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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Lyin' Trump



Trump spoke today to the dangers of the Coronavirus. Guess what - there actually *is* no danger! Trump says there are only 15 people in the US with the virus and they are rapidly getting well and no one else is going to get sick! What a relief!

Oh wait ...

Turns out there are actually 60 people in the US now who are infected and it is inevitable that the virus will spread throughout the country. The transmission rate appears to be around 2 to 3, meaning every sick person tends to infect two or three new people, and the death rate appears so far to be higher than that of the flu. A vaccine is a year to a year and a half away.

But not to worry. Pence is on the job!

We are so screwed.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Dem debate



I'm watching the Democratic debate in South Carolina. It's just beginning but already I hate Bloomberg even more than previously - he's obviously used to getting his way all the time and it really is chapping his ass to have to answer all these pesky questions about his dubious past actions. Can't see him lasting too much longer in this race.

And PS - who knew that people attending the Democratic debates must pay for tickets? The tickets for this latest debate went for $1,750 to $3,200 ... With Tickets $1,750, Debate Audiences Are Elite of the Elite. But That’s Not New. No wonder the audience booed Bernie for criticizing the rich.

The virus



The spread of the Coronavirus in the US is now inevitable. There are already people with the virus in my own town. Trump has been giving out misleading information on the situation, and the government agencies on which we will need to rely have been gutted by his policies. People have often wondered what terrible damage might occur if the Trump admin was ever faced with a real emergency. I think we're there now.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Dead email



For some reason the email account I've always had since first being on the internet has stopped working for me. I can't access it and have had to get a new email account elsewhere. The bad part is that all my contacts/email addresses for others are lost and I have a terrible memory, so if I don't write or return your email, that's why. The new address at which to reach me is watson.crystal@aol.com.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Yay!



Thursday, February 20, 2020

Songs

The Russians are meddling in the upcoming election again and for Trump, and he and the Republicans are good with that ...



Holy mackerel! :(

I need a musical mental health break. Here are a few songs by the Eagles"

- Take It Easy ...



- Peaceful Easy Feeling ...



- Hotel California ...



xx

Nevada debate

I stayed up late to watch the latest Democratic debate. This one was interesting because Mike Bloomberg was allowed to join in. I'll say up front that I think he would be a terrible candidate for the Democratic party to choose. Bloomberg is a former Republican, an arrogant billionaire with racist and misogynistic baggage. Tonight Elizabeth Warren exposed what kind of man he is ...



Pundits have been going on about how Bloomberg can save the Democrats by rescuing us from a Bernie candidacy. I think they are badly mistaken and have badly misread the Democratic base. We don't want another version of Trump in the White House.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Medicare for all



Early voting for the Democratic primary is already taking place in California and I voted last Saturday. - for Bernie. One reason I voted for him is his support for medicare for all. The other candidates have been taking aim at that proposal, but I believe it's a very good idea, and I'm not alone.

A new study done by Yale researchers and published in The Lancet has shown that medicare for all would save both lives and money ... Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion Annually While Preventing 68,000 Deaths, New Study Shows

You can learn more about it at MSNBC - New study shows Medicare for all would save lives

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Fixing a hole

A few days ago I had an appointment with the reconstructive surgeon who will fix the hole in my face that the dermatology doc will make in taking away the area of skin cancer. Scary. I can still remember how upset I was when I had to do this before, about 10 years ago. It looked so horrible right after the operation, though now people say they have to look twice to see the scar at all. Still, it takes time for it to look not Frankenstinian and I'm dreading that. I'm lucky, though, because this time my insurance (medicare/medicaid) will actually pay for a plastic surgeon to close it up - last time I didn't even realize that was a possibility.

One disturbing thing was that they sent me to get an EKG first. I haven't had one of those since I was 25, when my mom had a heart attack and my sis and I were asked to get one. The results were sent to me via the online messaging site of the hospital. I'm not sure I understand what it means and no one has talked to me about it, but it seems to say I have PVCs and maybe that I had a previous heart attack (one of the "silent" kind?). I feel ok though and I didn't drop dead mowing the lawn today, so maybe it's not a worry.

Meanwhile, the operations will be at the beginning of March. Gulp :(

Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day

Love :) ...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Pope

In the news: Pope Francis Won't Allow Married Men As Priests, Women As Deacons

No great surprise here. Those who had hopes that this pope would be an agent of change on the issues that matter to most Catholics ... clergy sex abuse, married priests, women deacons and priests, birth control, divorce/remarriage, gay people and their relationships, etc. ... have been disappointed. Let's not pretend anymore that Francis is progressive. He is a social conservative, a sexist, a homophobe, and a protective church traditionalist. He won't let the church change, as living things change, and that's why it's dying.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Con man

Chris Hayes reminds the voters of New Hampshire (and us) that Trump is nothing but a con man. W must not let him psych us into despairing of beating him in the next election ....

Friday, February 07, 2020

Trump's revenge



Did anyone doubt this was coming? How could they, knowing we now live in a banana republic, ruled by a despot. We'd better buckle up - the retribution is far from over.

Job well done, Republicans.

Dina ...

Having a snack on the kitty couch ...

Town hall

Here's a bit from a CNN town hall tonight in New Hampshire, with Bernie Sanders answering a few questions, including one about his Jewish heritage ...

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Only one

Mitt Romney is the sole Republican who voted to convict Trump ...



In response, Trump tweeted images showing himself as basically the lifetime dictator of America ...





If you guys think he's kidding, I believe you are mistaken. The Republican party has sold out the country to this *thing*. And why? Just to keep themselves in power. What a bunch of scumbags.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Speech of lies



I didn't watch the state of the union speech because I knew if would just be a reality show production of Trump posturing and lying. Others watched and fact checked ... Fact-checking the 2020 State of the Union.

It is terrifying to see Trump not only getting away with every bad thing he's done and is doing, but prospering as well. And now there's nothing to keep him in check - he can't be indicted by the DOJ for crimes, he can't be investigated or impeached by congress, and there is literally no one he answers to. Today he bragged about dumping poor people off of food stamps and his horde of Republican toadies capered and howled. What will he be bragging about at his next state of the union speech if he's re-elected?

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Why Bernie?

As the primary in California approaches (March!) I am leaning more and more towards Bernie. Back in 2016, I was very for Hillary and actually disliked Bernie a lot. But lately I've been seeing the more positive side of his campaign, especially his support for Medicare for all and his interest in helping those less fortunate. Tonight I listened to a podcast by Michael Morre in which he interviewed three women in Iowa about why they support Bernie ...


Friday, January 31, 2020

He's guilty



So, not enough Republicans voted for witnesses and documents to matter. Some of them admitted they believed the Democrats proved their case against Trump, but still they will let him get away with it. Why? As Republican Lamar Alexander opined, what Trump did wasn't serious enough to warrant impeachment. This from a party that impeached a president for having an extra-marital affair and lying about it - if we added up all of Trump's affairs and all of his lies, we would be here until the apocalypse.

Trump will brag to his zombie cult that he has been exonerated. That will be a lie. Despite Trump's lawyers lying their asses off, a majority of the Senate (all Democrats and some Republicans) found him guilty of the things of which he was accused, but the Republicans, who care more about keeping themselves in power than about the country, don't have the courage nor the integrity to remove him.

And now Trump is arguably the most powerful president in US history - as presidential historian Jon Meacham said above, virtually a king. What do you think Trump is going to do with all that power the Republicans have given him?