

Yesterday Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found not guilty of the 2015 murder of Kate Steinle. My initial reaction was that of outrage, since Garcia, previously deported five times, had been released from a San Francisco jail despite a standing federal deportation order (yes, one more deportation order) and San Francisco is a sanctuary city. … Continue reading The Steinle verdict

The horticulturist in the Google doodle

I'm staying away from most headlines out of news exhaustion, so today I'm posting about Gertrude Jekyll (no relation to Robert Lewis Stevenson's fictional doctor). Gertrude, born 174 years ago, was THE garden designer of her age, Born in 1843, Jekyll was a British horticulturist, garden designer, artist and writer who created more than 400 … Continue reading The horticulturist in the Google doodle

Thankfulness

Thankfulness is not the same as gratitude. Thankfulness involves appreciativeness, gratitude is the act of being thankful. You must appreciate something in order to be thankful, which brings in the act of gratitude. Our first President, George Washington, at the request of Congress, established the first Thanksgiving Day for the purpose of "acknowledging with grateful … Continue reading Thankfulness

Ladies and gentlemen

In the late 1960s the counterculture set out to destroy societal mores. Free love, legal abortions at any point in the pregnancy, drug use, destruction of the establishment, damn the consequences. The 60s generation rebelled against their parents's standards where men were expected to be gentlemen and women ladies. I was not one of the … Continue reading Ladies and gentlemen